DIY Beauty Treatments + Plus Luxe Beauty Products On My Wish List

April 3, 2020

Photo by Holger Link 

If you have been living life anything like me right now, you’re probably drinking a lot more wine than usual. And for me, the surplus of sugar in my diet (and the insane decrease in physical activity) is causing my skin to freak the heck out...yay me. Since my main source of income is currently on pause, I need to save every penny I can. Because I’m living a little more frugally right now, I decided to research a few DIY skincare treatments that I can make using the ingredients in the kitchen. But I’m not a freaking dermatologist or beauty expert, so if you decide to make any of the beauty treatments below, make sure you freaking spot test them and google if the ingredients you are using are good for your skin type/you aren’t allergic to them. I know that I have pretty sensitive skin, so I know what to gravitate towards and what to stay away from. 

But if you don’t feel like turning your kitchen into a chem lab, I’ve linked to a few products I’ve heard great things about or have used myself. Because if you have the funds (and have emergency savings), why not treat yourself to a nice skincare product. Everything is freaking on sale right now, so might as well take advantage of them if you’re in a healthy financial place.

Pro Tip: I have the Rakuten (was previously called Ebates) chrome extension so I pretty much get cash back from every purchase. It's kind of crazy not to make a free account. I need to download the mobile app so I can save money when I shop on my phone.

OOOOHHH, and please leave a comment below letting me know what your favorite at-home beauty treatments/products are. I’d love to add some things to my beauty wish list/to-do list. Wishing you a day full of tranquility and luxury… from the comfort of your home lol.

DIY Beauty Treatments 

Exfoliation scrubs via YouTube
I want to try this Coconut oil + sugar scrub. I can tell that my skin needs to be exfoliated real bad. And this would be a fun face and full-body scrub. Plus, I don’t have to worry about sun damage post-exfoliation because it’s not like I’m spending much time outside. 

This person uses normal white sugar for her scrub, so I think whatever you have in your kitchen will work.

This two-ingredient coffee scrub looks awesome too! I'm trying both of these scrubs this month. 

Moisturizing serum 
This honey and coconut oil serum sounds lovely! I imagine it would smell like heaven. Apparently, you pair it with this apple cider vinegar toner to balance the PH of your skin.

P.S. apple cider vinegar is a basic staple for me. From stomach issues to lady who-ha issues, apple cider vinegar usually fixes my ish real quick. 

Detoxifying Masque 
This Green Tea & Raspberry Masque sounds pretty luxurious. I'm very excited to try this.

Acne treatment 
I like to use toothpaste or ice to spot treat pimples. Both usually get rid of pimple inflammation for me pretty quickly. Ice works faster for me, but it’s way less pleasant. I used the toothpaste trick this morning and after 30 minutes, the redness was significantly reduced.

Hair Masque 
This avocado hair masque sounds dreamy!! I know this would be hella messy, but half of the time when I buy avocados, they go bad before I can eat them so this will help me be less wasteful.

Lip Treatment
My boss gave me this super luxurious, high-end overnight lip masque for my birthday but I left it at work before the country lockdown!! I love it so much and actually used it during the day too. So now I need to make a lip scrub to use while we are quarantined, and this overnight one looks pretty legit.

Luxe Beauty Products to Try

Thank you for taking a minute to read this post, and extra special thanks to anyone who shops the affiliates links in this post. I only make like 30 cents from a sale, but 30 cents is waaaaayyyy better than nothing. Wishing you and your family happiness and health. 

Future Rich B****: Coronavirus Financial Wellness Resources

March 30, 2020

Photo by Josh Appel 
I want to start off by saying, wow… this is such an insane and scary time. I don’t think any of us expected 2020 to take a drastic nose-dive only 3 months into the year. But here we are, and here we will survive, grow and thrive. I know we are all anxious as fuck, and that’s ok. BUT at the end of this, I full-heartedly believe that we will all be stronger, more appreciative and more compassionate than ever before. I, just like a billion other people around the globe, am FREAKING THE FUCK OUT about my finances and the job market. But because I’m a Capricorn, it’s impossible for me to not obsessively research and come up with a plan to overcome my problems. So I’ve collected a few resources below to help all of us make more money from the safety of our homes, stay up to date on unemployment insurance for all my fellow furloughed or laid-off friends, and feel a little more in control during this chaotic season.   

