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April 19, 2017

#ONHERFEET: A day taking only stairs!

A few weeks ago I spent the day with the Aerosoles team: they followed me around for a busy day of meetings and appointments while I wore a pair of their fab heels. And, I only took the stairs! I know... totally nuts, but I was seriously surprised at how comfy they were. 


Watch the preview then head over to their site to see the full challenge video and BTS of a day in my life!


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April 17, 2017

Tropical Travel Skincare Tips

My makeup usage has declined rapidly since I started working from home which I attribute to the very noticeable improvement in my skin. Additionally since I turned 30, I've become super obsessed with skincare as one tends to do when they get older. The combination has me going full on Alicia Keys on a daily basis, even when I'm out in public or on vacation. Yes, I still wear makeup for shoots and special events but 75% of the week I am makeup free and I LOVE it. 

I've also become a little cray about my travel skincare routine to ensure I keep breakouts at bay. I swear planes = breakouts. Add on super humid, sweaty days in a tropical place and my face is typically screaming to me WTF! Well, I managed to spend 5 days in Playa Del Carmen + Tulum with 4 different plane rides round trip and came back with almost better skin then I left with. YASS!!! And you guys, I drank all the Margaritas. Literally alll of them.

So what was the special skincare recipe? A combination of peels, masks, micellar water, sunscreen, minimal/no makeup, and my go-to night time products. Sounds daunting but I promise it was easy peasy to pack and totally worth it! Here's what I brought:

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1. Garnier Micellar Water (travel size): could not be happier that Garnier finally made my fave micellar water in travel size. It acts as a makeup remover and cleanser in one and is literally a product I use every day of my life. It's especially good for those non-makeup days when you know you need to "cleanse" your face but don't feel it necessary to dive into your daily cleanser. In Mexico I used every time we got back from the beach to refresh my skin and in the AM.

 2. Dr. Dennis Gross Peel: this is a super easy (and travel friendly) peel that has exfoliating alpha and beta hydroxy acids that I used every other night to keep a radiant glow and get all the dead skin cells off.

3. Kopari Mini Melt: I fell in love with Kopari products on my recent trip. The coconut products are SO perfect for post-sun skin. I've had bad experiences with coconut oil on my face, so I kept this only to my body, but was very happy with the results.

4. Garnier SkinActive Masks: instead of slapping on tons of moisturizer after a long day in the sun, Taye and I opted for these hydrating masks. They are super refreshing and moisturizing and don't leave a residue.

5. Garnier Anti-Puff Rollers: my morning routine everyday included this anti-puff roller which kept me looking fresh all day even when I wore zero makeup.

6. Clinique Mineral Face Sunscreen: another daily must! This is honestly the only face sunscreen I've used that doesn't make me breakout and doesn't leave a gross feeling.

7. All. The. Kiehls: I'm all about my Kiehls nighttime regimen (see my face faves) and I always re-order my products when they have their super-sized sample promos. Those samples become my Kiehls travel arsenal. #cantlivewithout

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The fact that I came home and was a) not already broken out and b) didn't break out a few days later is a miracle for me. I've become so accustomed to post-travel breakouts that I just expect them, but the cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, protecting, minimal makeup combo proved to work miracles! What's also interesting is that we ate a lot of fresh fish during the trip, so maybe my diet helped too? I figured the excessive margaritas would counteract the food but who knows!

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Don't forget to check out my Tulum Travel Guide!


*Garnier products provided by Garnier. Review and opinions are my own!

April 13, 2017

Trend Report: High Neck Swimwear


Happy almost Friday! So happy I'm feeling better and officially over that post-Tulum cold. That's when you know you had a good vacay... haha! 

As you know I am a total beach bum and lover of anything that has to do with warm weather, sun, and bikinis! I'm officially in a summer state of mind which means all the 'kinis.  I love getting new ones each year to change up the vibe, colors and trends. Lately I've been noticing high-neck bikinis everywhere; just picked up this one.  The style is super flattering for most body types, especially if you like to keep the girls a bit more covered on the beach. I rounded up a few of my favorites ranging from all price points so you can give it a try before investing a ton of money.

Psst.. this Midsommar swim style is the one I've been wearing on the 'gram.






