Thursday, January 5, 2017

Happy New Year | 2017

I'm very excited about 2017! This past year has definitely been a year of changes, growth, adjusting, checking and readjusting. I'm very thankful for my many adventures, accomplishments and even the mistakes.

& Of course It wouldn't be a New Year post if I didn't mention my 2017 goals are
Getting in the best shape of my life while 
Meditating daily which will hopefully encourage me to focus on things that really matter and 
SAVE like my life depends on it, so I can 
Invest in my dreams and future like never before...all while
Being madly in love.

Thank you guys so much for continuously reading and being a part of my life for these past few years. 



Monday, November 7, 2016

Checking In...

HEY Y'ALL! Just checking in to say "hello"! I've been extremely busy with birthday festivities, travel, work and all the craziness of life in general. I've been doing quite a bit of Fall shopping and I have a ton a post ideas so stay tuned in the next week or so for Fall fashion and beauty posts and maybe even a video! 
Body Suit-Zara

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

vegas, missed flights, orlando & more...

Hey Loves! It feels like every time I post I’m returning from a hiatus and that’s probably because that’s the case.:-/ As always, life got in the way, but I thought it was only right to give you an update of where I’ve been & what I've been up to.
I surprised my fiancĂ© with a birthday trip to Vegas (we went early April). It was my first time in VEGAS and it was definitely an adventure. Everyone should definitely go to Vegas at least once! So let’s get into the trip…
In true Courtney fashion I missed my flight, due to shopping (WHO DOES THAT)!? After that fiasco we finally made it to Vegas, checked in and the sleepless fun began!
We stayed at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and I loved it. The room was modern, the hotel was huge and the casino was my favorite of all the other ones I visited while in Vegas. I won money, lost money, ate…a lot, shopped a little, drunk some, explored a ton and had an amazing time. I probably slept a total of 16 hours in 4 days.

A few weeks later I was off to Orlando for a family vacation. It was a nice little getaway. I explored Orlando, danced all night in a Jamaican club, spent all day at the pool and of course...I ATE! My favorite part of the trip was a cute little brunch cruise. The ship sailed on St. John's River and the view was absolutely amazing!

& then it was back to normal life...

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Natural Skin Care Routine

I love makeup just as much as the next girl, but my first and true love is SKINCARE. My philosophy is the better your skin looks, the less makup you need and you feel confident on those lazy days where you don't want to wear makeup at all!

There are very few things we will have our whole life, our skin is of those things! Taking care of our skin is important for overall beauty, health and confidence.

Lately, I've been really focusing on improving the texture and overall vibrance of my skin. I love to buy and try new products, but I always end up back at my more natural and simple skin care routine.

The most important and inexpensive element of my skin care routine is water. I try to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to keep my skin hydrated and prevent wrinkles in the future. Aside from that below is my everyday,morning and nighttime routine...

First, I wash my face with my Juice Beauty Brightening Gel Cleanser. After patting my face dry, NO RUBBING, I tone my face with my Thayers Witch Hazel (I avoid the ones that contain alcohol because they dry out your skin). Lastly, I moisturize using organic unrefined and virgin coconut oil.

My routine is simple, but works really well for me. I'm thinking about trying an organic face mask for those days my skin needs a little extra TLC. I'll let you guys know if I find one I like.

Until next time...stay beautiful!



Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Happy New Year | 2016

Happy New Year! We're nearly a week into the new year and I'm extremely excited for the beauty that will be 2016. I spent a large portion of 2015 impatiently waiting for things to happen, towards the end of last year I decided to create the life I want. I'm a firm believer in changing your mind and your life will follow.

Instead of focusing on the things that could or should be better,  I've been focusing on the thoughts and actions it takes to create those things.  It's not enough to want something or feel like you deserve something simply because you are you or you're a great person. There is an abundance of people in the world living complacent lives and feeling as if they want or deserve more. I decided I no longer want to be one of those people. I've opened my heart and mind to all the abundance that life has to offer.

My first step was job hunting like a mad women and not being afraid to ask for the pay and flexibility I wanted and deserve. Well now that that's checked off my list, on to my other major goals...

  • Continuing to eat clean and becoming fully Pescatarian (Right now I'm Pescatarian + Turkey:)
  • Decorating every space I occupy on a regular basis to be welcoming and relaxing - feng shui
  • Cleaning every night and before I leave my house so my home welcomes me back
  • Exercising at least 3 times a week, to start...this one will be tough for me at first
  • Saving - I have to get my shopping under control and depend less on the thrill of shopping, my goal is to always save more than I spend even with bills calculated in the money spent
  • My blog will be a major focus this year because writing has always been a major passion and this will be my investment in myself 
  • I'm in the process of deciding the next step in my education - Master's or Certificates in my career field
  • Most importantly mental health - this year I will breath, smile, cry, meditate, laugh, dance, sing, relax, and repeat
I look forward to this journey with you all and as always thank you for coming along.



Thursday, December 17, 2015

it's been a while...

Hey Y'all! I know...I know...It's been a while! Over the past few months there has been many changes in my life. I got a new job and shortly after moved into a new place. With all the much needed changes came a lot of adjusting, tons of unpacking and organizing, which that I'm still in the process of working through.

I came back to hundreds of views and that's motivated me to turn it up a notch with the content and the frequency of my posts.

I want to commit to a posting schedule, I'll start with every Sunday and then move into twice a week...Even though I'm writing this Wednesday night and scheduling it to post tomorrow...Thursday :-/ LOL

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for continuing to be a part of my journey.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Summer Favorites

This summer I've stumbled across a few gems! I live in hot, humid Atlanta so I'm all about keeping my beauty products light and breathable and using as few products as possible. I've also been trying to restock my makeup and beauty products with new ones containing fewer harsh chemicals.

Tip: When shopping at Sephora online you can filter product selection by ingredients. I always filter by paraben free & sulfate free. You may be shocked to realize some of your favorites are already free of these ingredients, for example the infamous Nars Creamy Concealer.

I am on a quest to find holy grail products! I'm always excited about trying new products, however I'm trying to do less hoarding and overbuying and go for products that I can use every day. I think I've found some keepers that I'll be repurchasing over and over again.
Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation - N90
Nars Creamy Concealer - Amande
Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil
Loreal Telescopic Mascara Carbon Black
Loreal Telescopic Eye Liner Carbon Black
MAC -Retro Matte -Flat Out Fabulous
NYX Tea Tree Blotting Paper
Essie Sand Tropez
Essie Topless & Barefoot
Givenchy Ange Ou Demon le seceret