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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

JUNE EDIT

AERIN PERFUME 'WATERLILY SUN' | TRESemme GET SLEEK POLISH | ANISTASIA EYEBROW GEL | OPI POLISH 'MOD ABOUT YOU' | TOPSHOP LIPSTICK IN 'WHIMSICAL'

I've rounded up all of my favorite products for the month of June for my Monthly Edit. Here is what I have been loving the month of June:

AERIN PERFUME 'WATERLILY SUN': I absolutely love this scent! It smells like jasmine with a little bit of a musk undertone. It is clean and gorgeous. I have worn it almost every single day since I got it.

TRESemme GET SLEEK POLISH: I used to hate my hair on the first day of washing it. I would straighten it, but I still felt like it got too poofy. This polish takes care of any fly aways and makes my hair super silky. I just lightly spray it on my ends after blow drying, and then I straighten it. It's become a regular part of my hair product arsenal.

ANISTASIA EYEBROW GEL: I shared a few of my favorite eyebrow products last month, and this gel is a new addition that is fantastic. It keeps my brows in place all day!

OPI POLISH 'MOD ABOUT YOU': This has become my favorite pink polish. I got this same color in a shellac a few months ago and fell in love with the perfect blush color. I was so happy to discover that it is also available in normal nail polish too!

TOPSHOP LIPSTICK IN 'WHIMSICAL': I will replace this color the second I finish this tube. Its a great matte coral-pink. Nude lip colors tend to wash me out, but this one has just enough of a coral in it that it doesn't. I also love doing a dark pink lip liner all over my lip, and adding Whimsical on top of it. It mixes so well with other colors.

Make sure to check out my past Monthly Edits if you haven't gotten a chance to! 
(February | March | April | May)

Friday, June 26, 2015

FOURTH OF JULY INSPIRATION


ONE / TWO / THREE / FOUR / FIVE / SIX / SEVEN / EIGHT
(hover over the image for clickable links to each piece)

Fourth of July is right around the corner, so I have been thinking of a festive way to incorporate red, white, and blue into my looks. I don't wear a whole lot of red, but this darling red and navy striped dress would be so cute paired with a pair of casual sandals.  I'm working on a red and blue maternity dress that I'm hoping I can finish up by next weekend that was inspired by this dress. And red nails are always a quick and easy way to be festive! (Essie's Russian Roulette is my favorite)

Happy weekend everyone! 




Friday, June 19, 2015

EVERYDAY ELEGANCE: 4 TIPS TO ADDING A LITTLE LUXURY TO LIFE AS A MOM

DRESS: NORDSTROM | BRACELETS: GORJANA | WHITE DRESS: NORDSTROM

The life of a mom can be anything but glamorous. Amiright? My daily tasks include a lot of cleaning spills, household chores, killing spiders, dealing with various bodily functions, and trying to explain to my crying three-year-old why he can't eat a bag of marshmallows at 6:15 am. As non-glamorous as these tasks are, I wouldn't change what I do for the world. But it can be easy to lose yourself in the constant focus on taking care of your kids and your house. It is just as important to make sure you do a few things throughout the day for yourself! 

PERFUME: AERIN BEAUTY | RINGS: SOLE SOCIETY, GORJANA


In order to maintain a little mom sanity, I've come up with 4 simple tips I try to do everyday to add a little "elegance" to my daily routine. 

1. Get dressed. This might sound like a no brainer, but there are plenty of days spent in pajamas or workout clothes that leave me feeling gross and unattractive by the end of the day. If I actually take the time to throw on an outfit and a bit of makeup, I feel so much more productive. And I don't scare the Fed Ex guy by answering the door in my robe at 2 pm. Not that that's ever happened...

2. Wear perfume. Again, super simple right? But even if I don't have time to shower, spraying on some good smelling perfume leaves me feeling fresh and pretty. I love perfume. I mean..love it. Smells are so nostalgic for me. I always remember my mom smelling so good when I hugged her growing up, and I want my boys to feel the same way about me. My current favorite scent is from AERIN Beauty.  Floral scents are my favorite and AERIN has so many amazing smelling florals (rose, gardenia, jasmine) but Waterlily Sun is my top pick. It is so feminine and I love it! I would love for my boys to remember me smelling like that scent.

3. Eat a good breakfast.  As tempting as your kids half eaten banana and toast crust may be, it's not the best way to fuel yourself for the day. You are running the ship all day and need to start out with a filling breakfast. It may take a few more minutes to fry an egg or make a bowl of oatmeal, but eating something filling and nutritious helps give me the energy I need starting first thing in the morning.

4. Reserve 20 minutes for yourself.  As busy as I am during the day, I always try to steal 20 minutes of time completely for myself. And stopping to check your instagram doesn't count. Something that allows your mind and body to rest and unplug. This is usually during naptime/quiet time for me. And I usually spend my 20 minutes taking a power nap. I seriously don't make it till 8pm without one. 



With a third baby just 2 months away, my life is only going to get more crazy and more demanding. I just need to do my best to add some kind of simple "elegance" to my daily life. (That is...after I come out of a 3 month post baby hibernation where I try to get my head on straight after giving birth). And for any expecting moms, do yourself a favor and add a signature scent to your baby registry along with all the diapers and onesies. Because even if your newborn is too small to appreciate how good you smell that day, you know you managed to squeeze in a bit of simple luxury for yourself in between feedings.   

