March 19, 2019

Fashion

One of my top requests recently has been to share some of my One-Piece Swimsuit Picks for this Spring. I get really excited about one-piece swimsuits these days because for so long I have personally felt really uncomfortable in a bikini. Although I still wear them, there is nothing quite like a fashionable one-piece and I have found several beautiful options to share with you today!

One-Piece Swimsuits

I thought it would be fun to divide these up into a few different categories. Below you will find beautiful splurge-worthy one-piece swimsuits, ones with wraps, and wardrobe staple one-piece basics! When I saw this one, I almost died, it’s so incredibly beautiful. There are a ton of one-piece options out there and I will link a few additional ones below, that I forgot to add to this collage. I love how one-piece swimsuits can be so fashionable and worn with pants to create a fun look for the beach! See more swimwear here.

What is your go-to swimsuit style?

One-Piece Swimsuit Picks for Spring 2019

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March 13, 2019

Beauty

I recently went for my first ever microneedling treatment and wanted to share with you my procedure process and what to expect if you decide to try microneedling for yourself. Before going in, I was extremely nervous. My dermatologist called in a numbing cream to a local pharmacy and that made me pretty skeptical about how painful the treatment would be. I had already made the decision to give microneedling a try because after having acne for so many years, I am ready to start healing my scars. Even though I was nervous about the treatment, I went through with it and I am so glad that I did. 

Despite looking like I had the worst sunburn imaginable the first day and then looking like I slept with a tiger on the second day, after a few days, my skin was glowing and my overall complexion is already improving drastically with just one treatment. I’m not going to sugar coat it and tell you that it was a walk in the park, at least not for me, but I am going to tell you that I would definitely do it again. These pictures are definitely not my best glamour shots, but one thing I admire most about reviews is honesty and realness, even if it isn’t pretty. So, I hope that you find this post insightful and helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email or leave it in a comment!

Also, before we get started, I should note that my skin is extremely sensitive and gets red easily. I usually get flushed just after washing my face! You can see more of my beauty blog posts here

My First Microneedling Experience | What to Expect My First Microneedling Experience | What to Expect

Microneedling: The Treatment Itself

Numbing

As I mentioned before, my dermatologist called in a numbing cream for me to pick up from a local pharmacy, prior to my appointment. I was asked to come in a little bit early, to have the topical numbing cream applied and sit allow it to soak in for about 45 to 1 hour, prior to the treatment beginning. From what I understand, this is pretty common, so if you are planning on having a microneedling treatment done, I would recommend bringing something to do while you wait. 

The numbing cream itself was more of a gel consistency and did tingle a bit, once it began working. Your face will become numb and if you haven’t experienced something like this before, it might feel extremely weird, but that’s totally normal. Mild discomfort is normal and once the treatment begins, you won’t notice the tingling at all. For my microneedling treatment, my dermatologist used the Skinpen. Their website has even more information, so be sure to check that out. However, you will notice that my skin did not look like the model they have on their site, after my appointment!

The Microneedling Treatment

My dermatologist began by removing the rubbing cream from my face and cleaning my face with alcohol. Having the alcohol placed around my nose and mouth was probably the most uncomfortable portion of the treatment, for me. the fumes were terrible! Then, working in sections, she used the pen to cover the surface of my skin small using circular motions, in a serious of continues lines, until each section was complete. She did left side, chin, right side, forehead, and then my nose last. The treatment itself barely lasted 20 minutes if that. A gel of some type is used in the process to allow the pen to glide easily on your skin. After my face was cleaned and a the Skinfuse, a hydrogel, was placed on my skin to keep it soothed and hydrated. 

Pricing

Because I was unsure if I would be happy with the results or wish to have more than one done treatment done, I did a one time purchase. It is recommended that a few microneedling treatments be done to see full results, although the amount of treatment differs depending on the individual. The price for my single treatment was $500, however, I’m sure costs will vary depending on where you are located. Online, the range varies from $200-$700.

My First Microneedling Experience | What to Expect My First Microneedling Experience | What to Expect My First Microneedling Experience | What to Expect My First Microneedling Experience | What to Expect

(My skin about a week after the treatment)

Microneedling: Pain, Aftercare and Healing Process

Pain

Looking in the mirror was a bit of a shock, but if you google microneedling, it really isn’t that shocking. However, when it’s your own face, it is a little scary! I was sent home with a gentle cleanser and moisturizer sample, as well as the Skinfuse to apply on my skin. I didn’t find the microneedling itself that uncomfortable. With the numbing cream, the microneedling itself felt good on most parts of my skin. The pain came in when areas that have bone closer to the skin were treated. Areas like my cheekbones, forehead, upper lip area, and of course if spots were treated multiple times, tended to get more sensitive to the needling. I was surprised that my nose didn’t hurt. To be honest, the nose was the least sensitive area, follows by the hollows of my cheeks.

Directly after the treatment, my face felt like I had an extremely bad sunburn. It was warm and burning and felt pretty tight and dry. This feeling continued for most of the first day. By the end of the day, I rinsed my face and was able to apply some of the gel that afternoon. On day two, most of the pain had subsided however my skin still felt pretty tight. By day three, all of the pain and tightness was gone and my skin was feeling back to normal. It just didn’t look quite normal yet.

Aftercare and Healing

To be honest, I was hoping that my skin would have bounced back quicker than it did. But, when it did bounce it was glowing, smooth and the tone was much more even than before. The first two days my skin was extremely red and it looked pretty rough, honestly. By day three, the redness was going away and only a few spots were still noticeably red. I also began peeling around my mouth on day three. By the end of day three, beginning of day four, my skin was full on peel like never before. By day five, my skin was pretty much back to normal.

I resumed using my skincare routine, prior to what was recommended, but I honestly think this serum made a huge difference in my skin. I did, however, refrain from wearing makeup for a few days. When I did have to leave the house and applied a little makeup, my skins peeling process was pretty bad looking! I would recommend avoiding makeup as long as possible.

Microneedling: The Review

So, what’s the verdict? Is it worth it? Would I do it again?

My answer is, yes.

This was a really interesting treatment, but I can honestly say that although it was uncomfortable at points, I would 100% do it again. I don’t think that my scarring is gone after one treatment, but I do know that my skin has been much more even and glowy. I think the overall texture of my skin is much better too. It is smooth the touch, in most areas. 

Next time, I will probably see if I could have this done on a Friday so I could take the weekend to get my skin looking normal again. I am also really interested in having PRP done in combination with the Microneedling. Overall, I think I had a really great experience. I just know that in the future, I need to give myself a few days to allow my skin to look a little rough! The results were worth the mild discomfort. 

If you are wondering if you might be a candidate for microneedling, I found this post to be very informative!

Microneedling: The Video

I vlogged my daily process and also filmed a video discussing my experience and my thoughts on microneedling. 

My First Microneedling Experience | What to Expect

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March 8, 2019

Lifestyle

I jumped on the train and started listening to podcasts a couple of years ago when they became unseemingly popular. There’s no doubt that these days podcasts are one of the most highly selected forms of media. And while I haven’t started one of my own, I have definitely been tempted, I wanted to update you on the podcasts I’m listening to, right now, at the beginning of 2019.

It’s really hard to believe that after looking back, I wrote my first post recommending to you my favorite podcasts of the moment in July of 2017! That seems unbelievable, I honestly felt like I just wrote that post yesterday. Either way, I’m still listening to those same podcasts, which you can see here, along with a few new treasures I have found over the past few months!

These 7 podcasts I have recently discovered and I find myself listening to at least one show from this list per day. I listen to podcasts when I’m driving in the car, taking a shower, doing my makeup and doing how chores. Something extremely amazing always comes from each one of these podcasts. The founders of each one are knowledgeable on life and business and usually bring in some of the best guests you can imagine. 

I will do my best to give a brief description to each one, but I’m sure you have heard of many of these incredible people before. Personally, I would encourage you to check out each one. I often discover new podcasts when some of my favorite leaders are featured on one. They usually reference their interview on xyz podcast and then I will give it a listen and most of the time subscribe. Each person is different and these are all podcasts that are dedicated to personal development and business growth. 

7 Podcasts I’m Listening To Right Now

7 Podcasts I'm Listening To Right Now

Ed Mylett Show

Ed Mylett is one of my newer discoveries and obsessions, you could say. I just purchased his book Max Out and I really love Ed’s straight forward approach about life and business. He worked extremely hard to get to where he is today and I love the content and practical advice he brings to his podcast. 

Long Story Short with Bobbi Brown

All my ladies have probably heard of Bobbi Brown before, but what you might not know about is her new endeavor in JustBobbi. JustBobbi is a lifestyle destination where Bobbi Brown is sharing her passions and knowledge with us. I find Bobbi Brown so interesting and love her story and passion, with building businesses. I know she is about to make big things happen and I can’t wait to listen to her journey.

Rise and Rise Together with Rachel and Dave Hollis

A few months ago, I talked about Girl, Wash Your Face and naturally, most peoples love for Rachel Hollis continues. I love the Rise podcast where Rachel interviews business leaders and speaks on personal growth. The Rise Together podcast is geared more towards relationships and marriage advice. I love this one too and always find the relationship content relatable and informative in helping me foster my marriage. Rachel just released her new book, “Girl, Stop Apologizing” and you can bet it’s already in my cart!

The GaryVee Audio Experience

GaryVee is just a category of his own. His content probably isn’t for everyone but I love his “No BS” approach to life and business. He calls people out and pushes them to do their best and be their best or simply get out of the game. If you like it straightforward and much more casual, GaryVee will definitely whip you into shape! 

The Goop Podcast

The Goop Podcast is much more lifestyle and a little less business. Interviews on this podcast are run by GP herself or her Chief Content Officer, who you will definitely hear more frequently. The Goop Podcast always brings thinkers, doctors, and industry professionals who are doing interesting and innovated work in the Goop related field. This podcast generally focuses on personal health (physical and mental), women in business, individuals leading movements, and so on. I always find Goop content interesting and it usually gets me thinking deeper about my daily life. 

The Tony Robbins Podcast

I love listening to Tony Robbins, as do most people. I find this podcast interest and informative. Although, it does seem that the content isn’t posted regularly so I haven’t been hearing too much from it lately. However, there is a ton of great content from the prior year, or so, on the podcast.

Skimm’d from The Couch

This is my latest find after hearing an interview Arielle Charnas’ interview a couple of weeks. I love following Arielle and found her even more inspiring after listening to this conversation. Now, I’m going back through episodes and hearing real conversations from inspiring women like Tory Burch and Martha Stewart! I love how simple and to the point these podcast interviews are. If you aren’t into the filler, you will love this podcast!


What are your favorite podcasts to listen to? I am always listening to podcasts in the car or while I am getting ready for the day. Don’t forget to check out some of my other favorite podcasts here.

 

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March 5, 2019

Lifestyle

Honestly, the past month has pretty much been a blur. It has been the longest, but also the shortest month of my life. I know that doesn’t make any sense what so ever, but to be honest nothing about this situation seems to make sense sometimes and that’s ok. I just want you to know that I know I have been a little quiet on all of my platforms and promise there is an adequate excuse for that. Thank you so much for saying a prayer for us. I promise you they have been felt more than I can tell you.

I shared this email with my newsletter subscribers and forgot to take off the auto post to Facebook, so basically, everyone in our close and distant circle has read this content. However, I had always planned to share this on my blog as this is obviously a home base for all of my content. This is where I share our personal life as well as my blog content, so naturally, I want to document everything here. If you read them the email, you will already be familiar with this story, but I want to use this as a reference point for future content and make sure that this lives on long after that email.

