What’s in my bag?

* This post is sponsored by Always Liners as a part of their #WhatsAlwaysOnMe program. brand_logo_desktop

I’m always getting compliments on my handbags but I never share what’s in my bag. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years but just never got around to it. Most of the time it’s filled with junk because I’m always in the rush and on the go. I’m currently carrying this reversible tote bag that I snagged while I was in Dallas last year from a store called St.Bernards Sports. I’m currently using the tan side of the bag but plan to switch to the red side for fall football season. Roll Tide! Its lightweight and can carry all of my everyday essentials.

Take a peek to see what’s in my bag below:

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  1. Makeup– my mom always said never leave the house without lipstick on; well sometimes I forget! So I usually toss my Bobbi Brown bronzer, my Jouer hydrating lipstick, my LAQA & Co. lip pencil, some EOS lip balm, and my Benefit mascara and bronzer.
  2. Toiletries– It’s always important to make sure you stay fresh while on the go, so I always make sure to carry a few Always Xtra Protection Liners with me in my purse.
  3. Cell Phone– Got to have my cell phone with me at all times. I don’t know what
    I would do without it.
  4. Vitamins– I’m obsessive about my health and I take a ton of multivitamins in addition to probiotics. These Rainbow Light vegan multivitamins have been a lifesaver.
  5. Wallet– It took me a while to find the perfect wallet that could fit all of my cards. I found this wallet in Dallas last year and it’s been a lifesaver.
  6. Water– I drink about 4 bottles of water a day so you will always find a bottle of water in my bag.
  7. Receipts– I wish retailers would all have the e-mail your receipt program because I’m always toting around a ton of receipts in my bag.


Around Atlanta: Heat Lounge

I’m back with another installment of my Around Atlanta series. In today’s Around Atlanta series, I recently visited Heat Lounge, a blowout salon in Atlanta to get my hair done. Heat Lounge has two locations in the Atlanta area one in Buckhead and one in Dunwoody. I booked my appointment at the Dunwoody hair salon. The Dunwoody salon not only does blowouts but they also do cuts, color, treatments, and makeup. This is your one stop shop before a night on the town.

Heat Salon Dunwoody

Once you arrive you’ll be offered a glass of water, wine, mimosa, or champagne. Then you’ll meet your stylist at their chair and you’ll talk about what you were thinking about doing to your hair that day. Once you’ve chatted you’ll be taken to their washing room for a nice relaxing shampoo and conditioning treatment followed by a head massage.

My stylist did a great job on my blowout. He took time to learn about my hair and what I did and didn’t like done on my hair. They currently use all Moroccan Oil products.

I also had my makeup done by their onsite makeup artist Laura.

After having a stressful week, a visit to the salon was just what I needed.

Heat Salon Dunwoody


Heat Lounge Atlanta

Birchbox Road Trip

Last weekend, Birchbox made a pit stop in Atlanta while on its summer Birchbox Road Trip. If you’ve been following my blog for years you know I’m a huge fan of Birchbox and their business model. I had the opportunity a few years ago to take a tour of their office in New York. So it was nice to have the team here in my city. I stopped by the pop up event on Saturday. The lines were long for people waiting to get in so I decided to come back later in the afternoon when it was a little bit cooler. To my luck when I arrived before closing for the day, I was able to walk right through the space.

Birchbox Road Trip Atlanta


Birchbox and Birchbox Man were on site selling their favorite products from the online retail shop. Birchbox Women was on one side and Birchbox Man was on the other. Visitors to the popup can build their own Birchbox or shop the full size products from the retail shop. I decided to use my Birchbox points to purchase a few new full-size products. I ended finding a new lipstick color from Jouer Cosmetics and two new nail polishes from Floss Gloss. Because I purchase $40 worth of merchandise the Birchbox team threw in a wishing necklace for free.

Also at the pop-up girls and guys can take advantage of a few of the free beauty treatments Birchbox is offering. 

Atlanta is the first stop on the three-city tour. So if you are in Chicago or Los Angeles check out their website to see when Birchbox is coming to you. If you do stop by don’t forget to share you experience on social media using the hashtag #birchboxinmycity. 

Birchbox Road Trip Atlanta

National Bad Ass Hair Day

I played tennis leisurely for about 10 years after my parents signed up for a tennis camp with Nike one summer when I was a kid. My best friend Chantel and I continued the tradition by hitting the tennis courts each summer right before we hit the pool. Let me set the record straight, we aren’t your Williams sisters we are pretty amateur players.

I recently started taking tennis lessons again on Sunday mornings with my friends from the Junior League. So for four weeks I’ll be hitting the tennis courts again to brush up on my game. The first two weeks were rough but brought back old memories.

When playing outdoors it’s essential to wear sunscreen and stay hydrated. It is also important to make sure you have your hair tied up or protected some away. You never know who you may run into after leaving the tennis courts, and you always want to have a #badasshairday. To ensure that I am prepared I also carry a bag with facial wipes, water, dry shampoo, and a comb.  What’s your post workout routine for looking fresh?

IMG_6488.JPG I’ve teamed up with OGX beauty to celebrate the kick off a new national holiday, National Bass Ass Hair Day. Today, women across the world will be celebrating #badasshairday by sharing selfies of how awesome their hair looks wherever they may be. You could be sitting in your office at work or taking care of your kids or finishing up your evening run. Where ever you are, stop and take a selfie of your awesome hair style today and share it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #badasshairday. You’ll find me on the tennis courts this evening joining in on the fun.


“OGX provided me with compensation for this post as apart of their National Bass Ass Hair Day campaign. The opinions I have shared are my own.”

A Productive Sunday Afternoon

Spring and Fall are two of my favorite seasons because the weather is just right. This spring in Georgia has been really rainy so far, which is horrible when you are trying to have a good hair day. Luckily this weekend the sun was shining and I was able to get outside and soak up the rays while getting some work done. I headed to a local cafe to sit outside and journal while enjoying a nice cup of tea.


The great thing about sunny weather is you can always look forward to having a #BadAssHairDay. There’s no need to pull your hair back into a ponytail when the sun is shining just right. Thanks to the folks at OGX Beauty, I’m now always going to have a good hair day. For their new #BadAssHairDay campaign, I’ve joined a few select bloggers to show you how to have a productive day and make everyday a #BadAssHairDay.
In order to have a productive Sunday, I have to start my day at church, followed by a yoga session, then a trip to the farmers market or whole foods to shop for the week, and then it usually ends with a dinner with my family or at home alone. I tend to overload my weekends, so sometimes it’s nice to just sit outside and mediate while the wind blows in your hair.


OGX Beauty currently has a #HairorDare challenge on Instagram, and you can be involved too! Follow @OGX_Beauty and the #BadAssHairDay and #HairorDare hashtags. Share photos of your Bad Ass Hair Days or do one of the #HairorDare challenges for a chance to win prizes.

Disclosure: This blog post is sponsored by OGX Beauty and I am being compensated for this post.

Photos taken by: Jessica Dawson