Friday, August 18, 2017

Zella Leggings: Worth the Splurge?

We finally made it, it's Friday! I am happy to say that my August goals are going really well so far with the exception of Starbucks - hah but I'm trying so that has to count for something! During the Nordstrom Sale last month, I picked up some new leggings to try out - Zella Live In High Waisted Leggings. I had heard great things about them in regards to their comfort and quality of fabric. I first got them in this burgundy color and after I tried them on, I quickly ordered them in black as well. So now here I am after just one week of wearing them and I am OBSESSED!

I started going to Orange Theory Fitness last week and I thought this would be the perfect time, or rather place, to test these bad boys out. If you haven't been to Orange Theory, then let me give you a little rundown of what the classes entail. The general idea behind Orange Theory is to keep your heart rate in the orange zone, or 85-90% of your maximum heart rate, in order to continue burning calories for up to 36 hours following exercise. The 1 hour class itself consists of interval training with treadmills, rowing machines, and weights. It is very fast paced but it feels more like working out with a trainer than it does a regular fitness class you may find at a typical gym. You can try a class for free if there is one near you and highly recommend it if so!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Thankful for Mom on Her Birthday

Happy hump day my friends! Today is a very special hump day being that it is my beautiful mother's birthday and the winner of the $75 giveaway is announced! There are so many horrible events happening in the world today and it really makes me glad that I grew up in the times that I did. This was a wonderful time when social media didn’t run the universe, on how I miss those days. Since it is my mother’s birthday, I thought I would write a little about her and thank her for everything she has done for me.

My mother grew up in a very small Oklahoma town that had a school so small her graduating class was 5 people! She worked very hard and put herself through college. At 19, she took her first and ONLY job in the oil industry. She will retire from there next week and will move several hours closer to me in the next few months to their new Ranch home on a couple hundred acres. I’m excited to have both of my parents so much closer to me in the future as we currently live 6 hours apart.

Growing up, I thought my mother was the meanest mom ever. I think everyone feels that way about their parents when they are teenagers though. When I say she was mean, I'm referring to the times that she refused to buy the $100 pair of jeans from [insert your favorite high end store here] and instead buying me the $20 pair from not there. I really thought it was the end of the world at 16. Looking back, she was honestly being the best mom ever. She taught me that just because I wanted something didn't mean that I needed it. To this day, I always ask myself that when making a purchase. Do I want this or do I need this? This was just a small instance of how she taught me about responsibility. Thank you mom.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Every Day Beauty Essentials + $75 Giveaway!

Happy Thursday my fearless readers! August always seems like such a busy month. I'm not in school anymore but I can only imagine what it's like for those that are or who have little ones headed back to school. Today, I'm sharing the 5 makeup products I can't go a day without. These five products make my entire face every single day! They are also perfect to have on hand when I'm running late because they are in my purse ready to brew some magic in the car (this happens more often than not). Don't get me wrong, I LOVE a good highlight and contour but I do not have the time, and some days the energy, to do all that at 6 in the morning! If this were a post on the essentials for date night or girl's night out, this would be a much longer list because I go full out when I get the opportunity.

I want to throw in this disclaimer. I am not a professional makeup artist (check out my favorite hometown girl, Callie Ann Artistry, for serious makeup inspo and fitness envy) and nor should I be. These essentials are coming from a non-pro, every day, work grind girl. I know the majority of women are exactly that so I hope many of you can relate to this and it helps get you through those hectic days! All of the specific products are what I love and recommend to anyone but definitely make sure you have any brand of the products listed.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

August Goals: Accountability Starts Now!

I know we are already a week into August but I see so many other bloggers post about their goals for the month, not only blog related but personal too! I love the idea behind it because it really focuses what needs to happen. I'm a very task and goal-oriented person so I think this is going to be quite helpful for me! I could always use more accountability in my life so here I am, jumping on that blogger bandwagon! I think my goal for my goals (haha) will be to have 3 goals each related to blog and my personal life. 


1) Put myself/blog out there more. I really want to up my game and get involved more with other bloggers and my readers. I teamed up with 2 of my blogger IRL gal pals (Sassy Southern Lindsey and The Cocooners) to do a giveaway (check back Thursday for the details), which is something I've never done before. I wanted to do this to really get my blog some visibility it hasn't had before and, quite frankly, I'm a little scared of! I also want to get involved with at least 1 campaign this month. I've been leary to do so because I really want to do brands that partner with me proud which means incorporating more time to commit to posts. I am ready to knock this one out of the park!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Roman Holiday - My Italy Study Abroad

I'm not going to lie to you, I really just wanted to upload 100 pictures, say "hi", and call it a post but I figured I should at least say a little something :) This was good enough right? Ha, okay fine. Brief overview: I studied abroad in Italy my freshman year of college. I was in a Leadership scholarship program that did different study abroad programs each year. The semester before I went to Italy, I took an "overview" class of Italy that included learning the language, culture, and general travel tips. When the time for travel came, I flew into Frankfurt, Germany and from there took a short flight into Rome and so began my journey. I honestly could write a novel of my experience but I thought doing a look into my favorite things/places would probably be the most beneficial.

Casa de Guilietta, Verona

Friday, July 28, 2017

Royal Obsession: Blue & Gold Details

Wow, Friday already?! This was such a busy week for me! I wasn’t sure if I was even going to have the time to crank something out for the blog. Work has been crazy hectic and I’m still house hunting like crazy. The housing market in North Dallas is such a nightmare.  Since so many people are moving here from Cali, where the prices are outrageous, you have to be ready to pay asking price or higher within 24 hours of a house going on the market. This is at least the case for the new homes or neighborhoods that I’ve been looking into. I just keep trucking on and will hopefully find something before the year is up! Fingers crossed.

Today I’m stepping a little out of my comfort zone. This is just a “hey, look I have cute clothes on” post, haha, or more like a style feature. I really just wanted a chance to show off these super cute shoes because I'm in love with them! I don’t really like having pictures taken of me so this was a little different. I’m going to try to do more and more because I want this blogging journey to be an outlet for creative and pushing me to do new things! Two main staples for me, regardless of season, are blue and gold. It really doesn’t matter what shade of blue, I love it! And I honestly used to despise yellow gold but it is really making its way into my heart lately! I think that means I'm getting older *sigh*

Friday, July 21, 2017

Top 5 #Nsale Must Haves for Fall

Happy Friday!

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is officially open to the public! RUN RUN RUN! Some items are already sold out - booo. One of my favorite scarves that I somehow missed when I made my purchase last week is now sold out but you better believe that it is still on my wish list and I have my fingers crossed that it will get restocked! (EDIT: It's restocked & on it's way to me!)

Today is just a super quick post on the 5 things that you NEED for this fall to build an entire look. I am a big believer on building an outfit around an accessory like a handbag or shoes. This is why I think if you choose to splurge on anything that it should be one of those! For these top five items, I am building it around some adorable booties. Let's jump right in it because I don't want you to waste any time on getting those Nordstrom deals!

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