Our Morning Routines

I love to hear about the details of everyone’s life right as they wake up. I recently met Forbes writer Samantha Ettus and loved reading her article ‘The Morning Routines of 12 Women Leaders‘. No two people have the same routine. Although we are twins Britt and I have different routines that work for us. We each have different nuances but generally follow the same timeline.

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Brooke’s Morning Routine:

6:07 – I-phone alarm goes off. (Unless it is Friday, when I go to the gym at 5:45 opposed to my usual evening visit so that I can be free for date night.) I press snooze once while I check email and texts that come in overnight.

6: 15 – Wake up. Tip toe out of the room without waking the snoozing teddy bear (husband) next to me.

6: 20 – Put in Visine drops, wash my face and moisturize, apply base layer of makeup: foundation, eyeliner, brows. Straighten, curl, pouf, spray hair. When you work in TV multiple layers of makeup is necessary!

6:50 – Put on outfit for the day. Always laid out the night before if I expect myself to make it to work on time. If I am really desperate I will wear one of the 5 outfits I keep in the office for back-up. Put on warm cozy boots for trip to work while carrying stilettos to wear during the show. Choose a perfume to wear, right now I am rotating between Burberry Britt and Viva la Juicy.

6:55 – Mix together a quick yogurt parfait with berries and granola to go.

6:57 – Kiss husband goodbye.

7:10 – Carpool! Britt and I usually try to ride with each other if our schedules allow.

7:25 – Arrive to work. We are usually the first
ones in our building. Unlock the door, turn on the lights.

7:45 – Finish makeup and hair at the lit mirror in our office.

8:00 – Write and plan final details of the show with our show’s producer and editor. Talk to our floor crew and director about plans for the show. Answer emails.

9:00 – Talk with guests about their upcoming segment on the show (usually 5-10 per day), do mic checks, get on-set and get iPad set up with scripts.

9:15 – Pop in an Altoid mint, offer them to others :)

9:30 – Taping of The PLACE begins

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Britt’s Morning Routine

6:15 – Calm sounding alarm goes off and I immediately get out of bed. I never hit snooze because I like to sleep until the absolute last moment.

6:20 – Wash my face and put on basic makeup. Like Brooke, I do a lot of final touches once I’m at work.

6:30 – Do my hair. I never shower in the morning because I hate blow drying my hair. Instead, I shower at night, loosely blow dry and sleep on it.

6:45 – Get dressed. I am known to wear ridiculous clothing and look somewhat homeless on the ride to work. I always bring a show outfit with me, but many times my only concern in getting dressed is what will keep me warm for the next two hours.

6:55 – Put together a healthy breakfast. My New Year’s Resolution is to not eat cereal every morning. I love it, but it never keeps me full. I am eating a lot of toast with peanut butter & banana, protein smoothies and yogurt parfaits.

7:10 – Carpool. It’s actually really fun to ride to work with Brooke. We get to chat a little bit about our personal lives before we have to focus on work. We also try to listen to either a scripture or an inspirational talk during our 20 minute commute.

7:25 – Arrive to work. I try not to open my email until I arrive to work. Otherwise, I am already anxious and somewhat stressed before I even sit down to start my day.

9:00 – Make sure I look decent and go chat with guests and The PLACE team to make sure we are ready for the show.

9:30 – Begin taping

At this point in time we are grateful for normal schedules that allow us to spend time with family and get a good amount of sleep because that hasn’t always been the case in our TV careers. We would love to hear your tips and tricks for making your morning successful.

We bought a house!

new houseSam and I just bought our first home together. No one tells you that you literally go through every emotion when going through the home buying process: excitement, fear, dread, regret, happiness, fear, excitement and on and on and on. We are finally moved in and are so content to finally be living in the home. I have to say, the two things I am most pleased with are the garage and no longer having to share a bathroom with my husband! I was telling Sam that I know I shouldn’t base my happiness on material things, but having more space has definitely put a pep in my step. I can’t wait to make it our own and decorate, but I seriously need your help! I am the type of person who loves a lot of different styles, but really has a very difficult time picking just one. I want our home to be comfortable and inviting, but also classic and structured. I know, I’m a mess, huh? Well, our most daunting project is decorating the living room, which currently houses one teeny side table. I need advice on everything: paint color, couches, coffee table, etc.  Here are a couple things I love, but please send me your favorite places to shop for furniture!home ideas

(Is it that obvious that I’m obsessed with blue and gray?)

