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Weekend Getaway! I’m going back to Cali…

As much as I love love love my little cubs 🙂 I recently slipped away from my toddlers stinky diapers & my teenage sons high school homework (that I still dread to this day) to catch some warmth in Palm Springs!  As I was packing  for my weekend getaway I realized I should share with you a few of my travel essentials!


With spring here and summer fast approaching SPF is a must and I  packed my ZO Skin Health Oclipse Smart Tone SPF 50 for the California Rays. I love this highly advanced, broad-spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen that offers a sheer tinted primer, designed to match any skin tone. To purchase e-mail;

Along with sun filled days by the pool, backyard barbecues, and plenty of outside activities, this spring & summer comes the reality of taking care of your skin. Let’s be honest, sun kissed skin and that bronzed “glow” makes every girl feel beautiful and 10lbs lighter! Who doesn’t want to feel gorgeous? But what makes us feel beautiful in the moment can actually age us drastically overnight. Overexposure to sunlight can exacerbate wrinkles, age spots and dilated blood vessels. It also can alter the skin’s texture, making it look older. It can damage the eyes, dehydrate the skin and lead to cancer. SO LATHER UP LADIES AND PROTECT THE SKIN YOUR IN!



Not to worry! You can have the best of both worlds and still look and feel your best, protect your skin and have a GLOW! Spring brings pops of color everywhere and here above I’m sporting my pop of electric pink liquid lipstick from TICA Cosmetics. To purchase click here!

For my everyday on the go glow look I am loving mybody’s Glowbiotics Hydraglow Cream Oil.  Hydrate, illuminate and celebrate radiant skin with the GLOWBIOTICS™ Probiotic HydraGlow Cream Oil. This revolutionary hydrating cream-to-oil treatment quickly helps reveal a healthy, dewy glow to dull aging skin. The unique, non-greasy formula is infused with an exclusive reflective mineral complex that helps provide a bright, luminous appearance to the skin.

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Last but not least…  I’ve always been a fan AND still am of Lancome Oscillation’s vibrating Infinite Powermascara but if you know me then you know I’m a product junkie and LOVE trying new things.


My latest obsession is Better Than Sex Mascara by Too Faced.  I have to say, they had me at “better than sex” 😉   An intensely black, volumizing mascara with an hourglass-shaped brush that separates, coats, and curls each lash to voluptuous perfection.



Hope you feel inspired 🙂 Healthy skin is beautiful skin!


Kelley Knows Giveaway | One Year Anniversary

To celebrate one year of Kelley Knows, I’m giving away one of my FAVORITE MyBody products. Did you know Spring cleaning isn’t just for your closet? Your skin changes as the seasons do! Spring forward with MyBody’s Glow Forward. A two-step mask, it is completely perfect for getting rid of dull skin. As it stimulates and invigorates our sallow winter appearance, you’ll see gorgeous and glowing skin!

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Sips, Tips & Style!

Last Friday, I held a Sips & Style party at the casa and had a ton of girls over for some fashion with Thirty Something Fashion, skin care with Kelley Knows, makeup with Tica Beauty, food and of course, lots of wine! There was an amazing spread of some of my favorite guilty pleasure food, including a giant platter of Astro Donuts. No matter your diet, remember to treat yourself every once in a while!

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My good friend Carly came with her sister and brought lots of amazing clothing, jewelry and accessories for her 2015 Boutique Tour for ThirtySomethingFashion. I wouldn’t be able to dress myself if I didn’t have her in my life! From Ella Moss harem pants to Nicole Miller dresses, I found some must-have finds for Spring and Summer. Stella & Dot jewelry along with some other boutique pieces including Lucky Brand necklaces were strewn about with amazing fringe and cross body bags.

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I also had Marti Wright from Tica Beauty & Cosmetics over to help the girls touch up their Spring makeup routine and share some beauty tips and tricks. Her makeup is to DIE for and her products are a must in my beauty routine. From her tinted moisturizers to her glow cream and highlighters, these are the tools you need in your makeup arsenal.


