Sep 17, 2017

Staycation and Gifting with JORD: GIVEAWAY

When you think of vacation you think of relaxation, right? Well, sometimes you can have a staycation right where you live! Now, we love our city Chicago, but what we love the most about it is getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday. That's why I love JORD (pronounced YODE) because of it's wood qualities I feel that wherever I am nature is always with me even without leaving home. It's a beautiful concept in that no matter how stressful things get it reminds me of the greenery and beauty you see plenty of on vacation and at home when you open your eyes to it. So, one of our favorite places to go to relax and just unwind is The PING TOM Memorial Park. It's such a great park full of everything from a playground for you or the kiddos, a river with a water taxi that takes you into the city, a place to rent canoes, a bridge to walk along side the river, and it's just simply a beautiful sight. I, personally love coming here with my husband and daughter for a stroll around sunset. Definitely a place I recommend in Chicago for a simple breath of fresh air. Another place I recommend is MOLLY's Cupcakes because hello Cupcake Wars winner and crème brûlée. It's such a great decedent dessert to end the night.

Now, this Dover Koa & Black personally stunning. I, for one gifted this men's wooden watch to my hubby for our Anniversary and the amount of compliments he gets on it are endless. It's such great quality and a beautiful piece that he cherishes. What he loves about it is it's a  self winding watch so automatic and the finish is unreal. JORD was nice enough to offer one of my lucky followers a $100 gift card to their site so they can either buy one for themselves or gift it to someone that they love. Enter the GIVEAWAY HERE. Ends Tonight. 
Luxury Wooden Watch
Thanks JORD for collaborating with me on this.

May 16, 2017 Review

I'm such a big fan of shopping like give me some money and I'll do damage for sure. When I first got contacted by I was a tad skeptical... My challenge was to style something for under $50 that's totally Spring.

I loved this top when I saw it and it literally sold out so fast, but luckily for me it came back in stock a week later and for less #SCORE! The prices are awesome aside from the shipping and handling depending on what you get that is. You're bound to find something you like on this daily deal site.

 I'm still trying to wear the shoes in because I love me a good espadrille and these are cute, but not as comfy as I'd like. I went out to the park with my baby girl and wore this outfit and honestly I loveee this blouse it's so flowy and chic and the lace detailing is so beautiful.

Do I recommend the site, as this is a Jane Review? Yes! Are there good deals? Yes, they have everything from baby stuff, household items, accessories, and so forth. Shipping time was pretty decent. Shipping prices are okay and dependent on the seller. Overall, I do recommend you look through the different sellers items and reviews as well as pay close attention to the pictures of the items. I didn't with the shoes and wish I did, but all is well nonetheless. Check out the link above as they have some super cute tops right now, I'm literally obsessed and want to go buy so many of them right now! Sorry in advance as you're about to spend a while on that site hehe.

This weeks Golden Ruel would be to save on trendy pieces by utilizing sites like this!

May 11, 2017

How To Get It Done! 5 Ways to Be More Productive.

How to be more productive?

Let's start by asking there something you should be doing this very moment? Yes? Put your phone down go do it! Everything can wait. Work hard then enjoy whatever else.

Stop getting distracted!
Easier said than done, but why do we get distracted? Probably to ease our minds off of everything we need to do! When in reality it's only going to stress us out by pro-longing our list of #ShitThatNeedsToBeDone excuse my French which in hindsight builds up. Stop browsing social media, texting/talking to whomever, walking around aimlessly! Get what needs to be done, done and then do whatever your heart desires.

Take it step by step.
Okay, so you know what you need to do and you've put your phone down and all other distractions away. Where do you start?
Take it slowly, look at the big picture then ask yourself what steps do I need to take to get there? Write them out and check them off. Before you know it you'll find yourself closer to the finish line.

Organize your mind!
Don't feel too overwhelmed. I get it life isn't easy. Distractions are sadly not always controllable. Have a baby like I do? Figure out some kind of schedule. My kid is very needy so believe me when I say if I can get a few minutes so can you! Sometimes I'll work as I'm feeding her because let's face it there's no need to add extra stressors, you have to work smart not hard! Have a house to clean and need to study? Try listening to audio of course work at the same time. Need to cook? There's so many easy meals that only take a few minutes to make. Whatever it is there's ways to manage it and do it smart not hard. Have a can do attitude because you really can do it! Remember you have the same 24 hours in your day as those successful people you admire.

