How To Clean Candles and Reuse The Containers

July 25, 2017

Categories: Lifestyle

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If you’ve ever watched my Instagram Stories or seen the photos on my Instagram page, you know I always have a candle burning. I rely on them for ambiance and stress relief throughout the day. For me, having a home that feels calm and smells beautiful is important and I just don’t feel right if I don’t have one of my favorite candles burning. I think a large part of this is due to the fact I work from home; I have to create my own atmosphere to work in, so lighting a candle and turning on some soft music are the first things I do before start on a new post or work through emails.

For some strange reason, I always admire candle containers. A candle’s packaging has often played a large part in which candles I chose to purchase, yet I never knew what to do with them after I was done burning them! After a stash of burned candles built up in one of our cabinets, I decided to do a little experimentation and find new purposes for my favorite candle containers. I shared the process on my Instagram Stories and so many of you asked questions that I decided to turn this into a blog post.

The candles I’m repurposing in this post are the soft and slightly tropical Coconut Milk Mango and my all time favorite Black Hibiscus, a mixture of black tea and romantic florals that creates an unexpectedly sexy twist on floral scents.

1.  Melt Candle Wax in the Oven

Create a little aluminum foil “boat” to catch all the melted wax your candles will create and place the aluminum foil on a cookie sheet into the oven at 250°F for about 5-10 minutes. You’ll want to check the candles every five minutes or so continually to ensure everything is melting safely. (Your kitchen will smell amazing while you do this.) Remember you’re not just wanting the candle wax to melt – you’re wanting the glue underneath the metal wicks to soften and melt as well.

Carefully remove the cookie sheet and candles out of the oven and use a butter knife to check and see if the glue under the metal wicks has loosened. In some cases, the glue will completely melt and you’ll see the wicks floating around with the rest of the wax in the aluminum foil. If the glue still seems hard, put the cookie sheet and candles back into the oven for another five minutes and check again. The glue is the most difficult part to remove, so you want to melt as much of it as possible.

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2.  Clean and Soak Candle Container

Using a butter knife, gently push the wicks (if any are left) off the bottom of the candle container and scrape off any remaining glue underneath. Pour out any remaining candle wax into the garbage disposal or trash. Squeeze a bit of dish soap into each candle, fill with hot water, and allow them to sit and soak for a bit. This will soften and loosen any remaining wax or glue. After they’ve soaked a bit, I use a stiff dish brush to scrub the candle containers clean.

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3.  Ways To Repurpose Candle Containers

Tea Lights:  Add a little battery-operated light or a small tea-light candle and place around the house. I light or turn these on before guests come over and it creates a very cozy, comfy environment.

Office Supplies:  Large, wide candle holders are perfect for storing office supplies in a pretty way. I have these binder clips stored in one of my favorite old candles with a beautifully designed lid.

Mini Planters:  I love tucking a small succulent into a little tea light candle holder. These make adorable gifts to give. (See below.)

Bath Products:  You know I love baths and beauty products. I use the large pink candle holder down below to keep track of all my sheet masks and mask samples. (See below.)

Makeup:  You’ve probably seen a lot of these Diptyque candle holders reused on Instagram because they are so pretty, clean, and classic. I use mine to keep track of my LipSense products. As you can see, I already have containers for my makeup brushes and liners, but I think the Diptyque candle holders would be perfect for that as well. (See below.)

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Cherry Creek Shopping Center Summer of Style

July 22, 2017

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Cherry Creek Shopping CenterSummer of Style Event Info

Tassel Earrings.  Striped Top.  Similar Lace Skirt.  Louis Vuitton Nano Noé.  Similar Neutral Mules.

If you ever watch my Snapchat or Instagram Story, you’ll know that Cherry Creek Shopping Center is one of my favorite places. And not just for shopping. I love grabbing an iced tea at Teavana or a coffee at the Nordstrom Coffee Bar, getting my eyebrows threaded at Biotique, catching a movie at the movie theater, meeting friends for a drink at Kona Grill, or enjoying dinner with my husband at 801 Chophouse. And there’s always a great event going on in their Grand Court, just outside Neiman Marcus.

