6 Fun facts about Me!

I’ve shared some fun facts about me over on Instagram, and Facebook so I wanted to share here on the blog in more “detail” about my fun facts! You’ll have to be sure to let me know if we share the same facts – so be sure to comment below!

  • I LOVE to dance but I have ZERO rhythm! My friends talk about me all the time because there is no shame in my dancing skills, and if there is good music playing – oh, I’m dancing!
  • I’m a HUGE Dance Moms Fan! Like it’s legit my guilty pleasure. I’ve been watching it for years, and I will still binge watch old episodes on the weekends with no shame. Maybe I’m a fan because I grew up in tap and ballet, but my mom wasn’t a crazy dance mom. Lol I love watching the dance routines and looking for technique skills. I love the drama and my favorite line from Abby Lee Miller is “save your tears for the pillow, sweetheart”.
  • I listen to Christmas music year-round. Yep, you read that right – it’s always Christmas wherever I am. It could be soft Christmas jazz music or the full blown out “Last Christmas” belting loudly in the car or at my apartment. Christmas is my favorite, so to my future hubby (where ever he is) get ready because our wedding will totally be held in December.
  • I’m a really picky eater! Like, BAD! I don’t like mayo, ranch, sour cream, cream cheese, those funny salad dressings that are not Italian (ps I love OLIVE GARDEN’S salad dressing and buy it by the bottle). I don’t do office potlucks at all, I only eat my moms or my sisters chicken salad (but I cannot watch them make it and add mayo). I like to try new foods, but I have to ask what’s in it before I try it.
  • I participated in High School choir, and competition choral choir at my local community college. I love every aspect of the choral area from technique to song selections. I was first soprano back in the day, but more in between soprano/alto now.
  • I’m a 2 on the Ennegram chart – which is “The Helper” and if you know me it shows daily in my actions. If you’re interested in finding out your ennegram type, click here. I would love to know what you’re number is!

Ok, folks that’s it! I’ll share some more fun facts later, so be sure you’re subscribed to be in the loop on all my postings! Thanks for reading, friend! Have a great day! xx

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My First Blog Post

Pull up a chair, cue the confetti and let’s have some fun!

Hi Friends! I’m so glad you’re here. Creating my own blog page has been on my to-do list for the past year and I’m so excited that it’s here! Stay tuned for more updates this week as I get acquainted with this new space. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates. Again, I’m so glad here! xoxo


About Me

My name is Nicole, I live in Jackson, MS, 32, work at a law firm in the field of Human Resources as the firm’s Employee Engagement Specialist. I love people, and working in HR allows me to connect and engage with people. I have an undergrad degree in Paralegal Studies and a masters degree in Leadership with an HR concentration. I also most recently received my SHRM-CP (Society of Human Resources Management) certification in July 2019.

When I’m not working or serving at my local church, you can find me here at Lelia’s! My late grandmother, Lelia loved shopping and making people feel at “home”. Because of my grandmothers heart for shopping and loving on others her spirit has inspired me to continue to do the same!

I love a good deal, and I love unique findings so you will always find posted the latest sale somewhere! I also love empowering women to be there best self. Growing up I struggled with my self-esteem (and later anxiety) and walked through that journey for many years alone because I was too scared to speak up. I finally spoke up and got some help through therapy and medication. SN: If you’re walking through the same just know sweet beautiful friend, I get it and I’m here for you!

I hope you continue to follow me on this journey of fashion and inspiration! To those who have been following and supporting me from day one, THANK YOU! To those who have just joined, WELCOME!

Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021!

Well my friends, the clock will strike midnight and we will welcome a New Year! I’m hopeful that 2021 will be better, and if it’s not better – I hope we’re all better in our own lives. 2020 was filled with lots of losses that we should count as lessons or blessings. For me it was full of unknowns, losses, lessons, a new normal, a new way of working, growing my blog, working with brands I’ve never would have dreamed of, lots of smiles, laughs, cooking, learning TikTok dances, growing plants, FaceTimes, lots of alone time, a few tears, a few sleepless nights, lots of prayer, lots of walks outside, journal entries, having hard conversations, and dreaming of the future! There were also lots of moments on how I could be a better friend, a better co-worker, a better daughter, a better resources to all of you. I really tried not to waste this year although it was thrown upside down. I’m ready to hug friends and family again, I’m ready to travel again, I’m ready to feel comfortable going out again and friends all of that will come again – we just need to continue to do our part to slow the spread.

