~ my momma ~
I've been off the social grid, for the most part lately, while struggling through some challenges, but if anything will get me back online, it's my desire to shout from the digital rooftop how wonderful my Momma is on her birthday!! This joyful, kind, patient, brilliant, beautiful woman taught me so much and still teaches me today. Some of my favorite unique behaviors she instilled in me are:
✨ Staying through the credits of a movie to listen to the score, absorb the moment, and show appreciation for the film makers.
✨ belly laughing unabashedly when something is truly funny.
✨ loving all things Disney!!!
So it was truly a joy to celebrate her birthday early a few weeks ago and take her to the happiest place in earth! So grateful to have my momma as my best friend!
~ Slithering through ~
Where has this year gone, friends? It's September? Well, we still got a few good months left in 2017, and so I'm making the most of it... taking my first international trip of the year (I can hardly believe that statement is real? How have I not gone abroad yet?!) hitting up Paris for fashion week at the end of this month, and London to see friends!
Do you have plans to snake your way through 2017 in style?
Rings by @annesisteron
~ let's meet ~
it's time to get into real life! This year's #instameet has the most wonderful theme: #KindComments. How perfect is that for so many of you amazing, kind-commenting, instafriends!
Let's take that kindness to the next level supporting the @LAfoodbank! Bring non-perishable item! So let's meet, take some pics, enjoy the sunset, support our community & share some prizes from our amazing sponsors!
Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza
~ should I stay ... in bed ~
So, I've been struggling hard for the last month or so... my autoimmune has been in flare up (it's favorite new trick is attacking my lower back with inflammation AKA acute inflammatory arthritis & tendinitis sheathing, so every single movement, or lack there of is utter pain), and my fatigue is the worst it's been in over a year. Everyday when I wake up, I have to fight the urge to just stay in bed all day long. Sometimes I push through right away, knowing the toll it's going to take on my adrenals, and other days it takes me a bit longer to get functioning.
I know I share a lot of fun things, and I don't always share my harder challenges. I know a lot of us hide the struggle, and others feel pressure to keep up. We all have ups and downs, we all have beauty in our lives, and we all have days when we just wanna stay in bed. No matter where you are on that journey, or what you're doing today, know that I get it, I'm with you, and we all are gonna find some beauty to celebrate.
~ laughter is the best medicine ~
You guys, I've been on a posting break, which I think is so necessary for us sometimes! But I'm so excited to be back and sharing with you everything I've been up to! There's been amazing things for @kaitkatcc from our #celebratekait event at the @Culver_Hotel, to new amazing clients and some thrilling adventures ahead!
I've missed you guys! What have you been up to?
~ a magical place ~
I'm still reeling over the magic that was our event for @kaitness' birthday at the dreamy and so special @culver_hotel. We felt pampered and loved in this LA oasis, and I'm strongly considering moving in... forever.
ALSO- They are having a Ball, that's right, A Ball!! for the 100th anniversary of Culver City next month and I hope to see you there! I mean, a ball?! Come on! See you soon!
Last chance to enter!! GO TO MY ORIGINAL POST to enter, THEN GO TO ----------> @fridaywereinlove
I've partnered up with a group of influencers and International bloggers to give you this epic, magical prize package:
2 IPHONE 7 PLUS + BEATS + MAKEUP
1. FOLLOW ME
2. Like the original post!
3. GO TO @fridaywereinlove and follow.
4. REPEAT 1, 2, 3 FOLLOWING THE CHAIN UNTIL YOU GET BACK TO ME
And don't forget to comment on my original post when you're done, and tag 3 friends for bonus entries!
#loopgiveaway #giveaway #followtrain #contest #prize #loopcontest #loop #iphone #gift
~ celebrate kait ~
Today is the birth of this brilliant, vibrant, charming and darling woman who has brought so much beauty into the lives of everyone she touches! I'm so proud to call her my friend, my business partner, my sister @kaitness.
We'll be celebrating her all week, and I'd love if you could all show her some love on her Instagram page for me! Feel free bombard her with emojis (her truest love language.)
Happy Birthday darling Kait!
