YO YO YO happy Tuesday, friends! It has been a HOT SEC since we’ve done an #AskE post around these rosy parts! I rounded up some Q’s that have come to me from you as of late and tried to specifically focus on any that have come in multiple times from multiple people so that the most frequently asked Q’s can be published in one space for all to see! Today we’re talking everything from my morning routine to the cult-classic Tula eye balm and more, so buckle up + let’s dive right in with the 5 questions! Stay tuned through the end – I dropped a lil’ $600 Nordstrom giveaway at the end as a little somethin’ somethin’ if ya stick with us. 😉
(You can read through past #AskE posts, too, right here!)
What is your morning routine??
GREAT Q. I’ve talked a bit about it before here and there, but I also mentioned in my 2020 Goals post that my morning routine has been in a bit of flux as I’ve figured out *exactly* what I want + need it to be to best serve the start of my day. Admittedly, it used to be totally structured solely thanks to a school or work schedule. But now working from home AND being a mom both threw things for a loop, and I had resorted to giving up any/all “me time” in lieu of sleeping in a bit before becoming mom for the day.
The result? I was totally dissatisfied in my own personal progress in things (or lack thereof) because I was neglecting things that matter to me for the overall quality of my life – things like working out regularly to feel (+ be!) strong, and being an avid reader. At first I tried a blanket wake-up-an-hour-earlier strategy, which worked…until it didn’t. Basically, I was trying to just adapt what one of my role models does because it works for her, but it wasn’t necessarily catering to how my body + brain best function, so it wasn’t the most sustainable for my lifestyle. (J + I lovelovelove our quality time together after Liv goes to bed and that’s when we catch up on our days + shows, so hitting the sack at 9 pm isn’t the most realistic – and I was just constantly burning out by Wednesday or Thursday every wee!). I would loveloveLOVE to wake up at 5 am every single day, but I can’t necessarily make 9 pm bedtime happen every single day, and the inconsistency in timing throws off everything else.
SO, I’ve been constantly tweaking + adapting since! I typically get up around 6 now, although ideally I’ll get to around 5:30. I start with reading, since it’s a more gentle way to wake up my mind and doesn’t feel as aggressive as hopping out of a warm, cozy bed to put on workout clothes and sweat. 😉 I read for about 30 minutes or so and THEN get a workout in while J gives Olivia breakfast (that’s his quality time with her before he leaves for work since she’s home with me during the day!). I also read my daily devotional + do my gratitude journal, organize my planner, and just set the overall tone of the day. It’s been a process of identifying which ingredients invidually have the biggest impact on the tone of my day, then putting them all together to start the day strong! And for me, that was reading and feeling like I was making progress for myself on my reading goal, exercising my body and feeling strong, and getting the right headspace with intentional prayer + gratitude time.
Are the Steve Madden dupe heels you’ve shared comfy for lots of standing time?
For reference, we’re talking about these!
I hesitate to use the word “comfy” because I call sweatpants and slippers “comfy” – it’s what we all change INTO when we’re done in our heels and dresses, right? Ha! I cringed the other day seeing a blogger share a pair of hot pink designer heels and call them “comfy” – I thought girl, there ain’t NO WAY that those 5-inch heels with no support or straps are comfortable to wear. Are they wearable without blisters or rub marks or arch pain? Maybe – but I don’t own ’em and she didn’t describe ’em further so we’ll never know that part. 😉
Maybe (slash hopefully) you’ve learned by now that my style is kindof a pour-it-all-out-there-and-then-some kinda style. I talk a lot and share too much and if I’m recommending something that you’re gonna spend your hard-earned money on, you can bet that bottom dollar you’re going to know EXACTLY what you’re getting yourself into before hitting “add to cart.”
I can do them standing/dancing, so you can, too. 😉
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Hey!! What do you wear for like a simple under-tee? Do you have a fave? Or an under-tank?
Hey girl hey! So depending on what/how I’m layering, I actually prefer bodysuits since it’s a cleaner-cut look and typically more flattering with less fidgeting or fussing required to keep things put. I just recently tried these simple bodysuits from Abercrombie and am OBSESSED – it looks like a t-shirt but it’s thicker than your average basic tee, so it’s REALLY high quality that isn’t see through in the slightest and just so soft + comfy. Highly recommend. I bought in two colors.
