This past month I’ve discovered some really amazing new artists that are showcased on this playlist. I love Lake Street Dive’s lyrics and indie jazz/soul sound and I was fortunate enough to see James Bay open for Hozier a couple of nights ago and I fell head over heels for his insane vocals. You’ll definitely be hearing more of them on future playlists.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am passionate about wellness. I love all things fitness and nutrition and have really seen the impact of this Hippocrates quote in my own life:
The truth is, what we put into our bodies matters so so much – it directly effects our outward appearance as well as the health of our organs, our energy levels, how many toxins are in our system, our body’s level of inflammation or lack thereof, etc. and there are so many conflicting ideas about what it means to be healthy. I think one thing we can all agree on is that everyone can benefit from more raw fruits and vegetables in their diets – always organic if possible. (You’ve seen my love of juicing to get tons of those raw nutrients here, here, and here!)

Ideally, we would all get all of the daily recommended nutrients from food sources, but that’s not always easy or realistic. That’s why I am so elated by Garden of Life’s brand new Kind Organics Multivitamins. These vitamins are made from a rich concentration of real organic foods! The tablets are comprised of over 30 fruits, vegetables and herbs – making them rich in powerful plant-derived phytochemicals and cofactors such as antioxidants, carotenoids, flavanols, isoflavones, catechins, anthocyanins, polyphenols, vitamins and trace minerals. Another thing I love about Kind Organics Multivitamins is that there are no synthetic binders or fillers and they are vegan, gluten free, and non GMO. Garden of Life has a high standard of not using any weird suspicious ingredients in their products and that’s why I use so many of them! (Check out more of my favorite products here, here, here, here, and here!)

I am currently taking the Kind Organics Women’s Multivitamin, but they make several formulas including prenatal, mens, women 40+, etc. If you’re looking for a way to make sure you’re getting the recommended amount of nutrients, increase energy, increase immune support, and have beautiful hair, skin, and nails, check these out – I’m in love!

I’m so excited about today’s post because since I started this blog, I’ve been dreaming of doing mini makeovers! Fashion and style might sound superficial on the surface, but the truth is that the way we look has a lot to do with our success. Perception is reality and if we are perceived by others/our superiors as put together and successful often times it will help us actually achieve those things. In addition, who doesn’t get a boost of confidence from feeling good about how they look? I think we should all strive to the best versions of ourselves mentally, spiritually, and physically.

 Enter my first victim/really good sport

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMeet Tim. He’s currently working on his PhD at Vanderbilt in Biomedical Engineering and has been in student mode for years. This fall he is doing a fellowship that will require him to be a little more polished in his appearance. He also had a friend’s wedding coming up and solicited my advice as to what he should wear. (Or maybe I solicited myself… I was really ready to do a makeover post…)

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 Yes, we really picked out all of the items in this post in about an hour, and I’ll agree with him, I worked some wonders… mwhaha Kidding. Just subtle enhancements. ;)
IMG_0170_2As it turns out, he already owned a suit… but… you could say that it doesn’t exactly fit him properly.

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I may or may not have instructed him to make a sad face in this photo… but he SHOULD be making a sad face. That suit would fit him properly if he gained 85 pounds. What a waste of a tall, fit body! Show it off boys, there is nothing more attractive than a man in a tailored suit. James Bond, ever heard of it?!

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Processed with MoldivWe decided that a suit probably wasn’t necessary for the particular wedding he was attending. We settled on this tailored look from Banana Republic that infused a little bit of fun color. I love that so many of Banana Republic’s men’s pieces are non-wrinkle and non dry-clean. (These shots turned out so presidential… perhaps he should quit science and run for office… or sell real estate… lol)
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-A good pair of boots and matching belt can be worn with both dressy and casual looks.
-Accessorizing with a fun pair of socks and cool shades adds a little extra swagger.
-You don’t have to spend a lot of money on designer jeans – classic Levis are affordable and look just as good!
-Another accessory that would enhance all of these looks is a nice watch!

Roll your sleeves up and make your look a little more relaxed and casual.

Roll your sleeves up and make your look a little more relaxed and casual. You could also add a tie and/or a pocket square to dress this look up a little more.

Since we were on such a roll, we decided to get some classic casual pieces as well. We paired them with the same shoes and belt. #easy #versatile Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

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Shop these looks here!:

All photos by Kara McLeland shot at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Thanks to Tim for participating in shopping, a photo shoot, and Kara and I bossing him around about the length of his beard for the photo shoot, poses, etc. What do you guys think of my first makeover piece? Should I keep doing them? Do you know anyone who needs one? I want to hear from you!

