5 Habits Healthy People Do

They Cook: Most nights. Why? Because healthy people want to know what they’re eating and what exactly they’re putting in their body. Cooking allows you to be in control of what you put in your mouth and how much of it. I can’t even begin to tell you how much additional sodium, sugar, and processed crap restaurants use in their dishes.

They Prepare: They pack healthy snacks for on the go/travel (trail mix, nuts, protein bars, skinny pop, shakeology balls, etc) and if they don’t have anything healthy on hand, they know their go-to’s.

They Check Labels: The least amount of ingredients the better. If they can’t pronounce it, they won’t eat it.

They Modify: Dressing/sauces on the side, sometimes they ask for NO sauce, lettuce wraps instead of a sandwich, and if they’re really being good they will ask for no cheese.

They Choose Wisely: Healthy people still enjoy a treat or two every now and then but they make sure to practice moderation. For example(s), they have cheat meals not cheat days. They will have french fries at lunch but not again at dinner. Simply put, they pick and choose their battles.

Celeb Street Style Inspo

Now that I work from home, I’m constantly struggling to get out of my pajamas/sweats and put on normal clothes. It’s not like I see anyone nor do I leave the house unless I’m going to the gym. With that said, I am more productive if I get dressed and put myself together. Besides, I never know when my boss will spring an impromptu lunch meeting on me!

I love Kourtney’s casual look below. It’s effortless, easy, and comfortable but she looks put together enough to go out in public. I also like the monochromatic grey outfit paired with the tan booties. So fall!

This post just made me realize I need to invest in more long and short sleeved tops for everyday. Like, the soft cotton v-neck ones!

Gunning for primary custody: On Tuesday, a report surfaced claiming the star does not want to split custody of the kids with her ex

Joining her family: Kourtney jetted to Lamar's hospital bedsie in Las Vegas later in the day

My Favorite Organic Skincare Products

I have become obsessed with organic skincare products. Why????? Because I see results…duh.

It all started when I was in Florida last year. My skin was FREAKING out. I was breaking out like crazy and had no idea why. I ran to the spa at the hotel I was staying at in hopes they would give me something to clear up my disgusting pizza face. Long and behold, they introduced me to Eminence Organics. At that point I was open to trying anything that would clear up my face ASAP. So I bought the acne starter set and ran back to my room.

BTW, before this experience, I didn’t really care about using organic skincare. I actually never thought twice.

I used everything in the kit…face wash, serum, moisturizer and mask. It all smelled AMAZING which was an unexpected bonus. I immediately saw results…as in the next day when I woke up. I was like WTF, this organic crap worked! I kept using it even after I got home from my vacation and fell in looooove.

I started to only use organic skincare products but I began researching and trying new products and lines. My skin has never looked better and when I do have a break out, you bet I’m equipped to take care of it. Below are my favorite organic skincare products.

Eminence Organics Clear Skin Starter Set: I love everything in this set and I use each product together and separately. My favorites are the mask and the serum.

I sleep with the mask on 1-2 days a week and wake up glowing. Whenever I have a bad breakout I’ll sleep with the mask and my skin will be almost clear in the morning.

The serum really helps with bad breakouts. I use it 2-3 times a day when my skin is really bad and it helps reduce redness and clear everything up. It’s great right after you pop a zit (gross, I know), it really helps to calm things down!

One Love Organics Vitamin B Cleansing Oil

One Love Organics Vitamin C Brightening Facial Serum

What I Want Wednesday: Tall Gladiator Sandals

There’s something about this trend that I absolutely love. I’m a huge fan of tall boots and over the knee boots. I don’t know what it is but they make me feel confident. I have long legs for my height (I’m 5’3), most people think I’m taller than I am. When I wear tall boots they give the illusion that I’m not only taller but they make my legs look skinnier- swear!

When tall gladiator sandals started popping up everywhere I got super excited! I can’t wait to purchase a pair to wear with jean shorts, dresses, and skirts. I want all of the sandals below- which one’s should I buy?!


Image 1 of ALDO Umarelle Gold Knee Gladiator Flat Tie Sandals 'Bellflower' Tall Gladiator Sandal (Women) Image 1 of ASOS FENTIMAN Leather Knee High Gladiator Sandals

Spring Beauty Obsessions

Spring Faves 2015


Eminence Organics Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser: This stuff makes me happy…SO HAPPY! I discovered it when I was on vacation in Naples, FL. My skin was breaking out like crazy so I went to the spa at my hotel and asked for something that would clear me up. They recommended the Clear Skin Starter Set which includes the cleanser, moisturizer, mask, and serum. I fell in love with the entire line. I use this cleanser in the morning. I love the way it makes me skin feel and it smells like mint and cucumber– the perfect cleanser to wake me up!

Nars Dual Intensity Blush (Adoration): A blush and a highlighter in one, could you ask for anything more?!? I use this everyday. The colors are gorgeous on every skin tone and a little goes a long way. I also like to mix the highlighter with my lip gloss. I take my finger and dab a little in the center of my lips to make them pop. I even use this on my eyes and put the darker shade in the crease and the highlighter on the lid. So many uses!

Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer (oil free): Every time I used a product that reduced the size of my pores or minimized my pores I would break out…this primer does not do that! I was so happy to find something that really works without making my skin freak out. The texture is like clay so it’s a little weird at first but once you apply it your skin it becomes soooo smooth. Every time I use this primer people come up to me and tell me how amazing my skin looks…if they only knew THIS primer was the real reason. Secret’s out folks!

Make Up Forever HD Powder: Obsessed. Can’t go a day without it. This makes your skin look flawless. It gets rid of any shine and also sets my makeup beautifully! It doesn’t have a powdery or cakey finish either.

Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette: The colors in this palette are absolutely stunning and can be used for everyday or for a dramatic evening look. The colors are very pigmented and I’m finding NO fallout when applied. I just love this palette– everything about it!

Nivea In Shower Body Lotion: I’m almost out of it and that makes me really sad. I use this to shave my legs and use it right before I get out of the shower. It smells great and makes my skin really soft. I will definitely be purchasing more.

What I’m Into: Beauty


Products Discussed in this Video:

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Dermalogica Active Moist

Laura Mercier Body Butter

Dior Airflash CC Primer

Molton Brown Body Wash

NYX Butter Gloss



How to get to work on time

wake up

Go to bed earlier: Your brain needs at least 7-9 hours to recharge and rest up for the next day. The longer, the better. I try my best to get in bed by 10pm. If I fall asleep by 10:30 that gives me a full 8 hours of sleep. It’s not easy but it really does help.

Do everything the night before: Pick out your clothes, pack your lunch, pack your gym bag, curl your hair, etc. If you do everything the night before, it’s less you have to do in the morning and more time you have to sleep/putz.

Set your alarm earlier than normal: I set my alarm an hour and a half before I have to get in the office. This is great if you like to snooze. I only let myself snooze one time (which is new for me).

Hit the lights: As soon as I wake up in the morning I turn on all the lights. It sucks but it helps me wake up especially when it’s still dark outside. Before J and I moved in together I would also blast the news.

Turn on the coffee maker: The smell of coffee instantly wakes me up. After I turn on the lights, coffee is the second thing I do.

Give yourself enough time: Make sure you give yourself enough time for your commute. This goes back to what time you wake up. If I know it takes me 15 minutes to get to work, I make sure I’m out the door 20 minutes before I have to get there. I give myself an extra 5 minutes to be on the safe side.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

I find that whenever I buy fresh fruit it never gets eaten and ends up in the garbage. When I stop buying fruit I get asked why I never buy it. UGH! Long behold I found myself making banana bread muffins with bananas that were too ripe to eat. It’s been a while since I baked and it was nice to have fresh muffins in the apartment to grab for breakfast or a snack.

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  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
  • 1/3 cup light sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients together. Beat well with electric mixer. Side note: I’m not much of a baker and I don’t have patience to cream the butter and then sugar together and take all the correct steps mix the wet ingredients first and then add the dry ingredients slowly. I just dump everything into the bowl and mix. I am aware this is incorrect but to be honest, the muffins came out great. So… mix as you please!

Spoon the batter evenly into muffin tins. I like to fill the batter all the way to the top of each muffin tin to make big muffins!

Bake for 20-22 minutes or until the muffins are golden brown. You will know they are almost done when your kitchen starts to smell amazing.

Allow the muffins to cool for at least 10 minutes before enjoying.

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New Trader Joe’s Finds

Kale and Spinach Bites: These warm, cheesy, nutrient packed bites make for a satisfying snack. Serve them as apps when you have guests over or snack on them as a savory treat. 140 calories for 4 bites. Can I say anymore?

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Cookie and Cocoa Swirl: I am obsessed with TJ’s cookie butter, I put it on everything. When I saw cookie butter AND hazelnut spread in ONE jar there was no question it wasn’t coming home with me. This is pure happiness in a jar. Oh, it’s 90 calories per tbsp which is less than peanut butter. This is a no brainer.


Vanilla Ice Cream Bon Bons: These are just pure heaven. Side note: when I think of bon bons I think of Peggy Bundy. The best thing about them is that they are 60 CALORIES PER PIECE! OMG… I sometimes don’t believe it myself. You’re welcome.

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Green Tea Mochi: They are exactly the same as the mochi you get at Japanese restaurants for except you can eat them on your couch. With 100 cals per mochi, they make for a great after dinner desert.

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Pumpkin Butter: I love to spread it on toast, add it to my oatmeal, or spread it on crackers.

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Restaurant Review: Bavette’s

I’ve decided to start doing restaurant reviews again. I used to do them when I first started this blog and for some reason I stopped. I love recommending restaurants to my friends and family. I am usually raving for days if I go somewhere new or had a great experience. Soooo, why not rave on here? Let’s get started.

Screen Shot 2013-10-30 at 9.21.39 PM Same owners as Gilt Bar, Maude’s Liquor Bar and Au Cheval & Doughnut Vault

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Ambiance: Sexy! Dim lights, glass chandeliers, and cozy red booths. I took J there for his birthday and we sat in a intimate booth downstairs.

Service: Excellent. Our waiter was super knowledgeable and described the dishes on the menu so well that my mouth was watering. He was personable but not too overbearing. He was totally on top of everything.

Food: Honestly, the first time I went was for J’s birthday and it was awesome! We ordered shrimp cocktail (huge shrimps), salmon tare tare, and warm goat cheese. For dinner we split a bone in filet and a sweet potato. UNREAL. The sweet potato tastes like candy. The second time I went with my family and I thought some of the dishes were just fair. For example, we ordered the white fish caesar salad. I LOVE the salmon caesar salad from Gilt Bar. I figured white fish would work just as well. The salad was really fishy tasting and I was disappointed. We ordered the rib eye this time for our entree to split. Even though it was full of flavor it was SO fatty and SO salty. I should have known better, rib eye is a fatty cut of meat. Our amazing waiter sold me on it, I was convinced! J and I were left thirsty and bloated.

Anything else?: You should definitely go there at least once. The service and the ambiance make for a great dining experience. Don’t order the rib eye if you don’t like fat on your meat (even tho it was super flavorful). Stay away from the white fish caesar salad and you will be golden!


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