Dressing Like The Stars: SAG Awards 2018

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Welcome to Dressing Like The Stars, my awards season series where I show you how to replicate the best celeb styles on the red carpet! 

Although the spirit of #Metoo and #TimesUp were prevalent throughout the 2018 SAG Awards, it wasn't necessarily reflected in the fashion. Black was big, but it wasn't the uniform. However, if there was an overall theme that described most of the looks from the red carpet, it would be accessibility. Although the stars still looked like stars, it doesn't mean that regular people can't also achieve these looks. Here are a few of my favorites from the evening as well as dresses (and jumpsuits) that you can rock no matter your size, style or budget.

Yara Shahidi in Ralph Lauren Collection

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As a jumpsuit/romper enthusiast, obsessed doesn't even begin to cover how I feel about this outfit. While there isn't an exact dupe for this overlayed jumpsuit, I found a few similar looks. My fingers are crossed we see more outfits like this all season long.

Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen

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While everyone wants to be like Reese, you don’t need to be green with envy. From the color to the style, I hunted down several dresses that have the same vibe. Okay, I'll stop punning terribly now. 

Kate Hudson in Valentino

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To be honest, I'm entirely sure how I feel about this dress. I haven't made up my mind yet, but I really heart the heart print. It's also a nice compliment to the star print trend that's been really big this year. 

Millie Bobbie Brown in Calvin Klein

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Millie Bobbie Brown always stands out and this outfit was no exception. For the most part, I've never really been into sneakers, but I like the way she rocked her Converse with a formal dress. I think this is perhaps the most accessible look of the evening. I feel like sneakers with formal dresses are going to be everywhere for the next year and then we will be sick of it. But until we are, enjoy...

Diane Guerrero in Christian Siriano

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I feel like Diane Gurrero's two-piece look didn't get enough credit. She was absolutely stunning! To re-create this look yourself, just get one of the tulle skirts below from ASOS (they have lots more, by the way) and add a mock turtle. But you could also go badass ballerina and wear one with a t-shirt. To make the look even more casual, Millie Bobby Brown it with Converse sneakers. 

Amanda Salas

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Styled by my girl, Ali Levine, Amanda Salas looked classic old-school Hollywood in a black off the shoulder dress by Faviana. Check out these affordable dress dupes, but don't tell Ali I jacked her idea, please.

 

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Five Winter Must Haves

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A lot of people forget that even in sunny Los Angeles, winter exists. Sure, I wear shorts or a romper during the day, but at night, summer clothes are a no. Coming from New York, I’ve always had mixed feelings about the cold. On one hand, I hate actually being cold. On the other hand, I really like winter fashion. I love layering and dark colors. It’s a nice change of pace. Even when it dips below 60 here, it’s fun to wear some the same things I used to wear in frosty Manhattan. In fact, even after living here as long as I have, I can’t get rid of my old winter clothes. Winter fashion—I just can’t quit you. Here are five of my favorite essential winter fashion items. And trust me, even if you live on a tropical island, you still need a few of these.

Krankz Audio Wireless Headphones

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Okay, so not fashion but Krankz Audio Wireless Headphones made my winter essentials list because when layers + wires = nightmare. Let’s say you have your phone in your pocket, but you are wearing a coat, sweater and a scarf over it. Where are the wires supposed to go? Layers of clothing should not mean layers of confusion.

One thing I love about Krankz is that they are super easy to pair with your device. It takes seconds and you don’t even have to google or read the instructions. They are also super chic and available in black, white and red. Plus, wireless headphones are the easiest way to listen to my podcast. Just saying….

They also make a great gift. I know this because my husband stole my pair and won't give them back to me.

Vint & York Sunglasses

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It’s winter, but the sun hasn’t gone away, so you still need to protect your eyes. I just got a pair of Fitzgerald sunglasses from Vint & York and I’m obsessed. I have a small face and they are comfortable AF. Even if you don’t have a small face, Vint & York has lots of vintage-style options (hence the Vint). My personal faves are the Fairbanks, Zelda and Copa. I’m also very impressed with the sturdy quality of the frames. I don’t want to accidentally drop them, but I could….

