To make your life easier, I created this page for reference and will add and update it often. Thanks so much for your interest!
My favorite apps to edit my photos with are: Canva, Color Splash, Preview, PS Express (Photoshop), Retouch, and Snapseed.
All of the photos that are taken of me or by me on this blog and my social media platforms are from my iPhone 11 Plus. I’m currently re-learning the functions of a camera.
My top three pieces of advice for you is:
1) Just start! If you’re waiting for the perfect time, you’ll be waiting for the rest of your life. And you’ll never be ready anyway so why not give it a go? No regrets!
2) Don’t sell your soul for a paycheck. It’s okay to say no to a brand even when you have a small following. Stay true to yourself and your brand and you will succeed!
3) Most importantly, talk about your passions and blog to inspire and serve others. Think about who you are creating content for and go from there. If you’re chasing money, I’d rethink your reason(s) if I were you.
I’ve also written several blog posts about this topic if you need more help. From what you need to know before starting your blog to how to balance blogging with a full-time job to social media dos and don’ts!
The SSD name represents sweating diamonds when it comes to working hard on anything from taking care of your body to building and growing a blog or business.
The journey of becoming a diamond is all about knowing that there are ups and downs to life, but not succumbing to the pressures that we face. Instead, we need to face our “downs” head on, work hard through our struggles and stay focused to overcome our obstacles.
And to me, that kind of mentality and work ethic warrants the “sweats diamonds” phrase.
Oh and what gem is sought after more than rubies (Proverbs 31)?
Here’s the long version of how the She Sweats Diamonds name was born.
Absolutely! I promise I don’t bite so feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org any time!
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Health & Wellness
I do! To make sure my body gets everything it needs, I get a customized-to-my-needs subscription box of USANA supplements every month. I’ve been taking these vitamins religiously every morning and night for the last six years and will NEVER give up them.
They’re SO good and I mean that because my sleep quality has improved and my energy levels stay up without the crash. I can also work out harder and even train to run (which I didn’t think was possible with my knee problems) for future races.
If you’re on the market for vitamins, here’s my advice on what you need to look for when choosing supplements. If you have any questions about USANA vitamins or want to buy some, contact me (subject line: USANA) and I’ll get you a discount!
I used to be in great shape until I was in a car accident several years ago. It doesn’t look like it from my pictures, but I have ended up gaining a lot weight that I’ve been struggling to release.
Before the pandemic, I worked out at least three times a week. I did weighted HIIT circuits, ran, and practiced yoga as well. I hope to be incorporating Alexia Clark‘s program into my fitness routine soon and plan to take some fun classes here and there to keep things from becoming too boring when every goes back to a new normal. My plan is to have one to two rest days a week.
In terms of food, I don’t have a set diet (ugh, I hate that word) in place. I’m very aware of what I eat (good and bad) and don’t deprive myself.
If you’re interested, I write updates about my health journey twice a year to help myself stay on track.
I’ve been 5′ 3″ all my adult life until a nurse who took my blood told me that I’m 5’ 4″. Needless to say, I was in shock so I asked her to check again thinking it was user error (as if her height rod on the scale was wrong too). I still don’t know whether or not I should believe that information, but I’m going to go with 5′ 4″ because I’ll take all the height I can get!
I’m Vietnamese, Chinese, and French. I had no clue of my background because found out about the Chinese and French side of me the week my dad died in April 2008.
My parents are originally from Vietnam, but I was born and raised in Dallas, TX and am a proud Vietnamese-American!
Style & Beauty
Face — At night, I like to keep things simple. I start with taking off the top layer with a cleansing balm, then I cleanse again, swipe on some toner, eye cream, and depending on my mood, an overnight mask or a moisturizer in the form of a face oil, cream, or serum.
For day, I wash my face with water to take off product from the night before and put on vitamin c, sunscreen, moisturizer, then my makeup.
I prefer my makeup to be light and natural. Currently, I love using By Terry’s CC serum (in Sunny Flash), Chantecaille’s cream blush, liquid lipstick (in shade Sell Out), eyeshadow (in ABC Gum), and liquid eyeliner (in shade Little Black Dress).
I got my hair is naturally thick and wavy from my dad, but I’m such a slacker on getting it trimmed every eight weeks like I’m supposed to. My stylist gets on to me about it, haha!
Oh man. That’s a loaded question, haha! I’ll answer in categories to keep things short!
ACNE Studios, Balmain, Bulgari, Cartier, CHANEL, Chloe, Dior, Finders Keepers, Jonathan Simkhai, Karen Millen, Louis Vuitton, Manolo Blahnik, Marchesa, Prada, Reiss, Threefloor, Valentino, YSL, Zac Posen, and Zimmermann
Alo Yoga, APL, Carbon 38, CORE, DURT, Envoi, Heroine Sport, Nike, No Ka’Oi, P.E. Nation, USANA, and Varley
Anastasia Beverly Hills, Aerin, Armani Beauty, BeautyBio, By Terry, CHANEL, Charlotte Tilbury, Dior, Farmacy, Fresh, Jo Malone, La Mer, MAC, Marc Jacobs, NARS, Skinceuticals, Summer Fridays, Tatcha, Tom Ford, Too Faced, Urban Decay, YSL, and ZO Skin Health
Favorite Places to Shop
Anthropologie, Blue Mercury, Club Monaco, Intermix, Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom, The Outnet, Sephora, Shopbop, Target, and Revolve
Most of the time, my style is edgy with feminine touches, but honestly, I base my outfits on who I feel like being in the moment. If I want to be extra girly, a floaty dress and wedges are my jam. If I want an edgy look, you bet there will be some black involved!
My choice in style varies depending on my mood and who I want to channel at the moment.
I prefer classic clothing over trends and almost always gravitate towards neutrals. My inspiration really comes from everything and everyone I surround myself with.
One day, it can be my favorite bloggers or old photos of my mom’s outfits and the next, a piece of art I’ve came across. The possibilities of fashion is endless and that’s what I love about it. It’s ever-changing and that means that there will never be a box I have to stay in because my personal style will evolve as I age.