My Skin Story … And Why I’m an R+F Consultant

I think a lot of people in my life were surprised when I told them I decided to become a Rodan + Fields consultant. “Why?” they asked. Let me tell you.

I’ve struggled with my skin for more than half my life. It was like puberty hit, and the zit fairy came to town for good. In sixth grade, a kid called me pizza face. That sh*t stays with you.

Accutane at 16 followed by several rounds of microdermabrasions helped kick it in the butt, but I still struggle with maintaining a clear complexion to this day. Let’s just say looking in the mirror and being embarrassed with what you see is an awful feeling.

I always said that if I had any medical inclinations (I don’t) I would be a dermatologist, so I could help others who had similar struggles. But that dream was simply a “what if” thought. Instead, I just gained a strong interest in investing in my skin, learning about different skincare products and most importantly, learning makeup tricks to hide my problematic skin.

A girl I used to work with has been a consultant for two years, and her posts always intrigued me. The before and after pictures she shared of people’s personal results with acne, wrinkles, etc., were incredible. What if those products were what I had been searching for and I was too stubborn to ask about them?

So one day, I got the nerve to message her on Facebook. And I’m so glad I did. After a few conversations and MANY questions, I decided to take the plunge. I began using the acne Unblemish regimen, liked what I saw within the week, bought a business kit and decided to never look back. It was a 60-day empty bottle money back guarantee. What did I have to lose?!

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Opie is very proud of his mommy

Before I go any further, let me put this out there. I absolutely love my career. I’m a full-time Account Manager—just got promoted, woohoo!—at a communications firm and love what I do. It’s fulfilling, keeps me busy and makes me feel valued every day.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t like to be challenged in different ways. To learn a new skillset. Meet new people. Be embraced by a new group of women who are entrepreneurs all with very different backgrounds.

So far, I’m having a blast. If ever that should change, I’ll reevaluate it. But all I know now is my skin is glowing, people are noticing and I’m a part of a brand that has become the No. 1 premium anti-aging and acne skincare brand. It’s broken international boundaries and is on its way to No. 1 overall—who wouldn’t be a part of a successful business like that?!

If you don’t care about me becoming a consultant or don’t want to learn more, that’s fine. It doesn’t bother me. If you think I’m crazy, you’re probably right—but for different reasons I won’t go into here.:) If you want to learn more, shoot me a Facebook message. Or visit my page: http://otormento.myrandf.com.

I’ll be sharing my own results soon. Until then, thanks for your support.

Opie’s Story

It was a few weeks after the holiday rush had ended, the family get togethers died down and the long stretch of winter was ahead of us when Nick and I had a moment when we realized … we were bored. We had nothing overly exciting to look forward to, and we were ready to shake things up a bit.

Fast forward to a random Sunday when my mom and I were out shopping. I had to pop into Pet Co. for some food and litter for our precious Timmy. A rescue was set up with a number of dogs and I fell in love with a little lab mix named Daisy. I knew I couldn’t go through with adopting her though, because we had not talked about getting a dog (correction: we hadn’t talked about getting a dog as soon as that day), and my husband wasn’t there to make the decision with me. It just didn’t feel right.

But I left that store with my cat food, litter, a toy and an OVERWHELMING sense of panic. It hit me like a brick wall. I needed a dog.

Nick had begged me since we moved in together two years ago for a dog. But something held me back. We didn’t have a yard in our apartment. Timmy would be upset. We didn’t have time to train a puppy. You know how it goes. When you’re not ready for something, you’ll come up with 50 excuses as to why it’s not a good idea.

So when I told Nick I wanted a dog, he didn’t allow time to pass for me to rethink my decision. We spent the next few days looking up rescues for puppies and young dogs. Through my search, I ran across this face:

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And it was over.

Nick and I picked up Oliver (now Opie—inspired from our favorite Sons of Anarchy character) on a cold, snowy Tuesday night in January. We drove down to New Philly with a collar, treats and a stuffed toy, and the second I laid eyes on that dog, I knew he was ours.

Opie turned our lives upside down for a while. Being only 8 weeks old, we had many a sleepless night, learned to spot clean our carpet in under 2 minutes and listened to him howl in his crate until I was brought to tears (I think Nick was on the verge once or twice too). But raising him has also been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I can only imagine the sense of contentment children will bring if I’m this happy with a puppy.

Now, three months from when we picked him up, I’m drinking coffee while he peacefully sleeps next to me. Our family room is scattered with toys, our floors have pawprint patterns on them (despite cleaning three times more often) and the circles under my eyes are a little darker. But the love and compassion he’s brought to our household is more than worth the mess that comes with it.

