Things that make my run easy-ish

Running is hard enough…scratch that…getting out of bed to go for a run is hard enough. So why not make it as enjoyable as possible.

Running and I have had a long love/hate relationship. It all began when I  was eighteen and needed something to do to keep the freshman 15 away as well as allow me to really eat whatever I wanted and still fit in my jeans.  From there is became therapy, it became a way for me to work through things that were challenging me and really have some peace and me time, which being an introvert is incredibly necessary. 

Running Essentials

The essentials for a more enjoyable run are...drum roll please:

  1. Music (the most important)
  2. My favorite running shoes
  3. My Apple Watch
  4. Glossier balm dotcom 
  5. Bandana or long sleeve (sweat and you know snot)
  6. My favorite running clothes 
  7. Water

1. Music is the most important which is why I created a little playlist to showcase some favorite songs that keep me going. 

2. Obviously shoes are important and finding your perfect shoe is one of those things you don't really want to do but you need to. Highly recommend going to a local running shop to talk about your feet and running style to find the perfect shoe. 

3. My Apple Watch... is a luxury item. Obviously you don't need a watch but it keeps my runs fun for me because it tracks my speed, heart rate, distance, and my progress. I also have it set to remind to me run and move like when I am watching Stranger Things and I could be running...so there's that. 

4. Oh my balm dotcom how you have improved my life. My lips are incredibly dry and because most of my runs are outside I  need to as much help as I can get for my lips. I put this bad boy on before my run and after and as an added bonus after my run I also put some on my cuticles because my hands feel that dry desert weather. 

5. When I run I sweat a lot...I mean A LOT!!! I also almost always have a running little nose and there is nothing more annoying then sweat in the eye and a drippy nose. I always try to have a bandana handy or wear a long sleeve to really help with both things...or is it just me.

6. Clothes are important and running in your favorites that make you feel good with always make the run easier. Working for lululemon has granted me the ability to have some really wonderful running clothes. Some favorites include All the Right Places Crop/Pant, Fast and Free Tight, and Speed shorts. 

7. Water...enough said.

 

Run happy. It keeps me sane which is always important. 

 

 

 

Glossier. Enough said.

I'M A REP FOR GLOSSIER!!!!!!!!!!! 

Holy smokes you guys! A dream come true because I don't know if you know this but I love Glossier! Being a rep allows me to share with everyone some of my favorites as well as give 20% off...20% off!!!!!!!!!!

This photo below showcases almost all (my shower oil is living in the shower and my other balm dotcoms are scattered about living their best lives) the products I have purchased and love dearly. 

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Glossier

Glossier was created by a real Boss Babe, Emily Weiss, with whom I  would love to catch a french movie and cocktails with (real Carrie Bradshaw New York style) and just be one of her friends. She created Into the Gloss which is truly a site I  frequently read and venture to in 2010 and then Glossier in 2014. 

I  don't remember when my obsession began but it was near the beginning because I could only get the phase 1 set which comes with the Milky Jelly Cleanser, Priming moisturizer, and the balm dotcom. I remember getting the package and being incredibly overwhelmed with excitement, mostly because I had spent my last couple dollars until payday on this and because it was all PINK!!!

The color now has an actual name, millennial pink, and it was the perfect pink. In the box it said, you look great, there was a glorious bubble pink zip pouch and STICKERS!! I  hadn't even gotten to the products and I was already in love. 

Then I used the products and I was hooked. Now years later and I  am still obsessed and if they paycheck allows I buy whatever they release when it's released and now that I have my absolute favorites they will always be repurchased. 

Balm Dotcom

You know that feeling when you can't find some lip balm and your lips are just dry as the desert and you panic look through all your bags and then you find that one and it's as if you have just found the holy grail. That's how I  am about my balm doctors. If one can't be found panic sets in so I   order another. Now there are some in almost every room of my house, every purse, and most importantly three live on my night stand...you just never know ok!

My favorites in the balm dotcom go in this order:

  1. Original Balm dotcom
  2. Birthday Balm 
  3. Rose Balm (not pictured)
  4. Coconut Balm (also not pictured..couldn't find it...panic)
  5. Mint Balm
  6. Cherry Balm

Check out my rep page and explore Glossier! This brand is all about loving yourself and having fun with products that are perfection. Enjoy! 

Let me know what you think and if anyone would be interested in a video exploring my Glossier collection with me! 

Peace. Love. Bubble Zip Pouches. 

My Rep Page

My Beauty Champions

   I love beauty.

