The Perfect Blonde

June 25, 2015

Finding the perfect hairstylist in LA has been a two year ordeal for me. When moving here, it was a rude awakening to hear how much a highlight and haircut cost.... I will give you a hint: a small fortune. Since I am not a natural blonde (shocker!) I knew that forking over a large chunk of change every four to six weeks would be somewhat painful. After I came to terms with the cost, I realized that I had to find a stylist that I knew would do a really great job, for what I was about to pay them. Lucky for me I have a few trusted stylists I have met over the years... and no horror stories.

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to experience the best highlight of my life at Gavert Atelier Salon in Beverly Hills. Redken set me up to meet with Summer Sararo, and she and I chatted about my current blonde color, the current state it was in, and how I wanted to give it a lift. We added highlights of the current shade I had as well as popped in some more dimension with a lighter shade of blonde. I absolutely love how it turned out, and she covered my regrowth so well. We  used a bayalage technique on the bottom half of my hair to keep some of my natural color mixed in with the blonde. On the top, we used foils for a thorough highlight. I honestly felt so pampered at Gavert Atelier... they served me coffee, water and had the most incredible shampoo chairs/bowls ever!

Not only was the highlight amazing (and has lasted me 3 weeks already), but the products Redken sent me to upkeep the look are awesome. The entire Blonde Idol line has kept my hair shiny, full and has made my highlights last longer. I am obsessed with the Custom Tone, which removes brassiness from my blonde color. Let me know what you think of my color! I am obsessed... Check out the Before & After below!

Thanks to Conde Nast and Redken for setting up such an awesome opportunity with Summer and Gavert Atelier.

#ProjectFab Traveling Bag

June 21, 2015

H&M Chiffon Floral Top (similar style) | Crystal Necklace (similar style) | Cloth and Stone Chambray Denim Skirt | Project Fab Catherine Malandrino Handbag (Similar Nude Catherine Malandrino Bag) | Ralph Lauren Wooden Wedges via Marshalls c/o (very similar pair on sale) |

Whenever I buy a new handbag, one of the questions I always ask myself is about versatility. Can I wear this on the weekend? Is it too heavy? Will my wallet fit? Will my laptop fit (if I need it to)? Is there a long strap? Is the material durable? At the end of the evaluation, if I can check off enough boxes to make the purchase worthwhile, the handbag becomes mine!

For this specific nude handbag from Marshalls, the ultimate test of versatility is sending it across the USA for many different bloggers to try it... and that's exactly what Marshalls did! This handbag has been to Boston, Arkansas, Chicago, Rhode Island, NYC and... Venice, CA... with more locations to come. (You can see all the locations and bloggers styling the bag here).

I decided to showcase the bag in one of my favorite LA spots - the Venice Canals walkway. My mom was in town a few weekends ago and between wedding appointments and cake tasting, we decided to walk around and take in the beautiful weather. I love how quaint the little bridges are, and the canoes in the canal make it such a picturesque place to take photos. Although I have never been to Italy, I can imagine these canals are similar, but with an eclectic California edge. If you are ever out in LA on the westside, I highly encourage you to take some time to check it out!

Also, be sure to follow along on Instagram via #fabtravelingbag to see where the #ProjectFab bag is headed next!

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Coffee Talk

June 2, 2015

First off, I am back to blogging! I have so much awesome content to share with you and I apologize for the little hiatus there... wedding planning is really getting into full swing and we are less than 8 weeks away! With that said, one thing that has been keeping me going through it all? Coffee.

Have you ever tried any of Starbucks' Single-Origin coffees? No? Its ok, I hadn't either until now. Some days its like, coffee is coffee, I don't really care where it came from. But this coffee has an extra kick and I challenge you to try it! For the last month I have been savoring the Timor Mount Ramelau, Guatemala Laguna de Ayarza and the Rwanda Rift Valley (fave). It is so amazing that these coffees actually get their distinct flavors from the soil, climate and elevation where the beans are cultivated. They are really robust flavors and needless to say, they give me the boost I need to get going on those extra gloomy mornings (June gloom is in full effect here in SoCal). 

I have linked these delicious coffees below and I would love to hear if you have tried them! From one coffee lover to another, Enjoy!

Bright & Bold in Naven

May 13, 2015

Naven Dress via The Stylist LA | Call It Spring Heels c/o | Call it Spring Bag c/o | Kendra Scott Ring c/o

This bright & bold dress sure is lifting my spirits today! After 3 days straight of hiding away in my bed recovering from pneumonia, I am finally getting out of the house and attempting to head back to work. This gorgeous Naven dress was packed away with me when I headed to Miami for my bachelorette weekend, but I didn't end up getting to wear it - so I was excited to style it for the blog!

I love the colorblocked bright pink and orange paired together. The flirty a-line style is so easy to wear, and I love the movement that the skirt has. I paired this dress with equally bright and bold Call it Spring heels (which got plenty of wear in Miami) and kept my clutch simple, in a nude color.

I am so thankful I was able to run to The Stylist LA to rent a few fun dresses for my bachelorette weekend! Even some of my girlfriends were able to rent dresses for the nights out in Miami. If you are headed to an event and don't want to spend an entire day hunting down the perfect dress - I highly recommend calling Emily - she's the best.

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