Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It's All In The Details

Top: Bardot // Shorts: RD Style // Bag: Coach (similar) // Necklace: Lulu's // Earrings: Dogeared // Sunglasses: Ray Ban

You guys have probably been seeing me post a lot wearing my Bardot pieces. Sorry not sorry. I recently discovered the brand and have been obsessed with all their tops. The quality is unbelievable and the items fit me like a glove. I love the looseness of this top. I'm a hug fan of of loose & flowy tops! If you guys have followed me for a while then you know I also love color and another reason why I it's just perfect. It has a cute design and the bright coral stands out. Side note-- most days when my hair is in it's "2nd day" hair phase (you ladies know what I mean), this is how I'm typically wearing it.. lol!

On another note - I am currently sitting in the airport on my 6 hour layover if SF back to San Diego! ZZZzzzz .. Remind me never to book a flight like this again. More from my vacation from the Dominican Republic soon but for now, I'm going to try to get some much needed SLEEP -- airport style!

xoxo
Olia

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Elie Tahari

Top, Jacket & Pants all Elie Tahari for DesigNation via Kohl's

I am so excited because today I have partnered up with Kohl's to showcase the launch of their Elie Tahari for DesigNation collection, available exclusively at Kohl's. The collection is beautiful and inspired by the urban sophistication of NYC while still maintaining affordable prices-- which I absolutely love. This jacket & pants are among a few of my favorites from the line and their items definitely have me getting ready to transition into Fall. Over the next week I will be showcasing one additional look from the Elie Tahari for DesigNation collection and I encourage you all the check it out for yourself as well here!

Big thanks to Kohl's for sponsoring this post.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Diaries from the DR

{ Home in the DR }

{ Eating lunch with this view }

{ Toes in the sand & I'm a happy girl }

{ Laying out in my WET swimwear bikini }

{ Dinner at the cutest little restaurants on the water }

{ Enjoying a Pina Colada at a Private Island off the Coast of the Samana Peninsula
- Cayo Levantado }

{ Relaxed & Happy }

{ The best Mojito I've ever had }

{ Enjoying Las Ballenas beach in Las Terrenas }

Some of my adventures from the Dominican Republic! For more, follow me on Instagram @oliamajd!

Entertaining with Ease


Fall is officially upon us which always gets me thinking about the approaching months.. and by that I mean the Holidays. With holidays always comes fun dinner parties but the only problem with those is we all have a love/hate relationship with hosting one since there is so much prep that goes along with it. I wanted to round up some of my best tips for entertaining with ease.

1. Clean the house thoroughly one week before that way you'll only have to maintain it the rest of the week leading up to your party saving a lot of time.
2. Make a detailed shopping list including where you will buy each item/ingredient that way you know exactly what you're getting at each store. Rule of thumb: Calculate 3 bottles of wine for every 4 guests.
3. Arrange furniture as you will want it for the party and remove clutter. Think low lighting & candles to set the mood.
4. This one is going to sound funny but it's true -- remove any personal items from your medicine cabinet that you may not want your guests to see. Hey, you never know!!

1. Set the table.
2. Create place cards & put them out on the table the night before.
3. Buy fresh flowers and arrange them around your house for a more vibrant feel.
4. Do whatever cooking you can do ahead of time (marinating, dicing, washing veggies).

1. Light the candles
2. Uncork the wine
3. Toss the salad.

Prior to your guests arriving make sure your dishwasher is empty. The new Electrolux Stainless Steel Dishwasher with IQ-Touch™ Controls (EI24ID50QS) is the best (and easiest) way to set yourself up for an easy clean at the end of the night because lets be real--- at the end of a party all you want is for the cleanup to be fast and easy. It gives you a professional level clean in just 30 minutes -- I mean, it takes me longer to get ready for bed than that! I also love that it has a unique third level rack for spatulas, kitchen tools or everyday utensils and after entertaining, you know you have a lot of those! A top notch dishwasher is essential to entertaining with ease and the Electrolux Stainless Steel Dishwasher with IQ-Touch™ Controls (EI24ID50QS) does just that. Pop it all in & you're ready for bed!


