TRAVELING LIGHT WITH CALPAK

Summer time, travel time! Are you in the market for a new carry-on? No matter where I'm traveling to... land or sea,  my carry-on packing routine is nearly always the same, my favorite essentials, entertainment, comfort, and of course... the perfect carry-on luggage. CALPAK  not only holds the necessities and then some, they make it so easy to travel InStyle. 

Skirt & Top from Market in Brentwood   Pomandere

Skirt & Top from Market in Brentwood   Pomandere

Take the Ambeur collection on your next getaway! The CALPAK Ambeur White Carry-On features 8 multi-directional spinner wheels that offer effortless mobility, a retractable handle, and is expandable for extra storage. The interior is fully lined and includes an easy to clean mesh zip pocket and an adjustable tie belt to hold clothing in place. Take a look at their website, and find the perfect color for you.

You'll have smooth sailing with CALPAK along with staying organized. It's easy to clean, just have your handy wipes with you & what I love the most, it's incredibly light-weight. I prefer the white for Summer, and for this price, you might want to choose another color!

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  • Lightweight and durable hard-shell body
  • Large main compartment
  • Push button heavy duty handle system
  • Cushioned top and side handles
  • Mounted TSA-approved combination lock
  • Expandable for additional packing capacity
  • Eight 360-degree spinner wheels
  • Fully featured signature interior lining including:
    • Zippered divider that creates two separate packing compartments
    • Zippered accessory pocket
    • Elastic accessory pockets
    • Side pocket
    • Elastic tie belt

Having the expandable packing capacity is a huge help along with packing cubes. CALPAK offers a fun cube with see-through mesh along with label id tags.

The F-1  Spacepak Sets are my personal way of keeping your luggage tidy,  Packing tip; I also take photos of the clothing articles in each bag. The Spacepak Sets system maximizes luggage space by compressing about a week's worth of clothing in compact compartments that fit together perfectly in your suitcase or carry-on.

Add this stylish Sweaty Betty Backpack with your carry-on. Black with rosegold hardware.

Add this stylish Sweaty Betty Backpack with your carry-on. Black with rosegold hardware.

I just feel happy when I wear Sweaty Betty, so why not carry it too?

Master & Dynamic Earphones 

Master & Dynamic Earphones 

The ultimate experience for perfect sound. Get lost in your music, your movies or just quiet the world around you.

I look at traveling as a journey of the unknown and opening up to new ideas. Traveling offers us just that, so many opportunities for personal and spiritual growth, you appreciate your life and others when you step into a different environment.  It's a gift to have the chance to meet new people, understand their culture, and learn a little history. It's also a time to reflect and why not take a travel journal with you to document your journey and of course...express your Gratitude. Let yourself enjoy every moment, and don't forget to pack your good attitude and look up!

There's only one friend that's not so fond of my CALPAK luggage when it comes out...especially if I'm not packing his toys.  Next road trip pal. 

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VAMOS A CUBA!

Just 45 minutes out of Miami Florida, 90 miles south of Key West, a thirty-minute cab ride to town and say hello to Cuba!  A beautiful and dilapidated environment basically untouched.  I am fascinated with this tragically beautiful city, and yes colorful city The Cuban people are proud, they're kind, and generous. Don't miss a day without asking a local about Cuban life. 

I think this was the only day we rode in a 'typical' taxi, the rest of our trip we cruised around Cuba in style "old-school" style. Some of the vintage cars are in pristine condition others are simply old and rusty and most are privately owned and shared, meaning the drivers share their cars so other drivers can also make money. 

Checking into the Hotel Nacional was simple and organized. You'll want to exchange your money at the front desk, and you will need cash for everything.  Hotel National has been there since 1930, it had a renovation in 1992 and is considered a 5 Star. The rooms are fairly large, lots of closet space, and clean.

There are two pools and a gym. I suggest walking and dining outside of your hotel on most occasions. 

Nudz Beachwear - Use GratefulGardenia30 for 30% discount

Nudz Beachwear - Use GratefulGardenia30 for 30% discount

The hotel has incredible potential, you can't stop daydreaming about what it must have been like 'back in the day.'  In the 50s most likely you would've seen Hollywood royals like Elizabeth Taylor or Frank Sinatra in the bar at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba or find Liberace at the Tropicana Nightclub. The dress code is casual, there's not really a certain style for tourist, the locals wear Caribbean-style clothing, and the men love their Mexican wedding shirts. I suggest simple dresses, shorts, and flats. The streets are a little uneven and you will want to walk after your meal, so comfy shoes are suggested. Cuba at night is a magical experience, when you're walking along the streets, people leave their doors wide open so you can have a peek into their lives and enjoy music playing  from everywhere. The glamor days are gone but the spirit is still lives on.

Oh hello handsome! Morning coffee at Hotel Nationale with my peacock friend.

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Here' our first introduction to Old Havana.  Soon as you step out of the taxi, you'll have a glimpse into the Cuban culture. 

Dance and music are a lifeline in Cuba and it’s the birthplace of classic dances such as the Bolero, Cha Cha, and Mambo. Some famous musicians include superstar Celia Cruz, singer Olga Guillot, musician Arturo Sandoval, and the Buena Vista Social Club. Every street you roam you'll find musicians like these, amazing sounds and smiling faces. 

Our first stop for Cuban food - El Del Frente

Frente is a must along with the fresh mojitos, rice, and beans. There is no shortage of food. I suggest sharing a salad and entre.  My husband and I split a fresh, and I do mean fresh mojito and shared soft tacos and empanadas.  Everything was excellent.

There's good energy here, and the staff is lovely.  The restaurant has an upstairs and a rooftop bar. While the view was not scenic or spectacular, if weather permits I suggest sitting outside and listening to the music and noises of Havana.  We decided to sit inside with the air, it was a little too hot for the rooftop.  Service was terrific, attentive and prompt, and we did tip our servers. 

Your credit cards won't work here, you'll need cash for everything. You can exchange your money in your hotel. Don't forget to do so, you don't want to stand in line somewhere outside of your hotel. The average price for the three of us to eat lunch and dinner cost around $45-$50. If you have wine with dinner it's around $75. Just to be safe take extra cash. We're light eaters for breakfast, so coffee, fruit and toast cost around $20.00 for three.

El Floridita is one of the most iconic bars and restaurants on the island and was often frequented by Ernest Hemingway. It is said that the Daiquiri was invented there. The roots of El Floridita is older than America’s Prohibition itself. In 1820 it was known as The Silver Pineapple (La Piña de Plata) then later became La Florida, which eventually became  El Floridita.

  Because El Floridita is known as the Cradel of the Daiquiri, this is a quote attributed to Ernest Hemingway, who visited on many days at 10am..There is a statue of Hemingway that sits where he sat, in the corner of the bar. Rum and Coke in Latin America (except in Cuba) is known as a 'Cuba Libre' (free Cuba in English. In Cuba is called a ‘mentirita’ (or fib in English) On New Year’s Eve Cubans burn dolls in order to symbolize forgetting bad times and looking forward to new and good times during the new year.

You can negotiate on the taxi rides to and from your hotel into town, I do suggest you brush up on your Spanish, it helps tremendously. Round trip taxi cost about $25.00. If you stay at Hotel Nationale it's about a 25-minute walk into town. 

Hotel Manzana is the newest hotel, opening in May 2017 

Hotel Manzana is the newest hotel, opening in May 2017 

Until 2011, the only cars that Cubans can legally own are cars created and bought before 1959. After this year, the Cuban government seized all of the cars and owns them all to this day. Most of the pre-1959 Cars in Cuba are from the U.S. Everyday I absolutely loved stepping into these old classic rides.

We never felt unsafe walking around town day or night, like any new city you travel to,  just make an extra effort to be aware.

Museo de la Revolucion; This museum is a beautiful building and contains exhibits from the revolution. Due to a lack of funds, the museum is not up to par with our usual museum experiences, but the artifacts are fascinating. I would suggest reading up on Cuban history then walk through the museum chronologically, by the end, you'll have a clearer understanding of how everything transpired to the situation we know today. Cuba is one of the world’s last remaining socialist countries, following the Marxist-Leninist ideologies.

The entire pace of Cuba requires patience, so get ready to dial it down a notch or two...or three.

I do suggest you visit the Partagas Cigar Factory, you can purchase your tickets from the front desk of the hotel for $10.00 a piece. The 166-year-old Partagás Factory, hands down, this is Cuba’s best-known cigar factory and certainly the one most frequented by tourists. Standing outside requires a bit of patience. Most likely you will be approached by locals selling cigars... even by the front door. Don't buy them, After the tour, your guide takes you into a private room with your purses or backpacks (I suggest wearing a money belt or something close to your body so you can keep your wallet, phone/camera on you.) Only purchase from your tour guide or the factory, others are sure to be counterfeit. you're allowed 25 cigars a person,  the Romeo & Juliet's (most popular) were $15 a piece.

The factory is clean and very efficient, there’s a beautiful old marble staircase to the left when you enter. The rolling gallery is one of Havana’s largest, with huge windows along either side with natural light shining through for the workers. There are 204 torcedores working here. It looks a bit like the old prisons you see in movies, but it's very organized, and honestly, you get used to the smell of cigars pretty quick.

Havana is the birthplace of the premium cigars The smell of unlit cigar tobacco, earthy and pungent and remarkably intoxicating. These leaves felt like velvet. The production here is unlike almost every place else. Cuban cigarmakers, unlike their counterparts in most of the non-Cuban cigar world, make the entire cigar themselves. Women are considered the ultimate artist when it comes to rolling cigars.

Workers roll about 50 cigars a day and are allowed to smoke 2 cigars a day.

The factory is buzzing with row after row of workers measuring and perfecting every cigar by hand. It's unrushed, antique and an artisanal process, one that hasn't changed for hundreds of years, and yes there is strict quality control. We were told there's no room for error when working in this room. If you've made it to this area, you get only a few bad rolls, then you're out, and there's no shot at a second chance. It's mandatory for each worker to read only classical literature along with Cuban newspapers only. You won't find magazines or billboards anywhere in Cuba.

