Sometimes, I think the conversation around emergency contraception focuses too much on the
“emergency” aspect. The narrative around needing or taking EC seems to always be about purchasing or picking it up as an afterthought, literally we have referred to it as the “morning-
after pill” pretty much since its inception. With thinking about preparedness, especially in relation to women’s health and reproductive choices, I feel that an emergency contraceptive like Preventeza™ should be thought about in a more proactive sense. Though it should never be used as a regular birth control method, it is something that should be kept on hand if you or you and you partner have decided that starting a family is not where you’re at right now. I have heard so many stories from young women, and I also have them myself, about having to get up the next day and seek out an emergency contraception product be it from a pharmacy or clinic. I finally had a revelation - why not just keep one or two boxes of Preventeza™ on hand? I’ve always been proactive about having
access to condoms so that not using one is never an option, so why would it be any different to
also keep an emergency contraceptive for if/when said emergency situation occurs? Especially
when it can be conveniently purchased online! The best way to survive an emergency is to be
prepared and the best way to be prepared is to think ahead.
Preventeza™ is by the makers of Vagisil®, a brand that women trust and one with over 40 years experience providing women with solutions to their intimate health needs. It is a one tablet, one dose emergency contraceptive that helps stop pregnancy before it starts - using the same ingredient as most birth control pills, just at a higher dose. Use as directed within 3 days (72 hours) of unprotected sex or birth control failure to help prevent pregnancy before it starts.
This is a sponsored post in partnership with Vagisil® and Her Campus Media. All words and
opinions are my own
So the world has been pretty crazy lately, right? Especially for us women. It's imperative that now, more than ever, we take all the control of your sexual health and habits that we can can. Literally, there should be no shame in your sexual game - and that includes being prepared for any situation that may occur. I always encourage my friends and followers to practice safe sex - there's more out there than just pregnancy, you know! However, whether spontaneity takes over or your go-to birth control method fails, there's always another way to take control and be prepared by having and using emergency contraception. Fact is, 1-in-2 women may need emergency contraception at some point in their life because life does happen. We cannot control everything, but we can control how prepared we are to take on any situation.
When I think of sexual and vaginal health, Vagisil® is one of the first brands that comes to mind with their over 40+ years experience providing women with solutions to their intimate health needs and now they have their very own emergency contraception boldly designed by women for women: Preventeza™! It is a one tablet, one dose emergency contraceptive that helps stop pregnancy before it starts. I've been open and vocal about taking EC before - it's not something to be stigmatized or judged - it's a way for women and men to make responsible decisions about their future. Women in committed and long-term relationships use it. Married women with kids use it. Single women use it. My partner and I are not ready for kids now, perhaps not ever, and it feels great to know that when our other birth control methods don't go so smoothly, we have Preventeza™ to help prevent pregnancy before it starts as long as I take it within 72 hours of unprotected sex. EC shouldn't be taken like normal birth control, however it uses the same ingredient as most birth control pills, just at a higher dose. It's all about being prepared, not panicked. I think it's so amazing that Preventeza™can be ordered online. The privacy of being able to order it online is a fantastic thing - and now to celebrate the launch you can buy one, get one or give one free here.
Learn more about Preventeza™ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C2nyu3Z8CU
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I'm about to date myself, but I'm an 80s baby, a 90s kid, and a 2000s teen which means there is no cooler skincare line for my generation than Neutrogena. It's literally an iconic brand, but also totally relevant today. I used to rip their ads out of Seventeen and Teen People to plaster on my wall - just so obsessed with the Neutrogena girl du jour with flawless skin who was still relatable. My go-to products, of course, were all from the Pink Grapefruit collection. It's the best color ever with the popping shade of pink, has the most delicious fresh citrus smell, and has helped me beat some of my worst breakouts. Which turns out adult acne is totally a thing, so even though I'm not in high school or college any more - I still stock my long-time favorites like Neutrogena® Oil-Free Acne Wash Foaming Scrub Pink Grapefruit and Oil-Free Acne Wash Facial Cleanser Pink Grapefruit. As a travel blogger who always on airplanes and in different climates with different pollution levels and who knows what kind of water, I make sure to pack my Neutrogena® Oil-Free Cleaning Wipes Pink Grapefruit too. The last souvenir I want from a trip is a bad breakout and who doesn't love the feeling of a cool and clean face!
