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4 SIMPLE STEPS TO ULTIMATE RELAXATION — LOST IN LALA. That’s it! Easy as 1, 2, 3…4! If you consider yourself a shower person like I did, I feel like I may have just played a small role in changing your entire world with this post but hey, I’m just sharing my two cents. Click here for information about the Nubian Heritage brand and click here for the great Ibotta offers below to save on your next purchase.

You can find these products at your local Ulta or at $1 Off Any Bar Soap $2 Off Any Product (Excludes Bar Soaps and Travel Size Items) $3 Off Bath Bombs and Infused Butters I’m a proud bonafide bath lover these days and if you are too or you have any other tips for the perfect bath, let me know in the comment section below! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nubian Heritage. #NHBalancedBeauty@NubianHeritage. #newyearnewyou: New Home, Like-New Shoes — LOST IN LALA. This post is sponsored by KIWI®, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The end of 2016 brought about a big change for me, my husband and our pup. Days before heading off for the holidays with our families, we moved into our new home, the first that we own together. I’ve lived in Los Angeles since I was 18 and chose to hop from rental to rental because I never truly accepted Los Angeles as my long-term home.

I think in a way, knowing my living situation was temporary and continuing to think of Canada as my home for all the years away gave me a sense of comfort. If the big, bad world of LA ever got to be too much, I could always flee to the safety and comforts of “home” to accept me, cuddle me up and tell me it was all going to be okay. Since getting married and sharing a life with my person out in LA, my feelings towards the big, bad city have changed. LAST OF THE LAYERED LOOKS — LOST IN LALA. WHAT'S IN MY BAG?! — LOST IN LALA. What’s In My Bag? 1. Essentials - Wallet, Phone, Keys This is pretty self-explanatory but a tip to making sure you never misplace these can’t-live-without items, designate them to a certain pocket or compartment so you develop a habit and know exactly where to check for them before you leave the house for an outing. 2.

Makeup Must-Haves I always have a small handful of makeup must-haves with me when I’m out and about because you never know when you’ll need a quick touchup or transition from day to evening! A loose or pressed powder, brush or sponge, liquid liner, lip balm, a cheek/lip tint and eyelash curler are the items that can give your beauty look an overhaul at any given moment! 3. 4. SUMMER HAIR AND HOW TO TAKE CARE — LOST IN LALA.

As we all know, a crucial part of coloring and lightening your hair is after care. Bleach affects the porosity and elasticity in your hair… fancy words that in short mean it makes it more difficult for your hair to hang on to moisture it absorbs. How to help counter the effects of coloring/bleaching your hair? Add lots of moisture, avoid sulfates and parabens and minimize the frequency of shampooing your hair! Using a gentle shampoo and protein-rich conditioner are musts when washing colored locks and bonus points for products that aim to protect color so you can leave longer stretches of time between salon visits! MANGO, AVOCADO AND BROCCOLI SALAD — LOST IN LALA.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Snapple®. The opinions and text are all mine. Spring has sprung and that means that it’s not only time to change the way we dress and feel, it’s time to switch up what we eat and drink too! No more pumpkin spice lattes or heavy comfort foods needed. Spring/summer is all about light, fresh, crisp bites and beverages that refresh and energize you for the longer days that come with it! Making a nutritious, light lunch at home is something my husband and I like to do as often as our schedules allow.

Ingredients. PILOT SEASON, PERSONAL GOALS AND POSITIVE PERSPECTIVE — LOST IN LALA. This post is sponsored by KIWI®, all thoughts and opinions are my own. For those of you who don’t know, a critical time in an LA actor’s life is just finishing up. It’s called “pilot season”, it happens once a year and it is a two month window for auditions that just may land you a spot on primetime TV that year.

Lots of actors from all over the world come to LA for pilot season on top of the tens of thousands already living here, a handful of TV show pilots for each major network are cast from those actors and from there only a select few of those shows actually make it to air on television… needless to say, it’s tough competition to land one of those coveted spots. With that, of course, comes a boatload of feels that can not only throw off your game but can send your life off kilter too; stress, anxiety, insecurity, self-doubt, negativity… and the list of unpleasant feelings goes on.

Newyearnewyou: New Home, Like-New Shoes. LAST OF THE LAYERED LOOKS — LOST IN LALA. PACKING LIST: MARRAKECH — LOST IN LALA. 7. Comfy flats. As a tourist, I found the best way to explore Marrakech is on foot. All of the twists and turns in the winding alleys of the souk seemingly go on forever and it's how you discover the fun.

Wearing light, flat shoes that are easy to wash is key because they will come back covered in desert dust! 8. For things to do and see in Marrakech, click here! HALF-NAKED TRUTH — LOST IN LALA. This year, I've taken it upon myself to figure that shit out because it is insanely hot where I live. Like 120 degrees, trees burning down, electricity stopping hot. So, finding a way to be okay in a swimsuit is basically a means of survival at this point. Unfortunately, I'm not sure figuring it out is going to come in the form of some zen meditation or Girls-power enlightenment so instead I am hunting the perfect bathing suits to camouflage, hide and strengthen my assets.

Like, I said... survival-mode. I personally, have next to nil in the boobage department, which I'm perfectly cool with most days. But then there are the days when I'm bloated or honoring my Italian heritage the only way I know how...with impressive consumption of bread, cured meats and cheeses... and on those days, my tummy can appear to protrude further from my body than my chest. As you can imagine, I don't feel so cute having all that on display in a bathing suit. DO & SEE: MARRAKECH — LOST IN LALA.

