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    Two things I love in life: getting facials and makeovers.

    I love it even more when it’s affordable or better yet – FREE! To me, it’s not so much about the end result of the facial or makeover. It’s 100% about the experience. The oh so wonderful, happy, relaxing, life-is-great-feeling, positive experience. For those brief moments in time, everything just feels so light, carefree, and plain amazing. On a bad day, I treat myself to a facial. On a good day, I might reward myself with a facial. Or just because! Bottom line: I love these wellness experiences and I’ve made them part of my lifestyle 😉

    I love facials and makeovers so much (dare I might say they are my passions), but they can get a bit pricey. Three thoughts I have on this predicament:

    • I sometimes get mine at the local beauty schools (Paul Mitchell, etc) as they are more affordable than getting it at a spa or beauty counter. The experience is as amazing as getting it from a spa – because for me, it’s the experience/process of getting pampered/relaxing vs the end result.
    • To get it for FREE, I’ll book a mini facial at Origins (but I always feel bad so I end up buying a product or two). To get a free makeover, I’ll book a custom makeover at Sephora’s (they require a $50 purchase, which is fine because I use it as an opportunity to stock up on essentials). Also, if you are really strapped for cash, you could always return the products at a later date 😉
    • I envision there must be people out there who are just like me in this regards: people who enjoy the experience of getting pampered via a facial/makeover (and not caring so much about the end result i.e. professional) but don’t have the funds to get these services regularly.  I’ve been thinking about this for quite some time now, and feel like there’s a need for affordable pamper services. After getting my mini facial at Origins and speaking with the esthetician there (who’s also the manager of Origin’s in Sacramento), I realized that I want to fill that need in the marketplace! The idea has always been there (check out my services page here), but I’m ready to move forward with growing the idea. This starts with getting my esthetician license. But in the meantime, if you or someone you know is in need of affordable and regular facials/makeovers, I’m your gal! I’ve performed basic facials on friends/family before, and I’ve also done makeovers on friends – as well as having worked in the beauty department of a local department store. I both love getting and giving these wellness services – ha!

    Phew, that was a lot (are you still with me?), but this is a topic that I’m super excited about. If you have ideas on my idea (seeing it come into fruition, people I need to talk to, etc etc) let me know in the comments or email me. I would so appreciate it!

    Lastly! I wore this dress to my facial and makeover appointment and I love how a breezy dress + nude sandals + casual bag makes you look instantly put-together! The dress is lovely and perfect for summer and fall, and I’m selling it over on my Poshmark closet for those interested. I love the dress, but my closet is so small that I need to say goodbye to it.

    Btw, are you a facials or makeover gal? Where do you go and how often? Let me know! Thanks you, guys! 🙂

  • How To Get Facials & Makeovers for Free (or affordably) | Wellness Business Update

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    Two things I love in life: getting facials and makeovers.

    I love it even more when it’s affordable or better yet – FREE! To me, it’s not so much about the end result of the facial or makeover. It’s 100% about the experience. The oh so wonderful, happy, relaxing, life-is-great-feeling, positive experience. For those brief moments in time, everything just feels so light, carefree, and plain amazing. On a bad day, I treat myself to a facial. On a good day, I might reward myself with a facial. Or just because! Bottom line: I love these wellness experiences and I’ve made them part of my lifestyle 😉

    I love facials and makeovers so much (dare I might say they are my passions), but they can get a bit pricey. Three thoughts I have on this predicament:

    • I sometimes get mine at the local beauty schools (Paul Mitchell, etc) as they are more affordable than getting it at a spa or beauty counter. The experience is as amazing as getting it from a spa – because for me, it’s the experience/process of getting pampered/relaxing vs the end result.
    • To get it for FREE, I’ll book a mini facial at Origins (but I always feel bad so I end up buying a product or two). To get a free makeover, I’ll book a custom makeover at Sephora’s (they require a $50 purchase, which is fine because I use it as an opportunity to stock up on essentials). Also, if you are really strapped for cash, you could always return the products at a later date 😉
    • I envision there must be people out there who are just like me in this regards: people who enjoy the experience of getting pampered via a facial/makeover (and not caring so much about the end result i.e. professional) but don’t have the funds to get these services regularly.  I’ve been thinking about this for quite some time now, and feel like there’s a need for affordable pamper services. After getting my mini facial at Origins and speaking with the esthetician there (who’s also the manager of Origin’s in Sacramento), I realized that I want to fill that need in the marketplace! The idea has always been there (check out my services page here), but I’m ready to move forward with growing the idea. This starts with getting my esthetician license. But in the meantime, if you or someone you know is in need of affordable and regular facials/makeovers, I’m your gal! I’ve performed basic facials on friends/family before, and I’ve also done makeovers on friends – as well as having worked in the beauty department of a local department store. I both love getting and giving these wellness services – ha!

    Phew, that was a lot (are you still with me?), but this is a topic that I’m super excited about. If you have ideas on my idea (seeing it come into fruition, people I need to talk to, etc etc) let me know in the comments or email me. I would so appreciate it!

    Lastly! I wore this dress to my facial and makeover appointment and I love how a breezy dress + nude sandals + casual bag makes you look instantly put-together! The dress is lovely and perfect for summer and fall, and I’m selling it over on my Poshmark closet for those interested. I love the dress, but my closet is so small that I need to say goodbye to it.

    Btw, are you a facials or makeover gal? Where do you go and how often? Let me know! Thanks you, guys! 🙂

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    I’ve been in a slump these past few weeks…

    Since getting laid off from (one of) my dream job in late June (I wrote more about how I got this dream job here), I’ve been in a transitional slump, you could say. Some days have been great, some have been not so great, and most have been just okay – which is NOT okay! I’m the type of person who generally LOVES each day and lives for the simple pleasures in everyday life.

    I also like a good routine. The routine of waking up, getting dressed (most of the time), and going to work. I’m not good without a routine, I’m learning – and that’s okay. I read in Bryn’s post here why she loves to dress up, and that actually inspired me! So the very next day, I woke up (a bit later than usual, but still okay), and actually picked out this outfit, and put myself together. It felt AMAZING, like I was joining the rest of the world again. My day felt better, I felt better, and I was so much more productive – which I enjoy a lot.

    SO: if you’ve been feeling down, in the dumps, sluggish, I would encourage you to dress up! As in, just put in a teensy bit of effort in picking out what to wear and how you want to present yourself (even if you only leave the house to go to the grocery store). Since I work remotely these days (more to come on that in future posts – I’m still getting the hang of managing my own time), I don’t really have to dress up, so usually I opt for put-together yet comfy ensembles, like this gray midi dress in this post (some gray options in the widget below). I also spruced up the basic dress with some dainty jewelry – my jewelry of choice.

    Next Tuesday, I’ll be introducing a new series to this blog. Something that is near and dear to me, and hopefully something that will be helpful and motivating to you dear readers. Until then, I hope your week is great! Email me if you ever want to chat, you’re feeling down, and need a pick-me-up! I’m here to help 🙂

  • Why Dressing Up is Good For You

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    I’ve been in a slump these past few weeks…

    Since getting laid off from (one of) my dream job in late June (I wrote more about how I got this dream job here), I’ve been in a transitional slump, you could say. Some days have been great, some have been not so great, and most have been just okay – which is NOT okay! I’m the type of person who generally LOVES each day and lives for the simple pleasures in everyday life.

    I also like a good routine. The routine of waking up, getting dressed (most of the time), and going to work. I’m not good without a routine, I’m learning – and that’s okay. I read in Bryn’s post here why she loves to dress up, and that actually inspired me! So the very next day, I woke up (a bit later than usual, but still okay), and actually picked out this outfit, and put myself together. It felt AMAZING, like I was joining the rest of the world again. My day felt better, I felt better, and I was so much more productive – which I enjoy a lot.

