Skin is a Beautiful Thing… Wear It Well!

A few months ago, I was sitting across from my soon-to-be grandmother and Mary Kay guru (she knows all things beauty), Nana Louisa, complimenting how soft her cheek felt after our traditional tight hug. She told me the #1 rule to having great skin is moisturizing and wearing sunscreen, and I, of course, nodded. Fast…

Social Media Can Wait

If you’ve been following along, then you’d know I got engaged 11 days ago. And if you haven’t…. TADA! I’m engaged 🙂 I felt compelled to write about why we waited to make the announcement and why I highly recommend couples do the same. My fiancĂ© and I decided to wait a few days before…

A Million Times Yes

In most little girls’ dreams, the thought of marriage crosses their minds at some point or another. Of course, I was and am one of those little girls, dreaming of the day my very own Prince Charming would come sweeping me off of my feet. And he came on January 19th, 2018. Although I’m biased,…

Fueled by Passion… and Hairspray

Three months ago, a hairstylist, a salon and a product changed my life. Yes, that may sound dramatic, but trust me when I say I feel ten times happier and more fabulous, and so does my hair. Before I decided to get Klix, I did my research — numerous consulting appointments for different types of…

Be the Sunshine Mixed with a Little Hurricane

Did you wake up this morning feeling like you can conquer the world? Okay, maybe not the world, but definitely your job or your kids or whatever lies ahead… I know I did after watching the Golden Globes. #Oprah4President2020 It wasn’t her speech that fueled my motivation for today, but rather, her delivery and her…

A His & Hers Kind of Christmas

My boyfriend, Vince, recently bought a beautiful, tall Christmas tree to set up in his living room. It’s a 9-foot artificial tree with six different light settings, allowing you to choose from all white light to all multi-color to a rapid switch between the two. It’s the perfect mixture for both of our tastes –…

It’s Time We Speak Up

I’m not one to talk about politics, ever. Sure, I can join the band wagon around my family and friends, but I am normally neutral. I guess spending three years being “politically correct” and “silent” about my views outside of the pageant interviews had a little bit of an affect. But something peaked my interest…

We’re All Thinking It…

Do you believe in chance? I do. Do you believe in everything happening for a reason, as clichĂ© as that sounds? I do. What about doing the right thing, no matter how hard or uncomfortable it might make you? I sure do. Today was one of those days.  I’m the type that typically works her…

Waldorf Astoria: Shanghai Style

Who run the world? GIRLS. GIRLS. I wish it was girls, BeyoncĂ©. Actually, it’s not a who, it’s a what that rules today’s society. And that what is called branding. In the hotel industry, branding is everything. From the way you are greeted to the way a hotel smells (seriously, pay attention to the scent…

An Important Lesson the 2018 Miss America Competition Taught Me

Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I’m an incredibly impulsive individual. Although I’ve gotten better at thinking through things first — wisdom comes with age, right? — I still find myself quick to react to things I’m emotionally invested in. And you can imagine what kind of trouble that can bring….