fashion & fitness friday!

Happy holiday weekend FRIDAY!!!! Can I get a WOOP, WOOP!?
So stinkin' excited for the weekend to be here.

For the fashion aspect of today's post....I have been living in my barre gear lately. Like dirtball, head to work, straight after class (even though I go home first to get the boys). So a few "staple" pieces to at least make me look presentable:

1. Zella sweater - - > this sweater is SOOO lightweight. Just gives you that coverage to make you feel like you aren't showing everything. Plus it has thumbholes. Thumbholes just make any outfit complete ;)

2. On the Mark necklace - - I live in this necklace....literally. I wear it with everything. I think it's a mixture of how cute it is but also the meaning of the arrow. It's always a great reminder to see when I look in the mirror at barre class.

3. LTB bracelet

(Shoot me an email if you want more info on this bracelet!)

For the fitness aspect of today's post...I was recently asked to share more on my fitness regimen. Here are some specific questions to share some light on what I do!

What foods do you eat pre-workout?
Well, when I've been "good" & prepped my meals, I normally 'eat on the go'. I have a 15 minute drive to my Pure Barre studio at the ungodly hour of 5am. Since I sleep until the very last minute, I have to have food that is literally grab.and.go! So my 3 go to items are: hard boiled eggs, almond butter quinoa bars, & english muffin with almond butter. I am normally famished come the middle of class, so even if I'm not "hungry", I normally force myself to eat something during my drive.

What do you listen to during your workout?
Whatever the Pure Barre mix is for the day!!! If I'm lucky to get a workout in at home with my animals kiddos, I normally am not able to wear I listen to them playing, or screaming, or crying.....

How do you switch up certain routines daily / weekly to stay motivated?
Motivation has not been an issue for me lately. The variety of Pure Barre workouts has been amazing. It's entirely different from when I ran 24/7....and did the occasional Physique 57 workout or Ballet Physique. The camaraderie at the studio, encouragement by the instructors & just the FUN of the workouts, keeps me so motivated & interested in the workouts. Plus no 2 workouts are exactly the same. Even if I went every day Sunday through Saturday, not one of the 55 minute sessions would be the exact same. Variety is the spice of life ;)

What do you eat or do after your workout to make sure you got the most out of your workout?
I recently discovered the importance of this!!! I am so happy to share :) So as soon as I get home, I make a PWO shake. I am totally addicted to the CLICK brand's Caramel one. So yummy!!! I just put 12 oz of water in my shaker, 2 scoops of the mix & shake, shake, SHAKE! I used to mix it with Almond Milk, but I prefer the water. I also recently started using BCAA's. I haven't quite found a favorite though....the ones I have tried are wayyyyyy sweet, so what should take me minutes to drink, takes me an hour :/ I'm currently using THIS brand.
So I drink my protein shake while I'm making my breakfast. I am a creature of habit, my breakfast is always 2 eggs & lots of spinach! I can go through 2 cartons of bulk spinach in a week, easy. Along with an 18 pack of eggs. MattyB on the other hand, thinks it's ridiculous :)
I also take my multivitamin.....which I loathe taking this is huge. I was introduced to the FitMiss brand by the fab Kate Horney - so I take their vitamins. FitMiss also has their own protein shakes....I use their Chocolate flavor one to annihilate my sweet tooth. It's awesome for making a brownie batter shake & a chocolate mug cake.

Something to have to enjoy your workout. If you don't enjoy it, you won't stay motivated....especially if you are not seeing any "results". Speaking of results....stop letting the scale determine those results! Take your measurements....notice how your clothes fit....and even pat yourself on the back if you made the choice to NOT have a coke today. It's small changes over time that make lasting results! There is no quick fix. It's hard work & determination!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my progress check in. But here you go if you missed it ;)

I would love to hear from you! Share your Friday-YAY with me! Results? Workouts? Cute new outfit? Spill your guts in the comments!

can you KEEP a secret?

Have you heard about KEEP Collective?

