Friday, January 30, 2015

Have Your Cutest Valentine's Day Ever!

We may not have Cupid's arrows, but arm yourself with our Valentine's Day look book and gift guide and you'll do just fine. From décor to beauty buys, we've got you covered. Grab your gal pals or that special someone and check out our girls' guide to Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Want it Wednesday!

Check out what we're currently coveting and shop it for yourself.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Waste Management Open Style

Attending The Waste Management Open has become an annual tradition for my friends and I, and this year is no exception! It's unique to Phoenix because it's basically a big, well-dressed party.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Hit the Slopes in Style

Have a wintery vacation planned? Whether you're all about the black diamonds or the ski lodge hot cocoa, why be boring in basic snow gear? Choose a few pieces that are bright, textured, or patterned to really pop! Here are two fun ensembles and plenty of pretty gear to get you excited for your trip. #PrayForSnow

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Want it Wednesday!

Check out what we're currently coveting and shop it for yourself!

1. Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer. I used to think primers were creepy and sticky and all together unnecessary, but last time I popped over to Sephora, one of the artists slapped this on my face under foundation and I was shocked by how light and hydrating it felt. It smoothed out all my dry patches and fine lines to create the perfect blank canvas. Need to purchase ASAP. L

2. Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. I'm always on the hunt for products that will give my skin a bit of extra juice! This one comes with a recommendation from my girl Essie Button, whose opinion I hold in high esteem, because she has sensitive, dry skin like me. L

3. Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil. Living in a dry climate, such as Phoenix, requires a little extra TLC in the hair department, so I'm always searching for new treatments or supplements. I was browsing through the editor's picks when I stumbled upon Josie Maran's Argan Oil. The great thing about this product is you can use it wherever you need a little extra hydration! T

4. Susan Lanci Big Bow Ultrasuede Collar. I had an adorable collar and matching leash for Winston (my puppy), but recently I noticed that the blue flower came off. He is attending doggy daycare/school right now, so all that playing was bound to cause the sweet blue flower to fall off, I suppose! I went to my favorite dog website,, to search for a new one and came across this Susan Lanci collar. I think Tiffany Blue may be too feminine, but the Royal Blue is just right for my sweet little Schnoodle. T

5. Tea Pigs Licorice and Mint Tea Blend. I am tea-obsessed, if you didn't already know, and love to add to my little collection. I have an entire cabinet in my kitchen dedicated to this, which I call my "beverage center," containing all my teas, mugs, honey, etc. I'm a weirdo. Anyway, I've come to love licorice lately, and can't think of a yummier combo than this fancypants licorice and peppermint tea! L

6. MAC Heirloom Mix Fluidline Eyeliner. When I was in high school I used to wear eyeliner everyday, but when I entered college, and now the adult world, I started using it less and less. Lately I've had the urge to start wearing it more - for special events, nights out and etc, so MAC is my go-to. The Heirloom Mix Fluidline goes on effortlessly and doesn't smudge (in a bad way), like some pencil liners do. T

7. Lush Cosmetics Bath Bomb - Rose Queen. Well the description for this particular bath bomb was enough to sell me: "Fit for a Queen." Ever since Sara (my roommate) got me a bath bomb for Christmas, I've been wanting another one! Lush has several fun scents and colors, but I love the traditional floral scent of Rose Queen. There is no better way to unwind at the end of the day than dropping a bath bomb in your tub and relaxing with a good book. T

8. Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in "So Pretty". A liquid blush is a fabulous idea for those who have dry skin. I've been meaning to switch from powder for quite some time, but my MAC blush in "Well Dressed" just suits me so well! Luckily, I think this shade will do the trick on my pale, creamy skin. Can't wait to give it a whirl! L

9. Omorozicza Thermal Cleansing Balm. I absolutely love cleansing balms, because my skin can't handle traditional cleansers. This ritzy balm is a mix of oils, vitamins, minerals, and Hungarian Mud that you rub into your skin to remove makeup, then wipe off, leaving the good ingredients behind to do their work. L

10. Joss and Main Gilmore Sideboard. When I move in May, I will be dumping my old TV console for an upgrade! I am getting ideas now so that I'll be sure what I choose is something I will want for more than a couple of years. I love the look of this Gilmore Sideboard! I am a sucker for mirrored furniture, but I also love the light gray color. It also has plenty of storage space and I can never get enough of that! T

Monday, January 19, 2015

New Year, New Skin Routine

New year, new skincare routine! When I was home for winter break I decided that my current skincare routine just wasn't working for me. I started looking at the different options and decided that, because my face is on the sensitive side, I needed products that would be medical and from someone who really understands different skin conditions.

