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In a funk this morning? Here are some tips to get you out of it!

It is inevitable. Some mornings are just not going to go as you plan them. As such, we can’t let a bad morning ruin a great day. So how do you break out of a bad funk? Here are some ways that I cope with bad mornings each and everyday.

Take a deep breathe.

This sounds so basic but hear me out on this for a second. When we get stressed, our bodies give off several reactions. Believe it or not, breathing when we are stressed tends to decrease. This can lead to headaches and increased anxiety (a little something I learned from a stress management course I took in college. Very resourceful!) So if you find that your morning is not going exactly as planned, take a minute to relax. Stretch out your muscles and take a deep breathe. This will help you decrease your anxiety and help you to think clearly throughout the day.

Be selective with your music selection.

The last thing you want to do when you are stressed is to get yourself more upset with the wrong song selection. I would suggest that you make a playlist for your phone or I-pod with your favorite songs that will put you in a better mood. For me, I like to listen to songs that make me want to dance and have a great beat to keep my spirits high. Which ever songs you pick, make sure that they will make you happy (because I recognize that not everyone loves show tunes as much as I do lol).

Get a good lunch.

Frankly, whenever a day is not going well I always turn to food to make it all better. I find that when I get a good, wholesome lunch, the rest of my day flies by. I am not saying that you should not get a cheeseburger and fries if you really want it. But take into consideration what that burger is going to do to your body. Once you are finished, you are going to feel sluggish throughout the rest of the day (and possibly stress about how many calories you just consumed). By all means, have a burger just not when you are stressed.

Talk it Out

We all have that one best friend that we can talk to about anything. For some, this is your boyfriend, a sibling, or a mentor. Whoever it is, make sure that you can take to someone if you are having any issues. They might just make you feel better and even help you find a solution to  funk you cannot seem to get out of.

Let it Go

Yep. I am telling you all to be like Elsa and put your bad morning in the past. Let’s face it, everyday is not going to be perfect. Don’t fixate yourself on the bad. Focus on the fact that tomorrow is a new day and a new start. After all, nothing good ever came out from negative thinking.

xoxo.

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Keep your wardrobe up to date during season changes.

Hello loves! I don’t know about all of you, but I am certainly having a case of spring fever. I just want the warm weather to be here already! I know a struggle of mine during this time of year is that awkward transition between your winter clothing and your spring clothing. Fear not! Here are some ideas as to how I cope with the winters blues:

Solid colors

It all comes down to the basics. When all else fails, stick to colors like grey, back, and white then pair them with some fun colored accessories. The dress and clutch featured in this image are from StitchFix. The shoes are JLO by Jennifer Lopez (the line is sold exclusively at Kohls). And last but not least, my statement necklace is from Francesca’s.

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Opposites attract.

Don’t be afraid to mix colors when it comes to your wardrobe. Mixing different accents can really help your outfits to stand out. For this particular example, I chose a blouse from Banana Republic that has white accents along with lace details. I decided to pair the blouse with a lace skirt that was sent to me in my StitchFix. I completed the look with my favorite pumps with lace. There are JLO by Jennifer Lopez.

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Blazers for the win.

Whether you are 6’5 or 4’11, blazers flatter all bodies types. That being said, I do recommend investing in a blazer that you can pair with your favorite blouses (I got my first one from Kohls, which is featured in this photo). You can also pair your outfit with your favorite pair of jeans. Be sure to add a necklace and a cuff to add some accessories to your look. The cuff is from one of my fixes through StitchFix and the necklace is from Express. Finally, complete the look with your favorite pair of nude colored heels. Mine happen to be from Chinese Laundry.

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Add to your accessory game.

The great thing about this time of year is that you can really play up your wardrobe with great accessories. This includes some of your favorites scarves and hats. Also keep in mind some of your favorite hair accessories like flowers and headbands. These items are great to add a flirty touch to a plain outfit.

xo.

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Are you considering getting your first Birchbox? How exciting! But before you do, what exactly should you expect from your small little gift to yourself every month? Check out my list of things to consider before you get your first Birchbox in the mail.

First of all, what exactly is Birchbox? The company started up in 2010 by two Harvard graduate (fancy, fancy). It provides women (and men) a chance to try new products such as cosmetics, hair products, and sometimes chocolate samples (oh yes, chocolate samples). It is very affordable to get your Birchboxes each month. You can choose to pay $10 USD a month or pay annual $110 USD. If you decided to pay annually, the first box is free.

So how does Birchbox know what to send you each month? When you become a member, you get a chance to create a custom profile on the birchbox  website. In your profile, you are asked questions like what is your hair type, what types of samples would interest you the most, etc. This customization is what has keep me a loyal customer for the past two years.

What is even better is that Birchbox has a rewards system too! If you leave a review of the products you try each month, your get 10 points per review. Once you earn 100 points, you have earned $10 USD in the Birchbox store. So anything you may want online you can get for practically for free after leaving several reviews. It’s a pretty sweet deal. I have had so many great products mailed to me without breaking the bank.

Getting a Birchbox is a lot of fun. I absolutely love that it is super affordable. The company has a love of big name brands on their website from Smashbox to Beauty Blender. Keep in mind that if you ever find yourself wanting to cancel your subscription, you can do so at any time. I have also given Birchboxes as gifts. They are a big hit! Hope this helps you  make a decision on whether or not to sign up for a Birchbox. Personally, I love that the little box is like a Christmas gift to myself throughout the year 😛

xo.

 

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Considering the Sweat app as a purchase? Here is what I found when I started using the app.

