La La Style

I’ve never been to Los Angeles with a native.

Much like being taken around with somebody who has local cred for living or being from Hawaii, being toured around with a LA local is a different experience.

Not to mention my guy is a “valley boy”.

Weeks up until the trip I asked him for an itinerary – where were we going, who would we see, dressy, casual, jeans, slacks, dresses or shorts?

I mean men just don’t think of clothes the same way women do.

What’s appropriate-what’s not. What’s too fancy, too sexy, too casual, too old, too young blah blah blah.


The point is I ended up with a suitcase of clothes that numbered the amount of options planned for a month-long vacation.


White jeans, white ankle-length, shorts, skirt – all white.

4 tank tops – from black to shiny to hot pink.

2 what I call “rumple” skirts-habutai silk skirts dressable up or down.

2 long sleeve knit tops.

4 variations on black t-shirts.

4 dresses appropriate for evening but wearable for day.

1 pink golf shirt ( I wore it to the Beverly Hills Hotel to have a drink at the famous Polo Lounge.  The shade of pink was exactly what the valets were wearing, plus of course my standard white jeans-I’m surprised no one tagged me to go trot after their BMW).

1 jean jacket-perfect for the plane. ( I always wear machine washable clothes on the plane – you never know what someone before sat on, in, over…..).

2 shawls – one turquoise pashmina, one black cashmere-really for the plane-it helps cutt down on cold air drafts and other things unmentionable!

1 shanghai tang evening jacket with mandarin collar.

Don’t get me started on my shoe options, but I took more than I wear on a typical week at home!

The heaviest thing in my suitcase is my make up bag-I tried to repack it but at the end of the day, I like options.

Laura Mercier – radiant primer, tinted moisturizer and silk creme foundation.

Make Up Forever HD Powder-perfect for setting make up and taking down shine.

Laura Mercier lip liner, 2 lipsticks, 1 gloss-but mostly I wear my Maybelienne Baby Lips Grape Lip Balm.

Bobbie Brown and Laura Mercier Brow Powder-the LM color is softer for day, the BB Mahogany is great for night for an intense look.

MAC Zoom Lash-my favorite. I’ve strayed to others but come back to this frequently. One brush and done. Now that I’ve been using Grande Lash MD for a month I need less and less mascara.

Laura Mercier blush and Bobbi Brown Hot Pink blush for a pop of color and to shade it to clothes with more blue in the color.

Plus skincare-Kiehl’s Power Concentrate Vit C, Rosa Artica, Clarins SPF40. Sample packets of ReVive’ Eye Renewal, SPF15 Sensitif.

Next week for a weekend on MAUI.

Packing list.

1 dress for Alan Wong’s new AmAsia.

2 shorts for the house and cruising around.

4 t-shirts.

Makeup that fits in a small Elemis box-everything has to do double-duty or in sample size.

What’s the difference? I know where I’m going.


Got Protection? Tinted Sunscreen

I’m always on the prowl for anything new in the way of sunscreen.  Living in Hawaii it’s a necessity with pretty much sunny weather 365 days a year.

A few weeks ago I was tooling around Nordstroms and picked up a sample of the Clarin’s spf 40 Tinted Moisturizer that is offered in light, medium and dark shades.

Love the texture- the tinted version uses the same as the original formula, which is a opaque white but dries clear with no chalky look.

There’s a few reservations I have for the product. As usual for most products that have the one size fits all approach of light, medium, dark-they don’t take into consideration all the different shades of complexion.  Which is ok, but if that’s all you’re wearing in terms of foundation-one size does not fit all.

The other thing I was thinking this morning as I did my morning routine, was if I use only the tinted moisturizer, would I be covering all areas on my face?  I put my foundation on with a very light hand, just a little pea of product which I rub with my fingertips and pat on.

A far cry from the recommended dime size dollop of sunscreen-and that’s really for those creamy thick formulas that you wear to the beach.

I use the regular formula Clarins spf40 as my daily face sunscreen and I draw out about an inch of product and using the same fingertip rub motion I pat that on, but all over.

So, if I was only using the tinted moisturizer I wouldn’t necessarily get it on my entire face.

So it makes sense to use both regular sunscreen, followed by the tinted version. But isn’t that double?

Yeah, but more is better when it comes to sunscreen.

And then there’s foundations and BB creams with spf.

In my opinion, same thing.  You really need to use regular sunscreen under, and put the color product on over.

I’ve done both for years, foundation and sunscreen- even if the foundation has spf15-but why is it so low?  Is it because higher spfs mess with the foundation formula?

Must be something like that, because I have tried all my sunscreens-Clarins, Trish McAvoy, Laura Mercier’s Primer w spf, Neutragena and my outdoor screen, Ocean Potion and none of them work well with the Laura Mercier’s new moisturizing foundation.

I put sunscreen on, let it dry, and everything I have tried so far, the new foundation “pills” and I end up smearing it off. Ick. Not my favorite thing since I disliked doing anything that pulls or tugs my skin.

I can only thing using a makeup sponge or brush would make the problem worse and more streaky weird.

In a few days, I’m going to Nordstorms event with the Laura Mercier national artist applying the makeup-so I will definitely ask, What’s up?

But as for sunscreen, apply, and repeat.