Dental hygiene is a huge part of my daily self-care routine. Is it weird that one of my favorite compliments to get is that I have great teeth? It might be because I was so self-conscious when it came to my teeth before but since Invisalign my teeth are starting to get to where I want them to be.
Besides getting my teeth straightened out, whitening them is a major step in my dental care routine. I used to do some DIY natural whitening that didn’t work and those at-home teeth whitening strips were so pricey and so bad for your teeth too. When I read how whitening strips can strip off your enamel from your teeth I knew that using these products was not for me. As per usual I did some research on natural ways to whiten my teeth and there was a ton but most seemed too complicated. I wanted something accessible and simple, and then I read about the benefits of coconut oil for dental hygiene.
This was perfect because I use coconut oil daily!! I use it to take off my make up and as a body moisturizer, so having something that I already had in my bathroom skincare drawer was easy. It’s important to not use just any coconut oil okay? Like we want to get the most out of it, so make sure to get one that’s cold press and organic. Lucky coconut has blown up in recent years so finding one that’s organic and cold press isn’t too hard.
So when it comes to teeth whitening and general dental hygiene using coconut oil is simple and easy. After you’re done brushing your teeth like you normally would scoop up about a half of a tablespoon and just pop it in your mouth. You want to make sure you have enough to swish around your mouth. Most likely it will be in its solid form so give it a few seconds in your mouth before it begins to melt. You can do this for as short as 10 minutes but I tend to go for the 20-minute range. To not waste any time I’ll pop some coconut oil into my mouth before going into the shower and as I’m taking a shower ill just swish it around my mouth. If I happened to take a quick shower I will keep doing it as I do my skincare routine.
One thing to remember is that when you are done make sure not to swallow the coconut oil because it’s picking up all of the leftover bacteria in your mouth and it’s not something you want to digest. Once you’re done swishing it around your mouth and you spit it out then boom, you are done!! I swear if you add oil pulling into your routine once a day for a week, the difference will be noticeable. Also, people believe it can help with gum diseases or infections and cavities so why not try it right?
Using this oil pulling method is such a great and natural way to get your teeth whitened. Whitening without causing any harm to your teeth is major so you can be at ease when using this method. Plus getting constant compliments on how white my teeth is, isn’t too bad either. Basically coconut oil pulling till the day I die!!!
I recently got back from my trip to Ecuador and I am already starting to plan for my next trips in these upcoming months. I am constantly wanting to explore new places throughout the world but sometimes the biggest issue is finding a travel buddy who’s available, you know? So getting everything organized from things to do, when to go, and what to pack is something I always like to get specific in.
Organization is key when it comes to packing, it just makes everything easier. I like to plan out outfits ahead of time, make sure I have all necessary accessories and self care items packed and ready to go. When it comes to my carry on I make sure that my backpack is as organized as possible making it easy to travel with. I always divide up everything on my carry on by using little makeup bags. An essential part is my plane ride skincare routine bag.
When I travel I do not like to wear makeup, especially on long trips. Sticking to my skincare routine is key for me during traveling so not wearing any makeup makes it easier. I want to avoid any breakouts possible, they’re just not a cute addition in any travel pictures. I’ve noticed that for me it’s all about keeping my skin clean and hydrated. I want to avoid any annoying, dry flaky patches or clogged pores from appearing. Lucky a 10+ step plan isn’t necessary for me, I simply use about 4 different products, all that easily can be travel size friendly.
So let’s start with keeping your skin fresh and clean. I always like to bring about 2-3 wipes in my carry on. What I do is pack the three wipes in a small sandwich bag which takes up a minimal amount of space. Then i’ll put some toner in a travel squeeze bottle or any other container that’s easy to use. For toner, I will put a bit of the product on a cotton ball to wipe my face for that extra clean feeling. Toner helps with removing oil, dirt and more from your face so it is such an easy way to keep your skin feeling clean.
Here’s a tip, I never throw away any containers that I have from serums or any other product that uses a droplet. Using a droplet makes using any liquid product so much easier when flying on a plane. A lot of the products I use are not in a travel friendly sized so being able to fill the small container up is such a great way to bring what you need. Nothing is worse than having to throw out your favorite product when going through airport security.
