Snap Conference 2014 Recap and Video

Guys. I am literally dying. Okay, not literally. BUT… I am tired! I haven’t slept in days. But not the “I am stressed out of my mind” kind of not sleeping in days. This is different. This feeling is more like a “I am too old to stay up all night giggling like I am 12 years old again” kind of not sleeping. This feeling only happens one time of year and can only mean one thing. Snap Conference!

Snap Conference Recap Video 2014 on www.girllovesglam

 

There is nothing quite like learning until your head is about to explode while simultaneously laughing until you pee your pants. That pretty much sums up what Snap Conference is like for me.

Snap Conference Group Photo

When I started my blog, I had no idea that there were even other bloggers really out there. I started it so I could have something to do and somewhere to showcase what I was doing while Dave was student teaching. After post of mine went somewhat viral, I realized that I could take this whole blogging thing a little further and do it for real. That was when I learned about Snap Conference. It was 3 years ago and it was completely life changing.

Snap Conference 2014 recap

Because of that first conference, I met some of my very best friends. I was inspired to start a guild for the Idaho bloggers. I found the courage to try new things.

Home Depot Challenge Geometric Table

To say I have a soft spot for Snap Conference would be a serious understatement… It would be like saying that the season finale of Scandal was no big deal… or like saying that Jimmy Fallon is only kind of cute. Snap Conference literally changed my life and continues to change my life every year. I am asked a lot about how different blog conferences compare to each other. For me, it is an unfair question. Nowhere else can I find all of my closest, sweetest friends in one place, away from our kids while we learn how to make what we are passionate about even better.

My Sisters Suitcase Pumpkin and a Princess and Girl Loves Glam

Now I will get off my soapbox and let you watch this week’s installment of YouTube Monday! It is a short one, but it is a goodie! See the highlights of Snap Conference. You may even see your favorite bloggers in there too!

April Beauty Favorites Video

April Beauty Favorites. The products you have to try out!

It’s another addition to YouTube Monday! Today, I am revealing my beauty favorites for the month of April. I love trying out new products and telling you all about them. Check out my newest video where I reveal my favorites. I will give you links to them all under the video too.

Elf Lip Exfoliator

Beauty Box 5

Saltwater Sandals

Elf Makeup Remover Wipes

Kleenex Balsam Nose and Lip Balm (apparently this is only sold in the UK so you will have to do some searching for this! Sorry!)

What are your current beauty favorites?

Five Senses Friday Episode 14

It’s TRUE!!! We finally got together and filmed EPISODE 14!

…but we still haven’t taken any good head shots together so these epic pictures are just going to have to work!

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We have been busy busy busy with our blogs since ALT conference and we couldn’t help but get carried away with all our own personal posts all about fitness and beauty! …so carried away that we didn’t have time to film any Five Senses Fridays!! We will work on being more consistent OKAY!?!

Okay enough apologizing and excuse making, it’s the time you’ve all been waiting for!!

HERE WE ARE WITH EPISODE 14!

Filmed in the Target parking lot! #keepingitclassy

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XOXO

Perfectly Tousled Curls with a Curling Wand

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I feel like I have been avoiding this tutorial because I know there are several tutorials out there like it that teach how to curl your hair with a curling wand, but after getting numerous requests for a tutorial on how to achieve my curls, I decided it was time to blog about it! I like my curls to be imperfect. I like them to look more natural than the perfectly curled ringlets that I see on the shoulders of celebrities. The funny thing about it is that even though I want them to be “natural looking”, they aren’t natural at all! I have naturally curly hair. To achieve this look, I first straighten out my hair (taking all of the natural curl out of my hair), then curl my hair with a curling wand to create the messy, tousled curls I love. About as UN-natural as it gets. I guess that is just life though! Sometimes it takes the most work to look like a natural beauty!

I know that probably doesn’t apply to many of you, but that is my long way of saying that I start this whole process out with stick straight hair. I love how starting with straight hair can make a messy look that is still controllable.

To create this look, you need…

*Curling wand

*Heat protecting spray

*Brush

*Clip

Here is the video to teach you my step by step process of how I create this look. For written instructions, look below the video.

