Battle of the Cleanses! Blueprint vs Jus by Julie

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Well it was only 3 days, but I felt like I was on this juice cleanse forever! I decided to try one to jump start my weight loss before an upcoming vacation and shed some of the weight I put on from one too many end of summer BBQs. Instead of doing a traditional review, I decided to answer some FAQ's about juice cleansing and compare 2 different versions. I did Blueprint a little over a year ago and loved it, but decided to give Jus by Julie a go. Check out my thoughts on each and which one is the winner in my book!

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What was the process like?

Pretty streamlined! It took awhile to decide which cleanse option was best for me, and for both companies I picked the option that had a promo code or free shipping, because that can get pricey because of the weight. The Jus by Julie promo was supposed to include a pack of 12 Booster Shots that I was excited to try, but those did not arrive with my order and I'm still waiting for the replacement from customer service. So those won't be included in the cleanse, but they are not a requirement for the 3-day program. I also recommend you do a prep day or 2 before starting the cleanse, and a "ease out" day or 2 when it ends. Clean up your diet, give up the meat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, and anything processed to get your body ready, and transition out of it when the cleanse is over. 

How did they taste?

I loved all the Blueprint Juices! I did the OG Cleanse and each juice was fresh, tasty and the order you drank them in flowed together nicely. On the Jus by Julie cleanse, I was pretty disappointed by a lot of the flavors. A lot of them included chia seeds which I never tried and now I know I hate. Plus they are more smoothies than juice, so are thicker but more pulpy than creamy, which wasn't pleasant. 

How hungry did you get? 

Not very! Of course I missed solid food and socializing over a meal, but I was never actually hungry. Blueprint definitely kept me satiated, and I expected the Jus by Julie juices to be heartier, because they are a thicker, smoothie style and have more fiber. However I was noticeably hungrier, but that was probably because there were a couple of juices I didn't finish just because of the taste/texture.

How were your results?

At the end of my 3 day Blueprint cleanse I lost 4 pounds. At the end of Jus by Julie, 4.8 pounds. Some reviews of both programs mentioned feeling extra refreshed/energized, having clearer skin and other effects of cleansing, but I didn't really notice much change other than the weight. I do maintain a pretty healthy lifestyle overall, so that is probably why I didn't notice a huge overall impact. 

So which one is the winner? 

Even though I lost more weight on Jus by Julie, and it was the more affordable option, I still give the winning vote to Blueprint! Jus by Julie lost major points from me because of the taste and texture. Some people may love the thicker smoothie formulas, but that was a negative for me. I really only liked the Sweet Spin and Spicy Lemonade and found Spicy Pomegranate and Choco-Nana tolerable.  The others I tried ranged from meh (Chia Berry, Matcha Chia & Raw Green Protein) to vile (X-treme Greens & PB & Jus). I was also a little disappointed with the customer service because my booster shots were missing, and I was told it would take a week for them to be delivered. However I've emailed them twice to confirm that they have shipped or get updated timing and I have not gotten a reply.

On Blueprint there was not single juice I did not enjoy.  They have some new flavors that were not in my cleanse last year, but I have tried all of the individually except the new Blueberry Cashew Boom and love them all.

So there you have it! If you are thinking about trying a cleanse and have more questions let me know in the comments! 

How to Take Your Summer Colors into Fall

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Images by Patranila Jefferson

Who else is loving September so far? Even though we've got a few more days before Fall is officially here, we are all basically operating like the season is in full swing. Halloween decor has been out for weeks, pumpkin spice is everywhere, and store shelves are full off thick sweaters and warm coats. Even though the mood is settling in, the weather is still hinting at summer, with temps in the high 70’s/low 80’s some days! With weather like that how are you supposed to be inspired to edit your wardrobe!  If you are still dragging your feet on transitioning your wardrobe, you are not alone. I've been struggling to let go of some of my summer favorites, and playing with ways to style them to get a bit more wear over the next few weeks. 

One thing I've been holding onto dearly is my bright colors! The Fall color palette is decidedly darker and moodier, and I'm just not quite ready to make the switch! I live in bold saturated hues all summer, and really want to keep it popping while I still can.

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If you are still holding onto bold and bright colors like I am, here are my picks for Fall ready pieces that still have the summer color vibe.  Buy now and wear while you still can, and you can always pop these babies out come next summer! 

