2.20.2018

makeup Tuesday: my current SPF


best skinmedica spf

I have been wearing daily SPF since high school. We would sit on the grass quad at lunch and between that, field hockey practice, runs outside and horse back riding, much less living in San Diego, I more than got my Vitamin D. 

I have tried countless ones over the years and recently was introduced to SKINMEDICA ESSENTIAL DEFENSE SPF 35  I love the higher spectrum of coverage and that the SPF is 35. I found this DAILY SPF LOTION at Sprouts and I find it to be a bit heavier/ creamier/ more moisturizing, so I don't need to use another lotion with it. 

best light weight facial lotion

When I use the SKINMEDICA ESSENTIAL DEFENSE SPF 35 I love that I am protecting my skin {I put it on the back of my hand to apply, then put it on my fingers, rub it together and put it all over my face and neck. For the left over on the back of my hand, I rub the back of my hands together. That San Diego sun finds you, especially during all the mom driving I am doing!}. Yet, because it is so light, my skin still feels a little dry. If I don't use it with one of my favorite FACIAL OILS, then I layer it with this UPLIFTING CREME

Here are all my favorite light to no coverage SPF that are currently in my makeup drawer that I would recommend:




ANDALOU ULTRA SHEER DAILY DEFENSE {my husband steals this one daily!}






2.18.2018

instagram lately


skinny jeans and converse

A total mom outfit: cozy layers, under $20 tee and sneakers. {and a crossbody, duh!}




heart choker

I can't stop with this combo. As seen in this post, this LAPIS PAVE HEART NECKLACE is a little something special that I recently got for myself, and I've, honestly, not taken it off since it arrived. 

While there are endless options for a similar look {look here, here and here}, I love that this is 14KT gold and I don't have to take it on and off for Orange Theory, Hot Yoga and the shower. I had Andrea custom make the length a little shorter so I could wear it as a proper choker, or a little longer to layer with my cross that my parents gave me for my eighteen birthday. 





chloe mule flats
These shoes made for a great mail day the other day. You know that I just simply can't resist a feminine scalloped flat!




tweed jacket and chanel flats


I love that our Church has a contemporary service where jeans are encouraged! It gives me a chance to get cute outfits together, since a majority of the time, I am just in my FAVORITE NAVY LEGGINGS.











2.14.2018

workout Wednesday: my weekly schedule

GRAY HOODIE currently 40% off = under $50 // best 7/8 LEGGING // ATHLETIC SHOES
puppy, not included

Saturday:
Family run, taking turns pushing the double stroller for 3.2 miles

Sunday:
Off
Again, unintentional, but we were still in Austin, Texas and there were family wedding festivities and then a nap in the afternoon. 

Monday:
Kayla Itsines week 10 Abs, round 2

Tuesday:
Treadmill interval training for 3.25 miles
interval workout here

Wednesday:
Kayla Itsines Arms, Week 11 round 2
I added in some of my favorite Tone It Up arm workouts that they feature in their weekly emails. 
think: Arnold presses, bicep curls to a shoulder press and bent over row...

Thursday:
6am CorePower Yoga Sculpt class
my favorite instructor teaches at this time and then I can fit in a workout before MOPs!

Friday:
Kayla Itsines Abs, Week 11 round 2

Saturday:
OrangeTheory 

2.11.2018

instagram lately: Austin, TX edition

black striped lace dress



I fell in love withTHIS BLACK LACE STRIPED DRESS in the late fall. But was trying to behave and told myself I didn't "need" is. {FYI: you always need another LBD}. When I spotted it on sale around the holidays, I couldn't purchase it quickly enough. But then I stopped breastfeeding, and it fit all weird in the chest. While I would normally use this as a reason, and a recommendation, to return it, every time I tried it on, I found myself 1. twirling and 2. finding excuses not to take it off. 

If something makes you feel this good, keep it! {especially if you found it on sale!} and take it to your tailor. Now it fits like it was custom made. 







mom travel style

Y'all. These PACKING CUBESs are Life. Changing. 

Do yourself a favor and order them now. 

We rented an AirBnB while in Austin and I found that this is easier when traveling with little ones. There is access to a full kitchen, a laundry room and multiple rooms for everyone. The ease of this versus trying to get a hotel room that works for everyone has been a little mom hack that we have picked up along the way. Plus, we had a five bedroom house for cheaper than one hotel room where the wedding was per night. Score and mom high five. 

