4 of My Go-To Websites to Plan Your Next Splurge-Worthy Summer Staycation

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Ah, summer has finally arrived and it’s time to jump in the pool, kick off your shoes, and relax (maybe not necessarily in that order, but you get my drift). Maybe you’re like me and you have been yearning to mix up your routine given all the nice weather summer usually brings. I’ve been wanting to stretch my legs and my budget to explore new places while still not spending hours in an airport (because who likes that?) Hence, the staycation is to the rescue! There’s nothing more fun than to check into a hotel in another county, just because. So what are the go-to websites to consult with first? Read on to find out!

  1.  Travelzoo – Every Wednesday this amazing website puts out their Top 20 – Which are their best deal round ups of travel deals for the week. I usually search hotels or cities closest to me and have scored some pretty amazing finds. I’m especially fond of their spa section, which has saved me mucho moolah on spa adventures. Pro tip: Call ahead to make sure there are appointments available before you purchase the voucher.
  2. Resortpass – This is a super fun site to browse available cabanas and day spa facility use that are available to rent for the day. Many times you will find a discount. I utilized a pass at the Miramonte Spa in Indian Wells, CA and it granted us use of their spa facilities, including the plunge pools, showers, and adult-only pool with private pool and hot tub. It was a great time spent with my mom and it did not break the bank! Pro tip: Get there early on in the day to get full bang for your buck, as some spas close early prior to dinnertime.img_4229-1.jpg
  3. Groupon – Once I decide on the location, I usually consult Groupon to find deals on food and/or spas. Just like with the other deal sites, if I book a spa day, I make sure to call ahead and verify that the spa has availability on the preferred day. Pro tip: Check for additional promo codes to save even more dough (usually found faster on the app).
  4. Amazon – You can find everything you may need for your upcoming staycation here, of course! I did not realize how many cute fashion finds there are that won’t break the bank. Some of my current faves include:
    1. This cute dress by Ecowish (love the front tie detail):

ECOWISH Womens Dresses Summer Tie Front V-Neck Spaghetti Strap Button Down A-Line Backless Swing Midi Dress 1603 Ginger Yellow M

This Auselily dress (love all the different patterns to choose from):

Women's Casual Short Sleeve Long Maxi Tunic Dresses Wine Red XX-Large

And…we’re all set! Where are you staycationing this summer? What are your go-to products that you can’t live without when you’re on the go? Comment below; I’d love to know! Safe travels, friends!

Why I Became a Consultant with Rodan + Fields

You’ve seen it take over your social media feeds, but what is this skincare craze that’s been hitting your timelines and discussion topics with friends heavily within the past few years?

Why would I ever think that I could start talking to my friends about their skin? After searching the Internet for “horror” stories of people getting ji, there just wasn’t enough out there from folks to convince me not to join this business after a year of being ‘courted’ by my friend, former co-worker, and now co-business launcher.

Many try to play off R+F like it’s another MLM “scheme” or “scam”. If everyone thought that starting a business was easy, please think again. Most businesses that are brick and mortar go under within two years of even starting because it is hard work. As a “storefront” business owner myself, I know how much work it takes to churn even the smallest of profits. Please don’t think that this is a “get rich quick” scheme, because it’s not. You have to put hours into your business and sowing seeds takes time. Sometimes the intial success isn’t what you’d expect. It’s not parking yourself by a palm tree with a cocktail by the pool and waiting for the money to just roll in off the tree. It does take actual work and time! In the age of pressing a button to order everything from your laundry service to coffee to a hotel room to reap immediate results, patience is not an easy pill to swallow.

But think about it: Are you getting to write off anything on your yearly taxes for washing your face? Does your face wash, toner, night cream, SPF sunscreen, lip protection, or body lotion allow you to partner with that brand to turn any kind of profit? Yeah, mine didn’t use to, either. Plus, this stuff really works! I used to use ProActiv as a teenager. Imagine if ProActiv (same doctors who started Rodan + Fields, by the way) was giving you a chance to partner with Dr. Rodan & Dr. Fields to market their products and get into business with them! Wouldn’t you take that opportunity?


