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The Strobe Lights Are Dancing, Dancing with the Stars

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So chances are, you’ve heard about strobing–the latest, hottest trend in makeup–by now. But, what perhaps you don’t realize is it is really just a new (albeit cooler) name for something that has been around forever–highlighting.

The answer to why we are suddenly calling highlighting ‘strobing’ could be one of two things: 1) Highlighting is usually coupled with contouring, and by separating it, the collective we decided it needed a new name. Or, more likely 2) MUAs, beauty editors and bloggers are always looking for the next big thing to talk about, so someone just made up a catchy new name for an age-old beauty trick, and it was such a cool name that it really took off.

So how do you strobe? You simply apply highlighting products to the ‘high points’ of your face, or the parts of your face where the light naturally hits.


The High Points of your face are:

~ The tops of your cheekbones

~ Above your eyebrow from the arch to the outer corner

~ Below your eyebrow from the arch to the outer corner

~ The inner corner of your eyes

~ In between your brows and down the bridge of your nose

~ Your cupid’s bow

~ The apple of your chin

The benefit here is that it makes you look healthier and younger, and is a much more natural look than contouring. I have actually been strobing the heck out of my face since I’ve been pregnant, trying to fake that proverbial pregnancy glow that seems to be eluding me.


And here are some of my favorite highlighters to help you achieve the perfect strobing effect:

1. Charlotte Tilbury Dreamy Glow Highlighter
2. Benefit Cosmetics Watt’s Up! Cream-To-Powder Highlighter
3. Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand
4. MAC Beauty Powder
5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duality

So, have you tried strobing, and are you loving the trend this summer?


Peace, Love and Strobing,

Moodboard Monday: Lines

I’ve been really feeling strong lines that offer a unique spin on the typical aesthetic lately. They offer such a definitive point of view and a really great fashion visual.

So for today’s Moodboard Monday, I offer you a story of lines!



1. Letters From France Two-Piece Heather Gray Dress | 2. Striped Mesh Boxy Top, black | 3. Jala Clothing SUP Ladder Sports bra | 4. H&M Sunglasses | 5. Misguided Eyelet DetailShift Dress | 6. Notched What It Seems Black and Ivory Dress | 7. TOPSHOP Cut-Out Zip Back Swimsuit | 8. Catbird Large Talon Earring | 9. Baublebar Skylight Cuff | 10. Georgina Skalidi Lilac Leather and Seude Geometric Bag | 11. Mason by Michelle Mason Asymmetrical Stripe Peplum Skirt

Are you feeling inspired now? What’s your favorite strong line look?


Peace, Love and Strong Lines,

The 5 Best Butt-Busting Yoga Poses

Butt-Busting Yoga Poses

Confession time: This pregnancy is kicking my butt. As it, making it huge and saggy. It was way easier for me to stay in shape the first time around, but this time, I am having to work (hard) to stay even remotely in shape. And, since I was too nauseous the entire first half to do any kind of exercising at all, I’m having to work overtime now to fix the serious spread that has overtaken my butt, arms and hips. But mostly, my butt.

Fortunately, my body loves yoga and responds really well to it, so I’m on mission yoga butt! You know yoga butt, right? That perfectly perky, tight, high booty? Well, here are the best 5 yoga poses to help you get that perfect perky butt we all dream of. And great news–they aren’t hard!

1) Chair Pose

source: siennasmith.com

source: siennasmith.com


How to:

Begin standing with your feet together, arms at sides, abs tight. Sit back, bending your knees deeply and bring your weight into your heels. Lift your arms overhead, fully extended. Hold for 10 breaths.


2) 3-Legged Dog

source: POPSUGAR Photography / Louisa Larson

source: POPSUGAR Photography / Louisa Larson


How to:

Begin in Downward Facing Dog. Lift your right leg straight back and up into the air, keeping your shoulders parallel with the floor. Hold for 10 breaths. Repeat with the left leg.


3) Goddess Pose:

source:  POPSUGAR Photography / Louisa Larson

source: POPSUGAR Photography / Louisa Larson


How to:

From standing, turn both feet out, so your heels are pointing in. Bring your arms straight up over your head. Then, bend your knees and elbows at 90-degree angles. Hold for 10 breaths.

For an added challenge, go up on the balls of your feet and hold for another 10 breaths.


4) Balancing Table

source: Sarah Jones/Demand Media

source: Sarah Jones/Demand Media


How to:

Begin on your hands and knees. Reach your right arm straight out in front of you and your left leg straight out behind you, both parallel to the floor. Tighten your abs and lift your arm and leg higher. Hold for 10 breaths. Repeat on the other side.


5) Bridge Pose

source: womansday.com

source: womansday.com


How to:

Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart. Place your arms at your sides. Pressing into your feet, lift up your hips and clasp your hands under your back. Be careful not to overarch your back. Hold for 10 breaths.

As I mentioned, the best part about all of these poses is not only do they really work, but they don’t feel super hard/strenuous while you’re doing them!

Did I leave your favorite butt-focused yoga pose off the list? Let me know which one you love in the comments below!


