Saturday, June 27, 2020

7 Easy Instant Mood Boosters


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Hi friends! Long time no blog anddd Now PLEASE someone tell me who else needs a little mood boost? We can all agree that the world has been in quite the state (hello 2020) and I think we all could use a few easy inexpensive ways to boost the good vibes. So much has happened both personally and professionally this time has brought on a lot of emotional highs, lows, and in general uncertainty. BUT WE MUST STAY POSITIVE!  I have been trying to find little pick me ups here and there and I have found a few things that have helped me that can help you too! So besides actively trying to get out of comfy clothes and into an actual cute outfit (as pictured, details at the end of this post) below are a few simple ways to add some positive light to your day.

7 Instant Mood Boosters

So I have been using this Five Minute Journal since December (Thank you sistaaa for the prez) and it has been such a nice start to the day. You basically write what you are grateful for, what you look forward to, and daily feel good affirmations. I genuinely look forward to this time in the morning with my warm cup of coffee & this Coconut whip (omg so good)...I’ll add a daily prayer as well. I love to do this post workout shower feelin all clean and fresh. It is such a great feeling. 
2. Get Creative
This is something that I am working on here with this blog space. I have always had a little creative soft spot and I know typically when I have more time to myself I tend to come back to my blog. It is something I enjoy when my time allows and gives me time to learn as I write new posts and find inspiration. SO maybe for you this could be revamping a home space (which I have done as well), painting, creating a vision board, starting your own blog or even pinteresting for inspiration. 
3. Make A Healthy Meal 
I feel my best when I cut out the junk and just make a clean meal. I have a ton of cookbooks and recently my favorite has been by The Defined Dish. Her meals are all easy, quick, and good for you.  Try the slow cooker Chicken Tikka Masala - one of our go to favorites. 
4. Clean Up Your Space
Thank you to Chayson on this one. Fun fact, he is the clean freak. I normally would have things out of control and then go type A clean everything. He has helped me clean as I go and having a clean space and home is so nice to live in. There is something about just having a made bed and clean kitchen that makes me feel good. 
5. Minimal Makeup
Summer mode = less make up for me. Adding a little lipstick/ eye highlight to make the features pop always makes me happy. Lately I have been loving my Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Very Victoria, this all in one Tarte highlight palette, and my Milk Kush brow gel. Post skincare I will add this in. 
6. 30 Mins of Movement - Walk or Workout 
This does not need to be anything crazy extravagant when it comes to the fit moves. I do my daily Obe Fitness workouts in the morning, but if I am in need of something chill/uplifting I’ll do yoga or my walk route. Listen to your fav playlist, podcast, or call a friend. I have had some great catch ups with friends/family during this time. 
7. Ease into the Socials
Sometimes just chatting with a friend can make all the difference. Chances are they have similar relatable feelings...these times y'all. While we trickle back to work from home I am finding it easier to plan a facetime coffee or phone chat.


**Outfit details are actually all resale finds! I seriously get the biggest kick spending half the $ to Get the Look. Loving my PilyQ bottoms, Free People top, & Lanvin sandals.
Hope you find this helpful and everyone is hanging in there and keeping up the kindness and positivity.

Xo
Victoria


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Monday, November 11, 2019

Engagement Photo Tips/To Dos - Dumbo Brooklyn

HAPPY FALL YALL! HOW are we in NOVEMBER already - and nearing mid-month?! Ready for this season and I thought it would be the perfect time to share some festive photos Chayson and I did during our engagement shoot in NY. Thanks again Griff - once again you are a master at the snaps! We wanted fun memories and sharing with a friend is always the way to go!
Overall we have been busy busy this season - new jobs, travel, weddings, wedding planning...and ALL GREAT things. Going through all my saved snaps and I was thinking I need to get back to the blog life. Sharing a few engagement pic tips we learned along the way.

