Thursday, January 30, 2014

Modcloth Parade Dress

Modcloth Parade Dress

Modcloth Parade Dress by kenzief918 featuring a zipper purse

dress | scarf | boots (similar) |

I don't know about you guys but I'm ready for some type of break in the cold weather. Until that happens I'll try to add a little bit of spring into my wardrobe!

You guys over the cold weather yet?

Hugs and Love :)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Winter Essentials Boots

One day we have spring like weather, the next we are covered in snow and running the opposite direction of the wind. So whats on your feet to protect you from the elements and changing mind of mother nature?

For me boots are my go to from fall until the spring with a few other shoes thrown into the mix. Boots are so versatile and can easily become transition shoes for those crazy weather days. Below I created winter weather essentials for what I think are great boots for those cold snowy days that turn into slightly warmer rainy days.

Winter Essentials Boots

What are you guys wearing on your feet?

Hugs and Love :)

Monday, January 6, 2014

Winter Essentials | Moisture

With the recent drop in temperature the weather outside is definitely frightful with crazy winds, gray skies and the occasional snow fall. And, with it comes chap lips and dull dry skin which is even more frightful!

Seeing as though we can't just stay in the house snuggled up in our warm beds and watch seasons 1&2 of scandal on Netflix and wait for spring to come, although it does sound inviting, we have to live our lives (i.e work) and face winters cruel air one way or the other.  Below I decided to share what helps me get through this tough dry season with 4 key essentials that we all need.

Tocca Cleopatra Hand Cream
First let me start off by saying that I love anything that is paraben free and has natural ingredients because ingredients that you cannot pronounce are probably not that good for you anyway.  I received a sample of the Tocca Hand cream in a  previous birch-box and fell in love with it! The scent is amazing and it leaves your hands feeling silky and moisturized.

Philosophy Hope in a Jar
I usually have dry skin no matter what time of year it is but the winter is a lot worse.  Finding a face moisturizer that doesn't make your face look dull and feels like it just sitting on top of your skin is hard to find for me but this moisturizer is great!

John Masters Lip Calm
For the past two years my go to lip balms were EOS and Burts Bee's, but recently neither were helping with my chapped lips. I'm not sure how I came across John Masters Organic but I'm glad that I did because this lip balm is AMAZING, and with all Certified Organic ingredients, I really couldn't pass it up.

Brown Sugar Lip scrub
Using a brown sugar lip scrub helps get dead skin off those dry lip and makes your lip feel incredibly smooth and moisturized. I usually apply the scrub before bed to help my lips recover from the day and then I use my Lip Calm lip balm to lock in the moisture. I'm thinking about making my own DIY brown sugar lip scrub so if your interested let me know :)

What are your go to winter moisture essentials??

Warm Hugs and Love

Friday, January 3, 2014

Fitness Friday | Green Smoothie

Happy New Year guys!! I know that the new year brings a new start for alot of people something like a clean slate. Whether it be to start going to church more, or to work out more and even to start eating healthier, Im sure we all could use a clean start for something new.

In Sept 2012 I started doing Fitness friday post to not only inspire others to live healthier lives but to also keep myself motivated and on track. Ive learned that being healthy is more than a temporary fix and once your committed to it, it becomes a lifestyle and you feel amazing about it. 

A great thing about green smoothies and incorporating them into your weekly eating habits is that its super easy to make and dont require too many ingredients! Its also a great way to get the nutrients and vitamins that your body might be missing.  At least 2-3 times a week I make green smoothies and maybe once a week I will do all fruit smoothies mostly consisting of blueberries and bananans and whatever else I can throw in the mix. The one that I made below is my go to green smoothie, give or take a few ingredients.   

I call this smoothie Green Coconut Dream :)
Key ingredients:
-Organic baby spinach (1cup)
-Kale (1cup)
-Pure coconut water (1 1/2 cups)
-1 banana
-1 cup of pineapple tidbits
-1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil 

Put the ingredients in the blender the same order they are listed above. You can always add more coconut water if you want a more liquid result and more fruit to taste but I find that these measurements do well. 

I usuaully get all my ingredients from Trader Joes but any grocery store would do.  I use a sunbeam blender that Ive had for a while, but Im trying to save to get a better blender so that it wont take as long for me to make the smoothies. So if any of you guys know of some good  quality blenders please let me know. Ive heard of blendtech and vitamix but Im sure there are others out there. 

We don't necessarily have to make resolutions just because its a new year, because honestly they rarely work but do try to improve your life and way of living slowly day by day. I think once you want something bad enough then you will be willing to do what it takes to make that change. Make becoming a better you a lifestyle and not just a resolution. 

Hugs, love and a prosperous new year!