Choker Sweater

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Sweater: Ooh La Luxe {similar} // Jeans: Frame Denim // Boots: Nordstrom {similar} // Bag: Gucci {similar} // Earrings: BaubleBar // Ring: Michael Kors

How was everyone’s week? Mine has been crazy busy. Monday I had work meetings all day and then I had to run home for a Bachelor viewing party we were throwing at our apartment. We had plenty of rose, cucumbers and cheesy pasta (Corinne/Raquel style)! I also made a apple gruyere toast, which I may do a blog post on in the future because it’s DELISH!

Can we just talk about the Bachelor finale?? Let’s be honest we all knew Nick was going to pick Vanessa but I was surprised at how much they lacked chemistry during AFR (After the Final Rose for you noobs). I felt like Nick and Vanessa liked each other as much as everyone liked Juan Pablo. It was slightly painful to watch. But kuddos to Raven for looking AMAZING and taking the high road. Also, I was really surprised they showed some of Rachel’s men for the next season. As completely awkward as the whole exchange was, it got me pretty excited for her season. Is it May yet??

Speaking of the Bachelor/Bachelorette, I have to make a confession. I saw JoJo Fletcher wearing this sweater on her snapchat, so I went out and bought it. Total Mean Girls style. But I mean come on, this sweater is SO CUTE, am I right? This choker sweater has been in serious rotation in my wardrobe. I love it for a casual day with some jeans and booties like I styled here. I’ve also worn this for a night out with a leather jacket thrown over it and some heels. How would you guys style this sweater?

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Photos by: Jordan Zobrist

Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Review

teeth-whiteningI’m a sucker for white teeth, I have been since high school. I mean who doesn’t love a perfectly white smile? I’ve gotten my teeth professionally whitened four times since high school and as much as I love it, it’s hard to shell out hundreds and hundreds of dollars for a white smile. That is why when Smile Brilliant reached out to me, I was super excited to try out their at home teeth whitening kit.

Since I got my teeth whitened at the dentist less than a year ago, my teeth are still pretty white. But these at home kits are perfect for maintaining that white smile. I was sent a kit in which I was able to create my own molds. The instructions were super quick and easy to understand. Once you make the molds of your teeth, you then send the molds into Smile Brilliant for them to create your custom trays. This only took a few days for them to make the trays and mail them back to me. I was impressed with the quick turnaround.

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Once you get the trays, you are given two different gels. One syringe is the teeth whitening gel, and the other is the desensitizing gel. You put the teeth whitening gel on first and leave it on for as long as you can stand, I did around 45 minutes. After that you put on the desensitizing gel and allow that to sit for another 20 minutes or so. I love that they give you the desensitizing gel. I have super sensitive teeth so for me the desensitizing gel was everything.

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I’ve used the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening kit a couple times a week since I received it over a month ago. I’ve noticed my smile is brighter and whiter with each use! I can’t wait to continue to use this kit. It’s perfect for those with sensitive teeth, like myself! It’s also less than half the price of getting your teeth professionally whitened with the same results! If you guys are interested in checking out the at home teeth whitening kit, here is what you need to know before buying. You can also view a more in depth review on YouTube.

Want to win your own Smile Brilliant kit?? Enter here for a chance to win $139 towards your own teeth whitening kit! *Giveaway open to UK, Australia, Canada, and USA residents*

You can also get 5% off any purchase using promo code thegirlswhobrunch5 at checkout! Let me know if any of you have tried teeth whitening before in the comments below! Good luck!

 


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What I Wore In Vegas

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Vegas is my happy place. You know that place that makes you feel like a kid in a candy store? Well Vegas is that place for me. Which is why this is my 3rd year in a row celebrating my birthday in Vegas. We stayed at The Cosmopolitan which is my favorite hotel. The rooms are super modern and chic, and our room had a sick balcony that overlooked the strip. I mean look at that view…it was incredible.

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Okay now onto the clothes. Going to Vegas means going shopping. Vegas is very bougie so you need to dress up whether you’re going to dinner, the pool or going out at night. The first night I found this super cute dress from Forever 21. It was a black off the shoulder dress. Not only was it super affordable but it was super cute! I wore this when we went to see the Chainsmokers at XS. I wore a silver choker, also from Forever 21, along with a simple bracelet and silver ring from And Other Stories. I paired it with some pink heels from Steve Madden for a little pop of color.

