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Beauty

Instantly Add A Touch Of Glam

Perfume is an extremely personal aspect of my life. No matter where I am in the world — traveling for work, visiting my family, or in the stands cheering for Brooks — having a consistent scent that stays with me keeps me grounded, elevates my confidence, and always makes me feel like myself. For these reasons and more, I’m truly thrilled to be the ambassador for Giorgio Beverly Hills’ newest fragrance, Glam. The notes of jasmine make me feel like I’m at home in nature and the hints of sandalwood and amber evokes my empowered side. It’s strong and powerful but at the same time glamorous and beautiful. I believe it’s important to feel connected to your distinct fragrance because not only does it say a statement about who you are, it can influence and inspire you from within. Like the brand, Glam is timeless, feminine, and sexy. I feel like it embodies a strong, powerful woman in control of her own life. Continue Reading

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Healthy

How Meal Delivery Changed My Life

There are times when life gets so busy that between work obligations and personal plans, it feels like I’m juggling way more than I’m meant to handle. You might have heard I’ve just signed up to guest star on ABC’s new comedy “Speechless,” and while I’m absolutely thrilled to play Miss Bloom, an enthusiastic choir teacher, I know between all the things I have going on personally and professionally some major adjustments will have to be made in order to perform at my best.

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As you guys know, last year I “unplugged” and had a zen getaway with my sister Marabeth. It was exactly what I needed to get my priorities back on track, and it helped me prioritize my health more than I had been because of my hectic schedule. Nutrition (and food in general!) is extremely important to me, so when my calendar really gets cranking planning my healthy meals is the first thing to go wayside.

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On those days, I’m super grateful for meal delivery services. I don’t know if you’ve tried any, but the one I’m doing now with The Ranch Daily has been a total game changer for my schedule and eating habits. Their freshly made, organic meals are gluten, dairy, GMO and meat free — plus they’re incredibly delicious!

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There is so much value in having my meals ready to go, knowing they’re nutritionally balanced and made with my tastes and preferences in mind.

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I highly recommend you give your to-do list a break while doing something fantastic for your body by trying a healthy meal delivery service! You’ll be so glad you did!

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Recipes

My Mid-Day Pretty Powder Super Smoothie

On most days around mid-afternoon I begin to deflate, feeling like a sinking balloon days after a party. Caffeine always crosses my mind but I know one cup of coffee too late in the day usually translates to tossing and turning late at night.

Luckily I discovered a healthy (and delicious!) way to energize that won’t result in a late night buzz or early crash.

My Pretty Powder Super Smoothie has become my must have for many reasons. Besides giving me a great energy boost, Hum Nutrition’s superfood powder also keeps my metabolism in check. I call it pretty powder because in addition to keeping me out of cranky status, it also improves my skin tone. Plus, there’s no feeling less attractive than being tired and hungry. From there, things can get ugly.

Ingredients:
• 1 scoop Hum Nutrition Raw Beauty Green Superfood Powder
• 1 cup almond milk
• ½ banana
• ½ cup strawberries
• ½ cup ice

Blend until smooth and enjoy your day!

By the way, if I don’t have time to make this smoothie, or when traveling on the go, I’ll skip the ingredients and mix one scoop of Raw Beauty from Hum Nutrition into a serving of water or almond milk. This would be an easy way to perk up while you’re at work or school and sans blender.

Cheers!

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Living

Check Out My Joss and Main Collaboration

I’m beyond excited to share with you the cool collaboration I did with Joss and Main. If you don’t already know, Joss & Main is an online one-stop shop where you can decorate a beautiful home, for less — and the fabulous sponsors of this post! They make it easy for you to identify your style and find pieces to create a look you love.

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My new home had a great outdoor area, which I wanted to turn into an outside living space. I envisioned a relaxing sitting area and a dining table with great rustic chairs. The story or the vibe I wanted this space to give was something earthy, natural and fresh but also young, modern and inviting.

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Shopping on Joss & Main made it so easy for me to take my dream outdoor space and make it a reality! When they invited me to put together my very own collection, I jumped at the chance. Here you’ll find all my favorite pieces for what I consider the perfect outdoor space, everything from candles and rugs to furniture and flatware. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll recognize many of the pieces from my dinner parties.

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You can shop my entire outdoor space during my Joss & Main sale, going on now until 4/26 at 11am EST.

photo credit: justin coit

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Beauty

How To Get Bright Eyes No Matter How Tired You Are

New product alert! Avon recently launched their Big & False Lash Volume Mascara and I just had to give it a whirl. After a long day of rehearsals and meetings, snuggling in bed with my dogs sounded like a dream except I had big dinner plans with my girlfriends. Not wanting to look as snooze-deprived as I felt, I went for a fresh dewy face with big, bold lashes. The full lash look made my eyes appear wide and bright. It really added length to my lashes and goes on smoothly without any clumps! Mission accomplished!

When it comes to getting all dolled up, I go for voluminous lashes that stand out. When it comes to consciously shopping, I go for responsible companies that do good. I appreciate Avon for more than their ability to beautify. As a company they stand for something that transcends beauty. Continue Reading

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Living

My Birchbox Holiday Wish List

I have not and will never turn down the opportunity to play and experiment with beauty products. To slather and compare lotions, spray, spike and scrunch my hair every which way, and paint each of my nails in various hues is time well spent if you ask me.

For this reason, I love what Birchbox offers to their subscribers. To receive deluxe samples of the latest in beauty and other products every month saves time and money by allowing us to try before we buy. Birchbox invited me to select nine beauty products to be placed in my very own wish list! Included is the eco-friendly bkr Glass Water Bottle, a company who donates part of their proceeds to deliver clean water to those in need. Being hydrated, environmentally friendly and charitable? It doesn’t get more beautiful than that! For a limited time you are able to get your lucky hands on these favorite finds of mine.

All you have to do is visit Birchbox to get started!

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Living

Looking For The Perfect Gift? This Has Everything!

When it comes to gift giving, I seek out presents that are more than material. I prefer to offer some kind of an experience, an opportunity to give the gift of what will become a special memory.

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I found exactly that in Dean & Deluca’s Hampton’s Brunch basket. To me, the idea of the Hamptons represents a destination people look forward to visiting so they can relax, indulge, and celebrate life. The same could be said about a perfectly planned picnic! This traditional basket is filled to the brim with goodies including: Continue Reading

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Inspired

What Does Success Mean To You?

The dictionary defines the word “success” as: the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame. Wait, what? That’s certainly not my definition of success. Strayer University brought attention to this interpretation of the word and they didn’t just give it the ol’ eye roll. They’ve actually started a campaign to redefine the Webster Dictionary’s meaning of success. How cool is that?! Continue Reading

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Inspired

Babybel’s Big Dreamers

I am so excited and proud to be a part of Babybel’s Big Dreamers Contest! Mini Babybel (the little cheese with big taste) is celebrating dreams and aspirations by showcasing the big things kids want to be when they grow up. I was lucky to meet Cleopatra, a 12 year old who dreams of becoming a singer and dancer at Walt Disney World. We got to hang out and I have to say, this girl has the moves but most importantly, Cleopatra is determined to make her dreams come true. I know she will make a great role model for other aspiring dancers and dreamers one day! Continue Reading

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