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Super Quick, Easy, Healthy Weeknight Dinner Idea

Happy Monday! I trust everybody had a fabulous weekend filled with love & bubbly. Last week I did an Instagram Story while making my favorite taco salad before heading to class and I got a few messages asking for the full recipe. Sooo, I thought since it’s Monday and who really has time to cook a full dinner anyways, I would share it with ya’ll today!

What You’ll Need:

  • A head of Organic Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 can of Black or Pinto Beans
  • 1 can of Organic Sweet Corn
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 large Organic Tomato
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 pound of Natural Grass Fed beef
  • The ranch dressing of your choosing
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Black Pepper

 How To Make It:

  1. Sautee the ground beef in a pan lined with coconut oil ( or non stick spray/oil of your choosing ). When beef is about halfway cooked, sprinkle in some taco seasoning. Personally, I like the low sodium kind!
  2. Wash all veggies & open the can of corn and can of beans.
  3. Chop romaine to desired size, place in large bowl.
  4. Strain fat/grease from the cooked ground beef and pour it over the lettuce in your large bowl.
  5. Chop the tomato and dice the avocado.
  6. Evenly pour the beans and corn over the ground beef.
  7. Place chopped tomato on top of the beans and corn.
  8. Add the diced avocado.
  9. Drizzle entire bowl with ranch dressing.
  10. Juice the lime on top of the ranch dressing and sprinkle with a little black pepper.

TA DAAA. Dinner is served! Or lunch :). How easy is that?! Only 10 steps? I’ll take that any day of the week, but especially Monday. This recipe serves about 4 and only takes about 20 min total to prepare and cook.

If anyone makes it, let me know how it turns out! What’s your favorite quick, easy, healthy weeknight dinner?

DIY Coffee Scrub Aka Cellulite Blaster

DIY_coffee_scrubI don’t want to make some crazy assumption here… but I’m pretty positive that we all have a little bit of cellulite somewhere on our bodies. I guess it’s just a kind of a part of being a woman?

Personally, I’ve found that even when I am working out very regularly and eating like a total champ, I still have this little section of cellulite just right underneath my butt cheeks. TOTALLY ANNOYING.

I’ve read for years about how using a coffee scrub on your effected areas ( when combined with eating healthy & exercising of course ) can help drastically reduce the appearance of your cellulite. But is it true?? Could it really be that easy?

Well, I figured why don’t we all try it out together and find out for ourselves?!  I scoured Pinterest for the best DIY coffee scrub recipes to come up with my own that resulted in this:

DIY Coffee Scrub Aka Cellulite Blaster:

1/2 cup of brown sugar.

1 cup of coffee grounds ( don’t use decaf!! )

3 tbs raw organic coconut oil.

All you do is combine these ingredients together and store them in a glass container. I keep mine in my shower so it’s convenient to use every day.

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How it works:

Cellulite is formed when fat cells push into the skins middle layer, pulling on the connective tissue, causing the dimply look. It’s appearance can be effected by diet, hormones, metabolism, even the thickness of your skin.

The antioxidants and caffeine in the coffee dilate & stimulate your blood vessels, which in turn, tones & tightens your skin and tissue. The sugar further exfoliates the dead skin cells away, while the coconut oil gives you a healthy dose of plumping and hydration.

Apply your scrub in small circular motions to the affected areas for a few minutes each day. Think of it as giving yourself a nice little caffeinated massage. Rinse with warm water and pat your skin dry.

That easy! If you’d prefer to just buy a scrub instead of making it yourself, this is one of the best ones I’ve found.

So let’s all do this together for a few weeks then report back here to see if it helped?!

Also, even if you are not a sufferer of cellulite, regular exfoliation of the skin on your entire body is very important! Using a coffee sugar scrub will not only make you feel like you are majorly pampering yourself, it will wake up your senses, and help your skin be the healthiest it can be.

Total WIN WIN WIN in my book.

