Rebel Favorites: Styling Crocs!

DSC_0435AHello my fashionable friends!
I figured I was long overdue for a fashion post and wanted to share some fun news with you! I’ve recently partnered with Crocs for this post to help style these comfortable shoes and think beyond the clog. If you only thought Crocs were clogs, think again, because Crocs has a whole lineup of adorable, stylish shoes, from flats and sandals to wedges.
Want to know something random about me? I wear shoes in my house. It doesn’t matter if I’ve not gone anywhere that day, I’ll have shoes on most of the time. And when I’m baking in the kitchen? I’m wearing shoes. It’s so strange, I know, and I could never live in one of those houses with white carpet and the shoe caddy at the front door. BUT, for what it’s worth, I wear shoes and you bet I want them to be comfortable!
And lemme tell you – for wedged heels, these sandals are SO COMFORTABLE. I baked in them for five hours straight one day without so much of a sore heel or sprained ankle. The cushioned sole conforms to your body, offering support and comfort for extended periods of time. Plus, they’re super freakin’ cute, right? Love the rainbow chevron stripe which is¬†perfect for summer. It’s so fun, and Crocs is all about finding your fun. They even have a #FindYourFun hashtag that I’ve started following along for more styling inspiration.
Anywho, I figured I’d style my new Crocs wedges with three different outfits to give you an idea of how I styled these fabulous sandals. It truly shows off their versatility! DSC_0416AThe first look pairs the Leigh Graphic Wedge with a floral maxi dress, a denim vest, and a chunky necklace. The dress is white but offers big pops of pink flowers which work with the rainbow chevron stripes and poppy pink soles of the wedges. This look is flirty, feminine and easy – the denim vest keeps things casual, but you could omit it for a cardigan or looser blazer for something more girlie. DSC_0427AThe second look is a very casual look of shorts and a loose, flowy top. The wedges work with this outfit because of their versatility; you can simply dress them up or down depending on what look you’re trying to achieve. And may I say, the shoes pair very nicely with my tattoos ūüôā DSC_0431AThe last outfit is feminine and casual – skinny jeans with a pretty floral top. This would be great to wear to the office on Casual Fridays, or out shopping or to brunch on the weekends. It’s relaxed but still has panache from the sweet top and heeled sandals. The jeans just help temper the sweetness a little. DSC_0428AYep, I’d say the Crocs stylists designed these shoes with my tattoos in mind, wouldn’t you? ūüėČ How¬†would you wear YOUR Crocs?¬†Would you buy this Leigh Graphic Wedge, or would you style up a pair of flats? How about their adorable huarache sandals? There are so many options! DSC_0434AFor more info, be sure to visit Crocs on their WEBSITE. You can also check out the Leigh Graphic Wedge HERE.¬†You can also follow the #FindYourFun hashtag for more styling inspiration.
Have a super fashionable day, and thanks for tuning in!!
xo, Hayley

Rebel Favorites.

Hey dudes and dudettes! I haven’t done a favorites post in awhile so I figured we were overdue. Behold, my latest favorites and obsessions for the month of February.

1. First up, my¬†new blog design!¬†I finally pulled the trigger and got a blog facelift which was¬†much needed. I hired the super talented Erika S. from Designer Blogs and highly recommend her for your blog-redesigning needs. She’s a saint, and she completely encapsulated who I am as a person and blogger in this adorable new look. The donut background? Dying.

Oh, and by the way – stay tuned, because on Monday I’m going to have a pretty big giveaway on the blog to celebrate¬†my new design! ūüôā

2. Too Faced’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette is pretty much what dreams are made of. I am in¬†love with the original Chocolate Bar Palette, and the Semi-Sweet version definitely delivers. These shades are more red-toned than the original, but they’re still totally wearable and flattering on any skin tone. I love the surprise pop of blue from Blueberry Muffin, which would look awesome blended with a little Rum Raisin and Pink Sugar.

toofacedLike Too Faced? Again, may wanna come back on Monday!

3. I’m headed to Orlando, FL in about 2 weeks for Food Blog Forum. While I’ve been to Disneyland numerous times, this will be my first time to DisneyWorld and I’m soexcitedomg. I know the rides are kinda the same, so what food do you recommend I engorge myself on!?

4. So my dear friend Karly just published her first cookbook (yay!) called Stack Happy, and it’s all about PANCAKES. I’m kinda sorta obsessing over the delicious ways she’s reinvented pancakes, from sweet to savory. If you love pancakes, you must buy this book. Forreals.

5. …and my other dear friend Christina just published her first cookbook, too! (Seriously, I have the most talented friends!). It’s called Dessert For Two, and it’s all about small-portion desserts. How brilliant, right? Because I definitely don’t need an entire 24-count batch of cookies. Or do I?

tjs serum6. So, awhile ago I posted about my skin care regimen¬†and I officially have to amend this now since I found an amazing new product. It’s called Nourishing Serum, and it’s at Trader Joe’s stores for a whopping $9.99. No, seriously. $10 and it’s every bit as luxurious and potent as its $100+ counterparts. So before you balk and roll your eyes that I’m only 24 and what skin care issues could I possibly have?, know that I’m serious about my skin care and want to take care of it early. While I don’t have wrinkles (yet), this serum magically blurs any lines & imperfections and offers a fresh glow. I wear it under my moisturizer at night, but people have suggested it as a genius makeup primer. Y’all, you have to give it a try!

7. Do I need this, or do I omgneed this!?

8. And from the interwebs, I’m loving Averie’s Samoas Pie (I’m dead), The First Year Blog’s Strawberry Mousse Brownies (gorgeous and tasty? sign me up) & The Cookie Rookie’s fabulous Twix Cookie Bites (I mean…). I’m working in some fabulous company!

9. Speaking of Samoas… it’s Girl Scout Cookie season again & I couldn’t be any more excited. This means SAMOAS season for me and is the time of year when I begin eating in the dark so I don’t have to share my stash. Samoas are easily my favorites; what’s your favorite GS cookie?!

10. Aaaand last but not least, if you didn’t catch these recent posts yet, I recommend you do! Red Velvet Seven Layer Bars, which feature the new (and highly coveted) Red Velvet Oreos; Strawberry Marshmallow Cookie Cups, which are a great and easy last-minute Valentine’s Day treat; Coconut Ranger Cookies, which will instantly transport you to a sunny, white-sand beach in the Caribbean; and my Best-Ever Fudge Brownies, which are the best evah, in my humble opinion.

DSC_0071AI mean, the fudge factor is out of control, bro.

That’s it for this month’s Favorites! What are you crushing on this month? Leave a comment telling me below! ūüôā

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

 

30+ Unexpected Gifts For Foodies UNDER $25

XMASFOODIESHappy Holidays, peeps!

The season of gift-giving is among us and I bet I could venture to guess that you still have a couple gifts you have to buy… and perhaps you’re still like OMGWTFAMIGETTINGTHEM. Well, if they like food, are awesome, or appreciate the unexpected quirkiness in life, then¬†I guarantee you’ll find something for them on this list I composed!

The best thing about it? Everything on this list is under $25 which is a perfect not-too-cheap but not-too-expensive amount on some of those harder-to-shop-for types in your life. Plus, it isn’t your run-of-the-mill stuff that you’ll risk them already having. Everything I hand-picked because it was different, fun, and unique — like most foodies or adventurous folks like me. And okay, I¬†promise there’s some tamer stuff in there, too. We can’t all wear golden pretzel bottle openers as necklaces like I do.

