THE WILL TO WIN

This weekend was exactly what I needed…I spent the whole weekend indoors and basically left the house just to get food. My poor boyfriend has been sick but I like to smother him so I sat in his house for three consecutive days while he was ill/in and out of sleeping/coughing/etc…You get it. He couldn’t do much and I really didn’t want to do much so we spent much needed time indoors doing a whole lot of nothing. It was SUCH a dream. LOL. We’re always doing SOMETHING…it’s the only time I’ve ever gotten him to sit still and do nothing. Some quick insight: Even when we’re laying out by the pool he has his laptop out doing work, or he’s going downstairs to get us boba or he’s playing with the dog…SIT DOWN. It was so nice to watch him relax…Sorry babe! 🙂

We watched lots of cool documentaries, some on interior design, algorithms, and even math (sounds boring but I PROMISE they were all interesting)…BUT MY FAVORITE ONE was the Tony Robbins Netflix documentary: I Am Not Your Guru. I’ve heard many people talk about it but I needed to see it for myself. Needless to say, I loved it. He talked about living a deeper life, being fulfilled and how to have more meaningful relationships. I don’t want to give too much away because I HIGHLY recommend everyone see it for themselves but I do want to share one thing from the documentary that stuck with me…

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Tony describes a life changing moment where he “felt the grace of God.” Sometimes things happen by chance or because you put it in motion, but MANY times, we fail to see where God’s grace could be the real reason certain things happen for us. Tony describes a poem that was given to him by a professor (I won’t go into detail as to how this poem changed his life) but it is a poem I now love and wanted to share with you!

Read below and HAPPY MONDAY!

PS- I am looking to buy a book by Tony Robbins and I’m unsure which one to choose! Any suggestions?!

The Will To Win Speech

By Vince Lombardi

Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win
once in a while; you don’t do things right once in a while; you do them
right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and
that’s first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay,
and I don’t ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl
game, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has
been an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win,
and to win.

Every time a football player goes to ply his trade he’s got to play from the
ground up – from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of
him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That’s O.K. You’ve got to
be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you’ve got
to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you’re lucky
enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’s never going
to come off the field second.

Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of
organization – an army, a political party or a business. The principles are
the same. The object is to win – to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds
hard or cruel. I don’t think it is.

It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive
games draw the most competitive men. That’s why they are there – to compete.
To know the rules and objectives when they get in the game. The object is to
win fairly, squarely, by the rules – but to win.

And in truth, I’ve never known a man worth his salt who in the long run,
deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline. There
is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh
reality of head to head combat.

I don’t say these things because I believe in the “brute” nature of man or
that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe
in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the
greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has
worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of
battle – victorious.

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MODERN FAMILY

Happy September! Last month my boyfriend and I had a wedding to attend in Utah. Plans changed last minute and he offered me a new trip – a trip to Palm Springs with my family. He knows how much I LOVE Palm Springs and I was genuinely excited. I am always impressed by his ability to take action quickly and change a situation from negative to positive! He told me that he’d put it together if I was able to get everyone on board so I immediately called my brother and then my parents (I waste no time). Once my brother and his fiancé were on board, I called my parents…EVERYONE LOVED THE IDEA! NEXT- We were onto the planning phase! Where were we going to stay?! Leave it to my brother and my boyfriend to find the COOLEST homes for us to choose from. SWOON.

There we were- a week out from family vacay #1! I was ecstatic. This was not only thoughtful on my boyfriend’s end but it was SUCH a GREAT break for me. I hadn’t been on a vacay in a while and I was excited to pack nothing but bikinis.

Next on my list – bikini shopping! I live for a good high waist so I immediately bought 3 bikinis online and rush delivered them 🙂 I honestly didn’t pack anything until the night before but I was so excited nonetheless. We were gone for three days and the vacation consisted of homemade breakfasts, dinners on the Palm Springs strip…and LOTS of sun. Here are just a couple of photos from the trip – I have so many more saved on my phone and many were shared on my instastories!

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I also wanted to share some photos of the modern home we stayed in. It was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Every space in that home was built from my dreams. Clean lines, concrete, and high ceilings. Dream aesthetic!

We played games of pool/Jenga, took lots of fun photos and ate REALLY good food! I can’t wait for the next family trip! XO

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SUMMER SOUNDS

Where did Summer go?