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So as a birthday surprise, my friends made me my own snapchat filter. How cute are they?? I’m obsessed. The second night, which was my actual birthday I wore this super cute red number from Pretty Little Things (Kylie Jenner wore this in orange to a red carpet so obviously I needed to have it, and wear it with my Kylie Lip Kit in Dolce K). I paired it with a simple silver necklace my roommate Sabrina got me, along with some simple heels from Forever 21.

There ya have it. Those were my Vegas outfits this past weekend for my birthday. You can check out more pictures from this past weekend on my Instagram @esthercollins. Let me know in the comments below if you guys have ever been to Vegas and what you would wear!

Brunch Diaries: Keltie Knight from The LadyGang

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Podcasts have seriously become a major obsession of mine lately, and my favorite podcast is none other than The LadyGang. Which is why I’m super excited to share my interview with the lovely Keltie Knight. Keltie is 1/3 of The Lady Gang and you can catch her on all the major red carpets interviewing all the hottest celebs. Keltie is serious GOAL ya’ll and I’m excited for you to get to know here more below!

CAREER LIFE:

What made you get involved with the LadyGang?
I think all of us just wanted to create something of our own, and I certainly was given the gift of gab. When we started I thought this might be a fun little side project and now it has turned into a full blown empire with our podcast, blog, and quarterly LADYBOX!

What has been your favorite career moment?
I will never get sick of getting all dressed up and going to the super fun red carpets of Hollywood, it’s so neat to see the gowns and gals you see in the magazines up close. Of course, meeting Oprah was major for me. I got the MOST star stuck over Paula Abdul though.

What has been the hardest part?

The rejection and constant criticism.

Who inspires you?
Sounds weird but I inspire myself, I constantly make to do lists, and sometimes I look in the mirror, or even watch back a major interview and I don’t even realize it’s ME looking back. It’s like I am two people. Keltie and then “Keltie.”

You seem to have it all, what’s your advice to girls who want to be successful like you?
I do not have it all. But, I will say that for a very long time in my life I lived what I thought was going to make everyone else like me, and helped many, many people without ever focusing on myself. To have your dream life, you legit have to work at all areas of your life constantly. I work out daily and I hate working out, I wake up very early and work very hard to make the right career decisions to put me in a place to succeed. I am very careful of what I spend my hours doing. I married the guy who was really nice to me, so now it appears as if I have the perfect marriage, I don’t, but it’s pretty close. I think you have to set yourself up for success and many people SAY they want it all, but are not willing to do the things to get them in that position.

 

SOCIAL LIFE:

Where is your favorite place to brunch?
Real Food Daily in LA. They have the BEST almond flour waffles ever.

Dress up, or dress down?
If I am not at work I am deep in that sweatpants life.

Favorite place to go for a night out?
I hate going out. I am a total homebody. Please, do not make me leave my house.

Favorite cocktail?
Diet Coke.

If you’re throwing a dinner party, what is your go-to meal?
I would never throw a dinner party because I legit just love to be by myself reading if I have a night off, but my good friends do invite us over to play cards and eat sometimes and they make the most delicious food I’ve ever tasted.

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FASHION AND BEAUTY LIFE:

Current favorite item in your closet?
My black MOTHER denim jeans.

If you could only bring 3 items to a deserted island, what would they be?
A kindle, Weleda Skin Food, and a big cooler of Diet Coke.

How would you describe your style?
Everygirl.

Best beauty hack?
I put purple shampoo on my hair with a shower cap and leave it for 30 mins to revive my blonde!

What is your go-to workout routine?
I am obsessed with the Sweat With Kayla App.

REAL LIFE

Favorite cause/charity?
TWLOHA and The Beagle Freedom Project

Top 3 people we should be following on Instagram?
Duh. @theladygang @theladygang @theladygang

What’s the one thing you cannot live without?
To do lists.

Where is one place you would love to travel to?
Toyko

What’s next?
The LADYGANG just launched it’s second LADYBOX and we are currently working on those, I’m heading to the swanky Vanity Fair Oscars Party, and VACATION!!!!

 

Be sure to follow Keltie on Instagram @keltieknight and @theladygang, also be sure to check out new episodes of The LadyGang every Tuesday!

