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Summer Refresh with Spindrift

Hi lovelies,

The sweet days of summer are quickly passing by and one of my favorite ways to cherish each moment is by hosting my friends at my place for an afternoon of laughter, spilling secrets, enjoying tasty treats, and sipping on Spindrift®, America’s first and only sparkling water made with real, squeezed fruit.

Hosting at my place is super fun and easy because of one of my go-to DIY décor hacks, which is to incorporate one of my favorite foods, beverages, snacks, or games, into the décor itself.

This time I opted to use my favorite flavors of Spindrift, a bubbly, sparkling, light, and sweet sparkling water, combined with real fruit, as the focal point of my centerpiece. The vibrant flavors, colors, taste, and design, is the perfect addition to any party décor, so you kill two birds with one stone, an amazing, colorful, and eye-catching centerpiece and a refreshing and flavorful treat for your guests.

To start, I paired a few of my favorite flavors from Lemon, Raspberry Lime, Orange Mango, Strawberry, Grapefruit, Blackberry, to Cucumber, with fresh fruits that included raspberries, strawberries, melons, and orange slices. Since Spindrift has such a bold taste and design, I then added them to my crystal centerpiece along with glass marbles to add an extra sparkle and shine to my décor for my squad soirée.

When sharing my Spindrift with my friends, I make sure to lightly turn it over a few times to make sure that all of the real fruit is mixed well. Then I add it over a glass with ice to create Instagram-worthy drinks. Next, we either add in our favorite spirits to create fun and fabulous cocktails or we just keep it classy with the sparkling water and real fruit as a mocktail. But no matter what, our Spindrift beverages are super refreshing, bright, chilled, and flavorful.

Let me know, what are some of your favorite ways to celebrate summer? If you want to add some Spindrift to your party décor or just enjoy some sparkling water and real fruit, grab yours here.

Don't forget to join Spindrift on Instagram, here.

* This post is sponsored by Spindrift and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Actress with Style possible.

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Summmer Style Essential: Taylor Watch by Bradford Co.

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Hi lovelies,

Bradford Watch Company believes in making every moment count, and that counting those moments in style shouldn’t cost your life savings, or sacrifice quality. So they’ve designed a timepiece, a stylish companion, for your everyday, every occasion, to take everywhere. Bradford Watch Company is on a mission to help you master your moment with a comfortable simplicity that encourages a spirit of style and adventure, all at a uniquely affordable price.  

"Our company has labored to create a watch that you can wear anywhere, from a casual gathering with friends to a nice dinner, and feel comfortable, current, and confident," stated Taylor Stark, the namesake and designer of the Taylor Collection.

The Taylor is a quality made fashion accessory that translates into any outfit and setting. Bradford makes watches with you in mind. Everyone has a story and your wristwatch is a stylish extension of you; a true testament to time well spent. Launched in spring of 2017, this unisex style watch pairs a comfortable oil-tanned genuine leather, quick-release strap with a minimal yet classically designed face, in a 40mm stainless steel case, available in sleek polished steel or elegant rose gold finishes. In tribute to its namesake, each Taylor watch is beautiful timepiece that offers the perfect balance of elegance and style.

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"We’re excited to share with the world the true meaning of our slogan," remarked co-founder Chris Ponzillo. "'Every moment counts' is actually a hidden testament to the durability of the product, the time we put into its creation, and the passion with which we expect our clients to connect with our products."

Dedicated to affordable quality, each Bradford Watch Company crafted piece is backed by a 60 day, no questions asked, 100% return policy, and a 3-year warranty on the mechanical operation. This beautiful timepiece offers the perfect balance of elegance and style. Find out more about Bradford Watch Company and its products at www.bradfordwatchco.com and use #MyBradford on Instagram to be featured on the website. For more information on their parent company, visit www.dastmalchi.com.

About Bradford Watch Company: Bradford Watch Company was founded on simplicity, excellence, and durability. We believe that everyone has a story and that your wristwatch is a stylish companion and a true testament to time well spent. We’ve designed our watches with purpose, ensuring every element is crafted with care so that you receive a quality product that lasts. At Bradford, every moment counts.

