Essentials for Summer Festival Season!

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Summer is here, and you know what that means: festival season! With so many significant music events coming up in the next couple of weeks, the hardest part will be choosing which one to attend. Although I’ve only gone to a few festivals in the past years, they’ve always been a ton of fun, and you have the opportunity to meet a variety of people.

Besides the food and music, I love seeing everyone’s outfits! I don’t go too crazy in that department, a flowy floral top and comfortable shoes and I’m good. But people watching is always fun and seeing what they carry in their purses!

Clear backpack

If you’ve never attended a festival before, here are a few essentials that will save they day before and during any event.

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First things first, when it comes to getting festival ready, great hair is on the top of the list! I’m all about anything and everything that helps restore moisture and combat frizz, especially since I live in Florida. The constant styling and applying heat to my hair has damaged and dried out my hair.

I love products like the 5-in-1 Deep Conditioner Masks from MANE CLUB because they have a range of hair treatments that help strengthen and repair your hair without breaking the bank! Plus their packaging is so fun and relatable. Designed to offer all beauty junkies a product that addresses any and every hair 911, MANE CLUB has the 411!



Music festivals and sunnies go hand and hand! It’s the perfect accessory to compliment any outfit. I received a pair of Zenni sunglasses that had a shape that I had never worn before- the cat-eye! Sharp angles on a cat-eye were birthed in the 30s and became a style staple in the 50s. This year Zenni Eyewear highlighted the look for their classic Americanas.

I usually wear aviators so I love that I can try something new and venture out of my style box. At Zenni, they believe everyone should have access to high-quality, stylish eyewear, with glasses ranging from $15-50! Which makes them a favorite destination for festival inspired eyewear! Also, for pictures no one wants to be squinting and ruining a great pic for Instagram, am I right?

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Lately I’ve been into collecting watches! I never used to wear one before since I tend to look at the time on my phone. But now watches are becoming classic timepieces that do so much more than tell time. For example, The S Series GMAS120MF from CASIO G-Shock was created for active women that features toughness in a fashion-forward design. A great addition to your festival look since comes in a selection of colors and accents.

The watch I’m wearing has a matte band and rose gold metallic mirrored face that is also 200M water resistance and shock resistance. Other great features: Auto LED light, 4 daily alarms, 1/100th second stopwatch, and countdown timer. The perfect blend for ladies watches if you ask me!

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Now that you have all the essentials, you need something to carry them in. Enter Samsonite Go Clear Backpack! More and more, I’m seeing venues and establishments requiring clear purses to enter their events. At first, I wasn’t a fan, but now I love all the different styles, making the clear trend super cute!

The Samsonite backpack would be great to take into music festivals, sporting events, or even for everyday style. Not only does this durable backpack keep your personal belongings safe, but it’s also BPA Free. Thoughtfully designed, the Samsonite Go Clear Backpack offers a large main compartment and an easy access front zipper pocket for smaller personal items.


Lastly, make sure to have fun and take in all the amazing memories you’re creating! Attending fun events are always fun, but most importantly, it’s who you choose to share them with.

ghd Copper Gold Styler

When it comes to styling my hair, I normally wear it straight. It's quick and easy and I've been wearing it that way for years. Thankfully since I have thick hair, I can pull off the straight look without my hair looking too flat.

Lately though, I've been in the experimenting mood and have been wearing my hair with lose curls and waves. I love how adding dimension to my hair brings out my balayage even more.

For the past month, I've been using the new ghd copper flatiron, which won Allure Magazine's Best in Beauty 2016 award, to style my hair.

ghd copper flatiron

Before I begin to describe how amazing this styler is, can we just take a moment to admire the beautiful copper gold color!

This is my first time owning a flatiron that is not your typical black boring color.. and I love it!

Besides being obsessed with the color, I found that I could not only straighten my hair but also achieve the lose curls with the same product.

ghd copper flatiron

Thanks to ghd's patented tri-zone® technology, you can maintain a safer-for-hair heat from root to tip, reducing hair breakage by over 50%* and increasing shine by 20%*.

From sleek straight hair to waves and curls, you can create a look that's stylish, effortless and professional with ghd stylers.

ghd copper flatiron

How to Curl Hair Using Flatiron:

Feed a 1-inch section of hair closest to the nape of your neck between the two clamps of the flat iron.

From there, in one fluid motion (or else you'll create divots in your hair), twist your wrist away from your face, so the hair flows over (not under) the iron. Make sure the hair continues to wrap around the flat iron's barrel as you push the iron toward your ends, which will create the curl.

Tip: the smaller the sections, the curlier your hair will be.

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ghd copper flatiron - loose curls

To view more looks as well as in depth ghd hair tutorials, click here.

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Two bonuses included in the gift set are the heat-resistant bag and protective plate guard. I travel quite a bit during the year, so having these two additions makes stowing away my styler that much more convenient when I'm on the go.

ghd flatiron

Speaking of traveling, for a limited time only, when you purchase the ghd copper gold styler, you'll receive a free ghd flight® travel hairdrying gift set!


