Welcome Post

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Hi Friends!

I am so happy you stumbled upon my blog! My name is Rebekah but most of my friends call me Beks. Lovelybeks is a name I came up with in high school and has stuck with me ever since. I hope you come to find my blog ~lovely~ 

I decided to start this blog at a time when everything in my life Is changing. I recently graduated college (5/11), will be starting my first ICU nursing job (7/15), getting married (12/15/18) and buying a house (TBD). Phew!That’s a lot. But, it will also give me such a plethora of topics to blog about. I hope you’re as excited about this new adventure as I am!!

I pray you will find my content unique and fulfilling! I will be blogging about everything happening in my life and anything that could benefit YOU, the reader! From wedding planning tips, fashion, lifestyle, travel, fitness, health and a little bit of faith in between!  Because let’s be honest, who can get through this crazy life without a little help from the good Lord above!? I am open to all suggestions of topics you would like me to blog about – just reach out and let me know! 

I’ll leave you on this rainy evening with one of my favorite quotes:

"Money can't buy happiness, that's what shopping is for"

XOXO

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Smile Brilliant + Giveaway = White Teeth

As many of you know I am getting married in almost 4 months (AHH!) While there are so many things to stress about, having white teeth will NOT be one of them! Smile Brilliant has eased all of my worries in that department! 

I also have a confession; I am a caffeine addict. I love coffee, Coke Zero, tea!! All the delicious drinks that stain your pearly whites, turning them a dull, yellow color (mine included!!)

I have always struggled with how to whiten my teeth… I desperately want them to be white, but I also have extreme sensitivity! Many of the Drugstore products I’ve tried hurt my teeth + never gave me the results I desired.  I recently learned that the most important part of whitening your teeth is the delivery device. Meaning, UV lights, strips, and boil and bit trays will never deliver the same results as a custom fitted whitening tray!

Luckily, Smile Brilliant reached out to me offering to take care of all my teeth whitening needs! They are a custom teeth whitening company that enable you to whiten your teeth without ever having to leave the comfort of your home! I have never gotten more compliments on my smile than within the past month and I want y’all to be able to experience the same amazing results!

Before: June 13th, 2018

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After: August 8th, 2018

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For transparency, both pictures are unedited and taken in similar lighting (both after drinking a Coke Zero:)

Let me tell you a little bit about the Smile Brilliant Process:

  • First, you answer a short survey about the history of your teeth (Do you smoke? Do you drink coffee? Are your teeth sensitive?)
    • After that, they will recommend the package that will work best for your teeth.
  • Then, they send you all of the necessary materials to craft your impressions at home + your whitening gel & desensitizing gel (if needed). 
    • They even supply you with postage labels to send your impressions back! This makes the process so easy and convenient!
  • You will get your custom fitted trays within a week to begin the whitening process! 
  • You begin with 30 to 45-minute whitening sessions and gradually work your way up to 1-2 hours! 

Fun Facts about Smile Brilliant: 

  • Smile Brilliant is over 70% off the price of dental trays from your dentist! 
  • They have a special desensitizing gel which is used following teeth whitening if you are genetically prone to sensitivity! 
    • This helps eliminate sensitivity caused by whitening and prevents re-staining!
  •  They even offer an interest-free payment plan ($57/month) for three months! 
  • Their customer service is hands down the absolute best that I have ever worked with!
    • They are attentive to your every need, want, concern, and email. They truly want you to have the most enjoyable experience possible!

LUCKILY FOR Y’ALL,  I’VE TEAMED UP WITH SMILE BRILLIANT TO GIVE ONE LUCKY FOLLOWER A FREE TEETH WHITENING KIT! CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE YOUR ENTRY! 

You deserve to be confident in your smile. Treat yourself today with 15% off your purchase using code lovelybeks15  

XOXO

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“Love is Sweet” Bridal Shower

Yesterday was the best day ever! My two matrons of honor, my sisters, threw me my first bridal shower! I am laying out all the sweet details in this post!

It was a day full of candy, desserts, doughnuts, laughter, friendship, catching up, and ultimately showering me with all the kitchen supplies necessary to bake sweet treats!

Here are a few little snippets of the fun:

There was a station for everyone to drop their favorite recipe in my “Recipe Box.” I am excited to try these recipes out once I move into our new place! Right now, I am not the biggest baker/cook but I have promised myself that I will at least try to become better! We also played an “Advice for the Bride” game. This was my favorite part because I got to hear everyone’s personal best relationship/life advice. I definitely will keep their comments close to heart, as the marriages are all lasting (my grandma has been married 56 years!)

