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A women's blog with a fresh perspective on celebrating life.

Month: February 2018

Rise & Shine, Ladies

Rise and shine, ladies! Tired of the winter blues? WELL, HERE COMES THE SUN! Spring 2018 is on its way and it’s all about yellow. Below are our coolest, or…

Rise and shine, ladies! Tired of the winter blues? WELL, HERE COMES THE SUN! Spring 2018 is on its way and it’s all about yellow. Below are our coolest, or shall we say warmest, picks to brighten up your day. Coming in five, four, three, two…

Sugarfix by Baublebar

Did someone say a bar, tassles, yellow? Check. We are all in. Who knew we could get all our favorite things in one. This fabulous meringue fringe will have you turning heads everywhere.

Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka

Speaking of bars, nothing says spring like a sweet lemon drop. Not a mixologist? Don’t worry, Eddy has you covered. Simply add club soda and sip. Instantly, you will feel transported to sexy summer evenings with the girls.

Drybar Lil’ Lemon Drop

Lemon drops aren’t just for drinking. Tangled hair is no match for this mini brush. Wet or dry it will leave your mane manageable.

Drybar Baby Buttercup Travel Blow-Dryer

Working on your summer bod, but all those endless trips to the gym leaving your hair flat and lifeless? Drybar has the solution. This dryer may look small, but don’t be fooled, it’s packed with power. With two temperature settings, and a cooling feature, this ionic wonder gets rid of frizz while bringing major shine.

Batiste Dry Shampoo

BONUS: Make your blowouts last longer with Batiste Dry Shampoo. A cult classic, this brand is a must for celebrity hair stylists and gives oily roots a much needed boost. Snag it in the Coconut and Exotic Tropical scent, and you will swear you are on vacay.

DevaCurl Wavy Mini Transformation Kit

Rocking natural hair? Don’t worry, we have our CPL Besties covered. A hairline dedicated to all textures, DevaCurl has kits in a variety of formulas that will give all your curls glorious bounce. Small enough to take anywhere, this little package is always in our bag.

Mac Grand Illusion Liquid Lipcolour

Why should hair have all the fun, we mean sun? This liquid lipcolour is all about the future with a wash of sheer electric yellow and pink iridescence. Best of all, it plumps up your smackers for the most delightful kiss.

Revolution Naked Chocolate Eyeshadow Palette

Ground breaking, an eye shadow kit that isn’t the cost of a fancy steak dinner has arrived. Revolution brings you the cutest shades with the sweetest flavors at a great price. It is a must find.

Purity Made Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

Yes we know Micellar cleansing water has apparently been around forever; however for our generation this is ground breaking. Nothing is worse than that feeling of running out of makeup wipes after a long evening with the kids or with lemon drops. The solution? This water. Literally this bottle is the equivalent of three makeup wipe containers and when we get heavy with the contour at least two. Your skin will feel like it took a drink after this one.

Shea Moisture Hydrating Mud Mask, Tony Moly I’m Real Lemon Mask Sheet, and Miss Spa Bee Venom Plumping Mask

Speaking of dry skin bring on the masks. Your cold weather woes will be long behind using this trio to hydrate, tighten and brighten your dullest winter skin.

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

No matter how sunny you look on the outside, if your disposition is cloudy you are totally throwing off your chi. Break out of a mental rut, and break into this mental refresher. A self-help book for our generations, Jen brings the most badass advice for loving you and living your best life. A Chill.Pop.Live favorite, we crack open this puppy whenever we need a reminder to live life to it’s fullest.

FYI, the books and the earrings came from Target. Is it just us or do you always say it with a French accent? The beauty goods purchased at the amazing ULTA, a one stop shop to fabulosity. And the lemons? Where we get everything else – Crate and Barrel!

Have you tried any of these products? Talk to us in the comments below!

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Chill, Pop, LOVE!

On the subject of love, let’s focus on letting go of labels! We encourage you to think outside the box, and think into love. Check out these types of love below to inspire you to live your best Chill.Pop.LOVE.

types of love

Eat, Pray, Love.

Ishan and Kaitlin – From different religions, the key to Ishan and Kaitlin’s relationship is respecting faith, love and most importantly food. From DC, to Rome, to India these two always speak the language of love.