Proactiv is in over 180 countries. Rodan + Fields are currently in three: U.S., Canada, and Australia. That’s it! We are just getting started! Forbes magazine says something like, “There’s never a better opportunity to join a company when they are releasing new products and/or in the middle of a global expansion”. And boy, are we ever! We just released Active Hydration Body Replenish that helps give moisture to the whole body (people used to put our facial serum on their entire body, so this product launch was a no-brainer!)

Now for the deeper part: My “why” of what would make me do this when I’m already super busy (I plan on keeping a better tab on releasing timely blog posts, BTW). I may be only in my 30s, but I do see the world changing like never before when it comes to business. I see companies paying their employees less money; but the cost of everything from gas to toilet paper to owning a home just keep on skyrocketing. Retirees can’t even go into retirement without worrying about how they will enjoy their so-called “golden years”. Companies downsize, go overseas, or close up shop altogether; leaving their employees out of a job. I don’t want to rely on an employer to support me forever. I want to have a backup plan. What if I have kids someday and choose to spend all my time with them instead of 40 hours a week at a job? For me, money from this business equals freedom and possibilities for me to do other things that I’m passionate about.


So then you think to yourself, “If I get kicked to the curb, I’ll just go into my own business venture”. Okay, but who is paying into your healthcare? Retirement? If you’re on your own, you have to pay double in taxes. You have to have some money in the bank to own a franchise or open up an office somewhere. For a very minimal startup cost, no overhead, no need to rent office space, no hassle with inventory, or incessant trips to the post office, Rodan + Fields takes care of all of it. And…you can work whenever and however much you want! Right now, I am trying to leverage my business, but I put in about 5 to 10 hours a week. I know folks who do this full time. You can do anything you want to with the business; and the sky is the limit. Hey – I’m just getting started!

I just hope this helps clear up some of the confusion. folks seem to have out there about the Company, and if it is indeed legit or a scam. My experience is exactly that – my experience – and I just wanted to share it to help others who might be questioning the opportunity. If you’re curious to know more, please comment below and I can certainly get back to you!




Summer Contouring Face Off


Summer is officially here and, apparently, not going away anytime soon (Evian spray, please!). Here in the Inland Empire, where temps can be in the triple digits to 80’s-90’s in the evening, that still doesn’t mean I want to go naked makeup-wise when it comes to an evening out on the town. Enter the world of contour. Who doesn’t know about it by now? (Thanks, Kim Kardashian!)

I’ve tried the very popular Tarte Park Avenue Princess face sculptor. It’s a simple crayon-looking stick that literally slims your face down and focuses the spotlight on your cheekbones (or anywhere else you want to accentuate). When you put it on (or any contouring product for that matter), it looks completely ridiculous – until you rub it in and follow with a bit of bronzing powder (I like Nars’ bronzing powder). Then, all of a sudden, you can see the effect and you think to yourself, “How did I ever live without this product?”

My issue with the Tarte Park Avenue Princess was its value for the money (duh; knowing me) – it seemed like I went through it so quickly. I was visiting Ulta more frequently than I was getting my nails done. The product just didn’t seem to last for me. And then I was at Sephora, and I saw this awesome two for one contour and highlight stick from Nars. I decided to try it – – and…

It’s a total winner! I have had it for six months and it doesn’t break off, or send me searching for the nearest beauty store when I’m on vacation. I know there will be people who don’t agree with my opinion, but it’s what has worked for me. I feel like Nars doesn’t get the credit they deserve for their innovative products.

What’s your fave contouring product?

You Don’t Coupon, You Say?


I recently was discussing the art of couponing with a coworker. Mind you, there have been many instances (holiday shopping, food stockpiling, Ulta beauty makeup runs) where my coupons have saved me more than a pretty penny. Most notably, staying in a 4 star Hawaiian hotel for $500 total on my hubby’s milestone birthday back in October thanks to the suckers.

So when she replied, “Yeah, I just don’t think I have time for couponing”, I was in complete and utter shock. Okay, you are essentially saying you don’t have time to save on things you already buy — so you are okay paying marked-up prices? This chick has Louis Vuitton galore! I get that Louis Vuitton is never going on sale, but I still stockpile gift cards for places that sell them — love buying one of their bags for the same price as a Kate Spade. Or better yet, why not put the money aside for luxury because you saved with a coupon buying every day items at Target using their Cartwheel app?

