There’s something to be said about cute clothing/accessories that are made of high quality clothing AND are affordable! I’m so excited that the Nordstrom winter saleis here, because I can shop some of my favorite brands like Free Peopleat a fraction of the price (40% off), but the same pieces I love! Most of these items can be worn year round (here in CA) which makes it worth purchasing 🙂
Happy shopping! I’d love to hear what you purchased and what you love!
As promised on myfirst blog post of 2017, I vowed to be more open and vulnerable, so today I’m sharing my very personal story of why and how I maintain a summer tan year round!
Right after my 26th birthday I received a phone call after a routine doctor checkup. The type of phone call no one wants to hear in their entire lifetime: your test results came back malignant melanoma. NO… ME?! I’M ONLY 26 YEARS OLD. A million and one thoughts ran through my mind, but the worst of them being, that I can’t believe I was just diagnosed with the deadliest form of skin cancer possible at such a young age…
Fast forward about 2 years, one successful surgery, and a large 6 inch scar later, here I am today, alive and happy. I now frequent the dermatologist every 3 months and stay out of the sun as much as possible. But because I live in sunny Santa Barbara this has meant I’ve had to say goodbye to my endless beach days, and hello to fair skin and LOTS of sunscreen every single day! Don’t get me wrong, I totally respect those wanting to keep their pretty pale skin, but I’ve personally always felt I looked more toned and more alive with a tan, so today I’m sharing how I achieve and maintain a glowing summer tan the natural and sun-less way…
Spray a golf ball size of this productonto your tanning mitt. Starting with one body part at a time (lower legs, upper legs, feet/knees, arms, chest, etc), rub the product into the skin in a circular motion.
Continue to apply on desired areas.
Now do not shower for about 3 hours as the tanner needs to soak in. (I usually apply the tanner the night before, so I can wake up and shower and apply lotion over my entire body.) Continue to moisturize in order to lock in the tan for at least 5-7 days.
For some added natural glow to your face, I use this product before applying my makeup and love it.
HERE ARE MY BEFORE TANNING AND AFTER TANNING RESULTS…
If becoming vulnerable and sharing my personal experience can affect at least one person to make a conscious effort to protect and respect their skin, I would be so happy! Please spread the love by informing others of the importance of sunscreen and being mindful of the powerful sun. The Melanoma Research Foundation is near and dear to my heart, so if you feel so inclined to donate, please do so here! 🙂
Happy Valentine’s Day everybody!! Although my Valentine is 475 miles away (anyone else in a long distance relationship!?), he still knows how to show me his love. I woke up to a bouquet of Valentine’s Day balloons outside my bedroom door..it’s the thoughtful and little things that count for me 🙂 I also enjoyed a Valentine’s Day dinner with my mom last night which was so sweet!
So whether you’re single or taken, it’s still possible to have a very happy February 14th! I’m sharing some of the ways I thought of to show some self-love or spread your love to others, because after all, Valentine’s Day is all about l-o-v-e.
Have a GALentine’s Day with your best gal pals by staying in, ordering pizza and enjoying some wine OR go to a fun dinner and happy hour together!
Treat yourself to a warm bubble bath and indulge in some ice cream afterwards!
Cook dinner at home with your significant other and light some candles to set the mood! Cozy up on the couch with a movie neither of you have seen.
Pay it forward and pay for the persons Starbuck’s in line behind you. That’ll make their day and in turn, make you feel good!
Have a fun date night by going bowling or treat you and your love to a relaxing couples massage.
Go for a beach walk or a walk through the park, either solo, or with your significant other! It will feel good to get outside and feel the fresh air on your face.
I’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day by going to a Mexican restaurant with my Valentine this weekend when we are together! Whatever you decide to do today on February 14th, I hope you show yourself some love as well as spread the love to others around you! 😉
PS- If you’re looking for an amazing Valentine gift, or to treat yourself, I have partnered with Winc Winesto give you 4 bottles of wine for ONLY $30 (red and/or white)!!! You can get personalized wine boxes shipped to you monthly, but just going HERE and entering code TOREYSTREASURES at checkout!
In all seriousness… how many of you are actually planning on going out to an expensive three course dinner wearing a fancy outfit for upcoming February 14th?! My boyfriend and I have a tradition of going out to a Mexican restaurant for dinner (which I love), so I’m planning on keeping it real casual here in Santa Barbara. In reality, I’m always pretty casual.
If you haven’t noticed yet from following me here or on Instagram, I like to keep things pretty comfortable and casual yet still cute by often wearing my favorite distressed denim and sneakers as often as possible. I will admit that I love the little pop of color this tee and sweatshirt provided to get me into the spirit of L-O-V-E for Valentine’s Day! 😉
What are your Valentine’s Day plans?!
PS: Don’t forget to enter my $1,000 Nordstrom gift card Giveaway right here:
I shared some of my Valentine’s Day gifts under $50 for her last week here, and also shared a Valentine’s Day outfit that you can easily transition from day to night here. However, you obviously can’t forget about the guys! So today I’m sharing my under $50 Valentine’s Day gift guide for the men in your life.
My boyfriend’s birthday is a few days before Valentine’s Day, so I’ve been scoping out some affordable men’s gifts for awhile now. Of course, the majority of these items my boyfriend either already has and absolutely loves, or he’s hinted at and I know he’ll love them 😉
Although my boyfriend and I usually love to share “experiences” together rather than give gifts, I gave him a similar backpack before some of our travels last year and he loves it! You definitely can’t go wrong giving your man this or this for their daily comfort. Who doesn’t love to be cozy at home?!
As always, if you have any other suggestions, I’d love to hear them! ALSO, don’t forget to enter the $1,000 Nordstrom gift card giveaway here!