Bad Blood Music Video Auditions AKA Our First Time Boxing!

boxing 2 boxing 3DSC_0010 boxing 4 boxing 5 boxing 6 boxing 7 Spoiler alert: we didn’t actually audition for the Bad Blood music video (Taylor told us we’re not tall enough), but we did try boxing! Britt and I are up for pretty much anything when it comes to fitness. We love to try new things and get out of our routines. Britt started going to a boxing class and raved about it all the time. I was really hesitant for a few reasons:

- I have weak hands/wrists. (I’m a wimp)

- I don’t want bruises all over my body (I wasn’t aware that they have shin guards for you to wear in the boxing studio)

- I won’t look cute/calm/pleasant while doing it (you know that’s why we all love barre class!)

She talked me into attending a class this week when I complained about needing more cardio. So I headed down to Xcel Fitness, signed up for the XMA strike class, and it was an awesome experience! I started out quite nervous and reserved with all the punches, kicks, and knees. Jess, the instructor, was having none of it! haha. He quickly showed me the correct form and made me feel more at ease and comfortable with the gloves and punching bag. After a while I discovered a rhythm and started to really enjoy it. The class is great because it is truly a full body workout. In between boxing sets you are doing burpees, push-ups, and weights. I will definitely be going back. Now, I just need to find a solution for that horrible smell that you find in freshly used boxing gloves :)

A couple things to know about boxing if you decide to try it:

1. You need to buy your own hand wraps. They only cost a couple bucks and they save your hands! They add the cushion you need between your gloves and your skin.

2. You sweat a lot! It’s a tough workout, but you feel so tough doing it.

3. You burn anywhere between 600-1,000 per hour boxing. Amazing!

Any fun workouts we should try next?

Finding the Right Lipstick Color

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We go through a lot of lipstick around here. When you have to dress up like a drag queen for TV every day, it’s easy to go through makeup like water! One thing that Brooke and I both love to change every day is our lipstick. It is an easy way to spice up any outfit. We are always trying to find the perfect color with the perfect texture.

Trestique just came out with a new lip crayon that has gloss on the other end – genius! Plus, the whole thing is magnetic. Our favorite colors are “Nammos Pink” and “Nantucket Nude”. I like to do the crayon first and then put gloss on top, but if you like to have a more sheer finish, you can apply the gloss first. I have never really understood people who loved nude lip color, that is until I tried “Nantucket Nude”. I wore it for my birthday dinner because it made me feel sophisticated and summery.

Trestique makes crayons for all different types of makeup: eyeliner, blush, and even foundation. We loved all of them because they are compact and you can easily throw them in your purse without damaging them. I just get so excited when makeup companies come up with something new! What lipsticks have you loved lately?

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Life Lately

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With 3 weeks of the new show under our belt we are feeling pretty good! “The PLACE” officially debuted on July 6th at 1 pm. We are so grateful for all the incredibly supportive and kind words we have received since the launch. The hours have been long in getting the show off the ground but it has been so rewarding to help create something that we feel passionate about. (Plus, we get to work together. Major bonus!)

July is our favorite month of the year because our calendar looks like this: 4th of July->Birthday Celebration->Pioneer Day. What more does a girl need?! This month has been jam packed. We wanted to share a little of what we have been up to.

-”The PLACE” launched! This is a picture at the end of our very first show.

-We were able to tour the Timber Moose Lodge in Heber, the largest privately owned log cabin in America. (26,000 sqaure feet!) You can watch the story here.

-Gorgeous hikes through Utah’s mountains. We are partial to Albion Basin because of these.

-Tried out the zipline at Sundance with some out-of-town visitors.

-Trying to squeeze in workouts at Xcel Fitness while still enjoying birthday month indulgences. (We are loving the new CX Abs class)

-Switched back to Asics after years of trying to convince myself that Nike’s didn’t give me blisters.

-Birthday surprise on the show thanks to wonderful co-workers!

-Parker got me a mini birthday cake because I am obsessed with all things mini… and there are only 2 of us to eat it.

-Sam took Britt out to Cannella’s for her birthday feast.

We are having such a great summer and hope you are too!

Steal or Splurge Contour Kits

Britt and I have jumped into the contouring world head first… and after a little practice we are loving it! We’ve all seen the pictures on Pinterest that show how to contour your makeup, but end up looking more like Halloween tutorials. {these pictures can be terrifying} However, if you follow the guide and use light strokes it works like magic. We now use our contour kits instead of bronzer or highlighter, because it contains both products. It’s also a great space saver if you need to finish your makeup on the go, you can just throw it in your bag (oh wait, I’m the only one that finishes my makeup at my desk, right?).  Britt and I have been testing out countless products over the years and wanted to share our two favorites. One is a steal and one is a splurge.

