Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Holiday Gift Guide

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Ali and I found the best holiday gifts for everyone on your list from your new boyfriend, to your best friend, that boring girl whose party you have to go to, everyone you love and even for those people you hate, but are obligated to buy a something for.  Why read endless gift guides if you can multitask and listen to just one? Here are all the brands, products and deals we chatted about. For more info, listen on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcherAudioBoom, and now Spotify, or stream/download below.

Motorola Z2 Force Shatterproof Android Phone

Motorola Mods 360 Camera & Gamepad

Soft Surroundings- Various gifts- $10 off a purchase of $50 or more, use promo code THANKS10

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Use this link below for 10% off or promo code LAZYPOD

Pretty You London Slippers

50% off all styles except for the recently launched 2017 fall designs on Black Friday.

Bonus: spend $100 or more and receive free shipping. (Valid Black Friday through Cyber Monday)

Cyber Monday: 15% off new fall designs as well as 50% off other styles

Baby Be Hip

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Custom baby gifts

Promo Code: LAZYPOD for 15% any order

STS Blue

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Denim jackets and jeans

Bando

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Galactic Sneeze Games

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Soko Jewlery

Barbella Box

Oaki Boots (We might have mispronounced this during the podcast, sorry)

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Who Has Time To Change? How To Win Day To Night & A Shopping Spree With Bobeau

A lot of the time, I’m running around day to night and changing into another outfit just isn’t an option. Seriously, who has time to change? Luckily, Bobeau is like a fashion psychic. It knows we all have this problem and provides a solution with beautiful, comfortable clothing that looks good no matter what hour it is. Is there anything better than that? Yes, there is. Getting it for free!

Use this link to enter to win a $1000 shopping spree to Bobeau. You also will also receive an exclusive 20% off promo code just for entering. 

So, if you aren’t sure what to get because there are just so many good things, here are a few I personally love straight from my closet.

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I’m all about the Mykyla Longsleeve Dress. It’s comfortable and stylish, which is something that rarely happens. No shapewear! No problem! And like much of Bobeau’s clothing, it is also available in plus sizes. There are so many ways to wear this dress. You can rock it with boots or evening shoes. I love the choker neckline because it means one less thing to worry about accessorizing. 

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The Jude Printed Flare Sleeve Dress is another great day to night option. It’s super boho chic. It also doesn’t wrinkle easily, making it great to travel with. You can wear it on a plane and go straight to lunch or dinner without changing. If you want to add jewelry, consider a pair of statement earrings to dress it up for nighttime.

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One of my fave tops is the Cold Shoulder Ruffle Sleeve Top. It can be worn with pants or a skirt and is a great layering piece. Wear it to the office with a blazer and take it off for happy hour! This top is available in five different colors and currently on sale. So, don’t feel guilty about buying more than one. In fact, you probably should! 

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Then there are all of the beautiful flare sleeve tops. Flare sleeves are EVERYWHERE this season. The one I’m wearing in the picture above is sold out, but if you like it, check out the Lee Flare Sleeve Blouse, the adorably preppy Flare Sleeve Dress or the Cora Ruffle Sleeve Sweater. If you like large necklaces or statement necklaces—they are the perfect accessories to balance out flare sleeves.

Here are a few more of my faves:

Kacey Knit Jumper (It’s more like a jumpsuit)

Teddy Crop Pant with Pom Pom Trim (So cute for fall!)

One Button Wrap Cardigan (Consider giving this one as a gift)

Delanie Rouched Sleeve Cardigan (Perfect for layering)

You might need good luck to win, but you won’t good luck when it comes to style with Bobeau.

 

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Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Alaa Khaled Of Worst Ever Podcast

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Our guest today is the super fun and hilarious Alaa Khaled aka Alec Ledd who among other things, co-hosts Worst Ever Podcast with Christine Lakin. We talk about how Worst Ever Podcast started, working with Barbra Streisand, Louis CK, Kevin Spacey, female empowerment, life as a stylist, what it’s like to be involved with Project Runway All Stars (he spills the tea!), favorite reality shows, Lisa Vanderpump’s swans, Vanderpump Rules, Erika Jayne, Real Housewives, Amanda’s imaginary furniture line, Ali’s new house, Vegas, New York, flying anxiety, baggage mix up nightmares, Alaa’s brother DJ Khaled, his nephew Asahd Khaled aka the most popular baby on Instagram and so much more.
 
