What is cuter that this lightning back cardi bomber, that you can rock fall through winter and beyond?
NOT MUCH I SAY!!
I recently stumbled upon this super cool Cali based line and had to snatch up this cute cardi bomber….
Based in San Francisco, the Margaret O’Leary clothing company is renowned for its rich collections of cutting-edge knitwear. Evolving out of the fog and sea breeze of San Francisco, and now embraced around the globe, customers know and love the affordable luxury of CEO Designer Margaret, who is often found in one of her eponymous boutiques across the United States.
Margaret and her San Francisco design team create collections infused with a relaxed sensibility and a California Chic aesthetic, with just a hint of Margaret’s native Ireland. Building on feedback from customers at her boutiques, Margaret explores and mirrors the ever-changing West Coast fashion experience. Always produced using the finest yarns, including Margaret’s favorite Scottish cashmere, each piece is made with the care and consideration that comes from a founder-owned family business.
They have a ton of cute jackets coming out of the fall. I can certainly tell you that their knits are also so super soft, you’ll want to rock them from morning to night.
I do not see this cardigan on their website yet, but I know its in stores and I’ll keep looking to update it once its available.
Here are my faves of their new fall line currently!….
Hope you check them out and let me know what you think!
For those of you who like to shop store front, they have locations throughout California, Colorado, Chicago, Massachusetts, Oregon and Washington…
A few of you have been asking me to update my Fascia Blaster review that I did a few months ago, and I apologize for the lack of quicker update, but lets get down to it.
First of all, lets start at the beginning….
A bodywork technique called “fascia blasting” for cellulite is making the viral rounds on Instagram, and like cupping and cryotherapy, it has a lot of people asking: What is this sorcery and do I need to be doing it, too?
Personally, I have eaten WAYYY too many cupcakes over the past few years, and the butt cheeks needed a “little fascia work”, if ya know what I mean. ; )
But what even is fascia? You can’t see yours, but everyone has it. Put in the simplest terms, fascia is your body’s connective tissue that surrounds muscles and organs. Experts use lots of creative imagery to try and explain it: “it’s like the white, fibrous layer of an orange peel”; “it’s plastic wrap around your muscles, like a sandwich”; “it’s like the compartments of a T.V. dinner.” If you’re still confused, that’s okay, because even researchers are mystified about the extent to which fascia exists in your body.
“We think of fascia like a tissue that supports muscles and tissues,” says Charles Kim, MD, assistant professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Anesthesiology, Perioperative Care, and Pain Medicine at NYU Langone’s Center for Musculoskeletal Care. “You can think of it as a bag of support around a substance.”
Every move you make, every step you take, your fascia reacts to you.
“If you’re dehydrated, suffer an injury, or perform any kind of high impact activity, this can cause the fascia to clamp up and adhere to itself and other structures in the body, such as muscles, bones, and skin,” says Ashley Black, inventor of the FasciaBlaster (that thing you’re probably seeing all over Facebook) and author of The Cellulite Myth, It’s Not Fat It’s Fascia.
This makes your fascia rigid and stiff, which causes pain, tightness, or just dull soreness. (To be clear, Black treats athletes and regular people using her FasciaBlaster, but she is not a physical therapist. All of the doctors we spoke to for this story said that the FasciaBlaster is one of a handful of effective treatment methods for fascia tension.)
Now that your all caught up, let me tell you how I use mine.
When I first started doing this, I would take a veryyyyyy verse hot bath (fascia is known to break up easier once warmed up), and then I would get out and go to town after slathering on some grapeseed oil, and scrub scrub scrub…. I’d say at least 4-5 minutes of aggressive blasting per leg.
FYI, when I first started, I BRUISED like a MOTHER…. I tend to over do and go crazy when I do anything, and I say, go hard or go home…. so I looked like I had gotten the crap beat out of me.
Since my first review, I decided I’d actually change up my routine, since I wasn’t seeing as many results as I wanted.
So here is my current regime and exactly what I’m using: ( I added in a few new tools)
I’ve been doing this (as religiously as possible) for the past 4 months now, and between all of the above, adding lots of Yoga Sculpt classes, and eating a few less cupcakes (aka trying to cut out sugar of my diet)….. I can say, things are definitely looking much better. I feel tighter, smoother and I can see a definite improvement in the back of my legs and bootay.
Again, this is something I think works into a lifestyle where you incorporate fitness and diet, and do I think you can eat an entire cake every day and the fascia blaster work?
