Hey Gorgeous Girls,
The past few days I’ve been reveling in the genuine friendships in my life. I am so grateful for the girlfriends who have stood by my side for over 20 years and excited about the new friendships I’m creating here in Dallas. Women need each other.. we have this innate need to feel connected and the minute we feel disconnected- all hell can break loose in our life. I realize that I’m a better wife, daughter, sister, etc- when my love tank is filled up from meaningful connection with my girlfriends. With all the hats we wear, it’s easy to allow the responsibilities of life to push ‘girl time’ on the back burner. Be intentional with scheduling quality time with your beloved girlfriends. From a shopping trip, happy hour or a powerwalk together, it really is the best therapy! Do not let too much time go by without this connection.
This was an important part of the foundation of SOS when I created it. During lonely periods in my life (LA could get very lonely at times), I realized I would look forward to watching Oprah or Sex and the City because it felt like some sort of connection and girl time. As sad as that sounds, it’s the truth. Then, after my YouTube Channel began to grow, many women would tell me they looked forward to the kids going to bed so they could jump on the computer and watch my latest video. For that 5-10 minutes they felt like they had some ‘girl time’ after a long day of juggling kids, career and life. I completely understood and this truth fueled me to keep on keepin’ on with SOS. That’s what sparked the idea of it being a SISTERHOOD. Now, don’t get me wrong- watching TV or YouTube does not replace the in-person connecting we so desperately need, but it proved to me that this ‘connection’ should be a priority in every woman’s life. Make girl time a priority. You need it and deserve it.
Affirm it today. I will…
- Schedule girlfriend time.
- Give gratitude for all the amazing women in my life.
- Be a better friend.
- Open up to a trusting friend, remove the mask + share my soul.
- Release any toxic friendships once and for all.
- Pray for my girlfriends.
- Nurture all the women in my life no matter their age. (even your 9 yr old niece)
- Listen without “one-upping” (thanks Brene Brown)
- Reach out the minute I feel lonely. (stop the wallowing before it starts)
- Not take my genuine friendships for granted.
- Toast to the fabulous friends in my life!
Thank YOU for being part of this cherished sisterhood.
YOU are loved & appreciated.
Happy Saturday Sparkly Stars!
What have you got planned for the weekend? I sure hope it includes some “ME” time to refuel and refresh your soul. Women give, give, give all week long- to your kids, your hubby/boyfriend/signifcant other, boss, girlfriends and family members so by the weekend, it’s time to give to yourself a bit and replenish your energy so your tank is on FULL by Sunday evening and you have the ability to do it all over again starting Monday morning. You know I’m a firm believer in this and probably sound like a broken record because I bring it up so often, but I will keep reminding, nudging and encouraging you to pamper and love yourself. No Doormats… No Martyrs… No putting yourself last allowed in SOS! Ya heard!
Who is excited for Summer? ME!!! I thrive in the summer, in the sunshine and just love the energy that it brings. In the next few webisodes, I give you several ways to look your most beautiful during summer. Growing up in Texas and starting my modeling career in Mexico and the Caribbean, I have learned great tips for mastering the the art of KILLING THE SHINE! The “grease pit” look that we can get from the combo of heat, sweat and oily skin is just not sexy! Please share and comment if you have a great tip for killing the shine!
A few of you have asked who makes the dress I’m wearing in the video. It’s by the line MYNE and that specific dress is called the “Heidi Dress”. Which is totally random since this dress was a gift from my BFF, Heidi. How crazy! Kim Kardashian has been photographed wearing it lots. I’m not a big fan, but here’s a photo of it full length. The bottom is cut so beautifully. It’s so feminine and a perfect ‘day dress’ for summer:
There’s your helping of beauty, a bit of style, some ‘tough love’ and inspiration!
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Have a glorious weekend girls!
Fanning your flame + holding your hand,
If you’re like me, the summer is brutal when it comes to staying matte and shine-free! I love having a bit of a glow…BUT, there’s a big difference in a healthy dewy look compared to looking like a plain old grease pit. Plus, the overly heavy matte makeup look can actually make you appear older! YIKES! I think I found the solution!
TA DA! You’ve got to prime it, powder correctly, set it and if you have a really long day….spray it with a setting spray!
Now, everyone’s skin is different so figure out what works best for you. I think I’ve tried all the PRIMERS out there and always went with Smashbox, but it was on the oily/greasy side to me. Arbonne has a beautiful primer that fills lines and makes pores less apparent!
||Create a flawless canvas for makeup application with this advanced primer. A blend of vitamins, skin-perfecting pigments, advanced cushioning and anti-aging ingredients work in harmony to help tone, smooth and minimize the visual appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores. The result is a velvety, matte, radiant finish.
GABA, hyaluronic acid, polypeptides, gamma orizinol, light deflecting pigments, B-glycherritinic acid; horsetail extract, green tea leaf and grape seed extracts
ARBONNE TRANSLUCENT POWDER: Promotes natural radiance and creates a soft-focus effect, while helping makeup stay put.
ARBONNE F5 MATTIFYING POWDER:
For oily/combination skin. Translucent oil-absorbing powder takes away unwanted shine, while reducing the appearance of redness for a perfect, matte finish. Dusts on lightly over or under moisturizer or makeup. I’m going to keep this one in my purse!
URBAN DECAY “ALL NIGHTER” Long Lasting Setting Spray: Your makeup will last 16 hours! Perfect for all skin types, this ultra-fine mist holds makeup for brides, dancers, and ladies who just like lookin’ GOOD. Your makeup won’t melt when it’s warm and humid or become dehydrated when it’s cold and windy. Oil-free & Paraben-free. LOVE IT!
Loved it so much I had to do a quick video telling everybody: (Yes, I know the screenshot makes me look like I’m possessed…tried to change it with no luck:-)
By now, you all know that I’ve been using Arbonne‘s RE9 skincare line for about 6 years because it’s safe, free of mineral oil & parabens and it really works for me! For more, go to www.arbonne.com or if you have any questions about any products I suggest, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHEERS TO HAVING A SHINE-FREE SUMMER!