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Frisco’s “The Star”

If any of y’all are in the DFW area or are ever visiting – I have the PERFECT spot for you! Be sure to head on up to Frisco and check out “The Star.”

It’s the new Cowboys practice facility/HQ.. but even more than that, it’s a hot spot for great brunches, happy hours, and photo ops (for all of you basic people like me).

You can take a stop at Tupelo Honey for some BOMB biscuits and honey, or have a late night out at Concrete Cowboy. There’s also a ton of shopping and events that go on there. Parking is super easy, too.. which is a huge plus in the Dallas area!

And don’t forget.. take some pictures on the green!

Have you ever been to The Star? What are your favorite DFW stops?

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Turquoise for Summer

If you’re searching for your new Summer color.. here you go!! Turquoise is where it’s AT!

I absolutely love a good turquoise dress – or even a turquoise pump (any pop of color is my fave, let’s be real). Here I have a casual button up dress that’s perfect for the hot weather. Wearing a breezy dress is key for 100 degree heat, and a color that matches the ocean just feels right!

I personally love to browse the shelves at Tj Maxx or Ross and wait for a color to pop. I stop whenever something stands out! And that’s my number one tip for shopping at bargain places.. to wait until something pops out at you, THEN start looking. It can be overwhelming to browse so many aisles, and then you end up with nothing!

So next time you go shopping, look for some ocean turquoise.. I promise it’ll be your new power color!

XOXO, Kim

Be Healthy

Healthy Meal Services

The days are longer during the summer.. but ain’t nobody got time for spending the whole day cooking! Healthy meal delivery is the WAY. TO. GO!

There are a lot of different services that make it easy to make healthy meals at home. There’s blue apron, green chef, home chef, and more. For this post, I’m talking about Hello Fresh!

I get the meals for two since it’s just my husband and I, but I always get at least 3 servings out of it. It comes pre-portioned and ready to cut and cook! And life hack.. the recipes are all online. You don’t even have to buy the boxes 😉

The meal pictured below is beef bulgogi – but they also have vegetarian boxes. I’ve also added an example of the recipe card! I also LOVE using kits like these to meal prep for the week. They advertise as taking about 30 minutes a meal, but it’s normally more. I’d plan on an hour of cooking.

So if you ever find yourself not feeling like cooking (story of my life).. try ordering a healthy meal kit service!

XOXO, Kim

Be Beautiful

Summer Skincare

Summer is in full force.. which means a ton of time in the sun and by the pool! But sun damage is REAL and chlorine can be super drying to your skin. Here are a few easy and natural tips to ease summer skin damage and keep yourself glowy all season long.

  • Aloe vera is amazing for any sunburns, dry patches, and to drink! In addition to being super soothing on your skin, it also has a lot of antioxidant properties. Buy some fresh aloe vera to put on, or some aloe vera juice with pulp to digest!
  • Coconut oil is great to put in your hair before AND after swimming. The oil before hand will keep your hair from getting too tangled and dried out. It can also act as a hair mask to add some extra moisture after you’re done swimming! You can even leave it in overnight for some extra love.
  • Add some vaseline to your skin care routine! If your cuticles get dry from swimming, rub some vaseline on it. Put some on rough patches on your feet. You can even add it around your eyes to prevent crows feet from squinting in the sun!

What are your favorite summer skincare hacks? Let us know in the comments!

XOXO, Kim

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Griffith Observatory

If you’re ever in the LA area – the Griffith Observatory is a MUST. SEE!

You can go inside the observatory, but in my opinion, the best views are from the outside. You can hike around the area to see downtown LA, or hop onto the other side for a view of the Hollywood sign.

Be aware that the crowds are crazy! Parking is terrible, so I’d recommend taking an uber up to the top. They’ll take you the entire way there.. so don’t worry about driving your own car!

There are also some great photo ops right at the front near the Hollywood sign, or around the back overlooking the city. This day, the skies were super grey, but the views were still amazing – so I can only imagine how great they’d be on a sunny day!

Have you been to Griffith Observatory? Let us know!

XOXO, Kim

Be Well

All Natural Cleaner

Raise your hand if you’ve used a chemical cleaner in your kitchen! All of us..?

I’ve recently started using an all natural cleaner substitute which works JUST as well and makes your place smell squeaky clean. And it’s two ingredients.

Say hello to your new fave cleaner – lime and salt! You can use lemon too if you prefer. The acidity mixed with a coarse salt will clean your counters SO WELL. Just grate some salt onto a lime or lemon half, and scrub away. This also makes a great sink cleaner!

And when you’re done, put the lime down your garbage disposal! Your kitchen will smell amazing!

Easy peasy!

