3 Things I Swear by with a Busy Schedule
9.10.2018

Natori "Flora" Bra

Balancing a full-time job with my blog and a photography business makes life pretty chaotic at times, but it also keeps things exciting! I often get asked how I do it all, and it’s something I’m continually trying to figure out and get better at. What I do know at this point is that I try to be as efficient and organized as possible, which doesn’t come naturally to me. As I’m getting better at navigating it all, I thought I would share a few things I swear by with a busy schedule…

Natori "Flora" bra

The Right Undergarments
This may be an unexpected tip, but after years of hating and fussing with my undergarments, it’s a relief to finally have go-to pieces I can put on in the morning and not think about the rest of the day.

Working full time in PR and having two side hustles means I wear a lot of hats, but I try to do it all with grace. It’s important to me to feel good in what I’m wearing as I transition between roles and outfits throughout the day. When I purchased my first Natori bra last fall it was such a relief - I had finally found a bra that actually fit me. But beyond that, it was gorgeous and laid nicely under all of my clothing - no gapping, no bumps and lumps, no more ugly, plain designs. I was so excited that a few weeks later I bought one for my sister for Christmas! Now I’ve expanded my collection and I wear a Natori bra nearly every day. I have two of the Feathers design and also have the Flora (worn above), and love them equally (and they're so, so pretty). This makes getting dressed each day so much easier because I know my bra will be great under all of my outfits! Whether I’m at the office, taking blog photos or photographing a client, it’s nice to know my bra will take me through my entire day.

My Google Calendar
As much as I love my physical planner, I honestly couldn’t do all of this without my Google calendar (although I put it off for quite awhile). My work calendar is through Google, and now that I've moved everything else over I like that I can also have my personal calendar, work calendar, blog calendar and photography calendar combined in one place! I’ve found it’s the best way for me to keep track of everything because I always have my phone with me. Adopting this method has been key for efficiency and good planning!

The bra that works under everything

Meal Planning
I’m no wizard at this (I know there are people out there who have everything planned out for the week down to their Thursday afternoon snack), but I’ve found that putting in a little time on the weekend to plan our meals for the week not only saves me time each day, but also helps us eat healthier. For example, if I have a photo session after work one day, then I know I need to have a meal planned that’s extra quick and easy or to plan a slow cooker meal. For my breakfasts and lunches I keep my fridge and pantry stocked with smoothie ingredients, eggs, salad fixings, and other basics I can mix and match quickly to put together a meal (check out my ‘clean eating’ highlights tab on my Instagram to see some breakfast and lunch ideas). 

I’ll do a dedicated post on this soon, but when meal planning I look at our schedules for the week, decide which nights I can realistically cook, and then plan a variety of meals from there. I like to do my meal planning and grocery shopping on Sundays for the most part so that I can enter a new week with a game plan and stocked fridge. Putting in a little time on the weekend makes my whole week run much, much smoother!

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What are some of your favorite tips for navigating a busy schedule?? 

Thank you to Natori for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest and completely my own. And thank you to my readers for supporting brands I genuinely love and dream of working with.  

Why You Need a Wellness Accountability Partner
9.06.2018

Outdoor Voices workout sets
Jo and I are both wearing Outdoor Voices

One of my favorite things about 2018 so far has been having a wellness accountability partner in my friend Jo! I’ve made so many healthy changes (both mentally and physically) this year, and I can owe a lot of that to having an accountability partner and several encouragers in my life. Whether it’s a friend, your partner, a family member or a trainer or health coach, I’m a big believer in accountability partners and here’s why:

Outdoor Voices
They’re Someone to Share your Wellness Goals With
I think it’s really important to put your goals out into the world, and sharing them with your accountability partner is a great (and non-scary) way to do that! Maybe your goal is to reduce your amount of stress, or to build more lean muscle, or to increase how many veggies you eat in a day - regardless, put it out there! Vocalizing your goal makes it real and puts you into action. Instead of thinking about doing something, you’ve shared your goal, which is a great kick-start.

Share your goals with someone you trust who can then follow up with you on your progress and encourage you as you meet those goals!

They’re Someone to be Active with You (and/or cheer you on)
Jo and I are long-distance friends, but fortunately with smart phones at our fingertips it’s easy to hold ourselves accountable to be active! However, if your accountability partner is local you can also schedule active activities together!

One of my favorite things to do when I catch up with friends is to go on a walk or hike together. Not only do you get plenty of time to talk Real Housewives or have a serious life conversation, but you are also getting in some movement and enjoying nature at the same time (instead of your couch and a bag of candy).

