inspire: happy triggers.

I’m not really sure how it happened, but over the past 6 months or so I’ve gotten slightly obsessed with having fresh flowers in the apartment. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already noticed this…

I never used to be a “flowers girl.” They didn’t really do it for me. I thought, what’s the point of spending money on something that’s going to be dead in a few days anyway?

Such an optimist, I know.

After getting flowers here and there over the past year, though, I realized what a huge difference they made in the overall vibe of my shoebox-sized tiny NYC apartment. Even if only for a week or few days, I love how flowers bring a little bit of nature into my 5th floor walk-up. Life. Color. Happiness. They’re a little touch of joy that when I walk out of my room in the morning make me smile and feel a bit of extra excitement for the day ahead.

The point I’m trying to make isn’t about why you should have flowers in our house/apartment. It’s about making a point to intentionally place Happy Triggers throughout your day

I know, Happy Triggers is the cheesiest term ever. But it works ;)

I always knew the importance of the little/simple things in life, but lately – as I find myself rushing through the day from one thing to the next – I’m realizing how important it is to strategically place those things in my life, right where I can see them.

fresh flowers
frothing the milk for my morning coffee
lighting scented candles before I go to bed

We all have those little, seemingly insignificant things that actually make a bigger difference than we might realize…

What are yours?


faith: draw nigh.

I’ve shared a few times how one of my favorite daily devotionals is the Cheque Book of Faith by Charles Spurgeon. Sometimes it can be a little difficult to follow (I often find myself reading it out loud to help), but it’s always SO good. This one from last week really resonated with me, so I wanted to share it with you.


3 spring {CMA inspired} makeup looks with Mary Kay.

A few months ago I was able to try Mary Kay® makeup products for the first time, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved them. I had never used Mary Kay® makeup products before that, but since then they have been a go-to favorite of mine. So when I was offered to try some more of their new makeup products, I was definitely interested.

This time they also sent me some really fun makeup looks – complete with step-by-step tutorials and a list of exactly which products to use. As someone who isn’t great with experimenting with makeup, I loved having that guidance for fun new looks for spring!

Since Mary Kay® is the Official Beauty Sponsor of the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, the looks provided were created to celebrate the show (airing April 19th!). Celebrity makeup artist, Moani Lee, created these three stunning country music-inspired looks, and I had so much fun recreating my rendition of them.

Queen of Country Look “This country beauty is sexy, confident, and loves to rock a bold smoky eye.” ~Moani Lee

Products used: Jet Black Eyeliner  Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color in Sweet Plum Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color in Moonstone Mary Kay® Eye Crease Brush  Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color in Coal Mary Kay® Lash Primer  Mary Kay® Ultimate Mascara  Mary Kay® Mineral Cheek Color Mary Kay® NouriShine Lip Gloss

(Click here to view the full tutorial) This look is perfect when you want to look glam - perfect for a night out on the town with your girlfriends. I especially love the smoky eye, with the help of Mary Kay® Mineral Eye Color in Coal.

All-American Girl “This country cutie prefers pastels and a rosy glow to highlight all her best features.” ~Moani Lee

Products used: Cream Eye Color in Pale Blush  Precious Pink Mineral Eye Color Eyeliner in Deep Brown  Lash Love Lengthening Mascara in I ♥ Black  Strawberry Cream Mineral Cheek Color  NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Fancy Nancy 

(Click here for the full tutorial) This look is perfect for spring. It’s natural, feminine, and I love the light touches of pink.

Boho Beauty “A free spirit at heart, this Bohemian country beauty opts for a sun-kissed look.” ~Moani Lee

Products used: Cream Eye Color in Apricot Twist  Eyeliner in Deep Brown  Lash Love Mascara in I ♥ Black  Bronzing Powder in Light/Medium  True Dimensions Lipstick in Berry a la Mode  NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Silver Moon 

This is the look that I loved the most. The boho trend is one of my favorites as we go into spring and summer (even with my hair, fashion, etc.), so I was excited to experiment with the Mary Kay® products for this look.

I followed this tutorial for the Boho Beauty makeup, and it was surprisingly easy. I love the natural, sun-kissed look it gave me. It enhanced my natural features, which is something I really like to embrace in the warmer seasons. I especially loved the Bronzing Powder. It was the perfect shade of bronze to give me that sun kissed look – it wasn’t at all orange-y, and applied light and smooth on my skin.

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