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How To Buy A Sports Bra Because Indecent Exposure Is A Crime

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We've all been there! You're in the middle of whatever exercise you are doing and you realize your sports bra isn't doing it's job. You're one jumping jack away from a potential police encounter. Don't fret! We all need extra support.

I spoke to several activewear girl bosses and a doctor to break down how to choose the right sports bra for A Sweat Life. Click on over and check it out! Never stand by one of those giant walls of sports bras and feel intimidated ever again.

Thank you to Varley, nuyu, Alala, RYU, Fit Atelier & Dr. Nina Watson for your help.!

Winning Winter Beauty—Bodycare Edition

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It’s the winter. Well, technically it's fall because winter officially starts on December 21st, but I feel like we are there already. Even in Los Angeles. The second the temperature drops all moisture just leaves my body and goes on vacation, so really that’s close enough. Part of the problem is that I like to take extra hot showers, which can just be murder on your skin, but let’s be honest—I probably won't stop that, so I’ve found a body care routine that restores the moisture that gets stripped away. In the past two months, I’ve mixed up my body care routine from the summer, tried some new products and stayed loyal to a few favorites. Here are my current body care essentials. While you can use these products year round (and probably should), it’s especially important to make time to take care of your entire body during the upcoming colder months. 

Tree Hut Coconut Lime Shea Sugar Scrub

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Exfoliation is life! If your skin is dry and you just keep applying body lotion, it’s not going to do its job well because you have to get rid of the dead skin cells. I like to exfoliate my body at least once or twice a week during the winter. I know some people have crazy intense body exfoliation routines and dry brush (don’t ask me what that is because I really have no idea other than the fact that such things exist), but honestly for me, using a scrub is easy, fast, inexpensive and gets the job done.

Tree Hut Coconut Lime Shea Sugar Scrub  smells like a tropical island in a jar and feels amazing on your skin. There is also a matching lotion you can use after you shower, but most of the time the oil in the product itself should be enough.

Trader Joe’s Lavender Body Scrub

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This is my to-go scrub on those days when I workout after work and shower before bed. The lavender oil in this product helps me to fall asleep. I also love this scrub because I’m always at Trader Joe’s so it’s NBD to pick up.

SkinCeuticals Body Tightening Concentrate

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SkinCeuticals is one of my favorite brands. Everything they make is good. Not kidding. The Body Tightening Concentrate isn’t for your whole body, but rather the areas you are trying to reduce or aren’t as tight as you would like them to be. While it helps you look firmer, this does not mean you can go eat a cupcake and subsequently use a ton of product, but if you are eating healthy and working out, this is a great supplement. It also feels really good and refreshing on your skin. I personally apply it to trouble spots—my abs and inner thighs. I even think a thigh gap might be in my future.

Bliss Fatgirlslim Arm Candy

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Bliss Fatgirlslim Arm Candy contains caffeine, lactic acid and moisture beads, to make your arms look sleeker and more toned. While obviously it isn’t a substitute for exercise and not eating like an animal, if you are doing those things and your arms need some extra help, Bliss is your girl!

Applying this cream is a little different than most body lotions. You use the applicator that is attached to the bottle and massage it in for 20-30 seconds. It feels really nice after a post-workout shower.

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer With Refreshing Coconut Oil

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If you didn’t know, your skin absorbs moisture better when wet and Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer With Refreshing Coconut Oil is formulated for this use specially. I keep the bottle in my shower instead of the medicine cabinet. Honestly, sometimes I slack off and use it on dry skin. I just wet my hands a little first. This lotion makes my legs silky smooth and has a light scent which really mixes well with any other product or fragrance I’m using.

Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil

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I love Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil. It’s one of my favorite multitasking products because it is formulated for the hair, body and face. I use it on areas that need a little extra moisture like my hands and elbows and then I wipe the excess on the ends of my hair. If the thought of coconut oil turns you off because you also cook with it, this is product is nothing like taking out one of those giant jars. It’s caller Sheer oil for a reason. It’s also sulfate, paraben and phthalate free as well as hypoallergenic, gluten-free, cruelty-free, silicone-free, and non-GMO. So if your skin is super sensitive, dry and irritated, this might just change your life.

 

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: AJ Benza

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AJ Benza is our guest today. Our jaws dropped throughout the entire interview listening to him talk about his early days at E!, the Reelz Channel, Old Hollywood vs Millennials, The Kardashians, New York, being a gossip columnist at The Daily News, Mickey Rourke, The Gossip Show, Mysteries and Scandals, his podcast Fame Is A Bitch, Howard Stern, AJ After Hours, High Stakes Poker, being a father, bathroom drama at his son’s school, coaching sports, Artie Lange, Harvey Weinstein, the film he produced So B. It, being a parent and so much more.

And yes, he names names and spills tons of secrets.  

Also, I was very jetlagged and totally allowed myself to geek out for this interview.

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Be Festive & Impressive: My Best Party Tips For The Holidays

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Do you want to throw one of those parties that everyone remembers in a good way? Lots of people think throwing a fabulous soiree (even if it is just in your living room) is a major ordeal. CTFD and listen to me. There is really only one thing you need to know. If you don't have a ton of time to plan, cooking skills, or a huge budget, whether you serve two people or 200 people (well, maybe not that many, but I can't think of 200 people I like), the same overall idea applies—being a good host is all about attention to detail. Here are a few of my best tips create a fun, fabulous and festive event that will keep your guests posting all weekend long.

Never Serve Your Food In The Package It Came In

Why is this my first tip? Because when people do this—It makes me insane. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been to someone’s house and they’ve served hummus or salsa in the package it came in. USE A BOWL! Any bowl. This takes seconds and classes up your event exponentially. 

Cooking Isn’t Necessary, If You Aren’t A Chef

If you want to throw a party but last time you made your mom’s Swedish meatballs, you had to call the fire department, don’t bother. Go to Trader Joe’s and buy prepackaged apps like spanakopita and pigs in a blanket. If those aren’t your thing, there are tons of options. But be sure to heat everything up in the oven, NOT the microwave.

DO NOT SERVE ON STYROFOAM

This one is obvious, but not to everyone. Several years ago, I went to a dinner at someone’s house for a religious holiday and they served on Styrofoam. I’m pretty sure even G-d was disgusted. First of all, it’s AWFUL for the environment. It also looks tacky. While serving on regular plates is ideal, there are times when it's impractical or even impossible. That being said, not all disposable plates are created equally. Keep in mind that just because something is disposable, doesn’t mean it should look like something you want to throw out. There are so many stylish paper plate options available. Here are a few of them. 

A Platter Makes A Party

If you entertain often, I think it’s important to have a section of platters. I have several I received as wedding gifts and while I don’t entertain as often I would like to, I love any opportunity to use them. My personal ones are from Kate Spade, Nambé, and Christophle, but while high-end is nice, it isn’t necessary. Target has tons of options. Another idea is to buy individual dinner plates and use them as platters, especially if you aren’t serving on a large table. 

DO NOT SERVE ON STYROFOAM

This one is obvious, but not to everyone. Several years ago, I went to a dinner at someone’s house for a religious holiday and they served on Styrofoam. I’m pretty sure even G-d was disgusted. First of all, it’s AWFUL for the environment. It also looks tacky. While serving on regular plates is ideal, there are times when serving on paper plates might make more sense. That being said, not all disposable plates are created equally. Just because something is disposable doesn’t mean it should look like something you want to throw out. There are so many stylish paper plate options available. Here are a few that I really like. 

Napkins Are Important

Cute cocktail napkins=napkins=coasters=food grease not everywhere=no coffee tables destroyed.

Make Fancy Water

It’s not just about drinking and driving or making sure you accommodate the hydrationally-challenged. But rather, it's about that one friend who gets wasted every year and acts epically annoying. Put some water in a pitcher. Throw fruit in it. Lemons, strawberries, cucumbers. It doesn’t matter. Pick one. People will drink it. 

