Feb 3, 2016

Read This: Books to Re-focus You

Savor | Cold Tangerines | Simply Tuesday | Taming the To-Do List | No Other Gods
As I've gotten older, and people have become a bit more negative toward each other, I've realized I need to make sure I'm counter-balancing the negativity somehow. Great family and friends are key! I don't know how many times I've called a girlfriend at the last minute, practically begging her to meet for tacos and margaritas, so I could shake off the funk of the day. My girls come through every time; then again, who can say no to tacos?

Jan 25, 2016

Red Turtleneck

While #SnowMageddon2016 beat up most of the east coast this weekend, here in Florida we had highs in the 40s, and our lows pushing into the low 30s at night. It was actually 38 degrees during this shoot, which thankfully the sun was out, and the wind had died down. Otherwise, you would've seen a girl standing in her Northface jacket. Which, let's be honest—that's kinda boring. A bright red turtleneck is far more exciting. Right?

Jan 22, 2016

Winter Skincare Essentials

Winter, or at least our version, has finally arrived in central Florida. If the colder weather hadn't been a good indicator, my oily skin making a turn toward dry skin would have. The products I use during the warmer months to clean off as much oil as I can, no longer work for me in the cold months because they are too drying. So, through the years, I've made a few switches that I can't live without, and have found some new products recently as well.

Jan 18, 2016

Crisp Mornings

I love the crisp, chilly mornings we've had the past couple days. It's cool enough that I need a thicker sweater and some boots, and maybe a scarf. However, I don't have to worry about a jacket or too many layers—until the evening that is. The air smells fresh, and the days just seem to rejuvenate me a bit more now. That crisp bite to the morning air works almost like a hot cup of coffee—almost.

I've already put several of my 2016 goals into rotation as well. For starters, I'm half way through a dairy free January. Which let me tell you; dairy free is no joke! I feel like the health nut weirdo in the grocery store, reading every label, waffling back and forth on putting something in the cart, and wondering if I'm wasting money on a soy option that I'm going to hate the taste of. Let's not even discuss the lack of queso in my life right now and the amendments I've made to my Starbucks order. Complaining aside, I am actually starting to feel a difference. It's weird, but I feel a bit lighter on my feet—not so much of that dragging feeling. I've been sleeping better, and the 3pm slump isn't so intense anymore.

On top of going dairy free, I'm also going to a minimum of two spin classes a week, with cardio and weights on my own time one or two other times a week. Plus, I'm starting with a personal trainer today, so I can get into a better routine with free weights. Needless to say, these goals barely scratch the surface on what I've set out to do this year. Watch out 2016!

Jan 13, 2016

Favorite Red Lips

I wear red lips on a pretty regular basis, especially when I've only put liner and mascara on my eyes. I feel like the bright lip helps light up my whole face, so I look pulled together without a ton of effort. I'm a huge fan of wearing red to the office—and no I never get any weird stares from people. Red lips are such a classic beauty staple; and I think it's more widely accepted as a daytime color now. I feel an extra sense of fierceness from within when I wear red lipstick. I imagine, this must be how Beyonce feels.

The trick to reds is knowing which formula you like best. Personally, I tend to reach for the matte reds. They apply creamy, but dry well and don't move around on you during the day. Glossy formulas don't seem to ever really dry, so I've smudged red across my face a few times. Which is why I now lean toward mattes.

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