HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

I dunno about you... but I'm feeling 26. Coming back from Palm Springs and into reality today, I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you reading for your support of the #MOGBLOG. It means the world to know that you care what little ol' me has to say!

So here's to another year of doing it all - and taking you along for the ride with me. Can't wait to see where it leads, but I know it'll be good. Cheers! xx

Skincare Review: Kiehl's

Good morning, everyone! How are you all adjusting to this week? I'm still getting into the swing of things, myself. And whenever I feel restless in a weary world, I turn to skincare. Recently, I found myself in desperate need to stock up on the basics... so I headed to Kiehl's.

Lucky for me, from now until March 23rd, Kiehl's is running a promotion: 4 Deluxe Samples for any $65 purchase. (Unlucky for me, my night cream alone costs $62...but thats a different story.)

Let me tell you. These samples are worth it. See below for a review on each, with links for purchase. And, as always, don't forget to Subscribe to #MOGBLOG - if you aren't yet, you'll want to. Trust me. Big announcement coming this week!

Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate This stuff is the real deal. Loaded with 10.5% Vitamin C concentrate, you can actually feel it working on your skin. (Its a slight warming sensation, which I find pleasant. Just don't say I didn't warn you.)

Midnight Recovery Concentrate Let me take this time to note that I realize that most of the things on this list are anti-aging, but hey! I'm all about preventative, rather than reactive, skincare. Amirite?? Anyway. This serum is a sheer oil formula that smells heavenly and makes your skin feel like a dream.

Super Multi-Corrective Cream This rich, luxurious cream is actually what I use on my skin nightly. Its blend of ingredients is formulated to increase fullness, fight loss of elasticity, and reduce the appearance of fine lines. What's not to love?

Ultra Facial Cleanser Another product that I use on the daily. Just a really nice face cleanser - perfect if you have combination skin like me. Other cleansers leave me too oily or too dry, but this one is like Goldilocks - just right.

*BONUS* In-Flight Refreshing Facial Mist Okay, so this one wasn't a free sample, but I couldn't post a review on Kiehl's without writing about this. This is like the fountain of youth in a spray bottle. Designed to be a skin refresher mid-flight (which I've certainly used on that long cross-country flight home) I use it every day, throughout the day. Perfect when your skin is feeling dry, dull, oily, shiny, lackluster or just plain blah - basically, it'll cure what ails ya. It leaves your skin with a healthy, dewy finish. And, it smells incredible.

So thats it! Let me know if you get the chance to give any of these products a try. I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

DIY Sea Salt Spray

So, its Sunday night. Where did the weekend go? Really. I'm starting the petition for a day between Sunday and Monday. Any takers?

But, maybe a fun (and easy!) DIY project is what you need to propel you into the week with a fresh attitude - and really cool hair. Presenting: DIY Sea Salt SprayThe best part is, you totally have all of this stuff at home already.

This stuff is amazing. Not kidding. You may remember Casey Layne's incredible mane from our Venice Beach Shoot? This stuff. For real. Check out the recipe below. 

Step One. Gather your ingredients. Coconut Oil, Sea Salt, Leave-In Cream or Conditioner (I love this one from Kiehl's) and Water Soluble Pomade. (A Note about pomade - you may not have this laying around, but being a shorter-haired dude...i did. I love the formula of Layrite pomade, but if you don't have it at home, you could substitute a water soluble gel with some shine in it.)
Step Two. Combine 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil, 2 or 3 teaspoons Sea Salt, 1/2 teaspoon Leave-in Cream, a dab of Pomade and 1 cup of HOT water.
Step Three. Mix! Mix! Mix! It helps to stir them with a whisk or a fork, and then put them in a container with a lid and Shake it for a minute or two.
Step Four. Decant into a spray bottle and enjoy your new sea salt spray!

That's all there is to it! Give this a try and watch the compliments roll in. Comment below and let me know how it works for you. And, be sure to Subscribe to #MOGBLOG for daily updates below!

