Summer Glow

IMG_6024We’ve hit the ground running with summer temps. It’s hot, humid and not very friendly for skin care and maintenance. Summer, and winter for that matter, are difficult seasons to navigate skincare. The summer sun causes damage, to much oil production as well on the other side of the coin, dry skin. What’s the best way to keep an even-ness when it comes to our skin?…I believe it comes from simple, consistent skin care. Now is not the time to get fussy. Especially with the humidity, layering serum after serum will only make you feel sticky, greasy and in the end look old.

Because everyone has different skin care issues, taking a look at your skin and deciphering what it needs and lacks, is key. If you’re heavy on the oil production, like me, stick with light oil free products. I like organic serums that help repair the skin and then add a light weight (oil free) sunblock on top. Sunblocks can be tricky because so many of them are so thick. Because I’m so oily, I forego any moisturizer and I use the sunblock over my serum to give my skin the moisture that it needs.

If you have dry skin, adding a moisturizer over your serum and under your sunblock will give you a lasting glow without looking greasy. Again look for an SPF on the oil free side. Regardless of your skin type, keep the oils separate and out of your SPF.

Whether oily or dry, a retinol at night is a must for turning over your skin cells. Keeping your cells “new” is key if you want to achieve a glow. It’s definitely a piece of the puzzle. If you’re dry, add moisturizer to your retinol, if you’re oily you probably won’t need any added moisture.

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Of course topical skin care isn’t the only trick for glowing skin. What’s happening on the inside is just as important. Supplying your body with antioxidants (fruits and veggies), staying hydrated and moist importantly, getting your head right, are all keys in unlocking beautiful skin. Trust me, if you’re not glowing from within, it doesn’t matter what you put on. Just some food for thought. 😉  Happy Hump Day xoxo

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From the Ground Up

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 10.16.47 AMIt’s been a while since my last post. I keep telling myself I need to sit down on a regular basis and write (wrote an amazing best high pressure shower head guide last week, btw)…unfortunately life takes over and my writing takes a backseat. So much is happening at the moment, I almost feel overwhelmed on where to start. We’re at the final stages of architectural planning, and at the beginning phase of construction. I cannot tell you the excitement I feel of finally being able to design our own space, with the help of builders Plymouth, of course.

The creative process of bringing a vision to life, has been and is, part of my DNA. Whether it’s working with clients, designing our own home or starting a new business venture, the creativity that follows a vision is really what fuels my whole being.

I love how my husband reminds me that everyday is another opportunity to design and live creatively. Outside noises and negativity wreaks havoc not only on my spirit but also on my creative process. Staying open and grounded to what’s real and true is the real work in staying and being creative. I’m so looking forward to this next stage of chaos…lets be real, there’s a lot of chaos in creativity. 😉 Nevertheless, I welcome the path that’s unfolding in front of me and I look forward to sharing in the journey. On the flip side take an inventory on what fuels you, creativity does not only live in the “creative” space.  Happy Hump Day, xoxo

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Finding Time

IMG_4921It’s crazy the balancing act that life really is. When we’re kids, the importance of being kind and respectful is taught to us at almost every turn. We hear, be kind share your toys, always say please and thank you, respect other’s for their differences, be grateful, have compassion and be happy for another’s accomplishments. But what happens to some as we age? Those fundamental teachings get forgotten about and our insecurities and downfalls start bringing the misguided and what I think, “the evil” out. Aren’t we supposed to grow old gracefully and with growing older comes knowledge, power with that knowledge and inner awareness and peace?

I guess in a perfect world that would happen, but guess what…we’re far from perfect. I could sit here ranting and raving about all the “wrongs” I feel people have done or are doing, but honestly, that doesn’t do anything except keep the negative swirling. What I chose to do is try to learn and go deeper inside myself so that I can continue to grow and share positivity with others.