I’m definitely grateful for the time I’ve had to work on my blog and get to know so many of you! It means the world that you choose to follow and subscribe to my blog and on my social media channels. I wish I could hug each and everyone of you!

So, as we step into 2021 I want you to take some moments to think of everything that happened in your own lives during 2020, and then look to 2021. I’m so excited that the New Year can bring new opportunities, new relationships, fresh wind and ideas, and just a chance to start over and crush new goals! Below are some questions that you can go through to to help think about your growth from this year and how to continue that growth into the New Year. I’m doing it too and it will be fun to look back on my answers as I go through the next year!

  • What did 2020 teach you?
  • What is one small thing that you can do to change your life? (for example, for me it was committing to walking 30 mins a day for at-least 3 days a week – because of that it has helped me shed some quarantine weight and helped lower my blood pressure #lifechange)
  • What do you need to practice doing more or less of in the New Year?
  • Have you practiced self-care in 2020? If not, how can you make sure that you practice self-care in 2021?
  • In the past 12 months, how have you grown? (celebrate the big and tiny victories)
  • How did, or do you plan to practice boundaries? (for me, I had to control what I allowed myself to watch, listen, or read. It could be limiting the amount of news you listen or watch in order to keep your anxiety down or removing toxic relationships out of your life)
  • Did you achieve any career milestones, if not, how can you achieve your career milestone in the New Year?
  • What were your 3 challenges this year? How did you overcome them?
  • How as the pandemic changed you, or your family?
  • Who can you thank before the New Year starts? or, thank in general?
  • What’s a skill that you learned in 2020 that you can take into 2021?, Or, what’s a skill you would like to learn in 2021?
  • What are you most excited about in 2021?

To end, I just want to say congrats on pushing through this tough year – especially a major kuddos to teachers, parents who had to be teachers, those who had to juggle a household, those who work on the front-line, and our healthcare heroes! Yall are the real MVP’s! I celebrate Y-O-U! Cue the confetti!

Wishing you peace, love and laughter in the New Year! God is good and because of his love joy that He brings me (and you too), I’m ready to dance into 2021 – let’s do this! xoxo

Spanx Looks

Hi Friends! Today I wanted to talk about some new Spanx looks that I am loving. I had been on the fence for a few years and I finally pulled the trigger on a pair of their faux leather leggings during the Nordstrom sale and I AM IN LOVE and convinced that Spanx is worth every single penny! I must say in full transparency that the first couple of times I wore my faux leather leggings I had to do a little dance to get into them, but once they’re on they’re on – they don’t slide and fit like a glove. Regarding the fit, I’m typically a 1x on the bottoms or a 16/18. Based on the reviews on the Nordstrom site and Spanx site I sized up to a 2x and they’re a perfect fit.

Now let’s talk about these looks I’m sharing with you guys today!

First up are these Spanx moto leggings – I was hesitant at first about these leggings, but after I got them on I’m obsessed with them! Wearing a 2x in the leggings. Next is this drape front leather jacket – oh my goodness, it is so good! From the leather details, to the thumb holes (I’m sure there’s some fancy word for it), pockets, and that it wraps makes this jacket a total winner. I’m wearing a XL in the jacket.

As you can see from the photo above that you can wear the moto leggings with anything! I paired it with this red turtlneck sweater from Target.

This complete look from Spanx (above) is effortless. Top is linked here. Jacket linked here.

Spanx’s Perfect Black Pant, Ankle 4-Pocket ponte pants are SO good! As far as the fit, they are fitted just like the faux leather leggings but just in a softer fabric. I still sized up one in the ponte pants but opted for the petite length (2x petite). I’ve been wearing the black ponte ankle pants with everything! You could easily dress these up or down. Pair them with heels or your favorite pair of booties. They do have functional pockets in the back but the two pockets in the front are faux.

I love this look with the ponte pants and the leather jacket all from Spanx

I’ve been so impressed with the quality and fit of these pieces from Spanx and I hope you can give them a try too! XO

Do you own a pair of leggings from Spanx? If so, let me know your favorite in the comments!

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Merry & Bright

Can you believe Christmas is here! I’m telling you the little girl in me always gets anxious as Christmas day arrives. I must admit that I also go to bed early on Christmas eve just in case Santa stops by and I don’t want him spitting any coal in my eye (haha, thanks mom)! Today I’m sharing a few reasons why I love Christmas time, including my top 10 Christmas songs and movies! Let me know in the comments what are some things you love about Christmas time.

