Christmas is Over but the sales are not!

Well, the biggest Catch 22 of the year and every year in my mind are the Christmas sales! They are amazing and we want to buy but are almost broke from Christmas!! Yet, we want to save money for next year so we technically "need" the items... lol.. it is crazy, but it is what it is and I secretly love it!! I don't love how half the gifts I bought for family and friends are now 40% off.. That I could live without! However, my fav holidays sales are those that prep us for next year. 

The best purchase I think anyone could make this time of year are Christmas trees for next year. I know that sounds crazy but, coming from someone who has purchased a million trees and never found a good one this is why you must listen. Like always, every year I am in search a of a real looking tree, I cannot purchase a real tree due to allergies, however I have longed for one that is just so beautiful and real looking I was exhausted of trying to find it and just figured they didn't exist... until I was a t my neighbors. Logan and I went to look at their tree and it was the most beautiful, real looking, fluffy tree I had ever seen! I was in complete shock at how stunning it was!! They told us they purchased from Balsam Hill and that it came with gloves so you didn't hurt your hands.. genius right? So, like you guessed it we went straight home and ordered a tree. I have spent so much money on crappy trees over the years I could have bought 4 trees of their trees for what I have spent over the years. Every year they come out of the box looking so sad and crappy so I was even happier when our neighbors said they have had their tree for over 5 years!!  Again, another selling point, although I didn't really need one. Our tree came and it was the easiest set up and most beautiful, fluffy tree I have ever seen! Best part about this story is now Balsam Hill has some trees up to 60% off!!!  This is why you need to stock up on Christmas decor, because why not save money while you can for next year. Here are my fav Christmas picks for you to stock up on!

Balsam Hill picks

Woodland tree was $999 now $599

Woodland tree was $999 now $599

Crate and Barrel Picks:

Pottery Barn Picks:

I hope you all enjoy my picks and I promise the Christmas is the best purchase we have ever done! As well as all this Christmas decor! You know you will buy it next year so why not save when you can? I have never purchased anything holiday related that has not been on sale! 

Holiday Gift Guide for Last Min Shoppers!

Christmas is literally right around the corner as like next Monday.. However, I do know some people are still trying to figure out the best gifts. I wanted to give you some ideas for everyone in your life! Check the out below.

For the Beauty Lover

For the Trendy Friend (you know the one that is always fashionable even in sweats)

For the New Mom or your overworked friends who need a little "me" time

For the friend that loves to Cook/Bake 

For the Men

I hope you all enjoyed! Be sure to check out my post tomorrow on Stockin Stuffers! Also, subscribe to my youtube channel! I will be doing lots more makeup and skincare! 

 

Thanks y'all

 

Jess

Cozy Soup Night

I really don't need to say much except.. MAKE THIS SOUP!!!! This is soo delicious and easy to make!!! I paired it with a simple salad and Rosmary bread I bought from Fresh Market. Here is how to get this super easy weekday dinner on a night where you just want to snuggle up and watch your favorite shows! Let me know how you all like it!

 

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER AND RED PEPPER SOUP

Preheat oven to 400-

What you need

1 head of cauliflower ( broken into piece)

1 small yellow onion (sliced)

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 teaspoon corriander

3 red peppers from a jar

3 cups water

3 tablespoon miso paste

1/2  cup cashews soaked (soak for 3 hours in water, then drain when ready or boil them and when they are soft drain those)

salt and pepper to taste

HOW TO MAKE

Place cauliflower and onions on 2 separate baking sheets, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast at 400 for 25-30 for cauliflower and 20 -25 for onions. Save a few cauliflower to top the soup with.

After they roast place them together in the Food Processor, with the other ingredients and taste with salt and pepper. Blend in the food processor til smooth or desired consistency. I personally then like to pour the soup and heat just for 5 min in a pot to warm up everything together.  This is a personal preference but I like it!

