Dream Home Part III // Kitchen

Dream Kitchen - marble countertops

We’re already to the end of my dream home series. Make sure you read part one about my dream master bathroom, and part two about what I’d love to have in an outdoor space.

For this series Capital One dared me to dream up what I would do if I could renovate or build my dream home using their home equity loans. I love dreaming about my ideal spaces. I actually think all of this research will be helpful when I actually do buy my next home!

So let’s chat kitchens! Continue reading…

My Latest Beauty Obsession: Gel Manicure at Home

Gel Shellac Manicure at Home

You know how awesome it is after you get a gel manicure and you don’t have to worry about smudging your polish? The first time I ever got a gel mani I was in disbelief that my nails were actually fully dry. The joy it gave me to not have to worry about my nails for the next few hours was maybe even a little ridiculous, but I’m a bit of a nail freak.

Even though I was so excited about gel nails I never got into too much of a habit with gel nails until the past few years (mostly because of the expense, but also because of the time and health factors). Now that I do photo shoots regularly, having my nails done became much more necessary. Since I also do CrossFit, regular polish doesn’t stand a chance. Between moving weights around the gym and doing the dishes, a regular mani with a really good topcoat will only last two days max.

I know that nail polish in general isn’t great health wise (just Google it), so I give my nails lots of breaks from polish. I also never became a regular mani/pedi getter because of the expense. I’m good at painting my own nails so I would mostly do them myself at home.

In the summer, before important events, or vacations I would always get pedicures, but rarely would I get a manicure.  Continue reading…


notebooks on desktop in office

I wanted to thank the hundreds of you who took my survey last fall! It was SO HELPFUL!!! I have been reading all of the responses, analyzing them, highlighting insights, making documents of all the data, gleaning content ideas, really it’s been amazing.

I try to walk the line of not only listening to my audience and giving you what you want, but also showing you things/exposing you to content that I think is cool or interesting, even if it might not be the most popular thing out there.

Some of you asked whether or not I’d share the info, so I wanted to let you in on some of the insights (I’m always so curious to know these things!). If you want to add your thoughts or additional thoughts, please do so in the comments. I really value your opinions! Continue reading…