Here are a few local Cuban women enjoying their cigars.

El Cocinero opened right next to FAC in February 2013. This hot spot has instantly become a favorite. Located underneath the imposing brick chimney of the same name that used to be a vegetable oil factory.

After a wait at the front door even if you have a reservation, you'll be led up  3 flights of circular stairs, similar to a lighthouse, and yes it's worth it. This place has a renovated artistic feel, fun music, nice décor and has attracted a mixed crowd of affluent young Cuban locals and tourist.

Cuba, an island composed of keys, an installation at Fabrica de Arte Cubano, Havana

Cuba, an island composed of keys, an installation at Fabrica de Arte Cubano, Havana

 

Fábrica de Arte Cubano (Cuban Art Factory)  Located in Vedado at Calle 26 -This is a must see!  Cuban artist wait for two years or more to be seen inside this space.   It's delightfully hip and unique venue (frequented mainly by young and fashionable Cubans) with a nightclub, live music, live performances artist and anything that might be labeled as artistic, it's here. If you're a traveler who wonders "where do the cool and fashionable locals go?"  It's here.

Making our way to LaGuardia Restaurant was just as exciting as eating there. Fidel's spirit, of course, is felt and seen everywhere you go.

There's something so intoxicating about this vibrant and crumbling city.

Paladares are privately owned restaurants housed in shabby-chic quarters, our first evening we dined at La Guarida, quite a dramatic setting, arriving there was just as exciting as eating there. We had fish, rice, beans, and salad. Simple and stasyfing. 

The city takes on a whole new color at night, if you love the nightlife, you'll come alive in Havana.

While in Cuba you must take a ride to the beautiful beach Cojimar, about twenty minutes from town and visit La Terraza,  a legendary fishing village in Cojímar, another of Hemingway’s haunts; La Terraza de Cojímar Restaurant. The place actually opened back in 1925 as a cheap restaurant called Las Arecas, and it was in 1940 that it became an exclusive restaurant and bar under a new name: La Terraza. It soon became famous with international visitors, and Ernest Hemingway was the most loyal customer of all. He would come here regularly after going out to sea with his loyal and faithful friend, Gregorio Fuentes, the ultimate fisherman who was the first mate of the writer’s boat, the Pilar. Gregorio taught Hemmingway everything he knew about fishing. In 1952 "The Old Man and The Sea" was published. Gregorio passed away at 104 years old, he never read Hemmingway's book. I guess you could say he lived it.

Pictured above is the author’s favorite corner table, which has a picturesque view of his beloved ocean, permanently set for its most famous customer. Picture Ernest Hemmingway sitting right here, visions and words falling into place for The Old Man and The Sea. La Terraza is in tip top condition, an incredibly peaceful place and most likely the spirit of Ernest Hemmingway returns often. Ernest Hemingway lived in Cojimar for some years and this was his favorite restaurant.

The seawall, called the Malecón, is where most of the Cuban locals spend their evenings enjoying the city view. It is referred to as "Havana's sofa."

When you go to Cuba, hit the ground running. Don't miss out on feeling so alive and connected while having no wi-fi connection. Remember the days when you ran out of the house, hopped on your bike or in your car and you felt free? There's something to be said about feeling free in Cuba and what a contradiction that is.

Gentleman's rendezvous.  

The weather was perfect in April, a little humid and balmy in the evening.

Hotel Saratoga - Is beautiful Inside, there is a wait for this hotel so book in advance if you choose to stay here. The Manzana is Cuba's newest hotel that just opened.

 Hotel Saratoga - Hotel Saratoga was finally completed with the hotel opening its doors to guests in December 2005. The Hotel is located just inside the historical center of Havana.

During and after Prohibition, American gangsters made their way to Cuba, mafia heavies such as Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano. The jet-setting glamorous party crowd soon followed, attracted by a tropical haven where drinks flowed freely and gambling and showgirls were all part of the day.

Transported back in time.

We had the chance to meet one of Cuba's top young entrepreneurs; Carlos Garcia the founder of Kewelta. Carlos is leading the way for technology and his office is around the corner from the Hotel Nacional. We were invited to his office to meet his team, and talking with them left you with certainty, that this group of young entrepreneurs are switched on. Carlos can be seen on CNN talking about his vision for what's on the horison for Cuban technology. 

If you want to know about Cuba, ask the people. Cubans are happy to have the tourism, and they truly enjoy talking about their families, their culture and their country.

Even the Cuban coffee is happy to see you. 

Checking in at the airport; The airlines will ask your purpose for traveling, we said "people to people" We were not traveling with a group. You can purchase your visa at the ticket counter -$20.00. Thre was limited paperwork.  There is very limited shopping, you'll spend money on cabs, food, museums, and cigars and tours. Wi-fi is only available in your hotel and it's still a bit challenging, but it was quite nice to be disconnected for awhile.

Gracias Cuba! My family enjoyed our visit and look forward to returning. P.S. love my Panama hat purchased from your market and thrilled to have our son explore & experience Havana. Thanks for the memories!

If you're interested in an organized tour contact; Collin Laverty with Cuba Educational Travel - Providing everything you'll need for a detailed Cuba experience. 

All you'll need for your Cuban trip;

LET'S TALK SKINN-CARE

"If I could turn back time", you know the song...So let's sing it for real!  A few months ago SKINN Cosmetics reached out to me to try several of their product. In the past year, I've been fortunate enough to be introduced to many skincare lines, and I must say...SKINN has been a game-changer for my skin. I was grateful for the day the package arrived. I'm a sucker for serums and lotions and potions...so upstairs I went to wash my face to begin the SKINN test run.

Dimitri James is the Founder of Skinn Cosmetics, a line of premium skincare formulas and color cosmetics. Dimitri is passionate about skincare, his inspiration comes from his mother and his grandmother who are European-trained aestheticians and made their own skincare products from the finest natural ingredients. They instilled in him that what matters most when it comes to beauty is what’s on the inside (love them already) True beauty, his mother always taught him, comes not only from having a good heart and mind but also how a person feels about themselves. I have so much respect for Dimitri, he followed his passion, and that meant listening and understanding the need for women to feel beautiful from the inside out. There's a reason SKINN is becoming so popular amongst women today, and that's the desire behind Dimitri's vision for authentic beauty.

Love my robe from Ya Living

Love my robe from Ya Living

The Collagenesis Crème Reverse & the Translucence  Resurfacing Concentrate -I'm using this as my daily moisturizer, along with the Translucence Serum; It's lightweight, silky and quickly absorbs into your skin. It really works on those tiny fine lines, apply first thing in the morning and before bed. The moisturizer; There's no greasy feeling, and it absorbs right into your skin, leaving it smooth and even, ready to apply your base.

After several weeks of using this trio, my skin has shown a visable difference in moisture and hydration. I'm on the dry side, and this serum, eye cream, and mask helped tremendously. Apply the Hydro Vital Mask and after 15 minutes your skin will glow! Concentrated with a highly effective and innovative blend of Blue-Green Algae and Malachite Extracts which are rich in minerals, vitamins, and amino acids.

 Hydro Vital Eye Cream -  As we age, the area under the eyes can be so tricky, even we feel rested we begin to have this dry, dull and sunken-looking appearance. This delicate, yet potent blend of antioxidants, Hyaluronic Acid, botanical and fruit extracts has softened that area, which lightens up the dark areas. Under my eyes, the skin is thin and can begin to look dry fast. I have seen a difference after 3 weeks of using regularly.

The Hydro-Vital Serum is enriched with various forms of Hyaluronic Acid, botanical butters, oils and fruit extracts, this has evened out my skin, along with changing the texture. What a difference!

Enlightened Radiance Youth Capsules; You know what they say...Big things come in tiny packages. The capsules are fantastic for discoloration! I have age spots, and yes ladies after using these Radiance Capsules those spots are so much lighter. These capsules have brightened my complexion. Featuring a unique and extremely effective peptide derived from Pearl Protein.  

Fill Me In Volumizing Mask; Who doesn't' want a fuller look! Formulated with a potent and highly effective blend of Sesame Seeds, Hyaluronic Acid , and an encapsulated amino acid to deliver deep hydration and anti-aging benefits.  Brush this on before a night out and you'll love your look!  

Oh no the neck!  Neck Amor; Yes, I'm trying to say kind words about my neck. The neck area is so thin & delicate, this leave-on neck mask is formulated with Rice Protein to increase moisture retention, as well as a Probiotic blend made from 100% pure plant juice derived from jicama to help improve skin radiance with a redefining and smoothing effect. Don't go to bed without it.

Lipid infusion Face oil - I am crazy for this face oil!  Not only do I put it on before applying my makeup, I apply it over my face during the day to keep the glow going. Essential Omega and Lipid Infusion, a lightweight, exquisite blend of Omega 3, 6, 7 & 9, Ceramides, Vitamins D & E, a Sunflower Seed Cake, Barley and Cucumber extract blend, as well as Seabuckthorn, Cranberry, Olive, Rosemary, Dilo, Marula, and Grapeseed. For perfect glowing skin.

Beauty Sleep Botanical Oil Mist - We all know we need our beauty sleep, with this calming Lavender, Valerian, Chamomile, and Passionflower Oil, you'll instantly decompress. Spray on right before you get into bed. We all need a good nights sleep, reboot your soul with this mist.

I don't travel without my Collagenesis Stem Rejen Facial Serum (pink bottle) This is a must! Formulated with three high-performing active ingredients, Glacier Water, Snow Algae Powder and Alpine Rose. Glacier Water, an active found in the glaciers of the Swiss Alps has been preserved for thousands of years keeping its youthful properties helping to keep skin looking younger by delivering deep, long-lasting hydration. Even if you have sensitive skin, I suggest trying this.

Life is such a gift and most of us understand how important it is to take care of our mind, body and spirit and of course that includes our skin. We are living longer in today's world and we want to look how we feel. Most of us aren't even close to looking our age, and thanks to people like Dimitri from SKINN, we can find what works best for us, yes...we're all different but we are women, and we're fearless... and we don't give up!  Step out your door and feel alive, feel beautiful no matter how old you are, and look in the mirror and know You Are Beautiful. 

