GRAY MALIN

The weather in LA has been perfect this week. It’s been three+ months since we were in Miami and I can’t even begin to say how much I miss it! As many of you already know, I am OBSESSED with all things Gray Malin so I decided to share a few of my favorite pieces from his curated collections…this weather has me in the mood! Malin shoots all over the world– in Palm Springs, Italy, Miami Beach (where we stayed), The Hamptons and Park City *to name a few! Our hotel (and the beach we stayed on) in Miami had me feeling like I was living inside of a Gray Malin photo. Looking through these photos just has me wondering what CA has up his sleeve for the next vacay! 🙂

Enjoy the photos below! XO HAPPY APRIL!

PARTY AT THE PARKER

Party at the Parker

THE CABANA

The Cabana

CHAMPAGNE IN CAPRI

Champagne in Capri

MIAMI BEACH SUNBATHERS

Miami Beach Sunbathers

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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!

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.

WHAT I WANT | FEBRUARY 2018

Happy February! Every month I try to put out some items that I have my eye on. I think it’s good to constantly be on the lookout for what’s on-trend. I decided to switch it up this month – no clothes! Take a look below at my February “wants”—keep in mind that I actually have a few of these items but I feel like they’re perfect for the season (i.e. pink shoes)! I hope you’re all enjoying 2018 so far – month 1 is already out of the way…11 more to go! Sending good vibes always. XO

I already have this bag in black – thanks CA – but I can’t even tell you how much I love it. I used it as my carry on for Miami, I use it for yoga and it’s a great bag to bring with me when I am spending the day with my boyfriend and we have a workout, plus an event, plus chill time (gotta have an outfit for everything!).

MZ WALLACE

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I love this shoe! Just in time for Valentine’s Day with the pretty pink color. I have recently gotten into Adidas and I am now a big fan of shoes that look just like this. I am not super sporty but I love a sporty casual look.

INIKI

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Jewelry is always fun. I LOVE stackable rings- mainly because they’re super dainty and you don’t have to wear all three at once. These are from Etsy but Nordstrom has a great collection of fine jewelry with many different stackable rings.

STACK ‘EM!

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How are your 2018 goals coming along? I found myself going over my 2018 goals today – one month later – and let’s just say…I need to be checking that list way more often. If you’re like me and love a good agenda, I recommend this one. There’s an exercise section, a budget section, plus the general calendar, etc. I love agendas – I have like 36 and end up using all of them. LOL

LIFE DESIGNER

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READY FOR THE REAL?

I had to share this because I have decided that this year my blog was going to focus a little more on REAL life. I am currently living up to my goal of one blog post a week and I thought that this post was kind of necessary. January 15th (two weeks into the New Year) I decided I needed a do-over. Let me preface this by saying that my boyfriend and I had an incredible first day of the year. We spent the day together and went to dinner to write out all of our combined goals. The reason I needed a do-over was because there was a lot going on in the first couple of weeks and self-care was out the window. The main thing I want to talk about when mentioning self-care is friendships, relationships – family included — and  everything in between.

I was doing my part throughout all the chaos in the beginning of the year to reach out to everyone and really put in an effort with many people. I was trying anything to make plans, see people, have conversations, etc. Then, my dog passed away. It sounds crazy but even though he was definitely my brother’s dog – this whole situation just had me so upset. I didn’t post about it but then my brother decided to post about it. Immediately we received an outpouring of comments, DMs, texts, etc. It’s crazy how much a dog really is a part of the family and your everyday life. I noticed that people I haven’t talked to just reached out to ask “how he died” and “what was wrong with him” – that annoyed TF out of me. Like “hey, how are you? Where TF have you been?” Then I had the amazing texts from people who just genuinely get it or at least were sympathetic. It really was eye opening: some people are genuinely so caring and nice – some people are just plain nosey. That’s when I made the decision to stop putting in effort. Let me explain – I still put in effort every single day of my life – but now I am only doing it for people who make the same effort. If I am asking to hang out with you for months and you can’t figure it out…bye. If I am only hearing from you to get information on the sickness my dog had…bye. If you can’t even text me back and have a real conversation with some real SUBSTANCE…bye. Since when did emoji’s become a response to things? Over it. And let me just say – NO HARD FEELINGS. I feel WAY better about this. I am just not reaching out. Ball is in their court.

Maybe people will notice, maybe they won’t, maybe we’ve outgrown each other – whatever it may be – I am okay with it. Over the past year (specifically last year) – January 2017 and on—I have remained so very grateful for everything in my life. And I realized that a lot of my efforts with people were just going to waste. I am still so grateful – I have just decided to put my happiness first. I have learned that those who are truly happy in their own lives will be happy for you too. It just is what it is. I have had many times where I’ve been in a shitty situation and have still found true happiness for others – it’s called growth, love, support…you get it. I highly suggest you take the time to reevaluate who is around you and what those people bring to your life. Life is about give and take—I’m done giving freely—some might call it being selfish…I call it SELF CARE. XO

 

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