• 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! 

  • 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!

Follow me on twitter for live commentary during the episodes and join in on the conversation!

  • 19th May
    2011
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Ashley’s Leftovers Comin’ Up Hot!

Excuse me while I mop up the drool and pick my jaw up off the floor.

Holy cow…Ashley hit the jackpot. Major props to the editors for compiling one of the most enticing promos I have ever seen. No props to you for editing me out of last season ;). Hey, do you think this season’s “Diaries of the Departed” can be montages of each guy topless? I really have no desire to hear about how they are upset to go home. No talking, more looking :)

To say these guys are easy on the eyes is the understatement of the year. I don’t know how she managed to keep her cool. Me on the other hand? I would’ve been the giddiest little girl ever…kid in a candy store….cheesy grin from ear to ear…and probably would’ve concocted some excuse to have a kissing contest with the winner getting my first impression rose. I’d at least want to snack on the buffet before I chose my main course!

In all seriousness, judging by looks Ash has a great group of guys to pick from. Please note…when I say judging by looks I mean judging by the video above and NOT from the promo shots ABC has posted. I can guarantee you there is about a .05% of Bachelor/Bachelorette contestants that like their promo shot. Everyone else has the same reaction…’it’s ok, but I KNOW I took a better one that they could’ve used’. Case in point…my promo shot was meh, okay. But take a look at my photo used for the alum contact page. A thousand times better if you ask me. They totally had a better option to shoot out to millions of people. I’m not sayin’, but I’m just sayin’ :) Another thing, as you’re scoping out Ashley’s guys don’t be harsh and judge them based on their Q&As. 1: these are answered without us knowing that they are being used for our online profile. I assumed it was just another one of the billion questionnaires they wanted me to fill out. I was short, bland and didn’t put much thought into it because I had answered these questions a billion times. 2: I mean really…most embarrassing moment? Craziest thing you’ve ever done? I have zero answers that would be even remotely entertaining…forgive me if my life isn’t a soap opera. Ask me these questions AFTER the show and I’ll have some juice for ya.

 I am super excited for Ash and to watch her journey. I know she is someone with one of the BIGGEST hearts. I was lucky enough to meet Ash the second we were allowed to see other contestants. She was in my limo and when I walked up to the group she was as bubbly as ever. After that first night when we moved into the mansion Ash and I were roomies and she was in the bunk on top of mine. We spent many nights sitting on our balcony drinking wine, sneaking off to have heart-to-hearts away from the cameras and chatting about life. I really hope this experience was great for her and that she is at the exact point that she wants.

That being said, instead of going through the guys and listing who I think Ash should pick…I’m gonna be selfish. Here are my top 5 guys I hope she DOESN’T pick…because let’s face it…only one person gets picked and it’s open season on the rest!

In no particular order (and with a large dose of humor):

- Blake. Hey there, cutie ;) Kinda reminds me a little bit of Kirk. His hometown is in CO…I have fam in CO…wanna cuddle next to a fire? Wait a sec, he’s a dentist…which would make him a fab fit for Ashley…dang it!

- Michael. Scruff, dark hair, light eyes…mmmmmm! He likes clubs and sports bars (well balanced)…just like ME. His best trip – Hawaii…my best trip- Hawaii. Coincidence, I think not (just go with it). But he’s from RI…which would make things SUPER easy for him and Ashley since she’s from Maine. GAH, another good pick for her!

- Mickey. Again, dark hair, light eyes combo gets me EVERY time. He would love to go to the Grand Canyon…ding ding ding I’m FROM Arizona! I work for Disney, Mickey Mouse is my boss. Perfect match.

- Ryan P. From Fresno,Cali…I’m a west coast chick and have family that lives in Fresno,too! (Note to self: ask cousin if he knows Ryan P.) He and his family travel to Mazatlan…I speak Spanglish and love Mexican food! Let’s go make salsa together <wink wink>

- William. He sells phones which means I could probably get a sweet hook up every time a new iPhone comes out. He’s got a tat…sexy…and no pets…me and my pup (and my iPhone) would fit seamlessly into his life.

- Honorable Mention: Nick. I mean, did you really think Marissa, the sports chick who described her perfect date as starting off at a baseball game, wouldn’t pick the guy who played baseball?! Not to mention he lives in Tampa…um, that’s only like an hour from me. And he’s a personal trainer…that equals a great bod and he could probably get me to stick to working out more than twice every other week. AND he likes to line dance…I mean c’mon! AND he’s driven 6 hours for a date?! Talk about commitment. Maybe this guy should be getting more than an honorable mention?

