Should I?

Men don’t think twice about it. Short, tall, big, small, they take off their t-shirts + walk around the pool deck with no thoughts of how their bodies look. No one shames them for a little pudge around the middle or a crepey skin. Even more, most don’t think about it at all.

But for women, donning a bathing suit can be completely traumatizing. We over-analyze the cut + the look from every angle. Does it show me in the best light? Is it age appropriate? Too revealing, too matronly? Will it cover THOSE areas? Let’s not even mention the “C” word – (whispers cellulite). We can be our own worse enemies. Forget that we believe other women will body shame us. We shame our selves.

So when I say, “Should I?” It was really my mindset around posting this video. My husband, the videographer, thought it was beautiful. So did my Mother, who is a truth teller extraordinaire. I anguished – maybe too strong of a word, but Dolls get the point – over my image of myself; but decided that I wasn’t going to be ashamed of where I am in my life with my body.

So, yes I will post it. As I embrace another year around the sun this week, I am going to work to get out of my head + embrace my body. What I don’t like, I’ll work on. What I like, I’ll maintain. And, at the end of the day, isn’t beauty also about what’s on the inside and our health? Isn’t that what makes a healthy body image?

Here are some gems I found about healthy body images.

💡 Deconstruct what the media is presenting.

💡 Be realistic about your individual size.

💡Appreciate the wonderful person you are.

💡Speak up when you hear others body shaming.

💡 Remind yourself that “true beauty” is not simply skin-deep.

💡 Surround yourself with positive people.

💡 Work on shutting down those voices in your head that tell you your body is not “right.

Here’s to loving the skin we are in! 🥂

Until then,

The Pretty Domestic

Father’s Day Gift Ideas | The Sports Edition

Hey Dolls! We are two weeks shy of Father’s Day, and I’ve been continuing to scout gift ideas for you. First, I curated some pretty cool tech gifts. This week, Father’s Day The Sports Edition.

To shop my Father’s Day “Sports Dad” gift ideas, click here + head over to my page! (You can also download the app, search Lynn_Selby + follow me!)

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,


The Pretty Domestic

Pretty Fit … the 2018 Edition

Hey Dolls! We’ve focused on our new year organization goals, but you know we also need to start getting beach body ready. I love that I can go to the gym or for a run and look super stylish while I’m there, or if I have to run an errand before or after. Peep my selections for trendy new year workout gear.

Lululemom Free to be Wild Bra and Bottoms

I’m loving grey and white these days. My closet, including workout gear, is slowly transitioning to shades of grey. This Lululemon set is so cute for a yoga, Pilates, group class, or individual strength training.

Wunder Under Hi-Rise 1/2 TightLuxtreme 17″

These are super cute, with almost a hint of shimmer! Made with Luxtreme, lulu’s signature fabric for running. It has a much lighter feel than luon and feels nothing like cotton. Instead, it’s smooth-faced and slick to the touch. Luxtreme is highly resistant to friction and will not pill.

Ivy Park Mesh Leggings

Of course Mrs. Carter would be on trend with mesh leggings, which are super haute right now. Designed to keep you cool during your workout, these Ivy Park navy camouflage print are the look of the moment.

Athleta, Old Navy, Forever21, Lululemon, and Champion have similar styles.

Marvel Underwire Sports Bra

Face it, some of us Dolls need a little more coverage and less bounce to the ounce. There are quite a few full coverage sports bras that do the job, while keeping it cute. The Marvel Underwire Sports Bra goes up to a size F, has channeled underwire and works well for Dolls will a smaller rib cage and larger breast. It also coverts to racerback.

GracedbyGrit Boobalicious Bra

I mean honestly, the name itself will make me buy this number. Touted as equal parts sexy and functional, the crop top length guarantees ultimate support.

Carrie Underwood’s CALIA Women’s Inner Power Cross Front Mesh Bra

Brought to us by singer Carrie Underwood, the Calia Women’s Inner Power Cross Front Mesh Bra provides padded cups to flatter your shape and perforation to maximize cooling ventilation. Adjust the hook-and-eye back closure for a perfect, tailored fit. 

