3 Ways to Upgrade Your Home for Spring!

this post is bought to you in collaboration with Art to Frames

this post is bought to you in collaboration with Art to Frames

Spring is the perfect time to breath some new life into your home! I’m not a fan of Spring cleaning because obviously it’s the worst but it is a necessary evil! After you get your place nice and tidy it’s time to start working on the fun part – redecorating! 

I’ve been in my current apartment for almost 5 years now and have been itching to spice it up for a while. I didn’t want to go crazy because I’m moving somewhere new soon so wanted to think of fun, affordable ways to create a little more ambiance at home. Here are a few of my tips for easy, affordable redecorating for Spring! 

3 Ways to Update Your Home for Spring

Get some new greenery

There is no faster, cheaper way to bring new life into your home! I love picking up big leafy potted plants in colorful planters or chic baskets. I usually grab them at my local Home Depot since you can see and feel them in person, but there are also some really eye-catching ones I saw on Amazon! I have a few saved to purchase when I’m in my new place so I’ll let you know how that goes! Even though I’m terrible with plants and can never keep them alive long, I love keeping them around. I also pick up a cheap and cheerful bouquet on my regular Whole Foods or Trader Joes run for extra color around the place

Show your walls some love

Bare white walls in an apartment are a big no no! I’m a huge fan of paint, peel and stick wallpaper, and hanging art to add some personality to the room. I have a few pieces I’ve picked up over the years, and the latest is one my boyfriend actually picked out. Pretty cool right?

Custom Frame From Art to Frames

I wanted to give our new pet a very chic, timeless frame with a little pop of color to compliment the edgy street art vibe. Art to Frame gifted me this gorgeous Bright Gold With Compo Picture Frame 

The details are stunning and I added a double mat in classic white with a hint of hot pink to tie back to the colors in the painting. The finished piece is now an eye-catching addition to my entryway! 

 The team also included a classic black collage frame Collage Frame that can either sit on a table top of be hung. I haven’t decided where it’s going or what images to use, so let me know how you would style a frame like this!

And check out Art to Frames for easy custom framing! The quality and service are top-notch and their selection is amazing! The options are all stunning it’s hard to pick just one! Plus the site let’s you easily get a preview of how your piece will look in the frame of your choice, and add additional stylish details like classic or fancy cut mats. Save 15% on your purchase with my code, KELLY15.

Gold Art Frames
Easy to Hang Wall Art

Upgrade your throw pillows and blankets

Purchasing new pieces of furniture requires some degree of planning, but textiles are an easy way to transform the look of a room on a whim. If you are bored with your couch but not ready to replace it, just swap out the pillows! My favorite place to get fancy pillows at bargain prices is TJ Maxx.  They have a great selection of home textiles at a fraction of retail prices and even though I hate shopping in store it’s worth it, especially for home goods! I update my pillows and throw blankets seasonally – going for chunky knits, rich velvets, and metallics around the holidays, and fun summery prints this time of year. 

Budget Friendly Redecorating Tips

Stay tuned for more about my adventures in moving and decorating my new place and thanks again to Art to Frames for collaborating with me on this post! 

Getting Ready for Spring: 3 Must Try Hair Styles with SheaMoisture!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FindYourShea #CollectiveBias

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I’m so ready to freshen up my look for Spring! Winter will hopefully be over in a few short weeks, but I’m relishing the opportunity to escape for a bit and enjoy some fun in the sun. I’ve been hanging out in LA a bit, enjoying the sunshine and getting inspired for when the good weather finally hits NYC.

I don’t know about you, but my hair has really taken a beating this winter. It gets super dry and frizzy, and extra breakage prone! I’ve been saving my strands with a combination of protective styling and products that bring the moisture. One of my go to brands is SheaMoisture. I love that the products have natural, yet effective ingredients, smell incredible, and they have a variety of product lines depending on your hair’s needs. Plus they avoid using harmful ingredients like sulfates, parabens, paraffin, formaldehyde, and petroleum. I like to balance taking care of and protecting my hair with having fun with it, so wanted to share a few fun low-maintenance looks that I’m loving for the season!

Interested in trying out the SheaMoisture hair products? Hover over the photo to click through and shop!

It’s easiest to get these looks on stretched or fully straight hair so prepping properly with the SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Collection is the first step. Here are the styles I’ve been playing with, let me know your fave!
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Messy Pigtails

This youthful style is chic again! Braids have a carefree, bohemian vibe this look is perfect for channeling that spirit. It’s also great for when your straight or stretched hair is a few days old and starting to frizz. Just be sure to keep them a little loose and messy, not too neat and perfect. And add a little headband or scarf to jazz it up

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Beach Babe Waves

No other style is more iconic for summer! It has an easy breezy vibe and holds up well to wind and humidity. Just braid dry straight hair in medium sized sections, let them set overnight, then unbraid and fluff in the morning.

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Sleek Bun

Sometimes it’s just too hot to deal with hair, so slick it back for a chic easy look. A middle part is most flattering for the shape of my face, but you can also play with a side part or even pulling it all straight back. Finish the look with a few hair clips or a pair of statement earrings!

