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Wow wow wow, I was seriously blow away by Moab. It’s one of those places that feels both extremely holy… + also kind of like Mars. I stopped here on a roadtrip from Chicago to San Diego for two days on a whim, + I instantly wish that I had more days in this beautiful outdoor town. The contrast of the red/orange rocks with the bright blue sky was stunning. I can’t wait to go back + spend a week in Moab!

Coffee + Cafes

#1] Love Muffin Cafe: This is a must stop — the best breakfast burritos. Perfect snack after a hike ; ). They also have incredible juices + coffees. …


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Joshua Tree is home to a beautiful national park + a funky, eclectic town. It’s the perfect place to spend a long weekend — hiking the desert, cozying in an airbnb + just enjoying the peace.

Funny story — up until a couple years ago, I thought Joshua Tree National Park was named after a massive tree in the middle of the dessert. I imagined a SINGLE LONESOME tree. Nope, Joshua Tree is a type of tree [see above!]… + there are a ton of them! They are super unique + special.

Coffee + Cafes


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*Disclaimer: While many of us are social distancing + inside right now, this is a great time to simply complete the “prior to doing this challenge” section! Or, if you are dressing up while social distancing [which is awesome], start the closet challenge now!

It’s officially spring + I want to finally (!) let you in on my “closet challenge” that I’ve been continuously doing for 2+ years. It’s very satisfying, + sometimes very challenging.

I want to preface this challenge by recommending that you Marie Kondo your closet prior. If you haven’t read The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up, you’re missing out! …


*This is more like “CHAARG’s Guide To Santa Monica” — but until I dive deeper into all of LA… we are calling it the LA guide! ; )

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I’ve been to LA many times, but this is the first time I stayed in Santa Monica [thanks David!]… + wow, I had a hard time leaving. The energy is wild + magnetic. I actually hard a time sleeping the first few nights I was there because I could feel the collective energy… sounds totally woo woo, but with the sheer amount of people in LA, I believe it. …


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Wow! I now know why Kauai is called “The Garden Isle.” The plants + trees + nature are indescribably majestic… however it is WET [there’s a reason everything is so green — lots of water ; )].

Going in, I thought Kauai was going to be “my place,” but I didn’t fall head over heels in love like I thought I would. Part of the reason was that we stayed on a farm in the mountains… aka, the roosters woke us up at 330 AM without fail, AND it rained every day! My soul needs sunshine! Also, the towns were tiny. Nevertheless, I know I’ll be back… particularly in summer when it’s not AS WET. …


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Alright, alright! This is the last + final post of my skincare journey… answering all of the questions you’ve asked me on instagram! But first, if you haven’t read the previous posts in this series…

On Starting

#1] Where do you recommend starting? It depends on what your goals are. Using a medical grade cleanser, exfoliate [exfoliate every other day!], + acne serum [I’m obsessed with Blemish + Age] is a great place to start. I also recommend retinoid at night, although it is pricey. Use those products every day for a month + see if your skin improves. If you are interested in treatments, book a consultation with an esthetician [it’s typically free!]. …


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Honolulu is a strange mix of acai bowls [+ massages] at every corner, shopping centers after shopping centers, a beach that is packed like a spring break trip — but without the excessive drinking, the most beautiful weather, ++ trees that look like they belong in a fantasy land. At every time of day, the city is alive + there are a TON of people on the streets. It feels both familiar [like the USA] + different [like a different country] — it’s so lovely.

Coffee

#1] Hideout Coffee: Isaac + I stayed at The Laylow, which houses The Hideout… so we had cold brews here every morning. The coffee shop opens at 4 AM! Perfect for the tourists who have a hard time adjusting to the time ; ). I got up between 5 + 6 every morning + freaking loved it simply because I got to see the pink clouds during sunrise — so pretty. …


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Longest series ever! For those of you who are just catching up, here’s part 1 + 2 + 3!

All The Treatments

Obviously, everyone is so different — BUT, I wanted to share my exact journey, so that you know that this is a process… it takes patience!

Chemical Peel Series

  • September 13
  • October 11
  • November 1

Microneedling Series

  • November 25 — after this treatment is when I FINALLY STOPPED PICKING!
  • January 6 — had to get a chemical peel instead, because I had active…

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The skincare journey saga continues! For those of you who are just catching up, here’s part 1 + 2:

In this post I want to talk about my skincare routine! *Something to note: my morning + evening routine was created by my esthetician, Tara. Like I said above, it’s so important to work with someone who knows your skin! I’m prone to breakouts + I have a naturally oily face. These products might not be best for your face!

Morning — Daily


If you haven’t read part one, it’s entertaining + a must before reading this post. Also, if you haven’t thrown out your St. Ives Apricot Scrub — please do so now.

Back to the story…

I had just turned 28 [#aging] + was considering getting a chemical peel. I looked up SpaDerma, per Kate’s recommendation, + saw that they also had LASER HAIR REMOVAL! This really caught my eye.

My parents had gifted me laser hair removal for my birthday literally 3 years prior for my dark hair bikini line + I hadn’t made any moves on it… partially because I was scared [even though I asked for the gift!] …

Elisabeth Tavierne

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