Makeup, Skincare, and All Things Beauty Gift Guide

A Girl in LA’s first holiday gift guide is here! All things beauty features a vast selection of makeup, skincare, and haircare favorites—from limited edition kits, to our go-to brands, all in a variety of price points.  Throughout the holiday season we’ll be posting themed gift guides for everyone on your list, so bookmark this page to stay in the loop! 1. Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol. 2 | Anastasia Beverly Hills | $60 2. The Cosmetics Case | $58 + The Mesh Pouch Trio | $24 (Béis) 3. Studio 54 Audacious Lipstick | Nars | $34  4. Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar | CiatéRead More →

Gourmet Halloween Treats That Take Snacking To Another Level

I have nothing against snacking on “fun size” candy bars but when it comes to Halloween, I search for something more decadent. My go-to candy brands are Sugarfina and Dylan’s Candy Bar, but for the month of October I try to sample gourmet sweets from a variety of brands. One of my favorites is indulging in chocolates and sugary snacks that are imported from other countries. There’s just something about knowing that they were handcrafted in Holland like these lollipops, or created in Spain like these gummies. Here are my 15 must try gourmet Halloween treats that will satisfy any sweet tooth.  1. A samplerRead More →

East Coast Trip

At the start of the summer, I visited Arizona and now I’m getting ready to head to my childhood home in New England. I’ll be staying in Massachusetts and then vacationing at the beach in Connecticut. (You can read about my summers at the CT shore here.) Aside from spending time with Billy and my family, I’m looking forward to visiting the places I frequented while I was growing up. There are so many, but here are a few that are on my itinerary: a boat ride to Block Island, shopping in Olde Mistick Village, having Sunday brunch at Water’s Edge Beach Resort and SpaRead More →

My 10 Best Purchases of 2019 That Were Worth Every Penny

I started reflecting on what I’ve bought (so far) this year, and of them what has made my life easier. From spending late nights searching on Amazon (because let’s be honest, Amazon has everything); to scrolling through my favorite shopping websites while looking for beauty products, denim shorts, and sandals. As I was sitting at brunch the other day, chatting with friends and the topic of new purchases came up these are the products that came to mind because they’ve given me value or happiness, or both. Here are my 10 best purchases of 2019 that I recommend to my friends over and over again.Read More →

Wedding Gift Etiquette: All Your Questions Answered + A Gift Guide

Wedding season is in full swing and picking out the ideal gift for the bride and groom can at times be challenging. Maybe they didn’t create a registry so you’re not certain what to get them, or you waited until the last minute and now there’s nothing left on it choose from. Then there’s issues like finding a gift in your price range (what should you spend anyways?). Here are all your answers to wedding gift etiquette along with 40 suggestions that couples will love (and they won’t get returned).  I like to follow a guideline based on the relationship (not the cost per plate),Read More →

A Girl in LA Shopping Guide

  A Girl in LA Shopping Guide Clothing Swimwear and Beachwear Dresses Tops and Bodysuits Bottoms Denim Rompers and Jumpsuits Sleepwear and Intimates Outerwear Athleisure Casual Tops Casual Bottoms Jewelry Accessories Shoes Beauty Essentials Makeup Hair and Beauty Essentials For the Home Books and Stationary Gifts Home Goods and Decor Travel and Tech *We use affiliate links. You can view our privacy policy here.Read More →

Arizona Trip Packing List

In a few days Billy and I will be heading to Arizona (where he grew up) to watch his son graduate high school and to spend time with my family who will also be there. I’ve never been to the desert before so I’m thrilled to explore an area that’s so unique to me. We’ll be staying in Scottsdale and spending most of our time there and in Phoenix. On my list of things to do is shopping at Fashion Square, exploring Old Town, and taking photos at the Desert Botanical Garden. If there’s time I’d love to check out some museums and devote aRead More →

45 Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas That She‘s Bound To Love

Since I moved to L.A. I rarely get to spend Mother’s Day with my mom because she lives on the opposite side of the country. This year however, we’ll be celebrating it a week later while we’re both vacationing in Phoenix. I’ve been searching for a unique gift to bring with me; something that goes beyond the typical flowers and jewelry. While I was browsing, I came across so many great things, from budget-friendly, to splurge-worthy, (and stuff I want for myself). Hoping to help others find the perfect present, I made a gift guide with my favorites. Here are 45 unique Mother’s Day giftRead More →

beauty gift guide

Whether you’re shopping for your mom who wants a luxurious facial serum, a friend who loves nail polish, or your girlfriend who asked for a new blush palette—it’s all here! Our beauty gift guide is broken down into three categories: $25 and under, $50 and under, and $75 and up. We’ve also included some of our favorite limited edition holiday items from our favorite beauty brands! 1. Sunset Pink + Rose Gold Glitter Set | Skinnydip | $25 2. Avocado Sheet Face Mask | Oh K! | $3.99 3. Shiny Pretty Things Fix + Party Three-Piece Set | MAC | $12 4. Parental Advisory Pandemonium EyeshadowRead More →

My Christmas wish list

Every year once I’m finished with my holiday shopping I create my Christmas wish list to make it easier on my friends and family. I’m hard to shop for because I like specific labels and particular pieces. As I was working on A Girl in LA’s annual gift guides, I came across so many things I fell in love with. From clothing, to jewelry, to items for my apartment. These are the top 20 gifts I’m asking for this Christmas. Doheny Blouse Sanctuary $89 This reminds me of something Blair Waldorf would wear. The high neckline, the sheer sleeves, and the elegant flower print makeRead More →