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What are ya’lls favorite ways to exfoliate? Has anyone tried a coffee scrub for cellulite??

Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies With A Lemon Glaze

Hey hey! I thought we could celebrate the summer months coming to an end ( even though the Texas weather definitely has other plans LOL ) with one of my favorite dessert recipes. These cookies are semi healthy, minus all the butter… fruity and easy peasy lemon squeezy! See what I did there 😉

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I discovered this recipe on Pinterest and have kind of changed a few things and made it my own. The original recipe calls for 2 whole cups of sugar – one cup of regular, one cup of brown. Instead, I do half a cup of coconut sugar and half a cup of brown sugar. The two other changes I made are a tsp less vanilla, and a lot more oats then it calls for. You can make the original recipe, or my adaptation, either way, you are about to have a major dessert HIT on your hands! The cookies only take about 30 minutes total to prep & bake and will make your house smell seriously mouthwatering.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder ( preferably aluminum free, Trader Joes brand is a good one! 😉 )
  • 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of Coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 3 – 4 cups of Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 – 2 cups of Organic Blueberries
  • 1ish cup of powdered sugar
  • Juice of 1 – 2 whole lemons

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk your flour, baking soda and salt together in the small bowl, then set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter and both sugars in a mixer until lightly fluffy.
  4. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
  5. Stir in the flour mixture by hand using a rubber spoon or spatula, then gently mix in the oats and blueberries, careful not to break any of the berries.
  6. Roll dough into twoish tablespoon sized balls, and place about 1 1/2 inches apart on your baking sheet.
  7. Bake for about 12 minutes.
  8. Cool the cookies ON the baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack.

Lemon Glaze Directions:

  1. Mix together powder sugar & lemon juice until you reach your desired consistency.
  2. Drizzle onto cooled cookies.

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TA DAAA. You made delicious cookies that everyone in your life is about to be obsessed with!  Also they are great for breakfast, because ya know, blueberries & oats… 😉 #yourewelcome

Any questions? What are ya’lls fave summer dessert recipes?

 

Fall Wardrobe Wishlist

Happy Monday! Guys, my whole pinterest has been nonstop fall/holidays. The people who follow me are probably like “uhhh does this girl know it’s still August or….?” LOL but I just can’t help it! Fall is & always has been my favorite season! And every single year I have the same amount of excitement.

This year feels different though. I think it’s because Chris and I have our own little house now and I get to seriously let my decorating flag fly as high and as crazy as I want it to!

One of my favorite parts about fall though is the clothes *insert heart eyes emoji here* because if I’m being completely honest I just really don’t like summer clothes. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I adore dresses! But shorts, tank tops, etc, just not my thing, ya know? Sweaters, boots, jeans, scarves, though…. YES PLEASE. I don’t know what it is but I always just feel prettier and more myself in the fall. Is that totally crazy? LOL.

So today I put together a nice little fall wardrobe wishlist of what’s currently in all my carts online. It’s kind of a disaster and all over the place, just like my brain at the moment. I’m just so excited and had such a hard time narrowing it down! I hope you all enjoy! 🙂

