Beauty Bash


With these last month…gahhh…of my 40’s, and 50 right around the corner, I thought I would share a few of my favorite beauty finds.  These are a few skincare and my two favorite hair styling products!

I am someone that has had awesome skincare from the time I was a teenager.  My Mom made sure of it, so I have used everything from Avon, Jafra (remember them??), Mary Kay, Clinque and even Pro-Active.  I personally do not think I have pretty skin, just being honest.  It just has never had what I think of as “pretty skin”, and now as I get older, my pores are definitely larger, so I am always looking for ways to improve what I’ve got!  I feel like now at this age I am finding products that I love and that are helping to maintain.  That’s not to say I wouldn’t be up for a little “cosmetic intervention” (wink wink)


I needed a new cleanser a year ago, and heard great things about the Revision line.  So I ordered their Brightening Facial Wash, and I LOVE it!  It smells like oranges, the bottle is a great size and lasts a long time!  After the first bottle, I ran out and thought I would find something else, but I noticed immediately that my skin did not look as bright…so I re-ordered!  It’s a little pricier than drugstore, but worth it!


Right around the time I was looking for face wash, Erin sent me some samples of Beautycounter.  I had wanted to give their products a try, so I was thrilled.  After using the full little tube of Rejuvenating Radiance Serum, I emailed her and order the full tube!  This is hands down my FAVORITE product!  I use it morning and night and my skin is softer and the skin tone is improved.  With Vitamin C, mixed fruit acids, algae and marine extract, this serum absorbs easily, and I can layer it under moisturizer and not feel greasy!  LOVE IT!!


Another Beautycounter favorite is their Charcoal Mask!  I have tried a couple, but I love this one especially as it dries, you can actually see it pulling the oil out of your pores!  I do also love their Plumping and Brightening masks as well!


NuFace.  I LOVE this device!  I’ll be honest, I have not been good at consistency, but when I do use it…I notice a difference!!!  You can see instant “lift” right after you use it, but I also notice if I use it at night, the next morning my face feels tighter.  Ok, I just reminded myself to use that baby every night!  50 I see you!


Last up, my two favorite hair products!  I had heard the praises of dry texturizing spray, but honestly, I didn’t want to pay $30 for bottle.  I found the Kristen Ess Working Texture Spray, and decided for half the price I would give it a try!  Holy cow, game changer!!  It gives the right amount of lift and separation, and the smell is amazing!!


My newest addition is the Kristen Ess Loose Styling Powder.  This is perfect to sprinkle on your roots around the crown of your head for just enough grip to give a little extra volume!  This with the Working Texture Spray are the perfect combo!  I have used several Kristen Ess products and love them all!

So those are a few of my favorite things!

And now I have a surprise!!!  To celebrate my 10,000 Follower milestone on Instagram I have a GIVEAWAY!!  My friend Erin has generously offered to send one of you a bottle of my FAVORITE Rejuvenating Radiance Serum ($66 value!) In addition, I am going to send the winner your very own can of Kristen Ess Working Texture Spray!


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  • Giveaway ends April 22, 2018 9pm Pacific time



Marshmallow Bird Nests

Marshmallow Bird Nests are a sweet Easter treat!  I am such a sucker for these chocolate eggs, that I start the hunt for them right after Valentines Day!  They fit perfectly tucked in these nests, but how cute would a Peep look as well?

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These cute little nests look so cute displayed on a cute tiered tray, or use them as part of your place setting during your Easter celebration.  They are a fun and unexpected little suprise when your guests sit down to dinner.

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You can find the step by step instructions over at Oriental Trading Company HERE!


Spring’s Perfect Little Black Dress


I have found your favorite dress for Spring!  Paired with a lightweight or denim jacket and sneakers now, and then with sandals this Summer, this little black dress is a unicorn!

With the perfect amount of stretch and ruching in all the right places, the Haley dress is great for so many different body types!  I want to show you how you can take this dress from running errand around town to date night with your hubby by just changing up your shoes and jacket!


I have this little Roma anorak jacket in white, and LOVE it, so getting it in this neutral olive green was a must.  It is a lightweight material, but perfect for those cool Spring days.  For daytime, just add some white sneaks and you are set for lunch with a girlfriend or a quick run to Target!



For a nightime look I just put on my new favorite heels, some fun earrings and my white leather jacket and I’m date night ready!


This dress is a classic staple piece that I know will be worn a ton this season!


Visit Peach to see all the cute things in the new Dolce Vita collection!

Thank you to Peach for sponsoring this post.  As a brand ambassador I love sharing items I love! As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  



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ATHLEISURE//  I am so thankful this is a style because I know I am not the only one who loves a styled up casual vibe!

I was recently introduced to Peach and their clothes for gym, work and play.  I am crazy for the pieces that I styled below, and love how they can worn together if I want!


This Roma Anorak was the first piece I immediately knew I needed in my closet!  I am always on the chilly side, so this cute lightweight jacket will easily take me into Spring and Summer.  It’s very thin, so you can layer if you like, but it will be great to throw on after a workout!  Am I the only one that gets cold after I have worked up a sweat in the gym??