Cashmere

As I always say, friends don’t let friends wear wool blends. I heart cashmere. Also, wool is itchy. Who wants to itch? Life is difficult enough. And contrary to popular belief, cashmere doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are some ideas.

Boots

It’s too hot to wear them the rest of the year, so I like to wear boots as much as I can when the temperature drops. That way, I’m completely over them by spring.

Leopard Print

I always associate animal prints with winter. They’re also a great way to not look boring and to add of touch of “I actually thought about this,” to any outfit. Leopard print works with both black and brown everything. Purr!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today our guest is Maxine Tatlonghari, who is the boss babe behind Vanity Girl Hollywood. We talk about how she created the mirror that is in every celeb’s glam room from Kim Kardashian (which she designed), to Heidi Klum, Ariana Grande, Jessica Alba and so many others. We also talk about the importance of having your own glam space, the new must-have products in her line, favorite beauty products, best selfie tips, and so much more.

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Journelle’s Semi-Annual Sale Will Help You Achieve All Of Your Lingerie Resolutions

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Is your New Years resolution to kick up your lingerie game? Well, this is perfect timing because Journelle is having a major sale. From bras and panties to loungewear and anything you consider just a little naughty—Journelle has it all. And they have it in lots of cup sizes. Known for their beautifully curated collection from all the brands you love, they only have everything you want. Seriously, if you can’t find a bra, thong, or teddy from Journelle you can’t at the very least describe as must have, please get in touch. No, I’m NOT holding my breath. Here are a few of my favorite items that are currently on sale.

Fleur't Lacy Dainties Half Camisole

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I lied! This actually isn’t on sale, but #sorrynotsorry because it’s still a deal. You know those nights when you're hanging out at home, but want to feel a little extra (or all of your sweatpants are in the laundry)? This half camisole is full glam. It looks cute peaking out of a tank, but is surprisingly supportive. I’m a C/D and felt totally comfortable.

Stella McCartney Florence Fluttering Bodysuit

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Anything Stella McCartney makes me purr. But this leopard bodysuit is actually a pretty smart purchase because you can wear it everywhere from the bedroom to someplace swanky with black pants or a skirt. I don’t want to say it’s the kind of thing you put on to take off, but it totally is.

Gossard Gypsy Plunge Bra

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When do you ever see a sexy, turquoise lace bra for $17.70, which is less than the price of a fancy cocktail. Never. Treat yourself!

Underproduction Florence Bra & Briefs

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This bra is soft and comfortable. The pretty flower pattern fabric is made from ethically sourced bamboo—so yes, extra karma points are included. If you prefer more coverage, the high waist hipsters will make you feel like a pin up girl.

Simone Perele Celeste Strapless Plunge Smooth Cup Bra

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A bad strapless bra is maybe the most annoying thing on Earth. So, invest in a good one that’s actually cute. Don’t miss the matching thong.

Simone Perele Caressence 3D Plunge Bra

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3D isn’t just for movies anymore. Sometimes it’s hard to find a supportive bra t-shirt bra that you actually want to wear, but the lace detailing makes this equally chic and sleek. Because there is nothing more annoying than when your bra shows through and it’s not even cute...

Stella McCartney Jasmine Inspiring Soft Cup Bra

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This stretch lace bra from Stella McCartney is red (well, burgundy) hot. Don’t forget to complete the set with a bikini or thong.

Heidi Klum Intimates Egyptian Beauty Camisole & Shorts

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Do you ever want to wear something comfortable as pajamas that also makes you feel sexy as a supermodel? Heidi Klum knows how to do everything right. This camisole and short set is all you need.

Lonely Dahlia Underwire Bra

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I have no idea why this brand is called Lonely because if you wear this bra, you will literally have people swarming you. A really unique shape, it's perfect for those slightly open backed dresses and tops. And yes, there are matching briefs.

Hanky Panky Original Thong

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Let’s get real for a second. I’m an hourglass. So many thongs rest on my hips too tightly, causing what I call “the dippy thing.” It’s a nightmare. Hanky Panky thongs are basically magic because they fit every body type perfectly. Also, I lied again. These aren’t on sale, but with the cash you’ve saved on everything else, you need at least one Hanky Panky thong is your life.

