Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Oui, C'est Oui Fresh!

Alright, I'm not USUALLY big into subscription boxes. 
I'm just going to put it out there. 

But, I'm also becoming increasingly aware of what I put on and in my body.
And I'm not GREAT at regularly trying new products either. 

Regardless, when I visited Thailand, we went to a factory where they showed us what is put in body powders (even baby powder!) and to be honest, I was pretty alarmed.

I started to look into common body products that we use daily more and more.
I didn't like what I was finding.

Then one day I was scrolling through my insta story feed as usual, and one of my favorite blogger teams A Beautiful Mess posted in their stories about Oui Fresh.

It just fits nicely with the boho lifestyle too.


What is Oui Fresh?
From their website:

OUR FAVORITE NON-TOXIC BEAUTY FINDS, HANDPICKED FOR YOU EVERY MONTH.


Non-toxic? Sign me up.

The price of a box starts at $19.99 a month.

But in this box alone, my two favorite products, the OY-L body butter and the Juice Beauty luminizer blush were over that cost. The body butter alone would retail for $10, the blush $30, and there were still several other samples in the box along with a bottle of lemon scented essential oil.

Can I just tell you how much I want that car print as a framed print for my house?


The best part is, I was about to go to the store and buy the same old blush that I always use- and here was a new one, non-toxic and ready for me to try!
And I LOVE it. There was also a highlighter oil sample (smells like lavender) from URB Apothecary that paired great with the blush. 

After highlighting and "blushing". That bathroom lighting though.

Plus, most importantly, the products are also cruelty free.


What I love about this butter is that it's also lavender scented. So I use my favorite from Skincare by Jen Padro during the day (also organic) and use this body butter at night for maximum relaxation. 
The perfect combination!

This blush stick has two different colors! One side is Rose and one side is blush. More of a peach and more of a pink, depending on your skin tones. I love it because it's great for all seasons!

Lemon essential oil is my favorite for morning! 
Lemon wakes me up and gets me going- just like hot lemon water.

If you try it out let me know. 
To me the price is worth it, the products are worth it, and well, it gets me to try new things.
I did not partner with them. 
In fact, they told me their product is "flying off of the shelves" so fast, they can barely keep up! Which is a good thing. 

I look forward to seeing more months of boxes, but for me- I'm definitely going to continue!

Have a great week.

-SBR




Friday, February 23, 2018

Fashion Post {Spring Vibes}

Ahhh spring is in the air....
Unfortunately so are allergies. Well, mine at least.
But that's ok because it's also spring fashion season, and I'm READY! 

Spring Fashion
Dress: Gogo's Bus! aka, my favorite Baltimore fashion truck

Are you?
Or as Taylor would say...
Are you ready for it?
Brittany, that one was for you.

Spring Fashion
One of a kind spring dresses at affordable prices? Yes. 

So I bought this dress in the fall, knowing full well it would be my spring go-to dress.
In fact, a lot of my go-to pieces are from the Gogo's bus, operated by my good friend Stacey.

I'll be doing a Boss Babe interview soon with Stacey, so I won't give away too much but I will tell you starting SOON this Spring, she is going to be all around town in Baltimore.
And you won't want to miss it. 

Spring Fashion
Enjoying these spring temps!

Why do I love her fashion truck so much?
The main reasons:
+ One of a kind outfits.
+ Vintage & boho fashion. 
+ She helps me pick out clothes that look like they were made for me.
+Affordable prices.
+ She's always serving up smiles!
+ Her positivity leaves you feeling zen and ready to take on the world.

Spring Fashion- Golden Hour
That golden hour though!


I'm not exaggerating, and I'm not just saying it because she is my friend.
I became friends with Stacey AFTER I started shopping on the bus!
She is the kind of person who keeps you positive and looks for the best in people, always.
In short, the kind of people I want to be around. 

What are you waiting for? Look up the BUS! 
You won't regret it. 

Have a great weekend!
-SBR

Spring Fashion
Me, leaving to find Stacey.






