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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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.

If you aren’t reading The Skinny Confidential or listening to the podcast, you are seriously missing out.

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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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You can find Jamie’s stand up tour dates on his website

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Snap Chat: Yevrahh

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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

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

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This week, we get into it about fitness. I talk about inconsiderate people at the gym, my love for AKT, ClassPass, the car accident that changed my life, anxiety, the wisdom of Keltie Knight, The Hamptons, my favorite Pilates studio in LA (dr pilates) and what I has learned after taking 500+ group fitness classes. Ali chats Krav Maga (not to be confused crab dip), working out at home, DVDs (remember those?), feeling good, Danette May and more.

Things I Said I Would Link To In This Episode

AKT

Use promo code ALAKT4U for 50% off your first month of AKT On Demand.

To take a free class in LA, register on AKT. Then email clientservicesla@aktinmotion.com and tell them you heard about AKT through the podcast, as well as the date of the class you want to take.

I wrote an article for A Sweat Life which further details my experience at AKT. So, obviously if you haven't quite had enough of me talking about AKT, give it a read.

Fab Fit Well by Chanel

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Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About: With Special Guest Annabelle DeSisto

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We welcome our first guest for episode 4, the brilliant and hilarious Annabelle DeSisto of the Adderall and Compliments Podcast. If you’re an A&C Kitten, thank you for listening, we love you.

In this episode we discuss how amazing Annabelle’s hair is (to a nearly obsessive level), Joan Rivers (Annabelle’s former boss), Postmates, why needing cash is a complete nightmare, Kim Kardashian, The Drybar Book and compare the post-jail styles of Paris Hilton and Teresa Giudice.

But we mostly talk about our collective favorite docu-series The Real Housewives. Specifically, Dorit Kemsley, Kyle Richards, caftans, how Kim Richards ruins everything, Lisa Rinna, Kim Zolciak vs Erika Jayne, Bethenny Frankel’s hustle and Sojna Morgan’s townhouse. Ali spills all about styling Lisa Vanderpump and what it’s really like at Villa Rosa. Spoiler Alert: Giggy is alive.

However, if you aren’t a Housewives person, we also dish on lots of other things including  Scheana  Shay from Vanderpump Rules, Lilly Pulitzer dresses, plastic surgery, CoolSculpting, being an only child, Amanda’s Gossip Girl life, staircases, marble flooring, bidets, Queer as Folk and vagina juice.

Annabelle also shares an inspirational story about how one of the Kittens bought her crystal kit and won the lottery!

Can someone please come up with a better sign off for us?

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F-it Fridays: Hotel Chic Edition

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Happy Weekend and beginning of summer! Is everyone ready to GTFO? I know I am. Whether you are going for a short weekend jaunt, a day trip or an actual vacay, we all know how annoying packing and unpacking is. Here are a few of my favorite essentials to make the trip easier and more efficient. Treat yourself because F-it, It’s Friday, you deserve it!

If you’ve ever put shoes or dirty laundry in a clean suitcase and felt totally uncomfortable with it, you need to get these canvas bags from Miss A. There’s one for shoes, laundry (stop scrambling for plastic hotel bags) and lingerie/swimwear. But, my personal favorite is the bag for beauty tools. The last time I traveled I was so afraid of packing my hot curling iron in my suitcase that I (allegedly) wrapped the barrel in a washcloth I took from my hotel. Luckily, I don’t have to do that again. Did I mention all of these are just $1.00 each? Also, my apologies to the U.S. Grant in San Diego (pictured above, by the way).

I don’t care if it’s old school, I still love Longchamp Le Pliage bags. I challenge anyone to find something better for travel. These bags are light as can be, affordable, durable and available in tons of colors. You can take them to the beach or dinner in Paris, France or Paris, Texas. Take your bag as a carry-on for the plane or stuff it in your suitcase to bring extra things home.

