Summer for Her
I love taking trips as you guys know and one of my favorite spots is San Diego!! It's close and just so beautiful! I was so excited to come down to San Diego for a weekend trip because not only is it beautiful and a quick getaway, but February is San Diego's Museum Month! If you love visiting museums too, then it's perfect for you. There are over 40 museums that participate in Museum Month and it’s half-off admission for the participating museums. You can grab a museum month pass for free at any Hilton Hotel in the San Diego Area. And who doesn't love a Hilton Hotel! I mean, how gorgeous is this pool at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront? You know I love a good pool.
And my gorgeous view from my hotel room! This was the first time I have stayed at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront and I am loving it! I love walking everywhere so it's perfect because it's close to everything you would want to go explore! Not to mention, every morning that breakfast buffet is sooo good and convenient.
We got in around 4pm and settled into the hotel and then went to such an amazing spot for dinner called CUCINA urbana! And I was having too much fun in the wine shop... haha.
I mean, how delicious is that?! Not to mention, they had AMAZING cocktails!!
I was so excited to hop on the Old Town Trolley's! Its an amazing way to see the city especially if it’s your first time to San Diego! It's so much fun and our guide was super funny with lots of interesting facts about the city! I love that you can hop on and off all day depending on what you want to do.
And now for the museums! My first stop was San Diego's Natural History Museum!
We had so much fun learning from one of the paleontologists, Christopher Plouffe about all the fossils found and how they preserve everything! I love the museum because I love the animals and they even have a live animals exhibit. Also, obsessed with their collection of over 100 gems where you can learn about mineralogy and so much more. I had so much fun exploring here.
Look at this little babe! Can't wait to come back.
I loved this museum because I could honestly look at art all day. I love the guided tours, but also just love exploring on my own and trying to see my interpretation too! I fell in love with the gorgeous Bouguereau exhibit, which will only be there until March 15th. So hurry and check it out!! It's totally worth it.
I'm obsessed with gardens so obviously had to make a stop at the Japanese Friendship Garden too!!!!!! Oh my gosh, so magical and lush! And loved all the baby bonsai trees!
Balboa Park is so gorgeous and I had no idea about it. I loved exploring around the park after I checked out all the museums. I mean I can't say how beautiful this spot is! Picture perfect too if you ask me!
Last stop of the day and probably my favorite was the USS Midway Museum! I mean, oh my gosh- how did I also not know this place existed? It was so amazing. We also went at the perfect time, sunset!!! So happy we were able to get guided by one of the Midway's Docents! This museum consists of the aircraft carrier Midway and the hip houses a crazy collection of aircrafts!
And after a super fun day at the museums we had some Mexican food and margaritas at Puesto! So good and such a beautiful restaurant too!!
After a well rested night we headed to the Living Coast Discovery Center in the morning!
As I mentioned, I love animals!!! I loved this visit and isn't too far from Downtown San Diego! They are not only a non-profit organization, but help preserve nature and give back. We were able to learn about how important it is to help care for our environment and learn about these animals too. We did so much fun stuff like feed the sea turtles and string rays!! It took a minute for one of the sting rays to come to me though! Definitely somewhere you need to stop by!
Museum Month is the perfect way to make a fun trip down to a Hilton in San Diego and see a lot of the museums!! I can’t wait to go back before the end of the month to see some new ones that I didn’t get to see on this last trip. When are you heading there?!
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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pantene. All opinions are 100% mine.
With everything that is going on in my life these days, it’s easy to get caught up in your routine and forget to take some time for yourself! We can easily end up going through the motions, and whenever I start to feel like that, I like to shake things up by trying something new. My hair has been feeling lackluster recently, so I thought it was the perfect time to hit refresh on my hair routine by trying the Pantene Nutrient Blends Collection. It has become a great addition to my wellness routine!