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Dressing Like The Stars: Golden Globes 2018 Edition

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Perhaps 2018 was the most interesting year for Golden Globe fashion. Hollywood showed solidarity in all black for the #metoo and #timesup movements. This is inspirational in so many ways. While 2018 will definitely be the year women take over Hollywood, it will also be the year of black on the red carpet. Here are some of the trends from the event as well as similar outfits that will inspire you to both dress up and stand up. 

Pants & Skirted Pants/Jumpsuits

Alison Brie literally said it best, “Tonight is about women wearing the pants so I chose to literally wear the pants.” Debra Messing, Christina Hendricks, and Alexis Bledel also wore pants or pants that resembled dresses aka skirted pants. This might be one of my favorite styles ever. I'm hoping this look is here to stay. 

Velvet

Natalie Portman and Viola Davis took classic old Hollywood to a new level. A signature winter fabric, velvet is forgiving on so many body types and really helps make your accessories pop.

Bows

Bow yes! Tracee Ellis Ross, Sara Paulson, Dove Cameron and Emilia Clarke all had very unique bow dresses. What an easy look to steal! 

Something Extra

Whether it's sequins, shine or something sheer, the stars were all about the extra this year. Kerry Washington, Octavia Spencer, Lilly James, Nicole Kidman, Ashley Judd and Issa Rae are great examples of this.

 Peter Pan Collar

Elisabeth Moss looked so prim and proper with her Peter Pan collar dress. These style collars are magical and can take any outfit someplace else, making a formal look more casual or a casual look more formal. 

Pop of Color

While everyone wore black, not everyone wore all black. Mandy Moore, Allison Williams, Saoirse Ronan and Katherine Langford all had a pop of color in their dresses. While Halston Heritage killed it this season with their pop of color dresses, it's easy to add a pop of color to any dress you already own using a belt or sash. 

 

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About: Panic At The VSCO & Navigating Your Business With Gwen Kellett of Glam Squad Advisor

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Biz babes, influencers, bloggers, vloggers, etc —This episode is for you (but everyone can learn and have fun, we promise). Today we talk to Gwen Kellett. She founded Glam Squad Advisor, which is a company that helps unrepresented artists to navigate their business. We chat about the challenges of being a creative person and trying to navigate the business aspects of your brand. We also get into it about influencer marketing, social media, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, blogging, FTC laws, photography, website building, the role agents play, why or why you don’t need an agent, your portfolio, why less can be more but not always, branding, photo editing apps, Snapseed, Darkroom, Lightroom, VSCO, Facetune, Inlight, celeb set snafus and more.

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The Best Handbags To Buy From After Christmas Sales Because Being Nice To Yourself Isn't Naughty

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Sometimes Santa screws up and doesn’t bring you what you want. But just because he was naughty doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be nice to yourself. So if a handbag was on your list this year and you didn’t get one, it’s time to take advantage of some amazing after Christmas sales. Here are ten fabulous handbags that are MAJORLY discounted right now. And don’t worry if you spent way too much money on other people, there are several budget-friendly options here.

As you know, the prices could change, so don’t get mad at me, but also make a quick decision. You totally deserve a good present.

Marc Jacobs Wingman Leather Tote

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Are you looking for the perfect everyday bag? This one has room to tote around everything you need and more. It also comes with a little zip pouch. Yay bonus! Originally $395, it’s currently on sale for $237.

Loeffler Randall Minimal Rider Suede and Leather Satchel

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Originally $495, this adorable pink cross body bag is on sale for $297. It’s so pretty and the color works all year round.

Salvatore Ferragamo Vara Floral Print Snakeskin Crossbody

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This Ferragamo floral print bag is everything! Obviously, it’s an investment, but one you will certainly receive compliments on for the rest of your life.

Clare V. Flat Canvas Clutch in Black Linen & Pink

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Did you want a print bag that was a little more budget friendly? For $84, this chic little clutch works for everything from a formal event to date night.

Ted Baker Small Lamica Patent Leather Shopper

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Are you looking for a basic black tote that isn’t basic at all? The texture and copper bow on this bag make it really extra without an extra price because it’s only $130.65.

