Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Glam Book: The New Braiding Handbook

Summer is the perfect time in my opinion to rock the braids! 
Popping to the pool or beach with a pretty braid is
super chic and pretty.  Abby Smith's book, The New Braiding Handbook
has so many amazing styles to choose from.  
I'm not the best at braiding, I won't lie! There are definitely some
level 3 braids in this book for the experts.  But there are also a lot of simpler
braids like the Falling Bohemian Twist and the Waterfall Braid that I love for a pretty, beachy California girl look.
(Waterfall Braid)

The book gives you a step by step visual tutorial on how to achieve each
look and is filled with endless styles to try out.
This book is another great find for glam hair inspiration! Hope you check it out 
and try some braids! 

xo -Taj

Friday, July 18, 2014

Polkadot

Summer blues! Loving this pretty vintage skirt and a plain white tank for this 
hot weather! 
Necklace is from my shop! Hope you have a great weekend! xo -Taj






Tuesday, July 8, 2014

My Healthy Beauty Secrets

I've got some great beauty secrets for you that are super easy to add
into your daily routine.  I'm going off of what has worked for me and 
makes me feel and look amazing.  

Living a healthy lifestyle has been my priority for years now, but after having 
baby Glam, and going through so many physical changes in my body, I really
wanted to focus on natural things that gave me optimal benefits.  I think I will also 
do a post on my updated beauty/body products as well.  I've got a lot of new found
100% natural ingredients products that work fab and have zero synthetics or chemicals in
them. To me that is really where my mind is at with my food choices as well.
Buying locally grown fruits and veggies, organics, and non-processed foods without
all the high fructose corn syrup has been a game changer for me.

These are just a few simple ideas that I wanted to share and I hope you will 
try a few out!

First is my beverages! I consume a lot of water and I just don't enjoy the taste of it!
So I like to add mint from my garden, cucumbers, fruit, lemons and limes!
It really does make such a big difference and it's really good for you!
I usually make up a pitcher at night and then the next day I am ready to pour at
my leisure.  I use an aluminum water bottle to take on the go and I'm set. Easy breezy.


I also really love coconut water with Aloe vera juice.  The brand I like is Alo.  It has different flavors like peach and kiwi and the ingredients are just those few things. 

Another fav is Pom juice.  I like to buy the large bottles at Costco and dilute my glass with 1/4 juice to 3/4 water.  Super healthy and delish.

Next up is green tea. Now I could write several posts on my love of teas, but
let's keep it short and simple.  Green tea is just simply good for you, here's an article on it's
10 benefits.  I love it iced in the summer with some mint or hot with lemon. I also make pitchers of 
white and green tea in the summer because I drink them like a fish!




Next up are my juices and smoothies.  I'm totally addicted and don't know how I even 
existed pre-juicing! Yes, I'm that in love.  It's definitely a commitment you will have
to make to yourself because, you have to buy fresh produce every few days and 
go thru the process. But it's sooo worth it! I had juiced off and on for a few years but 
I never would stick with it. This December I felt so low energy and tired all the time.
I decided to go full into juicing and I've not looked back since.  I've never felt better, I have more
energy and my hair, nails, skin, everything is that much better.  
Our juicer is the Omega and it's wonderful.  I would suggest investing in a
higher end juicer like it, as the whole point is to extract as much nutrients from
the produce and possible. And many of the cheaper brands just can't produce 
that juice for you. But, wherever your budget is, just start there and 
work your way up! As long as you are juicing and getting 
the benefits, that's all that matters to me! 

In addition to juices, I love my smoothies.  My Vitamix blender is amaaazing!
You can even make soups in that beast! I highly recommend it to smoothie lovers.
Smoothies are great snacks for people who are trying to loose weight in my opinion.
they fill you up and keep you going and there are so many different 
combinations you will never get bored.  We like to add Orgain Organic protein powder, flax seeds,
Coconut milk, Almond milk, etc. to ours.  Baby Glam loves her smoothies too! They are a great
way to get your kids to eat their veggies! So sneaky! 

