Tuesday, August 4, 2015

How to Make a Smoothie Bowl

It's an absolute MUST for me to have breakfast every morning or I will just be no good to anyone.  Let's be honest here though, because you all know how it is.  The morning rush.  I told you guys, I'm trying to get better.  Although I have had more discipline to manage my morning time, we all need something quick and easy on those weekday mornings.  Or how about quick, easy, and healthy? Yes! 

Since I like to for the most part eat really clean, with a few exceptions at times, I always like to start my mornings off eating fresh!  This way I get my energy up, I'm able to focus, and just take on my day.  So how many of you all have noticed this new healthy food trend that is like everywhere?  Since I love smoothies anyway, I thought making this bowl would be an great option!

Making a smoothie bowl is pretty much the same as making a regular smoothie.  All you are doing is adding your fruit toppings.  You can add anything you love on top.  I stuck with yummy bananas, kiwi, and strawberries!

Step 1:  Create Your Smoothie

You want a nice consistency, one that isn't too thin.  We aren't drinking this through a straw, so you want to thicken it up a bit.  Here are the ingredients I used:

1 Banana

1.5 Cup of Frozen Berries (Raspberries & Blueberries)- I used the Wild Oats Berry Medley brand I  picked up from Walmart.

1.5 Cup of Greek Yogurt- I used Stony Field Greek Vanilla Flavored

.5 Cup of Vanilla flavored Almond Milk

You can also add a bit of protein powder to the mix as well.  Adding this keeps me full for a few hours.

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until your mixture has a smooth thick consistency.  Pour into a bowl. 

Step 2:  Add Your Toppings 

Have some fun with your toppings.  I added Strawberry, Kiwi, and Banana to mine.  You can also add some granola as well.  I like a good crunch!  So delicious and colorful!  Voila!   Your all set and ready to take on your day! 

Have you tried to make a smoothie bowl?  I'd love to hear of some of your mixtures and toppings!  Leave me more ideas and receipes below!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

My Beauty Wish List

My Beauty Wish List

When it comes to cosmetics I consider myself both a drugstore brand and high end type of girl.  As the years go by and I learn more about makeup application, I understand the importance of more high end products.  Drugstore products will get you by but a few high end cosmetics can take you from average to stellar real quick.  Even the most natural of looks can be enhanced to the 10th power with an excellent product.

Here are a few products on my wish list that I absolutely would love to have and why I think they are the absolute BEST.  I actually just purchased one of them, the Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Liquid Lip Color in 'Aria' (so pretty!). Also listed are reasons why YOU should also get them too!

1.   NARS Sheer Matte Foundation

So what's awesome about this foundation is that it has a sheer, matte finish with buildable coverage. It Improves skin brightness, radiance, and texture. Evens skin tone and improves texture. I also love that it absorbs oil and controls shine. This foundation is best for Normal and oily skin types.  This product brightens and clarifies overall skin tone and is said that the skin becomes smoother and softer after 4 weeks.  Hmmm.  Interesting.  Worth a try right?  I've seen a few tutorials out there with this product and I've got to say, the results were A-MAZING.

2.  Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

This creamy concealer is actually coveted by make-up artists for its luxurious texture and luminous finish. It is designed to even skin with lightweight medium to high buildable coverage.  It's on my wish list because it is enriched with hydrating, multi-action skincare benefits and light diffusing technology. It creates a softer, smoother complexion while blurring imperfections and diminishing fine lines and signs of fatigue. Perfect after a sleepless night right?  It's also long-wearing and crease-proof. Paraben-, alcohol and synthetic fragrance-free.  

3.  Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

This powder has me interested because it captures, diffuses, and softens the way light is reflected on skin.  The product is also said to brighten the appearance, conceal skin imperfections, pores and wrinkles. This little bad boy has soft-focused particles that help make skin appear younger, even-toned and radiant. I mean if you can get that in a bottle and partner it with your own healthy looking skin...I can only imagine the flawlessness that will be displayed in your latest selfie.  What's also good to know is that this is a universal powder that is suitable for all skin tones and can be worn both day and night! Yesssss!

4.  BECCA COSMETICS Fine Loose Finishing Powder

I've seen and heard nothing but the best out of this product!  The final results are absolutely stunning!  The Becca loose finishing powder is regarded as the finest powder in the world.  This exclusive formulation is lightly pigmented and micro-milled, ensuring a perfectly uniform, ultra thin layer on the skin, allowing the skins natural oils to lightly shine through.  This sounds perfect for the office work week.  A little powder, mascara, and BOOM. Yes.  

5.  Stila Cosmetics Stila Cosmetics Stay All Day Liquid Lip Color - Aria

I already went out and coped this lippy because I simply could not resist!  If you know me personally or have been following me for awhile, you'll know that my signature lip color is always a berry, fuchsia, or violet color.  I just love how it looks with my skin tone.  This color is so gorgeous and I absolutely love the feel and consistency of this product. It's long lasting and I don't even think I need to put on my usual lip moisturzer before applying this product!

