2019…The Transformative Year

I was just telling my mom that I was really excited for 2019 because I think odd years just tend to be better than even years. I was born in an odd year, graduated twice in odd years and for some reason, I feel more motivated in odd years (maybe I’ve had always had something to look forward to in odd years? I’m not sure.)

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So why am I saying that 2019 is going to be transformative? I have set goals that are not only going to change my 2019, but hopefully will bring my happiness for the rest of my life.

1.Find my passion.

I have so many things that I care about and love, but I cannot seem to put my finger on one thing that I am passionate about. The other day, I asked on my IG Story “What makes Danie, Danie…” and I had so many great answers! You all really do seem to know my interests well, which warms my heart!

I saw a common theme of: Feminism, Fun nail art, bright colors, etc., so this year, I am on an adventure to find out my passion.

I am going to be signing up for classes in the spring for various topics such has “how to build a flower back drop” to try new things!

2. Feeling my best

Eating better – no diets where you can’t eat XYZ for X amount of days. Just plan old eat smaller portions and just make smarter decisions. This also include heading back to workout classes that brought me a lot of happiness last year. I also intend to try a few more types of workout classes! My first ones I want to get back into are barre classes and then Orange Theory!

While this really only hits on physical health, I want to also touch on mental health. I talk openly about struggling with anxiety. I started taking anti-anxiety medicine in April, but recently fell off track with that, and need to get back on track with that so I can be as healthy as possible!

In March, I had all of my vitamin levels tested, and I found out most of my levels were fine except a few: B12, Zinc and Magnesium. I plan on getting these levels to normal this year. I really want to feel my best in 2019. If you are interested in learning more about your vitamin levels, I really suggest visiting Nurti-Lounge in Georgetown!

3. Travel as often as possible.

There is not doubt about it- I am a wanderlust through and through. I daydream every day at work about where I want to visit in the world. I’ve traveled a lot, but with stating a full-time job, traveling fell lower on my priority list. I’ve realized that if I am not traveling regularly then I am not content in life.

It’s time to use my PTO to visit my top places I would like to go in 2019 — Italy, Portugal, and Palm Springs, CA.

4. Blog more.

I am setting an actual number goal rather than saying “I want to blog more.” I am going to try to start blogging once a week, like I used to! I have so many fun things to share with you all, and I feel so happy every time I press that publish button to share a new post with you.

My motto for 2019: Shine like a diamond!

How are you going to define your 2019? Please share you goals with me in the comments below or on my latest Instagram post @Definingdanie.

Happy New Year, Definers!

Photographer| @madisonrshort
Planner & Stylist
| @thesentimentalfools

Venue | @baltimoremuseumofindustry

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How to Make the Perfect Cheese Board To Bring with you to your Holiday Get Together

We’re less than a week away from a lot of the family holiday get-togethers that are going to occur! It’s always so stressful trying to pick and choose what you want to bring with you to a holiday party, so I decided to help you out with showing you how to make my favorite — a cheese board

Now if you’re a Pinterest lover like I am…you’ve seen a ton of “how-tos” for how to create the perfect cheese board and it can be super intimidating. But the cheese board that I’ve created for you took me less than 15 minutes to put together…I actually did it on my lunch break at work!

Taking photos of the cheese board took more time than actually putting it together.

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What did I include on my board? 

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Supplies needed: 

I decided to choose 3 different kinds of cheese (All from Trader Joe’s): 

I like to do a mix of 3 different kinds of cheese on my cheese board — one cheddar, one soft and one gouda. They tend to really be a hit with most people, so bringing these to a holiday party is IDEAL because everyone will be happy! This time I chose the following: 

What I paired with it:
(All from Trader Joe’s, except the grapes)

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How to organize your plate: 

I like to put one cheese on each side and one in the middle and then fill in the blank spots with the olives, crackers, etc., so there is basically no board showing. It looks like it takes a lot of work, but it’s really the small details that make it look that way! 

For example, I put a few of the green leaves from the mandarin oranges in the middle to fill in the blanks from the crackers and I cut the gouda so it looked a little crumbly. It really gives it a nice touch. 

I promise this board will NOT disappoint your family! 

Happy Holidays! 

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Items you MUST pick up at Old Navy’s Black Friday Sale

Hi all of my lovely readers!

Can you believe that it’s already Thanksgiving? You know that also means it’s time for Black Friday!!!!

If you’ve followed me for a while, you know that I am high-key obsessed with Old Navy and I promise that you can find me at Old Navy tomorrow night after dinner. I’ve already picked up some items during some the stores “pre-Black Friday” sales that I think you should also pick up!

From one of my favorite people (aka the Store Manager at the Waugh Chapel Old Navy), I learned that the ENTIRE store is 50%, cozy socks are $1 and they are open at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving! If you are out and about on Saturday and are looking for even more great sales at ON, pajama bottoms are going to be only $5! You just seriously can always find a win at ON.