XOXO, Kim

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Beach Day Uniform

It’s officially past the 4th of July, which really makes it feel like Summer! And my favorite thing to do during Summer is to have a day by the pool or take a beach trip. Unfortunately the closest beach to us is about 5 hours away.. but a pool day is the next best thing! And I’ll be back in Mexico in less than 2 months.. wahoo!

I also recently was in LA and spent a couple days at Manhattan beach, Santa Monica, and Venice. THE. BEST.

The most obvious thing to wear to the beach? A swimsuit, duh.. but what to cover up with is always a struggle for me.

My go to is now either a lace see through dress (show off that swimsuit, girl), or an outfit like this – a loose tee with detail and some shorts. I love the eyelet line in this top. It’s as comfortable as a tee, but still can look cute to hop into happy hour or to lunch after. Some printed shorts also look super cute!

XOXO, Kim

Be Healthy

Eat Out & Eat Healthy

The struggle is REAL sometimes when trying to eat out but still keep a healthy lifestyle. Especially working in an office.. it’s practically an endless supply of donuts, happy hours, and coworker lunches! Below are some easy tips to keep it healthy while eating any kind of food and for any occasion.

  • Fill up on sides! Get some steamed veggies, a broth-based soup, or a light salad as your “main course.”
  • Ask for half the order to go before you start eating. They’ll be happy to box some up for you for the next day!
  • Many cuisines can be high in oil and salt – use these tips:
    • Mexican – opt for a pozole soup and salad or fajitas light on oil (YES – you can ask for them to be light on oil!)
    • Ramen – order without the noodles or just eat mostly the broth/protein/veggies. Get extra veggies added. Shishito peppers or edamame are a great appetizer!
    • Chinese/Indian – my fave hack is to get the sauce on the side! You’d be shocked how much sauce comes with an entree. Then dip to your hearts desire!
    • Italian – get a salad with protein or a kids meal portion. You can also get protein, veggies, and a side of your favorite sauce.
    • American – avoid fried foods or get a sandwich protein style – without any bread.
    • Sushi – opt for a cucumber wrapped roll sans rice or some lean sashimi! And get the low sodium soy sauce.
    • French – a lean cut of meat with veggies, escargot, or a charcuterie platter is filling yet healthier than filling up on cheese or bread!
  • With sweets (hellooo office birthdays and breakfast donuts), go with the chic bite rule. I got this from Ingrid.. one to say hello, one to enjoy, and one to say goodbye!
  • Go for simple cocktails. Tequila on the rocks with lime, vodka with soda water, a dry red wine.. nix mixers and extra sugar!

With these SIMPLE tips, eating out and dealing with temptation can be easy! We’ll stay on track together 🙂

XOXO, Kim

Be Well

The Best Apps for Relaxation

It might seem contradictory to use your phone to relax since everyone always says to get off technology… BUT, there are some apps that can be a huuuge help!!

I personally have the worst anxiety (not exaggerating.. it’s the worst), and I’ve found that meditation helps a lot when I’m trying to relax. I love to use a meditation app either in the morning in the sauna after a workout or in bed at night trying to fall asleep.

Some benefits of meditation include an increase in self-awareness, a decrease in anxiety and stress, can help lengthen attention span, can decrease blood pressure, and make you happier! Read about some scientific benefits here.

I personally have found the greatest benefit in just relaxing my mind. It can be hard to focus on one thing for a long time, which is why meditating on my own hasn’t worked out for me very well! So here comes in some apps. And all of these are free! You can buy upgrades on most of them, but I’ve always been happy with what comes with the free versions.

  1. Headspace
  2. Simple Habit
  3. Calm (my personal fave!)
  4. Oak
  5. BetterMe
  6. Unplug
  7. Brightmind
  8. Relax Meditation

Have you tried meditating? Let us know!

XOXO, Kim

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How to Wear Shift Dresses

The weather is HEATING UP like crazy here in TX. And happy first day of summer!

One of my favorite things to wear during the summer months is a good shift dress! It’s flowy, breezy, and normally a thin material perfect for the heat.

It’s easy to feel swallowed by a shift dress! So there are a few ways to balance it out to wear a comfy dress but still have your body flattered!

My top thing to do is make sure that your dress is a little shorter. Don’t get too crazy (unless you like too, then do you, girl!).. but showing some extra leg will lengthen your body out.

Next, wear the right shoes! Sneakers can make you look more dragged down. I love a danty sandal or a pump. Again, lengthen those legs!

If your dress is a little too big, add a belt or a long necklace! A necklace can add the illusion of more shape, and a belt will cinch your waist! Accessories are your friend.

XOXO, Kim