      "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams".                                                                                                   Elenor Roosevelt

    

 

IN THE NUDE(Z) FOR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND & ONE-PIECE SUITS

Memorial Day Weekend is here. Let's welcome the holiday with a few great styles for your weekend & Summer getaway plans. Coverups, one piece bathing suits and a few products to help you glow your way globetrotting along.

Use my discount code GratefulGardenia30 and save 30%

Use my discount code GratefulGardenia30 and save 30%

Nudz Beachwear Santorini Cover up works from sunrise to sunset. Get ready to revv up your shore-side style. Nudz is made right here in Los Angeles. 

This Santorini Cotton coverup works over any suit and covers all the right places. It's lightweight so if you're on-the-go... no worries when you toss it in your tote. If you're planning on traveling to Miami take a look at The One Hotel - pictured above. Lovely hotel.

With the coverup & the mini you're ready for cocktail hour and a lovely sunset.

Barefoot, sandals, or heels...it all works. 

The Angie mini dress, in solid microfiber, is fully lined at the top and has adjustable and convertible over- the-shoulder-straps, insertable pads, if you need them. It's perfect for paddle boarding, dries quickly. It has UV +50 protection, swim in it, lunch in it, shop in it. Off you go, from the beach to the street.

Angie Dress

One Piece Collection

La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni -- This one-piece is a Neiman Marcus exclusive and the ruffles are the IT trend for spring. What I love about this suit is how versatile it is.

La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni -- This one-piece is a Neiman Marcus exclusive and the ruffles are the IT trend for spring. What I love about this suit is how versatile it is.

Marysia Swim -- This Los Angeles-based brand is super popular with celebs and bloggers. Their one-piece suits are super stylish, the material does not bunch up, and they dry quickly.

Marysia Swim -- This Los Angeles-based brand is super popular with celebs and bloggers. Their one-piece suits are super stylish, the material does not bunch up, and they dry quickly.

Jets by Jessika Allen -- Playful yet sophisticated, this bathing suit comes in black, blue, and orange, and is sophisticated, yet chic. It can also double up as as bodysuit!

Jets by Jessika Allen -- Playful yet sophisticated, this bathing suit comes in black, blue, and orange, and is sophisticated, yet chic. It can also double up as as bodysuit!

I'm a big fan of ERES they hold everything in, even after lunch!

Ted Baker London Known for its feminine prints and silhouette, this suit has a vibrant print that's not only perfect for a vacation, it also offers plenty of support. 

Ted Baker London Known for its feminine prints and silhouette, this suit has a vibrant print that's not only perfect for a vacation, it also offers plenty of support. 

Kate Spade Love the retro feel of this suit! Plus, the applique and cutout add a bit of elegance and sophistication. 

Ted Baker -- Another fantastic piece by Ted Baker! Love the blue prints mixed with tropical elegance

Ted Baker -- Another fantastic piece by Ted Baker! Love the blue prints mixed with tropical elegance

 

Kiini ‘Cha Cha one-shoulder metallic-trimmed swimsuit' -- This swimwear line has reached a cult status and the suits come in solid prints with embroidered edges that take the styles to a whole new level of chicness. 

  Eres 'Cassiopee Swimsuit’ -- Love the timeless feel of this suit!

 

Eres 'Cassiopee Swimsuit’ -- Love the timeless feel of this suit!

Mara Hoffman Terry -- The stripes give it a nautical feel that's playful and very stylish. 

Mara Hoffman Terry -- The stripes give it a nautical feel that's playful and very stylish. 

Karla Colletto -- Another cutout suit that enhances all of the right curves and at the same time is very elegant. 

Karla Colletto -- Another cutout suit that enhances all of the right curves and at the same time is very elegant. 

Karla Colletto -- Another great piece that's very flattering and offers plenty of coverage.

Karla Colletto -- Another great piece that's very flattering and offers plenty of coverage.

Vitamin A Neutra -- This suit is all about the California lifestyle that is very slimming and sexy at the same time. 

Vitamin A Neutra -- This suit is all about the California lifestyle that is very slimming and sexy at the same time. 

I personally prefer a one piece suit, I swim, jump, dive, and paddleboard. Wearing a suit that doesn't need to be tugged on is my idea of a great one piece. 

Feel like glowing a little...

My go-to for that perfect amount of golden sheen.

My go-to for that perfect amount of golden sheen.

Lacréme Beauté's GOLD OIL is not only luxurious in how is shimmers on the skin, this product is also filled with very nourishing oil. From the magical baobab oil which improves skin's texture and luster, along with moisturizing oils of Jojoba. This is the perfect body oil for any occasion just adding that little bit of luxury to one's beauty regime. There is a light scent of exotic frangipani, and the minute it's applied you will be transported to those wonderful days of summer.

NAKED Urban Decay Lipgloss - Perfect natural nudes with a hint of pink & peach

Don't leave out our highlighter from Laura Gellar - easy to travel with, no brush needed.

Don't leave out our highlighter from Laura Gellar - easy to travel with, no brush needed.

Have a great holiday weekend! Go create a new adventure & be grateful for every moment.

Cressi Swim Mask - I always travel with my swim goggles, Cressi makes the best!  Swimming along in Eres

Cressi Swim Mask - I always travel with my swim goggles, Cressi makes the best!  Swimming along in Eres

Just Keep Swimming...

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Thanks for reading... Janet & Jes

Jes' Adventure at the Parker Palm Springs

A Note From Jes...

When it comes to decompressing, I am all about fun road trips. One of my favorite places to unwind and relax for a weekend is non other than Palm Springs! You can check out some of my posts about this desert oasis here, here, and here.

About two hours east of Los Angeles, this city offers pretty much everything that I 'a must' when vacationing. From great hotels with a buzzing pool scene, to delicious restaurants, and unique finds -- Palm Springs has it all going on!

I escape here as often as I can, and have made quite a few great memories. Some of my favorites involve a very special and beautiful Parker Palm Springs.

The former Gene Autry Estate is now a Jonathan Adler-designed property that boasts chic and comfy rooms, three pools, a spa that feels like a Nantucket country club, a Trina Turk boutique on the weekends, two delicious restaurants, and ample outdoor space complete with a fire pit, a giant chess board, bicycles, a lemonade stand, and games.

Upon entering the property, guests are greeted with an eclectic lobby filled with old-world rugs and modern, colorful geometric design. My favorite details include the white walls adorned with colorful lanterns, playful seating areas, and quirky art.

The rooms are worthy of a five-star snooze! Spacious, with a beautiful mid-century modern feel, and incredibly comfortable beds, the only reasons to get out are breakfast and the pools. Some of the luxe toiletries they offer include Hermes soaps and Penhaligon's shampoos and conditioners -- perfect for a night of pampering and well-deserved R&R. They also have villas perfect for group outings or a girls' weekend. 

The grounds have several gardens, including a shaded croquet court, a playful oversized chessboard and a sunny spot with hammocks where you can bask in the sunlight. Grab a cold beverage and be sure to enjoy these amenities during your stay.

If brunch is what you crave, Norma’s is the place to enjoy a delectable fare. The staff is incredibly friendly, and your meal will begin with a smoothie of the day sample. Last time I visited, I ordered their chocolate French Toast, and it's TO DIE FOR! It's so rich and decadent, but worth every bite -- call it a 'cheat day must have,' if you please! Other delicious staples include their burgers, salads, and huevos rancheros.

The hotel has three pools, two outdoors, and one in the spa - which is a must-try. The outdoor pools have, about halfway in between them, a bar called Lemonade, with delicious treats and perfectly chilled drinks for those hot desert days. Only one of these pools is kid-friendly, so plan accordingly.

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Once you set foot at the spa, you may not want to leave! They offer relaxing treatments such a hot stone massages, exfoliating body srubs, facials, waxing, and spray tanning. They even have special packages for baby moons, and other special occasions. If working out is what you desire, then their fitness center, group yoga classes, and outdoor tennis courts will do the trick. 

Before you book your adventure -- here are a few 'good to know' tidbits:

-The weekends are incredibly busy, especially during the Summer months. If possible, go on a weekday, and you will most likely have the place to yourself!

-Ask for a room upgrade: Everyone at the property is very helpful, and they will try to accommodate your requests. If available they will honor an upgrade, so don't be afraid to ask (the worst they will say is 'no')

So excited for my next Palm Springs visit, because it's going to be another one for the books! Tell Janet and I, what are some of your favorite places to escape for the weekend?

Janet and I during a fun adventure in Downtown Los Angeles in 2015. I am so grateful for the friendship we've developed over the past few years!

ENCIRCLE NYC & LIVOTTE LONDON; Circle of Life & A Spot of Tee

  My friend and fellow blogger Melissa Meyers and I were headed to an event one day and she was wearing a long necklace of endless circles. It instantly caught my eye...plus It's always fun to find a new jewelry line, so I said,  "Oh I love that!" Melissa showed me the website then introduced me to Amy Heilberg, the founder of Encircle NYC, now I too have my own Encircle collection. Mother's day is near, so here's a few gift ideas for your mom, yourself, or any occasion. I've also included Livotte, and I think you'll appreciate how founders Beth and Delphine have reinvented the basic tee. Get ready to enjoy modern elegance with Encircle NYC & Livotte. Three entrepreneurial women who are passionate about creating simple and practical beauty for everyday life.

Cover-up Nudz Beachwear

Recently I was in New York and met with the founder Amy Heilberg.  Not only did I love everything she showed me, we connected right away. We chatted about... stuff, how after a certain age life begins to come full circle, and I'm certain to why I was drawn to Melissa's necklace that day. We enjoyed our breakfast & cappuccinos at Le Coucou, and shared how we both constantly find messages in everything!  #soulsister...I'm thrilled to be part of Amy's circle. 

 Amy is the founder of Amy Heilberg Jewels, a private jewelry consulting company that specializes in custom fine and vintage collectible pieces. While working with clients for over sixteen years, Amy decided to create a collection of chic fashion pieces that give off the Amy Heilberg Jewels fine jewelry feel; but at an accessible price point. With that idea in mind, she launched Encircle NYC in January 2016.  

