Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The YES TO STYLISTA Experience

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9-months ago in early October, I took a leap of faith and entered a competition with Yes To, in hopes of becoming their next Yes To Stylista. After making it into the Top 10 of the photo submission round, we were asked to make a video and I sent that off in late October, yet again crossing my fingers. On November 9, they announced their big winner—and it was me! I was floored!! The prize came with a $1,000 cash award, a trip to San Francisco to meet the Yes To crew, and a 6-month guest blogging spot on their Tumblr.

On December 1 (also our wedding day), I began my 6-month Yes To Stylista journey. What did it involve? Basically, I received products in the mail, tried them all out (all of which were amazing and motivated me to throw out all my old and non-natural garbage), and then I blogged about it! I wrote a couple posts a month for the Yes To blog, and even made a video. In January, I was flown out to San Francisco for my big 3-day trip to meet the team and receive the royal pampering treatment! I blogged about that trip here and here, and made a video about the trip here. That was the trip of a lifetime, and the Yes To team was the most amazing group of people. I truly felt like I was one of them, and I was treated with such kindness and generosity!

Since the trip, I've kept in contact with the crew via email/instagram, and I've continued my guest-blogging adventures. My 6-months expired on June 1, and looking back, I'm just incredibly thankful and blessed for this once-in-a-lifetime chance. It's been an amazing time and I'm so thankful for every single opportunity that Yes To has given me. I made friends, I tried wonderful products, I got to reach out to a bigger audience and new group of people, and I just tried to take in every moment!

If you ever, ever have a chance to enter a contest or step outside of your comfort zone in order to win something big (or small), my only advice is just do it. You never know where that next step will take you.

To the Yes To team—thank you guys so much. The past months have been a dream-come-true and I'm so grateful for all you've done for me. You treated me like a part of your Carrot family, and totally spoiled me rotten. I am forever thankful for everything and for this amazing opportunity. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

In case you missed any of them, here is a recap of all my Yes To posts!

My posts on Yes To's blog:

My own Yes To Stylista promo posts (which recap their Tumblr posts with additional fun stories/commentary) & other posts that didn't make their blog:

And now—just one more for old times' sake—what do YOU say "yes" to? Thanks again, Yes To, Inc!! ♥♥♥

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Yes To Travel Essentials

Travel Essentials

Today's post is so bittersweet! I'm sharing one of my last Yes To Stylista posts from the Yes To blog (I'll have one more—my Stylista wrap-up post—coming soon)!

This was one of my favorite posts to date. I created a list of my six favorite Yes To products to tote with you while traveling. They're convenient, they're affordable, and they're small so they'll easily fit in your travel bag!  You can read the full post and why I love each product (especially that little zit-zapping roller) HERE!

What are a few products that you absolutely couldn't travel without? My top 3 would be lip balm, mascara and body butter!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Yes To Spring & Summer Essentials

Spring and Summer Essentials

I have a new post on the Yes To Carrots blog—it's about my warm weather essentials. And let me tell you what, that little red Spot Stick in the middle works wonders... I kid you not—it's a little miracle pimple zapper. Click HERE to see the full post and my 3 must-haves for this season's warm weather!

Oh, and in case you're curious, to find out how I became the Yes To Carrots "Yes To Stylista," read this post. Now it's your turn—what are your essentials for spring & summer?

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Yes To Earth Month

celebrate earth week with Yes To

April is Earth Month... and what a month it's been! I swear I've been outside every chance I could get—exploring, biking, hiking, dining on patios, and just taking it all in. Last week, I posted on the Yes To blog about what I'd be doing during Earth Week (April 22 was Earth Day). To read my post, Yes To Celebrating Earth Week, click the link!

What did you say "yes to" during Earth Month?

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Yes To Glowing Skin

steps for glowing skin

It's no fun waking up with crunched eyelashes and pores full of makeup. I know I'm not the only one who has gone to bed with my makeup on—too tired (and lazy) to take a minute to wash it off. This year, I promised myself that I would stick to a nightly routine and wash my face and moisturize each night before I go to bed. What I didn't realize about this routine was how awesome it would make my skin look and feel!

Want more details? Click HERE to read my newest Yes To Stylista post—my 4-step nightly regimen for glowing skin! 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Yes To Tips

yes to carrots tips

Being the Yes To Stylista for Yes To, Inc. has its perks. I've gotten to try so many of their products, and I've found a bunch of new favorites in each of their body, face, lip and hair lines. Did you know that they have different natural fruit & veggie products that center around cucumbers, blueberries, grapefruits, tomatoes and carrots?  I use all the lines, depending on the day and what I'm looking to combat!

I've also found that I like their products so much that I go through them rather quickly. I think it's because I use their products for so many things. To me, chapstick is not just chapstick. A lotion tub is not just a lotion tub... there are tons of other uses for these products, and today, I'm showing you 4 of my Yes To Tips to maximize your bang for your buck. Click here to read the full post!

What's your "get more for your money" tip?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Yes To Staying Motivated

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A couple months ago when the calendar switched over to 2013, I shared some personal resolutions as well as some hair and skincare resolutions. Guess what... two months have now passed (as well as the hard-to-avoid-overeating time of Valentine's Day), so I'm looking back on those resolutions and asking you—have you been sticking to yours?

I have a new post up on the Yes To blog—it focuses on motivation to keep on top of those resolutions, staying healthy, and being your best you! To read the post, click here!