Why I love the Holiday Season

  • All the magic and wonder the season it brings, sometimes you don’t even have to look for it.
  • The Christmas music
  • All of the Hallmark and Lifetime Movies
  • The food, merry snacks, and drinks!
  • Laughter and joy that the Holiday season it brings
  • An opportunity to start a new tradition or revisit old traditions
  • Christmas through a little child’s eyes is the best thing ever!
  • Finding ways to give back to others or your community
  • Gifting the best gifts and seeing the expressions on others faces
  • The gatherings (although this year is totally different with everyone staying home)
  • Celebrating the birth of our Savior
  • Christmas decor everywhere
  • Decorating the Christmas tree
  • The cold weather and the start of Winter
  • Wearing a bold red lip every single day in December
  • Christmas cards (I love getting them in the mail and sending my own cards out)

Top 10 Christmas Songs

  • Last Christmas by WHAM
  • Let It Snow by Boyz II Men
  • Merry Christmas Darling by the Carpenters
  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Darlene Love
  • All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey
  • This Christmas by Donny Hathaway
  • Fa La La by Justin Bieber (feat. Boyz II Men)
  • Mistletoe by Justin Bieber
  • Light of the World by Lauren Daigle
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Lauren Daigle

Top 10 Christmas Movies

  • A Christmas Story (hands down, and by far my favorite)
  • Elf
  • Jingle All the Way
  • Four Christmases
  • Santa Clause
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the original version)
  • The Best Man Holiday
  • Miracle on 34th St.
  • Home Alone
  • Christmas Vacation

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

Beating The Holiday Blues

Hi Friends! One thing I know is that the Holiday blues are a real thing. As much as I love the Holiday season, I too still get in a little funk. It’s important to know that this is normal, and emotions can come in like waves, just know you’re not alone. I also tend to carry the burden of others who may find this season a very dark time, just know that I think and pray for those often and hard.

My good friend, Paul Calcote invited me to be a guest on his podcast and we talked about 7 ways to beat the Holiday blues. You can subscribe to his podcast, Real People, Real Talk wherever you download and listen to your podcasts (and leave a review too)! You can check out the podcast here. I also wanted to share the 7 tips we talked about with you below.

Paul Calcote, host of Real People, Real Talk

7 Ways to Beat the Holiday Blues!

  1. Start a New Tradition – what tradition can you start this year? It may look like trying a handful of things and figure out what will stick and whatever brings you the most joy. Repeat the next year and so forth.
  2. The Basics: Sunlight, rest, and exercise – with the days becoming even shorter, take advantage of trying to get out and enjoy some sunshine. Take days off and get some rest or do something you enjoy. Don’t forget to practice self-care. Be intentional in your movement as well. Enjoy a brisk walk outdoors or find a fun exercise video on YouTube.
  3. Find a Way To Giveback – Play secret Santa for a stranger or for a family need. Don’t feel the need to broadcast every little thing you do that will take the fun out of being a secret Santa. This year has been hard for all – let’s try to put smiles on faces, and it will put a smile on your face too!
  4. Cheer on Your Essential Worker Friends – This is very unique to 2020 as we all know the weight this year has brought. Send virtual giftcards to your friends and family who work in the healthcare field and cheer them! Let them know how much you see them, value them, and love them!
  5. Don’t Over Extend Yourself – It’s easy to say yes to all the things, but remember you’re human and you have to take care of yourself too. It’s okay to say “no” or “maybe later” without feeling guilty of doing so. Simplify if you can because the Holidays should be filled with excitement and anticipation, not a time you’re dreading. Set your boundaries and stick to them.
  6. Do All of Your Favorite Things – Be intentional in finding joy even in the little things. Create a grateful list or a journal filled with things that make you happy. Go see the Christmas lights and watch all the Christmas movies. Make all the memories and start new ones too!
  7. Stay Close to God – Let’s not forget the true reason of the season, the birth of our Savior. Make sure you’re carving out time to sit still and sit in His presence. Read the bible, make notes on what you read and pray. Pray for those who are hurting or having a difficult time in this season. Pray for peace and contentment in the days to come.

