I’m swimming in photos from NYC, burning my new Christmas candles, watching Friends with my mama, and it’s gonna snow some tomorrow. Feeling cuddled up in this holiday season. 🕯❄️🖤 (I said holiday so no comments about me jumping over Thanksgiving for Christmas — even though I feel like Thanksgiving is just beta testing for Christmas hahah ☃️)
Other people aren’t your competition. It’s your ego. Your procrastination. Unhealthy habits. Your neglected talents. Negative behavior you return to. Your settling. Compete against those things + watch yourself completely own everything you set out to do 💪🏼✨ 📷 @taylorbertran 💕
After being in NYC for the weekend, we all started day dreaming about where in the world we would want to live and have homes if money wasn’t a reality. HANDS DOWN, I would want a pretty flat in London. 🌿🎡💕 . Where would you live in your wildest dreams? ✨
Central Park is bursting with color right now (not mad she copied my hair color) + now I’m in full holiday mode ✨❤️ 📷 @victoriarosecooke best roomie ever
Woke up in Brooklyn. ☕️✨🌿 I love living so close to New York and coming here so frequently to see friends + explore the city’s different neighborhoods.
Spent the day in Soho 🍂
Can you relate?! At the end of the day, taking off my make up is the last thing I want to do. (Straight to Netflix before bed, please! 🙋♀️) But my skin has transformed the last 6 months as I’ve focused on my skin care routine, and I’ve found some miracle products. Like my @horaskincare Super Serum which helps with acne, scarring, and anti-aging — it’s the one stop product! . Releasing a video of my skin care routine tomorrow (how-to and all the products I use!) so subscribe to my YouTube channel in my bio link. Or you’ll miss it! ✨📽💕
Just waiting on the Queen for our afternoon tea. One day she WILL realize we could be BFFs. . I just gave my blog a facelift + you can go check it out now in my bio link! There’s even a story on there from my England trip — when I saw Prince Harry and Meghan Markle! (Yes, there are photos 📷😉) Go hit up that link! . Question: should my next travel blog be from Egypt or England? Let me know in the comments!
JUST DO THE NEXT GOOD THING. . Anxiety can be such a thief. It’s nonsensical, randomly interrupting even the most blessed seasons out of the blue. Somedays, I get discouraged when I feel like I will spend my life trying to fend anxiety off from smothering the most Elisabeth parts of me: my boldness, passion, hopefulness, expression, and use of my voice. . Yesterday was a hard day. I didn’t do things that I LOVE doing because of anxiety. But when I looked within, I heard a small, warm, steady voice saying, “just do the next good thing.” . Simply, gently DO. Just take one step forward. Don’t think about how it can go wrong, how it will be received, how to multitask as much as possible, or how you might not be good enough. Just do the next good thing. Maybe it’s something for work, a hobby, feeding yourself, doing the dishes, taking your dog out, or completing an assignment — whatever it is in the present moment. Breathe. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Even when the world feels too full of bad things. Just do the next good thing. And we’ll press onward together ✨
It’s Saturday night, and while I wish I was in London town going for a stroll in Regent Park after dinner to go see a show at the open air theater, I’m super grateful for a Saturday night in cleaning and watching Grey’s with my roomie after a failed photoshoot with @victoriarosecooke and @yas.carter 😂 There’s always tomorrow’s golden hour for the photoshoot, and there’re always future trips planned to London 🇬🇧💕
Vocalizing what you’re grateful for has the power to enliven even the worst circumstances and can energize + give vision to the most mundane moments. So, here are a few things filling me with gratitude today: - I’m planning a NYC trip for next weekend with a bunch of friends 🌆 - I’m doing a fun, totally fall photo shoot tomorrow 🍂 - I’m having a blast decorating our D.C. apartment (see my cool @mapiful map in my stories!) ✨ What are you grateful for right now?
