Long, thick and healthy hair SECRETS (what vitamins I take, products I use...!)

Hello you!

She has big hair and it's full of SECRETS! (Best movie ever!)

Anyway!

Writing this post by request because I think I've talked to at least 6 people about this lately.

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It's my hair. 

It's gotten REALLY long and it's just massive at this point. Not sure why, but I feel like my hair has been varying levels of thickness in my life. Probably related to diet, and hormones but right now it's a MANE and SUPA THICK!

Thankfully, my hair is my thing. Since I was little and when I was wearing an eye patch. I had my hair.  The uglier I feel, the longer I'll have my hair, hehe.

But it's been nice to be long again, and I wanted to share the biggest secrets to having long thick hair that doesn't break, and can survive coloring and sun damage. 

Good hair can change the world, right?!


Hair secrets:

First, most importantly, is viviscal guys. I SWEAR BY IT. 

Biotin doesn't work. Like I don't know why it just doesn't. Or if it does I never noticed. This is the REAL DEAL. 

I wrote about it before, and you can get it here, but it's the real DEAL. It has changed the game for making my hair so much thicker, and growing so much more quickly from when I had the Rachel cut in August of last year. Sometimes I think about the girl that told me about viviscal at a bar, and I want to kiss her.

You can get a months supply here, for around $25 dollars, or 6 months supply here for $110 which is SUPER cheap for what I've seen! I would do the 6 months so you can really see the results.

Like any vitamin or pill you have to use it for about 3 months before you notice a difference, but it's SO WORTH IT! 

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Also MAJOR.

I wash it once a week, maybe.

I truly go as long as possible, up to two weeks without washing my hair. If you use a good dry shampoo (like this one by Caviar!) it will absorb the excess oil and create volume and lift without drying it out from washing. This has allowed my color to stay, and caused less breakage.

I workout most days, so when it's sweaty I'll dampen the roots with water and shoot it with a blowdryer. But even letting it dry with a little bit of being dirty, gives it lots of volume!

Plus it saves me SO MUCH TIME to not wash my hair.

  • I never blow dry. Ever. My hair is naturally really straight, no wave really, so when it's drying I'll run a wet brush through it as it dries to keep it from doing radical things. It's key to keeping it healthy, because the less heat the better.

Right now I am going off a curling binge, I curled it 3 days in a row and it feels like Bob Marley dreadlocks it's so dry. For that, I'll do a mask once every two weeks. I rotate between expensive and cheap brands. For real L'Oreal has the cheap drugstore brand game on lock, and I love Kerastase masks for all they do. I put the curling iron I use on here. It's BOMB and my curls last fo-eva.

On products, I feel passionately about spending money on products - like the ones I use linked below. Because, if you wash your hair once a week (slash month) you can spend more and use less. The expensive shampoos WORK and have really helped with damage control. 

This is weird, but I don't know, and also TMI but we're all FRIENDS. I also think my hair is thicker since getting off birth control (I have the copper IUD). I felt like those hormones messed with me. Anyone else? Is that legal to write that? LOL.

For coloring, I get it done once every 3 months (down from every 4 weeks when I was MEGA blonde) and having a toner added at the end really helps to draw out the color and make it last SO much longer. Highlighting and coloring your hair can REALLY lead to breakage. For blondes, your essentially removing the the pigment from your hair when you make it blonde (for other colors you are adding pigment).

So, having my hair a darker blonde really has extended my time away from the salon which saves my hair and my wallet :)

Hmmm...I think that could be it as far as secrets. Massaging the scalp is good, I'm like a cat basically if you rub my head. But any questions on hair? Ask me!

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Products I love:


PHEW. That one felt good. Any tips for me? Do you do anything special to keep your hair healthy? Lemme know! Or share below so we can all benefit :) 

Also I'm wearing Ethona Active - it's a new line based out of Los Angeles that I've been working with - and LOVE. It's super soft, fits well and the cut is pretty unique. RECOMMEND IT! 

xoxo

Krista

For ya listening pleasure - JONI PAYNE interview and jams

Hi babes.

I don't know how to describe music being important to me without sounding like a loser, but it IS.

When you think about life. We often mix memories and songs. Most of us spend our days in headphones. Either finding music to match or, create the mood.

I span the music spectrum, but mostly I'm into Rap, Hip-Hop, Trap, R&B, Soul and Phil Collins. Favorite albums are from artists like Miguel, Frank Ocean, Purity Ring, SBTRKT and I always want to find new stuff. My music section on Hundred is where I share the latest, or on soundcloud I repost good thangs.

My new music muse, is Joni Payne. A babe I was connected to through various cool individuals (thanks Joey and Val!). I started to listen with no expectation of commitment.

But once I love a sound or artist - I'm in. 

So, after a few listens, I WAS ALL IN. 

This has all the FEELS.

Joni is super groovy, sexy and worldly. It's like okay I can listen to this when I'm hanging, cruising, through the day or into the night.

IT'S RAD and retro.

So, I am super pumped to share some new jams with you, and a bit more about Joni as an artist. I was happy to interview her and learn more about the process, her dreams and sound. It's amazing what this babe can do, so I needed to take a note.

I know you'll love this one so we'll get to it. xo


A little about Joni:

Joni Payne combines her classic jazz influenced vocals with pop and R&B melodies to create a unique sound that can best be described as street meets relaxed chic. 

Born in the midwest, but having lived on the east and now west coast, Joni has been influenced by a wide array of genres and American cultures that have helped her develop an explosive and haunting electronic style. 

Standing at six feet tall and coming from a professionally studied graphic arts and modeling background, Joni brings unique and striking visuals alongside her music and performances. 


Full interview, and some of my favorites:

How would you describe your sound? 

My music has a dreamy chillwave/R&B/soul vibe. I like blending new sounds and really old sounds to create a cool dynamic of my own.

As an artist you must have people you listen to for inspiration.

Who are some of your biggest music inspirations? 

Ahhh so many haha and constantly changing, here are a few of my favs that stick though:

Billie Holiday for her voice, Frank Sinatra for his swag, Al Green for his emotion, Frank Ocean for his story telling, Jimi Hendrix for his dedicated talent, Dean Martin for his sense of humor, Etta James for her soul, DJ Quick for his vibe, Luther Vandross for his sexuality, Erykah Badu for her individuality, Miles Davis for his Miles Davis-ness.

If you had to collab with anyone, who would it be and why?

I always love what Justin Vernon does with artists, i feel like the way he approaches collaboration helps them grow and create new sounds that are next level. 


What's been the best show you've ever seen live?

(Lupe Fiasco at Lollapalooza or The XX at Coachella are mine)

Oooo yeah The XX was my first concert in LA and they were great, it felt like they created their own little world to step into. Uhhh right now I'd say my favorite was probably seeing Snoop Dogg because i fell in love with him while he was on stage so that was pretty cool.

Something about the way he didn't have to ask for people to listen, but just did his laid back thing and it commanded his own presence was so amazing to me. 

Walk us through a day in the life, any rituals?

I have to wake up at 8am to move my car from the meters thanks to wonderful LA parking, so that's become a sort of ritual haha.

It's actually great because it makes me get up early and by the time i'm in the car i'm ready to get coffee.

Coffee would be another ritual. I have my own little studio set up in my apartment so I usually am writing/designing from there, or at one of my producer's spots. I take dance classes throughout the week and generally get to the beach to clear my mind and breathe every couple of days.

I'm always finding different ways to create, but one of the only consistency's I've noticed is that things flow better when my apartments clean, so a lot of times i find myself putting on a record and making my bed before sitting down to do art. 

You moved from Ohio! What brought you to L.A. and how has your upbringing shaped you?

I actually have moved around a lot growing up, I lived in Ohio for the longest, but before coming to LA I went to boarding school in Boston and my family moved to Colorado.

So I would actually say that moving and restarting in new places shaped me more than any one individual spot. I've always felt like I could take on any environment and it taught me not to be afraid of rediscovering and inventing myself.

I was lucky to have a really close huge family to keep me true to my core, but I never was stuck to one community's influence or perception of me. 

What's your biggest dream right now?

I just want to keep opening doors and getting better. 


My favorite Joni jams:


Your most exciting accomplishment of 2015?

Getting my first single out. It always feels like there are forces working against you when you're trying to do something new, so just breaking through those barriers and putting yourself out there is a huge step.

Any goals you have for 2016?

Lot's haha, but mostly just to transition into making my art my full time job.

Which of your songs do you think best describes your sound that people can jam to?

"Must Have" probably holds that place in my heart for now, but I have a new project coming out this spring that will do that to a fuller extent. It has a video/short film component that starts out by revealing some of the most intimate and vulnerable sides of me, and then transitions into some of the bigger visions and artistry that I want to connect with my music. there's also an EP tied to it that helps expand on the different sounds I've been putting out and continues to tell the story of who I am as an artist. 

I know for lots of people, they have dreams or talents but never enough courage to actually pursue them. You're super talented, and have such an amazing sound. Can you talk about the moment (or moments) where you knew you wanted to go for it and pursue your career as an artist? 

I think that for me it comes down to enjoying the process of growth, rather than doing it for some end goal that may or may not ever happen. It's definitely really hard sometimes, but I get the most joy when i make a song that i love, so as much as i want people to hear it and to connect with an audience, i'm more concerned greatness than popularity. i guess it was never really a question of whether or not i would pursue it, i just really love making art. 


So cool, right? I love the perspective, and weirdly I loved how she said she works best in a clean space. HA. I FEEL THAT and I needed someone else to verbalize it. THANK YOU.

I'm really into the sound and feeling, and super excited to see where this one goes! She's also a super babe right? Love the look - and always into anyone with a bold Brooke Shields brow. 

What's your fav jam? 

Lemme know!

Happy Wednesday. Always glad you're here.

xoxo

Krista

How to be happy for no reason (REAL TALK)

'sup guys!

Love this one for a MONDAY. Truly a life changer.

First, how was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?

I worked basically all weekend, but that's good every once in a while! I also shot a LOT last week. With Danika my girl, for Ethona an Activewear line in Venice and then for a project I have coming up. It's interesting now with photos that I care less about what they look like - it's like more objective when I see pictures. Like, okay that angle is my hell, or like I should probably be more relaxed here, this looks good etc. Bloggers ya feel me?

So to the post! This is the realest and inspired by one of my favorite podcasts, Tara Brach, who does meditations and teachings that seriously calm and change my life. I would highly recommend the 10 minute meditation for beginners, which I linked in my meditation post.

This is my and almost everyone's life. 

Living, and thinking, I will be happy IF this happens to me.

'If' I get this job. 'If' I start dating this person. 'If' I get this apartment. 'If' I lose the weight. "If' I buy X, Y or Z.

Then. 

I will be happy. 

How often do we do that?

Personally, I find myself often saying that I will be happy once I: accomplish something with Hundred, make this amount of money, lose 10 pounds....

