I’ve lived 32 years of life, and most would say, “you’re so young, how much tragedy could you possibly have faced?” The most common response I receive though is, “I would have never known you’ve gone through all of that just knowing who you are today.” Everyone has a path and journey in life, this just happens to be mine.
It dawned on me to write this one day as I was sitting and looking out the window and began reviewing all of what I had experienced. I thought about each lesson I had gained from each hardship. I have done this often in the past as I approach a new level of awareness or a new chapter in life. In many ways, it puts into perspective what I am facing currently. I find it healthy to remember how far I’ve come. For that matter, I think it is healthy for everyone to reflect on all they have been able to accomplish and what obstacles they’ve overcome.
This article is more of a note to you of all the loss and tragedy I’ve experienced and all the ways I’ve become stronger from it. It’s long and hard-hitting, so get comfortable or bookmark this page to come back to when you are ready. The overall message is of hope and how you too can turn whatever you’ve gone through into something that empowers you. My other purpose and wish is that this gives you a sense of comfort knowing you are not alone in what you’re facing. That many of us have experience the same things, and may just quietly be dealing with it. The greatest relief in my journey is meeting and conversing with other women who have survived what I had experience and went on to lived beautiful, healthy lives. I earnestly wish that is something I can give to you as well. So here we go, I will start from the beginning as I’ve heard it is the very good place to start. Here are the lessons learned from tragedy:
Hi my loves! I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season. This is typically the point in time where we start dreaming about the new year that is a mere week away. As a kid, I would dread January. But as an adult, I’ve grown to love how much the month feels like a fresh start. Last night, I was thinking about the goals and dreams I have for 2019. The biggest point that stood out was, how important it is to invest in one’s self.
So what does that mean?
I’ve been receiving quite a few questions regarding traveling through different countries on my own. Ranging from what to pack to how I deal with language barriers. I thought I would write up a list of tips I’ve found to be helpful while it is fresh in my mind. If you haven’t seen on Instagram, I’ve traveled through Tokyo, Kyoto, Dubai, and now Patras Greece. This is my first solo trip and I am beyond grateful I took the leap. You can read all about that experience.
Ann Taylor LOFT is probably that secret gem that no one likes to admit they shop, but truly shop for all their closet staples. I am a proud shopper of LOFT. They carry the best jewelry, sunglasses, and blouses at a reasonable price. I have found some of the most adorable sweaters there as well that I have been wearing for YEARS from LOFT. The clothing line is feminine, cute, and very comfortable. The fabric they use is high quality, and easy to clean. These are all the components I look for when shopping for closet staples.
Today’s roundup I am sharing my favorite closet staples from LOFT for fall and winter. These pieces will last you years to come and will be used as often as Monday rolls around. Meaning, these will be the essential items in your closet that will save the day when you feel there is nothing to wear. Let me know in the comments which pieces you are stocking up on and if you want me to do a full roundup of what you should always have in your wardrobe.
I hope everyone is well fed and enjoyed quality time with loved ones. Now it is time to shop those amazing Black Friday deals! There is something so glorious about finishing a delicious meal and then pondering all the goodies you can buy at a massive discount. I can’t be the only one who feels this way! I rounded up the top deals and codes to use for major savings. These are the ones I am eager to shop, I even included what’s in my cart. I categorized everything under each brand, so you can shop the stores you love easily. I hope you enjoy, let’s begin!
As always, for the next month, there will be two tabs located in the menu that will take you straight to my top picks for both men and women holiday gifts.
Something you may not know about me is that, many many years ago I would never had dared to write this article. I wasn’t the biggest fan of A&F like all my friends were back in high school. In fact, I boycotted the company for nearly a decade. You can read all about it here.
Anyway, as always, many things evolved and changed since high school. Even brands change, and have had a massive overhaul of their marketing. Which is what prompted me to start shopping Abercrombie & Fitch for the first time in my late 20’s. One thing that I discovered was that their outerwear was legit! I have worn my A&F puffer coat for 3 years now and it is the warmest coat I own. I get complements on it all the time, people are surprise it is from Abercrombie. Also, love that the price is very reasonable.
In this round up, I wanted to share my favorite cozy and trendy coats from Abercrombie that will keep you warm all fall and winter long. I’ve included some extra cute accessories to spruce up your winter wardrobe while keeping you toasty. This wouldn’t be a proper A&F post if I didn’t mention some of my favorite scents and fragrances from the brand. I have to admit, I secretly have loved how the store smells even when complaining about it. I hope you enjoy! Let me know which items you’re eyeing in the comments below.
Old Navy is one of those brands where you can find the most unlikely steals and probably the most comfortable pajamas. Especially flannel pajamas. I find that Old Navy does a great job with Fall and Winter clothes, and layering pieces is one of their specialties. The price is always a win with on going sales and already low priced pieces, making the dollar go a long way. I would recommend going to the store to find your correct size before ordering online. Their clothing can run a tad bigger than other brands. Just something to keep in mind!