So what in the world are you waiting for? Christmas is in LESS than two weeks! Get your keester shopping!

xmas11. The Craft Beer Cookbook by Jacquelyn Dodd.¬†¬†Unless you’ve been under a rock, Craft Beer is all the rage now.¬†Get this for your hip friend who can name all the state’s craft breweries alphabetically.
2. “Plastic Bag” Glass Candy Dish, $16.50.¬†As fun as it is unique, this is for the candy lover in your life and will surely make a statement as a coffee-table centerpiece. (Do people still have coffee tables, or am I spending too much time at my grandma’s house?)
3. Central Perk Mug, $12. For the Friends-fanatic. Obviously.
4. Celebration Cake Stand (the small blue one), $24.¬†I have this cake stand and love it. Not only do the scalloped edges bring in some vintage flair, but it’s all-purpose and can be used yearround. For your wishes-she-was-June-Cleaver-friend.

xmas21. Red Kite Caramel Set, $16.¬†Normally I’d roll my eyes at “artisinal caramels” but this small candy company makes maple caramels and chai caramels. I mean, I die for chai caramels.
2. French Kitchen Cheese Board with Slicer, $20. Do I really think French people have cheese boards from Crate and Barrel? No. But I do think this marble slabbed board is quite lovely and perfect for your entertaining friend who buys fancy cheeses from Whole Foods. (And if you want to pair this gift with a fantastic cheese, may I suggest a Mango Ginger Stilton (a fabulous dessert cheese) or Old Amsterdam, an aged gouda with salt crystals inside that pairs fantastically with hard salami.)
3. Bakery Charms Cupcake Necklace, $15.¬†Jenn is a great friend of mine and a fantastically talented jewelry-maker, specializing in adorable, pint-sized desserts made of polymer clay that you’d swear were edible. I love this bright, spunky cupcake necklace from her line!
4. Conversion Dish Towel, $10.¬†I just love this towel. Not only is it adorable in a vintage-kinda way, but it’s actually quite helpful to drape over the oven handle or even frame for your dining room.

xmas31. Faceted Glass Decanter, $24. For your friend who enjoys making fancy cocktails. This is a lovely gift that is pretty to look at but also practical.
2. Dessert and Baking Salts, $19.¬†For the adventurous baker, of course! These dessert salts are a sweet-and-salty-lover’s dream come true. I would love to pair the¬†Vanilla Lavender Salt with something rich and caramel-y, like a dulce-de-leche cheesecake.
3. Dessert Sauces Set, 21.80. I love the folks at Stonewall Kitchen for always being so kind, and for always producing incredible jams, compotes, salsas, spreads, and dessert sauces. Their Chocolate Peanut Butter Sauce is to-die for, but any of these sauces would be a real winner! Bonus: since everyone loves ice cream (and dessert!) this would also be a great white-elephant or secret santa gift.
4. Dessert Pajamas, $25.¬†Putting the term “sweet dreams” to literal use, these adorable pajamas would be a perfect gift for your sweet best friend.

xmas41. Donut Drop Earrings, $7.50.¬†Earrings just don’t come cuter or more unexpected than these fluffy cake donut drop earrings!
2. Kuhn Rikon 3-Piece Essentials Knife Set, $20. Great, practical knives for anyone Рyour son moving out, your neighbors, a white-elephant gift, yourself. I use these knives all the time and love their sturdiness, durability and how sleek they are.
3. Dylan’s Candy Bar Chocolate Sampler, $16.¬†18 pieces of Dylan’s delicious chocolates for the chocoholic in your life. Just remind them not to blame you when their diet goes down the toilet after eating all 18 pieces.
4. Donut Hand Towel, $10.¬†In my opinion, it’s way too cute to use. I’m actually tempted to buy 7 of them and stitch them together to form a dress or apron. HOWEVER, for practical people, it’s a fun, sweet (pun intended) gift for anyone.

xmas51. Hella Bitters Cocktail Mixers, $15. This would pair perfectly with the faceted decanter (above) for the mix-master cocktail maker in your life. Featuring two aromatic and citrus mixers for their perfect whiskey beverage.
2. Owl Measuring Cups, $10.¬†These adorable, kitschy measuring cups is for your friend who basically lives at the thrift shop and digs 70’s inspired housewares… bonus if she has an afghan draped on her couch. They make for an awesome counter top decoration, too, and nest within one another which is totally badass!
3. Monogrammed Cheese Board & Spreader, $25. This would be a great gift for newly married folk (use their last name initial) or for someone who throws a ton of mega-cool parties. Again, pair it with a nice piece of cheese (no Velveeta, you peasants) or a bottle of wine.
4. Voluspa Macaron Candle, $16. Hands-down, one of my favorite candle companies. Their candles are beautifully fragranced and the wax burns forever, leaving a lovely scent behind. This macaron flavor is sweet without being cloying, and would make a great Secret Santa gift for your sweet coworker who always loans you paper clips.

xmas61. Pretzel Bottle Opener, $10.¬†Now, if you’re loud and obnoxious like myself, you’ll turn this gilded pretzel bottle opener into a necklace. (Seriously). BUT if you’re a normal mortal, this would be a great gift for the foodie who loves to drink craft beer (pair with Jackie’s book, above!) or for your German friend. Not to stereotype or anything (I’m German so it’s okay).
2. Skeleton Key Measuring Spoons, $24.¬†Delightfully creepy yet somehow refined, these polished measuring spoons work with any kitchen decor. Just don’t be offended if your friend displays them rather than uses them, because hey, they’re *almost* too pretty to tarnish with vanilla.
3. Wine Towel, $14. This quirky towel displays all you could ever want to know about wine and I would highly recommend gifting it to A) the wine-drinking novice, or B) the Spencer-Reid-type who seems to know everything there is to know about everything.
4. Vintage Style Pie Servers, Set of Two, $20. This goes to any and all food bloggers who love rustic-looking, vintage-y pieces to photograph on our wooden back drops. But seriously, give these to your blogger friend. And me.

xmas91. Stonehouse Olive Oil Sampler, $25.¬†Give this to your chef-y friend. No, seriously. Most people can’t taste subtle differences in olive oil (“it tastes…olive-y”) but chef-y people can. Plus, it includes Blood Orange Oil which is like, the coolest thing ever. Blood Orange couldn’t be¬†more hip right now.
2. Spice Keeper, $20.¬†After watching hours upon hours of Giada cooking shows to the point where my eyeballs nearly exploded, I realized I needed a serving dish to keep kosher salt and coarse-ground black pepper at the ready for my cooking adventures. I store mine in peasant-style ramekins on my counter, but this spice keeper is way more refined and gorgeous, made of polished, smooth wood. I’d venture to say it’d work with most kitchen decors, and I’m a sucker for tiny spoons.
3. Bath & Body Works White Pear & Fig Deep Cleaning Soap, $6.50.¬†BBW always has some steal deal where you can get 32487 soaps for $20 or something ridiculous. I totally LOVE this classy, refreshing scent. Sometimes people tend to overdo it on holiday soap flavors (I really don’t need my hands smelling like toasted marshmallows, thanks) but this soap is festive without making you smell like a candle-maker.

xmas71. Poinsettia Potholders, $12 ea.¬†These are festive and Christmas-y without being all in-your-face and featuring cartoon faces of elves. Plus, it’s the cheapest thing I could find at Anthropologie besides the pretzel opener, so, you’re welcome.
2. Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste, $10.¬†I use this stuff all.the.time. It’s perfect for bakers because it’s a luxurious ingredient they wouldn’t likely purchase for themselves but that they’ll instantly fall in love with. Nothing beats fresh flecks of vanilla beans or the thick, syrupy, highly-potent vanilla flavor infused with bourbon in this rich, fabulous paste. I typically find mine at stores like Home Goods and Ross, but you can also order it online.
3. Foodie Dice, $24. This makes cooking fun and indeed unexpected with the use of dice to help create new dishes and explore new things in the kitchen.
4. Squirrel Cookie Jar, $20.¬†Squirrels are like, my favorite thing in the universe and I’m totally buying myself this cookie jar. Plus, you store cookies in a squirrel’s butt and isn’t that what Christmas is about?

xmas8COOKBOOKS.

