Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful: Statement Tee + Leopard Coat + Glitter Boots

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful Shirt, Leopard Coat

Ever since I went to makeup school many moons ago, people have questioned how I could possibly celebrate an industry that’s “so vain.” To me, beauty has always been a fun vehicle for self-expression… and more importantly, a tool to evoke (positive) emotion and confidence.

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It’s about giving yourself the power to FEEL beautiful, not forcing yourself to visually fit into some idealistic box. Truly believing that you’re beautiful without caring if anyone agrees is one of the most liberating feelings in the world. I highly recommend it.

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That’s why I love love love wearing this shirt. The message is so powerful and means to much to me. Want one for yourself? Shop the pieces below!

Living Colorfully: Multicolored Faux Fur Coat + Glitter Sneaks

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Aaaaand we’re back!

I’ve been taking a bit of a hiatus, but happy to report that I’m officially back in action and feeling better than ever. Thanks to all of you for sticking with me while I took some much needed self-care time!

As you might have seen on social, I’m revamping my content plan and I’m super excited to share what I have in store with you all! I have a lot to roll out in the coming weeks, but the thing I’m most excited to share is my new and improved #HappyHour series, posts devoted to helping you live your happiest life. Keep an eye out for more travel content, too!

BUT FIRST, an outfit post!

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Outfit Deets: Rainbow Coat | Custom Sweater | Skinny Jeans | Glitter Sneakers

I am admittedly not a traditional fashion girl, so the outfit posts I plan to share are truly reflective of my personal style and lean toward the casual side. Kicking off my new #ootd posts with this colorful look featuring my fav faux fur coat!

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I literally wear these Paige jeans every day because they’re super flattering and fit my curvy self like a glove.

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Also worth noting is my custom Martinis and Mascara sweater by one of my favorite brands, Bow & Drape! They make the cutest stuff that fits my casual + cheeky lifestyle perfectly. (Also love this Goal Digger sweatshirt. So fun right?!)

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I’m also freaking obsessed with these gold glitter sneaks I discovered on Amazon. Is there anything you can’t get on Amazon?

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If you’re feeling the look, shop the links below to scoop up these pieces for yourself! I included what I’m wearing plus some of Bow & Drape’s other beauties in case you don’t have as much Martinis and Mascara pride as I do. 😉

Travel Tips and Essentials

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This post is sponsored by Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant. All opinions are my own.

I’m practically living out of a suitcase right now.

During this heavy travel time, there are a few essentials I just have to keep close while jet setting from place to place.

I always bring a neck pillow to create comfort, headphones of course (and an adapter or extra pair for the plane), essential oils to ease stress, and gum for when my ears pop.

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In addition to these must-haves, one thing I absolutely can’t live without when I’m traveling is deodorant. Isn’t forgetting deodorant just the worst?! When traveling long distance or in the tight quarters of an airplane, you’re going to want to keep yourself feeling fresh. Luckily, my friends at Dove just sent me some in time for my recent travels! I’ve been using Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant because it fights odor and also cares for your skin while keeping you feeling fresh. It provides 48 hour odor and wetness protection and is available in an assortment of classic fragrances.

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After a long flight, I have a routine. First step is to refresh my deodorant, but with Dove’s long lasting protection, I don’t really need to! Something else I always do after that is wash my face and finish with a cold washcloth to reduce inflammation and freshen up after a flight. I picked this trick up from dermatologist Dr. Barba! You can do this right after landing at the airport bathroom (which gives your baggage time to arrive) or you can do this in the comfort of your hotel room. It’s also a good idea to pop some immunity boosters!

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Dr. Barbra also recommends awesome tips for packing! One of her other suggestions is to remember to bring weather-dependent necessities. In addition to the basics, if you’re traveling where it’s hot, humid and sunny you’re going to want to bring blotting papers, a stronger SPF and a lightweight moisturizer. If you’re heading somewhere cold, pack lip balm, a richer moisturizer and a hydrating face mask to help combat the dry air.

Are there any rituals you all do when you travel or special tricks you keep in mind to keep the stress low while you travel? Either way, wishing you all safe and happy travels in 2018!

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Check out more on Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant online here!
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Cocooning + Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

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I thought long and hard before hitting the publish button on this one.