Make a schedule!
Rethink your wake up time and plan ahead. Use your phone to jot down your day into hours. If you prefer to check things off by hand buy a desk calendar or notebook and write in that. Use your time wisely. Having a hard time checking things off? Reward yourself when you get to certain checkpoints and do take breaks! Start off strong, get the most daunting tasks done first and you'll realize you can accomplish all the rest.

Don't stress out so much! Refresh your mind. You've come so far in life and you can handle anything and everything. I think you're really brave and strong! I know you feel like you have a lot on your plate sometimes, we all do. Take it slowly and step by step and you'll get to where you want to be. Yes, it's not always easy, but you said that in the past and got through a lot of hard times then too, but surely it all passes. Remember the grass is only green where you water it.

I hope this article helps you realize that yes, you can do it! Phone down 👋🏻

XOX, Rue

May 9, 2017

My Week Recap: IG posts

So, I want to start a new series on my blog titled something a little more creative then the above haha. Any suggestions are truly welcome, tysm! Basically I want to start doing a behind the post recap where I share some of my Instagram posts and give you all a little BTS (behind the scenes) on them ;)! In a world of perceived perfection I find honesty rather refreshing definitely something I value so why not be a little more open and real because not everything really is as picture perfect as it seems. Anywho, I hope you like this series and let's get to it 💁🏻.

I'm a member of Influenster and depending on what you qualify for they send you products to review. Here they sent me a bottle of Life Wtr which is the same company as Aquafina owned by PepsiCO and honestly I really loved it! It features different art from different artists every 3 months I believe. When it came to taking the picture...I have like another 30 similar photos I've yet to delete; my baby girl was not sitting still #loveofmylife.

My favorite thing in life is when you get something better than you even expected. I swear I thought it was accurate and cute and when I received it and realized the mug holds at least three cups of coffee I laughed at the accuracy of the message. Buy it for any coffee loving mom and she'll love yah! Target for the #WIN! This was probably my 3rd mug of coffee in the AM. Photography is no joke...I've been using my iPhone for all my latest photos my camera is collecting dust from how little time I have to use it. Any baby schedule suggestions are welcome?!

I took this on my moms birthday we had taken her out for brunch at my one of my favorite breakfast places and what you don't see is it was super packed and I literally had to beg my husband to take the picture. The stuff I make him and people do for the gram smh! On a side note my daughter was very fussy and I had to shove my food down my throat. Mom's of more than one little I applaud you it's so not easy, but definitely rewarding. Shoes are amaze!!

No shame in my game, took this as I was passing this place...I passed by Goddess and The Baker dipped my head in there took this and was on my way. We had plans to go to the Lincoln Park Zoo and instead ended up strolling Maggie Daley Park then we ate at some cool burger joint and I had a burger called the"Obama". That day was so quick, but I think the burger was good lol I can't even remember.

Had my husband take over 50 shots (I need to relax), this was a day after I chopped my hair. Can we just talk about how important it is to use purple shampoo if you go blonde #brassyhair (yikes!) So glad I colored it! My stroller is the Graco Click Connect. Not too big a fan of the toddler transitioning part of it. What's your favorite stroller?

This is the first selfie I've taken in a light year. I look back at all the selfies I took over the years and I'm always so stunned as to how different I look. I really need to take collagen pills or something because the first place I lose weight from is my face. It's astounding how aging takes a toll on each one of us. What are some of your trouble areas? Lipstick I'm wearing.

This ice cream was pretty good and all, but looking back at it I'm not sure how I feel about paying $7 for two scoops of it ya feel me!?! Also, can we take a moment to appreciate dip powder? I never had a gel manicure even last this long especially since I'm always cleaning.