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Purple Duster

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Duster: Style Delivers // Dress: Forever 21 // Bag: Gucci {similar} // Boots: Gucci (on sale!) // Necklace: BaubleBar {similar} // Bracelets: BaubleBar and Library // Rings: BaubleBar {similar} , Anita Ko {similar} and LVL Collective

I stumbled upon a small boutique on Melrose Avenue called Style Delivers last year, and I’ve become hooked. They sell a lot of fast fashion items at a reasonable price point. It’s a great store to look for Vegas dresses, which I’m going in a couple weeks for my birthday and I can not wait! My first time into Style Delivers I saw this purple duster and I absolutely fell in love! It’s so chic and so soft. It’s perfect to throw over a plain dress or even some jeans to create some mega-drama!

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Speaking of drama – let me just tell you about my weekend… I went to Napa for a friend’s birthday celebration. All was good until the rain hit. Being from the east coast you would think a little rain wouldn’t scare anyone. My flight going to Napa got cancelled but luckily I got on another one that flew out. Our other friends got delayed and ended up having to spend the night at the airport. Oh but wait, the drama doesn’t stop there. While in Napa, we went out to a nice dinner only to find a staple in my food. Yup. A staple. I don’t think I’ve ever been so traumatized.

After those rough 24 hours you’d think, nothing else could go wrong. Right? I was ready to get back to LA and see my dog and just sit on the couch and CHILL. That was until I got an alert saying my flight once again got cancelled. Luckily my friends champed it with me and we ended up getting a rental car and drove from Napa back to LA. It only took us, oh you know, about 8 hours to get home.

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As crazy and terrible the things life threw at us were, I had a pretty fun weekend. Rather than wallow in our misery we made the most of the trip and ended up having a blast. Plus I discovered a new favorite line of champagne from Mumm Winery. We also decided on our trip that we’re going to be doing two weeks of Whole 30, and attempt the Year of Yes. So wish us luck, we might need it!

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Photos by: Jordan Zobrist

DailyLook Elite Box Review

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Subscription boxes have become a huge thing in the recent years. I’ve become a sucker to a lot of them. I’ve tried a bunch and currently get the PopSugar box each month. I kept seeing ads for DailyLook’s Elite Box and I just couldn’t resist trying it out. Basically you pay $40 for a box of clothing that has been personally styled just for you. That $40 is then used towards any items you want to purchase from your box. If you get an item you don’t like, you just return it free of charge.

I love to shop, but I’m also lazy AF so this box sounded pretty ideal for me. I signed up online, and took their quick style quiz. The questions range from telling them your sizing to different style preferences. I also gave them my social media figuring they don’t actually even look at it. I got my box the other day and was pleasantly surprised when I got a note from my stylist Martha (shoutout to Martha!). She said in her note how she looked through my blog and Instagram and saw one of my recent posts about off the shoulder tops. I LOVED the personalization which I really didn’t expect. Okay, so onto what was in the box. Here were all the items I received:

 

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When I first saw this shirt in the box I really wasn’t thrilled. But honestly, when I tried it on it was perfect. The shirt fit perfectly and I loved the cutouts on the side. This would be the perfect work shirt. KEEP.

 

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This maxi dress was HUGE, and not only that but it made me look HUGE. This was definitely my least favorite item from the box. RETURN

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Faithfull the Brand is one of my favorite brands. I own another one of their dresses and I absolutely love it. I’ve seen their shirt dresses all over and have been wanting to try it out. Unfortunately the cut and color just didn’t look good on me. RETURN

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This was my favorite item in the box. It’s an off the shoulder top (but fits me like a dress). It’s SO cute and has a sweetheart neckline that is so flattering. I can’t wait to wear this out. KEEP

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I’ve really been wanting to try One Teaspoon shorts. I loved these shorts they were super cute and comfy, however the sizing just wasn’t right. RETURN

 

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These jeans were super cute and fit really well. Unfortunately I have about 20 pairs of jeans already in my closet, so I figured I shouldn’t buy anymore. RETURN

Overall, I was really happy with my first box. I kept 2 out of the 6 items. The gray tank will be in serious rotation ASAP and I can’t wait for it to get warmer out so I can wear my new leopard dress! I’m excited to see what my next Elite Box will bring! Get your own Elite Box here.

