Girls Night Out Feat. Dove Dry Spray

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The other night a bunch of my fabulous blogger girlfriends and I got together for a fun girls night out. We all got ready together and then headed to a comedy show at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood. Getting ready for a night out is almost as much fun as the actual event. But let’s be honest here…it’s all fun and games until you realize you’re sweaty and smelly. That’s why I was happy to partner with Dove to share my favorite deodorant with you! The Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant is perfect for on the go! All you have to do is #ShakeSprayGo and you’ve got full protection for 48 hours!

For real though, am I the only person that gets slightly weirded out when someone asks to borrow your deodorant. Major germaphobe vibes here. But with the Dove Dry Spray, you don’t have to worry about that! I would let anyone borrow my Dove Dry Spray, and actually I insist on it. It seriously smells amazing. I love that it goes on completely dry and also cares for my skin with Dove ¼ moisturizers. There are eight different scents and they’re all so good! I love their Soothing Chamomile scent the best, it’s mild but it leaves you smelling completely fresh.

dsc02860Along with smelling great, my friends and I wanted to share with you some of our favorite beauty tips for getting ready. My beauty tip for a night out is to always do your eye makeup first! This is especially good if you’re doing a smokey eye. When you’re applying eye shadow, liner and mascara it can sometimes get a bit messy and there’s a lot of fall out. If you do your eyes first, you can wipe away the fall out and then cover with a concealer. My favorite concealer of the moment is the Bye Bye Undereye Concealer from It Cosmetics. It’s thick so a little goes a long way!

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Krista: “My major secret for getting ready for a night out, is all about my SKIN. If I feel dry, puffy, red, or just anything out of wack, it can ruin my mood! Of all the crazy beauty products there are, I am really obsessed with a good primer. The one from Smashbox I use all the time, and it fills in any fine lines, smooths everything out and just makes your skin that porcelain dream texture so your BB Cream or Foundation glides right on. Otherwise, your foundation can get caught in any creases, and not look at buttery. It’s been a game changer too for how long my makeup lasts! I love love it.”

Lauren: “For a night out, I always like to make sure my hair is all set to go. With curly hair, it can get frizzy in an instant, so I use my T3 wands for beach-y waves and then finish with hairspray. One tip for getting the perfect beach-y wave, be sure to leave the ends out when using the wand! This creates a loose, no-ringlet wave that is perfect on anyone!”

Michelle: “An important tip which I’d like to share that’ll ensure a successful night out and (more importantly) a refreshing morning after is to use a good firming under eye gel pads. I pop them on for a little over 10 minutes while I sip on a nice glass of wine and relax before an eventful night. It’s my way of unwinding and prepping myself before the makeup, fitted clothes and uncomfortable heels go on for who knows how long. My go to gel pads are by skyn ICELAND. It de puffs, tones and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to give me the confidence needed all night!”

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After we all got ready, we headed to the Laugh Factory. My favorite comedian of the night was this woman who spent her entire set talking about the Bachelor. A woman after my own heart. It was HILARIOUS! With all the laughing I was happy I put on some Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant to keep me dry throughout the night!

Thank you to Dove and Simply Stylist for partnering with me on this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Photos by Brooke Taffet

The Gilmore Girls Tag

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It’s that time!!! Thanksgiving is this week, which means that Gilmore Girls premieres on Friday! I. CAN. NOT. WAIT. My roommate and I have been binge watching the series in preparation of this weeks Gilmore Girls revival. Thank you Netflix for making this all possible! When I saw the Gilmore Girls tag on Reigning Beauty I knew I had to fill it out myself. Here are my answers to the Gilmore Girls tag. I tag all of you to answer these questions as well!

What was your first introduction to Gilmore Girls?
My best friend Cat was absolutely OBSESSED with the show. I watched it here and there with her but then in college I decided to binge watch, and I’ve been obsessed ever since.

Who is your favorite character and why?
I love Lorelai. I know, I know, what a basic answer. But she really is the best character. I love her witty come backs and her fast paced speeches. Even when she does something you disagree with you still can’t help but love her.

Are you on Team Jess, Dean or Logan?
Team Logan all the way! First off, look at Matt Czuchry. He’s hands down the hottest boyfriend. I also liked that he went to Yale with Rory, so he’s clearly smart. Logan also was a mixture of bad boy and sweetheart.

