How Would You Spend Your Lottery Winnings?

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You always thought it would happen – yes to you. After all, you always play the lottery and dream about winning. Why wouldn’t you? Of course, you can win. And this time you knew lady luck would find you…and boom! You bought the winning ticket – you just fucking won the lottery!

Is the above scenario a dream of yours?

So when you win the lottery and are suddenly rolling in the dough – how will you spend your winnings?

Here’s how I’ll spend my jackpot winnings!

First I’d go to the bank and take out a couple of thousands of dollars, spread the money on bed and roll around in it while listening to “Luxurious” by Gwen Stefani. I mean they always make it look fun in the movies, right?
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Now that, that’s out of the way I’d do the responsible thing and pay off my debt and my mom and brothers. Done and Done.

Once the boring stuff was taken care of, I’d move on to the fun stuff which means spending those Dolla-Dolla-bills-ya’ll!

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Here’s how I would spend my lottery winnings!

*Spoil family Oprah-style*

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 It would be a repeat of Oprah’s “You get a car! You get a car!” moment.  Fun vacations, cool gadgets, financial freedom, anything they wanted well within reason. 

*Buy a shore house* 

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Spending the summers down the shore is #GOALS. And having a place for my entire family to come and stay at would be even better.  

*Travel the World*

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 My travel bucket list would get a significant dent in it. Europe, South Africa, Asia here I come!

 *Did someone say shopping?*

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 I would most definitely need to expand my closet just a little bit. I mean how awesome would it be to be able to go into ANY store and buy whatever you want?!?!

 *Invest in me/Buy eternal loveliness*

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I’m talking beauty treatments,  a personal trainer, in-home chef. But it also means taking the time to invest in my goals – building my blog, writing a book, starting a YouTube channel, etc. Having the time and money to invest in my craft would be a huge goal.

*Save, save, save*

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Last but certainly not least I’d save a huge chunk of money (actually the majority of my winnings) for the future – wedding, a house, my kids’ college, a rainy day.

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What would you spend your lottery winnings on? Tell me below!

xo, Lara

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unexpected life changes

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Less than a month ago, I found out I’m losing my job in March. Talk about a major what-the-fuck moment. Initially, I was numb, then angry, confused and sad about the whole thing. I gave 8 years of my life to this company, and now I was being kicked to the curb. This whole experience quickly became a blessing in disguise, and I suddenly refused to be sad about losing my job; in fact, I was happy as a pig in shit.

Did I love my job? Fuck no. So why was I staying at this job? The people. And honestly, that’s not a good enough reason to stay in any job. The Universe had given me what I desperately wanted; a way out of my current job and the opportunity to go after what I wanted.

What do I really want? I want to be a digital content creator, which is a fancy name for Blogger/YouTuber/Podcaster etc. I’m creative as fuck and working a desk job, pushing papers just isn’t for me. And to be honest, I’ve wanted this for years but was too afraid to admit it to anyone.

So what’s the whole point of this post? Well, it’s to remind you that sometimes life gives you exactly what you need at the most unexpected time. Major life changes can be tough, but if you stay positive, you can turn lemons into lemonade. I encourage everyone to take the time and figure out what YOU really want and then go out and live the life of your dreams!

I’d love to know how you have handled unexpected life changes – tell me below!

xo Lara

 

 

monday motivation…

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Mondays are a bitch.

Mondays can be rough so why not a little motivation to make Monday a bit more manageable.

Bring on the Bloody Mary’s coffee!

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Current mood.

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a yummy treat from Sprinkles

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Food for thought.

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super pretty Christmas decorations in Georgetown

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words to live by

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Hope you have beautiful Monday!

xo, Lara

how to get your hair healthy…fast!

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Healthy, beautiful hair is #goals but getting healthier, longer hair is easier said than done. We don’t realize how much internal and external stress we put on our hair every day. Over the years I’ve become a connoisseur of healthy hair and have worked out a winning formula for getting your healthiest hair ever.

Now that I’m done tooting my horn lets’ stop the bullshit and get on with my sage wisdom.

First things first get some amazing hair vitamins and not just one kind. I take 3-4 different hair vitamins a day. Personally, I’m obsessed with Biotin it’s my number one bitch, but Viviscal comes in at a close second only due to cost.  Biotin is super affordable and works like magic, while Viviscal is hands down the best hair supplement out there, but they are pricey.

Another tip is to make sure you are taking care of your hair and avoiding damage causing habits. Apply a deep conditioner to your hair at minimum 2-3 times a week to help strengthen, hydrate and repair.  Prevent further hair damage by limiting bad hair habits like excessive heat and coloring.  I also highly suggest you stop putting your hair in ponytails every day because that habit causes more breakage than you think.

One of the most important tips I can give you is to relax! Stress causes all sorts of health issues. Mental and physical stress can take a toll on your hair and even make it fall out. I suggest meditating or finding other stress-reducing activities to keep stress at bay. I have had my hair fall out from stress; it’s not fun. If you need help finding ways to de-stress check out this post.

Finally make sure you are eating healthy and getting enough fruits, veggies, good fats and water into your diet. What you put in your body affects how your skin, nails, and hair look and feel. So if eating healthier means a prettier you than I’d jump on that train!

