Rebecca Minkoff Bag Review

I recently got my second Rebecca Minkoff bag! The first bag I got was a tote bag I blogged about two years ago. I purchased a Chevron Quilted Jumbo Love Crossbody and a Leo Zip Card Case with Eye Stud.

I had my eye on this bag for about 5 months but I purchased the card case on a whim because it was on sale. I’m really happy I got it because I wanted a lighter wallet option to use daily.

My other Rebecca Minkoff wallet I blogged about in the past I love but it does feel weighted and heavy when used regularly. This small card case only needs the essentials and it also has a coin pouch as well for added organization.

The Chevron Quilted Jumbo Love Crossbody is LARGE and I love that about it. I wanted an everyday brunch worthy bag that could fit my essentials and not feel heavy on my shoulder. This bag fits the bill because it is lightweight and spacious. The dark sand color is delightful and wearable for several months from early summer to late autumn.

The back of the bag has an additional flap, perfect for quick reach items like my cellphone. I think a back flap is essential during these times because it allows you to not have to open your purse too often and put potential germs inside.

The inside of the bag has three pockets, one large one with a zipper and two smaller ones. This makes purse organization easy and practical. I put my hand sanitizer in one pocket and a sizable hand lotion and face tissues in the other smaller pocket. I also can fit two purse organization pouches inside as well so my bag remains organized.

https://www.rebeccaminkoff.com/products/chevron-quilted-jumbo-love-crossbody-hh19gcqx60-sandrift

The bag does come with a dust bag cover, how perfect! ❀

Bay Area Eats Series

Takeout & Outdoor Dining Edition

Boiling Crab San Jose – 71 Curtner Ave Suite 20, San Jose, CA 95125 – I prefer the Boiling Crab seafood boil to Kickin’ Crab. We ordered takeout seafood boil in whole-shebang (all sauces mixed) spicy sauce. We got shrimp, sausage, potatoes, corn, and crab. The freshness of the seafood and flavor surpassed our expectations. It was a beautiful meal to have on my patio on a summer evening!

The Sandwich Spot – 5126 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA 95129 – I ordered two takeout sandwiches: the Crab sandwich and the Spartan Special sandwich. The Crab Sandwich uses imitation crab and has a fresh cold summer-like taste while the Spartan Special is the standard turkey bacon sandwich. I preferred the Spartan Special. Still, both sandwiches tasted appetizing. They often have coupons on Grub Hub.

Pizz’A Chicago – 1576 Halford Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95051 – This pizza place does pizza best. I’ve ordered other things on the menu like stuffed mushrooms and I was extremely disappointed. However, their pizzas are super tasty and flavorful. Though they are named after Chicago pizza they do not seem to make deep dish pizza. I’ve ordered two pizzas from here and the best one is pictured above The Southsider pizza. This restaurant has two small tables outside for outdoor dining.

Pacific Catch – 19399 Stevens Creek Blvd Ste 5, Cupertino, CA 95014 – A pleasant outdoor eating restaurant is Pacific Catch. The food is a fusion of different cuisines. They have super tasty cocktails as well. Their food is simple flavor-wise but their service and presentation are excellent. Our waiter was super kind and happy and the restaurant generally has positive vibes. Makes for a nice quick bite!

La Chilanguita Taco Truck – 4179 Moorpark Ave #4167, San Jose, CA 95117 – This authentic taco truck has no frills but still offers a cheap and delicious eating experience. I liked the carne asada tacos most. I think their horchata tastes addicting and tasty as well.

I was going to recommend San Mateo restaurants for outdoor dining because the area had entire streets closed off or set up to cater to outdoor customers however it seems the area may close down again. Pictured above is a quick bite bento box lunch from NI-MO Japanese Cuisine – 73 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401 – The food tasted fresh and simple, nothing noteworthy, its a nice place to eat outside.

Do you like hot waffles and cold ice-cream? If you do then you’ll love takeout from Cocohodo Sunnyvale – 1082 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087. They have two small tables and chairs right by the entrance, so we were able to eat outside of the restaurant. I ordered the Green Tea waffle with bananas and green tea ice-cream. We also got shaved mango ice and both dishes tasted delightful!

If you crave a Korean BBQ “feast style” meal the best place to go in the South Bay is Tobang – 1052 Kiely Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95051 – They make grilled meat and serve other popular Korean dishes like seafood pancakes. What makes them stand out is their welcoming customer service and large portions with extra sides if you have a large order.

