My Monat Review

Hi friends! I recently did a trial session of Monat hair products, and I’m excited to share my experience with you guys!

When my friend Lacey from back home first asked me about trying Monat, I will admit I was skeptical (as I am about a lot of similar products I’ve been offered). But then I started thinking more about it, and here’s what got me:

My friend Lacey is a very talented, knowledgable hair stylist, and she’s been a hair wizard for as long as I’ve known her. So I figured if someone who knows all there is to know about hair is recommending this product, what could it hurt to try?! She knows her stuff, so I trusted her recommendation. But I still wasn’t sure how much of a difference I’d notice within just a few weeks.

When I agreed to give Monat a shot, I did a little bit of research. (Y’all know I don’t post stuff on here that I haven’t researched and wouldn’t recommend to a bestie in real life!) The Renew Shampoo (which is what I tried along with the conditioner) is known to improve strength and vitality of your hair, and promotes new growth which helps prevent thinning. This is what got me so excited to try it, but more on that in a sec. Their products are also salt and sulfate free, and no harmful colors or fragrances. This shampoo is also safe to use with colored hair!

Now for a little history lesson on my hair and the why behind taking a leap and trying these products. If you’ve kept up with my blog or have known me for awhile, you may already know this… but back in senior year of high school/freshman year of college, I had a severe eating disorder. Long story short, one of the side effects from everything was that my hair started falling out (more so than normal shedding). Ever since then, my hair hasn’t been the same, it’s more fine and thin than it used to be. So the chance to get my hair thicker again and prevent further thinning, sounded really tempting! I’d love to get my hair back to the thickness it was once had!

SO, all that being said, here’s what I found after using Monat for 20 days:

  • I was able to go 3-4 days without washing my hair, without it looking greasy, whereas before it got greasy by day 2 (and lets be honest I’d go 3 but day 3 is always a hat day lol). I also didn’t have to use any dry shampoo.
  • I already have new baby hairs growing (eek)
  • My hair holds curl all the way until next wash day (without having to be re-curled) and stays straight for longer as well
  • I got more hair compliments than normal!
  • Monat actually smells amazing
  • The hair spray is super strong and holds forever (and also smells great)

Before… (and yes I need to get my roots touched up!)

After… (different lighting but you get the idea 😉 )

The only thing is that it’s a little more expensive than your average shampoo/hair products, and this is honestly the reason I was so skeptical at first. But they do say you get what you pay for, so if it truly helps your hair, then definitely worth it.

If you are interested in trying any of the Monat products or just have questions about it, you can go HERE to visit Lacey’s Monat page! She’s a hair rock star so head to her link!

Thanks for reading, hope you have the best weekend!

XO beth




Reflecting on 2017

Happy New Year, friends! Can you believe it’s already 2018?! I feel like the past year flew by, but at the same time it was the longest year of my life! Such a strange mix of emotions are attached to the past twelve months.

I don’t want to get too detailed and personal — I know you’re probably scrolling through tons of bloggers’ NY resolutions and reflections. But I think I’d be silly to not reflect on (and share) all the things this year taught me. God used the craziest things to teach me the most important lessons, and proved Himself faithful throughout all of it. The good definitely outweighs the bad, but the bad that this year brought was definitely some of the worst I’ve ever experienced.

We started the year out by planning our honeymoon! ☀️ Yes, we waited a couple years to take our honeymoon after getting married because life was crazy busy, but we FINALLY had time (and money saved!) to do it. We spent weeks trying to nail down the perfect honeymoon resort, and in March we finally picked one in the Dominican Republic, and we were supposed to go in April. We were SO. EXCITED.

About a week later, my husband came home from work and flipped my world upside down by saying the words that every military spouse dreads: “I’m being deployed.”

Except our deployment was extra special in that they chose him at the last minute for whatever reason… and instead of having a 4 month notice to plan/prepare, he had about 3 weeks. He was set to leave on the same day we were supposed to leave for our honeymoon. LOL right? Little did I know this was an allusion to how the next year would go, haha.

During this time, I was also applying for Dietetic Internships because I had finally worked up the nerve to go for it. I had spent some time building my resume and had some hope that maybe I had a chance. Well, unfortunately I got my hopes up too high on that one, because on the same day that hubby left (and that we were supposed to be honeymooning), I found out that I did not get matched for the internship.

Talk about ALL the curveballs ALL at the same time. Less than a week after hubby leaving for deployment, my first injury struck (of MANY #deploymentcurse). I was alone, hurting all the time, and unsure of the future. I tried to use all of these struggles as a learning experience, and began to pray constantly. I felt my relationship with Christ strengthen to a point it’s never been before.

I made strong, amazing friendships during those seven months that I know God put in my life to get me through. I learned so much about myself, my weaknesses AND my strengths, and especially about my marriage. Nothing like seven months spent in different countries to show you how strong you actually are!

So, fast forward a lot of lonely nights, wine and chocolate, a couple crazy hurricanes, a knee strain/back issues/migraines/broken toe/hamstring strain, several trips home to family, and some awesome friendships later… and my sweet hubby came home to me safely. I would say this day wins my 2017, hands down. All of the bad things that this year brought disappeared when he walked through that airport to me.

Fast forward some more, and my injuries are slowly (but fairly surely) improving. I’m still struggling with the frustration of not being able to be active, but isn’t that life sometimes? I’m finding new passions in my life, that give me hope for my future career. My husband is here with me, right where he should be, and we get to move to a new adventure in 2018. If there’s one thing I’ve learned the past twelve months it’s that God has different plans than we do, and no matter how much they hurt at first, they’re 1,000% better for us in the end. Hold on to that promise, and you’ll make it. God showed me that sometimes he has to take us to our worst to bring us to our best.

