The Ultimate Guide to Self Tanning (And How to Avoid Looking Like a Flaming Hot Cheeto)

We all love a good (sunless) tan, am I right? 

However, everyone also knows that one girl who straight looks like an Oompa Loompa each time she hits the tanning salon. To each their own, but I’d choose a natural, sunkissed look over a cheeto spray any day. I’m also all about tanning at home. Because who really has the time to keep up with a spray tan nowadays?

And can we just touch upon how freaking expensive spray tans are, too? Tanning beds are OUT (buh bye harmful UV rays & skin cancer scares), so it’s easy for salons to jack up the price of spray tans. It sucks, since this is the safer option, and the pricing difference might encourage some people to just take the risk and opt for a tanning bed. 

[In case you’re wondering, the tanning salon near my house has spray tan memberships priced at 4x the cost of a tanning bed membership.]

Real Talk: Getting Out Of Your Own Way

A quote popped up on my Instagram feed a few weeks ago, and it really stuck with me.

All it said was:

Get out of your own way.

I know, it’s simple. Short and sweet. That’s why, when the idea to do a post on the subject came to me, I immediately thought, “Wait a second, everyone already knows this. It’s too easy. Like, thanks Captain Obvious.”

Then I realized though, even if people already know this short mantra in their hearts, their heads often interfere, making it extremely difficult to actually follow through with this seemingly simple direction. I mean, think about it. How many times have you wanted to do something so badly, but still found a reason not to?

Oily Skin Remedies + The Best Face Wash for Oily Skin

Ya’ll know I’m obsessed with all things beauty related, or at least it’s pretty obvious if you spend just a bit of time on my site. However, skincare is definitely my favorite niche topic within the beauty realm.

So guys, let’s talk about something v. important today.

Face wash.

Specifically, I want to chat about how to wash your face with my absolute FAVORITE face cleaner, which just so happens to be a cleanser and a makeup remover all in one. And boy do I love all-in-one products.

Tips & Tricks for the Perfect Summer Picnic

There’s nothing like summer in New York. It’s fleeting (though you still might catch us natives griping about the 90 degree temps), but it somehow makes curling up through the frigid winter all worth it. For this reason, I try to take advantage of the beautiful weather as much as possible.

Though I’m not an overly outdoorsy girl by any means, I do enjoy a nice Sunday hike, lounging by the pool, boating, etc. during the warmer months. I’m also looking forward to picnic season this summer, too. Richard and I spend a lot of time at our local parks when the weather is nice, and it’s always fun to bring a snack and relax for a bit. 

Oh, and my favorite part?

It’s free, aside from the food and drinks you pack. 

Rewardstyle vs. Shopstyle Collective: What You Need to Know + A Downloadable List of 10 Sponsorship Networks to Join

JEANS (*) || SHIRT (*) || TRENCH (*) || BAG (*) || SHOES || CHOKERS (*) 

When I first started blogging almost three years ago, I was totally clueless. I read other blogs, but I pretty much had no idea how the whole shebang worked. 

+ If you want to see what I mean, check out my first post ever…I’d say there’s been quite an improvement, no?

Regardless, I jumped in with both feet & spent almost every night for the first year staying up until all hours researching and teaching myself everything from website design and photography, to how to land sponsorships, build an audience, earn affiliate income, increase engagement, etc. 

How I Stay Fit at College + My Favorite Post-Workout Salad Recipe

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Staying fit in college isn’t easy. There’s temptation after temptation (late night pizza & wings binge, anyone?), not to mention the challenge of balancing coursework, a job, and a social life. I was lucky enough to avoid the “freshman fifteen” my first year at school, though this was mostly due to the fact that the only edible food in the dining halls happened to be salad and other veggies. However, I have cultivated a workout routine that has worked wonders for me over the past few years and that I look forward post grad as well.

GRADUATION!! + The most Important Lessons I Learned in College

Well friends, I did something big this past weekend. 

I graduated from college. 

It still feels very surreal — and thinking of myself as a “college graduate” honestly feels kind of creepy, haha.

That being said, I’m beyond happy. 

In fact, the quote “Dobby is a free elf” keeps popping into my head. Because now, as cliche as it sounds, I’m free. Free to do whatever it is I want. No homework, due dates, exams, etc. to answer to.