This was THE year for my friends to release cookbooks, y’all. SO MANY. And all of these are FANTASTIC. I mean, seriously, utterly, incredibly breathtakingly beautiful with AMAZINGLY DELISH recipes to match. I am so proud of all of my friends! While I firmly believe you need them ALL, here’s my navigational guide through all the recipes from friends.

Seriously Delish, Jessica Merchant.¬†Jessica blogs at How Sweet It Is and her book is every bit as spunky and fabulous as her blog. This features great and easy recipes that¬†seem like a lot of effort but are really quite simple and quick to make. I’m obsessed with the breakfast risotto. Yep, that’s a thing.
Decorating Cookies Party, Bridget Edwards.¬†Bridget is a cookie-baking force to be reckoned with, people! Her cookies are simply gorgeous, picture-perfect creations that you think you’ll never be able to make. But her step-by-step, detailed photos and instructions will effortlessly guide you through the world of cookie baking and decorating.
Make It With A Cake Mix, Lizzy Early.¬†Lizzy successfully transforms boxes of cake mix into delectable, one of a kind creations in this gorgeously photographed, spiral-bound book that you NEED. This would be a GREAT gift for a teenager who’s recently taken an interest in baking, as well as a tried-and-true chef.
Party Popcorn, Ashton Swank.¬†My dear friend Ashton from Something Swanky has successfully updated America’s favorite snack food into an even¬†more addictive snack. From sweet to savory and everything in between, I’m obsessed with her inventive recipes and skillful tips for popping the perfect batch.
The Girl Who Ate Everything, Christy Denney.¬†Five stars for Christy’s first book, which features incredible family-friendly recipes that are absolutely delicious. We loved her Italian Beef Sandwiches and her Burrito Casserole, and I’m dying to try her Cinnamon Roll Cake that’s sure to become a new family favorite.
The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook, Katrina Bahl.¬†Thank goodness for Katrina’s love for Biscoff cookies, because without her, we may never have a cookbook featuring scrumptious Biscoff-recipes, like truffles, brownies, blondies, and ice cream. This makes you want to hoard as many cookies on your next Delta flight as humanly possible.
The Red Velvet Lover’s Cookbook, Deborah Harroun.¬†Well? Shall I explain more? Deborah’s beautiful book features a TON of ways to transform every day desserts and treats into a red velvet lover’s dream food. From red velvet pancakes to red velvet gooey butter cookies, Deborah covered all her bases with this phenomenal, unique cookbook.
Smart Cookie, Christi Farr Johnstone. Christi is such a dear friend and seeing her combine her incredible eye for creativity and detail to create this beautiful, ingenious book was so awesome. Christi successfully transforms store-bought cookies into out-of-this-world creations you would have no idea came from a pre-packaged cookie!
Dessert Mash-Ups, Dorothy Kern.¬†Dorothy is my neighbor and to see her successfully publish a book about ‘frankenfoods’ was so fun! From S’moresCake to Chocolate Chip Cookie Toffee, Dorothy has thought of every possible sinfully-delicious food combination there is. Book does not come with stretchy pants.
Glorious Layered Desserts, Glory Albin.¬†Let me tell you something: Glory’s Cheesecake Mousse is probably one of the BEST things I’ve ever eaten, period. All her from-scratch puddings, mousses, and cheesecakes are used to create simply stunning layered desserts that taste like they’re made with love.
Cooking with Pumpkin, Averie Sunshine. Averie has really outdone herself with her second cookbook, this one featuring tons of genius recipes featuring pumpkin! Go beyond the pie with her gorgeous photographs and professional recipes for pumpkin treats that you would never have concocted on your own.
Sally’s Baking Addition, Sally McKenney-Quinn.¬†Sally’s eponymous cookbook is one of my favorites because¬†we’re basically the same person. Her easy, approachable recipes are made with lots of love (and from scratch!) to create irresistible desserts that are totally drool-worthy. Plus, she has a heavy hand with sprinkles which is the way to my heart, personally.

Well, Happy Shopping! Enjoy this picture of me as Santa.

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Have a great day!!

xo, Hayley

Fashion Fridays: My “Perfect Skin” Regimen

Perfect SkinBesides my tattoos or glasses, the physical compliment I most receive is on my skin. And usually if I’m out and about, I get at¬†least two compliments on my skin a day.

And I have to say: I’m blessed. Truly, seriously¬†lucky¬†to have amazing, clear skin. I’ve got cellulite for days on my thighs, my vision is failing drastically at 23 and my bottom teeth are all kinds of crooked, but my skin has managed to stay consistently fab all these years (thank goodness!)

I know a lot of people struggle with skin issues. Let’s face it: the world is a judgmental place, and skin is one of the first things we notice on a person physically. Whether or not they take care of their skin, whether or not it’s clear or clean. And the majority of the time, people cannot control what their skin looks like or even what it does. While I cannot change your genetics, I¬†can offer you a little insider information as to what I use to keep my skin in check… and I seriously hope if you’re struggling to find a skin-care routine that works for you, that perhaps my golden skin stars can save you time, hassle, money, and the skin you’re in!

These products are tried and true and absolutely what works wonders for me. I’ll walk you through product-by-product and break down their essentials and why I love them so much. I hope you find a new favorite in one (or all!) of these products, too!

First up…

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Clinique Mild Facial Soap, $13.

Clinique was a brand my mom introduced to me at a young age. Despite my grandmother’s valiant efforts to keep sunscreen persistently slathered on me during hot Sacramento summers, let’s face it: I was sunburned a handful of times. My mom’s solution was Clinique’s Dramatically Different Lotion, the one in the yellow bottle. It soothed my skin like a tall, icy glass of moisture and from that point forward, I was a die-hard Clinique fan.

If there’s just¬†one product I hope you guys take away from this post, it’s this one. Clinique’s Mild Facial Soap is a serious life-saver and I could not live without it. There’s no substitutions here and I positively swear by it. Their hard-milled soap cleans skin gently and doesn’t leave a moisture-zapped tout or dry feeling behind. It works up to a nice, bubbly lather with an undetectable scent and whisks the day away (on your skin, of course). I shower once a day and typically at nighttime. I use this soap nightly after removing my makeup with a makeup towelette. I wet my face with warm water, then work the soap into a lather, rubbing it in gentle, circular motions over my face. I let the soap sit for a couple seconds before gently rinsing it off. Easy-peasy!

This soap is a favorite because: it works.¬†My sweet then-teenage brother didn’t get the same clear skin and had some pretty bad acne growing up. After unsuccessful attempts with a three-step product that shall not be named, I finally goaded him into trying this soap. Within a week, his acne had reduced at least 50%, and after regular use within a month his acne was gone. Not even kidding you, people. This soap is gentle enough for everyday use, yet effectively deep-cleans and moisturizes your skin, preventing bacteria and oils from clogging your pores. *Note that we use the Mild Soap, so if you have oily or combination skin, Clinique will likely recommend a corresponding soap to tackle those particular issues.

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Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion, $14.

Don’t be fooled by the name: this ain’t no lotion. More like a toner with a very strong alcohol smell, you’ll probably briefly question if perhaps you grabbed the nail polish remover instead. Don’t fret, because despite the potent odor, this toner works like a dream. It effortlessly sweeps away dull, old junk¬†to reveal fresher, newer skin in a matter of seconds. And it provides a taut yet supple finish that helps prep the moisturizer (aka, step 3) to do its job.

Again, much like the soap, I have found success with this Mild Clarifying Lotion because it really does two things for me. First and foremost, it works. But second, it offers the morbid weirdo in me some extra assurance that it’s doing the job. Despite removing my makeup with a makeup towelette¬†and rinsing my face with soap, I’ll still soak a cotton ball in this powerful toner and wipe away extra muck and grime I didn’t know was lurking there. When the cotton ball wipes away clean, I know¬†for sure my face is squeaky clean without¬†feeling like I rubbed it with a brillo pad.

