Green Inside and Out

Green Inside and Out

Plants are magical.  Not only do they produce oxygen (which we need to live) they also provide us with food, shelter, medicine, fuel and are a key component in beauty products!

…and the world is finally acknowledging how important they are!

Plant-based options are all the rage when it comes to what we eat, and the beauty world is no different. High-quality, clean ingredients are no longer simply a trend; they’re a requirement. Many brands are trying to reduce the amount of chemicals used in their products by replacing them with clean, naturally derived ingredients.

I’m sure you have heard of Meatless Monday which encourages people to cut out meat once a week in order to improve health, save money and heal the planet. Why not take Meatless Monday one step further and carry that over to your beauty routine.

By making small changes like this we can impact our own well-being and the health of the planet. We can be GREEN on the inside and out!

To help you kick-off your “Go Green” journey, I stopped by two of my favorites at Fashion Show, Opa! of Greece and LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics to share some of my plant based favorites to help you get started nurturing your inner and outer glow.

Green Inside and Out

LUSH AVOBATH BATH BOMB

Of course, there HAD to be a bath bomb here, LUSH is famous for them! This zippy green fizzy delivers a sunny dose of invigorating lemongrass and bergamot essential oils. Made from freshly mashed avocados (which provide deep hydration and moisturization to your skin) and organic extra virgin olive oil it leaves your soft, hydrated skin and totally renewed!

Plant Based Meals

OPA! of GREECE GREEK SALAD

The humble tomato is full of surprising perks for your skin, your gut, and more. A single tomato can provide about 40% of the daily recommended minimum of vitamin C. What’s more, tomatoes supply vitamin A, which supports immunity, vision, and skin health; vitamin K, which is good for your bones; and potassium, a key nutrient for heart function, muscle contractions, and maintaining a healthy blood pressure and fluid balance.

They are also a skin anti-aging helper! Tomatoes are packed full of antioxidants which help reduce the amount of cell-damaging free-radicals in the body and give you youthful-looking skin. They also fight cellular damage which helps the skin retain moisture, thereby, preventing fine lines and wrinkles.

Plant Based beauty

LUSH MANTALBANO SHAMPOO BAR

The beauty industry is going NUTS right now over Shampoo Bars. With consumers becoming more mindful of packaging waste and water consumption, formulas that use less water are increasing in popularity.

Much like a bar body cleanser, a shampoo bar is activated by water but contains ingredients that are suited for removing oil and product build-up while meeting the needs of different hair textures.

Instead of pouring a liquid shampoo into your hair, you can either work the bar into a lather in the palm of your hands and then work the foam through from roots to ends; or, for lower-lather formulas, rub the bar directly onto roots while water runs over your hair. Once your strands are coated in the cleanser, massage the shampoo into your roots and through the ends of hair to loosen debris and dirt, and then rinse thoroughly.

My favorite is LUSH’s MANTALBANO Bar. This Mediterranean marvel boosts shine, adds subtle volume, cleanses your scalp and leaves you smelling lemon-rosemary fresh.

Green Inside and Out

OPA! of GREECE HUMMUS AND CUCUMBERS

Not only are cucumbers literally green inside and out, they are also packed with nutrients. In just a single cup of cucumber slices, you’ll get 14% to 19% of the vitamin K you need for the day. You’ll also get vitamins B and C along with minerals like copper, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium. So, the next time you reach for that yummy hummus switch out the pita bread for cucumbers!

LUSH

LUSH OUTBACK MATE SOAP

This gorgeous handmade, palm-free, true blue beauty will put a smile on your face with the refreshing tingle of peppermint and the uplifting aroma of lemongrass. Eucalyptus gently cleanses your skin and brightens your mood, making this one your best mate to wash away the blues and leave you feeling fresh.

Plant Based Meals

OPA! GREECE FALAFEL SNACK BITES AND HUMMUS

One cup of chickpeas (which hummus is made of) contains 10 grams of protein and about 10 grams of dietary fiber—which is 40% of the daily minimum target. They are also packed with antioxidants and help to improve gut health!

Being green inside and out starts with small changes,  like adding one plant-based meal to your weekly food menu or subbing out a few of your cosmetics for plant based beauty products. By making these small changes you will help to reduce your eco-footprint.

If you are looking for a quick healthy meal or some delicious plant based beauty stop in to Opa! of Greece and LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics at Fashion Show Las Vegas.

*This post was created in partnership with Fashion Show Las Vegas. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Shark Week!