Opie came to us just when we needed him. And I often find myself thinking … who saved who?

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We love you Opie.

An Update

To say a lot has changed in a year is an understatement. Besides the obvious (we moved into our first home, got married and went on an amazing honeymoon), life is very different today than it was a year ago … in a good way!

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Best. Day. Ever.

Because we’re coming up on our one year anniversary, I asked Nick the other day to describe year one of marriage in one word. He said “crazy,” and then he said “learning.” That’s technically two words, but I think “crazy learning” sums it up best. I never thought marriage would be much different than being in a serious relationship or being engaged—but it is. There’s a certain seriousness that comes with committing to one another forever before family and friends (and God) that is both scary and deeply rewarding. For us it was life changing!

Our first year has thrown a lot our way. I had an unexpected surgery. My family went through a hard time. Nick lost his last living grandparent. To sum it up, it hasn’t been all roses. And I’d be lying if I said we didn’t have a few rough patches through it all. But we’re closer now than ever before and have an unshakable understanding of one another and what we want out of our lives together. And in just two months, we can take that tightly Saran-wrapped cake out of the freezer and dig in!

OK, enough deep talk. Let’s end on a light/fun note! I saw this blog survey a while back on one of my favorite blogs and thought it would be a fun one to take. If you’d like, share your answers in the comments below!

Household chore I actually enjoy: Laundry. It’s oddly enjoyable to me. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s so methodical, but there’s something rewarding and meditative about washing, drying, folding and putting everything away.

Biggest house disaster: Eek. I don’t even want to say for fear something else will happen! It’s just been a year in our house (though it is more than 30 years old), but we did have our water heater konk out on us after one of the sweatiest workouts I’ve ever done. It wasn’t pretty.

Before company arrives, I hide: Stacks of paper. I can’t stand clutter on countertops.

Most recent music download: I haven’t downloaded music in years, but lately I’m obsessed with Beyonce Radio on Pandora.

The last thing I bought online: Our wedding album from Shutterfly (yes, it took me 10 months to design).

I hate to shop for: Jeans. It’s so hard finding just the right pair. Anything else but jeans.

Favorite family ritual: Making and eating dinner together.

I sleep in: A T-shirt and pajama pants.

I have a style crush on: Kate Middleton. Duh.

I’m currently reading: The Power of Now.

What’s up with the ___ trend? Long pointed nails? Ew.

How did I ever live without: Makeup primer? Life changing (like marriage).

More updates are coming, including an introduction of our new family member. Stay tuned! Hint? He has four legs and is really cute…

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Meet Opie. Full story coming in my next blog post.

Until then, enjoy the holiday weekend!

 

Let’s Just Start Looking…

Happy Saturday! How is it mid-March?! We’re now exactly 11 weeks away from our big day and boy, have we been keeping busy! Well, for starters, I’ve run 50 miles toward my 200-miles-in-four-months goal. I may not be right on track to meet that goal (it’s kind of a crazy one, I know), but I’m still proud of myself, considering how much we have going on.  We’ve also finalized our registry, had our first meeting with the minister, printed our invites, sent out shower invites, purchased our bridal party gifts … the list goes on. Oh, and we’ve done one other thing…

We found a house, put in an offer and they accepted! We’re in the process of closing on our first home, and we move in two weeks.

To back up a bit, about a month ago, Nick and I started talking about how we should begin the process of buying a home—meet with a lender, discuss our options, build our “must-have” list, etc.—if we wanted to be able to find something before our lease was up at the end of July. Well, we did a little more than start the process—we found a realtor we love, walked into the third house she wanted to show us and just knew it. We had found our home.

Everything is happening very quickly, but at this rate, we’re going to be in and settled well before the wedding festivities begin, and we couldn’t be happier!

So there’s much more to come on that, but I’m going to wait until we close, move in and can truly call it ours before I gush too much. But let’s just say, it’s perfect—to us—and we talk every day about how excited we are that it’s going to be ours to build a life in. Fair warning: There may be some home improvement posts in this blog’s future.

But before that happens, we have lots to do, both for the house and the wedding. All I can say is that to-do lists, Post-It notes and my planner are what’s allowing me to know which end is up, where I need to be and what I need to do next. I’m walking a fine line between doing everything well and becoming a hot mess. Here’s hoping we can keep all the balls in the air.