 In case you missed any of that, or want to look back for reference, here is how I created the curls…

1. Spray hair with heat protecting spray.

2. Pull up majority of the hair, leaving a small section of the bottom of the hair down.

3. Take a small section from that hair and wrap the section around the curling wand, curling away from the face. Hold the end (about an inch) of the piece of hair away from the wand so that it stays straight.

4. Go through the bottom section of hair and repeat step 3.

5. Pull down the next section of hair and curl it in small sections.

6. Curl the top section of hair a little tighter than the rest. You will see these curls the most.

7. Curl any fringe that has fallen out of the sections of hair that didn’t get curled.

8. Take a brush and brush through the hair and run your fingers through it.

9. Spray it with hairspray.

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Now you have perfectly, messy tousled curls! These are great because they last for a few days. You can touch them up a little bit, but they are supposed to look messy, so a little bed head actually can make your hair look even better! Score!

My Trip to NYC with Kleenex

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First of all, I feel like I need to prepare you mentally for the photo overload you are about to experience. Pictures speak much louder than words for me so that is how I am going to speak to you through this post… Well, until you get to the video part that I actually do speak to you…

Times Square New York City

A week ago, I was in the Big Apple. It seems so strange to think that I was only there just a week ago. In some ways I feel like I was just there yesterday, and in other ways this trip feels like a lifetime ago. I was able to go to NYC because Kleenex sent me there to attend a big reveal event they had at Grand Central Station to celebrate their 90th anniversary! To celebrate, they had Isaac Mizrahi design four new designs for their boxes that they revealed at the event I attended. Here are some highlights from the trip.

For the first night, Kleenex put me up in a cute hotel called 70 Park Avenue. I loved how the room was decorated!

70 Park Avenue Hotel NYC

When I first got to the Kleenex event, they had boxes of their current designs out for people to admire, photo props to take photo booth pictures, and kiosks that people could go to to enter to win a $500 shopping spree.

Kleenex 90 Birthday Event

I had to take the opportunity to play in the photo booth!

What I Wore to the Kleenex event

Then the big moment came. Isaac Mizrahi! He came and announced his 4 new designs in front of a crowd of people and snagged some photos with Kleenex executives.

Isaac Mizrahi and Kleenex Executives

His designs were revealed on a giant Kleenex box made of 4 huge LCD screens. It was a huge way to celebrate such incredible designs!

Kleenex Isaac Mizrahi Design Reveal

There couldn’t have been a better setting than Grand Central Station to kick off such a big year for Kleenex. Their company has grown so much over the years. They have so much history to celebrate and the gorgeous, historical Grand Central Station was the perfect place to do it. If you are ever there, don’t forget to look up! Isn’t this place gorgeous?

Grand Central Station New York City

After Isaac made his big reveal, the old designs that were on the tables were quickly switched out with his new designs. Aren’t they perfection? I am OBSESSED with the pink floral print. I need it in a dress.

Isaac Mizrahi Kleenex Designs

After the big reveal, it was hard to say goodbye to the new friends I had made at the event. The people who put this event together are such kind, hardworking people! They all instantly felt like family to me. I said goodbye and made my way to Carnegie Deli for lunch.

I feel like I need to do some explaining about this sandwich. My dad came on this trip with me. When I found out that I was going to go to NYC, I was only going to be going for about 24 hours. I knew that wasn’t going to be enough time for me, but I didn’t want to spend more time than that in NYC by myself. I asked a few friends and nobody was going to be able to come with me. That is when my dad hopped in the conversation and told me that he had enough frequent flyer miles to come with me! I am so glad that he came with me! He did his own thing while I was at the Kleenex event, but it was so fun to have him there to explore the city with. Anyways, back to the sandwich. The second night we stayed in NYC, we stayed at the Marriott Fairfield. There is the BEST bell boy of all time who works there. My dad wanted a recommendation of a great NYC style deli sandwich and the bell boy immediately sent us to Carnegie Deli and told us to share a sandwich. Thank goodness for his recommendation because THIS is half of a sandwich! It was St. Patrick’s Day and we felt like we needed to celebrate with a Reuben sandwich. The corned beef and sauerkraut hit the spot!

