Thursday, November 26, 2015

Looking for some simple ways to dress up you hair game this holiday season? These 4 hairstyles are simple to re-create and will definitely pull together any holiday party look! Watch the video to see how to re create them!

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Stay Balanced And Eating Disorder Free During The Holidays.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Holidays are a hard time of year to keep that balance of "staying fit" and also "indulging in the season's special treats." It's even harder when you add in the factor of recovering from an eating disorder. Family recipes, pumpkin pie, gingersnaps, mashed potatoes, hot chocolate, stuffing, and all the options on Thanksgiving... there are so many more opportunities to indulge in amazing (but nonetheless more indulgent) food!

I was inspired to write about this topic after reading a post by my sweet friend Julia, "How to Survive The Holidays With an Eating Disorder." She said  so perfectly everything I was feeling. She has a way with words I only wish I could have, so I just wanted to give her a little shout out! :)

I also found this great article  from Huffington Post about how to host a Thanksgiving that supports Eating Disorder Recovery. I loved everything they said, and I'm glad to see awareness of the issue around the holidays being spread!

I started to think about my past holiday seasons spent with the monster of an eating disorder controlling every decision about food that I made, what I've learned, and what I would tell my younger self or anyone going through the same struggle.

I will say now, that of course I have my "hard days"... but I am at my healthiest mentally and physically that I have ever been. I feel like I can give my insight and advice genuinely. I actually take my own advice and practice what I preach. If I had tried to write this post a year or two ago, I feel like I'd be being fake--preaching balance while still struggling so much on the inside myself.

The holidays can be a struggle for many kinds of eating disorders--not just the restrictive type. Being surrounded by delicious food can be triggering for someone with BED (Binge Eating Disorder) because they feel like they can't simply "have a little bit of pie" without being triggered to binge. I have friends in my personal life that have dealt with BED and it's amazing how we can relate now to the struggles even though our types of eating disorders were different.

Allow yourself to indulge in holiday recipes.

Like Julia said in her post, I would spend hours scrolling through Pinterest drooling over the delicious holiday recipes, that I would hope to allow myself to enjoy, but secretly knowing I never would. And then if I did indulge, I would feel so guilty and try to burn it off the next day. What I like to do now, is pick some healthier treats to make so I can enjoy them without any feelings of guilt. That being said, I'm still working on having a spontaneous cookie or piece of pie without guilt, but the thing is--I'm working on it.

Find healthy recipes you truly enjoy and that satisfy your tastebuds and soul. And then, let yourself have your favorite classics--like your mom's Magic Cookie Bars (my personal fav).

I vividly remember one year being so restrictive leading up until Christmas day because I told myself I was going to indulge in the food "without guilt" only if I was "extra good" with my diet leading up to it. Now for someone who doesn't have a past struggle with food, it can be a totally healthy mindset to eat a little cleaner leading up to a more indulgent day of eating. But someone who does have a past struggle with food, it just sets you up for disordered thoughts and behaviors.

Don't restrict your body, respect your body.

Try to eat normally (maybe a little bit lighter, but nothing extreme) even when you know you'll be having some richer food during the day. Never starve yourself during the day, just because you're planning on having a cheat meal at night. That just sets you up to over eat and feel guilty later. I like to focus on higher protein and veggie filled meals that will keep me full and my metabolism burning before I have a big indulgent meal.

Lastly, I wanted to say that you don't have to be so hard on yourself. I used to feel like I wasn't "recovering from my eating disorder" if I didn't make myself have a treat. I felt obligated to prove to myself an my family that I was "strong", that I was "normal." What? Why? Normal people pass up pie if they don't feel like it, so why can't I? The thing to realize is you have to decipher when your eating disorder is telling you not to eat something because it's "fattening" or when your body simply doesn't feel like it. If I feel like having an extra piece of pie just because it tasted so good, I'm going to allow myself to. If I feel to full after Thanksgiving dinner, and want to skip pie, I'm going to allow myself too. It will be there later. If I over eat and feel full and bloated, I'm not going to beat myself up over it. If I wake up feeling anxious, I'm going to allow myself to feel anxious. But I will not allow those feelings to take away from the joy of spending time with friends and family. When I start to feel anxious and those disordered thought creep in, I don't ignore them and push them away. I pray. I pray to God to help me work through those feelings, see where they are coming from, and go about my day with peace and Him by my side when I'm faced with a challenge. Shoving your feelings away only makes them come out stronger later. Just stop, acknowledge the feelings, breathe, and pray. 

My goal this coming year is to take care of myself mind, body and spirit. Being healthy is not just about eating well and working it out. It's about being happy, loving, being present, spending time with your friends and family, being confident, and doing what works for you! I hope you all find your balance, and have a great holiday season filled with friends, family, and yummy food!

Natural Glam Makeup Tutorial

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hey guys! This is one of my favorite natural glam makeup looks. It can be worn in the day time or at night, and you can dress it up with a darker lip if you'd like. It's simple and doesn't use a ton of products. Watch the video to see how to re-create the look!

