Happiness Project

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

So this week's "On My Radar" is a little different. Lately, I have been thinking a lot about what makes me happy. Most things are really simple, not complicated, and things I can often surround myself with. I think a lot of us, myself included, can easily get caught up in the negative. Whether it's negative self talk (I'm the WORST at this), complaining, and even gossiping. All of it is a major buzzkill and just toxic. So I wanted to share with you what makes me happy and by compiling this list, it gave me a chance to really think about just that.

Books and magazines. I love magazines so much, especially ones with unique content and gorgeous photography. It is hard to find books that immediately grab me, but when I do there is nothing better than getting completely wrapped up in it so much so that you cannot put the thing down. An insane cup of coffee. Sure I thought I wanted a Keurig like everyone else, but honestly the coffee isn't great. We bought a french press and take the extra time to brew ridiculous coffee on the weekends and it makes all the difference in the world. Finding pastimes you love. I have to credit my boyfriend to these two activities, but he has given me a love of playing darts and listening to records. I could do both for hours and it brings such joy and a I feel so relaxed while doing both.

This should come as no surprise but I have happily traded crazy nights out at packed bars for lower key nights in with friends. I absolutely love grilling and having cookouts, but it can be as easy as ordering pizza and hanging out that makes the best nights. Memory triggers. What I mean by that are things that bring me back to good times, places and people. I have an Archipelago candle that was made to smell like Charleston. I have had such good memories there, and each time I light it that good feeling comes right on back. I just started keeping a gratitude journal. Each day I write down the things that made me happy, the things I am grateful for, and the high of the day. The act of writing it all down really shifts perspective for me. Also, on crummy days I have something I can look back at to remind me that life really is good.

Last, but certainly not least, I think this is an age thing but boy do I appreciate a really really good cocktail. Not with crappy rail spirits, but with ones I like and can appreciate. The last time we "bar hopped" was only to places that handcraft insane cocktails. We weren't drinking to get drunk, but rather appreciating the delicious drinks. I also keep my favorite vodka at home and indulge in a real bay breeze from time to time (who knew that actual real juice and good vodka could taste so amazing?). Really it always comes back to the little things.

So there you have it, just a few things that make me really happy. I would love to know what makes you happy and how you stay positive. 

Summer School

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Last week I attended my first rewardStyle event. The team at rewardStyle is traveling across the country visiting major cities to educate bloggers in their Summer School series. I'll be the first to admit I was SO nervous going into the event. I am a newish blogger and small potatoes in the blogging world, and I knew I would be among some really well known big deal bloggers (many that I myself follow). Also I am very new to rewardStyle, like just a few weeks into it kind of new. The prospect of a three hour "How To Be a Better Blogger" session was really exciting and nerve-racking, but I am so glad I went.

some amazing swag bags we got courtesy of rewardStyle, Kendra Scott, & Vim + Vigor, and a GlamRocks preview

I learned so much about rewardStyle, social media, how to be more consistent across my platforms, and how to bring my readers better content. I left with pages full of notes and feeling really invigorated and reinvested in my blog. The ladies of rewardStyle were really welcoming, knowledgeable, and so enthusiastic you can tell they really enjoy what they do.

Another perk of Summer School was a presentation by Kendra Scott's team and a preview of their very newly launched GlamRocks line. This collection is dripping with what I can only describe as "edgey sparkle." The drusy pieces are to die for and I have my eye on the "Ella Ring." If you aren't familiar with Kendra Scott jewelry you HAVE to check it out! The pieces have that expensive luxe look, while being affordable. I also love their Color Bar where you can choose various jewelry pieces in tons of great colors that work for you.

two of my favorite pieces from the new GlamRocks line the Ella ring and Ellie studs

I had an amazing time at summer school and really look forward to future events like this!

Finalizing My Skincare Routine

Monday, July 21, 2014

serum c/o

Taking care of my skin isn't something I have been great at in the past. I have really been focusing on taking care of it from the inside out since thirty is not so far away. At this stage in the game it has been really important for me to consider what I'm putting on my skin, and what preventative measures I'm taking. Given all that information, you can imagine how excited I was when I was given the chance to try and review Radical Skincare's Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum. Now if you have read my blog, you may know that I have loved the other two Radical Skincare products I've tried (read about them here) and have put them into my regimen.

I received the product in May, and have wanted to wait until now to give my honest review after using the product for a while. I am happy to report that just as I assumed I would be, I am thrilled with this product. I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin, and this serum did not agitate it in the least bit. A serum for all skin types seems too good to be true, but it's just that. In the past two months I have noticed my skin tone has evened out (bye bye blotchy patches), skin firmness around jaw and chin has improved, the few wrinkles I have are less defined and have filled out some, and my skin has never felt softer. Typically, a product with such potency contains all sorts of scary ingredients. Not so with Radical Skincare. This serum is free of parabens, sufates, phthalates, but packed full of antioxidants and free radical fighting ingredients.