Pour in a soup bowl, top with some of the saved roasted cauliflower and drizzle with olive oil and you are all set! Told you this was easy! Now, wait til you try it!  Also, here are my soup bowls  I just bought, they are simple but so classic and so happy I finally purchased them!! Can't wait to hear what you all think!! 

xoxo

Jess

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Healthy Taco's for Tuesday! Or any day really

I always love a good "Taco Tuesday". Well, if I am being honest I love taco's every night, but most are very heavy and loaded with calories. These are NOT! So recently I have started barely eating meat. I am not to the point nor do I think I will ever be able to call myself a vegetarian. But, if I can only eat meat like once a month why not? I noticed personally that my body does better without meat. I lost 5lbs so fast and I felt better, lighter and well more rested. I truly believe in listening to your body, so if I want meat I will have it, but at this point and after a few times of watching "what the health" I will skip as best I can.

I started to no meat thing a couple months ago, but due to our IVF process I was told I needed it in my diet. Yes, I said IVF, yes that is a whole entirely different blog and yes I will share at some point. Yes, it has been hard, but again that is another blog and right now we are doing great and been blessed thus far. Now, back to these meatless delicious tacos!!! After I spoke to my doctor she was ok with me cutting out some meat, again right now I can't cut it out til after we are finished but I can cut back. So I made these roasted cauliflower tacos and a Turkey Sante Fe salad. This way it was mostly vegetarian as honestly I think I had 3 nibbles of turkey lol. 

This is such an easy and healthy dish and the salad is great for parties or just a night at home! If you added Chicken to the salad that could be your main course! These dishes are each below 300 calories! Check it out! Leave comments as I will be checking on here more and responding! I got the recipe from Love and Lemons Cookbook! Great cookbook for vegetarians 

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER TACOS with CHIPOTLE CREAM

For the tacos -

1 medium cauliflower head cut into small pieces

2 chipotle pepers in adobe sauce (canned)

Cilantro to taste

1 lime

1 med avacado

Pink salt and pepper to taste

 

FOR THE CHIPOTLE CREAM

7 ounces greek yogurt

1 chipotle pepper (from same can)

1 teaspoon lime juice

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon honey

Pink salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 and line baking sheet with Silicone Mat (this one I swear by) add cauliflower and drizzle with olive oil and chopped peppers, making sure to coat the cauliflower in the adobe sauce. Roast for 25-30 min

Blend all the Chipotle cream in a Food Processor  (best i have used and yes it is worth the cost! Never has stopped working) until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning to see if more salt, pepper or lime is needed. 

Heat a pan with little olive oil and heat the flour tortillas til they puff, place on a plate and fill each tortilla with caulifower, slice of avocado, cilantro and top with spoonful of cream sauce. 

 

 

SANTE FE SALAD (From Skinny Taste cookbook) 

 

AVOCADO CREAM SAUCE

1 med avocado

1 jalapeno pepper chopped

1/4 cup reduced fat sour cream

1 1/2 tablespoons cilantro 

1 tablespoon lime juice

1/4 teaspoon salt and more to taste

Pepper to taste

Place all in a food processor and blend til smooth

 

TURKEY BEAN FILLING

1/2 lb turkey 

1/2 cup chickpeas (or black beans)

1 large tomato chopped

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cumin

3 tablespoon chopped onion

2 tablespoon chopped cilantro

3/4 cup frozen corn kernels

Heat skillet and add turkey and brown, add onion, beans, cilantro, tomato, garlic, cumin, salt, cover and simmer for 20 min. Uncover and add corn til heated. set aside 

Salad

 

Romaine lettuce

1/2 cup mexican cheese

1 cup tomato chopped

you can add 2 tablespoon black olives and 2 of scallions and tortilla chips but I skip those.

 

Chop lettuce and then add the cheese, tomato, turkey and bean filling and the avocado cream and toss.  Garnish with tortilla chips and avocado. 

 

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Cyber Monday!! Shop til your credit card shuts off!

Y'all with Christmas right around the corner we need gifts for everyone it seems! But why spend the full amount when you can get great deals and maybe be able to buy something for yourself? Exactly, there is no reason!! I have rounded up my favorite shopping for Cyber Monday! I am listing some items I love from the sales but if you want to bypass my picks then scroll to the very bottom for a list and their codes!

 

 

I'm gonna start with Wildfox I have an obsession with their super comfy clothes.. Anyway they have 40% off the ENTIRE SITE!!!! Enter code SoSweet at checkout! Here are my favs. I added my fav Halloween sweatshirts as well, because I will buy stuff from the year before when they have this sale for the next year! Its so cute it will never go out of style! 