Create A Signature Cocktail

A basic bar is so boring. Make some signature holiday cocktails and serve from a pitcher. It’s minimal work for maximum glam.

Never Forget Dessert

Everyone likes dessert (and if you don’t—who are you?). Buy something fun for dessert like mini cupcakes from a local bakery or try my semi-secret semi-homemade cookie recipe.

Step One: Buy the refrigerated cookie dough in a tube from your local supermarket. I like Pillsbury Chocolate Chip, but any will do.

Step 2: Prepare according to the package’s directions.

Step 3: Cut off enough dough for a cookie.

Step 4: Ball the dough in your hands and flatten it out.

Step 5: Put in on a cookie sheet and bake according to directions.

Step 6: Fool everyone. None of your cookies will look alike so people assume it came from a recipe and what is essentially a plastic tube. Works. Every. Time.

Don’t Forget The Bathroom

Not to sound like your mom, but if you are having people over, make sure you have enough toilet paper, hand soap and a place for your guests to dry their hands. I always feel awkward when there aren’t guest towels or any kind of towel for that matter to dry my hands. I feel uncomfortable using your personal towel, but I am not going to wipe my hands on what I am wearing, which is inevitably dry clean only. Am I supposed to use toilet paper? Is your house a gas station? And don’t get me started on people who don’t have enough soap. What’s wrong with you? Also, a scented candle makes your bathroom more festive and less stinky.

*By the way, if you really want to be nice, that enamel pin from Ban.do pictured above makes a great stocking stuffer.

 

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Brian Howie of The Great Love Debate

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Today we talk sex, love, relationships and dating with Brian Howie of The Great Love Debate Podcast and live show. Everyone will enjoy the episode, but if you’ve ever asked yourself any the following questions, you will find it especially enlightening.

Why am I still single?

Why is he such a jerk?

Why I can’t I find someone?

What’s wrong with him?

Can he quit it with the dick pics already? (Also, gross!)

By the way, I will be live on stage at The Great Love Debate Returns To Los Angeles on November 15th.

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Five Ways To Motivate Yourself To Workout When You Don't Really Want To

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I have a confession. I’ve not been in super workout ra ra mode lately. I don’t know if it is the change of seasons or the seemingly endless amount of projects I’ve been working on, but I’m just not that into working out right now. But, this doesn’t mean I’m not working out, it just means I’m less motivated to get myself going. And that’s okay because I’m still doing what I need to do, even if it takes some extra push to get there. Here are five ways I’ve been forcing myself to workout during those times when I’d rather being doing anything else

Fashion Is A Great Motivator

Who doesn’t get excited to wear new clothes? If you find you have the cardio blahs, buy yourself a cute outfit. This ALWAYS works for me. Here are a few ideas.

So Is Money…

I am beyond overworked right now. Really, I would love to spend my borderline non-existent free time on my couch, but that isn’t an option right now. So, I’m forcing myself to plan my day when I wake up and sign up for a group fitness class using ClassPass. If you miss a class, they charge you $15 and I’d rather put that cash towards anything else. I also work best under pressure, so if I know I have to be somewhere later that day, I ‘m more likely to finish my work.

If you haven’t heard of ClassPass, it’s an amazing program that gets you the best deals (literally, I’ve checked) on group fitness classes in 43 different cities, making life so much easier if you travel a lot and still want to stick to your fitness routine.

If you’ve never used ClassPass before, use my affiliate link for a $40 credit. They have a few plans to choose from.

As Is Time….

Sometimes I want to skip a workout, but knowing what my week looks like in advance and keeping the big picture in mind makes me aware that skipping a day isn’t an option. There just won’t be an available time slot later in the week. This is especially true because I try to workout 4-5 days a week.

But Short Workouts Are EVERYTHING

Trying to motivate myself to workout for 45 minutes to an hour has been like trying to pull teeth lately. First of all, some days I don’t have an extra minute to spare. Then there’s the fact that an hour can sound like ten hours when I am super stressed. So, I’ve found several 30-minute classes that I can motivate myself to go to. Plus, when I know I’m there for a shorter period of time, I work much harder. This makes me feel super accomplished and totally exhausted when I am finished.

