Link Love

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Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love.

P.S. Download the Pocket App or Feedly to save articles to read later offline.

Note: Links are not endorsements and do not necessarily represent my opinion.

1.    The last conversation you’ll ever need to have about eating right. This is great!

2.    How to keep Facebook from over sharing your information.

3.    Airdrop is iPhone’s most underrated tool.

4.    This French Onion Soup recipe is so good.

5.    The do’s and don’ts of being interviewed.

6.    The best women’s running clothes for every kind of weather.

7.    Why long haul flights expose flight crews and passengers to radiation.

8.    Five tips for blocking spam from your inbox.

9.    A terrific guide to Dublin.

10.  The 5 red flags of deception in email.

11.  The Bachelor Makeup artist shares on set beauty secrets.

12.  Are you easily discouraged? A psychologist says it all comes down to this one thing.

13.  Introvert friendly tips for the dreaded first date.

14.  The original Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

15.  Private clinics in Germany sell cancer patients hope  and mixed results at exorbitant prices.

16.  How to spend 48 hours in Memphis.

17.  The top three things you need to know about storage.

18.  The ultimate printable party planning checklist.

19.  A step by step guide for flower arranging.

20.  Here are the ages you peak for almost everything in your life.

21.  I like Kristin Cavallari’s spinach artichoke dip.

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My Favorite Beauty Products

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My Favorite Beauty Products

Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite beauty products.

1.    GRANDE COSMETICS GRANDEBROW FILL: GrandeBrow FILL is a tinted brush-on gel made with fibers and peptides. The gel adheres to even the finest hairs, leaving them fuller and more defined with a single application. This helps to shape and build your brows leaving them looking natural, while filling in thinning areas. Available in Light & Dark Shades. This is my secret to filling in my brows naturally.

2.    BRAVON MAGNETIC EYE PRIMER: I have tried lots of eye primers and this one is my favorite. Sometimes I just apply the eye primer and do not wear any eyeshadow. It makes the eyes look that good. It is the secret to flawless eye makeup application that will last for hours.

Bravon Beauty was founded by Bravon Pascua. He’s also a former model and was the International Makeup Artist and Trainer for Bare Escentuals. This brand has a similar price range but has much higher-quality products. 

Bravon’s cosmetics are paraben-free and have been composed using high performance, professional grade formulations.

3.    BRAVON BEAUTY PIGMENT EYESHADOWS: The colors are beautiful and stay on all day. I work in an industry that requires makeup for very long days. I need a product that does not crease, flake or irritate my eyes.

Be sure to follow Bravon Beauty on social media for makeup tips.

4.    ESSIE GEL COUTURE POLISH: I switched to Essie Gel Couture Polish for my at home manicures. It lasts longer than regular polish and is easy to apply. My favorite color is Perfectly Poised. I apply two coats of polish followed by Essie Gel Couture Top Coat.

5.    DERMA ROLLER 0.25 MM SKIN PEN: Dermaroller is a hand-held Microneedling roller with a surface of tiny needles. It helps to reduce acne scars and large pores. The Derma Roller is a far less intrusive version of the micro-needling procedure that costs hundreds of dollars for a single treatment. My makeup looks better since I started using the Derma Roller. The Derma Roller 0.25 is for beginners.

You need to replace a Derma Roller used on the face after around ten uses to keep treatment as efficient as possible.

6.    STIMULATE HONEYCOMB BATH MITT: I use this bath mitt in the shower. It’s made of thermoplastic urethane, so it’s long lasting, antifungal, antibacterial and quick drying.

7.    VANITY GIRL HOLLYWOOD TRAVEL SIZE MAKEUP MIRROR: I use the Vanity Girl Hollywood makeup mirror to apply my makeup in hotel rooms. Since I work early mornings sometimes, natural light is not available so this mirror really helps. It’s about the size of a tablet with soft dimmable lighting.

I use the full size Vanity Girl Mirror at home.

8.    INVISIBOBBLE HAIR TIE: I use these hair ties instead of the ribbon ties that tend to break my hair. The Invisibobble hair ties do not crimp my hair like a regular hair tie would.

