11.25.2016

best of black friday and cyber monday

Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving! Ours was extra special this year with our sweet boy. As the turkey and dressing were settling in my overstuffed belly, I took a peek at the sales that are going on this weekend. I swear, every year these sales start earlier and earlier! Some began earlier this week. I used to always go out Black Friday shopping with my mom and we had soo much fun doing that! But these days, sleep trumps the crowds... especially when you can often get even better deals online! I think we just went for the Starbucks and excitement of it all. But this year, online shopping it is.

So, with that said... my annual Black Friday guide is here! Sparing y'all the deals that just aren't worth it and getting to the really good stuff. 


AG Jeans: 30% off everything through Monday with code BF16.
The AG Legging Ankle jeans are my all time favorite.

Ann Taylor: 50% off everything through Sunday with code CELEBRATE.
I always find the best outerwear at Ann Taylor. Like this coat—is it not the most amazing thing? ...and half price! (Why do I fall deeply in love with coats and live in Charleston, where I can only wear coats three months per year!)



Arianna Belle: 15% off sitewide with code HOLIDAY16 through Monday.
Arianna makes the best pillows in the most luxurious fabrics. I love my apple green velvet pillow covers. (Just moved them to our guest room in our new house!)

ASOS: 30% off everything with code THANKFUL30.
This dress for Christmas parties!

Banana Republic:
50% off up to 5 items with no exclusions!
Two sweaters to totally get you through winter: here and here.

BaubleBar:
30% off sitewide with code THANKS30 through 11/27. Then through 11/29, save 25% off one item with code SAVE25 / 30% off two or more items with code SAVE30.
These red ombre crispin drop earrings—SO GOOD!


Bloomingdale's: 15% off $100+ and 20% off $200+, plus free shipping and returns
I just got these in black and tan. (sale on sale is a win, win!)

Cole Haan: 30-50% off entire site
Brandon loves Cole Haan and these shoes always make for a great gift for the fellas!

GiGi New York: Receive up to 35% back in a gift card, plus get a free personalized leather case.
Still loving this Madison Crossbody in Stone.

Minted: 15-20% everything!


Revolve: Up to 50% off tons of pretties.


Shopbop: 15-25% off everything with code GOBIG16!!
All about these earrings and these by Adina Reyter. I also shared a roundup of favorites here.

Sole Society: 30% off all shoes and select bags/accessories
Love this bag. 

Serena & Lily: 20% off absolutely everything with code THANKYOU
How about this amazing Riviera bar? And you know how I feel about Way Way's artwork. (heart eyes, always)


Steve Madden: 30% off everything


Tory Burch: 30% off every order of $250+, plus free shipping
I love Tory's dresses. Like this one in the most beautiful gray... and then there's this one—it's on BIG sale!

Trina Turk: 30% off sitewide


Urban Outfitters: All apparel is buy one, get one 50% off!


Amazon: too many deals to list!
Here are some favorites: eberjey pajamas / this amazing Badgley Mischka jacket / these ankle jeans / these shoes are growing on me / this gorgeous shawl coat 
Beautycounter:  Spend $125, get a free lip sheer ($30 value). Spend $250, you'll get the lip sheer AND a body oil (amazing, and a $73 value) for free!
The lip sheer and the body oil are two of the best sellers and big loves of mine.

Will update as I find more deals! xo 

11.23.2016

gift guide: from Shopbop

I love stocking up on gifts from Shopbop because the selection is so big. I've gone through the site and picked out my favorite gifts!




11.22.2016

best baby registry items (and what I would do differently)


I've been planning this list for months. I've been making notes of our most used, most loved baby items to share with you because all of the baby stuff is totally overwhelming and I'm hoping this may help some of you new mommas! As a researcher by heart, every single item on this list has been studied, dissected, compared, and tested. I've tried a LOT and I'll be honest, some of the things I originally had unfortunately had to be exchanged because they just didn't work for us. But the stuff I have on this list is what I'll stand behind 100%! Also, I tried to keep this as minimal as possible, but the truth is...nothing about having a baby is too minimal. They come with a lot of stuff!

Watson is almost 8 months old now and we finally have a good feel for the baby gear that we probably could have left off our registry and the things that have been worth their weight in gold! Sharing the MUSTS today and some things I maybe kinda woulda done differently if I could go back and re-register. Hope this is helpful for any new mommas who are totally overwhelmed by all the THINGS like I was at first! 