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Tips to Fresh & Youthful Skin

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I am often getting asked a bit about my daily routines (fitness, skincare, and beauty tricks) so I wanted to create a post all about how I stay fresh faced & confident when it comes to all those life and you know... beauty things ;)
Skincare. Anyone who knows me knows I have a thing about skincare. I have taken tremendously good care of my skin since I was 12 years old thanks to my Esthetician mother who made sure of it -- and, I can't thank her enough. The one thing I learned throughout the years? Wash your face morning and night. No matter what. Even when it's 2am and you're stumbling home after that party and the only thing you want to do is have your head hit the pillow. You will thank me the next morning. Night time is the most crucial time for your skin, and if you leave all that makeup overnight you are going to do harm to your skin and most likely clog your pores causing that nasty pimple you really hate. Sorry ladies -- it's true! The other key step to good skincare is to moisturize. As an esthetician you don't know how many times I hear clients tell me they don't moisturize or put anything on their skin morning or night. It makes me cringe and I'm shocked! It's soo important! No matter if you have oily or dry skin, giving your skin moisture is SO key! Believe it or not, a lot of the time it helps with problem skin and fights against aging and we all want to prevent wrinkles for as long as possible. If you are lacking moisture, the Olay Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil is enriched with 9 luxurious natural oils to hydrate the skin and bring life to dull skin. It's all natural formula is lightweight, non-greasy, dye and fragrance-free. 
Work it. I hate to say it but I am not a crazy fitness fanatic but I do think everything in moderation is key. I enjoy working out (when I have time) but for the most part I try to engage in things that get me outdoors and active. I recently got a bike and use it quite frequently. I even take my dog with me and put him in the little basket! It's a fun activity that definitely gets my heart pumping, plus I get to be outdoors. It's something about the fresh air that rejuvenates and makes me feel refreshed. I do Pilates often to work on my muscles but again-- I'm not a fanatic about it. Just staying active is good for me whether that be walking my dog, kayaking, bike riding or just cleaning my house -- hey, it's a big house!

Green Juices. The thought of green juices used to disgust me until I actually gave it a shot and really loved it. I don't actually eat my greens quite often so I try to make smoothies and drinks to include them in. It's a delicious way to get all my daily nutrients and I don't feel bad about it. Not only is it with green juices, but I try to make natural and healthy fruit smoothies/drinks almost everyday. I also put ground flaxseed in my drinks since it has TONS of healthy components like Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Fiber and since I don't eat a lot of meat I usually add a little protein powder to my smoothies.
Makeup. Believe it or not, makeup does get old and sometimes you just have to part ways with it to protect your skin which is what I do regularly so here are my makeup expiration dates:
Mascara: 2-3 months or as soon as you see it getting clumpy
Foundation & Concealer: 6-12 months
Lipstick: 2 years // Lipgloss: 1 year
Nail Polish: 2 years
Powder, Eye Shadow & Blush: 2 years
Fragrances: 8-10 years
Lotion: 2 years


How do you guys stay fresh faced & confident?

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Top 6 Drugstore Lipstick Shades

Well, it's no secret I'm a serious lipstick addict. If any of you opened up my lipstick drawer -- you'd be scared. And yet, whenever I'm at a drugstore I find myself heading to the lipstick section and buying more! It's kind of like a shoe obsession --- can you really ever have too many? Okay maybe...but who's counting...

Although I love fancy (and more expensive) lipstick shades, nothing is better than when you find an amazing $7 lipstick. Because I recently got a bunch of new colors, I decided what better way than to showcase some of my favorite drugstore lipstick shades so next time you're at the store you can just snatch one up! Oh and a big tip of mine -- don't be scared when you see the color in the tube -- they usually look SO much different once on and some of my favorite shades are the ones that I would have never originally thought I'd like but took a chance on! Hope you guys enjoy & leave me comments letting me know what you think!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Blogger Style Sesh

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Blazer: Similar // Top: Karen Kane // Pants: Target // Bag: Gigi New York (Use Code: OLIAFS for Free Shipping over $150!) // Shoes: Guess (old) // Earrings: Target // Blazer: Similar Here


Today I have partnered up with Julia of Lemon Stripes for what I like to call a little Blogger Style Session. We both decided to purchase the same pair of these faux leather pants and style them two different ways. I styled her for one look and today she has styled me! She lives in NYC & me in San Diego and needless to say the two are very different when it comes to clothing styles. Not in a bad way -- just different! In So. Cal I feel like there is more of a laid back, beach-y feel & NYC more of a polished and professional look -- both very trendy yet very different. It was so fun to partner up with Julia and get to switch up each others styles and see how they mesh.  We got to chatting & both agreed on these pants -- we just loved them had two ideas of how to style them in mind. Her initial thought was me wearing these pants with a blazer since she said that was something she would have originally worn them with and my first thought was to pair them with an oversized sweater since that was what I would have done as a Cali native... so we thought, why not swap the styles?! We also thought it was a fun way to switch it up a bit from out typical looks and I totally think it worked! Here is a photo of her staying the same pair of pants as well which shows there are so many ways to style a key piece of clothing, just have to think a little outside the box sometimes... What do you guys think?

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