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?

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift | My Favorite Picks + A Coupon Code

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Violet & Brooks-4

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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Violet & Brooks-4

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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The Theory Jacket

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

The Theory Jacket

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Violet & Brooks-4

January 21, 2019

Recipes

As a part of my decision to eat more in season, organic, vegetables and fruits, I have been learning how to cook with what is in season and use simple ingredients to enrich the natural flavors. These honey roasted carrots are a perfect example of that. From the time I was a little girl, I always loved a little sweetness on my carrots. In fact, I put honey on everything including my binky (otherwise known as a pacifier).

Now, that I’m a grown-up, I still love adding honey to my recipes and maple syrup too. These honey roasted carrots are sweet and tender and are the perfect addition to any winter dish. They accompany a simple roasted chicken wonderfully and I love making them with salmon too! This recipe is super flexible. You can add as much or as little sweetness as you like and tailor it to fit your needs. If you aren’t interested in the sweetness, you can simply omit the honey and/or maple syrup from the recipe and have simple roasted carrots. Feel free to swap out the ghee for olive oil, butter, or whatever oil you prefer to use. 

This recipe requires few ingredients and very little skill in the kitchen. It’s perfect with for those with a busy schedule that want to use whole ingredients and don’t want have to completely restock their pantry. All of these items are basic staples that I’m sure you can find right in your kitchen pantry! 

If you enjoy this recipe, I would love for you to share it with a friend and check out some of my other recipes here. Click HERE to download your printable PDF of this recipe to add to your personal cookbook at home!

Honey Roasted Carrots Recipe

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Honey Roasted Carrots

Ingredients

2 small bunches of carrots (12-15 carrots)

1 tablespoon ghee

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon salt (kosher or sea salt)

1 tablespoon maple syrup

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Slice carrots into evenly shaped and size pieces.

Place on a sheet pan in a single layer, to ensure even roasting. (see photos)

Add ghee, honey, salt, and pepper to pan. 

Place in the oven.

Toss carrots every 10 minutes until done. 

I bake mine for approximately 30 minutes. Depending on the size of your carrots and strength of your oven the time may vary. Just continue to toss them every 8-10 minutes, to ensure even cooking on all sides. Carrots will be tender and slightly deeper in color. 

Drizzle with maple syrup, toss and serve. 


I hope that you enjoy these honey roasted carrots and if you try out this recipe, please share any feedback and photos with me! I would love to repost your images on my social media. What are your favorite winter side dishes?

Honey Roasted Carrots

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Violet & Brooks-4

January 14, 2019

Lifestyle

During 2018, Jay and I started working on and thinking of ways that we could live a cleaner lifestyle. In 2019, we started taking action and I thought I would share with you 7 simple ways that you can start living a cleaner lifestyle in 2019, to help you create a home and life that has a little less waste. For some of you, these 7 tips might be very basic and already well ingrained in your daily routine. However, I found that these things were easy actions that we have simply been overlooking the past few years.

For those of you who are looking to simplify and clean up your life in 2019, I hope you find this post helpful and inspiring!

7 Simple Ways That You Can Clean Up Your Everyday Life in 2019

 7 Tips For Living a Cleaner Lifestyle in 2019

Educate Yourself

The first step that really helped me start living a cleaner lifestyle was basically to start educating myself. Personally, I feel like this could have gone back a long way, but here are a few tools that I have used or that have inspired me to start this journey. 

First up, I read the book on Marie Kondo’s method a couple of years ago. It’s officially all the rage, after her new series on Netflix, that I’m dying to see. However, this book really highlighted the importance of living with less clutter and for me less clutter=cleaner living. I’m more inspired and feel more energized when I have less and what I have, I actually love and it’s good for me. You can read more on my thoughts on that book here

Secondly, I honestly think started to shop for our groceries at Whole Foods vs. another grocery store really encouraged me to be more mindful of the food and products we are using. Lastly, I have become quite obsessed with the Goop website, books, and podcast, over the past year. I know there are a ton of resources out there and I definitely have a lot of work to do. However, for the time being, I really love Goop!

Cut Back on Consumption

This one is probably one of my biggest struggles (other than eating healthy). I love to try new things and shopping, well, it’s one of my hobbies. However, this year Jay and I really want to save some money for our future and to do that, I need to personally get better about saving. Now, when I say I love shopping, I want to fully disclose that I do not own a credit card. Everything we purchase, other than our mortgage and our car loans, we pay in full. So, while I do like to shop, I’m not racking up debt which is very important. With that said, you can read more about our 2019 goals here.

I have been clearing out some of our unused items and selling them over on my Instagram shop page.  You can sell old items that you aren’t using anymore, donate unused products and clothing or also swap things with friends and family instead of shopping. As far as food goes, I have been trying to buy less with the hope of wasting less and this also helps with budgeting as well. 

Switch to Glass

I shared this in my recent favorites videos, but I purchased these glass bottles and we are trying not to purchase a ton of cases of water this year. The whole idea actually came from me wanting to drink more water. We drink a ton of bottles of water and then when we run out of bottled water, we stop drinking it out of pure laziness to fill up a glass of water. So, I decided to buy these glass bottles and fill them up myself.  So far, I have been drinking so much more water throughout the day and have been keeping our fridge stocked. If we continue to do well, I will buy another 6 pack!

Also, I have been trying to get rid of our plastic food storage containers. I found these and fell in love, so secretly this might be more about appearance, but I have really also preferred glass over plastic. It looks nice and just feels cleaner. I would definitely recommend switching to more glass if you are aiming to start living a cleaner lifestyle.

Recycle and Reuse

Our county is making it harder to recycle as our trash pick up service no longer offers it and our county is no longer recycling glass. However, over the past 6 months to a year, Jay and I began recycling and it was amazing to see how much of what we are throwing out is actually recyclable. We had more recycling that we did trash. 

Reusing things is also a great way to start living a cleaner lifestyle. I continue to use reusable shopping bags for my groceries and Whole Foods gives you a few cents off for each bag you use. These are so chic! Reusing old candle and food jars is a great way to store things and you don’t have to purchase new containers. Here is how I reuse mine.

Clean Beauty

I just wrote an entire blog post on this topic so I won’t harp on this too much. However, it’s amazing the number of toxic chemicals there are in our skincare and makeup products. I have been doing my best to weed some of these out of my daily routine. While I don’t know if I will ever have a fully clean beauty routine, I have definitely found a ton of great products that I will continue to use. You can read more about those products here.

Go for Organic and Sustainable Raised Foods

While my diet still has quite a bit of junk in it, I do try my best to buy organics meats and produce. Shopping at Whole Foods isn’t cheap, at least not for me. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard multiple people call it “Whole Paycheck” or “Whole Wallet” lol. Still, after indulging in there amazing quality of foods, I can’t bring myself to shop at certain other grocery stores anymore. That doesn’t mean I don’t eat those foods. I just don’t personally buy them for our house on a regular basis. 

With all of that said, buying organic foods that haven’t been raised or treated with chemicals and antibiotics is a great way to ease into living a cleaner lifestyle. You don’t have to eat tofu every day, but simply swap out your ingredients for a cleaner, more wholesome version. 

7 Simple Ways That You Can Clean Up Your Everyday Life in 2019


I hope that you enjoyed this post and that it inspires you to start living a cleaner lifestyle this year. As always, I am so inspired and encouraged by you and your feedback. So, if you feel comfortable please leave me your best tips and advice for living a cleaner lifestyle and your favorite reads and places to shop!

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

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Violet & Brooks-4

January 9, 2019

Lifestyle

Last week, I shared a quick little survey for Timeless Taste readers and a solid portion of the responses requested more everyday lifestyle content. I thought I would start with my go-to power breakfast recipe. I’m not someone who generally loves breakfast food. Every now and then I will get a real craving for breakfast. But, honestly, most of the time I would rather have a big coffee and wait for lunch. 

