USC Game Day Fashion with Little Earth Productions

img_4993As a recent USC Grad, I take my football game days very seriously! There is no better time to catch up with old friends and enjoy the Southern California sunshine than at a USC football game. In recent years, USC has taken several steps to make sure that game days are fun and safe for everyone, which is why I am writing about Little Earth Productions.

With the implementation of a clear bag policy at the LA Coliseum, all handbags and items entering the stadium have been limited to clear totes, plastic storage bags, and small clutch bags. This is the case with many colleges, starting this season! After hearing about the new policy, the fashion school graduate within me panicked. I had never owned a clear handbag and was fearful that I would end up carrying around my belongings in a plastic gallon bag from the supermarket (YIKES, haha). But, with change comes opportunity – which is why Little Earth Productions has created a stylish line of game day handbags that are stadium-approved and sports fans approved. You can see their whole line of stadium-approved bags here.

As one of the leading licensed manufacturers for sports apparel, Little Earth offers a wide range of fashion accessories and apparel for more than 170 teams. They sell spirited items for all teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL as well as more than 60 colleges. Today I’m going to be talking in depth about their line of clear purses that are stadium-approved and fashionable, meaning that you can get through the security line at nearly any sporting event quickly, without sacrificing in the style department!

img_5045I used my USC Clear Envelope Purse from Little Earth at the USC game last weekend. I was stopped several times by complete strangers who wanted to know where I got my bag! In addition to being stylishly spirited, the bag proved to be a time saver – I was SO thankful that I got through the security line quickly and easily. I saw some fans struggling to consolidate their belongings in the 82+ degree heat and I was so happy that I had brought a stadium-approved bag. My boyfriend and I somehow managed to sneak away from the USC tailgating commotion and snap a couple photos before the game and I love how they turned out! The day of the game also happened to be my birthday, so it was nice having a purse that I could easily wear to lunch afterwards and still look stylish in. I actually also wore this bag a few weekends ago while watching the USC vs. Alabama game at a restaurant near my house, so I can honestly say that it is stylish both inside and outside of a football stadium!

img_4918My Clear Envelope Purse features the iconic interlocking SC logo (it also comes in a Waist Pack and larger Carryall!). The bag is very sturdy and holds quite a bit, as you can see. I am able to fit all of my essentials into the bag and I really appreciate how high-quality the hardware is. Because the turn lock closure is so sturdy, I don’t have to worry about the contents of my bag slipping out while jumping and cheering (hah). Also, perhaps more importantly, I am not worried about someone reaching into my bag without my knowledge.

img_4948 img_4955 img_5019The chain is the perfect length to be worn as both a crossbody and an over-the-shoulder bag, which I really like. It is very comfortable, even after wearing it for several hours of tailgating and walking quite a bit. Overall, the bag felt light on my shoulder and did not snag my dress at all, making it my new go-to game day bag.

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I also wanted to add that you can easily clip a spirited key chain or a purse charm to the chain and “make it your own.” I spontaneously clipped my car keys and red tassel key fob onto the side of the bag and it turned out very cute. Also, the chain strap is detachable, so it can be worn as a clutch as well! I think the purses from Little Earth would make a FANTASTIC gift for anyone that is a USC fan, newly admitted student, or a soon-to-be graduate. In fact, any of the stadium-approved bags on Little Earth’s website would make amazing gifts to any sports fan since they cater to so many teams, colleges, and leagues!

Someone carrying a lot of personal items or an extra sweater/hat might like the Clear Carryall Crossbody Purse. I saw quite a few moms carrying this bag at the game and it fit a ton of stuff, so I would check that bag out if you are someone that likes to travel with a bit more than just the essentials.


I know I’ll be using Little Earth Productions’ clear stadium-approved bags to cheer on many other teams in the future! I might just have to talk my boyfriend into getting Rams tickets with me since I love their LA Rams merchandise, haha! Overall, these bags are fashionable and functional, making them an amazing buy (did I mention that their clear bags are priced between $19.99 – $24.99?!).