Engagement Pic Tips/To Dos

  1. Plan Ahead of time  - Give yourself enough time to figure out what you want your shoot to look like - A special place? Love a certain look/theme? See something that inspired you? I would say about a month out is when we cracked down on the specifics. I knew for sure we wanted snaps in New York.
  2. Book the Photographer - research the area you choose for any well known photographers or friends with skills in the area. If you are in NYC I cannot recommend Griffin Ungar enough! She always does an amazing job. Scrolling instagram hashtags and locations is helpful so you can get an idea on their work/aesthetic.
  3. Plan Your Style - Pick a few seasonal and non seasonal looks. I wanted fall but also season-less romantic dressy photos (Central Park Photos) (Brooklyn Bridge Photos) Also one thing Griffin did that I liked was black and white pics. This helps with seasonality and definitely framing for the home once that is in order.
  4. Have 1-2 Sessions - If there are several looks this helped break things up without the rush. The morning light worked best for us and we only had so much time before the sun was fully up. We did Friday and Saturday morning around 7am to beat the crowds. 
  5. Pack a Bag - Friday/Saturday each had 2-3 looks. I was able to roll my outfits in a bag and add any touch up products (Lipsticks, hair pins, brush). It was pretty windy on the bridge so eye drops helped me out (contact life).
  6. Be the Early Bird - YES I cannot stress this enough especially in crowded cities. The only people in the parks/bridge were others doing exactly what we were doing. So it was not bad at all! But best to beat the crowd over all to not feel rushed.
  7. Beauty Prep - If you are not comfortable doing your hair and makeup I would look into this when you book the photographer. I did my own hair/makeup but if you need a blowout, friend, or makeup artist help...you go girl! The day before I used crest whitening strips and did a second day no hair wash to help with curls.
  8. Save Inspiration- l researched shots on Pinterest (used these here, here, and here) These photos are such great keepsakes and it helps to know exactly what to do when you are there. 
  9. Pose vs. Candids - This is super helpful. You might think you know what you are doing until you're in the middle of it. It's good to save some shot ideas + play around and get fun candids. Lol ACT NATURAL canoodling around in the park ;)  I saved a few poses for shot ideas. These here, here, and here sparked ideas) and Griffin helped direct so having a photographer who has shot couples before is also a must.
  10. HAVE SO MUCH FUN

NOW What to do with your new snaps?
Hope this was helpful to any newly engaged couples. 
xoxo 
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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Save the Date 2/22/2020


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AND JUST LIKE THAT - Chayson and I have been officially Engaged for 1 year! Wowyyy time sure does fly. Seriously you guys so so much happens in a year and I have to say I am so thankful to have this guy by my side. Between this year’s highs, lows, and in betweens...I don’t know what I’d do without him. Thankful to have someone who completely gets me and to have my person. It’s seriously so crazy that we have been together for 6 WHOLE YEARS (thanks hunnnn for puttin up with me ;P). 

I love this space to document all the life things and this one is a biggieeee - I wanted to post an update on where I am with the whole planning process/how everything is going so far.
In terms of wedding prep, I have to say it’s really started to pick up over the last couple of months. I know everyone has different timelines and all I have to say is thank goodness I’ve had a while. A year and a half and so far I haven’t had any major stressors...yet. I know it’s bound to happen but each month I’ve been working to check chunks off the list. Overall I have to say that taking our time was one of the best decisions we made during the planning process. It’s really allowed me to enjoy all things wedding, chip away at the list (since life can get crazy), and research/get my life together with my mom and  planner. Ongoing things Chayson and I have been working on are meeting with the church with our marriage prep courses (really love this part) and keeping up with my workouts and beauty prep #OperationWeddingReady (details in another upcoming post).

Where am I in the Process? 

July: I said YAS
August: Enlisted the Bride Tribe - Haiiii Frensss
September: Found the Bridesmaid dresses - DEALS and werkkkPerks...I found the most gorgeous beaded dresses
October: Secured the Church/venue ( we started looking around in Sept) 
November: Engagement Photos - We took these last Fall in NYC. Ooohhh AND I absolutely LOVE how they all turned out. Griffin once again did the most amazing job and I am so thankful we were able to capture these shots back in November (See more pics here - Prev Post)

Took a chill break and brainstormed more...Pinterest y'all

March/April Dress Shopping - FOUND IT (Chayson thinks it's pink ;P) LOVE IT! It did take me awhile on this..
April: Found my wedding planner - If you are able to, I seriously recommend having a planner especially when everything else can get crazy. She has been great coordinating and updating us on all things wedding. It's nice to have a point person who just knows all the things when I'm like ???
May: Guest list/gathering addresses - ayeeee
June/July: Save the dates finalized and sent/Website & Registry in the works
July:Beauty/Hair/ Florals reserved
Ok guys...Last weekend we did the MOST amazing cake tasting lol like we ATE SO MUCH. It was definitely our favorite part. The day before we did another tour at our venue to get an idea on decor/florals. It was nice to get another walk through and plot out the timeline of things...eeeek we are both SO SO excited for our upcoming big day. I’m of course looking forward to it but I do love all the fun Pinterest plan times. I made so many boards I just have them all set private so I can get real nuts haha.

NOW TIME FOR CAKE! All I have to say is Cakes by Gina treated us REAL well!




