Most girls wait months to decide who their bridesmaids are but for this bride-to-be it was one of the first things I did. I read a post the other day that said you need to decide what kind of bride you’re going to be; the one who does all the planning herself and mainly needs the bridesmaids the day of the wedding, or someone who needs a helping hand every step of the way. You can guess which one I am….the latter. My job has gotten increasingly overwhelming, the blog has really taken off and my weekends are slammed with events and/or errands. Literally every moment of my day is busy so I knew immediately that I was going to need extra help.

I started off wanting to do boxes for all the girls; filled with inside jokes, pictures, and other personalized gifts; but with 6 bridesmaids the price was quickly climbing. If everybody had something different then buying things in sets of 4 or pre-packed goods wouldn’t work. So I readjusted to a smaller more detailed option. I hate junk a.k.a those cute binder clips that are the color of the wedding but would never realistically be used, and I knew those were not the types of gifts I wanted to give. I wanted the gifts to be meaningful and related to the wedding. Starting point was my wedding colors: rose gold, lavender and white. From there I was able to come up with a theme and parameters around what I wanted to buy. Total budget was $100.

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The Bag

This was a total score from Target. I started off wanting to purchase wooden boxes from Michaels and painting them lavender, but again the cost of each box for 6 girls was pricey. Plus I don’t own any arts and crafts materials at home so everything would have been bought brand new. I decided to go to Target and see if I could find something pre-made and walllah! There was this amazing gold box. I only saw one bag on display, and was lucky enough to have an associate find 5 more in the back of the store. I was able to get the exact amount I needed!

Mini Champagne Bottle

This idea came from Etsy. I stumbled on some adorable champagne labels that had cute bridesmaid quotes. I really loved them, but I couldn’t wait for them to come in the mail, and it was 40 bucks for all the labels I wanted. Other downside was, I wanted a special quote for my Matron of Honor, and since they all came as a set they had the same quote on them. I scraped the label idea but stuck to buying the champagne bottle and tied a lavender ribbon around it to incorporate my colors.

Scented Candle

Candles are hard gifts to give because everyone is so particular about certain scents. I knew I wanted something that fit my colors, but that also smelled good. I was lucky to get both. A sea blossom scented candle with a rose gold case. It was a total hit and it’s something people can actually use.


This genius idea was my mothers. I wanted to put something in the bag to fill it out; either tissue paper or crinkle confetti paper. I couldn’t find confetti paper in lavender, so my mom suggested buying lavender tissue paper and shredding it in a paper shredder. It made this beautiful thin ribbon sheet-like paper that was great for fluffing up the bag.

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Will you be my bridesmaid

Of course the bag wouldn’t be complete without actually asking them to be my bridesmaids/matron of honor. Again I was going to buy these from Etsy, but by the time I got to this point I was at the top of my budget. I found some free bridesmaid designs online (pictured above), went to staples and had them printed on cardstock. It was so easy I’m mad I didn’t think about it earlier!

In total

  • Box: $3 a piece = $18
  • Mini Champagne Bottle: Cooks $9 for a set of 4 = $18
  • Scented Candle: $3 a candle =$18
  • Tissue Paper for Ribbon: $2
  • Bridesmaid Cards: $7

Total Cost: $63

I bought everything from Target but here’s a list of other places I shopped and a few gift ideas I considered

  • Home Goods
  • Michaels
  • Etsy
  • Coffee Mug engraved with Bridesmaid + Starbucks Gift Card.
  • Journals + A Calendar with all important dates for the wedding process (for brides who are a little further on with their planning)
  • Champagne Flute engraved with Bridesmaid to go with the Champagne bottle
  • Frame + Picture of a memory with you and the Bridesmaid
  • Chocolate truffles with either wine or champagne.

Kierra Lee









Ever since I started working, ya know a legitimate big girl job, I’ve been more conscious of my purchases. Gone are the days of raiding Forever 21, spending my school financial aid money on things not “college” related, or recklessly racking up debt on my credit card. I’ve had to be more thoughtful about what I want and even more so on why I need/want it. Normally a post like this would be more of a weekly haul but since I’m taking a shot at this whole adulting thing I’ve limited my purchases to a few key items.

