Living in Texas and suffering from crazy heat waves, I consider thin flowy dresses an essential part f my wardrobe. They are super easy to throw on, the air flows right through and you don’t die of a heat stroke. For my latest day stroll/brunch date/shopping day at Legacy West here in the DFW area (make sure to check it out if in town), I decided to throw on this beautiful, super comfy, and easy to dress up cotton button-up dress with a beautiful blue pattern. I paired it with my fave pale pink MK shoes, which are incredibly comfortable to walk around, and (SHOUTOUT) with my amazingly beautiful, hand chiseled leather tote purse by my very own company Erandi. If you love the purse as much as I do, go to www.erandifashion.com and order your own. Use the code PURSUIT to obtain 15% off + free shipping nationwide. Now tell me, what is your must have clothing item for the summer season?
Big outdoor fan? Make sure you add Lake Tahoe to your list of places to visit! I just visited for the first time and had the most amazing time. This place was not only fun, but the breathtaking views while approaching and on the sandy waterside made it that much better. Note the beautiful mountains still with some snow, they are even more beautiful in person! I’m not going to lie, the water is freaking cold and your body will go numb when you first get in, but there are tons of water activities to do (not necessarily swimming), the water is crystal clear, there’s a nice bar to get food and drinks while you sun bathe, and you can even go hike and explore this amazing place.
Travel Guide Tips
Must do water activity: Jet Skiing. The water activities here are on the pricier side since it is a popular attraction, but if you can, make sure to do it. There’s paddle boarding too, but after getting in that freezing water there was no way I would risk falling in.
At the mountain: Try the ski lift for an even better view !
Take a bite and more: Make sure you don’t eat too many snacks while at the lake and head over to the Shops at Heavenly Village for a nice dinner, more fun activities and even live music.
Been anywhere exciting lately? Share your experience with us!
Obstacles, frustrations and people getting in our nerves are part
of life… unfortunately. We can’t control everything around us, we can’t control
what other people do, but we can control the way we respond to all those
things. We control if we react in a positive or negative way, if we allow
things to affect us, and decide if we learn from those experiences and come out
stronger. Sometimes it is hard to make decisions in the spur of the moment,
find the right words in a heated argument (words you won’t regret), or think
clearly when things seem to be falling apart; it is okay. It is perfectly fine
for you to take yourself out of that situation, take a break, and contemplate
your options. Here are some tips on what to do when things get difficult:
Go for a walk by yourself.
Don’t immediately think about the problem at
hand. Appreciate your surroundings, look at the sky, the trees, hear the birds.
Breathe deeply, find your natural rhythm to
get your heart rate to normal and calm down.
Do a recap of what’s going on and determine
what factors are under your control and which you can’t do anything about. Be
Don’t worry about what you can’t change now…
let it go.
Prioritize what you can change/fix and determine
the root of the issues.
Tackle them one by one, not all at once.
Be open to input from helpful sources.
Taking a few minutes to WALK IT OFF and reassess the situation can
really help you tackle things in a more positive and effective way. Remember
that it doesn’t matter how many times you fall, but how many times you get up
and continue fighting.
Tip: If you are having a heated personal argument, it is okay to
sometimes choose to win the relationship vs winning the argument. It the heat
of the moment is easy to hurt and attack just to win the argument no matter how
silly of a thing it was. Take a step back before you can’t take back your words
and your actions to determine if it’s worth it. Walking away from the issue at
that moment may save the relationship from shattering.
What have you done in the past to properly handle a difficult
Two of the main ingredients of mayo are oil and eggs, both great
to fight dryness and give your hair the shine it needs. It is also incredibly
rich in vitamin A, C, and antioxidants that help protect the Keratin in the
hair. Mayo is especially good for people with curly hair as it helps with curl
definition and less frizz.
This mask is as simple, just slightly dampen your hair, saturate the
hair and scalp with mayonnaise, cover with a hair cap, and rinse!
Tip: If mayo smell makes you gag, simply add a few drops of
essential oils in the mayo and voila! Some people prefer adding vanilla, but I
don’t think it does a good enough job of masking the smell.
There are many variations of a mayo hair mask, some people make
their own mayo or add ingredients like avocado, additional oils, vinegar and
more. I like to keep it simple when it comes to the mayo hair mask (I get the
one with olive oil and lime), but occasionally heat it up a bit to use it as a
warm oil treatment. What is your preferred hair treatment method? Share it with
me so I can give it a try!
I had a long layover in Las Vegas, 14 hours to be exact, so took advantage of the opportunity to walk around the strip and booked a room at one of the cool themed hotels in the area. The tricky part? I was there with my 12-year-old daughter, so nightclubs, casinos, and bars were out of the question. Here is a quick bullet point review of my short child friendly experience:
The City that Never Sleeps?
12:30am and the Bellagio fountain as well as the Eiffel Tower viewing deck closed… hmmmm I guess I had the misconception that Vegas would be the one place where places wouldn’t close that early, especially being main attractions for looking at the city lights. I guess these two things will wait for my next trip there…sad, was really looking forward to this ☹
Late Night Munchies
24/7 Taco Bell Cantina! Yaaaaasssssss. I am a Taco Bell lover as it is, now you combine that plus a spiked freeze and I am hooked!! My daughter and I are on the same page here, she even got a hat with the image of a hot sauce packet.
Taking a Stroll
Walking on the strip, looooooved the lights, people watching (very interesting sights), and the city environment. After living in the suburbs for so long, you learn to enjoy the city setting at least once in a while. There weren’t as many people as I thought, but I believe this is because it was a weeknight. Loved taking pictures here, just such a fun looking place.
