How to Keep Your Skin Glowing Year Round


So, I’m ashamed to say, that I was that girl in high school and college that tanned alllll the time. No matter what the weather, I had to be tan and honestly, I wasn’t giving much thought to what the tanning bed was doing to my skin.


Me circa 2010 – yikes!

Now at 26, I feel a whole lot different about it. Any time I do hop in the tanning bed, I feel like I instantly look older and I start seeing wrinkles trying to pop out and say hi! No thank you! Not to mention, the sheer risk of getting cancer in the name of being tan is just not worth it.

With that being said, I’m not someone that likes to be pasty and pale. It’s just not a good look, so I started looking for good alternatives. Luckily, I came across the Blush and Glow Studio.


I used to be so skeptical of spray tans… I’ve seen one too many orange and streaky girls in my lifetime. Plus, I’ve had a few from places like Palm Beach that just weren’t so pretty, but Blush and Glow is totally different! First of all, they have their own studio (which is oh so cute btw), so you’re not having to drop in and get naked at someone’s house.


Second of all, their tanning services aren’t one size fits all. For me, I like the blushtan Super Express Glow! For one, I love it because my life is just so busy. I work 40+ hours a week, blog at night, and try to fit in working out, travel, fam, friends, the hubs, wine, etc. lol So the fact that I can shower 2-4 hours after getting the Super Express Glow was a major win for me!


Then, on top of that, it’s kind of a miracle worker! This tan includes caffeine + hyaluronic acid, which didn’t mean much to me at first, but what they are, are natural anti-aging ingredients, so they help minimize the appearance of cellulite (thank the good Lord above!!), wrinkles, acne, dry skin, etc. And finally – they custom mix a color that works well for your skin, so there’s no need to worry about an orange, fake-looking tan.


Basically, they’re amazing… and I’m pretty much in love. They keep me looking pretty and glowing, and all with no harm to my skin.


Unfortunately… they’re only located in Augusta, GA and I know a ton of my readers live all across the country (so sorry loves)! So for those of you, who can’t experience all of this tanning goodness, here are my top 3 at-home self tanners. These definitely aren’t as good as getting a full on, all-natural, custom spray tan, BUT they do work as a little pick me up between tans.

St. Tropez | Clarins | Loving Tan

And if you are lucky enough to live near the Blush and Glow Studio, give them a call, ask for Amanda (she’s seriously the sweetest) and tell her I sent you!!


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What’s Inside My Latest FabFitFun Box


Hey y’all, so I’m sorry it’s been a little bit since I’ve posted, but ever since I got back from LA, I’ve been sick on and off. I’m soooo over it. But nonetheless, I recently got a new FabFitFun box in and I’m obsessed with a ton of the items, so I figured I’d give you guys a run down of what’s all inside.


Side note: If you’ve been wanting to try out FabFitFun, just follow this link and you can use the promo code “FIRSTBOX” to get $10 off! 🙂


Ok, so the first item I pulled out and just HAD to put on was the 8 OTHER REASONS Nine Lives Choker. Depending on what they sent you, you either got rose gold or silver. I’m definitely more of a rose gold kind of girl, but I’m still super excited about this accessory, because I need to expand on my silver jewelry collection.

Also… just in case you were wondering:

Top | Pajama Shorts (Similar) | Bracelet



Ok next, was this AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream. Y’all this stuff seriously feels like butter and with the weather being so cold lately, this lotion (which has all kinds of goodness like Dead Sea Minerals, witch hazel and allantoin) has worked wonders for my dry skin.



I’m a sucker for a comfy pair of socks, so these I was really excited about. They are aloe infused cozy socks from Pointe Studio and cozy is an understatement.



I don’t know if I’ve ever talked to y’all about this before, but ever since I was little, I’ve had a hard time falling asleep. I swear I have an overactive mind or something and it just seems to go into overdrive as soon as my head hits the pillow. When I saw this Deep Sleep Pillow Spray from This Works in the box, I was kind of skeptical. I’ve tried sleepy time teas, lavender pillow sprays, etc. without much luck in the past. Then, on top of that, when I first sprayed it, I wasn’t in love with the smell… BUT (big but here) the first night I tried it, I slept like a baby. I figured it was a coincidence, but after over a week of using it, I now don’t want to go to bed without it. Legit, This Works, lol.



