Today, I'm teaming up with a cool new app called Good&Co. If you haven't heard of it, prepare to be seriously obsessed.
Goo&Co, available for iPhone and Android, promotes themselves as a self-discovery network for young professionals. It's great for every major career and life question, whether you're looking to find meaning in your career path or you're looking to make a bigger impact on your company's culture.
When I graduated and moved to New York, I always knew that I wanted to work in the fashion / editorial space -- but I hadn't truly considered digital marketing as a potential area of interest. Working as an intern within my current department definitely helped me figure out what I wanted to do in life, so I highly recommend taking some time to try a few things out before you make any commitments!
Through my first Good&Co quiz, I was able to confirm some aspects of myself that I sometimes believe in, but sometimes struggle with (cough, cough, creativity). The "Strengths Card" quiz was fun and easy to take, and you just might discover something about yourself that you didn't know before!
Just for fun, I took a separate quiz to determine my compatibility with my current company, StyleHaul. I truly love where I work and what I do, so I was happy to see we are such a good match!
In addition to what I've mentioned above, the Good&Co app can also help you find workplace happiness, find a career and workplace you love, learn how to succeed in your career, and learn how to become a successful leader and improve your company's culture. What's not to love?!
No matter where you are in life, it's always a good idea to keep a fresh outlook on where you're headed. The most important thing is that you're spending your life doing what you love!
As a good rule of thumb, I never leave home without a cute bag, and some seriously insightful and motivational transit reading material.
Download the app + comment below with your Strengths Card result!
If there's one thing I know about myself, it's that I'm really good at faking it until I make it. I've always lived with a "get shit done" mantra, even when the odds seem to be stacked against me -- and sometimes, that's when I've found the most success.
Throughout my life, but especially during the past year (how?!) that I've lived in New York, I've realized that life is just an imperfect equation of being in the right place at the right time... and having the know-how to make the best of that "right place, right time" when it happens. From taking the risk to move to NYC for an (originally) unpaid internship, to working my butt off for a full-time role -- there was definitely a lot of faking it 'till I made it that got me to where I am today.
Just like Queen of the South's bad ass main character, Teresa Mendoza, I've learned over time that great power and potential come with a great deal of responsibilities. Watching Teresa's transformation during season 1 has seriously been so inspiring (talk about a productive Memorial Day Weekend!), and I can't wait to see where her ambitions take her in season 2 (premiering on USA Network June 8th!).
There have been a lot of recent changes at work lately, and though change is always difficult, I'm excited to take on the new opportunities that come in the wake of those changes. I'll definitely be channeling my inner Teresa as the summer progresses!
The biggest takeaway I can give you for now is to never let yourself hold yourself back. It sounds trivial, but you can be your own worst enemy! Find a healthy work-life balance for sure, but don't ever let your fear of failing prevent you from achieving greatness. When it comes to new experiences and goals, "yes!" truly can be more.
If you haven't caught up on season 1 yet, a Netflix binge-watching session is definitely in order -- and if you can't wait for season 2, click here for some exclusive previews!
What are you the#QueenOf? Let me know in the comments below, and be sure to catch the season premiere of Queen of the South on June 8th at 10/9c on USA Network!
"Life is a journey, not a destination" -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
In honor of National Chardonnay Day and graduation season, I've partnered with Wente Wines to raise a glass to all of the people that helped get me to where I am today. Cheers to you -- you know who you are!
It's crazy to think that it's been almost a year since I graduated college. A year! Those four years were the adventure of a lifetime, and the spark to a journey that is only just beginning. Looking back on all of the ups and downs makes me more grateful for all of my life wins, and more appreciative of the opportunities that come my way even when I feel at a loss.
As most of you know, immediately after college I moved to New York City to pursue my dreams within the fashion marketing and editorial space. Even after having "made it" in the big city, I still look back fondly on the journey that took me here. From my boyfriend who helped me move out here (mentally and physically), to my twin sister (who I still call every day) who helps me feel grounded, I'm so grateful for the support system I have that never stops giving.
And the list goes on: from my coaches and professors to my best friends and teammates, I couldn't have done any of it without you either. Each of you played a vital role in helping shape the person I am today, and no matter how big or small of an impact you think you made on me, know that I wouldn't be the same without any of you.
Now, I aim to inspire others in the same way that others have inspired my. So here's a Wente Vinyards toast for remembering the past, while celebrating the present and looking forward to the future.
Just for fun -- here's a throwback photo of me from my college graduation! Class of 2016 for the win, and as always #GoBeavs ;).
Who are you raising a glass to in your life? Head to Wente Vineyards for some delicious yet affordable Chardonnay, and get toasting!
*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own -- thank you Ami Clubwear for sending me the most adorable swimsuit for my trip!
