Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Clarks Shoes- Fall Must-Have Boots for Him and Her

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Clarks and Zappos. The opinions and text are all mine.

Fall is my favorite fashion season especially when it comes to footwear because I love wearing boots.  You can always find my fiancĂ© and I walking around Los Angeles either running errands or playing with our dog at a local dog park. While we both love to be stylish, we agree that it's important for us to wear comfy shoes on a daily basis. That's why I was so excited to partner with Clarks and Zappos again, this time highlighting our new go-to boots for fall. I love that Clarks collection of shoes prioritizes comfort while keeping a sharp eye on trends.

This past weekend we decided to explore Pasadena, one of my favorite cities in Los Angeles. We styled our go-to weekend looks with Clarks new fall boots. For me, walking in comfort means a  flat heeled boot paired with key wardrobe pieces that never go out of style. I put this look together with that exact thought in mind pairing my Clarks Clarkdale Arlo boots with dark denim and a cardigan. I love that the shoe has a long, slim front that helps to elongates my legs and that they are easy to pull on underneath my jeans. I also picked the dark tan suede color because it pairs perfectly with any look. 

You can always catch Raphe in a pair of dark denim and a long sleeve sweater during the colder seasons. He paired this look with Clarks Atticus Limit boots that is a beautiful shade of dark tan leather and can be worn with most outfits because the color is extremely versatile. They always say after you start dating someone for awhile, you start to unintenionally coordinate outfits and style. This is definitely the case for him and I as we did not intend to color coordinate our boots, jeans and tops! 

Whether you're creating a look for work or weekend, Clarks carries fall shoe styles you need for every occasion without sacrificing quality. From dressing them up for a night on the town, to keeping things casual for a day out, there’s nothing your Clarks can’t do. They carry a shoe for every style and fit for everyone and most importantly, are sold online at Zappos.

As an avid online shopper, I always go to Zappos to find new favorites. Not only do they carry most brands, shipping is fast and free, the customer service is outstanding and they offer a 365-day return policy. It's perfect for men and women with a busy lifestyle!

If you're in need of a shoe update for fall and are looking for something trendy yet comfortable, check out Clarks via Zappos.

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Wedding Invitations from Minted

So excited to share our wedding invitations from Minted today! Minted has an amazing array of invitations from different designers that are all beautiful and unique. I had never ordered invitations before so it was a shock to learn about all the different types of paper, fonts styles, colors, designs, and even presentation styles. With so many wonderful options to choose from, trying to narrow down  the best option took some time for us. Honestly, they're all beautiful so how do you pick just one?!

Our decision finally came down to our wedding location. Since we're having a destination wedding in Italy, it was best to pick one that allowed for a lot of information. I also wanted an invitation that we could customize and use images from our engagement photo shoot with our dog, Bodhi. Since Bodhi can't fly with us to Italy, I wanted him to be a part of our celebration somehow. After all, he is my fur baby! We finally came across Minted's mini-book invitation that included four pages, easily allowing us to put in all the information needed and with the ability to use our own images. We were sold! 

There are a few options of mini-book designs so we went with a very simple, clean and white design with an elegant, cursive font. Not too masculine, not too feminine, it was perfectly in-between. On the first page, we decided on a family photo with Bodhi with our names displayed along with the wedding date. 

The second page, we used an image of the location we're getting married at in Orvieto, Italy which is in the wine region of Umbria. We included details of where, when and the dress code. 

The third page we included details for our guests regarding the welcome party and more information on the actual wedding including the address. 

The last page included another image with Bodhi and text pointing our guests to our wedding website, which provides them with lots of travel tips and more details on how to best utilize their time in Italy. 

For the RSVP card, we went with a simple design again using a bold font and gold foil lettering. 

Lastly, Minted offers a great selection of customized stamps through Stamps.com. We picked one for the invitation envelope using an image of us in Positano, Italy when Raphe proposed to me last year. For the return envelope, we went with a simple design using our initials, M&R and our wedding date.

Overall, it was a very exciting process for us to create our wedding invitations from Minted. We've already received positive feedback from a few of our guests that they are the coolest invitations they've ever seen. I want to send a big thank you to Minted for gifting them to me and if you're looking for invitations for your wedding or any other event, Minted is the place to look.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

The Dress you Need For All Occasions from Chicwish

Yes, I said it! This is the dress you need for all occasions. A perfect shade of blue that can be worn for a day-time event or an evening party. Love the slit in in the front, and the ruffled layers that perfectly flows as you walk. I have to say that it's my most complimented dress each time I've worn it! I paired it with nude accessories but don't be afraid to wear it with white accessories even though it's after Labor Day. I definitely don't follow that rule, do you?

If you have never shopped at ChicWish I recommend you do so now! Their new collection of fall items include not just dresses but the cutest sweaters, jackets, skirts and more. They also update their site with new items weekly and offer amazing discount codes. Check them out here: https://www.chicwish.com.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Summer Dress from Chicwish

It was love at first sight when I spotted this dress on the Chicwish website a few weeks ago! I had a two events to attend and thought it would be perfect to wear for both occasions. I decided to pair it with nude heels and matching bag! What I love about this dress is how comfortable the material is and how it's not super tight on your body. I love living in my hometown of Los Angeles because the weather is perfect year round. Which means, I don't have to pack this dress away just yet! I will probably keep wearing it into the fall season by pairing it with a long coat for a girls night out. 

