New York City Travel Diary {3.11.17}









Simple Beauty {02.20.17}


With Winter feeling like its on its way out here in CT, I started thinking about how my dry skin will finally take a hike. Moisturizer has been my best friend which is ironic because my skin is probably the oiliest on the planet (thanks, mom!). I wanted to share my normal beauty routine to keep my skin hydrated and as clear as possible to maybe help others and get some suggestions for myself. Please note: this post is not sponsored, but you’ll find out why I swear by bareMinerals.

Flashback to my early 20s when I used liquid concealer like it was my job. I have oily skin to begin with then add all the extra goop on top? Sure, why not! I was living in Virginia at the time and my aunt suggested I try bareMinerals. I thought, “yes because powder is going to stay on my face let alone cover up anything”. Well, turns out my aunt was right (Thanks, Aunt CeCe!). Now it’s my daily routine to use all of their products because they keep my skin in balance. And to me, less is always more. dscn0482

Was anyone else freaking out when bareMinerals revamped their line?! I had my doubts about it, but was honestly too afraid to go back to drugstore face wash (nothing wrong with that) in fear my skin would just go nuts. So I use this cleanser in the morning and evenings and LOVE it. My face is LITERALLY squeaky clean after. I follow it up with this moisturizer before make up. It’s light and creamy without a feeling of a film left on your face- love!


For my makeup, I keep it super simple for work because, well, its work. Less is more in my opinion. The less makeup, the more breathable skin is. I just use a matte powder, blush, and eyebrow pencil. On the weekends, I’ll add eyeshadow and lipstick because who doesn’t love a good lip color? If I didn’t get enough sleep and it shows, I tend to use the the Complexion Rescue under my eyes.


The last time I was in the West Farms location, I saw this perfecting veil at the register and though I’d give a try. As a setting for your makeup, I love it! It’s light so nothing looks caked on.

But most importantly… I drink water pretty much 24/7 to keep my skin hydrated. Seems so simple, right? Well, I fell off the wagon last week and let me tell you, my skin (and rest of my body) paid for it. I had breakouts and dry skin…lesson learned!

My question for you, my beauty lovers, do any of you have recommendation for a mask? I’m dying to try one. Something that works well with oily skin. Thank you in advance ladies!

“It’s nice to just embrace the natural beauty within you.”-unknown

xo, Janine

**This post was not sponsored. All opinions are my own.**



Mindfulness and Relaxation {1.30.17}

Happy Monday, friends!

I had this weekend pretty much to myself and I planned to stay in my pjs as late as possible and just relax. It got me thinking about the ways I love to unwind and just mellow out. Here are some of my go-to ways to recharge my batteries!

  1. Listen to music. This is my first and foremost activity I go to relax. I love music (who doesn’t?!) that helps to me just let go my day whether it was good or bad. If you follow me on instagram, you would see screenshots of all of the albums I’m currently addicted to in my story. whoops! However, lately I’ve been really into using my record player before bed. I have a sorry excuse for a collection, but it’s still my favorite. Some of my favorite to listen to? Jack’s Mannequin/Andrew McMahon in the WildernessLydia, and BrightenProcessed with VSCO with q1 preset


2. Write in a gratitude journal. This was a recent 2017 goal of mine; to stay in a positive state of mind. I found a gratitude journal on amazon and promised myself I would write in it at least 3 times a week. So far, so good! I really enjoy this because everything I see before I go to sleep is positive. I’m thinking, writing, and reading something good that happened in my day. For me, and maybe for others, it lets me let out a sigh of “everything is good” and I can sleep sounder at night.


3. Read a personal development book. Sticking with my pma theme this year, I found a few self development books. Sidebar: I dislike the word “self help”. You don’t need help, you are choosing to grow. Anyway! I read one over the fall that everyone seems to like (You Are a Badass) and I just started a book by Lisa Sugar, founder of PopSugar. Reading in the evenings always help my mind to turn off and just focus on one thing.