Before you start any style, make sure your hair is clean, detangled, conditioned and moisturized! I start my hair routine with the SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo. This product is made with certified Organic Shea Butter, Manuka Honey, Mafura and Baobab Oils to cleanse your hair while also infusing your hair with moisture and shine-enhancing nutrients. I then detangle in the shower with the SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner. This natural hair conditioner instantly softens and detangles, nourishing and conditioning dry, brittle hair to restore manageability. It also features antioxidant-rich Fig to help boost hydration while protecting distressed hair from environmental influences. After a few minutes with this, dry, damaged and rough hair will be left soft, shiny and easy to style! I also do a deep conditioning mask every time I wash for extra hydration, especially before I heat style. The SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque gives your hair the royal treatment. This hair moisturizer intensely conditions while infusing hair with a powerful dose of moisture and nutrients like Manuka Honey. Certified organic Shea Butter, Mafura and Baobab Oils restore and lock in moisture, smoothing and fortifying follicles for stronger, healthier frizz-free hair.

After wash day is complete, you are ready to style! 

Shea Moisture at Walmart


Check out SheaMoisture products at your local Walmart. They’ve got everything you need to hydrate & replenish dry, damaged hair whether your hair texture is curly, coily, or kinky. Plus you just can’t beat the super affordable price. Let me know what you think and any of your favorite Spring hairstyles I should try! 

Spring Hairstyles Guide Natural Hair

A Sunny Staycation at Hollywood Hotel

Hollywood Hotel Review

This post is sponsored by Hollywood Hotel. All opinions are my own

Sometimes you need a winter escape. NYC has been freezing so I planned another little getaway to LA to get in some fun in the sun! I love the Hollywood area and Hollywood Hotel was gracious enough to partner with me on this post.

The 130-room Hollywood Hotel is one of the most reasonably priced hotels in the city and offers incredible value in a central location. Situated in Hollywood, it’s minutes away from boutique shopping, world-class dining and cutting edge culture, and the closest hotel to The Hollywood Sign, Griffith Park, LA Zoo, Greek theater and Mount Hollywood hiking trails.

The hotel has an on-site fitness center so you can squeeze in a workout when traveling and a beautiful, open-air fountain courtyard, and outdoor pool. Plus they offer a complimentary hot breakfast buffet served daily. A unique feature of the hotel is Hollywood Hotel’s own Comedy Club, which brings all-star comedians to the property on a weekly basis.

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Hollywood Hotel Pool
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Hollywood Hotel Bar

The weather during my visit was pretty wet and chilly so didn’t encourage much exploring, so luckily the hotel was comfy enough for staying in. Make sure you stop by the bar, Route66 for happy hour and check out the vodka tasting!

Let me know if you end up here in LA and how you liked it! And thank you again to Hollywood Hotel for partnering with me on this post.

Hollywood Hotel LA Review

Curing the Winter Blues with Biore & John Frieda!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BioreFreeYourPores #RAWellnessBeauty #ForHairThatDemandsAttention #CollectiveBias

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I know I’m not the only one who is completely over winter! It’s been pretty freezing the past few weeks in NY and the weather is really putting a damper on my social life. I’ve been trying to make the most of spending more time indoors waiting until winter passes, so that means lots of Netflix and Hulu, a few new good reads, and of course, my at home beauty treatments. Relaxation time is so important, especially after the hectic holiday season. After all of those weeks taking care of everyone else, it’s time to turn your focus back to yourself. If you want to indulge in a little self-care when it’s too cold to be out doing anything else, here is my routine for a quick and easy cozy spa night at home.

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I start by cleansing my skin and doing a treatment mask. Biore® Charcoal Cleansing Micellar Water is a great way to take off makeup and deep cleanse your skin before you apply the mask. It’s an all-in-one cleanser and makeup remover, so there is no need for rinsing or rubbing. It removes even heavy make-up while refreshing and balancing your pores, and the charcoal formula is great for oily skin.
Biore Charcoal Mask
Once all my makeup is removed, I apply the Biore® Charcoal Self Heating One Minute Mask. A thermal mask is perfect for a night where you need to warm up and melt away your stress. It’s infused with natural charcoal, and opens pores and draws out dirt, then finishes with a cooling sensation for tingly-smooth skin in just one minute. I follow with my favorite moisturizer and eye cream, and then move onto hair!
John Freida Frizz Ease Serum
My curls can get insanely dry and frizzy, so keeping them strong and hydrated is essential. I’ve been loving the John Frieda® Frizz Ease® Extra Strength 6 Effects™+ Serum. This tiny bottle packs a powerhouse serum that eliminates frizz, prevents damage from heat styling, repels humidity, smooths strands, hydrates parched hair, and tames flyaways. I like to add a few drops to my hair after washing and deep conditioning to create a foundation for frizz free styling all week. You can also use a small amount of product on the ends of dry hair to refresh your look and help smooth away any frizz.

