my five favorite lipsticks.

good afternoon, babes, or i guess morning/night depending on when you’re reading this. LOL i can’t believe i’ve never written this post! not in over THREE YEARS. well, better late than never, huh?

today, i’m sharing my favorite lipsticks in all sorts of shades. i honestly could have done a whole post on my favorite neutral lip colors (because i have about ten of almost the same shade), but a little variety is fun! however, if seeing what my fave everyday lip colors are, let me know!

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frills + thrills: JUNE

happy monday, yall!
i know we usually gripe about mondays. i mean, there’s about 5,000 different sassy sayings to back us up. but recently i’ve been taking a different mental approach to monday. why not choose to look at monday as a fresh start, a new battle to conquer or a new goal to crush, perhaps?
it’s funny, just the other day as i was driving to a coffee shop in downtown santa monica to get some work done, i passed a mural of abraham lincoln & his quote,
“most folks are as happy as they make their minds up to be.”
so this monday i challenge you to make your mind up to be POSITIVE. go put on your big girl panties, get yourself a strong cup of coffee & HUSTLE.
TODAY IS A GOOD DAY FOR A GOOD DAY, YALL!
since we’re having a positive outlook on monday, i thought i’d share a little round up five frills & thrills i’ve been loving for the month of june. it’s been awhile since i’ve done a “frills & thrills” post, so if you’re new here i’ll clue you in! from now on at the end of every month (fingers crossed) i’ll be sharing five little frills or thrills (like things/places/activities/etc.) that have brought me joy in some way during that month. whether it be a new garment, a favorite coffee shop, website, or maybe some new dish i tried at a local restaurant.
( and yes, i know it’s 10 days into july…next month i’ll try to be a little bit more punctual. )
sooooooo let’s jump on in!

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frills + thrills.

back in the day (and by that i guess i mean last year) i used to do a post every once in awhile called “five things” showcasing five-ish things that i had bought, found, stumbled up, or read that i deemed worthy to share with y’all. sound familiar? i got the idea from emily schuman’s “five things” posts and katey mcfarlan’s “friday frills” posts; of course giving credit where credit is due.
i don’t want to try to make these a weekly thing, but i would definitely like to do them more often! and to make these even better i would love for you lovebugs to share any of your good finds with me! like a link swap, so it’s a win win. 🙂
sound good?
so here’s my list of little frills and thrills that are worth checking out. 😉
i picked up this highlight powder from ulta the other day on a whim when i was getting another eyebrow pencil (nyx is bogo 50% off right now!). it swatched so beautifully i couldn’t help it, okay?! y’all know i’m obsessed with this liquid highlighter, so i’m hoping that this will be the perfect powder product to go on top. this new nyx one is a little bit more affordable, so i’ll let you know what i think about it soon!
i LOVE finding sites like this because it can be such a hard decision to figure out where to eat in the city. mostly because there are just so many places to choose from! i’ve been constantly updating a list in my phone called “nyc bites & sites” every time i hear of a new yummy place to try (i’ll be going again in october!) and now i have TEN more!
one more that’s not on the list that is a MUST: black tap. look them up on ig and drool away. you’re welcome.
3. circuit training
my coach (update on training, prep, coaching coming at you soon!) has me doing HIIT circuit cardio four days a week, and i’m loving it!! usually i do things like spin, sled pushes or battle rope slams in intervals, but these circuits are a big change up for me. i’m doing things like kettlebell swings, burpees (eww), box jumps and renegade rows. my circuits are different every day which keeps things new and interesting.
i’ll definitely be doing a flex friday on it asap!! HIIT is so much better than steady state…in more ways than one!
y’all seriously need to check out kayti. her work is so chic and beautiful! from canvas to palette wood, she does it all and it’s totally customizable.
i have the perfect spot for one of her pieces in my room, but i just have to decide which one i want…because i want all of them. ugh.
be sure to like made with love on facebook and follow her on insta!
5. back to school
in case any of you are in need of some back to school advice, i’ve linked a lot of my previous posts on a variety of BTS topics below!
speaking of back to school, nike is having a huge sale on their sale and lucky for you i have a coupon code!! use BTS20 for 20% off already discounted items. we’re about to be lookin’ gooooooood for flex friday. 😉
love y’all bunches my little lovebugs!! have a fantastic weekend!

flex friday: link love

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1. the new nike tech fleece line. i’m obsessed with it all, but this jacket especially.
2. i’m all about flavored water. whether it’s liquid flavor drops or naturally infusing doesn’t matter to me. i’m trying these recipes asap. pineapple & mint? rhubarb cinnamon apple? count me in.
3. because of this contest prep i am slowly (but surely) growing to like oatmeal. we’re still in that awkward “i think you’re cute but i’m not sure if you like me back” stage. but nevertheless, this overnight oatmeal looks DELISH. i can’t wait to try these after my prep is over!
4. three words. fresh. face. mask. i’m definitely no lush veteran..okay i’ll be honest, this was my first purchase and for sure won’t be my last. the cupcake fresh face mask from lush is perfection. i’m super picky about what skincare products i use and you know the whole “chocolate breaks you out” myth, so for me to even try this is saying something. let me tell you, IT’S AMAZING.
i might do a review on it. let me know.
i saved the best for last y’all…
5. arctic zero. aka LOW CAL, FAT FREE, GLUTEN FREE, LACTOSE FREE, GMO FREE & KOSHER ICE CREAM. yeah, you read that right..ICE CREAM. i’ve heard it’s delicious, and even better my trainer told me i can eat it when i get a craving for sweets. i’m hoping to pick some up this weekend and i’m way too excited about it.
and now i leave you with some words of motivation aren’t mine but good to remember.
xoxo, emily