I posted on my Insta stories earlier this week about these Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle Energizing Eye Masks. They help to get rid of dark circles under your eyes and to give you a more youthful look. I’ve only used them once and am already seeing a difference and they come with several packs, so I’m excited to see how they look after I use them a few more times. My box also came with this Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment. It is full of yummy papaya, pumpkin and pineapple enzymes and it helps to brighten your skin, reduce wrinkles (amen to that!) and improve the look of your skin and pores.



Next is the DOUCCE Freematic Eyeshadow Pro Palette in Smokey. I generally use more natural eyeshadow palettes because I’m no makeup guru and doing my own smokey eye makes me nervous – butttt I’ve been watching some Youtube videos and I’m excited to try out a sexier look!



Ok, so this is a silly picture, but I felt like sitting down didn’t do this BB Dakota Poncho in Charcoal justice. Super comfy and I’ve already worn it to work and just around the house.



Last, but not least, my new favorite I love you a latte ceramic mug from the Homemade by Ayesha Curry collection.

Basically, I got a ton of goodies (this month’s box had a value of $393 — say what?!) and I’m getting to try out all kinds of products I never would have known about.

Disclaimer: I am a Fab Fit Fun partner, but only because I love it a lot! 

I received a ton of questions about the under eye masks the other day, so if you have any questions about any of these other products, just let me know!


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My Favorite Lip Colors This Season


When I was little, my grandma would always tell me that she was worried about me or thought I was sick because my lips were so pale. Back then, I didn’t think it was that big of a deal, but now I can’t help but notice days when my lips are basically blending in with my skin, haha! So although I love love love lip color all year long, I really adore it in the fall and winter months when I’m generally paler all over. I bought a few new shades this season that I’m absolutely in love with, so I wanted to share them with you guys! If you are looking for that new perfect, fall lip shade, look no further!

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour – Lady Be Good


I’m obsessed with this lip color right now. I feel like it’s the perfect, everyday shade that can both go casual or a little dressier. Also, once you put this shade on, you’re good all day! I literally got out of the shower one night (after having it on all day and washing my face) and was shocked to see there was still a little tint to my lips from it. MAC’s matte liquid lip colors are definitely a makeup staple!!



NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment – Save the Queen


I seriously adore this dusty mauve lip color by NARS. I love wearing it on days when I’m feeling a little more girly or for a fun night out. I also wore a super thin layer of it during my Susan G. Komen 3-Day (yeah, judge me, I’m that girl that wore makeup while walking 60 miles, lol), just to keep my lips from looking non-existent. They call it lip pigment for a reason though, so be prepared if you get a little outside of your lips, that it will leave a little staining on your skin. It will come off easily with a makeup wipe, but that can be annoying once you’ve finished your entire face of makeup. Just be sure to outline your lips first and then fill them in, to make your life easier.



Trestique Matte Color & Shiny Balm Lip Crayon – Florence Fig & Rose Balm


So I’m super excited about this lip crayon, for one, because I had never heard of Trestique before now and I’m so glad I’ve been introduced, but for two just because it’s great. I love that it comes with both a matte lip color and a balm, so your lips never feel dry. Also, it has a magnetic top, with is ingenious. It closes super easy and when I have it in my purse, it finds all of my bobby pins that were floating around in the bottom!! Plus, it has a pointed tip which makes application really easy. It came in my most recent FabFitFun box and I can’t wait to see what they send me next. If you’ve wanted to try out FabFitFun (which is seriously my very favorite package I ever get in the mail), get $10 off the Editor’s Box with the promo code “TREAT”!



L’OrĂ©al Infallible Matte Lip Paints – Festival


Ok, so there are SO many reasons to love this lip paint. For one, it’s so super affordable. Two, the color is gorgeous and three, even though it’s matte, it doesn’t really dry out your lips too much. This shade is called Festival, but I’m seriously thinking about buying this product in every shade.