Now just grab a cozy knit throw blanket and turn on a movie for the perfect way to end a night of pampering. After nights like these I feel completely rejuvenated.

At Home Spa Tips
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If you are looking for the place to stock up on beauty and wellness items that are affordable and easy to find, check out your local Rite Aid. They make it easy to make smart choices while shopping so you can look great, feel great, and save! Make sure you try the above products or anything from Bior®e or John Frieda® with the discounts below! 

  • Starting 1/27 and 2/10, save 25% off any one Biore® item

  • Starting 2/10, look for BOGO 50% on John Frieda® products

  • From 1/27-3/2, save up to $11 with coupons via printed brochure in select stores and Load2Card coupons on riteaid.com


Let me know how you guys are surviving the rest of winter!

Budget Beauty Products

Get Ready with Me: Glam Valentine's Day Looks with Upbra!

Glam Night in for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is just 2 weeks away! Hope you guys have your outfits ready to go. Today I’m giving you a little preview into how I get ready for a romantic night out, in collaboration with Upbra!

Upbra is my go to bra when I need to take my look up a notch! This bad boy gives you cleavage that is not for the faint of heart. It’s made in America and features  Upbra ActiveLift® technology and cleavage control straps that move your breasts up and center for maximum cleavage.  Pull the loops all the way out for the most high impact loop. Don’t worry about it getting uncomfortable, this bra is seriously surprisingly comfy!

If you want to keep some attention on your face, balance out the major babe look with glamourous makeup and hair! For this look I went with big voluminous curls and soft romantic makeup. Think a shimmery eyes with a touch of smoke, berry lips, and plenty of highlighter. And definitely don’t forget the lashes! 

I’m planning to wear a strapless dress, so going with the Upbra Strapless Bra in red. It’s just as supportive as the T-Shirt version I also have. It also features super cute heart shaped mini grips to keep your cleavage in place all night long.

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Glam Beauty Look
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Upbra Product Detail Review

If you are still struggling to figure out what to wear, check out my tips in this post! Whatever you decide, be sure to make the first layer of your look the Upbra! Also, be sure check out their swim collection if you are in the market for a new bikini for summer

Valentines Day Glam Night In

Getting Halloween Glam with Pretty Little Thing!

Halloween Costume Ideas

As you probably can imagine, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! Any excuse to get glammed up, go out with your squad and eat way too much candy is a hit in my book. I’ve been playing with so many costume ideas trying to figure out what I want to wear for the events the weekend before Halloween and of course the day of. Luckily Pretty Little Thing launched their Halloween Shop with pretty much everything you’d need! I partnered with PrettyLittleThing.com to bring you 3 ideas for the perfect glam Halloween look.

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Belle of the Ball 

Nothing is more glam than a Halloween Masquerade Ball! This lace ruffled gown would be a hit for so many different costumes, from masked diva, to glamorous witch! Just swap out the accessories depending on your idea. I paired it with the Masquerade Mask Face Stickers to finish my sultry glam look. Check out the PLT site for more accessories you could style this number with.

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Classy Kitty

Sure cat costumes aren’t the most original, but this Lace-Up Back Midi Dress was just too good to pass up. I love that it is the perfect base of a Classy Kitty costume when paired with a mask, but it’s elegant enough to wear again for date night. It’s a bit tricky to get into because it’s so fitted and has the lace-up back, but I was able to get the hang of it in no time and it looks stunning on.

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Haute Hippie

A burgundy velvet jumpsuit? SIGN ME UP! When I picked this item I wasn’t exactly sure what I would be. Devil was the obvious choice but usually devil costume are bright red. I was really into the 70’s vibe so decided to go for a glamorous hippie look, complete with matching flower crown. It also comes in emerald or blue which would be a great start to a peacock costume and PLT has plenty of options from face jewels to accessories to help you finish your look!

Let me know what you are thinking of dressing up as for Halloween, and shop these looks and more of my faves from PLT’s Halloween Shop below!

Glam Halloween Costume Ideas

The Perfect NYFW Look Featuring Upbra

Images by Nigil Crawford

Images by Nigil Crawford

This post is sponsored by Upbra. All opinions are my own.

I love any excuse to turn up the sparkle! NYFW is the perfect time of year to stand out and wear looks that will keep all eyes on you. I was debating what to wear to Saturday’s Badgley Mishka show, and since they are known for bringing the glam I decided it was the perfect occasion for bling!

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This sequined Zara jacket is a favorite of mine. The blush color is soft and romantic and the iridescent sequins are just gorgeous. I paired it with my billowy wide-leg satin trousers and a bandage crop top that you would swear is Herve Leger but is from H&M when I was in Paris!

The finishing touch for this look was my major cleavage, courtesy of Upbra!

Upbra Sculpting Bra

I’ve featured them on the blog before and I just can’t get enough of this bra! It lifts like no other but is still amazingly comfortable.

The bra features cleavage control straps that are the core of the Upbra ActiveLift® technology. After the bra is on, just pull the straps and rehook them in place!

