Salt Lake Magazine Feature

We are so flattered to be featured in the latest edition of Salt Lake magazine. We were legitimately surprised they wanted to talk to us, but it turned out to be such a fun experience! We met the reporter at the Rose Establishment in downtown Salt Lake City and did something we’re very good at… chatted about ourselves for a good hour. He somehow turned all of our mumbo jumbo into a really nice article. Then, we did a photo shoot at the station. Of course we’re wearing sparkles and sitting on the anchor desk… that just seemed like the right thing to do. Thanks to everyone at Salt Lake magazine for thinking of us, it really means a lot!

You can read the full article HERE (We love that the title of the article is “Stunt Double”

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Build a Better Booty

Meet Elyse Miller. She is a mama, personal trainer, fitness model and all around amazing lady. She is pregnant with her second child and looks amazing. She is a huge inspiration when it comes to all things fitness, so we asked her to give us three exercises to build a better booty. Elyse says if you do 50 reps of each of these exercises after your normal workout, you will see a difference after two weeks. We’ve already started and we can feel the burn! So, if you want a little lift and tuck on your backside, try it out!

DSC_1323DSC_1335DSC_1345Exercise #1 Jump Squat: Jump into a wide low squat and quickly come back up into a standing position with slightly bent knees. Here are some ridiculously awkward photos of us demonstrating…

DSC_1341DSC_1340Exercise #2 Curtsy Lunge: Start standing with your feet hip width apart, and then, keeping your weight in your left foot, take a big step back with your right leg, crossing it behind your left leg, like you are about to curtsy to the Queen of England. Slowly bend your knees and lower your body straight down until your front thigh is parallel to the floor, and both knees are bent at 90 degrees. It burns so good!

DSC_1338Exercise #3: Basic squat with arms raised straight in front of you while you lower down and come back up. My favorite squat tip is to always make sure you can wiggle your toes to keep weight in your heels. Love how this squat improves upon a basic that we all know how to do!

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DSC_1288Thanks to Elyse for the tips! If you want more great get fit tips and healthy recipes, check out Elyse’s blog: Girls Just Wanna Have Buns!

What Happened When My Husband Dressed Me

overallsEDIT We loved the recent feature Summer Bellessa did called “My Toddler Dressed Me” where she let her toddler pick out her clothes for a week. Since we don’t have toddlers, we decided to use our husbands! They are always saying they could pick out great outfits for us, so we decided to put them to the test. The Outlets at Traverse Mountain were nice enough to give each of the boys $150 to spend at any store they wished. We knew we were in a safe place because the Outlets have our top 3 faves: J Crew, Loft and H&M! Photographer extraordinaire Travis Richardson joined us for the adventure. It helps that our husbands both think he is awesome and that he makes them feel comfortable in front of the camera! If we are being honest, Britt thought she would end up in a button down shirt and cardigan, while Brooke was pretty sure Parker would go for a full Nike look. Luckily, their choices weren’t quite that extreme but we did learn a few things about our husbands:

  •  They do not like pointy stilettos.
  •  They prefer more casual looks.
  •  Instead of the newest trends in denim, the boys love the classic colors and cuts.
  •  They do not go for lace, embroidery, embellishments, or sparkle.
  •  Sensible flats is the name of the game. 

Overall, it was a really fun experience to see their perspective and learn what they prefer to see us in. Once we made it clear Victoria’s Secret was not an option the guys had a lot of fun. We didn’t correct any of their choices and truly just let them pick things they liked… it was kind of hard to hold our tongues! (Like when I was trying on furry scarves and leather pants). However, we think this definitely calls for a Part 2… “This is what happened when my wife dressed me.”… to be continued!

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Here are our BEFORE looks. Typical work outfits for both of us: Brooke in a dress and me in patterned pants, fitted jacket and heels.

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{nothing more confusing than trying to find a pair of cute women’s shoes! i saw this look on his face quite a bit during our shopping adventure…}

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{parker went straight for the flats, no high heels in sight}

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{realizing the last time i wore leather pants was in 7th grade & they were purple}

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{cute on him maybe? in a snowstorm? in antarctica?}

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{realizing these leather pants would actually be perfect for a Sandy from Grease Halloween costume…}

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{another moment of enlightenment: parker loves princess kate style – striped tees, keds and trench coats!}TJP_3197 TJP_3201 (1) TJP_3207 (1)

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Our outfit details: Brooke is wearing a striped shirt from J Crew (here), her new favorite dark wash jeans from Loft (here), a trench coat from H&M and shoes from H&M. Britt is wearing a floral top from J Crew (here), jeans from H&M and silver flats from H&M.

