DIY Acrylic Nails at Home for Under $10!

What you need:

Acrylic Nails – $7.99
Nail Glue – $1.99
Scissors
Nail File
Nail Polish

First, match up the correct sizing for each nail and place a little bit of glue. Do one nail at a time because the glue dries fast. Hold down the nail for about 20 seconds to make sure the glue bonds.

Once all the nails are on, you are going to take your scissors and cut them down just slightly longer than you want them. You will be filing it down more so don’t cut it too short.

Next you want to file them down to the shape you like. I like a rounded shape or a more oval shape so this is what I did.

After all the nails are in the shape you want, paint your nails whatever color you would like. Finish it off with a top coat to make it glossy.

Acrylic Nails at Home

Ta-Da! There are your final nails! They look salon worthy and for a fraction of the cost. Since the nails come in a pack of 500 you can do you nails over and over again for very cheap! My nails last about a week before they start to pop off. If you guys try this at home, tag me so I can see!

5 Healthy Food Swaps for Weight Loss

Food Swaps

It’s the New Year, and you know what that means. Everyone including myself is trying to diet. What is it about the new year that makes us want to change our lives? LOL. Now I’m going to be honest here, I suck at dieting. The longest I’ve ever gone on any specific diet is about 21 days of Whole 30. Yup, couldn’t even make it to 30 days. Any other time I diet, I usually do a couple days and by day 3 I’ve probably given up. I love food. That is why when it comes to dieting, I think it’s easier to maintain healthy food swaps instead of eliminating things all together. So I’ve complied a list of items you can swap out for healthier alternatives.

Pasta = Zucchini or Spaghetti Squash

This is a pretty standard one if you want to go low carb. Spiralized zucchini or spaghetti squash are a great way to mimic the shape of pasta. They are a great base for any “pasta dish”. My favorite way to eat this is to make a type of bolognese with meat and a good tomato sauce and top it with cheese.

Bread or crackers = GG Crackers

If you follow the Skinny Confidential or the F Factor Diet, you definitely know about GG crackers. If not, GG Crackers are high fiber crackers that can be the base of any snack. I’ll be straight up with you the texture and taste do take a while to get used to, it kind of resembles cardboard. But hey, it’s good for you. It’s FULL of fiber which helps keep you full. I love to top my GG crackers with avocado and make an avocado “toast”. Top it with Trader Joe’s Everything Bagel seasoning and it’s a perfect snack or meal.

Soda = sparkling water

This is a simple switch. Soda is pretty terrible for you, but I still drink it occasionally. But I do try to limit my soda intake. If you are craving a soda, reach for a flavored sparking water instead. It will save you calories, is healthier for you and still hits the spot.

Cereal = Steel Cut or Quick Cooking Oats

Cereal is tasty, but it’s chocked full of sugar. To get a healthy dose of carbs in the morning that will keep you feeling full, swap out your morning cereal for some steel cut oats or quick cooking oats. I love to make steel cut oats and top it with cinnamon, fresh fruit, chia seeds and walnuts. You can experiment with the toppings and try different things, just make sure your toppings are healthy too. If you need it to be sweeter, I suggest sweetening it with a half a banana or a little bit of maple syrup.

Salad Dressing = Olive Oil and Vinegar

Packaged salad dressing might seem healthy because you’re eating a salad right? Wrong. A lot of times these salad dressings are packed with sugar. Make you own at home with some olive oil and vinegar (balsamic, red wine or white wine). You can even add things like lemon juice, or apple cider vinegar. Experiment and see what you like.

Those are some of my healthy food swaps that will make you healthier and help you lose weight! If you guys have any food swap ideas, let me know in the comments below!

Peace Out 2018, Hello 2019!

It’s finally the end of 2018, and thank God for that! It has been quite the year. I’m not going to lie to you, 2018 has been a challenge for me. There has been a lot of ups and downs, mostly downs but hey, that’s life and I want to keep it 100 with ya’ll.

I’ve learned a lot of hard lessons this year, mainly with the people I surround myself with. After struggling with major anxiety at the end of 2017, I was forced to really re-evaluate everything. I realized a lot of the people I was surrounding myself with were not helping my anxiety, but actually hurting it. I used to be the girl that wanted everyone to like me (and I guess in some ways I still am). I wanted to be best friends with everyone and looked past people’s actions and made excuses for them. This year I learned that I need to be a little more selfish. I’m not going to like everyone and not everyone is going to like me, and that is okay. I also need to realize that when people show you who they really are, to listen. It’s amazing when you go through a hard time in your personal life, the people that are true friends really shine. To all my supportive and amazing friends and family, I just want to say thank you. You guys have really helped me through one of the hardest years of my life and I am so grateful.

