Why the Olsen Twins Are Our #girlboss Dreams

10 Reasons Why The Olsen Twins Are Major #GIRLBOSS Inspiration

My blogging bestie, Shell from A Courageous Beauty, and I like to pretend that once the Olsen Twins were the Olsen Quadruplets and we are the two missing sisters from the equation. JK, but kinda. We’ve done a couple of shoots together and each time we grab each other’s hands and yell “like Mary Kate and Ashley” and IMMEDIATELY strike an Olsen-esque pose like the one above!

We knew we couldn’t just be obsessed and not explain why we admire the girls so much! Recently, they made headlines again by being nominated Womenswear Designer of the Year for their line, The Row (totally outside of our price range, but totally dreamy!).

5 Reasons I Admire The Olsen Twins

1: They have hobbies.

The twins are known for their childhood acting and fashion pursuits as adults, but both have hobbies outside of those things. For instance, Mary Kate is a competitive horseback rider and Ashley was an ardent dance growing up.

It’s so important to have hobbies outside your main “work”, whether that’s blogging, an office job, or a mom! Personally, I love to go camping, hiking, ect. (ANYTHING outside) or shooting with my husband to get away from everything else in life.

2: They are #GIRLBOSS babes.

They run two very successful clothing companies: The Row, and Elizabeth and James (named after their younger siblings- who are sadly not Shell and I……). Not only do they design for these labels but they run everything about them! Talk about #GIRLBOSS babes. I love that they had a dream that started as teen girls designing clothes for Walmart and they took it to winning CFDA awards and showing at NYFW. #GOALS

3: They are private.

In today’s world of oversharing on social media the Olsen Twins have managed to maintain their privacy. I LOVE that they don’t put every detail on Instagram, or that you don’t seem them behaving poorly at some club. They are mature women who keep private matters private. WE need more of this in today’s day and age.

4: They are sisters before anything.

You can just tell they are more than sisters, they are #BFFS. Mary Kate and Ashley seem to spend every waking moment together- at least according to every photog shot ever. I think if they have a motto it’s “sisters before misters”. I LOVE this. Women, even sisters, can get so competitive and it’s great to see how they support and encourage each other at every point in their lives. Totally part of the reason I love Shell so much- she ALWAYS has my back.

5: They are petite.

I’m 5′ flat. Height has never been my friend, yet it seems every model and actress has legs and height for days. I’ve always been drawn to the twins because they are petite like me! I love how they don’t wear heels all the time to over compensate or they don’t avoid wearing long dresses for fear of looking short. I love their oversized style and time and time again I have turned to them for inspiration.

You might be thinking, “wait the title says 10 things you love??” Well, you have to head over to Shell at A Courageous Beauty to get the other five! See there’s that Olsen inspo at work- supporting and working together!

Who is your #GIRLBOSS inspiration? Are you a fan of the Olsen Twins as well? If so head over to my Olsen Obsession Pinterest board to get all the #INSPIRATION you need!

 

Faux Fur for the Chill!

“She doesn’t wear fur because she is cold, she wears fur because she is glamorous.”

-Ken Downing

Faux Fur, Paisley, Bell Sleeves and Camo- Oh my!

Faux Fur, Paisley, Bell Sleeves and Camo- Oh my!

Faux Fur, Paisley, Bell Sleeves and Camo- Oh my!

Like my New Years, this outfit is pretty busy! I decided I wanted to put all they style elements I’m digging right now into one look.

However, unlike putting everything into this outfit, I wouldn’t try putting

EVERYTHING into your life!

For me, 2017 is going to be all about saying NO.

Hear me out, life can be so full of everything and anything that it can be #HARD to manage it all and keep your sanity at the same time. So I’m not going to. I’m done with feeling like I always have to do everything. I will not constantly overextend myself, or say yes because I feel I must.

I’m going to spend this year learning what is really important and what does not hold any value in my life.

 

Faux Fur, Paisley, Bell Sleeves and Camo- Oh my!

Faux Fur, Paisley, Bell Sleeves and Camo- Oh my!

Faux Fur, Paisley, Bell Sleeves and Camo- Oh my!

 

This outfit might mix camo, paisley, fur and bell sleeves as my favourite style features, but my life is going to hold #GOD, #FAMILY and #GENUINEFRIENDS (you know what I’m talking about….); I’m letting go of:

Societal pressure: With the advent of social media (especially with being a #BLOGGER), there is soooo much pressure from society to make every aspect of your life perfect. I don’t want to spend 2017 pretending mine is!

Pressure of tradition: I do things far to often because that’s how I always have or my family always has. Yes, at times this can be good, at other points, it’s time to throw that shawl off and forge your own path.

Gender pressures: Let’s be honest, as #WOMEN we are expected to do it all and handle it all. I don’t need to do twice as much as any man to show I’m just as good, and I won’t.

 

Faux Fur, Paisley, Bell Sleeves and Camo- Oh my!

 

Kisses to each of you and to 2017! Let’s get this year started right, so we can finish it even stronger.

 

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Going Old-School: Meet the Epilator

 

Perhaps you remember the term “epilator” from when you were a kid, your mom or grandma had one in their bathroom. I haven’t heard of anyone choosing one of these babies as their hair removal system of choice recently!