 To be honest with you, I am a little uncomfortable sharing this, just because it is Jay’s story, not mine. It has definitely changed our lives and I want to share what a reality check this was for me with you. In order to do that, I have to first share with you what actually happened before I can share my personal thoughts on something like this. 

I promise I will share more on this in the future. I just wanted to let you know why I have been absent so I can talk more about what is going on in our daily lives on my Instagram stories!

So… here it goes.

Our Lives Have Been Changed Forever

The News No One Plans For

There are so many things in your life that you can consider or maybe even wonder how you would handle them if they ever happened. Over the years, I naturally thought about many things. Your mind wanders or at least mine does, and somehow you find yourself worrying about things that haven’t even (and probably never will) actually happen.

On the other hand, there are things that you never even consider, I mean really never consider, and then BOOM you are blindsided. That’s what happened to us almost two weeks ago.

Hearing your husband say the words, “I have cancer.” is something I never, in my worse possible thoughts, could have ever put together.

Why? How? What now?

Those are just a few of the initial thoughts that came to my head, that was of course after “Oh my gosh, I think I might be sick.” Not to mention, I literally saw stars for a second. Was it overwhelm? God? I don’t know what it was. All that I do know is that even though we knew this would possibly be the outcome, nothing we could have done would have prepared us for how we would feel when receiving that news. Honestly, I think that it’s safe to make that a general statement for anyone receiving that news. 

Obviously, it wasn’t just a “Suprise! You have cancer.” kind of thing. Jay had a spot that had been previously diagnosed as a “cyst” back in September. Over time, that had spot had changed and grown. After visiting the doctor prior to going to Miami, he said that things had definitely changed and ordered an ultrasound.

A week and a half later, Wednesday, February 6, Jay had his ultrasound. Later that day, the doctor called saying that it was most likely testicular cancer and he was able to see his urologist the next day. On Thursday, his urologist also confirmed that there was a 95% chance it was testicular cancer and scheduled for surgery the following day to remove it and send it out for a biopsy. By Friday afternoon, Jay was recovering from surgery and we were both resting from the most shocking week of our life. 

The following week (last week) we spent Monday through Wednesday waiting for the doctor to call. We prayed, played a million card games, read books, watched movies, and worked a little. It was hard to focus on anything but the doctor calling with the biopsy results. They called around 5:40 pm on Wednesday, February 13th to share that Jay had Stage 1 Testicular Cancer, a pure seminoma.

Although this wasn’t great news, it was good in the sense that it wasn’t a non-seminoma. We were back to waiting and celebrating our (I hate to call it a win, but in a way it was) somewhat good news, until Monday when he would have a scan to see if the cancer had spread.

Monday morning came and we went in for the scan. Literally, as I was writing you this email, Jay received the results of the scan sharing that there is NO EVIDENCE OF CANCER in this abdomen, pelvis, or throat. 
 

PRAISE JESUS.

We have a surgery followup appointment on Thursday and we are thinking they will discuss what we need to do then. The doctor informed us last week that he would most likely have the option to have radiation or just do scans, every few months, to check in. After discussing things, I think he will probably choose to have radiation straight away, just to make sure that this cancer is gone and not coming back. 

This is kind of like a short version of the story including all of the important details. This has truly been life changing for us both, even though it has been so quick, which I am incredibly grateful for. Prayer and our faith have kept us going and I can say with more confidence than ever that our God is so good. Even in the darkest moments, of the past couple of weeks, I have felt his strength lifting us up. 

I promise I will share more and keep you updated on this process as it continues to unfold. We didn’t want to share things too early when we still didn’t really know what was going on. I’m so thankful for our family and friends and amazing doctors who have made us a priority during this time. I know we will continue to discuss how this is affecting our lives on my various platforms here.

We are so thankful for your prayers and support during this time! I’m excited to be able to start thinking about my blog again and in a different light! 🙂

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

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February 27, 2019

Fashion

The Shopbop sale is here and it is personally one of my favorite sales of the year. It’s the perfect time to make your Spring and Summer investments while getting a bargain on your favorite new items! The Shopbop sale is a buy more, save more sale, therefore the more you buy, the more you save. I will leave all the details on that below! 

It’s not very often that I share sales here, just because I personally find bloggers that are constantly pushing sales and “Buy this! Buy that!” untrustworthy and pushy. I never want to come off like that and I don’t want to push you to buy things you don’t need or don’t want. Personally, I don’t want to push you to buy anything or feel like you need clothes, etc, to make you happy. You are perfect just the way you are.

With that said, I do want to share deals and sales with you that are worth it, in my opinion. I want my brand to represent clothes that are investment quality and will last you several years. Obviously, I do love sharing those things with you! I just wanted to clarify that before we get started! When it comes to sales, I also don’t share them that often because my head pretty much explodes when I’m trying to figure out how to share all of my favorite items. 

When browsing through the Shopbop sale, I found pieces that I already own, pieces that I have had in my cart, and so many beautiful items that I would love to get on sale! Several of my favorite brands are included in this sale including Glamboxes, Skin, Zimmerman, Club Monaco, Theory and so many more. Sometimes it’s hard to narrow everything down and organize it. So, I decided to break things down into several different categories, as well as share a list of my favorite brands and top picks. I did my best to comb through the sale a find a variety of items. As always, if you need help finding a specific item, from the Shopbop sale, I am always excited to help! Feel free to just send me an email of dm!

The Ultimate Shopbop Sale Guide | What You Can't Miss + Brands to Shop!

The ShopBop Sale: Recommended Buys

The ShopBop Sale: Favorite Brands + Products I Own

To break up these large shoppable images, I wanted to list out my favorite brands from the sale as well as items I own that you can shop on sale!

Here are a several of my favorite brands: Zimmermann (beautiful summer pieces), Skin (my favorite pajamas), Melissa Odabash (perfect for special occasions), Sam Edelman (the best shoe selection), Quay (for sunnies) Aquazzura (luxury shoes), Club Monaco (all around fave),  Equipment ( I love their blouses), J.Brand and MOTHER (for denim), Rag & Bone (all around basics), Self Portrait (splurge), Stuart Weitzman (shoes),  Stella McCartney (glamorous lingerie), La Perla (practical lingerie), Eberjey (softest pajamas), Slip (for all your silk beauty & sleeping needs), Theory (last, but certainly not least for all around basics).

As far as items that I own and would recommend: this pullover from Skin, this eye mask, this dress, this basic tee, and this bra.

The ShopBop Sale: Category Favorites

Basics

Sunglasses

On Trend

Shoes

Earrings

Loungewear

Bags

Vacation

Outerwear

Denim

Dresses


I hope that you found this post helpful! I decided to update the title of this post to The Ultimate Shopbop Sale Guide becuase this is alot of information! If you are shopping the sale, I would love to know what you plan on buying. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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February 26, 2019

Lifestyle

Over the years, I have seen The Alchemist pop up online here, and there. It seemed to always make many of my favorite influencers “must read” lists, so I finally decided it was my turn to read The Alchemist. If we are being honest here, I didn’t even know what this book was about, I had seen it so many times I just knew that I had to give it a try. After finishing up my last book, I decided to order The Alchemist from Amazon and give it a go and I am so happy that I did. 

At first thought, I couldn’t believe I was reading a fable. If you know anything about my reading habits, you can basically expect to see a thriller or personal development. After reading The Alchemist, I can firmly say that I did find it to be a personal development book. It was a story of soul searching, which I personally feel that I am on that journey and that is why I gravitate towards personal development books. 

When I posted this book on my Instagram Stories, I received mixed feedback and I probably can understand why. However,  I believe God put this book in my life at the very exact moment that I needed to read it. I am forever grateful for that.

Usually, I share Recent Reads blog posts, which I am far overdue for one. But, this book was so special, after reading it I had highlighted what feels like a million quotes. It only felt right to share these with you and with anyone who is considering reading this book. I found it to be a quick and easy read.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from The Alchemist, followed by the page number you can find them on.

The Alchemist: My Favorite Quotes From This Soul Touching Book

The Alchemist Quotes

“If you start out by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work toward getting it.” pg.27

 

“… when each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.” pg.30

 

“…people need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want.” pg. 79

 

“We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But, this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.” pg. 79

 

“If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man.” pg.87

 

“Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.” pg. 87

 

“Don’t be impatient, it’s like the camel driver said: ‘Eat when it’s time to eat. And move along when it’s time to move along.’ ” pg. 92

“This is the first phase of the job, .. I must have no fear of failure. It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting.” pg. 102

 

“If good things are coming, they will be a pleasant surprise,” “If and things are, and you know in advance, you will suffer greatly before they even occur.” pg.106

 

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.” pg. 126

 

“If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil..” pg. 127

 

“Naturally it’s afraid that, in pursuing your dream, you might lose everything you’ve won.”

“Well, then, why should I listen to my heart?”

“Because you will never again be able to keep it quiet. Even if you pretend not to have heard what it tells you, it will always be there inside of you, repeating to you what you’re thinking about life and about the world.” pg. 133

 

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”  pg. 134

 

“Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.” pg. 137

 

“When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.” pg. 138

 

“Your eyes show the strength of your soul.” pg. 141

 

“It’s not often that money saves a person’s life.” pg. 146

 

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” pg. 146

 

“…when we love, we always strive to become better than we are.” pg. 155

 

“Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.” pg. 161

 

“ No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.” pg. 163


There you have it, these are some of my favorite quotes from The Alchemist. If you have read this book, I would love to know your personal thoughts, takeaways, or quotes!  I truly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone!

 

The Alchemist: My Favorite Quotes From This Soul Touching Book

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March 13, 2019

Beauty

I recently went for my first ever microneedling treatment and wanted to share with you my procedure process and what to expect if you decide to try microneedling for yourself. Before going in, I was extremely nervous. My dermatologist called in a numbing cream to a local pharmacy and that made me pretty skeptical about how painful the treatment would be. I had already made the decision to give microneedling a try because after having acne for so many years, I am ready to start healing my scars. Even though I was nervous about the treatment, I went through with it and I am so glad that I did. 

Despite looking like I had the worst sunburn imaginable the first day and then looking like I slept with a tiger on the second day, after a few days, my skin was glowing and my overall complexion is already improving drastically with just one treatment. I’m not going to sugar coat it and tell you that it was a walk in the park, at least not for me, but I am going to tell you that I would definitely do it again. These pictures are definitely not my best glamour shots, but one thing I admire most about reviews is honesty and realness, even if it isn’t pretty. So, I hope that you find this post insightful and helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email or leave it in a comment!

Also, before we get started, I should note that my skin is extremely sensitive and gets red easily. I usually get flushed just after washing my face! You can see more of my beauty blog posts here

My First Microneedling Experience | What to Expect My First Microneedling Experience | What to Expect

Microneedling: The Treatment Itself

Numbing

As I mentioned before, my dermatologist called in a numbing cream for me to pick up from a local pharmacy, prior to my appointment. I was asked to come in a little bit early, to have the topical numbing cream applied and sit allow it to soak in for about 45 to 1 hour, prior to the treatment beginning. From what I understand, this is pretty common, so if you are planning on having a microneedling treatment done, I would recommend bringing something to do while you wait. 

