Versatile Fall Style From Bobeau

Bobeau Fall Fashion

It’s Fall! Even in sunny Los Angeles, the temperatures are starting to cool down and this season’s wardrobe is in full swing. So, I wanted to share a few amazing pieces that I just ordered from Bobeau.

This line is just perfect for fall (I mean all seasons, but let’s try to stay on topic here. Everything they have is equally comfortable and versatile. Dress each piece up or down. Wear Bobeau to the office (or in my case, when I go to someone else’s office) or for date night. Bobeau style is essentially boho chic, but also adulting at the same time.

Another great thing about Bobeau is that everything is cut for all body types. Seriously, if you’re wondering “Is this going to look good on me?”—the answer is yes! They also have a range of sizes from XS to plus sizes. Yes, we are all invited to the Bobeau party!  

Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the fall collection along with tips on the best ways to wear them.

Diana Midi Length Skirt

 Wear this skirt to avoid date night drama.

Wear this skirt to avoid date night drama.

If I had to choose one favorite piece from this season, it would be the Diana Midi Length Skirt. The polka dot print is EVERYTHING. In the photo, I’m wearing my skirt with a plain black tank to dress it up a just a little bit.

You can really wear this skirt ANYWHERE. Go full fall with a chunky knit sweater. Wear it with a white button down shirt for a classic, sophisticated look. Steal my date night style with a camisole or tank. This piece is also great for travel because it doesn’t take up a lot of room in your suitcase. 

Alissa Printed Shift Dress

 This is the perfect dress for a windy fall day.

This is the perfect dress for a windy fall day.

With a little paisley print, the Alissa Printed Shift Dress is so cute and comfortable. Available in both black and ivory colors (obviously you will want to buy one of each)—it’s an essential piece to take you from work to happy hour. You can wear it a coat and boots on colder days or with a shorter jacket and high heels when it’s a little warmer out. This dress is something you will want to wear season after season and it will easily become a wardrobe staple. It comes with a belt, but you can easily accessorize with your own.

Cozy Travel Set

 Obvs I like everything 70’s.

Obvs I like everything 70’s.

You don’t need to go anywhere (I mean, leave your house, but you get what I’m saying) to appreciate the Cozy Travel Set. It includes a headband and an infinity scarf, as well as a little matching bag to put it in. Wear the scarf and headband together or separately. They help keep the chill out either on those windy autumn days or on those frosty airplanes where you are trying not to freeze and sweat at the same time (or is that just me?). You also be lazy and use the headband as a sleep mask.

My Cozy Travel Set is heather grey, but it’s available in several other colors including peppercorn, raven black, and roebuck. And of course, this makes a great gift!  

Thanks so much to Bobeau for the cute fall outfits!

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Vacation Vibes With PrettyLittleThing Vacation Shop

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PrettyLittleThing is one of those places to shop that just makes life easier. They have a big selection but it's divided into different curated collections, so you can actually find what you what. There's just one problem... You'll want everything!

Here are a few of my favorite outfits from their Vacation Shop.

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The White Bardot Plunge Maxi dress is perfect for any summer event (except for someone else's wedding, obviously). It's long, light and breezy. 

One thing I really love about the dress is that its entire look can change with an accessory. I added Palm Leaf Print Headband to make the outfit more casual. 

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Speaking of Palm Prints. How cute is this Pink Chiffon Palm Print Plunge Crop Blouse? It literally looks like a vacation. The print is so fun and just perfect for summer. You can wear it with shorts, jeans or anything. You can also plunge it a lot more than I did with some fashion tape.

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Don't be confused—PrettyLittleThing's Burnt Orange Chevron Price Lace Maxi Dress isn't Missoni or 70's vintage. But it certainly looks like it could be either one. I'm obsessed with this dress and it's absolutely gorgeous on!

Thank you so much to PrettyLittleThing for the beautiful outfits.

It’s World Environment Day—So Let’s Talk Eco-Friendly Beauty

Is Earth Day having a sequel? Yes! It’s World Environment Day! This is a great time to talk about eco-friendly beauty

But Let’s STFU For A Second

You might not realize and it’s very important to know that terms such as “eco-friendly,” “green” or “natural,” are meaningless. The FDA has no standard for these kinds of labels.  You can bottle poison and legally call it natural. WTF? 

So How Do You Find Products That Are Less Bad For Mamma Earth?

While this is by NO means a complete list—if you are looking for products that are better for you and the environment, here are some things to keep in mind.

NOOOOOOO!!!!!

Parabens

These are preservatives that have been banned in Europe. Studies show they can increase breast cancer. So, if you have breast cancer in your family, seriously avoid Parabens.

Oxybenzone

This chemical is often found in sunscreens and is a known hormone disruptor. It was recently banned in the state of Hawaii. 

Polyethylene

You know those little bead things you find in some scrubs? Those are often made of Polyethylene. These little suckers don’t just irritate your skin—they aren’t filtered out the sewage system. So, they end up in the ocean and where cute animals and fish eat them as snacks. THESE ARE TERRIBLE SNACKS!

YAY!

Sustainable Ingredients/Sustainably Sourced

This means the ingredients and often packaging are made from renewable resources. So a forest doesn’t have to die for you to look pretty.

Organic

For a product to be organic, it means at least 95% of the ingredients must be certified as organic. Products that are “made with organic ingredients” have less than 95% organic ingredients in the formulation.

Cruelty-Free

Cruelty-Free products are not tested on animals. You might see Leaping Bunny certification on cruelty-free products. This means the brand meets all of that organization’s standards.

Vegan

Vegan products contain no animal derived ingredients.

If you want to obsess or do a deep dive, check out this list of The Dirty Dozen chemicals to avoid.

