I don’t know about you, but for me, the New Year is a great time to re-align, re-focus + help kick start any goals you want to accomplish this year. Whether your goal is to loose weight, start a new career, workout more, get organized, save money etc now is the perfect time to just GO FOR IT!
My goal for this year is to continue my health + weight loss journey (ICYMI – I have been on the Jenny Craig Rapids Results program for 6 months now + am down 40 pounds – yay! :p)
Because I am all about reaching my goals + helping you reach yours, I rounded up my current favorite workout + health products above and below I am sharing some positive words of encouragement to get you going!
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
Your true success in life begins only when you make the commitment to become excellent at what you do.
– Brian Tracy
If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.
– Les Brown
Believe you can and you’re halfway there.
– Theodore Roosevelt
Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.
– Jim Rohn
If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.
I’ve always loved the movie 10 Things I Hate About You so I decided with today’s outfit post to add my own little twist so ya’ll can get to know me better…10 Little Things About Me♥
Before I start, I want to breakdown my outfit since it’s one I have already worn to a few events + date nights and it’s one you’ll for sure be a fan of! Heading to girl’s night? Brunch? Dinner date? This look can become your go to!
I live for a a cute wrap dress since I am a firm believer they look good on just about every type of body shape + they look as chic as can be.
Usually I am not a huge fan of stripes (I find them difficult to pull off sometimes) but this dress from Vibe Apparel is one striped dress I am totally digging.
I have been really into white boots lately. I invested in a few pairs this year + I am so glad I did. They freshen up neutral colored winter looks + match with everything.
This Gucci bag was a Christmas gift to myself + it is the first designer bag I bought in a non-neutral color(fun fact haha – I tend to always buy neutral colored bags so they can go with everything – especially when investing a lot of money on them)
♥ 10 Little Things About Me ♥
1. I moved to LA 3 years ago from Long Island, NY(yes, I had a LI accent for a while but it has since went away…however I somehow developed a lisp haha)
2. I have been blogging for over 7 years(crazy I know, when I started Missy On Madison, I was working on Madison Avenue in NYC)
3. I had the absolute worst luck with dating until I met my boyfriend of 2 years who I live with about 20 miles out from LA(he is amazing + also the ying to my yang…while I love social media + sharing about my life, he is very private + doesn’t have any social media haha hence why there aren’t photos of him on my site or social, it’s our mutual respect for one another…he however is the photographer behind all of my amazing photos :p)
4. I have a slight (ok major) handbag addiction…I typically buy a new bag or two for myself every year, usually CHANEL, Gucci or Louis Vuitton (I share my tips to investing in designer bags here) I bought my first designer bag at 14 after saving all of my money from scooping popcorn at my local movie theater, it was a Dior saddle bag which I still have + has come back in style this year! That is what I love about bags, they tend to retain style + value over the years. Double fun fact, I got my handbag obsession from my mom who is an avid handbag lover as well.
5. I have traveled more in the past 2 years than I have in my entire life (what can I say, my boyfriend + I have the travel bug!) On that note, I took my first trip outside of the country last year + it was to London and then Paris.
6. I absolutely LOVE animated movies + characters(this you may know from my Instagram haha I LOVE the Minions but also Disney)
7. Similar to fun fact 6, I LOVE theme parks(my BF + I have been to so many since we began dating and we are continuing our tradition by celebrating our anniversary + my birthday at Disney World…just a few weeks away!)
8. I LIVE in dresses (ok this may be a tad obvious) but I have always been a fan of fit & flare dresses since I was in elementary school.When I got to middle school none of the girls wore dresses but I loved dressing up, wearing heels etc. Guess it makes sense I ended up blogging. Similarly, when I was a kiddo my mom never wanted to put my in the same outfit twice + she used to take photos of me every morning before pre-school etc (her clients think it’s funny now I still take photos of my outfits + have a blog haha :p)
9. I get lash extensions every two weeks + hair extensions every few months(if you follow me regularly you have seen me collaborate with hair extension brands) Once I tried lash + hair extensions for the first time, there was no turning back…they are addicting (but hey, I guess there could be worse things to be addicted to, right? :p)
All I want for Christmas is…straight teeth! In case you missed it, ever since I was a child I struggled not wanting to smile with my mouth open in fear of showing my teeth. As a kid I never got braces or really gave my teeth the attention they deserved and as I grew up getting the perfect smile I always dreamed of seemed like just that…a dream.
That’s why when I was approached by Dentsply Sirona to try out the SureSmile Aligner System I was beyond overjoyed. There are a lot of aligners out there but when the doctor informed me that this SureSmile Aligner is backed by Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest dental manufacturer I was assured that this would be a positive experience. He spoke about the technology that backs the treatment combined with the manufacturing being here in Texas, that was all I needed to hear. I was curious about Invisalign for a while but SureSmile blows them away.
I went to Dr. Joseph Gray to get fitted for the SureSmile Aligners + to better understand the whole process. For my teeth, the process will take 12 months to have the smile I always dreamed of. The aligners are going to correct my overbite, overcrowding etc so I can’t wait to see the results. What I love about SureSmile is that they actually integrate a 3D Model of your teeth with state of the art technology making the aligners custom fit perfectly to your mouth.
So far I have been wearing the aligners for one week + while it has taken a bit of an adjustment period, after just a few days I can feel my teeth moving + that feeling is super exciting! You are supposed to keep your aligners in 20-22 hours a day, only taking them out to eat so you can see results in no time.
You swap out your aligners every 7-10 days to always keep your teeth moving + SureSmile provides you a handy patient kit to keep your aligners clean + in tip top condition.
