Style Collective Orange County Spring Meetup

** All images graciously provided by Bleudog Fotography **

Style Collective OC Spring Meet UpJust two weeks ago I attended my first blogger meet up through Style Collective, a blogging community made up of fashion and lifestyle influencers across the globe.  While I mostly stay within the beauty blogger circle, I thought it would be good to branch out and see what these blogging groups had to offer since I’ve moved from LA to the Orange County area with no close by friends. They offer great support in helping grow your brand and online presence and building relationships with likeminded bossbabes in a social networking community. We all need a little help sometimes and Style Collective is a great place to start! If you think you’d want to check it out or join you can use my affiliate link here.

The event that I attended was specifically for LA and OC influencers and was held in Costa Mesa at Mesa Lounge, a trendy indoor-outdoor bar and tapas spot with beautiful, warm lighting,  lush greens and a sophisticated ambiance. Debbie Savage of To Thine Own Style Be True hosted the event and hit the nail on the head with venue selection. Shawna of Bleudog Fotography had lots to work with since each corner of the venue was a serious photo opp!  Talk about a place that had that swanky, but not over the top feel to it! Our entire area was beautifully decorated with floral arrangements from Bleudog Floral. They did an awesome job appealing to all the senses with this location! No doubt, I was excited to put on a dress and heels and get out since having my little one. These types of outings are far and few between when you’ve just had a baby. Upon arrival, I dropped my car off at valet and headed inside to be greeted with drinks and warm hellos from fellow influencers.

Style Collective OC Spring Meet UpIt was a large group of girls to try and meet one on one, I didn’t get a chance to meet them all, but was happily relieved to share discussions about our blogs, the changing landscape of comment pods, and more casual things like family life, where to live, and our kids. Shortly after a brief mingling session, and getting out headshots taken by the photographer, we all sat down to introduce ourselves and share a bit about our blogs. I was on a bit of a ramble when it got to be my turn but that tends to happen with you have 30+ new women to meet! Haha!

Style Collective OC Spring Meet UpWe spent the rest of evening chatting while enjoying the delicious small plates that Mesa had to offer. I had skipped lunch that day due to a busy schedule, so I was just about starving by the time I got there. I did my best to not devour everything TOO quickly, but I definitely could not put down those pizza slices or going back for a second serving of their salad. The tables were also sprinkled with bottles of wine donated by Middle Sister’s wine which I forgot to try. Whoops!

Style Collective OC blogger meet upThe time went by quickly as I got to talk to the women seated close to me, like Diana from Bo.do.ke, Kathleen of KatAnderson who shared the deets on Texas living, and Nancy and Jessica from the fabulous essential oil infused jewelry brand, LavHa. I was super interested to hear how the brand came about since the pieces they were wearing were beautiful and I love the wellness aspect of it. Everyone was very outgoing and I only wish the tables allowed for us to talk more with those sitting further from us!

Style Collective OC blogger meet upI wasn’t able to stay for the full event since I was worrying if my daughter was successfully put to bed or still running around the house telling daddy what to do (LOL), but I was happy I was able to spend a good amount of time meeting those women before heading out with our fabulous Sponsor swag bag put together by all the women attending the meetup!

Style Collective OC Spring Meet UpSpecial thanks to all the wonderful and generous brands that donated their goods and services to the group! I found several items in my bag that I will be featuring on Instagram in the near future. Check out the goodies I got and tell me what you’d be most interested in hearing more about!

Style Collective OC Spring Meet Up

Attendees: Debbie of To Thine Own Style Be True, Shawna of BleuDog Fotography, Mindy of ThreadsNBreads, Mindy of The Songbird Co, Maria of This Is How We Wear It, Caitlin of BoyCherie, Amber of Amber Nicole Fashion, Marshel of Between You N Me, Alina of Besos Alina, Adrina of AdrinaRose, Caitlin of Beauty and Colour,  Amira of Fall Over Fashion, Julie of Stylish Paradox, Nora and Ani of Moda Mob, Kathleeen of Kathleena31, Melissa of Brocade Closet, Amaya of AromaOffelicity, Karissa of Kris + Joy, Lauren of Lauren Yes Lauren,  Kristina of Laugh Love and Hippie, Diana from Bo.do.ke, LavHa, Nancy of Love Light and Bliss

Style Collective OC Spring Meet Up

Davids Premium Natural Toothpaste

davids premium natural toothpaste review by iliketotalkblogI think of myself as a pretty healthy person. I try to make good choices, but have now become even more aware of the things I choose to use for myself now that I have a daughter that I nurse. Everything that I use, ultimately can affect her so I’ve been come more aware of ingredients more than ever.  One thing I had not thought about though was toothpaste. I have tried different all natural toothpastes in the past but never really found one I stuck with. I recently was given an opportunity to try Davids Natural Toothpaste and thought my readers might want to know a bit more about it.