…But Be Easy On Yourself

Look, it’s not 100% practical to find products are completely devoid of anything that could possibly harm you or the environment. So, try to be realistic. If you find something that’s paraben-free, but not organic—don’t beat yourself up. You still get karma points. 

Here are some of my favorite eco-friendly beauty products.

AveSeena Ageless Perfection Cream

AveSeena moisturizer is a new love of mine. It’s a cream, which initially made me nervous because normally CREAMS ARE SOOOOO HEAVY. But this feels so light, I even use it under my eyes. It also does everything from helping with wrinkles, dehydration (obvs because it’s a moisturizer) and loss of radiance and firmness. I look and feel like I’m 12 after applying it!

AveSeena products are 100% naturally derived, Leaping Bunny certified, and non-toxic.

Love Beauty and Planet Peace & Glow Sugar and Rose Body Scrub

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Who doesn’t love a nice body scrub, especially in the summer? For $7, this one gets the job done, smells good and doesn’t have that salty burn that many scrubs tend to have. One of my favorite drugstore lines—All Love, Beauty and Planet products are sustainably sourced, vegan and cruelty-free. Did I mention they all smell like heaven?

Coola Dawn Patrol Primer

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I am LIVING for this product right now. Dawn Patrol is an SPF 30 primer that feels so light on your skin, you almost won’t believe this is a sunscreen. But I’m 1000% sure they are NOT lying. At the moment, I want to declare this my favorite multitasker of all time. I even use it without makeup to avoid that heavy feeling of sunscreen on my face. Coola products are vegan, oxybenzone-free, octinoxate-free, paraben free and reef safe/friendly.

If your skin is a little dryer or you aren’t looking for a primer, I’m all about Coola Sport Face SPF 50 White Tea Organic Sunscreen Lotion. It’s available in the summer Fab Fit Fun Box. Use my code: AMANDAL for $10 off. Just a heads up—this product costs $32 and the box is $40 with the code. There are sooooo many awesome goodies in the box including a makeup palette from Tarte. Check out my Instagram for a full reveal of every product. 

Bloom Mineral Beauty Purifying Almond Scrub

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Because I use not-so-eco-friendly Retin A on my skin regularly, my face has the tendency to peel and flake. This scrub gently removes the flakes without burning or irritation. It has a light, but creamy texture. Boom Mineral Products are paraben-free, GMO-Free, petroleum, and cruelty-free.

BIOSSANCE SQUALANE + VITAMIN C ROSE OIL

Another favorite multitasker—I use often use this oil at night because it really moisturizes and soothes. The Vitamin C makes an additional serum unnecessary, which is great for your wallet and the planet. Because this oil is very concentrated, one bottle lasts pretty close to forever. It’s great for all skin types including oily and has no synthetic fragrances, parabens, or phthalates.

GA-DE Fragrances

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So, TBH, I haven't tried this line myself yet because I just learned about it, but I'm obsessed already. GA-DE has a full line of makeup, skincare, bodycare and perfume. Finding less toxic perfumes can be such a challenge, so I'm dying to try them. GA-DE uses recyclable and biodegradable packaging and ingredients that are better for people and environment. I'm obsessed with their fragrances which include Icon Pearl, Icon Musk, and Icon Vanilla Black. Also, these bottles are soooooo pretty, I want all of them.

 

 

Podcast: Gayle Miler of Beauty Skin Glow

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It’s our second episode with esthetician Gayle Miller of Beauty Skin Glow in Woodland Hills. We talk lots of beauty, travel, flying and skincare, product picks, TSA nightmares and so much more. Listen on iTunes or below. 

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Sparkle Like Meghan Markle With A Boat Neck

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First of all, my congratulations to the happy couple. I’m predicting, whether you liked it or not, Meghan Markle’s white Givenchy gown by British designer Clare Waight Keller is about to set a huge trend. And if you were wondering…. Of course I loved her dress! The boat neck or bateau neckline was simple, but stunning. This look is flattering and works on just about everyone! I’m counting down the seconds until they are officially “a thing.” So get your closet ready now! Whether you are getting married or going out to lunch—you will want to steal the style of the Duchess of Sussex. Here are a few boat neck dresses and tops I absolutely love almost as much as I loved watching the royal wedding on televison.

Alice & Olivia Virgil Boat Neck Wrap Dress

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This is so pretty and classic for the summer. Wear it to a garden party or even your own wedding rehearsal dinner. 

 Eliza J Bell Sleeve Lace Shift Dress

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This dress is sweet and modest, just like the Duchess. It's also available in plus sizes.

Halston Heritage Flowy Boatneck Dress

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If you aren't into a full-on boat neckline, this dress is super chic and a little more formal. It's also super flattering. 

 J.McLaughlin Presley Bell Sleeve Blouse

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This blouse (ugh, I'm not a fan of that word, so let's call it a top) is so pretty that you literally can't go wrong wearing it. You'll want to wear it for seasons and years to come. 

Michael Stars Boat Neck Shine Top

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The perfect casual top! I promise you will want to capsule collection this wardrobe staple.

How To Leave Them Speechless With Your Style

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Sometimes when I’m shopping everything starts to blend together. A pink dress is a pink romper is a pink lipstick is a pink handbag. Store A might as well be website B, which is no different than boutique C. It’s like the theme song of Weeds, “And they’re all made out of little ticky tacky and they all look just the same.” However, it doesn’t have to be this way...

No pun intended, but let’s talk about Speechless…

I was recently introduced to this brand and I’m obsessed. Their hashtag is #leavethemspeechless because their styles are so different than what EVERYONE ELSE is doing. Okay, it’s not so out there that it’s not on trend, but Speechless really puts its own spin on everything. From combining florals and stripes to long sleeved rompers that work for every occasion, I have to slow clap a brand that really puts lots of thought into their designs. Here are a few of my fave pieces for the spring. 

