Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Design Your Own Jules Rain Boots!

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I am excited to share a fun design challenge for all of my creative readers out there!
 Joules, one of Britain's best-loved lifestyle brands just launched a fun competition inviting all budding designers, doodlers and Rain Boot lovers to design some Joules Rain Boots! TV host and fashion writer Louise Roe will help to select the winning design. Now doesn't that sound fun?
It gets better!
The lucky winner will then see their design put into production with proceeds of sales being donated to Step Up 
as well as winning a trip for two to London worth $10,000! Wow!

Here are the Competition Details:



10 runners-up will each receive a $500 Joules gift voucher
Submit a design and enter the competition here -
The winning rain boot design will go on sale at
Proceeds from the sale of the limited edition winning welly will be donated to Step Up

I know so many of you are super creative and talented so why not take a chance and put your design out for this amazing opportunity! Best wishes, and take me to London with you if you win!!
   XO- Taj

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DIY Glitter Christmas Tree Craft for Kids

Alaia and I made this super easy and fabulous tree today for Christmas!
It's so fun and inexpensive to make with a child that I wanted to share with you too!
You may have most of this stuff around the house, like cotton balls and Elmer's glue!
We used some plastic pearls and beads that was like $2 at Walmart. A tree foam from $1 Store,
some pom poms from Michael's and glitter from Michael's.  Also,
we used a beaded necklace for garland that was from a baby shower left over! 
This is where you can get really creative though and use whatever supplies you have around.

Step One:  
Add glue to cotton and fill in tree.

So cute! It looks like cotton candy clouds!

Step Two:
Spray some glue adhesive if you have to make glitter stay 
better, or you can use mod podge too. (Obviously you would 
do this step for children!)

Step Three:

This is the super fun part: Glitter!
Add it all over tree in any color the kids like.
( I think we had glitter in our hair afterwards!)

Step Four:
Glue on pom poms.

Step Five:
Glue on little beads and pearls to look like ornaments.
If you have a boy you could use darker beads in boy colors
or buttons would be cute too!

Lastly, wrap the beads around tree and that's it!
You can really get creative with these and the kids
have so much fun! 
Please tag me on Instagram if you make one, I would love to see! 
xoxo -Taj

Friday, November 20, 2015

Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill

If you are a beauty and makeup lover like I am, then I have the perfect new book for you!
Simply Glamorous by celebrity make-up artist Gary Cockerill. This book is packed with gorgeous
makeup looks and the steps to create them yourself. 
From how to apply false lashes to pro tips on contouring and assessing your skin at different
stages of life, there is so much great advice and information in this book!
What I really love is the touch of glam in every look and transformation. Whether it's an everyday 
subtle look to a red carpet look, there is room to include glamour into your makeup 
routine.  One thing I myself believe in as a lifestyle! It truly makes you feel better!

This beautiful look is one of my favorites, so pretty!

This is the step-by-step on the Toffee and Cream look above. 
One of the many impressive qualities about this book, is the selection
of different ethnicities, ages and skin tones. Anyone can find a look,
whether it be a more natural approach or a artistic full glam face.

A definite must-have for a beauty junkie or a great gift 
for a make-up artist, this book is super glamorous to add to your coffee table collection! I 
am really looking forward to re-creating so many of the looks myself, there are so many
beautiful ones to choose from! Hope you will check it out too!

xoxo - Taj

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Olivia Pallermo X Ciate Collection

Gasp! This Ciate Collection in collaboration with Olivia Palermo is pure glamour!
The packaging is sleek and every piece is super pretty. I am really loving the lipstick tubes! Such
a pretty piece to have in your handbag!
The satin-kiss lipsticks have a semi-matte finish. The colors of these lipsticks were hand picked by Olivia and they are perfect! From left to right is Cashmere a beautiful nude, Truffle a rich nude pink and Velveteen is a beautiful fall red.