From the fabulous CEO of Stella & Dot, Jessica Herrin comes the latest & greatest in personalized jewelry!

Affordable pieces to customize & share your story.

How does it work?

Then just add "keys" that you love, or keys that share a story.

Have a "theme"....

Or just brag on those you love...

These make great teachers gifts, graduation gifts, birthday gifts.....seriously, any occasion.

Best yet? You can earn free products!!!

Head over to and check out the new line!

So what would you design? Bracelet? Necklace?

What keys are your favorite!?

skincare from a jewelry line!?!

"Skincare from a jewelry line!?!" - - - > will probably be the most repeated statement I will hear for the next few months. Especially as I share my latest adventure with more people!

The answer, YES!

Stella & Dot is now a family of brands. Within that family is the beautiful EVER Skincare line.

"Great, so during coffee break, the people that make the jewelry are now concocting skin care regimens!?!" - - - um, NO!

The beauty & brains behind the products are:

Read more on the science & team here:

People Style Watch magazine already featured the brand!

The oil is probably my summer time favorite. It provides subtle color & shimmer. Plus it's not greasy, smells great, and leaves your skin feeling soft & moisturized!!!

So what's so special about this line?
1. No auto ship!!! You buy your product as your need. End of story.
2. You can earn shopping credit through the loyalty program and the referral program!!! 
3. Most importantly, these products are free of parabens, sulfates, and other chemicals that are not healthy for your skin. Especially the chemicals that are banned in other countries (that US still allows to be used!). 


Read more here on the Conscious Beauty:

I am launching a 30 day challenge for any one looking to up the game on their skin regimen. If you're interested, please fill out this brief survey:

I saw a great opportunity to expand my clientele base by now offering skincare. If you are an entrepreneur at heart, I would love to get with you on how you too could launch as a skincare specialist! Read up more on the opportunity here:

Shoot me an email for more info!

I can not wait to show you my results!!! Now that the brand has officially launched, feel free to go browse all of the products on my new site:

What is your favorite product in your beauty regimen (that is not make up)? 

Onecklace + giveaway!!!!

Y'all know I love my Stella & Dot.....but when I had the chance to review Onecklace & their personalized pieces, I jumped on it.

Onecklace specializes in unique & personalized products. Their products are 24K gold plated, sterling silver, & 14K plated. I invite you to read more on their standards & quality here:

Some important things to note for any online shopper:
1. They offer FREE shipping
2. Orders ship within 24 hours
3. You have 60 days to decide if you're going to love the piece or return it

I went with the Carrie Necklace. Of course, an ode to Sex & the City's Carrie Bradshaw.

I love that it can be paired with pieces that I always wear. (Ahem, my Stella & Dot!)

Barre attire....

Work attire,,,,

Here are 2 of my other picks from Onecklace:

Every girl needs a monogrammed piece of jewelry. 

Kinda cheesy, I know - - and something my mom would love....
but now that I'm a mom, I totally would wear this. 
"I'm a cool mom"

Now YOU have the chance to win a $50 shopping credit to get your own personalized piece!
(Open to US, Canada, & England)

Enter below & then be sure to hop on over to the other blogs to up your chances of winning!

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jewelry storage

This post is LONG overdue - but better late than never.

A ridiculously long time ago, I found a FREE entertainment armoire on one of those "garage sale" Facebook groups. It was free - - the lady posting is just wanted it gone stat. I had a quick vision of what it could be & sent a pic of it to MattyB to get approval. I then stuck my claim in it - and awaited it's arrival to our house.

Little to Matt's knowledge the thing is a beast & weighs like a million pounds.

So during this same period of time I was crushing hard on giving pieces of furniture a makeover. Naturally I reached out to my uber talented friend, Emily of Cox & Company Designs to help out....which turned in to her actual overhauling the piece!!!
(This was so long ago, that since that point we both have birthed our second baby.)

Okay so I had to share the before & afters....and the new purpose of what once was a home to a television.

