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Summer to Fall Outfit

Transitioning those summer pieces to fall outfits!

by Amy Tullis

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Fall in Texas means 90 degree weather until Christmas. I wish I was exaggerating. This makes transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall extremely tricky. Personally, I’ve already broken out my favorite booties and suede dresses, but on days like today when its 95 degrees with full blown Houston humidity, I needed something easy to throw together that was light and comfortable.

One of my favorite tricks for transitioning into fall is to layer a tank with a cardigan. Pairing a pair of your favorite strappy sandals with a pair of olive jeans is a super easy way to be fall-ish without dying of a heatstroke.

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A few other heat-friendly fall fashion options:
• Denim jackets/vests are perfect for layering summer tanks that need to be revamped for autumn.
• FLANNELS (my personal favorite). I love tying a flannel around my waist with a t-shirt or  over a tank with distressed jeans and booties or Converse. This is the easiest thing for me when I’m on the go and need a cute outfit.
• Throwing on a lightweight scarf with a t-shirt is a fun way to add a pop of fall fashion to your wardrobe.
• Pair your favorite t-shirt dress with booties. This is such an easy-peasy option for those days when you just “can’t even” with trying to throw an outfit together.

May all your Pumpkin Spice Lattes this fall be strong!

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Editor’s Note: Amy is an intern from Sam Houston State University. You’ll see her on the blog from time to time radiating that bright smile! We love Amy so much here at iGoPink and we’re sure you will, too. Not only is Amy hilarious and innovative, her laugh is contagious (mainly because she snorts 😉 haha). 

Bucket List Part Three

by Tristan Cablay

One of my very best friends had an assignment back in our undergrad studies, the professor had asked the class to write down 100 things that each individual wanted to accomplish, do, or have within the next twenty years. Funny enough, that stuck with me! Her list (which she kept and will comment on every now and again) inspired my “bucket list”.

Now, it is amazing how 100 things snowball off of one another. That volume seems so high when you first start to take on that endeavor. But, as you start jotting down and curating the things that you want in your life, you will be amazed how it’s the little things that really matter…and add up.

So it goes with my bucket list; it is the little things that matter! Of course I have some larger things I would like to do and see. But mostly, my bucket list is living a life that treasures those that I love and leaves the world a better place than it was before I left my mark on it.

My list is not 100 items long. Mine is by far the cliff notes to that assignment, however here are my favorite 10 in no particular order:

Laugh with my daughter on her wedding day. Kiss my son on his.

Watch my kids graduate college

Grow old and cranky with my husband.   Send a plate of food back (because I’m old and the toast wasn’t done right)

Be a beacon of light and faith when the world seems dark

Tour Europe

Cry with my Dad when I receive my doctorate

Give much more than I receive

(Finally) Finish the ongoing project of furnishing my home

Eat ice for breakfast and not feel bad AT ALL!

Simply, honestly, hopefully… Live each day with love

What is your most treasured item on your bucket list? In the comments section below, tell us what you must do with your life.

Sushi in September

Sushi for a fun September Dinner Fix!

by Tristan Cablay

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Sushi just sounds like the perfect September dinner! As the summer heat starts to cool down and the days are still long, rolling sushi and dining on the patio just sounds like heaven to me!

Never rolled your own sushi? You should give it a go! This sushi recipe is packed full of healthy fats and great vitamins and minerals! Avocado is a great source of heart healthy fat! Nori (the seaweed wrap) provides fantastic minerals such as calcium and zinc! The brown rice is a great source of fiber, and seafood is packed full of omega-3 fatty acids.

There are so many great benefits to eating sushi! Give this recipe a try! Even if it comes out lopsided on the first few tries… It will still taste delicious and be full of “good for you” foods.

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What you need to get started:
• Makisu (A bamboo rolling mat)
• Saran wrap
• A sharp knife

Ingredients:
• 3 cups short-grain brown rice
• 3 to 4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
• ½ pound raw sushi-grade tuna or salmon (Don’t care for raw fish? Substitute with crabmeat.)
• 1 cucumber, peeled and cut into long strips
• 1 Avocado
• 1 package of Nori (Dried seaweed wrap)
• Soy sauce for dipping
• Wasabi if you want some extra UMPH!

