Around The World In 80(ish) Products: Global Beauty In France

Welcome to the second post in Around The World in 80(ish) Products. Today, we’re going to talk about French beauty. I’ve always had a love for France especially when it comes to products, just tell me something is French and I automatically love it. French beauty is all about being subtle. It doesn’t try to create something that isn’t there so much as enhances what you already have. French style is sophisticated, yet simple. French women never look like they are trying too hard, which is the exact opposite of how many American women approach beauty. Here are some of my favorite French products and brands.

Paul & Joe Beaute

Did you know that French clothing brand Paul & Joe has the most wonderful makeup line? I’m obsessed with their foundations because they feel light and provide just enough sheer coverage. If you are one of those people who spends 45 minutes making it look like you spent five, Paul & Joe will change your life, or at least your routine, so that’s close enough.


One of the most unique products is the Gel Foundation N, which comes in a compact with its own blender, so you can apply it faster than you can say “La tour Eiffel.” I love this for travel or if I want to touch up on the go.

I also like the Moisturizing Fluid Foundation for a bit more coverage. Like the gel, the liquid is super light, but has SPF 25, making it a good choice for those warm days when you plan to sip rosé at an outdoor café for hours.

After applying your foundation of choice, finish the look with Limited Edition Gel Blush. It’s a cushion formula, so no brush is needed. Then top with the Pressed Powder.

I also can’t not talk about Paul & Joe’s gorgeous packaging. My favorite is the foundation bottle. It’s so pretty, I feel like it belongs on the vanity of a princess. The Gel Foundation and Powder cases will also make you feel like royalty and they come with extra karma points because they’re refillable. Pro tip: avoid touching up in a public place because you will be continuously be approached by people complimenting your French style.

Bioderma

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Bioderma is a French skincare brand that has lots of affordable products. You might have heard of the brand before because they put Micellar Water on the map. But, my personal hero products are the Atoderm Shower Gel and Atoderm Shower Oil.

I personally find many American shower gels and oils to be overly scented and drying. Both of these products have a light ocean-like scent that won’t interfere with your perfume or other products.

If you hate using shaving cream like I do, swapping it out for the shower oil will help your razor glide. It also rinses off easily, so you don’t have to worry about slipping in the bathtub, which is a terrifying thought if there is a razor in your hand. Don’t ask…

L’Occitane

L’Occitane is one of my favorite brands of all time. As someone with super dry hands, their Shea Butter Hand Cream is the only hand cream I ever use (EVER). Not to be gross, but my hands literally crack and bleed in the winter, staining any kind of winter white, so this product is pretty much a medical necessity for me. It’s available in a range of scents including Vanilla (très yummy), Cherry Blossom, Peony and Verbena.

Nars

Nars is my go-to brand for makeup. I’ve been wearing their Orgasm blush forever and yes, I still feel awkward asking for it at store. I also love the Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil because it is literally the perfect shade of red. Haven’t we all been looking for the perfect red lipstick since forever? Once you find Cruella, your search is over.

Bourjois

Bourjois is a French brand that has been around since 1863. It used to be owned by Chanel and made in the same factory, but it was bought out by American company Coty in 2015. While it’s not available in US stores anymore (or at least I haven’t been able to find it), you can still buy it online. Coty people, if you are reading this, BRING BACK BOURJOIS, s'il vous plaît!

I first discovered Bourjois at the Sephora on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. In retrospect, it’s kind of cheesy, but this makeup brand somehow remains close to my heart. When I lived in England, I used to buy it at my favorite drugstore, Boots, all of the time.

One of the brand’s most iconic products is the Little Round Eyeshadow Pot. It has the most perfect crème to powder finish and blends so easily.

Hèrmes

If you can’t afford a Birkin or Kelly bag, Hèrmes Kelly Calèche perfume might be the next best thing. Just one spritz makes you feel like a rich, Parisian supermodel. Whenever I wear it people always come up to me and ask what perfume I’m wearing. It’s annoying, but they can’t help it. I totally understand.

Sisely Paris

Sisley Paris Kohl Star can’t be compared to any other eyeliner. It’s a classic black pencil that has glittery flecks that bring out your eyes like magic. While I’m not always a fan of glitter, this pencil is understated and underrated. You can wear it to the office or date night. It goes on smooth and stays beautifully. I’ve tried other eyeliners that have glitter, but nothing compares to what Sisley can do. Trust me, it’s worth the price! 

