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Tuesday, November 14, 2017


We mixed tourist + local today when I got my directions mixed up early this morning and we headed towards Playa Del Carmen unnecessarily. So, instead of turning around, we played tourist for a little while and then (how we forgot, I'll never know.) we realized that we were exactly where we vacationed during our honey moon five years earlier. We walked down the beach and headed straight for the Indigo Beach Restaurant that we went to five years earlier after we got done with a spearfishing trip to grab two beers to celebrate the catch of the day. At the time, they only had Modelo but we were on such a natural high from the experience that we totally didn't care. We ordered two, plugged our nose (really) and sucked them down to celebrate. So, five years later, we did the same thing. Same beer, same style except this time was a little different... this was a huge trip down memory lane for us and that definitely helped make the Modelo taste a little bit sweeter this time.

After the beer, we decided to walk down the strip where all of the touristy shops are but after not finding much, we decided to go grab some lunch and the first place we saw was Sushi Roll. It's located in the Playa Del Carmen Mall (complete tourist trap). It comes complete with Forever 21 and H&M so you know what it is. We did walkthroughs because I really wanted to see what kind of gear they were selling in Mexico - hoping for cute, summery dresses and a perfect pair of sandals but instead it was filled with cashmere sweaters, gloves and hats. Such a weird feeling. Devon was pumped because we got out of there pretty fast. Win-won because Im not buying a sweater in 80 degree heat, even if it is in the 50's back home.
After we had lunch, we found the cutest little shop that sold only chocolate and coffee. My kinda place so we totally had to stop in!
After our little chocolate break, we walked around, got lost, found the rental again and headed towards what this post is really about; Tulum Beach Rd. Ohmagah. Eyesight HEAVEN, wallet HELL. When you image a tiny little boho town, this is it. And it's less than a mile away from out hotel. HI, PERFECT LOCATION. Kore Resort, you're my favorite spot in Mexico from here on out. These are some of the pictures I took of the most amazing little shops and spots while we acted like locals.

I've been overloading y'all with pics but seriously, I can't help it. Tulum is STUNNING. Like we would buy a piece of property here, we love it so much. Such a magical, romantic place. I'm going to put together a Mexico Must-Do list because we've done so many great things so far and have so much planned ahead so if you;re planning a trip to Mexico, stay tuned for that!

xx, tbp

Sunday, November 12, 2017


Day One:
It’s been rainy & gloomy for the last two days but honestly, this is the ideal situation haha. We wanted to do a lot of sight-seeing this time and since we live on the coast back home, the beach really wasn’t at the top of our list for things to do but since we wanted to take it easy today, we figured that we'd check the beach out, just to say we did. Since our resort has a beach that comes and goes with the tide (it's SO small) we decided to head to the one that's about a mile from our resort on bikes that the hotel has for guests. 
After that, we visited the Mayan Ruins here in Tulum called the Ruinas Mayas Ruins. These are on a much smaller scale than some of the other ones that we’ll be headed to tomorrow but since these were literally 2-3 miles away from the beach, we got back on our bikes and made it there right before sunset.    Because of the rain and gloom, we didn’t get to see the sunset that everyone raves about but personally, we thought the ruins would overshadow the sunset any day- check them out!

xx, tbp

Friday, November 3, 2017


disclaimer: this is currently for early access ONLY. VIB Rouge members will get first access until Nov. 6th. Starting Nov. 7th, Insiders and VIB's will be able to shop the sale. If you're not a rouge member but still want to shop the Early Access, head to a Sephora Store with a Rouge member and they will grant 20% off of your purchase too!

Currently: 20% off for VIB Rouge members using code 20FORROUGE

It's the most wonderful time of the yeeeeeaaar! Seriously. Sephora's annual sale has started and I'm sharing everything you HAVE TO BUY. These are my staple items so when you can get a discount, want changes to need reeeeal quick.


Thursday, October 19, 2017


When I posted a picture on IG stories about two weeks ago, I got a ton of messages asking about my workouts, motivation and tips so I figured I'd post everything in a blog post because if there's one person asking questions, there are 100 others that aren't. That's my mindset and to be honest, I'm so pumped that people want my opinion on this lol Like y'all trust me enough for this info? Uhmm, totally flattered!

     I'm NOT a fitness expert... I think that goes without saying and I don't follow a fitness or diet plan... I've just used trial and error to bounce back to the best of my ability with a 6 month old and a 3 year old running around!
To be honest, I'm way happier with my success this time around. When I had Penelope, I didn't get back into the gym until a month before her first birthday so the fact that I've been dedicating 5-6 days a week since Merrick was 4 months old is HUGE. I gained 30lbs during my pregnancy and lost all of my muscle so to see the inches dropping and the muscle definition coming back is a big deal for me and I'm SUPER proud of my progress so thank you to everyone that sent kind words! Means a lot!