Instructions:
• Cook the brown rice, once done ad the rice wine vinegar and set aside to cool
• Chop the fish or crab, cucumber, and avocado into long strips
• Split the sheets of Nori (Bend them in half and they will fold and break)
• Cover the bamboo mats with plastic wrap
• Stack the Nori first followed by rice, spread evenly over the entire piece of Nori
• Then add your fillings to the middle
• Roll with a slight pressure
• Remove from bamboo mat and cut with a sharp knife
• Tip… dip your knife or spoon in water to help “unstick” as your cut or serve

There you have it! What are your favorite family meals?

Incorporating Face Oils

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How + Why You Should Incorporate Face Oils Into Your Beauty Routine
by Megan Cox

 

Face oil….seems pretty straightforward right? Just an oil for your face, duh! Surprisingly it’s actually much more complex than that. How you apply face oil, how often you’re using it, and even the order in which you apply it, in regards to your skincare routine, can influence the results you get. Here are the tried and true, best ways to use face oil so you are getting the most from your product!  

 

Finding the Right Method for Your Skin Type:

Believe it or not- how you should be applying your face oil depends on the type of skin you have! Sounds confusing, but luckily celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau breaks down the best ways to apply face oil based on your skin type. Don’t be overwhelmed- once you get it down, your skin will thank you!

 

Oily/Combination Acne Prone Skin:
For those who are on the oily side and prone to breakouts, Rouleau suggests massaging 1-3 drops of oil into your skin after you’ve completed your night time routine (cleanse, tone, serum, moisturizer). Rouleau suggests applying face oil after moisturizer as it will help to prevent water loss. However- use oil sparingly! “You don’t want to overuse a treatment oil because it will create a layer over the top of the surface, which then creates more heat to be trapped within the skin. Heat will cause more oil production and allow for bacteria to grow more quickly, ultimately resulting in a potential for increased acne,” warns Rouleau.

 

Normal/Dry Skin:
If you have normal to dry skin, Rouleau suggests mixing about 4-6 drops of the oil in with your moisturizers. She also says that those with dry skin can use it on top of moisturizer but should never wear face oil in place of or under a moisturizer. “When you use moisturizer (often containing antioxidants, retinol, or firming peptides) over the oil, the beneficial ingredients will not be able to penetrate the skin effectively because the oil will act as a barrier.” (source)

 

Application Makes All The Difference:

As tempting as it is to vigorously rub face oil into your skin (the way you would with body lotion) that actually is not the correct way to apply it, and can render the product ineffective. By rubbing it into the skin, the product doesn’t have a chance to sink in properly. Not to mention the unnecessary pulling at your skin. What you should do instead is apply the oil to your finger tips and gently press it into your skin. This will allow the oil to literally “melt” into the skin and absorb properly, giving you better results. (source)

 

When/Where to Apply Face Oils in your Routine:

Here comes the tricky part: a lot of us aren’t just using one product. We’re using a retinoid, AHA or BHA, night cream, eye cream, sunscreen, cleanser.. ahh! It’s all a little much.
Luckily, you don’t have to pick and choose. I’m going to include a very extensive routine below. If you don’t use all the products, feel free to skip them (except the suncsreen!). Here’s the best way to incorporate SHINE into your skincare routine, thanks to a little help from blogger Paula Bugeon 

 

In the morning:

Cleanse, Tone, Use your AHA / BHA exfoliant, Apply to affected areas or all over, Apply your day serum, Apply moisturizer, Apply sunscreen, Apply makeup

In the evening:

Cleanse, Tone, Apply to affected areas or all over, Apply retinoid or prescription cream, Apply nighttime moisturizer or eye cream

 

Conclusion: How + Why You Should Incorporate Face Oils in your Beauty Routine:

So there you have it, the best way to apply face oil! Not so scary, huh? If you haven’t started using a face oil we recommend incorporating one like Shine into your routine. Shine uses a blend of awesome oils like pomegranate, bearberry and licorice to brighten skin, while nourishing and increasing penetration with ingredients like jojoba and argan. It’s vegan, cruelty free, and made with over 75% organic ingredients. Definitely worth checking out if you want to hop on the face oil bandwagon!

