My Swimsuit Ready Quick Tricks & Tips

SHipwreck beach on kauai, Hi.

SHipwreck beach on kauai, Hi.

Who's ready to feel fierce in your body this summer?!

Gettin' it right and tight is an all year round battle...but then I see tacos and margaritas and it becomes slightly seasonal....Anyone else? I am constantly in the struggle of eating clean and living in real life. I also work in a business that being "camera ready" is part of the job. Thank GOODNESS I don't have to throw on a bikini and go to work! Those women are rockstars and I applaud them! Luckily I am friends with so many awesome women who are cool enough to share their swimsuit ready secrets with me, so CLEARLY I had to share them with y'all... I mean... what are friends for!!

 

You're sackin' me up in what?

OK, I know y'all have seen women snatched up in every version of a Waist Trainer all over social media and I too was completely skeptical until my girlfriend Kelly insisted I get one so that we can be sacked up in them together. I instantly wanted to tell her can't we just wear spanx and drink wine, but since she's an actress and a fitness model I figured she knows what she's talkin' about. I ordered it and let's be real, a Waist Trainer is basically a Boujee word a good ol' fashioned corset...You know, like Scarlett O'Hara used to have to get sacked up in by 3 people in GONE WITH THE WIND... Well, I  have been wearing mine in 2 hour increments and I have to say I now realize I have NOT been holding my core in, in my everyday life. Which, let's face it we all slack on from time to time. and I can really see a difference. PRO TIP: Don't sit for long periods in it or drive in it! I got stuck in LA traffic wearing it, and it wasn't cute.

I'll Drink to that!

Did y'all know that most of the time, when you're so hungry you could eat a 3 day old half eaten  protein bar you found in the bottom of your purse you're actually just dehydrated and thirsty! It's true!! The best tip that I've been given to curb my appetite and stay hydrated is to drink half my body weight in ounces a day. So if you weigh 130 pounds you drink 65 ounces of water a day. You can also get that hydration and add to your daily water goal from drinking Iced Tea or Hot Tea (try to stay away from sugars) but sadly not coffee or wine (because you know I asked.) Go here for more tips on staying hydrated this summer.

 

Everyone looks better with a Tan.

Ok, that might not be a true statement, but my Mama has sworn by this my entire life so, naturally It's a personal life goal to keep a sun kissed glow...Which I have to be careful, because I love a tan so much I can quickly turn into Magda from SOMETHING ABOUT MARY if I don't check myself. I used to never wear sunscreen (PLEASE WEAR SUNSCREEN) now, I wear it everyday and I don't have the time I wish I had to be outside soaking up the sun safely. SOOOO, I've got 2 products that I swear by AND that work! Oh, and  smell good! The first is  Tarte Brazilliance Plus Self Tanner and Mitt it's only $39 and Sephora carries it. The mitt makes it easy to see going on and it's really is streak free and the closest I've seen to a natural glow for every skin tone. My personal method is to shower and exfoliate and put in on before bed wait about 10 minutes before I put on clothes. (I also have only white sheets and it never rubs off)

When I don't have time for Self Tanner and I need an instant tan I use Tarte Better Bod Bronze & Contour +Mitt  Its no joke and it's waterproof (full disclosure I have never swam in it, but I have sweat to death in it and it didn't come off) Now, be careful, because you can get REAL dark REAL quick! Then, the next thing you know you look like you're competing on DANCING WITH THE STARS. (Not that I'm ever opposed to that, especially if I got to wear one of those magical outfits!) So use it sparingly and know that what it looks like going on, is the actual color you will be. I like to let it dry a good 15 to 20 minutes before I put on clothes. You will have to scrub it off in the shower because it really is waterproof.

I did my first Facebook Live this week with my girlfriend Kelly Dowdle and we covered all this and more go here to watch it, Like it, Share it, and turn on notifications so you can follow all the fun!

Last Minute Mother's Day Gifts (Most have free shipping!!)

Mother's Day is this Sunday Y'ALL!!! And it just dawned on me this morning! I know, it's awful I swear it snuck up on me this year, Ok, it might sneak up on me every year! Here's some last minute gift ideas that will still get to your Mama's house by Sunday, and not totally break the bank! Woohoo!

IMAGE Spartina 449

IMAGE Spartina 449

Y'all I LOVE a good tote bag, and I bet your Mama will too! I love my southern sisters at Spartina 449 this is their Sand Tote and it comes in a bunch of fun designs and they do free shipping for all orders over $100

Shari's Berries are always a great gift and they're awesome at last minute on time delivery! and who doesn't love ANYTHING dipped in chocolate! Their full dozen gourmet chocolate dipped strawberries are under $30 this week!