The pieces channel the powerful concentric circles of our lives. Our designs are organic and timeless with a fashion-forward edge. 

Vertical Pendant with pave piece

Buster in his Charlie & Me Choker along with our rug...we're a house of circles...signs are everywhere.

Buster in his Charlie & Me Choker along with our rug...we're a house of circles...signs are everywhere.

Each shape we sell are circles, flowers, ovals and squares; which is a variety of styles just like women. Circles represent protection and wholeness. Flowers, with their infinite variety and beauty. Ovals are symbolic of abundance and the cycle of life. Squares are foundational, structural, and provide support. We all come in different shapes and sizes – and that is reflective in our collection. No matter your personal style, there is a shape that each customer gravitates towards that represents them. What's yours!  You will receive a 10% Discount.

Take a look at Encircle website - You'll find more styles!

Take a look at Encircle website - You'll find more styles!

In this current time, unity, diversity, understanding, community and love is what we need to survive in this world; and Encircle NYC embodies the connectivity that each represents. 

Keeping it simple and chic with Encircle Verticle Pendant

Keeping it simple and chic with Encircle Verticle Pendant

Ecircle jewelry is designed to make each woman feel her best as she takes on her life. Thank you, Amy! I love being part of your circle xxooo

Welcome to the Lovely Livotte; Beth & Delphine who are fashion veterans, are committed to bringing organic, locally sourced luxe cotton jersey tops to women across the globe. Here's to dressing effortless chic, day or night.

I'm wearing; Jacqueline

I'm wearing; Jacqueline

I am definitely the woman who feels like I can conquer it all in jeans & a tee, and now more than ever! Livotte has filled a void for the everyday tee, and of course, they're all named after women and the name Livotte comes from their daughters...Livvy & Charlotte, and of course I like them even more!  It's like having a little piece of London close to your heart. Thank you, Beth & Delphine! Hands down my favorite T, and oh so soft and stylish.

Beth & Delphine live in London; their girls were born there and will most likely grow up in the amazing city. Livotte wants to support the London fashion community and make the extra effort (and by extra effort,  putting it mildly) to deliver a product both designed and made right in London within the M25. 

They were able to source a fabric that is both organic and luxurious.  Their mill is in the Midlands and the yarns are the best in Europe making our cotton jersey tops luxurious, long lasting and able to withstand many many machine washes. 

Style tip from Livotte; Pair it with your leather leggings or blue jeans or even your favorite pencil skirt. Lifestyle tip from Livotte;  Live In It, Love In It, Lunch In It! 

Don't forget to Laugh in it!

Thank you to; Encircle & Livotte for providing photos and information. Cheers to many years of success and fun! I love working with inspirational & kind women, it makes the journey so rewarding.  #grateful

  “The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” – Coco Chanel

LET'S PEEK INTO OUR EVERYDAY & GETAWAY LOTIONS & POTIONS

Notes from Janet & Jes...

Do you ever wonder what's in the woman's bag next to you on the plane, train or sitting next to you at your favorite bistro? When I'm traveling, especially abroad...I would love to take a peek into what women "go to" from sun-up to sundown. Here are a few things in mine and Jesica's everyday bag along with our weekend getaway bag.  

Everyday potions and lotions Jes & I can't live without.

Emi-Jay Hair Ties - I usually put my hair up at least once a day. Emi-Jay ties are either on my wrist or in my bag, and they don't damage your hair. They're also great gift ideas, and for any age.  -Purliesse for Flawless Skin -I can't say enough about this BB Cream. Literally, you'll have a flawless finish, it evens out along with protecting your skin. Purlisse makes great non-toxic products - Ilia lip & cheek tint - Because it's just that - a quick touch up for a little brightness.  Lune+Aster Poet Lip Gloss for that perfect pink pout - Lune+Aster glosses are not sticky and they have beautiful shades to choose from- Warby Parker reading glasses, Warby Parker has great frames for $95. and they make the process so easy for you. Order online - they send a box of 5 frames you've picked out, keep them for 5 days and choose your favorite pair(s)... return the box with your for prescription and you'll have them in back 10 days and Warby Parker gives back!  Kiehl's in coriander (love this scent) I've been using Kiehl's for years, this is still my favorite scent. Browza Eyebrow pencil, my eyebrows are very fair, so I always have it on hand,  - Nia Tech Neck roller for your neck...Must have!  In traffic, at home, sitting at my desk, I moisturize my neck all day long.    Jes...Don't forget about your neck! 

Don't leave home without it!

Don't leave home without it!

On our recent Spring Break trip, everything I needed fit into these two bags. I try and keep it simple when I travel, only go for what I need. Kát Rudu - Cucumber Eye Gel - I use this every morning. Nuxe - For the perfect golden glow. I'll never tire of this scent. Tata Harper Eye Mask  - Skinn Hydration Serum - Fantastic Facial Serum Great for on the plane! - Skinn Deep Wrinkle Resurfacing Concentrate - I use this day and night. It brightens your skin instantly.  Skinn Eye Cream - Skinn Neck Cream Mask  - My favorite neck cream for day & night -  Purlisse Sheet Mask - White Tea - These are a must! You'll be left with glowing, moisturized skin, and the scent is so calming. You'll want more that one!  Purlisse Cleansing Milk - Travel Size.  Elizabeth W. Eye Mask - Take a look at all you have to choose from. Nilotic Shea Butter - Incredible moisturizer. It works for every part of your body, it's a brand that gives back, and it's for the whole family. Beauty Blender Body Sponge for blending lotions & bronzers. If you're looking for a great Mother's Day Gift Idea or really for any occasion, check out Cuyana, I'm a fan of their elegance & simplicity and they give back. Not only do I love traveling with these beautiful bags but I love the mission behind the brand. 

Great Mother's Day Gift Idea! Monogramed Travel & Everday Bags

Great Mother's Day Gift Idea! Monogramed Travel & Everday Bags

Hey there, it's Jes! When it comes to my beauty on-the-go, I keep a pretty close roster of my favorite finds. Below are my can’t live without items that are often my trusty companions for those long days at work or when I need a beauty pick-me up. I tend to be loyal to certain brands, so if it works, chances are that I will use it on repeat until the last drop!

1.       Aesop Hand Crème ($28): This is hands down (pun intended) one of my favorite tubes to carry. Its texture is light, and the rose scent smells divine. It contains a beautiful blend of botanicals that leaves my hands feeling soft and rejuvenated. It restores my cuticles, and helps my nails grow healthy. I am constantly using my hands, whether it’s by endless hours typing on the computer, driving or working out, so my goal is to always have them be healthy and hydrated.

2.       Blistex Lip Medex ($1.79): Rain or shine, my lips are always chapped. Luckily, this drugstore miracle keeps my pout moisturized and refreshed. Sometimes, I only have to apply it once a day, and it stays put. You really can’t beat this deal – as it truly works wonders on my lips!

3.       Tocca Florence Travel Spray ($38): Tocca has been a favorite of mine for years, and Florence is perfect for the warm LA summer days. This floral scent is a combination of bergamot and gardenia that keeps me refreshed all day. Plus, the bottle is adorable and their lotions and candles are also worth a try.

4.       Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water ($9): This is the perfect remedy for those sticky humid days! Avène is one of France’s most popular brands, and it’s a top choice for many makeup artists and dermatologists. This is also perfect after long flights, as it helps skin glow and keeps it hydrated.

5. Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen ($36) and Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush ($29): SPF is a must, whether you are 15 or 75! This dual BB cream comes in a variety of shades and applies smoothly without leaving a chunky residue, and it blends evenly. This blush is pretty natural, long-lasting, and also, it doubles as lip gloss. I also love how the color works with my complexion, leaving a dewy and rosy finish with an extra glow. One added bonus -- this is the perfect neck cream, as it's never too early to start protecting against wrinkles.

6. Wet Naturals Evergreen Wood Detangling Brush ($14.99): This brush is light and untangles my hair without leaving it frizzy or sticky. I also keep one in my car, when I am running around and don't have much time to freshen up. Since I began using this brush, I have noticed my hair is healthier and with less breakage. 

7. Super by  Retrosuperfuture Sunglasses ($179): I pretty much wear sunnies from sunrise to sundown (protection is key), and these wayfarers and timeless and pretty much go with anything. I also own their tortoise shell sunglasses, and they are both super chic!

I recently went on a 12-day trip home to Peru to visit family and friends and packed an array of travel-sized products for the adventure. Since I went to two different climates -- coastal and mountain, I knew I needed plenty of hydrating potions. 

Check out my travel companions during hot weather in Lima, mild dry temperatures in the Andes, and extreme humidity in Machu Picchu!

1. Kate Somerville Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating treatment ($24) | 2. Caudalie Radiance Moisturizer SPF 20 Complexion Correction for Flawless Skin ($49) 3. Bulgari The Blanc Shampoo & Conditioner Set ($29.99) | 4. La Prairie Eye Cream with SPF 15 ($185) | 5. Pixi by Petra Glow Tonic ($22 for travel set) | 6. Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens ($10) | 7. Chapstick Total Hydration ($4.99 for set) 

Whether you're in your 30's 40's or 50's It's fun to share  "A few of our favorite things"   Jes & I want to know..."What's in your bag"  

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone...Audrey Hepburn. 
 

RIPLEY RADER - JUMPSUIT QUEEN

When I first met Ripley I instantly lite up! Not only are we both "dancin fools" but we're southern girls and she's incredibly passionate about women feeling their best. My friend Melissa Meyers said, "you've gotta meet Ripley, you'll love her and her brand." She was right. Melissa and I did a Facebook Live segment with Ripley at her studio talking about her brand and the inspiration behind her designs. Meet the Hollywood's mover and shaker...literally, Ripley Rader.

"The jumpsuit is here to stay." So sayeth The Queen!

