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Fashion Essential: Amopé Gel Activ™ Insoles

24 September 2016

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Amopé™. The opinions and text are all mine.
If there's one time of year where my feet need a little extra TLC it most definitely would have to be during September fashion week. Sure, February is brutal but comfortable boots more than make up for the hours spent standing in line, catching up with friends and trying to snap the perfect shot for Instagram. September, however, especially this year, tends to be a little more difficult when it comes to picking footwear. Naturally you want to wear your flashiest heels or try out new shoe trends but they're not always the most comfortable or practical, and you end up feeling miserable after an hour and half a dozen blisters. Thankfully this year I teamed up with Amopé Gel Activ™ Insoles and put them straight to the test with one of my highest, dare I say, most fabulous yet impractical heel in my closet: these glitter platforms. Usually I get about an hour or two of wear before throwing them to the wind in favor for something less rough on my feet. But this year, I was actually surprised that I didn't feel the urge to swap out my 5 inchers out for something flat.

The Amopé Gel Activ Extreme Heel insoles relieved the pressure and left my feet way less stressed than they have been in the past- and on a 90 degree day, at that. The built-in arch support kept me comfortable and feeling supported while hopping from one show to another and everywhere in between. The insoles stayed firmly in place, so I wasn't slipping around in my shoes. And the extra cushion at the ball of the foot and arch made for a comfy feel, almost like wearing my favorite pairs of sneakers but with way more glitter. Hello, fashion secret weapon.

The Amopé Gel Activ Insoles are super easy to use and only take about a minute to apply. Each insert is labeled with a L for left and R for right for easy application {make sure the shoe is clean and dry before applying}. You just have to make sure the raised area of the insole matches up to the natural arch of your foot. Don't worry, repositioning is easy. It took me an extra try to get it exact, but it was worth it. Holy moly. A pair of shoes with exactly no cushion or comfort, made bearable to walk in for a day, sans blisters and aches. The insoles should last about 6 months: when you start see some wear, just toss them and slip in a new pair. I snagged mine at Target for about $10 and plan on heading back to stock on up more in a week or so. Which happens to be when Amopé will let you try their Gel Activ Insoles and Inserts for free via mail in rebate. The offer kicks off with purchases made on the 25th of September through October 23rd, more details below.
Guys, you have to take advantage of this, because trust me, you need them in your life. Even your most comfortable heels will feel like heaven on your feet. Not a heels gal? Amopé Gel Activ is available in four varieties, Gel Activ Everyday Heels, Gel ActivExtreme Heel, Gel ActivFlat Shoes, and Gel Activ Open shoes.

Amopé Gel Activ Insoles are made with super concentrated gel, and are 25% thinner than other insoles, so they fit in even the most slender shoes without crowding toes. They are made of a sticky material and do not lose their tack, even if removed from one shoe and put in another. They have support that is tailored to the pressure points created by the different kinds of shoes women wear. So turn your heels into sneakers with Amopé Gel Activ Insoles!

Building up from the most comfortable gel insoles around, this look has all sorts of pops of color and retro vibes. I can't help but be totally obsessed with this floaty swing dress with the embellished platforms and mini bag. It's all in the details, all the way down to the invisible fashion secret, my insoles.

How many pairs of shoes do you own versus how many you actually wear? These insoles allow you to wear them ALL! #Amopé #ShoeLove
Get a free pair of Amope inserts or inslues valued up to $10 when you buy at Target and send in a mail in rebate, now until 10/23/16. Look in your local paper for the mail in rebate or download at wwww.amope.comGet a free pair of Amope inserts or inslues valued up to $10 when you buy at Target and send in a mail in rebate, now until 10/23/16. Look in your local paper for the mail in rebate or download at


