people pleasin'

December 6, 2017







Making sure people like you shouldn’t be your priority. But making sure people you love know you love them, well that’s my priority.

But sometimes, it can be so damn hard. Especially when everyone around you is acting crazy. And life isn’t always mango sorbets and free shots by the bra. It isn’t random dance sessions outside your apartment or finding a twenty dollar bill in your pocket. Sometimes, just SOMETIMES, and even sometimes is too often, it’s stepping on wet dog shit. It’s spilling coffee on your shirt the moment you step into the office. It’s your boyfriend taking hours to text you back to help you decide on whether to buy this outrageous orange fur coat. It’s layers and layers of mundane seemingly little bullshit that just irks you. And not just you, your friends. What can their day be like? How can their energy fuck with or enhance your day’s energy.

And it’s in these moments that I ask myself, “Am I on my period right now?” The answer is, “Fuck you. I am!” But that’s besides the point, my follow up question is always, “Can I be a little kinder? More gentle? To myself and those around me? Feelings are so temporary. Friendships and trust shouldn’t be. They aren’t. Not the real ones. Not the ones you made wholehearted decisions and vows to protect, to call family, to remember all their allergies like they’re your own. And it took me a long time to decipher all these complex feelings. What’s worth never turning back for, never crossing a bridge again? What’s worth fixing? Worth letting go. And worth just laughing off.

Images by Corey Jermaine

December 6, 2017
Making sure people like you shouldn’t be your priority. But making sure people you love know you love them, well that’s my priority. But sometimes, it can be so damn hard. Especially when everyone around you is acting crazy. And life isn’t always mango sorbets and free shots by the bra. It isn’t random dance sessions outside your apartment or finding a twenty dollar bill in your pocket. Sometimes, just SOMETIMES, and even sometimes is too often…






Making sure people like you shouldn’t be your priority. But making sure people you love know you love them, well that’s my priority.

But sometimes, it can be so damn hard. Especially when everyone around you is acting crazy. And life isn’t always mango sorbets and free shots by the bra. It isn’t random dance sessions outside your apartment or finding a twenty dollar bill in your pocket. Sometimes, just SOMETIMES, and even sometimes is too often, it’s stepping on wet dog shit. It’s spilling coffee on your shirt the moment you step into the office. It’s your boyfriend taking hours to text you back to help you decide on whether to buy this outrageous orange fur coat. It’s layers and layers of mundane seemingly little bullshit that just irks you. And not just you, your friends. What can their day be like? How can their energy fuck with or enhance your day’s energy.

And it’s in these moments that I ask myself, “Am I on my period right now?” The answer is, “Fuck you. I am!” But that’s besides the point, my follow up question is always, “Can I be a little kinder? More gentle? To myself and those around me? Feelings are so temporary. Friendships and trust shouldn’t be. They aren’t. Not the real ones. Not the ones you made wholehearted decisions and vows to protect, to call family, to remember all their allergies like they’re your own. And it took me a long time to decipher all these complex feelings. What’s worth never turning back for, never crossing a bridge again? What’s worth fixing? Worth letting go. And worth just laughing off.

Images by Corey Jermaine

I Like What I Like | ft. Shoes Of Prey

November 27, 2017









I know what I like and I like what I like. Sure, my tastes change and evolve frequently, too frequent at times, but my stance is always strong. When I make a decision, I am a whole 85% behind it (That's a lot!). Ask my boyfriend! He’s almost never allowed to pick a dinner spot. Because 1) I pick the best spots. I personally have an extensive restaurant list that I never share. 2) And he can’t get shit from me if I don’t like the food because it’ll be my fault. Y’know, I blame it on being The First Child. On my mom and her impeccable taste in food, wine, and shoes. So when I found a brand that ALLOWED me to custom make my own pair of winter gems called booties, I fell hard. Shoes Of Prey — you just get me.

From shoe type to toe shape, heel shape and heel length, shoe color and texture, down to the insoles and I even a custom inscription on the soles, and more (which you can get absolutely complimentary with this code —"LYNNKIMDO"), the whole process is remarkably personal and so much fun. In a matter of a few days, I received a red kitten heel booty packaged beautifully by Shoes Of Prey. The perfect heel for running between train stops. The perfect color with three very different textures because I deserve to stand out. And absolutely comfortable because that's a necessity. Not a luxury. And now, I can't stop wearing them.