The piece never made it into my home unfinished - - - these are the pictures that were posted in the Facebook group. 

Home to a TV & all the other entertainment pieces. Doors slid back. 

The finished product.......
(Emily did an AMAZING job!)

Red high gloss paint with gold trim. 
Doors are now hinged & do not slide in. 

And it now holds all of my Stella & Dot!!!!!

The mirror is covering the large hole for cords - when it was used to house a television.

MattyB installed hooks along the sides to hold necklaces, scarves, toddlers.

There is enough space in the nook (where the dvd player / FIOS box would have lived, to stack my trays for trunk shows (which are stocked with jewelry). 

Enough room on the sides to store some boxes, for easy access. 

Down below....

Emily did a fantastic job painting the diagonal stripes on the drawer. 
The drawer houses 2 portfolios of jewelry, and some random pieces for display purposes at shows.

And the bottom cabinets are storage for my totes that I use for transport, and other miscellaneous display pieces. 

So this post was WAYYYYY overdue. But hopefully you have gotten some style-spiration for how to house your beloved accessories! Didn't Emily do SUCH A GREAT JOB!?!?! Having interior design talented friends is a total plus ;) 

See more of Emily's work here:
Display items can be found HERE or by emailing me.

Tell me about any overhauls you have done! 
How do you store your jewelry?

stylist perk

Just wanted to share this necklace I received back at the beginning of April from Stella & Dot, as a gift. Let's just call it a perk to the business....

There was an incentive program set up that coincided with what we were running for new stylists....if a new stylist joined by January 31st of this year - they had the ability to earn a rebate in the amount of their investment kit! (Um, hi, they in essence would have signed on for FREE.)

So in turn, us as stylists had the incentive that if we could launch TWO new stylists to success (meaning them sell $1000 during their first 60 days) - then we would earn this necklace. If you're rolling your

When we as stylists bring on a new person, it's referred to as "sponsoring". Sponsoring kind of comes more naturally to me than selling. The hard part with sponsoring is getting those you sponsor to have the same drive & tenacity that you do. That's where it gets tricky.

The fact that I earned this necklace - well that just speaks SO much to me. It means that 2 new gals have taken the HUGE leap of faith to sign on as a stylist, and have since actually earned back their investment PLUS MORE all within 2 months time!!!

I am stoked for these ladies & can not wait to see what else 2015 holds for them!

On another note - this necklace does NOT photograph well, in my opinion. So at first I was like "meh" - over being awarded it. But then I got in the mail.....and BAM. It's a beaut! The color is a "hot coral" and it really is stunning.

mslabelled......check it out!

Have you seen MsLabelled? Ha, do you ever feel mis-labelled? Check out this new episode series on YouTube, brought to you by VerveGirl

Anyone else intrigued to watch more!?!?

Go subscribe & stay up on the latest episodes.

If you are loving the fashion aspect, each video has a list of designers & where to buy on the YouTube page! Check it out HERE.

Want more? Here's a behind the scenes look....

New episodes every Tuesday & Thursday!

Now, excuse me while I go catch up on the latest episodes.

Disclosure: This is a Fashionista events opportunity

spring fashionista!!!!

It's that time again! 
The Spring Fashionista Giveaway!

The SPRING Fashionista Giveaway Event is hosted by 
The Chief Blonde at Still Blonde After All These Years and Katy from  Modly Chic
 All Fashion! Only FASHION event! 
Largest Fashion Giveaway event on the internet with $26,000+ in prizes, 100+ participating blogs and 3/4 million entries. Each individual blog has a minimum of $125 prize!

  • The Spring Fashionista Events 2015 Grand Prize is $500 PayPal (worldwide where allowed by law).  For every giveaway in the Spring Fashionista Event that you enter, you gain one entry toward the Spring Fashionista Grand Prize. 1 Grand Prize winner will receive $500 PayPal cash. 1 first prize winner will receive $300 gift certificate to Monroe and Main. Isn’t that stunning?