Got lip color envy yet?! I love ordering my makeup from Ulta because I rack up rewards points and I can always find a good promo code online! If you are looking to order a few new items, it can get expensive quick, so be sure to check out their coupon page on RetailMeNot to save some money and most likely also get some free samples – gotta love that!

What are your fave lip colors right now? Send them my way – a girl can never have too many! 🙂

C’est la vie,



Walking 60 Miles in Just 3 Days to Find a Cure


I don’t know if you guys remember, but back in May, I told y’all all about my itch to do something remarkable. It took me a lot of time and research to figure out just what it would be, but once I found the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, I knew it was just the thing!


When I was younger, my Nana was diagnosed with breast cancer. Lucky for our family, she made it into remission and now is a healthy, long-living survivor. We are forever grateful. But, last year, we lost my Aunt Tricia to a long, hard battle with endometrial cancer. It hit our family like a ton of bricks and left me looking for some way to heal and a way to do something productive against this terrible disease.


I’m also just at a point in my life where I want to make sure I live in a meaningful way and that I do all of the things I want to do… things like travel, challenge myself (physically and emotionally) and do good for others.


So, from May – November, my sister and I threw events, sold t-shirts, put together giveaways and asked some really wonderful and generous people to support us on our campaigns and luckily, they did. So many businesses and individuals gave their hard-earned money to help us get one step closer to eradicating cancer.


So a week and a half ago, we both hopped on a plane (from different destinations – this was my first solo flight, so I was a little scared!) and headed out to San Diego. We woke up Friday morning even more nervous… nervous that we wouldn’t be able to make it all 60 miles, nervous that we would let our donors down,  nervous that we didn’t know what we had gotten ourselves into. All of these fears didn’t subside, but were calmed the second the opening ceremonies began. It was raining that morning (despite a 0% chance of rain) and there was a double rainbow in the sky.


Survivors, current cancer fighters and those that have lost loved ones graced the stage, telling their stories of how they have been impacted by cancer and I literally sobbed standing there in the middle of this crowd in the middle of the rain. It blows your mind to realize just how much each one of us is affected by cancer and the toll it has taken on our lives. I cried for their pain, but also because I really, really miss my aunt and finally because I knew those two rainbows were all of our loved ones looking down on us from above and giving us the support we needed to make it through.


From that moment on, I didn’t stop smiling. I have never met so many thoughtful and kind people in my life… from the police men and women dressed in pink that provided us with music to keep us going, to the safety crew that kept us safe and got us from point A to point B each day, to the cheering crowds dressed in funny outfits, to all of our fellow walkers. It was seriously a magical experience that I can’t even explain in words.


Then, on top of it all, my first trip to the west coast did not disappoint. Although I begrudged the miles spent climbing up hills, they sure were beautiful to look at. The cliffs, homes in the hillsides and gorgeous beaches literally left me in awe.


So we walked and we walked and then we walked some more… through San Diego’s beaches, towns and parks. I can’t count how many times a stranger told me “thank you for walking”, but all I could think is “thank you for keeping me going”. I felt like an old lady because my hips were hurting so badly and I looked kinda funny the second half of the walk with my blistered, achy feet, but no aches and pains from the walk could compare to what cancer patients have to endure. So we pushed through it and on day 3 when we walked through the finish line, I literally couldn’t believe we had made it. I cried again (in case y’all haven’t realized I’m a crier, haha), but then we danced and sang with everyone to celebrate this huge victory. Together, our walk in San Diego raised $6.5 million for breast cancer research and treatment, which is so amazing!


During the walk I kept thinking… this is one thing I’ll mark off of my bucket list, but I can never do it again! Little did I know, just a few hours later, my sister and I would be talking about signing up for the Atlanta walk again next fall!


I want to say thank you again to everyone who took part in our campaigns and made this possible and I want to encourage anyone else who has a passion for fighting cancer to join us on our next walk. If you think you can’t do it, you’re wrong. And I’ll be happy to walk right alongside you the entire way! 🙂


Want to know more about the Susan G. Komen 3-Day? Leave me a comment below or shoot me a message – I’d love to talk to you about it more!!


