Sunday Splash: So Much Food & Catch Phrase

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[ Fresh coconut water on the beach. ]

This weekend definitely had a theme ⇢ lots of food—& A LOT of CATCH PHRASE ( my newest obsession! )

Do you guys know Catch Phrase?

For those who don’t… It’s a word guessing game—there’s usually two teams, and you’re trying to get your teammates to guess whatever word or phrase you’re given without saying the word or phrase… You have to explain it to them verbally.

You can find it on Amazon or you can use an app, like “Phrase Party” on your phone ( that’s the one we used ).

Once your team guesses the word or phrase correctly you pass it on to the other team, kind of like Hot Potato, and you keep doing that until the buzzer goes off. Whichever team is holding it when the buzzer goes off, looses the round.

Not surprisingly… We got super into it, and pretty LOUD. LOL. It’s really fun.

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[ ‘Hot & Cold’ cocktails at Shell Shock in Mountain View—SO GOOD! ]

To start the weekend we went to this DELICIOUS restaurant in downtown Mountain View called Shell Shock Restaurant on Friday, and it was perfect because I really wanted fresh seafood & a spicy / refreshing cocktail.

If you’re around Mountain View, you HAVE to check it out.

Order their ‘Hot & Cold’ cocktail if you like spicy drinks. It has Hornitos Plata, cucumbers, jalapeños, & fresh lime juice… It’s really good!

I spent Saturday with family… We BBQ’ed, caught up with each other, shared stories, and played Catch Phrase ( Phrase Party ) until a little after midnight. It got pretty competitive. ; )

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[ A HUGE Ponderosa lemon from my aunt’s backyard. ]

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[ A delicious Bloody Mary at Kitchen Story SF—spicy, just the way I like it. ]

The theme continued on Sunday. The girls & I went to brunch at Kitchen Story SF and then had a little picnic at Dolores Park… With more Catch Phrase. LOL. It’s addicting!

By the way, I felt very San Francisco-y spending the day at Dolores Park. AND… THERE ARE SO MANY CUTE PUPPIES THERE! I basically oohed & awwed the entire time we were there. Minty came with us too, obviously. ; )

But… Let’s not breeze through brunch because brunch at Kitchen Story is AMAZING.

Since I’m not having eggs ( aka no Benedict for me—I’ll share more about this soon ) I ordered their Veggie burger without cheese and without ailoi. It was DELICIOUS—so was their Bloody Mary. It was spicy, just the way I like it.

How was your weekend…? What are you looking forward to this week?

If you need a little pick-me-up or retail therapy ; ), check out these super cute home picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

xx,
Bita

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[ Check out my favorite home items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale here. ]

Shop my weekend look + CATCH PHRASE ( LOL ):

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale… Fav Items for the Home

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You know what’s fun?

Online shopping.

& Browsing!

I’ve been browsing & pinning a lot lately, especially for my home & office so when I checked out the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale I went STRAIGHT to the ‘HOME‘ section.

Plus, when you’re shopping for your home you don’t have to worry about FIT.

Side note ⇢ have you ever purchased a baggy sweater online that looked so cute online and then you got it in the mail… And it looked terrible when you put it on? Me too. Which is why I love online shopping for my home / office. LOL.

Since there’s so many great deals happening right now, I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite home items that are on sale ( big time! )

Ready? : )

I really like that this comes with a holder because it helps the kitchen stay organized. Plus, how cute are these copper handles? I LOVE ’em!

Doesn’t this pillow make you smile? I love the clean lines and bright, happy color.

But really… This entire collection. I’m obsessed with marble, especially white marble. This tray is perfect for displaying everyday lotions and beauty items so they’re accessible, but still organized.

This rug is SO cute! Plus, it comes in 4 different sizes ( or dimensions )—this long, narrow one is perfect for long hallways ( if you live in San Francisco you know exactly what I mean. )

This basket is perfect for holding toys ( Minty‘s, LOL ), magazines or other items in your home. AND it’s super cute—such a great find!

I’m almost always burning a candle when I’m in the house, but I love having an oil diffuser in the bathroom. Antica has amazing scents like pomegranate / currant / blood orange, grapefruit, and vanilla / bourbon / mandarin—sounds sooo good, right?

