F- It Fridays (Singles Awareness Day Edition)

Dear Single People,

When I was single, I used to hate Valentine’s Day. Sure, there would be lots of chocolate around and my mom would always buy me a nice gift, but it just sucked. Until I met my husband, I never seemed to have a boyfriend on February 14th. Or worse, I’d have a breakup just a few weeks before. So, if you are totally hating couples right now, I feel ya. But remember, it’s only 24 hours and you have to be in a relationship with yourself for the rest of your life.

So, use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to treat yourself kindly. Get dinner or have a fun right with a friend at home. Go to a singles event and give away your smooches freely. Or buy yourself a cupcake, a bottle of wine and cry on your couch. I won’t judge you. Been there. Done that. Then go drunk shopping and check out my favorite Singles Awareness Day treats. Or be productive and send me an email that says how much you love this blog. Should I add comments? Would you comment if I added them? Let me know.

Lots of Hugs,

Amanda

Jolii Cosmetics Matte Lip Glosses (Not An Oxymoron, I Promise)

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Have you ever wanted to put on a lipgloss that was matte? I swear it actually exists and Jolii Cosmetics makes it. Every lipgloss comes with bonus karma points because a portion of each sale goes towards the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation. Jolii's products are formulated with shea butter and jojoba oil, so they are incredibly moisturizing. Also impressive is the color selection, which is very fashion forward with shades of red (perfect reds!!!!!!), orange, purple and brown. It's like an Instagram selfie lover's dream worthy of 10000 likes.

Miss A Makeup Cases

Don't miss Miss A makeup cases. They're just a $1 (seriously, not kidding), but they look way more expensive. Fool everyone! 

Kopari

Kopari won’t be the love of your life, but it will be the love of your medicine cabinet or wherever you store your beauty products. It’s made with 100% organic coconut oil sourced from the Philippines. It contains no sulfates, silicones, parabens, toxins or GMO ingredients. Everything has a light, fresh, natural scent, as opposed to most coconut products, which can smell like a gas station air freshener.

I'm obsessed with the newly launched facial care line, particularly the Coconut Cleansing Oil. It gets all the makeup and dirt off your skin, leaving no oily residue. So, you don’t have to double cleanse, which we all know can be incredibly annoying.

Another must try is the  Coconut Lip Love, which willmake your lips so soft that if you go to a singles event on V-Day, everyone will want to make out with you.

I also love classic Coconut Sheer Oil because it’s a multitasker. You can use it to moisturize your hair and face. I use a little bit on my split ends before bed every night. And yes, you will want to sleep with Kopari way more than that dude who kept hitting on you at the party.

Sterling Forever Forever Blue Layered Bead Necklace

Buying yourself a fun accessory is an instant pick-me-up. Sterling Forever's Layered Blue Bead Necklace can dress up a t-shirt and color to any solid outfit. After all, it's called a statement necklace for a reason. 

Rebecca Minkoff Chain Heart Crossbody Bag

This Rebecca Minokoff Chain Heart Crossbody Bag will make you want to take a selfie followed by #adorbs. If you prefer your bag a little badass, it is also available in black.

Kate Spade Rose Charmeuse Teddy Romper

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Why wait for someone else to buy you cute lingerie? Treat yourself to this Kate Spade Charmeuse Teddy romper. Remember, you don't need another person to make you feel hot, sexy and wanted on February 14th. 

A Gift Guide For All The Special Snowflakes In Your Life

They say it’s better to give than receive, but not when gift giving feels like a burden. We all want to give the people we care about (or the people we pretend to care about) meaningful presents, but it’s not always easy. Whether giving a gift is an act of love or simply an obligation, you don’t have to overthink about it any longer because I’ve already done that for you. Here are my favorite gifts for all the difficult people on your list. No matter what your budget is, any one of these gifts will guarantee a smile and potentially a thank you card. 

