Money Saving Tips on Budgeting, Investing, Debt Relief and Planning For Your Future

No matter your age, saving money, keeping track of your finances and preparing for your future are incredibly important. Being financially smart can be a difficult task since most of us weren’t taught this in school, and the knowledge usually comes from research and/or experience. Based on my journey into planning for my future, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite money saving tips. From planning for retirement, to keeping credit card debt low, and investing in stocks, this is some of the advice that I’ve been given, which has helped me become financially independent. Create savings goals and break them intoRead More →

The Beauty Products I Buy On Repeat

I’m often sent various beauty products to test out. From serums, to creams, to masks, I’m always looking to discover new things. To be completely honest though, because I’m so picky about what I put on my skin, I’ll usually end up using it once or twice and then giving it away. The items which I’ve highlighted below are the beauty products I can’t live without and buy on repeat. I’ve been using most of these for years, so I know they work. Cleanser Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser. ($22) A facial cleanser needs to achieve three things in order for me to continue rebuying it.Read More →

5 Day Trips You Can Take This Summer From Los Angeles

With spring and summer on the horizon, taking a day trip from Los Angeles to one of these destinations is a fun way to vacation without going too far. There are so many must-see spots you can travel to that are just a short distance away. I’ve chosen five of my go-to destinations and highlighted my favorite restaurants, things to do, and attractions at each. For each trip, the starting point is Downtown Los Angeles, departing at 7AM. Ojai, Ventura County – 1 hour 40 minutes “With nature all around you and bohemian vibes, there’s so much to do and see in this charming town.”Read More →

The Athletic Apparel I Can’t Get Enough Of

While I’ve recently jumped back into working out full time and rejoined a gym (after taking almost a year off), there were a few things I needed in terms of athletic apparel. The week before I planned to return, I went through my drawer where I keep all my gym clothes. As I sorted through my leggings, shorts, and tops, I realized most of it was over a year old and looked like it had been through a lot. I turned to one of my go-to brands and stocked up on a few essentials, which I’ve highlighted below. There’s just something about getting new workoutRead More →

Springtime in Los Angeles and All The Things I’m Looking Forward To Doing

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been an entire year since the Covid-19 lockdowns began. Most of 2020 was spent hibernating indoors, but things are finally looking up. Restaurants, museums, movie theaters, salons, and other businesses are opening up again after being closed for months. While there will still be mask mandates and capacity limits to ensure everyone’s safety, I’m eager to return to a sense of normalcy. This means that springtime in Los Angeles will be the start of getting back to our lives pre-Covid, especially with the influx of vaccines becoming readily available. We still need to be careful when we’re goingRead More →

Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Returning to The Gym a Year Later

Last week I was reading an old blog post I wrote back in 2018. It was a list of fitness tips that I had discovered over the years. In it, I detailed the various things I did that led me to make healthy lifestyle choices and kick ass in the gym. Fast forward three years and things have changed dramatically. Before last week, I hadn’t stepped inside a gym in almost a year. As soon as the gyms (and everything else) shut down in Los Angeles, I purchased a treadmill, dumbbells, and resistance bands and did my best to have a decent workout inside myRead More →

15 Minute No Bake Protein Brownie Bars

The other day @unicornsuperfoods reposted a delicious looking recipe for no bake protein brownie bars. Ever since I saw it, I have been dying to try them. Aside from the Unicorn Superfood protein powder (that I already had) the recipe required only five ingredients. Yesterday, I made them and couldn’t believe what little time it took (under 15 minutes). Instead of following the exact recipe, I used chocolate fudge protein powder rather than vanilla cake. If you’re in need of an energy boost, these plant-based brownie bars are a decadent afternoon pick me up or an ideal pre-workout snack! You will need: 1 cup darkRead More →

What It’s Like to Style a Music Video + The Premiere of “The Comeback”

Fashion is my genuine passion and primary source of creativity. Looking through runway archives is like wandering around an art museum. One of my favorite pastimes is viewing street style from around the world on social media, to use as inspiration for my personal style. For as long as I can remember, my dream career was to work in the creative field of styling. While I was in college, I worked as a celebrity wardrobe stylist, which I talk about here. A lot has changed this past year, which has led me to rethink what I want to do. Lately, I’ve been learning more towardsRead More →

How to Heal Your Dry and Cracked Hands Once and For All

Every winter like clockwork, my hands become dry and cracked. This is something I’ve dealt with year after year (even when I lived in Los Angeles and it was significantly warmer than the East Coast). It starts around October and lasts until April or when the weather begins to warm up. If I slack off on applying lotion, I’ll get painful cuts all over my hands (especially on my knuckles). I’ve come to accept that it’s a side effect of winter caused by a lack of humidity in the air and over-washing my hands. Over the years I can’t begin to count the various lotions,Read More →

Everything Gina Watched (and Enjoyed) During Quarantine

While quarantining during most of 2020, I had a lot of free time. I saw a myriad of movies, documentaries, and TV shows that kept me entertained and inspired. There were so many that stood out, I feel like they deserve to be discussed. Now that it’s winter, it’s that time of the year (no matter where you live), where your couch and TV become your best friends. There’s nothing more comforting than making a cup of hot chocolate and watching an entertaining TV show (or film) on a rainy or snowy night. Here is my list of 10 TV shows, movies, and documentaries thatRead More →