Lastly, I wanted to touch on supplements.  Everyone has their opinions, mine is:
Why not? I take a multi-vitamin and many other supplements throughout my day.
A couple that are beauty based are Neo Cell Beauty Bursts.  The kind I have are fruit punch flavored
collagen soft chews.  They have Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C and 2,000 MG of collagen.  
Collagen is the body's beauty protein and as we age we lose collagen.  So these are a way of helping
restore that.  Obviously, there are arguments on absorption levels when you take any supplement and whether you are getting enough to make a difference.  But I 
would rather try than not try.  These chews have really grown on me and I will definitely continue to use them.

Next up is Sublime Beauty Phytoceramides.  Here is an article from Dr. Oz's website
that I found helpful on phytoceramides.  I have noticed a huge difference 
in my skin since I started taking these. Like supple and soft, and just a brighter
smoother complexion. 

The final supplement I'd like to share is from HUM and is a high potency vitamin D3.
Many people are deficient in vitamin D, I know I was when I was pregnant and I live in sunny
California! We spend so much time indoors and spackled with sunscreen that we just aren't getting 
the sunshine that our bodies actually need.  Here is a great article on this supplement and what 
it's benefits are.   I don't really enjoy taking pills and prefer chews, so for me, I have to make a commitment to my health and body to take them. I definitely recommend taking these and I think they are even available at Sephora!
I'm really starting to get into more and more beauty supplements in addition to the health ones
that I take.  I will continue to share my likes and dislikes with you as I continue on this 
journey.  I hope you found a few helpful tips, and if you have any suggestions please do share! 
xoxo -Taj





Monday, June 30, 2014

Glam Book: Homemade Nail Polish by Allison Rose Spiekermann


Summertime is all about the nail polish isn't it?! Flip flops and a set of brightly manicured toes
is pretty fab.  
I came across the book Homemade Nail Polish by Allison Rose Spiekermann and
found some great ideas for making my own polish and designs.

One tip I am putting to use is adding a bit of thinner to my older thickened 
polishes. You can find it at Sally's Beauty Supply and it leaves the finish gorgeous again!

Another great idea is to make polish with eye shadows. This leaves the color combos endless!
There a so many recipes in this book to give you nail glam for days.  

(My own inspired nail art after reading the book)
One of my favorite ideas in the book is using a pretty hole punch to create a nail art stencil.
Simply punch a piece of masking tape and then apply tape to nail, then paint over stencil and you
have a pretty design!  If you are a nail polish lover like me, I think I have over 100 bottles, (eek!)
then you will love this book and all it's great ideas! xoxo -Taj

(Homemade Black with Iridescent Glitter & Shimmer)


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jolie Mome


I just love this t-shirt from Bobo House! French for happy mom, is too cute.
I am always mixing something casual with something fancy like this tulle skirt
that I found at Forever 21 for less than $20!


Animal print just makes me happy!  These Prada's are actually really comfy
and I can wear them for more than five minutes!

Hope you're having a fab week so far! xoxo -Taj


Friday, June 20, 2014

First Impressions: Essence Cosmetics


Hi love's!

I'm super excited about Essence cosmetics! I haven't tried a
drugstore brand that I've been this impressed with in a long while.  I first found
their adorable mini nail polishes a few years back at Ulta and absolutely loved them by the way.
I personally think all nail polishes should be mini! Do we ever finish those regular bottles anyway girls? 
When I heard that Essence was carrying a new line at Walgreens I was looking forward
to testing it out and here's some of what I loved!


Essence Metal Glam eyeshadows are by far my favorites out of the collection.
I was so impressed with the pigmentation and beautiful shimmery colors. 
My favorite was the rosie gold, (Frosted Apple) it is such a gorgeous everyday, 
wearable shade that I will definitely be repurchasing! Of course I love the name
for these little gems too, Metal Glam! I would take one in every shade, and for 
the price and color payoff, and lasting wear, you just can't beat this deal! 

(Frosted Apple, Coffee to Glow, Jewel up the Ocean)



My next favorite was the Sun Club All -in -one bronzer highlighter.
This has been in my makeup bag nonstop!! I love, love the mixture
of peachy, bronze, rose gold, sandy-shimmer colors. I swirl them all 
together and it gives me the perfect summer glow I love.  I don't feel too shimmery or
shiny after application.  And most important I didn't get any ruddiness from the bronzy browns either which happens in many bronzers. The one I chose was for brunettes in Sun Glow.  But I really
think anyone could wear this shade.  