Have you guys been shopping ( or browsing ) the Sale? I’d love to hear what you’ve been eyeing! : )

xx,
Bita

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How to Do a Better At-Home Manicure ( Expert Tips! )

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[ Pink cuticle pusherSolarOil Nail & Cuticle Conditioner, & 4 step buffing blocks ]

I SUCK at painting my nails—& I finally accept it.

I’d much rather go to the salon… Relax, get a spa pedicure ( & MASSAGE! ) and a manicure from a professional.

But, unfortunately, I can’t always go to the salon. I’ve been trying to save money and with scheduling, sometimes a trip to the salon just doesn’t happen.

So my friend Stephanie taught me how to do a manicure at home & I’ve been doing it between salon visits.

Back story ⇢ Steph & I use to work together when we were both studying at San Diego State & she use to do an AMAZING manicure on herself during her breaks ( she got her cosmetology license before attending SDSU, so she has a lot of experience with everything beauty. )

So, obviously I went to her when I needed tips on how to give myself a manicure.

I don’t usually paint my own nails ( because I’m SO bad at it, LOL ), but I do everything that leads up to it—& then I use this nail strengthener & top coat.

Okay, let’s dive in!

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1. Shaping & smoothing your nails

First off, this little buffer block I discovered on Amazon is THE BEST.

Basically, it has 4 different sides, each with a different texture so you can buff your nails, remove ridges, and make your nails shiny before you paint them.

It’s AMAZING.

I use it along with this nail file & nail clipper to get the shape I like.

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[ LOVE this little buffer block! ]

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[ FAVS ⇢ SolarOil Nail & Cuticle Conditioner, OPI Nail Strengthener, & RapiDry Top Coat ]

2. Fixing your cuticles

Next up, cuticles.

I use to push my cuticles down with this tool, but it was SO bad for that—because it’s not meant for it, so I usually ended up with bloody cuticles. EW.

This plastic cuticle pusher is WAY better! I use it to push my cuticles down & then I use this cuticle nipper to delicately ( LOL ) nip them off.

Stephanie recommended applying a cuticle oil in-between nail treatments. She says, “typically the more hydrated your nail beds are, the longer the polish will last!” She recommended Solar Oil so I tried it out & I absolutely love it. I use it all the time.

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[ SolarOil Nail & Cuticle Conditioner ]

3. Painting your nails

Here are Stephanie’s tips for actually painting your nails ( the part I’m REALLY bad at ):

  1. Use a base coat—this will help your nail polish stay intact. ( I like this nail strengthening one by OPI because my nails are super weak and I want to make them stronger. )
  2. Erase mistakes by dipping a tiny brush into nail polish remover.
  3. Use a fast drying top coat—Try OPI RapiDry ( I tried it & love it! )

If for some reason I HAVE to paint my own nails I go with a pale pink ( this one is my go-to ) or a nude because it’s easier to get away with mistakes when using pale colors. A bold red, not so much.

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If you use these tips, let me know how they work for you. I’d love to hear! You can also show me on Snapchat and Instagram & Twitter by tagging @JOYFETTI.

Do you have any tips? Tell, tell! : )

xx,
Bita

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My DIY “Sick Tea” ( you’ll love this! )

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[ “do your BEST” mug found here ]

Being sick is never fun, especially during the summer and holidays, & for some reason, I alwaysss get sick around NYEThis year I didn’t because apparently I saved it for the summer. ; )

I got a cold / cough about 2 weeks ago & thought I could shake off with some Tylenol & Advil. BUT, when it didn’t go away after a few days I remembered this AMAZING tea I made myself last year when I got sick during the holidays ( as usual )—obviously, I had to share it with you!

It’s literally the best tea ever because it’s delicious AND it works. It eased my throat as soon as I started drinking it & helped me go to sleep so I could finally get better.

But really, the health benefits of this tea are so insane I’m thinking about having it every night.

So… What’s in it?

It’s SUPER simple: just honey, lemon, & grated ginger. That’s it—easy, right?

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Here’s why it works:

We’ve already covered the health benefits of having lemon ( soothing a sore throat is one of them! ) so let’s chat about the benefits of honey & ginger… Sound good? Let’s start with ginger.

