Archive | July, 2012

Weight, No Stress!

25 Jul

Yep, it’s another W.O.W. post.
I know I always spend Wednesdays talking about weight loss and my journey in trying to lose it, but I wanted us to keep something in mind…

While we are all trying our best to stay healthy and be in the best shape of our lives, we can’t worry ourselves to death in the meantime. I’ve been traveling a lot lately, and trying to stay on track but it is truly hard! I’m making sure to get my water intake, and getting back on the workout track!

So far, I’ve lost quite a few inches although the pounds aren’t shedding as fast as I would like them to do! But, you know what, I’m not gonna stress it… In fact, Ladies, let’s look at ourselves in the mirror and celebrate ourselves despite the work we still have to do! It takes hard work and dedication, and we can’t stress out about it! So today, I wanted to leave with you some motivational thoughts when it comes to this weight loss thing! We will conquer it together!!!

 

 

Until Next Time, Much Love, Mrs. SPJ:)

Fabulous Hair!

24 Jul

Hey Friends!

I must tell you,  I’m enjoying this Hair Journey I’ve been on lately.
I’ve been taking Hairfinity for close to 5 1/2 months and loving the progress! I know you guys hear me talk about it often, but I get so many emails, questions, etc in regards to my hair, I figured the best way to keep you updated was to make post from time to time about my hair. So currently this is where I’m at with my hair:

Before Hairfinity

5 months w/ Hairfinity

As you can see, it’s much shinier, healthier, and it’s getting to the length I’ve been longing for!

I continue to use the Essentious Products and keep various oils within my reach! My favorite are Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Coconut Oil. I use the coconut oil the most, but use the others when I want to change it up from time to time!

My hair stylist encouraged me to get layers the last time I went, but the idea of cutting my hair was quite frightening (especially since I’m trying to grow it out!) After thinking about it, I realized she wanted me to get layers to give my hair a little bit more body, but keep my length. So it was a bit longer but I got a few layers and she made it quite even. Whatcha think?

 

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you saw it first!

Instagram @MrsSpj

My husband tried to be funny once and say, well of course your hair is going to grow after 5 1/2 months. NO. He is Incorrect. The year before when I first cut my hair, I cut it very short.

April 2011

Compare that to when I started Hairfinity in January. I cut my hair only twice between this time and they were very small trimmings. If you compare this picture to when I started Hairfinity In January, you can see the difference that Hairfinity has made in my hair growth journey!

I’m just truly grateful and will continue to do what I can to take care of my hair and keep it healthy! I’m currently working on getting some protective styles to help it grow longer in the fall. I currently have not been taking hairfinity for the last few weeks due to running out but please believe there is another set of pills on the way! In the meantime, I’m keeping myself and my hair Healthy!!! I think the auto send program with Hairfinity is the best, because if you forget (like i did), the company doesn’t,and your Hair Vitamins are still on the way!!!

Just something to keep in mind!!!

I will continue to update you guys periodically from time to time on my Hair Journey! If you want to follow my journey along with receiving my hair and beauty tips, please do not hesitate to like MrsSPJ on facebook!!!!

Until Next Time, Mrs SPJ 🙂

Ny & Co Fabulous Look

23 Jul

Hey Friends!

I know, I know, It’s Monday! How Exciting!
(Insert Sarcasm here)

I got to do some shopping in one of my favorite stores, New York & Company!!!
When I first tried on this dress, my best friend said that it did nothing for me, and it hid my curves…

I agreed, but didn’t want to give up hope yet… So I put my brain and inner fashionista to work.

I purchased this Fabulous wide belt from New York & Company also for about 5 bucks when they were having one of those amazing sales that I’m always talking about. Now ladies, if you have curves, but are scared of dresses, DON’T BE! Belts are your friend! They help define curves and your shape, when a dress does not. Check me out now!

 

I love how the outfit looked all put together! NY & Co Belt, Dress, and YES even earrings! I love these earrings! They are flat silver round earrings that I happen to have in both silver and gold! I think they just help the outfit stand out! My total outfit minus the shoes, and necklace, totaled 32 bucks!!! The dress wasn’t even 18 dollars after the sale!You can’t beat that! Although I bought the items at different times, they went together perfectly! To top it all off, I decided to wear the new shoes my hubby got me from Dillards. They were $49.99 on sale. Whatcha think?

I love the style of them and the different textures and it just overall fit with my whole outfit!