C’est la vie,


An Inside Look at Getting Tape-In Extensions


I have been very fortunate in my life to always have long, thick hair. In recent years though, I have felt like the bottom of my hair looks a little thin compared to the top. Before my wedding, I bought a set of Remy clip-in extensions just to give my hair a little extra volume and something a little special for the big day. I loved them and have worn them a few times over the last year or so for special occasions like Halloween or my brother-in-law’s wedding.


Every time I go to see my hairstylist, Kristen at Studio 285, though, I feel like I’m talking about how I want my ends to look thicker and how I’d like my blonde pieces to be a little less bronze. She is always sure to tone it and I use a purple shampoo every now and then, but to get the color I really wanted and the volume, it was just a better idea to get extensions.

I don’t know why I was super apprehensive… possibly because I didn’t want to spend the extra money and I already have long hair, so it seemed a little silly, but I finally made the decision to move forward with it.


So… here’s how the process works. I went in to see Kristen so she could color my grays. Yes, I like salt and pepper at the root if I don’t go in to see her every 5 weeks. It’s so unfortunate at age 26, but I guess I could have it worse. We talked through the consultation that day so we could order the hair. If you decide to get tape-in extensions, you’ll want to meet with a hairstylist to see what will work best for you.

I ordered two 22″ packs, since I didn’t need a ton of extra hair and got two different colors, a dark brunette and then an ombre brunette to blonde color. I paid a deposit that day and then was able to go in the next week to have them put in.


The process of getting the extensions put in is really simple and only took 20 – 30 minutes. Tape-in extensions are probably the best kind you can get because they blend really well and they don’t really damage your hair, allowing it to continue to grow and stay healthy. Kristen took one of each color and sandwiched them together along the back of my hair for a super seamless look. It legit looks so good that I can’t tell which hair is mine and which isn’t when I look at it, which is crazy.


The first night, they felt super odd. My hair felt heavier and I felt like I had little clips or something in the back of my head, but after pulling it up a couple of times, they loosened some and became more comfortable. Now they feel a lot more normal and I love how thick and full my hair feels.


What’s really cool is that it doesn’t cost much at all to get them moved up every other hair appointment and the hair should last for a year or so, which is really nice. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who is looking to make their hair a little longer or is like me and just wants a little more volume.


Have any questions?! Feel free to drop a comment below or shoot me an email – I’d love to help you on your semi-permanent extension adventure! 🙂

C’est la vie,



An Inside Look at Microblading Your Eyebrows


For probably about a year or so now, I have been interested in microblading. My sister and I started out waxing our eyebrows from home in the 7th grade or so, so my eyebrows have never really had a good shape to them. Plus, it was in style back then to have thin eyebrows… not so much now. A friend of mine has her eyebrows tattooed on, and they look amazing, but I just couldn’t get myself to take the plunge. So, all of this, brought me to microblading.


My eyebrows before

For those of you who haven’t heard of microblading yet, in a nutshell, it’s where a beauty professional takes a small bundle of needles, makes fine lines in your eyebrow area and fills it with pigment. It’s a semi-permanent option, so it lasts about a year to a year and a half, which was exactly what I was looking for. Plus, the results look much more natural than a tattoo in that the fine lines they create really look like real hairs.

I swear I read 1 million reviews before making this decision. I saw where people posted amazing results and others posted horror stories that made my stomach churn, but look up anything on the internet these days and most often, you can find that same mix. That is until one day, I found Kristin Callaway Beauty. She is actually a friend of a co-worker of mine, so I checked out her Instagram and I was hooked. I probably stalked her for 2+ hours and still didn’t see a pair of brows she had done that I didn’t like. Not to mention, she was more affordable than some of the other salons I had seen and assured me that we could avoid the scabbing and ugliness that other salons tell you to expect. Plus, I was literally, jaw-droppingly AMAZED when I saw her work on cancer survivors or other women who had no eyebrows at all – it’s remarkable.


I know it sounds like I’m a little too excited about this y’all, but microblading my eyebrows has completely changed the look of my face and I couldn’t be happier with my pretty much perfect brows that I never have to fill in.


I’m guessing you guys want to know the nitty gritty details of the process though, so here it is.