Paul and I hope you can find comfort or inspiration in these 7 Ways of Beating the Holiday Blues! Feel free to share this post with a friend or family member, and if you have a tip that you find helpful place it in the comments so that others can be inspired by you!

Wishing you and yours a beautiful and magical Holiday season!

STOP Jewelry Collection at REEDS

Shop the STOP collection here.

When was the last time you actually just stopped for a moment? 2 years ago I would feel guilty whenever I had to say “no”, or take time off to just rest. I felt as though I was letting everyone around me down. It wasn’t until my therapist told me that I couldn’t pour into others if I wasn’t taking time to fill up my own cup. How can I show up for my friends, my family, my job, for you guys if I wasn’t taking care of myself? Many of you are moms, grandparents, aunts, sisters, friends who try to do it all, just like I try to do it all. You’re navigating a busy life, and household all during a pandemic. That deserves major kudos.

You live a busy life, it’s important to take time to yourself. Schedule time for yourself monthly!

I’m so honored to partner with REEDS Jewelers to share some beautiful jewelry pieces from their STOP collection which is a line of jewelry that is designed to be a reminder to stop and do something for yourself. Each piece was developed by women for women. Inspired by the belief of self-care. This line of jewelry is a subtle but strong daily reminder to put yourself first, if even for a few moments. If you take a close look at each piece you will see octagon silhouettes that reminds you of a stop sign.

“No one is you and that is your superpower”

We are officially in the Holiday season and what better way to celebrate YOU by placing this collection on your Santa Wishlist, better yet, treating yourself. This would also be a sweet time to gift a piece from this collection to your mom, grandmother, aunt, or your best friend. Women empower women, right? Either way I hope this is a reminder that you deserve to pause and think back on all that you have accomplished thus far! I’m all for celebrating every tiny victory and thanks to REEDS when I look down at the pieces I wear from the collection it will be my reminder to pause, breathe, and celebrate!

What better way to treat yourself than unwrapping something special from REEDS

I created a self-care routine for myself and I’ve never been happier. I am more comfortable saying “no” when I can not add anything else to my plate, or if it simply does not bring me joy. I know how to extend grace to myself when I drop the ball or when I don’t complete everything on my to-do list. I’m human, and you are too and it’s okay to say no, to sneak away to enjoy that piece of chocolate, it’s okay to take the long route home, to see a therapist to help you navigate the highs and low’s of life, it’s okay to reach out to your people and say help, it’s okay to take time for yourself, it’s okay to just pause.

I love grabbing coffee and having a few moments to just sit to myself. Sometimes I journal, sometimes I just sit in silence.

Shopping the collection is super easy! You can head to your nearest REEDS Jeweler store (don’t forget your mask) or shop from the comfort of your home by visiting their website here.

Will you join me on this journey of taking some moments to pause and celebrate the tiny victories? Here are a few ways that you practice a little self-care:

  • Take the long route home if you have some extra time (safely of course)
  • Have day dates with yourself
  • Take a long bath and put on a face mask, and light some candles
  • Buy the flowers and the cake for yourself and enjoy it over a movie
  • Mediate and breathe
  • Sit in silence, if you have kids, maybe get up a few min before they wake up or after they’re in bed
  • Take a walk
  • Sit by a lake and journal (or in your backyard)
  • Watch your favorite movie -uninterrupted!
  • Count your blessings!
I love buying myself some flowers and do so a couple times a month!

Here are the pieces that I fell in love with and enjoy wearing!

Many thanks to REEDS jewelers for sponsoring today’s blog post!

Don’t forget to treat yourself!

2020 Holiday Gift Guides

If you know me you know that I love the Holidays! I’ve created a few gift guides for her, him, and tweens below. I hope to add a few more as we go along. I hope that you enjoy and that you’re able to find the perfect gift for you mom, dad, sister, aunt, friend, co-worker and the list goes on and on.

Whatever you decide to gift, make sure that you add a special personalized touch to it whether it be a handwritten note, or add a sweet virtual note if you’re shipping the gift out.

Lastly, this year has been hard so if you’re budget does not allow to purchase gifts, know that’s okay. There are tons of ways to still let others know you care. Start with a homemade card, bake a dessert or dish in a disposable dish to deliver, create a photo collage to gift, just to name a few ways!

Happy gifting!

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From left to right starting at the top:

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Here’s to the merriest Holiday season! Xoxo

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Thanksgiving Outfits + Tips to Stay Safe!

