beauty obsession: lavanila deodorant

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I’ve read tons of articles that talk about how bad aluminum is for our skin and how it has been linked to cancers and other diseases. For a product that most of us use every day thats a scary thought! Even among these frightening studies, I’m floored that aluminum still is a main ingredient in nearly every pharmacy brand deodorant. In attempts to protect myself from these harmful products I’ve tried my share of organic and all natural versions, but to be honest I was mostly left disappointed and not smelling very pretty!

The game changer for me was when I tried on a whim Lavanila’s Healthy Deodorant. I saw someone mention Lavanila online, and when I was in Sephora picking up my favorite sheet masks, I saw a sample pack in the checkout line and snapped it right up.

Lavanila’s products have amazing scents, zero chemicals, no aluminum, and no parabens. But the best part?  They work!  I have the Vanilla Coconut scent on my bathroom counter and the Sport Luxe version in my gym bag.  I feel so much better knowing that I’m not exposing myself to unnecessary chemicals. And it helps that I smell nice too!


 
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Marine Stripes

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Shirt: Quinn (similar) / Jacket: Gap / Shorts: J.Crew / Hat: Cuyana / Sunglasses: Celine
Bag: Longchamp (custom w/monogram) / Shoes: Old Navy / Necklaces: Gorjana (here & here)

One of my absolute favorite things about Marina del Rey is the bike path thats right behind our apartment. It’s a 22 mile bike path all along the Los Angeles coastline, running all the way from Pacific Palisades down to Torrance, just past Redondo Beach.   We take a bike ride almost every single weekend usually to Santa Monica Pier (north) or Manhattan Beach (south) and we always make a pit stop for some lunch and wine. Totally one of my favorite things to do on the weekend and either north or south, its such a gorgeous ride along the beach! On this particular day we didn’t ride on the bike path, but rather walked up it a little bit and headed into the marina for dinner.

I’ve also been having a lot of fun lately with hats since my colorist told me that the sun will make my newly blonde locks turn brassy. This hat is from Cuyana, one of my absolute favorite brands — I love their “fewer, better” motto and minimalist mentality. I own a few of their products and I’m super lucky that one of their 2 stores (nationwide!) is 5 minutes away from me in Venice!

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Weekend Reads & memorial day sales

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Shirt: TJ Maxx (similar) / Jeans & Sandals: Old Navy / Bracelet: KJP / Sunglasses: Prada

I’m totally for breaking the rules, but I can’t wait until Monday when its “officially” okay to wear white pants!

Britney Spears totally lip synchs in her concerts, but we all know it and don’t care, right? I saw her in Vegas last month and it was the best 2 hours ever! Anyone out there want to go? I’d totally go again!! #youbetterworkb*tch! 

We’re not only oohing and ahhing over the dresses in Cannes, the hair and makeup is totally on point too!

Its Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale!! Have you checked it out yet? Hurry up its only until June 5!

My husband likes to send me funny videos and pictures. Today he sent me this super cute picture of an owl who looks like an apple core…

There are some great Memorial Day sales coming up! Don’t forget to check them out and stock up on your favorite summer styles!!
Nordstrom – up to 40% off
Urban Outfitters – extra 25% off select styles
BANDIER – 15% off select styles with code MEMORIAL15
LOFT – up to 60% percent off
Lord and Taylor – up to 25% off with code GIVE
Nasty Gal – extra 40% off all markdowns
J.Crew – extra 30% off with code WEEKEND
Banana Republic – extra 40% off with code BRTAKE40
ShopBop – hundreds of new markdowns!
Bloomingdales – extra 20% off with code BROWNBAG
Old Navy – extra 30% off select styles
ASOS – extra 20% off with code HISUMMER
GAP extra 35% off with code EVENT
Ann Taylor – extra 50% off with code SUMMER50
Macy’s – extra 20% off with code MEMDAY

Happy shopping & Happy Memorial Day Weekend!


 
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Yoga with Mandy Ingber

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When I moved to California, one of the things I missed most was the blogger community I had back in Boston. I had a great network of friends along with the Boston Bloggers and Blog Better Boston organizations that planned awesome events. So one of the first things I started to look for when I finally felt settled was another blogging community out here.

I found Blogger Babes through Meetup.com, and many of the seats at their events go super quick, so I was thrilled when I got a spot at the Mandy Ingber yoga event at RonRobinson in Santa Monica!

Mandy Ingber is a celebrity fitness and wellness expert here in Los Angeles with some of her clients being Jennifer Aniston and Chelsea Handler!  The yoga class at RonRobinson was to celebrate the launch of her latest book, Yogalosophy For Inner Strength: 12 Weeks to Heal Your Heart and Embrace Joy.

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RonRobinson sells a unique array of clothing, home goods, and beauty products, including my favorite Diptyque candles and Oribe hair products. They have such a unique space and I discovered that they host free yoga classes every weekend! If you’re ever in Santa Monica, its definitely a must visit!

RonRobinson
1327 Fifth Street
Santa Monica, California


 
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The Handloom

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Poncho: The Handloom / Jeans: Current/Elliott / Shirt, Tassle & Hat: Cuyana
Bag: Longchamp / Shoes: J.Crew (similar) / Necklace: Ashiana / Sunglasses: Celine
 

I absolutely love Turkish towels (aka Pestemals) and have several that I use as scarves/wraps and beach blankets. But when I spotted this Turkish towel poncho at a local artisan’s market in Venice, it was so unique I just had to have it! The Handloom is a local company that “blends traditional Turkish culture and the Southern California sun.”

I wore it on an afternoon outing to Malibu Wines and it was the perfect layer — not too warm for the daytime, but for when the sun started to go down. It comes in other colors, but I loved the creamy light color. And I can see it looking great with a long sleeve white tee later in the fall!

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