There are two Gel Kohl Liners in Black and Fig. I love that at one end there is a little brush 
to help smoke out an eye look.  
(Top: Fig Bottom: Black)

The Cheekbone Cheat Duo comes in Seaside Park a peachy blush and matte bronzer and Bluff Point a dusty rose blush and matte bronzer.

Let me just say, these polishes are absolutely gorgeous and perfect fall/winter colors. The box that they come in in like a piece of art and so pretty to keep on your vanity!

The entire collection is available at Sephora right now so definitely check it out!

xoxo - Taj

Friday, October 16, 2015

Japanese Skincare: Mirai

When I was a freshman in college, I lived in the dorms and I had this one roommate who
was an exchange student from Japan. She was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen! Her
skin was like a porcelain doll and I loved how naturally beautiful she was. From that moment I began an obsession with Japanese beauty and skincare. Well, that was quite a few years ago, and I still love the Japanese approach and philosophy to beauty. 

I came accross Mirai, a Japanese skincare line that implements the latest
 anti-aging science with potent natural ingredients and time honored beauty practices.
I have their full line here to share my first impressions with you.
First is the Clinical Formula Body Wash. It contains persimmon extract 
which has been used in Japan for centuries for its purifying
deodorizing benefits. It has green tea, coconut oil, rosemary, and aloe. 
It smells very fresh and citrusy.  Then, after you shower, you apply the Purifying Body Serum.
It deeply moisturizes and helps with wrinkles and age spots. It also provides antioxidant
protection from free radicals.  It contains, jojoba oil, persimmon extract,
 shea butter, green tea & astaxanthin.

I love face washes that are invigorating and refreshing and
this Purifying and Hydrating Face Wash is just that! It cleanses
gently and moisturizes with coconut oil. It calms with
chamomile & aloe. It also contains a silk protein sericin
to keep skin feeling supple. Follow the face wash with the
3-in-1 Multi-tasking Face Serum with botanicals astaxanthin,
Silk protein, soy protein, rice extract, aloe & green tea.  The
serum smells wonderfully botanical and earthy. Almost like
putting a homemade ancient potion on! It does feel a little
sticky though, it would be best used at night. 

All of these products remind me of something you would
use at a spa. They are very refreshing and feel rejuvenating.
If you are looking for a fresh new update to your skincare
routine, this line is a great treat!

Mirai Clinical’s Purifying & Deodorizing body care collection is available online so check 
out for more info!

Xo- Taj

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Baby News!

I'm super excited to introduce to you the newest member of our family, my baby boy Liam! He
decided to come three whole weeks early! It definitely was a surprise to us, as we thought he would
stay in the oven the full time! But I am so happy that he is here now and I can't even tell you how sweet he is! Our family feels complete now with him! I was so worried about how I would feel having to share my heart with a second child, as my daughter just completely fills my heart in ways
I could have never imagined. But, everyone told me it would be a new kind of love and it is!

It's been hard for me to rest and be on downtime, I feel like I have a million and one things to do as I'm sure most moms do! But, I'm starting to get the hang of taking care of my 3 year old, the baby and myself without losing it!! There definitely is no room for perfection or unrealistic standards in my head! I just roll with the daily punches and do my best. A big ol' cup of grace fills in the rest!  So, now that I'm finally starting to feel back to my self  after delivery, I am looking forward to getting back to my beauty/fashion/decor posts on here! Thank you to everyone who wished us such lovely words! Xo-Taj

Friday, September 11, 2015

Pregnancy Favorites

Hi guys!
I'm so excited I'm in my final stretch now of my pregnancy! Just to update you, I'm in my 8th month now, so we are on the countdown! I've been busy as a bee getting everything in order around the house and of course nesting!! It seems like I have this endless list of to-do's before the baby comes that keeps me up at night aside from the constant getting up to pee!
My feet have decided to swell up to the size of melons so that's not very glamorous! And walking is
not fun since the baby has decided to hang out on my bladder! Oh the joys! Hospital bag is all packed
and now I just want to try and relax, if that word exists with a 3 year old!
Anyway, here are some of my pregnancy favorites this trimester!