On days when I need a solid meal in the morning, this is one of my go-to recipes. Although, I wouldn’t really consider this a recipe post. I guess maybe just more lifestyle content! Either way, I hope this inspires you when you are looking for something healthy in the morning. To be transparent, I think I jacked this recipe from an interview with Rosie Huntington Whiteley (we all know she’s my girl crush) and adapted it to fit my life!

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My Go-To Power Breakfast

My Go-To Power Breakfast

My go-to power breakfast looks like two boiled eggs, sliced and lightly salted with Himalayan pink salt. I love purchasing Vital Farms cage-free organic eggs. Cage-free is really important for me now. I didn’t fully understand the difference until last year.

1 slice of Barely Bread toasted with a little ghee spread on top and half of a smashed avocado. Also, a sprinkle of Himalayan pink salt!


I hope that even though this post was short, that you still found it helpful. If you like quicker reads, like this, be sure to let me know. I would love to include shorter posts if you enjoy them. Also, please leave any post requests in a comment below! This year, I would like to continue to include more lifestyle posts. I actually really love reading more lifestyle inspired content from other blogs. If there are any specific topics you would like to see, be sure to send them my way! 

What is your go-to power breakfast?

My Go-To Power Breakfast

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Violet & Brooks-4

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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January 21, 2019

Recipes

As a part of my decision to eat more in season, organic, vegetables and fruits, I have been learning how to cook with what is in season and use simple ingredients to enrich the natural flavors. These honey roasted carrots are a perfect example of that. From the time I was a little girl, I always loved a little sweetness on my carrots. In fact, I put honey on everything including my binky (otherwise known as a pacifier).

Now, that I’m a grown-up, I still love adding honey to my recipes and maple syrup too. These honey roasted carrots are sweet and tender and are the perfect addition to any winter dish. They accompany a simple roasted chicken wonderfully and I love making them with salmon too! This recipe is super flexible. You can add as much or as little sweetness as you like and tailor it to fit your needs. If you aren’t interested in the sweetness, you can simply omit the honey and/or maple syrup from the recipe and have simple roasted carrots. Feel free to swap out the ghee for olive oil, butter, or whatever oil you prefer to use. 

This recipe requires few ingredients and very little skill in the kitchen. It’s perfect with for those with a busy schedule that want to use whole ingredients and don’t want have to completely restock their pantry. All of these items are basic staples that I’m sure you can find right in your kitchen pantry! 

If you enjoy this recipe, I would love for you to share it with a friend and check out some of my other recipes here. Click HERE to download your printable PDF of this recipe to add to your personal cookbook at home!

Honey Roasted Carrots Recipe

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Honey Roasted Carrots

Ingredients

2 small bunches of carrots (12-15 carrots)

1 tablespoon ghee

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon salt (kosher or sea salt)

1 tablespoon maple syrup

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Slice carrots into evenly shaped and size pieces.

Place on a sheet pan in a single layer, to ensure even roasting. (see photos)

Add ghee, honey, salt, and pepper to pan. 

Place in the oven.

Toss carrots every 10 minutes until done. 

I bake mine for approximately 30 minutes. Depending on the size of your carrots and strength of your oven the time may vary. Just continue to toss them every 8-10 minutes, to ensure even cooking on all sides. Carrots will be tender and slightly deeper in color. 

Drizzle with maple syrup, toss and serve. 


I hope that you enjoy these honey roasted carrots and if you try out this recipe, please share any feedback and photos with me! I would love to repost your images on my social media. What are your favorite winter side dishes?

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January 14, 2019

Lifestyle

During 2018, Jay and I started working on and thinking of ways that we could live a cleaner lifestyle. In 2019, we started taking action and I thought I would share with you 7 simple ways that you can start living a cleaner lifestyle in 2019, to help you create a home and life that has a little less waste. For some of you, these 7 tips might be very basic and already well ingrained in your daily routine. However, I found that these things were easy actions that we have simply been overlooking the past few years.

For those of you who are looking to simplify and clean up your life in 2019, I hope you find this post helpful and inspiring!

7 Simple Ways That You Can Clean Up Your Everyday Life in 2019

 7 Tips For Living a Cleaner Lifestyle in 2019

Educate Yourself

The first step that really helped me start living a cleaner lifestyle was basically to start educating myself. Personally, I feel like this could have gone back a long way, but here are a few tools that I have used or that have inspired me to start this journey. 

First up, I read the book on Marie Kondo’s method a couple of years ago. It’s officially all the rage, after her new series on Netflix, that I’m dying to see. However, this book really highlighted the importance of living with less clutter and for me less clutter=cleaner living. I’m more inspired and feel more energized when I have less and what I have, I actually love and it’s good for me. You can read more on my thoughts on that book here

Secondly, I honestly think started to shop for our groceries at Whole Foods vs. another grocery store really encouraged me to be more mindful of the food and products we are using. Lastly, I have become quite obsessed with the Goop website, books, and podcast, over the past year. I know there are a ton of resources out there and I definitely have a lot of work to do. However, for the time being, I really love Goop!

Cut Back on Consumption

This one is probably one of my biggest struggles (other than eating healthy). I love to try new things and shopping, well, it’s one of my hobbies. However, this year Jay and I really want to save some money for our future and to do that, I need to personally get better about saving. Now, when I say I love shopping, I want to fully disclose that I do not own a credit card. Everything we purchase, other than our mortgage and our car loans, we pay in full. So, while I do like to shop, I’m not racking up debt which is very important. With that said, you can read more about our 2019 goals here.

I have been clearing out some of our unused items and selling them over on my Instagram shop page.  You can sell old items that you aren’t using anymore, donate unused products and clothing or also swap things with friends and family instead of shopping. As far as food goes, I have been trying to buy less with the hope of wasting less and this also helps with budgeting as well. 

Switch to Glass

I shared this in my recent favorites videos, but I purchased these glass bottles and we are trying not to purchase a ton of cases of water this year. The whole idea actually came from me wanting to drink more water. We drink a ton of bottles of water and then when we run out of bottled water, we stop drinking it out of pure laziness to fill up a glass of water. So, I decided to buy these glass bottles and fill them up myself.  So far, I have been drinking so much more water throughout the day and have been keeping our fridge stocked. If we continue to do well, I will buy another 6 pack!

Also, I have been trying to get rid of our plastic food storage containers. I found these and fell in love, so secretly this might be more about appearance, but I have really also preferred glass over plastic. It looks nice and just feels cleaner. I would definitely recommend switching to more glass if you are aiming to start living a cleaner lifestyle.

Recycle and Reuse

Our county is making it harder to recycle as our trash pick up service no longer offers it and our county is no longer recycling glass. However, over the past 6 months to a year, Jay and I began recycling and it was amazing to see how much of what we are throwing out is actually recyclable. We had more recycling that we did trash. 

Reusing things is also a great way to start living a cleaner lifestyle. I continue to use reusable shopping bags for my groceries and Whole Foods gives you a few cents off for each bag you use. These are so chic! Reusing old candle and food jars is a great way to store things and you don’t have to purchase new containers. Here is how I reuse mine.

Clean Beauty

I just wrote an entire blog post on this topic so I won’t harp on this too much. However, it’s amazing the number of toxic chemicals there are in our skincare and makeup products. I have been doing my best to weed some of these out of my daily routine. While I don’t know if I will ever have a fully clean beauty routine, I have definitely found a ton of great products that I will continue to use. You can read more about those products here.

Go for Organic and Sustainable Raised Foods

While my diet still has quite a bit of junk in it, I do try my best to buy organics meats and produce. Shopping at Whole Foods isn’t cheap, at least not for me. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard multiple people call it “Whole Paycheck” or “Whole Wallet” lol. Still, after indulging in there amazing quality of foods, I can’t bring myself to shop at certain other grocery stores anymore. That doesn’t mean I don’t eat those foods. I just don’t personally buy them for our house on a regular basis. 

