The French Do it Better: Finding inspo with the Truly French Blog

This post is sponsored by Lingerie Francaise but all opinions are my own.

Hi babes! 

Doing something new this week, sharing some LINGERIE INSPO from Lingerie Francaise, a trade association that represents the hottest and most high end French lingerie brands. 

Because here's a secret: Forget wine and cheese (y'all know I don't really drink or eat cheese anyway - HA).

The French have been making the most amazingly well-crafted lingerie since the time your great grandma was wearing one of those crazy corsets. No kidding.

If there's a reason French women have that "je ne sais quoi" going on, it's because of what they're wearing underneath.' 

Basically, the sexiest and highest quality lingerie I get from here.

Gone are the days when I wear ratty hot pink thongs and rhinestone push up bras, HA.

But Lingerie Française also has a blog called Truly French that has tons of good info, great articles and information on French style, fashion, design and culture plus interviews with French designers who give me all the inspo feels. 

It's THE hub for everything you should know about the world of lingerie - French lingerie, bien sûr - and French style.



If you didn't see my instagram wearing one of their pieces from their brands you can see it here,

I’ve been LOVING it as a great mix up and for date night :).

Excited to share this with you, because it’s given me such good insights on love, lingerie and how french women think.

I love new interesting articles that I can relate to, but also learn from, and Truly French is PERFECT for that.

Let me know your favorites!

xo

Krista

Getting ready for a night out with Dove (tips and tricks for looking and feeling your best!)

Guys!

I am real excited over here, because I’ve been working on something special with some other blog babes, and one of the brands I admire, and whose products I use. 

Dove!

Dove is one of those brands for me that really just gets 'it'.

They're socially conscious, and partner with amazing and impactful organizations, they're spearheading causes related to women's self esteem and body confidence, and their products are amaze.

One of the Dove Mantra's I especially love, 

A girl should feel free to be herself

At Dove, we believe no girl should be held back from reaching her full potential. However, anxiety over appearance keeps girls from being their best selves, affecting their health, friendships, and even performance at school.
— Dove.com

Can I get an amen?

I don’t necessarily want to make this post about the struggles women face with the pressure to look a certain way, but that is TRUTH.

I know that we've all experienced some level of anxiety related to how we look. 

You guys know, that I am such a fan of socially conscious brands, doing good in the world outside of just making quality products :) 

So, I was honored that they reached out to me, about a product that I am already using, Dove Dry Antiperspirant. This stuff, is the smoothest, easiest way for me to freshen up on the daily.

To smell, and feel CLEAN. 

Is there anything better? 

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve caught a whiff of myself, like DAYUM, I need to really freshen up.

I mean what? Can I live? LOL

But I Iove the Dove Dry Antiperspirant, because it’s easy, quick, smells AMAZING, cares for my skin and it lasts for 48 hours. Plus,  it's not wet AT ALL. 

I have a bottle at my desk at work, LOL.

Sometimes before a big meeting I’ll give my armpits a little spritz.

JK. I don't spray before meetings but I do when I need it! Like before a night out.

Last week, myself, a few bloggers, Lauren - of Bohemian by the Bay, Michelle  - of Fifty Two Thursdays, Esther - of Girls Who Brunch had so much fun at The Laugh Factory and dinner at Laurel Hardware.

We got ready before together sharing our secrets. 

The rare nights, I do go out, I’ve told you guys this, I go balls to the wall. I do the hair, the makeup, full jewel stacks.

It’s a deal.

Having the deodorant, is one of the key parts especially when you’re out for a LONG time. Smelling nice, is pretty much essential. 


Some of my night out tips:

Make sure you skin is clean before you put makeup on

Use a brightening serum (I like this one under my makeup from Peter Thomas Roth)

Moisturize

Wear perfume (my favorite right now is Alien from Thierry Mugler)

Drink lots o' water

Use a silicone based makeup primer (this one is my favorite!)

Master the undone beach wave (use this to help!)

Put on a perfect playlist (I've got some in my music section!)

