Fitness Inspiration for Women Who Hate Working Out


In today's post, I will be entrusting you guys with a deep dark secret of mine:  I HATE WORKING OUT. Yeah, I said it! And if you know me personally, this probably comes as no surprise to you. To keep it all the way real, I think there's a lot of people out there that don't like working out. And to be clear, it isn't the actual working out that I hate. My real issue is staying motivated to work out on a consistent basis. Sure I know that I'm a lady of a certain age and my metabolism isn't like it was at the age of 20. I can no longer eat sugary sweets and deep-fried delectables all the time without ever paying the piper by exercising. This is not healthy or ideal. And while I know this to be true like we all do,  I STILL need a little force when it comes to getting off the couch and moving! Now don't sit here reading along and judge me because I know I'm not the only one, y'all. For serious.  

I admitted all of that to say that I often need an incentive to get my body in motion. Sure being fit and healthy should be enough, but I need a little something more to get the blood pumping.  And that's where the music comes in to play. Check out three free, easy ways I stay active with music after the jump.

Everyday Makeup | Covergirl truNAKED Roses Eyeshadow Palette


Hello guys! I hope everyone has been having a beautiful spring so far! This season, I've been looking forward to swapping out my lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes to add bright, vibrant hues to my makeup bag. As someone who spends most of her time in the home, I don't wear a full face of makeup every single day. But I do love throwing on my usual neutral eye look with cat-eye and nude lips when I'm out and about. Since I've been doing this look with my Covergirl TruNAKED Roses Eyeshadow Palette and Trust Fund Beauty Liquid Lipstick in K, Bye constantly, I decided to share it here with you guys. Below is everything I used for this look.

Wardrobe Staple | The eShakti Wrap Dress


When wardrobe staples are mentioned in women's fashion, the classic wrap dress always comes up in conversation. The wrap dress is a popular wardrobe choice for many women and for good reason. Not only is the style of the dress one that transitions well throughout the seasons, the wrap dress is figure-flattering for all body types as well. For me, it accentuates my best features while concealing my not-so-flattering areas. And with the right pair of shoes and accessories, the wrap dress can be styled with ease. Since my first experience with eShakti.com, this brand has been one of my favorite shopping choices when it comes to classic feminine dresses.

Self-Love Lessons from Janelle Monáe


There’s a special kind of magic that happens when a woman of color sees a positive representation of her likeness in the media. At first glance she’s in awe, enamored even. She then begins to study said woman, examining her appearance, calculating her movements, and paying close attention to how she carries herself. She watches how she communicates her thoughts, beliefs, and passions--careful to see how others respond to her presence. Next, she makes note of their similarities. See, this part of the magic is key. While many argue that comparison kills confidence, this form of comparison could very well save a life. This woman begins to see that there are others with qualities like her who are not only surviving, but thriving as well. And that if this woman can make it out here in the world, so can she. At least that’s what I was thinking to myself when I first saw Janelle Monáe dancing across my TV screen back in 2007.

Spring Style Inspiration | Floral Dresses and Wedges

It's finally starting to feel like spring down here in the south. Though the temperatures can still be a bit temperamental, it's still safe to pull out your softer, delicate fabrics and hang the coats to the back of the closet. These transitions always get me hype, as spring is my favorite season. Not only does my birthday come in the spring, all of my favorite styles and colors are celebrated during this time of the year. Beautiful blush hues and pastels greens make a bold comeback and I can gladly start wearing my coral lipstick in the daytime again without a care in the world.

And last but not least, I get to rock my favorite springtime style pairing as often as I'd like--floral A-line dresses, wedges, and my staple denim jacket.

SPRING BEAUTY WISHLIST

A new season's arrival means a much needed update on the beauty bag! What beauty products are you ladies currently lusting after? These are a few that I've added to my spring beauty wishlist.

BOOKS | Spring Reading List



Happy Tuesday, guys! It's been a while since I've shared a reading list over here, which is a shame because I'm always reading something, right? So I thought today's Top Ten Tuesday link-up over at The Broke and the Bookish would be the perfect opportunity to get back in the groove of things. Today's link-up calls for the Top Ten Books on my TBR list. Below are the books I'm looking forward to getting into this upcoming season.

Love Your Skin with Lovely Lavender Plus



Though Valentine's Day has come and gone, we are still spreading the love here on the blog. But instead of sharing delectable sweets and blooming floral arrangements, I am sharing love for the organic + handmade brand Lovely Lavender...Plus created by Marie Braxton. Lovely Lavender...Plus supports an all-natural, organic lifestyle by providing organic, handmade soaps, body butters, bath teas, and bath salts that cater to your body care needs. As someone who is looking to give my family the best body care products without the harsh toxins, I was intrigued the mission of Lovely Lavender...Plus.