That’s my lineup and I’m stickin’ to it. If anyone knows one of these guys feel free to send ‘em my way. I would be happy to console them if Ashley gave them the boot. Of course, I reserve every right to alter this list if they turn out to have the personality of a rock, are a complete d-bag or hurt my Ashley.

And here is a word of advice to any of the guys on Ash’s season: don’t read the blogs/articles/etc. and if you do, don’t take it seriously. Everyone loves to be a critic. The same people that are bashing you online can’t wait to tune in and watching you every Monday. You are part of a crazy family now and have memories and an experience that no one can take away from you and not many people can say they were a part of. Live it up, enjoy everything that comes with the territory and most of all, if you’re single, call me ;)

  • 18th May
    2011
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Freak Out Mode: I’m STILL Single

I started my Tumblr blog over a year ago and had to deactivate it when I went on The Bachelor. Well, I didn’t deactivate, I just made all my posts private so no one but me could see them. The other day I was reading through my private posts and I came across this one that is pretty relevant and actually still explains where I am in life.

Here’s that post, written back in July of 2010

All my life i’ve been a relationship person. Always in one, always comfortable in one, always waiting for “the one”. Not to say that I NEED one, I am definitely self-sufficient…but I enjoy having someone to share my life with and one to do the same back.

In college I had a “relationship breakdown” that lasted, oh, about 6 months. My entire junior year in college (after being in a relationship all of freshman and sophomore year) I was single. Towards the end of that single year I got the itch…and panicked. I freaked out that entire 6 months and had a “speech”, if you will, that described my breakdown. It went something exactly like this (imagine a freaked out, emotional wreck of a female saying this as fast as she can as if her life depended on it):

" Well, if I want to be having kids by the time i’m 26 I need to be married for AT LEAST 2 years, which puts me getting married at 24. And before I can get married I would need to be engaged for AT LEAST a year which puts me getting engaged at 23. And before I can get engaged I need to have dated the guy for AT LEAST a year which puts me at finding the man I’m going to marry by 22. I have less than a year to find the guy i’m going to marry! "  

Yes, that’s “the speech”. I repeated this verbatim on multiple occasions and my girlfriends either laughed or gave me a blank stare, depending on the mood of the convo. 

Whelp, i’m now 25 turning 26 in just over 2 months. I’m not on my way to welcoming my first born, i’m definitely not planning a wedding and I couldn’t nail down a boyfriend more than Lindsey Lohan could nail down a day of sobriety. 

But…i’m starting to get the itch. I have more “experience” under my belt and have lived a little more which prevents me from going into full freakout mode and creating a new “speech” tailored to my current age. But I can’t lie and say that i don’t think about my ticking clock.

I know, i’m only 25, there is NO ticking clock in sight…but I’m female…and I’m going to think about it…and no matter how far away that clock may be I will still hear a faint tick. 

I know in due time I will find the guy and will have my happily ever after.

But…if I want to have kids by the time i’m 30 I need to married at least two years………………

Whelp, one year and one reality show later, with A LOT more living and experience under my belt, and i’m still tredding water in the sea of relationships. Although, I find it rather refreshing to see that LiLo still can’t manage to figure out that sober thing just like I can’t figure out the boyfriend thing.

I don’t have any wise words to wrap up this post with. All I know is that I have become much more patient and focused on doing me. Am I a little worried that I may become so used to only thinking about myself that I forget how to give to someone else…maybe a little. But I have this great little tattoo on my wrist to remind me of what selfless love is worth :)

  • 12th May
    2011
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Want to Know More about the Brazilian Blow Out?

Ever since I posted about my Brazilian Blowout experience I have been getting question after question on how it’s holding up. I promise I haven’t been ignoring you…I just want to post something that actually has some value to it!

Today I head home for the weekend for my younger brother’s college graduation which means (if you read my brazilian blow out blog you already know) I’m getting a hair cut by my wonderful stylist Izzy! He literally is the only person I trust to cut my hair so anytime I get home I make sure to stop in and see him.

Here is where I need your help or rather, here is where I come in to serve YOU! I hope to get a video of him doing my hair to post and I also want to have him answer any question you may have about the process. If you have any concerns or questions about the brazilian blowout post them in the comments section of this blog or tweet them to me. I will get Izzy to respond to the questions y’all have and will try my hardest to get the blog up next week!