The highlight of my overnight stay and early morning? The Paris Hotel, Las Vegas. This hotel was beautiful, just walking around inside was entertaining enough. We met some cool people and hung out for a while by the casino and even got a room upgrade to the Imperial Suite for an even cozier stay. Breakfast was fantastic as I am a big crepe and coffee fanatic and they had some amazing options… Look at my breakfast and cry of jealousy!
This quick layover in Las Vegas wasn’t exactly what I had in mind, mostly due to timing issues, but would definitely love to go back with that as my primary destination to really enjoy what they have to offer. Many of the hotels offer a variety of shows including Cirque du Soleil, magic shows, comedy shows, and concerts as well as amazing casinos, high-end cuisine, and bars. Another cool thing? The Grand Canyon is not even too far from there, so there are tours departing from Las Vegas to go see it (bonus perk!). I do feel that this place can be enjoyed with the family if one spends more day time there or with adult friends for the fun night-life atmosphere. Care to share your favorite thing to do in Las Vegas? Would love to keep it in mind for my next visit!
I do a lot of research on how to take care of my skin, especially because I love to share my tips with all of you, but our skin goes through sooooooo many changes, that sometimes it is hard to keep up. What once worked wonders on your face may be causing breakouts now. As we go through hormonal changes, aging, weather changes, and environment changes, our skin suffers the consequences and we are left to figure out what new routine works best while healing whatever damage has already happened. I really do believe that sometimes having people to go to with questions about different products and skin changes is super important. Reading books, reaching out to experts and looking up information online is great, but I love having that personal interaction. I have found my personal skin care heaven with Origins by Esteé Lauder. They have a location at my local mall and I have come to get to know the girls that work there pretty well. They are incredibly helpful when I am struggling with anything in my routine, they give you samples so you can find what works for you, they will help you match colors, give you helpful tips and more! I also love that with their rewards membership you can get discounts and free facials! Also, that they have a lot of natural product options. My point with this is, take the time to find a store where they have a lot of the products you like, where the employees are super helpful and willing to engage in conversations and educate you in skin care. I hate when people push me to buy things, but when someone is willing to take some time to help figure out what is going on with my skin, give me potential solutions, and gives me a facial regardless of my purchase… that is an amazing experience. Having someone to go to is priceless. Try it out, find your skin care heaven and let me know of your experience and what you learned from it 😊
We all know that it can be hard to stay motivated, and it becomes
increasingly difficult if we wait to obtain encouragement and acknowledgement
from outside sources in order to feel validated. It is your responsibility to
truly become your biggest fan, start rooting for yourself! This doesn’t mean
that you think you are perfect and have nothing else to learn (you never stop
learning), but it means that you believe in your capacity for success, in your
value as a human being, and that you love the person you are. We all struggle
with self-love and tend to be our worst critics, but we need to start
practicing self-compassion, acknowledging that nobody is perfect (including
yourself) and that all you can do is try your hardest and enjoy the moment.
Don’t get caught up clinging to the past or looking to the future. It is
important to have short-term and long-term goals, but it is also necessary to
take the time to enjoy the everyday. When was the last time you took the time
to breath and look at the sky, to read a book for pleasure, or to look at
yourself in the mirror and look at all of your positive traits instead of
criticizing what’s wrong? Here are a few tips you can use to empower yourself
and love who you are:
Build your self-esteem
Give yourself a compliment every day.
We are so used to addressing everything that we think is negative about
ourselves that we forget there is more to us. You can learn to love all the
things that make you special.
Periodically leave random notes of
encouragement or lessons to be learned throughout your home. You will find them
when you need them. You could also ask your guests to do this and hide them for
you to find at a later time.
Create a visual timeline where you
show where you were in life 5 to 10 years ago, how your personality was back
then, and the struggles you had to overcome. Do the same for the present, and in
the future (5-10 years from now). Note how you’ve grown, what you’ve learned, and
how you want to improve. This will serve as a reminder of how far you’ve come
from who you were, the amazing person you are today, and a goal to work for.
Negativity be gone
Do yourself a favor and ditch your
negative friends. I have had friends that all they do is complain about their
miserable life and how life just sucks, etc. People have bad moments, but when
you refuse to change what’s making your life that way, it becomes your own
fault. Surrounding yourself with people like that will only harm you.
Love how you look
I know that sometimes you just don’t like how you look and want to throw in the towel (everyone goes through this), but that’s when you need to go the extra mile and push through. Even if you want to wear sweats and that over-sized shirt…DON’T! Do a self-care routine instead, turn on some music, pick a better outfit you know you usually like, do your hair, etc. When you do a self-care routine (face mask, hair mask, teeth whitening, body scrub, etc) your mood changes, you are going against the initial “I hate how I look today” to “I will love myself and make myself feel good”. While you do this, look at your positive traits, and tell yourself what they are. You will feel much better afterwards.
When you accomplish anything, don’t
wait for other people to praise or reward you… reward yourself! Take yourself
out to buy something special, maybe a walk at the park, a nice coffee time or
dinner, or anything that makes you happy… You deserve it!
Stimulate your brain
Find something that interests you and
go for it. Finding something new you can learn or do makes you feel stronger,
smarter, more interesting, and builds your confidence.
These are only a few things to get you started, but there is so
much more you can do, the key is to appreciate the wonderful human being you
are, build up your confidence and become your best friend.