Can not believe we’re one week away from Thanksgiving! This year will be a little different, and I am a little sad about it, but as long as my family and friends are staying safe during this pandemic then I’m okay with that! There is still so much to be thankful for as we are now in gratitude season, which really gratitude should be a daily practice just not in November, right? This year has been hard for many people, emotionally, physically, financially, and mentally. Even if celebrating during the Holidays doesn’t feel the same as in year’s past, you can still make it a great one and maybe try/add some new fun traditions!

I don’t know about you but I’m all for being comfy on Thanksgiving day, and it has to be “napped” approved, meaning I need to be able to take a nap easily in my outfit without feeling uncomfortable in my outfit. I do have a confession, I tend to always be super cute on Thanksgiving day and then towards the afternoon I’m switching to leggings and a t-shirt. It’s still so fun to get dressed up to take photos or just the idea of taking some extra time to feel good by getting dressed up. So I totally recommend still looking cute even if you are just hanging out at the house – you deserve it beautiful!

Today I’m sharing 4 looks that I will think you love for the Thanksgiving holiday next week. I’ll also share some ways that you and your family can stay safe but still have a fun this Thanksgiving!

Look #1 – I am amazed by the quality, feel, and fit of this Wal-Mart dress! It’s the perfect length and available in 4 other colors! I styled it with booties and a hat, but you could totally throw on a belt and some knee-length boots. I’m wearing the XL – in my opinion I would stick to your true size, if you want it more fitted size down one.

Look #2 – This Target dress reminds me of “Little House on The Prairie”, totally giving me those vibes! This is the perfect fall dress and is has pockets! It’s available in regular and plus! I’m wearing the XXL.

Look #3 – Now this is the coziest outfit and probably the look I’m going for next week. This Free People sweater is super over-sized (size down at-least 2 sizes), I’m wearing a Medium. Throw on some Spanx leggings (I’m wearing the 2x) and your UGGS and you’re good to go my friend! This is definitely a nap approved outfit.

Look #4 – Lastly, this look is a fav too! Yall know how much I love a Loft sweater and every year they bring out the best sweaters this oversized poncho is too cute and something you’ll reach for every week during the cooler weather season! I’m wearing the XL and paired with my Spanx leggings, but Loft has some similar leggings linked here.

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Tips to Staying Safe During the Holidays!

  • Celebrate at home – prepare a meal for those inside of your home, or keep it to immediate family only
  • Have a virtual dinner with family and friends via Zoom (also, Zoom has lifted the 40-min restriction just for the Thanksgiving holiday)
  • Watch the parade and football from the comfort of your home
  • Shop online and avoid the large crowds in stores
  • Wash your hands frequently, check your temperature often, keep your distance, and wear your mask when around others or out in public
  • Check on your loved ones and neighbors via phone, text, or facetime
  • If you must have a large crowd – keep it outside
  • Be kind – we’re all in this together. The quicker we can slow the spread, the quicker we can be all back together again
  • If you don’t feel well, STAY HOME!

Stay safe and well my friend! Prayers that you and your family have a lovely Thanksgiving holiday! xo

Cato’s Holiday Gift Guide

Whether you’re going cozy or glam this Holiday season, Cato has something for you! I’m a little extra and love any chance to wear a fun and bright Holiday outfit! My Holiday outfit is available in regular and plus sizes and will guarantee to turn heads! You can find the plaid skirt in regular and plus. The black top is also available in regular and plus. I’m wearing a 14/16 in both pieces.

Although this Holiday season may look a little different this year for everyone, you can still look and feel cute! Whether it’s an outfit that you can wear while eating Turkey or opening presents – I hope you find something that will put a smile on your face. Whatever your plans I hope you stay safe, continue to wash your hands, and wear your mask (unless you’re eating some yummy meals). Enjoy the slow moments and count your blessings every single day.

I’ve pulled together some outfits that I’m absolutely loving from Cato’s that will be sure to please whether you’re going cozy or glam! The best thing too is that all of these looks are size inclusive meaning each item comes in misses and plus sizes! Cato’s also has a fun little quick quiz to take if you want to know your Holiday style – take it here!

Cozy Looks

Glam Looks

I’m also dropping some links to Cato’s Holiday gift guide so you can get a head start on your Holiday shopping – no worries, you can thank me later! Click here to head over to view all of their Holiday gifts!