Image: Kiehl's

Image: Kiehl's

I love a good gift set and I love skincare that doesn't brake the bank! Your Mama will love that you were thoughtful, without having to live on Ramen noodles to give her something as awesome as this Kiehl's Ultra Facial Collection 6 piece gift set it's one of my favorite and it's only $50 and they're doing free Express shipping using Code: MOM 

IMAGE Starbucks

IMAGE Starbucks

Every Mama I know is constantly on the go and in some way or another fueled by some form of caffeine! As a proud southerner we love a great glass of Iced Tea and this Iced Tea Gift set from Starbucks is a multitasking mama's dream come true!! complete with travel tumbler, pitcher and  passion iced tea bags. Free shipping on orders over $50

We all know our Mama's say it best! What better way to let her always have her wisdom on display than with her own personal Quote board from Letterfolk they come in many different sizes and backgrounds to choose from starting at $65

Kentucky Derby Run for the Roses Wreath

The first Saturday in May, is a VERY big deal in the great state of Kentucky, for the last 143 years it has been known to us as Derby Day. Kentuckians love a good party, and throwing a derby party is right up there with the perfect wedding! We have to have lots of food,  lots of drinks, and LOTS of Roses!!! 

Kentucky Nerd Moment:

Garland of Roses  or as we call it.... The Run for the Roses

Each year, a garland of more than 400 red roses is sewn into a green satin backing with the seal of the Commonwealth on one end and the Twin Spires and number of the race's current renewal on the other. Each garland is also adorned with a "crown" of roses, green fern and ribbon. The "crown," a single rose pointing upward in the center of the garland, symbolizes the struggle and heart necessary to reach the Derby Winner's Circle.

 

So clearly I celebrate Derby Day every year, no matter where in the world my travels take me! When I'm home in Los Angeles I always through a proper Derby Party (PS. I love the Derby so much I had my bridal shower on Derby Day) This year I wanted to take my decor up a notch, but make it something I could keep (fresh roses get expensive quick!) So I was inspired my the garland of Roses that the winner gets draped with and I am tickled to show you how easy it is to make my DIY Run for The Roses Wreath!

You will need:

  • 15" or bigger (depending on your  door width) U form
  • 4" Red satin ribbon
  • 3" Gold ribbon
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • 3 dozen plastic red roses
  • Scissors
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Start by wrapping  the red ribbon around the U form, start at the top and working your way down I do it in 2 sections. I hot glue gun the end to the fabric 1/2 way and then start wrapping again until you've reached the top on the other side.

 Pop or cut the flowers off the plastic stems (they should pop right off) and hot glue them onto the ribbon wrapped U form starting at the top and building out as you go down and make it thicker thick 2 to 3 roses building it all the way around the U form.

Keep hot gluing the roses in clumps of 2 and 3 and glue in some of the leftover stem greenery as well to fill in your wreath. 

Now measure out your hanging ribbon ( I chose gold you can do a silver or a red ribbon, whatever you love!) to the desired length. IF you have a wreath hanger I suggest making it much shorter, so that it hangs properly in the desired location on your door. Also allow for 3 to 4 inches of extra ribbon on either side, so it can be used to glue down on the U form.

Place the hot glue on the U form then gently press the hanging ribbon in the glue then press it and let it set and dry before you hang it. ( I let this one set for 3 hours before I hung it... I really wanted to make sure it held and it's great!)

Finally, I stand there and admire my work, I always  do that, because I'm tickled to death that what  was in my brain actually came to life!!  I'm hanging my on my front door, but this could be great anywhere as decor for a Derby Party! Enjoy and Happy Derby Day y'all!!

Kentucky Derby Cocktails of choice

Their are SO many things I love about being from Kentucky, from cheering on the University of Kentucky Wildcats, GO BIG BLUE! To the Bourbon trail, there's nothing that makes Kentucky more universally known than the Kentucky Derby. And the only thing more iconic than the silhouette of the twin spires of Churchill Downs is the world renowned Mint Julep and it's lesser known cousin (but equally as tasty) Lily Oaks....So y'all know I had to give you the recipe! Enjoy!!

Mint Julep Recipe

INGREDIENTS

2 oz. Kentucky Bourbon
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
3 Fresh Mint Leaves
Crushed Ice

INSTRUCTIONS

Express the essential oils in the mint and rub them inside the glass....That's a super fancy way to say tear the leaves and muddled them. In the same glass, add simple syrup, bourbon, and crushed ice. Stir. Garnish with more ice and fresh mint.

Proper Mint Julep

Proper Mint Julep

Oaks Lily Recipe

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 1/4 oz. GREY GOOSE® Vodka                         
  • 1 oz. Sweet and Sour Mix
  • 1/4 oz. Triple Sec
  • 3 oz. Cranberry Juice

INSTRUCTIONS

Pour all ingredients in shaker and and shake thoroughly then pour over crushed ice and  place stemless wine glass,  and garnish with a blackberries and lemon wedge.

Image FROM MY FAVORITE KENTUCKY GIRL FOODIE SITE... MY MODERN COOKERY

Image FROM MY FAVORITE KENTUCKY GIRL FOODIE SITE... MY MODERN COOKERY