Fall Beauty: Violet Eyes with Sally Beauty

22 September 2016

This post brought to you by Sally Beauty. The content and opinions expressed below are that of TfDiaries.
Now that it is officially Fall, it means it's time to up your beauty game for the new season. Hello rich, vibrant hues paired with over the knee boots and chunky layers. In honor of my favorite season of the year I'm teaming up with Sally Beauty to show off some of their amazing beauty finds, and for under $10. I'll let you in a on secret, Sally Beauty is pretty much my go to for all things hair, nails and makeup - it's never overcrowded, you can always find a great deal and the quality is definitely closer to salon than drugstore. For my 'seasonal upgrade', I decided to take advantage of their Red Violet selection and scooped up Palladio's Silk Fix Eyeshadow Palette in Femme Fatale and Real Colors Hydra Eyes Eyeliner in UltraViolet for the perfect pretty in purple look. One of my favorite things about the Palladio palette is the packaging comes with easy to follow steps for creating a quick and easy beauty look that looks like it took FOREVER, or at least like you put some serious effort into it. I skipped the palette's liner (though, it's really pretty) and opted for more of a color pop from the Hydra Eyes liner. Hello, purple fever. I finished the look with a few swipes of mascara to brighten and a lighter pink lipstick to let my eyes be the center of attention. Who else is ready for a seasonal beauty update?

Don't forget to check out the Fall Color Sale Under $10 and for all of your beauty needs. Find your closest store here, shop online or check out the Sally Beauty Instagram for more inspo. 

Get The Va-Va Violet Look

First, you want to use the all-over base color (the light pink) to create a canvas for the rest of the colors. 

Next, brush on a healthy amount of the lid color (the purple) and blend. Add the crease color (dark purple) and blend. Apply more as needed. 

Next, highlight (light purple) the in inner small of your eyes to brighten tired eyes. 

Apply liner and blend as needed. 

Finish with the mascara and lip of your choice. 

Voila! Now you're ready for Fall with a new beauty look in under 15 minutes and $10 a piece.

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Hair Essential: InfinitiPRO by Conair® Diamond Brilliance™ Smoothing Hot Brush

21 September 2016

As far as my hair routine goes I try not to spend a boatload of time on it. In some cases my naturally wavy hair works in my favor. But honestly, that’s only if I take the time and let it air dry after my shower with a ton of product. Which, in reality, isn’t really all that often because I LOVE to shower right before bed and sleep on it wet, turning it into a complete mess by morning. Well, unless I blow it out. But who really wants to do a full blowout at 9 or 10 at night? Not me, that’s for sure.

Thankfully, it looks like my hair problems may have been solved, Last week, while I was at the Conair Style Coalition Lounge at the Dream Downtown during Fashion Week, I was introduced to my hair’s new best friend, the InfinitiPRO by Conair® Diamond Brilliance™ Smoothing Hot Brush ($49.99 at Target). Basically it’s the most time-efficient and easiest way to straighten my hair without having to put the effort in with a blowdryer or straightener. I love that it  gives my hair a more naturally straight look as opposed to the fried, stick straight ends from using a straightener. If you can use a hairbrush, you can use this. The paddle brush design with nylon, silicone and ceramic-coated bristles glides through hair for faster styling, and enhanced manageability. Kiss frizz goodbye with the ion generator, which neutralizes static to remove frizz and add smoothness and shine. The brush has three settings, low, medium and high. Low worked perfectly on my color-treated, dry hair. Note: It has to be used on dry hair, making it the perfect contender for straightening out my morning-after curls.

Since the girls did my hair at the lounge last week I was a little apprehensive about taking the brush home and trying it on my own, without their skills or products. Turns out I had nothing to worry about and it was a lot easier than I initially thought. I like to believe I did a pretty good job, even on my first try. My bangs even favored the ease of the brush gliding through my hair, making them nearly perfect. Conair did it again and I have a feeling this beauty essential is coming with me EVERYWHERE for now on.

This post is sponsored by Conair. All opinions are my own.

Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte

20 September 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tazo® Tea for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
It's officially starting to feel like fall outside and I'm loving every single second of it. Most of you are already on the PSL bandwagon already but I think I have something far better courtesy of Tazo® Tea Pumpkin Spice Chai  (see my regular Tazo Chai Latte recipe here). It's aromatic, flavorful and unique blend makes it the perfect contender for a Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte. Hello, new fall favorite that can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere. Pour it into your favorite on-the-go cup for a stroll through the park, to perk up your midday workday blues, or shared over a croissant with your bestie. 

Tazo Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte

2 Tazo Pumpkin Chai Tea Bags

1/4 C Boiling Water

1/2 Tsp. Maple Syrup

3/4 C Milk 

1. Boil water and place TWO Tazo Pumpkin Spice Chai tea bags into mug of your choice. Fill mug with 1/4 cup of water. Add maple syrup and let steep. 