Davids Natural Toothpaste prides itself on a few things that make it a pretty spectacular product. For one, it’s vegan and cruelty free. It’s formulated without fluoride, sulfates, artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives, and it’s made in the USA with USA sourced ingredients.

It may come as a surprise to some that fluoride is a questionable ingredient. After all, we’ve been trained to use a fluoride toothpaste almost our own life, but for some people fluoride is not something they want in products they use.

Sulfates are considered strong detergents and why try to avoid those in our hair products so it only make sense we might want to avoid those in our oral care products as well.

I like the fact that this toothpaste uses xylitol as it’s sweetener because it’s also an ingredient known to help fend off plaque formation and common in baby toothpastes because of that. We are also a stevia household which is also used to help sweeten up this toothpaste. Stevia a natural sweetener that comes from a plant and I’ve been using it for over 10 years now.

I really enjoy the minty flavor of this toothpaste. It’s comes from a blend of wintergreen, spearmint and peppermint and is usually the flavor I go for toothpastes. I hate cinnamon flavors toothpastes, like seriously, WHY? Minty feels so fresh and so clean!

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And let’s talk packaging folks. Can we all admire the sleek, minimal and retro styled recyclable metal tube this toothpaste comes in? It has a little turn key so you can squeeze every little last bit out of it. Even the box is made from 100% wind energy.

If you’re looking for a natural alternative to all the other toothpastes out there you may want to check this brand out. You can find out more about Davids Natural Toothpaste by visiting their website or follow them on Facebook or Instagram. If you’re ready to buy you can snag it through their website or at Urban Outfitters!

Healanah Peace: Aromatherapy for a Restful Sleep

healanah-peace review by iliketotalkblogiliketotalkalot iliketotalkblog reviewAromatherapy has been around for ages and is a safe way to use aromatic plant and essential oils to treat a variety of symptoms, ailments or improving one’s mood. It can be done topically (on the skin), diffused in the air, or inhaled depending on the type of treatment you are looking for. Beverly Hills based, Healanah specializes in making healing sprays that combine the power of aromatherapy and gem stones.

With eight different varieties to choose from, Healanah covers all bases by offering sprays that promote positivity, improve the body’s ability to self heal, relax the senses, stimulate creativity, and increase energy and love. Now that I think of it, I could seriously use a little bit of each of those in my life right now! As a new mama that works from home I need energy to keep going throughout the day, and ways to keep creativity flowing without caffeine, all while keeping my baby happy and relaxed for nap time.

Healanah was nice enough to send me one of their healing sprays and I chose PEACE since it seemed most fitting at the time. PEACE uses a combination of Clary sage and Lavender essentials oils to help clear the mind. We know Lavender is used in lots of baby products because of it’s ability to soothe and relax, but what I never knew was that clary sage is used as a mood booster, and has calming abilities.

Always right around noon is nap time for my little one, and we both lay down on our cal king bed for a story, a snack, and a snooze. Nap time has to remain distraction free, so I use white noise to drown out any outside noise, but I also use my Healanah spray to help relax us I just spritz around the bedroom before we lay down so we pick up the scent from the bedding. I should add that I feel these are completely safe to use with a baby because I am not spraying anything directly on our skin and use the spray as a room and bedding spray instead.

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I happen to find the scent very relaxing and beautiful. We have a light breeze that comes in through our windows and the scent dissipates after a short time. Zoe also sleeps nicely for about 2-3 hours and mama sometimes falls asleep with her. I also enjoy their ENERGY and LOVE sprays that I have sampled in the past. Each spray retails for $25 each and can be purchased online or found in select stores in the Los Angeles area.

If you are someone who enjoys aromatherapy I highly suggest checking out Healanah on their website or social media pages for more information. You can find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

To see my previous review of Healanah you can view it by clicking here.