6.  Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Anastasia is just where it's at right now.  With this one I can just admit that because it's trending I definitely want to try the brow wiz.  My eyebrows are probably the most important when I apply any makeup.  Like, I love for them to be on point, so if this means getting the best tool smoking on the market to achieve the look--I'm with it!

7.  Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Shimmering Nudes Eye Shadow Palette

Not that I need to add yet another nude palette to my collection or anything--but really--I do. Lol.  I'll make an exception with this one.  I haven't really been into colored shadows on my eyes in a very long time!  Nude shadows just give me the natural finish that I love.  This luxurious palette looks like a winner!

8.  Estée Lauder Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Broad Spectrum 

It instantly brightens and perfects. Re-ignites the look of radiance. Reduces the look of lines. Nourishes with oil-free hydration.  I've seen this applied in a YouTube tutorial on someone with a skin tone similar to mine and HONEY YESSS!  I need it and that is all.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Distressed Denim Skirt + Stripes



It can be very easy to fall into a style rut with the same boyfriend blazer, statement necklace, and graphic t-shirt.  Trust me, I have those moments quite a bit.  It's just natural to reach for the usual suspects in my closet.  Lately, however I've been motivated to do different.  I thought about how I have so many clothes that I wear the same way all the time or items that pretty much never see the light of day because I just go to what I always wear anyway.  What a waste!

So you know I've got a thing for distressed denim jeans and today I feel like this skirt is a level up to the trend.  I like that it's laid back but lady like, especially with a chic pair of heels.  Hello two strap!  This could easily be a casual Friday look or maybe something to wear for Sunday Brunch.  The aviator shades add for an extra cool look to keep it interesting and the red lip?  Icing on the cake. 

Keep in mind that everything that is old is new again.  I literally LIVE for making things my own and this skirt looks modern when paired with classic pieces like this button down and gold accessories.  I'd like to encourage you to reinvent some of the items in your closet. 


Monday, July 27, 2015

How To Keep Your Natural Hair Moisturized

Keeping your natural hair moisturized is easier than you think.  It's very rare that I experience a whole lot of dryness.  When I do it's more than likely because I hadn't done anything to my hair but keep it tied up.  I know that if I don't apply any water or at least a hair lotion to my strands in a three day span, my hair will be crying for love.  So,  if you're wondering how you keep your hair moisturized on a regular bases, read my guide below on a few tips and tricks.

1.  Assess

First of all you want to start asking yourself a few questions and reflecting on your routines to figure out why your hair could be dry.  There are several reasons that could cause dryness like daily heat styling, using the wrong shampoos, hormonal changes, or even the weather.  Is your hair color treated?  With all of these factors you need to take that into account and pin down what could be attributing to the problem.  Did you know that hair has no natural lubrication?  So.. it relies on oils made in the hair root to keep your hair moisturized.   Sometimes hair doesn’t make enough oil, which leads to dry hair. (Likewise, roots in overdrive lead to oily and greasy hair.) As you age, your hair naturally makes less oil. Since the roots are under your skin, dry scalp goes along with dry hair. Dry scalp peels and sheds, leading to dandruff flakes on your shoulders. Something to think about, right?  Take some time to evaluate and figure out the problem.  I'd also encourage you to see a professional beautician if you are having trouble with pin pointing it.

2.  Create a Routine

As soon as I began my natural hair journey I started a hair regimen.  That is creating a routine at a certain time of the week that you do on a regular basis.  Everyone's hair type and lifestyles are different.  Be sure to base your regimen on what is appropriate for you.  Currently, I have a routine of wash, condition, deep condition, and styling.  I normally do this once a week.  It's important to cleanse the hair and scalp to free it of the build up of dirt and products.  I notice that my hair thrives best when it's cleaned, well conditioned and moisturized.  Doing this consistently just really sets your hair up to be properly moisturized all the time. You want to make sure your hair is properly moisturized before you even style the hair.  At least I do.  I also make sure to spray my hair with water every two or three days before I style it (twists, braid out, bun, or bantu).  Replinishing the hair of moisture is everything.  Pay close attention to how your hair feels.  Is it stiff or frizzy?  A great way to replenish the hair is by using of course water, rose water, or a watery based leave-in.

3.  Products

Understand that water is the ultimate source of moisture.  Our hair loves it.  Just keep in mind that water alone will not solve the problem of dryness.  You've got to seal in that moisture to avoid the frizz, tangles, and matted roots.  Go out and get yourself a few products that promote and seal moisture.  Try to avoid using mostly alcohol based products.  I'd say to make sure you have an awesome deep conditioner, Leave-in, hair lotion, and oil.  Make sure you have a great water based leave-in, a moisturizing refreshing spray, and a great oil to lock it all in, which leads me to my next point...

