How to Show up on Time (Looking Good)

Toes are tapping and people are shaking their heads, giving each other the look like, “She’s late again.” That’s the scene in my head anytime I’m running late.

I desperately try to avoid it, although sometimes there are unforeseen husband and dog factors that pop up slowing things down (like the dog puke I stepped in this past Sunday morning).

Combine that with the fact that I’m very anal detail oriented when it comes to my look, and if I’m not happy with something it’s going to put me in a foul mood a kink in how I present myself. So after many years of showing up extremely late yet feeling beautiful, or on time and frustrated, I developed a system to change that…

how to show up on time looking good

1. Plan as much as possible.

If I haven’t preselected what I’m wearing out the door (down to my accessories), it slows down the whole process. So I have learned to devote some thought to what I’m wearing everyday (I take it a step further and try it on the night before just to make sure everything will work in real life the way it does in my head). Because the days I wake up for work deciding to “wing it” are, without fail, the most frustrating. You may not function the same way I do, but if you find that outfit selection is what slows you down, do your best to plan ahead.

2. Be very aware of the time.

People who are often late, usually don’t have a realistic concept of how long things take. Change that by timing yourself. I know that it generally takes me 10 minutes to put on my make up, and that if I hurry I can wash my in an hour from start to finish. Once I realized how long it took to do those things, I was able to better plan when to start getting ready (to which I often add an extra 15 minutes for eyeliner/hair/clothing emergencies).

3. Keep a clock nearby while you’re getting ready.

It’s truly amazing how fast five minutes can go when you’re tweaking things about your hair (why can’t they go that fast when waiting on the oven timer?) Because of this I always keep my phone within reach so that I don’t let the minutes slip away (it’s often coated in hair spray because of it).

The goal is to be punctual AND beautiful!

Easy Breezy Fitness Routine

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Don’t get fooled by the words “easy breezy” in the title of this post.

They’re meant to describe the convenience of this work out, not its level of intensity. The convenience factor is great. All I do is set up my ipad, roll out my yoga mat and boom, I’m ready to burn it up. The intensity of how much I burn it up is where “easy breezy” gets off.

The app I use is called, “PopSugar Active.” It’s a lot like having a personal trainer. Except they’re not there to tell you to open the app, that’s something you have to do. But once you do open it there are all kinds of workout options, and some very friendly and knowledgeable faces to help cheer you on.

You can choose your workout by body part, time allotment or even style as they have a myriad of styles (i.e.: Pilates, Yoga, dancing, P90X) to choose from. And they’re always updating with new videos, so sometimes I’m motivated to open it up just to see the new work out it! Let me go back to the time allotment thing for a second…

I know from personal experience that when your day fills up unexpectedly, it’s the workout that gets pushed off the to-do list. But with this app, that’s a thing of the past. They have several awesome 10 minute full body work outs (and even some that are 5 or 6 minutes) that work you so hard you’re sore the next day. There’s a certain Pilates workout on there now that had me yelling at the instructor for mercy. If you’re a treadmill junkie there’s stuff on there for you too! They have a lineup of several treadmill time/speed schedules that will help you burn a lot of fat and get the most out of your workout.

I love the fact that there are friendly faces on there that push me to do my best without crossing over into muscle strain territory. And the convenience of it all has translated into results I’m happy with *wink.

It’s still swimsuit season ladies, don’t let your workout go by the wayside. Oh, and one more thing about this app…it’s FREE!

Caring for Your Jeans

You may choose to laugh at what I’m about to say and think that I’m making it up, but I assure you I’m not.

Most of the time when I get finished with a segment on TV, that day or the next I’ll find an article in a magazine or online sharing the very same information I had talked about on the show. I’m not saying the editors of Lucky or that Bobbie Thomas herself is hanging on my every word waiting to see what they should write about next (although it wouldn’t surprise me *she says with an obnoxious amount of swagger). I just think it’s pretty cool, and a testament to how awesome God is.

What does God have to do with a bi-weekly beauty segment, you wonder? Well when I got the email asking if I’d be on the show (two years ago this month!), after I finished dancing, jumping, screaming, smiling, I told God that I never wanted it to be a burden. I never wanted to stress about what I was going to talk about on the show, I wanted it to always be something I enjoyed doing and not a new avenue of frustration. And I can confidently say, two years into it He has been faithful to show me what to talk about next, I’ve never ever once stressed about a topic.

That’s because He never fails, and He wants to be involved in every aspect of our lives. He’s not some far off God sitting on a thrown with a baseball bat in hand playing wack-a-mole with us here on earth. He’s intently loving us, hoping that we’ll turn to Him for every little thing so He can show up strong. If you ever want more stories about His faithfulness, I’ve got 1,000 :)

Here’s the sentence in Lucky magazine that triggered that whole thought process. I read this eating breakfast after the show yesterday and couldn’t help but smile…”Boyfriend jeans…are the latest denim must-haves.” !!

