I wrote this blog post as part of a movement by Weight Watchers to encourage people to remember that loving yourself starts with taking care of your health everyday. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own. #lovehealthyme
At 28 years old, with 2 kids, I’m 134 pounds and 5’5″. (yepp–getting real here folks!) This means that I’m smack dab in the middle of “healthy” on the BMI chart and couldn’t be considered overweight (well–if we’re talking real people wise, not Hollywood, airbrushed size 0 model-wise). So I know that sometimes when I talk about losing weight, being careful about what I eat, or needing to exercise I get some funny reactions.
But the truth is, even though I might be “just right” when it comes to by the book, I know that there are many areas in my life that need improvement when it comes to making healthy choices and getting to the weight and size that are most comfortable and beneficial for me–and I’m not there yet! Also I learned the hard way as a newlywed that a “few” poor choices here and there can escalate quickly and result in weight gain that will take years to get rid of. So I’ve determined to be intentional from now on about my lifestyle and my eating habits to take the initiative and help myself stay healthy throughout the rest of my life! Because when I eat well, exercise, and reach my goals, it not only makes me healthier, I find I’m a lot less stressed, tired, and a lot happier too!
Amber’s at that stage right now where if she gets the choice of what to wear she’ll pick a frilliest dress up or church dress she can find and beg me to wear it. I remember when I was like that too, delighting in dressing up and playing with makeup and wearing dresses to school and play! Somewhere throughout the years, however, dressing up came to be associated with church and work and seen as something that was a bit of a bother and uncomfortable. Soon I came to do what the majority of the “off of work” crew in America does and began to live in jeans and a t-shirt.
How to wear it: Printed Denim
As a work from home mom of two I have to admit that I’ve been tempted at times to fall into a pattern of yoga pants and ratty t-shirts. However I remind myself that when I look great, I feel great, and that’s just a win-win for everyone in my life-even if that means the only ones benefiting from my style that day are my two kids and hubby!
Thankfully these days staying on top of the latest trends is not only easy, it can also be affordable! I’ve loved pouring over my favorite fashion blogs the last few months and seeing how other “real” people just like me are taking runway fashion and turning it into jaw-dropping every day style. Some of my favorite bloggers and friends, like Jillian from Mommy Testers, have been recently featured on the searsStyle blog, where they give inspiration on how to get the Look for Less on all the hottest fashion trends!
2013 had a bunch of amazing trends that I was absolutely in love with – from black on black, to military styled jackets, to leather and metallics, the 2013 fashion trends were all right up my alley! One trend I was especially excited about, however, was the printed denim trend!
Let’s be honest, although I do make sure to dress nicely each day, I pretty much *live* in denim. As a work from home mom in East Texas–that’s ok! It can get a little boring, however, so throwing a little print into the mix is the perfect way to shake things up and kick my outfit into high gear while still being totally appropriate for everything from play dates to dinner dates with hubby!
Get the Look: Printed Denim for Winter
Since I do live in the real world with a real clothing budget, it’s important for me to find pieces that with transition easily from season to season. So when I decided to hop into the printed denim trend I wanted a look that would easily work for winter, but that I could also wear in Spring–which in East Texas really isn’t all that far away!
For my winter look I paired the following items:
- Military Inspired Jacket in Black – I love that the zippers add extra interest and that it’s fitted to show off my shape
- Drap Neck Blouse in Hibiscus//Covington//Sears - break up a dark winter outfit by adding in a pop of color with layering
- Jeans//Almost Famous//Sears – The delicate floral pattern on these jeans adds a bit of feminine whimsy to balance out the bold and harder elements
- Zip Up Leather Boots in Black – finish the look and bring in the leather trend and mimic the zippers in the jacket.
Get the Look: Printed Denim for Spring
My look for Spring? Couldn’t be an easier transition–simply ditch the jacket!
I fell in love with this blouse from Covington. The interesting draping on top is so beautiful by itself that I don’t need to wear a necklace with it, so I stuck with some dangling earrings.
A good rule of thumb when it comes to fashion is to have only one item on your body that is tight or fitted–so if you’re going to for skinny jeans then you need a loose, flowing top! This one was perfect for the job–accentuating my curves where I wanted it to, and not hugging them where I didn’t (all moms know what I’m talking about!!). The color was so unique and perfectly flattered my skin tone. Don’t be afraid of bold colors–they’re actually very flattering if you can find them in the right shade. Pick a lipstick in a complementing shade for a look that wows!
The only thing I love more than my two new pieces is the price I paid for them–both were on sale and then at the register the cashier scanned a coupon she had because I’m a Shop Your Way Member that gave me an additional 15% off! That brought my entire total to under $40 and gave my points I can use for future purchases that will also help to lower my costs-awesome right?!
Anyone can rock printed denim–you just have to know what to pair it with! Leave me a comment letting me know what Spring Fashion Trend you can’t wait to try out!
It’s a new year and as you know I’ve been embracing it fully so far through my one word of Bless. You also know that I kicked off my “blessing” act a little early when I donated my hair to Locks of Love in November. Ever since then I’ve been trying to find a new hair care line that would be a great fit for my “new ‘do”.
