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Many of us have been told we can do anything, but do we really believe it? The idea that there is unlimited opportunity for each and every one of us can be overwhelming to fathom. When we don’t see things come into our lives quickly it can be very discouraging and frustrating. Understanding time and patience is the key to contentment is a journey to discover. Thankfully there are ways to get out of that mindset and open new chapters of success and happiness.

Gratitude is important when finding the balance between wanting more for yourself and being ok with where you are today. Messages like this are hard to find when shopping for clothing, especially fitness attire. Athleta is an athletic brand that has been encouraging and motivating all women be better, do better, and be confident.

Their message of empowerment creates an open discussion that includes the powerful capability of all women. Through this conversation, they have developed amazing high-quality pieces that flatter the body without over-powering. What I love about Athleta is the fact that their clothing can be mixed and matched in so many different ways. I also love that I can take their looks from a great workout to a lunch date, and even to dinner with their hip jackets and stylish leggings! I love a full day spent in my Athleta

In 2018, 40% of fabrics used by Athleta are now made with sustainable materials – including their UPF, Travel, and Training products.

In these photos, I am wearing Athleta’s Colorblock Contender 7/8 TightPerforated Power of She Bra, and Interval Jacket.

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Finding affordable items, made with good ingredients, that not only benefit me but also other people are really uncommon. It’s unheard of to find a product that checks off all the “healthy checklist” and still at a low price point. If you have been seeking these extract characteristics of a product that you are going to love today’s topic: brandless.com. I am so impressed and grateful to have been introduced to Brandless and I am excited to tell you all about them!

Brandless is an online shopping center that houses a large variety of products each at $3. They have eliminated Brand-Tax™ to allow the price to be so low. Brandless has simplified the decision making process with their three dollar price point. Plus customers don’t have to compare the brand to anything else because it is brandless.

With $3 price points, Brandless has opened the doors for a wide range of customers to afford a healthy lifestyle. Many people in this world are craving healthy living but can’t afford to make that change, Brandless allows for people to have more healthy options in their life.

I absolutely love the color of the packaging because it is warm, welcoming, and noticeable. I love how I can distinctly see my Brandless products all around my apartment. They have been a great conversation starter!

Brandless is always coming out with new products and I am loving their new beauty tools like Tweezers, Nail Clippers, Cuticle Nipper, Double-Sided Sharpener, Eyelash Curler, Nail Files, and a Metal Nail File. The tweezers are made of stainless steel with a slant tip to reach those delicate and hard to reach areas and comes with a protective pouch.

The nail clippers are also made of stainless steel, with perfect shapes for your nails and toes, and they have a padded grip for wonderful comfortability. Stainless steel, sharpened edge and a protective sleeve, the cuticle nipper is a long-lasting and important tool in the nail kit. The sharpener has a stylish matte finish and the perfect shape that can sharpen pencils. The eyelash curler comes with a refill pad.

The nail files are in the fun brandless colors and have the perfect grit on both sides. The metal nail file has a honeycomb surface that is designed to keep its shape and function without getting dull quickly. These items all can be put into their durable travel bag that can easily fit into your everyday bag or suitcase. 

The ordering process could not be more seamless. At just $5 dollar shipping and up to 4 day wait time, you can never run out of your favorite Brandless products.

With every item purchased a meal is given to a person in need. Brandless just hit 1 million meals and I couldn’t be more happy for them. Making positive moves in this world through great products is one I stand behind. It’s always satisfying to know that the brand I am buying is also helping those in need.

Brandless is a no-brainer when it comes to safe, clean products that complement my daily lifestyle. It gives me peace of mind knowing I’m using products that are not only safe for me but for the environment. I love how I’m not bombarded with hundreds of similar products; it makes it easy to make an informed decision as a consumer.

The price point makes Brandless unmatched in a market that is typically overwhelming and difficult to navigate. It fits into my lifestyle as a blogger because I don’t always have time to test and research hundreds of products but want to use the best of the best.

Brandless does the work for me and keeps me confident that I am using products that benefit me and others. From beauty to home to nutrition, the products I’m using from Brandless will never let me down. Check out Brandless at brandless.com to start your affordable healthy journey!