I know that for a lot of people, the word “wellness” conjures images of expensive spas or out-of-reach exclusive retreats, but I have found that with the right products, I can recreate that same sense of relaxation in the luxury of my own home. Wellness means something different to everyone - for some, it could be a great workout, and for others, taking the time to make a super clean and healthy meal. It is all about what self-care means to YOU! Personally, because I spend so much of my time in meetings and running from place to place, my ultimate self-care routine is to lock the door and spend an hour in the peace and quiet of my own home! I have always been a huge fan of music and I love getting lost in a great album. I put on a great record, run a hot bath, and wash my hair with the Pantene Fortifying Damage Repair with Castor Oil Shampoo and Conditioner from the Pantene Nutrient Blends Collection, and then I just RELAX. This gives me the time to clear my head, so that I can focus on whatever I want - which is sometimes nothing!
My favorite thing about the Pantene Nutrient Blends Collection is how amazing the ingredients are! I often color my hair and apply heat tools, so the Fortifying Damage Repair Shampoo and Conditioner was the best fit for my hair. The Castor Oil Collection was made to protect and repair damaged, overworked hair like mine! The collection is free of sulfates, parabens, dye and mineral oil, so you can really feel good about what you are applying to your hair. This collection currently features two amazing products:
- Castor Oil Shampoo - to cleanse, strengthen and protect hair!
- Castor Oil Conditioner - to nourish and restore hair with a silky shine!
Castor Oil is an amazing vitamin-E rich ingredient often pulled from the seeds of the Ricinus Communis plant grown in India! It’s a multitasking ingredient that is often used as a moisturizer while others use castor oil to protect skin from bacterial infections.
I’ve been using the Pantene Nutrient Blends Fortifying Damage Repair with Castor Oil Collection for two weeks now and look at how healthy and shiny my hair has been looking! I can see so much of a difference!! I not only have amazing looking hair, but I feel amazing from my self-care routine too!
I challenge you to do the same and share how you use the new Pantene Nutrient Blends Collection for your self-care and daily routine and how it has helped you!! I am completely obsessed! You can find the collection here!
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I am so excited to collaborate with Amazon Handmade to share all my favorite fall accessories!! Amazon Handmade is the best place to find handcrafted products that are created by skilled artisans from around the world! I love shopping on Amazon Handmade because you can find really unique and one of a kind pieces while supporting local artists! I’ve always said that accessories are what makes and completes your look, and the amazing accessories on Amazon Handmade is a great way to refresh your wardrobe without breaking your budget! Check out some of my favorite fall finds!
I’m obsessed with statement earring to spice up an outfit, so was loving these Terrazo Clay Earrings!!
I also love delicate jewelry when I want to wear something more fashion forward and printed! I also have an obsession with Ethiopian Opals and there were so many pieces to look through, but I ended up with this gorgeous Ethiopian Welo Opal Gemstone Choker! How gorgeous?
Give me all the jewels!! I also love the range of prices so you also don’t break the bank! How gorgeous are these Turquoise Gold Hoop Earrings?! I'm obsessed with all things Zodiac, so got the Aquarius Zodiac Constellation Necklace! I love stacking rings so found a simple and beautiful Garnet Stackable Ring, which is my birthstone! And I’ve always wanted a Signet Ring and found the perfect one!
I wear hats all the time, but its so hard for me to find one that fits my head!! So I was so excited to find a hat that I could custom design and perfectly fit my head! I love wearing white all year long and am so happy with this gorgeous Jacoby Hat!
I’m obsessed with crystal healing stones and wanted to find some sort of hair accessory that had them, and am loving this Fluorite Barrette, which happens to be one of my favorite crystals.
Who doesn’t love a Sequin Embroidered Turban?! Gypsy Vibes!
Little bag and color obsession here, how good is this Ponagar Handmade Leather POP Bag?! Goes with everything!
I’m also very into the whole Bohemian look so was naturally drawn to this Changnoi Vintage Hmong Hill Tribe Embroidered Clutch!! These colors and pom poms!
And who doesn’t love a good western look? This Turquoise Silver Concho Belt was crazy good and so well made and worth it!!!
I think it’s obvious to say I am addicted to shopping on Amazon Handmade… What were your favorites?!
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I am so excited to partner with Conair and Shopstyle to talk about how obsessed I am with the NEW Conair UNBOUND Cordless Auto Curler!
I am always traveling and on-the-go, so the Conair UNBOUND Cordless Auto Curler is SUCH a game changer! This is the first high performance cordless, rechargeable auto curler for the perfect curls or waves, anytime and anywhere!