  • Mental Health/ Motivation
    • TBH, sometimes I get so upset about the current situation that it’s hard to get out of bed, let alone apply for jobs, so here is a relatable post about finding the motivation to take the next step forward 
    • Virtual therapy really does work wonders. Better Help and Talk Space are amazing sources! I’ve used Better Help for over ½ a year and loved it. They are offering 2 weeks of free therapy right now because of Covid 19. 

  • Laid off or furloughed? Here is an article to help calm your nerves. We are going to get through this. 
  • Make money honey: We all need to either replace our income or increase it to add more into savings/pay off debt. Here are a few remote companies hiring. 

  • The Frugal Chef: Saving money by reducing my food budget is my favorite way to save money. Honestly, making a cheese quesadilla with a side of shredded lettuce, greek yogurt (a healthy sour cream dupe) and salsa is delicious and super freaking cheap to make. Add in some black beans for extra energy and fiber and you’re golden. I also like this guide for stretching your grocery budget to the max

Signing off with these two hilarious memes because laughter is a strong form of medicine

Weekly Menu: Making the most out of cooking at home

March 23, 2020

Photo by Food Photographer | Jennifer Pallian 
I've never really thought of cooking as a fun activity to pass the time, but now that we are adjusting to this new lifestyle, we all have a lot more time on our hands. So I figured, now is a great time to take an activity that seems more like a chore to me, and turn it into a luxurious experience. Cooking is a lot more fun and relaxing when you play great music, light a candle and sip on a glass of wine or a fun cocktail. Here are a few recipes I'm craving this week. Cheers to a week of hearty and satisfying meals enjoyed in our cozy homes.

Thanks so much for taking a moment to read this post and support my page. Tag me on IG if you end up making one of these dishes! I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy! Until next time.

The Happiness Edit: Retail Therapy Edition

March 21, 2020

Photo by Micheile Henderson

Honestly, there's no point in even commenting on how insane the world is right now. We are all experiencing this unpredictable era together. But just because our anxiety might be at an all-time high, doesn't mean we have to let our emotions take control. And I believe that if there were ever a time for responsible retail therapy to have a purpose, that time is now. But remember, the key word is responsible. There are a few things I've recently purchased or have my eye on that I know will add a little bit of happiness to my days as we wait for this cover 19 pandemic to end. Creating a happy and tranquil space in our homes is probably one of the best things we can do for ourselves right now. Cheers to another week of creating our own happiness!

  • The Lounge Set- Essential for being cute and comfortable at home...perfect for all our FaceTime dates 
Boohoo - currently 60% off site wide!!

  • The Blue and White Tea Cup - perfect for sipping my morning coffee and evening tea 

  • The Foam Roller - because we gotta keep those muscles relaxed after all our home workouts 

  • The Perfect Red Lipstick - this will help us look cute for all the selfies/thirst traps we all know we are going to be taking during Quarantine 2020

  • The Fuzzy White Bathrobe - for when you don't feel like putting on clothes to go to the bathroom and you don't want to flash your roommate or you want to have an at-home spa day.  

  • The Perfect Spring/Summer Dress - Operation Glo-Up is in full swing. I plan to look cute when we are allowed to be social again. 

  • The Clean Beauty Face Masque - Might as well use this time for self-care

March Mood Board 2020: Muses for the Month

March 8, 2020

Photos: Alexandra Gorn,Zane nicDominik BednarzErol Ahmed

I've come to realize that I am addicted to the feeling of inspiration. I'm sure this is not a trait that is unique just to me. I know this is why I love living in NYC/JC as much as I do. Everywhere I turn, I am surrounded by creativity, art, fashion, energy, ambition and beauty. This city is a breeding ground for inspiration... and I want to spend this month focusing more on the beauty in this city instead of the  headaches and pitfalls that come with working in Corporate America and living in an overcrowded, expensive city. I'm determined to live a fulfilling life, and I know you are too. But we can't do that if we focus on the mundane and challenging parts of life 24/7. Yes, it's important to accept that there are unpleasant parts of life, but it's equally as important to actively seek out even the smallest forms of inspiration and beauty in each day we are blessed with. Those muses will help us live a balanced and fabulous life.

What's been inspiring you this season? I'm mainly excited for spring and to financially prioritize my wants, desires and goals so I can move closer to my ideal lifestyle and career. Of course, I am grateful for everything in my life and become more and more content with my current state of life each day. There is so much that I have to be grateful for.. but we can be content with life and still pursue growth. Growth makes life more interesting anyway.