Whatever struggles 2017 brought you, use them to make you stronger in 2018! No matter how rough it gets, remember God isn’t punishing you, he is strengthening you for big things! I pray that you have the strength and motivation to chase those big things in the upcoming year.

Cheers to you and to 2018! Thanks for reading,

XO beth

Velvet Shorties

You guys… I am SO on board with the velvet trend! I got these shorts thinking they’d be the perfect fall staple in Florida! I was right about that, until three days ago when it went from 75 and sunny (like it’s been for the whole entire season) to 45 and windy/cloudy/rainy! Brr. I get cold just thinking about it… FL has ruined my cold tolerance. But I wore them yesterday anyway because they’re SO freaking COMFY. I’m a HUGE fan of clothes that feel like pj’s but make you look put together 🙂

I got these shorts at my favorite 30A boutique, Indigo Watercolor! (Also where I work now and I’ve never been happier! If you’re in the 30A area, come see me!) Like I said in my other post, their website isn’t up yet BUT you can find their Instagram HERE! Check us out!

The sweater is from Riffraff a few seasons back, but they have tons of new ones that are just as cozy! And the blanket scarf obsession continues — ILYMIX is where it’s at y’all! Now that it’s cold here, I’ve pretty much been planning my outfits around my ILYMIX scarves haha. They’re so cozy, and they make great Christmas gifts!

Anyone else feel like you’re suddenly running out of time to get all the gifts you need?! I think I have a mini heart attack every other day because I keep thinking of more gifts I need to get! Someone please come do my shopping?! No? Anyways, on a more serious note… I almost didn’t post this post (actually almost deleted the whole thing after I wrote it) because I got on Instagram and scrolled through other people’s feed and felt totally inferior. I let other people’s highlight reel affect my real life. “My photos aren’t as good.” “My legs aren’t as skinny.” “My roots are grown out a little but her hair is so perfect.” Blah blah BLAH! You’re probably familiar with this nonsense. So, if you’re like me and you sometimes let Instagram get in your head, here’s your reminder that it’s simply a filtered highlight reel, not the messy, REAL every day life that people live. So cut yourself some slack, and if you want to post that picture, post it with confidence! Let’s use Instagram as a way to build community not competition, and compliment each other’s strengths rather than focusing on our own weaknesses! 

I hope you guys have a great day, thanks for stopping by!

XO beth

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

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

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!

Top 5 Gifts for Her

Hi friends! Happy Thursday! I can’t believe we’re already halfway through January! It seems like once Christmas ends, time just flies basically until next Christmas. I have a good feeling about 2017, and I hope all of you do as well 🙂

Speaking of time absolutely flying, it’s only ONE month until Valentine’s Day, guys! Yes, men, looking at you (if any of you are actually reading this, lol). So I decided to put together my top 5 gifts for Valentine’s Day 2017! I absolutely love all of these items, and I hope it helps you or at least points you in the right direction if you’re struggling with gift ideas! Here we go.

1. JORD Wood Watch. Because every girl needs time piece, am I right?! I’ve posted about these watches before, and I will probably post about them again, because they are THAT amazing. They’re so unique and beautiful. I have gotten SO many complements on mine just in the short time I’ve owned it. If you go to my previous post (titled JORD Wood Watch) you can enter the giveaway and even if you don’t win, you’ll still get a gift card!!! This is not a drill.



2. Firepower Fit Apparel. Because 98% of the female population is all “I’ma get fit in 2017” right now. I’m talking about myself here too don’t worry. Anyways, there’s not a girl out there who doesn’t love getting new workout gear. It’s motivating and it makes us feel cute and athletic all at the same time. Which brings me to Firepower!! I will be doing more posts featuring their stuff, but let me just tell you it is the best quality yoga pants you’ll find. It’s like Lulu quality but for VS price. Get what I mean? The best of both worlds. It’s fashionable, yet athletic, and it you can literally feel how well it’s made. I highly recommend! You can get a discount HERE with code “Reasoner”! I got these bad@$$ marble leggings and I’m in love.


img_08793. Michael Kors Bag. You guys… my husband got me this bag for Christmas and I literally had tears in my eyes. So trust me, you can’t go wrong with this one – unless she’s the type that hates large purses. Then maybe go for a smaller one. This one fits basically anything in it – laptops and bottles of wine included, the color matches everything I own, and the style is timeless. A win all around!


4. Hussar Wireless Headphones. Okay, have you ever been in the gym, doin’ your thing on the treadmill, and all of a sudden your elbow catches the wire of your headphones and before you know it your phone is sliding across the gym floor and you’re trying not to lose your balance and simultaneously have a heart attack over your screen possibly being shattered? Holy run-on sentence. Yeah don’t lie, I know it’s happened. You can help your girl avoid that problem by switching to wireless headphones (if she hasn’t already)! I am obsessed with these wireless headphones and haven’t dropped my phone in the gym since getting them! They sound incredible and are super easy to use. Plus affordable! Hit up Amazon prime (here).



5. Date Night. This one’s a little different than all the rest… BUT hear me out. If you don’t want to get her any of these things, or if she already has them, you can never go wrong with planning her an incredible date night/weekend! Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes I’d rather just go get away somewhere with my husband than just getting a gift. Make some memories, eat some great food, and have fun. Take her to her favorite place to eat, take her shopping, go to a concert of her favorite band, etc. There are so many fun ideas out there, just pick somewhere and go!

Hope this helps a bit! Thanks for reading, as always. Have the best Thursday! Cheers to tomorrow being FriYAY.

XO beth