Thursday, July 31, 2014

July Random Favorites

   The great thing about random favorites is that there is no rhyme or reason to them- so let's get started!

*Coach Factory Bag*
 I wish I knew the name of this bag, because it is LOVE!  I bought it at the Coach Outlet store for only $99.  My last Coach bag was white leather and I ended up getting pen all over it and it was too pricey to get out.  So of course I had to hit up the outlet for a new one.  I like this nude neutral color and it's a material that will easily wipe clean.  It just looks so chic to me!

*Filofax Patent Pocket Organizer in Duck Blue*
A few months ago I ordered my first Filofax in the personal size.  While I quickly fell in love with it, I realized I wanted something a bit more portable and purse size so I ordered this pocket size one.  It's the perfect color for me and helps me keep track of all of my appointments and fun stuff!

*Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge*
I received this in my swap with Kay and it's amazing!  As you know, I have been obsessed with my Real Techniques Blending Sponge and this detergent gets it spotless!  I only need a tiny bit also.  I will definitely be repurchasing this!

*Icing Brand Necklace Stand*
This favorite is a very personal one for me.  My grandfather passed away October 25, 2000.  He bought one Christmas present in advance that year and this gold necklace was it.  I've had it displayed on a black velvet necklace stand forever, but when I saw this large stand at Icing I knew it would be perfect.  It looks beautiful displayed on my bedside table.

*Le Tote*

I have been loving the subscription service Le Tote!  It's like a few new pieces added to wardrobe every other week.  See my review of my first tote here and this Sunday I'll be posting my next tote contents. Get more info about signing up by clicking this link!

*Scola Dondo on Youtube*

Ok, I have become obsessed with this girl's fitness videos.  I'm pretty sure it's the accent and the fact that she's adorable, but I love her videos.  I find them informative and motivating.  If you need some boost in your weight loss routine, watch a few videos and you'll be jogging around the block in no time!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July Beauty Favorites

  I can't believe July is almost over.  That means I only have one month left of summer vacation and this depresses me immensely!  However, I shouldn't complain as July was a great month for me.  I had a few mini trips- girls trip to AC, girls spa night, family week in Cape Cod and my family reunion in Pennsylvania.  This month saw quite a few dressing up occasions which may explain some of my favorites!

*Dalton Color Creme Lip Gloss in Lisa Lou*
I've had this lip color for a while.  I think I received it in a QVC Beauty Tube many moons ago.  I normally stay away from lip products in pots, but I reached for this one day randomly and I forgot how pretty it is.  It adds a very soft sheen to the lips and would be great to add to the middle of the lip for added fullness.  Only downside is, it is quite sticky to avoid on windy nights.

*Milani Easyliner in Espresso*
I've been looking for a chocolate brown liner for a while and this is perfection!  It glides on easily and is the perfect deep brown color.  It's nice to wear day to day as it's much softer than black.

*Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette*
Not only is this eyeshadow palette beautiful, but it smells like chocolate!  Every time I open this I'm in heaven.  The color range is great from soft neutrals, to sparkly purples and maroons.  This palette is great to travel with as it can provide a variety of looks.

*Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette*
I've had this for a while and just began fully playing around with it this month.  I'm still not sold on the highlighter, but I LOVE the color Dim Light as an all over finishing powder.  It makes my skin look amazingly radiant and I will definitely be purchasing a full size one.

Look how creamy and sparkly this color is!

My favorite is the color all the way to left.  It makes me glow with out looking sparkly.

I love the shade range in this palette!  Great for a variety of looks!

Shop my July favorites here!
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What beauty products were you reaching for this past month?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Style Sunday: Product RAVE!!!

    A woman can have the best wardrobe in the world, but if she doesn't store it properly she isn't using it well!  I have a lot of clothes.  In fact, I have too many!  Yet with all of the clothes I wear, I end up wearing the same pieces over and over again.  I read that most women wear the same 20% of their wardrobe almost 80% of the time.  That's a lot of shirts, skirts, pants, etc. not being worn!

  I find that if I store my dresser items in a "file like system" I see all of my shirts laid out and not just the shirt I have folded on top.  I've posted about this filing system before.

  Well, I've gotten lazy and I've found myself just tossing shirts in or not folding them properly and I still just end up reaching for the same shirts day in and day out.  That's where this MIRACLE product I bought comes in handy.

This is the FlipFold!

For someone like myself who SUCKS at folding, this is the best invention ever.  I've seen people use a clipboard or a piece of cardboard to help folding, but I wanted something official and this makes folding tops so EASY.  My mom who happens to be quite good at folding also loves this handy tool because it makes shirts so much tinier, which helps maximize storage space.

Here's the basic video of how to use the Flipfold, but they also have videos showing how to use this to fold towels, pants, collared shirts etc.

Here's my new and improved shirt drawer (tanks, tees and long sleeve tees) all neat and pretty!  Now the key is to keep it this way!

Do you have any go to strategies to keep your wardrobe organized? I'm always looking for tips and tricks!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fitness Friday: Finding Motivation to Be Healthy

    Sometimes the hardest part of something is actually starting or beginning the process!  This statement is especially true when it comes to embarking on a new healthy lifestyle.  Finding the motivation to begin working out or to begin eating healthy (or even to continue with these!) is sometimes tricky.

   This summer I have completely fallen off of the healthy bandwagon and I am looking to get back on it, so here's how I've been motivating myself to get back into the healthy swing of things.

* Look for Fitspo online

I love looking at fitspirational images on Instagram and Pinterest.  I follow so many fitspo accounts on Instagram, so every time I look through my feed I find at least 10-15 images or quotes that really get me pumped.  Here are some of my favorite:

I love before and afters!  It's great to see all of these girls with amazing bodies, but it's even more impressive to see that some of them started with bodies just like me.

*Buy Cute Workout Clothes

I find that if I have a cute workout outfit laying on my floor waiting for me, I'm almost forced to put it on and do something active!  Target makes some of the cutest, best performing and cheapest workout clothes out there! Go pick some cute pieces out for yourself!

*Put together a healthy recipe Pinterest board

The more I read about health and weight loss, the more I learn about the importance of diet.  The experts say that weight loss is 80% diet and 20 % fitness.  Even if you aren't trying to lose weight, eating a healthy and well balanced diet is super important for overall good health.

Here's a snapshot of my healthy recipe board!

*Tell your friends and family that you are trying to embark on a healthier lifestyle

I find that if I use the word diet, my friends and family get mad at me since I'm on the smaller side already.  If i have the conversation that I want to be healthier, they seem to jump on board a little bit better.  I also have a friend who I workout with and having a workout buddy is always helpful.  My best friend also texts me progress pictures a lot and that keeps me SUPER motivated.

*Write it down!!

Keeping track of your progress, keeping a food log and exercise log or even writing your goals on places where they can be seen frequently really helps.  When you're reminded that this is something you want for yourself, you're probably a bit more prone to actually make it happen.

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What are your favorite ways to motivate yourself to workout or to eat healthier? I'm ALWAYS looking for some fitspo! 

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