My sweet sister also made a Snachat filter for the Generation Z part of me 🙂 This was such a fun personal touch to add to the shower and I know the guests enjoyed it as well! Since doughnuts are one of my favorite treats they had to get a doughnut CAKE! It was so gorgeous and delicious. If you are in the Charlotte area, definitely check out Suarez Bakery. 

There was a candy bar for guests to take home a goodie bag of their favorite candies!

For my dress, I wore this gorgeous Kate Spade lace flouncy shift-dress. I absolutely love the attention to detail on it + how flattering it is! I stayed simple with gold geometric hoop earrings and nude double strap chunky heels.

I want to say such a big thank you to my sisters, Elisabeth and Katie for hosting,  and all my friends and family who came to shower me with all the love and gifts! My future kitchen is almost already fully stocked!!

I hope you enjoyed reading about all the details of this fun event! If you have any questions or comments feel free to DM me or comment below! There is also going to be a video recap coming soon, which I am so excited about! Stay tuned for that♥️

XOXO

The Cutest Wedge Sneakers

Y’ALL. How cute are these wedge sneakers? Now, I saw these last year but didn’t know if I was quite into the wedge sneaker trend yet. But, I have officially joined the train. These are such an easy way to dress up any athleisure look. Not to mention, they are SO comfortable!  I can already tell I am going to be living in these this fall!

I am linking the suede ones I have from the #nsale which are on sale for $30 off! However, right now they are sold out in most sizes. BUT, you can buy them now not in your size and when the sale is over and they have re-stocked you can exchange them for your size! (I plan to exchange mine for the correct size & the nude color!) They are true to size! I have heard they stretch a little, so if they are snug at first that is OK!

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I am also linking these which are super similar from the same designer & a little more affordable!

Pepee Wedge Sneaker

These are super similar but have the cutest side zipper, are not on sale, BUT are fully stocked! (the grey suede are on sale for $59 in select sizes)

HAPPY SHOPPING!!!

XOXO

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My Eating Tip That Actually Works

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”

One of the most common questions I get is about my diet. Y’all are interested in what I eat, when I eat it, etc… So! I am finally writing this blog post. I truly hope y’all enjoy it & find it informative!

Anyone who knows me knows how much I genuinely enjoy food. I LOVE to eat and tend to eat a lot… like, most people are surprised at how much I eat! Haha.

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To be honest I don’t really have a ‘diet.’ I am a huge proponent of listening to your body… Whenever I first think I am hungry, I make sure I am actually hungry. I do this by drinking a big glass of water and trying to wait a few minutes to see if I’m still “hungry.” Most of the times I am usually just thirsty or bored… But, if I am still hungry, I EAT!

I think something that makes my eating habits unique is that I do not snack. I eat two big meals a day and that is essentially it. I definitely get all my calories in like this!! So, for example, if I go out to eat for breakfast I will eat a large meal that will (hopefully) keep me full until dinner time (usually!)

My normal day looks something like this:

Wake up around 8, drink a big glass of water and coffee + creamer (I use regular Half & Half). Then I usually go workout (without eating). I LOVE fasted cardio. You feel so thin after! Haha.

Then I eat a really big lunch around 11-12. This usually holds me over until dinner when I eat at 5-6. Now, if I don’t eat dinner until 7:30-8, then I get extremely hangry & usually snack then (cold broccoli, pita+ hummus).

Whenever I write it out like this it seems like a follow an eating schedule… but it is actually just an incredibly natural way of eating for me. I tend to eat reallly big meals, which subsequently keeps me full for a super long time! This helps me unintentionally intermittent fast! Which, if you don’t know what it is basically a pattern of eating that cycles between a period of fasting and non-fasting during a defined period. The way it works is because when your body is digesting food (for about 3 hours after you eat) it is not able to burn fat because your insulin levels are very high + it is putting all it’s energy into digesting your food. This is called the fed state. What intermittent fasting does is keep your body in the fasting state longer to help you burn fat + keep muscle mass. The fasting state does not begin until twelve hours after your last meal. This is why normally we are never in the fasted state (think, you most likely eat at least every 8 hours). Now, I do not intentionally fast, this is just what I have noticed I do regularly over the past year and have recently started to do research on the benefits of intermittent fasting: it can help you live longer, increase concentration, help you lose weight, may reduce the risk of cancer, & simplify your life.