Chloé Drew Mini Patchwork Leather And Suede Shoulder Bag

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Everything about this bag is to die for. From the signature shape to unique leather and suede patchwork, it’s absolutely stunning. At $1,494, it’s currently 40% off. Seriously, how often does that happen?

Chloé Drew Small Leather And Suede Shoulder Bag

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Were you looking for a Drew that is a little more all year round or everyday? This dark yellow one works with just about everything. Down 30%, it’s currently $1,365.


Lanvin Lien Smooth And Patent-Leather Shoulder Bag

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This classic bag will never go out of style and has enough room to take you from day to night. Also, that clasp will stop traffic. At $1,146 it’s 40% off.

Nordstrom Transparent Lace Box Clutch

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Are you looking to buy yourself a tiny treat for the cost of brunch? I love this little lace clutch, which at $39.49 is 50% off. It has a chic little chain so you can also wear it on your shoulder. It’s perfect for New Years Eve or maybe even as a bridesmaid gift.

Elizabeth and James Eloise Embossed Field Bag

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This bag looks like it is vintage but, it’s not. But for $177, you can fool everyone. I won’t tell anyone if you lie. It will be our secret. 

Red Eyeshadow Tutorial: A Pretty & Easy Holiday Look

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Red eyeshadow is a great holiday party look for Christmas, New Years Eve’s or just happy hour (if you’ve had a bad day, happy hour is considered a party). It’s a perfect trendy look for people who don’t normally do the trendy look thing because they are afraid of looking like an utter jackass. But red is super easy to apply, sexy and not as over the top as it sounds. Just don’t do it if you are wearing green. There’s only so much holiday spirit that is appropriate at one time.

The look I did was so pretty that even my husband noticed. I was actually so shocked when he said something that I tripped and nearly landed on my face. So I highly recommend you forewarn the people around you that there will be a whole lot of glowing going on.

Here are the steps I took to create this look.

Prime

Apply Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Under Makeup Primer in Champagne to your entire face. I know there are 9000 primers out there to choose from, but because Spackle is so moisturizing, it’s the best choice for winter skin.

Cover Up

Dot concealer under your eyes. My personal favorite is Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer Concealer and Foundation. Warning: This product is very concentrated—so first apply to your hand and then blend out.

Also, let’s keep a secret between us. This product is the bottomless mimosa brunch of concealer. My little jar has lasted 1.5 years with no end in sight.

Apply Foundation

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Blend out your foundation with a silicone blender to create a matte look. Because your eyes are bold and shiny, you don’t want to be too shimmery or dewy with the rest of your face. I like the MakeupDrop Silicone Makeup Applicator. If you’ve never used a silicone applicator before, the first few times you try it will feel like an alien is licking your face, but once you get used to working this way, it’s borderline life changing. I put a few drops of Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation on the applicator itself and take it from there.

Hone The Brow Bone

Apply an off-white matte shadow to your entire lid—brow bone to lash line. I’m wearing Blanc Type By MAC.

Layer Your Lid

Apply a light taupe shadow to your lid. I’m using the Morphe 350 Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette. The shade I used us the second shadow down on the left side of the palette.

Color The Crease

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Then apply a shimmery red shadow to your crease and upper part of your lid. I’m using the second to last shadow in the Morphe palette.

Blend using a Beauty Blender or sponge.

Line The Lashes

Use a brown liquid liner on the top lash line. I like Shiseido Automatic Fine Eyeliner in Brown or Wet N Wild Proline Felt Tip Eyeliner in Dark Brown. (I know, very high and low end).

Apply a shimmery white liner to the bottom of your waterline. I used NYX Slim Eye Pencil in White Pearl here.

Shimmer And Shine

Apply a more shimmery red shadow over your lower lash line and blend out. You can do the entire length of your eye for a more dramatic effect. The color I chose here is from the Ardell Shimmer Pro Eyeshadow Palette.

Make Sure Your Brows Are Banging

Fill in your brows with a pencil or gel. I’m wearing Wunderbrow Brow Gel in Brunette (yeah, I’m a blonde but brow trends).

Love Your Lashes

Curl Your Eyelashes.

Apply lash primer. I use Radiant Complex.

Then apply mascara. I’m wearing L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black. The brush is great because it helps you coat even those tiny, mini, sort of invisible lashes.