Laundry Day

Hey kids! Hope your weeks are all off to a good start... I feel like so much has happened in the last 48 hours it couldn't possibly be Tuesday already!

Yesterday Nicholas and I had the ever-dreaded laundry day. Ugh. To be honest, the only thing I like about doing laundry is the vibey laundromat we go to here in LA. So, while waiting for our delicates and unmentionables (and about 500 pairs of calvin klein briefs) to tumble-dry, we had an impromptu photoshoot.

Don't you just love when inspiration strikes in the strangest places? Tell me about some of the unusual places you've had a shoot and send me a link to go check it out! I'd love to see.

PS - I know this isn't the most glamorous post on the planet, but tomorrow I've got some really cool stuff planned. Including the first-ever #MOGBLOGDIY Stay Tuned!

SPRING LOOKBOOK

Hey guys! Thought I'd share with you all a little something my boyfriend Nicholas and I shot last week. I've always wanted to challenge myself to create a number of looks from just a few key pieces, so here it is.

20 Pieces. 10 Looks. 10 different occasions to wear them to.

The key to success here was using clean, simple, classic pieces - what I'm referring to as #thenewclassics - to create some really great looks. I used a mix of high-end and casual brands (and even snuck in a few of my own designs) to create accessible looks for any occasion you may have this spring. 

Let me know how I did in the comments below - and share with me if you've ever done anything similar. I'd love to check it out.

the looks (clockwise from top left)

spring wedding 1, 4, 13, 17
lunch break 5, 13, 18
weekend warrior 7, 9, 16, 19 

day at the park 7, 10, 14, 20
gallery Opening 5, 6, 14, 18

sunday Brunch 5, 15, 20
Headed to yoga 2, 8, 11, 16, 19
Cocktail hour 2, 4, 13, 17
studio workday 6, 12, 16, 20
Laundry day 3, 10, 13, 20


THE PIECES 
john varvatos blazer
Allsaints leather jacket
Erik anderson linen jacket
4 JCrew oxford Shirt (white)
jcrew oxford shirt (blue)
6 gap Chambray shirt
vintage flannel
american apparel zippper hoodie
james perse crew neck sweater
10 erik anderson cut and sew tee
11 Alexander wang muscle tee
12 gap crew neck tee
13 blk denim jeans
14 gap boyfriend jeans
15 H&M Chinos
16 h&M Leather leggings
17 Cole haan monkstrap shoes
18 Cole haan lace up oxford shoes
19 Nike free run sneakers
20 Chuck taylor Converse

**also styled with rayban aviators, rayban wayfarers, and erik anderson leather lunch bag

International Style Institute

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the first-ever International Style Institute with celeb stylist Anita Patrickson at The Grove here in LA. Co produced by SimplyStylist, the three-day event wrote the proverbial book on all things styling. 

Certainly one of the most exciting weekends I've had in LA, and definitely the most informative - I feel like my brain is still reeling from all the information we covered! A slew of guest speakers, a personal styling challenge, hands-on experience (and a pretty solid gift bag) made for a weekend I won't soon forget. 

styled this bold look on the beautiful julie dreiling for our allure magazine sponsored shoot!

styled this bold look on the beautiful julie dreiling for our allure magazine sponsored shoot!

below are some of my favorite images from the weekend - (clockwise) getting side-eye from my classmates - oops, on set with allure Magazine Editor Kelly Atterton, Myself and my parter on our personal styling challenge, and the ever-important bag-o-swag. Love.

update: I just found out i will also be attending simplystylist's next LA event at the grove on March 28th. Let me know if any of you plan to join! I'd love to meet up there!

Move Over, Gwyneth!

There's a new lifestyle blog in town.

Welcome to #MOGBLOG - the lifestyle blog by Erik Anderson. Here, you'll get a glimpse into my life as a stylist and find exclusive content produced, documented and curated by me on topics like style, beauty, home, DIY and more. Stay tuned for updates! Can't wait to share with you. -E