This Saturday is no exception. From 1-3 PM Cherry Creek Shopping Center is hosting their Summer of Style celebration in their Grand Court, complete with complimentary makeovers and hairstyling, yummy bites from Cherry Creek restaurants, and VIP swag bags. (And don’t forget to grab an adorable lipstick pen – I’ll be honest, I snagged two.) Best of all, there are major giveaways you can win. Ed Sheeran concert tickets, $500 shopping sprees, and a stay at Halcyon in Cherry Creek. So grab a girlfriend and stop by! I might see you there, Almond Roca Latte in hand.

Can’t make it this Saturday, July 22nd? Mark your calendar for next week on July 29th. It’s Cherry Creek Shopping Center’s last Summer of Style event where you’ll find the same makeovers and yummy bites to try, as well as a giveaway for Janet Jackson concert tickets, $1000 shopping sprees, and a stay at Halcyon in Cherry Creek.

P.S. The macarons are from K.Seni, just in front of Neiman Marcus. They’re pretty delicious. Pistachio and Earl Grey are my favorites.

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Blush Neutral Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Look

July 21, 2017

Categories: Fashion

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Clarisonic Set.  Perfume Set.  Hair Dryer.  Cheek Palette.  Lip Set.  Sunglasses.  Tassel Earrings.  Trinity Ring.  Suede Trench Coat.  Blush Handbag.  Blush Velvet Heels.  Silk Top.  Tweed Skirt.

Happy Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! As of today, Early Access (for those with Nordstrom credit cards) ends and the sale opens to everyone. You can read all about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in this blog post, which also includes a curated collection of my favorites including men’s, home, and beauty too. But in a nutshell, the reason why this sale is so popular is because it’s the only sale to offer new fall items at discounted prices. It’s just more exciting to purchase next season’s new items rather than wait for the prices to drop on whatever is left at the end of the season.

Everyone uses this sale a bit differently. Personally, I utilize it to stock up on fall basics like sweaters, jackets, jeans, and booties. And I even do a little early holiday shopping. You can see all those items in my first Anniversary Sale post. But for this post, I wanted to showcase some sale items that are a bit more dressy… Perfect for work or date night. I think all the neutral-blush colored beauty products are so wearable and great for everyday makeup looks or for gifting someone. My favorite hair dryer that cuts my drying time in half and makes my hair more shiny. And even a little blush tweed skirt.

Happy shopping! And may the bargains be with you!

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Pink Ruffle Top

July 20, 2017

Categories: Fashion


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This top is probably my favorite at the moment because of the feminine, statement-making ruffles! I don’t usually buy into trends, but I am loving the ruffle trend right now. And I don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon; fall looks are all about statement sleeves and ruffles.

I wore this to wine night with a few friends recently and it was the best girls’ night top. I thought this top would scare my husband off, but when I put it on for a date night he actually complimented me on and said he thought the ruffles were really pretty. And when my guy likes an item just as much as the girls, I know I’ve made a decent shopping decision.

And speaking of shopping, some fellow bloggers and I have teamed up to give away a $1,000 Nordstrom gift card! Just in time for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale to become available to the public this Friday. So… Enter the giveaway on my Instagram post HERE and be sure to check out my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale post HERE.

Fit Details:  Go up one size in the top as the sleeves run a bit small. Jeans run true to size. If you’re in between measurements and have a bigger waist, you might want to go one size up since these are high-waisted. Shoes run true to size and are so comfortable.

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Alamo Drafthouse Sloan’s Lake

July 18, 2017

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Tassel Earrings.  Denim Jacket.  Dress.  Similar Bag.  Shoes (ON SALE!)

