How to be more Sociable + Beachwear

We recently took a personality test in one of my summer classes and one of my top traits was the ability to win others over. I thought this was super interesting and never really thought about it before. I do love talking to new people, especially strangers every once in a while, and I have no problem making conversation. I am a naturally loud person and I wanted to share a few of the things I do that would help others who are either shy or in a new situation to be more open and talkative.

Compliment + Introduction : When I see someone I would be interested in talking to I think of why I want to talk to them and give them a compliment. Then after they say thank you I always introduce myself, usually conversations go on from there.

Similar Interests : When I am doing something that I enjoy, like a workout class, I usually will want to make friends that enjoy it too. I always will talk about how the teacher is doing or talk about similar classes I’ve taken.

Ask important questions : Asking the person around you a question about what you’re doing sparks conversations as well. Even if they do not know the answer, you can find out together.

Fake it till you Make it : Act like you are already sociable, take on a leader role and pull yourself out of your comfort zone. That’s the best way to do it is to put yourself out there!

Shooting this I was not exactly ready for a beach post to be honest! But then I borrowed my friend and fellow blogger @vickystyles (on instagram) hat and beach bag and I was set. It’s amazing what the right accessories can do! I always struggle to find the perfect hat, one because of the style and two because my head is small! But I loved this one and will definitely be looking into adding more hats to my closet!

Top : (similar) (similar) // Shorts : Levi’s // Bag : (similar) (similar) // Hat : H&M (similar)

      

How to Care for your Hair

Everyone knows the basics, cut an inch or two off the tips of your hair every few months, reduce heat on your hair and sleep on silk pillowcases. Well if you didn’t know those, there are a few more tips! Here are a few of the tips I found out work well for me and my hair type! I have a straight/wavy type of hair and it’s very thin. So what works for me may not always work for you but I tried to keep the tips as general as possible!

  1. Weekly Hair Mask : I usually do a quick hair mask when I shave so I can be doing something while I’m waiting for the mask to set in. That or for some serious repair an overnight hydrating hair mask will do the trick, just sleep with a shower cap on!
  2. Don’t wash everyday : Okay this one may be basic but I cannot stress the importance and the difference I have seen in my hair! I for sure go AT LEAST two days without washing it and now I am shooting for three. It takes training, patience and lots of dry shampoo, but it really does make a difference!
  3. Hold off on the Product :  I try not to use product the day I wash my hair to let the natural oils set in. I also try super hard to not straighten, curl or blow dry it after a wash just for a “reset” for my hair and give it some rest.
  4. Use Product : On the second day I always use a product that my specific hair needs. I usually use a hydrating product for the ends like a leave in conditioner and maybe a repair serum on the ends. If your hair is curly use something specific to your hair type and what you need.
  5. Use Protection : I never blow dry my hair without blow dry serum. It makes my hair silky smooth and I use it on “cool”. Also you should ALWAYS use heat protectant, I sometimes even do it when I know I’ll be out in the sun for a long time but that’s me being over protective now.
  6. Cut between cuts : My aunt recently taught me this but if your section off your hair and twist it then cut the ends that stick out because those tend to be the split ends.

I found a really great Keratin hair treatment by a hair care company called Finesse. I’ve been trying the MAX deep conditioning treatment and it has really changed the softness of my locks. Not only is it easy to use and came with this perfect comb, it’s easy to purchase as well. Check out Target.com , HEB, Meijer, Winn Dixie and Woodsman Market (depending on where you live) to try some for yourself!

I like to tease my hair a lot so this treatment makes my hair silky and easy to undo the knots I create.

 

More products on my Beauty Wish list!

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Post Gym Products

Hey loves! I have been going to the gym at least four times a week recently. So I got the idea to add a post about some of the products I use after a good workout sesh as well as a few workout wear pieces I have been wanting! Let me know in the comments what your favorite machine is at the gym, I always love learning more and changing up my routine!

Water Bottle : First off I had to add my water bottle! Hydration is a must for skin, hair and over all health so it starts from within! How cute is this water bottle?! I’ll take two!