Friday, February 9, 2018

{Love Yourself Day}

Otherwise known as....Valentine's Day. 
When you are single, Valentine's Day can really mess with your head and emotions, 
but only if you let it!

valentine's love yourself inspo
Valentine Inspo Photos:
Taken at the Baltimore Museum of Art
Photographer: Cassidy Toulan
Hair: Hair Envy & Co (Pilar Padro)
Makeup: Makeup By Jen Padro
Outfit: Forever 21

I said at the beginning of January that last year I was on a path to self love and was starting to really accept myself finally.
There are many reasons for this. But for years after my dad died, I really struggled. 
I struggled with loving myself, because I just wanted to feel numb. 
I struggled to find an identity without my dad. I struggled to accept myself. 
Now, much of this also stemmed from experiences in school and everything when I was younger, being the weird girl with not only red hair, but curly red hair. 
All I wanted was to be someone I wasn't.
(Blonde, straight hair, athletic, etc.)

valentine's love yourself inspo

That's clearly not what the universe intended, and I'm glad.

+ There is power in loving yourself for you. 
+ There is power in accepting yourself for you.
+ There's power in realizing that if people can't accept you for you, 
they weren't meant to be in your life anyway. 

I went from hating when people would say they loved my hair (for years and years) to now loving each compliment that I receive. Instead of not liking to stand out, I've embraced it. 

So now I can be having a bad day, and someone will randomly compliment me and turn everything around. Small gifts from the universe for accepting myself. 
And it makes me wish I had done this earlier.

valentine's love yourself inspo

The problem with not loving myself, was that I attracted people (men specifically) that didn't love me either. Because how hard is it to respect someone, who doesn't respect themself? 
Right? 
I struggled with being single, because I thought something was wrong with me. 
But the only thing "wrong with me" was that I didn't even love myself! 
So how could someone else?


The journey that I'm currently on, has led me to this path where I now love and accept myself- and what a complete difference it has made in my life!

valentine's love yourself inspo


I'm FINALLY happy, I'm working hard every day to make a difference for others, dogs, and grow a business that I can be proud of, and I graduate with my MBA in May.
Every day I feel like I learn something new about me and the person I really am, and have become. 
I'm making an effort to eat well, take care of myself, and it appears that my 30's are really a brand new leaf for me. The leaf that was there all along, but that I can finally see. 

And that, is a love to celebrate on Valentine's Day. 

Love to all of you,
-SBR

Special thanks to Cassidy Toulan who took these amazing photos. 
This was my first "photoshoot" and she made it a wonderful experience, and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out.
Another special thanks to my best friend Jen Padro who did my makeup with 1 hour notice, and Pilar Padro who did my hair with about a five minute notice. Mi familia, te quiero mucho.

valentine's love yourself inspo







Friday, February 2, 2018

National Love Your Pet Day!

It's February. 
The season of love. 

And I'm single, so there's that. 

I'm not mad about it though.
And I LOVE Valentine's Day, single or not.

So instead of celebrating a significant other this month, I'm celebrating my best friend, Ella.

dog is love
She is forever stealing my yoga mat, and my heart. And trying to
eat my list of reasons why I love her. 

Tuesday, February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day!

To celebrate, my company Simple Solutions Dog Training & our collaborator
 Pet Valu want to honor all of our dog lovers out there! 

From now until Feb 19th, we want to share the love with you! 
Share a photo of you and your doggie best friend, or just your doggie and give us the biggest reason why you love them on FB or Instagram! 
Then tag Simple Solutions Dog Training, and Pet Valu so we know about your post. 
+ We will be using the hashtag #SSDTDOGLOVE +

Winners receive a $10 GC from Pet Valu and a goodie basket. 
dog is my zen
Dog is my Zen sweatshirt by Dog is Good- here.


Here are my reasons why I love Ella:
+She's not a therapy dog, but she acts like one. 
If I'm sick or hurt, she's always trying to make me feel better 
(like trying to lick my tattoo when it was healing). 
+She knows the difference between me having a lazy day on the couch (mainly because they are not frequent), and a depression day. If I'm having a sad day, she gets me off of the couch every hour on the hour. Seriously, she's very intuitive. 
+She has been there for me on my hardest days. And she never leaves.
+I'm never lonely.
+I feel extremely safe at home. 
+Her personality is hilarious and so human-esque. She makes me laugh every day. 
+She has never met a human she didn't like. I say "like" and not "love" because she wasn't a fan of a few guys I dated. But all she did was ignore them. It was actually pretty funny. 
+She puts up with my photo shoots and outfits. 
+She is extremely patient with kids and puppies. 
The list goes on and on and on. 



Of course you don't need to put that many reasons for the contest.
Just one is totally fine, but feel free to do as you wish!

dog love

Have a great weekend!
Love,
SBR & EllaR







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