Birthday Lunch at the Polo Lounge

Top: Zara {similar} // Pants: Frame Denim // Shoes: Sam Edelman c/o Stylst // Bag: Gucci // Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Happy Friday everyone! I know I normally post a weekend reading on Fridays, but this week I wanted to switch it up a little bit. Monday was my birthday and so I just wanted to post my outfit from my birthday lunch yesterday! BTW if ya’ll are looking for some comfy heels, these Sam Edelman heels are seriously the most comfortable heels I have ever worn!

First off, I wanted to thank all of my family and friends for celebrating my birthday with me! I’m officially 27 now! I don’t know whether to be excited or terrified LOL. I kicked off my birthday weekend in Charleston with my two good friends. It was my first time in Charleston and I had such a blast! I’ll be doing a post next week about my trip, so stay tuned for that! When I got back from Charleston, I celebrated with my roommates and also my coworkers. My one coworker got me a clay replica of Baguette, and it’s seriously the cutest thing ever! Can’t wait to put it in my new apartment!

This weekend I’m going to be keeping it pretty low key and just hang out with some friends. It’s also Baggy’s birthday on Sunday (she’s turning 3!) so we’ll have a little celebration at home for that. What are you guys up to this weekend?

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Weekend Reading #37

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1. Love advice all women should hear.

2. Easy meals to make for one person.

3. Star Alliance will help you to never miss a connecting flight again.

4. These things will scientifically make you happier.

5. Have dating apps killed romance? (I say yes.)

6. What to eat for stress and anxiety.

7. Target vs. Costco.

8. Secrets from flight attendants.

9. This jewelry line is actually genius!

10. Beautiful and healthy bowls to make this week.

 

Weekend Reading #36

Shirt: Zara // Jeans: American Eagle // Shoes: Boohoo // Earrings: BaubleBar [on sale!!] // Bag: Gucci

1. These coffee bars will make you want one in your home.

2. How to wash your jeans.

3. Housewarming gift ideas.

4. I need to make this Fusilli alla Vodka asap!

5. How Charleston became a world class culinary capital.

6. Stylish ways to organize your shoes.

7. High protein breakfasts for weight loss – might try one of these for dinner tonight!

8. The best healthy places to travel to in 2018.

9. Ben and Jerry’s just launched a lighter, healthier ice cream and I can’t wait to try it!

10. Brilliant tech travel hacks!

 

The Ultimate Breakup Playlist

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Music heals the soul. It really does. As some of you may know, I recently went through a pretty rough breakup. A breakup sucks. Sometimes after a breakup you don’t know what to do or where to turn to in order to feel better. Music for me was a huge savior. It helped to pull me out of some really dark times. Listening to the lyrics of these songs gave me something to relate to. When you’re going through a rough time, sometimes all you need is to know that you are not alone in what you are feeling.

Over the past few months I’ve put together a Spotify playlist of songs. The first two months after my breakup, I probably listened to this playlist everyday on repeat. Now I only listen to it every once in a while. I love each and every single one of these songs because they really describe every post-breakup feeling. From sadness, to anger, to I love you, to I hate you and everything else in between.

This is my ultimate breakup playlist; I’ve Done Love.

 

 

 

Weekend Reading #35

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Dress: Reformation {similar} // Shoes: BCBG {similar} // Bag: Shashi // Earrings: BaubleBar

1. Things one woman wish she did before she turned 30.

2. Questions to ask on a third date to really get to know someone.

3. Why our mental health takes a village.

4. Natural remedies for a stuffy nose.

5. Is napping good for you?

6. Can apple cider vinegar cut sugar cravings?

7. The best places to donate all your stuff.

8. I want everything from this new Zara Home collection!

9. This pink milkshake benefits puppies!

10. When the line between being a good friend and emotional labor get blurry – I can relate to this SO much.

 

Random Act of Kindness Day

We’ve all seen those tv commercials for “random act of kindness”, and every time I see those I get a smile on my face. February 17th is Random Act of Kindness Day and we can all do something to help! As you all know, I have a dog named Baguette (@mydogbaguette). She is the love of my life and I’m obsessed with her. My parents also have two adorable dogs, Mocha and Gizmo (photo above). So it’s safe to say I’m a huge dog lover. I wanted to talk to you guys about two animal organizations that I love to support.

ASPCA – The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is one of my favorite organizations. They do such incredible work to help with animal homelessness and cruelty. When the floods were happening in Texas, the ASPCA was working hard to provide shelter and food to those animals that were left abandoned on the streets. They are also a great resource to go to if you are looking to adopt an animal.

Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation – This is another incredible organization. They focus on helping abused and neglected animals by rehabilitating them as well as helping them find loving homes. They also rescue animals from the Asian Dog Meat Trade and bring them to the US to build a better life for these dogs.

Both of these organizations do such incredible work helping innocent animals get the lives that they deserve. On February 17th, I urge you to take some time out and help one of these organizations. Whether it be by volunteering, fostering, fundraising or even just donating a couple dollars. Any bit of help goes a long way!

You can go here for more information on how to help with ASPCA  and Animal Hope and Wellness. Please take a small part of your day on February 17th to do something to help! You can also help out with whatever organizations that you feel passionate about. For more information on different nonprofit fundraising check out Eventbrite.

 

Shop My Amazon Picks!

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My most used online shopping destination is definitely Amazon. As a Prime member I’m obsessed with how fast I can get things delivered to me. I order everything from Amazon from basic necessities to fun items I probably don’t really need. I was able to put together some of my favorite items on Amazon and I wanted to share them with you guys!

 


Ice rolling is great for when your face is feeling puffy. If I wake up super early or I’ve been crying or ate too much salt, this ice roller works wonders. Plus it just feels amazing on the skin.

 


I’m moving apartments soon and I’ve been looking for new home decor. I love this gold mirror! I think it would be the perfect addition to my new place!

 


My mom swears by this stuff to do laundry! She goes through so many of these.

 


I’m in my mid-(to late ahhh) 20’s, and I started reading this book. It’s super interesting and really makes you think about all the things going on in your life.

 


Aziz always makes me laugh, and this book is not only hilarious but also extremely interesting. It gives a lot of great insight on the modern world of dating.

 


My dog Baguette (aka Baggy) LOVES this stuff. Plus, it’s great to freshen up her breath.

 


Who doesn’t love bacon? Baggy is obsessed with this, and if I was a dog I would be too.

 


I just bought this to help me get organized for my move. Anything that helps keep me organized is a must!

 


This is Amazon’s version of the Silpat mat’s. Once I move, I will definitely be stocking up on these bad boys!

 


I hate when hangers are mismatched. I love these black velvet hangers because they’re thin but also help hold your clothes up.

 


Gua Sha is great for lymphatic drainage. When you want to de-bloat your face, this is a great tool to use!

 


Another one of my organizing items are these OXO containers. They’re perfect to keep your pantry items fresh and organized.

 


I’ve just recently started taking this collagen powder. I haven’t seen results yet because I just started but I’ve heard good things. Will keep you posted!

 


This is Baggy’s go-to food. She loves it!

 


I got this for my parents for Christmas and love using it to watch/stalk the puppies! I also got one for my apartment so I can creep on my dog. LOL

 


Who doesn’t love games? This is a great and hilarious game to play with friends!

 


Fiber is key! And these fiber crackers are great to add into your daily meals. They don’t really taste like much so definitely add things on it like avocado!

 

What do you guys like to get from Amazon? Let me know in the comments below! And you can shop all my Amazon picks here:  https://www.amazon.com/shop/esthercollins

The Best Podcasts to Listen To

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“So I was listening to a podcast”… ask my roommates and I start a sentence like this at least once a day. It’s true. I’m a podcast freak. Whenever I’m in the car driving to work, or on a flight, chances are I’m listening to a podcast. There are a million different podcasts out there so sometimes it can be hard to navigate which ones to listen to. So I wanted to share with you guys my favorite podcasts to listen to based on whatever mood you are in.

Girl Talk

LadyGang: This is hands down my favorite podcast to listen to. I did an interview with Keltie Knight from the LadyGang a while back, you can read it here. Keltie is joined by Jac Vanek and Becca Tobin for an entertaining podcast each week. This is a great podcast that is light hearted and always makes me laugh. It feels like I’m sitting in the car just listening to my girlfriends chat.

Lady Lovin’: If you’re a fan of Laguna Beach, check this one out. It was started by Lo Bosworth, Greta Titelman and Jilly Hendrix. I like this because it feels like a more grownup version of the LadyGang. They delve deep into real life problems and just get real about life.

Learn Something

The Skinny Confidential Him and Her: Lauryn Evarts (who I also interviewed for my blog, you can read it here) and her husband Michael Bosstick interview influential people each week on their podcast. They interview plastic surgeons, diet experts, entertainers and all that in between.

Becoming Fearless by Style Collective: This one I need to give a little shout out too because it’s by one of my friends Annie Spano. Annie runs Style Collective which is a place for bloggers to come together and learn. She started this podcast recently to talk to others about work and building your career. If you are starting a new business and need some help, definitely check this out.

