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.

sprinkles cupcakes

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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current mood

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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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eye patches

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

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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new moon

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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

all about eyes

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“My under eye bags are designer,” said every basic bitch ever.

But really, my under bags are designer preferably Chanel. Just kidding, not really, though.

I cannot tell a lie, and the truth is I have pretty freaking amazing skin. My skin is like Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way.

The practically part is where the trouble lies.

I have clear skin like seriously I hardly ever get pimples. I’ve maybe had 20 pimples my whole life. Kill me right?

While I don’t have pimples or any other major skin issues, I do have serious under eye circles and bags.

Now the bags come and go, depending on how much sleep I get and my salt intake but the circles they are genetic and NEVER go away.

I’ve probably tried every under eye cream, serum, and mask known to man but the only thing that seems to help my under eye circles are under eye patches.

I like the finer things in life, so I tend to go for the fancy, uber-expensive, sell your first born under eye patches that make you think why am I paying this much for patches to put under my eyes, am I crazy?

But the truth is they work. Damn it. Why do they have to work so well?!?!

However, as a beauty aficionado, I have found some lovely, and just as fabulous but much less expensive under eye patches from Korean skincare brand Tony Moly.

I mean my under eye circles deserve the best after all.

Currently, my top three favorite under eye patches are as followed.

But first, let me say I am completely obsessed with the Sephora Instant Hydrogel Eye Mask, which is too amazing for words. Trust me, try and you’ll love it.

Top 3 under eye patches.

1.    Tony Moly’s My Little Pet Eye Patch. They are cheap; I’m talking $4.50 cheap. They are cooling, brightening and won’t break the bank. #Winning

2.    Tatcha’s Luminous Deep Hydration Revitalizing Eye Mask. They are pricey as f*^k but work well. The patch goes up higher on the sides than most standard eye patches allowing the patch to target your crow’s feet, which I am way too young to have.

3.    Skyn Iceland’s Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels which are #holygrail status. I look like I’ve slept for a month straight when I use these.

Now that I’ve told you my secrets go out and buy them and we can be twinsies!

How do you deal with puffy eyes? Have you tried under eye patches?

Xo, Lara

 

on Wednesday we wear pink

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Pink is a powerful color that evokes femininity. Whether it’s bright, muted, or pastel, the color pink makes a statement. For me pink is the best color ever, I mean it’s just so fetch, right?

In honor of Wednesday and my love of pink everything, I thought I’d share my favorite pink lipsticks.

MAC Brave – Is the perfect 90’s pink with brown undertones. I’m obsessed with this lipstick; it’s the best everyday color that looks natural and goes with everything.

YSL Lingerie Pink – I have a love/hate relationship with this color. It’s a beautiful bubble-gum pink, but it’s hit or miss for me – sometimes it looks great but most of the time it washes me out. I keep it around because the color is beautiful and the packaging is to die for. Plus the scent is incredible; YSL has the best-smelling lipsticks hands down.

Nuance Lotus Pink* – This is a new favorite, and I’m completely in love with this pink. It’s the perfect bright pink and works well on pale skin tones like myself, but I think this is a universally flattering shade that would work well on any skin tone. The formulation of this lipstick is so creamy, and the staying power is off the charts. Love love love.

Chanel Romance – Ah, I’ve had quite the journey with this lipstick color – it’s been a staple for years now, and I love it as much now as I did when I first bought it. Romance is a sheer lipstick that can be built up from a subtle rose pink to a brighter Barbie pink. Romance is the perfect multitasking lipstick that can easily take you from day to night.

Revlon Blushed – This lipstick is super similar to MAC’s Bravo except it has a pearl finish that makes it a great nighttime alternative. Blushed has a great sheen that’s still wearable and neutral. Not a huge fan of the scent but the color is pretty enough to get passed it.

Nuance Babies Breathe Pink* – If you’ve ever searched for the perfect baby pink lipstick, this is it. Honestly, I didn’t know if this color would work for me but it was honestly love at first swipe. The color is absolute perfection – it’s not too cool, so it doesn’t wash you out. BBP my go-to swipe and go color.

What are your favorite pink lipsticks?

xo, Lara

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