I’ll be sporting my bag up in the bay area this weekend for the USC vs. Stanford Weekender game. You can follow along with my trip by visiting my Instagram. While you’re at it, make sure to check out Little Earth Productions’ Instagram // Facebook page for the best in game day apparel + accessories! If you’ll be wearing a bag from Little Earth at the next USC home game, I’d love to do a meet up and take a photograph or two with our bags 🙂


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Lip Product Perfection || Sara Happ


Today I’m sharing a bit about a product line that I’ve been OBSESSED with lately! My lips tend to get super dry in the fall, so this year I’m being proactive and adding a few new products from Sara Happ to my beauty routine. Sara Happ Inc is a beauty line that aims to nourish, heal, and reveal the natural beauty of your lips without any compromises. Their collection of luxury lip products includes lip scrubs that perfectly prepare your lips, lip glosses that deliver nourishment + the perfect amount of pigment, and creamy lip crayons that create an effortless pout.

I’ve been loving “The Lip Scrub” in Passion Fruit and “The Fuchsia Slip” lately. The Lip Scrub tastes and smells so amazing that I made my sister try it out immediately after I opened it for the first time! I’ve found that this Sara Happ lip scrub in particular really helps all of my lip products (from glosses to lip stains) apply more evenly and last longer throughout the day.

I also use The Fuchsia Slip – which is SO highly pigmented that I almost can’t believe that it is a gloss. The applicator foot is very precise, which is a huge plus because it makes application a breeze. Best of all, The Fuchsia Slip has a high-shine finish but does not feel sticky or heavy on the lips. It’s pigmented like a lipstick, hydrating like a lip balm, long-lasting like a lip liner, and shiny like a gloss. This product really does it all, guys! I prefer to take it with me when I carry a small handbag since it does the work of several products at once. It’s literally a dream come true.

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And last but not least, I want to mention that Sara Happ’s products are not tested on animals and their adorable packaging is produced in a carbon neutral manufacturing plant using sustainable practices. They also just came out with a Sprinkles Red Velvet Lip Scrub – yes, as in THE Sprinkles Cupcakes! If you’re interested in trying any of these products our for yourself, they are available on Sara Happ’s website as well as at Nordstrom. Let me know down in the comments if you’ve tried any of Sara Happ’s products, especially the Sprinkles Red Velvet lip scrub!


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FIDM || My Tips + Advice

jacqueline bridgford pretti please FIDM tips and advice cover photoLife has changed a lot in the past year! I feel like I crammed so much information into my brain while at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM). I’ve compared my experience at the University of Southern California with my experience at FIDM and come up with a list of things that I wish I had known before entering a fashion-focused college. Having come straight from USC into fashion school, there were several unique things that stood out to me about FIDM, which you’ll hear about below.

At FIDM, my assignments never felt like “schoolwork.” Instead, they felt like one huge and seemingly never-ending project. There was so much going on at once and the whole experience felt very different than my time at USC (when I lived practically across the street from campus!). I commuted from Orange County to FIDM’s Downtown Los Angeles campus for class 3-4 days a week, which is about an hour-long drive each way. It was super important that I had everything I needed for class, didn’t leave anything until the last minute, found parking quickly, knew exactly where my classrooms were, etc. since I was driving over 100 miles a day and had very little time for “slip-ups.”

Since I know many future FIDM students are going to be in the same boat, here are some of my words of advice and other information that I wish I had heard before attending FIDM. These tips are also helpful for students that are living in campus housing! I hope that you find them useful 🙂 Feel free to email me if you have any other questions.

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Okay, so you’re probably thinking this is the most obvious part of any information regarding FIDM to ever appear on the internet...but many new (and returning!) students struggle with finding the correct building. FIDM’s Los Angeles campus includes 6 buildings, which I wasn’t aware of before beginning my studies at FIDM. If you think you’ll never stray from their eye-catching main building, you might be surprised when you notice a little letter next to the classroom that denotes an entirely separate building in Downtown.

