life changing health tips

For the last few months, I’ve been super down on myself for many reasons. Some of them are silly and others are justified. We’ve all had those days where we sulk and want to give up, but for me those days turned into months. As a fashion blogger, I feel like it’s part of my job to create an illusion for people following me that I have it all together. News flash: I don’t. Not even close. But during the first week of the New Year, I decided to do something about how I was feeling inside and outside. I changed my habits and how I lived to become a healthier, happier me! I’m sharing with you the steps I took to change my lifestyle!

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

When I was little, my grandmother swore by a few things for her health and apple cider vinegar was one of them. My boyfriend, David, and I have started drinking a tablespoon of it every day. The health benefits are amazing! It helps lower blood sugar, fight diabetes, and even aids in weight loss by making you feel full quicker. I was skeptical about the weight loss aspect, but I have to admit that I feel fuller faster than before!

Get in the Gym

I’ve also added 30 minutes of gym time to my week days. Last year I gained a few pounds and trust me when I say I complained about it all the time. In the last month, I’ve been working my butt off to lose that weight and get back in shape for the summer!

Take Your Vitamins

Whenever I scroll through my Instagram feed, there are so many pretty girls with long hair and gorgeous manicured nails. I started looking around for a vitamin that would promote hair and nail growth and health. I came across biotin and have implemented that into my daily vitamin pack.

Develop a Skin Care Routine

For better skin, I adapted an actual skin care routine! Before, I just washed my face at night to get off my makeup. Now, I use a great cleanser and toner (link to my favorite here) eye makeup remover (link here). Every few days I also do a mud mask to get rid of toxins and other gross stuff sitting on my skin. A brighter complexion makes your skin appear hydrated and cared for!

Think Happy Thoughts

Finally, for my emotional and spiritual health I’ve started doing two things: thinking positively and doing a daily devotional. Being a positive person has never ever been in my nature. My mom sometimes calls me “negative Nancy” because I tend to be a bit of a pessimist. Negative thoughts can really hurt your mental health though. With the help of David’s older sister, Marsha, I’ve been trying to adapt a more positive, happy outlook on life. She’s a really inspiring person to be around and nothing ever seems to get her down!

There are so many great things you can do for your health this year! I try not to overwhelm myself with too many changes because let’s be real, it’s hard to get into a habit and not break it. Becoming a better me is my goal for this year. There’s no reason you and I can’t be the people we want to be! It just takes some work and a lot of dedication! Leave me a comment with your goals for this year!

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texas locally made

Every time Monday rolls around I wonder where the heck my weekend went! I did my grocery shopping, cleaning, and enjoyed my Saturday date with David… so where did the rest of my Saturday and Sunday go? Ya feel me? Throughout the work week I try to find ways to make my evenings relaxing and my favorite way to do this is by pampering myself! If you enjoy some “me-time” every week, then you’re going to love the delicious bath and body products from Simply Divine!

organic sugar body scrub

When I was a teenager, I lived for Bath & Body Works. Now that I’m an adult and have learned to read product labels, I always opt for something organic and natural as opposed to mass-produced items. Sara, owner of Simply Divine in Austin, sent me a few of her bath and body products to enjoy and share with you guys. All of her creations are carefully crafted and made deep in the heart of Texas. You won’t find anything bad in these skin products! Read on for my product recommendations!

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Secret to Great Skin Care

What’s the secret ingredient? Coconut oil, of course! We’ve heard all about how great coconut oil is and honestly, I hadn’t tried it until I started using Simply Divine body scrubs and bath soaks! The first thing I tried was the “RosΓ© All Day” bath soak. Rose petals, lavender blossoms, and dead sea salt make for one of the most fragrant and relaxing scents I’ve ever smelled! When I opened the super cute little mason jar to sprinkle it in my bath, it immediately gave me this happy, relaxed feeling. Sometimes a girl just needs a hot bath, you know?

coconut oil scrub

I’m not even sure where to start with the “Brown Sugar Body Scrub” because it was legit the best thing I’ve ever smelled! I kid you not when I say, it smells like something you’d find in a bakery. And I may or may not have tasted it just to see if it tasted as good as it smelled (it did.) When I was enjoying my little pampering session in my bathtub, I lathered this stuff on my legs and arms to exfoliate and it did not disappoint!

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Finally, I finished my bath time with the “Sweet Renewal Face Scrub.” This was another product that I really wanted to eat because it smelled so amazing. That’s not weird, right? I gently rubbed it on my face to exfoliate and it left me with a brighter complexion, which is always nice to have!

If you purchase anything this week, make sure it’s one of these locally made products! They’re reasonably priced and a great addition to your beauty collection. I truly believe that supporting small businesses is the key to growth and sustainability in our communities and Simply Divine certainly deserves our attention! Enjoy your me-time and spoil your skin this week and don’t forget to check out Sara’s online store! Use code “glow” for 20% off your next order!

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Preppy Essentials

Since I was a teenager, I had always liked the classic, preppy style. It wasn’t until recently that I fell head over heels for the rainy day staple every preppy lover has in her closet- Hunter Boots. They cost, of course, a pretty penny (which my boyfriend, David, was sweet enough to pay). You could say this Dallas girl is spoiled! Since they are pricey, I wasn’t going to buy them for myself and luckily I didn’t have to. However, I’ve found a few ways to get Hunter Boots for a discounted price and I wanted to share them with you!

preppy must haves

Since Christmas, I’ve worn my boots quite a bit and get lots of compliments on them! It’s always bittersweet though because most people say “love your rain boots!” and I’m like “oh thanks so much!” and secretly am dying inside because they aren’t just rain boots, they’re Hunter Boots! Duh!

