Tuesday, July 31, 2018

A New Healthier Lifestyle & Weight Loss

I mentioned in the last blog post that a lot has happened in the past year. Partnering with the boutique renewed my love for fashion. I can't say that I stopped loving fashion in general, but I didn't like it if it involved me. I think when you get to a certain point in your weight when you feel miserable the last thing you focus on is fashion. My focus was on covering my bumps and bulges the best and most comfortable way possible.

I wasn't going to post this yet. I planned to wait until I had lost more weight, but I decided that it may help others to see the journey. The one thing I am not discussing YET is how much I weigh currently or what I weighed when I started. I'm not ready to announce everything!

The end of May I made a decision that I wanted to stop eating the way I was eating. It seemed like the only things I ever consumed were junk! I ate a lot of burgers, fries, and anything else that was greasy or full of sugar. My two biggest food issues are bread and sweets!

I didn't really obsess over my decision. I didn't map out some elaborate plan like I have in all my other failed attempts. I used to make these crazy goals and strive to eliminate everything under the sun. After a week on those diets I was back to my normal bad habits and the diet went out the window. This time all I did was make a decision to be more conscious about my choices.

The first few weeks the weight actually came off much faster than I thought it would. I was so excited seeing the numbers on the scale decrease and my energy increase! The first time I weighed after I started, which was about 3 weeks in I had lost 17 pounds!

I was so proud of myself for sticking to my guns! I still didn't make an elaborate plan for losing the weight I just stayed away from processed foods and junk. I ate yogurt and fruit most days, and that helped me eliminate any cravings for sweets!

The biggest changes I made were cutting sugar (including sweet tea, soda, and sugar in coffee....I use Stevia now), cutting breads, drinking more water, and staying away from processed foods.

From the time I started in June to now (it is currently July 30, 2018) I have not started exercising yet. I am going to at some point, but so far I haven't tried. I didn't want to overload myself with more to think about or focus on. I think the key factor for me was just getting a grip on my food choices.

I weighed again about a week after losing the 17 pounds and found that I had lost another 5 pounds. Normal weight loss is estimated to be between 1 and 2 pounds per week. I will say that I think that due to the food choices I made prior to starting this my body was probably in a state of shock! I went from eating garbage to eating what I should have been eating all along.

Before I made the decision to change my eating habits I saw a ridiculous amount friends posting about these "direct sales" companies that help you lose weight or get healthy. I can count 5 off hand that I know I see on a regular basis. They all have these 21 day challenges. Drink these shakes or take this pill and lose weight. Oh, don't forget you have to sign up and pay who knows what for a monthly subscription to their shakes, pills, patches, teas, wraps, or who knows what else. I was curious if I could do my own "challenge" without paying to sign up for some gimmick and compare results.

I mentioned before that I didn't plan or map this out. With that being said I didn't keep track of dates either aside from knowing that I started the very end of May and it is currently the very end of July. I know that in two months time I have lost 30 pounds. I also know that I have bypassed the results of the 21 day challenges I've seen. I'm not saying that because I wan't to prove those companies or people wrong. I don't! I say it because learning to eat better and be more thoughtful of what you put in your body can completely change you!

Most times when you go on a diet you avoid specific foods and go on some crazy binge. Binges don't last, 21 day challenges don't last. These are temporary fixes. I'm not saying you won't lose weight while you are doing them, because you probably will. Anytime you eliminate something from your diet you usually see results. The problem is when the "diet" you are on is over you go back to your old habits and usually gain all if not more weight back. That is why I know this is different. This time I can actually say I am not on some random diet. I have changed my choices and thoughts about food and that has made the biggest difference!

I am ending my second month of this new lifestyle change feeling good about my choices. I feel good because I know I am eating what I need and I am not denying myself. I no longer have crazy sugar cravings or think about eating half a tub of ice cream. I don't really think about it at all! I have replaced all the foods I love with better choices and I don't consider what I'm doing as even "trying" to lose weight now. I am going to continue on this journey and plan to keep better track of what I'm doing so I can give a rundown with more details! I know several of you have reached out to me via social media asking how I am losing the weight. I also plan to start being more active, and I will make sure to document that as well! The picture below is not very flattering (half of these aren't for that matter) but I wanted to tell the story behind it. This picture is what made me decide to post this here now.