After getting everything set and having a clean base, i’ll start moisturizing. Sheet masks are amazing for this and so easy to work with. I like for all of the products to be completely absorbed so depending on the type of sheet mask i’ll use this could take 30 minutes to an hour. Yes, it takes some time but trust me your skin will GLOW. Plus you’re on a plane so other than doing some work, watching tv or sleeping, there isn’t much to do. Why not maximize your time with some skin appreciation? I love the RATA & CO. New Zealand Naturals sheet masks because the amount of product that comes with each mask is amazing and so is its quality. Sheet masks product tend to have a water-like feel but this one is a bit thicker, giving you an even better-moisturized feel. The three that I have used and LOVED are the activated charcoal and manuka honey mask, the radiance boosting vitamin c mask, and the nourishing rosehip and raspberry oil mask. I would not recommend the activated charcoal for a plane ride simply because it does have a dark tint in the product. That means once your done with the mask you would have to wipe your face to remove the black left over product. A wipe will easily remove all remaining product but if you want to avoid that step, I would suggest sticking to the two other masks. This mask is great for fighting acne so I would definitely recommend bring it along your trip just in case you’re dealing with some breakouts!
I will usually use my jade roller when I have a sheet mask. This will help maximize the absorption of the product while giving you some lymphatic drainage. Goodbye puffy travel skin, hello tight sleek hydrated skin. If you’re feeling a bit awkward from using a sheet mask on the plane, honestly it’s not a big deal, your skin will thank you.
So once I’m done with the sheet mask and my skin is looking fresh i’ll go in with some moisturizer. I pack my St Ives Collagen Moisturizer and a little goes a long way with this one so I pack it in a small container. I use these cute tiny Clinique containers I got from Ulta for free. They have these for you to get samples of their products and have become so useful for traveling. They’re small and very durable so if you are ever at your local Ulta ask for a sample and take advantage of these babies.
For me, the key for traveling is to stick to this little routine. At times I may go in with my moisturizer maybe one to two more times depending on how long I’m on the plane for. In general adding some skin care routine in during traveling has helped me keep my skin looking clear and smooth. Like I have mentioned before its easy, efficient and effective.
It’s also important to mention that drinking water will make all the difference!!! I am always making sure that I am drinking plenty of water. Water is essential because of how much water your body looses on a flight. It’s estimated that women lose around 1.6 liters of water on a 10 hour flight and men lose 2 liters. Aka pass me two liters of water please!!!
Anyways, like always I’m very specific when it comes to skincare or anything else but always wanting to find improvement. If you have any recommendations for products to try let your girl know!!!
Water, basically the number one thing people tell you to do if you want to improve anything. Clear skin? Every model with perfect baby-like skin will tell you to drink water. Lose weight? Everyone says to drink a literor a gallon of water. Its become the go-to advice which I feel like everyone is kind of tired of hearing. I’m not saying that drinking water isn’t a major partof being healthy in several different ways but we all know that usually, theperson is doing more than just drinking a cup of water. The truth is that water is a large part ofbeing healthy but there are things you can add to your routine to make thebenefits even greater.
I love anything that helps with digestion because we are always trying to avoid any inflammation. I personally always preferred cold water but I started to read about why room temperature water just works better for your body. First of all room temp water is easier for your body to rehydrate with, which is the basic main goal when drinking water. When drinking room temp or warm water it can help make digestion easier. Cold water can often make digesting fat in food more difficult making the digestive system slow down. Plus room temperature water is supposed to help speed up your metabolism which is always a plus.
Okay, so we got the room temp water set to go now this is the part where I will add all sorts of things. One thing I love is to add some organic pink Himalayan salt into my water. This method is also called Sole Water and is believed to bring good energy into your body. Sole water is a great way to add electrolytes into your day and prevent dehydration and maintaining a healthy level of fluid. Drinking salt water will also improve your body’s natural process of detoxification. When I add salt into my water I always make sure to use an organic pink Himalayan salt like this one from amazon.
Other than pink salt I love to add some pure potassium powder into my water. My favorite kind is this one i bought from amazon. It is completely flavorless and dissolves completely which is essential for me. I hate it when products don’t dissolve completely in my drink so this worked out great. Potassium is so important to have in your diet for so many reasons which you know I’m going to tell you all about. First it’s one of the most important minerals in the body and people often highly underestimates its importance. When you add it into your water it produces positively charged ions which is why it’s considered an electrolyte. Potassium also helps prevent water retention which means goodbye inflammation. It also helps regulate your fluid balance, nerve signals, and muscle contractions. Yes, potassium can be found in many foods but I love to add some extra into my water. So I generally drink all of my drinks from my favorite glass jar which is 24oz. every time I drink some I will add 1/4 of a teaspoon every time. I find that this amount is perfect and since I try to drink the whole jar of water about 5 times a day I make sure I’m not overdoing it with the potassium.
