Mom & KidsSnuggle up with Aden + Anais

8062_1-classic-sleeping-bag-up-up-awayThe transition to summer is always an exciting one in our household, between sunny afternoons by the pool, beach trips, and yummy barbeques. Sleeping in warmer weather is a little trickier though, because it can be either too hot or too cold, and I’m contantly adjusting the thermostat in the middle of the night. For my little one, Aden+Anais has the perfect solution to summer slumber, a super lightweight Classic Sleeping Bag. It allows a breathable and comforting layer to stay on all night without restricting moderate movement. I’ve raved about the signature muslin before, and have yet to find anything even comparable. It really does get softer with every wash! I just zip the bag over her diaper and pajama top and she’s snug as a bug all night.

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Obsessions, TechObsession of the Moment: Braven 710 Ultimate Bluetooth Speaker

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Eco & Organic, Fitness & HealthGlow Bio Cleanse

cleanseA rainy day is perfect for a cleanse since I like to think of the rain as a metaphor for the outflow of toxins and impurities from my body. At the end of it, the reward is a clear sky and a glow! I just tried the 1-day Glow Bio Cleanse, a new generation program designed by New York Times best-selling author and nutritionist Kimberly Snyder. She’s an inspiration on her own, she’s gorgeous and fit, and throws out helpful tips on a daily basis- did you know you’re supposed to eat fruit on an empty stomach? Each organic cleanse begins and ends with the fiber-filled Glowing Green Smoothie, sandwiching in Cold-Pressed Juices enhanced with probiotics to aid digestion. Shots in between juices are powerful benefit-driven boosters which are easy to get down and add a zing of energy (especially the spicy ginger shot!). The purpose of the strict order of consumption is to maximize the nutritional benefits and get your body back to harmony.

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TechHTC One (M8) Harman Kardon Edition

Ed Note: It’s fair to say that little brothers–especially my own–probably don’t concern themselves too much with the day-to-day going ons of this blog. After all, one of his recent text messages to me read: “What is Balenciaga and why is it so big? I’ve never heard of it before.”

But when I got my hands on the new HTC One Harman Kardon Edition, I knew there was only one person who could test it for me and leave no app unopened. So below, is my brother first (and hopefully not last!) contribution to The Daily Obsession!

By Frank Hou

htcm8I recently had the pleasure of trying out the HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon Edition. It is a premium version of the (M8), with focus on the music experience. Needless to say, I’ve been very impressed with the phone, and have had a difficult time finding any flaws. Below are just a few of my favorite things about the phone.

1. The Hardware

HTC really killed it last year with the  design of the HTC One, and has outdone itself with this year with the (M8). Most of the flagship phones for Android, such as the Galaxy S5 and the Nexus 5, are made primarily of plastic. The HTC One (M8) is made nearly entirely of metal, with a polished back, curved edges, and a stunning screen finished with Gorilla glass. It can be a tad slippery to hold at times, and iPhone users using it with just one hand may find it a bit cumbersome. However, the larger real estate, packed with 1080×1920 pixels, provides a much more immersive experience for apps like Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest (haha just kidding. I don’t use that but my sister says it’s cool.). Overall, the HTC One (M8) aluminum body displays thoughtful engineering and beautiful aesthetics that may have surpassed the current barometer for smartphone design, the iPhone 5S.

2. Entertainment and Media

The (M8) is a premium phone for watching videos and listening to music. Watching Nexflix or YouTube is a great experience, with quick HD streaming and plenty of space to notice the small details. What is most impressive, especially in the Harman Kardon edition, is the dual front-facing BoomSound speakers. The stereo speakers deliver excellent sound quality, making music and video a key component of the (M8). HTC really shows off its commitment with a new feature called the Clari-Fi. It promises to augment low-resolution tracks, such as .mp3 files, with enhanced depth and detail. A similar feature is the LifeStage technology, which creates a live performance-feel into ordinary tracks.

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Beauty, SkincareJosie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47

josiemaranarganspfYou guys, I’m obsessed with Josie Maran’s Argan oil products. Totally, totally obsessed. My skin is sensitive and had been really red and flaky for some time (damn you, fickle weather!), so I tried applying her regular ol’ Argan Oil before my moisturizer at night and seriously, in about a week, all the redness and flakiness was gone. And it’s stayed gone.