Once my friend Adam asked me how I was feeling, and I said 'I just want to lose these 7 pounds', and he said,

'You've always said I want to lose 7 pounds since I've known you. Maybe you should let it go.'

We've known each other for 6 years HA.

MIC DROP.

SO DAMN TRUE!

I'm just being honest.

It's the toxicity of thinking, if this happens, or this situation changes, then I will be happy. Until then I am living in limbo and out of this moment. 

I actually notice this a lot with my friends too. This moment, is not okay, but when something else happens, in two years, when I get married, when I have kids, when we have money, when I have this job... THEN I will be content.

But does that ever really happen? Think about when something in your life went REALLY your way. You actually did get that job or started to date that person...

You never stay as happy as you were when you first got it. Then, you find something else to chase after.

It's how humans work.

I know thats how I normally operate.

I thought this was cool:


Buddhism provides two definitions for happiness. One is defined in terms of our relation to an object, while the other is defined in terms of our relation with the state of mind of the feeling itself.

Please read below:

The first defines happiness as the experiencing of something in a satisfying manner, based on believing that it is of benefit to ourselves, whether or not it actually is. Unhappiness is the experiencing of something in an unsatisfying, tormenting way. We experience something neutrally when it is in neither a satisfying nor a tormenting way.

The second defines happiness as that feeling which, when it has ended, we wish to meet with it once more. Unhappiness as that feeling which, when it arises, we wish to be parted from it. While a neutral feeling is that feeling which, when it arises or ends, we have neither of the two wishes.
— www.studybuddhism.com

Basically the first is worldly happiness. Or happiness that comes with what we are experiencing through the senses. It's fleeting, it's when we experience life being a certain way.

It's happiness, with a cause.

The second, SUKHA is an unconditioned happiness that isn't dependent on anything. When people say they are CHOOSING to be happy, this is what they mean. You are happy for no reason. Nothing worldly or out of your control can keep you from that happiness. 

This is freedom.



Freedom is, reminding yourself that even without the things you crave, or are working towards - on this journey you DECIDE to happy.

Because nothing is guaranteed. No day, achievement, or 'it'. 

Things we want, we may or may not get, and if we weren't happy along the way, then whats the point?

So how am I applying this in my daily life? Every time I think about the things that I want or strive for, I remind myself that, now I am happy. On the journey to those things, or if those things never come to fruition, I am happy.

With or without 'it' I am filled with joy.

Deep right?

I would love to know what you think about this concept? Are there things for you that you feel like you'll be happy if you achieve or if you have? I feel like mines always been related to being a certain weight, or making a certain amount of money....what's yours?

Would love to read your thoughts!

Looking forward to chatting.

xoxo

Krista 

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Weekending in Palm Springs (where to stay, what to do & what to WEAR!)

Hello you!

How's the week going? Hoping things are good - so glad you're here!

A little overdue and a few trips to Palm Springs later - and we’ve got a weekending review!

I’ve been going back and forth between L.A. and Palm Springs for the past few months on random weekends, and finally have a good grip on what to do, where to stay and the information to share with you.

So last weekend I was in Palm Springs for an event called Desert Swim, which was a group of brands and bloggers getting together. It ended up really just being a party, HA.

I was like ready with business cards (that I bought and will write about) ready to network. 

I come to this pool party where people are hanging in donut and pizza floaties drinking coconut flavored mixed drinks, LOL.

I live in a no chill zone, HA so I was like hmm now what. I don't want to put on a bikini and drink Corona's...so I just chatted with folks in my little romper. It ended up being really fun and I had such a good time with our little group. Val our friend, did an AMAZING job finding a sweet airbnb.

At the event there was an amazing bathing suit designer who was like, "Girl let me get you in a bathing suit, would this work?" Hands me a TINY piece of bikini and I'm like hmmm...you got a large boo? HA. Swear she never heard the word large, but ANYWAY. I got a dope one piece out of it!

I am writing a post on my dope business cards because I think they aren't out of style, and that I truly use them more than you'd think. For me its better than standing with someone and you're trying to put their contact in your phone.

So that's to come.

But, I love Palm Springs because it's really what you make of it. You can do it with girlfriends for a spa getaway, with your person for a romantic getaway, or just like, a chill weekend to regroup and relax. Especially for L.A. people, when you want to do something different, you can go here.

It can be done cheaply, or expensively, and you can make it party-ish or laid back. Up to you, and why I love it.

So, a recap of everything you need - plus SUPER cute thangs to wear even if you're in Palm Springs or not :)


Places to stay:

Parker Palm Springs

ACE Hotel

Arrive

Airbnb (let me know if you need a suggestion!) 

L'Horizon Resort and Spa

Two Bunch Palms (this place is RAD! It's a spiritual relaxation center where you can do things like: 

  • Spiritual Healing

  • Yoga

  • Restorative Yoga

  • Sacred Heart Dancing

  • Grotto Relaxing

  • Angel Card Reading

  • Intention Setting

If you go there, you won't probably leave the resort - just some R&R and hanging out. Which is AMAZING.



Things to do:

Go out at the ACE Hotel

Get a drink at the Parker Palm Springs

Pool party at Arrive

Walk around in downtown Palm Springs

Go to a hot spring and RELAX

Hike in Joshua Tree nearby

Get coffee at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Visit or hike the San Jacinto Mountain

Hike Indian Canyon


Where to eat:


What to wear:

I love the Palm Springs attire.

Beach-y, poolside gear that's a bit western and a bit boho. There's also a retro glam feel to it, as shown in the decor around the city. For bathing suits I would go one piece, kimono hat to the pool and at night do an easy maxi or something like that.

It's all about colors and patterns, Miami type vibe.


Also! These 'My Willow's' shades. I mean come ON. They don't have side 'bars' to hold them up, just a chain that goes around your ear with crystals at the bottom. They are truly the most unique and different sunglasses I have ever seen and I loved the owner's story. 

Get them at My Willow's and I think they will be in Nasty Gal really soon!

Wait you guys can we also talk about the valet guy in the reflection of my sunglasses? Do you die?? HAHA.

Okay, so an interesting week, but I'll keep you posted. Lost my wallet and things aren't REALLY working in my favor, but what can you do. How are you? Questions on Palm Springs or anything I've missed? Let me know!

Loving you.

xo

Krista

Not your grandma's EMBROIDERY. The BEST embroidery styles to shop!

Hello gorgeous people!

What's up what's up? Anything happening? How was the weekend?

I was in Palm Springs for an event and it was SO FUN. I am really tired, and ready to like chill, but exploring Palm Springs is becoming one of my favorite things. I'll write a guide and talk about what we did later this week. 

So, a post with some pictures I am really into! Love the turquoise background, just glad with how these turned out.

Plus, if you would have told me that I would be writing about embroidery…

I mean, that’s trends though, right? AND I LOVE IT.

The super detailed, color pop trend of embroidery is so in right now and it’s just such a feminine, pretty flair to add to clothes. I LOVE IT. You can really wear this anywhere and look really cool, but also covered up and girly.

Plus it's not like your grandma's embroidery of stitching holiday related patterns on your crew neck sweaters. 

Anyway, GET ON DA EMBROIDERY TRAIN.

Plus, if you’re doing a music festival soon, this is the perfect look. Period. 

Of all the trends I've loved this Spring, I am confident this is my favorite! 


Shop the look:

This embroidered jacket is actually last year Forever 21 and wasn't in fashion then (cool) but is now. I love bombers, anything black and paired this with Paige Jeans, Forever 21 sunglasses, Forever 21 black crop top and fringe booties. Edgy NYC, but still cute. Chloe, Valentino, Balenciaga...all of these brands have the embroidered bombers out. I won't link those, because I assume if you want that you're not reading my blog. Hehe.

(Floral embroidered bomber is sold out from Forever 21. You know how that goes). 

Shop similar styles of that jacket below:

From Zara

From Aso's (cropped jacket)

From Aso's (black floral detail)

Other details of this look:

Black Crop Top

Paige Black Ripped Knee Jeans

Matte Cat Eye Spitfire Sunglasses

Fringe Heeled Boots (sold out) but similar here


Shop similar DOPE and BEAUTIFUL looks:

All of these linked below. Are STUNNING. PERIOD. I love my jacket, but a few of these things are on the way to my house an I couldn't be more excited. Check out my favorites below, as I searched the internet high and low so you didn't need to look for the best. 


So you guys, I seriously can't even with some of those DRESSES ABOVE.

Like, flow-y, comfortable, beautiful and you wear dress them all up or dress them down. You can wear these to brunches, date night, out during the day. They're super versatile.

I love that, I can be cozy, on trend and cute at the same time.

What do you think? Which do you love?

Any favorite trends from spring? Can't wait to hear! 

You da best! Have a great week.

Xo

Krista

Easy breezy breakfast that takes 2.5 seconds (+ has protein, & superfoods!)

Guys,

I know sometimes you read my blog and think, "wow Krista is a total expert in cooking and baking". She posts such fabulous homemade cooking and food posts (aka cleansing and protein bars that I just buy). With all the difficult recipes I whip up, it seems like that. I know.

But. Sigh, *SHOCKER* I'm really not any expert at all.

LOL.

I've done VERY few posts on food, and it's for smoothies, or awesome protein bars.

I just don't do cook.

I eat too much food when I am waiting for the food to cook, period the end.

I don't have a big kitchen and I don't enjoy it or have supplies.

Those are my thoughts. 

This recipe I shared with some friends and they were really into it, and wanted to share with you!


Why I LOVE THIS:

It's so easy.

It's so delicious.

Its super affordable.

It's low in sugar, packed with super foods and tastes like chocolate amazingness.

Trader Joe's is awesome for bulk foods, but also ordering online means you don't leave the house. AYYY!!



So here we are!

Recipe for a super easy, filling, affordable, grab and go chocolate protein chia seed breakfast, that takes 2.5 seconds to make.

What you need:

Chia Seeds, about a 1/3rd cup 

Hemp Seeds, about a half cup

Flax Seeds (I like ground better), about 1/4th cup

Vega Sport Chocolate and Greens Protein Powder, one scoop

Almond Milk, about a 1/2 cup, but really just do as much as you'd like (I love the 365 brand from Whole Foods)

A hipster mason jar because plastic is SO OUT


Where to get supplies:


What you need to do:

  • Throw everything in a jar, and mix it up so that it's a soupy consistency.

  • The chia seeds will absorb the liquid to become a mouse like texture overnight.

  • After stirring it up, throw it in the fridge.

  • et Viola!

  • Take with you to work, or just eat it in the morning!


I have been taking it with me to go in the morning and it's so freaking good.

You can add other stuff to it too. Whatever you'd like, goji berries, cinnamon, or fruit. Feel free to make it your own!

Do you guys have any super easy recipes that you use in the morning? Would love to hear your routine!

P.S. Almost there! It's THURSDAY!

xoxo
Krista

PALM TREE LIFE is the BEST LIFE! aka my FAV TREND EVER.