With all of that said, buying organic foods that haven’t been raised or treated with chemicals and antibiotics is a great way to ease into living a cleaner lifestyle. You don’t have to eat tofu every day, but simply swap out your ingredients for a cleaner, more wholesome version. 

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I hope that you enjoyed this post and that it inspires you to start living a cleaner lifestyle this year. As always, I am so inspired and encouraged by you and your feedback. So, if you feel comfortable please leave me your best tips and advice for living a cleaner lifestyle and your favorite reads and places to shop!

Photography by Tiffany Sigmon

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January 9, 2019

Lifestyle

Last week, I shared a quick little survey for Timeless Taste readers and a solid portion of the responses requested more everyday lifestyle content. I thought I would start with my go-to power breakfast recipe. I’m not someone who generally loves breakfast food. Every now and then I will get a real craving for breakfast. But, honestly, most of the time I would rather have a big coffee and wait for lunch. 

On days when I need a solid meal in the morning, this is one of my go-to recipes. Although, I wouldn’t really consider this a recipe post. I guess maybe just more lifestyle content! Either way, I hope this inspires you when you are looking for something healthy in the morning. To be transparent, I think I jacked this recipe from an interview with Rosie Huntington Whiteley (we all know she’s my girl crush) and adapted it to fit my life!

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My Go-To Power Breakfast

My Go-To Power Breakfast

My go-to power breakfast looks like two boiled eggs, sliced and lightly salted with Himalayan pink salt. I love purchasing Vital Farms cage-free organic eggs. Cage-free is really important for me now. I didn’t fully understand the difference until last year.

1 slice of Barely Bread toasted with a little ghee spread on top and half of a smashed avocado. Also, a sprinkle of Himalayan pink salt!


I hope that even though this post was short, that you still found it helpful. If you like quicker reads, like this, be sure to let me know. I would love to include shorter posts if you enjoy them. Also, please leave any post requests in a comment below! This year, I would like to continue to include more lifestyle posts. I actually really love reading more lifestyle inspired content from other blogs. If there are any specific topics you would like to see, be sure to send them my way! 

What is your go-to power breakfast?

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January 7, 2019

Beauty

There is no doubt in my mind that you have heard the phrase clean beauty come out of my mouth recently. After diving in the Goop world, and researching a little more about clean beauty products. I decided to go ahead and give some clean beauty products a try. You could now say that I’m a new convert to clean beauty or at the least, extremely fascinated.

I never really set out to trade in a bunch of products for a more “clean” version, but after giving a few a try I now find myself searching for more, and more, clean products. The story all began with an order from Sephora because I was desperate to try the Summer Friday’s Jet lag mask. I needed some shampoo, so I kept scrolling through the “clean at Sephora” category until I landed on Briogeo. I had heard do this brand before from some other bloggers and decided to give it ago. Here we are two months later and I’m even opting for clean nail polish

Now, I won’t say I live a perfect life, nor will I ever. But, I wanted to share with you 7 clean beauty products to swap right now because I have honestly had better results with these products lately than I have their chemical-filled competitors in the past. 

7 Clean Beauty Products to Swap Right Now

7 Clean Beauty Products to Swap Right Now

RMS “Un” Cover-Up

This concealer/foundation is incredibly pigmented and hides almost all of my spots. It builds beautifully and I have been wearing this in place of my foundation and concealer for the past month or so. It comes in a very small pot, so I would say if you have great skin and like lighter coverage, you could get away with using this as a foundation every day. If your skin is more troubled like mine, you might want something that is a little more full coverage, or you might use this up quickly. Either way, I have really been loving this and have seen such a huge improvement in my skin since I began using this. My skin is less irritated and less congested! I love it. I purchased the shade 22, but that’s a little too dark for me right now. 

RMS “Un”-Powder

After watching a review online that said you need the powder for sure if you have oily skin, I purchased the powder too. I have to give it to RMS, this is the most mattifying powder I have ever used. It really helps hold their foundation/concealer in place for me. However, with oily skin, I would do a mid-day touch up for both. This also doubles as dry shampoo! Not on paper, but when I was in desperate need, it worked wonders!

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

This mask, like I previously mentioned, got this entire clean beauty thing started. I had heard really great things about this mask, but honestly, I was hesitant. The versatility of this product is shocking. For someone with oily skin, I don’t find that it’s too much for my skin. I even use it as a moisturizer, sometimes, if my skin is feeling drier and under my eyes at night. I will even sometimes apply a thick layer on my lips as a little treatment for them. This product is amazingly versatile and can be used for almost anything!

Briogeo Shampoo and Conditioner

Oily skin and scalp have been something I have dealt with my entire life, mostly. My second-day hair looks oily and you can forget third-day hair altogether. I decided to give the Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner a try. And, if that isn’t a mouthful I don’t know what is! With an oily scalp and thin hair, you can guess that I usually go for volumizing shampoos. This set has truly been heaven sent for my hair and Jay’s too. It leaves my hair feeling soft, but not oily, and truly weightless. It smells amazing and is free of silicones, sulfates, parabens, artificial fragrances, and artificial dyes. Also, it is vegan-friendly and cruelty-free!

Briogeo Scalp Revival

I’m generally not one to care for my hair or do too much with it at all. I am all about voluminous waves, but that’s about the extent of my hair styling. I’m trying to get better about that! However, I loved the Briogeo Shampoo and Conditioner so much, that I was dying to try more products from them with the hopes that they would transform my hair and scalp. I decided to try the Scalp Revival next and of course, fell in love. Because of my oil issues, I was extremely hesitant of this one because I am the kind of gal that doesn’t put any kind of treatments on my hair and only applies conditioner from my ear down. I’m happy to report that this did not make my scalp oily or weigh my hair down. I don’t struggle with an itchy or dry scalp, but I will be sure to keep you posted on my hair growth/health soon!

Côte Nail Polish and Nail Polish Remover

One of my most frequently asked questions is about what nail polish color I’m wearing. For the past month, or so, it has been this one! I love this natural pink color form the Goop x Côte collab. It stays on my nails and looks so pretty and natural. They have a ton of color options over on the Côte website. Next on my list is to add the base and top coat from Côte. I also decided to purchase the nail polish remover. For no reason other than I was feeling extra bougie and it was expensive. But, honestly, I was completely shocked at how effective it is and how hydrated my nails are after using this remover. It is acetone free and has ingredients like rosemary leaf extract and aloe-vera juice.

You can see some of my other favorite nail colors here.

Farmacy Clean Bee Cleanser

I started using this cleanser a few months ago (it was in the first Sephora order) because the medicine and cream I was prescribed, by my dermatologist, was causing my skin to be extremely sensitive and irritated. I needed something that was gentle and didn’t make me oily. Hands down this cleanser is amazing. It removes all of my makeup and leaves my skin feeling tight and squeaky clean, which I love! I also love that it has a pump which for me feels much cleaner and easier to use. 


Clean beauty, and really just clean living in general, has been an obsession of mine lately. I never really had a clue what kind of chemicals and just really bad ingredients are in the products I put on my skin and use every day. While I still have a long way to go, I’m also proud to be making some positive and clean changes in my life!

I’m eager to learn more about clean beauty products and try out some new things in 2019. As with most things in life, I have a long list of clean products to try this year. I would love to know any of your recommendations and if you are interested in maybe seeing what’s on my clean beauty shopping list, just let me know!

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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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The Theory Jacket

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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January 21, 2019

Recipes

As a part of my decision to eat more in season, organic, vegetables and fruits, I have been learning how to cook with what is in season and use simple ingredients to enrich the natural flavors. These honey roasted carrots are a perfect example of that. From the time I was a little girl, I always loved a little sweetness on my carrots. In fact, I put honey on everything including my binky (otherwise known as a pacifier).

Now, that I’m a grown-up, I still love adding honey to my recipes and maple syrup too. These honey roasted carrots are sweet and tender and are the perfect addition to any winter dish. They accompany a simple roasted chicken wonderfully and I love making them with salmon too! This recipe is super flexible. You can add as much or as little sweetness as you like and tailor it to fit your needs. If you aren’t interested in the sweetness, you can simply omit the honey and/or maple syrup from the recipe and have simple roasted carrots. Feel free to swap out the ghee for olive oil, butter, or whatever oil you prefer to use. 