Much like the mild soap, Clinique has different options for their Mild Clarifying Lotion depending on your skin type. I find mild is perfect enough for everyday use for my particular skin type, but my mom swears by ‘2’ which is for the drier skin.

cleanClean and Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment, $9.

I stumbled upon this miracle acne gel after reading about it in¬†Seventeen Magazine approximately ten or more years ago. If you’re human and even a human with near-perfect skin, you’ve had a surprise pimple pop up at the¬†worst times… typically before a big event like a dance, your wedding, a date, or a presentation. Samesies, man. And after reading about this miracle gel I figured I’d give it a try after a particularly ugly son-of-a popped up abruptly one day (thanks, hormones). Reluctant, I gave it a try and lo and behold, it worked.

This gel is a serious lifesaver in those “oh crap, there’s one!” times. I dunno about you, but those times typically pop up.. well, you know what I mean, ladies. ANYWHO. When I feel one coming on, I’ll dab a little more toner there to help open up the pores better, then apply this gel right on top. I can feel it sink into my skin and by the morning, the pimple is dramatically reduced if not completely gone. And if you don’t feel one and it just up and appears, dab this gel on it morning and evening (after your skin care regimen) and it should dramatically reduce or disappear by morning.

Swearsies.

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Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen in SPF 45+ with Helioplex, $12.

Not to sound like your mom, but dammit,¬†do not forget sunscreen!¬†You can buy the most expensive creams, serums and Botox on the market but if you don’t wear sunscreen, you may as well just flush your cash down the toilet, dude. I don’t care if sunscreen wasn’t invented when you were a kid, or if no one wore it when you were a teenager. I don’t care about your stories of sitting on the beach rubbing olive oil all over yourself to get a tan, or how you used to hop in tanning beds *shudder* to look bronzed. It’s 2014, and each year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of lung, colon, breast and prostate cancers. DUDE. And a HUGE part of your risk could easily be eliminated by wearing sunscreen.

I still hear people bitching about sunscreen, but it isn’t the thick, chalky, greasy goop they used to make. Sunscreens nowadays are so technologically advanced, they’re definitely smarter than your fifth grader. They have sunscreen in aerosol cans so you can effectively coat your own back without going into some funky yoga pose. They have sunscreen in lip-balm-sized sticks to rub in on the go. They have sunscreen baby wipes and gels. And they have seriously revamped the classic sunscreen lotion to be ultra sheer, dry, unscented and non-greasy, so there is¬†no excuse not to wear it.

I wear this Neutrogena Sunscreen on my face every day, rain or shine. I apply a nickel-sized amount (larger if it’s super sunny) all over my face, blending it in with small circular motions. I allow it to sit for a couple minutes before applying my makeup as usual. This sunscreen is ultra dry and sheer so it doesn’t leave a weird, greasy residue or turn your makeup chalky or clumpy. It looks virtually undetectable on your skin, yet you’re completely covered. I always aim for at¬†least SPF 45, but typically buy SPF 70 because I’m a paranoid freak and don’t like tanning or being out in the sun much anyways.

And yes, I absolutely apply sunscreen to my entire body on the daily. For this, I really like Banana Boat Ultra Sheer SPF 50. Unlike Neutrogena’s, this formula is thicker (as it is more intended for the body rather than face) but it dries quickly, applies sheer, and doesn’t leave a weird, filmy residue on your body or hands. Love it.

clinique2Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, $26.

As I mentioned prior, Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion is like a tall, icy drink of moisture on your skin. The classic yellow lotion is lightweight and virtually fragrance free, offering a¬†thick layer of moisture that feels surprisingly sheer. I really despise lotion that leaves a greasy residue or that doesn’t penetrate the skin quickly, but this lotion avoids both of those issues by absorbing quickly without any weird feelings.

After rinsing my face with Mild Soap and toning it with the Clarifying Lotion, I then apply a thin layer of the Moisturizing Lotion all over my face. It helps keep my skin soft and supple and keep that moisture barrier plenty high so my skin doesn’t dry out. This is especially helpful in the winter months when I tend to apply a little more lotion to prevent dry spots, which I tend to get if I slack on my moisturizing.

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Benefit Big Easy BB Cream, $38. 

For the longest time, I didn’t wear foundation because I had the idea that it was this thick, cake-battery substance that made girls look disgusting (sorry, high school classmates). But after a particularly gnarly blemish would¬†not leave my face alone, I was at my wit’s end and happened upon this BB cream by Benefit. Thinking it would be just as heavy as a Funfetti cake batter, I was reluctant but very pleasantly surprised at its texture and laundry-list of pluses.

First, it controls oil which thankfully, I don’t have much of a problem with. During the summer, I sweat like everyone else, but this BB cream stayed put without appearing clumpy, beaded, or streaky. It just continued to provide a thin coating of protection without making me look gross or wet (yuck). Second, it has SPF 35 which is awesome for a foundation, especially one as lightweight as this is. Third, the coverage is perfect for me. It applies as a liquid yet dries as a powdery, light finish that doesn’t look or feel heavy and is virtually undetectable. It still allows my freckles to peek through (one of my requirements, as I don’t like hiding them) and still makes my face appear fresh and breathable… not masked under a pound of foundation.

Generally, I only apply a miniature-M&M-sized amount on my face daily, but if you need more coverage, you could totally build this formula up for a more moderate coverage (however, I like mine ultra-light coverage). I use a standard foundation brush (nothing too fussy, just something I picked up from Sephora) and kind of feather it out in small strokes all over my face, alternating with little circles to prevent it from appearing streaky. If I have a particularly pesky blemish, I’ll apply Benefit’s Boo-Ing concealer over it after applying this BB cream. The result is a fresh-faced, perfectly flawless looking finish that I totally love.

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This picture is a couple years old, but it was still back when I was staunchly against foundation… so, in this picture my actual face (obviously not eyes) is virtually¬†makeup free. All that’s there is my SPF and a very light tap of some cream blush on the apples of my cheeks.

Again, I must reiterate how¬†important sunscreen is. Not only will it prevent you from skin cancer (which should be one of the main reasons you use it!) but it also protects against free-radicals, age-spots, dark spots, dry skin patches, and wrinkles. I take great pride in knowing that I will age much better than other girls my age simply because I use sunscreen. I also like knowing that my face won’t be mistaken for a baseball mitt as I get older.

Obviously since I’m still younger (23) I haven’t really delved into the realm of anti-aging skincare. By the time I’m 25, I’m going to start slowly introducing some anti-aging products into my regimen to help further prevent wrinkles and the like, perhaps starting with an eye-cream to reduce fine lines and crows feet. For this, I’m scoping out Clinique’s All About Eyes formula, which also helps reduce puffiness and dark circles (yay!). I’m also loving the science behind Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Serum which is jam-packed with anti-aging plant extracts to create a seriously potent cocktail for your skin. The matching eye cream and lotion look promising, too! Likewise, I’ve also heard stellar things about Avon’s ANEW line.

Anywho, I hope this post has helped you find some new favorites or think more about taking care of your skin. It’s never too late to start taking care of your largest, most visible organ, and you should absolutely start if you’ve¬†been neglectful in the past. While I can’t guarantee that using these products will grant you perfect skin, I can guarantee that they will help you protect yourself, build up your moisture barriers, offer defense to junk in the world, and make you feel more beautiful and confident!

Have a beautiful day!!

xo, Hayley

Disclosure: I was not provided with any of these products to review, but if these lovely companies would be so inclined to send me free products, I would be pretty stoked. Also, please note that these are MY PERSONAL OPINIONS and what has worked for me. I am not a dermatologist and if I was I would probably have a yacht. But since I do not have a yacht, therefore I am not a medical doctor and can’t offer you skincare advice. Consult your physician before starting any new skincare regimen if you’re unsure.¬†

 

 

Fashion Fridays: WTF(ashion) Anthropologie Edition

anthoooHappy Friday everyone!