I’d be telling a bold-face lie if I said these huge life happenings squished into a three-month period weren’t paired with some major stress and maybe a few tears. But I seriously have to pinch myself, learn to let go a little bit of control and remind myself how blessed we are to have all these great things happening at once. So until we’re all moved in, this is my mantra:

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ommmmmm…

Next post will be about how I’ve managed running the majority of my 50 miles on a treadmill because of this crazy winter. ’Til then, you can find me under a pile of bubble wrap, packing tape … and champagne.

Six Beauty Products I {Heart}

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! ♡♡ I hope today is filled with love, happiness and some of your favorite things. For me, that means French toast, lots of coffee and a romantic Italian dinner with my favorite Italian man.

Speaking of favorite things, I’ve fallen hard for some beauty products lately in my continual hunt for the perfect makeup and skin care goodies I can use to look and feel my best on our big day. I’ve done some major experimenting, and here are the winners!

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amazon.com

Olay Regenerist Pore Detoxifying Scrub. When we first got engaged, my mom bought me an expensive skin care set to get me glowing. Although I liked it, it didn’t really “wow” me, so when I ran out of the cleanser, I randomly picked this Olay product up at the grocery store. It was a bit on the expensive side (for something available at a grocery store), but I can honestly say it has changed the texture of my skin within my first week of use. I can’t wait to see how it continues to transform my skin over the next few months. I truly look more even-toned in a matter of days.

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Josie Maran Light Argan Oil. I wash my hair every three days, and by the time I go to bed on that third night, the ends of my hair can look and feel a bit fried. Just a few drops worked into my ends are all I need—then I wrap my hair in a bun and go to bed. After I wash my hair the next morning, my hair looks shiny and smooth. I have oily hair (and swear by dry shampoo), so I can honestly say I was very skeptical when I bought this, but I promise, it won’t make your hair greasy! I also use it on my cuticles before bed for soft hands.

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Bare Minerals BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation. As someone who hates feeling like I have makeup caked on my face, I am always weary of foundations—but I knew my simple BB cream wasn’t going to get me through all of our pictures on our wedding day. This makeup is very lightweight but boasts great coverage. It just takes two drops onto the Bare Minerals brush to give me a full day’s worth of long-lasting makeup, and it still lets my skin show through.

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Philosophy Total Matteness Oil-Free Mattifying Pore Eraser. But before I put my makeup on, I work a dime-sized dollop of this all over my face—it helps keep my skin mattified throughout the day (no feeling oily around 3 p.m.) and keeps my makeup on; both musts for pictures!

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amazon.com

Josie Maran Argan Color Stick in Spice. Can you tell I’m a Josie Maran fan? I got this blush in a sample kit of hers (along with the argan oil) and have worn it every day since. The color is a perfect neutral that pairs perfectly over top a bronzer for a perfectly blushed cheek. I also have one of her coconut water cheek stains and love it too.

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amazon.com

NARS Satin Lipstick in Tolede. I can’t even begin to explain my journey to finding this lip shade (I know, dramatic sounding, right?). I asked three different makeup artists to help me find a “neutral pink” shade and boy, did each of them have their own idea of what that meant. One went so far as to drawing two points on my upper lip with a lip liner and painting a terrifyingly orange/red stain on me. I stifled a scream and then politely declined her offer of walking me to the checkout counter with her selection. And then one day, I walked into Sephora, talked to a new girl and bam! She brought me this beauty. It’s the perfect shade that gives my lips color without too much drama. Plus it’s very moisturizing. And I don’t look like the Bride of Chucky.

Have a beautiful day everyone!

What are your favorite beauty products? Any must-haves for your wedding day?

 

My (Wedding) Health Goals

Folks, it’s crunch time. It was easy talking about my hopes and dreams for hitting the gym back in August, but at the turn of the new year, I knew I had to set real goals I could stick to day in and day out.

Before I go into the details, let me first say that I honestly have just one end goal in mind: to look and feel my absolute best when I take that anticipated walk down the aisle toward my future hubby. Does that mean shedding a couple pounds? Sort of. It mainly means feeling tight, toned and confident in my dress and emotionally energized and refreshed.

I’m actually not regularly stepping on a scale in these next few months. I’m mainly going on how I feel in my clothes and what I see when I look in the mirror, because as we know, the scale only tells part of the story. My skinniest has not always equaled my most toned in the past. But there are real goals I’m working toward every day. Here are a few of them.