This recipe requires few ingredients and very little skill in the kitchen. It’s perfect with for those with a busy schedule that want to use whole ingredients and don’t want have to completely restock their pantry. All of these items are basic staples that I’m sure you can find right in your kitchen pantry! 

If you enjoy this recipe, I would love for you to share it with a friend and check out some of my other recipes here. Click HERE to download your printable PDF of this recipe to add to your personal cookbook at home!

Honey Roasted Carrots Recipe

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Honey Roasted Carrots

Ingredients

2 small bunches of carrots (12-15 carrots)

1 tablespoon ghee

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon salt (kosher or sea salt)

1 tablespoon maple syrup

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Slice carrots into evenly shaped and size pieces.

Place on a sheet pan in a single layer, to ensure even roasting. (see photos)

Add ghee, honey, salt, and pepper to pan. 

Place in the oven.

Toss carrots every 10 minutes until done. 

I bake mine for approximately 30 minutes. Depending on the size of your carrots and strength of your oven the time may vary. Just continue to toss them every 8-10 minutes, to ensure even cooking on all sides. Carrots will be tender and slightly deeper in color. 

Drizzle with maple syrup, toss and serve. 


I hope that you enjoy these honey roasted carrots and if you try out this recipe, please share any feedback and photos with me! I would love to repost your images on my social media. What are your favorite winter side dishes?

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January 14, 2019

Lifestyle

During 2018, Jay and I started working on and thinking of ways that we could live a cleaner lifestyle. In 2019, we started taking action and I thought I would share with you 7 simple ways that you can start living a cleaner lifestyle in 2019, to help you create a home and life that has a little less waste. For some of you, these 7 tips might be very basic and already well ingrained in your daily routine. However, I found that these things were easy actions that we have simply been overlooking the past few years.

For those of you who are looking to simplify and clean up your life in 2019, I hope you find this post helpful and inspiring!

7 Simple Ways That You Can Clean Up Your Everyday Life in 2019

 7 Tips For Living a Cleaner Lifestyle in 2019

Educate Yourself

The first step that really helped me start living a cleaner lifestyle was basically to start educating myself. Personally, I feel like this could have gone back a long way, but here are a few tools that I have used or that have inspired me to start this journey. 

First up, I read the book on Marie Kondo’s method a couple of years ago. It’s officially all the rage, after her new series on Netflix, that I’m dying to see. However, this book really highlighted the importance of living with less clutter and for me less clutter=cleaner living. I’m more inspired and feel more energized when I have less and what I have, I actually love and it’s good for me. You can read more on my thoughts on that book here

Secondly, I honestly think started to shop for our groceries at Whole Foods vs. another grocery store really encouraged me to be more mindful of the food and products we are using. Lastly, I have become quite obsessed with the Goop website, books, and podcast, over the past year. I know there are a ton of resources out there and I definitely have a lot of work to do. However, for the time being, I really love Goop!

Cut Back on Consumption

This one is probably one of my biggest struggles (other than eating healthy). I love to try new things and shopping, well, it’s one of my hobbies. However, this year Jay and I really want to save some money for our future and to do that, I need to personally get better about saving. Now, when I say I love shopping, I want to fully disclose that I do not own a credit card. Everything we purchase, other than our mortgage and our car loans, we pay in full. So, while I do like to shop, I’m not racking up debt which is very important. With that said, you can read more about our 2019 goals here.

I have been clearing out some of our unused items and selling them over on my Instagram shop page.  You can sell old items that you aren’t using anymore, donate unused products and clothing or also swap things with friends and family instead of shopping. As far as food goes, I have been trying to buy less with the hope of wasting less and this also helps with budgeting as well. 

Switch to Glass

I shared this in my recent favorites videos, but I purchased these glass bottles and we are trying not to purchase a ton of cases of water this year. The whole idea actually came from me wanting to drink more water. We drink a ton of bottles of water and then when we run out of bottled water, we stop drinking it out of pure laziness to fill up a glass of water. So, I decided to buy these glass bottles and fill them up myself.  So far, I have been drinking so much more water throughout the day and have been keeping our fridge stocked. If we continue to do well, I will buy another 6 pack!

Also, I have been trying to get rid of our plastic food storage containers. I found these and fell in love, so secretly this might be more about appearance, but I have really also preferred glass over plastic. It looks nice and just feels cleaner. I would definitely recommend switching to more glass if you are aiming to start living a cleaner lifestyle.

Recycle and Reuse

Our county is making it harder to recycle as our trash pick up service no longer offers it and our county is no longer recycling glass. However, over the past 6 months to a year, Jay and I began recycling and it was amazing to see how much of what we are throwing out is actually recyclable. We had more recycling that we did trash. 

Reusing things is also a great way to start living a cleaner lifestyle. I continue to use reusable shopping bags for my groceries and Whole Foods gives you a few cents off for each bag you use. These are so chic! Reusing old candle and food jars is a great way to store things and you don’t have to purchase new containers. Here is how I reuse mine.

Clean Beauty

I just wrote an entire blog post on this topic so I won’t harp on this too much. However, it’s amazing the number of toxic chemicals there are in our skincare and makeup products. I have been doing my best to weed some of these out of my daily routine. While I don’t know if I will ever have a fully clean beauty routine, I have definitely found a ton of great products that I will continue to use. You can read more about those products here.

Go for Organic and Sustainable Raised Foods

While my diet still has quite a bit of junk in it, I do try my best to buy organics meats and produce. Shopping at Whole Foods isn’t cheap, at least not for me. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard multiple people call it “Whole Paycheck” or “Whole Wallet” lol. Still, after indulging in there amazing quality of foods, I can’t bring myself to shop at certain other grocery stores anymore. That doesn’t mean I don’t eat those foods. I just don’t personally buy them for our house on a regular basis. 

With all of that said, buying organic foods that haven’t been raised or treated with chemicals and antibiotics is a great way to ease into living a cleaner lifestyle. You don’t have to eat tofu every day, but simply swap out your ingredients for a cleaner, more wholesome version. 

7 Simple Ways That You Can Clean Up Your Everyday Life in 2019


I hope that you enjoyed this post and that it inspires you to start living a cleaner lifestyle this year. As always, I am so inspired and encouraged by you and your feedback. So, if you feel comfortable please leave me your best tips and advice for living a cleaner lifestyle and your favorite reads and places to shop!

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January 9, 2019

Lifestyle

Last week, I shared a quick little survey for Timeless Taste readers and a solid portion of the responses requested more everyday lifestyle content. I thought I would start with my go-to power breakfast recipe. I’m not someone who generally loves breakfast food. Every now and then I will get a real craving for breakfast. But, honestly, most of the time I would rather have a big coffee and wait for lunch. 

On days when I need a solid meal in the morning, this is one of my go-to recipes. Although, I wouldn’t really consider this a recipe post. I guess maybe just more lifestyle content! Either way, I hope this inspires you when you are looking for something healthy in the morning. To be transparent, I think I jacked this recipe from an interview with Rosie Huntington Whiteley (we all know she’s my girl crush) and adapted it to fit my life!

My Go-To Power Breakfast My Go-To Power Breakfast

My Go-To Power Breakfast

My Go-To Power Breakfast

My go-to power breakfast looks like two boiled eggs, sliced and lightly salted with Himalayan pink salt. I love purchasing Vital Farms cage-free organic eggs. Cage-free is really important for me now. I didn’t fully understand the difference until last year.

1 slice of Barely Bread toasted with a little ghee spread on top and half of a smashed avocado. Also, a sprinkle of Himalayan pink salt!


I hope that even though this post was short, that you still found it helpful. If you like quicker reads, like this, be sure to let me know. I would love to include shorter posts if you enjoy them. Also, please leave any post requests in a comment below! This year, I would like to continue to include more lifestyle posts. I actually really love reading more lifestyle inspired content from other blogs. If there are any specific topics you would like to see, be sure to send them my way! 