The numbing cream itself was more of a gel consistency and did tingle a bit, once it began working. Your face will become numb and if you haven’t experienced something like this before, it might feel extremely weird, but that’s totally normal. Mild discomfort is normal and once the treatment begins, you won’t notice the tingling at all. For my microneedling treatment, my dermatologist used the Skinpen. Their website has even more information, so be sure to check that out. However, you will notice that my skin did not look like the model they have on their site, after my appointment!

The Microneedling Treatment

My dermatologist began by removing the rubbing cream from my face and cleaning my face with alcohol. Having the alcohol placed around my nose and mouth was probably the most uncomfortable portion of the treatment, for me. the fumes were terrible! Then, working in sections, she used the pen to cover the surface of my skin small using circular motions, in a serious of continues lines, until each section was complete. She did left side, chin, right side, forehead, and then my nose last. The treatment itself barely lasted 20 minutes if that. A gel of some type is used in the process to allow the pen to glide easily on your skin. After my face was cleaned and a the Skinfuse, a hydrogel, was placed on my skin to keep it soothed and hydrated. 

Pricing

Because I was unsure if I would be happy with the results or wish to have more than one done treatment done, I did a one time purchase. It is recommended that a few microneedling treatments be done to see full results, although the amount of treatment differs depending on the individual. The price for my single treatment was $500, however, I’m sure costs will vary depending on where you are located. Online, the range varies from $200-$700.

My First Microneedling Experience | What to Expect My First Microneedling Experience | What to Expect My First Microneedling Experience | What to Expect My First Microneedling Experience | What to Expect

(My skin about a week after the treatment)

Microneedling: Pain, Aftercare and Healing Process

Pain

Looking in the mirror was a bit of a shock, but if you google microneedling, it really isn’t that shocking. However, when it’s your own face, it is a little scary! I was sent home with a gentle cleanser and moisturizer sample, as well as the Skinfuse to apply on my skin. I didn’t find the microneedling itself that uncomfortable. With the numbing cream, the microneedling itself felt good on most parts of my skin. The pain came in when areas that have bone closer to the skin were treated. Areas like my cheekbones, forehead, upper lip area, and of course if spots were treated multiple times, tended to get more sensitive to the needling. I was surprised that my nose didn’t hurt. To be honest, the nose was the least sensitive area, follows by the hollows of my cheeks.

Directly after the treatment, my face felt like I had an extremely bad sunburn. It was warm and burning and felt pretty tight and dry. This feeling continued for most of the first day. By the end of the day, I rinsed my face and was able to apply some of the gel that afternoon. On day two, most of the pain had subsided however my skin still felt pretty tight. By day three, all of the pain and tightness was gone and my skin was feeling back to normal. It just didn’t look quite normal yet.

Aftercare and Healing

To be honest, I was hoping that my skin would have bounced back quicker than it did. But, when it did bounce it was glowing, smooth and the tone was much more even than before. The first two days my skin was extremely red and it looked pretty rough, honestly. By day three, the redness was going away and only a few spots were still noticeably red. I also began peeling around my mouth on day three. By the end of day three, beginning of day four, my skin was full on peel like never before. By day five, my skin was pretty much back to normal.

I resumed using my skincare routine, prior to what was recommended, but I honestly think this serum made a huge difference in my skin. I did, however, refrain from wearing makeup for a few days. When I did have to leave the house and applied a little makeup, my skins peeling process was pretty bad looking! I would recommend avoiding makeup as long as possible.

Microneedling: The Review

So, what’s the verdict? Is it worth it? Would I do it again?

My answer is, yes.

This was a really interesting treatment, but I can honestly say that although it was uncomfortable at points, I would 100% do it again. I don’t think that my scarring is gone after one treatment, but I do know that my skin has been much more even and glowy. I think the overall texture of my skin is much better too. It is smooth the touch, in most areas. 

Next time, I will probably see if I could have this done on a Friday so I could take the weekend to get my skin looking normal again. I am also really interested in having PRP done in combination with the Microneedling. Overall, I think I had a really great experience. I just know that in the future, I need to give myself a few days to allow my skin to look a little rough! The results were worth the mild discomfort. 

If you are wondering if you might be a candidate for microneedling, I found this post to be very informative!

Microneedling: The Video

I vlogged my daily process and also filmed a video discussing my experience and my thoughts on microneedling. 

My First Microneedling Experience | What to Expect

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March 8, 2019

Lifestyle

I jumped on the train and started listening to podcasts a couple of years ago when they became unseemingly popular. There’s no doubt that these days podcasts are one of the most highly selected forms of media. And while I haven’t started one of my own, I have definitely been tempted, I wanted to update you on the podcasts I’m listening to, right now, at the beginning of 2019.

It’s really hard to believe that after looking back, I wrote my first post recommending to you my favorite podcasts of the moment in July of 2017! That seems unbelievable, I honestly felt like I just wrote that post yesterday. Either way, I’m still listening to those same podcasts, which you can see here, along with a few new treasures I have found over the past few months!

These 7 podcasts I have recently discovered and I find myself listening to at least one show from this list per day. I listen to podcasts when I’m driving in the car, taking a shower, doing my makeup and doing how chores. Something extremely amazing always comes from each one of these podcasts. The founders of each one are knowledgeable on life and business and usually bring in some of the best guests you can imagine. 

I will do my best to give a brief description to each one, but I’m sure you have heard of many of these incredible people before. Personally, I would encourage you to check out each one. I often discover new podcasts when some of my favorite leaders are featured on one. They usually reference their interview on xyz podcast and then I will give it a listen and most of the time subscribe. Each person is different and these are all podcasts that are dedicated to personal development and business growth. 

7 Podcasts I’m Listening To Right Now

7 Podcasts I'm Listening To Right Now

Ed Mylett Show

Ed Mylett is one of my newer discoveries and obsessions, you could say. I just purchased his book Max Out and I really love Ed’s straight forward approach about life and business. He worked extremely hard to get to where he is today and I love the content and practical advice he brings to his podcast. 

Long Story Short with Bobbi Brown

All my ladies have probably heard of Bobbi Brown before, but what you might not know about is her new endeavor in JustBobbi. JustBobbi is a lifestyle destination where Bobbi Brown is sharing her passions and knowledge with us. I find Bobbi Brown so interesting and love her story and passion, with building businesses. I know she is about to make big things happen and I can’t wait to listen to her journey.

Rise and Rise Together with Rachel and Dave Hollis

A few months ago, I talked about Girl, Wash Your Face and naturally, most peoples love for Rachel Hollis continues. I love the Rise podcast where Rachel interviews business leaders and speaks on personal growth. The Rise Together podcast is geared more towards relationships and marriage advice. I love this one too and always find the relationship content relatable and informative in helping me foster my marriage. Rachel just released her new book, “Girl, Stop Apologizing” and you can bet it’s already in my cart!

The GaryVee Audio Experience

GaryVee is just a category of his own. His content probably isn’t for everyone but I love his “No BS” approach to life and business. He calls people out and pushes them to do their best and be their best or simply get out of the game. If you like it straightforward and much more casual, GaryVee will definitely whip you into shape! 

The Goop Podcast

The Goop Podcast is much more lifestyle and a little less business. Interviews on this podcast are run by GP herself or her Chief Content Officer, who you will definitely hear more frequently. The Goop Podcast always brings thinkers, doctors, and industry professionals who are doing interesting and innovated work in the Goop related field. This podcast generally focuses on personal health (physical and mental), women in business, individuals leading movements, and so on. I always find Goop content interesting and it usually gets me thinking deeper about my daily life. 

The Tony Robbins Podcast

I love listening to Tony Robbins, as do most people. I find this podcast interest and informative. Although, it does seem that the content isn’t posted regularly so I haven’t been hearing too much from it lately. However, there is a ton of great content from the prior year, or so, on the podcast.

Skimm’d from The Couch

This is my latest find after hearing an interview Arielle Charnas’ interview a couple of weeks. I love following Arielle and found her even more inspiring after listening to this conversation. Now, I’m going back through episodes and hearing real conversations from inspiring women like Tory Burch and Martha Stewart! I love how simple and to the point these podcast interviews are. If you aren’t into the filler, you will love this podcast!


What are your favorite podcasts to listen to? I am always listening to podcasts in the car or while I am getting ready for the day. Don’t forget to check out some of my other favorite podcasts here.

 

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March 5, 2019

Lifestyle

Honestly, the past month has pretty much been a blur. It has been the longest, but also the shortest month of my life. I know that doesn’t make any sense what so ever, but to be honest nothing about this situation seems to make sense sometimes and that’s ok. I just want you to know that I know I have been a little quiet on all of my platforms and promise there is an adequate excuse for that. Thank you so much for saying a prayer for us. I promise you they have been felt more than I can tell you.

I shared this email with my newsletter subscribers and forgot to take off the auto post to Facebook, so basically, everyone in our close and distant circle has read this content. However, I had always planned to share this on my blog as this is obviously a home base for all of my content. This is where I share our personal life as well as my blog content, so naturally, I want to document everything here. If you read them the email, you will already be familiar with this story, but I want to use this as a reference point for future content and make sure that this lives on long after that email.

 To be honest with you, I am a little uncomfortable sharing this, just because it is Jay’s story, not mine. It has definitely changed our lives and I want to share what a reality check this was for me with you. In order to do that, I have to first share with you what actually happened before I can share my personal thoughts on something like this. 

I promise I will share more on this in the future. I just wanted to let you know why I have been absent so I can talk more about what is going on in our daily lives on my Instagram stories!

So… here it goes.

Our Lives Have Been Changed Forever

The News No One Plans For

There are so many things in your life that you can consider or maybe even wonder how you would handle them if they ever happened. Over the years, I naturally thought about many things. Your mind wanders or at least mine does, and somehow you find yourself worrying about things that haven’t even (and probably never will) actually happen.

On the other hand, there are things that you never even consider, I mean really never consider, and then BOOM you are blindsided. That’s what happened to us almost two weeks ago.

Hearing your husband say the words, “I have cancer.” is something I never, in my worse possible thoughts, could have ever put together.

Why? How? What now?

Those are just a few of the initial thoughts that came to my head, that was of course after “Oh my gosh, I think I might be sick.” Not to mention, I literally saw stars for a second. Was it overwhelm? God? I don’t know what it was. All that I do know is that even though we knew this would possibly be the outcome, nothing we could have done would have prepared us for how we would feel when receiving that news. Honestly, I think that it’s safe to make that a general statement for anyone receiving that news. 

Obviously, it wasn’t just a “Suprise! You have cancer.” kind of thing. Jay had a spot that had been previously diagnosed as a “cyst” back in September. Over time, that had spot had changed and grown. After visiting the doctor prior to going to Miami, he said that things had definitely changed and ordered an ultrasound.

A week and a half later, Wednesday, February 6, Jay had his ultrasound. Later that day, the doctor called saying that it was most likely testicular cancer and he was able to see his urologist the next day. On Thursday, his urologist also confirmed that there was a 95% chance it was testicular cancer and scheduled for surgery the following day to remove it and send it out for a biopsy. By Friday afternoon, Jay was recovering from surgery and we were both resting from the most shocking week of our life. 

The following week (last week) we spent Monday through Wednesday waiting for the doctor to call. We prayed, played a million card games, read books, watched movies, and worked a little. It was hard to focus on anything but the doctor calling with the biopsy results. They called around 5:40 pm on Wednesday, February 13th to share that Jay had Stage 1 Testicular Cancer, a pure seminoma.