Weekend Reading #25

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Another weekend, another weekend reading post. Work has been crazy this week so I’m happy it’s finally the weekend! I can’t wait to just relax and hang out on the couch with Baguette. Also the Grammy’s are this weekend! How exciting!? My roommate is going to the Grammy’s and I’m so jealous! I’ll be watching from my couch, what about you guys? Here are my favorite reads of the week:

1. This new French law lets you disconnect from work.

2. How to travel using credit card points – one of my top travel tips!

3. High protein breakfast recipes.

4. How to eat less sugar without hating your life.

5. Whole30 approved lunches for work. You can read my Whole30 review here.

6. Magnolia Bakery’s Banana Pudding recipe – I just ate this this weekend…OBSESSED.

7. Access Netflix’s hidden sub-genres. 

8. 10 ways to slash those calories. 

9. Connie Britton’s morning routine...PS: can I have her hair??

10. Lastly, shameless plug: Simply Stylist named me as their Blogger of the Week, please go and show some love!

One Choker, Three Ways

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Choker: The Songbird Collective {similar here and here}// Shirt: Nordstrom {similar here and here} // Jeans: Frame  // Jacket: Blank NYC // Shoes: Gucci {similar here and here} // Bag: Gucci // Rings: BaubleBar {similar}, Anita Ko {similar}, LVL Collective 

Can you believe it’s already February?? This month has kind of felt like a drag but at the same time it’s gone so fast. We got a lot of much needed rain here in LA, but luckily it’s starting to finally warm up. I love when it’s warm out and I can finally go outside without a heavy jacket, or no jacket at all. This look is sure to be one of my go-to looks this spring. It’s simple, yet chic.

Wrap chokers have become one of my favorite pieces of jewelry as of late. They’re great because they’re so versatile. You can wear them in so many different ways. Here are my three favorite ways of wearing a wrap choker. All three ways make this look completely different. In the first look, I wrapped the choker around my neck and left the two ties undone in the front. This gives the look a slightly messy undone feel and keeps it casual. This is my favorite way of wearing this choker.

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The second way I like to style this choker is the most classic. Throw the ties in the back so you can’t see it, and wear this like a normal choker.

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Lastly, you can make this wrap into a Y-choker. This gives the illusion that you’re not only wearing a choker, but also a lariat pendant. It’s perfect for shirts like this with a deep V. How would you guys style your wrap choker?  Click here for a list of my favorite chokers.

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Photography by: Jordan Zobrist

Interview with Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential

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I’m back with another fun interview, this time with blogger babe Lauryn Evarts from The Skinny Confidential. Lauryn’s blog is seriously awesome. My best friend Cat turned me onto the blog last year, and it’s quickly become one of my favorites. I love how cheeky and real Lauryn is. She talks about everything from health, wellness, beauty and much much more. Not only is she a blogger, but she’s got her own fitness and nutrition guide, a book, a podcast and so much more! Check out my interview with Lauryn below!

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You’ve built a successful business out of blogging, did you always want to be a blogger? How did you come up with the idea for The Skinny Confidential?
The idea for The Skinny Confidential came about when I was attending San Diego State University. I was incredibly frustrated by the lack of healthy food options on campus… and I was BORED. At the time I was going to school full-time, working days & nights, and teaching reformer Pilates and Pure Barre. Also, I was on a major budget. So I started modifying all of my meals & the rest is history. I would take off one side of the bread in a sandwich or swap lettuce for spinach, sweeten coffee with cinnamon, make taco salads, you get it. Then one day I sort of had a lightbulb moment and thought, “why not share my tips and tricks with other women? There’s 20,000 women on campus, they need these tricks too! And shit, I want their tips.”

Since then, The Skinny Confidential has evolved from a fitness and health blog to a community for women all over the world to come & SPILL their tips & tricks. It’s a source of inspiration for women. The Skinny Confidential is also a book, a podcast, and soon to be product line.

What kind of info are women getting when they visit TSC?
Anything & everything! The more taboo the better, HA! One day I’ll share a healthy 1 minute recipe, the next we’ll talk home decor, and then another day BAM! A post on yeast infections! The content sort of varies but it’s always TSC branded.

Ultimately I like to get REAL real. A little sassy too.

