How to dress like Lauren Conrad this Halloween

Everyone loves Lauren Conrad. We cried with her on the Hills and were crushed when she didn’t marry Stephen Colletti, but then he was on One Tree Hill, so whatever. But, back to Lauren, she really is the All-American girl. Her style is unfailingly feminine with a side of prep and we can’t get enough of it. We were thrilled to see she got her own runway show in Fashion Week this year and picked some of our favorite pieces to try in every day life. When I was at Kohl’s, the cute cashier looked at me after ringing up all of the Lauren Conrad items and said, “I just love your taste and sense of style, what beautiful choices.” I thought, well thank you! But we should really all thank LC! The hardest part about wearing Lauren Conrad clothes is finding out you don’t look exactly like her when you put them on! Here are our favorite pieces from her new collection.(Everything is on SALE!!)


Pintuck blouse 


Dress (similar, skirt sold out)


Velvet Cigarette Pants Lace Blouse


Eyelash Boatneck Sweater


Lace trim top


Bow top (similar)

9 Last Minute Costume Ideas

It’s the best time of the entire year! We are huge costume fans over here, so we’ve rounded up our 10 most popular Halloween costume ideas from years past to share. They are all super simply DIY costumes that take no longer than 30 minutes to create. What are you dressing up as this year? We are having trouble narrowing it down to one costume!

#1 Pinata


#2 Unicornunicorn

#3 Tooth Fairytooth fairy

#4 Amazing Race Contestantamazing race

#5 Price is Right Contestantprice is right

#6 Batbat

#7 Mrs. Frizzle from Magic School Busmrs. frizzle

#8 Bank Robberbank robber

#9 Flapperflapper

The 4 Things You Need For Gym Success


Fun pic from Soulstice Retreat this summer

We are well aware that we are not personal trainers and eat way too much chocolate to be called “gym experts.” However, we have found a few things that make a trip to the gym a lot more satisfying and successful!

1. Well fitting clothing. We all know that feeling when you have on a sports bra that doesn’t quite offer enough support or the shirt that keeps riding up and then your love handles are popping out and you can’t stay focused on doing mountain climbers or whatever it was you were in the first place! Fun and comfy workout clothes make a big difference! A few of our favorites:  these capris are the best and they are only $17! this sports bra is a favorite and you can’t go wrong with anything from Albion Fit!

2. Water bottle & Towel: We know that not all girls sweat buckets like we do (seriously), but even if you are just glistening it is nice to have a towel handy to stay fresh. There is nothing worse than working out with sweat dripping into your eyeballs! Water is always a good idea too. I like the kind that have simple pop tops, so I don’t have to unscrew it every time I want a swig.

3. Motivating Instructors: We are all about group fitness classes. Everything from boxing to pilates is more fun with a group! They give you 60 minutes to be fully devoted to your workout. However, there is nothing worse than having a teacher that does not push you hard enough or is afraid to. Try out different classes and instructors to see who you fit best with. We have found our hardest and most satisfying classes at XCEL Fitness in Holladay. They are not afraid to tell you to do hard things, which is the only way you become stronger! You hate them for an hour and then love them the rest of the time because they whip ya into shape!

4. Pre-gym snack: Banana, cookie, smoothie… anything to keep you energized. We have both made the mistake of going on a completely empty stomach and feeling sluggish during a workout.

Favorite Protein Shake:

1 cup of ice

1 scoop of chocolate protein

1 banana

1 handful of kale (I like to keep mine in the freezer because it blends better)

1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk

2 TB peanut butter

We have loved our time at XCEL because they supply all of the above necessities. Remember, if you want to come to classes EVERYONE is elegible for one free week!

Happy Friday Eve!

Aerial Yoga: From a Husband’s Perspective

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FullSizeRender-10After months of asking, Parker finally tried Aerial Yoga at Xcel Fitness with me! I have done the class a couple of times on my own and loved it. I thought it would be fun to do a little Q & A with Parker about his inaugural hang time!

Q: Why did you finally agree to go to aerial yoga?

A: Because I love my wife. And because hanging in hammocks looks fun.

Q: What were you expecting?

A: I was expecting to be twisted in a hammock floating upside down but not as much stretching as was actually involved.

Q: How well did I do explaining to you?

A: Did you ever explain it? :)

Q: What were the thoughts running through your head during the first 5 minutes of class?

A: When I was upside down and all the blood was rushing to my head I thought, “ouch this hurts”. But then I got accustomed to it.

Q: What was the best part?

A: Swinging in the cocoon at the end, totally relaxed and feeling great.