My Denver readers… Are you looking for something fun and different to do this weekend? I have a little suggestion for my fellow movie lovers. I’m sure you may have heard of Alamo Drafthouse, the ultra-comfy movie theater that serves food and drinks alongside the latest and greatest movies?

Search Movie Times – Littleton and Sloan’s Lake

Well… Take it one step further and check out Alamo Drafthouse’s new Sloan’s Lake location and their Signature Series; a collection of movie events such as afternoon tea paired with period films and gourmet themed food and drink paired with classic films. (Think events like the Casablanca Moroccan feast and the Lord of the Rings trilogy with nine meals!) I recently attended Littleton’s Sunday Brunchtacular Spectacular showing of Breakfast at Tiffany’s complete with waffles, pancakes, and mimosas. I thought it was the perfect way to finish off the weekend!

The Sloan’s Lake location offers a chic little bar called Barfly just outside the theater lobby where you can grab a drink with your date or enjoy some live music with the girls. I loved the vintage-inspired decor; incredible tile floors, tufted leather couches, stacked books, a fireplace, and vintage typewriters. Barfly provides the perfect pre- or post-movie atmosphere with its lively bar environment and outdoor patio.

I’ve gone through the next two months of events at both locations and gathered my favorites here, along with links to book your tickets! Maybe I’ll see you there!

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Date Night Idea

July 22nd – Sloan’s Lake Location – The Breakfast Club screening at 7:00 PM, followed by live 80’s music at Barfly

July 24th – Sloan’s Lake Location – Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night 7:00 PM at Barfly

July 30th – Sloan’s Lake Location – Meet the Brewer and Board Games at Barfly at 12:00 PM

August 1st – Sloan’s Lake Location – Cards Against Barfly at 8:00 PM

Mom-and-Me Girls’ Date Idea

July 23rd – Littleton Location – Hidden Figures Brunchtacular Spectacular at 11:00 AM with mimosas and breakfast

July 30th – Littleton Location – Somewhere in Time Afternoon Tea at 2:00 PM complete with tea and tea treats

Kids’ Activity Idea

August 7th-11th – Sloan’s Lake and Little Locations – Jumanji screening at 11:30 AM benefitting Colfax Elementary and Hope Kids

August 13th – Sloan’s Lake Location – Reading + Screening – Live reading of The Zoo’s Secret and Boomer and Friends (includes a free book) at 10:30 AM before a screening of Secret Life of Pets

Girls’ Day/Night Out Idea

August 6th – Littleton Location – Steel Magnolias Girlie Night screening at 5:00 PM

August 24th – Sloan’s Lake Location – Drag Queen Bingo at 7:00 PM

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

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2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access

July 13, 2017

Categories: Fashion

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Tassel Necklace.  Sheepskin Rug.  Similar Laptop Case.


The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is my favorite sale of the year because it ushers in beautiful, new fall clothes with a giant sale. After the sale ends August 6th, prices will go back up to regular retail prices.

Early Access for Nordstrom cardholders begins July 13th. You can apply for a Nordstrom debit card (pulls right from your checking account) or credit card HERE. The card will take a few days to process so if you’re looking to shop the sale, apply for your card ASAP. Another bonus? At checkout, you can choose to make that day a Triple Points Day and you will accumulate 3x the points on each order placed that day, leading to Nordstrom Notes for $$ off on future Nordstrom orders.

If you don’t have a Nordstrom debit card or credit card you can shop the sale starting July 21st but be aware that some items may be sold out. If you’re interested, I can put together another round of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale favorites based on available items as of July 21st.

I was invited to preview the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale before Early Access and spent almost three hours in the dressing room, trying on my favorite pieces and analyzing fabrics and fit. Please excuse the horrible lighting – I just wanted to give you an idea of the way I would style these items and show you what my favorite pieces look like on the body. After each photo and collage, I provide links, fit details, and the other #NSale items I would pair each look with.