So where do I shop for my Neutrogena must-haves? Rite Aid- and for a really amazing reason! For every 2 Neutrogena skincare products purchased at any Rite Aid retail store and online at www.RiteAid.com, Neutrogena will donate $5 to Susan G. Komen until 9/10/18. If you're not familiar with this foundation, they do so much amazing work towards the eradication of breast cancer and helping people impacted by the disease. Something I've seen around me in the last few years is more women my age being diagnosed with it and it's a scary reality. That's why it's so important to help in the ways that we are able - even if it is something small like purchasing your favorite products from Rite Aid. Even that is empowering and creates more aid for such a worthy cause. Susan G. Komen’s Bold Goal is to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by half by 2026 - let's all be a part of that mission!
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For the past year, I have really tried to get serious about mediation. The thing that makes it both necessary and difficult for me is that my mind is going all the time. I've always been the type to have a hard time falling asleep because I'm reviewing the day in my head or thinking about what I need to accomplish next. I am a perfectionist - which means I deal with a lot of stress and A LOT of anxiety. Meditation has been recommended to me over and over again, but this year I could really tell my stress level was starting to have a physical affect on my body. That, plus my on-going journey into spirituality and mindfulness, made me decide that my #1 resolution for 2018 is to dedicate time each and every day to meditation and now I have the perfect app to help me achieve that!
INSCAPE has guided meditations for every thing from stress relief to energy boosts. It has made a tremendous difference for me - these calming meditations have allowed me to work on my breathing, sleep better, and find more inner balance and peace. Something we can all use, especially during the holidays! I have been finding 5 and 10 minutes to sneak away from decorating, baking, shooting, and posting to do my meditations for stress and wellness. I'm definitely thinking about gifting INSCAPE to my parents and friends this Christmas - it's the perfect thing to recover from the hectic holidays.
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When I was an American girl in Paris, I became obsessed with sparkling water. Now that I'm an American girl back in America, it's still my preferred drink over pretty much everything. I'll even take sparkling water over champagne now - all the bubbly sparkling goodness without the wicked headache the next day. I'm not sure why, but sparkling water is just more refreshing than still. Especially if it happens to be the kind made with real fruit like Spindrift sparkling water! You guys know I love anything colorful and bright, and live for a touch of sweetness, which is why I love Spindrift so much. The taste and flavor are as bold as the eye-catching cans! This is what I take with me to every sweltering pool party this summer, and on the road for my (near-constant) weekend trips to Palm Springs. Nothing beats the 120 degree desert heat like my favorite flavors: Spindrift Blackberry and Orange Mango. I also always have one chilling in the car to have during a long day of meetings and shoots. Have I mentioned how incredibly hot this summer has been yet? For someone who doesn't like plain water at all, I know guys but I'm 30 so it's just not ever going to happen, sparkling water is pretty much the best thing ever. I love that I can have something that taste super good and keeps me hydrated, and I'm not having to reach for a sugary soda or juice cocktail instead - there's no added sugar in Spindrift sparkling water, just sweetness from real fruit! Speaking of cocktails - I think I'm going to try our a vodka cocktail with Spindrift Cucumber on my IG Stories this weekend, tune in and check it out!
It's so simple: Spindrift = sparkling water + real fruit. Yup, that's it. It's authentic, it's genuine, and it taste sooo good! Spindrift® is America's first and only sparkling water made with real, squeezed fruit. I always pick mine up at TJs, since I'm there at least 4 times a week anyway. I should really just sign my paycheck over to Trader Joe's and be done with it. Check it out and let me know what you think! Is this your new summer road trip go-to, too?
