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September 19, 2017

Healthy and Simple Snack with Bellwether Farms


As you know my life is insanely busy and I am always on the go. It often takes its toll on my health and wellbeing because I have a risk of skipping meals and overeating next time I eat. Therefore I am always looking for food hacks and healthy snack alternatives. Recently I decided to go back to basics, and rediscovered my love for yogurt. But not just any yogurt - sheep yogurt from Bellwether Farms
It has the most nutritions whole milk, which has more protein, good fats, and vitamins and minerals than either cow or goat milk. It's also the most digestible, which makes a perfect snack! Instead of making recipes with it, I just enjoy it alone and it became such a favorite of mine. When I say I got back to basics, I went for it fully, so I go for the simplest flavors - plain or vanilla. It's perfect in between meetings, as a post workout snack or just as a little pre-dinner appetizer to enjoy while taking a neighborhood walk with a view.
I love that Bellwether Farms is a family-owned farm and creamery in Sonoma County, California. So not only I support small businesses, but also local farms. I also love the fact that the their full-fat sheep yogurt is probiotic and contains 12 live, active, beneficial cultures free of antibiotics and growth hormones. And lastly, during September Bellwether Farms is partnering with Whole Kids Foundation and donating $1 of every cup of yogurt sold to support schools and inspire families to improve children's nutrition. Get a discount for Bellwether Farms sheep yogurt at your local Whole Foods with the coupon provided on their site.

September 14, 2017

Perfect Lingerie: from Bedroom to a Girls' Night Out

This post is sponsored by b.tempt'd, but opinions are my own :)
If you follow me on Instagram you know that I am showcasing more roles in my life than just a blogger and influencer. I am also an entrepreneur, a self-made woman and hopefully an inspiring voice.
I believe that women shouldn't just show their pretty faces and impeccable taste, but celebrate and showcase how smart, sexy and confident they are. We live in a great age for women and I support female empowerment all the way. I am glad that my advertising partners celebrate it as well. Today's blog sponsor is the lovely b.tempt'd, which is a versatile, youthful and original line of lingerie products. It looks a-ma-zing! And feels even better! Soft, incredibly comfy and sexy textures with lots of lace and colors. It is the brand for young established women who love their bodies and treat them accordingly. Most importantly, some pieces can be worn as a layering piece or a stand alone garment for a night out, like my incredibly cute b.charming bandeau that I styled in a playful summer look pairing it with a cute mini skater skirt and a denim jacket :) I love that it's is thin and soft (feels like you have no clothes on!), but yet it's so supportive and cute!  Another bra that you'll see in the shoot is the grey b.charming front close t-shirt bra - it's obviously very supportive, plus there are no annoying hooks in the back - just a pretty lace texture all along! I just want to show more details of that bra every time I wear it.
And their panties! Don't even get me started! So soft and soooo beautiful! I am a lace underwear kind of girl, so b.tempt'd lace kiss bikini and b.enticing boyshorts are the winners for me! They both are such different styles, but yet the same feeling of comfort and pleasure! Love every single piece! 
I am sure b.tempt'd will be in every girl's lingerie wardrobe in no time. And by the way, if you are a male follower, you know what to get to your lady as a gift! You are welcome ;)

September 7, 2017

The Ultimate Margarita Recipe



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I am not a big drinker, but when it comes to hosting a girls get-together in the summer time - Margarita is my favorite cocktail of choice. Whether it's frozen or on the rocks, from delicious variants like strawberry to chipotle and more... It's actually the #1 cocktail in the US, with 70% of them made from scratch at home...who knew? :) Today I am going to share with you the one secret ingredient that turns ordinary margarita into a an extraordinary one - Agavero Orange. It's a tequila based liquor (delicious on its own too!) that is the perfect addition to any margarita recipe. It's Gran Centenario tequila's perfect match, and it's your dance partner, party pleaser and top-secret ingredient ;)
My ultimate margarita recipe is ironically very simple. I am not a big cook, neither I am a great mixologist. I prefer to eat simply and mix accordingly. Here is my ultimate recipe for the simplest and delicious margarita:
- 1 part  Gran Centenario Tequila
- 1 part Agavero Orange Liqueur
- 1 part lime juice
Shake and pour over ice! Serve with salty rim and enjoy ;)
And what are your favorite margarita flavors?

