How I Styled My Latest Thrift Shop Find

Would you believe me if I told you I got this adorable gray dress for $1.50 at the thrift shop? Because I did (Along with a couple other hidden gems). Total day maker, because I love finding good deals. I just love how it can be simple/casual OR dressy/classy! The only thing is, I can’t link where the dress is actually from… because I have no idea. But that’s okay just this once, because the main focus of this post is my necklace *😍😍* from Julia Marie!

September is upon us (how in the heck did that happen?! it was July like five minutes ago) and I’m so excited that it is. First of all, it means I’m one month closer to my hubby coming home — I haven’t seen him in five months so ANTSY is an understatement! It is also our wedding anniversary month ONE week from TODAY! This is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate! Unfortunately, this year we’ll be celebrating without each other, but that just means we’ll celebrate twice as much when he comes home later on 🙂 For now, I’ll probably go buy myself more flowers like the ones in these photos; I’ll just add some wine and chocolate in there. #treatyoself

Anyways, September 19th, 2015 is my favorite day since it’s the date of our amazing wedding! It was such a fun day and I wish I could do it again, and again and again. It was so perfect! But, since I can’t relive my wedding I guess I will just wear my wedding date necklace instead 😉

I was scrolling the Julia Marie website one night, torn on what to order because of how beautiful every single piece is… but I knew I wanted something kind of simple yet elegant if I wanted to dress it up. When I saw this bar roman numeral necklace, I knew right away that I HAD to have it, with my wedding date on it. I’m so in love with this necklace and have already worn it with pretty much everything. It works well as a single necklace with a nice dress or top, but also layers really well with other, longer necklaces for a more trendy/edgy look! I just love it. **PS the one I’m wearing is on major sale right now!! Linked at end of post.

I shot this look while traveling in AR, so don’t mind the humidity hair :/ is it fall yet?! It was in the 60s this morning but it’s already warming up since the sun’s out. I guess we’re officially entering the awkward time of year where you need jackets in the morning but burn up by the end of the day!

Side note — lots of prayers going out to everyone affected by hurricane Irma (and Harvey too). My house will probably be fine, but I know many people’s aren’t and I hope they know how prayers are being lifted up for them during this difficult time.

Hope you have the best day, thanks for stopping by!

XO beth

shoes – Target // earrings – Hipsway // sunglasses – forever21 // necklace – here

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Red Marble Pants

One of my favorite trends lately is the marble trend. The marble print is going on everything and I’m really not mad about it! I bought my first pair of marble print pants from Firepower back around last Christmas, and I was so in love with the print AND the fit that I couldn’t wait to get more.

My fitness coach Alyx, the owner and boss babe behind FirepowerFit, knew how much I loved my white marble pants, so I was beyond thrilled when she reached out to me for a few color ideas on this new line of marble apparel from Firepower! My first thought was RED. If you know me, you know red, white, and blue is one of my number 1 color schemes (#Merica), so I thought red would be perfect to coordinate with pretty much anything.

I absolutely LOVE how these turned out! My first pair were the full length version, and these are the cropped which is perfect for warmer weather. The quality of these is great! And squat proof, because I don’t buy yoga pants that aren’t squat proof 😉

Use my discount code “REASONER” to save some money!

On another note- it’s almost Friday already! Yay. I’m currently swooning over this fall-like weather. If you haven’t worked out yet today, take your workout outside! Get your vitamin D fix! It does all kinds of good to your body when you get some vitamin D from the sunshine. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. So even if it’s a ten minute walk outside on your lunch break, your body will thank you!

XO beth

pants – HERE / tank – similar HERE / shoes – Nike women

photos by Elle Lua Photography

No Doesn’t Always Mean No

Something that I have really been awakened to lately is the timing of life. I always heard and believed that, “Everything happens when it’s supposed to happen.” It’s one of those things people tell you when they want to help you feel better but don’t know quite what to say, right?

Well, kind of. But it’s also strangely accurate, as simple as it sounds.

Timing really is everything, and sometimes that’s a tough pill to swallow because it rarely makes sense at first. As humans, we try to resist change and/or anything that doesn’t seem 110% “right” to us. We will kick and scream until we get our way, essentially; whether that means fighting for what we believe in or being blind to reality and missing the mark on where we’re supposed to be.

Sometimes the my-way-or-the-highway attitude can get us really far in certain situations, and can be a great quality to possess. But other times, it can mean being totally blind to WHY we should perhaps wait silently until the right opportunity comes along.

