I don’t want to jinx it, but I feel like I’ve finally figured out what works for my skin.

I went from having average high school acne, to dealing with super dry skin, to battling consistent pimples on my chin and forehead. Bleh. Not only was it frustrating, it was also exhausting trying to stay one step ahead of my ever-changing face.

Settling into a healthy, balanced lifestyle seems to have made a bigger difference than anything in terms of my skin. It’s amazing what consistently nourishing your body, eating a wide variety of foods and exercising regularly can do. Sure, I still eat a lot of “bad skin” foods (ahem, chocolate, chips and wine…) but nobody’s perfect and I’m not willing to give those up. #sorrynotsorry

I absolutely swear by the products I’ve been using over the past few months. Some are drugstore and some are high-end (aka: slightly expensive) but, considering I only get one face, I’m willing to invest.

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Current Skincare Routine:

Morning

Clean & Clear Cleanser –> Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream –> Alchimie Protective Morning Cream

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Night

Simple Cleansing Wipes –> Alchimie Purifying Cleanser –> SkinOwl Eye+ –> Kypris Antioxidant Dew

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Once A Week

No makeup.

Yep. For the past few months I’ve been trying to go one day every week with zero makeup. It tends to happen on lazy days where I’m not working or at an event (obviously) but I don’t force myself to hide indoors. I’ve finally gotten to a point where I don’t mind going out fresh-faced. It’s kind of liberating, actually. My skin absolutely loves it and I wake up the next day feeling completely refreshed.

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What are your favorite skincare products? Are you comfortable going out sans-makeup?

Here’s to taking care of our fabulous faces…

-Emily

I opened up WordPress to start this post, thought about the fact that it’s already the end of August and literally started laughing out loud. Um, what? I swear, months fly by faster than the time it took to microwave my mac & cheese as a kid. Apparently the clock speeds up as we get older. Not fair.

Change was the theme this month (yet again) and I still can’t seem to wrap my head around it all. I’ll go into more detail in my next post but I’m grateful- so grateful- for all of the opportunities I’ve had over the past year. When you’re doing something you love, hard work does pay off. I promise. Keeping pushing forward– don’t give up, don’t settle. The unexpected can be a blessing.

Onto ze favorites…(and yes, I typed “ze” on purpose. I’m talking with an accent, duh)

Favorites: August 2014

Fashion & Beauty:

neon nails // messy buns // heels // long necklaces // KYPRIS // online shopping // Peppina jewelry

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Food & Fitness:

sushi // squats // white cheddar puffs // weightlifting // comfort food // new restaurants // chardonnay

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Life:

work // weddings (not my own) // missing lionel // nonstop laughing // social outings // family time

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Here’s to loving our lives, every minute of them…

-Emily

Meow.

Things are a-changin’ over here (again) and I’m hoping that means I’ll have more time for regular blogging. Halle-freakin-lujah. It’s kind of crazy how much I miss it. This blog is like my virtual diary that I awkwardly share with the public and, without it, I find myself craving the creative outlet.

Onward and upward…

Today I want to discuss exercise– ps: I promise I have non-health related posts coming soon.

In our society, exercise is often looked at as a “punishment”. We drag ourselves to the gym to “burn calories” and achieve the perfect “bikini body”. As cliche as that sounds, it’s the reality. Working out is often taken to an extreme that leads to one of two things; addiction or hatred.

I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum. Growing up, I hated working out. I did dance and cheerleading (briefly) and that was the extent of my exercise. In college, I discovered how much of a stress-reliever it could be and a few gym-visits per week turned into 2-hour sweat sessions every day. I would log my hours, write down every workout and keep track of the calories I burned to ensure that each workout was better than the last. Days off were nonexistent and merely sitting for a long period of time left me uncomfortable and antsy. Too much of a good thing can be bad.

Around the time that I stopped obsessing over the foods I ate, I also cut back on exercise. I finally discovered my own personal balance between healthy-living and having a life.

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March 2014 —> August 2014

These days, I aim to make it to the gym 4-5 days a week and focus on strength-training rather than cardio. Do I necessarily think one is better than the other? No. But right now, I love lifting. It gives me a sense of power that I’ve never experienced before and I genuinely enjoy working out.

If I’m feeling overly tired and fatigued, I rest. If I have a ton of extra energy, I push myself to the limits. If I feel like lifting weights all week with zero cardio, I lift. If I decide I want to hike in lieu of a trip to the gym, I lace up my sneakers and get out there. I do whatever feels good. Exercise should feel good.

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No matter where you are in your fitness journey, I encourage you to take a step back and think about why you work out. Is it for a physical result? Or for life-long health and happiness? If it isn’t for the latter, it’s time for a change. Take a break, try something new, stop keeping track of the calories you burn…do whatever you have to do to rediscover the joy of exercise. I promise, it’s worth it.

Here’s to loving your body (and slightly bigger juicier booty)…

-Emily

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I ate fish. 