This is one of those pictures I wish I had a before to go along with! Our room is so small and we had such bulky furniture in it that when I got the chance we revamped it with newer pieces that didn't break the bank. I love how it turned out, as a tumblr girl, I'm actually pretty obsessed with it. It's so refreshing, simple, and calming. We definitely saved a lot of money redoing it, but those prints took forever and a day to find. We put a lot of time picking out pieces, coming up with a makeshift nightstand in the little corner for walking space. Love how this turned out. Any DIY's you'd like to see?

Passed a beautiful church on our way out of Obama's favorite breakfast place "Valois" and really loved this door and architecture. Follow me on Snapchat! Snapped a quick picture and moved along. If you notice my shirt is tucked in all wrong because I had just fed my daughter nothing says mom life more than trying to look put together and then looking back and laughing. Nothing makes me happier than enjoying nature and the beauty of life around me.

That's not my Louis, but you bet I've always wanted one. Which has me thinking... I finally got a Kate Spade bag last year and for the most part you can't even see the brand logo... what's the point of wearing something so expensive? Why do certain brands resonate with us so much?  Quality? For Show? What in your closet have you splurged on big time? Also, this "Soho House" is rather expensive, but honestly the food was delicious and the vibe and aesthetic of the place is perfection! P.S. my daughter made a big food mess when we went and literally went and almost grabbed the knife, knocked down my water, and filled her clothes with carrot puree #MomLife #BeindTheScenes

If I look awkward it's because taking the photo least my husband felt weird doing so. It's official he's definitely an #InstagramHusband. I'm sorry babe!!! I really liked my outfit though we were on our way to my b-i-l for a BBQ and stopped to get them Ice Cream Cake. For real you definitely need these Gucci shoe dupes because they go with everything and their mama. I'm so in love with them like you don't even understand!

This company called Personal Creations reached out to me to send me something from their line and I ended up choosing this canvas. Go read my caption on it. Honestly it's so beautiful and it makes me feel happy in that in whatever I do by Trusting In God I know everything will be alright despite whatever turmoil all you need is love and faith. Totally check out their site for any gifts you have to purchase in the future! 

That's it for this Recap. I really hope you liked my thoughts and a little of the BTS on my latest posts. I look forward to doing more of these posts. As for now, I have to clean up the big mess, my house, before baby and hubby wake up.

My Golden Ruel 
for today is cherish time, really be in the moment and don't take things too seriously. 
XOX, Rue

Feb 16, 2017

Skin Care Regimen: Derma-E Review

I'm a true believer in that your skin is your best foundation. When you take care of your base everything looks great on it afterwards. Your skin is truly so important so taking care of it should be one of your top priorities. While taking care of your skin includes eating healthy and definitely using sun screen this should also include products that help your skin be it's best. I recently got these products from the beauties at Derma-E to review. I've used it a few times and if you follow me on Snapchat you may have seen them in action. 

This Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask made my skin extremely smooth and soft, as it said it would do on the packaging, which is a plus for me! I mean how often does the labeling depict what it states?! Even my husband noticed a difference in the clearness of my skin and their was a visible difference in the visibility of my current pimples which had subsided. I feel like some of the toxins definitely were removed because I have cysts on my chin (eww I know) & these suckers are deep y'all and even they came to the surface (Hallelujah). The activated charcoal opens up your pores and removes toxins from deep within your skin. For all of us that would love to wish our blackheads away this product, though not ridding them, definitely left them much less noticeable. The product did leave me with a rather red slightly tingly face after the application, but nothing a great moisturizer couldn't help with. Currently using this and I'm surprisingly liking it as well. I loved the consistency of the product and that a little went a long way. 

Now, let's talk about scent which was surprisingly not as bad as some other exfoliating products. It rinsed off rather easily, didn't take too long to dry, and the smell was pleasant. This Purifying Daily Detox Scrub also had a light scent of apricots and the removal was quick and easy nothing short of water and a washcloth. I love this exfoliating scrub and I have found that it's best used 2-3 times a week. I'm sure with these added to my routine now my skin will become visibly better with what I've seen thus far. I'm definitely going to use this a lot before special days/nights out and as for the daily exfoliator definitely using that before my makeup application for sure as it preps your canvas and leaves you with a fresh faced look. An amazing thing about these products is that their whole line features a multitude of skincare items that are all natural (ingredients) and affordable. These products are going to continue to be must haves in my beauty routine as they are a great pre-step to my makeup application because no one wants to apply makeup to an uneven canvas.