Q: What was the worst part?

A: Being too tall (6″4″) to make some of the stretches actually feel good.

Q: Thank you for coming, are you glad you went?

A: Ya, absolutely. It was a fun experience and the teacher made it an enjoyable experience, even for beginners.

So, there ya go! We had such a fun time together, it is always great to try something new together. For more information on classes and to sign up go here. I highly recommend it for date night!



Fun Food at Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa in Hawaii


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We had such a blast “working” in Hawaii! We spent four days at the Disney Aulani Resort & Spa on the island of Oahu. It exceeded all of my expectations. Brooke told me it would be amazing, and it really was! One of the highlights was the food. It was different from what you can find at the Disney parks, but also had a fun Disney touch. Here are a few of our favorites:

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This photo is from our “fun food” segment during the shoot. I was forced to try each item and they were all delicious! From left to right:

Spam Musubi: this is a hawaiian delicacy. All of the locals we talked to loved this and regularly ate it. I had never tried spam, and thought this particular dish tasted sort of like sausage, in a good way.

Kalua Pork Bratwurst dog: this was Brooke’s fave. She loves kalua pork and they put it in quite a few of their dishes at Aulani. A much more fun take on the regular old hot dog.

Malasadas: donuts without holes. These are little balls of heaven. I could have eaten all of them. They taste like a glazed donut covered in sugar.

Fried squid: I loved the saltiness of crunchiness of this one. Paired with one of the three dipping sauces, you can’t go wrong.

Sweet Maui Onion rings: I’m not an onion rings lover, but these taste very different from the ones I’m used to. They have thick slices of sweet Maui onions with a thin breaded and fried shell. I’m not sure what they put in the dipping sauce for these, but it is what makes the whole thing work.

Tropical juice in a pineapple: just as good as it sounds! It just tastes like Hawaii and you can’t go wrong drinking out of a pineapple when you’re on the island.

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This is not your average snow cone. They fill the bottom with your favorite flavor of ice cream, then add the flavored ice — I got lychee flavor and it reminded me of a sour starburst, then they top it with sweetened condensed milk!

IMG_6728This is the Crunch Berry Crusted French Toast from Ama Ama — to die for! It has so many unexpected textures and flavors, I loved it.

IMG_6731Don’t worry, we found the cookies! They had these delicious cookies waiting for us when we arrived, do they know cookies are the way to our hearts, or what? They were extra chocolatey, thick and chewy. We ate at least one a day, don’t worry!DSC_0359

Things to Know about Food at Aulani

– There’s Dole Whip! It’s only available in one spot in the pool area, but you fill up the cup yourself, which was SO dangerous for me trying to pile it four feet high!

– Ama Ama is one of the fancier restaurants and it is delicious. You can tell everything is made fresh, it is my first choice of place to order fish at Aulani. I ordered the catch of the day (and took a dark flash photo that is too ugly to show you) and was really impressed by the quality.

– Minnie Mouse rice krispy treats: Brooke survived on them last time she was at Aulani and they are SO good! Available in some of their quick restaurants.

– They have mugs available to buy for $18 or $19 where you can fill them up an unlimited amount of times during your stay. If you’re into soda or lemonade, this is a great option because there are filling stations all over the resort.

– Their restaurants have live music in the evenings, so even when you are done eating, you have great entertainment.

If you ever get the chance to go to Aulani, GO! It is a total dream!

Our favorite beauty finds

We are having a blast hosting The PLACE on Fox. Lucky for us we get to highlight our favorite beauty finds every Wednesday. Here is quick recap to see what we are loving lately!

Makeup remover, cleanser, and moisturizer all-in-one:

Gimme brow by Benefit, keeps brows in place while adding color and shape:

Tarte Maracuja Rainforest Glow Instant Matte Waterproof Body Perfector, has a matte finish that we love:

Urban Decay All Nighter makeup setting spray

Cheap and awesome color changing lipstick from Amazon:


Why You Should Follow Your Dreams


We seem to have tricked some people into thinking that we were just magically placed on their television screen and that it has been a dreamy walk on the yellow brick road. While we know we have the best jobs in the world, we want to share a little bit of the back story on how we got there.

