If you are looking for a new hairstylist and live in or around San Francisco, you must see Tori O’Connell at the Regis Salon located in Stonestown Mall.

Follow @tori_O and #hairbytorio on Instagram to see pictures of her work. Text 650-296-9009 for inquires/appointments. Tell her Robin sent you!

This past weekend, I went to see Tori to get golden blonde lowlights and highlights all over. I absolutely love the results (I always do with her! She’s so talented.) and she made me feel like a million bucks! As we get closer to my wedding day, I’m thinking of adding even more lowlights. Stay tuned!

golden blonde hair highlights and lowlights

blonde hair highlights and lowlights

golden blonde hair highlights and lowlights

golden blonde hair highlights and lowlights


Essential Summer Makeup Products

I don’t wear a ton of makeup, mainly because I just don’t have the time for it. I try to keep it simple most of the time with mascara, face powder if I have any breakouts, and of course lipgloss. When I’m going out to an event, dinner, special occasion, etc., I’ll add eyeshadow, blush or bronzer, eyeliner and another coat or two of my mascara. Below are my summer makeup essentials that I use for everyday wear. Nothing fancy, but all great products that help me achieve a pulled together look.


3D Fiber Lash Mascara and eye tools

Elf Eyelash Curler ($3)3D Fiber Lash Mascara ($29) / EcoTools Bamboo Lash & Brow Groomer ($4.19)

Step 1: Curl eyelashes.

Step 2: Apply 3D Fiber Lash Gel and Fibers. For how-to tips, click here.

Step 3: Comb out lashes once gel is dry to help separate lashes if needed.


Younique Lip GlossYounique Lip Glosses ($15) in: Loveable / Ladylike / Luxe 

Which lip gloss I wear depends on my mood and how much I feel like getting dolled up. Loveable is my favorite color and I keep this in purse most days because I’m always in the mood to wear it. Ladylike is more for a night out. I’m not a huge fan of red lips on myself so I only use this one for special occasions. Luxe is a perfect nude that I wear when I’m not feeling like putting on anything besides my 3D Fiber Lash mascara.


Touch Pressed Powder Foundation by Younique  in Velour and Powder Puff Brush

Touch Pressed Powder Foundation by Younique in Velour ($32) Powder Puff Brush ($32)

The lightweight formula of Touch Pressed Powder covers imperfections and evens out my skintone, while feeling like I don’t have any makeup on. The powder is great for the summer heat (or even the fog if you live in Pacifica). I went to a girlfriend’s outdoor BBQ birthday party in 80 degree heat and this powder kept me from getting shiny. I hate the feeling of makeup caked on my face and I wouldn’t buy any powder or foundation that does that. This powder is lightweight, yet I don’t need to reapply every chance I get like my last powder that I had used for years.

I have bags under my eyes (thanks genetics) so I apply Boi-ing concealer by Benefit ($20) to my under-eyes. Using this alone, however, it tends to crease and does not cover the blue-ness of my bags. My solution: I also use Moodstruck Minerals Concealer ($29) under my eyes, over the Boi-ing. That stops the creasing and covers the blueness of my bags.  


For my eyebrows, I use a crease brush ($15) to apply a little bit of what’s left of my Stila Brow Set in Fair. I think the product has actually been discontinued because I can’t seem to find it anywhere (besides Ebay).


Essential Summer Beauty Makeup Products Robin With An I

After dinner at Gary Danko. Keeping my makeup simple with my staple products (mascara and lipgloss) with a little bit of bronzer for that sunkissed look.

What are your essential summer makeup products?

A couple of weeks ago, Matt and I went to Petsmart to pick up cat litter and ended up coming home with two furry new additions to the family.

young syrian hamster hold in hands

Meet Sansa and Arya, Syrian long haired hamsters. After debating what their names would be for about a week, we finally decided on two Game of Thrones characters. Aria is the little one and Sansa is the bigger one.

hamsters in cage Arya Sansa Game of Thrones

Below is Castle Stark, where the two will sometimes sleep. They switch between the castle and the huts on the first level of their cage, but they always sleep together. They’re super cute.

hamster castle

So far these little ladies have been very entertaining. When they first wake up, they aren’t so hyper and will let us hold them. When they’re awake, they are moving constantly. We have two hamster balls that they run around the house in. 

syrian long-haired hamster

We started off with one of those plastic cages for the two of them and realized quickly that they needed more space. So we bought a second cage — the same kind — and connected the two. After about a week, we decided they really needed more room to run around. We upgraded them to a large cage with bigger tubes, plenty of room for them to run around and each of them have their own wheel to run on. They’re our spoiled little ladies.

large hamster cage


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In celebration of Independence Day and our love of our country, states, and cities, I wanted to share some awesome San Francisco love tees from one of my favorite online shops: Scoutmob

“I Heart SF” Racerback Tank Top via Scoutmob ($20)

Golden State of Mind Tank Top

Golden State of Mind Tank Top via Scoutmob ($24)

Ferry Building Tank Top via Scoutmob ($25)

San Francisco Survival Kit T-Shirt

San Francisco Survival Kit T-Shirt via Scoutmob ($21)

Summer in San Francisco via Scoutmob

Summer in San Francisco T-Shirt via Scoutmob ($24)

Men's San Francisco Taps T-Shirt

Men’s San Francisco Taps T-Shirt via Scoutmob ($24)

San Francisco Big Hills T-Shirt

San Francisco Big Hills T-Shirt via Scoutmob ($21)

And last but not least…

I Can't Afford SF T-Shirt

I Can’t Afford SF T-Shirt via Scoutmob ($24)

I hope everyone has a fun and safe 4th of July!