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Nothing is more of a confidence booster than having beautiful healthy hair. Even with our mild LA winters my hair always feels dry and a bit frizzy during the colder months. To help my hair look it’s best I switch up my beauty routine and add a weekly treatment to keep my hair looking it’s best. This year I had the opportunity to try Pantene Pro-V’s Smooth & Sleek Collection. The Smooth and Sleek collection includes shampoo and conditioner that help lock out frizz and keep my hair feeling smoother for longer. My favorite product from the collection is the  Smooth and Sleek 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner. I use it at least once a week and sometimes more often if I feel my hair needs some extra attention. I love how smooth, soft and manageable my locks look and feel. Winter always seems like the time where you may just want to stay inside by the fire but there’s nothing like having a good hair day to make you want to go out to show it off.  You can get it here from Amazon which is great especially if you have Prime.

*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PANTENE. The opinions and text are all mine.


I love using fresh flowers as part of my holiday decor. It all started a few years ago when I decided to make a few ornaments with some pretty roses I had leftover after a project. I adored the look of the rose ornaments and have been using flowers on my decorations ever since. This year I used white peonies, yellow garden roses, and citrus hued ranunculus to create our wreath. For the tree I used small pink roses accented with yellow garden roses and white peonies. If you look closely you can see that I continued the theme of fresh greenery with my gift wrapping by adding in holly berry leaves. *If you have dogs make sure to never use the berries themselves as they are highly poisonous.

Check out my fresh flower ornament DIY. It’s easier than you think.

What are some of your favorite ideas for holiday decorations? Let me know in the comments, I love discovering new tips and tricks.

Shutterfly_lateafternoon-1 Shutterfly_lateafternoon-2 Shutterfly_lateafternoon-3 Shutterfly_lateafternoon-4 Shutterfly_lateafternoon-5 Shutterfly New-1 Shutterfly New-2This December Sam and I will be celebrating our 1 year anniversary of being married. We’ve been together for 10 years so being married doesn’t really feel much different to us. However it’s very exciting for our family and friends. This year we’re sending out our very first holiday cards. I personalized our cards with photos from our trip to Paris with the help of Shutterfly. I chose on a simple and elegant design. I customized  everything from the background color to the lining of the envelopes. It was so quick and painless, I ended  up going a little overboard. I designed a blanket with pictures of our dogs, ordered monogrammed mason jars to commemorate our anniversary,  and a cheese board with our names on it. I also designed a few ornament cards with what else but pictures of my dogs for our tree. While making myself all of these goodies, I realized how perfect Shutterfly was for creating special unique gifts to celebrate the treasured moments of our loved ones. I ordered customized gifts for our all of our family members to commemorate their life changing events of the past year.  The biggest event was my sister in law’s recent wedding. I’m really excited to send her glassware engraved with her new family name. Her husband and her are really into beer and finding all the best microbreweries in Colorado so I chose the engraved pilsner glasses. I also got a monogrammed growler, which I thought could also be used as a water bottle for my little sister to take to her ballet classes. I included a special message on the back that I know will make her smile.  Shutterfly really has been a great service for getting something truly unique for the people in your lives that are otherwise pretty hard to shop for.

Check out more at Shutterfly, and create your own holiday cards, design the perfect personalized gifts, plus much more.

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COSMO_GG-4 COSMO_GG-3 COSMO_GG-1 COSMO_GG-2 COSMO_GG-5 COSMO_GG-6The holiday season always seems to sneak up on me. No matter how hard I try, I always find myself frantically looking for last minute gifts. This year I started earlier than usual picking up a few easy presents that will make my recipients smile. One of my favorite gifts is the European Wax Center Brow Kit. It’s the perfect little something for pretty much any one of my beauty obsessed girlfriends, I’m also including a candle that smells so good I almost kept it for myself. Another gift I think is going to be beloved is the Sparkling Floral clutch from bebe. It’s the perfect holiday accessory. I can see it being a great gift for one of my sister-in-laws. 

I’m also really big on stocking stuffers. The L’Oréal Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Pads will be great for Sam’s mother or mine. The Mary Kay eyeshadow palette and Tanger Outlets gift cards are sure to find their way into some stockings as well. I’ve got more than a few newlyweds, new moms, and brand new homeowners in my life who will surely appreciate something for themselves. 

I’m pretty excited to give my little sister her Britney Spears Fragrance. I recently introduced her to old school Britney albums, and it’s already on the yearly list she hands me at the beginning of November. Plus it’s kind of our little tradition that I buy her a new fragrance each holiday season. I still have a few more stocking stuffers and last minute presents to pick up, but I’m already in a good place and looking forward to spending the holidays up North with Sam’s family.

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GRAY MALIN-6 GRAY MALIN-24Here is a special little corner in my house. The basket and vase are from West Elm, the bar cart is vintage, the print is from Gray Malin and the amazing candle is Diptyque Paris. Hope you have an extra special 3 day weekend. Happy Flower Friday.