In this episode of Fashion Fridays, I’m introducing a brand new segment called WTF(ashion) where I dissect some of fashion’s not-so-chic moments. This idea came to me as I was browsing Anthropologie’s Sale section online and saw some questionable looking items that I figured were as unwanted as they were ugly — very.

However, keep in mind that one person’s WTF is another person’s MAJOR, so perhaps you’ll find something you totally can’t live without or would totally buy/rock/love throughout these segments. If that’s the case — more power to ya, buddy. I certainly know that there are folks who balk at my sense of style and who would never, ever display Lalaloopsy dolls in their bedroom.. and I totally get if that ain’t your cup of creepy tea. So while we rejoice in laughing at these ridiculous items, let’s also keep in mind someone may like them… and that’s okay, too. Just please, don’t gift them to me, mmkay? I have enough goat-hair brushes, thanks.

In this edition, we dissect the sale section at Anthropologie. If you’re unaware, Anthropologie is a women’s clothing and lifestyle store featuring clothes that epitomize the word ‘dainty’, have an artistic dash of panache, and an incredibly steep price tag. Their housewares, for the most part, are sweet, chic and kitschy – think handpainted measuring spoons, dog-shaped cookie jars and beautifully etched wine glasses or bamboo spoons.

The Anthro women can best be categorized into three separate categories. The first is the Crazy Anthro Chick. She’s the one who practically lives at the store, is the kind of person who would light an orange peel on fire for the “smokiness” it adds to a cocktail, and who solely keeps her dry-cleaner in business because everything she wears is hand-painted, beaded, or embellished and over $200. Then there’s the Cool Anthro Chick who respects Anthro’s offerings but doesn’t go for the crazier stuff. She likes pairing a flowy blouse with a pencil skirt, is responsible for bringing those huge, bauble-y statement necklaces in style, and enjoys houseware projects where you paint old furniture mint and use different types of knobs to make it “chic.” And lastly, there’s the Poor Anthro Chick, aka¬†myself, who just wanders around gasping at the price tag and basically only goes there to buy colorful ramekins because they’re only $2.50 apiece.

The following is pretty much what the Crazy Anthro Chick would justify spending over $1000 on because it’s fashion.

anthro1First up, this $78 dustpan. Let that sink in for a minute: a nearly $80 dustpan. First of all, I’m hard-pressed to believe anyone who drops almost $100 on a freakin’ dustpan will actually use said dustpan. Second of all, who are we trying to impress with said dustpan? Your hipster-vegan friends with whom you get green juice with at the local Whole Foods? Do they come over and proclaim, “Oh my god, I just¬†love your dustpan! It’s so chic and vintage, unlike those peasant dustpans from The Home Depot.”

anthro3If, perhaps, dustpans aren’t your jam, Anthro offers this goat-hair brush for a whopping $62. I’m pretty confident my dusty-as-hell lampshades are probably cleaner than anything I dusted with goat hair. Have the people at Anthro seen goats? They smell like poop and they’re dirty because they live in dirty and eat garbage. While I can appreciate this handcrafted, artisan brush made with the finest of goat hair, actually.. I can’t.

anthro4Have you ever looked at your table and thought, “I hope my poor table isn’t getting sunburned.” Me too. If you’re worried that your inanimate object is being scorched by the sun’s harsh rays, this Canopy Table is for you. At just $2000, you can essentially purchase an IKEA-quality table with a freakin’ parasol on top. That’s right, your table has a parasol because¬†that makes perfect friggin’ sense. Don’t cover your burning table with a regular ol’ tarp like poor people do; that’s just so un-chic.

antho2Sometimes, when I’m lying in bed at night plagued by the thoughts of my dreaded, boring white walls, I dream of a decorative tassel to hang up that conveys how multicultural and artistic I am. And alas, my sleepless nights ended when I found this tassel. For $250, I could finally own the wall tassel of my dreams. Constructed of rope and what appears to be tie-dyed tissue paper,¬†when my friends ask if I picked this treasure up from a village woman on my trip to Africa, I can just smile and say, “nope, I got it at Anthropologie.”

anthro6Have you seen those hipster teenagers in the mall wearing those spirit animal hats? You know, the ones with the long ear flaps that usually come in bright colors like they’re some kind of¬†My Little Pony outcast? Have you ever looked at them and thought,¬†I want to look like that but significantly more terrifying? Well now’s your chance. This Leopard Hat looks like you just skinned Simba alive, which is kind of what fashion’s all about. Made of felt that looks like it’s covered in belly lint, this chic hat will turn heads in all the wrong ways. You’ll probably be wanted on the WWF’s list of poachers since you look like you singlehandedly slaughtered a lion cub for this terrible fashion hat. But at least you’ll look great, right?

anthro5If slaughtered lion ears don’t make for great hats, then Wild Beast hats definitely are your option. Look like a demon unearthing from the underbelly of hell in this delightfully creepy hat made of the matted dreadlocks I extract from my hair when I shower. Scare children and collect souls as you stroke the scratchy horns on your head in public, casting spells with your newfound demon knowledge. The best part is, you can look like your favorite character from the mystical pages of¬†Where The Wild Things Are, except profoundly sadder as you’re an adult who spent $1000 on a hat made of matted hair.

anthro7I can count the number of times I went to a petting zoo, saw an alpaca and thought,¬†I want its head.¬†That would be zero times. However, there’s probably some blood-thirsty Anthro chick out there somewhere longing for an alpaca head of her own to wear, a la Hannibal Lecter. And for $3200, you can now own a faux-alpaca head to wear around and scare the neighborhood kids. As you slip this matted alpaca-fur mask over your face, you’ll suddenly feel the magical alpaca powers bubble through your body, possessing you from the inside out with ancient alpaca secrets and knowledge. And really, what’s $3200 for priceless alpaca secrets?

anthro9I remember reading¬†Cat in the Hat as a child and loving Dr. Seuss’ whimsical rhymes and lovely illustrations. I do not, however, remember the forgotten chapter at the end whereupon Cat was massacred and his hat was turned into a bloody vase being sold at Anthropologie. This perfect trinket has the whimsy of Dr. Seuss with the fear of murder wrapped up into one precious piece of art for an astounding $1400. As you run your fingers along the bloodied stripes of this vase, you’ll remember why you bought a freakin’ $1400 vase: because you’re batshit insane.

anthro8A reviewer on Anthro’s site said, “guests ask me all the time: ‘what the heck is that?'” Sold. If you, too, are looking for a vase that will have your guests questioning your mindset, this is for you. Fashioned to look like a heart that’s gone through the garbage disposal, it has everything an actual anatomical heart has: electrical tape accents, blue squiggly junk¬†all over the place, spikes, and is a pleasant grey color that’s known to bring softness and calmness to a room. Use it to store herbs, flowers, souls, whatever. It’s only $1400, so you’re kind of stupid not to buy it.

anthro10And last but not least — for you geography buffs out there — this Easter Island-shaped ping pong table is calling your name! Shaped to look like Easter Island, this fashionable and geographically-accurate ping pong table will be the talk of your game night when your guests ask why the eff you spent $12,000 [there’s no typo there] on a table shaped like Easter Island. Pretend you’re the ruler of this remote, inhabited island by playing a nice, old-fashioned WASP-y game of ping pong on top of this historical piece of land.

So… are any of you inspired to shop? Look like an alpaca?¬†If so, let me know I’m clearly not fashionable and am missing the artistic point. Or feel free to¬†leave some links below. Thanks for reading!

Happy Friday!!

xo, Hayley

WTFashion is a parody piece, obviously. It isn’t my intention to offend anyone, any brand, or anything in particular except to poke harmless fun at products that I deem silly. Anyone who is offended probably wears alpaca hats. If so, I’m sorry — that you find those hats cute.¬†

 

 

Fashion Fridays: November Favorites.

tdr fashion fridayHappy November, my fashionistas!