Look 1:  Rebecca Taylor Striped Dress – Sale Price $196.90 After Sale $295

Fit Notes:  Dress style is roomy around middle – runs true to size. Light, airy, and really comfortable.

Pair It With:  Madewell Stripe ToteVince Camuto Booties

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Look 2:  Rebecca Taylor Striped Sweater – Sale Price $183.90 After Sale $275

Rebecca Taylor Faux Leather Skirt – Sale Price $263.90 After Sale $395

Fit Notes:  Sweater runs true to size. Go up a size in skirt. The sweater is beautiful, thick, and high quality. The skirt feels exactly like leather – buttery soft and smooth.

Pair It With:  Gucci SunglassesKate Spade Mahogany Tote

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Look 3:  Halogen Bow Blouse – Sale Price $49.90 After Sale $79

Halogen Faux Leather Skirt – Sale Price $165.90 After Sale $249

Fit Notes:  Go down a size in top. Skirt runs true to size.

Pair It With:  Kate Spade BagSam Edelman Flats

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Look 4:  Halogen Cashmere Cardigan – Sale Price $199.90 After Sale $299

Gray “Pardon My French” Tee – Sale Price $25.90 After Sale $39.50

Halogen Faux Leather Skirt – Sale Price $165.90 After Sale $249

Fit Notes:  Cardigan and tee run a bit big. Skirt runs true to size.

Pair It With:  Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody BagVince Camuto Booties

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Look 5:  Gray Ruffle Bell Sleeve Top – Sale Price $42.90 After Sale $65

AG High Rise Skinny Jeans – Sale Price $125.90 After Sale $188

Fit Notes:  If in between measurements, go down a size. This is the softest material – it’s really comfy and cozy! Jeans run true to size.

Pair It With:  Ombré Faux Leather Tote – Studded Booties

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Look 6:  J.Crew Striped Shirt with Cuffs – Sale Price $36.90 After Sale $49.50

AG High Rise Skinny Jeans – Sale Price $125.90 After Sale $188

Fit Notes:  Go down a size in the top. Jeans run true to size.

Pair It With:  Madewell Striped Tote BagHunter Boots

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Look 7:  Long Cream/Blush Theory Cardigan – Sale Price $329.90 After Sale $495

Gray Side Detail Tee – Sale Price $29.90 After Sale $49

AG High Rise Skinny Jeans – Sale Price $125.90 After Sale $188

Fit Notes:  Cardigan, tee, and jeans run true to size.

Pair It With:  All Saints Tote BagVince Camuto Heel Bootie

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Look 8:  Trouvé Caramel Leather Jacket – Sale Price $199.90 After Sale $299

Trouvé Gray Tissue Long Sleeve Tee – Sale Price $31.90 After Sale $49

Madewell Charcoal Ankle Jeans – Sale Price $89.90 After Sale $135

Fit Notes:  If in between measurements, go down a size in the jacket and tee. Jeans run true to size.

Pair It With:  Kendra Scott BraceletVince Camuto Heel Bootie

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Look 9:  Cupcakes & Cashmere Gray Suede Jacket – Sale Price $99.90 After Sale $150

Trouvé Blush Tissue Long Sleeve Tee – Sale Price $31.90 After Sale $49

Madewell Charcoal Ankle Jeans – Sale Price $89.90 After Sale $135

Fit Notes:  Jacket and jeans run true to size. If in between measurements, go down a size in the tee.

Pair It With:  Kendra Scott Rose Gold Necklace

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Look 10:  Elizabeth & James Burgundy Silk Top – Sale Price $229.90 After Sale $345

Madewell Charcoal Ankle Jeans – Sale Price $89.90 After Sale $135

Fit Notes:  Top and jeans run true to size. This top was probably my favorite I tried on – so silky, feminine, and sexy!