The same argument can be made for working out (and boy, a lot of people make this statement around the holidays that they just don’t have time). Really? You don’t have time to make sure you don’t split the last button on your jeans? Or to justify the extra helping of pie you ate for dessert? Sorry, that argument doesn’t work for me.

But if you are going to skimp on saving money by paying full price for al your stuff, can you drop me off the coupons you don’t plan on using? Several of my friends already do. But don’t hate on my saving money.

Happy Holidays!

Spring Faceoff: Best/Worst Foundation for Your Face

Happy Spring, everyone! Where did winter go? Oh well, on to Easter & Passover.

I had LASIK eye surgery in January (more about that in an upcoming post, I promise). While there were many (rather annoying but necessary) restrictions put in place for the first week or so (e.g., no pools, hot tubs (FOR A MONTH!), no makeup (FOR A WEEK!), I considered it a minor nuisance compared to glasses (which my husband was literally SICK of hearing me complain about since we met).

When I did get back to finally being able to apply my face again for a night on the town, I opened my makeup bag to use the last of my Urban Decay Foundation and (gasp) horrors almighty, the dang thing had spilled ALL OVER MY MAKEUP BAG!! And I hadn’t even traveled anywhere! While I LOVE Urban Decay Eye Palettes and eye shadows in general, this foundation really disappointed! It was thin, I had to use a ton to get anywhere near full coverage, and just never did it for me. (Photo Credit: Ulta.com)


57 tissues, 2 towelettes and 3 makeup wipes later, I gave up and finally tossed the remainder of the foundation in the trash. And thus began my love affair with Christian Dior Airflash Foundation. Yes, it’s expensive (60 bucks), only available at Sephora; and no, I can’t use a coupon a la Ulta.

I spray a little on my face, and boy, does it go a long way! It’s lightweight, but gives me all-nighter, I’m gonna go to Vegas and party til 5 AM, wearability. My skin can breathe! And best of all, it’s a clean container. No mess in my makeup bag means less fears of explosions each time I get ready for a night on the town. (Photo credit: Sephora)


Sorry Urban Decay, but Christian Dior is the winner on this Spring Foundation Faceoff – what are your thoughts? Urban Decay vs. Christian Dior — ready, sound off!


The SocalSocialite

Dear Sephora, What Happened to Your Hair (section)?

I guess getting older is part of life; and along with it comes an adjustment – to life, to your energy level, and of course, to retail stores deciding to change the brands and styles they carry.


Along with this revelation, Sephora has proved to be no exception. This past weekend they were running a 2x points on skincare promotion, so naturally, I stopped by to pick up some of the goodies I mentioned in my last post.

I decided to seek out a new leave-in conditioner (I love Fekkai) and was shocked when I was greeted with only a handful of options – and none of the ones I’m used to seeing. What the $%%##? Fekkai is nowhere to be found! The lady informed me they no longer carry that brand. Why? Is it too low-scale for their classy hair products?

I’m the kind of girl that carries a separate container in my purse chock-full of coupons. I love deals. But I also love luxury and prefer to dabble in both.

Is Sephora getting too snobby and exclusive with their haircare products? Or am I just getting too old and stuck in my ways? What do you think?



Clean Beauty I Want on a Wednesday…


Happy 2015 to you all! Sorry I’ve been on a writing hiatus lately with the holidays and end of year festivities.

Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? I sure did. Continue my yoga and pilates regimen, and continue eating cleaner! What’s helped me stick to my resolution is following a ton of yoga and clean eating inspired Instagrams.

Along with clean eating, I’m getting into products lately that clean my face and leave it ready for a good night’s rest, such as Murad’s Hydrating Toner – this stuff doesn’t burn my face and it gets the job done. What is it about the New Year that makes me run to Ulta and Sephora? I seem to always run out of products around the same time, twice a year! How convenient for the stores and inconvenient for my wallet!

Even thought it’s January and freezing in many parts of the country, this doesn’t mean the sun isn’t an issue. Lather up on that SPF, ladies and gents! I prefer some SPF tinted moisturizers that don’t make me dehydrate halfway through the day. Some faves are the Christian Dior BB Creme with SPF and Tarte SPF Tinted Moisturizer.

What are your Wednesday Must Want Clean Beauty Items?