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Lauren Conrad Celebrate Review & Giveaway

Imagine a younger, friendlier Martha Stewart, that you can relate to and would actually want to hang out with.  That’s Lauren Conrad.

In last week’s book review I gave my thoughts on Kristin Cavallari’s book, Balancing in Heels, and confessed that I had never watched an episode of The Hills.  So it’s a bit ironic that this week I’m reviewing a book by another Hills alum.

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Lauren Conrad Celebrate Review

Celebrate is basically a party planning book, with tips for being a perfect hostess with the mostest.  She has general tips in the beginning, and then each chapter is dedicated to a different type of party that Lauren has planned.

I initially picked up Celebrate because I heard there was a chapter in it about wedding planning.  I know Lauren got married recently, and I had been getting wedding planning tips from her website, so I was excited to get more from her book.

I don’t know if the wedding chapter was as helpful as I was hoping.  I’m already deep into planning, but I do think her tips would be great for brides who are just staring the planning process.

For someone like me who does absolutely zero entertaining… that may change when I have my own home, but for now, nada…. I seem to have a huge collection of books about entertaining.  I’ve read Martha Stewart’s book, Pippa Middleton’s, and even Tori Spelling’s (which was actually better than I expected).  So I may be the most informed non-hostess ever.  Basically, I think I have read enough books to safely say that I really enjoyed Lauren’s book and have it mean something.

Lauren is, well, nice.  She seems sweet and genuine.  You can tell she is a perfectionist, a la Martha Stewart.  However, she is much more relatable.  She actually makes you feel like you could pull of a party like she can (whether or not we really can is still up for debate).

So would I recommend this book?

If you’re an entertaining novice and need some help, then yes.

If you’re an entertaining pro and need some inspiration, then sure.

If you’re a Martha Stewart fan girl, who can’t handle a laid back California cool party, then probably not.

Have you read Lauren Conrad Celebrate?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Balancing In Heels by Kristin Cavallari Review

I feel like I’ve been doing a lot of confessing lately on Everyday Starlet, and today’s post is no different.  I need to confess I have never watched and episode of Laguna Beach or the Hills.  I’m not going to pretend I never watch reality tv.. I’m only human, and I’ve kept up with the Kardashians more than I’d like to admit.  But I think I was at an awkward age when MTV’s reality shows we’re on the air.  I wasn’t too old for them per say, but I was already on to VH1 and E!’s reality offerings.  The extent of my exposure to Kristin, Lauren, Brody and the bunch was the clips they would show on E!’s The Soup (RIP one of my favorite shows) while Joel McHale made fun of them…..

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Balancing In Heels by Kristin Cavallari Review

Fast forward to today, and Lauren Conrad’s blog is one of my favorites to check out everyday.  I’ll actually be reviewing her new book soon, so stay tuned for that.

However, I didn’t know much about Kristin Cavallari except that she was the “bitch character”, she had a short run on Dancing with the Stars, she married a football player, and she’s been popping out kids ever since.  So when her book Balancing In Heels came out I was fully prepared to pass on it.

Then I started seeing her book pop up on Instagram and people seemed to be enjoying it.  I was still skeptical until I found out that Kristin is a health nut and she had some great recipes.  So I broke down and bought it…. I am SO glad I did.

Much to my surprise I LOVED this book.  Kristin comes off relatable and likable, and she has such a great work/family balance that you can’t help but be inspired by her.

Her chapter on food is especially inspiring.  She is very careful about what she feeds herself and her family, yet I found her approach to it very practical.  I normally start reading books about health and my eyes glaze over… I’ve been dieting since I was 8 years old, so most of the information is not new to me… but with this book I couldn’t put it down.

So would I recommend this book?

If you love junk food, and get angry when people talk about leading a healthy lifestyle, then probably not.  Kristin may live in the Midwest now, but her health habits make her a true California girl at heart.

If you’ve been wanting to eat healthier and balance family and life but haven’t found the right source of motivation, then yes.  I found it motivating, hopefully you will too.

If you’re a health nut who’d like extra tips, or you’re starting a family and want tips for including your family in your healthy lifestyle, then absolutely.  Even if you’re not sure if you’ll like Kristin.  I didn’t think I would, but I’m so glad I gave this book a chance.

Have you read Balancing In Heels?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

If there are any books or films that you’d like me to review let me know? I’m always looking for suggestions.

