About Me

My parents were old school about manners, so, first things first, welcome to my blog. Now, onto that ‘About Me’ stuff that you came here for :-).

30 Second Visual Tour Of Our Life:

Short and Sweet Version: You have 5 seconds…..Go

Candid Lifestlye Vlogger, Entrepreneur, Raising 2 Littles, Happily Divorced, Training for a Bikini Bodybuilding Show. Find Me: Living My Life, My Way. Love It All!


The Longer Version: Ok, now seriously….Give me the details

I was born and raised in Maryland (Crab Cakes and Football Baby), graduated from the University of Maryland (Go Terps), moved to Los Angeles for 8 years, then San Diego for 3 years , and now I live in the wonderful (yes, there is some sarcasm there, but it’s growing on me like a fungus) state of Louisiana. My heart will always be in California (there’s no place like home…where are my ruby slippers?)

I am an entrepreneur (been successfully running the show around here since 2003 EnvyTan and Your Customer’s Shoes), a mom (mother of an 8 year old girl and 7 year old boy…lights of my life), a sister (two siblings; one of each-love you bro, love you sis), a daughter (hi Mom and Dad), and a friend (not the Facebook kind, but the “Hey you can stay with me until you find another place” kind). A few years back, I got divorced, so now I am a single mom. I am happily divorced, and at this point, it’s just another chapter in the book.

I would say that I have a very healthy preoccupation (obsession?-maybe) with the fashion and beauty industry. I just love them. It’s who I am. I do not make any attempts to be perfect (make up and clothing can only do so much), but I do try to be the best version of me that I can create that day (insert makeup and clothes). I love creating new outfits (feel free to steal any ideas from me that you want 🙂 ) and sharing my beauty tips and tricks (I like to make money, not spend it, so most of my tips will be DIY or inexpensive).

I am not some skinny super model or the genetically blessed girl next door who is always eating fast food and ‘just doesn’t seem to gain a pound’ (annoying). I am always trying to lose those last 5-10 pounds (they must have a tracking device, because they always find me…ugggghh). When all else fails, do something totally crazy (set a goal for yourself that you may never achieve). I joined a fitness team (Bombshell Fitness) and decided to train to compete in a bikini bodybuilding competition (nothing says put that pizza down like the thought of baring your as* to the world in a bikini). If you decide to sign up with them, put my name in the referral box for a chance to win a trip with me to their Bombshell headquarters in 2019.

I have a crazy busy life, just like you, and this is the story of how I keep all of those plates spinning, and what I do when one gets away from me and flies into a million pieces (broom…wine…girls night, stat). So, here goes, here is the story of my crazy rewarding life…………….

Loving It All,

Raphaela Laurean

‘The world can only celebrate your uniqueness when you embrace your authentic self!


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