My fight with Adult Acne

My fight with Adult Acne

I remember it like it was yesterday (though in reality it was 10 years ago)...

I was in college while simultaneously working a fulltime retail job (bless you past Rachel) and (at the risk of sounding braggy,) the compliments on my skin by strangers were a regular occurrence. To be REALLY honest, I didn’t get the hype….until my skin was no longer clear, smooth, and soft.

Just as clear skin was once my norm, so became my inflamed, hormonal cystic acne ridden chin and cheeks. Almost overnight I developed adult acne (I would later discover it as a result of living with PCOS) and was suddenly self conscious in a way I’d never experienced before!

And better yet, I had zero time or knowledge to fix it.

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Inspiration in Ordinary Things: Summer Wardrobe Staples

Inspiration in Ordinary Things: Summer Wardrobe Staples

Recently Ditch the Clique interviewed my FAV men’s stylist @dave.diazjr for an upcoming project (make sure you’re following here or on instagram for more on that VERY soon.) To be honest, his response has me thinking A LOT about the relationship between body and mind when it comes to looking AND feeling good.

My guess is, whether you’re a self-proclaimed fashionista or not, you know the power of a “good” outfit. You know the type that fits like a second skin, flatters your figure, and is the PERFECT color for you? When you put it on you feel beautiful, confident, and ready to rule the world…YES that’s the “good” outfit I’m speaking of! Not only does it look good but it makes your FEEL good too, right? Well, call me out if I’m wrong, but isn’t there a relationship between the two? In fact, I believe the saying goes “when you look good, you feel good.”

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swimwear that *actually* fits your butt

swimwear that *actually* fits your butt
As I sit down to write this, it’s crazy to think where I was the prior TWO YEARS I wrote similar swimwear reviews…

When putting together last years 2020 swimwear guide, the idea of being vaccinated and able to travel felt a lifetime away. While in 2019 my curvy bod was in the best shape of it’s life, about to marry my best friend.

And now here we are in Spring 2021…

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Turns out, our parents were simply doing their best…

Turns out, our parents were simply doing their best…

It’s funny the things we realize as we get older….

Things like money doesn’t grow on trees, who you surround yourself with REALLY does matter, actions have consequences, and people really are doing the best with what they have.

Over the past week I prepared to vacation with my mom for the first time since middle school (yes you read that right), and in preparing I REALLY got to thinking about that last one…

People or (in this case) PARENTS are doing the best with what they have.
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