That shifts your breasts upwards and center to maximize the cleavage. The farther away the loops are from the center, the greater your cleavage. For this look I had them pulled in a bit, but not even as far as they go! Even with pulling the straps to maximize cleavage, you don’t have to worry about compromising your comfort.

If you haven’t tried Upbra yet, head over to their site ASAP! Let me know how you would style this amazing bra!

the ultimate push up bra

5 Skin Care Essentials I Can't Live Without

Skin Care Beauty Secrets

This summer has been a hot one! We've had several heat waves and the humidity feels like it's at an all time high. I try to make small tweaks to my beauty routine every season, based on the changes in temperature and what's going on in my life at the time. Since my summers tend to be super busy and full of weekend trips, I try to give my skin a little extra TLC! Here are some new products my skin has been loving. 

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Tula Beauty Probiotic Skin Care Line

Tula  is a skincare brand that combines probiotics with other skin friendly superfoods to naturally balance and boost the health of your skin.

The brand focused on using clean, clinically proven, high-quality ingredients to create cruelty free products that help women feel more confident. The brand gifted me some of their best selling products that are now available at Ulta. The Purifying Face Cleanser keeps my skin clean, refreshed, and balanced, their Eye Renewal Serum keeps puffy eyes at bay, and the Hydrating Day and Night Cream is moisturizing but not too heavy for my combination-oily skin. 

FIlorga OPTIM-EYES® Eye contour cream

This baby is an eye-cream power house, keeping wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness away. I recived this product through Octoly and have been loving the results. I especially notice a difference when I've spent long days out and about in the sun. It includes a high-tech blend of Filorga’s NCTF®, a polyrevitalization cocktail of 59 ingredients and Filorga’s own hyaluronic acid.

You can find the product here!
Luxury Spa Treatments at Home

Australian Pink Clay Mask - Urban Defence

I usually do a mask once or twice a week and a new one I've been trying is the Australian Pink Clay Mask - Urban Defence. I also recived this through Octoly, and the pretty pink hue begs to be Instagrammed! The mask is packed with unique ingredients, like  Kakadu plum – a tiny Australian fruit that holds the highest known natural source of vitamin C and helps stimulate collagen, reduce hyperpigmentation, and protect from harsh environmental aggressors. There is also vitamin E for reinforcement at blocking free radicals, age-fighting vitamin A, and old man weed – a traditional indigenous medicinal remedy which fights acne-causing bacteriaI. It leaves my pores looking tighter and skin feeling smooth and refreshed

Get your hands on it here! And if you are into multi-masking, check out the rest of their line!

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil

Cleansing oils are magic, even for oily skin! One of my go-to oils is by Shu Uemura. Can you believe 1 bottle sold every 7 seconds around the world! I love how it clears away makeup, oil and impurities without stripping/drying the skin.  

I love the Porefinist2 Sakura Fresh Cleansing Oil for my oily/combination skin. I also got this through Octoly and it is formulated with sakura and cinnamon bark extract to regulate oil, and keeps my pores clear and skin refreshed. 

InstaNatural Collagen Age Defense

Since beauty starts from within, vitamins and supplements are a major part of my beaut routine. I take a collagen supplement daily, and this time it's been the InstaNatural Collagen Age Defense. The formula is full of ingredients proven to improve the appearance of skin from the inside out; MicroActive® Resveratrol and BioCell Collagen® reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dryness while increasing collagen levels in the skin. Careless® Mango and Florabella® support circulation and improve skin tone and elasticity. With consistent use expect to see healthier, smoother more radiant skin over time. 

If you are curious about trying it, check it out here!

Let me know what new products you have in your rotation, or anything you are dying to try! 

At Home Hair Care with Yeluchi by Un-Ruly!

This post is sponsored by Yeluchi by Un-Ruly. All opinions are my own

This post is sponsored by Yeluchi by Un-Ruly. All opinions are my own

This summer has been one of various hair styles for me! There has been the balayage color I did in Spring, then the Brazilian Blowout, the natural curls, and of course, various braided styles. I tend to rely on protective styles more in the winter, but braids are becoming a new go-to for summer. They are chic and stylish and let you hop out of bed with your hair done for weeks on end. What's not to love! 

I was researching hair braiders looking for a stylist and some inspiration for my next style when I found Yeluchi by Unruly.

Yeluchi is a at home hair styling service powered by Un-Ruly, the popular media hub dedicated to all things hair for Black women. They serve select areas of NYC and offer an array of services from various braided styles to weaves to blowouts. The Yeluchi team graciously comped my service for review, so check out my thoughts on the experience!

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It was smooth and seamless! I already had ideas for the style I wanted and using the suggestions on their site I was easily able to select the appropriate service. You can also add links to images of what you want for reference so they know what you are looking for an can accurately match you to a stylist. I was hoping for an after work appointment but couldn't find one, so settled on a Sunday morning. I did ask my stylist if they offer evening appointments and she said they do, but they tend to fill up fast so you have to book early. For the sake of research I did some digging, randomly selecting various styles and neighborhoods and checking the calender on site through October. I found nothing later than 1pm. If you don't keep standard office hours during the week that's probably fine, but if you do, plan to keep your appointment for the weekend. 

