June 26, 2015

Fashion Friday

Walking on sunshine

Hi, Ladies!

Summer is here and the time is right, for? If you said,  "DANCING IN THE STREET," you got it!

Grab your favorite color v-neck shirt -- I chose yellow because it pops against a sea of black -- and
layer on your favorite gold/leather cord accessories for a fierce, day look.

Pair your favorite peep toe booties with an asymmetrical jersey skirt to complete the outfit, that will have
necks breaking. Happy fashion friday!

June 25, 2015

Bolu Bakery - Orange County

So the other day I walked into Bolu Bakery in Fullerton, California. I knew they had a few things I would like, but my eyes widened when I spotted gluten-free options. 

I bee-lined straight for the gluten-free cookies, but was blown away at the large assortment they had of French Macaroons, also gluten free. 

Now, let me just preface by saying that I don't live entirely under a rock, as I have seen French Macaroons before, I've just never tried them. (I know!).

This past Tuesday's visit to Bolu Bakery however, was going to change my sweet tooth world forever. 

 I ordered a box of eight, and filled it up with my personal selection of chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, coconut, gingerbread and mango macaroons. Heaven! I finished the box on my drive home and now they're all I can think about. I can't wait to visit again, and soon! 

The bakery is rather large and serves more then just desserts. You can grab lunch or chilled coffee options with a friend, study and eat a sandwich, or park a seat next to a window and people watch. Whatever you choose I know you'll enjoy this sweet spot. Enjoy! 

June 18, 2015

:Makeup Talk: Hard Candy Review

This weightless spray is your very last step to setting your makeup.  It's cooling properties were so refreshing.
Once you've applied your foundation, eyeshadow, blush and powder, spritz a few burst 
all over your face to keep your makeup on fleek. 
$6 at Walmart stores

If you've never used a translucent powder before, this will be your favorite go-to item. I absolutely love it! Use it to dust all over your face AFTER you've applied your cream foundation, eyeshadow, bronzer, 
blush, and BEFORE your setting spray. It will give a soft, matte finish that looks airbrushed. 
$6 at Walmart stores

If you're the girl that loves glitter, these are for you! Dazzle your lids, face or body with these pops of color in highly pigmented, loose-powder form. They come in six duo options. 
$6 at Walmart stores

Infused with Kaolin clay for oil absorption and superfine pigments for incredible full coverage, your face will be transformed into a smooth canvas.
$7 at Walmart stores

All HARD CANDY items are exclusively sold at Walmart stores and Walmart Online.
Select any of the bold links to take you straight to the products, or 
browse through Hardcandy.com to check out their fabulous goodies.

All images provided by Hard Candy

June 17, 2015

Stress & Adrenal Fatigue

Every person's body is so different." - you hear this over and over, again. Thing is, it's the truth. You're not losing weight, you bust your ass, you gain weight. What is going on? Why is she so thin? Why am I not? All these question can come up for each of us, especially when we compare ourselves. I know I did.

 I recently found out three months ago that I had been suffering from adrenal fatigue and Hashimoto's disease, and the truth is, I don't even know how long prior to that it was happening. All I know now, is that I have a great doctor who is patient, supportive and walking me through each step of the way.

 Stability and recovery may take my body up to two years. Yes, it's that bad, and the reality is, I'm still learning so much about this illness; what it could have done to me, what it has been doing to me, what other problems my poor body was suffering and trying to compensate for because of it, and what the road to recovery looks like. 

I'll tell you -- It's painful, it's frustrating, it's expensive, but it's going to be worth it. For those of you not losing weight fast enough, don't give up, but don't overdo it either. Your body is so sacred and deserves proper care, listen to it and nourish it well. I personally wish I could lose weight faster, but right now I'm just focusing on getting stronger and being a badass! Lisa style! 

If you or anyone you know is suffering from adrenal fatigue, Hashimoto's or hypo/hyperthyroidism please read up on the illness, how it attacks the body, what it does or can do and how people can recover from it. 

