Wednesday, April 16, 2014

On the Red Carpet With The Top 12 of Voice Season 6

Yesterday I hit the red carpet with The Voice's Season 6 Top 12 contestants for some show insight, gossip on the judges, and musical aspirations!

While I got to talk to all of the contestants, except Team Blake's country star Josh due to time (which I was super sad about because he seems hilarious), unfortunately I didn't snap pictures of everyone. Here's a look at eight of the power-house singers in the Top 12 I did get photos of.

T.J. - Team Usher  |  Sisaundra - Team Blake
Audra - Team Blake  |  Bria - Team Usher
Dani - Team Shakira  |  Tess - Team Shakira
Kristen - Team Shakira  |  Josh - Team Usher

Every single person was extremely sweet and genuinely excited to be a part of The Voice. It's so refreshing to be around talent that has a real love for their craft! In addition to everyone professing their love for their coaches who really are invested in each contestant, a few common topics kept coming up: Adam smells amazing, the coaches are down to earth, meditation and staying calm before performances helps a lot, and if given the opportunity to perform with anyone, Stevie Wonder landed on the wish list more than once.

Since the very beginning Team Blake's Sisaundra has been a front runner to win it all. Her voice is unreal. Later that night I heard her sing live and I legit had goosebumps. It was so fun speaking with her. Check out the interview a fellow reporter and I conducted with her:

During the Top 12 concert hosted after the red carpet, each singer surprisingly sounded even more amazing than they do on TV! For awhile I thought they may be lip singing - they were all so perfect - so I intensely concentrating on their lips to see if anyone would slip up. I finally heard one or two contestants with very minor pitch issues (which probably only I heard since I was hoping for it) confirming that the were indeed belting out the songs. The level of talent is unreal! To be honest I was iffy on quite a few of the Top 12, partially since I'm bitter Jake from Team Adam is gone, but I have to give everyone credit - each contestant is worthy of winning Season 6.

Tune into the live performances next Monday and Tuesday at 8/7c on NBC. You finally get a say in who stays, so vote!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lia Sophia Jewelry Giveaway!

I want to introduce you to the darling designs of Lia Sophia jewelry! I recently attended my sorority's formal as an alum which required dressing up and it was the perfect opportunity to show off my beautiful pieces from the line. I'm wearing the Maiden Bracelet and Flamenco Earrings.

I'm obsessed! The versatility of the earrings and bracelet make them perfect for fancy affairs or adding a pretty pop to casual looks. I'm all about jewelry that you can wear again and again, for multiple occasions. And I'm also all about giveaways...BOTH of these glam pieces are up for grabs!

Giveaway open to US residents only, sorry! Contest ends next Tuesday, April 22. Good luck!

Be sure to check out Lia Sophia jewelry. With a wide range of designs featuring everything from trendy baubles to classic styles, there is a little something for everyone.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

DZ at Sea

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Newport Beach Sunset

As a Delta Zeta alum, every now and again I accompany Kathrin to formals (she's an advisor). This year when she mentioned it was on a boat in Newport Beach I was all in! I mean, a chance to take in a gorgeous sunset overlooking the ocean? Sold.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow, I have TWO giveaways! Also on JTG this week, a glitter champagne bottle tutorial + I'm hitting The Voice red carpet again and will have coverage of that. Stay tuned!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Areal Restaurant Santa Monica

Attention foodies: let me introduce you to your new, favorite LA-area restaurant - Areal!

Located near the beach on the trendy Main Street strip in Santa Monica, Areal is the perfect destination to gather for an exceptional meal. A few weeks ago I attended SoCal Blogger Society Spring Fling Brunch hosted at the restaurant and immediately fell in love. From house-made Belgian waffles, to eggs benadict with lox, to bacon and maple infused whiskey cocktails, every single thing I tasted was great. I knew I had to go back for more.

My next visit was for dinner, and once again I was beyond pleased. Before I even get to the food, I have to mention the service. Everyone is super friendly. Our server, Matthew, even remembered me and my guest from the brunch we had attended. That's really impressive!

