MY TOP 5 BEAUTY PRODUCTS AT THE MOMENT

I thought I’d share some of my favorite beauty products at the moment. I think that this year in particular, the weather has been CRAZY. I really needed some extra help in the beauty department and through lots of trial and error – I have found some favorites. See below!

JET LAG FACE MASK – This godsend. This weekend was filled with lots of celebrations, lots of drinks and very little sleep. This mask is my go-to morning mask after a long night of partying.

AQUAPHOR HEALING OINTMENT– I use this on my lips, dry spots on my face, and even on my body. It is such a good THICK healing ointment. I even got CA to buy into it.

BOSCIA PURIFYING CLEANSING GEL – My only facial cleanser. It’s very easy on my face and has no harsh chemicals.

YES TO CUCUMBERS CALMING PAPER MASK – This really goes hand in hand with my Jet Lag face mask. I love this paper mask – mainly because it’s so easy to put on and not messy at all! Once I take this off, my skin is literally GLOWING. I love it – not to mention it’s under $3! 🙂 Thank me later!

AVEENO DAILY MOISTURIZING LOTION – My fresh out of the shower go-to lotion. Easy on sensitive skin and super moisturizing.

What are your go-to beauty products at the moment? XO

Happy Monday!

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF ULTRAGOLDENLOVE

I noticed everyone has a morning routine, day routine, night routine etc. Mine never seems to change so I thought I’d share what a day in the life of ULTRAGOLDENLOVE looks like.

7AM (WAKE UP): light a candle, go through emails, get ready, pour coffee, grab breakfast, and listen to a podcast.

11AM (PICK ME UP): head over to Starbucks for matcha or a snack…or both.

1PM (LUNCH): I always try to make sure I’m eating healthy during the week so I can splurge all weekend LOL. Lunches are usually Whole Foods runs, Chipotle salads, etc.

5PM (AFTER WORK ACTIVITIES): I like to try and squeeze in a workout whenever I can, call friends, have a date night, etc. On days where I am at home relaxing: I read, put on a facemask, watch Blue Bloods (a must) and sometimes listen to a podcast. I have noticed that my night time routine is my favorite. Never underestimate the power of a facemask and a good book LOL. I don’t watch TV unless it’s Blue Bloods or the Food Network. I enjoy reading so much and I love to share the books I read too.

(WEEKENDS) DISCLAIMER: My weekends are for blogging. Content. Content. Content. And more importantly, my weekends are for things I love doing. Saturday morning hikes are a must – it switches up and I LOVE when we bring Ryder boy with us. After our hike, smoothies and bagels are usually our go-to. I like to clean, shoot content and post on IG during the day. Saturday nights are always up in the air – which I love. There’s always something to do. My FAVORITE Saturday night (my favorite kind of night PERIOD actually) is staying in. I LOVE staying in. I don’t like going out that much at all. I don’t mind putting on a good outfit, dinners, etc…But I’d much rather stay in and be comfortable. I truly enjoy a night at home, cooking, watching a good movie, taking the dog on a walk, reading, etc. (I don’t really care how fun I sound, it’s my favorite). I just started cooking and I swear we are cooking gourmet meals lately –clam chowder in a bread bowl, carbonara, clam linguine and tofu stir-fry just to name a few (I’ll make sure to share some recipes soon). If Saturday nights were up to me, it’d be all about QUALITY TIME. Sundays are usually the same except I try to sleep earlier just to get my week started on the right foot. I love planning so I have recently started writing 5 goals for the week. I’ve stuck to my goals this week: hydrating, meditating, and reading were on the list (just to name a few)!

I truly love the way my life is finally coming together after all this time. The only thing missing on my list as of late is yoga. Once I incorporate yoga more often I’ll be good to go. I think it’s important to have a routine for life. I am pretty sure we all have one, we just don’t talk about it too much. I find that sharing my goals, routines and tips have not only helped others but has opened the door for others to share their goals and routines with me. I am constantly tweaking my lifestyle so I welcome the feedback!

Please comment below and share some lifestyle tips! I am always open to new suggestions!