Here's to a few more weeks of summer inspired style! 

How I Build my Best Days with Nature Made Gummies

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My morning and evening routine set me up for success and productivity. Every day starts with a healthy breakfast, usually homemade, while I get myself ready to get out the door. One of my morning essentials is my Nature Made® Multi for Her plus Omega-3s Adult Gummies

Nature Made® Multi for Her plus Omega-3s Adult Gummies are a great-tasting, convenient way for women to receive the daily nutritional support of a multivitamin, plus 60 mg of heart-healthy EPA and DHA omega-3s from fish oil, per serving.† They are chock full of a combo of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C, D3, and E, as well as key B vitamins (folic acid, biotin, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12), and chromium and zinc. This powerful combo supports healthy bones and teeth, cellular energy production, healthy eye function, and helps support the immune system and provide much-needed antioxidants. With all these benefits it’s hard not to love them! Nothing beats being able to get all this nutritional value in a tasty chewable gummy instead of swallowing a dozen dry pills every day.

That morning dose is a VIP first step in my morning routine! After that I’m good to power through a morning of meetings, presentation prep, or early photo shoot. My day winds down with dinner, sometimes a nightcap, and either a good book or a bit of TV.

To really support my sleep, I take Nature Made® Melatonin Adult Gummies. They are a great-tasting, easy way to help your body reset its sleep/wake cycle†.
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After a full night’s sleep I’m ready to gear up and start over! If you are looking for a new supplement that can help you energize or reset when you need to, Nature Made Adult Gummies are a gummy you can trust. Nature Made® gives you the assurance that you’re getting the nutrients you seek from your gummies and they test their gummies for purity and potency so you get the added assurance that it has the nutrients you're seeking. If you are thinking about trying them, head over to your local Walmart to grab a bottle!

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What are your tips for building your best days?

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4 Reasons Every New Yorker Should Go to the Poconos

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This post is bought to you in collaboration with Martz Trailways and the Poconos Mountains Visitor's Bureau.

I'm just back from a weekend of R&R, cooling my heels with friends and family in the Poconos! My family has been coming to the region since we were kids, and it's always a blast. Whether you are into adventure travel or just looking for some downtime in the woods, the Poconos has it all. Check out my top reasons New Yorkers should go to the Poconos!

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It's Closer than you think 

The Hamptons are great in summer, but easily 3-4 hours away. New Yorkers also love hitting up the Catskills, another 3 hour trek from the city. The Poconos is about 2 hours away and has amazing mountains and lakes in the region that are perfect for a quick escape. If you don't have or don't want to rent a car, you can easily get there from Port Authority on the Martz Trailways Bus. The bus is fast, comfortable, and reliable, with free wifi for you to stay connected. The Blakeslee stop was closest to where we were staying, so if you find yourself there, make sure you check out the amazing candy bar at Harmony Beverage and the Peppers & More BBQ Food Truck in the parking lot!
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There are plenty of activities

Depending on the time of year, you go, the options are plentiful. Skiing and snowboarding in winter, hiking in fall, kayaking or swimming in the summer. You can even do a boat tour across the stunning Lake Harmony.  We stayed at Split Rock Resort, and that property has everything from an indoor water park to an arcade and bowling alley! 

Doing nothing is a welcome option

City folk tend to get caught up in the grind of staying busy and jam-packing their days. If you just want a quiet, cozy place to escape the Poconos is a perfect option. We spent time enjoying the scenery by day, but after dinner I made time to curl up with a good book, face mask, and bottle of wine! 

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The food scene is surprising

Even though I've been to the Poconos many times, this trip I was pretty impressed by the food! We had an amazing dinner at Broadway Grille in Jim Thorpe, a charming little town with Victorian vibes. The staff was friendly, service personable, and dining experience memorable. After dinner we wandered across the street to an adorable ice cream shop with a yummy selection of homemade ice cream. The hardest part was choosing a flavor and trying to figure out how to get a pint back to NY! Next time we will be bringing  a cooler bag for sure! 

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If you are thinking about a weekend trip to the Poconos, make sure you check out the Poconos Mountains Visitor's Bureau for tips, advice and suggestions! 