I also love putting freshly squeezed lemon into my water. Ifeel like everyone loves to add some lemon into their water for some extrahealth benefits and I am one of these people!!! That extra bit of vitamin c Ilove just for your general health especially your skin. Vitamin helps your skinstay glowy, young, and improves sun damage. Lemon water first thing in themorning also helps with digestion because it works as a cleans while keepingyou hydrated. With the cleanse it helpsavoid any buildup of toxins which makes it easier for your body to digest.
Okay, the last thing I add is apple cider vinegar. It’s so good with healing your body with digestion while cleansing the body. Okay if you decide to try out the apple cider vinegar I strongly suggest using a straw!! You do not want to drink it straight because the acid can ruin your teeth which is not something we want. So I love apple cider vinegar on my salads but I’m not a huge fan of drinking it straight. I mix it with some water and a bit of salt when I sip on it. The salt kind of adds this boost on the sweetness that for me makes it a bit easier to drink. Apple cider vinegar is great if you have trouble digesting food and want to avoid any inflammation. It’s also linked to being something to help with weight loss. A lot of people claim that this helped them lose water weight, fat and even speed up your metabolism which are all great things so why not give it a shot right? If you know anything about apple cider vinegar you might now that they aren’t all the same. The most important thing is that it has what’s called “the mother” okay? This is where all the healthy stuff is at. When apple cider vinegar contains “the mother” it means that it also contains enzymes that are great for your digestion. A great option for apple cider vinegar is Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, 16 Fl Oz from amazon or you can buy it at your local grocery store.
Overall adding these little additions to your water can makea difference simply because you’re adding additional benefits to something youshould be doing every day. Something I love to do is mix lemon juice, pinksalt, and potassium into the water. Make one whole cleanse drink that tastesgood and can be a bit addicting. Their simple things to add and such an easyway to step up your health.
Okay, I have to warn you guys, this post is going to be a
bit long, but it’s only because of how amazing the thing I am going to talk
about is!!! So stick with me through this long obsessive ramble about collagen.
It’s the magical supplement making everyone healthier. Based on the science
there are plenty of benefits that will make you realize that you should be
adding it to your daily diet.
Here’s the deal though, there is a lot to finding the right
brand and kind. I didn’t want to simply get the first one I found. Prices vary
for collagen and I didn’t want to spend money on something that wouldn’t give
me any type of benefit. So I did my usual research and started looking for the
type I thought would work best for me. Before I get into the specifics on what
to look for in the collagen, let’s talk about all the amazing benefits.
Taking a collagen supplement will help your body with its
natural ability to produce collagen. That’s so important, especially since your
body begins to decrease its ability to do so around the time you turn 25.
Collagen plays a big roll in your skin, bones and general health.
You’ve probably heard about how amazing it is for your skin
and one of the reasons is because collagen helps you with preventing wrinkles
and dryness. People have found that after taking collagen the appearance of
fine line or wrinkles fades. They also notice that their skin is a lot more
hydrated. Collagen improves elasticity by promoting the production of proteins
like elastin and fibrillin. That’s why it was a must for me because I love my
anti-aging additions. Listen it is never too early to start preventing
Let’s also talk about hair and nails because this baby helps
that too. Collagen increases the strength of your hair and nails. That means
your hair and nails won’t break as easily. They both will grow faster and look
a lot healthier, something I noticed fast.
Collagen is amazing for your points, muscles, and bones. It
helps relieve joint pain while lowering inflammation. Aka, better joint support
and it prevents bone loss by adding more bone mineral density. The protein
helps boost your muscle mass so you get a stronger and leaner look. That’s why
I love to add some collagen in my post-workout breakfast shake.
Gut health is huge for me, which was what lead me into
looking into collagen and its benefits. It turns out collagen is amazing for
your gut health. Your gut needs to have a permeable barrier to work at its
optimal level. Collagen is great for promoting better digestion by treating
intestinal permeability. It’s supposed to help reduce bloating and other
digestive related issues. That’s why it also helps with weight loss while also
helping speed up your metabolism. Plus it even helps your liver and its
Now that I finished my obsessive ramble about how great
collagen is I’m going to keep this next part simple for you guys and talk about
the specifics. There are five different types of collagen but I’m going to
stick to the main three. The first one is type 1 and it’s best for your nails,
hair, and skin. Type 2 is best for your joints and anything related to
bone-like pain. Type 3 is the second most important one for your skin hair and
nails because it’s the second most abundant collagen in the human tissue.
