My Favorite Way to Exercise

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I am not consistent with working out at all.  It is a major struggle.  I go through spurts where I’m all in and workout super consistently for a few days (or a month if I’m really good) and then I just stop.  Currently, I’ve been working out consistently and am trying to find a way to make it stick.  If you have any recommendations for keeping consistent motivation for working out, leave them in the comments below!

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Whether I’ve been working out regularly or am in a workout dry spell, there’s one thing I love doing-yoga!  I did ballet all through elementary and middle school and I think I’m reminded of that when doing yoga.  The flexibility and leg strength involved pushes me enough to feel the workout days later.

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In Ohio I’ve gone to 3 Sisters Yoga Studio and at home, I use the P90x3 yoga video.

I’m not the best at yoga but it’s a fun way to workout!  The stereotypes can make yoga seem like a relaxing experience, but not if you make it hard for yourself!

xo Carolyn

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Everyday Curls

 

IMG_9F8D84DFABF2-1.jpegMy hair is naturally textured so curling my hair is generally a lot easier than straightening it or doing anything else!  My hair also holds curl really well so how I curl my hair might not work as well for people with thinner or naturally straight hair.

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What I Use:

Before curling, when my hair is still wet, I use this Aveda heat protectant.

I like to use a wand and have been using this one since Christmas.

I prefer this hairspray because it’s super light and keeps my hair from getting crunchy but if your hair doesn’t hold curl as well you might need to use a stronger product.

I recently tried a curling trick I had seen on the internet but didn’t believe actually worked.  Come to find out…it does!!  It probably works better for me now that my hair is longer and it has become my goto!

All you have to do is put your hair in a high ponytail and curl small sections.  I then take my hair down and do touch-up curls where I need!  But if you have shorter hair, or more layers this technique won’t work.

My other method is to curl the hair in layers.  I section off the bottom layer and curl 1in sections away from my face on both sides.  I repeat the process until the bottom layer is done and then move onto the next layer.  If you want the curls to be more relaxed you can hairspray them right after curling and then brush through your hair at the end, creating bigger curls.  For beach waves I recommend curling small sections and in different directions, not just all away from the face.

I love curling hair because curls can be dressed up or dressed down depending on how you style your hair! Let me know if there are any products you love for your hair or if you have any questions!

xo Carolyn

Miracle Hair Product

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I have tried SO MANY different hair products.  My hair is always my primary focus when I’m getting ready and because it’s thick and textured, most of the time I don’t wake up with it looking perfect.  When I need a quick fix, many times I use sea salt spray.  But the issue with salt spray is that your hair ends up crunchy or sticky and you aren’t capable of changing it up later in the day.  Thus, most of the time I resort to lots of heat.  I blow dry, straighten, or curl and basically ruin my hair.  Of course I use a heat protectant but that much heat every day takes a tole on the hair.  That’s why I was so so so happy to discover this product!!

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Phytodefrisant Straightening Balm is by far the best product I have every used in my hair.  And I’m not exaggerating in the slightest!!  All you have to do is put it in wet hair and if you want, you can be done!  My hair dries so smooth and straight just letting it air dry!  The product is also super light and doesn’t make my hair feel heavy or weighed down whatsoever.

But that’s not all!!  If you don’t want to air dry, the product also works amazingly well when you blow dry!  The label says it’s heat activated and I believe it!  After using a blow dryer I barely have to go back through at all with a straightener!  There’s no frizz, no fuss, and it takes hardly any time at all to make my hair look great!

Yes, it is called a straightening balm however I’ve used it and then curled my hair and get super big and loose curls that hold.

I would recommend this product to anyone looking to get gorgeous hair with no fuss!  Waking up for early classes and not having to worry about how my hair is gonna look has been a blessing in college!

xo Carolyn

Phytodefrisant Straightening Balm

P.S.
This post was not sponsored.  Everything I have said has been my own opinion without any prompting by the company.

My Travel Bucket List

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I love to travel and there are many places I want to explore!!  Moving forward I know I need to take advantage of every travel opportunity that comes my way!

Here are the places I would like to visit at some point in my life (in no particular order):

  • Greece

  • NYC

  • Iceland

  • Texas

  • Australia

  • New Zealand

  • Nantucket

  • Martha’s Vineyard

  • Maine

What are some places you want to go in your lifetime?

xo Carolyn

How I Relax (without technology)

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Sometimes decompression is necessary.  After a long day of getting work done or running around, an hour or two of rest can feel so good!  I have certain goto ways to decompress that have so far worked wonders!

Read//

I’ve made a couple posts about books I enjoy (this one and this one) so clearly reading is a good goto for me!  There are so many books out there that you can decide if you want some light fluffy reading or something more serious or thought-provoking.  Depending on my mood, I like to mix up the books I read.

