My Skincare Secret Weapon

Nothing like crossing over into your thirties to realize that not only do you not outgrow the occasional breakout, but now you have fine lines and skin discoloration to deal with. Yay for aging! I had been weighing my skincare options – do I see a dermatologist for cystic acne (those painful, under-the-skin bumps), a aesthetician for regular facials, or is it time to head to the doctor for a little filler or botox – when I stumbled upon Nurysh’s Lyft device.

The Lyft is a 7-in-1 anti-aging and skin rejuvenation device that reduces fine lines and wrinkles, improves skins tone and texture, tightens skin, minimizes pore size and acne breakouts, and balances uneven skin pigmentation. I have been using mine regularly for the past three weeks and wanted to pop on here and share my results and exact routine.

Let’s chat about how the Lyft device works… It features four treatment modes that can be used in combination or individually depending on your specific skincare needs. I always begin my nighttime skincare routine with the Cleanser Treatment Function. I apply my favorite cleanser (typically Dermalologica’s PreCleanse or Banila Co. Clean It Zero) then massage my face with the Lyft for five minutes or so. I clean the probe with a damp cloth and move on to my serum and moisturizer. I turn on the Nutrition Treatment Function and spend about 10-15 seconds doing soft circular motions on each area of my face.

Two to three times a week, I do a quick at-home face lift and photo rejuvenation therapy – both of which I used to spend over $100 on at the aesthetician. The red light increases blood circulation to diminish wrinkles, tighten skin and encourage production of new skin cells. The blue light diminishes inflammation, kills bacteria from within while preventing future acne breakouts. And the green light calms and balances the skin tone and encourages even pigment production which will leave your skin even and bright. I have received more compliments on my skin since using the Nurysh Lyft than ever before! They were nice enough to offer y’all 20% off your very own device with code 20CDPROMO. Click HERE to purchase and let me know in the comments whether you’ve tried it and how it improved your skin 🙂

Thank you to Nurysh for sponsoring this post. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

Valentine’s Day for Under $25 + Life Update



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While Halloween is technically my favorite holiday, I always look forward to February for so many reasons. Not only is the worst of Winter weather likely behind us (heck, it was 75 degrees today), we’re headed to Daytona in a few days for the first race of the NASCAR season, plus I can wear all the pink and red my heart desires (which is quite a lot!) So today I wanted to jam pack a ton of stuff into one post – sharing an easy outfit to recreate with pieces you can find in your own closet, filling y’all in on all the things I have coming up in the next couple of weeks, and finally including the cutest heart-themed accessories and apparel that’s all under $25.

If you’ve stopped by Cort In Session lately, you know that I’ve been a sucker for skirts and sneakers. I personally get a ton of wear out of this pink midi skirt and just snagged this purple one as well. Pairing such a feminine piece with tennis shoes makes the look much more casual and wearable. And while I still have Golden Goose shoes on my wishlist, these $30 dupes have been a comfy and equally adorable replacement in the meantime. If you decide to pull the trigger on these – and I highly suggest you do – be sure to size up one size because they run a little snug.

To get y’all up to date on what’s going on in Jeremy and my lives, our schedules are about to majorly pick up. Apart from our trip to Hawaii, things have been pretty slow around here throughout NASCAR’s off season. But that all changes on Monday, when we leave for Florida. The NASCAR season kickoff is next Saturday and I am going to be visiting as many racetracks as I can this year. To be completely honest with y’all, I struggled immensely with anxiety in 2019 (I plan on sharing my journey in the near future), but I am feeling much stronger and like I’m finally getting a solid hold on it.

With one of our days off next week, I am so excited to be heading to Disney World! I’ll be on the hunt for the Coco mouse ears once I hit the park… fingers crossed they’re still available! I picked up these colorful sneakers and you bet I’ll be breaking them in at the happiest place on earth. Not only that, but we have a fun night planned for next Thursday at Burgey’s Tiki Hut in Daytona Beach. If you’re there for speedweeks, be sure to come by between 7:30 and 9:30 because Jeremy will be hosting a meet and greet and I’ll be likely drinking for the two of us 😉

Now back to fashion – I am such a sucker for heart-print or kiss-print anything no matter what time of year it is. If you’re with me, be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for some of the cutest clothes and accessories under $25. I seriously want all of them!


Hawaiian Cruise Travel Guide: Part 2

TGIF, loves and happy February! Our Hawaiian cruise was so packed that I had to spread it across two posts. You can catch the first half of our trip HERE and today I am going to break down everything we did in Maui, Kona, Hilo, and Kauai! So grab a coffee, take a break from this chilly Winter, and follow along as I share the hits and misses of our Norwegian Pride of America cruise.

Swimsuit: Solid & Striped

Day 5: Maui

Paia & Baldwin Beach Park: After spending a short amount of time in Paia the day prior, our group decided to park it there for a more chill day. We hopped in a cab and got him to drop us off in downtown Paia (about a ten minute drive from the port) to do a little shopping, have a couple drinks at Rock & Brews Brewery and then walked over to Baldwin Beach Park (behind the basketball courts). The beach itself is stunning! Even in January, I got dominated by the sun and the water temperature was quite pleasant. We laid our towels out and decided to take a walk before swimming. Unbeknownst to us, we stumbled onto a nude public beach! And people were not shy about their nudity. They were doing yoga and shit!