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Whole30 Final Thoughts, Results, & Questions Answered

It’s weird how the month of April feels like a dream… like it didn’t really happen. If you’ve been following along, then you know I did Whole30 for the month of April.  I had my ups and downs, and I was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support I received from my Starlets.  I couldn’t have gotten through the month without you!  So I wanted to summarize my experience, give my final thoughts, and answer some common questions that I was asked during the month…

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Whole30 Final Thoughts, Results, & Questions Answered

Whole30 Final Thoughts, Results, & Questions Answered

Don’t miss my weekly recaps…

Here are some things that helped me get through the month…

Since Whole30, I’ve discovered my new favorite protein pancake recipe!… and I treated myself to a heavenly vegan dessert!

I want to thank all of you for your support, it means more to me than you will ever know!

If you have any questions about Whole30 please feel free to ask!

 

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Advanced Style The Movie Review

Confession time: If something is a movie and a book, I always like the one I experience first the best.  I don’t really know why, but I’ve learned to accept that about myself.  So I was hesitant about watching the documentary Advanced Style after reading the book.

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Advanced Style The Movie Review

Advanced Style started out as a blog created by Ari Seth Cohen.  Ari is a street style photographer in New York City, and his blog usually features women 60+.  Many are in their 90s.  Gives new meaning to the phrase, the 90s are coming back.

The styles of the women featured range from upscale fabulous, to artsy glam.  However, one thing these women all have in common, is a dedication to their own personal style.

I had heard about the blog, but I hadn’t started following it when I found out it was becoming a book.  I didn’t decide to pick up the book until I heard that one of my style icons, Dita Von Teese, was doing the Afterword.

After reading Advanced Style the book (I use the word reading loosely, because it’s mostly about the amazing photography), I found myself in a complete state of inspiration.  The women featured were just so passionate about life and style that it felt like taking a shot of Vitamin Chic.

After a euphoric experience like that, how could a movie ever compete?  I would soon have my answer, because Advanced Style then became a documentary.

In Advanced Style The Movie, we get to know several of the women featured prominently on the blog and in the book.  It’s very hard not to fall in love with these ladies.

While I still find these women inspiring, I didn’t find the movie as inspirational as the book. The book felt all positive, while the movie was much more “real”.

While the book was full of inspiring quotes and images, the movie was a reminder that life can be hard out there for a woman.  Some were in relationships, but many felt like the women that the Sex and the City cast fear they would grow up to be, stylish but alone.  It was also, a reminder that a group of women at any age will get competitive with each other… a trait I keep hoping women outgrow.  We are also reminded that death is reality we must all deal with… although there is a positive spin on the tragedy we experience in the documentary.

Overall, I unfortunately have become one of those people who sees a movie and snobbishly says, “I like the book better.”

So would I recommend this film?

If you love the book and the blog, then you’ve probably already seen it.

If you’re a fashion blogger and/or fashion lover, then yes.

If you’re looking for a shot of inspiration, then I’d read the book instead.

Have you seen Advanced Style, or read the blog and/or the book?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I’m doing these reviews regularly as a Saturday series, so if there are any books or films that you’d like me to review? I’m always looking for suggestions.

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Sunday Post: Mother’s Day, Pinterest, & Under Eye Creasing

Hello Starlets, I hope you’re having a fabulous Mother’s Day!  Special shout out to all the Starlet Moms.  I have a special Mother’s Day tribute to the legendary Starlet Mom (and birthday girl this past week) Audrey Hepburn.

Here’s what else I’ve been loving this week…

Amelia Liana Vegan Chocolate Caramel Dessert, Julia Roberts InStyle Magazine Cover

Blog Stuff

I think I’ve really got the hang of Pinterest lately, and I’ve been spending a lot more time on there… I can’t get enough!

Links I’m Loving

  • I mentioned last week that I was done with Whole30 and that I was making these Easy Vegan Caramel & Chocolate Slices for a healthy way to reward myself…. I did, and I was in heaven!!
  • I’ve been having under eye creasing issues lately, and I stumbled upon these videos from Nikki Tutorials… I am definitely trying techniques 1 and technique 2

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I was lucky enough to be featured in IFB’s Links a la Mode along with some amazing bloggers…