And Convenience Is King

This is a conversation I had earlier this week:

Me- Honey, I’m headed off to the gym downstairs in our building to go for a run.

Husband- You’ve never been to the gym downstairs.

Me- Not true, I go there all the time to use the bathroom when I’m sipping rosé at the pool.

Husband- I mean to workout.

Me- Also not true, I’ve used it five times in the two and half years we’ve lived here.

I’m not a gym person or a running person, but I can’t think of a more convenient place to squeeze in a workout right now. So, I’m starting to use the gym in my building more often. Honestly, it’s not my favorite place to workout, but being able to get in and out the most time efficient way possible is sometimes the only option I have.

Remember— SOMETHING IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN NOTHING! A 30-minute jog around your neighborhood is better than a 30-minute snooze on the couch.  

 

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Jaclyn Marfuggi of What's Your Jersey

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Our guest this week is the host of What’s Your Jersey podcast and the most Sopranos-adjacent person we know, Jaclyn Marfuggi. We get into it about gummy vitamins, prenatal water, boy bands, dancing, fitness classes, spray tans, birth control, vaping, Hiball Energy Drinks, being pregnant, keeping pregnancy tests in the house, the time Jaclyn spray tanned the entire Hawaiian Tropic Pageant in Vegas, Sarah Stage envy, rose gold, renting, vanity tables, Kopari, Bioderma, cooking for our significant others, Exfolikate, housekeepers, Amanda’s terrible experience at Kleinfeld, New York City, New Jersey, The Sopranos, Lady Gaga, song parodies, the Short Hills Mall, Drunk Sports, how Jaclyn started her podcast, stand up comedy, and so much more.

And there is a special appearance from Lo French, who I once thought was actually Annabelle Desisto. LONG STORY.

Also.....

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Facing Fall Skincare: It’s Time For Extra Moisture & I Hate The Word Moist, But Clearly It Was Necessary Here

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The seasons are changing and so is your skin. As we approach the end of Daylight Savings Time aka my least favorite day of the year, I find my face needs some extra moisture and TLC. This is annoying because I feel like I just figured out the perfect skincare routine for summer and now I have to switch it up again. Luckily, I’ve been able to find a few gems. Here are some of my favorite fall skincare products.

LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask

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Fall murders my lips. Seriously, even in LA it feels like all the moisture goes and takes a vacay the second it becomes September. Luckily, I have a solution. Every night before bed I apply LANEIGE Lip Sleeping Mask. No, it’s not Ambien for your lips but it’s more like lip balm on steroids. It smells like strawberry and feels like butter. And yes, you can apply it during the day as well.

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum

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I know what you did last summer. You skipped out on sunscreen. I’m not judging you, but let’s be real here. You need to fix this, which is exactly what SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Serum does. Formulated with vitamins C and E, it reverses photodamage (aka sun damage) and the signs of aging. Don’t you hate those signs? I prefer signs for Starbucks and luxury spas. Seriously, it’s the perfect day serum for every skin type.

SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier

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There’s nothing funny about SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier because H.A. actually stands for Hyaluronic Acid, which is this thing that makes your skin look plump and firm aka not old. I apply it after the C E Ferulic as well as at night. If you need to add moisture without oil, H.A. is your new best friend.

Erno Laszlo Antioxidant Complex For Eyes

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Whether it is allergies, lack of sleep or too much rose, most of us need some extra help in the eye department. Erno Laszlo Antioxidant Complex For Eyes is like having a personal assistant for your under eyes. It does EVERYTHING! It’s tightening, refreshing, moisturizing and nourishing. It’s also one of those products that feels really good when you apply it. I put my bottle in the fridge before I shower in the morning and by the time I’m ready to apply, it has extra cooling power. By the way, this trick works for every eye cream or gel.