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How cute is this Speechless Two Piece Party Dress? Every time I wear it, people give me compliments to a level I consider borderline annoying, but at the same time, I can't blame them. This outfit is great for day or evening.

I love rompers maybe more than anything. But I can't get away with wearing shorts absolutely everywhere.  So, these maxi rompers are perfect for when I need to make my look a little less casual and a little more fashionista. 

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This stripe and flower maxi romper has a such a fun print. The bell sleeves and not super short shorts make it really versitile. I've been wearing this everywhere from biz meetings to brunch.  

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I'm also obsessed with this Cold Shoulder Maxi Romper

 Photo Credit  Sera Alper

Photo Credit Sera Alper

When I'm not romping around, I'm living in this Smocked Midi Dress. The print is super cute with stripes and butterflies, which is a nice break from florals. It's also the most comfortable piece of clothing I own. I can nap in it and I do. 

 

I Left My House: Regard Magazine Spring 2018 Cover Party

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I'm thinking of starting a new feature on this blog called I Left My House because I've been going to so many cool events lately. On April 3rd,  I had the privilege of attending the party for the Spring 2018 issue of Regard Magazine at The Riviera 31 inside the Sofitel. If you are wondering why I don't have a picture of myself at the event, it's because I had a bad reaction to raw juice and was so ill that I nearly missed the party. I'll spare you those details, but I'll share the fun ones of the event with you.

First of all, I love Regard Magazine. It's a digital publication filled with beautiful photos and fun celeb interviews. The Spring 2018 cover features the Stars of Crackle’s original drama series, The OathRyan Kwanten, Katrina Law and Cory Hardict.

There were so many celebs at this party, including Arlen Escarpeta (The Oath), Gretchen Rossi, Slade Smiley, Camila Banus (Days of Our Lives), Patti Stanger (Millionaire Matchmaker, obvs),  Petri Byrd (Judge Judy), Celeste Thorson, Carrie Bernans (Black Panther), Carly Hughes (ABC's American Housewife), Nicky Whelan (Hall Pass, Inconceivable), Santana Dempsey (Scandal, Dear White People), Zackary Momoh (Netflix 7 Seconds), Anthony Pazos and Tess Broussard.

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I'll share a little gossip with you. Gretchen looked gorgeous and I had a really nice conversation with Slade. Don't believe what you read about them. They are both so lovely in person, especially Slade. And.... they're both coming on the podcast when we get back from Ali's maternity leave. 

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There were so many great sponsors of the event including Absolut Elyx, Gretchen Christine LuggageBloom Mineral Beauty (their exfoliator is life chaning), Impressions Vanity, Savvy Travelers (these are saving my life lately), Twila True Beauty, Twila True Fine JewelryBeverly Hills Rejuvenation Center, Kut from the Kloth, and SoCal Mirror Booth.

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Don't be jealous of my swag. Okay, totally be jealous of my swag. 

There was also a silent auction to benefit The True Souix Hope Foundation because karma.

All photos by Sheri Determan. 

 

 

Spring Makeup 2018: Everything I'm Wearing

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So last week, I shared the vanity area I created in my office. Having a Vanity Girl Hollywood mirror is a game changer. It’s the mirror equivalent of driving in the express lane to Flawlessville because bad makeup is the worst.

You know when you put on makeup in a place with bad lighting, you leave the house and people who love you approach you in an uncomfortable way and ask, “Can I be honest?”

UGH!

Then they tell your makeup looks like dog doo doo and that you’re about as blended as yesterday’s stale smoothie? If you have a Vanity Girl Hollywood mirror, THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN. EVER!

So what am I applying to my flawless (or TBH, close enough) face? Here are all of my spring 2018 makeup go-tos.

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(1) Miss A Paw Paw Charity: All About Eyes Brush Set + Brush Holder

I love this brush set because it comes with a pretty holder. The brushes are super soft, Instaperfect and it's under $11 for the entire thing. A portion of each purchase goes to help animals, so yay for extra karma points.

(2) Style Edit Blonde Perfection Root Touch Up

Style Edit is a hot mess prevention tool that lets you temporarily cover up your roots. But, it's not just for blondes—there are shades available for all hair colors.

(3) Coola Dawn Patrol Primer

I live and die for Retin A, but it makes your skin super sensitive to the sun, so I need to wear sunscreen every day. This primer and sunscreen combo feels so light, it’s like not wearing anything at all. I even use it without makeup.

(4) Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Priming Spray

I use this primer when I'm running late and don’t have that extra minute. The formula is ideal for oily and combination skin.

(5) Urban Decay Defense Complexion Primer

I might be addicted to primer. Please send help! But seriously, how is your foundation going to stay on without a good foundation?

(6) Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Flawless Serum Foundation

I love this foundation because it’s vegan and the coverage is very buildable. I wear it to the supermarket and for photoshoots. It's the only one I need.

(7) Supergoop! Invincible Setting Powder

With an SPF of 45, it’s a great way to re-apply sunscreen, and I love that the powder is built into the brush. 

(8) Sweat Cosmetics Mineral Illuminator

Created by Olympic athletes, I’m obsessed with Sweat because I can wear it when I work out or go hiking. It's the most natural looking highlighter I've tried and very easy to apply with the built-in brush. 

(9) Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum SPF 50

One of my fave new multi-taskers, Supergoop! is perfect for those long days when I don't have time for a makeup touch-up.

(10) Sweat Cosmetics Mineral Foundation SPF 30 Powder Jar

This stays put through spin class! Do I really need to say anything else? 

(11) MMXV Infinitude Cream

This light moisturizer is great under makeup, absorbs quickly and feels like nothing on the skin. It also has a fresh scent. Bonus!

(12) Nars Orgasm

I just can’t quit this classic blush. I’ve been wearing it since high school and I have yet to stray. It also blends really well with a highlighter. 

