Beauty & Essex


My sister’s soon to be sister-in-laws threw an incredible lingerie shower in New York last month and the venue and menu were of the chain.

The event was held in the wine room of Beauty & Essex, part pawn shop – part restaurant, and it was a full house. The menu was predetermined and featured what I imagine was the best of B&E’s regular menu. Course after course blew me away. Here’s how it went:

Course 1: Chocolate Croissants (I started out reserved and only had one.)

Course 2 – Bagels, Lox and fixin’s (Self control went out the window quickly. I had three. It goes downhill from there once you read what else hit the table)

Course 3 – Grilled Cheese with Smoked Bacon on top of Tomato Soup AND Avocado Toast

Course 4 – Baked Eggs & Grits AND Fried Chicken Biscuits with tabasco honey butter AND Double Smoked and Maple Cured Bacon

Course 5 – Doughnut holes with dipping sauces

Bonus – Rice Crispy treats with Crawford’s name on them in the goodie bags

I CLEANED some plates y’all. Zero manners used in he consumption of all foods beyond Course 1. I was an animal among dainty eaters. The cocktails were AMAZING also.
It may have been my first time at Beauty & Essex, but it will not be my last.


The Five-Minute Journal

I visited my sister a few weekends ago (post on that trip forthcoming) and she gave me something that I didn’t realize I would treasure so dearly.
This little Five-Minute Journal changed my life.


Every morning you are tasked with listing the things you are grateful for and your aspirations for the day. At the end of the day you reflect and list the great things that happened and a few things that could be improved upon.

I have become a pretty negative person over the last couple of years and by simply writing these positive thoughts down in the morning and evenings, it has changed my whole outlook on life and really put things into perspective for me. It’s inexplicably and totally empowering.

I started writing in my journal the day I started selling Rodan + Fields so it’s especially interesting to look back even only a month on from my beginnings and see what I was thinking and hoping for.

Some of what I have been hoping for overall has changed. It’s odd to see your hopes and dreams written on a piece of paper that you then have to write over and over, day in and day out. Ultimately you want those hopes and dreams to become your reality and not just another page in a book. I won’t reveal what I’m working towards just yet, but I will be glad to share any good news that comes from my endeavors just as soon as I can.

If you are looking for a WONDERFUL gift for someone, order a copy of this journal.
Do yourself a favor and order a copy for you too.

Rodan + Fields Independent Consultant

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I have been embarrassed by my skin since I started having issues with acne in middle/high school. My mom took me to dermatologists, we bought the fancy potions and I had the expensive treatments. Nothing really worked. If I am to be truly honest, I have to admit that I was a “picker.” If there was something on my face, I was going to mess with it and make it worse. I was so embarrassed by my skin that I convinced my grandmother to buy Photoshop for my computer and I learned to erase my skin issues in photographs. (This was before the days of Facetune.)

Though my skin improved over time, I still struggled with acne and allergy related blemishes. I didn’t feel comfortable going to the pool or beach without makeup and worrying about it was exhausting. I wanted a solution and had heard about Rodan + Fields, but was hesitant to give it a try.

My sister’s engagement is what pushed me to try it. Weddings are highly photographed events and I wanted to go into the wedding season without worrying about my skin.
I have been using Rodan + Fields products for almost a year now and have been so thrilled with the results that I signed up to sell the stuff!

Rodan + Fields is the fasted growing skincare brand in the US and it’s obvious why. These products deliver results. I went from having irritated face craters to clear, smooth skin. For the first time in my life I don’t have to worry about my skin. I don’t even need makeup. Yes. You read that correctly.

I only knew one person who sold Rodan + Fields and I didn’t know anyone else who had tried their products. If that was my experience, then many of you may not have heard of Rodan + Fields either. Because my own results have been so transformative, I feel compelled to take the leap and share my story with you. I never thought I would be passionate about skincare. I certainly never thought I would be selling skincare products to my friends and family, but here I am!