TJP_3261Huge thanks to the Outlets at Traverse Mountain for letting us do this experiment on their turf! If you want to do the same thing with your husband, post using the hashtag #MyHusbandDressedMe so we can feature some of our favorites!

 

What Celebrities are REALLY like (Grammys Edition)

Since we have been asked by almost everyone we know this past week who we interviewed and what they were really like, we decided to make a handy dandy list! So here they are… all of our deepest, darkest Grammys awards 2015 secrets!

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1. Taylor Swift: Everyone loves her for a reason. I literally came within inches of running into her on the red carpet and she was still nice. I turned around and was like, “OMG! It’s Taylor!” So I said “Hi” and she was so nice. She is stunningly beautiful in person. She has a huge troop of publicists/managers/people that keep her under a very watchful eye, but she still manages to make everyone feel like she genuinely wants to talk to you.

2. Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman: They will always be some of our favorites to interview. They are so nice and friendly. Keith’s accent makes him so cute and Nicole is striking in person. This year his crazy publicist went on a rant when we asked for an interview, so he apologized and only stopped for a second.

3. Josh Duhamel: So handsome and friendly. He brought both of us back to our junior high giggly school crush days. He is very charismatic and was so kind. He acted like he had plenty of time to talk and hung around for about 5 minutes (which is a lifetime in red carpet interview time)

4. Usher: Brooke has had the biggest crush on him since she was about 12 and he fit everything we’ve thought about him. He is an obviously happy go lucky guy that is constantly smiling and saying hi to everyone as he walks down the red carpet. He was a little bit shorter than we though… he’s about 5’8″ so we were taller than him!

5. Haim Sisters: We were so excited to meet them because they are also a band of sisters that have created a career together. They have a very eclectic style and seemed thrilled to be at the Grammys. We asked how they liked working together and they said the same thing Brooke and I do.. it’s so nice to have someone you can share all of the experiences with that knows you so well. We are definitely new fans.

6. Dierks Bentley: sweetie pie. He’s shorter than we thought, but has gone through the best transformation ever… He seemed genuinely surprised and happy with his success.

7. Sam Smith: adorable. Just so fun to watch someone like him win so many awards. It’s a brand new world to him and he was thrilled to be a part of it. Basically everyone at the Grammys wanted a picture with him. The main reason we love him– he celebrated his win with a meal at In’n’Out burger! He said he’s been drinking lots of “green juice” to get ready for the awards.

8. Miranda Lambert: She is always a pleasure to talk to because she seems 100% genuine and real. She said she really wanted a cocktail after performing and winning her award. She still seems to be a humble country girl. When we asked if she would ever do a rock album she said, “No way! Even if I tried to do rock it would sound country because I’m from East Texas!”.

That’s all for now! If you have specific questions about a celeb or are wondering if we talked to your favorite, message us!

Valentine’s Flowers on Every Budget

EmmyLowePhotoJolleysSegment-5We have been dying to collaborate with one of our best friends and florist extraordinaire,Rachel Osguthorpe, for quite some time now. We decided Valentine’s week was the perfect time to do it! Whether Rachel is working with a budget of $10 or $100, she makes every project beautiful and personalized. In case you don’t believe us we have photographic evidence thanks to Emmy Lowe Photo! Together Emmy and Rachel create some of the most beautiful photos together. You can go here, here, and here to look at some of our favorites. We challenged her to come up with several different floral arrangements that cost $10, $40 and $75. All clothes worn in the photos are from Jolley’s Gift & Floral. They have the cutest clothes and shoes! Even though we are both super excited for Valentine’s this year, we definitely remember being heartbroken and lonely in years past. One thing our Dad did for us growing up was to get us each a simple flower for Valentine’s Day. It was so nice to feel loved, even if it was from someone who is kind of forced to love us :) This year we are going to try and brighten someone else’s day who is not be thrilled about the holiday this year. It’s amazing what a bunch of cute flowers can do for your mood!

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{Rach can do anything you want, but she has an amazing eye for design and is always introducing us to flowers and plants we’ve never seen before, this is the mid range $40}

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{how excited would you be to get this gorgeous arrangment?! this is the $75 and it’s stunning}EmmyLowePhotoJolleysSegment-20 EmmyLowePhotoJolleysSegment-46{how cute is this little pup and its red collar?}EmmyLowePhotoJolleysSegment-49EmmyLowePhotoJolleysSegment-23EmmyLowePhotoJolleysSegment-26{if you’ve never had the sour heart gummies from Jolley’s run now, they are so good!}EmmyLowePhotoJolleysSegment-32 EmmyLowePhotoJolleysSegment-50{this is the mid range bouquet that is so gorgeous! It runs about $40}

EmmyLowePhotoJolleysSegment-10 EmmyLowePhotoJolleysSegment-22 EmmyLowePhotoJolleysSegment-41We love supporting local businesses and Jolley’s is definitely one of our favorites! They also carry Treats & Trends cookies, which come in flavors like Diet Coke & Cookies and Cream. They are beyond. You can find Jolley’s at 1676 E 1300 S in Sugar House. Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! We are so grateful to have you following along with us and we truly LOVE you!