How many of the books have you read from Rory’s reading list?
Umm…probably only one or two that were school required. Oops.

Would you rather; only be allowed to drink coffee, or never be able to eat Pop Tarts again?
I don’t think I could survive on just coffee so I would have to unfortunately never eat a Pop Tart again.

Who is your least favorite character?
Taylor. Granted he’s supposed to be annoying, but I feel how Luke feels anytime Taylor talks.

Are you on Team Luke or Team Christopher?
Okay this is a tough one because I really love them both. However, if I had to pick I would be Team Christopher. Christopher will always be Rory’s father and it would have just made the family complete. Also there’s so much history with Lorelai, and her parents love him. Plus, have you seen him? He’s definitely a DILF.

If you went to Stars Hollow, where would you most like to visit?
Luke’s Diner for some coffee and a burger.

What would you steal from the Gilmore Girls set?
Probably one of those giant mugs from Luke’s Diner.

Finally, what do you hope happens in the revival?
I hope all the characters are happy and established in their lives. I also just really want to see Logan.

5 Easy Ways to Drink More Water

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We’ve all heard it before, our bodies are made up of mostly water. Water is crucial for your health, both internally and externally. I used to struggle HARD with drinking enough water. As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized how important drinking enough water is to my body. Not only does it help clear your skin, it also helps to flush out all the gunk in your body. I’ve noticed on days I don’t drink enough water, I feel lethargic and my skin feels dry. Let’s be real, no one wants that. Here are a few tips that can help you drink more water daily.

1. Infuse your water with fruits

This is one of the easiest ways to make your water more fun. My friends at Live Infinitely have this awesome 32 ounce fruit infuser water bottle that’s perfect for infusing water on the go. I love this water bottle because it’s super cute with the fun colors, and it’s large enough to fit a lot of fruits and veggies. Some of my favorite combos are strawberry + raspberry (pictured above), strawberry + basil, cucumber + lime, and orange + lemon. For a chance to win one of your own fruit infused water bottles, check out my Instagram for a giveaway!

2. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning

Drink a big glass of water as soon as you wake up. Make it become a habit so you don’t even think about it. Eventually your body will start to crave water as soon as you wake up. Also, drinking a glass of water is a great way to get things moving, if you know what I mean.

3. Sip before every meal

Whenever you go to a restaurant, you’ll always find have a nice glass of water at the table. Drink as much of the water as you can before your meal. Not only will this help you not to overeat, it will also just become a good habit.

4. Choose sparkling water

If you’re anything like me, I love soda. I know, I know, soda is terrible for you but sometimes you just want that fizz. A great alternative is sparking water. I love the La Croix brand, they have some amazing flavors! It’s a great way to get your daily water intake, but also replaces that soda craving.

5. Eat water-based foods

Many fruits and veggies are filled with water. Some of my favorites are watermelon, cucumber and grapefruit. Add some into your daily meals, and you’ve got some added water!

Be sure to check out my Instagram to see how you can win your own Live Infinitely water bottles!

Sephora VIB Sale!

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It’s that time again! The Sephora VIB Sale is in full swing. If you’re a beauty junkie like me, the VIB sale is super exciting. I was lucky enough to shop a little earlier through the Sephora Friends and Family Sale (thank you Jackie!). Here are some items I picked up, and my first impressions.

1. Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil – I’ve used Josie Maran’s argan oil before and LOVE that stuff. I was in need of a new cleanser so I decided to try this one out. I’ve used it a couple times and it does an AMAZING job of breaking down makeup.

2. Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Beauty on the Go Set – I got this because I wanted to try out the Bum Bum Cream. OMG. It smells like heaven. I’m in love. Also the lip butter is great for daily use.

3. Urban Decay All Nighter Spray – Shout out to my friend Amy for recommending this to me. This really does a good job in helping your makeup last. I hate the scent of it, but it does work.

4. Bite Beauty Multistick in Blondie – I got this because a YouTuber I watch said it was amazing. Unfortunately the color is too light and washes out my face. I’m definitely going to return this.

5. Anastasia Brow Primer – Another recommendation from Amy! This stuff is great. It’s a wax that you can put on before or after filling in your eyebrows. This will definitely be a holy grail item for me.

6. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer – This stuff is GOLD. For real, it’s one of the best under eye concealers I’ve ever used. The shade is perfect for my skin tone, also a little really goes a long way.

7. Hourglass Vanish Foundation – I’ve never tried a stick foundation before but I really love this one. It really does vanish into the skin. I’m thinking about doing a review post on this, if you’re interested let me know in the comments!

8. Tarte Lip Facial Lip Scrub – I’ve been meaning to get a new lip scrub, and I love that this comes in a stick vs. a pot. So far, I’m loving it.

These are all the goodies I recently got from Sephora. If you get any from the sale, or want me to review any of these let me know in the comments below!

Weekend Reading #23

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#23 my favorite number! So this should be a good one! I’m still recovering from Halloween weekend. I went about non-stop for 6 days, but it was all in good fun. I got to see Ingrid Michaelson in concert again last week which was INCREDIBLE! I absolutely love her. If you’ve heard of her or even if you haven’t, go listen to her new album. It’s fire. With all that being said and done, I’m excited to do nothing this weekend. Maybe I’ll do a little cleaning and cooking at the house this weekend, but I can’t wait to just chill. What are you guys doing this weekend?

1. Habits of a financially smart woman.

2. ClassPass is ending their unlimited classes.

3. Should you cut out nightshades too?

4. Best dessert options in LA, need to try them all!

5. I made these brussel sprouts and they are the BOMB.com.

6. Spiralized butternut squash? Yes, please.

7. This is why you weigh less in the mornings.

8. How does your November horoscope look?

9. Shopping is now coming to Instagram.

10. Netflix is working on going “offline”.

 

Best Food in Oahu

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Romper: Blue Life // Tank: Brandy Melville // Necklace: Songbird Co. {similar here and here}

I just got back from Oahu a few days ago. Oahu (the island Honolulu is on) is absolutely stunning. The beaches were incredible. Definitely take a trip up to the North Shore if you are there, it has some of the most beautiful beaches around! As a self proclaimed foodie, I love to find authentic and delicious foods anytime I’m traveling. I did my due diligence and stumbled upon some real gems in Oahu. Here were my top three places you must visit!

The Dole Plantation (picture above) – Go. Seriously just go. It’s a tourist spot, but they have the best Dole Whip and roasted nuts. I wish I had gone back multiple times while on my trip. I’m seriously having major cravings for some Dole Whip right about now.

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Koko Head Cafe

Koko Head Cafe is run by Chef Lee Ann Wong, who appeared on Top Chef. This cute little restaurant was packed with a long line when we went. But it was well worth the wait! Everything on their menu sounded absolutely delicious, I wish I could have tried more! I ended up getting the Vanilla Sea Salt Biscuit with their famous Koko Moco, which is their take on the Loco Moco, a traditional Hawaiian dish. Loco Mocos are seriously my new favorite dish. It’s basically rice with beef and gravy topped with an egg. Basically everything I love in the world in one dish. The Koko Moco was great because they used garlic rice which really amped up the flavor. I also love that they served this in a cast iron skillet because it really allows the rice to get crunchy. YUM.

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Moena Cafe

Another spot that I loved was Moena Cafe in Hawaii Kai. Located in a little strip mall, from the outside you wouldn’t think it was anything special, but the inside is incredibly charming. I got their Loco Moco (obviously) with brown rice. Their Loco Moco was quite different than Koko Head’s. This Loco Moco used a much more tender meat that literally just melted in your mouth. This dish was so delicious, I couldn’t get enough.

These were my top food spots in Oahu that I visited during my trip. If you make it out to the island of Oahu, definitely check these spots out! Also, if you’ve ever tried Loco Moco, let me know in the comments below!

5 Travel Tips You Need To Know

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I’ve done my fair share of traveling through the years. Whether you’re traveling abroad, or even for a quick weekend away here are some travel tips I’ve picked up along the way.

