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

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Slumber Party Series Part Two: Get On The ZZZ List With Luxe Sleep Accessories

Welcome to part two of my Slumber Party series. 2016 is almost over and resolutions are on everyone’s mind. Even if your resolution is fitness or wellness related (and really whose isn’t?), it’s been scientifically proven that getting more sleep will help you reach those goals and support an overall healthy lifestyle.

But, if you’re anything like me, it’s hard to relax in bed. My life is crazy and I always have so much going on. My mind feels like the Energizer Bunny because it keeps going and going and going and going… However, since adding some luxe sleep accessories to my bedtime routine, I’m able to wind down and relax a whole lot faster. So, if you want to be on the ZZZ-list, here are four ways to join my slumber party.

Slumbr Pillows

Sometimes a better pillow is all you need for a superior night of slumber. But the process of purchasing a pillow is a total pain in the neck (sorry, I can’t help myself). The last time I bought a pillow at a retail store, I kept feeling and petting those things like a puppy. Sure, it felt soft and fluffy, but I really had no idea if I chose the right pillow for me. Spoiler Alert: I didn’t.  

Then, I tried to buy another set of pillows from a website where I was at the mercy of reviews. Long story short: SleepXprt4U69 was not an expert after all. 

Several sets of crappy pillows later, I was thrilled to discover Slumbr. The company was founded by two Silicon Valley #girlbosses turned pillow experts, Michelle Fishberg and Heather Rebuelta. They realized that people spend thousands of dollars on mattresses, but cheap out when it comes to pillows and then wonder why they aren’t getting a good night’s sleep. After some facepalming and major research, they designed six different pillows to fit a variety of sleep styles and budgets. Then they created a highly scientific but also short (because really who has time for this?) quiz to help you choose the right one. Quite simply, Slumbr is a total game changer.

Soft Surroundings Silk Pillow Case

We all love our 10 bajillion thread count Egyptian Cotton sheets, but unfortunately, if you use a cotton pillowcase, you might as well be sleeping on a cactus. I hate to break it to you, but cotton dries out your skin and hair, causing split ends. That’s why you need to make the switch to silk. Silk pillowcases are like a magical beauty treatment. In addition to preventing bed head, silk helps your skin retain moisture, so all of your products work better.

My favorite silk pillowcase is from Soft Surroundings. It makes me feel like I’m sleeping at a five star hotel. Also, unlike many other silk pillowcases, this one is machine washable, so you don’t have to get it dry cleaned. Available in 12 colors with lots of monogram options, Soft Surroundings makes sure your bed looks just as fabulous as you do.  

AnaOno SHHH! Eye Mask

Nothing kills a deep sleep faster than sunshine. (Isn’t that literally the only time you don’t like sunshine?) So, avoid the light from hitting your eyes with this chic sleep mask from Ana Ono. Embroidered with a message for your bedmate and an elastic strap to stay secure, this mask practically guarantees a better night of shuteye.

Tata Harper Aromatic Bedtime Treatment

Sometimes, it’s just impossible to CTFD. Tata Harper’s Aromatic Bedtime Treatment is made for those moments. Featuring notes of melissa (the plant, not your best friend from fifth grade), orange, lemon and lavender, all you need to do is apply it to your pulse points before bedtime. Then take at least five deep breaths and get ready to drift off to Slumberland. It might just be your new Ambien, but obviously natural and less harmful.   

Hot Mess Halloween: Five Costumes You Already Have In Your Closet

Sometimes the scariest (or at the very least, anxiety provoking) part of Halloween is figuring out what you are going to wear. It’s kind of a chore. There are lots of people who take Halloween very seriously, planning out their costumes months in advance. I am not one of those people. If you’re reading this, you probably aren’t either. The only thing I’ve ever planned for in advance was my wedding and even then, I’m pretty sure I made some decisions just minutes before the event started.

This isn’t to say I hate on Halloween. It’s a fun night. I’m just generally pre-occupied with more important things around October 31st than what I’m going to wear for approximately 3.5 hours of my life.

However, just because your costume is an afterthought doesn’t mean it has to look like one. All you need to do is shop your closet. Here are a few stylish options you can put together in just minutes using things you probably already have. And when you get loads of compliments, no one will have any idea that you haven’t been planning your ensemble for the better part of October. Shh! It will be our secret. 

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Think less Victoria’s Secret Angel and more Angel Investor for this costume. Put on your favorite power suit or biz causal outfit and slay. Don’t forget your cardholder, which is coincidentally a great way for single people to share their phone number the old-school way. 