NYFW Highlights: The Sisters & Suitcases MKKM Experience

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Last night I had the pleasure of covering yet another amazing NYFW show. The MKKM experience presented a collaborative show, celebrating designers Mychael Knight and Korto Momolu and their highly-anticipated Spring/Summer collections. Korto Momolu’s collection was a whimsical walk through gardens of fantasy florals, soft blissful colors and touches of shimmer. And Mychael Knight’s collection showed off his love for American women’s sportswear with a grown and sexy take on the athleisure trend we can’t get enough of.

The VIP experience was presented by Sisters and Suitcases, a boutique travel company that designs travel experiences for black women. I sat down with founder and Chief Experience Designer Tamaya Walker McClendon to discuss her company and the inspiration behind the NYFW experience. 

I have known Korto Momolu for years and have always loved her work. I knew her from our days teaching Sunday School, and when I got engaged she was the only person I wanted to design my wedding dress. It was the perfect fit because my husband is the one who introduced me to her brand! So when I was designing a short, domestic experience for Sisters and Suitcases, one of the ideas that came to mind was a fashion week experience during NYFW. Korto’s show was perfectly aligned with the mission of Sisters and Suitcases. She has an authentic connection to her influences of travel and fashion and puts a lot of her cultural influences from her country Liberia into her clothes. I was so pleased to partner with her for this year’s 1 day VIP Experience, and next year the plan is a full three day experience that includes Korto Momolu show for New York Fashion Week.
— Tamaya Walker McClendon
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The attendees had a blast with an exclusive pre show meet and greet, dinner and photo opps, before taking their front row seats. And check out some of the amazing looks presented by Korto and Michael! 

One participant on the NYFW experience says: 

I heard about Sisters and Suitcases from a friend and she invited me to New York to attend. I am having a blast, this has been a once in a lifetime experience! I see great things for Sisters and Suitcases!
— Jacquita

If you want to get in on the fun, bond building, memory making experiences Sisters and Suitcases provides, check out their upcoming trip to Italy!

The Surprising Beauty Product You Need Now

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.

All opinions are mine alone. #MyRadiantLook #CollectiveBias

All opinions are mine alone. #MyRadiantLook #CollectiveBias

You guys know I’m a huge beauty lover. I’m obsessed with all things makeup and skincare and take pride in how I take care of myself. You’ve seen me review products, report on skincare procedures, and even get eyebrow microblading. But one major beauty key I’ve never mentioned before is the secret behind my signature smile. You may have heard the quote “happy girls are the prettiest”, and my beauty routine wouldn’t be complete without

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Colgate® Optic White® RADIANT™ Toothpaste has kept my smile glowing, despite my coffee and red wine habits! It’s enamel safe so fine for daily use, and unlike most whitening toothpastes, Colgate® Optic White® RADIANT™ Toothpaste safely whitens the inside as well as the outside of your teeth. Here’s how I work this into my beauty routine for a glam Fall look!

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Step 1: Keep my smile glowing by brushing with Colgate® Optic White® RADIANT™ Toothpaste twice daily.

Step 2: Define my eyebrows with dark brown powder and highlight the arches with concealer.

Step 3: Lightly contour my eyes and apply a strip of my favorite false lashes.

Step 4: Perfect my skin with foundation, concealer, and powder and add a bit of blush or highlighter.

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Step 5: Finish the look with a pop of red lipstick that will add some color and contrast, and show off my smile.

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If you are ready to add Colgate® Optic White® RADIANT™ Toothpaste to your shopping list, you can get it anywhere Colgate products are sold. My store of choice is ShopRite. They are the best place to get all your essentials, from groceries to beauty products, and even beautiful fresh flowers.

Don’t forget to grab this coupon to save $2.00 on any ONE (1) Colgate® Optic White® RADIANT™ Toothpaste (3 oz. or larger). But shop fast, this offer expires September 23, 2017 (while supplies last)!

4 Tips You Need to Survive NYFW

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Image by Olivia Kang

Fashion Week is in full swing! This time of year is pretty intense, between juggling shows and parties, managing deadlines, and planning street style worthy outfits for your jam-packed week. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed by the intensity, here are my tips for staying sane and getting through it in style!