Collagen is easy to find, you might even have products that
contain collagen in your house right now. Some of those items can be things
like meat, bone broth, gelatin, and more. You can also get collagen in a
supplement form and you can purchase just about anywhere. I prefer to take
collagen through a powder supplement just because I feel like you have more
control on the type of college and the amount.
People recommend taking around 10,000 MGs (11g) to see
results within 8 to 10 weeks. If you want to just maintain your collagen
production and your health, its recommend taking 2500 to 5000 MGs.
There are two collagen supplements that I would recommend
because of their quality and price. Both have amazing reviews and are not too
pricy. The first one is this one off of Amazon. Then when I’m looking for
collagen, I am looking for something that will target my skin and nails. You
should also know that even though some collagen products are more designed
towards things like the health of your skin and nails, it doesn’t mean that it
won’t also help your bones and joints. All it depends on the combination of the
types of collagen that we talked about before. This one from Amazon consists
mostly of type one and type three. The
main reason I like making this for breakfast after my work out is because of
the protein. One servings which is 11 g has 40 calories and 10 g of protein so
that’s a pretty good amount to add for after my workout. Plus this specific
supplement has 40 servings per container and is under $30. It’s also important
to note that this brand of collagen is made from grass-fed animals, another
great benefit. On Amazon, it has 2155 reviews and it’s a 4.7 out of five stars,
amazing right? For my own experience, it works great with blending and it
doesn’t have any taste.
So this next collagen is the one I’m going to get as soon as
I run out of my current one. This collagen is made from Dr. Axel and it’s a
multi collagen protein powder. That means it has all five types of collagen.
This one has 45 servings per container but the servings are 10.2 g. Now because
of this, it does mean that the calories are lower compared to the other one at
35 calories per serving but this also means that you get a lesser amount of
protein. This one has 9 g of protein, which is still a great amount! Here’s the
other thing, it is pricier than the one I mentioned from Amazon but since it
has all five types of collagen you are getting even more benefits. This one is
$44.95 and they offer a deal that if you sign up for their emails and get $10
off so, you’re saving a good amount from that. When comparing the price
difference isn’t too much from Amazon so its worth the extra splurge. They also
have an option where you subscribe to receive collagen every month and save 15%
while getting free shipping! Great deal if you want to continuously use this one.
I should also mention that this has over 9000 reviews and it’s rated 4 1/2
stars out of five so it’s a pretty promising product.
So do you guys get why I am so obsessed with collagen now?
It’s the real deal guys and like who doesn’t want to feel healthier. You just
have to try it out and let me know what products you use because I’m always up
for recommendations. I want to make a clear that it takes time to get results,
just like anything else that works. We don’t want to quick fix, we want
long-lasting fixes that will help your body get to a healthier state. If you
couldn’t tell by my blog, long-term wellness is what I’m all about. My goal is
to become a healthier person in any way possible, mind, body, and soul. That’s
what I want for you guys too.
You know what I hate, waking up with a puffy look on your
face. You know what I’m talking about? Like when you don’t get a good amount of
sleep or you didn’t eat the healthiest the night before and it just shows
through your face. When this is the case I just take an extra 5-10 minutes to take
time to give myself a Gua Sha facial.
So let’s get into the details on what exactly is gua sha.
It’s a facial massage using a small crystal stone tool. Giving yourself the
massage will promote lymphatic drainage and releases congestion and toxicity,
aka get rid of the puffiness. It also stimulates collagen, relaxes facial
muscles, anti-aging, soothes eyes and skin and gives you a brighter healthier
complexion and something you can do your self. Do you get why I’m all about
No my current gua sha tool that I used is this one and it’s for such a good price. It’s easy to use and gets the job done. Okay, so before getting started there are a few things to know.
Use a light touch, you don’t want to be too
harsh and we don’t want to pull on the skin.
Make sure to always stroke upwards to avoid any
sagging and aging problems. The only time that going downwards is okay is when
you are moving the congestion and toxins from the lymphatic drainage from the
sides of your face down to your lymphatic ducts by your color bones.
The goal is to take out the toxins and any
congestion which is why you want to be aware of your lymphatic ducts on both
sides to accomplish this.
Use oil to do the massage. Yes, you can use a
moisturizer but and oil takes a bit longer for your skin to absorb so it makes
it easier to scrape your face using the crystal tool.
Do 3-5 stokes on all areas but for your forehead,
you can do even more.