Let me just say that a Doll has no shame in liking to look good while she works out and there are some great beauty products out there to help achieve the goal. Peep the beauty deets below.

Sweat Mineral Illuminizer SPF 25 with Twist Brush

What’s wrong with a sporting a pretty glow during Barre class? I say nothing! Sweat’s Mineral Illuminator SPF 25 combines finely milled highlighting powder, skincare, and SPF 25 sunscreen in a convenient tactical-grip twist brush for a natural-looking, radiant finish that helps protect and repair active skin. This will be a staple in my Barre bag.

Tarte Lifted Sweatproof Mascara

There’s nothing worse that raccoon eyes after an intense workout. Lifted volumizes and treats your eyelashes during your workout sans smudging. Even after the toughest workout, your lashes will still look lengthened & flirty for an effortless no-makeup look that lasts from gym to brunch.

Origins Warm Down Warming Lava Scrub to Detox and Smooth

Workout and sore muscles are synonymous. Origins Lava Scrub is a shower-activated exfoliator with Volcanic Ash that warms on contact, helping to ease tension as it smoothes, purifies and restores.

Marc Jacobs Re(Cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist

Ready, set, go, with Marc Jacobs new setting mist! Inspired by Marc’s love of coconut water and a radiant complexion, five forms of coconut water set and hydrate for a dewy glow.

Anastasia Liquid Lipstick and Lipgloss

A Doll likes a little color on her lips when she works out. Sometimes I go for a run with a full on glam red; and other times I head to Barre or hit the treadmill with a little nude. Either way, my go-to is the uber long-lasting liquid lipstick from Anastasia. Full coverage and matte in liquid form, for red I like Sarafine. For a little moisture, I opt for the Lipgloss in Socialite. Nude – my holy grail is Stripped.




Having the appropriate, yet stylish, accessories are a must for this fit chick life. Peep some of my favs.

Soma Water Bottle

Made from high-quality, shatter-resistant glass, the Soma Water Bottle offers an easy grip protective sleeve. The natural bamboo cap is also leak-proof.

Guided Fitspiration Journal

This fitness gratitude journal helps you keep your healthy lifestyle on track. Set goals, track your progress and stay accountable with this hardcover fitness journal. Stay mindful, grateful and inspired as you work towards your goals.

Run with Me Ear Warmer

If you workout during winter, you’ll definitely need some cold weather gear. My body normally warms fairly quickly, but not my ears. This Lululemon ear warmer, made is Sherpa Reversible Fleece, is cute and practical.

Peep Lululemon, Athleta, and Under Armour for other workout headband choices.

Kate Spade Watson Lang Yoga Bag

How fab is this bag! The Watson Lang Yoga Bag, constructed from a durable nylon, totes a change of clothes, a water bottle, and any crystals, essences or spirit enhancers you may have brought along. Om!

What are you 2018 fitness favs?

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,


The Pretty Domestic

The Pink!

Hi Dolls! I know that I am late getting to this post, but seven days remain in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I’m sure that like me, you’ve been personally touched in some way by this insidious disease. Annually, I blog about beauty, fashion and lifestyle products, that if purchased, support breast cancer research and awareness. Once again, some of our favorite brands have teamed to raise money for organizations like the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Look Good Feel Good and City of Hope. Peep the deets below on some of products that have gone pink for October. Also, take a moment while to learn some of the myths vs. truths about breast cancer.

And remember, giving is gorgeous! 

The Breast Cancer Myth. Finding a lump in your breast means you have breast cancer.

The Truth. Only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer.  But if you discover a persistent lump in your breast or notice any changes in breast tissue, it should never be ignored. It is very important that you see a physician for a clinical breast exam. He or she may possibly order breast imaging studies to determine if this lump is of concern or not. 

Take charge of your health by performing routine breast self-exams, establishing ongoing communication with your doctor, getting an annual clinical breast exam, and scheduling your routine screening mammograms.

Crème de la Mer Breast Cancer Campaign

Now, until December 31st, in support of the Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, La Mer will donate $10 from the purchase price of this limited edition Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream 0.5oz with a maximum donation of $52,680, to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). 