Click the link HERE to start shopping and receive $6 off your order!

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You all know how much I love a good sale, and I know you do too! Express is having a great deal going on for all their shoppers. With Summer on its way, I had to grab an all-white look from express. I am loving how this incredibleblouse flows gracefully with my striped pants. I went with a color print in my shoes to give the outfit a fun expression!

Shop $25 off $100 in-store and online, using my code: 3996

TIE FRONT BLOUSON SLEEVE BLOUSE

KNOTTED SLIDE SANDALS

LOW RISE WINDOWPANE BARELY BOOT EDITOR PANT

SHOP MORE EXPRESS

T&C

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The thought of buying clothes for someone else can be thrilling and stressful at the same time. Mostly because we love seeing the smile on our friend’s faces, but we do not always know what exactly to get them, or what they will even want. However, things are a little easier if the person you’re buying clothes for happens to be a man.

Choosing clothes for men, in my opinion, is a lot easier to do than picking out clothes for women. Ladies have all sorts of patterns and materials that can make it a bit tricky. Luckily when it comes to men, you are almost always guaranteed to see a smile on his face. Simply buying a shirt for your boyfriend is often enough to get him happy.

For starters, men do not have nearly as many options as females when it comes to clothing. They have their performance menswear, graphic tees, shorts, sweatpants, jeans, and different color options for short sleeved and long sleeved shirts. Most men have different styles for different days of the week and avoid complicating their wardrobe any further. Fair enough.

Men have their casual days where they do not do too much. Which, for days like that, you will want to make sure that he has enough clothing that he can relax in. Casual clothing can consist of a nice pair of jeans – no rips or discoloration – and a crisp, clean shirt. In fact a lot of people mistaken casual wear for “bum around” clothes or sportswear. However, men can need both outfits in the same day, as he goes to work and then hits the gym right afterwards.

There are more options for men in casual wear than any other style of clothing. Women ought to take advantage of this if they are in a position to buy a man in their life some threads. Explore casual to find a wide array of options.

Depending on where we work, casual wear might only be an option on the weekend, not all the time. That means for the rest of the week we have to look your very best. There are levels of professional clothes that men in particular can wear. Slacks, dress shoes, and a button-up shirt is always a great gift idea for men who want to look their best. If you want to take it to the next level, you can always add a tie to the combination.

If it is the middle of fall or winter, you may also consider buying the gentlemen something to keep them warm during the cold months. Such as a winter jacket, hats, or sweater. All of these things can be worn over your regular clothes, casual wear, sportswear, or work attire, and will not ruin the look since you can pull them right off when you need to.

As you can see, you have a list of clothing options that you can choose from to gift to a man in your life. If you’re lost and don’t know what to get, you can never go wrong with buying them casual clothes and they are guaranteed to be happy.

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I remember when I got my first prescription glasses. I think I was around 10 years old. I was so excited to have a new look and of course be able to see more clearly. It was a game changer to my learning development. Today I wear all kinds of glasses. I have prescription glasses in so many shapes and colors. I love how they each coordinate differently with my outfits. I also wear contact lens. I wear them even more than I do glasses because I enjoy wearing makeup and contacts work with with my makeup looks. Having a brand that offers a great selection for unique and classic affordable designer glasses and contacts is very important to me. This is why I love Eyeconic! Eyeconic is a one stop online shop that houses beautiful glasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses at great prices for women, men, and children. Their website is easy to shop allowing you to explore your favorite name brands and easily apply your updated prescription and order your glasses straight to your home. Eyeconic even has a way for you to virtually try-on any of the glasses. 

Recently I went shopping on eyeconic.com and found one of my favorite brands, MCM. As Spring is here and Summer will quickly approach us, I need some new stylish sunglasses, especially for the upcoming festival season! I decided on these very cute MCM sunshades in Havana. I wasn’t sure the glasses would look good on me but I was thankful for the virtual try-on which allowed me to be extremely confident in my purchase. I love how they frame my face and create a great statement accessory to any outfit. 

With festival season in full effect, now is the perfect time to shop your favorite eyewear looks at Eyeconic. They have your favorite brands like GUCCI, Nike, Calvin Klein, Ray-Ban, and much more. You can’t go wrong shopping their customer friendly website!