Here are the items that I think you should pick up this Black Friday:

Sherpa Coat with faux suede lining

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This jacket comes in both plus size and straight sizes. I am wearing a plus size 3x. It fits well, and can definitely fit sweaters underneath. I paired this with my favorite sweater that ON came out with this winter and my favorite ON plaid scarf from last winter. You can find  similar scarf here.

Perfect Sweater

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I said that the sweater that I am wearing above is my favorite sweater that ON produced this winter, and one of the reasons is because it comes in four different color options! I purchased three out of the four. This is seriously the most comfortable sweater you will find this winter. I am wearing a straight size XXL. The jeans that I am wearing are the plus size high-rise Rockstar Jeggings. You will feel like a total babe in these! They are comfy, supportive and all around amazing.

Earrings: Kate Spade
Similar shoes: Express

Boho Chic Shirt and Fringe Jeans

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Boho chic anything will get me every time! When I saw this shirt in store, I was a little worried that the color wouldn’t be great on me because of my blonde hair, but the minute I tried it on, I was obsessed! The pleated long sleeves and the cut make this shirt versatile — you could wear this dressed up or down! I chose to pair this shirt with my favorite ON jeans from their winter 2017 collection.

The Floral Velvet Holiday Jumpsuit + Sparkley Heels 

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This jumpsuit gives me L I F E!!! When I saw this online, I didn’t even look at the price before purchasing! I knew I had to grab this for my work holiday party. I am wearing a size XXL! When I was in the store last week, I also came across these heels, so I tried them on in-store…but their 10 didn’t fit me, so I purchased an 11!

 

I hope that you love these looks as much as I do, and I cannot wait to go to ON tomorrow evening! Let me know what you pick up from ON this Black Friday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Macy’s Backstage, the Place to Look for Your Fall Fashion this Year + A Giveaway

Can you believe that in just one week it is going to be fall? Summer always goes by way too quickly for my liking, but I do also love the fall, especially for the fashion.

I have been looking around various stores to see what some of the fall trends are that I want to rock this year, and I recently learned that Macy’s has a new outlet store called Macy’s Backstage! Think: TJ Maxx meets Home Goods and bam that’s Macy’s Backstage. They have the latest trends in all things fashion, beauty and even home decor.

I checked out the store at Annapolis Mall, and loved it so much that I am doing a giveaway with Macy’s Backstage, so you can see why I loved it so much. There will be two winners of a $50 gift card to Macy’s! You can enter on my Instagram at @Danieminor13. 

Here are some of the looks that I was able to find during my shopping trip there:

I am loving texture and patterns for this fall, and I was able to find that. They also carry all size ranges at affordable prices, which I of course, appreciated. #entryleveljobballin
I bought 7 pieces for $150, which you cannot beat anywhere!

I love knowing that when I walk into a store, they are going to carry plus size clothing that is on trend!

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Win an $800 Nordstrom Gift Card!

NO, YOU ARE NOT DREAMING! You read that headline correctly! Yes, YOU can win an $800 Nordstrom gift card!

To see how to win, make sure you follow all the rules down below! All of the blogger babes that I’ve teamed up with are fabulous, and I cannot wait for you to get to know their blogs.

You can enter today starting at 12 pm ET through August 28 at midnight! 

$800 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway

To kick off our last month of Summer, I’ve teamed up with a group of bloggers to give you
a chance to win an $800 Nordstrom Gift Card!

To enter: complete the steps in the rafflecopter below. The more steps you complete,
the more entries you receive, and the better your chance at winning!
This giveaway runs until Tuesday, August 28th at 12am PST

Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!
*this giveaway is in no way sponsored by Nordstrom.

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I wish you all the BEST of luck! I cannot wait to see who the winner is!

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How to get that GLOW you’ve always been wanting! Two Bronzed Babes + Defining Danie

We all love that after-sun glow, but for some of us, going out and laying in the sun isn’t really an option.

And, for those lucky ones who can tan naturally without the awful burn first, what can you do to have beautifully tan skin without the hassle of having to head to the Islands? We can do spray tans! No…not the orange streaky tans that you are thinking of, but ones that look natural!

I had the opportunity to work with Beth, co-owner of Two Bronzed Babes Mobile Spray Tanning! She came to my house, and gave me a fantastic spray tan. It was such an incredible experience. We did the spray tan in perfect time for the Spring Gala I attended the next day for Planned Parenthood of Maryland.

To start the 30 minute mess-free process, Beth set up her at-home spray tan tent in my living room! We then talked about the correct shade for my natural skin tone, to ensure that I would not look too tan.

I was nervous at first because you do have to undress in front of someone you’ve just met, but Beth made sure that I felt comfortable in my own skin and was very professional! She has seen so many people, so I’m sure my body was not any different from anyone else.

