02 Feb 2018

January Favorites


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I feel like I say this every month, and will continue saying it, wow has the month flown by! January is always a special month, the new year gives people a fresh start and mindset. Although every day is a new start, I think there is just something special about a new year and the possibilities it brings! This month also happened to be the start of my second Whole30 (more like first since I may or may not have dropped out on day 7 the first time, you can read more on why I did in my simple easy Whole30 meals post.

This time around Whole30 has gone amazing and I feel great! In January I also picked up running and have loved every moment of it! When I first started running I noticed my feet would feel very swollen and tingly so I decided to invest in a good pair of running shoes and haven’t looked back since. They are so lightweight, comfortable and easy to run in. The tread on the bottom of these shoes makes them perfect for long distance and outdoor running. I think that your gear really affects your overall opinion on running and if you haven’t liked running in the past it could have just been a bad pair of shoes.

After long runs I’ll reward myself with a chocolate sea salt RX Bar and Harmless Harvest coconut water. I have been obsessed with these bars since they taste identical to a chocolate brownie and I love anything with sea salt! But I limit myself since Whole30 advises you don’t abuse the RX Bars (we’ve all been there). And the reason I love this coconut water is because it’s pink! Apparently some coconuts are naturally pink and their water has a more distinct and sweet taste unlike typical coconuts. Coconut water is also packed full of electrolytes perfect for after a hard run or workout!

Continuing on the topic of beverages, decaffeinated earl grey tea has been a staple in my tea cupboard (along with matcha) this month! I’ve always adored milky black tea’s and after our trip to Switzerland and Paris, I fell back in love with earl grey. I swear I called the poor stewardess over at least five times during our flight just for a black tea with cream (oops.) Since cream is not allowed on the Whole30, I’ve been drinking my tea with a dash of almond milk and a few ice cubes!

This month I’ve kept my skin care routine minimal and effective! For moisturizer I’ve been obsessed with Clinique’s moisture surge gel cream. Its gel like texture leaves a smooth matte finish to my skin and I love the intense surge of moisture it gives my skin without the greasy and tacky feel. For makeup Erborian’s cc crème has been my go to in place of foundation. I have pretty clear skin for the most part and just a bit of discoloration and redness so this cc crème is perfect! It allows my skin to breathe while still giving a lot of coverage and its incredible skin matching technology allows this wonderful cream to match your skin tone! You heard me right, it goes on white and as you buff it into your skin it magically matches the color of your skin. This is going to be perfect for summer when you’re constantly in between shades and don’t want to have to by 5 different shades to get you through August!

I have truly immersed myself in podcasts this month and have a ton of new favorites! Glorious in the Mundane with Christy Nockels is sweet, inspiring and her love for the Lord radiates in each podcast. The guests are all incredibly interesting and wise and I really love the set up and flow of each podcast. Go listen to season 2 ep30 and let me know what you think! My last favorite for the month Is the Breathing Room devotional book by Sandra Stanley. If you’re anything like me and find yourself overwhelmed by busy schedules, draining to-do lists and pushing aside time with your loved ones, this is the devotional book for you! It’s a 28 day devotional series where you tackle the source of what’s taking your breathing room in fears, money time and relationships. As well as how to find that breathing room again and trusting Jesus with your life and schedule.

What were some of your favorite products this month?

xx Sasha

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  • These leopard flats have been my go-to shoe for almost every outfit! They're so comfortable and who doesn't love a pop of leopard to a sweater and jeans!
  • This week has been crazy! Missing half a week of high school because of the flu caused me to get super behind on both my school work and blog work! Thanks for being patient with me while I find my balance again! I want to share a story from yesterday, I was making up one of the the many math quizzes I missed and to be honest math just isn't my thing! I don't know how I took two math classes last year and frankly I'd be fine with never taking another one again! I'm currently in honors pre-calc and often find myself feeling like I understand what I'm doing until I take the quiz or test. And of course the same thing happened yesterday and I got a 76 on my quiz again. That's not normal for me, I've always been a straight A student but I feel like I'm on a C streak right now because I just can't get my math grade to budge, and that's really disappointing. I've never been one to get upset over a bad grade, but being so overwhelmed it just hit me and I had no appetite for lunch, I didn't want to talk to any of my friends, so I literally went to the bathroom and shed a few tears lol. But my point is that I don't want y'all to do this, take my story as an example of what not to do! Because your identity isn't in a grade or assignment but in Christ, and nothing can shake Christ's love for you! Fast forward to the end of the day and I finally popped into J.Crew and treated myself to a few pieces including this adorable top which is an extra 30% off (I think I got it for under $35!) #fashionblogger #jcrew #ginghamtop #ncblogger
  • Happy Valentine's friends! I hope your day has been filled with lots of chocolate! I don't have very big plans for tonight unless you count watching the women's giant slalom and eating ice cream with my sister lol! Watching the Olympics nightly has been our favorite thing to do this week, Sean White's win last night was crazy! Do you have any plans for tonight?
  • A sweater and coffee kind of day☕️Made it through Monday so I treated myself to a Whole Foods trip and some dairy free ice cream! Shop my outfit under the Instagram tab on my blog.  #fashionblogger #wrapsweater #leopardloafers #ncblogger
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  • Today I'm talking all about my favorite type of winter jackets on the blog. I'm really picky when it comes to what type of jacket I like, since some just aren't very flattering. I love the timelessness of quilted jackets and their elegant fit! What is your favorite/most worn jacket?
  • Happy Wednesday y'all! I woke up this morning with a fever, and migraine. I'm actually kind of surprised I didn't get sick sooner since so many colds and the flu are going around. I've been sleeping all day and am just starting to feel a bit better. I've heard a lot about the medicine ball tea from Starbucks and think today might be the perfect day to try it! What are your favorite remedies for colds and flu?
  • The cutest turtleneck to take away your Monday blues! After a long week at school last week and a busy weekend with school dances, and the Super Bowl, I woke up this morning thinking is it the weekend yet? One thing I've been trying to get into the habit of, is leaving myself an hour and a half in the mornings to make breakfast, do a devotional and get ready. Some mornings I'll even listen to a glorious in the mundane podcast (they're so good!) For me half an hour of sleep doesn't make as much of a difference as an extra half an hour to wake up and get ready slowly! Who else needs another day off?
  • Happy Friday babes! I'm sharing some of my favorite things from the month of January on the blog, like these leopard loafers! They're so comfortable, stylish and dress up a sweater and jeans! This weekend I really want to redo my office space! Right now it isn't very organized and the one room I just never got around to designing. I've seen copper clothing racks all over the internet and am dying to have one! They don't seem that difficult to make and I think it'd be fun to do a diy! Would y'all want to see a post about my office makeover? Also what things were you obsessed with this month!?

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