     Before I start my tips, would anyone be interested in being apart of a texting fitness group?? I know we're all at different places in our fitness journeys but I'd love to have a common place for us to meet to share goals, recipes, memes (cause I don't want to be anywhere that jokes aren't) workouts and most of all, motivation. If that's something you'd be interested in, or are already a part of group that does this and they're accepting newbs - let meh know!

So now that that's all outta the way - let's talk about the tips and tricks.

First thing that's ALWAYS first. THE MUSIC.
When I workout, I HAVE to have music. Devon is such a weirdo because he never works out with music and I find it so freakin' odd that he can pump out a workout without jams. (I love him to death but who does that?) So here are a few songs that I'm lovin':

1) East Coast Remix A$AP Ferg
2) Replay Rich Homie Quan
3) Hallelujah Pan!c at the disco
4) Seen It All Jeezy
5) HUMBLE Kendrick Lamar
6) Swang Rae Sremmurd
7) Wyclef Jean Young Thug
8) All There Jeezy
9) All On Me Devin Dawson
10) Breakdown Jack Johnson (great cool down song)

All of those songs are on my current playlist and they def help my workouts tick by faster. I love my Wireless SoloBeats but I'm thinking about getting the PowerBeats wireless earbuds since I'm looking for something lighter when I run but my bigger headphones are great for cardio on the stair stepper and when doing weights - highly recommend!

So after music, WORKOUT GEAR.
I'm a sucker for workout clothes. I mean, how can I not be when it's the only thing I wear during the week haha. My favorite leggings are from Lululemon and I was asked about them A LOT when I posted this picture a few weeks ago. You can find similar ones linked HERE.
These leggings are not only so cute with the mesh detail but they are COMFORTABLE. I constantly wear these for workouts and travel. Although the ones I just posted are similar, they don't have the zip pocket detail on the front. I'm pretty sure that's what people were after so I'll have to see what I can find and link them on instastories.

My current favorite are these Adidas NMD running shoes. It's great for quick cardio sessions and weights. I've noticed that it does have a small arch in the shoe, which is different than my Nikes. I have flat feet (ha) so the arch, for me, is pretty noticeable and for someone like my husband with enough arch for the both of us (LUMI), he says he really likes them.

This was a recurring question I got after I posted on IG stories... and to be honest, I don't take a lot of them. I take THESE b-12 vitamins daily and I had a TON of prenatal vitamins leftover so I still take those.
I don't take pre workout at all, but I do like drinking my post workout protein drink using 8oz SILK cashew and almond milk mixed with one scoop of THIS PROTEIN. You can get it online but I usually buy it at Vitamin Shoppe and sometimes I see it at Target.
And when I want a small snack, I blend half of a frozen banana, one scoop of the protein powder, a scoop (tbsp) of peanut butter and 8-10oz of the SILK Almond Cashew milk. Seriously the best.



Monday, October 16, 2017


I've been SO lucky to work with some amazing brands and to be able to try tons of products; Most products have been so great and the people behind the companies have been even better! Lately, I haven't really been in the mood for full-glam. Just simple makeup products that leave my face looking fresh and presentable while still being simple and not overdone. I received a few of these products and have fallen in love with them, so I wanted to do a quick blog post in order o share them with y'all.

The perfect product to buy if you're looking to lift, firm and hydrate your skin.

R+Co Thickening Spray:
Smells like heaven and works like a dream.
I use this to add texture to my hair after I wash it so my curls will hold and I have volume on the crown and top of my head.

YSL Black Opium c/o:
A warm and spicy scent that lasts all day long. Key notes are: Pink Pepper, Coffee, Orange Blossom and Vanilla. I like strong, mature scents and this definitely hits the spot. If this perfume sounds like something you'd love, I'd definitely recommend trying it in-store and spraying it on your inner arm to see how it pairs with your skins natural oils because it smells like HEAVEN when it pairs well! A very sultry, sexy scent.

Julep 5 in 1 Skin Perfector c/o:
This is an amazing undereye product that REALLY covers the dark circles I've grown to have over the years. I also like to use this to conceal the redness around my nose and blemishes. I love shade #130 in Ivory.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12hr Blush:
The winning perk of this blush? It literally lasts all day. I definitely tested its full potential on our disney trip when I was sweating like a pig, so yeah, def recommend it, guys.

I've linked the other two products, which I've talked about before, so I won't bore y'all again. The Bobbi Brown BB cream is one of the BEST BB creams I have ever tried and at this point, it's been a staple in my makeup collection for YEARS. I love mixing the medium and light shades together to create my perfect shade!
 The MAC Pro Longwear Brow set is hands-down my favorite product of all time. Check it out if you haven't, I KNOW you'll love it. I use the shade Brunette and it's perfect!



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