Helping My Eyes Look Brighter and Whiter

This blog post is sponsored by Bausch + Lomb and I’m working with them in 2018.  All opinions remain my own
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They say the eyes are the window to the soul... so don’t you want your eyes to look brighter and clearer? I put the new LUMIFY™ redness reliever eye drops from the eye care experts at Bausch + Lomb to the test to see how well the product worked and I’m happy to call it my new secret weapon! One drop in each eye can help reduce redness for up to eight hours. One minute after using the eye drops, I was able to see a difference! I hadn’t noticed just how red my eyes can actually look until I saw how much brighter the whites of my eyes looked after using the drops. LUMIFY helps make my eyes look refreshed and helps reveal my eyes’ natural beauty. Keep reading to see and hear more of my product experience.

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I’ve been wearing contacts since 3rd grade. Yes, you heard me correctly, I was 9 years old! I was a responsible little girl with a hatred towards my glasses (my nearsighted prescription makes my eyes look small in glasses). I’ve also been searching for a product to help with red eyes for quite a while now. I feel that the redness takes away from the pretty green colors of my iris. Sometimes the redness is so bad it looks like I’ve recently been crying!

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To reduce red eyes, I used LUMIFY and I was both pleased and surprised at how well it worked. Since I wear contacts, I remove them first, put 1 drop per eye, and wait 10 minutes before putting the contacts back in my eyes. The results are absolutely noticeable— take a look for yourself in the photos below!

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LUMIFY was created from the eye care experts at Bausch + Lomb and is FDA-approved. I take comfort in knowing I can trust the product because it was developed by experts. The product is affordable and retails for $14.99 USD (2.5 mL bottle or 75 drops) – $25.99 USD (7.5 mL bottle or 225 drops) at major retailers and online. You can also purchase your own or learn more at It is easy to take on the go or store in your purse! Individual results may vary. Use as directed.

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LUMIFY is a trademark of Bausch & Lomb Incorporated or its affiliates.


What to Bring to New York Fashion Week Shows

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New York Fashion Week (NYFW) is upon us and I am oh so pumped! I will be in New York for the shows September 6 - September 11, so if you're heading there, be sure to let me know and we can meet up for lunch! This is my third year going and I am feeling more confident than ever. The first year Spencer and I went together and totally winged it; we had no idea what we were doing. I am no expert-- but I do feel like a veteran-- and I love to offer advice to any other bloggers heading to NYFW to give coverage! This time around, I want to tell you what you should bring to NYFW shows!

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Comfortable Clothing 
I cannot stress this enough: wear something that you feel confident in! NYC means a lot of walking, a lot of people, and a lot of summer heat. When you are on your way to shows, you are going to see a ton of street style photographers taking photos, and it is important you put forth your best self! Cotton fabric is my go-to during my time at New York Fashion week because I love the way it forms to my body, the breathability, and the durability. Cotton absorbs moisture, which is absolutely necessary in New York! You want your outfit to stand out in order to get attention of the street style photographers, but also make sure that you have confidence wearing your outfit too! The outfit is only half of it-- your assertiveness brings the other half! *cue Annie's "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" song*

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Backup Battery 
Let's be honest: you'll be on your phone a lot! From selfies, boomerangs with friends, behind the scenes backstage, and runway videos, your battery is going to need the extra boost. I have a phone case equipped with a battery pack that provides one full charge once my phone battery dies. My phone is newer and therefore stays charged for many hours. Still, I will most likely bring a charger with me in case both phone and battery pack die. NYFW requires long hours and you never know when you'll run out of charge!

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Tennis Shoes 
It's tempting to wear stilettos to the shows because you've seen the big-name influencers doing so... but don't! Most of them catch a ride right up to the entrance and don't have to walk very far on the New York sidewalks. If you absolutely feel that you must wear heels, wear your tennis until a block away, change into your heels, and throw the other shoes in a bag! Your feet will thank you.

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Business Cards 
Do you remember that time that I was told I could move forward a row at a show and ended up next to a popular magazine editor? Fashion blogger rule number 1: Always Be Prepared! You need to have your business cards ready to whip out of your adorable purse! You could be networking with potential partners, public relation experts, and other bloggers you can collaboration with. I always stress that blogging needs to be taken seriously, and nothing says "business savvy" like having professional contact cards.

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A Big Bag 
Let's go over some things you should carry with you: ID, debit card, comfy shoes, water bottle, phone charger/battery pack, possible change of clothes, mints-- honestly I could go on. Find a cute bag that also has functionality. A lot of the huge influencers carry tiny purses, but they also have assistants to carry the rest of their baggage while they head to shows. You need a bag.


I Used Ketchup on My Green Hair, Here's What Happened

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I put ketchup in my hair. Even now saying that out-loud sounds wildly insane. But I was desperate and I had done my research. About a week ago (right after I wrote this post) I used my blue toner for brunette/caramel colored hair. It is meant to help get rid of orange tones and make them look cooler. Unfortunately, I left the toner in too long and my hair ended up with a green tint. Here is what I did to fix my green hair!

New York Fashion Week Etiquitte

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 One thing is for sure: when it comes to New York Fashion Week, bloggers, journalists, stylists, and editors are at the mercy of the PR agencies running the shows. Due to the PR agents doing such a fabulous job, their hard work often goes unnoticed. If you have ever been to a NYFW show, you may have seen a ton of people dressed in all black. While their generosity and inconspicuous manner may seem unassuming, they are most likely the ones working their butts off to make sure the runways go off without a hitch. Here are some of my top tips to play for keeps and continue to be invited back to Fashion Week year after year.

Featured in Salt Lake Magazine + Giveaway

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SHOP THE LOOK: jacket | top | shorts (on sale) | boots

I am so excited to share that I was published (for the first time) in a magazine! Salt Lake Magazine reached out to my friend Violeta back in July and asked if she would be interested in getting some other bloggers together to do a photoshoot for the Fall edition of the mag. VioletaKristin and I text everyday, so it was a no-brainer that we would get together for the article titled "Under the Influence".