I’m all about Sole Society’s Lacie Faux Leather Duffle Bag weekender. There are lots of reasons why I like faux leather. It’s cruelty-free (yay for bonus karma points). This material also tends to be lighter than the real thing. Isn't your stuff heavy enough? Also, leather bags make me really nervous because I am always afraid it’s going to get scratched and ruin my life. 

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Build me up Baby Buttercup. I love Drybar’s Baby Buttercup travel hair dryer. Don’t rely on your hotel to have an adequate hairdryer and risk having a bad hair vacation. By the way, If are struggling to pack all of your beauty stuff, this post will save your life, or at least your night serum.

There are so many different ways to wear Lilly Pulitzer’s colorful Seaspray wrap. You can use it as a light blanket on the plane, as a scarf with pants, as a sarong or even a dress on the beach. It’s a must-have if you are trying to pack lightly.

Finally Happy With My Skin: My AM/PM Routine

On the third episode of my podcast and on the blog (you know, the thing you are reading), I talk a lot about skincare. But I’ve never gone through my personal routine here. Over the years and even in the past few months, it's changed a lot. But, I’m finally at a place where at least at the moment, I’m really happy with how my skin looks. I’ve also found by using multi-tasking products, I’ve been able to cut down on the number of bottles in my medicine cabinet, but with much better results. 

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In the morning, I use Shiseido Pureness Foaming Cleansing Fluid. I’ve started using it in high school and while I’ve tried so many face washes, I really think this my favorite for several reasons. It’s very sudsey and foamy. Unless a product really foams, I never feel like my face is thoroughly clean. I use ¼ to half a pump. Which brings me to the next reason why I like it. It’s cheap. Because the product is so concentrated, every bottle lasts several months. Did I mention my husband also uses it? I can’t imagine how long a bottle would last if I didn't share it.

I always cleanse my face with a Foreo Luna 2. I love this device because it deep cleanses, exfoliates and prevents aging. It’s also one of the most efficient products I own. Because it’s made from silicone, there are no replacement heads. Let’s get real for a second here. Cleansing devices are an investment, but knowing you don’t need replacement heads and you’re only buying this once, makes it smart. It also stays charged forever. I’ve had mine for two years and I think I’ve charged it less than ten times. Because it exfoliates well (but gently), I also don’t need to buy a separate exfoliating product. 

Post cleanse, I use Kopari Coconut Rose Toner. My skin has become a lot more sensitive lately (I’ll explain why in the PM) and most toners burn like a pre cranberry juice UTI. Haven’t we all been there? Like a bad TV special, “After When Animals Attack, stay tuned for When Toner Burns.” Kopari Coconut Rose Toner is alcohol, phthalate and cruelty free. It’s also vegan and non-GMO. I ether use a cotton pad or spritz directly on my face, for a mid-day refresh. It has a mild, natural scent and not like a gas station air freshener, which is often a risk with anything rose or coconut. 

I follow up with Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, which is kind of like a personal assistant for your face. It firms, lifts, brightens and reduces the appearance of photo aging (aka what happened when I went to Miami, didn’t wear sunscreen and came home with brown spots that stayed for too long like that friend who won’t leave your house at 4:30am). This serum also gives you a glow, which is nice if you are going makeup-free.

Another thing I like about this product is that it stays active on your skin for up to 72 hours, so if I put it on, workout and shower, I know it’s still getting the job done. Sometimes I mix the serum with B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Gel if my skin needs an extra dose of hydration. Both of these products absorb quickly.  

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Finally, I apply StriVectin Intensive Eye Concentrate For Wrinkles. I love this eye cream because it doesn’t just help with wrinkles; it also helps with dark circles and puffiness. Perhaps it should be renamed StriVectin Intensive Eye Concentrate For Wrinkles + All Other Eye Related Problems. Maybe StriVectin needs to hire me to name their products.

