What’s In My Bag?

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Items Pictured Above (Click each image below for the direct link):

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One of my top requested posts is a “what’s in your bag” post, so I figured, why not?! I go into detail about what I am carrying and my thoughts on all the items below:

Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM -Damier Ebene & MM Insert– This bag is just amazing. There is no other word to describe it. It fits so much, can be used for everyday or travel, and just so worth it. I always wanted a Louis but could never justify spending the money on it. I would go and look at it in a store or look online constantly but never take the plunge. My husband surprised me with this beauty for Christmas and I use it almost everyday now. I got the insert to put into the bag to keep everything neat and clean. I actually got the insert from the MM because I wanted it a bit smaller than the bag so that I can bring the sides in if I wanted to.

Small Nail Kit – I always keep this in my bag as a just incase. For the longest time, I always had gel extensions or manicures and sometimes they would easily break and I would have a sharp edge. I love carrying this with me just incase I need it.

Impressions Compact Mirror – I LOVE this mirror. I carry and have it with me at all times, even if I am using a smaller purse. I have the tabletop impressions mirror with blue tooth that I use when putting my makeup on, and wanted one to bring around with me. It has a touch screen where you can tap and the light comes on, so if it is night time and you need to check yourself you have light or if you just wanted some more bright light you have it here. I highly recommend this!

Jessica Simpson Sunglasses & MK Case – I had a pair of Michael Kor’s Aviator glasses that came with the beautiful white case (that is very dirty and hard to clean). Those glasses unfortunately broke while I was on my honeymoon in Bali in September, and while shopping for a new pair, I found these Jessica Simpson sunglasses that I am obsessed with. They are so cute and the perfect aviators that won’t make you go broke.

Black Toiletry Case Set & Apple Airpods– I adore this set. I am currently using the mid-size toiletry piece in my purse but was using the smaller one as well until I got the “Good Vibes Only” bag in the mail from ipsy. I use the large bag for my makeup when I travel, the midsize one for lipstick, lipgloss, medicine, etc, and the smallest bag for my electronics. I always carry a charger, and earphones with me wherever I go. The airpods are one of the best things ever invented. I love wireless headphones for the gym and work and never liked any that were on the market. I got these headphones when they first came out and use them everyday! I also always keep some chapstick, hair ties, and clips with me and store them in here.

Victoria’s Secret Travel Perfume – The scent I have in my purse is “Dark Angel” which they no longer carry. I have the “Bombshell Seduction” scent as well and bring it with me when I travel. It is currently on sale for $7.00!

Lipstick and Matte Lip – I always carry a lipstick and matte lip with me at all times. These are my two favorites and go-tos! The Mac “Velvet Teddy” meshes well with almost any outfit or any plans you may have. I have talked about the tarteist matte lips in my post herebut the “Rose Nude” is one of my staple lips that I carry with me.

Kate Spade Card Case – I forgot to include this in my main picture, but I also carry around my business card case. I never know when I will run into someone for potential business so I always have mine with me. I got this case in gold but they no longer have the gold available. It is super cute though and I always get compliments on it.

Ted Baker Pen & Case – I always like to carry pens and stuff with me but they always end up exploding all over my bag. My mother in law got me this and I love it. I think it is such a cute idea and love that I can store them away without bulkiness. I also like to carry around a little notebook and found this cute envelope one a while back at TJ Maxx.

Misc – Kleenex are a must for me and I always have a small pack with me. I usually buy them from the dollar store! If you cannot find them let me know and I will link them in. I also have a card case that I keep in my bag (the striped case) which holds all of my gift cards and coupons that receive in the mail. That way, if I am ever out and stop somewhere I have everything with me. And of course, I always have my wallet with me (not pictured but I linked the one I use) I left my wallet in my car so it didn’t make the picture.

What do you have in your purse? Would you use some of these items? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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Wrap Dress Dreams

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Outfit Details –

Wrap Dress (Francescas – completely sold out) see similar dresses below (click the image for the link)

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Sandals (Shein – completely sold out – will come back in stock ) see similar shoes below (click the image for the link)

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I love army green and cognac/tan colors together. I think it is so gorgeous and meshes so well! I got this wrap dress (my new obsession) in early March and cannot wait to wear it when the weather finally gets a little warmer. The top is a little too open for me, so I ended up pinning it.