Erno Lazlo Sensitive Cleansing Oil

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You know when you wash your face and then you use some toner or micellar water on a cotton pad and then you realize you still have makeup on your face and you wonder WTF was the point of just washing your face? Then you will be obsessed with Erno Laszlo Sensitive Cleansing Oil. It takes off all of your makeup (so squeaky clean) without being irritating. It’s also paraben free and won’t clog your pores. I put two pumps in my hands and then apply it to a dry face, add some water and remove everything with a hot washcloth. It feels like getting a facial without having to tip anyone or drive somewhere.

LANEIGE Time Freeze Sleeping Mask

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Sleeping masks are a K-Beauty thing, but don’t be afraid to integrate them into any beauty routine. Think of it as a final step before you start looking really pretty. If you have never used a sleeping mask before, LANEIGE Time Freeze Sleeping Mask kind of feels like applying custard to your face. It’s not exactly a mask but more like the thickest moisturizer ever. If you like the idea of a sleeping mask, but the word custard has almost made you click off the page, LANEIGE Water Sleeping Mask has a  thinner consistency and is less expensive.

Hating My Hair Less

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A few weeks ago I talked about my hair crisis. Read the post, but if you are short on time, here’s a recap. A total stranger told me I had bad hair at a beauty convention of all places. I felt bad about myself. But then I realized I wasn’t trying hard enough to have good hair, so I’m going balls to the wall to do it now.

So, I know what you are thinking…really how hard is it to just use some extra conditioner? Girl, this is way more than just some extra conditioner. I surpassed needing extra conditioner around the time I exited my mother’s womb. Getting good hair is practically a lifestyle choice at this point. I’m putting in effort much in the same way someone studies for the Bar Exam or opens up an Etsy Shop. That being said, if you make clip in or halo extensions and want to collab, please get in touch (AmandaLauren212@gmail.com). I think a temporary fix might just be in order for my next post.

So, the whole “lifestyle change” about this involves hours of my life I’ll never get back and days of leaving in two different kinds of hair oil. This is a big commitment. If I didn’t work at home, I would have been fired from my job already because sometimes it looks like I haven’t washed my hair for a year. If it weren’t for topknots being trendy, I’d be screwed.

I’ve been using Black Castor Oil several days a week on my scalp and roots as well as my brows and lashes because why not. Before I started this hair journey (ugh), I learned castor oil is a natural fix to grow your hair because it balances out your scalp’s pH and is an antifungal as well as an antimicrobial. I don't think I have fungus or microbe issues with my scalp, but I'm attacking this from all angles. Castor oil also moisturizes your hair like crazy, sealing in the cuticle. I’ve heard of people who have hair growth of anywhere from ½ an inch to three inches in a month. While I haven’t taken a ruler to my roots just yet, my fingers are very much crossed. These things take time and patience, but let’s be honest here, for the most part, I have neither. 

I’ve also been using Kiehl’s Magic Elixir on my roots and ends. It’s a blend of rosemary leaf and avocado oils. The texture of this product is much thinner than castor oil, so I can leave the house without looking like a giant grease ball. My hair feels as if it is getting a little thicker, so I’m hoping this product lives up to its name. Also, I will probably buy anything that is called magic.

Because my hair is super oily several days a week, I’ve had to be very particular about shampoo. I’ve needed something that washes the oil out, but is still gentle, which is why I’m all about Alterna Caviar Repair Instant Recovery Shampoo. Doesn't the name really say it all? This product is also sulfate and paraben free, so it doesn’t fade my color, but it still lathers as if it is entirely filled with chemicals even though it’s not. 

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I’ve also been going conditioner crazy, alternating between three different ones, which are Alterna Caviar Repair Instant Recovery Conditioner, Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Mask, and L’Ange Silk Venom Keratin Treatment Mask (use coupon code AMANDA for 30% off). Three different conditioners sounds excessive, but it's not because my hair always looks better when I switch things up. These also have different purposes. The L’Ange mask builds keratin, so you can’t use it more than twice a week. I use the Alterna Mask to restore moisture, which it does in spades and the Alterna Conditioner is great for when I’m too busy to commit to a mask or when I am air drying my hair.