Pair It With:  Tassel Drop Earrings

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Look 11:  Veronica Beard Striped Blouse – Sale Price $196.90 After Sale $295

Madewell Charcoal Ankle Jeans – Sale Price $89.90 After Sale $135

Fit Notes:  Top and jeans run true to size. Finally a blouse made for a woman’s body – gives you curves and looks so feminine!

Pair It With:  Embellished Slides

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Look 12:  Blue Striped Ruffle Bell Sleeve Top – Sale Price $58.90 After Sale $89

J.Crew Toothpick Jeans – Sale Price $75.90 After Sale $115

Fit Notes:  I went up a size in this top because I wanted it to be extra flowy and I love the way it looks – such a flattering top! Jeans run true to size.

Pair With:  Lip Kit – Tory Burch Wallet – Louise Et Cie Pumps

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Look 13:  Army Green Utility Jacket – Sale Price $78.90 After Sale $118

Madewell Navy Striped Peplum Top – Sale Price $52.90 After Sale $79.50

J.Crew Toothpick Jeans – Sale Price $75.90 After Sale $115

Fit Notes:  This was probably my favorite casual outfit I tried on. If you’re in between measurements, go up a size in the jacket. Peplum top and jeans both run true to size.

Pair With:  Vince Camuto Booties


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Off Shoulder Denim Midi Dress

July 12, 2017

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I mentioned on Instagram the other day that I was going to be focusing on easy looks for all your summer events and activities. I know my content is usually a bit on the glam side, but during scorching July, August, and September I find that many of our events and travels are more casual, relaxed ones and I need casual outfits to go along with these events and the boiling temps! I recently shared this navy striped maxi tank dress on the blog, perfect for travel, baseball games, barbecues, and shopping. I wear it nonstop and love how soft and comfy it is.

Another easy summer look is this off-shoulder denim midi dress. The little tie details on the arm add interest and femininity and the flattering tie waist gives your body curves and definition. It’s so comfortable and easy to wear. I love it dressed down with casual neutrals and given a little excitement with pops of red and bright green. You can find select sizes HERE for 30% off with code YESPLEASE and all sizes HERE at regular price. I’ve worn this dress while traveling, exploring a museum, and for a day of shopping; you’ll find yourself wearing it all the time because it’s so versatile!

Fit Details:  Dress runs true to size, but go down a size if you’re in between measurements. Shoes run a bit small; the leather doesn’t stretch as much as you would think, so if you purchase them go up a half size from your usual.

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Pool + Beach Bag Essentials

July 11, 2017

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Beach Bag – ON SALE.  Cosmetic Bag – SOLD OUT.  Zippered Pouch.  Tassel Keychain.

Products:  SPF Makeup Setting Spray.  Fragranced Deodorant.  Body Sunscreen.  Body Fragrance Mist.  Coconut Body Glow.  “Orgasm” Lipstick.

The temps are up and most of us are headed to the pool or the beach to spend our summer days cooling off. I went to my stash of beach beauty products and found that my sunscreen was separated and my shimmer spray expired; it was time to refresh my summer beauty products. So I tested out the top products on the market and am sharing my favorites right here!

Best Beach Bag

Straw Beach Bag with Palm Print Interior

ON SALE 60% OFF from July 11th – July 18th! Was $245, now $98. I had been searching and searching for the perfect straw beach bag, when I saw this one. The shape is perfectly beachy and the leather-trimmed handles and palm print lining make it extra special. I also love the chic, silky tassels on the outside.