With that being said, some students with certain majors may never even see the other buildings. Some of the buildings (such as the Jewelry Design Studio) may not house any of your classes. As a Merchandise Product Development major, I had the majority of my classes in the main FIDM building, which is super modern looking and takes up nearly an entire city block between Olympic & 9th St and Hope St & Grand Ave (it’s the huge star on this map). If you look at the map, you’ll notice that there are THREE buildings with the word “annex” included in their title, which gets super confusing.

While at FIDM, I had classes in the Hope Street Annex building, which is located on Hope Street, one block up from the main building and right across the street from Philz Coffee (my favorite!). This was my absolute favorite building to have classes in since it houses the fashion design labs and looks very Project Runway-esque. The classrooms on the 5th floor are complete with sewing machines, large work tables, dress forms, irons, and really pretty large windows. Almost every classroom has views of the city (if you follow me on snapchat, this is where most of my FIDM Snapchats were sent from, haha).

The other building that I had classes in is the called The Annex – yeah, I told you this whole “annex” building business was kind of confusing! This building is also referred to as the Standard Oil Building as it is a registered historical monument in Los Angeles, which is pretty cool. This is the building that I always make sure to point out to my friends/family while driving through Downtown because it is just so charming from the outside! The inside of the building looks a lot like FIDM’s main campus building (it has been renovated and is very modern) and it is complete with huge work tables, dozens of computers + printers, and some really quirky lounge chairs with desks that you can do homework in. This is probably the location you’ll recognize from all of FIDM’s marketing materials!

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Some students do not know that they will be receiving a ton of supplies and come unprepared. Lucky, FIDM does a great job of passing out everyone’s supplies on the first day of classes. You simply come to class with a valid student ID and walk down to the supplies distribution area as a class and pick everything up. Super convenient, right?! At Parsons/USC, we received a list of books and materials to track down and you had to hope that we purchased exactly what the professor wanted us to get. Thankfully, this is not the case with FIDM and you can be 100% certain that every single cent of the “books + supplies” portion of you tuition is being used well.

The only negative aspect of this distribution system is that some people don’t have any idea that it is happening and come unprepared. A small (but still important) tip for the first day of classes is to leave your mini crossbody purse and platform wedges at home…it may seem like it will be an easy “syllabus and introduction day,” but picking up supplies can be quite a task if your class ends up being in one of FIDM’s Annex buildings and you are lugging all of your supplies around all day. Come prepared on the first day of class with comfortable shoes and a large tote bag (or you can go all out and purchase one of FIDM’s rolling totes that are usually on sale when the summer quarter begins…it may seem suuuuper dorky at first, but almost everyone has one since some classes require large toolboxes or even large bolts of fabric!).

At FIDM, if you do something right the first time, you won’t have to do it all over again once you graduate and go job hunting. This one is plain and simple! FIDM has a very fun and exciting atmosphere, but trust me, it is hard work and you will thank yourself later on if you commit to doing and turning in everything on time. It will also make you a better future employee if you are able to stick to a timeline and get things done right the first time! Make sure to post your work to the FIDM Portfolio Gallery as the quarters pass by so that you have work uploaded and ready to go once you graduate. I sure wish I had known this tip earlier!

FIDM TIPS AND ADVICE pretti please jacqueline bridgford 14. PICK THE RIGHT MAJOR.
Ok, so this one is a little more serious than the other tips. It is important to understand that some majors are more specific than others – which can be freeing (example: land you a career in a very specific part of the industry) or it can be limiting (example: you want to work in fashion-related social media but have devoted all of your time to studying footwear). If you know for a fact that visual merchandising is 100% what you are interested in doing, then it is a wise decision to pick that major and devote all of your time to classes related to visual merchandising. With that being said, there are many classes that overlap between the majors. For example, I was a Merchandise Product Development major and had several classes with the Merchandise Marketing (different major) students.