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Let’s get personal for a few minutes, babes. I want to talk about something that can seem scary or daunting or shameful, but it’s not. I know it’s not, because it’s something I’ve done myself. I want to talk about Plan B One-Step® emergency contraception and help debunk some myths about it – like who it’s for and when to use it. You guys know from following my blog and Instagram that I am so pro women’s empowerment, and part of that is pushing for more education for us women on our bodies and our healthcare options. I’m very fortunate that I grew up surrounded by people that were very open and sex-positive – so I knew from an early age how to be safe, take precaution, and protect myself for when the time came so I could be prepared.
There’s a total misconception, almost a stigma, about what “kind of girl” uses Plan B One-Step®. It’s not only for the single, “party girl” – though she has the right to make her own decisions about her sexual behaviors without guilt or shame. I like to think of Plan B One-Step® as my “Plan B” for an “oops” moment. An “oops moment” comes in all shapes and sizes. For one person, it may mean forgetting a pill before an unexpected one-night stand. For someone else, it may mean the condom broke with her husband. There’s no one-size-fits-all for using emergency contraception. Plan B One-Step® helps prevent pregnancy when used as directed and taken within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex or birth control failure. The sooner it's taken, the better it works.
When I used Plan B One-Step®, I was in a committed relationship. I know “never say never,” but having a baby is not a part of my plan. This is something I’ve known with certainty. My career as a style + travel blogger is my priority, and I am not going to let an accident, like birth control failure, derail my hard work, my plans, or my lifestyle.
I loved my partner at the time very much and maybe did see a future with him, but we also were in no place to have a baby – emotionally or financially. Taking Plan B One-Step® was the responsible thing to do for myself, for my partner, for both of our families and anyone else that could possibly have been affected by an unplanned pregnancy. Getting Plan B One-Step® couldn’t have been easier – I went to my local pharmacy—Plan B One-Step® is available over-the-counter and can usually be found in the family planning aisle at many retail stores without a prescription or ID and there are no age restrictions —and my pharmacist was super discreet and went over the proper instructions for taking the pill. I took it, and went on with my day. It was totally worth it to know that when my plan A did fail, I had a plan B.
So there’s my story, but here is some additional information about Plan B One-Step® to help you learn more:
-According to the Guttmacher Institute, 45 percent of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended and 41 percent of those pregnancies are due to inconsistent or incorrect use of contraception.*
-Plan B One-Step® emergency contraception is a backup plan that helps prevent pregnancy when used as directed and taken within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex or birth control failure. The sooner it's taken, the better it works.
-Plan B One-Step® contains levonorgestrel, the same hormone used in many birth control pills—just at a higher dose. It should not be used as regular birth control, because it is not as effective. Use as directed.
-Plan B One-Step® should be used as directed.
-Plan B One-Step® is not an abortion pill. It will not work if you are already pregnant and will not affect an existing pregnancy. It is not intended for routine use because it is not as effective as regular birth control methods. It does not protect you against HIV/AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
-When used as directed, Plan B One-Step® helps prevent nearly 7 out of every 8 potential pregnancies. Some women may experience side effects, such as a period that is lighter, heavier, early or late; nausea; lower abdominal pain/cramps; tiredness; headache; dizziness; breast tenderness; and vomiting.
If you have any questions about whether you should take Plan B One-Step®, you should ask a healthcare professional. An open and honest dialogue with yourself, your doctor, your partner, and even your friends or family can help you make the appropriate decisions that are best for you when it comes to your sexual health. With this information at your disposal, we’re all now equipped with the best tools to help make the best decisions for ourselves.
I wrote this piece because I once needed Plan B One-Step®, and it’s important to be educated on what it is and when to take it. Learn more about Plan B One-Step® at www.PlanBOneStep.com. Use as directed. I am being compensated for this partner post by Her Campus on behalf of Teva Women’s Health.