These white ruffle tops came into our boutique back in May. My business partner messaged me and asked if I could try on the top to see how the sizing ran. I couldn't even get the top on. It wouldn't even go past my arms and I felt awful. It was heartbreaking to know that there was no way I could get this shirt on. A few days ago I was moving around the clothes and we only had a couple of these left. I picked it up and looked at it and then decided I would attempt to try it on again. I can't even explain how excited I was when I put this on and it fit! I didn't struggle to get it on, it wasn't tight, and it actually fit me like it should. That feeling was so rewarding. To know that I made a decision to change and followed through. I did it! I didn't follow some "miracle diet" , I didn't take random pills, I just cut out the junk!

I still have a long way to go, but I am so happy with how far I have already come. I did set my first goal, but this is attainable! I have about 20 pounds to lose before I hit my first goal! When I reach that I will make another goal. They key is not overwhelming yourself with all the "do's and don'ts". I think we make things so much harder on ourselves. There is no magic weight loss pill and no overnight fix. It takes time, but it is so worth it! I can't wait to share the rest of this journey with you! Comment below if you plan to change your eating habits too! Don't forget to follow me on social media! I am moving pages from Flair, so you can add the new one HERE! I am trying to merge my other page, but that is another story entirely! See you guys soon!!

Love and Hugs,

Brandi J.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Update, Plans, and What's to Come

I think this is the longest I have been away from my blog! I feel like I let life get in the way sometimes. So many things have changed and I wanted to give an update. I would say "quick" update, but I am not sure that would be accurate!

Last September I partnered with a boutique called Nina Belle's and brought in my bath and body products. I eventually took over accessories, jewelry, custom t-shirts, decals, and a few other things. Keeping up with that has taken up most of my time. The moments I would consider "free time" are usually spent working on orders. It's good I can work from home on those things!

The offer to partner with Nina Belle's seemed to come out of nowhere, but I feel blessed to have had this opportunity! God is so good, and even on hard days I am reminded of that.

In addition to Nina Belle's we have had several other things come up that made finding extra time seem impossible. Sometimes it is easy to get lost in the busyness. Tyler branched out from his career and started his own company. That has definitely been time consuming and a lot of work! I am so proud of how far he has come. It seems to have grown much faster than we originally thought, but again I am reminded that God has a plan and He is in control!

I stopped blogging, making videos, and basically anything else I used to do because I couldn't find the time. I thought I needed to pick and chose what was important. I have realized that sometimes you need to put more thought into what you decide to eliminate. While I am aware you need to get your priorities in line, it is also extremely important to make time to do the things you enjoy. Having time to be creative or having time for you is essential for your own well being! You can't do everything you "need" to do when you don't properly take care of yourself! You can't completely put everything you enjoy on the back burner and make life all business. Unfortunately I feel like that is what happened to me, and I am currently trying to come back from that.

Somehow I had it in my head that I should completely dive head first into "work". I was always working on something from the time I got up to the time I went to bed. Some nights I was lucky to get in bed before 2:00 am. I overloaded myself without giving myself time to breathe. It didn't help with my anxiety either. I just kept putting more and more stuff on my plate without bothering to clean it off.

So here I am almost a year later with no time and lacking energy. I have thought long and hard about what needs to happen and I am currently in the process of making changes. The blog, website, and anything related to "Flair by Brandi" is being re-branded! I am excited about those changes and there will be a lot more details on the re-brand soon!

I am excited about the future and what God has planned for us! I am excited to now make the time to get back into things I let go! I hope you will all stay tuned so you can see what comes next!!

Love and Hugs

Brandi J.

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Fall Haul & Hope for Texas Raffle Early Entry & Tickets!!

We are now selling tickets for our Hope for Texas Raffle!! There are over $1000 worth of amazing products that you can win! Pictures will be uploaded to facebook with all the goodies soon!

The drawing for the baskets will be September 16th at 5pm!