Okay yes I know it sounds like a lot but I promise you it is
not at all. To make your life a bit easier I have added a little chart down
below showing you the steps. So by following the tips above start at scraping
your face lightly in the first area with the number 1. Then follow through
until the final step.
Gua sha is such a game-changer to the point where people
call it the natural botox. With something so easy and so good for you (yes even
for your whole body) I think everyone should just try it out. The benefits are
endless and for basically anything. Try it out and get your glowy perfect
skincare game on.
I love a good skincare routine and I love buying new products to add to my little skincare section in my bathroom. Since I love to learn about skincare I am always hearing about new products or what I should be adding into my skincare routine. This leads me to always do some online browsing. When it comes to skincare, I like to do my research first on the products or bands before making the actual purchase. I want to make sure that I’m getting a product that’s worth my money. Even though I’m up to experiment with new brands, I have to say that the brand that I always go back to is The Ordinary. I think everyone has heard of this brand, at least those who are always learning about skincare. I have talked about this brand and probably always will be because it’s that good. All the products I have bought from them so far have gone above and beyond my expectations. Finding a product that works and still being affordable is amazing. When I say affordable I truly mean it. Most of the products range from $5 – $9, that’s crazy low for skincare. The best part is that they don’t sacrifice quality for giving the client a lower price. What they do is save costs on things like marketing and packaging to give the consumer the best price possible. Since I know how great this brand is, I decided to buy a few more products from them recently. I thought that I would do a mini haul post to share with you guys what is the exact product I bought.
AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
Exfoliating isn’t only for getting smoother
skin, there’s a tone of benefits from adding this simple step into your
routine. Exfoliating helps clear pores, aka goodbye pimples. It’s also
important for slowing down the again process while avoiding wrinkles. This
product does all of that while also improving your skin texture and giving it a
brighter more radiance skin. This is a 10-minute leave on exfoliating facial
and something like this can usually cost a lot. This one only cost $7.20 and
with all the amazing reviews, I had to buy one right away.
Lactic Acid 10% + HA
This product helps to exfoliate the skin while
reducing signs of inflammations. That means that when using this product to
exfoliate, you shouldn’t have any major redness. It’s supposed to help skin
congestion while also getting rid of acne scarring. I love that this is a serum
type exfoliator because then you have a more even exfoliation.
Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
Toner is so important and I was interested to
try this one out. This toner does a light exfoliation while helping improve
your skin radiance and clarity. The website also states that it helps with skin
texture. It’s supposed to be lightweight and help acne-prone skin, so perfect
to use daily.
Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
One of the main things I am aiming to fix is
hyper-pigmentation on the skin and this is exactly what this product does. This
product also helps reduce dark spots for an overall evener tone. There are so
many great reviews on this product and how it helps balance the tone of their
skin, I had to try it out.
Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
This is one of The Ordinary’s most popular
products. As soon as I got the email letting me know that it was back in stock,
I purchased it right away. This product is supposed to be amazing for
brightening your skin color. That means getting rid of hyperpigmentation, acne
scars, and dark spots. It also works as an effective antioxidant making it
great for all skin types. This product was sold out on The Ordinary website,
Sephora and Ulta, so it has to be amazing right?
Caffeine Solution 5% +EGCE
Caffeine isn’t only useful for giving you more
energy in the morning and it’s also great for your skin. This product is great
to de-puff the face, its one of my favorite things to do. It reduces puffiness
while also helping reduce the appearance of dark under-eye circles. When I stay
up late my under-eyes get dark and puffy which is not a great look, so this is
the perfect solution.
There it is guys, my mini skincare haul. The total for all
of these products was a little bit over $40.00 including tax, which is pretty
amazing! Since my purchase was over $25.00 I also got free shipping! Have you
guys tried any products from the ordinary? Let me know!! Sending you all
glowier and clearer skin vibes!!
I love finding a new way to use natural ingredients in my beauty routine, for some reason it gets me excited. Finding alternatives to products with harsh chemicals and parables is just so much better for you. The best part is that usually there are simple alternatives, no need to be a DIY expert to get the results you want. That’s why I love using coffee grounds as a body scrub. Coffee grounds are simple and so effective that I prefer using it rather than other like sugar or salt.
First off, using coffee grounds as a scrub is easy. If you want you can use it plain or you can add something extra. Using something like coconut oil or olive oil is a great option for adding an extra moisturizing property. I do have to admit that it can get a bit messy so, I would recommend doing it in the shower. It’s so much easier this way.