The Breast Cancer Myth: If you are at risk for breast cancer, there is little you can do but watch for the signs.

The Truth. There’s a lot that women can do to lower their risk, including losing weight if they’re obese, getting regular exercise, lowering or eliminating alcohol consumption, being rigorous about examining their own breasts, and having regular clinical exams and mammograms. Quitting smoking wouldn’t hurt either.

Some high-risk women also chose to have a prophylactic mastectomy to decrease their risk by 90%. They can take other proactive steps such as having regular MRIs, exploring chemo prevention with treatments such as tamoxifen, and participating in clinical trials.

Bobbi Brown Pink Peony Illuminating Bronzing Powder Set

Created by Bobbi in support of the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign’s 25th anniversary,  with every purchase Bobbi will donate $11 dollars to BCRF with a maximum donation of $90,000. 

The Breast Cancer Myth: Breast cancer always comes in the form of a lump.

The Truth. A lump may indicate breast cancer (or one of many benign conditions), but women should also be on the alert for other kinds of changes that may be signs of cancers. These include swelling; skin irritation or dimpling; breast or nipple pain; nipple retraction (turning inward); redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin; or a discharge other than breast milk. 

Breast cancer can also spread to underarm lymph nodes and cause swelling there before a tumor in the breast is large enough to be felt. On the other hand, a mammogram may pick up breast cancer that has not outward symptoms at all.

BCA Faux Fur Slides

From the Breast Cancer Awareness collection, Forever 21 will donate $1 from the purchase of every item sold between now and October 30th. Proceeds will be donated to The Keep A Breast Foundation.

The Breast Cancer Myth. A mammogram can cause breast cancer to spread.

The Truth. A mammogram, or x-ray of the breast, currently remains the gold standard for the early detection of breast cancer. Breast compression, while getting a mammogram cannot cause cancer to spread. According to the National Cancer Institute, “The benefits of mammography, however early, always outweigh the potential harm from the radiation exposure. Mammograms require very small doses of radiation. The risk of  harm from this radiation exposure is extremely low.

The standard recommendation is an annual mammographic screening for women beginning at age 40. Base your decision on your physician’s recommendation and be sure to discuss and remaining questions to concern you may have with your physician. 

David Yurman Starburst Single-Station Cable Bracelet with Pink Sapphires, 3mm

During October 2017, David Yurman is donating 20% from the purchase price of this Starburst bracelet with pink sapphires to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The Breast Cancer Myth. Men do not get breast cancer; it affects women only.

The Truth. Quite the contrary, each year it is estimated that approximately 2,190 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 410 will die. While this percentage is still small, men should also check themselves periodically by doing a breast self-exam while in the shower and reporting any changes to their physicians.

Breast cancer in men is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola.  Men carry a higher mortality than women do, primarily because awareness among men is less and they are less likely to assume a lump is breast cancer, which can cause a delay in seeking treatment.

Clinique Great Skin, Great Cause Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, this luxurious formula is paired with a pink BCA key ring. $10 from each purchase is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, dedicated to finding a cure.

The Breast Cancer Myth. Drinking milk (or dairy) causes breast cancer.

The Truth. Several myths persist about the correlation between dairy intake and the increased risk of breast cancer.  Over many decades, studies have shown that dairy consumption does not increase the risk of breast cancer.  

Alex and Ani Spiral Sun Charm Bangle

Beginning in January and continuing through December 2017, ALEX AND ANI will donate 20% of the purchase price* from each Spiral Sun Charm sold, with a minimum donation of $25,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation whose charitable purpose is to fund the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer.

The Breast Cancer Myth. If you have a family history of breast cancer, you are likely to develop breast cancer, too.

The Truth. While women who have a family history of breast cancer are in a higher risk group, most women who have breast cancer have no family history. Statistically only about 10% of individuals diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of this disease. 

If you have a first degree relative with breast cancer: If you have a mother, daughter, or sister who developed breast cancer below the age of 50, you should consider some form of regular diagnostic breast imaging starting 10 years before the age of your relative’s diagnosis.

