We all know that water is good for you. And, if you’re like me (and most people out there) you don’t get as much a day as you should (no, wine and coffee don’t count, as much as I wish they did).
According to The Mayo Clinic, everyone’s hydration needs are different, but on average, women need about 2.7 liters (91 oz) and men need about 3.7 liters (125 oz). That seems a lot, especially since most people subscribe to the 8 cups of 8 ounces per day. However, when you assume you’re awake for 16+ hours, that’s around 6 oz an hour. I don’t know about you, but I can pound a 12 oz coffee in that time no problem.
So how do we reach that magic goal? How do we stay motivated to keep drinking and staying hydrated? Here’s some tips!
Buy a water bottle – While it would seem to make sense from a tracking standpoint to keep using reusable bottles, it’s not very practical (or environmentally friendly). You can buy reusable water bottles in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Some of my favorites are linked below (yes, I own a lot of water bottles). Also, by having a water bottle, you’re more likely to use it (think return on investment here everyone!)
Remember that some foods have water in them – They can help with your goals without feeling like it! Who doesn’t want an excuse to eat some watermelon?
Diffuse – What’s better than cucumber mint water? Put a pitcher of water with fruits or herbs in the fridge overnight to diffuse. These tasty “treats” can help break up the monotony.
Add Lemon/Lime – These get a number all their own, because it’s so easy! Cut half of a lemon or lime and put it in your water bottle to give your water a citrus flair.
Try a SodaStream – I have one and I love it. I used to buy bottles and cans of seltzer water. Now I can make my own! And SodaStream has bottles in different sizes!
The biggest thing is to make a routine and try everything in your power to stick to it.
What tips or tricks do you have to keep yourself hydrated? Share them below!
In keeping with New Years goals, I am starting a new segment here on the blog called MaskMonday. I will be doing some video trials of some of the top masks around to help keep my skin supple and hydrated during these winter months.
This is keeping with my January goal of being more consistent here on the blog. Remember, small goals rather than lofty resolutions are the way to go!
What Mask? YES TO Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask Where to Get It? Ulta Beauty sells this mask. Buy it online here How Long? The mask takes about a minute to put on and has to stay on for 10 minutes to feel the full effect. Because it’s paper, you just take it out of the package and go!
This mask was really easy to use and if you’re pressed for time, a good option. I’m a big fan of clay masks and this was the first paper mask I’ve ever used, so I’m not sure if I didn’t like it because it’s different, or if it’s the actual mask. I liked how easy it was to apply and how you can feel it tingling (the directions say that means it works). However, I didn’t love how when you take the mask off, your face feels sticky. I’m not sure if that’s the materials in it, or just the residue. About an hour later, my face still feels a a little sticky, even though the liquid has all dried off.
Overall Rating? 5.5-6/10
Next week we’re going to do a live trial of a L’Oreal clay mask.
Do you have any of your favorite masks you want me to try? Leave me a comment!
It’s the time of year. Everyone is making their New Year’s resolutions with the complete understanding that they most likely won’t accomplish them. In my experience, this is mostly due to these resolutions being either a) completely unrealistic (I’m going to find a job that doubles my salary), or b) difficult to actually execute (I’m going to be more open). With the best intentions, we have these lofty resolutions, and by mid-February, they’re not happening and we go back to where we were on December 31st.
So what do we do? How do we combat this cycle? This year, I’ve decided to do away with these resolutions. Instead, I challenge you all to set a monthly goal instead. Something realistic with steps you can take to achieve it. That way, not only are you following through, but you also get that feeling of accomplishment knowing that you achieved your goal.
My January Goal is to maintain consistency on the blog. I spent some time this vacation (I have been off for 10 days!) really planning out what I want and how I want to get there. This includes more posts, more insights and more interaction! Here are some ways to help you achieve your January goal.
Best ways to achieve a goal:
Be realistic – If your goal is something out of your control, you are less likely to be invested in getting it done. Start with something realistic and achievable.
Choose something you’re passionate about – If you’re passionate about your goal, you’re much more likely to work towards achieving it. Pick something that you’re interested in.
Keep track of your progress – Once you’ve decided what your goal is, give yourself tangible steps to get there. Write them down and cross them off as you achieve them. This will not only keep you accountable, but give you a sense of accomplishment.