Using a coffee scrub can also give you some amazing health
benefits. It’s gentle on your skin, which means that it’s a great option for your
exfoliation routine. It’s effective for removing all of the dead cells of your
skin leaving your smooth. Exfoliation helps you achieve a more even skin
texture so it’s great to get rid of those little annoying random bumps.
The caffeine from the coffee grounds is also a great way to decrease inflammation by promoting blood flow. That means it’s a great way to do some lymphatic draining at home. Anything that helps with lymphatic draining is something I add to my self-care routine. When you incorporate lymphatic draining into your self-care routine you are helping your body get rid of the toxins your body holds. Plus, coffee is a great antioxidant for your skin.
Caffeine is an effective way to reduce the appearance of
cellulite. How it works is that when you
use the coffee, the caffeine helps stimulates dilation from the cellulite. With
the caffeine increasing circulation, it will make the skin a little bit more
plumped making cellulite a bit less obvious. Because the results last
temporarily using it weekly can help you achieve longer results. Obviously to completely get rid of cellulite
working out and having a healthy diet will be the most effective but this is a
great addition to the process.
Let’s talk about stretch marks because this is also a great
option for that. The exfoliation will help take off the dead skin cells from
your body to help your stretch marks fade but there is also a bit more to it.
Caffeine is something that helps improve collagen production. Collagen is one
of the most important things for keeping your skin looking young and healthier.
Collagen will help lighten your skin while also tightening it. With both the
lightning and tightening process in effect, it will help fade your stretch
Listen, I want to make it clear that stretch marks and
cellulite is nothing you need to be working on getting rid of. I love mine;
they’re like my own personal tiger stripes. Like how cute is that right? Same
thing for cellulite, its apart of your beauty, not a fault. Just like
everything else when it comes to self-care, coffee ground is a great thing to
add for some extra benefits. The main goal is to do something for yourself
because you deserve it. It’s not about trying to look better to fit into
society’s beauty standards. It is about doing something for yourself because
you love yourself. Nothing looks better than confidence babe.
Online shopping is one of my favorite things. It’s saves time and I can stay home, with a face mask, drinking some tea while getting my retail therapy done. Also love the fact that they offer free shipping and returns. That being said recently I did some shopping and I thought that I would share some of my favorite purchases.
The first thing I bought was this Wrap Mini Dress. This summer I got really into this light sea green color and this dress matched that aesthetic perfectly. Honestly, I love wrap dresses. I feel like they look so good with any body type, they make the waist look snacked and the v neck shows off your girls that we always love.
The next dress I bought followed the sea-green aesthetic. This Puff Sleeve Mini Dresssurprised me on how much I liked the dress. It has that boho vibe but has such a great shape to maintain a flattering form while being so comfy. Seriously, the material is so soft and slight, perfect for summer.
If you haven’t noticed, Dalmatian print midi skirts are very chic and very on trend right now. I found this really cuteDalmatian Wrap Skirt and for such a good price that I had to buy it. It fits flattering and I love that it has this slit on the side since it’s a wrap skirt, giving it that extra touch of chic.
Cold weather is almost here which means I needed some jeans. I wanted something different and loved these Wide Leg Jeans in the color Gray.I love the straight high waisted look they give and the color is amazing. Plus it’s a bit distressed on the end adding a bit of a biker look that I love. I’m not really feeling the skinny jean look this year so this was perfect. Just note that these are actually quite long, with heels they will look fine but wearing shoes with no height might be an issues. At least it was for me and I’m 5’6.
Next up I bought these Ripped Mom Fit Jeans in the color Blue.I love some light distressed looks so this was perfect while not overdoing it. Maybe it’s just me but these actually fit just below my ankles so its perfect to wear down or fold them a bit. Just perfect for a classic white tee, leather jacket, and jeans look.
For some reason I couldn’t find a sweater I liked for a while so I was excited when I found one online at Princess Polly. The one I got was the Winter Wonder Knit Jumper in the color Black and White. I’ve always loved the oversized look and this went perfectly with it. This sweater gives a slight oversized look without looking too big you know? I love to wear it off shoulder on one side. It’s comfy, soft and not too long so easy to wear with anything. I just love feeling comfy when I’m out while looking put together, that’s the goal.
Then I got something a bit different
than what I would usually get but I thought why not just go for it. I got this Vans City Slicker Bucket Hat. Since it
was on sale they don’t have it anymore but a photo of it is in the blog photo above.