If you’ve been nervous to try a new workout class, signup with a friend! Classes are really fun when you have someone by your side to laugh with and figure things out with.

If your accountability partner isn’t local, then you still have someone you can text or call about your activity of choice! Sometimes I need a push from Trey or a friend to get up and workout, and I also love getting to report that I got in a good workout.

They’re Someone to Text your Food Diary to
I’ve made some significant changes to my diet this year, and honestly don’t think I could have done it without Jo or my sister! Jo and I each tried a Keto-ish reset at the same time and texted one another our food diaries every single day! She’s also helped me piece together that sugar intake is a huge contributor to my acne. While Jo and I don’t exchange our food diaries every day right now, at times this has been vital for us in implementing healthy changes. Having to show someone what you ate in a day definitely helps you to make healthier choices too! Suddenly that 5pm post-work junk food binge doesn’t seem like a good idea.

They’re Encouragers
We can always use a little more encouragement in our lives, #amiright?? Last night Trey and I went to bed early and I felt guilty for not staying up and working, but Jo encouraged me to just go to bed and get some sleep! Whether it’s someone who can say “wow, you incorporated so many veggies today!” or “I’m glad you made a little time to de-stress and take care of yourself this evening,” it’s so helpful. Some days it’s hard to make healthy choices and some days stress us out to the max, but having someone who can send you a healthy reminder or a little bit of encouragement is priceless. And, having someone to celebrate milestones with you makes the journey even sweeter!

Have you ever had a wellness accountability partner? Do you believe it makes a difference?

Also, if there was a service where you could pay an affordable monthly amount for an accountability partner or health coach, is that something you would be interested in?


$800 Sephora Gift Card Giveaway
To make your Fall makeup shopping a little bit easier, I've teamed up with a group of bloggers to give you a chance to win an $800 Sephora Gift Card!
To enter: complete the steps in the rafflecopter below. The more steps you complete, the more entries you receive, and the better your chance at winning! This giveaway runs until Tuesday, September 11th at 12am PST. Winner will be announced here. Good Luck! *this giveaway is in no way sponsored by Sephora.

Sephora Favorites + Sale
8.30.2018

Herbivore - clean, non-toxic skincare products

Today kicks off the Sephora Beauty Insider event, and since most stuff at Sephora is on the pricier side, I will definitely be taking advantage of my discount (even though I'm only on the 10% level). I thought I would share some of my personal favorite beauty favorites that are sold at Sephora, as well as what I'm buying from the sale and my [very] long wish list of things to try in the future!

MY MUST-HAVES

My current beauty obsession is the clean skincare brand Herbivore! Their Lapis oil has improved my skin more than I can even tell you. If you're acne and inflammation prone, this is a great oil for you. It's an investment for sure, but I've used mine 1-2 times a day every day since mid March and I'm just now starting to get low, so it does last awhile. I recently added their Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion to my routine, and over time it's supposed to help resurface your skin and get rid of hyperpigmentation and acne scarring (and I need lots of help in this department!).

The Supergoop! Unseen SPF + primer is what got me to start wearing SPF every day! It's truly amazing, and I love that it's a 2-in-1 product. I've this blush and this eyeshadow palette nearly every day this summer, and this pencil is the secret behind my brows!

Here are all of the products I use and love from Sephora:


WHAT'S ON MY WISH LIST

My Sephora wish list is so dang long, but maybe someday I'll get through it and try everything (haha)! I'm definitely ordering the Lawless foundation (a new, clean makeup brand!) during the sale, and am also thinking about getting either this Herbivore moisturizer or this oil to try.

Other items at the top of my wish list are this Phyto-Retinol Serum by Biossance (a natural alternative to retinol), and anything by The Ouai, but especially this wave spray.

Here is my full Sephora wish list (taken straight from my Favorites list on their site):


What are you planning to pick up from the sale?? I love to chat beauty products, so leave me a comment below!

And don't forget to enter my giveaway for an $800 Sephora Gift Card!   



10 Simple Things that Make me Happy (and a Sephora Giveaway!)
8.28.2018



I’m definitely a believer in looking for the good in each day, and I also love little routines, so the simple things in life often bring me so much happiness! Of course traveling to amazing destinations and celebrating life milestones make me incredibly happy, but those don’t happen all the time, so I think it’s important to find what makes you happy and what you’re grateful for in your everyday life. 

