December 2019 | Chloe Lear

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Winc: A Chic Wine Club

A few weeks ago, I was buying my wine at the store like most people. I was familiar with a few styles of wine that I liked and I would venture outside of my comfort zone based off of recommendations from friends and family. Fast forward to today and I’ve become a member of one of the most stylish wines clubs in America: Winc.

Winc is a wine club that curates handcrafted wine based on your individual palate. When you register for the subscription, you’re prompted to take a wine palate quiz that will offer you personalized wine recommendations. You can cancel your membership at anytime and skip a month if you’re going to be out of town. And best of all, you never have to pay for a bottle of wine that you don’t like. I signed up immediately.

Having recently moved to Houston, having items delivered directly to my door was new to me. I lived in an apartment in New York for the past 6 years and would always receive a package slip from a shipper. I had just started to have my groceries delivered on the weekends here in Houston and I jumped at the chance to have my wine delivered as well.

Based out of California, Winc curated wine from all over the world and bottles various styles to compliment a wide range of taste and adventure. After completing the profile quiz, I was paired with four bottles of wine to start my membership and having opened two, I must say I was impressed. 

I usually prefer my wines sweet, fruity and bubbly, and I was worried that the picks from Winc wouldn’t meet my taste buds high standards. However, in the spirit of trying new things, I decided to let Winc do all the leg work and send me their best recommendations. To say that they hit the ball out of the park would be an understatement. 

The wine picks weren’t anything I would have purchased for myself in a million years but I thoroughly enjoyed the pairings by Winc. Being able to let someone do your wine shopping for you without leaving the comfort of your own home is pretty dope but having Winc give me wine recommendations monthly was too awesome to pass up.

If you’re a wine connoisseur like myself and enjoy a tall glass of wine with friends, for dinner or as part of weekly self-care, I would definitely recommend Winc. We’ve become a society of convenience and Winc offers a chic wine subscription that’s second to none. 

Check out photos of the wine I received in my first box below as well as my unboxing of Winc and click here to receive four bottles of wine for $39 + complimentary shipping. 


Saturday, December 14, 2019

Girls Trip September 2019: Houston, Texas

I’m always down for a vacation, especially a girls trip. With everyone adulting and having their own lifestyles to maintain, trips like this are few and far between. But when we all get together it’s pure magic.

I love Houston. And before I moved here in November (blog post coming soon) I would visit at least once a year. Between the weather and food, it’s always a great time, so when I found a round trip ticket for less than $150, I jumped on the chance to buy.

A September girls trip was well on the way and it would be one for the books.

My friends and I enjoyed great food, drinks and tons of walks down memory lane. As a frequent visitor of Houston, I was ecstatic to enjoy a much needed vacation with some of my favorite people. Not to mention the opportunity to create stories and snap pictures that I’d look back on years to come.

This vacation was everything that I could have hoped for and with girls trips becoming less frequent, it makes them even more special. Traveling is such a necessity but when best friends are involved it makes the destinations all the more sweeter.

Check out pictures of my trip below and stay tuned for more girls trips!


Friday, December 6, 2019

Boss Babes Vol. I: Lauren Napier

With National Women’s Entrepreneurship Day just a short while ago, (literally a couple of weeks), I decided to start a new series on my blog about female entrepreneurs entitled Boss Babes.

This series is meant to encourage, inspire and showcase some of the phenomenal women is business and give you a sneak peek into their lives through candid conversations and engagement.

With out further ado I present Boss Babes Volume I with none other than Lauren Napier.

Lauren Napier is the founder and creator of Lauren Napier Beauty, a brand of sustainably packaged, individually wrapped cleansing wipes that are made of the highest quality botanical ingredients.

I sat down with Lauren to dig a little deeper into the woman behind such an amazing brand and got to discuss some of her beauty secrets, inspirations and future career plans.  

1. Where did the concept of individual packaged makeup wipes come from? I was traveling and my puff package of wipes dried out. At that moment I developed a concept and took it straight to a manufacturer. 

2. What sets your brand a part from other makeup wipe brands? The packaging designed is for travel and Lauren Napier Beauty’s ingredients are botanical rich and deep clean skin. 

3. What’s or who is your biggest inspiration? I am my biggest inspiration. I have to be perfectly honest. There are days that I don’t want to get out of bed - but I do! This work is hard, very hard. I had a great idea, I put my idea into action.  I created a brand from my tax refund and today it is sold in over 22 countries. I am shocked day in and day out. I want to see where this goes. So I am inspired every day to keep going. 

4. When you fly, what are must haves for your in-flight travel bag? I fly a lot. I am an expert packer, I have a double sided blanket (so I know what side touches my body and what touches the seat). I have a bottle of water, sanitizer, my headphones, phone charger and an apple. As far as beauty goes, I must have La Rose by Lauren Napier rose water infused makeup remover wipes, Beneath Your Mask face oil, a Luvscrub for my body and a satin pillow case. 

5. If you could trade places with one person for a day who would it be? I would trade places with the person at the IRS who has access to Trump’s taxes. 

6. Outside of Lauren Napier wipes, what other projects are you curating or working on? I am so excited for the products that are to come. I am very excited but everything is in development so I can’t say - but I know you’re all going to love what’s next. 

7. If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 7 things do you have with you?  Let’s say I were stranded in the most ideal conditions. More like Madonna in “Swept Away” not Tom Hanks in Cast Away” I would have my Cloth and Paper day planner, because I use to write down my ideas. All of the books on the list of books that I am supposed to be reading (I would finally have time). Hopefully, my hair would still be braided so I’d have Girl+Hair for my scalp. An unlimited supply of olive oil. Cleanse by Lauren Napier would absolutely be in tow. My hot water bottle and Double bubble bubble gum. 

8. What’s your daily beauty routine? Depends on the day. The Lauren Napier Beauty philosophy is, “there is beauty in taking it off.” I am an ultra minimalist. I like it easy and effective. So I cleanse with Natura Bisse facial cleanser, moisturize with Sunday Riley or Mario Badescu (depending on the time of the month and weather). I use NARS sheer glow foundation in Macao, Anastasia Brow powder, a cream blush, Milk mascara, tinted color corrector or Wander Beauty on my lips. / At night, I am all about cleansing oils, then I use Flaunt by Lauren Napier to remove excess mascara from my lids. It’s gentle and nourishes my eye area. I moisturize my face and dab olive oil on my lips for hydration. 

For more on Lauren Napier, make sure to follow her on Instagram: @laurennapierbeauty and Twitter: @laurennapier 

If you’re a frequent traveler like Lauren and myself, a gym rat or you’re in need of cleansing wipes that won’t dry out after one use, be sure to shop her site, Lauren Napier Beauty offers three variations of wipes to suit all skincare types and has several price points to meet all budgets. 

Use code CHLOEGIVES for 20% off your order of $25 or more.

And be sure to stay tuned for the next installment of Boss Babes. 

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