Sometimes, what you think is so right for you can turn out to be so wrong, so God will close that door in order to lead you to the correct one. However, when that first door is shut, we tend to shut down and get angry. We take it as a huge negative, or a major setback. We don’t realize that He’s saying, “Hold on just a little longer, I’ve got something even better for you if you’ll just take a chill pill for a hot sec.” And then, in the end, whatever He told us a big fat NO to ends up being a blessing in disguise because of the new door that opens and puts our butt right where we’re meant to be. Funny how that works, right?!

So, whether you’re struggling with people saying no at work, in your personal relationships, in your financial situation, etc… try to see those NO’s in a new light and look for the positive that can come from it! If God’s closing a door, He’s probably getting ready to open a new one, whether it’s what was in YOUR original plan or not. “No” doesn’t always mean NO, it often means “Not right now.”

Not only is timing everything, but so is perspective. Look for the good and the good will find you 🙂

Thanks for reading! Outfit details below!

XO beth

Photos by Elle Lua Photography

Pants: HERE *use code “reasoner” for discount // Shoes: Nike women // Top: similar HERE

Wellness Wednesday

HIII happy hump day! Halfway to Friday people.

So lets talk about my favorite yoga pants. These blue and gray ones from Firepower are seriously the shiz. They feel so amazing on! The material is comfy and high quality. They are a little more expensive than what I normally buy BUT hear me when I say SO. WORTH. IT. They’re still cheaper than Lulu though but still the same quality (hello, score). And they’re squat proof ladies!! I love how high waisted they are so no riding down your booty as you squat. This black mesh sports bra is also from Firepower. You can get a discount with my code – ‘REASONER’! I’ve got more exciting, new Firepower looks coming soon so stay tuned for those.

I have mentioned recently that I’m struggling with a knee injury that has set me back in my workouts (hashtag anxiety). Fortunately it’s looking like I won’t need surgery (thank God!) but they still don’t know why it’s still hurting. So frustrating! But anyways, at first I used my knee as an excuse to skip my workouts completely. Yes I was in a lot of pain so that’s understandable… to an extent. But now I have realized that instead of letting it defeat me, I can use this time as a chance to focus on what I CAN do instead of what I can’t.

For example: one of my biggest fitness goals right now is to do a pull-up on my own. So instead of being sad I can’t work legs on leg day (my fav workout) I can focus that energy on improving my upper body strength. My knee may be weak but my arms are perfectly fine. Might as well go hard with them! If you have something that you feel is holding you back from your goals, let it motivate you instead!

While rest days are extremely important, don’t use the little things as an excuse. Get out there and kick that excuses butt. Tired from work? Even just a 30 minute walk can boost your mood and energy. Too hot outside? Go for a swim – then you’re cooling off AND getting cardio in. Whatever it is, just do it.

And get some Firepower so you’ll look badass doing it 😉

Thanks for reading!

xo beth

**shoutout to Elle Lua Photography for these bomb pics

 

Love on Yourself Today

Hi pretty people!

I hope your day is going great, whatever you it is you are doing 🙂

I have talked about this towel in my instagram here and there, but it’s finally making its appearance on here. I love the round towel trend going on lately, and this one is such a fun print! I got it HERE and you can also use code “REASONER” for a discount. They have fitness apparel and lots of other goodies too! You’ll definitely be seeing more Firepower on here soon!

So speaking of bikinis… let’s talk about loving yourself – something y’all know I’m a huge fan of if you’ve read many of my posts.

Regardless of how big of a self-love advocate I am, I still occasionally struggle with loving the skin I’m in just as much as the next person. Lately I struggle with it more so than usual, because I’ve been unable to workout as much as I typically do, due to an injury. *Sidenote, if anyone knows how to acquire a bubble to live in let me know, I think I need one* So, when my ability to be active is compromised, the self doubt starts to set in and satan likes to take over from there. DON’T buy into it!

Am I right? Does this sound like something you struggle with, even if you can workout like normal? I always feel a little bit better when I can find someone to relate with how I’m feeling. So here I am, reminding you that you’re not the only one. Please let this be your daily reminder that you are amazing, beautiful, and a badass. Don’t buy into the negative thoughts in your head — having a roll here and there when you sit, or having stretch marks, or not having ripped abs, are not your flaws but what make you beautiful because no one else’s stretch marks, abs, or skin rolls are quite like yours. And that’s pretty cool.