One of my favorite blemish fixers is Renee Rouleau's Anti-Cyst Treatment, so I decided to take the leap and try out an entire skincare routine of Renee Rouleau's products.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Drybar Giveaway!!!

New Year, New 'Do!

As a little thank you to our amazing, beautiful, loyal followers we are giving away $20 to Drybar! Use it toward a blow out or any of their products. Trust us, you'll be obsessed.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Why You Aren't Sleeping ... And How to Fix It

Lately, I’ve had a lot of trouble falling and staying asleep for more than a few hours at a time. As I have learned, it only takes a few days of troubled sleep for you to go totally, batshit crazy. After a full week of sleepless nights, I had a full-on meltdown and cried my eyes out for hours in front of my sweet, but helpless, boyfriend.  

I slept that night.  Here’s what I have learned.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

Golden Globes Redcarpet Favorites

There's something magical about judging celebrities' couture while you sit on the couch in yoga pants, eating Ben & Jerry's with a fork. Gotta love awards season.
Here are all my favorites from the Red Carpet! This year did not disappoint.

Joanne Froggatt / Joanne is a bohemian dream in this Marchesa number
Anna Kendrick / Monique Lhuillier is the perfect fit for any girl channeling an IRL Cinderella
Emma Stone / This Lanvin jumpsuit breaks the rules in all the right ways
Louise Roe / Jenny Packham nails the art of flirty and feminine without being frou-frou
Claire Danes / This funky Valentino look stood out amongst a sea of glitter
Sienna Miller / Every bit the faerie, ethereal Sienna is well-suited in a Miu Miu frock

Friday, January 9, 2015

Winter Skin and Hair Savers

This time of year, my skin and hair turn against me and become a scaly/static-y mess. If you're feeling dried out and dull, try some of these skin and hair products I swear by during the winter months.

Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Face Serum. What your skin has been begging you to try.
Rosebud Salve. An oldie, a goodie. This un-chaps my lips like nobody's business.
Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Oil. It goes on light, but packs a punch! Buh-bye crunchy ends.
Boots Botanics Skin Calming Serum. Smell like a marshmallow dream while you soothe irritated skin.
Static Guard. Mist it onto your hairbrush now. Thank us later.
Oribe Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream. Makes that straw-like mop soft and touchable again.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Therapy. Fragrance free! Suitable for sensitive skin!
Lucrèce Hydrating Firming Toner. The end-all-be-all. Heals skin like a magical potion.

Please note that I have *very* dry, sensitive, irritable skin. I would never recommend anything that I don't use and love!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

What's in My Bag?

Wanna peak inside my purse? I'm always wondering what other ladies are lugging around, aside from the customary layers of crumbs, receipts, and loose bobbypins.
Here's a look at my must-haves!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Summing Up 2014

2014. What a year! We graduated, got "big girl" jobs, launched our blog, met our new niece and nephew, and tried to meet up and play in between. Here’s a little peek at a few major moments from last year. We hope you’ll join us here on Blonde Problems, as we document 2015 and our next years to come.

Easter: Every year, our families spend Easter at our Golf Club in Kansas, Flint Hills National, for Brunch. Tory wore a pastel purple dress from BCBG and Lauren wore a beautiful blue Nha Khan dress, from Rent The Runway. Easter is one of our favorite traditions, since our families are so close! We start with a Champagne toast at Tory's house, take some photos, and head over to the club to fill ourselves with delicious food! T + L

Crescent Ball: In my sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, we have a formal at the end of the school year called Crescent Ball. It is a tradition for new members to wear white, initiated members to wear black and seniors to wear a color. I chose to wear a short, light pink dress from BCBG and I was obsessed with it! We also added a tradition of giving each senior a superlative and mine was "Most likely to become a millionaire." I have to say that I am more than ok with that superlative becoming a reality. T

Graduation: Hooray!!! We graduated this year! Tory graduated Cum Laude from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications, with an emphasis in Public Relations. Lauren graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in Journalism, a B.A. in Fashion Media, and minors in French and Sociology. We also "graduated" from our sororities with really special ceremonies. Tory is a Gamma Phi Beta and Lauren is an Alpha Chi Omega. T + L

Go Red! Go Blue! Go Mustangs! S-M-U!
Go Devils!!!

