Sometimes it takes years to get comfortable in your skin, to stand out from the crowd and find the beauty in being yourself.  To get to that place where you’re sitting in the beauty of who are you are and who you are becoming– as you grow.  Without the comparisons, without the judgments, without fighting.  It takes courage to live in this world and be yourself, especially when you’re sitting uncomfortably in your difference trying to figure out who you are, especially when the popular thing is to follow the

garlic, a love story


Get ready! Because it’s my goal to help you fall in-love with garlic and all its many health benefits. Yessss.  Garlic!  It’s probably one of the world’s healthiest foods.  No exaggeration!  Garlic’s medicinal purposes and benefits of garlic in the body are endless, and I mean endlesssss –It’ll blow you away.  As for its flavoring capabilities — it’s uncanny, unparrelled.  Legendary, even.  Cooking with garlic could easily turn you into the winning contestant on Master Chef, it’ll fix every bland dish you ever encounter, and it’s the one thing that’ll make your Thanksgiving dinner a fan favorite.

Beautiful thoughts build a beautiful soul – Dr. Wayne Dyer ♥ Beauty is how you feel inside and it reflects in  your eyes. It’s not something physical. – Sophia Loren ♥ A beautiful life begins with a beautiful heart. It’s an inside job first. – Diarra Yaw ♥ I’m not a stereotypically beautiful woman, and I’m so happy that I’m not. I’ve seen those ladies – the need to be attractive at all times is ghastly. Also, in your twenties, if you are beautiful, everything comes to you, so you

review: boy brow


Glossier’s boy brow After spending four months on the 10,000+ person waiting list I was finally able to get my hands on the much talked about and highly respected boy brow by Glossier.  A bit of transparency here aka my personal beauty hack, for the past few months I’ve been using my mascara to fill in my brows.  {insert gasp}  I also use the mascara to cover my grays. {gasp again} This means I have mascara for my lashes and mascara for my hair and brows.  This process was working

The case of the High-Low dress I was completely off the fence when it came to the high-low dress hemline.  To me it seemed a little unfinished or a little like the hem got caught between a dog’s teeth.  Something appeared undone; incomplete.  If you’re getting the picture that I didn’t love it, you’re right.  In fact, I really really didn’t love it. When my mom gave me this one, a short dress with middle eastern floral prints in the pink/purple color way, I wasn’t sure what to do.  So, I thanked her and

There’s a filter for that In today’s world it’s easy to look good, great even.  Flawless, stunning, sexy, to be considered attractive–hot!  And with the right Instagram filter you go from having bags under the eyes to instantly tight skin, in seconds.  If you’d like to shave off years of  stress and tiredness showing up in your skin–there’s a filter for that.  Appearing slimmer and slimmer, there’s a filter for that.  Contoured cheekbones– there’s a filter for that.  If you’ve always wanted that dream body with a strong desire for chocolate bar abs, there’s a

It has been a long journey to getting CityCalledBeautiful started.  After countless hours, days, weeks, months, years even of mulling it over and over and over and over and over and over again I exhausted myself trying to make it perfect–trying to write all the right words in my voice with my style and in such a way that would bring tears to my primary school English teacher’s eyes, of course all while adding the perfect images as I see them on the overhead projector in my head.  It’s really

Two things. Beauty.  And Dove. Yessss Dove the soap that’s been around forever.  This film is particularly special to me because not only do I love the message of beauty portrayed by Dove but I also am an avid user of the soap.  It’s the one cleanser I love and trust, and use every single day.  It’s inexpensive, easy to find around the world, and while it cleans still keeps moisture in the face minus that icky stripped feeling. As for beauty, its exploration is a large part of the

berry good

Strawberries!  Raspberries!! Blueberries!!! Blackberries!!!! These are the usual suspects on my plate- the bad boys of the berry club.  I was zooming through Downtown LA when I saw these beauties just hanging out at Mando’s vendor stand at a Farmer’s market, off Spring Street.  I pulled over. I had to.  I started sampling them like it was my first time tasting berries.  And because of a ravenous sweet tooth it’s easy to think that blueberries and blackberries are my favorite. Having only enough space in my backpack to fit a pebble- you

the places we go

Aaah Barbados!  It’s one of my favorite places in the world.  One that holds very significant childhood memories.  I had my first kiss in Barbados.  I think?!  It was also the last vacation we took as a family before my parents separated.  It’s where I spent hours telling my aunt my teenage woes and helping my little cousins figure out their math homework.  It’s where I spent hours mastering my backstroke and floating techniques.  A place I spent nursing wounds deep in laughter with cousins and friends alike.  For me Barbados was where I held some of the

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