Meet "The Queen of the Jumpsuit" herself, Los Angeles-based designer Ripley Rader. Rader, an accomplished professional dancer who considers herself an artist first, launched her eponymous ready-to-wear label in 2013. Inspired by Southern California's eternally sun-drenched 1970s chic, her aim was to "encourage women to express their individuality through timeless silhouettes and softly tailored separates," all at an accessible price point. Celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Amy Schumer, and Kate Upton have all rocked her designs... Can you dig it?!

Cue the perfectly classic, totally effortless, infinitely wearable jumpsuit. If you're looking for a versatile piece that will carry you from an important morning meeting to a cocktail hour after a long flight, or a night on the red carpet, clear out some closet space! This is the line for you! The pieces are very flattering and feel incredible. The fabrics Rader uses are SO comfortable and soft, while still being carefully-crafted and luxurious. Seriously, you can wear Ripley Rader anywhere! 

Ripley's two piece top and pant - wear with flats or heels! / Encircle Necklace

Ripley's two piece top and pant - wear with flats or heels! / Encircle Necklace

The designer attributes her particular form/function sensibilities to a lifetime spent stretching and pirouetting across dance studios.  (ahhh woman after my own heart) "I like 'good-move' clothes," she says. "I live in dance clothes. I always like to feel free and move my body easily and I never want to put a lot of time into getting dressed. I like to walk out the door feeling polished and comfortable the next."

One Piece Jumpsuit  Let's Dance!

One Piece Jumpsuit  Let's Dance!

And that comfort level carries over to the bottom line, as well. One of my favorite things about Ripley's approach is her reasonable price point. "Our jumpsuits are all under $200 and 100% LA-made. I feel even $200 is an investment for the modern woman, and I wanted to really honor that," she says, "keeping it at that price point and having everything is made in the U.S. does present some challenges, but I can sleep at night." Another reason for Rader's frugality? Her roots in the creative community. "I'm an artist, so I just wanted to be sure my hippie/artist-friends could afford this line," she laughs. 

Not sure if a jumpsuit is your Groove Thang? Fear not! Rader has a few suggestions up her (bell) sleeve. "Tailoring is key," she says. "Pay particular attention to hemlines--you shouldn't have fabric pooling around your feet, nor should your whole shoe be visible. Find the middle ground."  What's better than getting your groove back with your girlfriend's in one of Ripley's Jumpsuits!

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Styling can also make a big impact. "Rock a great shoe, and try incorporating different belts, statement necklaces, or a high-end clutch to carry your look from daytime functionality into evening chic." This line makes incorporating the High/Low trend so easy and fun(ky). "For me, the jumpsuit works on all body types-tall, short, curvy, straight," she says, "with great tailoring and styling, you can really make it your own and make it feel fresh and modern." 

This year will also see the line extending its sizing options to include Plus sizes, something that Rader says is of great personal importance to her. "I design my pieces so they can be worn at any age, and at any size. I want people to feel good in their bodies and I want to help them dress their bodies--no matter what shape that might be. I'm not trying to reinvent the look of the modern woman, but it is important to me to have clothes that not only can carry her from day to night but also pieces that are hearty - that will last and look good and feel good.

Ripley's pants paired with Elizabeth & James top / Encircle Chocker

Ripley's pants paired with Elizabeth & James top / Encircle Chocker

Dying to slip into one of these disco-dusted creations? The full line is available via the Ripley Rader website, and is slowly-but-surely coming to a boutique or shop near you! "We're in about 100 high-end boutiques nationwide," she says, "We were slow to break into the larger market because I wanted to make sure we were a well-oiled machine first. I wanted to be a company that grew organically. Now I feel we're ready, and I'm excited to be able to dress more women."  

Melissa Meyers & I during our Glow & Grateful segment for Facebook Live.

Since Ripley's initial outreach was purposely Boho-boutique, this true Hollywood IT-Girl used a little star power to build her brand. "I don't have a huge publicity team behind me, so I've always gifted pieces to stylists who love them so much, they refer their celebrity clients and word spreads out of a genuine enthusiasm." Organic press? Genuine love?? 

Hats off to my fellow dancing sister, thanks for creating clothing that's "got all the right moves"

Kumbaya and Long Live The Queen!

Check out Ripley's website to book an appointment or shop online. Her studio is so much fun!      

         "I think the best role models for women are people who are fruitfully and     confidently themselves, who bring light into the world." —Meryl Streep

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RESCUE FOR THE HANDS & FEET

OH MY GOSH...might there be a little relief for aging hands & feet?? I was thrilled to try out iluminage - Skin Rejuvenating Gloves & Socks. Since I've been digging in the dirt from the age of one, I'm willing to try anything that could turn back the clock just a teeny weenie bit. In fact, I'm wearing the gloves and the socks as I'm writing this blog post.

I've worked with my hands my entire life, from gymnastics, cleaning the barn where I kept my horse, swimming, sunning, flight attendant, jewelry making, etc... and they are showing their history, which I'm proud of but I left out the hands, the feet oh yeah... and the NECK! Anyone with me?? After my second week of using the gloves & the socks, I must say I am seeing a bit of softness, and a fewer spots. Here's a look at the technology behind iluminage.

iluminage™ is a luxury beauty brand founded in 2011 by Unilever Ventures. It is the new intelligence in beauty solutions, architects of high-tech, innovative and you can wear them while you're working, sleeping, driving... create your own schedule for turning back the clock.  You'll have relaxation, rejuvenation, and productivity.  

Jazz Hands just got a little smoother

Jazz Hands just got a little smoother

Carefully embedded with patented Copper technology, these gloves are clinically proven to reduce the appearance of hand wrinkles and age spots. Improve skin tone and texture, changing the look of your hands in just four weeks. It's nice to know there is another solution besides injecting the hands. I'm not ready for that, for now I'll choose to be deligent about wearing my gloves and socks.

When I was growing up until a few years ago I never thought about the skin on my feet (don't know what I was thinking) It changes right along with the hands...and the neck if you're not moisturizing along with adding sunscreen.  I think I'll try the pillowcase next, I do sleep on a silk pillowcase every night, along with traveling with one (2) in case it disappears, and I know that makes a difference, but the more I learn about copper the more I'm understanding the technology.

- Copper is a well-known essential mineral with skin enhancing properties

- Copper is naturally found in skin and known to play an important role in skin’s renewal process

- Copper has been used in makeup, face creams, and other skincare products for many years

- One of the properties of copper is its ability to promote the natural growth of proteins in the skin.  Copper is a mineral. It is found in many foods, particularly in organ meats, seafood, nuts, seeds, wheat bran cereals, grain products, and cocoa products. The body stores copper mostly in the bones and muscles.

It doesn't make time disappear, but if you're younger than me you can get a head start on turning back the hands of time.  

   You can't turn back the clock, but you can wind it up again...   Bonnie Prudden

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MEET LIFESTYLE BLOGGER JESICA RYZENBERG

 

 One sunny "la la" afternoon I went to a friend's design shop, filled with fun, hip, and savvy girls where Jesica was working at the time, and we were chatting about style, decor, travel and my friend informed me that Jesica wrote a lifestyle blog. I was about a month away from launching The Grateful Gardenia and Jesica offered to help out if I needed it, I instantly said yes! I would love it, so we exchanged numbers and the following week we sat down together and she took me from A to Z on tips for starting out.  I was so grateful for her incredible advice, Jesica literally walked me through everything!  We continued to meet on the weekends for a few months and I said: "One day we'll figure out some way to collaborate, we'll figure out a way to have some fun"  This May it will be two years since I published my first blog post and just as I'd hoped we are now creating content together.  Say hello to Jes.

LEONA

LEONA

Hey there everyone! I am delighted to be a contributor for the Grateful Gardenia and look forward to giving you my perspective on all things fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and of course -- wellness. Though I have my own lifestyle blog, www.ryzenbergon.com, I am honored to be part of this fantastic online destination. 

So let me share a little bit about myself -- I was born and raised in Lima, Peru before my family moved to Florida in the early 1990s. After college (Syracuse University – go Orange!) I landed a job as a segment producer in Miami and three years later, with many lifestyle stories under my belt, the Golden State came calling. A decade, two big cities, and one fiancé later, I’m still here and there is never a dull moment!

Machu Picchu, Peru 

Machu Picchu, Peru 

I am currently based in Los Angeles, after seven magnificent years in San Francisco and enjoy pretty much everything this city has to offer. The beaches are awesome, the skies are blue almost every day, the hiking is second to none, and there is always something new to discover — whether it’s a cool neighborhood or a newly opened cafe!

Cafe Gratitude in Venice

Cafe Gratitude in Venice

When it comes to style, I am definitely a boyfriend jeans and tee kind of gal and have a penchant for stripes. I also have a soft spot for dresses and high heels, so it all depends on my mood! I guess it’s really what makes you feel your best. 

A self-proclaimed travel junkie, collecting passport stamps is one of my hobbies! Some my favorite destinations include the beaches of Croatia, Vancouver, and the Swiss Alps. Some places on my bucket list include Cartagena, Colombia, Japan, and the English Countryside — but I hope not to stop just there.

Isle De Burano, Venice

Isle De Burano, Venice

One thing that I forgot to mention is that I am five months from tying the knot, so I am in full-speed wedding planning mode. I look forward to sharing all of my pre-nuptial adventures, as it’s quite an experience to fully navigate this bridal bliss (or blizzard)!

I am forever grateful to have found Janet — an empowering and incredibly inspiring woman who no matter how difficult the situation or how big the challenge, always has a way to lift my spirits. Thank you, my friend!  Can’t wait to share more adventures with you!!!!!

Jesica's Instagram

 I'm thrilled to collaborate with Jes, she's fun, innovative and I love her passion for creating content. Exploring ideas & opportunities have been exciting since day one. Growing The Grateful Gardenia just got a little greener & a little more grateful.