The Conair UNBOUND is so easy to use and has a ceramic easy-glide coated surface! This is the newest technology from Conair. It helps smooth down fly-aways and eliminate frizz to add shine!
Since it’s cordless it can literally be used ANYWHERE. I was running late to an event so ran into the car with my UNBOUND auto curler so I could do my hair in the car on the way there!!
The device has 3 heat settings and 4 timer settings for all hair types and lets you select the type of curl you want. I usually like to go for a more casual look so I select the MIX curl direction which automatically will alternate the curl direction- I mean, how amazing is that?!
Honestly, what I love most about the Conair UNBOUND is that I can get effortless, flowy curls anytime, anywhere!! I don’t have to spend hours in the bathroom or hair salon- I can just charge up my Conair’s UNBOUND and let it do all the work! Dream. Come. True.
Basically, everyone needs this!!!!
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I’ve always been obsessed with skincare, and one of my favorites for a while now has been SkinCeuticals! A couple weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be go in for a visit to Cassileth Plastic Surgery to make my Custom D.O.S.E and then attend a beautiful and informative luncheon with SkinCeuticals!
First, I got to Cassileth Plastic Surgery and met with the lovely, Dr. Chang! She explained to me that when it comes to improving skin, there is not one solution that fits all. Everyone has different skin and what works for me, might not work for you. The amazing thing about Custom D.O.S.E is that it’s completely personalized. Its made-to-measure efficacy is essential to addressing each and every individual skin type, skin tone, concerns, and signs of aging. Together we filled out questions to figure out my Custom D.O.S.E!
I mean, this is amazing!!! Can’t wait to see how this works! SkinCeuticals has combined technology and science to focus on these areas through an adaptable topical treatment plan that is all about you!
Waiting for my Custom D.O.S.E to be made!!! So exciting!!!!
Magic happening! SkinCeuticals Custom D.O.S.E is a professional service that combines high-potency ingredients with professionals to create a personalized corrective serum that is specifically for you! And it’s all developed, measured, and dispensed in 10 minutes! You guys all need to go #getdosed NOW! Find your closest location here!
It was so exciting to get my Custom D.O.S.E and you get your own paperwork explaining everything about it! My Custom D.O.S.E consists of Kojic Acid and Niacinamide to help improve the appearance of discoloration and strengthen the moisture barrier, Proxylane to help support skin’s matrix and improve skin firmness, Retinol 0.1% to improve uneven skin tone, promote cell turnover, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and it has an emulsion base so it comes with conditioning agents with a light, milky texture!
I was so excited about this because my main concerns are anti-aging (duh) and discoloration!!!
Personalized just for me!
It’s really not a secret why SkinCeuticals is so popular with dermatologists, doctors and aestheticians everywhere – they stand out in a sea of skincare brands because their science is solid. Every single one of their products reflects the research, science and technology they have mastered.
After, my Custom D.O.S.E I headed down the street to Crustacean Beverly Hills for an informative and relaxing luncheon!
We all had the pleasure to listen and learn from Dr. Kelly Killeen sharing the benefits of Custom D.O.S.E and the newest addition, the Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight!
The Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight is a nighttime glycolic acid cream that delivers a true 10% glycolic acid value to promote cellular turnover for healthy and glowing skin!! “The Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight is formulated with a free acid value of 10% glycolic acid, allowing it to work at a true 10% concentration proven optimal in promoting effective exfoliation and natural cell turnover. Free acid value refers to the true strength of a glycolic acid product, and is affected by both the concentration of acid and the pH of the formula. This potent night cream is synergistically blended with 2% phytic acid to promote skin clarity and brightness, and a triple action-soothing complex to help support the skin barrier. Proven tolerable for nightly use, Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight improves the appearance of skin texture and tone to promote a bright complexion and glowing skin.”
My SkinCeuticals Custom D.O.S.E for the millionth time! I have been using it for the past weeks since I’ve gotten it and I am obsessed!
I am so grateful to have been apart of this super informative visit to Cassileth Plastic where I had the chance to make my Custom D.O.S.E followed by a beautiful luncheon with SkinCeuticals (link) where we were able to learn even more! I can’t wait to add my Custom D.O.S.E and the new Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight to my skincare routine now! Cheers to beautiful and forever flawless skin!