Then of course, speaking of beauty routine, I had all my to-die-for skin care products that protect my skin all winter long and prep it for Spring! Mybody and Medical Zo covered my dining room table. I let all the women know what products would work best for their specific skin needs, whether they needed more moisture or sun protection (which is always a must)!


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I can’t wait to host another event like this again! It included all my favorites: fashion, beauty and skincare! I love helping other women feel great both inside and out and what’s better than some retail therapy with your besties?!

OH MY! Botox & Blowouts: New Beauty Trend In Town

 Hello Beauties!  Boy, does time fly, it’s February already AH …

I hope everyone is enjoying 2015 so far – I sure am!  It’s been super busy for me personally and professionally which  = good problems!   I continue to learn so much at Ruff Plastic Surgery.  We recently received a new laser and I AM IN LOVE with it! I will touch/share more on the new bundle of joy in a future post..  But first let me tell you about an event we had last week, BOTOX & BLOWOUTS at Bella Bethesda Salon.

By now you all should know that I am not shy with sharing my latest anti-aging obsessions but this one by far might be my latest fav! Time and time again I treat myself to blowouts & every 4 months I treat myself to Botox … BUT both at the same time in the same place is GENIUS!!! 2015 is about being efficient, right?! 😉

The concept  is to address your complete beauty needs in a one-stop shop. So me, Dr. Ruff & Dr. Somenek packed up the goods and made ourselves at home in an awesome premiere salon, Bella in downtown Bethesda.  We were  able to offer Botox and fillers like Juvederm, Voluma , Restylane Silk from our board-certified Plastic Surgeons & Nurse Practitioners and I was able to offer Skin Consultations as well as Chemical Peels & Clear & Brilliant Laser Treatments –all at the same time as a hair appointment.

This event was so successful and we received such positive feedback! We will be hosting Botox & Blowouts quarterly! Here are the top five reasons you can’t miss out…

1. Board Certified Plastic Surgeons Injectors

2. Premiere Stylist

3. Complimentary Skin Consultation

4. One Stop Shop 

5. Get summer ready in style





Until next time beauties!




New Year, New You!

As cliché as it sounds, I love to start the new year with all sorts of resolutions. The biggest resolution being to actually try and finish the year having kept them 🙂 So I decided to make a mental checklist of resolutions as I prepared for our New Year’s Celebration this year.

So there I was..getting dressed in my room in anticipation of the night (which by the way has definitely become my favorite part of New Year’s!) Feeling sassy thanks to my dear friend, Carly Walko of Thirty Something Fashion with my, Karina Gramaldi dress and shoes sprawled out just waiting for me to slip into them, products lined up, hair and make-up in the works.




All set with my glass of wine within arm’s reach by the sink, and maybe (just maybe) I had my iphone turned all the way up blaring “Shake it Off” channeling my inner Taylor Swift (don’t judge!) I mean, that, in itself, feels almost like a perfect night, right? Does anyone really need that big drunken New Year’s kiss at midnight? Actually, I still kind of like that…makes every girl feel special going into the New Year. Although if another baby comes out of me nine months from tonight, that will not be cool. (special thanks to the bartender at last year’s New Year’s Eve party at Mastro’s Ocean Club in Scottsdale for contributing to our third daughter’s conception.. Cheers to you!) But alas, I’ve mellowed out enough that I now feel like a nice dinner and a decent picture to Photoshop and post on instagram is a considered a successful New Year’s Eve.


Just as I slipped into my stilettos and zipped up my dress (another success 4 months post baby- YES!) I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and smiled. Feeling good! And then I laughed realizing that I was trying hard not to succumb to a huge yawn.. Like a lot of people may feel (especially moms and anyone feeling their age a little bit) I was beginning to wish New Year’s celebrations started at 10:30 instead of midnight 😉 I looked long and hard in the mirror and made my mental checklist of resolutions:

• Eat healthy –TBD if raw cookie dough is healthy or unhealthy
• Workout more regularly- not just when I’m having “fat moments.”

Fair enough, two standard resolutions–I’ll give it a shot!
So far, so good….but the rest of my list might be more like a practical joke I insist on playing on myself! But here it goes anyway…

• Wake up early every morning to workout before the kids wake up. HA! not a chance!!
• Spend more cautiously –yea, okay!
• And this one is my all time favorite– drink less. Who’s fooling who here? – NO ONE likes a skinny, cheap, sober chick!