I haven’t done a favorites list in awhile, and therefore I’m long overdue. Here are some swoon-worthy goodies I’m lusting after this month. Enjoy!

modcoatQuiet on the Quay Coat from ModCloth, $100. Not only is this coat A-FREAKING-DORABLE, but it looks cozy and practical, too. Since I’m a Californian, my heaviest “coat” is actually a denim jacket, so splurging on a heavy-duty coat for our typical weather seems necessary. Plus, I love the sailory details!

497103_VINTAGE DEER COOKIE JARVintage Reindeer Cookie Jar from World Market, $20. My mom finds this kitschy cookie jar to be terrifying, but I find an odd comfort in it. It reminds me of the knockoff Christmas movies my grandma would find at yard sales or the depths of hell or wherever those wacky tapes came from.

toofacedToo Faced Sugar & Spice Palette from ULTA, $39. I am¬†dying over the Sugared Violet and Bon Bon shades! And of course I love that they’re all named after delicious sweets and treats. Too cute to pass up, and what a great gift idea!

candycaneHershey’s Candy Cane Kisses. I’m¬†obsessed. They’re easily one of my favorite candies —¬†period.¬†And I hate that they’re only seasonal. Can we make peppermint a yearround flavor please? Because peppermint in the summer is refreshing. Peppermint in the spring is promising. Peppermint in the fall is exciting. And peppermint in the winter is perfect. See?!

stalkerStalker, on CBS Wednesday nights. When I initially saw the posters, I thought this show would be stupid РCSI status (sorry CSI fans). However, the first episode was AWESOME and the episodes after all continued to leave me on the edge of my seat. The writing is great and I love Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott. I hope it gets renewed for a second season!

raccoonRaccoon Handmade Acrylic Necklace from I’m Your Present, $14. I’m Your Present is an ADORABLE Etsy shop I’ve been following for awhile now. And if you’ve been following¬†me for awhile now, you know I¬†love raccoons! This necklace is kinda sorta a must-have, but if raccoons ain’t your jam, owner Kelly has a ton of other cute stuff you’re sure to love.

mailieThe Maelle Collection at Anthropologie, $12-60; featured Baking Pan, $36. This Maelle Collection is simple, girlie, yet absolutely stunning. I love the vintage look, hand-painted details and pretty daintiness of it all. I spotted this collection originally at the Rockefeller Center Anthro store and had to race home to get my hands on it here in California. It’s so dreamy!

galaxyGalaxy Bib Necklace from Bauble Bar, $58. This gorgeous necklace is anything but understated and is a serious head-turner. It’s enough bling to make a statement without being too overwhelming, and in my opinion, it’s a perfect holiday-party necklace. Pair it with an LBD or even a jewel-toned frock for your holiday party-hopping and I guarantee you’ll get noticed. Love it!

DSC_1165AMy Levain-Bakery Copycat Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies. Okay, so I posted these in October BUT they’re still a November favorite seeing as I’ve made them twice (!!) since posting them only a week prior. They’re soft, chewy, filled with toasted, sweet walnuts and semi-sweet, rich & gooey chocolate chips for the ultimate cookie. Once you take a bite of these, you won’t want any others!

What are some of your favorite things this month? Links welcome!

Have a great weekend!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Fashion Fridays: My Hair Dyeing Diaries and Celebrating Jolen’s 50th Anniversary!

tdr fashion fridaySome of you may not know, but in high school I was known as the girl with rainbow hair. About every couple months or so, I would dye my hair a completely different color, wowing my classmates the following Monday morning with a brand new, fluorescent-colored hairdo that frankly, felt more “normal” to me than your standard normal-hair colors.

Dyeing my hair felt like one of the few ways I could safely express myself and stand out from the crowd, aside from wearing costume-y clothes and just being a total self-proclaimed weirdo ūüôā While everyone else was getting highlights, I was also highlighting my hair — but only so I could slap on some hot pink hair dye on top of it!

If you’ve ever dyed your hair or have gone to a salon to do so, chances are you’ve been exposed to bleach. Typically, bleach is pretty bad for your hair – it strips your hair of its natural color and lightens it to a lighter, often whiter color. In order to get highlights, bleach is used. In order to have rainbow hair, bleach is definitely used! And with the crazy-amount of bleaching I did on my hair, you would think my hair would be virtually nonexistent.

One of the ways I protected my vibrant, rainbow hair was by using the right bleach to get it that way: Jolen! Jolen Creme Bleach has been around since 1964, aiding women in safely and effectively lightening their unwanted facial or body hair with their special bleach formula…and it’s now the #1 selling bleach in the world! And now, 50 years later, it’s still one of the top bleaches because it works! And after being recommended to me by another dye-hard friend named Geena (hi Geena!) I was hooked on Jolen and never looked back to the harsher bleaches on the market.

jolen3Jolen would effectively lighten my hair in a simple one-step process so I could get the newest, craziest colors I desired without a stretched-out waiting time. My hair would pale to a light blonde – light enough to apply another color over top without it diluting the intended vibrancy. Yet because Jolen’s formulas tend to be gentler than others, my hair wasn’t straw-like or dull but rather shiny, soft and healthy — almost as if I was born with naturally teal colored hair ūüôā

jolenSo to help Jolen celebrate their 50th birthday (and really, Jolen’s never looked better!) and their newly-launched Go Confidently! Campaign, Jolen asked me to share some of my favorite hair moments from using Jolen Creme Bleach. Because my rainbow hair was my identity, it made me feel the most comfortable, confident version of myself I could be… and for that, I thank Jolen for inspiring and allowing me to be myself during my younger years which shaped me to be the strong, confident woman I am now!

Let’s take a look at my hair dye-ary, shall we?

me1This was me, junior year of high school. Do you think hot pink and teal-blue hair dye would appear this bright without bleach? I don’t think so! I remember my classmates affectionately calling me “cupcake” for this wacky ‘do.

me3This sophomore-year hairdo was not an easy one! It required bleaching my entire head to that stark, platinum color, then dividing my hairline in half so I could dye the back of my hair turquoise. If you think dyeing it was bad, washing it was even harder! But without a strong bleach like Jolen, my naturally mousy-brown hair would never have gotten that bright of white in the first place!

me2Even though Ariel has a mane of red, I was dubbed the Mermaid Queen for this hairstyle in school. It was almost iridescent – appearing a soft lavender-y violet in certain lights and a rich, teal-y turquoise in others with soft wisps of ballerina pink throughout. It was a result of my non-strategic approach to dyeing my hair: simply smattering the various purple, blue and pink dyes around my head and hoping for the best. While I don’t typically recommend doing that, here it worked – and it was one of my favorite hair colors!

me4Okay, so my generation was known for the selfie long before camera phones, okay? I still remember setting up my Kodak camera so I could take pictures in my room for my MySpace profile, and this was one of them. However eerie and fake-model-y my expression, it shows my fantastic hot pink hair! The coolest thing about dyeing your hair hot pink is that your base color (prior to applying the pink dye) doesn’t need to be stark white. It could even be a dirtier blonde or a brassier orange to apply. So if there are any brunettes reading this who have had a hankering to add a nice pop of pink to your mane, you’re in luck! Jolen would make it even easier for you ūüôā

me5Oh, and you’ll never guess, but for awhile I was actually platinum blonde… and for a long while, may I add. For about 4 consecutive years I was a straight-platinum color and loved it. Even though platinum can be debated as to whether or not it’s a “color”, it was one of my favorites. Why? Because I felt like it complemented my porcelain skin beautifully and it was so easy to maintain! While colors will forever live in my soul, platinum was so simple: just bleach my roots when they grew out, and tone the allover color to match. I always had Jolen on hand so I could easily touch it up, then finish my homework. It was so easy, it was almost second nature. I sure do miss this hair!

jolen2While I use Jolen for my hair touch-ups and changes, Jolen is still the most popular creme bleach in the world for lightening unwanted facial hair, like on the upper lip or chin, or even on larger body parts like arms and legs. Jolen even has a sensitive formula with aloe vera, which is ideal for those who have sensitive or more delicate skin. You can find Jolen Creme Bleach at many retailers, including Walmart, ULTA, CVS, Harmon, Rite-Aid and Walgreens! Jolen also recommends using Conair’s 3X/1X Illuminated LED Mirror to help aid you in lightening your unwanted hair, especially in delicate spots like on the face. The mirror zooms in on hard-to-see spots with a lighted feature to help you get every pesky hair.