Dry Shampoo : After a good fitness class my hair tends to be a bit oily. Everyone’s quick fix is a dry shampoo. So I love this one because it does not leave any white residue on my hair since my hair is brown. Do you know of a more natural dry shampoo? I’d love to try!

Face Wipes : While I hate to wear makeup to the gym, sometimes I like a light coverage like a CC Cream. So regardless of if I have a CC cream on or not I always wash the sweat off my face to clear my pores. I use Olay 5-in-1 daily facial wipes since it is an easy product to clean, exfoliate, hydrate, tone and remove make up all in one!

Deodorant : Between deodorant and body spray I can never get enough until I shower. If I don’t sweat I don’t feel very productive. I prefer an all natural deodorant for before AND after a gym session because I get super self conscious about how I smell. I definitely recommend this Kopari Coconut Deodorant because of the brand and the smell!

 

Body Cleansing Wipes : Like I said, I like to sweat when I workout. So after if I am having lunch out I like to feel cleaner with these towelettes from Bath and Body. How convenient, right?!

   

My Summer Routine

Since I am writing this post early and it is super long I am going to have this been a week long post! I will also be in Europe when this goes live so keep up with my instagram stories to see my trip before it hits the blog!

Everyday is always something new, but I do definitely have an ideal day from workouts to planning out my meals and seeing my friends and family. I decided to document my typical summer day step by step. Keeping in mind I do not have a full time job quite yet, I get to enjoy my free time and get the things done that I have to do as well.

The real reason I wanted to share my typical day is because today was not a regular “binge watch netflix” kinda day. I really do love to fill my day with blogging and listening to podcasts, eating healthy and doing at least 15 minutes of cardio. Summers are my “trophy wife” seasons because after a while I have to fill my time with something, but for the while it’s definitely a good break.

10:30 A.M. : I usually wake up a bit early if I did not go out a night before. In all honesty I wake up and try to take a big drink of water because I hear it gets your body and your organs ready to work. I prefer lemon water but regular water or hot tea works.

10:45 A.M. : I finally start getting up and I weigh myself every morning when I wake up because you should weigh yourself at the same time everyday, I just choose the morning.

11:00 A.M. : I get some breakfast which I never used to do. I just recently started eating breakfast but no matter what I start my day out with fruit to get in one serving and either oatmeal, cereal and almond milk or some scrambled eggs on the side.

11:30 A.M. : To let my food go down I usually start brushing my teeth, putting on my face moisturizer and spraying dry shampoo into my hair if it’s second day hair. (I’m in the process of training my hair to not be washed constantly)

11:45 A.M. : I like to answer any emails I have received, take all the notifications off of my phone, and check up on Instagram and my blog. I always love to also read The Newsette for my news of the day and a daily tip or two.

12:00 P.M. : I lace up my shoes, and drive over to the gym. I get pumped on the way with some Kanye or Britney Spears if I’m being honest. While I do my cardio I like to listen to Beyonce or a Skinny Confidential Podcast. Then I’ll focus on my body part of the day to work out on and I’ll make sure to drink a whole bottle of water all the while.

1:00 P.M. : I eat a small portion of breakfast so I can eat a salad, soup, or wrap for lunch right after I workout. I go straight to eat right after a workout since that is when your metabolism is working.

1:30 P.M. : I take a quick shower and make sure to put lotion on as soon as I get out! You have to lock in the moisture after a good wash especially after exfoliating!

2:00 P.M. : On this day I went to the mall with my friend. I usually like doing something fun since I have spent so much of the day by myself. Either meeting my parents for lunch or seeing a movie with a friend, going hiking or the pool, its something fun to look forward to.

4:00 P.M. : I make sure to run any errands I have left to do and eat a snack along the way. Usually almonds are my go-to or a yoplait peach yogurt or even a cheese stick and some trail mix.

5:00 P.M. Finally home, something different that I do every single day is to comment on blog posts. I leave a sweet comment on 20 blogs every day to increase my traffic and grow my network!