When Emjoi reached out to me about trying their eRase epilator which has 60 tweezers that pull out any hairs they come into contact with I immediately said #SIGNMEUP. I’ve talked before about how much I despise shaving so I thought this was the perfect chance to give a different hair removal method a try!

I stopped shaving and fortunately the device was quick to be delivered! It came in a cute little set for all your epilating needs:

I plugged it in and put those 60 tweezers to my week old leg growth, immediately teared up and yelped and promptly set it back on the sink. #NOPE

I knew  if I was going to give you babes a full review, I would have to get through at least one defuzzing session! So I got a glass of wine (or two), set my teeth and did a small section at a time. By the time I was done with that first miserable calf I was #HOOKED.

Epilator Tips

1: Take an Advil or drink some wine before your first time using!

2: Each session hurts less and less!

3: It’s not a one and done, but with continued use you’ll cut down immensely on the amount of time you have to shave or epilate.

I’m still using it a month later, and now the 60 tweezer thought doesn’t bother me at all! I will definitely continue to use it. In fact, despite the initial #NOPE I definitely would recommend trying one of these out.

Have you ever tried one of these? I’d love to know what your go to hair removal method is! Cause we’re girls and talk about weird stuff like this…..

Dear Santa: I made the naughty list, send the coal!

“Fine old Christmas, with the snowy hair and ruddy face, had done his duty that year in the noblest fashion, and had set off his rich gifts of warmth and color with all the heightening contrast of frost and snow.”

-George Elliot

Santa might be coming with presents for all the good little boys and girls but as an adult who values skincare, I’ll take making the naughty list and getting some coal in my stocking! If you haven’t checked out charcoal infused beauty products you are missing out. A natural purifier, coal is excellent at clearing your skin to give you your most blemish free year yet! #THANKSSANTA

If you haven’t checked out charcoal infused beauty products you are missing out. A natural purifier, coal is excellent at clearing your skin to give you your most blemish free year yet! #THANKSSANTA

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1: Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser

Y’all this stuff is warming. It’s the best sensation ever at the end of a long day or first thing in the morning. It leaves your skin feeling cleansed but not dry or tight! I swear after using this for a week my pores practically disappeared.

2: Dr. Bright Mineral Whitening Toothpaste

The detoxifying nature of coal makes it the perfect addition to your toothpaste! It naturally freshens (not just masks!) your breath and the fine texture means it lifts and removes stains for whiter teeth and no harsh chemicals.

3: Beauty Blender

I’m sure you know all about the blending power of the original Beauty Blender sponge, but did you know they make a coal infused one? Coal is a natural antibacterial substance, which means your sponge will stay fresh and clean for longer. Yay for not feeling so badly about not washing it on the regular!

4: LUSH Coalface

I have raved about the #MAGIC of this soap before. I just can’t help it! I credit this coal product for getting rid of my acne and keeping my face clear. If you haven’t checked out LUSH before, I highly recommend their products. I will warn you- this soap does leave your face “tight” so even if you’re battling acne moisturize after!

5: Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Charcoal

I recently got turned on to these sponges and I’m never going back. Basically, you wet it and massage your face in circles for cleansing and exfoliation- no cleanser needed! It’s great for moments when you are feeling uber lazy but still need to get your skin cleansed- yet more environmentally friendly than wipes!

Are you on the naughty list and needing some more coal in your life?

I’d love to hear if you use any of these or are wanting to try them out!

Cozy Sweater Season: The Best Season of All

“Use your smile to change the world,

don’t let the world change your smile.”

-Unknown

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I’m going to be so upfront with you. I haven’t been my very happy self the last few weeks. The move from VA to FL right before Thanksgiving was really rough. Between leaving friends and family behind, to heading toward the unseasonably warm (to me!) weather I just haven’t been able to smile as much as normal.

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Then yesterday I realized I need to practice what I preach….

I’m always encouraging other women to change their attitude and focus on the positive in any situation. I laid out three steps to remind myself of the good in my current circumstance! I’m a HUGE fan of lists and notes, so I wrote this list in my little notepad I carry everywhere as an action plan to repeat when I’m feeling down.

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1: Remove yourself.

The first thing I need to do when I’m feeling down or overwhelmed is to remove myself from the situation. I need to step back and focus on why I feel the way I do to figure out a solution, rather than drowning myself in work or something that will only on exaggerate the way I feel. I was focused on thinking the issue was stress from moving when it was really just I felt like I didn’t belong anywhere. PRAY.

2: Talk.

Once I discover the stem of what’s wrong, I will seek out a trusted friend to confide in and open up my heart to. Having someone as a sounding board can be such a help! I do go to therapy once a week as well- opening up and talking has made such a difference with my anxiety and depression. Closing off doesn’t help anything! I’m so thankful for support system that keeps me sane! PRAY.

3: Do something for you.

Sometimes you really just need a moment to do something you enjoy. I might not be happy about the warm fall weather in FL but I do LOVE the beach- taking a walk on the beach is a way to embrace the change in a positive way! PRAY.

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What do you do when you are feeling down? I would love to hear how you handle big life changes!

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