Sunday, August 21, 2016

Weekend Wellness 08.21.16

How do you show gratitude?

Maybe I am old school, but I find that a personal, hand-written note goes a long way in showing someone gratitude. Regardless of the mode of delivery, I always try to put my words of thanks in writing; because let's be honest, who doesn't love getting a "just because" card or text from a friend? Like many other simple acts of kindness, showing gratitude can be easily overlooked or forgotten. However, this week I am going to make it a priority to let people know how much I appreciate them. How will you show gratitude this week?

Friday, August 19, 2016


Best tinted moistureizer

laura mercier vs. neutrogena

Verdict: Both options come with SPF 20, which is A+ in my book. The Laura Mercier is great, especially when paired with one of the brand's primers and comes in 12 different shades for a great match. Even though the Neutrogena tinted moisturizer only comes in 6 shades, it's much more affordable and pairs well with many other primers or BB cremes. If you are on a budget, Neutrogena is a great drug store option.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Weekend Wellness 08.14.16

Weekend wellness
This is a question I try to reflect on daily to build a habit of gratitude. From this habit I've realized that all my responses can be simplified into one category: my health. I try to live in a way that nourishes my body, soul and mind, to try be the best version of my self every single day. What are you most thankful for?

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Weekend Wellness 08.07.16

Weekend Wellness
Random text messages from family and friends, a well-timed corny joke, a glass of wine, Harry Potter weekends. Whatever makes you smile (and feel free to share in the comments!) I hope you find joy in it this week.

Friday, August 5, 2016


Best mascara

chanel vs. maybelline

Of all the beauty products I use on a regular basis, I am most particular about my mascara. Some people won't leave the house without lipstick or their hair done; I won't leave the house without mascara. If I do nothing else, I'll always do my mascara. In my opinion, the right mascara can transform your face and make you look more awake and alert. So, given my enthusiasm for the product, I've tried just about every brand out there and these two are without a doubt my absolute favorites. Before Chanel, I was an avid Dior Show user. While it was great, I knew immediately once I tried Chanel there was no going back. In terms of drug store brands, I've been a faithful Maybelline user for a long time, and loved the iterations of the Volum Express line. So, today's match up is dedicated to these two brands.

High: Le Volume De Chanel Noir Mascara; Price: $32.00
Verdict: If you can manage the price tag, there is no mascara like Chanel. However, I understand that isn't feasible for everyone and Maybelline is a great alternative. Pro tip: if you are a mascara enthusiast like I am and want an ultra-dramatic look, layer the two. Curl your lashes, start with a coat of Maybelline, followed by Chanel. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Introducing Weekend Wellness

Weekend Wellness

Baton Rouge, Istanbul, Orlando, Dallas, Munich. 

These are only just a FEW of the cities that have experienced tragedy and violence within the past few WEEKS. Every morning I almost dread reading the news. The constant acts of hate that fill the daily headlines have left me desensitized. For the first time ever, I felt uncomfortable in a crowded theater watching a Broadway show. It just felt like so many of the other news stories that I read; horrible acts of violence occurring at common gathering places. Sometimes the world can feel overwhelming and the ability to bring change feels impossible. While I don’t pretend to believe that a few positive messages can change the world, I do believe that on an individual level, changing your thinking can change your life. So, in my small attempt to put some happiness and thoughtfulness back into the world, I am introducing the Weekend Wellness series to W&W. On Sunday’s I’ll post a thought provoking question in effort to jumpstart the week with some positive vibes. I’ll answer my own question and encourage others to do the same. Whether you respond only internally to generate mindfulness or publicly comment on the post to uplift yourself and others, let’s just all take some time to bring a little more peace into our lives.


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