While I struggled with anxiety at the close of last year and the beginning of this year, I worked really hard to try to overcome my anxiety. With the help of therapy, meds and a lot of self work, I’m really happy to say that I am in a much better place than I was a year ago. My tips for those of you who are struggling with anxiety are to take it a day at at time, meditate, exercise and surround yourself with people that support you.

This year, I also made a big move. I left Los Angeles, a place I called home for the past four years, to move back to New York. I honestly never thought I would move back here, but here I am. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back, and I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life here in NYC. I’m ready to take on the city more than ever and have my Carrie Bradshaw moment (minus the whole getting left at the alter sitch).

I also started a brand new business in 2018. I opened up my own online boutique, John + Suki! This has been a huge dream of mine since high school and I can’t believe it’s finally live. I’m so excited to continue to grow my business in this up coming year and make it even bigger and better!

Now, I’ve never really been a big New Years resolution type girl but I do have things I want to work on this year. Growing John + Suki is definitely #1, but I also want to continue to work on myself. I want to workout more, eat healthier, travel more and love more. So bring it on 2019, I’m ready for ya!

Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Christmas Gifts

If you’re anything like me, you’re a procrastinator. This season the holidays have seriously crept up on me. Like it’s in a week. Can ya’ll believe it??  I still haven’t done all of my Christmas shopping yet so this post is just as much for me as it might be for you. Here are some gift ideas that I have broken down for all the people in your life.

For the Beauty Lover

For the Techie


For the Fashionista

Happy shopping!

What to Wear to a Holiday Party

Holiday party

Jacket: John + Suki // Dress: John + Suki // Shoes: Burberry {similar}

It’s officially December, and you know what that means? Holiday parties. Whether it’s for work, or a friend’s or even family holiday party, you want to look festive and cute! I wanted to share with you my favorite look for this holiday season. This red dress is perfect for any holiday party because red is festive, duh. Also the satin material is beautiful and really elevates the look. I love pairing this with my favorite leopard coat to add some print and make it fun.

I wanted to share with you guys some other options as well. These are my favorite picks for any holiday party!

 

What I Bought During Black Friday / Cyber Monday!

Black Friday

Who doesn’t love a sale? I am a sucker for anything that says it’s on sale! My friend Grace and I went to Ulta and Target on Black Friday and surprisingly it wasn’t that crowded. But we did get some amazing deals at Ulta! The rest of what I got was online because it’s the 21st century and I’d rather shop online in my pajamas than go to the mall. Since I got some amazing deals I wanted to share these with you before the day was up, in case ya’ll wanted to pick up some of these items yourself!

ULTA – certain items on sale

 

Abercrombie – 50% off everything!

Love Wellness – 25% off everything

Gut Goodness Set – Lo Bosworth created this line of feminine care and I can’t wait to try these!

Rodial – 30% off everything

Vitamin C Cleansing Pads – I’m reading a book by the founder of Rodial so I wanted to try this brand out. Plus my friend swears by it!

Avocado – 40% off everything

Fire Leggings – Honestly the best workout clothes ever.

John + Sukieverything is on sale!

 

What did you guys buy? Let me know in the comments below!

 

What I’m Wearing for Thanksgiving + Black Friday Sale!

Thanksgiving

Top: John + Suki // Pants: Rag and Bone // Rings: John + Suki // Necklace: John + Suki

Can you believe it’s already Thanksgiving? This year has been such a whirlwind. I have a lot to be thankful for including moving back to New York, and reuniting with all my family and friends! Also I’m thankful for the launch of my new store John + Suki

We’re celebrating Thanksgiving a day early here at the Collins household. So this is what I will be wearing to my Thanksgiving dinner today. My City Living sweater from my new store is honesty the comfiest AND it’s loose so I can eat a lot LOL. Throw it on with a pair of jeans and you are good to go.

Also, I wanted to let you guys know that I am having a Black Friday sale on John + Suki! From now until Saturday, everything is buy one, get one for 50% off! This will automatically be taken off at checkout, so get shopping!