Planning a Paris trip for Spring 2019 + have been using the @duolingo app to learn French so that I can feel like a local and parle français. ✨✈️🥖🇫🇷💕
Happy Halloween 🎃 Pulling out my favorite Halloween costume to date because it’s literally a *classic* — maybe I’ll do Audrey Hepburn characters forever. Anyone else like old movies too? 📽✨ Also, I am wearing shorts, k thnx bye 💕
I’m not a beauty blogger. 💅🏼 I’m pretty sure I make all the make up/skin care mistakes. BUT every once and a while I have a trick too good not to share. I believe in spreading the knowledge around, not keeping it to get ahead — in any area of life! ✨ . That’s why I made a tutorial on how to TINT your own EYEBROWS at home with BEARD DYE. I kid you not. It’s a thing + it works. Bye, salon appointments and expensive microblading. Wake up flawless with my quick, inexpensive trick! Bio link! 💕
Got my little puppy by my side as I sip coffee, work from home, and pleasantly looking forward to a clean-slate week ahead. Anything could happen! . I’m looking forward to new blog posts releasing for you this week, getting my midterm grades back (🤞🏼), and a press party here in D.C. . What are you looking forward to this week? ☕️✨🍂
After being off the grid for 2 weeks and in the hospital, I feel like I have a clean slate in front of me. It’s been difficult to just jump back into things because things feel very different now. 1.) I feel a lot more present in the moment. 2.) The sacred things feel more sacred. 3.) The things that built up stress or confusion feel really small and insignificant now. . I’m trying really hard to protect this feeling. Am I making any sense? Anyone have any tips or affirmations for staying present/anxiety-free? Life is too lovely to feel any other way. ✨ . PS - my cozy chic jumpsuit is from @shop_trove’s newest collection, made by women overcoming in Cambodia. Tote is by @tradesofhope 💕
2 weeks ago today, I was going to post this photo with a cliche caption about a lovely DC weekend. Instead, I woke up that day with chills, my body uncontrollably shaking, and pain in my back. @victoriarosecooke was amazing and drove me all across the city for days trying to figure out what was wrong with me. Even after a diagnosis, my progress needed to be monitored, and I ended up staying in the hospital for a week. (Thankfully my mom came + made it all better. 💕) . I’m home now with a picc line in my arm until November for medicine infusion 💉, and I’m taking it slowly one day at a time. The biggest thing I keep reflecting on about the last 2 weeks is the group of people who showed up for me while I was scared for my health. 💕 . @victoriarosecooke saw me in a state I hope very few people ever see me in (like a barfing zombie 🤢), and still she remains the most loyal friend. @gretchenhui dropped everything for 10 days to do literally everything for me and help physically and emotionally transition me back into post-hospital life. ✨ . Everyone who sent me flowers or balloons or care packages, who sent me messages of encouragement, who noticed I haven’t been on here — thank YOU so much, from the bottom of my heart. 💕 I wrote down the names of everyone on that list in my journal. Maybe that’s weird, but I wanted a reminder of what my real tribe looks like. For some reason, I mix up my priorities sometimes, choosing work or convenience or people who aren’t really there for me over the loving relationships that are right in front of me. And experiencing your love and support, I never want to make that mistake again. . Recognize your TRUE tribe of friends. Love them well. Don’t wait until there’s a health scare to appreciate them. Be poised and ready to show up for them when it’s needed. A simple act can make all the difference in someone’s life. It has in mine, and it has a ripple effect. 💕
I look super pensive here, but I’m actually REALLY PUMPED because I just finished a social media training with 60 @tradesofhope Compassionate Entrepreneurs. 💪🏼💕 I just exerted so much energy in one hour, but I’m still so PUMPED because I love those likeminded women so much. I’m so thankful that we live in a time where business can be relational and powerful. I’m so thankful that social media can be a force that enhances our real lives. I’m so thankful to be a founder of @tradesofhope, a company that’s creating equality and ending poverty for women around the world and empowering women here in the U.S., too. Okay, rambling that has nothing to do with this photo over 😜