1. Use a Rewards Credit Card

Reward credit cards are my jam. Seriously, you can get free airline tickets for just going about your life and spending like you normally would. I have two airline credit cards that I put EVERY purchase on. The two CC’s that I use are the Delta American Express card, and American Airlines Barclay card. I’ve been able to redeem miles on both cards to get free flights! If you use your credit card often, I highly recommend getting an airline card that will rack up miles. **If anyone wants a referral to get FREE miles when they sign up, leave your email below!**

2. Use Hopper to Track Best Airline Fares

If you haven’t heard of Hopper, what are you doing? I mentioned Hopper in a previous post about my favorite phone apps. If you’re planning a trip, download Hopper and put in the dates of your trip. Hopper will keep track of when airlines reduce prices and send you push notifications straight to your phone. They will tell you if they think the price is as low as it will get or if they think you should wait to book.

3. Call Your Banks Ahead of Time

This might sound like common knowledge but you would be surprised how many people forget this step. If you are traveling far, be sure to call your bank and let them know where and when you will be traveling. Nothing is worse than to get to your destination and try to use your credit card, only to be declined. Give your bank a heads up so you don’t have to deal with them later.

4. Properly Pack Your Carry-On

Traveling is all fun and games until someone loses your luggage. Unfortunately this has happened to me many times. As much as this sucks and it’s totally OK to freak out when it happens, if you prep your carry-on you can freak out a little less. Always pack an extra set of clothes in your suitcase. If the airline loses your luggage you don’t want to be stuck wearing the same outfit you wore on the plane. I also like to keep my makeup in my carry-on (make sure it’s TSA approved!). Also don’t forget to pack your chargers. The worst thing that could happen is you lose your luggage and your phone dies! Remember to pack items to make your flight experience a good one. My in-flight essentials are an eye mask, ear plugs, and headphones. It’s better to be over prepared than not.

5. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Okay, so now you’re on a flight. Planes are notorious for drying out your skin. The best way to combat the dry air is by hydrating. I always like to buy a big water bottle before getting on the plane and start drinking it before take off. Once the flight attendants come around and offer drinks, I like to stick to water as well. Another tip for long flights is to put on moisturizer or a face mask. If you don’t want to scare the people around you, choose a face mask that will dry clear. Some of my favorites are by Sisley, and Laneige.

Let me know in the comments below if you guys have any other travel tips! Happy traveling!

Brunch Diaries: Annie Spano from Style Collective

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Hi loves! I’ve decided to start a new series on the blog called “Brunch Diaries”. The Brunch Diaries will consist of a Q&A with influential and inspiring individuals. We’re going to be talking to them about everything, from career, social life and you guessed it… brunch. As I was thinking about who I wanted to interview for this new series, Annie Spano immediately popped into mind. Annie is not only a childhood friend (she used to babysit me, and is my best friend Catherine’s big sis) but she’s also a major #girlboss. In the past year alone, she has started two companies; The Lovely Girl and Style Collective. If you don’t believe me, just keep reading.

CAREER LIFE:

What made you start The Lovely Girl and Style Collective?
Style Collective was formed as a reaction to an experience that should never happen to other women. In late 2015, I left my corporate job after being bullied and harassed by another woman in the workplace. The experience had left me feeling defeated and emotionally drained. I really wished that there was a better way for women to work together and help each other achieve success.

During this time, I had started The Lovely Girl as a creative outlet and became friendly with other female influencers. I started a chat group with my new friends to share ideas and support each other with the intent of promoting community over competition. The result was amazing – not only did everyone eagerly share their blogging tips and tricks to help each other grow, but also we formed friendships that added a meaningful dimension to what we already loved doing. Our small group quickly grew into a large influencer network that was officially incorporated as Style Collective LLC in early 2016. It’s been a wild ride for sure!

What has been the hardest thing about starting your own company?
The hardest thing about starting my own company has been wearing ALL of the hats and doing everything. There is literally not enough time in the day to do it all, so you have to prioritize and be smart with the money that’s coming in. I’m lucky enough that I’ve been able to save up so that I can now delegate and reinvest for some big projects that I’m working on for this fall. Balancing a personal life with a startup is my other struggle. When Cat came to visit, I was on the phone with AmEx for an hour trying to get setup as a merchant because AmEx transactions were getting declined. My payment processor never told me that I needed to setup a whole separate account for that. It’s these little things that drag you down and you have to fix immediately, that’s stressful and hard to manage at times. You have to work whenever you can fit it in.