Family Reunion: This summer, my brother and his wife were able to come to Kansas and stay with my parents for over a month, so we decided we should have a family reunion. We invited all the Stangl's to come down, meet my niece and hang out for a weekend. Almost all of them came over 4th of July weekend, and we had a blast! The baby cousins played together, the men golfed, and the women relaxed by the pool. The older I get, the more I appreciate every second of time with my family and the Stangl side is so good about making this happen! While we were all in one place, we decided to get some family photos taken and the result is the cute picture before you. T

A Year with Michael: I got to spend a lot of special moments with my boyfriend Michael this year, including our One Year Anniversary :) We had a ton of fun getting dressed up for sorority formals, Valentine’s Day, Birthdays, and nights on the town...but most nights were spent vegging out and watching Netflix! We love walking around exploring new places, cooking together, and taking road trips -- Some of our favorite trips this year were to Ft. Worth for a weekend, where we discovered the amazing Lonesome Dove and Bird Cafe, to Austin to meet my new nephew, Crawford Keene Carney, and to Kansas to chill out for Spring Break. L

Girl Time in October: When Lauren was in the process of moving to Lake Tahoe, we thought it would be a great idea for her to stop in Arizona for a couple weeks, while Michael (her boyfriend) and his brother drove on to Lake Tahoe to unpack everything and have some guy time while we had our girl time! We decided to drive to San Juan Capistrano for a weekend to stay at her Mom and Stepdad's house. We had some major relaxation time, which consisted of eating cheese, drinking a lot of red wine, and watching America's Next Top Model. While we were there we decided to try stand up paddle boarding! We stayed in the harbor area for our first time, but we both got up without any trouble and had a blast paddling around for an hour! We can't wait to do it again and highly recommend trying it if you have the opportunity! T + L

Tory's Birthday: My birthday in 2014 was a blast! The week before, I went to California and stayed with my brother and my friend Tina. I went to a taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live, hung out on the beach in Newport with Lauren's mom, went to the OC fair, spent the day at Knotts Berry Farm and had a great dinner with a bunch of relatives in Pasadena. The week of my birthday, I crossed off seeing Paul McCartney in concert on my list. I am a huge Beatles fan, so I was so excited to be there and I loved every minute of it. On my actual birthday, I went to Houston's for dinner and was surprised with a cute cake at home, from from my friend, Tina, and my roommate, Sara. T

Moving: I am the ultimate planner (to a fault), but this year, with some coaxing from my amazing boyfriend, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and just take the plunge! I moved from Dallas, my city of 4.5 years, to Lake Tahoe in October with no job lined up. I learned that some things just work themselves out when you make room for yourself to be happy. I am having so much fun getting to paddle board, hike, hit the slopes, and all sorts of outdoorsy things. It's also wonderful to get to watch gorgeous sunsets over the lake every evening. Dallas was a great home to me while I was at SMU, but I am appreciating the slower pace up here in the mountains. L

I'd been wanting a dog for the longest time and I was actually searching for a little Maltese puppy when I stumbled upon Winston and had to have him! The woman told me he was a Schnoodle (Schnauzer/Toy Poodle) mix and would get to be about 12-15 lbs when he was full grown. He also happened to come from a breeder in Kansas and he is a leo, like me, so I thought it was fate! Winston is so sweet, smart, and loving; it's hard to resist him. T

Donner: My dad adopted Donner, a German Short-haired Pointer/Lab mix this spring. Now that I live in Lake Tahoe, I've stolen him from dear, old dad. I am in love with this snuggly, goofy, energetic pup. He will be a year old in February, but shows no signs of slowing down. Donner's favorite activities include chasing his tail, finding new sticks to play with, and knocking over everything in the house. He's about 55 pounds right now, but look at this tiny puppy photo! L