The first appointment took about 2 hours. She put numbing gel across my brow line and then used a precise measuring tool to find the perfect shape for me. Then, she let me see that shape and let her know if I was okay with it or not. After about 30 minutes of talking through what I wanted and what to expect, we got started with the needling process.


I will admit that the first pass I was like, this needling noise sounds awful and this is kind of uncomfortable… did I make the right decision? But then Kristin put on a second numbling gel and it was easy peasy from there. I think she did about 3 – 4 passes of needling and filling in with pigment before letting me sit up and take a look. At first, I was a little overwhelmed, because anything new on your face feels weird, but I trusted her and had a really good feeling that these were going to look great.


She gave me this chart to let me know what to expect (the process isn’t as extreme as what you see here) and some really good care instructions to follow over the next couple of weeks.


6 – 8 weeks later, she had me come in for a perfecting session, where we could touch up any spots that didn’t retain well and add a little anywhere we thought needed it. She touched up a few areas and warmed up the pigment, just a little. This appointment was super easy and you pay everything up front, so you don’t have to pay anything extra when you go for your follow-up.


Y’all I couldn’t be any happier with my brows and now that I have done the initial session, each year, it will be a fraction of the cost to get them filled in. I know it can be scary, but I am someone who has a low pain tolerance and always has a hard time with change and this wasn’t bad at all.

When writing this post, I tried to go through a mental checklist of the questions I had before getting my eyebrows microbladed so I could answer them for you, but if you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out. I’d be happy to help you figure out if microblading is right for you!

C’est la vie,



4 Ways to Make Your Period Suck Less


Periods pretty much suck… period. I can’t think of one person who is like, “oh, I just love shedding my uterine liner every month, it’s so beautiful”. haha Um, no. When I think of my dreaded time of the month, I think of curling up in the fetal position from cramps that feel like a little baby demon clawing at the inside of my stomach. I think of walking around feeling bloated like the Michelin man and craving everything in sight. Not to mention, the cravings and emotions. Oh… and period poops… nuff said. And the fact that we have to go through this hell once a month for the majority of our lives is just not fair. Ok, I’ve made my point.

I think we can all agree that being on your period is just no fun.


I’ve recently discovered some things that really help make your period less painful, more convenient and overall, just a little less sucky. So ladies, if you’re ready to change the period game, keep reading.

Viv Wellness


Viv Wellness is a company I learned about a year or so ago and that I was super skeptical of at first. Their mission is “Periods without pain or shame, empowering women to be their best every day of the month.” I absolutely love that. They’re all about holistic, herbal supplements to help get rid of PMS and cramps during your menstrual cycle. Let me preface this by saying, that I’m pretty much an Ibuprofen addict and was freaking out about not taking it to help with my cramps. I was literally fearful of the pain I was going to be in.  Nonetheless, I sampled the Perfect Period Pack and it comes with one bottle of Unwind and another of Relieve.  Unwind is for the 2nd half of your cycle and Relieve is for the days you’re on your period. I will say it’s an adjustment. In the same way that you have to adjust to taking your multi-vitamin every morning or birth control every day, you have to adjust to taking a dropperful or more of the product 3 times a day.

But, I will also say, I was very pleasantly surprised. They do warn you that the first month, your cramps and PMS won’t just vanish completely, but that over the first 3 months, you’ll really start to feel the change and it’s true! I was so shocked that I could manage my pain and not have to fill my body with tons of medicine. I can’t say that I’ve stuck to using Viv 100%, just because it requires you to keep up with the routine and I’m not always the best about that, but I was really happy with the results and do like the product when I remember to use it correctly.

Diva Cup


So, I was really weirded out about the Diva Cup. I’ve been using tampons since about the 7th grade and I’m pretty content with how those work, but I really wanted to give this a try for a couple of reasons. For one, I hate how much money I spend on tampons. I mean, in the scheme of things, it’s really not that much money, but it is one more monthly cost to add on top of everything else and I feel like I go through boxes of them so quickly. The Huffington Post calculated how much money the average woman spends on tampons in her lifetime… check it out.