I thought I would share 10 things that make me happy in everyday life, and I challenge you to make your own list! 


Diffusing essential oils
I’m still fairly new to the essential oil world, but the past several months I’ve loved diffusing them in our home each day! Not only do they make our home smell better and create a relaxing atmosphere, but they have a number of health benefits such as purifying the air and relieving headaches or stress. I have a few diffusers, but this one is my favorite (and by far the cheapest), I use Young Living oils because the quality is the best I’ve found (a little goes a long way)!

Finding a kickass new song or album and listening to it on repeat
I’m so bad about this, but when I find new music I love I have the listening habits of a 14-year-old girl and listen on serious repeat. Lately I’m loving Mac Miller’s new album “Swimming” and the song “Give a Little” by Maggie Rogers.

Cuddling with my doggies
Our dogs are definitely our babies, and even though our furniture would look 5x better if they weren’t allowed up there, we can’t help but to enjoy snuggling with them every day. Russell, especially, loves to cuddle and most nights he sleeps curled up against my stomach.


Getting into bed with clean sheets
So, this technically only happens once a week, but I love starting out a new week with clean sheets. It’s such a calming feeling!

Morning quiet time
I’ll share more about this in a future post, but ever since I started carving out a bit of quiet time in the mornings I’ve felt so much more awake and calm going into each day. It’s such a nice way to ease into the day, and I love to sip on my hot lemon water during this time.

Having plants around the house
I love having a bit of life and greenery around the house, and am so fond of my house plants! I had one die last week and I’m so sad about that poor little cactus! However, it does give me the excuse to pick out a new one :)

Planning for an upcoming trip
Trip planning has recently become such a fun activity to me, and fortunately I have quite a few to research and plan over the course of this year! I love everything from researching beautiful spots to visit to finding amazing restaurants to planning out which outfits I’ll bring (and photograph). I recently started making Google Docs and Sheets for different locations so that when I happen to find something cool or see a great recommendation I can add it to my list for that destination! 


Having an entire evening at home with Trey
Even though we don’t spend every moment together when we’re both home, it still makes me so happy when we both get to be home for an evening! Even simple things like watching a tv show while we eat dinner or researching a trip together make me super happy! And the dogs love it when we’re both home too :)

Drinking herbal teas
This summer I’ve really gotten into a hot tea habit (probably a weird time of year for that!), and it’s a habit I’m really happy about! I find herbal teas to be so soothing, and many have wonderful medicinal purposes as well. You can read about a couple I love to drink here.

My nighttime skincare routine
I promise I’m working on a blog post where I’ll break down my skincare routine, but anyways… I really do find calm in going through this routine every night. Am I excited to get off the couch and take off my makeup? Not necessarily. But once I’m in the swing of things I find it really relaxing, and I especially love applying my favorite face oil at the end. 

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$800 Sephora Gift Card Giveaway
To make your Fall makeup shopping a little bit easier, I've teamed up with a group of bloggers to give you a chance to win an $800 Sephora Gift Card!
To enter: complete the steps in the rafflecopter below. The more steps you complete, the more entries you receive, and the better your chance at winning! This giveaway runs until Tuesday, September 11th at 12am PST. Winner will be announced here. Good Luck! *this giveaway is in no way sponsored by Sephora.

5 Things I’ve Changed my Mind About as I’ve Gotten Older (and some of your responses, too)
8.22.2018

sneakers with a skirt and blouse
how to style sneakers with a dressy top
This post was sponsored by Reebok as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

So naturally there are a lot of things I’ve changed my mind about as I’ve matured and learned more (some very menial like not being preppy anymore and some very serious like political stances), but I thought I would share 5 very random things that came to mind! I asked you guys on Instagram about things you’ve changed your mind on, and I loved seeing your responses! Here are a handful of my favorites…

“I am starting to slowly make the change to healthier beauty products”
“What I value in friendships has been a huge shift for me”
“Sneakers with dresses, children, bigger homes being better”
“Fully embracing my curly hair!”
“Artificial sweeteners vs. natural sweeteners...accepting the calories as better for me”
“Believing ‘authority figures’ know best (e.g. doctors, parents, bosses, etc.)”
“Christianity”
“Eating things like soy and canola oil that were once touted as healthy”
“Liking country music!”