Photo sources from L to R: Joss & Main here, Target,   Studio McGee , couch, Rug, pillows, chair, living room

It also helps when you have adorable neighbors that drop off a basket of cookies that are shaped like little houses. We love our neighborhood and feel so lucky to be there!

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5 Best Beauty Finds of 2015

 

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As you know, we love trying all the latest and greatest products when it comes to beauty. This is called “Twin Tested” after all. This year we have been pleasantly surprised by a few products. Here is a list of our top 5 favorite finds:

1. Ulta Contouring Powder Kit: We jumped on the contouring band wagon this year and there is no turning back now. This kit is super affordable from Ulta Beauty and comes with a guide that makes the application fail proof.

2. NAKED Eye Palette: Matte, matte, matte! We will never go back to using anything other than this eye palette.

3. Unite Expanda Volume Root Booster: Our genius, hair painter Aubrey gave us this product. It has now become a necessity every single day. It works as a dry shampoo/root booster/hairspray all in one. AMAZING.

4. Eyelash Extensions: What a blessing! We found a new friend that is able to keep our lashes on point while at the same time acting as our therapist. Score! No, but really we are so thankful for the time these save us every single day.

5. Red Carpet Manicure: We have said it once and we will say it again. If you are looking to save money in 2016 – do your nails at home! We love this kit and our nails look great for 2+ weeks at a time.

Hope this list helps!

xo

 

Wishing you a Merry Christmas

We love this time of year. Here in Utah we are enjoying a white Christmas and time off from work. We have been able to meet so many wonderful people this past year and are truly grateful for all of the experiences we’ve been able to have. It’s been a year full of exciting changes and new adventures. Thank you so much for following along. We are so lucky to have wonderful people in our lives who love and support us.  We have to say a huge thank you to the two boys that put up a whole lot from us. Our husbands trudge out into the middle of snowy fields, carrying mistletoe and wreaths and take photos with us. They are constantly confused as to how this whole “blogging” thing works, but they are so supportive and sweet anyway. We hope you all have a fabulous holiday season! Merry Christmas! Time to go sip some hot cocoa in front of the fire and relax with family. DSC_0018 DSC_0038

 

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 Both of our dresses are from Shabby Apple. You can find them here.

 

Forever 21 Treasures: 5 dresses for under $30

I realize I am 27 and am supposed to be totally over shopping at Forever 21, but that store just sucks me in every time! I should be embarrassed and tell you that I only buy designer, but that would be a big, fat lie! I stay away for a while and then I find something absolutely amazing and wonder how I don’t go there weekly! I recently ordered a bunch of clothing online and found some incredible things, so I thought I would share. The key is definitely shopping online. They have a much bigger selection on their website and you don’t have to dig through piles of crappy clothes to find things you like. So, here are the things you need to buy right now:

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Layered Cutout Midi Dress $19.90

I totally realize this dress has cutouts and I am not into showing my bare love handles, so a little backstory: I wear a black wide elastic band on my waist to hold my microphone at work everyday. So, when I tried this one on, my elastic perfectly filled the cutout holes and voila! a work appropriate dress that fits like a glove.

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Metallic-Flecked Bodycon Dress $24.90

Do not let the word BODYCON scare you away on this one! It is very forgiving, especially in the tummy area which I LOVE because it means I don’t have to suck in all day long. It’s a nice thick fabric and perfect for the holidays.

F21 D-Ring Belt Dress

D-Ring Belt Dress $27.90

This one looks like it should cost at least $100 when you see it in person. The fabric is high quality and the fit is super flattering. I love the way the belt cinches in at the waist and it’s LONG! Like over the knee, no problem long. That is a win in this tall girl’s book. It definitely shows off some cleavage, so I just wear a little tank underneath.

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Mockneck Bodycon Dress $27.90

I’m all about that mockneck this year. I honestly don’t know why it’s taken 30 years for it to come back in style. I think it’s really pretty and feminine. This dress is what you think of with Bodycon, so order at least one size up or it will be snug. I love this pretty green color and think it would be flattering on every skin color. This one is a web exclusive.

F21 Dolphin Hem

Dolphin Hem Sweatshirt Dress $24.90

Saturdays. Leggings. Boots. That’s all you need for this dress. Comfy and cute all at the same time! Love the cute rounded dolphin hem.

Happy Shopping! Send over any treasures you find because you know I’ll love them.