Although this wasn’t great news, it was good in the sense that it wasn’t a non-seminoma. We were back to waiting and celebrating our (I hate to call it a win, but in a way it was) somewhat good news, until Monday when he would have a scan to see if the cancer had spread.

Monday morning came and we went in for the scan. Literally, as I was writing you this email, Jay received the results of the scan sharing that there is NO EVIDENCE OF CANCER in this abdomen, pelvis, or throat. 
 

PRAISE JESUS.

We have a surgery followup appointment on Thursday and we are thinking they will discuss what we need to do then. The doctor informed us last week that he would most likely have the option to have radiation or just do scans, every few months, to check in. After discussing things, I think he will probably choose to have radiation straight away, just to make sure that this cancer is gone and not coming back. 

This is kind of like a short version of the story including all of the important details. This has truly been life changing for us both, even though it has been so quick, which I am incredibly grateful for. Prayer and our faith have kept us going and I can say with more confidence than ever that our God is so good. Even in the darkest moments, of the past couple of weeks, I have felt his strength lifting us up. 

I promise I will share more and keep you updated on this process as it continues to unfold. We didn’t want to share things too early when we still didn’t really know what was going on. I’m so thankful for our family and friends and amazing doctors who have made us a priority during this time. I know we will continue to discuss how this is affecting our lives on my various platforms here.

We are so thankful for your prayers and support during this time! I’m excited to be able to start thinking about my blog again and in a different light! 🙂

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Honestly, the past month has pretty much been a blur. It has been the longest, but also the shortest month of my life. I know that doesn’t make any sense what so ever, but to be honest nothing about this situation seems to make sense sometimes and that’s ok. I just want you to know […]

February 27, 2019

Fashion

The Shopbop sale is here and it is personally one of my favorite sales of the year. It’s the perfect time to make your Spring and Summer investments while getting a bargain on your favorite new items! The Shopbop sale is a buy more, save more sale, therefore the more you buy, the more you save. I will leave all the details on that below! 

It’s not very often that I share sales here, just because I personally find bloggers that are constantly pushing sales and “Buy this! Buy that!” untrustworthy and pushy. I never want to come off like that and I don’t want to push you to buy things you don’t need or don’t want. Personally, I don’t want to push you to buy anything or feel like you need clothes, etc, to make you happy. You are perfect just the way you are.

With that said, I do want to share deals and sales with you that are worth it, in my opinion. I want my brand to represent clothes that are investment quality and will last you several years. Obviously, I do love sharing those things with you! I just wanted to clarify that before we get started! When it comes to sales, I also don’t share them that often because my head pretty much explodes when I’m trying to figure out how to share all of my favorite items. 

When browsing through the Shopbop sale, I found pieces that I already own, pieces that I have had in my cart, and so many beautiful items that I would love to get on sale! Several of my favorite brands are included in this sale including Glamboxes, Skin, Zimmerman, Club Monaco, Theory and so many more. Sometimes it’s hard to narrow everything down and organize it. So, I decided to break things down into several different categories, as well as share a list of my favorite brands and top picks. I did my best to comb through the sale a find a variety of items. As always, if you need help finding a specific item, from the Shopbop sale, I am always excited to help! Feel free to just send me an email of dm!

The Ultimate Shopbop Sale Guide | What You Can't Miss + Brands to Shop!

The ShopBop Sale: Recommended Buys

The ShopBop Sale: Favorite Brands + Products I Own

To break up these large shoppable images, I wanted to list out my favorite brands from the sale as well as items I own that you can shop on sale!

Here are a several of my favorite brands: Zimmermann (beautiful summer pieces), Skin (my favorite pajamas), Melissa Odabash (perfect for special occasions), Sam Edelman (the best shoe selection), Quay (for sunnies) Aquazzura (luxury shoes), Club Monaco (all around fave),  Equipment ( I love their blouses), J.Brand and MOTHER (for denim), Rag & Bone (all around basics), Self Portrait (splurge), Stuart Weitzman (shoes),  Stella McCartney (glamorous lingerie), La Perla (practical lingerie), Eberjey (softest pajamas), Slip (for all your silk beauty & sleeping needs), Theory (last, but certainly not least for all around basics).

As far as items that I own and would recommend: this pullover from Skin, this eye mask, this dress, this basic tee, and this bra.

The ShopBop Sale: Category Favorites

Basics

Sunglasses

On Trend

Shoes

Earrings

Loungewear

Bags

Vacation

Outerwear

Denim

Dresses


I hope that you found this post helpful! I decided to update the title of this post to The Ultimate Shopbop Sale Guide becuase this is alot of information! If you are shopping the sale, I would love to know what you plan on buying. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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February 26, 2019

Lifestyle

Over the years, I have seen The Alchemist pop up online here, and there. It seemed to always make many of my favorite influencers “must read” lists, so I finally decided it was my turn to read The Alchemist. If we are being honest here, I didn’t even know what this book was about, I had seen it so many times I just knew that I had to give it a try. After finishing up my last book, I decided to order The Alchemist from Amazon and give it a go and I am so happy that I did. 

At first thought, I couldn’t believe I was reading a fable. If you know anything about my reading habits, you can basically expect to see a thriller or personal development. After reading The Alchemist, I can firmly say that I did find it to be a personal development book. It was a story of soul searching, which I personally feel that I am on that journey and that is why I gravitate towards personal development books. 

When I posted this book on my Instagram Stories, I received mixed feedback and I probably can understand why. However,  I believe God put this book in my life at the very exact moment that I needed to read it. I am forever grateful for that.

Usually, I share Recent Reads blog posts, which I am far overdue for one. But, this book was so special, after reading it I had highlighted what feels like a million quotes. It only felt right to share these with you and with anyone who is considering reading this book. I found it to be a quick and easy read.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from The Alchemist, followed by the page number you can find them on.

The Alchemist: My Favorite Quotes From This Soul Touching Book

The Alchemist Quotes

“If you start out by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work toward getting it.” pg.27

 

“… when each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.” pg.30

 

“…people need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want.” pg. 79

 

“We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But, this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.” pg. 79

 

“If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man.” pg.87

 

“Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.” pg. 87

 

“Don’t be impatient, it’s like the camel driver said: ‘Eat when it’s time to eat. And move along when it’s time to move along.’ ” pg. 92

“This is the first phase of the job, .. I must have no fear of failure. It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting.” pg. 102

 

“If good things are coming, they will be a pleasant surprise,” “If and things are, and you know in advance, you will suffer greatly before they even occur.” pg.106

 

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.” pg. 126

 

“If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil..” pg. 127

 

“Naturally it’s afraid that, in pursuing your dream, you might lose everything you’ve won.”

“Well, then, why should I listen to my heart?”

“Because you will never again be able to keep it quiet. Even if you pretend not to have heard what it tells you, it will always be there inside of you, repeating to you what you’re thinking about life and about the world.” pg. 133

 

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”  pg. 134

 

“Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.” pg. 137

 

“When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.” pg. 138

 

“Your eyes show the strength of your soul.” pg. 141

 

“It’s not often that money saves a person’s life.” pg. 146

 

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” pg. 146

 

“…when we love, we always strive to become better than we are.” pg. 155

 

“Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.” pg. 161

 

“ No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.” pg. 163


There you have it, these are some of my favorite quotes from The Alchemist. If you have read this book, I would love to know your personal thoughts, takeaways, or quotes!  I truly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone!

 

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Over the years, I have seen The Alchemist pop up online here, and there. It seemed to always make many of my favorite influencers “must read” lists, so I finally decided it was my turn to read The Alchemist. If we are being honest here, I didn’t even know what this book was about, I […]

February 9, 2019

Fashion

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and although it isn’t one of my most highly anticipated holidays, I still wanted to share my favorite picks for the perfect Valentine’s Day Gift!

I rounded up several of my personal favorites as well as things that I have shared with you recently, that fit the requirements (aka feminine pieces and shades of pink) that have been top sellers based on my analytics. This nail polish has by far been the most popular item lately. I have been wearing it nonstop since November. I think I have only worn one other color, once. These earrings are also another popular item. They are a great diamond stud alternative and are less than $50! These would be the perfect gift for your girlfriends!

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Since we are on the topic of jewelry, I wanted to share that one of my favorite brands, Violet and Brooks was kind enough to share a discount code with me. This code is exclusive to Timeless Taste readers, so if you have been looking to purchase from them, now is a great time! This code is valid on their Valentine’s Day collection. Use the code TIMELESS15 for 15%OFF. 

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I also rounded up a few “perfect pamper” gifts that I know I would love to have and I think any gal would love these too! Everything from bath soaks, to a silk pillowcase ( I have this one and it’s worth every penny!), and an indulgent cotton robe. If you are looking for something a little sexier, this silk-satin chemise is beautiful. I linked up a few home items that would be a wonderful luxury gift and perfect for your mom. 

Is Valentine’s Day one of your favorite holidays?

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March 8, 2019

Lifestyle

I jumped on the train and started listening to podcasts a couple of years ago when they became unseemingly popular. There’s no doubt that these days podcasts are one of the most highly selected forms of media. And while I haven’t started one of my own, I have definitely been tempted, I wanted to update you on the podcasts I’m listening to, right now, at the beginning of 2019.

It’s really hard to believe that after looking back, I wrote my first post recommending to you my favorite podcasts of the moment in July of 2017! That seems unbelievable, I honestly felt like I just wrote that post yesterday. Either way, I’m still listening to those same podcasts, which you can see here, along with a few new treasures I have found over the past few months!

These 7 podcasts I have recently discovered and I find myself listening to at least one show from this list per day. I listen to podcasts when I’m driving in the car, taking a shower, doing my makeup and doing how chores. Something extremely amazing always comes from each one of these podcasts. The founders of each one are knowledgeable on life and business and usually bring in some of the best guests you can imagine. 

I will do my best to give a brief description to each one, but I’m sure you have heard of many of these incredible people before. Personally, I would encourage you to check out each one. I often discover new podcasts when some of my favorite leaders are featured on one. They usually reference their interview on xyz podcast and then I will give it a listen and most of the time subscribe. Each person is different and these are all podcasts that are dedicated to personal development and business growth. 

7 Podcasts I’m Listening To Right Now

7 Podcasts I'm Listening To Right Now

Ed Mylett Show

Ed Mylett is one of my newer discoveries and obsessions, you could say. I just purchased his book Max Out and I really love Ed’s straight forward approach about life and business. He worked extremely hard to get to where he is today and I love the content and practical advice he brings to his podcast. 

Long Story Short with Bobbi Brown

All my ladies have probably heard of Bobbi Brown before, but what you might not know about is her new endeavor in JustBobbi. JustBobbi is a lifestyle destination where Bobbi Brown is sharing her passions and knowledge with us. I find Bobbi Brown so interesting and love her story and passion, with building businesses. I know she is about to make big things happen and I can’t wait to listen to her journey.

Rise and Rise Together with Rachel and Dave Hollis

A few months ago, I talked about Girl, Wash Your Face and naturally, most peoples love for Rachel Hollis continues. I love the Rise podcast where Rachel interviews business leaders and speaks on personal growth. The Rise Together podcast is geared more towards relationships and marriage advice. I love this one too and always find the relationship content relatable and informative in helping me foster my marriage. Rachel just released her new book, “Girl, Stop Apologizing” and you can bet it’s already in my cart!