Be honest with yourself – If you’re not going to achieve your goal that month, that’s ok. Maybe work/school/life has gotten in the way. Maybe things out of your control have interfered with your planning. Whatever the reasoning is, staying honest with yourself will allow you to continue to move forward.
Reward yourself for a job well done – When you achieve your goal, reward yourself. This will keep you motivated to achieve your next goal and the one after that.
Best of Luck! If you need any advice or help picking a goal, let me know!
Happy Tuesday everyone! Since I’ve been posting a bunch of songs for my #MorningMusic segment, I figured why not put them all into one place for you to enjoy! Introducing my Spotify #MorningMusic playlist! This playlist will be updated with every song posted on my Instagram for #MorningMusic!
Feel free to follow to the playlist to get all the update to date music!
Hi y’all. I don’t know about where you live, but it seems like winter is coming with a vengeance here in Boston. I got back from Nashville and *POOF* colder weather was here. The best part of that weather is the warm sweater trend that is so in right now. From long comfy cardigans to oversized sweaters, to cute cold shoulders, I’ve got your full wrap of of cozy sweaters! Click on the pictures to be brought to the site!
It’s no secret I love Loft. I would say most of my work clothes are there because they’re the perfect mix of trendy and professional. And my sweaters are much of the same. Some of my absolute favorites are:
There are always great deals at Macy’s, especially with the holidays coming up. Here are some of my favorite buys!
I love going to Nordstrom. Their quality is great and if you get some of their pieces during their sales, they’re a great deal. Some of my favorite sweaters are:
Hi y’all. I am a huge fan of makeup, and my favorite store is Ulta Beauty. I love that I can find everything I need in one location. It truly is a one-stop shop! Plus, I get my hair done at their salon as well. The woman who does my hair actually does a better job than the place I was going to in Downtown Boston! And my bestie is an insanely good at doing makeup, she definitely could make it a side-hustle!
Ever since I was in middle school, my skin has been pretty wonky. Even as an adult one hormone shift and my face totally breaks out. So here are some of my favorite products to help keep my face clear and my eyes sparkling!
Like I said, I typically break out, but for the longest time I was still using creamy foundations. My life totally changed when I found tinted moisturizer. This is light enough to not cause my skin to freak out, but still gives me a good color to start with. When going out on the town, pairing it with a good primer helps my face stay hydrated and in place all night. My favorites are:
Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer – This stuff is GOLD. It is my favorite that I’ve found so far. The clay helps keep the color, but it’s still very light on your face. I wear the Light so I can blend on top of it. It also has SPF for summer.
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better – This is another great light moisturizer. What I love about it is that it has a pump, so you’re sure to get the perfect amount. I trade off between this and my Tarte.
I’ll admit it, I’m a powder girl. I like how it gives a finished look, and can cover some of my skin marks (thank you teenage acne). I always go for a mineral powder, because I’ve found it doesn’t make my skin oily. My favorite is:
Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Powder – I have been wearing this for YEARS and it is my go-to for powder. I’ve tried almost all the others and this one takes the cake. It’s light on your face, but still provides coverage. I also love that it has built in SPF 15. I usually use Light in the fall/winter/spring but change to Blush Medium when I start to get my summer tan.
Blush is my best friend. I think its the best way to brighten up your look for everyday. I am completely hopeless at contouring so this is the closest I can get. My two favorite multi-color blushes are:
Too Faced Sweetheart Perfect Flush Blush – I wear this in Peach Beach and it is perfect for every day. It’s got great beige and peachy tones to match my subtle work makeup without being too over the top. When I want a bit more pizazz, I do use the Candy Glow as well.
NYX Ombre Blush – This is another great gradient blush to give you some toning on top of your powder. And it’s a really affordable option for those of you two don’t want to go straight to Ulta’s Prestige Brands. I love the Nude to Me for everyday use.
This is my favorite part of my makeup because you can do almost ANYTHING. Make your eyes glam, do a perfect smoky, sparkle them up, the possibilities are endless. I have two go-to pallets and my favorite mascara to tie it all together. They are:
Urban Decay Naked HEAT – Yes, I bought the Heat pallet as soon as it came out, and I won’t lie, I’m in LOVE. I love to do nudes and browns for work and this pallet has the perfect shades of brown with reds and a bit of sparkle that I use it almost every day.