Your Significant Other’s Mom

You Hooked Up 5 Times and Have No Idea Why You’re Even At This Dinner ($)

Even if you are meeting the parents a little sooner than you would have liked to, you still need to bring a nice holiday gift. A personalized Go-Comb is perfect for those occasions when you need to make a statement that won’t affect your bank statement. For $21.99, this personalized comb has a mirror on the back and fits in any wallet. What says, “I actually care,” more than something you had personalized? The Go-Comb is my favorite budget gift for everyone on my list this year.

Sucking Up Chic ($$)

With notes of pomegranate, mandarin, pine, cloves and cinnamon, nothing smells like the holidays more than Nest’s Diffuser. Designed to fit with any décor, this reed diffuser will remind your SO’s mother of how wonderful you are every time she walks past it. 

Future Mother-In-Law ($$$)

Kate Spade’s Charlotte Street Platter is one of my favorite gifts of all time. I’ve purchased it twice, once for my mother-in-law and then for myself. If your future mother-in-law is into entertaining, she can never have too many platters. Remember, if you’re probably going to spend the holidays with this woman for the rest of her life, no gesture is too grand. 

The Man In Your Life

Dudes are the hardest to buy gifts for. You want them to think you care, but not too much. These ideas are also great for boyfriends, dads, brothers, etc.

Beyond FWB ($)

Treat him to a fancy but affordable grooming product bundle from Dollar Shave Club. While we know this is a gift for him, it’s also a gift for you because he will smell like a clean walk in the woods and not like the “drunk frat dude,” scent so many men’s products are unfortunately infused with.

Boyfriend ($$)

If he’s been carrying around the same old laptop bag since college and now he has a real job, it’s time to help him upgrade. MRKT’s Mateo Briefcase is made from durable felt and vegan micro suede. It fits a laptop and has tons of pockets to help organize his stuff. It’s a serious bag, while being stylish and so not stuffy.

Ring On It Zone ($$$)

If he’s put a ring on it (or is about to), you need to reciprocate. So, go big with a pair of shoes from Beckett Simonon. Featuring a variety of timeless styles, every pair is handcrafted in Europe or South America. Much like your love, these shoes are very high quality and designed to last for years to come. 

That Hippie/Vegan/Yogi Person In Your Life

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Feel The Love Transformation Cards are like having an entire deck of mirror messages. Because who doesn’t love positive affirmations?

Heart ($$)

Designed by #GirlBoss Peri Donch, Peri’s Ombre Everything bag is made of 100% sustainable cotton canvas and hand-dyed in Los Angeles. It’s super hippie chic and machine washable, which will be helpful when her bottle of Kombucha accidently leaks inside her pretty purse.

Namaste Friends Forever ($$$)

Mindful Mosaic’s Core Chakra Gift Box was carefully curated by creator of Core Chakra, Dani Havasy. It contains everything you need to balance your chakras (even if you have no ideas what a chakra is) from essences to crystals and even yummy treats.

Your Fashionista Friend

You know that friend whose style you equally admire and are intimated by? She’s hard to buy a gift for because you know she might judge you. But that’s why you love her.

On Fleek ($)

Even if you can’t shell out for a coveted Christian Lacroix purse, you can buy an equally stylish notebook.

Influencer ($$)

Jac Vanek knows what is important. This zip pouch speaks the truth with enough room for tweezers and at least five of her favorite eyebrow products. 

Best Dressed ($$$)

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Celebrity stylist Ali Levine’s collaboration with Sterling Forever has some of the chicest accessories this side of the red carpet. No matter what your friend’s signature style is, she will love the Roman Numeral Bracelet.

That Boring Couple Whose Party You’re Obligated To Attend

We all know that even the even the strongest booze won’t help get their party started. But you know what will? Spank The Yeti! ($25) Invented by a dirty-minded lady, think of this game as F*ck, Marry, Kill on crack, where you learn a whole lot abut the people you are playing with and laugh hysterically. You’ll have so much fun, you won’t even have to fake a reason for leaving early. If Spank the Yeti is a little too naughty for this couple’s taste or they have a kid, Schmovie is a more appropriate, but equally fun choice. 