Splurge: Anastasia Contour Kit $40

We are pretty obsessed with every item in the Anastasia makeup line and this kit is no different. The palette has 6 different shades to choose from which makes for a more natural look. It also comes with a guide that shows you where to use each color – so helpful! This is a good choice for someone who plans to contour regularly. Below is my before & after after using the Anastasia kit, it makes a big difference! (I also contoured my lips with regular lipstick & a highlighter.)

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Steal: Ulta Contour Kit $18

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This kit has the same layout as the Anastasia edition. However, the price makes it more approachable for anyone that is still feeling intimidated by contouring. It is a great starter kit, perfect for experimenting and seeing what looks best on your face. Also, the powder is in larger containers, so technically you are getting more bang for your buck with this kit. Plus, look at the handy dandy guide that comes right on the cover! Britt’s before & after pics using this kit are shown below.

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 If you end up like this, please send me a pic :) Or just start blending!AmySchumerMakeup

Soulstice Retreat

Sunshine, mountain air, fitness classes, yummy food and women from around the world… sign me up! We were so excited to be invited to spend some time at Soulstice Retreat in Deer Valley at the Stein Ericksen lodge. We are lucky enough to know Albion Fit founder Liz Findlay and the amazing ladies behind Awaken Retreats. Needless to say, we were pumped to find out we won a one night stay at Soulstice Retreat! They know how to throw a party!

The retreat included group fitness sessions running all day long. We took HIGH Fitness, Reformer Pilates, Aerial Yoga, HIIT and Core-X. Oh my gosh are we sore today!

Liz also organized a book club; we read The Art of Hearing Heartbeats. It was a fascinating read and I really enjoyed the overarching theme of overcoming challenges and what it means to truly love. It’s a page turner that really makes you think. There were also several inspiring speakers and of course the backdrop of stunning Deer Valley.

We expected we would have a great time, but we didn’t realize we would make friends from all around the world. Whether it was chatting at breakfast or having a hot tub party Saturday night, we felt so lucky to spend time with such fun girls!

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{we went to our first HIGH Fitness class and absolutely loved it! The Six Sisters joined us for the fun, they are all so cute!}FullSizeRender-16

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We took a break from workout classes to hang at the pool with some friends. The perks of the pool at Stein: they pass out sunscreen so you don’t have to bring your own, cold water bottles whenever you want and they give you chilled watermelon pops! We were in heaven. It was such an amazing weekend! Huge thanks to Albion Fit & Soulstice Retreat for letting us come hang out!

ALT Summit Stars You Need To Know About

We were so thrilled to be invited to host a round table discussion at Alt Summit. If you don’t know about Alt, it is a 4 day conference, held in Salt Lake City, where creatives from around the world come together to learn. {As well as party hard together in some of the most insanely gorgeous set ups you have ever seen.} Britt and I spoke on creating a relationship with the media and how to make the most of your opportunities. We were overwhelmed by the caliber of women that were asking US for help! It was intimidating but so gratifying. Women working together to help one another achieve goals feels so good. As we met with attendees we found some new gals that made us wish everyday was ALT Summit. They are inspiring, funny, creative, and well just nice.

#1 Rachel Ryle: She was named the top Instagrammer to follow by Buzzfeed. She is a creative genius and her stop motion videos are just so dang CUTE! She was one of the Keynote speakers and was able to share her story of success. Come to find out she is a wonderful person who has stayed incredibly humble despite her catapult to success. Thanks to her popularity she is moving to New York City and opening her own studio! We loved interviewing her.

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#2 Danielle Kryssa: Homegirl is the best. She has worked with Oprah among other big names, yet she still had time to chat with us. She lives in a picturesque town in Canada where she runs the website The Jealous Curator. She is an art expert and curates her favorite contemporary art and then shares it with the world. {Little does she know that we are planning a trip to stay with her ASAP…jk, but not really.} Up next she is releasing her second book. We miss you already Danielle!

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#3 Reachel Bagley: Rachel is a Phoenix fashion stylist. She is as sweet as pie and so fun to chat with. If you have a fashion question – she’s your girl!  She has helped thousands of women across America find their sense of style. It was fun to have Rachel do the color test on us, we’re hoping she returns to Utah soon!

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#4 Nancy Soriano: (the one is glasses below) Nancy is author of “The Jewelry Recipe Book“. She is a true New Yorker and is incredibly refined. We were lucky enough to be at the same dinner as her and delighted to hear about her life in the city. Her book is full of SO many fun projects. We will just be making our own necklaces for the next 24 hours nbd.

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#5 Gabrielle Blair: (bleach blonde next to Brooke) Gabrielle is known in the blogging and writing world as Design Mom, she is also the brains and beauty behind ALT Summit. She has created something truly amazing, it’s in it’s 11th year! She recently came out with her own book called “Design Mom”. We got a copy and spent every spare minute reading it. The book is full of fun tips and tricks and appeals to pretty  much every person on the planet. It’s fun to read about Gabrielle’s life in the Bay area. We want to send out a special thank you to Gabrielle for inviting us to be speakers. We had the best time!

