Olé! DIY Dancer Emoji Halloween Costume

I LOVE this Emoji! This chick is always up for a good time, and you know if a friend sends you this icon, it’s gonna be a great party. I wanted to re-create my own version of an Emoji for Halloween this year, and our little salsa-loving friend was the perfect choice!

While I realize $50 is a lot for a Halloween costume, this Felicity & Coco maxi frill dress is definitely re-wearable, and it will be a perfect fit for my vacation next year. I bought a few yards of red tulle for about 6 bucks, and wrapped it around the skirt to make it more flowing. Add some red heels, and your look is ready to go!

Although I’m sure my arms will be jello by the end of the night from doing this pose for hours straight, it’ll be totally worth it. Olé!

Emoji CostumeDon’t forget to check out my DIY Halloween Costume post from last year!

How to Start Your Morning in a Healthy Way

Start your morning

I’ve been working on making a concerted effort to have more successful mornings lately, and so far, it’s going pretty well! Forbes shares that successful people have their day mapped out within the first hour of being awake, and while I’m not that prepared in the morning, here’s what I’ve started doing to make sure my day starts better than ever!

1) Drink a full glass of water as soon as you wake up

I read this article last year about the incredible benefits of drinking water on an empty stomach. When you think about the fact that you’re not drinking anything for those 7-8 hours you’re asleep, it makes you realize how truly dehydrated we must be when we wake up! There are tons of researched advantages to drinking water in the morning, but I just do it because it makes me feel like I’ve started the day off on the right foot!



2) Don’t grab technology right away

I have a really bad habit of grabbing my phone within the first few minutes of waking up, and I want to kill that routine. According to a mobile testing firm, 84% of smartphone users check an app first thing in the morning! Crazy. Instead, think about what kind of day it will be, plan out meals or work, or go shower and get ready, then check your tech. It’s a small difference, but can start the day stress-free, which helps your mental health! You’ll have plenty of time to catch up on all that buzz-kill news throughout the day. :)

3) Do 10 push-ups

Push-ups are the fastest, sharpest way to get blood flowing for your day. They require no equipment, and you’ll see the arm and back toning difference in no time!

4) Make your bed

If you haven’t seen this video about why it’s so important to make your bed, do yourself a favor and click play now! This routine helps your mental health and prepares you for a strong day.

5) Pack your lunch

Although I try to pack my lunch before I go to bed every night, my point is that this should be part of your routine before work! I pack my lunch almost every day, and I have since I started in the work field. I save tons of money (think $10 out to lunch each day x 5 = $50 a week which can lead to almost $2000 a year!), eat healthier, and I don’t stress about what to do for lunch, since it’s already there waiting for me at noon.

27 Awesome Easy Lunches to Bring to Work

6) Do wall squats while you brush your teeth

Ha! This is my favorite. Although two minutes of wall squats doesn’t constitute as a workout, every little bit helps.


You know I had to include this one. I start every single day with a smoothie. I always include some sort of greens; spinach, kale, celery, romaine, or all of the above, frozen or fresh fruits, almond milk, and wheat germ. Green smoothies are a great way to start the morning, and research proves that you should drink them on an empty stomach so your body is able to absorb and digest all of the nutrients without other food getting in the way. Read about my favorite Cherry Super Smoothie here!

How do you start your day off successfully??

Maxxinista Coat Frenzy; under $100 each!

If you’re my friend, you know that I loaaathee winter. If it were up to me, I’d live in the middle of Dallol, Ethiopia  for the rest of my life (I Googled that shit, it’s the hottest place on Earth). I’m always cold everywhere I go, so while praying that spring decides to pop up early, I need several stylish coat options to keep me toasty during these upcoming cold months.


My favorite coat haven is TJ Maxx. My GOD, they have amazing coats. I buy two each year to add to my collection, because it makes winter a little more bearable when I feel cute.  I went in to TJ Maxx on a mission last weekend, and found my two coats, no problem!

TJ Maxx Coats

Left – Michael Kors Forest Green Wool Zip-up $99

Right – Nautica Faux Fur Hooded Parka $79

Have you found your winter jacket yet??

I’m Officially on the 3D Fiber Lashes Bandwagon, and You Should Be Too! (First 3 girls to order get free shipping!)

You may have seen these Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes before and after pictures blowing up social media the last few months. I feel like everytime I log on to Facebook, I see a picstitch of a lash-less, boring eyeball next to a glamorous SUPER-mega one and it made me wonder: what the heck is this new mascara everyone’s raving about?! I was lucky enough to be sent a complimentary 3D Fiber Lash set by the wonderful Kelly Joles (check out her website HERE) and I’m telling you… I am hooked.

3D Fiber Lashes

3D Fiber Lashes are a 2-step fancy mascara system that make your lashes look EXTREMELY long, voluminous, and dark. It’s not an everyday look for some, but I’ve been applying the fibers (which are kinda like fuzzy little lashes) every morning, and they look fabulous! This is definitely the mascara of the future.

3D Fiber Lashes

Ms. Joles is a Younique presenter; ladies who sell Younique products. They do free virtual parties that last 10 days, and if you’re interested, they’re pretty legit. The presenter does all the work as far as setting up the party and posting information, so give it a whirl if you know a representative from the company, like Kelly! :) The cost of the mascara is $29 plus shipping and tax (order right now to get free shipping! This stuff is an awesome gift, too.), will last 8-12 weeks with everyday use, it’s hypo-allergenic, and safe for contact wearers (phew).

Before and AfterThe fibers are made from 100% natural green tea leaves, so you feel pretty good about swiping it on your lashes. The steps to use it are: gel, fibers, gel (this is the most important step to seal the fibers so they aren’t falling all over your face, which can be the only downside of this product). Using one coat of your own mascara before using the 3D mascara is optional, but honestly, you don’t need it with this stuff!


What do you think?? Will you buy Younique 3D Fiber Lashes?

Need Meatless Monday Dinner Tonight? Try These Quinoa Stuffed Peppers


This post is short and sweet, but I felt I MUST share my delicious dinner I made! The recipe is from Nature Box, an awesome blog that shares awesome recipes and food-related articles. :) I followed the directions pretty much to a … Continue reading