Get up 15 minutes earlier

The temptation to snooze is always real, especially when you are exhausted. But what will inevitably happen is you will find yourself scrambling to get out the door, probably forgetting something you need, all for not even good quality sleep! Instead of snoozing, you'll be better off getting up a bit early so you can have a fresh, productive organized start to your day. 

Plan the night before

Figure out your outfit, make sure your portable battery pack is charged, change your purse if need be. That will help you save time in the morning for the important things, like yummy breakfast, beating the face, and going over your schedule for the day. 

Work on the Go

My lifesaving apps include Planoly for scheduling social posts and Evernote for drafting blog posts and taking notes on shows while in the moment. These tools help me stay on track and be productive even when I only have a few minutes of downtime. 

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Sometimes the FOMO kicks in big time, and you feel tempted to go to every single event you can find time for. But sometimes you need a night off to refresh, recharge, and deal with the other things in your life that need attention. A fashion show or party is never more important than self-care.

What are your tips for getting through Fashion Week or other periods where your social schedule is insane? 

Kicking off NYFW with Texture on the Runway!

NYFW kicked off with a bang! 

My first show of the season was Texture on the Runway, hosted by NaturallyCurly.com and Sally Beauty. This show made hair the star, and the clothes were just there to finish the look. 

Each of the participating brands had a segment, showing off inventive and inspiring hair styles created using their product lines. The details and creativity of their work as like nothing I’ve seen before! After the models worked the runway, we were given some styling secrets from the glam squad responsible for each look.  Check out some of my favorite moments from the show:

But the best part wasn't the amazing style and beauty. It was the hefty, stuffed to the brim gift bag! 

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Weighing a nearly a whopping 10 pounds, it was loaded with full-size products from all the participating brands, including Ardell, Cantu, Shea Moisture, Carol’s Daughter, Aphogee and Mielle.

I can't wait to incorporate some of these into my natural hair journey, and I am newly inspired to start playing with my natural tresses in the near future. Even though the season is just starting, I can tell this one will be a hard one to top. After all, nothing beats the sense of community that comes with celebrating culture and natural beauty. 

What shows and events are you most excited about this season? Make sure to follow me on Instagram and Snapchat so you don’t miss a thing!

 

5 NYFW Events You Can Actually Get Into

Images by Olivia Kang

Images by Olivia Kang

Another season of NYFW is getting ready to kick off! I've always loved the energy of fashion week, and the huge concentration of creativity and style. Even before I started blogging, I was usually able to attend a few shows thanks to work or snagging invites from my friends in PR or editorial. This is the first season I'm getting invites in my own name and I can't even tell you how good that feels!

If you are still hustling to get your name on lists, or trying to find creative ways to slip past the iPad wielding fashion show gatekeepers, stay positive and persistent! And keep yourself busy with some of the many NYFW associated events that are open to the public. 

Here's my roundup of a few of my favorite options!

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The Future of Fashion, presented by ShopDrop and Tabu

This event promises cutting edge tech, emerging designers, swag bags & free drinks, plus a raffle for a $12,000 Beyonce dress designed by Inbal Dror! You won't want to miss this one, so get your tix here! 

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Style Fashion Week

Style Fashion Week presents interesting shows by emerging designers, performances by innovative artists and unique art installations.  This season's tagline is Fashion + Art + Music + Commerce so should be an event to remember. The full line-up and tickets are available here.

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Couture Fashion Week

Get ready to feast your eyes! Couture Fashion Week presents 3 days of couture and luxury fashion shows that will have you drooling.  Several designers from around the world will present exquisite garments and accessories that will probably never make it into your wardrobe, but will inspire nonetheless. Register here

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Art Hearts Fashion

This show was one of my favorites last season! Art Hearts Fashion is a space pushing for fashion to be more inclusive. The lineup is always a fun, fierce and inspirational one, and the space is simply stunning. 

Harlem Fashion Week

Escape the crowds around most of the NYFW venues and head uptown to Harlem for a unique fashion experience. Plus proceeds go to the Junior Scholars Program at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. Check out details here

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Happy Fashion Week babes! Comment below where you will be and maybe we'll bump into each other! 

The Labor Day Sales You Can't Miss

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Well Summer 17 flew by didn't it! I can't believe Labor Day is already upon us, but here we are saying hello to September 1st. I think New York is already ready - this morning the weather was a crisp 55 degrees! I was hoping to cling to a few more weeks of summer temps, but it seems that was just a pipe dream. 