It’s all about how you shop! You have to find places that work for you, and items that work for you. You also have to know not only where to shop, but when! I just went this weekend, and purchased two amazing pair of jeans for 60 bucks! They always have great prices and very cute items! Someone once told me, that they were expensive, and I think I  gave them the side eye. They have great deals, if you know how to shop! My fav store, NY & Co was having buy one get one 75% off! They are still having the sale, and it didn’t hurt that I had an amazing coupon to go along with it! I think It was 50 off of 100 dollar purchase! One reason, I love being a rewards card member!!!

Also along with my outfit, I decided to rock a bit of a golden smoky look.. I think it turned out pretty good? Whatcha think?

I decided to use my Concrete Minerals  shadow! I am now a rep for the company, so let me know if you are interested in purchasing any products! I have them featured right here on my blog site!

Well that’s it for now friends! I just wanted to share with you some great deals and a fabulous look for less!
Do you have a store that helps you stay fabulous looking? Tell me all about it!!

Until Next Time, Mrs. SPJ

 

P.S. – I do not get paid by NY & Co, I just love them that much! My whole closet is practically filled with their clothing!

 

 

Feeling Fab & T.G.I.F!

20 Jul

Hey Friends!
Okay so I know..
I haven’t been as active in writing lately, but it’s simply because I’m working on so many fabulous projects!! I swear there is so little time and so much to do! Some of the things I’ve been up include:

Concrete Rep
I’ve been in the process of selling some of the fabulous makeup I wear.I’m now officially a Concrete Minerals Rep! (Check out the store tab!)  I’m really excited about being a rep because so many people ask me about the eye shadow I wear, and now I get a chance to represent the company and sell it! Please check out what Concrete Minerals has to offer and send me a message!

Hair Growth
I’m still trying to grow out my hair! Hairfinity has definitely given me back the length that I long for with my hair and has made it healthy. I’m a huge fan of hairfinity along with the Essentious Products. I just recently got my hair cut in layers and I love it! What do you think?


I now understand why my hairdresser encouraged me to get layers! It simply brings life to my hair!

Nail Mission
I’ve been on a serious Nail Mission lately, and by that I mean trying to get better at taking care of my own nails and doing some really cool designs. Although it isn’t perfect, take a look at part of my mission that I completed last night:


I still had to clean them up a bit and I smudged a few of them, but now I know what I am capable of! I will tell you more about it later and give you some cool videos to check out!

Samples!Samples!Samples!
I’ve received so many great samples in the last month, and I need to try them out all so I can tell you how fabulous they are! I have a box just waiting for me to get into and I will be telling you all about these wonderful products as well! Remember, I do not make any money for reviewing these samples. I just love finding great products and love sharing them with you!!!!! So stay tuned!

This weekend, I plan to go look for some shoes for my friend’s wedding since it is right around the corner! I also plan to maybe do a lil window shopping, and work on building up the site! In between that time there is a workout scheduled in there!ha ha!!!

Have a great weekend friends!

Until Next Time, Mrs. SPJ 🙂

P.S.- Go get some amazing makeup now!!!lol! 🙂

 

Quick & Fabulous!

16 Jul

Good Morning Friends!

I’ve gotta tell ya, it’s been one of those mornings.
I woke up kind of flustered and knew I would have to spend quite amount of time on my hair to make it look somewhat decent but time was not on my side…..

We’ve all had those days where time is limited, however we still want to look our best before we start our day! BirchBox, a company that offers a monthly subscription box,  created  a post on Facebook and simply asked,

“How do you keep your beauty simplified”?

Well on days like today, the timing of this question couldn’t be more appropriate!

I had exactly 40 minutes or less to get myself together!

As far as fashion, Black pants are my best friend (which is why I have about 3 pairs of them!)
A simple tee paired with black pants and comfy shoes are the quickest go to fashion for me! I love how chic and professional they look even when I feel a lil crazy on the inside!

After a shower and getting dressed, I still had about 30  minutes to spare..

I always make sure to hydrate my skin with a moisturizer particularly for dry skin. Lately, I’ve been on a Shea Butter Lotion kick.
(I LOVE IT!)

After putting a heat protectant on my hair and running my flat-iron through a few strands quickly (literally 10 minutes) It was on to beauty.

By now time is truly dwindling down, but I was still going to put my best face forward!
After putting a moisturizer on my face and using Too Face’s  Shadow insurance, primer, I used a few of my favorite products…

 MY BEAUTY STEPS:

BareMinerals Highshine Eye Color Applicator and Eyeko Eyeliner Tip

1. I started by sweeping BareMinerals High Shine Eyecolor in meteorite over my lids. The brush is already included so you don’t have to spend too much time here!