2. In a saucepan heat milk over low to medium heat for about 2-3 minutes. If you don't have a milk frother, whisk milk on medium until desired consistency is reached. For frother: Pour milk into frother and pump about 20 times. 

3. Remove tea bags and stir. Add milk and sprinkle with cinnamon. 

4. Enjoy. 

Head over to to check our more amazing blends like Passion®, Awake™ English Breakfast, and  Zen™. #sipjoyfully

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Fashion Week Essentials with Babbleboxx

15 September 2016

Sure Fashion Week is mostly about the clothes but let's not kid ourselves in thinking that is all there is. A huge part of it is the beauty. Whether we're talking hair and makeup to tie the look together before it heads down the runway, or the crazy detail-oriented nail art to add flashes of style to your street style game, it's all there, helping to make it glamorous.

While I tend to be a creature or habit with my makeup- the obligatory cat eye and a neutral lip- there's one thing that I'm constantly changing during the week of Fashion, and that's my hair and skincare routine. I'll be the first to tell you that my skin takes a beating during fashion week. It's usually dry and dehydrated, making it completely lackluster by the time Thursday finally rolls around to end the week. Suffice it to say that by that time, my skin is in desperate need of some TLC. I usually am all about a face mask, tons of re-hydrating and serums to give it a boost, but this season I got lucky and teamed up with Babbleboxx and scored some amazing goodies including but not limited to VICHY skincare products (Is any one super obsessed with VICHY? I've been a long time fan of the Aqualia Thermal cream, it's amazing to say the least).  

From the box, I'm favoring the Quenching Mineral Mask, because it's super hydrating and you don't have to wash it off. One less step and more sleep? Yes, please. The Double Glow Peel Face Mask  & Pore Purifying Clay Mask are also pretty excellent at minimizing pores, mattifying and brightening my skin. I've been rotating between the three all week.   
20% off + Free Shipping on any orders containing the Mineral Pore Purifying Clay Mask, Quenching Mineral Mask, or Double Glow Peel Face Mask. Must enter promotion code: BABBLE MASK at checkout. Offer valid through 11:59pm PST, 10/15/2016. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or gift sets

I also got a super stylish iphone case (iPhone 6 case) from one of the best, Otterbox. Known for their rugged protection of one of our most valuable pieces of personal technology, the gold, genuine Swarovski crystals embellishment were just the right amount of bling for this season's accessories game, and they actually match my shoes quite perfectly. Twinsies! The super slim, one piece design carries the OtterBox Certified Drop+ Protection seal, meaning the design has undergone a minimum of 24 tests over at least 238 testing hours, including a purse test. Something my clumsy hands are extremely thankful for.

OTTERBOXBABBLEBOXX (use this code at checkout for 20% off plus free domestic shipping, it is case sensitive) It is good until December 31, 2016.

As for hair care, the box contained Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Ginger Hydrocream Whip®, something my hair was in desperate need of, especially after a summer in the sun and a recent color touchup. The whip adds long-lasting, healthy looking volume and moisture without the 'crunchy' look that we dread from whipped products. It fights frizz, leaving hair looking soft and dare I say, touchable, throughout the day. Key ingredients like Awapuhi Wild Ginger and argan oil add moisture and shine to keep the hair looking vibrant even with the use of hair styling tools. I'd have to say it's an at-home blowout's dream (hair below).

Check out 2 How-To Runway Ready Looks for Sept/Oct 2016 at

Naturally no beauty routine is complete without a smooth leg, so, Tree Hut Bare Moisturizing Shave Oil was the perfect addition to round out my routine for the week. The Shave Oil pampers skin with essential oils like Jojoba Oil and Grape Seed Oil leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and ready to strut around in mini skirts for the week.