How do you get your hair healthy?

xo, Lara

monday motivation

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Mondays are a bitch.

Mondays can be rough so why not a little motivation to make Monday a bit more manageable.

Bring on the Bloody Mary’s coffee!

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so true it’s funny

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something to think about it

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beauty inspiration

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hoping the super moon brings a lot wonderful and happy changes to all our lives

xo, Lara

why the f^*k are cashmere sweaters so expensive?!?!?

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Cashmere is super luxurious, and just screams wear me. Because cashmere is so soft, warm, and miraculously durable, it’s the perfect piece for your fall and winter wardrobe.

However don’t be deceived, not all cashmere is created equally which is why you see cashmere sweaters run anywhere from $80 to $500-plus.

So, the question on everyone’s mind why is cashmere so expensive?

Well, there are several factors that determine the cost of cashmere including fiber quality, origin, purity, and where the product is manufactured.

Cashmere sweaters are made from the superfine hair of cashmere goats and the thinnest, longest, and whitest fibers actually, make the most expensive garments. Interesting, right?

Surprisingly, most cashmere comes from either Mongolia or China where goats have been cultivated for centuries. Now a cashmere sweater manufactured in a factory in China will cost less than one being made in a boutique factory in Europe due to quality.

One of the biggest factors that dictate’s the price of cashmere sweaters is purity. Many more affordable cashmere sweaters aren’t 100% cashmere and are often interwoven with other less expensive fabrics like lambswool. So make sure you check your labels before running to the cash register.

Verdict? I think investing in a top-notch cashmere sweater is totally worth it. If you chose the right silhouette, your sweater will never go out of style, and because of the fabrics durability, it’s going to last for years and years.

Now lets do some damage, here are some pretty fantastic and chic cashmere sweater options for every budget!

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Happy Shopping!

Are you a fan of cashmere sweaters?

xo, Lara

9 Pieces From Target Your Wardrobe Needs NOW!

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Trends come and go that’s why it’s not always a good idea to spend loads of money on trendy fashion pieces. One of the biggest downfalls of fashion is how fast the trends change – one minute it’s hot and the next minute it’s not.

When shopping for fall fashion trends, to fill your closet with, I highly suggest checking out more affordable pieces from Target and other low-cost fashion stores.

In fact, Target has truly stepped up its game for fall/winter 2016 trends. The store is packed with current trends that look good and won’t break the bank. Moreover, Target has re-vamped its fashion lines to showcase trendy items for ALL sizes from juniors to super-skinny and plus-size curves. Meaning everyone and every body shape can find something to wear from Target this fall.

On Target.com I found nine ready-to-wear pieces that hit the nail on the head for fall fashion trends. Each piece is diverse, beautiful and will great additions to any girls closet.

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What are your favorite fall trends? Where do you like to shop for trendy fashion pieces?

xo, Lara

monday motivation


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Mondays are a bitch.

Mondays can be rough so why not a little motivation to make Monday a bit more manageable.

Bring on the Bloody Mary’s coffee!

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Get off your ass and #VOTE this week! Listen to the Lorax and care enough to make your voice heard.

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A must-have especially on Mondays

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Motivation to work extra hard this week…momma needs a new pair of shoes!

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words to live by via the champagne diet

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What’s getting you motivated to get through this week?

xo,

Lara

8 benefits of lemon water

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We all could do more to be healthier – eat less, move more, drink more water, etc.

While getting or staying healthy is easier said than done I’ve always been super curious about one lifestyle tip most fitness guru’s swear by and that’s drinking lemon water in the morning.

People rave and rave about what amazing things drinking lemon water in the morning does for them, but my question is does it live up to all its claims?

 First off, let’s talk about the supposed benefits of drinking lemon water each and every morning.

1. Boosts Your Immune System
Lemons are full of Vitamin C and potassium, so they fight off colds and stimulate brain and nerve function.

2. Balances Your PH
Lemons help reduce your body’s overall acidity.

3. Helps You Drop The Pounds
Lemons are high in fiber and help fight hunger cravings.

4. Aids In Digestion
Lemon juice flushes out all the crap and reduces heartburn.

5. Is A Diuretic
Water makes you pee, and Lemon water makes you pee even more while helping purify your body of toxins.

6. Clears Your Skin
The Vitamin C in Lemons helps decrease wrinkles and pimples.

7. Freshens Breath
Lemons can make your breath smell better and relieve any tooth pain.

8. Keeps You Zen
Vitamin C is depleted when your mind and body get stressed. Adding more of it to your diet can take you from Namast’ay away from me to Namaste.

People also claim that lemon water each morning will help you kick your coffee habit. Umm..NOTHING comes between me and my coffee.

So, why am I telling you all the benefits of drinking lemon water every morning?

I want to challenge myself to try this practice for the next 30 days, with weekly check-in’s to see if lemon water is fabulous as it claims to be.

xo,
Lara

monday motivation

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Mondays are a bitch.

Mondays can be rough so why not a little motivation to make Monday a bit more manageable.

Bring on the Bloody Mary’s coffee!

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a lesson in self-love from my girl Annabelle at Adderall and Compliments

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relishing in the positive new moon vibes and manifesting my dreams

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admiring my gorgeous new crystals  – how pretty are they?

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words to live by

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current mood

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xo, Lara