• 6th June
    2011
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New site…new location

Hi all! I’ve been working on a new site (and still am working!) that can incorporate more than just blog posts. 

I’m going to start posting over there from now on, so please head on over to read up on my Bachelorette recaps and all things sports, fashion and fun :)

Thank you SO much for following me, and I hope this move isn’t too much of an inconvenience! 

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  • 2nd June
    2011
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Summer Beauty Products

Two things that don’t go together: peanut butter and ketchup. 

Just like summer heat and make-up. 

I find myself struggling to keep a decent appearance while living in the Florida heat 9 months out of the year. Lucky for you I have an arsenal of products perfect for the sweltering jungle and I’m sharing them with you!

1- Tinted moisturizer: Perfekt Skin Perfection Gel is a life saver for me come summer months. Foundation usually drips off my face within minutes of stepping outside so a tinted moisturizer is a perfect way to even your skin tone and keep a healthy glow! I love Perfekt because it’s sweat and water resistant (perfect for that mid-layout dip) and it also doubles as a tinted primer for under your evening make-up. The coverage isn’t as good as your daily make-up so expect to use some concealer on trouble spots. Be sure to try it on at your local Sephora as the tints can be a little darker than you’d expect.  

If you don’t want to go out and buy a tinted moisturizer, mixing a couple drops of your foundation with a face lotion containing SPF is an easy way to make your own. It’s light weight and you still get your coverage and protect your skin! 

2- Skin Hydrator: We all have fallen victim to staying in the sun a little too long after one too many drinks. Checking out our red skin immediately sobers us as we dread the eventual skin-shedding ritual our body will partake in. Lucky for us skin hydrators can help ease this process. June Jacobs has a great after sun hydrator that not only soothes your skin but also reduces redness and peeling, helping to maintain your tan. I use this product along with Maui Babe After Browning Lotion

3- Beachy Hair: There’s a reason why surfer chicks are lusted after other than their bangin’ bods…amazing, carefree hair. Thanks to a sweet little invention you can have the same hair without ever having to step foot in the ocean. Bumble and Bumble makes a great salt water spray that adds texture, body and shape identical to the wind-blown beach hair we all desire. There are plenty of other lines to try but B&B have a product that my stylist used on my hair and I saw great results :) The Tone It Up girls featured a video on how to get beachy waves explaining how to get the look:

              

4- Lip balm: Our skin isn’t the only thing needing protection from the sun’s rays…our lips are a prime target! Using a heavy lipstick or heavy color doesn’t fit the light, carefree style of summer so opt for a nude or neutral lip stain, gloss or tinted lip moisturizer. I like the Burt’s Bees line of tinted lip balms. Neutrogena also has a tinted lip balm with SPF 20 that works really well.

5- SPF: Last but certainly not least, you can’t forget the SPF for your skin. I love the Neutrogena line because I know it won’t clog my pores or leave my skin oily or dry. I am super cautious about what I put on my skin and Neutrogena offers the best with the best protection.  

With protecting your skin being the most important aspect of the summer, please take a moment to watch this video and share it. You never know who it can help…

               

Let me know what some of your favorite summer products are…I love testing out new stuff! 

  • 31st May
    2011
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I wanted to share with y’all a recent photo shoot I did with an awesome friend of mine Preston Mack. I first met Preston while working for Disney (at a photo shoot with my inner tween’s boyfriend Justin Bieber) and asked if he could help me out with some head shots for my personal use…ABC doesn’t let us use our show head shots for any work we do and I figured it was about time I stop using photos of me holding a drink out on a Saturday night with my friends strategically cropped out :) I enlisted his help and along with head shots Preston decided he wanted to test out a concept he has had his eye on. 

After we did my head shots we headed out to a lake in his neighborhood where I was going to stand on a platform in the water to give the impression that I was walking on water. While I questioned whether or not gators were gonna chomp my ankle off, Preston went about taking test shots as if the malaria-filled mosquitos and hungry gators were NBD. 

Needless to say, the end results are amazing! I had a blast working with Preston and his team and can’t thank them enough for working with me! Check out Preston’s blog for more info on all his photography endeavors (the guy has shot almost every athlete imaginable…he’s amazing!) as well as the sites for his team of wardrobe, make-up and hair!

