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Exploring Reno with Madden Girl

Today’s blog post is a pretty cool one because I get to combine two of my favorite things: music and shoes! I’ve been wearing Steve Madden shoes for as long as I can remember, and I’m so excited to be partnering with them to share their latest line of Madden Girl shoes as well as EZI, an emerging artist that was recently signed to Steve Madden’s record label, 5Towns Records. 

I LOVE how this Madden Girl line encourages people everywhere to embrace and flaunt their unique style and personalities. The shoes are so different, diverse, and fun— just like Madden Girl shoppers! These shoes definitely have the cool girl factor, just like the artist that’s repping this line. EZI is such a talented, fun, and confident artist. Her new song, “DaNcing in a RoOm” encourages listeners to live boldly and beautifully. And I can get behind any message encouraging other’s to be their truest selves like that. 

Like all of my Steve Madden products, these shoes are the perfect combination of function and style. I’m wearing the Aaden boots in black. I love the basic black leather booties, but there are also more  pattern options like snake skin! Another one of my favorites from this line? The Cutesey sneakers in silver. Talk about making a statement! 

Steve Madden has been a tried and true closet staple of mine for years, which is why partnering with them to share my new Madden Girl Aaden boots and EZI’s song, “DaNcing in a RoOm”. Just like Steve Madden’s classic yet on trend brand, EZI encourages her fans to live life loud and authentically. She is SO talented. And what’s even better? She’s on tour right now! Check out her site to see if she’ll be coming to your city soon. 

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Gal’s Getaway Weekend with #TheRowReno

This past weekend I had the opportunity to experience the newly renovated spa and resort at The Row in Reno, Nevada. The Row, which is the combination of the three hotel properties Circus Circus, El Dorado, and Silver Legacy, exceeded my expectations. Each hotel is interconnected with 22 restaurants, 22 bars, a brand new spa, and endless things to do, so you can spend an entire weekend in Reno at The Row without ever having to leave! 

My favorite part of the weekend was definitely getting to try out The Spa at Silver Legacy, which just opened it’s doors. The spa director welcomed us with a champagne toast and a tour of the entire space, which he so clearly poured his heart and soul into. Everything from relaxation rooms with lavender features to the Himalayan salt detox room to the spa services themselves were excellent. I was treated to a scrub, pedicure, hair, and makeup services. Not a detail was overlooked and it was truly the best spa experience I’ve ever had. I loved that the spa incorporated aspects that honored both the local like warm tones of the Nevada desert and the blue hues of nearby Lake Tahoe. 

Another trip highlight? The 98 Degrees at Christmas concert! It was SO fun and festive. Though I’m a little young to remember this 90s boy band in their heyday, the set was a perfect combo of their hits and classic holiday songs. This concert seriously got me in the Christmas spirit and it’s safe to say from now until December 26th I’ll be blasting their Christmas album. 

Thank you so much to The Row for hosting me. Everyone on the team went above and beyond to treat our group to a wonderful weekend. The Row has tons of options to customize your weekend at a very affordable price point. For example, if your group books 8 or more services at the spa (ex: 4 people with 2 service each), The Row will throw in champagne service, guest room, and limo service at no additional cost. As a bride to be, the wheels in my head immediately started turning for a bachelorette weekend! 

Photos by Abbey Kay and Julia O Test 

Visiting Lake Tahoe


Angelika, Natalie, and I have the kind of friendship that is unbound by location or convenience. Just because we each live in three separate corners of the country doesn't mean we've had to sacrifice time  together and plenty of memory making. Over the years, it seems like we've been able to meet up everywhere but home... (NYC, DC, Portland, Seattle, to name a few!) These gals are the kind of people that you'll hop on planes with, spontaneously road trip with, and book last minute trips with all while laughing until you cry. We always try to all get together at least once a year and it's turning out to be quite the tradition. This year, we opted near my neck of the woods: Lake Tahoe. We all met up in SF (A took a train from LA and Nat flew in from PDX) and made an early Friday morning to the Resort at Squaw Creek. Our weekend was filled with a balance of poolside lounging and lakeside adventuring. Highlights most definitely included: enjoying what I am convinced are the world's best ahi tuna nachos and drinks, spending Saturday morning jetskiing on the lake, and trekking up to Emerald Bay for the most spectacular sunset. 

Where we spent most of our time at  Resort at Squaw Creek The pool were built into the mountainside and had multiple hot tubs, live music, and a bar. 

Even amidst smoke from the CA wildfires, the views from our hotel were absolutely unreal.