What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
In business school my strategy professor talked about this quote in class. It’s so good and really give you good perspective! “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” – Mike Tyson

Who inspires you?
I love Ivanka Trump because she built a fashion and lifestyle brand that is founded on empowering the multifaceted working woman. She wants success for other women just as much as she wants it for herself. Her articles are relevant, inspiring and just really refreshing. She understands driven, goal-oriented millennial women and strives to empower them through her brand. I just love that.

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SOCIAL LIFE:

Where is your favorite place to brunch?
There is this AMAZING hipster place in Portsmouth, NH called The Friendly Toast. It’s crazy inside and they have the best brunch food. Huge portions and really chill. I love going there when people come visit.

Dress up, or dress down?
Dress up.

Favorite place to go for a night out?
Netflix and chill. JK. I just found out what that means last week LOL. I love going to Blue Moon Evolution for dinner and drinks. I’m over 30 now so that’s what I call a night out LOL.

Favorite cocktail?
Vodka soda with a splash of cranberry and lime.

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FASHION AND BEAUTY LIFE: 

Favorite item in your makeup bag?
I literally just bought this new Tarte gel foundation and it is life changing. It has taken me 31 years to find my holy grail foundation.

If you could only bring 3 items to a deserted island, what would they be?
Coffee, phone and my hubby for company.

How would you describe your style?
Classic/Preppy.

Best beauty hack?
I learned about baking my makeup this past June! This is my favorite tutorial.

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REAL LIFE:

Favorite cause/charity?
Foundation for Women’s Cancer. I ran a fundraiser last month so that I could donate in memory of my Mom.

What’s the one thing you cannot live without?
Coffee. 

Where is one place you would love to travel to?
Europe! Italy and Paris are high on my list.

What’s next?
Everything! The sky is the limit and I want to do it all.

Be sure to check out Annie’s blog The Lovely Girl, and her company Style Collective. Also be sure to follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!

 

My Top 5 Food Accounts to Follow on Instagram

Instagram is my favorite social media platform, hands down. Food, dogs and parody accounts are some of my favorite accounts to follow on IG. With that being said, I wanted to share with you my top 5 food accounts on Instagram. These will surely get you salivating.

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Who: Ashley Marti @localhaven
Why: Be prepared to drool. This IG account is seriously one of the most beautiful food Instagram accounts. The food styling is on point. Ashley never disappoints.

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Who: Popeye @popeyethefoodie
Why: This dog is hands down my favorite on Insta (besides @mydogbaguette of course!). Popeye travels around LA, looking both stylish and posing with the most delicious looking food. I want the dog, and the food.

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Who: Byron Talbott @byrontalbott
Why: Byron is my favorite Youtuber. His recipes on YouTube are the bomb.com. I’ve tried a couple of them out, (including the zucchini salad above) and they were AMAZING. Go follow him on YouTube and Insta for delicious recipes you can recreate at home.

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Who: Claire Thomas @kitchykitchen
Why: Claire is another Youtuber that I love! She makes super fun recipes which she showcases on her Instagram. She also posts pictures of different places she goes to eat, all of which look amazing.

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Who: @infatuation_la
Why: If you’re living in a major city, and not following a food account about it…what are you doing? Infatuation LA showcases some of the cities best restaurants. Every time they post a new gram, my list of restaurants I need to check out doubles.

What are some of your favorite foodie accounts?

Weekend Reading #22

weekendIt’s the weekend, yay! This week was crazy busy for me so it seemed to fly by! Last weekend was jam packed with my friend Amy visiting. We ran around all of LA, including seeing the Venice Canals in the picture above. How pretty, right?! Serious GOALS for one day. This weekend I’m going to try to keep it a little more low key and catch up on some much needed sleep. My roommate and I are taking a spin class tomorrow at Cycle House, bright and early! I’ve been seriously slacking on working out lately so I’m hoping this will kick my butt into shape. What are your plans for this weekend?

1. Do your friends actually like you?

2. Is salad making you fat?

3. The ultimate anti-inflammatory meal.

4. 9 tips for more energy.

5. Never post this pic while traveling.

6. 11 times you should skip the gym.

7. Totally crushing on this bag right now.

8. Hair products you need.

9. How to remove every type of stain.

10. Obsessed with Sophia Bush, and her new home.