It's crazy for me to think how when I started this blog two years ago, I owned literally two pairs of workout pants, one sports bra (yes, one), one pair of gym shoes and I wore old t-shirts to the gym. Activewear felt like a waste of money to me because the gym was just a place I went to 3-4 times a week to get on the elliptical until I no longer felt guilty about that day's indulgences, and then I went home. 

Nowadays, as a person who works out 6 days a week (often twice a day!) and works as a personal trainer, I feel like all I'm ever in is gym clothes.. so they better be cute! My #1 favorite place for cute workout gear has been TJ Maxx for a long time, because they had such a large variety and prices for tops, bottoms and sports bra's ranged from $10-$25 usually. But I now have another activewear provider that is challenging TJ Maxx's first place position in my heart.. and that is Fabletics.

Fabletics is a monthly subscription service that provides customers with several different activewear outfits to choose from every month (and by several I mean like 15-20+), and for anywhere between $50-80, you get to choose an outfit consisting of 2-3 pieces and it gets shipped to you. What I like also is that should a month come where you don't like any of the outfits, you can skip that month (as long as you designate in your account by the 5th of the month that you want to skip!). I've ordered two outfits from Fabletics in the last few months and I was very happy with both. High quality, cute, and fun colors!

This outfit in particular can be found here, and the scarf here.


September 2014 Favorites! [Beauty, lifestyle, food & fitness]

One of my favorite type of posts to read (or video to watch) is someone's favorite products or things they've been loving lately. It's always been a fun way to find out about other things I might like, so maybe you guys will find a new favorite in the post below! This is a collection of a few things I really loved in the month of September. 

Jumping right in here!


The Nudes palette by Maybelline

I briefly reviewed and swatched this palette here and did a makeup tutorial with it. I purchased it to bring on my trip to Disney and have been addicted ever since. It's a great budget-friendly neutral eye shadow palette for anyone looking to try some nice everyday eye looks or something a little smokier. Can be purchased at most drug stores!

A Couple Nail Polish Favorites!

Most of the polishes I wear are some shade of blue, purple or red/pink, so these were an easy grab at my local TJ Maxx when I spotted them (and for two name-brand polishes at $2.99-$3.99 a piece? Take my money.) Both wore without chipping for at least several days (which is miraculous on my nails). Left is Sylvia by Julep, right is Chills & Thrills by Essie.


My Everyday Eye Makeup Tutorial! (and mini Maybelline The Nudes Palette Review & Swatches!)

Good morning and happy Saturday, friends! Ever since my first round of blogging (about two years ago!), one of things I've had requested again and again is how I do my makeup how you see me wearing it on the blog (or Instagram, or wherever you know me from!). I am about as technologically advanced as the average nursing home resident, so I've avoided making videos at all costs, but I finally sucked it up and made a video tutorial of how I do my eye makeup! Check it out below!

The palette I used for this video is the Maybelline The Nudes palette. I picked this up at a drugstore a few weeks ago and to be honest, I wasn't crazy about it at first. I've been using a higher-end palette for the last year (Lorac's Pro Palette to be exact) and it's hard to go from using a high-quality eye shadow to a slightly-less quality eye shadow because the consistency, pigmentation and ease of use is just completely different. But after playing with it a little, I really like the Maybelline The Nudes palette. The colors are perfect for a neutral palette and for being a drugstore product, the shadows are generally quite pigmented and blendable. For 12 eyeshadows for around $10, it can't be beat!



Sweater: HM
Skirt: Love Culture
Purse: HM
Heels: Target
Necklace: Gift from husband
Nails: Dress to Kilt by Essie (2014 fall collection)

Oh, how I've missed blogging! And wearing and photographing cute outfits! And dodging traffic as I attempt to take blog photos in the parking lot of my apartment complex during rush hour!

To be completely honest-- I've yet to wear this outfit out of the house. But I've been thinking about this outfit since the moment I acquired this sweater at HM a few weeks ago. As you may or may not have read in my last post, I'm a personal trainer now. So my day to day outfits consist of: yoga crops, Nike's, and v-necks with "ANYTIME FITNESS" plastered across the front. Not exactly up to par with the clothes I used to wear as a realtor. 

But back to this outfit. I bought the sweater and could see this outfit come together in my mind. And I was determined to find a way to wear it. So far, all I've come up with is this: wearing it in the parking lot while my husband photographs it. But word on the street is that someone is going to take a hard-working little personal trainer on a date to an extra long play this upcoming weekend. And that personal trainer is me. And that "someone" is my husband. Or any woman, man, small child, or blood relative willing to sit through a 3+ hour play with me. I'm not picky. ;-)


Hello again!


So after a very long leave of absence (almost a year!), I've decided to come back to the blogging world! I've missed it so much! I love the community and the connection that blogging always brought to me, and I can't wait to utilize my blog more to help and hopefully entertain people once again in a number of ways, including some new ones!

I plan on taking the theme of this blog in a slightly different direction than it has been in the past, which was mostly style and beauty. While I still definitely plan on having plenty of elements of style and beauty involved (because it's still a passion!), I also plan on including a lot more health, food, and fitness related posts. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know most of what I post about is fitness or food related... with elements of cats, nail polish and selfies, of course! ;-)

I'm changing the theme of my blog for a number of reasons, but the main one being that I (and what is important to me) has changed significantly over the last 18 months. I've also had a career switch: I was formerly in real estate and now am a Certified Personal Trainer at a local gym. I would definitely consider this my "dream job" and am incredibly happy and fulfilled by what I do. I love helping people, and I hope to share some of what I do here on the blog as well!

So if you're a previous reader reading this right now, then hello, welcome back and leave a comment reminding to come visit your blog and catch up with you! And if you're a new reader, introduce yourself in the comments and I'll be sure to check you out too!