No cozy or glam outfit is complete without a mask, and Cato’s has the cutest masks and mask chains!

Thanks for reading this post! I hope you find something you LOVE, and please note that these links are affiliate links and I do receive a small commission which helps support my blog! I appreciate you and here’s to the Holiday season!

BONUS: Here is another look from Cato’s!

Shop the Top here in regular or plus / Shop Plaid pants in regular or plus

Move Ya Body

Hi Friends! Y’all the #Quaratine15 is real! And unfortunately due to the extra pounds triggered my blood pressure to rise. Yikes! My numbers were a little scary and I was faced with BP medication in my hands ready to be taken back in July, until I did a little research and found that the medication was not a good fit for me. So I decided then that I wanted to try to lower my blood pressure on my own terms. High blood pressure runs on both sides of my family, so I did prepare myself that I may have to get on medication, maybe, maybe not – we shall see. So although I don’t cook with a ton of salt, I did start to look at it more carefully and started to cut back also taking a closer look at processed food and looking at the sodium.

Yall may have heard me talk about YouTube at home workouts and I did a couple of those during the week such as a fun hip-hop workout (I actually have learned a little rhythm over the quarantine season – Lol) and a 1-mile workout video was fun. I did that for a couple of weeks, but then shifted to taking a walk outdoors early in the mornings before I had to come back home and log in to work remotely. I started off just telling myself to try it for 2-days out of the week. Fast forward to 3 months later and I’m working out 5 days out of the week and I actually look forward to doing some. There have been some days where I didn’t do my best workout or hit the snooze too many times and had to skip that day and instead of beating myself up from it – I told myself “try again tomorrow”.

I also try to go two days out of the week where I eat no meat, unless it’s baked fish or shrimp and that’s been really fun to come up with different recipes or meal planning for those days! I took my blood pressure every other day and my levels have been so good and not high like back in July. My doctor has been super impressed and has encouraged me to keep trying every day and she held off on writing me another prescription and would like to see me back in the office in about 3 months just to be sure. With these little steps it has not only lowered my blood pressure, but it has been great for my mental health. I have more energy and I enjoy breaking a sweat! I haven’t lost a ton of weight, and that’s not my high goal for the moment – I’ve found in the past when I attempted to workout I focused too much on the weight and then a month later I would just quit. So this time I’m keeping my blood pressure numbers on my mind and if the weight falls, it falls. I know that I will always be a curvy gal and I definitely don’t want to lose my curves, but I love being in charge of my health – especially in these times.

I want to share a few tips on how I’m attempting to beat a burnout, and then after that I’ll share some fun workout tunes that hype me all the way up!!

  1. Buy cute workout clothes, but start small. Maybe a pair of leggings one week, and then a cute top the next week or the next month.
  2. Find a cute pair of sneakers – I just purchased a new pair and I love them! It definitely puts an extra pep in my step.
  3. If you’re working out from home – switch up your routines or workout videos. Add your own workout music to it too.
  4. If you’re taking your workout outside – switch up the scenery every so often
  5. Use the time that you’re walking or jogging outside to brainstorm projects for work or for your home
  6. Take a phone call with a friend to keep your mind occupied
  7. Give yourself lots and lots of grace. You don’t have to get it right all the time and you certainly don’t have to do what the next person is doing. This is your journey! Do what makes you feel good.
  8. Take baby steps – start out with working out once a week and increase based on how you feel.
  9. Treat yourself often whether that’s fixing yourself a hearty breakfast or getting your nails done every month.
  10. Don’t compare your story with anyone else! Do this for you!
  11. Switch up your Workout Tunes!

Now, here are just a few of my favorite fun workout tunes I like to listen as I workout:

Ain’t About What You Got – Star Cast

Better (feat. Yo Gotti) – Meghan Trainor

Just Fine – Mary J. Blige

Laugh Now, Cry Later – Drake

Lean On (feat. MO & DJ Snake) – Major Lazer

Like A Girl – Lizzo

Roar – Katy Perry

Savage Remix (feat. Beyonce) – Megan Thee Stallion

Super Bass – Nicki Minaji

Survivor – Destiny’s Child

Lose My Breath – Destiny’s Child

Good As Hell – Lizzo

Work from Home – Fifth Harmony

Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa

What are some ways that keep you motivated to move ya body? Share in the comments and we can all be inspired!