A Few of my Muses:

  • Listening to Summer Walker's songs while going on a walk
  • Red lipstick 
  • Reading in a coffee shop 
  • Signing up for Pole flow workshops!! 
  • Silky and satin floral dresses! 
  • Choreographing to R&B songs 
  • feather details
  • cooking and dining with friends 
  • wandering through beautiful gardens 
  • sipping tea out of a pretty mug
  • Using an excel sheet to manage my monthly budget - helps me feel in control. 

What's sparking creativity and passion in your life this March? 

Resort Wear 2020: Looks Inspired by Love Island

March 1, 2020

Photo by STIL 

I've been loving reality tv lately!! I don't know where this obsession came from. Well; actually, I do. It's called peer pressure. So many of my friends and family members have gotten me hooked on 90 Day Fiance, Love  Is Blind and Love Island UK. And i'm currently streaming season 4 of the UK Love Island series. I can't get enough. The messiness of the show is addictive and the fashion is top notch. I'm so excited for summer when I can actually wear these wear-weather outfits. I know for sure that I'll be packing most of the outfits below for yacht week. AHH, so excited. And if I'm lucky, I'll be able to afford a small weekend getaway to a warmer location in May or June. But if not, I'm still excited to start planning my resort/vacation wardrobe for the year as well. I hope the outfits below help you get excited for warmer weather too.

Oh, and let me know if you are watching the UK version of Love Island too! I'm planning to catch up on season 6 as soon as I finish season 4, and I know the fashion will not disappoint.

Outfit 1: White Lace See-through Robe + White Bathing Suit

This outfit is inspired by Meg and Rosie's photoshoot after a messy break-up. Gotta love the drama... but also I thought this outfit was chic and sexy for sure! 10 out 10 gotta recreate this look this summer.

Outfit 2: Black One Shoulder Top + Cheetah Mini
Hayley was an interesting character, but the girl knew how to dress. If this isn't an A+ brunch to night out on the town outfit, then I don't know what is. I need to get my hands on a one shoulder top asap and stop sleeping on this revived trend.

Outfit 3: Red Midi Dress with Slit

This outfit is actually inspired by the twins from season 6. I don't remember their names but that's neither here nor there. I would google their names, but I can't risk the potential spoilers. I envision wearing this outfit to an elegant al fresco dinner underneath the stars. How dreamy.

Outfit 4: White Lace Top + White Tailored Shorts

I am not going to lie, I spent over an hour looking for a dupe to a long-sleeve white lace peek-a-boo top that Mag wore in one of the episodes. I am so upset that I couldn't find anything similar, but the white lace top featured above creates a similar affect.

Outfit 5: Sexy One Piece Swimsuit

All the girls on the show consistently wore adorable swimsuits. I especially loved all the one pieces that were featured on the show. I took lots of notes for my next vacation!

Simple Bliss: 5 Things I'm Loving Right Now

February 28, 2020

Photo by Taylor Simpson
Well this week has been a whirlwind to say the least. So. Much. Emotional. Chaos!!! My family keeps being tested, but hey, life was never meant to come without problems. That's why it's crucial to seek out accessible things that put a smile on our faces.  I really appreciate how our priorities become clearer as we age, and the older I get, the more and more I savor all the small but fulfilling things in life. Here's a list of the things that have made me happy this week. I hope you share yours too! And thanks so much for spending time reading this post. Your support means the world to me!

Photo by Kevin Lee
1. Deleting Uber and Lyft!! I LOVE saving money. I am slowly but surely becoming addicted to saving as much as I can on the frivolous luxuries I've gotten used to. It's kind of like a game. If you live in a bustling city like me, you will probably feel sick to your stomach if you look at your uber receipt history. I know I do, and that's why I am loving saving money by saying no to shared rides when I can easily take the subway.

Fluffy Cardigan

2. Cardi Parties!!! Not gonna lie, I have totally been influenced by Sydne Summer and I really, really, really want a few chic cardigans that I can dress down for a casual day or unbutton to show a lace bralette underneath.


3.  All the fashion on Love Island UK Season 4! Uh!! living for the fashion... and getting a ton of outfit ideas for Yacht Week this summer.

Tea Cup and Saucer

4. Pretty Tea Cups. I have yet to purchase this set, but it will be my next milestone treat to myself. They aren't expensive, but in order to justify the frivolous purchase, I'm going to get them as a reward after I file my  taxes or have a boring "get my shit together day" aka do laundry, meal prep and book all my appointments all in one day. Incentivizing adulthood is key my friend.