*PS I will also be having a Cyber Monday sale so stay tuned for that!

 

I Opened an Online Boutique!

Wearing the Alice Tuxedo Romper

Guys. I have the most exciting news I think I’ve ever shared here…I just launched my own online fashion boutique!! The name of my boutique is John + Suki (www.johnandsuki.com), named after my parents.

Opening up a boutique is something I’ve been dreaming of since I was in high school. And now I’ve finally done it! So obviously I wanted to share it here with you because I love you guys. Oh and I’m giving ya’ll 20% off any purchase this week using the code FAMILY20.

So now onto the fun part, the clothes! Here are some of what you will be seeing on my store.

Wearing the City Living Sweater

Wearing the Merlot Slip Dress and the In The Wild Leopard Jacket

So there is your sneak peek at what’s in store! I hope you guys love the stuff as much as I do! Now go on, get shopping!

 

Create Your Own Shampoo + Conditioner with Formulate!

Formulate

Ever wonder if the shampoo and conditioner you buy at the store is really one size fits all? There are so many different options out there for you to choose from, what if you were able to create your own?

That is where Formulate comes in. Formulate is a new company that allows you to create your own shampoo and conditioner. It’s super simple, you go on their website and take their quiz aka the “hair wizard”.

On their hair wizard, you get to answer questions about your hair type and what you are looking for. For example, my hair type is fine and wavy. You also answer questions about what it is you are looking for. I was looking for something that helped control oil, protected my color and helped with split ends.

Once you fill out the hair wizard, Formulate gives you your very own personal shampoo and conditioner! It’s amazing. Definitely go check it out now and create your very own shampoo and conditioner here.

 

How to Afford a Healthy and Fit Lifestyle

A large aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is knowing how to properly manage your money, which can be hard for a lot of young adults who are just learning how to budget. Living a healthy lifestyle requires going to the gym or hiring a personal trainer, which can lead to your body feeling healthier and stronger. When walking through the grocery store and seeing fresh fruits and vegetables, you know you should eat them, but you might end up avoiding them due to the higher prices. So, what is the solution? Read these tips below to gain some inspiration on how you can maintain a healthy lifestyle for little cost.

Limit Eating Out

When you’re living on a tight budget, one of the worst things you can do is eat out multiple times a week. This includes ordering a coffee from a café, going out to dinner with friends, or simply ordering lunch on the go. Any of these can put a significant damper on your back account and probably aren’t great for your waistline either. Save yourself a lot of cash by cooking healthy meals at home. It’s all about finding the right recipes that include healthy ingredients you love and that won’t take you forever to make.

Plan Your Meals Ahead of Time

After going to the grocery store, prepare your meals for the week ahead of time,  using reusable snack bags of course, to limit the amount of money you spend when you are out and about. Knowing that you already have a meal prepped for the day reduces your impulse to buy something at a restaurant. Plus, by planning ahead you can ensure you’ll always have a healthy option available when hunger strikes.

Know Where Your Money Is Going

While maintaining a healthy lifestyle can have a strain on your finances, it’s important to gain control of your spending in other aspects of your life. If you’re able to save money elsewhere, you’re more likely to be able to afford to contribute to your well-being. Analyzing your monthly payments will give you a better understanding of how much money you spend per month. If you have a cell phone bill that could be cut down because you’re not using as much data as you thought you were, switch to a cheaper plan. If you have a student loan that could be reduced for the time being, consider refinancing your college loans to lower the cost. Additionally, explore your current subscriptions to magazines, music apps or tv show software’s, like Netflix or Hulu, to determine if you actually need or use them as often as you thought you would.

At Home Fitness

Working out is an imperative part of keeping your body healthy and strong. Without fitness, your body suffers in a variety of ways. Other than paying an outrageous amount of money to go to a local gym or for a fitness trainer, there are other alternatives to getting a workout in with little to no cost. By using online sites, like craigslist.com or ebay.com, you can find used gym equipment or weights that are of good quality for an affordable price.

If you want to stay away from workouts that require equipment, search for a great workout video on YouTube! Whether you are a beginner or advanced fitness junkie, you can find a variety of videos to choose from on this platform for free.

Using the Nike Training Club App is another fantastic alternative for an intense at home workout. By simply pressing the download button and creating an account, you can accomplish hundreds of workouts in your living room, and again, at no cost!

Looking for more healthy living inspiration? Check out my most recent food related posts here!