The best workout is one where you are comfortable and you feel like your skin can breath. I don’t know about you but no matter the workout I like to feel like my clothes are moving with me – not against me. When the material is stretchy & soft to the touch. What is so amazing in today’s day and age is that you can find cool workout attire to work into any budget. One thing I find helpful is asking someone I workout with where they find their pieces. I only focus on people whose style is compatible with that of mine.
Throughout the years, I have participated in pilates, barre, yoga, running, spin, Zumba, CrossFit, and so many others the list goes on… I go through phases, one week I love barre, the next week I love a boot camp class. All I know is that if I do the same workout every single day, weeks on end I’ll get bored real fast. Do you know anyone like that? One thing that I’ve learned about myself, buying workout clothes keeps me motivated. Shopping addiction? No, of course, I don’t do this all the time just when I know I need to spruce things up in my drawers. And…not all of my drawers just the ones with my workout tidbits.
Fun fact about me, I’ve been working out for over a decade now? Rest assured, I think I can direct you in the right direction here. Sometimes we have to stop and think what are our goals when shopping for this stuff. Is it comfort? Style? Longevity? What??? Well, above are my top favorite workout pants that are the most amazing ever. They move with you, dry fast (from the sweatiness), block odor (I wish they all did), and almost all are high waisted. Stop for a second. High waisted pants aren’t just for those who have had babies. They are added support for people who have back issues, weak stomach muscles, and they help with balance too. Did you know that? Yes, stop reading my blog post and go invest in a good pair. Along with finding some really good workout pants, I’ve also found some brands that carry awesome thingies. You can find them here:
Happy Friday everyone!!! Today I wanted to share a few of my social media links in case you didn’t know I was on other platforms. On these social media platforms I share travel adventures, food inspiration, of course, beauty and everyday life scenarios and shindigs. So stop what you’re doing and go over and SUBSCRIBE, FOLLOW, LIKE, and SHARE. After all, it’s FREE and won’t harm animals.
Nittany’s Instagram (my dog)
I also want to share some of my favorite YouTube channels, and Instagram & Snapchat accounts so you can check them out too.
- Jacey Duprie of Damsel in Dior
- Jessica Sturdy of Bows and Sequins
- Jennifer Robinson of Style House Interiors
At the beginning of August, I started updating my skincare routine for both morning & night. I do this right before the season changes. My goal isn’t to shock my skin, rather it’s to ease into a different routine. As change always causes my skin to go crazy. I find that when I introduce new products to my skin one at a time, it reacts a lot better. It also gives me an opportunity to observe what the product is doing for my skin. For instance, if I use five new products at one time – my skin may break out or have an allergic reaction. It would be hard to narrow down what I was using that was caused the issue. Right? I have to admit, I am that girl who gets so excited over her NEW skin care purchases. It gives me the urge to use them all at once. Although it can be hard for me to settle down a bit, I try to keep in mind the best interest of my skin.
Why I choose these particular products?
Each one of the products I choose to apply onto my skin serves a purpose. I don’t walk into the store and buy a product just because of the packaging – although it sometimes helps. Who are we kidding? No, but really, I focus on three key goals: cleanse, exfoliate, and maintain. That is it! I know that if I can achieve these three goals everything else is just an added bonus.
I honestly believe that some people can overdo/underdo it with skincare. My neighbor down the street and I were chatting about how we keep our skin. It turns out she was over exfoliating and omitting eye cream. What?? Such a great friend I am, I didn’t say anything about it – yep, no comment. What I should have done is walked her to my samples box to grab a few tubes of eye cream. I didn’t want to make her feel bad nor did I want to sound like a “know it all” either. Christmas is right around the corner and I can gift her eye cream. Is that a good gift idea anyway? Yeah totally.