Canon 50MM 1.8 lens: I’ve had my eye on this for a long time. The dreamy bokeh background is perfection for the type of photos I want to take. For some reason I thought this was going to cost me an arm and a leg and I feared that it wouldn’t work with my old Canon t3, but after doing more research I found out it was extremely affordable. I used to struggle with being creative when it came to my photography but it’s amazing how new equipment can inspire you. I’m so excited that I have this new addition and I can’t wait to elevate my content for you all!

Hunter Rain Boots: I’ve been stalling on purchasing these for a while. Rain, snow, or anything aside from pure heat hasn’t been on my radar since I’ve been living in L.A for the past five years. Now that I’m back in SF I’ve had to think of my wardrobe differently and invest in more weather appropriate items. I read quite a few reviews on these before purchasing and I can say they were all fairly accurate. The shoes are heavy, durable, and run big. I wear a size 11 so for me nothing really “runs big” but because I have such narrow feet they do feel a little loose. I don’t foresee me having to wade through water, but it’s nice to know I have the option. I ordered the short hunter boots but the bigger the shoe size the taller the height so mine are slightly shorter than the taller version they offer. I ordered them from 6pm for $115 (40 bucks cheaper than reg price) but the color options were slim, especially in my size. The color is not as vibrant as I wanted it to be but since these are rain boots and I’m only wearing them a few times a year I figured for the price; color was something that could be compromised.

Thermos Mug: Another cold weather favorite of mine. In my tips for healthy skin I mentioned that I drink warm lemon-honey water and this is what I put it in. It keeps my drink warm for hoursssss, and for a slow drinker like myself, this is perfect. I haven’t used it for cold drinks, but I’m sure it will do just the same. It also doesn’t sweat, so a coaster isn’t needed which makes it great for the office or anywhere on the go. I got one with a handle which was a must, considering I constantly have to tote it around for all my meetings. The lid has 2 open and close options so that it can be used by those who are either left or right handed. It was $24 which is kind of pricey for a mug considering you can find them anywhere but thermos has lived up to its name with this one!

Morphe Subscription: This is my 4th month of the Morphe subscription box and so far it has been good. I don’t say great because it defiently has its room for approvements. The brushes they send each month seem a little redundant, and so far it’s been a lot of eye brushes which in my opinion you really only need 5. All of the brushes they have sent are from thier basic Morphe line, despite them having 5 other lines that are available. Since I’m new to Morphe all together I really don’t have much to compare them too but the quality for the price is the one thing that has been great. This month I got 3 face brushes, 2 of which are the same just different sizes (again with the redundancy). For some reason I have a soft spot to white hair brushes, they seem more luxurious to me. I plan on using that one as a blush brush, and depending on its density possible a bronzer brush. The M501 is the oh so raved about highlighting brush from Jaclyn hill. I’ve been using my fan brushes to highlight but it would be nice to have something more compact and concentrated.

Do yo have any of the above products?

Kierra Lee


One of the hardest things about trying to lose weight is the lack of instant gratification. I mean sure you feel great for going to the gym, breaking a good sweat and eating healthy but the actual pounds take a while to drop off. I’ve officially and I say officially as in “consistently” been working out since May 2015. That’s when I first started BBG. I thought it would be a short term thing, I work out for 3 months, lose my target weight and stop working out. My bounce back is fast but this time, around it took me a lot longer than expected to lose the weight. I always here people say fitness is a lifestyle change but I just wasn’t ready to commit until I explored all other options first. I’ll take you down a trip of memory lane for a minute so you can understand why I came to the decision I did today!

I started out doing BBG from May 2015-August. You can read all about my progress here, I documented it thoroughly. It was an amazing workout plan with a great sense of community, but I missed the gym and pumping iron so after 4 months I got tired of the resistance training that I was doing with BBG.