Be sure to check out Eyeconic when making your next eyewear shopping trip. Eyeconic makes eyewear shopping easy and fun. With their wide selection I promise you will find something for the entire family!

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Spring is just around the corner, and I am so excited for warmer weather and blossomed trees. With spring also comes spring fashion and this year, nude shoes are going to be making lots of appearances throughout the season. To prepare, I have teamed up with DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse to bring you the best nude inspired look for the upcoming season. 
As a brown skin girl, it can be a challenge to find nude shoes that match my skin. Shades of nude tend to be too light and can look somewhat awkward against my skin color. I love to hear when brands see this need in the market and make an action for change! That’s why I love the new all-inclusive nude sandal line now available at DSW, which complements a range of skin tones. It’s the nudes for everyone! The range of nude colors includes my skin and I couldn’t be more thrilled! 

These gorgeous nude heels I am wearing in these photos bring so much representation for girls that look like me. It makes me happy to be wearing them because they are the perfect nude shoes for me. I love how these heels can barely be seen on my skin. The shade of the heel has a thick band against the top of the toe of the shoe with a thin strap around the ankle. These perfect nude shoes also have a medium length heel making them extremely comfortable to wear all day! 

I am so impressed by these very inclusive nude shoes. I know I will be wearing them all season long with many of my casual and going-out looks. You can find your perfect nude heels by clicking (here). DSW has a wide range of amazing shoes in so many styles. You are sure to find something you like! 

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This post was created in partnership with DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse.  All opinions of my own are expressed in this post and not those of DSW.

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Living a healthy lifestyle is important to me but it doesn’t just start and stop with what I eat and drink, it also includes what I put on my skin. What we put on our skin absorbs into our body, therefore it is important for us to stay educated and informed on what ingredients are being used in our skincare and makeup products. This importance includes our lip balms. That’s why I am happy to team up with EOS Organic Sticks to share with you how this product not only works well but is also good for you!

Lip care has taken full control of my daily routine and I have been loving how luscious my lips continue to be thanks to EOS! These Organic Sticks are incredible and with the trusting name, you can’t go wrong using these. These lip balms are 100% natural and pardon/petrolatum free. Created with shea butter, jojoba oil, and vitamin E, these sticks make for the perfect product to hydrate and enhance your natural lips’ beauty. The Organic Sticks have been dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic, they are gluten-free and packed with 5 nourishing natural oils.

EOS’ Organic Stick Lip Balms are the perfect addition to your healthier skin. When you placed on the lips you can immediately feel the oils working beautifully and naturally. I love when I use this product because it doesn’t weigh down my lips but rather give my lips a burst of life to them. The old bring out my natural lip color making it perfect for everyday use. The moisturizing effect continues throughout my busy day and I can’t forget to let you know how amazing it smells as well. I am always secure when wearing Organic Stick Lip Balm because I know it isn’t harming my skin, it’s making everything healthier!

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Taking good care of our lips is an important part of our skincare routine. In the same way, we aspire for clear skin, many of us desire smooth lips at all time. Since our lips dry fast, because there are no sweat glands around the area, it is common to reapply lip formula to our lips consistently. It can become somewhat annoying to have to keep applying lip care several times a day. Thankfully I discovered this new EOS wax-free lip balm titled Crystal. 

Crystal is shaped in a beautiful crystal-like sphere. Once opened, it’s clear and effortless innovation immediately shows how stunning the product truly is.You can definitely feel a gush of “OMG” when you first see Crystal. As soon as this amazing product hits your lips you can absolutely feel it working its crystal magic. With its weightless hydration formed with shea, coconut, avocado and other natural oils, your lips feel an instant relief while not feeling weighted down but rather healthy and smoother. I love how Crystal is vegan, animal-free, hypoallergenic, and gluten-free; It’s a must-have for your everyday use.

Once I applied Crystal: Vanilla Orchid to my lips I honestly didn’t have to reapply for several hours. Even throughout a very dry weather day, I was very happy to still be rocking my smooth crystal lips! My day usually consists of being in meetings or at my desk working away and the last thing on my mind are my lips. That’s why I love Crystal so much! It’s easy to apply, it lasts all day and it is convenient in its size. I love how it fits in all my bags including my small night-out clutches. The vanilla color of the lip product makes it look expensive and sophisticated. 