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  1. Al Balsam Life: Met Gala 2016 | Iconic Fashion Moments
  2. Alive as Always: Mix It Up a Notch | Babydoll Batik
  3. The Antisocialista: I Like Big Buds and I Cannot Lie
  4. Arisgold: Five Reasons to Wear a Romper
  5. Cat Eyes & Skinny Jeans: May Crush List
  6. The Classy Junk: Black and Taupe | Outfit
  7. Distinguished Diva: Style Tip | The Easiest Way to Tie Ankara Headwrap | Video Tutorial
  8. The Dragonfruit Diaries: Beauty | Nightly Skincare Routine
  9. Everyday Starlet: Man Repeller | Seeking Love. Finding Overalls by Leandra Medine | Review
  10. The Fashionista Momma: Leather On Leather
  11. Finite 1: It’s Easy as 1-2-3
  12. Hey Just Jei: Mother’s Day Gifts to Make Mom Shine
  13. Les Assorties: Armadio | Undiscovered Italian Luxury Discovered
  14. Life in the Fash Lane: Summery Stripes
  15. Modavracha: Is Pyjamas Fashion Trend Stylish or Merely Comfortable?
  16. Sweet Tea Salvage: 10 Cute Bike Helmets
  17. Tales of Two: Channeling Your Inner Garden Nymph
  18. Vanity and Me: A Classic Look for Spring
  19. The Wanderbliss: Mustard
  20. We Are Ready Made: Rumour Has It

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Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother’s Kitchen by Luca Dotti Review

In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought it was very appropriate that the second book in my new Saturday book review series should be dedicated to a legendary mother.  While Audrey Hepburn isn’t thought of as a Mom, she most definitely was, and based on this book, a very loving and hands on mother.

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Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother's Kitchen by Luca Dotti Review

I consider myself somewhat of an expert on Old Hollywood Starlets, but this book made me realize how little I actually knew about the great and powerful Audrey.  I think she liked it that way.

Audrey at Home: Memories Of My Mother’s Kitchen was written by Audrey Hepburn’s son Luca Dotti.  Luca shares personal stories about his Mom through her favorite recipes.  It’s a recipe scrapbook of food and family memories.  It was a way for him to show the world that Audrey was not Holly Golightly from her most famous role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

The book tells stories of Audrey as a girl surviving war and hunger, and shares details about her chocolate weakness… I’m sure many of us can relate.  She used her Hollywood earnings to settle down in a home with a garden, and lived a very unHollywood lifestyle….

“Even if we were to lose everything, we have a garden, we can grow potatoes and eat them.”- Audrey Hepburn

A woman who could live on potatoes is my kinda person!  I’m even dying to try the book’s simple recipe for potato balls… to paraphrase Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, I love finding new ways to cook potatoes.

However, as far as a cookbook, the recipes are really not the showcase of the book.  They are a way to shares stories related to family meals, but they are not groundbreaking ideas.  They are actually very typical retro European meals.

So would I recommend this book?

If you are someone who loves Old Hollywood biographies with drama and scandal, then no.

If you’re just looking for a recipe book, then probably not.

If you are an Audrey fan (who isn’t?) and you want to learn more about the star’s home life from someone who knew her better than anyone, then yes.

Have you read Audrey at Home?  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I’m doing these reviews regularly as a Saturday series, so if there are any books or films that you’d like me to review? I’m always looking for suggestions.

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Whole30 Week 4

I can’t believe I made it!  I completed Whole30!  I hoped that I could do it, but a part of me thought I would give up halfway through. Here’s how week 4 went…

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Whole30 Week 4

The week in Facebook posts…

  • Whole30 Day 22: Caution.. planning a Honeymoon while on Whole30 will result in a list of restaurants you’d like to visit, but no hotel room to sleep in
  • Whole30 Day 23: I know bakeries sending me wedding dessert photos are just doing their job… but it feels cruel
  • Whole30 Day 24: I had a coconut cream pie Lara Bar that I swear was a religious experience
  • Whole30 Day 25: I had a dream last night that I went out to eat and they served me a burger. I told them I couldn’t eat it, and they told me that’s all they would give me… I ate it crying and screaming “it’s not my fault, they’re making me do it.”… The worst part? They didn’t give me any French Fries
  • Whole30 Day 26: My idea of a cheat right now would be all natural corn and sea salt tortilla chips…. what has become of me!
  • Whole30 Day 27: I’m almost out of Lara bars and it’s giving me serious anxiety
  • Whole30 Day 28: These are the LONGEST days of life!
  • Whole30 Day 29: Taking maple syrup away from a New Englander for this long is cruel and unusual punishment
  • Whole30 Day 30:  Dear Whole30, we had a good run.  But after today, we need to break up…. I don’t want to say “it’s not you, it’s me”… because let’s be real… it’s you

Here’s my day by day vlog of Whole30 Week 4…

I want to thank all of you for your support, it means more to me than you will ever know!