I usually fast from 8 pm until 12 pm the next day without eating which is a 16 hour fasting window! This allows my body to bring its glucose levels back to normal + start burning fat. I especially make sure to have a big window of fasting if I know I am going to be going out for dinner or eating a lot that night.

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I’m not saying this is for everyone, some people have to eat every couple hours for health reasons, but if you are trying to lose weight or just want a change with your diet, maybe give it a shot! If you do, let me know how it goes!

XOXO

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Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

If you got the chance to watch my stories today, you got to see a sneak peek of these super cute leggings (and also that I almost got caught in a torrential downpour of rain!!!!) I was so excited to find them on sale for 50% off in the spring, that I accidentally got the navy blue color (the lighting in the boutique was darkkkk ok!??!:) Anyway, I still love them and will be rocking them all fall, winter, spring, anddd summer long!

Shop them here or by clicking the picture below! (for sizing: I am wearing a size small but would rather be in a Medium)

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I am linking a more affordable, NON-faux-leather, pair here! 

This adorable tee is on sale for $10 today & comes in white, black, olive, & cranberry! It is the perfect linen blend shirt to carry you into fall & layer with a cozy cardigan. I am wearing a size small, but could easily do a medium for a more oversized look!

As always, if you have any sizing questions, or just wanna chat, send me a DM or comment on this post!

XOXO

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Picks

The #nsale is live for the public at 3 AM Est. tonight!!!!!! And I am so so excited to snag a few items I have had my eyes on for a while… Below are some of my absolute favorites/the best deals from this sale! I know all my girls are budget conscious and trust me so am I, so I tried to keep everything below $50 (besides for shoes) #haventstartedmyjobyet lol ENJOY!

Tops:

Found My Friend Sweater,                         Main,                         color, Sky

Raw Edge V-Neck Tee,                         Main,                         color, Black

Originals Trefoil Tank,                         Main,                         color, White/ Black

Twist Front Long Sleeve Tee,                         Main,                         color, Grey Light Heather

Balloon Sleeve Sweater,                         Main,                         color, Pink Rose

All The Stops Hoodie,                         Main,                         color, Purple Fragrant

Mock Neck Colorblock Sweater,                         Main,                         color, Red Rumba ColorblockStitch Curve Hem Cardigan,                         Main,                         color, Beige Oatmeal Medium Heather

Rib Knit Bodysuit,                         Alternate,                         color, Pink Zephyr

Exposed Seam Sweater,
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                        color, Olive Amber

Raw Edge Scoop Neck Tee,
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                        color, Ivory Liz Stripe

Shoes:

For the #nsale I am really looking to buy staple shoes. This means booties that will take me all the way from Fall to Spring. This is the best time to stock up because most of these shoes will not go on sale again until after the season.  Most of these shoes are pricey, but they are staples that will last and you will get SO much wear out of!

Kochelda Over the Knee Boot,                         Main,                         color, Taupe Notch Suede

 

Trace Studded Mule,                         Main,                         color, Black With Stud

Yabba Wedge Bootie,                         Main,                         color, Grey Suede

Violet Genuine Calf Hair Mule,                         Main,                         color, Leopard Calf Hair

Sultan Chelsea Wedge Sneaker,                         Main,                         color, Black Suede

 

Lash Split Shaft Bootie,                         Main,                         color, Camel

Carter Slingback Platform Sandal,                         Main,                         color, Tan Suede


Nala II Mule,                         Main,                         color, Natural Embossed Snake Leather

Aiden Wedge Sneaker,                         Main,                         color, Taupe Perforated Leather

Athletic shoes:

Edge Lux Clima Running Shoe,                         Main,                         color, Clear Orange/ White

Air Max Thea Sneaker,                         Main,                         color, Atmosphere Grey/ White

Free TR8 Training Shoe,                         Main,                         color, White/ Metallic Silver

Bottoms/Jumpsuits:

I AM OBSESSED WITH THESE!!

Tempo Running Shorts,                         Main,                         color, Black

Surplice Jumpsuit,                         Main,                         color, Red Baroque

Lace Romper,                         Main,                         color, Ivory/ Nude

Cord Miniskirt,                         Main,                         color, Tobacco

Live In High Waist Leggings,                         Main,                         color, Black

Faux Leather Leggings,
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                        color, Black

Happy Shopping Babes!! Make sure to send me pictures of anything you buy! If you have any questions DM me or comment below!