What are your top easy fitness tips?
1. Workouts should be effective, not time consuming. I created TSC Bombshell Body Guide which integrates barre, yoga, Pilates, and your favorite personal trainer all into one. It’s 27 minutes, I’m dead sore after, and I can do it anywhere. Really ANYWHERE. In a hotel room, at the beach, in my office, etc. I shoot for three times a week.
2. You need cardio. Not a lot, but you need it regularly. Intervals are huge for fat burning. I shoot for 3 to 4 times a week.
3. I love a good Pilates class — huge Pilates fan. Also, yoga once in awhile is always good for the psyche.

Favorite quick/easy recipe?
Easy, the TSC 3 Ingredient Pancakes. I am also obsessed with TSC Detox Drink; I drink it every morning.

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Tell us about your journey from blog to book. What inspired you to go from online to also in print?
Since I get a lot of questions from readers, I thought it would be fun to put all of my tips in one place, in print, so women could have a coffee table book and refer to the chapters at any time. A lot of the info in the book is not found on the blog.

What can we expect to read in “The Skinny Confidential: A Babes Sexy Sassy Fitness and Lifestyle Guide?
Even though the content is fresh, it’s a lot like my blog. Kind of everything & anything. You’ll find recipes, personal stories, makeup tips, relationship advice ( like how to avoid the “Love Chub” ), easy/quick workouts, hair secrets, TONS of pictures, and more.

Which chapter did you have the most fun writing?
Definitely the chapter on my relationship. It was fun and something a lot of girls can relate to: LOVE CHUB. The guy can eat whatever he wants usually and as women we want to keep up! That’s love chub. I write about how to avoid it!

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You just had a super intimate wedding in Cabo. Tell us about it.
Michael & I were engaged for 4 years before we tied the knot. We invited our closest friends & family to Cabo for a 4 day wedding celebration.

Between the blog, staying fit, your husband, dogs, managing a social life, the list goes on and on, how do you manage it all? Do you have any tips for women that wish there were more hours in the day?
I make things quick and easy in any way I can. For instance, I use the 27 minute workouts in TSC Bombshell Body Guide — a lot of my recipes take 5 to 10 minutes to make. Quick, easy, painless.

As far as balancing it all? I recommend LISTS. Stick to them. I also set goals for myself & make sure to meet them. Balance is discipline & discipline is difficult. If it were easy though, everyone would do it. Discipline can really take you places if it’s utilized correctly.

My ultimate advice: start small, think big.

What’s the single most important thing you’ve learned from building a successful blog empire?
Anything that’s truly worth it takes time & patience. Success takes time. Business takes time. Relationships take time. Building anything takes time.

Time is your friend.

I launched my brand over 5 years ago. I have blogged and worked on it every single day, 7 days a week. Again, discipline is key.

What are you working on now? Any books or special projects we should be looking out for?
I’m constantly adding new content to TSC Bombshell Body Guide and Membership. We’re currently working on an ANTI-INFLAMMATORY meal plan, which I can’t wait to share with everyone.

Michael & I are having a blast recording our weekly podcast: The Skinny Confidential: HIM AND HER. We answer business and relationship questions from readers and just shoot the shit. It’s been so much fun to work on a new medium. Podcasting is something we are very focused on right now. Big plans to come.

Also, possibly another book & a product line are in the works. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, you can find some major realness on The Skinny Confidential.

 
Shout out to Lauryn for the fab interview! I can’t wait to try out the 3 ingredient pancakes this weekend!

You can find Lauryn on her blog The Skinny ConfidentialTSC BookBombshell Body GuideSnapchat: @laurynevartsFacebookInstagramYouTubeTwitter and her Podcast.

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Weekend Reading #24

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Okay is it just me or do the weeks seem to be going by soooooooo slow. I swear I thought it was Thursday like 3 different times throughout the week. It’s finally the weekend THANK GOD! I’m thinking of keeping it low key this weekend, maybe get a massage and just hang around the house. What are you guys up to? Here are my favorite links for this week!

1. Natural ways to cure an illness.

2. I have a serious love/hate relationship with Corrine from The Bachelor.

3. Relaxing beauty products to use before bed.

4. Health benefits of honey.

5. Tricks to eat less sugar.

6. Slow cooker recipes that can help you lose weight.

7. Healthy snacks for the new year.

8. Things every grown woman needs in her apartment…I’m almost there!

9. Travel tips to get the most bang for your buck.

10. The top 10 things pro home organizers use.