*https://www.guttmacher.org/fact-sheet/unintended-pregnancy-united-states#1 Sonfield A, Hasstedt K and Gold RB, Moving Forward: Family Planning in the Era of Health Reform, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2014.
So you guys know my forever happy place in L.A. is Burke Williams, right? I spend, and I'm not kidding, HOURS there sweating it out in the steam room and sauna in between sips of their delicious tea and fruit-infused water. L.A. is my heart, but if you don't escape it every so often - you start going a little crazy! Finding Burke Williams has been a been a blessing to me, no longer do I have to drive all the way to Palm Springs for an escape. I can have one right in the middle of the city - a place where I can shut out the world (and my iPhone) and just focus on self-care.
I was actually just there this week, getting my skin right before a long flight, and was so excited to find out that they have launched their online skincare store! To celebrate, we've teamed up for a giveaway for all of you! Triple C is one of their most popular products - it contains 3 potent forms of vitamin C to stimulate collagen, firm skin, and lighten dark spots - perfect for healing skin after active sunny months promoting tautness and supplying hydration and antioxidants during cooler weather. So basically, everything you need after a long day in the sun or after crossing an ocean coming back from summer vacation. We all know airplane is a murder on your skin, and now that it's summer - we all need to take extra measures to protect and restore our skin. I mean - has anyone else gotten a tan just from being stuck in L.A. traffic?
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I never really realize how badly I need a spa day until I walk through the doors and hear the gentle trickling of a fountain and smell the fragrance emanating from flickering candles. Then it's like, "Oh, that's right - there are places created specifically to pamper me and help me relax. May I live here forever, please?". Burke Williams in Woodland Hills is the perfect setting for this kind of escape - a bright, cozy space that borrows from the classic Hamptons aesthetic to give every visitor a little bit of East Coast resort charm in Los Angeles. Before I even changed into my super plush robe and slippers (why do spa slippers ALWAYS feel so amazing??), I already felt calmed by the bright and airy space that felt both like an elegant coastal home and modern retreat. The water feature was my favorite part of this room of the spa - I *may* have spent too much time watching it and being totally amused.
I eventually did tear myself away from the fountain and made my way to the locker room. Which, locker room is such an understatement! Between the private spa baths, sauna, and steam room - I don't know if I've even been more detoxed or hydrated in my life. I would go sit in the steam room honestly every day. It just felt so good, and I'm saying that as someone from Louisiana who cries every time I feel a bit of humidity in the air. I swear, every time I came out of one of these amenities - my skin looked better. I was actually glowing - which is why working up a sweat in a steam room is so much more fun than say...actually going to the gym.
Something I found so neat was that there's this little bell that one of the spa attendants will come and ring at the half hour to let all the ladies know its time for their services. Everyone who works at the spa could not have been more lovely or attentive - they actually know your name and scheduled services. Such a small touch, but so important to feel even that much more pampered and special during your time there.
I didn't play with a lot of the products while I was there, but I did get my custom blend bar on, which was another perfect personal touch. I'm a spa veteran because I am very much about treating oneself, and you typically get a few oils to choose from for your service - but this was next level. I don't know if it was all the Hampton-inspired decor, but instead of my typical lavender, I had a really gorgeous blend made that was heavier and woodier. I was already feeling pretty good, but that brought my relaxation to a new level. One where I actually shut off my phone for once.
I had the pleasure of having two treatments during my visit - one which was a neck and scalp massage in the Garden Room, perhaps the only truly quiet place in L.A. Behind all of the lush green walls are little enclaves where you can just sit and enjoy your time. My massage therapist was so attentive to my past injuries and sensitivities - I really zoned out for the first time in a long time and let go. It only lasted 20 minutes, but that was all I needed. It put me into the right mind to enjoy the spa in the way it's meant to be enjoyed.