If you are interested in gaining an overall understanding of the fashion industry and learning the many aspects of design, merchandising, line development, etc. then it would be smart pick a major that covers a wide variety of fashion-related career paths. Even better, the professors at FIDM have always been super helpful in gearing the discussions towards what you are interested in. If you tell your Sourcing professor that you are interested in working in footwear design, there is a good chance that they will provide you with special materials and insight into that particular area of the industry.

There are pros and cons to every major and you should seriously consider your program based on the schedule of classes. In contrast to my very “open” course plan at USC, FIDM strongly encourages (basically requires) that students follow a very structured plan that is outlined for each major’s specific required courses . If you are deciding between several majors that sound appealing, make sure to request a copy of the courses offered in each major. You might just find that several courses overlap and some stand out as more important or interesting to you, which could ultimately sway you in the right direction.

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Last but not least, parking. Luckily for you, I will offer my parking advice in downtown to literally anyone and everyone who will listen (not kidding). Parking in downtown can be easy or impossible depending on what time you arrive for classes and what day of the week it is. Street parking can be difficult since some streets are closed pretty often for construction or events going on in Downtown. The parking signs can also be a little tricky depending on what day it is, so you probably do not want to risk getting a ticket or towed. If you have morning classes at 8am, you can probably find parking at one of the parking lots recommended on FIDM’s website (page 2 of this link). Unfortunately, if you have class at 12pm, parking will be a lot more difficult as the recommended lots are mostly full by then. I have always preferred to park in the LAZ lot on Hope St (conveniently located between the FIDM main campus/The Annex and the Hope St Annex, so getting to any of those buildings is super easy). They charge the standard price for parking around FIDM ($8-$10, depending on how long you stay) and I consider it to be the best option since it is an indoor, secured lot.

fidm pretti please jacqueline bridgford 196.  EMBRACE DIFFERENCES.
FIDM attracts a  unique and creative group of people. There will be individuals from all over the world and from all different backgrounds, age groups, and belief systems in your classes, just as there are in other schools. This should go unsaid, but at a school with such an expressive student population, FIDM really stands out as institution full of unique people that you can learn from.

It is such an interesting dynamic – there are students that are 20+ years into their career in the industry that come back to school who are mixed in with students that are 18 and straight out of high school. The students with industry experience are able to offer contacts and invaluable “real-world” advice to the students who come to FIDM straight from high school, while the students who come to FIDM straight from high school are able to offer information and advice about digital marketing and how to operate the latest & greatest digital programs. It truly is such a collaborative and unique environment that you can only benefit from. Since it is such a collaborative environment, it is easier to give and receive feedback in critique sessions. It has always felt like a safe place to (respectfully) voice opinions and receive valuable feedback from classmates and professors.

I hope that you found my tips helpful! I’m also thinking about doing a “FIDM Admissions Advice” post soon, so make sure to subscribe via email (in the sidebar!) if you are interested in that. Best of luck to anyone applying to FIDM!


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Pretti Tech Accessories

IMG_4250With all of the adorable iPhone cases being sold today, it’s almost hard NOT to use one at this point! I used to love the look of an iPhone or a laptop without a protective case, but these cute cases are making me want to do everything that I can to protect my phone (hah). There are also a ton of cute portable chargers, card holder cases, laptop cases, and other pretty tech accessories in stores right now, so I am sharing a few of my favorite summery tech accessories below!


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Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Graduation

jacqueline bridgford pretti please fidm graduation 6Today I am sharing some details about my amazing FIDM Graduation Ceremony! I had such a wonderful experience as a FIDM student over the past year and made so many amazing connections. I enjoyed meeting people from all different backgrounds and from different life/career stages. No matter how different a classmate may have appeared, we all shared the same passion. Going to USC and then on to FIDM has been my dream since I was 18 years old, and, not to be corny, but I almost cannot believe that it has become my reality.