WHAT I WANT | MARCH 2018

My top picks for March are here! I added some jewelry, clothes, shoes and a bag. The bag is funny because I honestly never used to grocery shop and now that I do – I would like to do it in style. LOL.

Also, I’ve made the switch over from Nike to Adidas thanks to CA so it’s only right I grab some Adidas leggings STAT!

Lastly, I am really into dainty jewelry and chunky watches – I have added a watch and a necklace I am currently lusting over. I have added my codes for both websites below so you can grab them too for 20% off!

HAPPY MARCH!

ADIDAS 3 STRIPE LEGGING

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ADIDAS GAZELLE

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JORD “FRANKIE” WATCH 

USE CODE ULTRAGOLDENLOVE FOR 20% OFF

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APOLIS LA MARKET BAG

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CHARME SILKINER “TORI” NECKLACE

USE CODE ULTRAGOLDENLOVE FOR 20% OFF

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12 RANDOM FACTS

Happy March! I wanted to share a few random facts about me for those of you who are new to ULTRAGOLDENLOVE! Check them out below 🙂

  1. I have a morning routine that never changes. I wake up, check my phone (I rarely hit the snooze button), wash my face, brush my teeth, and do EVERYTHING before I get dressed. I get dressed RIGHT before I walk out the door.
  2. I love chocolate covered strawberries. My favorite thing to do while I’m at the mall is go by the Godiva store and buy milk chocolate covered strawberries so I can shop and eat. LOL. Best part about all of this – my boyfriend brought 4,356 (lol) chocolate covered strawberries to a family BBQ over the summer and I was SO excited. Maybe too excited.
  3. I won Best Hair in high school but lately my hair game has been lacking so I ordered Cocoa Locks chocolate milkshakes. I’ll keep you posted 🙂
  4. I have a Master’s in Public Policy from Pepperdine – Pepperdine was always a dream of mine growing up—I remember riding in the backseat of my parent’s car on our way to the beach…I always knew I’d end up there sooner or later.
  5. I am a total yoga enthusiast. Nothing beats the acro-yoga class I recently took. I highly suggest you try it – especially if you can do it with your S.O.! I also love a good high intensity work out. I never used to do any weight lifting, etc. until I started dating a TRUE athlete. This changed my whole body. In less than a month of him training me, I see and FEEL results that I’ve never seen or felt before.
  6. My room is my favorite place in my house, mainly because it’s painted all white and everything in my room screams “tranquility.” I keep my room clean almost always and I find sanctuary between those four white walls.
  7. My mom is half Argentinian/half Italian and my dad is half Egyptian/half Armenian. My mom was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and my dad was born in Cairo, Egypt. I am Egyptian-Argentinian-Armenian-Italian. Between my parents there are six languages and I speak ONE – ENGLISH.
  8. I taught a college course when I was 25 years old at a University and it showed me how much I truly love being a teacher—in any capacity—especially to college freshman. Another thing it taught me – I love to learn, I learned every day while teaching.
  9. I’m a girl’s girl through and through. I live for girl power – whether it’s a Spice Girls concert or women empowering women at a conference…I’m here for it.
  10. My drink of choice is always rosé. I’m pretty sure it will never change.
  11. I went to Miami last December and I swear my life changed forever. Greatest vacation of all time.
  12. I love interior design – I can’t wait to design my own home. CA has no idea what he’s in store for.

XO.

LOVE LOVE LOVE

I’ll take any opportunity to love on my man…Valentine’s Day is no different! I just wanted to say thank you to CA for changing my life – this past year has been an absolute dream. I wouldn’t want to go through life with anyone else. Sending love to my family, friends, puppies and followers! I hope you all have an amazing day today.

2018 – I’M COMING FOR YOU!

HELLO AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I really want to spend some time (soon!) and write up a blog post about 2017 – it was an incredible year for me and I want to open up about it. I learned a lot about myself last year and as the first week of 2018 has just ended, I wanted to make sure I add some quick advice for the New Year. I told my boyfriend yesterday: 2017 = grow up, 2018 = glow up. LOL but really, I learned so much about myself in 2017 – I wouldn’t even know where to begin. I am just very thankful that throughout the ups and downs (mainly ups) I have remained incredibly grateful and positive. I absolutely loved 2017 and I am so excited for this year.

