A Day At The Getty

gettyShirt: H&M   // Jeans: Frame Denim {similar} // Bag: Gucci {similar} // Sunglasses: Foster Grant {similar} // Necklace: LVL Collective {similar}  and BaubleBar // Ring: LVL Collective // Earrings: Anita Ko // Shoes: Anthropologie {similar}

Last week my mom came to town which was super exciting because it had been a couple years since she was in LA. Most of the week we just hung out around the house while my mom cooked all of my favorite home cooked meals (#winning)! On the last day of her trip, my roommates and I took her to The Getty museum. We went to the Brentwood location, not the Malibu one. This was my first time at The Getty. I had heard great things from a lot of people, but I was still shocked to see how beautiful the grounds were. The Getty has one of the most spectacular views of all of LA.

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While at The Getty, we checked out one of the buildings with paintings and photography. We saw Monet and Van Gough paintings, which were really awesome to see up close. After checking out the artwork, we walked over to the garden. The garden was so beautiful, serious GOALS. The scenery was incredible. I enjoyed walking around and just looking at the architecture of the buildings just as much as the artwork inside of them.

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If you like museums and are in the LA area, I highly recommend checking out The Getty. I would definitely go back again and check out some of their other exhibits!

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White Cutout Shirt

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Cutout Shirt: H&M // Jeans: Frame Denim {similar} // Shoes: Steve Madden // Bag: Gucci // Sunglasses: Quay (on sale!) // Choker: Rory Ashton // Ring: LVL Collective

This past Saturday, my roommates and I had a very eventful day. We woke up early and headed to Santa Monica to the Planet Blue Flea Market. This was seriously a mad house. I have never seen so many girls rummaging through piles and piles of clothes. The sale was AWESOME. I found a brand new For Love & Lemon tank for $20! After the sample sale, we headed over to Urth Caffe for lunch. If you’re in LA and haven’t checked out Urth Caffe yet, you are seriously missing out. Urth was the first place in LA I went to when I was visiting years ago, while still in college. I loved it then and I still love it now.

After Urth, we decided to head over to Abbot Kinney to get some donuts from Blue Star (another must go-to spot!). On the walk to Blue Star, we saw this super cute palm tree mural and had to snap some pics! While in Venice we also checked out the Artists and Fleas pop-up. My roommates and I all got matching rings and I picked up a super cute choker. Overall, I would have to say this day was perfection.


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Choker Crush

choker crushI have got a major crush on chokers right now. Who knew that this Kristin Cavallari, early 2000’s trend would come back in full force. I sure didn’t, but I’m very glad it did! I’m obsessed with the choker trend and love pairing it with any of my off the shoulder tops. It really helps to accentuate the décolletage, and some chokers even make your neck appear slimmer. Here are some of my favorite chokers. I currently own #5 (also seen on JoJo Fletcher from the Bachelorette) and #7. I wear them ALL the time. Chokers are great because they can really add a pop to a plain outfit. I can’t wait to get my hands on these others. What do you guys think of the trend?

one // Cutout Spiral Choker

two // Phoebe Choker

three // Andra Choker

four // Carat Choker

five // Turquoise Gemstone Choker

six //  Rhinestone Flower Choker

seven // Velvet Rope Wrap

My Review: Whole 30 Diet – Why I Tried It and Why I Quit Early

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I hate dieting. It’s something I’ve never really done, or stuck to for more than a week or so. One of my friends told me about Whole 30 and how she lost a ton of weight doing it. I thought, hey maybe this is something I could do. I enlisted my two roommates to join me on this crazy diet and August 1, we decided to go for it.

What is Whole 30?

Whole 30 is technically not a diet, but “a way of life” as the creators call it. It’s basically an elimination diet for 30 days. Here are the rules:

-No sugar
-No dairy
-No grains
-No legumes
-No alcohol

Now, that’s a pretty extensive list of what NOT to eat. Not to mention all of those categories are daily staples in my diet. So now that I listed what you can NOT eat, here is what you can eat: whole foods; vegetables, fruits, and protein (meats and seafood). That’s about it. Also, another rule of Whole 30 was you shouldn’t snack. They wanted you to eat 3 meals a day, breakfast lunch and dinner. That’s it. Did I follow this? No. And I’ll tell you why below.

And so it begins…

The first day I thought, wow this is a piece of cake. I can totally do this. I was excited to try this new diet out and more excited to see the end results. But then day two rolled around and I was already starting to regret it. I had BAD cravings. I realized I was seriously addicted to sugar. Not to mention all I wanted was an ooey-gooey cheese quesadilla. The first week was rough, and even the second week was pretty bad. Every day was OK until I hit around dinner time. I’m a huge snacker, with a big sweet tooth. After dinner, I’m always craving some sort of dessert. I substituted my usual desserts with a lot of fruit. Now, I know snacking isn’t a part of Whole 30, but I had to, I was driving myself nuts with the sugar cravings.

