Hindsight is 20/20. We’ve all made mistakes but we live and learn – and hopefully share! As I’m gearing up to hit the big 3-0, I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned over the last few years.

It doesn’t matter what you major in. Hard work and ambition can get you the world. Without that work ethic, a degree in any field is just something on your resume. Hard work and dedication to your passions is really what gets you places.

Take care of your skin! A tan lasts for moments but your skin is with you forever. Use SPF especially on your face and opt for healthier options like sunless tanning (I love this sunless face lotion I have been using for years). Also start your skin care regimen in your early 20’s before you have wrinkles. I wish I would have started earlier. This is a great day serum for wrinkles.

Hair ages too. Between being on a budget with your hair styling tools and experimenting with hair colors, your hair will go through the ringer in your 20’s. Start taking care of your hair now. One of the easiest and more important ways is with a heat protectant. I love the Nexxus New York Salon Care Heat Protecting Mist enriched with flax seed oil and antioxidants to protect your hair from heat damage like dryness and breakage. The Nexxus New York Salon Care Encapsulate Serum is another one of my favorite products for repairing my hair with pure elastin protein and other nutrients. I use this daily to restore my hair fiber back to its pre-damaged state.

Less is more. Whether it’s makeup, perfume, or accessories, less is always more. Obviously we have the days it’s fun to get glammed up but overall simplify. I remember I used to pile on bracelets, necklaces, earrings, etc., but I feel like the older I get one statement piece or a couple delicate pieces do the trick.

Family is everything. When you are young you think you would rather hang out with friends, but as you grow up you realize family are the people who usually always stay by your side. Start young and don’t miss out on those opportunities. Spend time with your grandparents! One of my favorite memories with my grandma was a few years ago I went to visit her and she went through all her old photo albums and told me about her childhood and growing up. Learned so much! Even just taking the time to call them makes their day!

Floss. Your dentist knows what’s up.

Set goals! Ambition without goals doesn’t get you anywhere so set both short and long term goals for yourself. And don’t forget to include a timeline to hold yourself accountable.

Try new things.  Wether its a trend you are nervous to try and think you can’t pull off or an adventure you think is extreme don’t let your second guessing hold you back, be adventurous and try new things.

Choose your friends wisely. One of my favorite quotes is “You will only be as good as the people you surround yourself with.” Surround yourself with good people who reciprocate your friendship. Nobody likes a one-sided friendship.

Keep a journal. It took me until I had kids to realize how important writing in a journal is. There are so many details that will fade over time so just take a moment now to jot them down and you will get to keep them forever. Even if it’s just once a month, start writing down your favorite moments.

Start saving! You’ll never remember half of your purchases or those meals you splurge on, so start saving now to be able to one day afford those pieces that you will remember. I gave up a lot of my budget buys to invest in quality pieces and it has transformed by wardrobe. I will still never forget the feeling of buying my first designer purse or Louboutins!

Be good to others. Whether you can give through time or money, just give to others. None of us can make it alone, so lift others wherever you stand. Always make it a priority to give back!


* Photos by Emmy Lowe. In collaboration with Nexxus New York Salon Care, a product of Unilever. 

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  1. Tia

    I love this post. I’m just starting to wade the waters of my twenties and love getting advice from those who survived them;)

    xx Tia |

  2. Lacey

    such great advice!! And just great reminders for life regardless of your age. Thank you for sharing. ps that jumper is amazing! I need!

    xo Lacey

  3. Shae

    Being in my mid-twenties, I’m definitely taking notes on these tips. You’re killing it in this red jumpsuit!!!

    Shae @ Current Habits

  4. Tristan

    These are all incredible suggestions and you have such a sweet soul! I love the idea of writing in a journal to remember the special moments — something I need to start doing. I’ve really been enjoying your posts lately that are focused less on the clothes and more on lifestyle/tips/advice, you’re so inspiring!

    Gold Lion Style

  5. Kristina

    Great outfits and great advices! Things you should keep in mind regardless of age.
    xo Kristina

  6. Sladja Karac

    You are so wonderful and classy and that red jumpsuit is amazing on you. Love coming to your blog and always seeing something I want to read!!! Thank you for the positive & inspiring post today. We all need a little reality check sometime to bring us back to what is most important!!!

  7. Kelly K

    I absolutely love this list! I’m definitely still learning, a lot of it the hard way!

    Btw–I had to buy those Karen Walker sunnnies because of you! They’re so adorable!

  8. Tammy

    This is so wonderful. Thank you for sharing! I’m in my 20’s and it’s always so great to hear perspective and advice like this.

  9. Liliana Ramirez

    I’m in my mid 40’s and these are the best! Savings is a big one as you get older less you = a new house or a great vacation.

  10. Kailey

    I absolutely love this post and everything you have suggested! I’m in my 20s and I couldn’t agree more with these suggestions, I’m going to feature this blog on my blog to share with my friends because its so so true!!!!

  11. Lauren

    Absolutely love this. thank you for sharing 🙂

  12. Alicia Lee

    Thank you so much for this post! I was much needing some encouragement and motivation right now and this post definitely did it! I will definitely take your advice and try to do all these things! Your blog is SO amazing:)

  13. Natali

    Great, great post! I couldn’t agree more on every single thing with you… Crazy how time flies by and how much you learn and change while it’s “flying”.

    P.S. You look breathtaking in this jumpsuit!

  14. Christina Storm

    Love this, Christine! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂
    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  15. Kimmie

    Thank you for sharing this advice with your readers! It’s always helpful when you get advice from someone who’s already been through it. xo, Kimmie

  16. Ashley

    We all live really busy lives and sometimes reminders like this can go a long way. You’re such a gorgeous, classy lady with a sweet & genuine soul, who’s much more than just a pretty face. It shows through in all of your pics 🙂 Thank you for sharing such an inspirational post Christine! <3

  17. Carmen

    Your best post yet. Thank you for sharing!

  18. Karen

    30’s are the BEST! You look amazing, as always 🙂

  19. Anna

    Great post! I always thought you were late 30s. Thanks for these tips!:)

  20. Natalie Tracy

    This advice is spot on!

  21. Julie

    I love this post! So true and wise.

  22. Cailin at Sassy Dove

    Amazing post, and a timely read for me at 29. <3

  23. Pamela Huerta

    Excellent advice for all!

  24. Beth

    These are all so true, especially the points about family, friends, saving and trying new things. I’ve been trying to have a healthy balance of all of those.
    I’m so glad I found this blog, it’s amazing from what I’ve seen so far and can’t wait follow along!

  25. Rachel

    Great advice, Keeping a journal will be a new one for me. Your points are so valid that writing down memories are so important. It’s encouraging to look back and see how far you have come.

  26. Ayelet

    The other side of 3-0 is not half bad either – you know yourself a lot better than someone who’s 25 and that makes it easier to stick up for what you want.


  27. Beth

    I am turning 20 in a little over a month. I am definitely going to remember all of these. Great post, thanks.

    Beth x

  28. Vermillion Redd

    Wooah! Stunning!

  29. Make Today A HollyDay

    Love this post! So insightful!!! ????

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