Dead Bridesmaid or Prom Queen

I can’t think of anything scarier than some of the bridesmaid dresses I’ve seen. Whether it was pretty-but–not-your-style to unflattering or even downright hideous, you probably aren’t going to wear the same bridesmaid dress more than once. So, why not cover the whole thing in fake blood and go all out? Or add a tiara and be a dead prom queen. Either way, the choice is yours.

Naughty SchoolGirl

 

Naughty Schoolgirl is my hot mess Halloween go-to. Revive your old uniform or that kilt you thought you might wear and never did. Then put on a tight polo, sexy knee-high socks and Mary-Janes. Voila! You’ve got yourself a costume. Accessorize with a backpack or messenger bag. Then, put your hair in pigtails or braids. Give your eyes a rest by leaving your contact lenses out for the night and swap them for your sexy specs.

Hipster

If you’re over Halloween for reasons we wouldn’t know about, this is your costume. Pair your favorite flannel button down with skinny jeans or liquid leggings. Just don’t forget your Ray-Bans and a sense of irony. Blast some Bon Iver on your way to the event for some extra inspiration. 

Fitness Instructor

While your workout might require a lot of effort, this costume does not. Much like Halloween costumes over the years, your fitness gear has become a whole lot more revealing, so don’t think you won’t turn heads, even if you are wearing sneakers. Should someone be confused by your costume, take a bite off your favorite candy bar, look that person in the eyes and say you’re a “naughty fitness instructor.” No matter what your sweat is, you probably already have the outfit. Accessorize with a yoga mat.

Glowing Hard With The Founders of Sweat Cosmetics #SquadGoals

We all know that female athletes face so many challenges both on and off the field, but we rarely discuss are how they embrace their femininity and use the skills they’ve developed as athletes in the game of life. Bridging the gap between sweating and glowing is the founding principal behind Sweat Cosmetics, a company which is run entirely by former professional female athletes. 

Sweat Cosmetics isn’t just another brand of makeup. Everything is specifically designed for people with active lifestyles. Their current lineup consists of a mineral powder foundation, illuminator, bronzer, translucent powder and a cleansing towelette. All of the powders contain zinc-oxide sunscreen and are water and sweat-resistant. So, it stays on while you get your sweat on. Because Sweat only uses all natural ingredients and is formulated without talc, oil, fragrance, silicone or parabens, it’s safe for all skin types.

While playing Division I soccer at the University of Denver, Taryn Hemmings (who went on to play for the Boston Breakers and Chicago Red Stars) and Emily Hines realized a product like Sweat didn’t exist. So they built their roster of other girl bosses who they knew would kick ass on the soccer field and in the cosmetics field. Courtney Jones, Leslie Osborne and twice-decorated gold medalist Lindsay Tarpley make up the rest of the team. Like Hemmings, Jones also played for the Boston Breakers as well as the Kansas City Blues. Osborne and Tarpley both played for US Women’s National Soccer Team.

I had the privilege of interviewing all five of these impressive women to discuss how being an athlete translates into being an entrepreneur, what’s next for Sweat Cosmetics and their daily beauty routines.

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How has being an athlete prepared you for running a company?

To me, being an athlete is everything. You are taught early on the importance of handling pressure, time management, being confident, channeling stress, etc. Now, that we are running a company, we see the same synergies every day. From the ability able to bounce back after a rough day to changing up the game plan when something didn't quite work. We are constantly utilizing the skills we have learned over the years as athletes. (Emily)

It's our foundation. Both individually but also collectively- our competitiveness, drive, focus, passion, work rate and dedication. As athletes, we are able to see the bigger vision of all that goes into making a company thrive. We think strategically and are tuned into the big picture with long-term goals. We put strategies in action. Being part of a team for our entire lives, we know how to work well with each other and love being part of a team environment. We know how to leverage each other's strengths and make up for our weaknesses. (Leslie)

Sports prepare you for almost any work environment. Through sports, you develop a competitive fire that is not easily taught. Also, as athletes, we welcome critiques in an effort to make our game better. We bring all aspects of athletics into Sweat. Competitive drive, teamwork, constructive criticism, work ethic, etc. are all apart of our personalities. (Courtney)

I’ve always had a strong competitive spirit and I've enjoyed working hard to try and accomplish my goals. Being part of a team has been very special for me.  Now that my playing days are over, I feel fortunate to be passionate about Sweat Cosmetics and to use these qualities that made me successful on the pitch in the business world.  (Lindsay)

As an athlete, you have to learn how to push yourself to be better and better. When you start your own company, there isn't anyone there pushing you to make the company successful either. You only have yourself and your team. The ability of each of us to simply be able to do this has been such a huge part of how far we've come in making Sweat what it is. (Taryn)

What is your vision for the future of Sweat Cosmetics?