For this roundup, I have included all my favorite Old Navy picks that are perfect weekend casual outfit ideas. This includes pieces that work well for shopping with friends, brunch, or game day. As well as some clothing options for casual date night to the movies, bowling, or dinner. Of course I threw in a few of my favorite comfy pajamas for those mornings of sleeping in and having breakfast in bed! Let me know in the comments which options you love!
I have written a couple articles on how Instagram can impact your mental well being, as well as why I don’t post my relationship on social media. Both of those articles seemed to have resonated with individuals. I even went as far as shared 3 apps that will help your mental health. Today though, I want to share the other side of Instagram, the reason why I still use the app and how it has positively changed my life. I do believe there are ways around the negative impact of social media if you are mindful of who you follow and how much time you spend on the app. When using Instagram in a way that works for you, it can be an incredible outlet.
Here’s how Instagram positively changed my Life:
Thanksgiving is the busiest travel season of the year. Roughly 50.9 million people traveled 50 miles or further for Thanksgiving last year. That’s a whole lot of travelers! This year alone, I boarded 26 flights, one cruise, several trains, and 3 car trips. In other words, I have had practice in keeping my cool and staying comfortable while on the road.
If you are boarding a plane, train, or car this season, I have a few tips for you. These suggestions will help you keep your peace of mind, feel as comfortable as possible, and get you to your destination feeling refreshed. I use these tips whenever I travel, especially for work and during busy travel days. I hope you all enjoy and have a safe travel season.
I remember when I was in high school I would LOVE to shop at Express in the Short Hills Mall. When they first launched their shoe collection, I nearly fell over. I still remember the leopard print wedges I bought from them. They were the most comfortable shoes I owned.
I still shop Express, especially for their work outfits. Whenever I need a nice pair of black slacks, I immediately think of Express. Somehow the fit is always right and I know they will have plenty of options to choose from. I recently scanned Express’s selection and fell in love with some new pieces that would be perfect for the office. For this roundup, I also included a few outerwear options to get you to work warmly and in style. I may have sneaked in a couple additional looks for those after hour drinks with coworkers. Everything you may need for your work week outfit options are below, let me know in the comments which items you are lusting after!
Recently, I had gone through a rough patch emotionally and physically. Like, ya’ll we have a lot of catching up to do. But I’ll save it for another day and time, I am still learning how I can share it in away that can benefit another person or help others. I am also still very much learning and growing from all of it. I truly believe, that if you want healthy changes in your life, it begins with YOU. Or in this case, myself. And that any obstacle is meant to make you freaking fierce, stronger, and more beautiful.
I digress… anyway due to all the emotional stress, I physically started to feel off. I could barely move I was so tired. No joke, one day I did half my hair then fell back into bed to take a nap. When I “powered through” on those days I needed to show up and be in attendance, I felt this low grade nausea. On top of that, I started breaking out as if I had hit puberty again. You can imagine how much fun this was.
I had experienced these symptoms for over a month and a half before I finally asked a friend who had gone through a similar situation I had this past Summer, if this was normal. She said, “Sounds like you have adrenal fatigue, a very common side effect from trauma and stress.” I Google searched what the heck adrenal fatigue is, and turns out… I had nearly every symptom.
In this article, I am sharing what I personally learned about the disorder and what has helped me restore my health. DISCLAIMER: I am obviously not a medical doctor nor specialist in this field. It’s always best to consult with your medical practitioner before taking any supplements or changing your diet. I DO want to shed light on this disorder and what has been beneficial in my recover for those who may be struggling as well.
Google announced their latest edition of hardware in New York City on October 9th. The new line of electronics range from tablets to home devices that will sure to transform how you live. And of course the brand new Pixel 3 phone was revealed with all new camera capabilities and software.
Hearing the release of he new hardware (Pixel Slate, Google Home Hub, and the Pixel 3), I was super excited how each piece was built for function, efficiency, and fun. Here is what you need to know about the new line Made by Google.
There comes a time in everyone’s life where we can feel a little trapped by the daily grind. The same routines day-in-day-out, the same income, the same people, and the same relationships. While some areas of our life may be flourishing, thriving, and abundant, there could be parts of our daily routine that is bringing us down and affecting everything else. It happens! It takes a lot of awareness and conscious decision-making to be completely happy with every aspect of our lives. Most people don’t admit it, but to be truly happy, it is something that we must work on daily to ensure that we achieve it.
So what can you do right this minute to change your life? Perfect question! Today I wanted to share three areas that will drastically make an impact on your daily experience and assist in achieving more of what you want. I hope it gives you the confidence you need to pursue your happiness.
You may have seen Lexli on my counter tops in the past few months if you follow along on Instagram! Lexli has been the aloe vera based skin care brand I tested for the past month. Previously, I never thought about using pharmaceutical-grade aloe vera skin care products in my daily regimen, but after learning the dramatic health benefits, I am so shocked I hadn’t included it sooner. Keep reading for the full review on four Lexli products (including AloeGlyC®) and why you should try pharmaceutical-grade Aloe Vera skin care. PS. I share a 25% off discount code at the end!