The GaryVee Audio Experience

GaryVee is just a category of his own. His content probably isn’t for everyone but I love his “No BS” approach to life and business. He calls people out and pushes them to do their best and be their best or simply get out of the game. If you like it straightforward and much more casual, GaryVee will definitely whip you into shape! 

The Goop Podcast

The Goop Podcast is much more lifestyle and a little less business. Interviews on this podcast are run by GP herself or her Chief Content Officer, who you will definitely hear more frequently. The Goop Podcast always brings thinkers, doctors, and industry professionals who are doing interesting and innovated work in the Goop related field. This podcast generally focuses on personal health (physical and mental), women in business, individuals leading movements, and so on. I always find Goop content interesting and it usually gets me thinking deeper about my daily life. 

The Tony Robbins Podcast

I love listening to Tony Robbins, as do most people. I find this podcast interest and informative. Although, it does seem that the content isn’t posted regularly so I haven’t been hearing too much from it lately. However, there is a ton of great content from the prior year, or so, on the podcast.

Skimm’d from The Couch

This is my latest find after hearing an interview Arielle Charnas’ interview a couple of weeks. I love following Arielle and found her even more inspiring after listening to this conversation. Now, I’m going back through episodes and hearing real conversations from inspiring women like Tory Burch and Martha Stewart! I love how simple and to the point these podcast interviews are. If you aren’t into the filler, you will love this podcast!


What are your favorite podcasts to listen to? I am always listening to podcasts in the car or while I am getting ready for the day. Don’t forget to check out some of my other favorite podcasts here.

 

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March 5, 2019

Lifestyle

Honestly, the past month has pretty much been a blur. It has been the longest, but also the shortest month of my life. I know that doesn’t make any sense what so ever, but to be honest nothing about this situation seems to make sense sometimes and that’s ok. I just want you to know that I know I have been a little quiet on all of my platforms and promise there is an adequate excuse for that. Thank you so much for saying a prayer for us. I promise you they have been felt more than I can tell you.

I shared this email with my newsletter subscribers and forgot to take off the auto post to Facebook, so basically, everyone in our close and distant circle has read this content. However, I had always planned to share this on my blog as this is obviously a home base for all of my content. This is where I share our personal life as well as my blog content, so naturally, I want to document everything here. If you read them the email, you will already be familiar with this story, but I want to use this as a reference point for future content and make sure that this lives on long after that email.

 To be honest with you, I am a little uncomfortable sharing this, just because it is Jay’s story, not mine. It has definitely changed our lives and I want to share what a reality check this was for me with you. In order to do that, I have to first share with you what actually happened before I can share my personal thoughts on something like this. 

I promise I will share more on this in the future. I just wanted to let you know why I have been absent so I can talk more about what is going on in our daily lives on my Instagram stories!

So… here it goes.

Our Lives Have Been Changed Forever

The News No One Plans For

There are so many things in your life that you can consider or maybe even wonder how you would handle them if they ever happened. Over the years, I naturally thought about many things. Your mind wanders or at least mine does, and somehow you find yourself worrying about things that haven’t even (and probably never will) actually happen.

On the other hand, there are things that you never even consider, I mean really never consider, and then BOOM you are blindsided. That’s what happened to us almost two weeks ago.

Hearing your husband say the words, “I have cancer.” is something I never, in my worse possible thoughts, could have ever put together.

Why? How? What now?

Those are just a few of the initial thoughts that came to my head, that was of course after “Oh my gosh, I think I might be sick.” Not to mention, I literally saw stars for a second. Was it overwhelm? God? I don’t know what it was. All that I do know is that even though we knew this would possibly be the outcome, nothing we could have done would have prepared us for how we would feel when receiving that news. Honestly, I think that it’s safe to make that a general statement for anyone receiving that news. 

Obviously, it wasn’t just a “Suprise! You have cancer.” kind of thing. Jay had a spot that had been previously diagnosed as a “cyst” back in September. Over time, that had spot had changed and grown. After visiting the doctor prior to going to Miami, he said that things had definitely changed and ordered an ultrasound.

A week and a half later, Wednesday, February 6, Jay had his ultrasound. Later that day, the doctor called saying that it was most likely testicular cancer and he was able to see his urologist the next day. On Thursday, his urologist also confirmed that there was a 95% chance it was testicular cancer and scheduled for surgery the following day to remove it and send it out for a biopsy. By Friday afternoon, Jay was recovering from surgery and we were both resting from the most shocking week of our life. 

The following week (last week) we spent Monday through Wednesday waiting for the doctor to call. We prayed, played a million card games, read books, watched movies, and worked a little. It was hard to focus on anything but the doctor calling with the biopsy results. They called around 5:40 pm on Wednesday, February 13th to share that Jay had Stage 1 Testicular Cancer, a pure seminoma.

Although this wasn’t great news, it was good in the sense that it wasn’t a non-seminoma. We were back to waiting and celebrating our (I hate to call it a win, but in a way it was) somewhat good news, until Monday when he would have a scan to see if the cancer had spread.

Monday morning came and we went in for the scan. Literally, as I was writing you this email, Jay received the results of the scan sharing that there is NO EVIDENCE OF CANCER in this abdomen, pelvis, or throat. 
 

PRAISE JESUS.

We have a surgery followup appointment on Thursday and we are thinking they will discuss what we need to do then. The doctor informed us last week that he would most likely have the option to have radiation or just do scans, every few months, to check in. After discussing things, I think he will probably choose to have radiation straight away, just to make sure that this cancer is gone and not coming back. 

This is kind of like a short version of the story including all of the important details. This has truly been life changing for us both, even though it has been so quick, which I am incredibly grateful for. Prayer and our faith have kept us going and I can say with more confidence than ever that our God is so good. Even in the darkest moments, of the past couple of weeks, I have felt his strength lifting us up. 

I promise I will share more and keep you updated on this process as it continues to unfold. We didn’t want to share things too early when we still didn’t really know what was going on. I’m so thankful for our family and friends and amazing doctors who have made us a priority during this time. I know we will continue to discuss how this is affecting our lives on my various platforms here.

We are so thankful for your prayers and support during this time! I’m excited to be able to start thinking about my blog again and in a different light! 🙂

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Honestly, the past month has pretty much been a blur. It has been the longest, but also the shortest month of my life. I know that doesn’t make any sense what so ever, but to be honest nothing about this situation seems to make sense sometimes and that’s ok. I just want you to know […]

February 27, 2019

Fashion

The Shopbop sale is here and it is personally one of my favorite sales of the year. It’s the perfect time to make your Spring and Summer investments while getting a bargain on your favorite new items! The Shopbop sale is a buy more, save more sale, therefore the more you buy, the more you save. I will leave all the details on that below! 

It’s not very often that I share sales here, just because I personally find bloggers that are constantly pushing sales and “Buy this! Buy that!” untrustworthy and pushy. I never want to come off like that and I don’t want to push you to buy things you don’t need or don’t want. Personally, I don’t want to push you to buy anything or feel like you need clothes, etc, to make you happy. You are perfect just the way you are.

With that said, I do want to share deals and sales with you that are worth it, in my opinion. I want my brand to represent clothes that are investment quality and will last you several years. Obviously, I do love sharing those things with you! I just wanted to clarify that before we get started! When it comes to sales, I also don’t share them that often because my head pretty much explodes when I’m trying to figure out how to share all of my favorite items. 

When browsing through the Shopbop sale, I found pieces that I already own, pieces that I have had in my cart, and so many beautiful items that I would love to get on sale! Several of my favorite brands are included in this sale including Glamboxes, Skin, Zimmerman, Club Monaco, Theory and so many more. Sometimes it’s hard to narrow everything down and organize it. So, I decided to break things down into several different categories, as well as share a list of my favorite brands and top picks. I did my best to comb through the sale a find a variety of items. As always, if you need help finding a specific item, from the Shopbop sale, I am always excited to help! Feel free to just send me an email of dm!

The Ultimate Shopbop Sale Guide | What You Can't Miss + Brands to Shop!

The ShopBop Sale: Recommended Buys

The ShopBop Sale: Favorite Brands + Products I Own

To break up these large shoppable images, I wanted to list out my favorite brands from the sale as well as items I own that you can shop on sale!

Here are a several of my favorite brands: Zimmermann (beautiful summer pieces), Skin (my favorite pajamas), Melissa Odabash (perfect for special occasions), Sam Edelman (the best shoe selection), Quay (for sunnies) Aquazzura (luxury shoes), Club Monaco (all around fave),  Equipment ( I love their blouses), J.Brand and MOTHER (for denim), Rag & Bone (all around basics), Self Portrait (splurge), Stuart Weitzman (shoes),  Stella McCartney (glamorous lingerie), La Perla (practical lingerie), Eberjey (softest pajamas), Slip (for all your silk beauty & sleeping needs), Theory (last, but certainly not least for all around basics).

As far as items that I own and would recommend: this pullover from Skin, this eye mask, this dress, this basic tee, and this bra.

The ShopBop Sale: Category Favorites

Basics

Sunglasses

On Trend

Shoes

Earrings

Loungewear

Bags

Vacation

Outerwear

Denim

Dresses


I hope that you found this post helpful! I decided to update the title of this post to The Ultimate Shopbop Sale Guide becuase this is alot of information! If you are shopping the sale, I would love to know what you plan on buying. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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February 26, 2019

Lifestyle

Over the years, I have seen The Alchemist pop up online here, and there. It seemed to always make many of my favorite influencers “must read” lists, so I finally decided it was my turn to read The Alchemist. If we are being honest here, I didn’t even know what this book was about, I had seen it so many times I just knew that I had to give it a try. After finishing up my last book, I decided to order The Alchemist from Amazon and give it a go and I am so happy that I did. 

At first thought, I couldn’t believe I was reading a fable. If you know anything about my reading habits, you can basically expect to see a thriller or personal development. After reading The Alchemist, I can firmly say that I did find it to be a personal development book. It was a story of soul searching, which I personally feel that I am on that journey and that is why I gravitate towards personal development books. 

When I posted this book on my Instagram Stories, I received mixed feedback and I probably can understand why. However,  I believe God put this book in my life at the very exact moment that I needed to read it. I am forever grateful for that.

Usually, I share Recent Reads blog posts, which I am far overdue for one. But, this book was so special, after reading it I had highlighted what feels like a million quotes. It only felt right to share these with you and with anyone who is considering reading this book. I found it to be a quick and easy read.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from The Alchemist, followed by the page number you can find them on.

The Alchemist: My Favorite Quotes From This Soul Touching Book

The Alchemist Quotes

“If you start out by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work toward getting it.” pg.27

 

“… when each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.” pg.30

 

“…people need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want.” pg. 79

 

“We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But, this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.” pg. 79

 

“If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man.” pg.87

 

“Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.” pg. 87

 

“Don’t be impatient, it’s like the camel driver said: ‘Eat when it’s time to eat. And move along when it’s time to move along.’ ” pg. 92

“This is the first phase of the job, .. I must have no fear of failure. It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting.” pg. 102

 

“If good things are coming, they will be a pleasant surprise,” “If and things are, and you know in advance, you will suffer greatly before they even occur.” pg.106

 

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.” pg. 126

 

“If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil..” pg. 127

 

“Naturally it’s afraid that, in pursuing your dream, you might lose everything you’ve won.”

“Well, then, why should I listen to my heart?”