So naturally when I heard about Josie Maran’s new Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47, I had to try it. Once again, a very wise decision.The moisturizer is great–it’s thick, but not so thick that it feels greasy or gross (my pet peeve in moisturizers with sunscreen) and I love that it has a high SPF. I’m very fair and burn easily, so as much as I may like some daytime moisturizers that I’ve tried with lower SPF’s, they’re just not practical for me if I plan on spending any time in the sun at all. But having an SPF 47 is a lot of protection for my average days since I don’t spend a ton of time outside in the direct sun (just enough that an SPF of 30 or below isn’t practical). I’ve been using it for about two weeks now and it’s definitely protecting my skin and keeping it really well moisturized (no redness or flakiness has returned!). It does have a little bit of a sunscreen scent, but nothing overwhelming at all and I find that it goes away quickly once I smooth it into my skin. All my fellow pale skin friends – definitely check this one out!

Accessories, BagsObsession of the Moment: Ellington Handbags Tracy Tote

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Beauty, NailsTickled and Bubbly

zoyatickledWith the temperature hovering around what can only be described as “hotter than hell” in Los Angeles as I’m writing this, I’m taking the time to enjoy all the inside activities that I can right now. This includes mani-pedis because not only does it involve air conditioning (sweet, sweet air conditioning…) but it’s also a relatively inexpensive way to pamper yourself. And for my next mani-pedi, I’m taking along Zoya’s new summer shades – the Tickled and Bubbly collections.  The Tickled collection is made up of all creams, which I personally really love for my fingers.  Here’s what you’ll find in that group:

  • Ling – A vibrant royal blue cream
  • Tilda – A warm mantis green cream
  • Rooney – A mid-range magenta pink cream (my fave)
  •  Kitridge – A bubblegum pink cream
  • Wendy – A juicy summer melon (my other fave!)
  • Rocha – A classic red cream

For my toes, I’m all about the Bubbly collection, which is made up of holographic sparkly shades that look fabulous peeking out of open toed shoes.  They’re all so, so pretty that you’re going to have a hard time picking a favorite (I’m not even going to try).  Here’s what you’ll find in the Bubbly group:

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  • Muse – A blue raspberry holographic fizz with a subtle vein of gold
  • Stassi – A brilliant citron green with a gold metallic glaze and holographic finish 
  • Harper – A cotton candy pink with a spun gold shimmer (Okay, fine, I lied – this one’s my favorite!)
  • Binx – A spicy orchic purple dappled with gold metallic and holo sparkles 
  • Jesy – A fiery coral orange metallic holo
  • Alma – A warm golden peach metallic

The new shades are all in stores now.  Get them before they sell out!

Accessories, Jewelry, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment – Nakamol Five Times Wrap With Rhinestone & Woven Design

Nakamol Five Times Wrap With Rhinestone & Woven Design

Eco & Organic, Mom & KidsSkylar Luna Sleepwear

anchorsPajamas by definition should be fun, and I love thinking outside the box with colors and designs. On rainy days (or even lazy sunny ones), we play inside all day in our PJ’s staying warm and cozy whether sculpting with playdoh or building skyscrapers. Skylar Luna makes the softest eco-friendly pajamas in bright designs ranging from bright California pinks to my favorite, an anchors-away nautical theme for imagining exotic voyages by sea. Made from 100% organic cotton, the stylish sleepwear is designed to be the ultimate in comfort for small bodies to move around while staying safe. I’ve been spoiled with the quality of the pajamas, as the cotton weave holds up over repeated washes, but remains soft and breathable. The fit is just right, not too tight or irritating like other brands can be, which is so important for a solid night’s sleep!

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Beauty, MakeupJosie Maran Lip & Cheek Creamy Oil

InfinityLipCheek_Group2__72385_1396849503_1000_1000I always pay a little extra attention to celebrity beauty secrets, especially if they’re accessible and easy to try out. When I heard about gorgeous model Josie Maran’s beauty line based around Argan Oil, I perked up and did a little digging. Argan oil is a plant extract native to Morocco which contains vitamin E, known as a savior for sensitive skin conditions such as eczema or rosacea. It can be used as on skin, hair and nails, and Josie herself uses it to keep her lips and cheeks moisturized and looking healthy and beautiful. Josie Maran’s Argan Infinity Lip And Cheek Creamy Oil combines the best of two worlds- the nourishing argan oil using 97% natural ingredients and a splash of color. The Argan Oil used in Josie Maran products is sustainably harvested and pressed by women’s co-ops in Morocco, which empower their members and protect argan forests.

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