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Vanity Planet: Something for every girl

Hi lovelies,

There is nothing more exciting than trying a new beauty product – the thrill overtaking you as you unwrap the pristine packaging, your imagination running wild with the possibilities on your horizon if this product delivers on its promises. The trouble is, most products don’t. Afterward, all that you’re left with is a familiar feeling of frustration, and dreaded buyer’s remorse – all that money wasted, all those possibilities vanishing into thin air. There’s nothing worse!

Vanity Planet is done with the muss, fuss and failed promises, and they figure you’re done with it, too. So, they’re on a mission to end frustration, banish buyer’s remorse, and create an entirely new, hassle-free experience, designed around unleashing a “bold, more confident you.” On this Planet, you won’t find piles of empty promises, or products that cost you an arm and a leg but don’t deliver. This beauty company believes you shouldn’t have to spend your entire life savings - or rely on ingredients that are tested on who-knows-what - to look and feel like the glam fox you truly are.

Offering only PETA-certified, cruelty-free solutions for your skin, hair, health, and well-being, Vanity Planet provides everything you need to polish your inside and outside,because true beauty means tending to both. The best part? Nothing on Vanity Planet will break your bank: shop their best-selling face or body brushes that stimulate circulation and restore your natural glow, or grab an all-in-one makeup tool kit. Can’t decide what to get your bestie for her Birthday? Gift her body soaks and rare oil blends or a complete smile and nail care collection. There is seriously a gift for everyone on Vanity Planet!

Can’t decide which product is right for you? No sweat. Vanity Planet’s live chat support team is available 24/7 to customize your experience and provide one-on-one advice, giving you all the tools you need to feel confident about your purchase. Pair that with their simple online return process, and you’ll never again have to battle with buyer’s remorse. Discover the online experience that leaves shoppers “speechless,” and explore the company’s complete line of face and body brushes that buyers are calling “the best purchase” of the year. You’ll feel like you’re in another world!

About Vanity Planet: Not your average beauty company, Vanity Planet makes no apologies for their shameless focus on looking good. They believe that when you look good, you feel good and that you shouldn’t have to spend your entire paycheck in order to get your hands on top-notch, cruelty-free body and skin care. Their full line of products includes everything buyers need to feel fabulous from head to toe. From top-rated face and body brushes to essential makeup tools, mouth care, and nail treatments. Visit VanityPlanet.com to explore their full collection, and get social @VanityPlanetStore on Instagram. 

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STS BLUE: I LOVE DENIM

Hi lovelies,

It’s official: summertime is in full swing. Adventures abound, spirits are high, and so are the season’s sexiest waistlines. As temperatures soar and the days grow longer, high-rise bottoms are the steamiest trend everyone is dying to try, and STS Blue is the one-stop shop for this chic look. 

This summer season, STS Blue offers the perfect high-rise waistlines to showcase your unique femme fabulous. Gone are the days of complicated wardrobe changes – you want style that travels with you, day or night, city or country, and everywhere in-between. Dressed up, or dressed down, STS Blue’s designs are built for adventure, and made to fit any occasion.

Choose from popular styles, like the high-rise ankle skinny, the button fly, or this year’s smash hit, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Exclusive high-rise button fly straight leg. Pair yours with a casual tied-knot crop top and block heel slides for an uptown take on breezy summer style, or layer over a chic metallic bodysuit and your favorite sneakers for effortless, downplayed glam.  

If texture and detail are your calling cards, be sure to check out STS Blue’s bold deconstructed and decorated pieces that incorporate the year’s must-have elements: color blocking, embroidery and studs. The classic structure of these statement pieces makes them a summertime staple that will carry you right into Fall, and beyond. Get your hands on these essential denim styles at Nordstrom stores, or online at STSBlue.com. Follow @sts_blue on Instagram for the hottest ways to rock your denim, and show us how you style yours using #STSblue.

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The Mane Choice x Sevyn Streeter

Hi lovelies,

Last week I got to brunch it up with a few awesome and influential ladies. Get the full scoop below! 