Hello you!

How was the weekend? I was in ATL for a wedding (which I'll write about) and it was GORGEOUS. Like, classy, elegant, and FUN. There was a Beyonce drag queen surprise, and it was RIGHT. More on that later, but what did you do? Anything fun?

Super excited about this one, because it’s one of my favorite trends ever. I liked this trend before it was a trend. Yep, I'm saying it. 

You know when you’re on the fence about buying something but you end up just going for it? You’re like whatever, I hope I wear this.

This dress I'm wearing here was one of those things.

I got it in Toronto, and I didn’t know I would wear it as much as I do.

I WEAR IT ALL THE TIME.

It’s the go-to, to look super street, edgy and badass. The green palm print is everything, and the jersey lining at the color – DOPE.

Palm print is so in right now. It’s all over magazines and in stores right now, and the saturated green looks good on about anyone. Whether it's the palm print in house decor or on some PANTS it's super in.

^^ little bun head LOL.

This print makes me feel so tropical and like it's okay to wear bold prints and colors again but still be cool. NYC scarred me for PATTERNS. 

Plus, the jersey lining on the collar of this is urban dime piece, and I love love it.

So, bad news. I know this is lame to be like 'oh it's sold out but check out this SUPER CUTE OUTFIT I LOVE. But that's what's happening today. I seriously cannot find it anywhere online. I've been looking!! It's from Lush, so if you find it. Please share!

...if you stop hating me please continue.

But, alas, even cutter stuff that has the PALM PRINT for your house, to wear, for your phone...whatever! All of it linked for you below!


Shop similar looks:

How are you incorporating spring trends right now?  Any favorites here?

This week I am doing lots of work for future posts on the blog, feeling happy about my progress! Also just reviewed some of my old posts - and OH MY GOODNESS, how Hundred Blog has evolved. My old posts were seriously written like Haiku's. No beginning, middle or end.

Anyway, glad you're a part of the evolution!

How’s life for you?

Would love to know!

Xx

Krista

Wedding Makeup like a PRO and products you NEED to get (but probably don't have!)

Oh hello!

Y'all know I am unafraid of a full face of makeup. I can do eyes, lips, brows, contour.

ALL of the makeup, thank you!

Because honestly, I wear makeup maybe once or twice a week, so when I do, I go all in mask mode. I love to take my time, try new products, try new techniques and being unafraid allows me to diversify my look.

For the wedding I was at last weekend, my favorite girl Laura Moriarty was there and I HAD to have her do my makeup.

She worked in New York City, with models and celebrities and is a true genius with her tools. She also just "gets it" and when I said, "do your thing" when we talked about the look I was going for, I knew it would be perfect. 

I mean, on the real, most of the time when I get my makeup done I leave and go change it, redo it or add more. It's hard to understand the look you want or are comfortable with.

I'm rambling. But, I wanted to share how to achieve this look and more importantly the PRODUCTS that are changing my life and giving me soft, glow-y, radiant skin. Every one of these I bought because they are quality, and seriously make you look amazing.

(Some of Laura's clients, below!)

So, I had Laura write it ALL out for you guys so you can get that look, and get all these seriously incredible products.

Enjoy this detail on how to achieve a radiant face via makeup artist Laura Moriarty!


How to achieve the perfect glowing, hydrated summer skin...

FACE

Primer: Laura Mercier Hydrating Skin Primer then go over with Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal overtop primer to achieve a shimmering, glowing base.

Foundation: I used Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 4.5 and mixed it with Nars All Day Luminous Foundation in shade, Vallauris for a dewey yet fuller-coverage look, and blended with dampened Beauty Blender in a light, dabbing motion.

Contour: Contoured hollows of cheeks, temples, and jawline with #4 (darkest shade) in Cover FX creme Contour Kit, shades G10 to G40 = G Light-Mediumand blended inwards with Beauty Blender.

Highlight: Highlighted bridge of the nose and under the eyes with Maybelline Master Conceal in Light concealer, and blended outwards with Beauty Blender.

Bronzer: Bronzed hollows of cheek and apples of cheek with Buxom Bronzer in Tahitismells as good as it looks.

Strobe: Strobed bridge of nose, cheek bones, and brow bones with Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal using your fingers

Then go over strobed areas with Laura Mericer Face Illuminator in Indiscretion with a fan brush to maximize glowing look.

Blush: Applied Stila, Field of Florals Convertible Dual Lip & Cheek Palette to apples of cheek with fingers in colors Lillium mixed with Gerbera. 

(Using a creme based blush enhances the dewey-skin look!)


EYES

Eyes: On lids, I used Urban Decay Eye-Shadow in Chopper and Make Up Forever Eye-Shadow in Copper Red in crease.

Then, I took Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in color Golden Pink and highlighted inner corners of eye, under the brow, and on cupid's bow (top of the lip) for extra highlight.

Lastly, lined top lash line with Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye-liner in Graphite.

Lashes: Coated lashes with Eye Booster Instant Doll Lash Extension kit by Physicians Formula *MUST try mascara, creates long, full lashes.


LIPS

Lips: Lined and filled lips with Buxom Full-On Lipstick in Dolly.

Then went over with Make Up For Ever Artist Pexi-Gloss in color, 202.

These are my obsession! You can wear them everyday, to work, whatever and it's just enough color to make you look alive and feminine, but not too much. Plus my lips get SUPER soft.


SHOP IT ALL HERE


OTHER DETAILS

This Forever 21 Striped Shirt is my JAM! I wear it as a dress and then with black jeans for a edgy look.

I also noticed that Fashion Lush was rocking it as well! 

On my hair, I used my favorite Oribe Gold Lust Shampoo, and Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray and Oribe Beach WavesShine Spray.


Questions? Let Laura or I know! You can connect with her via her website, or just ask us here and we'll answer!

If I could get ANY of these products, I would DEFINITELY get the Mascara, and the Buxom Lipstick. Key for everyday - and super affordable.

Yas queens, yas.

Love you!

xo

Krista

55% off healthy cleanses for *summer bods* + Chef V Interview

Oh hello you!

Guys remember when I did the Chef V cleanse? I talked about how it was 'The Realest Cleanse in the Game'.

Well it still is!

I had to write the word, 'cleanse' here, but it's more so like a reset, a refresh, a restart, a chance to reduce sugar cravings, restart your gut flora, give yourself energy, battle cravings...all of that. So to me, Chef V is different because, it's not a juice cleanse with 6 juices LOADED with sugar (fruit sugar, I know, but still you get the same energy crash). It's super CLEAN, low sugar, nutritional and WORKS.

I've done a lot of cleanses. I've fasted, I've tried a lot of different things.

I love experimenting, and our bodies are our greatest experiment.

I am in the middle of doing a little experiment right now, by having a green juice every day for a month.  Simple, easy and using the Chef V green juice to see what happens. Post on that later.

I wanted to interview the real Chef V - and get her health perspective, business perspective and just learn more about eating well. 

But, for summer bods in a pinch, try their cleanses, and use the code HUNDRED for 55% off. Honestly, SO AFFORDABLE, I am thinking of doing the 21 day cleanse, because this babe is DESPERATE. 

Right and I know I shouldn't say 'summer body' and we should all love our bodies all the time no matter how they are. True. I feel you. But like, I need a body that's appropriate for summer, so summer body.

What's in each cleanse. 

  • The Chef V Green Juice: HUGE FAN. Low sugar, gives me energy and just feels GOOD. 
  • Shake powder: I use it with almond milk to make it more substantial - delicious.
  • The soup: Which is also filling and delicious. 

There are 3 day, 5 day and 7 day. If you wanted you could do the full on system, or you can also work some foods into it. Like a salad at night, or at lunch, apples, carrots and hummus...etc. That's what I'll do if I am working out hard that week.

Okay, so HUNDRED code, and now to the interview with Chef V:

Veronica Wheat, founder of Chef V, is an author, yoga instructor, healthy chef and nutritional therapist. 


How did Chef V begin, and what was the motivation behind starting your own business?

I started in 2010 making healthy meals for people at their homes and  boutique catering for birthdays, showers, And even weddings. In 2011 I started making healthy meals and delivering them to my clients home. I would shop, cook, deliver, plan, answer their questions... I did it all. With my meals I would force people to drink my famous Organic Green Drink. 9/10 people had no idea what a green drink was in 2011. But in 2012 I decided to stop doing the food and developed a way for everyone to get fresh, never pasteurized, green drinks delivered to their door for a low cost. This took off because no one else was doing it. (Niche!) Soon I developed my own cleanse, based on my nutritional background. I knew typical juice cleanses out there were not the healthy option for cleansing. Over 200g of sugar per day! Yikes!

I developed a cleanse that is not all juice but incorporates plant protein to rebuild muscles and help you loose fat not muscle. Then I added a tasty detox soup at night to make you feel as though you are indulging. The plus side is that people started loosing lots of weight on my cleanse, besides all of the beneficial internal effects. Now I have two locations across the country one in San Diego and one in Mew York city, where I have distribution access to over 120 million people! That's a lot of healthy green drinkers! 

Certified Organic - what does that mean and why is it important? 

It is very important and we pride ourselves on that. It's a rigorous standard that makes you oxide by all organic processes. Everything must be certified organic with a track record, down to the seed, soil, and grow process. Then, on our side we must oboe by certain regulations like even our cleaning products and veggie washes must be certified organic. Some companies my boast that they use all organic products but I guarantee that they aren't obiding by all of the regulations above and beyond just organic produce. So look for the USDA seal for certified organics. 

What is the difference between your cleanse and others?

Low low Sugar, certified organic, local, always made fresh, delivered to your home, cold-blended,  not juiced (for maximum nutrients), not pasteurized, you get two protein shakes per day, and a yummy soup at night. 

What has been an amazing success story of a customer that stuck with you?

We have heard everything from massive weight loss (25 lbs. in one week), people have stopped taking auto immune medicines, people say their cured of allergies, a guy said he had gout on his leg for 10 years and did a 3 day cleanse and t melted away.

One lady was cured of diabetes after a year and lost over 100 lbs. all of these testimonials are on Facebook and Yelp including videos and reviews. Check them out

What's hard about what you do? (Owning your own business, etc.)

Managing people is always hard to do. Especially as we grow and a new Position comes about and you have to train  and manage a new person, luckily we have great managers who are awesome and help achieve these goals every day. We have an amazing staff that I'm thankful for.

What's most rewarding about what you do?

Changing people's lives!

I've had people that never ate a vegetable before in their life, no joke, start drinking the green drink and magical things happen to their bodies. Just the testimonials are amazing. It's everything about our business. If our customers aren't happy we aren't. That's why we are so big on reviews because we can really learn from people's input. 

What's the biggest misconception about cleansing?

Well, there are tons of misconceptions because most cleanses out there are toxic! Just make sure you have good nutrients while cleansing (no master cleanse), and make sure there isn't tons of sugar, more then 40g per day is super toxic. Sugar turns to fat, spikes the blood sugar and can cause diabetes, amongst other health issues.