My recent Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Graduation Ceremony was surreal. I couldn’t believe that I was on officially d.o.n.e. with my career as a student. Part of me was saddened by the thought that I wasn’t going to be a student in Downtown Los Angeles anymore, but it was comforting looking back on how far I had come in the 4 years that I spent roaming around Los Angeles; search for things like sorority crafting supplies, fabric swatches, or 24 hour restaurants (lol).

I have come to know and love many of Los Angeles’ side streets, traffic jams, and parking lots in my 3 years at USC and my 1 year at FIDM. Los Angeles will always be the city that I really “grew up” in and became an adult in, so it was only fitting that my time as a student would end with a bang in the Staples Center, one of LA’s most well-known and loved venues.

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As the ceremony began, I couldn’t help but compare my FIDM Graduation to my USC Graduation. My frame of mind was so different between the two ceremonies; it is so funny how one year can feel like such a HUGE difference! My USC Graduation took place outside in the pouring rain on a chilly & very un-Southern California day in May of 2015, just about a year before my FIDM graduation. I refer to it (only partially sarcastically) as the “best/worst day of my life.” I sat beside my best friends and we Snapchatted nearly the entire time while sporting our USC licensed rain ponchos and decked out graduation sashes.

On the other hand, FIDM’s Grad Ceremony was completely dry (thankfully it was indoors and the sun was shining that day!) and my grad cap was decked out instead of my graduation sash. The energy in Staples Center was absolutely incredible and I loved ending my FIDM experience on such a high note!

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(That’s me crossing the stage on the Staples Center Jumbotron!)

I was initially sad to be leaving college behind, but I now realize now that we are always able to learn something new or participate in something that is bigger than ourselves, whether we are students or not. I will miss being a student, being in a sorority, and being part of a student body, but I know that the real world offers just as many opportunities when it comes to pursuing new interests, making new friends, or shopping for shiny new supplies (because it is easier to get stuff done with pretty supplies, am I right? 😉 ).

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A few of my family members couldn’t attend because they were in Amsterdam watching my older brother play in a huge football game for the Amsterdam Crusaders!! I wish I could have seen my brother play but these events happened to be only a day apart and it was just too hectic to make it to both.

My mom basically came straight off of a plane from Amsterdam to watch me cross the stage! She is truly a Supermom! My boyfriend, Julian, came to the ceremony and then took me out to celebratory dinner at Perch (which was so sweet of him!). The photos below are from Perch’s rooftop! The night could not have been any more perfect. I had a great time celebrating with the other FIDM Grads and I can’t wait to see where the future will take my new friends and I.

I will carry the incredible energy from my big night at the Staples Center with me wherever I go! Congratulations to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Class of 2016. The best is yet to come 🙂

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*I will have another post on my blog about “Things I Wish I Had Known Before FIDM,” so stay tuned for that! I also am thinking about doing a “FIDM Experience vs. Parsons Experience” post for those of you who are interested. (You can read about my time at Parsons here!).



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The Summer Glow Edit || VITA LIBERATA

IMG_4332If you’ve visited the self-tanning section at Sephora or Ulta, you’re probably familiar with  luxury tanning brand, Vita Liberata! I’ve talked about this brand’s amazing line of self tanning products on my Instagram before, but I thought I would do a more in-depth review of a few of their products that I know and love. While their products are at a higher price point than your average self-tanning product, who wants average?! When you’re purchasing a cosmetic that is being applied to your entire body, it is important to look deeper into the product than the price tag. Vita Liberata’s products rank highly in online reviews (and in my heart, hah) for a reason. I’ll explain why their products are worth every cent from a quality + health-conscious standpoint below.