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My PM routine depends on the night. If I’m wearing makeup, I always remove it with Kopari Coconut Cleansing Oil. This product is life changing. And I rarely say that. In fact, I often make fun of people who use “life changing” to describe anything beauty related. But, if you’ve ever sat there for fifteen minutes, trying to scrape every last bit of makeup off your face, you know the struggle is real. I take a few pumps of oil in my hands, massage it into a dry face for a minute and then rinse off with a hot washcloth. No trace of makeup is left behind. Seriously. Then, I double cleanse K-Beauty style with my Shiseido Cleanser.

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What happens after the PM cleanse is a tossup. I try to use Retin A Micro every other night. It’s a prescription treatment for acne, but has been proven to help with the affects of aging. While any retinol-based works, trust me when I say that a prescription pad is your skin’s best accessory.

This product takes the place of three others I used to need. I've stopped using an additional exfoliator, night serum and tossed my pimple spot treatment.

But beware, Retin A is POWERFUL. It’s drying and has made my skin a million times more sensitive. So, I have to be extra diligent about moisturizing. Luckily I have a not-so-secret weapon.

Sometimes, my skin gets too sensitive and dry even for the gentlest moisturizers and it feels like my face is on fire. Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil is the only product that not only doesn’t hurt my face, but also clears up any sign of irritation overnight. I don’t even know how that is possible, but marula oil works miracles.

Now, I know I’ve mentioned two oils in this post and people with combo skin are probably freaking out. Please don’t. Oil will not make your oil situation worse. In fact, since I’ve committed to using oils, my skin is actually more balanced because my skin has stopped over producing its own oil supply. I know doing this requires a leap of faith, but you need to face your fears for better skin. 

My final step in both the AM and PM, is the same, applying StriVectin Intensive Eye Concentrate For Wrinkles around my eye area. Obvs, not in my eyes because that would be dangerous. Please read all instructions. 

 

 

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Beauty Deep Dive

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Get ready for a deep dive about all things beauty. In episode three, Ali and Amanda talk about drugstores, fancy Duane Reade, Boots, when coconuts smell good or like a gas station, Calabasas, the Kardashians, LA pill popping, state liquor laws, Larchmont Village, Flower by Drew Barrymore Zoom In Ultimate Mascara, major love for BlushingtonDrybarArmani FoundationSweat Cosmetics, Nars, Too Faced (Semi Sweet for life), Stila, lashes, how primer changes your game, Ali’s love for iGlow Med Spa’s 24/7 Skin Rescue Serum, lots of products from Drunk Elephant, how Kopari Cleansing Oil changed Amanda’s life, Retin-A, Morphe, Glossier, why you should cheap out on cleanser, Foreo Luna, Skype doctors, exfoliating with things you find in the garbage, Pevonia LipRenew and so much more!

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F-It Fridays: Your Weekly Dose of Retail Therapy (Casual AF to Causal Chic Edition)

Me with Heidi Nazarudin of The Ambitionista Photo by Sabrina Hill. 

Me with Heidi Nazarudin of The Ambitionista Photo by Sabrina Hill

I know I’ve written a lot about rompers and it’s because I’m obsessed with them. I thought for this F-it Friday, I’d share one of my favorite new ones with you and how to create an entire outfit around it. You know, taking the romper from I- romped-around-until-4-in-the-moring-and-just-woke-up-so-I’m-casual-AF to Casual Chic.

So, I am not normally an American Eagle shopper. In fact, I can’t even tell you where one is. But, I was half asleep and very likely drunk on Instagram when I saw this one someone’s post. I wish I could remember whose account it was, but I don’t. I had to have it. Luckily, I didn’t even have to get out of bed to grab a credit card and buy it (which probably wasn’t going to happen anyway) because it turns out AE takes Paypal. Yay! It’s been one of my favorite pieces ever since. And it’s currently on sale

Here are some ideas to dress up and accessorize this romper or any romper.

 

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I love a classic Jack Rogers Sandal or if you need a little height, a wedge

Throw on a jean jacket, especially if you are wearing a romper at night. I love this one from Madewell. Everyone should have a classic jean jacket in their wardrobe. If you don’t have one, I can’t imagine how you stay warm on breezy summer nights or when some annoying person blasts the AC. 