Urban Decay Naked Smoky – Unfortunately you can’t get this pallet anymore, which is a shame because it is my other favorite. I love the silver tones and that I can wear it with blues and blacks that I wear to work. However, I found this E.L.F Smoky Eyeshadow Pallet and it’s almost a dead ringer for the UD one. Plus, it’s a great deal!
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – Ok, if you can get over the name, I guarantee you this mascara will change your world. I was the queen of the typical drug store brands until I was talked into buy this, and now I won’t go back. It hugs your lashes perfectly, and the brush doesn’t cause clumping. Plus, now it comes in Waterproof!
BONUS: Eyeliners – I don’t typically wear eyeliner, especially to work. But when I go out, I alternate with powders and gel pencils. For powder, I typically just use one of my black eyeshadows and an angled brush with a little water. It allows the powder to fall and give a nice smoky look. For gel pencils, I love UD’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. It’s easy to use and makes great lines.
I’m very easy when it comes to lips. I actually rarely wear lip gloss or lipstick, only when it’s a special occasion. I’m actually obsessed with tinted lip balms, since they don’t dry out your lips when you wear it. All I wore in Nashville were:
Berts Bees Tinted Lip Balm – If you love Bert’s Bees like I do, this will become your new staple. It’s light like their typical balm, but does a great job providing color. I use the Red Dahlia almost every day.
Chapstick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint – This is the one product you can’t buy at Ulta, but it should be at your local drug store. I love that it packs a little more color than the Bert’s Bees, but unfortunately it is heavier on your lips. I’m more apt to use this going out than daily. I love the Merlot color for a deeper red.
I can’t believe I’ve been home from Nashville for 2 days already! It was such a perfect girls trip! I’m lucky enough to have 3 best friends that love to go on adventures, so every few years we try to go away. 2 years ago we went to Vegas while I ran the Rock and Roll Half Marathon. As country music lovers, we knew Nashville was on our bucket list, so we decided going during CMA Awards week was the perfect time! We added another friend to the mix, so we were a rambunctious group of 5.
We got to tour and see a show at the Ryman Auditorium. If you’ve never been to The Mother Church of Country, you need to go. The atmosphere at show time is electric, even though I didn’t know any of the artists. And for the history buff in me, learning all about the history behind the building and it’s part in country music history was amazing.
Speaking of history, we were able to tour the Country Music Hall of Fame as well. The amount of history in that one building is unreal. My favorite exhibit was on Loretta Lynn. I had no idea her backstory besides her being the ‘Coalminers Daughter” so to learn about her life was so fun.
The last place we toured was the Jack Daniel’s distillery in Lynchburg. It was a bit of a hike, but totally worth the trek. Did you know the distillery is located in a dry county, so you can’t buy alcohol there? We learned so much about making whiskey and the JD history, including why Tennessee whiskey is different than Kentucky bourbon.
We also ate and drank A LOT. Some of our favorite places were:
Rippy’s – We ate here twice and came here to watch the CMA’s because it was right across the street from the Bridgestone Arena. Unfortunately, it didn’t overlook the red carpet! If you go, be sure to get their fried pickles. They were so good!
FGL House – We went here for our last night, after planning on eating here a few times during the trip. The food is phenomenal. None of us had a bad meal and we even shared an app. If you’re there, be sure to get the Dirty Kettle Chips- they’re like nachos but with kettle chips. Amazing. And the live music up on their Cruise Rooftop Bar was amazing. The group that played on Friday night was unreal. They were the first band playing non-country music, but they were some of the best.
The Wildhorse Saloon – We had so much fun here. We got to take some line dancing lessons and met a bunch of people. Nashville is such an eclectic city, it was great to meet people from all over.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken – Ok, I’ll admit it. I was questioning this one. After we walked from our hotel to the Nashville Angel Wings, I didn’t want to walk the other 3/4 mile to Hattie B’s. But my friends convinced me… And then we waited in line for AN HOUR for the food. But IT WAS WORTH IT. The chicken was tender, the crispy outside was perfect and that heat was amazing. Paired with some southern mac and cheese and fries… it was amazing. If you go there and the line is past the outside deck, wait it out. I promise you won’t regret it.
Final thoughts, this trip was probably a once-in-a-lifetime, just because of the sheer amount of things we did. I definitely want to go back, but for now, I think I need a mini-vacation from my vacation! And I need to start planning the next one!
What about you, what’s your favorite vacation destination?