shine or set

a lifestyle blog

motel

I am the ultimate "dress girl." My friends know this all too well and are always surprised if I'm out in a pair of skinny jeans. I just like the girly feeling I get when I slip one on, and they are comfortable. Who wants to wear a stiff pair of jeans all night?

Lately I've run out…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Robyn How could I forget about this uber talented lady? I feel bad for letting her get dusty in my iTunes library. Now Body Talk is getting the attention it deserves.
2. Garden veggie shmear My mama and I went to Einstein Bros. Bagels for lunch and ate the tastiest bagel thin sandwiches. Their vegg…

ring my kettlebell

I started using kettlebells a couple months ago, and I actually really enjoy the workout. It works out the majority of muscles in my body and burns loads of calories. What's bad about that? 

Sometimes it gets a little tedious doing the same motions over and over again, which is why I am always g…

bday dress

My birthday is right around the corner, but I haven't secured any plans just yet! I feel a bit lazy about making plans, but I'm sure dinner with my girlfriends and a night out will be in store. Although I have seen my friends secretively whispering, and my ears pick up on the word "bir…

sunday spark

"The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and let it come in." -Morrie Schwartz

tribute to miss taylor

We lost a legend yesterday. May she rest in peace. Elizabeth Taylor will forever be a timeless beauty in everyone's hearts.


I won't ever forget her mesmerizing performance in Cleopatra, her hilarious performance in Taming of the Shrew, or her bratty performance in Little Women. I thank my m…

just can't get enough

Ever since Adele's 21 came out in January, I can not stop playing the album over and over again. From "Rolling in the Deep" to "Someone Like You," it is filled with the prettiest lyrics and piano playing, which to me is the greatest marriage in song. I saw her a few years ag…

what i'm lovin' wednesday

1. Cat eye sunglasses Meowww. I love the retro look of these glasses. Not only are they fashionable, but they also protect those pretty eyes of ours. I think I've got to snag a pair.
2. Chinese food I am so ready for a tasty dinner with my friends tonight. We are going to chow down on some grub at…

abstract artist

I have found a new artist to pull inspiration from. I sometimes find it difficult to paint up something that doesn't contain words or quotes that hold special meaning to me. I have tried vying away from this, and finding meaning in images other than words, but I find it difficult. Luckily, I…

savory salmon

I admit that I am a carnivore. I love steak, chicken fingers, burgers, salami. You get the idea, but there is one type of meat I always overlook...fish. I know I shouldn't, seeing as it's incredibly healthy for me. I have salmon sitting patiently in the back of my freezer waiting to be grab…

show off those toesies

While I am sad to see my boots pushed to the back of my closet, I am excited to strap on a pair of sandals for this perfect Spring weather. This calls for a pedicure and a tan, since my little feetsies haven't seen the sun in quite some time.

I'm not typically a fan of wearing plain, rubber…

sunday spark

 "I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself." -Mikhail Baryshnivok

just keep swimming

I am so thrilled the weather has heated up because that means it's time to break out the swimsuits and tanning oil. I have been taking full advantage of getting rid of my pasty skin, so what's better to accompany a fresh tan than a new swimsuit?

Luckily, my favorite lines have come out with…

farewell, spring break

Although I graduated last May, I wasn't ready to fully let go of Spring Break this year. So, I participated with my girlfriends. We didn't need to go on a trip, although Vegas was a thought we threw around quite a bit. Instead, we stayed close to home and pretended we were on a fabulous vac…

don't pinch me

Happy Saint Patty's Day, readers. I hope you all have a fun evening planned. I will be accompanied by my best friends, so I know it will be a good time.

This year I will not be pinched! Green is not a color that is common in my closet, so I always find my arms pink and in pain every year. Than…
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