Previously I chose to focus only on positive topics, curated carefully and served up strategically on the appropriate channels.

But in the spirit of authenticity and my resolution to #LiveMyTruth in 2018, I’m going to incorporate more real talk on the blog. This is life and sometimes it’s not all, well, martinis and mascara.

You might have noticed that I haven’t been as active recently. I’ve been going through some some shit, both physical and emotional, which has resulted in me posting less and withdrawing from life in many aspects. So, I just wanted to take a minute to be real about why I’ve been MIA both on the blog and IRL.

For quite some time I’ve been feeling extremely depressed. Exhausted. Anxious. I get sick to my stomach after almost every meal. My periods are few and far between… and when I do get one, it’s not pleasant. I break out literally everywhere. I can’t sleep. I’m constantly gaining weight regardless of the amount I’m eating or exercising. Oh, and I grow a stupid amount of facial hair. If I didn’t remove it every day, I could very easily create a tutorial for Captain Jack Sparrow’s goatee braids. (I wish that was a joke.) It’s been a vicious cycle of feeling shitty and then feeling shitty about feeling shitty.

So after literal years of wondering what’s wrong with me?, visits to dozens of doctors (and counselors… and tarot card readers…) of all kinds, a Manhattan Endocrinologist named Olga finally solved the mystery. She diagnosed me with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, a chronic hormonal disorder responsible for the multitude of crazy symptoms I’ve dealt with for as long as I can remember.

This explains SO much about my life. I’ll spare you an attempt at a full scientific explanation, but essentially my body just isn’t equipped to process what I’ve been putting into it (for like, ever). I’m insulin resistant, so eating the wrong foods has been causing my body to create too much testosterone, throwing everything off kilter and making me feel (and consequently, act) whack AF. Continuing to eat the wrong things can exacerbate the symptoms and eventually lead to worse health problems.

Aside from the superficial symptoms and the mood swings and the bullshit, possibly the most devastating of all of the complications paired with PCOS is infertility. Even though I’ve admittedly been on the fence about having kids and as happily childless as I appear to be, being told that it may not be possible for me has affected me more deeply than I could have ever imagined. It’s one thing to choose not to have children, but another thing entirely to be told you can’t have them. (Here’s where cycle of sadness starts over.)

BUT! I am not about to lay down and let this defeat me. I’m on medication now and following doctor’s orders to try and get my system back to normal. Since my diagnosis, I’ve cut out sugar, gluten, grains, dairy, red meat, soy, and alcohol. (I KNOW.) Still slowly weaning myself off of caffeine, but I’ll get there. I cheated a little over the holidays (and seriously paid for it), so I’m ready to make this extreme lifestyle change official in 2018. It hasn’t been easy, but I’m hopeful that it’ll be worth it.

There is no cure for this and it’ll always be something I have to deal with… but if all goes according to plan, I’ll be a happier, healthier butterfly soon. Thank you all for sticking with me in the meantime. ❤️

P.S. If you are one of the one in ten women also affected by PCOS and you need someone to talk to, please feel free to message me. This is scary and confusing to go through and I’d be happy to chat with anyone who needs support!

My Personal Care Essentials

[This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf Simply Summer’s Eve®, but all opinions are my own.]

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I’m getting ready to travel to Florida for the holidays, so it’s time to make sure I have my must-haves in stock to pack with me! No matter if I’m jetsetting or just jogging uptown to the gym, I make sure to keep the products that keep me feeling fresh on hand.

I absolutely have to have a quality dry shampoo. It’s an amazing way to refresh your hair if it’s dirty… and even just add some oomph if it’s clean! I’m also obsessed with lip balm – especially living in NYC in the winter time. I also always keep essential oils on hand. I love different blends for different reasons, but love to keep calming oils on hand to help me keep my cool when things get stressful.

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I also love keeping the Simply Summer’s Eve® Cleansing Cloths on hand. These are super handy because they’re individually wrapped and easy to carry around in your purse or gym bag when you’re on the go. I LOVE the Mandarin Blossom scent. And the formula is gentle enough so it won’t irritate your sensitive skin! They’ve also been clinically and gynecologist tested for safety. They’re the perfect addition to your personal care routine.

Check out more info on SummersEve.com!

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