(13) Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lip Glosses

These lip glosses have just the right amount of color and shine with a surprising amount of staying power. They also plump your lips in a way that feels fresh without burning. Why do so many lip plumpers burn? Ugh! All of that with a smooth, almost buttery texture. If you’re over liquid mattes or want something a little lighter, Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine lip glosses are available every color you could ever want.

(14) Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Hands down, this is the best way to create a natural look. Every single color is usable, which is rare for any makeup palette.

(15) Urban Decay Backtalk Palette

I’m living for this eye/highlighter palette lately. It’s great for a bold look that works well on Instagram and IRL. If you like pinks and mauves, but are afraid to try them, Backtalk can help you create truly wearable looks. Just a head’s up—it’s limited edition, so buy one now! Maybe buy more than one. Not kidding. 

(16) Beth Bender Beauty Highlighters

Did you hear Beth on my podcast? She has the best highlighters and I have them in LOTS of colors. I even use them on my eyes in a pinch.

(17) Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

This concealer is a little spendy but it lasts forever. I’ve had mine for over two years with no end in sight. It’s the bottomless mimosas of makeup.

(18) Miss A Brush Egg

I use this tool to clean my brushes off in between washing them.

(19) Urban Decay Eyeshadow

Clearly, I'm Urban Decay for life!

(20) Beth Bender Eyeliner Gel

These liner gels were made for creating the perfect cat eye and they are so easy to use. If you have trouble creating a cat eye, check out Beth's stencils. 

(21) Stoweaway Defined Volume Mascara

Perfect for a touch up on the go or for travel.

(22) Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil

These eyeliners apply like butter, wash off like nothing, but stay on even through an episode of This is Us.  They are magic.

(23) Juice Beauty Phyto Pigment Ultra-Natural Mascara

I use this for an everyday natural look.

(24) Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat

This has all the right colors to create a perfect smoky eye. 

How I Decorated My Vanity Area

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A few months ago, Maxine Tatlonghari of Vanity Girl Hollywood was a guest on my podcast, Things We’re Too Lazy To Blog About. She talked about creating beautiful vanity areas for women like Kim Kardashian. I was super jealous. I mean, who isn’t jealous of Kim? Also, don’t be a hater. To be honest, most of the time I was doing my makeup while sitting on my bathroom counter. I know that’s against some sort of blogger code or something, but it’s the truth. Also, sitting on granite hurt my butt.

So, I was incredibly grateful when she was kind enough to give me a beautiful Vanity Girl Hollywood mirror. It finally allowed me to create a space for myself. Think of it beauty version of Virginia Woolf, A Vanity Of One’s Own.

Vanity Girl Hollywood has mirrors that are next level. I have the Broadway Lighted Vanity Mirror. With thirteen bulbs, it’s serious! If you want your own Vanity Girl, there are smaller models available and even portable and desktop versions from the pop up store. I love the portable mirror for when I travel and lighting Instagram flatlays.

While so many people have created entire rooms in their home out of their Vanity Girl mirrors, I didn’t exactly have that option. The only available space I had to do this was on one side of my home office. However, there was a buffet table already occupying that space and didn’t want to get rid it because it was a gift from my late Aunt. Then I realized that I didn’t have to. I purchased a machine washable a pink palm leaf tablecloth from Amazon and turned my buffet into a vanity in one easy step.

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Then it was time to accessorize…

Two years ago, I received this French antique vase from Alice Kwartler Antiques in New York for my wedding. It’s beautiful, but I never really had a good spot for it until now.

Then, I took a silver serving tray I also received as a wedding gift and put some perfume bottles on it. I keep four of the fragrences that are in my current rotation on the tray. These days I’m super into Siano by Phur, Silhouette in Bloom by Christian Siriano (I’m also living for the bottle), Nuit et Confidences by Annick Goutal and Romance by Ralph Lauren (no relation, but yes, a total classic).

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But there was one problem…

Using a tablecloth makes any storage aspects of the table null and void. So, I bought the Lexington Blush 3-Tier Rolling Cart from Michael’s of all places. By the way, there is nothing wrong with Michael’s, but I’m not into crafting. I had actually never been to one before ordering this cart. Isn’t he dating some woman named Joann? Can I tell a better joke? 

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So, want to know what’s in my cart? Stay tuned for Part II of this post, which will feature my new makeup faves. 

All The Festival Fashion From The STS Blue X StyleCon

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I love parties and denim (seriously who doesn’t?). So, I was thrilled to attend the STS Blue X StyleCon festival season kickoff event at the Hotel Indigo in Downtown Los Angeles last week. If you’ve been following my Instagram, you’ve probably seen some of the photos from the party. I know it's been borderline thirsty, but were so many pretty backgrounds, how could I not? (I. CAN’T. HELP. LOVING. ALL. THE. PRETTY. BACKGROUNDS)

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While parties are fun, can we pause and talk seriously for like half a second? To be honest, I have a little confession. I find jean shopping just about as much fun as waiting in line to pee at Starbucks. (Not just the line, but when you actually get to the bathroom, it's always a nightmare.) But STS Blue jeans fit me so perfectly, jean shopping drama is a thing of the past. OVER IT! This is because their denim stretches to fit my body (and yours) perfectly. Also, I’m not the tallest person and so I normally have to get everything hemmed, but not STS. The only person I know who doesn’t like STS Blue is my tailor, who may be sending out a search party for me as you read this because I haven't seen her in forever.

Denim For Days

STS has so many cute things like these Emma Distressed Skinny jeans in Optic White. Break the rules and don’t wait for Memorial Day to wear this color.  Wear them now! Like this second. 

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STS also has lots of denim shorts. These have the same signature stretch as the pants do and they make your butt look it should be on the cover of a magazine. This season, I’m all about wearing the black Rose Bowl Distressed Denim Shorts.