By Terry

By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Sun Glow is one of the best multitaskers. It’s like a BB Cream, CC Cream and bronzer all rolled into one like a delicious croissant, but for your skin. It blurs your imperfections, gives you a pretty tan that’s not fakey-looking and contains anti-aging ingredients. Only the French would find a way to simplify all of these steps into one. Sometimes, I don’t use it on my entire face, but apply as a highlighter or liquid bronzer instead.                                                                                                                                                 

 

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! I read so many good posts online this week. From food to travel, style and beauty, if you only read five posts on the Internet today that are not on my blog, make it these. I promise you will be inspired.

Dope+Broke: 13 Top Bloggers & Podcast Hosts’ Favorite Sites To Shop Bathing Suits & Swim Cover Ups This Summer

This was one of my favorite posts of the week and not just because I was featured in it. The summer is not over and if you are still looking for the perfect bathing suit or cover up, Dope+Broke shares great style tips from bloggers and podcasters including Annabelle Desisto, Lauryn Evarts and of course me!

Fit Fab Well By Chanel: Fab Smoothie

My friend Chanel makes the most delicious and healthy smoothies. I’m obsessed with them. If you need a super healthy, quick breakfast or lunch, these smoothies are game changers. They also keep you full forever. Seriously, whenever I have one for breakfast, which is often, I’m not hungry for lunch until 3:00. 

Elle Décor: Betsey Johnson’s AIR BNB in Mexico

Are you looking for feminine décor inspo that won’t scare the dudes away? Look no further than designer Betsy Johnson’s Betsyvilla in Guerrero, Mexico. This house is so pretty but also really sophisticated. Does anyone else feel a Dresses To Décor coming on?

The Teacher Diva: How I Get My Everyday Loose Curls

I give the Teacher Diva an A+ in hair. This blogger has seriously perfect curls and shares her secrets in this super easy tutorial.

A Model Recommends: Is This My Perfect Hair?

On the other end of the spectrum, a model shares about her personal hair struggles and how her current haircut, which she doesn’t blowdry (OMG, that is my #goal in life) works well for her lifestyle. 

F-It Fridays: Pretty Little Thing Edition

I know it’s been a while since I’ve done an F-It Friday. But then again, I have a podcast called Things We’re Too Lazy To Blog About, so you can clearly understand my priorities here. But hey, it’s the summer, which means most of you are vacationing or staycationing anyway. And if you’ve been trying to figure out what to wear for these events (or even non-events like date night or grabbing drinks your friends), I have an easy solution. The Pretty Little Thing Vacation Shop has lots of adorable options. Also, everything is super affordable, so you can treat yourself sans guilt!

PLT even sent me a few outfits so I could show you how cute everything is. While I did not personally wear any of these pretty little things on vacation (because I did not go on one), I drove twenty minutes to the neighborhood of Silver Lake, Los Angeles to take these pictures. So, close enough. Also, it was literally 1000 degrees out, so it was almost tropical. And by tropical I mean desert-like. You get it…. I’m trying here…

The Bardot Mini Dress is the perfect combo of sexy and casual. You can wear it shopping during the day and then go straight to date night. Your date will swoon over the Bardot. Probably more than once.

The Cecillia Ruffle Blue Embroidered Shift Dress is a trendy take on the classic look and ever so slightly modest.

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These Leaf Print Slinky Wide Leg Trousers are great with a cotton top, paired with a bikini or even over a one-piece swimsuit.

You know those days when it's so hot outside you literally want to walk around naked but you can't because you're afraid to break the law, get arrested and then get stuck in a cell without air conditioning? Those days were made for the Ammie Grey Floral Wrap Dress. It's so light, you'll stay cool and cuff-free.

The Leaf Frill Cold Shoulder Shift Dress is equally cute and comfortable. You can totally wear this to a BBQ, go home and then pass out on your couch-- no changing necessary. 

The Pink Floral Cold Shoulder Chiffon Playsuit is perfect for playing around on warm days. It also comes off really easily, so if you avoid rompers because of the whole peeing thing, know you're good to go in this one. 

Yes, the gold slide sandals are also from Pretty Little Thing.

These Jeanie White Extreme Ripped Mom Denim Shorts would probably give your mom a heart attack. But she would appreciate the fact that they're high waisted. 

 

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Investing In Fashion & Yourself

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This episode is all about fashion and how to build a wardrobe that makes you look & feel your best.

Ali and Amanda open the show answering a question from a Blogette about lipstick vs lipgloss. Then we get serious about fashion and what the building blocks of a good wardrobe are. Ali gives her perspective as a stylist and Amanda shares her opinion as a fashion blogger. If you’ve ever asked yourself “Should I buy this?”— we will teach you to stop second guessing yourself.

