The more I hustle, the more I crave clothing that’s comfortable and functional, so when I had the opportunity to partner with TEMA Athletics, it was a match made in heaven! The clothing from this brand can literally go from day to night with little to no effort. Plus all of the items are the highest quality and are available in sizes XS-3X. What do I love the most? TEMA is all about women empowerment and inclusivity no matter where you are in your fitness journey!
This series is part of the 10X10 Spring Challenge. For more information on what it is and how it works, click here.
This post is a deviation from my typical fashion post and capsule wardrobe series, but I felt like I wanted to share something a bit deeper today. Hope you enjoy!
For the past few weeks I have felt incredibly uninspired and depressed. Last month I turned 35, but I don’t really think the age thing is a factor (although I didn’t realize it until I saw it listed somewhere about a week and a half later and thought that I was 34). Oh brother! I seriously didn’t know and neither did my husband.
Valentine’s Day can be a bit of a downer. Either you don’t have someone to spend it with, you want to do something extravagant and end up disappointed, or maybe you’re like myself and don’t really care much about it. Instead of feeling down and out, I want this Valentine’s Day to be your best one yet and make it all about you!
After taking a blogging break, I realized how important self-care really is. It can be so transformational! Rarely do people take time to celebrate the small wins or treat themselves just because. This is why corporate America invented vacations and paid time off. If you need a break from your usual gig, then you definitely need a break from everything else.
That’s why, for February, I challenge you to pause and do something thoughtful for yourself. It doesn’t have to be on the 14th, but anytime during the month.
Celebrate Yourself with Self-Care!
Keep in mind that treating yourself doesn’t need to be extravagant or cost a lot of money. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Take a bath. My absolute favorite form of self-care! I run the bath water, add in some Epsom salt, and tell my husband to pretend that I’m not there. If candles and wine are your thing, bring those too and give yourself 30-60 minutes to unwind with no interruptions. I personally like to watch Hulu when I’m in the tub, but closing your eyes and listening to soothing music or even nothing at all can do wonders.
Curl up with your blanket, furry friend, and a good book or show. I love snuggling on the couch with my heated blanket (the best gift ever) and my fur baby! It’s one of my favorite things to do and makes me feel so relaxed and loved. I always try to savor the moment and take a snapshot in my mind of that exact moment.
Pamper yourself at the spa or get a massage. I recently went to the spa and got my eyebrows waxed. They were beyond scary! Taking care of yourself, even when it’s something necessary, can provide an instant pick-me-up. Schedule your mani/pedi or that wax you’ve been neglecting and zone out for a bit.
Shopping date with your bestie or dinner and a movie. If staying in is more your thing (aka me), do a movie night at your place with popcorn and snacks. Party straws anyone?
Go for a walk and jam to your favorite tunes. This is probably my second favorite way to relax. I can’t even tell you the last time I listened to the radio because I’m always listening to a podcast or Spotify. Give your mind a rest and switch from a podcast or entertainment to some mellow tunes. On the flip side, if you’re always listening to music, change things up and find a good podcast. Whatever your interests are, I guarantee there is a podcast out there on the subject.
Learn something new. This one is huge! The primary reason that I stepped away from blogging was for health reasons. During the break, I began meal-prepping and learning how to cook. Eating healthy not only benefits my insides but also gives me a confidence boost. I highly recommend challenging yourself to try something new and get outside of your comfort zone!
If you enjoyed today’s post, leave a comment and let me know how you will be celebrating yourself this month.
Thanks for reading!
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So I’ve been toying with the idea of introducing a new blog category. When I started blogging over three years ago, I would occasionally share a lifestyle post. As I went along, I ultimately decided to stop including them. Narrowing your blog focus is key, with the idea that if you’re talking to everyone, you’re talking to no one. I agree with this to a certain extent, but after talking with my blogger friends, and seeing a decline in Instagram engagement, it occurred to me that being unique and sharing more of who I am is the key to long and lasting relationships with my readers.
Keeping It Real + Blog Update
The blogging community is beginning to feel pretty stale and formulaic with the constant drive to sell and promote. Blogging used to be a means of sharing hobbies and interests rather than being so focused on business. These tactics keep things afloat and produce revenue, but it’s also important to remain authentic and mix in non-sponsored/brand-related content.
With that said, I want to be able to share more of myself and build upon our common interests. I know I can’t get behind a brand or person without knowing their back story so why should you?! I will still be sharing fashion and beauty posts but will be mixing in the occasional wellness or lifestyle post too. This new ad hoc series will be called Pause & Reflect and will be tagged under the lifestyle category.
The comparison game has been a hot topic in the online world lately. Remember, we are all unique and have so much to offer. It’s those who embrace their differences that stand out from the crowd and become the person that people want to follow, so be appreciative of your uniqueness and keep your head up.
If you’ve stuck around for this rant, thank you! And if you’re excited for more “real-life” posts, leave a comment. I love hearing from you and hope you will be inspired by this new series. And if you’re only here for the fashion, you can ignore these posts and just look at the pictures and shopping links. Win-win! 🙂 Thanks for reading!
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I polled my Instagram audience and asked whether you wanted to see a reflection post or a top 10 post. It was a tie, so I decided to do both! My reflection post is here and keep reading for my top 10 posts of 2017!
Top 10 Posts of 2017!
Any post with a giveaway ranks high. With that said, Pixi beauty is a well-respected drugstore brand that is affordable and effective. In this post, I share about the products I’m liking in addition to several other Pixi reviews and shopping links.
I wrote this post in my first year of blogging and later updated it. What a timely post! It will definitely help you refocus in the new year and get things in order.
I teamed up with Stitch Fix in their My Body My Style campaign. For this collaboration they featured me on their blog and gifted me a shopping credit. If you’re in a style rut or need some inspiration, I highly recommend you read this post and sign up for Stitch Fix!
One of the perks of blogging is that you get to partner up with small business owners. Monifa had just launched her line and approached me to collaborate. Her pieces are gorgeous and I was ecstatic to partner with a fellow female entrepreneur!
This post is also a great one for the new year! Surprisingly, I had forgotten some tips and am finding them useful. This is definitely a must-read.
Do you have clothes in your closet with the price tag still on them? What about buyer’s remorse? If so, this post is for you! The key takeaway: invest in what you want from the beginning instead of cutting corners because it will ultimately save you money.
In this post, I show you how to maximize your wardrobe without feeling overwhelmed. It’s full of actionable tips that you can begin to incorporate today.
Toward the end of the year, I began partnering with J.Jill. This is my first post with them featuring three daytime looks that easily transition to night.
One of my biggest struggles when it comes to fashion is finding comfortable shoes! Even though this post was written in the summer, it’s a great resource for anyone who is looking to learn more about stylish comfort brands.
It has been a long-term goal for me to launch my own jewelry line. As you might have gathered, I am a big fan of jewelry and all things girly! Check out this post to see where the journey began.
Thanks for a great year! Which post is your favorite and what would you like to see more of on the blog? Let me know in the comments. Your feedback is so important.