In Sponsorship with SkinCeuticals and all opinions are my own!
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I’m so excited to be partnering with Kiehl’s for the launch of the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution! As you guys know, I LOVE being out in the sun- especially at the beach! Naturally, over time I have developed dark spots and discoloration, which is never fun. I’ve tried so many different dark spot correctors and nothing has really seemed to make a difference. I was recently introduced to Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution and was amazed by the results after only 4 weeks!!! I have been testing this product for 8 weeks now and have been so happy with my results. It's like magic!
I wanted more effective results so I have been testing Kiehl’s Corrective Dark Spot Solution with the whole line because I wanted the most effective results possible! And all these products are great because they work with ALL SKIN types! I’ve been obsessed with everything so far!!! Check out my routine for the past 8 weeks below!
Step #1: The Clearly Corrective Brightening & Exfoliating Daily Cleanser is a skin brightening face wash that gently exfoliates skin and purifies it from harmful environmental pollutants.I have sensitive skin sometimes so it’s a nice face wash that is gentle. My skin has felt softer, smoother and refined while respecting the skin barrier. It’s formulated with Pearlstone, a natural exfoliant derived from volcanic ash; and White Birch and Peony Extracts, this cleanser helps to clarify and visibly brighten skin!
Step #2: The Clearly Corrective Brightening & Soothing Treatment Water is a skin brightening treatment water that soothes, hydrates and visibly boosts skin clarity. I love these treatments because they feel amazing on the skin and so refreshing and hydrating! This product has been helping with soothing and hydrates skin while helping to visibly even skin tone. It’s formulated with Licorice Root, Activated C, White Birch and Peony Extracts, this water helps promote skin brightening and clarity
Step #3, THE HERO PRODUCT!: The Clearly CorrectiveDark Spot Solution has been the most help with brightening my skin for increased radiance and clarity! It’s been infused with Activated C, a potent form of Vitamin C and this formula deeply penetrates the skin quickly to help visibly even skin tone and improve clarity. I love the way it feels because it is a water-like serum so feels super hydrating and perfect for layering with other products. It’s super gentle on the skin so good for application all over my face or as a spot treatment! Whichever you prefer! Its been clinically proven to help reduce hyperpigmentation by 49%, dark spots color by 39%, and even post-acne marks by 27%! So it helps with honestly everything.
Step #4: The Clearly Corrective Brightening & Smoothing Moisture Treatment is a skin brightening moisturizer that helps to improve overall clarity. I’ve noticed this has helped with reducing the appearance of skin discolorations and rough texture. My skin can get dry so I love that it provides continuous 24-hour hydration while helping to smooth and brighten skin. This has been Formulated with Activated C and White Birch Extract, this formula is known to help visibly even skin tone!
Also, it is so important to always put sunscreen on! It is crucial to use SPF daily to protect skin from further darkening!!
I have been documenting the whole process so would love to not just talk about, but show the results!!!
I don’t have a crazy amount of dark spots, but it still is something that bothers me and is pretty noticeable on my face!
As you can see, after just 4 weeks I could notice how much lighter my dark spots were. I could also see my skin tone being more even overall. My skin also felt great.
I mean!!! After 8 weeks!!!!!! It’s honestly like magic. My spots were pretty much non-existent. It’s so crazy to see results over time because when I was starting the 8 week challenge I was able to see results, but with documenting everything- its crazy to see the results! My skin feels radiant and was glowing from the Kiehl’s products!
I highly recommend the Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution because the results for me were amazing and I am so happy with everything. I definitely would also say to use the whole line with it because then it maximizes the results too! I would love to hear your thoughts on this product too!
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I have been using Pantene Pro-V since I was a teenager, and I love that they have always focused on healthy beautiful hair to support the boldness of women! It’s been so much fun to take part in and see the results of the Pantene 14 Day Challenge! I have been coloring my hair since I was 15 years old, which has really taken a toll on my hair. Because of that, the Pantene Repair & Protect Collection Shampoo and Conditionerwere the perfect products for me to try during the challenge! I also loved using the Ultimate 10 BB Crème on my hair after styling for a silky, smooth finish! Follow along with my journey below!
