Everyday Life: Nutribullet

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I love fresh juices and smoothies. I have made up my mind that this year I’m going to try a one day juice cleanse from Pressed Juicery (will do a review on this after I complete it). In preparation for that…and the simple love of smoothies and juices…my husband and I decided to give the Nutribullet a go. We picked our Nutribullet up at Costco, which included a few extra cups and lids. So far we’ve been loving it and best of all we are consuming more greens and fruits, which makes me very happy!
Do you have a favorite juice or smoothie?

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Fashion: Birkenstock

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Is there an AA for flip-flop addicts? If so somebody please sign me up. I am deeply in love with flip-flops and always have been. Rain or shine, snow or sleet…okay maybe not snow or sleet…but seriously I wear them all year around. I have a vivid memory of my mom buying me Birkenstocks as a kid and I remember never taking them off all summer. I even remember the detailing…white with pink and purple flowers. No they are not the most stylish choice, but they are so darn comfortable. I picked up the Gizeh style in patent black leather and I must say they are exactly like I remember. I can’t wait to break them in and wear them this summer.
Do you have a favorite sandal?

Beauty: Hairbrush

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Before you run for the hills…let me just say that these hair brushes will change your life. REALLY! I am not a huge hair product person but I love a good brush that helps make the job easier. About 8 years ago I heard about Mason Pearson hair brushes and combs and how they were the “Bentley” of hair brushes, but starting at $105 for a pocket-size brush…I wasn’t quite ready to take the plunge. A few years back when my family was visiting Las Vegas, I stopped in to Acca Kappa. They have a few different hairbrush and comb lines ranging in prices…but are mostly under $120. I ended up picking the 370 model for $40. Its been a great brush and highly recommend them for someone not quite ready to take the plunge on a Mason Pearson. Now lets fast forward to a few months ago when I decided to hit the purchase button. I have to say everyone was right…this brush is amazing. I purchased the “handy” size ($150) and it is worth every dollar (nice when there is gift cards to help out). Yes spending this much on a hair brush is ridiculous I know, but when it does miracles on your hair why not?! Is there one hair product you cannot live without?

Travel: Maui

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Maui is breathtaking and is one of those places you never get tired of coming back to. My family has been deeply in love with the Hawaiian islands since I was a little girl and have had the pleasure of visiting many times. When my husband and I got married I knew that Maui was the place to go for our Honeymoon. Although Maui was not my husband’s favorite (more of a city guy), he was definitely up for exploring all the island had to offer.  We stayed at the Westin Maui and Resort where we scored an amazing suite. We explored and hiked Iao Valley, cruised around Lahaina, shopped in Wailea and Whalers Village, watched the Old Lahaina Luau,  etched our initials into the banyan tree, and went on a submarine ride along the reef. I can’t wait to go back…
Have you ever been to Maui?

Book Review: The Next Best Thing

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The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner
Retail – $39.99 (Book on CD)

This is a perfect feel good story about a young girl and her grandmother and their journey to rebuilding their life in Los Angeles. Ruth (the granddaughter) has dreams to make it big as a screenwriter, while her Grandmother may have found more than she bargained for. Ruth takes you on her journey as she experiences the constant ups and downs of Hollywood and is tested on how far she will go for success in show business. I purchased this book on CD which was read by Olivia Thirlby, who is best known as “Leah” in Juno. She did a wonderful job portraying Ruth and telling the story from her point of view. If you are looking for a good summer read…or listen…I highly suggest you pick up The Next Best Thing.
Do you have a favorite feel good story?

Everyday Life: Gardening

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Hope everyone had a great week and is ready for the holiday weekend. Its always nice having an extended weekend to catch up on chores, relax, kick your feet up, and spend some quality time with loved ones. This year has truly been about change and doing all the things I have held off doing and yes that includes growing a small garden. I finally bit the bullet this year and picked up both a tomato plant and cucumber plant and decided I would give myself a shot at becoming a farmer. Although my husband was skeptical, considering my non existent green thumb, I decided to plant them near our trash can incase disaster struck. Surprisingly enough disaster never struck because as you can see….Ive got tomatoes coming our way. I planted these back at the end of March and with a little TLC and great sun exposure they grew fast. Although I have yet to see the beginning of a cucumber…the plant itself is growing and looks like its only a matter of time. I cant wait to try these veggies!
Do you have a garden and if so what have you planted?

Fashion: Vintage Band Tees

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I always love a good deal, funny enough though it rarely happens. Forever 21 is always hit and miss for me, until I discovered their website online. It completely takes out all the digging through piles and messes, which I have no patience for. I have been loving the vintage band T-shirt style lately and realized that they had a few good ones at prices I was willing to pay. I figured why not take the risk and give it a go. The shipping was free and incredibly fast. I have to give it to Forever 21…they came through this time. The shirts are exactly what I thought they would be and best of all they fit! Maybe I wont be so quick to turn the other way in the future….or I’ll just shop online.
What are your favorite styles at the moment?

Beauty: Jo Malone Perfume

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I have had the worst allergies since I was a wee little one so as you can imagine finding a perfume that doesn’t make matters worse is not an easy thing. Over the years I’ve sort of stuck with what works when it comes to scents. I have a total of 4 perfumes I rotate throughout the year from brands such as Balenciaga, Prada and Jo Malone. However the most unique, fresh, and light scent would have to be my Jo Malone White Jasmine and Mint perfume. There is nothing quite like it. Ive been working on this bottle for almost two years and honestly would not second guess repurchasing it when I am out. Scents are such a personal thing and I love matching a scent to the time of year or special occasion.
What is your favorite perfume?

Travel: Palm Desert

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If someone asked me where would I choose if I could only visit one place for the rest of my life…I would answer without hesitation Palm Desert. Although this place holds a very special place in my heart (married here, memories growing up), I absolutely love all it has to offer. Decades ago my grandparents moved out to Palm Desert from New York and although my grandparents have passed on, there is something still so magical about this place. From museums to shopping to restaurants to desert scenery and the obvious golf courses, there is something for all ages and all interests. I truly can’t imagine this place not being in my life.
Have you ever visited Palm Desert?

Book Review: #GIRLBOSS

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#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Retail – $26.95

If there is one thing I love in life, its hearing about people becoming self-made millionaires or a good rags to riches story. Although I am not a customer of Nasty Gal, there is no harm in cheering/supporting on a woman who created a multi million dollar company from nothing. By the end of this book its hard not to be rooting for her! This book is hilarious, inspiring, and gives a real close look at someone trying to make it in a crazy world of business, especially at such a young age. I was lucky enough to pick up a signed copy at a local book store in San Francisco and will definitely be keeping this on my desk for inspiration.
Have you read any great stories about individuals making it big?