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  1. Wine Pullover Sweatshirt – It’s a weird dream of mine to own a Wildfox sweater and this one just screams MADISON for very obvious reasons… lol. Plus its such a great color for fall.
  2. Vici Dress – OK if ya’ll haven’t been shopping this brand YOU ARE NOT LIVING. Every single thing on website is amazing, stunning, gorgeous. The brand is perfection. I am obsessed and want literally everything. Somehow I narrowed it down to a few for this post, but just be warned if you visit this website you’re going to want everything!
  3. Mustard Lace Up Sweater – I love anything that laces up and I love anything mustard yellow for fall. This color looks so good with black & leopard! Obsessed.
  4. Camo Drop Shoulder Sweater – I have been loving camo lately and I think this would look so cute dressed up a little bit with black jeans and heeled booties or dressed down with leggings by the fire for a night in!
  5. Vici Off The Shoulder Sweater – Another Vici item, another obsession. Olive green is MY COLOR ( maybe one of the reasons I love fall clothes so much! ) and how cozy is the off the shoulder look?! Another piece that would look amazing dressed up or down.
  6. Rose Ruffled Sweater – I am really into ruffles this season, and this rosy color is the perfect transitional hue from summer to fall. Winner all around!
  7. Black Distressed Madewell Denim – I mean these are the literal perfect black distressed jeans. Need I really say more?
  8. Tan Ribbed Sweater – I love the wide ribbing, the open sleeves and the color. Would work with a leopard scarf and booties perfectly! I can see it in my head now :). Perfect for when it’s just chilly enough, ya know?
  9. Tortoise Shell Sunnies – I love love love big matte black sunnies and big tortoise shell sunnies for fall. They just match everything! And look so chic.
  10. Too Faced Natural Eyes Pallet – DREAM COME TRUE in an eyeshadow pallet. I have dark brown eyes and neutral colors look best on me. For those of you that don’t have brown eyes, neutral colors look amazing with all fall clothes! Such a fun time of year to experiment with makeup too!
  11. Olive Green Duster – I just love a good duster. This one seems lightweight enough to be just warm enough and would add so much chicness to any outfit you put on!
  12. Vici Cream V Neck – VICI DOES IT AGAIN. I mean how comfy does this look?! And with layered gold necklaces?! Fall perfection.
  13. BP Black Ribbed Boatneck Pullover – BP is suuuuch a good, inexpensive brand for sweaters! They are so comfy, have the perfect fit, and stay in perfect condition no matter how many times you wash them.
  14. Camel Cashmere Sweater – Camel & Cashmere. ( I feel like I should have named my blog that… haha ) Two fall staples in my opinion!
  15. Leopard Slides – How cute are these?! I love leopard ( really anytime of year ) for fall! It matches with all the colors and adds a little pop anytime you want it.
  16. Dainty Gold Chokers – The perfect addition to any outfit, really.
  17. Fuzzy Leopard Sweater – More leopard, what can I say 🙂 but seriously how cozy does this look?

 

What’s on ya’lls fall wish lists?!

Some Life Updates

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Hey hey happy Monday everybody! These photos have nothing to do with this post, the photographer from my Working With Women post just sent them to me last night and I’m OBSESSED so I just had to post them haha. Anywhooo, I hope you all had fun, productive, possibly champagne filled weekends 🙂 I am still majorly cramping ( sorry if that’s TMI ) from my IUD Insertion a week ago so I did a lot of relaxing around the house. On Sunday though I completely re did an old dresser and it turned out SO CUTE I want to show literally everyone I know.

I would show ya’ll right now BUUUUT this brings me to my next point…

So you know how I’ve been talking about us moving for like a month now on here? Well what happened was, our apartment lease was up at the end of June. Chris was interviewing for a bunch of different jobs all around the metroplex and we just didn’t feel comfortable resigning the lease where we lived just in case his job ended up not being near there. SO his sweet parent’s said we could move in with them until we figured it out.

We’ve been at his parents a few weeks now and thankfully we haven’t really unpacked any of our stuff ( even though I think I might actually be slowly going insane because of the clutter that’s currently surrounding me everywhere I look LOL ) because he got a job over an hour away from here and we found THE CUTEST LITTLE HOUSE EVER to rent closer to his work. So this means were moving again!

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So, back to the dresser. I have biiiiiiig plans for this little house, ya’ll. Big. Plans. I’ve never really had my own “home”. In college I lived with roommates, and yes, I got to decorate my room how I wanted to, but the rest of the apartment was always shared with other girls. Then, when Chris and I moved in together, he had actually already been living in the apartment and I just kinda brought all my stuff in and had to find places for it. This is the first space where we’ll be moving into together, at the same time, and it just feels really really special to me.

