Fitness, Lifestyle

Wellness Wednesday: Getting Motivated To Get In Shape + Affordable Athletic Wear

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Outfit: FOREVER 21 | Sneakers: Adidas

Over the last few years staying healthy and in shape has been SUCH a struggle. I went from being SUPER active throughout my childhood and teenage years to college where I wasn’t as active. For the longest time I didn’t even think about going to the gym. Recently I got a fitness coach..I am about a week or so in and it has been SUCH a positive experience. Although she is not physically working out with me she is very encouraging. I have really had to try hard to stay motivated to push through. It has NOT been easy. I know so many of us struggle with actually liking the gym so I wanted to share a few ways I stay motivated to workout. 

1. Cute workout clothes. If you’re reading this you are probably 2 seconds away from exiting from my blog but I promise this helps SO much. We I started my workout plan I got myself a cute new workout outfit, nothing too expensive bc I know i’ll lose weight and wont be able to fit it (or at least that is the goal). I always feel so motivated and actually excited for a workout when I have new clothes to wear. 

2. Set goals and reward yourself once you achieve them. I always set small goals for myself and once I hit those goals I reward myself. For example: one week of healthy eating and recording it all in myfitnesspal = 1 cheat meal. 

3. Get an accountability partner. For me my fitness coach really holds me accountable with the weekly check ins. B (my husband) is also doing the workouts with me so we always keep each other motivated and on track. 

4.Take progress pictures. I didn’t realize how important and useful this was until I started doing it. A healthy lifestyle change is something that takes time. It is sometimes hard to see those changes over a period of time when they aren’t as dramatic BUT a photo will capture those changes you don’t necessarily see from day to day. I suggest taking weekly progress pictures. You would be surprised at how your body changes over a course of time. My fitness coach requires these for our weekly check in and I am SO glad that she does.

So those are my few ways to stay motivated when you are trying to get back in shape. I wanted to touch on my athletic wear for just a moment. Like I said before I am not currently wanting to spend a ton of money on athletic wear because I know my body will be changing. I love being able to find good quality workout pieces that don’t break your bank. Forever21 has been ROCKING the affordable athletic wear game lately. I have purchased SO many items from their athletic line like the set shown above. 

One last thing…these sneakers. They are hands down the most comfortable pair of sneakers I own. I want them in ALL the color ways. They are under $80!!! If you follow me on IG you have seen me rave about these a few times.

Thank you SO much for stopping by and reading today’s post! I hope you all are having a great week so far.  

Fashion, Lifestyle

Coffee Talk: How To Meet New Friends In A New City

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Jacket: Old F21 | Tank: Express (wardrobe essential) | Jeans: Express (currently buy 1 get 1 50% off) | Shoes: Target

HI FRIENDS!! I am so glad to be sharing today’s post! I have decided to start a new series on the blog that a have more “real” post. I know that there is more to life than just fashion and beauty so I wanted to start incorporating more topics into the blog. I decided to call this series “Coffee Talk” because I feel like if we could all get together in real life and meet for coffee these are some of the things we would talk about. 

For the first topic of the series, I wanted to share with you all something I’ve been asked a lot since I’ve moved to a new city. How do you meet new people and make new friends in a new city? 

Moving to a new city is not an easy task and takes lots of determination and faith. One of the hardest things for me was knowing that I’d be leaving all my family and friends. Although I am not far from home its always comforting to know you have a friends close by. 

I was homeschooled for the majority of high school and I’m pretty introverted so making friends hasn’t always been my strong point. Moving to a new city where I knew maybe a handful of people has really pushed me out of my comfort zone. Here are a few tips for meeting new people in a new city.

1. Connect with old friends who are now in the same city. (One day I went to my FB friend list and started searching through my friends list of people who had moved to Nashville as well. I reached out to see if they wanted to grab coffee/lunch and was able to reconnect with some old friends.)

2. Join a small group at church. 

3. Make an effort to get to know coworkers/peers.

4. Check hash tags that fit you niche. For example I am a blogger so I always hashtag #NashvilleBlogger or #NashvilleInfluencer. I have made so many friends via social media. It is always dun to connect with people who have the same interest as you. (Fun Fact: My best friend and I met on social media! LOL!)

5. Join the Sassy Club. If you don’t know what the Sassy Club is, you need to get with the program. One of my favorite bloggers Dani Austin started the Sassy Club. It is a community of women all around the US. We post in the group about different topics and it is overall an uplifting group of ladies. Although it is social media based the group has started doing meet ups all over. It is a great way to meet new girlfriends. 