Add a fun with a tote like this one from Draper James. I love this straw bag for summer. It’s causal, but put together. Because it’s roomy and more importantly lined, you can actually put things in it that aren’t your wallet, keys and half a lip gloss. I would even use it as a carry-on bag for a beach vacay. 

Consider a tassel fob to look extra put together. Nothing says, “I actually care about details,” more than this tiny accessory.

Because rompers are causal, a little jewelry will let others know you didn’t just roll out of bed, even if you did. I like a turquoise necklace for the summer, particularly this Judith Ripka Baguette Doublet Pendant Necklace

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Always have a bangle on your wrist. Kate Spade’s Feather Bangle coordinates well.

Have a great weekend! And don’t forget, F-it, it’s Friday, so buy yourself a present for getting through the week!

 

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About Podcast: Bad Malls & Fast Fashion

In episode two, Ali and Amanda talk about malls, the good the bad and the ones that desperately need to be bulldozed. Growing up in NYC (Amanda) and the suburbs (Ali), shopping anxiety, NYC Bloomingdales, strange SoCal chain stores, and our shared love of The Caruso Family (not the actor David Caruso). They also dish on fast fashion, H&M, Zara, Forever 21 (FOREVER), dressing room disasters with our moms, clothing care tips and velvet hangers. Ali spills some secrets about working with Lisa Vanderpump, not spending money on trends, fake vs faux, and so much more.

Don’t forget, you can earn extra karma points by listening, subscribing and by leaving us a five star review on iTunes. But obvs, you can also listen below. 

By the way, after the episode was recorded, Amanda saw some of the renovations at the Beverly Center and they were awful. It’s still the third realm of Hell.

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So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time (Semi Self Promo Edition)

Happy Sunday! If you didn’t know (and you should, but I’m not going to make you feel bad about it), Ali Levine and I launched a podcast last week. Please listen, subscribe on iTunes and leave us a five star review for extra karma points. You can also like us on Facebook because who doesn’t want to be liked? 

If you are new to So Last Week, it's a weekly(ish) round up of things I read on the Internet that are totally worth your time. You're busy. I'm busy! We're all crazed! I get it. But, I promise after reading any one of these posts, you will NOT say, "There's 3.5 minutes of my life I'll never get back." Enjoy! 

Dope + Broke: 10 Top Bloggers And Podcast Hosts' Favorite Affordable Shopping Websites

The title pretty much says it all. I cannot thank Dope + Broke enough for featuring both Ali and I in this post along with some really awesome women including Gabi Gregg, Annabelle Desisto and Jackie Schimmel.

Ali Levine: Trends Tuesday

Ali Levine shows off a trendy denim look featuring one of my fav designers, Diane Gilman. Also, I am stealing that jacket next time I’m at your house,

A Beautiful Mess: Braided Wavy Boho Hair Tutorial

ABM shows you how to create a beautiful do that anyone can do! It’s seriously not hard, but worthy of 1000 likes on Insta. Love this look for summer!

Racked: The Ultimate Guide To Bathing Suit Shopping Online

It’s almost that time of year again! No matter what size you are or what your style is, Racked has your boobs and booty covered.

The List: Beauty Advice We Wish We Would Have Taken

I gathered the best beauty advice from celebs, influencers and even doctors for this article on The List. Yes, it’s a little self-promotional, but I can’t promote my own work, then who will?

Balance Blends: A Line Of Supplements Created By An Actual Person

This post is sponsored by Balance Blends.

Let’s talk about vitamins and supplements for a minute. Does anyone else feel completely confused buying them? I feel like you never really know what you are buying. Where did it come from? Is the product safe? Who chose the ingredients? Is this worth the price? Most importantly, does the product actually do what the label says it will? Or am I just overthinking about this? In all fairness, let’s say all of the above.

