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Sam Wennerstrom is a boss, to say the least. Not only is she a new mom but she runs the lifestyle + fashion blog, Could I Have That? With more than 102k followers on Instagram. She has been a positive force behind the brand for some time, so we thought we’d catch up with our lady friend and get the inside scoop on upcoming summer beauty & fashion trends from the fashion insider herself. Enjoy! xx

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CAREER:

1. When did you first get into blogging?
The summer of 2009. I was working at a magazine and started it as a creative outlet.

ON WEB PRESENCE:

2. What makes your blog different from the rest?
Could I Have That is more of a state of mind. Its about improving ones lifestyle and celebrating all the things that can turn a bad day into a good day. I love lending inspiration to my readers in different ways so they can up the ante in their day to day routine.

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WHAT ELSE YOU’RE WORKING ON:

3. Is there anything else in the pipeline for you or can you expand on everything you’re currently working on?
There are a lot of exciting things coming later this year. A little facelift to couldihavethat.com and a handful of projects that I can’t wait to share.

SKINCARE:

4. What is your go-to skincare routine?
Cleansing morning and night, exfoliating twice a week with either a Clarisonic brush or Goldfaden MD’s Doctor’s Scrub; moisturizing with a serum or anti aging night treatment and eye cream morning/night. Oh and sunscreen every day, or at least try!

MAKEUP:

5. What are your TOP makeup must-haves?
Makeup Forever foundation, Cle de Peau concealer, Laura Mercier eye base, Trish McEvoy eye pencil and Le Volume de Chanel mascara.

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TRENDS:

6. What are the spring/summer trends you are most excited about and why?
Seventies style! It has always been my favorite era so I’m excited to pull out some bell bottoms and platforms.

JUST FOR FUN:

7.Tell us about an experience working as a fashion blogger that truly shaped the outcome of your career?
I was flown to Paris once for a store opening. It was such a surreal experience and I had the opportunity to meet and hang out with fashion editors from all over the world. That was a turning point for me and I started taking my business much more seriously.

SHAMELESS PLUG:

8. What’s your favorite Goldfaden MD product, and why?
The Doctor’s Scrub! It will completely transform my skin from dull to radiant after one use. It leaves my skin glowing.

We have the best jobs on earth, which includes traveling to far off places, meeting new ad interesting  people, eating yummy food and experiencing a variety of cultures! As our brand continues to grow we will be sharing our picks of fun things to do, good places to eat and great blogs to read in a variety of countries.

Australia
Sydney

Favorite place to eat:

LuMi bar & dining is a beautiful, hip modern italian restaurant that is all glass and over looks the Sydney wharf. When lit up at night this place glows like a light box on the water. Lumi means small bites italian and that is what this place does best. Innovative and fresh ingredients add to the romantic yet trendy vibe while fresh flowers, plants and succulents make you feel like you’re in an enchanted forrest.

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Photo via LuMI bar & Dining

Fitness:

HardCandy Fitness-gyms created by Madonna that offer an eclectic variety of dance classes. Our favorite is “addicted to sweat-cardio dance”. Of course if you’re near the beach you can always surf!

Health/Beauty Product:

Developed by the most gorgeous Australian on the planet, Elle McPherson’s Super Elixir drink is taking the US by storm. This made a splash in the UK by selling out upon its launch. Now available online and in the US, this energy drink will keep you going while detoxing your system.

Due to it’s beach culture Australia is very sun protective aware/ With its many SPF laws and fair skinned population, sun care is big and growing.

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Fashion bloggers:

While Australia is a huge country, the beachy look cannot be ignored. Due to many beachside and waterfront cities, the relaxed boho look is alive and well.  We always take a peek at Moulinfrock.com to see what the trendy girls are wearing. Similar to the US, booties, jeans shorts and rompers are all the rage.

Beauty bloggers:

Gritty Pretty forthe must haves of the moment and Bella Mumma for busy moms on the go.