XOXO

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The Scoop: Pure Barre vs. Barre3

If you’ve been following me for a little while, you may know by now that I am a huge barre girl! I love the feeling of working hard, sweating, and doing a full body workout, without the high impact that can come with running, Orange Theory, etc. Now, I know a lot of people who’ve never taken a barre class scoff at it as not being hard or challenging… but, let me just say this, don’t knock it till you try it! I’ve heard NFL players say it’s the hardest thing they’ve ever done!

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For those of you that don’t know anything about barre, it is essentially a mix of elements including pilates, dance, and yoga. Every move is choreographed to high intensity motivating music! You do a lot of isometric movements, meaning you hold a position & contract your muscle, rather than moving your limb. Barre also incorporates a lot of resistance work to build and tone your muscles, rather than heavy weights (the heaviest weight they even offer is 5 lbs — this feels like 1000lbs at some points during class!!!)

So, the question I’ve been getting asked the most is: what is the difference between Pure Barre and Barre3? Let me start by first saying that every studio is different! They are all individually owned + operated so what I have experienced here in Fort Mill, SC may not hold true to wherever you live. But, I think this blog post will give a good breakdown of the similarities and differences!

Some of the obvious differences are that in Pure Barre you have to wear socks while in Barre3 they are optional. The floor in Pure Barre is carpet while Barre3 is hard linoleum.  Pure Barre has a more cozy and homey environment, while Barre3 is aesthetically more bright and airy. Barre3 also offers child care for all you momma’s out there! I know that is a huuge deal breaker for lots of women out there.

In terms of the people, the instructors are super friendly at both places. However, I will say, at Pure Barre you feel like a celebrity your first class; you get a full tour and instructional guide from the instructor. Whereas at Barre3 it’s more casual and less individualized. At Pure Barre, they take the time to learn everyone’s name and compliment or make individualized instruction all during class.  I miss this at Barre3, where it is more of a traditional group fitness class, where they don’t do much-individualized instruction. Barre3, at least at my specific studio seems to have a younger clientele, which I love since I am always the youngest in the class😂

Relating to choreography, I think Pure Barre is a lot more detailed. I could never teach a PB class, just because I am not very rhythmically gifted, but I think I could teach a Barre3 class. B3 uses more traditional exercise movements (eg. squats) that you perform over and over to make an impact on your physique.  Both classes work arms, legs, thighs, shoulders, back, abs… but, I think Pure Barre works your abs/lower back more; there is a longer dedicated period of time for abs. Whereas, in B3 you are supposed to be working your core during the entire class, by always flexing and sucking in your abs! Although this is hard to keep up the whole time 😉

One element that I love about B3 is that it incorporates more elements of yoga, such as relaxation, breathing, spiritual,  and mental focus.  It is amazing to have an hour of your day dedicated completely to re-centering yourself.

Pure Barre, in my opinion, definitely has better music. It is loud, motivating, and more popular well-known songs! Whereas B3 plays more instrumental music with strong beats.

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My first Pure Barre class was over 3 years ago and I remember being sooo sore. My first Barre3 workout was last week and I was also SO DARN SORE. Like, couldn’t sit down on the toilet sore lol. So, I think they are both an amazing workout! It really just depends on your preference for the instructors, the location, and your overall workout style that you prefer. For me, I like rotating to keep things different! Barre3 has been such a good change of pace and honestly, I am just excited to get back into more of a workout routine since graduating college!

I’m sorry if this was a bit rambly.. I just really wanted to give y’all the most information possible! Let me know if you’ve tried both B3 and PB and what you think of each! As always, if you have any questions, feel free to DM me or comment below!

XOXO

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Favorite False Eyelashes

Hi lovelies, I hope everyone has had a great start to their week.  I am so sorry I have been a bit absent from the blog. I spent allll day Monday moving out of my college house. I had a bit more stuff left than I originally thought😉!!! Luckily for me, my sisters are the absolute best and came to help me out. It was a mad dash to finish in time; we literally gathered up the last of my belongings just as the cleaning ladies pulled up! While it is so bittersweet about leaving college, I am beyond excited to start this next chapter in my life!

Now on to the purpose of this blog post… Recently I have been getting a lot of questions about my eyelashes! I have been using THESE for the past month and a half.