Next up is All Saints!  This is the ONLY place I buy my leather jackets at!!! So here are some I own! at 40% off!!! 

Beach Wave Betty!!! Yes my go to irons at T3 Micro are having an additional 25% off! use code MONDAY17 at checkout and my trio curling irons are $215!!! as opposed to over $300 as they are already marked down! Here are my must haves! 

Matisse Footwear.. These boots are in my opinion the rock star of all boots. All the boots I love are from here and you can get 30% off with code ITSON 

Old Navy is having a sitewide 50% off sale! The extra 50% is taken off at Checkout!!! Also, I'm adding some adorable baby pajamas because we all have some nieces and nephews or friends with babies and some of these with discount are $7!!!!

BB Dakota always has the best jackets! Sign up with your email and use code GET50 at checkout for 50% off amazing selections! 

Dermstore!!! Use code MONDAY for 25% off!!! I love skincare and here is the products I use and love!

Ok so those are my fav from Cyber Monday but here is a list I put together for those who just wanted to scroll down! 

 

Nasty Gal 50% everything 

Ray-Ban 20% off sitewide 

Pottery Barn Up to 70% off and 30% off some Christmas items

Nordstrom Great deals at 40% off with additional 20% off!!

Shopbop extra 35% off all sale items with code WOW35

Sam Edelman 30% off sale items use code CYBERSALE 

Steve Madden 30% off and FREE SHIPPING with code CYBER 

Shutterfly get up to 50% off and extra 25% off with code CYBERSAVINGS 

Sephora up to 50% off some items!

Sephora Sale!

When it comes to the Sephora I feel like no talking should happen, because as you know they rarely do a sale and I feel like most of you are in my boat. That is the boat of a  being a Rouge member so that means our sale starts NOOWWWWWWW !! I wanted to give you a list of my must haves.. Since it is also around Christmas time I think some of these should be gifts. Let's be honest. It is better to buy now and that way you can pretend you really didn't spend every penny you earned in Dec. Right ladies? Ok, here we go!

 

So, as you can tell from my color choices I am LOOVINGGG the pinks, peaches, burnt oranges and burgundy colors. They are so rich and beautiful for fall. Colourpop has great quality and great prices. The Natasha Denona Crystal toppers are what are giving me life right now. I used this in my insta story of the glow i did on the Kittenish model. I bought all colors and they are all amazing!. I  also added my fav bronzer by Tom Ford and their Boys and Girls lipsticks in Alexander and Carine are the most beautiful nudes I have every seen!!!

 

The Marc Jacobs face brush is the best brush and the only brush I would ever apply foundation with. I used to be a sponge girl, however, ever since I have used this brush i have given up sponges because of the difference this brush has made in my life! The Becca under eye brightner is great for those of you who do not want to wear a lot of makeup. Or for those of you who do, it is a great brightening base to the concealer. IT will illuminate and give life to tired eyes! 

 

Hope this round up was good for y'all! I will keep posting more during the sale! Next time I will focus on gifts for your mom and your girlfriends!

 

 

Trend: Pleated and Fun!

I swear ladies, I will be doing more fashion posts and blogging. It is so hard because I have like 10 jobs lol. However, I wanted to do one about a little trend I have noticed and something that was once in style is making a hard comeback. 

Skirts! Not just skirts but pleated skirts! I am sure you have seen your share on every blogger and fashionista imaginable. The pleated skirts are not going anywhere, so this is a trend that you can hold onto for a while. I think the best part of this pleated skirt trend is that now they are far more fun. Back in the day you would just see mostly in a plaid with school uniforms. Now, they are super vibrant colors and you can pair with anything! From a sweat shirt to a tank and everywhere in between! They even have fun fabrics like metallic and velvet.

I wanted to show you my two ways of wearing the trend as this has become a staple piece in my wardrobe. Personally, I am a fan of anything metallic and velvet because I love textures.. and with Fall here, you can add so much fun to these skirts with textures!! Leather jackets are also here to stay and I love that some of these bloggers paired them with a t-shirt or a blouse for a completely different look! 

My skirts are all from Asos, of what just so happens to be one of the best, most affordable selections I have ever seen! check them out! 

What trend do you love and want to see? 