Hello loves! Now that February has begun, I wonder how you are all doing with your New Years Resolutions. Some of you may be doing very well. For some, you may be finding that keeping your resolutions are already becoming a challenge. This year, I decided that I did not want to focus on getting skinny or losing weight, but rather become healthier and stronger. One way that I have been able to do so is by using the Kayla Itsines Sweat app. Here is what I found out about the app in the past few months that I have been using it.

  1. No counting calories. One thing that attracted me to Kayla Itsines and her nutritional advice was the fact that she does not count calories. Rather, she focuses her recipes on getting proper nutritional value from all of your meals. Instead of focusing on calories, you can on stay active while still enjoying a wide variety of different recipes. These recipes are provided to you straight from the app!
  2. Pre-planned meals. I am someone that loves to schedule my week day-especially my meals for the week. As much as I love to eat out from time to time, eating out can be very expensive. The Sweat App gives you meal ideas for the week that you can either prepare ahead of time or the day of. The best part about this app is that it gives you a shopping lists of ingredients that you will need for the week. Your grocery bill will literally be in the palm of your hand through the app.
  3. Customization for meal plans. If you are vegan or vegetarian, you can add this information to your profile. As such, your meal plans are catered to your specific needs (and the meals are delicious).
  4. A recent featured that was just added to the app is a planner. The app will sync into your primary e-mail calendar to help remind you to do your exercises for the day. This feature is a smart and effective way to keep on track with your exercise throughout the week. This new feature has been a fantastic way to keep me on track with my goals.
  5. I love the customized water log. Did you know that there is such a thing as over-hydration? Yep, this is a real thing and it is someone I encourage you to read more about (thank you, community college nutrition course). As such, the Sweat App has a water log that will show you whether you need to drink more water throughout the day or stop. The water the amount of water is needed for your body is determined by your weight. It’s pretty cool!

I also love that the Sweat App has different exercises that you can do throughout the week in order for you to see results. More so, the Sweat app is now really affordable. It is 19.99 USD a month to use the app. I read several blogs and reviews before I decided to give the Sweat app a chance. I can agree that having access to a gym HELPS when using this app to strengthen your body. I don’t necessarily agree that you need to go to the gym or need to have a personal gym in order to use this app (let’s face it, going to a gym can be intimidating. I certainly am not a fan of public gyms myself). I can say that you do need the following items to be able to get the most of the Sweat app. They include:

  • A yoga mat. I found that having one helps you not only maintain your balance but also ease your back and wrists when applying pressure to them. Needless to say, a yoga mat will be an invest-whether you decide to use the Sweat app or not.
  • A muscle foam roller. This was an item that I have never heard about until I started using this app (this extensive exercise thing is new to me lol). You can purchase one through the Kayla Itsines website or online on Amazon (that is where I got mine). The reason I ended up purchasing my muscle foal roller from Amazon to take advantage of my Amazon Prime account.
  • Weights. Don’t worry, you do not have to go crazy with them. I do recommend getting weights not just for this app but also to use in the future to keep your arms toned. If you are short on cash, ask around and see if you can borrow weights. You might even be able to convince your friends to join you in strengthening your body.
  • Medicine ball. Again, this might be a product that you might not have right away at your disposal. I did find that without the medicine ball, I could not complete some of the workout that I needed to do. I ended up improvising some exercises with weights instead.

Conclusion: The Sweat app is a great way to stay active on your goal to strengthen your body. I follow Kayla Itsines on Instagram and Twitter. The fact that  she promotes having self-worth and confidence by promoting good health and strength is really admiring. If you like to plan your meals ahead of time, you will definitely find this app very useful. You are NOT going to get immediate results right away. I have noticed after two months I have a lot more energy and strength. Let’s be frank, a healthy lifestyle is not a quick fix. Results that will last (and continue to last) will one happen when our eating habits change and we stay active. I truly believe that this app can be useful for anyone who is serious about becoming healthier. Learn more about Kayla Itsines by checking out her website here.

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Hello lovers! I have had the chance to try both drugstore and high end products. This segment is going to focus on contouring products from three different brands. Before I begin, let me just add that I am a girl that has oily but sensitive skin. So be sure to take my advice lightly if your skin is less problematic than mine. 😉 Let’s begin!

NYX Wonder Stick

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This is a great product if you are a beginner. The box paints a clear picture as to one must use the darker and lighter shades on your face. I purchased the universal shade. The lighter shade I found to be very shimmery. Some make-up artists are able to work with shimmery based foundations. But not this girl! I also found that the colors were very oil based which made it impossible to keep the product on my skin without adding a fourth of my facial primer to my face before I used the wonderstick. Definitely not for someone who’s face is very oily but may be beneficial for those who have dry skin.

Sephora Collection Contouring 101 Face Palette

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I purchased this palette wanting to try different shades for contouring. I found that the product was very powdery and chalky. I am a girl that enjoy a matte finish above anything. Because the product was so powdery, I found myself struggling just to get the colors on my skin. Needless to say, I regretted making this purchase.

Smashbox Step-by-step contour kit 

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Now we are cooking with fire! I really liked this palette. Each of the colors were very pigmented. I loved that this included a brush as well as a guide that highlights how one should contour based upon their facial structure. A little goes a long with this this palette. Additionally, I love that the colors of the palette give a matte finish (just the way I like it!).

Have you tried contouring yourself with any of these palettes. What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my critiques? Let me know! And have fun enhancing your already beautiful faces! 😉

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