I will be sharing my experience here on the blog throughout the journey and in a couple of months I will be able to show you the movement from the aligners all heading towards a straighter smile! To learn more about the SureSmile Aligner System click HERE.
♥ All Our Dreams Come True If You Have The Courage To Pursue Them – Walt Disney ♥
Close your eyes + take a moment to image visiting the happiest day on earth during the most magical time of the year…now open your eyes because it is possible! From dreamy decor to yummy treats to festive events, gifts + more, Disneyland during the Holiday Season is nothing short of magnificent.
I had the opportunity to check out all the fun the park has in store for the Holiday Season + am sharing it all with you!
DECOR + EVENTS
One of my favorite things about Disneyland year round is all of the amazing decor, so it comes as no surprise that during the Holiday Season they go ALL out! From huge Christmas trees, to gorgeous lights, wreaths + more, you will feel like you are in a Winter Wonderland, so I am rounding up some of my favorite spots.
At Disneyland one of my favorite spots is Main Street USA where the entire street is strung with lights, wreaths + at the center sits the most gorgeous Christmas Tree making for the perfect photo backdrop.
During the day you can look up and see wreaths shaped like Mickey Mouse, the huge Christmas tree, festive plants, flowers + more.
At night the street is lit up + looks like something out of a story book.
Of course another one of my favorite decor moments at Disneyland is Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. It is covered in wreaths, icicles + is glistening making for a storybook finish.
Every evening there is an enchanted show at Sleeping Beauty’s Castle where the building has a projected light display AND they even make it snow in California (talk about magical :p).
At 9:30pm every night there is a Holiday fireworks show where you can hear your favorite holiday timed perfectly to sparks in the air!
If you are looking for a breathtaking lights display, head over to the ‘It’s A Small World‘ ride. The entire outside of the ride is decked out in a rainbow display of lights that is something out of a fantasy…I definitely want to be immersed in that fairytale.
Another one of my favorite decor spots in the park is Mickey’s Toon Town. Goofy’s House is decked out for Christmas along with Mickey + Minnie’s homes as well. The bright, bold colors make Mickey’s Toon Town my go-to spot for cute instagram pics.
ICYMI – Disneyland + California Adventure changed up some of their attractions for the Holiday Season making them a ‘must see‘ before it’s too late!
At Disneyland they switched up the traditional Haunted Mansion ride + let Jack Skeleton from Nightmare Before Christmas take over with his twist on the classic ride. The Haunted Mansion ride has always been my favorite + this festive version blew my mind. From neon displays to insane sculptures, you MUST check it out before it goes away January 9th!
It’s A Small World also got a festive upgrade during the holidays so definitely check that out to see all the new elements it has to offer.
Over at California Adventure, Cars Land is fully decked out for the holidays. Think Christmas trees made out of tires, traffic cones, hubcaps + more plus Mater’s Tow Ride got a holiday twist to make it even more fun for kiddos + adults alike.
TREATS + SHOPPING
Ok…obviously one of my favorite things to do at Disney is go shopping, especially during Holidays. The stores are stocked with festive gifts for you, your friends, family + more. We got some holiday themed Mickey + Minnie dolls, custom ornaments + stockings. Most gift shops at both parks have a customization station where you can purchase merchandise and they can go ahead + make it personalized to you.
One of my favorite things to get at Disney is new Minnie Ears each time I go + during the holiday season they have a ton of new styles to choose from like ones with faux fur, ones with snowflakes, big bows + more.
For treats, meals + desserts, each park has a variety of foods with a holiday twist. I love heading to the candy + bakery shops on Main Street USA for Mickey themed rice krispies (which were made festive with a santa hat), red + green cupcake pops, candy apples + more.
I don’t know about you but I am a HUGE popcorn buff + apparently during the holiday season Disneyland + California Adventure have exclusive holiday themed popcorn pals (I love collecting these). At Disneyland they have this adorable one of Pluto in a Christmas Sweater + at California Adventure they have one of the Alien from Toy Story with Christmas lights around him.
This post is sponsored by Rubbermaid® on behalf of Everywhere Agency; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
♥The Holiday season is in full swing + we all know what that means…time to share some sweet memories♥
I LOVE the holiday season, not just because of the festive decor, music + yummy treats, but because it is the season of giving. While presents are great, one of the best gifts are gifts made with love + from the heart..so naturally I show my love for my family + friends through baking…yummy gingerbread cookies of course!
Whether you are trying to think of what to gift your family, friends, or just about anyone…I always feel baked treats coming from the heart are always a great idea. The one struggle with gifting baked goods for the holidays is how to gift them! What are you going to wrap them in? How can you find a way to gift them that is practical but also festive? Well…I am pretty sure I found a solution – Rubbermaid® TakeAlongs®.
We baked and designed some gingerbread cookies over the Thanksgiving holiday and began spreading the joy (and sweetness) early by gifting our creations to our friends, coworkers + neighbors. We sealed them up in the Rubbermaid® TakeAlongs® that are for a limited time only in festive holiday colors like green, red + gold available at your local Walmart (my go-to) place to shop for everything Holiday!
TakeAlongs® holiday containers are perfect to take on-the-go to holiday gatherings, cookie swaps, or for gifting baked goods. This year we plan on doing a cookie swap with some of our close friends (some gingerbread swapping to see who gets the most creative). What is great about TakeAlongs® is that they come in a variety of sizes so they can fit all types of baked goods from cookies, to cupcakes, to brownies, to cake + more! Another awesome thing about TakeAlongs® is that although they come in festive holiday colors, they are translucent enough so you can get a peek at your treats when gifting or swapping!