* All photos of me taken by Sarah from The Studio Magnolia

* Credit given to others below 

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First Anniversary

Well, Here is its.. the Big First Anniversary.... Let me tell you this is not the one we expected to have.. First we were going to Cuba, then a staycation in St. Pete due to Zika and now trapped in our house waiting for Hurricane Irma. Yes, we were the Floridians that decided to stay because we truly thought it would miss us. So, since I am stuck in the house awaiting a hurricane I have had time to reflect and wanted to give you some advice/insight. 

I love my husband and we have been married happily for a year.. That is what matters.. Not some silly vacation or gift. We have each other and are thankful. We made vows on this day and we have lived by them. Do we argue? Yes, Do we get mad? Yes, do we learn to accept each other the way we are? Yes. That is what is important. Social Media plays a hard trick on people thinking couples never argue and have perfect lives.. I am here to tell you that EVERY couple has arguments.. Not knock out drag down ones but normal ones, that normal couples have. Why? Because that is normal and no matter how hard you try one day you will just wake up pissed out at the world and be a complete crazy person for the day and ya know what? That is NORMAL!! 

I wanted to say that because everyone always thinks "perfect" exists and it doesn't.. While I have the perfect marriage for me that doesn't mean that we are always perfect. We love each other through everything no matter what. That was our vow. Always choose love. We have had struggles this year with what we thought something would be an easy process and turns out it has not been for us. We have now embraced the path God chose for us and we know that path will lead us to the right way. I will eventually go in detail about our struggle when the time is right. Right now it just isn't. I have been doing videos during this process and I think a lot of women will relate. I will say this.. My point to this whole thing is nothing is perfect. But my marriage is perfect for me and him. He is perfect for me. I accept him and love him as he does me. These past months he has been my rock and had my back during every decision which I will explain would be hard for some men to do and Logan has been a champ. I hope you all love these videos. I am also sending the link and passcode to watch our whole video for the ceremony in case you are bored lol. 

This was the best day of my life and I love looking back and seeing everything from the way he looked to his smile, to his words and the way he said them. Today, I am thankful my dear, sweet husband. You make me proud everyday. You are my rock, and personal comedian and I love you. 

The Most Tender Meatballs Ever!

Ok ladies, listen up! If you are like me you always are trying to figure out how to make the perfect meatball! I swear mine are always tough and never tender.. Well, the search is over and I hope you enjoy this recipe as I know me and Logan did! I will now use the applesauce in all my meatballs as it made it beyond tender! This dish is also healthy so not a bad way to start off tomorrow and get your week on track with healthy eating! I found this recipe in a Cookbook I have been loving, called Add a Pinch. I have linked it below as well! Ok, enough talking... Recipe below!!!

SWEET AND SOUR MEATBALLS WITH ZUCCHINI

MEATBALLS

2lbs ground beef

1/4 med onion

1 garlic clove

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup Apple sauce (recipe for that follows) 

SAUCE

1/2 med onion

1 small belle pepper (chopped)

3 Cups tomato sauce (I normally make my own but I bought a onion one at Sprouts and worked and tasted amazing)

1/4 cup applesauce

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 garlic clove

1/2 teaspoon pink salt

5 med zucchini with veggie peeler (will be linked)

Grated or shaved parmesean cheese for garnish 

 

STEP 1.  Make the meatballs- In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, onion, garlic, applesauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Roll into 2 in balls.

2. In a 12 in skillet set over medium heat, working in batches, cook the meatballs turning occasionally to ensure all sides brown, which takes 7 min. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the meatballs to large bowl and discard any drippings in the pan. 

3. Make the sauce:  In the same skillet, set over medium heat, combine the onion and bell pepper. Cook, stirring until tender, about 3 min. Add the tomato sauce, applesauce, lemon juice, garlic, and salt and cook until the sauce has reduced and thickened, about 20 min. Add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer for 10 min.

4. Use the Veggie Peeler, and then either put on plates and pour sauce over and serve or I personally like to heat up the zucchini for a few min on medium heat in a clean skillet. Then I add to plates and spoon sauce and meatballs over it and top with grated parmesean.