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Knit//

My grandma taught me how to knit and it’s so relaxing!!  I like to knit while listening to music (preferably the John Mayer Pandora station) with a nice cup of tea next to me.  Once you get the hang of knitting, the repetitive motion let’s your mind wander and you it’s such a good decompressor.

Card Games//

A good card game can fun!  Especially if it doesn’t get super competitive and is just a fun way to relax.  It does involve finding someone else willing to play but if you can do that, you’re golden!

Life can get busy and work can get hard, but finding ways that allow you to relax without pulling out your phone or turning on the tv can work wonders on calming down the mind.

How do you like to relax?

xo Carolyn

Summer to Fall Outfit Ideas

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We’re now in that awkward in-between season where all I want to do is wear fall sweaters, jeans, and boots but can’t because the temperature still reflects summer.  Luckily I’ve found ways to incorporate some of my favorite fall pieces into more summery outfits.

Jeans//

Typical skinny jeans are too hot but these distressed jeans are perfect paired with summer tops!  Jeans can also be a super easy go-to for nights out in the late summer!

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Top (concert tee)// Jeans//

Jean Jacket//

A wardrobe essential, jean jackets can work in every season.  Paired with a summery dress, the jean jacket adds a touch of fall even during warmer days.

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(I know I’m wearing leggings in this picture, the day it was taken it was kind of cold.  But the jacket still goes great with the dress and the dress is summery)

Jacket// Dress (Boutique)// Shoes

Fall Colors//

Sometimes just pulling out darker reds, navy’s and greens can make a summer outfit feel more like fall.

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Sweater (old)//

Fall is my favorite season so I feel no shame in trying to make every end of summer outfit more fall-like!  Are there any pieces you like to start adding in at the end of summer?

xo Carolyn

7 Tips for a Long Drive by Yourself

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I’ve been making longer drives by myself for awhile to my hometown in Kentucky and to my college and know these drives are going to get more frequent after starting school.  I’ve never driven longer than seven hours by myself but any long drive can get rough by yourself.  Luckily, through trial and error, I’ve developed some strategies for making the drive easier on the mind and body.

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1// Be Prepared Mentally

If you start the drive by accepting that it is going to be long and could be rough in parts you’ll be much better off.  Yes, you probably will run into traffic and no you don’t have control over a lot of what goes on along the way so it’s okay to play some things by ear and be ready to change gears.  Alternate routes might become necessities and as long as you know that’s a possibility you’ll be fine.

2// Snacks and Drinks

I make sure to have easy to open snacks within an easy reach, generally in the passenger seat.  I also always have water in the cupholder, again in an easy to open and drink out of bottle.  I don’t want to have to be fiddling with wrappers or water bottle lids while on the interstate.

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3// Good Music

A playlist is the way to go.  You don’t want to be fiddling with the radio every time you change cities and you don’t want to deal with commercials so developing your own personalized playlist is the way to go.  Make sure you update the playlist the night before so every song is something you’ll want to hear because you don’t want to be skipping through every song you own trying to get to a good song.  I use Spotify and have different playlists for every trip I’ve gone on.  I can share those in a later post!

4// Podcasts

The last drive to Centre I listened to a podcast the majority of the drive and let me tell you it made the ride go by much faster than I expected!  I prefer podcasts with a storyline and not just interviews or information.  The last one I listened to was S-Town and I would highly recommend it!

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5// Stop When You Need To

This is something I’ve struggled with.  The very first long drive I did by myself I had to drive through a horrible torrential downpour for 45 minutes and by the time the rain stopped, I had no desire to get off the highway so I never ate dinner and just barely made it to my destination with the gas I had.  Since then I’ve made sure to take care of myself and my car by trying to coordinate when I ate and got gas.  Luckily for me I’ve been making the same long drive so by now I know the best exits for stopping.  That’s something you’ll probably have to discover along the way.  It’s hard to prepare for this sort of thing.

6// Give Yourself Plenty of Time

If you are trying to get somewhere by a certain time, make sure you give yourself at least an extra hour and a half for stops and random traffic jams.  Hopefully you won’t need that much extra time but it’s better to be early than late because you didn’t give yourself enough time.

7// Wear Comfortable Clothes

I would hope this goes without saying, but wherever you are headed you can wear comfy clothes.  Even if you are driving straight to some formal event, there will always be a bathroom to change in.  I’m all about comfort when it comes to driving on mini road trips.  There is hardly ever a time when comfortable clothes won’t work.

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Traveling is what you make of it.  If you let yourself get stressed out or nervous about it, it won’t be fun.  Long drives by yourself don’t have to be horrible!  Jamming out to your favorite songs in the car without fear of embarrassment can be the one thing making the drive bearable!  I wouldn’t say I look forward to long drives, but I’ve learned enough to not stress or be worried about it.

xo Carolyn