The good, the bad and the ugly.

Around the beginning of week two I started to feel a little lighter. Maybe I’m losing weight, I thought. This could all be worth it! Then a couple days later, I felt so bloated and gross. My body was certainly going through a big adjustment period with all the whole foods I was eating. A lot of people mention having extra energy while on Whole 30, I unfortunately didn’t experience this. If anything, I felt more tired. One of my roommates agreed with me on the lack of energy, while the other was the complete opposite. I also had weird food dreams, almost daily. My one roommate said she also had weird food dreams about cheating and eating something she shouldn’t have. It’s crazy to see how much restricting yourself on the foods you normally eat can affect your psyche.

At the half way mark of Day 16, we all decided to weigh ourselves. You’re technically not supposed to weigh yourself until the end of the 30 days, but we were dying to know if this was working. When I stepped on the scale, I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had lost 7 pounds. Woohoo! But here’s where is went down hill. A week later on Day 22, I decided to weigh myself again. I thought, this is great I lost 7 pounds in the first two weeks I surely lost a few more pounds. Nope. I lost .2 pounds. In one week. Granted, I did cheat one night at the movies with a pack of Sour Patch Kids, but I highly doubt that was that detrimental. I had plateaued. My friend who had previously done this diet also told me that she plateaued after the first couple of weeks.

How cheating lead to quitting.

Day 25 was the day I ended my diet. I know, I know, I was so close to the end. But at this point, I knew my body had already plateaued and I probably wouldn’t lose much more weight. And by this point I was hating my life, and this diet. I had never been so restrictive on myself before, and honestly I hated it. On Day 25, it all started with a coworker bringing in donuts. We had meetings all day and donuts are one of my favorite snacks. I was stressed and depressed from not eating sugar and I caved. I had a donut. And honestly, it was worth it. Then that night, we had a work dinner at Baltaire (if you live in LA and haven’t been to Baltaire’s yet, you are seriously missing out). My boss ordered us the lobster mac and cheese for the table, knowing it’s one of my favorites. Seriously, it’s the best mac and cheese in all of LA. Once again, I just couldn’t resist. I already cheated earlier in the day, why not just keep it going. The next day, the same thing happened. We had leftover donuts and leftover mac and cheese. At this point I decided, I was done with this diet.

After eating pretty crappy for a couple of days, I decided to step back on the scale. For sure I had gained atleast half of my weight back, I thought. But to my surprise, I had only gained half a pound back.

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Overall thoughts.

Did I enjoy the Whole 30 diet? Yes, and no. Yes, to the fact that I had lost 7 pounds. I was able to squeeze into my favorite pair of jeans that I hadn’t been able to wear in a year. But, other than that no. I really hated being so restrictive on myself. I also hated that it really took a toll on my social life. I couldn’t go out to eat with my friends, like I normally would. And our weekends, were pretty much just sitting at home watching Netflix wishing we could eat some Ben and Jerry’s.

What I did enjoy about Whole 30 however, was learning to cook more. With the Whole 30 diet, you really have to prepare all of your meals. While this is tiring and can get old fast, I did find some really yummy recipes that I will definitely make again. My favorite go-tos for this diet was a Breakfast Chili (thanks Amy for sharing!) and Frozen Mango and Chia Popsicles (image above).

Moving forward, I definitely want to continue to eat healthier than I used to, but certainly not as restrictive as this diet. Have you guys tried the Whole 30 Diet? Let me know what you guys think in the comments below!

 

 

Weekend Reading #21

1Hi everyone! Can’t believe it’s already Friday! This week flew by. I’m hoping the next week two weeks fly by as well so I can be done with my Whole 30 diet! I’ll be recapping the whole Whole 30 after, so be sure to look out for that. My friends and I are going to see War Dogs this weekend and squeeze in a little hike. What do you all have planned?

1. Chanel handbags are worth the investment.

2. How to keep your strapless bra in place.

3. Sugar is found absolutely in everything.

4. Common causes of bloating you might not have thought of.

5. Texts that will make you laugh.

6. Six natural ways to help with your insomnia.

7. The best way to freeze bacon.

8. Obsessed with these Truffle Clutches!

9. Best opening lines to use on Tinder.

10. 100 years of wedding cakes, and they all look delish!

PS: Have you entered my Kylie Cosmetics giveaway?! If not, check out my last post.