I wanted to leave you with some advice that I’ve read up on recently. Some quick suggestions to really make the most of your year. Try your best to make sure that 2018 is your best year yet – perspective is E V E R Y T H I NG!

DECLUTTER

Even if you’re just tackling a messy drawer or one closet a week, start getting your place in order. Seriously—a clean home is a happy home.

WRITE DOWN YOUR ROUTINE

Writing or journaling is a great way to process your thoughts and reflect on your life. I write down a lot of things – I just bought a new journal today. I have a million agendas, journals, and places where I write down thoughts, ideas, things that have happened throughout my day, etc.

EXERCISE

I took the first 6 days off and managed to get in a light work out today. So necessary! You need to awaken your body. Re-energize and get moving earlier than you would have last year— now that’s an accomplishment to be proud of before the clock’s struck eight!

CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Meditate, pray, breathe deeply or just enjoy the serenity of soundlessness. Take this time – at any time of day- to recognize all you’ve accomplished. Sometimes, all I say to myself is “thank you, thank you, thank you.” It sounds weird but I am thanking God, the universe, and myself over and over again to make sure gratitude is front and center.

SIMPLIFY EVERYTHING

When you feel like you have tons of commitments that aren’t always for you, carve out some time to try a new hobby or pick up an old one. My cousin posted a quick IG story today saying “filling my cup.” She was on a hike without her babies and I got seriously inspired. As a mom of two I am sure it’s hard for her to find me-time – so I really should have no excuse!

SET INTENTIONS

The purpose of an intention is to choose an action, feeling or state of mind we wish to cultivate over the duration of our practice. I sat down with my boyfriend on January 1st and set some serious intentions and goals. Nothing better than having someone there to help hold you accountable.

Lastly, I wanted to share some extra goals to keep in mind that are kind of random but still so necessary! 🙂

  • Start budgeting—or continue to do so
  • Learn how to cope with stress
  • Practice gratitude daily
  • Drink more water

I hope some of these suggestions help inspire you to have an awesome Monday morning tomorrow and an AMAZING YEAR IN 2018! HAPPY NEW YEAR BB’S!

WHAT I WANT | DECEMBER

Hey Friends! I usually do a better job at posting what I like for the month or what I have my eyes on. This isn’t a Christmas wish list, it’s just a list of things I’ve been seeing that I want. I wanted to share just four items I really like right now: a shoe, bag, dress and coat! LOL.

What are everyone’s plans for the holidays? I’ll be back soon with a Christmas wish list! XO

ADIDAS INIKI

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YSL LOULOU MEDIUM CHAIN BAG

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REVOLVE PRIVACY PLEASE DRESS

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FREE PEOPLE LONG RAGLAN PUFFER

FREE PEOPLE

 

WHERE DID 2017 GO?!

HAPPY DECEMBER!

I wanted to check in and share a quick thought with you all…let’s start here: THE. LAST. MONTH. OF. 2017. I can’t even believe it. I have two very special birthdays to celebrate this year before the holidays. And then BOOM – 2018. I CAN’T EVEN BELIEVE IT. I had a conversation with CA last night about where my life was last year and how I was feeling versus how I’m feeling this year. Last year, nothing really seemed to work for me. I wasn’t happy, I wasn’t happy with my surroundings and I was constantly on edge. I thrive on structure, consistency and just being in THE KNOW. Looking back, I’m KIND OF mad at myself for taking so long to make major life changes but I am also so grateful for it because I truly value where my life is now. Every single day I am grateful. For my family, for my friends, and most importantly, for my boyfriend. I wake up every morning SO excited. I am so happy about how 2017 has unfolded and I am excited to finish out the year STRONG. I hope that everyone takes a moment to really enjoy this first Monday of December and this LAST MONTH OF 2017!

BTW- THREE WEEKS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!! Who has started decorating? XO

SO THANKFUL

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend! I spent it watching movies, seeing family and enjoying the rest and relaxation before the holiday craze! As November comes to a close I wanted to take a few moments and share the things I am most thankful for this year. This year has been the best year of my life, I am so thankful for 2017. I am finally becoming the person I’ve always wanted to be and that alone is enough for me to be thankful for a lifetime. Below are 5 of the things I am most thankful for!