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I also live in their denim jackets. I just got the Alexis Ruffle Oversize Boyfriend Jacket for spring, which I had customized to make extra special. What a great gift idea or maybe for your sorority. 

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I also have the Avery Boyfriend Jacket, which is a little less girly. It's also super comfortable. Sometimes, I’ll wear it with a sweatshirt and leggings to go to Pilates. But not spin. Obviously...

Next Level Festival Chic

Ten Sixity Sherman and Madison and Berkely

I was so excited to meet the team from sister labels Madison & Berkely and Ten Sixty Sherman. If you need anything you would describe as festival chic or even festival fabulous, these brands will be your new best friends. Check my Instagram tomorrow (or maybe now depending on when you are reading this) to see a few of my favorite pieces.

Don't Forget Accessories

Gretchen Christine was another sponsor of the party. Designed by Real Housewife, Gretchen Rossi (who, not to brag but I’ve met her IRL and she is super nice) designs these beautiful vegan leather handbags. She also has an awesome vegan nail polish collab with Twila True.

There were so many other fab brands involved with the event including Indi, H2R0se, Billion Dollar Brows, Suja Kumbuca, Neocell, Jet Suite X, and Heroes Beauty.

And Extra Karma Points...

But the purpose of the event wasn't just about fashion or Coachella. It also benefitted Shannon Elizabeth’s Animal Avengers organization. If you want to help them out on the regular, you can round up the pennies from your credit card purchases using the Coin Up app. 

***Special thanks to Speechless Dresses for the romper I wore to this event.

Everything You Need To Throw The Perfect Party

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Two Sundays ago, my closest friend and podcast co-host, Ali Levine had a co-ed baby shower at The Rockwell in Los Angeles. It was such a beautiful party and I can't wait for Baby J, as we are calling her right now. After the party, I was thinking about why it was so good and I realized it's because it had every element of a perfect party.  So whether you are throwing a baby shower or any kind of event, here is a checklist of all the inspo you need. 

Great Invitations

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Start things right with the invite. I loved Ali's, which were designed by Paper and Poise. Even if you are sending electronically and not a paper invite, you need to make it pretty. Protip: If you can't use Paper and Poise, make your own with Canva.

Location Location Location

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Location is everything. The Rockwell in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles was the perfect location because it's outdoors but also shaded over, so the temperature doesn't get too hot or cold. You also didn't feel claustrophobic. The party was also on its own floor and there was a sign that showed everyone where to go. They also had a parking lot in the back and a fairly good amount of street parking. If you live in a driving city, you need good parking or everyone will be annoyed with you even before the party begins.

A Pretty Cake

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I heart cake so hard. Nothing could have been prettier than Ali's cake from Rockiies Cakes.  And yes, it was just as yummy as it looked. Also, there is no such thing as too much fondant. The cake pops from Peach Tree & Belle were also a nice touch. 

Beautiful Decor

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Flowers always look beautiful and appropriate for any occasion. Ali's boxed roses from L'Amour Toujours were a dream. The box is such an interesting way to not only display the flowers but it makes transporting them so much easier. 

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Dressing Like The Stars: Blue & Yellow Dresses For The Oscars 2018

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The Academy Awards is one of the most important nights of the year for fashion and entertainment. But I don't need an envelope or a statue to declare yellow and blue the clear winners of the evening. I am absolutely obsessed with Jennifer Garner's and Nicole Kidman's blue dresses and Eiza Gonzalez' and Greta Gerwig's yellow dresses. But, as jaw dropping as these colors are for the red carpet, they are also really accessible to the rest of us.  Here are my favorite yellow and blue dresses for every occasion. 

True Blue

And Yellow Too...

A Romper Or Jumpsuit For Every Potentially Disastrous Social Situation

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If you read this blog or follow me on social media, you know I’m obsessed with rompers and jumpsuits. This is mainly because they involve minimal decisions. Why choose a top and a bottom when you can just choose one thing? Seriously, I have to make a million decisions every day, so if I can sign up for one less, I’m happy to. Speaking of less, when it comes to certain things, it’s always more. Let me explain—if you show me 100 pairs of shoes, there will not be one pair I want. But if you show me five pairs of shoes, I’ll want six. It’s just the way my life works…

This is exactly why I love what is perhaps the most self-explanatory site ever, Trendy Rompers. It’s very well curated, which is the best because I don’t have time, energy, or patience to look through hundreds of things. Trendy Rompers pares it down and only has the good stuff. Here are a few of my faves and the occasions they are most appropriate for. 

You Have To Dress Like An Adult & But Also Not, On The Same Day With No Time To Change

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The Malia Black Wide Leg Jumpsuit is perfect for those days when you need to do a quick wardrobe change. Wear it with a sweater or blazer for the office and then go full on jumpsuit for happy hour.

You Have To Go To An Evening Event & You Have No Idea If It’s Formal Or Casual & You Hate Everyone There Already

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I was literally going through this last week. I had to go an influencer event, it was freezing out and I kept annoying a friend of mine with photos of outfit options. That’s why I’m totally into Whitney Black Lace Maxi Romper. The maxi skirt and sexy top make it cocktail chic, but the shorts say, “I didn’t overthink this.” Even if you did…

You Need Jaws To Drop

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Do you want to walk into a room and have everyone stare? Because the Audrey Taupe Strapless Jumpsuit will bring all the jaws to the floor. The taupe color is perfect all year around and a fun alternative to black. Wear this with a statement necklace and a bold shoe.

You’re Having A Blah Day & You Need To Feel Fabulous

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You know those days when you feel gross, but you have a dinner or brunch and need to not feel that way? The Maryrose Blue Floral Print Jumpsuit was made for those days. The bright print automatically puts you in a good mood. It’s also super comfortable and just right for a post bottomless mimosa nap.

