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Saturday Morning Pre Workout Smoothie!

I make this blend in the morning, drink half before I workout and half after my workout.

Ingredients:

Plant Based Protein Powder (Whey/Dairy/Gluten/Soy free)

– I use Amazing Meal (Vanilla Chai and Chocolate Carmel are delicious!) but other options are Vega, Raw Protein, Plant Fusion

1 TBS Maca Powder

1 TBS Chia Seed

1TBS Coconut Oil

1 TBS Cocoa Powder

! TBS Flaxseed

Frozen Organic Raspberries

1 Banana

Handfull of Kale (Other option: Beet, Kale, Spinach, apple, lemon, ginger JUICE)

1 TSP Ginger

1 TSP Cinnamon

1 TSP Nutmeg

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (Can use coconut milk, hazelnut milk cashew milk or water )

Blend or throw in your Vitamix and enjoy!

 

 

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Beauty Review, New Music & A Few Favs I Found This Morning

“They’re Real!” 

How many times have we heard this from celebrities, friends and your friend’s sister?

If I had a quarter for every time I heard a person exclaim, “They’re real!” I would never have another laundry worry for the rest of my life, however I also use to live in L.A. where, “They’re real” is heard all too often usually followed by, “I swear.”

 Yeah, Yeah, give me a quarter.

I am a full believer in “natural” beauty and accentuating your natural features however a little extra boost in the small areas never hurt anybody!

That brings me to They’re Real! Mascara Beyond Mascara by Benefit

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I was skeptical upon receiving this little tube because I’ve heard mixed reviews about it.

This is what Benefit says their product will do for your Lashes

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“They’re real! lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts & separates. Our jet black, long-wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out. A specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!”

 

What I am about to write does not deflect from their perfectly pink written words on their website.

When I pulled the wand out of the tube it made that wonderful suction noise cleaning the brush of all the excess formula that destroys our lashes when not removed.

The brush is made of tiny, plastic, spaced out bristles

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and the formula has a thicker consistency but because of the brush and the way the tube cleans the brush as it is pulled out it provides smooth application.

The way I applied the mascara is from root to tip with a side to side motion.  I feathered my outer eye lashes outward while keeping my lashes in the center swooped upward.

There is a significant difference that I saw when using this mascara!

Eyelashes were not thick but long and curled.  I am a fan of very black mascara and it provides dark, elongated lashes that open up the eyes.  

I do love this mascara for a night out; I have deemed it my Saturday Night Mascara!

On to the next piece of news:

Featuring HAIM- I fell in love with them today!

A new playlist to listen to today!  

What’s listed:

Cups by Anna Kendrick

Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey

Royals by Lorde

The Wire by Haim

Drug Dealer Girl by Mike Posner

Shake by The Head and The Heart

Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey

And last but not least, some fun things I found this morning

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Bold Rainbow druzy quartz point bullet necklace- $22 

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Always Be Yourself Print- $33

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Natural Selection Distressed Alicia Bag

Killer bucket bag for fall!

xx gorgeous!

Jb

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What Rocked My World!

What a fun and beautiful week it has been starting off with a trip to San Francisco and ending with sunshine (finally!) by the beach here in Laguna.

Here’s what rocked my world this week:

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Starting our vacation off right at the Ale House in LIvermore, Ca. with champagne and a great selection of beers, not to mention there AH-MAZE-ING burgers!

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We made it up to watch my San Francisco Giants! Even thought they lost to the Cubbies, I still got my garlic fries and baseball Beer!

Go Giants!

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While I was up in Northern California I put my bartending skills to use by making this awesome, refreshing drink.  It was perfect for the ladies sipping inside prepping the food for dinner while the boys played games and BBQ’d outside!

Recipe:

Watermelon (blend watermelon and water in a blender then strain through mesh strainer into a bowl)

Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

Simple Syrup ( Heat 1 part water over stove add 1 part sugar to hot water and stir until dissolved)

Tequila (or vodka) of your choice.  I used Azul Reposado (don’t let the label fool you, it’s amazing and a great deal!)

Shake and strain over ice

garnish with lime wheel and mint

and DRINK!

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While we were at my sister’s house we were able to harvest peaches from your peach tree!  Fresh bellini’s, marmalade and cobbler?? Yes, please!

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I loved my nail polish choices for my mani-pedi;  I went with Cajun Shrimp (OPI) for my toes and Naughty Nautical (Essie) for my finger tips!