Last, but certainly not least, is the LumaBella Cool Mist Straightener. First off, I want to say that I'm not a hair straightener fan but actually loved how this glided through my hair and didn't leave it looking dry and 'fried' at the ends. The LumaBella Cool Mist hydration adds moisture to the hair prior to styling with heat. The added hydration allows you to use a lower heat setting, resulting in less damage and better results. Hello, less frizz and long lasting results.
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6 Easy Ways To Make A House A Home

14 September 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT. All opinions are 100% mine.
I might be the only one, but guys, I've been living under a rock. Renting furniture and rooms, for that matter is actually a thing and a very cool thing at that. Honestly, I feel like I've been missing out because after spending an afternoon on CORT Furniture Rental's site I want to ditch all of my current furniture in exchange for something new and fresh, and dare I say cheaper. Rent furniture? Yes please. I'm sure you already knew all of this already because I've only just gotten into decorating and actually purchasing furniture instead of getting hand-me-downs since we moved to New York a few years back. So I feel like it might be semi-understandable that I was completely in the dark about this fabulous service. I mean, it would have been ideal for our situation three years ago when we we're trying to figure out how to fill our tiny apartment, making huge mistakes with ill-fitting furniture in the process. Honestly, it's ideal for college apartments, military families or even just starting out in a new city trying to find your way. So, if any of the above apply, get yourself to and check out their selection, it's amazing. 

Let's be real, moving is one of the most stressful times in your life, so why wouldn't you want something to be flexible and there to make things easier on you? Why not, rent furniture? Which is why I'm teaming up with CORT to share 6 ways to make your new space your home. Sure, you have most of your furniture after moving in your space but that's only half the battle, there's a whole other part where you have to make it feel like "your home". 

For me, it's taken almost three years for us to look around and say "I love this apartment". This comes after years of us putting together furniture, taking it apart, selling it on craiglist and putting more furniture together for us to even come close to this place and I still feel like we're not completely done.  Homes are ever-evolving and I feel like the decorating process never really ends. Maybe that's just me, especially when I get a wave of creativity in me.  But there are 6 sure-fire ways to keep things updated and feeling like home in the process. 

First, there's the three very obvious ones (that my mother taught me years ago) and they are the three P's - Pictures, Plants and Pillows. First off, our apartment is filled with PLANTS, we have tiny planters strategically placed from ceiling to floor,  not only to offer a little color and texture but also for an extra boost of air purification. They help keep you healthy, are the perfect accent, and one of the easiest ways to make a house a home. Second, PICTURES, we all have tons of them why not hang them all throughout the house, from family portraits to pieces of art, no wall is complete without them. Last of three, PILLOWS. We love pillows, they instantly add texture, color to chairs, couches and beds. They're easily thrown on the floor for extra seating when you're just hanging around the coffee table with friends or watching a movie. Next, these are equally as simple as the first three, one being accessories and the other LIGHTING AND LIGHT FIXTURES. When we moved into our apartment our living room came with a very hideous silver-ish glass topped 'chandelier' fixture from the 80's. We found out later it had be storing water from the leaking roof, giving us the perfect opportunity to boot the fixture in hopes of something more fabulous. Well, it's taken a few pendant light mishaps but we finally found our fixture in the form of a sputnik inspired mid-century fixture in chrome (truth: we haven't installed it yet, hopefully this weekend!). It will completely change the feel of the room and replace the $10 plastic pendant lamp and amp up the design in one of our favorite rooms. Looking for an update from the current lighting situation? There are tons of options that are likely to fit your budget and aesthetic. Worried about changing out the fixture in a rental? Just put the other fixture in the closet or storage and switch it out before moving out, easy peesy OR grab a great accent or floor lamp to boost the style in the room.  

Accessories, we use them daily in our wardrobe so it would only be fitting that little accents here and there would help make the space 'yours'. I look for quirky and unique pieces to fit our bohemian and mid-century style, but honestly the sky is the limit with everyone's personal taste. I love gold/brassy pieces, colorful and printed rugs, and tiny little textured pieces to place on bookshelves and cabinets. I even bring my hats and necklaces out to add pops of texture and color to the walls when I feel like it's looking bare. Remember, it's like fashion, have fun with it.   And finally the last and maybe, most labor intensive way to make a house a home is PAINT. As much as I hate painting I love what it does to a room. A bucket of paint has the ability to completely change the look of a room and for me, that is magical. For instance, our bright living room was originally a muddy tan color and let me tell you, it did nothing for me except maybe piss me off. But after painting it a deep berry hue it made everything just POP. We've added more color, prints, and it has easily become our favorite room in the apartment. Obviously painting isn't for everyone, so a close second is temporary wall adhesives. They're a little tricky to apply but come with the same wow factor as a bucket of paint. Those are my favorite tips to making a house a home, what are yours?  Don't forget to keep CORT in mind for your next move, addition to your space, or even an event. Check them out, even if it is just for decor inspo. 

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