If you follow me on Insta (which you totally should), you know that I was in Palm Springs a few weeks ago. All of this Coachella action has me missing the desert big time! If you're heading that way anytime soon, keep reading as I'm about to help you have the best Palm Springs vacay EVER.
Where To Stay: The Saguaro Palm Springs
I actually discovered this hotel on Instagram last year, and ever since that first visit I became obsessed. It has everything you need right on site, including a Taco & Tequila bar El Jefe! What more could a girl need?!?!?
From the mountainous desert backdrop to the extremely colorful property, this place is total blogger heaven. I could spend all day lounging by the pool, frozen margarita in hand without a complaint in the world... and they even have two hot tubs for nighttime.
PRO TIP: Be sure to purchase everyone's favorite reusable watermelon mug from the bar pool when you get there -- it's super cute AND gets you two drinks for the price of one every time you refill it!
What To Do: Explore the City
In between pool sessions, you definitely have to check out the downtown area. The Saguaro offers free bike rentals to hotel guests, so take advantage of them and go explore! Between all of the Midcentury Modern buildings and art, the boutique shops and desert eats, there's so much to see and do around town. If you're the adventurous type, Palm Spring's famous Aerial Tramway is a great way to view desert landscapes from two miles up. It's best right before sunset, but try and get up there before it gets dark! You can even eat dinner up there, too.
PRO TIP: If you're an Instagram addict like me, be sure to visit That Pink Door! Located at 1100 E Sierra Way, Palm Springs, CA 92264, it makes for the PERFECT Insta backdrop.
What To Wear: Swim, Swim & More Swim!
Of course you're going to want cute outfits for exploring and going out, but you'll most likely be spending LOTS of time by the pool, so plan accordingly. I was absolutely obsessed with this adorable mermaid top from AMI Clubwear -- they have the cutest swimsuits for summer at unbeatable prices! Stock up before they're gone.
I had a great time taking a break from my fast-paced city life in New York, but I'm happy to be back! I can't wait to visit Palm Springs and The Saguaro again soon.
Where are you headed this spring and summer? Let me know in the comments below, and be sure to check out AMI Clubwear for all your spring/summer needs!
Happy almost spring, everyone!
If you have curly hair like me, it can be hard to find products that leave your hair looking healthy and shiny during the winter months. I'm always on the lookout for products that keep the frizz down, despite freezing temps, wind, and random bursts of humidity!
If you have curly hair like me, you also know how annoying it can be waiting for your hair tools to heat up to maximum capacity. Lucky for us, usmooth's straightener has titanium plates that allow the tool to heat up fast, and your hair to recover even faster. Finally having a safe way to quickly straighten your hair, without taking away from your precious "snooze-button" time... t's a win-win!
usmooth also offers a complete line of haircare products made to keep your hair shiny and protected from season to season, with natural ingredients such as sunflower oil. All of their products are sulfate, gluten and paraben free, making them safe to use on any hair type. From shampoo and conditioner to post-shower curl lotion, they have your hair covered from roots to tips.
What are your favorite cold weather hair remedies? Ready to give usmooth a try? Let me know in the comments below!
This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
Here's a hint: It's mostly Glossier.
Ever since I came back from winter break where my sister helped me revamp my beauty routine, I've been getting soooo many questions about how I do my makeup. As such, I've finally gotten around to sharing all of my fave products with all of you!
Read on to see how I craft the perfect, dewy, no makeup-ish makeup look (yes, that I'm wearing in the photo above!):
PHASE ONE: WASH, PRIME, MOISTURIZE & TINT
Wash: Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser. This face wash is seriously the best. It's silky and smooth, and the perfect way to start your day. I use mine in the shower with my Clarisonic Mia 2 brush.
Moisturizer/Primer: Glossier's Priming Moisturizer. Exfoliating your face regularly can leave it pretty dry, so it's important to give it some juice. I love this 2-in-1 because it a) takes a step out of my already packed morning routine and b) is a light-weight alternative to using multiple products that achieve the same effect. I apply a thin layer with my fingers and give it some time to settle in before moving onto the next product.
Skin Tint: Glossier's Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium. I think you're supposed to use this product as a foundation itself, but I haven't achieved that level of confidence yet (lol). I've always had issues with acne and uneven skin coloration, so a thin layer of this gives my foundation an even base to sit on top of, which helps give me that flawless final look. I apply this directly to my face and rub it into my skin with my fingers. Keep in mind it is VERY concentrated, so a little goes a long way!
Foundation: L'Oreal's True Match Lumi in W5. Can you believe the key secret to my new beauty look is a drugstore foundation?? This product seriously has a flawless finish that gives me a dewy glow. I love how it gives me hardcore coverage without feeling heavy. I apply this with a damp beauty blender and blot it evenly onto my face, gently pressing until I have even coverage.