I know this post is not fashion based but I did want to share this easy to put together look with you all. Most pieces are under $50 and are closet staples that you can re-wear. I have linked all details above. 

I hope you all enjoyed this post and found my ramblings somewhat useful. Do you like these kinds of post? If so, what topics would you like me to talk about.

I hope you all have had a great Monday! 

Fashion, Lifestyle, Summer

Easy All Black Outfit + How to Start Your Week Off Right

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Top: H&M | Jeans:Express | Belt: Gucci (Similar HERE) | Heels:Windsor  (on sale for $15) | Earrings: New York and Company

I love me a good all black outfit, not only are they SUPER easy to pull together but they make you feel so slim. All black outfits are classic and with the a few accessories you can put your own personal touch on them. If I am ever in a hurry, an all black outfit is my go to. I have actually been wearing this outfit like crazy lately. If I need a more relaxed look I just switch my heels for THESE mules. They are gucci dupes and SO affordable. 

You might not have noticed, but today’s post is up just a little later than normal. I had a major Monday morning fail but we are back on track and back to business. 

Monday’s are always a struggle for me. It is SO hard to get back into the groove of things after you have had a few days off. For the longest time I would struggle SO hard to get my life together on Monday’s and honestly it would only set me up to be less productive during the rest of the week. I started implementing a few changes to help prepare me for a new week it has made a huge difference in my productivity and well my sanity. Here are a few tips to help get your week going and how to make Monday feel less like a Monday. 

1. Plan out your week on Sundays. Every Sunday night I sit down with my planner for about 20-30 minutes and start plugging in appointments, meetings, and to-do’s into my calendar. I am old school and keep a paper calendar. I actually have two planners that I use and have finally found a system that works for me. Id be more than happy to share a planning post with you all if you’d like. 

2. Get household chores taken care of during the weekend. When you get home from a busy day, the LAST thing you want to think about is all the chores you need to get done around the house. I like to take early Saturday mornings to get things like laundry, cleaning, and grocery store runs done and over with so I don’t have to deal with it throughout the week.

3. Plan out an outfit or two. I always like to have an outfit or two ready to go in my closet incase I wakeup late or time gets away from me in the mornings. It would be ideal to plan your outfit ahead each night but sometimes that just doesn’t happen. Having an outfit ready to go is so conveinent because all you have to do is grab it and throw it on versus look through your closet for something to wear. 

4. Set alarm 10-15 min earlier. I always try to sleep until the last possible second. This girl loves to sleep. Not giving myself enough time in the mornings was my main issue. I would always underestimate how long it took me to get ready, I would end up leaving behind schedule and ALWAYS ended up late to wherever I was going. I started giving myself plenty of time in the AM and now my mornings don’t feel as rushed. 

Adding these small changes into my routine has been a game changer. I feel like I start my day much more relaxed and my week overall feels so much more organized and productive. 

I hope you all enjoyed today’s post. What are some things that you do to get your week started? How do you stay organized and productive. I’d LOVE to hear from you so feel free to leave a comment below. 

Fashion

Valentines Day Outfit + 10 Date Night Ideas

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Outfit Details

Dress: Sold out Similar HERE | Heels: Target | Earrings: New York and Company (High End version HERE) | Bag: SHEIN | Lip Color: HERE |

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Every year Bryan and I always struggle with what we are going to do to celebrate. I am typically a home-body so B always likes to treat me to a fun date night on Valentine’s day. When I think of sexy and flirty outfits, lace always comes to mind. For the longest time I was NOT a fan of lace, I felt like it was so old school. I then started realizing that lace can be worn effortlessly if it is worn right. When I saw this dress I had to have it. I bought it a couple of months back and knew I would wear it for a date night of some sort. The cutouts that show skin make it so fun and flirty without being too revealing. 

When wearing lace, you don’t have to accessorize much. Just add a fun pair of pumps and statement earrings and you are good to go. These pumps I am wearing are the PERFECT height. They can easily be transitioned from the office to a night out. I scored them from Target for less and $40! I wear them often and they are actually quite comfortable. 

As I said above, I am a home-body. I much rather sit on the couch and binge watch Grey’s with a bottle of wine. Although that sounds like a dream for me, that is NOT Bryan’s “love language”. If you are dating/married and haven’t read THIS book, I highly recommend. He is very big on quality time which is one thing I love about him. We love coming up with fun date night ideas so here are a few we really enjoy.

