Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Baby I'm Back!

Photography: Red Fern Photo
Top: Lush / Blazer: J.Crew / Jeans: AG / Shoes: Steve Madden (old similar here) / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Bella


Ever since I got back from Utah it has been a whirl wind in the Edmunds household. My house is a complete mess, my office floor is covered with Senegence packing materials, dishes every wear, laundry that needs to be put away....

You catch my drift?

I've never been the one to actively clean because I am so busy working or going to the gym that my house to do list never gets touched. The one thing that has occupied my time the most lately is planning my first big project here in Dallas. AHHH I'm so excited you guys! A couple weeks ago on of my Arizona friends Ryann from Ryann Lindsey photography text me if I wanted to do a shoot somewhere in Texas. She literally text me at the moment when I was starting to put together a mood board for a shoot that I wanted to make happen. I told her about the concept, and she jumped right on board. Once Ryann was on board I started to go 110% in my shoot planning by getting all my vendors together, and still have a few details to work out.

You guys... this is going to be amazing!!!! Baby I'm back!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Valuing the Time Together

Photography: Red Fern Photography
Top: J.Crew / Sweater: Chelsea 28 (anniversary sale similar here) / Jeans: AG / Shoes: 1.State / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Necklace: Alixandra Collections c/o / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Caramel Apple
I can't even begin to tell you how amazing Sunday was!!! Why?!

Did I go on some type of adventure?

New restaurant?

Vacation??

Nope none of that! Sunday was amazing because I got to spend the whole day with my little family of three. Todd, Django, and I! Sunday morning I had a Pure Barre team photoshoot, and then when I got home I was surprised to see Todd home so early since he normally comes home in the afternoon after a 36 hour shift. Once I got Django settled down from his initial "I walk in the door" excitement, Todd then asked me if I wanted to go to church. Religion is both important to both Todd and I, but I will admit that we haven't attended a single day of church since we have been in Dallas. 

Why? Todd's schedule is so crazy that he's only had two weekends off since we have been here, and on the Sundays when he comes home from a 36 hour shift he needs to sleep. 

Why haven't I gone by myself? I probably will make friends if I attend church by myself I would rather be home when Todd comes home from work just so I can see him. Now I am NOT the girl who needs to be with her husband 24/7! I am actually quite the opposite. I am very independent, work my day around my own schedule, and find joy in doing projects for my businesses outside of being home. Since our life changed 3 months ago I value, and crave time together as much as we can fit in. 

When Todd asked me to attend church yesterday allowed me to just spill my heart out to him. I told him that we both value going to church, but I value our time together more at this point of our lives. Part of being an ambitious couple has become putting our relationship on the back burner in order for us to succeed in our careers. Back in January we were a dark place in our marriage, and we both hit an all time low. Ever since then we decided to go to counseling, and work through our issues in our marriage. One thing that I realized is that we need to spend quality time together playing, and reconnecting with one another. 

Yes we can spend time together going to church, but that's not what our relationship needs. That's not what I need now. I need more. I need to be able to spend hours with my husband playing outside, making memories, laughing, exploring, and get back to dating again. We have such limited time together that we need to spend it doing things that will strengthen our connection with one another, and not cave into our religious responsibilities. If we were in a different place in our lives where his crazy doctor schedule didn't prevent us from hanging out I wouldn't being saying this, but this is life now. 

After about 30 minutes of me crying about my feelings we both decided that Sunday was going to be spent hanging out as a family. All day was filled with going to parks, lakes, and then going to see a movie. Yesterday was perfect, and just the thing I needed to take on the week. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Workout Wednesday: Fit For Barre


Top: Fit For Barre c/o / Leggings: Fit For Barre c/o / Backpack: VICI / Glasses: BP / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Rose Gloss
Feels like eternity since I've done a "Workout Wednesday" brand feature, and it feels so good to be sharing this with you today! I've said this countless times, but the day when "athleisure" became acceptable day wear was the day I screamed "Hallelujah!" Seriously.... leggings are life!

If you follow me on my Instagram stories then you would of seen that my M-F wardrobe is activewear. As a Pure Barre teacher I'm rushing between 3 studios everyday, and who has the time to change from activewear - to real clothes - to activewear?!!! Not this girl!

Since tanks and leggings are my daily essentials for teaching I gravitate towards pieces that are stylish and modern to look somewhat put together. I love adding new brands to my daily wear, and I was so excited when I discovered Fit For Barre. The best part about this brand is that it was designed by/for those who take barre. 