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The Service

My stylist Roxy was prompt, friendly and professional! I had aleady prepped an area in my living room so she would have space on the table to set up, then tuned into my favorite YouTube channels while she got to work. The only issue we had was a technicality with the style I chose. The cornrows in the inspiration photo I sent were stitch cornrows, not regular ones. If you don't know the difference, here is an example of stitch vs regular! Both cute, just different details. 

They actually do not offer stitch braids, and Roxie let me know she told the company before taking the appointment but they didn't update me.  So I ended up with 6 regular cornrows that we then tied together into 1 chic bunch with gold thread. It was a little disappointing because the stitch effect was the main thing I wanted, and if they would have told me in advance they couldn't do it I would have just picked a totally different style. But I didn't have time to look for a new style in that moment, and also didn't even know if time or the amount of braiding hair I had purchased would allow. I let her practice a little just to see if she could try it, but it wasn't the exact look I had in mind. However I was still happy with the results and her technique, especially how she respected my edges! I also love that she didn't know I was blogging about the experience. Sometimes companies roll out the red carpet for bloggers and you never know if the experience you are getting is the treatment everyone gets. 

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Final Thoughts

Overall my style was cute, trendy and got me tons of compliments! She also braided carefully and attentively, checking in to make sure it wasn't too tight. You guys know it only takes 1 aggressive braider to permanently ruin your edges so I was very happy to feel like the health of my hair and scalp was priority. It's been about a week and a half since my appointment and the style still looks great. I expected to keep it for 2 to 2.5 weeks and I'm pretty much on track for that. I will probably take down the long threaded braid and wrap the cornrowed ends into a bun just to switch things up the last week. 

If you guys are curious about at home hair styling, definitely check out the services offered by Yeluchi! I'm already thinking about my next look for later in the summer!

Squad Goals! 3 Perks of Forming Your Blogger Squad

Blogger Girls in NYC

I’ve been blogging for a few years now and one of the best things about it, is well, other bloggers! Nothing beats building a sense of collaboration and community with beautiful, talented, creative women that share your goals and mission. I’ve been so fortunate to connect with an amazing blogger girl squad here in the city. Here are some of the things I love the most about them!

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You have instant common ground

There are things that every blogger can relate to. We all have spent nights spent working on our sites and content calendars and weekends filled with styling sessions and photo shoots. Your friends may only see the glamourous parts, like you posting cute pictures and going to fun branded events. But the rest of us really get it! Even if you are in a different niche, you understand having a crazy schedule, feeling the pressure to always look amazing online, and trying to find ways to make your content stand out! 

You get to build a unique network

Whether you are looking for anything from photo shoot locations to tax advice, if you have a strong network of other bloggers you can definitely find the answers! I love being able to rely on my network to brainstorm ideas, troubleshoot issues only they would understand, and get inspired for projects I’m trying to tackle! 

You get to have fun and be productive

Imagine having all the fun with your friends, while simultaneously networking, strategizing, and sharing resources to support each other’s goals. That’s what having a blogger squad is like! For the perennial multitasker like me, being able to have fun with people who’s company I genuinely enjoy while keeping on top of growing my business is major! 

Pin me for later!

Pin me for later!

If you are looking for connect with other bloggers in the city, try Meetup to find groups, or sliding into someone’s dm’s if you want to connect! 

 

 

How to Be Your Own #HairGoals with Prose Customized Hair Care

Summer Little Black Dress and Bamboo Bag

Let's be real - we are all on the quest to have the best hair possible. However you define your best hair is up to you - whether that be short and straight, long and bouncy or kinky curly. Great hair starts with health and I've been through HUNDREDS of products looking for the ones that would keep my curls hydrated, shiny and strong enough to resist breakage and maintain length.

I discovered Prose through Octoly, an influencer network and I was immediately intrigued. A fully customized hair care line based on your lifestyle and hair goals? Sign me up! I did their assessment online which asked a series of questions about my styling process, environmental conditions, and hair and scalp characteristics. 

My products arrived a week or 2 later with a detailed guide to the ingredients chosen and why they would be good for my hair. Some of the key ingredients were argan and jojoba oils for moisture, hyaluronic acid and collagen to repair and restore, and oat lipids and sunflower seed extract for color protection. My instructions are to shampoo and condition 2x a week, use the mask once a week, and 2x a month leave the mask on overnight for some ultimate hair rehab. 

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I noticed a difference right away and my hair has been getting even better with continued use. I mean take a look at these curls! 

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The shampoo cleansed without leaving my hair feeling stripped, and the conditioner and mask are rich, creamy and super hydrating. In short, it works wonders for my hair because it's made for my hair.

If you are interested in trying Prose check them out! And the only thing I can ask from the Prose team is to pretty please add in styling products! 

One Look Two Ways - with The Perfect Watch!