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Countdown to 200 miles

I’m doing the Tone It Up bridal challenge. In other words, in the four months leading up to my wedding, I want to run 200 miles. That’s right—about 50 a month/12.5 a week/1.8 a day. I’m not going to drive myself bonkers trying to meet that exact number, but I’m going to do everything in my power to get damn close. This will help hold me accountable during my workouts and give me that extra nudge when I want to get off the treadmill. I thrive from checking things off of lists, so this worksheet is just begging to be crossed off!

I’m cutting carbs. Not cutting out carbs (no one wants to get on that rollercoaster ride), but rather cutting down on them. This means more green veggies, fruits, and lean proteins. Replacing a carb-y snack with Greek yogurt. Removing sugary creamer from my morning coffee. Backing away from the cookies at night and replacing them with peanut butter and granola. Of course there have been cheat meals and weak moments, but we’ve been on this “diet” since the new year—as the home’s chef, whatever I cook, Nick eats— and the both of us feel great. It’s crazy what some diet tweaks can do for your energy levels.

The gym and I are seeing each other 4x a week. I’ve always been dedicated to working out, but it’s time to bring out the big guns. Doing the same old 2-3 workouts a week isn’t going to help me get where I want to be. It’s also not going to get me to 200 miles, so I’m upping my workouts to at least four times a week. Five when my schedule allows. I’m of course running but doing more strength training as well to get the sculpted arms and back I’m craving.

See? Nothing too crazy. I’ve had goals like this before, but I’m really holding myself to this one. Between the pictures that will be taken and the honeymoon bikini that will be waiting for me the day after, I haven’t been having motivation issues. I just close my eyes and imagine how I want to feel for all the celebrations, starting with my shower and bachelorette party in April.

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Honeymoon dreamin’

What fitness goals do you have for 2015?

An Overwhelmingly Wonderful (and Overwhelming) Time

It’s been a little over nine months since Nick asked me to marry him. Nine. In a way it feels like it’s been the simple blink of an eye, and in other ways I feel like we’ve been engaged forever. Like it’s hard to remember a time when we weren’t planning our wedding, living together and dreaming up our future.

And what’s crazier to think about is that we have a mere four months until our big day. After how quickly these past nine flew by, I’m afraid I’m going to turn around too fast and it’s going to be time to walk down the aisle.

I don’t want this special time to end. Being engaged has been truly blissful. Sure, it hasn’t been ALL roses and love songs, but planning our wedding has brought along some of the most fun experiences I’ve had. And although I know that married life will be even sweeter, I want to soak up every bit of these next few months and bask in the anticipation that the day will bring.

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My guy

It’s truly a time in my life I’ll never get back. But when it’s over…

…Every time I’ll think back to Nick proposing, I’ll swoon. I’ll simply never forget the look on his face when he asked me. It was a combination of pure excitement mixed with a little fear. And then sheer joy when I said (screamed?) yes.

…I’ll think back to my mom’s voice and how excited she was when I called to tell her he asked (even though she knew it was coming). And how she bought me my first 15 bridal magazines and went page-by-page through them, helping me dream up every detail.

You can never read too many bridal magazines during your engagement
You can never read too many bridal magazines during your engagement

…I’ll always remember putting on MY wedding dress for the first time. The first one I tried on. Walking out of the dressing room and feeling so feminine, so bridal, so excited for Nick to see me in it.

…I’ll think about the delicious process of choosing just the right three tiers of cake we will serve our guests (and the layer we’ll freeze to eat for our first year anniversary). Taste testing the peanut butter mouse, red velvet, raspberries and cream … it was divine.

…I’ll never forget picking out the song that will be ours forever. Thinking about being led around the dance floor in my dreamy dress and freezing that moment in my mind forever and ever.

…Our families will look back on this time with us and think about what a damn good time we had together. Planning the food. Picking the invites. Sampling wines. Laughing. Crying. Spending our first Thanksgiving with our families united. The time that truly merged us into a whole new entity.

These past nine months have also brought on a fair share of challenges. Learning to live together and accept each other’s everyday habits. Merging finances and figuring out a savings plan that works for the both of us. Having demanding jobs that at times left us with just enough time at night to eat dinner and kiss each other goodnight. Figuring out our individual and collective life goals—and how we were going to make them happen.

I feel like an entirely different girl today than I was this time last year. It’s been an emotional, wonderful whirlwind that has made me grow up in many different ways.

So how am I feeling now? I’m excited, nervous and ready. So ready.

Side note: Although I plan to talk about my health journey to the altar as well (my next post will be about my fitness goals I’d like to hit by the big day), this blog is going to look a bit different for the next 120 days. But this is my life right now! I hope you enjoy taking this trip with me.

Until next time!