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a new way to stay dry (at Safeway!)

January 7th, 2015 · 4 Comments

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When my family was in town for Christmas, we were chasing Bear around one afternoon, and my sister turned to me and said, “clearly, carrying a baby around all day long is serious exercise, because your arms look amazing.”

And as a new mom, let me say: no part of my body feels “amazing” right now — but still, it was nice to hear. So the following weekend, as I was getting dressed for one last holiday party (pictured above), I figured: hey, why not show off my newly “amazing” arms?

See, I’m a girl who likes her tank tops, sleeveless dresses, and generally arm-baring outfits. Even when I’m feeling self conscious about other areas of my body, arms and shoulders generally get a pass.

But do you know what I deal with on a nearly nonstop basis when I’m wearing a lot of sleeveless outfits?

Deodorant residue.

(Yes, I went there. That selfie above in a Balenciaga gown is part of a post about deodorant.)

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The single quickest way to ruin a cute, sleeveless outfit is getting white residue all over your beautiful clothes. (And the quickest way to ruin any outfit is to be stinky, so don’t even think about skipping deodorant. Period.)

So I wanted to share my solution for dry, clean protection with no visible residue: 48-Hour Dry Spray Antiperspirants. These new products go on instantly dry and provide odor and wetness protection, with no residue at all. The only active ingredient in dry spray antiperspirants is ACH (aluminum), which is commonly used to help control sweat but doesn’t leave a residue behind.

(Here’s a fun trick to try for yourself: Spray some on your finger, and then wipe it on the screen of your cell phone. No residue! Seriously!)

If you’ve never tried a spray deodorant before, there are awesome options from Axe, Dove, Dove Men+Care, Degree Men, and Degree Woman available at Safeway now! You can even save $2 at Safeway on any dry spray antiperspirant — click here for the coupon and for a chance to win a free full-size product!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Lunchbox, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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new year’s eve party planning!

December 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

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New Year’s Eve: The pinnacle of the entire holiday season!  Whether you’re celebrating with a few friends at home or headed out for a night on the town, New Year’s Eve is the perfect way to ring in the new year with a fabulous outfit, friends galore, and, of course, fun cocktails!

So if you’re thinking of hosting some guests this New Year’s, here are a few ideas to get your party off on the right foot!

First, pick your start time carefully.  If you’re having an evening affair, think about starting later than usual — think, 9 p.m. or even later — so that everyone can be fashionably late and still see the ball drop!  Three or four hours is the perfect amount of time for a party to last, so accommodate the early birds and the late night-ers with a carefully picked start.

Next, set up a few small stations where guests can enjoy cocktails and appetizers at their own pace.  I like to have a dish of canapes right when guests come through the doors, but I keep our main bar on the other side of the house.  That way, people have to mingle and you don’t wind up with a crowd by the door and crickets everywhere else in your house.  Especially if you’re having a large group over, this keeps things from getting too cramped!

Finally, put some thought into your cocktails!  We spend so much time picking menus and choosing decor, and then forget to be creative when it comes to the most important part of a party: the cocktails!  Wine is always great, but amp your party up a notch with unique holiday cocktails like Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha — trust me, when this bottle is on your bar, no one will be able to resist!  Serve it with freshly made espresso (my recipe is below!) to keep the party going till midnight and beyond!

One last cute idea from the Kahlua Holiday website: before your guests arrive, decorate some of your glasses with peppermint rims to serve Kahlua Peppermint White Russians!  I loved their easy DIY video for this beautiful, creative idea — what a fun way to make your holiday party extra special!

2015 is going to be an amazing year, and with these tips, you and your guests will be ringing it in with style! 

Kahlúa is best when sipped responsibly.  Stay safe this holiday season and don’t drink and drive!

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Kahlúa Mocha Espresso

INGREDIENTS
1 part Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha
1 part Espresso
1/4 tsp vanilla

DIRECTIONS
Mix together Kahlua, vanilla and a fresh brewed espresso. Shake vigorously, and strain into your preferred serving glass.

Disclosure: I have been compensated for this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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introducing the silky hair dare!

December 16th, 2014 · 1 Comment

I’m so excited to share this video I made of my experience with the new Dove Pure Care Dry Oil line!  I’m always on the lookout for great beauty bargains, and these products are so nourishing for your hair and incredibly budget-friendly.  The whole line is available at Walmart, and offers a ton of bang for your beauty buck.

And Dove is so certain that you’ll love these products that they’re letting you try them risk-free with the Silky Hair Dare!  If you don’t love this line after one wash, they’ll give you your money back on HairMoneyBack.com.  I know it’s tough to decide which new products to try, so this is a great way to try it out and see if it works for you!

My favorite product in this line is the Pure Care Dry Oil African Macadamia Oil treatment.  I love using oils in my hair — they add so much shine on the days when my hair is feeling dull and lifeless.  (Side note: people sometimes think that using an oil in your hair will weigh it down, and I don’t find that at all!  Look for a lightweight oil like this one and it should just add shine and body, not heaviness!)

And Dove wants to hear about your experience with these products!  Tag your photos on Twitter and Instagram with #SilkyHairDare and let us know what you think!  And to learn more about the Silky Hair Dare, visit Dove’s section on Walmart.com!

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