August 25, 2017

Back to Athleisure

Athleisure style is huge trend these days and I couldn't be happier. What can be better than the look you can take from gym to brunch to strolling around town. I love this look that I created with VIP.com latest collection. Their site is amazing for finding great limited deals and discounts. The items are super adorable (as you can see), shipping is easy, and the selection is always changing. The top that I am wearing here has the cutest print I have seen, and the leggings are a classic staple piece. You can use code Diane724 for $5 OFF on orders over $50 at vip.com. 

August 23, 2017

Wipe the night away with these affordable products

I don't change up my beauty routine too much, because if I find products that work, it's hard to convince me that there is something better out there. But every once in a while I explore new products out of necessity, like having to stay overnight at a friend's house because it's too long of a drive back home (LA problems!). On one of those nights I was forced to go to a local Walmart and find myself a whole new beauty routine at an affordable price as I only needed it for one night originally. After exploring countless options, I got myself 4 products that are now my favorites long after I needed them for one time use. Not only they are effective, they are also extremely affordable and they all smell delicious! Here are 4 top products that I hand picked from the shelves of Walmart:
1) For the glowing skin, I recommend to exfoliate 3x a week with St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub - love the smell and the texture!
2) Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes are a skin savior wherever the day takes you, they are easy to use and super effective!
3) Start the day fresh with Noxzema Classic Clean Original Deep Cleansing Cream - love the eucalyptus smell!
4) For night time moisturizing I recommend PONDS Dry Skin Cream to lock in moisture for those who suffer from occasional dry skin.
All of these products are available at your local Walmart with great saving deals. SHOP HERE!

July 25, 2017

5 reasons why I love living in Venice

This post is sponsored by ForRent.com but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
As you know, I made a big move last year (within LA area) - from a perfectly clean and safe Beverly Hills to a diverse and vibrant Venice Beach. As a former luxury freak, I thought I wouldn't like Venice (or anywhere outside Beverly Hills), but it turned out that not only the area and the beach culture grew on me, but it also taught me so much about myself and opened up my mind in ways that I never imagined. As a creative constantly looking to get inspired, I can't imagine any other place to live that will give me so much satisfaction. So here are the best things about living in Los Angeles, particularly in Venice.

1) The weather. The weather in LA is perfect for long term living. Not too cold in the winter, warm summers (with chilly nights so that you are not too hot) with perfectly blue skies without a single cloud on them.  

July 7, 2017

Back to Classy

As you know my style got more casual chic, and deviated from my classy vibe, and I am very happy with an organic transition. But every once in a while, I love going back to my "classy" looks, especially since classy doesn't have to be expensive thanks to my friends at vipme.com site. All details below:

June 29, 2017

Great Summer Snacks with My/Mo

This post is sponsored by My/Mo but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
You guys know that I am obsessed with food hacks and latest treats and inventions in the food space. So here is another discovery of mine - My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream. It's definitely something. A combination of deliciously chewy mochi dough with mouthwatering melty ice cream in just the right amount. At only 110 cal per serving it's a perfect snack or an addition to ANY meal this summer. Seriously! I already tried My/Mo Mochi Ice Creams with every meal and at any occasion. Weather it's after a tennis game, a snack while chilling by the pool or mid-afternoon bite, it's my perfect companion this summer. Love all their flavors. They are so fun and instagram-friendly: ripe strawberry, sweet mango and cookies and cream. Try it, and you won't regret it ;) I found mine at my local Pavillions, find your nearest location for these delicious snacks HERE.

June 16, 2017

Meet a Celebrity at Barnes & Noble + GIVEAWAY!

This post is sponsored by Barnes & Noble, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
We are so "digitized" these days that we forget how fun it is to go to actual book stores. I remember years ago, when I just moved to LA, my local Barnes & Noble book store used to be my favorite place to hang out. They have great atmosphere, good background music, coffee and books available for purchase and/or reading there - what else do you need for a perfect afternoon?
And I didn't realize that it's also a great place to meet other interesting people, including celebrities too! Barnes & Noble host more than 100 000 events per year, bringing major authors, actors, musicians and other influential figures to their stores across the country. All you have to do is buy their book, and you can talk face to face with Cameron Diaz, Kim Kardashian, Bruce Springsteen etc. Check out your local Barnes & Noble store locator and their events and find out where to meet Kevin Hart, Eddie Izzard, Bethany Mota, Sherman Alexie and Don Winslow in June alone! Meeting celebrities is easier than you think these days! 
Also, super exciting giveaway! You can win a $20 Barnes & Noble gift card, just visit the Barnes & Noble store locator and comment which author/event you are most excited to attend! Don't forget to leave your email so that I can contact you!

