How I Got My Confidence Back with Rodan + Fields

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I have a confession, I’m reaching the end of my 20s and I’m starting to panic about my skin. I’ve always had fairly good skin, but lately it’s been freaking out (I’m talking red bumps, large pores, and dullness). I feel anxious looking in the mirror as my eyes go straight to the trouble zones. When I apply makeup it looks dull and cakey because I tend to layer it on in attempt to cover all of my trouble zones. I think everyone can identify with similar feelings of insecurity. Orrrr maybe it’s just me?! Needless to say when a Rodan + Fields consultant reached out to me to try a skincare line, I was more excited than getting a match immediately after a right swipe (yup, that was a Tinder joke).

I started out by talking to my dermatology grade skin care consultant, Charity (information below) and answered a few questions to determine the kit that would be able to address my trouble spots. Rodan + Fields has four clinical grade regimens: one for sensitive skin and redness, one for acne treatment, one for sun damage and dullness, and their flagship regimen for aging! I was recommended the Reverse kit, a regimen for the appearance of brown spots, dullness and discoloration. The products make skin care stress free because they’re labeled in numerical order. My kit includes: Step 1 Deep Exfoliating Wash, Step 2 Intensive Brightening Toner, Step 3 Dual Active Brightening Complex and Step 4 Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Sunscreen.

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Now that we’re on the same page, here is my my story and progress!

First Use:

  • I LOVE the smell and the feel of the wash. It smelled so amazing that I actually washed my face for 30(ish) seconds. Usually I’m in such a hurry that I wash and rinse my face within 10 seconds (max), but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of using this wash. My skin also felt SO FREAKING SOFT after. Like seriously, so soft.
  • After the first full regimen my skin felt hydrated but not greasy. It was the perfect skin care base to put on under my makeup. Typically I get frustrated with moisturizers as they are either too thick and make my makeup looks greasy, or too thin that my face is still screaming for hydration.
  • I immediately felt like the red bumps I am dealing with were visibly better. I felt like the ingredients in the products were able to at least calm the redness.

First Three-to-Four Days:

  • I am serious when I say this but I feel like my skin is coming to life again! I loved the results and experience of washing my face so much that I actually get excited to do my skin care routine. It’s like when you’ve hit the jackpot at Forever 21 and every piece you try on is perfect and you can’t try on the next piece fast enough.
  • My red bumps, dry patches and blemishes are VISIBLY getting better.

First Week:

  • After one week of use, seriously one week, my face is getting it’s glow back, my red bumps are almost gone and my face is smoother.
  • Not only is my skin better, but when I apply make-up it actually goes on easier and stays on longer, it’s as though the Rodan + Fields Reverse regime has restored the perfect balance of hydration to my skin.

Over all, I am incredibly happy with this skin care routine and the results. I highly recommend Rodan + Feilds, and I believe this company is worth trying no matter your skin care issues! This picture below is of me FOUNDATION FREE. I just posted a picture, on the internet with lip gloss and my lashes. Bloody miracle.

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If you’re interested in learning more, contact Charity Rupp, a dermatology grade skin care consultant, to determine the best skin regimen for YOU! Save 10% and receive a free gift with any regimen purchased in the month of September. Not to mention she’s just the SWEETEST!

She can be reached via email at charitysmiles5@gmail.com OR call/text 740-360-4321.

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Spray on Your Face with Luminess Air® AirSupremacy

When it comes to makeup, especially foundations, I’m no expert. In fact, I’m a total novice. I know nothing, but expect everything. I want my foundation to look natural, feel light and apply with ease. So I have to be honest I was nervous to try Luminess Air® AirSupremacy mist foundations. I’ve never had my make-up airbrushed by a professional, so doing it by myself seemed like it was a disaster waiting to happen. Just like the feeling when a Tinder date is much cuter in person than his profile picture, my experience with AirSupremacy was soooo much better than I thought. It crushed my expectations! It looks natural, feels light and was SO easy to apply. Oh, and it can last up to 18 hours! I actually slept in mine and just had to touch it up slightly the next day.

I used Shade 4 Sunkissed, Shade 5 Cinnamon, and the Soft Rose blush. Because I’m practically a professional at applying airbrush make-up now (slight sarcasm), I have a few tips to share!

