Feb 5, 2016

Target Swim Style #NOFOMO

This post is sponsored by Target

I have always been petite and somewhat lucky in that I never really had body insecurities. I think my mom did a really good job at teaching me to stay active, eat in moderation and just take care of myself and feel good about my body. After I got pregnant though, my body insecurities went through the roof. I remember being 37 weeks pregnant and coming home crying after someone told me how big I looked. And I know they weren't being mean or saying I was fat but man, after feeling huge for what seemed like forever and then being told that, it was definitely hard to hear. And now, even though I'm back to being the exact same size as I was before I had my baby, the way my body carries weight is completely different. I carry so much more weight in my midsection and thighs than I did before, and because this was so new to me I just felt so badly about myself and my body. I don't have stretch marks but I certainly do have other weird marks that pregnancy brought on and that never went away. The summer after I had my daughter, I refused to go anywhere that required me to be in a swimsuit or anything revealing. Being in a bathing suit never really bothered me before but this new body of mine just made me feel so uncomfortable that I couldn't even think of putting it out there for the world to see. I'm hoping that some of you new mommy's can relate as it's so indescribable, all the feelings that you go through when you have a baby, plus a whole new body. Your mind plays some weird tricks on you and you just feel like a completely different person.   

When Target asked me to be a part of their #NOFOMO swim campaign I really wanted to back out. I thought, "Me in a bathing suit, on the internet, for everyone to see?" I mean honestly, I would've rather put needles in my eye. But I sat on it for a day and I thought about it. And really, what was there to be scared of? People judging me for not having a perfect body? I mean, I certainly don't think that about other women that I've seen in their swimsuits. I mean, at most I see it and think how cute the suit is and move on. And so, I just thought, "OK, I'm going to do it." So here I am! Of course I'm not going to start out the post with a photo of me in a swimsuit, I still need to work up to that!  

Because I love Target's message I had to let you know what #NOFOMO means:
#NOFOMO – is all about embracing the season with no reservations, just confidence. #NOFOMO is Target’s rallying cry to stop missing out on the best of summer because of body insecurities, swimsuit avoidance or lame excuses.


Feb 2, 2016

Urban Decay Haul - Glitter Eyeliner, Moondust Shadow, Lashes

I have been a fan of Urban Decay forever and mostly stuck with their palettes (see my NAKED Smoky palette review here) and their eyeliners (this one has been a staple for years) but I recently tried out their single shadows, glitter eyeliners and false lashes so wanted to do a review!

Feb 1, 2016

Lookbook: Pink House, Cozy Cardigan

My office is fairly close to this pink house and I have to admit that from the moment I saw it, I wanted to take pics in front of it!  LOL.  Such a blogger.

Jan 28, 2016

Leather Jackets Now

There will always be another it-bag or must-have shoe to indulge in. Sometimes, you have to take a step back and think about investing for the long run in those staples that you won't mind wearing ten years down the line. Definitely can't say that about all our trendy impulse buys.

When it comes to leather jackets there are a few details you want to be extremely picky about. See our list below. These are the components that'll make or break a leather jacket for you, and if you're about to drop a few hundred dollars on this classic, you want to make sure it not only fits you like a (leather) glove, but that it just works.

Jan 27, 2016

Cold Shoulder: Off the shoulder looks for winter

I recently posted this look on my instagram.  I don't often have time for full #OOTD (outfit of the day) shots so most of the time I just take these kind of pics.  BUT I really loved my sweater so I had to share my how cute it was.

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