 

I was given a book about 15 years ago that helped me understand and bring clarity to the happenings that were taking place around me. I think now in 2016, it’s time to bring it back out and revisit it. The book is called The Four Agreements. I highly recommend taking a few moments for just yourself to grow and understand “you” better. In the end what was happening around me, I was in control of changing. I will definitely be taking my own advice and finding time for me!. xoxo

It’s Just a Game! Or is it.

IMG_4702When I think back to my twenties watching professional sports, I think of laughter and carefree fun with friends and family. We all enjoyed the spirit of competition, watching these men and women fight and strive to be their best. Of course back then, a game was just a game. At the end of it we all went about our business and started our week without a second thought to what game had been won or lost.

These days my reality is a bit different. Of course I’m still a spectator of sorts, but being a spouse of someone who is directly related to the sporting world, a game now is not just a game. Something has happened. These aren’t just athletes and coaches that go out and entertain us week after week. These are human beings that have families and lives outside of what we see on the television.

It’s very easy to draw a conclusion based on the highlight reel that is shown to the world. Wether through social media, television, or print, assuming that life is easier or sweeter than anybody else’s is just not accurate.

I can’t speak for other’s journey’s, but I’m in a unique position to experience events and people a little differently. What I can tell you is, there’s a lot of sacrifice that happens behind the scenes. I know, I know, we all make sacrifices for the well being of our families for now and for the future. But when you’re thrown into a public forum where your moves are followed by many, I think that there’s a perception that “lucky” breaks have gotten them more.

It’s crazy now when I watch a game or match. I try to enjoy it for the pure pleasure of competition, but it’s just not the same. I care so much about the athletes and coaches, wether I know them or not, and I put my husband in this category as well. I want so much for them to do well because I’ve experienced their hours, days and weeks away from home, as well as the high’s and low’s, the set backs and disappointments that come with the job. Although I think that the athlete’s and coaches would see the journey differently, as a supportive family member I think we definitely take the process a bit more personally.

After watching today’s Seahawks game, I’m once again reminded that in our triumphant moment that is a win, there’s the other side that is the agony of defeat, of course I’ve had the privilege of feeling this first hand with Super Bowl 49…So as much as we talk about, analyze and judge the moments that have taken place, lets also remember that these are regular people just trying to make a living.

With that said, the journey that is the “supportive partner” is a whole other story. Maybe for another day another post. For now I’m happy with celebrating a win. xoxo Go Hawks!

Back to Reality…

FullSizeRenderThere’s something about the holidays that transports me into la la land. For two weeks I feel that I’m basically floating. Between crazy family moments, Star Wars marathon’s, New Years and the NFL playoff picture (husband’s involved with the Seahawks,) these two weeks are fun, relaxing and exhausting all at the same time. It’s a time that is none like any other time of the year, and once the new year starts, it leaves me sad that the two weeks have flown by.

So it’s a new year, now what!? I guess it really is a new beginning, a rebirth, that every year we’re given the chance to change things up. Maybe not huge life changing moments, but small changes that will shift our lives for the better. So that over time those small changes lead to big one’s.

About nine month’s ago I left and closed a pilates business that I had had for over 20 years. It was a huge decision for me for many different reasons. One, leaving a group of women that had truly become my family was extremely difficult. The comfort and joy that they brought me would probably be something that I would not be able to re-create in another business. Two, leaving behind an independence that I had created for myself was something very unfamiliar to me. I’ve never not earned my own money, and never not owned my own business. Making a transition into being “just a mom and wife,” however short that title may last, was uncharted.

These last nine months have been fun, exciting, difficult and frustrating all at the same time. Many lessons have taken place and honestly they really didn’t hit me till the end of the year. I’m in this unique opportunity to take advantage and do whatever it is I want to do. Not do what other’s think I SHOULD do, or stop myself because of the judgment and perception of others opinions. I’m honestly done with that thought process. It curbs my creativity and honestly I don’t have the strength to deal with others insecurities being put on me.