Nursery

  • CHANGING PAD
  • CHANGING PAD COVER (2): This way one can be in the laundry while the other is in use. the ones we got are around $8 each and great quality.
  • CHANGING PAD LINERS (pack of 2-4): To put on top of the changing pad cover because.... there will be blowouts often and these are easier to wash than the whole pad cover. also for diaper changes on the go—I always have one in my bag. I registered for one pack but then went and bought an extra pack!
  • EXTRA CRIB SHEET: Our extra sheet is amazing and under $9. we put it on when washing our good one.
  • MATTRESS: The one we have is an Amazon best seller and is around $60!
  • GLIDER: My recommendation is if you're going to splurge on something, make it the glider. Ours is from Celadon Home and can be used as actual living room furniture when we are through the baby years. It's so comfortable, which is important because it gets a lot of use.)
  • DRAWER ORGANIZERS: Baby clothes are small and don't stay tidy very easily when stacked. Enter, this set. I use one total set in our Ikea Hemnes Chest and it's perfect to keep everything from clothes to the diaper changing stuff all organized.
  • BABY MONITOR

Gear

  • SWING: All babies are different, but I couldn't get Watson to enjoy those fancy, pretty swing/rockers like the Mamaroo, Rockaroo, or the Nuna Leaf/Wind. My mom said, "Try a swing!" and as much as I thought they were clunky and hideous, I am so, so glad we did. Our swing has been my saving grace because he loved it from day one and continues to take his naps in it now at almost 8 months. We love the Graco Duet Oasis Swing with Soothe Surround Technology and the Fisher Price Cradle 'n Swing in Safari Dreams.
  • BOUNCER SEAT: (or any seat that is easy to move around the house and doesn't plug into a wall) we have the Baby Bjorn Bouncer and it's great because Watson used it at 2 days old and can continue to use it up to 2 years old. The DockATot would serve this purpose too! See below.
  • DockATot: the DockATot is by far our most used piece of baby gear. if you're questioning it, DON'T. I raved about it herehere, and here. Allows you to plop the baby down anywhere throughout the house and beyond. Helped Watson sleep totally through the night by 3 months old (we put in crib even though it wasn't recommended, but as soon as he started rolling over we took it out and only used it for naps and laying around the house!). Allowed us to bring him into bed with us in the mornings for some snuggles and naps without fearing that we were going to roll over on top of him. Take to the beach or grandma's house. Put it down on the kitchen floor. Do anything with it because you will love being able to lay your baby down anywhere while knowing he/she is totally safe and secure. 
  • PACK 'N PLAY/TRAVEL CRIB: Ok, we have two, but you really just need one. We have the Graco Pack 'n Play Playard Newborn Napper Oasis with Soothe Surround Technology, which is a great one if you want something to keep set up at home in addition to traveling. It has a bassinet, bouncer seat (would eliminate the need for registering for a separate one!), diaper changer, and room at the bottom for the baby to sleep or play. On the other hand, we also have Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light which, I'm telling you, is the way to travel. It pops up and collapses into a small bag in just seconds—plus it weighs only 13lb. (Don't forget to register for a sheet for the pack 'n play/crib, too!)

  • CAR SEAT/STROLLER TRAVEL SYSTEM: Trust me, when you're maneuvering around with a little baby and running errands, a carrier/car seat that easily transfers from the car to the stroller is worth it's weight in gold! Our Uppababy Cruz Stroller and Mesa Car Seat doesn't require any adapters at all—the car seat just snaps right in the stroller. I love that it's compact, but feels very substantial. This is small enough that it doubles as an umbrella stroller for us.
  • BABY JOGGER SUMMIT X3: I'm not a big jogger, like at all, but this stroller has been one of our most prized baby items! If you love being outside, you'll love something with all-terrain tires like on this (it glides so well!). It has a compact fold, hand-operated brakes, wheel locks, all-wheel suspension, and a HUGE canopy with little panels that flop open for breathability! It can also work as a travel system with adapters. I absolutely, positively love this stroller.
  • STROLLER ORGANIZER: We have a different one, but I've heard amazing things about this one and it's $9.
  • SOLLY BABY WRAP: Especially for when the baby is too small for a carrier, these wraps are easy to use, oh so comfortable, and beautiful too! There's nothing sweeter than being able to kiss your baby's head as he is sleeping on your chest in this. Also, being hands free is priceless. You know, those time you kinda need to brush your hair or do some dishes.

