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We’re squarely in the summer season now so what are you still doing with dusty wintertime accessories and clutter sitting around your bedroom?

Be honest – Do you have random clothes tossed over a chair or side table near your bed? Does your nightstand have random charging cords, magazines, late night taco bell receipts, etc. piling up on it?

Shouldn’t the first thing you see in the morning make you smile? Make you think, “Oh, that’s lovely…”? I think so.

Well then let’s transform your nightstand from resembling the bottom of your purse or gym bag and make it the best thing to lay your eyes on.

I started from scratch with the basics – water for late night sips and a candle with a calming scent. Oh and some succulent clippings because, duh.

Now every morning starts with, “OH THAT’S LOVELY!”

xo
~j

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Summer Whites

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While I’m on the subject of being ballsy with summer trends… let’s discuss all white.

You might think, “Don’t I look like a house painter? Or a nurse?”

A few tips to look your best and not like a total newb:

First, you might not completely get this from my pics but it’s important to go with tonal whites. You don’t want to wear all bright white everything because you will definitely look like a mental ward staffer. Wear an off-white with a bright white.

Second, do not wear white shoes. Go with grey or light brown. Something with texture like a suede desert boot.

Third, and most important, don’t make it perfect. Roll your cuff. Wear some weird jewelry. Half tuck your shirt in if you have a cool belt. You don’t want to look like someone who would freak out if you got some BBQ stains on your shirt or grass stains on your pants. That’s what bleach is for.

xo

~j

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What’s In My Toiletry Bag?

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Can we have some real talk for like just a sec?

Q: What’s the first thing you do when you’re staying at a friend’s place and need to get ready?

A: Obviously try their products in the bathroom.

Don’t even try to lie to me. I will call you out so hard.

What kind of human are you if you don’t try the shampoo, conditioner, face wash, moisturizer, etc. that your friend has in the bathroom? A liar. That’s what kind of human.

Well I am not ashamed to admit that if I have stayed at your house I have most definitely tried your products.

So I thought, “Why not give the people what they want!?” And I know that what you really want is a look into my toiletry bag.

Here you go. A few things I’m digging on lately that you should try.

1. Dr. Perricone Pre:Empt Series (a travel size exfoliating pore refiner, skin perfecting serum, and oil-free hydrating cream)

2. Secret Clinical Strength (nobody likes a summertime stinker)

3. Blemish Extracting Tool (that little silver toothpick thingy – Google this and say goodbye to blackheads)

4. Crest 3D White Luxe Glamorous White Toothpaste (the polishing compound of toothpastes)

5. Jack Black Protein Booster Eye Rescue (I use it a few times a week to keep the crow’s feet to a minimum)

6. Epicuren Lip Balm (I’ll be honest – this was a free sample and I haven’t tried it yet but the gold packaging was pretty)

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Iceland

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I just returned from an incredible week-long vacation to Reykjavík, Iceland so I thought I would throw together a quick travel journal to share some of my experiences. I hope this little sampler platter of Iceland inspires you to book a trip. It was truly incredible – breathtaking, awe-inspiring, rejuvenating… i could go on. But I’ll pause.

I’m all about short and sweet lists these days so here are my favorite memories from our unforgettable trip.

Sights: tough to narrow this down, but here are my top three

#3 Blue Lagoon
We spent a full day at this popular attraction and honestly I would have gone back again if we had the time. Soaking in silica-saturated sea water, rejuvenating algae and silica face masks, indulgent dinner and drinks at the onsite restaurant – this day was heavenly. We followed the sage advice of friends who had been to Iceland before us and did the Blue Lagoon on our first day. It was the perfect way to recover from flying and relax into the week.

#2 Golden Circle
To be fair, I was torn on including this one. I loved the sights, but being stuck on a bus with the most stereotypical tourists for a full day was pretty rough. The saving grace was a day jam packed with sights outside of Reykjavík – including exploring the rift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, watching the “original” Geyser erupt every few minutes, learning about greenhouse farming, and taking in the Gullfoss waterfall.

#1 Sólheimajökull Blue Ice Glacier Hike
This was by far my favorite day. I didn’t really know what to expect from a glacier hike, but we had an amazing guide who taught us so much. We learned about Iceland’s fire and ice – volcanoes and glaciers that are so much the heart and soul of the country. We did a full day hike across the Sólheimajökull glacier with full on crampons and ice picks. Our guide even gave us the chance to repel down and climb back up a shear wall of ice. Stopping at the Skógafoss waterfall on the drive home was the cherry on top.

Eats: let’s be honest, I’m already planning dinner as we’re sitting down for lunch

Fish Market – high end spot for mind-blowing dinner
Public House Gastropub – delicious high concept tapas with an asian twist
Perlan – incredible views of Reykjavík and the surrounding vistas in slowly rotating (360 degrees every 2 hours) glass dome high above the city
Lava (Blue Lagoon) – decadent and delicious
Nora Magasin – great place for a quick beer and bite (lamb bigger to die for)

Nightlife: if you’re looking to fall in love in a hopeless place, Reykjavík’s nightlife scene consists of cozy bars where folks drinks and dance till dawn

Kiki Queer Bar (I know… eye roll… But! – amazing music, mixed crowd, dance till 4am when the sun is bright in the sky
Dillon – chill whiskey bar
Kaffibarinn – small bar but fun music

I have so much more advice – so if you’re planning a trip, just shoot me a note and I’ll give you some pointers!
IG: @champagnejason

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No More Mean Muggin’

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I swear I’m not a cynic. I like long walks on the beach and babies who giggle and happy endings in movies. But at this point in my life I think I’ve been around the block enough times to distinguish between optimism and fantasy.

For example, I totally applaud all of the fitness fanatics that are reborn every January. But the realist in me knows that their “new year, new you” intentions will soon fade.

Is that an asshole-y thing to think??

It’s not that I doubt their desire to improve. I applaud that! I just think it’s funny that the gym is PACKED in January but when the month closes out… I can finally find room at the squat rack.

So here’s hoping that 2016 is different and all those renewed fitness goals have some longevity.

But for those of you among us (like me) who also enjoy some attainable and easy new year makeover goals – how about givin’ that mug of yours some love!

I loooooove love love laugh lines and crows feet. I think they show the world that you live a life of laughter and contentment. But let’s not take it too far and end up looking like the Marlboro man!

I snagged these cool firming eye gels on Amazon and they’re fantastic to throw on after a long day at work. After about 10 minutes I definitely notice those little lines and dark bags under my eyes fading into a firmer, tighter situation.

This isn’t an endorsed post – just me sharing a little tip from me to you ;)

~j

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