WE BE JAMMIN' — LOST IN LALA. You don’t have to be a supercool musician to have a jam session, folks. You just need some fresh berries! …Yup… that was a jam pun. That happened. And I’m #sorrynotsorry because I love dad jokes and evidently, making jam too. I had this nostalgic moment the other day of going berry picking when I was little and how my mom would spend the rest of the day slaving over a hot stove making homemade jam with the fruits of our labor. In reality, it was probably only about an hour but still, whose got that kinda time to spend on jam? Of course, you can go to a supermarket down the road and pick up whatever berries you fancy but it’s summer, aka prime berry time so why not support a local farm and pick some yourself?

MUSSELS ON FLEEK — LOST IN LALA. Since this was my first mussel-cooking attempt, I thought I’d better my chance of success by getting them as fresh as I could find and trekked to Malibu Seafood’s fish market. If the ocean isn’t in arm’s reach, just call your local grocer ahead of time to ensure they’re in stock. It costs about $6.00/lb and just over a pound should make a hearty meal for two. With mussels, it’s always safe to get a little extra as a handful of the bunch may not make it into the pot.

Ingredients: Serves 2 1-2lbs fresh black mussels, cleaned and debearded 2 tablespoons olive oil 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced (if you’re married or single, I’d go for three but if this is dinner date vibes, best to stick to two) 1 whole shallot, chopped 1.5 cups chicken broth (or 1 cup chicken broth and 1/2 cup dry white wine if you’re feelin’ frisky) 1 lemon, juiced Sprinkle of red pepper flakes to your preference 2 heaping tablespoons parsley, finely chopped 1 tomato, peeled, seeded and diced Prep. PUMPKIN PAPAYA PEEL — LOST IN LALA. It's just one of them days where my face is throwing a temper tantrum.

Somewhere between June gloom weather confusion and the hormonal rollercoaster of being a woman is my red, irritated, dry and broken out skin. I wanted quick relief that wouldn't cost hundreds of dollars at a cushy spa then I remembered my friend talking about a pumpkin enzyme peel he got at a cushy spa recently and thought hmm... if it's actually made of pumpkin, sounds like a homemade remedy waiting to happen. Enter this kitchen concoction of pumpkin and papaya. Both of these ingredients have active enzymes that chemically exfoliate dead cells away, revealing a healthy layer of smoother, plumper, more even textured skin. They're also rich in antioxidants which will restore and prevent skin damage and zinc, which will calm irritation and redness and aid in anti-aging.

Ummm... what's not to love?! Ingredients 1 15oz can organic pumpkin puree 1 papaya 1 egg 1 tablespoon honey (Manuka honey, if you can find it) WTF IS LOST IN LALA — LOST IN LALA. Thanks for visiting the site and getting lost in lala with me. This website is a weekly lifestyle journal based on the crazy universe we live in as seen through my eyes and hopefully others' sooner than later (holla future contributors!). So, who the f*ck am I and why do you care to read about my take on the universe? Well... I'm Shenae. I'm a sarcastic, self-deprecating, confident and insecure, opinionated and shy, self-proclaimed weirdo with an affinity for pretty things, adventures, and delicious indulgences. Lala is the land I live in both literally and figuratively.

NATURALE NUTRIGRAIN — LOST IN LALA. GET ME OUTTA THIS BOX — LOST IN LALA. Do you ever feel like you've been put in a box and can't seem to push your way out of it no matter how hard you try? If so, do you then go on to think damnit, why isn't this box just made of cardboard that I can tear through? Why isn't just a crate with a lock I can pick my way out of? Why is this box an invisible soundproof cube that I've been stuffed into, likely by myself, and why are others so keen on keeping me in here? Me too. I'm an actor. As an actor, you get "pigeon-holed" or "type-casted" all the time.

You know what sucks even more than being boxed in professionally? Personally, however, the box thing can be seriously stifling. Keep on keeping on, I think. What do you think? SUMMER SUITING — LOST IN LALA. ROSÉ ALL DAY-DRUNK — LOST IN LALA. WHO WEARS SHORT SHORTS — LOST IN LALA. BURNING BRIDGE-ISH — LOST IN LALA. PACKING LIST: MALIBU — LOST IN LALA. 1. Sundress - I am a tomboy at heart and NEVER wear dresses but a flowing little sundress is the perfect beach attire and where I make an exception. It's breezy, light and comfortable plus you look damn adorable lounging on the sand with the waves crashing behind you. 2. Hat - Any hat will do of course but I am all about a straw hat this summer. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. SWEET GREENS...FOR REAL — LOST IN LALA. PUMPKIN PAPAYA PEEL — LOST IN LALA. DIY ZOMBIE — LOST IN LALA. Halloween is just around the corner at long last and while there are plenty of people out there like me that LOVE the holiday and dressing up for all the festivities around it, there are also plenty who don't.

Fair enough. You don't have to love it but if you're going to attend a Halloween shindig this year, don't be one of those people. Who, you ask? The people who show up without putting any effort into dressing up for the occasion at all. Those people suck the fun out of the beauty of Halloween! The first step is covering your face and neck in the foundation of your choice. Rock and Roll Housewife, Rock and Roll Style - — LOST IN LALA. Rock and Roll Housewife, Rock and Roll Style - — LOST IN LALA. WTF IS LOST IN LALA — LOST IN LALA. LOST IN LALA.