Staying Motivated On 2021

Tuesday, February 9, 2021



Hello February! We got here so fast.

Between putting our Christmas decorations away and saying goodbye to the last guests I had very little time to blog and shoot content the first few weeks of the year. As we are entering the 2nd month of 2021 I feel more at ease, organized and ready to take on the new weeks ahead of me. There is always a great deal of excitement for me in staring something new...whether it's a jar of new anti-wrinkle cream, a planner or a new year.

This time around I look ahead and I see a bit of a challenge, quarantine exhaustion is a real thing and I am feeling increasingly anxious about being home most of the time. These feelings prompted me to make a plan to get motivated during this pandemic and actually reach my daily goals. And here I share a few items helping me to stay on track on 2021.

I take pride on being very organized and running a daily To Do list. Having a place to jot down ideas and look at my calendar is very helpful. I had initially purchased this planner but decided to upgrade to a bigger one. I had this one last year and the space was perfect so I ended up with another large one. I love the plastic cover and how light it is. 

Proud to report I have been sticking to my running and weight training routine for the past 3 weeks now! I am starting to see a difference in my body. Cute workout clothes help A LOT. I wear a workout outfit during the morning 5 out of the 7 days of the week. This forces me to exercise since I am already dressed for it. 

Quarantine granted me the time to take care of my skin like I never had before. I started doing more masks and started the year by adding two different ones to my weekly routine. I can see a HUGE difference in my skin already. This is perfect for cleansing without over drying and this is perfect for glow. I look forward to my night hot showers followed by a mask. 

We don't have many choices for things to do outside of the house, so a visit to the park happens a couple times a week for us. Wearing comfortable clothing with sneakers is a must. I am big fan of the dress + sneaker combo so I just added these pink ones and these white ones to my collection. 

I try to change out of my workout clothes every day. More often than not I'll take a hot shower and get into a comfortable sweat pants and matching sweatshirt. These are perfect for walking around the neighborhood in the evening. I am not fully dressed but also not in my pajamas. 

We own a Nespresso and used it daily. Until we rented an Airbnb back in December and they had a drip coffee machine. I found this delicious coffee and looked forward to every morning. I decided to get a drip coffee machine was soon as we got back to Texas. This was my choice, programmable and simple. Love coming downstairs in the morning to a house smelling like vanilla coffee. 

We were spending way too much time on our phones and tablets. I want Eloise to become a great reader so we must lead by example. I committed to a book a month and so far it's been great. Currently reading Becoming by Michelle Obama. Love her so much!

Springtime is one of my favorite times to spruce up my decorating. Since January and February are strange {typically dark and cold} months I like to start adding lighter tones to my home. This year I opted for a couple new tablecloths from Amanda Lindroth and new table mats from Target. The prints make me so happy! 

Blues On Blues

Friday, February 5, 2021










Monochromatic outfits are everywhere lately, I blame it on the return of matching sweatsuits we all have been wearing at home {AKA pandemic fashion}. It was only a matter of time before the tonal outfits started happening in my closet too. I am a big fan of the Royal Dress from Tuckernuck {seen here in red} it is loose, comfortable and looks dressed up without being too constricting. This cotton navy one I am wearing is perfect for the sunny days ahead. Paired it with my monogrammed flats I got myself for Christmas, obsessed with the color and fit! The hand painted monogram gives it such a fun pop of color. The cord earrings have been on my radar for over a year now, but could not decide on a color. Imagine my surprise when I came across a gracious woman who hand makes them for a reasonable price...got myself four different colors and styles already haha. They are SO WELL MADE and light. Can't wait to wear them all summer!

Happy Friday! Hope you have fun socially-distanced Super Bowl plans. We are staying home {duh!} and cooking a few recipes to watch the game. I'm in charge of mac & cheese, wish me luck! 

xx, 
N. 



 





My New Hair Tools From Remington Wet2Style Pro

Thursday, December 10, 2020


The holidays are looking very different this year, there are no Christmas parties to attend, dinners to host or cocktails with friends. But even with the lack of face-to-face social interaction I still feel inspired to get fully ready most days. As you have probably noticed I typically keep my make up pretty simple and light and mostly play with my hair {and a few hair accessories!} to change my look.

Whether straightened out with a smooth blow out or curled in beachy waves, long loose hair is my preferred style. I was very excited when Wal Mart reached out for a collaboration with Remington’s new hair tools, the Pro Wet2Style collection. I had not used this brand before and was blown away by the results. 


Typically I let my hair air dry after my shower for a bit. After applying a heat protecting cream I then blow dry quickly while combining it with my hand. This is to ensure the low part of my head is dry before I bring in other hot tools. It is a bit time consuming but regular curling irons require it. Luckily the Wet2Style collection works with damp hair! Saves so much time. Remington's Wet2Style tools are made with ceramic and ionic technology to protect against damage and frizz. 



The blow dryer is the perfect size for the job. It is very light and powerful without getting too hot.


Presentation and packaging are huge for me, and that includes my hair tools. Loved the soft lavender color of this collection along with the clean modern look




This hot air curling iron is the tool I was the most excited about. I had seen the high-end version {that comes with a prohibiting price} and was very curious about the results. It curls the hair just like a regular hot tool but provides a smooth bouncy result that lasts all day.  It was surprisingly fast to do my entire head!


To curl my hair evenly I divide my head into three sections and star curling in layers {bottom, closest to my neck. Then middle section then the top of my head}. Once my head is fully done and the curls are cool to touch I give it a good shake so they loosen up and provide a soft beach wave look. 



Finish off with a glossing cream and cute hair accessories and I'm done.



Blow dryer comes with a range of great accessories. You can purchase the tools here, here and here



It's been ages since I last owned a flat iron but I really loved this one. The ceramic plates were very gentle to my hair. I was able to get soft smooth straight hair in no time. Make sure to always use heat protecting spray!



Thanks for reading, until next time!
xx, 
N.

Thank you Wal Mart for sponsoring this post. 


My Happy Fall Dress

Thursday, November 19, 2020









Dress // Shoes // Lipstick // Bag

Moody florals for fall is a trend that comes back every year; but I had never seen bright pink prints for autumn done so well. I'm obsessed with this casual dress!  It is technically listed as 'brown' on the website and it does have some of these earthy tones, but the pink hues it's what really stands out on this adorable piece. Fits true to size and it's very comfortable. The waist does sit a bit higher but it is not quite an empire style cut. I also purchased this top and seen here, can't help myself with all these gorgeous prints! Since Austin is still quite warm for November I paired it here with my Castaner flats, one of the most comfortable shoes I own. Do size up on this one as they run small. Finished my look with an old favorite, my Chloe Drew bag. I have owned this for years and love the soft rose color for every season. 

Hope your Thanksgiving prep is going well! We will be doing something super small to make sure we continue to socially distance and do our part during this pandemic. 

Talk to you soon!

N. 



                    









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