Finally, it’s here! My favorite part of summer- insert the JAWS soundtrack..da-duh..da-duh..da-duh- Discovery Channel’s annual week long series SHARK WEEK!

Since 1987 Discovery Channel has been luring viewers in and catching their attention with entertaining and educational shark-tastic television programming.

This year Discovery Channel is bringing more teeth, more jaws and more heart-pounding TV specials featuring everyone’s favorite undersea predators than ever before.

Are you ready for this? Shark Week will be on for four hours a day (45 hours of programming), with TV episodes featuring celebrities like William Shatner, Tiffany Haddish, The cast of Jackass, Brad Paisley and more. They’ll be joined some of the top marine biologists from renowned science institutions as they explore the world of sharks. Discovery+ will also be airing the first Shark Week series, Sharks academy!

Highlights this year include the first in utero camera tag in a pregnant Tiger shark, a potentially new Great White mating behavior and the discovery of an elusive pupping ground.

Fans can also get in on the Shark Week fun on social media, where Discovery will be adding new AR filters for Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook, plus seven nights of livestreams on TikTok.

The TV event started yesterday and will continue all week until July 18.

Here’s the Schedule:

Sunday, July 11

  • Shark Academy (on Discovery+; linear premiere Sunday, July 18)
  • Sharkbait With David Dobrik (Discovery+ exclusive)
  • Crikey! It’s Shark Week—8 p.m.
  • Tiffany Haddish Does Shark Week—9 p.m.
  • Jackass Shark Week Special—10 p.m.

Monday, July 12

  • Stranger Sharks (Discovery+ exclusive)
  • Air Jaws: Going For Gold—8 p.m.
  • Jaws Awakens: Phred vs. Slash—9 p.m.
  • Expedition Unknown: Shark Trek—10 p.m.

Tuesday, July 13

  • Great White Comeback (Discovery+ exclusive)
  • MotherSharker—8 p.m.
  • Brad Paisley’s Shark Country—9 p.m.
  • The Spawn Of El Diablo—10 p.m.

Wednesday, July 14

  • Tiger Queen (Discovery+ exclusive)
  • MechaShark—8 p.m.
  • The Real Sharknado—9 p.m.
  • Return to Lair of the Great White—10 p.m.

Thursday, July 15

  • Raging Bulls (Discovery+ exclusive)
  • Dr. Pimple Popper Pops Shark Week—8 p.m.
  • Sharkadelic Summer 2—9 p.m.
  • Mega Jaws of Bird Island—10 p.m.

Friday, July 16

  • Extinct or Alive: Jaws of Alaska (Discovery+ exclusive)
  • Ninja Sharks: Mutants Rising—8 p.m.
  • Monster Sharks of Andros Island—9 p.m.
  • Mystery of the Black Demon Shark—10 p.m.
  • I Was Prey: Terrors of the Deep 2—11 p.m.

Saturday, July 17

  • Rogue Tiger Shark: The Hunt for Lagertha (Discovery+ exclusive)
  • Return to Shark Vortex—8 p.m.
  • Shark Week Best in Show—9 p.m.
  • I Was Prey: Shark Week 2021—10 p.m.

Sunday, July 18

  • The Great Hammerhead Stakeout (Discovery+ exclusive)
  • Shark Academy (already streaming on Discovery+) – 10 p.m.
What I’m Wearing: JAWS TEE| Vintage Skirt| ETRO Sunglasses| Vans Primary check Old Skool | Tommy Bahama Macrame Bag|
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Etoile Has The Only Bag You Need This Season

Etoile Star Handbag

If you think about it, a handbag is one of the most important purchases you make. And this purchase will have everyone talking about YOUR statement bag.

Your handbag is something you use EVERYDAY (so versatility and style are important) PLUS it needs to be functional (aka hold A LOT) and be made of quality materials so that it lasts.

Think carryall bags that optimize storage but don’t skimp on style. Forget about day-to-night, think of it more like a life-long relationship. I have handbags that lasted longer than a lot of relationships lol.

When I leave my house at the beginning of a work day, I basically have to bring everything I will need for the next 10-14 hours.  Wallet, cell phone charger, makeup bag, notepad, glasses, mints, change of shoes, a snack, etc.

I usually put in a full work day (10 or more hours) then I may have an event or dinner to attend straight after work.  Therefore, I need my big bag for the day yet I don’t really want to lug the whole thing with me to Happy Hour.

This is when the conundrum begins, do I bring a smaller bag too or do I just lug “biggie” in with me and perch her on a chair like she’s my date?