I can't remember when my beauty obsession started but I know it's been a long and loving relationship. First let's start with my skin: Combination with a dash on the drier side, acne (I've never like the term acne prone because I've got it almost always), light to medium completion with the occasional freckles.  I have always had acne and every doctor I've gone to has gone immediately to Accutane now before you all freak out and get opinionated on the subject I decided it wasn't that right route for me, it just didn't feel right for me so I looked to skin care. I have since become quite obsessed with all things skin care and have found my heroes that work for me. I still have acne and at almost 29 years old it doesn't bother me anymore. Yes I would love for it to go away and yes I really loath with I get advice from random people about their miracle acne treatments, "Have you heard of rubbing avocado and honey on your face to get rid of acne?" but it is apart of me for now and I don't hate myself for it. I have finally found a routine that seems to be helping so stay tuned for the new additions. Now that I've rambled on let's get to my Beauty Champions. These products are things I've repurchased and have found they not only feel great but improve my skin.

Did I mention about two months ago I went down the rabbit hole on Cruelty Free products and came out the other side throwing out every brand I had that wasn't cruelty free? It was and is a costly venture but my soul feels better for it and because most products I use now are natural I believe it has also improved my skin. Thankfully most of my champions were cruelty free to begin with...phew! I will have all the products linked so you can find them easily and feel free to ask any questions you may have!

Ok enough rambling lets get to it:

Cleansers also known as miracle workers:

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Tatcha Pure  and Mun Akwi Cleanser 

These two are the absolute ultimate (said like Gidget) 

I have purchased the Tatcha cleanser three times now, that's how much I love it, it's a smooth oil cleanser that cleans my skin but doesn't leave it dry and gets my eye makeup off! I purchased the Mun Akwi Cleanser because the reviews said it helped clear up acne, so obviously I had to give it a go. At first I wasn't a fan because I didn't feel like it was removing makeup or really doing anything so I decided to do the white towel test, I watched Emily Weiss do that in a video, and there was nothing on the towel. It worked and my skin started to improve drastically. Both have worked for me splendidly and I like using them both...I don't have a favorite, I would take both.

Serums or Heroes if you prefer: 

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Vintner's Daughter and Mint Rosa Hydration 

When two become one...I need these two like I've never needed them before. (Spice Girls)

I get excited to go to sleep because of these two right here. My skin has never...let me repeat NEVER...felt so hydrated. I was playing around with all my serums trying to find the perfect ones and magic happened. I loved the Rosa serum, it's a real gem everyone needs one, and I had saved and saved for the Vintner's Daughter but was seeing no real results until I mixed them together. I truly see a difference in my skin and I owe it all to these two dream boats. My skin is hydrated and my acne has calmed, is that the right world, anyway it's a drastic improvement. Well done you two! 

The Golden Ticket to Hair Care

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Gisou 

I don't know where to start. I've got curly thick hair that can be on the Hermoine book 1-3 side which I don't really mind but before  I started using this oil, about 2 years ago, my hair didn't look or feel very healthy and now I love it. Infused with honey this golden syrup has changed my hair and I just found out you can order it from Urban Outfitters which is the dream. The package it comes in is something special is it's creator, Negin Mirsalehi, not only raises bees (my dream job) but is also gorgeous and one of the ultimate boss babes. This is bottle number 2...it lasts a long time and is worth every penny. I refuse to go without it...ever. Ahh huhh Honey. 

Not without the Covers

Ilia Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturizer , Glossier Stretch Concealer  , RMS "Un" Cover-Up

Depending on what I need for the day I could use only one of these or all three. The Ilia Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturizer, I wear Hanalei T3, is the perfect base. It has SPF 20 (I live in the desert so SPF is also necessary) and is light coverage but it does a great job at evening everything out. The ingredients have also improved my skins texture and overall appearance. Some days I only need this and that is a first for me. The RMS "Un" cover-up is great for spot concealing and I have also worn it all over when I needed more coverage. I wear color 22 and it really is something special. Last but not least my glorious Glossier Stretch Concealer...need I say more it's from Glossier. Smooth and generous with its coverage makes it the perfect under eye concealer. I use both light and medium and really can't get enough. 

The Multi-taskers

Bite Beauty Multistick  , Milk Makeup Hightlighter 

So you know how women are really great multitaskers...yeah that's what these are. The Bite multi stick is in Papaya and the milk highlighter is in Lit. I use these two almost everyday. Lips, eyes, cheeks...oh my. The textures on both are perfect and the blendability is breathtaking. I will usually swish Lit across my cheek bones, down my nose, and on my cupids bow and hit my eyes and center of my nose with Papaya and I am ready for the day! If you are looking for natural winners...you've found them.

Let's get Cheeky

Glossier Cloud Paint

First things first if you don't know what Glossier is click that little link immediately, you can always come back to my site and thank me later. 