With so many illnesses out there, I can't argue enough how important it is to have balance in your life.  Whatever that may be: Yoga,  a relaxing bath twice a week, a walk with your pups, a massage. Just choose good-for-you choices that will ease your body and spirit. Life is more than enough, give yourself some time to breathe.

Big hugs and love to anyone going through any of this. You are most definitely not alone. 

June 16, 2015

Bluesy Dreams

Bluesy Dreams

 Ladies, get ready to rock this 
season's color in style.

 Feel breezy in off-the-shoulder tops, flouncy skirts and loose harlem pants 
for a 2015 summer that will feel 

June 15, 2015

Celebrating Princess P

This weekend was absolutely wonderful, mainly because I was able to celebrate my best friend and her soon-to-be born, baby girl. Since her name has been kept a secret, I like to call her Princess "P". The "p" stands for her last name.

Princess P's shower was held at her auntie Holly's house, her daddy's sister.

The tea themed shower was so lovely, and all the touches of pink had the guests glowing with excitement. We can't wait to meet you, Princess. Xoxo

June 12, 2015

Life's a Beach!

Get mermaid ready with these ocean color inspired products. Just in time for summer!

With the official first day of summer right around the corner (June 21st), I thought it was necessary to give all you mermaids a fin ahead (get it?) on all the wonderful beauty products on shelves now, and ready to make a splash! 

June 8, 2015

Day trip to Malibu,CA

Sunday morning road trip time! E and I woke up with a burst of energy to try something new. After quickly deciding on a trip up to Malibu we plugged in the GPS and headed out on our excursion. Pacific Coast Highway, here we come! 

Or, so we thought.. 

Due to unfortunate traffic conditions, our view along PCH wasn't so glamorous, and my dreams of spotting Hollywood starlets and swooning over old-fashion cars, came to a screeching hault with road signs and 20-car pile ups. 

Oh well, we made the best of it and stopped at Gladstones Restaurant in Pacific Palisades. 

The place was packed, with indoor/outdoor seating. 

Large parties had an excessive wait time. We only waited 30 minutes. Good thing because we were both starving! 

 Alas, indoor booth seating with a view. 

The free sourdough bread and whipped butter is a carb-ovore's best friend! 

...and their calamari is chopped fresh and seasoned to perfection. 

Delicious tip: squeeze lemon juice on top of the calamari for additional taste. 
(No picture to show: we ate it too fast!)

Snapped a few cute photos, and we were back in the car to head home. It was such a nice getaway from the usual hustle and bustle of our local town. 

Whether you live in California, or are just visiting, I would suggest a trip up the coast. There's plenty to see and many restaurants along the highway, not to mention it's great for a romantic date, casual dining with friends or a mini trip with the family. Enjoy! 

June 4, 2015

Crepes & Grapes Restaurant in So. Cal

Some things are just too amazing not to share. Crepe rolls filled with spinach, turkey, pesto and feta cheese. Made by a local family restaurant in Southern California. Delicious!

June 2, 2015

Gold Paw Stretch Fleece Review

Get ready for cuteness overload. Bella and Lulu were just asked to 
review the latest and greatest in doggie fashion. 

Gold Paw Series' stylish Stretch Fleece is this year's perfect accessory to make sure 
your furry friend is comfortable and at ease: morning, noon and night. 

Look at that face! 

The incredibly soft  popover jacket is made of recycled polyester and seven percent spandex, 
so it's not only lightweight, it fits snuggly to move and bend with your pup. 

Quality stitching provides a tailored fit and helps avoid ride up while walking. 

The Stretch Fleece comes in 12 fashionable colors and has 15 different sizing options, 
including custom sizing to fit any breed! Perfect for you, large-dog owners. 
(Read: Great Dane!) 

So whether you're out camping in Yosemite, enjoying fireworks at the beach, 
or just need to keep your best friend cozy during a chilly evening, 
The Stretch Fleece is your solution. 

 Lulu and Bella approved! 

Above: Lulu (left) is wearing Stretch Fleece in the color Robin Egg 
and Bella is wearing Stretch Fleece in Fuchsia.

For more information on Gold Paw Series, go to www.goldpawseries.com 

(Name charms, dog models own)