10 Date Night Ideas

1. Dinner at your favorite restaurant.

2. Go see a movie in theater. (If you haven’t heard of Movie Pass go get it NOW! Unlimited movies for $10 a month!!)

3. Take a sip and paint class.

4. Take a cooking class.

5. Visit your local TopGolf.

6. Go to a concert.

7. Have a game night.

8. Go bowling. (If you are in Nashville you HAVE to check out Pinewood Social.)

9. Cook a meal at home together. 

10. Visit a hot spot in your city. (Nashville has TONS of places to visit and experience.)

Thank you for stopping by an reading today’s post! What are your Valentine’s or Galentine’s day plans.

I also wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for the birthday wishes. You all are the best!!  

Lifestyle

Another Basic (Blogger) Birthday Post | 21 Things About Me

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If you can’t tell by the title of today’s post, today is my birthday!! (Cue “go shawty its ya birthday”.) I am so thankful to be able to celebrate another birthday. I am being so unoriginal with today’s post by sharing 21 things about myself for my birthday. I don’t know who started this and made it a thing but you go girl because everyone and their sister does this kind of post. I of course had to join in an be  a basic b*****, I mean basic blogger. I DO love reading these post and learning about other bloggers though. This is the first and probably last time I’ll do a birthday post like this for a few reasons, the main being I am NOT that cool to come up with 20+ new things about myself every year!! 

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21 Facts About Me

  1. I am only 21 years old  and NO ONE believes me. I’m not sure if it is because I am married, I carry myself well, or just act mature for my age but NO one ever believes me when I tell them how old I am. I have had to pull out my drivers license multiple times to prove my age. SO embarrassing..
  2. I got married at 19. I know SO young but when you know you know. I have the BEST husband in the world. He is such a blessing to everyone he comes in contact with. I am such a lucky girl.
  3. I was a cheerleader for 12 years. I cheered competitively for the majority of that time and I was on my schools cheer team in middle school. I feel like being a cheerleader is what has helped me have such a strong work ethic.
  4. I was homeschooled in high school. I went through a bad situation with a bully the first few months the freshman year of high school and absolutely hated the school I went to. I woke up one morning and told my mom that I refused to go back. I ended up signing up for a homeschool program that day and never went back to my old school. (& got to graduate WAY early…)
  5. I LIVE for Mexican food. I would eat it everyday if I could.
  6. I hate taking off my makeup at the end of the day and had to get white sheets to force myself to stop sleeping in my makeup.
  7. I am 5″10 and was always the tallest kid in my classes growing up.
  8. I absolutely HATE milk, caramel, and peanuts.
  9. I am never on time…ever. I will be late to my own funeral.
  10. One mother’s day I accidentally broke my sisters arm on the trampoline and got grounded for the rest of the year. Thanks Mom! :)
  11. I played the violin growing up but want to learn how to play piano and guitar.
  12. My dream is to travel all over the world.
  13. I am currently finishing my undergrad degree in Health Science with a Pre-Med concentration. I want to become a physician or a physician assistant.
  14. If number 13 doesn’t work out, I would LOVE to be an influencer full time.
  15. My favorite color is black, I have to stop myself from buying so many black clothing items.
  16. I listen to every genre of music. My family is full of professional musicians and I really appreciate music.
  17. I never listen to music when I am alone in the car. I always play a podcast or drive in silence.
  18. I don’t look like my mom or my dad. Everyone says I am my grandmothers instead.
  19. I once brought home Goldendoodle puppy without telling my husband I was doing so. He was NOT happy. 2 years later and they are best friends.
  20. I sleep with a blanket every night. I don’t have to sleep with a specific one but is has to be fleece and super soft.
  21. I would move to Orlando just to visit Disney World regularly. It is my FAVORITE place on earth. B and I got engaged there.
Lifestyle

Recap of 2017 & My Resolutions and Goals for 2018

2017 Recap & My Goals for 2018

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Happy New Year!!! I can NOT believe it is 2018!

I so wanted to have this post up exactly on the first BUT I ended up getting SO sick. It has knocked me on my butt and I am JUST now getting to the point where I can actually get out of bed and function.

I feel like 2017 flew by. 2017 for me was full of change, new adventure, and challenges. It is crazy how quickly life can change in just one year. I wanted to recap  big moments for me this year. 