What is your go-to power breakfast?

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January 7, 2019

Beauty

There is no doubt in my mind that you have heard the phrase clean beauty come out of my mouth recently. After diving in the Goop world, and researching a little more about clean beauty products. I decided to go ahead and give some clean beauty products a try. You could now say that I’m a new convert to clean beauty or at the least, extremely fascinated.

I never really set out to trade in a bunch of products for a more “clean” version, but after giving a few a try I now find myself searching for more, and more, clean products. The story all began with an order from Sephora because I was desperate to try the Summer Friday’s Jet lag mask. I needed some shampoo, so I kept scrolling through the “clean at Sephora” category until I landed on Briogeo. I had heard do this brand before from some other bloggers and decided to give it ago. Here we are two months later and I’m even opting for clean nail polish

Now, I won’t say I live a perfect life, nor will I ever. But, I wanted to share with you 7 clean beauty products to swap right now because I have honestly had better results with these products lately than I have their chemical-filled competitors in the past. 

7 Clean Beauty Products to Swap Right Now

7 Clean Beauty Products to Swap Right Now

RMS “Un” Cover-Up

This concealer/foundation is incredibly pigmented and hides almost all of my spots. It builds beautifully and I have been wearing this in place of my foundation and concealer for the past month or so. It comes in a very small pot, so I would say if you have great skin and like lighter coverage, you could get away with using this as a foundation every day. If your skin is more troubled like mine, you might want something that is a little more full coverage, or you might use this up quickly. Either way, I have really been loving this and have seen such a huge improvement in my skin since I began using this. My skin is less irritated and less congested! I love it. I purchased the shade 22, but that’s a little too dark for me right now. 

RMS “Un”-Powder

After watching a review online that said you need the powder for sure if you have oily skin, I purchased the powder too. I have to give it to RMS, this is the most mattifying powder I have ever used. It really helps hold their foundation/concealer in place for me. However, with oily skin, I would do a mid-day touch up for both. This also doubles as dry shampoo! Not on paper, but when I was in desperate need, it worked wonders!

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

This mask, like I previously mentioned, got this entire clean beauty thing started. I had heard really great things about this mask, but honestly, I was hesitant. The versatility of this product is shocking. For someone with oily skin, I don’t find that it’s too much for my skin. I even use it as a moisturizer, sometimes, if my skin is feeling drier and under my eyes at night. I will even sometimes apply a thick layer on my lips as a little treatment for them. This product is amazingly versatile and can be used for almost anything!

Briogeo Shampoo and Conditioner

Oily skin and scalp have been something I have dealt with my entire life, mostly. My second-day hair looks oily and you can forget third-day hair altogether. I decided to give the Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner a try. And, if that isn’t a mouthful I don’t know what is! With an oily scalp and thin hair, you can guess that I usually go for volumizing shampoos. This set has truly been heaven sent for my hair and Jay’s too. It leaves my hair feeling soft, but not oily, and truly weightless. It smells amazing and is free of silicones, sulfates, parabens, artificial fragrances, and artificial dyes. Also, it is vegan-friendly and cruelty-free!

Briogeo Scalp Revival

I’m generally not one to care for my hair or do too much with it at all. I am all about voluminous waves, but that’s about the extent of my hair styling. I’m trying to get better about that! However, I loved the Briogeo Shampoo and Conditioner so much, that I was dying to try more products from them with the hopes that they would transform my hair and scalp. I decided to try the Scalp Revival next and of course, fell in love. Because of my oil issues, I was extremely hesitant of this one because I am the kind of gal that doesn’t put any kind of treatments on my hair and only applies conditioner from my ear down. I’m happy to report that this did not make my scalp oily or weigh my hair down. I don’t struggle with an itchy or dry scalp, but I will be sure to keep you posted on my hair growth/health soon!

Côte Nail Polish and Nail Polish Remover

One of my most frequently asked questions is about what nail polish color I’m wearing. For the past month, or so, it has been this one! I love this natural pink color form the Goop x Côte collab. It stays on my nails and looks so pretty and natural. They have a ton of color options over on the Côte website. Next on my list is to add the base and top coat from Côte. I also decided to purchase the nail polish remover. For no reason other than I was feeling extra bougie and it was expensive. But, honestly, I was completely shocked at how effective it is and how hydrated my nails are after using this remover. It is acetone free and has ingredients like rosemary leaf extract and aloe-vera juice.

You can see some of my other favorite nail colors here.

Farmacy Clean Bee Cleanser

I started using this cleanser a few months ago (it was in the first Sephora order) because the medicine and cream I was prescribed, by my dermatologist, was causing my skin to be extremely sensitive and irritated. I needed something that was gentle and didn’t make me oily. Hands down this cleanser is amazing. It removes all of my makeup and leaves my skin feeling tight and squeaky clean, which I love! I also love that it has a pump which for me feels much cleaner and easier to use. 


Clean beauty, and really just clean living in general, has been an obsession of mine lately. I never really had a clue what kind of chemicals and just really bad ingredients are in the products I put on my skin and use every day. While I still have a long way to go, I’m also proud to be making some positive and clean changes in my life!

I’m eager to learn more about clean beauty products and try out some new things in 2019. As with most things in life, I have a long list of clean products to try this year. I would love to know any of your recommendations and if you are interested in maybe seeing what’s on my clean beauty shopping list, just let me know!

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January 4, 2019

Lifestyle

Looking back on last years goals and resolutions really makes me laugh a little. I took the goal setting thing ton an extreme. This year, while I’m feeling more motivated, I’m hoping to be a little less intense. While I believe that you need to be specific in setting your goals, I also now believe that the goals need to be sustainable and looking at things long term, really helps. Today, I want to share my 2019 goals with you.

I have had the book Rich Habits on my Amazon wishlist for quite some time now and thankfully, a kind relative purchased it for me for Christmas. Jay read it first and then I read it. It’s such a quick read but is packed full with good information. There is no doubt in my mind that this book came into our lives at the perfect moment. While I want to talk about this book more in-depth one day soon. I want to quickly mention how the first two “rich habits,” discussed in the book, shaped my goals setting this year.

Rich Habits

The first “Rich Habit” to implement is I will form good daily habits and follow these good daily habits every day. That seems simple enough. Right? For me, I think learning to have good habits would change my life and this is something I’m really leaning in to in 2019. Most of my goals, or resolutions, are really just simple habits that I need to change. The book encourages you to write down all of your bad habits and then, in a separate column, make those bad habits into good habits. After that, you just need to look at the good habits three times a day and start out by doing them for thirty days. Simple enough? It’s ok I’m a little intimidated too. But I can tell you how relieving and inspiring, it is to simply turn a bad habit into a good one. It seems so much more attainable to do something positive, rather than stop doing something negative. 

The second “Rich Habit” is I will set goals for each day, for each month, for each year and for the long term. I will focus on my goals each and every day. When we set out into a new year, it’s easy to just make goals for that year. This year, I want to make daily goals, monthly goals, yearly goals, and long-term goals. I want to make sure the good habits, and daily goals, I set for each day to help me reach my monthly goals, which in turn lead to yearly and long-term goals. 

While these seem like simple things that everyone knows when goal setting, for me it wasn’t so intuitional. With that said, one of my biggest goals of the year is to work on good daily habits. 

2019 Goals and Resolutions

2019 Goals and Resolutions

Work on Our Marriage and Plan For Our Future

Jay and I did a lot of this in 2018 and I want to continue doing this practice in 2019. I want to do some more serious financial planning and actually map out what we want our future to look like. I want us to talk about our family even more and dream of our children, before actually having them. In 2019, I want us to put our marriage before our families and maybe say no to a few things and choose us, over them. For me, I want 2019 to be the year of depth. I believe that this journey began for me in 2017 and 2018. I hope we spend our mornings, and nights, snuggling with Diesel, riding our bikes to the beach, traveling, swimming in my parent’s new pool, working on our home, gardening, cooking together and so much more!