 When I finally got my package in from Fit For Barre I was in love with the motto leggings, top, and barre socks they sent me. As of now I am OBSESSED with motto leggings because these can easily be worn on the street with a pair of boots for the fall and winter. You all know I love me some color, and I'm starting to add more fall colored pieces to my closet. I love adding pops of green, maroons, and reds whenever the leaves start to change. When I got this grey/sage tank in I knew it would be a perfect piece for fall. Besides the color the style of this tank is so fun, and different from the typical muscle tee style thats in now. 

What's your go to barre style?

This post was sponsored by Fit For Barre. All opinion are my own. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Vacation Mode Off


Photography: Red Fern Photography
Dress: Vici / Necklace: Alixandra Colletions c/o / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Ring: Baublebar c/o / Boots: Vince Camuto / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Bella
For all of those who have been so patient with me I can't even tell you how much I appreciate it, and that you continue to check my blog even though I have been somewhat absent lately. Let me just say vacation mode is off, and this blogger is back!! Happy dance time!

Life update time. Since Todd and I moved to Dallas 3 months ago I have been beyond home sick, and needed to come home to Utah. My cup has felt empty lately, and Utah was just the thing to fill it right back up. Last Thursday I woke up at the crack of dawn (what else is new ;) ) to get on my flight to go back home to Utah via Uber. I would have had Todd drive me, but the boy was on a 36 hour shift at the hospital. 

I was lucky enough that my dad was able to come pick me up from the airport, and that he was taking two days off work to hang out with me. We drove back to his place where we hung out for a few hours until it was time for me to go get my hair done, and trust me it needed to get done!!! I LOVE getting my hair done because a) Bria my hairstylist is one of my besties, and gives us so much time to hang b) I love a fresh color ! 

Friday was spent hanging with another bestie, and her twins. Back in April I made a trip to Utah to document her birth story, and this was the first time I've seen the twins since they have been born. Seeing their cute faces made my heart burst, and I couldn't stop cuddling those sweet babes!

Saturday was filled with hanging with family, and celebrating one of my sisters bdays early. 

My trip back home is exactly what I needed to remind myself that I have an awesome support system back home, and that I can always come back when I need my cup filled up :)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Blind

Photography: Jamee Edwards
Dress: Missguided / Shoes: Kate Spade (old similar here) / Bag: Gigi New York c/o / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Strawberry Shortcake
I hope you all had a wonderful labor day weekend. I wish I could say that mine was all-that-and-a-bag-of-chips, but the weekend was kind of a flop in the Edmunds home. Friday night I scratched my eye with my contacts leaving me with a blood shot red eye that was super sensitive to light. Saturday was spent laying in bed trying to let the eye heal, and then we decided to meet up with some dental school friends that came down from Oklahoma. Since they were in Dallas for a limited amount of time I decided to brave the day light blind, and let Todd be my seeing eye dog. We met up at the Boho farmers market where I rocked my new shades, and about three peach lemonades. I am so glad that I pulled myself out of bed to see some familiar faces in Dallas. 

What did you do for Labor Day weekend?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Strawberry Shortcake

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

3 Week Review of Rodan + Fields Unblemish

Let me just say that this post isn't sponsored at all by RF or my distributor, and didn't receive this product for free or a discount 
You guys have heard me talk about how I have adult acne, and over the years I've learned what products have worked for me and my face to control it. When I moved to Dallas two months ago everything I thought I knew about my face flew right out the door, and my face flared up like I have never seen it before.

Now when I say I have adult acne I would usually get little zits here and there in the places I would sweat a lot such as around my hairline on my forehead / eyebrows. When I moved to Dallas I was getting acne in places that I HAVE NEVER HAD ACNE AT. The biggest place where I was getting cystic acne was around my jaw, neck, and cheek area. Literally you guys, cystic acne! Every day for a month my face would throb, and I was so embarrassed to go teach since I my teaching pony tail wouldn't hide my face.

I remember crying to Todd saying that I don't know what to do about my face, and all my old remedies weren't working! The Dallas humidity was destroying my face, and I felt completely hopeless that my face wouldn't get better. Todd recommended that I set up a dermatologist appointment, but I knew that trying to get an appointment ASAP would be a "no go" since it typically takes a month or two to get into a derm appointment. I was also questionable about what a dermatologist could do for me since I never had much success with what has been prescribed to me. The only thing that worked for me completely was when I got on Acutane 7.5 years ago, but it was months of hell that I wasn't ready to go back to.


When trying to figure out how to get my face back to normal I was starting to research about Roden + Fields. I know people who sell this, and is always advertised on my Facebook feed. When looking into RF more I primarily saw results on their anti aging systems, and not a ton about the acne systems. Feeling desperate for any sort of resolution I decided to talk to Todd, and ask him if I could purchase the system. With putting all of our Senegence earrings into moving, money was feeling a little tight, and naturally Todd asked me how much it was going to cost.  I told him that the cost of the system was going to cost $180, and from there he told me to wait until the start of the new month so that we can pay for it with our Senegence commission. Now for Todd to agree to such an expensive purchase was completely unlike him, and he knew that finding a solution to my acne was something that meant a lot to me.