6:00 P.M. : I usually try to spend time with my family and get all the little things done like taking Paisley (my dog) a bath, online shopping for my wish list, applying for jobs, follow some new accounts or anything that needs to be wrapped up in the day.

7:00 P.M. Dinner Time! Half the plate should be veggies, and I do a protein and sometimes a small card like a piece of garlic bread but I try not to. I am in no way a nutritionist I just go with what I have heard!

8:00 P.M. for the rest of the night I usually try to just settle down and watch my favorite show and pamper myself whether it be a jade roller massage, fix up my eyebrows, exfoliate my feet and put on my under eye cream. This is the ideal time for me to read my book of the moment as well!

The only other thing I would do is if I am going out to start doing my hair and makeup around 9. I do not take long in all honesty so I can wait until 9 to get ready. Rather than that I am usually in bed early preferably with a face or hair mask watching a scary movie.

My Favorite Healthy Snacks

I try to be super conscious about what is going into my body. I am a huge planner so I like to plan out what I am going to eat and how many calories each meal will consist off. What I don’t always account for are snacks. I always get hungry between meals and depending on the time of day I like to have a handful of almonds or a piece of fruit. But every once in a while I crave a little more or something different! Here are around up of my favorite “healthy” snacks and where I get them as well!

Rebel Coconut Milk Elixir : Organic and is my replacement for coffee. I do not like coffee but the energy boost this gives is exactly like coffee and it tastes just like it without any of the coffee. My favorite flavors are the Maca cold brew, Macha mocha and Reishi Chocolate.

Skinny Pop Popcorn : Easy snacking for a movie night or watching a good series! It’s all about portion control so pour yourself a cup or two of this popcorn and drink with some sparkling flavored water!

Fit Joy Protein Bars : These are hands down my favorite protein bars! They literally taste like cookies without any chalky flavor. They are also GMO free, have no artificial colors or flavors and Gluten free!

Justin’s Almond Butter : Natural and organic, I love this with an apple or eating from the tiny packets to go with some pretzel sticks. So better than peanut butter in my opinion.

Special K Nourish Bites : The blueberry Almond Quinoa bites are my favorite especially for some breakfast on the go with a piece of fruit! 

Organic Apple Sauce Squeeze : Okay, so I know these are probably for kids but I so love them! They are convenient, mess free and easy to transport. Did I mention they are organic as well?

These are just a few of the “packaged” items I like to snack on. I really try not to get anything processed and an easy way to stay away from those foods are to shop on the perimeter of the grocery store! For some healthier snacks always go for veggies and hummus, rice cakes, greek yogurt, hard boiled eggs and berries.

Friday Faves

Happy Friday!

Here’s a quick round up of my favorite songs of the moment, what I want to purchase (where you can find more of on my Wish List), beauty product that I cannot live without, a new podcast I have been listening to and a look back at a previous post and outfit details! Leave a comment below on what you want to see more of on the blog!

Shoes : Steve Madden (similar)

Songs Of the Moment : Maroon 5 – Wait

Million Reasons – Lady Gaga

Brett Young – Mercy

On My Wishlist

I have been loving graphic tees recently because they are so easy to throw on with some jean shorts and a cute pair of sun glasses and run errands. I really want these two sweatshirts because they are so cute and would be great for all of the traveling and plane rides I will be doing! Click on the picture for direct links to the sweatshirts from Buddy Love!

Beauty Product

I seriously have been wanting my own jade roller! It reduces puffiness in the face and increases blood flow. It is crucial to roll in the right direction which is up and out of the face for the best results and I even want to put it in the fridge to help with a quick wake up in the morning.

Podcast

Make Speidi Famous Again : Heidi and Spencer Pratt from The Hills created their own podcast and always have their little bundle of joy on as a special guest! Listen to the fun and catch up on what they have been doing since the show stopped airing on Podcast One or wherever you listen to your podcasts!

Throwback Post

White Crop Tops Under $40

White Crop Top : Urban Outfitters (similar) // Tassel Earrings : Voge Boutique (similar) // Jeans : Zara

Other White Crops : Lulu’s front tie crop // Ruffled top with open back  // Halter with bow // Lace Crop