If you have a second degree relative with breast cancer: If you have had a grandmother or aunt who was diagnosed with breast cancer, your risk increases slightly, but it is not in the same risk category as those who have a first degree relative with breast cancer. 

If you have multiple generations diagnosed with breast cancer on the same side of the family, or if there are several individuals who are first degree relatives to one another, or several family members diagnosed under age 50, the probability increases that there is a breast cancer gene contributing to the cause of this familial history.

Beautyblender Bubble

We love a Beautyblender for everything from concealer and foundation application, to contouring. With a purchased of this blush-toned  bubble, Beautyblendwr is donating 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale each to Look Good Feel Better.

The Breast Cancer Myth. Breast cancer is contagious.

The Truth. You cannot catch breast cancer or transfer it to someone else’s body. Breast cancer is the result of uncontrolled cell growth of mutated cells that begin to spread into other tissues within the breast. However, you can reduce your risk by practicing a healthy lifestyle, being aware of the risk factors, and following an early detection plan so that you will be diagnosed early if breast cancer were to occur.

Venus et Fleur Floral Arrangements

I have been obsessed with Venus et Fleur floral arrangements since I started seeing pics of them posted on IG. So unique and stunning, the gorgeous suede boxes are full of perfectly pink roses that live up to a full year — no watering required. Venus et Fleur is donating 20 percent of the proceeds on the sale of its pink-collection boxes for the month of October to breast cancer research at City of Hope.

The Breast Cancer Myth. If the gene mutation BRCA1 or BRCA2 is detected in your DNA, you will definitely develop breast cancer.

The Truth. According to the National Cancer Institute, regarding families who are known to carry BRCA1 or BRCA2, “not every woman in such families carries a harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, and not every cancer in such families is linked to a harmful mutation in one of these genes. Furthermore, not every woman who has a harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation will develop breast and/or ovarian cancer.But, a woman who has inherited a harmful mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2 is about five times more likely to develop breast cancer than a woman who does not have such a mutation.” For people who discover they have the harmful mutation, there are various proactive measures that can be done to reduce risk. These include taking a hormonal therapy called Tamoxifen or deciding to take a surgical prevention approach which is to have bilateral prophylactic mastectomies, usually done with reconstruction.  Most women will also have ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as well since there is no reliable screening test for the early stages of developing ovarian cancer.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

To support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Smashbox dressed up their best-selling Photo Finish Primer Water with the iconic pink ribbon exclusively for the Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign. For every sale, Smashbox will donate $5 to BCRF.

The Breast Cancer Myth. Antiperspirants and deodorants cause breast cancer.

The Truth. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are not aware of any conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer.

Estée Lauder Pink Ribbon Knockout Eyes Gift Set

The most colorful way to support breast cancer research: a deluxe collection with shades and essentials for high-style eyes. Estée Lauder will donate 100% of each purchase of this product to the BCRF.

And some more fun goodies!

Bumble & Bumble Pink Ribbon Bb Thickening Spray Pre-Styler

When you buy the limited-edition pink ribbon spray, we’ll donate 20% to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

S’well x Swarovski Brilliance Jolie

Encrusted with over 6,000 pink Swarovski crystals and adorned with a white crystal Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon, the Brilliance bottle is the epitome of stunning. S’well is proud to contribute 100% of the net profits of this limited-edition bottle to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s mission.

I hope that Dolls will make a purchase of at least one product on the list!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,


Source: National Breast Cancer Foundation

Smoothie Monday!

Hi Dolls! Happy Monday! I traveled to New Orleans this weekend and let’s say, it was difficult to pass up the Gumbo (with white rice), Beignets, and adult beverages. I worked out while I was there, but not enough to make up for what I’d eaten. That said, it was time to get serious this morning. On tap, Celery, Cucumber and Lemon Water and my smoothie of choice – the “Celery, Cucumber + Kale, Oh My!” Smoothie. Uber green and healthy. I’ve been sipping on both all day. Peep the mixology below.

