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I’m seriously swooning over every pink and red thing here! Between the Sur la Table mug and that cute little Valentine’s tree from Kohl’s- I’m going to buy so many things I have nowhere to put! I can’t help but love every holiday- especially Valentine’s Day! So I had to share these adorable love-day items that I found while browsing over the weekend. As much as my boyfriend would like to believe that Valentine’s Day is made up, its totally not! It has historical origins, however those origins didn’t involve lots of pink and red everywhere, which is how my apartment is going to look soon!

This weekend I’m painting my nails red, hanging up my Valentine’s garland, and buying myself a big heart wreath to put on our front door! Also taking a trip to Kate Spade to check out that adorable purse! Like seriously, who comes up with this stuff on their creative team??

Share with me your Valentine’s Day plans if you have any! Also I’d love your suggestions on what David and I should do!


Hey everyone! Long time, no chat! I’ve been extremely busy as always and haven’t had much time to write, which is my favorite thing to do. My job is still keeping me incredibly busy and believe it or not, watching what I eat and working out adds to my business. You wouldn’t think that something that should come naturally would be difficult but I spend a lot of time planning out my meals throughout the day and my workouts. I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes its incredibly boring but it’s working! I’ve lost about 3lbs so far. If I didn’t cheat on my calorie count every once in awhile, I’m confident it would be more!

Taking Life One Day at a Time

So today I really wanted to share something that’s been on my mind lately and that’s taking life one day at a time. I’ve always been the full speed ahead, type A person that can’t rest for any reason. However, that passion for the next big thing has trickled into every other aspect of my life- including my relationship with David. That guy has had to put up with my “when are we going to get married” rants for the last year and a half at least. Probably longer if I were being honest.

It’s been driving me crazy- every time I browse my Facebook feed someone else is engaged or getting married and I’m thinking to myself “I’m so far behind all of my friends!” But that’s such a bad way to think of my own life’s journey and I can’t keep thinking like that. I’ve been working on telling myself to enjoy the phase of life I’m in right now. I think anyone can admit however, that it’s hard to appreciate what you have at the moment when there’s something else you want even more. For me, that tends to be an engagement to my love, David, but also sometimes its a better job and nicer car or home. Dreaming about the days and years to come is one thing, but obsessing over them is quite another.

So as difficult for me as it may be (and trust me it’s difficult), I’m trying to learn to enjoy this phase of my life and embrace it. I keep telling myself that someday I’ll look back on this time and wonder why I rushed through it.

What I’m Wearing

I wanted to share this adorable Spartina 449 bag with you guys! It’s their map collection and it has a map on the front and back of the Chesapeake Bay Area which is where I grew up! I absolutely love this bag and they have so many map prints including Texas! I get so many compliments on it and whenever anyway asks where I’m from, I literally can point to my bag and show them. So fun! That little crab on the front of the bag is actually really close to my hometown! “Crab cakes and football- that’s what Maryland does!” Wedding Crashers joke anyone?


dallas blogger

As a blogger, I wear a lot of hats. However, one of those hats that I never thought I’d have to wear is the “Instagram Algorithm Guru” hat. I’m not good at beating the system, and an algorithm is a system that isn’t necessarily meant to be beat. Since the latest IG algorithm roll out, I’ve found myself being forced to try and understand something that no one really does. If you love Instagram as much as I do (or did), then this open letter to Instagram might echo your sentiments.

Dear Instagram,

Your new algorithm has royally messed my Instagram up and I want to know the reason you changed it. It can’t be for the user experience as mine has been awful. I’m seeing some of the same posts twice at the top of my feed and its almost always from influencers who have a lot of followers to begin with. No one seems to be seeing my posts either, unless I pay of course. Most annoying of all though, is the popularity game the algorithm supports.

No one likes a system where the “rich get richer and the poor get poorer.” Everyone wants a fair chance to succeed. I shouldn’t have to figure out how to out-think an algorithm in order for my posts to be seen by my own followers and by potential new ones. I worked really hard to build up my following and increase my engagement rate. Then one day, it dropped in half and my Instagram hasn’t recovered since. Talk about a lot of hard work and time spent to literally have it all taken away.

Interestingly enough though, the algorithm tends to favor people who have always been popular. By showing only their posts in my feed or in the “explore” area, popular influencers continue to get all of the followers and traffic that smaller accounts have to pay dearly for.

So what am I asking for? I’m asking for the algorithm to show a chronological feed from EVERY account I follow. Forget the relevance aspect of the algorithm- if I’m following an account, then chances are its relevant to me. A chronological feed like in the old Instagram days makes it easier for everyone to have their posts seen. I miss IG being about creativity, getting to take a peek at someone else’s life, and sharing the things that made people happy.  When my feed featured everyone instead of just the popular crowd, it was much more interesting.

Please change the algorithm back to the way it was previously, because right now it’s ruining my ability to grow as a blogger.


workout style

Happy New Year everyone! I hope your New Year’s Eve was fun and now you’re ready to meet your goals for 2018! In my post last week, I outlined my resolutions for this coming year. Like everyone else, one of my goals is to lose weight. Shocking isn’t it? However, my biggest fear with this goal is simply that I won’t be able to do it or that my body decides “nah, let’s not lose weight and tone up.” So the other day I started looking for products that would make my weight loss journey more successful!