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April 10, 2017

#BOSSBABESGETAWAY

"When women support each other, incredible things happen!" 

There's nothing better than being surrounded by supportive friends, even better when they're peers and killer boss babes. This weekend our goal group came together for the inaugural #bossbabesgetaway at the W Hotel in West Beverly Hills and it's safe to say we had the most amazing time. 

As a someone who runs their own business and lives the freelance life, it's really important for me to create relationships with entrepreneurs like me (hello, goal group!) to ensure that I have people other than Andy and my bffs to bounce ideas off of and relate to. Like any relationship, nurturing these new "business" relationships is a must and a great way to do so is to get everyone in one place, have some fun in the sun, evening dance parties, work sessions, and late night chats. Even if you have to plan months in advance (girls bosses are busy!), take time to put a date on the calendar with your peers to have either a weekend getaway or even a full day work sesh. You'll come away feeling so refreshed, reinvigorated, and connected to your boss babes! Also you may just want to plan an even bigger and better #bossbabesgetaway part 2 .... yes, we're all manifesting Bali 2018 at the moment... haha!

Keep scrolling to see a few fun snaps, advice to our younger selves, quotes we're living by, and essentials for the perfect getaway weekend:

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{custom coasters, straws, and cups c/o For Your Party // accommodations c/o W Los Angeles}

Per our amazing custom for your party napkins we definitely lived the "wake up, kick ass, repeat and enjoy a cocktail or two" life over the weekend.  We woke up early and answered e-mails then hit the pool in the afternoon for some much needed vitamin D and drinks! A big poolside topic was battling past friends and acquaintances who have taken advantage of us and our businesses  - something I'm going to touch on more in a future freelance post (trusting people is hard!) -  and the takeaway was:

The cream always rises to the top!

Cover bands don't have fans!

Definitely mantras we're chanting to ourselves over the next few months. Some other nice reminders we wrote throughout the weekend on our custom "Advice to my younger self" coasters that are totally applicable even now:

Find that things that is special and different about you then chase it!

Live it up!

You're the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. 

Find your voice!

Yup, we came away from the weekend prepped for a successful week and inspired to take over the world. Wishing you a fab and productive week ahead! A few posts from my tropical travels coming this week and guess what? The new Everyday Pursuits will be here in less than a month!! 

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April 9, 2017

Travel Guide: Tulum Part 1

Oh em gee I'm so excited for today's post because... TULUM!

After a few nights in Playa Del CarmenTaye and I decided to head over to Tulum for three nights! Did you know Tulum is only an hour and 45 minutes from Cancun and less than an hour from Playa Del Carmen? I know, I didn't know that until I started planning my recent trip. That means it's really only a hop skip and jump away even if you just want to do an awesome day trip!

I would categorize this Tulum trip under "ladies who leisure"  because we "explored" margaritas, beach clubs, and the food scene. There is SO much to do in Tulum and we really only hit the tip of the iceberg; that's why I call this travel guide part 1, because I'm going back in October and plan to really explore the ruins, cenotes, and a little more of the cultural side.  Keep reading to see where we ate and drank, plus I'm answering all the Qs you asked on my IG photo and via IG stories. Whether you're planning an adventurous trip or more laidback vacation, there's definitely some good 411 below.

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{where do I stay?}

The reality is: staying on the beach is pricey! If it's in your budget- hey girl hey - if it's not, don't fret because taxis are not that expensive and are constantly running from Tulum town to the beach area. Many hotels and airbnb's that aren't on the beach offer bikes, however, it is a pretty far bike ride to get to the beach destinations and the road gets so crowded with taxes that I honestly wouldn't suggest it. 

We stayed at Hotel Teetotum which is the cutest boutique hotel on the main road that leads to the beach. If you look on the map above, Tulum town center would be up and to the left of our hotel (next time I'll mark it!). We booked that hotel with the intention of exploring Tulum town at some point but ended up spending all of our time on the beach side. It's a great in-between location that's not too pricey, very quaint, with all the essentials. Richard, the owner, used to live in New York then fell in love with Tulum on a vacation and made it his mission to figure out how to live there! He's amazing and is very knowledgeable and helpful. 

