Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Healthy You: Stevia vs Aspartame {Infographic}

Stevia plant
I was on a Facebook thread yesterday talking about how the intake of sugar has led to many of the health problems we face today. As part of my "firsts" for the year I am going to challenge myself to go without sugar for one day. We'll see how that goes...

How to Wear Silk and Cashmere Scarves

Zebra print scarf
Zebra print scarf from Chan Luu
Scarves are an ancient clothing item that are great for keeping the neck warm—but they are also a cool and fashionable accessory. Scarves are one of the most popular trends in clothing right now, and there are many ways to wear one to help your outfit look great.

Material Options

Silk and cashmere scarves are a great choice for those who are looking for quality neckwear. Cashmere, a fiber that comes from goats native to India, is a top choice for luxury and quality. It’s one of the softest fabrics out there, as well as being light and strong. Best of all, it’s extremely warm, so if you’re looking for a good scarf to keep yourself warm and stylish at the same time, cashmere is the way to go.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Manicure Monday: Color Block Nails

Color block nails

Start off your week on a colorful note with color block nail art using fun and bright nail polish!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

OOTD: Showing Love For My Air Jordans

Women's Air Jordans

It's rare for me to find Nike Air Jordans for women on sale at the Nike outlet, so when I saw these for $40, I was ecsatic and scooped them up without hesitation. When I played basketball in high school, I really wanted a pair of Jordans, but I couldn't ask my dad to pay $100+.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Highlight Your Natural Beauty With the Right Pair of Eyeglasses

Sarah Palin wearing glasses

Tina Fey. Sarah Palin. Meryl Streep. It doesn’t matter if you love them or hate them; all of these ladies have one thing in common: they sport their spectacles with style! They have all chosen frames that flatter their features and highlight their natural beauty. Anyone who is shopping for eyeglasses can do the same thing by taking the following advice to heart.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

5 Ways to Take Time Out For Yourself and Enhance Your Inner Beauty

Be a friend to yourself

For many of us, the busy-ness of life can leave us stressed and burned out. I have friends who work full-time jobs, have very active kids, and mates that need attention. I don't know how they do it, but they often look tired and feel irritable.

Does this sound like you?

I believe that part of your inner beauty is tending to your needs so that you feel energized, joyful, and centered. And when you are happy, that puts a smile on your face, which enhances your outer beauty. There is always time for you. No excuses. Here are 5 ways to take time out for yourself regardless of how busy you think you are:

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Blue Sapphire Rings That are Hard to Miss

Sapphire Diamond WOW Engagement Ring

Wow! That was my first thought when I saw this image of the ring pictured above. Isn’t it magnificent and quite royal? This ring is actually part of the ‘Wow Bridal’ collection at, an international online jewelry store. Each ring from this luxury collection is exquisite. They have the rich blue hues of sapphire blended with brilliant diamonds punctuated with the pink tones of rose gold. Totally unique!

NARS Final Cut Collection Will Have You Pretty In Pink

NARS Final Cut Collection Spring 2014

If you're still trying to figure out what your makeup look will be for Valentine's Day tomorrow, or you just want to spice up the makeup stash for spring, then NARS Final Cut Collection is worth a look. For those of you who are old enough, perhaps it may conjure up memories of Molly Ringwald and the various outfits she wore in the famous movie, Pretty In Pink.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gift Ideas For Her and Him

Valentine's Day gifts for her

I believe that everyday should be Valentine's Day. Don't wait to show the people you love (including you!) how much you care about them. Whether it's leaving little love notes for your significant other or sending a handwritten card or letter to say, "Hi!", there are little things you can do each day to show love without spending alot of money. Also, sometimes a meaningful night spent together on Valentine's Day is just enough.

That said, if you do feel like giving a gift for Love Day, here are a variety of last-minute gift ideas for both her and him...

Friday, February 7, 2014

Review: LaCurcio Luminous Macro Repair Eye Cream and Equalizer Essential Skin Balance

LaCurcio Skincare Products

As much as I like to ignore the fact that I'm getting older, the lines and wrinkles that are creeping up are telling me another story. Even the part of me that doesn't really care, actually sometimes does care. I can't stress enough how important it is to take care your skin regardless of how old you are. The younger you start, the better!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

3 Habits to Adopt Now To Live a Healthier Life

A healthy you is a beautiful you

What good is all the makeup or cute clothing you wear if you're not healthy on the inside?

This is one of the main messages I try to get across on this blog, and today I was reminded of this. I was talking with a friend about weight gain, feeling tired because I hadn't exercised in awhile, and how I needed to get back into good habits because I fell off a little after catching a cold. It brought to mind a few habits that I have adopted to maintain a relatively healthy mindset. Mind you, I'm not perfect and sometimes I'll revert back to bad habits, but for the most part I think I'm pretty consistent.

In this day and age of cancers, diabetes, and heart issues, I thought it was important to share what I think the best habits to adopt in order to be healthy on the inside and outside. In one form or another, I've written about these before, but it doesn't hurt to have reminders every now and then...

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Inspiring Beauty Quote

I've been in a creative artsy mood this week, which inspired me to create this graphic with an inspiring beauty quote. Winter has finally arrived in San Diego, which put me in somewhat of funk today. Making this graphic actually put me in a better mood. Being grateful for this opportunity to inspire others through words has put me in a better mood. I don't say it very often (and I should!), but thank you for reading this blog. Remember to always BE YOUtiful!