Rebecca Minkoff Unboxing #2

Hello!

If you haven’t seen the pics from the first unboxing you can check them out here. So I couldn’t help myself! I had to order another one within a two week period! I am absolutely obsessed with the color of this bag and it will be perfect to wear with white basic tops and blouses for summer. Check out the pics below:

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Gorgeous color!

Is anyone else out there a big fan of Rebecca Minkoff bags?

What is your favorite handbag brand? I will be making a new handbag wish list soon!

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Grey is my new black

As part of my spring and summer initiative to stop wearing so much black, I have begun filling my closet with many different shades of grey from grey hoodies and v necks to grey booties and beanies. Check out my grey inspiration outfits below:

So which outfit is your absolute fav? It’s hard for me to choose just one!

Is everyone ready for spring? I cannot wait for the gorgeous weather to begin!

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Rebecca Minkoff Unboxing

Happy Saturday! Rebecca Minkoff has a really good 50% off sale going on so I recently ordered the mini regan tote in the color mushroom and I was pleasantly surprised! This bag is so pretty! Check out photos below:

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This bag retails for $195. Got it on sale (and used a 15% off coupon) for $111.

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Can’t wait to pull this out of the closet for spring!

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My Favs: week of 1/15/17

I hope everyone had an amazing week! It was a bit hectic for me I had so much going on so it feels good to finally sit down after my afternoon breakfast and write about my favorites! I decided to implement a new blog series that is called My Favs. This is where I will briefly discuss a few random things that I like during that week.

Fav shoes: Mules

I am currently shopping around for some black mules that I can wear constantly during spring and summer. Since the Gucci Princetown slippers are way above my budget I decided to look for other brands that provide the similar style but lower price tag. I still haven’t made a decision yet though. Help me decide which ones I should order!mules3

Charles David Mulley Mule Slide

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Cantara Mule
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Capri Mule

Fav appliance: KitchenSmith by Bella Electric Tea Kettle – Black

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This inexpensive electric kettle is one that I needed for a while now since the cold weather started. I am an avid tea drinker so I have been shopping around for electric kettles but the problem was that even the most expensive ones didn’t have the best reviews. When I saw this one on sale at Target I decided to just go for it. I’m happy to say it was a good choice and it boils water pretty fast.

Fav smell: Bath and Body Works Eucalyptus tea stress relief candle

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I didn’t realize how much I love the eucalyptus scent until I smelled this candle inside Bath & Body Works. I will definitely purchase more candles like this soon.

Please tell me what your favs are below even if they are not listed on this post!

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Top 3 Favorite Places to Shop

Over the last four months I have been transitioning from doing the majority of my shopping at the mall to shopping online 80% of the time. Shopping online is super convenient, the inventory is ten times better, and you have the opportunity to get better pricing if you wait for the items you want to go on sale. Here are my top 3 favorite retailers:

Asos

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Asos is a huge british online retailer. The shipping costs are extremely low (under $5) and it arrives fast considering it is coming from the UK. Asos sells hundreds of different brands so I always see something fresh and new. The love the website because it is easy to look through all of their inventory, they have really good photos of the clothes, and they feature a short video of the models walking in the clothing as well. They recently started a shipping program where you can get unlimited two day shipping for $19 a year. I may participate in this later in the year. I have never returned anything that I have ordered off the site but it looks pretty simple to do returns. They provide a shipping label and you just pack it up and send it back. I also appreciate how the product detail section gives a good amount of information: what type of fabric, how it fits (true to size, oversize, etc), and how to wash it. Asos can get expensive but the key is to sit and wait for that sale!

Zara

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Zara is a retailer that originated in Spain and they specialize in getting the latest trends made fast and sent right over to the stores multiple times a week (like most fast fashion retailers I assume). I love to look through Zara’s inventory whether I’m shopping the site at home in my pajamas or going into their store. My favorite feature on their website is the option to pickup in the store within 3-5 business days. Even if I don’t feel like going to the mall to pick it up the standard shipping cost is only $4.95. I also like how the photography is very large and they have an option where you can put in your height and weight and they will help you find the right size. Zara can be a bit pricey sometimes but the quality seems to be there.

Topshop

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Topshop is another large british retailer that has stores around the country including stores inside of Nordstrom. I unfortunately do not have a standalone store close to me but I do go to the one located inside of Nordstrom pretty often. When I’m browsing their inventory online I use both the main Topshop website as well as Nordstrom. Topshop has some really unique trendy items in my opinion that I may not see on other sites like bright colored faux fur, patchwork, sequins, and embroidered items. Topshop is downright expensive and only a few items go on sale sometimes (unless it’s the holidays) but I love them anyway 🙂

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Winter Beauty Routine Jan 2017

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe new year’s eve. Before I get into what I really want to talk about, let me just say this holiday was amazing. I am so blessed and thankful to be able to travel and spend time with my family and actually take time off to enjoy myself. I’m so sad that I have to return to the regularly scheduled workday tomorrow but I’m ready to focus and work towards my new goals for 2017.

If you read my previous blog posts about skincare then you know how serious I am about tackling this dry skin issue that I have. You can view a previous skincare post here. Over the summer I was switching things up, buying new products, and it was a tough time because my face broke out and I had all kinds of acne on my cheeks and nose. After doing some simplifying I finally got it right and the dark spots have almost faded completely and my face feels quite hydrated despite the cold temperatures. So what products have I been using you ask? I’ll start with the cleansers.

Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil

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I have talked about this cleansing oil before in at least two previous blog posts (you can read one of them here) and I still cannot stop talking it. This cleanser works extremely well and it lasts for over 6 months! I just repurchased another bottle from Sephora but I am still using the old bottle that I had since June. A little really goes a long way and it works very well for dry skin and doesn’t cause breakouts. What I do is put two pumps of the cleanser in my hands and rub it on my face. Then I massage my face with the cleansing brush that I’m going to discuss next.

ProX by Olay Advanced Cleansing Brush

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https://www.olay.com/en-us/skin-care-products/prox-advanced-cleansing-system

I use the cleansing brush daily with the cleansing oil and it did take a few weeks to used to a cleansing brush. At first it seemed time consuming and ineffective but I really wanted to give it a chance. Now it’s been over two months and I am reaping the benefits and I enjoy massaging my face with it. This brush has two rotating speeds (I use the fastest speed) and is water resistant. I recently ordered a refill of the cleansing brushes so obviously I’m willing to stick with it and I may do an updated review in the future.

St. Ives Apricot Fresh Skin Scrub

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I used this scrub years ago and I missed it so much that I went out and purchased it again. This scrub is the best deep exfoliator for my face in my opinion and it is worth every penny considering it is under $10. There’s a reason why celebrities like Gigi Hadid still swear by this product. It truly works if you use it consistently. My downfall is I don’t use it consistently like I’m supposed to but I’m trying to improve in 2017. The scrub uses natural ingredients apricot and walnut shell powder to help get rid of acne and dry patches on the face. Even though the scrub is very gritty and rough on the face it doesn’t make my skin feel irritated.

Molivera Organics Argan Oil

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So in previous blog posts I raved about how good argan oil is. It truly is the best day and night moisturizer for my face. The issue in the past was the cost and I had to stop using it until I found a cheaper alternative. Well I finally did! I tried the brand Molivera Organics and they sell their products on amazon. I did research on their argan oil (which sells for $12 on Amazon! Wow!) and decided it was worth it to try it out. I’m so glad I did because it seems like it is the real deal at a cheaper price tag without sacrificing quality. It states on the amazon site that the argan oil is organic, cold pressed, vegan, chemical free, triple extra virgin and imported from morocco.

Sheet Masks

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Recently I made the switch from regular face masks to sheet masks and I am really enjoying the change. The first thing I like is the fact that sheet masks are easier and take less time to apply. When I’m applying a regular face mask I use a brush to apply the product all over my face which takes a little bit longer. When I’m using a sheet mask I just put it on my face, wait 20 minutes then take it off. After using my face feels really soft and dewey then I just apply a little bit of argan oil to add more moisture before bed.

So tell me is anyone using these products in their beauty routine? What products do you like? Please feel free to comment below.

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Motivation Monday: Start 2017 Goals Today

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For anyone out there who wants to accomplish their goals in 2017 what do you want to do and what’s so bad about starting on it today instead of the typical date of 1/1?

I mean I get it. Society has conditioned us to believe that January 1st is the date where it’s a new year so everything is all fresh and new. Your life has been reset. Everyone is buying up all of the cute planners and agendas and even the fitness centers are full of people with the “new year, new me” mentality. By the time March and April rolls around tons of people have already given up.

The hard truth that people need to understand is…..if you haven’t already started on your goals for 2017 then you are already behind. Goals need a lot more than just your commitment on 1/1. Here are a few ways to make accomplishing your goals a little bit easier for the upcoming year.

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Start

I strongly recommend today but whether it’s today, tomorrow, or christmas day make some sort of commitment. When you start on your goal it is literally just day 1. All you are doing is training your mind that this is what you want to do from now on. If you start working towards your goal on day 1 for only five minutes then guess what? Day 1 was an awesome day! How? Because you started duh!

Enjoy your journey

A lot of times we have the mentality that we will be happy after we have accomplished the goal and it just doesn’t work that way. Make a choice to be happy while you are putting in the work. There is tremendous power in daily positivity.

Have a plan for your plan

The thing about making plans is sometimes they get screwed up. Life starts happening and next thing you know you are falling behind. Create a contingency plan for your plan. Something like “if I can’t work on my goal today then I will…..”

Don’t beat yourself up

When you are trying to accomplish big things in life it is not smooth sailing. You just might fall off. Ask yourself how bad do you want it and know your why. Then just get back on track. There’s no need to be a negative nancy because you feel bad about falling off the wagon. That only discourages you more.

Don’t tell everyone your goals

Honestly if I were you I would only tell one person that you know will have your back and not ask a bunch of silly questions like “Why would you want to do that?” Everyone doesn’t think like you so other people may not agree with what you want to accomplish in life. Stop listening to what everyone else has to say about it! You only get one life.

Sometimes sacrifices have to be made

In life you can’t have it all. If you want to lose weight you can’t workout, eat fast food every night and expect to see the results you want. Making the necessary sacrifices to accomplish your goals ensures that nothing will stand in your way. Not only is it worth it but it makes you disciplined and stronger.

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