Rose Gold Round-up! Valentine's Gifts for Active Women


Rose Gold Round-up! Valentine's Gifts for Active Women

Traditionally, Valentine’s Day is all about flowers, chocolate, and lingerie. But in this day and age, when we’re all so busy trying to get well and live our best lives, isn’t it also appropriate to show your Honey that you care by tricking them out with some gear to fuel their healthy lifestyle goals for 2019?

I think so! Here are a few options for Rose Gold, romantic gifts that aren’t meant for the jewelry box or the boudoir! Bonus: all these items are under $100!

Rose Gold Water Bottle

This water bottle is a great accessory for men or women who are trying to stay hydrated! It keeps hot drinks hot, cold drinks cold, and fits easily into most cupholders. The spill proof design makes it easy to take on-the-go in a variety of settings, and it has an overall polished look so you wouldn’t be embarrassed to sport it in either the board room or the weight room. It comes in lots of other colors, which makes it a great “his and hers” (or “his and his,” or “hers and hers”) gift too!

Mira bottle, available on  Amazon

Mira bottle, available on Amazon

Rose Gold Workout Attire

I fell in love with this pair of leggings from Calia by Carrie Underwood when I was on set with Dick’s Sporting Goods. I think light-colored workout attire looks so luxe, feminine, and sexy it’s almost as nice as getting a set of lingerie! And this you can actually wear somewhere other than the bedroom! They are comfy enough to lounge in, but designed to stay in place and keep you dry throughout the toughest of workouts. These leggings are a great option to round out your athleisure wardrobe!

Calia by Carrie Underwood leggings, available from  Dick’s Sporting Goods

Calia by Carrie Underwood leggings, available from Dick’s Sporting Goods

Bliss Rose Gold Rescue™ Skin Care Collection

This collection contains everyone’s favorite precious metal, is formulated for sensitive skin, and gives you that rose gold glow! What says “I love you” like a luxe, new set of skincare products? The Bliss Rose Gold Rescue™ collection contains a facial cleanser, moisturizer and toner, all available from Target. Drop the hint that you want skin Bliss to your sweetheart, and feel the love every time you wash your face!

Bliss Rose Gold Rescue skincare available at  Target

Bliss Rose Gold Rescue skincare available at Target

What gifts are you hoping for this Valentine’s Day? Do you have a favorite rose gold product for active women? Let me know in the comments! XOXO


Lessons from Tidying Up My Closet


Lessons from Tidying Up My Closet

That’s right…I took the plunge and decided to KonMari my closet in January. I’m reflecting back on that experience to share the major takeaways! If you’re considering tidying up, or have started the process, read on!

In love with my closet after tidying up!

In love with my closet after tidying up!

Why Tidy?

I realized that I basically had three separate wardrobes. I had a lot of high end suiting and professional clothes from my days as a management consultant to Department of Defense clients. I also had a wardrobe full of sexy, beautiful clothes from being and plus size model and influencer. Then, in the past year, I have acquired a bunch of clothes that fit my lifestyle as a mom and freelancer, doing a little bit of consulting and modeling, but mostly being home with my baby and creating content from the kitchen table.

I decided to tidy because I wanted to reduce the amount of clothing I have to muddle through and get a handle on my wardrobe. I knew I had stuff to purge, but the sheer volume of clothing that I had to go through was truly shocking.

Little Black Dress Overload

Going through my clothes following the KonMari mehtod taught me a lot about my behavior as it relates to buying and selecting clothing. I realized that I don’t tend to shop my closet. My closet is more like a graveyard for clothes! Whenever I have an event or spot a new trend, I tend to buy something new. Going forward, I want to make more of an effort to know what I have, and shop from my own closet instead of always buying new clothes.

It’s Not About the Clothes

It’s never about what it’s about, right? Well this was true for my tidying experience as well. For me, clothes are a reflection of my own feelings of self worth. If I have a “cute” outfit it makes me feel like I matter as a human being.

This dovetails with a revelation I had recently on my postpartum fitness journey. I have been making an effort to re-establish some healthy habits, such as working out consistently and fueling my body with healthy, vibrant, and nourishing foods. As I’ve been doing this, I also realized that I really define my own self worth by my appearance. The reason I was having trouble sticking to a healthy routine is because on some deeper level, I didn’t believe that I was worthy of a healthy lifestyle because of my size.

The same is true, I’ve realized, with my wardrobe. I have been harboring very deeply rooted shame about my body for a long time. I would wager most women grapple with these feelings, even those who have a “good” body. But as a plus size woman, you had better believe that my self image was suffering!

Nothing about my body has changed after applying the KonMari method to my wardrobe. But through this process, I realized that my negative feelings about myself were driving me to buy excessive amounts of clothing. I haven’t perfectly eradicated all these feelings, but I’m exploring them through therapy and self-reflection. Now, when I get the itch to make a purchase, I know to interrogate my feelings instead of adding things to my online shopping cart. I’m hoping that I can kick my shopping-to-mask-feelings-of-inadequacy habit once and for all!

Now that my closet is organized, I want to move on and tackle the other areas covered by the KonMari method. Stay tuned for an update!