CREATE + COLLABORATE  =  YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE THE JOURNEY TAKES YOU

I FOUND MY TRIBE - JADEtribe - SPRING BREAK -BOHO-CHIC

Are you looking for your next clutch or tote bag? Last Summer I was on a mission for a clutch bag that would give me that "island feeling" I wanted something fun, lightweight, easy to pack and that went with everything.  When I came across JADEtribe, I was thrilled, I loved the mix of colors and fabrics and when I held it, I literally felt happy...you know, like I'd found "my tribe" 

Meet Kimberly Hartman, the designer and CEO of JADEtribe, and a fellow Texas gal. Kimberly has an impressive fashion background under her belt — having worked in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Paris, and New York. In 2008, she left the Big Apple and embarked on a solo trip to India and South East Asia that ended up transforming her life. While in Laos, she was so captivated by the craftsmanship of the women weavers in this tiny village, she literally employed the village!  They say "it takes a village." These bags have a great energy about them; you feel it when you carry them. Kimberly shares not only her collection with us but her passion for giving back.  Exclusive colors and patterns have become the foundation of the JADEtribe handbag collection.

These travel bags are lined so no need to worry if anything leaks.

 JADEtribe clutch bags and totes are so colorful, you really don't need much else. 

Tropical Inspiration

Toss this tote over your shoulder and feel tribal.

If you are looking for a chic, yet bohemian bag to tote around this summer, look no further than JADEtribe. A few weeks ago, my beautiful "fashionista partner"  Mellisa Meyers and I ventured to downtown Los Angeles for the Brand Assembly trade show and we chatted with founder Kimberly Hartman on our Glow and Grateful Facebook Live show about the inspiration behind this colorful ethically made accessories line. You can see our video below of our interview with Kimberly. 

Thank you, Kimberly, for creating an authentically beautiful collection that empowers the female artisans who contribute to JADEtribe. I'm sending loving vibes to the women & their families in Laos. Women like you make a difference for all women. 

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ADIDAS STYLE - UNIVERSAL STYLE

What's not to Love about Adidas. Feeling casual and a little youthful these days??  If so, then don't forget to grab a pair of Gazelles. The legendary Gazelle from Adidas was introduced way back in 1968... I'm pretty sure I heard that "Everything old is new again"  Go 50's!!

Thank goodness sneakers are here to stay. Now that we all truly crave the comfort of the sole and the soul... Every season brands from way back when keep raising the bar, and Adidas holds steadfast & true so if you missed the "Superstar" or the "Gazelle"  the first time around you'll have a second chance to buy their trusty kicks again.

Adidas Gazelle

 

Most of the time running around L.A. is a casual experience, so it's fun to have a favorite uniform to throw on for busy errand days. This casual jacket is my favorite all-weather black bomber jacket from Vie Active, and it's on sale right now. I throw it on when I'm headed to my yoga class or when I'm running around day or night. Its scuba-like Vieoprene fabric, so it's made for warmth and comfort.

Adidas makes this skinny cigarette pant.  They have an elastic waistband and hang low on the hips... they are a little baggy and they added their signature "racing stripes" on the side. 

Many times when I'm staring at my clothes, I ask "What do women in Paris wear"...oh yes, black! For a quick out-the-door look when you're running around and on-the-go.

Are you familiar with Cuyana?  I was introduced to Cuyana by a friend and, instantly I was drawn to their soulful vision and this bag. ClareV makes this vibrant green tassle. 

Also at Cuyana you'll find their Leather Travel Case Set.  These also make great gifts for a friend or the man in your life. At $110 you can't beat the price!!  Shop the post below.

I absolutely adore this perfume!

I absolutely adore this perfume!

Lacrème Beaute makes the most amazing products and now Victoria added her Fresh Cut Huile Parfum. You will feel like you've been transported to a rose garden amongst fresh cut flowers.

Just a few of my favorite things for on-the-go and feeling youthful, free & smelling pretty!

                             Be yourself, but always your better self     Karl G. Maeser
 

SELF LOVE ON VALENTINE'S DAY

Wouldn't it be nice to create a daily practice where we can feel how incredibly wonderful we are by learning how to love ourselves? When we begin to show self-love it's amazing how our lives can improve. We feel better, we're kinder to each other, we get the jobs we want, or even create them. Our relationships improve or the negative ones dissolve and new ones begin. It might sound simplistic but don't you find the simplest things are the most profound?  It's time to see you like God sees you. Here are 14 tips for creating space to love and appreciate who you are and appreciate others on February 14th.

1- Speak kind words about yourself

When you wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and say "I love you" speak kind words to yourself, think kind thoughts. What we think on the inside is what our world reflects back to us. When we have self-love, we are able to have love for one another. 

Watch the Sunrise

Watch the Sunrise

2- Watch the Sunrise

Watching the Sunrise in the morning and waking up with the planet reminds you that it's a new beginning. It's the perfect time to say "thank you for today, thank you for letting me begin again"  It doesn't matter where you are in the world, you can wake up with the sun and begin a new day. Express your love for the planet and you will begin to feel love right back. 

Signs are everywhere...

Signs are everywhere...

3-  Walk your dog or cuddle with your cat or talk to nature

If you have a dog, walking your dog not only gets you out into the world and connects you with nature, it's showing love to your animal and they're so grateful to spend quality time with you. You never know what you might see along the way, maybe a sign from the Universe to remind you; You are loved...  

Be the girl on a train

Be the girl on a train

4- Take yourself on an Adventure

Even if it's just for the day. When is the last time you took the train? There's something charming about seeing the city by train. When you're looking out the window and watching the world go by you feel nostalgic and be grateful for a little old fashion charm.

Organic, non-toxic, cruelty free, chemical free brands

Organic, non-toxic, cruelty free, chemical free brands

6- Send yourself some Love (Goodly)

Wouldn't it be Lovely to receive a box in the mail from a company that actually promotes self Love? Love Goodly is a bi-monthly subscription luxury box service that introduces you to products that take care of yourself and our planet. You will be introduced to brands from all over that are made with Love. Your health and your wellness are worth it!

Found another sign...

Found another sign...

7-  Take a vision walk

Create your day by walking with a vision. Set out with a purpose and begin by saying; Universe I am aware there are universal forces looking right at me, and I am aware that I am the object of your positive attention. Today all day I will be in conscience awareness that you are right here with me. Loving me, Encouraging me, Inspiring me, Guiding me, Leading me, Laughing with me, Healing me, Uplifting me, Financing me and I am grateful for your continual gaze upon me. Look around at every living thing nature has provided us and recognize the abundance and feel your heart open.

Don't forget to look up

Don't forget to look up

8- Enjoy being by the water

Whether you live by a lake, a river or the ocean, being next to water calms the soul. We can relax, connect with our inner guidance and rejuvenate our cells. After all, our bodies are made up of 65 % water... or just make yourself a nice bubble bath. 

Recreated my meal from Estrella on Sunset Blvd.

Recreated my meal from Estrella on Sunset Blvd.

9 - Make yourself a nice meal

Because you're worth it. There are so many incredible recipes to discover on social media, why not get creative and make something you've never made before. Take yourself to the market and splurge. Create a healthy, beautiful meal for yourself, your family or friends.  *I've linked 5 top apps for healthy meals.

Venice for great murals

Venice for great murals

10- Think Big

Remember; it takes just as much effort to think big as it does to think small. Have a big vision for yourself, you'll find that if you get in the habit of doing that, the Universe will provide the path to get you there.

Tulum Beach

Tulum Beach

11- Write down your dreams

It feels so great to write out your vision, to draw pictures, see the words, feel the emotion, sit back and enjoy the ride. Become inspired by your own words. When your vision moves from thought to paper, you feel alive, you will begin to find ways to make it happen and what the mind sees it wants to achieve.

12- Get together with your friends

Make an evening with your girlfriends for brainstorming, and a few laughs of course. Ask what their goals are, and chances are you'll all find a way to help each other.

13- Stop & Kiss

Yes...just that. Don't forget to take time to Stop & Kiss someone you love.

14- Express your gratitude

 Wake up every day and be grateful. There are endless possibilities when you look at life through the eyes of Love. Having self-love is having the appreciation for the spiritual being you are, and that which created you. Tell someone you love them today, start with yourself. You have so much to offer. 

                                                        HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Linda Rendleman - Women Like Us

Meet Beautiful Linda Rendleman CEO and President of Women Like Us.

I was honored to meet with Linda Rendleman and in awe of her work and most of all the passion in LInda's heart. I am so grateful for women like Linda who tirelessly do the work and lift women just like us up no matter where they are in the world.

Linda was born in the Midwest at a time when women wore white gloves and hats, and for the most part, a woman’s place was in the home, In the 50’s. She grew up appreciating June Cleaver…and Donna Reed. She thought somehow, wearing pearls and high heels around the house with an apron trimmed in lace, and having a family would make her dream complete. When she was a teenager and ready for college, she was told it was best to become a teacher or a nurse. Linda had a voice inside that kept saying "let's go to New York, let's do a little more"  Linda felt she had a different mission, she wanted to see the world and be a bigger part of it.

 

By the time Linda was married at 19, and a mom by age 21…She held onto the dream of the white picket fence and all that came with it, but circumstances can be life’s teacher.  She quickly realized it was time to dig deep, ask the real questions and move on.

 She had a dream of a foundation to support and help women to exercise their own power, Linda wore many hats along the way, then she was delayed by unexpected news of cancer and placed that dream on hold. Linda envisioned a healthy body would be waiting for her, and soon she would continue her mission. 

And she did! Stronger than ever Linda began to meet the right partners along her journey, and today she is here healthy and cancer free.  Linda is championing women who have the heart, soul, and fortitude to see the work that needs to be done in the world and together they are making that happen. When women work together there are no limits, there are no walls, there is action. You can hear Linda's story on the video with Focus Magazine below.

Linda's motto: I not only want to live the length of my life, I want to live the width of it.

Find out how donating $10.00 can change a life. Join with me in making a difference!  https://secure.squarespace.com/commerce/donate?donatePageId=5696aebbb204d5c21fad0fe

Link to Linda's Book https://www.amazon.com/Women-Like-Us-Illuminating-World/dp/1468555804/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1485974143&sr=8-3&keywords=women+like+us+linda+rendleman

Thank you, Linda, and Women Like Us  to every woman who strives to make a difference and who reaches out to one another.

