6/16/18

5 Goals To Set This Summer

My favorite time of year is finally here! There’s no better feeling than walking outside and feeling the warm kiss of sun embracing your skin, taking a deep breath to smell the gorgeous flowers and hearing the birds chirping in all their glory. Magical! In celebration of this new season, I wanted to sit down and share 5 goals to set this summer to make it the most amazing one yet!


1. Travel More
Although I consider myself somewhat of a homebody, I love getting out to experience the beautiful places in this world! To me personally, traveling is one of the most exciting, memory-building, humbling and beautiful experiences there is. My parents also loved seeing the world, so I remember visiting lots of different countries when I was young. I guess it stayed with me all these years because I still love learning about new places, cultures and people.

Europe is everything in summer! There are so many beautiful cities and islands to explore here. Plus if you already live in Europe, most places are just a couple of hours by plane away. Mo and I will normally plan 1 week in the summer somewhere (usually over our anniversary) and then we love taking shorter weekend trips to places like Barcelona, Milan, Mykonos - and on my bucket list are Capri and Positano!



2. Set A Skincare Ritual

To me, summer beauty is all about lightweight fresh natural makeup, and the best way to wear lighter makeup is to take care of your skin. Adopting a daily skincare practice or ritual can do wonders for your skin and how you feel about yourself, plus a little “me” time is so important in our day.

I am big on cleansing and gentle exfoliation because I have combination-oily, acne prone skin so if I don’t clean my pores regularly they get clogged up. After cleansing I will tone and apply a vitamin C serum which is really great for helping to brighten the skin tone and reduce dark spots. I follow up with a lightweight yet very hydrating moisturizer and indulge in a little facial massage as I allow all the goodness of the skincare products to soak in. Top off with a little mineral SPF and I’m ready for the day. I also love to use face masks (usually deep cleansing ones but I also like a hydrating revitalizing one from time to time).

Taking proper care of your skin will improve it’s texture, clarity and overall appearance which can then encourage you to feel more confident wearing less makeup and embracing your beautiful-self!



3. Organize Your Space
I love a bit of spring-cleaning… and summer-cleaning. Ok let’s just say I am big on cleaning and organizing in general :) When a space is organized, it gives me clarity in my mind. Fun fact, I really dislike having a lot of “stuff”! As much as I love shopping and discovering what’s new in beauty and fashion, I also LOVE to donate and clear out my beauty drawers and wardrobes (several times per year). If I don’t wear or use something for a long period of time, it’s gotta go! I would say I’m relatively simple by nature, so I do not like things to clutter my space, thus my mind.

Summer is a great time to go through your things and get rid of what you don’t need. You can either pass the items along to a friend or family member, or donate it to someone in need. When I go through my items, I think “Is there someone else who would wear / use this more than I do?”. If the answer is yes, I do not hesitate to pass it along.


4. Enjoy The Simple Pleasures of Summer
Summer is a great season to practice just being and taking in. There are so many simple pleasures to experience that are not always possible in the colder months. Some of my favorites include walking barefoot on the grass or on a beach, eating fresh local strawberries (and fruit in general), feeling the warm sunshine on my skin, eating meals outside, driving with the windows down, admiring fresh flowers, or simply lounging in a hammock. The list goes on and on! :)


5. Eat Healthy
Summer is one of the best times to eat natural fresh food as lots of great fruits and vegetables are in season. Eating a diet rich in plant based foods will make you look and feel amazing from the inside out. Stock up on lots of fresh produce at your grocery store or local farmers market - and maybe even step out of your comfort zone and try some new fruits and vegetables that you’ve never bought before.

What’s great about fresh fruit and veg is that they’re not only packed with skin-loving vitamins and minerals to make you glow, but they’re also super rich in fiber. Our digestive system needs fiber to properly cleanse itself from the inside out, which in turn leaves us with a happy healthy lightweight tummy. There’s nothing worse than feeling bloated when you’re in a summer dress or swimsuit, so keeping our gut healthy is so important in making us feel happier and more confident.



Hope you enjoyed this post and I’d love to know if you have any goals for this season and what your favorite thing about summer is! XOXO


Shop my look from Stradivarius

3/5/18

Classic Glam Makeup!

I love my neutrals on a day to day basis, but there's something so classic and timeless about a winged liner and a bold red lip! This type of makeup can instantly dress up any look and works beautifully for both day and night. Plus it's actually quite simple and straightforward to create - effortless and classic! Follow my tips below to achieve this look!



Step 1: THE PERFECT BASE
Fun fact, I am obsessed with base products! Primers, foundations, concealers, powders are some of my favorite categories when it comes to makeup. I love finding products that perfect the skin, smooth texture, but still look natural and life-like on the skin.

