F-It Fridays: Favorite Trader Joe's Beauty Products

Happy Friday! It feels nothing like a Friday for me right now. I’m going to BeautyCon tomorrow with my co-host Ali. We’re going to try to record our podcast there, so it will be a totally different process than what we normally do. On Sunday, I’m going to the Propel Fitness CO:LABS Festival and finally getting to meet my editor from A Sweat Life because she lives in Chicago.

So, what does all of this have to do with an F-It Friday post anyway? A lot. I’ve had such a busy week. It looks like things are going to slow down for me never, which is probably a good thing. During times when I don’t have a minute to spare, I’m really grateful for one-stop shopping. While I’m generally not a fan of Los Angeles supermarkets (listen to the first episode of the podcast, I rant all about how terrible they are), I LOVE Trader Joe’s. Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time (well not a lot, but like two minutes every time I go) in their beauty aisle, which isn’t really an aisle but more like three shelves. But I like their less is more approach, especially when I’m short on time. It also means not going to multiple stores. Here are some of my TJ’s must-haves. 

Face & Body Sunscreen SPF 30

I like this better than any other sunscreen I’ve bought at the drugstore or health food store. It’s not greasy or smelly, absorbs quickly and gets the job done. For $5.99, I slather it on, share it and usually find I have multiple bottles in different beach bags. 

Lavender Salt Scrub

Lavender Salt Scrub is a great multitasker because it exfoliates and moisturizes. The lavender scent is very relaxing and perfect for a pre-bedtime shower. The oil really penetrates your skin so you can even skip the post shower body lotion.

French Orange Blossom Honey Liquid Soap

I like to keep a bottle of this on my bathroom sink. It smells EXPENSIVE--like a hotel in Paris or a fancy mansion in the Hamptons. I challenge you to a scent test with any fancy hand soap and TJ’s will win every single time. The only problem is the bottle isn’t big enough. Trader Joe’s People-- if you are reading this, can you please sell this soap by the gallon? Thank you!

Organic Argan Oil

I actually tried this for the first time yesterday. While I get nervous about trying new hair products, I bought it on a whim and I’m so happy I did. I was so busy that I actually let my hair air dry. It came out so pretty and soft, I almost can’t believe it. For $6.99, you’ll be tempted to use a lot, be forewarned, a little argan oil goes a long way. The packaging is also great because it has a little dropper thing and you can dispense the exact amount you want.

Refresh Citrus Body Wash

Refresh is the right word here! I usually don’t like most body washes because they are overly perfumed or dry out my skin, but the simple citrus scent feels great after the beach or a workout. For $2.99, I can use as much as I want (I can go through a gallon of body wash in two weeks, easily) and not feel guilty about it at all.

Tea Tree Oil

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I’m obsessed with oils and this might be my new favorite one. Tea Tree oil is good for acne and a natural treatment for athlete’s foot, which is something I’m really prone to. Gross? TMI—sorry, I’ve had this problem since I was a kid and I know I’m not alone. Sometimes, I just open the bottle and take a whiff to clear my sinuses. 

 

 

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.

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

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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!