When we (quickly) ventured back to Baldwin Beach Park, we noticed sea turtles swimming around the jetty just off shore. Being careful not to get too close and spook them, we waded around with them which was so frickin’ exciting! I was laying out afterwards and one shimmied out of the ocean and came to take a nap near me too… scary and amazing all rolled into one! After all the fun, sun, and beer, I needed an espresso martini to make it to dinner and a show on the cruise!

Day 6: Hilo

This may be common knowledge to most, but to a Hawaii newbie like me, I didn’t realize that the two sides of The Big Island (Hilo and Kona) are dramatically different. The Pride of America spends one day at each so if water activities are your thing, be sure to save those for Kona because Hilo is notoriously rainy.

Hilo made major news in May of last year when the Kilauea Volcano erupted, destroying homes and forcing evacuations. While there is no longer flowing magma anywhere on the island, we definitely wanted to check out Volcanos National Park and see the steam vents and caldera created by the eruption.

We disembarked the ship and hopped on an unscheduled tour that was offered from the port; basically just a dude holding a sign. For about $90/person, a tour guide drove us to all of the popular tourist destinations, providing us with however much time we wanted to spend at each. Teddy, the guide, brought us first to Rainbow Falls which was stunning enough for me to hop over the guard rail in order to get the shot 😉

Volcanoes National Park: After a few quick stops, we made it up the mountain to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Entrance was free thanks to the government shutdown, but unfortunately half the park was closed due to recent earthquakes. Regardless, the park is such a unique experience! You can walk around the steam vents and alongside the crater and learn about how dramatically the topography has changed over the last year. The photos don’t do any justice for how expanse the caldera is and how fascinating it is to walk on one of the world’s most active volcanoes.

Before heading back to the ship, our guide took us by the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut farm and factory and hell yes, we stocked up on both the cookies and cream and garlic onion flavored nuts!

Day 7: Kona

Captain Cook Monument Snorkel: Kona was such a sunny and warm surprise after a day of overcast in Hilo. There is a beautiful beach and town walking distance from the port, but we were set on some epic snorkeling. Unfortunately, we did happen to make a rookie mistake while in Kona. And while we had a great day sans the hiccups, I wanted to share our experience so y’all can make the most of your time on this gorgeous island. In an effort to save a little money, we decided to bypass the cruise excursions and book our own snorkel at the Captain Cook Monument. We took an Uber to Kealakekua Bay and met up with our guide who led us kayaking across the bay to the monument. This area is famous for dolphin sightings and amazing snorkeling and it didn’t disappoint. I’ve never seen so many colorful, beautiful fish in my life!

The issue arose once we returned to the bay and realized that the beautiful valley that had been the backdrop to our day was also blocking any and all cellphone reception. To make matters worse, the last tender was departing the port for the cruise ship within the hour. By the grace of God, an off-duty Uber driver saw us in the beginning stage of panic and offered to hop on the clock and bring us back, We made it back to the boat with minutes to spare!

Moral of the story… you NEED to snorkel Captain Cook Monument, but do yourself a favor and book the excursion through the ship.

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Day 8: Kauai

Doors-Off Helicopter Tour: Easily one of our favorite activities was an hour-long doors-off helicopter tour of Kauai. Though pricy, it’s the BEST way to see the jungle island because much of Kauai is impossible to get to by car or hike. We booked our flight through Jack Harter Helicopters and the whole process was so quick and easy! Jack Harter sent a van to pick us up from the port and brought us to an orientation before heading to the airport. Four of us, plus the pilot, squeezed into a tiny helicopter and we took off! Our pilot was so informative, pointing out breaching whales, stunning waterfalls, and explaining the history of the island. This is a must-do in Hawaii and Kauai is THE island to do it on!

Luau Kalamaku: Since we had passed out early on our Maui overnight, Kauai was our last chance to see a luau. While we would have preferred a more traditional, beach-side luau like those offered in Maui, the Luau Kalamaku was delicious and entertaining. You have time to drink and explore the plantation grounds before being seated for dinner. The show was impressive and interactive and the people working there were so sweet and personable. Fire dancers were definitely the peak of the night!

Bar Hopping in Kauai: Though I could easily go to sleep after all the food and drinks at the luau, I had to man up for our only night of partying off the ship. The port is an easy 10-minute walk to Duke’s, Portofinos, and more that all fill up come 11 P.M. with locals and Norwegian employees. We bopped around until the bar close at 1 and hit up the cruise diner for munchies.

Day 9: Cruising Na Pali Coast

We woke up to a rainy Kauai on the final day of our cruise, so I took the opportunity to catch up on some much needed sleep. The Pride of America sets sail around 2 P.M. and by 4:30 P.M. the upper decks are packed with passengers catching jaw-dropping views of the Na Pali Coast. Norwegian narrates the tour – which is such a fabulous addition – but our crew was making the most of our final day of the unlimited drink package and popping in and out of the hot tub.

Phew! That’s a wrap on our Hawaiian vacation! We crammed so much into nine days, but still only scratched the surface of what these beautiful islands have to offer. Let me know in the comments what your favorite thing to do on Hawaii is!