We also talk about getting rid of clothes and Amanda dishes about throwing out a perfectly cute Ella Moss top because it reminded her of a truly awful ex-boyfriend.

Things Discussed On The Show

Lauren Cecchi

Tess Handbags

Jolii Cosmetics

Halston Heritage

Lilly Pulitzer

Trina Turk

Free Range LA (restaurant & food truck)

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MRKT Photoshoot

Italian Beauty Products

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Shining Bright At The L'Oreal Colorista Washout

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Last Sunday, I went to the L'Oreal Colorista Washout at Sunset Car Wash in West Hollywood. L'Oreal Colorista is a semi-permanent hair color that comes in the most Insta-friendly shades I’ve ever seen in my life. If you are one of those people who likes cupcakes, unicorns and avocado toast— run, don’t walk to the Internet (or drugstore) and get your hands on some. The colors available include Pink, Soft Pink (sooooo pretty), Teal, Purple, Peach, Aqua, Burgundy, Indigo, and Red. The color lasts between four and ten shampoos, so if you hate making commitments, decisions, etc, by the time you get used to it, the whole thing is over.

Furthermore, while we all know that coloring your hair isn’t the best thing for it (let’s be honest here), Colorista tries to keep damage to a minimum. The brunette shades don’t contain bleach and none of the products contain ammonia.

There are also Colorista products that let you DIY the crap out of your hair. If you are the kind of person who spends 40 minutes in the drugstore aisle trying to find the right color, the Mixer lets you go crazy and create your own pastel shades. There is also a Bleach so you can DIY ombre and highlight. And if something goes wrong, you’re covered with the Hair Color Remover and Fader Shampoo. Also, don't drink and dye.

The event itself was as fun as colorful as Colorista is. There was the perfect balance of booze, snacks and whimsey. 

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I like a good cocktail as much as I like a custom SnapChat filter.

 Churos and ice cream are an even better combination than puppies and kisses.

The tunes were surprisingly not a washout.

Is there anything more whimsical than a pink swing?

Yes, there is! Throwing glitter on a trampoline in slow motion! 

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There was a demonstration for spray-on color that will be available in the fall. I'm digging the temporary purple highlights. 

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Fun Fact: My Barbie drove the same car.

#CarGoals

Pinkie looks difficult to parallel park, but I'll take it! 

Please visit the L'Oreal Paris website for more info about Colorista.

Just a note: the preceding was NOT a sponsored post. Obvs, they gave me free product and valet parking, but I really think if you are going to DIY pastel hair, seriosuly go with a brand you know and trust. 

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Discount Fashion Hacks

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Hello Blogettes! This might be our most simultaneously fun and helpful episode yet because Ali and Amanda share their best discount fashion hacks and tricks. We don’t believe in paying full price and neither should you. If you want to save on your favorite fashion brands—this is the episode to listen to.

Just a note—we originally recorded this on May 30th, so if things sound slightly out of order, that’s why.

Things We Talk About In This Episode

Dressing Like The Stars

Dope and Broke Article  

Keltie Knight Interview

Saks Off Fifth

Nordstrom Rack

The Real Real

Crossroads

Glamour Closet

Century 21

Net-A-Porter Sales

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F-it Fridays: Summer Product Loving

Happy Friday! With summer in full swing, I’ve been switching up my beauty routine. Here are some game-changing beauty products to help you beat the heat this summer.

Drybar Hold Me Hair Clips

NO STRANDS LEFT BEHIND! DryBar Hold Me clips are like having a personal assistant who holds back your hair. They make blowouts so much easier and don’t cause bumps or damage like a rubber band can. I’ve even worn them to Pilates because they don’t dig into your scalp.

But I must give credit where it is due. I discovered these magic clips through Lauryn Evarts and her classic sleep bun post. Btw, if you are a Skinny Confidential fan, check out our podcast with Lauryn and Michael.  

Living Proof Prime Style Extender

You know when you do a great job styling your own hair and then you wake up the next day looking like you stuck your finger in an electrical outlet? Living Proof Prime Style Extender prevents that. After towel drying, apply this product and comb through. Then wait a few minutes and apply your regular hair oil or styling product. Your blowout lasts longer, so you do not have to wash or re-style as often. 

Sweat Mineral Foundation Powder Jar

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I’ve written about Sweat sticks before and even interviewed the amazing female athletes who started this line, but their new powder jar has changed my summer. The jar makes it super easy to apply this SPF 30 mineral foundation with the brush of your choice, in seconds. No more waiting for sunscreen to absorb or using a blender to apply foundation. I like to wear it on days when I workout and to outdoor events like BBQS where I need to protect my face, but don’t want to wear a ton of makeup. It's also nice that my eyes don't burn from dripping sunsceen.