New things

In September, I got a new job and could afford a gym membership so I made the switch. I wanted to push myself to be out of my comfort zone so I decided to start taking classes; Zumba, body pump, spin, and yoga.  It really helped boost my confidence, make friends and learn different styles of working out. Zumba was great for cardio, Yoga for rehabilitation, Body Pump for exactly as the name sounds-pumping iron. I loved classes, and still do but they weren’t helping me tone the way that I wanted too. The classes didn’t work with my work schedule (lifestyle adjustment right?) and so sometimes I was able to go and other days I couldn’t. You add the holidays season on top of rainy weather and my gym routine quickly withered away. I was gaining the weight back and loosing all my muscle definition that I had with BBG.


Fast Forwardddd

Now fast forward to present day and I can say with certainty that I’m not where I want to be. I have made immense progress, I mean after 8 months of working out how could you not? But with the new year being here I’ve had some time to reflect on both the pros and cons of my workout routine and also include the other big factor; eating healthy.

I said all of this to say that I wanted to share with you my new goals in hopes that we can both be encouraging to one another the way we were when I was doing BBG. Those posts have brought me a lot of traffic and engagement and I figured why not bring it back and document my second go at it!

My new routine will be as follows:

Monday: Abs + Back. I start my week with this because it’s the part of my body I struggle with the most. I want to alwasy start my week of strong in case other things come up that prevent me from going to the gym

Tuesday: Legs +. I always pair leg day with something but sometimes I switch between arms and chest.

Thursday-Same as Monday

Friday: Same as Tuesday

Saturday: Misccellanous. Sometimes I’ll take body pump, other days Zumba, and as the weather gets better I will probably start hiking.

I wanted to find ways to incorporate BBG into my routine again, but the fact of the matter is I get a lot of gratification from actually lifting weights and working on the machines. For some reason it’s so hard for me to get in the groove during resistance training.

As always I will be updating you all with my progress! Thanks for all your support!



I was blessed with great skin. It’s as dry as the Mohave desert but aside from its dullness, it is healthy. I don’t have any scarring, hyperpigmentation, bags or wrinkling around my eye. The worst thing I have is a few freckles and a dimple –which I like to think adds a little character. Even though my skin is naturally healthy I still have to work at making sure it stays that way. I’ve listed a few things that I currently do to keep my skin clear!


I’m sure you’ve heard this one a million times but I promise you it works. I actually don’t like water, and I certainly can never get through the necessary “8 glasses” a day, but ever since I’ve started to get in shape I’ve made more of a conscious effort. One of the ways I love staying hydrated is to infuse it with fruit (for cold drinks) or add lemon and honey (for warm drinks). I recently bought a thermos mug and it’s been great for my morning cup of water. I can get in 160z before 10am, not to mention the water that I drink during my morning workout.


I love no makeup days. Something just feels wrong about lying around in my sweats with a full face of makeup on. I wear makeup during the work week, but since my weekends are typically spent with close friends and family I like to use that as a time to let my skin have a break. I prefer light makeup as is, but if your someone who likes a full glam face everyday then a break is definitely needed. You also end up cleaning your face even more, stripping it of its natural oils because you’re trying to scrub the heavy makeup off. If you need to exfoliate then by all means do so, but it shouldn’t be because of an overuse of makeup!


As beauty bloggers, or just a girl who likes to watch YouTube it can be easy to get sucked into different skincare hypes. I will admit that even I’ve fallen for this a few times (current regret is the glamglow youthmud mask) and it’s ended up causing more damage to my skin than good. My skincare routine is ivory soap. That’s it folks! I wash my face everyday with plain ole ivory soap. Once a week I wear a hydrating mask (another “YouTube made me buy it” product) and it’s been doing wonders during the cold season. But the point is once you find something that works stick with it! My suggestion would be to have one holy grail item for each issue you have and use it as needed. For me during that time of the month I like to use Sephora’s Green Tea Mask to help get rid of the pimples.