Photo by Rebeca G. Sendroiu

5. Greek Salads. I know they probably aren't the healthiest form of salads but omg they are so delicious. I love adding avocado and grilled chicken to make the salads even more filling. I've had a greek salad three times this week and they are so cheap to make.

Food For Thought: Pain Now or Pain Later

February 17, 2020

Photo by Jen P.

Since I don't have a car here in the NYC area, I spend a ton of time walking. I know that might sound awful to a lot of people, but I honestly love it. Not only does walking everywhere keep me active and healthy, but it also gives me so much time to zone out and listen to my favorite podcasts. One of my favorite podcasts that I've mentioned multiple times is The Life Coach School Podcast. This is hands down the most revolutionary podcast I consistently listen to.  The creator, Brooke Castilo focuses on helping her audience cultivate the mental, spiritual and physical skills we need to create the lives we want.

A few weekends ago, I was feeling a little down about a few disappointing situations and was going to open a bottle of wine to avoid my feelings, but something told me to stop and to listen to another episode of TLCS podcast instead. The episode I ended up listening to was titled "Pain now or Later," and she talked about all the problems and distractions she introduced into her life to temporarily avoid pain, grief, fear and anxiety. She goes on to discuss how running away from that pain (by being super busy, overdrinking or overeating, aka what she describes as buffering) actually PROLONGED the pain... shit. It's quite comical because although I'm aware of how problematic buffering is, I certainly fall into the trap of avoiding pain all the time.

In 2019,  I avoided the pain of aggressively searching for a second job to have the level of income that I desire (I recently got promoted so things are a lot better on that end). I consistently try to avoid the pain that comes with letting go of romantic, platonic and professional relationships that no longer positively contribute to my life. And I still find myself trying to avoid the pain/fear that comes with removing all the distractions from my life (ie, spending too much time watching TV, staying up too late, oversleeping, overspending) that interfere with building this platform into a full-time business and achieving financial freedom. So you see, I have a lot to work on.

But then Brooke introduced two eye-opening concepts that restored my sense of hope.

Reality Check Number One 
Pain is guaranteed in life and the goal is not to have less pain in life... the goal is to become more comfortable with pain... Oh damn. My entire life, I have believed that if I work hard enough and show up to the best of my ability, I will eventually have less pain in my life. HAHAHAHA, jokes on me. The real goal is to accept that life is 50% pain and 50% amazing. That's not going to change. The only reason life sometimes feels like it's 75% pain and 25% fun is because I've been resisting and fighting pain/fear more often than is helpful. The more I embrace pain, fear and anxiety, the better I will get at processing it... and the less painful my experience will because I'm not prolonging the freaking process.

Like why the FUCK are we not taught this in high school or college? I have been practicing the exact opposite thing my entire life. And so has pretty much everyone I've ever known. Most of American culture is based on throwing distractions in our face so we spend money on things, food and alcohol instead of dealing with the real freaking problem at hand. SHOOK!!!

Reality Check Number One 
Pain can actually a good thing. It's not a problem that immediately needs to be solved. ... Wait, what? I have never thought about this concept in my life!! Pain isn't a problem? I can use pain to propel me closer to my dream life? Embracing the pain of sacrificing bottomless brunch to work on my content creator career is going to help me create the career of my dreams. Sitting with the pain of being alone on a Saturday night instead of getting drunk, blowing a ton of money, and maybe drunk texting that guy we should have blocked is actually going to help us get stronger and attract a guy of higher value. Accepting the pain of job hunting for 3 hours after work instead of watching Disney+ for 3 hours is going to help you find a job that doesn't drain you and meet financial goals faster.

I'm honestly kind of fucked-up from this episode. Like oh my goodness, why am I just learning all of this profound wisdom! I could have saved myself from so much prolonged suffering. I am so grateful to have learned this concept now so I can implement the practices Brooke lists in this episode. She essentially gives us a cheat sheet on how to make this transition and start processing pain at the moment instead of procrastinating, and now we can have an even more magical relationship with ourselves. I can't think of a more amazing gift to give ourselves this month.

I would really love to hear your thoughts about this podcast/blog post. I know it is a pretty foreign concept and can be a hard one to swallow. But in my opinion, this concept is a saving grace. The best way to get through hard chapters is to embrace them instead of running from them. And before you know it, we will all be this stronger version of ourselves that the old us wouldn't even recognize. That sounds incredible to me.

Thanks again for taking a moment to read this post! I wish you a week full of growth, strength and self-love. Until next time my friend!