  1. Cover your hair with a towel, or with a wide headband to protect your hair. If you get some in your hair, just wet a towel and wipe/wash it out. Oh, and don’t forget to take off any jewelry you’re wearing.
  2. First, shake the cans really well then apply in layers. Spray a light coat, then build your coverage. I got a little aggressive the first time I used it and probably had a solid inch of foundation on my face. Okay, I might be slightly exaggerating but it still wasn’t a good look.
  3. Purchase two different foundation shades to easily contour your face. Spray the darker color under cheek bones, the sides of the forehead and along the chin line. It makes contouring SO easy. Seriously, so easy.
  4. At the very end I applied a little powder to help set it, and used my bronzing powder to give me a little glow.
  5. Search fASHionately Me on Snapchat if you want to see my tutorial with application tips!

Luminess Air® AirSupremacy mist is my new obsession and is now a part of my regular makeup routine! Treat yourself today and use my promo code “800941614” to get 20% off your purchase! I promise you’re going to love this line!

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Macys Front Row Event

What are your plans this weekend? No, I’m not asking you out on an awkward first date – I have something better for you! Join me at Macy’s in the Castleton Mall for a fashion party you can’t miss! Myself along with Morgan England of Style on Edge, and Jenn Wolf of Jenn Wolf Designs are spending the afternoon showing you some of our favorite  fall looks!

Fashion week can be over whelming, it’s hard to understand what parts of the show are fashion inspiration and what parts are an expression of creative freedom (cue show with Snapchat filters as makeup). So relax, be at ease and let us do the work for you. It’s boots and sweat season ladies! Grab a Pumpkin Spice Latter (are those out yet??) and head over to Macy’s this Saturday! We’ll be there to answer your fashion questions, snap some photos and enjoy some refreshments.

Event Information:

Date: Saturday, September 17th

Time: 2 – 4 PM

Location: Women’s Impulse Department, 1st Floor of Macy’s

See you there!

Want to know more about Macy’s Front Row?

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It’s a Kendra Scott Love Affair

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It’s no secret that I love shopping, champagne and my bloggy friends so when I’m invited to an event that involves all three, it’s a perfect morning (or a perfect storm for my bank account). Last Saturday I went to the soft opening of the Kendra Scott store in the Fashion Mall at Keystone and let me tell you it was gorgeous jewelry overload! If you follow my SnapChat (fASHionately Me) you got a sneak peak of some of my favorite pieces!

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If you missed the event (and my Instagram giveaway of a set of Ellie earrings) you definitely don’t want to miss the Kendra Scott shopping party THIS Friday, August 26th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. This lovely evening event is hosted by Brittney of The Pretty Plus, Kelli of Big Hair Foodie Fare, Jaime and Kacey of Regally Soled and yours truly (aka ME!).

Why should you attend (other than hanging out with me, of course) well…

  1. If you’re reading this blog and mention that you follow the Indy bloggers you get 15% off your purchase.
  2. In honor of Kendra Scott launching their FIRST nail polish line on Friday, the first 20 people to spend $50 get a free nail polish. And let me tell you, what I’ve seen of this nail polish line is every bit of stunning.
  3. There will be free champagne, rosé, macaroons, and GLITTERED cupcakes. GLITTER.
  4. Everyone who spends $100 or more is entered to win a piece from the Color Bar. If you haven’t met the Color Bar, you can design your own piece (there are limits of course) in the store, and you get to leave with that piece in hand.

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So ladies, put on your favorite dress and join us for a wonderful evening! I can promise you, with this group there will be plenty of laughs!

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In store photos courtesy of Semi Rene Photography.

Bloggers in the large group photo from left to right: Indy Dressed, Me, Eclectic Kurves, Big Hair Foodie Fare, The Pretty Plus, Regally Soled, Bloom Bites Beauty, Regally Soled.

Creating a Moment

I have to be honest, I’ve never been a “give me flowers” kind of girl. In fact, a guy brought me flowers once on a date and I didn’t know what to do with them. Excuse me for a second while I climb up on my counter and see if I put a vase in one of these cabinets I can’t reach. Or I get flowers sent to me… I have to water them, add in some green Splenda (that’s what it looks like anyway) and eventually I end up killing them in roughly 72 hours.

All of that to say, Deluxe Flowerbox has changed my mind! Why? I’m so glad you asked…

  1. The floral arrangements are created in the CUTEST containers! The pink box on my desk in the last picture actually had flowers in it and now it’s literally decoration in my home.
  2. They contain a magical foam filter that requires no effort, mine sat alive and gorgeously for almost two weeks!
  3. They’re different. When you get a Deluxe Florwerbox you’re not just getting flowers, you’re getting a memory and a moment handed to you.