1. Moved to Nashville.

2. Got accepted to LikeToKnow.It.

3. Made some amazing new friends.

4. Completed my first brand deal/sponsored post.

5. Rebranded my blog.

I feel like 2017 really helped me grow as an individual. I look forward to see what 2018 has in store. I really want to focus on improving my overall life in 2018. Here are a few of my goals I plan to work towards this year. 

Personal

1. Get organized. I used to be SO organized but this past year I slacked SO bad. I think all of the changes in my life happened so quickly and I just kicked my organizing habits to the curb. I started with cleaning and decluttering. I have a few more areas to tackle like my closet and desk space. I also got a planner that has helped me keep everything on track so far. 

2. Live a healthier lifestyle. This has been one of the most challenging things for me this past year. I couldn’t tell you the last time I stepped foot in a gym or made healthy food choices for more than a day at a time. Getting into a routine of regularly working out and being more mindful with my food choices is some thing I really want to focus on this year. (Plus we just booked our family vacation to the beach this summer and this body is NOT bikini ready.) I want to not only healthier physically but mentally as well. I think mental health is SO important. 

3. Read 1 book a month. Personal growth is a huge goal for me this year. I have a huge list of books I have been wanting to read and can’t wait to start. If you all have any books that you think I should read feel free to send them my way.

4. Be more spontaneous and adventurous. I am SUCH a homebody and introverted and the only way to overcome it is to force yourself to try new things. I also want to travel more. Life is WAY too short to not take advantage of the time we do have and make memories. 

5. Achieve financial success. I feel like money is something the majority of us all worry about. A goal for me this year is get to a point where I don’t have to worry and can use my money more freely to put toward my business, traveling, and saving for my future. I DON’T want to work my life away like so many of us do to survive..I want to be to make smart financial decision that will one day allow me to “retire” young so I can enjoy life to the fullest.

Blog

1.Post consistently.  I absolutely flat out FAILED at this in 2017! The only way to grow this blog and business is to keep at it even when it feels like it isn’t paying off. Every successful person in this business works their butt off and if I need to step it up! 

2. Reach 10k followers on IG. “It isn’t all about the numbers.” I hear this 24/7 when discussing this business among other bloggers. I get it, we shouldn’t define our worth in the numbers BUT from a business standpoint and working with brands it IS a big component. I am just being 100% honest!!! 

3. Add more YT content to the blog. I LOVE watching youtube videos and know that a lot of you all do as well. I feel that some things like tutorials and how-to’s are just better conveyed via video.

4. Work with more brands. Working with some of your favorite brands is a DREAM for bloggers. I have a list of brands I LOVE and would love the opportunity to work with them.

5. Focusing on what makes me authentic. I feel that this is the HARDEST thing about blogging. There are SO many bloggers out there. We all shop at the same stores, by a lot of the same items, and run our operations very similarly. It is very easy to follow in someone else’s footsteps with out even trying to do so. I want to make more of an effort this year to set myself apart and really find my voice within this community. 

Ok… I am done rambling on! I hope you all enjoyed today’s post. I am a strong believer that if you put something out into the universe it will happen!! I am looking forward to hearing everyone’s goals for the new year. Feel free to leave me a comment with your goals below. 

Beauty, Fashion

2017 Christmas Wishlist + $1000 CASH GIVEAWAY

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I can NOT believe how quickly Christmas is approaching. I always try to plan ahead for the holiday season and get as much shopping done as possible but I always somehow get behind. Anyway, I always get asked what I want for christmas and never really know the answer SO I always try to think back on things I have really wanted. Here are my picks for 2017! 

Thank you SO much for stopping by and reading my post. I appreciate all the support you all continue to give. As a thank you for being so loyal, I wanted to do an AMAZING giveaway for you all! See below for details on how to win!! 

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Hi everyone! We have a super fun giveaway planned and we are all so excited to be sharing it today! I’m teaming up with some really awesome bloggers to bring you a $1000 PayPal cash giveaway! One lucky follower will have the chance to win some extra spending money this holiday season! All you have to do is enter through the Rafflecopter widget below!

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Fall, Fashion

One Sweater Styled Three Ways – Stylin’ On A Budget

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Outfit #1 Details

Sweater: The Red Closet Shop | Jeans: The Red Closet Shop |     Boots:Charlotte Russe | Hat: Forever 21 Similar HERE Earrings:New York and Company (only $10) 

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Outfit #2 Details 

Sweater: The Red Closet Shop | Leggings: BP more sizes HERE | Boots: Charlotte Russe | Scarf: Similar HERE (ONLY $12!! I just ordered!!)  Bag:Similar HERE | Earrings: New York and Company (only $10!!)