Pevonia Lumafirm Lift & Glow Eye Contour 

Who wants a heavy eye cream during the summer? Not me! That’s why I’m obsessed with Pevonia Lumafirm Lift & Glow Eye Contour. It has a super light texture and fresh scent. Made with watermelon fruit extract, this product couldn’t be anymore summer appropriate if you tried. 

Foreo Iris

If you’ve tried everything to get rid of puffy eyes to no avail, then you need to stop crying about it (also crying does NOT help) and pick up Foreo’s Iris device. It massages your under eye bags away, increases circulation, and helps eye cream or gel work better. Use it for just a minute a day.  

Paul & Joe Gel Blush

French brand Paul & Joe has an absolutely beautiful cosmetics line. One of my favorite finds is the Gel Blush. You apply it with a light touch of your fingertips. The product feels so light and airy. It’s perfect for daytime when you want a subtle color on the cheek.

Bioderma Photoderm After Sun SOS

There’s nothing like a cooling after sun spray post beach or pool. I love Bioderma Photoderm After Sun SOS. It’s easy to apply and never has a sticky or gummy texture. The fresh scent makes me feel clean even if I still have sand in inappropriate places. It also really prolongs my tan in a noticeable way. 

Formal Event Style Ideas For The Formally Confused

Not a day goes by where someone does not post a picture of an outfit on Facebook (mostly in private groups consisting of 99.999% female membership) asking if it is appropriate to wear to a wedding or another large event. After all, if you've only been to two weddings ever, one of which was your second cousin twice removed's third wedding, how are you really supposed to know what to wear? There's no shame in that. But, if you are uncomfortable asking a group of 2,000-20,000 women what they think, just keep it to yourself and keep these guidelines in mind instead.  

A Little Black Dress Is Appropriate For Everything

I feel like this is a good rule for life. The classic little black dress is classic for a reason. You will never regret buying one. There is a little black dress for every size, shape, body type and budget. Even if you don't need one at the moment, you should always have one on hand because you never know when you will be invited to a last minute event.

If Black Isn't Your Bag, Try Navy

I love navy because it's a more cheerful version of black. It's equally flattering but a little less serious looking. It's also a little lighter for a daytime or outdoor soirée.

Invest In Your Wardrobe

If you find you are going to formal events every so often with different crowds of people, it's a good investment to buy one or two high-quality dresses you can wear from season to season. Then change it up with different shoes and accessories.

Or Snag A Bargain

If you don't have the budget for an investment dress, you can still look fab.  Here are a few ideas under $100.

But Always Follow This Cardinal Rule: Never Ever Wear White, Cream or Any Shade That Could Be Described As "Bridal" To A Wedding

I get it. You look stunning in ecru, but it’s not your day. It’s the bride's. Don’t risk being the guest that ruined her life. Instead, choose a light or pastel color.

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Pregnant

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Live from Ali’s pre July4th BBQ! Someone is pregnant and it’s not Ali or Amanda. It’s Ali’s East Coast bestie, Nicole. In this episode we dish about getting pregnant, having kids, high school, why Ali is ready for babies and why Amanda is not, Amanda’s OG fave podcast, birth control nightmares, and so much more. Have a happy and safe holiday!

Things We Talked About In This Episode

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Why I Am So Obsessed With Retin-A, As Explained By A Doctor

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DISCLAIMER: None of this is medical advice. If you are going to my blog for medical advice, your skin is probably the least of your problems.

If you’ve been reading any of my recent posts about skincare or listened to the Beauty Deep Dive episode of my podcast with Ali Levine, Things We’re Too Lazy To Blog About, you know I’ve kind of been obsessed with Retin-A for a while now. No, this is not a sponsored post, but when I find a product I love that works I get really excited about it. There’s just one caveat about this product, it’s only available by prescription, which is actually a good thing because if you have insurance, depending on your plan, your co-pay can be less expensive than a trip to Starbucks. It’s just $10 on my plan. Let’s be honest. You probably pay a lot of money for insurance, so make it work for you.

If I’ve totally confused you or you are wondering why insurance would cover an anti-aging product, it’s because Retin-A was originally approved by the FDA as a treatment for acne in way back 1971. Fast forward to the 80’s, scientists discovered it reduced fine lines and wrinkles. So what does this mean for you? It means that if you are trying to prevent the progression of aging and still get an occasional breakout (that would be me! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!), this stuff is good as gold!