4.  The LOC Method

This is a great start for beginners.  If you are unsure of what you are doing definitely keep the LOC method in mind.  I think I was doing the LOC method before I even knew what it was.  Just out of routine when I would complete my weekly regimen.  Here's what it stands for: L- applying a liquid ( Leave-in Conditioner with a water base) O- for oil  or butter to be applied and finally C-styling cream or gel.  Basically it's steps in which you are moisturizing your hair and then sealing it with a hair butter or oil, so that all of the moisture is locked in. At the same time you optimally protect your hair.  These steps happen after you have washed your hair.

5.  Styling

If your hair is going through a bit of a dry spell go into heatless protective mode for a bit.  Nix the blow driers and curl wands for a while.  Try perm rods, flexi rods, or even do like a halo braid.  The style that I'm wearing in these photos are a result of perm rods. Super easy to do and no heat used at all.

I hope these steps could at least get you thinking and going on the road to better moisturized hair.  These things have worked for me but I understand that everyone's hair is different so please do a little more research if you are still struggling.  The most important thing I would say here is not to overthink anything.  Keep everything simple. Once you've got down your routine make sure your using good product and you should be good to go love.  This post is based on my experiences and includes info I've looked up on WebMD.

Oh, and down below I wanted to include a few products that your hair may like and links to some tools that can give you some heatless curls.  I really hope this helps you out.  Let me know if you have any questions.  Do you struggle with dry hair?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Leather Skirt + Denim Shirt

Leather during the summer can be a tricky thing.  The biggest thing here is how and where you do it.  Being that the piece of leather that I'm wearing here is a skirt, I'm not going to be on the verge of a heat stroke in this 90 degree weather today.  This 'skater' style definitely allows for movement and comfortability.  Also, note that if you are going to be in a temperature controlled environment for most of the day, you can certainly get away with pulling this off.  Besides, wearing the skirt this way with these cute sandals can't really be done during winter months. Unless you throw a pair of nylons or tights into the mix.  How So lets maximize this item shall we?

Pairing leather with denim was something that just naturally happened.  It's always cool to make an outfit a bit more interesting by adding multiple textures.  Plus, it's the best way to look like you really tried when you didn't on a Tuesday work morning--I'm all for that!  I'm really big on looks that you can wear everyday.  Not just for a night out or on the weekends, because hello, most of my time is spent at work.  Why not have a little fun mixing it up?  Goodbye black slacks!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Black and White Polka-Dots + Cat Eye Frames

Today I'm serving nothing but 9 to 5 work chic realness.  Lol.  Here I am just grabbing some lunch on my work break, car keys in hand and all.  People are often surprised when I tell them that 90 percent of the time my hair is up in a bun.  Especially during the work week.  I can't get over how much of a time saver it is.  Especially on a Monday or Tuesday trying to kick start my work week.  This week has gotten off to a great start.  So much better than last week and you know why?  Because I am trying to get more into the habit of proper planning.  Now don't get me wrong I am a bit of a planner, but as of late, with all that I have going on prepping the night before whether it be ironing work clothes, putting everything in it's place where I can just grab and go makes things all the more better for me.

This fit is just easy.  I like easy.  Here's a tip:  If you have trouble figuring out what to wear to work during the week, always go back to the basics by wearing black and white.  Then...just go from there. Girl you know black and white go with everything so it really ain't nothing to add like a bright color to it lip, hot pink pump or a pattern to just jazz it up.  There you go.  Super chic and just easy, ya know?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Green Summer Jumpsuit + Sephora's 'Escape to Rio' : Hot Bikini Lipstick

See!  I told you I can't stay away from one pieces!  Today I felt like wearing this beautiful green jumpsuit from H&M.  It's been on heavy rotation for the past month or so mainly because it's vibrant color and more importantly for the comfortability.  I can easily wear this from the office (maybe throw a blazer over it), to the grocery story (with a jean jacket), to a weekend wedding just like I'm wearing here and add some cool gold jewelry to it.

I love layered necklaces like the one I'm wearing here!  A great statement piece is my jam, but I also love to keep things just dainty and simple sometimes.  Add a flash tattoo and you'll be a summer goddess at the next evening cookout with friends and family.

Oh yeah, the other day I lucked up and found a lipstick I thought was gone for good.  It's from Sephora's Escape to Rio collection, which was limited edition.  It came out last summer so by the time I found out about it, the collection was gone.  The color I'm in love with and featuring in today's post is 'Hot Bikini'!  How gorgeous!  I've been sick and literally lost because I finally ran out of my 'Girl About Town' by MAC.  So I was happy to find something a little similar.  And get this girl, I only paid $7 for it.  Although most of the items I'm wearing are sold out, feel free to shop the links below and the photos above.  I found great dupes for you guys! 


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