there’s something about leather that is just so sexy. leather boots, jackets, skirts and leggings are always a good idea. i will say, if i wear leather it’s a big ticket item that i’ve spent months saving up for. i’ve wanted leather leggings for years, but the helmut lang pair that i want are over $600. i decided to give up on my legging hunt, until i found these bad boys.
it’s that time of year! you know, the time of year where you feel like you’re drowning and can’t bring your head above water to take a big breath? i’m in the thick of it, and i feel like so many of my friends are too. if we are, then there’s a BIG chance you are feeling this way as well. i thought i’d pop on today to tell you a few things:
you’re doing the best that you can, the overwhelming amount of things you need to get done will pass and you’re going to get through this.
i had so so much fun pushing myself with the soul cycle #soulsurvivor challenge over this past month that i want to keep up the momentum. i found that since i had a goal to hit 20 classes, i checked in with myself weekly to see if i was on track with my workouts. having that goal also forced me to plan my workouts in advance and fit them in to even my busiest days. i feel so strong and motivated after this past month that i want to challenge myself again for the month of november. if you need a little extra motivation, i encourage you to join me. there’s something about working towards a goal with a crew who’s in it with you. you all prioritize, sacrifice and push through together- feels great!
i created this recipe way back in 2011 and i make it every year at this time of year. ever since i started making these my friends have begged i continue, so i hope you like it as much as we do. it’s a healthier version of a normal muffin recipe, but i swear you can’t tell it’s healthy. yes, you can trick your boyfriend and family in to thinking it’s just any normal muffin. i know this time of year i’m in the mood for pumpkin, but want to eat it guilt-free. if you’re anything like me then this is the recipe for you!
i’m trying something new on my blog today and interviewing one of the most inspiring people i know, my dad! not only has my dad been successful running his own financial consulting business, but he juggles being a world champion competitive cyclist, a dad/grandpa, along with a social life and being married to my mom. although balance is something we all have to always work on, i think he juggles everything pretty darn well & we could learn a thing or two from this old guy (he just turned 60 last week)!
there’s nothing like cozying up in your favorite sweaters when the cool weather hits. i’ve become obsessed with sherpa and shearling this Fall, thank god it’s “in” right now. wrap me up in the biggest jackets and sweaters and i can go anywhere.
it’s the absolute perfect time to stock up on your beauty needs. rarely do beauty products go on sale, but until this saturday, ulta has 20% off your entire purchase. ulta has been my go to lately, especially because i’ve discovered more affordable products there this year. i mean $8 for blush and setting powder is saving me so much money. let’s get in to my faves from ulta (while you can still get them on sale)
i love me a good romper. if you’ve been following me for a bit, then you already know it’s sort of an obsession. i always go for one that ties or synchs at the waist, looking for one that is tight at the smallest part of my body (you’ll never see me in one that is tight around the lower part of my hips). i feel like the key to finding a good romper is where it hits you on your hips/waist. whatever your shape is, you just need to find the style that works with your body type.
Ok y’all I’ve been using my Avon Anew Clinical Unlimited Lash products for twelve weeks now and I can’t wait for you guys to try them out. After three months of really putting the products to the test and making sure it has my stamp of approval, I can tell you my eyelashes have gotten even thicker-looking than even the progress in my previous post (here). I’m totally onboard with their amazing, clean products after my full trial and cannot wait for you to try Anew Clinical Unlimited Lashes + Avon True Color Love at 1st Lash Mascara and see your own personal lash progress.
i’m off! i’m headed to austin for the acl festival and i can’t even wait- i feel like i’m headed to disneyland. for starters, austin is just one of my favorite cities in the US. the food, the music, the heat… i love it all! on top of that, two of my favorite human beings in the whole wide world brittany (my best friend since kindergarten) & cody (my little cousin) live there. and of course, i cannot wait to see all the bands and enjoy the festival with all my friends. my best friend in SF, kate, is coming with and we are meeting up with a huge group of friends- it should be a real treat.
ok, I’m completely obsessed. a hair regimen that’s completely customized to YOUR hair, why didn’t i think of that?! Prose has you hop online to take a quiz and with those results they customize hair products specifically for you based on your hair type, goals and lifestyle. not only do they create products that work for your particular hair type, but they use the cleanest ingredients (no parabens, sulfates, GMOs, etc.). that is some next level ish!
a few months ago i fell in love with MNTSTUDIO. i started to religiously go to their pilates reformer classes and the reformer bootcamps (what a booty kicker). i love that i started to see a change in my body and my balance and seriously have been loving it ever since. i have to admit to you though, i was scared to take their other classes that i was less familiar with. MNT pilates bootcamp and MNTbarre, because i’ve always seen myself as an athlete but not an dancer. i have tried a few barre/mat pilates classes in the past but they weren’t my jam.
you all know i’m a city girl and since my new office opened in san francisco my life has completely changed (for the better). i’ve always dreamed of walking to work, walking to lunch, getting coffee mid-day and going to the gym after work. it sounds so simple, but for five-and-a-half years i sat on a bus to and from work (which would total to over three hours a day). now that i have the opportunity to live and work in the same city, i take full advantage.
you've probably seen this jumpsuit everywhere & if you haven't then you've most likely seen it a bunch on me, because i've literally worn it at least once a week since i purchased it (no shame in my re-wearing game). there are so many reasons i love this jumpsuit, but i'm going to share why i'm obsessed and why i bought it in two different colors.