9.    DYSON HAIR DRYER: I switched to the Dyson hair dryer. I think it’s better than Harry Josh. Dyson’s new model is quieter and less damaging to the hair, thanks to its intelligent heat control system, plus it looks pretty, too. I always travel with my hairdryer. It’s not worth damaging my hair with a cheap hotel version.

10.  SHOWER CAP: Yes, this is the chicest shower cap ever.  The beautiful designs are an upgrade from the tacky, ruffled, hair protectors of days past.

11.  EXTENSIONOLOGY HAIR EXTENSIONS: This line of hair extensions look so natural. They were designed by Anh Co Tran and Johnny Ramirez of the famous Hollywood Ramirez Tran Salon. After dealing with coloring extensions to match their clients’ hair color, Anh and Johnny decided to create their own pre-colored extensions. The extensions come in two different lengths, 18 inches and 20 inches. These extensions aren’t as fine as standard extensions. Instead, they’re a mix of European and Asian hair. The extensions need to be retaped every 2-3 months. The hair itself lasts six months to a year.

12.  SHEILA STOTTS WOOD HANDLE APPLICATION BRUSH: This brush was created for people with extensions since extensions tangle so easily, but the secret is that this brush is amazing on all types of hair. Since our hair is the most delicate when it’s wet, using a brush that’s gentle on the follicles and scalp is key. This brush doesn’t pull and break the hair, and it lasts longer than the plastic versions by other brands.

What are some of your favorite beauty products?

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Link Love

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Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love.

P.S. Download the Pocket App or Feedly to save articles to read later offline.

Note: Links are not endorsements and do not necessarily represent my opinion.

1.     How to spot teenage depression.

2.    The wife of the Pulse night-club shooter goes on trial.

3.    Is there plastic particles in your water bottle? Yes, very likely.

4.    Meet the baker behind the Mrs. Fields empire.

5.    How sincere is The Bachelor franchise?

6.    How to gain power at work when you have none.

7.    What does it mean to die?

8.    How Bachelor contestants get camera ready.

9.    24 hours in Bachelor nation.

10.  Inside the opioid crisis.

11.  How to help children sleep better.

12.  How to care for dry winter hair.

13.  If you don’t have children, what do you leave behind?

14.  How to stop annoying robocalls on your smart phone.

15.  All the details of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ new restaurant.

16.  Tips for blocking spam from your inbox.

17.  A playlist of 100 great songs by artists performing at SXSW 2018.

18.  Why your pharmacist can’t tell you you’re $20 prescription could cost only $8.

19.  How to create covers for Instagram stories highlights.

20.  People are putting oil in their coffee to lose weight.

21.  The keys to raising a happy child.

22.  How to travel with children.

23.  The one thing that protects a laptop after it’s been stolen.

What notable things did you read this week?

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Link Love

link love

Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love.

P.S. Download the Pocket App or Feedly to save articles to read later offline.

Note: Links are not endorsements and do not necessarily represent my opinion.

1.    Remembering the legacy of Billy Graham.

2.    The faith of the super bowl champions.

3.    A detailed Barcelona travel guide.

4.    Here’s what it means if your plane is labeled for ETOPS.

5.    The 5 best podcast apps for apple and android.

6.    How to prepare your community for a disaster.

7.    Jimmy Buffet does not live the Jimmy Buffet lifestyle.

8.    How sponsored content is changing social media.

9.    This story of the worst roommate ever has gone viral and the Internet’s terrified.

10.  How to stop rushing into love.

11.  These pineapple ginger wellness shots taste good and are good for you.

12.  Black Panther director Ryan Coogler penned an emotional letter thanking fans for coming out to watch and support the new Marvel movie, which has shattered multiple box office records.

13.  The science of dealing with toxic people.

14.  Are Household cleaning products causing lung cancer?

15.  When it’s your first wedding, but your partner’s second.

16.  An extensive guide to LA’s Koreatown.

17.  An NBC Bay Area Investigation reveals a dangerous concoction of drug needles, garbage, and feces lining the streets of downtown San Francisco. The Investigative Unit surveyed more than 150 blocks, including some of the city’s top tourist destinations, and discovered conditions that are now being compared to some of the worst slums in the world.

18.  Ranchers set to fight back against vegetarian fake meat. I don’t buy these brands. The fake meat tastes awful.

19.  Should there be armed security guards and teachers at every school?

20.  Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine prom inspire special-needs people and their families.