   

Megan is the owner of Amalie and creator of WINK–an natural enhancing serum for regrowing lost lashes and brows– that she created in her MIT dorm room in 2013. WINK is an annual component of BCCA’s “Feeling Beautiful Again” bags, thanks to an annual buy one give one campaign in October. If you’d like to learn more about how to get involved/give back, visit the Amalie site.  

Time Management Tips

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by Erica Johnson

Short on time? Always running late? Or feeling like you’re pulled in about 20 directions at the same time? Think that many of us feel at least one of these attributes at one point or another…so what’s the solution? Time Management! To some those two words may sound impossible, to others it’s part of their every day life. For me, I’d like to think I fall under the uber organized “planner” with my calendars and to do lists that keep things in order and place.

Although I’m far from perfect on time management, I’d like to think some of my tid-bits may be helpful to jump starting a time management gameplan:

• Keep a calendar (or two). My calendar…it literally holds my life in it. I have two that I keep; one on my phone (that keeps all MAJOR daily time blocks which directly impact my personal availability) and a physical spiral bound calendar that keeps daily assignments, due dates, other team member’s events, etc. I can’t live without my calendars. And for anyone trying to work on time management, it’s a must.

• Invest in Post It Notes. If only I owned stock in the Post-It Note company for how many I go through…large sizes, small sizes, square sizes…Post It Notes are my second key thing to time management. I always have a “hot list” going on my desk for the week…but then use small post it notes to flag KEY things that are a must do for the day or will post a small one on the back of my phone to remember things I need to do at home that night. It keeps a key reminder in front of me and is a huge reward when you get to throw it away because the task is complete!

• Block Out Time. This is one area I need to work on more, but it completely works if you make it a priority…if you’re an on the go gal like I am, you’re constantly being asked for your opinion here or there; to approve or sign this or that; pop into a strategic meeting or follow up with a donor/patient/partner and the next thing you know the day is gone. However, when I do take the time to block out my day (close my door to focus on one project until it’s done) it’s amazing how much gets accomplished. Vs. when I’m freely available to anyone/everyone 24/7, my time gets pulled and my Post It Notes don’t get accomplished. So block out time, focus on a project, accomplish it and move on.

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Time management truly is a choice. We all have friends that are in constant chaos or never seem to get tasks accomplished and yet they’ll complain that they don’t have time…however they sure are busy talking/texting on their phones or getting their nails done, etc. When handled properly, time management is something that will become easy and part of daily living allowing for free time to go get your nails done and still have checked off your to do list! It’s very possible and will make your chaos, seem much more organized and easy to manage. (Now back to my to-do list…still have some Post it Notes to complete before I can call it a day!)

 

Bucket List Part 2

 

A bucket list rebuttal

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View of San Francisco from the top of Twin Peaks, so incredible!

by Tori Carruth

If you read Erica’s post last week, you know that we’re doing a series right now on bucket lists! This was actually my idea (humble brag), but now that it’s come to fruition I couldn’t decide what I actually wanted to write about. Do you ever have so many thoughts and ideas you can’t decide on one because they’re all just kind of scrambled in your head? Same.

If you know me at all, or even if you don’t, you may know I’m a bit of a pessimist. Not that I’m a negative person, my disposition is usually quite sunny and I’ve been told my aura is bright yellow, but I’m still a bit of a “worst case scenario/glass half empty” kind of gal. With that being said, I decided to take this blog in a little bit of a different direction today. I’m not going to tell you what I want to do in the next 10 years.

I used to have a long list of places I wanted to go, eat, shop, and get the best Instagram picture, but I found that every time I wasn’t checking things off, I felt like I was failing at something. For example, in June I had the opportunity to go to San Francisco for work, and all I wanted to see was the Golden Gate Bridge. I had this idea in my head that I’d get the perfect picture with my hair blowing at the right angle and the sun setting, you get the point. I didn’t get to go to the bridge, and instead of being thankful for everything else I saw, I was just annoyed.

Fast forward: I went back to San Francisco this month, and just by chance had to cross the bridge. I didn’t get any pictures at all, but because I was actually enjoying the moment instead of worrying about crossing something off my list. It also made everything else I got to experience that much more special because I wasn’t constantly thinking about the next big thing I needed to do. Some of the spur of the moment places we went were 10x better than the original “list” I had in my head.