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StyledForSpring #CollectiveBias

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StyledForSpring #CollectiveBias

Hello babes! Spring is here in full swing and the city is absolutely blossoming. I love spending long days bouncing about the city between museums, brunching, shopping and just basking in the new energy that rebounds after winter. 

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Cherry Blossoms New York

But being out all day this time of year can get tricky. In the morning it can be chilly, blazing hot by mid-day, then back down to low, breezy temps by evening. I like to play with little style spinoffs on days like this, and it's super easy to transform a look depending on how the breeze blows. Take this perfect little dress. It's from Macy's and just screams "style me for Spring!".  I've been seeing a lot of runway looks pairing dresses with jeans, so instead of tights I added my fave skinnies. The look is fresher and more unique but still keeps your legs covered if it gets chilly. And add an extra layer with a moto jacket to finish the look. A jacket always comes in handy when temperatures flucutate, so make it one that takes your look up a notch. 

And when the temperature rises and you start to feel the heat, shed the jeans and jacket and just rock the sundress! Just make sure to bring a tote you can stuff your extra layers in if you need to. 

There is also one key piece tying both looks together: An Anne Klein watch! Hover over the image above to start shopping!
I got this baby at Macy's and it's an instant classic. I love the timeless design and beautiful detailing. Plus it's versatile enough to go with pretty much any look from Spring to Fall! An Anne Klein watch would also make a great gift for your stylish friends or your mom on Mother's Day! The watches are versatile and can be dressed up or down like I did.
Anne Klein Watches at Macys

Plus the packaging is so pretty no need to fuss with gift-wrapping. Check out the collection at Macy's and let me know your favorites!

The Perfect Staycation at Scribners Lodge

This post is sponsored by Scribners Catskills Lodge & Trailways NY

This post is sponsored by Scribners Catskills Lodge & Trailways NY

You guys know I love to travel, and even though I've been lucky enough to do a lot of international travel, I've been working on doing more domestic travel this year. So when I had the chance to spend some time at Scribners Lodge in the Catskills, I jumped at the chance! 

Scribners Catskills Lodge

Scribners is a gem of a property in Hunter, NY.  The level of comfort and attention to detail is phenomenal. The building has been around since 1966, but underwent a transformation in Fall 2016. The attention to detail is phenomenal, from the amazing staff, stylish comfy rooms and treats like s'mores kits and to-go bottles of their signature cocktails. 

Summer Travel Ideas
Stylish Travel Accessories

Plus the restaurant, Prospect is a can't miss. It really is an experience all on it's own. Cocktails and wine list are steller, and the food is as delicious and decadent as it is photogenic. 

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If, like me, you can barely drive to save your life, the property is easily accessible on the Trailways Bus from Port Authority. It stops just down the road from the property and depending on traffic and how many passengers are on board, the driver may turn around and drop you off right in front of the hotel. Mine was nice enough to give me front door service since the bus was pretty empty and the road clear. But it's a pretty smooth walk from the hotel to the bus stop if they can't drop you off, or when you are making your way back. 

If you are looking for a mini trip somewhere close to New York, definitely check out Scribners! But be warned - it's so nice you will pretty much not want to bother leaving. 

Best in Beauty at the International Beauty Show

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Since I'm totally obsessed with beauty, I was so happy to attend the International Beauty Show this weekend. The show is the top trade show for beauty professionals, and even though it's technically for beauty pros only, I had a blast getting an insider look at the hottest new product launches, beauty tools, and wholesale pricing on everything! 

Check out my highlights from the show!

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Studex At-Home Piercing Kit

Studex is the leading manufacturer of piercing instruments, studs and supplies. Even if you've never heard of them, you've definitely touched one of their products. I partnered with Studex and Brand Backer for complimentary tickets to the show. If you go, check out their assortment of stylish studs, and maybe get a new piercing! I got one and am absolutely in love! If you want to try piercing at home with your bestie, their Piercing Kits are available for purchase here. It comes with everything you need for a new earlobe or cartilage piercing, is allergy-free, and sterilzed! And they've got even more products available at Sally's!

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Curls Cashmere & Caviar Collection

Since I'm wearing my natural curls again, I was so excited to see this launch! Coming out this summer, the Cashmere & Caviar Collection is a luxe new line that promises to strengthen, restructure, and add shine. All the products felt insanely rich and luxurious and smelled beautiful. Check out curls.biz for more info on the launch! I also stocked up on their Blissful Lengths Liquid Hair Growth Vitamin, so hoping to see some results as I start using it! 

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Touch Beauty Tools

I'm a little bit behind when it comes to fancy, high tech skin care gadgets, so I stopped by the Touch Beauty booth to get the scoop. Touch Beauty creates a variety of devices, from eyelash curlers, so ultasonic facial scrubbers. Their Cream Booster deliveres positive or negative electrodes to refresh and detox the skin, as well as maximize the absorption of skin care products. The Contour Sculpting Roller massages the skin and can be used for face and body. While they are mostly trade only, they have a selection of products available on Amazon

 The show is in town until March 6th, so if you can get a pass stop by! 