I’m seriously giddy thinking about having each of our families over for dinner and cooking for everyone, having “grown up” dinner parties and game nights with our friends, and really being able to go allll out on decorations for the holidays. Like I CANT WAIT to give candy to all the little trick or treaters in the neighborhood on Halloween and seriously don’t even get me started on my plans for Christmas because I could talk about that for forever.

But unfortunately we are not billionaires which means I unfortunately cannot buy all the furniture and decor that I want for this house all at one time. So that means re doing old pieces and making them new again, and slowly getting one room finished at a time, as we can afford it. I completely plan on bringing you guys along for the whole journey because I know I can’t be the only interior design lover on a budget out there, am I right?!

I don’t want to show photos of the dresser yet because I want our bedroom to be finished and exactly how I want it, before I photograph it and post it on here. I plan on doing tours of each room as I finish them, I cannot wait!

I just want the house to feel cozy, welcoming to guests, comfortable, and relaxing. Think plants, neutral colors with pretty light greens and lots of natural wood accents.

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OH, and before I let you guys go ( if you aren’t sick of reading this entirely too long of a post already LOL ) I have another life update! I am starting school to get my estheticians license at the end of August! YAY. You guys I don’t know why I didn’t think of doing this sooner. I just kind of had a lightbulb a couple months ago while I was getting a Brazilian and I was like “ok I’m obsessed with waxing, makeup, eyelashes, skincare, oils… all things skin… why am I not doing this as a job?????” so I made plans to do it as a job! I am obviously very excited to learn everything about everything that I’m already obsessed with. I am going to do a “weekly skincare” post with something that I learned that week at school that I think ya’ll would love.

Ok that was a lot of information. I am so just so excited about life right now and it is such a good feeling!

What are some specific home things you guys would wanna see? Please, tell!

I hope you have a great Monday evening, thank you so much for reading!

Bubbly Chit Chat – 5 Secrets

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HAPPY FRIYAY YA’LL! I decided I wanted to switch up my weekly chat’s and now I’m going to call them Bubbly Chit Chat’s instead, because I want it to feel like we are sitting down, having a glass of bubbly together & chit chatting.

For this week’s I wanted to share 5 things I discovered/have been obsessed with lately that I am loving, and just couldn’t keep secret any longer.

  1. Collagen Peptides – Ok small confession, I discovered these a few months ago but with moving and currently being so unorganized, I completely forgot about them until a couple weeks ago. WHOOPS. So anyways, I’ve been mixing 2 tbs into my coffee every morning and no, I cannot taste a thing, so don’t worry about that. But you guys. It’s only been a week and my nails are noticeably stronger ( even though I have dipping powder on them, I know this because they are currently so grown out it’s horrific, but none of them have broken yet, and by this point at least two of them would have . And I totally credit that to the collagen ), my joints feel amazing ( I’ve been able to do an at home work out for the past 4 days in a row and I can’t remember the last time I did that and was pain free ), and the super fine lines that were starting to show up on my forehead look like they are being filled in and disappearing! Like I just literally couldn’t be happier. There are millions of brands of Collagen Peptides on the market currently, just make sure to do some reading before you buy. They need to be non gmo, grass fed & all natural. Super important.
  2. I found this Greek Yogurt Banana Bread recipe the other day and made it with some exxxxtra ripe bananas we had laying around in the kitchen and boy oh boy was it a HIT. I replaced the flour with oat flour and used a little extra maple syrup in place of the brown sugar. I also added a shiz ton of chopped walnuts. It turned out so moist and delicious I couldn’t not share with you all in case you all felt like doing a little baking this weekend :).
  3. Just the perfect pair of Black Aviators – I bought a pair of black aviators from old navy at the beginning of summer and they completely broke when Chris and I were in Florida and I had been on the hunt for a quality pair ever since. I was scrolling through Amazon and came across these and was so excited! Not only are they so affordable, they are made by a husband & wife duo who are so friendly, and they are polarized! Win, win, win. Also, ladies, my eyelashes don’t hit the lenses when they are on, which is a huge deal to me, so I’m sure I can’t be the only one. Support a small business and buy a pair of these! They are the perfect aviators.
  4. If you’re not on the Invisibobble train you need to HOP RIGHT ON, let me tell ya. I get mine on Amazon, but I know Sephora & Ulta have them as well. I’ve pretty much replaced all my hair ties with these babies and couldn’t be happier. They don’t leave a crease, no matter how long they’re in your hair for, they don’t slip out, and most importantly for me, they unevenly distribute the pressure of your bun or ponytail so your hair isn’t pulling on your scalp causing headaches. TOTAL WIN. I’m seriously obsessed with these things, I’m always telling everyone I know to get them, weather they have long hair or not.
  5. Pixi Beauty Multibalm. If you are branching out into the world of wearing lipstick and aren’t sure where to start I would 230937547% recommend this multi balm. It’s a “multi balm” because it can be worn on your cheeks & lips, but it’s my fave on my lips. I personally have been using the color Wild Rose, but I’m willing to bet serious money the other colors are just as insanely gorgeous. It feels like chapstick on your lips, it doesn’t smear when you eat, drink or kiss, and it gives your lips the most gorgeous natural looking color. Plus I find that it totally makes teeth look extra white, so that’s a fun little extra. It’s a matte color, so not too overwhelming but there is just a tiiiiinsy bit of shimmer that’s just GORGEOUS. I feel like it’s the perfect product to start experimenting with wearing color on your lips!

