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Books to Read This Fall

I love the transition from summer to fall. I feel there is a special stillness that always centers me and allows me to get back on track after a hectic summer. With an ever-chaotic social media filled world, I find it to be wildly therapeutic to unplug and dive into a great read - especially during the fall! It’s such a transitional period, leading into the new year.

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How to Beat the Common Cold

“I love getting sick!”

…Said no one ever.

Last week, I woke up with every intent to finish unpacking since we just moved back to Studio City. However, my body had other plans. Upon opening my eyes, I couldn’t stop sneezing. I instantly felt a tender, sore throat, runny nose that needed immediate tissue attention and an overall feeling of fatigue. “Damn,” I thought. I had just become victim to the common cold.

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Tabit Talk with Elaine Rau

Earlier this summer, I had the good fortune of connecting with a powerhouse boss babe, Elaine Rau through Instagram. I was instantly drawn to her enthusiasm for helping other women crush their blogging businesses.

So yeah, she’s cool.

Upon getting to know her, I was blown away by her compelling story. She lost her job, her home and her brother-in-law all in one week. Determined to get her life back, she created and launched LadyBossBlogger.com, attracting a fiercely loyal audience of 170,000 followers in under three years.

So yeah, she’s a total badass.

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Life Update: Spotlight Series, Moving Day, Upcoming Projects

Can you believe that the first official day of fall is a little under a month away?? Before we know it Halloween (my fav), My niece’s FIRST birthday, Thanksgiving and the holidays will be here! Time is flying!

If' you’ve been following along on Instagram, you’ll know that it is that lovely time again - MOVING DAY! I know, I know, Freddie and I move…a lot. But there is usually a good reason as to why we are. Anytime we try to get out of the city, it always calls us back and with that being said, we are heading back to our roots; Studio City.

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Instagram is Hiding Likes: Here's Everything You Need to Know

By now, you may have heard about or noticed (if you’re in one of the testing countries) that your likes are disappearing on Instagram.

In May 2019, Instagram started testing a new feature in Canada that hides public likes and video view counts on all photos and video posts. A few weeks ago, Instagram expanded the test to other countries including: Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand.

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I Detoxed from Social Media for 72 Hours - Here's What Happened

A few weeks before Freddie and I ventured off on our summer travels, we were sitting at Corner Bakery in Pasadena, enjoying a yummy breakfast and chatting about upcoming plans. In between bites of our Anaheim Scramble, we were on our phones checking ticket prices, directions for our road trip, different sights to see for our vlog, as well as choosing outfits for approaching events. While I was deep in research between the different Smithsonian’s in Washington, D.C., my focus was interrupted by a sweet and joyful voice -

“Is this how the future generation does brunch these days?” an older gentleman gleefully chuckled and teased.

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HOW TO GET RE-INSPIRED WHEN YOU’RE FEELING STUCK

A few months ago, I found myself feeling absolutely stuck. I had just lost my Grandfather, my to-do list was sky high and I had new projects I was trying to get off of the ground but was making zero progress. I knew I needed to step back and take a breather. 

Through trial and error, I discovered a few strategies that worked beautifully in helping me feel unstuck and re-inspired. Anytime I ever begin to feel stuck, I will go back to this easy game plan to get out of the ever-dreaded funk that we all go through from time to time. 

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WEEKEND GETAWAY GUIDE: NEW YORK CITY

A few months ago, my Mom called me with some fascinating news; in partnership with Calyx Concierge, she was invited to showcase her artwork in Manhattan! My Mom, Vallerie, is a custom mandala artist and makes the most breathtaking pieces. We were very excited and my Mom asked me if I would come and handle the business end so she could focus on creating - I was in! A mother-daughter trip to NYC?? Pinch me now!

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HOW TO FACE CHANGE WITH COURAGE

If you clicked on this post, chances are you may be going through or thinking about a significant change in your life. Let’s face it; change is scary af. The fear of the unknown can be wildly overwhelming. ESP for us crazy Type A’s who crave certainty (heyyy). But did you know that our brains actually prefer predictable negative consequences over uncertain outcomes? Our minds want certainty and avoid uncertainty. 

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5 MUST-HAVE APPS

Aside from the juggernaut apps of today, (Uber, Postmates, Instagram), I wanted to share my 5 favorite apps that I use daily! Some are social media related while others are lifestyle & wellness. Here is a peek at apps I adore & what they do!

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HABITS OF HAPPY PEOPLE

happiness

But how simple is it, really?

And is it even something we can look for?

Are we able to truly control it?

If you’re anything like me, leading a life filled with joy, laughter & bliss is an absolute must. No matter the situation, I always try to look at the glass as half full (and sometimes, that can be incredibly hard)! However, capturing & holding onto happiness is not something that you will magically “figure out” one day. It is a continuous practice that you must exercise.

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CBD OIL: MYTH OR MAGIC?

Ahh, CBD oil. You’ve probably heard of it or know someone who has tried it. If you haven’t, here is the skinny -

CBD oil (aka hemp oil), is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, a chemical compound that is found naturally in the cannabis plant. CBD is NOT mind altering like marijuana; in other words, CBD will NOT get you high - there is 0% THC. CBD is known to help with inflammation, arthritis, joint pain, stomach cramps, swelling, epilepsy, aches, colds, anxiety, depression, eczema, psoriasis & rashes.

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WHAT THE INSTAGRAM BLACKOUT TAUGHT ME

Picture this: The day is Wednesday, March 13th, 2019. I am getting ready for the Draper James x M.Gemi Collection Launch. I grab my photo for Instagram and prep my stories to celebrate and share this fabulous limited line.

I open up my Instagram only to be greeted by a “cannot load” message - no matter how many times I hit refresh. I go to my Insta stories and try uploading - no dice. I then pull up my feed and try uploading a photo - zip, zilch, nada.

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HONORING A TRUE AMERICAN HERO: LIFE CELEBRATION OF MY GRAMPS, KENNETH CLIFFORD TAYLOR

Five months ago, I had the privilege and honor of interviewing WWII B-29 Bombardier/Navigator, Businessman, Family Man & my Grandfather, Ken Taylor on a blog titled Life According to My 95-Year-Old Gramps. He shared great wisdom, witty stories & true perspective on living an extraordinary life filled with a positive mindset & wonderful values.

On December 21st, 2018, our beloved Gramps passed away. As devastating as that day was for so many, we were all incredibly grateful for our time with this truly magnetic individual. His Celebration of Life was set for February 23, 2019, at The American Legion in Lady Lake, Florida.

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THE BEST ROMANTIC COMEDIES OF ALL TIME

REAL TALK: Reflecting on past years of celebrating Valentine’s Day, no matter my relationship status, one thing always remains the same: my favorite way to celebrate this holiday is with ROMANTIC COMEDIES! Sometimes going out can be stressful. Restaurants are packed, the menus are all preset and the setting can feel very contrived. While I do love celebrating love, sometimes there is no better Valentine’s Day than a date at home with your loved one, favorite rom-com, home cooked meal & delicious wine. #yesplease

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