We’re about three weeks away from the Fall season and I wanted to share my favorite songs of the Summer. I love music – all music – and I thought I’d share my favorites from the last 3 months. I heard the VMAs we’re on last night? How did I miss that?!

This has been such an incredible Summer for me and I love having a soundtrack to my life…so thank you Spotify for keeping all of my playlists in order! I narrowed it down to 12 songs – and I love ALL of them. There are so many more songs (many personal ones that probably aren’t that popular, that I decided to keep off the list) but I am pretty sure everyone has heard these 12!

Click below to listen to my favorites of the season. XO

  1. Wild Thoughts
  2. Unforgettable
  3. Magnolia
  4. Despacito
  5. It Ain’t Me
  6. Crying in the Club
  7. First Day Out
  8. Redbone
  9. Signs
  10. Blem
  11. Mask Off
  12. LOVE

Feel free to share yours below 🙂

5 SUMMER READS!

SIX WEEKS LEFT OF SUMMER! I love this season, honestly, keep me in hot weather for the rest of my life. Sun worshiper over here! I wanted share some of my favorite books that are perfect for laying out under an umbrella and diving into. How often are you guys buying books? I just ordered a book on Amazon before I wrote this post. Honestly, I can’t help myself. Today happens to be National Book Lovers Day, so I thought I’d share five of my favorite summer reads at the moment. Check them out below.

HOW’S YOUR SOUL

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This is a book about being okay on the inside. It’s a book about being satisfied, stable, and healthy on a soul level. The author explores what it looks like to cultivate a healthy soul. This book takes you through the journey of realization where we come to terms with the fact that our soul’s only true home can be found in one person, God.

SWEETBITTER

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Details, details, details. This book is written so well. The way the author describes everything – using every sense – especially taste and smell…SO good! Sex, drugs, rock-n-roll, New York and a love triangle are all things you can expect to encounter in this book.

HOW TO STOP WORRYING AND START LIVING

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Some great things you’ll learn in this book (haven’t yet finished it):

  1. How to eliminate fifty percent of business worries immediately.
  2. Avoid fatigue — and keep looking young.
  3. Add one hour a day to your waking life.
  4. Find yourself and be yourself.

I hope these four reasons alone are enough to have you order this book NOW.

HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE LEAD

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This mini book was given to me by mom a couple weeks ago. It’s a New York Times best seller, 150 pages long and truly breaks down what it means to take your influence to the next level. When she gave me this book the first thing I did was grab a pen and hit the nail salon! LOL. What better place to read and take notes? This book is broken down into 5 levels and each level is more important than the next!

THE UNTETHERED SOUL

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I will write about this book over and over again until all of you have it in your hand/on your bookshelf. The one question this book always comes back to is this: Who are you? Are you a partner in a relationship? Are you a collection of experiences that have shaped you? Are you a teacher? A student?

So many of these questions can be answered if you think outside of yourself and truly look at yourself as an individual being with many experiences that have shaped you up until this very moment. When you think of who you are what you believe in, you become more in tune with who you are meant to be. A MUST READ.

 

If you have any questions regarding any of these books or others that I have blogged about, message me or comment below! XO.

 

AUGUST MUST HAVES

HAPPY AUGUST! You may have noticed I only blogged once last month. HECTIC month to say the least! Super excited to start this brand new month in a good headspace. I can’t believe we’re starting MONTH 8 OF 2017! Where has the time gone? I can’t even begin to explain how incredible 2017 has been for me, the best year of my life…but that’s for a different blog post! 🙂

Check out my August Must Haves below!

MMM DYPTIQUE!

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This is an every month must have. I understand it’s a little expensive but I LIVE for the scent!

HELLO GUCCI.

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I just can’t get over Gucci’s rebrand of the new GG logo. I honestly would take this bag in any color but how PRETTY is this mystic white Marmont?

MULE LOVE IT!

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I am a sucker for a good mule. I love this rose gold color too. They tie up any outfit and they’re acceptable for work 🙂

BODY CON.

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I. LOVE. BODY. CON. ANYTHING. I just think there’s nothing better than a girl who’s Body Con(fident) enough to show off all those curves! I love the Leith brand and happened to wear a Leith dress last year on my birthday.

ELIZABETH AND JAMES FTW!

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I’m obsessed with bags. I had this bag in my hand recently while my boyfriend took me shopping and I put it down last minute. Sometimes I regret those decisions LOL. I am super indecisive when it comes to fashion though…I’ll live. How great is this color?