 

Homemade Applesauce: 

3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, and cored

3 Macintosh or Honeycrisp apples, peeled and cored

1/4 cup apple juice

Cut the apples into wedges and place in large pot of water. Bring it to a simmer, and cook until apples are tender enough to mash, approx 30 min. Remove from heat. Working in batches, Place apples in food processor and blend til the sauce reaches the consistency you prefer. Great news, this applesauce will last for 3 weeks in a airtight container in the fridge! 

 

There is its! The best meatball recipe!! Also, a few of you asked about my plates and they are discontinued so I linked the other ones I have as they match the other ones perfectly and are still cute and rustic looking! I also am linking all my pots I used! Hope you all enjoy! 

 

 

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The New Cleanse

So many people juice these days it is unreal... You would think the vitamix was invented this year! I have tried juice cleanses and they do not work for me as I am starving and fail... No matter what I cannot keep with the program. That's why I tried Soupure. I have tried it before but this time I did the Summer Slim down and I loved it! I felt energized and full and loved I could eat food as I was doing it. This is not a cleanse but a jumpstart on a healthier life. 

Before, with the soup cleanse you just ate the soup which is delicious btw, but that was it. After that, you go back to regular life. Well, with this one for me it was about starting over and monitoring my eating habits. The goal is to have a soup before your meal. Their soups are whole veggies with fiber and protein, so you get full faster and therefore eat less. Not only do you get to eat real food but they give you recipes. In my book this was an added bonus. When you are not full you tend to crave more starchy foods, so due to you eating this soup which is low in sodium and high in protein you tend to not crave the foods you normally would. Therefore, you are starting to restart the way you live your life and eat. The best part is you slowly lose weight which means you keep it off, because you are making small, healthy choices and learning as you go. 

With most cleanses, you might lose weight faster but you can it back immediately!!!! How bad does that suck? You starve for 7 days and then you lose 5 lbs all to gain it back the second you eat a cheeseburger? Yea, that does not work or sound pleasant to me. This is something I can follow and start to crave. These soups are soooo delicious and trust me, I didn't think they would be. I felt like my mom was trying to feed me veggies as a kid and I wouldn't like it but would have to force down.. My first spoonful of the split pea was to die for!!!! Logan, even liked it so much that when I did the Summer Slimdown he said "did you get some for me" lol no joke!! And, I didn't lol I know insert bad wife comments. It is just rare a man would like this stuff but it si so good he does!!! After my 10 day slimdown my body reset and I was making healthier choices and not craving potatoes lol to fill me up! I lost 3lbs that have STAYED off! That right there is why I love the Soup Cleanse and summer slimdown. You keep what you lose off! Ladies, i swear you will be addicted to this Soup trust me! Today they have coupon on their website for 25% off if you are a returning customer! And they lowered shipping rates!!!! By a lot!!! Go check them out as you all know I love tea, but you cannot do it all the time. This you can and it is a long term fix!

 

 

Botox and Fillers Round 2.

Well, maybe some of you know and some don't but every time I am in Nashville I call it my B&B (Botox and Blonde) because they are the only people I trust for my Botox and color. I went to see Dr. Biesman again, as honestly he really is the best! What is amazing is that some of you go to him and have said the same thing.. which was great to hear! I love knowing that who and what I recommend you had the same interaction with and love them or the product, whatever it may be.

This trip to Nash, I went in to get Botox and Dr. Biesman had noticed I lost weight.. great right? Well, maybe for the body but not for the face. That is why when you see people with a tad more weight that have zero wrinkles!!! It is amazing!! Anyway, He said he wanted to lift my cheeks ever so slightly with Restylane Lyft which last longer and is the new "it" filler.  Because I know he is very "light handed" when it comes to cosmetic procedures I trusted him after we finished my "baby botox" which I got 14 units. I chose to get this amount because at this point I still want movement. So I might need touchups a tad more often I still like this because I am comfortable with it and my doctor supports it. * Note* always find a doctor who you trust and in return they respect your wishes*

Now, back to my little ol' cheeks. He injected a tiny amount to give me a little lift where I had lost the volume from my weight loss. I had lost about 10lbs since my wedding as I was 125 before wedding and now 115 lb although i dropped to 112 for the actual wedding day (another blog post in its own lol). So that 10 lbs left my face a little flat. After he injected I saw a subtle immediate result and loved it. It did not look fake or anything just a  "lift", which is exactly what I wanted. Also, this part is amazing... He also injected my chin.. YES CHIN!!! I have deep smile lines and that is hereditary BUT I HATE filler in those smile lines because it moves and then you have chipmunk cheeks and that is not good on me. Did it once and never again! He gave me a little on both edges of my chin and guess what diminished??? Yep my deep ole' smile lines. Yes, they are still there, Yes, they are something that will always bother me BUT to think he can inject me in my chin and my upper cheek and somehow the combo makes them less noticeable without chipmunk face? ALL IN!! Sorry I was amazed and literally so happy when I saw that!

