A few weeks ago I blogged about how bored I am with my healthy lifestyle. There is nothing new or exciting about it anymore. It’s become a routine. While it’s good that my normal routine is now a healthier one, I need to be reinspired. So I thought long and hard about what gets me excited. If you’re a loyal reader of this blog then you already know the answer. If you’re not, let me tell you a little secret. I like clothes!
My new, short term, goal is a simple one. Lose some weight and treat myself to an outfit from Lorna Jane. Out of all the active wear out there, none are as stylish as this line. I spent a loooong time on their website and got lost in the pretty colors, inspirational tanks, and subtly sexy leggings.
Sure, you can throw on a pair of sweatpants and an old t-shirt to hit the gym in. But if your goal is to feel better about the way you look, why not dress the way you want to feel? To be 100% transparent, I’m one size too big for this line. I wish I could open my wallet today and make a purchase. Instead, I have to work hard for what I want. Don’t get crazy and buy things that are four sizes too small then beat yourself up when you can’t hit that goal. Take small steps towards big change.
In a perfect world, I’d be able to splurge on these goodies in a month. But the world isn’t perfect and sometimes, things happen. If it takes me 6 weeks instead of 4, that’s fine! As long as I hit my goal, I don’t care how long it takes me to get there because I’ve got confidence in myself that I’ll make it happen. Until then I’ll dream about going into Lorna Jane on Westlake Ave. in downtown Seattle, walking into a dressing room, and having my dream outfit on and feeling damn proud of this journey I’m on!
What goals do you have? What tips or tricks can you share about staying focused and inspired?
Judge all you want! I did. Until I bought one for myself. Selfie sticks to the outside world look ridiculous but to those of us that own that inexpensive contraption, it’s a game changer!
I use my selfie stick for pictures but also to shoot my YouTube videos. (In case you missed it, I just launched my channel. Click here to check it out.)
In Dustin Lynch’s dressing room introducing him to the awesomeness that is a selfie stick!
Selfie sticks are inexpensive and come in a lot of different colors. I prefer the ones with a bluetooth remote. These would make a great gift, too! Here’s a wide variety of options and all of them are just $14.99 (All of the images are clickable.)
While I should be packing boxes, I’m procrastinating by spending more time than I care to admit on Pinterest. I’ve already decided the color palette of my new master bedroom (in case you missed that post, check it out here) now comes the fun stuff. Accessorizing! Just like styling an outfit, the way you accessorize your bedroom reflects your personal taste. For me, I choose pieces that incoroprate the life I live and the life I want. Let me explain.
If you didn’t know, I co-host a morning show on a country radio station. Obviously that’s a big part of my life but I’m not going to go all yee-haw with my decor. When I first got hired my co-workers called me the “country Kardashian.” So how do I combine my country life with the glam I dream about?
Look at this piece I found on Seeker! Umm hello!! This SCREAMS country glam! And the mixed metals?! I hate to sound like “that girl” but c’mon, I die! While they’ve got a bunch of one-of-a-kind decor, the cow skulls are what really spoke to me! (Ok Ellen, let’s ease up on the exclamation points.) After I creeped on their Instagram I was more confused (and tempted) as ever.
Which one to get? Which one to call my own? See a piece you like? Snag it while you still can because once it’s gone, it’s gone. On that note, I better make my purchase before one of you buys the one I want.
You don’t need to spend top dollar for everything in your home. Some pieces you invest in, others you repurpose or upcycle, and sometimes you just flat out splurge on! When I discovered Seeker, everything in me screamed, “MUST HAVE! WANT! GET!” What are you waiting for? Treat yourself!
I get asked a lot of questions about my weight loss. “How’d you do it? What plan are you on? What’s the secret?” There’s no secret. It’s good old fashioned diet and exercise. That is the only way, I believe, to make a permanent change.
When The Emily Program reached out to me about an interview, I was caught off guard. Yes, I’m very public about my journey but I never thought anyone was actually listening. The Emily Program is nationally recognized for their compassionate and personalized approach to eating disorder awareness, treatment, and lifetime recovery. Below is an excerpt from my interview…
“For Ellen, she is now able to communicate that her walk matches her talk: ‘I think one of the best things I have learned is that it’s not about making yourself feel bad about where you are at within your journey–it’s a process. Once I learned that, I noticed myself being nicer with how I talk and treat myself.’ This lesson is one that resonates with me, and the sentiment is echoed by The Emily Program staff.”
I’m short and thick. Finding jeans that accommodate my body is hard. For a long time I wore cheap denim but you get what you pay for. Express has jeans that are on trend and much better quality. Stores carry up to size 12 but online their sizes go up to 18 and even come in short and long options, too. Express denim is a tad bit more expensive though. The average pair costs about $90. I’ve got good news! Now through April 6, everything is 40% off! Below you’ll find my favorite styles. (All images are clickable!)
Normally this is a regular post but since I’m venturing into the world of YouTube, I decided to unbox my IPSY bag on camera! If you don’t know, for $10 a month IPSY sends 4-5 beauty products (think make-up, hair, lotions, etc.) that are customized just for you and delivered in a super cute GLAM BAG. Watch to find out what’s in my March bag…
Note: There’s officially 200 people subscribed to my YouTube channel! Yay!!! Will YOU be #201?
My many apologies for the lack of new posts lately. I’ve been in the middle of downsizing. I literally have to get rid of half of my things. I’m moving from a 1200 sq. foot place to one that’s just barely 600 sq. ft. Eek!
I’ve always taken comfort in stuff. Simply put, I don’t need much. Now’s the time to free myself of things and enjoy a smaller space. With that comes the excitement of setting up a new home. As I scoured Pinterest, I came across this phone case and thought, “That’s it!” This is the inspiration I’ll be using for my new bedroom.
While three walls will be mint green, I initially thought about painting the accent wall. Where would I find gold paint? How would I paint it exactly right? Then I found the easiest solution. Removable wallpaper! Who knew people even still made wallpaper?!
Urban Outfitters has many different options and styles but this one was perfect! The instructions claim it’s easy to remove and reapply. No fuss. I ordered it right away. Check out just a few of their other options below. (All images are clickable!)
If you’re an avid reader of this blog, it’ll come as no surprise that I’m a BIG fan of BaubleBar. It’s an online shopping mecca for trendy and affordable jewelry that’s been featured here more times than I can count.
Courtney Bib in Rose Gold
Just last week, they offered 30% off the Courtney Bib. If you didn’t take advantage of that short sale like me (because life distracted me from making a purchase) then you are in luck! BaubleBar is offering 30% off their ENTIRE site with the code “SPRING30.” Below you’ll find some of my favorite pieces but check out the site for yourself and snag these pretty baubles in time for Spring. (All of the images are clickable!)
The Courtney Bib (I finally bought mine in silver. Yes!)
Ear Cuffs (These have been seen on the red carpet and I can’t even tell you how many compliments I get when I wear mine!)
Initial Pendants (I gifted these to all of my gal pals for Christmas. These are perfect for yourself, a bridesmaids gift, or even just a birthday present.) PS. The jeweled initial is only $8!
Again, BaubleBar is FILLED with gorgeous pieces and with 30% off, now’s the time to treat yourself. Which baubles are you adding to your collection?
I’ve had my eye on the Courtney Bib for months now! I just haven’t been able to decide which color I want. It’s time to pick because these bad boys are 30% off until the end of the day ONLY! Which necklace would you add to your collection? Shop them all by clicking the images below.
My friend, Melanie, is wearing the orignal Courtney bib in rose gold.