Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Years Resolutions

I feel like New Years Resolutions have become a bit of a running joke, never lasting past January. We're all so excited to begin our resolution(s) and then it all just kinda fades away when all the hoop-la is gone. Am I right?

I've never really "officially" made a New Years Resolution. Yeah, I always vow to get in shape, but that get fit boost doesn't come until March-ish. 
This year is different. I actually made 2 resolutions that I aim to stick with for not only 2015 but for the rest of my life. Wanna know what they are?

1. Become the best version of myself.

  • I have been on a fitness transformation journey since October & I plan to continue my new lifestyle for as long as I'm able. I no longer desire to fit the mold of skinny. The new goal is to add pounds & create muscle. A toned body is way better than a bony one.
  • No worrying. Worrying doesn't change the outcome. One of my patients taught me this valuable lesson. When you worry, does it make a difference in the end goal? No. It just causes turmoil & unrest within YOU. So release the worries.
2. Stop checking my phone constantly.
  • I literally got to where I would check my phone at least every 10 minutes. I was letting my phone control me & it wasn't a good feeling. The texts, snapchats, tweets, instagrams, fb notifcations can all wait. You miss out on so much when you're on your phone all the time. I put this resolution into action a few days before January 1 as a test drive. It's actually much easier to put down the phone than you think. It's freeing. It's only January 6 & already, I'm a happier person because I no longer let my phone control me.
I think these are attainable resolutions for 2015 & I hope I'm able keep them up!! 

Did you make any New Years Resolutions? Why or why not? Let me know in the comment section!!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Best Skincare Products of 2014

I've tried my fair share of skincare products over the course of my life. I've been *blessed* with acne-prone skin since age 11 & I've been seeing the dermatologist ever since. You name an acne medication, I've probably taken it in some shape or form. 

Despite always having oily skin, my face has started to get so dry in the winter months, especially after I wash it. This is a change that's developed just over the past 2 years. So, I purchased the Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. I've used the Cetaphil cleanser before & really liked it, so I figured the moisturizing cream would be good (& it is!). It's recommended by dermatologists & has no irritating scents...just a plain moisturizing cream. I use it twice daily and I love it. I also use it on my hands when they feel dry. It doesn't break my skin out. It provides the moisture I need without the greasy look/feel of other moisturizers/lotions. 
Next up is probably my FAVORITE product this year, & I only just discovered it in November. It's the Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment. Think Vaseline but with a much thicker consistency.

Here's the story:
In October, the corners of my mouth started cracking open. What!? This had never happened before. Oh, it was so painful. I could barely eat without feeling like my mouth was being cut apart (think The Joker). Aside from the pain I was in, I had these 2 split-open cuts that were very visible to the eye (again, think The Joker) & it was just as embarrassing as it was painful. I put up with this for about 2 whole months. Nothing I put on my lips worked.
My nana is an RN & I was showing it to her during Thanksgiving. She said it was likely a B Vitamin deficiency & gave me Aquaphor to try. I felt immediate relief when I used it. It was so thick; far different from the Vaseline I'd been using. This was so much better. My lips were sealed (HA!) up within 2 days. After 2 months of torture, TWO DAYS. I use this all the time now. The corners of my mouth still crack open every so often, but I just slather Aquaphor on & they're better the next day.

"For dry, cracked, or irritated skin" 
True Statement. 


*Not a sponsored post. This post is based on my own opinions, with no affiliation with Cetaphil or Aquaphor brands.  

Do you have any favorite skincare/beauty products from this year?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Let it Burn

I'm in a fitness mode right now. I decided back in October that I wanted to tone up. After trying to stay "skinny" all summer, I let myself go & just really started slacking on my nutrition & fitness. I started getting jiggly & I knew I wanted to change. I no longer desired to be skinny, but I wanted to be healthy, lean, and fit. October 22 I began my fitness journey & it was one of the best decisions I've made. Exercise is now part of my daily living. In all honesty, I can pretty much eat what I want in moderation as long as I workout. Steak 'n' Shake is still my weakness!!!

I finally created a Pinterest account (I'm very late getting one). I've been using it to look up fitness posts, workout gear, and nutritional recipes. It provides me with lots of motivation & is the boost I need to keep going on this journey.

