Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Get Ready With Me: Gold Smokey Eyes


Hey everyone! Today you're going to be getting ready with me! I created this gold/bronze smokey eye and show you how I re-fresh my hair after letting it go for a couple of days...

Watch the video to see how I created this look! (More pictures below)






Thanks for stopping by!
XoXo,
Stephanie

How to Do the Perfect Messy Bun (video)

Hey guys! Here's a quick tutorial on how I do my "perfect" messy bun! 
A messy bun is the perfect solution to a bad hair. Why? Because the messier the better.
A messy bun can be dressed up or down- and look sporty or chic. Or both.. ;)

Watch the video to see how to create the look!


XoXo,
Steph



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring Trend: Bare Face and Bold Brows (Video)

Hey everyone! As spring is quickly approaching, I thought it was time to start on some spring trend videos! I was really inspired by all the fun looks on the runway, but one of my favorite makeup trends for spring, is the most minimal- the "bare face beauty" look with a bold brow. This makeup look is great for spring because it is light-weight and won't leaving you feeling like you're wearing a ton of makeup. It just enhanced you're natural features. And we all know, I love a gold bold brow! 

Watch the video to see how to get the look!




Products Used:
  • Becca Ultimate Coverage Foundation
  • Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Face Cream
  • Smashbox BB Eyes Concealer (in Light)
  • Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
  • Nars Laguna Bronzer
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal
  • Jouer Brightening Eye Primer
  • Mac Eyeshadows: 'All That Glitters' , 'Wedge', and 'Espresso'
  • Maybelline Full n Soft Waterproof Mascara
  • Kevin Aucoin Precision Brow Pencil in Brunette
  • Anastasia Brow Powder in Brunette/Dark Brown
  • Vincent Longo Cushion Lips

More Pictures of The Look:




Thanks for stopping by! I hope you try out this natural look!
XoXo,
Stephanie

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wednesday Wisdom With Stacey: Confidence is the Key.

Hey guys! I'm back from California, and if you've missed my vlogs from the trip, head over to my YouTube channel! But before you watch those vids, read this post..
Today I'm glad to have Stacey back on the blog for a little Wednesday wisdom! ;)

Today's topic is all about confidence!! I believe confidence is one the most essential parts of beauty, inside and out- so I asked Stacey to give me her thoughts on confidence!




"Ladies. Gentlemen. I’m going to give you the secret to attracting virtually anything you want. A date? A mate? A friend? A job? Yes to all and more. I didn’t have this secret when I was your age. It took me years to learn it. I went through much heartache, sadness and frustration because this secret was unknown to me.

You’re holding on to your seats, aren’t you??? As well you should be! It’s…..drumroll please…..Confidence. WHAT?? Pfbbbt!!! “What a big load!” you say! Nope. It’s true. I had ZERO self-confidence in high school and most of college and frankly still on through much of my 20’s. Now, for the most part (hey, nobody’s perfect), I have confidence out the ying-yang! I finally chose to see my positives and stopped focusing on my negatives (and, boy, was I negative!). I made a conscious effort to feel more confident. For crying out loud, a popular, trendy, cool teenager asked this 44 year-old to guest blog. Something about my attitude spoke to her. Wit and confidence. It works, folks! “Oh, but Stacy, it’s not that easy! Sure, you’re super awesome, amazing in fact, and, yes, I want to be exactly like you!” (<<<confidence right there) “I see those cool, confident kids around me and I could never be like them!” Here’s another secret…most of them are faking it. Yeah, they are. You’ll find in life many things you think are real are just fabrications, fakes, facades. (Has “reality TV” taught you nothing?) So what’s the lesson here? Fake it. Fake it till you make it. No, I’m not asking you to be a complete fraud. I’m suggesting you take up acting. ACT confident for a short period of time to see what it feels like. Walk taller, throw those shoulders back, smile more, meet new people…you know, stuff like that. You’ll feel differently. You’ll feel better. You’ll feel confident. People are drawn to confidence – in dating, in relationships, in hiring. And, no, I didn’t say Arrogance. Arrogant people are butts. Walk with an air of confidence and see how people start treating you differently. And, as an added bonus, see that you DESERVE to be treated differently…and by differently I mean BETTER! The “act” will become real and it will ROCK!