Keep anything you put on your face clean

Makeup girls this one is for you! I will openly say that cleaning makeup brushes is something I don’t do as often as I should and my skin has definitely paid the price. I used to keep my brushes out on my desk, my very “prone to getting dust” desk. The dust would settle in my powder brushes and I sometimes would even notice it until after I had used the brush. I now store them in my vanity desk but the point is make sure they stay clean (and that goes for you beauty blenders too). Another good one is changing your pillow cases. Drool, plus old makeup, plus dead hair and whatever else could possibly be on your pillow is a recipe asking for a pimple. Anything that touches your face on a consistent basis should be as clean as possible!

What do you do to keep your skin clear and healthy?

Kierra Lee


I’ve been consistently working out for a year now. One whole year since I decided to dedicate time and energy into living a more healthy and active life. I’ve tried just about every single trick in the book to make the process quick and easy, but there is nothing “instant” about losing weight. You have to have discipline, consistency and most of all be real with yourself about your expectations. The hardest part for me was finding something that worked and I liked enough to continue doing. Today I’m sharing with you all what some of those things are!

Purchase a workout plan

This was the first thing I did when I started working out. Last year this time I was coming off 3 months of unemployment, and could hardly afford a gym membership. I needed a one-time fee item that required minimal equipment and didn’t interfere with my new work schedule. BBG (the Bikini Body Guide) was the best option for me. It’s a 3 day a week, 30-minute workout for intermediate/beginner. You can work at your own pace but if you stick with it the results are amazing (you can see mine here). Not to mention the community on Instagram is incredibly supportive. I did it for six weeks and it helped trim off a lot of weight!

Join A Class

Once I got more settled into my new job, I wanted to start working out at the gym again. I had lost a lot of inches (don’t know the weight since BBG encourages you not to weigh yourself) and had built enough confidence in myself where I felt comfortable working out in front of people. There is something about working out in a room full of other people, who are equally sweaty and tired as you but still manage to push through it. With BBG, I was working out by myself or with a friend and now I had an instructor and other experienced gym goers (who by the way give amazing tips). It gave me something to look forward to at the end of my day. I took Zumba for cardio and Body Pump for weight training. Both high-intensity classes and loud, so if you’re into a more “yoga-ish” environment then those classes aren’t it! I absolutely love both classes and if you need the extra encouragement this is a great choice.

Create your own plan

Both the above choices are amazing but they are at someone else’s pace. BBG was a preset workout plan, and although I got more versatility with my classes I still had to follow the instructors lead. After 6 months of doing BBG and classes, I was ready for a change so I made my own routine; something tailored to my problem areas. I carry the majority of my weight on my back and stomach so I cranked up the ab and back exercises. I also don’t like resistance training, working on a weight machine is more my style. I can also better track my progress by knowing how much I was able to lift/push on one week vs the next. Free weights and machines are also faster. I’m in and out the gym in under 45 minutes, 30 if I skip cardio. I keep my workouts quick and to the point giving me plenty of time to enjoy the rest of my day. With classes, your stuck with a set class schedule and that started to become difficult for me. If I got off work earlier I didn’t want to have to wait until 7:15 for my Zumba class to start when I could have already been home and had dinner.


My mom hates working out, especially in the gym. She thinks walking and clean eating is all she needs, and for some that may be true. But if you’re really trying to drop pounds you are going to need a healthy balance of both working out and clean eating. I’ll be honest and say this is one of the hardest parts of losing weight; controlling my appetite for everything greasy and sweet has been a huge challenge. The first thing I did was get rid of the bad snacks. Yup I’m a snacker. I could live off chips, candy, and soda for dayssss. I knew that if I wanted to really drop pounds or even just maintain what I already have that I had to cut those things out. I started portion dieting; 3 snacks a day with 2 small meals. You essentially eat every 2 hours, never really allowing your body to truly become “hungry” which is when all the cravings start to happen. I’ll be doing a full breakdown of my portion eating routine later, but for now know that coming up with a healthy diet is detrimental to your weight loss plan!

What are some of your tips for losing weight?

Kierra Lee