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4. Color. I definitely love this one. I’ll even put on music and just sit in my bed and color. It’s another activity that makes you focus on what you’re doing and not your entire day. It also helps me feel creative even if it is just coloring. This reminds me that I am need of a new coloring book!

5. Drink tea. This is obviously something you can do while doing any of the above. I tend to go for the Yogi bedtime tea. I have a hard time sleeping through the night, so anything that might help, I’ll try it.

For myself I really need to wind down after a full day of work and from anything else that’s been going on. A lot of people tell me to do yoga, but I never got into it. If any of you know any good at home yoga programs, please let me know!

Have a great week! I have a few other posts coming up this week so keep an eye out for the link.

“Each morning, we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.”- Budda



New Year, New Perspective

New Years

Oh hey friends! You may be wondering why I’m back on my blog after saying I was done with it. Bear with me and I’ll lay most of it out for you, promise! But first things first… I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays at the end of 2016. I celebrated Christmas and many birthdays, including my own, at the beginning of the new year. I also took time to reflect on the things I enjoy in life and what truly makes me happy and excited. The reason I’m back blogging has to do a lot with my time away from it.

I took a break around the holidays because- the holidays. During that time I didn’t really feel inspired, I felt very depressed, I felt lost and really just hid in my room. What a way to end a year, huh? There were days I would just cry at my desk at work for no reason. I was a mess. THEN I celebrated my 31 birthday. 31.  I think I freaked out more about turning 31 than 30! You may think this is silly and that you have change your mindset any day of the week, but for me it was on my 31st birthday. I did not want to start a new year and a new age feeling unworthy, having zero self confidence, and not having any personal goals. That day I decided that I was going to do everything I could to get healthy. Healthy in my mind, healthy with my body… Just healthy and happy.

Where does blogging fit into this? Well, I realize that everyone nowadays thinks their story should be heard and guess what.. it should. We can learn so much from each other even if it’s through social media. But we have to LISTEN and not JUDGE one another. During my personal development binge, I realized that I enjoy writing, connecting, and creating a space for anyone to enjoy. I don’t want it to confined to just one topic. Most bloggers would shush me because consistent content is key, but you know what…oh well! My time away from writing, blogging, and photography made me realize that those are things I truly enjoy.

So, I hope you’ll still following along as I have some content coming up about fitness, mental health, goals, life adventures and more. I really want to, for lack of better words, keep it real. Life isn’t all what is in the squares of an Instagram page or what people CHOOSE to share on Facebook. However, it is what YOU make of it.

Look for more posts weekly and please feel free to talk with me!

“It all begins and ends with your mind. What you give power to, has power over you.”-unknown

xo, Janine


The Holidays, you know?


Is everyone loving/surviving the holidays?! This time of year just flies by so fast. I haven’t had time to even think about blogging. So bad, I know! I also started a new adventure recently that has been taking time to set up. I’m excited to share that when I’m finally up and running.

In the meantime…new posts will be coming soon and I hope everyone enjoys the next few weeks!



December Goals



         It’s the last month of 2016! Where did this year go?! Personally, this year was another tough one for me. I lost a job, got a new one, left that one, got another one. Yeah, I know. I lost sight of what truly makes me happy and found it again. I let myself think I wasn’t worthy of greatness and realized that everyone is worthy of greatness. Like I said, it’s been a rough year, at least the last part of it. This is going to sound cheesy, but it really made me stronger. I was in an environment that was negative everyday, worked awful hours, never saw my family, stopped taking care of myself and I finally put my foot down. It is AMAZING how making a change can just help you breathe. After that, I vowed to do as much as I could the rest of the year and the rest of my life. Like I said, everyone is worthy of greatness and happiness whatever that may be to you.

        With all of that being said, every month I like to make goals for myself. I don’t necessarily write them down, but I know what I want to achieve. Whether it is something creative, physical, or to make a change of how I treat others, a goal is a goal and they are something I believe everyone should have. They help you compete and challenge yourself to do better, achieve the person you want to be or make your life just better in general. Sometimes I feel like if I share them with others, it helps to me to stay accountable in reaching them. So! Here’s what I have my eyes on for the last month of 2016!