Somi Somi – 19540 Vallco Pkwy #160, Cupertino, CA 95014 – I’ve been here twice and both experiences were perfect. They offer soft serve and fish shaped waffle cones. I love the black sesame ice-cream and crunchy topping options! ❀

Recommendation ~ Black Girl Magic Wine

I recently came across Black Girl Magic wine at the wine store and fell in love with the owners’ story. The McBrides winery is majority women employed and the owners are two bi-racial sisters who did not know of each other and lived across the world from one another. They eventually found each other and opened a wine business, this is one of few women-owned wine businesses that exist! Read more and see their online store here –Β https://www.mcbridesisters.com/Sisters-Story

Wine link https://www.mcbridesisters.com/Black-Girl-Magic ❀

The Health Edit πŸ‹πŸ½β€β™€οΈ

Hey ya’ll, I thought I’d share some of the things I eat and drink to maintain health. Please note and know everyone’s health varies and you should consult your medical professional before taking any advice.

Here are my tips:

Kor Shots – Ginger – “Wellness”

As I’ve stated in a previous blog post, drinking ginger tea made by boiling ginger root is super healthful. Kor’s ginger shots are an excellent health pick-me-up. Ginger fights infection, additionally the shots have cayenne pepper and this combination of ingredients both boosts immunity and fastens your metabolism.

Kor shots are typically sold individually in most supermarkets and online at different retailers. It also is sold on the Kor Shots site itself. The shipping cost is a little steep at $20 however, the site does rotate promotions for free shipping.

Check out this article by Healthline to read more about ginger and other natural ingredients that fight viruses and infection.

Buddha Blend Immunity Tea

I love this tea so much because it helps keep your gut and body aligned. The tea is packaged in bleach-free bags and without any additives. The ingredients have anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants, and herbs that support respiratory health, specifically nettle leaf and hyssop.

Sorrel Loose Leaf Tea

Sorrel from Jamaica is well known in the Caribbean and Central America for its anti-viral properties and overall health benefits. My Panamanian grandmother always made my family drink it. It is typically found in ethnic supermarkets in the loose leaf form. It can be boiled with ginger root, strained, and cooled to become a beverage. A tip is to add more water to dilute it once it is ready and sugar to sweeten the tart flavor.

The age old garlic method – as most people know eating half of a whole raw garlic clove wonders to fight infection and illness as well because raw garlic is a natural antibiotic. Garlic can help fight summer allergies by acting as a natural decongestant. Check out this article for more information by HTC Health

I wish you health always! ❀

Jo Malone Fragrance Review πŸ‡

I purchased Jo Malone cologne and body lotion and also got a body creme sample.

  • The Pomegranate Noir Body & Hand Lotion – I LOVE the smell of spices and fruit, if you also like that kind of scent you’ll adore this body lotion. The key notes are pomegranate, casablanca lily, and guaiawood. I like to use this body lotion after my night shower with my Blackberry & Bay Cologne. I think the combination is heavenly. I can still smell the lotion and perfume on my skin when I wake up in the morning. The fragrance is extremely long-lasting.

  • Mimosa & Cardamom Deluxe Body Creme Sample – The top notes are cardamom, mimosa, and tonka bean. I enjoy this body creme, but I prefer the pomegranate noir scent. The texture is thicker and more velvety than other lotions. It has hydrating oils like jojoba seed, cocoa seed, and sweet almond oil. It smells most like cardamon to me. What I most like about this product is that it sinks into my skin despite the thickness.

Blackberry & Bay Cologne – This cologne works best with my body chemistry from the Jo Malone line. The top notes are blackberry, bay leaves, and cedarwood. The scent is most like blackberries, and bay leaves in my opinion. It is balanced and present but not overpowering. It has a sophisticated fruity smell.

Ending this post with my nails, the nail artist is super talented and hand-painted them! ❀

Just Nutritive Hair Growth Products

Hey everyone, have you heard of the brand Just Nutritive? They carry many products from hair care to body care like anti-aging treatments, but they specialize in hair growth products. They even have a product to get rid of bald spots. I purchased a few products from this line:

The Pre-Wash Treatment – This is a pre-shampoo treatment helps prevent frizz and heat damage.

Grow New Hair Treatment – This treatment stimulates the hair follicles for growth. It also balances the scalp for optimal health from any imbalance caused by chemicals, medication, or stress.

