Monday, March 30, 2015

10 Must-Have Pieces To Keep In Your Purse


So, if you're anything like us, we have a tendency to carry a lot of stuff. Like, Mary Poppins' style. It's the sorority girl in us! But, in all reality, you can survive without all the junk you throw in your trunk (yeah, at this point it's not a purse, it's a trunk!). We decided it's time to clean out our purses and narrow it down to the essentials. Below is our list of the ten (10) must-have pieces to keep in your purse.
  1. Lip gloss. Not a bazillion flavors, just narrow it down to a gloss and maybe a solid chapstick. We are fans of Burt's Bees and the Mint flavored Bigelow lip gloss. Oh and EOS lip balms are pretty nice!
  2. A mirror. You've got to be able to apply your lipstick (and discreetly check out your crush..hehe).  This Hello Kitty pocket mirror is just the cutest!
  3. Headphones. You never know when you're going to need to isolate yourself from your neighbor and bang out to some music. The Beats by Dre hot pink headphones are legit and we like simple headphones too like these Skull Candy ones.
  4. Medicine. Headaches, that "time of the month"...they just can creep in out of nowhere so you want to be able to tackle them head on.
  5. Listerine Strips or Gum. Everyone has a stint of bad breath every once in a while. Come equipped when you pack the bad breath killers.
  6. Bobby pins. Even though chances are you will lose them miraculously once they enter your purse, it's nice to know you have it there.
  7. Safety pins. You never know when you will have a wardrobe malfunction.
  8. Hair ties. One of your friends is bound to ask you for one. We actually really love the hair ties from France Luxe/ L. Erickson. They are incredibly cute and incredibly durable!
  9. Phone charger.  Honestly, this should be like #1! We have upgraded to carrying the Mophie for optimal phone battery life. It's a great investment and a serious lifesaver! 
  10. A solid wallet. Keep all of your money and cards and gift cards in one place with a nice, durable wallet. Wallets are the best investment. Kate Spade and Michael Kors make some of the cutest wallets.
What essential purse pieces do you think we are missing from the list? Share with us below!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hungry Girl's Grilled & Chilled Veggie Tuna Salad





We are trying to take in more greens so we were so happy to come across this super quick and tasty recipe from Hungry Girls. Their diet-friendly recipes make it easier to eat clean. Below is one of our favorite super green recipes. Find the step by step below!

Ingredients

1 (2.6 oz.) Pouch - Starkist Tuna Creations® Sweet & Spicy

8 thin (or 6 thick) asparagus stalks, tough ends removed, cut into 2-inch pieces

1 cup eggplant cut into 1-inch cubes

One 1⁄2-inch-thick onion slice, rings intact

1⁄2 cup cherry tomatoes

3 cups chopped romaine lettuce

2 Tbsp. light balsamic vinaigrette dressing


Directions

1. Bring a grill pan sprayed with non-stick spray to medium-high heat. Add asparagus, eggplant, and onion. Cook until slightly softened, 6–8 minutes.

2. Flip veggies, and add the cherry tomatoes to the pan. Cook for 4 minutes.

3. Flip tomatoes. Cook until all veggies are soft and slightly blackened, about 2 minutes.

4. Transfer veggies to a medium bowl. Let cool completely.

5. Chop onion. Cover and refrigerate veggies until chilled, at least 30 minutes.

6. Place lettuce on a large plate or in a large bowl and evenly top with chilled vegetables and tuna. Top or serve with dressing. Yum!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How To Get Rid of Pores


Okay, well the truth is, you CAN'T get rid of your pores. However, you can reduce the look of them. Pores in general are common on everyone's face so there is no way of getting rid of them. Now, there is a difference between large pores and clogged pores and often times we tend to mix those two up, which essentially is misguiding ourselves. Clogged pores are when your pores have build up in it, usually from not cleaning your face regularly. Large pores are when your pores are really visible. This is typically caused by oily skin as it makes your pores stand out more. Especially as you get older your hormones change and more oil can develop on your face causing your pores to appear sometimes out of nowhere! But, have no fear because we know just the products to reduced the look of your pores. First, it's all about moisturizing your face day and night. Work with an esthetician to pick the perfect one according to your skin. We like Skinceuticals Daily Moisturizer for the day and SkinMedica Retinol Complex for at night (pair with sunscreen). With both products Co Founder, Karen, has seen a major difference in her skin on her face. Second, face peels at night are awesome and can help with reducing the look of your pores. Lastly, microdermabrasions monthly are a great way to help keep your face fresh.