First Day Of Vacay

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How pretty is the Lo Seashell Off-The-Shoulder Romper? It’s great for a romp around town or to wear to a seaside brunch. You can even use it as a cover-up over swimwear. The neutral color goes with anything you already own.  

A Party For A Real Housewife's Really Cute Bag Line

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Gretchen Rossi is one of my favorite Real Housewives. A few months ago, I interviewed her for A Sweat Life and I’ve been loving on her Gretchen Christine handbag line for a while now. So, I was super excited to attend the Gretchen Christine PopUpParty™ at Impressions in West Hollywood. So many celebs showed up to support her including Peggy Sulahian, Ashley Fargo, Beril Ackay, Lisa Arasheben, Craig Ramsay (From Bravo’s Newlyweds and my podcast), Caitlin O’Conner, Rachel McCord, Ali Levine and Emilia McCarthy. And yes, if you were wondering, Gretchen is absolutely beautiful, nice, and super tiny in person.

It was also great to see all of the Gretchen Christine handbags IRL. I was really surprised because we all know celeb fashion lines are either amazing or a complete disaster. Luckily, the first description applies to this one. Photos don’t really do it justice. Furthermore, every accessory comes with bonus karma points because they are made of vegan leather. 

Impressions also carries her new luggage line, which will basically make everyone at the airport jealous of you. Seriously, not kidding. Keep your eyes on your GC at the baggage claim because people will be tripping over themselves to steal it from you. My favorite bag is the Voyageur Matelassé in White Marble.

Made of quilted nylon and vegan leather, it has 360° spin roller wheels and a bumper-guard at the base. It is sold as a set with a matching purse, which is so cute it almost shouldn't be allowed. You can carry it separately or slide into the trolley handle when you are running through the airport in heels trying not to miss your flight (or is that just me?). The silver clasp also makes it easy to open and close, which is important if you are doing last minute airport shopping (and by if, I mean when). The modern marble print is so clean looking and really stands out. I really want one of these for myself (hint, hint, Gretchen, please swag me out, girl).

Gretchen also debuted her collab nail polish with Twila True. This line has a 5 free formula, which means it doesn’t contain camphor, DBP, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and toluene. But more importantly, the colors are absolutely gorgeous. I can’t wait to see what Grethen does next. 

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How To Wake Up With Hair Like A Mermaid

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Do you want to wake up with perfect beach waves like a mermaid? No, this isn’t an infomercial, but I am going to share something magic with you. Please believe me when I say I basically woke up like this. Getting dreamy beach waves in your sleep is easy and will even save you time in the morning, so it's basically the best beauty multitasking ever.

Here’s everything you need (and you might not even need all of this) 

Verb Sea Salt Spray

Alterna Bamboo Beach Ocean Waves Spray

Alterna Bamboo Waves Cream

A cotton headband

Two hair ties

A silk pillowcase (optional but trust me on this)

1. Before you go to bed, brush out your hair. I like using a WET Brush on dry hair to detangle, but whatever brush you have will do.

2. Spray out your hair with either product. The Alterna is a less drying than the Verb because it doesn’t have salt, but you have to see what works best for your hair.

3. Create two pigtail braids. The tighter the braid, the more defined the wave. I also recommend starting the braid around ear level because it makes your waves more natural looking.

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Just me in my PJs

4. Put on a cotton headband to keep the braids in place. You don't have to do this, but I highly recommend it because it really keeps the hair in place.

5. Pass out on your silk pillowcase. If you were wondering…Silk pillowcases are less damaging to the hair and prevent frizz. Also, they feel super nice and fancy. 

6. When you wake up, take your braids out and look like a mermaid. If you move around a lot in your sleep and your hair is looking a little Ursula-esque, don’t fret. Lightly (and I mean lightly) flatiron the top of your hair. Then slightly dampen your hands and run the Alterna cream through the waves of your hair.

7. Look like a mermaid and impress everyone.

If you want mermaid hair but have time management issues or there's other stuff going on when you sleep, dampen your hair, spray on product and leave it in braids for as long as possible. You can also use any hair dryer to speed up the process. Just make sure to leave your braids in for a few minutes after applying heat, so the hair sets.

 Mermaid at the Farmers Market.

Mermaid at the Farmers Market.

Just a heads up (no pun intended, kinda), this tutorial works best on long hair. But as long as your hair is shoulder length (must stop punning), you should be fine. It also might take a night or two to get the hang of it and see where you should start your braids and how tight they should be, but once you get the hang of it—this will change your life, or at least your hair, so close enough.

Eight Ways Valentine’s Day Doesn’t Have To Suck or Pink Things I Love That You Should Buy Yourself Because It’s Totally Alright To Feel Awful Today

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Sorry, is this annoying? When I was single I hated Valentine’s Day because obvi. But even as someone who has been married for two wonderful years, I’m kind of not feeling V-Day this year. While nothing horrible is happening, everything has gone wrong. It started when my husband’s gift was delivered late and he ended up opening it accidentally. I love to surprise him and that pleasure was taken from me. I don’t know whether to cry or call the vendor and start screaming. Okay, I’m being dramatic, but then last night, our Netflix and Chill plans were foiled when we learned that the new season of Love was not being released on Valentine’s Day this year. While maybe we should have realized this sooner, the previous two seasons of the show have both debuted on Valentine’s Day. At least the trailer is out, but it’s not quite the same.So, this makes me realize that no matter who you are or what your relationship status is, Valentine’s Day can still suck. But it is also a great opportunity to practice self-care and self-love. Whether it’s buying yourself a treat below (I’ve found so many good ones) or treating yourself to Flywheel and Starbucks (I’m sipping some iced tea right now in my sweaty activewear), if you need to give yourself some extra love today or the only person you smooch is your puppy—that’s totally okay.