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We all know that good ol’ suntanning is actually not good for you – at all. So, if you take care of your skin by staying out of the sun’s harmful rays and still want a healthy summer glow, you might turn to self-tanning. If you’ve given up sunbathing and turned to self-tanners, good for you! Avoiding cancerous rays from the sun is a great choice to make for your skin, but did you know that not all self-tanners are free of harmful toxins? Or that some companies test these products on animals and actually dry out your skin? Sunless tanning is certainly better for you than tanning in the sun, but you have to watch out for hidden toxins in your products. Vita Liberata is toxin free, making it one of my go-to beauty products. Just t0 be clear, every self tanner contains DHA (dihydroxyacetone), which is a non-toxic sugar that reacts with the proteins in your skin without actually penetrating your skin. It remains in the top layer of the skin and wears off as the skin cells shed from your body. Basically, DHA is the part of self-tanning that you have to thank for your warm, healthy glow (or it is the part of self-tanning to blame if you end up with straight up Oompa Loompa skin…depending on your level of self-tanning expertise, haha).

Like I mentioned in my 3-Free & 5-Free nail polish post, I’ve been looking into safer cosmetics lately. Just as all nail polishes are not created equal, not all self tanning products are created equal! With self tanning, people often overlook the long term effects of the products that they’re using. You don’t need to compromise on product quality or performance when it comes to Vita Liberata! This line is organic botanical infused, odorless, and free of toxins, free of gluten (which is great if that’s something you monitor closely in your daily life!), and free of animal cruelty.

The three products that I am talking about today are perfect for women who want a custom-looking, salon quality tan without risking exposure to mystery chemicals, which can happen if you accidentally inhale the tanning spray solution in self-tanning chambers or the tented tanning areas in tanning salons. For all of these reasons, you can probably tell that I am incredibly picky when it comes to spray tanning. With so many self tanners on the market today, it was SO refreshing to find Vita Liberata and know that it not only safe to use, but also does the job (REALLY WELL). Here are my 3 favorite products offered by Vita Liberata, which you can find for yourself at Sephora and Ulta!

This product is the perfect choice for self-tanning beginners and experts alike! The mousse is incredibly easy to apply, especially when using the flawless application mitt. The mitt can be washed with soap and water and I usually slip mine over the mousse bottle and let it dry overnight before reusing it. Just make sure you don’t use the mitt while it is wet! The mousse’s formula has a tint to it, so you know exactly where you are applying it. Handy, right? I can’t tell you how many times I ended up with strange orange palms because of the clear formulas back in college!

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This lotion is best when it is applied a couple nights in a row. I used this before my recent trip to Las Vegas and used it three nights in a row, just to see how well the color would build. It passed the test and lasted me a good 2 weeks without any touch-ups! I also am horrible about putting on lotion, so I’m sure it would have lasted even longer if I had properly moisturized my skin. What I loved most about specific formula is this it faded evenly and didn’t get blotchy like the other self-tanners that I’ve tried.

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Okay, seriously this product is great for everyday bronzing and, over time, builds color self-tanner style (as in it doesn’t come off for a few days or weeks, depending on how often you apply it!). The application brush did not disappoint either. I have to say that this tanner + brush combo works really well. A+ on the bronzing minerals and the brush, I’m a huge fan of the color and the even application using the brush provided.

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If you’re dying to try some of Vita Liberata’s products, I’ve rounded them up below! I know that you will end up loving them just as much as I do. I also threw in their Self Tan Dry Oil (with SPF 50!!!) since it also looks like an amazing product that I am thinking about trying out on my next trip to Sephora!


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The Holographic Trend


This summer, I am ALL about the holographic trend! There is something so feminine and fun about it. At first, this trend seemed a little “out there” for my liking, but the more that I saw holographic items on ASOS.com and in stores, the more I grew to love the trend! I have always had an eye for metallic styles and pastel colors, so the holographic trend quickly became a favorite of mine. Shiny, girly, summery, and colorful pastels. What’s not to like?