June 2, 2017

Transition Easy with tasc Performance

This post is sponsored by tasc Performance but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
I love the fact that fitness clothing is becoming more fashion friendly, and we can easily transition outfits from yoga to working out to hanging with friends these days. And tasc Performance is taking it to a whole other level with their innovative and comfortable performance lifestyle clothing, and they start with their fabrics! Their fabric blends are sustainable, chemical-free and derived from the highest quality natural sources, including bamboo, merino wool and organic cotton. When I wore this outfit I didn't want to take it off! I started the day with a light workout at the park, and transitioned it to a chill brunch + a beach bike ride with friends. tasc fabrics deliver the luxuriously soft feel paired with natural moisture-wicking, UPF 50+ sun protection and odor resistance without sacrificing style. They have the cutest styles and colors! Check out their performance wear HERE. AND USE A 20% OFF code experiencebamboo

May 31, 2017

Discover Your Unique Personality Type with Good&Co

This post is sponsored by Good&Co but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
We are fortunate to live in a time, when information is so easily accessible, innovation and individuality are encouraged, and growth and progress are the definition of success. We can also learn about ourselves much faster with the help of personality quizzes and tests, and therefore choose a better fitting career path. My new favorite way to learn more about myself is the Good&Co app. It's a self discovery app that uncovers your personality type through a set of fun quizzes. It helps you discover your strengths and weaknesses, find a career you love, learn how to succeed in it, explore your work style and how to become a better leader. Not bad for a simple app, right?
I took the first test to get my custom Strengths Card, which showed (or rather confirmed) that I am a strategist, a go getter and a visionary, and also confirmed just once again that I have a creative personality (along with other traits like discoverer, innovator etc). It's pretty fun to discover your unique personality traits, and to find a new or adjust your existing career in case the one you have no longer fits your personality. As for me, I am sticking with the same path as it still fits me perfectly - creating great content, negotiating on my own behalf and having my own schedule :)
Download the app and take the first Good&Co quiz yourself. Unlock the Strength card, discover in-depth insights into your work style and your compatibility with others and companies!

May 9, 2017

Protection without Distractions with U by Kotex Fitness

This post is sponsored by U by Kotex Fitness, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Summer is around the corner and we are all trying to get our bodies ready for those bikinis and hit the gym as much as we can. I initially went back to my regular workouts to get in better shape for the summer, but now I do it more for mental reasons. Regular exercise supports my energy levels and my sleep patterns and elevates my mood. So many perks! 
But we all know how easy it is to break the pattern and slide out of the routine. When I have a long break from the gym, I drag going back and end up not going for weeks or sometimes months. And for us, ladies, it's especially hard to stay on track when that time of the month comes along. All we want to do is stay home and do nothing, even though we know that exercise will actually help us feel better. Well...gone are those sad days, because U by Kotex Fitness is a new product line designed specifically for that time. They have a whole line of products such as pads, liners and tampons, that are shaped to fit and flex with your body, and uniquely created for exercise. Designed specifically for bodies in motion, each U by Kotex Fitness product offers you comfortable protection that stays in place - so you don't have to! I love that U by Kotex Fitness products support my decision to be my period boss. Learn more about U by Kotex Fitness here.

March 29, 2017

Life Hacks: How To Indulge Mindfully with VitaTops

This post is sponsored by VitaTops, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
My life has always been an "organized mess", as I call it; and you guys know about it. I don't shy away from stating the reality of my behind-the-scenes, which is sometimes full of events and meetings, sometimes full of boring and unproductive errands, and always full of emotional highs and lows. It's a mess, but a mess that I learned how to survive and thrive in. With such a hectic lifestyle, I rarely have time to cook, and, even if I did, I am just not a big fan of cooking. Therefore, I always try to find different products that can make a healthy, delicious and fast meal or snack on the go. I love sharing them with you guys, so here is another discovery of mine - VitaTops MuffinTops!

March 24, 2017

Join Me At KAABOO Del Mar

This post is sponsored by KAABOO Del Mar, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
If you have been following me for a while, then you probably know that I am all about experiencing life and getting out of your comfort zone. That is why this year I am challenging myself to a new experience. I am going to be attending a music festival for the first time. In the past I avoided such events, but there is always first time for everything. Especially if you find a more comfortable and quality experience that is not just another music festival ;) So here it is! After careful research, and due to the line up being just recently released yesterday, my festival of choice is KAABOO Del Mar. It's a live music festival and cultural experience in beautiful Del Mar, San Diego happening this September 15th-17th at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. I was just in that area last weekend, and instantly fell in love with the area. So pumped to go back there in September!