What’s the secret to the perfect “life-long” bag?

Luxury handbag designer Annye Grande (Grande like Grand Canal Shoppes) asked herself these same questions and came back with an answer in the form of her own handbag brand, etoile.

Etoile Has The Only Bag You Need This Season.

From a casual outing to a fancy cocktail event, Etoile bags grant you the ultimate modern luxury: convenience.

Not just one bag- each of her creations gives you THREE BAGS!  Yes THREE Bags in one bag! A bag that truly takes you from desk to dinner. It’s designed to hold all your daily essentials and then easily convert to evening. A multi-tasking bag for a multi-tasking gal!

My favorite is etoile’s Rachel Medium Boa.

Here’s how it works:

  • The top zipper is separated so that the bag can unzip ALL THE WAY and open wide. Plenty of room to fit everything you need!  PLUS the top flap has a magnetic closure which keeps everything safe inside.

  • The top leather trim can be folded into the bag so that the tote becomes an open carryall.

Etoile is the only bag you need this season

  • Each bag comes with a wide leather strap and a matching detachable clutch which can be hung from the strap and converted into the BEST CROSSBODY BAG. Hello Happy Hour!

Etoile

  • They even have a super convenient “where has this been all my life” pocket in the back for your cell phone.

Tote, carryall and crossbody all on one! You could even take it one step further and use the clutch without the strap.  Yep, that makes FOUR bags in one bag! What?  FOUR Handbags from just one bag? Yes I said that correctly, FOUR! That’s why etoile is THE place you need to go to buy your bag this season.

Find your statement life-long bag at etoile located in The Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian Resort Las Vegas.

Etoile Handbag

Etoile

Etoile is the only bag you need this season

*This post was created in partnership with Grand Canal Shoppes- All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Hydro Flask The Chic Way to Quench Your Thirst

Hydro Flask

It’s no secret that I’m a huge water drinker… but as much as I love water, I’m not a fan of it warm or hot unless it’s in coffee or tea.

In fact, warm water gives me the gags, so I was always on the hunt for a good on-the-go water bottle to keep my agua fria.

At first I toted around the typical destructive single use plastic bottles of water but, the combination of wanting to be more sustainable and the fact that these plastic bottles usually contain some form of BPA, which is REALLY bad for you (especially if you leave them in the car where they heat up from the sun) I embarked on a quest for the perfect reusable water bottle.

After trying a gazillion different brands which ranged from tasting like metal to giving me horrible rashes around my mouth I finally found the QUEEN of all water bottles, the chic way to quench your thirst, Hydro Flask.

Hydro Flask uses the highest quality 18/8 stainless steel which ensures pure taste and no flavor transfer , is BPA and Phthalate free, recyclable and backed by a lifetime warranty.  The company believes strongly that great flasks and great causes go hand-in-hand.  Because of this, through its charitable arm 5% back, consumers can allocate a portion of the net profit of their purchase to a charity they choose.

I LOVE my Hydro Flask water bottle — it keeps my water cold for up to 24 hours, I mean so cold it could’ve come off of a glacier even hours after filling it up. It’s fun to drink out of (Sounds weird, but true) and it’s pretty much indestructible.

Plus, I’m no longer buying those pathetic disposable plastic water bottles and contributing to plastic waste.

I always like to be hands free- especially on set so when I discovered this gorgeous macramé Hydro Flask carrier I knew I needed it in my life. I’ll put a link for where to buy at the end of the post but if you are feeling crafty Llamas and Lufas has a great tutorial on how to make one.  Click Here.

Macrame Bottle Carrier

Hydro Flask Holder

Macrame Hydro Flask Tote

Love the Label Skirt

Chloe Sunglasses

What I’m Wearing: Love the Label Briar Smocked Maxi Skirt| Chloe Sandals | Chloe Sunglasses| Macrame Boho Crossbody Bottle Tote | Wide Mouth Hydro Flask|

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Summer Camp Jewelry Trend Guidebook

Summer Camp Jewelry Trend

Okay campers, rise and shine. It’s time to swap out your everyday silver and gold jewelry for vibrant, fun and kitschy options that can withstand a dip in the water and ample sunscreen.

This summer I have created a nifty guidebook to introduce you to the season’s must-have jewelry and sunscreen. From beaded bracelets to stringy anklets and alphabet necklaces, the “Summer Camp” jewelry trend is EVERYTHING right now.

Spotted on celebs and all over your Instagram feed, this trend brings back all the retro feel-good vibes of childhood summer camp.