- Make sure your skin is exfoliated and moisturized before applying any makeup.
- Apply a primer to prep for your foundation. I used the Guerlain L'Or Radiance Primer, which is a radiant primer containing pure gold complexion-perfecting flecks! It smooths fine lines and provides an even finish for makeup application.
- I also like to prime my lips so they're nice and moisturized by the time I get to lipstick. I used the Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm in Pink Glow. It's a moisturizing balm that brings out the natural color of your own lips - so pretty!
- Apply a light layer of foundation to even out and perfect the skintone. I used the Giorgio Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Foundation, a red carpet classic as it works great with flash photography. It's a lightweight, medium coverage liquid foundation with a beautiful radiant finish.
- I then went in with a concealer to brighten and highlight my under-eyes, around the base of my nose and between my brows.
- Then set the skin with a loose setting powder! I like to focus this under the eyes and in my t-zone.
- Apply some bronzer, a pop of blush and highlight and the skin is complete.

Step 2: DEFINE YOUR EYES 
Here's another fun fact, I love using face products on my eyes too! The colors are always complimentary and I love a good double usage item.

- Using a fluffy brush, apply bronzer in the crease in a window wiper motion. Also take this under the eyes on the lower lash line.
- Apply some highlight to the inner corners of the eyes. If you want an extra glowy look, sweep on to center of eyelids too.
- Line your eyes with a liquid liner pen and apply a few coats of mascara.

Step 3: THE PERFECT RED LIP
I love a good nude lip color on an everyday basis - but there's something so fun and feminine about a bold red lip. It can instantly dress up any look and it's an all time classic!

- Line your lips with either a nude or red lip liner to prevent the lipstick from smudging around the edges
- Apply a matte red lipstick. I used the Givenchy Le Rouge Matte Lipstick in Rose Stiletto N329. It's a super pigmented matte lipstick yet the formula is non drying so it still feels comfortable on the lips. I like to use a lip brush as well to perfect the outer edges.




Watch the tutorial here!






An overview of some of the key products used


Guerlain L'Or Radiance Primer


Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm

Givenchy Le Rouge Matte Lipstick in Rose Stiletto N329



Below you will see some photos of the brunch I attended with Sephora and Marie Claire Magazine celebrating red carpet beauty. Lots of photo taking, makeup swatching and mingling took place amongst some beautiful luxury beauty products and gorgeously decorated spaces. Thanks so much to Sephora for having me! ♥ What do you guys think of this makeup look? Let me know below! XOXO

Beautiful decor at the Sephora x Marie Claire event!

Touch ups at the Beauty Retouching Station

Table setting for the brunch!

12/15/17

My Journey To Self Love

A few days ago I sat down to film a spontaneous Q&A video where I asked you to send me your questions via Snapchat and Instagram. I got lots of questions on the topic of self-love and feeling confident in your own skin - it seems like a lot of you are feeling overwhelmed (I hear you girls!) so I thought I'd sit down today and write a dedicated post on this topic.


I CHOOSE LOVE

"I am in charge of how I feel today, and I choose happiness."

I think it's important to start by saying that loving yourself and feeling confident in your own skin is an active process and ultimately a choice that you make every day - it's something we must actively pursue. From my own experience over the years, self-love and confidence is not something that you work on obtaining for some time, and BAM once you feel like you've got it, it magically stays part of your DNA forever.

It's kind of like wishing to tone up your body and get super healthy - you decide to ditch the junk food and start nourishing yourself with lots of healthy food and exercise. A couple of months go by and you start to notice lots of positive changes in your body, you're super happy, have more energy and start feeling really confident and sexy in your new figure - amazing! Then all of a sudden you might get a bit 'too comfortable' and stop putting in the work. You retreat back to old habits of unhealthy foods and lazy routines, what do you think will happen? Yep! You'll go right back to where you started.

This principle applies to so many things in life - including healthy relationships. Unless we actively put in effort, attention and ultimately LOVE into everything we do in life, it starts to grow stale and looses it's "life force".

The great thing about this is that anyone anywhere has the power to choose to love themselves - even if it seems difficult at first. As with anything, the more a technique is practiced, the easier it gets, and hopefully it will come to a point where prioritizing yourself, being your own best friend and ultimately taking care of yourself from the inside out becomes a lifestyle.  It's all about creating healthy habits, accepting that life has it's ups and downs, and not striving for constant perfect days.