(On the Catwalk, Wear Berries, Dare to be Nude)

Next up are the lippies.  I found them to be very moisturizing and they have a faint sweet smell 
that I liked.  Pigmentation is more sheer, which I love for the summertime.  As for
longevity, I had to reapply throughout the day as a usual lipstick would.  The Dare to be Nude is a great
pretty pinkish nude and doesn't wash you out at all.  That and Wear your berries were my favorites.  I really love the sleek packaging and for the price, this is another beauty steal, with many pretty colors to chose from.

Overall, I  loved the items, one of the mascaras, Get Big Lashses, dried up really fast on me and I'm
not sure if it was just that bottle or the formula. It seemed like it would have been good and I may
try it again.  The other mascara, Lash Mania is fabulous and I will be talking about it in my next upcoming favorites.

So the next time you're in Walgreens, take a peek and try a few of these 
Essence collections out for yourself!  Prices range from $.99-$4.99 If you have any favorites please let me know!

xoxo -Taj

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Beach Day


One of the things I love most about living in SoCal is going to the beaches.  We love Zuma beach, up just past Malibu. The water is amazing there and the sunsets are divine.
I wore these fab little high waisted shorts from Target with lace on them, and a pretty neon green bandeau bikini. And of course...some glam earrings!



When I found out about Juicy Couture's new Couture Malibu & Couture La La Malibu
I was so in love! First of all, the bottles are gorgeous with the neon palm trees!
La La smells fresh and chic with notes of mandarin and pink sugar. Malibu is my favorite though, smells so glamorous and exotic
with it's pink passion fruit and jasmine notes! 
Love Love ! 






My little cupcake enjoying the sun! 
xoxo -Taj


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Neon Yellow & Orange

(Skirt: f21; Leather Vest: Vintage; Tank: Old Navy: Shoes: c/o Ami Club Wear:Bracelets: Glameratti)
This summer I am going to be rocking the bright, bold and beautiful! I've
been feeling a little bored with fashion lately, I guess I am craving some
interesting and fun pieces that pop and stand out. Do you ever feel like that?
As though everyone is wearing the same thing and it just gets boring.
As a mom, I have to be creative with my outfits because it's not 
too ladylike to be bending over in a mini skirt to pick up a 
shoe that has fallen off! At the same time, I don't want to lose my style and be 
stuck in maxi dresses and maxi skirts 24/7 even though I do love them. (Hi Rachel Zoe!)
So I'm breaking some rules and trying to event new ones I guess!! If you're a mom
or someone who is craving some new looks please share your ideas with me! I'd love
to stop by your blog too! xoxo -
Taj


(Necklace: Town & Reese)



Tuesday, June 3, 2014

No Bar Cart Needed!


Lately I've been spending more time outside in our backyard, enjoying the warm weather.  We spruced up our patio and bought a cool new rug and Moroccan lamps (Which you saw if you follow me on Instagram ;) ) and now all I want to do is lay by my pool! 
Every pool party deserves some pretty fab drinks so I whipped up a little bright colored mini bar - no cart needed! I'm loving these delicious  Cascade Ice Sparkling Flavored Waters.  
They are perfect for cocktails, with no sugar, no sodium, no carbs! And the flavors! Coconut Mango,  Coconut Pineapple! Add a little rum or vodka and voila!



 Coconut Pineapple Citrus Punch
7oz Cascade Ice Coconut Pineapple Sparkling Water
2oz Grapefruit Juice
1oz Vanilla Vodka
1 cup ice

Mix grapefruit juice w/vodka.
Add 1 cup ice & fill the glass to the top with Cascade Ice. 
Stir to mix flavors and enjoy!



Pool time with my fav Jane Irredale Golden Shimmer Body Lotion and Marie Claire!



Flamingos crossing in my flower beds! xoxo -Taj

Monday, June 2, 2014

More is More is More

I felt like styling up this plain black maxi dress with over the top jewelry and these gorgeous minty heels.  Sometimes more is more and it just makes me happy! xoxo -Taj

(Earrings & Necklace Glameratti)

(Shoes c/o Ami Club Wear)

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