Happy Labor Day

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Happy Labor Day! What are you up to? This picture pretty much sums up my day only I will have a glass of champagne in my hand! If you are going to be outdoors checkout these simple tips from skincare guru Jan Marini to save yourself from getting fried!

Protect Your Hair
· Sun exposure breaks down the disulfide bonds in hair, causing color fading (think of that $200 color service), brittleness and breakage. Plus, remember your scalp is an extension of the same skin that is on your face. Cumulative sun exposure from throughout the year damages and ages the scalp, and as a result, compromises and decreases the factors that promote luxurious, full, healthy hair.
· Many hair conditioners today, such as leave-on sprays, contain a sun protectant. And be sure to always wear a hat!

Protect Your Lips
· One of the most important things we can do to keep our lips soft, hydrated and supple, as well as prevent skin cancer, is to generously massage sun protectant into the lip area.
· Your lips are one of the most vulnerable and most exposed areas, and often, the most forgotten.

Your Skin Continues to Age in the Summer Months
· There is a widely spread misconception that it is wise to stop using glycolics, retinols, etc., in the summer time. These powerful, gold standard tools can prevent a significant amount of damage, repairing damage that hasn’t yet surfaced, reverse much of the superficial signs of aging and enable your skin to more effectively respond to UV radiation.
· Taking a break, especially during a period of more intense sun exposure, only compounds the aging process and further compromises your skin’s ability to repair and rejuvenate. Remember, your skin ages every day and you need to consistently apply medically and clinically validated topicals that can truly assist in keeping your skin looking healthy, vibrant, refined, hydrated and luminous.

Travel In Style
Here are some of my favorite travel products!
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When traveling, I have recently found some things that I absolutely can’t live without. I have always been a fan of the brand Pacifica. They have the most amazing scents and make things like candles, perfumes, makeup and now lotion wipes. I love using these before bed. They offer a touch of moisture and a light fragrance which adds to the luxury of being away. Bioré Pore Strips are always a must when traveling because planes, trains and automobiles always make me feel grungy. I feel like these strips are a quick and easy way to strip dirt away! The Finest Chocolate Cleanser from Karin Herzog (save $25 on $125 today with code LABORDAY) is so decadent that I could eat it! Talk about feeling special. I reserve this for vacation and the weekends or when I have had a really hard day. It smells like you are covering your face in chocolate. Literally. I always like to keep a Completely Bare All in one Travel Wax Kit in my travel bag incase I forget to get an eyebrow waxing before I go. It is quick and easy for any part of the face. Desert Essence Coconut products (right now everything is 25% off) are always nice to have on a trip especially if you are going somewhere tropical. They smell so wonderful and then you don’t have to rely on what is provided at the hotel which can sometimes be hit or miss! I also just discovered and love my VioLife Slim Sonic Electric Toothbrush (not pictured). It is small but powerful and I can keep it in my purse so my teeth are always fresh and clean no matter where I am at! And, they come in a bunch of fun colors/patterns! Last but not least, a good book! What travel essentials are on your list?
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Have a super fun Labor Day! XO

Friday Faves

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The long, holiday weekend is finally upon us! What are your plans? I have a beach wedding today, some work on Saturday, a relaxing Sunday and a pool party Monday! Whatever you do have fun! Here are some of my favorite things this week…enjoy!

*My adorable hubby has taken the Del Real Foods Blogger Recipe Challenge and needs your votes everyday for the next week! Please show him some love and vote here!

*Style meets technology with this gorgeous ring that lights up and vibrates when you get messages or alerts on your phone. So cool! I am obsessed!

*Did you know you can get a pre-paid Visa card with bacon on it? I didn’t either but its kind of amazing!

*I am in love with Venox, an anti-aging serum that I have been testing out. I apply it at night and wake up feeling firmer and smoother. Its my favorite one of the moment!

*This minute and a half peek into an active wear fashion show in Stockholm gets me all charged up! I love the heart and seeing the wigs before they are on the models heads.

*If you have a dog you need this! My crazy, inventive cousin Bonnie came up with and made this ingenious product…The Poopy Carrier!

Love Yourself Love Your Face

The wonderful people at Beauty Collection West Hollywood recently treated me to a facial with their fabulous esthetician to the stars Carol!

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There are 4 Beauty Collection locations: Calabassas, Malibu, Corona Del Mar and this one in West Hollywood.

I had never been to a Beauty Collection before and was really impressed with their amazing selection of top of the line beauty products and Carol!

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This is Carol’s facial room. It is cozy and inviting. I love the wall of candles.

Carol customized a facial for me after assessing my skins needs. She chose a version of the Natura Bissé Deep Exfoliating Facial that included a 3 step mask that ended up fizzing on my face like tiny Champagne bubbles. It was wonderful!

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Me and Carol with my post facial glow! I absolutely loved her. Besides being adorable, she was super knowledgeable and had a nice touch.

After the facial I was completely relaxed and my skin felt amazing! I felt like I had just been on a mini vacation. I left with no redness, just a clean, soft, hydrated face! Carol told me so many things about my skin like the fact that it is thin and I exfoliate too much which can lead to visible broken capillaries. Yikes! Good to know. She also thoughtfully recommended products that would be good for me without being pushy.