First up is Nature's Gate Natural Toothaste in Creme de Mint. It is super refreshing and of course
my favorite part is that it's natural and without any chemicals, which is super important to me.
We've just decided to use toothpaste without fluoride for some time now and our teeth have been just fine. Another ingredient worth mentioning is that it's carrageenan free. I try to avoid anything with that ingredient (most flavored coffee creamers have it, yikes!) You can google it and do your research on it, it's not good for us! I also love that Nature's Gate had several flavors of toothpaste so
we can rotate different kinds to keep it fresh!

Like I mentioned I've been into nesting, so that means constant cleaning and de-cluttering! One product I'm obsessed with is Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Spray in Basil. It smells Ahmazz! With a toddler, I'm constantly wiping up messes and this is natural so I don't worry about chemicals. I love all of their products, they just smell so good!

I just recently did a review on this next product, Vita Liberata Sunnless Tanning Mousse. I'm in love with a California glow, but I try to stay out of too much sun. This tanner is made with organic botanicals, is rated clean by Think Dirty App and most important, is safe for pregnant women! Hooray! I love the glow it gives me and am so happy they make a safe, natural version that works well and doesn't smell or feel sticky! You can read my full review here.

One of my favorite things is perfume, I have a crazy collection and I love it! But
When I found out about some of the unhealthy ingredients, I was bummed out!
I really like to smell fab, so when I tried Lavanila Laboratories Vanilla Coconut
Perfume, I was in heaven! It's a natural fragrance made with anti-oxidants. This one
has 30 essential vitamins and minerals and 19 amino acids that are good for you!
In addition to smelling gorgeous, this is one of my favorite new products! You must try
their line!

My skin has been all over the place this trimester, oily, dry, you name it. I started
using Boots Botanics Smoothing Facial Oil Triple Age Renewal w/purple orchid under my
night cream. I really like it! It is supposed to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. I don't have too many fine lines but I do notice a few trying to emerge so this stuff is really helping keeping my skin supple.
Pregnancy takes a lot out of you, and I feel like you have to really pamper yourself with lovely oils and this one works well!

Last beauty item is my favorite lip balms from Burt's Bees! I love them, I hoard them! They are in all my purses and in my desk drawers! 100% natural, smell amazing and never dry out my lips.  Must have!

Two food items I've been loving are the Snap Pea Crisps in Caesar! Omgee, I can eat a whole bag! They are perfect for sticking in your purse in case you get nausea or just need a bite. My daughter loves these too! I also love and can't live without my Arrowhead Sparkling Flavored waters. You
won't catch me without one! My favorite is the watermelon lime. It's super refreshing and is way better than just plain water in my opinion which gets old after all the ounces you have to drink
every day during pregnancy!

Last thing to share is the Baby Center website/App. You sign up with your due date and it tracks your
pregnancy for you, sending you weekly developments and advice on symptoms etc.  I've used this site for both my pregnancies and it has helped me a lot! So if you are trying to get pregnant or already are, check it out!

As always, these are all my own opinions and suggestions, I hope you will share any of your pregnancy favorites or recommendations with me!



Tuesday, September 8, 2015

I heart Vita Liberata

Hello Sweets!

I've been so excited to share this Luxury tanning bronzer and mousse from
Vita Liberata I could hardly wait! I've been using it for about two months now
and it is just amazing!

First, let me say that I had the pleasure of meeting the founder of the line and she
is so fabulous and dedicated to her product that it really inspired me as a business woman
myself. I love meeting genuine, kind, intelligent business women who are making products
that change the beauty game for the better. This line is amazing because it is made with marine and certified organic botanical extracts. Most tanning products have ingredients that are not that healthy for you and this product is even safe for pregnant women like me! Yay!