White Elephant Party  

Picking up a Starbucks gift card along with your latte the morning of the party makes you look like a jerk. This year, buy a gift that will get stolen more than once like this Black Marble Cheese Board from CB2. 

Becky With The Not-So-Good Hair

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Do you have a friend with hair issues who is always asking to borrow a rubber band? Why doesn’t she have her own? It’s because she doesn’t have the Maria Shireen Hair Tie bracelet. Sophisticated, but sneaky, these bracelets look like trendy bangles, but are designed to hold hair ties. There are several styles starting at $35.

Your Friend Who Is Almost Annoyingly Obsessed With Her Cat

She will be equally obsessed with the LoveCats ring from Cat Bird ($32). Handmade of bronze in Brooklyn, she will be the trendiest lady outside the litter box. 

Your Friend Who Loves Her Dog So Much, It Has Its Own Instagram Account

Get her a hand-printed tea towel from Best In Shore ($15). There are a variety of breeds available (only the cute ones) and a portion of sales is donated to animal rescues. Bonus karma points included.

Your Pregnant Friend

Everyone is buying her stuff for the baby, so why not be the cool person who buys her something she can use right now? Say hello to Hello Mellow’s Mommie To Be Gift Set ($68). It contains everything her changing body needs to relax including a scrub, body oil, body butter and the brilliantly named, I Can’t See My Feet Soak. Made of entirely of safe ingredients you can actually pronounce (even if you’ve had 6 champagne punches at her baby shower), Hello Mellow was created by Tracey Feldstein, a #GirlBoss, healer, and massage therapist.

Your Friend With A New Baby

People with new babies tend to get a lot of swag, but 45 books, 37 receiving blankets and 25 onesies later, what this person really wants is a night out. Get them a gift certificate to Helpr, which is a new app where they can book a pre-screened babysitter On Demand. It costs $21 per hour (3 hour minimum), so it’s reasonable and will be much appreciated.

 Your Busy Friend Who Has No Time For Herself

Get her the Iluminage Deluxe Anti-Ageing Gift Set. It has an eye mask, gloves and socks made with patented copper technology that helps fighting aging while you sleep. Help her multi-task in ways she didn’t even know she could.

Style Secrets With Celeb Stylist Ali Levine

A lot of Hollywood stylists tell you that you need to follow the trends to dress well, intimidate you to buy things you can’t afford, or say your body needs to fit a certain size to be beautiful. But, not Ali Levine. This celebrity stylist, who you probably recognize from Vanderpump Rules, Star Magazine, Nightline or approximately a billion other places, has worked with everyone from Lisa Vanderpump to Holly Robinson Peete, Chelsea Kane, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Lisa Edelstein and too many other fabulous people to list, is also a jewelry designer, blogger, media personality and inspirational ray of sunshine. All about confidence, she believes inner beauty has a big influence on outer beauty. 

I recently sat down with Ali to discuss how she got started in the industry and expanding her brand. She also divulged some of her favorite style secrets. Read this people! Trust me, this is stuff you need to know!!!!

How did you become a stylist? 

To be honest, it sort of just happened. I was always into fashion. After working in retail for Target as an executive of softlines, designing and working in product development for Coach, Lactose, Fragments and Talbots, I started realizing I wanted something more fast paced, trending, and constantly moving. That was the entertainment industry. I started working as a production assistant to the great Oliver Stone and Costume Designer Ellen Mirojnick, assisting on the hot show Newly Weds and much more.

Before I knew it, I was assisting and shopping for major players in the industry and eventually started my own styling business, Ali Levine Design. I've been incredibly blessed to have many celebrities to style for red carpet, television and press events. 

Why do you love what you do? 

I love making people feel good in and out. The right look does that. Myself as a person, and brand, I am about positivity and I love to spread that to my clients.

Why do you think confidence is your best accessory? 