A few weeks ago I was at the office of Dr. Babak Dadvand, who is a double board certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills. I was interviewing him for an article I wrote for another website and we got into talking about Retin-A. He confirmed my belief about this product saying it was pretty much the best thing since sliced bread for your skin. Obviously, sliced bread is awful for your skin (but it sure sounds yummy right now), but you get my point.

He told me, “[It’s] the one thing I think everyone who can reverse the signs of aging should be on. Anyone who wants to look younger should be using it. It’s one of the best and cheapest things you can do for your skin."

Seriously, when are the words “best” and “cheap” ever in the same sentence?

So, how does this product work and why is it different from the thousands of other products out there? It’s simple, Retin-A is an exfoliator on steroids. Dr. Dadvand explained, “It turns over your cells and stimulates collagen and estain growth. It can also help with things such as hyperpigmentation or brown spots."

He told me, “Retin-A or retinol, in its milder form is one of the best things you can do for your skin. I’d even say you can go to your pharmacy and get an over the counter retinol cream that will cost you way less than expensive moisturizers and creams you can get at a department store. You can spend $100 at a department store or [just get] Retin-A. It will do more for your skin. People don’t realize how much bang for the buck Retin-A has.”

But, retinols can be a double-edged sword. Dr. Dadvand broke it down, “Retin-A can dry out your skin, but it dries out your skin because it’s working.”

When you first start using it, your skin might temporarily look worse (mine did), but Dr. Dadvand says you need to think long term here, “You have to gauge how your skin is reacting to it, [but] you will see the benefits in the next five to ten years of your life.”

So, take my advice, and be smart about it. If your skin is dry AF, skip a day or two. Dr. Dadvand says you don’t have to use Retin-A every day. How often you should use it depends on your baseline. He suggests a minimum of every few days. I try to use it every other day, but because my skin tends to peel, I try not to use it the night before a shoot or an event.

Dr. Dadvand told me, “You have to adjust based on your reaction. It’s not a cookie cutter prescription.” Also, keep in mind, because this is prescribed by a doctor, if something feels wrong or your face is uncomfortable, pick up the phone. But, stay the path and you will ultimately be really happy with your skin. Isn’t that what we all want?

You might also find you have to change your skincare routine. It is important to find products that help keep your skin moisturized and protected from the sun. Here are a few of my mainstays since making Retin-A my #1.

Patriot League: Red White & You

I’ve never really been into dressing for holidays. Even when I was a kid, I thought wearing black and orange on Halloween looked ridiculous. In fact, every time I wear orange with anything dark, I always ask myself if I look like it's October 31st. I personally don't understand the ugly sweater craze. Why would you wear something ugly on purpose that you paid money for? Furthermore, wearing red on Valentine’s Day always feels desperate to me. But Fourth of July is different. You have choices! It's the only time when combining red, white and blue can be red, white and well....you. There is a lot of potential for chic and you can combine all or just two of those colors. And unlike ugly sweaters, you can wear your outfit more than once this summer.. Here are some cute July Fourth ideas that will have you looking stylish all summer long.  

PS: If you are looking for some really cool patriotic for t-shirts for men, check out veteran run-company Ranger Up.

DG2 by Diane Gilman Off-the-Shoulder Lace Trim Dress

Yes, that is me wearing this. I love this dress from Diane Gilman. It’s stylish, comfortable and flatters all figures. If you are going to a pool party, you can comfortably wear a bikini or even some one-pieces underneath.  Accessorize with red, white or both.

American Eagle Keyhole Romper

Photo by Sabrina Hill

Photo by Sabrina Hill

I’m also wearing this look. I love rompers, especially this one from American Eagle. It’s super on sale right now, so get yourself a July 4th treat. You can't go wrong with gingham at a BBQ.

Madewell Stretch-Denim Overalls

There’s nothing more American than denim, especially these Madewell overalls. They are the perfect choice if it's not going to be the warmest day and or an early trip to the farmer's market.

Hunza G Greta Bow-Embellished Seersucker Swimsuit

This one-piece is RED HOT. It is also one size and fits anyone who wears sizes XS through large, which is so convenient because I always choose the wrong sized swimwear when ordering online.

Forever21 Cutout Striped High-Low Dress

I love a cutout dress, especially a high-low one. This dress from Forever21 is couture-ish and dramatic. Wear it with cute red heels. 

Ralph Lauren (No Relation) Cropped Cotton Mesh Polo

I love a classic white polo forever, especially this modern update. It works with everything and nothing. 