 

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Found some painted ladies and a cute guy, too! 😉

I appreciate what bucket lists are for. I’m all about writing down what you want out of life whether that’s to backpack around Europe or become the CEO of your company. However, it’s important to remember that every vacation doesn’t need an itinerary, every sight to see doesn’t need a picture that will get hundreds of likes, and you’re not a failure if you haven’t completed a list (or even started one).

xoxo

Tori

 

 

 

Date Night Healthy Cooking

by Erica Johnson

If your house is like ours, we’re busy! However, having date night has always been a priority to my husband and me. We used to always say that date night had to be a night out, but we both love to cook and realize how much healthier it is (and how savvy we can be) by making date night a fun home night.

When I’m in charge of cooking and planning our date night, one of my favorite (busy day) go-to meals is this chicken recipe. It’s a family one that I’ve tweaked over the years to make my own…but it’s a one stop shop baking dish recipe (which is even better!) So what’s all in it?

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Healthy Sweet & Spicy Salsa Bake

· Chicken breast(s)—depending on how large the breasts are, or what all I’m making on the side, we’ll sometimes split a breast. We prefer the organic chicken breasts (yes, they’re a bit more $$ but you omit all the injected chemicals into the meat and we feel they taste better too!)
· 1 Cup Salsa of your choice (I like a Medium spice Peach or Cilantro Salsa Personally)
· 2 Tbsp Ketchup
· 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
· 1 Tbsp Worchester Sauce

Mix all of the sauce ingredients together and pour over chicken. If cooking the chicken only, bake at 350 for around 30 minutes until cooked through. If you’re adding in veggies to the baking dish to make it a full meal, add your choices (I go with onions, peppers, potatoes and jalapenos) at around 20 minutes and cook the entire bake for around 40-45 minutes until chicken is cooked through and veggies are at the consistency you prefer.

This dish is so easy to make and makes for a wonderful date night healthy recipe. Then for the rest of your date night, it’s all about the small things to make the evening special…I always will have one of our favorite music stations playing, candles lit, a glass of wine (for my hubby right now only) and then like to typically have a sweet something for dessert as a surprise (we both have a sweet tooth and I don’t keep ‘naughty’ sweets in the house, so for date night I’ll find something that will be a special treat!)

Bon appetite! Would love to know what great healthy date night recipes you and your loved one devours in!

Three Easy Workouts

The Lazy Girl Workout Tips

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by Alix Angelelli

I have grown to become the go-to blogger for exercise and healthy eating tips here at iGoPink. And I love living a healthy lifestyle BUT I can also be extremely “lazy”. There is nothing wrong with taking some YOU time to relax and completely veg or spend time with your girlfriends. On those days when you just can’t seem to get up and active I have some tips for you.

1. Grab a Buddy
Working out with a friend makes working out seem less painful. You and your bestie can go for a bike ride around the local park and chit-chat or go to a fun hip-hop class. When you workout with a friend you can have someone to talk to and pass the time while at the same time keeping your own personal motivator by your side.

2. Exercise During Commercial Breaks
Are you vegging on the couch and catching up on your favorite shows you DVR’d? Instead of fast-forwarding through the commercial breaks, use them as an opportunity to get some activity in. You can march in place for the commercial break, do some sit-ups or push-ups, or make laps around the house. By the end of the hour long show you recorded you clocked approximately 10 minutes of exercise time!

3. Try a HIIT Workout
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts are amazing because they get your heart pumping and muscles working in a short amount of time. You can find bookoos of HIIT or Tabata (which is similar quick strong movements for a short period of time) on Pinterest. These workouts usually mix up heart-racing plyometric moves with body weight exercises.

Bucket Lists Part 1

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by Erica Johnson

Last month we were given a great topic suggestion from a iGoPinkLife reader about ‘bucket lists’…do you have one? Should you have one? What’s the importance of one?

I’m excited to be the first contributor on this topic as I LOVE having a bucket list and I have for at least the last 5 years. Why might you ask? Dreams, goals, desires…and seeing them on a piece of paper just does something to your brain that makes you go, “what do I have to do to achieve that?”