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Outfit #3 Details

Sweater: The Red Closet Shop | Leggings: BP more sizes HERE | Mules:Target | Earrings:New York and Company (only $10!!) Bag: 

Hello friends! I am SO glad to be finally getting this post up. OK.. I am going to go ahead and admit it.. these photos are not my best work. It was SUPER gloomy and I tried to make the best of it. Hopefully they aren’t TOO bad…

One of my main reasons I started sharing outfit post on my Instagram years ago was to show women of all ages, shapes, and sizes, that you don’t have to empty your piggy bank to look and feel great. I love finding good deals and sharing with you all. What I have realized that I often fail to do is to show you how to style items multiple ways. I have decided to start a new series called “stylin’ on a budget”. I am going to pic 1 or 2 affordable or budget friendly items and style them a few different ways.

Today’s budget find is an oversized stripe sweater from The Red Closet Shop  which is owned by the AMAZING Jaylnn! I absolutely adore her. Her shop right now is currently ALL priced at $9.99! It is definitely worth checking out. She has some adorable items.

As you can see above, I styled the same sweater 3 totally different ways. When ever I am shopping I try to think of 3 different ways I can style the item before buying it. I used to be SO bad about buying things that were super trendy and really could only be worn one way. I felt like I was constantly walking into my closet and not “finding” anything wear and doing this has helped tremendously. 

I hope you all enjoyed today’s post and are looking forward to seeing more post in this series. Feedback is always appreciated so feel free to leave me a comment. If you aren’t subscribed to my blog I highly recommending doing so. I will be doing a HUGE holiday giveaway and my email subscribers will get notified first.

Thanks for stopping by. XO

Fashion

2017 Black Friday + Cyber Monday Sales Round Up & My Picks

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are in full swing. Below I have rounded up the best sales and shared some of my picks from a few of the sales that I have taken advantage of. I will be doing a haul of the items I purchased once everything comes in, but wanted to go ahead and share with you all so sales I think are worth checking out. 

ASOS  30% off with code:EPIC30.

BOOHOO 60% off everything.

CHARLOTTE RUSSE Entire store $25 or less.

EXPRESS Up to 50% off everything.

FRANCESCA’S  30% off entire site.

FOREVER 21 Up to 80% off sale.

J CREW 40% off everything.

LOFT 50% off everything.

NORDSTROM Extra 20% off sale items.

OLD NAVY 40% off everything.

SHOPBOP  Get 20% off $200+/25% off $500+/30% off 800+

TULA 25% off site wide.

Below I have linked items that I have styled that are on sale. 

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Cardigan ($8!!) | Jeans | RayBan (20% off!!)

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Curling Iron I use! ( I really want THIS one and its 25% off right now.)

Be sure to keep an eye out on my Instagram and IG stories. I’ll be sharing items I find on there! 

I hope you all are enjoying these great deals and  enjoying your holiday break! XO

Fall, Fashion

A little sleeve detail and my favorite jeans feat. Express

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Top: Express| Jeans: Express | Boots: Charlotte Russe| Bag: Similar HERE

I am SO glad to be writing today’s post. The past week or two has be quite interesting. To top it off, my hard drive with literally EVERYTHING on it died on me this past weekend. Thankfully I was able to recover most of it. (Insert praise hands emoji here!!) 

I wanted to share this top with you all the second I got it. I snagged it from express and have been OBSESSED with them lately! Mainly because their jeans fit me so well. I have a smaller waist, wide hips, and long legs so I always struggle to find jeans. What I love about Express and their jean selection is that they offer their jeans in short, regular, and long. 

Every time I wear jeans from Express I get SO many compliments on how good I look and how skinny I look. I always credit the jeans because they really suck everything in. If you are in the market for good jeans that are affordable, I highly suggest looking into Express

I posted another blog post talking about Express jeans a while back and shared a few of my favorite pairs. You can check out that post HERE! Express is currently having 50% off!!

I have linked a few of my favorite pairs of Express jeans in the widget below!

I have linked a few of my favorite Express tops in the widget below! 

Thank you for stopping by! Anyone else SO ready for Thanksgiving? What are your plans this year?!