February 28, 2017

My Favorite Pieces from Uniqlo’s Spring Collection

This post is sponsored by Uniqlo USA, but my love for their modern apparel is my own.
Spring is around the corner, and it's time to switch our wardrobes and get out of our coats and sweaters into a more breezy stylish wear. This time I am partnering with Uniqlo to showcase their apparel that comes from their Japanese values of simplicity, quality, and longevity. I love the how I was able to find amazing elegant pieces for a great price, and the quality is just superb. Their spring collection is incredible, and being a classy girl who was tired of casual winter wear, I went for their women's drape long jacket with matching jogger pants in a beautiful brown color, that is a perfect shade for this spring. The material is resistant for wrinkling, and shapes the body perfectly. As elegant as the outfit looks in heels, I absolutely love the way it looks with my fashion sneakers, creating a perfect balance of casual and classy. Check out Uniqlo's spring collection HERE.

January 27, 2017

Health and Wellness in the New Year with Olly

This post is sponsored by OLLY, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Last year was a very challenging year, and it is taking it's toll on me these days. Not only you guys are seeing that my creativity and overall drive has declined significantly this month, but I also hit my lows with depression and anxiety. But it's life, things happen and we learn how to get back on our feet. I am now actively trying to get back to my normal routine and get my health back on track. 
Regular sleep is obviously important, just as much as workouts and fresh air. But there is one thing we don't nearly get as much of these days, and it's probiotics. They support our immune system and digestive health as well as overall health and wellness. They also support regularity or relieve occasional constipation. Thanks to OLLY Quick Melt probiotic sticks I can immediately jump start my wellness journey. OLLY created this delicious, multi-tasking blend of good bacteria to help support digestive health and overall wellness. OLLY packed 10 billion live cultures from four scientifically studied strains into everyday single-serving stick. Perfectly portable and totally tasty, OLLY probiotic sticks make it east to be good to your gut wherever you are. That's what I start my wellness journey with!
Try a free sample of OLLY Quick Melt Probiotic Sticks HERE, while supplies last. Plus you'll learn how to save 20% on your next online OLLY purchase. 

January 12, 2017

Augustine Prague: A Luxury Collection Hotel

Last year was full of travel experiences for me. I stayed in lots of lovely hotels, from big chains to boutique ones, and one of my favorites and freshest in my memory is Hotel Augustine in Prague. It was my first time visiting Czech Republic, and the hotel was a perfect choice. It is centrally located in a quiet neighborhood walking distance to city's sights like Charles Bridge and Prague Castle, and, most importantly, it has the most fascinating history. 
The hotel's suites feature amazing views of Prague castle, the monastery or garden courtyards. But the most impressive room is the 360-degree-view Tower Suite, a three-story penthouse that once served as the monastery's observatory. You can see the whole Prague from there!

January 9, 2017

Home Favorites

A lot of you know that I moved last September. I left my beloved Beverly Hills, where I lived for almost 5 years, for vibrant Venice Beach - a completely different area in Los Angeles located next to the Pacific Ocean. It took me a long time to make that decision, but once I made it, I wanted to move fast, as we all know that moving is one of the most stressful experiences in life. I found a lovely modern apartment, where I am temporarily living, while getting familiar with the area and prepping for a more permanent settlement here. The new place has a beachy Venice-appropriate vibe as opposed to my classy black-and-white Beverly Hills pad. Naturally, I didn't want to bring my favorite pieces from the old apartment, but I also didn't want to get rid of them. Putting things in storage felt like a perfect solution, but I didn't want the hassle of actually arranging a delivery and going to the storage unit myself. Luckily I found the wonderful company Make Space, that takes care of all the storage problems for me. Their team came over at a designated time, picked everything up (and packed it!), and also provided me with their free stylish storage bins. I didn't have to lift a finger! Any time I want any or ALL of my items back, I can simply order them online (I can see everything I am storing with them on my account online!) and their wonderful team will bring it all back to me.  And all of this for a very affordable price! It's a super easy and convenient way of approaching storage nowadays. Gone are the day of self storage, and I couldn't be happier about it.
The apartment where I am currently staying, came in furnished, and while I didn't want to refurnish it as I really like the design, I needed to add several details to make my temporary place feel like home.  You see glimpses and pieces of it on my social media, but here are just a few of my favorite additions to my current home.
My bed is super important to me, so the first thing I did was upgrade my bedding to a luxurious Brooklinen collection.