{do I need a car?}

For the kind of trip that we did - aka go to the beach everyday - we did not need a car. Getting from our hotel to beach destinations which was anywhere from 4-6 miles cost us $4 - $6 each way. That being said, if we were going to explore the ruins or cenotes MAYBE we would've needed a car but taxis or organized tours can get you there.  I would compare the price of renting a car (take into account parking which is not very easy) vs. taxis. We also saw a ton of scooter rental places which seems like another great option! This leads me to...

{transportation from Cancun}

You can take a taxi for about $60 or ask your hotel to organize a car - everyone is extremely helpful! All of the taxis we came across were legit; never once did I feel scared getting into one. 

{eat + drink}

"When you take the road down towards the beach, take a right and you're at the Rodeo Drive of Tulum. Go left and you have everything else" - Richard, owner of Teetotum

Naturally, all the places I had marked as go-tos sat on the Rodeo Drive side - haha! Here are the places we hit: 

Posada Margherita: insanely delicious pasta. Is it weird to go to Mexico and possibly have the best pasta you've ever had? Like everything in Tulum, this restaurant is SO picturesque and I almost wanted to go back for lunch to see it in the daylight. The portions are generous - get the shrimp pasta. 

Coco Tulum: you've seen this gorgeous beach club all over Instagram - it's the one with the swings. This place is absolutely stunning. Go for a few drinks and some pictures! Their chips and guacamole were pretty good too.  Most of the bars and restaurants that sit on the beach are connected to a hotel and if you're not staying there they typically require a food and drink minimum to let you enjoy the area. I found the minimums to be pretty do-able and totally worth it!

Gitano: cocktails, cocktails! This place does have great cocktails BUT I would say that we are a little spoiled coming from Los Angeles. The LA cocktail scene is amazing, so given the hype of Gitano I thought it was going to have out of this world cocktails and I was not THAT impressed. The atmosphere is cute though and I would definitely go again. 

Hartwood: touted as the best place to eat in Tulum and it did not disappoint! Everyone warned us that even with a reservation the wait was going to be long. We attempted to make reservations ahead of time by e-mailing but never received a confirmation, so the day of we just walked up at 6pm and magically were seated. From discussing with other people this isn't typically the norm - you should go put your name in around 3 or 4pm. Maybe we had some Tulum luck on our side! The cocktails are delicious and served by an older flirty Mexican man named Valentine. He is a hoot and apparently known very well by anyone who has dined there - so many people recognized him from my IG stories! We had white fish, ceviche, fresh tomato salad, a seriously insane plantain, and tequila old fashioned that were delicious but deadly!

Hotel Be Tulum: beautiful beach front hotel towards the end of the Tulum strip. We landed here on our last day to enjoy their food and layout on the beach. I fell in love with their property and am dying to stay during my next trip! (see pics below)

{what's the bug and reptile situation?}

You may have seen on my Instagram Story that Taye and I got eaten alive on our last night. Interestingly neither Taye or I wore bug spray the entire trip and it wasn't until the very last day that we were bitten while grabbing nightcaps at Gitano. The only thing I can think of is that it rained earlier in the day and it was extra humid. That being said, if we would've worn bug spray I'm sure we would've been fine.

Geckos! There were tons of little baby geckos around our hotel which Richard told us was great because they eat mosquitos. They are totally harmless but very small and fast. Other than geckos we didn't see any weird bugs or reptiles.

{should I exchange my money for pesos?}

99% of Tulum is CASH ONLY: pesos or US dollars, so do not expect to use your credit cards there. We didn't find it necessary to exchange everything for pesos because all of the restaurants and boutiques shared what exchange rate they were taking dollars for and it was very cut and dry when purchasing something.

Tulum is pricey! They know what they've got and they're charging for it - prices are very comparable to Los Angeles. Keep in mind all of our activities took place on the "Rodeo" side.

Take me back...

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{coco tulum hotel}

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{be tulum hotel}

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{hartwood restaurant}

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Honestly as long as you're on the beach sipping a margarita you can't go wrong. Eat ALL the guacamole and ceviche! Until next time, Tulum! I cannot wait to go back and explore the ruins and cenotes.  Also bug bite update: they are healing nicely and almost entirely gone. 

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Looking to vacay? See my other travel guides: Catalina GetawayPlaya del Carmen, San Diego, Caribbean Cruise