Diapering, Washing, & Care

  • THERMOMETER
  • BABY BATH PRODUCTS: I love the Beautycounter Baby Set. It includes the wash, baby oil (soaks in better than a lotion!), and the baby balm, which you will have a million and one uses for. Other baby bath products contain synthetic fragrances and sometimes parabens and sulfates—ingredients that have been linked to cancer, ADHD, autism, hormone disruption... the list goes on. Safe products are crucial for me to use on my baby. Little ones are more susceptible than we are to harmful ingredients!
  • ELECTRIC NAIL FILE: Forget scary clippers, get this one and never look back. Watson would have longer fingernails than Bon Qui Qui if it weren't for this.
  • BABY TYLENOL, GAS DROPS, GRIPE WATER: just get them all.
  • WATER WIPES: I've always used Water Wipes on Watson. They are so gentle and safe—made up of 99.9% water and .1% fruit extract.
  • DIAPERS: We love The Honest Company and Up & Up because they are chlorine and fragrance free. I'd register for one pack of newborns (Honest runs small, so we were only in newborns for a few weeks but the Up & Up newborn fit for a while), three packs of size 1, three packs of size 2, three packs of size 3.
  • BABY WASH CLOTHS: These... they are the best! I use these for washing Watson because they are so incredibly soft. You'll probably get more random ones as a gift. I use those as burp cloths, to use as "peepee teepees," and for baths if our really good ones aren't clean. If you end up with extras, know that wash cloths are a great thing to have around the house at various diaper changing stations and to keep in the car for little spills.
  • DIAPER PAIL: You're going to want one, I promise. We have the Ubbi and love that it doesn't require special bags. It really keeps all smells out and doesn't look hideous.
  • WELEDA DIAPER RASH CREAM: This stuff is my favorite.

Clothing & Blankets

  • SWADDLE BLANKETS: Get lots!! In months 0-3, I used at least one swaddle blanket every day. We would give him a fresh one every night to be swaddled in, then I would use it all throughout the next day to cover him up during naps in the swing, to wipe up spit up, to cover the infant carrier from the sun, as a nursing cover—you name it. Then I'd toss it in the dirty clothes basket at the end of the day and start fresh at night for sleeping. My favorites are the Willow Beans Baby Bamboo Swaddles for lightweight summer swaddles, the Buttermilk Babies Swaddles for their adorable designs and how soft they are, the ones by Modern Burlap because the quality is awesome, and we loved swaddling Watson in the Solly Swaddles the most because their stretchy material created the tightest swaddle that he couldn't burst out of! Plus they feel like a dream.   
  • ONESIES (0-3 month size, 3-5 long sleeve and 3-5 short sleeve): We had these and these (3mo.) and loved them! They worked from when Watson was first born until about 4 months old. We always joked that they would fit him forever. Since he was born in the spring and it was warm outside, he slept in these every night while being swaddled. 
  • PANTS: Soft little sweatpants to throw on over the onesies in those early days. Footed pants are a plus!
  • SOCKS + A COUPLE HATS 

Feeding

  • ELECTRIC BREAST PUMP: If you have health insurance, it should cover the expense of this! I have the Medela Pump in Style Advanced and loved it. (As much as you can love a breast pump.)
  • MOTHERLOVE NIPPLE CREAM: This stuff was recommended by our lactation consultant. You're going to want it. It's really soothing and it's all natural and organic, so you don't have to worry about the baby ingesting traces of it.
  • LANSINOH DISPOSABLE NURSING PADS: These will save your shirts from embarrassing wet spots, especially in the beginning.
  • BOTTLES: We love the Avent Natural Bottles and Dr. Brown's Options. If I could go back, I wouldn't have registered for the 4oz size bottles. I would just get the bigger size bottles so that they can be used when your baby is tiny and when he/she gets bigger and drinks more ounces!
  • PACIFIERS: We love the MAM brand over here, but had to try lots to figure that out. I think we started out with 2-3, but I've repurchased packs of two about four different times because they disappear easily! 
  • PACIFIER CLIPS: I didn't realize that I would need one of these, but when you're out in public and you don't want your baby's pacifier to end up on the dirty floor, you need a paci clip! I just learned about the Templeton Silver Pacifier Clips (based out of Charleston!) and am head over heels with them. They are sterling silver and turn into a keepsake bracelet for mom after the baby outgrows the pacifier stage. What I especially love is that they gave 85% less bacteria than cloth or plastic pacifier clips because silver is naturally antimicrobial. I'd register for one of these and call it a day! (Baby List is a great way to register for speciality items that aren't found at Target and Buy Buy Baby, etc.) Save 25% off your Templeton Silver Paci Clip with code holycitychic!
  • NURSING PILLOW: I love the Boppy. Plus, use it behind the baby when he/she starts to sit up and needs a little support.

