Monday, November 13, 2017

from runner to injured runner and back again - with Amanda

Manda and Hilary 3

You guys! I'm so excited to introduce Amanda as one of the very first, Reston Style contributors! She's been one of my best friends for years and can be found in mentions and pictures all over the blog (here). As we transition to a collaborative format, I'll be writing some intros for now, then... those may fade away! But I figured, why wait until it's perfect!? As they say in the temporal mechanics department - there's no time like the present! And now my nerd is showing full force - here's Amanda with her long road to recovery!

How recovering from injury is like training for a marathon - by Amanda Kertz, follow her on instagram at @manda_k_runs

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Reston Style Reboot


In the past few months I have started post after post, trying to get back to blogging, but last night, my new friend Julie gave me the key - I need a process. I need a plan of attack and something repeatable to keep quality content being published with some sort of regularity. Seems simple, right? But in the past when I focused on creating content just to get something published, I really didn't like how empty my posting became... so here's my solution: contributors! You're going to see more activity on this blog, but you'll also start to see posts by some of my friends!

Here's what you can expect to see us post about:
  • clothes
  • planners and office supplies
  • gluten free food
  • beauty tips and tricks
  • running
  • social media - since I get a LOT of questions about how I use it for business
  • and anything else that strikes our fancy!

Want to make sure you're keeping up with everything fun? Follow Reston Style on Facebook and leave me some comments here! You'll be meeting the contributors shortly!!


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Monday, August 28, 2017

Copycat Recipe: Bartaco's Cauliflower Tacos


Bartaco is one of my very favorite restaurants. It's so easy for a celiac girl, like myself, to eat there, since nearly everything on the menu is gluten free. In fact, they mark the items that contain gluten with a * rather than marking the GF items (hint: it's the quesadilla, and the desserts) . It's a taco loving, celiac's dream! Surprisingly, even though I'm totally a carnivore, the cauliflower taco there is my absolute favorite. It's really, really simple, so I decided to recreate it at home!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

did you know that I like tacos?


Tacos are the new basic food du jour. They're right up there with pumpkin spice everything (gross), Starbucks, leggings, North Face jackets, and outfit of the day blogs. But are tacos really a new thing, or are we just taco-bouting tacos more? Bad puns. So fun! Seriously though, if you know me at all - through social media or IRL - you know that my taco game is strong. Tacos are literally my favorite food, and I've embraced my love of tacos as part of my identity. And that is why I am writing this post and planning on sharing a couple of taco recipes and restaurants with you.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June Beautycounter News

All sunscreen is back in stock and ready for you to take to the beach or pool! Feel free to message me or comment here and I can help with ordering or order through my site:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

the only constant is change


I guess I have to begin where this all begins, at the end. After what feels like a lifetime, though officially dating was more like 5 or 6 years, my relationship with Reid ended.

Monday, May 15, 2017

May Beautycounter Newsletter

Read more for everything that's coming from Beautycounter this May!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Take the Job


Raise your hand if you always thought direct sales looked like a cute little hobby, but didn't believe that there was actually money to be made. *raises hand and types one handed* Seriously, my hand is totally up here! In fact, I had proof in not one, but three tries at it. No matter how much I loved the products, how many trainings I went to, I just never felt driven to go into peoples homes with a bunch of stuff and pitch it. (Now, with two of those businesses, I was lucky enough to break even, but one was a major loss...)

So when I heard about Beautycounter, I was super interested, but my past experience made me say "thank you, but no thank you" when Jen, now my managing director, told me she thought I'd be great at Beautycounter and asked me if I would be interested in learning more. She accepted my answer and seven months later, I decided, on my own, without ever being asked again, that it was worth a shot.

But what she should have said is "take the job, Liz, you have nothing to lose."


Why Beautycounter? Why did I think it would be different?

Well, over those seven months I kept thinking about what I had learned during that very first social. How the US hadn't passed a law governing the industry since 1938. I kept thinking about how, when I ran out of everything, I wanted to buy Beautycounter. And here's the biggest one: I kept telling people about Beautycounter. I wasn't even using the products and I would chime into normal conversations about product recommendations with information about Beautycounter.

I made my first purchase as a birthday present to myself - 4 products: Nourishing Cream Cleanser, Nourishing Day Cream, Hydrating Face Oil, and Nourishing Eye Cream. And actually the day that I placed my order, I contacted my friend who I was ordering under and told her that I thought I wanted to sign up. She dropped off her set, so I actually got to start using the products that night!

The skincare blew me away. It was amazing and luxurious to use. But I felt good using it too. Knowing that it was safer for me.

And that was when it hit me.

  • I wasn't drawn to Beautycounter because I'm passionate about skincare. Honestly, I'm not. I like it, but sometimes I go to bed with my makeup still on.
  • I wasn't hooked by the business opportunity. Yes, I loved the idea of direct sales and working for myself. But I had tried and failed at that.
  • It was the mission. It was the fact that the company was focused on doing good as means to do well as a business.


It's still work, but it's worth it

Some people pitch direct sales as a way to make extra money without adding in that it does take some effort. It is work. But, you know how they say when you love what you do, you never work a day in your life? Well, that's mostly true with Beautycounter.
  • If you love building and maintaining your current friendships, making new friends, and being a trusted resource in an important conversation about product safety, then you should Take the Job.
  • If you're looking for a flexible way to make some extra money while sharing an important mission, then you should Take the Job.
  • If you love skincare and makeup, then this is the perfect high end brand for you and you should Take the Job.
  • If you're unsure you'd be good at the job, but are curious, and think a discount would be nice, you should Take the Job.
  • If the only thing that is holding you back is that you don't think you have the time, then Take the Job and you'll make the time.
There really isn't anything to lose with Beautycounter. It's $85 for a full year, no hidden fees like website or back end system. You get a 44% savings(up to 53% savings right now with our current team specials) when you start with the products you need anyway. You're supported so that you start off strong and can build and grow a successful business, or just work enough to pay for your own products. And if you decide it's not for you, well, then you'll be turned into a member and get all the amazing perks of that program! 15% back in product credit on purchases, special sales, and free shipping on orders over $100! So... is it time for you to Take the Job?
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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Whole30 - Round 2 - Days 8-14 (the slip)

Do you know how awful it is to rope a bunch of people into doing their first Whole30 with you, only to get to the END of day 14 and CHOOSE to slip! Yes, I CHOSE to slip up. I can't even tell you how bad I felt about it, and I'm not trying to make excuses, but I want to just write how it happened. But let's talk about the first part of week two first, since it was unremarkable and somewhat easy!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Whole30 - Round 2 - Days 1-7


Okay, so here we are, at the end of day 7 of my 2016 Whole30. This round has been both harder and easier than last year's round. First, I know that I can do it. So that's actually really nice! I also know what to expect. I know that the first week and a half is hard, but that it gets better. I also remember running really, really well. Like out of my mind good. So I am excited for my running to feel that good again. The other difference is, this time I am training for a full marathon, not just a half.
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