Check Your Cheeks

Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks. I’m all about Nars Orgasm (for life).

Apply highlighter on top of the blush. I like Sweat Cosmetics Mineral Illuminator because the powder is built right into the brush, so it dispenses subtly and evenly.

Set It And Forget It

Finish off your look with setting spray. I used UncompliKated SPF 50 Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray by Kate Somerville to get that slightly airbrushed/IRL Pretty Filter look.

Love Your Lips

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I was terrified to try purple and now I’m obsessed with Laura Geller New York Color Luster Lip Gloss The Diamonds Top Coat Duo. This is the most beautiful purple I’ve ever seen. It has a rich, moisturizing feel and lasts longer than most glosses.

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About: You Tube, Vlogging, Beauty & Makeup With Jessica A.M. Kalil

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Eighteen Holiday Gifts Under $25

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Let’s talk about when it’s okay to be late—for a party, a dinner reservation (but no more than fifteen minutes) or to see family you hate (then just don't show up at all). But it’s NOT okay to be late with holiday gifts.

While I know it’s possible to pick up an emergency gift card at the supermarket or pharmacy—this really shows the recipient you couldn't care less . Lucky for you, it is completely possible to find a great gift without spending a lot of money or making much effort. Because who has time for that? Here are eighteen holiday gifts under $25 for every person on your list. If you’re spending more, just buy more than one.

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BP Star Print Oblong Scarf

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Do you have a fashionista on your list? I’ve got your gift. Stars are everywhere this season. Normally $26, this on trend scarf is currently on sale for $12.98.

Anthropologie Colorway Monogram Mug

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These mugs are bright, adorable and fun. Buy a set for a family and everyone gets a mug with their initial on it, or maybe for your office Secret Santa, making it kind of a custom gift. They are currently on sale for $5.00 each.

Anthropologie Botanical Trinket Dish  

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Do you know someone who recently got married, is into décor or has way too much jewelry (okay, that isn’t possible, but you get my point)? This is the perfect gift for just $24.

Colour Me Good Books

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Omg, I love the Colour Me Good series by Mel Elliot. Give your friend who is a fan of Ryan Gosling, Benedict Cumberbatch, or James Franco the ultimate gift. There’s also a Taylor Swift book, but it’s currently sold out. Add a set of colored pencils to make a package as complete as the subjects of these books.

Suck My Wick Candles

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Candle-preneur Kyle Blitch was just on my podcast and he is hilarious. These candles not only smell good, but they also make you laugh with names like Motion of the Ocean. They normally cost $34.99 each, but if you use promo code SUCKMYWICKMAS, you get $10 off.

L’Ange Stocking Stuffer Holiday Collection

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Do you have a friend who constantly complains about her hair? This kit has full-sized bottles of L’Ange’s Rival Heat Shield, Deja Vu Dry Shampoo and Grand Debut Root Booster. It’s currently $30 but you can use promo code AMANDA for 30% off (and yes, it works for anything on the site). Or just buy it for yourself. Check out the Facebook Live I did for L'Ange to discover more of my favorite products.

Huda Contour & Strobe Lip Set

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For just $25 you get a stobe (aka gloss), a liner and a matte. This is an easy idea for a While Elephant, Grab Bag with your girls or for any teenage girl.

Sephora Wonderful Stars & Eye Palette

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This cute palette has nine eyeshadows, two blushes, a highlighter and a partridge in a pear tree. It’s $16, but a $48 value. I really want one for myself. So friends, if you are reading this...

Kate Spade Lafayette Three-Pack Sock Set

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Everyone loves Kate Spade, especially infants. Keep a friend’s baby or your baby stylish in these sweet socks for $20.

Kate Spade Pop By 3D Candy Tray

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You can use this tray for candy, sunglasses, jewelry or anything. I can’t believe it’s only $20.

Nest Holiday Votive Scented Candle

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Nest’s holiday candles smell like a holiday party at a mansion, but for $16, so can any apartment.

Moleskine Rolling Stones Denim Notebook

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Do you have a friend who is too cool for everything or always writing things down on actual paper? For $25, you can make a grown man (or woman) cry.