21.  This is the most popular cake recipe on Pinterest.

22. Check out Jennifer Anniston’s home in Los Angeles home.

23.  The care and keeping of bacon grease.

24.  The history of queso dip and how Chipotle got it wrong.

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Link Love

link loveHere are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love.

1.    ‘The Crown’ season 2 syllabus. ‘The Crown’: what to remember before watching Season 2. ‘The Crown’: a look back at Season 1 and the history behind it.

2.    Why do we fall in love with one person and not another? A brain-based personality test helps people understand themselves better and why they are attracted to certain other personality types

3.    10 ways to keep kids entertained during travel.

4.    Nicole Davidge of Southern Shutter, out of Hammond, LA shares her LSU birthday party bash.

5.    Where all the grandparenting books?

6.    A new kind of tech job emphasizes skills not a college degree.

7.    Find out what tech tools frequent travelers should pack.

8.    Inside the new world of funeral styling.

9.    The best travel security apps.

10.  The case for trying really hard to make friends as an adult.

11.  Skin cancers are rising and so are questionable treatments.

12.  Another study suggests women using birth control pills and I.U.D.s that release hormones face a higher risk for breast cancer.

13.  The future of online shopping is finally here and it’s not Amazon.

14.  The best online password managers to lock down accounts.

15.  All of the terms of service agreements that you didn’t read.

16.  Everything you ever wanted to know about at home microneedling.

17.  Love these baking tips.

18.  What to do when a personal crisis is hurting your professional life.

19.  Veteran food blogger David Lebovitz on his new book and Bay Area beginnings.

20.  These Italian hazelnut cookies are delicious.

21.  Why trying new things is so hard to do.

22.  This fantasy fudge recipe is perfect for holiday parties.

And I’d love to know what are you baking this holiday season?

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Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love. Have a great weekend, friends!

P.S. Download the Pocket App to save articles to read later offline.

1.    Airlines redesigning uniforms find out how difficult it is.

2.    What you need to know about your passport.

3.    The very best wireless ear buds for active people.

4.    How breastfeeding lowers a women’s risk of heart disease.

5.    How to browse the web and leave no trace.

6.    Understanding the power of color in your wardrobe.

7.    36 hours in Birmingham, Alabama.

8.    Southwest Airlines gets serious about Hawaii.

9.    This app lets you check out library books free.

10.  Don’t make these difficult mistakes when writing emails plus a template for writing good emails, even when it’s difficult.

11.  The 10 physical skills every man should master.

12.  101 books to dive into this summer.

13.  A collection of brownie recipes.

14.  What it really means when you give someone a low ride-share review.

15.  The secret to small talk.

16.  Why we need a national conversation about the opioid crisis.

17.  The apology critics want to teach you how to say sorry. In apologies, saying “I’m sorry” matters less than taking responsibility: “I know I did something that hurt you” or “This is my problem and I’m going to fix it.”

18.  An open letter to parents with highly sensitive children.

19.  The wellness epidemic.

20.  The best natural anti-androgen treatments for Hirsutism (facial hair).

21.  This chocolate peanut butter pie sounds delicious.

22.  Some great podcasts for kids.

23.  LSU’s Kramer Robertson’s mom (and Baylor women’s basketball coach) Kim Mulkey on life, sports and Kramer’s hair.

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Link Love: What I’m Reading This Week

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Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of Link Love. Have a great weekend, friends!

P.S.  I made reading the links easier with a Readlist. It’s a great tool that will let you get the best Internet stories in one place bundled into an e-book you can send to your Kindle, iPad, or iPhone. Click here to download. Continue reading “Link Love: What I’m Reading This Week”

My Favorite Things

My Favorite Things January 2016

My January edit features some of my favorite food, products, and cookbooks. I hope you find some inspiration for your gift giving and some new things to discover for yourself!

1.    SAKARA SNACKS: The talented ladies behind the Sakara brand have created super healthy and delicious snacks including Watermelon Jerky and a collection of beauty bars. Items can be shipped nationwide. Sakara also offers a meal delivery program.

2.    SEOUL LITTLE JEWELRY: This jewelry is so cute! I love the East Coast pendant, Florida pendant, Aloha pendant, and Pineapple pendant designs.

