the little white dress.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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I'm always a fan of bright prints and colors, but for some reason lately, I see myself pulling more and more whites out of the closet. There's something about a little white dress that's so carefree. Dressed down with sandals and a bandana for casual weekend wear or glammed up with nude heels and metallic accessories for date night - the little white dress is definitely a staple in my wardrobe.

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Aren't you inspired by this look? Who knew a white cotton sundress could be so chic! Try looking for some embellishments or crochet detailing to add a little something extra to that dress. If your white dress is a little more on the plain Jane side - add an oversized belt for some shape and break up the color.

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In terms of accessories, I find that simple goes a long way with a little white dress. Metallics and dainty jewelry are my favorite ways to complete the look. However, I'm not opposed to adding a colorful scarf - as long as the rest of the outfit is a bit muted. See here

How will you style your little white dress this season? 

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Accessorizing Life With: Crossfit Belltown's Kendra

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

happy morning // crossfit class + green juice
It was a bright and early morning today with a 6 am class and one of my favorite green juices to start the day. Today's WOD was rough - deadlifts, front squats and squat snatches have my legs feeling like jelly and my arms sore... but totally worth it, right?

One of the reasons why I continue to push myself at Crossfit (even when my legs are about to give out) are the amazing coaches at my box. One in particular is Kendra. A fellow Lululemon obsessed, RxBar junkie - she inspires me to be a better crossfitter, and I can push through the hardest WODs with her coaching and cheering.

As such, I thought it'd be more than appropriate to feature Kendra of Crossfit Belltown as part of my "Accessorizing Life With" series, because I've learned over the past few months that Crossfit has become more than just a workout for me. It's one of my vital accessories for a happy, healthy life.

Hope you all enjoy meeting, Kendra!

Who inspired you to try Crossfit?
Chris Spealler. I met him at the same rec center I worked at in Utah. He was the only athlete to go to the Crossfit Games 6 years in a row. Also, the first movement that really got me going was the Kipping Pull-up. It's so incredible what your body can do when you push and challenge it.

Why Crossfit?
I've had friends who've done Barre, and I used to be a former spin instructor. Those are all great workouts, but I've felt the strongest and most confident with Crossfit. Crossfit movements are more practical and applicable to every day life. You learn to lift things properly - whether that be a box or a baby.

What are your favorite gym outfit accessories?
Leg warmers + Lululemon sport bras.

Favorite Crossfit Movement: Clean + Jerk

Favorite WOD: Mary (push-ups + pistols + pull-ups)

Top Three Songs for a Good Workout:
Dark Horse by Katy Perry // I Don't Dance by DMX // Talk that Talk by Rihanna

What is your morning routine? (What are the must-dos for a successful day?)
Coffee - lots of it. Eggs and almond butter. And of course, a positive attitude.

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Over the time that you've been Crossfitting - what's the most rewarding experience you've had?
I've been doing Crossfit for about 2 years, and the most rewarding experience is that moment when you meet your personal goals. It's even more amazing when you exceed those goals farther than you thought possible.

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Crossfit in Three Words: Fun. Rewarding. Challenging.

Thanks Kendra for being a part of  the"Accessorizing Life With" series!

happy home: spring scents

Monday, March 31, 2014

What comes with spring? Spring cleaning, fresh blooms and brighter home decor. This weekend, I gave my happy home a deep scrub - dusting every nook and cranny, rearranging the too-many-to-count assortment of candles on my coffee table, and of course, picking up a few tulips from the market to give my place a pop of color. To add the final touch of "girly girl", as my main squeeze calls it, I spritzed the clean and oh so lovely scent of Bergamot and Ocean Aria, one of the room fragrances I recently received from Antica Farmacista. Fresh saltwater notes with hints of soft jasmine and lavender bring a tranquil mood to my happy home. Immediately, I was in my "zen" zone. 

(Thanks, Antica Farmacista for the Happy Home goodies!

My New Favorite Room Fragrance: Bergamot and Ocean Aria
If you're more of a citrus lover, Antica Farmacista has other scents to choose from such as Grapefruit or Lemon, Verbena and Cedar that give a more zesty smell. Or if you like me, I like to mix up scents based on the room... i.e. play up a more perky, happy scent in the bathroom to wake me up in the morning when I get ready for the day.

Currently in my powder room is the Ala Moana Home Ambience Perfume. It's a crisp, clean floral scent that reminds me of a little tropical oasis. My main squeeze is a huge fan of this scent and immediately noticed it when he stopped by this afternoon.