TOYS

  • LINK-A-DOOS: These are great for attaching toys to baby gear. Watson also uses them as teethers! 
  • BABY EINSTEIN TAKE ALONG TUNES: This music box stays in my bag at all times and is a huge lifesaver. Calms and entertains Watson every. single. time. (Praise hands.)
  • SOPHIE LA GIRAFFE: I don't know what is so special about Sophie, but every baby loves her! She's a toy and a teether. A must.
  • VTECH SIT-TO-STAND LEARNING WALKER: There's a reason this is a best seller. It's the best $20 you'll spend. We started using it around 2 months or so and I can tell we'll be using it for a long time to come.
  • CUDDLE + KIND DOLL: One doll provides 10 meals for those in need. And look how cute Maximus is.

This & That... and some notes.

  • People love buying you baby clothes, blankets, baby towels, and little toys! I kept those off my registry and am glad I did... we got plenty! 
  • To me, adult bath towels seem to work better for baby. They are softer and bigger. 
  • For us, a high chair wasn't needed until 6 months, so we chose not to register for one because we felt like we had plenty on there and didn't want to have to store a high chair until it was actually needed. 
  • We do sink baths! We registered for baby bath tubs, but honestly, they aren't used. It's just easier for us to either bathe with him or wash him in the sink. He loves it, too.
  • The Laundress Stain Solution is the best for getting out blowout stains!
  • You'll probably just want to purchase most toys later on as your baby gets bigger... I would recommend searching Amazon for toy suggestions. Buy the most highly reviewed, best selling toy! Amazon does not lie. (In the Amazon search bar, I type things like, "toys for 7 month old baby" and go from there.)
  • I may be totally alone on this one, but the nose frida thing... I am so not coordinated enough to put it in his nose and suck at the same time while trying to pin him down as if we're in a wrestling match. (Mom's of a 7 month old wild baby boy will understand.) The bulb they send you home with from the hospital works the best for us because it's quick and easy!
  • I am so thankful that I was given the Moms on Call book. It got us on a schedule and got Watson sleeping 12 hours a night by 3 months old. It has tons of first aid tips and various pieces of advice. I've never heard a negative comment about this program and book. 

11.21.2016

what i wore: fall stripes

I love finding new ways to wear key pieces in my wardrobe. Like this top I've got on today. I obviously love it... I wore it here too and oh, about 25 times since then. If only I was joking! It's also on sale for under $30 right now, so get it while you can for a steal. I saw in the J. Crew catalog that it was styled with a button down oxford layered underneath. That will be my next way to style it. But for today, I paired it with a skirt I had at the bottom of a donate pile. Glad I hadn't gotten rid of it just yet! 

OUTFIT DETAILS

J. Crew Sailor-stripe funnelneck Top  /  old Banana Republic skirt (similar here for $24!)  /  Treasure&Bond Winsor Ankle Booties  /  GiGi New York Madison Crossbody Bag in Stone  /  Banana Republic Blue Bell Drop Earrings  /  david yurman bracelets and vahan bracelets

PS. don't forget about the Minted giveaway I am hosting! It ends tomorrow night. :)



11.18.2016

weekly roundup


This week's links...

I can't even with this entire wedding. (My jaw is still dropped on the floor.)

Here are 10 of the most toxic ingredients we use in American beauty products that are banned in other countries. (For the record, Beautycounter has these 10 (and 1,500 more) on their "Never List.")

20 inspiring Thanksgiving table decor ideas to swoon over. (and here's how to do it on a budget!)