Grill My Cheese: The Cookbook: From Slumdog Grillionaire to Justin Brieber: The Greatest Toasted Cheese Sandwiches Ever!

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For the chef or someone who can at the very least make toast, this book is currently on sale for less than $12 and normally only $17. It’s also a treat for people who like puns!

Luggage Scale

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Do you have a friend who has to stuff half their clothing in their carry-on at the check-in line making everyone behind them angry? For $18, you can make sure they are never embarrassed again. At least for that reason.

CB2 Prisma Gold Frames

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These ultra modern picture frames are super chic. Personalize the gift by including your own picture. It's a little more effort but totally worth it. There are several sizes currently on sale all under $20.

West Elm Coziest Throw

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I need to pick my jaw up off the floor because I can’t believe this chic throw is on sale from West Elm for less than $15. You can also have it monogrammed for $9.50. What says you thought about things in advance more than a monogram?

Schmidt Brothers® New Natural Steak Knife Set

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Fancy steak knives can be pricey, but not these, which are currently on sale for $20. They look way more expensive than they are.

Foosball Bottle Openers

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Especially around the holidays, there is nothing worse than needing a bottle opener and not having one. These fancy openers are from Neiman Marcus and are perfect for that anomaly of a guy who is equally bro-ey and sophisticated.

Extensions Make You Win The Hair Game

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So, if you’ve been reading my blog (you know the thing you are reading right now), you are probably aware, I’ve been having hair issues. I tried EVERYTHING from taking biotin pills like candy to walking around with a greasy head for days from castor oil. Seriously, if I didn’t work from home, I would have been escorted out of an office building because I looked like a hobo.

And while my hair improved—I still wasn’t happy. Let’s get real here for a second. I have a blog and cover freaking beauty. I should have remotely decent to extremely awesome hair and I didn’t. But now I do.

To be honest with you, ever since that woman told me how bad my hair was at BeautyCon back in August (I actually re-tell the story on the podcast Ali and I did with Abby Stern), I’ve been playing out the situation in my head over and over again. I’ve felt totally self-conscious for months. Feeling this way just isn’t productive for me. So, I wanted to find a solution to my problem and take the fastest route to Goodhairville. Enter Kristina Gibson who is an extension specialist and hair colorist in Beverly Hills. She is also a hair goddess!

When I sat down for my consultation, it wasn’t just her telling me what was wrong with my hair (I KNOW WHAT’S WRONG—EVERYTHING!), but she listened and was all about solutions. Honestly, I was worried extensions might be bad for my hair, but she explained how I was wrong. “A benefit of extensions is that, at least for me, when I have them, I don’t touch my hair that much with heat, only the extension hair. So, your hair can become healthier if you keep doing masks, etc.” YES!

Kristina also told me extensions allow you to apply less heat to your own hair, which means less damage and hopefully more growth, so perhaps one day extensions won’t be necessary.

Extensions are really for everyone who is dissatisfied with their hair in some way. Let’s say you have generally good hair, but you get a bad haircut and are trying to grow it out. If you are in that awkward, potentially mullet-ish stage, you can wear extensions for a few months until you don’t hate your hair again.

One of the first things we discussed was what kind of extensions I should have. Here’s a quick breakdown of the different kinds of hair extensions.

Tape-In

Tape-in extensions are taped into the hair without any heat applied. Because they are large pieces that lie flat, they don’t pull on the hair and irritate the scalp. For me, this kind made the most sense. Over the years, I’ve had every kind of extension and I found tape-ins look the best on me and last the longest. They are also more affordable than other kinds. Furthermore, if you take really good care of them (tips are below), you can re-use them, even up to a year.

i-Tip

Kristina is an i-Tip hair extension expert, although she can install any kind of hair extension (obviously). i-Tips are applied strand by strand and attached with a small bead, which is then clamped onto your natural hair. Because they are applied without heat, glue or chemicals, these extensions don’t damage your hair. Another benefit of i-Tips is that they have a lot more movement to them than other kinds of extensions do. You are set for 3-6 months and the hair can be re-used. i-Tip extensions are sometimes called microlink or cold fusion. 