I have the app Think Dirty on my phone and I run a check on all my beauty products to see
where they rate for unclean/clean ingredients. You should check it out, you will be amazed at the
toxic ingredients in some very cult classic beauty items. It is a easy and great way to be more
conscious about what you put onto your skin, which is just as important as what you put inside!
Anyway, Vita Liberata rates as a clean product which makes me happy because it works really well
and does not smell at all! Something to keep in mind, as tanning products just absorb straight into the
skin, so why not choose a healthy one!

I tried the tanning mousse in medium and I used the glove which I recommend because it is very
pigmented and will stain your hands. It goes on easily and lasts me over a good week + with exfoliating.
I really love that it isn't sticky or smelly which turns me off with most tanners. So yes, I love, love this tanner and it is now one of my holy grail items! The only thing I would say is that I wish it came with two mitts, that does need some improving to last thru the whole bottle well.  Also, I don't always tan my whole body every week. Sometimes I just do legs, arms, face to d├ęcolletage and that works for me and my lifestyle.  I'm not a hardcore tanner from head to toe on the weekly, like some reviewers might be. I live in California so I like a natural glow tan look, not necessarily a Dancing with the Stars tan look if that helps you gauge your needs! Just keeping it real!

Next is the bronzer! It's called Trystal Minerals and comes with a fab kabuki
brush for application. I love this little brush! It's super soft and you dip it into the
minerals and then tap it and then swirl it into the lid and apply to your face, neck, hands anywhere. It gives such a beautiful glow that I'm obsessed! It is a tanning bronzer, so it will give your complexion
a pretty glow wherever you apply it. I usually use this last thing after I've applied all of my makeup and it just brings it to another level of glow!
You need both of these, go get them now! I know they have a great deal on them at QVC so try there first! Let me know if you try it and what you think! I know you will love it!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Love & Glamour OOTD with Zazzle

Hello Dolls!

The weather here in Los Angeles has been super hot, like 100's hot! So the thought of fall and dressing for cooler weather sounds amazing to me right about now...but until then I wanted to share
an exciting opportunity I had to design a tank top with Zazzle!

The whole process of designing a top was super fun and easy thru their website and I really enjoyed
the creative part of it, but also how easy it was to create something fab and cute to wear! Here is my OOTD with my design!

I really love it! The shirt quality is so soft!
If you want to create a design for yourself just follow this link:

Thanks for stopping by!



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Japonesque Beauty Haul

Hi Beauties!

I've got a mini makeup haul from Japonesque today! I've already tried all the products too and am
super happy with everything so far. 
First up is the Color Correcting Pencil in yellow which I chose because it corrects and brightens dark
shadows. Since I'm 7 months pregnant now, I get little sleep and I have been paying for it with under eye dark circles! This pencil is just marvelous for erasing my drab eyes and brightening up the area. It's creamy and slides on without pulling. I can't get enough!
I also love the Pro Foundation Brush. I sometimes use it for cream contouring or for applying concealer. It's got soft dense bristles and is a great addition to any brush collection.

I've featured this Radiance Primer before in my favorites, and it is still in my makeup bag!
It adds such a pretty light-reflecting glow for everyday makeup. I'm all about the glow right now,
so anything that helps my skin look more radiant is a must. It's light and silky on application and perfect if you want a more youthful, glowing look. It helps keep my makeup smooth and look flawless.

Next is the Liquid Light Highlighter in shade 02. Sometimes I'll add a pump to my moisturizer and
pop on concealer and powder and that's all I'll wear for makeup. Or I'll add a pump to my foundation for a pretty bronze all over look. You can use it to contour but I like it as an overall product to my face.

Lastly, and my favorite are the lipsticks! The packaging for all the products is sleek and gorgeous, but the lipsticks are just beautiful! You can see the shade on the bottom which is nice. I really love
how creamy and moisturizing the lipsticks are. It's very pigmented and long-wearing. My favorite is shade 01 which is a pretty soft nude. I've been wearing it non-stop with a bronzy smoked out eye.  Love!

                                         (Shade 12, 01, 11)

That's all for now! If you haven't tried out Japonesque before, definitely give them a try, they are available at Ulta stores.

Xoxo -Taj
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