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Favorite designer:

Sass & Bide

China
Hong Kong

Beauty blog:

We always take a peek at life and lens of beauty. She covers both Western and Eastern brands so it is the perfect mix! Cindiddy is our favorite with the perfect mix of edge and class! We love her hair too!

Fashion Blog:

Asians are known for their style and aead of the trend fashion choices. Hong Kong being the international city that it is, has a variety of fashion looks. Never disappointing and always fierce!

Best food:

Long Key Noodle shop. Hog Kong is touted the best food city in the world, so its hard to go wrong. Bring your appetite and sense of adventure. Menus consists of  pork, salted meats, seafood and oddly enough goose. Try ChiuChow, which is ‘late night food’. Similar to Cantonese style food but different than Chinese food as it is made form fresh ingredients and then sits for the day until eaten.

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Fitness:

Piloxing is the newest craze in Hong Kong. While popular in western countries this mix of cardio, dance, Pilates and boxing has taken Hong Kong by storm. Don’t worry if you don’t want to spend time in a class, the walking alone on Hong Kong is enough to keep you in shape.

UK
London

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Favorite food:

NOPI– farm to table fresh ingredients and communal tables. This is usually the first place we eat at in London.

You cannot go to London without indulging in fish and chips. The Punch Bowl is where we go. This classic pub owned by Guy Ritchie is a favorite amongst locals and tourists alike. They serve up traditional English dishes and have the most delicious fish and chips… don’t forget the mushy peas! Terrific selection of beers and ciders on tap-this is a must eat at!

Fashion blogger:

London is a mix of styles. There is an underground punk vibe to it as well as the upper crust, proper designer vibe. This gives a lot of options on what to wear. Two fabulous women that come to mind are Ella Gregory of Coco’s Tea Party and Sarah Luxe.  Coco’s Tea Party is a lifestyle bog that never disappoints! Ella is gorgeous and smart and has a way of mixing patterns and designers that make us want to wear everything she posts!

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Sara Luxe is a blogger, stylist and trend setter. Coined by ASOS as ‘A 90‘s girl at heart”, she manages to mix 90‘s grunge with edgy/rock and roll looks. We are also obsessed with everything she does to her ever changed mane of hair.

Beauty Blogger:

ReallyRee is our goto girl for everything beauty! She selects and tries all new beauty products and then shares her step by step experience and opinion. Always honest and and willing to try anything once this girl isn’t gorgeous by accident.

Fitness:

Luckily for us Barry’s Bootcamp is now in London! When we aren’t running around working we can be found sweating it out at bootcamp! Thank s to Lauren we also like to do Tracy Anderson workout in the hotel gym. She is amazing at it, I am still learning the moves but regardless always a fun and tiring dance workout.

Screen Shot 2014-09-29 at 12.37.46 PMThis post was contributed by Kristen Conahan of Style Wax Poetic.

I love to workout. Yes, I’m one of those crazy people. I’m instantly in a better mood after a workout, I feel accomplished and in shape, which makes me feel like I can conquer anything. I realize that’s not the case for everyone but it IS a very important part of our lives important to keep ourselves healthy, beautiful (on the inside and out) and to being able to give the best of ourselves to others. It also doesn’t hurt that regular exercise releases endorphins and elevates moods, and helps control weight and fight disease. So what are you waiting for?!

While I may not have you jumping out of your seat just quite yet, I know these amazing high fashion workout pieces will. Fashionable workout gear will add that motivation you need and give you one extra reason to workout.  You never know, you may even meet that special someone at the juice bar after class.

Move By Alternative Backbend Top

Onzie Royal Blue Track Legging

MICHI Bionic Bra

Without Walls Performance Fleece Pullover Shirt

Net Tee

Lattice Back Bra

VPL Original Insertion Bra

VPL Stripe B Bra

Nesh NYC Illusion Patchwork Top

Heroine Sport Windbreaker Hooded VestHeroine Sport Training Shorts

MICHI Siren Bra

Heroine Sport X Bra

Blue Life Fit Laser-Cut Keyhole Cami Tank Top

Click on each photo to shop the look!

Read more at www.stylewaxpoetic.com.