One of the best ways to get in the mood for Fall is shopping, and this weekend is a great time to do it. Check out some of the sales you can't miss, especially if you need some new swag to start transitioning your wardrobe to Fall!

Saks –  Online Only! The Labor Day Sale… Up to 75% OFF*. Valid 9/1 – 9/4. Shop Now! 

Shopbop –  Summer shoe sale! Summer Shoe Sale! Shop sandals, espadrilles, slides & more. 8/15-10/1

Revolve –  Summer’s best swimwear + cover-ups are now up to 50% off! Through 9/11

Intermix – 15% Off Select Full Price Styles at INTERMIX with code SHOPAUG17 through 8/31

Bauble Bar – Labor Day Sale – Extra 20% Off – 8/31-9/4

Sole Society –  Up To 60% Off Shoes, Bags, Apparel & Accessories

If I missed any sales that you are excited about let me know in the comments! What are you most excited about in the month of September? 

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Gingham is pretty much the official print of summer! It reminds me of all things perfect for the season - picnics, long sunny days, and fresh, carefree fashion. Since summer is winding down I decided to break out the go-to print one last time. 

This top is a little bit unique thanks to it's boxy shape, flowy lightweight silk fabric, and contrast printed neckline. It's from the iconic shirt brand, Equipment and is pretty much an instant classic. I've paired it with classic blue skinnies, white denim, and summery skirts and it's always a cute way to top off a look. 

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Even though gingham season is winding down, you'll always be able to pull this print out and rock it next year. Shop the look below, while some of these great styles are marked down! 

The Secret Weapon in my Gym Bag

Thank you Biofreeze for sponsoring this post.

Thank you Biofreeze for sponsoring this post.

Biofreeze is also available for purchase in retail. Click here to find a store near you

Biofreeze is also available for purchase in retail. Click here to find a store near you

If you follow my blog you know I’m a pretty active person.  Between my full-time job, blog work, gym sessions and social life, my days get long and intense. One thing I don’t mention often, especially not on the blog, is my recurring back pain. I go in and out of physical therapy and have prescription pills for when the pain flare ups get bad. However, when I’m too busy for regular appointments and have no time for the side effects of the pills, I turn to natural solutions that I can use on the go and don’t leave me drowsy. Enter Biofreeze Professional Pain Reliever

Biofreeze® helps me with pain management so I get back to living life to the fullest. Biofreeze® Professional Pain Reliever products are sold over the counter and provide fast acting pain relief thanks to the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) grade menthol. They are also free of parabens and propylene glycol.

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When I start to get achy I apply the products as needed. The tingly, cooling sensation is similar to the feeling you’d get from applying an ice pack to treat pain, but without the drippy bag, so they are much more convenient for on-the-go. I love the roll on and spray formulas for the easy application, especially in hard to reach places. Plus they are nonsystemic, non-narcotic, and contain no NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), salicylates or addictive substances – here’s to temporary pain relief with no drowsiness or weird side effects! Now let me get back to focusing on crushing my workout goals and excelling when I need to!

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6 Can't Miss Places in LIC

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Image by Julius July

I'm a born and raised Queens girl and have spent the last few years living in Long Island City. The neighborhood has done a complete 180 since I was younger, with even more changes happening the last few years. I still love the industrial charm, but the new crop of restaurants and polished waterfront have really made the neighborhood pop. Here are some of my favorite places that should be on your list next time you're in my hood! 

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Gantry Plaza State Park 

Nothing beats a picnic under the iconic Pepsi sign, with views of the city and Queensboro Bridge as your backdrop. At night, the view from this park, while the city lights are shining in all their glory is a sight you'll never forget.

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Sweetleaf Cocktail/Coffee Bar

The coffee shop/bar is a great space to work or relax, complete with a great menu of small bites, fresh baked goods and inventive cocktails. 

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Casa Enrique

Reservations are a must, and they are def worth it. Casa Enrique is the only Michelin starred Mexican restaurant in NYC and Infatuation calls it the best Mexican in NY.  Go for the ceviche and margaritas, stay for the tres leche cake. 

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Dutch  Kills

My go to neighborhood bar has a speakeasy vibe with a more relaxed, locals only feel. The menu changes seasonally but I usually "roll my own" and let the bartenders whip something up.  Look for the sign above as you walk down the block, its a pretty tricky place to find! 