But...the best room for the kids was the master, due to location and drapes. So...my husband and I, being the paying adults on the trip, took the small room that had no clothing storage except for a large hanging only closet. Therefore, these PACKING CUBES doubled as clothing storage for the week.  Win. Win. 

Another mom travel hack that I have learned about is renting baby equipment. Most cities will have a locally run rental business and we have used it twice, once in Sun Valley {we used BABY'S AWAY} and now in Austin {we used I LOVE BABY RENTALS}. I have nothing but amazing things to say about both companies. They are run by moms that know the travel haze with little ones all too well, that is why they created this business. I rented cribs, mattresses, pack and play and a high chair from BABY'S AWAY his summer. And we rented toys, books, a high chair, a full crib, a mini crib, mattresses, sound machines and monitors from  I LOVE BABY RENTALS in Austin. 

Mom truth. I run extremely nervous. Especially with my kiddos. So, I try to control what I can since that won't be much. Therefore I like to have what I need for them to function on schedule as much as possible. With Madrid, I probably would have gotten angry at the idea of renting baby equipment, but with two now, I realize that this is a no brainer. Plus, in Austin this most recent travel away, we rented books and a bin of toys from  I LOVE BABY RENTALS  This. Was. Amazing! The two cuties had new toys and books to play with all week, I didn't have to bring any and the price was beyond beyond worth it. I cannot recommend them, and their toy bin and book bag rental options enough!




simple all black outfit


Whenever I am unsure of the dress code for something, I always go for monochromatic or simple black. Since the rehearsal dinner was a rehearsal dinner, but at a BBQ place, and then out with all the cousins after wards, I figured all black would work for whatever we had planned. Even the food truck donuts that I spotted at the beginning of the night and talked about until we ended there...




mom and double bob stroller



I love traveling to running cities with my favorite running buddies! {my cuties and hubby}








2.07.2018

valentine's day gift guide

valentine's day gift guide

1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. // 9. // 10. // 11. // 12. // 13. // 14. // 15. // 16. // 17.

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays. Who doesn't love love??? {and pizza? and champagne? and chocolate?} and I bought myself a little something {#13} early this year.

I call it my McKinley heart. I thought about getting a tattoo to mark her life in our family, but thought that this would be a funny time to start with that...plus, if I got an 'M' then I would have to get another 'M' for Madrid and then an 'L' for Leo and before you know it, I have a sleeve. Just kidding. But I thought I would enjoy a little navy heart more than some ink. Plus, it arrived on the same day as Jackson did, making it feel extra special. Plus, plus, girl power for buying myself jewelry!


1. LOVE CLUTCH // 2. iPHONE HEART CASE // 3. BEAUTYCOUNTER SHEER LIP COLOR // 4. PAVE HEART NECKLACE // 5. HEART HOODIE // 6. HEART SWEATPANTS // 7. L'AMOUR SWEATER // 8. HEART SLIP SLEEP MASK // 9. HIDDEN HEART HIGH TOP SNEAKER // 10. HEART BREAKER HEART SHAPED SUNGLASSES // 11. HEART SIGNET RING // 12. HEART PAJAMA SET // 13. LAPIS AND PAVE HEART NECKLACE // 14. SEQUIN HEART SNEAKER// 15. HEART WALLET // 16. RED DOUBLE BREASTED BLAZER // 17. HEART PAVE RING







workout Wednesday: my weekly schedule and what I did while traveling


mom and double bob
^from our Saturday family run in Austin

the jacket that Madrid was wearing // the jacket Leo was wearing // our DOUBLE BOB RUNNING STROLLER // the layer I wore at the beginning of our run

Saturday:
I made my own set workout following Megan's videos on instagram {her website is here}

First Set complete 3 times through
-Jump rope for 3 minutes
-Plank with one foot on a slider. Bring your knee up to the same elbow, then cross and under your body to the outside of the opposite side. x15 each side Video here
-Side lateral lunge, holding weights in each hand, with one foot on slider x10 Video here
-Side lateral lunge, with one foot on slider, once extended, windmill arms to side triangle with weights x10 Video here
-Reverse lunge, with back leg on the slider, weights in each hand. Frame your front foot as your back leg slides back, raise weights to a shoulder press x10. Last time, hold back leg back, lift from slider and touch coordinated elbow, holding weights at your chest. x10 Video here

Abs Set  Three times through
-20-30 full sit ups on an incline
-come to a V sit, with legs off the ground or lightly resting, soft medicine ball in hand. Bounce the medicine ball on the ground next to your hip, catch it and switch to the other side, bounce and repeat x20
- Abdominal Bikes x20
-Alternating straight legs come to a crunch position in your upper body and abdomen. Straighten legs to be perpendicular to the floor and parallel to the floor. Take momentum out of it. x40


Note: if you don't have a slider, a paper or plastic plate on the carpet works, or a small towel on a hard floor. 