Grip: Michael Smallwood 

Wardrobe: Tammara Kohler

Make-up/Hair: Ana Rivera 



  • 31st May
    2011
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A wedding, white boys dancing and pickle tickling

Second episode of The Bachelorette is in the bank and I’m already addicted! Addicted to 1: the faces of over half the cast, b: Ashley’s wardrobe and 3: seeing which guy is going to do the next crazy thing (Bentley, I feel you stepping up to the plate in this category). Before I get into the episode I want to address the Bentley situation that has a lot of you up in arms.

 Again, this entire episode Bentley drops plenty of one-liners that leave us wishing he were gone last week. Keep in mind Ashley doesn’t hear any of his interviews so all she knows is Bentley is a guy that has a way with words and is making moves showing he wants to be there. I’m pretty sure many ladies out there have been attracted to a guy she shouldn’t want but has to see for herself before she realizes he’s wrong for her. Well, put Ash in that category because Bentley is working her over.

Some of you also commented on how you were shocked producers are letting him stay in the game. While I am surprised that they didn’t take the opportunity to do a hidden camera type thing with Bentley to catch him red handed and ruin his life, here are a couple of my thoughts on the producers and Bentley: 1) I’m sure Bentley didn’t come out of the pre-interviews saying he was going to screw Ashley over for screen time. They were probably just as excited shocked as us when they hit the gold mine heard his “true” thoughts. 2) As much as I would love to see Bentley hit the road because the producers decide to save Ashley, they just can’t do that. This is Ashley’s journey and it’s up to her to make the decisions. If they were to remove him from the show Ashley would want to know why, which leads to 3) Producers can’t show Ashley his one-on-one interviews. As contestants we are promised that the only people to know what goes on in those one-on-one’s are the producers conducting them and then the rest of the world once they air. If the producers showed Ashley the interviews before the show aired, the entire credibility of the show would be shot and I’m pretty sure no one would sign up for a future season or you would never get a contestant’s true feelings. 4) Have we heard any of the guys talking about sleazeball Bentley? Nope. Wanna know why? Because none of the guys know he’s being like that either. I’m tellin’ ya…the ONLY people that are in the know on his douchebaggery are producers. At the end of the day this is a tv show. We all know what we are getting into when we sign up. Bottom line, Bentley makes great tv. Until he chooses to leave, does something that gets him kicked off by Ashley or is so over the top that the producers have to let him go, he’s gonna be sticking around.

On to the episode:

Seeing the guys living in the mansion brings back so many memories! I hope they didn’t have as many issues with the trash compactor as we did! When that first date card arrives via Chris Harrison it makes everything very real…it’s the start of their journey to find love and while everything is in their hands, I know they hope the good luck Gods are on their side and hand over a one-on-one date ASAP! I got to read our first date card and still have it…maybe I’ll show it to y’all one day!

First one-on-one goes to Will and you can see the disappointment jealousy pass across some of the front-runners’ faces, ie: JP, Mickey and Ryan P. While I was never in that position, I saw Ashley S go through it after receiving the FIR so I can imagine what some guys are feeling. Often times being a front-runner means waiting a while to get a one-on-one because the bachelor or bachelorette may already know where they stand when it comes to them and need to figure out what they think of others that may be on the fence.

Some of you may have thought the date Ashley took Will on was cruel or awkward, but I thought it was hilarious and awesome to see him squirm! I think it gave Will a chance to show his sense of humor and Ash got to see how light-hearted William was. He was a great sport and by the middle of the date had won me (and many of you) over!  

The group date card comes and I.Am.So.Jealous! We were stuck in a bee-infested mansion for FOUR WEEKS before we saw an airport! Ok, saying that out loud sounds a little ridiculous…yes, I am grateful for all we got to experience and for the opportunity to even live in a mansion…but you have to understand my jealousy a liiiiiiittle bit! I hope they realize exactly how lucky they are…and based off of the promos, my jealousy is only going to sky rocket. I love that all the guys jumped in and really tried to come up with unique dances to impress Ashley. While Ash is a dancer, I know the effort they put in outweighs their skill and I’m betting the effort wasn’t lost on her…although I’m sure she chuckled under her breath as she saw a group of white boys attempt to discover rhythm for the first time.