Keep in mind that your face is often times the first body part people see. Your face is your spokesperson so take care of it. Facial skincare usually has a high price tag attached to it, but don't let that deter you from properly caring for your face. Trust us when we say: It's worth it!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Must-Have Sandals

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It's sandals' season...yay! As much as we have loved sporting knee-high boots and UGGS this winter season, the weather here on the West Coast is finally saying, "It's time to shop for some spring/summer gear!" Hey, we don't mind {thank you global warming}. Comfortable and cute are the looks we are going for when it comes to footwear and the above sandals are our favorites from Nordstrom's wide selection! The all lace up sandals are really trending for this spring/summer. Think swanky gladiator look when trying to pull these glam sandals off. We are really love the Michael Kors classy gold plated 'thong sandal'. It's just plain cute and classic (we would expect nothing less from Michael Kors!). Another sandal being sold at Nordies that we like is from the Vince collection called the 'Rita' Leather Ankle Strap Sandal. It's pretty versatile as you can dress it down by pairing it with a simple top and jeans during the day and then you can dress it up with a curvaceous dress paired with a simple clutch to match.

What are some of your favorite sandals that are out right now? Share with us in the comments below!

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Cheapest, Cutest Glasses...Like, Ever!


Okay, so we are currently obsessing over this pretty awesome secret steal. It involves the absolute cutest selection of eyeglasses for dirt cheap. We're talking like $6 and up cheap! Where? None other than EyeBuyDirect. We recently got wind of these oh so cute eyeglasses (and sunglasses) over the weekend and we just had to see the site to believe it. With EyeBuyDirect you can shop prescription (yes, we said PRESCRIPTION) glasses online. As the site shares, buying prescription eyeglasses can be an intimidating process. It's expensive, time consuming, and includes a lot of uncertainty. But at EyeBuyDirect, they make buying glasses online easy.

With their helpful tutorial videos that explain everything from buying glasses online to the differences in all their lenses and coatings, they cutout the middlemen to keep their prices low and then deliver your new glasses right to your door.

They offer all the lens and coating options you need with all the styles you want. With over 1,000 frames, they're sure to have the eyeglasses that you need! We really love these Daphne Tortoise Framed eyeglasses and these Nicola glasses are pretty cute too! If you're a sorority girl, then we think you would be obsessed with their Her Crush collection! Their lenses and coatings are customized based on your needs to make your eyeglasses perfect.

Best of all, EyeBuyDirect will give you a full refund if you aren't 100% satisfied.

So grab your prescription from your eye doctor, sign up for EyeBuyDirect, and get yourself some cute prescription eyeglasses.

P.s. We heard through the eyeglasses-vine that if you sign up, you get exclusive coupons sent to you making the eyeglasses even cheaper!


We love it!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Things To Stop Doing If You're Broke


It's officially spring now so that means SPRING CLEANING! Time to clean up old habits, one of which is overspending. If you're having a crisis money moment, here are a couple of things to consider before you run your wallet dry:
  1. Do you really deserve that jacket? If you're anything like us we have this thing where we think we deserve anything with a price tag! Haha! Eh, not so fast. What's more important? Your bills getting paid or that temporarily cool jacket?
  2. If you're going to go out, opt for bread and soup. I know this sounds crazy, but work with us. If you just can't say no to going out to eat, order the cheapest thing on the menu. Your friends won't even notice.
  3. Make a budget and then only carry cash. If you tell yourself that you can only spend "xyz" and then take it out in cash, then you can't overspend.
  4. Walk, walk, walk if you can. That will totally save money on gas.
  5. Consider leisure activities that don't require spending money like watching movies at home with your sisters streamed from your computer or taking a nice bike ride outside.
  6. Cancel subscriptions you can live without. Yup, that means Netflix!
All in all, when you're going broke, you don't want to be homeless so budget and be conscious of your spending so you can be out of the red zone! 

Good luck!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What To Say When They Ask: Why Are You Still Single?


If you haven't heard the "Why are you still single?" question then just know it's coming from someone whether it's at your beloved nail salon or from your sweet mother who simple wants some grand children to keep her company. But, don't get too uptight whenever anyone asks you this, because this is your moment to set the record straight so there is no confusion on where you stand. Being single is probably one of the greatest things you can offer yourself, especially in your twenties. You shouldn't be chasing after love; it will fall into your lap when you least expect it. But, in order for "the one" to find you, you've got to be prepared to meet him. That means working on your flaws and perfecting yourself so that you're ready to be in a relationship and give the best of you that you can. A part of growing and evolving into the person you were meant to be, is by embarking on life adventures on your own. There will come a time where it will be about that bond with your significant other, but hopefully by then you have dug deep within yourself so that you have a sense of personal identity.

So, in a nutshell: Tell them that you're still discovering who you are and preparing yourself to be found by the man of your dreams.

Self-realization and self-love is the best kind of love.

P.s. You better believe that when you find the right person he/she WILL put a ring on it!
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