Getting Ready With Olay

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For this post, I teamed up with Olay.

Getting ready for a special occasion is pretty much my least favorite thing to do. And lately, I’ve been so busy that the last thing I want to do is take forever to get ready. But I found a trick to get ready faster: good skin care. If your skin is looking flawless without makeup, then it doesn’t take that much makeup to take it to the next level and, in turn, cut your “get ready” time in half. I mean, the goal is to have your skin look equally great whether you’re wearing makeup or not, and if your skin-care regimen is on point then your makeup will be too!

Thanks to teaming up with Olay, I’ve recently been able to cut my preparation time in half, which is especially helpful on date night when the boy is waiting on me and I’m taking forever, per usual.

But honestly, my favorite way to go out on a casual night is sans makeup. Using Olay’s Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Swirl and Micro-Sculpting Cream has brightened up my under-eye area in only a short time. I just massage a small amount of the eye swirl under my eyes in the morning and evening after I cleanse and before I moisturize. Super duper easy. Evening out the variations in my skin tone caused by under-eye circles was the main reason I wore makeup, but now that it’s starting to even out as a result of using these Olay products, I can often just throw on some eyeliner and mascara and just go!

After seeing Olay’s campaign with Michelle Jubelirer, COO of Capitol Music Group, and how she uses her Olay Regenerist products, it kind of inspired me in a way. Even though she has such a hectic life, she always has a cool and laid-back style, which has inspired me to not let my (not so hectic, but still hectic) life take over everything, and remember to be laid back and cool it sometimes.

Now I’m excited to go out on date night—and more excited that I feel good in my own skin without having to wear a ton of makeup!

For eyes that steal the spotlight, I turn to Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Swirl Cream. Check out how record company executive Michelle Jubelirer uses it to look and feel her best.

Eye for Inspiration: Capitol Music’s Michelle Jubelirer on Her Passion and Workday from Mode Stories: Videos on Vimeo.



4 Of The Best Workouts

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Ok so I haven’t talked much about working out on my blog before, not because I don’t do it or enjoy it but because my life has been so crazy with surprises and moving around that I haven’t been able to stick to a routine.  Honestly, next year my plan is to seek stability, I’m ridding myself of all things unstable and focusing fully on my goals. One of them being getting back into and sticking to a workout routine. Got to put all my cute workout gear to good use! Lole Activewear has the cutest leggings.

Here are my favorite workouts.

Aerial Yoga:

This is a serious full body workout. You end up working out muscles you didn’t even know you had. Overall it left me much leaner with increased upper body strength. This is actually one I can not wait to start up again. It’s a mix of a workout and literally circus tricks. I think I ended up finding a hidden talent I didn’t know I had!


Not many places offer Les Mills classes. In fact the only place I know that does is the YMCA and 24 hour fitness. But 24 hour fitness can be sketchy or amazing depending on your neighborhood, same goes for the Y. But let me tell you, I LOVE body pump. It’s why I would choose a 24 hour fitness over even an Equinox (and I’ve had a membership at both). Its a full class of strength training lifting weights and targeting each muscle group. When I was doing this consistently my body was in the best shape probably ever. And I didn’t get bulky I got lean.

Turbo Kick:

Sadly I see this class less and less but I guess any kick boxing class can suffice. Turbo Kick is literally what it sounds like, Turbo kickboxing. Its a cardio kickboxing class where you follow a routine, then there are spurts of “Turbo Rounds” where you basically go HAM. Its a great way to sweat and lose of lbs.


Lets discuss my obsession with boxing. Sometimes you just need to punch something. And you’d be surprised how punching something can turn into a total body workout, and therapy at the same time. I still have my pink gloves ready to start up again!