And again, since Jolen is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year, they’re having a fantastic giveaway on their Facebook page! Simply LIKE their Facebook page for glam tips and beauty tricks from makeup artists and be entered to win $50 gift cards to Jolen retailers as well as Jolen Creme Bleach products, now through November 14, 2014. More than 50 winners will be selected, so ENTER NOW!!

And be sure to follow Jolen’s #GoConfidently hashtag on Twitter and Facebook for more tips, testimonials, and info about Jolen Creme Bleach!!

If you could dye your hair any color, without repercussions from your work or anything, what color would you dye it? Tell me in the comments below!

Have a beautiful day!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I was generously provided with Jolen Creme Bleach formulas and a Conair 3X/1X Illuminated LED Mirror for my own personal use. All opinions, texts and experiences are 100% my own. This posts contains affiliate links.

Stay connected to Jolen for offers, giveaways and the latest in beauty tricks from celebrity makeup artists at https://www.facebook.com/jolen.

 

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received both Jolen Creme Bleach formulas and a Conair 3X/1X Illuminated LED Mirror for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

Best Buy GoPro Camera Holiday Gift Guide!

This post is brought to you in part by Best Buy. I am one of Best Buy’s WOLF Bloggers. All opinions are 100% my own. #GoProAtBestBuy

goooooooSo. I’m one of those people who holiday shops months in advance. By the time December rolls around, all my holiday shopping is done.

Call me crazy, but I love being an earlybird shopper! I spend the year brainstorming the perfect gift ideas for each of my family members and get everything before it sells out of stores during the mad dash of frantic holiday shoppers.

So rather, call me smart! 

This year, not only am I going to be shopping for family, but also for¬†myself. I know, I know – tis the season of giving to others – but come on, I deserve a little somethin’ somethin’, don’t I? Especially a new camera because hello, I use mine on the daily¬†and I have a fantastic Caribbean cruise coming up. I’m definitely going to want something sturdy, reliable, and perfect for capturing my Caribbean vacay.

That perfect somethin’ somethin’? GoPro Cameras! Have you guys heard of GoPro?

GoPro makes the world’s most versatile cameras — cameras that aren’t just portable and lightweight, but sturdy enough to travel the depths of underwater, to mount onto your bike helmet as you do a cross-country tour, to attach to one of their convenient accessories to take along with you in the jungle, on your trek up the mountain, or any of your other adventures that deserve to be remembered and shared with those you love.

And Best Buy has the largest selection of cameras and camcorders, plus a broad assortment of accessories and the entire lineup of GoPro cameras, to make your gift giving a breeze. GoPro’s newest lineup of cameras are meant to inspire by beautifully and authentically capturing your latest adventures.

Best of all, GoPro cameras are for everyone – kids, teens, and adults alike. They aren’t exclusively for the thrill-seeking: GoPro’s lineup is streamlined enough for a first-time camera user yet also makes a perfect gift for a gadget guru. And¬†this is precisely the camera I’m bringing along with me to my Caribbean vacay! I want to capture everything – from the depths of the sea to the beauty of our hikes and everything in between without worrying about bringing along my food-only DSLR. These cameras will effortlessly capture my adventure with high-quality, clear, beautiful shots all contained within a compact, waterproof, hearty case.

Let’s run-down Best Buy’s latest GoPro lineup, yeah?!

First up, the mega-cool GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition

goproher4This gorgeous little number is GoPro’s most advanced camera yet! Featuring improved image quality and a two times more powerful processor, it shoots two times faster video frame rates at up to 131′ of water. Though I won’t be diving that deep into the ocean (I have my own boundaries,¬†thankyou), knowing this compact camera is powerful enough to produce 12.0MP photos at 30fps underwater is astounding!

Next up, GoPro Hero 4 Silver Edition

hero4silverGoPro’s Hero 4 Silver Edition is the first GoPro to ever feature a built-in touch display! Controlling the camera, taking shots,¬†changing settings and playing back footage couldn’t be easier – just tap and swipe.¬†With 1080p60 and 720p120 video, and 12MP photos at a staggering 30 frames per second, HERO4 Silver combines powerful, pro-quality capture with the convenience of a touch display. You really can’t ask for anything better than this awesomesauce camera!

And lastly, the classic and ultra-cool GoPro HERO HD

heroo

Featuring high‚Äźquality 1080p30 and 720p60 video, and 5MP photos up to 5 fps, HERO captures the same immersive footage that‚Äôs made GoPro one of the best-selling cameras in the world (and easily the coolest!!). Twelve (!!) times¬†more powerful processor with two times¬†faster video frame rates, this is anything but a basic camera.

Best of all? Best Buy carries the entire GoPro lineup of cameras and accessories to make your GoPro shopping experience streamlined, easy and oh-so convenient. And with Best Buy’s Low Price Guarantee, you know Best Buy stands behind their fantastic products by ensuring you get the best deal out there.

My final thoughts? For my Caribbean vacation (and for years to come on my assortment of adventures) I definitely think the GoPro Hero 4 Silver Edition will be my newest camera for all my traveling. The fact that you can so simply touch and swipe on the built-in touch screen is so awesome – and I love how durable that compact, sleek camera is compared to a fancier DSLR which has no place on the beach!

For more information on GoPro and to see Best Buy’s entire lineup, be sure to visit Best Buy’s GoPro Shop. Or, visit your local Best Buy store to try out and see the cameras in-store.

What’s on YOUR electronic holiday wishlist?! Leave me a comment below!!¬†

Have a fantastical Sunday!!

xo, Hayley

 

Fashion Fridays: Shop for the Cure {Breast Cancer Awareness Products!}

tdr fashion fridayHappy Friday, friends!

As you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and as a female, I am especially drawn to this cause since at least 1 in 8 American women will develop some kind of invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. That’s 12% – and that number is far too high for my liking.

And so far in 2014, there were a reported 2.8 million women in the US affected by breast cancer — either¬†currently being treated or in recovery. 2.8¬†million — and that’s only a number of those who know they have it. Millions of other women and men may not realize that lump they’ve been putting off is actually breast cancer… which is why routine mammograms and breast exams are so important in ruling out anything potentially dangerous with your breasts and health. Speak up for your tatas!

Now, I’m all for standing up for breast cancer research¬†but I am not one to put on running shoes and battle out a 5k.¬†No thank you. I’m more of a cheer-on-the-sidelines-with-a-glass-of-wine kinda competitor, so running for a cure ain’t usually my jam. But I¬†can shop for a cure, and thankfully there are plenty of brands out there who donate a generous chunk of proceeds (if not the entire proceeds) of certain purchases to breast cancer research organizations and nonprofits.

Shopping? That’s my cardio ūüôā

So I’ve rounded up a list of awesome products, from beauty to clothes to funky accessories, all of which donate at least some – if not all – of the proceeds to a variety of different breast cancer research organizations or nonprofits. Now you can feel good about looking good — that’s a winner in my book!!