Nightly Scalp Massage – This scalp massage product relaxes the scalp to stimulate growth with rosemary, thyme, atlas cedarwood, horsetail extract, sea buckthorn oil, apricot kernel oil, and more. 

Protein and Vitamin Treatment – This treatment is made to thicken your hair with hydrolyzed proteins. I like to massage my scalp with this product every now and then. It does not need to get washed out.

Grow New Hair Shampoo – This shampoo is non-drying and gentle enough to encourage the growth of your hair. I love it, and it works on my natural hair roots when I wash my braids. 

Grow New Hair Conditioner – This conditioner is formulated to lessen hair breakage and fallout. It moisturizes my natural roots and has a spa-like herbal smell.

If you’re struggling with hair breakage or loss I highly recommend you look into this line and see if one or more of their products can help you. So far my hair has been growing faster than usual with my hair care routine and it is back to its original thickness. ❀

Summer Body Care cont.🌴

St. Ives – Refreshing Body Wash, Rose Water and Aloe Vera. Price $3.10-$3.99

I recommend this body wash because it is affordable, pleasantly scented, lathers well, and hydrating. There’s nothing more to ask for right? Plus, this brand is cruelty-free and vegan. The smell is rose-like and not overpowering or chemical smelling.

I love body scrubs from this Mer-Sea & Co. line. The Coconut Sugar body scrub is just as lovely as Vanilla Sugar, though I prefer the Vanilla scent this coconut scent is more mellow. This scrub is perfect for those who favor coconut scents and scents that are not loud. The scrub lathers well in my hands, and the scrub itself is balanced in texture, not too hard or too soft. I recommend this scrub to bring on the summery coconut vibes. 

What are your favorite summer body care products?

Peter Thomas Roth

I’ve tried out four Peter Thomas Roth products: the Potent-C Face Lotion, Vita-E Eye Cream, and Thermal Therapy Duo. Here are my thoughts on the products:

I think Peter Thomas Roth excels in eye creams. Though the reviews for Vita-E Eye Cream, pictured in the pink bottle below, are low on many sites due to the product’s texture, I love it!

See butter-like texture here

This eye cream MUST get melted down between your fingers before applying it. This is due to the product’s cold butter texture. I want to continue using this eye cream because I’ve noticed a difference in the sides of the eyes. In the past, there was a faint wrinkle on the side when I smiled wide and now I’ve noticed that wrinkle is gone. I know this is due in part to diligence overall in my skincare routine but I really think this eye cream helped make a major stride in the youthful appearance of my eyes.

Though I favor this eye cream, my mother loves the collagen eye cream from this brand and believes it has helped create a firmer look under her eyes.

Lastly, what I love about this eye cream is that it is formulated to protect your eyes from screen use on your laptop and phone that can cause premature aging. I definitely think it is a great product to look into as a student or someone working from home with a laptop or computer.

Moving on to the Potent-C Face lotion, pictured in an orange-silver container, this orange-colored face lotion formulated with excellent ingredients like collagen, ginger root extract, and turmeric. The key ingredients listed on Dermstore are ferulic acid, which is an antioxidant, Vitamin E, and THD ascorbate, which is a strong form of Vitamin C used primarily on aging skin. Potent-C has 20% THD making this one of the strongest products on the market. 

Overall, I like how this face lotion brightened my appearance, but I do not consider it a favorite because I prefer DHC collagen cream (which I’ve previously blogged about). However, I know I can reach for this product in the future.

The Anti-Aging face wash is an exfoliating gel that effectively cleanses my skin but it does dry out the lower half of my face. I think the texture is on par or maybe even better than Le Mieux Exfoliating Gel. I highly recommend looking into this face wash because it has helped minimize the congestion of my skin on my forehead. Some reviewers with sensitive skin claim this face wash broke them out so be sure to check out the ingredient list and those reviews if your skin is sensitive. My skin is sensitive but this product did not irritate my face. I think this face was is best suited for oily skin. I’ve been using it only on my forehead and on my shoulder blades to prevent skin congestion during the summer.

The Thermal Therapy Duo makes a lovely gift. Both products work wonderfully. The facial scrub is layered onto your clean dry face and then activated after 3 minutes with wet fingers. The water on your fingers will make the mask warm as it gently exfoliates your skin. The face lotion is standard and moisturizing without a strong scent and formulated with Hungarian thermal water. I like using these products to cleanse and moisturize my skin when it feels congested.