Below we have posted a few more fun moments from the summit! xo

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Where to Buy Dresses Online

There are two British imports you really need to know about. Brooke and I have kept them a secret for years because they were just too good to share, but now we’re spilling the beans. We figure it’s the right thing to do. Navigating the world of online shopping can be tricky, so we picked our two favorite European shops to share.

#1 Boden

Timelessly classic and well structured, you will be hard pressed to find something tacky from Boden. Their clothing is extremely well made and cut to flatter a woman’s figure. We have both purchased many dresses from Boden and never had to return one of them! That’s a pretty big deal when it comes to the big old internet. You will pay more than average for a Boden dress, but it will be an investment piece that you can wear for years and years.

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DSC_0129(this particular dress is a current favorite and is on major SALE right now. Click HERE to check it out)

#2 Dorothy Perkins

We had a co-worker several years ago that had the best style. Every day she would show up in the most gorgeous outfits and dresses, so we finally started quizzing her on her shopping habits. She told us about Dorothy Perkins. It’s not super well known, but Dorothy makes great dresses! She also has killer sales. We have bought countless dresses for under $20 and been so pleased with them. They are made to fit well and also often come in tall sizes (cuz we’re kind of tall).

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(there are lots of variations of this dress, so just look HERE to find something similar)

A few honorable mentions: ASOS, Missguided, and Top Shop. Now it’s your turn! Where are your favorite places to shop online?

Baby Shower

One of our very best friends Mary is expecting. She currently lives in Omaha, but somehow we got her to come out to Salt Lake so we could throw her a little party. Mar has known us since junior high. She is exactly the type of friend everyone needs in their corner — someone totally and completely supportive and loving, while also being the person who will ugly cry with you from laughing so hard! We cannot wait to meet little Rose Olivia soon!! We held the party at our friend Melanie’s gorgeous new home in Heber. It’s seriously perfect and she designed the entire thing! It was such a fun day of celebrating with the best of friends.

“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Maui Wowie

DSC_1473Our striped maxi dresses are from Island Company. So soft & comfy! If you’ve been searching for a maxi dress that looks cute, but feels like pajamas, this is it!

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Britt loved wearing the Albion Catalina Pin up top and cute ruffle bottoms… just enough coverage to feel fine about eating dessert, but still getting a great tan :) I’m wearing the flattering-on-everyone Albion Venice Beach one piece.

We were lucky enough to spend a week in Maui with one of our favorite couples in the entire world. Britt and I met Erin while attending BYU and going through the Broadcast Journalism program. While there we were able to watch Erin meet Cole, fall in love, and eventually get married. They are one of those all around amazing couples that make you want to be better. Right now they live in California so we jumped at the chance to be able to spend 7 uninterrupted days with them in Hawaii. Erin is the type of friend that goes above and beyond to make everyone feel comfortable and have fun. Not to mention they have the worlds cutest baby who did not cry the entire trip! We love them dearly and are so grateful they introduced us to such a pretty piece of paradise! We stayed at their condo on Kaanapali Beach and tried to pack in as much as possible.

Our top 5 favorite things we did were:

1. Swimming with turtles at Napili Beach. They are ginormous and so cool to see in their element.

2. Bamboo Forest Hike. This is along the road to Hana and was a definite highlight. Although I fell so many times I stopped counting. It gets a little muddy :) You pass countless waterfalls and the scenery can’t be beat.

3. Jumping off Black Rock. Every night a local man jumps from the rock at sunset as part of an island tradition. We decided to give it a try and it was extremely fun!

4. Hula Pie, anywhere and anytime. We fell in love with this dessert and most definitely ate waaaaay too much of it while we there. We loved all of the restaurants we tried on the island. Some favorites included: Leilani’s, Hula Grill, and Cheeseburger in Paradise.

5. Paddle boarding along Kaanapali Beach. Paddle boarding is always fun and the water is the perfect temperature so it doesn’t matter if you fall in!

We can’t thank Erin and Cole enough. The trip was fabulous and we hope they become our permanent travel buddies! IMG_3934-1 IMG_3920-1 IMG_3962 IMG_4002-1 DSC_1274 DSC_1289 DSC_1306 DSC_1345DSC_1305DSC_1335DSC_1391DSC_1396DSC_1407DSC_1493DSC_1302DSC_1306DSC_1370FullSizeRender-6IMG_3660IMG_3790IMG_3793IMG_3860FullSizeRender-9IMG_3870-1IMG_3975-1IMG_3976DSC_1437

Big Announcement

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We are so excited to announce that we have accepted positions as hosts of Fox 13′s new lifestyle show! We never thought this opportunity would come up in our lives where we would be able to work on something we are both extremely passionate about – and do it together! We feel extremely blessed and could not be more excited to get the show going! We are so grateful to all of our family, friends, and mentors who have been so supportive all along the way. We look forward to working with some fun, new faces. We will be posting details about the show as the launch gets closer. Wish us luck!

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