How Cutting Dairy Has Changed My Skin

“Be good to your skin. You’ll wear it every day for the rest of your life.”

– Renée Rouleau

WHAT?!?!? How could anyone ever say no to dairy?

Unless you’re vegan, it seems crazy to give up dairy. But what if you can’t eat it for health reasons like me?

Over two years ago, I started having issues with dairy (I swear, I won’t get graphic about this). I eventually tried out pills for lactose intolerance and yes they did work…but only for a few months. Once they stopped working, I had to decide whether to suck it up and eat all the cheese I wanted or give it up altogether. I decided to cut ties with dairy and stop suffering.

I will say it has been hard to not eat anything with cheese or milk. But guess what the best part is? My skin has improved immensely since I went dairy free.

I lucked out in puberty and never got acne until I turned 17. But from 17 on, my acne was pretty bad. I tried almost everything to get rid of it but to no avail. After giving up dairy a year ago, I’ve thrown out all my acne products. I rarely, if ever, get those pesky red bumps on my face anymore!

In the year I’ve been without dairy, I’ve noticed a little extra glow to my skin. Sure, part of it may be due to my rigorous skincare routine, but even before I quit dairy, my skin didn’t look so great even after several skincare products. My skin has never looked healthier, and I have my dairy-free lifestyle to thank for that!

Even if you don’t have issues with dairy, try eliminating it for a week or two. You’ll be surprised by the results! And as an added bonus, there are actually some really great dairy alternatives out there (pssst go check out a couple of my favorite brands: Follow Your Heart and Kite Hill).

Step out of your comfort zone and try dairy-free livin’!

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The Evolution of My Closet

“Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun.”
– Nina Dobrev

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As a little girl, I couldn’t wait until I could wear heels and rock a stylish designer purse. Like every other young girl, I played dress up and dreamed of what my life would be like as an adult. Fast forward about 15 years and here we are in my grown ass woman stage. And guess what? I can wear heels and I’ve got a plethora of designer purses in my closet. What a dream come true, right?

But having my grown-up closet didn’t just happen overnight. It took some time to figure out how I wanted the world to see me through my clothes. In high school, I tried a “queen of the hipsters” look, complete with Peter Pan collars and loafers. Of course, my personality doesn’t quite fit the bill for a hipster chick.

In college, I latched onto an almost entirely black wardrobe. But I’ve always wanted to be an approachable person, so my semi-goth phase didn’t really help that. And so after a few more years of experimenting, I found myself through fashion. For the first time ever, I didn’t have to put a label on my style…it’s just me!

What’s my closet like these days? It’s filled with some classics, lots of dresses, an ever-growing collection of heels and a few great jackets. Really all a girl like me needs in life!

Looking ahead 5-10 years from now, my wardrobe may be entirely different. But hey, that’s the fun part of style…it evolves with you!

My challenge for you today is to find a new piece for your wardrobe that expresses who you are. Be yourself and be stylin’ today, girl!

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Lips and Confidence

“If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack.”

-Coco Chanel

Let’s face it…lipstick changes everything in a look. It has the power to transform your day and your attitude about yourself. Don’t believe me? Think I’m a bit crazy? Perhaps I am. But allow me to tell you how lipstick empowers me and maybe we’ll be on the same page.

When I was little, I always thought of lipstick as a magic wand for glamour. The second you swiped on some lip color…BAM you were glamorous! My tiny dancing and stage-loving self always got excited to put on lipstick for a performance. Even at the age of 7, I felt like a grown ass woman who had her life together when I had red lipstick on. The only thing stopping me was another 11 years of growing up, of course!

No matter how nervous I was for a performance, lipstick made me feel powerful and confident. I knew I could conquer the world simply with an amazing lip color. This mentality stuck with me for years, and I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to wear lipstick every day.

Fast forward to my sophomore year of college. Before this, I played it safe with my makeup and wore only the palest of pink lipsticks. For years, I had seen women in fashion magazines sporting crazy lip colors and I thought it was way too cool for me to ever try. Then something sparked. I decided to forget about what everyone else thought and I started picking out the bold lip colors at Sephora: blues, greens, oranges, even neon lavender!

Once I decided to stop caring what people said about my makeup, I found confidence in crazy lip colors. Sure, red lipstick will always bring me back to my performing days and make me feel like royalty. But there’s something about throwing on an unconventional shade of lipstick that empowers me. Something I never expected to find in a lipstick.

So sure, it may seem ridiculous to some for a cosmetic product to give someone confidence. But if you’re here, maybe you have your own story about how lipstick or another item makes you confident.

Now go forth and be a kick ass queen!

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“Confidence breeds beauty.”

— Estée Lauder

Hey beauties! Welcome to Roses + Rouge!

If you haven’t read about who I am, stop what you’re doing and go here.

Now that you know more about me, let’s jump right in. Roses + Rouge is a blog for those who seek an escape from the woes of everyday life. Life can suck, but it can also be pretty amazing. I want to celebrate the best parts of life for me: fashion, beauty and everything in between. This site will give my readers a quick vacation from life and give a look into how I live my life.

How is Roses + Rouge different from any other lifestyle blog? I can’t promise that my blog will look similar to other blogs or have similar posts. But I can guarantee I will keep you entertained with fun topics, the occasional swearing and a dash of sarcasm. Oh, and lots of pink, girly goodness!

One word to describe Roses + Rouge? Relaxed. I’ve spent too much of my life worrying over the little things. Life is too short for that…let’s all just chill!

You better buckle up, girl! You’re going on a journey through my life, and I hope you’re ready.

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