Friday Faves: Best of 2014 Edition

I always love seeing people’s resolutions, etc this time of year, but I also wanted to share my favorite things of 2014 a la Oprahhhhhh…

Best of 2014

Books: The Power of Habit#Girlboss
Makeup: NYX concealer** (budget buy)// Chanel Vitalumier Aqua Foundation + LM Tinted Moisturizer (this combo is the bees knees)
Beauty Products: Mario Badescu Glycolic Cleanser & Kiehl’s Everything [I just can’t pic a fav]
Products: Keurig (a Costco impulse buy that I don’t regret at all) // Dollar Shave Club (#genius)// iphone 6 // Beats by Dre (i had the smaller ones and got these for Christmas. They are amaze for cardio…don’t slip and don’t fall out like ear buds)
Clothes: Gap Sports Bra & Nike Frees (#fancy i know)
Food/Drink: Kombucha [cannot get enough] & Kirkland egg whites. Why am I sooo weird?

**it took me a sec to fall in love with this. After seeing it a bunch on MM&L, I was determined to make it work…turns out the key is making sure your eye area is super moisturized when covering dark circles! Otherwise it goes a bit dry**

Tell me your absolute faves of the last year!


Gift Guide Part II: Stocking Stuffers

Happy Friday! Tis the season for shopping 😉  I thought I’d share a few more goodies that would make great little stocking stuffers for the active ladies in your life.

Stocking Stuffers

1. a travel sized body spray for the gym bag
2. hot pink arm band 
3. you can never have enough ear buds
4. headband 
5. comfy sports bra
6. cheeky water bottle

Have a great weekend!!


Motivation Monday: Gratitude isn’t just for Thanksgiving…

A little note to myself to remind me that I am more than the shape or appearance of by body.

thankful heart

Dear Cassie,
Remember to thank your body! It allows you to LIVE…experience the beautiful smells of the fall candles you love. Your body gets you up in the morning to go to work, school, & take care of your family. Your legs let you walk through Costco, the mall, hiking trails, up stairs, chase toddlers. They let you RUN! And run some more on the treadmill.  And squat a lot of weight. They are strong. Your arms squeeze your husband tightly. They hold babies and carry groceries. Lots of groceries. And lift a lot of weights. Those hands put so much work into typing papers and cooking dinner. The heart that feels so much love, and the mind that got you into grad school. Remember to thank your body. All of it. REALLY appreciate all it does for you, and for others too. It’s beautiful and it’s strong.


The Great Dry Shampoo Debate

Last week I was digging through my drawer of hair products, and I realized I had an insane number of dry shampoos in there. I have a tendency to pick up the small bottles for traveling or my gym bag (or just to try out), so I thought I would share my favs as well as the ones that aren’t worth picking up.

Dry Shampoo


Tresseme: Let’s just start with the worst. This was the first dry shampoo I ever tried (a few years ago) and I wasn’t impressed. My hair just felt grungy after using. Well fast forward a few years, and I kept seeing this pop up on beauty blogs, so thought maybe they had changed the formula. Nope. Still grungy. Not worth the buy. It does smell nice though.

Suave: Best value for sure. Only about $2 I think, and works really well. Smells decent. After it dries, it really rubs out evenly. No complaints.

Bumble and Bumble: Much higher price point than the rest, but I love it. I like that it’s a powder instead of aerosol (my hubby complains when I spray a ton, and I’m basically in a dry shampoo cloud. #lol… so husband’s fav for sure). I also like that it’s volumizing. Since it is more pricy, I use sparingly. Mostly for date nights, or if I’m actually going some place other than the gym or nannying or school. Also has a really nice scent.

SG: I saw this in a magazine around Christmas time, so I bought it the next time I was at Ulta….such a great consumer 😉 anyway, I’ve only bought the ‘clear’ version- it’s available in brown I believe, but I love it. It really is volumizing, while still being effective at dry shampoo-ing. Win-win. I plan on picking up the full size bottle. When I run out of some of these. haha.

Pssssst: Nothing special about this one. I think it does about the same job as the suave, but not as cheap. It is nice it comes in a travel size though. Smells nice.

My dry shampoo tips:

  • I like to use dry shampoo at night before bed (if I’m not planning on working out the next morning). I feel like it really absorbs well over night, and you don’t have to use as much (or any) the next day.
  • part hair in multiple places when spraying. Especially if doing a pony tail or pulling hair back in some way. It’s awkward to have hair to appear clean on top, but greasy on the sides, if pulled all the way back (ew). Also, this helps with adding volume.
  • For post-workout, sometimes I blow dry my roots, and then spray dry shampoo if I don’t have time for a full shower. Sounds gross but it works. Obviously, don’t do this every time you workout. Dry shampoo does not equal bathing 😉

SO tell me your favorite dry shampoo tricks and/or products!