Kylie Cosmetics Creme Shadow + GIVEAWAY!

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Kylie Jenner launched a limited Birthday Edition collection of items a couple weeks ago. I had my eyes on the Creme Shadows. These creme shadows come in Copper and Rose Gold. I was a little skeptical because creme shadows can be a hit or miss. Will they crease? Will they have good color pay off? Will they last all day? When I opened these up, I was very pleasantly surprised. The pigmentation on these shadows are UNREAL. Seriously, a little goes a very long way. Also, they stay on the eyes all. day. long. Below are swatches of the two shades, Copper on the bottom and Rose Gold on top.

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As you can see these metallic shadows really pop. They are also waterproof. I tried washing off the swatches with water and soap and they would not budge. I had to scrub it off with some makeup remover wipes. I was really nervous about how these would wear all day. However, on the eyes these look amazing and last all day without creasing. The Copper is a little more orange based, while the Rose Gold is more pink. Both of these shades are extremely beautiful. I’ve worn both of these shadows all over the lid, adding a little brown in the crease for the perfect day look. I can’t wait for Kylie to release more creme shadows because these are seriously the bomb.com.

Lucky for you guys, I picked up an extra one of each color! I will be giving away one of the creme shadows to you guys! All you have to do is subscribe to my newsletter and Instagram using the giveaway widget below! One winner will get to choose the creme shadow of their choice! Good luck!

 

**CONGRATS TO KENZY KARN FOR WINNING THIS GIVEAWAY!**

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5 Apps to Download Now

I, probably just like you, am on my phone about 75% of the day. It’s an addiction and I just can’t stop. Besides all of the normal favorites like Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter (@esthercollins, follow me if you’re not already!) here are my top 5 apps.postmate
Postmates

How did I ever live without Postmates? Postmates is a food delivery service where you can get pretty much any food from any restaurant in your city delivered to you. It’s great for those lazy days where you’re just craving some of your favorite food. My go-to spots to Postmate are Sugarfish, Kreation and Smoke’s Poutinerie. So good!

open tableOpen Table

Another food app. Open Table is great for making dinner reservations. I hate calling restaurants to make reservations. It’s the millennial in me. With Open Table I can just make a dinner reservation with the tap of a button. Open Table is also great because every time you use the app, you receive points which can later be redeemed for gift cards at your favorite restaurant.

hopperHopper

My roommate Brigitte turned me onto Hopper. It’s an app on your phone that lets you put in flight information to see when is the best time to book. For instance, I’m planning on flying home for Christmas, so I put in the dates I want and the airports and I get notifications each time the flight price drops. It will also give you advice on whether or not you should book it now or if they think the price will drop further.

clueClue

This is for all you ladies out there. Clue is a period tracker. It’s great for predicting when you’re going to get your period. I used it to figure out when I should go to Hawaii, because nothing is worse than being on your period during vacation. You can also update the app daily with your mood, cravings, etc. and it will start predicting how you will feel.

poshmarkPoshmark

Poshmark is an app that lets you sell clothes, makeup, accessories etc. It’s so easy to use. I use it both for selling as well as purchasing. You can find some really great deals on this app. For instance, I just got a brand new Blue Life romper for $25. Crazy! The great thing about this app is you can send the buyer an offer on what you want to pay for an item. It’s a great bargaining tool to get the price you want to pay. Check out my closet @esthercollins!

What are some of your favorite apps? Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

 

Kylie Cosmetics – KyShadow Review

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In the second launch of Kyshadows, I was able to snag my hands on one of Kylie’s brand new eye shadow palettes. I don’t know what it is about Kylie Cosmetics but I get suckered into it every time. It’s almost like a game to me to try to get my hands on a new item before it sells out, a very expensive game. So since this is a new palette that has yet to be restocked, I wanted to do a review for you guys so you can decide whether or not you should get it the next time it goes live (I believe sometime next week!).

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Packaging: The packaging is a nice glossy white cardboard square. I love the size of it. It’s smaller than the Naked Palette which is always my go-to. This will be perfect for traveling because it’s so thin and lightweight. Also, the eyes with the drops of color is Kylie’s signature design which I love.

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Colors: The colors are great. I love a more natural look, especially in the bronze family. The colors range from light to dark so you can use the first couple of colors to make a very subtle daytime look, or amp it up and use the darker colors for night. The most unique color in the palette is Citrine. It’s a lot more orange than any other eye shadow I have. My favorites are Quartz, Topaz and Goldstone.