MY BLOG

This blog has completely transformed in less than a year. I made my blog public on January 1, 2017 (after spending 6 months trying to perfect it). I made it public with family members mainly and some friends. This blog has now grown to 5,000 followers – I have gained 4,000 followers in a year and I can’t even imagine how much this blog will continue to grow. Daniel Wellington, Smile Brilliant and Bobalu Nuts are just a few of the amazing brands who have worked with me this year. I am so grateful for each and every opportunity that has made its way to me. More importantly, I am thankful for my readers – the people who always comment, DM me, like a photo, or just follow along.  I am truly grateful for each follower because they’re the reason I’m most successful. Special shout out to the new people I’ve met while working on my blog – especially Chelsey Rose – love you girl!

MY FAMILY

This one is hard for me – mainly because it’s really hard for me to put into words what my family means to me. My parents are gold. They are absolutely the two greatest people I’ve ever met. My mom is my best friend and my dad is my confidante, the rock of the family. They are the glue that has truly molded this nuclear unit which contains my brother, my parents, myself, and the dogs! LOL. My brother is a close second to my parents, which makes sense since he’s 50% my mom and 50% my dad. He is so thoughtful and truly the joy of our family – so funny and carefree. My sister-in-law is my best friend. I tell her everything, I confide in her when I’m having any issues even though she’s two years younger than me. I am so excited for my brother’s wedding. Fun fact – I went with her to see her wedding dress before ANYONE! SO EXCITING. My cousins are the built in friends that I choose to hang out with more than anyone – we all grew up basically the same and it helps that our parents are all besties too lol. The main reason I love spending time with my cousins is because we spend time laughing about things we used to do or just talking about how great/funny our parents are LOL. Special shout out to Cookie, Taleen, JYB and RB! ❤

MY BOYFRIEND

Where do I even begin? The only regret I’ll ever have in life is not dating you sooner. What a dream you’ve been. In all seriousness, my boyfriend has completely transformed my life, he’s taken me to places I’ve never been before this year, shared some unforgettable experiences and most importantly – been the number one supporter of my life both professionally and creatively. CA, you are the smartest human being I know, so successful and SO HANDSOME. Not to mention you are the greatest puppy dad ever. Thank you for making all of my dreams (both big and small) come true! I am so excited for the rest of 2017 and our future. 2018 is going to be magical.

MY FRIENDS

I have spent this whole year reconnecting with friends. Luckily for me, I have amazing friends. Last year, my job alone took up most of my life and I spent very little time with friends. This year, all of my friends have made an effort to have dinners/lunches/brunches with me! Most importantly, I have spent this past year introducing my boyfriend to all of these amazing souls that I have known for quite some time. This year was also my 10 year high school reunion and I reconnected with so many old friends and I am so excited to plan more dates with all of them!

MY PUPPIES

I have three amazing little pups – Bentley, Bugatti, and Ryder. Bentley is the OG, he’s getting old and it is so sad because he was our first pup! He is the CUTEST most regal puppy who managed to never chew or break anything – a real angel. I was super young when we got him and he instantly connected with my brother who chose him. He is a boy’s boy – he loves my brother and dad. Bugatti, our girl, was such a blessing for me. We rescued her when she was about 3 and although we didn’t have her as a puppy she totally made herself comfortable in our home right away. She’s wayyyy crazier than Bentley and she definitely isn’t as well behaved but she’s my homegirl for life. Lastly, my first baby I get to call my own, Ryder. I met Ryder the day after his dad picked him up. Within weeks he spent the weekend with me and then another week with me while his dad was in New York. Sometimes he spends the night but really, this is my first real puppy. I’ve never been a dog mom until now and I truly enjoy it. I love that he needs me and gets excited to see me. He has truly deepened the bond between his dad and I too – our own little family.

This year has been nothing short of epic and I am realizing that my life is JUST starting!

What are you thankful for this year? XO

 

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