Our Top 5 Favorite TV Shows

We love TV. Which we should, since we host a TV show together. Over the years, we have realized how much hard work goes into having a great show. On each show, there is a huge team behind the scenes that works hard to make something great. That includes producers, directors, editors and assistants. We also have to pick our favorites carefully, because after being surrounded by TV all day there are only so many things we like to watch. So, we scanned our DVR’s and Netflix accounts and came up with a good old list for ya.
1. Fixer Upper: Joanna Gaines is a perfect human and everyone loves Chip. This husband/wife duo makes you smile and laugh at least 10 times per episode. Two things we’ve learned from Fixer Upper: shiplap is the answer to everything and homes in Texas cost around 50 bucks. We haven’t wanted to live on a farm this bad since we read Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by The Pioneer Woman. The Gaines have more than 60 animals on their farm and four cutie pie kids. The couple does not own a TV (gasp!) but are great at responding to tweets from obsessed fans (us).
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2. Modern Family: yes it’s been on the air for 7 seasons and yes it is still hilarious! Our top three episodes are as follows: 1-Family trip to Disneyland 2- Cam’s juice cleanse 3- Las Vegas
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3. KLG & Hoda: we love these two because they are just basically your crazy drunk aunts you get to see every morning! Honestly though, they do a great job making a really fun lifestyle show! One of Kathie Lee’s first jobs was as a singer on the show “Name That Tune”, while Hoda’s first job out of college was as a news assistant for CBS. Ya gotta start somewhere!
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4. Shark Tank: we don’t necessarily want to say we love it, but we sorta do. Robert and Barbara are our favorites, but Mr. Wonderful and Mark keep the show entertaining. According to TV Guide, Mr.Wonderful makes $30,000/episode!
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5. Old Home Love: this cute Utah couple just launched their show this Fall. We are so excited for them and their success. They love old homes and restoring them to their original beauty. The show is addicting and a great one to keep on your DVR.
old home loveWhat are we missing? Don’t say The Walking Dead because we are big babies that are most definitely scared of zombies.

Girl’s Gift Guide

We pride ourselves on providing a realistic and fun gift guide each year. These are all products that we have personally used and LOVE.

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1. For your white elephant party: Lip Freak Buzzing Balm. This is not your mom’s lip venom. This innocent looking chapstick makes your lips feel like they are VIBRATING for up to 30 minutes. Perfect for a white elephant or to give to your one and only :)

2. For the fitness junkie: RowX class at XCEL Fitness. They just launched a new rowing class. We love that it is something different that we would definitely not do on our own for 60 minutes. It is a mixture of interval training and boot camp style energy bursts. (Plus, Kate Middleton is a rower and who doesn’t want to have her arms?)

3. For the active wear queen: Albion Pace-setter leggings Hands down the most comfortable pants you will ever put on. They can also pass as cute pants when you layer them up with boots and a sweater.

4. For the friend/acquaintance that is hard to shop for: LORAC lip gloss. It will last forever and is super high quality. Much better than your Bonne Bell lipsmacker’s in 5th grade.

5. For the beauty guru: Naked Eye Palette. It looks good on every skin tone and is used by every professional makeup artist we know. We use ours every.single.day!

6. For your mom: Ulta Beauty Chi Hair Flat Iron. Our mom has finally been converted to the world of Chi! And yes, we did get her the “glitz and glam” version because it is more fun. Chi flat irons last for years and our hands down our favorite.

7. For your neighbor: Dark Chocolate Covered Candy Cane Jo Jo’s. Trader Joe’s. Everyone’s favorite treat. Go early, they sell out every year.

8. Reality TV junkie: Kardashian Beauty Au Naturale Lip Set. If your friend is after the ultimate nude Kardashian lip then this is the set for them. The sisters themselves created it from their famous look. Yes, we’ve used it and we hate to say it but we like it.

9. For yourself: Deer jewelry holder. Cuter than cute and only $10! Our friend Kristin is selling it at her new shop called Glass House in SLC.

Hope you are all having a fabulous holiday season!

 

Eyebrows: Before & After

We are strong believers in the power of the brow. Cheleste is one of those people you meet who is so warm and bubbly you just cannot help but love her. Plus she has amazing brows. She has been doing brows for 10 years and gets you in and out fast. What we love about Lunch Box is that they tint AND wax. Doing the two together creates a really nice finished look! If you’re not familiar with eyebrow tinting, it is basically just dyeing you eyebrow hairs. It is semi permanent and lasts about 6 weeks. A few brave souls are opting for permanent makeup on their brows, we are not quite ready to commit to such a permanent look (or large bill) so waxing and tinting it is!

A few things to know before getting your brows done:

- Let them grow out for at least 2 weeks before going in

- Be clear about the color and shape you want for your brows before the process gets started

- Don’t worry about it being painful, it is over in seconds!