1 tampon every 6 hours (on average) = 4 tampons per day x 5 days of a period (mine lasts 7! :/ ) = 20 tampons per cycle x 456 periods = 9,120 tampons. At 36 tampons per box, that’s 253.3 boxes x $7 = $1,773.33

Secondly, I hate thinking about how my tampon usage affects the environment. According to the Huffington Post’s calculations above, you use about 9,120 tampons in your lifetime. I recently read that this year, they’ve calculated that there are about 7.5 billion people in the world. I’m guessing about 50% of those are women, give or take. So 3.75 billion women x 9,120 tampons = 34.2 billion dirty tampons filling up our landfills and stopping up our sewer system in each woman’s lifetime. It’s kind of sad.

Back to the Diva Cup though. It’s a sustainable, easy-to-use, cost effective and eco-friendly menstrual cup. To use it, you fold it in half and insert it into your vagina. It suctions and stays up there, similar to a tampon. Then, when it’s time, you remove it from your body, empty it and wash it with warm soap and water. Trust me, I know how weird and awkward this sounds, but after you give it a few tries, it’s really not so bad. It doesn’t hurt at all and it really is effective for containing your period. One thing is that I would never, ever want to have to empty and clean it at work, but as long as you can time it so that you do that at home, it’s really great!

*Although I was given free products to sample, I was not paid to post about this product! 

Thinx Underwear


So when I first saw Thinx, I totally thought, those are so weird and must feel like a diaper. I figured why not give them a try though. They call themselves the period panties for the modern woman and they come in several different types, from thongs to hiphuggers, high-waisted to briefs – and different color options. The way they work is that they are made of anti-microbial, moisture-wicking, absorbent and leak-resistant material – to fight bacteria and absorb liquid.

I’ll be honest, I was totally freaked out about using them. So… I started my period and put them on. One thing I had to adjust to was the fact that I hadn’t felt Aunt Flow come out of my body in a million years. I wear tampons and avoid pads like the plague, so that was a serious adjustment. However, I was surprised that they didn’t feel wet. They really were absorbing everything. I tried them out the first day of my period though and that was a mistake. I don’t think I have a super heavy flow, but I did wake up and have a tiny bit of blood in the bed. I contacted them though to ask their thoughts and all, and they mentioned that some girls need to wear them in conjunction with a tampon or cup the first day or two (they note this in the instructions, butttt I may or may not have read them in their entirety haha), but to give them another try on day 3. So I washed them and gave them another shot. On day 3, they worked like a charm! I was pretty comfortable and didn’t have to use any tampons. I was surprised that they felt dry and didn’t have a smell. Overall, I was pretty happy with them! If you want to make the switch and give them a try (you totally should), just click this link or the image below to get $10 off your pair! 🙂 coupon-discount-thinx-underwear




When I’m on my period, the very last thing I ever want to do is go the gym. Seriously, all I want is to crawl under my covers, roll up into a ball with my heating pad and sleep my life away. However, I have found that if I can convince myself to just get up and do something with my body, it really does help. Now, I’m not saying go on a run (although tons of girls will tell you this helps), it just makes me cramp more and sometimes need to go to the bathroom, bathroom haha, but yoga is a super good way to ease your cramps, get a little workout in and give a little love to your body.

According to Do You Yoga, here are 6 yoga poses you can do to help relieve menstrual cramps.

  • Child’s Pose
  • Forward Fold
  • Knees-to-Chest Pose
  • Supine Twist
  • Cat & Cow
  • Savasana


Periods are never going to be fun or amazing or the highlight of your life, but there are definitely ways to make them more manageable, convenient and comfortable. Don’t suffer when there are tons of new ways to make PMSing a thing of the past. If you have more specific questions about any of the products, feel free to drop a comment or shoot me a message!

C’est la vie,


How to Combat Dry Skin Between Seasons


Does this awkward time between summer and fall have your skin feeling dried out? I know for me after a day of being outside in the sun or spending time outdoors with friends, my skin and lips often get dry and crackly… gross. Luckily, there are a few easy things you can add to your daily routine that will help you kiss those ashy, itchy skin days goodbye!

Here’s what to do if you have dry skin!