Ala Moana on my vanity in the bathroom. 
The best thing about the Ala Moana Home Ambience Perfume I received is that it's basically fragrance diffuser! Notice the little sticks pointing out of the bottle? As the weather gets warmer, you know that the last thing you'll want to do is light candles to bring an inviting scent to your home. Also, Febreeze can sometimes smell a little like a doctor's office... So I'll just leave those aerosol sprays for them. Keeping it cool and fresh is the way to go this season, and this diffuser is the perfect little trick for that. Also, how cute is that little antique-looking apothecary bottle? Absolutely adorbs and such a cute way to dress up the bathroom decor. 

How are you bringing spring into your happy home?
Share your ideas below!

Antica Farmacista was established in 2003, as the first company to introduce the home ambiance reed diffuser in the U.S. Antica was built on the founders' philosophy of "whether for the home or body, each and every one of  us should have a signature scent that tells our own personal story". Antica fragrances can be purchased at domestic retail partners: Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and approximately 900 boutiques throughout the US.

Disclosure: Products and samples were provided by Antica Farmacista. As always, all opinions expressed are my own! 

Five Wedding Gift Ideas

Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Wedding season is quickly approaching... and for those, like me, who lived with a 100+ girls in a sorority that means countless invitations to answer, bridal showers to attend, bridesmaids dresses to try on and more. Along with all of these festivities comes gift shopping.

What do I know about wedding gift giving? It includes the couple's registry and typically household goods. Below are a few of my top picks for wedding gift ideas. Hopefully, it'll get your noggin' thinking around the best wedding gift ideas for your favorite lovebirds who are tying the knot.

And as for any gift - don't wait until the last minute! It's a special day for them, and a real treat to celebrate with them. Show them you care and give a gift from the heart.

my five daily beauty essentials.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Yes, today we're getting a little personal as I share my five daily beauty essentials! Picture above was taken very early this morning - pre-juice boost and caffeine. Hence, my delirious smile. :) 

I will admit - I'm a makeup junkie and willing to spend frivolous amounts of money on five shades of pink nail polish and multiple bottles of lip gloss even though I've barely used the ones I currently own. It's a girl thing, right?  

Well surprisingly my daily beauty regiment doesn't really consist of makeup. Ha. As much as I adore the smokey eye look, I'd honestly rather go au natural any day and let my skin glow and breathe. And what's even more awesome is that the sporty chic look is so on trend this spring. (Have you seen how Bows & Sequins rocks workout gear from barre to brunch?) 

So without further ado, I share with you my five daily beauty must-haves below!

If you've seen my Instagrams - you know how much I love to curl my hair... but really though, it's damaging and causes split ends .. even with heat protectant sprays. And especially when I'm on the go, my hair is the last thing I want to spend time on. My solution? Towel dry or blow dry so hair is almost completely dry or slightly damp. Tease your roots with a back comb and spritz on Garnier Fructis' Beach Chic spray and scrunch for an easy, texturized look. I also enjoy Bumble and Bumble's Surf Spray to create this style, too. 

clinique dramatically different moisturizing gel :: for face and neck (for day)
Every morning (and I'm not exaggerating), I put on this face gel from Clinique. It's seriously a game changer from other moisturizers, as my skin is a combo of dry and sometimes oily by afternoon. This hydrates and keeps my skin glowing throughout the day. Typically, I put this on before I apply foundation and bronzer. And some times on weekends, I even wear it by itself. 

philosophy take a deep breath gel :: for face (for night)
On my most recent trip to Sephora, I snagged this little mini bottle of this face gel as a freebie aka Sephora beauty reward. For the past week and a half, my face has been saying "thank you" each night I lather the nourishing, light and relaxing gel all over before sleepy time. Non-oily, it's a nice way to help your face retain moisture and not dry out over night. 

rosebud salve :: for lips
I've tried it all - from Burt's Bees and Fresh lip balm to Vaseline's lip gel concoctions... I've never enjoyed a lip balm more than rosebud's salve. It's saved my poor lippys through winter, and now hydrating them through spring. This lip balm is my must-have for the tote bag and on my nightstand. 

bliss ingrown eliminating pads :: for underarms and legs
Now, we're getting super personal. Confessions - I'm terrible at shaving - a few knicks here and some stubble there. Ugh. It's just a pain and absolutely frustrating. My lifesaver? These ingrown eliminating pads by bliss. They have helped me so much, and I've only been using them for about a week. Do not, and I repeat, do not use them right after you shave... as they will sting. These pads are for in between shaving/waxing days for stubble free, extra smooth skin. 

Are there beauty products that you can't live without?
Share your essentials below in comments! 
(I love discovering new ones to try!)

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