SELF COMPARISON

"A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.” - Zen Shin

The topic of self-love in general is really important to talk about, especially in today's world where social media is more prevalent than ever and it's gotten so easy to compare ourselves to thousands of other people (without even leaving our home!). Let's just start by saying, although I LOVE social media and the endless inspiration I get from it, I take it with a grain of salt ie. I don't take it too seriously.

As a blogger myself (and having connected with lots of other influencers over the years) I know that social media is a polished and curated representation of moments in someone's life. It's a place where we want to share the best of life - moments that made us really happy or events that we worked hard for and are ultimately proud of. When I look through my own Instagram for instance, it's like looking through a highlights reel or the "Best Of" moments - it makes me so happy and that's what I hope it evokes in you as well.

I am so grateful and happy for my life, but that doesn't mean I don't experience hardships, struggles and self doubt. I sometimes get comments under my photos and videos saying I have "a perfect life" - but this is far from the truth. What you don't see are the difficult moments of my life, for instance me waking up at 5am panicking from an awful nightmare or my face full of tears after a difficult conversation with a loved one or trying to keep a positive mood after reading negative comments, or even being so hard on myself when a video I put so much effort into doesn't perform as well as I had hoped.

I'm not the type of person to focus on the negative or difficult things in life. I find it really hard to even open up and express myself to my closest friends and family when I'm really struggling. I hate the idea of someone feeling "bad" for me or having pity. The idea alone makes me cringe. So sharing difficult moments to thousands of people on the internet? Ah let's not even go there!

The point I'm trying to make is, never think someone else's life is perfect. We're all going through our own personal struggles that ultimately shape us into the beautiful, unique and amazing people we are. Can you imagine how much personal growth has come from difficult situations in your life? Let's be grateful that these challenges come our way and we can use them as an opportunity to grow and become better people.

Back to self-comparison, it doesn't always have to be a negative thing. Next time you see someone (online or in real life) and start comparing yourself to them, instead of allowing the automatic negative self-talk to begin (ex. "I am not as successful as her. Why can't I be pretty like that? I'll never be able to have a fit body. I hate my life...") make a conscious decision to step back, take a deep breath and ask yourself, "What is it that I admire in this person? What do they have that I could also see myself having?" It could be anything from a physical object to their positive outlook on life or you may even admire they're dedication to healthy living or entrepreneurship. My point is, instead of seeing someone and feeling negative, let them inspire you! Never feel negative towards another person because that will just bring more negativity into your own life - what you put out is what you get back. Always send good vibes, wish people well, and be thankful you came across someone who could inspire you to make some changes and help develop you to an even more amazing person. And remember someone else's success doesn't take away from your own, like that saying, "Admire someone else's beauty, without questioning your own". You have the power to choose and create the person you want to be. It's all up to you!


SELF CARE

"Treat your body as if it belongs to someone you love."

Taking time for yourself is so important. I find it incredibly regenerating to just spend time alone and with all the responsibilities and things going on in our lives, "me" time is so essential. Take care of yourself so you have lots of positive energy to put back into your life, your family, your friends, your career etc.. "You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserves your love and affection."

Self care comes in many different forms, and I think it's important to first get "in touch" with yourself, look within and see what you really need. Self care could mean preparing yourself a really nice healthy dinner, saying 'no' to a night out to recharge your body, or saying 'yes' and really letting your hair down, taking time to finally clean out and organize your closet, starting that YouTube channel you've always dreamed of, going to the gym and sweating it all out, preparing a dreamy candle lit bubble bath, writing down all your thoughts in a journal and coming up with solutions (so therapeutic!), getting that new bag you've been eyeing the last few months or taking a simple brisk walk to refresh your body.

Whatever it is that you've been thinking of doing, DO IT! Life is short and we should all try to reach our highest potential, and it all starts with you.


Ok I know this was a pretty long post, but I wanted to make sure I covered some important areas when it came to the topic of self-love. I am of course no "expert" and I deal with lots of ups and downs, but I can share what works for me with hopes that it may work for you as well. I really hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I loved writing it. I'd love to hear your thoughts down below! XOXO

3/31/17

Outfits from the Maldives!

Hello my loves! I have a new lookbook video up for you featuring a few of the outfits I wore on my recent vacation to the Maldives! Most of the time I was honestly just in a simple bikini and sandals but it was nice to wear some vacation wear as well :) It was one of the most amazing trips I've ever been on, and where Mo and I got engaged! So many fun memories ♥ I hope you enjoy the video and a few photos below! 





White Crop Top, Showpo (here) // Floral Maxi Skirt, Showpo (here) // Sandals, Zara (old) // Sunnies, Dior (here) // Bag, Chanel Wallet on Chain