January Favorites

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I've been throwing a lot of new series and ideas at you lately to hopefully continue to grow Amanda's OK. I want this to be a space you visit for multiple reasons and enjoy coming back to. One thing I've seen a lot of YouTubers do is a monthly favorites video sharing what products or purchases they are currently loving. I'm not a big YouTube follower, but I always find my self intrigued by those videos and I thoroughly enjoy watching them and sampling some of the recommended products. I'm not gonna film myself and upload it to YouTube anytime soon, let's be real, but I can still share my current favorite items and new purchases with you right here!

A lot of these were Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers or birthday gifts and I LOVE 'em with all my heart. Truly, deeply, madly. I've been using most of them for the whole month now, so I feel like I can genuinely recommend them. Let's begin!

Be My Galentine

Galentines Date
On Me: Sweater (so soft, comes in multiple colors + on crazy good sale) | Similar Destroyed Denim Jeans | Similar Shoes | Kendra Scott Necklace | Leopard Clutch | Lips, color is Lustry Rose
Happy Monday!! I can't believe we are in the last few days of January already......you know what that means.... it's time to pick your valentine! C and I don't do much for Valentine's Day so I knew he wouldn't mind if I asked one of my best friends to be my Galentine! Chasity and I met in college (we had the same major)... we ended up living together, working together, and getting puppies together! If it weren't for her, I wouldn't have found Chloe. Chas is for real the sweetest human on the face of the planet. She has the biggest and most caring heart of anyone I know and I'm so glad we have stayed friends. Her birthday is two days before Valentine's Day, so it seemed even more perfect that she would be my Galentine.

To kick off our Galentine date, we got blowouts at Cottonwood Salon in Edmond. Getting pampered is always so fun! It was my first time trying Oribe products and ya'll...... people aren't lying about how good they smell. Afterwards, we headed to Midtown for a a little shopping and a coffee date where we met up with Jessi Murray for a quick BFF photoshoot. Chas told me that our girl's day was good for her heart and I couldn't agree more! I think quality time is one of my biggest love languages. If you have a certain Galentine in your life, pick a day and dedicate some time to your friendship. It will truly make your heart happy and in turn make your life happy, too.

Budgeting for Travel

budgeting for travel

Good morning, friends! Happy Friday! I had a few requests to share how C and I save and budget for traveling. If you haven't noticed, we travel a lot.....we figured we better get as much in as possible now before we even think about having kids. Last year, we went on several big trips (Belize, London, Paris and Rome). This year, we are planning on doing tons of weekend trips all around the U.S. I'm hoping we can go somewhere each month of the year! So far we have three trips planned for January, February and March.....we'll see where we end up after that! 

Now, in regards to saving and budgeting..... I'm gonna be real here and tell you I am not an expert in that field. Like, at all. I might work at a financial institution, but I work in the marketing department, haha. When it comes to traveling, I handle most of the planning and C handles the finances and budgeting. He is a complete and total rockstar at that sort of thing (you should see the ridiculous spreadsheets he uses to track my credit card balances....hmm...). The following tips and insight into how we afford to travel are a combination of both our thoughts and talents! 

Eating at En Croute

En Croute OKC Review
Cold Shoulder Sweater Dress sold out, similar here, also love this one | Warby Parker Glasses | Leggings | OTK Boots, similar here in several colors and on sale! | Leopard Clutch | Kendra Scott Earrings | Lips, color is Boca (gift set on sale here)
If you've been following along here or on my Instagram, you know how much I've been day dreaming of going back to Europe. So, when it came time to choose a restaurant for my birthday dinner date, I chose En Croute in Nichol's Hills Plaza! I had been craving some good wine and a charcuterie board, so En Croute was the perfect choice and oh so delicious.

According to their website, En Croute is meant to evoke the comfort and leisurely lifestyle enjoyed in the fromageries, cafes and bars in European country villages but with an American twist. I'd say that is an accurate description! The cafe was eclectic yet simple with definite European charm in the decor; tile floors, marble tables, and seating similar to the cafes we visited in in Paris. The little bistro tables out front gave it the perfect touch! I definitely felt like we stepped into a little piece of Europe in our own hometown!

AOK Guide to Seattle

guide to seattle

It's been a while since my last Travel Guide post! Don't you worry, 2018 is going to be filled with travel around here so I will have tons of U.S. City Guides coming your way soon. For now, though, I want to share one of my favorite cities to visit, Seattle!

My aunt and uncle used to live in Seattle so I have visited multiple times throughout my life. It was fun as a kid, but it was even more fun experiencing it again as an adult! There is SO MUCH good food and coffee....C and I literally made ourselves physically ill from eating too much. Just looking back at these pictures makes me want to go back again. Of course I was saying all the 10 Things I Hate About You and Grey's Anatomy quotes, but C was singing Nirvana lyrics. It is fun to be in a city you can both appreciate for your own reasons!

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! Comin' atcha live for my monthly "what's happing in real life" Friday Favorites post.... basically its just my favorite pictures from the last month that weren't necessarily blog related. How has the New Year been treating you? I'm finally at the point where I'm not crossing out "17" every time I write the date haha. After a busy holiday season and recovering from my shoulder surgery, the last few weeks have been spent catching up on life and it has been great. The house is clean and tidy, I can kinda-sorta workout again (if you count tabata air squats as a workout). I've been seeing good results from my nutrition plan now that the Christmas cookies are out of the picture and I had an amazing birthday filled with food, family, coffee, cake and puppy cuddles. Oh, and some of our good friends [finally] got engaged! Life is good.

Coming up next, I have several weekend trips booked that I'm super excited for. I also have some exciting news to share soon in the health/fitness category and lots of new clothes that I bought with birthday money (yippee!). The new year is always such a good excuse to push yourself out of your comfort zone and for that, I'm thankful. I will be checking off lots of things from my 30 Before 30 list as well as my Bucket List. The clock is ticking on the 30 Before 30 list haha. Time to get cracking!

You Can Take the Girl Out of Paris...

bonjour t
Faux Fur Coat (only $34!) | Bonjour Tassel T (comes in four colors) | Skinny Jeans - my favs and currently on sale! | Gucci Booties, Similar Here and on sale | Gucci Belt, Dupe Here for $15 | Kate Spade Purse | Similar Earrings | Lips, color is "Kinda Sexy"
I mentioned on my Instagram last week that I've been going through major Paris withdrawals. It wasn't my favorite city out of those I visited in Europe but it has become the one I want to go back to most. I think my time there was too busy/rushed and it left me feeling like there was so much more to Paris that I needed to see and explore. That and I could really go for some Angelina's Hot Chocolate and a croissant right now..... You can take the girl out of Paris but you can't take Paris out of the girl.

Needless to say, the amount of "Bonjour" shirts I've collected in the past few months is getting a bit ridiculous haha. I couldn't say no to this one since it had tassels! So fun! Of course, every fashionista is sporting a faux fur jacket these days so I had to join the club. C literally rolled his eyes and said he was embarrassed to be seen in public with me but I don't care. I'm fine being a little extra from time to time! I don't know if blush pink faux fur is popular in Paris right now, but it feels like it should be, so I'm going with it. Either way, it has me feeling like a boss babe.

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 recovery....like, 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 snob.....my 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 | Piñata 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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