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About: Nikki Lund

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We get REAL in this episode with Nikki Lund. First, we talk fashion with Nikki and she tells us all about her 10 Essentials Collection. Then we get DEEP into a serious convo about life, bullying, being a parent, helping other women, Internet trolls, working hard, ambition, feeling good about yourself and so much more.  

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Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About: Semi-Secret Bonus Mini-Episode

I guess the secret is out.

I guess the secret is out.

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IT’S A BONUS MINI-EPISODE! We love you Blogettes so much, we wanted to give you a quick update about our lives and the show.

Here are the links we talked about-

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How A Fitness Instructor Should Make You Feel

Photo by Hayley Fisk. Makeup by Kinx Active. Location dr pilates Los Angeles.

Photo by Hayley Fisk. Makeup by Kinx Active. Location dr pilates Los Angeles.

I’m not sure if you know this fun fact about me, but I’ve taken close to 550 group fitness classes in the past two or so years. I’m not trying to brag or say “Look at how fit I am,” but I want to share what I’ve learned through the process.

Last week, A Sweat Life published an article I wrote about group fitness. I briefly mentioned a horrible experience I had with an instructor. If you haven’t had a chance to read that post (and you really should), let me recap.

Two years ago, I unknowingly signed up for a West Coast Pilates class. If you aren’t familiar with West Coast style Pilates, it’s essentially Pilates on crack. It was my first time at that studio and I felt like a complete idiot. I had no idea what was going on or what to do. To make matters worse, the instructor was particularly unkind to me for no reason. While I have seen so many instructors go out of their way to help first-timers, this guy seemingly enjoyed making me feel unwelcome. I had to hold back tears. I felt like my body didn’t work right. A good instructor will gently guide you and NEVER shame you. Luckily, I gave the studio another chance and found several instructors who were nothing like that guy. I’m happy I didn’t let him ruin it for me entirely.

A good instructor should be able to teach multiple levels at the same time, beginners to advanced.  Everyone in a group fitness class will have different strengths and weaknesses anyway. For example, some people have strong arms, but weak legs. A decent instructor should at least try to accommodate everyone. And if they can’t, someone doesn’t have a challenging workout and someone else inevitably ends up injuring themselves.

Furthermore, an instructor needs to make sure everyone knows how to the machines and equipment properly. Being short (5”3 on a good day) can be a challenge for me because most equipment is designed for taller people. Some exercises have to be modified or I sometimes use equipment differently than someone who is six feet tall.  We all deserve to get the most out of our workout and if you aren’t comfortable working with equipment, it becomes impossible to have correct form. If you feel something isn’t right or you just aren’t sure if you are performing an exercise properly, ask the instructor. Their job is to guide you.

Then there’s the playlist factor. Musical taste has no correlation to teaching, but we all know there’s only so much EDM a person can take if they aren’t on molly. But, in all seriousness, we know how much easier it is workout to music we actually like or at the very least provides a beat that’s compatible to the tempo of the exercise at hand. I once walked out of a spin class and canceled my membership to a gym after an instructor played this song. If you aren’t sadistic enough to click, it’s a super slow, annoying song and by annoying I mean pretty much a musical abomination. Not surprisingly, I wasn’t the only person who walked out of that class. As a result, my current standards for playlists consist of anything that isn’t that song.

But I’ve also had lots of positive experiences. Because I’m rather petite, if you tell me I’m strong, you win my undying love, appreciation and extra karma points. Say I have great form, then I will think of you as the American Express Platinum of fitness instructors. Because of my stature, many people perceive me as weak. I even use to think of myself as weak, until I had instructors tell me otherwise. While anyone has yet to describe me as the kind of person you “wouldn’t mess with in a dark alley,” you wouldn’t want me to accidentally kick you. 

Fitness can be transformative. It’s a cliché, but changing your mind can change your body. Instructors should encourage you and safely push you to try harder. I think this is all part of body positivity. If you are going to do something to improve your physical and likely emotional wellbeing, you deserve to do it in a supportive environment with people who make you feel more confident. It doesn’t matter what your ability is, what your body looks like or what your goals are.  And if you’re really lucky, they like Beyonce just as much as you do.

 

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Lauryn Evarts & Michael Bosstick

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This week on Things We’re Too Lazy To Blog About, Ali and I are so happy to welcome Lauryn Evarts and Michael Bosstick of The Skinny Confidential Him & Her Podcast. In this episode, we talk about being real, blogging, gratitude, boundaries, haters, working with your spouse, Instagram tips and so much more.