    SO: if you’ve been feeling down, in the dumps, sluggish, I would encourage you to dress up! As in, just put in a teensy bit of effort in picking out what to wear and how you want to present yourself (even if you only leave the house to go to the grocery store). Since I work remotely these days (more to come on that in future posts – I’m still getting the hang of managing my own time), I don’t really have to dress up, so usually I opt for put-together yet comfy ensembles, like this gray midi dress in this post (some gray options in the widget below). I also spruced up the basic dress with some dainty jewelry – my jewelry of choice.

    Next Tuesday, I’ll be introducing a new series to this blog. Something that is near and dear to me, and hopefully something that will be helpful and motivating to you dear readers. Until then, I hope your week is great! Email me if you ever want to chat, you’re feeling down, and need a pick-me-up! I’m here to help 🙂

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    If you’re the average gal, you probably don’t have the biggest closet.

    I don’t know about you, but even though I partially consider myself a life/style blogger, I don’t have the storage space/large closet that many fashion bloggers have. So instead, I have to get very selective and creative with my storage space. Every few months, I will go through items in my closet, and throw out/donate/sell on Poshmark items I no longer wear. It feels amazing to purge out things that are cluttering my space!

    It also makes it easier to put together and style outfits for everyday/events/occasions because I’m working with items I truly love AND that are pretty versatile. For instance, in today’s post, I’m wearing some basic and versatile pieces that truly elevate any look. There’s the quality white tank with pleated detailing (similar tanks in widget below), grey sleeveless cashmere vest (LOVE this item!), denim miniskirt (styled in this post as well), a good pair of pumps, and a leopard print clutch (the only leopard print item I own). And then finally, there’s this dainty choker necklace (I rarely wear jewelry so this is major for me).

    Other than purging items from my closet (and living space – more to come in future posts), I’ve been busy figuring out my life (ha!) My focus for the next few months (and the rest of the year) is to streamline/figure out my career goals, get an internship in PR/content creation, cultivate my relationships (why do I let this fall to the wayside!?), and R E L A X I N G! I’m about to turn 32 soon, and I want to savor this carefree and wonderful time in my life!

    What are some of your must-have closet items? AND delving a bit deeper – what’s your focus for the rest of the year? I’d love to know! Have a lovely week, guys! 🙂

  • Chic Basics To Add To Your Small Closet

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    If you’re the average gal, you probably don’t have the biggest closet.

    I don’t know about you, but even though I partially consider myself a life/style blogger, I don’t have the storage space/large closet that many fashion bloggers have. So instead, I have to get very selective and creative with my storage space. Every few months, I will go through items in my closet, and throw out/donate/sell on Poshmark items I no longer wear. It feels amazing to purge out things that are cluttering my space!

    It also makes it easier to put together and style outfits for everyday/events/occasions because I’m working with items I truly love AND that are pretty versatile. For instance, in today’s post, I’m wearing some basic and versatile pieces that truly elevate any look. There’s the quality white tank with pleated detailing (similar tanks in widget below), grey sleeveless cashmere vest (LOVE this item!), denim miniskirt (styled in this post as well), a good pair of pumps, and a leopard print clutch (the only leopard print item I own). And then finally, there’s this dainty choker necklace (I rarely wear jewelry so this is major for me).

    Other than purging items from my closet (and living space – more to come in future posts), I’ve been busy figuring out my life (ha!) My focus for the next few months (and the rest of the year) is to streamline/figure out my career goals, get an internship in PR/content creation, cultivate my relationships (why do I let this fall to the wayside!?), and R E L A X I N G! I’m about to turn 32 soon, and I want to savor this carefree and wonderful time in my life!

    What are some of your must-have closet items? AND delving a bit deeper – what’s your focus for the rest of the year? I’d love to know! Have a lovely week, guys! 🙂