Thursday, July 28, 2016

Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale: My top picks

Are you headed to the mall this weekend to hit up the Nordstrom's sale? Well be ready for a crazy Black Friday-esque kind of trip. There are piles of things to sort through, but tons of steals ready for you to purchase! I have sorted through and wanted to share some of my favorites with you.

Vince- Scuba Jacket
Hallelujah! This jacket very very rarely goes on sale & it's my absolute favorite style. It looks good on just about everyone, and my favorite part is the inside paneling which allows you to actually move while wearing it (have you ever had a leather jacket where you feel stuck?). A huge bonus is this tan suede is going to be super in this season!

Stuart Weitzman bootiesPerfection' Bootie(Nordstrom Exclusive)
These guys are so cute on! They are on the pricier side, but if you've been dreaming of getting your hands on a pair of Stuart Weitzman boots- these are for you!

Rag and bone jeans: The Skinny Jean
These jeans are amazing! I love super skinnies so you can wear booties without extra fabric awkwardly hanging over the boot. I have these in a few colors and love them, and SCORE they're on sale!
Via Spiga: Beckett boot
I own these boots in a different color from last season, and I promise you that these are an amazing boot. I highly recommend these! They're super comfy, look amazing with so many outfits & are affordable.
Elizabeth and James: Off the shoulder eyelet dress
How cute is this white eyelet dress? I love that this sort of dress you can wear casually with sandals and a jean jacket OR dress up with some cute pumps.
I am obsessed with amazing hats. When they are on sale, I'm even more obsessed. Check out this super cute rag and bone wool hat! Perfect for all seasons!
For all you ladies who have big knockers- it is super challenging to find an awesome fitting bra that it supportive. This bra has been a godsend to me. My mom gave it to me after laughing at how I needed new bras, because mine were too small. I thought, "NO, NOT A MOM BRA". However, I've accepted my big tata's and I found that once you get a bra that fits your chest may look even smaller (if that's what you're going for)! They rarely go on sale, so be sure to check this one out.

Kim K. let the cat out of the bag with these. No matter how tight and toned you are, you may need to grab some Spanx. I wear them with my sheer dresses and skirts, just so no one can see my bright pink underwear. Get them now, while they're on sale!
Nars: Cheek Palette
This cheek palette gives you quite the big bang for your buck. These colors alone are about $35 each, so this palette is a seal and will go with you just about everywhere. My good friend has this and I used it when we were on vacation and became hooked. My favorites of course are the most popular Blush-Orgasm & Bronzer-Laguna, but I also became completely obsessed with the color Deep Throat ( these names LOL). Try this one out, promise you will feel like your cheek game is on point!

Clarasonic: Brush and Brush head set
If you don't have a clarasonic, now is the time to get one! If you have a Clarasonic, the time to stock up on brushes is NOW! These will be super useful over the next year! The clarasonic is great to use to exfoliate, cleanse, and brighten your skin tone. I've had mine for years, and love it.
Dr. Dennis Gross- Radiance "Peel" Ritual
If you read my post on my new Affordable Beauty Routine then you know I recently got hooked on Dr. Dennis Gross' peels. I am so stoked that they are on sale as they are already worth every penny, but now REALLY worth it.
GHD: Hair straightener
My co-worker has tons of curly hair. She bought the GHD straightener for $250 and swears by it. It's now on super sale, so if you're looking for one you're in luck!

Duvet and Pillow:
These duvets and pillows are amazing, and at a place like West Elm can cost you an arm and a leg. If you need to spruce up your bed or a day bed, check out Nordstrom's cute duvets and/or pillows.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Summer Travel Workout: No equipment needed

Over the last few months I've been traveling a bit more than usual. When I'm on vacation I love to relax, but I also sometimes feel like breaking a sweat. I love finding local places to hike or explore, but if I wake up early and want to sweat a little I try to get some energy out by doing a bodyweight workout like this.

Warm up: (be sure to do a short warmup and stretch out)

Complete A,B & C then rest for 30 seconds repeat for a total of 3 times through this circuit
Circuit 1 (complete 3x)
A) 20 squats
B) 20 side lunges (10 each leg)
C) 20 glute bridges (or hip thrusts) lying on a mat 

Circuit 2 (complete 3x)
A) 15 push-ups
B) Plank with 20 shoulder taps (tap your opposite hand to opposite shoulder while keeping your hips neutral)
C) 15 burpees

Circuit 3 (complete 3x)
A) 20 walking lunges (10 each leg)
B) 20 walking plank (hold a plank walk to your left for 10 and to your right for 10)
C) 40 mountain climbers 

Circuit 4 (complete 3x)
A) 15 full sit ups 
B) 30 Russian twists
C) 15 leg raises (both legs together)

Say you have a trip planned, make 30 minutes of time for this. Maybe you don't have a trip planned, but need a short workout to do in the park or in your living room- this is perfect!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summertime favorites

It's so hard to try new products or items when you have so many things you already love. I got recommendations by some really beautiful women who have amazing skin and had to try what they love. I already have a lot of "stuff", but each of these items have been amazing and are now my must-haves.

Laura Mercier: Mineral Illuminating Powder in Stardust
This is my most recent find. My friend Lindsay's skin is always glowing. It's dewy looking and looks absolutely perfect in photos. What's her trick? This highlighter that she actually applies all over her face. No joke. I started doing it and love the look. I first use my tinted moisture all over my face and conceal my under eyes. Next is a light powder to soak up any oils, this one works great. Then I apply this powder all over my face before I bronze, blush, and highlight.

RMS Uncover-up Concealer in Light
My friend Brittany has the nicest skin out of anyone I know. It's flawlessly bright, clear and glowing. Check out her skincare routine here. She started using all organic makeup and urged me to try this concealer. At first I wasn't sure if it would give me enough coverage, but I bought it and  I am obsessed! It's very light and doesn't leave any streak marks. The color I'm using is Light #11.

Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Mascara- 10 Noir
My friends snapchatted me their obsession with this mascara. I literally watched them apply and saw their eyelashes transform, so of course I needed to get my hands on it after they raved about it. I have tried mascaras in the past that tend to clump my lashes, but I just love how it separates and lengthens. Also, something to note; for it being Chanel, the price isn't completely outrageous!

QUAY Sunnies
All my love: I discovered the brand Quay a few years ago and bought some really fun sunnies. I recently bought this pair and can't get enough of them. They are a bit different, but definitely chic. I've gotten so many compliments and am already eyeballing a few more pairs on Quays webpage.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Gorgeous Hair: The Best Toner Around

Do you die or highlight your hair? If your answer to that question is yes, then this product is for you. During the summer months often times the sunshine oxidizes died hair color and makes it look not so fresh. BLNDN created a toner and treatment to keep your hair tone picture perfect. Whether you are blonde, red head or brunette; this product will keep your hair from getting super brassy looking or too "orangey".

I bought their brightening trio which comes with a purple shampoo, purple toner & conditioning treatment (& it's on sale). I just started using it and had to share, and no this isn't a sponsored post I just really like their stuff. The longer you keep in the purple the more toned down your color will be.

The coolest part about this product is that it is actually clinically proven to work. Yes, they did studies on hair oxidation and this product helped prevent it!

I suggest you use:
If you're any shade of blonde
If you're brunette and have blonde highlights or even caramel highlights
Red head and don't love the way the sun hits your color

Check out their insta: here