That’s exactly why I’m obsessed with Balance Blends, which is a line of supplements containing a blend (hence the name), of vitamins and herbs personally formulated by Colette Widrin, L.Ac., MTOM*. Colette is a holistic practitioner in Beverly Hills and Malibu, who has been making bespoke supplements for the rich and unbalanced for years (and maybe even Real Housewives, but obviously she can’t tell).

The ingredients in Balance Blends are hand chosen by Colette herself, as opposed to a nameless cog in a large corporate wheel. These formulas are affective in treating a variety of health issues. We will get to what those are in just a minute.

All of the herbs have been sourced from wholesalers who are compliant with the Food and Drug Administration’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) as well as the Natural Product Association (NPA), using third-party quality control. Everything is triple-tested for safety and authentic. The capsules are 100% natural, and free of GMO starch, gluten and chemicals. On a side note, who would think those things are okay to put in a nutritional supplement anyway?

If you have a medical condition, are pregnant or taking any prescriptions, be smart and consult your physician before integrating supplements into your routine. But, you’re smart, so you probably knew that already.

Let’s take a look at the blends.

Just Breathe

I feel like if there were one Balance Blends product that everyone needs, it’s this. Just Breathe (which is a good idea, always breathe), releases stress, moves Qi and helps you relax. I like to take this before bed to wake up feeling peaceful and ready to start the day.

Quiet Please

If Just Breathe isn’t enough to just knock you out, Quiet Please could be exactly what you need. This formula stops your mind from racing (doesn’t that always happen when you can’t fall asleep? So annoying, right?), promotes deep sleep and nourishes the blood.

Acne Be Gone

When you are breaking out, all you need to do is go to the mirror and say, “Acne be gone” to yourself five times. Just kidding! If your breakouts can’t be controlled with topical creams, it’s probably time to nourish your skin from outside in. Acne Be Gone clears and prevents acne-causing toxins from ruining your skin and probably your day, possibly your life.

Cramp Whisperer

Speaking of breakouts, let’s talk about another awful side affect of PMS, cramps. Cramps cramp up your body and usually at least one week of your life. Cramp Whisperer whispers to your cramps to go away (and perhaps bother that annoying co-worker instead, she totally deserves cramps), nourishes your blood and reduces spasms to restore balance in your body, life, etc. 

Force Field

If you feel illness coming on, you probably pop a Vitamin C or Echinacea, but we all know that doesn’t really cut it. That’s why you need Force Field. Think of this blend as a personal trainer for your immune system, strengthening your body’s natural defenses, lifting Qi and restoring balance.

For more info or to purchase, please visit Balance Blends and use Code Amanda30 for 30% off through June 10, 2017.

* Licensed acupuncturist, Master, of Traditional Oriental Medicine, if you were wondering. And I know you were.

 

Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About: My Podcast With Ali Levine

Welcome to the debut episode of Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About with Ali Levine & Amanda Lauren. If you are wondering where you can get this on iTunes, the answer is you can't at the moment. It's not because we're trying to be exclusive, it's because we are still waiting for an actual human at Apple to approve the podcast. This is more annoying than a publicist who can't find your name on a guest list. But, hopefully it should be up within the next few days (possibly hours). However, all you have to do is click the play button to listen. It will even work on your phone. Thank you so much for being patient and we get it, this is totally annoying.

UPDATE: We're on iTunes, so subscribe and write a review. 5 stars please! 

In the first episode, celebrity stylist Ali Levine and I discuss why we created the podcast, first world problems such as why I can't find organic kale anywhere (not even a joke), and how to get dressed in Los Angeles (aka Ali tells us what to wear because she is an authority), which is essentially a long-form explanation of why everyone here looks like a Kardashian.

We want this to be an interactive experience, so please let us know what you want us to talk about or share your feedback by emailing ThingsWereTooLazyToBlogAbout [at] gmail dot com. If email isn't your thing (or even if it is), you can also discuss your feelings publicly on our Facebook Page or just like us because you think what we are doing is awesome.