“Celery, Cucumber + Kale, Oh My!” Smoothie

celery smoothie

The Ingredients |

3 celery stalks

  • Excellent source of antioxidants and beneficial enzymes
  • Source of vitamins and minerals – Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Potassium, Folate and Vitamin B6
  • Provides dietary fiber that boosts digestion and weight loss
  • Prevents dehydration and reduces bloating

1 cucumber

  • Helps with hydration
  • Flushes out toxins
  • Supplies skin-friendly minerals: magnesium, potassium, silicon
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Revives puffy eyes
  • Stabilizes blood pressure
  • Refreshes breath
  • Smooths hair and nails
  • Soothes muscle and joint pain

4 kale leaves

  • Low in calories, high in fiber, zero fat
  • High in iron
  • High in Vitamins K, C, Calcium
  • Filled with powerful antioxidants 
  • Great anti-inflammatory food
  • Great for cardiovascular support
  • Great detox food

1 apple

  • Helps in the production of healthy cells and reduces the chance of chronic diseases
  • High in fiber, fights hunger and aids in weight loss
  • Regulates blood glucose, stabilizes blood sugar levels
  • Promotes healthy teeth
  • Great source of Potassium 

1 lemon

  • Promotes hydration
  • Good source of Vitamin C
  • Improves skin quality
  • Supports weight loss
  • Aids digestion
  • Freshens breath
  • Prevents kidney stones

1 inch of ginger

  • Powerful mainstay against heart attacks and stroke
  • Combats indigestion and nausea
  • Helps strengthen compromised respiratory and immune functions
  • Prevents bacterial infections
  • Works to cure stomach ulcers
  • Anti-pain properties

The Mixology | Place all ingredients into your juicer. Remember to remove the rind of the lemon first and juice away!  If you don’t have a juicer at home and don’t want to buy green juices at the store, blend this recipe in your blender. Add water or coconut water to help liquefy. You may also want to add 1/4 cup of pineapple or another apple to slightly sweeten it. (I definitely added the pineapple.) Pour and enjoy!


Until then, keep sharing the pretty,


Source: Food Network







Smoothie Monday

Hey Dolls! Happy Monday! If you’re like me, it’s just harder to eat healthy during the weekends. I am working to improve – this weekend, turkey burger instead of hamburger, no bun or cheese, just sautéed mushrooms and onions. Even still, it’s challenging. That said, I use Mondays to reset from any weekend missteps. 

I’ve really been enjoying trying different smoothies, but am challenged in one area, most recipes include the use of bananas. I cannot over-emphasize how much I dislike bananas. I have become quite adept at searching for, and finding, smoothie’s sans bananas. 

My go-to’s, Pinterest and POPSUGAR. This week’s Smoothie Monday recipe – the Clear Skin Smoothie is compliments of POPSUGAR – one of my favorite lifestyle blogs.  

Th Clear Skin Smoothie is a “three-fer.” No bananas, good for your inside and works to achieve the glowing skin we all crave. Peep the mixology below.

The Clear Skin Smoothie 

The Ingredients |

2 cups raw spinach

  • Diabetes management
  • Cancer prevention
  • Asthma prevention
  • Aids in lowering blood pressure
  • Supports bone health
  • Promotes healthy hair and skin

1/4 avocado

  • Help to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality
  • Promotes a healthy complexion and hair
  • Increases energy and overall lower weight

1/2 cup red grapes (fresh or frozen)

  • Slows or prevents many types of cancers
  • Works to fight heart disease
  • Helps to fight high blood pressure
  • Reduces risks associated with Type 2 diabetes

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

  • Supports healthy vision
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Works towards preventing arthritis and gout
  • Fights cancer and tumor growth
  • Supports healthy brain function
  • Effective and lowering blood pressure
  • Fights heart disease
  • Promotes weight loss

1 tablespoon almond butter

  • Source of Calcium & Copper – good for brain cell communication; nervous system and muscle functions; supports a strong skeletal system
  • Source of Vitamin E & Magnesium – promotes bone health; helps produce energy; supports health communication between cells
  • Healthy fats and fiber contributing to cardiovascular health
  • Improves blood cholesterol levels

1 teaspoon flax meal

  • Protective effect against breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer
  • Significant blood pressure-lowering effects
  • Improves blood sugar levels
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces the intensity of hot flashes

1 cup water

The Mixology | Place all ingredients in a blender, and mix well. Serve and enjoy! 

