WHAT ONE MONTH WITHOUT DESSERT DID FOR MY SKIN

February 6th, 2019

Last month I did my own version of “Dry January”, and until last month I had never heard of that term! Some people give up alcohol during January, and I did my own version of that by giving up dessert. People who know me know that I looooove sweets, specifically chocolate. Freddy loves to bake and I’m always first in line to lick the spatula of batter or try his first batch of test cookies. Towards the end of last year leading up to the holidays, we were having some form of dessert every single night, whether it was ice cream, brownies, cookies or Sprinkles cupcakes. As much I love dessert…


A FUZZY FLEECE PULLOVER

February 4th, 2019

Despite how unbearably hot our summers are here in Phoenix, I will gladly endure them to enjoy these mild winters that we have. There are some days when I don’t feel that they are “mild” (because I’m a wimp and 60 degrees is just too cold for me!), but after last week’s crazy weather where 75% of the country experienced below freezing temperatures, I’ve become insanely grateful for our 60 degree weather! One of my best friends lives in Chicago and she was telling…


HOW THE MARIE KONDO EFFECT HAS CHANGED THE WAY I SHOP

January 25th, 2019

I’m sure I’m not the first person to tell you about the #MarieKondoEffect—she’s practically taken over my entire Facebook news feed! In case you’ve been living under a rock since the new year started, Marie Kondo has a wildly popular show on Netflix about the Japanese art of organization, and she’s essentially changing people’s lives for the better. She takes you through her multi-step process of cleaning out your entire home and only keeping things that…


THE 5 DENIM BRANDS I SWEAR BY

January 23, 2019

As much as I love a gorgeous dress with feminine details like lace, ruffles or bows, I can’t deny my love for a fabulous pair of jeans. There’s just something about slipping on a pair that fits so well and has all the details you love (i.e a raw hem or the perfect medium wash) that you can’t help but feel a surge of confidence rising up within you! That’s exactly how I felt in the dressing room when I put on these skinny jeans from J. Crew. It had been six years to be exact, since…


STRIPED LILAC SCARF

January 21, 2019

Last year when shades of lilac and lavender started trending, I got so excited and inspired by this fresh pop of color. I started to see it take over every category of fashion like shoes, clothing and accessories, and I haven’t seen it slow down yet! I haven’t always been the biggest fan of the color purple, obviously my heart is devoted to pink :) But once I saw…


SMILING WITH CONFIDENCE + cariPRO ULTRASONIC ELECTRIC TOOTHBRUSH GIVEAWAY

16 January 2019

Back on January 1st I wrote a post about some things I wanted to intentionally focus and work on this year. One of those things was boosting my self-confidence. I recently took a personal assessment at work that took a deep dive into our personality traits and gave us the framework for self-understanding and development. It was a 4 hour course that was so insightful and thoroughly explained all of the different personality types, and it felt very timely taking this course within the first week of 2019. During the last half of the course we were given our personality profiles and to…


PRINTED SILK J.CREW PANTS

15 January 2019

Every year when January rolls around, I can’t help but think that Spring isn’t too far off, making me so excited for the flowers to bloom and for warmer weather on the horizon! Thankfully in Arizona, our winter (if you can even call it that!) season doesn’t last more than a few months, so typically by the beginning of March we’re back into 75 degree weather and all is right with the world! I also get so excited to start laying out by the pool again, because there is a very


ONE STEP I’M TAKING TO ESTABLISH GOOD HABITS

January 8th, 2019

A few weeks ago I bought movie tickets for Freddy and I and it was literally life changing! This wasn’t just any movie we were about to see…it was Rachel Hollis’ Made for More documentary! If you aren’t familiar with Rachel Hollis, she is one of the most inspiring women/motivational speakers I’ve come across. I first heard about her through Julie Solomon’s The Influencer Podcast (she is also super empowering and inspiring!) and as soon as I finished listening to…


LADY IN PINK

January 3, 2019

New Year…same color! If you thought I would have a new favorite color this year and somehow get over my love for the color pink, then you’ve got the wrong girl :) If it’s possible, I think I’m going to embrace my color even more than ever before, and these photos are proof! If only I had some pink shoes, then I would really be making a statement here! You’ve probably heard some variation of the phrase, “Do you!” or “You do you and I’ll do me” and that’s exactly what…


STEPPING CONFIDENTLY INTO 2019

January o1, 2019

Happy New Year! This time of year is one of my favorites because it allows me to have a time of reflection on things that happened and preparation for what’s to come. On New Years Eve, I spent time journaling and praying, thanking God for all He had done that year. There were definitely seasons of hardship, doubt, and uncertainty. But there were also seasons of joy, hope and deep gratitude. As the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20, and looking back on last year, I can…