My Top 5

5 important habits I’ve Learned

October 8, 2015

#1 Always be Polite

Have you ever had to interact with someone and found it really hard to get along? Often a good first impression is key, and it really does affect how polite people will be to you. We can all be a little kinder to the people with whom we interact.

#2  Get Up Early

Now, I’ll admit that I love sleep. A lot.  In order to make the most out of my day, I go to bed early, get up early, eat a good breakfast and spend time time thinking about my schedule for the day.

#3 Trust Yourself/ Be Confident 

I can always tell who is faking confidence and they are the ones that are unsure of their decisions.  I try to always trust my gut and go with what I personally think is right. I trust how I was raised and that helps me to believe in myself and my ideas.

#4 Be Classy

Even if I do not agree with something, I still try to disagree in a friendly way. I also think part of being classy means making sure you are not pointing the finger and simply work on making situations right. It’s tacky to place blame, even if it is someone else’s fault.

#5 Do Not Always Take Everything to Heart (Still working on this one)

In this world there are a lot of things that can affect your self esteem, especially in a workplace with all females. I have had to learn to have thick skin and not let other people’s opinions affect how I feel about myself. I know that I can’t please everyone and I always try to remember that no one can change how I feel about myself except for me.

What are some that you would add to the list?


Great Workout Clothes for Your Budget

October 7, 2015

Forever 21


Free People

Sweaty Betty

Old Navy




Black Peplum

October 5, 2015

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Jeans: J.Crew// Shirt: J.Crew// Shoes: Aldo// Clutch: Clare V.// Sunglasses: Ray-Ban//Bracelet: Similar Ring: Bauble Bar// Watch: Skagen


Top leave in Conditioners

October 2, 2015
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Photo by Bradley Leake

Here at CC, you all know that I am obsessed with making sure my hair is always healthy. I always love the feeling after leaving the salon because it seems like the only time that I am able to reach the highest level of healthiness. My split ends are all gone and my hair is silky and shiny. In order to try and keep my hair healthy between salon visits, I use leave in conditioner after my shower or  before I go to bed. Most of the conditioners I use are dream detangler — my frizz hero — and they pack an extra punch of moisture to give me healthy hair.

A good leave-in conditioner can help detangle strands, reduce fly-aways, tame frizz and keep curls soft;one that’s too heavy can weigh it down or leave it looking greasy. It’s important to choose the best leave-in conditioner for your hair type. Here are my top leave-in conditioners that will work hard for your hair!



 1. Living Proof No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner, $24 

This conditioner moisturizes your hair and brings hydration to chemically treated hair, while still retaining smoothness and banishing frizz.

2. Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner, $6.43 

This conditioner makes your dry hair super silky and helps protect it against styling damages. Aussie Hair Insurance Leave-in Spray Conditioner is made with natural ingredients that provide nourishment and protection in every spray.

3. Paul Mitchell The Original Leave-In Conditioner, $16.10 

I have fine naturally curly hair that tends to be dry. I love this, and have used it for several years. It helps provide extra moisture and softness that my hair needs. A little goes a long way for me–I use half a dimes’ size and the bottle will last in my bathroom for several years because of this. I don’t really pay attention to smells unless it is extremely bothersome but this product has a light scent that is a pleasant smell.

4. It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner, $18

This treatment that can be used alone and/or as a restorative styling product that leaves hair soft and bouncy. Works on all hair types to bring out natural luster and manageability while also making hair stronger and healthier with every use. Can be used on wet hair for extra shine or dry hair in place of a styling cream.

5. AG Hair Cosmetics Fast Food Leave On Conditioner, $22

This works as a great detangler. It tames frizz and fly-aways without feeling too heavy on your hair. According to Ulta, “Potent humectants and abyssinian oil do double duty to moisturize and mend split ends while adding weightless condition and shine to dry, lifeless hair.”

6. Sexy Hair Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner, $16.95

This product doesn’t leave any gunky residue behind. This stuff smells amazing and makes your hair supersoft feeling and looking. A lot of leave-in conditioners have a film-like texture,but this one doesn’t.

7. Kérastase Nectar Thermique, $20.50

For those who have a love affair with heat styling tools, this leave-in hair conditioner comes recommended by many stylists. It is a bit pricey but definitely worth it.


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Top 5 Autobiographies Every 20 Something Should Read

September 30, 2015

There are so many great lists out there of inspiring biographies that young adults should read and to be honest, I have probably read most of them. It is always amazing to read stories of ordinary people that turned their lives into something that they always dreamed of. Here is a list of my top 5 favorites so far:


Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed


1. Wild- At just 26 Cheryl Strayed was heading down a bumpy road. Her mother had just died, her family got split apart and her marriage had just ended. She had nothing to lose, so she decided to walk the west coast of America, from the Mojave Desert to Washington state, all by herself The entire eleven hundred mile journey is chronicled in this book, plus the life lessons it taught her. Be sure to watch the movie after you finish the book. Reese Witherspoon portrays Cheryl in such an authentic way!




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Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg




2. Lean In-  This is an autobiography of Facebook COO and one of Fortunemagazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business. She writes about her experience as a successful business woman and gives advice on changes women can make to a balanced and successful life.



I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafszi


3. Malala is the girl who campaigned for women’s education despite death threats and was actually being shot in the head. Malala’s story is an inspiration to live the life you love and take advantage of the opportunities you have.






