My Favorite Podcasts + $33 Striped Summer Dress

It’s almost the weekend! Two things to talk about today: First, HOW CUTE IS THIS STRIPED DRESS FROM Who What Wear?! It’s only $33, and I’m not sorry to say that I think I’m killing it with this look.img_5010.jpg

img_4990.jpgSecondly, podcasts. I’ve been on a major kick lately – one of my new “daily goals” is to listen to one a day during my commute or while walking Roxie, so I’m constantly on the hunt for new pods. Six of my current must-listens…

Forever35: Putting this first because I’m newly obsessed. A co-worker turned me on to this podcast and it’s really addicting. Two friends, Kate and Doree, talk about all the different things we do for self-care, from journaling to serums to solving bad rashes. The longer episodes have a range of guests from authors to entertainers to makeup artists, but they have mini-episodes to answer listener questions. A real ‘gal community’, easy to listen to and you might even pick up a self-care tip or two. Mindless, but a real delight. They also have a website that lists every single product they talk about and a supportive facebook community. Continue reading “My Favorite Podcasts + $33 Striped Summer Dress”

Tuesday Tip: Combat Red, Puffy Eyes

I swear the older I get, the more likely I am to wake up with red, puffy eyes. I just LOOK at a glass of wine before bed and it’s over for me. If you suffer from the same affliction, here’s how to combat this very real, very important problem. First get some Visine – a whiter eye will make you look immediately more awake. (Eliminating dark circles is pointless, if your eyes are bloodshot.) Then, tackle your undereyes with one of the following: Continue reading “Tuesday Tip: Combat Red, Puffy Eyes”

Build Your Perfect Travel Makeup Bag

travel makeup bag.jpgI just got back from some whirlwind travel cross-country travel. Five days in Chicago, flying back to San Francisco on Saturday AM, leaving Sunday AM for New York City for 5 days, then flying directly to Michigan for a wedding Friday, before going BACK to San Francisco on Sunday. Ugh, I’m exhausted just talking about it, and honestly that part of the story is boring. The interesting part, which inspired this post, and the question you’re probably already asking, is: BUT WHAT MAKEUP DID YOU BRING? It’s the important question, after all. When you are packing for long trips, you become very aware of every single item that you pack, including your makeup bag. Makeup not only takes up a lot of space, but it can get heavy – and both those things are annoying when you’re traveling. To avoid it, take a peek inside my finely tuned makeup bag, crafted over years and years of time on the road… Continue reading “Build Your Perfect Travel Makeup Bag”

My Go To Outfit When I Hate All My Clothes

cambridge satchel scallop.jpgimg_34732.jpgHappy Monday gals. Soooo… you ever wake up one morning and realize you hate all your clothes and nothing fits and you can’t find your favorite dress and OMG WHY IS EVERY SHIRT I OWN BLUE I DON’T EVEN LIKE BLUE! That’s basically every Monday in my life. I used to double down on this nightmare and spend 30 minutes desperately trying to put something cute together, getting more and more frustrated as each new outfit proved a fail. But those days are long gone. I have a formula now, and because I love you so much, I’m sharing that fool-proof formula with you: Continue reading “My Go To Outfit When I Hate All My Clothes”

How to Make Friends in a New City

Moving is so hard. Moving cities, impossible. There’s the hiring of movers, the packing and unpacking of the stuff. The inevitable day where a beloved piece of furniture breaks or your favorite box of clothes is lost. But it doesn’t get easier once you’re settled in. Figuring out new public transportation, learning a new job, and most terrifying, the MAKING OF NEW FRIENDS. Even if you’re in a relationship, it still gets lonely without girlfriends. I’ve moved a lot, so I consider myself somewhat of an expert in this space…

In the last 15 years, I’ve moved from Michigan to New York, to Chicago, to San Francisco, where most places, I had little or no friends. Finding and crafting friendships takes work, but the first and hardest step, is finding people with similar interests. You really have to put yourself out there to find a new BFF – believe me, I’ve “cold called” friends multiple times, but none of those friendships fell into my lap. Here’s how I’ve met people in the last four cities I’ve lived in: Continue reading “How to Make Friends in a New City”

Cropped Wide Leg Denim + How to Find the Perfect Pair for You

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img_3083.jpgTee: Monrow // Jeans: Target // Sunglasses: River Island // Shoes: Old // Clutch: Old

I never thought I could pull off wide leg denim. I would see those tall, skinny French-like girls on the street rockin’ a wide leg and think, “I love those pants, but they would never work on me.” Turns out, I was, for the first time ever in my WHOLE LIFE, wrong. On impulse I tried this pair from the Who What Wear Collection at Target, and I’ve never looked back. Well, first I bought the 43 other things in my cart that I didn’t need. But THEN I never looked back. Keep scrolling for 6 other pairs I’m sure you’ll love (most under $100)! And if you’re not already following me on instagram (@thechampagnechic), we need to talk.

To kickstart your search, a few tips to find the perfect pair for you: Continue reading “Cropped Wide Leg Denim + How to Find the Perfect Pair for You”

Tuesday Tip: Dry Skin Quick Fix

Do you ever try to put makeup on in the morning but are thwarted by pieces of dry flaky skin no matter how much you moisturize? Uh, yeah, me neither… but if you DO (not us), the buck stops here. Time to bring out the big guns and get rid of that dry skin fast (picking at it with your fingernail is not the answer). I have two secrets:

1) Scotch Tape: Sounds like crazy talk, but a little piece will spot treat, and remove a piece of stubborn dry skin immediately. No irritation to your face.

2) Dr. Dennis Gross Daily Peel:- Best for when your whole face needs a pick me up. These little babies make your skin instantly smooth and flawless. Use all over your face to exfoliate and smooth in two steps. Tip: Cut each of the little pads (one each of the two steps) in half to double how long they last. Use one half, and put the other unused half back in the packet, fold the top, and seal with a binder clip to keep them fresh.
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xo Alaina