I’ve never been one for New Years resolutions. It somehow feels like setting myself up for failure. Instead, I’ve decided to create a list of 101 things I’d like to do/accomplish in 1001 days (thank you Kara for the inspiration) which seems more attainable for some reason. Some things are easy (I’ve already done #72, #83, #91) and others seem impossible (see #20, #42 and #82). I definitely want 2017 to be the year of organizing and de-cluttering my life. BTW, my husband surprised me with the book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and I’m not sure if I should be flattered that he knows me so well (I almost bought it for myself a year ago) or annoyed at the not-so-subtle hint. LOL!!! Anywho…you can check out my list below:

1. Get my iPhoto library down to less than 10k photos (I currently have over 85k)

2. Clean out my sock, underwear & pj drawer (bye socks with holes and pj pants from the 90’s!) (DONE! 02/01/17)

3. Buy a bookshelf to get all of our books off the floor in our office

4. Finish all of the half read books on my night stand

5. Organize fire/emergency safe (check fire extinguishers/fire alarms also)

6. Get rid of my piles (if I’ve lived without looking in them for 6mo, I’m sure I’ll survive without them)

7. Get my eyebrows microbladed or learn how to pencil them in properly

8. Get some type of laser treatment for my undereyes

9. Use my chemo cream to remove pre-cancerous cells on my chest (leaves awful scabs for weeks)

10. Get all of my old bonding on my teeth replaced

11. Go to Julian for apple pie

12. Swim with Otters (I am on a waitlist-2017 is completely booked)

13. Take a Pilates class (the kind that uses those tables?)

14. Get the screw back to my diamond earring fixed so I can actually wear them

15. Get my wedding ring professionally cleaned

16. See Billy Joel in concert again

17. Do another 5k (maybe the Turkey Trot!)

18. Play in falling snow (not just man-made snow)

19. Do a juice cleanse of some sort for longer than 1 day

20. Go 3 (5 seems impossible) days without sugar/candy (I eat candy daily)

21. Organize my closets

22. Organize my film photos

23. Create a personal IG account so I can organize family photos & make chatbooks

24. Get to bed earlier

25. Get new silverwear (HOW are we missing so many pieces?!?)

26. Buy cute new dishes for everyday use

27. Get rid of/organize Eep’s toy room

28. Decorate Eep’s room (big boy instead of baby)

29. Drink more water

30. Renew my magazine subscriptions

31. List more clothes on Poshmark (you can shop my closet here)

32. Do a 30 day shopping freeze

33. Try a new crockpot recipe

34. Get back to more of a blogging schedule

35. Visit NYC

36. Get a facial

37. Clean out skincare/makeup sample drawer

38. Unsubscribe to all email junkmail

39. Clean up my Yahoo inbox (I’ve got 52, 275 unread emails)

40. Start taking vitamins again

41. Get new thank you cards

42. Grow IG following

43. Use Pinterest more often

44. Participate more in my SD blogging community fb pages/meetups, etc.

45. Hire a photographer to take professional blog pics

46. Take professional family photos again

47. Get Christmas cards out the first week in December

48. Update media kit

49. Hold a plank for 2+ min

50. Take a photography class

51. Get new business cards

52. Meet my hubby for lunch more often

53. Go on an overnight trip with just me & Eep

54. Zip line again

55. Buy and USE a cute daytimer/planner

56. Go to Catalina again

57. Camp at Carpinteria again

58. Palm Springs Fashion Week again

59. Get new reading glasses/actually wear my contacts

60. Go back to Salton Sea

61. Go to the beach and watch a sunset

62. Make a cactus wall

63. Go to another Paint Nite

64. Host a brunch for my besties at my house

65. Go to Las Vegas again

66. Go to Antelope Canyon in AZ

67. Get wood floors in our house

68. Get the house painted

69. Create a space to do my makeup with good lighting

70. Create a cute way to store hats, scarves, purses

71. Hang more candid family photos around the house

72. Host a game night at home with friend  (DONE! 1/7/17)

73. Go on a wine tasting in Napa or Sanoma

74. Go on a daytime beer tasting party bus

75. Do another Scavenger Hunt

76. Volunteer at an Alzheimers home

77. Get some sort of updated gaming system (xbox, wii???)

78. Plant more bougainvilla

79. Have a picnic at the top of our mountain in the gazebo

80. Make cowboy cookies

81. Replace lights that are too dim in my closets with brighter lights

82. Do a real pushup

83. Visit my brother’s new apartment (DONE! 1/14/17)

84. Buy/Make and wear a fancy hat to Opening Day at Del Mar Races

85. Get rid of all old towels and buy all matching sets

86. Go to a shooting range

87. Detail my car

88. Get the proper attachment so I can listen to Pandora in my car

89. Take a coding class

90. Redesign my blog

91. See RENT again (DONE! 1/15/17)

92. Go ice skating

93. Get a tattoo removed

94. Go to the Living Zoo in Palm Desert

95. Go to Dinner en Blanc

96. Get my broken capillaries zapped at the dermatologist

97. Go to KAABOO again

98. Participate in a Lantern Festival

99. Visit my grandparents graves

100. Rescue another animal

101. Learn how to properly use iCloud and backup EVERYTHING

Disclaimer: Images in collage above via here, here and here.