Next we did my lips. I only wanted a tiny about for a "bump" that's all.. For  lips we used Volbella.  A lot of people think that when you get lips you overdo it but if you have the right doctor that isn't the case. Mine are such a subtle difference that no one notices the lips they just say "you look refreshed" and girls, let me tell you, I am NOT refreshed lol! I barely sleep, so it is def Dr. Biesman on this one!

Every time I come back from Nashville I am feeling like a new and improved woman.. I mean I am but I feel it lol. There is no better feeling than feeling great about yourself! That is why I like being open about what I do. I am strict with skincare and my yearly upkeeps. I have found the best doctor, best skincare and I am sticking to it! You have to do what makes you happy and honestly.. to hell with anyone who judges you!!! YOUR life, YOUR body, YOUR choice. As my mamaw would say "tell them to stick it, where the good Lord split cha" lol. 

Dr. Biesman was kind enough to give some advice and I want you to keep reading to see what he has to say!!! I did a little Q & A with him for the 2 most common questions! Hope you like! Til Next time ladies!!!  Be sure to follow Dr. Biesman on social for skincare and updates! 

 

1. How old should I be before I get Botox? Filler?

We have learned that Botox does seem to prevent the development of wrinkles and lines,

especially if one of both of your parents (or older siblings) have them. We routinely treat

patients (men and women) who are in their early 20s.

Fillers are also commonly used in young people. When treating patients in their early 20s we are

typically enhancing features that were never prominent- filling in depressions under the eyes that

make us look tired (tear troughs), enhancing lip volume, or creating a stronger chin profile. As

aging changes begin to take place, volume is both lost and redistributed. The goal of treatment

with fillers in these patients is to reverse the aging changes.

2. Should I use permanent fillers? Wouldn’t that be better as it would save me having to get treated regularly?

NO!!! There are a number of great fillers on the market that all have somewhat different and

unique properties. Some are better for lifting, some better for filling, some “stiff” whereas others

are smoother and softer. Some products are best used in lips or fine lines whereas others are

better used in the cheeks, chin, and/or temples. However, all of these products have a limited

lifespan. This is a good thing as you want to be treated with products that can be adjusted as

your needs change over time. The vast majority of the filler products on the market today can

also be reversed if you don’t like something about them or some problem arises.

When using permanent fillers you do not have a choice as to flexibility, softness, etc., cannot

modify the products if there is a problem and, even if you love the products, what looks good

when you are 35 may look terrible at 45, 55, or 65, depending on how your face changes over

time. The one exception to this rule may be the treatment of certain scars but, otherwise, please

avoid permanent fillers

Another Sale, Another Dollar.. Dollars... Charges.. explanation to Husbands

Well y'all the Nordstrom Half yearly Sale is here and I have been waiting for some items to go on sale and they did! Below find a guide to my top fave items from this sale. And if your significant other asks you " babe why did you buy that" say " well honey it was 40% off so it was basically free..  I basically got it for free it is next to nothing, I did it for us" lol.. NOTE: This will not work but worth a try.

SHOES: 

HOME FINDS: 

Women's Clothing Under $50

Pants and things like that 

Botox-Botox-Botox

Honestly girls, stop judging and say yes!! I just want to maybe go on a rant for a second before i talk botox. Why do we need the urge to judge someone that gets botox or fillers? It makes them feel better, they like it, and guess what they aren't hurting you by doing it! Do they judge your no botox? Or lack of fillers? Probably.. This goes for BOTH sides!! Stop judging each other!!

If someone feels better with zero botox and is an au' natural type gal then so be it if she is happy, and same goes for you all too! If you see a girl that has fillers and botox and she is happy who cares! We thankfully live in a world where we can make our own decisions and do what we want and makes us feel beautiful! Ok, I'm done for now lol! Now to botox!!!!