The Mane Choice X Sevyn Streeter

Recording Artist Sevyn Streeter and CEO & Founder of The Mane Choice Haircare Courtney Adeleye hosted a “Boss Up Brunch” at SUR Restaurant on Friday. Courtney & Sevyn teamed up to host an afternoon of female boss empowerment, where leaders across many different industries gathered to network, enjoy the festivities and celebrate Courtney and Sevyn’s latest projects – The Mane Choice’s rollout of the Ancient Egyptian collection in Sally Beauty, and the first look of Sevyn’s highly anticipated album, Girl Disrupted, out July 7. Both women were excited to share their latest work with a group of strong, influential females who are dedicated to making waves in their industries.

Celebrities and female “boss ladies” such as Estelle, Eva Pigford, Laura Govan, Miss Diddy and Malaysia were in attendance. They all enjoyed delicious food and cocktails and participated in the many activities including belly dancing, flower crown making, henna tattoos, selfie mirrors and more.

Atlantic Records artist Sevyn Streeter is set to release her debut album GIRL DISRUPTED on July 7, a gift to her fans for HER birthday. The album will include recently released tracks- “My Love for You” and "Fallen” feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Cam Wallace.  This release will also include chart topping features such as August Alsina, Dave East, Dej Loaf and more.

The premise of GIRL DISRUPTED is centered on a message every young woman can relate to, the journey from a young naïve girl to a grown woman. “This important time in each woman’s life forces them to take ownership of their past in order to become the most true version of themselves,” says Sevyn.

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Flawless Facial: The Organic Pharmacy

Hi lovelies,

"Your skin feels like butter!" Marla, my make-up artist at Disney, squealed when she was applying my make-up for a shoot last week. I smiled and replied, "Yeah, I just got the Rose Crystal Lymphatic Facial at The Organic Pharmacy in Beverly Hills, and my skin has been glowing ever since."

I couldn't wait to spill of my skincare and beauty secrets to Marla, and now, I can't wait to share my experience with you guys. Now that summer is officially here, taking care of my skin has never been more important. From wearing the right sunscreen to making that I never sleep in my make-up, I'm always on the hunt for new, fun, and innovative ways to make sure that my skin stays youthful, healthy, and radiant.

And that's where my new beauty and skincare secret is The Organic Pharmacy, comes in. I was fortunate enough to receive their signature facial the other week and my skin has been smooth, soft, and clear ever since.

Located in Beverly Hills, but with locations worldwide, the lovely ladies at The Organic Pharmacy were so inviting, warm, and super helpful when I came in for my facial. I was able to learn about how all of their products are meant to promote not just clean and clear skin, but also to ensure overall health and wellbeing with a variety of supplements, make-up line, herbal creams, homeopathic remedies, detoxes, and more, to treat everything from skin problems, hair loss, sleeping issues, and everything in-between. 

I love the hands-on approach and the spot-on advice that they give at The Organic Pharmacy. After my facial, I received a detailed and personalized analysis of what products I needed specifically for my skin, what my problems areas were, and how to correct them. You can also visit their herbal and homeopathic dispensary to receive your own personalized advice and product suggestions.

For more information and to book your very own facial, visit The Organic Pharmacy, here. 

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Shaking Up My Dating Routine with Colgate® Total Advanced Health Mouthwash!

Thank you Colgate® for sponsoring this post. 

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Hi lovelies,

Summertime is for lovers. That's why I'm shaking things up when it comes to my dating routine. This summer I'm all about trying new things, meeting new people, and thinking outside-of-the-box when it comes to finding love in a healthy and happy way. This revelation came after I upped my morning routine by adding in meditating before starting my day and switching up my evening routine by incorporating drinking hot sleepy time tea 30-minutes before bed in order to unwind and relax from my busy day. 

Since I was getting happy and healthy from the inside-out, the next area of my life that needed a reboot was how I approached dating. I evaluated how I could shake things up when it comes to spending quality time with my main squeeze. But whether or not you have a full-time honey, you can still apply my three ways to shake up your dating routine while looking for love. 