Wear a bold lip (my favorite is NYX Liquid Lingerie in Teddy)


I also asked the other babes what their favorite tips for getting ready for a night out:

Lauren from Bohemian by The Bay says,

For a night out, I always like to make sure my hair is all set to go. With curly hair, it can get frizzy in an instant, so I use my T3 wands for beach-y waves and then finish with hairspray. One tip for getting the perfect beach-y wave, be sure to leave the ends out when using the wand! This creates a loose, no-ringlet wave that is perfect on anyone!

T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand 


Esther from Girls Who Brunch Says,

My beauty tip for a night out is to always do your eye makeup first! This is especially good if you're doing a smokey eye. When you're applying eye shadow, liner and mascara it can sometimes get a bit messy and there's a lot of fall out. If you do your eyes first, you can wipe away the fall out and then cover with a concealer. My favorite concealer of the moment is the Bye Bye Undereye Concealer from It Cosmetics. It's thick so a little goes a long way! 


Michelle from Fifty Two Thursdays says,

An important tip which I'd like to share that'll ensure a successful night out and (more importantly) a refreshing morning after is to use a good firming under eye gel pads. I pop them on for a little over 10 minutes while I sip on a nice glass of wine and relax before an eventful night. It's my way of unwinding and prepping myself before the makeup, fitted clothes and uncomfortable heels go on for who knows how long. My go to gel pads are by skyn ICELAND. It de puffs, tones and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to give me the confidence needed all night!


We had SO MUCH fun chatting at dinner, talking about blogging, our little businesses and life in general. It was so nice to feel fresh, look fresh, and really just let loose and have fun with like-minded babes.

 

So thankful for Dove and Simply Stylist for bringing us together, and for helping me stay fresh and DRY. Seriously, ha!

What are some of your tips for a night out? Anything I missed?

All my love,

Xoxo

Krista


Thanks to Dove for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions expressed are my own.


Shop my outfit:

YSL Gray Bag

OTK Boots

Black Forever 21 Dress

Jacket from Zara (sold out) but similar one here


 

 

5 Ways to Get the Most From Your Tribe

This was a post I wrote for The Style Collective, on getting the most from your tribe, community or support system. Especially true for bloggers and entrepenuers, reaching out and creating a community for yourself is essential to your well being, and the well being of your business. 

Let me know how you use your community, and ways we can further support one another :)

Also if you'd like to join The Style Collective, you can do so here.


As creative business owners we spend most of our time riding S-O-L-O.

(Flashback to the song please!)

The day to day grind consists of you and your computer. In a coffee shop, at your house, on vacation, in a shared office space…wherever. Going through our day-to-day we’re writing posts, editing photos, sharing and engaging on social media, setting up flat lays, responding to emails, sending invoices, writing proposals, doing web design, writing emails…the list goes on.

Blogging, essentially, as much as it seems social is a really solo thing. It’s you, your creative mind, your couch, your chair, your bed and whatever amazing creative content you’re going to put out in the world.

It’s on YOU to do the work, to find out what you need to do and really make the magic happen.

For me personally, the autonomy of running a business on my own. I LOVE the unknown of each day and changing direction quickly to do things that my business needs when I need it.

To do what we do, we need be okay to be alone. Finding comfort in quiet and putting your heads down and do the work. If you love what you’re doing it should be fun.

On your journey, to creating and getting the most out of your tribe, there will be haters that you need to get rid of. People that may not support what you’re doing, your path or your vision.

It’s OKAY.

It’s hard, but you can’t keep everyone in your life forever. It’s just not possible, and there are ebbs and flows in relationships. But you do need to have people around you that are truly engaged and excited about what you’re doing. Because, as a creative person creating something out of nothing, you need full engagement and support.

Eventually, you’ll find your tribe of babes and they’ll blow you away with their understanding of you and your vision.

That’s where Style Collective comes in.

Truly.

I know, I know I’m not paid to be writing this, but finding a community of hardworking, dedicated, creative babes that are willing to do the work to help each other – has changed the game for me and my blog.