Next time you want to tell someone you love them, you’re sorry or just hi do it with a Deluxe Flowerbox. And if my next boyfriend is reading this, I’d like them sent to me on the regular.

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Brunch, Mimosas & a Romper

I love brunch. For so many reasons, it’s my favorite time of the day. Not only does it involve breakfast food, but I get to sleep in (proper brunch doesn’t happen until at least 10:00 am), and it’s socially acceptable to drink champagne in the morning. Brunch is just truly a magical time of the day, especially when it’s at a location like Rosie’s Place. So I was super excited when they invited us fashion bloggers to brunch at their Noblesville, Indiana location (they also have one in Zionsville). Rosie’s Place offers breakfast, lunch, baked goods and catering. As sometime who is gluten sensitive, I appreciate that they have seriously DELICIOUS gluten free options including pancakes – one of my absolute favorite foods.

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The second best part about brunch is having a reason to get all dolled up and meet up with your girlfriends. I adore all of these ladies, they’re not only incredibly stylish but just the sweetest group of gals. I absolutely love blogging, and how it has connected me to some amazing people. If you haven’t checked out The Pretty Plus, Big Hair and Foodie Fare, and Regally Soled you absolutely need too! Once you’re done reading this post, of course. 😉

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Seriously though… this romper. I’m in love with it. If only I could fall in love with a guy as easily as I can with clothes. I fall in love with literally every piece at Beauty and the Boutique! Literally, ever one. Not only are their clothes incredibly trendy, but they’re affordable! AND each week they launch new pieces… it’s a serious addiction to look each week to see what’s new!

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Romper, Beauty and the Boutique | Necklace, Wish | Indiana Necklace, Amazon | Shoes, Just Fab (similar) | Clutch, Just Fab – Similar, Zappos | Photography by Kelli, Big Hair and Foodie Fare

A Simple Tip to Increase Workout Performance

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My #fASHionatelyFit series is back and today we’re talking performance! It’s been three years since I’ve run my last half marathon, and I am SO excited to be signing up for one this fall. Training for any type of physical race/competition requires a lot of time, and dedication. I work full time (which includes travel), I am fixing up my new home, I write for my blog, and I attempt to have a social life. I always try to fit in a workout, but I sadly have a tendency to put my fitness goals on the back burner. But not anymore! I’m so focused and determined to make this my best half marathon yet, and I’m doing this with the help of EAS® 100% Whey Protein.

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I’m terrible at recovering from long runs. Previously I wasn’t stretching or eating the proper nutrients post run to let my body recover. Not only did that make me feel sluggish, but it really affected the performance of my next run. So this is how I’m making a change to affect my running performance!

I headed to my local Walmart and purchased the EAS® 100% When Protein in Vanilla (Yummm!) You will find the protein powder near the pharmacy, just look for the eye catching purple packaging.

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After my run, I made up a shake using the recommended two scoops of protein powder, 1/2 cup blue berries, 1/2 cup spinach, water and ice. I wanted to not only get the protein my body needs to recover and allow me to have a stronger performance next run, but also get in a serving of fruit and veggies. When making your protein shake get creative. If you work out in the morning, add cold coffee for a caffeine kick. Or, make your protein shake your sweet treat and add some Almond Butter.

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From what I’ve read, you should drink your recovering drink within 30 minutes of a run. It’s so important that your body properly recovers so your performance can continue to increase. Just like a pair of shoes with a broken heal aren’t the best for walking in, your body without proper nutrients isn’t going to perform to its potential.

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EAS® 100% Whey Protein Powder contain 30 grams of protein which is the ideal amount for your body to recover, and each serving is only 160 calories. What I love most is that it doesn’t use some “proprietary blend” of whey protein but it uses high-quality pure whey protein. It contains no fillers or added sugar, yet seriously tastes amazing. I’m not a fan of most protein shakes, or bars, they taste like chalk to me but I absolutely loved this one in the vanilla flavor (it’s a new and improved version if you’ve ever tried it before). 

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It’s an added bonus that the lid holds the scoop. I get so annoyed when I have to dig through the powder to find it. Purchase now and you’ll earn $3.00 when you purchase EAS® 100% Whey Protein or $1 when you purchase EAS® AdvantEdge Carb Control. I love saving money.

So let’s recap…

  1. Go to Walmart, buy your EAS® 100% Whey Protein.
  2. Go for a run (or your preferred workout routine).
  3. STRETCH!
  4. Within 30 minutes, make your protein shake using the ingredients of your choice.
  5. Enjoy the take of 30 grams of protein, and only 160 calories refueling your body. You’ll feel the difference in your performance during your next workout!