I’m not making it a resolution to start a workout routine. I’m making it a plan….What’s your favorite workout? Maybe I’ll try it 😉

The Journey

Missguided cut out skir Aldo rise misha nonoo_20150322_5017Lauryn, Chrisette, Erykah, Little Dragon, some people I’ve truly admired in music (and basically every 90’s artist). The way the industry is going it seems like music is dying I find myself everyday more and more uninspired to make new music until I went back recently and indulged in some GOOD music. It made me realize it doesn’t have to be dead, there are still people creating great music and I can still be be one of them. My life in LA has been a bit of a roller coaster to say the least with constant changes, obstacles, and battles but OMG am I going to be such a strong person after going through this.

My favorite sermon by far was by TD Jakes recently where he basically stated how we want the final destination without understanding there is a journey to get there. There is a process and sometimes it hurts, it’s hard, it’s discouraging but if you can get through it then God will reward you for it. And sometimes the end result isn’t exactly how you imagined but it’s still where you should be.

Another point I loved is why do you want whatever goal or dream we’re working for? Is it ego driven or for a greater purpose. Its good to evaluate these things to makes sure you’re on the right path.

I’m currently working through some big changes, emotional and career wise and everyday I remind myself not to be discouraged because it is part of my journey my story and will only make achieving my goals that much sweeter. So if your feeling discouraged like me, please remember to stay positive, a negative mind will never generate positive results. What you imagine will come to fruition as long as you believe and work towards it. Our timeline is not God’s timeline so just because it hasn’t happened when you thought it should doesn’t mean it won’t.

Life is not the easiest thing but if we forget to be happy in the moment we will really let all these years pass us by and never remember to be grateful everyday that we woke up and have the ability of choice. You have a choice to be happy to make a change and to fight and work for what you believe in so even though there are days I want to crawl under a rock, I let the sun shine on my face and express gratitude for the journey.


Curly Hair

This post is sponsored by Target.Target Beauty Box_20150912_3310So I finally got an excuse to play around with a curly look thanks to Target Beauty Box cause boy have I been lazy about switching up my hair! To create this look I used 4 products from the box.

1. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil

2. Curls Crème Brulee Whipped Curl Cream

3. Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner

4. Dove Quench Absolute Crème Serum

In addition to box items I used Jane Carter Wrap & Roll Setting Lotion and Rod Curlers. When I got out the shower after washing my hair I applied the Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner, the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil, and the Dove Quench Absolute Creme Serum and combed it all in. Let me tell you, all products were great but the Dove Creme Serum blew me away. The texture was so thick and creamy but felt light on hair and I literally felt like my hair was drinking up the moisture. Loved it.Target Beauty Box_20150911_3220After combing through with a wide tooth comb I put in the rod curlers putting a dab of  Curls Crème Brulee Whipped Curl Cream and Jane Carter Wrap & Roll setting lotion on each part of hair before rolling it.Target Beauty Box_20150911_3239Then I used my con-air hair dryer. I rarely use this but I love it because it folds up anywhere and you just use your blow dryer with it, much more portable  and cost efficient than a standing dryer.Target Beauty Box_20150912_3253And voila! Curls. There was a time I always wore my hair like this, although then I would do two-strand twist but rod rollers are better if you have time to sit under a dryer.Target Beauty Box_20150912_3270I sat under the dryer for about 1.5 hours and did work to pass the time.Target Beauty Box_20150912_3299I honestly love Target beauty products, especially the ones for hair. They have the most versatile selection for ALL types of hair and I appreciate that. I also love that the Beauty Box lets you try out new products you may have not tried otherwise. It sold out so fast but I would keep checking back to see when the next one drops. But if anything you can still buy each product individually on the Target website. After trying everything the Dove Creme Serum is my favorite, if you have dry hair you must try!

Today I Read This And It Changed Everything

20150831_2349“You ruin your life by tolerating it. At the end of the day you should be excited to be alive. When you settle for anything less than what you innately desire, you destroy the possibility that lives inside of you, and in that way you cheat both yourself and the world of your potential.” –Bianca Sparacino


That moment comes when you read something that changes everything. When it makes you feel something so deep you breathe a sigh of relief. Please click on the link to the source and read this amazing article. Thank me later.