Here are some before and after pics so that you can see the difference that it makes!

**sidenote** We also got our nostrils waxed, don’t ask questions just try it ;)

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10 Things to do in Chicago

Sam and I went on a quick little trip to Chicago a few weeks back and it has taken me that long to narrow down my top favorite activities and restaurants. We went to visit friends and family and were so pleasantly surprised by what a beautiful city Chicago is! We only had three and a half days in the city, so we really tried to make the most of it and fit a lot in.

Chicago Art Institute10. The Art Institute of Chicago: this was probably my favorite thing we did the entire trip. I love art museums and this one is chock full of beautiful art. Not only that, but it reminds me of one of my favorite movies “The Vow”, when they get married in the museum! $25 for adults. Click here for more information.

chicago pequods NEW9. Deep Dish Pizza: totally and completely worth all of the hype. Collin and Ben took us to their favorite neighborhood spot Pequod’s and I have been craving it ever since! I liked this kind because it didn’t have a 3 inch layer of sauce on top of the pizza and the crust caramelized into cheesy deliciousness. We got one pizza for four people and were stuffed! You can look at the menu here. 

Chicago Boat Tour8. Architecture Boat Tour: it’s everyone’s favorite for a reason. You get to see the city from a completely different angle, along with getting a healthy dose of history. We also had a hilarious tour guide, which always makes it more fun. We went during the day, but I’ve heard it’s magical at night. $40 Click here for more info.

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7. Eataly: basically food heaven. It’s like a huge Italian grocery store with little restaurants throughout. Most importantly, they had a pasta only restaurant that was fantastic, along with a gelateria and crepe shop. Yes, I did try all three :) You can get more information here.

Chicago Little Goat NEW6. Little Goat Diner: we flew in super late, but our friend Nate took us straight here for a little snack and we were so happy he did. We got chicken and waffles, the best nachos ever, and a delicious chocolate covered ice cream sundae. That’s how we do “snacks” around here! You can look at the menu here. 

Chicago John Hancock5. John Hancock Building – bar level: not sure what a secret this is anymore, but instead of paying for the viewing level, go to the bar and order some drinks and dessert while enjoying an amazing view of the city. The funniest part is that the best view in the building is in the women’s restroom and yes I did ask a stranger to take a photo of me in there.

Chicago Baseball4. Baseball game: Sam loved this. Chicago is a baseball city, so it was a lot of fun to just go and see what that is like.

Chicago Wild Berry3. Millenium Park: this is a must and it’s totally crowded with tourists, but it’s fun! After you take a little walk, make sure to stop for breakfast at Wildberry. It was one of the best breakfasts we’ve ever had. Thanks to our friends Nate & Allie’s advice we ordered a skillet, wild berry pancakes and cinnamon roll french toast and then died of happiness. Click here to look at the menu.

UP_Club_Interior_0012. Second City: this is where Tina Fey and Amy Poehler learned how to do comedy. Do I need to continue? We laughed SO hard throughout the entire show. You feel like you are watching the next big thing in comedy, well because you actually are. Prices vary, you can get information on upcoming performances here. 

Chicago Donuts1. Wicker Park: such a fun up and coming, sort of hipster neighborhood that is perfect for walking through. We started with Stan’s donuts (I had a chocolate frosting covered nutella filled piece of heaven, honestly the best donut I’ve ever had). Then walked through some fun boutiques and shops, they even have a little farmer’s market at the park on the weekend. We ended with some delicious mexican food at Blue Star.

Huge thanks to Nate, Collin and Ben for being our tour guides around the city! We had so much fun with you and can’t wait to come back.

What we wear to work

Thanks to our jobs on Fox 13′s The PLACE we are always looking for TV appropriate dresses that look good on camera. Suprisingly, or not so suprisingly they can be REALLY hard to find! This is the part where Shabby Apple comes in. Founder Athelia creates feminine silhouettes that make you feel super sophisticated. She said she started the company because one of her past boyfriends made fun of her for wearing a t-shirt under a spaghetti strap dress! We love all the styles in stock right now but my favorite is the Ivy Red Dress and Britt’s is the Bampton Dress. Time has taught us to appreciate quality and classic styles opposed to our college selves who loved buying fast-fashion dresses and were frustrated when they fell apart after one wash. You can also play a fun game called “Tights or Whites?” while looking at this post…. turns out you don’t realize how pasty white your legs have gotten until you see them photographed against a bright purple wall :)

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