Oh, quit whining and making excuses and just try it for a month. If you hate feeling all confident, having people like you more, and that hot guy or girl checking you out, well go back to the way you were. But I give you a 100% money back guarantee you won’t go back. In fact I’ll double that. Twice your money back if not fully satisfied!! (<<<again, confidence)"

Wow! I couldn't have said it better myself. Confidence is key to attracting or achieving anything you want in life.
Thanks so much Stacey for coming back on an writing! If you guys missed Stacey's last post, you should definitely check it out!:)
Xoxo,
Stephanie

Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday Favorites

Hey everyone! It's time for an other Friday Favorites! Here's what I've been loving this week as far as beauty, fashion, fitness and food! 

1. Kevin Auicoin "Minimal" Lip Liner


I picked up this lipliner last Saturday, and I have been wearing it all week! After Sam, a makeup artist I work with, used it on her winter formal clients all day, I kind of fell in love with it and had to buy it. It's the perfect "Kylie Jenner" lip pencil. I use it to slightly over line my lips and pair it with a neutral pink or  nude lipstick. My fav combo right now is with Lipstick Queen Pinky Nude Sinner.



2. P28 Protein Bread Products



I recently discovered P28 Foods  through Instagram and was very intrigued by their high protein bread products. They specialize in high protein, lower carb breads, wraps, and bagels made from whole wheat (obviously not good if you're gluten free..) and whey protein. I love toast and sandwiches, so I thought having a higher protein option would be awesome! I ordered a pack of the bread and the bagels and was very impressed! The bagels taste just like normal bagels, but way less carbs, and very filling. Same with the bread. The nutrition facts are pretty much the same, one bagel = 2 slices of bread. 

1 piece of bread: 130 cals/ 3.5 fat/ 12 carb/ 14 protein
1 whole bagel: 260 cals/ 7 fat/ 25 carb/ 28 protein

Here's some meals I've made with P28:




3. Josie Mai aka VmFitness


I've been following Josie on Instagram for a while, but I just recently started watching her YouTube videos! And I'm so beyond glad that I did! She is a 22 year old fitness blogger and Gym Shark sponsored athlete, that preaches a balanced lifestyle and "intuitive flexible eating" as she like to call it. She has gone through restrictive and binge eating disorders, and has overcome and found balance in her life while still achieving her fitness goals..She is so real and honest, and has taught me so much about listening to my body and not discriminating any type of food. You can have a cookie and not ruin your progress.. "OK, that plate was YUMMAYY, but you can have more tomorrow! So we're full now! NICE!"  


Some of My Favorite of Josie's Videos: (yes I linked 4 videos, because I love her so much, and I think you should too!!!)






You guys should definitely check out Josie!

Her Blog: 

Her Instagram:


4.  Pb&J
Another simple classic that I (and probably everyone) loves. It sounds silly, but I haven't had a good PB&J in a while! But this week, I've been obssesed with it! I think in the past I thought it wasn't a very balanced meal, or unhealthy, or blah blah blah. But it doesn't have to be! I've been using the high protein bread from P28, and it makes a simple PB&J a high protein meal. My favorite peanut butter is any that has simple ingredients, but the 365 brand from Whole Foods is really good (and cheap)! I also found a never favorite jelly: Crofter's Organic. It's the perfect sweetness and texture- and it only has 8 grams of sugar per tablespoon. Some jellies could have up to 15 per serving, so just be mindful. I don't like to by "sugar free" because it's just full of crap, so I like to just be mindful of the added sugar.


 


5. Eggs!!!

The perfect food. I'm already an eggs & toast lover.. and usually it's avocado toast to be exact. But I've been switching up and trying new combinations. One of my favorites I made this week was with Light Laughing Cow Swiss cheese, spinach, sunny side up eggs (cooked with coconut oil) and topped with organic ketchup. SO GOOD! Perfect for a savory breakfast or any meal! I love eggs, because they're a perfect source of protein and healthy fats. I'm not eating much meat for Lent currently, so I've been eating more eggs. I usually eat 1-2 eggs plus some egg whites for added protein. But, don't fear the yolk, it's nature's multi- vitamin! And the cholesterol in eggs is not bad... egg yolks actually contain choline which belongs to the B-complex family of vitamins. it is officially recognized as a required nutrient that you need in your everyday meal plan. An only 10% of American's actually get the daily recommended amount of choline... which is funny because we always hear about the cholesterol problem. A few of many benefits of choline is: it helps prevent fatigue, boosts metabolism, helps in kidney function, and fights bad cholesterol. 


6. Favorite Quotes! (couldn't pick just one!)



And... that's it! I hope you all enjoyed my Friday Favorites! Let me know what you've been loving!