I think having the right tools and a plan in place for how you’ll achieve your goals makes all the difference! Take a look at the neat weight loss products below all available on Amazon:

get fit for the new year

Gym Bag | Resistance Band | Fitness Journal | Measuring Tape | Detox Tea | Hydrate Bottle | Nike Tank

I’m really interested to try the Hidrate Spark 2.0 water bottle! It reminds you to drink water every so often so you can get your recommended daily water intake. It isn’t cheap ($55) but for someone like me who isn’t the biggest fan of drinking water, this is a really neat product!

The fitness tracking journal is another neat item I found on Amazon for $15. It helps you track how much you sleep, eat, exercise, and drink everyday. I love keeping log books and things of that nature because writing things down makes it easier to visualize.

The detox tea is definitely something I’m considering ordering. I’ve been drinking a lot of tea lately to help replace my crazy coffee intake and it’s been really great on my digestive system and has even helped me keep a pound or two off over the holidays! If you’ve tried this brand let me know!

If you’re starting your fitness journey, leave me a comment! I’d love to encourage you!

*amazon links are affiliate

 


new years eve dallas

sequin dress

Hey everyone! Christmas came and went and now it’s got me all down in the dumps about it. Post seasonal depression is no joke! You spend about two months gearing up for the big day and then it’s over in 24 hours. With as much money and time that goes into Christmas you’d think we could extend the day to include at least half of the 26th as well. But I rest my case. I think we’re all ready to move on and gear up for 2018.

While David and I were driving back from San Antonio where we spent Christmas with his family, I was thinking of what my “resolution” will be for the New Year. I admit that I make a resolution every year and never keep it beyond a week but this year needs to be different for many reasons but mainly because I’m making them for myself. So I’m sharing what my goals are and why I’m making them.

new year’s resolutions

The main goal I have is to simply take care of myself. I’ve spent the last two or so years running around trying to take care of everyone else, be an awesome employee and blogger, and adjust to life in Texas. Those are all things I should want to do and they still are. However, I’ve come to the realization that I can’t care for others if I don’t care for myself, no matter how great an employee or blogger I am it will never be enough, and I’m finished adjusting to a new home. Dallas is my home now and I need to finally accept that.

Taking care of my mind, body, and heart is now my first priority in my daily routine. So what does that look like? I’ve made a list of “I wills” instead of “I’ll tries” to hammer the nail into the coffin so to speak and force me to make these things happen:

I will exercise daily, whether it be intense cardio or a relaxing yoga session.

I will pray in the morning when I get up and at night when I go to sleep.

I will stop working over 40 hours a week.

I will stand up for myself in my job and in life.

I will bring healthy food into my home and indulge when I go out instead.

I will take my vitamins and apple cider vinegar shots daily.

I will take care of my skin and teeth by giving them the proper care they need via professional help and at home care.

I will take educational improvement classes to broaden my professional abilities.

I will ask for help around the house when I need it.

I will stop saying negative things about myself, especially “I’m fat.”

I think the worst thing about feeling so run down all the time is that you simply run out of energy to do anything but what is absolutely necessary. Job stress has done that to me in the last year. I just haven’t had energy to do anything for myself beyond basic care requirements and it’s taken a toll on me physically and emotionally. So as much as I hate the cliche saying “New Year, New Me,” it will be a new year and a new me! So hold me to it!

new year’s eve outfit

new years eve outfit ideas

Photo credit: Luisa’s Secret

Let’s talk about my sparkly New Year’s Eve outfit! This sequined dress has New Year’s festivities written all over it and I love it! It was a good deal at forever21 (link here) and definitely something I’d never normally wear (my mom informed me this was too short) but because it’ll be chilly here in Dallas, I threw on some polka dot gold Kate Spade tights underneath and voila! This outfit was born. I’ll probably ruin the outfit by wearing a parka New Year’s Eve because its supposed to be about 33 degrees that day but I will always pick warmth over anything else, including a cute party dress!

Share with me your New Year’s resolutions in a comment below!

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west village christmas tree

It’s almost Christmas! I’m so excited to be spending Christmas with David’s family in San Antonio. Every year his grandma gets the whole family together for a Christmas Eve dinner and to open presents and sing carols together. David thinks its corny but since my family is so small it was always just the 5 of us when my grandma was living and then just the 4 of us after. I’m thankful that we had each other but a big family Christmas is what I had always dreamed of and I finally have it!

Luckily, David’s family gatherings are pretty casual so I plan on wearing this cozy outfit! My mom got me this sweater on sale over Thanksgiving and it’s so cute! Best part is you can find it heavily discounted on Amazon right now! The detailing on the back is unique and I get tons of compliments on it. My blanket scarf is also on Amazon here. When my photographer Luisa and I got together last week to shoot this outfit I couldn’t believe how perfect it looked right in front of the Christmas tree in West Village!

Mom’s Cinnamon Bun Recipe

For Christmas morning, I’m making homemade cinnamon buns that my mom makes on special occasions. She got the recipe from one of my grandma’s friends years ago and has been making it ever since. They aren’t the healthiest thing you’ll eat this Christmas but certainly not the worst either! Diets don’t start until New Year’s Day right? My mom scanned the recipe into her laptop and sent it to me and now I’m sharing it with you! Enjoy!

recipes

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