Let's Chat: Muscle, Makeup, and Much More!

August 29, 2014

I have not written a "random" entry lately, so I thought today would be a great time to link up and post one. My brain is not fully functioning, I have had a killer week with work being crazy due to "end of the month" (I know I say that all of the time), and I have been wicked sore. Thus I am living for the long weekend; I need it. Life's rough, I tell ya. 

Lots to chat about today, so get comfortable!

I have not had a chance to write about my Ipsy bag this month yet. I saw quite a few people on Twitter and Instagram who were not happy, so I was getting nervous. However, it was quite opposite for me. I was stoked! I use the Urban Decay mascara daily (it's fabulous) as well as the dry shampoo. The eye shadow is great too; it is light for an everyday look and brings out the blue in my eyes. 

The dry shampoo is my favorite. I have been using it almost every day. Since I do not wash my hair but every other day or so, I freshen up with dry shampoo every morning. I normally use L'oreal's EverStyle Energizing Dry Shampoo, but this brand has been just as good. It does not add quite the volume that L'oreal does, but it eliminates oily roots. Lately I have been unusually tired in the mornings when I get up for work, which results in my wanting a fast and easy way to do my hair. 

My go-to lazy look? I sleep with my hair in a low braid, take it down in the morning, spray the dry shampoo all over, put Sexy Hair's "Power Play" on my roots then volumizing hairspray, and then flip my hair over and running my fingers through. That's it! It takes all of 3 minutes.

If you do not know what Ipsy is, it is a monthly cosmetics subscription. On the first of every month you are charged only $10 bucks, and in the middle of the month you receive 4-5 beauty products. The best part? When  you sign up, you take a survey of your likes and wants, and Ipsy will send products catered to your preferences!

I feel odd posting a picture like the one below, but I am going to do it because I am so proud. If you are uncomfortable or offended then I'm sorry; but I never claimed to be super conservative or modest, ha! Plus, competitors wear a fraction of that on stage. I digress. The scale has not been my friend lately; it never has, to be quite frank. That is OK right now because if I am being brutally honest, it has been my own fault. I am still doing quite a bit of traveling and working overtime thus I have been more lackadaisical with my eating. I need to get out of that though because I really want to get this last 25 pounds off. 

Though the scale has not been great, my muscle definition has. Which to me is the most important part. As I wrote about last week, there are many different shapes and sizes to health. Some people are tall and very thin, yet perfectly healthy. I am not one of them. I am naturally "thicker" with  a lot of muscle tone. However, last year, when I put all of that fat over the muscle, it was awful. Sometimes I felt like a giant balloon. My lower body is quite bigger than my upper body; namely my quads and glutes. Instead of loathing them like I did when I was young, I am now so proud and happy to have them. I have been training very hard and I am proud of how the fat is melting off and the definition shaping up. My only big problem is my inner thighs, it always is and always will be though. Regular training and cleaning up my nutrition will help that at least. 
I have been trucking away on this little blog; and I have had two very cool features lately. (Additionally, I had my first ever sponsored post Tuesday! The first is one of my favorite blogs; the motivational, healthy, and hilarious; "Fit Bottomed Girls". I sent them a guest post back in June for them about my journey. It was such a privilege to be featured on that blog. Be sure to go check them!  I know you will LOVE it.
Yesterday I guest posted on Pump Up's blog! I wrote one of my favorite posts on a topic I am extremely passionate about: the different shapes and sizes of health. If you have not read "You are So Pretty... For Someone Of Your Size", I recommend it. You may relate.

Pump Up is an app that is similar to Instgram but it is targeted to health and fitness. I absolutely love the concept and had to immediately partake and help get the word out. It is also much more than just posting pictures. One can schedule and post their workouts for the week, and connect with so many people who are on the same journey and facing the same struggles as you are. It is a wonderful place to engage. Once you download the app, make sure we are following each other. My username is none other than FitnessBlondieL!

As everyone knows in the US, it is Labor Day weekend. This is my last 3-day weekend before I go back to a regular 5-day work schedule. I will miss having Monday's off immensely. Since it is Labor Day weekend, last weekend sucked, and I worked hard all week, I think I am going to let loose and have a little fun. I will kick off the weekend with a half day at work and then the Blake Shelton concert. 

Since I love Blake Shelton and country music, I have to rock authentic cowboy boots. Alas I do not have $300 to splurge on a new pair right now. The solution? Make your mother UPS her boots, of course!
The boots safely arrived and I have been wearing them since it is casual week at the office. 
Y'all have a great weekend now, ya hear? Yee Haw!


  1. I received the same products in my Ipsy bag and was pleased, too! Look like you have a fun weekend ahead; hope you enjoy it and find some time to relax!

  2. Ooh! I definitely have to get the Pump Up app. Is it available on android?

    --LInda @ www.thefitty.com

  3. Thank you for these recommendations! I may need to check out that app, too! And maybe give Ipsy a chance as well. I am so bad about using the same old boring products year after year after year!

    Have a great Labor Day weekend!

  4. LOOK AT YOUR LEGS - HOLY CRAP! Your definition is PHENOMENAL! Rocking my world. Just saying.

    And I told you - i love those boots - Boots are my THING - I wear them all the time. I need a good pair of cowboy boots though - for those "Feeling County" Moments.

    I feel awesome today - and I am smiling from ear to ear after reading this post.
    I imagine us with girly drinks just laughing!

    I'm right there!
    Man - can I leave work now?
    I can make it to NC by NIGHTFALL! hahha

  5. Dry shampoo is my total life saver and girl you are looking fabulous!

  6. I want to try dry shampoo! And now I really want to sign up for Ipsy, $10 a month is not bad!

    I love your cowboy boots! Have a great weekend!

  7. look at you hot mama! I need to find a good dry shampoo, I hate everyone that I've used so far. Happy Friday!

  8. I wasn't happy with my Ipsy bag. :( I love the dry shampoo though. The boots are perfect for the concert. Hope you enjoy the long weekend!

  9. Enjoy your long weekend and the concert!

    That app sounds like a great idea. I have been struggling with my weight loss the last few months and I definitely need something new in my routine. Maybe more motivation? I don't really know at this point.

    When I have disposable income again, I'm totally signing up for Ipsy. I love mail. And beauty products. So it's a perfect match!

  10. I love dry shampoo! It saves me so much time so many days a week.

    Enjoy your long weekend!

  11. Look at you girl!!! And I LOVE those black shoes! So cute!

    I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  12. I am loving the Urban Decay mascara I got may be a new fave. You are rocket the bitty shorts girl!! It's all about the Bass lol :) Have a great long weekend!!

  13. Totally jealous you are going to go see Blake - take me with your in your bag lol
    Boots are so cute!

  14. I found you via the link up and I have to say I love your blog thus far! Plus it's always fun when I find another Charlotte based blogger.

    I absolutely love and rely heavily on dry shampoo. With a wavy, coarse hair texture I can't wash my hair every day, and in the words of Sweet Brown, ain't nobody got time for that!


  15. Happy Labor Day weekend! I signed up for ipsy the last time you mentioned it...but, boo - I'm on a waiting list because I don't have a facebook account. Hopefully I'll be off the dang waiting list soon. I can hardly wait to start new things. It seems soooo fun!

  16. Happy Labor day weekend! I love the boots. I hope you had a blast at the Blake Shelton concert. I can't wait to hear how it was. I'm going to go download that app right now.

  17. Happy Labor Day weekend! Just want to say your legs [and bootay] look awesome! :D

  18. You look hot girlie! You go girl!!!

  19. love your boots girl, and you look amazing! blake shelton is so awesome :)


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