While I love how eye-catching the holographic trend is, I also know that it can sometimes look strange if the style is too over-the-top.  I’ve put together a few of my favorite holographic finds that are easy to work into your wardrobe, makeup routine, or everyday life without looking like your just dropped in from outer space (haha). I love pairing my holographic sneakers with a basic white t-shirt and leggings! It gives off a modern and summery vibe without having to try too hard.  I spotted a ton of unique holographic items while shopping in Las Vegas this week, so I thought I’d share some of those items + a few other great finds!



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Favorite Nail Polish Brands || 3 Free + 5 Free

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I recently gave up acrylic nails / gel nails and began researching safer nail products. It is commonly known that acrylic nails damage your natural nails and that the application process gives off some pretty strong odors, so giving up acrylic nails was pretty much a no-brainer for me.

I’ll be the first to admit that gel nails look amazing and last for weeks if you take care of them, but the curing method can be problematic (depending on where the gel polish service is performed). Some salons use a LED light system to cure their gel polishes, which is relatively safe, but some salons choose to use harmful UV light systems. These UV light systems expose gel-lovers to harmful UV waves, which enter your skin and mutate the DNA – just like the sun or a tanning bed would! Long story short, I have decided to stop getting gel polish because I don’t always visit the same nail salon and I sometimes have a hard time figuring out which type of light the nail technician is using (the curing machines all look very similar in shape + I try not to study/stare at the color of the light too hard because that is also dangerous to do!).

IMG_4252Once I started using “regular” nail polish in lieu of acrylic nails and gels, I noticed that not all polishes are created equal. I did some research online and my search turned up an entire list of toxic, harmful chemicals that are in our nail products. My mom, my sister, and I have come up with a list of tried-and-true nail polish brands that are 3-free or 5-free (meaning that they are free of the “Big Three / Big 5” toxic chemicals found in nail polishes). This best part is – all of my recommended nail polish brands look amazing, dry super fast, and actually last!


Check out my favorite picks for the best 3-free and 5-free polishes below:

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These brands are free of the following 3 harmful chemicals: Dibutyl phthalate or DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde.

    1. Sugar Babe Los Angeles – I first fell in love with Sugar Babe Los Angeles polishes when my mom got home one day with a pretty pink bottle of it! I love that it contains no harsh or harmful chemicals and the polish lasts for SO LONG. I’m not kidding! And you can usually get away with doing just one coat because the color payoff is great. They are available online here or at On Que Style if you live in the Orange County area.
    2. OPI – OPI polishes are well known for a reason! Tons of salons carry their polishes. OPI is a great option for girls who are searching 3-free polish at the nail salon that they already know & love (like Lincoln Park After Dark!).
    3. Essie – I love all of Essie’s glitter polishes! The glitter never flakes off and never looks chunky/tacky.
    4. Formula X – Sephora’s Formula X brand of polishes offers so many colors! You can test out each polish at Sephora stores. Formula X offers a system (aka starter kit) that comes with a bottle of nail cleanser, base coat, and shiny top coat + you own color option. This starter system is a great value because you get to pick the color option!

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The brands are free of the following 5 harmful chemicals: Free of the “Big Three” listed above + formaldehyde resin and camphor.

    1. Butter LONDON – I first fell in love with Butter polishes when I was a student at USC and would mill around the USC Bookstore with my friends between classes. This brand of polish has an incredibly smooth application and doesn’t chip, making it a winning brand in my book!
    2. Chanel – Chanel polishes come in many unique colors. I really enjoy using their rich jewel tones in the fall!




I hope you enjoyed reading about my recommended brands for 3-free & 5-free nail polishes! I would love to hear your nail polish recommendations in the comments 🙂


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SO CHOIX || Custom Subscription Box

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Recently, a unique company called So Choix (pronounced “so shwaa,” Choix meaning choice in French) reached out to me about doing a review on the high-end beauty products and custom subscription box service that they offer. I said yes because I love makeup, I love the concept of the custom subscription box service that they offer, and I am 100% in support of hygienic cosmetic samples!! While I know that some people enjoy asking for free cosmetic samples at in-store beauty retailers, some beauty lovers don’t have access to high-end cosmetics counters or would prefer to get brand new + clean samples sent directly to their door instead.