I mean, probably freaking not, lets’ be honest. If you’re serious about looking better, why not do every single thing you can to help, right?
Have you guys used the fascia blaster before? Would love to hear your review and what you thought!
I so frequently have been asked by ladies sliding into my DM’s on instagram about how I started my blog, I have decided to dedicate and entire blog post to all of your questions, so hope that this will be helpful to a lot of you future blogger bosses.
So before I start, I want to call out the bright pink elephant in the room. For some reason, everyone has gotten the impression that blogging is like a freaking walk in the park, go take some pictures, post it to instagram, and “let the proverbial magic” begin. Let me be the first to tell you, if you think blogging is gonna be an easy stroll in the park, you should back it up just a moment sister, take a deep breath, and exhale, and then maybe inhale again. Maybe. ; )
Let’s get down to business:
See someone you look up to? Contact them and pick their brain, if possible. Start commenting on their instagram posts. I love and ABSOLUTELY notice likes and comments on my posts. I freaking love self starters and those sassy little lady bosses who are serious about their work ….I will comment back to every single person that comments on my post. I LOVE to help people just starting out and on recommendation:
… I feel like a lot of bloggers try to fit in with other bloggers. F THAT. No one wants a carbon copy….OF ANYONE. I’ve lived my life living outside the lines, and its not gonna stop with blogging. Are you witty? …. showcase that. Great at Do It Yourself Projects?… SWEET! People love funny, raw, witty, awkward, different …. BE….. YOU. Remember Katelyn Bristowe, on the Bachelorette? She was unapologetic about her entire, welllllll…… EVERYTHING. She set records for show views because she is who she is. It is so refreshing to stand out in a world full of people trying to blend in. NO apologies needed, people will flock to your “weird”!
I try to write like I speak and hopefully that translates. ; )
8. PHOTOS. Trust me. I just deleted 9 thousand instagram photos from when I started. I started out posting crap, and I’m completely embarrassed. I have friends who ask me advice sometimes what to do to help engagement. The first thing I look at is their photos. Are they crisp and clear?
9. Are you telling a story? … people like to connect with people and follow your journey. If you are just starting, you need to be connecting through a continual story.
You are going to find people that think your “story” is worth following, if you tell it the best possible way.
Tell a story and post the best possible photos.
10. I would tell you to go into this for passion… not the money. If you are truly doing this for money, I don’t think you are going to enjoy it. You know when they say when you love what you do, the money will come right? With that said, I would not plan on making a penny your first year. Provide Provide Provide Content, and then companies will start reaching out.
I also completely recommend reaching out to companies you want to work with as well, why wait for them to come to you? Again, life doesnt work that way, sister friend.
Blogging is a slow crawl. It takes a lot of time and effort like anything else, and you 100% get out what you put in. I think it also needs to be something you would do as a hobby, or just as a creative outlet. The minute it stops being fun, (and seems like you want to throat chop yourself), it’s time to look to new ventures. For me so far, it has been fun adventures and new connections.
PS, here are some resources I use for blogging, as I pretty much researched everything organically from the beginning and these are my faves, there are also a ton blogging courses which may be helpful!
Alright kids, I’m 3 glasses of wine in, and this kid needs a nap.. Hope these tips are helpful!
Please add on if you’re a blogger or have any kind of additional advice on what has helped you! Lets all help each out!
If you love jewelry, it will be right up your alley. If you don’t, I don’t even know, what to say.
Anyhoo……Lets talk about dating.
Have you ever had a date night go terribly wrong? I have. Thankfully, the most horrific date night experiences are often entertaining stories to tell. I’ve teamed up with Robbins Brothers, and we challenge you to share your embarrassing tale with us.
Whether it’s as minor as toilet paper stuck to your shoe, or as extreme as having a major altercation with an ex… we want to hear it all.
What’s in it for you?… An awesome gift card for the ultimate date night, just because! From finding the perfect ring to keeping romance alive in your relationship, Robbins Brothers believes that everyone should have a chance to get it right. Plus, they love – LOVE.
Here’s how to enter:
Submit your YouTube video link in the “comments” on the Robbins Brothers Blog [engaged.robbinsbrothers.com/date-night-disasters] before August 27 for your chance to win. They will be giving away $100 every week and one grand prize winner will receive $500. Now that’s enough to make your next date night one to fondly remember. ; )
I’ll be entering one of my date night disasters (or maybe two)… and I can’t wait to see yours.