Beauty, Makeup

MAC Nutcracker Sweet

October 20, 2016

mac nutcracker sweet

I am excited to announce the MAC Nutcracker Sweet holiday collection! These are now available online today, October 20, and available in stores October 27-December 8, 2016. I was lucky enough to receive this collection from MAC Cosmetics as a PR package! I love the eye compacts, especially the smoky compact, and the copper face compact. The quality is on-par with MAC Cosmetics–highly pigmented and long wearing. The brush sets are smaller than normal MAC brushes, but same quality and perfect for travel. The packaging is in beautiful pink and gold. These would make great gifts this upcoming holiday season! They are only available until early December, so be sure to pick these up soon!

I thought about doing a MAC giveaway for my followers, but with the holiday season coming up, I have decided to donate all of my unused beauty products to a local women’s shelter in San Francisco. I am lucky to receive lots of skincare and makeup to review, and most of the time brands send me multiple products. I will never be able to use them all and I want to find good homes for these amazing products. I decided on the local women’s shelter because their programs specifically target women and children. These products will be great as holiday gifts for the children, or/and to help women feel confident for upcoming interviews. I know many beauty bloggers follow my blog, and I would encourage you to donate your unused beauty products as well!

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compacts

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Eye Compacts

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Face Compacts

MAC Nutcracker Sweet Brush Kits


Quick Way to Heal Cracked Feet

October 11, 2016


Cracked feet is a common issue for me. There are numerous causes for cracked feet, but for me it is due to dry skin and improper footwear. Over the years I have tried foot scrubs, paraffin wax, foot creams, and numerous home remedies. These methods were either ineffective or took over a week to see results. Walking the hills of San Francisco in flip flops has been rough on my feet, but I recently discovered a quick way heal my cracked feet.

A couple months ago, I came across the GEHWOL Foot File at Nordstrom. Not only is it super effective and gentle, it is also antibacterial and waterproof. I keep it in my shower and only need to use it once to remove the dead skin. Then I use BeeSpa’s Hand + Foot Cream to soothe and moisturize my feet. After using the cream just once, I was surprised to see my cracked heals were almost completely heeled by the second day. The cream contains 16% beeswax which locks in moisture to protect the skin, and it also contains shea butter, vitamins E, A, and D, and antioxidants. I love that it is NOT greasy like most creams and home remedies, and it can also be used on hands, elbows, and other areas of dry skin. A little goes a long way. The combination of the foot file and BeeSpa cream healed my feet in just 2 days! If you struggle with cracked feet or dry skin, I would highly recommend trying these products.

Life, Lifestyle

3 Failures I Learned From

October 3, 2016

img_3858Scarf: Burberry  // Leg Warmer: Grace & Lace

I recently started a new chapter of my life and it has been wonderful so far. I am excited about life because I am happy with my job and relationships. However, life is full of challenges and rollercoasters so I have been reflecting on my past failures. My personal failures have helped me grow, mature, adapt, appreciate, and learn. Here are three failures I have learned from:


Four years ago, I worked for an e-commerce startup. The company struggled with fundraising, ran out of money and couldn’t make payroll. I was in my early 20’s and this was unexpected. I relied on the paychecks and had not saved up for a rainy day. Luckily, the startup secured funding 5 weeks later and we all received our backpay. I learned that no matter how hard working and ambitious you are, there are always external factors that could impact your financial well-being so it’s important to save up! Thankfully, this lesson of financial planning and managing financial risks was one that I learned very young.


I spent my last year of business school looking for a job. The job search was an extremely painful, eye opening, and humbling experience. I knew what industries, function, and companies I want to work for, but it was difficult getting offers. I learned a lot about myself and was surprised that I have so much perseverance. After graduation, I moved to San Francisco without a job but quickly received job interviews and offers. Being in the target city really helped since I was able to meet hiring managers in person and employers knew I would be able to start immediately. In the end I accepted an offer with a great company, and I now know I had to go through all the painful rejections to finally get to this point. My advice to job seekers is to know what you want, set realistic goals and targets (your experience should match the job requirements), and to not give up! The easier route is to accept an offer with a company you’re not excited about or to stay at a job where you’re not growing/advancing, but you’ll just be unhappy and unsatisfied.


I’ve had many failed relationships over the years, whether it’s just letting the relationship grow distant over time or falling out over disputes.  Maintaining strong relationships with family and friends is the hardest, but also the most important. I still struggle with this every day, but I have learned that if someone is important, then treasure this person and never walk away.

Beauty, Makeup, Skincare

August & September Beauty Discoveries

September 19, 2016

august and september beauty

Every month I write about new beauty discoveries, but I missed August’s post because I was busy moving and starting a new job, so I decided to combine August and September beauty discoveries. There aren’t many products to share because I was using old favorites and trying not to purchase new products before moving to a new apartment but I am very pleased with these products!

Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol Free Toner
I recently ran out of the Kate Somerville Clarifying Toner so I decided to try Kiehl’s toner. I read that this is a customer favorite. It targets normal to oily skin types and is alcohol free and gentle on my sensitive skin. I am half way through the bottle and haven’t noticed any difference on my skin–which isn’t necessary a bad thing. I haven’t had any skin issues lately and my skin continues to be smooth and clear.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
I purchased this when I traveled to Taiwan last March and just started using it. I have been double cleaning for half a year now and it has made a huge difference in clearing up my skin. I have tried many cleansing oils and my favorite is still solid balm form that melts vs the oil form, but I do like this DHC oil. It is super gentle yet removes even waterproof mascara and eyeliner. It is also rich in vitamins and antioxidants. I would highly recommend this for people who likes the oil form!

