Hawaii, Home Away

The spring DWTS season is over, and my relaxation vacation is here! I was so excited to collaborate with Home Away this year for so many reasons! They have the best properties all around the world, this time we chose Maui, Hawaii. It is literally my favorite place to relax and enjoy family time. Especially after a long, grueling season!
This weeks blog post is all about my vacation, where to stay, where to go, what places to see, and what to pack for your ultimate getaway. I really suggest doing the Road to Hana (if you don’t get car sick), its about a 4 hour drive but its so worth it! I love love love the key lime pie at Tommy Bahama Restaurant, no joke I went there everyday for that scrumptious desert. If you stay at this Home Away location I recommend staying in Wailea Beach Villas or anywhere on the Wailea Beach! We always stay there at it has treated us so well! Hope this helps for your next ultimate getaway.

Where to stay:
Home Away (favorite spot ever)

Where to go:
Big Beach
Road To Hana
Wailea Shops
Tommy Bahama Restaurant
Longhi’s Breakfast
Lahaina Outlets

What to Pack:
Beach Tote
Roxy Coverup
Sun Hat
Swimsuit (one piece)
Bikini
Skin Care

Dancing With The Stars

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This post is all about this incredible show. Today I’m talking about the week I had with Wanye and Lindsay and what we can expect from the remaining contestants.
Last week I was able to be with Wanye and Lindsay for trio week. We did a paso doble to an incredible song! As you probably all know Lindsay and I have known each other for a long time. She has always been the person I choose every time trio week comes around. We really work well together. Last time we had a paso it was with Alfonso and that was the dance that helped us win! I wanted to be that same thing for her and Wanye. Paso doble with one guy and two girls is pretty difficult. You have to make steps that make the man look strong but that also compliment the two ladies. Creating steps in paso that compliment one man and two woman takes time. Lindsay and I went back and forth with how we could make it interesting but still let Wanye shine. He was strong and commanded the stage, he came back stronger than ever! Unfortunately after they had an amazing night they were the ones to go home. I’m sad they got eliminated, I feel they had an incredibly close chance of winning the mirror ball. Proud of Lindsay and everything she did this season! Her choreo and the way she handled Wanye was so great!
Everyone who’s left is amazing too so it’s hard to tell who will win. The final contestants are all worthy of taking home the trophy. They have all worked hard to get where they are. The freestyles will determine who wins. I remember the finals very well with Alfonso. A lot of time is required to put together the best routine for your celebrity. For this final freestyle you have to make your celebrity shine above all the rest. Show America that they deserve to win and that they are the clear winner. Can’t wait to see everyone’s routines, it will be an amazing finale. Out of all the seasons yet that I’ve been apart of, this is definitely the most talented. Honestly, it’s anybody’s game! Good luck to the remaining contestants. Let me know your thoughts below and who you think will win this season of DWTS!

Q&A

Hey my loves! Doing a question/answer segment on the blog today to answer your questions! What do you want to know? What do you want to see more of? Anything from personal questions to makeup, hair, and dance tutorials! Let me know your questions and I’ll do my best to answer. Comment below, and let’s start! Xo

Spring fashion

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Love spending time with my beautiful family! Spending the weekend on Oregon for my cousins wedding and it brings back so many memories. My favorite thing is spending time with the people I love most and being here with my cousins is so fun! So happy for the joyful couple today! Found the perfect dress for the occasion and I want to share it with you all. Spring fashion is coming and I can’t wait for the bright colors and the prints to start coming in! Let the spring shopping begin!

Dress details below
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mothers day shopping

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Mothers Day shopping today at the grove! What are you getting your mothers? Or are you making something? Always so hard finding a gift that is special enough for your mom. Anthropology is a good go to place for any woman. They have so many options, and quite affordable! I got some great items that will go well in my moms home and something special he can wear on this special day.

Today for this special shopping day I wore a simple outfit! An easy put together outfit for any day, whether you’re out shopping or just running errands.

I love how overalls are back in style and they are so comfy! My overalls and shirt you can find here.

My bag is Burberry, or you can find something similar here..

and in case you were wondering I curled my hair with the Instiller curling iron click here

For my shoes click here

the “perfect bride” look

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Today I’m sharing how to get your perfect bridal look. I loved my simple makeup by Vivian Johnson, its really not that hard to do yourself! Perfectly elegant and stays on all day! Heres the products we used for this special day.

For the base, Temptu airbrush foundation. Or you can use regular if you don’t have an airbrush. click here
“Blushing Bride” Tarte stain for the blush click here
Concealer, Cle De Peau in Almond click here
Chanel liquid eyeliner, color Noir. click here
Short and medium flare lashes.Lipstick, Pink Plaid by Mac with a little shear gloss on top!  get here
There you have it! Comment below if you’d like a makeup tutorial. Good luck guys! xo

Witney Shop Opening Soon!