I might be slightly obsessed with these Modern Boho pants.  I love a great jogger, but these are an elastic waist version, and hands down some of the softest I have worn!  I ran errands all day in this outfit, but these would be so cute with a heel and denim jacket!


One thing I loved when perusing the Peach website, are the unique colors of their leggings, hoodies, and sports bras.  I really loved this olive color so I got both the Nina Legging and the Savona Hoodie in it.


The leggings are so unique, with a shiny front, and matte on the backside (make sure to size up in these!)  The hoodie is made of french terry which is  perfect for cooler days in the Spring and Summer since it is not fleece lined.


I am so impressed with the quality of each of these pieces, and love that they don’t look like some of the other Athleisure pieces out there.

I have my eye on a few other pieces like this scarf, this yoga mat, and this cute strappy sports bra!

If you’re looking for some fun new pieces, I suggest you take a peek at Peach!

*This post is in collaboration with Peach.  All opinions are my own as always!

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Chinese New Year~Year of the Dog

Over the weekend we celebrated Chinese New year with family and friends.  For the past 10 years we have either hosted a party or head to our favorite Chinese restaurant.

This year, a friend and I decided to host our party for 80 friends!  We also decided to accept donations for the organization that cared for one of our friend’s daughter while she was in China, International China Concern.

Our party was held in a church gymnasium, so you will have to forgive the bad lighting.  It is extremely hard to get pretty pics in such a “hard” environment, but overall we were pleased with how it turned out.


I was able to get so many fun Year of the Dog decorations from Oriental Trading…my go-to for party decor!



I think one of my favorite elements were our simple and easy table centerpieces.  We took just a take out box, plopped in a primrose, and some chopsticks.  The fabric on the tables, are from a pair of curtains that we cut to make table toppers. Red envelopes were on every table for our guests to place their donation for ICC.



Our highlight of the evening, were our Chinese Lion Dancers.  This is so fun, and everyone loves it!


We will definitely call this party a success!  It is so important to out families that we celebrate our girls’ heritage and traditions, so they will always feel proud of their birth country, and it means so much to share it with family and friends.

Xian Nian Kuai Le!!


Professional Teeth Whitening at Home….plus Giveaway!


I am one of those people who is obsessed with white teeth.  Maybe it’s because I LOVE coffee and red wine, or maybe it’s because as an 18-year-old I worked full-time to put braces on myself and then at 21 had major jaw surgery to correct a very serious underbite.  So, I think with all the work (and money 😉 that has gone into my mouth, I take it very seriously.  

When Smile Brilliant reached out to me, I was so excited!  I had personally been checking into their teeth whitening kit, and had been so impressed by others’ reviews and results, and had wanted to give then a try!  The Smile Brilliant team and I decided that since I already had been whitening on a regular basis, was there someone in my family that would love their turn?

It just so happened that my husband had recently chipped his front tooth (that is a horror story, in my opinion) but before he can have it repaired he was going to need to whiten his teeth.  Now my guy is a serious coffee drinker, and I  think it’s one of those situations that you don’t know how bad something is until you see a picture of yourself.   He was very excited to give Smile Brilliant a try!



Smile Brilliant makes the process so easy.  Your box arrives with all the directions to make your trays at home.  They give you back-up supplies just in case you have a fail on the first try, which we did not!  My husband made his trays, put them in a postage paid envelope and off they went to the Smile Brilliant Lab.  Within a week, his custom fitted whitening trays were back and he was off  to a whiter brighter smile!

Smile Brilliant sends whitening gel along with de-sensitizing gel as well.  This was needed for my husband as he teeth became sensitive in the beginning because he was a little over zealous and left the whitening gel on for the full-time.  Lesson learned, he backed off and took it slow.  I love that Smile Brilliant’s gel is 22%, the perfect strength to get the results you are looking for.  I snuck some of the gel to use myself, and was so pleased!

So, below are Toby’s results!  Keep in mind he has NEVER whitened his teeth in (ahem) 54 years!  He will definitely do another round, get his tooth fixed and then will continue for maintenance.  He is thrilled with his results!





Our experience with Smile Brilliant was fantastic, and I cannot recommend them enough.  We love the quality of the whitening experience so much more than using white strips, especially if you are starting your whitening journey from the very beginning like Toby!

GIVEAWAY!!!!  Click the link below to enter! The winner will be selected and contacted via email 2 weeks after the post is live. Giveaway is for $149 credit and is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia.


I have also got a coupon code for you: partytildawn for 10% off your order!

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Shop my Evereve Sale Picks!


Evereve is having an AMAZING Sale thru the 19th!!  I’ve rounded up some of my favorites and a few of them are on their way to me!

I am in need of upping my “dress up” game, so I snagged those two skirts.  I LOVE the pleated pink velvet and it’s on sale for $15.99!  The black lace skirt is so pretty and I think will be perfect to dress up, or pair with a denim jacket…it’s on sale for $27.99

I have been wanting to get in on the pajama top trend, and this cute floral top is $11.99 right now!


Head over to Evereve and take a peek!  There is so much from jewelry, denim to jackets…and so many of these pieces are perfect for Spring!