The Best Ripped Jeans

(Dis)stressed Jeans // Do More Sweater // Shoes – Charlotte Russe last year; Similar here here

Guys… these jeans are EVERYTHING. They are extremely comfortable and are a bit stretchy. I love them. For reference, I am wearing a size 27 (4) and they had space in them! Finding well fitted jeans is not easy now-a-days so I am so happy that I found these.

The sweater is so comfortable and the material is amazing. I am wearing a M in this photo, you cannot really tell since I have the front tucked in a bit, but this sweater is flowy. I would have liked it to be a little more fitted so I wish I sized down, but I love it and can’t wait to wear it with jean shorts and a nice pair of wedges in the spring time.

Vestique is a cute boutique with store fronts in North Carolina, South Carolina, & Georgia. See Here for their different locations if you are located in those areas! I will do a post of all my favorite items that they have on their site in the next week so check back for that if you like their clothing!

Do you like ripped jeans? What do you think about the above outfit?

XO,

Nina

Cutest One Shoulder Dress & Dressy Sandal Heels

Outfit Details

Dress: Francesca’s (just bought last month and it’s already sold out!)- Similar Here and Here 

Shoes: Calvin Klein (last year)- Similar Here and Here

I can’t believe that this gorgeous blue dress is sold out already! I just purchased this dress a month ago. I will keep an eye out and re-link if it comes back in stock. I linked a few similar ones that are also extremely cute. I ordered the second dress linked, while looking for ones to post because it’s just so cute!

What do you think about this dress? Do you like lace dresses?

XO

10 Incredible Swimsuits Under $100

10 Incredible Swimsuits under $100

 

1. Ruffle One Shoulder Bikini – $68.00 for Top and Bottom; The pattern is so beautiful

2. Flower Backless Swimsuit – $12.00; Perfect for a tropical vacation

3. V Plunge Knot Swimsuit – $14.00; Comes in 4 different colors

4. Lace Neoprene Frill Sweetheart Swimsuit – $27.00; Perfect for those soon to be brides for a bachelorette party or honeymoon

5. Black Strapped Wrap Top // Matching Bottom – $33.00 for top and bottom; Love the wrap around

6. Black Multiway Swimsuit  – $30.00; I love one piece suits especially ones that can also be sexy

7. Cherry Print Top // Cherry Print Bottom – $34.00 for top and bottom; Love the cherry print

8. Palm Leaf One Piece – $25.00; This suit has slits in the side and is gorgeous

9. Crochet Trim Bikini – $16.00 Comes in black and white; I just bought this in Black & can’t wait for it to come in the mail!

10. Sugarcoast Bikini Top // Bottom – $50 for top and bottom; The ruffles and high-waisted bottoms are to die for

 

I absolutely love bathing suits! Every Spring, I look forward to the new suits that come out for the summer time. These are 10 amazing ones that I can’t believe are under $100. They are gorgeous and perfect for any occasion! I just purchased the crochet two piece and will be ordering the multiway suit.

What is your favorite swimsuit? Do you prefer one pieces or bikinis? Where is your favorite place to buy them?

 

XO

E.L.F Makeup Haul

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Products

Hydrating Face Primer // Post-Workout Cool Down Spray // Refreshing Mist // Hydrating Moisturizer // Hydrating Booster Drops // Tea Rose Matte Lipstick // Blushing Rose Matte Lipstick // Natural Lip Liner // Dusty Rose Lip Liner // Hydrogel Under Eye Mask // Contouring Brush // Small Contour Brush // Pointed Powder Brush // Crease Brush // Travel Eye Blending Brush // Info on Active Line Here // Face Halo Makeup Remover // Cosmetic Bag

I have loved Eyes, Lips, Face since I first started getting into make-up. I have seen over the years, that their products get better and better. I decided to purchase a few things and do a haul/review on the items I purchased. I also got this really awesome makeup bag and makeup remover pad that I will discuss below:

  1. Hydrating Face Primer & Moisturizer – My face gets super dry in the winter, so I have been loving these hydrating products. Everyday when I get out of the shower and before bed I use this lotion on my face. I have tried so many different face lotions and have not found one this good that keeps my face hydrated for hours! This primer I have been using before I put my makeup on and I have notices how my face does not dry up when I put my foundation on. I love them both.
  2. Hydrating Booster Drops – I squirt a drop of this into my foundation and mix it in, keep my face even more hydrated and my foundation looking flawless.
  3. Soothing Mist – I take this with me and keep it in my bag. I love to spray some on during the day to keep my makeup fresh!
  4. The Matte Lipsticks – They don’t get too dry and I actually love them! Sometimes with Matte lipsticks they can get extremely dry and make your lips look chapped, but they stayed nice the entire night. I purchased the lip liners because I thought they would pair well with the matte lipsticks and they really do.
  5. Hydrogel Under Eye Masks – I am so happy that E.L.F came out with these. I use to purchase them online. I love to bring these with me when I travel. Being on the flight and traveling can make me look extremely tired and these give me the pick me up I need and help with the bags under my eyes.
  6. Contouring Brush – I use this to enhance my contour on my check bones and forehead, it really helps to buff and define the contour.
  7. Small Contour Brush – This is perfect for contouring your nose
  8. Pointed Powder Brush– I use this for when I set the powder under my eye, I usually use a sponge to put it on and this to brush it off. It really helps to brush it off and not push the product in
  9. Crease Brush – This brush is used every time I do my make up, I have many of them! I use this to help define the product in my crease.
  10. Travel Blending Brush – Sometimes when I travel I fall asleep on the plane and wake up looking like a hot mess. I bring this little travel brush and a small eye shadow palette for touch ups and love it. It is small so it can fit in a small zippered area of any bag.
  11. Active Line Items – I talk about them in my blog post Here
  12. Face Halo – This little thing is amazing! I was pleasantly surprised. I have used those towels that were all over the internet to remove makeup but found it too rough on my skin, and it wasn’t truly removing my makeup. I can’t recommend this enough!
  13. Feather Cosmetic Bag – My sister got this bag in black off of some random website on Instagram, and I loved it. I went to purchase it, but they no longer sold it. I found it on amazon and I’m obsessed! I hate leaving a mess of my makeup, and sometimes when traveling or at home, I’m in a rush so this makes life so easy to easily clean up my makeup products and put them away. I love it!

Do you have any of these products? Have you tried these products? Let me know if you have any questions!

XO

My Current Fitness Regime

Current Fitness Regime – The MAX Challenge 10 Week Program / Jen Selter’s at Home Guide

** I apologize in advance, this is a long post **

I wanted to talk about my current fitness regime! I will do a separate post in the next week or so about my fitness journey, how I came to love fitness, and how I came to love overall health so much- so check back later for that. I’ll start with the MAX Challenge, then Jen Selter’s Plan and then what I plan to do next, BBG.

The MAX Challenge

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I am currently doing The MAX Challenge, and LOVE it. I truly can’t recommend it enough and it has done so much for me. Not only has it improved my overall health, but the confidence it has given me is beyond anything I could have ever imagined. The confidence to go to the gym and not feel like I do not know what I am doing. The confidence to be myself, which is something I didn’t feel like I could do at a regular gym.

My friends did the MAX challenge in September of 2017 for the 10 weeks and saw amazing results. After trying everything under the sun, I decided I would try it too. I figured why not, what could I have to lose? Through facebook, I entered a contest to win a free 5 week challenge at the MAX. After a week of not hearing from them, I assumed they picked someone else and wanted to commit to something before the New Year, so I ended up singing up for the 10 week challenge that started January 8, 2018 on Thanksgiving Day! Literally the next day I got the call that I won the free 5 week challenge, called the SPRINT, so I was excited that I got to really do the MAX for a total of 15 weeks.

5 Week SPRINT

The SPRINT is basically just the first 5 weeks of the 10 week challenge program. They provided me with literature and documents that included the meal plan, options for eating, how to calculate everything I was eating (based on containers and tbs/tsp), and any other information I may need. They also gave us a MAX sweat towel which I thought was really cute, a coupon for a discount on their protein powder, and some other information about the challenge and the MAX.

For the first 5 weeks, I didn’t really follow the meal plan, although I really wish I did. I kind of just ate whatever I wanted while trying to eat clean but also indulging in things that I loved here and there. To me this was just a start, a way to get back into eating healthy slowly and a way to become healthier prior to my 10 week challenge and the New Year.  I love the workouts and felt extremely challenged everyday that I went. I only missed 2 classes throughout the entire 5 weeks which I was extremely proud of myself.