So do yourself a favor and show your body some love. And this probably wont be the last time you hear me say that.

Thanks for stopping by!

XO beth

bikini top – Victoria’s Secret last season // bikini bottom – cupshe

Tropical Vibes

Happy Monday! It’s almost the best holiday ever and I’m so excited! I love the 4th of July and can’t wait to celebrate how awesome our country is 🙂

There’s a kind of funny story behind this shirt. I actually bought it two years ago and just cut the tags off and wore it this week. I got it back when I lived in Colorado after Jon proposed because I thought it’d be great for our honeymoon. I started stocking up on cute, beachy clothes and just saved them all for after the wedding. Well… here we are two years later and we haven’t gotten around to taking our honeymoon haha! Life gets crazy like that.

Anyways, I finally decided to just cut the tags and wear it – especially since palm prints are SO in this season. I have decided it’s time to just start stocking up on a new set of honeymoon clothes by now 😉 We are trying to take our trip this winter so hopefully life will allow us to slow down and take it!

I also have a broken toe right now, so just ignore the giant white tape on my foot. Another one of life’s LOL moments that you just have to roll with. I’ve had lots of those lately.

Anyways, this shirt is Show Me Your Mumu so it’s probably no longer in stock BUT I know they have tons of NEW fabulous tropical prints in stock now!! I got mine through Riffraff.

Shoes are forever21 and pants are Target! I feel like I’m always saying, “Oh thanks I got it at Target.” I might have a problem.

I’m off to the beach — have the best 4th of July ever! Thanks for reading!

XO beth

Florals + Sunshine

Happy Friday!

I have recently discovered shein.com and it quickly made its way to the top of my favorites list (they are not paying me to say this- I actually just love them haha). They have so many cute things and tons of new arrivals all the time. Plus it. is. SO. affordable! This whole outfit was less than $25 (shirt + shorts)!!

I love the floral on this top for a pop of color, and the sheer material keeps it from looking too dark. You can dress it up or down – I kind of went for in between. You could also throw a lacey bralette underneath, instead of a tank, to make it a little sexier, depending where you’re going.

I loved shooting this look because it was the most beautiful day in Rosemary Beach. The week before had been super rainy and cloudy from the tropical storm, so enjoying a sunny day in a dreamy beach town was just what I needed! I realized, when the sun came back out after disappearing for a few days, that my mood had shifted with the weather. Everything seemed to be going wrong and I struggled to stay positive that week. I had let the gloominess get me down, even though in the grand scheme, things really weren’t that bad. The sun came back out and I felt like a weight had lifted. Maybe it was a coincidence, maybe not, but I think God was trying to remind me that He’s like the sun – you can’t always see Him but he’s always there waiting to shine when you need Him most! So don’t let the rainy days get you down – just take advantage of them and binge your favorite show or read your favorite book; whatever you gotta do to stay positive!

If you’re reading this, thank YOU. Have the best day ever!

XO beth

shirt – here // shorts – here // shoes – here // purse – here // shades – F21

Smiling Fearlessly with Smile Brilliant

I have been so excited to post this for you guys. I want to share with you the experience I’ve had with my new favorite way to whiten teeth – Smile Brilliant!

Because I know many of you (if not ALL) are probably on your second cup of coffee by now, let’s be real.

So, let’s rewind a few years to when I was in college… back when my coffee addiction began. It was my junior year, I had just transferred and changed majors AND gotten a new job, so my life suddenly got REAL busy. My life became: eat, class, work, study, repeat. Notice how there is no “sleep” in that pattern… because I truly rarely slept! I turned to coffee. I had made it to 21 without HAVING to have coffee in my life. But y’all… that year I just couldn’t live without it! The addiction had begun. I drank it alllllll the time, several times a day most days.

Now, here I am, still in a committed relationship with coffee. I have tried to quit coffee numerous times. It just doesn’t work out! I even do decaf (ugh I just cringed at myself) sometimes, but never quitting coffee. And don’t get me started on wine!! I had recently tried Crest white strips, but wasn’t a huge fan of them because of how difficult they were to keep on. When I wore them, they slipped off my teeth almost every time, so I felt like it was a waste. I had finally accepted that my teeth will probably never reach their full, whiteness potential.