Second one-on-one and it comes down to a coin toss to determine who goes on it! Let me tell ya, if I were put in that situation I would’ve been ticked! Yes, it’s only week one, but time alone is so valuable. Mickey opened up to Ash and I see them having a romantic connection but I don’t know if I see a big enough spark between them to lead into a full-fledged relationship. But hey, he’s hot, nice enough and seems remotely conversational so i’d probably keep him around.

Cocktail party time and the claws are already coming out! I LOVED Nick teaching Ashley a line dance. Bad move by William interrupting time between Ashley and Nick since he already has a rose. As the guys said, Will just put a HUGE target on his back. Throughout the cocktail party you hear William rubbing in the details of his date and he crosses that cocky/confident line I talked about last week. It’s crazy how quickly a guy can go from being loved to being hated! Will definitely dropped in my book and if he keeps the cockiness up, I don’t see him lasting long.

No real shockers in who went home other than who the heck is Lucas? I really hope this season we get a chance to get to know everyone before they are given the boot. After all, we won’t have 10 minutes of every episode taken up by a psychiatric evaluation like in my season, so there’s plenty of time to show them all! 

I’m slightly adjusting my front-runners: JP, Ryan P, Blake and Ben C. Ben C managed to sneak his way in and I think he may start to win Ashley over in the coming weeks! Can’t wait for next week and hopefully some nice looking pool-side shots of the guys!

  • 30th May
    2011
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Brazilian Blow Out Update

Sorry this has taken me SO long! Many of you have asked for an update on my blowout and here it is! 

The video is a short bit of my stylist, Izzy, blowing out my hair after a cut. He didn’t use any straightening product in my hair so what you see is how my hair naturally dries when I use a brush and a dryer. 

The past couple weeks it has been drastically tested in the Florida humidity and I am SO GLAD to report that there is ZERO frizz! I seriously recommend this process for anyone with troublesome hair! 

Let me know if you have any questions about the process! 

  • 26th May
    2011
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Dress for Success: Summer Holidays

Memorial Day is just around the corner and I hope your weather forecast is looking brighter than mine in Florida. It should be against the laws of Mother Nature to have a stormy Memorial Day weekend…or any weekend for that matter :) 

I hope y’all have BBQs, parties and events planned to fill your weekend and if not, get some because if you obsess over fashion like I do, you love an excuse for a cute outfit!

So one of the big hurdles I face when dressing for summer holidays is the weather. Often times you have to dress for a full day of events, like a pool party or beach day that leads into a BBQ or evening get together. If you are out in the heat all day or have to incorporate a bathing suit into your wardrobe, chances are you will be sweaty or damp and will need your outfit to withstand the elements.

Here are some of my tips to keep your look flawless and perfect for that summer holiday:

1.       Pay attention to color: If only we could botox ALL our sweat glands and stay dry during the hot summer months, right?! One thing you need to pay attention to is the clothing you wear and whether or not you will be able to see sweat. Avoid shades in the middle of the color spectrum like purple, red, blue, green, etc. AND grey. It’s best to stick with your whites, brights and neutrals. Anything else won’t be forgiving when that sweat starts to bead up on your back.

2.       Fabric can save your life: Silks and silk blends are very light weight and can dry quickly which makes them perfect for summer and outdoor wear. Whether you’re sweating or just put on an outfit over a damp suit, the silk fabric will dry up in no time. While thicker fabrics may conceal sweat better, they can often lead to you sweating more, and we don’t want that.

3.       Convertible clothing: If you have a multitude of events in one day and don’t have time to run home to change in between, finding something that can work for all environments is important. Nowadays bathing suit cover-ups come in a wide variety. From an oversized sheer scarf to a lightweight dress or linen pants, anything goes! Here is a great progression of outfits for a day:

White linen pants over a bathing suit for a pool/beach party with gladiator sandals. I like the linen pants that can be rolled and buttoned mid shin so you can pull them up when in the sand

       

Pair a silk top with the linen pants unrolled for an afternoon BBQ with the same gladiator sandals

       

Change into a silk maxi dress with same gladiator sandals for an evening get together. My Gypsy 05 dress that I constantly talk about is perfect for this. The material doesn’t wrinkle so you can throw it in a bag and go. It’s also uber lightweight. Here is a different style of a Gypsy dress I like:

       

The best thing about all these looks is that a suit looks great under everything so no need to change or bring along a pair of underwear or a bra…which can be a little tricky trying to hide in your beach bag when friends may be digging through to find sunscreen.