Stay safe and well my friends! xo

Nighttime Skincare Routine

Hi Friends! I wanted to share my nighttime skincare routine especially now with the wearing of masks on a daily basis which sometimes for me causes little breakouts. The past 6 months of working from home has been great for my skin to breathe from the daily wearing of makeup and a great opportunity to work on some trouble areas on my skin – like some dark pigmentation on my forehead. I still wear makeup maybe once a week and sometimes once every 2 weeks it’s so crazy how times have changed, but I love it!  Let me tell you it’s not too late to start working on your skincare. It’s important to work on your skincare at night because that’s when your skin really does all the magic while you’re sleeping. So, let’s dive into my nighttime skincare routine. Also to note I follow 3 simple steps: Cleanse, Treat, Seal the Deal with Moisturizer.  Disclaimer: It’s taking me a few months to come up with a routine and you honestly have to put in the work and give yourself time to allow the products to do what it needs to do. My skincare routine may not work for your skin, but maybe one of the products that I do share will fit into your own skincare routine. Just to note: I do have combination skin and tend to get oily on my forehead and nose area. I do have slight sensitive skin but I’m not overly sensitive.

Here is my oh so glowy face before jumping into bed aka – my favorite part of the day!

Here are all the products I use each night. Some nights I skip at least 2 but I’ll explain how often I use the products under each product.

Step 1: TAKE IT ALL OFF! The Kiehl’s cleanser at night is heaven sent! It’s the 2-1 and affordable price point for me. At $22 this cleanser will remove all of your makeup along with excess oil, dirt, and debris. It’s great for Normal, Dry, and Sensitive skin. Great if you have skin care concerns from oiliness, dullness, and uneven texture, and acne and blemishes. It feels amazing and won’t let your skin feeling tight and dry.

Step 2: After I cleanse my skin I follow up with the product that I’ve used since high school, the Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion! Not only is it gentle, but it packs a huge punch! It’s a gentle, medicated liquid exfoliater that reduces excess oil and shine, mattifies your skin’s appearance, and it helps to unclog your pores! It’s great for Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily skin. Just take a cotton pad pour some on your pad and swipe your face and neck with it. Price point: $17.50 – I don’t use this product every night, unless I’m experiencing some breakouts but I do use it every other night after I cleanse my face.

Step 3: Another favorite Clinique product, the Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel is one of my new favs since Quaratine. I’ve been having more blemishes due to mask wearing so every night I will dab just a little of this on every single bump it dries clear so you don’t have to worry about seeing little tiny rings. The directions say to spread it all over your face but I don’t recommend it – just squeeze a little bit and dab it on your blemish. The price point is great at $27.50 that will last you for MONTHS!

Step 4: This is an added thing I’ve added to my skincare routine but I’m trying to work on some pigmentation issues on my forehead so I’m using the Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum that I use on all my dark spots and it’s been 2 months and I’m just now seeing the “brightening” affect. That’s why it’s important to give your products time to work. Also when it comes to this kind of treatment you need to be 100% consistent don’t even skip a day. This is a little pricey but worth it. It is on sale for the moment so run!

Step 5: My favorite part! This Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Facial Mist! After I treat my skin I then spray this mist, the rose petal over my entire face to seal everything in. It smells so good and so refreshing.

Step 6: The Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate Oil is also another favorite! I don’t use this every night but I do use it once a week added to my nighttime skincare routine after I cleanse and treat my skin. This is magic in a bottle yall. If your skin is very stubborn or you have tons of breakouts of mini bumps after two nights of using this oil you will see a huge difference in your skin. Sephora puts it as “An anti-aging night serum that hydrates skin overnight for a smoother-looking complexion and a radiant glow come morning.” It’s pricey but again you will love it, your skin will love it, and it will last you a few months! I rather spend on my skincare because that’s super important to me over makeup.

Step 7: Last but not least one of my fav moisturizers! After I finish my skincare routine if I feel like I need an extra boost I’ll use my Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. There are some nights where I don’t treat my skin and will just cleanse and then jump straight to this step. This moisturizer is also great for the daytime as well. It’s free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and carbamide and in return will deliver long hours of hydration! It’s great for Dry, Normal, and Combination skin. It will also help with Dryness, and Dullness and Uneven Skin Texture.

Bonus: I forgot to picture but don’t forget your lips! Here is a list of my favorite lip balms and masks:

Here’s to healthy + glowy skin! What’s your favorite skincare product drop it below.

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