I was so excited to try out the Pantene Repair & Protect Shampoo and Conditioner because my hair was so ready to be repaired from all of the coloring and hot styling tools I use on it! Honestly, I could feel the difference immediately, which makes sense – this collection promises to repair six months of damage in just one use! It has concentrated moisturizers and conditioners which reduce hair friction and tangles (who else’s hair gets crazy tangled all the time!?) while smoothing the hair, resulting in visible reduction of damage!
After taking part in the challenge, I have some pro tips for you! When shampooing, focus on the scalp and roots, where the most build up of scalp oils, dirt and product residue come from. When you are conditioning the hair, you should make sure to condition the full length of your hair. You may have been told (like I was!) that you should condition just the tips of your hair, and that is not the case! Your hair needs conditioner wherever it is exposed to heat-styling, color, sun and anything else that might damage it! Also, make sure not to over-rinse the hair! It shouldn’t take more then 30 seconds to rinse out the conditioner so make sure to run your fingers through the hair!
This was my hair at day 7! My color has been enhanced with more shine and vibrancy, and I can feel the difference even more! The Pantene Repair & Protect Collection’s Shampoo and Conditioner also protects the hair between washes by smoothing the hair cuticle and reinforcing your hair’s outer layer.
Yay! It’s the last day of the challenge and I am seeing so much less breakage, less flyaways, and my hair just feels stronger. It used to be super stiff and brittle because of how damaged it was, but now it flows and feels so silky. I am so happy with the results!!!!!!!!!
It might sound silly to some, but all of the women in my life feel this way – a bad hair day can really ruin your entire day, and a great hair day will do the opposite! Only 1 in 10 women experience a great hair day regularly, and Pantene wants to change that!! When I know my hair looks healthy and amazing, I feel amazing!
Are you ready to take the Pantene 14 Day Challenge!? You won’t regret it!!!
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When it was still hot as a mother in London!! And this set is on major sale!
- English Factory, Smocked Off Shoulder Blouse, buy here.
- English Factory, Ruffled Gingham Shorts, buy here.
- Elizabeth and James, McKinley Sunglasses, similar here.
- Kenneth Cole, Kam Leather Sneaker, buy here.
Kendra Scott has always been one of my favorite jewelry brands and I am so excited to be partnering with her to show off her beyond gorgeous Fall 2018 Collection. I'm obsessed with natural gemstones and her unique designs, so naturally I am loving all the new pieces from the Fall 2018 collection! I love statement earrings and rings. I wanted to add more to this look above so I styled it with the Aragon Rose Gold Drop Earrings in Ivory and Liv Cocktail Ring in Silver and Rose Gold!
Take a look at some more ways I styled some of my favorite pieces from Kendra Scott's Fall 2018 Collection!
As I mentioned, I always LOVE a statement earring and am obsessed with mother of pearl so naturally the Aragon Rose Gold Drop Earrings in Ivory was a piece that I knew would go with literally everything.
When I was shopping in the store I fell in love with the Aislinn Gold Long Pendent Necklace specifically in Teal Agate. I just love statement jewelry and this necklace makes the perfect statement without going overboard. I love the color teal so I was naturally drawn to not only this piece but this stone! It adds so much to my dress, but doesn't feel like too much. And still obsessed with wearing the Liv Cocktail Rings together!
Kendra Scott's Fall 2018 Collection is filled with so many beautiful stones and rich colors. I love how every season she has all her classics, but is still able to reinvent each collection to feel fresh and fun so I always have so much fun shopping the new collections every season!! I've been loving all my favorite pieces i've styled into my looks above, but also linked some of my other favorites that I will need to go back to the store and get!! And how cute is the gift box too? Oh, Kendra Scott- I love everything!!!
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- SUNDRESS, Alena Dress, buy here or similar here.
- Elizabeth and James, McKinley Sunglasses, buy here.
- Jennifer Behr, Marin Turban Headband, buy here.
- Cult Gaia, The Babe Bag, buy here.
- Jaggar, Double Strap Sandals, buy here.
Photographed By: Jeff Thibodeau, (@jeffithibodeauco).
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