I am so excited to be bringing you a prize pack featuring....

You know I'm a stylist for Stella & Dot - - and I.LOVE.IT! Fashion & fun all bottled into 1 job. Holla!

Our spring line was KILLER, and we just released a preview for summer.

The line is totally addicting. The styles are irresistible & one lucky winner is getting these Stella & Dot goodies:
PLUS a $25 gift certificate

I am such a lover of pink & find it one of the most hottest shades for spring & summer. 

I recently posted about a new found love for headbands, so I'm bringing you the best of the best.

KRZA by Krystle Dawn has provided a totally cute headband AND 2 hair ties to our prize pack!

Hair ties print & quantity not pictured. Picture is for example of hair tie only.

Last but certainly not least, the winner will also receive a $25 gift certificate to shop the oh so chic boutique, Ruby Claire Boutique!

I am totally loving this top from Ruby Claire.....can I get an "amen"?!?

Details & entry form are below.....along with links to ALLLLL the other blogs participating. Go hop around & enter them all :)

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LEGAL Stuff: 18 years of age or older to enter. US Only! Read Instructions carefully because rules vary from contest to contest. Make sure to provide a correct email address so we can reach you if you win. You have 48 hours to respond once contacted. Still Blonde after all these YEARS , Modly Chic, Spring Fashionista Events Giveaway or the Spring Fashionista Events Giveaway bloggers are not responsible for sponsors/bloggers that do not fulfill their prizes or for any product failure or harm caused thereby. If product is damaged during shipping, there is no returns / exchanges. In most cases, shipping of prizes is the responsibility of the the sponsors who will be sending prizes to you directly. Your prize should arrive within 30 days, let us know if it doesn’t and we will TRY TO HELP OUT! The writer of this giveaway received a sample for this review. Compensation was not provided. Opinions expressed are the blog’s own. This Giveaway is not affiliated with, associated with or promoted by Facebook. Happy Entering!

cake my day - - a sweet giveaway!

I had the opportunity to review Sweetworks' book, Cake My Day before it's BIG release March 15th.

You know Sweetworks....the fab company that brings you Sixlets & Nerds!!

Well this book gives you STEP BY STEP instructions on building cakes that look like a million bucks. Seriously. It's full of tips & tricks to help YOU construct a masterpiece. Totally awesome for you go-getters that are motivated to whip up your own masterpieces, but are tired of the Pinterest fails ;) don't worry, we've all been there.

So I attempted one of their cakes that is beautifully illustrated in their book. You'll have to get the book to figure out which one I've replicated ;)

For now though, you be the judge. Mom & I created these cuties using candy Sweetworks' provided.

The set up on the kitchen table....

Starting the construction....

Considering that it was NOT naptime for my toddler was running around & my 5 month old was fussy, PLUS I was working from home....we did pretty darn good on these!

You don't know what the inspiration until you have the book to see, for all you know we were replicating a whale cake :)

"Seriously mom, I want cake!"

So now it's YOUR TURN!
25 bloggers have been chosen to giveaway a candy package & a digital copy of the book! ($50 value) Enter to WIN!!!

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Go checkout the other participating blogs.....

what do you do with a short do?

Catchy title, eh?

I discovered Krystle of KRZA via Instagram. And instantly fell in LOVE with her stylish headbands.

Especially with my new found Pure Barre love, my hair is too short for an up-do which has made me turn to the love of headbands.

And I LOVE them.

Krystle was sweet enough to send me a headband to review - her adorable side tie knot in a totally fun metallic stripe.

MattyB was driving when I was snapping this - and I highly recommend NOT
taking selfies with your husband present. He commentated the 
ENTIRE process. Seriously?

I love this headband! It was comfortable for ALL day wear and it never once slipped off!!! Normally headbands slide off my head.

Go check out her other styles:
And comment with your top picks!

My Spring Fashionista giveaway is right around the corner...hint hint ;)
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