ONE MORE TIME, WE GUCCI!

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I love a good espadrille. And obviously, at this point, we all know I LOVE Gucci.

 

Once again, happy August! I hope something REALLY exciting happens for each and every one of you this month. Enjoy the last full month of Summer! 🙂 XO

WHITE ON WHITE ON WHITE

CURRENT OBSESSION: ALL THINGS WHITE.

Maybe it’s the weather? The season? MAYBE it’s my bright white nails as I type. Lately, I have been obsessed with all things white. YSL, Balenciaga, Gucci…just some of the best designer brands coming out with bright white handbags just in time for the summer. I picked 5 of my favorites to share with you. Click below! Happy July! 🙂

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GUCCI

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CHLOE

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VICTORIA BECKHAM

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WHAT A GEM!

For. The. Love. Of. Jewelry!

Sometimes I forget how much I love jewelry. I see my mom sleeping in some of her jewelry (wedding band, earrings, a necklace, etc.) and I am rather impressed. The wedding ring I get, but everything else just seems like a lot! Nevertheless, I really do LOVE jewelry sometimes, especially dainty pieces. I am a sucker for yellow and rose gold, but lately, I am loving white gold just as much. I think it’s important to dress up outfits with a good pair of earrings or a choker. I think fashion embodies more than clothes and shoes — there’s jewelry, makeup, hair and even nail polish if we’re getting really detailed here! Check out some of my favorite pieces below! XO

Dana Rebecca Diamond Initial Ring

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I’m all about initials right now. Especially my boyfriend’s initials. It doesn’t hurt that his initials are the abbreviation for Cali 🙂

Gucci Double-G Stud Earrings

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I was never a huge Gucci lover, but once I got my bag and my Gucci Princetowns, I became obsessed. I now have a matching cardholder (thanks CA) that I love just as much!

Gucci Double-G Stack Ring

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What’s better than a little matchy matchy? This ring with the matching earrings above works for me!

Monica Vinader ‘Siren’ Medium Semiprecious Stone Stacking Ring 

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This rose gold and blue lace agate combo is everything. I have no real method when it comes to jewelry, some days I have a set and sometimes I just LOVE a good mix and match.

Zoe Chicco Turquoise Stacking Ring

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It’s tiny and I love it! I know this is a stackable ring but, for me, I’d much rather wear it alone on my middle finger.

Michael Kors Interlocking Logo Ring Pendant Necklace

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I really love rose gold. It’s quite apparent at this point. I like this piece because the rings interlock, yet it’s still dainty AND it happens to be on sale right now 🙂  Check it out and grab one!

Marchesa Chandelier Earrings

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These Marchesa earrings! Swoon! I am not big on wearing a necklace and earrings together if the earrings are this fab – but! With earring this fab, what else would you need?

Happy Summer babies!

FINDING YOUR ZEN.

The month of June (we’re halfway through!) has already been hectic for me. I feel like now, more than ever, I am trying to find REAL work/life balance. Most importantly for me, I have found that finding some time for rest and relaxation is Mission: Critical!

Last Saturday, I was in bed by 11 pm. Honestly, it was needed. I woke up Sunday morning refreshed, got a latte, and went on a hike. Whether it’s a massage, a manicure or some time out in the sun; taking some time for yourself will not only make you feel better, but it will have other people wanting to enjoy your company as well!

Here are some of my favorite things to do when life gets a little hectic:

  1. Go on a walk – Especially when it’s sunny! Get a tan, some vitamin D and hang out with Mother Nature!
  2. Get my nails done – Once a week, necessary!
  3. Get a blowout – I don’t do this very often but every once in a while I head over to Drybar and get a GOOD blowout.
  4. Book a massage – I got a massage on Monday and it kicked off my week perfectly. Sometimes you just need an hour of quiet time to relax the back.
  5. Read a book – On Saturday night I went to Barnes & Noble and bought 5 books LOL. I won’t lie, I am SO happy I did. I am already halfway through 3 of them! Reading also helps me wind down and get sleepy, it works like a charm every time.
  6. Listen to a guided meditation – I highly recommend the Insight Timer app! Get. On. It! 🙂
  7. Sleep early – This is my go-to stress reliever, nothing like a good night’s sleep.
  8. Go on a hike – I love being in nature, I went on a hike on Monday before my massage and it completely changed my mood after a busy day at work.