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright SPF 30 Moisturizer
This is a rich morning moisturizer. I picked it because it has SPF 30 and helps diminish dark spots and discolorations. I have not seen any reduction in dark spots because I have only been using it for 1-2 months. A couple of callouts: it does have a fragrance so some people may not like that and it is really rich so it may not be the best moisturizer for people who wear lots of makeup.

Marc Jacobs Bronzer in Tantric
This was my go-to bronzer all summer! I received a small sample from Sephora as a VIB gift and it was just the perfect trial size! I’ve always had a hard time finding a bronzer that shows up and looks good on my skin tone, so I was extremely pleased when this bronzer exceeded my expectation. The color looks so natural on my skin and lasts all day. This was my first Marc Jacobs product and I can’t wait to try other products from this brand.

Let me know if you’ve tried these products. I would also love to hear about your recent product discoveries. Have a great Monday!

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Life, Lifestyle

What’s Next for Ditch the Heels

September 12, 2016

lower nob hill

Happy Morning! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I have not blogged in a couple of weeks so I just want to share some life updates and talk about what’s next for Ditch the Heels.

New Chapter in San Francisco

When I first started this blog, I was a student in business school and my husband lived in another state. I recently graduated and moved from the Midwest to San Francisco. SF has been a target city for many years because it has the jobs/companies I am interested in and I also want to live close to my brother. For a while I did not know if the move will happen, but my husband and I both found jobs and this dream has quickly become a reality. I received the keys to our new apartment (picture above!) last Wednesday and the movers arrived on Thursday. I am excited for my husband to arrive tonight and to finally live together again! Now he can be an Instagram husband again!

What’s Next?

I have been extremely busy the last couple of months with the move and new job. I used to post 2-3 times a week, but lately I’ve only had time to post once or twice a month. I have learned so much and have met amazing people since starting this blog, and I am still passionate about blogging, so I want to continue. However, I want to set realistic expectations for myself so that I won’t feel stressed or sad if I am unable to blog. I plan to post once a week–targeting Mondays since I have the weekends to work on content. My focus will still be beauty and fashion, but I will also try to do more food, travel and life posts.

If you have any comments or feedback–including anything San Francisco related–please leave it below. Thank you and I hope you have a great week ahead!


Le Tote Review

August 21, 2016

Le Tote TBAGS Printed Maxi DressDress: TBAGS (25% off) // Bracelet: Rebecca Minkoff // Necklace: Kendra Scott // Sunglasses: Versace 

Happy Sunday! It has been a few weeks since my last post! I have been busy searching for an apartment in San Francisco and buying new furniture. Everything is coming together nicely and I cannot wait for my husband to join me next month! Today is my last day of #funemployment because I start my new job tomorrow!

I had a chance to try Le Tote in July so I want to write about my experience. Le Tote is a clothing subscription service that costs $59 or $69 (maternity plan) per month. The difference between Le Tote and Stitch Fix is that you can select what goes into your box and you can request multiple boxes a month. When you first sign up, you can browse the selection and add items to your “closet.” Le Tote stylists will recommend 3 garments and 2 accessories per box, and will try to include at least one item from your closet. You can review the selection and swap out any items before they are shipped, so you have almost complete control of what will be sent to you. You can wear the items for as long as you want (you just keep paying the monthly subscription fee). There is a discount to purchase items you want to keep (normally 20% off retail), and the rest you can send back in a pre-labeled bag–no need to clean/wash the items! It sounds like a great service so I wanted to try it out. Here are the two totes I received:

Tote 1:
le tote review

My first tote arrived 1.5 weeks after I signed up. I liked the items I received, especially the TBAGS maxi dress. I wore all the items except for the French Connection Mesh Detail Tank. It looked like a night cami and not something I would feel comfortable wearing outside the home. I thought the clutch, bracelet and embroidered top were so-s0. You can see the retail price and discounted price above. After wearing these items once, I sent all of them back for a new tote.

Tote 2:
Le Tote Review

My second tote arrived a week after I sent back the first tote. As soon as the tracking code got scanned at the origin, a new tote was ready for me to review online. I loved that because it eliminated having to wait for the first tote to arrive at the Le Tote warehouse, which sped up the time I received Tote 2. I loved the Coin 1804 sweater–the material was extremely soft and the fit was flattering. I wanted to purchase the item and the discount was 20% off retail price, but I would rather purchase it brand new. I searched for it online but couldn’t find it anywhere except on the Le Tote website. I tried all the other items in my tote except for the La Fee Verte Cardigan. It looked great in the photo, but it was too long on me and it was also very heavy. I would highly recommend the French Connection Clutch–it goes with so many outfits and is very fashionable. I have a similar one from Rebecca Minkoff.

Overall Thoughts:

I enjoyed trying out Le Tote but decided to discontinue after one month. Even though the clothes are clean, I don’t like wearing clothes that have been worn by someone else. For the same reason,  a 10-30% is not enough for me to purchase previously worn clothing. If I love something, I would like the option to purchase it new. Le Tote is great for people who wants to try out different clothes/accessories, and you can receive 3 boxes a month if you send items back quickly. I loved that I didn’t have to clean the products before shipping them back. If you don’t mind purchasing previously worn clothing, the discount is nice. Le Tote is also great for people who prefer basic styles because I didn’t see anything that was trendy or in fashion. Most items can only be found on Le Tote’s website because they are past seasons’ clothing. Rent the Runway does something similar except their monthly fee is $139, but the selection is a lot larger and it carries designer clothing.

Let me know if Le Tote or Rent the Runway is something you would try! If you use my referral link you can get $25 off your first tote.

le tote review

MAX STUDIO Embroidered Keyhole Top

OCTAVIA & CO Color Block Clutch

REBECCA MINKOFF Pave Triangle Hinge Bracelet

TBAGS Printed Maxi Dress

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