February 2020 Mood Board: Small Ways to Celebrate Life

February 9, 2020

Photos by: Adore MeElement5 DigitalHeather FordTirza van Dijk

Although I'm single, I love Valentine's Day. I think it is a great reminder to celebrate yourself and all of the people in your life that you cherish. I have a pretty feminine style, so I adore all the reds, pinks, little lacey things and the sense of pampering and luxury that is associated with the month. I also love the mass celebration of black history during the month. I find this month to be so inspiring and a nice way to ease into pursuing our dreams. Despite the dreary, cold weather that usually accompanies February, I still find this month to be dreamy, and a great time to practice gratitude.

Of course, all of the things I've listed above can and should be a part of my lifestyle all year round, but I find it is easier to keep these things top of mind during February. We live in such a fast-paced world, so it is incredibly easy to forget to make room for inspiration in our lives. In my opinion, inspiration is what makes life magical, so it is an essential ingredient to living a fulfilled life. I am excited to embrace the different moods of each season and seek out more muses each month. Life is too short to not make time for the things we love, no matter how simple or elaborate they might be.

And in an effort to celebrate this one life we are given, here is a small list of indulgences that bring me joy. I hope they do the same for you.
  • Drinking tea while burning a candle - it's simple and free 
  • Reading a magazine to wind down 
  • Walking around a neighborhood with cobblestone streets - there is something so charming about them. It's great to do while catching up with a friend or while listening to a podcast
  • Watching a thought-proving video, show or movie - Parasite is next on my list. 
  • Putting on red lipstick and a cute outfit 
  • Drinking a smoothie after a killer pilates class
  • Wearing lingerie or silky PJs while lounging around - it honestly just makes me feel 1000xs more confident. I love Adore Me and Asos because they both offer a large selection of lingerie for women with fuller busts and at an affordable rate. P.S. - The links below are affiliate links. 

Are there any indulgences that you incorporate into your routine every February? If so, I'd seriously like to know in the comments below. I know Valentine's Day can suck if you are single, but I'm really starting to love my alone time. So whether you have a romantic evening planned with your boo, are having a night with friends and family, or are treating yourself to a lovely solo dinner at home while watching your favorite new show, there is always something to look forward to on a date that celebrates love. Self-love is the best type of love anyway. Cultivating unconditional self-love is the only way we will ever experience a full-life, and I am excited to continue nurturing my relationship with myself. I know you are too. Thank you for taking a moment to read this post; your support means so much to me. Until next time my friend - wishing you all the love, happiness and joy this month. 

Monthly Muses: January

January 27, 2020

Photo by Jason Leung

Although I'm a tad bit sad to say goodbye to my birthday month, I am ready to see what else 2020 has in store. I really thought I knew what I wanted out of life, but this month has helped reveal to me new priorities in my life. I will always be an ambitious woman, but with each week that passes, I value slowing down more and more. I want to cook with friends and loved ones more. I want to enjoy a bottle of wine with a special someone and engage in stimulating conversation. I want to spend 30 extra minutes in the morning putting on a cute outfit and doing my hair and makeup. I want to go on looooong walks in the park or go on a hike.

I LOVE the energy in NYC, but I also need rest and slow living to balance out the hustle and grind. Life is full of so many incredible moments and we can cultivate incredible relationships if we take the time to do so... that's what I want to focus on this year. As more and more of my cherished friends move away from NYC, I'm really starting to cherish the simpler moments with them. I never would have expected the 26-year old version of me to value slowing down so much - but I know I need both mindful living and constant growth/development to feel fulfilled. Now I'm just hoping to continue to grow my community and attract like-minded people into my life.

As you can imagine, the things I've been gravitating towards this month reflect my slow-living focus shift. So below are a few things that have been putting a smile on my face during this abundant, yet insanely stressful month.

Netflix & Chilling - just to escape for an hour... or three
Money Heist
The Morning Show (Apple TV)
Schitt's Creek

Devin Brugman's Low Carb Diet IG Stories Highlight
Devin is one of my favorite content creators/ entrepreneurs. She is the co-founder of a luxury swimwear line that provided amazing options for bustier women... aka me. And she shared the most delicious meal ideas for anyone who thrives on a low-carb diet... also me. I am excited to get back to this lifestyle. I loved going low-carb last year. But tbh, I didn't make enough money to sustain it and I was lazy to cook that much. But now that I have a higher income and actually want to dedicate time to cooking,  I plan to make her dishes on repeat

I truly have too much freaking stuff. It's a real problem, so I've been researching like crazy to come up with a storage system for my tiny ass room. I constantly get rid of things that I no longer want/ don't inspire me. But when you have a small bedroom and share an apartment with roommates, there comes a time where the issue is the size of the space and not the number of things you own. I love organizing and I love the container store, but I'm not trying to spend a lot of money on this project. I know there has to be a creative solution, and I'mma find it.