“Because you will never again be able to keep it quiet. Even if you pretend not to have heard what it tells you, it will always be there inside of you, repeating to you what you’re thinking about life and about the world.” pg. 133

 

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”  pg. 134

 

“Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.” pg. 137

 

“When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.” pg. 138

 

“Your eyes show the strength of your soul.” pg. 141

 

“It’s not often that money saves a person’s life.” pg. 146

 

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” pg. 146

 

“…when we love, we always strive to become better than we are.” pg. 155

 

“Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.” pg. 161

 

“ No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.” pg. 163


There you have it, these are some of my favorite quotes from The Alchemist. If you have read this book, I would love to know your personal thoughts, takeaways, or quotes!  I truly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone!

 

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Over the years, I have seen The Alchemist pop up online here, and there. It seemed to always make many of my favorite influencers “must read” lists, so I finally decided it was my turn to read The Alchemist. If we are being honest here, I didn’t even know what this book was about, I […]

February 9, 2019

Fashion

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and although it isn’t one of my most highly anticipated holidays, I still wanted to share my favorite picks for the perfect Valentine’s Day Gift!

I rounded up several of my personal favorites as well as things that I have shared with you recently, that fit the requirements (aka feminine pieces and shades of pink) that have been top sellers based on my analytics. This nail polish has by far been the most popular item lately. I have been wearing it nonstop since November. I think I have only worn one other color, once. These earrings are also another popular item. They are a great diamond stud alternative and are less than $50! These would be the perfect gift for your girlfriends!

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Since we are on the topic of jewelry, I wanted to share that one of my favorite brands, Violet and Brooks was kind enough to share a discount code with me. This code is exclusive to Timeless Taste readers, so if you have been looking to purchase from them, now is a great time! This code is valid on their Valentine’s Day collection. Use the code TIMELESS15 for 15%OFF. 

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I also rounded up a few “perfect pamper” gifts that I know I would love to have and I think any gal would love these too! Everything from bath soaks, to a silk pillowcase ( I have this one and it’s worth every penny!), and an indulgent cotton robe. If you are looking for something a little sexier, this silk-satin chemise is beautiful. I linked up a few home items that would be a wonderful luxury gift and perfect for your mom. 

Is Valentine’s Day one of your favorite holidays?

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February 4, 2019

Fashion

After sharing my new Chanel boy bag, last January, I have had a lot of requests to share a Chanel Bag Comparison of the two Chanel bags I own. A few years ago, I shared a Louis Vuitton Neverfull Comparison and that is hands down the most viewed piece of content on my website and Youtube channel. The success of that post has made me a bit hesitant to share a Chanel Bag Comparison and Review post, but as it has been highly requested, I thought I would do my best to share that with you!

I am no handbag, or Chanel, expert. I’m just a gal who loves beautiful handbags and has fallen head over heels for Chanel bags! With that said, I will do my best to provide you with helpful links, resources and my honest opinion of both the Chanel Classic Flap bag and the Chanel Boy Bag.  I hope that you enjoy this Chanel bag comparison and find this review post helpful and informative. If you have any questions, please just let me know. Don’t forget to check out my Chanel bag comparison and review video here, for more of my personal thoughts and how I style these bags.

Chanel Bag Comparison and Review : The Chanel Classic Handbag and The Chanel Boy Bag

Chanel Bag Comparison

It was once my dream to own a Chanel bag and I have to say that I have been very blessed to now own two Chanel bags. They are truly iconic and so beautiful. These bags fill my creative heart with so much joy. I completely understand that these bags are not easily attainable and come with a large price tag. After owning the two Chanel bags that I do, I do not regret these purchases one bit. I personally see higher-end luxury bags as an investment. The price of Chanel bags and some other designers handbags are continuously increasing. With that said, resale for Chanel bags is much better than resale for many other bags. Now, I do not purchase these bags specifically for resale, but it is nice to keep that in mind when investing in more expensive items.

Most importantly, I think is crucial for everyone to do their own research before making luxury, or investment, purchase. My financial state does not allow me to just grab a Chanel bag whenever I see one that I like. If it did, I would probably need to add an addition onto my home to house all of my handbags! (lol)  With that in mind, I want you to do your research, compare reviews, watch videos research everything there is to know before making large investments. That’s what I do! At the end of this post, I will share a few articles and my favorite sources for luxury bags and fashion inspiration and information.

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Chanel Classic Handbag

It’s only right to review the Classic Handbag first. This bag is at the very top of many women’s dream handbag list and for good reason. It’s beautiful, timeless and in a way a status symbol. For me, I thought, “If I can just be able to purchase the classic flap, I won’t ever need another handbag!” Well, when I’m wrong, I will say that I’m wrong and boy was I wrong! Having the classic flap not only made me love Chanel even more but made the desire to purchase more Chanel bags in the future never-ending. 

Iconic and beautiful, the classic flap is just the that, THE classic bag! It comes in several sizes, colors and hardware options, and also in a variety of leathers. For me, I knew I wanted the black classic flap in caviar leather with gold hardware. No questions asked. I do not regret this purchase one bit, this is the bag for me. Depending on your style, and lifestyle, you may consider different sizing, leather, color, and hardware. There are also seasonal options for the classic handbag.

As a first purchase, I couldn’t recommend the classic handbag more. It’s one of a kind style is a true luxury of its own. The price continuously increases, over the years, and is most likely to continue increasing. While seasonal items will continue to change, here is the basic sizing and current pricing for the Chanel Classic Handbag. You will also find mini versions as well as additional sizing, see more on that here, in store. 

Maxi

Price: $6,700

Size: 9 x 12.9 x 3.9 in

Large

Price: $6,200

Size: 7.6 x 11.7 x 3.9 in

Classic

Price: $5,600

Size: 6.2 x 10.1 x 2.7 in

Small

Price: $5,000

Size: 5.7 x 2.3 x 9 in 

My Chanel Classic Flap Bag + Personal Review

I own the classic size bag and love this bag. At the time, for our budget, this was the right choice. I love the double flap and find carrying this bag so fun. I knew that the black caviar leather with gold hardware would suit my life and style the best. Denim tends to be one of my favorite things, so the lighter options just wouldn’t make sense for my first purchase. The caviar leather has been incredibly durable, and honestly far more durable than I ever imagined this bag to be. It doesn’t scratch or show markings and while I do care for my bags well, I don’t baby them. I use them. 

For the first year, or so, of owning this bag, truthfully before purchasing the Boy Bag, I wore this baby just about every day. I did find that the classic size is a bit small for everyday use if you’re like me and tend to carry a lot with you. These days, I mostly use this bag for nights out and dinner dates with my hubby. I do still occasionally carry it during the day, but for the most part, I find it a bit too small for my daily needs. In the future, I would love to own a larger version of this bag. My mom has the large and I love it so much!

Taking the price, functionality, and beauty into consideration, I don’t think you can go wrong with the classic flap bag, in the classic size. If you do tend to carry more with you on a daily basis and are looking to carry this as your everyday handbag, I would spend the extra $600 and get the “large” size. I think you will be much happier with that one. However, if you don’t carry as much, are looking for something more versatile and would like to potentially wear this as a crossbody, I’d say go with the classic! 

For wearability and more details, check out my Youtube video here!

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Chanel Boy Bag

The Boy Bag has become extremely popular these days and for good reason. “This bag was created by Karl Lagerfeld and named after Gabrielle Chanel’s first and iconic love, Boy Capel.” This bag displays a larger, chunky, size chain link strap that comes in a variety of metals based on the season. The strap also features a leather portion, making it super comfortable to wear and detailed. The shape and edging of the Boy Bag gives it masculinity and a touch of edge that sets it apart. 

If your style is more trendy, I think the boy would suit you best. Chanel is constantly vamping up the Boy Bag with different fabrics, colors and sizing options. Here is a look at some of their current 2019 offerings and price details. You can see the full offering on the Chanel Site here.

Small Boy Bag

Price: $4,500

Size: 4.7 x 7.8 x 3.1 in

Boy Bag

Price: $4,900

Size: 5.9 x 9.8 x 3.5 in

Large Boy Bag

Price: $5,400 

Size: 6.8 x 10.9 x 2.9 in

Boy Chanel Flap Bag with Handle Large

Price: $7,000

Size: 6.8 x 2.7 x 10.9 in 

Boy Chanel Flap Bag with Handle Small

Price: $6,400

Size: 5.7 x 9.8 x 3.1 in 

Waist Bag

Price: $5,000

Size: 4.3 x 2 x 7 in

Large Vertical Bag

Price: $4,600

Size: 8.6 x 7.4 x 2.7 in

Small Vertical Bag

Price: $4,200

Size: 7.6 x 6.2 x 2.3 in

My Chanel Boy Bag + Personal Review

Prior to purchasing the Chanel Classic flap, I was already head over heels for the Chanel Boy Bag. Honestly, at that point, I probably wanted a boy bag more, but I just knew that the classic Chanel bag would be a better first purchase for me. To this day, I would still recommend any new buyers purchase the classic flap first. It might not be for everyone, but if you truly love and appreciate the brand, I think you will want to own this bag and love having it in your closet. 

We purchased my personal Boy Bag in Miami, in January 2018. This was my birthday present form my husband, (the classic was a Christmas gift a few years ago) and a very generous one at that! Like I previously mentioned, I had wanted a Boy Bag for a while, but I just wasn’t sure if it was a smart investment and never really found a color option that I loved. That was until I found this one and instantly fell in love and knew this was the one for me. 

After purchasing this bag, I can say that this was the right choice for me and I love this color. I also love the size of the boy and the lack of double flap which provides a more spacious inside. The hardware is more of an antiqued gold, which if you have seen my home, you know that it’s hands-down my favorite style of hardware. I love this bag and find myself reaching for this more often, simply because it’s a more casual look and more spacious interior.

Additional Resources

This article is interesting and shares a few reasons why Chanel Bags are good investments, as far as style goes. Monica, from Luxy Theory, is one of my go-to Chanel resources. She is so sweet, knowledgable, and her style is just perfect! I also really love watching Claire’s videos too. Buying preloved is always an option and both of those girls have information on that. Fashionphile,  TheRealReal, Bag, Borrow or steal, are three websites that are popular for buying preloved.  I personally find that this website has the absolute best selection of pre-owned bags. 


I hope that you enjoyed this Chanel Bag Comparison and Review. Personally, I think it’s hard to go wrong with anything from Chanel. It is such a timeless and luxurious brand, that I love dearly. Don’t forget to check out my Chanel Bag Comparison and Review video, here, and see more handbag related content here. You can find the outfit details displayed in these photos here.

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon and detailed below by me!

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March 5, 2019

Lifestyle

Honestly, the past month has pretty much been a blur. It has been the longest, but also the shortest month of my life. I know that doesn’t make any sense what so ever, but to be honest nothing about this situation seems to make sense sometimes and that’s ok. I just want you to know that I know I have been a little quiet on all of my platforms and promise there is an adequate excuse for that. Thank you so much for saying a prayer for us. I promise you they have been felt more than I can tell you.

I shared this email with my newsletter subscribers and forgot to take off the auto post to Facebook, so basically, everyone in our close and distant circle has read this content. However, I had always planned to share this on my blog as this is obviously a home base for all of my content. This is where I share our personal life as well as my blog content, so naturally, I want to document everything here. If you read them the email, you will already be familiar with this story, but I want to use this as a reference point for future content and make sure that this lives on long after that email.

 To be honest with you, I am a little uncomfortable sharing this, just because it is Jay’s story, not mine. It has definitely changed our lives and I want to share what a reality check this was for me with you. In order to do that, I have to first share with you what actually happened before I can share my personal thoughts on something like this. 