When I see the future of Sweat Cosmetics, I see us being the Under Armour of the cosmetic industry. From a full cosmetic line, to skin and hair care products. Sweat Cosmetics will be the preferred and chosen brand for active women worldwide. (Emily)

My vision is that Sweat Cosmetics will be the one brand that all active women can trust to create and find the products they need to make active women's lives a little bit easier. (Taryn)

Do you have any new products in the works?

We always have new products in the works! Some exciting additions to our current products are set to come out after the holidays, including five new shades of our mineral powder foundation. We're currently starting R&D for a lip product, some amazing new skincare products and eventually cannot wait to work on an eyeliner and mascara. (Taryn)

What are your daily beauty routines? 

I am constantly going from an AM workout to everyday life and that transition has to be quick). Embarrassingly admitting, my daily beauty routine consists of wiping my body off with Sweat Skin-Balancing Cleansing Towelettes. I'll then blow dry my sweaty hair and freshen it up with Batiste Blonde Dry Shampoo. Next, I apply a few swipes of our Shade 200 Mineral Foundation, hit my cheek bones/nose with our Illuminator and motion a little bit of our Bronzer underneath my cheek. Before running out the door, I use a little black mascara and touch up my eyebrows with an Anastasia brow pencil. It’s done in ten minutes. (Emily)

My beauty routine has changed multiple times in the last few years. From being a professional athlete to doing TV/corporate and now being a mother to be and working from home, my beauty routine continues to shift and change. My staples are dry shampoo, Chanel lip gloss, our Skin-Balancing Cleansing Towelettes, Mineral Foundation and Illuminator. (Leslie)

My nightly routine is more complicated than my morning routine. I have sensitive skin, so I want to make sure I remove anything that could cause a problem over night. I "double cleanse" with a Kiehl's face wash, and use my Clarisonic. Then I moisturize like crazy because my skin tends to be dry. In the morning, I don't wash my face with soap, but I lightly splash it with water to get rid of any oils. After that, I got straight for my Sweat. I wear a shade 100, and then use our bronzer. If I have any breakouts, I'll dab a little concealer on each one prior to putting on the Sweat powder. Next, I put a little highlighter on the corner of my eyes; add a couple swipes of mascara, and maybe a pink lip tint if I'm feeling saucy. (Courtney)

I use our Mineral Foundation 100, Illuminator around my checks and mascara on my eyes. I have our Skin-Balancing Cleansing Towelettes in my purse, car and gym bag. (Lindsay)

I'm obsessed with skincare and moisturizers. At night I love using Crude Personal Care Everything Oil to wash my face. Then I use retinol, serum, Crude Bloom Oil, moisturizer, and finally the Everything Oil again. In the morning I wash my face with our Sweat Towelette, then use serum, and moisturizer. A little concealer and then Sweat Mineral Powder (either Shade 200 or Translucent, depending on my day). Then I use Sweat Illuminator along my cheekbones, WunderBrow and some mascara and I'm out the door. I also carry Sweat Bronzer in my purse and usually put it on in my car (while I'm parked). (Taryn)

Elevating Your Style With Covry Sunwear

I’ve always really loved big sunglasses because they make me feel fabulous faster than I can say “Sunshine in my eyes.” However, because I have a small face, finding a pair that actually looks good and stays on (without sliding off my nose) can be a challenge. That’s why I LOVE Covry.

If you feel like your sunnies are constantly trying to escape your face (you need to push them up every five minutes and briefly consider screaming in frustration), then Covry's signature Elevated Fit® might just be life changing. If you are wondering what I'm talking about, here's a handy dandy graphic that explains it. 

By the way, an Elevated Fit® is sometimes called an Asian fit (I promise you this expression is PC), but we all know this issue isn't limited to a specific ethnicity.

 
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Covry has sunglasses available in a variety of styles, but the Coconut Vegas are my personal favorite. Every pair of glasses comes in a vegan leather case with a soft cleaning cloth because you want to be kind to your Covrys. 

The company was founded by two amazing #GirlBosses, Florence Shin and Athina Wang. Friends since high school, they bonded over their sliding sunglasses and realized if they wanted the job done right, they were going to have to do it themselves. So they created a Kickstarter campaign and have been kicking ass in the sunglass world ever since.

Check out all of Covry’s fabulous and (seriously, not kidding, for real) comfortable styles at Shop Covry