In my line of work I concentrate on clients meaning , I get lines in my forehead because I am squinting and concentrating. I noticed them getting deeper and I personally wanted to prevent it. Nothing wrong with aging and having wrinkles, however, my choice is to prevent!! So, I started going at 28 and honestly it was best decision for me! I love it! I can still move my forehead and have less wrinkles! I don't want to be a plastic face but some things  I like to fix and this is one. I also looked at my mamaw and mom and saw where they aged and I am cautious of that because well this is where DNA kicks in. If you notice your mom, dad's, or anyone in your families wrinkles chances are that is how you will age. You can do creams, lasers and stay out sun and yes all this helps BUT it will not take it completely away!! 

Girls and Women all the time ask me " what is your skincare" and I have a very good skincare system I follow and do it religiously. I also stay out of the sun and apply SPF. I am very good to my skin but guess what? Age is age and sadly over time a wrinkle will occur so I shoot that puppy down with Botox. Another common misunderstanding is that makeup can cover wrinkles.. Are you ready for the most truth I will ever hit you with? It is harsh but true.  You know how you pave your driveway and it has cracks and if you put water in it the water seeps down into the cracks but if doesn't make it better? It just lays in the cracks? Well, my dear that is makeup on a wrinkle! I could scream the amount of times girls have said can you cover my wrinkle. I am honest and I'm like "girl, here is my doctor" and sadly they get offended, however, I will not lie. No, you cannot cover wrinkles with makeup!  

Now, to finding the right Doctor! I found Dr. Biesman through referral and that is my advice to you. Find someone who your friends go to or someone you know. Trust me on that! I went to him because I knew about a handful of women that went to him and they all look amazing! Well, I went and have never since been to anyone else. I trust him! I don't get nervous or worry because I know it is going to turn out great. He doesn't ever try to push more on me and I love that. He is a fan of aging gracefully and that is what I love about his practice. When you see a doctor they should become a friend, someone you can trust and take advice from. If you do not feel  that way then you haven't found your doctor! 

Now that is in my 30's I am finally confident in my Doctor and my choices I have made. Some might not feel the way I do and that is ok. Remember, don't judge. I am in the beauty industry which means I will probably try anything once lol. However, with botox I am a lifelong client. Not only has it helped with wrinkles but my oh my girls my forehead glows after a visit lol! That btw is a rule of thumb to know when someone is lying. There is only so much highlighter one can add and if they have on no makeup and they are glowing on their head.. well... it is probably botox! And guess what? It is ok! So, if after you read this you are wondering if you should get it, first look at your family, then at your wrinkles and how deep, next compare photos of you when you were younger to see how you are aging. If there is a big difference then go see a Doctor and get their opinion. 

Upkeep was the best decision I made for myself. 

Jess

Florals and Suede

As much as I love a nice jacket I love floral and fun blouses! They are so fun to pair with anything, even sweatpants! Ok, I know you are asking yourself "Really? Sweats?" and the answer is yes! I have done that before and highly recommend! Anyway, today I paired a fun, floral and ruffle blouse with a army green suede skirt, well, faux suede as it was only $12!

I purchased it as a local boutique in Nashville and haven't worn it yet.  However, when I ordered this blouse I was like Ding!!! This is the skirt! And so it was an outfit was created... Maybe one of my fav girly ones at that! Check out where I got this outfit! 

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That time I actually had my makeup done!

Since I am a makeup artist, I hate having my makeup done as honestly it isn't that it is bad it just isn't what I like. Well, for the first time I actually ASKED someone to do my makeup because her work looked amazing and she seemed very sweet. We had chatted before on Insta (as most makeup artists do) and became "insta friends". Her name is Lyndsay Kravitz and she is a talented, sweet, hard working artist! Her clients include: Jessica Burciaga, Renee Bargh, Becca Tilley, Joelle Fletcher, Pia Toscano, Shae Wilbur, just to name a few. So safe to say I was excited to have her glam me!! Did I forget to mention she started out by assisting the fabulous Patrick Ta? Yes, the man that paints all Hollywood faces from Gigi Hadid to Jenna Dewam Tatum. 