Please email me for any questions. Women Helping Women

KÁT RUDU

Meet Beautiful Celebrity Skin Care Expert - Kát Rudu.  Every day we are introduced to more information about organic skin care lines and the flower power of plants. Kát Rudu's line is pure-biotic, vegan, and cruelty-free. I've been using Kát's products for three months and my skin feels fresh, radiant, and what's not to love about the aroma of the botanical world? Here's a look into Káts love and passion behind her brand and how she creates alongside nature.

I first Met Kát at an event I attended in October. Of course the minute you meet Kát you say....Uhhhhh I'd like my skin to look just like that! I was thrilled to walk away with her incredible products and yes... I do see a difference. Kát's products not only smell delicious but feel amazing on and I've not had one breakout. Kát is passionate about women feeling their best and when you're in her presence the excitment is contagious!  Let's take a look at the passion behind her products and what they deliver.  

From left to right -

1-Hydra-Cell Bright Moisturizer; A natural brightening and oxygenating formula that fades sunspots lightens hyperpigmentation and restores brilliance with Kojic Acid and Licorice Root. Vegan Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid and Plant Stem Cells deliver protein to the skin at the cellular level. 2- Liquid Lift Silk Amino Acid Serum; A potent concentrated supplement, the Silk Protein Amino Acid blend improves suppleness, radiance and overall condition resulting in skin that is instantly lifted, plumped and tightened 3- CoCo Honey Papaya Enzymes Cleanser; Blended from regenerative Wild Geranium, pure Aloe Vera and antibacterial Honey, this silky gel purifies, tones and deeply hydrates the skin to reveal a super clean complexion that is not stripped or irritated. 4- Hydra-Cell Vitamin C Serum; A high concentration of botanical Vitamin C and vegan Hyaluronic Acid brightens hyperpigmentation, while it feeds and plumps the skin. 5- Cooling Cucumber Eye Bright Gel; This cooling revitalizing treatment delivers Silk Protein Amino Acids to the delicate eye area, with vegan protein to make it elastic and impervious to fine lines. 

Dewy Botanical Flower Mist - Jewel Oil Serum - Jet Secret Cream (Jet Cream available on website)

This Valentine's Day, we can look forward to two new products from Kát. Her Botanical Flower Mist  (love) and her Jewel Oil Serum.(truly a jewel). The Jet Secret Cream is Fantastic!!  My skin is on the dry side and the Jet Secret Cream leaves you looking refreshed and moisturized. I was lucky enough to try the Botanical Mist and the Jewel Oil Serum before Valentine's Day! The Jewel Oil Serum is made with Tamanu Oil, a remarkable healing agent used in South Asia, Avocado Oil and botanical retinol, Jewel Oil Serum gives a natural, brightening luminous glow.  You can use both day and night, and a few drops go a long way.

You can also find K by Kát Rudu - her sister line for under $30.00 - products at Erewhon Natural Markets - Amazon - Knockout.Beauty  - Is located in New Yor & the Hamptons Ron Robinson - Fred Segal Boutiques. Kát has worked at Vera's in Bel Air, Ole Henriksen & for Dr. Lancer before opening her own studio in Venice, California

  Treatments: JET SET FACIAL - RED LIGHT PHOTO REJUVENATION - BLUE LIGHT TREATMENT CLEAR SKIN TREATMENT - REJUVENATION PEELS - PORE RENOVATION - DERMAROLLER TREATMENT WITH HYALURONIC ACID AND VITAMIN C

If you want to "Light up the room" when you walk in...Book an appointment with Kát. info@katrudu.com. Thank you so much Kát for your gift of beauty! My skin is happy, glowing and grateful. 

Here's a peek into Kát's world for my Fearless Female Segment with Focus TV. You can hear about the power of silk amino acids, and other ingredients on our video. Plants are the most amazing chemists and engineers, It’s really exciting to understand how powerful plants are and from the beginning of time, women have uncovered beauty secrets from around the world with their discoveries from nature.

                  When you grow up doing what you love, what you love grows you....me

                       "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”

My father and mother owned a beauty salon in Bucharest, Romania. My mom was a hairstylist and also a skin specialist. My father was a barber. They worked together, side by side, for many years. As a little girl, I would sometimes go to the salon with them. At six years old I was already talking to clients as I watched my parents perform their art. Remember, in Europe, to become a cosmetologist is like becoming a nurse here. The years of schooling to become a skin expert or a hair stylist in Europe is equivalent to going to a four or five-year college.

The beauty of my mother and her salon is she always had handpicked flowers. She loved sunflowers! They were so fresh from the country fields I would try to sneak and eat some of the seeds. My mom would also have parsley and herbs around that she would preserve in jars filled with water. What I remember most about them working is; clients loved them. It was more like a family than a client relationship, and that is what I strive to bring to my work. So many of clients have become my dearest friends, as one became my made of honor. My mom always said, "Treat every face like it’s your last face." My husband told me one face at a time you will succeed. My right hand Stacey told me to always act with grace. I believe with this combination I can’t lose. 

 I came to the US on my own.  As I became an adult, I considered and even pursued various professions to make my own mark – something different than my background.  I became a SAG actress and a certified Pilates instructor.  But even while I was attempting to make these other dreams come true, my true passion always came back to the skin.

  Kát's motto - Your beauty is my life...

Thank you Kát for your generosity and your friendship...xoxo

 

 

ACTUALLY ORGANIC ARGAN OIL

Are you looking for the perfect elixir for your body and hair?  Argan oil, which is often referred to as liquid gold, is believed to have age-defying and restorative properties and, is becoming increasingly sought after in the multi-million dollar beauty industry. One of my goals for 2017 is to take time to moisturize my skin, hair and nails!  I do just fine with caring for my face, but I've been neglecting my body parts...It's time to invest in the overall body and I'm starting with Actually Organic Argan Oil.

Before the holidays Actually Organic reached out to me to see if I would be interested in trying their product. I began to read up on Argan Oil, I had heard a little about it, but knew very little. Argan oil is from Morocco... I've traveled there and loved it. The Moroccan people seem to be very passionate about their oils & spices... amongst other beauty secrets. I was intrigued that the oil came from trees located in a village named Argana, in the city of Agadir Morocco, hand picked and made by women only in this specific area. The trees grow wild and Moroccans have been using Argan oil as a skin moisturizer and hair conditioner since ancient times. In 1510 African explorer Leo Africanus came across the Argan oil when he was traveling across Morocco. From there, the oil entered Europe where only the rich and wealthy class had access to this expensive, rare and exotic oil.

The Argan Tree produces tasty fruit and the native goats Love the taste! The goats travel up the tree to eat the fruit then leave behind the nut that falls to the ground, later to be gathered by the women. The nuts fall from the tree in May and are collected in June and July. 
Green represents where Argan Trees grow - It's now a protected tree because of high demand

Green represents where Argan Trees grow - It's now a protected tree because of high demand

The team from Actually Organic spent a good amount of time in Morocco meeting with local farmers who grow the Argania tree. Scientist discovered that it is full of rich antioxidants rejuvenating Vitamin E and other nutrients that add glow, youth, and beauty to the hair skin and nails. 

It takes one worker over 40 minutes to crack enough nuts to create 1 - 4oz bottle. There are zero preservatives and chemicals, it's purely natural. You can add this magical oil to your mani-pedi routine, don't forget to take it with you to your manicure appointment, and have your manicurist apply after final coat.

Less known than coconut oil or jojoba oil. Argan oil itself contains more antioxidant and cell regenerative properties than olive oil, grape seed oil, and avocado oil combined. When applied to the skin, it absorbs quickly, and without an oily or greasy film...at all! Your skin is left feeling silky, and smooth satiny.   

Bee -Lieve in Yourself Necklace

Not only do I have dry nails and skin, but after constant us of a curling and flat iron the ends are super dry, After styling my hair I place a bit of the oil in my palms, rub together and run it on the ends of my hair.  It truly helps to restore shine and luster. Things are lookin up!

Don't forget your nails!

Don't forget your nails!

By combining a few drops of the Argan Oil to my favorite body lotion I feel like I have added moisture back to my body! Let's face it... 40 and over the skin becomes incredibly dry, this has brought hope back to having that smooth touch to my legs and arms. 

https://www.instagram.com/recreo.reinspired/ Bee Lieve in Yourself necklace /  Vintage Flannel Shirt The Farmers Daughter Sun Valley Shophttps://www.instagram.com/p/BJyB-iahOWJ/   

We've only begun to hear about the many skincare benefits of argan oil. It seems like new research appears every few months promoting more and more benefits -- For now, I am absolutely loving the overhaul of smoothness. There is a lot of moving parts that take place to reach the final outcome of this little bottle of "gold" It's quite a story and if you love organic, you can't help but appreciate the Argan Oil history.

Thank you Actually Organic, I now have a new and fantastic Oil enriched with history to add to my daily beauty routine, It's been a great experience. Thank you for reaching out to me. 

Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty! – Coco Chanel

If you have any questions please email me;  janet@gratefulgardenia.com

1 - I've had zero breakouts from applying directly to my face

2 -  A little goes a long way

3 - It has a tiny smell that goes away in about a minute

4 - It's been a miracle worker on my cuticles & hair

5 - I mix it with my lotion and apply right out of the shower

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Hello, World!

Thank You For Your Support!

Just a note to say Thank you so much for your support! 2016 was an incredible journey and I can't wait to see what it's in store for the year ahead. Whatever your desires are for 2017 I would love to help you launch your vision into the New Year.  Take your dreams, see it in your mind's eye, take that feeling of excitement into the future & bring that into your presence and that is the best present you could ever receive.  Have a wonderful Holiday...Blessings to you and your family.... 

What we put out into the world always comes back! 

What we put out into the world always comes back! 

Thank You & 2017 Here We Come!

TRUNK CLUB - CULVER CITY

Do you ever get overwhelmed with shopping? Do you open your closet and say "I have nothing to wear!" Wouldn't it be lovely to have a little assistance with styling? With so many brands and so many trends, It can be hard choosing the right pieces that will both flatter your body and express your personal style. When I first heard about Trunk Club, I was excited to pay a visit to their Culver City location here in Los Angeles.