Take a look at the before and after photos.
If you have skin concerns and have been frustrated by series after series of ineffective products, I’m begging you to give Rodan + Fields a try. If you aren’t satisfied with your R+F regimen within 60 days, you can return it for a full refund. What is there to lose?
Comment below if you would like to know more!

I’m Pretty Proud of Myself Right Now

I know that I just got a new phone case, but this is pretty cool and I really want one.

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Photo from @bagather on Instagram.

I had seen a few photos of lettered phone cases like this before, but I hadn’t been able to nail down where they were coming from until the other day.

@bagather on Instagram issued a list of Valentines day gift ideas and the phone case made the list. Upon seeing her post, I investigated immediately and played with color options for my own initials.

It’s so hard to choose just one! I want all of the color options!
I swear there are differences between the two pinks and purples, but it is subtle.

So here’s why I’m proud of myself. Instead of buying a new $80.00 phone case, I just printed out my initials and slipped it into my existing phone case! Just put a little DIY into it and I think it looks pretty fantastic.


Here’s how I did it:
1. I took a screen shot of the mock up I wanted. | 2. I pasted that screen shot selection into Word and sized the image to 5.5 inches to fit my iPhone 7/8 case. | 3. I cut out the case with scissors and slipped it into the back of my $14.00 phone case. | 4. I didn’t use any adhesives. I just stuck my phone right in on top of the slip of paper and VOILA!


I had to borrow someone’s phone and text a picture of the final product to myself.
It looks pretty darn good for a cheapo hack! I will probably splurge on the real thing when my current case craps out, but for now I’m really happy with the way this turned out and it gives me the flexibility to try all of the colors!


Lincoln’s Haberdashery

If you live in Charlotte, North Carolina and you aren’t following The Charlotte Agenda, you need to be. They have their finger on the pulse of what’s new and interesting in Charlotte and I’m taking notes.

A couple weekends ago I decided that when I visit my parents in Gastonia, just outside of Charlotte, I’m going to pick a new place in Charlotte and just go. That weekend I went to Moo & Brew with my mom and we enjoyed yummy hand burgers and beer. Our absolute favorite item on their menu was the truffle fries. We were so into what we were eating that I completely forgot to take photos! Now that we have had those fries, there’s no keeping us away from that place so next time I’m there, I’ll post pics.

This weekend we brunched at Lincoln’s Haberdashery.

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This place is pretty trendy and looks like something you would find in Asheville. Even the people who work there look like they blew in from Asheville. I was beginning to think this place was all hype… and then our order came up.


I ordered Avocado Toast (left – obviously) and my mom ordered Take It To The Bridge (right) and both plates knocked our socks off. The avocado toast was far more substantial than I had expected. It had great flavor and there was a mini arugula salad between the slices that was lightly seasoned and went so well with the toast. Mom’s salmon toast was so good she didn’t even bother to offer me a bite. I didn’t offer her a bite from my plate either. We ate at a communal table and took our time, enjoying our meal. As we were leaving we both said this was somewhere we would definitely go again.

Check out their menu here.

Here Comes the Sun: The Sequal

And now for the arms….


If you have been following along, you will have seen the results I posted on the Nivea’s Sun-Kissed Radiance Fair to Medium Gradual Tanning Lotion on my post Here Comes The Sun. I figured if my legs were going to have color, then I had probably better apply some to the other limbs that are often exposed too. I applied the lotion three days in a row to try and catch up to my legs a bit and I’m pleased with how it turned out.

It is worth mentioning again that my walls are wood paneled and it makes everything look orange so the results aren’t orange in real life. It’s also difficult to get the lighting conditions to be the same photo to photo.

The underbelly of my arms (the whitest part) now has a nice subtle golden tone where it was super white before and I love how even the color is across the board. I’m still glad I got the light to medium versus the medium to dark version of the lotion. I very much doubt that I would have liked the results as much if I had gone with the darker version.

If you are looking to get ahead of the warm weather and build your sun free tan now, give Nivea’s lotion a try. It’s pretty great.