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So Last Week...All Decor Edition

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Happy Sunday! I’ve had decor on my mind a lot lately. Part of it is because Ali and I have recorded several episodes of our podcast at my place. I love my apartment, but to be honest, it still feels 90% finished to me. Like I haven’t put the cherry on top of a delicious ice cream sundae. There are still a few projects I have left to do. Either way, it’s a rental, so I can’t make any major changes here, but I think I’ll find the time to get my space to 100% before the end of 2017.

But, no matter what state my home is in, I’m always obsessed with design. I just can’t resist looking at looking décor, furniture and renovation blogs. Here are some posts I came across this week. As always, they’re so last week, but totally worth your time.

York Avenue Blog: NYC Studio Apartment Home Tour

Jacqueline Clair has one of the most darling NYC studio apartments I’ve ever seen. She recently moved out and I’m hankering to see how she decorates her new place. Although my current apartment is a good size, her style and use of space continues to inspire me.

Design Indulgence: What To Buy At Ikea

Personally, I’m not the biggest Ikea shopper because the store is so large, I feel like I’m stuck in a Swedish maze of torture. Luckily, this post has some interesting ideas of what to buy there.

Becki Owens: Get The Look Las Palmas Master Bathroom

This bathroom is seriously #goals. Even if you aren’t renovating, check out the gorgeous accessory picks. I want everything!  

The Inspired Room: Tiny Bedroom Ideas

These are some great ideas to give a cozy space extra big style. If warm and inviting is what you like, then this is your post.

Style By Emily Henderson: How To Get That Effortless Expensive California Look On A Budget

If you are a fan of white wood floors, which is personally one on my favorite design elements, you will especially appreciate this post. Emily Henderson presents some beautiful and very affordable decorating ideas. She also talks budgets and keeps it real, which I just love and so relate to.

 

 

The Magic Of Oil

Oils make me too happy for my typical resting bitch face!

Oils make me too happy for my typical resting bitch face!

I’ll never forget the first time I discovered beauty oils. Well, it was tanning oil, but close enough. I was probably eight years old and I was at the pool with a family friend’s daughter, who was older. She applied this oil out of a dark brown bottle that smelled like coconut and heaven. I really wanted to use some, but it was SPF 4. I was pretty sure my mom would flip out if she learned I was going below SPF 15. I just wanted to smell like the magic oil. I didn’t even care about the tan. It was around that time I stopped listening to my mother, but it would be few more years until I started using oils. Luckily, I’ve more than made up for it.

I am obsessed with Kopari Coconut Cleansing Oil. (Try saying that out loud five times fast.) I use it nightly to take off everything including waterproof mascara. I apply a few pumps to a dry face and massage it in. Then I remove everything with a hot washcloth, kind of like giving myself a mini-facial. My skin feels clean, soft and moist. And I really hate the word moist, so you know I mean it.

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Ever since I started using Retin A, my skin changed completely. I went from combination skin on the oily side to combo dry. My face also became way more sensitive, as if it wasn’t my face at all. It’s like someone fired my skin and the replacement was still trying to figure out how to do its job. It was actually painful. I tried using a regular moisturizer but my skin literally felt like it was on fire. The only thing that soothed my poor face was Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil. The hurt, peeling and chapping (yes, chapping) stopped. This product is seriously the oil equivalent of Vicodin for irritated skin.  

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If your skin is too sensitive and dry for a traditional serum, Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil could be a great alternative. It contains Vitamin C, which has a brightening effect and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. I also love the light feeling it has on my skin and faint rose scent.

But if you’re serious about serum The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil might be a better option for you because it combines both products. Formulated with a high concentration of wheatgerm oil and enriched with Community Trade Organic Soya Oil from Brazil, it helps you wake up with softer skin. 

You heard it here first: Agave is the new argan oil. I like to use Agave Healing Oil Treatment before and after I blow my hair out. It’s moisturizing and light. More importantly, unlike so many other hair oils, it’s not sticky. If you want to use oil but are hesitant because you only wash your hair a few days a week (or once a week- no judgments, I’m going on day seven right now), this is the one to try.

 

When I first heard about Kopari’s Coconut Body Glow, I thought it was trying to be the sequel to early 00’s glitter. But I was so wrong. This magic shimmery oil is mermaid-esque.  I like to layer it with sunscreen before I go to the beach or put it on my décolletage before going out on a warm night. The oil smells beachy and sexy, but not like it’s trying too hard. It blends really well with one of my favorite summer fragrances, Bobbi Brown Beach.

St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil is a great alternative to traditional self-tanning products. It is paraben, phthalate, sulfate, and cruelty-free, so you get bonus karma points every time you buy it. Unlike many self-tanners, St. Tropez is hydrating and easy to apply with a fresh, natural scent. 