WHOLE30 Review   Casual Errands Outfit
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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

WHOLE30 Review + Casual Errands Outfit

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Ah and that is a wrap, January Whole30 is complete and I feel like all the holiday craze has been officially swiped away. As soon as that Day 30 drop hit just felt SO accomplished. And just like previous years...I GET SO into it. I  love the feeling of being able to set a goal and then check it off the list. One that I have stuck to the past 3 years is starting the new year with a clean eats reset.

For those unfamiliar, Whole30 is an elimination method (sugar, gluten, legumes, alcohol, dairy, anything processed = gone) this helps people to discover food sensitivities be reintroducing eliminated foods after or in my case start the new year with positive #nonscalevictory feels and good vibes..For the most part, my weekdays consist of healthy eating but after indulging in all the holiday fun..A month of R&R- I was READY.  I’ve done a few rounds of Whole30 and this time I wanted to give you guys my 2019 Whole30 Review.
The more I’ve worked through different rounds of W30 (this one being #5) I always seem to notice something new. This round I felt especially positive and upbeat - I know we all go through highs and lows, but this past month I’ve felt really good and it’s been nice knowing that its a time to take it easy and recharge.

PREPPING
This Whole30 I often referred to the new Slowcooker Cookbook. If there is anything I LOVE it is a good crockpot recipe. The Mongolian zoodle bowls, Pineapple Chicken, and Sweet Potato chilli were some go to favorites from the book. The Whole30Recipes Instagram page has amazing recipes! I think it’s cool they feature different W30 peeps to share new creative foodies. I saved these below and they were also easy weekly go tos for me.
  1. Swiss ChardWraps
  2. Pineapple Chicken
  3. Brunch Salad
Sundays I would grocery shop and prep 2 main meals and something smaller for breakfast. Then depending on what was leftover I would either add a spinach or zoodle base or top with an egg and sweet potatoes for a bowl. Most of my dinners were left over lunch proteins with whatever veggies I had to make a bowl or swiss chard wrap.

NSVs - YAY
And this is what keeps me coming back every time! The NonScale Victories! ALL the benefits and star feels.
  • W30 isn't necessarily for weight loss but eliminating (sugar, gluten,and booze - it happens). So far every round I have lost a good 5-6 lbs. Choosing to eat more to fuel my workouts/ life is great when it's all nutrient dense protein/good for you fat meals. Gimme all the salmon+Avos.
  • Sugar Dragon is tamed - I know this about myself..when it comes to sweets, I go hard. Cravings are gone and I feel satisfied and full. IF I did have a sugar slump, an apple, date, or berries were an instant blood sugar pick me up. At the moment I am trying to really only yolo it on special occasions, I don't want to hop on the sugar wagon...plus I feel SO much better.
  • Sleep is SO wonderful - I’ve begun to fall asleep much quicker and stay asleep throughout the night. I’ll wake up once and then I’m good to go vs. tossing and turning/ mind racing
  • Inflammation Free- The post NYE bloat was real y’all. Champagne and sugar. It got me! But I’m feeling much more balanced and I definitely feel leaner. My clothes fit super comfortably and a few once snug dresses have room to breathe.
  • Positive Feels and relaxed feeling - sounds weird but with all the prep it’s really nice just know that this is what you have to eat. That’s it. It’s very black and white and although I realize that life can’t be navigated in that way...during crazy times it’s nice to have something taken care of already and prepped.
  • My workouts are energy filled -I feel that the quality in my workouts has been improved and I wake up ready to go in the am (thank you sleep).
  • TMI but PMS - My symptoms felt better this month and I felt pretty good overall not horrible I'm dying feelings.
CHALLENGES 
  • Traveling - YES the January Travel was a struggle. I was happy to get by with Elements Meals Literally THANK YOU SO MUCH for making these. They made lunch time while running through market an actual possibility while on Whole30 and boiled egg free! That is usually breakfast when travelling but happy I didn’t have to double up on eggs for lunch too! I bought the Whole30 Pack here - a little pricey but totally worth it if you are travelling! Life saver.
  • Socials and Birthdays - SORRY to all my January babes out there (my mom is lucky since she is on the 31st) lol but I have been partying on that sparkling water this month and yes I STILL had a great time. Although it was tempting at times in the social scene, I’m happy Chayon did his dry Jan and we were able to go out together and have each other. We navigated through worlds of cakes, poundcake pops, wine nights, and danced at the clubbb. We survived and still saw our friends lol.
Hope everyone is off to a great week! I am back from Vegas and I had a great time at the Magic Trade Show - Excited for all the upcoming Spring fashions! Quick turnaround and then it's off to NYC Sunday...ready to see all my friends, NYFW, and back to Market week!

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