Note Cosmetics Lipsticks and Lipglosses

Note to self: Put Note Cosmetics on your radar. I’ve been really impressed with this line because it’s paraben-free, cruelty-free and so wallet-friendly it’s practically free (or like close enough). My lips are loving all of their pink and red lipglosses and lipsticks, but they have a full line of makeup.

Beth Bender Highlighters

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I met Beth Bender IRL when she was on my podcast. She was such a doll and I was really impressed at the amount of work and how much of her personal touch she puts into making every product in her line. Sweeten Up and Pik Nik highlighters are my favorite pinks. Apply them using the fan brush and prepare to have your face game changed. I also use these highlighters instead of eyeshadow when I’m feeling lazy, which is often.

SPELA Liquid Mattes

Whether you are smooching another person or your pet, you what you put on your lips should stay on your lips. Applying lipstick should be fun, not another task you need to put on your to-do list. SPELA’s liquid mattes stay on strong but aren’t drying. Super rich in color, they are vegan, cruelty-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free and non-toxic! I mean, don’t eat it, but like go for that ice cream cone. 

Urban Decay Naked3 Palette

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I think I love Urban Decay’s Naked3 Palette as much as I love my dogs and cupcakes. Every single color is good. Like I feel seriously conflicted choosing which ones I want to use because they are all so good. It’s the right way to do pink eye makeup without looking like you have pinkeye or an unhealthy obsession with the 80’s.

Alacran Tequila Pink Limited Edition

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When all else fails, DRINK. Seriously, if you feel bad today, go out and get some Alacran Tequila. And do it guilt free because they donate 50 % of sales from their limited edition pink bottle to awareness breast cancer awareness charities. Made of 100% Weber Blue Agave tequila, it tastes smooth and delicious on the rocks, in a cocktail or if need be, straight out of the bottle (I’m not judging you).

Roxx Polish Rose Quartz Infused Vegan Lip Balm

I’m kind of obsessed with Rose Quartz lately because it’s the crystal of love and self-care. I give myself an extra dose every night. Before I go to bed, I alwasy I apply this lip balm to my lips. It also smells like candy.

Gretchen Christine Cassandra Credit Card + Coin Purse

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You know when a whole wallet is a whole ordeal? That’s why I love this little Gretchen Christine credit card holder and coin purse. Made of pink vegan leather, it’s flanked by shiny gold card slots. It also has a ring to hold your keys. It’s a sweet little treat that makes life easier. And if you are being a #girlboss, it totally works as a business card holder.

Parfait Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra & Underwear

Can we talk about lingerie? It’s kind of magical. I’m sick of people thinking you should wear it for your partner! Wear it for yourself! I always feel so much better when I put on a sexy bra and panties. It radiates through me. Furthermore, as someone who needs extra support (I’m a D Cup), Parfait has me covered. I love the Sandrine Plunge Longline Bra and matching underwear because the look is a little retro.

How To Wear A Jumpsuit Anywhere

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As you probably know, I’m obsessed with rompers, which doesn’t always seem like a logical choice because I pee a lot, but fashion over function always. But more and more often, I have to dress like an actual adult, which means not wearing what is essentially shorts everywhere. So, I’ve been all about jumpsuits this season. In particular, Tahari ASL has been my go-to. All of their jumpsuits are beautiful, versatile, and well made.

But there is just one problem…every time I wear one, I get stopped on the street and people wont’ stop complimenting me. It’s almost annoying, but I totally understand. They really are that amazing.

Jumpsuits are great to wear instead of dresses to events, like this Sweetheart Neck Cold Shoulder Jumpsuit I wore to a party for Gretchen Christine Handbags at Impressions in West Hollywood over the weekend. It’s also available in black.

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This photo was not actually taken at the party. It's a long story...

Here are a few of my fave Tahari ASL jumpsuits.

There are so many great things about the One-Shoulder Crepe Jumpsuit. The color just pops and the one shoulder look really stuns. Because there is a small strap, it also lies more comfortably than most one-shoulder pieces and flatters every body type.

The Metallic Cowl Neck Jumpsuit is another stunner. With a  slightly lower back, it’s really unique piece.

The Lace Sleeve Jumpsuit is perfect for chilly days when you need to go beyond basic. The bow at the waist is a unique touch that makes it extra special. 

Jumpsuits are also great if you need a good day to night look, like the office to happy hour. Essentially any time you being a #girlboss.

The Beaded Neck Georgette/Crepe Jumpsuit is a multi-tasker because the beading at the neck eliminates the need for a necklace. It also makes it great for travel. Wear this with the Ruffled Bell-Sleeve Peplum Jacket.

The Short Lace-Sleeve Crepe Jumpsuit is a beautiful and flattering piece that looks wonderful on it’s own or with the Lace-Trim Bi-Stretch Jacket. You can wear this blazer with so many things, even to dress up denim with a pair of sexy heels. 

The Geo-Print Matte Jersey Blouson Jumpsuit has such a fun print and flattering neckline. Combine it with a simple black blazer like the Shawl-Collar Bi-Stretch Jacket during colder months or when dressing for a more corporate environment. 

 

 

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast Valentine's Day/Galentine's Day Gift Guide

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It’s our first annual Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Valentine’s Day/Galentine’s Day podcast. Do you need a gift for her, him, or just you? (After all, self love is so important.) No matter your style or budget, we have something for everyone. And yes, we have exclusive deals and promo codes because we love our Bloguettes. You can listen here or on our other platforms iTunesGoogle PlayStitcherAudioBoom, and Spotify. Then check out pics of some of the products below, or on Instagram. While many of these are Valentine's Day gifts, you can easily use this episode and list as a gift guide all year round. 

If you like this episode, can you please rate us 5 stars and leave us a quick review on iTunes? All you have to do is click the Ratings and Reviews tab. Then, Click Write A Review. Then actually write a review. A sentence or two is more than fine. It helps other people find the podcast. If you are using the Apple Podcasts App, search for the podcast even though you already subscribe (I mean, I'm assuming so), then click Ratings and Reviews and follow the directions above.

