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It’s been a hectic week but Sam and I are on the road to Sundance. Since my mom refuses to watch all 3 of my dogs, she drew the line at 2, we decided to bring Fiona along. I don’t want to play favorites but Fifi is turning out to be the perfect travel dog. The only downside being that we can’t walk more than a few feet without someone stopping to pet her.

On a side note, I want to encourage all of you to go and give a big hug, send a text, make a phone call to the ones you love. One of our family members was in a terrible car accident this week. It was a jolting reminder of how fleeting our time is and how important it is to make time for the ones we love.

Wearing : Jeans – BDG, sweater – Urban Outfitters, boots – c/o WhoWhatWear, scarf – don’t remember the brand, sunnies – Quay, hat – Kemo Sabe,

This week I had an opportunity with Match.com to visit the Elite Daily offices in New York to give some of the editors some tips on the do’s and don’ts of taking the perfect dating profile picture.  According to Match.com, Sunday, January 8th at 8:49 ET is the busiest time of year for dating. They even call it Dating Sunday. Also, according to Match, during this day they see a 42% spike in new singles. This makes Sunday the perfect time to sign up or update your profile so you can have the best odds of finding that special someone. My number one tip is to project confidence and having perfect hair and makeup is a shortcut to achieving it. That’s why it was great to have a team from Glamsquad at the office to have us looking our best. These are the other tips I shared with the editors for them to take the perfect profile picture.

1.  When it comes to your dating profile photo, make it a close-up.

2. Make direct eye contact with the camera and give a great smile.

3. Lighting is key! Take your photo(s) in a well-lit area.

4. No bathroom mirrors.

5. Keeping the background simple and muted will help you stand out.

6. If you’re taking a selfie, make sure you have a nice background.

7. Look like yourself, don’t overdo it with hair and makeup.

8. Wear colors that flatter your skin tone.

9. When it comes to your clothing, solid colors photograph best.

10. Above all project confidence!

In the photos below you can see two examples of some do’s on the left and don’ts on the right.

Don’t forget this Sunday is Dating Sunday. Sign up at  Match.com or if you already have an account maybe update that picture to a more confident you.

*This post was created in collaboration with Match.com

Yesterday morning Sam and I decided to run off to Carmel for a quick end of the year getaway. We booked a room at Carmel Valley Ranch. It was our first visit but definitely not our last. The property is breathtaking. All of the rooms are well appointed with amenities like fireplaces, wrap around decks and outdoor bathtubs. Sam and I spent a quiet day lounging on our deck, ordering room service, and taking in the sleepy surroundings of Carmel. It was a nice break from the all the holiday hustle and bustle.

P.S. If you follow me on Instagram then you’ve already met my new puppy, Fiona. Sam surprised me with her on our 1 year wedding anniversary. I woke up and there she was waiting for me on the couch with a giant pink bow. I now have 3 dogs.  You can officially call me a crazy dog lady.

Wearing: Coat – Maje, vegan leather jeans – Free People, sweater – Pixie Market, boots – Asos, bow necklace – Intermix

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The best part about winter is all the holidays. My personal favorite has always been New Year’s Eve. Ever since I was a child my parents would throw huge NYE parties for all of their friends. As kids this was the only night of the year when we were allowed to stay up far past midnight and join in on the celebration. It’s become such a tradition that our family friends have stopped making any other plans years ago.

Over the years, I too have become the go-to planner for New Year’s Eve with my friends. Every year I get together a group of friends and we go all out, complete with confetti, sparklers, balloons and anything else you can think of.  Since this night is a pretty big deal for me, I always start planning my outfit early. I’ve been eyeing these Jimmy Choo velvet platforms and after finding this gown, I decided they would be the perfect pair of holiday shoes, especially for the old Hollywood themed New Year’s Eve party I’m planning. It doesn’t hurt they are also perfect for my Christmas Eve dress as well as the dress I plan on wearing for my birthday next month.

*This post was created in collaboration with Farfetch.

Wearing : Shoes – Jimmy Choo via Farfetch, dress – Shoshanna, clutch – BHLDN, earrings – Mercedes Salazar

Last month Jared The Galleria of Jewelry invited me to one of their stores to experience first hand what the jeweler is all about. It was incredible how knowledgeable and friendly the entire staff was. After learning about the extensive range of brands, like Vera Wang LOVE and the beautiful Chosen collection of customizable engagement rings, carried at Jared locations, we were given free reign to play with all the beautiful pieces. I tried on everything from gold bangles to brilliant engagement rings. I ended up falling in love with a couple sets of sparkly studded earrings. I knew I wanted to layer them for a glam holiday look. I paired them with silver bracelets, slipped on a full skirt and danced the night away at a holiday soiree.

Check out Jared online or in stores and find yourself something beautiful.

*This post was created in collaboration with Jared the Galleria of Jewelry.