Truthfully, I cannot say enough good things about the Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum. It is a such a great way to revitalize your skin and combat prematuring aging. I have enjoyed using Radical Skincare's products, and loved reaping the many benefits they've provided. You can purchase Radical Skincare's products in their online shop, or at Sephora.

Thanks to the wonderful people at Radical Skincare for sponsoring this post and allowing me to try and review their great products. All opinions are my own.

Drop Everything

Sunday, July 20, 2014


This year's Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is so so so good! So far I have bought a Clarisonic for the boyfriend (he's a believer) and a pair of leopard pumps that are already sold out! Thins have been going fast online, so if you see something you like you better hop to it! The makeup exclusives and athletic wear are total steals! While boots and accessories are seriously marked down. Round it all up with the most perfect go with anything Michele watch and a leather moto jacket and you are on your way to one helluva closet!

Has anyone done any shopping at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale yet? Would love to you what you have scooped up!



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hi friends. I am sorry I have been pretty absent this week. I am having a personal issue right now that I am not feeling like sharing, but it's taking everything out of me right now. So I need to focus on that, and not put up crappy or uber emotional posts that I will regret later on. Thanks for understanding while I take a little time off for myself.

On a happy note, tonight I am attending rewardStyle's DC School Night and I am pretty excited about it. This is an educational event that I'm really looking forward to, not to mention meeting more local bloggers is something I am really trying to do. I cannot wait to experience my first event with rewardStyle!

By the way did you know "namaste" means "I bow to the divine in you"? I'm not feeling so divine, but hopefully I can get that back soon!

Loving Lately: Upholstered Headboards

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Upholstered headboards are nothing new in the world of interior design, but I think the novelty behind them recently is the influx of DIY versions. Sure I have pinned tutorials on doing it, but the mechanics of actually taking on this project were always a little too much for me. I then decided I would hold out, save up and by the frame or headboard of my dreams. Enter reality. I have been looking for two years and the only one I am in love with is $2,000 from Restoration Hardware. I seriously entertained the idea for a while, but then as per usual I think of everything else I can do with 2k and am at peace with the concept of HELL NO!

I live in an apartment, albeit a nice one with lots of space, but it's not my forever home or even my starter home. I cringe at the idea of having huge furniture that fills my spacious apartment, only to move it in to my first house with small rooms that are dwarfed by immense pieces. It looks absurd, trust me. So now the idea of a DIY headboard with a price tag peaking at $150 is becoming very attractive to me. Even more attractive is that my boyfriend is now behind the idea too. He gets to work on a project and be a guy, and I get the exact headboard I want. Win win!

There are so many tutorials out there, and I haven't narrowed down the exact one we are going to use. So while I figure that part out, I pulled together some of the headboard inspiration that I really like. Obviously I want a neutral, probably nail head trim, and I haven't decided on tufting or not yet. If any of you have done a DIY headboard or have any pointers I would LOVE to hear them!


all images via Pinterest

Weekend + Links

Friday, July 11, 2014

Happy Friday! I am so excited for a weekend sans plans (my how the times have changed!). Let's get into some links!

This shirt perfectly captures my mentality (for real).

Ever wanted to try barre, or wanted to do it on the go/at home? Try this full 55-minute barre workout on youtube, all you need is a chair, a mat, and very light hand weights!

While we're on the subject of fitness, try this evening ab circuit that was designed to be done in front of the tv! Now you can do something productive while frying your brain cells with reality tv.

BaubleBar has been KILLING IT lately, and I'm especially loving their natural stone jewelry lately. This necklace (in clear) would be the perfect additional to any look, or would make a perfect layering piece!

Ever wanted to try GlamGlow mud mask, but found the price tag a little off-putting? Have no fear this DIY version is a lot cheaper and yields a high quantity for the price!

It's no secret that I'm a sucker for sangria, but this rose´version has me that much more excited.

You guys, I'm the worst when it comes to cleaning my makeup brushes. I am actually too embarassed to say the last time I cleaned them was. Elizabeth Dehn shares her quick, easy, and all-natural tips to clean those nasty, germy brushes.

I cannot wait to try these shrimp scampi skewers! Eaten alone, atop of a big salad, or even for entertaining these look like major crowd pleasers.

Have an awesome weekend, especially my Southern Blog Society friends at this year's conference! Wish I could be in Atlanta with you! xx

{image via}