To start, I had the tuna tartare. It was quite good and refreshing. The tuna was tasty and the avocado was a nice touch. I liked that this dish was light so I could still enjoy my dinner without filling up beforehand.

To drink, I selected the Saints Crossing which is made of gin, basil, cucumber, elderflower, lime, and creme de violette. You can probably guess from those ingredients that it is a crisp concoction. I love a good gin drink and was in cocktail heaven.

For my main course I decided on the gnocchi. Although listed as a starter, the portion is perfect for a meal, especially since these Italian dumplings are always on the heavier side. Areal's version of the dish features pancetta which adds a nice salty crunch. It was so good that I couldn't stop eating and ignored my stomach even though it was getting pretty full.

Despite the fact I was pleasantly stuffed from previous courses, I just couldn't pass on the creme brulee and macchiato. Such a good decision! The espresso was served traditionally, strong and delicious and complemented the sweet, decadent brulee which was cooked to perfection with a delightful contrast of smooth custard and hard caramel top.

In addition to serving a plethora of wonderful food and beverage choices, Areal's ambiance is quite cozy. Decorative lighting, lush landscape surrounding the establishment, and blankets at each patio table make for a comfortable setting. The crowd is a nice mix of young, hip patrons and charming older couples who seemed to be enjoying date nights. There's a little of something for everyone at Areal.


If you live in the Santa Monica area or are planning a trip to LA, be sure to add Areal to your must-try list. The combination of delicious food, great service, and inviting atmosphere make for a wonderful dining experience. I highly recommend this restaurant!

2820 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Parking is metered behind the restaurant in a lot and valet is also offered for $4 with validation.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Seeing Stripes

I'm unintentionally obsessed with stripes right now. Maybe because spring tends to lean toward a nautical vibe (speaking of, check out my cruise recap!), or maybe because Old Navy is on a striped kick. Either way, without even realizing the pattern, no pun intended, I picked up these three pieces from Old Navy recently.

Old Navy Stripes

Striped Crepe Blouses - $25   |   Linen-Blend Shorts - $19   |   Striped Jersey Tops - $17

You can't tell from the picture, but the first shirt is a really nice polyester that looks much more expensive than it is. It can easily been worn dresses up or down. The shorts are super comfy and trendy, added bonus. And the last top is really flattering. It's T-shirt material, but oversized so it isn't clingy. 

Of course since I bought these items, the first two only three days ago, they've gone on sale. The last top was originally $30! Get 'em while their cheap people!

Right now you can also get Super Cash on your purchases. Head over to Old Navy to get yo shop on!

I never posted last week, so here's a look at the outfit I wore to The Voice press line. I figured if I was going to get the chance to be up close and personal with the likes of Adam, Blake, Usher, Shakira, and Carson, I had to at least try to look as cool as them. Enter my favorite leather jacket and distressed jeans. And staying with the theme, the jeans and shirt are both from Old Navy!

jacket  |  jeans  |  top

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Puerto Rico: Rainforests and Forts

Rrrrrrrrrico! Pretend like I said that with a Spanish accent. The stop on my cruise that I wish I had more time to explore was PR for sure. It's so big and there is SO much to see that you really do need several days to fully explore the country. Since we were limited, we decided to explore the rainforest then check out the fort.

We got lucky visiting the El Yunque rainforest because it had rained hard the night before, making the waterfalls really beautiful, but that day it was only sprinkling so we didn't get too wet.

To give perspective of the massive trees, I snapped a picture of this huge leaf. Look at how big it is compared to my thumb!

After exploring the rainforest we headed back to Old San Juan for a drive around the city and a tour of the fort. I wish there'd been more time to walk around the city and eat local r but we had to skip that. Next time for sure!

Have you ever been to Puerto Rico? How long did you stay and what did you see? I'd love tips so if I ever do go back, I'll have a list of must-sees.

Be sure to check out my recaps of St. Thomas, The Bahamas, and Grand Turk!

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