A few Fridays ago I was invited to spend the day in Malibu with Carrie Underwood, to help celebrate the Spring/Summer ’17 collection of CALIA by Carrie Underwood, her athletic/athleisure clothing and accessories brand. After a vigorous ocean-view workout (hence the #NoMakeup photo after the jump), a vegan lunch and chatting about how we’re both off the hair extension bandwagon, I was able to ask Carrie about her line and all things fitness motivation. Side note: I saw Carrie do an insane amount of push ups (not on her knees) when we working out, so this woman is LEGIT… READ MORE
So, I’ve been working furiously on an Iceland Travel Guide from my trip last week (as well as a few other posts as well) but, in the meantime, I got the chance to grill Kardashian hair stylist Jen Atkin at the BeautyWorks clip-In class with Mane University and, of course, immediately asked her to reveal exactly how to get a few of our all-time favorite Kardashian/Jenner looks. Each reality star’s look is different but definitely achievable at home, and here’s how to do it…
First of all, how insane was Hailee Steinfeld’s dress? Show stopper. When it came to her hair, celebrity hair stylist Chris Appleton was inspired by the intricate detailing of her dress to create a sleek and sculpted modern updo style. “We went for a bold style to complement the mixture of classic and modern vibe given from her gown.”
Appleton applied TONI&GUY Style Spray Wax throughout the top section of her hair for a high-shine effect and began curling her hair using a 1-inch curling iron.
Here are the other drugstore beauty product winners from this year’s Oscars…
A few weeks back I got invited to attend the Tone it Up Retreat (an event people fly to from all over the world, btw) and then, naturally, I threw my back out a few days before…so I had to drop out. My luck, always. Normally I don’t get very excited about the idea of exercising but I’ve been a big fan of Katrina and Karena for a few years now- I find them both to be super genuine and, most importantly, NOT cheesy or annoying AF. My sarcastic New Yorker-self does not do cheesy and annoying (especially when it comes to doing something I don’t exactly LOVE to do). I think the moment I realized these girls were legit was when I was watching/struggling to do one of their YouTube videos and Katrina made a comment like “yeah, I’m dying…this is super hard” it was then I was like “ok, you get that this sucks!” and I’ve been a #TIUGirl ever since. Here’s what my favorite YouTube trainers/business badasses have to say:
P.S., this ended up being four questions with, mostly because I love K&K and their answers are just as amazing as they are.
Last week I got the chance to sit down the beautiful (seriously, she’s gorgeous) Eva Mendes to chat all about her new beauty line and, of course what advice she’d give her 22-year-old self…here’s what the superstar mom/business woman and Mrs. Ryan Gosling had to say:
Because you’ve seen her all over your Instagram and Snapchat, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock…
It’s not surprising that the most influential stylist in the world (seriously, ask The New York Times) launched her own hair care line, but it is surprising (at least to me) that after using her products in my hair, my blow out lasted THREE FULL DAYS. Guys, that NEVER happens for me (see blow out photo after the jump). Aside from the amazing scent of OUAI products, I am now officially obsessed with the quality and how well they work. Naturally, I had to ask Jen three questions…ok, FOUR in this case, cause she’s awesome, and here’s what the stylist to the stars has to say.
For starters, I’m obsessed with my holiday card this year. I don’t usually even DO a holiday card but, for some reason, I decided this year would be the year to do a fun one. I’m heading to New York in a few days to see my family for Christmas and I can’t wait to spend time with them, especially my 6-year old nephew Mark, and also get in some good New York time as well.
This post makes me want to take that weekend trip to Napa that I’ve been dreaming about since I moved to LA
My friend Annette tried out Rachel Zoe’s pregnancy style and I’m definitely digging it. I also commented that she should do Gwen Stefani next!
If you’ve ever had to deal with cystic acne (like I did in my early 20s), these tips are pretty great.
I love this list of experiences that make for awesome gifts. I want pretty much everything on this list, btw.
Hygge (pronounced HOO-GAH) is something you already know; it’s defined as “coziness of the soul” and “taking pleasure from the soothing, ordinary, and inexpensive things in life,” so think: sitting by a fireplace under a blanket and eating warm cookies. Heaven, pretty much. The Danish, who invented the word, are considered to be the happiest people on the planet so I feel like they must be on to something here…
Here’s how I like to #Hygge:
1-) Invest in a blanket that makes you feel cozy. 🛌
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m slightly embarrassed that I spent this much money on a blanket, but after seeing it 10,000 times on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, I was officially sold and I have zero regrets about it. It truly is the softest, coziest blanket that I’ve ever owned and the cats are obsessed with it, too. Texture is a big part of hygge so definitely surround yourself with fluffy pillows, soft clothing, etc.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2-) Cuddle up under that blanket with a good book. 📚
I’m a big reader though, admittedly, lately podcasts have been taking over! That said, I do enjoy reading a good book and “Peppermint Twist” is especially meaningful because it involves my family and the book even mentions my grandmother a few times.
3-) Light a candle that smells amazing. 🕯
If you follow me here on IG then you know I’m v. into BBW candles. Right now I’m burning @bathandbodyworks Marshmallow Fireside and the scent is just SO good. Candles are great to hygge if you don’t have a fireplace in your home.
4-) Take a detox bath 🛀.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Honestly, I’m not a huge bath person. I love the idea of them but I typically get bored/restless about five minutes after getting in the bath, ha.... but when I DO set my intention to really relax, a nice detox bath can be really refreshing. I also just find my bathroom relaxing in general (even with all the beauty products, haha). Recently I’ve been using @thelordjones CBD Bath Salts and I love it.
How do you hygge? 🧘🏼♀️ (P.S. linking everything I mentioned in my Stories).