2. Take your favorite eye shadow  and with a small brush  sweep a vibrant color of your choice a lil  below the middle of your lid down to the lash line. I decided to use a nice teal/blue color from  Spectrum Cosmetics.
3. Take your favorite liner, and draw a  line  across to really help your eye shadow pop! Recently, I received the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner from Birchbox. I love it! It’s so easy to use! The best thing is, it has a pen tip and allows you to be very precise when applying!
4. Take some mascara and give those lashes some volume and length! I LOVE Buxom’s Mascara in Blackest Black and tend to use it the most!
5. Apply your favorite lip color. Right now, I’m really hooked to Buxom’s Big & Healthy Lip Creme in Purple Haze! It tingles, it shines, and the Vitamins A & E in keep your lips protected! It doesn’t hurt either that the Purple looks amazing with my skin color!
6. If you want too, apply foundation! I typically go for Mac’s Studio Tech because it’s smooth and applies like a cream. You also don’t need a lot to make it look good! Today I opted out for foundation. I like to take a break from it from time to time.

With these steps, you will have a beautiful glowing look that’s quite simplified!
I was very detailed here, but it doesn’t take much at all!In fact, just guess how long it took me?

LESS THAN 4 MINUTES!!!!

Beauty doesn’t have to take a lot of effort, you just have to want to do it!

There are products out there that can make your life so easy when it comes to makeup! Just because you don’t have the time, doesn’t mean you cannot have the look!!!!

I hope this post inspires you to take time for yourself, even if there isn’t a lot of time! You can still have a simple yet fabulous look, and the more you get in the routine of doing it, the easier it becomes!!!!

What are your simple beauty techniques? I love learning new tips and would love to see yours!!

Until Next Time, Much Love,

Mrs. SPJ 🙂

All Smiles!

W.O.W. – Vacation Come Back

11 Jul

The last month I’ve been super busy which is why I’ve been super ghost on my blog, but I love you all!!! Can you blame me for being ghost? Just look….

Laughter is the best Medicine…

 

 

What a Breeze

 

 

Enjoyin the Beach…

While I truly enjoyed myself, and the beach… I made a point to go to all of my favorite places to eat! Let me tell you, If you are in Wilmington, NC or ever plan to go there, you must eat at Basics, Indochine, College Deli, and Krazys! Those are hands down my favorite places to eat! Not to mention, my trip wouldn’t have been ever so great without Rita’s Water Ice! They need those places everywhere! I had to have two of them when I was home!!!!

Only thing is, now I’m back to my home in AR, and Im feeling as puffy and stuffy as ever. So now, I’m on my Vacation Come Back! I know a lot of people try to be mindful and healthy while on Vacation, but that’s no fun to me! I say enjoy it, and try to get as much exercise as you can while on Vacay. But if you gain a few, just make sure to get back on track and do what you can to be in the best shape. I was distraught to find I had gained 4 pounds, but I didn’t beat myself up for it…. In fact I made a plan…

My Vacation ComeBack Plan:

Increase my water intake even more to Flulsh my system
Cut back some additional calories for the first few weeks
Push myself even harder in workouts (which I should do anyways)
Try some new fruits (This is a big step for me)
Cook more (this is a mission my hubby and I have been working on!)

While on my first work trip, I didn’t gain anything because I was walking about 4-5 miles a day, but for vacation?
Yes! It was fun and relaxation!
So I’m working on my come back!

What tips do you have to stay in shape while on or after vacation?

Please share!

Until Next Time, Mrs. SPJ 🙂

P.S. I’m so glad to be back to share with you guys 🙂

P.S.- I’m so glad

It’s Been Awhile..

5 Jul

I know….
Don’t hate me though!
I’ve been super busy with work, and finally took a little Vacation.
(Much Needed)
I went home to visit my family and friends after going to Chicago for work. It’s been a crazy hectic past few weeks, but I’m getting myself back in order..

I just wanted to leave you all a little bit of love and let you know that I do still exist… There has just been a lot going on, and I promise to tell you all about it!!!

Due to my absence, I have extended the deadline for the Jewelry giveaway! You have until July 20th, 2012 for the chance to win those fabulous earrings I told you about! Dont worry, if you have already entered, you do not have to reenter again, just giving more people a chance to jump in at the chance!

For more information, check out my previous post, Unique 4 Me!

 These earrings could be yours!

Simply,

1. Like Unique Accessories  on facebook,
2. Subscribe to my blog
3. Let me know you did by leaving a comment saying, Done! And that’s it!

I have so much to tell you guys, and so much to share, but I will break it up in bits and pieces!!

Until Next Time, Much Love,

Mrs. SPJ 🙂

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