Never knew I loved green curtains so much until now!

6 outfits to wear this Thanksgiving.

Weekend shopping...

OMG, Anthropologie's new arrivalsThis jacket and this metallic skirt are my picks. These joggers would be perfect for a Christmas party or NYE.

30% off at Splendid with code SAVE30. Loving this jacket and this vest.

Save 50% off one item and 40% off everything else at Banana Republic. I saw this faux fur cardigan in the store and I'm telling you, it's good.

LOVE Damsel's new collaboration with Adina Reyter. These earrings? Amazing.

How cute is this pom pom sweater?

In case you missed it...

I shared my love for Daily Harvest the other day in my 'life lately' post. Well, I just updated that post with a coupon code for you! Use code 'holycitychic' to get three free smoothies with your first order!

I'm giving away three $100 gift cards to Minted!

Gift guide: for your best friend.

Shared some healthy and easy recipes, too.

11.17.2016

gift guide: for your best friend

Hey y'all! I'm sharing the first of many gift guides today. This one is for your best friend. Sweet little somethings starting at around $15. A lot of these would also make great stocking stuffers! And I won't tell if you slide them on your wishlist, too. I think I might have to put this on mine. ;) 

1. Beautycounter Luminous Nudes Gift Set: These are two of my favorite shades in the lip sheer and gloss. Both are so hydrating and they are wearable all year long—giving a winter luster and a summer glow! And of course, these are made without any harmful ingredients, which is super important since we "eat" our lip products all day long. (Did you know the average woman ingests about 5 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime?) Also, these gift sets come in the prettiest poppy red box EVER. (I literally collect them a if they are Hermes boxes.)

2. "Namast'ay in Bed" Mug: Such a fun mug and you can't beat the price!

3. Graphic Image 6" Pocket Datebook: They do datebooks better than anyone else! This size is perfect for throwing in a bag. Personalize the bottom corner to make it extra special. :)

4. Pom Pom Slippers: Oh come on, how cute are these?

5. Brass Bug Box: Special trinkets like this will last a lifetime. I still have little boxes I was given as a little girl. 

6. Bauble Bar Elizabella Tassel Earrings: Perfect for the holidays and NYE!

7. S'well 'Blanc Crocodile' Water Bottle: There isn't anything to not like about this bottle.

8. Sugar Lip Crush Set: These are THE. BEST. Give the set or divide it and give one to each friend along with a sugary sweet treat! 

9. "Cravings" by Chrissy Teigen: Cookbook, inspiration piece, and a coffee table book—all in one. Will also make ya hungry!! 

10. Triple C Soundflex Water Resistant Speaker: Put it in the shower, take it on vacation...it will play your music no matter where you are. Comes in pink and blue, too, and is $30!

11. "She Believed She Could" Cuff: There are plenty of other mantra cuffs available, but I really love this one.

12. Jo Malone Ornament Gift Set: The cutest packaging. The cologne is Peony & Blush Suede and the lotion is Grapefruit. Both are amazing!

13. Rebecca Minkoff Leo Velvet Envelope Clutch: A great way to get in on the velvet trend under $100. 



11.16.2016

Favorite Christmas Cards + BIG Minted Giveaway!

It's that time of year! We were supposed to get our Christmas photos taken last Sunday, but the cold and rain made us decide to postpone. So it's happening this Sunday instead and I'm so excited to see Watson in his new Beaufort Bonnet Company outfit! 

So, be honest... Are you one of those people that gets your cards ready to ship out super early, like by the end of November? Or do you send out "happy new year!" cards just because you couldn't get them sent out ahead of time? (I've been guilty of that!) One thing I'm always consistent about is that we get our Christmas cards done by Minted every year (loved our 2014 ones!). Their quality is top-notch and shipping is so fast. I also love that they will address the cards for you because... ain't nobody got time for that! (Are you catching my reference or do you think I'm just crazy?) Also, it's really nice that a designer personally contacts you to make sure your cards look just perfect. 

Anyway, here are my favorite cards from Minted this year. They are so. good.



DISCOUNT: Save 15% off orders of 150+ and 10% off order of 100+ with code HOLIDAY15 through 11/22.