I recently received a package full of goodies from Ms. Marie just in time to bask in lots of love and pampering before Valentine's Day. As I was so pleased with each of the items she sent me, I had to share the love with you guys and suggest that you get familiar with the brand and start "loving the skin you're in" in a new way if you aren't already. Check out the items I received below.

Valentine's Day Night Makeup | Pink Ombré Lips

pink ombre lips beauty trend

Now that we're a week into February, many of us are knee-deep in planning for this upcoming Valentine's Day. While I haven't made any plans as of yet, I do always like to map out in my mind what I'm going to wear for the occasion.  Once I figure out where I'm going and what I'm going to wear, I like to plan out my makeup as well. And since I've figured out how I want to wear my makeup if date night is in the plans, I knew I had to share it here with you guys! My goal was to share a makeup idea that could be worn on date night with bae or on a fun girl's night out with your Galentine(s).

BEAUTY | Everyday Nude Lipsticks

nude lipstick for womem of color


If you've been here for a while, you know I love talking about lipsticks around here. I've talked about pink lipsticks, I've carried on about red lipsticks. I've even shared some of my favorite liquid lipsticks and urged you to add these five "very necessary" lipsticks to your beauty arsenal. But the overlooked gem I haven't mentioned here in a while is the perfect nude lipstick. And while I don't give them much spotlight on the blog, nude, neutral shades are the lipsticks I spend the most time with. I can wear them all day, every single day, no matter the occasion. A nude lip translates well from day to night, from season to season, and from one occasion to the next. So without further adieu, let's get into what I  like to call my "week's worth" of everyday nude lipsticks.

REVIEW | eb5 Skincare

natural anti-aging skincare products

When is the last time you set skincare goals for yourself? As someone who always seems to be working on getting her skin together, I set them often. I've tried more products than I can count, hoping to keep up a regimen that would give me perfect skin. You know, skin that rarely gets oily. Skin you never see deep pores or rough texture on when you're intimately close. Skin that never experiences breakouts, goes all "hormonal" on you, and leaves those pesky dark spots behind as proof of existence. I've never had that type of skin, y'all. In fact, I've had quite the opposite. I've switched up my diet for great skin. I've bought plenty of miracle in a bottle promising products, to no avail. Through it all, I've learned that I'm just gonna have to work hard in order to have great skin. And by work hard, I mean stick to a skincare regimen with products that cater to my specific needs. Add to the equation the fact that I'm getting older and trying to maintain youthful-looking skin and extra steps get included to the work.

Enter eb5 Skincare. Named for the two vitamins best for skin your skin (Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin b5), eb5 Skincare offers anti-aging products with healthy plant-based ingredients. Using five products from their skincare line, I have been able to create a new five-step skincare regimen that is simple, yet effective. I've been using this line for about six weeks now and I couldn't wait to share my results with you guys!

3 Keys to Creating an Effective Self-Care Plan


We're two weeks deep into 2017 and I hope everyone has been doing well so far. Along with creating new goals and resolutions for the new year, I also hope you have added self-care to your calendars and planners! And if you haven't, no worries. We're gonna take a moment to discuss creating a self-care plan right now. We're also going to make sure that plan is effective for you and doesn't just take up space in that cute new journal you bought a few weeks ago, too (I know I'm not the only one who's been grabbing up lots of pretty stationery for the new year, am I?).

The easiest thing would be to write down a self-care plan and through that alone, our healing comes right on through. Instantly, we're taking better care of ourselves and those around us. And before we know it, our skin starts glowing out of nowhere, too! But that’s just not the reality. Sometimes it’s all we can do to wake up each morning and look ourselves in the mirrors. We might be dealing with self-doubt, grief, remorse, loss, broken-hearts, you name it. But having a self-care plan in place and being intentional about following through in the best way that we can does help. Because when "life" happens, we often forget to take care of ourselves. Having a plan to refer to will help us take actionable steps on how to get on by.

Below are three major keys to creating an effective self-care plan.

Working in Progress: Improving While Embracing Self



When is the last time you took a moment to embrace all that is authentically YOU? When is the last time you took inventory of all that you are and, instead of making lists of things to improve, simply acknowledged yourself as you are? Maybe it was the day you decided to embrace that thigh gap or that gap between your teeth (raising my hand to both). Or perhaps it was the moment you realized your slow southern drawl wasn't going anywhere no matter how often you tried to polish your dialect (raises hand once again). Sometimes we get so caught up in improving ourselves that we forget to fully embrace the essence of our beings and our presence. In these times we have to get naked for a moment to rediscover ourselves and fall in love again. You know, fall in love with the self we are before the world starts convincing us we may need to alter and modify things.
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