What are some random things you guys have been obsessed with lately? Wanna share??? 🙂

Let’s Get Real About Birth Control, Shall We?

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Hey, hey, miss TMI is in the building today, so if you’re a guy ( unless you would like some very honest opinions about birth control ) I’d say move along to the next post on here because I’m about to get down and dirty about my brith control experience.

When I started my period I was 16 and I was CONVINCED that I just got lucky enough to get appendicitis at the same exact time. My cramps were so bad that I didn’t sleep for two days, missed school, was permanently in the fetal position, but my mom just kept telling me that she had horrible periods when she was my age too, and basically that it was something I’d just have to deal with. I thought there was no way that this kind of pain could come from my period! Starting your period was supposed to be this magical experience where I became a woman or something, not THIS. Right?

Well we moved to Texas when I was 17 and not long after I was having another horrible period. We didn’t have any doctors or anything ( the joys of moving to a new state ) and my mom didn’t want to take me to emergency room so we took the first appointment we could get at an OB. Let’s just say it involved a very rude, old Russian man for the doctor, an internal ultrasound, and lot’s of crying, but we found out that I had multiple cysts on my ovaries. Thats what was causing me so much pain. He let us know that there was really nothing that could be done other than to wait it out until they popped on their own.

Eventually we found a fabulous OBGYN ( that my mom, both my sister’s and I all still go to ) and her and I decided that going on the pill continuously ( meaning skipping the sugar pills and going straight to the next pack – to skip my period ) would be the best course of action to take to control the cysts ( and the other super awesome period symptoms I was always suffering from ). Long story short, until about a week ago I had been on that pill, only having my period a few times a year.

There were times when my hormones would change and I’d start to notice my body reacting weird to the pill, so we would try something else for a few months. Over the years I’ve tried three different kinds of pills and the NuvaRing, but I would always end up right back on the same pill.

This last year, though, my hormones really changed. I started having 0 energy, no matter how much I rest I got, what kind of food I was eating, how much water I drank, it didn’t matter. I could sleep for 14 hours and then take a nap. I started getting a headache every. single. day. Every single day! Sometimes they were manageable, other times they would leave me in tears in bed at 6 pm with the covers over my face because I couldn’t handle the light. Chris and I started to put together that maybe it was my birth control. I started talking to one of my best friends about it and she was kind of in the same boat, and was in the process of taking with her doctor about getting an IUD.