Sunday:
Kayla Itsines Week 10 Legs, round 2

Monday:
6am CorePower Yoga Sculpt class

Tuesday:
OrangeTheory class

Wednesday:
Off
This was unintentional. We had to get up at 4am for a flight to Texas and I was totally planning on going for a run when we got in. But...between getting the babies settle, all four of us unpacked and grocery shopping for the week, it simply didn't happen...

Thursday:
3.8 mile trail run in Austin, TX

Friday:
2.4 mile trail run along the river in Austin
I found a stone wall that was about knee height and did the following set:

First Set

With LEFT leg on the wall, step the right knee up to meet your elbow at about belly button height x15
With LEFT leg still on the wall, reach right leg back into an extended lunge and go down in a lunge at low as you can, keeping your hips square ahead of you, back knee at 90 degrees and making sure the knee on the wall doesn't go past your ankle
x15
Keep the RIGHT leg where it is from the previous exercise and move LEFT leg out to the side for a lateral lunge, keeping the RIGHT leg straight. 
Move immediatelty into a curtsey lunge: LEFT foot moves behind the body and to the outside of the right leg. This is one rep.
x15

-try to complete one side without resting and then immediately going into the other leg, though 3 times each side.

Second Set

I then used the wall for a push up: hands on the wall, legs on the ground, focusing on keeping my core tight, arms wide and going down slowly
x15
Immediately go into triceps: hands on the wall with knuckles facing your butt. Decsend so your elbows go straight behind you and are 90 degrees. 
x15

Complete the second set three times through, without resting. Your arms will be shaking!

Saturday:
Family run, taking turns pushing the double stroller for 3.2 miles





2.06.2018

makeup tuesday: Lawless Leo


lawless leo

I love a great lipstick.

Y'all know that. And who can get enough of the current trend of a matte lip. I have created mine endless times with my favorite lip liner used to fill in the entire lip. THIS color is great on me and just what I like: a little color and a little pink.

But I have been on the hunt for a more nude lip color, without going, well...nude. 

Enter Lawless. Started by a fellow San Diego blogger, Lawless matte lip gloss gives you the perfect matte lip, supports a fellow girl boss and is Always Free of yucky stuff {thus the 'AF'}.

I was given the color Leo {worn above} by a fellow mom to a little man Leo. 

If you have been curious to try, they are currently doing a buy 3 get one free deal on their website. I just got Jake, Cameron, Brad and Parker. 






2.04.2018

instagram lately

neutral blazer and chanel flats


THIS TOP{currently on sale for $13) is so cozy, I kind of felt like I was in my pjs. Never underestimate the power of a blazer and some well fitting HIGH WAISTED SKINNY JEANS to make even your pjs seem presentable. 




chanel flats


As I said in this IG caption, I accidentally dropped my sunglasses on the floor waiting at the Doctor's office and then realized that the floors matched my shoes. 




navy chanel woc


If you have been following along for a while, you know that I love love love finding a great deal and great items for y'all on sale. But you also must know that I love a great high end, timeless piece. Call me a label whore, if you must. 






Original post here.

I got so many questions about this vest and I felt horrible when I realized that it had sold out. I was able to find so many faux fur vests on sale, but none that were exactly the same as the one that I am wearing. I have included faux fur vest options below, at all price points. 

I feel like a bad vegetarian, but I do kind of love the look of faux fur, but emphasis on the faux. There are endless options without having to contribute to the fur industry. Even Kate Middleton wears faux!







2.01.2018

my favorite jewelry to stalk on Instagram

hermes and china

As I mentioned on IG stories, a couple of times...I have been having a little too much fun lately jewelry "shopping" for myself.

My favorite kind of "shopping" is basically, stalking, adding everything I want into my virtual shopping cart and seeing if I can find something I like more or for a better price. I somehow stumbled along the below Instagram accounts and I find myself checking them first when I open the app. While you may have noticed a little Christmas Elf got me something from one of the ladies below {can you spot it in the picture, above???}, I recently treated myself to a little something from one of my new favorite IG accounts below.

Now, you can currently find me sitting on my stoop, waiting for my mail man to come. And while I wait, I will be drooling over these accounts












1.31.2018

workout Wednesday: my weekly schedule, treadmill interval training and workout ideas from Instagram

best workout moto leggings
similiar pair for 40% off and $45!  this length worked better on me...