Grow and Expand Timeless Taste

2018 was such a big year for Timeless Taste. Our site got a massive facelift, I expanded my revenue avenues (is that what they’re called?) and our audience nearly doubled. We are almost to 7,000 subscribers on Youtube and I have so many exciting ideas for 2019. My 2019 Goals for Timeless Taste include gaining additional branding photography clients, posting more on Youtube and growing my channel, be published more (we have been published twice here and here), and bringing on guest writers. Obviously, I have a few financial goals associated with this too!

Work on My Health Together With Jay

Last year, I began buying more and more organic groceries. This year I would like to work on continuing to limit the “unhealthy” things we bring into our home and use wholesome ingredients. I personally, would like to work on the portion size of my meals and drink a little less alcohol. Jay and I started taking tennis lessons last year and I would like to continue doing that this year as well. Hopefully, we will get to a point that we can actually play together! 

Although BBG was only a 12-week program for me last year, this year I would like to pick up some equipment and put together a little at home gym that Jay and I can use together. Neither one of us love working out, but we love spending time together and this would be something we could do together. My goal is to start out by exercising at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes each time.

Travel to Europe

I put this on my goals for last year, but I really want this to be the year that we travel to Europe together. Last year, we traveled more than we have in years, probably even ever. We got a little bite from the travel bug. I pretty sure he is still latched on. Which is fine by me! We are also making it a goal to travel somewhere once a quarter this year, even if it’s just a small weekend trip!

Continue Decorating Our Home

We made major progress on our home last year and I hope to continue working hard on it this year. I promise I will be revealing our closet soon, we need just a few details to finish it up! in 2019, I want to decorate our living/family room, dining room, and get our kitchen backsplash.


I could go on, and on, but I tried to summarize my 2019 Goals and Resolutions for you. I have more specific goals in each category but this kind of covers the broad items. If that makes sense?

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January 21, 2019

Recipes

As a part of my decision to eat more in season, organic, vegetables and fruits, I have been learning how to cook with what is in season and use simple ingredients to enrich the natural flavors. These honey roasted carrots are a perfect example of that. From the time I was a little girl, I always loved a little sweetness on my carrots. In fact, I put honey on everything including my binky (otherwise known as a pacifier).

Now, that I’m a grown-up, I still love adding honey to my recipes and maple syrup too. These honey roasted carrots are sweet and tender and are the perfect addition to any winter dish. They accompany a simple roasted chicken wonderfully and I love making them with salmon too! This recipe is super flexible. You can add as much or as little sweetness as you like and tailor it to fit your needs. If you aren’t interested in the sweetness, you can simply omit the honey and/or maple syrup from the recipe and have simple roasted carrots. Feel free to swap out the ghee for olive oil, butter, or whatever oil you prefer to use. 

This recipe requires few ingredients and very little skill in the kitchen. It’s perfect with for those with a busy schedule that want to use whole ingredients and don’t want have to completely restock their pantry. All of these items are basic staples that I’m sure you can find right in your kitchen pantry! 

If you enjoy this recipe, I would love for you to share it with a friend and check out some of my other recipes here. Click HERE to download your printable PDF of this recipe to add to your personal cookbook at home!

Honey Roasted Carrots Recipe

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Honey Roasted Carrots

Ingredients

2 small bunches of carrots (12-15 carrots)

1 tablespoon ghee

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon salt (kosher or sea salt)

1 tablespoon maple syrup

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Slice carrots into evenly shaped and size pieces.

Place on a sheet pan in a single layer, to ensure even roasting. (see photos)

Add ghee, honey, salt, and pepper to pan. 

Place in the oven.

Toss carrots every 10 minutes until done. 

I bake mine for approximately 30 minutes. Depending on the size of your carrots and strength of your oven the time may vary. Just continue to toss them every 8-10 minutes, to ensure even cooking on all sides. Carrots will be tender and slightly deeper in color. 

Drizzle with maple syrup, toss and serve. 


I hope that you enjoy these honey roasted carrots and if you try out this recipe, please share any feedback and photos with me! I would love to repost your images on my social media. What are your favorite winter side dishes?

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January 14, 2019

Lifestyle

During 2018, Jay and I started working on and thinking of ways that we could live a cleaner lifestyle. In 2019, we started taking action and I thought I would share with you 7 simple ways that you can start living a cleaner lifestyle in 2019, to help you create a home and life that has a little less waste. For some of you, these 7 tips might be very basic and already well ingrained in your daily routine. However, I found that these things were easy actions that we have simply been overlooking the past few years.

For those of you who are looking to simplify and clean up your life in 2019, I hope you find this post helpful and inspiring!

7 Simple Ways That You Can Clean Up Your Everyday Life in 2019

 7 Tips For Living a Cleaner Lifestyle in 2019

Educate Yourself

The first step that really helped me start living a cleaner lifestyle was basically to start educating myself. Personally, I feel like this could have gone back a long way, but here are a few tools that I have used or that have inspired me to start this journey. 

First up, I read the book on Marie Kondo’s method a couple of years ago. It’s officially all the rage, after her new series on Netflix, that I’m dying to see. However, this book really highlighted the importance of living with less clutter and for me less clutter=cleaner living. I’m more inspired and feel more energized when I have less and what I have, I actually love and it’s good for me. You can read more on my thoughts on that book here

Secondly, I honestly think started to shop for our groceries at Whole Foods vs. another grocery store really encouraged me to be more mindful of the food and products we are using. Lastly, I have become quite obsessed with the Goop website, books, and podcast, over the past year. I know there are a ton of resources out there and I definitely have a lot of work to do. However, for the time being, I really love Goop!

Cut Back on Consumption

This one is probably one of my biggest struggles (other than eating healthy). I love to try new things and shopping, well, it’s one of my hobbies. However, this year Jay and I really want to save some money for our future and to do that, I need to personally get better about saving. Now, when I say I love shopping, I want to fully disclose that I do not own a credit card. Everything we purchase, other than our mortgage and our car loans, we pay in full. So, while I do like to shop, I’m not racking up debt which is very important. With that said, you can read more about our 2019 goals here.

I have been clearing out some of our unused items and selling them over on my Instagram shop page.  You can sell old items that you aren’t using anymore, donate unused products and clothing or also swap things with friends and family instead of shopping. As far as food goes, I have been trying to buy less with the hope of wasting less and this also helps with budgeting as well. 

Switch to Glass

I shared this in my recent favorites videos, but I purchased these glass bottles and we are trying not to purchase a ton of cases of water this year. The whole idea actually came from me wanting to drink more water. We drink a ton of bottles of water and then when we run out of bottled water, we stop drinking it out of pure laziness to fill up a glass of water. So, I decided to buy these glass bottles and fill them up myself.  So far, I have been drinking so much more water throughout the day and have been keeping our fridge stocked. If we continue to do well, I will buy another 6 pack!

Also, I have been trying to get rid of our plastic food storage containers. I found these and fell in love, so secretly this might be more about appearance, but I have really also preferred glass over plastic. It looks nice and just feels cleaner. I would definitely recommend switching to more glass if you are aiming to start living a cleaner lifestyle.

Recycle and Reuse

Our county is making it harder to recycle as our trash pick up service no longer offers it and our county is no longer recycling glass. However, over the past 6 months to a year, Jay and I began recycling and it was amazing to see how much of what we are throwing out is actually recyclable. We had more recycling that we did trash. 

Reusing things is also a great way to start living a cleaner lifestyle. I continue to use reusable shopping bags for my groceries and Whole Foods gives you a few cents off for each bag you use. These are so chic! Reusing old candle and food jars is a great way to store things and you don’t have to purchase new containers. Here is how I reuse mine.