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Moma PS1

In addition to warm up,  one of summer's best day parties, PS1 has a unique collection of contemporary art. Spend an afternoon exploring the galleries and sneaking in exercise since there are lots of stairs!  

The Fresh Faced Look I'm Loving

I usually go a little more glam with my makeup. But its been way too hot for all that, and my skin has gotten so much better lately, so I've been playing with lighter looks.

I was also lucky enough to get a chance to try the new Kat Von D Saint & Sinner perfume, thanks to complimentary samples from Influenster.  I took on their challenge to create a look inspired by either fragrance and I love the fresh faced, ethereal vibe. I used the soft nudes in the Too Faced Natural Love palette and finished the eye with a shimmery highlight and wispy lashes.  I played up the soft girly vibe with a glossy nude lip and soft petal pink blush. 

Shop the Saint & Sinner fragrances and the products I used to get this look! 

6 Affordable Swimsuits You Need Now!

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Images by Steven D. Elliott 

Scary to admit that summer is almost over! Is it just me or does it feel like we haven't had that many great beach days? Between the less than seasonal temps and drizzly cloudy days, Summer 17 has so far not been my favorite. 

Hopefully the next few weekends will get better so we can pack in the beach time while we still can. Can you believe there are only 3 weekends left until summer is officially over? 

Since Labor Day is right around the corner, I'm starting to think about what I'll be buying for Fall.  Yet in browsing all the sites, I find myself getting lured in by all the summer stuff on sale. Now is a good time to stop up on summer basics that are up for grabs at amazing prices, so you'll have a shell of a wardrobe already built for Summer 18. Then when next May rolls around, all you'd have to do is throw in a few on trend items for the new season and you'll be all set. 

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Even though the last thing I need in life right now is more bikinis, I have a weakness for them, and since I will never spend more than $100 on one, I stalk sales for cute, quality styles at discounted prices. Since swim trends will change each season you don't want to stock up on outdated items, but I found a few styles that are a mix of fun and classic and will still fit perfectly into your beachwear rotation come next summer. Plus if you are thinking about any warm weather vacations between late Fall and Winter, now is a great time to shop while there are still lots of options and end of summer sales. 

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Check out the cutest styles I found, all under $100! If you love these or never got over these trends, grab them while you can so you'll be set for next summer! 

When Grunge Meets Glam

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Images by Darryl Pratt

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As much as I love my sparkles, florals, and femme silhouettes, sometimes a girl just can't be bothered.  On days like that I go to my alternative uniform - ripped denim and a graphic tank. it's easy, comfy, takes approximately 2 minutes to get dressed, yet looks simple and sexy.  

Since I always feel weird pairing short shorts with flats or sexy heels I opted to play up the grungy vibe with chunky moto boots. 

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If you are feeling this look, shop similar styles below!

4 Ways to Crush Your Fitness Goals

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Images by Earl Jackson

I'm usually on my fitness A-Game hard core from March until May or June. However by the time July and August roll around I start slacking. It could be the fact that barbecue season is in full effect, or I'm spending my days downing rose at a rooftop lounge instead of trying a new fitness class. In any case, the older I get the more any bit of weight starts to stick, so I'm trying to be more attentive to my habits and not let it up. Here are my tips for staying motivated year round, that don't include comparing yourself to celebs or Insta-models! 

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1. Go back to something you love

It's always great to try something new, but returning to a workout routine that you love can shake things up and make you look forward to your sweat sessions. For me, I've always loved yoga but never made it part of my weekly workout schedule, so I'm making more effort to fit it in instead of always trying something new. 

2. Get digital help

If you can't afford a trainer, turn to social communities or training apps to help inspire you. I'm  fan of the #BBG squad on Instagram, and have heard great things about the Nike app and Vi, an artificial intelligence personal trainer. 

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3. Go shopping!

Nothing motivates like a new outfit. So grab some cute new gear or accessories to get you going. My Frends headphones are a must since I can't survive workouts with no music. And these cute cutout leggings were the perfect look to make me want to get more gym time in. 

4. Plan a Trip

The best way to keep you from slacking in the gym when summer winds down is to have a trip on deck, preferably one that will require a bikini. Mine is typically Art Basel, when I venture to Miami in early December, right after Thanksgiving. 

