Friday, December 29, 2017

Flashback Friday: Looking Back on 2017

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2017, 2018, reflection, Jamie Allison Sanders, Palm Springs
As is customary at the end of any year, I'm in the midst of some deep reflection. By all accounts, 2017 was an incredible year. I don't know about you, but the previous couple years were definitely filled with some pretty big struggles for me (hello, Pittsburgh crash of 2015 and broken ankle saga of 2016). But I had one main goal for 2017 -- call it a resolution if you will -- and that was to be HAPPY. (See proof above: this was me in Palm Springs over Labor Day. The elation was totally, completely, 100 percent real.)

We only have one life. And, the fact is, we never know how much time we're really going to have. This past year, I took it upon myself to make my life everything it could possibly be. Am I exactly where I want to be now that 2018 is approaching? No. But am I pretty darn close? A resounding yes. LA has been and continues to be the place that makes me feel like my true, best self.

My hope for all of you is that, as 2017 ends and 2018 begins, you feel like you're on the path toward being happy, healthy and both who and where you want to be.

Please indulge me as I take a (not so) quick walk down the memory lane of 2017. (Spoiler alert: there are a LOT of photos!) Here's to everything 2018 has to offer!

Friday, December 8, 2017

First Look Fridays Interview Series: Hairstylist Wendy Vario

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You know that feeling when you find your hair soul mate? That's how it was when I discovered Wendy Vario. During the year and a half I spent in Pittsburgh, I made Wendy WORK. We went red, we went blonde, we went brunette -- we ran the gamut, all while she kept my hair looking and feeling CRAZY healthy. (It's my own fault that it broke off, since I cheated on her once with a different stylist and bleached my hair against Wendy's wishes. Oops.) In any case, Wendy is super talented and the nicest person to boot! I always loved visiting her at Studio Booth, not only because I knew my hair would look incredible, but because hanging out with her was just such a treat. Read on to find out how she first started getting involved in beauty, the hairspray she can't live without and so much more. (And get a glimpse of alllll the different colors she created for me, too!)

Monday, December 4, 2017

#ManiMonday: Christmas Tree Ornament Gel Nails by Katie Masters of Nail Thoughts

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I am admittedly not a gel nails girl. I just never have really gotten on that train. I support anyone who wants to get gels -- but because I change my polish so much (and because I love having tons of different colors at my disposal to apply and remove whenever I want), I just don't do gels. But I made an exception this weekend for my Christmas Tree Ornament Gel Nails by Katie Masters of Nail Thoughts!

Friday, November 24, 2017

First Look Fridays Interview Series: Hairstylist Jamie Cramer

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Are you a fan of bold haircolors? Mermaid, unicorn, all around the best kind of crazy? Well, when I discovered hairstylist Jamie Cramer through Pulp Riot's Instagram, I was instantly hooked -- because she creates unbelievably gorgeous color like no other. From teal to pink, fiery red to multitudes of bright shades, Jamie's talent for color truly knows no bounds. (And I for one really like her name!) Read on to find out how she gets her inspiration, the shampoo she can't live without and so much more.

Friday, November 17, 2017

First Look Fridays Interview Series: Beauty Blogger & Vlogger Samantha March

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You know those people who are so freaking incredible at doing makeup that you're just left feeling awe and wonder every time you see one of their finished looks? That's Samantha March. I first discovered her through an Instagram pod I was part of, and I was immediately struck by how perfectly she applies makeup -- her eye looks are always especially on point! Her videos are fun and full of personality, and her aptitude for makeup application really is unparalleled. I simply had to interview her so you could learn more about her! Read on to find out Samantha's introduction into the world of beauty, the lip product she can't live without and so much more.

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