Hey everybody I’m so excited for my new shopping site, Witney Shop I can’t wait to share all of my favorite apparel and fashion with you! I will keep adding new products and styles that I really love and that I really wear. I hope you all visit Witney Shop when it opens next weekend April 23! Click the link here or select the Shop link from the menu on my blog. It will take you there where you can sign up with your email. Love you guys and thanks for all the support! I can’t wait! Witney Shop

New Recipe! “Coconut Lime Curry”

Recipe:

Saute~
1 full chopped onion
4-6 carrots
4 potatoes
1/4 cup red curry paste
1 Tbsp. chili paste
After 10 minutes~
add 3 cans coconut milk
2 cups of vegetable stock
couple stocks of lemon grass
4 thick slices of ginger
Simmer until vegetables are soft on low~
slice and add mushrooms
add 1 can of peas
Take off heat and add~
1/4 cup lime juice
1 bushel chopped of cilantro
Serve with brown rice~

Enjoy!

Sugar Cookies!

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Sugar Cookie Recipe: (yields 2-3 dozen cookies)
Ingredients:
1 cup or 2 sticks of unsalted butter (at room temperature)
1 cup of granulated sugar
2 eggs
3 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. salt
5 cups of all-purpose flour

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Place parchment paper on cookie trays to ensure your cookies will not stick to the pan. This recipe does not call for any baking powder/baking soda, so your cookies will not spread. They will keep their shape. In a large bowl, add flour and salt. In another mixing bowl, using the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy. On a low setting, add eggs one at a time to the butter/sugar mixture, while scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add the vanilla to the mixture. Slowly incorporate the flour/salt mixture into the mixing bowl (keep mixer on low). Once the dough begins to clump in the middle and the flour is fully incorporated, you can remove the dough and place on parchment paper. To make your life easier, put the dough in the refrigerator for thirty minutes to an hour. This will harden the dough making it easier to roll out. Once you let the dough chill, you want to roll out the dough with a rolling pin. If the dough feels too sticky, you can add flour to both sides of the dough and begin to roll. You will want to flatten the dough and create a smooth top. You should roll your dough so the thickness is about 1/4 of an inch. Now you can use cookie cutters to create whatever shape you want. I am working with a lip cookie cutter and a octagon cookie cutter for this particular set, but you can use whatever you have on hand. You will need to re-roll your dough a few times in order to get as many cookies as possible. Once you have finished cutting out your cookies, place them on the cookie trays lined with parchment paper. Bake your cookies for 10 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown. You will need to let you cookies cool for 20 minutes before you can start decorating.

Royal Icing:
Ingredients:
1 lb confectioners sugar
2 1/2 Tablespoons meringue powder
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup water

Directions:
In medium mixing bowl, using the whisk attachment, add confectioners sugar and meringue powder. In a small bowl, add the vanilla to the water. Slowly add the vanilla water to the confectioners sugar and meringue mixture. Mix on low for 2 minutes and then increase speed to high for another 5 minutes or until your icing has stiff peaks (when you lift your whisk attachment and there is a peak that keep its shape). This is your basic royal icing.

Decorating supplies:
Food coloring (pink, red)
Edible gold and gold leaf (optional)
Piping bags
Piping tips (#1 and #3)
Paintbrush

Directions:
For the lip cookies, mix together a reddish-pink icing in a small bowl. Fill your piping bag with this color using piping tip #3. Pipe the edges of the lip cookie. Then with the left over reddish-pink icing, water it down to create a flood icing. If you draw a line through this icing and the line immediately disappears, then you have the right consistency for flood icing. Flood each lip cookie with the reddish-pink icing and let them dry for an hour. Once the cookies are dry, you will use your piping bag and piping tip #1 to create the ridges of the lip. Scoop some white royal icing into a small bowl and water down the icing to create 20-second icing. When you draw a line through the icing it should take 20 seconds for the line to disappear. Then begin adding the ridges of the lip to the cookies. Once the ridges dry, you can take a paintbrush and paint edible gold on the ridges. Let this dry for another 15 minutes.

For the octagon cookies, create a pink and red 20 second icing. Put both of the icing colors into piping bags with piping tip #3. Then begin icing the cookies by adding pink to the right side of the cookie and red to the left side of the cookie. With a paint brush, you can blend the two colors together to create a cool ombre effect. Once these cookies dry for an hour, you can use edible gold to paint on the cookie. Add some edible gold leaf on the opposite side of the gold paint for an added cool factor. Thanks @nutmegandhoneybee for the recipe!