Any tips I missed? Let me know in the comments how you stay on your A-Game!

10 Ways to Wear Denim this Fall

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Images by Darryl Pratt

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August is here! I can't believe we are in the final weeks of summer. The season has been a blast but its winding down, and it's time to start thinking about what you need for Fall. I know, part of me wishes I could play on the beach for months on end. But something about Fall fashion gets me so excited to dress up and play with my wardrobe again. Goodbye lazy sundresses, hello creative layering and textures!  

August is also the unofficial start of denim season. The style staples comes to life in so many different forms. Classic jeans, vintage oversized jackets, cutoff shorts and tailored skirts are just a few options to work into your wardrobe.

In addition to classic styles,  love seeing the familiar fabric in unexpected ways. For example, this cutout maxi dress from one of my fave sites, Revolve.com is absolutely killer.  It looked great online but was downright SEXY SEXY in person. Some would say that the combo of a plunging neckline, thigh high slits on each leg, and an open back would be too much, but I am living for it. I tamed it a bit with a peek-a-boo bralette to keep from flashing all of New York City, and a black moto jacket. Peep-toe leather booties played up the biker babe vibe. 

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It's a standout piece for sure! If this is too daring for you, there are a ton of ways to spice up your classic denim. I like playing with interesting silhouettes, like a structured skirt or feminine, almost formal shapes. 

Check out 10 of my favorite denim pieces that will have you ready for the new season in no time! I especially love the denim slip dress and wide-legged cropped jumpsuit. Just remember - denim may be a wardrobe staple but there is no reason for it to be boring! 

Disney Princess Dressing

Images by Jordan Edwards

Images by Jordan Edwards

My style sometimes gets edgy, but at heart I love pieces that are feminine, romantic and soft. Blazing summer temps usually make me want to stay casual, but some occasions call for girly glamour. This baby blue floral ruffle dress fits the bill pretty perfectly.  The print is subtle and the robin's egg blue shade is heavenly. I got this beauty from Rent the Runway and I thought it would be perfect for a brunch party. It was a little bit fancier than I expected since it was a chiffon fabric and I thought it was cotton, but I loved it! As soon as I tried it on I started feeling like a long-lost Disney princess. 

The dress comes with a belt that you can tie into a bow but I felt like that would have been overkill so just left it off. Even though its super full and flowy, its actually designed to be fitted in the waist for an even more flattering look. Plus the slit up the leg adds just a hint of sex appeal to the look.  This look would be great for everything from date night to a wedding.

Since I was already having Disney princess vibes in this look, I finished it with a fluffy fishtail braid tossed over one shoulder. This dress could go with everything from elegant flat sandals to nude heels, but to play off the colors, I added teal and gold 2-strap sandals and metallic gold sunnies. 

What are your go to style ideas for getting dressed up in the summer? 

Giveaway Alert: The Gems You Need from Rosalie.co

This post bought to you in collaboration with Rosalie

This post bought to you in collaboration with Rosalie

This time of year is basically when it’s time to start refreshing your wardrobe and planning your Fall shopping list. I’ve been thinking about what I need to transition my wardrobe from summer to Fall without having to spend a ton of money between clothes, shoes, and accessories. Since jewelry is the finishing touch for every look, you always have to keep your baubles fresh.  I’ve partnered with Rosalie, a chic and affordable Australian accessories brand for a giveaway of some of their amazing accessories, just in time for the start of the new season. Here is your chance to win their Paige necklace, Scarlett hairpins, or Rosie choker. 

Rosalie started when the founders got tired of overpriced jewelry and accessories and wanted to give women a way to look great and keep their style fresh without breaking the bank. Rosalie helps you save on stylish jewelry by working with manufacturers that send the pieces directly to the customer. Packaging is minimal and unfussy, but the accessories look great and the price is right! Most pieces on site range from $8-15.

Check out the assortment on Rosalie.co and if you want to enter the giveaway, just follow us both on Instagram and tag 2 friends in the caption of this pic that you think would love this brand as much as I do!

And you can shop the pieces I got and a few of my favorites below! Even though they are based in Australia, they offer free worldwide shipping for orders over $25!

And thanks to Rosalie for sponsoring this post!