I stash my phone, keys, and gym pass in the inner pockets for easy access. Then toss all my favorite sun products and beach reads in the interior. And this straw bag isn’t just for the pool… When I pair it with my favorite sundress as a handbag or tote, I always receive lots of compliments. [AVAILABLE HERE]


Best Tropical Cosmetic Bag

Palm Print Zippered Cosmetic Bag with Leather Trim

ON SALE 60% OFF from July 11th – July 18th. Was $35, now $14. I love this darling little cosmetic bag with its soft leather trim and tropical palm print. I tuck it in my beach bag to hold smaller cosmetics, headphones, and hair ties. Another tip? Use it when packing your suitcase to keep all your lacy little things together and organized! [SOLD OUT]


Best Day-to-Night Clutch

“Flamingo” Coral-Orange Flat Zippered Pouch

This sleek, flat orange zippered pouch is perfect to carry as a clutch; it makes a statement against neutral-colored sundresses and even a simple white tee and jeans. I love its textured exterior and linen-lined interior; the outside is easy to wipe clean and I can easily see the contents against the light interior. I’m currently using this bright little pouch in my beach bag to organize my cash, credit cards, and business cards. If I get up to purchase an iced drink, I can just grab this little pouch and go. Plus… It looks really cute against the green palm print interior of my beach bag! [AVAILABLE HERE]


Best Bright Leather Tassel

“Flamingo” Coral-Orange Leather Tassel Keychain

Have you seen the gold leather tassel I clip onto my everyday handbag? (You can see it in this post.) This is its brighter sister in a coral-orange color called “flamingo”. It’s so cute it makes me happy every time I pull out my keys and I get compliments on it all the time. Each leather tassel comes with both a clip and a key ring, so you can clip it onto bags and clutches or use it as a keychain. [AVAILABLE HERE]


Best Facial Sunscreen

SPF 50 Makeup Setting Mist

I love my everyday serum and moisturizer, so I didn’t really want to replace either of those with an SPF version. But then I found the perfect solution… This genius SPF 50 Makeup Setting Mist ensures I’m able to use my tried-and-true skincare favorites and still get all the sun protection I need! Best of all? It protects any makeup I have on against sweat and oil with a long-lasting, soft-focus finish. On those days when I don’t wear any makeup, I simply spray this on top of my moisturizer and I swear it makes my skin look a bit better. [AVAILABLE HERE]


Best Deodorant

Chloé Deodorant Spray

If you’re out in the hot sun, jumping in and out of the pool, you definitely need deodorant. But have you ever packed a stick of deodorant and reached for it poolside, only to find a melted mess? Avoid the mess and save your beach bag with spray deodorant instead! I’ve come to realize how essential spray deodorant is and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the stick version! This spray deodorant is softly scented with the classic, feminine Chloé fragrance which means it doesn’t have that annoying “deodorant” smell and instead you’ll smell fresh and pretty with just a hint of soft fragrance, nothing overpowering. [AVAILABLE HERE]


Best Body Sunscreen

SPF 30 Coconut Body Spray

This easy-spray bottle ensures I get SPF coverage everywhere I need it and the “sport” formula allows me to go a bit longer in between applications. Best of all? No toxic-smelling fumes or tacky fragrances here; COOLA’s unique coconut scent is fresh, clean, and reminiscent of my best beach memories. [AVAILABLE HERE]


Best Summer Fragrance

Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist

When I purchased this firming cream last year I remember thinking, “They should really make a perfume that smells exactly like this.” Apparently I wasn’t the only one, because after receiving an endless wave of requests, Sol de Janeiro created this body fragrance mist. Pistachio and salted caramel combine to create a warm, sexy, tropical scent like you’ve never smelled before. This isn’t your average cheesy tropical scent; it’s sophisticated and intoxicating. The best part is, it’s light enough to layer in the summer without being overpowering. I spritz it everywhere – hair, skin, and even my bikini and lingerie! [AVAILABLE HERE]


Best Body Bronzer

Kopari Coconut Body Glow

A body bronzer that shimmers and sparkles on the skin while moisturizing?! It doesn’t get any better than that. I rub this Coconut Body Glow on my shoulders, arms, and legs… Anywhere I want to illuminate with a bronzy-highlight! The light bronze color perfects my skin, hiding blemishes, discoloration and dullness while the organic coconut blend hydrates and heals as it infuses my skin with antioxidants. Its fresh coconut-gardenia scent is light enough to layer with my other fragrances or mix into my usual body moisturizer for a subtle glow. [AVAILABLE HERE]