Okay, now here are a few of mine…

sneakers with a denim skirt
how to style the Reebok Classic Nylon Sneaker

Wanting a Nose Job
My first year out of college I was actually meeting with a doctor about getting rhinoplasty. Two nose breaks (one as a kid and one in college thanks to my dog Lulu) have left me with a deviated septum and somewhat stuffy nose most of the time. However, my main motivation was that I have a fairly large nose (thanks Dad!) and I also have a bit of a “beak” now thanks to the breaks. At that time of my life my nose was probably my biggest insecurity and I absolutely loathed it and couldn’t wait to have a different nose. However, over the course of that year Trey and I got engaged and decided to buy a house, so my life savings went to a down payment instead of to my nose (thank you Jesus for good timing). Nearly six years removed and I’m actually really glad I didn’t go through with it. Do I still lust after a cute, scoopy nose instead of my dad’s nose? Well, yes. But it’s my nose and I’ve grown to accept it and move on (with the help of some light contouring haha). 

Will I change my mind again in the future? Who knows! But for now, I’m focusing on accepting me for “me,” and putting our money toward travel and our futures rather than aesthetics! 

PS - I have nothing against plastic surgery and think you should do you! 


Quality vs. Quantity of Friendships
In college and in my sorority I would witness these huge groups of girlfriends that looked SO fun. For some reason I just didn’t quite fit into them and it used to bother me. Nearly everyone was so nice, they just weren’t my best friends, you know? I wondered why I didn’t have gobs of friends.

Fast forward several years and I've learned that it's not the quantity of friends you have that matters (although if you have lots of good friends that's amazing), but the quality instead. I may only have a few friends that I keep close, but I value them so much and know they will always have my back and I will have theirs! At the end of the day I only need that small circle I trust 100%

dress down a top with a denim skirt & sneakers
Reebok Classic sneakers

That Sneakers and Flats are Both Stylish and Flattering
If you told 23-year-old Jacy that 27-year-old Jacy would be more into sneakers and flats than into heels my jaw would have dropped to the floor!

I used to be allll about heels. Heels to work every day, heeled sandals to dinner, heeled ankle boots to a football game. I think I wanted to make a statement everywhere I went, and I desperately wanted my legs to look longer and thinner. Now don't get me wrong, I still love and wear heels (especially ankle boots), but my love of flats and sneakers has really grown in the past year or so and I've found they can be super flattering and stylish.

Maybe it's because I've relaxed a bit as a person and may it's because I'm busier than ever, but I want a more chill, low maintenance, comfortable vibe lately while still being fashion-forward (because I will always love fashion). One of my favorite ways to get this look is by pairing a dress or skirt with a pair of sneakers. In this outfit I'm wearing my new pair of Reebok Classics (don't you love all of the old trends making a comeback??) and I love that they're crazy comfortable but also stylish. There's something to be said about a cool and classic sneaker. This pair can take me from a skirt or dress to an athleisure look in a breeze, which is exactly the ease I need these days between my job and side hustles and travel. Versatility is key! If you love the look of Reebok Classics too, be sure to check out the selection at DSW.

how to wear sneakers with a skirt
Reebok Classic Sneakers paired with a romantic white blouse

Wanting to Live in a Huge City
I’ve always been more of a city girl, and going into college I planned to move to LA or NYC post-college to do fashion PR. Naturally the total opposite panned out; I happened to find my soulmate in college and now we live in a large town/very small city in Missouri. 

Even in our first couple years of marriage I still had that longing for big city life and we talked about moving, but the older I’m getting the less appealing it is to me. There’s something to be said for lower housing prices, little to no traffic, and being close to family. That being said, I still love the energy, the fashion, the food scene, the architecture and diversity of big cities and will always love to visit! And while I would love to live somewhere a little bigger and more cultured than we do now, I just don’t think I want to live in a huge city anymore as we get closer to starting a family. However, I’m always open to whatever the future holds and wherever we may end up! 


Eating [Healthy] Fats
I used to avoid these like the plague (even though they were healthy) because they were so calorie dense, but now I try to incorporate them into multiple meals and snacks every day! My focus used to be all about eating low calorie foods, but now I know that eating nutritious, satiating foods is actually the key (you can read about my journey to healthy relationship with food here)! And, healthy fats actually keep you full (and feeling calm and steady)! I now put a clean nut butter in my smoothies, I cook my eggs in ghee, I snack on almonds and cheeses, I incorporate multiple avocados each week, and I no longer shy away from cooking with avocado and olive oils. My skin and hair look better than ever, and I feel better too.

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What’s something you’ve changed your mind about as you’ve gotten older? Leave a comment below!   

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