Two brands that have been giving me great results…
In the summer, I learned about Epionce. Epionce is a skin care brand that uses more of a natural approach. You will still get the result of that of medical grade skin care, but in a less harsh way. I love it! Another brand that has been really amazing is Sunday Riley. Especially, the Luna Nighttime Oil, you’ll see a dramatic difference in your skin within the first week. Your skin will look more plump, radiant, and even-toned. It is quite expensive but when you talk about skincare – you are going to be paying high-end prices if you want to see results. It’s just one of those things. A few thoughts, usually we focus on the high-end price, I recommend you ask yourself the following questions:
1. How long will the product last if I use it daily?
2. What will it do for my skin?
3. Does it get good reviews?
4. Is this a recommended product (by someone you trust – not a sales person)?
5. Is the product compatible with your skin type?
6. What is your goal for this product?
7. Is this product easily accessible to you?
Tips for buying high-end skin care:
1. Ask a friend to share the cost if there is similar interest.
2. Try purchasing the travel size for a less expensive price.
3. Ask for a sample, Sephora is more than willing to give out samples.
4. Suggest gift cards for birthdays or celebrations.
5. Work at Sephora or Ulta for an additional discount.
6. Adjust your budget to include your skincare necessities.
7. Find online stores that may sell high-end products at a sale price (read reviews and find out where it ships from – keep it in the USA). Here is a few:
I hope this blog post is helpful when trying to discover new skincare products. I understand the struggle when organizing a morning & nighttime skincare routine. Keep it simple but effective. Spend your earnings on great ingredients that are gonna give you results. By the way, I’m not saying that drugstore items are not effective. What I am saying is do your research and find out which ingredients work well for your skin. Never stop learning.
Fall is one of those seasons that gets everyone so excited. I know for myself, all I can think about is being able to wear my boots and sipping a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. Yes, I know that is going to be the reason my weight scale goes into utter shock. Oh well…I’ll look the other way…lol. There is something to be said about fall drinks, romantic walks around the block just to look at the leaves changing colors, and burning the candle Leaves from Bath and Body Works. Yes?
Today in this post, I wanted to include the top selling boots & booties for fall 2016. I thought this was a great idea because of the other day while shopping the shoe department at Nordstrom. It was very overwhelming with all the different designers & prices – I didn’t know where to start. Of course, I would find myself swaying towards the $400-$700 pair of boots when my budget is more on the $200 & under spectrum. That being said, I found many great options to house my feet this season. I’m not quite sure what type of fall weather Florida will bring this year. If it surprises us with colder temperatures than the last year – I will be one happy woman.
*the styles & colors (they are also available in other colors) shown above are the trend for 2016. Click on the picture for more information on colors & pricing available.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are all having a wonderful week so far. Happy shopping!!!
The highlighting technique can instantly turn your skin from drab to fab in seconds. I am no expert but I’ve had my fair share of trial & error with highlighting. If you don’t know or understand how to do it – go grab a glass of wine, and have a YT marathon. It is really amazing how artists or self-taught YTubers transform themselves. If you learn a few simple steps, it will take you a long way.
I remember when I first started highlighting, I applied it all over my face. I thought I looked so cool with the gleaming mounds of highlight. I’m sure you could have spotted me five blocks down the street. Well, let’s just say I’ve practiced and you know what they say, “practice makes perfect”. I can’t really say that I’ve perfected this technique yet. I can say, I’ve learned the areas to highlight and why we accentuate those areas, to say the least. It’s pretty impressive what a lite glow will do for your skin. With just a small amount your complexion looks healthier and more youthful. It really doesn’t matter your age – there is a formula for you. I have learned that cream highlighters work best for more mature skin. Powder highlighters work best for younger generations. All in all, in my opinion – I think we can make either one work for us. Yes?
As I was going through all of my makeup collection – excuse me, “highlight” collection. I came across ten highlighters that are phenomenal and work effortlessly to blend out for a more natural look. You’ll definitely glow without all of the glitter that can be annoying (especially in pictures). If you haven’t already gotten your hands on these babies – I can’t wait till you do. You’ll be obsessed.
Why I choose these 1o highlighters?
1. Easy to blend.
2. The lasting power on the skin.
4. Gives a glow without overdoing it.
5. Finely milled for a softer focus finish.
8. Good for all skin types.
9. I loved the packaging.
10. No scent or fragrance in the product.
I hope this post was helpful and inspired you to be the best you can be. Well, at least until you want to learn how to contour. Now that will have to be another post on its own. Happy highlighting!
Organize Your Family’s Time
This year was a big year for my family, as I have two daughters going into two new schools as 6th & 9th graders. At first, I was a little stressed because there is some much to do and so little time. It seemed that after our family vacay (at the beginning of July) time just flew by and school started. Sound familiar?? One thing that helps me feel a bit more prepared and took some stress off my plate is being organized. I struggle with being organized because I am one who tries to keep everything in my head. This is not a good thing. It leads to feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and you’ll always miss something in between. This could be an important PTO/PTA meeting or an appointment with your gynecologist. Yes. This has really happened to me. And…being that I have had cysts the size of a grapefruit growing on my ovaries means I have to keep up with my gyno appointments. You?