I also recently tried these tanks from Target – they’re a different look since they’re a higher neckline ribbed, but it’s an easy layering option, especially going into spring/summer!
These t-shirt two-packs come in and out of stock frequently because they’re growing in popularity, but it’s not even 10 bucks for a 2-pack and they’re an easy layering tee. Not the best quality out of any tee I’ve ever tried, but definitely worth the $5 and you’ll wear on repeat easily. And then on the flip side, these layering tanks are pricier BUT I’ve heard RAVE REVIEWS so they’re in my Amazon cart!
I also did a huuuuuge blog post a few years ago in the hopes of finding the best white t-shirt, so check that out for more options, too, on tees specifically!
This is one of the most frequently asked Q’s over in my Instagram DM’s, so let’s talk Tula – specifically, Tula eye balm! For reference, this is the “eye stick” we’re talkin’ about – it’s one of Tula’s bestselling products, as well as a bestseller from all of y’all in the CURowd!
The blue Tula eye balm is the original Glow & Get It formula. It’s formulated with probiotics + superfoods to be cooling, brightening, + hydrating for your undereye! Inside is caffeine for tightening + firming any fine lines or wrinkles. There’s aloe, apple, + watermelon for deep hydration, and then there’s also blueberry which is rich in antioxidants and works to protect your skin!
The pink is the Rose Glow & Get It eye balm. It’s exactly the same as the blue Tula eye balm in many ways EXCEPT it’s warmer-toned, so it’s better for warmer skin-tones, and it’s got some special added ingredients inside that are specifically for anti-aging. Namely, rosehip oil, which is a plant-based retinol alternative, and hydrating rosewater. My personal favorite is the pink because I tend to pull red on my face, and I’m always looking to up my anti-aging game. So if I can get all the goodness of the blue with some catering to my coloring AND extra credit to tackle fine lines, sign me up.
If your skin pulls bluer or yellow-ish tones, blue might be best for you. But if you’re warmer or pull redder, try pink!
The Tula eye balm can go under OR over makeup, and they’re just so dang effective; I shared them in my post on how to cover dark circles so that you can see it in action alongside concealer! ALSO don’t forget to use code COMINGUPROSES at checkout to save some money – you’ll get 15% off your order, + free shipping if your total is over $40!
What workout program do you follow?
So the short answer is…I don’t! I’ve tried SO MANY workouts through the years. I was a varsity athlete growing up in a whole buncha sports, so I was always really active (+ I just have a lotta energy, in case you haven’t noticed…ha!). But from years of running long-distance competitively with anatomically crooked knees, I ended up totally wearing out the cartilage there where I can no longer run without being in excruciating knee pain, unfortunately. SO I always look for low-impact workouts that won’t add unnecessary stress/pressure to my joints while still working the surrounding muscles.
I have this stationary bike from Amazon that was SUCH a clutch purchase – so I sometimes cycle for cardio. Other times, I whip out my mini-trampoline to jump around like Reformer workouts do, which can be a pretty intense cardio workout while really targeting all of your lower body muscles, too!
I also like lifting and have a big strength goal for the year since it can be hard for my body type to put ON muscle, so I’ve lately been mixing trampoline with free weights.
Then, I have a whole list of ab/core workouts I lovelovelove, so I add those into the rotation, too!
My motto is typically just START and MOVE! I have a kickass workout playlist if I do say so myself (feel free to follow it here if ya want/need some new jams!), and if I feel confident and motivated through music, I get a better workout. I go into a workout knowing what I want to target, and then I mix it up accordingly. The goal is to feel tired and spent in all the right places afterwards to know that I did my best. So if I’m targeting legs, for example, I’m doing extra trampoline work (squats and different jumps on it, etc) so that by the time I’m done, it’s hard to go up the stairs. Or if I’m targeting arms that day, I want to lift until I literally cannot do another rep before calling it quits.
Start, move, and make it something FUN so that you don’t hate your workouts, but actually *gasp* look forward to them. If you like to dance, try a dance-centric workout like Zumba, or just blast some Beyonce and jump around for a whole song to get your heartbeat up. If you hate running, don’t sign up for a 5K – try cycling instead. Find what you ENJOY doing so that if you’re doing it every single day, it’s still a good life. 😉
Got any Q’s you want A’d in a future #AskE post?
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