Wrap dresses are perfect for so many occasions. They can be for dressy nights, casual days, anything really! This outfit is perfect for the spring or summer with a duster cardigan for those chilly nights.

Do you like wrap dresses? What are your favorite types of dresses? Let me know in the comments below!

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Best of Marleylilly Warehouse Sale

 

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Items

Iphone Case // Notebook // USA Cooler // Pullover Rain Coat // Robe // Pineapple Towel // Wicker Purse // Clipboard // Sherpa Blanket

This past weekend I posted on my instagram stories about Marleylilly’s Warehouse Sale, and a bunch of you asked for direct links, and if I could share some of my favorite items so I figured I would do a post about them. Marleylilly is huge for monogramed items, but you do not have to get them monogrammed if you don’t want to.

I have so many items from Marleylilly and continue to buy from here! I bought a few of my friends gifts from here for their bridal shower as well. The items come quickly, are excellent quantity, and always come in mint condition. If you have any questions at all please feel free to ask me. I love all of their stuff and highly recommend them!

 

Do you like monogrammed items? Have you ever shopped at Marleylilly? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Amazon Must-Haves

Amazon Must-Haves

  1. Fire TV Stick – I love the Fire stick. You plug it right into your tv and can stream your netflix, hulu, and other tv apps. It is a lot cheaper than items such as the apple tv and works very well!
  2. Nest Thermostat (3rd Generation) – Anyone else forgetful like me? I always forget to turn the air down before I leave the house and do not realize until we are already far away. With the Nest thermostat, you can set the temperature right from your phone! So, if you are like me and go away for vacation and start panicking wondering if you remembered to turn the air/heat down before you left, you can easily have a stress free vacation with this thermostat!
  3. Nest Indoor Security Camera  – I am huge on security and keeping my family, myself, and my home safe. Even before my husband and I closed on our home, I bought 2 of these to have and install when we did. They are indoor cameras and are amazing. Nest also makes outdoor, but I have not tried those. When someone walks past the cameras or they sense something and you have them on, you can set the app to get a notification sent directly to your phone. My husband and I set these to notify us when we are not home. I highly recommend them for home security.
  4. Silicone Apple Watch band – Anyone else have the Iwatch and love all of the colors of the sports bands but not want to spend $50.00 on each band is a little insane to me. I ended up buying this band in white, navy, gray, and turquoise and still want them all!
  5. I Phone Case – OK, this case is amazing!! I also have it for my ipad. It has a protective screen built in as well as an overall protective case. I ordered two extras for both my iphone and ipad as back-up just incase this company stops selling on amazon. It is amazing and easy to put on yourself.
  6. Lipstick Holder – I keep all of my lipsticks in this case. It keeps them in line and I can easily see the name or color based on which way I have them. It also comes in a black color but I love the clear so that I can see my lipsticks.
  7. Makeup Case – I posted about this herebut had to mention it again. My sister purchased this item for almost 6 times the price and they are exactly the same. I especially love this case for vacation because I can throw all of my makeup in it while getting ready and quickly pull the strings on the side to clean up my makeup and put it away in my bag!
  8. Makeup Brushes – I have bought these a few times and love them. They last a long time. The pair I am currently using have been going strong for about 6 months. I clean them and take extremely good care of them.
  9. Fusion Water Bottle – Anyone else love lemon in their water?! ME! I have also tried this with oranges and other fruit and it perfectly fuses the fruit into the water without worrying about the seeds. I have it and white and the teal color and love them.
  10. Apple Watch Charging Stand – If you have an apple watch, you need this! I am able to charge my watch without fear it will fall off my night stand and can charge all of my devices through the same system. It really is great.
  11. Soundbot Wireless Shower Speaker – Not sure about everyone else but I love to listen to music while I shower, but obviously hate bringing my phone anywhere near the shower in fear it will ruin. My husband bought this for me a few years ago and I use it every time I shower, I highly recommend it. The sound is really good and it worked perfectly. Plus, you cannot beat that price!
  12. Oval Makeup Brush – I use the largest one to put on my foundation and have ordered this set twice. I always see the “Artis” set but refuse to spend that kind of money on brushes. The brushes are good and perfect for the price.

Are there any other products from Amazon that you have tried and loved? Let me know if the comments below?