Cloud paint is the ultimate creative beauty product. Mix and match, blend and sculpt, and the colors are wonderful on their own. I currently only have two (insert gasp) but there are four different colors, I have Beam and Haze, and when I mix those two together I get the perfect shade. For real. The consistency is wonderful and you don't need a lot so they last a super long time and for their price I'd say it's a win!!!! Look how cute they are as well. 

The Balm Dot Com and Lip Saviors

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Glossier Balm Dotcom , Bite Beauty Agave Sugar Lip Scrub , By Terry - Baume De Rose Lip And Nail Balm

I am a balm girl. I have at least one balm in every bag and scattered throughout the house. I love balms. I'm not going to say the Glossier Balm Dotcom in a life changer, I am, but I have it in every flavor and it lives on my desk, by my bed, and in the bags I carry most. I just love it. Can't live without it. I recently discovered the By Terry lip balm after I binge watched The Anna Edit on youtube and can't get enough of the balm. It has graced my lips every night along with my balm dotcom. The Bite Beauty scrub is a weekly treat to my lips. I usually forget but then when I do a scrub I curse myself for not making this a priority and so the cycle continues. All I highly recommend. 

Girls got Brow

Glossier Boy BrowMilk Makeup Gel Brow

My brows are a bit unruly and thankfully that's in right now. These two help tame and control the little furry creatures that live above my eyes. Glossier again...am I right!!!

It just makes Scents

La Curie Perfume Oil No. 1

Years...I've been in relationship with this perfume for years and I can't get enough. La Curie is local to Tucson and a scent genius. She stopped selling No. 1 and you can only find it now through Kindred Black, I've stocked up, but her other scents are simply amazing. She captures the desert so well it's astounding. How to describe No. 1...leather and jasmine and a desert rain. She has created a new scent due to release soon and I couldn't be more excited to try it out but I will forever love No. 1 and as long as Kindred Black sells it I will buy it. 

If you've made it to the end I applaud you...hi Elyse...Hi Mom.

I have a passion for beauty and the products created by these crazy talented people and just wanted to tell the world what I loved. Obviously this isn't sponsored, maybe one day, but all the products are linked if you wanted to take my opinions and test them out for yourself. Thank you for reading through my beauty ramblings and I hope you enjoyed it. I also photographed all the images and will leave you with a short video around the process of shooting from my in home bench studio. Love and Peace. 

Dawn of a New Age

Everything has a story be it one that is created for it or told by it, everything has one. I recently purchased a Christy Dawn dress and had no idea of the emotional response I would have. I found Christy Dawn through the STREICHER SISTERS almost 6 months ago and have been in love ever since. The imagery she creates on her Instagram feed is phenomenal and only she can say it best so make sure to check out her site and read "A Note from Christy" you won't be disappointed. 

I wanted to share my story that I have created about my dress. I purchased the "Dawn Dress" and am completely in love. 

Let us begin...

A soft breeze and the sounds of birds singing and wind rustling the leaves comes through the slightly opened window. A soft sunbeam on the comforter. Early morning coffee in my dress, barefoot, while I make pancakes. Is it a Sunday or a Wednesday? I don't know and it doesn't bother me anyway because it's a new day. Maybe some writing or reading with music playing in the background filling the house. I grab my 35mm camera, hat, slides, and Temp to head out for a walk and take some photos to later develop and print. Mid day heat keeps me on my porch while I watch the world go by and daydream for a bit. Wander through my house with my hard wood floors, filled with books, and breathe deep. Evening breeze cools the house while I prepare for a small dinner party filled with laughter, wine, and cheese. After everyone leaves I hang my dress and hat, and settle in my big leather chair and a good book until my eyelids are heavy and ready to sleep. Then repeat. 

This story came from one dress...can you believe my imagination. One day I will have this but until then I have the dress that started it all. 

Christy Dawn
ChristyDawn

Thank you for reading and thank you Christy for your creations. 

I would love to hear your stories and if you would like a dress click on "The Dress" to get $30 off...it's worth it believe me. Comment below with your perfect day!

Houseplant Theory

I am a houseplant. What does these mean you wonder? Why a houseplant? How did this come about? Just...like...what?

I was sitting alone one afternoon thinking about why I don't mind sitting alone and my mind began to wander. I glanced over and looked at my lush green houseplant that I sometimes forget to water, mostly lives in the dark, but there it was happy and green and living its life despite it being ignored sometimes. When I bought said houseplant I wanted my room to feel home-ish and green. I wanted something pretty to look at but I also didn't want to take care of something like an orchid which requires way more attention, I mean I have a dog and a cat, I didn't need to add anything else to my plate. So houseplant shopping I went and bought my little beauty. Being almost 29 and single I hear from a lot of people, "Why are you single?" "If you went out you could find someone." etc. etc. Sitting there on that lovely afternoon blissfully alone staring at my houseplant I realized, "I am a houseplant." (Said like Cher when she discovers she loves josh.)