I knew that was the next thing I needed to try. I’m at a point in my life where I do not want all those extra hormones in my body that come from the pill, and aside from not using birth control ( which isn’t an option with my cyst situation ) an IUD is the next best option.

I met up with my doctor and we discussed all the different kinds and settled on the one that worked best for me.

A few weeks later was my appointment to get it inserted and as it got closer and closer and I got more and more nervous. I started doing a little too much internet research and really freaked myself out. Everyone says that the insertion is the most painful thing they’ve ever experienced and the contractions after the fact realllllly prepare you for childbirth. I kept thinking, well pain is relative and everyone has different experiences maybe I won’t have any pain!

Which is actually hilarious because I’m the girl who takes antibiotics and has the side effects that “1 in 209487108923 million people get” and I’m also a biiiit of a baby when it comes to pain.

Long story short, I got it inserted, passed out from the pain, basically couldn’t move or eat for three whole days afterwards and am still dealing some minor cramping, but you guys, I ALREADY notice a difference in my overall mood, my energy levels and so far not a headache in sight.

I’ll have to give ya’ll an update a few months down the road when my body has really had a chance to settle and get used to it, but I can’t see myself having any issues with this IUD.

I am a little worried that I might have some hormonal issues with my body trying to balance itself out after having those extra hormones from the pill for so many years to just suddenly not having them at all. Does anyone have any experience with this? Advice?

This is just MY personal experience with birth control. Everyone is different and everyone has different needs when it comes to birth control. I am by no means a doctor or telling you that you should do one thing, or shouldn’t do something else. DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU and what makes you feel best!

I just wanted to share my story in case there was a woman out there going through something similar, feeling alone, and not sure what to do next. You’re definitely not alone!

And PS why is it that we as women have to deal with all this?! Men have it easy LOL.

Working With Women

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of doing a photoshoot completely for fun with three fabulous women, two of whom I had never met before that day. I don’t know why but I was sooo nervous! I knew that there was no pressure and the point of the shoot was for the photographer, hair stylist, and makeup artist to practice their work and get different experiences but I was just SO nervous.

I modeled with an agency a couple years ago for about a year and didn’t love it. I met some INCREDIBLE people ( which is how I was asked to do this photoshoot actually! ) and not all of it was bad, but looking back I was mentally & physically very unhealthy and always super stressed out. Not everyone was this way, but constantly being told you are not skinny enough, then being told you are too skinny, or that your hair wasn’t long enough or the right color. Or that your left eye was bigger than your right eye, so no sorry, we can’t cast you for this shoot, really starts to wear on a girl.

You just don’t forget comments like that, or how they made you feel at the time. ESPECIALLY when those comments came from other women. And those feelings can come back to you at random, for what may seem to be no good reason at all.

It doesn’t mean you don’t have great self confidence ( because we all do, RIGHT? ), it just means that we need to shift our mindsets a little bit, and be sure we have the right people in our lives.

This post isn’t meant to be a sob story, or like an oh poor Madison post, though. This post is meant to bring up the women who are a little scared to work with other women. We’ve all had experiences that made us feel less than enough, and we probably won’t forget them, but instead of letting them bring us down, we need to replace them with experiences that bring us UP.

Which is what happened a few Sunday’s ago with this amazing team of women I had the opportunity to work with. And I now feel like I have three amazing women I get to call friends that I didn’t have before.

WE HAD SO MUCH FUN. I honestly had forgotten how much fun playing with clothes, hair, makeup and a camera could be! I realized it’s all about who you surround yourself with.

I can look at these pictures and feel so great about that day and it makes me so happy!

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And I’m not saying you need to go set up a photoshoot with hair and makeup to realize that there are other women out there who you can work with to change your bad experiences to good ones. What I am saying is that is possible to find women in whatever industry you are in, weather that’s your job, a hobby you have, or even just certain stores you like to shop at, that have a similar view that you do, that can change your bad experiences to good ones.

