Day 30 of my yoga challenge and the theme was ‘liberation’. Thank you @adrienelouise 🧘‍♀️ My #liberation is not editing out my muffin top #realwomenhavecurves ☄️💋 

when you grow wise enough to stop & smell the roses – even if they look more like weeds 🥀🥀🥀

More products for the fabulous and fatigued…

  1. Bumble and Bumble Seaweed Conditioner                                       Was super surprised to find this at the drug store and for all of its benefits, the price – although high – is right. First of all it lasts forever because you dont need much – and since my hair is naturally coarse and devours conditioner by the bottle – that’s important. Also it feels like it soothes your scalp when you leave it on for a little bit and makes my hair feel lighter, not heavier, than it was B.B.B. (Before Bumble and Bumble)…  so now I can skimp on my shampoo so I can splurge on this instead.Sephora.com
  2. Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette indexThis is literally my version of all of the colors of the rainbow – because when it comes to eye shadow, I tend to remain modest A) because I go heavy on the liner and mascara and B) I cant ever imagine leaving the house with blue eye shadow on. Hard habit to break. Blame it on the fact that I’m a product of the 80s – my formative years. Stays on forever and travels well. Sephora.com
  3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel 6811047_320x385If this stuff was cheap I would bathe in it. I have alot of redness due to urticaria and allergies and this soothes my skin and it’s light like a gel but moisturizes like a cream. A little bit pricier than most drugstore moisturizers but you really shouldn’t have sticker shock when it comes to your skin. Get your priorities straight, girl! Neutrogena.com
  4. Maybelline ‘Master Camo’ Kit camoInitially I bought this kit (which is the perfect size to carry along for touch ups during the day) to hide my redness – my skin, along with the rest of me, is  hypersensitive and very reactive. This helps me keep my glow, hide my dark circles, and I use the two highlight shades as an eyeshadow primer because they are shimmery and seem to really set my shadow. For a makeup junkie like me, anything that takes up less square footage in my makeup bag is a win/win situation. Maybelline.com
  5. NYX ‘Butter Gloss’ glossBy far my favorite drugstore brand of makeup – (I would recommend you check out their ombre blush too!) I apply lip gloss like, 25 times a day, so the ideal gloss would not dry out my lips or stain them in all the wrong places and would have a really dope ‘youthful’ color selection. So without further ado, allow me to introduce my ideal gloss. You can thank me later.Ulta.com

Self-Improvement Sunday

The opposite of play is not work – the opposite of play is depression.

Respecting our biologically programmed

need for play can transform work.

It can bring back excitement and newness to our job.

Play helps us deal with difficulties,

provides a sense of expansiveness,

promotes mastery of our craft and is an

essential part of the creative process.

Most important, true play that comes

from our own inner needs and desires is

the only path to finding lasting joy and

satisfaction in our work.

In the long run, work does not work without play.”

– Stuart Brown from ‘The Gifts of Imperfection’ by Brene Brown

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“It was her habit to make laughter out of inadequate materials”

– John Steinbeck

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Selfie-Care

Thinking about how frustrating it is when it’s Monday and your selfie editing time is compromised by your actual job 💋📸 #selfiesunday #summervibes #turquoise #pastels #weekendwear #goldenhour #positivevibes #asos #everydaystyle #shorthairdontcare #blondehairdontcare #pixiecut #countrygirl #summerjewelry #weekendwarrior #mondaymotivation #selflove #selfielove #accessories #farmlife #chestercounty #kennettsquare #whyilivehere #landscape #sunset #mondaymood #instasmile #instagood #instastyle

You Are So Brave & Quiet, I Forget You Are Suffering

Dearest Andrew,

Nine years ago you saved my life. Unfortunately it also happens to be last time I saw you, too. To top it all off, until a year or so ago I couldn’t remember much of our seven years spent together, (or unfortunately the seven years that followed 🍷😵💊). But it’s all good – I remember now and I survived it. I’ve survived a lot, actually. And you know how? Every time it would become almost too much I would think of the strongest person I know – that’s you. I would think of what you had to endure and I endure. I think that’s what I want you to know most….that your life meant more than you ever thought possible and your fight saves me everyday – which is ironic because towards the end you mostly believed that you were so much less important and that you were weak. When you died, I was relieved for you because you couldn’t catch a break here on earth and I quickly learned to cling to every single moment before it ever becomes a memory. In other words, I understand why you had to go and I am so so happy you were here. I’ll keep trying to make you proud.

Love you with all my heart,

Melissa