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Staying fit and working out is part of my every day routine.  One of the best purchases I have ever made for my workouts (besides my speed jump rope) are these Nike Free Bionics.  I am not a Nike girl normally however after reading the reviews and finding out it’s the closest you can get to barefoot (with some support) without those silly finger shoes I had to try them!  I sprint, cross train, jump rope and weight train with these shoes, no soreness and they are so light!

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Summer has inspired me to get creative with local products from Laguna Beach.  Known for it’s artsy community, Laguna Beach has the best bead stores with everything you can think of like pure jade, glass beads, hemp and an array of pendants that keeps you in the store.  With that inspiration I have started a MerBabe collection of bracelets featuring hemp, orange matte, coral, blue and green hued beads!  Perfect to wear all day every day!

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While at my sister’s house I was finally able to meet her beautiful Bernese Mountain PUPPY Roosevelt!  This little bear is one of the smartest puppies I have every been around earning nicknames like Roo-cifer and Fe-Roo-cious!

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After searching for the perfect maxi-beach dress that isn’t mint, aquamarine or teal (because the majority of my wardrobe consists of these colors) I have finally found it!  Driving by my favorite store in Laguna Beach, Muse, I saw this number hanging in the window and went in right away to buy it!  A gorgeous red and deep red maxi with cutouts, it screams summery and effortless and perfect for a summer night out!

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I came across these mermaid-y shoes on Etsy by ShoeFreakz!  I love how versatile these are and might pare them with the maxi dress above for an event this summer!

 

That’s all for this week gorgeous!

Have an amazing August weekend! 

 

xx

Jb

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Summer Romance Make Up

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I needed a little inspiration for applying my war paint today.  Searching through blogs, articles, pinterest, magazines and playing with my own make up, I became inspired by being au-naturale and the simplicity of accentuating the fine features on the face.

For instance:

Darkening the outer edges of the eyes while highlighting  the inner corners of the eyes to open the eye up bust still keep your edge with a cat eye.

Having long thin lashes rather then dark voluminous ones for the natural look but making you look awake.

Lining the lower lashes from the outer corners to center matching the position of your pupil with a charcoal or dark brown pencil

Using a fair pink blush rather then a deep rose colored one keeping the focus on your eyes and having a slight matte flush on the cheek

Sticking to nude lips applying a high-lighter just above the cupid’s bow to allow your lips to appear fuller but without the glam of gloss and lipstick

Soft whispy hair is always seen as romantic and a no-nonsense hair-do

Effortless exactly what we are going for.

No birthday cake face required for this one.

Have fun with your war paint today!

 

xx

Jb

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A “#MyFavs” Summer Shopping List

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The end is nearing for our amazing summer time, the kids go back to the school, the beaches will be empty, tourists gone, however the summer sun will stay… for a little bit longer! That being said, even though the designated “summertime” is leaving us, the warm weather will be sticking around meaning bikini’s and sun dresses in September and maybe October (at least this year with the weird “winter” we have been having in Laguna beach in June and July).

For those who want to continue their summer vaca even after it officially ends here are a list of stores offering great summer sales!

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My Favs:

1. http://www.nastygal.com/

With more than 800 new markdowns you will surely find something that fancy’s your style.  They even narrow it down for you with Shop $10, $20, $30 or $50!

2. http://www.ideeli.com

Ideeli always has great sales whether it’s Ray-Ban sunglasses (currently going on) or Bamboo shoes (sandals for $20?? ok!) you can find anything from Lingerie, Dresses, Accessories and even home decor.  It is email invite only, so drop me a message with yours and I will be happy to invite you!

For The Summer Sale at Ideeli Click Here!

3. http://www.shoplesnouvelles.com/

Les Nouvelles has a great selection of designers like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Ace and Jig, Band of Outsiders, Elizabeth and James, Rag & Bone and We are Handsome.  

They are currently hosting a flash sale for and extra 25% off!  

Your Sale Code: SCORCHER

 

4. http://www.swell.com/

I love a good surf store and Swell hit’s it out of the park with their awesome sale on all things Summer!  

5. http://www.parkerny.com/

 

Not only is Parker NYoffering 50% off their spring 2013 collection (HOLY COW), but they are throwing in free ground shipping!  Talk about a cherry on top.

6. http://www.pacsun.com

I know, weird, I just dropped a bomb with a Pac Sun push- however- they have the best bikini’s, shorts, sweatshirts, tee’s and the list can go on.  

EXTRA 25% OFF their summer essentials.  Eat your heart out.

 

7. http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/

Urban Outfitters always has the best hipster style clothing sporting unique and interesting styles- their sale includes swimwear, white dresses and comfy tops!

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“I have enough clothes and shoes, I don’t need to go shopping.” Said no woman Ever.

Happy Indian Summer!

xx

Jb

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