No Excuses for Healthy Living

winter workout clothes
Light Down Jacket | High-Rise Moto Leggings (40% off and available in three colors) | Nike Juvenates, also love this color available in more sizes | Lips, color is "Boca"
One of my biggest pet peeves is when people say something along the lines of, "I can't workout, eat healthy or lose weight because ____." Because they have kids, because they don't have time, because it's too expensive, because they have a bad knee or a bad shoulder, because they have bad genes, because they have an allergy or health issue, etc. etc. etc. UGH!! Excuses! I know it is hard and can seem impossible at times (trust me, been there), but in reality, it's simple. If you want to see a change, you have to make a change. Make time, make healthy choices, and make priorities. Make it happen!

I am a first hand example of that: I had shoulder surgery in November and was forced to stop working out for six weeks. I could have stuffed my face with Christmas cookies and felt sorry for myself that whole time, but instead I really dug in and focused on my nutrition. I did the best I could with what I had to work with and because of that I've actually trimmed up post-op....even without working out! Now that I have been released to do a few light activities, I make them a daily priority. Working out has always been a part of my routine and I want to keep it that way! Even if  my workouts are just taking the dogs for a walk and doing air squats in-between my shoulder PT exercises, I do them, and that is what counts.

28 Things About Me

28 things about me
Sparkle Sleeve Top (only $10! also comes in black) | Similar Skirt Here and Here (on sale) | Similar Pumps | Beaded Bracelet | Lips, color is Caramello
Guys!! It's my 28th birthday tomorrow, cheers to another trip around the sun. In light of celebrating ME all day (ok, all weekend), I'm sharing 28 things about me that you may or may not know. I really enjoy reading these posts when other bloggers do them, so I hope you enjoy getting to know me a little more. Lets be friends!

Total Temptation + Surgery Recovery

pink sweater
Sweater - so soft and only $21! | Similar Jeans | Beaded Bracelet | Kendra Scott EarringsGucci Purse | MK FlatsLips, color is Caramello
Guess what guys! I GET MY SLING OFF TODAY! Hallelujah praise the Lord! I'm a little nervous that the sling has become a security blanket and without it I'll hold my arm like a T-Rex, haha. But regardless, I'm excited to start making real progress on my recovery. Not sure if I'm more excited for this or my birthday?! Ha! That's saying a lot.

For those that don't know, I had shoulder surgery on a torn labrum six weeks ago (I hurt it renovating our house last year, not at the gym). The labrum is the suction cup that holds your shoulder in socket. It will be a really long, nine months to a year or more.... It is a little discouraging to see my muscles shrivel away, but I know I will eventually get back to where I was physically before I was injured. I'm excited to start seeing real progress in the coming weeks as I begin to move my arm and add some cardio back into my routine. For now, though, I'll just let you check out my scars in a few of the following pictures. Off-the-shoulder and cold-shoulder tops are my favorite right now because I can show off my battle wounds!

In other news, Influenster sent me some Maybelline products to test out and review for you all (I'm wearing these products in the pictures, for reference). Keep reading to see my thoughts - I always try to be honest with you guys, so that's what I'm gonna do.

Best of OKC Coffee

best of okc coffee
Similar Cactus Top, also love this one - both are on sale!  | Kendra Scott Necklace | Lips, color is Caramello
Thanks to your suggestions, I've decided to start a monthly series on Amanda's OK called Best of OKC! Each month I'll pick a topic and share my favorite local spots in that category. I'm thinking things like best brunch, best boutique, best date night restaurant, best cocktails, best pizza, tacos, dessert, etc. If there are any specific category requests, please send them my way!

I'm kicking the series off with the best coffee in Oklahoma City because, well, coffee. I'm kind of a coffee co-workers make fun of me for bringing my own coffee to work each morning. Every time I visit a new city, I make it a priority to find the best local coffee shops and the best donuts! What can I say? I appreciate good quality coffee. Yes I frequent Starbucks, but I always prefer to drink local coffee, if at all possible.

Below are my favorite spots to grab a cup of joe in OKC.

Adding Color to Your Winter Wardrobe

how to wear bright colors in winter
Grey Sweater Cardi, c/o Romwe - only $19 and really warm! | Similar Neon Top (on sale for $10!), also love this one and this one | Flying Monkey Jeans | Quilted Kate Spade Purse | PiƱata Earrings (30% off) | Similar Bow Necklace | Similar Orange Drop Necklace | Prada SunniesOTK Boots - on major sale! | Lip Kit, color is Cocktail Kiss
Good Morning and Happy Friday! I love 4-day work weeks....why can't they all be that way? After spending the last few weekends out of town for the holidays, I am really looking forward to a few days at home to recoup and enjoy time in my favorite little city. Thanks to your suggestions, I'll be ramping up the local posts this year. I'm thinking of doing a monthly "Best of OKC" series! Each month I'll round up my favorite places in OKC for certain things (like best coffee, best boutique, best brunch, etc.). I'm excited!

In other news, I'm always sad to say goodbye to Christmas (my house looks so empty without the tree), but I love the fresh start that New Years brings! One of my favorite things to do in January is to put away the dark red and green tones and start mixing fun colors back into my wardrobe!

Healthy Holiday Skin with Neutrogena

RobePrimer | Foundation | Concealer | Under Eye Brightener | Blush | Eye Shadow Palette, Color is Soft Taupe |
Eye Liner | Mascara | Lips, Color is Deep Plum
I partnered with @Neutrogena to bring you my #HolidayHealthySkin look.

Now that Christmas is behind us, it's time to be real. The holidays are hard on our bodies. They're especially hard on our skin! All the sugar in Grandma's cookies, the dry heat from the furnace, the cold, crisp air, a few-too-many glasses of wine, a flight or road trip, and all that extra makeup for holiday parties. It can wreck havoc if you're not careful. Did your skin survive?

Luckily mine did, and I owe it all to Neutrogena's Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup. Their products contain Vitamin E, Natural Soy and Feverfew Extract which all help with luminosity, texture, and tone, plus they provide antioxidant benefits! I really loved the foundation - it was breathable and natural looking while still providing great coverage and sun protection with SPF 20. It gave my skin just the right about of luminous shine without looking greasy. The best part was knowing that it was actually helping my skin instead of hurting it! I tend to be really dry in the winter and sometimes makeup can make me look extra flaky.... but with the Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup foundation and concealer, it almost felt like I was applying moisturizer instead of makeup. It covered my dry areas and blemishes flawlessly.

New Year, New Name

Striped T (only $19 and a closet staple!) | Skirt (only $15!!) | Gucci Sock Booties, Similar Here (on sale!) |
Similar Scarf (on sale!) | Leopard Clutch | Lips, color is Velvet Teddy
Happy 2018, you guys! As I reflect back on the last year, I am overwhelmed by the support and encouragement I received as I started to take this blogging thing more seriously. It is crazy to think how much Amanda's OK has grown in eight months and how many new friends I have made through the process. So many exciting opportunities have come my way and I am so thankful! Each of you has played a part in that and it means more to me than I can put into words. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time out of your day to check in here and for following along on my adventures via Instagram.

That being said, I want to look forward to 2018 and what it holds. One BIG change that just took place: I changed my Instagram handle from @amandamart15 to @AmandasOK. I want my "brand" and image to be unified and professional on all social media platforms and I thought that was a good place to start. It was a little sad to say goodbye to my personal Instagram, but it is still the same me underneath it all!
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