The Bra You Need for Ultimate Cleavage

Images of me by  Mich Cardin

Images of me by Mich Cardin

This post was sponsored by Upbra. All opinions are my own.

This time of year you start seeing thousands of emails and posts about what to wear for Valentine's Day. There are plenty of amazing dresses and makeup tips thrown around, but today I'm sharing my new secret weapon for taking any of your looks to the next level. 

Meet the Upbra!
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This beautiful bra launched in 2015, after years of design and engineering and provides out of this world lift & cleavage, without heavy padding. The top quality bras are made in America and are beautifully designed and so comfortable to wear.  There are a few things that set the Upbra apart. The cleavage control straps are the core of the Upbra ActiveLift® technology. After you put the bra on, pull the straps to move your breasts upwards and towards the center of your body, creating can't miss me cleavage.  The farther away the loops are from the center, the greater your cleavage.

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And the cute hearts lining the cups aren't just for aesthetics. They are mini grips designed to ensure that your cleavage will stay up throughout the day.

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The Upbra® Miraculous Stay-Up Strapless Bras also have a high-tech grip around the band of the bra that will keep it from sagging. It also comes with bra straps so you can wear them multiple ways. I tried both the strapless bra and the The Upbra® Perfect T-Shirt Bra and am obsessed with both!
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I was also pleasantly surprised by how comfortable they are! Considering the high-tech construction I expected it to feel stiff and almost corset-like on the body, but the fit is amazing. If you are ready to try one, use code KELLYUPBRA10D for $10 off your purchase! And let me know in the comments what you think!

4 Steps to Crushing Your 2018 Goals

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TheWooOfPoo #CollectiveBias

We’re about a week into 2018! Hopefully you have recovered from the festivities and have a fresh perspective on what you hope to accomplish this year.  While I hate the term resolutions, I think that a new year is an important time to set smart, strategic goals that you can be held accountable for as the year progresses.   Here is my road-map to setting actionable goals for my blog staying on track! Hopefully this helps inspire your journey to success this year!

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1. Get Inspired!

There is nothing like a good book to help psyche you into action. I just finished reading The WOO of POO: Change Your Life In The Time You Take a Sh*t. If you aren’t familiar with Suzy Batiz or her company, Poo~Pourri, you are seriously missing out! The WOO of POO Before-You-Go® Toilet Spray is a game-changer! Just spray it in the bowl before you go and it forms a protective barrier that traps odor under the surface. So instead of smelling your roomie or lover’s poo, you just get a whiff of natural essential oils.

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I’ve been a long term user of Poo~Pourri and have to say it has saved lives and relationships! So when I heard about Suzy’s book on Amazon I had to give it a read. The book is full of tidbits from Suzy and team on how they built a crazy idea into a multi-million dollar business. Add it to your reading list for some inspiration as you think about the goals you are setting and develop a roadmap to achieve them.

2. Stay Inspired

One of the first things mentioned in The WOO of POO is believing in magic. There are times when it feels like you are drowning in a sea of competition. And in the blogging world there is always someone with more followers, more engagement, or who you think is cuter or more stylish than you. Instead of letting the stink of potential failure keep you down, remember how unique your voice is and what you bring to the table. If you get lost along the way, there are several handy exercises in the book that can help you along the way. One of my biggest goals for the year is expanding my reach as a blogger, and sometimes it seems like an impossible journey, especially with all the changes to the Instagram algorithm. But then I remember when I started this journey, when I went from 200 followers to breaking my first 1000 and finally being where I am now. While I may not have exploded, I am growing at a steady pace, am proud of that, and am grateful to all of you who support my content.  

3. Stay on top of my growth

Even though I wish I could snap my fingers and have a million followers, exponential growth does come at a price. Suzy and the Poo~Pourri team learned that when their company exploded after a viral video, and they almost went out of business. I still balance many responsibilities outside of blogging, between work, family, friends and a social life. I’m def not ready to manage a crazy editorial calender and blogging schedule, so I try to keep that in mind as I manage my growth.

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4.  Get Epic

Standing out in the bloggersphere is a challenge and one that I am trying my best to tackle! I'm planning to take my content to the next level by getting more creative and innovative every step of the way! Hopefully 2018 the best year for my business so far, and that it will only get better! 

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Let me know what you are hoping to accomplish this year and beyond, and how you plan to accomplish those goals! And check out The WOO of POO: Change Your Life In The Time You Take a Sh*t.on Amazon!

My Fave Holiday Beauty Sets to Gift (Or Keep)!

Holiday Gift Ideas

The first part of my gift guide should have given you some inspiration to start your shopping! If you have a beauty lover on your list, here are a few ideas I love from some of my favorite new brands.

Willing Beauty Hy5 Regimen

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The Willing Beauty team gifted me their HY+5 regimen and I'm absolutely obsessed! The age-defying routine moisturizes, restores your complexion, and protects against damage from environmental aggressors. Plus it was founded by a powerhouse mother-daughter duo, so your dollars are supporting an amazing family run business. I've been using it for a few weeks and my skin is definitely softer, smoother, and more radiant. 