Products Used:

  • Smash box Photo Finish Primer Water
  • Makeup Forever HD Foundaiton
  • Beauty Blender
  • Smashbox BB Eyes Concealer 
  • Makeup Forever HD Translucent Powder (with Real Techniques Setting Brush)
  • Too Faced Lemon Drop Shadow Insurance
  • Becca Ombre Nudes Palette
  • Maybelline Master Drama Liquid Liner
  • Maybelline Full n Soft Waterproof Mascara
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Opal
  • Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Nights Bronzer
  • Decca Flowerchild Blush
  • Lipstick Queen Pinky Nude Sinner (not shown)

Keep Your Nails/Cuticles Soft and Healthy This Winter!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Hey y'all! Today I'm going to be taking about something that happens to all of us during the colder months- dry cuticiles!!! I know that doesn't sound fun, but it's something we all struggle with! I think keeping your nails and cuticles healthy and soft is really important to feeling confident when rocking those fun nail colors! Recently, I started using the Dermworx MoistureWORX Nail and Cuticle Fortifying Treatment every night and I have seen a huge difference in my nails and cuticles.

I used to get a lot of hang nails and I would always put on hand cream, but it just wasn't cutting it. When I started using the MoistureWORX (which is specifically for cuticles) everynight, my hang nails started to heal and stay away. I like to get my nails done every few weeks, and before I felt like I was paying so much and my nails just not staying how the salon made them look so healthy. Now, I can go longer without getting them done because the nail bed just looks so much healthier!

All I do is squeeze out a tiny but of the nail and cuticle treatment and rub it in between my fingers to warm up the product, then massage it on to my cuticle and nail bed. I like to apply it overnight before bed so it can soak in overnight.

Smooth, moisturized nails are a sign of good health
Healthy nails typically need three products to strengthen, hydrate and protect.  Nail & Cuticle was designed as a convenient 3-in-1 formula to give you the gorgeous nails you want without the hassle of using multiple products. That's what I need. Something simple!

Key features of MoistureWORX Nail & Cuticle Fortifying Treatment include:
  • Keratin Protein to strengthen and fortify nails
  • Beeswax and Shea Butter to hydrate and condition rough, dry cuticles
  • Petrolatum and Vitamins A, C & E to protect against drying and irritating environmental factors
  • - See more at: http://www.dermworx.com/shop-now/moistureworx-trade-nail-and-cuticle-fortifying-treatment?gclid=CMLtmMK-n8kCFQeKaQodyLEC-A#sthash.vjNnTULj.dpuf

I hope you guys try out this product if you have the same struggle as I do with dry cuticles! Now time for some fun holiday nail colors! ;)

My Contour, Highlight Blush and Bronzer Routine

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Hey guys! Today I'm back with another makeup tutorial and it's all about contouring, highlighting, blush and broker. I get so many questions on the difference between contour and bronzer, where to put it, what brush to use, what shade, cream or powder... there's so many variations now that I know it can get confusing! Today I'll be showing you my basic routine for contour, highlight, blush and bronzer using only 3-4 products that are all powder. There's no need for those crazy foundation lines and 100 step tutorials to create a sculpted and glowing complexion! Now enough talking, let's get it into the video! :)

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Paleo Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

We're already deep into the season of the pumpkin obsession, so I wanted to share with you one of favorite healthy pumpkin bread recipes! Growing up my would make pumpkin cranberry bread, and it was and still is one of my favorite baked treats around the holidays. But, I wanted to have a healthier version I could enjoy all the time without a second thought! This version is paleo- so its' grain free, dairy free and refined sugar free. It's made with all whole, unprocessed ingredients that you can feel good about putting into your body. The recipe is low carb and higher in healthy fats, which is not a bad thing! I used a mix of coconut palm sugar (a low glycemic sweetener that has a similar taste to brown sugar) and stevia (zero calorie natural sweetener) for just the right amount of sweetness without tons of sugar. The cranberries give a tart punch and the pecans add a little crunch.  It pairs perfect with a cup of coffee, hot tea, or glass of almond milk! I had my family taste this and they said they could not tell the difference between it and my mom's signature recipe!

Paleo Pumpkin Cranberry Bread
(makes 1 loaf)


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup stevia
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup cranberries (raw)
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts

  1. Pre heat oven at 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all wet ingredients in a bowl. (eggs, egg whites, pumpkin, almond milk, vanilla, coconut oil)
  3. Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl. (flours, spices, baking soda/powder, stevia, coconut sugar, and sea salt). Whisk well.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients, mix very well.
  5. Fold in cranberries and pecans.
  6. Pour into an 8x5 pan (lined with parchment paper or greased with coconut oil)
  7. Sprinkle a little extra coconut sugar on the top for a crystalized coating on top! 
  8. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
  9. Let cool before slicing and serving. Enjoy!
Nutriton facts: don't need em' cuz calories don't measure how healthy it is. ;)

Hope you give it a try!

Fall Look Book | 3 outfits

Thursday, November 12, 2015

I hope you all enjoy my fall look book! Let me know if you'd like to see more!

Outfit Details:

Look #1

Long Sleeve Tee: GAP, Denim Shorts: American Eagle,  Vest: Target, Hat: Target (old, similar here), Boots: DSW

Look #2
Crop Top: American Eagle, Skirt: Target (old), Hat: Target (old, similar here), Shoes: Sam Edelman for Target (old, similar here), Ring: Tat2 Designs

Look #3
Tee: American Eagle, Jacket: American Eagle (old), Jeggings: American Eagle , Wedges: TOMS

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