I promise I will share more on this in the future. I just wanted to let you know why I have been absent so I can talk more about what is going on in our daily lives on my Instagram stories!

So… here it goes.

Our Lives Have Been Changed Forever

The News No One Plans For

There are so many things in your life that you can consider or maybe even wonder how you would handle them if they ever happened. Over the years, I naturally thought about many things. Your mind wanders or at least mine does, and somehow you find yourself worrying about things that haven’t even (and probably never will) actually happen.

On the other hand, there are things that you never even consider, I mean really never consider, and then BOOM you are blindsided. That’s what happened to us almost two weeks ago.

Hearing your husband say the words, “I have cancer.” is something I never, in my worse possible thoughts, could have ever put together.

Why? How? What now?

Those are just a few of the initial thoughts that came to my head, that was of course after “Oh my gosh, I think I might be sick.” Not to mention, I literally saw stars for a second. Was it overwhelm? God? I don’t know what it was. All that I do know is that even though we knew this would possibly be the outcome, nothing we could have done would have prepared us for how we would feel when receiving that news. Honestly, I think that it’s safe to make that a general statement for anyone receiving that news. 

Obviously, it wasn’t just a “Suprise! You have cancer.” kind of thing. Jay had a spot that had been previously diagnosed as a “cyst” back in September. Over time, that had spot had changed and grown. After visiting the doctor prior to going to Miami, he said that things had definitely changed and ordered an ultrasound.

A week and a half later, Wednesday, February 6, Jay had his ultrasound. Later that day, the doctor called saying that it was most likely testicular cancer and he was able to see his urologist the next day. On Thursday, his urologist also confirmed that there was a 95% chance it was testicular cancer and scheduled for surgery the following day to remove it and send it out for a biopsy. By Friday afternoon, Jay was recovering from surgery and we were both resting from the most shocking week of our life. 

The following week (last week) we spent Monday through Wednesday waiting for the doctor to call. We prayed, played a million card games, read books, watched movies, and worked a little. It was hard to focus on anything but the doctor calling with the biopsy results. They called around 5:40 pm on Wednesday, February 13th to share that Jay had Stage 1 Testicular Cancer, a pure seminoma.

Although this wasn’t great news, it was good in the sense that it wasn’t a non-seminoma. We were back to waiting and celebrating our (I hate to call it a win, but in a way it was) somewhat good news, until Monday when he would have a scan to see if the cancer had spread.

Monday morning came and we went in for the scan. Literally, as I was writing you this email, Jay received the results of the scan sharing that there is NO EVIDENCE OF CANCER in this abdomen, pelvis, or throat. 
 

PRAISE JESUS.

We have a surgery followup appointment on Thursday and we are thinking they will discuss what we need to do then. The doctor informed us last week that he would most likely have the option to have radiation or just do scans, every few months, to check in. After discussing things, I think he will probably choose to have radiation straight away, just to make sure that this cancer is gone and not coming back. 

This is kind of like a short version of the story including all of the important details. This has truly been life changing for us both, even though it has been so quick, which I am incredibly grateful for. Prayer and our faith have kept us going and I can say with more confidence than ever that our God is so good. Even in the darkest moments, of the past couple of weeks, I have felt his strength lifting us up. 

I promise I will share more and keep you updated on this process as it continues to unfold. We didn’t want to share things too early when we still didn’t really know what was going on. I’m so thankful for our family and friends and amazing doctors who have made us a priority during this time. I know we will continue to discuss how this is affecting our lives on my various platforms here.

We are so thankful for your prayers and support during this time! I’m excited to be able to start thinking about my blog again and in a different light! 🙂

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Honestly, the past month has pretty much been a blur. It has been the longest, but also the shortest month of my life. I know that doesn’t make any sense what so ever, but to be honest nothing about this situation seems to make sense sometimes and that’s ok. I just want you to know […]

February 27, 2019

Fashion

The Shopbop sale is here and it is personally one of my favorite sales of the year. It’s the perfect time to make your Spring and Summer investments while getting a bargain on your favorite new items! The Shopbop sale is a buy more, save more sale, therefore the more you buy, the more you save. I will leave all the details on that below! 

It’s not very often that I share sales here, just because I personally find bloggers that are constantly pushing sales and “Buy this! Buy that!” untrustworthy and pushy. I never want to come off like that and I don’t want to push you to buy things you don’t need or don’t want. Personally, I don’t want to push you to buy anything or feel like you need clothes, etc, to make you happy. You are perfect just the way you are.

With that said, I do want to share deals and sales with you that are worth it, in my opinion. I want my brand to represent clothes that are investment quality and will last you several years. Obviously, I do love sharing those things with you! I just wanted to clarify that before we get started! When it comes to sales, I also don’t share them that often because my head pretty much explodes when I’m trying to figure out how to share all of my favorite items. 

When browsing through the Shopbop sale, I found pieces that I already own, pieces that I have had in my cart, and so many beautiful items that I would love to get on sale! Several of my favorite brands are included in this sale including Glamboxes, Skin, Zimmerman, Club Monaco, Theory and so many more. Sometimes it’s hard to narrow everything down and organize it. So, I decided to break things down into several different categories, as well as share a list of my favorite brands and top picks. I did my best to comb through the sale a find a variety of items. As always, if you need help finding a specific item, from the Shopbop sale, I am always excited to help! Feel free to just send me an email of dm!

The Ultimate Shopbop Sale Guide | What You Can't Miss + Brands to Shop!

The ShopBop Sale: Recommended Buys

The ShopBop Sale: Favorite Brands + Products I Own

To break up these large shoppable images, I wanted to list out my favorite brands from the sale as well as items I own that you can shop on sale!

Here are a several of my favorite brands: Zimmermann (beautiful summer pieces), Skin (my favorite pajamas), Melissa Odabash (perfect for special occasions), Sam Edelman (the best shoe selection), Quay (for sunnies) Aquazzura (luxury shoes), Club Monaco (all around fave),  Equipment ( I love their blouses), J.Brand and MOTHER (for denim), Rag & Bone (all around basics), Self Portrait (splurge), Stuart Weitzman (shoes),  Stella McCartney (glamorous lingerie), La Perla (practical lingerie), Eberjey (softest pajamas), Slip (for all your silk beauty & sleeping needs), Theory (last, but certainly not least for all around basics).

As far as items that I own and would recommend: this pullover from Skin, this eye mask, this dress, this basic tee, and this bra.

The ShopBop Sale: Category Favorites

Basics

Sunglasses

On Trend

Shoes

Earrings

Loungewear

Bags

Vacation

Outerwear

Denim

Dresses


I hope that you found this post helpful! I decided to update the title of this post to The Ultimate Shopbop Sale Guide becuase this is alot of information! If you are shopping the sale, I would love to know what you plan on buying. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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February 26, 2019

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Over the years, I have seen The Alchemist pop up online here, and there. It seemed to always make many of my favorite influencers “must read” lists, so I finally decided it was my turn to read The Alchemist. If we are being honest here, I didn’t even know what this book was about, I had seen it so many times I just knew that I had to give it a try. After finishing up my last book, I decided to order The Alchemist from Amazon and give it a go and I am so happy that I did. 

At first thought, I couldn’t believe I was reading a fable. If you know anything about my reading habits, you can basically expect to see a thriller or personal development. After reading The Alchemist, I can firmly say that I did find it to be a personal development book. It was a story of soul searching, which I personally feel that I am on that journey and that is why I gravitate towards personal development books. 

When I posted this book on my Instagram Stories, I received mixed feedback and I probably can understand why. However,  I believe God put this book in my life at the very exact moment that I needed to read it. I am forever grateful for that.

Usually, I share Recent Reads blog posts, which I am far overdue for one. But, this book was so special, after reading it I had highlighted what feels like a million quotes. It only felt right to share these with you and with anyone who is considering reading this book. I found it to be a quick and easy read.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from The Alchemist, followed by the page number you can find them on.

The Alchemist: My Favorite Quotes From This Soul Touching Book

The Alchemist Quotes

“If you start out by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work toward getting it.” pg.27

 

“… when each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.” pg.30

 

“…people need not fear the unknown if they are capable of achieving what they need and want.” pg. 79

 

“We are afraid of losing what we have, whether it’s our life or our possessions and property. But, this fear evaporates when we understand that our life stories and the history of the world were written by the same hand.” pg. 79

 

“If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man.” pg.87

 

“Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living right now.” pg. 87

 

“Don’t be impatient, it’s like the camel driver said: ‘Eat when it’s time to eat. And move along when it’s time to move along.’ ” pg. 92

“This is the first phase of the job, .. I must have no fear of failure. It was my fear of failure that first kept me from attempting.” pg. 102

 

“If good things are coming, they will be a pleasant surprise,” “If and things are, and you know in advance, you will suffer greatly before they even occur.” pg.106

 

“One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.” pg. 126

 

“If what one finds is made of pure matter, it will never spoil..” pg. 127

 

“Naturally it’s afraid that, in pursuing your dream, you might lose everything you’ve won.”

“Well, then, why should I listen to my heart?”

“Because you will never again be able to keep it quiet. Even if you pretend not to have heard what it tells you, it will always be there inside of you, repeating to you what you’re thinking about life and about the world.” pg. 133

 

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”  pg. 134

 

“Every search begins with beginner’s luck. And every search ends with the victor’s being severely tested.” pg. 137

 

“When you possess great treasures within you, and try to tell others of them, seldom are you believed.” pg. 138

 

“Your eyes show the strength of your soul.” pg. 141

 

“It’s not often that money saves a person’s life.” pg. 146

 

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” pg. 146

 

“…when we love, we always strive to become better than we are.” pg. 155

 

“Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.” pg. 161

 

“ No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.” pg. 163


There you have it, these are some of my favorite quotes from The Alchemist. If you have read this book, I would love to know your personal thoughts, takeaways, or quotes!  I truly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone!

 

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Over the years, I have seen The Alchemist pop up online here, and there. It seemed to always make many of my favorite influencers “must read” lists, so I finally decided it was my turn to read The Alchemist. If we are being honest here, I didn’t even know what this book was about, I […]

February 9, 2019

Fashion

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and although it isn’t one of my most highly anticipated holidays, I still wanted to share my favorite picks for the perfect Valentine’s Day Gift!

I rounded up several of my personal favorites as well as things that I have shared with you recently, that fit the requirements (aka feminine pieces and shades of pink) that have been top sellers based on my analytics. This nail polish has by far been the most popular item lately. I have been wearing it nonstop since November. I think I have only worn one other color, once. These earrings are also another popular item. They are a great diamond stud alternative and are less than $50! These would be the perfect gift for your girlfriends!

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Since we are on the topic of jewelry, I wanted to share that one of my favorite brands, Violet and Brooks was kind enough to share a discount code with me. This code is exclusive to Timeless Taste readers, so if you have been looking to purchase from them, now is a great time! This code is valid on their Valentine’s Day collection. Use the code TIMELESS15 for 15%OFF. 

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I also rounded up a few “perfect pamper” gifts that I know I would love to have and I think any gal would love these too! Everything from bath soaks, to a silk pillowcase ( I have this one and it’s worth every penny!), and an indulgent cotton robe. If you are looking for something a little sexier, this silk-satin chemise is beautiful. I linked up a few home items that would be a wonderful luxury gift and perfect for your mom. 