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Being on the Red Carpet

Being on the red carpet is kind of like being in an alternate universe. We want to share a few things you probably didn’t know.

1. It’s an all day thing: we have to be on the red carpet by 11:30am and are standing on our interview platform from 11:30am-5:00pm. We’ve learned to bring mints, water bottles, and flats.

2. For every “star” there are at least 10 managers/publicists/agents/people. The red carpet is very crowded, but it is mostly filled with publicists and 99% of them wear black, walk around with a clipboard, and are kind of scary. 

3. Paris Hilton is a chain smoker. She comes to the Grammys every single year and we still aren’t sure why. Remember in 2013 when she asked me to fix her dress in the bathroom? Well, this year we were walking off the carpet right behind her and not even two seconds after we got outside she started smoking and complaining about how many people wanted to take a picture with her. 


4. What’s up with everyone asking the same questions? The reason lots of reporters ask people what they are wearing and who they are excited to see is because they actually don’t know who they are interviewing or anything about them. Those are definitely the two most popular questions that we try to avoid. 


5. Madonna looks scary in person and flashed everyone on the red carpet. As in lifted up her skirt to show off her black thong. Pretty sure shock will always be the name of her game. Miranda Lambert however, has flawless hair and makeup in person. It is super fascinating see celebrities up close. All of them have professional hair and makeup, so it’s interesting to see how it all compares. Sam Smith is much thinner in person than he looks in photos and videos. Like, a normal size 22-year-old guy. 


6. The oldies get upset if you don’t recognize them immediately. Do not take this the wrong way, but there are a lot of old musicians at the Grammys. Sometimes it can be hard to keep track. We got most of them right this year, but when it took me longer than 5 seconds to recognize Tom Jones he gave me the side eye. On the other hand, one of the Bee Gees, Barry Gibb, was a sweetheart who seemed thrilled to be there.


7. No food or drink is allowed on the carpet, which means everyone is ravenous by the time they get inside! Thankfully, reporters are provided with a dinner in the media room backstage at the Staples Center. 


8. They spend hours vacuuming the red carpet the day before. It is pretty crazy to see the work that goes into preparing the red carpet area. There are bleachers set up, red carpet rolled out, and chandeliers hung. One thing we loved seeing was how the E! News 360 Glam Cam was set up. There are about 50 cameras in a circle all taking photos of you at the same time and luckily the crew was nice enough to let us try it out. 


9. The Grammys have a no excessive skin rule, which nobody really broke this year…except of course, Madonna! 


10. It’s fun to see how tall all our fave performers are. Taylor is so tall! Josh Duhamel is a sweetheart, total babe, and is about as tall as both of our husbands (between 6’3″ & 6’4″). We asked him about his adorable little guy Axl and he says he is talking and can sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” now. He came without Fergie to present one of the awards. He said she was in the studio recording. We will be posting our full interview with him later this week. And yes, he totally qualifies for his #SexiestManAlive title!

Britt at the Grammys

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Red Carpet Looks Through the Years

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I originally wanted to title this post “Extreme Makeover: Grammys Edition”. Some photos from the past make us cringe or frown because of how we are dressed or what our makeup looks like. However, looking back at our Grammys experiences the past 4 years makes me smile. We have had so many, crazy, outrageous, fun, memories at the show. We were 22 years old when we attended for the first time and we feel like throughout the years we have learned a few tricks.

- Your feet will not survive unless you bring a pair of flats to slip on in between events.
- Water bottles are a lifeline in the middle of a large, sweaty mass of people all smashed together.
- Bring a touch-up kit with you, makeup does not last for 14 hours.
- Use twice as much hairspray as normal or hair goes flat due to the humidity.
- Relax and don’t be shy, people are nice!

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1st year (2012)

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Last year (2014)

We can’t wait to show you our dresses for this year’s show! Remember to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for live updates from the red carpet this weekend.