Images by Erick Hercules
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Wool Cape - Vintage, Knit Dress - CMEO Collective, Jeans - Vintage, Boots - Shoes Of Prey





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I know what I like and I like what I like. Sure, my tastes change and evolve frequently, too frequent at times, but my stance is always strong. When I make a decision, I am a whole 85% behind it (That's a lot!) . Ask my boyfriend! He’s almost never allowed to pick a dinner spot. Because 1) I pick the best spots. I personally have an extensive restaurant list that I never share. 2) And he can’t get shit from me if I don’t like the food becaus…








I know what I like and I like what I like. Sure, my tastes change and evolve frequently, too frequent at times, but my stance is always strong. When I make a decision, I am a whole 85% behind it (That's a lot!). Ask my boyfriend! He’s almost never allowed to pick a dinner spot. Because 1) I pick the best spots. I personally have an extensive restaurant list that I never share. 2) And he can’t get shit from me if I don’t like the food because it’ll be my fault. Y’know, I blame it on being The First Child. On my mom and her impeccable taste in food, wine, and shoes. So when I found a brand that ALLOWED me to custom make my own pair of winter gems called booties, I fell hard. Shoes Of Prey — you just get me.

From shoe type to toe shape, heel shape and heel length, shoe color and texture, down to the insoles and I even a custom inscription on the soles, and more (which you can get absolutely complimentary with this code —"LYNNKIMDO"), the whole process is remarkably personal and so much fun. In a matter of a few days, I received a red kitten heel booty packaged beautifully by Shoes Of Prey. The perfect heel for running between train stops. The perfect color with three very different textures because I deserve to stand out. And absolutely comfortable because that's a necessity. Not a luxury. And now, I can't stop wearing them.



Images by Erick Hercules
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Wool Cape - Vintage, Knit Dress - CMEO Collective, Jeans - Vintage, Boots - Shoes Of Prey





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don't let me drink alone

November 21, 2017




Nothing pure about this besides what’s in my glass. I can’t tell if this clear liquid is making me warm or it’s your gaze outlining my silhouette burning a memory of it in your mind. “I feel warm,” I thought. But I didn’t tell him. My eyes get heavy. It’s heavy from all the thoughts being collected around the warmth of my stomach with a fire building below it. His gaze can set it off, strike a match, and poof. I’m afraid of what may happen next. Yet, he look so sure. He smiles causing his eyes to squint creating deep folds around it. I wish I could climb in the folds surrounding his deep brown eyes and live there forever. As long as he looks at me like that. He made promises with those eyes, a million promises without uttering a single word. One of which is “I will never let you drink alone.” 

When it comes to liquor, I choose clear. What kind of clear? Vodka. What kind of vodka? Purity. The newest kid on the block but it has already been awarded 2016 Best Vodka Of The Year. Elevation is its mantra. And it goes beyond expectation to live up to it. Purity Vodka is kinda like your new favorite store that moved into your hood. It’s so good. So underrated. A best kept secret that you really want to just keep…secret. But it’s unfair to keep something so good to yourself, isn’t it?

Somethings are too good to be kept secret or shared solo. I am almost absolutely stripped of all joy when I drink alone. The company around me is utterly important to my level of elevated happiness. (Here we go with that word, again!) There’s an intimacy to drinking and spilling your guts out. Or drinking in deep silence with a friend. It speaks volumes. Or drinking and feeling. Leaving that armored suit aside to just feel openly for awhile. Every fond memory of drinking in great company has resulted in laughs, eye opening conversations, secrets, great business deals, and maybe a black-out here or there. All great things. Besides great company, a perfectly balanced vodka soda or dirty martini definitely helps. Do yourself a favor and choose wisely. From company and friends. To your spirit brand of choice. You deserve that much. I know, I do.

Images by Pedro Morales
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Drinking Purity Vodka


November 21, 2017
Nothing pure about this besides what’s in my glass. I can’t tell if this clear liquid is making me warm or it’s your gaze outlining my silhouette burning a memory of it in your mind. “I feel warm,” I thought. But I didn’t tell him. My eyes get heavy. It’s heavy from all the thoughts being collected around the warmth of my stomach with a fire building below it. His gaze can set it off, strike a match, and poof. I’m afraid of what may happen next.…



Nothing pure about this besides what’s in my glass. I can’t tell if this clear liquid is making me warm or it’s your gaze outlining my silhouette burning a memory of it in your mind. “I feel warm,” I thought. But I didn’t tell him. My eyes get heavy. It’s heavy from all the thoughts being collected around the warmth of my stomach with a fire building below it. His gaze can set it off, strike a match, and poof. I’m afraid of what may happen next. Yet, he look so sure. He smiles causing his eyes to squint creating deep folds around it. I wish I could climb in the folds surrounding his deep brown eyes and live there forever. As long as he looks at me like that. He made promises with those eyes, a million promises without uttering a single word. One of which is “I will never let you drink alone.” 

When it comes to liquor, I choose clear. What kind of clear? Vodka. What kind of vodka? Purity. The newest kid on the block but it has already been awarded 2016 Best Vodka Of The Year. Elevation is its mantra. And it goes beyond expectation to live up to it. Purity Vodka is kinda like your new favorite store that moved into your hood. It’s so good. So underrated. A best kept secret that you really want to just keep…secret. But it’s unfair to keep something so good to yourself, isn’t it?