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As soon as we were done, I took this picture so that I could compare it to the next day to see how well the color developed!

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The color developed really well- and if it’s your first time getting a spray tan do NOT worry because you are going to be dark but once you shower, you are going to GLOW! I have white sheets, and when I woke up, there was nothing on my sheets.

Here is a picture from the next evening after I showered! This tan came just in time for the gala I attended. This tan helped me feel so confident that evening!

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The tan has also lasted on me so well. This weekend, I went to Philly and walked around for hours, and unlike other spray tans I have received, it did not bleed on to any of my clothing. The only place where the tan has not lasted well is my face. But, that is because I wash my face two times a day, and use cleansing wipes to remove my makeup!

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Beth and her sister, Rachel, created this mobile spray tanning company after her sister got skin cancer. They both love the way they feel when they are tan, but knew they were going to need a healthier way of acquiring a tan rather than a tanning bed or laying out for hours in the sun!

Two Bronzed Babes can also help you achieve that summertime glow that you’ve been missing. Beth works in the Annapolis area and her sister is in the Pikesville area, but because they’re mobile, they will make the process so simple, and come to you!

They don’t only do one-on-ones, you can also book them for your next girl’s night! Think about how fun your next wine night can be!

Pro-tips: 

  • No sweaty activities for at least 6 hours so the color develops well
  • Do a quick rinse off if you have work the next morning, but don’t do a full shower for 12 hours
  • Get yourself a foundation that will work for your new glow!

I cannot wait to book my next session with Beth! To book your first session, you can contact her at (301) 538-7184. To see pictures of others who have gotten sprayed by her, check her out on Instagram @bronzedbabebeth.

 

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This post is sponsored by Two Bronzed Babes South. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Defining Danie possible!

 

Celebrate International Women’s Day with advice from Women Owned Businesses of the DMV

This International Women’s Day, I want to showcase some amazing women of the DMV. These women all own small businesses, but all have so much power to do good!

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day and to celebrate, I have decided to only shop at women-owned businesses all day! You will be able to follow me throughout my day on Instagram stories @Danieminor13.

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I was able to chat with all of the business owners about their businesses, advice for other women who want to start their own business and why International Women’s Day is important to them.
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My 7 Must-have Beauty and Skin Care Products of the Moment!

Happy weekend! I hope your Saturday is off to a great start. I love the weekend because it’s the best time for running errands and self care! Does anyone else LOVE running errands or is it just me?

While running errands, I always end up finding some great products that I have to try out! Recently, I’ve picked up six products that I know you also NEED!

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Paper Source’s Galentine’s Day Mixer + Why Creativity Helps your Mental Health

If you follow me on Instagram (@Danieminor13 ;)), you saw that I spent my Valentine’s Day at Paper Source in Annapolis. They hosted a Galentine’s Day Mixer, which was a blast! I learned a few new crafting tricks- hello heat embossing?! How have I never learned about you before?

While I had a blast last night, I learned something more than that. If you’ve followed Defining Danie for a while, you may know that I struggle with anxiety. But, something you may not know, because I haven’t talked about it is that I have been struggling with the job hunt. Recently, because of the job search, I have felt extremely anxious and have had a few panic attacks because of it. Continue reading

How I re-created my room to be my favorite space in the house!

When I moved home in May, I felt like my room was not actually “my room.” When I originally went to college, my mom got rid of my furniture because it was so old, and honestly, it needed to go. When I would come home from breaks from college, I would stay in our guest room or our extremely comfy couch in the living room.

I felt out of place and really wanted a place of my own because I knew I would be at home for at least another year.

I didn’t know what I wanted to do with the guest room, but I knew to keep costs down, I would have to keep the bedroom furniture, but could add fun pieces to make it feel like my own space!

After looking at various Instagram pages, talking with my best friend Erin (a TON) about styles we liked and seeing one of my favorite YouTuber, Sarah Belle’s new room…I decided the Boho Chic style was the way I wanted to go!

Similarly to Sarah, I LOVE color and texture! I knew I wanted to do warmer tones, such as, corals, yellows and pinks (which are also my favorite colors). I LOVE pillows, and am not lying when I tell you I bought 20 pillows before finding the five I wanted to keep!

The decoration of my room didn’t happen over one night- it’s been four months of finding various pieces that I just wanted needed for my room! During the beginning when I was figuring out what Boho Chic meant for me, and I knew it had to include a macrame wall hanging, so that’s where I began! My friend Erin happened to be designing her room at her new townhouse, and was in HomeGoods one day and saw the most magical one for me!

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Literally knew I had to have this! Especially because it was only $24! It’s from HomeGoods, so I wasn’t able to find the exact one, but I found ones with similar colors that you might like: here, here, here and  here. Continue reading