Crazy in Love

Katryce (The Funny Momma), CJ, Elijah, and Ashton – They don’t know karate, but they sure no crazy! This mother/son gang is all about fun.  Whether at the boys’ sports games, or chilling in the park, they are all about laughs and each other.

Computer Love

Dan and Ali – Dan and Ali bumped into each other online. Since then, they share more than Facebook and have travelled the world together… including Paris.

Love Potion No.9 + 1

Howie and Bonnie-Love – Meet Bonnie-Love’s husband Howie.  This dynamic duo got married ten years ago, and since then have built everything together including two kids, a lovely home, and a business.

Self Love

Christal – One of the most powerful choices you can ever make is the decision to love yourself. After overcoming cancer, Christal has made it her priority to celebrate and love everyday and everything about herself.  Look out for a makeover story featuring Christal, coming soon…

Ride or Die Love

Ryan, Xavier, Zachery, Cameron –  Big brother? Check.  This little girl was born with three bodyguards and unconditional love. Loyal to the end, this brood is always together and always supportive.

Yin and Yang Love

Pam and Sin – For Pam and Sin, opposites definitely attract. They find their balance in their passion for travel, Netflix, and each other.

Love Without Borders

Phong and Bert – Both are from different countries and met while living in America and have been inseparable since then! They have walked everywhere together including down the aisle.

Puppy Love

Tiana and Maurice – This couple met at thirteen and the rest is history, math and social studies.  Dating throughout high school and college, they knew a love like this could only be found in fairy tales, so they made it real and said their I dos.

Do you have a love story you’d like to share with us. Please tell us in the comments below. 

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Falling Back in Love with your Shoes

Falling back in love with your shoes | A Shoe Makeover Have you ever had a pair of shoes that you cherish? Sure it may have been rocky in the…

Falling back in love with your shoes | A Shoe Makeover

Have you ever had a pair of shoes that you cherish? Sure it may have been rocky in the beginning. One of you may have had to stretch a little to make this a good fit. But, you both committed and made it work. For months, you two were in love. Whether grabbing a quick bite to eat, or strolling in the park, you two were inseparable.  You even remember that first date or new job when you were together. Well until the unthinkable happens, it’s a year in and you guys are on a dry spell.  Those sexy stilettos just aren’t stacking up next to this season’s stunners. Well have no fear, here at Chill.Pop.Live, we can show you how to bring the magic back! Bonus, we won’t even charge you for therapy. It’s shoe makeover time!

To keep you and your favorite heels in sync, please see the below guide to reviving your relationship.

Assess the Damage

Everybody has a shoe they are in love with; however, after months or years of endless wear, the shoe becomes more “bore snore” than “chill thrill”. THE SOLUTION: Figure out what is no longer working for you. Assess the color, style, and condition of the shoe to identify areas of improvement.  Is the heel worn? Easy fix, call a local cobbler who can refinish the soles.  Is the color dated? This is not an easy fix. Unless the shoes are satin and you can dye them, it may be time to say goodbye and send them to (gasp) the back of the closet.  Maybe it’s the style. Is there a new trend you are interested in and your current shoe game doesn’t cut it? Or, are you afraid to invest in a trend that may be gone by next season? We’ve found the solution… Repurpose a pair of previously worn shoes. Why invest in a trend when you can makeover an existing pair of shoes you already have?

Shoe Makeover

Cue the Glue

Anything that is broken will need glue and shoes are no exception. Here at CPL, we know the quickest way to redesign a shoe is to glue on embellishments. Whether it is feathers, pom-poms, or velvet ties, adding embellishments to a pair of shoes can totally ramp up their look. To prove our point, we pulled out our good and faithful black stilettos.  These stilettos have been our favorite go-to over the years; however, recently, they just seem to be lying around in our closet.  There is a new trend that we’ve been dying to try, the faux feather/fur slide. To execute this makeover it is pretty simple.

  1. Apply hot glue to your shoe. By now, you should know the hot glue gun is our favorite tool, but it makes life so much easier and it’s super quick.
  2. Place the fur trim on top of the glue. We chose Touch of Nature 1- Piece Feather Marabou Craft Boa on Amazon.
  3. Trim the excess fur off the shoe. And tada! Your shoe has officially been made over.

DIY Shoe Makeover

 

faux fur shoe makeover

Now start walking ’cause it’s time to remember why you two were inseparable in the first place. Make sure to use #cpl when showing us your shoe makeover.