3.    BALEGA SOCKS: These socks feel so good on my feet. Even if you are not a runner, you will love wearing them.

4.    DAWN LEVY FERGIE COAT: I love my Dawn Levy Fergie Coat. Carrie Underwood recently wore her Dawn Levy coat in New York City.

5.    LE PEN: These pens are super fine and ideal for hand lettering. Pick up a few colors or an entire set to use for personalizing cards and stationery.

6.    BOG BERRY DRYER BALLS: Bog Berry dryer balls reduce dryer time. The more you use, the faster your clothes dry! They also soften clothes while reducing static and wrinkles. You can even apply essential oils before tossing them in the dryer to lightly scent your laundry and eliminate germs. The more you use, the faster your clothes dry! Unlike other dryer balls, Bog Berry dryer balls are NOT made of yarn, which eventually unravels.

7.    SOUTHERN CRAFT CREAMERY HANDCRAFTED ICE CREAM: If you visit the Florida Panhandle, you must try this ice cream! You’ll thank me! Check the website for a list of retailers that stock pint size containers for $10.

8.    AWAY LUGGAGE: Away Luggage is a beautiful and intelligent design that includes a phone charger and a separate compartment for dirty laundry. The design is sleek, roomy, hard-sided and four-wheeled.  A single charge to the suitcase provides more than five for your phone. This bag is not my preferred choice for my job as a flight attendant. I use my Rimowa Salsa for work. The Away brand is my choice for personal travel.

9.    GJELINA: COOKING FROM VENICE, CALIFORNIA by Travis Lett: Gjelina is one of my favorite restaurants in Venice, California. The cookbook has Gjelina’s most-requested recipes, including their famous pork meatballs braised in red wine and tomato and butterscotch pots de crème with salted caramel. If you visit the Los Angeles area, I definitely recommend dining at Gjelina.

10.  CAPPELLOS CHOCOLATE CHIP PALEO COOKIES: I’m a big fan of Cappello’s, a Denver-based gluten-free specialty foods company. Their products taste amazing! I love their Paleo chocolate chip cookie dough. I have tried several paleo cookie recipes and most did not bake properly or taste very good. Not the case with Cappello’s cookie dough. You can find Capello’s online or at select grocery stores nationwide. A complete list of retail locations is located on the website.

11.  STOWAWAY COSMETICS: Stowaway Cosmetics is a unique collection of makeup made up of only miniatures. Pinky-size lipsticks, cigarette-length eyeliners, and blush no bigger than a silver dollar are all included in the Stowaway basics collection. In addition, you’ll find BB creams, mascaras, and concealers.  Great for travel and great for your skin all at the same time!

12.  THE BAKER’S APPENDIX by Jessica Reed: I collect cookbooks from all over the world and this handy reference guide makes converting recipes quick and easy. It features conversion charts, substitutions, common ingredient weights in cups and grams, and more of those little details we are always scrambling to look up on our iPhones, with floury, buttery fingers!

What are you loving lately? Tell me in the comments!

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Here are some great links to interesting articles for your weekend reading. I hope you enjoy this edition of Link Love. Have a fabulous weekend, friends!

P.S.  I made reading the links easier with a Readlist. It’s a great tool that will let you get the best Internet stories in one place bundled into an e-book you can send to your Kindle, iPad, or iPhone. Click here to download.

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Here are some great links to interesting articles for your weekend reading. I hope you enjoy this edition of Link Love. Have a fabulous weekend, friends!

P.S.  I made reading the links easier with a Readlist. It’s a great tool that will let you get the best Internet stories in one place bundled into an e-book you can send to your Kindle, iPad, or iPhone. Click here to download. Continue reading “Link Love”

Chic Travel Guide: Bright Lights Paris

Bright Lights ParisIf you are planning to visit Paris or just love dreaming about this oh so chic destination, I have a must-read book to share with you today. It’s called Bright Lights Paris: Shop, Dine & Live Parisian Style by Angie Niles. It’s filled with stunning photos and lovely fashion illustrations plus fabulous tips from celebrities, fashion designers, bloggers, chefs, and more. Continue reading “Chic Travel Guide: Bright Lights Paris”