Now watch for some great ways to preserve your new favorite pair of jeans!

 

Boyfriend Jeans for Everyone

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Looking for one piece to fast track you towards “trendy goddess” and go with items you already own?  Look no further than boyfriend jeans.

Boyfriend jeans are typically a lighter wash, they’re cuffed on the bottom, have a looser fit (hence the name) and sometimes a rip or some worn in places that makes them look a little distressed.

You, my gorgeous friend, will look anything but distressed when you’ve got a pair of these. Because they go with such a wide range of things from flip flops, to high heels. Wear them with a t-shirt, a dress shirt, a tank top, a blazer. They must be the magical, traveling pants that Sisterhood was bragging about. And because they’ve got a looser fit, they’re flattering on all kinds of body types.

I really can’t stress enough how these jeans work for every age, weight, style.

I’ve compiled a few places with cute options for you to look at: GAP is where I got mine;  here’s a plus size option on Zappos made by DKNY, and for my petite friends, here’s a great pair from 6pm.com

I’m telling you, you’re going to love boyfriend jeans, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without a pair!

Spite Humidity, Have a Good Hair Day

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As I type this, I’m sitting outside enjoying a 75 degree day, completely humidity free.

That’s something I never could have done in the middle of a Floridian July (I am wearing my Jacksonville t-shirt, just so you know I haven’t completely lost allegiance ;) But I did want to point out that my humidity fighting resume includes battling it in Florida where the air sweats for you.

I’m certain our fight with humidity here in Tennessee isn’t over yet (in fact, two days later it’s in full swing again), so I wanted to pass on a few tips on how to help you fight the humidity battle…and win.

The very first step to fighting frizz and humidity, is to suck all of the moisture from your strands.

This means you’ve got to spend extra time under the blow dryer, but it’s worth it. Because when you don’t dry your hair completely, the moisture that’s left in it reacts to the moisture that’s in the air, and that’s what helps to bring about the frizzies.

Next, find a hair spray that has the words, “all day humidity resistance,” on it. This one from TRESemme has worked really well for me all summer. Spray over hair that you’ve styled or even just spritz it on a day when you’re wearing your hair straight for an extra layer of defense.

You could always lean into the humidity and allow it to work for you by going with some sea salt spray. I talk about this stuff a lot this time of year because it works so well. Unlike mousse it’s not going to harden your hair and make it crunchy. No, instead it’s going to give it a soft, matte texture. Even if you don’t have any wave to your hair, spray this stuff in and let it air dry for that tousled/bedhead/I’m a model off duty look.

And of course, you can always revert to throwing it up in a pretty bun, then taming your flyway’s with a cutie little hair tie like this one. It’s fabric that surrounds wire, so it stays put and doesn’t hurt your head, stopping humidity right in its tracks because it’s too busy saying, “Dang girl! You’re looking good!”

Clothes You Can Run Errands In

It turns out I’m not the only one who likes to run errands in workout clothes.

Apparently it’s becoming quite the phenomenon. So much so that it’s been given a name – “athleisure.” You could refer it as “lesisletic” if you’d like. I won’t stop you.

There are talks of several designers coming out with lines dedicated fully to this balance of comfort and function, but until that happens (and while we all build up our bank accounts) let’s talk about how you can accomplish the look with what’s in a store (or closet) nearest you.

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The key to pulling off this look is to walk the line between “couch potato” and “Crossfit.” If you sway too far in either direction (i.e.: tennis skirt, pajama pants) you’re doing it wrong.
First off, you have to make sure you’ve got nice tennis shoes. Do not do flip flops, do not do Converse or Toms. Only clean tennis shoes will do.

Next up: pants. Old Navy has a great selection of workout pants that are both comfortable and flattering. Look on the tag to make sure the kind you’re getting are “compression pants.” Compression pants are great in that they smooth out your legs and keep you from jiggling (that’s the best way I can think of to explain it). Even if you’re not comfortable with wearing form fitting work out pants, buy them to wear in lieu of tights and just make sure whenever you wear them, you’ve got on a top that covers your butt. This orange tunic, for example, would look great with runner pants and tennis shoes. It’s from athleta.com.

Another combination that would work, are these relaxed fit terry pants from Old Navy. Pair them with an active bubble tank (like the purple one pictured also from Old Navy) and a hoodie (I found this gray one on Stein Mart.com).

I really feel that this is a look anyone can pull off.
If you’ve got questions about this, or anything else fashion/beauty related, feel free to contact me through any of my social media sites! Links to all of them are there in the top right corner.

The Transitional Skirt

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Here’s a sentence no woman has ever uttered out loud, “the sales need to stop.”