For me, I have two lists: my personal bucket list and my professional bucket list. I was raised to always set your goals high and strive to achieve them…thus my professional bucket list is VERY long and detailed. As an entrepreneur at heart, I work…a LOT. My husband and I run multiple companies so if I’m not at the iGoPink offices, you’ll probably find me up at the crack of dawn working on one of our other companies, or wrapping up a design report after dinner at night. But we love it…we’re both very driven people and ‘work’ is enjoyment for us, as we love helping others!

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Beyond my professional bucket list, I’m a believer in work hard, play hard. My ‘fun’ bucket list is simply that, FUN. I’m an ‘experiences’ person over a ‘things’ person. My #1 experience…travel. Since I can remember, I have LOVED to travel…I’d rather travel and experience new cities/cultures than any thing else. I can truly say that I’ve learned so much throughout my travels; met so many amazing people and today believe I’m a better/more well rounded person from those lessons.

In the past few years, I’ve marked some big bucket list items off my list…my top two would be going to Sydney, Australia (which is now my favorite city in the world and had truly been a lifelong dream of mine), and also getting to ride in a hot air balloon…the peacefulness in the air is indescribable as you watch the sun rise and overlook the beauty of nature. But that doesn’t mean that my bucket list doesn’t continue to grow just because I mark things off. There are a lot of other places I want to travel, and things I want to learn—i.e. would love to know how to take some great photography and also learn to play the piano, both of those remain on my fun bucket list!

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So what is your bucket list? If you haven’t started one, it’s NEVER too late…nor is it ever too EARLY! Set goals. Dream of those goals…sometimes they take years and years to achieve, but it’s a goal to strive after. You’ll be amazed at how having a simple Word document on your computer with your bucket list or a post it note that you keep hidden with a few desires can make such an impact in your life and your dreams ahead! Do one today, you won’t be disappointed!

 

Announcing Wine Women & Shoes Models and Spotlight Survivor

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The committee of Wine Women & Shoes, presented by EXIT Lonestar Realty, is adding a special touch to their third annual fall event. This year, the New York style fashion show will feature exclusively models who have been affected by breast cancer. You’ll see women who are battling breast cancer, won the battle, supportive sisters, friends, and mother-daughter teams all showcasing this year’s newest trends from Dillard’s.

“We are honored to be featuring all of these strong women,” said Erica Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of The Breast Cancer Charities of America. “It’s such a great way for us to show the community the true faces of breast cancer.  When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, it doesn’t just impact the patient; it touches family, friends and loved ones.”  This year attendees will see over 24 local survivors, patients and loved ones walking the runway to show their support for the cause.

Also this year, the Wine Women & Shoes committee has selected Montgomery County Treasurer, Stephanne Davenport, as the annual spotlight survivor.  Last year, Stephanne walked in the fashion show literally days after her last round of treatment.  Stephanne is very active and involved with the educational and program service platforms that BCCA provides and the committee is honored to have her spotlighted this year.

Tickets for Wine Women & Shoes are available now. VIP tickets and Platinum VIP tables are available on a first come first serve basis. Sponsorship opportunities also remain. To find out more information visit: www.WineWomenandShoes.com/Houston  or www.iGoPink.org

The Breast Cancer Charities of America is grateful for all of their event sponsors, which include: Maserati, CHLOE Wine, Tiff’s Treats, H-E-B, Dr. Lind Plastic Surgery, Stephens Gatewood & Associates Dentistry, Woodforest National Bank, The Woodlands Compounding Pharmacy, Pinnacle Insurance, Avanti Senior Living, Four Seasons Veterinary Hospital, Massage Heights Panther Creek & Spring Creek, The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, Morgan Stanley, Shag Salon, Style Revival, Kendra Scott, LUCHO, Rhinestone Leopard, Armarillo de la Bella, Magnolia Mey, Marmi, DJ Hollywood Steve, Mindy Harmon, My Wallet My Style, Tara Flannery Photography, J Stacy Photography, Woodlands Photo Co., AGB Videography, SpeedPro Imaging, The Woodlands Lifestyles & Home, PKWY Magazine, PR Luxury Media/reviewit.Flair.Vida Social Magazines, Woodlands Monocle, The Woodlands Journal, Hello Woodlands, Woodlands Online, FOX 26, WoodlandsHits.com, and KSTAR Country Radio.