10 Things to do Before School Starts here!
Buy & Organize School Supplies
This school year I wanted to start making changes, moving forward living a more structured life. One thing that helps me achieve this is making lists. I make lists for everything – especially, things I wanted to get done by August. This meant I had to start as soon as summer vacay started because my to-do list was long. I made all necessary doctor appointments, this included physicals, eye exams, orthodontics for Jasmine, etc. Then, we did all of the school clothes & supply shopping early July just right before our family vacay. Believe it or not, this was such a stress reliever for me. I didn’t have to think about the school scenario once and I could enjoy my pina colada at the beach. “Oh, Key Largo how I miss you.”
The Cozi App helped me stay organized a lot too.
If you cannot locate or if your school does not have a supply list ready for you (as they are on their own time) – here are some BASIC supply lists below. You can always add to it later, and in most cases, the teachers don’t ask for most of the items on the list. Every year, I always have a box of supplies that go without mention. Sometimes just buying the basics is more than enough. Another thing to keep in mind, teachers have their own list they hand out on the first day of class. Why end up with supplies you don’t need?
Set Goals & Expectations at the Dinner Table
I made a trip to the school and gathered all paperwork with important dates & tryout information. I immediately inputted all the information into my calendar on my phone. I added alerts (1 day before), and I am good to go at least until the second quarter of school. Another thing that is helpful, I emailed all of the teachers and requested a list of what the girls will be needing for each class. By the first day, Jasmine & Erica were all set and ready to learn. There were no supplies to carry around on the first day, and no paperwork to do on the first night of school. I was ahead of the game by filling out “first-day” documents and turned them in at orientation. For the first time in my life as a parent, I was able to be stress-free. I made a delicious dinner and we were able to sit around the table discussing our day. There was laughter, no phones, and peace. Where in prior years chaos played such a huge role in my life. I couldn’t enjoy my children or listen 100% to what they would tell me. I can honestly say it is worth being organized and doing the footwork to create a happier home life.
Here is an easy & delicious dinner recipe here!
Top Teen Fashion Brands 2016
In case, you are a busy parent and have no clue where to start when it comes to school fashion. Here are some of the top stores that teens love browsing through. Most of these stores offer sales all year long. Sometimes it helps to walk in and go straight to a sales associate. As the sales associates always know all about what’s going on in regards to promo codes, future sales, etc… Happy Shopping!
Check out these creative lunch ideas for teens here – as they are SOOO picky! Everything is never cool enough for them. Right?
5 Tips to Destress Quick
I wanted to share my top 5 tips to destress when I’ve had enough on any given day. They are easy – you probably have everything you need in your home. Here we go…
Tip 1: Sea Salt Soak. Throw in some bath salts, add some aromatherapy, and just soak the day off.
Tip 2: Light a candle or a few and turn the lights off in your bedroom or office.
Tip 4: Yoga. You don’t necessarily need to take a class. Just practice four poses and immediately you’ll find yourself mellowing out. Some of my favorites are Child’s Pose, Standing Forward Bend, Dolphin Pose, and Bridge Pose. Try it!
Tip 5: Buy a Hammock. Seriously the best down time EVER! Here is one of my recommendations here.
I hope this was helpful – thanks for stopping by!!
Makeup is a really fun topic to discuss with just about anyone interested. Today’s post is all about how to create your own makeup bag including all the basic essentials. This is perfect for beginners! I can remember a long time ago, I was at Wal-Mart (because I didn’t have a Sephora budget), trying to figure out what I needed just to start out. Literally, my budget was anywhere from $25-$30. I learned very quickly, I had to make a plan if I wanted to achieve the makeup looks I had in mind. It wasn’t easy at first. But over time I learned to save my earnings and keep one eye open at ALL times for sales. If you do your research you can also find tons of coupons on amazing makeup brands. Here is a simple outline of makeup basics:
- Face: primer, foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, blush
- Eyes & Eyebrows: lash curler, eye shadow, mascara, eyeliner, brow mascara/gel, tweezers
- Lips: balm, lipstick, lip liner (not pictured & optional)
*Pictured below are my recommendations based on products that I have tried myself and work for all skin types.