GIVEAWAY: Win one of three $100 dollar gift cards to Minted.com! This giveaway is being hosted on the Minted website, but it's for Holy City Chic readers only! To enter, just click this link and fill out the form.  It will run until November 23nd. Good luck! xo

11.15.2016

life lately + new clothes and home stuff


Got this Ciao Milano jacket from Elli's Boutique and love it! I've had it in this color for a few years and get compliments on it all the time. This is my favorite light jacket to wear in the rain or when it's chilly outside.


Scooped up this dress from Bashful Boutique in Charleston. They don't have online shopping, but you can always call and see about ordering over the phone! 

  

Watson had his first cold last week. Here we are at the pediatrician waiting to get his ears checked. His cry makes my heart melt.


A yummy breakfast at Normandy Farms.


We've been taking Watson to Clemson football games this year. He had quite the time last Saturday flirting with all the people sitting behind us. He would giggle and then switch back and forth from one of Brandon's shoulders to the other. 



My new Daniel Wellington watch came in! This one is from their new black collection and it's called the Classic Black Cornwall 36mm. It has a nylon band and I love the sportiness of that mixed with the feminine rose gold. The cuff bracelet is theirs, too. If you buy the "gift set," which is the cuff and the watch together, you'll receive 10% off. :) Plus, save 15% off your Daniel Wellington order with code holycitychic15.


Some fun goodies from White Elephant Designs. This ornament is only $17. What a good gift!


I've been enjoying some superfoods smoothies by Daily Harvest. I love the principle behind this. These take the guesswork out of having to research healthy recipes, shop, chop, measure, and clean up a big mess. 

You order your smoothies and they arrive with the ingredients frozen in the cup. Just fill the cup up with the liquid base of your choice and dump it all in the blender. (I use the Ninja and it couldn't be easier). Then pour it back into this cup and top it off with the lid that it comes with. So easy! The best part is that they are filled with tons of fresh, organic ingredients. The chocolate blueberry is MY FAVE. It has blueberries, banana, raw almond, spinach, kale, dates, cacao, vanilla bean, himalayan sea salt, and maca. (Do you know how long it would take me to make a smoothie like this on my own? I don't either because with that many ingredients, it would never happen!)

I have a coupon code for you! Use code holycitychic to get three free smoothies with your  first order.


Got a new rug for our back room. It's the Safavieh Hudson Diamond Shag Rug. It's so soft and piled high! It really cozies up the room. The ottoman is new too. It's the Jasmine Cocktail Ottoman and comes in so many different fabrics. We wanted to make this room soft and cozy because this is where Watson plays. So the scratchy sisal rug and the wood table had to go. Also, the basket and silver fish tray are from Aubergine Home in Freshfields Village out at Kiawah. We spotted them there a couple Sundays ago and grabbed them both immediately! This sweetgrass fanner basket is similar.


Oh and big news! The J. Crew Super Sale is TODAY only! 


11.14.2016

BODY after BABY


A lifestyle change. That's what I'm starting today. Allow me to make a ton of excuses, k? 

The back story. It all goes back to last December when we moved from our house with a great kitchen to our current house, an old 1940s bungalow with a.... not so great kitchen. I just couldn't get into my cooking groove here. Partly because the kitchen was old and smelly, but also because I was pretty pregnant and between that and moving, I was tired. So I stopped making all of these home cooked meals and we started eating out a lot. 

Fast forward to March when we started our kitchen renovation and didn't finish until June. (That was fun!) The eating out just increased since we didn't have total access to our appliances and fridge. Also because we had a baby during that time and just could stand to be in the house with all the reno mess. Ah, great memories!! 

Since then, I have to admit: I haven't really used our kitchen much and we eat so. badly. I made a few really great Terra's Kitchen meals right when we finished the reno, but I mostly rely on junk food to fuel my body. So yeah, that has to change. When you eat like that, there's only so long you can go without feeling like junk too. Even while eating so badly and with minimal exercise, I managed to lose almost all the 50 pounds of baby weight I gained during pregnancy. (OMG, 50! Yes, I know.) Breastfeeding had a lot to do with that, but I did wean Watson last week and he's strictly on formula now at 7.5months. Now that I'm not burning those calories from nursing, I can already tell that I'm not going to be able to eat the same way and expect to keep losing weight. 