What are your thoughts on the brand Peter Thomas Roth? ❀

Amazon Skincare FindsπŸ’

Amazon Skincare Finds

Bliss Mighty Marshmallow Mask – This fluffy pink mask almost looks like the stuff Teletubbies used to drink. It feels soft on my skin and it did not burn when I applied it to my face after waxing. The key ingredients are Marshmallow Root Extract, Vitamin C Powerhouse Blend, Olive Leaf Extract, Lime, Lemon, Pine and Eucalyptus Oils, and Zinc PCA.

It appears it is sold cheaper by ULTA but it is currently out of stock. The Bliss site itself has email sign up discounts.

Bliss Mighty Marshmallow Mask

https://www.blissworld.com/mighty-marshmallow-brightening-face-mask/

Matcha Mood Mask – With key ingredients green tea extract and aloe vera this vegan mask both soothes and strengthens your skin with the antioxidant green tea. The texture is like green tea ice cream. It has no strong scent or irritants. It is also formulated with vitamin B3. Vitamin B3 helps with skin water loss and can lessen the appearance of wrinkles by smoothing out your skin texture. What I enjoy about this mask is that it does not leave my skin feeling dry afterwards like most clay masks or clarifying masks do.

Matcha Mood Mask

Jeju Green Tea Mask – These sheet masks are formulated with green tea jelly. The green tea extracts help soothe irritated or red skin, and it helps prevent breakouts with antimicrobial properties! I used this mask while taking a bath and it felt like the ultimate expression of self-care.

**I will link these masks at a later time, for some reason they disappeared off Amazon, this is where I bought them from – https://amzn.to/2Va8Z5l

Honorable Mention – Cherry Lip Mask

This lip mask has key ingredients honey, cherry essence, and coenzyme. What coenzyme does is diminish damage to your lips created by environmental factors like sun exposure. I love that the mask does not feel greasy on my lips. It has a light and pleasant cherry scent. ❀

*Amazon affiliate links used in this post*

Summer Body Care πŸοΈπŸ₯₯🍍

Bring the beach home with these summer body care products.

Senorita Margarita Body Wash – The scent of this body wash is hard to describe it is lime-like but mellow smelling at the same time. There is no strong citrus smell but rather a soft clean fresh scent. It does not irritate my sensitive skin.

Tee Hut Tahitian Vanilla Bean Body Scrub – Honestly, any body scrub from the Tee Hut line is fantastic and affordable. I think this brand has the best non-greasy body scrubs for under $7. The thing that makes this body scrub summer worthy is the sand-like texture. The scent is also pleasant and not overpowering.

CoCo Glow Coconut Body Oil – I love this body oil’s summery coconut scent with notes of pineapple. It is formulated with coconut oil, sweet almond oil, rice bran oil, and jojoba seed oil. An affordable alternative to using this body oil is to just use sweet almond oil on your skin instead. Nonetheless, this oil is non-greasy, nourishing, and it smells like sunny skies and palm trees in a bottle.

Vanilla Milk Foaming Body Scrub – Heaven in a bottle, the ultimate treat, I love this delicious smelling vanilla body scrub! This brand is influenced by the ocean, so it is the perfect summer body product to bring the beach home. The scent of this body scrub is strong, in the best possible way, and lasting yet powdery, and it makes my skin and the whole bathroom for the matter smell like an expensive spa! The texture is bouncy and non-abrasive. The foaming action happens when the product is massaged in your hands or on your body. ❀

Bay Area Eats Series – Takeaway Edition

Fashion Wok

We ordered the Spices Satay Beef Wok at the Fashion Wok restaurant for takeout. The prices are incredibly reasonable with a range of about $12-20 total for two people. The ingredients tasted fresh and the flavors were balanced. Additionally, all of the spices and sauces were packed separately from the food so that we could add as much or at little as we wanted.

Konjoe Burger

I’ve ordered from Konjoe twice and both experiences were amazing. I recommend trying the Galbi burger or Spicy Chicken sandwich with seasoned fries. I like eating here on a cheat day and it’s also a great idea to split a burger to taste something different without over-indulging. The other burger we tried here is the Konjoe Burger but, Galbi beats the Konjoe burger by a landslide flavor-wise in my opinion and the Spicy Chicken Sandwich is a close second!

Grub Burger Bar

This restaurant offers to-go cocktails in addition to food. The customer service is always excellent and the chicken sandwiches we ordered tasted very satisfying and flavorful with varied ingredients and dipping sauces! They offer a chickpea vegetarian burger as well.