Gasp. Hold up. What? Now, depending on how well you know me, how long you’ve been following my blog and your personal opinions/beliefs, that statement will probably get one of three reactions…

1. Um, okay? #nobodycares

2. How could you?! #fisharefriendsnotfood

3. Hell yes! #letseatsushi

Before you judge my decision, let’s backtrack for a second…

I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 8 or 9. I never liked meat and stopped eating it before I even knew the term “vegetarian” existed. As time went on, my eyes were opened to a world of non-meateaters and I began to associate myself with the lifestyle. I love animals (particularly pigs but that’s a story for another day), so it all seemed to fit. I was ‘Emily The Herbivore’ and damn proud of it.

In high school, I was a “grilled cheese” vegetarian. No need to elaborate- I’m sure you all know a few of those. After gaining a few unwanted pounds at the beginning of college, I set out to get “healthy” and diet my way back down to a comfortable size. Unfortunately, things went too far.

I won’t delve too deep into this part either (another post, another day)– let’s just say, I took things to the extreme. Emily The Herbivore became Emily The Vegan. I convinced myself and everyone around me that meat was bad, dairy was bad, eggs were bad…and “I didn’t like any of it anyways”.  Two years passed and I was left underweight, lonely and hungry for the life I had lost.

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I was fed up and something had to change. It started with yogurt, then cheese, then a little milk in my coffee and suddenly I was back to a [slightly healthier] version of my vegetarian lifestyle. I started gaining much-needed weight and, even thought it was extremely uncomfortable, I kept going.

Now I’m here; two years later, 30 pounds heavier and healthier than I’ve been in my entire life.

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Which brings me back around to the topic of this post– fish.

Since the day I stopped eating meat, I never once thought about it. I never craved it or felt unsatisfied with my meals until about 2 months ago. I began to notice that I never felt “full”. I would be stuffed-to-the-brim with food and still feel like something was missing. When I saw my friends eating sushi and salmon filets, I wanted it. It was weird and, to be honest, it freaked. me. out.

After thinking, re-thinking and over-thinking, I decided to bite the bullet and eat the damn fish.

I went out for sushi and I liked it. I liked it a lot.

Now, don’t expect to find me at In-N-Out with a burger in my hand any time soon, but I’m done labeling myself by the food I eat. If I go a month without meat, that’s okay and if I go out for sushi with my friends, that’s okay too. Life is too short for limitations that feel restrictive. Eat what you crave, do what you love and stop worrying about the rest. Freedom is a beautiful, beautiful thing.

Here’s to nourishing our mental, physical and emotional hunger…

-Emily

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Success!

I finally figured out how to get this video uploaded to YouTube #technologicallychallenged

The quality isn’t the best (somehow the video went from 1080 HD to 720 in the rendering process) but I’ll work on that for next time. If anyone has any tips on video editing, rendering, etc. please share! I’m currently using iMovie to do simple editing and really have no idea what I’m doing. HA.

Without further adieu, here’s a peak inside my itty-bitty studio apartment!

I tried to mention where everything is from but if you have any specific questions, feel free to ask!

Here’s to a happy home…

-Emily

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I’m late, I’m late, for a very important…post? Yikes.
Where did the rest of July go? Hell, where did 2014 go? I don’t understaaaand.

Okay, I’m done complaining. This post is long overdue so I’ll save my rambling and hop to it.

July 2014 Favorites: 

Fashion & Beauty:

still not shopping // neon nails // braids // all-natural skincare // long necklaces // EOS lip balm

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Food & Fitness:

eating out, weight training, eggs, hiking, goat cheese, brunch, squats (aka: finally building a booty)

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Life:

moving! // spontaneous travel // being silly // treating myself // erin condren planners // networking

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That’s it– July in a nutshell.

I have a busy week ahead but I promisepromisepromise that more videos are in the works. I actually filmed a little “Apartment Tour” today (yeee!) except YouTube is being a butt and it won’t upload.

Ooh, and if I’m not already following you on social media, leave your twitter and/or instagram username in a comment below so I can awkwardly stalk your life #letsbehonest.

Here’s to being a little silly sometimes…

-Emily

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Think back on your life two years ago..

What were you like? What things interested you? Caused you stress? Brought you joy?

Now look at your life today…

I don’t know about you but, for me, everything is different. In the past two years my world has been emptied and filled, kicked and hugged, tossed and turned, flipped upside-down…I consistently preached that “everything happens for a reason” but never believed it– until now.

I gave up fear and gained life. I discovered a new career path, more friends, a greater appreciation for family, a better relationship with eating and exercise. The list goes on. The person I was two years ago would have panicked at the thought of doing what I do today. Every day is different and I’m obsessed with it. I’ve fallen in love with living and that brings tears to my eyes.

I don’t have it all figured out– anxiety and stress still plague me sometimes– but isn’t that normal? The key is to deal with those feelings as they come rather than living in a constant state of “safety” to avoid them. If you’re unhappy with something in your life, crave change, desire freedom…make it happen. You’re stronger than you give yourself credit for. You have control. Own that shit.

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PS: I’m not even going to pretend to come up with an excuse for my lack of blogging. Le sigh. But I’m definitely still here and a picture-heavy July Favorites is coming your way very, very soon. In the meantime, feel free to stay in contact via Instagram and my slightly-sassy Twitter.

Here’s to a little more life…

-Emily

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