Weird Products You Never Knew You Needed

We all see wacky stuff online or on infomercials that looks like a lot of fun, but you can never be sure it’s worth spending actual money on. Now that Skymall is going away (RIP), we decided to show you some of the weird products and technology we have tried lately! Have you ever woke up on a plane and realized your head was on the strange guy sitting next to you? Oh, just us, ok :) Please scroll down to an amazing way to stop that from every happening again…

nap anywhereNAP ANYWHERE: It’s an alternative to the neck pillow for travel. We tend to be a head bobbers, so this is great for us. It does take a little direction following to set up, but was really comfortable. Our favorite part is that one side is meant to keep your face warm, while the other side feels like a cool pillow. You can find more information at www.napanywhere.net $59

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TILE APP: Now you can keep track of all of your stuff easily! We lose our keys, phone, or ipod at least once a week. This is an easy way to solve that problem. You easily adhere a small white tile that syncs with your iphone, making it easy to find anything at any time. www.thetileapp.com $25

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VINO: alcohol-removed wine. It’s a premium alcohol-removed wine available in exclusive, ready to serve packaging. We have no idea what to compare it to since we don’t drink, so we made Mary Nickles give it a try and she says it has a little more of a sour flavor but she is definitely a fan. The adorable packaging also makes it perfect for picnics becomes the lid also serves as a glass when you take it off. www.vinobev.com $29.99/pack of 12

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LUMO LIFT: a device that actually improves your posture. When it senses you are in bad posture, it gently vibrates to remind you to keep your shoulders back and your head lifted. It also keeps track of your daily activity. It was named a Best Invention by Time magazine and we have to admit, it’s pretty cool. www.lumobodytech.com Two for $159.

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SLEEP SHIELD: Protect your eyes from blue light while you sleep with the sleep shield. The screen protector has been used in countless clinical studies and is proven to work. The screens come in various sizes for any technology device. Our phone screens wake us up regularly, so this has worked really well for us. www.sleepshield.com Prices start at $19.95 for phone covers.

What is the one tech device you can’t live without? We would love to hear!

Spa Microdermabrasion vs. At Home PMD

We have been seeing PMDs all over the web lately and they sound amazing, so we decided to test them out. If you don’t know what a PMD is, it’s a Personal MicroDermabrasion tool. It promises to save money and time, while smoothing out your skin. We wanted to compare the results of a spa microdermabrasion to an at home treatment with the PMD. We went to the new Ulta location in Brickyard to get a microderm treatment from Master Esthetician Ayla. Ulta offers some of the lowest prices we have ever seen for microderm treatments, starting at $50, while the PMD costs around $150.

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  • you feel pampered
  • does not hurt at all, feels like a tiny suction cup on your skin
  • they not only do microderm, but all kinds of moisturizing and cleansing treatments on your face
  • they know exactly how much pressure to put on your skin
  • It only costs about $50 and most people only need to do it every few months to maintain smooth skin

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  • You can do it anytime, anywhere, you just need to plug it in
  • You have to watch an instructional DVD and read all instructions before you try it out
  • You have to test out a few options before you find out which setting is best for your face.
  • You have the possibility of causing serious harm to yourself if you choose an attachment that is too rough for your skin.
  • If you are familiar with microdermabrasion and not afraid to try it on yourself, it will save you money if you use it at least 3 times.

Overall, we had a great experience at Ulta. If you have dry skin that needs a little TLC, a microderm is a great treatment. After getting the treatments, makeup goes on skin a lot better and stays on longer. Microdermabrasion also gives you a nice healthy glow. After a couple of tries, we both feel comfortable using the PMD, but we feel like we need more practice to get the same results as the spa. Have you tried the PMD? What did you think?

The Brickyard Ulta location is offering a great discount on skin services through January! You can make an appointment by calling (801) 466-9129.

Hawaii Must-Haves

I look forward to our trip to the Big Island of Hawaii with Sam’s family every January. It’s the perfect way to get over my post Christmas blues. I’m sharing some of my favorite moments from this year’s trip and a my top five things I can’t live without on a beach vacation!

1. Sun Hat: I bough my black and white one at Walmart in Hawaii for $14.99! I always find gems there. I’ve entered that phase of life where I realize how dumb I was trying to get tan as a teenager and now I slather on SPF 50 every morning!

2. Spray Tan: This is directly related to #1. I always feel so much better putting on a bathing suit in January when I have a spray tan. It also takes away the pressure to come home super tan or for me red as a tomato because of a sunburn.

3. Kindle: I love to read, but rarely get the chance to read books straight through unless I’m on vacation. I read a few this trip, but my favorite was “What Alice Forgot”. It is the perfect beach read and has a great ending!

4. Dresses: I brought 3 dresses instead of jeans or shorts and was very happy with my decision. I wore them all multiple times and they were so easy and breezy. Lots of people have asked where the yellow floral dress is from, I actually got it at Primark this summer in London even though it looks totally Hawaiian!

5. Alterna Bamboo Beach Summer Sunshine Spray: this stuff smells like a tropical vacation in a bottle. It also protects your hair & scalp from the sun, while making it nice and shiny. By the end of the trip, I was seriously spraying it on everyone’s hair every morning.

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