My darlings, I'm so excited do my first ever #GIVEAWAY!! And it's major!! ✨✨✨✨✨
I've partnered up with a group of influencers and International bloggers to giveaway:
2 IPHONE 7 PLUS + BEATS HEADPHONES + MY FAVE NAKED3 PALETTE! 📱📱🎧 🎨
1. FOLLOW ME
2. LIKE this post
3. GO TO @fridaywereinlove and FOLLOW.
4. REPEAT 1, 2, 3 FOLLOWING THE CHAIN UNTIL YOU GET BACK TO ME!
5. Comment here when you're done and tag 3 friends (real accounts no Celebrities nor Bloggers)
6. For super BONUS double tap my last 3 posts!
YOUR ACCOUNT MUST BE PUBLIC
Giveaway ends at August 9 winner will be announced by August 10
#giveaway #loopgiveaway #contest #iphonegiveaway #beatsgiveaway #beats #beatsheadphones #prize #loopcontest #followtrain #followme #sundayfunday #sundaygiveaway #entertowin
~ how to have a beach body ~
Step 1: Have a body ✔️
Step 2: Go to the beach. ✔️
After multiple abdominal surgeries, health and weight struggles, and the reality of not being a super model, I really didn't know if I could be confident in a 2 piece. I have often been obnoxious in my discomfort, and it took me a long time to conquer that mental battle.
I do the best I can to take care and create a healthful and beautiful body & mind, and then I rock whatever I want.
So cheers to self confidence, for owning it and celebrating all that makes us, us.
👙 by @rachel_roy
📷 by @kaitkatcc
Thanks to @emmarie96 for the caption assist!
~ sunset blessings ~
Sunsets in my hood are no joke. But I've seen sunsets all over the world... from my apartment balcony in Osaka, to the promenade deck of the cruise ships I lived in for 3 years... And somehow, after thousands of viewings, they never cease to amaze me with their beauty. no matter the place, there is magic in their majesty.
~ turquatic love ~
It's a phase... one that has lasted a lifetime, that comes and goes like the waves 🐳 it shares tonality with. And I don't plan on growing out of it anytime soon.
Is it #bluegreen or #greenblue?
photo of @annesisteron (swoon-worthy) turquoise & topaz necklaces by me for @kaitkatcc.
~ beauty craving ~
I've been craving a natural light beauty shoot, and looking through our collective portfolio, @jessicashakirbeauty and I agree, this shoot continues to be one of our all time favorites!
What should we create next?!
~ made in the shade ~
I'm a shade person.
Don't get me wrong... I love sunshine, blue skies, and bright sunny days ☀️... but when it's time to relax, I wanna be covered and just catching all the beautiful bouncing rays, instead. So this waterfall at @theraleighhotel was my home base last weekend!
And don't worry, I still got plenty of tan, and absolutely no burn!
Swimsuit by @rachel_roy
(Perfect for us curve girls!)
~ so addicted ~
When we were in Miami, we ate acai & pitaya bowls every. single. day. We literally got them delivered to us poolside, and since coming home, the addiction has yet to cease. These bowls from @birdiejuicery are making me feel like I never left south beach!
~ lip magic ~
I literally cannot get over how hydrating and luxurious the new @kaplanMD lipsticks are!! 💄💋❤️
Free of that toxic junk, full of healthy technology, cooling, plumping & with SPF! Could you ask for anything more? I've been wearing them NON-STOP.
📷 by me for @kaitkatcc
PS- though they are a KaitKat client, this is not an ad... I am just literally that obsessed!
~ at the beach ~
You know we love a good fashion show, especially when it's all stunning swimwear. We're sending you kisses from #MiamiSwimWeek!
~ leg day ~
You guys know my journey with my legs. I wouldn't say I've always considered them my best asset. From knee injuries, sprained ankles, bad hips, cellulite, stretch marks, shortness and full proportions, I've had a hard time loving them. But, over the years, I've come to realize that these are the legs of my mother, my sister, my grandmother. They are strong and powerful, resilient through trials, & have carried me all around the world.
So, today, I'm giving my legs some love... and some sun.
Poolside at @theraleighhotel
Spray tan from @onthegoglow in LA!