Everything Bachelor Related

The Ben and Ashley I Almost Famous Podcast: Ya’ll. I low-key have a huge crush on Ben Higgins. So obviously I’m going to listen to this Bachelor themed podcast that him and Ashley I do each week. It’s a great insight to behind the scenes of the Bachelor franchise and also recaps of the shows.

Mouthing Off with Olivia Caridi: You probably remember Olivia for having a big mouth on the Bachelor, and she’s back to talk all things reality on her podcast. She interviews a lot of Bravo stars (my fave!) in a really entertaining way. She’s a girl I feel like I can relate to on a personal level.

Laugh Out Loud

The Bitch Bible: This blog turned podcast by Jackie Schimmel is hands down one of the funniest podcasts ever. Jackie my spirit animal. She says whatever she wants, whenever she wants and I’m obsessed. I feel like I’m sitting at brunch with a cocktail in hand just laughing with her. PS: Jackie if you want to be friends I live in LA, holler at your girl.

Do you guys like podcasts? If so let me know in the comments below which ones are your favorites so I can check them out!

Photo by: Jordan Zobrist

Weekend Reading #34

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1. Cleaning tips for each zodiac sign.

2. Are depression naps helpful or harmful?

3. Rules for flying with food.

4. Unexpected items to frame.

5. Picking the best paint colors for each room.

6. Why you should eat more fiber, something I’m trying to do!

7. Ways to reuse your dryer sheets.

8. Places to get a natural facial in LA.

9. Facebook is making some major changes.

10. I posted a new YouTube video of my top 5 makeup items! – Don’t forget to subscribe if you aren’t already! 🙂

2018 Goals

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Dress: Lulus {similar here and here} // Ring: Monica Vinader // Shoes: Marc Fisher

Can you guys believe it’s already 2018?! Seriously where did the year go? But also, thank God. I could not be more ready to start a new year. 2017 was definitely one of the hardest years for me. The year started out great but then the second half of the year I hit a wall. I struggled with severe anxiety (something I want to eventually write a post on), a break up, and a lot more. After what seemed like rock bottom, the only place to go is up.

I’ve never really been much of a new years resolution kind of girl, but this year I’m really trying to start fresh. That being said, I’ve read a lot recently about how writing down your goals can help you achieve them. So here we go, here are some of my goals for 2018.

1. Cook more. In 2017 I realized I spend A LOT of money on going out to eat. Now I love checking out new restaurants and food places (especially brunch, hello my blog name!), but that being said I don’t need to spend ALL of my money going out to eat. I’m going to try to go grocery shopping once a week so that I can meal prep. It’s also so much easier to eat healthy when you prep your own foods. If ya’ll have any recipes that you love, leave them in the comments for me to try!

2. Workout more. This is pretty much on everyones new years resolutions list but I’m going to try not to be that girl who only does it for the month of January. I’ve noticed that when I workout consistently, my body and mind just feel better. I am aiming to go to three workout classes a week.

3. Beat my anxiety. Now sadly, anxiety is probably something I won’t completely be able to get rid of for good. However, I’ve been taking steps the past few months to help minimize my anxiety (working out, therapy etc). This year, I want to really focus on getting past my anxiety and get back to the place I was prior to 2017, but better.

4. Move apartments. I’ve been wanting to change things up recently and I think moving will help. As my dad calls it, the geographical cure. While I’m still going to stay in LA, I want to move into a new apartment. It’s time to redo my decor and just have a place that is my own. My sanctuary.

5. Focus on the blog. I’m not going to lie. I kind of feel like I’ve sort of neglected this blog in the second half of last year. I didn’t do it on purpose but with everything going on in my life, it kind of just fell to the side. But I love this blog. I love writing these posts for you guys and connecting with all of you. I really want to put my time and energy into growing this blog and making it even better in 2018.

6. Travel more. This year, I really want to get out and travel as much as I can. I already have a few trips planned this year that I’m excited to take. The next one being Charleston, SC. So if you guys have ever been there and have any recommendations, please let me know!

7. Get organized. I’m a naturally messy person. It’s bad. I hate cleaning, it’s kind of my least favorite thing in THE WORLD. Like seriously. Just ask my mom LOL. That being said, I’m trying to revamp and refresh my life and that means get organized. Starting with, making my bed every morning. Got to start somewhere right?

8. Be happy. Above all, I just want to be happy in 2018.

What are your goals for 2018? Let me know in the comments below!

*Also, if you like this cute pup in my pics, be sure to go follow her on Instagram @mydogbaguette!

Photography by: Jordan Zobrist