So as I stood there, I realized that I am so incredibly thankful for the year I’ve had. It’s been an amazing new adventure. I love to learn more & challenge myself and that is exactly what I’ve done. And really, without the pressure of a list of resolutions. I’ve had a successful year by simply staying true to who I am and doing what I know is best for me, and for my family. So my REAL resolution this year? To continue to take everything in moderation, work hard; enjoy life with my awesome family and friends. Farewell to 2014 and a job well done! If you could see me right now, I’m patting myself on the back and looking forward to 2015…


I want to wish a Happy New Year to everyone who has supported this blog!!! I’ve enjoyed sharing some of the insights of my life, especially the ones on skin care and beauty tips. To kick off 2015, here is a list of important tips to begin Winterizing your skin. As winter rolls through, and everyone clings to that image of finally getting to the beach in the summer, what most people don’t realize is that a lot of that important preparation begins NOW.

This time of year you should consider these simple tips to Winterize your skin:

1. Shower once a day for 10 minutes or less. Use luke warm water – hot water will strips the natural oils.
2. Moisturize daily immediately after showering – your pores are open and use a serum. Serums Like Calm After The Storm will hydrate, soothe and provide loads of hyaluronic acid to give you hydrated youthful skin but in a serum form instead of a creme..

3. Protect your skin from the inside out – YOU are what you eat!

4. Treat yourself to a great scarf! Who doesn’t love a reason to purchase a new accessory?! I turn to ThirtySomethingFashion for all fashion ideas!

5. For your chapped lips Aquaphor  is a MUST!!


Please continue to follow along with me as I continue to learn & share skincare/beauty tips throughout the years to come.

Happy New Year!


I’m Back…. and with some tips!

With summer behind us and winter quickly approaching, it’s time for us Moms to prepare for the cold weather and all that it entails. Aside from making sure that the kids have snow gear for our infamous “snow days”, we have to be sure to take care of ourselves.  In my world, that begins with your SKIN!  Maintaining your daily skincare regimen in the winter is even more important than you think.  The cold winter air lacks humidity and dries up the natural oils in your skin, often resulting in dry skin.  The frigid winter winds can cause dry chapped skin as well.  But if you’re new to creating a skincare “routine” or often just can’t find the time to dedicate to it, I’ve got you covered.  I’ve listed my top 5 general skin care tips to get you through the winter.  Consider them your recipe to beautiful skin!


5 Skin Care tips to get you through the cold, dry Winter months:



  1. Switch your cleanser to a soap-free Gentle Cleanser. I love & use MyBody’s Clean Routine Foaming Cleanser for the winter months. Your skin will feel clean and luxurious without the risk of stripping it of its essential oils that help to protect it from the harsh, cold winter weather on a daily basis.

clean-routine Click Here to purchase


  1. Contrary to the popular belief that you should ditch your scrubs/exfoliators over the winter months, you should actually continue to use or add one to your regimen. By including a gentle exfoliator, it will help to remove the build-up of dry skin.  This is important as dry skin can block the moisturizing agents from penetrating the skin.  Using a gentle exfoliator will ensure proper hydration as well as stimulating collagen reproduction! Don’t go crazy. Once a week is perfect! I use ZO Skin Healths exfoliating polish to manually exfoliate over the winter months 1-2 times a week.


Contact me to purchase  ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Polish

3. Serum, Serum, Serums are my winter obsession! I love to layer on   my serums under a great moisturizer!  A quick overview as to why serums are elite in the Winter skin care category:  They penetrate deeper and their liquidy format can hold a higher percentage of active ingredients than a moisturizer can.  So in return, they deliver many more benefits while actually plumping up cells and locking in moisture. My serums of choice are Calm After The Storm and Brightamin C from MyBody & Zo Skin Health Ossentials Growth Factor Serum Plus.