What's something people need to remember to be successful when cleansing?

I always tell people to pre-cleanse 2 days prior and 2 days after, to ease you into and out of the cleansing process. You want to ease yourself into and out of a cleanse so you don't shock your system, before or after, and you aren't adding toxins to your body before or after so you have the most success. I give you a detailed schedule to follow before and after with foods you should and should not eat. i.e. No gluten, dairy, alcohol, caffeine, or red meat. 

What is the biggest mistake you see people make with their diet?

Not being consistent or planning ahead. Eating out is seriously detrimental too. So many hidden calories and salt to make food taste good, even at 'healthy places'. 

If people could one thing for their health, what would you suggest they do?

Drink a green drink every morning for breakfast. It will change your life! 

Where can people connect with you and learn more?

Facebook, Instagram @chefvlife or my blog ChefVblog.com


I got a 5 day cleanse coming that I am SO EXCITED about (maybe just excited to see how I feel after) but I will keep you posted on the progress!

She's cool, right? I always love hearing from entrepreneurial babes, that saw opportunities and made something out of them!

Keep me posted, guys! Talk soon!

xo

Krista

Introducing: The LADY GANG (aka your new best friends)

Okay so.

I've written about podcasts before a few times and how I CRUSH podcasts on the daily. 

I listen to them ALL THE TIME.

When I work, when I walk, in the car... it's satisfied the quench for me to always learn and grow, and I can drop dope facts and information in conversation.

But the game was changed when I found the LadyGang Podcast, via Fashion Lush, who is an amazing blogger out of San Diego.

Currently, I only listen to podcasts that are in the business, self-help, and personal growth vein.

It's Tim Ferriss, Rich RollGary Vee...those types. The topics are on bettering yourself and ways to maximize performance in all aspects of your life, basically. 

So, after a while, it's like okay, I get it. Make your bed, meditate and say no to opportunities that you don't LOVE and journal. Right. Got it.

So I needed a refresh, a fun and light podcast that's more like a conversation, with friends. 

Yes, podcasters become my friends and mentors. 

Backstory real quick. 

I met Rich Roll, and his wife Julie Piatt and I was so nervous.

Which says a lot about me if I'm nervous to meet a 50+ Vegan Athlete and his wife - LOL. I blacked out and said,

"It's like you guys are my friends".

LIKE WHAT. YOU ARE NOT FRIENDS! They were like *blank stare blink blink* who is this random girl super excited about meeting us, who is obviously crazy and isn't our friend?

Shake my damn HEAD. At least I went for it, I guess.

But these babes are truly like friends. THEY ARE SO FUNNY, on point with topics and guests, plus they're HONEST and real.  I love that they're based out of L.A. and are SUPER successful business babes on their own.

(Read their bio's below!)

Especially during your commute, there is no better way than to listen to them chat and interview really interesting people.


What I love about The LadyGang Podcast

Realness. These babes are SO REAL, down to earth, and relatable. They talk about periods AND Hollywood parties in the same 30 minutes.

Rawness. There's nothing that's off limits, which makes you feel like you're hanging with your friends. 

The good week/bad week segment. Is freaking hilarious. I love hearing each of their insane stories from the week.

They answer questions from their listeners. You can email the babes and ask ANY question you want answered. It speaks to their coolness, and connection they want with their audience.

Their interviewing style. They bring in the guest to the conversation fluidly, which brings out an interesting side to each person they interview. It's more natural, and frankly, makes it more fun.


Let's meet the babes!

Keltie Knight

Emmy-nominated Keltie Knight has interviewed the biggest celebrities in the world, including Oprah, Taylor Swift, Pink, Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, U2, Stevie Wonder, Adam Levine, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Gwenyth Paltrow and more. She also served as host of the The Thanksgiving Day Parade LIVE on CBS, CW's World Dog Awards with George Lopez, the CW's Greatest Holiday Commercial Countdown and US Weekly’s 2012 Emmy Awards Live From The Red Carpet. Recently, she made a cameo appearance in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!, The Young and the Restless, and introduced the “Red Carpet Challenge” on Project Runway. Keltie is also a budding fashionista with best-dressed mentions in Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Just Jared, US Weekly, The Daily Mail, People Stylewatch and The New York Times. 

Jac Vanek

Jac Vanek is a self-made entrepreneur, CEO and one of the most powerful fashion and music influencers of her generation. She created the Jac Vanek brand from the dirty ground up, and has transformed it into an unconventional powerhouse that continues to defy long-standing notions, standards and boundaries of the fashion industry. Her sassy graphics and slogans boldly say what everyone else is thinking, and are worn by celebrities such as Cara Delevinge, Vanessa Hudgens, Joe Jonas and Ellie Goulding.  The Jac Vanek brand is stocked in major retailers, including Topshop, Zumiez and NastyGal, as well as high end boutiques around the country.

Becca Tobin

Becca Tobin is an American actress, singer, dancer, blogger and smart ass. She spent three years playing the resident “mean girl” on FOX’s hit TV show Glee. Her other television appearances, including NCIS LA, Drop Dead Diva, Mystery Girls, Late Late Show with Craig Fergusonand Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. Tobin’s red carpet style has been featured in numerous publications. In September 2013, Becca launched JuneMoss.com, a fashion blog inspired by her two fashion idols – her grandma June and Kate Moss. The blog has been featured on WhoWhatWear.com and as one of “The Surprise Celebrity Blogs You Should Be Reading.”


Now, to the REAL good stuff!

I'm super excited to share this interview with these badass females.

I couldn't love sharing dope stuff more, and when it really aligns - my love for realness, honesty and insight. It's the BEST.


For those who don't know - how would you describe the The LadyGang Podcast?

LadyGang is basically a boozy mimosa brunch with three of your best friends, we talk about all of the good and bad stuff that women talk about with only their closest friends. We have celebs stop by, but the fun really is in the three of us!!

Your podcast is super refreshing and unique. How did the idea for the LadyGang podcast come about?

Becca Tobin and I had done a collab together on her blog JuneMoss.com and had always been talking about teaming up, over the course of a year we talked about what we wanted to create and started trying to see who might be our third gal. I think Jac Vanek is one of the coolest major babes in the world, and she offers such a different and unique view of Hollywood. She's self-made and super inspiring. We asked her and she said yes, and I can honestly say this whole journey has brought us all closer. 

It's really easy to get 'into' the show as a listener, it's like you're hanging with your best friends. Basically, you can feel how cool you are with each other. Were you friends previously?

That's the cool thing, we were all friends. But not best friends, and I think that's what makes the show great. I have no idea what Becca and Jac are going to say, and so I'm as surprised as the listeners. 

You each have your own successful businesses and ventures separately (here I will detail your accolades and achievements), what's specifically unique about doing The LadyGang Podcast?

The #1 reason we created the podcast was that we wanted to be in charge. We wanted to create something that was ours, and no one would be able to tell us we are too tall, short, fat, thin, nice or mean. That, to us, with the goal. It's so fun to be the boss! 

You guys talk about EVERYTHING that's real raw and honest. (Here, I will outline a few of my favorite bits, and link them). Is there a topic that's 'off limits' to talk about for you on the show?

Nothing! That's what makes us so fun. I mean, listen to Becca talk about "snail trail" and you know we go there :) 

Do you the men in yo life/husbands listen to the podcast? (When I'm giggling about 'the worst place to get your period' I think to times I've had a period incident with my boyfriend that I'm sure he'd love to relive, so I'm curious - HA)

My husband listens and sometimes he gets mad at me when I tell stories about him. We just did an episode where Becca's boyfriend came on and gave advice. It's so funny because I'll say things on the LadyGang that I don't even tell my husband or close friends and they will totally call me out on it! 

What's been the most surprising interview thus far?

For me, listening to Jeannie Mai changed my life, it was our most inspirational episode and I took some of her advice for myself. I loved our Morgan Stewart episode because she's living a life that is so different than mine. Of course, having Lea Michele on and her being so authentic and honest was incredible. We love all our guests, we don't invite them unless we are obsessed with them. 

What advice would you give to ladies/girls/women/whatever who want to explore a creative route in their career and do badass things like you've all done?

Just keep going. We get asked this all the time, our answer is always to not give up when people reject you or say no. 

What's the best advice you've received from a podcast guest?

Jeannie Mai talked about in her career how she made a personal mantra and then everything she doesn't has to fit under the umbrella of that. I went home and spent the weekend making my mantra. 

Anything major happening for your brands (even outside of The LadyGang) that you want to share with the readers?

Well, we are launching our LadyGang tanks, it's a limited run so only our original members will have the chance to get them. We are about to start working on our site and we really want to include our listeners and give them the opportunity to work for us, which is cool. We have a to-do list that is massive and throughout it Becca's shooting movies, Jac's running her empire and I'm shooting my TV show everyday. 

Get your Lady Gang Tank here.

How has the podcast evolved from it's first episode in December 2015?

I think the show is crisper, and we know what works. Our most embarrassing thing was that when we first got ads in our shows- we didn't know how long to make them so we would talk for 5 minutes about one of our sponsors, now we LOVE our sponsors but people were complaining! We had no idea! So, we've found a good balance, and I think we've really gelled. 

Major goals, or manifestations for The LadyGang in 2016?

Our major goal is that we get every one of our listeners to tell 5 friends about LadyGang and show them how to listen to podcasts if they don't know. That will help us be one step closer to world woman domination! 

XOXO THE LADYGANG  


Dope right? I can't wait until you listen, and thank me. LOL.

So glad you're here! Thank you so much for reading!

xo
Krista

ALSO: MAJOR Thanks to The Lady Gang for working with me on this. TRUE ANGELS.

Tips of living with your boo: How to live in LOVE (plus my fav shades)

Wassup y'all?

I've been thinking about this recently as Justin (my boyfriend) and I hit our third year of living together as a couple. Now the jig is up and he fully knows how much I eat, how I don't like to cuddle in the morning (just want to start the day you know?), that I finish a jar of peanut butter every two days, and that his clothes aren't safe when I need something comfy to wear to bed. Roommate of the year, heyyyyyyyyy!

It's truly the BEST living with your boyfriend if you love each other. It's fun, easy, entertaining, and I'm always laughing.

If you don't love each other, what are you doing? That's like a real hell. 

(Same goes for a husband or fiancee of course!)

There's a true transition period when you start living with your person. It takes time! You're now together 24/7, you're sharing your space, energy and finances, and you're making a commitment that you want to invest in each other enough to see what the future holds. 

Before I thought I would "never live with someone before I got engaged", but getting engaged is the last thing on my mind right now, and especially in NYC (where we lived before) it makes SOOOO much sense from a time and money perspective. 

Living together was never a 'deal' to us. Justin and I never put any thought to living together than necessary. We never made it a nervous thing, or a scary thing, and did it, because at the time it was the right decision. Living in the NOW and not the 10 years from now, was the place from which we made our decision. 


