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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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.

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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.

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