Ginger:

+ fights the flu / common cold
+ helps relieve a sore throat
+ kills rhinoviruses, which cause colds in the first place
+ helps with digestion ( & reduces gas )
+ reduces nausea, especially morning sickness
+ reduces pain, including menstrual cramps, headaches, joint pain & stiffness
+ keeps your brain sharp as you age
+ lowers your risk of infections ( it’s especially effective against the oral bacteria that’s linked to inflammatory gum diseases like gingivitis )
+ lowers cholesterol levels
+ & it’s anti-inflammatory properties help reduce muscle pain caused by exercise

LONGGGG list, right? It’s also increases energy and promotes a healthy complexion & hair, and an overall lower weight. I’m thinking I need to have ginger all day, everyday—sick or not sick. Okay, let’s take a look at honey…

Honey:

+ reduces cough & throat irritation ( YES! ) & helps fight off a cold
+ helps regulate blood sugar levels ( artificial sweeteners & white sugar DO NOT! )
+ increases athletic performance & provides a quick boost of energy for your workout ( yes, please! )
+ promotes beautiful skin
+ promotes brain health
+ acts as a natural sleep aid
+ & is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial & anti-fungal

Basically I should have this tea every night, right? ; )

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Here’s how to make JOYFETTI DIY “Sick Tea”

You need:

+ Freshly squeezed lemon juice ( I use 1/2 – 1 lemon )
+ Honey
+ Freshly grated ginger

Steps:

Add lemon juice, honey & freshly grated ginger to HOT water. & ENJOY! Sip, sip, sip away.

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If you make this at home, let me know how you like it. I’d love to hear!

Also, if you have any tips for getting rid of a cold / fever, PLEASE share. I need to be prepared for NYE 2017. ; )

xx,
Bita

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[ So obsessed with this mug… Isn’t it cute!? ]

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The Life Hack Every Dog Lover Needs to Know About…

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You guys, the other day I was brushing Minty and I had hair ALL over my legs by the time I was done.

I like to wear black, and she has a lot of white hair—so it was literally like I dumped a TON of dog hair all over my black pants… It was definitely noticeable.

I had to take photos for work and didn’t have any lint rollers ( I’m out of them—I have to buy new ones ) so I thought: TAPE.

Luckily, I had packaging tape in my desk drawer.

So I grabbed it, tore a piece off ( multiple times… LOL ) and patted the sticky side onto my pants. It took the hair right off—it was amazing.

I shared it with you guys on Snapchat when I “discovered” it ( HA! ) but I wanted to share it with you here because it was super, SUPER helpful.

So! If you’re playing with a dog, or grooming your dog, and you get their hair all over you and don’t have a lint roller… Just grab some tape. It works SO well.

If you have a life hack I need to know about, please let me know below, or comment on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook—I’d love to hear about it!

xx,
Bita

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( My babe cakes, Minty. )

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( Good ol’ tape… LOL. )

Cute products I use for Minty:
( Yes, I picked mint colored products on purpose… HA! )

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Sunday Splash: Is It Already Smonday?

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( Throwback to 4th of July last year—if you’re looking for style inspiration for the 4th of July check out these cute, new looks. )

… As in almost Monday!?

It feels like the weekend came & went so quickly. Don’t you think?

If we’re already Snapchat friends, you know I spent the day with family, pups, & chilled wine ( we had La Crema 2014 chardonnay today—it was so good! )

Any who… I’ll be back tomorrow with more to share. Just wanted to stop by & say HI! : )

I hope your weekend was amazing. Let’s kick some butt this week!

xx,
Bita

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( Pretty leaves while running in the neighborhood. )

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( Mira bracelet here & Zella “Live-In” Leggings here. You can read more about Mira & why I love it here. )

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4th of July Style Vibes

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What do you have planned for the 4th?

Hopefully I’ll be sipping some sangria in a bikini, and enjoying some shrimp ceviche & BBQ. Style-wise I’ll keep it simple with subtle hints of red, white & blue.

Here are a few looks I’m loving:

WHITE LACE UP PLUNGING BODYSUIT

How insane is the detail and plunging neckline on this bodysuit? I’M OBSESSED! Pair this with a high-waisted maxi skirt and baby blue nails ( or red nails, if you prefer ) & you’re golden.