When our Senegence commission came in a few weeks later I contacted one of my good friends Stephanie Blodgett who is a RF distributor, and the owner of Pure Barre Draper to tell her that I was ready to purchase. Over the weeks prior to my purchase I was messaging Steph back and fourth about how the acne Unblemish system worked, and I was blown away about her knowledge of the product. She warned me that a side affect of the system could be that I would break out more, and that it's a sign of the system working by purging your skin of dirt in the pores. She assured me that this system would help my face, and I was so excited to get my system in. After she put in my order (thank you Senegence money!) for the Unblemish system my package arrived the next day! We both didn't expect it to come so fast, but the RF shipment came from Dallas so it didn't have a far distance to travel. When I got my package in I did a little happy dance as I opened my box. When opening my package I saw that the Unblemish system comes with a cleanser, toner, acne treatment, and a oil control lotion.


Back story is now over so lets get to my review. Now I would of taken a better before picture, but I was so embarrassed by my acne that I never intended sharing or even creating a blog post out of it. Even though I am so embarrassed about my skin prior to RF I decided I wanted to share it with you guys in hopes that I can help someone who is looking for a solution just like I did.

The image on the left is what I first sent to Steph, and the image on the right is what I took a picture of today. In the picture on the left my face was in so much pain!!! You can't really tell, but each one of those red spots in the left image was a throbbing zit that felt deeply rooted into my skin. Can you see why I was so excited to try RF??


When I first got my package in I started the system the next day. Inside of your system you are given a schedule on how to use the products, and some information about the system. They get you on a schedule so that your face can slowly adapt to the RF products , which is something I've never seen before. On the FIRST day of the system I felt my face already being affected by RF. On the THIRD day I felt my face feeling dry, and the skin on my neck felt flakey. I already noticed that my zits were starting to dry out, and the skin them were flaking off. I couldn't believe that after day THREE of the system I was already seeing results when clinically it could take up to 4 weeks to see any results. 

When I was feeling a little dry the first few days I contacted Steph, and she told me that on the days that I don't use RF to try using a mild cleanser. To add more moisture balance to my skin I started implementing my Senegence Climate Control to add in moisture, and some anti aging component to my new skin care regimen. By the time day 5 hit my skin no longer felt dry. I can't even tell you how thrilled I am with how my skin has improved in such a little amount of time!! I am almost done with week three of my regimen, and my zits have decreased 10 fold. Last week I felt so confident without makeup that I did a makeup tutorial on my Pucker and Pout Senegence group page without a stich of makeup on. Never in my life would I have done that with my adult acne, but RF really does work!!!

My skin isn't flawless from RF, but it has helped it SIGNIFICANTLY in the little amount of time I have used it!! I was first skeptical because of the price, but they offer a money back guarantee. This was by far one of my best purchases this year, and will continue to use RF. If you are wanting to try this product with a consultant that knows who stuff reach out to Stephanie Blodgett. I feel so grateful that she was able to help me find something that worked for me, and making me feel more confident in my own skin. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Feeling Nerdy

Photography: Girl on Glasgow 
Dress: VICI / Sweater: Chelsea 28 / Necklace: Brielle Designs c/o / Bag: VICI / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell / Lips: Pucker & Pout - Praline Rose
Something beyond excited happened this weekend!!!

Todd had the weekend off!!! All I can say is FINALLY! This is the first weekend that Todd has had completely off, and I was ready to take full advantage of it. For those of you who know Todd and I as a couple know that we are HUGE Game of Thrones nerds. When we first drove to Dallas during the move we saw a Medevil Times on our way to our new apartment, and we both agreed right there and then that Medevil times was going to be the place that we celebrated the season finale. Could you think of a better way to end the season finale? ;)

Saturday morning I worked a Lipsense Pure Barre pop up shop at one of the studios I work at followed by an hour of teaching. Once I got done at the barre I drove straight home to get ready for the evening because this was going to be our first night out. I sit back and laugh that we have been here for two months, and our first night out is going to filled with jousting and dinner. #gobigorgohome. We had such a fun time nerding it up, and our time together out of our house was something that we desperately needed. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Saje


Yesterday afternoon I got the sweetest surprise from my friend Samantha at Saje photography, and they were theses images for a project we did last year!!! This shoot was the first time I met Samantha and Natalie, and little did I know that I would fall in love with the both of them. I still fell so fortunate and lucky that I was so plugged into the creative community in Arizona, and will always the amazing friendships I built from it. 

Photography: Saje Photography
Dress: Luv Bridal
 

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