  1. Stop apologizing.  My boyfriend is always telling to stop apologizing for something that’s not my fault or for being myself. After he mentioned it, I realized how often I said the words, “I’m sorry”.
  2. Take care of myself. This one has a two parts to it. First, I’m the type of person who will almost always make sure others are happy before I’m happy. That’s a good thing and a bad thing. Sometimes I would sacrifice something important to me to make others happy. Such a people pleaser, I know. I blame working in retail my whole life. Until now! Yes, it is always good to help others, but at some point you have to help yourself first. Second, I’m going to get my butt back to Bodfit Bootcamp twice a week and workout at least four times a week. People say I make excuses because I used to work 10-7 and I’d have the whole morning off to do this. Maybe I was, but I am the furthest thing from a morning person and that was a struggle for me. But in order to feel comfortable in my own skin again, I’m determined to make this lifestyle change.
  3. Be more patient. Ask my mom, I’ve never been a patient person in my entire life. I guess it also comes with the generation I’m from/grew up in. Everyone wants something instantly. But I also need to learn to be more patient with people.
  4. Stop caring what other people think. I’ll be honest. When I first decided I wanted to consistently blog as something I enjoy doing, my first thought was, “what will everyone think?!”. Then I told myself, WHO CARES! This is something I enjoy doing: writing, photos, reaching out to people. People will support it, some won’t. Also, and this goes back to taking better care of myself, I HATE to get dressed nowadays. Ironic since I want to blog about life and style, right?  But, the one word that is constantly running through my head is the word fear. If you’re afraid of something, go after it. Face it. What’s on the other side can’t be much worse than you think.
  5. Live in the moment. I’m so guilty of wishing and wanting “better” things in my life. I say “better” because I tend to think if I have this or that my life will be better. When I know that the people I surround myself and life experiences make life “better”. I lost my thinking of “everything happens for a reason when it happens” mentality towards the end of this year. I went through a really bad depression (still have bad days) and I was so fixated on what would make me happy that I didn’t realize I have everything that makes life good. Family, friends, my love, a job. I should be so grateful for these things because some people have none of that. I finally left my pity party for one last month. I had to. I was sick of laying in my bed every day, crying every day, wasting my energy on being sad.

For the remainder of 2016 and in 2017, these goals are staying with me. Nobody is perfect and nobody should be perfect. I admire people who can admit their flaws and either embrace them or change them for the better. I hope you all set some goals, anything!, that would make you happier or stronger. Especially us girls. We need to stick together!

Have a great week my friends, I’ll be trying to get over this cold before Christmas and of course shopping for my secret Santas!

Things are fragile, but we’re all being carried and I think we’re all on our path in that sense. As fragile as things are, we’re still getting there.- Andrew McMahon



Favorite Fall Staples

Favorite Fall Staples



I hope everyone had a lovely (and filling) Thanksgiving! I know I earned my workouts this weekend!

My sister came in from the city for the holiday so I stole her for a little while to help me shoot some photos. Make sure you check out her blog Black In Bloom! It was so gloomy out this past weekend, but we tried to make the best of it. We recruited our younger cousin to take the last photo of us. Future blogger? I was so happy to spend the afternoon with some family even it was in a furniture store with zip lining. Such a genius idea if you ask me! The dinner together, a few card games, and tons of laughs was worth it.

I’ve had a week off from working so it felt nice to actually get dressed..whoops.. I chose my go-to staples in my closet this fall: a cable knit sweater, jeans, and booties. Cozy, classic, and super comfy. My bag was a splurge buy for myself, a “I NEED that bag!” moment for sure. And bonus: you can emboss it with any letter(s) of your choice. In love!

Weekends go by so fast, I definitely tried to savor every moment before going back to reality. Hopefully you were all able to get some rest, enjoy Christmas decorating, or whatever else makes your souls happy.

Have a wonderful week, friends!

Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.-Michael J. Fox 

xo, Janine