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?

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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!!!!:)

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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 ❤

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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!

Clemson

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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.

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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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