Shake up tip #1: Boost your confidence with Colgate Total® Advanced Health Mouthwash 

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"vs. ordinary, non-antibacterial mouthwashes"

My pre-date routine to make sure that I feel confident is working out the morning before my date so I feel strong, refreshed, and energized. Another way that I build confidence before my date is picking out an outfit that I feel comfortable in and that really shows my personal style. Then I make sure that my hair and make-up are flawless, without being overdone, so that I make sure that my inner beauty is shining through. I've been shaking up this routine by incorporating Colgate Total® Advanced Health Mouthwash to ensure that I feel confident throughout my date while we laugh, smile, and talk the night away. 

Since Colgate Total® Advanced Health Mouthwash builds on the dual phase trend seen in many health and beauty products, and contains a two-layer technology; combining freshening power with germ killing ingredients (cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC), it makes the perfect addition to my getting ready routine and boosts my confidence to get cozy with my date knowing that I have a happy and healthy smile. 

All I have to do is shake the bottle, next I let the mouthwash clean and remove 24x more bacteria than ordinary, non-antibacterial mouthwashes, and then I see the actual results in the sink! It's that easy: Shake, Clean, See – for a healthier mouth. It reduces the amount of plaque in my mouth, helps prevent gingivitis, and freshens my breath so I stay cool and calm all night long. 


Shake up tip #2: Plan daytime dates

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"vs. ordinary, non-antibacterial mouthwashes"

Another way that I'm shaking up my dating routine is planning fun day dates for my main squeeze and myself. It's super fun to do active and creative dates during the day rather than the same-old dinner-and-drinks routine. Day dates allow my beau and I to bond on new levels and create new memories together. 

A few easy and fun ideas for day dates includes going to brunch rather than dinner, taking a pottery class together, going for a hike together, volunteering together, taking a cooking class together, picnicking in the park together, going to an amusement park together, going to the beach together, and so on. The key is to spend quality time together during the day rather than just after hours. 

I also love bringing my Colgate Total® Advanced Health Mouthwash with me on my day dates so I can quickly refresh my mouth by simply shaking the bottle to activate in the mouthwash, a dual system that freshens breath and kills germs, and then I let the mouthwash clean my mouth, and then I can see in the sink the bacteria that’s been removed and then I return to my date feeling refreshed with happy and clean smile.


Shake up tip #3: Make time for mini-dates

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"vs. ordinary, non-antibacterial mouthwashes"

I love to shake up my dating routine by planning fun mini-dates to create quality time with my sweetheart even when we're both super busy. Some of my favorite mini-dates include grabbing coffee at our favorite local coffee shop, meeting up for ice cream when we both can take a break, going for a quick walk in-between meetings, and sending each other fun videos throughout the day when we can't sneak away but want to stay connected. 

Do you have fun and new ways that you're shaking up your life? Then join Colgate Total® Advanced Health and share how you shake up your routine with #ShakeCleanSee! Shaking up your routine can be trying a new workout, trying a new hairstyle or using the Colgate Total®  regimen to help improve your mouth health.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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It's Party Time with Codenames: Deep Undercover

Hi lovelies,

It's summer time which means it's time to play, unwind, and relax with my friends. One of my favorite things to do to destress from work and the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life, is to invite my guy and girl friends over for an adult-only game night.

We all bring over yummy snacks, our favorite beverages, dance to upbeat music, and play fun games that make us laugh all night and create memories that will last a lifetime. It's our way of unplugging from texting, posting, and messaging all day, to really connecting in real life with any screens or hashtags.

During our adult game nights, I love to go beyond the regular boardgames and opt for Codenames: Deep Undercover, a new spin-off of the hit game Codenames takes players Deep Undercover with all-new words, art, and mature play. We get to test our own limits and get to know each other on even a more playful and deep level.

During the game we split up into two teams, each with its own spymaster. Since my friends and I are super competitor we flip a coin to see who will be the spymaster for each game. Once we have our spymasters in place, then we are the only ones that know the true identities of 25 agents while our teammates only know the agents by their secret codenames.

As the spymaster, we get to provide crucial one-word clues to our teammates that can lead to more words on the board. My teammates then try to figure out the correct words in the right color without running into the assassin. But what makes the game so fun and engaging is that all of the clues and words are of mature content, which is perfect for our adult parties, but the content is never offensive. The first team to make contact with all of their spies wins the game.