Last week I attended cabi Scoop for the 2nd time…right here in my hometown of San Diego! Which is exciting enough in itself but this year I also got to record the intro for the runway fashion show broadcast (you can check it out here and use password BonjourS17 to view it)! As I mentioned in my last post, cabi stylists from across the country come together for a weekend of training, fashion & fun (oh, and let’s not forget shopping)! It is such an amazing experience and every time I attend a cabi event, I leave feeling empowered and inspired. These women definitely know how to have a good time! For anyone new here, you can also check out this post to learn more about cabi or visit their website at cabionline.com. And now for a few of the highlights from my day:

As soon as I got to the event, I was whisked away for hair & makeup before filming the runway fashion show intro.

After I was done filming, I met up with one of my favorite blogger buds Nikki to shop the vintage cabi sale and we grabbed a quick lunch at Lou & Mickey’s. And of course we had to stop for #ootd pics! My outfit is from the cabi Fall collection.

Then it was off to the fashion show, where underneath every one of our seats (over 3,500 of us!) was a little box with a Sofia Mini Blanc de Blanc can (in signature pink, of course!) to toast/kick off the show!

The castaway dress is just one of my favorite pieces from the Spring 2017 collection. You can view the full collection here.

There is nothing more fun than a confetti party complete with falling pink & white balloons! Check out that crowd behind me…I felt like a superstar in the front row!

Cabi fashion shows are THE best! The energy is contagious, the women are SO supportive & uplifting and the clothes are FABULOUS! A HUGE thank you to cabi for including me in this special event. I can NOT wait for next year!

01.10
2017

#cabiscoop

I was first introduced to cabi back in early 2012 when I was invited to attend their huge bi-annual event called “The Scoop”. Twice a year, the cabi girls (cabi consultants) and the whole cabi team come together for a weekend of fashion, training & fun. But most exciting is the official unveiling of the upcoming season’s collection! I’ve been to several local fashion shows and I’ve got to tell you that NOTHING compares to the energy & excitement of a cabi fashion show! This year, I am so excited to share that I will once again be attending and will be covering the event on my social media channels so be sure to follow along on the fun (#cabiscoop)! Oh…but there’s more! Now YOU can get a virtual front row seat to the cabi Spring 2017 fashion show (to be broadcast on Jan 13th) simply by registering here! In the meantime, you can get a sneak peek of the cabi Spring 2017 collection here.

Outfit Details: Waterfront Shirt c/o cabi, Free People Vegan Leather Pants, Vince Camuto Heels,  Kirna Zabete for Target Clutch, Morgause Bib c/o Baublebar

01.08
2017

Fuzzy

b-low-the-belt olivaceous-printed-skirt indah-bodysuit forever-21-faux-fur-jacket

I bought this jacket on a whim and I’m so glad I did. It’s so comfy and I’ve actually worn it out on several occasions over the holiday season! Sadly it is sold out…I hate when that happens…but Forever 21 does bring popular items back so be sure and check their back in stock section if you love it too! I swear it’s been the coldest Winter we’ve had in years. And we are expecting four more consecutive days of rain! Is Winter over yet? Oh wait, it’s only just begun. =)

Outfit Details: Indah Clothing Bodysuit (via Swirl Boutique), Olivaceous Printed Skirt (also via Swirl Boutique), B-Low the Belt Bri Bri Belt, Forever 21 Faux Fur Coat (sold out), Urban Outfitters Saddle Bag

SMD Cosmetics

I have a confession to make. I am OBSESSED with anti-aging products. Unfortunately for me, I grew up using tanning beds at a very early age. I actually had to force BEG my mom to sign off to allow me to go into the tanning beds before the age of 18. To make matters worse, I would go in for a full 30 minutes and then go into the face tanner after that!!! Around the age of 25 I started to notice how badly my skin was damaged and have been trying to reverse the damage ever since! So when a friend of mine introduced me to SMD Cosmetics, I could not wait to give it a try! SMD Cosmetics is a Korean Skincare line that uses herbs and natural ingredients instead of harsh chemicals to exfoliate, hydrate and regenerate your skin. I was MOST excited to try their Snail Serum. YES, SNAIL SERUM. Don’t worry though…it does not harm snails and no snails are in the cream. LOL. For the past thirty + days I have continued to use my usual Dove Beauty Bar to cleanse (Gasp! I know…bar soap…but it works for me!) followed by SMD Cosmetics Inhyunjin Essence Age Defining Serum and then the Saromae Quintessential Snail Serum Concentrate. The hugest change I’ve noticed is the actual brightening of my overall skin tone. And definitely less flaky dry skin! My skin is usually way drier in the winter because I am always in the house next to a roaring fire or have the heater going. But I truly believe that the combination of these two products has helped keep my skin moisturized. I use the Inhyunjin Essence in the evening and in the daytime and the Saromae Snail Serum only at night. The Essence absorbs immediately and does not interfere with my makeup application at all. I never took before photos but I did share a pic of me (below) with zero makeup and only my SMD Cosmetics products on my face right before bedtime. Have any of you tried a snail serum yet? If not, I highly recommend this one!

P.S. For anyone wondering what an “Essence” is…I would say it is like a serum (with all of those wonderful anti-aging ingredients) but it is a much lighter formula so as I mentioned above you can wear it day and night!

SMD Cosmetics

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Disclaimer: I was gifted these products for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.