PHASE TWO: BROWS, LASHES, BRONZE, HIGHLIGHT & SET
Brows: M.A.C's Veluxe Brow Liner in Dirty Blonde. A good brow starts with a good threading, but it comes full circle with this amazing brow pencil. I first set the shape with the built-in brush, and then outline my brows before filling them in to my desired look. I also go over them with a Q-Tip to take off excess product and give them a more natural, blended look.
Bronzer: Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer in Light. Once again, another key ingredient to my look is a drugstore product! This bronzer is true to its name with its buttery, soft feel. I love how easily it blends into my foundation to give me the perfect contoured complexion. I start out by hollowing out my cheekbones, followed by even circles on my temples. I then outline my chin and blend around my entire face to create an even look.
Highlighter: Glossier's Haloscope in Quartz. THIS PRODUCT IS MY ALL-TIME FAVE. It glides right on (reminds me of a glue stick, but it doesn't feel sitcky!) for the perfect glow. I glide it a few times over the top of each cheekbone, then on the bridge of my nose and my cupid's bow. I then use my finger to blend around the edges, and use my beauty blender to take any extra shine off the edges.
Mascara: Too Faced's Better Than Sex Mascara. You'll never know just how true the name of this product is until you try it. It glides easily onto my lashes for a full, Insta-ready look.
Setting Spray: Urban Decay's All Nighter. To complete my look, I spray this beauty over my entire face and wave it dry with my hands. It keeps me looking fresh all day long, while giving me the perfect dewy sheen.
That's it! It can seem like a lot at first (it's certainly WAY more than I used to take the time to put on everyday), but it gets easier over time and is definitely worth it. Let me know what you think and which products are your fave!
P.S. this is NOT a sponsored post, but feel free to use my link to save 20% on your first Glossier purchase!
Until next time,
How are we already halfway through the second month of 2017?! It's been a while, but I'm back with a super exciting post for y'all.
If you've been texting me lately, you've probably been wondering why your texts have been coming through green instead of blue. It's because -- wait for it! -- I've been using an Android phone! I've partnered up with Coolpad to test out their new Conjr smartphone, and although I've been all iPhone all the way for quite some time now, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy this phone.
First of all, I really like how sleek the design of the phone is. The metal casing is super lightweight and durable, with the fingerprint sensor on the back! I actually prefer it here instead of on the front like the iPhone, as it's a lot easier to pick up and use -- and it can store up to 5 prints for easy access!
As far as the camera goes, it actually has slightly better specs than the iPhone 6s. It also has a "beauty" mode when taking selfies, which is like that one Snapchat filter for everyday! There's also a pretty cool feature that guesses your age when taking a photo, which is actually crazy-accurate.
The other thing I really like about this phone is just how easy it is to multi-task, which I appreciate as a busy girl! If I'm on the phone and want to check my email (or scroll Instagram...), or I'm messaging someone on Facebook and want to do something else while I wait for them to reply, a small, movable icon pops up on my screen that allows me to switch between tasks with ease.
As a city girl constantly on the go, I always need to be connected to my email accounts, messages and social feeds no matter where I am. The Coolpad Conjr makes that possible, especially since it connects seamlessly with my (Android Wear) Michael Kors Access smartwatch!
The best part? The Coolpad Conjr clocks in at just under $180, making it an accessible smartphone that doesn't compromise on features!
Making things happen is a lot easier with the Coolpad Conjr. Ready to give it a shot? Go check out the rest of the specs here, and make the Coolpad Conjr your next smartphone!
GIVEAWAY! Think you've got what it takes to win A Coolpad Conjr for yourself? Share your best selfie with #OhMySelfie between 2/20 and 2/26, and be sure to tag @CoolpadAmericas!
Ahh, the holidays – a natural time to improve your mental health by taking some days off, whether you’re a student on winter break or an adult indulging in some glorious PTO (or, cough cough, “sick days”). While the holidays tend to be a great time for me to relax and recharge, they are not typically a very healthy time for my bank account. From Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales to family trips and New Year’s parties, I do quite a lot of spending for someone who is taking so much time off of work (sadly, PTO only lasts for so long) – and a good chunk of that spending isn’t mine to do in the first place.
I recently went to Washington DC with my boyfriend and his family for a quick Thanksgiving getaway. There were usually 7 of us together at any one time, and coordinating transportation to and from various tourist attractions for everyone was a hassle to say the least. I was named most knowledgeable in regards to coordinating the transportation, and I was (literally) paying the price for it. Thank goodness for modern technology - Square Cash (and a calculator) made it a breeze to split the cost between all of us… and prevented my bank account from dropping as low as the weather.