Don’t forget to tag #fASHionatelyFit in any of your workout posts!

#NaotGivesBackDonation Event

What’s better than shoe shopping? Shoe shopping for a cause! This Saturday, May 21st Naot Footwear is hosting the #NaotGivesBackDonation Event at Englin’s Fine Footwear located in Keytone Mall in Indianapolis. Simply by trying on a pair of shoes, Naot will donate a pair to someone in need at the Julian Center. If you buy a pair of shoes, Naot will donate two pair of shoes. You will be doing good for someone in need, and also you’ll also leave with a cute new pair of shoes!

The Julian Center  supports victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other life crises. Thanks to the Julian Center there has been a significant reduction in domestic violence and sexual assault through their counseling, education, housing support and other programs and services!

What a better way to spend your Saturday than to help support those suffering and be a part of breaking the cycle of abuse. Cinderella was given a pair of shoes that changed her life. Join me Saturday and give someone else a pair of shoes that could brighten their day!

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Hosting Parties to Remember

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I just moved in to a new house and it has been a whirlwind of painting, cleaning and renovations. FINALLY after painting almost every wall, door, and baseboard I am finally ready to start having people over! I’m so excited to finally host gatherings, and I’m super excited to share with you a game that I’ll be playing at my house warming party later this month.

First stop, Market District to stock up on supplies and at the top of my list is Diet Coke®. If you live near Carmel, Indiana you must stop by this store! Any store where I can get a facial, tackle my grocery list and drop off my dry cleaning is a win for this busy girl.

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Okay, back to my Diet Coke.I love the new Share a Song Share a Song campaign Coca-Cola is doing. Every can has a song lyric on it, so of course my game involves that. Before dinner, place all Diet Cokes in a container and have everyone gather around. I placed mine on the kitchen table in this adorable tray. Each person goes to grab their drink for dinner, but before they can get their dinner plate, they have to sing or hum the song that’s on their can. The first person to guess their song, is up next!

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One of my favorite things to do when setting up for a party is try to make every drink and food item a decor. So I made a mini beverage bar for the Diet Coke when we weren’t using it for playing the game.

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My family and I practiced this over the weekend, and let me tell you it caused a lot of laughs. Not everyone in my family is vocally blessed, luckily I had Shazaam downloaded on my phone (available on iPhone, Android, iPod and other devices) to help me figure out just what song being sung. Such great memories!

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Would you be able to think of the songs the lyrics on these Diet Coke cans belong to when you’re hangry and ready to get your food plate?

Short Hair (don’t care) Braid Tutorial

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Lately, every time I get my hair cut I seem to cut it shorter and shorter. I love how effortlessly easy short hair is, I have literally cut my “getting ready” time in half. It’s amazing! However, when you have short hair it’s a little more difficult to find unique ways to style it (we just don’t have that much hair to work with). So, that being said… I HAVE A CUTE WAY TO STYLE YOUR SHORT HAIR. Sorry, I got a little shouty. I’m just excited!

Braid Tutorial for Short Hair

Step 1: Part your hair to the side, making your part slightly more dramatic than normal. Take the hair at the base of your part, pulling your towards the back of your head, braid hair with a basic three section braid. Tip: Always braid hair in the direction you want the braid to lie. If you braid the hair straight down, but try to pin it towards the back of your head it’ll bubble. No one wants bubbles!

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Step 2: Pull a section of your that’s not braiding up, and use a bobby pin to secure your braid. Then cover the bobby pin with the hair you pulled up.

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Step 3: Start a second braid towards the end of your first braid.

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Step 4: Secure the second braid with a bobby pin hiding it under a section of hair, just as you did in step 2.

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Step 5: Run your hands through your hair and “fluff” it using your fingers to tease it and give it volume. Ensure all your bobby pins are hidden under hair. Admire your adorable creation!

Final Look

WAIT. I’m not done talking yet. 🙂 Do you remember a couple weeks ago when I told you about my BFF John Frieda?

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Well, I’ve been using the Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Deeper™ Products for over two weeks now and I am SO happy with the results! Without having to go to the salon, my hair has remained a deep, dark brown all while being in the sun! You can purchase the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Deeper™ Colour Deepening  Products at your local Walmart or if you can’t find them in stores you can purchase at Walmart.com. I use the Visibly Deeper™ Shampoo, Visibly Deeper™ Conditioner, and Visibly Deeper™ Treatment. Check out my original post for additional product details.

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