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,


Smoothie Monday!

Happy Monday Dolls! After Champagne Sunday, Smoothie Monday is a must! Today’s Smoothie Monday recipe is the Flat Belly Smoothie! If the name doesn’t motivate you, I don’t what will. I tried it yesterday and it was so yummy. Sweet, but with ingredients that are super healthy for you, the Flat Belly Smoothie fights belly fat and bloating. Make it your Monday morning smoothie choice. Peep the mixology below.

Flat Belly Smoothie

Yep, I am putting my Nutri Ninja to good use.

The Ingredients |

3 ounces vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt

  • Promotes digestive health
  • Work to lower high blood pressure
  • Helps with weight management
  • Good for bone health
  • Lower in lactose

1 tablespoon almond butter

  • Source of Calcium & Copper – good for brain cell communication; nervous system and muscle functions; supports a strong skeletal system
  • Source of Vitamin E & Magnesium – promotes bone health; helps produce energy; supports health communication between cells
  • Healthy fats and fiber contributing to cardiovascular health
  • Improves blood cholesterol levels

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

  • Maintains healthy bones
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Help manage diabetes
  • Wards of heart disease
  • May works to prevent cancer
  • Improve mental health
  • Support healthy digestion
  • Promotes weight loss and satiety
  • Fights wrinkles!!!

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

  • Immune system support
  • Promotes bone strength
  • Promotes eye health
  • Support digestion
  • Anti-inflammatory benefits
  • Blood clot reduction
  • Reduces the symptoms of the common cold and sinus inflammation

1 cup kale

  • Low in calories, high in fiber, zero fat
  • High in iron
  • High in Vitamins K, C, Calcium
  • Filled with powerful antioxidants 
  • Great anti-inflammatory food
  • Great for cardiovascular support
  • Great detox food

3/4 cup water

The Mixology | Place all the ingredients in a blender, and mix until smooth. Enjoy immediately.

flat bellySource: POPSUGAR

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,


Smoothie Monday

Hey Dolls! I hope that you had a wonderful Fourth of July! In addition to the holiday, we celebrated my husband, whose birthday is also on the 4th. And celebrate we did! I recently started a run streak challenge.  At least one mile a day, every day for 31 days. I’m only on day 4, but have been faithful. Along with my daily runs, I have been extremely focused on healthy eating. I was good until yesterday. The holiday and hubby’s birthday took a Doll down! Burgers, bubbly and Fourth-themed cupcakes Oh My! But today brings a renewed commitment. 

I usually do an oatmeal with fresh fruit for breakfast – fresh strawberries and blueberries to sweeten the taste, as opposed to sugar, brown sugar or a substitute. But I’ve decided to switch it up. Smoothies it is! There are so many options and I like diversity, so I will be trying a new recipe weekly. First up, the Apple Kiwi Superpower Green Smoothie. Peep the mixology below.

The Ingredients |

1 apple, cored and cut into chunks

  • Extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber
  • May help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease

1 kiwi, peeled and quartered

  • High source of Vitamin C
  • Sleep inducer
  • Good source of dietary fiber 
  • Helps digestion 
  • Good source of Folate
  • Powerhouse of vitamins and minerals – Vitamins A, B6, B12, E, and Potassium, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium
  • Aids in producing beautiful skin

1 handful tender kale leaves, chopped (about 2 cups)

  • Low in calories, high in fiber, zero fat
  • High in iron
  • High in Vitamins K, C, Calcium
  • Filled with powerful antioxidants 
  • Great anti-inflammatory food
  • Great for cardiovascular support
  • Great detox food

1/2 cup cilantro leaves

  • Low calorie, no cholesterol 
  • Good amounts of antioxidants, essential oils and dietary fiber
  • May help reduce LDL or “bad cholesterol” levels in the blood
  • Good source of minerals – Potassium, Calcium, Manganese, Iron and Magnesium 
  • Rich in many vital vitamins – Folic Acid, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin A, Beta Carotene, Vitamin C
  • One of the richest herbal sources for Vitamin K, which supports bone health

1 1/4 inch slice of ginger, peeled and chopped

  • Supports digestive health
  • Reduces nausea, pain reduction and inflammation

1 cup of filtered water

The Mixology | Blend all ingredients until smooth, adding more water if desired.

