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It’s no secret that Sam and I have caught the travel bug. As we travel to new places we’ve made a point of taking time out of our trips to explore destinations that are completely off the beaten path. On our current trip through Mexico we found ourselves leaving Tulum in search of something untouched by other travelers. We found just what we were looking for in the tiny village of El Cuyo in the Yucatán. The village consists of kind people, brightly colored houses, and crystal clear water that stretches as far as the eye can see. It is places like this that make me feel the most inspired. This inspiration inevitably leads to a renewed desire to shop for something special that fits my new found inspiration.

A great new shopping destination that you must check out is the Trove appI love shopping online as much as the next person, but what I love most about the Trove app is that it gives you the ability to shop looks from real people vs. online models. Trove allows you to follow your favorite style influencers and shop their outfit posts directly from the app. In addition, Trove gives users the ability to see all the new posts quickly and shop their favorite looks instantly. It’s easy, incredibly efficient, and you can even save your favorite looks and products to a personalized closet.  What’s also really cool about the Trove app is that even while I’m sitting on a remote beach in Mexico I can use the trends tab to see what my influencer friends are wearing for New York Fashion Week. Download the app today and start shopping all of your favorite looks.

*This post was created in collaboration with Trove.

Wearing : Top – House of Harlow 1960, overalls – Karen Zambos, bag – Salar, shoes – Soludos, sunglasses – Dior, bracelet – Miasai

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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

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.

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.