XoXo,
Stephanie

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Wednesday Wisdom With Stacey... #WomanCrushWednesday


(this post was supposed to go up yesterday, but I was having computer problems last night!)

A few weeks ago, I had the blessing to meet Stacey. You may have seen in one of my "Weekly Rambles" posts, that I was at a golf tournament in Austin, Texas. Stacey just happened to be watching her best friend's daughter play, who happened to be in my group on the second day. 

Stacey was like the cheer leader for out whole group! She was so encouraging and funny and helped keep our heads up- golf can be a roller coaster of emotions. 


I instantly felt a connection with her, and I believe God had us meet for a reason! I asked her if she'd like to be a guest on my blog, and she happily agreed! I asked her to share some advice she may give to a 17 year old (or anyone, for that matter!!) about some things she's learned about life so far...



To start, I’m 44 [GASP!].  Yeah, I know.  Just this side of life support.  I’m married and have no kids.  Why do I tell you that?  Because, if you don’t have kids, you don’t have to mentally grow up.  Don’t get me wrong I have to still be all mature and junk (I have a mortgage, retirement and stuff like that) but I still watch animated shows and my husband still plays video games.  Since I’m not a parent you don’t have to run screaming in terror.  Just think of me as that much older friend you can trust because what I choose to tell you I do so out of been there/done that experience.  I don’t give a rip if you believe it or follow it.  Won’t affect me one way or the other.  This is wisdom gained over years of living, not trying, trying, failing, trying again, and succeeding.


You might recognize some of the stuff I’m going to write about.  Deep in the fog of your mind it will sound familiar.  Most likely your parents have told you some of these nuggets but you’ve blown them off because they’re your folks.  I did the same thing.  Truth be told they’re not idiots but you’ll figure that one out as you get older. 


So, let's see where this takes us...



Let’s start off with this one…“Don’t let the small stuff bother you.”  That’s a good quote but I think it’s missing something and don’t know that I agree with it entirely.  

I mean, scorpions are small.  They would definitely bother me.  And deadly bacteria…those are pretty darn small, too.  I’m certainly going to let that give me the heebie jeebies.  Seriously though, this is how I’d rephrase it: 

“Some small stuff is good, some is bad.  Some small stuff should bother you and some should be ignored.  Just use your head, be smart and decide what you want to be concerned with and what you can blow off.  But remember, time is finite.  Use it wisely.  Ain’t no do-overs, folks.” 

  No, that won’t fit on a bumper sticker but, if you get your brain wrapped around that theory in your early years, you’ll be so far ahead of the herd it will blow your mind.  Frankly most things in life we think are a big deal really aren’t – especially while you’re in high school.  And if you let all the debris and crap bother you constantly, you miss out on a lot of wonderful things.  It took me a lot of years to understand that, not until I was in my 30’s.  Don’t let that happen to you.

Thank you so much Stacey for being a part of my blog, and sharing your wisdom with others!

I hope y'all enjoyed Stacey's post, and hopefully she'll be back on soon with some more insight! Have a great day and remember don't let small stuff, that really is the small stuff, bother you. 

XoXo, 
Stephanie

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Weekly Vlogs and Rambles!

Happy March, everyone!!! February went by so fast! 
Catch up with my vlogs from this week! You'll get a glimpse of my life, meals, workouts,  and just some rambles!

Enjoy!

2/26 Vlog Highlights: 
  • New iPhone 6, 
  • New Whole Foods First Reaction!
  •  Nutrition/"How I Eat" Update
  • Favorite Chocolate bar...




2/27 Vlog Highlights:
  • Full Day of Eating
  • Favorite Girls Fitness YouTube Channels
  • Prom Dress Shopping
  • Book Recommendation! 




Some other weekly rambles....

My Favorite Verse:



I've been wearing my Nikki Blakketter pullover a ton this week! It's perfect for over a tank or sports bra, and it's super cozy because it's fleece on the inside. Unfortunatley, this one is sold out, but she also has a similar one still available: http://nikkiblackketter.com/products/be-bold-cozy-turquoise-sweater





















I've been really loving the whole "Kylie Jenner Inspired" makeup...  I tried it out today with a Lip Pencil From Kevin Aucion call Minimal, that I just picked up the other day! It's the perfect color for that "Kylie lip." (Makeup Details Posted on Instagram)



Sunday's vlog will be up this week!



Thanks for spending some time with me!
XoXo, Stephanie