Speaking of air drying, I’m trying to do that more often because more heat = more damage. There are three great products I’ve found for airdrying. The first is Alterna Bamboo Beach Breeze Dry Balm. I have naturally wavy hair and love a good beach wave look.  This balm is also a great multitasker because it protects your hair against UV rays, salt water, and chlorine. I know it’s fall, but I live in California and it was 96 degrees yesterday, so clearly, the whole seasons thing isn’t a part of my pumpkin spiced life.

Once my hair dries, I refresh my waves with Alterna Bamboo Beach Ocean Waves Tousled Texture Spray. This product does all the same things as a sea salt spray, sans the damaging effects of salt. I also use it post curling wand to define my beach waves instead of hairspray.

If I’m letting my hair air dry, but plan to flatiron before the next wash, I use Garnier Fructis Smooth Air Dry Sleek Anti-Frizz Cream . It’s scented like fruity heaven.

In addition to using lots of new products and changing up my hair routine, I’ve literally been eating vitamins like candy. I’m hoping chowing down Alive Prenatal Gummies and Nature Made Hair/Skin/Nails Adult Gummies will do the trick. While I’m not pregnant, taking prenatals is rumored, but not scientifically proven to stimulate hair growth. But I don’t care. At this point, I’ll try anything. 

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Alexis Neiers Of E!'s Pretty Wild Is Now A Wife, Mom, Doula & Women's Healthcare Advocate

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If you think you know our guest this week Alexis Neiers from her E! reality show Pretty Wild, you pretty much have no idea who she is. She is now married to Evan Haines who owns Alo House Recovery Centers, a mother of two beautiful girls and a doula. In this episode, we talk all about her journey to become the incredible woman she is today, her own experiences giving birth, the healthcare industry, running a rehab, drug addiction, the challenges of pregnancy today, breastfeeding and so much more. She is truly an advocate for women’s health. Open and honest with us, she also spilled her beauty secrets. Whether you are obsessed with reality television, in recovery, a mother (or soon-to-be) or simply a person trying to survive life’s challenges—Alexis will inspire you.

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I Went On The Doctors TV Show To Discuss Long Lasting Lipgloss

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Last week I appeared on the syndicated talk show, The Doctors to talk about long lasting lipgloss with two other bloggers. While I'm generally a positive person, I was less than enthused by the product, but I'd probably use it again for parties and events.

It was such a fun experience. Thank you so much again to the team at The Doctors for having me on. 

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Alexis Joy Of Alexis Joy VIP Access & Awesomeness TV

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Alexis Joy of Alexis Joy Vip Access and Awesomeness TV is the epitome of awesomeness. We’re pretty sure there isn’t anything she can’t do. We talk about how her hosting career came to be, managing work while being a full-time student (seriously, not kidding), working hard, being persistent, manifesting, making your dreams a reality, being inspired by our previous guest, Keltie Knight, her red carpet wish list and so much more. 

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F-it Fridays: Everyone Loves A Denim Jacket

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If there is one universal piece of clothing that everyone needs, especially for fall, and legit flatters all body types, its the denim jacket. They are always on trend, comfortable and there are very few things they don’t work with. I even wear mine with activewear instead of a sweatshirt sometimes (for post-Pilates, not post-spin). Here are a few of my faves right now. Don't forget to f-it because it's Friday, buy yourself a treat for making it through the week.

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J.Crew's Denim Jacket in Newton Wash  is a happy medium between light and dark denim. Classically styled with well-curated details like these copper buttons, you can't really go wrong.

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If you like a classic cut, but a stretch fabric, this DG2 by Diane Gilman Virtual Stretch Classic Denim Jacket checks all of the boxes. It's also affordable enough that if you drink too much at happy hour and leave it somewhere, you won't hate yourself in the morning. But, the person who steals it from you will be one stylish jerk.

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If you can't decide between light and dark denim, why be forced to choose? Helmut Lang's Mixed Jean Jacket takes ombre to a new level and looks like it was designed to be an Instagram post. 

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Trucker style denim jackets are bigger than semis this year.  I'm loving this one from BP by Nordstrom. Just don't accessorize with a trucker hat. That would be taking it too far.

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If plain denim just won't do, check out this absolutely adorable patchwork jacket from BLANKNYC at Revolve

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BB Dakota's MIA Denim Jacket has a faux fur collar for those slightly windy fall days. Because the collar is detachable, it's like getting two jackets in one!