I was lucky enough to meet skincare expert and esthetician Niki Johnson when I was Miss Tennessee USA. She swooped in and put me on an incredible skin care regimen that had my skin looking it’s best at Miss USA, and even went as far as to ship me special products while I was in Vegas competing. I still go to her on an almost monthly basis – and she still goes above and beyond the call of duty every time I see her – giving me tips, changing up my skin care based on the season, and being honest about which products are worth spending money on and where I can save a few dollars. She is truly the best (and as a beauty junkie, I’ve had a lot of facials, mircroderms, treatments in my day!)

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Last time I went to see her I was complaining about how much my skin can suffer when I’m traveling and she gave me few amazing tips that were totally new information to me. I have been begging her to be a contributor to Wanderlust and Glitter Dust since I met her and we thought this subject would be perfect for her first post on the blog! And now, a note from Niki on how to keep your skin looking beautiful even when traveling:

In the midst of travel for our jobs, vacation, and the all too rare visits with our friends and family, we can find our skin suffering at the expense of travel. I have a few easy tips for you on how to keep your skin looking its best no matter how much globe trotting you’re doing this year.

All tips require household items that will easily pack in your suitcase, except for one  – a cucumber. There are not always grocery stores with close proximity to hotels, but if you look around you might be surprised. We will come back to the cucumber later.

One of the easiest and most important tips is: no matter what you do, where you go, who you’re with, or what other interstellar force that is involved: do not sleep in your make up. At the end of a night of business dinners or fun, it’s time to wash your face. It’s imperative that you have your cleanser in your bag of tricks. Don’t trust the hotel soaps, I wouldn’t even put those in my guest bathroom. You don’t need to spend a lot on cleanser, Cetaphil or the “Say Yes To” line from Target are inexpensive and gentle.

This is a skincare DON’T, she’s cute THO.

Now is the time for the cucumber to do it’s magic. Slice the cucumber into round slices and keep them in a zip-lock bag. While you are reading or catching up on tv before bed, eat every bit of that cucumber except for two large round slices and put them back in the bag and in the mini fridge. The cucumber is hydrating and also contains zinc which is great for your skin.

As you are lying down to sleep, make sure it’s on your own pillowcase washed in ALL Free and Clear. Also be sure to pack 2 gallon zip-lock bags in your suitcase with your own wash cloths. Do not use hotel wash cloths on your face. One bag for the unused cloth and the other for ones you might want to keep that are not totally dry.

When your alarm goes off the next morning, hit the snooze button and grab your two cucumber slices. Put them on your eyes and enjoy another 5 to 10 minutes of rest. When you can finally move, go down the hall and get some ice. Post shower, take two cubes of the ice and rub your face, nose, eyes, and forehead until the cubes are melted. Repeat two or three times.

The cucumber you ate last night helps to hydrate tissue and the two round slices on the eyes during snooze time help with eye puffiness. The ice constricts blood vessels and helps get rid of  swelling or inflammation after you may have had some wine or cocktails. (This is also great to do a on a blemish!) The “ice facial” also helps tighten pores and smooth skin. Hopefully you all experience events with better wine than I have, but that’s for another time!

She makes that look like it feels REALLY good. #awkward

Follow with your normal moisturizer and sunscreen like you always do (come see me for my custom recommendations on what your skin needs!) and your skin will feel refreshed and beautiful even when you’re on the road! Safe Travels, Niki

Niki is offering Wanderlust and Glitter Dust readers 25% off facials and 10% off products with the mention of this blog! Contact her here and be sure to follow Niki on Twitter for more tips as well as deals and specials!

 

It feels like Nashville has morphed into fall overnight and I am loving every second of it! I have been reading all of the famous September fashion issues and I definitely have some favorite trends that I think will be big for fall 2014. (At least in my closet!)

Leopard: Does it make me slightly Fran Drescher that to me leopard is always a do? It definitely is everywhere for this fall!

Aubergine: I love this deep red/pink/purple hue in anything from a shoe to a lipstick!

Midi Skirts: The midi length can go super lady-like or super sexy. Obsessed with every fit I’ve seen.

Grey: Always one of my go-to fall/winter hues.

Over-the-knee boots: I think fall 2014 is going to see a ton of these super sexy tall boots!

Unconventional Statement Jewelry: I love a statement piece, but am really obsessing over the more unconventional jewels that are popping up everywhere like ear cuffs and this Kendra Scott Double Ring in platinum druzy!

Pointed Toe Heels: I thought I was so over these after the last bout of them several years back, but HONAYYY they are back and I’m in love with the new sexy silhouette of this fall’s pointed toe pumps.

Neon: I don’t think this trend is going anywhere – it might be an all of 2014 thing for me! You might remember seeing me wear this pair Kendra Scott Sky neon yellow earrings here, well lucky for you Kendra Scott is offering my readers 20% off these earrings (as well as the Skylar style) with the code WANDERLUST from now until September 26th, so get them now!

What trends are you most excited to wear this fall?