This post is sponsored, but all opinions are un-influenced and 100% my own.

Feb 10, 2017

A Pep In Your Step Outfit

Seriously are you as obsessed with these espadrilles as I am? They are literally my favorite dupes! I definitely love high-end stuff, but sometimes designer can be a bit much on the pocket so I'll definitely take a similar great quality dupe for not as big of a price tag. This is an outfit you can throw on with a quick button down and a pair of jeans to look "together" even though you really don't even have to try. As a mom this is such a huge plus because I barely have time for myself as is with a baby on hand. What's your favorite fashion and/or makeup dupe that you have ever discovered?

Hope you have an amazing week.

Jan 29, 2017

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe #MakeItYours

I recently got Reynolds (no not Ryan) baking sheets from the Twinkle Vox Box from Influenster which also included a Country Crock coupon for butter so I figured why not bake some cookies? So, that's exactly what I did. I'm looking for the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, I had one I used to make and can't remember it for the life of me, but everyone loved it. I'm trying out different recipes until I find the perfect one. Today, I used this recipe from TastesBetterFromScratch.  Check out her site for more recipes.

  1. 2 cups plus 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  3. 1/2 tsp salt
  4. 12 Tbsp butter (1 1/2 sticks) melted and cooled until warm
  5. 1 cup brown sugar
  6. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  7. 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
  8. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  9. 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
I loved these Reynolds baking sheets the cookies came right off without being a pain and sticking; makes cleaning so much easier.

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together flour, salt, and baking soda..
  3. In a separate large mixing bowl beat the butter and sugars together with an electric mixer until well blended. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Gently stir in the chocolate chips. The dough will be soft.
  4. Gently scoop dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Store in an airtight container.
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated and Our Best Bites"
I made these for work for my husband and so I didn't take an after picture, but I will when I make them again as I don't like forming an opinion on a recipe or anything until I've at least tried it twice. Let me know if you try this and your thoughts on the recipe or share your chocolate chip cookie recipe below?! I'm thinking of adding crushed pretzels next time and making the recipe more me. What would you add to make it you? Hope you have a sweet week. 

Jan 19, 2017

I'm Back Update | Valentine's Day Gift Idea + Giveaway

Hey Hey Hey, it's Rue lol why am I thinking of Fat Albert as I wrote that smh.
Let me start off by apologizing for slacking so much on the blog. This New Year started off rather rocky and then to top it all off I've been in a rut and basically stuck at home on top of it all. I rarely go out sigh. I literally can't wait for the weather to get nicer so I can go out more with Ellie.

Today I decided I really wanted to go out and do something so my husband used handy dandy Yelp and found this beautiful little cafe and you guys I'm obsessed; I'm definitely going there more often. I decided while I was there to do an outfit post because once again this girl has got to get her shit together you feel me... I then proceeded to finally get my nails done after I shot happy they've been blah for like two months now 😭 

As I got dressed I couldn't help, but realize how perfect this watch would be as a Valentine's Day gift for your loved one, engrave it with something personal and it's seriously such a thoughtful gift. In honor of this post I've teamed up with JORD Wood Watches earlier and they were kind enough give me 4 $50 gift cards that I'd love to give to four lucky people toward their JORD Valentine's Day purchase. Super easy to enter all you have to do is subscribe to my Youtube Channel and follow me on Instagram and comment your favorite style from their collection. Be sure to check them out here to see how people style them.

I grabbed my purse and put it on the wrong way, I'm a genius lol.

Sadly my sweater is from two years ago and they no longer carry it in JCP it was hard linking something similar. The jeans are Levi's and they are simply L.O.V.E! These converse are just perfect for so many outfits. The watch is hands down such a great staple piece, love this bad boy! Also, this Kate Spade bag is everything. Truly love everything I'm wearing.

Hope you're all well and look forward to more posts as I'm getting in more of a routine lately. P.S. have you noticed I changed my site to a .com finally. 2017 is the year for changes after all.