Peace, Love and Yoga Butt,

Come Clean When the Dawn Gets Dirty

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. However, as usual, all opinions are 100% my own. #BioreStripDown #CollectiveBias


If you haven’t heard the term ‘natural charcoal’ recently, then where have you been? Charcoal is the beauty ingredient right now that brands and experts alike are raving about. And for good reason!

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Get the Look: Emma Stone’s Peek-a-Boo Eyeliner

I write for a lot of different magazines and websites, but I have to say, one of the most fun outlets I publish for is Mode.com. I absolutely love their unique format and how much freedom I have in my posts. So, you’ll be seeing some of those pop up here on my blog from time to time. First up, this super fab red carpet how-to with Emma Stone:

Check out Get the Look: Emma Stone's Red Carpet Peek-a-Boo Eyeliner

by Emily L. Foley at Mode

How fun (and simple!) is this look? Let me know if you ever experiment with colored eyeliner in the comments below.


Peace, Love and Red Carpet Makeup Fun,

Baby You’re a Superstar, Lookin’ Like You’re Goin’ Far

If there is one thing I love, it’s finding a super fabulous Atlanta-based beauty company. If there’s one thing I love even more, it’s when said company gets the love they deserve. And you know who fits both of those bills oh-so-well? Little Barn Apothecary.


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As Seen On TV: Summer Beauty Problem Solvers

You know what I love about the magic of television? Pre-taped segments! On Wednesday, I was somehow on TV in both Phoenix and Atlanta simultaneously–I get around!

In Atlanta, I was talking Summer Beauty Problem Solvers with the lovely Christine on Atlanta & Company, and it’s one of my favorite topics. I mean, if you can’t solve problems with beauty products, than what good are they?

Click through to watch the segment and get all the details on what I wore and the products I discussed.

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Chris Harrison Twitter Book Club


The time has finally come! After much discussion on Twitter, we finally have the Chris Harrison Twitter book club scheduled! Join us on July 2 at 8pm EST for an hour-long online book club discussion of Harrison’s debut novel, The Perfect Letter.

I don’t know exactly what I was expecting from the book, but I have to tell you, I really loved it! It has absolutely everything that you want from a romance novel: Love, drama, action, twists and turns, a few surprises, sex, a little bit of cheese, and a satisfying ending. And, it’s a super fast read–It only took me one travel day to completely devour the thing.

And, I’ve read my far share of fiction in my day! For years, I was a fiction reviewer for Publishers Weekly, so while my current opinion may not be a professional opinion, if I’d given it to you a few years back, it would have been!


There’s no official RSVP for the group, but I do want you to help out by submitting the book club questions you’d like to discuss during our hour together! I’ll vet all the questions (plus a few of my own), and we’ll likely get through about 10 (depending on how long it takes us to talk about each) before our time together will sadly have to end.



And, exciting news: Mr. Harrison himself plans to join us to answer at least a question or two:

So leave me your book club questions in the comments below and mark your calendar!

Thursday, July 2, 8-9pm EST on Twitter! And we’ll use the hashtag #HarrisonBookClub that night, too.

So if you haven’t gotten your copy of The Perfect Letter yet, you still have time to get it, read it, and join in on our fun!


Peace, Love and Online Book Clubs,

As Seen On TV: Summer Vacation Beauty Must-Haves

I had a blast talking about summer vacation beauty must-haves with Christine Pullara on Atlanta & Company this morning!

We’re headed to the beach soon, so this was a super timely segment for me personally–you better believe I’ll have these products in tow with me when we head to the sand and surf!

So watch it all go down below, and click through to find out all the details on what I wore and the products we discussed.

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Hey, Daddy

e86538a04e3d7079f9004a061201e93c For some reason, dads are just hard to buy for. I mean, not if you want to get him a golf tee tie or a joke of the day desk calendar, but to get something really cool can be hard. My dad has an amazing shop and always wants tools, but those run, oh, $450 each, so it’s not always plausible to get him things off his wish list!

Which is why I was super excited when I was introduced to Tessel Supply, a line of modern, uber functional bags with a cool aesthetic and really smart design. Every type of dad has somewhere to go. Whether he’s on the road all the time like my husband, or an office guy like so many dads out there–a man bag is something pretty much every dad can use!



Tessel’s Anti-Gravity Modular System includes four separate magnetic bags that you can piece together according to your needs for that day. So no more having different bags for every activity–this one bag can have your favorite dad covered regardless of what his day has for him. So smart!

And, to sweeten the deal of this totally cool brand, between now and June 21, if you enter the promo code ‘dadjokes’ at checkout on the Tessel Supply site, you get 20% off your purchase!

Also, in just a few months, the team at Tessel will be introducing their new Special Ops line and a second version of the Jet Pack line. And, if you join the Tessel mailing list, you could have chance to win one of those three amazing Tessel bag systems!

Click on the link below to enter the giveaway:

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This post was sponsored by Tessel Supply, but all the thoughts and opinions are my own.


Peace, Love and Cool Man Gifts,