When I Felt a Part of Something Bigger

Good evening everyone! I hope everyone has caught up on their much needed sleep, thank you Daylight Savings! My body was feeling a little sluggish, so I headed right where I needed to. Yep, you guessed it, the gym! Anyway, as I was catching my breath in between bulgarian split squats...those things are a killer...we have a love hate relationship. Ugh, focus. Where was I? Oh, right. They gym. Catching my breath. However, this time I really looked around at the people who were working out, and it hit me. Everyone is here for the same reason. To live a healthier lifestyle and get in shape (or better shape).

I looked at the women this time, like really looked at them. Not out of jealousy this time either, because who doesn't judge the girl with the great legs, flat abs, or the girl with the fat booty we all want?! Am I right?! I looked at the women of all ages, shapes, and sizes, and felt a part of something. I felt connected to these women, these strangers, and felt a peace come over me. I was proud to be a woman in the gym working on getting myself healthier and back into shape.

Now, some of you may think I'm crazy after living my life in a gym (thank you sports), to finally waking up and really smelling the sweat. Eww. But, many women are self-conscious of their bodies and working out at the gym.Many of my female friends are terrified to go to the gym and lift for many reasons, the main being judged. The society we live in has put a mold on women and dictates what we should look like, how we should dress, and act. I for one, am guilty of this.

But I say to hell with what society and others think! You want to eat that cookie. Eat it! You want to buy that outfit you're scared to wear. Buy it. You want to go to the gym. Go! You want to lift? LIFT! Do what makes you happy and I guarantee you will feel and look better immediately.

It is time women stop judging themselves and others. We need to stand together and empower one another. Why you might ask? I question, Why not??

 

Goodnight my beauties.

xo

 

Embracing Your True Beauty

From waterproof mascara to SPF for your skin and hair, spending days at the beach can be a beauty nightmare for those that want to look flawless at the beach. Living at the beach during the summer months, year after year, I've learned that less really is more. Yes, I'll admit, when I was younger, I would spend time wayyyyy to much in the bathroom straightening my naturally curly hair and making sure I put plenty of makeup on for a night out. (Some days I would even wear makeup to the beach! Some waterproof mascara here, a little tinted moisturizer there...)

But why?!

I felt that wearing makeup made me more appealing and attractive. But let me tell you...people do not want to see a woman emerge from the ocean with raccoon eyes and makeup caked on. Ewww, gross.

I feel that woman should be proud of who they are and the beauty that they were born with. Yes, we all have imperfections that we want to cover up, but there's no better feeling than a make-up free face at the beach.

It's a great feeling for me, when I look around and notice women of all different ages and sizes, allowing themselves to just be real. They are embracing their inner "surfer girl" and enjoying the beach vibes. It is a beautiful thing to see in today's day and age...women realizing their true beauty with an "I don't care" attitude.

Hair is wild and unruly? They toss a hat on or throw their hair up in a cute braid or bun. But my favorite? Instead of applying foundation and bronzer, they are applying SPF and letting their skin breathe that fresh salt air.

So ladies, during the summer, take a break from all the makeup and hair products...especially the heat. I'm not saying don't do it. (We all want to look cute on date night.) I'm just saying'...don't do it everyday. Let your skin and hair breathe. Just remember to hydrate and moisturize your skin!! (Otherwise you'll look like your face is peeling off...Mrs. Doubtfire, with that mask...)

So today, as well as everyday, I embrace the beauty I was born with. I rock my insanely curly hair, I lotion up my face with some SPF, and I feel like I'm truly being me...and I've never felt more beautiful.

Quebec City

There is nothing like traveling!! I have been traveling since before I was born - I love experiencing new cultures and people! I just got home from Quebec City, Canada and if you haven't been, I recommend that you get there!! It is beautiful. It is the closest you will get to Europe without actually going to Europe. I will do another post talking about the beauty of the city, but I wanted to add a few pictures of my outfits while I was there.

Details on my outfits:

  1. Floral Dress: Express (I don't think they have it anymore)
  2. Ray Bans - Aviators
  3. Romper: Kittenish
  4. Green Shawl/Vest : H&M
  5. Maroon Dress: Urban Outfitters
  6. Ray Bans
  7. Bag: Louise & Eleanor

Finally!! An Ahhh-Mazing Facial Cleanser

Ok ladies, I know many of you, like myself, are obsessed with finding the right creams and cleansers for your face. I have spent hours and way too much money in Sephora and other makeup stores and counters. However, I finally found a facial cleanser that I love!! Purity by Philosophy. It's ahhhhmazing! It comes in a variety of sizes so you can buy the travel size to see if you like it, and then like me, buy the monster size!! You can buy this on the Philosophy website or Sephora. Hope you love it as much as I do!