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What makes So Choix different is that you can buy a monthly subscription box that comes with 5 samples of your choosing. You can officially say goodbye to all of the random products that show up in average beauty subscription boxes! On So Choix’s website, you’ll be able to design your own custom subscription box, selecting from the hundreds of products they offer. They offer luxury brands such as Chanel, Gucci, YSL, and so many more! On their website, you can also purchase full-sized luxury makeup products. Each So Choix monthly subscription box comes with cosmetic applicators, which is extremely helpful! The boxes also come beautifully packaged and the samples arrive in appropriate containers, so there’s never an issue with products drying out or spilling. Below are pictures of the box that I customized. I chose to do a “summer beauty themed” box, complete with Benefit’s “Ooh La Lift” Concealer, Chanel’s Coco Madmoiselle perfume, Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine lipstick, NARS’ Illuminator, and Tom Ford’s Bronzing Powder. All of the items were packaged beautifully and super easy to apply since they came with twist-up cosmetic containers / applicator brushes!

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Subscribers receive 5 samples each month for $15, which might seem a bit pricy for samples that you might be able to scrape together for free from the products on display at other in-store beauty retailers, but having hygienic, properly packaged, and brand new samples is totally worth the price! Also, if you are a So Choix Member, you can use the points that you earn from each month’s subscription towards purchasing full-sized products from the So Choix website. Members receive 250 points each month, which equals $5 on their website. So Choix members will also receive free shipping and have access to member-only special offers, so take a peek over at So Choix and give this incredibly unique service a try!


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Ready for Summer || Hair Recipes

IMG_3183 (1)I’m super excited to be sharing some info about one of my favorite haircare brands today! If you haven’t heard about Hair Recipes, it is a unique haircare line that focuses on sulfate and paraben free formulas. Their products are exclusively sold through their website and they have products ranging from Lemonbalm & Rosemary shampoo to Beer shampoo (YES, beer shampoo. Check this product out here if you don’t know why beer is beneficial to your hair!).

I am always on the hunt for the best “at-home DIY” haircare recipes, mainly because DIY hair recipes are typically made of natural, easy to find ingredients. Home hair recipes are also super healthy for your hair (as opposed to some shampoos/conditioners that contain parabens and harsh sulfates!!). Naturally, I find Hair Recipes’ shampoos, conditioners, and nourishing oils to be a quick & easy option for the situations when I don’t have time to whip up a homemade hair care remedy. Their products also smell absolutely amazing and make my hair feel thicker, shinier, and more manageable. What more could a girl want?!

When I do have time to indulge in an at-home hair treatment, I don’t have to look any further than the recommended “home haircare remedies” provided on Hair Recipes’ website. Their home recipes are complete with detailed instructions and other information on how their products work in conjunction with their website’s recommended at-home treatments.


I find that I get the best results when using Hair Recipe’s Egg Yolk shampoo + conditioner and the homemade recipe from their website, which I’ve included below (*I modified their recommended recipe for my personal use – I use the Macadamia Oil instead of Argan Oil!).

Try it for yourself! 🙂

1 raw egg & 2 to 3 tablespoon Hair Recipes Argan Oil (depending on length of your hair).
Mix raw egg & Argan Oil in bowl. Massage into wet scalp and hair. Wait 4 to 5 minutes. Rinse with cool water. Hot water will scramble the egg and it will be hard to remove. Repeat rinse with warm water. Shampoo with Hair Recipes Egg & Cognac shampoo and again rinse with warm water. Egg adds vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids to the hair. Repeat after every 6 to 8 shampoo washes.

Thanks for stopping by!


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