Makes 1 large (24 ounce) or 2 small (12 ounce) smoothies. Enjoy! 

I also purchased a Nutri Ninja hoping that this will be a better alternative to my blender for making smoothies. I will let you know my thoughts over the  next several weeks. 

Dolls, leave a comment and share your favorite smoothie recipe.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,


Winter Skincare + Skincare Essentials

Hey Dolls! I don’t know about you, but the weather on the “right coast” has been awful. Bitter cold one day, 70 degrees the next, torrential rain, ice, and all of a sudden the sun peeks out and smiles. The daily changes have wreaked havoc on my skin. I recently had a facial at the fabulous Four Seasons Spa, and the aesthetician shared that my normally oily skin was extremely dry; most likely attributable to the weather. I’m sure that I’m not to only Doll battling skin challenges this time of year. In an effort to get answers, I asked my dear friend, Dr. Yolanda Holmes, M.D., Board Certified Dermatologist and partner at Washington DC Dermatology, for expert advice on daily skincare, and how to protect our pretty faces during the winter months.  Peep the deeds below, get to know Dr. Holmes and read her advice on saving our skin. 

Tell me about your decision to become a dermatologist. Of all the specialities, why this one? I became a dermatologist because in high school I developed vitiligo on my left ear. I went to see a dermatologist where I lived, but did not fully understand the condition. I attended to college at Howard University; and at Howard University Hospital there was a Vitiligo Center. I went for treatments once a week for about a year and my vitiligo was cured, and thankfully has not returned. This experience influenced my decision to pursue a career in dermatology.

What are the basic of good skincare, regardless of age? The very basics of good skincare are simple – cleansing, moisturizing and sun protection.

Does skincare change for women with more mature skin? Skin does change for women when they mature. The skin can typically become drier, and because of hormonal changes may suffer from acne breakouts. Aging skin loses its elasticity and is prone to lines and wrinkles.

Does skincare change for women of different ethnicities? Skincare is basically the same for all women. Women with dark skin rarely suffer from skin cancers, but the sun does age the skin. Darker skin is less prone to wrinkling but the sun can precipitate the development of dark spots.

Do some myth-busting for us. I’ve heard that women of color don’t need sunscreen. For once and for all, what’s the truth? Sunscreen is important for women of color. Skin cancer is very rare; however, I have seen a few cases. As we are evolve, I believe that we will become more alike, so it is important that we know the importance of sunscreen. The sun ages the skin and also induces the development of hyper pigmentation – dark spots.

Skincare doesn’t just apply to our face, what about our bodies; especially in this cold weather when we tend to get extremely dry? Daily moisturizing is important for our bodies, especially this time of year. The decrease in humidity in the air makes skin drier and prone to cracks and breaks in the skin. These openings in the skin are portals for infection. The skin also looks better if it is well moisturized. There are many really good skin care products at local drug stores, so cost should not be a factor.

What are your “go-to” holy grail products? What should every woman include in her skincare regimen? I believe that every woman should have a great moisturizer and sunscreen. Even if your skin is oily, it is important to use a moisturizer because oily skin will overcompensate with the production of more oil causing the skin to look shiny. I also encourage women beginning in their 30’s to start with an anti-aging product at bedtime. It is always easier to prevent then to correct. 😉

Finally, what about Retinoids, products like Retin A, to improve the skin’s appearance. They seem to be popular. Do they work? Retinoids are some to the best anti-aging products on the market. You can buy over the counter products with retinol or prescription products like Retin A. They work by improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They also even the tone of the skin.

Thanks Dr. Holmes! Next time let’s chat about the popularity of skin enhancements.

Peep Best Products 2017 Best Skincare Essentials to jump-start your winter regimen.