Saturday:
run outside by myself for 3.25 miles

Sunday:
35 minutes elliptical

Monday:
CorePower Yoga Power Fusion

Tuesday:
Interval Training for 3 miles on the treadmill
every minute, increase speed by 0.1mph until you hit your top speed
Then return to your starting speed.

Next, increase your speed by 0.1mph every 30 seconds until you hit your top speed 
{try and make it a higher speed than the last interval}
Return to you staring speed.

Next, increase your speed by 0.1mph every 15 seconds until you hit your top speed 
{push yourself and make it a faster speed than the previous intervals}
Return to your starting speed.

Next, increase your speed my 0.1mph every 10 seconds until you hit your finished distance
mine was 3 miles

Wednesday:
Kayla Itsines Week 9 Legs, round 2
Tone it Up Bikini Arm workout video
Tone it Up Best 10 minutes Abs workout video

Thursday:
CorePower Yoga Sculpt 6am class

Friday: 
Kayla Itsines Week 10 Arms, Round 2

Saturday:
I made my own set workout following Megan's videos on instagram {her website is here}

First Set complete 3 times through
-Jump rope for 3 minutes
-Plank with one foot on a slider. Bring your knee up to the same elbow, then cross and under your body to the outside of the opposite side. x15 each side Video here
-Side lateral lunge, holding weights in each hand, with one foot on slider x10 Video here
-Side lateral lunge, with one foot on slider, once extended, windmill arms to side triangle with weights x10 Video here
-Reverse lunge, with back leg on the slider, weights in each hand. Frame your front foot as your back leg slides back, raise weights to a shoulder press x10. Last time, hold back leg back, lift from slider and touch coordinated elbow, holding weights at your chest. x10 Video here

Abs Set  Three times through
-20-30 full sit ups on an incline
-come to a V sit, with legs off the ground or lightly resting, soft medicine ball in hand. Bounce the medicine ball on the ground next to your hip, catch it and switch to the other side, bounce and repeat x20
- Abdominal Bikes x20
-Alternating straight legs come to a crunch position in your upper body and abdomen. Straighten legs to be perpendicular to the floor and parallel to the floor. Take momentum out of it. x40


Note: if you don't have a slider, a paper or plastic plate on the carpet works, or a small towel on a hard floor. 






1.24.2018

Workout Wednesday: my weekly schedule

4 mile walk pushing the stroller, going up every hill I could find in our neighborhood!

Sunday:
OrangeTheory 7am class

Monday:
Kayla Itsines Week 9 Round 2, Abs
I was supposed to complete week 8 Legs and Cardio but after my Saturday walk and Sunday Orange Theory, my thighs and butt were still so sore!

Tuesday:
This interval training for 3 miles.

Wednesday:
Kayla Itsines Week 8, round 2 Legs & Cardio

Thursday:
CorePower Yoga Sculpt

Friday:
Kayla Itsines Week 9 Arms, round 2

Saturday:
run outside by myself for 3.25 miles

1.23.2018

metallic stripes

striped ruffle dress

ruffle sleeve dress

ruffle sleeve dress


ruffle sleeve dress


dress : METALLIC RUFFLE SLEEVE DRESS  sold out, similar HERE, HERE and HERE // shoes : SUEDE BOW SANDALS, sold out, similar BLACK BOW SANDALS, similar  // bag : CHANEL WALLET ON CHAIN // necklace : ROSE GOLD NAMEPLATE NECKLACE // bracelet: HERMES H BRACELET // bracelet : DAVID YURMAN BRACELET 

This may seem totally superficial, but these photos were taken a couple months back and I love looking at how much weight I have lost since then.

While trying to be motivated and inspired to come up with some content for y'all, I found these on my computer and wanted to share. The dress is sold out, but I linked a cuter, navy one for you and the shoes are also sold out but I linked so many great similar options above. 

I was extremely diligent about working out and eating healthy {ok...except for the occasional pregnancy donut} during both of my pregnancies and those difficult, awkward, sleep deprived months after. I remember scheduling this shoot with Asha because I felt like myself again. In the month since, I have focused on cutting down on my sugar tooth cravings, easy ways to cut out unnecessary calories and amping up my workouts {follow along on my weekly Wednesday Workout posts}. Sometimes, the biggest motivation that you need is a little high-five from yourself. 






SaveSave
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Pin It button on image hover