In addition to our fun summer parties, my friends and I love playing Codenames: Deep Undercover even when it's not our typical game night. My favorite new twist to this game is that there are now blank cards that let my friends and I create our own words and add them to the game.

Plus, Codenames (the original game) has been a smash hit since its release, it was most recently nominated for the prestigious Spiel des Jahres and the won the Origins Awards for Game of the Year, Best Family Game and Fan Favorite. This version combines the original gameplay with an adult theme making it perfect for bachelor/bachelorette parties, ladies nights in, or game night at the local bar!

If you want to have the time of your life and laugh the night away with your besties, then pick up Codenames: Deep Undercover, that is now available exclusively in North America at Target and Target.com.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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3 Reasons To Join The Cirqle

Hi lovelies,

One of my favorite experiences as a blogger is partnering with brands that share the same aesthetic, brand messaging, and brand values. That's why I joined The Cirqle

The Cirqle is the perfect platform that brings together influencers and brands to create meaningful and engaging campaigns that really resonates with their audiences. Thus, I wanted to share with you all my top three reasons why I enjoy being a part of The Cirqle community.

3 Reasons to Join The Cirqle:

Reason #1: Easy-to-use platform
When I sign into The Cirqle, all of the available campaigns are listed in an easy to understand format with an image from the brand, the brand's name, a brief description of the campaign, which areas of the world are eligible for the partnership, and the amount of compensation given for the campaign. 

If I'm a right fit, I simply hit "Apply" and then I submit myself for the brand partnership. It's really easy because once you sign-up as an influencer, for free, you add in your social media stats and Google Analytics and they auto-populate for each campaign.

Reason #2: An awesome selection of brands to work with on campaigns
I've partnered with The Cirqle on a few really fun brand partnerships from helping to spread the word about Versalume, an innovation light that can double as wearable fashion, or working closely with Sony on their Mr Probz campaign to get excitement around their new award-winning artist.

What I like most about their selection of brands is that it's not all one genre. There are fashion brands, beauty brands, music brands, home decor brands, and more. There's a variety of brands to work that can fit any influencers niche.

Reason #3: Super friendly team
Any time I have a question about a campaign, I can just email my project manager from The Cirqle and they will respond quickly and in a warm, friendly manner to help me navigate through my issue and question. 

It's a pleasure to partner with them and they make every campaign super fun. Huge thanks to them for sending me a lovely Cirqle box full of Inez Cashmere, Marie-Stella-Maris lotion, and Stox Energy Socks.

*Although this is a sponsored post by The Cirqle, all opinions are my own.

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Home Away From Home with Extended Stay America

Hi lovelies,

Whether or not you're a creative professional like me, getting away and unwinding is paramount to leading a happy and fulfilled life and refueling your creative tank. That's why I took a few days off to enjoy myself at the perfect home away from home at Extended Stay America in Glendale, CA.

It was the perfect staycation option to accommodate my creative and healthy lifestyle while also providing me the perfect space to work whenever I felt inspired to do so. The staff was super friendly and checking in was easy, which created a pleasant atmosphere right from the beginning of my stay.

What sets Extended Stay a part from other hotels is that each room includes your own stove, refrigerator, utensils, plates, bowls, pots, and pans, so you can still have healthy home-cooked meals even you aren't at home. I cooked one of my favorite meals of sauteed spinach, veggies, and lemon black pepper fish. I also made iced coffee in the morning and tea at night. It felt just like being at home but in a different environment.

As a writer, it was the perfect place to cook, turn on some music, and then open up my lap top and get to work in a new environment that made it easier to focus, especially since my room had complimentary Wi-Fi and an office desk so I could unwind and work when I felt inspired, all in the comfort of my own room. And when I wanted to take a break, I relaxed in the super comfy queen-sized bed and turned on the TV and flipped through the channels until I found a movie that I wanted to watch. 

The room was super spacious, clean, and the location was easily accessible to shops and restaurants in case I needed to step out and grab a few things. I also went for a run every morning and enjoyed the views of the mountains in Glendale and took in the fresh air while exercising.

AMENITIES

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