Farmaesthetics Winter Greens Herbal Hydrating Complex, Warming Oil, Vapor Bath Elixir, and Snow + Cedar Organic Bath and Beauty Bar


InstaNatural Moroccan Rose Water


SheaTerra Wild Sage + Cinnamon Wild Hand and Bath Bar


Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner


Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme Mask


Caudalie Resveratrol [Lift]


Dr. Brandt Magnetight Age-Defier


Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum


Farmaesthetics Eyebright Eye Makeup Remover & Treatment Oil


Savannah Bee Royal Jelly Body Butter – Chamomile and Myrrh


Kale + Spinach Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Age Prevention Moisturizing Cream


Meet Dr. Yolanda C. Holmes
A board certified dermatologist, Dr. Holmes received her bachelor’s of science degree in Human Development, as well as her graduate degree from Howard University. She continued her studies to later earn her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. After completing an internship focused on Internal Medicine at the Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Holmes then completed her Dermatology residency and was a research fellow at the Department of Dermatology at Howard University.

With a successful medical practice that specializes in excellent skin health of all persons of color, Dr. Holmes has continued to lead the way in her cosmetic anti-aging techniques for non-surgical facial correction, enhancement and rejuvenation. With over 12 years in practice, Dr. Yolanda Holmes is loved by many as a caring, helpful and knowledgable physician who goes the extra mile for her patients, friends and family. An asset to the community, she continually donates many of her services to the elderly, military and indigent. Moving forward, Dr. Holmes looks at the years to come being involved as a leader in innovative medical care.

*Member of the National Medical Association
*The Washington DC Dermatology Society
*The American Academy of Dermatology

What are your holy grail winter skincare products?

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,


Best in Beauty … Boxes

Dolls, I’m not saying anything you don’t already not know, but just in case, beauty (and fashion) subscription services are all the rage! Ranging from $10 – $100/month, you have your choice of a few beauty favs, to the most stylish of head-to-toe looks. I’ll start with my favorite.

Play! by Sephora

I absolutely love Play! by Sephora! You can catch me around the 10th of each month waiting for our lovely postal carrier to deliver my black and white striped box of beauty bounty. So that you’ll be completely satisfied, Sephora gives you a mini-survey on your beauty likes and dislikes. playbysephora2

Subscription: $10.00/month

Julep Beauty Box

Julep is a customizable beauty box that lets you choose full-size beauty products and polish from brand-new collections. Similar to Play, take a short beauty quiz, sign up and receive your first beauty box. The fun of Julep, you can pick you monthly beauty products, or you have the option to skip a month if you like. 


Subscription: My Maven – $24.99/month, or $19.99/month with a three-month prepaid subscription. Maven Luxe – $39.99/month, or $34.99/month with a three-month prepaid subscription.


Hailed as one of original beauty boxes, your Birchbox will arrive monthly with five skincare, makeup and beauty samples. In addition to the monthly subscription service, you can shop directly from the Birchbox site. And if that weren’t enough, spend some downtime on their Ideas + Inspiration page checking out the latest hair, makeup, etc. tutorials. 


Subscription: $10/month; $110/year or $99 with code BESTYEAR99.


BoxyCharm boxes arrives with 4 to 5 full-size beauty items, from makeup to skincare, beauty tools to color cosmetics. Brands range from emerging to established. You’re guaranteed to find a few new favorites in each box. 


Subscription: $21/month; $19.66/3 Months; $19.33/6 Months; 1 Year – $19.25.


POP SUGAR Must Have is a monthly lifestyle subscription box  containing a mix of items – everything from beauty, fashion, food, fitness, and home.


Subscription: $39.00/month; $109.85/3 months; or $214.70/6 months.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style

For a truly luxe subscription box experience, check out the Box of Style brought to you by celebrity stylist turned designed, Rachel Zoe. Imagine a sleek box containing over $400 worth of products, hand-selected by Rachel Zoe and The Zoe Report editors delivered right to your door! Full on swoon! The swag inside is filled with an expertly styled assortment of fashion, beauty and lifestyle obsessions that’ll keep you looking and feeling chic year-round.


Subscription: $99/4x year or $349/year.

Not feeling the upcoming Black Friday rush, gift a friend, family member (or yourself), a beauty or fashion box for the holiday.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,