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What I Wish I Could Tell My 18-Year-Old Self

I recently came across a snippet of Victoria Beckman’s British Vogue interview in which she penned a letter to her 18-year-old self. I found the article heartwarming – and it got me thinking. What would I say to my 18-year-old, college-bound, spitfire self? I know you’re not the thinnest. I know you wish your hips were… Continue reading What I Wish I Could Tell My 18-Year-Old Self

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Grateful. 

It’s almost hard for me to believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I can’t seem to go anywhere these days without hearing Christmas music playing on repeat… which leads me to the realization that the holidays are upon us.  One of my all-time favorite things to do over the holidays is reflect. Take a few moments to… Continue reading Grateful. 

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My Go-To Skincare Routine

Ever since moving to the west coast, my skin has been dryer than dry. Eventually I became so embarrassed by my unsightly red, itchy, flaky skin that I went to a dermatologist. A $200 office visit later (YAY high-deductible health plans), I was told I have dry skin. Sweet. I think the doctor could see… Continue reading My Go-To Skincare Routine

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3 Ways to Release the Guilt Associated with Eating

How’s that for a sexy title?! If I haven’t lost you already, thanks for sticking with me!! I’ve talked high-level on my blog about suffering from an eating disorder as a teen and young adult and I’ve talked extensively about the dangerous eating habits I willingly subjected myself to during contest prep for my first… Continue reading 3 Ways to Release the Guilt Associated with Eating

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Gluten-Free Chewy Banana Bread

WHY have I never made banana bread before?! After baking my first-ever banana bread, I am forever going to buy superfluous bananas intended to let them turn overripe so I have an excuse to bake this chewy, hearty treat! The recipe below is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and easily adaptable to become vegan! As if that’s… Continue reading Gluten-Free Chewy Banana Bread

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Affordable Fall Fashion Find!

I am fully convinced in the power of a minimalistic wardrobe. Procuring pieces that defy the test of time despite the latest season/trend. The piece that you can pull out of your closet blindfolded and still feel happy with your choice. I’m slowly working on donating items I just don’t wear and only purchasing versatile… Continue reading Affordable Fall Fashion Find!