To enter please click below! Tickets are only $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets! For every $10 spent you will earn an additional ticket! (if you spend a total of $10 that would be 13 tickets)

Ticket Options

Follow our event on facebook by clicking HERE!

Love and Hugs!!


Monday, June 19, 2017

Easy Ways To Make Money and Get FREE Products | Work from Home Ideas for Anyone

Everyone is always looking for ways to earn extra money, but the problem is that most of us don't have a lot of extra time. It doesn't matter if you are young or old, single or married, a parent or don't have kids of your own there are simple and fun solutions to earn you money that you can do from home!

I know there are plenty of options in addition to the ones I'm giving you today, but I only wanted to share what I have personally done or currently do to earn extra money! I don't want to send you all over the internet chasing hopes and dreams that aren't easy to fulfill. That wouldn't help anyone!

Below you will find different categories to search from. You can click each link to find out more information. The link will open in a new window, so don't worry you won't lose your place on the page! I have personally done each of these and have actually made money in all these categories!



I started blogging and writing for fun or as a hobby. That hobby has been such a great opportunity though! I have been paid by several different companies for content and have been featured on several different sites. In addition to being paid for content I got some awesome perks and a good bit of free goodies! You will find out more about that below!

When you start a blog you can get an adsense account through Google. This will allow you to monetize your blogs and get paid for views and clicks! Other sites can advertise in the sidebar of your blog and you are the one to get paid! Yes, you get paid for doing no additional work!

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These sites pay you for your opinion or for writing sponsored content. Some of these awesome companies send you products just to test out! They are only looking for your honest opinion so you only need to write what you know! You get to test out so many different products from a variety of categories. You select your iinterests and they match you to campaigns. I love these sites and still use them today! Who doesn't love free goodies?

1) Influenster was one of the first companies I started with and they have always been faithful! I have     gotten so many products and voxboxes filled with goodies from this awesome company! I highly       reccomend them to women and men alike! This is a site anyone can use!

2) BzzAgent is another company that has always been great sending awesome products. I have tested     everything from household products to ice cream! This is another site good for both women and         men!

3) Smiley360 has also been a fun site that sends a variety of products!

4) Izea Media which used to be Pay Per Post is a great site for product links! You post the link, get clicks, get purchases, and get paid! It is great for anyone!



I have personally used these sites and still do! I made over $50 in just a few days for a few hours of surveys! It is easy, fun, and really works! These sites pay via check, paypal, or gift cards to your favorite sites! Make sure to check them out! I am a member of all of these!

5) Global Test Market is one of my favorites I was paid very quickly and the surveys were quick and       simple! It was such an easy way to make extra money!

6) Survey Junkie was another site that paid really fast! Again perfect for anyone!

7) Swagbucks earns you some great rewards and has easy ways to earn besides just surveys!

8) MyPoints is similar to Swagbucks and has easy and fun ways to earn! You can even watch video         clips on topics you pick to earn! How awesome is that?

9) Valued Voice is next on the list. Easy and simple!


I don't want to leave off without telling you about one last opportunity that worked out great for me and so many other people I know! Have you ever heard of Avon? That is a silly question, because I'm sure most of you have! Avon has been around since I can remember, but so much has changed! Avon is not just makeup! Avon offers so many amazing products at seriously incredible prices. The quality of products is outstanding and the fact that this company has been in business for over 130 years says a lot! They aren't going anywhere any time soon!

I was a member of Avon years ago and recently did a first impressions video of some new products I was testing out. That got me thinking! I decided that it would be such a great fit for me to do again! If you love working from home, setting your own schedule, makeup and beauty, home goods, fragrance, and fashion then this company is for you! Did I mention you get a SERIOUS discount!!!

Not only can you work from home, but you also get an online store through Avon for FREE! Yes, you get an online website already designed and ready to go for your customers to shop from in the comfort of their own home! They shop and you get paid! You can also promote your items on social media and, of course, share links with your friends directly from your store!