If you're thinking of moving in together, or debating, just follow your gut. That's all I can say. You'll KNOW if it's right and your partner should too. Importantly, again, don't make it a bigger deal than it has to be. If it doesn't work, living together will expedite that process of finding out that this person isn't for you. See that as a good thing. 

If this person is for you, then this will confirm that, and you can start to build your life!


I have learned a thing or two about living with a significant other, with a boyfriend for the past 3 years. It's different than a friend, or your family by a mile and definitely super rewarding and FUN.

You are definitely going to go through a transition period, where you're figuring out little things about one another, and adjusting to the amount of time you are spending together. It's a LOT more time, or a DIFFERENT type of time.  

What I mean is, you'll see each other for a few minutes in the morning, possibly on your way to work, or you'll commute together. You'll have that time before bed, possibly every night and you'll find yourself together a lot more. As with any new roommate, you may have a rocky first few months, but let that settle and trust that you're just learning each other's habits!


Tips for living with your significant other:

Make the RIGHT time together

Basically you'll be spending more time together, as I said. Either in small increments or in large increments and this new time, will make or break you.

You'll LOVE it, or you'll begin to get sick of the person but it's essential that you make time OUTSIDE of your apartment or home to be together and be human.

It's a different vibe when you are at dinner, or with friends, doing an activity than in your sweatpants at home on the couch. Although you're spending more time together, you need to make sure to spend the RIGHT time, where you're dressed up, putting your best foot forward and taking the time to have a real conversation. I've noticed that, we have to make date nights, or take weekends away, to keep the exciting discovery period of our relationship alive. Although I cherish the nights in, relaxing and doing nothing together, I know that it keeps it spicy and sexy to do a date just us every once in a while. Setting aside time to 'date' your significant other, is KEY. This keeps romance, excitement and love alive.

I would suggest a date night, weekly, or a weekend away bi-monthly. Take turns planning, and learn or do something new that you can discuss and share in together. 

Justin I do a weekend away every other month, like San Luis Obispo. Or we'll do a dinner at a place like The Nice Guy, or a low key favorite like Bareburger.

Always acknowledge the good

It's so important through the various challenges and small moments of frustration, that you acknowledge the good and love in your relationship. Every morning think, I am so lucky that I get to wake up with someone I love, that loves me back.

What more can you want in the world? What you have, is something other people would kill for! So acknowledge that. Also remember to acknowledge when your boyfriend or person does something that you appreciate it. If they clean, if they cook, if they buy groceries or cleaning supplies for the house, acknowledge that and say thank you in genuine way, to encourage more positive encounters and actions.

(I'm going to be burned at the stake for saying this, but guys are like puppies. By encouraging their good behavior, they want to do more good actions because all they really want is your love and affection, period.  Also, each night, and each morning say 'thank you' to the Universe, God, whatever you're into, for giving me someone that loves and supports you! Cherish it!) 

Remember that cleaning isn't THAT important

Truly! If you have someone you love in your life, that loves you unconditionally, and is GOOD to you, then seriously who cares if they clean their dishes after each meal? 

I know it's a radical idea, but I think about this every time I'm a bit frustrated about the state of affairs at our home, or when I'm doing laundry and folding men's underwear and matching adidas mid-calf socks. How much Justin cleans, or how clean he is, has no reflection to how much he loves me, period. If I have love, that's all I need.

Now I'm not saying that you need to be disrespected and become a maid, but remember that it's not in a boys nature to be clean like we are. A trick that I use, is to start cleaning when he's around, and like huff and puff and sort of make it a scene, so he feels like he's helping me out by contributing. I'll say "oh thanks for helping" aka make him feel like he saved the day.

I'm insane right? But hey this psychology WORKS! TRY IT, LOL. 

I seriously don't hope I sound like a biatch but I just have to tell you guys how I feel, HA.

Balance your life, and make time for friends

I'm not good at much, but I would give myself an A+ in balancing my life with a boyfriend and friends. I TRULY learned from those relationships in college or high school where you are so obsessed and you drop everything for your boyfriend, your friends give up on you because you never prioritize them, etc. etc. I make TONS of time for my friends and prioritize them equally to Justin. Justin is, my number one, but because we are good and live a healthy relationship together, I know he'll be there and at this stage in my life it's important I solidify my relationships with friends and be there for these important times in their life, like weddings and bachelorettes, or any weekends together. 

Plus, it makes you WAY more interesting if your portfolio is diversified, and you have friends, do interesting shit and enjoy all aspects of your life, not just one. It allows me to share more interesting stories and maximize love in my life in general. 

Keep your schedule

If you're a morning person, stick with it. If you're a night owl, make it happen.

I personally, am I morning person, I love getting up early and enjoying my time, so I want to stick with that. I don't want to fall into a habit that's not me, and stay up late, get up late if that doesn't make ME happy. Although it's an adjustment, and we get up at different times so don't have that time together, it keeps us sane, and acting as happy individuals. 

Enjoy splitting finances and rent

I mean, self explanatory right? Live in that nicer one bedroom, or two bedroom because you're splitting everything baby! Some people I know get a joint credit card, and for anything needed in the house - they'll use that and split the bill each month. Also for bills too, using that is a good idea! Right now we just split with venmo, and do things one off. But it's a huge bonus with your partner!


I would LOVE to hear what works for you. Any tricks or tips or things you've learned since living with a partner? 

Also, if you're still with your girlfriends or living alone, ENJOY THAT TIME! Soon you'll be with your person, ALL DAY, and you need to cherish the moments alone or with friends. It's about being where you are - and honoring that. 

Just took these pictures from our day in Culver City, which as you can see as the DOPEST graffiti wall, truly my favorite. As part of our doing activities together, every once in a while I will ask that he does an activity like find graffiti with me - LOL.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this and would LOVE to hear your stories! Legitimately could write a full post of funny things that happen when living together. As an example, Justin hides the peanut butter, but as I find it he makes the hiding spot more complex. He says that I'm 'adapting' whenever I make a discovery - LOL.

Sigh. 

Let's chat!

xoxo

Krista

P.S. You guys have probably seen  my fav sunglasses - these round ray ban ones. I SWEAR they are flattering on every face shape! They are quality material, and just feel super dope. I would recommend honestly to anyone. My face is ROUND but for some reason the round looks okay? Not sure but LOVE.



Powering down: Currently, OVERWHELMED (social media observations)

Hey guys!

Deepness today! Really writing to you as a little journal of my thoughts. Mondays do that to ya, ya know? 

Also how was your weekend? Did you do anything fun?

Mine was lovely, but nothing too special - except this. So, we'll get right into it.

The other day I was in SoulCycle (yah basic I know)...but one of the riders in the front, HAD HER PHONE IN CLASS.

BIG NO NO Y'ALL. RESPECT THE SPACE! NO PHONE ZONE!

So this girl gets out of class, she's like 15 years old, and is RIGHT BACK ON HER PHONE.

Fast forward, this girl's mom is talking to my friend Lindsey, the instructor, and tells us that the girl is in THERAPY FOR BEING ON HER PHONE SO MUCH.

Kids today, are in therapy for the amount they are addicted to their phones.

No hating on therapy, the mom, or the kid even. Just eye opening that social media/phones are becoming that much a part of kids lives that they need to go to therapy to help remedy an issue it's caused.

Scary, right? But where's the line? How much of this is related to social media and our generation (and younger ones) today?

*how old do I sound saying younger ones? BTW.

But to my post, which is related.

Does anyone else feel like social media is like creeping up and SUFFOCATING them lately? I know I'm being dramatic, but I feel like no matter how much time I spend, I'm never doing enough.

There's Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat (@hundredblog can I write about social media and then share my handle? DGAF)...and I don't even do Tumblr, or YouTube or anything with video yet. But it's always like, I always have SOMETHING more I could be doing. I should snap, I should insta, I should spend more time on this or more time on that. 

& I have a BLOG (SURPRISE Y'ALL!) - so it's like, my bread and butter is being on social media all the time. 

Sometimes it just feels like I'm never doing enough. Not enough liking, not enough pinning, not enough tweeting...and I think I spend 3+ hours on social daily. My phone, is like my best friend/sidekick. I also cracked the screen this weekend, which was sweet.

(Wait remember Sidekick phones? LOL)

Whenever I'm not paying attention to Justin, he goes 'digital detox (with a finger wag) and references a post I wrote in May 2015 about 'taking a digital detox'. LOL that's not ANNOYING AT ALL.

But there's truth to it!

(Hopefully he's not reading this to see I said that!)


Lately I've been noticing the effect social media has on me. I go into a room, I feel confident about myself, who I am, but I'm constantly wondering if I could be documenting this for everyone else to see, to keep up and to stay relevant.  

When I was in Vietnam, I spent a portion of the trip thinking or seeing things with my 'social media' eye, and viewing things as either:

A good Instagram.

A funny snap.

A photo opportunity for a blog post.

It's almost like, I'm not SEEING things in the flesh sometimes when I know I should post on social. But seeing them as the snap/insta/post living already on the internet.

In that situation, I'm less present because I am living in the mode of social media, sharing, rather than experiencing. 


Shop the look:

Topshop Western Denim Jacket: Fits just right, a little big and baggy but COMFORTABLE!

Topshop Blush Palm Print Oversized Button Down: Super silky and comfortable, I wear this thing ALL THE TIME.

Topshop High-Waisted Denim Jean Shorts: These run SO SMALL. I mean, really small. I think my butt was eating my shorts, but, I went back and went a size up and was good. Doesn't make you feel nice but they are super cute.


I am starting to get into Pinterest (I think it's going to be huge in 2016) and keep up on Facebook with my page, my Instagram needs a MAJAH overhaul so my feed looks polished, and this is a small portion of the social commenting/supporting I want to do with other bloggers I love.  

Let me definitely get it straight that I'm not complaining about what I do, or blogging, or sharing things with you, my readers. I'm obsessed with seeing what you're up to and all the amazing things you're doing/wearing. I mean, you guys, rule and are my life inspiration, DUH. 

I do love to write, and I started The Hundred Blog to connect with more people, and share my life with people I know and people I want to know more about.

But it just sometimes, social media feels a bit out of hand, no? What's next and what do I need to spend time using so that I am connected/in the loop/relevant? 

I did a little research and loved this Huffington Post article, about how to deal with Social Media Overwhelm by:

  • Creating boundaries around your time on social media
  • Use scheduling tools to use your time productively
  • Use targeted searches to find the people and content you want
  • Take breaks from social media

 

But I want to hear your thoughts, and sort of start the conversation about this.

What do you think?

Do you feel a bit overwhelmed with social media and the need to stay relevant and curate your life?

Do you guys have any strategies that you use to solve or remedy this? 

What's next? Do you see us going in a specific direction social media wise?