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Cute & Comfy

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Off-the-shoulder Bell Sleeve Bodysuit: Express, no longer available; Similarhere, here, & here  

Jeans: Stitch Fix; SimilarI Feel Ya / Aline Medium / Mid-rise Distressed (Have these in size 4 and they are so comfy and stretchy!) / Trend Savvy (just ordered these, love them!)

Peep Toe Booties: Charlotte Russe, out of stock but here; Similarhere & here

You need this outfit in your closet! I always look for Comfy & Cozy Date night or night out outfits and absolutely love this outfit! Bodysuits have been my go-to lately because they look good with anything-jeans, skirts, jean shorts, anything. This bodysuit is from Express, but it is sold out and no longer on their site. I have linked a few similar ones. I have blogged about these jeans before, but they are from one of my stitch fixes from a few months ago and the jeans aren’t sold anywhere. I have linked similar ones. Ripped jeans are so cute. Especially darker wash jeans like this with minimal rips.

What are your go to jeans? Do you wear bodysuits?! Let me know in the comment section below.

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The MAX 10 Week Challenge Results

I HAVE COMPLETED MY 10 WEEK CHALLENGE!!

I have already done an entire blog post dedicated to my fitness routine which in depth describes the MAX challenge hereBut as promised, my 10 week challenge has come to an end and I have been so excited to share my results! I am so INCREDIBLY happy with my results, my changes in health, and my overall wellness. My eating habits have also completely changed and I actually look forward to eating healthy and do not see it as a chore anymore!

I would say I stuck to the diet about 90% of the time throughout the challenge. I had the flu week 6 & during week 9 I had one of my best friends bridal shower and knew I wouldn’t be able to stay good, and then in week 10 I had pizza and wine the night we closed on our first home. I didn’t let it get me down, I just worked that much harder the next day!

Before you get to my picture, I want to mention that the mental change in myself FAR out ways the physical changes. My mental health has greatly improved in the past 10 weeks- something I never thought could happen. I realized that by putting time and effort into myself and into making me feel better, improved so much within me. I was starting to have courage and confidence again! I wasn’t wearing baggy clothes as much and was actually starting to get more dresses up again like I used to. It’s crazy how much we let weight and low self esteem effect us. I know now to never let that happen again. No matter what, I have learned to love me for me and I am so excited to be at that point!

A bit about my before and after pictures. In my before picture I was smiling but not happy. It was right after the holidays, and like always I over indulged and hated how I looked. I had tried so many fad diets and diets to lose weight after gaining ~50 pounds from taking the medication Lexapro. Taking that medication ruined my metabolism and made me gain so much weight. I was just trying to find some quick fixes to make myself feel better not realizing that that wouldn’t do anything. I am kicking myself in the butt for not wearing just a sports bra so you can truly see what my stomach looked like in January! It was constantly bloated and was chubby. My arms had no muscle to them, I hated the skin under my underarms that stick out, and my legs were not toned. My face even looks so round in that before picture.

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Although I hate this after picture because like an idiot I put my hands on my hips instead of down at my side and my fingers are pushing my skin out so it looks like I have a gut, I am so incredibly proud of myself! As soon as I got home from my last MAX class I took another picture so that you can actually see the changes in my body without my fingers pushing some skin out. I would also like to mention that the pants I am wearing in my after picture did not fit me until this challenge. They were always tight and made my love handles stick out, but now I have to keep pulling them up to just keep them up!

Here is a real after picture:

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Sorry for the mirror selfie, but this was after I had worked out. I wanted to come home and get a better picture of what my stomach actually looked like and not what the picture above showed because that did not show all of my changes! My stomach has become so much more toned and defined! It doesn’t feel bloated unless I have a cheat meal which is expected! I have over indulged since my last day of the challenge (Friday), but as of today I am back on to being strict with a cheat meal on the weekends!

In total I lost 5 pounds – which to me is insane!! How does this change only warrant a 5 pound difference. But, I lost mostly in inches. I lost about 4 inches in my waist, 3.5 inches in my hips, 1.5-2 inches in my bust, 3-3.5 inches in each thigh, and 2.5 inches in each arm. That is a total of ~15 inches lost in all!!! How crazy is that?!

My journey will not stop here. I have started Kayla’s BBG program and cannot wait to see my results! I will update everyone around the week 4 mark to show a progress pictures! I cannot wait to see all of the changes that come with this program and I will also continue to do Jen Selter’s Lower Body Program as well.

 

Have you started any new fitness regime? What works for you? What diets have you tried that work the best for you?

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