My Valentine’s Day Mood Board

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I Don’t Have a Valentine & I’m Okay

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Sure, having a valentine is great and all, but so is  being alone. If you aren’t happy with yourself, you won’t be happy with someone else. Being in a relationship can sometimes act as a crutch for people who are insecure about themselves. But the great thing about being on your own is you can focus on yourself and figuring out what YOU like. Everything you do is for yourself, every decision you make isn’t impacted by someone else. You aren’t constantly wondering what your significant other thinks about how you act or dress.

Being single is about finding yourself, and I think everyone should embrace that. The more you know and learn about yourself, the more independent and confident you will feel. You won’t be impacted by the jerks of the world and you won’t let yourself settle for less than you deserve.

If you’re out there and valentine-less, embrace it! Because there is nothing wrong with being alone. Happy Valentine’s Day my loves!

How I’m Getting Back on Track

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(via: Tone It Up)

Hiya Lovelies!

One of my goals for 2017 is to really put my health first. I haven’t been happy with my body image and have developed a bad relationship with food since graduating college in 2015. I have been working out consistently for the past year and while I feel better about myself and do think I’ve made some progress in my physical appearance, I have plateaued and truly believe this is due to my nutrition (physical progress is 80% nutrition and only 20% exercise).

4 weeks ago my college friend/coworker wrote me a 12 week fitness program which I am so happy with (link to her Instagram is here). I’ve only missed one workout and am falling in love with my routine. In only 4 weeks I’m feeling better and getting stronger.

Going into week 5 of my fitness program, I will be starting the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan. A quick rundown: Tone It Up is designed for women with busy and crazy lives. Every meal and workout is designed to give you maximum results. Karena and Katrina have a great social media presence and have really created a community around their business. I bought their plan in November but holidays and life happened so I only got two weeks into it. (WebsiteInstagram here)

This time around, I bought their 8 week journal to really track my progress (I dragged my mom into doing the plan with me – accountability buddies are key!!) Now that I am comfortable enough with my new fitness schedule, I feel it is the perfect time to start tackling my nutrition.

 

 

My Favorite Gossip Girl Quotes

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Some love Grey’s. Some love SATC. But there’s only one show I’ve watched over 5 times beginning to end and only one show I would watch 5 more times: Gossip Girl. Below are just a few of my favorite quotes from the show, Enjoy!

“Sometimes you need to step outside, clear your head, and remind yourself
of who you are and where you want to be.”

“Here’s my advice: have a little faith. And if that doesn’t work, have a lot of mimosas”

“Fashion is the most powerful art there is. It’s movement, design, and architecture all in one.
It shows the world who we are and who we’d like to be.”

“Three words, eight letters, say it and I’m yours.”

“The worst thing you’ve ever done, the darkest thought you’ve ever had,
I will stand by you through anything.”

“You have to decide what’s important. Keeping your pride and getting nothing,
or taking a risk and maybe having everything.”

“Feelings never do make sense. They get you all confused. They drive you around
for hours before
they drop you right back where you started.”

“You don’t give up on the people you love.”

“If you really want something, you don’t stop for anyone or anything until you get it.”

“People have a power over us, even after they are gone.”

“One thing I learned is that in the face of true love you don’t just give up,
even if the object of your affection is begging you to.”

“Whoever said money doesn’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop.”

“A heart that hurts is a heart that works.”

Benefit Brow Bar Review

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(Benefit Brow Bar)

I don’t know about you, but my brows are MY CHILDREN. I’m always very nervous to get my brows done by just anyone. One month ago, I made this mistake..I needed a last minute wax and stopped at a small nail salon I hadn’t gone to. BIG MISTAKE. I hated how my brows turned out so much that I decided to grow them out and start from scratch.

I started looking into salons that specialized in brows, to ensure I would get exactly what I’m looking for. My girlfriend had mentioned Benefit’s Brow Bar, so I looked into it. I already love Benefit’s brow products, so the thought of having them reshape my eyebrows was brilliant!

Well last night was my appointment and let me tell you, they DID NOT disappoint. First of all, the woman who did my brows was so nice, she took the time to ask me what kind of brows I was going for, then she proceeded to ‘map’ out my brows. Before she waxed or tweezed, she showed me the shape she was going to achieve and explained exactly what she was going to do. She waxed, tweezed, put aloe on my brows, cleaned them up, and applied concealer over my redness.

I wish I had before pictures to show you, I have never been so satisfied by a waxing before. I will DEFINITELY be going back for my brows. If you have a Brow Bar near you and haven’t tried it out, I HIGHLY recommend.

Gift Wrap Like A Pro

Some quick and fun ideas to jazz up your wrap job. Click the links below for tutorials!

Earthy Gift Wraps

images left to right via: Blog Lovin’ & Camille Styles

Washi Tape Designs

images left to right via: Foods, Crafts, & FamilyToday’s Creative Life, & DIY Inspired

 

Christmas Fun

images left to right via: Delightfully NotedParty Delights, & Fellow Fellow

 

Bright & Colorful

images left to right via: Older and WisorStyle Me Pretty, & Margot Madison Creative

Last Minute Gift Ideas

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image via: Boxwood Clippings

If you’re anything like me, you are a Procrastinator (with a capital ‘P’). Sometimes things slip through the cracks, even if it’s something important sayyyyy Christmas gifts for your family. (AHHH!) Lucky for you, I’ve run into this a few times in my college days. Below are some last minute gift ideas that are simple, quick, don’t break the bank, but still add a personal touch from you!

 

Gift Sets

images left to right via: Sugar and CharmStyle Me Pretty, & Fox Blossom Co

The best part about gift sets is that you can either buy and give one that is already made, or you can create your own! One year I bought three different gift sets. One was perfume, another nail polish and the last makeup. I then divided the sets so that each friend would get a more personalized gift set that included each product. Another way to approach gift sets is to build upon a theme such as movie night or spa night.

 

Baked Goods

images left to right via: Celebrating Everyday LifeCelebrate Creativity, & Gardenista

You can’t go wrong with a homemade recipe and a cute wrap job! Click the links under the pictures for the recipes above or if you have your own banging homemade recipe get to baking! Baked goods are great because not only is it coming from you, but baking a huge batch to give to multiple people saves you some money! Spend some extra time dressing up the packaging too (that’s my favorite part)!

 

DIY Gifts

images left to right via: The DIY MommyThe Crafted Life, & Inspired by Charm

DIY is very personal and therefore makes a great holiday present! My younger sister chooses one DIY project and replicates it across the board for all of her friends and family. The links under the above pictures lead to a knitted blanket, tattooed ornaments, and homemade bath bombs! There are also a lot of cool things you can do with mason jars and picture frames. Click through to my Pinterest Board for more DIY Ideas!