I wish I gave it my all though, and really pushed myself with my nutrition. In my head, I always have the thought, “I will start Monday.” This time it was “I will start January 8.” In the before and after pictures below, I don’t believe you can see much of a change based on the pictures. I should have taken the before and after in a sports bra so you could really see. I lost 2 pounds over all, but my clothes were fitting looser than ever and I was loving the workouts and how I was feeling. I noticed that my face thinned out a bit, my arms look toned, and my legs and waist look a bit thinner. This is not where I wanted to be, but I am so happy that I have not given up!

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I have horrible anxiety, and going to the MAX everyday really helped me gain some mental clarity, get out of my head, and out of my funk. I could see the old me coming through little by little. I was feeling better, looking better, and just overall happy for what was to come in the 10 week challenge.  Read on below for the 10 Week Challenge!

10 WEEK CHALLENGE:

As of this week, I am currently in my 8th week of the 10 week challenge. In the first 6 weeks I didn’t see many changes on the scale. My weight would fluctuate weekly – I would be down 5 pounds then back up. This was definitely because of water weight and muscle gain. I didn’t let it bother me and just kept pushing! This challenge, I followed the nutrition to a T other than week 6. I got the flu during week 6, couldn’t attend the gym and couldn’t really carb and fat cycle, so I allowed my body to eat what it felt was necessary during that time. I did end up eating badly that week, but I didn’t let it get me down or give up going forward.

See below for the background and overall program – I will update this post or post another based on the end of the program! The cost is somewhat pricey but from all the different workouts and fad diets I have tried, I must say that it is well worth the money. I purchased this for $299 when they were running a special but the cost is $399.

Setup: Usually before the 10 week challenge starts, they will have a day set up and sent out to all the peoples signed up

Workouts: The MAX challenge is a Monday-Friday set up with various class times. This is an IN-PERSON fitness regime, not something that is done at home or at your personal gym. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are cardio days. They have circuits set up that are extremely hard, but such a good workout.. Friday is Cardio kickboxing at the location I attend. Tuesday is all about the arms, ARM day! My favorite day. I am most self-conscious about my arms so I really put my all into arm day. Thursday is leg day, I put the extra effort in on leg day too because let’s be honest, we all want that peach! For all workouts and movements, they have an alternative, so that all members feel comfortable with the workout and feel like they can do it! I truly never feel like the workouts are easy, which is a good thing. If they were too easy, then it would be that they were not challenging and were not pushing me.

Nutrition: The meal plan is extremely easy to follow. There are four stages to the meal plan over the 10 weeks – the first stage is the CONCEIVE stage (weeks 1-3), BELIEVE stage (Weeks 4-5), ACHEIVE stage (Weeks 6-8), and INSPIRE stage (Weeks 9-10). During these stages, there is carb and fat cycling, adding and removing of certain food portions, and TREAT meals (other than the last two weeks)!! Treat meals can consist of anything you want – appetizer, meal, and dessert as long as you do not over eat or eat to the point you will burst. They also suggest cutting out alcohol, but I did not and will only for the last two weeks since there is no treat meals during that time. I included alcohol as a treat and if I were consuming alcohol, I would have that and a treat meal (main course) and call that my complete treat meal!

Motivation: The group of people I have encountered and met during my time at the MAX have been amazing! They are all there to do the same as you, whether it be to lose weight, tone up, or just become healthier, so the empowerment and cheering on really motivates you! I have made some friends along the way with not only classmates but instructors! They suggest that you chose one class time and go to that one so that you become close with everyone and really motivate each other through the program, but with my crazy work schedules and unforeseen long hours, I could never go to one class time so I bounced between the 6:00AM, 6:30PM, and 7:30PM and on days I was traveling or was working 14 hours and missed all class times, I did the workouts from home. Each location has a secret facebook page group, and the manager or owner will post travel workouts. They are just as difficult as the in-person classes!

My experience thus far has been amazing. I have gained so much confidence in not only the way I look, but also how I feel. If there is a MAX challenge near you, and you can afford it, I definitely suggest trying it out or seeing if there is a sample class you can potentially attend!