many people have recently asked me how I am able to make time for a blog, work a full time job all the while maintaining a social life. my response is usually, "i make time for things that i love" but what i really mean is "i organize the shit out of my time to be as productive as possible". i want to share some organizational tips that help me be productive and i hope that you learn something new that you can apply in your day to day.
since i grew up as a competitive athlete life changed dramatically after i stopped playing competitive sports & it was really tough for me to find a new routine that worked for me. i was so used to having my days mapped out around my practices & the lifestyle change of not having a set routine scared the heck out of me.
if you follow me on instagram, then you've seen me more recently post my podcasts with a "swipe up" for you to enjoy whatever it is i'm listening to. i noticed a while back i have down time where i either have silence in the background or music playing, and if i just easily swapped in a podcast i could learn while i have down time.
Let’s talk about LASHES. I recently started using Avon Anew Clinical Unlimited Lashes Serum to boost my lashes.
I want my lashes to be darker (mine are naturally dark blonde), longer and thicker. My goal is to walk out of the house without mascara. I’ve had friends try serums before & when I discovered Avon’s new serum I knew I needed to try it.
i get asked a ton of the time how i organize, plan and keep up with my blog & instagram. there are a ton of apps i use to make sure i have my $h#+ together. if you're a blogger or small business owner trying to stay organized this post is for you, if you just really want to have an awesome & cohesive instagram feed than this post is for you too. i will start with the photo editing apps i use & what i use them each for, then i will go in to the organizational apps i use (for the blogger/business owners).
i mean this one is pretty self explanatory, but i use instagram daily. i try to post 1-2 photos a day and do some stories daily. i have read a ton of research on engaging with your audience, and if you want your following/impact to stay stable or grow then consistency is key. i am very active online and i often times create posts in bulk & save them to my drafts, so when i need to post my content is already created and ready to go.
ever wonder how bloggers keep their feeds looking so beautiful? how all the photos seem to flow really beautifully? well, there's an app for that. UNUM is an app that i've been using for about a year and a half to plan out my photos. i upload my photos to UNUM and then can simply move them around and organize them to look good together. for example, if i just posted a pink backdrop, the next photo i post will likely be one with a pink flower, pink top or pink earring- to ensure my content looks cohesive. this app is perfect for anyone to use to plan out content. i also love using it to keep dibs on when i'm running low on content & then i can remember to schedule time with my photographer.
i'll be real with you, most of my photos are shot and edited by my amazing photographer and really good friend Shannon Righetti-Strom. when i shoot my own pics, i often throw her preset on my photo to ensure the editing looks similar to hers. if you love the preset i use you you can DM her to purchase for yourself. i use lightroom to edit my photos on my computer (thank god for Shannons preset), but i also got lightroom for mobile so i can edit pictures on my phone. this tool is my go-to for photo editing.
if you feel like lightroom is too much of a challenge to figure out (it took me a bit). vsco is the easiest photo editing app i've used to date. pick a preset that you like & you can favorite it to use it over and over again. my personal favorites are M6, A6, KE1, KP2, HB1, HB2.
i won't lie, i use facetune to smooth skin in some of my close up pictures. i do think people can go overboard on the editing here, so i try to keep it mild and do a quick "smooth" over any areas that look discolored. you can also use this smooth tool to remove shine, etc.
i use canva to add any text or images over my photo. i use this app a ton over my photos in instastories and it's such a quick self-explanatory app that is perfect to add fun text to your photos. i also used canva to make all my images for my highlighted instagram stories on my profile.
photos (on iphone)
this isn't an app- but it's a fun feature i use all the time on my phone. if you look at your photos in your photo album on your phone, you can heart your photos which will "favorite" them. i favorite any photos i love and want to post later. in order to do this you go to 1. photos 2. favorites - then you can see all the photos that are ready to post.
organizational apps (for bloggers/small biz owners)
squarespace (blog app)
sometimes i feel like writing blog posts when i'm on my phone and my computer isn't around i use the squarespace app. i write posts a lot when i'm on planes, trains & busses. this app is great for text posts, but i do have still have to hop on my computer to add images before posting.
i use the analytics app for to my blog to gather any data i might need to share when working with brands. telling brands you have X amount of followers is great, but they love hearing about engagement. blog analytics and seeing your reach (outside of instagram is key)
rewardStyle & LIKEtoKNOW.it
if you're a blogger you most likely use the rewardStyle & LIKEtoKNOW.it app. i love these apps and love that they change daily. you can link all your outfits with the rewardstyle app and hunt down tons of other bloggers outfits with the liketoknow.it app. i love that they also have informational blogs, hashtags and other useful information in both apps. if you have a brand, be sure you monetize it by using these apps.
asana is a great app if you are working on projects with timelines and tasks that you may need to send to others (an employee, biz partner, etc.). i love checking things off a list and this app helps me stay super organized. i can keep some projects to myself and share some with others. i love having personal and group projects all in one place.
some of my favorite things this summer are wide legged pants and bodysuits. there's just something so sexy about a bodysuit and something so comfy about wide legged pants. whenever i'm in the heat and headed out to dinner in the summer i love some flowy pants (or skirt) and a flattering top. this look is so so easy for you to recreate and i'll be linking my favorites that are similar to this look below.