First, we grew up in a family that allowed us to make our own decisions. From the time we were 16, we told our parents we wanted to host our own lifestyle show. I’m sure in the back of their minds they thought we were crazy, but instead of warning us of the possibility of failing miserably or telling us we might embarrass ourselves in the process, they told us it was a great idea. (they laughed right along with Brooke after the fainting incident)

Second, we had each other. From our dating days when I made Britt call boys acting like she was me to find out why they stopped calling (face palm!!)  We have repeatedly put each other in uncomfortable situations and learned a lot in the process. It is a lot easier to take a giant leap of faith when you have a twin sister pulling you or at times yanking you along. We have both been that person for one another. During our first year reporting on the red carpet at the Grammy Awards I completely froze during an interview with a celeb (I’m not telling you which one), Britt didn’t miss a beat and finished asking a much more coherent question. Definitely one of the perks to working with your twin sister!

Third, we sought out incredibly supportive mentors and friends. Our high school counselor and neighbor Carol took special interest in our careers and helped us get the experience we craved. Carol had never had students come to her with our career aspirations before so she created a brand new internship for us at a news station. As naive 17 year olds we were handed a camera and microphone on our first day and told to come up with some stories. Although looking back now we can laugh at how terrible they were (i.e. shaky camera, shaky voice, etc) it provided great hands on experience we could not find anywhere else at the time. We started to live by the motto, “The worst they can say is NO”. By doing this, we took responsibility for creating our own success and got the guts to just ASK.

However, in the midst of all this positive support, there were still plenty of people who told us not to try. There are people out there who feel like it is their responsibility to give you a “dose of honesty” or to “lower your expectations”. DON’T LISTEN. There have been so many amazing experiences we never imagined were possible. We have always followed the thought process of “someone has to do it” when it comes to any career goal. Why shouldn’t that someone be you?  Go for it because you believe in yourself and because you know you are capable.

So, how do you go for it? Here are three ideas.

1. Find a small group of people you can fully trust, tell them your ideas and aspirations and keep them updated on your successes and failures.

2. Work hard. Like really, really, really hard. This involves doing the beginner jobs you don’t want to do, most likely to include terrible shifts, long hours, and tasks you are not fond of. Once you commit to trying your best, good things will come. One of my favorite mentors constantly stressed that consistency is the most important quality a person can possess. Consistency in the quality of your work, in the energy you bring to your job and in your work ethic.

3. Learn from the haters. If there is anything good that comes from people being mean, it is that you have to find strength inside yourself. Over the span of our careers we have learned to be assertive, confident, and honest (and to go cry in the bathroom and buy yourself a chocolate chip cookie on the hard days).

Now, the real words of wisdom. I asked some of my greatest friends and inspirations to share their advice on following your career dreams.

Tori Dumke: mid-twenties, just finished business school and landed her dream job at Adobe in San Francisco.


I have adopted Thoreau’s aspiration: live deliberately. You make your life. It is up to you how you want to spend your time, effort, and talents. Be proactive in your approach–no one cares more about your career than you do.

“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” -Leonardo Da Vinci

Enjoying the process, not just the achievement
You make your life – live deliberately
Don’t hold yourself back

Mary Bevan: a lawyer and brand new mom


Growing up, I told myself I could do whatever I put my mind to. Some goals just require more hard work and dedication than others. I pushed myself to accomplish things outside of my comfort zone causing me to be prepared to overcome the many challenges I faced in law school and in becoming a lawyer.

Kristin Rocke: an interior designer and mother of two


I judge my success by the quality of my work and both the personal and client’s satisfaction. I subscribe to the mantra that every time I touch something I take it as far to completion or resolution at that moment in time as possible. I love my work and I love the people I get to work with. I am fortunate to work in a time when I have access to so many artisans, amazing product and inspiration at every turn.

Aubrey Nelson: a mother and hair painting genius

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My career in hair started when I accidentally fell in love with the chemistry of color and the opportunity to connect with women in my chair. It was a combination of my life long dream to live in New York City and competitive drive that led me there to work and train with the best artists in the industry. I learned early, that no amount of success comes without hard work and years later with the news of a surprise baby on his way into my life came my very purest inspiration. I started my own business with nothing but love for the tiny baby in my belly and that same love is what continues to motivate me today. I am a better mother because I work in an industry I am passionate about and I am better at my job because I am inspired by my son. I believe in dreaming big and working hard, with a good heart inside you and a lot of love behind you, you will find success.

For more inspiring words check out our interviews with Martha Stewart and Blake Lively!

And if you still need more, check out these quotes from 17 inspiring entrepreneurs.

The 8 treats you should buy at Trader Joe’s


As most of my friends and family know, I {Brooke} am a Trader Joe’s junkie. I allow myself 2 new items to try each week during my regular shopping trip. By doing this I have discovered some pretty amazing products! I decided I should share, in hopes that some of you have some secrets you want to share as well.