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Beauty Collection is huge and filled with every top of the line beauty care brand you can imagine (and you can shop online). I felt like a kid in a candy store!

Carol is at Beauty Collection 8951 Santa Monica Blvd. W Hollywood, CA 90069 (310)858-8838. Her facials are $75-$150. She even offers a facial of the month club!

Outside of Beauty Collection, if you are looking for a facial in Long Beach or the South Bay I have 2 amazing esthetician friends that I can recommend as well!
Dallas is at XOXO Spa 5520 E 2nd St Long Beach, CA 90803 (562)221-0971
Kevin is at Joe Oliveri’s 1401 S PCH Redondo Beach, CA 90277 (310)540-5454

The Sand Cloud

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I really like supporting small star-ups and hearing peoples stories about pursuing their dreams…coming up with an idea and making it happen! So, when I was asked to try out a Sand Cloud I was immediately intrigued. First, because the company was started by 3 guys in Southern California who have a passion for the ocean and donate 10% of the profits from Sand Cloud to foundations that preserve marine life. Second, it’s the answer to an on going problem we have all been faced with…you need a pillow at the beach. The Sand Cloud is handwoven from Turkish cotton, is eco friendly, repels sand, and has a built in removable pillow so it can easily go from sand to sarong in seconds! I absolutely love it! It comes in 4 great colors and is built to last!

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Book: Only In Spain  I love a good memoir and this one is a firecracker!
My favorite new hat: The Gilliegan by Ellie Hayes
Sunnies: Coach This pair is similar.
Bikini: Victoria’s Secret I got this on sale and it looks like its sold out now. This is my first white suit and I quickly learned that it doesn’t seem to be made to get wet. If you have owned a white bathing suit you probably know what I’m talking about.
Sarong: Sand Cloud

Ladies in Red-The 2014 Emmys

This year the Emmys were on a Monday night for the first time since 1976 because the VMA’s had already claimed Sunday night. So, I must give a nod to my best dressed of the VMA’s, J-Lo. She looked stunning. As far as the rest of that night, there was definitely a theme of big butts and fake hair, but nothing that I felt was worthy of an entire post.

J-Lo looked sizzling hot and rocker cool all at the same time for the 2014 VMA's. She won my award for hands down best dressed of the night.

J-Lo looked sizzling hot and rocker cool all at the same time for the 2014 VMA’s. She won my award for hands down best dressed of the night.

So, onto the Emmys. There were so many gorgeous looks that this post could of gone on and on and on but I kept it in check and just picked my absolute faves that happened to have 1 thing in common. The color red!

Heidi Klum looked effortlessly beautiful in this Zac Posen gown. Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Heidi Klum looked effortlessly beautiful in this Zac Posen gown. Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Claire Danes looking stunning in this Givenchy Haute Couture dress. I love the lacy side cut outs with the belt.

Claire Danes looking stunning in this Givenchy Haute Couture dress. I love the lacy side cut outs with the belt, and that neckline is AH-MAZING! Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Sibel Kekilli's dress was simple and elegant and I loved the belt. Perfection. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Sibel Kekilli’s dress was simple and elegant and I loved the belt. Perfection. Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

This dress is so me. I love the combination of the red and pink. Kaley Cuoco looks young and fresh. Photo by Jeff Vespa/Getty Images

This dress is so me. I love the combination of the red and pink and layers of tulle. Kaley Cuoco looks young and fresh. Photo by Jeff Vespa/Getty Images

Wow...Julia Louis Dreyfus looks gorgeous in this red gown by Carolina Herrera. Her hair looks fab too. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Wow…Julia Louis Dreyfus looks gorgeous in this red gown by Carolina Herrera. Her hair looks fab too. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

I loved the fullness of this dress on January Jones by Prabal Gurung. The black detailing was gorgeous and her shoes were amazing. Photo by Invision.

I loved the fullness of this dress on January Jones by Prabal Gurung. The black detailing was gorgeous and her shoes looked perfect with it.

I loved, loved, loved this dress on Sarah Paulson by Armani Prive. She is surrounded by 1,000 red stars. How appropriate. Image by Chris Polk/Getty Images

I loved, loved, loved this dress on Sarah Paulson by Armani Prive. She is surrounded by 1,000 red stars. How appropriate. Once again, I am always a sucker for tulle. Image by Chris Polk/Getty Images

These are few of my non-red faves of the evening. Debra Messing looking stunning in this black dress. I loved how different Zoe Deschanel looked without her signature full bang. Amy Poehler looked soft and lovely in a stunning silver gown by Theia. And, last but not least, the gorgeous Halle Berry looks magical. All photos Getty Images

These are few of my non-red faves of the evening. Debra Messing looking stunning in this black dress. I loved how different Zoe Deschanel looked without her signature full bang. Amy Poehler looked soft and lovely in a gorgeous silver gown by Theia. Hair guru Alex Polillo styled her hair using Uberliss products. And, last but not least, Halle Berry looks ethereal in this fabulous dress. All photos Getty Images

Who were your faves?