I've tried a few flatirons over the years and I can honestly say, ghd has been the best product I've used so far.

The design is lightweight and easy to hold and the heat is equally distributed throughout the plates, which reduces styling time and damage.

Such a great product and one that I'll be using regularly. 

Have you used ghd before? Let me know your thoughts!

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This post is sponsored by ghd but the content and opinions expressed are my own.

7 Tips for Glowing Skin

I have been compensated by Sundown Naturals® and Pollinate Media Group for this post as part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sundown Naturals® but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #GoodnessGiveaway #sharethegoodness

We're always at a constant battle to keep our skin looking and feeling our best. From the latest beauty product to the newest (and sometimes crazy) anti-aging fad- we all want beautiful youthful skin.

Proper skincare and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems.

Here are 7 tips that you can easily incorporate to your daily routine that will help you in achieving glowing skin:

Drink Water: We all know the benefits of drinking water. Yet most of us struggle with drinking the required minimum 8 glasses a day. I know I do. Water intake is extremely important for our overall health. It aids in digestion, circulation, and absorption of nutrients. Staying hydrated is essential for maintaining the optimum skin moisture and essential nutrients to the skin cells. The best way for me to remember to drink water, is to carry my water bottle at all times. If I see it, I’m prone to drink it.

Drinking Water

Avoid Harmful Rays:  The sun is a great source for vitamin D. However, the ideal time for catching some rays is only between 7am to 9am. After that time, the UV rays are too strong and can damage the texture of your skin and may cause skin cancer. Living in Florida, the summers are brutal. The sun is strong no matter the time of day. I sometimes even try avoid going outside so I won’t feel like I’m melting. Taking Sundown Naturals® gummy vitamins has been a healthy alternative to getting my Vitamin D intake and avoiding the sun. Each serving provides 2,000IU of Vitamin D3 that also helps in supporting my immune system◊.

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Daily Dose of Vitamin C and Biotin:  As an antioxidant, Vitamin C helps neutralize harmful free radicals in cells. Biotin, as most of us have probably read before, supports beautiful healthy hair, skin and nails. Sundown Naturals® Orange Flavored Vitamin C and Biotin 1000 Mcg, available in natural Grape, Orange and Cherry flavors, provide a delicious alternative to daily vitamins intake. Plus, their formula also supports energy metabolism for a busy lifestyle. I make sure to never miss a day of taking both of these Sundown Naturals® adult vitamin gummies.

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Detoxification: Dullness of the skin, pimples and acne are often caused by excessive accumulation of toxins and waste products in the body. It is important to flush out these impurities from our bodies and keep our digestive system regular.

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Remove Makeup: I’ve been guilty of being too tired to take my make up off before going to sleep. But going to bed without removing your makeup is one of the worst things you can do for the complexion of your skin.  At night, the skin’s most important function is to renew itself. Wearing makeup and foundation at night disrupts and prevents the renewal process, causing damage and negative effects to your skin, such as clogged pores, wrinkles, and breakouts. Also, just as bad: Not properly cleaning your make-up brushes. Make sure you clean your brushes at least every two weeks. The last thing your face needs is oil, dirt or bacteria from your dirty brushes. No thank you!

Tip: Give your skin some rest! According to skincare experts, going completely make-up free for two days a week can result in younger, healthier looking skin in under a month.

Removing makeup before sleep

Exfoliate:  Regular cleanings and exfoliation are an integral part of fighting the war on aging.  Exfoliating removes dead surface skin cells and allows the natural repair process to occur. The increase of cell turnover helps reveal newer and healthier skin cells. Added bonus: it decreases blackheads, minimizes hyperpigmentation and fine lines, and adds an all-over healthy glow. When I scrub my face, I make sure that I’m gently massaging my skin using light pressure. Scrubbing too hard can cause irritation. I limit exfoliating only twice a week and avoid washing my face with hot water. The heat and over exfoliating can strip your skin form it’s essential oils.

Beauty Sleep:  Getting a good night’s rest can do wonders for your skin. When you’re not getting enough sleep, your skin will definitely show it. During deep sleep, the rise in growth hormones allows damaged cells to become repaired. Without the deeper phases of sleep, this process won't occur, allowing daily small breakdowns to accumulate instead of being reversed overnight. This results in more noticeable signs of aging. I try and go to bed at 10:30pm every night. Key word is try. It’s something I know I need to improve on- especially since I’m not in my 20’s anymore. Best way to catch some zzz is to turn off your T.V and phone. It really does help in shutting off your mind and resting your body.

I’ve never been a fan of ingesting bulky pills. Luckily, now I take Sundown Naturals® adult gummy vitamins. They are delicious and 100% Gluten/Wheat Free, Dairy/Lactose Free and contain no artificial flavors◊.

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