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February 4, 2019

Fashion

After sharing my new Chanel boy bag, last January, I have had a lot of requests to share a Chanel Bag Comparison of the two Chanel bags I own. A few years ago, I shared a Louis Vuitton Neverfull Comparison and that is hands down the most viewed piece of content on my website and Youtube channel. The success of that post has made me a bit hesitant to share a Chanel Bag Comparison and Review post, but as it has been highly requested, I thought I would do my best to share that with you!

I am no handbag, or Chanel, expert. I’m just a gal who loves beautiful handbags and has fallen head over heels for Chanel bags! With that said, I will do my best to provide you with helpful links, resources and my honest opinion of both the Chanel Classic Flap bag and the Chanel Boy Bag.  I hope that you enjoy this Chanel bag comparison and find this review post helpful and informative. If you have any questions, please just let me know. Don’t forget to check out my Chanel bag comparison and review video here, for more of my personal thoughts and how I style these bags.

Chanel Bag Comparison and Review : The Chanel Classic Handbag and The Chanel Boy Bag

Chanel Bag Comparison

It was once my dream to own a Chanel bag and I have to say that I have been very blessed to now own two Chanel bags. They are truly iconic and so beautiful. These bags fill my creative heart with so much joy. I completely understand that these bags are not easily attainable and come with a large price tag. After owning the two Chanel bags that I do, I do not regret these purchases one bit. I personally see higher-end luxury bags as an investment. The price of Chanel bags and some other designers handbags are continuously increasing. With that said, resale for Chanel bags is much better than resale for many other bags. Now, I do not purchase these bags specifically for resale, but it is nice to keep that in mind when investing in more expensive items.

Most importantly, I think is crucial for everyone to do their own research before making luxury, or investment, purchase. My financial state does not allow me to just grab a Chanel bag whenever I see one that I like. If it did, I would probably need to add an addition onto my home to house all of my handbags! (lol)  With that in mind, I want you to do your research, compare reviews, watch videos research everything there is to know before making large investments. That’s what I do! At the end of this post, I will share a few articles and my favorite sources for luxury bags and fashion inspiration and information.

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Chanel Classic Handbag

It’s only right to review the Classic Handbag first. This bag is at the very top of many women’s dream handbag list and for good reason. It’s beautiful, timeless and in a way a status symbol. For me, I thought, “If I can just be able to purchase the classic flap, I won’t ever need another handbag!” Well, when I’m wrong, I will say that I’m wrong and boy was I wrong! Having the classic flap not only made me love Chanel even more but made the desire to purchase more Chanel bags in the future never-ending. 

Iconic and beautiful, the classic flap is just the that, THE classic bag! It comes in several sizes, colors and hardware options, and also in a variety of leathers. For me, I knew I wanted the black classic flap in caviar leather with gold hardware. No questions asked. I do not regret this purchase one bit, this is the bag for me. Depending on your style, and lifestyle, you may consider different sizing, leather, color, and hardware. There are also seasonal options for the classic handbag.

As a first purchase, I couldn’t recommend the classic handbag more. It’s one of a kind style is a true luxury of its own. The price continuously increases, over the years, and is most likely to continue increasing. While seasonal items will continue to change, here is the basic sizing and current pricing for the Chanel Classic Handbag. You will also find mini versions as well as additional sizing, see more on that here, in store. 

Maxi

Price: $6,700

Size: 9 x 12.9 x 3.9 in

Large

Price: $6,200

Size: 7.6 x 11.7 x 3.9 in

Classic

Price: $5,600

Size: 6.2 x 10.1 x 2.7 in

Small

Price: $5,000

Size: 5.7 x 2.3 x 9 in 

My Chanel Classic Flap Bag + Personal Review

I own the classic size bag and love this bag. At the time, for our budget, this was the right choice. I love the double flap and find carrying this bag so fun. I knew that the black caviar leather with gold hardware would suit my life and style the best. Denim tends to be one of my favorite things, so the lighter options just wouldn’t make sense for my first purchase. The caviar leather has been incredibly durable, and honestly far more durable than I ever imagined this bag to be. It doesn’t scratch or show markings and while I do care for my bags well, I don’t baby them. I use them. 

For the first year, or so, of owning this bag, truthfully before purchasing the Boy Bag, I wore this baby just about every day. I did find that the classic size is a bit small for everyday use if you’re like me and tend to carry a lot with you. These days, I mostly use this bag for nights out and dinner dates with my hubby. I do still occasionally carry it during the day, but for the most part, I find it a bit too small for my daily needs. In the future, I would love to own a larger version of this bag. My mom has the large and I love it so much!

Taking the price, functionality, and beauty into consideration, I don’t think you can go wrong with the classic flap bag, in the classic size. If you do tend to carry more with you on a daily basis and are looking to carry this as your everyday handbag, I would spend the extra $600 and get the “large” size. I think you will be much happier with that one. However, if you don’t carry as much, are looking for something more versatile and would like to potentially wear this as a crossbody, I’d say go with the classic! 

For wearability and more details, check out my Youtube video here!

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Chanel Boy Bag

The Boy Bag has become extremely popular these days and for good reason. “This bag was created by Karl Lagerfeld and named after Gabrielle Chanel’s first and iconic love, Boy Capel.” This bag displays a larger, chunky, size chain link strap that comes in a variety of metals based on the season. The strap also features a leather portion, making it super comfortable to wear and detailed. The shape and edging of the Boy Bag gives it masculinity and a touch of edge that sets it apart. 

If your style is more trendy, I think the boy would suit you best. Chanel is constantly vamping up the Boy Bag with different fabrics, colors and sizing options. Here is a look at some of their current 2019 offerings and price details. You can see the full offering on the Chanel Site here.

Small Boy Bag

Price: $4,500

Size: 4.7 x 7.8 x 3.1 in

Boy Bag

Price: $4,900

Size: 5.9 x 9.8 x 3.5 in

Large Boy Bag

Price: $5,400 

Size: 6.8 x 10.9 x 2.9 in

Boy Chanel Flap Bag with Handle Large

Price: $7,000

Size: 6.8 x 2.7 x 10.9 in 

Boy Chanel Flap Bag with Handle Small

Price: $6,400

Size: 5.7 x 9.8 x 3.1 in 

Waist Bag

Price: $5,000

Size: 4.3 x 2 x 7 in

Large Vertical Bag

Price: $4,600

Size: 8.6 x 7.4 x 2.7 in

Small Vertical Bag

Price: $4,200

Size: 7.6 x 6.2 x 2.3 in

My Chanel Boy Bag + Personal Review

Prior to purchasing the Chanel Classic flap, I was already head over heels for the Chanel Boy Bag. Honestly, at that point, I probably wanted a boy bag more, but I just knew that the classic Chanel bag would be a better first purchase for me. To this day, I would still recommend any new buyers purchase the classic flap first. It might not be for everyone, but if you truly love and appreciate the brand, I think you will want to own this bag and love having it in your closet. 

We purchased my personal Boy Bag in Miami, in January 2018. This was my birthday present form my husband, (the classic was a Christmas gift a few years ago) and a very generous one at that! Like I previously mentioned, I had wanted a Boy Bag for a while, but I just wasn’t sure if it was a smart investment and never really found a color option that I loved. That was until I found this one and instantly fell in love and knew this was the one for me. 

After purchasing this bag, I can say that this was the right choice for me and I love this color. I also love the size of the boy and the lack of double flap which provides a more spacious inside. The hardware is more of an antiqued gold, which if you have seen my home, you know that it’s hands-down my favorite style of hardware. I love this bag and find myself reaching for this more often, simply because it’s a more casual look and more spacious interior.

Additional Resources

This article is interesting and shares a few reasons why Chanel Bags are good investments, as far as style goes. Monica, from Luxy Theory, is one of my go-to Chanel resources. She is so sweet, knowledgable, and her style is just perfect! I also really love watching Claire’s videos too. Buying preloved is always an option and both of those girls have information on that. Fashionphile,  TheRealReal, Bag, Borrow or steal, are three websites that are popular for buying preloved.  I personally find that this website has the absolute best selection of pre-owned bags. 


I hope that you enjoyed this Chanel Bag Comparison and Review. Personally, I think it’s hard to go wrong with anything from Chanel. It is such a timeless and luxurious brand, that I love dearly. Don’t forget to check out my Chanel Bag Comparison and Review video, here, and see more handbag related content here. You can find the outfit details displayed in these photos here.

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon and detailed below by me!

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January 25, 2019

Fashion

For months now, I have been talking about this Theory jacket on Youtube and social media. I purchased this back in late October and it has quickly become a wardrobe staple for me. It just dawned on me the other day that I haven’t yet shared this theory jacket on my blog yet!

Often times, I struggle writing blogs posts on outfits. I love certain pieces, I wear them all the time. You see them on my vlogs and social media, and to be honest, I’m, just not that great about writing narratives on clothing. With that said, I really want to post outfits on my blog, because I personally love shopping online and I’m still not fully committed to shopping via Instagram all of the time. 

So, if you would let me know how you like outfits displayed, here on Timeless Taste, in a comment that would be greatly appreciated! For today, I am just going to try to breakdown each piece for you.

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Theory Jacket

Naturally, I had to share this Theory jacket first as it’s the highlighted piece of this post! I fell in love with this jacket, after seeing it in a few department stores and added it into my wardrobe a few months ago. This piece quickly became a daily staple in my wardrobe. It’s perfect for milder temperatures, but it’s just so warm and soft. I love wearing this on a daily basis. The color also adds to its versatility. It comes in various colors, on the Theory website. however, I find this neutral camel color to be the perfect tone for my wardrobe!

Madewell Bodysuit

This Madewell bodysuit was a Christmas gift from my mom. She always seems to find me the perfect pieces and isn’t afraid to buy something that is a little bit more sexy, like me. You usually don’t find me in something low cut that often, I personally have a bit of a complex about more revealing clothing, I’ll share more on that one day. Back to the bodysuit. I’m usually not a huge fan, but this one is so flattering. The wrap detailing conceals my tummy and smooths everything out (if you know what I mean!) It comes in black and grey and is back in stock in various sizes!

Levis

Every time I post a picture of these Levi’s, I always get tons of questions and compliments. These were such a great buy and I definitely need to snag another pair soon, as you can see I have put my foot through the distressed portion of the jeans several times. I love distressed denim and these are by far my favorite pair. I love the high waist and always cuff them a bit. They have a really nice button up detail that I really love! They give you the perfect shaping. I have found them on a few sites, that I will link below here. They range in pricing but are available in different sizes at each retailer.

Accessories: Bag, Shoes, Belt, Glasses

You probably know by now that I’m definitely an accessories gal! I’m all the time talking about sunglasses, shoes, bags and more. So naturally, I wanted to take a second to talk about the accessories here. These Céline sunglasses are one of my most worn accessories. I love Céline glasses!

The belt is from Louis Vuitton and I love wearing this when I want something a little darker, but not a solid black belt. My bag is the Saint Laurent Sac de Jour. I have talked about this bag a lot over the years. At first, I wasn’t as in love with this bag as I thought I would be. However, now I have really grown to respect this bag and love how polished and professional it makes me feel. 

Lastly, the Manolo Blahnik BB Pump. I’m surprised you aren’t ready to punch me in the nose over these (lol!) Because I really can’t stop talking about these! I will keep it short here, but if you want to know more, I talked about these in my favorites video and my styling video.

Photography by Makayla Greene

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