Being a blogger and all, it’s impossible not to want a fresher, whiter smile – it’s our biggest accessory! But we also want convenience, am I right? Enter Smile Brilliant! I’m so glad that I found a whitening kit that is EASY and that WORKS.

Here’s the rundown:

Smile Brilliant is an at home teeth whitening system that has really figured it out. They are recommended by more dentists than any other whitening product! And can whiten your teeth for 70% of your dentist’s cost, and over twice as fast! Amazing, right?!

After receiving your whitening kit, you send in your teeth molds (don’t worry – they pay for your shipping to send it back!). Then they send your custom-fitted trays straight to your door, and boom you can get started!

First of all, the step-by-step instructions are very user friendly and easy to understand! I loved this because when using a product with multiple steps, I need it all thoroughly described or I worry I’m doing it wrong. This seemed so easy!

Another thing I loved about this process, is the custom teeth trays. They actually stay in place, unlike most strips I’ve used that slide off your teeth when wearing them. I can actually do things and talk (just with a slight lisp haha) while I have them in without worrying about them messing up or slipping off my teeth. Because who has time to just sit there while you wait?!

Now for the question you’re probably already asking in your head – does it give you tooth sensitivity? While I definitely experienced some mild sensitivity while the trays were in, I hardly felt any once I was done using them. The only time I had any gum pain was during the whitening (because the gel was touching my gums slightly). It does burn a bit at first, and may be a bit uncomfortable, but nothing too crazy. Fortunately, they provide you with a desensitizing gel to use after the wwhitening gel! This seemed to help my gums a lot! I was so thankful for this, because I hate when my teeth get sensitive, and any other whitener I’ve used makes them sensitive. I’m sure everyone’s teeth/gums are different, but for me it was very minimal sensitivity. If you do experience some though, they have tips for helping ease it 🙂

My favorite thing about the custom whitening trays? THEY WORK! I noticed a difference within a couple times of using them. It’s honestly pretty amazing to watch your teeth change within a couple weeks’ time! I’ll share my before and after photos below so you can see for yourself.

I would 100% recommend Smile Brilliant if you’re looking to whiten your teeth. Not only does the product work, but the customer service is extremely helpful and kind. I even messed up one of my first molds I sent in for my trays, and they quickly sent me a second round so that I could try again! They were helpful in how to properly do it and were very patient. I also received everything in the mail promptly and quickly!

Before showing off my Before’s and After’s, let’s talk GIVEAWAY! I’m teaming with Smile Brilliant to give away a customized tray creation kit!! This is a $139 value, so you definitely don’t want to miss out on entering! The giveaway will be open for ONE week! Winner will be announced two weeks from now (June 19); be sure you’re following me on Instagram to keep up! (@bethtayreas)

Enter my giveaway HERE:

$15 off coupon code: bethanyreasoner15
Good luck!!

Before *unedited*:

After *unedited – just slightly more tan cause Florida*:

Smile Brilliant has changed the whitening game. Go check them out, and enter my giveaway! As always, thanks for stopping by!

XO beth

Thank you to Smile Brilliant for partnering with me on this post!

Monday Motivation

Hi guys! Hope your week is off to a lovely start. After having my family in town last week, this week already seems to be dragging and quite boring. I wish I could just keep them here with me, haha! We had so much fun. I’m already anxious for their next visit.

We spent most of the time at the beach, but when we weren’t on the beach we went out exploring some new places – shops, coffee/food places, etc. – and eating yummy food (my best hobby!). We shot these photos in Historic St. Andrews – one of my all time favorite spots in this whole area!

This outfit was perfect for covering up my sunburnt shoulders without making me sweat in the heat! I bought this shirt at Riffraff several years ago, and I’m so happy I have held onto it, because bell sleeves are making the biggest comeback! I will link the outfit details at the bottom of the post (linking similar shirts since this one is old)!

Anyways, let’s talk about getting OUT of your own head and letting positivity in!

One of my BIGGEST struggles this week, to be honest.

I have come a reeeally long way as far as self love and all that goes. Most days, I love myself regardless of what negative thoughts try to pop into my head and ruin my day… But some days, or weeks, just don’t come as easy. Some days, my negativity toward MYSELF saturates everything I do and affects my whole mood. Not cool, but it is what it is. So please know that you are not the only one struggling with this!

My husband said something very profound to me today, although to him it was probably a simple remark. But when I was complaining about something, I said to him, “Ugh, it’s fine. I’m fine.” And he replied with, “Fine, or good?” WOW this resonated so much for some reason. (Sorry babe for telling this 😘 but your wisdom must be shared!)