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Leave Your Mark: Land your dream job. Kill it in your career. Rock social media by Aliza Licht

4. Leave Your Mark-  Aliza is a global fashion communications executive and Twitter phenomenon. She tells her story from struggling in the fashion industry to making her own career. She gives professional and some personal advice for how to start your own career. She is honest and inspiring.










Is everybody hanging out without me?: (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling


5. Is Everyone hanging out without me? This is a hilarious autobiography about Mindy Kaling’s life. She is so observant and relatable that you could not help but be inspired by hearing about all the details of her life.  You will not be disappointed with this one!


Burgundy Sweater Dress

September 28, 2015

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Dress: Glamorous// Boots: Hunter// Bag: She and Lo (mini version)// Glasses: Ray-Ban// Bracelets: Lacey Ryan// Earrings: Nordstrom// Ring: Argento Vivo// Lipstick: MAC in “cherish”


Workwear Essentials

September 24, 2015

A white shirt


A black bag


A wool coat


A classy clutch


A pencil skirt

Comfortable Flats


Statement Jewelry



Guest Post: Alissa’s Cold Brewing

September 23, 2015

I spent the majority of my life not being a coffee drinker.  My sister was the caffeine queen in our family and I had no interest in indulging in a cup of Joe. That stayed true until I met my husband who thoroughly enjoys a nice cup of black coffee.  I, however, enjoy cream coffee, meaning half cream/half coffee.  I may be exaggerating a bit with the ratios, but I prefer my coffee to have some sort of creamy flavor added.  Over the years we have tried all different types of coffee from all different geographical locations.  I have started to be able to taste the difference between blends and have discovered what I like and what I don’t.

My most recent coffee endeavor is jumping on the “cold brew” bandwagon.  We recently moved to the east coast and into an older home that does not have central air…yikes.  So drinking a warm cup of coffee as a precursor to a 90 degree day was just not working. Cold brew coffee is supposed to be smoother and sweeter in taste because of lower acidity and also higher in caffeine content, with chasing a 19 month old around all day I need that extra caffeine content. So… I went in search of a cold brew apparatus.  The Toddy Cold Brew Coffee System involved filters I needed to buy so I immediately nixed that option, although it is one of the more popular cold brew systems.  I also looked into the OXO Good Grips Coffee Maker, but it appeared like a science experiment and like Toddy involved paper filters.  So after much research I decided on the Hario Cold Process Immersion Coffee  Brewer.   What I liked about this cold brew system is that the filter is reusable.  Its sleek and slim design allows it to not only present itself well on my countertop, but also fits great in the refrigerator.  It also holds quite a decent volume of coffee so I can easily enjoy a cup for 3 days in a row.

The process of making cold brew coffee starts with utilizing a great coffee bean of your choice.  I had some Storyville Prologue Coffee beans on hand from my husband who brought them back for me after a recent trip to Seattle.  In order to limit grounds in your cold brew it is necessary to coarsely grind the beans.  I use a little over a cup of beans and can quickly coarse grind them in my Nutribullet (this is also a staple in my kitchen by the way, so many uses.)  Determining the amount of beans you wish to use really depends on the bean and how you like your coffee on the strength spectrum.

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The remaining process is quite easy. You fill the filter up with the grounds, place the filter in the glass cylinder and fill it up with cold water.  I fill the water thru the filter so that the water must go thru the grounds prior to sitting in the grounds overnight.  The longer you let the water soak in the grounds, the stronger the coffee becomes.  I usually will start the cold brew coffee around lunchtime one day and drink it for breakfast the next.

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Add some creamer (or black if you desire) and some ice, then ENJOY!

xoxo- Alissa


Moroccanoil/ Rosie’s Picks

September 22, 2015



Moroccanoil has some of my favorite products for my hair.  That’s why I was so excited when I received a box featuring Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Moroccanoil Must-Haves. Many of the products were ones that were brand new to me so it was fun to get to try them. I have always used there Moroccanoil light treatment and Pure Argan Oil. I put them in my hair after a take a shower or when I feel like my hair is dull.  I have also used the dry shampoo since it came out recently and it creates great texture in your hair. My only complaint about that product is that the nozzle is hard to press down on. I could also just have one that was defective:) The style cream also works as a great way to keep your hair soft. The Body Buff and Souffle were new to me but so hydrating for my skin.  Here is a rundown of all of the products in Rosie’s collection.

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Luminous Hairspray Extra StrongInfused with nourishing argan oil, the high-performance formula veils hair in a reflective shield of shine that fights frizz and humidity, yet brushes out easily and leaves no sticky residue.

Moroccanoil Treatment Light: Moroccanoil Treatment Light is formulated for fine and light colored (including white) hair.

Dry Shampoo Light TonesUltra-fine rice starches absorb oil, buildup and odor, leaving hair instantly cleansed and refreshed. UV-protecting, argan oil-infused.

Hydrating Styling Cream: Create runway-inspired hair with this leave-in styling cream to create soft locks with a natural hold

Pure Argan Oil: Dare to bare with this this head-to-toe indulging oil to condition and moisturize your hair, face, and body.

Dry Body Oil: Enjoy beautifully radiant skin with a nourishing blend of antioxidant-rich argan oil, olive and avocado oils

Fleur De Rose Body Buff: This luxurious rose scented exfoliator polishes away dead skin cells to create flawless skin

Fleur d’Oranger Soufflé: Enjoy the delicate scent of orange blossoms with this lightweight soufflé that instantly hydrates skin, leaving it touchably soft.