I was first introduced to Trunk Club from an invitation to an event. I was so impressed with their space in Los Angeles and everyone that works there is incredibly helpful and happy! What a lovely way to shop, to really enjoy your time trying on clothing and exploring different styles. Was it as simple as it seems? The answer is Yes... and there is no fee to join...Seems like a fun club to be a part of so... Welcome to Trunk Club.

Shopping solo is not half as much fun as shopping with your girlfriends. I asked Shalini Vadhera & Michelle Day Gillette to join me for a day of shopping, sipping a little champagne and of course, having fun! Meet my shopping squad; Michelle & Shalini. 

Michelle: Hudson Jeans, Frame Shirt, Rag & Bone Bootie / Janet: Mother Jeans, Joie Blouse, Stuart Weitzman Shoes, Rag & Bone Purse / Shalini: AG Jeans, Frame Blouse, Veda Leather Jacket, Rebecca Minkoff Bag, Vince Bootie

I am in love with this dusty rose trench! It's feminine, stylish and works from morning into the evening. Backpacks are a staple in my wardrobe, and this sleek Rebecca Minkoff is perfect for on the go. Trunk Club specializes in women and their busy schedules. Chances are you have a breakfast meeting, lunch, and even dinner...dressing from day to night's not always so easy, their stylist can recommend a stylish wardrobe and accessories for your calendar week.  ALC Trench /  Frame Black jeans / Vince blouse / Rag and Bone bootie / Rebecca Minkoff backpack / Frame black jeans.

Yes...those pink beauties are from Sarah Jessica Parker  / Rebecca Minkoff bag /  Vince Boots 

Michelle:Paige Jeans, Joie Top, Stuart Weitzman Booties, Joie Bomber, REbecca Minkoff Bag / Janet: Rag & Bone Top, AMO Jeans, Vince Booties Vince Sweater, Rebecca Minkoff Bag

Michelle:Paige Jeans, Joie Top, Stuart Weitzman Booties, Joie Bomber, REbecca Minkoff Bag / Janet: Rag & Bone Top, AMO Jeans, Vince Booties Vince Sweater, Rebecca Minkoff Bag

The Trunk Club female customer tends to be thirty to fifty, busy and a professional who wants to look the top of her game but needs to be efficient with her time. Not only are you saving a huge amount of time, you're having a personalized experience. They can also style your whole family. Maybe you're leaving for vacation and would love to have your wardrobe planned so you don't overpack!  Your stylist will also pop over to your home, organize your closet and help you choose what to keep and what to toss...It all starts with a simple phone call. Trunk Club speaks to their clients via email or phone. There are no fees for this and usually, a phone call takes about 30 minutes.  For your first initial meeting, it takes around an hour to an hour and a half.

Holidays - Weddings - Special Occasion - Trunk Club's got you covered.

Holidays - Weddings - Special Occasion - Trunk Club's got you covered.

Holiday party shopping, wedding, or any event, no need to stress about finding the right dress for any occasion. If you visit a Trunk Club location you can leave with your clothing or wait for your trunk to be delivered in the mail. You pay for what you want and send the rest back. There is a $25.00 home try-on fee for trunks, which is charged when the trunk is shipped and applied as a credit towards your purchase. It takes around 5 business days after the trunk has shipped to receive your trunk filled with goodies! There is no charge for shipping and to return just load the items you aren't keeping back into the box, stick the enclosed pre-printed label on the outside of the box. Then, schedule a pick-up via email and the UPS people will come to your house to pick up the return. Easy!                  Michelle: Alice & Olivia Dress, Louboutin Shoes / Janet: Kooples Dress, Jimmy Choo Shoes / Shalini: Alexander Wang Dress, Sarah Jessica Parker Shoes

How pricing works: The brands that Trunk Club carries are aligned with high-end department stores, each item on average is in the $100-$200 dollar range, some of their core brands are: Vince, Joie, Theory, Equipment. I don't know about you, I sometimes find myself dressing the same way, I'm rushing around, and I left zero time to decide what to throw on, so having pieces put together for you from your personal stylist leaves you feeling confident, as your running out the door.   Wearing: Rag & Bone Leather Pants, Vince Bouse, DKNY Blazer, Rag & Bone Bootie, Rebecca Minkoff Clutch.

Rag & Bone / It's easy to buy things you don't need, working with a Trunk Club stylist will help you realize the staple pieces you'll need / Valentio Rock Stud Flats.

MCO Jumpsuit , Jimmy Choo Shoes, Rebecca Minkoff Bag

MCO Jumpsuit , Jimmy Choo Shoes, Rebecca Minkoff Bag

 You'll find  5,000 square feet of space in the Culver City location. You can enjoy different areas to relax while the racks are rolled in for your shopping pleasure. Your personal stylist will suggest brands & styles you wouldn't try on if it was just you shopping. It's so helpful having a different eye, someone who can actually help us get out of our comfort zone, think outside the box..or the Trunk...

Michelle: Alice & Olivia Dress, Louboutin Shoes, / Janet: Kooples Dress, Joie Vest / Shalini: Alexander Wang Dress, Sarah Jessica Parker Shoes

Michelle: Alice & Olivia Dress, Louboutin Shoes, / Janet: Kooples Dress, Joie Vest / Shalini: Alexander Wang Dress, Sarah Jessica Parker Shoes

When women feel great in their clothing, our game is stepped-up. We can walk through the door and nail any meeting and "Get the job done"  Feeling confident in our clothing influences our performance and dressing for success leads to success. 

Always time to carve out a little play time at work. Trunk Club stylist are a blast to be around! They enjoy their job and love working with their clients; it's like being in a giant think tank filled with positive people who love creating a great style just for you!

Cheers Trunk Club! Thank you to CEO & Founder of Passport to Beauty Shalini Vadhera and Life Coach and Founder of Thrive and Fly, Michelle Day Gillette for a fun day of shopping and sharing a few laughs together. Feel Beautiful and Thrive... Shalini can show you how to feel beautiful from the inside out, and Michelle is here to help you thrive in your daily life. Incredible women doing meaningful work in the world. 

How about a gift card for a family member or friend to get them started on a fun journey of having their own personal stylist. And don't forget about yourself!  Personal stylist Rebekah Miller would love to hear from you.

What's in your Trunk?

What's in your Trunk?

Trunk Club locations:  New York  / Charleston / Chicago / Dallas / Los Angeles

Happy Holidays! Thank you to Trunk Club and especially to May Yeung & Rebekah Miller for a day of shopping, personal styling and for creating an exciting shopping experience.

Photo Credit: Dalen Muster

FAQ

FEELING FREE & DRY AS A DOVE

Let's talk about feeling carefree and dry. I was recently introduced to Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant by Simply Stylist and I can honestly say I'm a fan. I'm a mom and blogger on-the-go from sun-up to sundown. We're out the door to school at 7am, walk the family dog, off to workout, headed to events, end the day waiting in the carpool line, then rush home to prepare dinner, so you betcha I need to feel fresh and stay dry all day! Sometimes I am changing clothes 3 -4 times a day. I've tried the gels, the roll-ons and not until now, have I finally found a deodorant that works all day, and for two days! Yes... for 48 hours I no longer think about embarrassing sweat stains on my clothing.  I live in Sunny Los Angeles, yes we love the sunshine, but along with the sun comes the heat, and the need to stay dry all day long. Take a journey with me as I discover a little hidden gem in Culver City called "The Platform".

No matter what you do, whether you're hanging around on or off the job no woman wants to feel sweaty and have an odor. When you're in your 50's you don't want to worry about sweat stains! Going through hot flashes was enough, of course, we feel it, but you don't want it to show on your clothing too! I finally found a deodorant that keeps my armpits dry and odor-free, no matter what's going on around me.

Dove Dry Spray Antiperspirant can is so light weight, I also love the design and it's super light-weight.  You have several scents to choose from Soothing Chamomile, Cool Essentials, Nourished Beauty, Original Clean, Sensitive Skin and Beauty Finish

 

You don't have to wait a second for your deodorant to dry after you spray it on because it goes on instantly dry  and there is absolutely no residue.  You have a choice of six different fragrances: Nourished Beauty, Cool Essentials, Revive, Beauty Finish, Revive, Skin Renew and Sensitive. Dove.com provides answers to all of our questions along with incredible information and stories of inspiring women doing extraordinary things.

It's so easy to use:

Shake it well. Hold the can 6” away from your underarm and spray. No need to wait for your deodorant to dry...you're ready to go, it goes on instantly dry!  One spray can will last up to 8 weeks. Dove Dry Spray contains 1/4 moisturizers so you get a little TLC for your underarms too

It's worth a try!  We're out there living busy lives, and there's no reason to worry about wet underarms anymore. Shake, Spray and Go.

The mist instantly dries on your skin and doesn’t leave you feeling wet or sticky. You simply shake it twice, spray it on your underarms, get dressed without worrying about white streaks on your clothing. The New Year is right around the corner, why not introduce Dove Deodorant Dry Spray into your daily routine. I'm constantly dashing to meetings and of course, you want to feel fresh when meeting people for the first time. I no longer have any worries about sweating or odor thanks to Dove Dry Deodorant Spray.

Being a #DovePartner is perfect for me because I can remember my grandmother and my Mother using Dove Soap when I was younger, now, three generations later... I'm continuing the tradition for that beautiful feminine feeling...along with beautiful memories.

I love discovering new people, places, and products and I'm excited to have found Dove Deodorant Spray to add to my Hidden gems.

 

It really is the perfect option for women on-the-go, At the end of the day I never have to worry about feeling fresh or dry, and I know tomorrow I can begin feeling ready to take on the day!

Let's start this day off the right way...Dove Deodorant Dry Antiperspirant Spray. I'm thrilled to call myself a "Dove Woman" Be your best self...with Dove and remember to #ShakeSprayGo.

• Up to 48-hour antiperspirant protection

• Contains ¼ moisturizers for great underarm care

• Goes on instantly dry

• 0% alcohol formula is kind on underarms

• Soothing chamomile fragrance

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Dove and Simply Stylist. Dove is committed to helping inspire women everywhere. #DovePartner #ShakeSprayGo