Cannot wait to read.

xoxo

Krista

What to wear to all these SUMMER WEDDINGS! (Serious favorites, for CHEAP)

"Wedding Season, y'all!" 

I know I know, it's a busy time to celebrate the ones you love, to buy them rolling pins and china they'll use once. The best time of YEAR! I have two coming up, back and back and I am SO EXCITED.

Seriously though, y'all need DRESSES for wedding season! There are SO MANY on sale at Asos. 

Almost all of these dresses below are between $20 and $50 dollars, and they are STUNNING.

That's why, I had to share!

I wrote a post previously on the best NYE dresses they had, and shared this hot little number that I am borderline obsessed with.

THEY STILL HAVE IT! It's $154 dollars, from Virgos Lounge and it's SO FLATTERING. Truly. It fits nicely and is just a bit dressed up. It's more than I wanted to spend, but I've never felt so glam. So, get it, it's worth it! It goes just below the knee, has a little slit and looks great with silver or gold. 



But these are the best of the best, hover over them too to see the price, since seriously more than half are less than $50 dollars.

I'm really into the off the shoulder ones, and florals, but also a classic basic is the best. 

Let me just say - that I am all about COVERING UP at weddings.

Like the wedding is about the bride, not me and I will do anything to not show too much skin. I still have nightmares about this girl at the wedding I went to over New Years eve. She sat in the FRONT ROW and her dress seriously went down to her belly button with her tits out, GRAZING the nipples. I die. Like this isn't your day with your tits.

ANYWAY, rant over. Weddings are for classiness. 

So, some of the BEST picks! There are also dresses similar to this that are GORGEOUS! I love the Virgo dress line from Asos.


Shop the look:


Are there any that are your favorites? Where do you shop for wedding dresses right now? I have 8 this year and need to STOCK UP!

Keep me posted! I have a wedding next weekend and I am thinking the black one that is like, $38 bucks! LOVE.

xoxo

Krista

 

NATURAL HIGH: Weekending in Austin

Hi hi hello!

How's the week? Glad you're here! Excited to write about my recent trip to Austin.

How crazy is May? I mean, jam packed right? I have been non-stop. From Austin, to Palm Springs, to San Luis Obispo, and soon Cleveland for a wedding...it's a busy ass month!

This past weekend, I was in Austin with my very best friends, all 17 of them. I never take for granted how valuable our time is, and I know it's fleeting.

To also be friends with people that are positive, supportive, fun, engaging, outgoing and smart - gives me pause daily. 

You are the company you keep. Period.

Thursday, we did the bars and karaoke. and basically caught up on things.

Friday we spent exploring the city, doing Rainey street at night. 17 girls at a dinner table, talking about how much they love each other and celebrating the bride at NO VA. We did a group 'cheers'  about fourteen times. NO SHAME.

Saturday was probably one of THE best days of my life. I hate to be cliche but it was GOOD VIBES all day. Like from start to finish, without a sip of alcohol I was singing, dancing, laughing and enjoying every friend (and of course the bachelorette!) 

Starting from our place downtown, dancing on our bus to Lake Travis, and ending singing Frozen, 'Let it be' at the top of our lungs on the way home, it was incredible.

During the day we tied up our boat to 5 others, but maintained control over the music, and honestly, our positive energy got us the award from our boat driver as 'the most fun bachelorette he's ever had'.

He's been doing the boat thing for 6 years, by the way. LOL.

(I asked expecting him to be like, 'yah, you're my third boat tour' - HA)

Through the day, I felt like, happy high.

No drugs involved but the same high feeling of joy and happiness. The rush. It's super interesting, because I don't think that 3 years ago, I could achieve this same 'high'.

Happiness is an inside job.
— William Arthur Ward

Let me also tell you, that I don't really drink alcohol. Like, ever. 

My friends all know this, and don't really even expect, or ask me to drink anymore. 

It's not that I am a recovering alcoholic, or ever had a situation where things got out of hand - but I haven't been 'drunk' in YEARS and I probably have a glass of wine, once every 2 months. 

No judgement, by any stretch, for those that do.

For me, I know that what I want from life I won't get hungover, or by drinking.

My body doesn't benefit, and I want to be HERE for life. I want to experience it, and not cloud or blur the experience of life with alcohol. 

I'll definitely have a glass of wine with friends, or with dinner, but it's just not an activity for me. At night, I'd rather be home in my saggy Lululemon pants baby! I work out too  much, I like to sleep too much, and I like to get shit DONE too much.

I'd rather not have my mood, my emotions...whatever, be controlled by a substance that isn't benefitting me in any which way.

But again, that's me! My friends, KILL THE GAME, and can casually drink, do their thing and have so MUCH FUN. I respect that shit. Do YOU.

So on Saturday I had a realization that I now have the tools and ability to control and CHOOSE happiness.

I can facilitate a higher level of joy than ever before. Sans alcohol, sans drugs. 

By feeling the joy. NOTICING and NOTICING. Elevating my happiness level by appreciating each moment.

When I started to notice how much fun it was to dance to PANDA on a boat on a beautiful day in Texas with 17 people I love, it's like I had to pause and think, 'Damn. I AM HAPPY'.

But also to pause and say, 'I love this. THANK YOU'.

And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.
— Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Noticing the moment, taking pause, and giving thanks. All brought me to a level of joyful bliss Saturday that was on ANOTHA LEVEL.

It was a good lesson for me to be aware that I control the joy and bliss in my life. There are times and places where I am lucky to have the people I love around me, but through the pause, and noticing of good times, good people places or things, you'll maximize the opportunity and, in the end, bring more of that good in your life.

There's really nothing better, than travel with friends to celebrate two people who are making a commitment based out of love. I love me a bachelorette. 

Right?

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy
— Guillaume Apollinare

So, feeling grateful, and happy to apply this to other parts of my life in the future. Excited too, to share with you a bit about what you can do in Austin.

I also was SO HAPPY to meet one of my fellow blogger babes, Janna Doan of www.jannadoan.com. She's even sweeter, kinder and more beautiful in person! Blog friends, are the BEST.

P.S. Austin f'ing rules. I couldn't love a city more, truly. It's unique, it's urban, it's a bit hipster, it's friendly and it's got the Lake, which is so key for me. I need to be near a body of water, always. Weird right?

Let me know if I missed anything! What else?

Love,
Krista


Things to do in Austin:

Go Boating on Lake Travis: Seriously do it. SO FUN.

Shop and explore South Congress: Cute shops and such great places to hang and eat

Have a drink or hang at Hotel San Jose

Go to Zikler Park: Get outside and even have a picnic! We did. So lovely!

Go Paddle boarding by the park: So fun! We kayaked too, which was hilarious.

Go out on Rainey street: Such a cute area, for drinks and dinner, an older crowd than 6th Street.

Shop at the Gypsy Wagon: Aka my favorite store EVER.

Plus shop at JM Drygoods. Sups' cute.

Be outside! It's gorgeous and green in Austin! So lovely to get outside!

Places to eat:

NO VA Kitchen

Lamberts

Perla

Voodoo Doughnuts

Salt and Time

Uchi

Torchy's Tacos

Pieous Pizza

Where to stay:

So I think there's new regulation against airbnb there, oddly. Because we had our airbnb cancel because they said it was like a brothel, with 17 girls in it and that was illegal. Not sure what that says about us, and taking into consideration that statement is sexist...I COULD GO ON. Anyway, we did Littlefield Lofts which were on 6th street, in basically the busiest area there. So dope! Perfect for the weekend, I highly recommend.

W Hotel Austin

Hotel Ella


The FLORAL trend: Not boring or stuffy this time!

Hello you! My favorite person!

Little fashion post for today. This dress, I love. I love it! I want to share it with youuuu because it's soft and flow-y, and AFFORDABLE.

Because floral, when done right, is like the SEXIEST.

But if it’s done poorly, you’re like Easter threw up all over a Lilly Pulitzer picnic blanket. It’s suffocating me.

I would never think that I’d love floral so much, because I'm usually into streetwear, or anything with a bit of an edge.

But a moody floral, is badass.

It’s the big floral print, mixed with dope (often neutral) colors that really compliments an edgy look. Throwing in the femininity of flowers.

This dress I'm wearing here is the shit. It's by dee elle AND it’s $48 dollars from Nordstrom. You can wear it basically anywhere, and I love that it covers the arms. Just super flattering for any shape basically the way it’s cut.

Plus, this pattern is a bit rocker chic, no?

Let's get to it. 



 

Also this is all under $100 dollars. NOTICE A TREND? I love things that are quality - for CHEAP.

Like this dress, which I love because it's bell sleeves and fits in ALL the right places.

Plus the floral pattern here is more edgy and good for day and night.


Shop similar looks:

Keep me posted which ones you love, or which ones you buy! I love this look for an easy date night, or casual day out. It’s a bit dressy, but not too much. Plus, loose and flow-y.

My favorite words.

Now off to workout! Feeling like I need a good sweat, and like DETOX. How’s your week? Feeling this look?

Love ya,

Krista

Love in a major way: Fringe bags for Summer!

Hello hello! So glad you’re here!

So just in the swing of the week now, and it's MAY GRAY in Los Angeles. A month where it's basically just overcast all the time, and it's weirdly affected me. Just a bit more sluggish and unmotivated than usual, but what can ya do.

It also could be coming off a weekend in AUSTIN with my best friends, and I am exhausted. We had the BEST TIME on Lake Travis, exploring the city and just truly cherishing our time together. More on that later!

But a post on my bag, that I was rocking during the trip. I wrote about fringe and the fringe trend a few months ago, but I mean, I’m glad it’s stuck around! It’s the boho gypsy, long wavy hair undone, babe look that I just adore.

Wearing fringe on your purse or bag is the best way to do it. When you see the movement in the bag on fringe, it’s my favorite. Detail that you can play up or done, or not wear if you don’t want to.

Plus, if you’re doing a plain outfit this is the perfect pick me up.

I got my fringe bag in black suede from a boutique in Vietnam and it rules. I can't link the exact one, since it was from a tiny shop in Hoi Ann and I mean I don't know if they even had a credit card swiper. Plus, it rules, but I'm going to be real that there's cuter ones out there. LOL.

It’s soft, carries just enough and I love the fringe look. I love suede, no matter how impractical it is. In L.A. you can wear ANYTHING and never fear rain, sleet or snow.

There are SO MANY good fringe bags, I just have to pick up another I think!

P.S. Rebecca Minkoff is killing it right now.


Shop the look:


What’s your favorite? Any of these you love? It’s the perfect time to shop a new fringe trend you know?

Again for music festivals you must frolic with your fringe bag! How adorbs for photos!? :) 

Always glad you read! Keep me posted with you! I need to write my Austin weekending post ya know?!

Xoxo

Krista

A little (EASY) way to make your life (and others lives) a LOT brighter

Oh guys! So glad you're here, and excited about this post.

I read something the other da that I just LOVEDDD an had to share with you.