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Maple Holistics Shampoo & Conditioner Set

If you or someone on your list loves natural hair products, definitely check out Maple Holistics. They have a wide array of shampoo and conditioner sets that are designed for different hair types and concerns, and all their products are all natural, made in the USA, sulfate free, and cruelty free. The team sent me their tea tree shampoo, which I love for my scalp, and their argan oil shampoo & conditioner set, and almond oil. The products are super gentle and moisturizing, and keep me hair soft and tangle free! If you are shopping for friends or family, make sure to grab a few of their free samples for yourself! 

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Bliss Fat Girl Slim Set

You guys know I swear by this stuff. Some people think it's a myth, but regular use has really made a dramatic difference in keeping the cellulite away. I also just started using their tummy toning product for good measure. I don't have any issues in that area, but I grabbed it on sale at Kohl's and figured it couldn't hurt. Buy them individually or as a set to test it out. But maybe keep this for yourself or someone you know uses firming products! 

Let me know what gifts are on your list this season!

Affordable Holiday Gift Ideas

Blogger Feature: Ashli with an Eye!

Images by Olivia Kang

Images by Olivia Kang

I'm happy to introduce my first collar with another blogger, Ashli from Ashli with an Eye! I actually had the pleasure of working with this babe years ago when I lived in Milan! We both worked at Sergio Rossi, but since I was there and she was based here in NY we never actually met! It was such a pleasure to reconnect and work on a collaborative photo shoot, we decided to do a feature on each other on our respective blogs. Check out this fun Q&A with Ashli! 

Gimme the scoop: where ya from, whaddya do, who are yas?

I’m Ashli, a fashion and business consultant, taco connoisseur and creator/curator/owner of the blog Ashli with an Eye. AWAE focuses fashion, lifestyle, travel and just the general hilariousness that comes with not knowing how to adult. at all.  

What are 3 words you would use to describe your blog? Your style?

Trends. Shopping. Realness. Keep your eyes peeled for recipes too, I’m a huge cook and can’t wait to incorporate it more into my blog!! 3 words for my style would be FOREVER. CHANGING. DAILY. One day (*cough* today *cough*) I could be in LuLu leggings, a oversized tank and a leather jacket w Nikes, the next day I’m in a pretty floral dress and lashes and heels … still with a leather jacket tho cause #life. 

What advice would you have for someone moving to New York?

Don’t forget to be a tourist! After being here 7 years, there’s still so many parts of “NEW YORK” I haven’t done or experienced. You always think “I’ll do it someday” – oh ya? Then do ittttt! What happens if your job randomly relocates you? Or you decide to move somewhere else? Or you fall in love in SPAIN AND MOVE THERE? …a girl can dream.

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What advice would you have for someone wanting to work in fashion?

Do ANYTHING that is asked of you. When I first started working at Oscar de la Renta fresh out of college, I would have licked the floor if they asked me to. 6 months of this “first to arrive last to leave” mentality and I was surely noticed. The head of PR got me my first full time job at Gucci!

Whats the best advice you've ever gotten?

“You’re the only person who should give yourself advice” …yes I realize the irony in this. But so many times I’ve listened to other people instead of my own gut and fully regretted it later. You know what’s best for you. Take the risk, dump the a-hole.

 If you could only have 5 apps which would you have?

Instagram, Lyft, OpenTable, Twitter, 1010 (I have played this on the subway for yeeeeears!)

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Whats your total-day-off-time-for-yourself kind of day look like?

Wake up crazy early, go to the gym, come home and make breakfast, lay on the couch and binge watch 900,000 episodes of something (lately Boy Meets World!), make a huge dinner of my famous Cacio e Pepe and down a bottle of wine cause I like a challenge and Sauvignon Blanc equally.

 If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

Morocco!! I’m so inspired by the incredible colors, patterns and of course the food!

Any music currently on repeat?

I like indie jams before theyre big, everyone should check out Rynn – I’m OBSESSED. (best song is Islands IMO)

Whats your favorite meal - the meal you'd love at the snap of a finger at all times?

Velveeta Shells & Cheese. I should by stock in Velveeta.

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OK RAPID FIRE.

Wine or cocktails? Vino please thanks

Tacos or pizza? TACOS. Fav food.

Miley Cyrus or Katy Perry? Miles <3

Spotify or Pandora? Spotify

Club or dive bar? Dive Bar!! Preferably w darts.

Saturday night or Sunday brunch? Sunday brunch

Expensive shoes or expensive bag? Expensive bag, I pay $20 for all my shoes

Lipstick or eyeshadow? Lipstick (I only wear Lovecraft by Kat Von D)

Favorite podcast? I used to have a podcast RIP called How to Adult but no longer. So I’d say Guys We F***ed.

Flats or heels? Heels4Lyfe

Dogs or cats? Dogs

Chanel or Gucci? Chanel, ugh Karl <3

 

Learn more about Ashli and check out her blog AshliWithanEye.net

 

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! 

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)!