Clean Beauty

I just wrote an entire blog post on this topic so I won’t harp on this too much. However, it’s amazing the number of toxic chemicals there are in our skincare and makeup products. I have been doing my best to weed some of these out of my daily routine. While I don’t know if I will ever have a fully clean beauty routine, I have definitely found a ton of great products that I will continue to use. You can read more about those products here.

Go for Organic and Sustainable Raised Foods

While my diet still has quite a bit of junk in it, I do try my best to buy organics meats and produce. Shopping at Whole Foods isn’t cheap, at least not for me. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard multiple people call it “Whole Paycheck” or “Whole Wallet” lol. Still, after indulging in there amazing quality of foods, I can’t bring myself to shop at certain other grocery stores anymore. That doesn’t mean I don’t eat those foods. I just don’t personally buy them for our house on a regular basis. 

With all of that said, buying organic foods that haven’t been raised or treated with chemicals and antibiotics is a great way to ease into living a cleaner lifestyle. You don’t have to eat tofu every day, but simply swap out your ingredients for a cleaner, more wholesome version. 

7 Simple Ways That You Can Clean Up Your Everyday Life in 2019


I hope that you enjoyed this post and that it inspires you to start living a cleaner lifestyle this year. As always, I am so inspired and encouraged by you and your feedback. So, if you feel comfortable please leave me your best tips and advice for living a cleaner lifestyle and your favorite reads and places to shop!

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January 9, 2019

Lifestyle

Last week, I shared a quick little survey for Timeless Taste readers and a solid portion of the responses requested more everyday lifestyle content. I thought I would start with my go-to power breakfast recipe. I’m not someone who generally loves breakfast food. Every now and then I will get a real craving for breakfast. But, honestly, most of the time I would rather have a big coffee and wait for lunch. 

On days when I need a solid meal in the morning, this is one of my go-to recipes. Although, I wouldn’t really consider this a recipe post. I guess maybe just more lifestyle content! Either way, I hope this inspires you when you are looking for something healthy in the morning. To be transparent, I think I jacked this recipe from an interview with Rosie Huntington Whiteley (we all know she’s my girl crush) and adapted it to fit my life!

My Go-To Power Breakfast My Go-To Power Breakfast

My Go-To Power Breakfast

My Go-To Power Breakfast

My go-to power breakfast looks like two boiled eggs, sliced and lightly salted with Himalayan pink salt. I love purchasing Vital Farms cage-free organic eggs. Cage-free is really important for me now. I didn’t fully understand the difference until last year.

1 slice of Barely Bread toasted with a little ghee spread on top and half of a smashed avocado. Also, a sprinkle of Himalayan pink salt!


I hope that even though this post was short, that you still found it helpful. If you like quicker reads, like this, be sure to let me know. I would love to include shorter posts if you enjoy them. Also, please leave any post requests in a comment below! This year, I would like to continue to include more lifestyle posts. I actually really love reading more lifestyle inspired content from other blogs. If there are any specific topics you would like to see, be sure to send them my way! 

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January 7, 2019

Beauty

There is no doubt in my mind that you have heard the phrase clean beauty come out of my mouth recently. After diving in the Goop world, and researching a little more about clean beauty products. I decided to go ahead and give some clean beauty products a try. You could now say that I’m a new convert to clean beauty or at the least, extremely fascinated.

I never really set out to trade in a bunch of products for a more “clean” version, but after giving a few a try I now find myself searching for more, and more, clean products. The story all began with an order from Sephora because I was desperate to try the Summer Friday’s Jet lag mask. I needed some shampoo, so I kept scrolling through the “clean at Sephora” category until I landed on Briogeo. I had heard do this brand before from some other bloggers and decided to give it ago. Here we are two months later and I’m even opting for clean nail polish

Now, I won’t say I live a perfect life, nor will I ever. But, I wanted to share with you 7 clean beauty products to swap right now because I have honestly had better results with these products lately than I have their chemical-filled competitors in the past. 

7 Clean Beauty Products to Swap Right Now

7 Clean Beauty Products to Swap Right Now

RMS “Un” Cover-Up

This concealer/foundation is incredibly pigmented and hides almost all of my spots. It builds beautifully and I have been wearing this in place of my foundation and concealer for the past month or so. It comes in a very small pot, so I would say if you have great skin and like lighter coverage, you could get away with using this as a foundation every day. If your skin is more troubled like mine, you might want something that is a little more full coverage, or you might use this up quickly. Either way, I have really been loving this and have seen such a huge improvement in my skin since I began using this. My skin is less irritated and less congested! I love it. I purchased the shade 22, but that’s a little too dark for me right now. 

RMS “Un”-Powder

After watching a review online that said you need the powder for sure if you have oily skin, I purchased the powder too. I have to give it to RMS, this is the most mattifying powder I have ever used. It really helps hold their foundation/concealer in place for me. However, with oily skin, I would do a mid-day touch up for both. This also doubles as dry shampoo! Not on paper, but when I was in desperate need, it worked wonders!

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask

This mask, like I previously mentioned, got this entire clean beauty thing started. I had heard really great things about this mask, but honestly, I was hesitant. The versatility of this product is shocking. For someone with oily skin, I don’t find that it’s too much for my skin. I even use it as a moisturizer, sometimes, if my skin is feeling drier and under my eyes at night. I will even sometimes apply a thick layer on my lips as a little treatment for them. This product is amazingly versatile and can be used for almost anything!

Briogeo Shampoo and Conditioner

Oily skin and scalp have been something I have dealt with my entire life, mostly. My second-day hair looks oily and you can forget third-day hair altogether. I decided to give the Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner a try. And, if that isn’t a mouthful I don’t know what is! With an oily scalp and thin hair, you can guess that I usually go for volumizing shampoos. This set has truly been heaven sent for my hair and Jay’s too. It leaves my hair feeling soft, but not oily, and truly weightless. It smells amazing and is free of silicones, sulfates, parabens, artificial fragrances, and artificial dyes. Also, it is vegan-friendly and cruelty-free!

Briogeo Scalp Revival

I’m generally not one to care for my hair or do too much with it at all. I am all about voluminous waves, but that’s about the extent of my hair styling. I’m trying to get better about that! However, I loved the Briogeo Shampoo and Conditioner so much, that I was dying to try more products from them with the hopes that they would transform my hair and scalp. I decided to try the Scalp Revival next and of course, fell in love. Because of my oil issues, I was extremely hesitant of this one because I am the kind of gal that doesn’t put any kind of treatments on my hair and only applies conditioner from my ear down. I’m happy to report that this did not make my scalp oily or weigh my hair down. I don’t struggle with an itchy or dry scalp, but I will be sure to keep you posted on my hair growth/health soon!

Côte Nail Polish and Nail Polish Remover

One of my most frequently asked questions is about what nail polish color I’m wearing. For the past month, or so, it has been this one! I love this natural pink color form the Goop x Côte collab. It stays on my nails and looks so pretty and natural. They have a ton of color options over on the Côte website. Next on my list is to add the base and top coat from Côte. I also decided to purchase the nail polish remover. For no reason other than I was feeling extra bougie and it was expensive. But, honestly, I was completely shocked at how effective it is and how hydrated my nails are after using this remover. It is acetone free and has ingredients like rosemary leaf extract and aloe-vera juice.

You can see some of my other favorite nail colors here.

Farmacy Clean Bee Cleanser

I started using this cleanser a few months ago (it was in the first Sephora order) because the medicine and cream I was prescribed, by my dermatologist, was causing my skin to be extremely sensitive and irritated. I needed something that was gentle and didn’t make me oily. Hands down this cleanser is amazing. It removes all of my makeup and leaves my skin feeling tight and squeaky clean, which I love! I also love that it has a pump which for me feels much cleaner and easier to use. 


Clean beauty, and really just clean living in general, has been an obsession of mine lately. I never really had a clue what kind of chemicals and just really bad ingredients are in the products I put on my skin and use every day. While I still have a long way to go, I’m also proud to be making some positive and clean changes in my life!