If I find it I will make sure to attach a link to it!! Anyways, the hat was
different than my usual style so I was surprised on how much I loved it. I love
adding a sporty masculine touch to my outfits and I felt like this would be
such an easy addition to achieve that. Plus the black and white colors make it
easy to wear with just about anything.
I have wanted a midi skirt for a while and love the Motel Saika Skirt Rust I found on Princess Polly. I loved how the model wore it in the pictures giving off that biker chic look and I loved the long slit it has. I feel like this is such an easy piece to wear casually or to dress it up with some heals.
Pretty Little Things
So I actually ordered 5 things from here and only kept two. I feel like PTL can be risky at times but luckily I actually really liked two of the items. First off was this Sand Ultimate Oversized Hoodie. I wanted a neutral color oversized hoodie that I could wear with anything and this one worked out great. I did get a size medium because I wanted it to be longer but honestly I think a size small would have looked great. I still like the medium one so I decided to keep it.
Then I got the Washed Black Raw Hem Mom Shorts.I like these but I don’t love them. I got them for $14.00 because there was a sale so that was nice but obviously for the price, the quality isn’t the best. Plus I wish they were a bit darker. I feel like in the photo the color looks more even through out the fabric than they actually are in person. They do look cute on and they’re really fitting for the biker shorts trend so I’m pretty happy with them.
So I bought the cutest bag every from here, I’m obsessed and I cant wait to wear it. I bought theMini Croc-effect Bag in Pastel Yellow and it is so much cuter in person. I have been looking for a tiny bag like this and its perfect. I can actually fit a few things in it so it’s actually useful too. Also I’ve loved the color yellow lately but haven’t found anything that I would want to wear so this was the perfect thing to add to my outfits.
I have wanted a pair of heals that are tiny making it a lot easier to wear out all day. I want something that’s comfy and chic so I was so excited when I found these Calvin Klein Monty Thong Sandals. I. AM. SO. IN. LOVE!!! First of all, they will literally go with anything!! Biker shorts and an oversized hoodie? YES!! Jeans and a t-shirt? Yes honey!! Little black dress for a night out? I MEAN DUH!? You guys these are currently my favorite shoes and they are the cutest thing ever.
So out of all of the clothes I ordered these were the ones I decided to keep and I love them. They’re all exactly what I was hoping for and I can’t wait to wear them all like 100 times.
I like to have routines for a lot of things. I like to be specific and have certain things organized and then other parts of my life are a big mess. But one of the things I get really specific in is my skincare.
Smooth moisturized skin is like my favorite thing, like we do not want to be having a dry moment in life. I find that the best way to achieve this is to stick to a specific routine. Doing a skincare routine pre and post-shower is the best time simply because your skin will absorb the most amount of product than any other time of the day.
There are two steps, really simple and really easy. First step before you get into the shower you would want to start dry brushing. Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like and so good for you. First off its great for exfoliation and getting rid of dry skin. It also prevents ingrown hair and unclogs pores meaning your newly shaved legs will look killer. Dry brushing is also great for lymphatic draining and increases blood flow which I love!!! You want to use a natural bristled brush and start from your feet brushing upwards towards your heart. One brush that I love is this one from amazon. In the torso and back section, you would want to do circular motions. Make sure to be gentle when you first start, you don’t want to harm your skin. After you’re down with your whole body step into the shower and wash off the dead skin.
After I’m done taking a shower I drench myself in Organic Cold Press Coconut oil. I always prefer an oil than a body lotion because of all the toxic chemicals that are so often found in body lotions. Things like parables, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (honestly just with the extra-long name like that you know something isn’t right) artificial fragrances, artificial coloring and more. Coconut oil is simple and it gets the job done. Plus you get a post glow that you don’t get from other products.
So let’s get into why coconut oil is so worth the hype for
your skin. Coconut oil has properties that can kill bacteria and can reduce
inflammation. Some even claim that it helps treat acne which is always a great
bonus. Although coconut oil is great for keeping your skin hydrated you may
want to be cautious of using it as a face moisturizer. I used to use it as a
moisturizer but it caused my face to get a bit flakey, so I would make sure to
watch out for that when it comes to your face. Other than that I haven’t had
any problems with it and I am living my best-moisturized body life. Happy glowy
girl right here.