Somethings are too good to be kept secret or shared solo. I am almost absolutely stripped of all joy when I drink alone. The company around me is utterly important to my level of elevated happiness. (Here we go with that word, again!) There’s an intimacy to drinking and spilling your guts out. Or drinking in deep silence with a friend. It speaks volumes. Or drinking and feeling. Leaving that armored suit aside to just feel openly for awhile. Every fond memory of drinking in great company has resulted in laughs, eye opening conversations, secrets, great business deals, and maybe a black-out here or there. All great things. Besides great company, a perfectly balanced vodka soda or dirty martini definitely helps. Do yourself a favor and choose wisely. From company and friends. To your spirit brand of choice. You deserve that much. I know, I do.

Images by Pedro Morales
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Drinking Purity Vodka


Review | Sunday Riley (not just for Sunday)

November 15, 2017











Sunday Riley is the holy grail of skincare. And yes, that is quite a strong statement that I’m 100% prepare to defend. I’ve tried many skincare brands and products before but nothing has the simplicity, the effectiveness, and the transformation that Sunday Riley provides for something as delicate as the skin on your face. Some have came close. But up to this very single moment, none have done the things, things to my face, that has given my such pleasure. Not even pizza. Not even noodles. The love is real. And Sunday Riley, well, they know what they’re doing.

So let me begin with my skin woes because I have many. I have sensitive skin with a little bit of everything-wrong-with-it. I have dry patches. I’m sensitive to blemishes. And I have an oily t-zone. Just when I thought I couldn’t get any more complicated…

I’ve been traveling often. My recent trip to Seoul had me in a seat up position in the air for over 20 hours. ONE WAY. Talk about a hydration sucking and soul sucking time. On top of that, my diet completely changed during that trip as my kale and almond milk lattes NYC diet was replaced (happily) with kimchi and BBQ pork. Believe it or not, water also plays a huge part in the maintenance of your skin. And I’m actually talking about the water you use to wash your face. Every city. Every country has their own filtering system. Some better than others. For instance, Dallas, Texas water sucks. New York City has the best in my opinion. It’s also about consistency in routine which was compromised because I was battling a 12 hour difference in time. Once I came back home after another 20 hour flight, as if my skin didn’t experience enough, it was hit with extreme Winter. My skin freaked out. It was more stressed out than I was internally, which is a rarity. And I don’t know if others feel the same way but when my skin is in bad shape, I feel pretty insecure. I watch people’s judgmental eyes fall above my eye level and I’m like, “STOP LOOKING AT MY PIMPLE ON MY FOREHEAD!” Or maybe, it’s paranoia. But I want to hide in my apartment and just pop back into the universe when my skin is tamed, I do. Luckily, I had Sunday Riley this time. And If you’re nervous about oils, you’re reading all the wrong articles. I’m here to help.

Products I used:
SUNDAY RILEY Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment
SUNDAY RILEY U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil
SUNDAY RILEY Luna Sleeping Night Oil

How I used it:
In the morning, I wash my face with a cleanser. Usually, I would then apply a toner, a serum, and then a moisturizer. Instead, I used Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment. THink of it like a serum. You will feel a stinging sensation after applying Good Genes, but trust the process. It is perfectly normal. Then, I apply 2-3 drops of U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil. I use this instead of my moisturizer but if I am feeling extra dry, I apply a day cream on top of it. The next day morning, replace U.F.O with a day cream or moisturizer. The reason is your skin will initially need time to transition to this very effective product (U.F.O). It’s strong and as much as you want to go 0-100 real quick, you have to give your skin time to get acclimated. By the next day or so, you’ll begin to see pimple form head and become less inflamed. You can gradually introduce this to your skin more frequently. Pay attention to how your skin behaves because it will certainly tell you.

At night, I remove my makeup with a makeup wipe followed by a cleanser. Then I apply the Luna Sleeping Night Oil which comes out blue and magically absorbs into your skin like a velvet dream. It has retinol which is effective in making you look like you traveled a few years back in time. That’s not what it actually says on the website, I improvised there. When you need extra skin help, which trust me, I very much did – wait 5 minutes so the Luna absorbs fully, and then apply Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment. The combination of these two products is absolutely unreal. This night routine is the "WOAHHHH" that really gave me my healthy, glowing skin back. Overnight, it reduces redness, blemishes, improves elasticity, pretty much EVERYTHING. You’ll see results instantly in the morning. I alternate evenings where I only use Good Genes in the morning and Luna at night and when I use Good Genes + Luna combo in the evening.