4.       Heed lightweight bottoms: I already mentioned white linen pants as a great summer piece to invest in. One problem…linen is lightweight and usually see-through. A lot of our summer pieces are going to be either white or very lightweight which don’t mesh well with dark underwear. ALWAYS do a mirror check to make sure you can’t see your underwear through your clothing. And just because you can’t see through it indoors doesn’t mean you can’t see through it outdoors. My Gypsy 05 dress is green yet you can see through it because it’s lightweight. Invest in a pair of nude (not white) full bottomed and thong undies. I like the boyshort lacey bottoms from Victoria’s Secret for flowy dresses or a skirt (just in case you’re going up stairs and don’t want to show the world your Britney) and a thong for linen pants and tight dresses.  The lacie line at VS is great because it’s a flat lace so you won’t be able to see the lines through your clothing.

5.       Beware of Tan Lines: Everyone loves a great tan…everyone hates an awkward tan line. If you’re going to be outside make sure you can live with the tan line from the top and bottoms you are wearing. If you can’t, sunscreen it up! Some of my tops are one-shouldered, off the shoulder or have a funky back to them. When I wear any top that doesn’t have a normal tan line I use lots of sunscreen to make sure I’m not going to look like a weirdo the next time I put on a swimsuit.

Those are some of my key summer holiday wardrobe tips. One way to “clean up” before changing outfits is to carry face wipes or baby wipes. A quick swipe over your body can leave you feeling refreshed and more comfortable when changing into a different outfit.

Let me know in the comments section or on Twitter if you have any key summer wardrobe tips I missed! I’m always looking for ways to keep my summer look fresh and convenient!

Most of all…don’t forget the reason for this holiday. Be sure to say thank you to the men and women that fight for our country and take some time out of your day to say a prayer or thought to those who have lost their lives so we can live ours. I am proud to have a family of service members and I know the least they deserve is a thank you.

Next week I will talk my favorite beauty products for summer so be sure to come back! :)

  • 24th May
    2011
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    2011
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  • 24th May
    2011
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So this past week Ashley S and I did a podcast with Jeffrey Rosado (marquee_man on Twitter) of www.thecultureofpop.com to preview Ashley H’s season on The Bachelorette. An awesome guy that knows all things reality tv, we had a fun time and look forward to talking with him again!

Here is part 1 in which we chat about Ashley and her upcoming season and our season/departure from the show. 

  • 24th May
    2011
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A drunk, a masked man and a douche. Must be time for The Bachelorette!

If you’re anything like me you’ve been waiting for the premiere of The Bachelorette for a while and ever since the promos started running on ABC I have become even more anxious!
 
I have to admit, seeing the commercials and going through the photos of the contestants brings back memories of just a short time ago when I started the same crazy journey. I have a totally different outlook watching than previous seasons. For one, I’m getting to see a friend of mine go through this journey as the bachelorette and, two, I know what these guys are going through!

First off, major props to ABC with the selection this year. There are some quality lookers (I told you not to judge based on the photos on the website! So many are FAR better looking on the show!) with amazing backgrounds and life stories. One question I have every season…where does ABC find these guys? I’m pretty sure there is some island that breeds the guys and ABC just plucks them from it each season. I couldn’t find one of these guys in real life if I made it my life goal. I think I found my new place to search for my next boyfriend…just ignore me if you see me sitting outside of Bachelor/Bachelorette casting calls, i’m on a mission! :)
 
On to the first episode! So much goes into the first night/first episode. For starters, you get to see introduction videos that profile select contestants. Yes, some are completely cheesy and awkward and the contestants know they are as they are shooting them! Coming from a girl who did lunges and crunches in her intro video (and i’m leaving out the even more ridiculous stuff I did that you didn’t see!), I feel for these guys! There’s only so much you can do and sometimes circumstances just don’t want to cooperate (William saw this first hand as he got a dose of Mother Nature toying with him and his umbrella! How cute was he!).