(& if you'd like, links to this outfit below)

A post from Jedidiah Jenkins

Who, is truly one of my favorites when I found him from Rich Roll

It's a post about complimenting STRANGERS

Yes, strangers.

Jedidiah is a MUST FOLLOW on Instagram. He is a beautiful amazing wonderful wordsmith, and he writes these LONG captions, that are so so stunningly put, it takes my breath away. Each one feels like my thoughts, just so much more beautifully.

They are poignant, thoughtful and true.

This one was one of my recent favorites, with such a beautiful message, it struck me to share.

(I know it's long, but it's SO GOOD! Read read it!)


When I see something good in someone, I tell them. Straight away. Like a reflex. Even if I don’t know them at all. This can often be mistaken for flirting, but maybe it is. I love flirting. But I’ve seen the effects of this and I’ve felt its effects on me. I am always telling waitresses how beautiful their hair is or how charming they are or bartenders how masterful they are with the flip of a bottle.

I do this because I have found that a compliment from a stranger can reshape my whole day. If a random kid says he likes my jacket as I walk by, I feel like a fashion genius. If my buddy says it, I’m glad for sure, but not as charged and giddy.

There is something about speaking lovely words to people. Our nervous minds are always trying to see themselves, to fish out the mystery of our own identity. Words have all the power. Have you noticed when someone is saying ‘this was my first impression of you..’ you perk up with wild interest? We want to meet ourselves.

In a moment of anger, an emotional pronouncement over someone can poison them for years. ‘You are a disappointment.’ ‘You are lazy.’ Saying what someone ‘is’ is like witchcraft.

For this reason, I tell people what is lovely, so that it becomes more of them. If a talkative friend stops and listens to me, I pause and say ‘you’re such a good listener.’ She might lean back and put her hand on her chest and say ‘I am?’ And I’ll say ‘yes, thank you.’ I guarantee she’ll be a better listener from that day on.

Words have power, to bless or to curse. That’s why I love reading them, writing them in cafés, hearing and saying them. They shape the world. What is a thought but words or feelings looking for them?
— @jedidiahjenkins

I can recall times when a stranger has complimented me, or me them, and it breaks down a barrier between us, lets the other one in and feels so good.

It's not being vain or concentrated on looks all the time. It's not that we only like how someone wears a shirt or their clothes, but it's the act of being kind and NOTICING another, letting them put their wall down to be appreciated out of random that is just so lovely.

It's true, when you compliment someone you know, although you mean it, the nicety seems less exciting. It's the usual greeting from a girl. The ice breaker to meet new people, "I like your shirt". 

LOL. 

But for a stranger, it warms them and creates a reminder that we are all HERE and this slowly brings the human element back into it. 

In a life lived through our phones, in a digital world with our heads down when walking the streets. A compliment is a kind way of bringing both parties back to 'reality'. Breaking ice, and the barrier between strangers. 

So, this week, my thing, is to SAY what I am thinking when I notice something I like. To  put that positive energy out there, and when I'm thinking something lovely about someone, to just say it.

Make their day, just by expressing what I'm thinking.

Truly, a beautiful concept.

I love it. 

Thoughts? Feelings? A good add to the week, no?

I love ya, 

xoxox

Krista



Interior designer to the stars, Matthew Cane: Tips to decorating your dream PAD on a BUDGET!

Soooo, you may know. But it's not often I FALL IN LOVE.

But with Matthew Cane, it was LOVE. 

Matthew is best friends with one of my closest friends in L.A., Lindsey Simcik

Lindsey is a SoulCycle instructor and my co-host for our upcoming podcast! She and Matthew met at Tennis Camp in 4th grade, and stayed friends ever since.

I mean if you make it past my braces stage, then you know it's a TRUE FRIEND.

Prior to meeting him, I had also heard about his work through the mega famous Brooklyn Blonde, one of the first big bloggers out there. Oh, and I also read his piece in Metro, so, no biggie!

Plus, he's now working with Olivia Palermo.

I mean.

Plus he did decorate Helena Glazer's INSANE pad with only materials from Home Goods! Like, insane!

But I digress. Getting to know him, his vision and true PASSION for interior design and creating a peaceful, comfortable space that's reflective of the owner - has been truly a joy.

You guys may know that I am MAJOR lacking in the apartment decorating space. I say it's because I move too much, but currently I'm working with a broken bed (Justin and I are legitimately massive) and a design aesthetic that's in major need of some help. I'm working on getting him here to re-do my place ASAP, but in the meantime, you guys need to know this guy!

Let me introduce you to a man that's done projects with Stone Fox Bride, Mydomaine, Harpers Bazaar, Lonny Mag, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, Today.com and more.

Matthew Cane of Matthew Cane Designs!


Tell us about you, a little bit about your background and what you do

I’m 28, living in NYC, like tall handsome boys and long walks along the west side highway. KIDDING, but only about the long walks along the west side highway, I’d rather just tan there.  But in all seriousness I’m an Interior Designer and Blogger living in my tiny, chic apartment on the Upper East Side of New York.  I’ve been pursuing interior design for the last 3 years and just recently started my own full service design firm this year. I graduated from Parsons School of Design and majored in both business and design.  I’ve been living in Manhattan for the past 10 years and can’t imagine myself anywhere else.  This city has beaten me up, spit me out, and then the next day will lift me up and inspire me tenfold.  It’s the longest relationship I’ve ever had.  My LA family has been VERY convincing recently--which I believe is the universe preparing me for a bi-coastal life in the not-so-distant future.  

Hailing from PA, how did you get into interior design?

On the real: when I was a little boy I was obsessed with my mom, Maria. My friends and I call her “Girlfriend”.  Ah suburbia...To me, she was the queen of our little town.  Whether that was true or not, I don’t know, nor do I care to know.  She was my queen.  From the clothes she wore, to her interior design choices, to the car she drove, and the makeup she wore...it was all fabulous to me.  I remember always wanting to be a part of everything she did.  I think this is when I began to define chic for myself.   I don’t know if I could articulate it then, but it became a feeling, a sixth sense, part of my creative eye. I loved going to home stores with my mom.  I would come home and obsessively rearrange the furniture in our house, inspired by our new purchases.  If I wasn’t rearranging the furniture, you might also find me outside trimming hedges into “beautiful shapes”.  I’m lucky, my parents always encouraged my creativity.  And hey, I think they’re lucky to have a budding designer live with them and provide services FOR FREE! :)

What is some of the biggest mistakes people make when decorating their home?

They look at a picture of someone else’s room or design and think ok I’m going to do the same thing. Design doesn’t work like that in my opinion. Good design is personalized, well thought out for your special needs, and makes sense.  I see a lot of people who implement ideas into their house and it doesn’t make any sense when you step back and look at their whole design scheme or who they are as individuals.  I think great design should create an effortlessly chic, warm space.

via Lonny Magazine

What's something simple that people can do in their home to make a big impact?

I tell clients three things. 

The first, stick to a color palette.  Some clients like color more than others.  As long as you have a solid foundation of neutrals, you can always add a POP color.  But there is always the choice to go for it and do lots of color like I did with this colorchic apartment. For the colorchic apartment white walls were our canvas so it translated really well.

The second nugget of knowledge: choose clean and well designed pieces of furniture. Furniture can last for years, but accessory trends can come and go.  If you choose well-designed larger pieces it will be much easier (and less costly) to swap out trendy pillows or throws for an update.

Last and certainly not least I PREACH that my clients should ALWAYS bring life into their spaces. Anything from a simple floral arrangement or succulent bowl to a large plant or tree.  The greenery and living element will always translate well and make you and your guests happy!  

Where do you shop for home goods and supplies for your projects?

I literally go wherever there is something chic. It of course depends on the client’s needs, wants and that B word, BUDGET.  But I pride myself on being able to design on any budget. A few of my favorite go-to places are Homegoods, HM Home (YES they have an incredible home selection online and in certain stores), abchome, ETSY, DWR, RH Modern (Restoration Hardware has a #CAF new line called RH Modern) I’ve shopped them all. 

I love to mix highs and lows.  

What is some advice for designing on a budget?

When you’re designing on a budget you always want to make sure you break down everything you need for the project.  Make sure to choose what the foundational pieces are going to be and how you’re going to spend a portion on your budget on them. 

Always ask yourself, “Ok, what should I spend high on and what should I spend low on?  I always recommend that a sofa and lighting are something that should always be at the top of your budget because they make strong statements in every space.


You recently did the home for the Brooklyn Blonde's Helena Glazer, which is MAJOR. The home had a whole spread in Glamour and on her blog. Can you tell us about that experience?

I always say THIS is the best project I’ve done after every project, but I have to say that this actually may be the best project I’ve done to date.  Helena and her Husband Keith are the type of people that pop into your life as a New Yorker and you’re slapped with a holy shit kind of moment, this is what New York is all about.  They were so open and trusting to all my ideas and vision.  They knew what they wanted and what they didn’t, which is a Designer’s dream come true, actually. 

We partnered with Homegoods + Homepolish to furnish their townhouse in Brooklyn, which they had just moved into back in November.  Our mission: design and furnish the living room, dining room, master bedroom and nursery. We went all over the NY area to 8 different Homegoods stores and got to pull whatever we wanted. 

Literally, my dream. Come. TRUE.

We had 20 days to do the project and literally 1 ½ days to implement the product, style the spaces. To say it was the fastest, largest, most intense and thrilling project would be an understatement.  Helena and Keith are truly beautiful people inside and out and I was so happy I could be part of helping implement their vision and prepare for their little one (he’s due any day now!)

What was challenging about that project?

Probably the fact that we had 20 days to pull and 1 ½ days to put it all together. Members of Homegoods corporate offices flew in from Boston, and over 30 editors from various press outlets arrived in one day for home tours directed by me and Helena.  NO PRESSURE. 

What was amazing about that project?

That people were saying how inspired they were.  I got emotional at one point.  It just felt so right, so fulfilling.  I’ve worked really hard and have been so inspired along the way by design mentors of mine...so to be “admired” in this way, is humbling, overwhelming, gratifying, and motivates me to reach higher.

Was it different or more difficult designing for a stylish blogger because they have such an eye already?

Actually not at all.  It was way easier because Helena knew what she wanted and the style direction she was leaning towards.


via Teen Vogue, Calming Interior Design Ideas

What are some other major projects you've done?

That’s a tough one. I become so invested in all of my projects, but a few definitely do stay with me.  Stone Fox Bride, a bridal showroom I did was definitely magical because it was my first commercial space I designed. The “uptown color chic apartment” I did was MAJ to me because it TOTALLY put me out of my comfort zone...annnnd, I don’t really love color.  I wear black, white and grey all day, every day.  Funny story, when my clients look for me or I’m meeting them somewhere they always tell people “just look for the guy who’s wearing all black”. I have a project that I’m finishing up now and will debut soon... I’m very proud to show this to everyone.  It is a project with a bit more of my edge.  Check back soon!