I think I like Pinterest more than Instagram TBH. It is just so easy to find an infinite amount of inspiration and helpful info.

Cute Winter Boots/Snow Boots
I am so sick of feeling like an ugly potato every day at work wearing jeans or leggings with my sneakers. I need a pair of comfortable, durable and warm, flat OTK boots that are weather-resistant and affordable. I also need to invest in a quality pair of snow boots that I won't be depressed to wear. Thank the lord for DSW. I'll be purchasing these two items ASAP.

Feathers and Oranza Elements
I love the retro glamour that these two features add to any element. Adding a little extra something to my outfit always puts a smile on my face.  And Boohoo always has fun pieces at a super low price, so I don't have to be irresponsible to enjoy this trend (currently the entire site is 50% off so the prices are even cheaper than what's reflected in my picks below).

Thanks so much for taking a minute to read this post! What's been inspiring you this month?

Little Luxuries: Making the Most out of Boring Routines

January 25, 2020

Photo by Mgg Vitchakorn 

As I grow older,  I continue to realize how temporary "the bad times" are. Last week, I was not in a very healthy mental space... like at all. But as I sit on this pink, faux suede couch, on the second floor of a new workspace,  waiting for my sneakers to dry from the intense rainstorm, I am in awe at how blissful I am. And to be honest, nothing extraordinary has happened today. I spent all of Friday night alone (which I know I needed in order to reset), woke up early this morning and then headed into the city for dance class and to get some work done. After I leave this office, I'm walking to East Village to cook dinner with two friends and relax. 

At first glance, this summary sounds boring as fuck. I totally admit that, but when you add little luxuries into your routine, the mundane can quickly transform into pure joy. Here are a few things I did to make the past 48 hours more luxurious. 

1. Ordered my favorite meal: On Fridays, I usually head to a dance class after work, but I was feeling particularly run down this week after battling a cold. I knew I needed to spend the night in bed if I wanted to recover faster. So I ordered my favorite meal from my go-to bbq place (Hamilton Pork) and picked it up on my way home from work (I felt less guilty spending money since I avoided delivery fees). Then I started Money Heist on Netflix. Kendra recommended it to me because she knew how much I loved Elite (pretty sure it's the same writers and most of the cast is the same). It was honestly really fun to spend the night relaxing, alone and getting sucked into a new show. 

2. Listened to a great podcast: I wanted to tidy up the kitchen and my bedroom a little bit before heading into the city... but chores are boring af. Thank the lord for podcasts! I love consuming knowledge while also being productive. Very few things make me feel as accomplished and put together. I listened to The Skinny Confidential this morning because it's a pretty balanced podcast and does a great job of providing comical, inspirational, informational and aspirational value. I highly recommend!! 

3. Treated myself to a nice face masque: My skin if freaking the fuck out and I'm thinking it's because of my crappy diet. So I slathered my Jet Lag Summer Fridays Masque on after my dance class. I know it's probably in my head, but I swear that I instantly felt like I could conquer the world. 

4. Took myself out to a healthy lunch: Dig In isn't my favorite, but it did leave me feeling pretty great. I love all of their sides, but my salmon was a tad bit too salty. Regardless, I've missed eating cleaner. Sometimes I forget how incredible healthy food is. I've missed having the energy that comes with clean(ish) eating. 

5. Invested in myself (aka bought a Wing membership): This blogging platform is just one of the many things I have going on outside of my fashion PR job. I have big dreams and feel sooo freaking inspired working in this safe, beautiful and perfectly curated space. Whether I'm planning my next vacation, writing a blog post or mapping out my financial goals, I know I will be 100000% more productive here than in my apartment or at a coffee shop. I'm so excited to start attending the incredible events this company offers as well. I know I probably sound like a broken record by now, but if you have a specific vision for your life, it won't just magically happen on its own. We have to work to create it (while also remembering to rest when we need it). And I know working in an inspiring environment like The Wing will help me do so.  

I hope you find a few small ways to make your next low-key weekend special. Whether you treat yourself to a new outfit or just make tea and light a candle while you drink it, luxury is in the eye of the beholder. Wishing you lots of love and happiness today and every day. And thanks again for reading this post. Your support means so much to me. Until next time friend. 

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