Monday, July 20, 2015

Summer Beauty Roundup & a Vaseline Giveaway

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. I wanted to share some of my current summer beauty favorites, plus offer you TWO giveaways courtesy of Vaseline and Smile Brilliant! Let me know what you think of my summer beauty picks and share your favorites with me in the comments below.

Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer - $7.99. Now that it's summer, I like to get to the beach as often as I possibly can on the sunny weekend days! While I'm there, I load up on the sunscreen, but even when I protect my skin it can feel dry and tight after a long day at the beach. Vaseline's aloe spray moisturizer is the perfect solution to hydrating your skin post-sun! I just throw it in my beach bag and spray it all over my body before leaving the beach and getting in my car. It's easy to apply and dries quickly, and contains pure aloe which I've always thought was the best post-sun moisturizer you can put on your skin. I like that it leaves my skin soft without the sticky or greasy feeling that some aloe lotions can have. If you want to win your own bottle of Vaseline, just leave a comment on this blog post with your email address and one lucky winner will be selected! 
Good luck!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Inspiration

Happy Friday! We have another beautiful summer weekend ahead of us, and I plan to go to the beach at least once. :) What are your weekend plans? I hope you have a great one!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

What I Wore: Blush Shift

Happy Wednesday - I'm back with a new outfit to share with you! I found this beautiful blush pink shift dress on Shopbop and instantly fell in love. Not only is it my favorite color, but I'm basically wearing a fancy potato sack so it's super comfy too! :) If you look closely, you can see that it has a bit of dotted texture to it which makes it really unique. I wore it to a blogger event at Salon Capri a few weeks back with my gold fringe bracelet, snakeskin heels and Chanel bag. The necklace I'm wearing came in my most recent Formio bag, which is an unlimited jewelry and purse subscription service for just $19/month. My latest bag came with some beautiful feminine pieces, and although the jewelry is fabulous, my favorite part is that the bag is monogrammed with your initials and smells like jasmine! You can join here, and make sure to let me know what you think of my outfit in the comments below.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Feature: Without a Measuring Cup

I hope you're all having a fantastic summer so far! As most of you know, I love to bake, but I absolutely hate cooking. Maybe it's because I live alone and I don't see the point of cooking for one, or maybe it's because I always get hungry halfway through and start eating the ingredients before the meal is done, but either way, I just can't be bothered to cook for myself. Luckily for me, one of my closest friends and fellow bloggers Vanessa of Without a Measuring Cup moved right down the street from me back in April, and she just so happens to be a personal chef!

As a vegetarian who hates cooking, it's really easy for me to make unhealthy food choices when I'm left to my own devices. I'll start the day off on a decent note with a greek yogurt and a piece of fruit, but then it usually goes downhill from there. Since I never bring my own lunch, I often grab whatever to-go vegetarian options I can find near my office, which are usually a wrap or salad of some kind. A lot of them seem healthy but end up being shockingly high calorie and high fat - check out page 6 of this menu to see what I mean. Then when I got home on weeknights, since I never had groceries in my apartment, I would order takeout that was more often than not unhealthy. I noticed that over the winter and early spring, I gained more weight than I would have liked to and always felt bloated after I ate. I wanted to change my eating habits not only so I could look better, but so I could feel better too, and when I mentioned this all to Vanessa, she came up with a plan for me.

Vanessa and I out to dinner together

According to Vanessa, I was making three common mistakes when it came to choosing my meals: I wasn't eating enough foods that were fresh and nutritious; I wasn't eating enough protein as a vegetarian but was eating too much dairy; and I wasn't controlling my portions well enough. Vanessa worked with me to come up with my own customized weekly meal plan for breakfasts and lunches, Mondays through Fridays. Since I have zero "chefing" experience and don't do well with complicated meals, we decided to make all of my breakfast and lunch options delicious yet simple enough for me to bring and assemble or re-heat at work. Breakfast is usually some type of smoothie that's packed with protein but also tastes great and/or an egg dish that I can eat at my desk. My lunches vary, but ALL of them include ingredients that I like and work with Vanessa to select, including mini "pizzas," quinoa salads, egg white & veggie scrambles, spiralized cucumber "pasta," and the stuffed pepper you'll see the recipe below.

one of my favorite WAMC breakfasts: a spinach, avocado, pineapple and protein powder smoothie with a hard boiled egg

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

{CLOSED} What I Wore & a Giveaway: Red, White & Blue

With the 4th of July just three days away, I wanted to go patriotic with a red, white and blue ensemble! I got this white jumpsuit to wear to an all white party, and it's so comfy that I could pretty  much wear it to bed...haha! I paired it with a small red bag from Forever 21, my cobalt blue pumps and my brand new blue tassel necklace from Amrita Singh! It's unlike any other piece of jewelry I own at the moment which is why I am so excited to be wearing it with my Independence Day outfit. You'll have the chance to win the exact tassel necklace I have on by entering the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of my post - don't miss out! :)

I also want to give a shout out to Ashley at Salon Capri for my brand new cut and balayage highlights, and to Living Proof for sending me some amazing anti-frizz hair products so I can keep my hair sleek and straight on these humid summer days!

*Congratulations to Rita Alarcon who is the winner of the Amrita Singh tassel necklace giveaway! Thanks to all who entered, and don't forget to follow Amrita Singh on Instagram for exclusive sales and deals!