As much as I wish I could have continued my vacation for a few more weeks (read: months), I had to eventually return back to Oregon to face reality – and a Christmas to-do list. I took it upon myself to purchase a semi-large haul of holiday candles, decorations, and ornaments for the apartment I share with my boyfriend. Since intended to share these items with him I figured we could share the cost as well, so I was sure to use Square Cash to send him a request for half of the final purchase cost. Since he also has the app on his phone, it was easy for him to accept the request, and neither of us have to worry about making the reimbursement happen “later.”
Square Cash has also been an essential tool for me and my sister, Lara, outside of the holiday season. Living 2,900 miles apart from each other doesn’t exactly make sharing closets (or wallets) easy. We are constantly discovering new clothing, make-up, and household trends and are quick to video chat once we find something that we know the other will need. Square Cash makes it incredibly easy for us to send each other money from across the country in seconds for just a 1% fee. Don’t want to pay the fee? No problem – you can have the money arrive the next business day for no charge.
The Square Cash app is definitely one that has a permanent place on my phone, as it is so practical and so easy to use. It’s available at your fingertips right when you need it – especially for those times when you are out with friends but forgot you left your debit card in the jeans you wore out last night – because “I’ll just Square Cash you” is a lot more convincing than “I’ll pay you back next time.”
Square Cash is available for free in the iTunes and Google Play stores. Download Square Cash and try it today!
Until next time,
Can you believe it's already December?!
Honestly, I'm not too sure where 2016 has gone. It's been a crazy one for sure, and I'm way too excited to take a trip back home for the holidays in a few weeks to spend time with the people I love.
Of course, one of the best parts about the holiday season is the gift giving! I absolutely love picking out presents that I know my friends and famiy will cherish for years to come.
One of the people I've missed the most since moving to New York City has been my twin sister, Tami. We've never lived more than an hour and a half apart, so being 3,000 miles away from each other now is a pretty big deal! To help make the time difference a little sweeter, this year I'm giving my twin sister the gift of time.
She's always "stealing" my JORD Wood Watch to wear on her own, so I figured it was time to give her her very own! Plus, with JORD's new styles of watches and personalized engraving (!!!), it was easy for me to pick out the perfect timepiece that I know she will wear and love every day.
My sister is super into neutral tones such as grey, and since she lives in the Pacific Northwest I gave her a deep woodsy piece that goes with her everyday style. I chose to personalize my sister's watch with her first and middle name in order to make the piece something that was truly her own. Our father picked out her middle name and our mother picked out mine, so both our names mean a lot to us!
JORD can engrave the back plate of the following watches: Fieldcrest, Reece, Frankie35, Frankie, and Conway. You can also have the side of the cedar presentation box engraved! Engraving costs just $35.00 per watch and $45 per box, and you can choose a block or script font. For character limitations, please visit the website!
Keep in mind that engraving will extend your delivery time by up to 7 business days -- customization is not a last-minute thing!
If you're looking for something to WOW this holiday season, an engraved gift is just what you need. Take wood engraving to the next level with a beautiful JORD watch engraving, and know that your recipient will think of you each time they wear their new watch!
Feeling inspired? Enter to give (or get!) a JORD watch here, and receive a $25 gift code to use on the site just for doing so!
Have a very Happy Holidays!
This is a sponsored post. All opionions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Coffee to Cosmos possible!
Happy Weekend, everyone!
Temps are cooling off across most of the U.S., but that doesn't mean you have to put away all of your pineapples and bright colors! Tami and I are happy to announce that we've partnered with Pura Vida Bracelets to show you how we style some of our favorite pieces day to day... all the way from Portland to New York!
Add some sunshine to your life no matter the weather with handmade, tropical-inspired jewelry from Costa Rica-based Pura Vida. From hailing a cab to morning coffee with a view, our Pura Vida bracelets and necklaces are the perfect accessories for not only looking good, but feeling good, too.
Give back this holiday season by purchasing items from the Pura Vida Charity Collection, where a portion of the proceeds from each sale is given to a variety of charitable organizations. Thus far, Pura Vida has partnered with over 190 charities and has donated more than $1,000,000 to worthwhile causes, while giving back to the community with full-time jobs and support for 100+ artisans in Costa Rica!
Where will you take your Pura Vida -- or better yet, where will your Pura Vida take you? Whether you're wanderlust-ing across the globe or just looking for the perfect accessories to brighten a rainy Monday at the office, Pura Vida is your one-stop shop for everything happy.
Shop our favorite looks below, and check out all of the other amazing items they have to offer! If you're a first-time customer, be sure to sign up for their mailing list to receive exclusive coupons while you're there.
Be sure to follow us on Instagram (@tami.cheri & @laravlw) to stay up-to-date with all of our upcoming travels and adventures, and for more Pura Vida styling tips!
Until next time,
L + T
This post is sponsored by Pura Vida Bracelets. All opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting all of the brands that make Coffee to Cosmos possible!
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