Best Summer Lipstick

NARS Lipstick in “Orgasm”

I never thought I would type that word on my website! But… Sexual innuendos be damned because this lipstick color is the perfect peachy-pink! The color of beautiful flushed skin with a delicate shimmer, this lipstick will become one you reach for every single day. For an easy summer makeup look, spritz moisturized skin with the SPF 50 makeup setting mist, dab a little Coconut Body Glow or your favorite bronzer on cheekbones, and apply this lipstick on lips. The result? Total beach babe. [AVAILABLE HERE]

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Blue Striped Maxi Dress

July 10, 2017

Categories: Fashion

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Jacket.  Dress.  Clutch – 30% off with code YESPLEASE.  Shoes.

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Temps are high here in Denver and I’m on the lookout for easy, breezy looks perfect for beating the heat. My next outfit posts will all feature looks to keep you looking cute even when it’s scorching outside. Even though our days can reach 100 degrees, our evenings in Denver are always cool. I’ve topped this striped maxi dress with my favorite denim jacket; a great option for both chilly nights and transitioning into fall weather.

Fit Details:  You will love how soft and comfortable this striped dress is while still accentuating your curves. Dress runs true to size; go down a size if you’re in between measurements. If you’d like to wear the jacket fitted like I am, choose your true size. If you’d like it a bit loose to layer over long sleeves or sweaters, go one size up. Shoes run true to size.

As you can probably tell, I’ve been loving stripes this summer. If you love stripes too, check out these recent posts:

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How To Make The Perfect Avocado Toast

July 4, 2017

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Avocado toast has somehow become the go-to example for millennials’ love of unnecessary pleasures, but even with its negative connotation I just can’t seem to resist it. If that makes me a millennial, I’ll happily take the label as I munch on this incredible blend of textures and flavors.

And, like most millennials, I discovered avocado toast while at a trendy brunch spot with my friends. But I wanted to make avocado toast in the comfort of my own home, whenever I got a craving for it. My first try wasn’t so great, so I spent months and months perfecting my recipe until I found a way to create avocado toast just the way I like it. I’ve tried the recipe on my husband and parents and they’ve all given me the go-ahead as well. I think you’ll love it too.

One major tip I have is to make sure the avocado you use is ripe. I usually find that the ugliest avocados are the smoothest and creamiest inside. You can press lightly on the outside; a ripe avocado will be soft and mushy.


  • Ripe Avocado
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/2 to 1/4 Lemon
  • 1/2 Lime
  • Chili Powder
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Goat Cheese
  • Egg (Optional)


1.  Make Avocado Mixture

Mash one ripe avocado (I use our potato masher) in a mixing bowl. Drizzle mashed avocado with a bit of olive oil. Squeeze 1/2 to 1/4 lemon juice (try using this) and 1/2 lime juice onto avocado mixture. Sprinkle sea salt and cracked pepper and mix to your desired consistency. I prefer mine a bit on the chunkier side.

2.  Toast Bread and Cook Egg

Sometimes I like to add an egg on my avocado toast and when I make it for my husband, I usually add two eggs. I like mine sunny side up or over-easy. Toast multi-grain bread as the egg is cooking. Don’t forget to sprinkle a little sea salt and cracked pepper on top of the egg when it’s finished cooking.

3.  Add Toppings

When the toast is done, top with the mashed avocado mixture. You’ll probably have just a bit left over if you’re making two slices of toast. Drizzle a tiny amount of olive oil and sprinkle a bit of chili powder across both slices of avocado toast. Sprinkle with sea salt and cracked pepper.

Then add your toppings. I slice cherry tomatoes and place on the avocado mixture, along with a bit of mild, creamy goat cheese. (The Chavrie brand is my favorite goat cheese for this.) Then add your egg on top!

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