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Bonus With Dani Havasy Of Core Chakra

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We know it’s been a difficult week to say the very least with everything that has been going on, so we thought we would cheer you up with a bonus episode featuring one of Amanda’s best friends Dani Havasy, who created the fitness/lifestyle program Core Chakra. Dani talks about the process of creating her business, chakras, meditation, workshops, chakra readings (yes, we have a special discount if you want your chakras read by Dani and yes, she can do it through Facetime, Skype, etc), finding your true self, yoga, pilates, fitness, self-care, haters and so much more. It’s actually a very fun and funny episode, which I’m sure all of you need right now. 

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Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Getting Down And Dirty About Staying Clean With Amy Dresner

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Amy Dresner is our guest this week on the podcast. A brilliant writer, her memoir My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean hilariously chronicles what happens when a princess from Beverly Hills gets addicted to drugs, lands in jail and then is forced to do community labor aka picking up garbage on the street (in a uniform—yes, she had gloves). Even if you’ve never overcome addiction, you will relate to her story. Don’t worry—this episode isn’t a downer. Amy is hilarious!

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Show Notes:

Amanda’s 2015 interview with Amy for Ravishly

Amy’s Articles For The Fix

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Fab for Fall With Tahari ASL

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Sometimes, I need to dress like an actual adult, which is why I love Tahari ASL. They have so many fab pieces for fall, all of which are incredibly versatile. You can wear them to work and then to happy hour (my favorite hour) afterward. These are also great to layer with, which is important with the ever-changing (read: incredibly annoying) fall weather. But don't take my word for it. Check out a few of my favorites.

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How fashionista is this? Seriously, the Carmeuse Ruffled Cape Blouse is bold and so not basic. It's also burgandy and possibly other adjectives that start with b. Wear it to work. Wear it on a runway.  

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Keyholes are more popular than pumpkin spice right now. The Mockneck Keyhole Crepe Blouse is chic and stylish. You can wear this top for business causal or actual casual. Also, lavender is love!

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The Asymmetrical Ruffle Hem Top is one of the most timeless pieces from Tahari ASL this season. It's a total classic you will wear for seasons to come. Literally, you can wear it all year round. I even wear mine with shorts on warmer fall days. But obviously, I wore it with jeans here because not everyone lives in California and obvs I already wore shorts in another picture.

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I was all about floral prints over the summer (have you seen my Instagram?), but I thought when the weather turned cold, I’d have to give them up—wrong! The Ruffled Jabot Floral Print Blouse is the perfect layering piece.

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The Star-Neck Jumpsuit is everything! As someone who wears rompers to business meetings (if you don’t believe me, ask anyone who has ever had a business meeting with me), sometimes I need to step it up. This jumpsuit is comfortable and versatile. Throw a jacket on (like the one below) and you have an entirely different outfit.

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If I had to pick a favorite Tahari ASL piece this season it’s the Faux Fur Capelet. Seriously, how cute is this? Wear it with a dress, a jumpsuit or jeans and you automatically look like a glamorous movie star. I'm not kidding--this capelet is magical! The second you put it on you will instantly feel like the paparazzi are chasing you everywhere! 

Thank you so much to Tahari for partnering with me for this post.

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Keltie Knight

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Here are the show notes for the latest episode of Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About with guest Keltie Knight. Listen on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcherAudioBoom, or stream/download.

This week we have Keltie Knight of Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, nd the podcast which inspired us, The Lady Gang! We get deep and shallow with her talking about skincare, hair, being healthy, fitness, getting on Entertainment Tonight, traveling, working 24/7 (more like 25/7), the business of podcasting, things you never knew about The Lady Gang and so much more. If you can’t relate to Keltie, we don’t know what planet you live on.

She also shares her celeb secrets about Ed Sheeran, Lea Michelle, Chris Pratt, Fergie, Gayle King, Oprah and so many others. Also, we’re pretty sure she knew about Kylie Jenner’s pregnancy first.

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Amanda’s Interview With Keltie For A Sweat Life

Keltie’s Drugstore Skincare Favorites

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