Jen Selter FitPlan

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While doing the MAX Challenge, I also do Jen Selter’s at home workout plan through the FitPlan app. Because of where I am in my fitness level, (I have always worked out) I wanted to challenge myself even more and do the plan while I did the MAX Challenge. I absolutely love her plans. The only items I needed to purchase were bands for the at home plan were Resistance Bands ( currently sold out but try these Resistance Band Set ) and Loop Exercise Bands. Jen is such an amazing person both inside and out. She is there to answer questions and motivate you throughout your process.  Once you sign up for the fitplan, you are automatically invited into a private group on facebook. The women in this group are all truly so amazing. They are from all over the world and I truly find motivation through them. All of them have had such great success with all of Jen’s Plans! If you are interested in seeing more about people’s transformations through her plan, try searching “#seltering” or #fitplan” or “fitplanfam” on Instagram. Girls all over the world are posting their results! I also love that Jen is so hands on with all of us. She takes the time to comment on people’s transformations and give advice when people ask for it! You can read more about her plans HERE.

My Next Steps

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After the 10 Week challenge at the MAX is complete, you can join legacy. The price drops to $99/month to attend the classes. Unfortunately, as much as I want to, I will not be joining legacy.  A huge part of it is because my husband and I are closing on our first home and I will be about 25 minutes from the MAX location I currently attend which is where I would want to continue. I think if I were to find one closer I would join legacy in a few months. But, I also feel like I have done so well with the program and want to challenge myself with other things like BBG. I have ALWAYS started and stopped BBG because I couldn’t get through the workouts and was feeling defeated. Now after going through the MAX, I feel like I can take on anything! So, I will be doing BBG and starting on March 19th. I am so excited and cannot wait to see what my results will be. I will blog about my journey with BBG as well!  I will also continue to do Jen’s programs and do both together.  Check back for fitness related posts soon and my journey with BBG.

Please let me know if you have any question about the programs at all, I would be happy to help or answer anything! What workouts are you currently doing? Are you trying or doing any of the mentioned ones?

My Top 10 Products from Ipsy

I have been an Ipsy lover since my sister showed me their site last year! How amazing is it to get 5 Products all based on what you love, in the mail, each month for only $10.00?!

I thought it would be a good idea to share the items I have received with Ipsy and share my top 10 based off the past 5 months.

Each ipsy bag design is different every month and sometimes, they have a meaning as to why they are chosen! I love all of the little bags and I use them all.

Top 10 Favorites

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24k Magic Highlighter – this highlight is so beautiful, I can’t get over it. I have an olive skin tone and love the way this looks on my skin.

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On – this is the color matte blackist black. I love how smooth this eye liner is.

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Too Faced smelted Matte – This is the shade “Queen B” and it is stunning! I really love nude toned colors with a pop of pink tones. It looks gorgeous on.

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Pink Brush Luxie 207 – I use this brush for my Smokey eye and it does such a wonderful job at blending.

Black Brush Luxie 239 – They no longer have this in black but have it in the same pink color as the above! I use this Brush when applying my cream shadow! It really holds onto all of the pigmentation of the shadow.

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Lavish Foiled Eyeshadow – This rose gold colored eyeshadow is gorgeous! I use it on the top of my lids and the pigmentation is so amazing.

6.Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash – I carry this around with me everyday! It’s perfect for wear and touch ups. It truly extends my lashes and fills them.

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Shimmer Shadow – In the shade “All Eyes On Me.” I tend to go for brown and pink shades since I have brown eyes and i love this color! The shimmer is so gorgeous.

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Smashbox Radiance Primer – I usually have a hard time finding an eye primer I like, and I found one in smashbox!

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Tarte Waterproof Bronzer – Completely forgot this in the main ipsy pictures, but it’s one of my favorites. I love the color of the bronzer and use it to contour.

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First Aid Beauty – In the winter, I get horribly dry skin on my hands. I have been using this and it really softens my dry skin.

Other Products

NARS Laguna Bronzer // Aurora Concealer (Shade-“Caramel Syrup”) // Milani Liquid Eye Liner // Cougar Liquid Lipstick – no longer available (Shade- “Mulberry”) // Ofra Liquid Lipstick (Shade – “Laguna Beach”) // Balm Voyage Palette // POP FROM COMP // Meech & Mia Loose Eyeshadow // Nomad Bronzer – no longer available // Bold Brow (Shade – “Medium”) // Real Fresh Mask – no longer available // Farah Contour Brush // Hey Honey Lip Balm // Shimmer Shadow (Shade- “Cheers to Life”) // Smash Box Gel Liner // Ofra Eyeshadow (Shade- “Victory”) // NARS Lipgloss (Shade: “Orgasm”) // Skyn Iceland Lip Fix // Pore Gone For Good // What Happened Last Night

The other products are just as great, but the 10 are my favorites.

Do you have Ipsy? What are your thoughts on their products?


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