I am a big believer in finding ways to gain new knowledge and bringing new value into your life. I am someone who did not want to go to college because I felt that it wasn’t right for me. I also believe that having a four-year paid education and a degree isn’t always necessary in life. I started my own company when I was 16 years old. One of the things that made that possible was finding free resources to gain knowledge in starting a business. Today it’s been 4 years since I first started my business and it’s still running strong. I think people have this idea that without a college education you cannot achieve a specific level of success. If you take the time to look, you will find out that many of the most successful people in the world today did not complete college and some never completed high school. If you’re someone who can’t afford education or if you’re like me and knows that college isn’t for you it doesn’t mean you can’t build yourself an independent and successful life. The key isn’t getting a standard college education. The key is to find a way to continue on your education every day in any way on a subject that you love. Then you put in the effort to apply this new knowledge to your life. Just like Julian Hall said, Knowledge is useless without consistent application.
The best part is that there are so many different platforms and resources on finding new ways to educate your self on any subject. I am constantly looking for new resources that educate me and bring me some type of value. One of my favorites is listening to podcasts.
I love listening to podcasts because it’s such an easy thing
to add to your day. I tend to listen to podcasts while in the car, at the gym,
or while I’m working. It doesn’t take up any of my time, which is such an
amazing part of it. You are hearing stories and learning things from people who
are in the industry or related to the subject you are interested in. My
favorite topics are business, health, beauty, fashion, and mindset related.
That’s what so great about podcasts because there are some for just about any
subject. The best part is that it’s free and accessible to everyone through
multiple outlets. Down below is a list of my all-time favorite podcasts that I
listen to all the time as much as I can.
The Ed Mylett show by Ed Mylett
Ed Mylett, a business leader who will help lead
you into becoming the person you want to be in all aspects of life. Being
ranked top 50 wealthiest under 50, he shares his knowledge of maxing out your
life to live the life you want to live. By bringing other people in his podcast
that match that lifestyle you learn about being an entrepreneur and a constant
source of motivation and mentorship. He is someone who gives you the motivation
to put in the work. He has such a large spectrum of leaders feature on his
podcast that it’s easy to find something that resonates with you and your
The skinny confidential by Lauren Evarts and
A killer entrepreneur couple giving you value
for just about any subject. With both
being familiar with the work and dedication that it takes to build a brand and
business you know that you’ll have plenty to learn, TSC was my first favorite
podcast and its something that I listen to every week. 1-2 episodes a week
aren’t enough for me. This podcast will inform you of things like
entrepreneurship, skincare, beauty, health and improving yourself in any other
way. This podcast is like having a conversation with your closest girlfriends
about some of your favorite subjects. It’s entertaining and REAL, which we
The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes
Lewis Howes is a NYT best selling author with a
background of being a former pro athlete and a current entrepreneur. I love to
learn about the success of others and that is exactly what you get from this
podcast. Filled with inspiring stories from some of the best business people out
there, you get the chance to learn from them through both their failures and
successes. I love anything relating to entrepreneurship so this is the perfect
mixture of inspiration and guidance.
Plant Proof Podcast By Simon Hill
I’ve always loved learning anything health and
food inspired and this podcast combines both. With the influence of living a
plant-based life, Simon gives a personal experience to living a healthy
plant-based life. This podcast also features a wide variety of guests from
doctors, influencers, athletes and more. All of them share their knowledge of
plant-based diets and how it changed their own lives. I love to learn the
effect that food plays in our lives so this is perfect. Whether or not if you
are following a plant-based diet, this podcast is such a great way to learn how
to improve your health and life through the power of food.
Beyond Influential by Brittany Krystie
Social media plays such a big part in both our
personal lives and business lives. This podcast talks about the power of social
media for entrepreneurs and creative individuals wanting to take that next step
for their careers. Filled with different influencers and business owners, you
can hear how social media has changed their lives and business. Learn about how
people can influence others and become successful doing what they love. This is
an amazing resource to learn about how you can use your social media to take
your dreams to that extra step above.
The Fashion Feed by Elizabeth Stiles
As a fashion lover, I love to hear everything
about the whole aspect of fashion. From the design and production process to
how the actual business is created and how others use fashion to build their
future. Countless fashion designers and influencers are featured and they give you
value and an inside look into their world that often isn’t shared enough. For
me, it’s such an inspirational podcast and about something that I am truly
passionate about. So if you’re a bit fashion obsessed like I am, check this one
All of these podcasts are my top favorites that I am constantly listening to. Trust me guys podcasts are WORTH your time. They all inspire and motivate you while educating you. I have a few other podcasts that I listen to but these are the ones I come back to weekly. I hope you guys enjoy them as much as I do and find that they give you as much value as they bring me. I am always looking for a new podcast to listen to so if you have any favorite ones, let me know!