The most nerve-wracking part of night one has to be planning the exit out of the limo. These guys should be grateful that they don’t have to weather the wet driveway in heels and a long dress! I was so focused on not tripping and slipping I almost forgot what I was going to say when I met Brad! From the second you accept the opportunity to be on the show standing out of the crowd may be what contestants think about the most. The best thing you can do is pick something about yourself that is unique and showcase it. I think this season you saw some guys teetering on the line that borders cocky and confident, ie: Anthony. If you choose to go on this show, the one thing you can’t be is cocky. You’re starting a journey with 24 other extremely attractive and quality bachelors and will be handed a reality check pretty quickly if you have a big ego. One little rose can knock you off your high horse with a force you’ve never felt before. 

Some of you asked me on Twitter how long the night is and what we do to pass the time. Well, let’s just say as filming wraps we have heard roosters crow a time or two! It’s a very long night, especially in heels! I’m interested to know what the guys do to pass the time, because there sure is a lot of it! Other than chatting with the contestants about the bachelor/bachelorette, getting to know each other rand doing some interviews there is a lot of sitting around. Sarah P and I decided we would spice up the night by lurking around and taking a tally of how many fake ta-ta’s were in the house (I think we got to a total of 7!). Don’t think the guys could do that so if anyone can shed some light as to what the guys do, i’d love to hear!


Now onto who everyone will be talking about…the Mask (Jeff), Tim and Bentley. First, the Mask. While I appreciate Jeff wanting Ashley to get to know what’s inside and not be concerned with his outward appearance, I think the mask shtick was a little over the top. Had he taken the mask off partway through their one-on-one I would’ve been all for the get-up as a way to stand out. Leaving it on all night (and what looks like for a good length of time judging by the promos) came off as trying too hard and maybe a little creepy. I know there is a lot of pressure to stick out but where was his friend/family member to tell him this was a horrible idea?! On to Tim or, as most will be referring to him, the drunk guy. I find it very interesting that the guy who is a liquor distributor can’t hold his liquor! Now I’m not judging him too harshly…i’ve been in his shoes, i’ve been a little tipsy at a cocktail ceremony and on a group date, but he took it to another level! Is the cocktail party long, yes. Is there very little to do while you wait to talk to Ashley, def. Is it easy to lose track of your drinks, absolutely. Needless to say, you didn’t see anyone else slurring through a conversation and passing out. Each guy there is a grown adult capable of monitoring their drinks. Let’s hope he learned a valuable lesson and that every guy there saw what not to do while around Ashley! Finally, the guy that looks to be this season’s villain, Bentley. From the moment I saw Bentley he rubbed me the wrong way. He’s one of the guys that I think tiptoes on the cocky/confident line. Not only does he come off cocky but he also seems to be very dry and cold when he talks with Ashley. Ashley is a very bubbly person who is passionate about everything she does. I don’t see Bentley fitting with her on that level and if the previews of him saying he doesn’t care about Ashley are any indication of the path he takes, I really hope she can see through him and send him home before she starts to develop feelings for him. Some of you may say that editing may be making him look worse than he is. Hate to break it to you, but editing or a producer doesn’t make you say certain things. When you see him look straight into the camera and say things could be different if it was Emily and that he couldn’t care less about Ashley…that’s alllllll Bentley. I know producers can’t step in and alter the path for Ashley, but I would be mad if I was her, saw these comments and knew he stayed around and no one stepped in to protect me. Come up with some clever way for me to catch him red handed so I can be aware of his lack of intentions. It’s her future and happiness that’s at stake. While I know they are making a tv show and need the drama, I feel like there is a line and with Bentley being so blatant about his intentions, he crossed it.  I hope he gets the boot soon…guy is grade A douche.
 
The guys that stand out from the first episode are William, Ryan P, Blake and JP. All are very attractive and seem genuine, outgoing and excited to get to know Ashley. We didn’t really see a lot of the other guys but over the next couple episodes I hope some rise to the top and show their fun personalities like we saw during the credits!
 
As always, ABC leaves us with one heck of a teaser for the season. Incredible dates, gorgeous locations with plenty of drama and emotion are all promised as Ashley searches for love. I know I will be tuning in to follow along and watch her (hopefully) find what she’s searching for!

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