Crystal is perfect for prepping your lips as a primer to your favorite lipsticks! Crystal makes a wonderful base coat because it is 100% wax-free and doesn’t leave any residue before applying a lip color. Crystal is also great for your bedtime routine. I encourage you to apply crystal right before falling asleep. You will wake up with the most moisture lips, ready for the day! Overnight my lips tend to become dry but with Crystal, I never have to wake up to dry lips ever again! Be sure to check out EOS Crystal in Vanilla Orchid and Hibiscus Peach.

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Embarking on a path toward a healthier lifestyle can be a monumental and overwhelming decision. There’s a wealth of information on working out and eating right available online, and if you aren’t careful, it’s easy to feel intimidated by the entire challenge.

However, starting your fitness journey doesn’t have to be a scary process. Before you head to the gym or ruthlessly remove all of the sugary snacks from your kitchen, consider these important but simple tips for the average fitness beginner:

It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

When it comes to changing your lifestyle, you’ll need to develop long-lasting habits if you really want to see results. Running six miles and dieting for one week, then vegging out and eating fast food for the next, won’t give you the healthy body you’re looking for. It’s all about consistency.

Begin your fitness journey by establishing a realistic exercise schedule that you can start adhering to. A smart goal to start with is getting active for 30 minutes to an hour three to four times every week. Once you’ve been able to maintain that schedule, consider bulking up your workout routine a little more.

Many people burn out soon after they decide to work on their bodies because they take on too much, too quickly. Establish a healthy, doable pace and remind yourself that you’re in this for the long haul.

Learning to Lift Weights Will Improve Your Results and Prevent Injuries

If you aren’t very comfortable in the weight room, then you need to take the time to learn about proper posture, the different machines, and how much weight your body can handle. Poorly mimicking the workouts of others around you won’t do you much good; everyone’s body is different.

You need to figure out what strength training routine works for your current physical abilities. Failing to handle weights safely can lead to painful pulled muscles and other dangerous injuries, so take the smart road and do your research before attempting dozens of deadlifts.

You’ll Get the Best Results by Combining Cardio and Strength Training

Even if you prefer running over lifting weights, you’ll see the biggest improvements if you start effectively pairing your aerobic activities with occasional strength training. Recent studies have found that doing a round of cardio before you head into the weight room can give you a more intense workout. That means you’ll see improvements in your body and its abilities more quickly than if you stick to just one type of exercise.

Get Serious in the Gym and the Kitchen

If you’re killing yourself during your workouts but eating like an unhealthy teenager when you’re not in the gym, then you probably won’t start seeing the results you want anytime soon. To build a healthy body, you need to prioritize a nutritional diet and frequent physical activity. When you start eating healthier, you’ll be able to perform better in the gym, which will speed up your fitness progress and help you lose weight.

Purchase the Right Workout Gear

Throwing on a ratty old t-shirt and your old tennis shoes when you head to the gym isn’t a great way to motivate yourself or increase your performance. Materials like cotton are terrible at handling sweat, so you’ll increase your chances of overheating and feeling fatigued.

Furthermore, your sneakers get worn out after a while, so you might need to replace that old pair you’ve been running errands in since you were in college. You can also up your style with your gear. Switch out your boring laces for reflective or flat laces. These little changes can improve your mood and confidence, making your workout better.

Additionally, your confidence in your workout wardrobe can play a role in your athletic performance. According to recent research, wearing workout gear that makes you feel fashionable or attractive can actually improve your abilities during exercise.

A study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology indicates that the clothing you wear can influence your behavior and attitude if it carries a symbolic meaning. Therefore, by wearing the clothes you feel “real” fitness gurus wear, you’ll be more inclined to perform like a fitness guru.  

Worried about spending lots of money on building a workout wardrobe? Shop sales in specialty stores, online clearance racks, and smaller retailers. They can offer you good prices on quality brands that will make you feel like a professional athlete, such as Nike, Adidas, and NorthFace.

xoxo,

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