OOTD - Plaid Cape Coat

Monday, November 18, 2019

This time of year when I am allowed to put a Christmas tree up and decorate with all the sparkly things is the best. Most stores are already playing Christmas music and getting us in the mood for the holidays! All these festive vibes are making me super excited for colder weather (even though I absolutely dislike winter).  Positive thing about cold weather is shopping for new, warmer clothes – any excuse to buy new clothes is good right? I picked up this cape couple weeks back and I am obsessed. The color is perfect for this time of year and its super warm. Only drawback is that it does not have a belt – but I cannot wait to wear it with long gloves and over pretty dresses.

coat: shein
denim: Levis
boots: Steve Madden
purse: Kate Spade
hat: H&M
glasses: Marc Jacob

White Chocolate Haystacks

Friday, November 15, 2019

Do you need a quick and easy dessert to take with you to your next holiday party? This recipe takes about 20 minutes, needs 30 minutes to set while you get ready and its bound to be a hit. 

What you will need:
  • 1 cup of white and milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp of coconut oil
  • 2 cups of pretzels 
  • 1/2 cup chopped salted almonds
  • sprinkles (or whatever you want to decorate with)
  • pinch of sea salt
How to make it:
  • melt chocolate chips (until smooth consistency is achieved)
  • Stir in coconut oil and sea salt
  • Fold in chopped almonds and pretzels
  • Spoon one 1 tbsp onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Sprinkle / decorate 
  • refrigerate for 30 minutes (or until firm)

I don't eat or like peanut/peanut butter but this recipe can be easily modified to have peanuts or dark chocolate. 

What keeps you motivated? + #Giveaway

My favorite accessory is my FitBit - regardless of what I am wearing I m rarely without it. I love the community the app has built around it, keeps me motivated to keep moving and tracks my sleep. 

First up in line of Friday Letters to LA LA land giveaways - FitBit Alta HR 

What keeps you motivated to stay active? 

Disclaimer: this giveaway is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Fitbit/Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. By entering you are confirming you are 18+ years of age, you release Fitbit/Instagram/Facebook/Twitter of responsibility, and agree to the their terms of use by entering. Contest is open to residents of North America and Europe. 1 winner will be chosen on Thursday November 21st and announced on this post and corresponding Instagram post. 

Here is to 33!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Holly shit! I am 33 - wasn't I having a mental breakdown over turning 30 just few months back? I guess time flies. This past year has been overwhelming (best word I can find after 3 days of thinking about a word to describe it). 

I learn a lot, I grew a lot, lost some, cried some, developed a sassy attitude (I blame work for that), became more politely assertive and most importantly I had a ton of new adventures. I also learned so much, and grew so much because of this blog - and that is a lot in thanks to every single person who comes and reads my blog, checks into instagram and facebook and send e-mails; it means a world to me.
November (and my birthday) are like a new year for me - so before my next birthday I want to:

Be healthier. Not just lose weight but drink more water, eat healthier, mediate more. 

Be debt free (outside of my mortgage).

Focus on the blog more attentively. 

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Blogging, wouldn't be possible without you guys coming back and reading. Letters to LALA land wouldn't be possible without all of you.  I cannot put into words how thankful I am for all of you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for following along.

So to celebrate that (and to kick off another holiday season) - starting tomorrow, every Friday leading up to new year I will host a giveaway filled with some of my favorite items.  

Stayed tuned!

Love ya 

OOTD - Button-Front Skirts

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

 I think it was 2015 that button from skirt were the it item - I found this skirt with a new take on buttons and absolutely fell in love it. I do wish it came in black but the red color work well for fall and winter. I paired it with a  simple top and booties but it would work with an supersized sweater or a turtle neck and cute boots. I think this skirt would work well for holiday parties too.

skirt: Simons
top: Zara
shoes: JustFab
purse: Chanel

#Review: Make Up Brush Cleaner

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

I saw this as an ad somewhere and thought I need this. Yup, i'm a cliche the ad worked on me. Anything that makes cleaning faster I am all in. I tried it out and I am in love. There are some issues but overall I love it. 

The brush if it's a size that fits into the holder goes in easily, you add a little bit of water and I used baby shampoo as it's super gentle you can use any soap you normally use for your brushes. 

As you can see the brush spins in the bowl and you don't need a lot of water just enough to cover the bristles, so you don't spray water everywhere and it remains contained in the bowl. 

Once you have cleaned the brush, dump the water add in fresh water with no soap. Spin the brush in the water, it should be clear. 

Final step spin the brush above the water and it should dry fairly quickly. This is the best part of the whole thing, you can now use your brush immediately because it's both clean and DRY!! You don't have to wait a day it's so worth it. Especially because it is so affordable. 

One draw back is the holders are not really good for sizes that are out of the ordinary and it's not good for double sided brushes, which I have a lot of to save money but putting the end with a brush on the end wrecks the bristles so I wouldn't suggest using it on those. I'm not sure if you can find other size holders but if I find any I will update you here. 

Would you try this make up brush cleaner or would to stick to traditional methods?

I would love to know what you think.

Clever Tips For Luxury Travel On A Budget

The costs of luxury travel certainly add up. While grand accommodation, comfortable flights, and extravagant meals make a memorable trip, most would assume that it’s one that they can’t afford. After all, the celebrity lifestyle tends to come with a VIP price tag. Thankfully, that isn’t always the case. If you want to travel like the other half, then thorough research and careful planning are crucial. With that in mind, here are a few clever tips for luxury travel on a budget.

Go Out Of Season
The cost of travel soars during high seasons, especially in tourist hotspots. Because of this, you will find that your vacation is more expensive during the summer and public holidays. To avoid any added expense, you should travel out of season instead. Just make sure that you research the weather first. Shoulder seasons are an ideal middle ground, as the weather is typically mild.

Book An All-Inclusive
Splashing out on an all-inclusive vacation can definitely appear counterproductive. However, if you already intended to splurge on many elements of that deal, like food, activities, and airport transfers, then a package trip could work out cheaper. Whether you book online or with a travel agent, remember to customize your trip, so you only have to pay for the extras you’ll use.

Look Into Car Hire
Everyone knows that public transport is the cheapest way to get around on vacation. However, car hire offers a level of convenience and comfort that most would argue is cost-effective. If car hire isn’t an element of your all-inclusive trip, then visit the burswoodcarrentals.com.au. Even if you can’t afford the most extravagant vehicle, having your own car will make all the difference.

Use Your Rewards Cards
Travel rewards cards allow you to collect points, which you can redeem for discounts on hotels, flights, and other travel expenses. Using this discount means that you have extra money for fancy meals and other luxuries. Frequent travelers will find rewards cards to be particularly beneficial. Signing up to loyalty programs, such as with big hotel chains, will keep costs low too.

Travel As A Group
While there are many benefits to solotravel, jetting off with loved ones will work out cheaper. After all, traveling as a group would allow you to split many travel expenses, including hotels and airport transfers. Having many people sharing the cost might allow you to pick more luxurious choices. For example, you could rent a stylish apartment, rather than separate hotel rooms.

Ask For Free Upgrades
If you don’t ask, you’re unlikely to get. For this reason, you must learn to ask for free upgrades. Whether you want an upgraded flight or a larger room, you always have a chance as long as you’re polite. That being said, you’re in with a greater shot when traveling for a special occasion. That is why you should make it known that it’s your birthday or wedding anniversary.

With the advice above, you can have a luxurious travel experience, without the huge price tag.