Weave/Braid/Sew-In

The stylist braids your hair and sews in extensions with a needle and thread. This kind of extension lasts approximately 6-8 weeks. Weaves are very easy to style and put in a ponytail, which is especially helpful if you workout a lot.

Clip-ins

Clip-in extensions are exactly what they sound like. You clip them in like any other hair accessory. If you’ve never had extensions before and aren’t sure if you want them, consider experimenting with clip-ins first. They are great if you like to switch things up or you just don’t want to commit right now. Obviously, this just applies to hair and hopefully not other things in your life.

Sometimes clip-ins are made with synthetic hair, which is fine for clips-ins only, but do NOT install any kind of regular extension with synthetic hair because they will melt from any kind of hot tool.

Kristina also shared some of her best extension tips with me.

Use A WET Brush, Even On Dry Hair

Extensions are great, but they get tangled AF. Tangled extensions are a nightmare and don’t last as long as they potentially can. Kristina told me to use a WET Brush on both wet and dry hair because it has flexible bristles that won’t get caught on the tape.

When I’m combing conditioner or a mask into my hair, I use the WET Original Brush. I like the small, travel-sized one because it gives me more control. But when I’m blow-drying my hair or brushing it when it is dry, I use the WET EPIC Professional Quick Dry. This brush detangles really well without pulling on my extensions.

Avoid Using Products With Oil

This one is hard for me because I’m OBSESSED anything oil. But using oils make your extensions slip because it eats away at the glue. So go through your beauty stash and look for serums, oil, shampoo, conditioner or anything that is labeled “oil-based” and toss, give away or hide it from yourself. If you are going to use an oil-based product, be careful and do not get it anywhere near the installation of your extensions.

Shampoo Carefully

When you shampoo your hair, put some extra shampoo on your fingertips and carefully get in between each row of hair because those areas can get particularly dirty.

Don’t Go To Bed With Wet Hair

According to Kristina, this is the WORST thing you can do for your hair.

Prepare Your Hair For Zzz Time

Use a silk pillowcase and sleep with your hair in a braid, bun or ponytail. I sleep with my hair in a side braid and wake up with sexy mermaid beach waves that take just minutes to style.

Want more of my extension styling tips? Wait for Part Two of this post.

Obviously you want to make an appointment with Kristina Gibson right now. You can reach her through her website. Want to see more of Kristina’s amazing work? Check out her Instagram.

 

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Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Dr. Christopher Metzler

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Dr. Christopher Metzler is best known for his political commentary, but we stick to our policy of not talking about parties on this podcast, unless they involve a red carpet. We talk watches, style, accessories, men’s fashion, how Dr. Metzler helps his community, the opiate crisis, the rehab industry, how to navigate insurance companies and Ali and Amanda discuss their own medical nightmares. We get deep, but this episode is a lot more fun than it sounds.

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

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

Motorola Z2 Force Shatterproof Android Phone

Motorola Mods 360 Camera & Gamepad

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

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

Pretty You London Slippers

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

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

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

Baby Be Hip

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Custom baby gifts

Promo Code: LAZYPOD for 15% any order

STS Blue

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Denim jackets and jeans

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Galactic Sneeze Games

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Soko Jewlery

Barbella Box

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are a few more of my faves:

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

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

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

Delanie Rouched Sleeve Cardigan (Perfect for layering)

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Winning Winter Beauty—Bodycare Edition

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

Tree Hut Coconut Lime Shea Sugar Scrub

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

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

Trader Joe’s Lavender Body Scrub

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

SkinCeuticals Body Tightening Concentrate

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

Bliss Fatgirlslim Arm Candy

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

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

Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer With Refreshing Coconut Oil

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

Kopari Coconut Sheer Oil

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Never Serve Your Food In The Package It Came In

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

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

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

DO NOT SERVE ON STYROFOAM

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

A Platter Makes A Party

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

DO NOT SERVE ON STYROFOAM

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

Napkins Are Important

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

Make Fancy Water

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

Create A Signature Cocktail

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

Never Forget Dessert

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

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

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

Step 3: Cut off enough dough for a cookie.

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

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

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

Don’t Forget The Bathroom

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

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

 

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

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

Why am I still single?

Why is he such a jerk?

Why I can’t I find someone?

What’s wrong with him?

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

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

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