/ / Visit the Yes To Carrots Facebook page to enter into their Girlfriends Getaway to win a trip for you & a friend to Miami! You can enter every day until March 24. Click here to like their page & enter!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Yes To Besties!

I have a new post up on the Yes To blog. It's all about the perfect girls-day-in—including best friends, pampering, a recipe for a delicious mocktail, and getting ready for Valentine's Day!

Make sure to check the Yes to Facebook page all through the month of February because this month, Yes To is doing a special feature for Valentine’s Day—all about best girlfriends—and they'll have tons of awesome deals, prizes, and even a big contest that you definitely won’t want to miss!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Yes To Stylista San Francisco Trip: A Video

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Last week I spent time living it up in San Francisco with the Yes To Carrots Team on my Yes To Stylista trip. Photos can be found here and here.

I filmed (and edited) my first-ever video while I was down there, and today I'm happy to share it with you! Enjoy ♥

/ / To see my audition video to be their Yes To Stylista, click here! More details about this video can be found on Yes To, Inc's YouTube page here. Oh, and in case you're wondering, the song in this video is Coastal Brake by Tycho, and I'm wearing Nars Orgasm blush

Friday, January 18, 2013

YES TO Day 2

This is day 2 of my trip to San Francisco as the Yes To Stylista! For day 1, click here!

Tuesday morning, my internal mountain-time clock woke me up at about 7:00 am pacific time. I didn't complain a bit! I started my morning off with a crossword (one of my favorite things to do), headed over to Starbucks to write a little post and answer some emails, and then explored the city! I didn't need to be at the Yes To office until close to noon, so I had lots of time to just hang out.

To see the rest of the photos, just click the jump below! There are captions underneath the photos so you get all the details ♥

The awesome lavender staircase in the Clift. All the walls above floor 1 are lavender!
A carousel I found on 4th street.
Made it to the office just in time for pizza lunch!
The entire Yes To team.
At 2:00 pm, the Marketing Team took me to get a blowout at Dry Bar.
My "before" shots!
More "before" : I had my very naturally straight hair done back in a boho braid... but not for long!
My "after" shot! I got the Cosmo-Tai.
My amazing stylist, Robby.
Curly ladies!
A couple "San-Fran-Style" homes in the Fillmore area. I'm in love!
We stopped by Sift for a treat. Sift won Cupcake Wars... and I didn't try a cupcake, but their Snickerdoodle Cookie was to-die-for!
Dinner with the Marketing Team at Out The Door in Fillmore.
We stopped at Buena Vista for Irish coffees.
The Golden Gate Bridge, all lit up at night!

Day 2. What a day. It was packed with fun, beautiful sights, an awesome tour of the city, and lots of memories.

I'm so thankful for this entire Yes To Stylista contest, the chance to hang out with my amazing new Yes To friends, and this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

My advice? Take chances, enter contests, put yourself out there. You never know what may happen! I almost didn't enter the Yes To Stylista contest out of fear of making a video... and now, looking ahead, 2013 is going to be an amazing year because I took that one little chance and just did it. Make this your year of trying something new! Say yes to taking chances!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

YES TO Day 1

From Monday thru Wednesday this week, I was in San Francisco taking the dream-trip of a lifetime. Today's the day (1 of 2) when I get to fill you in on the details!

You may remember back in November when the company Yes To announced that I was the winner of their big Yes To Stylista contest. It was an online contest where you submitted a photo, had a public voting round, and then the top 10 moved on to the video round. My video was the one chosen by their panel, and I was the big winner out of hundreds of girls! The grand prize included a cash award, a trip to San Francisco to meet the team, and oodles of Yes To product. I also scored a short-term guest-blogging position with them. It's all been very surreal and a complete dream-come-true.

Now that you have a little of the background of why I got to go to San Francisco, I thought I'd show all the fun photos from Day 1 of the trip! I got in nice and early Monday morning so I had the whole day to explore the city.

Since there's a million and one photos, to see them all just click the jump below! There are captions underneath the photos so you get all the details ♥

Yes To's main entrance.
The wall of fame!
A huge assortment of their products.
My favorite products—the lip butters & color balms.
Fun details around the office.
Money trees... literally.
Yes To's co-founder & mastermind, Ido.
Yes To's Brand Ambassador & social media guru, Delilah. She's been such a huge help through everything!
We ate lunch at Gott's in the Ferry Building.
Me & Ido.
The Yes To marketing team.
After lunch, Delilah and I explored the Ferry Building.
We walked back to the Yes To headquarters from the Ferry Building. It was just a mile or so, and a gorgeous walk.
Out on the pier.
Go Giants!
On the pier.

And now, what you didn't get to see:

After exploring the area around the Ferry Building, I got to go check into my hotel, The Clift, and then had a couple hours to myself to walk around the Union Square area. I had only brought two pairs of shoes (flats & wedges) on the trip (not realizing how much walking I would be doing), and my flats were not being kind to my feet. I stopped at Journeys and bought a pair of Vans—what a relief.

Around 4:00 pm, I headed to Mission Street and made my way through the Westfield. The Yes To team was so sweet to treat me to a massage at Burke Williams as a wedding present, and I spent the rest of the afternoon lounging in their spa.

After the spa, I walked around Westfield, making just one purchase—a tomato-colored purse at Fossil—and then made my way up Powell and grabbed sushi at Maru. By that time, it was around 10:00 pm and I was tuckered out—I'm not used to the big city—so I went back and crashed in my room. What a party animal I am, huh?

Day 2 photos can be found HERE!