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I love a good multitasking product, which is why I’m all about The Body Shop’s Brazilian Cupuaçu Exfoliating Scrub-In-Oil. Because it contains more oil than you normally find in similar products, you can really customize the ratio of scrub to oil and give your skin exactly what it needs. You also won't need any additional post-shower lotion or oil.

Pevonia's Dry Oil Body Moisturizer is a slick alternative to slick oils. An easy but effective spray, it's perfect for travel or those times when you don't want to risk feeling sticky. Also, if you are deathly afraid of slipping on your bathroom floor. 

 

 

 

 

 

Thing We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Jamie Kennedy (Yes, That Jamie Kennedy)

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Our dogs apologize in advance for this podcast. Ali and Amanda welcome actor/comedian/man of many hats JAMIE KENNEDY to Things We’re Too Lazy To Blog About to talk about male rompers (romp-hims?), dogs, etiquette, and how crazy the industry is. They also discuss what it is like for both sexes to pee while wearing rompers, ADD, Jamie’s Podcast called Hate To Break It To Ya, standup, social media, Breckin Meyer, Jason Lee, Seth Green, The Property Brothers, People Magazine, Bethenny Frankel, creating your own projects, Marlee Matlin, Lifetime movies, blue check marks or lack therefore of, Cisco Adler and so much more. Finally, we school Jamie on the not-so-underground world of Instagram escorts.

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So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

I’d say happy Sunday, but Sunday is almost over. It might even be Monday where you are, but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t enough time to click around and enjoy several things from around the web that I didn’t write.

Into The Gloss: Natasha Lyonne

If you didn’t know, Natasha Lyonne has been my biggest girl crush since high school. Her unique look is sexy and just a little bit gritty. In this interview, Natasha shares her beauty routine and favorite products. I’m bookmarking this post for life!

Real Simple: Frosé Recipe

If you like rosé and mixed drinks, then frosé will be your new favorite summer beverage.

Blush & Pearls: 10 Foundation Mistakes You Might Be Making

Foundation is the foundation of your look. If you are shopping for a new foundation this summer or your current one just doesn’t seem to look right anymore, Blush & Pearls has some great tips to keep in mind.

Apartment Therapy: AT Writes An Episode Of House Hunters

If you are as obsessed with the HGTV show as I am, you will actually laugh out loud reading this. Warning: don’t click on the link in a public place because strangers will stare at you.

Fashvo: Timeless Bags That Never Go Out Of Style

I want all the bags! If you’re thinking of investing in a designer handbag, any one of these is totally worth the price.

F-it Fridays: Beach Bag Please Edition

We need to talk about bag appropriateness. I can't tell you how often I go to the pool or the beach and see people with inappropriate handbags. Okay, I totally sound judgy, but it's not what you think. I just feel like people are mistreating their precious purses. Should I call APS (Accessories Protective Services)? After all, mixing the wrong things can be dangerous. Ever drink shots of vodka before wine? Nope, you were not fine. Mixing an expensive accessory made from something not meant to get wet or sandy with water, sand, unknown sea creatures and most likely over-enthusiastic children sounds like a recipe for a fashion disaster. So maybe it's time to protect your Louis, Kate or Goyard by leaving them at home and invest in a bag made that's made just for the beach (or pool or lake, you get what I mean). Here are a few of my favorites. 

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Straw pom pom is the it style this season. Score this adorable steal from Forever 21.

If you think of straw as more of a drink accessory than a fashion accessory, Lilly Pulitzer's Bohemian Beach Tote will be your fav piece of arm candy this summer. Lilly Pulitzer prints are so classic and will look stylish for years to come. 

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Trina Turk's Barbados Tote is perfect for brunch or to put in the basket of a bicycle. I don't know why and I don't even really like bicycles. 

I always take a small clutch to the beach to keep my phone, wallet and a lipgloss in. This pineapple pouch by Kayu reminds me of a summer cocktail or a fruit salad. Hopefully, the former. 

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Don't take an uncool cooler to the beach or stash your sandwiches (or tequila) in a basic grocery bag. Instead, use the super chill watermelon cooler bag from Ban.do. It also might be fun to take watermelon out of the watermelon bag and made a fun Instragram story about it. I feel a Boomerang coming on!

 

You can't go wrong with a classic nautical style beach tote. This striped bag from ASOS fits everything you need for a chic beach day. It also coordinates well with most swimwear styles. 

 

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Do you struggle to find a place for your wet stuff every time you go to the beach? You're welcome. Problem solved