Hynt Beauty Review

Hi friends!!  About a week ago, I posted this video of Vivien (video link below photo).  Chris has been traveling for work this whole month, so I have been trying my best to keep busy and entertain a small child.  We both won with the first ever LaCour Ladies At Home Spa Day!!

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A few days ago, a box arrived in the mail addressed to Vivi from Hynt Beauty!!  Inside was a sweet note, and samples of their cruelty free, organic, vegan beauty line for Vivi and I to share!!

The products are great and are beautifully pigmented.  I love the glosses because they are not sticky and provide beautiful color and moisture.  The concealer also provided excellent coverage without being cakey at all.

I am wearing their gloss in Burgundy Cherry and their multi functional Lumiere Radiance Boosting Powder on my cheekbones, brow bones and the inside of my eyelids.  I am also wearing their concealer in a mixture of medium, and tan.  I often have this problem with my skin tone, where medium shades are slightly too light, but tan is way too dark.  A mix was perfect.  Vivi is playing “princess” wearing their gloss in the shade Radiant Plum which is also a beautiful color suitable for many skin tones.  I will say, the glosses appear darker in the packaging then they are upon application.

A side note about my young daughter wearing make up….  I do let her spritz herself with rose water and put Smith’s Rosebud Salve on her lips when I’m getting ready in the morning and she asks if she can put make up on too.  I let her put on the lip glosses this morning to dress up, and I just want to verify that I am in no way a future Toddlers and Tiaras mother….but at the same time I think a little lipgloss, especially if organic for their sweet skin, is fun and completely harmless.

Being a mother, I have a pretty minimalist approach to my morning routine so these fit in great.  Also, whenever I am pregnant, I tend to gravitate towards more natural products, so I was so excited to try a new organic line.  Please check out their website at www.hyntbeauty.com.  I cannot wait to get my hands on some more of their products!  Particularly interested in some of the gorgeous shades of their lipsticks and eye palettes.  Their priceline is very reasonable for organic products as well.

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Third Trimester

North15I cannot believe I am officially in my third trimester.  The pregnancy has been going great, but I am ready to start cutting back in my teaching some.  I’ve just realized that we only have a little over two more months before the baby boy is here, and then we have to gear up for a PCS back to the mainland in May.  So I want to take some time to just soak in what is left of our time in Hawaii and really get to spend some quality time with Vivien.  Teaching has forced me to stay active during this pregnancy which has been great, but I’ll be cutting back to only teaching three days a week until my water breaks pretty much, lol.  Chris has had to travel for work for most of the month of January and will be home in about a week.  He has been to some pretty exciting places including Mongolia and India!  Vivien and I have found our rhythm and have had to become a team.  She started ballet a couple of weeks ago at Ballet Hawaii and has been thriving at her precious little preschool.  North1 North2 North4 North5 North6 North7 North8 North9 North10 North11 North12 North13 North14

These photos were taken on North Beach on the Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay.  We had a deserted beach to ourselves.  Huge thank you to Tien Austin.  www.tienaustin.com  I feel so blessed to have met her and feel so grateful and fortunate that we have been able to document these dear memories of our time in Hawaii because of her beautiful talent and lens.

Have a beautiful week!!  Much love!

Into the Blue

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I cannot even believe we are halfway there!  This pregnancy has just flown by.  The whole LaCour family is super excited about our boy!!  I have been staying busy teaching ballet and yoga.  I am teaching five days a week at the moment, and am just going with it, because I feel really great and have a lot of energy right now.  We are gearing up for the holidays, and I am helping coach the students for Ballet Hawaii’s production of the Nutcracker.  Vivi is at a really fun age, and really understanding and getting excited about the holidays.  We got an Elf on the Shelf this year.  He will be my helper in letting her know that Santa is watching her!!

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All of my clothes are Free People that I just pulled out of my closet.  I can make the majority of my clothes work at the moment, no maternity yet.  Vivi’s romper is thrifted from Savers, $3.99, and her dress is Old Navy, a gift from her Aunt Libby.  All photos by Tien Austin www.tienaustin.com

We need help with baby names??  Any ideas???

Hope you enjoyed the post!  Have a beautiful day!

 

Our Home

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It is part of the military lifestyle to move….a lot. I cannot believe we have already turned in the “preference sheet”, and I find myself shifting into the mindset of “the next duty assignment”. It’s funny, now I start getting itchy to move, and daydreaming about where we may end up next.

Growing up, I had dreams of traveling and seeing the world, but never in my wildest dreams thought that the opportunity would be given to me by being a military spouse. Chris and I have been so fortunate, and have been stationed in some of the most amazing places. We have blessings that dreams are made of, and I thank God for that everyday.

That said, Hawaii has been my favorite place to live so far. Big surprise, right? More so than the paradise factor, is the fact that this is the first duty station that I really made an effort to make my home MY HOME. It is easy to not want to buy houseplants or put pictures up on the wall, or have a junk room that never gets finished when you know something will be temporary. This time I really made the effort and will continue from now on, regardless how long we live somewhere.

Tien is moving to the mainland soon so we brainstormed some ideas to get some last shoots in. I wanted some pictures to capture what has truly been a magical time in my life. And what better place to take them, then the place we spend the most time, the heart of our life, our home.

