Sequin Gowns & Mermaid Crowns : December 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Update: #25DaysofFitmas

So I know I said I would update on this weekly, but after I began, I felt that every two weeks or so would be sufficient!  I also said I'd be updating daily on social media, which I have also epically failed at.  Womp, womp.  That's what finals do to you! But just because I haven't been posting doesn't mean I don't think about this challenge every day! So here are some of the things I've done so far!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Novel Babes Book Club

Hello beautiful people! I am in a rather good mood today for many reasons; one of those being this awesome announcement I'm about to make!! Several other bloggers and myself have come together to start the Novel Babes Book Club!  We all love to read and love to discuss the things we love so we decided to make it a thing for all of us to do together, including our friends, family, and followers!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Beach Babe Gift Guide

Since I started blogging I've wanted to do a gift guide.  I always see other bloggers post them and find myself scrolling through going "I want that, I want that..." So I figured better now than later to give it a whirl for myself! I call this the "Beach Babe" gift guide, as I've simply curated some cute things to give to that super cool chick in your life who lives every day like it's summer and loves everything about the beach. I found this simple because obviously, I am that girl.  Basically, I picked a bunch of my favorite things that I thought would make for some pretty awesome gifts! The links to each product are below (along with why I love it) and I've tried to order them in a left to right/top to bottom pattern to correspond with the picture! The gifts I chose range from about $10-$150 and hopefully will inspire ideas as well! Enjoy!

Row 1:

Colleen Wilcox Art Island Oasis Tote $28 // This artwork gives me life and even better that you get to take it everywhere!

Kula to Kuau Shell Trinket Box $15 // How cute is this little seashell?! A great gift for the girl who thinks she's a mermaid, its perfect for her to keep all of her human treasures in.

Ulu Lagoon Coconut Surf Wax Candle $28 // I currently have this in the air freshener hanging from my rearview mirror and I'm in love. The candles smell just as amazing and how cool is this special collection tin?!

S'well Bottle Waikiki $35 // S'well bottles are generally awesome, but even better in this palm frond print! Swoon. I'll admit, this one made it to my Christmas list. Fingers crossed.

Row 2:

KnitCoutureCo Chunky Knit Blanket $149 // I keep seeing these blankets everywhere and I really really am in need. I just love the boho vibe of it and of course, mermaids get cold too!

R+Co Rockaway Salt Spray $25 // A beach babe always needs a good sea salt spray (or 5). R+Co makes awesome hair products in super cute packaging!!

Lush Cosmetics The Experimenter Bath Bomb $9 // Lush is an all time favorite of mine and you can't go wrong with a bath bomb! Plus this one has glitter.  Case in point.

Rockabella Jewels Hawaii Shark Tooth Choker $45 // I have a bracelet from this designer and it's so pretty! I knew I had to put one of their pieces on the list and I came across this pretty little thing. And now I want it for myself! Perfect for your beach babe and totally on trend!

Pacifica 7 Free Nail Polish in Nirvana Nirvana $9 // Nail polish is always a great gift. You can never have enough! Pacifica is all natural and they have some really pretty, beachy shades like this one!

Row 3:

Duvin Design Company Logger Beanie (Pink) $28 // I discovered this brand this summer at a surf shop in Florida! I was honored to have several guys from the team follow me on IG (much love xoxo!) Aside from that, their clothes and accessories are super cool and I love this little beanie with the palm tree pin!

Kawaiian Lion Major Peace Out Cushion $129 // Honestly, I've been wanting something from this brand for a really long time. You've probably seen me mention them before, as I constantly stalk them on IG (sorry not sorry). But really, this is the cutest cushion/pillow, great for a beach babe's bed or sofa!

Surf Glam Aloha Long Sleeve Tee $38 // I love this top because it keeps the "aloha spirit" but also keeps you warm!

With Love From Paradise Kepana | Malia Short $46 // A beach babe can never have enough aloha print! These booty shorts are great for a yoga sesh or for just lounging around!

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

25 Days of Fitmas

Hello beautiful people and happy December!! I legit cannot believe this year is almost over.  I am both surprised and relieved.  Half of this year was great and the other half was, well, probably one of the worst of my life.  Regardless, I am still here and raring and ready to finish off the year strong.  A fellow blogger of mine mentioned the idea of doing a "25 Days of Fitmas."  Now I'm not sure exactly what her plan was or what people usually do for things like this, but I decided to join her and come up with my own way of going about it! 

Now yes, there is a barbell in the graphic. Cute right? However, this is not just going to be about physical fitness.  My plan is to do at least one thing everyday to further my physical, mental and emotional fitness.  So for physical I might go to the gym, take a walk or have an at home Zumba session. For mental I would read a book, write something (a blog post, work on my novel or actually do some homework lol) or do a Sudoku.  Lastly, for emotional I would probably meditate, spend time with friends and family or visit the beach.  These are just a few examples of things I might do, if you choose to join me in this little challenge!  There are also things that encompass two or more of those things for example, yoga targets the physical and the emotional.

In addition to the challenge, I do have a few goals to go along with it.  For my physical goal, I'd like to lose a few pounds (to counteract all of the alcohol drinking and cookie eating that comes with the holidays) and tone up my problem areas.  For mental, I want to finish the school semester with as many A's as possible.  I also would like to finish a few more books before the year is over.  For emotional, I am trying to get back to a constant state of happiness and calm, which comes with getting in the habit of taking an emotional break on a regular basis and getting more in tune with my spiritual side.

So the way this will work is that I will post on here once a week with updates and post something on social media (probably Instagram) every day with what I did that day, using the hashtag #25daysoffitmas.  So if you want to join me, use the hashtag so we can support each other! Today I will be focusing on the mental part, as I am writing on my blog now and working on writing my articles for the school newspaper!  I hope you all will join me and share your ideas with me!  Together we can leave 2016 feeling fabulous!
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