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A Stay-In Sexy Dinner Date

A Stay-In Sexy Dinner Date for Valentine’s Day Valentines wouldn’t be complete without a special date with your special someone. But let’s throw in the shocking element of surprise. Instead…

A Stay-In Sexy Dinner Date for Valentine’s Day

Valentines wouldn’t be complete without a special date with your special someone. But let’s throw in the shocking element of surprise. Instead of going out, why not stay in? Are you sighing to yourself, stay in, stay in, we are always in! This was my one night to go out and paint the town red, or pink as we prefer it.  Yes, we hear you and you can still do that too, but nothing can be more exciting than making the ordinary, extra-ordinary. So let’s skip the ubers, bypass the check, and jump right into the romance. Here’s how we plan a sexy dinner date.

The Menu

What to cook? Keep it simple. We like dishes with five ingredients or less. This is your day too, so keep your prep time for your entire meal down to thirty minutes. Our fave menu is steakhouse style.  Salt and pepper a juicy cut of steak and fire up the grill. Vegetarian? We love a rich slice of grilled eggplant. Sides? Bake a bag of rosemary fries.  Add to the drama by creating your own sauce.  We love creamy homemade garlic aioli, and stole our blueprint from Bobby Flay.  This recipe is super easy and super fast.

Steak and Potatoes

Garlic Aioli = Simply mix garlic, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and mayo.

Want a little greenery? Add a wedge salad, they are the new culinary comeback kids. Our tip, we surf the salad bar at our grocery store for the trimmings (bacon, onions, tomatoes, radishes, blue cheese) so we are not stuck with an entire bag of purple radishes for a month. Cut up a crisp head of lettuce into wedges and sprinkle your toppings on top. Feeling daring? Drizzle on some of that homemade garlic aioli sauce.  Then step away immediately, because this sauce is seriously life. Literally, drizzle it on anything and you won’t be able to stop eating.

Wedge salad

Oh and dessert, we nearly forgot… we guess because it only took us a couple minutes to make.  Chocolate mousse is our go to quickie.  Melt marshmallows, chocolate, and cream in the microwave, cool it at room temp, and pop it into the fridge. You will be in chocolate heaven in no time.

Chocolate Mousse

The Set Up

Ditch your normal scenery. No kitchen or dining room allowed here. Take your partner straight to the bedroom. Look for a somewhat empty nook and clear the clutter. Yes, you heard us. You can’t have a romantic dinner if you are staring at broken dinosaur arms and stray socks. Next, find a disguise. No, not for you, but on second thought this could work in this scenario.  Anyway, back to the task at hand, disguise your room.  You and your partner should feel like you are somewhere you’ve never been, someplace sexy. Throw a faux fur throw on a chair, place some pillows on the ground, and disguise a coffee table.  One of the quickest ways to make any table look different is to place craft paper on top.  This is Valentine’s so we thought we would bring in some black paper for that boudoir feel. Most rolls are precut to fit any normal size coffee table and you won’t even need your trusty scissors.  Bonus, grab some chalk or a marker and send a message to your love. Shhh… don’t tell us. Show us! Take pics and #cpl.

Sexy Dinner Date

The Table

Now, about that tablescape, flowers are the chicest way to decorate. Their bright color and beauty bring flair to any set up.  Also, they just make you happy!!! We sprinkle a few on the table and pull out our trusty rosebud vases. Because these vases are so small, only a few flowers are needed to decorate the whole table.

Flowers

Candles bring in a soft romantic vibe and a low votive will help you and your love maintain some much needed eye contact. Imagine how amazing you will both look and feel bathed in warm light.  Also everything you just cooked, it’s time to plate it.  Keep things interesting by mixing up different shapes, textures and styles of plates. When in doubt, throw in a metallic. A metallic is neutral enough to go with any pattern, or color, but sparkly enough to bring major glam style. They are always a CPL MVP. Also please use different types of metallic. It’s ok. Silver, rose, and gold can get along. It’s 2018.

The Rest

Well that’s up to you and partner.  But above all, the number the one rule is have fun. As you enter this year of Chill.Pop.Live, it’s all about getting out of your comfort zone and getting into life. Let go of your stresses, and take a minute to really enjoy the world around you. There is beauty in everything, but most importantly in you!

 

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