1.Moisturize your body


This seems obvious, right? If your skin is dry, add some type of moisture and voila! But… you’d be surprised how many people don’t moisturize and if they do, don’t moisturize correctly. I don’t know your shower routine, but have you ever noticed when you get out of the shower that a few minutes later your skin feels dry and tight? If you get to this point, you’ve already waited too long and you’ve already lost a ton of moisture from your skin.

My best tip for you is to try some in-shower body lotion. My favorite is Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer. It literally says that it locks in hydration at skin’s peak moisture moment for luminous skin and it really does! I just started using it a few months ago and it has completely changed the look and feel of my legs and elbows. Plus, it’s so much easier to put on than regular lotion. Did I also mention that it has coconut oil in it, which is oh-so-good for your skin?


2. Take care of your face


Now depending on what type of skin you have, you may or may not be able to use this same moisturizer on your face. My skin is super sensitive and one wrong move could turn my pretty, smooth face into a pizza, so I opt to use Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer SPF 15. There’s tons of expensive face lotions out there you can use that are great, but I prefer this one because it’s tried and true. You can find it at almost any drug store so you never run out, plus it has UV protection in it, so it really keeps your face safe. Your face is just like the rest of your body though. As soon as you get out of the shower, pat it dry (don’t rub it harshly with the towel) and put lotion on asap. This will not only make your skin feel better, it will make your face seem brighter, your makeup sit better and it will help prevent wrinkles.


3. Drink lots of water


A year or so ago when I was getting ready for my wedding, I started drinking 100 ounces of water a day and I swear it changed my life. Now,  you don’t have to drink 100 ounces every day… that’s a ton and just ask my co-workers, they tell me all the time that I win the award for the most times in the bathroom per day, haha! But what I didn’t realize is that for years I was dehydrating my body and my skin by drinking Diet Pepsi and Diet Dr. Pepper all day with minimal water. Now if I go out drinking one night or if I’m so busy that I don’t get enough water in, I can really tell in not only my appearance, but also how I feel and how my skin feels. Start slowly adding water into your diet and at the same time, slowly start reducing those sugary or caffeinated drinks. I swear you’ll see results in no time!


4. Use chapstick, liberally


Chances are if your body and your face both are dry, your lips probably are too. It drives me crazy that my husband refuses to use chapstick. I even bought him a very masculine, camo one, but still to no avail. Your lips are only going to get more dry and thin and old looking with every passing year, so give them what they need! I suggest keeping a chapstick anywhere you spend a lot of time. For example, I keep a chapstick at work, in my purse, in my car (although be careful here, it can melt and make a mess), in the coffee table in my living room, in my bathroom and in my bedside table. It’s not that you necessarily need this much chapstick, but you really should never be caught without it. “Why?” you ask… Well, when our lips are dry and we don’t have chapstick available, our first instinct is to lick our lips. Well, once or twice, this is harmless, but keep on doing it and see what you look like. I for one like to avoid having a second set of lips when you get all red and chapped or cracks on the sides of my mouth. Brand suggestions here… I honestly haven’t met a chapstick I don’t like yet, but I’d have to say that Blistex, EOS and Burt’s Bees are probably a few of my favorites.


5. Be skin-conscious in the shower


Let me just start by saying, I’m a hot shower’s biggest fan, but taking a super hot shower might not be the best for your skin. In fact, a lot of dermatologists recommend only using warm water and trying to stay in the shower for less than 10 minutes (I’m at least a 15 minute shower-er, so I feel your pain). But reducing your shower time, even a little, can help your skin. Plus, when you’re in the shower, take notice of the products you’re using on your skin. Are you using a lot of colorful, clear-looking gels and harsh, cheap bar soaps? These don’t do much for your skin in the way of keeping in moisture. Try to find soaps and body washes that have moisturizer in them and that have a creamier feel to them. One of my favorites is Dove’s Deep Moisture Body Wash.

These are just a few of the things you can do to help if you have dry skin, but starting off with these five easy steps will help a ton! What are your favorite dry skin remedies?