So getting cheap Hunter Boots isn’t as hard as you might think. Are they going to be thrift store cheap? Probably not, but they’ll be much less expensive than buying them brand new.

Tradesy and Poshmark

Both of these selling platforms are similar. They sell mostly designer goods at previously worn prices. Hunter Boots being sold on these websites range in colors and sizes but you’ll definitely be able to find something that suits your fancy. Both sites have buyer protection guarantees and are easy to shop!

6pm.com

Stores like TJ Maxx are always great places to go to find higher-end items without breaking the bank. Speaking from experience, not everyone has access to a TJ Maxx nearby. 6pm.com is a great online store that offers the same shopping experience but without the hassle of driving somewhere. Their Hunter Boots range in prices and and styles. You’ll find mostly short rain boots here.

Nordstrom Rack

While this probably doesn’t come as a shock to you, it’s still a great place to find boots at discount. The Nordstrom Rack near my apartment doesn’t often have them, but their website always has great deals on these beloved preppy classics.

knock off hunter boots

My Hunter Boots are in “bright coral” and are the tall, high gloss style (link here!) Best part is, they’re on sale in every single color for $105! Get them before they’re gone because any hot ticket item like this goes fast! Happy shopping!

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Since I’m definitely not the only one that made a New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier and exercise, I thought now is the perfect time to talk about all that fun stuff. Is there anything harder than breaking bad habits? I stepped on the scale about a week ago and let me tell you, nothing motivates you like seeing the numbers just keep rising before your eyes. Absolutely terrifying. It doesn’t matter how thin or big I look to other people, I’m my own worst critic and I want to feel my best! The thing that motivates me to work out is the thrill of getting a toned body and buying new work out clothes!

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cute workout clothes

Being that I’m a self-proclaimed style blogger, I feel like I have to look cute no matter what I do, and that includes hitting the gym. I’ll never be able to walk into the gym and feel empowered by wearing old gym shorts and a baggy t-shirt. It just isn’t happening because let’s be honest, I’m totally checking myself out in the mirror while I work out. And I know I’m not the only one who does this. I’m studying my form, how my gym style compares to everyone else’s, and whether or not my legs look big in the leggings I’m wearing.

how to look good working out

A few of my favorite places to get workout clothes are from Target and Old Navy. Of course I love Lulu Lemon and the cute uppity-ness going on with their clothing, but it just isn’t affordable right now. I’m always on the hunt for similar styles for half the price. Read on for a few of my finds below!

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My “outfit of the day” is probably my favorite outfit to exercise in! Dallas has lots of great places to run but my favorite place is the treadmill inside and away from the cold! Let me know how your resolutions are going and share any weight loss tips with me in a comment below!


cute outfits for the weekend

Since Christmas has been over for awhile (sadly) I’ve been so excited to share this adorable top with you guys! It was a Christmas gift from my boyfriend’s mom and it’s seriously my favorite thing in my closet right now. As a fashion blogger, I’m always on the lookout for something cute I can share with you. With the weekend starting, this is the perfect “outfit of the day” to share with you!

outfit of the day

Though my weekend may not be as exciting as yours (I’m going grocery shopping), I still like to wear something that makes me feel confident. This is one of those great day time outfits that works for almost anything you’ll be doing! For whatever reason, a good baseball hat is my favorite weekend accessory (mine’s from Marley Lilly!) A great pair of jeans is also a classic must-have in any girl’s weekend wardrobe (link to mine here).

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Let’s talk about the cutest part of this post- my top! The plaid trim pulls this outfit together so nicely. It’s chic because of the peplum but still casual thanks to the classic pattern. When my boyfriend, David, and I venture out to Trader Joe’s this weekend, you’ll find me wearing this again. Here’s the link to my top! Enjoy!


boutiques in texas

One of my favorite things about being a fashion and home decor blogger is being able to feature amazing new boutiques and small businesses. Since moving to Dallas, I’ve gotten to find some of the cutest little shops this city has to offer. However, one of my favorite boutiques is the Anderson Road Co., run by two awesome people in San Antonio! Since not everyone is blessed to live in the great state of Texas, their store is online so everyone can enjoy it. Here are a few of my favorite products!

W & P Pineapple Shaker

For someone who appreciates functionality and style, you’ll love this cocktail shaker! It has a copper finish but is made from sturdy stainless steel. I run out of cabinet room in my kitchen pretty quickly so I love home decor items that I can have sitting out on my counter top!

Maxx & Unicorn Pill Key Ring

I can’t stand normal key rings that require me to chip at least one nail to get a key onto them. This pill key ring is made right here in the USA from brass.

Root & Willow Lava Scrub

A great body scrub is hard to find, but this one is made from organic ingredients! This particular fragrance is called Rosewood & Honey and includes a daily mantra to look forward to every time you enjoy it.

W & P Host Book

A lot of times I find books like these are only going to gather dust on my coffee table, but this book is different! It’s a recipe book that includes recipes for smaller gatherings and larger ones. Entertaining is something that I haven’t done much of, so any how-to book I can get my hands on is fun for me to read!

Cotton & Flax Tea Towel

My collection of cute hand towels continues to grow every time I go shopping! This adorable tea towel is handmade and uses eco-friendly ink for the neat grid lines printed on the front.

Support small business and please give the Anderson Road Company a visit! They’re offering 10% off purchases today for an added bonus!