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I would like to add that pretty much everything we own is second hand.  Chris’ mother purchased our couch when Chris was Vivi’s age and the iron bed was my great great grandmothers.  My trunk coffee table, the chairs in front of my art wall, and the wine crates on my porch I straight up pulled out of the trash in Germany.  In case you don’t know it yet, I pretty much have no shame.  It brings me so much joy when I get a compliment on something in our home, or something that I’m wearing and I secretly know that I paid a dollar for it or found it on the side of the road.

I’m not going to lie, the first trimester of pregnancy had me feeling pretty ill all day and not having much extra energy.  I’m now in the second trimester and starting to feel a little more human again, so hoping to get back on the blogging train.

All photos by Tien Austin www.tienaustin.com.  We are going to miss her when she moves to Portland, but are so excited for her and know she has so much to give to the world!!  She is a truly talented artist.  Hoping to get in one more shoot before she leaves.

Hope you enjoyed the post!!  Take care and have a beautiful day!!!

 

Yoga and a Top Knot

Vivi and I took a trip to the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden in Kaneohe.  She’s at a really fun age right now where she likes to mimic most things that I do, and loves to “help me” around the house.  I have to admit that I have a really fun time teaching her yoga postures and dance steps.  Dress up is also big thing these days.  She is very opinionated about what she wears, which usually involves a princess dress, a Minion hat, Hello Kitty ears (hairband), and purple crocs.  I made her yoga outfit for the shoot.  The pants are made out of some castoffs from Salvation Army (I cut up an Indian printed dress to sew them),  and then I just got creative wrapping some gauze fabric around her for the top.  Mama also used that “smoothie brush” (ballerinas will know what I’m talking about) to slick that hair into her first top knot.  Little girls are just so fun.

I have really been enjoying diving into my yoga practice again, gearing up for teaching at the new CorePower opening up in Kailua in October.  I am really excited to start teaching yoga again.  Yoga has always been a cradle of comfort for me throughout my life, and I have made some lifelong friendships through teaching it.

Thank you Tien Austin Photography!!  www.tienaustin.com

Hope you enjoy the post!!

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Koko Crater Botanical Garden

This morning Vivi and I ventured out to Koko Crater Botanical Garden.  You could smell the Plumeria as soon as you opened your car door…  On the way, I was telling Vivi we were going to “Koko Head”, which is where we were going (Koko Head Park), but I think in her toddler brain, she thought Koko Head was a person or animal or something.  So we pretended to search for “Koko Head” the monkey.

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Vivi’s dress is from Savers, purchased for $2.99.  My skirt is vintage, which I found on Etsy!!  I got my purse many years ago at a garage sale in Lubbock, TX for 25 cents!!!  Photography by Tien Austin.  www.tienaustin.com

Hope you enjoyed the post!!  Have a beautiful evening!!

Why not??

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A few years back, Chris and I were visiting the Pelion Peninsula in Greece. We were in Tsagarada, in the off season, so we pretty much had a local restaurant all to ourselves. The restaurant was called Aleka’s House, and Aleka decided to sit a while and chat with us. Down the road from Aleka’s, there was a B&B owned by some English folks called The Lost Unicorn. And yes, the place was as magical as the name commands. As Chris and I were sitting there talking to Aleka, we mentioned how beautiful The Lost Unicorn was, and what a dream it would be to come back to Greece and buy a property or have a Lost Unicorn of our own one day. Chris and I are BIG dreamers, which is why we work, lol. Anyway, as we are having this convo with this woman that could be a double in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, her very nonchalant response was “Why not??”

Even though there are no Lost Unicorns in our near future, I really took Aleka’s advice to heart. As a known resister, saying yes has never been a really easy thing for me. I’m also a perfectionist. What if I fail?? What if I don’t exceed expectations?? What if people judge me?? What I’ve come to realize is that the times in my life when my approach has been ”Why not??”, “Sure!”, “OK!”, and when I finally made up my mind to embrace my authentic self, the universe met me back and truly magical things have happened.

This is one of the main reasons I decided get back into health and wellness coaching when the opportunity presented itself. I decided to take Beachbody as the the avenue because they have an amazing community and offer quality products that really do work. I wish I knew about Beachbody and the challenge groups that are offered when I was trying to lose the pregnancy weight. It’s amazing what magic can happen when you have a support system, daily motivation, and are surrounded by people that are on a similar journey.

I understand what it is like to not feel good about where you are at emotionally, mentally, and physically, and question how you even got there in the first place. If you haven’t read about the 60 lbs I gained when I was pregnant with V, you can read it here…http://www.laurielacour.com/2015/05/20/the-baby-weight-how-i-managed-to-gain-and-lose-60-lbs/

The flip side of that is that I was able to lose the weight, get out of my rut, and I want to help others do the same. If you want to tone up, lose weight, or ultimately just feel better and healthier, I’m here. If you are interested in learning more about specific exercise programs and eating plans please let me know. I’m going to have a clean eating challenge group in August!!  If you are interested in participating please message me.  I will provide more information very soon!!  Enjoy your weekend!! Much love!!!

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Muy Fresca Sangria

Celebrating three weeks off with some flamenco dancing and a super easy sangria recipe!!!  Hope you enjoy!!

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This is the best sangria!!  I combined a recipe my sister gave me along with one I found on Pinterest.  One bottle cheap cabernet, one bottle blood orange Italian soda, 1/4 cup orange vodka, and frozen berries.  I was never a huge fan of sangria, I always thought it tasted like watered down red wine, but this one is so yummy and refreshing!!  You can also add fresh oranges, pineapple, and berries….Let me know if you try it!!

Have an awesome day!!!  Much love!!  And a Happy Birthday to my beautiful Mama!!!