I have been weightlifting and walking everyday. I do strength training exercises, such as: arm, ab, butt, and leg workouts. I take whey protein powder after my workouts. I just started whey isolate yesterday & I'm experimenting to see if it's really any different than regular whey protein. If I don't do the whey protein, I'll grab a high-protein bar. There are lots to choose from at Kroger. Just be sure to watch the sodium content.

Below, I created a set of items I wear when I workout. Having a good outfit makes me workout better. Maybe it's all in my mind, but hey, whatever works!!

Let it Burn

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Wintry Night Out

I love the printed legging trend that's going on. I finally got a few pairs over the weekend, in particular a black & white pair like the ones below. I like to keep things simple & classic & the black & white combo is definitely that. So sandals may not be the wisest choice for these wintry months, but...the type below are in style right now. I've been dying for some shoes like this, just haven't found any that are budget friendly!

I'm going to dinner this week with some friends who I haven't seen in a few months. I created this outfit because it's similar to what I'll be wearing, aside from the sandal heels, of course. It's got some simple pieces: the top, the leggings, & a bag with some color. Add everything together & you look like a million bucks. Add a topknot for extra chic-ness.
Wintery Girl's Night Out

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What Exactly is Victoria's Secret?

It's the most wonderful time of the year: family gatherings, friendly get togethers, shopping, &...the dreaded annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. It's enough to ruin your entire holiday spirit, I tell you! 

But don't let it! Nope. 

This is just a friendly reminder that you are unique & special in your own little way. Beauty is not defined by what's on the television or in the magazines. True beauty comes from within, so reach in there, yank it out, walk with dignity, & Strut. YOUR. Stuff. 

Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than YOU!--Dr. Seuss

Have a great week!!

Xo, Camille

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Reflection: Summer 2014

Summer 2014: What a wild ride!

I don't even know where to begin.

First: I survived my first year of nursing school! That's pretty important, right?
Second: I'm blonde now. I'm never going back.

Since this was my last summer as a "kid", I wanted to make this summer the best one yet. Ask and ye shall receive! I worked at the ballpark again this year and that was pretty much my entire life from May through August. I met so many new people and strengthened old friendships. I worked with such a great group of girls this year & I really couldn't have asked for a better bunch to spend my summer with. I felt like the "mom" in our dance team of 14 because a lot of the girls were fresh out of high school. Who knew I'd feel so old at the age of 23? My friend Dest referred to me the other day as "the responsible one". I don't hate it.

My last day at the stadium was exactly one week ago. I cried for 2 days. This job brought out a side of me that I never could've imagined existing. I came out of my shell this summer & gained self-confidence that I've never had before. I'm so much happier as a person now. One big declaration came in July: I will not weigh myself anymore. I've wasted too many years of my life worrying about the number on the scale & letting a number decide my happiness. What I've decided to do is just let it be. If I'm hungry for the double cheeseburger, I'll eat it. If I want the salad, I'll get it. I'm still sticking with exercise; that part won't change. Exercising makes me feel good, like I've actually accomplished something, so why ditch something that makes me happy?

Speaking of what makes me happy, I earned Gold status at Starbucks in May! That was a pretty big moment. #proud

The Future:

From now until May 2015, I'll be trucking along, finishing up nursing school. I have an idea of where I want to work when I graduate, but ultimately I'll work wherever God puts me. I plan to get into a Bachelor's program immediately so I can get that behind me before I settle down. Then sometime before I'm 30, I'll go for my Master's. But for now, I'm taking it one day at a time. Life is short, so take time to actually live it.

Thanks so much for reading.

xo, Camille

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Happy Feet: Festival Style

Festival Fashion
It's that time of year again: Music Festival Season! Sure, the bands are technically the main attraction, but the fashion is what grabs the attention and leaves a lasting impression. Choosing an outfit for Coachella, SXSW, Bonaroo, etc, oh, it's THE main event for sure. One thing I would definitely recommend: comfortable boots. For some reason or another, there's always mud at music festivals and even though sandals are pretty and a summer staple, they're not ideal for this setting. Sandals are a hazard just waiting to happen: toes will be stepped on. Instead, opt for comfortable boots or keep it classic with a pair of Chuck Taylors (these never ever go out of style). If you don't choose a comfortable shoe, you're going to be miserable for the whole day. Trust me.
Happy feet equals happy festival memories.

Have a good one!

xx, Camille
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