Through the 1+ years I’ve been a member, I’ve found ways that really help to leverage the tribe and community.


1. Go For It. Reach Out to Each Other.

My blog friend relationships have started with a bit of effort. If it’s commenting on Instagram’s, or always engaging with posts, it’s important to let a sister know if you like their shit. But, if you want to go deeper, you need to take the extra step, put some personality behind it, and email. This helps you to personalize yourself, make a connection and boldly say something to someone who, has essentially has been talking to you via their blog for the past, say, 6+ months now.

Although we are so connected, it’s hard to connect with someone without going for it, and saying hi, maybe responding in more detail to their post, or sharing your thoughts on what you love about what they are doing.

Everyone loves a good compliment, right?

Your email should have a point, be kind and friendly, and even talk about potentially taking the relationship a bit further on skype/google hangout.

Remembering that, if you’re attracted to someone and what they are doing there is a reason for that. They are doing something or feeling some type-a-way that connects with you, and I guarantee you’ll have something in common enough for a conversation.

2. Secure a Hot Date on Skype.

Having a meeting with your girl tribe and business babes is equally as important as updating your pinterest, sending out that proposal, writing that post…. It’s about finding balance and centering yourself, to be reminded what you are doing and why you are doing it. Ask someone you admire or another girl in your community for a skype date.

It sounds sexy, and it is J Getting on the phone or being face to face can SERIOUSLY solidify a friendship.

I talk to Annie on a quarterly basis, and I feel so connected to her because of it. Hearing the voice, the tonality and really going beyond the written word is a game changer. We’re all busy, yes, but this is part of the joy of what we do.

There is flexibility in our day, and during your date you can talk about struggles, wins, anything with someone that really GETS it. Better than your boyfriend, better than your mom, they’ll ‘feel’ you.

3. Make the Effort to Hang IRL.

This is on my major to-do list lately.

I want to really MEET people. I want to know them, I want to see how they speak, how they dress, what they’re energy is like. Meeting with people, readers, other bloggers, or business prospects in person can really be the game changer.

Having an in-person session can really take your relationship to the next level and can open major doors for you. When I’ve met with other bloggers in person, I can’t explain how energized I feel about what I’m doing. As an added bonus, I also often times get company contact names, I get ideas for posts, and I get reminded that life is about LIVING in it.

Not about being behind the computer writing about it.

I know style Collective has held local meet-ups and there are boards and discussion around meeting in person. I’ve also just DM’d girls that are local to the area, and met up for coffee.

Find out how to plan a #SCmeetup.

4. Talk About the Struggles.

When you’re talking to one another, you can’t be shy about the details. It’s our duty in a creative and fluid business to be honest about the wins, but also about what’s challenging for you. If we go around telling everyone that everything is perfect, everything is easy, and you’re basically just crushing life all day, that’s most likely dishonest and people will find it hard to connect with you. Making a genuine connection about what really resonates with you, is going to pay off. You may also find that you’re not alone, that this person or that group is also or has also struggled with something similar. Then you can cross-check, compare notes and get through it together.

These are not relationships where being shy is going to benefit you! Also importantly here, make sure to listen. Listen to what’s being said, connect with it and show a genuine interest about what’s being said. Sometimes listening is all someone needs.

5. Lend a Hand.

This community and tribe is built on giving and receiving.

It’s built on offering to help others move closer to their goals as a community. You should be open to sharing and answering questions about what’s working for you, and also what’s not.

Use this community to help you move further in your business. Be eachothers’ sounding board and accountability partner. Brainstorm and plan together.

This community and the creative souls in our blogging world, are my people. Even if they are all over the country, these badass, fashion forward, creative babes are living their dream by sharing their life in the online world with us.

I hold these relationships just as highly as my IRL friendships, and in many ways, these people understand my wins and my struggles better than my family or friends who don’t live a creative entrepreneur life like I do. These babes are your tribe, they’re your community and they’re relationships that are worth starting and nurturing.

They’re also the ones that have potential you may not even know yet.

They’re your sisters and it’s only just the beginning.