I’m not saying they need to stop, but this time of year when the discount signs start becoming complex math problems, it starts to get mentally overwhelming (“Extra 35% off everything that’s been marked down 40% x 2 divided by 14!”). What I like to do when I’m shopping July sales, is keep an eye out for those transitional pieces that I can get on super discount. That way I’m not just buying for the here and now, I’m stocking up for the coming cooler months.

This skirt is a great example of what I’m talking about.

It’s got a denim quality to it, making it perfect for both the summer and fall months. It sits right at my natural waist line, which means I get more use out of shorter tops by tucking them in. And I can throw a sweater and a scarf over the whole thing later on to make the outfit fall appropriate. The pictures also prove that it can work in the office, or running errands.

Skirts, jackets, lightweight sweaters (especially cardigans), darker colored tops – all of these things will work well in your wardrobe for months to come, so keep an eye out!

(I purchased this skirt at Forever21 a couple years back, but you can find a similar denim pencil skirt at The Limited).

Makeup Brushes Need Showers Too

I’m going to promise not to dish out a big heaping bowl of gross in this post, if you’ll promise to clean your makeup brushes within the next week. Mm K? Mm K.

We meticulously wash our clothes, our hair, our hands, but the one thing that gets used the most on our bodies but probably gets washed the least (besides your bra…which you need to wash too!) is our makeup brushes.

I know it can be a pain, and sometimes they take so long to dry, but trust me, you NEED to be washing them out at least once a month. And don’t think I’m sitting here all high and mighty on my throne of meticulously cleaned makeup brushes either (with the right bristles that could be a pretty comfortable throne). I need to be better at cleaning mine.

That’s why I keep this daily makeup brush cleansing spray from Sephora in my makeup drawer. What this does is it disinfects your brushes without the need for rinsing. You’ve got to be really careful if you’re washing your brushes in water. You can clean them with a mild detergent, but do your best to not let the water get down in where the bristles are. Water erodes the glue that keeps the bristles in place. The last thing you want is brush hairs all over your face…actually the last thing you want is bacteria growing in your brush, and THAT getting on your face.

This spray bottle was about $8 at Sephora and is the easiest most convenient cleanser I’ve found for the job. Go pick some up and clean your brushes!

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Pinterest Pick – Nude Sandals

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It usually takes me a minute or two to find an outfit on Pinterest that I love so much, I could immediately write a 200 word blog about it (ok, sometimes it’s 300 400).

But the second I saw this picture, a slew of words flooded my brain. Good words. Because I’ve been looking for nude sandals just like these to add to my summer looks. And now that I’ve got visual proof (and not just what’s going on in my head), I’m amp-ing up the search.

Don’t you just love how these sandals make a classic black and white ensemble appear so fresh, so summer appropriate? Just imagine if they were black sandals. The dark, edgy gladiator look would over-power the sweetness of the top and wouldn’t work at all with the length of the skirt. But because the shoes are in a softer color, like this nude-brown, they add just enough visual interest without being overpowering.

Instead of matching it to the belt, I probably would have cinched the waste with something leopard, which would also play well against the striped bag while still tying in the blacks and browns, but that belt works just fine as well. This just goes to show you how far a pair of sandals like this can go in one’s closet.

I love love love this look, and need to quit typing so I can go out and find a pair of nude sandals. I’m also going to keep the website it came from on my radar, since most of the looks I saw on there would suit me just fine.

Well Hello, TJ Maxx.com

business bag from tjmaxx.com

May I interrupt the conversation you’re probably having about how great TJMaxx is, with some news about how great TJMaxx is? Thanks.

I don’t know if you know this, and I’m certain your bank account is going to grimace at the news…or will that be your husband? Either way, if you haven’t yet seen it, TJ Maxx has a pretty awesome website. There you can find just as good of a deal as you would in store, only when you shop online, there’s no one to elbow in the ribs when they reach for your bag.

I’m on the hunt for a new laptop bag for my work computer, and sauntered over to their site one day just to see what they had to offer. I was so pleased to find their online options have quadrupled since I was last on, and their prices are still just as reasonable.

Now let’s talk about their bags.

They list the dimensions for each bag, which greatly helps when you’re searching for something to house a 15″ laptop. It made it so much easier to find this bag (which was not in the store, by the way, so what they carry online can be completely different).

I really wanted a laptop bag that didn’t scream “laptop bag” (which meant it couldn’t be black). This one is great in that it has plenty of room, a easy slouchy look to it and is a gorgeous color. I did have to pay for shipping, which was around $7, so it brought the total from $34 to a little over $40. Not too bad, especially considering all the other bags I looked at were pretty pricy. Speaking of which, does anyone else find themselves loving the most expensive options available? I do that all the time, I’ll be browsing through a store or a website, say “Oo! I like that!” and nine times out of ten it’s over $1,000.

That’s a habit I desperately need to break. Thankfully I’ve got the TJ Maxx website to help!

Ps: I did end up taking the bag back (my laptop was a little too snug inside), but the good news about that is you can return it to any store in town.