Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Can we talk about this for a moment? I mean, look at her. Sitting there with a 1000-watt smile, to-die-for smooth skin and a perfect makeup palette worthy of my envious attitude right now.

Lupita Nyong'o. Even her name commands attention. I am so proud of this lady right here. And no, I do not know her personally, but  I am so proud to be among the legion of millions of women she represents. She is articulate. She is educated (uh, hello Yale!). She is poised. She is strong. She is stylish. She embodies every single super duper secret fighting power that a woman should possess...and the cherry on top? She looks like me! (Figuratively, not literally. Come come, now.)

I did a little happy dance when I saw all the Twitter and Facebook posts about her People Magazine cover. This is most definitely a testament to the idea that your dreams are valid.

What do you think about  Lupita Nyong'o being hailed as People Magazine's Most Beautiful Woman? Sound off below!

{Photo credit: People Magazine}

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Guess who didn't wake up with a case of the Mondays? This girl right here! I was super stoked to find out that I was featured in the April 2014 Issue of Redbook Magazine (Jessica Alba cover) for their Army Jackets/Street Style spotlight! (Ahem, pg. 58 to be exact.) I almost completely forgot about this opportunity (well, not really) until I got an email from one of the staffers a few weeks ago. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be featured in the publication and for my little blip of a blog to show up on ANYONE'S radar! And let's be clear here: the fact that I am featured alongside SUPER popular fashion bloggers like Kendi Everyday, Atlantic-Pacific, The Natural Fashionista, I AM KHATU, Sarah's Real Life, Extra Petite, and Down to Stars, is a complete honor and privilege.

You might remember this outfit from this post.  I love this H&M dress and jacket. I've worn it through every season, and each time makes me love it even more. Plus, who doesn't die a little bit for a shrunken army jacket? 

Again, thanks so much for following BOTO and I can't wait to see what other things are on the horizon!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

If you follow me on Instagram (and you should!), then you'll notice I've been posting lots of images that relate to a healthier lifestyle. I've never been the most health conscious person, and good food is most certainly a way of life for the Mr. and me. But on a cold day in January, something clicked. I had this overwhelming urge to get up, get active and change my life for the better. In the past few months I have completely changed the way I eat, the way I exercise, and the way I look at total wellness. When I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes a few years back, I was devastated. . . and very much in denial. My doctor's kept telling me that I needed to make some serious lifestyle changes -- drink less alcohol. Work out more. Count carbs. All these new rules for my life sounded like death sentences. I was a girl (and still for the most part am this girl) who loved a night of cocktails, sleeping in late on Sautrdays, and eating huge bowls of pasta  3nights a week. But as I started researching and learning more about my disease, I knew I had to do something.

In 2010, I got engaged and figured there was someone else I needed to live for other than just myself. So I started working out. I wanted to lose weight for my wedding and just fell better overall. It worked. I lost the weight and looked amazing on my wedding day (If I may say so myself). And then the weight kept coming off. And kept coming off. And kept. coming. off. It was no effort, so I stopped working out. I was down to my skinniest weight since middle school. I shopped more, and those bad eating habits started creeping back in. Over the holidays of 2013, I began to gain weight again and all those cute tops and bottoms that fit me so well just 3 months ago, were starting to feel tight and uncomfortable. So I again decided to restart my workout plan after the holidays. And I'm not ashamed to say this decision was purely vanity. And I did a little bit here and there but nothing too strenuous. But on that day in January, something happened. I mean, something literally clicked in my head and I wanted to shed this skin of someone not living but existing.

Since starting my new lifestyle makeover, I can definitely see little changes. I have more energy. I wake up earlier in the morning. My butt is starting shape up (score)! Plus, I think about every piece of food I put in my mouth. I work out really hard these days and the thought of eating something that will basically destroy all the hard work I put in at the gym makes me rethink all my food splurges.

So this is it. I know it's a rambling stream of consciousness, and I had no intention of sharing ALL this info above, but I just felt like someone needed to hear it. Be good to yourself. Be good to your body. It's the only one you have. If you love it right, it will love you back.

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