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Dressing Like The Stars: Grammys 2018

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Welcome to Dressing Like The Stars. If you are new here, long story short, I’m going to show you how to steal your favorite celeb looks all awards season long.

Can you keep a secret? I was almost going to skip covering the Grammys this year because the fashion is often too haute for real life. Also, I was tired... But it turned out that watching the red carpet arrivals was the best latte I could have had. 

I was really floored by the fashion and much like the SAG awards and Golden Globes, the red carpet kept it real! I was really impressed with so many people. But I want to sing the praises of five celebs who really who really stood out the most to me. Here are my favorite Grammy fashion moments of 2018 and how you can emulate them. 

Kill It In Purple Boots Like Hailee Steinfeld

It's probably not a coincidence that Pantone's Ultra Violet is the 2018 Color of the Year. But seriously, how amazing were Hailee's purple boots paired with her white dress? It was a risk that was well worth it. 

Shine In Silver Like Chrissy Teigen

Metallics had a moment last night. Ashanti, Zuleyka Rivera and Maren Morris all wore metallic dresses. But mamma-to-be Chrissy Teigen simply shined the brightest. 

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Jack Janelle Monáe's Style

Janelle Monáe's inspired everyone with both her groundbreaking Time's Up Speech and her embroidered tuxedo. It was one of the highlights of the evening.

Look Ravishing In Red Like Camila Cabello

There is nothing more classic Hollywood than a red dress. This is a look that is so easy to for anyone to pull off. Here are few similar dresses. And yes, there is a a plus size option. 

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Be A Style Star Like Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey's Gucci Dress was EVERYTHING! While I couldn't find a super close dupe, there are so many nice star print dresses available that it is totally possible to re-create this whimsical look yourself.

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18 Best Beauty Tips, Tricks and Hacks for 2018

New year! New you! Old cliché! I actually started writing this post in 2017 and probably should have posted it 26 days ago, so you'll have to forgive me. But these tips, tricks and beauty hacks will make up for my lack of organization. These are the best of my best tips and ones I really apply in my own life. All the time. From skincare to makeup to hair care, here are the game changers. 

Skincare

Silk Pillowcases Aren’t A Luxury—They’re a Necessity

I don't care what your thread count is, cotton causes friction and absorbs moisture. Your skin and hair need all the moisture they can get. Silk pillowcases really help your skin stay soft and prevent hair breakage and frizz. You will notice the difference when you wake up in the morning.  

Remove All Of Your Makeup By Double Cleansing

Check your hopefully silk pillowcases. If they are stained, you need to wash your makeup off better. Start with an oil cleanser. It will suck all everything from your face like a vacuum. Then continue with your regular cleansing routine.

You Don’t Need Super Pricey Facewash

Don’t hate me but I obsessed over my cleanser for years and spent way too much money on it. It’s important, but not as important as you think. 

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 Wash Your Face With A Washcloth

Unless you are washing your face in the shower, don’t splash (and get water all over your bathroom). Instead, use a hot washcloth. That way your skin will be fully cleansed and it feels like mini facial. I personally use the ones from Amazon Basics. They’re soft and surprisingly high quality. 

Your Products Don’t Work Because You Need To Exfoliate

Is that new product you bought not working? That’s because you aren’t exfoliating. Do it two or three days a week.

Serums Are Life

Serums will actually change your skin. No matter what your skincare type is, you need one.

Shut Up, I don’t Care What Your Skin Type Is, You Need To Moisturize

A of people are afraid to moisturize if they have combination or oily skin, but you need to reevaluate that belief. Sometimes your skin is oily because it is trying to balance itself out. When you apply moisturizer, your skin tends to CTFD. 

Castor Oil Makes Your Lashes & Brows Bomb

Are you thinking about microblading or getting a prescription for Latisse? Try this natural alternative first. Before you go to bed, apply black castor oil (BLACK, not the regular kind) to your lash line and brows with a Q-tip.

Makeup

Light Is Life

If you can’t see your face properly, how are you supposed to apply your makeup? I have a Vanity Girl Hollywood Mirror and it’s a total game changer. There are several available in different sizes. They also have travel and tabletop mirrors in their pop-up store. If don’t believe me, ask Kim Kardashian. She has one. Also, the company’s chief boss babe, Maxine Tatlonghari was on my podcast.

Prime Prime Prime Your Face

You know those women who look perfect all of the time or at the very least still have a fresh face at 6:00pm? Don't hate them. Just use a primer. Apply after your moisturizer but before your foundation.

Prime Your Lashes

I love lash primer. It helps keep your lashes looking pretty and amps up your mascara game. It’s worth the extra 30 seconds this step adds to your routine.

Liquid Mattes Last Longer Than Most Relationships

Who has time to re-apply their lips? NOT ME. Liquid matte lipsticks tend to stay on forever. These days, I’m digging SPELA’s Spin, but they have lots of cute colors.

Set Set Set

Setting spray is just as important as primer. And it takes like 4 seconds to apply. You can even use it instead of powder.

Hair

Dry Shampoo Does Everything

Dry shampoo is like a personal assistant for your hair. It's great to apply to your roots after working out, during a hang over or if you just don’t have time for a full on wash. You can also use it to texturize your hair, cover up bad roots, or instead of hairspray.

Don’t Dry Your Hair With A Normal Towel

Don’t turban up your wet hair with the same towel you use to dry your body. Instead, use a towel designed for drying your hair specifically. The fabric is less harsh, the water will be absorbed better, leading to less drying time and less destroyed hair.

Use A Heat Protectant

Heat obviously damages your hair, but you probably aren’t going to stop using hot tools, so just protect your hair in the first place.