So here I am “back to reality” in this new beginning… Starting with my blog, I really do enjoy writing and expressing what I feel and sharing fashion, interior design and life experiences. I’m going to change Show and Tell Me a bit. Making it more “real” on what’s happening with me and around me, I think will fulfill me more than just writing my opinions on fashion etc. Of course keeping my privacy will be a balancing act, but I think this process will unfold in a way that not only will light me up creatively, but maybe will also inspire you to find your own journey.

I’m excited for 2016. For someone who has never been keen on the “unknown,” I’m looking forward to peeling back the layers and:

Work hard.

Talk less.

Do what I feel is right.

Learn from my mistakes.

Build people up.

Laugh often.

Stop complaining.

Invest in myself.

Dream big

Plan ahead

and Love unconditionally.

Here’s to my new reality. xoxo

Who Are You?…

DSC_9415As I was growing up my parents tried to instill independence, original thinking, a sense of “anything is possible” and most of all to not “believe the hype”. I didn’t always know exactly what they were talking about, or how it related to me, but over time and as I’ve grown older it has become clear.

I wouldn’t say that their skills of how they tried to instill these values were that great, but I think I learned more by their examples of how they lived vs just the word. One statement that always stuck with me was dad would constantly tell me, “Figure out who you are and dress accordingly”. As a teenager I would look at him and think, what are you saying? I would think, ok I’m 16, I know I’m 16, and I really like my Guess jeans! I was good with just knowing that about myself. Obviously that’s not what he was getting at, and it took me a good 10 years to really understand what he was saying.

There’s a lot of clutter in the world that keeps us from really looking inside. And I often feel that society is set up to make it difficult for us to really “see”. It’s much easier to bury our heads in the sand and not drudge our own paths. We have so much “stuff” (social media, societal views, our own crazy wheels in our brains) around us, that it’s difficult to sit in silence and listen to what’s inside.

As I look around and coexist with society I find myself surrounded by anger, lack of common decency and a complete disconnect to others. I’m not writing this blog to bash others or to write that I have all the answers because I definitely don’t, but I’m fed up with the lack of insight that we as a society have. How can we possibly teach our kids to have compassion and respect for others when there’s so little of it being shown on a daily bases. Now, my husband would say that the statement I just made is not entirely true. Yes, maybe there are plenty of examples of shit in the world (my interpretation of what he would say) but how we take in this information, how we respond to it, and how we allow it to impact us is what we have control over. Just because another person may not exhibit the compassion and respect we want, doesn’t mean that we respond in that same disgusting manner. Man, this is a topic that can go on forever! I’m not sure I’m smart enough to go there, so I won’t, but my point!?

I think my dad had/has it right…Figure out who you are and dress accordingly. Spend time in stillness and listen to what’s inside. Don’t believe the hype that other’s want you to believe. Get to know who you really are and what you’re about so that you are clear when weeding out the crap and recognizing the gems. Change starts with one person, I challenge all of us to be that person. We may not be able to control the chaos around us, but we can control how we move around it. This is a life long journey, not a weekend retreat…And to all the noise that’s around…We control the volume. 😉 Happy Hump Day. xoxo

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Blurred Lines

photo 1I got into blogging as a “dare” from my husband.  Looking for something different to do, he suggested that I start a blog and put to paper all the style advice and shopping do’s and don’ts I did for so many of my friends.  I can’t say I thought “what a great idea” when he suggested it, but in the end I’m happy that I did and I’m looking forward to the changes my site will heed.

With that said Instagram has become such a huge venue to showcase fashion, style and living, that the lines become blurred with blogging about what I find beautiful and/or photographing my personal style and life as I see it.  Sometimes it’s just so much more fun (and inspirational) to take a corky picture of my dog than it is to write again about another fashion trend that has been recycled.  Either way the fact still remains that I love fashion and style, and more and more interior design, that’ll I’ll keep doing what I’m doing for the sheer love of it.  So come with me on my journery, follow Show and Tell Me on Instagram and lets keep redefining our style.  Have a great Sunday! xoxo

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