NAVY FRANKIE’S BIKINIS TOP & BOTTOM

Last year I shared an American Flag bikini with you, but like I said, I’m going with SUBTLE this year ( LOL ), so this navy bikini is perfect! I love the detail on the top, and the bottoms have a little stitch down the middle in the back, which gives it a better fit, especially when you’re swimming.

If you’re going to a pool party, you HAVE TO check out this pool float. I feel like it goes with our theme of patriotic, yet subtle—it has the right colors… ; )

MAROON TIE DYE MUMU SARONG

Red tie-dye? YES! If you’re going to a pool party, I love the idea of wearing a sarong because you can wear with your bikini top—how great is that? So effortless & chic.

BABY BLUE STRIPPED WRAP DRESS

This is SO cute & you can literally throw it on & go. I love the deep v!

NAVY STRIPPED TIE-SIDE TANK TOP

I’m obsessed with stripes in general… But they’re also perfect for 4th of July. I’d pair these with cute cut-off shorts and aviators. Simple, comfy, cute!

Don’t forget to stay hydrated with a cute BKR bottle. This red / white heart one is perfect for the 4th.

xx,
Bita

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Must-Haves for the Babe Who Runs Outside

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Running is one of my favorite ways to break a sweat—& it’s kind of like therapy.

It’s one of the few workouts where I actually focus on my movement & get away from my thoughts / work / etc… If I’m having a bad day, I run. Lately, I’ve been getting back into running in the morning & it’s been AMAZING. There’s something about starting the day with a run that’s so freeing and energizing. I LOVE IT!

Are you a runner?

If you enjoy running outside, like I do, these items are for YOU! & if you’re not, maybe they’ll motivate you to give it a try. ; )

First up…

1. A MIRA BRACELET

I’ve been using Mira for a hot minute ( 2-3 days, LOL! ) BUT I’m already so in love with it. Hear me out…

Before Mira, I just used the Stepz app, but I wanted something I could wear that was more accurate ( i.e. tracked my steps while I worked out, moved around the house, etc… ) that didn’t make me cling to my phone ( because I do enough of that already ).

Mira syncs with my phone ( through their app ) and is so clean & easy to use. Isn’t it cute?

I put it on like a bracelet when I wake up & wear it throughout day. It’s been giving me a nice mental switch… When I put it on in the morning I know it’s time to tackle the day & when I take it off before bed I know it’s time to wind down & go to sleep.

If you’re a runner ( & even if you’re not )… Take a look at Mira. I have it in their Polished Rosé All Day color & I love it!

AND—BTW, it’s on sale right now. WOO!

2. BEATS BY DRE EARBUDS

Honestly, the gold color got me & their reputation sealed the deal.

These earbuds are GREAT for running. If you follow me on SNAPCHAT ( username ⇢ joyfetti ) you already know this. ; ) I always listen to Spotify or Pandora when I’m running so a good pair of headphones is VERY necessary. My run is 543482948394935 more intense & amazing when I’m listening to music while I run.

If you’re looking for new music,  follow me on Spotify to check out my favorite Spotify playlists and to listen to the JOYFETTI playlists.

3. ZELLA ‘LIVE IN’ CROP LEGGINGS

I’ve never been gung-ho about a pair of leggings until I tried these. I know it’s weird to talk about a pair of leggings like this… But they really SUCK YOU IN. So weird, I know… But it’s true. The fit is amazing, and so is the quality. I guess that’s why they called them “live in” leggings, you’ll want to live in them.

4. A BKR WATER BOTTLE

I tried running without a water bottle the other day & it just wasn’t as good. I got thirsty and sounded like a dog that’s dehydrated ( LOL, because I was dehydrated—it’s hot out. )

Plus, why not drink water when you work out? It’s a win, win…

I like the 500 mL bottle for running & workouts in general.

5. SUNSCREEN ( !!! )

This is a big one! When it comes to running outside ( especially during the summer ) one of the most important things to remember is to put on sunscreen.

5 years ago you wouldn’t find me preaching about the importance of putting on sunscreen, but times change. ( THANK GOD! LOL )

I’ve come to realize the QUALITY ( & health! ) of my skin is MUCH more important than the color. So no thanks to a little runner’s tan ( or really, burn ), I’m much more interested in keeping my skin smooth & healthy. You can’t replace your skin… Think about it.

