Mara, From HTX to PDX

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Feb 28, 2017


My whole experience in Portland has really been a bit of a whirlwind. I have been battling winter, trying to to get sick like literally everyone else (not an exaggeration), and with my back to back traveling I had one magic item packed that saved my life.
I review a lot of items and when it comes to beauty this the Body Shop was not in my daily rotation. The oils of life eye cream-gel is something I now swear by and have placed into my already 5 step beauty regimen. I always say I was born with bags under my eyes. When I am really tired they get bigger and darker, and when I am very very tired or sad, they get really puffy. The texture of this product is literally a gel-cream and doesn't leave a thick residue when it dries. I slathered this on every morning when I was in NY and it noticeably made me look more awake.

I am making strides to be healthy but it really is more difficult to transition than I thought it would be. There have been many twists since I have been here from moving, getting rear ended, gaining weight (even though I eat mostly healthier than before), and much more. If this was all happening a year ago I would be super depressed about it all, but I am still in pretty good spirits (for now). Taking care of you skin is so important in these times, it is so easy for everyone to tell you look worn if you do nothing to fight it!

Another item I have never tried before is this Liquid peel. I was a little adamant at first but I think it is really interesting. I use my Drops of Youth Liquid Peel about every 4 days just because it is a skin peel and would be too abrasive to wear everyday. You basically apply it to your skin and just start rubbing it until it leaves these gross clumps of dead skin in your hands. You really only need about a pump for your whole face so this product does a long way! I have been using it about 2 weeks and can definitely tell a difference in my skin.

The Body Shop is hitting it out the park AGAIN with these new skincare products. When I was younger I would walk by the Body Shop only because it smelled SOOO GOOD. You could smell it from many stores down, I always thought it was expensive but now that I am older and can see how long the products last and the quality ingredients in them, I really recommend them. If you are in the market for a new eye cream or peel these are reasonably priced and are made with quality concentrated ingredients that worked very well for me.



Feb 25, 2017

Weekend Doge| Glassesshop Review

I have a slight obsession with readers. I don't wear glasses so I use them as a fun accessory every now and then. When reached out to review a pair of frames I got really excited and picked this simple tortoise shell style with metal arms. This pair comes in 4 colors so if you aren't feeling the tortoise you have options here, as well as the many frames on their website. They go with everything including my Doge Toshi. I actually wore them to the Maxim party when I was in Houston and left them there! Luckily my pup is very photogenic and stepped in to help collaborate with me. A true family affair. 
How do you even find the best glasses for your face? Here is a quick guide on how to pick the perfect pair depending on your face shape:

Wear round or oval shaped lenses.
Darker frames look better as well. 

You are lucky, almost any style looks great on your face!
Just focus on accentuating your facial curves.

Oval and round shaped lenses look best. 
Go for a lighter frame here to balance a narrow chin.

Go for a square or angular lens.

Hope that helps as a small guideline!
I miss this little pup, but OMG he looks amazing. Shout out to Kyle for taking these photos as well.

Feb 22, 2017


I can't escape this trend of track pants with heels. It's nearly impossible to get my back into heels, I know its only been like 4 months, but after wearing sneakers almost every day this trend might be a little rough! I think this look is super cute and can't wait to style a shoot like this soon. So many "girl on the go vibes" with this look.
Heels with Track pants is next level athleisure. If you are afraid of diving this far in, its easiest to start with a pair of simple sneakers like adidas Stan Smiths. They are classic and literally go with everything. The reverse of heels and track pants is a suit and sneakers. You can also try a simple track or bomber jacket layered into your wardrobe. There are so many sporty elements to incorporate into your look, but my favorite is definitely sneakers.
And everyone keeps saying athleisure is a dying trend. This look is so perfect for a girl on the go.



Feb 20, 2017

GIVEAWAY: Springing Forward with Jord Watches

I can't get enough of these cool watches. I recently was sent a Frankie Wood Watch from Jord and it is quickly becoming my new favorite accessory for this spring. The Frankie comes in many colors. I have the Koa and Ash edition and my eye is on Purpleheart and Plum.
Its my first spring in Portland and its already a wet and rainy one! As we transition seasons, I can't wait to rock this watch a little more. Its been the perfect travel companion and looks great with everything.

What are your goals for Spring? I personally want to explore more of Portland and get back on my fitness routine. It's always rough getting into the flow of things during the winter. Its starting to thaw here in PDX, the days a getting a bit longer and before we know it, it will be time to set our clocks forward and spring ahead!  Here are some ways to get motivated for spring:

1) Make a Vision Board: I recommended this at the beginning of the year but a vision board is a great reminder of all of the things you want to accomplish. If you haven't yet, spring is a great time to get one started. 

2) Make a new routine: If you have skipped going to the gym, add a special day or two to your calendar. Take it slow and start increasing your commitment. 

3) Spring Clean: This one is obvious! Clean your closet, your kitchen, your storage. In moving over 2000 miles away from my hometown I strangely found it so easy to unload a lot of items that I had been hoarding though the years. 

4) Re-new: Now is a good time to start fresh. This can mean new wardrobe pieces, new home decor, or even trying new recipes. Maybe its the PNW gloom, but I am dying to add a little bit of color and life into my home. I already added a new statement piece to my wardrobe, my new Jord Watch.

5) Relax: I have been traveling a little bit, and it seems like everyone around me is sick! Now is a good time to refocus on personal health and read a good book, buy some new bath bombs, or even be a tourist in your own city. 

Spring is such a great time to spring forward. I'm giving everyone the chance to spring forward with me and Jord Watches!
I'm hosting a $100 Giveaway towards one of these lovely wood watches. My Luxury Wooden Watch Giveaway ends on 3/5! Everyone who enters wins a prize sooo be sure to try your big luck HERE.
Be sure to enter my giveaway below: 


Feb 17, 2017

PHOTOLOG: Concrete Jungle Vibes

This post has taken longer than usual, my body is finally crashing! I have been going home and falling asleep. NO BUENO. It is luckily a 3 day weekend so I will be able to get some work done but also fit in some real rest. NY was so fun, I need to visit for fun later this year. The day we arrived it was an amazing 60 degrees, and then by day 2 we woke up to a mini blizzard. I DIDN'T HATE IT! NYC actually salts the sidewalks so it wasn't scary trying to walk around or get anywhere that we needed to be. Major WIN.
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