Herbal Essence new Naked Collection promises to restores hair’s natural body using zero heavy residues, dyes, and parabens and the scent of grapefruit and mint was one that sounded light and refreshing. I thought it might be just what my new short locks needed, so I gladly gave all the products in the line a try-the Naked Volume shampoo, conditioner, dry shampoo, and souffle.
Legalese Nonsense: Since Amber is currently loving all things gloss & sparkles I knew that YOYO Lipglosses would be a perfect fit for me! All Santa hats, sparklingly pictures, and cute daughters are my own.
Perfect Stocking Stuffers for Girls – YOYO Lipgloss
Hopefully by now you have a pretty good idea for your main gifts, but it seems like no matter how prepared I am I always need just a few more things to fill up the stockings! When I came across these darling rhinestone YoYo Lipgloss from Justice I knew that they’d be the perfect thing for Amber this year!
It’s no secret that I looooove makeup! So when I was approached by Conde Nast to see if I’d like to try out a whole bunch of Mary Kay Makeup in exchange for re-creating a hot holiday look with my own twist, well let’s just say I was dancing around the Christmas tree full of joy and glee! (no, I’m not exaggerating, just ask my Mom-in-Law!!) I’ve used and loved Mary Kay over the years, and I remember my mom always using their foundation the entire time I was growing up.
The look I was selected to recreate was the Silver Screen Siren–the classic beauties from the 40s era! I was sooo excited because this is one of my favorite eras, so I was tickled to get to re-create it! I knew it would be the perfect look for going to the Nutcracker with Amber and Diane. There is an awesome production of it here in Tyler with accompaniment of a live Orchestra & the main dancers are flown in from the New York Ballet Company. Although I went to The Nutcracker nearly every year growing up (and was in it once!) this year was the very first time either of them had been, so we all got “dressed to the nines” to celebrate!
Since I’m currently helping run the #ThisisStyle campaign for SocialFabric my mind is now turned to all things fashion and beauty more than ever! I find myself looking at people in the school pick up line going, “Oh her outfit is so on trend!” Or, “Wow her makeup is complementing her skin tone and nails perfectly!” It’s too funny!
Because of this being very much “on the brain” I thought it would be lots of fun to bring you a few awesome posts about Looks for the Holiday — I’ll be covering clothes, makeup, and accessories — but today I wanted to start off with Nails! This is a looooong post but hang in there–I want to give you the *whole* story about this product, and remember–there’s a giveaway at the bottom!
Looks for The Holiday ~ Easy Holiday Nails
As I’ve mentioned before I’m a huge fan of pretty nails–but I hate the time and hassle they represent. So basically ever since I’ve had kids I always keep my toe nails painted (or try to–until they totally chip off..yeah….) but my finger nails are always, sadly, naked. The only time I have to do them is during the kids bath time once every couple of weeks (usually I’m working–like, yes right this second while Tyler is in the bath). I’d heard of Jamberry Nail Shields in passing but never much about them. Awhile ago a friend was posting about them on Facebook and saying how great they were and how well they’d held up against her busy mom lifestyle. I was intrigued, especially when she kept talking about how great they still were and posting pictures to prove it.
Ok–by now it’s NO surprise to anyone that I looooove makeup and that I can’t live without the most important part of it–my foundation! Though I’ve been currently crushing on the Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream from Loreal with summer ending I felt like it was time to switch to something with just a wee bit more coverage–enter the all new L’Oréal Paris Magic Nude makeup!
Now–for this product I decided to do something I’d NEVER done before and give you the full effect of what this product can do for you with Before and After selfies—that means–you see me with absolutely *no* makeup!! Yes, a little scary!
Fall Fashion 2013
I can hardly believe it but the end of the month is sneaking up super fast and with it comes back to school and that means one thing for sure–Fall is going to be here faster than I can possibly imagine! While there are many wonderful things about Summer, down here in Texas my favorite seasons are Spring and Fall. Now only do they bring much appreciated relief from the intense heat and humidity, they also allow for a little more *fun* and variety when it comes to fashion–bye bye shorts, tank tops, and flip flops; hello jackets, sweaters, long sleeves, and new shoes! Fall Fashion 2013!
Now, I have a confession to make. I’m really not much of a shoe gal. In fact it hasn’t been until the past several years that I’ve learned to appreciate the beauty of a good set of heels or a pair of Mary Jane’s. I do, however, LOVE boots. And when I say I love boots I mean….
What Makes Me Smile
It’s no secret that I love to smile! My whole life I’ve been grinning about something, it seems! Our recent vacation in Wyoming gave me even more to smile about than I usually have. One of the big reasons I was smiling up there was that my newest nephew was born during my visit! My brother has two other children, however, because we live so far away I didn’t get to see either one of them till they were both almost 1 year old and I felt like I’d missed all of their being a baby. So it was super special and precious to be able to visit little baby Titus in the hospital and hold him when he was not even 1 day old yet! It had both me and Amber grinning ear to ear! Since he arrived early I got to see him several times during our visit, and I was actually the one who stayed with his big brother and sister while he was being born–another super special experience and memory to have!