One of my friend’s, Kheri ( she’s an esthetician ), recommended Osmosis Protect Sunscreen, and I love the feel & texture of it. It’s the only sunscreen I’ve tried thus far that I actually look forward to putting on. It feels like a quality skincare lotion. It’s that good. Plus, it doesn’t say this… But I feel like it’s kind of tinted ( kind of )—it doesn’t have that typical, gross, cake-y white color most sunscreens have. In the description it says it’s “sheer” & it totally is—& it smells good.

Unheard of right… A sunscreen that smells good? It does. Try it out & LMK how you like it. : )

I have the 30 mL bottle right now, but I’m planning to get the 200 mL when I run out. I put it on every day now.

6. CUTE SNEAKERS

I’ve been running in Nike Frees for yearssss now. I love that they’re cute and petite ( not too chunky like some sneakers ) & they’re comfortable for me. Find a pair of sneakers that work for you, and are comfortable and provide support, and be sure to get a new pair when they start to feel funny.

The lifespan of a pair of sneakers varies depending on the shoe and how often you use it, but generally experts say it’s time to get a new pair after 300-500 miles. I usually notice it’s time for a new pair after 6 months to a year. What about you?

BTW, for those of you who hate running, I use to hate it too, but now I LOVE it. It’s such an INSANE workout and it feels soooo good! I’ve been running for 7 years now ( as an exercise ) & let me tell you I definitely see a difference between my face & body when I’m running consistently. I look & FEEL way more lean.

PLUS, it’s one of the BEST forms of therapy for me.

LMK if you give it a try! : )

<3,
Bita

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Sunday Splash: I Love the Sunday Snooze

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( My fav kind of donut ⇢ pink with sprinkles! )

Is it just me, or is there something super soothing about Sunday nights?

Am I crazy?

It’s just so calm & quiet… ( LOL… Do I sound old? )

This month has been very “go, go, go” because we’ve had so many great occasions to celebrate.

But today was definitely a change of pace because like most of my Sundays, it was actually calm ( except for the last few minutes of Game 7. Those were definitely NOT calm. )

This week, I’m looking forward to working on some new projects for JOYFETTI & JOY Consulting Co., getting back into a regular schedule ( hopefully with early mornings! )—& DETOXING, kind of… Mostly from booze & cake. ; )

A little activated charcoal lemonade sounds soooo good right now.

BTW, please LMK if you have a particular brand or place you like to get it from—I’d love to check it out!

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( Celebrating Minty‘s 2nd birthday! Check out her 1st birthday photoshoot here, and SUBSCRIBE on YouTube for her birthday video coming soon. : ) )

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( Me, this week… More reason to detox ; ) )

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( I love these earbuds for running & for listening to music ( usually Spotify ) while working on JF & JCC. PLUS, they come with an awesome case so they don’t tangle up in my purse. )

What are your Sunday nights like? Are you dreading Monday or looking forward to it? Would love to hear!

Hope you had a wonderful Sunday & Father’s Day!

<3,
Bita

 

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Cute Makeup Bags

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… & they’re all under $30 ( !!! )

My compact broke recently ( in the worst place ever… In my car… It was parked ) & the powder got allllllll over my makeup bag. I’m sure you can relate?

SO, I found the upside & started browsing for a cute, new bag. ( LOL )

Here are a few on my wish list:

1 ) This classic, simple, all-black cosmetic bag by Bobby Brown 

It’s on sale! BTW : ) I love this one because it LITERALLY goes with everything. I know we’re not talking about a dress or a clutch, or shoes, but I love how you can throw this in ANY bag and it won’t clash with it. Kind of nice, don’t you think? I’m all about this one!

2 ) This fun & flirty hot pink pouch

How fun is this pouch? I love the playful font & bold color.

3 ) This playful cosmetic case

Doesn’t this SCREAM New York? I like that about it. Plus, it’s BRIGHT yellow so hopefully, if / when ( definitely WHEN ) I misplace it, it’ll be easier to find—right?

4 ) This cute & quirky LeSportsac cosmetic pouch

I love the pattern & the playful colors.

So… Which one of these do you guys like the most?

xx,
Bita

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