In order from left to right:
Always remember that these are products I thought would be a great start to a beginner’s makeup bag. Keep in mind that you are never limited to just these few items. You can build up your makeup collection one or two pieces at a time. There isn’t any rush really – just have fun with the journey. You’ll be an expert in no time. Thanks for stopping by!
What it’s good for: a hydrating treatment that immediately reveals softer, firmer, healthier-looking skin.
Why I love it: My skin appears more youthful & radiant.
What it does: uses a patented Probiotic Technology to effectively remove old, dead skin cells and provide hydration to reveal younger, healthier vibrant skin.
Why I love it: does not include parabens or phthalates and helps to even out my skin tone FAST.
What it does: fights free radical skin damage with antioxidant-rich resveratrol from grapeseed.
Why I love it: minimizes fine lines around my eyes & makes my skin glow. I usually use this one when I’m preparing for a date night or girls night out.
What it does: uses super-absorbent zinc oxide and sulfur plus calming camphor, this mask rapidly responds to problem skin in 3 ways: absorbs oil, sloughs dead cells, and gets rid of debris.
Why I love it: my zits are instantly soothed & my skin clears up quickly. I add this to my night time routine from time to time – it only takes 10 minutes.
What it does: vitamins and botanical extracts calm, restore, and repair damaged skin caused by the environment.
Why I love it: my skin instantly feels more plump & firm. Works amazingly well after a flight long or short.
What it does: calms, hydrates, nourishes, and soothes distressed skin – especially, those with acne issues.
Why I love it: I see a significant difference in how my skin feels – hydrated & soft. Perfect for a night soaking in the tub.
Lately, I have been really loving my skin. I go to great lengths and costs to keep my skin healthy. So…I’m okay with being a little or a lot vein about it. I’ve also been through much trial and error to find what really works.
There are so many “gimmicky” products sold on the market today it can be overwhelming. Especially, if you are a person who doesn’t know much about skincare – I was once that person. As with everything else in life, it is a learning process. And…please be cautious of those colorful boxes and eye-catchy fonts. If you’re a sucker like me – marketing is not your friend. Just because the packaging looks pretty doesn’t necessarily mean the product works. You know you’re guilty.
Here are a few facial masks that I feel are well worth every penny. I am recommending them because they work. I also like how each mask contains key ingredients that I am familiar with. Whether you are trying to blast away a zit on your forehead or wanting a glow for your hot date. I’ve gotcha covered! Thanks for stopping by.
Summer has officially started and it’s time to think of your key items that will help you through the season. You’ve heard it before, and I’ll say it again, “protect your skin.” When you protect your skin (and you should start at a very early age) you decrease the signs of aging (sunspots!), and you’ll look younger longer. If you read some of my posts a while back you’ll see some of my most highly recommended products for sun protection. Here in this post, I have included Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense Sunscreen, $38. I have been reaching for this so much lately because it is amazing. You can easily apply it to the skin before your makeup app and you won’t feel greasy or sticky.
Another thing we always try to achieve throughout the summer is color. Clarins Golden Glow Booster, $30; is the perfect product for adding a natural bronzed color to the skin. All you do is add a few drops in your night time moisturizer and by morning, you are a bronzed goddess. The best part, you can reapply every night until you get the results you want. Some of us really want a deep dark tan, and some of us are okay with a light sun kissed glow.
Nails are not to be forgotten, as they are the minor detail that ties everything together. Right?? While stopping in at Ulta the other day I briefly scanned the nail polish section. I fell in love with Essie Bikini so Teeny, $9. It is a pale blue color that looks so pretty on anyone’s tanned or pale skin. You can’t go wrong. It’s also that pop of color which is what caught my eye in the drugstore. I always look for that in a nail polish color.
My summer scent – Fleur Moneï Eau De Parfum, $24
(they have discontinued the Eau de Parfum but the hair & body mist smells exactly the same. It may not last as long on the body, but the scent is beautiful. Perfect for summer!)
Essential Lip Balm with SPF 25 – Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm in Lemon & Chamomile, $8
My go-to pool speaker – Bose Soundlink Colors Speaker, $119
My summer thriller read – The Cellar by Natasha Preston, $10
Check out a book preview here.