C’est la vie,



My Insatiable Itch to Do Something Remarkable


Do you ever have an itch that can only be satisfied by doing something remarkable? I always wonder if I’m the only one. I go through periods of time where I get wild hairs and think, “what have I done with my life and what am I going to do”?  It’s times like these that I do silly things like pierce my tragus or go on a trip abroad, but there is something so much more rewarding about challenging yourself and doing so for a good cause.

A few years back, I heard about the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk. The SGK 3-Day is a 3 day, 60 mile walk that’s making a real difference in the fight against breast cancer. I read it over and although I knew it was something I wanted to do, I couldn’t help but think “I can’t raise that kind of money” and “I can’t walk 60 miles in 3 days”. Since then, this event has remained in the back of my mind and has really been pressing on my heart, so I’ve decided, that I can do anything that I put my mind to.


That’s why I have decided to embark on a life-changing journey, not only for me, but most importantly, for those that are affected by breast cancer. If you sit back and think about it, we all know so many people who are plagued by cancer and the only way it’s going to come to a stop, is if we do something about it.


So, for the next 27 weeks, I will be training, pushing myself mentally and physically, and raising every dollar I can to support the fight against breast cancer. Every dollar counts and I would be FOREVER grateful for your help! Want to join me on this journey? Just click below! 🙂


Over the next few months, I’ll be sure to keep you all in the loop on my progress – giving you updates through the training, blisters and dollars raised up until my walk on November 17th – 19th in San Diego, California. I can’t wait to get started!

If you are interested in walking with me, be sure to check it out!

C’est la vie,


5 Inspiring Fitness Accounts You Need to Follow

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So much of getting up off our butts and getting in shape is having the motivation and inspiration to do so. Leading up to my wedding, I had a ton of motivation and got both my eating and work out schedule really on track. However… I totally binged and laid around on my honeymoon and have been having trouble getting into the swing of things ever since. Y’all… it has gotten so bad that I’ve been avoiding looking at Instagram, so I don’t have to see my favorite fitness inspo girls looking so hot! ha! Nonetheless, there are some really great fitness accounts out there that don’t just make you feel bad about not having a 6-pack, but actually uplift you, encourage you and remind you that you can have a body you are proud of. There are five that I really love keeping up with, so I figured I would share them with you, so you can follow them too! 🙂

1. Kayla Itsines

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I started following Kayla around 3 years ago and I’m seriously in love. She has the cutest puppy and boyfriend, and although she is a fitness celeb, she’s totally relatable. She has such a good bod and she encourages others to have their best body too. Plus, she has some really great workouts that are definitely difficult, but they’re over in 28 minutes and they actually work!


2. Emily Skye

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I love Emily Skye. She constantly posts videos with workouts for you to do, so you really can’t ever blame not working out on not being able to get to the gym, because she gives you plenty of exercises to do at home. From what I’ve seen, she has really great form, so it helps you understand exactly how to do the exercise and how to do it effectively. Plus, she always has the cutest workout attire!


3. Trainer Lindsey


I just recently became a follower of Lindsey Mathews, but I love to keep up with her posts! Not only does she have a really great workout program, but also she shares simple exercises to try out, plus she posts some really delicious looking, healthy recipes. Not to mention, she does Live Q & As to answer all of your fitness questions.


4. Leanna Carr


Leanna went to the University of Georgia with me and we were in Delta Zeta Sorority together, so seeing her as a bodybuilder, fitness celeb and now with 113k followers on Instagram is SO crazy and exciting. I love following her because she reminds us all that, as women, we can be strong and empowered. Plus, she’s so open about her triumphs and struggles, so you know you’re not the only one. She is a MUST-follow, at least in my book! 🙂



5. Bethany Roley


So, I’m a little biased on this one because she is my trainer, but I LOVE following Bethany and Fierce Fitness. She posts short workout videos and I never regret doing the exercises she puts up because from doing her Bikini Fit Camp, I know it works! Plus, she periodically runs online challenges that really help to either jump start or revamp your workout regimen if you’ve plateaued.

In case you needed more convincing… here is my before and after photo from the day I got engaged to the week before my wedding after doing Bethany’s workouts!



So go follow them… like now! I swear you’ll love them and it really will help you in the journey to reach your fitness goals.

Are there other amazing fitness accounts I should be following out there? Let me know!

C’est la vie,