• Blog,  Pregnancy

    10 Things I’ve Learned About Myself During Pregnancy

    “I’m very interested in truth, in finding ways to be messy and unsure and flawed and incredible and great and my fullest self, all wrapped into one.” – Emma Watson 1. I am stronger than I have given myself credit for. For years, I endured someone telling me I wasn’t enough. I thought that the fact that I stayed much longer than I should have in a toxic relationship made me weak. However, I never lost my hope. I never lost my optimism. I never gave up. Now I realize, it took a lot of strength to hold myself up no matter how hard someone tried to tear me down.…

  • Beauty Tips,  Pregnancy

    Pregnancy Skincare – 5 Products That Saved My Skin

    “Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a miracle.”   As a skincare professional, I am basically obsessed with my skin. If my skin feels off, my whole day feels off. I’ve learned that self-care is truly essential to my overall well being. I literally spent months trying to perfect a toxin-free skincare routine that addresses the new issue of hormonal/reactice skin. For the first time in a long time, I am able to look in the mirror and touch my skin without feeling defeated. Its been a long road. I am entering my 6th month of pregnancy, to add a clear timeline for reference. I did a lot of research, but…

  • Beauty Tips

    Beauty Routines – The Art of Masking

    “Happiness is a habit. So is your skincare.”   While I see many posts and how-to videos on exfoliation, sun protection, and facial massage, I don’t tend to see as many on the topic of masking. I find it is often one of the most underrated steps in a skin-care routine. The mask tends to be an afterthought, something that is perhaps used once a week at best. Did you know that you can mask everyday? You can also mix-and-match different types of masks, and even layer one mask on top of the other. Its really one of the most fun skincare products, because you can play with different types…

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    Truth Telling and The Human Condition

    “The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.” -Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) One of the things that lights my soul up and ignites my creativity more than anything is attending the theater. I have seen countless fantastic productions, and traveled throughout 3 countries (and counting) to attend shows. One of the things I’ve noticed is that from Shakespeare to the hottest new musical, I always find myself connected to the character’s stories. Their fear, anger, frustration, heartbreak, joy, triumphs, and love stories. Why…

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    Facing The Fear Of Vulnerability

    “Vulnerability is not about fear and grief and disappointment; it is the birthplace of everything we are hungry for.” – Brene Brown Writing has been my passion for as long as I can remember. However, it is one of the things I keep most private in my life. Some of my closest friends have never seen my writing, aside from personal holiday cards I make out to them. In fact, I am about 1,000 times more likely to share my stories with complete strangers. When I started this blog, I made a separate Instagram account. To this day, only my childhood best friend and significant other know about any of…

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    Relationships: The Bachelor, Love, and Letting Go

    “One of the most courageous decisions you’ll ever make is to finally let go of what is hurting your heart and soul.” – Brigitte Nicole  While I don’t watch a ton of reality tv, there is one show I am borderline obsessed with: The Bachelor. Perhaps its the hopeless romantic in me that is always rooting for love. It could simply be my curiosity. Either way, I find myself glued to the television on Monday nights, and this season, the show has been quite thought provoking. I think many of us expected Becca K. to go back to her ex after he made the grand gesture of flying all the way…

  • Beauty Tips

    Beauty Routines – Nighttime Rituals

    “Glamour is about feeling good in your own skin.” -Zoe Saldana Recently, one of my BFF’s stayed the night at my place. Just as I was settling into bed, she asked me if I had any make-up remover. Wrong question to ask an esthetician, even at midnight. I sprung up like a jack-in-the-box, and proceeded to pull out a cleaner, toner, eye cream, serum, and night moisturizer that matched her fairly normal skin type. She looked at me like I had 3 heads, but bared with me as I walked her through the process. When we woke up in the morning, she looked in the mirror, touched her face, and was…

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    Inspiration and Weekend Vibes

    “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” -Mark Twain Some mornings, inspiration hits before I even open my eyes, and I hit the ground running. Other days, its like pulling teeth trying to pull one creative thought from my mind. I listen to my favorite podcasts, read exerts from my favorite books, and watch performance art on youtube. Some days, I give up on creativity, grumbling “I hope I see you tomorrow.” However, some days, right when I am on the edge of frustration, I am quiet for a moment…and the magic happens. Many of us are filling our minds so full of outside stimuli…

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    Girls Compete, Women Empower

    “Some women fear the fire, some women simply become it…” – r.h. sin Lately, I’ve been feeling a lot of gratitude and appreciation for what I have. I wake up in the morning thrilled to have a cup of coffee and start writing. Some days, my mind starts racing and forming sentences before I even open my eyes. For years I’ve been drawn to the quote, “Do something that makes you jump out of bed in the morning.” I finally understand that kind of joy-filled motivation. When I’m feeling particularly good, I like to go out in the world and try to spread a little love. Usually, I’m met with positivity,…

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    Life is Your Stage – Embrace Your Creativity!

    “Every woman has the power to seduce the world with her uniqueness, passion, and creativity.” – Donna Karan What are you are naturally good at? What moves you to tears? What makes your heart race and your entire nervous system switch to overdrive? We all have a unique talent to share with the world. I believe that one of the main sources of unhappiness stems from stifling our creativity. We let fear and insecurity stand in our way, and refuse to share our passion with the world. How can we feel fulfilled and happy if we are ignoring the things that make us feel the most? I spent most of…