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

SkinCeuticals Luncheon and Custom D.O.S.E at Cassileth Plastic Surgery

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SkinCeuticals. The opinions and text are all mine.

I recently attended an informative luncheon at Crustacean Beverly Hills with one of my favorite skincare brands, SkinCeuticals. Over a delicious 3-course lunch, we had the opportunity to learn more about SkinCeuticals miracle product, the Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight from Board Certified Plastic Surgeon at Cassileth Plastic Surgery, Dr. Kelly Killeen. We also learned about SkinCeuticals newest Custom D.O.S.E serum that Dr. Killeen called, “The product of the future.” The serum is a personalized correction designed to target all your skin concerns into one bottle to eliminate having to use 20 products a day. This was exciting news to me to say the least!

 Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight

I’m actually no stranger to this product as I was introduced to it a few months back and it’s been a staple in my skincare routine ever since. I started using it to help brighten my skin and achieve a perfect glow for my wedding in April, 2020. I wanted to get an early start prepping my skin for the big day because it will be here before I know it.

The Product:

According to Dr. Killeen, glowing skin is in! The Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight by SkinCeuticals is the product to use if you’re looking to improve the appearance of skin texture to promote a bright complexion and glowing skin. This product is perfect for those who want peel benefits but don’t want to invest in professional treatments. However, it can also be used as an integrated skincare to condition skin before a peel or at-home in between peels and can also complement results before and after microdermabrasion. 

Along with glowing skin, the key benefits include no down-time and addresses early signs of aging. The product works well for individuals like myself who are looking to improve their skin for certain life events such as weddings, red carpet events and vacations. Dr. Killeen also recommended this product for those with acne concerns which is something I suffer from as well. 

 Custom D.O.S.E Serum

As mentioned earlier, Dr. Killeen called this the product of the future. The Custom D.O.S.E serum is a personalized, professional service and product based entirely on the patient and his/her skincare needs. The 24 individual ingredients can be formulated at different percentages to ensure that each D.O.S.E product fits the patient’s specific skin type. 

How it works:

The service starts with a physician consultation and is guided by the SkinCeuticals patented diagnostic tool. After the physician reviews the diagnostic tool’s recommendation, the machine measures and combines the ingredients to ensure optimal formula concentrations. The production- quality compounder ensures ingredients are thoroughly blended for maximum efficacy. After the machine combines the ingredients and the serum is ready to go, the physician will print a label with the patient’s information and formula I.D onto the bottle for future replenishment. 

After the luncheon, I headed down the street to Cassileth Plastic Surgery to receive my 15-minute consultation for my own Custom D.O.S.E with plastic surgeon, Dr. Cat Chang. I explained my skin concerns to her which are dry, dull skin, acne breakouts and dark scar spots. She explained in detail which ingredients in the serum would work for each of my specific concerns and then placed the bottle into the SkinCeuticals machine. It was very exciting to watch each of the ingredients drop into the bottle and spin thoroughly to blend. Dr. Chang let me touch a few buttons to help with the process and it was a fun interactive experience. After she placed the label on and handed it to me, I called it my own magic in a bottle! 

I’m super excited to add the Custom D.O.S.E to my skincare routine. I know if I consistently use it for the next year, my skin will be radiant, clear and glowing for my wedding day. If you're looking to improve your skin like me then I definitely recommend both the Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight and the Custom D.O.S.E from SkinCeuticals. 

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Getting My Skin Wedding Day Ready with SkinCeuticals' Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of SkinCeuticals. The opinions and text are all mine.

I'm a year away from saying "I do" but as the saying goes "time flies." So, I decided to get an early start prepping my skin for the big day because it will be here before I know it! I’ve partnered with SkinCeuticals to try out their recently launched Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight to help brighten my skin and to achieve a perfect glow for my wedding day. 

The Product:

The Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight improves the appearance of skin texture and tone to promote a bright complexion and glowing skin. The active ingredients are formulated with 10% glycolic acid, allowing it to work at a true 10% concentration proven optimal in promoting effective exfoliation and natural cell turnover. This potent night cream is blended with 2% phytic acid to promote skin clarity and brightness, and a triple action-soothing complex to help support the skin barrier. The Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight is dye and fragrance free and is tested tolerable for nightly use. 

The Process:

I use SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight every evening after thoroughly cleansing my skin followed by a facial moisturizer to make sure my skin is taking full advantage of the benefits. In the morning, it's recommended to use an antioxidant and sunscreen before heading outside which I do as well. Before applying the product, I make sure to shake it well then, I apply an even, pea sized layer all over my face and neck. Some skin types take time to acclimate to the glycolic acid so if that's the case for you, start off with every other evening then, after a week, every evening. Skin detoxification and redness occurs but these are mild and common symptoms when you first begin. 

The Results:

Radiant and glowing skin! According to SkinCeuticals, in an eight-week clinical study, the Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight significantly improved the appearance of key markers of glowing skin: 36% average improvement in radiance, 37% improvement in skin texture and 19% improvement in skin tone. See before and after picture here

My experience with SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight for the past two weeks has been nothing short of amazing. After just a few tries, I noticed how my skin tone was more even and radiant. I've even been brave enough to leave my house with no makeup on! I know if I consistently use it for the next year, my skin will be radiant and glowing for my wedding day on 4/18/2020. If you're looking to improve your skin tone and radiance like me then it’s time to make SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight a staple in your skincare routine.

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