Tips:
I suggest you cater this routine to your needs. It’s all about experimenting until you get the perfect routine. Some days I just use U.F.O in certain areas that have the blemished for a spot treatment. Some weeks, I don’t feel like I need U.F.O at all. I alternate Good Genes from Day to evening. Many of Sunday Riley products you can combine to create a quick mask, too (Good Genes + Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser).

Images by Pedro Morales
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Sunday Riley is the holy grail of skincare. And yes, that is quite a strong statement that I’m 100% prepare to defend. I’ve tried many skincare brands and products before but nothing has the simplicity, the effectiveness, and the transformation that Sunday Riley provides for something as delicate as the skin on your face. Some have came close. But up to this very single moment, none have done the things, things to my face, that has given my suc…










Sunday Riley is the holy grail of skincare. And yes, that is quite a strong statement that I’m 100% prepare to defend. I’ve tried many skincare brands and products before but nothing has the simplicity, the effectiveness, and the transformation that Sunday Riley provides for something as delicate as the skin on your face. Some have came close. But up to this very single moment, none have done the things, things to my face, that has given my such pleasure. Not even pizza. Not even noodles. The love is real. And Sunday Riley, well, they know what they’re doing.

So let me begin with my skin woes because I have many. I have sensitive skin with a little bit of everything-wrong-with-it. I have dry patches. I’m sensitive to blemishes. And I have an oily t-zone. Just when I thought I couldn’t get any more complicated…

I’ve been traveling often. My recent trip to Seoul had me in a seat up position in the air for over 20 hours. ONE WAY. Talk about a hydration sucking and soul sucking time. On top of that, my diet completely changed during that trip as my kale and almond milk lattes NYC diet was replaced (happily) with kimchi and BBQ pork. Believe it or not, water also plays a huge part in the maintenance of your skin. And I’m actually talking about the water you use to wash your face. Every city. Every country has their own filtering system. Some better than others. For instance, Dallas, Texas water sucks. New York City has the best in my opinion. It’s also about consistency in routine which was compromised because I was battling a 12 hour difference in time. Once I came back home after another 20 hour flight, as if my skin didn’t experience enough, it was hit with extreme Winter. My skin freaked out. It was more stressed out than I was internally, which is a rarity. And I don’t know if others feel the same way but when my skin is in bad shape, I feel pretty insecure. I watch people’s judgmental eyes fall above my eye level and I’m like, “STOP LOOKING AT MY PIMPLE ON MY FOREHEAD!” Or maybe, it’s paranoia. But I want to hide in my apartment and just pop back into the universe when my skin is tamed, I do. Luckily, I had Sunday Riley this time. And If you’re nervous about oils, you’re reading all the wrong articles. I’m here to help.

Products I used:
SUNDAY RILEY Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment
SUNDAY RILEY U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil
SUNDAY RILEY Luna Sleeping Night Oil

How I used it:
In the morning, I wash my face with a cleanser. Usually, I would then apply a toner, a serum, and then a moisturizer. Instead, I used Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment. THink of it like a serum. You will feel a stinging sensation after applying Good Genes, but trust the process. It is perfectly normal. Then, I apply 2-3 drops of U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil. I use this instead of my moisturizer but if I am feeling extra dry, I apply a day cream on top of it. The next day morning, replace U.F.O with a day cream or moisturizer. The reason is your skin will initially need time to transition to this very effective product (U.F.O). It’s strong and as much as you want to go 0-100 real quick, you have to give your skin time to get acclimated. By the next day or so, you’ll begin to see pimple form head and become less inflamed. You can gradually introduce this to your skin more frequently. Pay attention to how your skin behaves because it will certainly tell you.

At night, I remove my makeup with a makeup wipe followed by a cleanser. Then I apply the Luna Sleeping Night Oil which comes out blue and magically absorbs into your skin like a velvet dream. It has retinol which is effective in making you look like you traveled a few years back in time. That’s not what it actually says on the website, I improvised there. When you need extra skin help, which trust me, I very much did – wait 5 minutes so the Luna absorbs fully, and then apply Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment. The combination of these two products is absolutely unreal. This night routine is the "WOAHHHH" that really gave me my healthy, glowing skin back. Overnight, it reduces redness, blemishes, improves elasticity, pretty much EVERYTHING. You’ll see results instantly in the morning. I alternate evenings where I only use Good Genes in the morning and Luna at night and when I use Good Genes + Luna combo in the evening.

Tips:
I suggest you cater this routine to your needs. It’s all about experimenting until you get the perfect routine. Some days I just use U.F.O in certain areas that have the blemished for a spot treatment. Some weeks, I don’t feel like I need U.F.O at all. I alternate Good Genes from Day to evening. Many of Sunday Riley products you can combine to create a quick mask, too (Good Genes + Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser).

Images by Pedro Morales
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