There are some great incentives to sign up now! You can also kick start your work from home goals by signing up with ME! That's right! I would love to have you on my team and start this journey with you! It doesn't matter what city or state you are in because Avon has recently started training and even having some awesome meetings online! It's a great opportunity! Click HERE and if asked enter code brandijones OR feel free to message me HERE and click on contact!

I will make sure to update you if I find any other good sites that have proven to work! I hope everyone has an amazing day! Love and Hugs as always!!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

First Impressions | Avon, Maybelline, and More

I've had a few products I've been meaning to test out, and thought that I would share my first impressions with you! We all know how I am when it comes to rambling so I apologize for the length of the video! Make sure you check the links below so you can find out where to get these! I seriously love the Avon liquid liner! I really cannot say enough good things about it!

Extra Lasting Liquid FoundationExtra Lasting Foundation HERE

Love and Hugs as Always!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

LoveBug Probiotics Unboxing

I was contacted by a company called LoveBug to test out their brand of probiotics. I had not currently been using a probiotic , but have heard great things about adding them to your routine.  Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for you and,your digestive system. They promote gut health in addition to several other benefits! I am going to give you a brief description of each of the bottles that were sent to me and the benefits! Check the bottom of the post for my unboxing video! You will also find links to purchase the products! You can click the individual pictures or check out where to shop below!

I was sent three different bottles to test out including Here's The Skinny, Yeast Is A Beast, and Colds Suck. I opted to start taking Here's The Skinny, so I will give you a summary starting with that one!
Here's the Skinny helps with digestive function and sensitive stomachs. It can also assist with your energy and moods! LoveBug claims to have better technology than any other brand and even has a time-release technology in their probiotics!  This specific one also helps assist with weight loss!

The second bottle, Yeast Is A Beast, is targeted specifically for women. It helps balance yeast and helps prevent UTI's in addition to helping gut health. It has a ton of natural ingredients and also helps with weight loss! 

The last bottle included was Colds Suck. In addition to working wonders for gut health it can help boost energy and help fight sickness! It helps your immune system by strengthening it! How great is that?

LoveBug Probiotics Colds Suck
Lovebug provides several other probiotics that are great for kids! They have a broad range for different age groups and concerns! I was really impressed with their website and variety in products! They aren't just a "one size fits all" company! I also want to mention that this company was started by a mom who was on a mission to help her son and his digestive issues! Its a great story, so make sure you check it out HERE! Make sure you check out all the other great products while you are there!


In addition to their website you can also find Lovebug at a variety of retailers! Here are some links below so you can get your hands on these and test them out for yourself!

Love and Hugs as Always!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Samsung Gear Fit 2 Review!

Hey y'all! Today I am bring you a review on the Samsung Gear Fit 2! Please check out the video for my full thoughts on this watch! Below you will find more technical info and links to the watch!

This is a quick 3 page layout view of the downloadable app for your phone! The app is free to install!

This is a the screen from my personal app that was updated directly from my watch.

This is one of my favorite features. I love that it shows me my sleep time and quality of sleep!


Comparisons of other fitness watches

Check out these links to shop and save! The links will open in another window!

~ All opinions and thoughts are my own. Images found on Samsung site and google in addition to my own personal photos. Links are to Amazon.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

My Shopping List : My Amazon Edition Latest Must Haves!

Hey y'all! With our busy schedule I haven't been able to write in quite a while! I plan to change that! I had some down time tonight and decided to share this post. I plan on scheduling my time better to make sure I can post my videos and blogs the way I intended to!

Even without having a lot of extra time I still managed to fill my Amazon shopping cart! I think I always find time to brows and shop! With that being said I am definitely going to be planning and scheduling my time better! I have, however, scheduled gym time! We finally joined a gym and have been slowly working toward our weight loss goal. I will be back to posting my Weight and Wellness Wednesday posts soon! I have a lot of great things to share with you guys!