I’m eager to learn more about clean beauty products and try out some new things in 2019. As with most things in life, I have a long list of clean products to try this year. I would love to know any of your recommendations and if you are interested in maybe seeing what’s on my clean beauty shopping list, just let me know!

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January 4, 2019

Lifestyle

Looking back on last years goals and resolutions really makes me laugh a little. I took the goal setting thing ton an extreme. This year, while I’m feeling more motivated, I’m hoping to be a little less intense. While I believe that you need to be specific in setting your goals, I also now believe that the goals need to be sustainable and looking at things long term, really helps. Today, I want to share my 2019 goals with you.

I have had the book Rich Habits on my Amazon wishlist for quite some time now and thankfully, a kind relative purchased it for me for Christmas. Jay read it first and then I read it. It’s such a quick read but is packed full with good information. There is no doubt in my mind that this book came into our lives at the perfect moment. While I want to talk about this book more in-depth one day soon. I want to quickly mention how the first two “rich habits,” discussed in the book, shaped my goals setting this year.

Rich Habits

The first “Rich Habit” to implement is I will form good daily habits and follow these good daily habits every day. That seems simple enough. Right? For me, I think learning to have good habits would change my life and this is something I’m really leaning in to in 2019. Most of my goals, or resolutions, are really just simple habits that I need to change. The book encourages you to write down all of your bad habits and then, in a separate column, make those bad habits into good habits. After that, you just need to look at the good habits three times a day and start out by doing them for thirty days. Simple enough? It’s ok I’m a little intimidated too. But I can tell you how relieving and inspiring, it is to simply turn a bad habit into a good one. It seems so much more attainable to do something positive, rather than stop doing something negative. 

The second “Rich Habit” is I will set goals for each day, for each month, for each year and for the long term. I will focus on my goals each and every day. When we set out into a new year, it’s easy to just make goals for that year. This year, I want to make daily goals, monthly goals, yearly goals, and long-term goals. I want to make sure the good habits, and daily goals, I set for each day to help me reach my monthly goals, which in turn lead to yearly and long-term goals. 

While these seem like simple things that everyone knows when goal setting, for me it wasn’t so intuitional. With that said, one of my biggest goals of the year is to work on good daily habits. 

2019 Goals and Resolutions

2019 Goals and Resolutions

Work on Our Marriage and Plan For Our Future

Jay and I did a lot of this in 2018 and I want to continue doing this practice in 2019. I want to do some more serious financial planning and actually map out what we want our future to look like. I want us to talk about our family even more and dream of our children, before actually having them. In 2019, I want us to put our marriage before our families and maybe say no to a few things and choose us, over them. For me, I want 2019 to be the year of depth. I believe that this journey began for me in 2017 and 2018. I hope we spend our mornings, and nights, snuggling with Diesel, riding our bikes to the beach, traveling, swimming in my parent’s new pool, working on our home, gardening, cooking together and so much more!

Grow and Expand Timeless Taste

2018 was such a big year for Timeless Taste. Our site got a massive facelift, I expanded my revenue avenues (is that what they’re called?) and our audience nearly doubled. We are almost to 7,000 subscribers on Youtube and I have so many exciting ideas for 2019. My 2019 Goals for Timeless Taste include gaining additional branding photography clients, posting more on Youtube and growing my channel, be published more (we have been published twice here and here), and bringing on guest writers. Obviously, I have a few financial goals associated with this too!

Work on My Health Together With Jay

Last year, I began buying more and more organic groceries. This year I would like to work on continuing to limit the “unhealthy” things we bring into our home and use wholesome ingredients. I personally, would like to work on the portion size of my meals and drink a little less alcohol. Jay and I started taking tennis lessons last year and I would like to continue doing that this year as well. Hopefully, we will get to a point that we can actually play together! 

Although BBG was only a 12-week program for me last year, this year I would like to pick up some equipment and put together a little at home gym that Jay and I can use together. Neither one of us love working out, but we love spending time together and this would be something we could do together. My goal is to start out by exercising at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes each time.

Travel to Europe

I put this on my goals for last year, but I really want this to be the year that we travel to Europe together. Last year, we traveled more than we have in years, probably even ever. We got a little bite from the travel bug. I pretty sure he is still latched on. Which is fine by me! We are also making it a goal to travel somewhere once a quarter this year, even if it’s just a small weekend trip!

Continue Decorating Our Home

We made major progress on our home last year and I hope to continue working hard on it this year. I promise I will be revealing our closet soon, we need just a few details to finish it up! in 2019, I want to decorate our living/family room, dining room, and get our kitchen backsplash.


I could go on, and on, but I tried to summarize my 2019 Goals and Resolutions for you. I have more specific goals in each category but this kind of covers the broad items. If that makes sense?

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January 2, 2019

Lifestyle

2018 was such an interesting year for Jay and me, and for the Timeless Taste brand. I feel like when I look at 2018 as a whole, there are so many things that I am proud of us for. Choices we made, things we did, moments we experienced and the emotions of it all, just send me over the top. 2018 was a difficult year for me, personally and professionally. I personally feel like I learned quite a few big lessons, over the past few years, and I think learning to trust and feel, but not be overly dependent is a huge part of that. 

In today’s post, I wanted to share with you 14 Things I am proud we did in 2018. I think I opened my mind and heart more in 2018 than I have in years or maybe even my whole life. I tried to take on and understand different perspectives. Balancing traditions we always cling to with new ways of thinking and living. Learning that you don’t have to be just one thing and that what you do professionally, is not what defines you as a person. For some of you, these things are a natural way of life, but for me, these are simply new ways that I am proud that I took on in 2018.

14 Things I Am Proud We Did in 2018

14 Things I Am Proud We Did in 2018

Traveled More

We traveled to Miami, The Bahamas, New York City, Atlanta, Ashville, and Charleston together. Did I miss anything? 

Started Recycling

Of course, a few months in, our local trash/recycle service notified us that they will no longer be accepting recycled items. Really?!

Aimed to Eat More Organic, Whole Foods

We eating primarily organic meats, vegetables, fruits and more when we are at home.

Started using “Clean” Beauty Products

This happened on the tail end of 2018. However, I’m so excited to have found some really amazing clean beauty products.

Read More

In 2018, I read 17 books. I think that is more than I read in my first 22 years of life combined.

Worked on Work-Life Balance

Jay is such a hard worker and I’m proud of him for setting some new boundaries last year.

Took on Things We Were Scared of/Thought We Couldn’t Handle

Business wise, relationship wise, etc. We learned how to push our limits and rest in uncertainty. 

Relied on Each Other

More than ever… I can’t show enough gratitude to Jay for the support he has shown me this year. It has been a tough one for me emotionally and mentally.

Planned for Our Future

We have had conversations about children, finances and the lifestyle we want to live in the future.

Bought Our First Investment/Commercial Property

Speaking of which, we purchased our first piece of investment property that happens to be commercial real estate. What a blessing!

Began Learning to Trust Gods Timing

This one was extremely hard for me and I’m still working on this. However, I have learned some much this year about his promises and although it might seem like his timing is difficult, it’s more perfect than we could ever imagine.

Worked on Our Marriage

I don’t think marriage is something that just happens and remains perfect. As seasons of your life change and years go by, I think it’s important to continue working on your marriage and putting time into your spouse. This year we did a lot fo that!

Let Go of a Few Bad Habits

For me personally, I stopped looking at Facebook so much and started understanding the dangers of what I consume visually, online, on a daily basis.

Put A Little More Distance to People in our Lives 

Our family and friends mean a huge deal to me. My relationship with family is one of the most important parts of my life. However, one of the hardest things I have had to learn as an adult is accepting when too much is too much

Jay and I made the reactive decision to put a little distance between ourselves and some people in our lives, to spend more time on our individual sanity and the health of our marriage. 


What were some of the decisions you made in 2018 that you are proud of? I’m so excited for a new year and the opportunity to start fresh and continue working on myself and the relationships in my life. I am excited to hear what you are proud of from 2018 and hope to learn from you!

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