Steph’s Smitten List: Michelle Phan, H2O, ‘Thrive’

water glass with lemon

This week, I’m positively smitten with:

1. Michelle Phan: I’m so happy I caught a commercial last week featuring Michelle Phan, a YouTube star famous for her makeup demonstrations. Upon Googling her, I discovered she is a super sweet, super talented success story! Her videos are quirky and very educational! I don’t wear a lot of makeup, but I could watch her makeup and beauty routine tutorials for hours, and if I apply makeup as she says, I don’t feel like I’m wearing it to “fix” myself but to bring out the best me. In fact, it spurred me to clean out my makeup brushes, go out and buy some new tools and products, and experiment with a few new looks. Michelle is a pro at everything from the natural look to the formal event look. My favorite part? She’s not hiding her flaws – she proudly shows her skin sans makeup, blemish and all! For anyone looking to bring out their real beauty potential, Michelle’s videos are a must.

2. H2O: I have very good intentions to drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day, but the truth is it hasn’t become a habit yet, and I have a feeling I drink even less than I want to believe I do. At least I’m really good at carrying a water bottle with me everywhere I go; that’s half the battle, right? What really helps me guzzle more H2O is having a pretty water bottle, so every few months I buy myself a new water bottle and keep it with me almost everywhere. When I see my stainless steel bottle with a hot pink grip and lid, it catches my eye and I’m more likely to reach for it. It’s almost like having another outfit accessory.

water glass with lemon

3. “Thrive”: I’ve never bought an audio CD before, but when I discovered a book that I just had to read despite knowing I don’t really have the time, I didn’t think twice about spending a little more on the audio CD version. It did not disappoint. “Thrive”, by the successful businesswoman Arianna Huffington, is full of pointers on well-being, wisdom, and wonder – how to bring all of them into a busy life to redefine the meaning of success. The only problem? While I’m driving I can’t easily jot down all of the inspirational thoughts I hear. One of my favorite takeaways so far: while you’re living, you are creating your own eulogy, so make sure you’re spending your precious time on the things eulogy’s are all about (doing what you love, spending time with loved ones, giving back in some way, making a difference, being a good person) rather than on work and things that don’t matter; that helps put a lot of things in perspective!

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What are you positively smitten with?

1 Comments

  1. I love water! Though I stuggle with drinking enough as well. I caught Ms. Phans commercials this week and I must say she is an inspiring young lady and so genuine.

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