The Stone Fox Bridal Studio is to die, can you tell us about that projects vibe?

Look at that, thanks girl, glad you love! Molly the creative director and co-founder behind Stonefox Bride had a strong visual brand, she just needed the help of a designer to put all the pieces together.  By taking apart the showroom and repurposing elements such as the confetti wall and birch branches that I used as racks, we were able to stay on brand and budget. The vibe was inspired by the chic brand Stonefox has created.  Some descriptors that inspired me are carefree, effortless, love, natural, hippie, free…. I wanted it to look like overtime this space naturally came to be this beautiful.  

via Harpers Bazzar and Homepolish collaboration

What are your goals for 2016?

So. Many. Goals. A big one of mine is to continue to grow my brand in all aspects. I want to be able to inspire my followers and readers with my work and through my blog and Instagram.  I would love to partner with another large home brand and do another project like Helena’s and the ultimate would be to land a spot on a TV segment.  I’d love to develop and introduce my on air personality.  Which is just ME.  Unedited, always creating, experimenting, and connecting. ALSO, be on the look out for my skillshare teaching classes that will debut the first week of May!

What is one place you'd love to makeover?

I would love to makeover an outdoor space, like full-blown, landscape to layout, to furniture and accents.


Where can people connect with you?

I’m across all social media platforms, but the best way would be via my instagram or blog. 

My blog is hefindschic.com and instagram @matthewcanedesigns.

I’m also on Twitter @mattcanedesigns and to get a glimpse inside my current and past projects follow me on Pinterest @mattcanedesigns.


Loving this interview. I am plotting ways to get Matthew to Venice to redo our little beach bungalow - STAT. The vibe is totally me, and I am major lacking in the home decor area. 

I loved the bit about, not applying what anyone else has done to your space because it doesn't translate! So true. Plus, there's an H&M HOME? WHAT.

Connect with Matthew and keep me posted. Always love having you!

xoxo
Krista 

P.S. I just posted a DOPE playlist via my music section: This Mix is Tight Volume 9

Photos via Brooklyn Blonde, HomePolish, He Finds Chic and Stone Fox Bride. Photography credit goes to Claire Esparros and Matthew Harrington.

A MUST: Mixing up your workout for real results (plus IVY PARK baby!)

Hi Guys!

Writing on WORKOUTS + FITNESS TODAY and wearing IVY PARK in honor of LEMONADE

(Truly a MASTERPIECE AMIRITE?)

But, since I got back from my trip this weekend I am 50 shades of SOFT, and I’ve been easing back into working out. Muchas treats and wine.

I feel a renewed sense and belief in REST after a few days off, but also in the importance of mixing up your workouts to get the results you want. I've realized I definitely hit a plateau! 

Thinking back to the trip I had in March. In Vietnam I truly rested. I did no weights, and nothing more than biking casually, and some light stretching in my room (aka stretching out my pants because I ate so much). Plus, I got like 450 minutes of Thai massage if that counts.

It felt good to let my body be, and actually to be less hungry than what I am normally working out so much. If I always go hard it’s also hard to sustain.

As with anything, balance is key. If its working out 3x a week never taking time off, and that works. Cool.

Or if it’s going hard all the time, 6+ workouts a week, then taking a complete week off, cool. As long as you’re moving!

^Justin says 'no' to the ninja pose. Can a girl live?

Mixing up my workouts is a relatively new thing for me since ClassPass. I started working out in college, and would glide on the elliptical for like 20 minutes reading People Magazine or having full on conversations with my friends, wearing a running skirt the whole time. Literally TRYING to avoid breaking a sweat. 

Then it evolved to hot yoga, spinning and now everything under the sun. CrossFit, yoga (hot, vinyasa, hatha, kundalini…) spinning, pilates, circuit training and random classes like dance, ha. It’s been an absolute game changer for how it’s made me LOVE working out and look forward to trying new things.

Let me know if you need any suggestions in Chicago, NYC or L.A!


Benefits of mixing up your workout:

  • You’re not bored. THIS IS SO KEY to lasting and sustainability with working out. Making sure you aren’t bored and you don’t dread it. Then you’re way more likely to workout and CONTINUE to workout in general.

  • You can try new things friends. Truly underrated are my ClassPass sister friends and the fact that we hit each other up every week to workout together. We can hang out, get dinner and workout, but more importantly do something fun and new, together. If you’re trying a new class and you don’t want to look stupid do, it with a friend, it then becomes fun.

  • It keeps your muscles “guessing’. Your body gets used to working out, and the benefits you see from working out can plateau if you’re doing the same thing. That’s like, when you start a workout, become obsessed, see results but then at a point it, stops giving you those results. PopSugar writes,

Adding variety to your workouts will keep your exercises from becoming ineffective. If you run at the same speed on the treadmill everyday for 20 minutes, your body will eventually hit a plateau. You will still be burning calories, but you'll need to increase your resistance levels or speed if you want to really maximize results. This is why personal trainers always push their clients to do more reps each workout session, because it helps boost their metabolism and as your strength and endurance grows, so should your workout.
  • Increased physical performance benefits seen in your body. By doing workouts like yoga, with other things like circuit training, you’re going to see a better ability to adapt and increased overall physical performance in your body. It’s like, you’re checking all the boxes. I've personally noticed greater body awareness, coordination and balance.

  • Weight loss. Oh yes, weight loss. Keeping your body guessing, you’re going to burn more calories because it’s not the same every time. Jillian Michaels preaches,


The Truth: To continue to challenge your body and improve your strength and conditioning, you need to switch up your day-to-day workouts — and try something new each month.

Ways to mix it up:

Get ClassPass. Game changer, I wrote about ClassPass here and here, and how it’s been awesome for me. It’s a little over a hundred dollars a month, and you have access to most gyms in your area. Unlimited classes, at a limit of three classes per one gym. Completely worth it, from my perspective taking into consideration classes nowadays are like $25-$40 dollars a class.

Have your friends all pick one class a week to try together.

I do this ALL THE TIME. The best sort of multitasking! 

Mix it up in your house, with things like the Bombshell Body Guide or online workouts via YouTube. Nowadays we have such access to the internet and ways you can do workouts at home, without even being embarrassed in a new class. I will get inspiration from workout chicks like Buff Bunny (it’s a weird obsession I have with her, ha. She’s so cute and funny and LEGIT) to mix up my lifting routines. 

Another good way to mix it up at home - is by using the TKO Jump Rope. It's super cheap, but high quality, and I'll use it to jump rope outside for 10 minutes, about two days a week. It's nice, because by the time you don't want to workout, you've already burned about 150-200 calories. I literally walk out my door, and do it before I run to warm up. I love the TKO ones because the grips are soft, and it's just a really nice jump rope that lasts.

Something else you can do to mix up your workout is get a heart rate monitor. The one I have is Beets Blu and it's comfortable, accurate and super affordable. 

Often seen in classes like Orange Theory and Circuit Works in L.A. it’s a good way to keep track of how much effort you’re ACTUALLY putting in. I mean, we’ve all gone on auto pilot with lackluster enthusiasm, droning through class watching the clock and praying for the ‘laying down part’ (could just be me). But a heart rate monitor can tell you when a workout was actually worth it, or how many calories you burned. Beets BLU sent me a heart rate monitor, that has an app that you can connect with it to monitor your progress. If you’re looking for a sport one, that’s super accurate because you wear it near your heart, you should definitely check out Beets Blu.

From the Greatist on the importance of Heart Rate Monitors, 

If there’s one accessory in particular that’ll get your fitness game on fleek, it’s the heart rate monitor. Not to knock colorful headbands and puny tank tops. (because we’re all for a little fitness flair!), but these gadgets go beyond the cosmetic and may help your overall fitness.

Case in point: Using a heart rate monitor may help you find your running sweet spot (aka your ideal training pace) and prevent overtraining. (More on that below.) Plus, gadgets that monitor heart rate are relatively affordable compared to other schmancy fitness trackers, so there’s plenty of value. Best of all, it's pretty easy to use: Simply strap the heart rate monitor on, connect it to an app or a watch (the monitors themselves often won’t have displays) and get your sweat on. These days, there are even “strapless” heart rate monitors that pick up your pulse from your wrist.



Okay so now that I shared my weird obsession with Buff Bunny and making my friends workout to hang out with me, YOUR TURN. What are your favorite workouts and ways to workout? Anything you do to make sure you’re keeping it fresh? Have you hit a plateau? 

Also if you’ve used a heart rate monitor, what’s your experience? I loved using the Beets Blu to remind myself how much I was really working out. As an example, Pilates, not much of a heart rate pusher, as spinning is, but I caught myself pushing myself more.

Always love catching up with you!

xoxo,

Krista

Weekending in San Luis Obispo

Hiiii friends!

Had a little getaway with J last week. Spur of the moment and late for my birthday, we decided to rent a car and drive up the coast to a little town called San Luis Obispo. It's an hour and a half away from Santa Barbara and three hours from L.A. 

Just far enough!

If you followed along on snap (@hundredblog) you saw that It was insanely gorgeous, remote, mountainous, green, lush, and right on the BEACH.

Such a good quiet place to escape for just enough time. If you live in Cali, definitely do a weekend here!

Justin and I haven't traveled together just us in a while and it's so fun to have your bud there with you to do things. I can drag him on as many hikes as possible, ha. I'll keep it super short and share some photos and things to do, but hoping you had a lovely weekend too!


Things to do:

Pismo Beach: The beach here is SO quaint, and it's amazing because the background is all mountains. Truly breathtaking. 

Bubble Gum Alley: Gross, actually. It's like tons of peoples gum built up over the years. I'm serious - LOL But it's a must see in the area.

Mission San Luis Obispo: Gorgeous religious site, that won't take more than 30 minutes to see.

Farmers Market (especially on Thursdays!): Such good food, and really good local vibe.

Bishop's Peak: Easy hike, about 5 miles up and down. Great views of the area.

Thrifting: Really good shopping and thrifting here. Take your time and really explore it! 

Places to stay:

The Madonna Inn

Airbnb

Weirdly there are not a lot of cute hotels in the area, so let me know if you need an airbnb spot, and I got you covered! Otherwise, The Madonna Inn is super famous and each room is completely different than the other. Everything is almost all PINK and it's a crazy unique place to stay. 

Places to eat:

Big Sky Cafe: Breakfast and lunch spot with something to please everyone.

Luna Red: Tapas style place, good for drinks too.

Bliss Cafe: Vegan food, and I love it!

The Original Jamba Juice: Truly! 

Granada Hotel: We had a really nice dinner here, good wine and great service.

Seeds: Juice and health food place, that's really good.

Scout Coffee: The best coffee spot in the area, super cute and great for pictures, I LOVED the decor.



Keeping it short and sweet today. Have such good posts this week, so this one is just an update! Going to Austin next weekend for a bachelorette, any suggestions of thangs to do? Would love your input!

You da best,

xoxo

Krista