My second treatment was a blowout and believe me when I tell you - my hair has never felt or looked so good! If I lived closer to Woodland Hills, I would see Michelle once a week, easy. My blowout habit would turn into a full-blown obsession. The products they use, Shu Uemura, are out of this world AND color safe for my purple hair! Again, I have to mention how great my stylist was because she talked to me about my hair, my style, and what I really wanted that day. All this effort to individualize your experience is what really makes a day at Burke Williams a luxury!
Even though I've lived in L.A. for two and half years, there's still so much I'm discovering about this city and Burke Williams is now one of my absolute musts if you live here or you're traveling. Go steam, soak, sauna, and spa and let me know how it goes!
Has anyone noticed yet that I am obsessed with changing my look by changing my hair? I've been blue, grey, blonde, black, and now purple - but one of my favorite ways to get temporary change for shoot days and special occasions was by using my super silky 100% Remy clip-in hair extensions from Irresistible Me! I've actually thought about getting my stylist to take them to my current shade of grape, but I know at some point I'll be ready to be a honey blonde again with near waist long locks.
The thing I love about clip-ins is I find them so much less damaging that other forms of hair extensions. Plus, things that are easy and convenient are pretty much my favorite. I could have them in and styled in under 15 minutes. I also couldn't believe how well the color blended because I'm still not even sure what color my hair was when I started wearing them. I would always pretend it was an intentional ombre, but more like very very very grown our blonde highlights.
Since I already have hair this is pretty long and thick, and because I'm me, I decided to go for lots of length and lots of volume just for the drama of it all. However, there's a lot of variety available on their site - had I gone for more subtle look (for the first time ever) it would have been possible to have a set of extensions that could be styled for every day and day to night. I think that's really the fun with hair extensions like these - the ability to change your look from day to day and even hour to hour without damaging your hair or your pockets!
Last year was about getting myself into maintaining a consistent skin routine. This year is all about getting myself into naturally-derived products - even better if they're 100% cruelty free, vegan and gluten-free! That's why I was really excited to try BioClarity, because it's formulated with extracts like cucumber, green tea, chamomile, oat kernel, and licorice root. I've always been extremely fortunate to not have problems with my skin UNLESS I use the wrong products on it. Harsh chemicals leave my skin red, irritated, flaky, and dry - so pretty much not a good luck when you have to shoot every week. You know what makes a routine really easy to maintain? When it's actually numbered out for you - I admit I need some hand-holding when it comes to skincare still, so I'm really glad BioClarity makes it easy for me!
Step 1: Cleanse
Don't you always feel so accomplished when you wash your face? I swear it makes me feel like I can take on anything. I really like this cleanser because of the consistency - definitely not sticky or too goop-y. Part of the reason I rarely wear make-up is because of hate the feeling of my skin being suffocated, and some cleansers can feel like that as well. I just used enough to make a thin layer on my face, and it was perfect. My skin already looked a little more bright, or at least it felt that way!
Step 2: Treatment
Let me tell you - you can feel it working! It's not harsh or painful at all, but it is strong so I just use a dab of it. You know that feeling of your skin tightening when you add you gel after washing? That delicious feeling where you just KNOW you look younger and your skin is firmer even though its been about 30 seconds? That's the feeling you get from using this...and it's the best.
Step 3: Restore
This is actually my favorite part, because it means I'm almost done!, but also because it feels so refreshing and cool. I really love this system because it achieves balance - you do the "hard" part and get rewarded for the effort you put into it. You just use two pumps, pictured below, and I swear it will cover your whole face. Mickey, but why is it green? Will my face be green? It's developed with Floralux, a proprietary ingredient naturally-derived from chlorophyll, and nope - not even a little. Again, I really found myself impressed with the texture of all three products. At no point did I feel like it was too heavy or too powerful. Just use the recommended amount! You want it to last so you can do the full 4 week run to start.
I just got back from Las Vegas and I'm leaving for Mexico soon, I'll be toting around BioClarity with me to show you guys how great my skin looks (and how much smaller my pores are now) even after being exposed to airplane air and humidity. I'll also be tan for once in my life, thanks goodness!
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