Quality: The quality on these shadows are good. The pigmentation as you can see above is great. They’re also very velvety soft and blend really nicely. Hematite is the only one that comes off a little patchy. The powders do fall out of the pan in the palette a lot, but I find this happens with a lot of eye shadows so it does not bother me. Just be sure to tap out any excess powder on your brush before applying to reduce fallout.

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Kylie posted a snapchat video of her using her new palette so I decided to recreate her look. I snapped some quick photos outside so you can see what they look like in natural lighting.

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Overall Thoughts: I really like this palette. It reminds me a lot of the original Naked Palette by Urban Decay. If you have the Naked Palettes already you can probably pass on getting this because they have a lot of similar shades. However, if you are looking for a new bronze palette I highly recommend this one. This palette racks in at $42, which is pricey for makeup. However if you break down the cost, you’re really get 9 shadows for under $5 per shadow. There are definitely lower end alternatives to this palette, but if you’re okay with the price it’s a pretty palette to have. I will definitely be taking this on my vacations over the Naked Palette now since it is less bulky. Also, if you’re obsessed with Kylie and her makeup line (like me) definitely get it.

Have you guys tried Kyshadows yet? If so, let me know what you think in the comments below!

Weekend Reading #20

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Hi my loves! Is it just me or did this week drag on forever?? I’m so happy it’s finally the weekend. My roommates and I have a relaxing beach weekend planned which I can’t wait to get my tan on. What do you guys have planned for this weekend?

1. Justin Bieber watches The Bachelorette.

2. What you need to do in the gym to lose weight.

3. Things that are absolutely true for no reason.

4. In-flight essentials. 

5. Venmo is bringing out the worst in people.

6. Ways to cool down your house without AC.

7. New Jersey passes a bill to help stop puppy mills.

8. Get through the airport faster.

9. Nordstrom’s Annual Sale starts today, here’s a guide to shop it!

10. RIP Taylor Swift.

 

Hair Essentials

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Keeping up with my last hair post, I thought I would put together my hair essentials. Now I’m not really a big hair junkie. When it comes to my hair, I’m pretty lazy about it. I can’t even tell you the last time I got a hair cut. That being said, this is the lazy-girl’s guide to hair.

one // Gold Mine by DryBar – I dye my hair fairly often. That being said, I need some extra conditioning. I love this stuff because it has gold shimmer in the conditioner. Since I normally have blonde highlights, the shimmer in this really helps to make the blonde pop. And it smells great. I would definitely recommend this to anyone with blonde in their hair.

two // 1907 Zero7 Air Lightweight Dryer by Fromm Beauty – This hair dryer is AMAZING. It’s the best hair dryer I have ever used. It really helps to cut down on drying time. I hate blow drying my hair just because it usually takes a long time. This dryer cuts down that time in half. My roommate has used this as well and is obsessed. She also stated that she’s never found a hair dryer that works as quickly as this does. Not only does it help with drying time, but I’ve found this to be the only dryer that doesn’t make my hair feel completely dry and damaged after. Hands down, the best blow dryer ever.

three // Clean Freak by Not Your Mothers – Okay, let’s be honest here. We all have those days where we just don’t have time to wash our hair, or are too lazy too. Normally I wash my hair everyday since it gets super oily, however on the occasion that I just don’t feel like it, I use this stuff. It does a great job of getting rid of the oil in your hair and the white cast blends pretty well in dark hair.

four // Beach Babe by Not Your Mothers – Another Not Your Mother’s product. They have some great items, at a great price! This stuff is my GO-TO for lazy days. After showering, if you don’t want to style your hair, just spritz some of this in damp hair. It gives great texture with that beachy wave look. Not to mention, this stuff smells AMAZING.

five // Hair Spray by Tresemme –  As far as drug stores go, I think Tresemme is one of my favorite hair care brands. It’s super affordable and works great. I love their hairspray. It really holds a curl all night and into the next day, but it doesn’t leave your hair feeling crunchy at all. Hair spray is one of those things where I don’t really understand when people pay $$$$ for it. There are great drugstore brands like Tresemme that work like magic as well.

six // Hair Ties by Sephora – Okay. Is it just me or do you guys lose hair ties on a daily basis. I swear I go from having 100 to about 4 in a matter of days. I love hair ties like these. Not only are they fun and colorful, but they really help on not snagging on your hair.

seven // Hair Extensions by Irresistible Me – If you haven’t seen my last post, I show you how incredible these hair extensions are. I’m actually obsessed with them. If you’re looking for extensions, go check out Irresistible Me. The quality and quantity are both great.

eight // The Wet Brush – This has been a hair essential for me for years. It’s the perfect hair brush to brush through your hair without damaging it. It’s also specifically made for brushing your hair while wet.

What are your hair essentials? Let me know in the comments below!