A good bit of my shopping cart was inspired by our change in lifestyle so I thought I would share these items with you guys! Check below each picture for details on why these are in my cart! You will also find direct links at the bottom of the post!

tops shopping list

These tops seemed like fun! If you know me then you know I love coffee! It is a must for me! I don't tend to function well without it. I say that jokingly, but on a serious note it is my favorite! I also am a fan of mascara! I have very light eyelashes (and brows, but that is a different story) and never wear makeup without mascara! It is a must too! The third top is just great! Who doesn't love the Golden Girls? I seriously love them! I have another shirt that I am working on getting made that I will share with you guys soon!

shoes shopping

I can't say these shoes really represent "working out" or an "active" lifestyle, but I love them! The wedges are such a great pop of color and are a lot of fun! These classic Adidas Superstars have been a favorite for years! I wore the last pair I had out, so its definitely time for some new ones! I also found a seriously amazing pair of white ones with rose gold detail, but I'm saving those for another day!

books shopping

I know these aren't "typical" books, but they are in my cart regardless! I have been using a "Websters Pages" planner for the past few months. I have been trying out various sizes because I am trying to decide the size that is right for me. These planners are budget friendly and I have loved mine! I have a gold A2 size at the moment, but want to try out the A5. My "unicorn" planner is a Louis Vuitton! I just haven't decided if I want the MM or GM Agenda size! These are great comparison sizes and function in the same binder style! The other book is a Golden Girls coloring book! I think these adult style coloring books are great, and again, its Golden Girls!

tech shopping

I purchased a Samsung Gear Fit 2 last month and love it! I plan to do a full review soon! The only think that I haven't really been a fan of is the black band. I would really love to be able to change it out when I feel like it! I found this great option and added it to my cart! The second item is a rose gold wireless headset. I have been using my wired ear buds for as long as I can remember, but these will be perfect to go with my watch! I will explain more of the features when I review the watch!


The items I labeled "home" are somewhat random! The Rtic tumblers are very comparable to Yeti tumblers, but are half the price! You can find cheaper options on the website though! I decided before I shelled out over $30 for each tumbler I plan to purchase I will start with two of these great Rtic brand ones! I did some research and heard great things! In addition to that these Sipwell stainless steel straws will go perfectly with the tumblers!

The last item in my cart has been on my list for quite some time. I have really been wanting a tea set and serving tray. This cute option popped up and was a great deal, so I finally decided to add it! We all know I am a coffee fanatic, but lately I have really been enjoying my tea! With that being said, I figured it was time to get this great set!

I hope you guys liked this post! Stay tuned for my review of my Samsung watch and don't forget to follow me on social media! I stay pretty current on facebook and plan to upload a video on youtube at least once or twice each week! Make sure you go check those out! Love and hugs as always!

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Fall Decor

It has been Fall for a few weeks now, but Charleston's weather hasn't had much of a change. We are still having highs in the upper 80's and most of us are still wearing shorts. When I think of Fall I am always ready for cozy sweaters, boots, wine colored lipstick, and of course, pumpkin everything.

While we are waiting on temperatures to drop and match the season I decided that it was still time to add some fall decor. I love this time of year! For me everything from the end of September to January first feels like a holiday season! I love it!

I picked up a few things to add a touch of fall to our home. Here are a few ideas of ways to bring the season into your home!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Weight and Wellness Wednesday | Week Two

I made it through week one without too many issues! I think I did pretty well considering I was trying to get used to this new meal planning! I stuck to the plan and calculated everything i ate. i can honestly say, that keeping track of everything you eat and drink makes a difference.

Before I started this I didn't really pay much attention to calories, sugars, carbs, etc. I was aware that many of the foods I ate weren't that great, but until this I didn't realize exactly how bad they were. Keep in mind that Weight Watchers doesn't restrict your eating to a point where you can't have things you want. You actually can! The goal with this plan is that you calculate your points and stay within those. It makes it so easy to eat healthier and make better choices in regards to food and portions!

I plan to start adding workouts or walks in the next week. I had initially intended on starting this week, but we are actually preparing for a hurricane that is supposed to arrive at the coast Friday or Saturday. Charleston is a mad house right now. Currently all interstate lanes have been turned around and are all heading out of Charleston for evacuation. That is another story!

I am happy to announce that I did lose 4 pounds my first week and hope that the weight loss will continue. I know most people say that an average of 2 pounds per week is normal. I would be happier with 4, but I will take what I can get!

Hope you all have a great week!!