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What to Pack for a Trip to Banff

If you’re following me on Instagram then you know I just got back from a very magical trip to Banff, Canada. I feel like I literally experienced all 4 seasons there even though it was the end of June. I thought it might be handy to give a list of what to wear in Banff.

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What to Buy at Trader Joe's by Blushing in Hollywood

What to Buy at Trader Joe’s

I have been obsessed with Trader Joe’s before I ever set foot in the popular grocery store. One of the big reasons I was excited to move to California? Trader Joe’s.

On my Instagram (@blushinginhollywood) I’ve been posting Trader Joe’s Tuesday where I recommend different products or quick recipes. I figured I’d put together a master list of all of my all time favorite products. Whether you’re visiting Trader Joe’s for the first time or just want to know what’s good at Trader Joe’s you can use this post as a reference!

Trader Joe’s Condiments/Salsas/Dips/Spreads

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Real Housewives of New York City Books and Reviews

List of Every Book Written by The Real Housewives of New York City, Their Amazon Reviews and My Own Reviews

Barbara Kavovit the new “friend of” the Real Housewives of New York City has a new book coming out, and itmade me curious about the books the other Real Housewives of New York City have written.

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Hollywood Top 5 Recommendations

I recently updated my EXTREMELY comprehensive list of recommendations in my LA Guide for Hollywood, but I figured it might be a bit overwhelming for some people. If someone asked me what are the Top 5 BEST things to do in Hollywood, this is what I’d tell them. Plus people seem to really like my Toronto Top 5 Recommendations post so why not Hollywood?!

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How to Visit Beverly Hills Like the Real Housewives

If you’re a Bravo and Real Housewives super fan then you know that Andy Cohen had the most lit baby shower of all time at The Palm in Beverly Hills recently. Real Housewives from EVERY city were in attendance! But where else did they eat, drink, and play at in Beverly Hills? Lucky for you I recorded all of their Instagram stories and took screen shots so I could share! This way when you visit Beverly Hills you can live it up like a Real Housewife!

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Andy Cohen and the OG Real Housewives that planned his A Star is Born baby shower at The Palm in Beverly Hills

Andy Cohen’s Baby Shower

Andy Cohen had Real Housewives from every city at his Beverly Hills Baby Shower this weekend. On Saturday, January 26, 2019 a baby shower was thrown for Bravo’s king Andy Cohen at The Palm restaurant. Andy Cohen is expecting his first child via surrogate. I have written many blog posts about the Real Housewives so if their names are bolded and linked- click the link to read all about the Real Housewives Beauty Secrets.

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How to make peppermint hot chocolate extra delicious

I’ve been posting this peppermint hot chocolate concoction on Instagram and people have been loving it so I wanted to make a longer instructional video about how to make peppermint hot chocolate on YouTube! This is part of my Trader Joe’s Tuesday series on YouTube

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Chicago Trip – A&C Live Show, Shopping, Eataly, and more!

A few weekends ago I traveled to Chicago with my friends Annabelle and Meagan for the live show of their podcast Adderall & Compliments. I have been helping the girls in any way I can for the past few months after I saw what an incredible impact they have had on their community of listeners (referred to as “kittens”) all over the world. Annabelle and Meagan have shared on the podcast about their mental health ups and downs and the response has been incredible. Kittens at every show come up to the girls with tears in their eyes saying they have changed their lives and they are forever grateful. They feel so much less alone and like someone finally understands them and what they’re going through and that is just priceless. People have said they were contemplating suicide and the podcast got them through their low point and now they have finally reached out and gotten help- it’s amazing. I think the work they are doing is SO important so I am doing whatever I can to support them in their mission- hence why I have been traveling with them for their live shows!

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What To Do in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

As I mentioned before in my Nicaragua Travel Tips and Visiting Granada I went down to Nicaragua in mid-June 2017 for my sister’s wedding and had the best trip of my whole life. I have a couple wedding pics on this post, but to see all of the incredible professional photos by her photographer Chelsea Erwin be sure to check out Chelsea’s blog post. My sister and her husband are seriously like models you will die.

Photo of my brother-in-law Josh and my sister Hannah by their wedding photographer Chelsea Erwin in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua. Um could you die!?

We spent a whole week in a little beach town on the west coast (Pacific Ocean side) called San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua. Before traveling to Nicaragua I heavily lurked the amazing Instagram account @discovernicaragua which gave me so many great ideas for places to visit!

View of the bay and the town of San Juan Del Sur from one of our rental houses.

San Juan Del Sur is a popular place for surfers, college students, backpackers, and yoga retreat goers, but if you don’t fit into one of those categories this place can still be an amazing destination to visit! PS If the pictures are making these recommendations hard to follow, scroll all the way to the end for an outlined list of all of the places I mentioned here!

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The view from one of our rental houses in San Juan Del Sur. Can you spot the Jesus statue on top of the hill on the right?

Disclaimer: Let’s keep it real. Nicaragua is a developing country. These are photos of beautiful mansions and yoga studios and restaurants that we were privileged enough to travel to. Most of these places are right next to homes with no electricity where some of the locals live which are not pictured. The people we met in Nicaragua were amazing and kind and loving which made the trip that much better. But things in Nicaragua are going to be different then back home- all of our houses had gates, full-time security, and drivers that would drop us off, wait for us to finish whatever activity we were doing, and be right outside ready to take us home after dinner or the bar. I never ever felt unsafe in Nicaragua for one second, but I did have these added luxuries. I was reminded of this when I showed my dad some photos and videos and he said “I feel like you went to a different Nicaragua than I did.” I want everyone that books a trip there to keep this in mind, I am only showing you one side of beautiful Nicaragua, but there is more to the picture than what you are going to see in this blog post. That being said, I highly highly recommend you check it out for yourself!
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Unique LA

Back in May I won tickets to a really amazing event called Unique LA and had the best time ever! I highly HIGHLY recommend checking this out and definitely bring your wallet because you are going to want to buy ALL THE THINGS! Like I was shook at how much amazing local stuff there was. I also went by myself and stayed all day and had an absolute blast!

“Your dollars make a direct impact in your neighborhood! The entrepreneurs you shop from at Unique LA are registered business owners in their cities, and therefore local taxpayers, so buying from them directly helps your neighborhood public schools, libraries, fire departments, parks, and more. How great is that?!”

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