When I reached out to her she was so sweet and I could not wait to meet her! When the shoot happened and she showed up she was a living doll! So kind, sweet, professional and let's talk talent.... This girl glammed me and I felt amazing! I loved what she did and I told her "trust me girl, I would tell you if I didn't". My skin looked flawless and she was using some products I  haven't used and some I love (insert our mutual love of La mer powder). I told her I wanted bronzed and lashes and that is what she gave me! She customized individual lashes to give me a soft flutter and fit my eye shape (no one has been able to make my eyes look big) Lyndsay made my eyes sparkle, big, and fluttery and I loved it! I wore the makeup all night and my friend Halle kept telling me how good it was!! We took a few photos for fun shoot and I can't wait to get them back, but until then I wanted to share what products she used as a  lot of you asked so she was awesome enough to send me a list!! Hope you guys enjoy the photos and a product breakdown! 

You can see Lydnsay work on her Instagram Lyndsayzmakeup

 

Face

Primer: Smashbox original

Foundation: La Mer in Linen 13, mixed with Laura mercier Silk Creme

Concealer: Kevyn Aucoin in 06 and Nars Creamy Concealer in "honey"

Powder: La Mer

Brows: Anastasia in Taupe

Eyeshadow: Kylie Cosmetics "The Bronze palette", Charlotte Tilbury in Dolce Vita, Tom Ford Palette in Golden Mink, Stila Metals in Kitten and Gilded Gold

Bronzer: Gold Dust by Tom Ford

Blush: Edward Bess in Monte Carlo 02

Highlighter: Laura Gellar in Gilded Honey, Artist Couture in Double Take

Eyeliner: M.A.C in Teddy

LipLiner: M.A.C  in Strip down

Lipstick: Smashbox in Nylon Nude and M.A.C in Shy Girl.

 

Wait.. Safavieh Furniture on sale and extra 25% off?!!!

This is an emergency post! Yes ... I just saw on Gilt that they are having a Safavieh furniture sale and had to post ASAP before it goes away and better yet it is an extra 25% off! Just use code : Safavieh and boom you are all set! If something happens to be out of stock check on their website Safavieh !

I could not be more obsessed with this brand! They are trendy, classic, well made and affordable for furniture and quality! So many brands are thousands of dollars and their's are not which is amazing! The loveseat I got is soo darn cute! I honestly want one in like every room possible! Poor Logan lol! 

Here is the loveseat I have that you guys loved! It is on sale for $629 but with discount is $535!!!! That is amazing for a great piece of furniture! All the prices listed below are without the extra 25% off!!!! Happy Shopping. Now decorate that home in style without breaking the bank! 

Here are my other picks!!

12 days til Valentine's Day.. The countdown begins!

Hey y'all! So maybe it's because I am a girl or I actually come to find out rather love the color pink (I used to think blue) or maybe it is because I am a hush puppy deep inside.. either way I love Valentine's Day stuff and always have single or not I think it and Easter have the cutest stuff! 

With that being said I wanted to do another post about some really adorable finds! All these items are so darn cute and can be given as a gift or just for yourself! Seriously, I want them all and have a couple! I can vouch for the Herbivore " Coco Rose" body scrub as it is absolutely amazing! The slip pillowcase I have used for over a year and truly incredible, helps with preventing wrinkles and bed hair as the silk keeps everything more "kept" and smooth. As far as the Sugarfina gummies... need I say more other than they are Rose' gummies.. yes, girls, our fav drink of the past 2 years. 

I just personally ordered the Lip charger and Wine is my Valentine shirt because well, I had to! Ok, enough talking.. Enjoy! 

 

 

Outfits to get you in the mood for Valentines Day!

With love day right around the corner I wanted to share some of the adorable outfits to get you in the spirit. Also, stay tuned as I break down some of my favorite red lipsticks coming soon to Youtube! But for now check out this! 

After Christmas Deals and Steals!

Well, if you are like me then you are exhausted and searching the internet for the best finds possible. The best part about after Christmas sales are that next year you are fully prepared.. yes I mean I have already bought wrapping paper and some cute decor I found online. Before you judge everyone loves to decorate and everyone (well most everyone) will so why pay full price? Exactly!! So now enjoy my Christmas finds. 

Hope you enjoyed and had a very blessed Christmas!

P.S I will be finding more later this week!!