Carnegie Deli sandwich

To top the day off, I went to Mood Designer Fabrics. This has been something that I have wanted to do for years! I have been a Project Runway fan from the beginning and it was so fun to see where the fabric magic happens. This place is HUGE! There are three floors that are completely STUFFED with fabric. I could have stayed there all day. My dad found a nice spot to sit while I did some fabric shopping and when I found him again he had found Swatch the dog! I was so excited to see the famous puppy in person. He is a sweet little pup.

Mood Fabrics

For another glimpse into my trip, check out my video!

I am so grateful to Kleenex for this opportunity. I seriously can’t find the right words to thank them enough. This was something that I never would have thought would happen to a girl like me. I am grateful for all of you incredible readers for supporting me so this could happen too! I know that none of this would have been possible without you guys! I seriously love you guys. Like for reals.

Five Senses Friday: Episode 13

We are back from Alt Summit and are completely inspired, refreshed, and ready to make our blogs the best ever!

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Our minds and bodies have taken a week to rest after such a busy schedule at Alt, but we are excited to show you our newest installment of Five Senses Friday!

Five Senses Friday Video Series

We went to classes all about videos and hopefully our series will soon become even better than it is now! We can’t wait to show you what we have learned through the awesomeness that will soon be our videos.

Just as if we couldn’t talk about Alt Conference anymore that we already have, Five Senses Friday Episode 13 is all about what we were sensing at the conference.

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Who’s ready for episode 13?!

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What are YOU sensing this week?

Five Senses Friday: Episode 12

Say WHAT?! Five Senses Friday Episode 12! We did! We did it for real you guys. We know you have been sitting on pins and needles waiting for this episode. Your wait is finally over!

Five Senses Friday Video Series

It is a new year! You get a new us too! We got a nicer camera so we will have higher quality videos and after we attend ALT Conference and learn from the very best, our videos could even go from good to great! For now, you just get us in all of our awkward glory…

Without any further ado, Five Senses Friday: Episode 12!

We just need to take a minute to seriously thank all of you who have valiantly watched Five Senses Friday and are faithful readers of our blogs. You really are making our dreams come true. Here we go on the cheesefest again! It is the truth and it needs to be said. We love you and are so grateful for each and every one of you. Stay tuned for episode 13! It may come in 2 weeks, or maybe 6 weeks (ha!) but it will come!

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel HERE so you don’t miss any Five Senses Friday goodness! Catch up on all of our previous episodes too!

Any Five Senses requests for us? What are YOU sensing this week?

Five Senses Friday: Episode 11

WHAT?! What is this madness? Five Senses Friday on the day we are supposed to be releasing Five Senses Friday? Yep! We got our act together and filmed a short little episode for you guys in honor of our Black Friday shopping madness we experienced last night.

Enjoy!

This Thanksgiving, we are grateful for all of you! Thank you to all of our loyal readers and YouTube followers who embrace us for all of our freakish gloriousness we have to offer. We love you all!

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Five Senses Friday: Episode 10

It is that time again! Time for Five Senses Friday!

Five Senses Friday Video Series

I know, I know. We missed out last week. It happens okay! Please forgive us and enjoy this week’s episode. If you like to hear two girls talk about poop, exercise, and our love of Katy Perry, you are in luck! Wait, that is pretty much every episode of Five Senses Friday… Well, in that case… without anymore introduction, here is Five Senses Friday Episode 10!

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Five Senses Friday Episode 9

We’re baaaAAAAck! Please tell me you missed us. Help boost our egos a little. Sometimes life gets in the way and that is exactly what happened to what should have been episode 9 two weeks ago. Please forgive us! Well, hopefully we made up for it this week!

Five Senses Friday Video Series

We had an extra special guest in episode 9 too! Be excited for this episode because it is coming to you…………………….NOW!

No outfit pictures were taken this week because we are total slackers… Let’s be honest.

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel HERE so you don’t miss any of our awesomeness! Happy Friday!