Packed full of the nostalgia from those simple sunny days of braiding rope friendship bracelets, exploring remote wooded areas, telling ghost stories and crushing on the camp counselors- it’s not only chic but also a mood booster!

Easy to style, playful and laid back (in the best way). You can rock them with just about anything, for any summer activity, without the worry of damaging them.

DAY ONE: The Lake is My HAPPY PLACE

Since we are besties I wanted to help bring this happy-go-lucky optimistic energy into your wardrobe.  I gathered some of my favorite Summer Camp Jewelry from Kendra Scott at Fashion Show Las Vegas and paired them with my favorite SPF must-haves from Neiman Marcus at Fashion Show Las Vegas to create the perfect bunkmates.

What’s summer camp without sunscreen and friendship bracelets? Just relax by the lake and create some joy.

Kendra Scott

For this awesome nostalgic creation, the new Kendra Scott Ellie DIY Friendship Bracelet Kit allows you to mix, match, and make your own bracelet. Dream up a one-of-a-kind keepsake for you or for your BFF.

Roast some ‘smores not your skin with these two skin protectors.

COOLA SPF Classic Organic Tropical Coconut Sunscreen Stick SPF 30.  A perfectly portable organic sunscreen stick that gives you water-resistant, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection whenever you need it. Infused with antioxidant-rich Plant Protection® Complex, this naturally-scented tropical coconut stick helps combat free radicals while nourishing your skin. Great for the face so you don’t get sunscreen in your eyes.

COOLA Fragrance Free Classic Sunscreen Spray SPF 50. Your first line of defense against the sun’s harsh effects during outdoor activities. Formulated with Plant Protection® which includes a blend of red raspberry seed oil and prickly pear extract, this enriched formula with its lightweight texture keeps free radical damage, sun damage and dryness at bay. Remember it’s essential to reapply sunscreen every two hours AND after swimming, sweating or towel drying.

DAY TWO: Change is Necessary for Surviving

Crafty Jewelry trend

The Gold Strand Kendra Scott Reese Optimist Necklace in pink pastel is a reminder that, at all costs, choose hope in the midst of challenge.

A multi-tasking mineral, the Solara Glow getter Zinc Oxide Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen provides a shimmery wake-up smoothie for your skin! A potent mix of caffeine, antioxidants and responsibly sourced mica help smooth, illuminate and hydrate while protecting against everyday sun, HEV/blue light + pollution. Naturally Scented with Plant Extracts.

DAY THREE: Make New Friends

Friendship Bracelet Trend

Your bunkmate will love the Kendra Scott Optimist Friendship Bracelet. This Gold Woven Friendship Bracelet in Pastel Mix is better than a blood oath to seal the deal as BFF’s.

Ready Set, Glow! Meet your fellow campers wearing COOLA SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray. This Makeup Setting Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 keeps your 9am face going until you call it a night. The weightless, matte-finish spritz helps makeup stay put and delivers a quick hit of hydration and sun protection anytime you need it. Made with 70%+ certified organic ingredients, Broad Spectrum SPF 30 UVA/UVB protection and 80 minute water resistance.

DAY FOUR: Survival Gear

Kendra Scott Summer

Did you know there are 82 uses for paracord? I didn’t know that either. But I did know that the Kendra Scott Maisie Gold Chorded Friendship Bracelet and Maisie Paracord Cuff are must-haves. Mint Mix Paracord mixes bright, braided paracord in curated color of the moment. It’s the ultimate Friendship bracelet and a great add to any survival gear. You will never take this “tool” for granted again.

Toss this in your survival kit too. COOLA SPF 30 Broad Spectrum LIPLUX. Subtle tinted lip balms that add a hint of subtle color using naturally derived pigments while protecting, nourishing and softening your lips. Organic Cupuaçu Butter and Mongongo Oil deliver an ultra-creamy texture that smoothes and nourishes lips while keeping them hydrated, so they look healthy, plump, and youthful. 70%+ certified organic ingredients, Broad Spectrum SPF 30 UVA/UVB protection and 40 minute water resistance.

DAY FIVE: A Day Outing

It’s time to venture out before we leave Summer Camp. Get out your compass and check out the new Summer Camp Jewelry at Kendra Scott Fashion Show Las Vegas and find your way to Neiman Marcus Fashion Show Las Vegas to discover the best in SPF protection.

*This post was created in partnership with Fashion Show.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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UNIQLO x Marimekko

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CREED Viking Cologne

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