HEADBOARD: WAYFAIR
DUVET: WEST ELM
PILLOWS: SIMILAR HERE AND HERE
JEWELRY BOX: POTTERY BARN
PHONE CASE: SONIX CASES


Thank you to AERIN Beauty for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

THREE TRICKS TO ACHIEVING AND MAINTAINING THE PERFECT BLONDE


I've been highlighting my hair for years. I'm a natural blonde, but my natural color is much darker than I like on the crown of my head (I only highlight this section of my hair, the section underneath is my natural hair color). Like a lot of you, I've had great experiences with coloring my hair, and not so great experiences. In college I hopped around to a few different salons until I found a stylist that I loved that gave me the perfect color at every appointment.  I went to her for 5 years until we moved back to California, but made sure to wrack her brain and take notes on exactly what to tell my new stylist to do to my hair. 

Blonde hair can be really tough to get right. It can look too fake, too brassy, too white, etc. A lot of it has to do with your individual coloring. I have a pink skin complexion, so if my hair is too platinum my skin tone ends up looking more pink. My hair responds really well to bleach, so that is all I use to highlight my hair (I just do the crown and sides).  I've tried using darker blonde colors as well, but found that they pull too brassy and look less natural than I like. I also have my hair stylist do an added step called "breaking the base" when she shampoos my hair. Basically it is a solution that is applied to my roots when my hair is wet that helps to lighten my regrowth.  There are a few different ways to apply the solution, but my stylists just leaves it on for about 5 minutes when wet in order to get the best results for my hair color. This way I can go a little longer in between getting my hair done and I don't have quite as drastic of a regrowth line as my hair grows out. It's usually only about $10 more to get this done and is one of my secret weapons to extending the life of my blonde.

Even with the perfect coloring session, over time color-treated blonde can turn brassy or dull. I've always struggled with this and was so thrilled to discover Redken's new line of hair products created specifically for blondes called Blonde Idol. The idea behind this line is to help you keep your 'salon fresh' blonde throughout the entire 6 weeks (or..3 months..) in between trips to the salon. 


I had the opportunity to meet with Summer, a Redken color expert, at the Gavert Atelier salon in Beverly Hills (I instagrammed about it here). Her knowledge and years of experience put me instantly at ease, and when she explained the color of blonde right for my coloring could be achieved using just bleach, I knew I was in good hands. It was such a relaxing experience and the perfect pamper session before heading out to celebrate our 8 year anniversary that night with Garrett. I was so thrilled with the result! My blonde was bright and fresh, and my brassy ends were fixed. The best part about the experience was that I left knowing that I would be able to maintain my fresh color for weeks with Redken's Blonde Idol products.



Since my trip to the salon, I have been using Redken's Blonde Idol products to maintain a fresh blonde color. The Blonde Idol line consists of:


I use the cool blonde conditioner to keep my blonde from going too brassy. I would strongly suggest watching this video tutorial on how to select the correct color for your hair and the proper way to set your "dial" on the conditioner. Basically, the longer you get from your last salon visit, the higher you can turn up your dial to deliver special toner to keep your blonde from fading or going brassy. I only use this conditioner about once a week and only keep my dial set at 1, because it hasn't started to change at all and if I set it any higher, it would make my blonde too platinum this soon after a coloring.
So to recap, here are my top 3 tips for achieving and maintaining the perfect blonde:
  1. Find the shade of blonde that works best your skin tone. 
  2. Break the base to help soften your regrowth in-between visits to the salon.
  3. Keep your blonde bright and fresh with Redken's Blonde Idol products.

Thank you to Redken and Conde Nast for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

FATHERS DAY PICKS


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Have you gotten your Father's Day gift yet? No? K good, neither have I.  But I have done some research and here are a few of my top Father's Day gift picks. A few of these items I have given in the past to Garrett (like this cologne- which is amazing, and these classic boat shoes that Garrett wears any chance he can) as well as a few items on his wish list. Happy Fathers Day shopping! 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

BLUSHING BUMP (MATERNITY SESSION PART 2)

TOP: MORNING LAVENDER | SKIRT: MORNING LAVENDER | SHOES: NORDSTROM | NECKLACE: MORNING LAVENDER | WATCH: MICHAEL KORS 
photography by: Kim Le Photography

This was the second part of my maternity shoot with Morning Lavender. You can see our first session here.   I can't believe the baby is only 2 months away! 


Friday, June 5, 2015

THE BIG RED BOW DRESS TUTORIAL


Hover over the image for clickable links to each of the pieces I'm wearing
DRESS (MADE BY ME, SEE TUTORIAL BELOW) SIMILAR HERE AND HERECLUTCH | SHOESSIMILAR EARRINGS | RING  | WATCH

For years I have been in love with this red Valentino dress. It's been all over pinterest and worn on the red carpet. I picked up this beautiful orangy-red stretch fabric a little over a year ago and knew I wanted to make a fitted dress out of it, but never got around to it. I say, no better time to make a fitted dress than when you're 7 MONTHS PREGNANT! amiright? (*face palm) But our 8-year-anniversary was coming up and I wanted to make something special. Then that bow sleeve dress popped into my head and I just had to make it.

That fabric is extremely stretchy, let me tell you. And I created the pattern from this exact dress that I wore in this post. I just added a bow, which is removable. I  wore it without the bow in this post a few weeks back. I even made the same dress in a blush color (I just didn't make a bow and made the sleeves shorter), which I wore in this post.

Shop my look below and click on the link at the very bottom for the full tutorial for this dress...




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