1. Milk Chocolate Mini Peanut Butter Cups: Hands down, best item in the store.

2. Overnight Chocolate Croissants: My dear friend told me about these. All you have to do is let them rise overnight and pop them in the oven in the morning. Voila! Fresh pastries for breakfast.

3. Miniature rose bush: these are a treat in the “treat yo self” sense. Mini flowers that come in a tiny pot. Doesn’t get much cuter. (The hydrangeas are also gorgeous!)

4. Chocolate Milk: I’ve searched long and hard and this is the most chocolatey, satisfying drink you will ever find.

5. Strawberries: Always fresh and pretty. I get all my produce at Trader Joe’s.

6. Greek yogurt guacamole dip: A lighter option for guacamole that still tastes delicious.

7. Chocolate covered pretzels: No explanation necessary.

8. Cat cookies: No these are not for your pets, they are just delicious, chocolate, graham crackers that are a tad addictive.

I still have a few things I want to try like their cold pressed watermelon juice, uncured bacon ganache bar, and salted caramel bread pudding.

What are YOUR favorites?

How to Pack for two weeks in Europe in a CARRY ON


The prettiest store front in Rome

When Sam and I were planning our trip to Europe last year, we decided to only bring carry on bags. Sam fit everything in a large backpack and I brought this rolling carry on, which Sam carried over cobble stone streets 90% of the time. If you plan to fly any budget airlines in Europe, you can only take a carry on bag, which is another reason why we did this. You should also make sure to check that your bag measurements work for the different European airlines. We were so glad that we chose to pack light. I’ve been asked a few times how we did it, so here is a packing list.


2 jackets – one active/workout and one for sightseeing

1 pair of comfortable leggings (I wore these on all travel days- planes, trains & everything in between)

2 comfortable lightweight dresses (good for hot weather and can be packed very tightly)

1 pair of pants (I took these navy blue pixie pants from Old Navy because they are stretchy and not too hot)

1 embellished top (for when you want to class things up a bit)

1 cardigan sweater (lightweight)

1 short sleeve top

2 comfortable t-shirts

1 swimsuit (this is HARD for me as I love to have options, but seriously worth saving the room)

1 pair of athletic shoes

1 pair of walking shoes (I will swear by these Keds until the day I die because they were so comfortable!)

1 pair of flats

7 pairs of underwear (we bought laundry detergent and washed them halfway through our trip in our sink in our tiny room in Florence, Italy)

2 normal bras (cuz let’s be real, you’re gonna get sweaty)

1 sports bra

10 pairs of socks (I packed a lot of super thin ankle socks to wear with my walking shoes and was so glad I had them so my shoes didn’t smell and I didn’t get blisters)

1 money bag (this is a small pouch you wear around your neck and keep credit cards and cash in. After seeing a girl get her purse stolen in our first couple of days, we were so glad we used this)

1 small over the shoulder purse with some kind of locking clasp (I found my small bag (similar here) at Forever 21 and it was perfect. A great bag makes all the difference)


1. Pack in like colors. I picked cream, blue and gray as my main colors so that I could mix and match all of my pieces. This really helped and I would highly recommend doing it.

2. Don’t pack any jewelry. I had one pair of earrings in the entire time and I was so glad I didn’t bring my wedding ring or anything else that could have been misplaced.

3. Less is more. If you leave a little space in your bag, you can buy clothing on your trip, which is the best part!

If you can’t fit everything in your bag, just sneak the extras into your husband’s backpack and he won’t notice until you’re already in Europe!

Hope this helps if you’re planning a trip!

What kind of razor do you use?


So, we really want to know… what kind of razor do you use? For the last 15 years we have been avid users of pink, girly Venus razors. That is until we started stealing our husbands. You know that moment you realize you have misplaced your razor and your husband’s is the only one in sight? Well, come to find out they work a lot better! Many have twice the number of blades and tend to have a much longer life span. We are hooked. A couple things we’ve learned about shaving after doing it for 15 years….

  • Shave at the end of your shower. At that point the steam and heat from the water have opened up your hair follicles and you will be less likely to get razor burn
  • Shaving cream matters. The old soap trick doesn’t quite cut it. Shaving cream creates a smooth barrier and makes legs stay smoother a lot longer.
  • Now I’m going to contradict myself and say if you’re in a pinch lotion does the trick. It’s definitely not as good as shaving cream, but it gets the job done.
  • Razors only last so long. Better to just buy the jumbo pack at Costco so you don’t feel guilty every time you have to throw one away.

Do you guys have any other shaving tricks up your sleeve that we don’t know about? Please share!

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