I believe confidence is the most important accessory to your look. When you look at someone, and they are owning what they wear, standing tall, smiling and feeling themselves- that’s their confidence. Someone could be wearing the most gorgeous couture designer, if they don't feel like themselves, than the garment won't hang well on them. Their posture may be off. There are plenty of things that can happen when confidence isn't there.

Whether it’s a red carpet or your best friend’s baby shower, you want to look and feel your best. As a stylist, that is my ultimate goal for my clients. 

What are some trends you are looking forward to for the upcoming season? 

I am really excited for the spring! There are so many great trends coming about from the runways. Some of my favorite are the mirror trends and the bright color and contrasts. I love bright colors and the idea of mixing and matching. I love all of the bright patchwork prints. 

You’ve branched out your brand from styling and blogging to designing a jewelry collection with Sterling Forever. What inspires your designs? 

I love being a part of Sterling forever! They have chic, on trend jewelry that’s affordable! As a stylist, I think its really important to have the red carpet looks I style on A-list celebrities be affordable to the every day fashionista. That’s what my collections are inspired off of. I am always looking at new trends, what people are loving, what’s on the blogs and in magazines, and some of them are just ideas I've had and fallen in love with. Sterling Forever allows me to be creative with designing new ideas for them and myself, as well as my curated collections.

What is your most important style secret? 

FIT is everything! You can wear something from Target or Dolce & Gabbana, if it doesn't fit right, no dice! On that note, the tailor is your best friend. You can take a discounted blazer, tailor it for $20 and make it look brand new and custom-made. It screams quality. Who wouldn’t want that?

Where do you see your career going in the future? 

I think there are endless possibilities with my styling. It has opened me up to many avenues and amazing networks of people. My blog has taken off and I am loving blogging and sharing my every day tips with my fans and followers. From my blog and styling, more and more, I've been asked to be on camera as an expert, which I have really been enjoying! So as my career grows, I would love to further get into hosting. 

I have started hosting on an amazingly fun fashion show this past year locally in Los Angeles, Orange County and Palm Springs called Fashionista Now Boarding on Channel 63. Producer Kathy Marino has really opened my eyes into the hosting world and we been having so much fun with it! I would love to host on E! and talk fashion every day, all day. That would be on the bucket list for sure.

For more info about Ali Levine, visit her website or follow her fabulous adventures on Instragram and Twitter

Ali Levine X Sterling Forever

If you read my interview with celebrity stylist Ali Levine, you probably want to check out her collaboration with Sterling Forever. She has a variety of pieces from classic to trendy. It's also very affordable and you can use code Ali20 for 20% off. 

Here are my five favorite pieces from her collection. 

 

COBALT MOSAIC LONG TASSEL NECKLACE    This is my favorite piece from Ali's collection. It's the easiest way ever to dress up a sophisticated tank and jeans.

COBALT MOSAIC LONG TASSEL NECKLACE

This is my favorite piece from Ali's collection. It's the easiest way ever to dress up a sophisticated tank and jeans.

FUCHSIA LEAF STATEMENT NECKLACE    You can never be too happy or have too many statement necklaces. This really stands out with a white button down. 

FUCHSIA LEAF STATEMENT NECKLACE

You can never be too happy or have too many statement necklaces. This really stands out with a white button down. 

ROMAN NUMERAL SILVER BANGLE BRACELET      Everyone needs a classic silver bangle. 

ROMAN NUMERAL SILVER BANGLE BRACELET 

Everyone needs a classic silver bangle. 

DRUZY 3 STONE WRAP RING    Everything Ali designs is so unique and bold. This ring really reflects who she is.

DRUZY 3 STONE WRAP RING

Everything Ali designs is so unique and bold. This ring really reflects who she is.

SILVER TONE ELEPHANT RING     Elephants are said to bring good luck, so make this your lucky ring!

SILVER TONE ELEPHANT RING

Elephants are said to bring good luck, so make this your lucky ring!