BC11 CK One Lipstick in Hope – $16 – donates a portion of proceeds
2 Estee Lauder Lip & Nail Collection – $29.50 – donates 20% of retail price
3 Bare Minerals Power of Pink Lip Gloss – $26 – donates a portion of proceeds
4 Too Faced Love Debbi Lip Gloss – $16 – donates 20% of sales
5 Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection – $60 – donates $12 of every purchase
6 Sephora Power of Giving Back Palette – $30 – [unfortunately product has been discontinued but can still be found on eBay – at least that person donated when they purchased it!]
7 Essie Breast Cancer Awareness Collection Nail Polish in I Pink I Can – $8.50 – Essie donates a flat $10,000

BC31 DSTLD Pink Skinnies – $105 – donates 100% of proceeds (!!!)
2 Avon Breast Cancer Aviator Sunglasses Р$12 Рdonates $2.40 from every purchase
3 Avon Breast Cancer Floral Umbrella Р$15 Рdonates $3 from every purchase
4 Vineyard Vines Whale Tail Chevron Scarf – $98 – donates 30% from every purchase
5 Pandora BCA Charm Bracelet – $160 – donates a portion of the purchase
6 Bradford Exchange BCA Pendant Necklace – $79 – donates a portion of the proceeds
7 Guess BCA Watch – $100 – donates 10% of the proceeds
8 Anne Klein BCA Bracelet – $35 – Anne Klein will be making a flat $50k donation regardless of sales
9 Pink Pony Polo Shirt from Ralph Lauren – $98 – donates 25% of proceeds

BC21 Clinique Limited Edition Great Skin Great Cause Lotion – $38 – donates $10 of proceeds
2 La Mer Hand Treatment – $45 – donates a portion of the proceeds
3 Estee Lauder Modern Muse Perfume Solid – $49.50 – 100% of retail price donated (!!!)
4 Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum – $92 – donates 20% of the retail price
5 Marc Jacobs Ltd. Edition Pink Honey Eau de Parfum – $76 – donates $3 of every bottle sold
6 Jergens Original Scent Lotion – $6 – will donate $250k regardless of sales to Susan J Komen

BC61 Check One, Check Two Tee – $19.99 – all net proceeds donated
2 Smashbox Limited Edition Legendary Lip Gloss – $20 – donates a portion of the proceeds
3 Tom Ford Beauty Lipstick in Bitter Sweet – $49 – donates a portion of the proceeds
4 Under Armour Pink Warrior Tee – $34.99 – Under Armour will donate a minimum of $500k regardless of sales

BC51 Aerie Charley Bright Pink Bra – $29.95 – donates 100% of proceeds (!!!!)
2 The Pampered Chef Pink Zebra Microfiber Towel – $8.50 – donates $1 to American Cancer Society
3 Conair Power of Pink Infiniti Pro – $119.99 – donates a portion of proceeds
4 Philosophy Shower for the Cure 3-in-1 Body Wash – $20 – donates 100% of net proceeds of this product (!!!!)
5 Sephora Pink Hair Ties Р$6 Рdonates a portion of proceeds
6 The Pampered Chef Square Pink Plates – $17 – donates $1 to American Cancer Society
7 Sterling Forever Square Linear Drop Earrings – $13 – donates 20% of proceeds

BC41 Ouidad Pink Curl for the Cure Hair Extension – $10 – donates 100% of proceeds (!!!!)
2 KitchenAid Cook for the Cure Stand Mixer – $399 – at least $450k will be donated regardless of sales
3 Calypso Harmony Sandals – $39 – donates 50% of sales

Of course, if you have pink – wear it proudly!¬†This month I’m going to be rockin’ my hot pink lipstick and my favorite Ballerina Pink Tieks to help show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month <3

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I hope you guys have a fabulous day!!

xo, Hayley

 

Fashion Fridays: Hairfinity Hair Vitamins Review

 

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Summer’s over (yay!) but chances are, your hair is still holding onto some of summer’s damage. Chlorine, salt water, sun exposure — all create one potent cocktail for your hair. Even though I didn’t swim once, I was in the sun quite a bit from traveling to walking my dog to gardening, and just procured general damage from dyeing and bleaching it earlier in the summer.

And as a notorious hair-dyer, my hair has been through the damage ringer. For you hair buffs out there, here’s a cringeworthy story: I once bleached my damaged red hair to get to blonde. It bleached to peach, so I bleached a second time (that same day) to a baby pink, only to change my mind and dye it back to dark red. In one day. Yiiiiikes.

I did my best to keep my hair hydrated, cut down on bleaching and dyeing, and deep condition as often as possible. But sometimes that’s not enough, and my parched strands shed, cracked and split in protest. The Scarecrow hairdo is never a good look for a human! I didn’t think much else could do anything for my hair, certainly not hair vitamins.

But then I met up with the girls at the Hairfinity booth at BlogHer ’14 this past July. They swore that their product worked and showed me testimonials of girls with noticeably longer and healthier looking hair. Still, I was skeptical. With my luck, I’d take these vitamins and somehow grow a second nose or something; surely it wouldn’t cure my parched strands. So on a whim, I gave it a try.

The Claim & Science

First: a little backstory… Hairfinity is a natural dietary supplement formulated with essential vitamins and nutrients for healthy hair. Hairfinity works by filling in the gaps of your regular diet by providing your body with nutrients needed to grow strong, healthy hair. Customers report seeing hair that is shinier, healthier, longer, thicker, more manageable and hair that grows faster after using the supplement.

haaaSome of the vitamins in Hairfinity include Biotin, which promotes healthy hair growth and protects against dryness, as well as increase the elasticity of the hair’s cortex by producing keratin; Vitamin B5, which prevents hair loss; Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that maintains hair and skin health; and an Exclusive Capilsana Complex, which delivers a unique blend of Hydrolyzed Collagen, MSM and Silica that provides 18 Amino Acids which are crucial building blocks to the protein that gives hair its strength, just to name a few! The nutrients are formulated so your hair is nourished from the INSIDE OUT — your hair isn’t a mask; Hairfinity vitamins penetrate within the hair follicle, strengthening the inside, too.

Within a 90 day trial (3 months), 155% of users reported an increase in hair growth; hair shedding reportedly decreased by 26.4% within 60 days, and almost all users reported hair thickness, curvature and satisfaction with Hairfinity.

My Testimonial

 

Quite simply… I’m hooked.

 

hair111As a natural-born skeptic, I didn’t think these vitamins could possibly cure my impossibly-dead hair, make it look healthier, decrease my never-ending shedding, or grow my hair. But the proof is in the pudding, and child, eat up.

 

hairfinityIn three months, my hair has grown over 2 inches in length! Just an FYI, the average person’s hair grows roughly 6 inches in a year.

 

I also had my hair redone at the beginning of September, and in one month I’ve had roughly 2 centimeters of new hair growth at my roots. (Thankfully not super noticeable since my darker-on-top hair color!) ūüôā

 

hair22I used to shed like Cousin It and couldn’t wash my hair without extracting clumps from my head. My shedding has significantly decreased – I would venture to say the shedding decrease is probably 60% less than what I was pulling from my head three months ago. My hair texture is softer and shinier, with a silky touch that I love. My ends, while still slightly damaged, just need to be trimmed — the majority of my hair shaft is healthy, feels stronger, and looks more vibrant.

 

And hello, TWO INCHES?! That’s crazy-talk! I always thought my hair grew fast before, but this was basically lightning speed.

Overall, I’m totally and completely convinced Hairfinity works because it has worked firsthand for me. If you’re a skeptic, I encourage you to try Hairfinity for yourself and see your results grow before your very eyes!

To learn more about Hairfinity, be sure to connect with them on their social channels: FACEBOOKTWITTERINSTAGRAMYOUTUBE and for more information, check them out online! You can also check out other testimonial pictures from real people who have used this product with success, or follow their trials by searching #hairfinity.

Have a fantastical day!!

 

xo, Hayley

 

In the interest of full disclosure, I was generously provided with some free samples of Hairfinity to try out in order to complete this review. My review, testimonial and opinions are 100% my own and are completely true. This sponsored post was written on behalf of Tap Influence.

 

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