CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY: SMILE BRILLIANT

By now, y’all probably all know how much I love Smile Brilliant, the company I use to whiten my teeth! They have the best customer service & their whitening actually works! See my blog post spilling all the details on their process here!

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE!

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My holiday 3-piece PJ’s are currently $5 off, making them only $20!!! Shop them here!

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If you want to purchase your own set of teeth whitening, you can do so HERE. Use code lovelybeks15 for 15% off your purchase!! Give the gift of whiter teeth to your loved one for Christmas.

Customizable Shampoo + Conditioner Giveaway

I have always struggled with my hair… it’s too thin, it has split ends, it gets oily, the list goes on and on. I’m sure you have a list of your hair’s problems, too! But, I’m also sure your list looks a little different than mine. Every girl’s hair is UNIQUE and different, so why should our hair care products all be the same? Formulate is a hair care line that allows you to create your OWN hair care products, specific to the needs of your hair. When I stumbled upon this company I was so amazed that you could literally customize your own shampoo and conditioner. I took a short quiz that described my hair, what my hair needs were, and what scent I preferred. Formulate then sent me my shampoo and conditioner based on the results.

Click here to see what I specified for my hair needs + to ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

This company is always sulfate, paraben and cruelty free. I have been using it for a few weeks and can already notice positive changes to my hair. I hope everyone has a great week + good luck on the giveaway!!!

Free People Sale Alert

A tiger win✔️ + good sales = the best weekend!! My free people tunic + jeans are on sale for less than $100 for both!! (use code FRIENDS at checkout) Happy Sunday friendss – have the best weeeek💜💜 You can instantly shop my looks by following me on the @liketoknow.it app! I’ve also linked tons of cute booties all under $40!

This tunic just screams fall! It is perfect for game days, date night, or worn casually with leggings. Shop my whole look here:

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Both items are true to size; I’m wearing a size small in the top and a 27 in the jeans.

I hope everyone has a fabulous week!

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Favorite Sneaker Wedges

Today is Thursday, which means tomorrow is Friday & we’re almost to the weekend🖤🙌🏼 I am so excited to spend the weekend relaxing, watching football + putting together all of our new furniture. Wait- I totally sound like I am a guy!!! But really😂 What are y’alls weekend plans?

Shop my look here!

These sneaker wedges are turning into my ALL TIME fav shoe + they’re under $100🖤🖤 This flannel is from Old Navy & it’s currently 30% off! My jeans are not sold anymore 🙁 but I linked another pair of boyfriend distressed jeans which are also on sale today🙌🏼

I am working today, but have a three day weekend after today. We can do this!

2018 Fall Shoe Trends

Happy Tuesday, lovelies! While I know the temperatures don’t necessarily indicate that it’s fall, the first day of fall is less than a week away (September 22nd)!! I am sharing a few of the must-have fall shoe trends for 2018, all of them under $100 (with the exception of one pair. See if you can spot them!!!!:)

Shop my complete look here: 

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Over-the-knee boots are still in, PRAISE THE LORD! I love how flattering + fun they are to wear. Here’s some of my fav’s under $100:

 

Animal prints are trending… Like, if you don’t have leopard in your closet this fall, you may be the only one! Heres a few of my fav animal print styles:

Ankle boots are still a thing, especially if they’re white with a chunky heel. The more “out-there” the color, the better. I’ve rounded up some of my favorites for the “everyday girl.”

Sock booties. Are they a sock? Are they a boot? The world may never know. What we do know, though, is that they are super comfortable + I am going to need more of these in my life.

Sneakers. While I am usually very preppy with my style, I also love a good sneaker. Sneaker wedges are also one of my all-time favorites! I am so happy I finally discovered them + gave them a try this season. You should, too!!

 

As always, comment or dm me with any questions. I love to help <3

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Game Day Outfit Inspo

Today is the start of college football and I am SOOOO pumped!! If you know me, you know I am an avid college football fan. There is nothing I love more than a cute game day outfit. The two most requested schools were USC & Clemson. I’ve got you covered for all your outfit inspo needs. I will start with summer-fall transition pieces and then gradually move into more fall/winter items. I know the first few games are always blazing hot and I want nothing more than to be wearing a light dress! Also, most of these items are on sale for Labor Day so make sure to shop them quickly before they’re gone!

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Gamecock

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Let me know what other school colors you want to see & I’ll add more🖤

XOXO

Coziest Fall Sweater

Hi Lovelies!

Last week we got a little taste of fall with cooler temperatures and that got me so excited for all things fall: sweaters, booties, hot chocolate & most importantly the cold! I recently got this cream color cardigan from Roots and Sparrows online boutique, and let me tell ya’ll, it is amazing. So fuzzy, cozy, and the perfect fit! I wanted it a little oversized, so I am wearing a size medium.

Shop it here for only $35:

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Shop the rest of my look here:

-my free people jeans are $35 in select sizes

-dupe for my shoes are $17

I know I have been pretty absent on Instagram and lovelybeks.com recently… and I am so so sorry about that!! I just wanted to give a quick update on what I have been up to!

First, I began my job in the ICU and I have loved it so far. It is the most challenging obstacle I have taken on, but I have learned so much. And only in 3 weeks!! I am so excited for the rest of my nursing career.

Next, Holden and I went apartment shopping and after touring manyyy places, we finally settled on the perfect place. I get the city feel I wanted and he gets the location he wanted! It is in the cutest shopping center with a barre studio, Chuy’s, Whole Food, Panera, and a Haagen Daas. Sooo, yes I will be needing to frequent that barre studio😉

I plan to post a whole blog post on the process of decorating the apartment and the finished product 🙂

I will be moving in towards the end of September, and then Holden will move in after our wedding 🙂 Speaking of our wedding, we ran into a few hiccups in the planning process and are still trying to work through them… I would so appreciate a prayer that everything works out!

Sometimes it is so hard to trust in God’s plan. A friend recently shared that we should not worry about things that are out of our control. And this resonated so much with me. I tend to overthink situations and stress myself out. But really, God wants us to trust in Him. So I am making this my personal goal for the week.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Other fun things happening in my life:

I am going to be an AUNT!! I am so excited!! I am one of twelve kids, but surprisingly, this will be my first niece/nephew! Of course, she will be spoiled by everyone in my family. I am already beginning to shop for allll the pink and frilly dresses!

I am hoping that when I move into my own place I can begin to prioritize blogging again, take more pictures, find more sales, and give y’all the content you want. Thanks for sticking with me and supporting me. It means the world.

XOXO

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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.

(shop my black maxi by clicking the picture below)

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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.

(shop my earrings by clicking the picture below)

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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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