So, what's the plan? I'm starting a regular workout routine and going to start COOKING! I've been looking for easy, healthy meals and thought I'd share some of my finds below. I'll share more on the workout routine later... I'm thinking about starting barre classes on a regular basis. It's true... after you have a baby and lose the weight, your body just doesn't look the same. It's due time for some toning! Excited to share my journey with you guys.

A few notes... When it comes to diet and exercise, I am all about moderation. Even in my pageant days when I was at my smallest, I still would eat a candy bar if I wanted it. Or I would take a few days off from exercising if my body told me to. On the same note, my healthy meals may not be as healthy as your healthy. To me, healthy means non-processed, wholesome foods. You know, I just don't get extreme with anything pertaining to food and fitness because at the end of the day, you've still got to enjoy yourself! So bring on the brownies and the waffle fries, just not every day.

A quick roundup of easy, wholesome meals:

  • If you have a sweet tooth like me... I bet these apple cookies are delicious!
Ok, what's your GO-TO weeknight meal that's fairly healthy? I need quick, easy, and flavorful! (Bonus points if it involves a crockpot.) 

Ps. I had some questions on the pillows I shared on snapchat yesterday. I bought them from here!

11.10.2016

Beauty Favorites / Sephora VIB 20% OFF!

Today is one of the best days of the year. It's the start of the Sephora VIB Sale, which means 20% off high end cosmetics, skincare, & beauty tools with code 20VIB through November 14th! This is the stuff that never goes on sale, so it's for sure the time to stock up on your favorites. Speaking of favorites... even though I've switched to safer almost totally, there's still some things at Sephora that I really love (and miss. Nars Laguna Bronzer, I'm looking at you and your toxic, paraben self.) 

Here are some favorites for you. These are all "safer" items that Sephora carries—and the great thing about these favorites is that most of them were my holy grail items before I even knew about safer beauty! 


TOP ROW:
1. Tarte makes the prettiest eyeshadow palettes and this Tartelette in Bloom Palette is no exception. It's one of my go-tos for travel when I need lots of colors in one palette. It's also free of parabens and phthalates, toxins that are linked to cancer, ADHD, reproductive issues, etc.

2. Bite Amuse Bouche Lipstick is a longtime favorite and it's all natural. The way it glides on is amazing, the pigment is rich, and it's long lasting. This one in "Pepper" is a shade I recently picked up, but it's perfect for fall. I can already tell it's going to be a holy grail. 

3. If you haven't tried the RMS Living Luminizer then you're missing out! This is what makeup artists use on J. Crew models to give them that "lit from within" glow. Free of sulfates, parabens, and phthalates, too!




2nd ROW:
1. Vita Liberata pHenomenal 2-3 Week Tan is best at home tan I've tried. Formulated without Parabens, Harsh chemicals, Fragrance, Alcohol, Animal derivatives, Petrochemicals, Sulfates, and Silicones.

2. Oh my gosh, this has been my favorite peel mask for YEARS. The REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask lifts dead skin and resurfaces to improve skintone, texture, firmness, and radiance. It's also minimizes the appearance of pores, reduces sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and old acne scars. Free of parabens and sulfates!

3. This Sephora PRO Featherweight Powder Brush #91 is the best face brush EVER. Seriously, get it and tell me I'm wrong! You'll fall in love too. I use it for all over powder and/or bronzer. Something about the shape of the bristles and how soft they are—it just makes for the best application.



3rd ROW:
1. Still as much of a fan of the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue as I was then.

2. This Tarte Smooth Operator Powder used to be my holy grail until I started using the Beautycounter powder, but I still love it the same! (The Tarte ingredients just aren't quite as safe. Otherwise, it's like the same product.)

3. Didn't realize I loved Tarte so much until making this post! But this Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Concealer is honestly so great. It's fool-proof, provides awesome coverage, but looks and feels light. Free of parabens and phthalates, too.



LAST ROW:
1. Loving my NuFace Trinity Facial Toning Device! This is the ultimate anti-ager. It helps with facial contour, skintone, and wrinkle improvement. I think the best thing to stock up on during this sale are expensive devices because that 20% off really makes a difference!

2. Y'all know my love for the Beautycounter Lip Sheers, but when I need more of a strong, matte lip, the bareMinerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolors are my go-to. Free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. 

3. I've loved the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes for years. The shade range is beautiful, the finish is great, and they are free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.



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