I know, I know, you’re like “but how am I supposed to find these women?!” I don’t have a step by step plan that can help, unfortunately. My advice is to not get discouraged! Keep putting yourself out there and meeting new people anyway, anytime that you can! I can promise you that sooner or later you will find some like minded women who probably have been looking for the same thing you have!

It’s so important to bring yourself, and the people around you UP, not down. It really just makes all the difference in the whole world.

I thought it would be so fun to include how these curls were achieved! So, I had Emily write out an easy step by step on how to achieve these curls:

PHOTOSHOOT DETAILS:

Photographer: Jami Clayman | Makeup Artist: Trish Halker | Hair Stylist: Emily Alders

If you are in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and need a photographer, makeup artist or hair stylist, those are your girls!!

What are ya’lls favorite ways to meet new friends?!

 

The $21 Dollar Amazon Dress You Didn’t Know You Needed

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Happy Monday! I thought we would start the week off with a little bit of my favorite summer style – DRESSES. If I could wear a dress every single day of the warmer months, I would. And by warmer months ( I live in Texas ) I mean like more than half the year haha.

I’m learning that it’s hard, though, to find cute, QUALITY dresses that don’t completely break the bank. Total summer bummer. That is until last week when my trusty Amazon addiction did me so well yet again!

I was actually searching for organic onesies for Chris’s sisters baby shower next weekend and ya know when you click on item Amazon shows other items frequently bought with that item or similar items? Well for some reason this dress popped up under similar items while I was looking at this super cute Olive You organic once.

I was immediately drawn to the fun coloring so I clicked on it on saw that it’s originally from SheIn. If you’ve never heard of Shein before I’m so glad I have the pleasure of introducing the two of you! It’s a clothing website that sells super duper inexpensive clothes that are ADORABLE. I never visit that website and don’t want to buy like 297495 things. The only iffy thing is that because the clothes are so inexpensive you run the risk of them not being of the greatest quality when they arrive on your doorstep. I’ve gotten very lucky and everything I’ve ordered from there has turned out to be awesome, but I’ve heard some horror stories as well. Basically, just gotta risk it I guess LOL.

This dress, though, is PERFECTION. You can get it from the actual site for $20, but I chose to order it for $21 from Amazon Prime because when ordering from their website things can take a few weeks to arrive, where as with Prime it arrives within a couple days.

PS Try to ignore the wrinkles…. currently don’t have an iron LOL.

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Not only is it made with quality fabric, it isn’t see through what so ever, it’s super lightweight and breathable ( hi, Texas humidity ) and IT HAS POCKETS. I love that it’s color blocked, and the cut around the waist is super flattering!

Keep in mind that I am 5’10 so unfortunately every single dress I put on ( unless it’s a midi or a maxi ) looks exxxxtra short, so it probably won’t look as short as it does on me, on you. I also find that the coloring of this dress actually makes my skin look like it has a little color!

I paired it with nude sandals & a nude cross body bag and totally plan on wearing it to Chris’s sisters baby shower. After all, I did find it while searching for gifts for her :).

It would also be a cute dress for date night, brunch with your girlfriends, or even a comfy outfit paired with some cute patterned espadrilles for running errands.

Just an overall summer MUST HAVE in my opinion.

Do ya’ll love dresses as much as I do?! What are some quality, affordable brands you guys have discovered?

Updated Home Decor Wishlist

Happy Thursday! I’m not sure if I’ve shared this on here yet or not, but Chris and I are currently in the process of moving! I hate moving in the sense that packing is annoying and until you’re completely unpacked everything is just everywhere and you can never find anything when you need it. I love moving in the sense that it’s the perfect time to purge and get rid of everything you don’t need ( one of my favorite things EVER ) and I personally just kind of feel like it’s the perfect excuse to do a little redecorating 😉 I mean, new space new decorations, totally justifiable over here in Madison Land.