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I was never really a fake eyelash type of girl, just because, to be honest, I am not very skilled at putting them on. But y’all — these magnetic eyelashes are game changers!!! Once you get the hang of getting them on, they become such an easy way to enhance your look. Currently, I wear the demi wispies, which are a bit dramatic, but perfect for special occasions + heavily photographed moments.

However, I just bought THESE, which are perfect for an everyday basis. I think they are such a great option when your eyelashes need a break from mascara or you just want a quicker application option with an easier removal.

Since they are a bit tricky to put on when you first begin, here are a few tips to help make the process a little smoother:

  • Cut off one (or more) magnet piece from the edge of both the top and bottom lash.  This ensures that they are not too long for your eye.
  • Put on a thin coat of mascara before putting on the eyelashes. This helps to give the falsies some texture to adhere to.
  • Let the mascara dry completely before applying the fake eyelashes. This will ensure you get the most wears of your eyelashes (I have worn mine over 10 times and they are still going strong!)
  • Most importantly, don’t get discouraged if you have trouble the first few attempts. It took me a week of trying to finally perfect applying them.. but trust me, they are still so much easier than using traditional fake eyelashes with glue, and look amazing!

If you end up getting these, send me pictures and let me know how you like them! If you get them and have trouble with the application process, send me a DM or an email and I will be more than happy to help you❤️

XOXO

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All Time Favorite Sport Jacket

While I am so sad my vacation is over I am SO HAPPY to be getting back into my workout routine. I need to burn off all that ice cream I ate every night last week #weddingbod LOL. I am getting back into things today with a Barre3 class this afternoon and a little cardio before. Okay, so enough about me, let’s get on to this jacket…

So by now, y’all probably can tell that I LOVE a good deal and don’t like to spend a fortune on my clothing! Well, this jacket from Lululemon is a rare exception. It is worth all the pennies!

I splurged on this jacket last summer, after having my eye on it for many months. It is so comfortable, versatile & flattering! I have seriously never found a jacket that hugs in all the right places as much as this one. It enhances any pair of shorts or leggings and really completes an athleisure look. It is perfect to sport on your way to the gym, on a hike, or just running errands around town.

For sizing: Lululemon’s sizing is a bit different… I usually say go 4 sizes bigger than you are in regular clothes. (I am usually a 4, so I  wear an 8 in Lulu) buuut if you want a more snug fit, like this jacket is on me, size down. I am wearing a size 6 in this Define jacket.  I am wearing the “Spray Jacquard White Black” color. I know the sizing is confusing, so if you have any questions at all, feel free to DM me or comment below, I love to answer all of your questions! ALSO, comment below if you want me to post more workout clothes for y’all🖤🖤

XOXO

The Sweetest Thing top with Sequins & Sass

I recently stumbled upon the most adorable online boutique, SEQUINS & SASS and just had to share it with y’all! The owner, Jessica has the most endearing story that I know all of y’all will fall in love with. Be sure to shop this adorable top + whole boutique! Use my code REBEKAH15 until Tuesday (7-10-18) for 15% off your order & FREE shipping!

I am wearing “The Sweetest Thing” top and am obsessing over the neckline with the bow tie on the side. Not to mention these polka dots are too cute. It is so flattering and pairs flawlessly with white jeans for a casual summer look!

Read Jessica’s story below:

“I started Sequins & Sass because it was my dream to have a boutique ever since I was a little girl. My mom said since I was 2 I was able to pick out my outfits and they would be adorable. As I grew up, I would have to pick out a tie for my dad that matched his outfit. It was our fun time together. Then friends would ask me what they should wear to events or what to pack for vacation, and I just started helping everyone I knew with fashion and styling advice. Meanwhile, my personal fashion sense was to be unique, I loved things that were different! Do you remember primp, the bleach splattered sweat outfits made popular by Jessica Simpson? I had to have them, I even ordered them from all over the country! Friends & strangers alike would stop and ask me where I got a certain items I was wearing. That is when I really thought about pursuing my dream. In 2015, I had a life changing traumatic event happen, and from that awful event forward, I turned my life around. I began thinking about my future business non-stop. After recovering from surgery last year, I filed my LLC paperwork and started to build my website. The name came to me one day when I was driving and it perfectly describes who I am! I love my clothes to have a little bit of sequins and a whole lot of sass!”

HAPPY SHOPPING LOVES💕

XOXO