What are your favorite things to do when the world around you gets a little crazy?

PS- I did not mention yoga because lately I have not had time to go to yoga as much I’d like to, unfortunately. I like to take my best friend’s classes and our schedules conflict a lot. I absolutely love yoga and I HIGHLY recommend Corepower Yoga if you’re looking to find your inner Yogi 🙂 XO

TRAVEL BUCKET LIST – “Not all those who wander…”

I am sure everyone has their fair share of places that they want to visit. Wanderlust is a real thing and I find myself wanting to leave the country every couple of years! 🙂  Here are some places I really want to visit and why: Zakynthos, Greece; Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in France (specifically); Marrakesh, Morocco; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Rio de Janiero, Brazil; and Sicily, Italy.

Read + check out pics below as I share why these six places are on my travel bucket list!

1. Zakynthos, Greece—this is the ultimate honeymoon destination for me. Santorini, Athens, Mykonos—all stunning…but have you seen Zakynthos?! I truly believe that paradise is on earth and it’s located in that clear blue water.

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2. Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, France—this incredible hotel is strictly a tumblr-esque want of mine. I have never been big on Pinterest, but Tumblr…I am all about it. Whenever I would see photos of du Cap-Eden Roc I would continuously wonder where this marvelous place was. Then in 2011, I saw photos posted on a friend’s social media site; I was absolutely stunned by it. She posted photos in front of the long driveway into the hotel and I was swooning over the chateau-esque vibe. It has become even more famous than ever due to IG fashion bloggers and the Cannes Film Festival, but seeing her personal photos showed me, I too, would love it.

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3. Marrakesh, Morocco—thriving souks, palaces and mosques adorn Morocco. I still put Moroccan pillows in my room just to dress up the neutral vibe. I really just want to go to Marrakesh for the amazing marketplaces, spices, shopping…and of course…so I can eat a meal on the floor with my hands!

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4. Buenos Aires, Argentina—I’ve been to Egypt twice (father was born there), but I have not been to Argentina. One of the reasons why Buenos Aires is on my list is because my mother was born in Buenos Aires and lived there through her childhood. The way she speaks about Buenos Aires is amazing, I would never want to go there without her. When I went to Egypt, I found that half the reason why I even loved it so much was because my father was busy telling me stories about different buildings, beaches and cities. I’ve been told Buenos Aires is the city for me; I can’t wait to visit…with my mama in tow.

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5. Rio de Janiero, Brazil—the Christ the Redeemer statue alone will put me on that 10+ hour flight to Rio. Something about watching soccer as a child—the yellow and green jerseys, my mom speaking about her father speaking Portuguese and the way the soccer players all had golden brown skin made me think it was the place to be…but then! Snoop d-o-double g himself came out with a music video for his song “Beautiful.” Sold. If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you get on it!

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6. Sicily, Italy—my grandmother, my mother’s mother—was born and raised in Sicily. My parents visited Sicily before they were married and they told me all about what an incredible trip they had. My grandmother and great aunt are two of the greatest human beings I know: loud-passionate-loving-forever screaming-hardcore Italian women. If I have the chance to meet more people like them, let alone a whole city filled with synonymous souls, I’m taking it.

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JUNE MUST HAVES

I am a litttttle late on my June Must Haves but I wanted to share some of the cute pieces of fashion that I currently have my eye on. From new slides to Bardot dresses, this post might be a little all over the place 🙂

If there’s one thing I’ve realized about my own sense of style is that I do not have one set type of style or one go-to look (minus high-waist denims, those are a must). I might be in Adidas Gazelles one day and Steve Madden stilettos the next day. High waist jeans or a floral mini print dress. A TOPSHOP fedora or a flower crown. I am obsessed with fashion because it’s FUN for me to pick and choose the type of person I want to be that day – Sporty Spice or Ginger Spice? Serena or Blair? Hippie vibe or boss vibe? I like it all.

Below are some of my favorite pieces. PS- summer is a week away! I am SO excited! XO

Pixie Pearl Slide Sandal

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GO ON DARK WASH HIGH-WAISTED SKINNY JEANS

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LEND A HAND MEDIUM WASH DISTRESSED DENIM OVERALLS

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GUCCI Sunglasses, GG0062S

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TOPSHOP Rose Print Bardot Midi Dress

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