Also, I’ll be doing a full final recap about my experience, what I learned, what worked, what didn’t, and my results… so stay tuned!

….and in case you missed it, here’s  Week 1, Week 2, Week 3

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Sunday Post: Contour, Vegan Treats, Shoe Envy, & More

Hello Starlets, welcome to my first Sunday Post (okay, so it’s just my Saturday Post switched to Sunday because I have a new book and film review series on Saturdays, so be sure to check that out). Today I’m sharing my favorite things of this week, and, since it’s the last weekend of the month, I’m sharing my monthly favorites too! Here’s what I’ve been loving…

Sunday Post: Contour, Vegan Treats, Shoe Envy, & More, Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette, Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Lovesick, Under Age Red

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Blog Stuff

If you’re a regular reader then you know that I’ve been testing my makeup collection, and I just got done with my foundations.  My full coverage foundation reviews have been my most popular this week.

Sunday Post: Contour, Vegan Treats, Shoe Envy, & More, Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

April 2016 Favorites

Here’s what I’ve been loving in food, fitness, makeup, & more!

In this video…

Links I’m Loving

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Whole30 Week 3

To be completely honest, when I started this Whole30 journey, I NEVER thought I would make it this far.  Of course I hoped that I would… but the pessimist in me kept creeping in.  My family and fiance have really been supportive, but I have been overwhelmed by the support and encouragement of my readers.  Your comments have really helped me power through.  Here’s how week 3 went…

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Whole30 Week 3

The week in Facebook posts…

  • Whole30 Day 15: Halfway done and I’m doing great… side note: the serving size of a Lara bar is like 8 bars right?
  • Whole30 Day 16: I never thought I would say this, but I actually miss green smoothies
  • Whole30 Day 17: Paul: Do you want to go out for lunch? Me: NOOOO, if they put cheese on my salad I’ll cry
  • Whole30 Day 18: Let’s be honest… if I wasn’t allowed to have potato on Whole30 I wouldn’t have made it past Day 1
  • Whole30 Day 19: To paraphrase Monday Night Raw (which I watch now…. because fiance): Whole30 foods are like A cups, they’re real whether you like them or not.
  • Whole30 Day 20: I saw a Pizza Hut commercial and a single tear fell down my cheek
  • Whole30 Day 21: I swear a blueberry pie in the bakery section of my grocery store was mocking me

Here’s my day by day vlog of Whole30 Week 3…

Here are some links to things that are helping me get through the month…

In case you missed Week 1, and Week 2

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Saturday Post: Covering Dark Circles, Packing Tips, Pinterest, & a Bonus Giveaway!

Hello Starlets, continuing my new weekend post series, I’m sharing my favorite things of this week… and some bonus goodies for you as well.  So keep reading until the end so you don’t miss the amazing giveaway…

Contour Palette Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit vs Kat Von D Shade & Light - EverydayStarlet.com

I can’t get enough of taking photos of myself in this palette

Blog Stuff

Thanks to my Starlet regulars.. and a few very lucky-for-me brand retweets this week (thank you Maybelline!), my most popular post was my search for the best makeup to cover dark circles (the struggle is real people)….

The Best Products for Covering Dark Under Eye Circles | Neutralizers & Correctors Concealer Review

Social Media

I’ve been spending more time on Pinterest (maybe too much time, but who’s counting).  I’ve even created a board dedicated to my future beauty room.. hey, a Starlet can dream!

Follow Sarah Blodgett’s board Beauty Room on Pinterest.

Links I’m Loving

Bonus Giveaway!

Influenster VoxBox L'Oreal EverPure- EverydayStarlet.com

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was lucky enough to be gifted the L’Oreal Ever Pure Collection.  I have decided to give this set away to one lucky Starlet.  Just enter the giveaway below.  You must be subscribed to the Everyday Starlet mailing list, but you can earn extra entires by subscribing to my YouTube channel and my Pinterest.  This is only open to US residents over the age of 18, and the winner will be announced on next weekend’s SUNDAY Post… yes, you read that right.  The Saturday post will be switching to Sunday.  I have an exciting series starting next Saturday.

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