Click Here to purchase Calm After The Storm Serum,  Here for the Brightamin C Serum and Contact me, for  ZO Skin Health Growth Factor Serum


4. Come Winter, I also switch out my summer lightweight moisturizers for heavier moisturizers that include humectants & emollients.   My moisturizer crush right now is MyBody Ultra Rich Anti-Aging Growth Factor Cream.  This beauty attracts and holds onto water with peptides, and hyaluronic acids, fights aging with growth factors and leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated.  During the summer months, I tend to lean towards lightweight moisturizers but rest assured, dry, Winter weather calls for stronger reinforcements☺

1376982_10151883401644555_425717994_nTo purchase MyBody Ultra Rich Anti-Aging Growth Factor Cream Click Here!

  1. If you’re not a “more the merrier” gal like myself when it comes to products, here is a simple winter tip that is not time consuming.  Treat yourself to a weekly hydrating MASK. Since I am clearly a fan of the MyBody line, currently I am using their Glow Forward Thermal Probiotic Enzyme Treatment Mask.  This mask softens and exfoliates dull skin without being abrasive and your skin instantly appears brighter, clearer and more radiant.

glow-forwardTo purchase MyBody’s Glow Forward Thermal Probiotic Enzyme Treatment Mask Click Here!

Check in next week for my winter non- invasive treatments that address summer’s sun-damage!



Beauty Blender Tutorial | Ft. Tica Beauty

This cute little guy is my new best friend!
I am loving applying my foundation with the Beauty Blender  even more now — I’m getting an airbrush look with a super even streak free result.
The Beauty Blender has an open cell structure that fills small amounts of water when wet to allow the sponge to be “full” so that the makeup product sits on top of the sponge rather than being absorbed, allowing you to use less product every time.

Love love love! Check out my tutorial with Tica Beauty below…

Find the Beauty Blender online or at a Sephora near you! We also used Tica Beauty’s Mineral Sheer Tint SPF 20 that you can find online or at her Vienna Studio.

Zo Medical Exfoliating Polish 

Zo Medical Brightenex

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How can I simplify my getting-ready process and still hold my head up high?

There was a time when “getting ready” was an event…IPOD dock blaring Brittney’s latest jam…jumping on top of the bath tub to see the full length shot….maybe even sharing the hairbrush mic with a bestie while gulping a glass of wine.  These days are not those times.  My one year old is an angel, but it’s hard to follow the proper “getting-ready-rock-concert” procedures when she’s crying to be held.  And even when the kids aren’t around?……..I’m tiiiiiiiiired.  “She old, you pregnant” Was that door-man in Knocked Up talking about me?  So what’s a 35 year-old girl to do?  How can I simplify my getting-ready process and still hold my head up high?

I have come to the conclusion that I will not, under NO circumstances, sacrifice my anti-aging skincare routine!  I like to think that the face is the first thing you notice  coming in a close second is teeth – Therefore, in order to save time these days….

I’ve opted for either the beachy-wave-look


side beach hair



Click Here for the Kerastase K Spray a`porter or Click Here for Dry Bar’s Mai Tai Spritzer

The bun-look (with a fancy hair piece to add just a spruce of effort) or, (and this is something I’ve had a complete love affair with in recent days), the use of a few dry shampoos.  These get me at least 3 days of awesome hair without having to wash!




Click here for Bamboo Beach Mango Coconut  or Here for Keratase Powder Bluff.   These two are my killer dry shampoos that I am lusting over!

Happy Hair Shopping!


I’m in an open relationship…

With PRODUCTS people!! You know I have an affinity for a good medical prescription strength product.  I have been working in the medical industry with cosmetic surgeons for years and these lotions & potions have become my favs!  With recently becoming pregnant I’ve had to take a break from some of my favorite ingredients and turn to more all-natural alternatives.

Recently, I’ve stumbled upon this awesome line –Care Free Organics!  It’s organic, women owned and made in the USA  –
qualities I love to hear about in products!

The stand out product for me and what I plan on
continuing to use throughout my pregnancy is the 3-in-1 Eco Acai Scrub – I love scrubs and this one in particular is calming, nourishing
and leaves my face feeling clean all at the same time!

I plan on checking out the Body Bronze next!  Check out the entire line of Carefree Organics Here!



Happy Shopping!