Maybe it’s just me, but that made me stop and think about how negative I was being for NO reason. I was acting like my world was going to end, when in reality, I am good and LIFE. IS. GOOD. God has given me this life and this purpose, and it is good and it is well. We aren’t put here to be average and “just fine” but to be happy and purpose-driven.

It’s like God is just really pushing for me to get my chin up ASAP because on top of the hubby’s encouragement, I was reading my devotional and it basically said, “You’re gonna get through today, no matter what, so you might as well take the happy route through today, by choosing Me.”

If you’re doubting yourself, whether it be your appearance, your financial situation, your job, whatever – please remember to choose Him, choose HAPPY! Being happy is a choice, and you’re the only one who can make it 🙂

I may only be preaching to myself today… but hey, I hope this helps you lift your chin a little like it did mine. Hope your week is fabulous! Thanks for stopping by

XO beth

Shoes – Target // Shirt (similar) – here // shorts – Forever21 // Purse – MK here // necklace – similar here

 

Wellness Wednesday: Comparison

Hi pretty people! These super fun yoga pants are from HERE and code “reasoner” saves you some monaaaay! My “Chill” top is from TJ maxx and I’m obsessed. It’s like TJ knew I love to netflix and chill.

I hope your hump day has been fantastic. Mine has been rainy, but productive overall. The nice thing about rainy days is you can stay in and GET. STUFF. DONE. I love checking stuff off a to do list.

I also love naps, like a lot, which is also a huge temptation on days like today. So I’m writing this post instead! It helps me feel more productive 🙂

This morning in the shower, I prayed that God would use me somehow today. Just that. Use me, however. Whatever. I had no specific ideas in mind at that time. But as I was finishing my workout today, I kept thinking about this topic and realized that maybe this is what God wanted me to talk about on here today! (I originally wasn’t going to post today)

If this doesn’t relate to you, I apologize and hope I don’t bore you too much. If it does relate to you, I hope you can find some comfort here on my little corner of the internet!

Something we ALL can relate to is comparison. We are surrounded constantly by people on Instagram with “perfect” bodies (I say that in quotations because we are humans and surprise! not perfect). We are reminded constantly of how hard people are working at the gym, because let’s be honest almost everyone posts their workouts – I am guilty of this too! We scroll through feed after feed full of what everyone else is doing, and we forget that we are only seeing a very small fraction of what’s really going on.

On top of social media, there are always co-workers, family members, friends, etc. who seem to be doing just a little more or better than we are. Or maybe something you wanted job-wise, school-wise, etc. didn’t work out, and it made you feel inferior when comparing yourself to your colleagues.

Am I right? I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who struggles with this.

But something I have had to basically FORCE myself to do is to take a step back from Instagram or Twitter or whatever platform it is that’s making you feel inferior. Because if it’s giving you anxiety or making you feel less than AMAZING, then is it worth spending time on? No. Take a step back.

I’m not saying delete your insta or anything, Lord knows I love the ‘gram lol. But when you start feeling yourself making comparisons, TAKE A BREAK! Put your phone down, and go enjoy the moment.

And remember, no matter how perfect someone’s instagram feed is, their life is certainly not. Everyone has their struggles, or insecurities, or whatever. Everyone’s body is different. That super intense workout they do might work for them, but maybe you have bad knees and can’t do high impact stuff. THAT’S OKAY! It doesn’t make you LESS, it makes you DIFFERENT. If we were all the same this life would be so boring.

And on top of everyone’s body being different, so is everyone’s situation! Don’t judge your body based on someone thinner than you – what if they have a food intolerance that causes them to be limited on what they can eat, thus resulting in weight loss? What if you didn’t get that internship because a BETTER one is waiting for you down the road? Don’t let what can often be a very positive, happy social media platform turn into something that causes you unneeded anxiety.

Being someone who often struggles with anxiety, this realization has been key for me! Everyone’s on their own path. So let’s build each other up, love each other, and MOST importantly, love OURSELVES. We can’t truly love others until we first love ourselves.

XO beth

PS!!! **the Firepower Force is growing! This awesome, fashionable fitness brand I’ve been posting about is expanding the squad. So if you’re into fitness, fashion, and girl power (and discounts holla!), and want to become a brand ambassador, please let me know! My email is bethtayrich@gmail.com 🙂