Anyone that knows me well would describe my style as “farmhouse” which I love. But sometimes I’m torn and see gorgeous rooms on Instagram that anything but farmhouse and want everything to be all boho chic with pops of gorgeous color and geometric patterns everywhere. Unfortunately the two styles just really don’t go well together ( at least not for me ) so I have to really go with what I truly love and with what works for Chris and I.

If I had my dream home everything would be wide open, white & marble with natural wood accents and hues of green with indoor plants scattered throughout the house. Chris thinks I’m nuts because “our house can’t be white” but I’m like uhhhh yes it can LOL. So finding that balance where our space feels light, open and clean, while making Chris happy with different colored accents has been a really fun challenge!

I chose the color green to add accents because I find it a very calming color. I want our home to be a relaxing space where we, and anyone that comes over, feels at home, comfortable and calm.

To add more green I’ve been on an indoor plant kick lately and can’t wait to go pick some more up when we are able to officially move in. They purify your air and can fill in an empty corner where you aren’t sure what to put there. I’m super excited and will probably do a whole post on indoor plants when the time comes.

So while I’ve been slowly going insane looking at all the clutter and boxes until we can move in and unpack ( and finally ORGANIZE the shiz out of everything ) I have been online shopping like it’s my job.

I’ve put together this collage so ya’ll can see what’s in all my online carts! Happy shopping 🙂

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#1. Indoor Palm Plant

#2. White Plant Stand

#3. Gold Framed Mirror – I plan on getting two of these and putting one above each of our nightstands on the wall.

#4. Ceramic Cactus Decorations

#5. Farmhouse Shelving Unit – Would love to use this as a makeshift bar cart!

#6. Nude Frayed Throw Pillow – How cozy would this look on the bed?!

#7. Nude Quilted Throw Pillows – Teddy totally destroyed our other couch pillows, so perfect excuse for a new pair!

#8. Clear Storage Containers – Target has multiple sizes of these! I plan on using them for pretty bathroom storage for my epsom salts, cotton pads, things like that.

#9. Woven Basket – So cute to store extra throw blankets in for the living room.

#10. Round Woven Baskets W/Lids – Saw these online on Ikea and couldn’t resist. So good for bathroom storage for things you use regularly, so don’t want stuffed in a closet, but don’t want visible either, like nail polish! Ya know?

#11. String Lights – These will be strung across our headboard in place of lamps on our nightstands.

#12. Marble Trays – I want to use the small for the bathroom counter to hold the soap & toothbrush holder. I’ll use the big one as a perfume/cologne tray on our dresser in our bedroom.

#13. Distressed Floral Knobs – I found these at Hobby Lobby and am OBSESSED. Chris is building us some farmhouse nightstands and I’m going to put these knobs on the drawers.

#14. Acrylic Drawer Organizer – I plan getting a few of these. Our new bathroom has drawers under the sink instead of cabinets so these will be perfect for organizing my makeup and other things I don’t want cluttering our counter space.

#15. White Clock – I love this clock! I will probably re paint the numbers with this pretty light green chalk paint that I have so it goes with our other decor better.

#16. Striped Throw Blankets – These are only $19 from Target and they are super lightweight, soft, and perfect for the couch! I love that colors are super neutral and not too bright. I seriously can’t decide on which one I want the most!

I seriously am SO excited to move in and get my organization & decorating on! Is it crazy how happy home decor makes me? Maybe don’t answer that LOL.

I also plan on switching us from tacky plastic hangers to these gorgeous nude velvet hangers. They take up way less space ( hi, more room for new clothes! ) and garments will not fall off of them. I want to use the nude for my clothes and get some black ones for Chris’s clothes.

ALSO, new space means stocking up on my favorite candle of allllll time. Not only is it gold so it matches but you guys, the smell, like I wish I could bathe in it and I am not even kidding. If I could have a lifetime supply of this candle I could die a happy woman.

Do you guys love home decor as much as I do?! What are you best organization tips for moving into a new space?

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