 Let me explain a little further...follow me down this rabbit hole.

Houseplant Theory Explained:

I am a houseplant. I don't require much to thrive. Feed me, water me, hug me, 1 to 3  a month and I am good and happy. I prefer staying indoors but also can thrive outdoors. I'm ok if you leave me alone for sometime but make sure to check in occasionally. I enjoy making places feel like home and actually living in them. I start to show signs of stress when over watered. I can grow as tall as allowed and I enjoy simplicity. 

You get where I am going with this. I am a low maintenance girl that doesn't require much to really thrive in this world. I'm not saying that I require no one, even a cactus requires love, but I am saying I am not an orchid where you glance at it wrong and it dies. 

So there you have it, Houseplant Theory, isn't it exciting and riveting...I know! If you aren't a houseplant get it guurlll (boy/girl) you aren't alone in this Orchid world. But if Houseplant Theory speaks to you know that you are not alone! We are all in our own spaces cheering for you. Tell me which plant you associate with the most or one you love that isn't pictured! 

Love, 

Your Houseplant Friend.

 

Barefoot and Baking

Having a blog is a funny thing...having only written one blog post I suppose I can't call myself a blogger but it is still something strange. Are people reading it? Are people even interested in the ramblings of what makes me...me? All these questions flow through my mind as I am deciding when I should write and what. A month ago I posted my first post about the creatures I love so I decided today to post about something else I love...baking.

I love to bake. I love to cook. I love to create something from nothing that becomes something delicious be it art for the eyes or art for the stomach. 

Every Thanksgiving I am in charge of the Pecan Pie and every year it gets better. I use my Grandmothers dough recipe and have been manipulating the pie recipe for about 5 years now. I will just let the images do the talking for a bit.  

Left over dough always becomes a sweet treat

Left over dough always becomes a sweet treat

What I know of pies is it's all about the crust...in my opinion the entirety of the pies success is in the crust. For once it matters most what's on the outside and less for what's on the inside. 

Barefoot and Baking is a good morning if I say so myself. 

My Main Ts

Let's just start by saying, "Hello, my name is Colleen. This is my site. Welcome." 

I had absolutely no idea what my first blog entry should be. An introduction? I did that...right? Something inspirational or completely ridiculous? I just had no idea. So I did what I usually do when needing some sort of insight I looked to my photos. Looked through my phone and insta, just trying to draw some inspiration and IT WORKED!!! The only thing that makes sense to talk about first is my main Ts. My fur babies. One of the main reasons I make that money and always want to be home...meet Temperance (Temp, Goose, Pumpkin, Peach) and Tuani (Tutu). 

Temperance Penelope 

Temperance Penelope 

Tuani Catherine

Tuani Catherine

These two are why I exist. Does that sound crazy??? Sure does. Does that change anything?? Hell no. They are a constant and even though my Temp has separation anxiety and only throws up on my bed and Tuani will occasionally bite me on the calf I still love them more than most humans. Now for their introductions. 

Temp

Just being majestic 

Just being majestic 

This wonderful creature is my true love. I mean look at that face!! A Pit bull lab mix, which is by far one of the greatest combinations in the verse, is between 7 and 9 years old. Rescued by a friend and found her forever home with me. A rescued bait dog, I won't get on my soap box just yet, she has the sweetest disposition I have ever encountered. A giant love bug with an appetite for chew toys and belly rubs. Serious pit bull love. I could go on and on about this girl...like really I should write a book, Temperance Penelope: The Golden Goose, perfect already have a book title. You could ask any one of my friends what I love most in this world and their answer would be Temp. Any creature I see that has eyes I always say, "Oh it looks like Temp." I miss her when I leave my house be it for 5 minutes or a shift at work. It's a real obsession I have with this little peach and I don't feel bad about it. 

Tuani

The Queen

The Queen

My Queen. I was 19 years old and had just moved out on my own to see if I could do the whole independence thing, I was at work and a co-worker comes in with a kitten and says, "Do you want a kitten?" How do you say no to that? A kitten the size of your palm just given to you when you've just experienced what living alone feels like, we all know what I am talking about that moment when you get home and want to talk to someone and there is no one, so here she is...my new roommate. Fast forward 9 years and she loves my now human roommate more than me. We still have our moments and I know she loves me, or at least that's what I tell myself, but she is still my girl. My tutu. I have every scar to prove it. What I found out a couple weeks after getting her was she is a barn cat so that being said she has much more spirit than your typical house cat. She does what she wants and won't change for anyone...really she is an inspiration and what I strive to be everyday. 

There you have it...the perfect introduction to me through my loves.