Overcoming Preparation Paralysis


I have been dabbling in the blogging world since around 2010. I started off with a frugal blog while we were trying to save up for our first house and over time realized it was a lifestyle and fashion blog that felt like the best fit for sharing online. I’ve gone through waves of being incredibly dedicated to blogging and letting it fall by the wayside, but even when I wasn’t blogging I was always thinking about blogging. New post ideas. Web design. Photography inspiration. Color schemes. It got to the point where I spent more time planning out what I wanted to do with my blog than actually blogging. This is the rut I’ve gotten stuck in and I’m calling it preparation paralysis.

When I realized what was going on, this reminded me something I studied back in college—analysis paralysis. This is basically when you get so caught up in analyzing your options that you don’t actually pick one. I was sort of doing the same thing here, except that instead of analyzing things, I was planning. and planning. and planning. I have lists upon lists of blog post topics and binders filled with DIY inspiration. The problem has always been shifting from planning mode to execution mode.

I would convince myself that I was executing though. I’d pat myself on the back for getting up three posts in the same week. But, honestly, that wasn’t what I envisioned this blog to be—a place that posted content every now and then. I wanted, and still want, this to be a go-to place for ideas and inspiration. So that’s where I’m at. I am working to overcome my preparation paralysis and actually put all of these ideas in motion. Up until this point, I didn’t fully realize what I wanted from this blog, but now I have a clear picture of what I want this space to be and a plan for moving forward.

So let’s celebrate! This is the official new birthday of Dana Renee Style. I say this because my blog didn’t really exist as I wanted it to until now. I’m thinking of everything up to this point as practice and preparation to introduce you to an improved reader experience. This is a conscious shift to move from years of preparation to actual execution.

Along with this new beginning to the blog, you’ll be seeing some changes over the next few weeks, including:

  • A small tweak to the name
  • Some new contributors
  • Monthly giveaways
  • Monthly printables
  • New products added to the Dana Renee Style shop
  • New post series
  • More social media activity

If you’ve been here since the beginning, thank you so much for sticking with me along the way. If you’re new here, a big, warm welcome, you couldn’t have picked a better time to join me on this adventure.

If you have ideas, questions, or would like to be a guest poster at some point please drop me a line at dana@danareneestyle.com.

Photo Credit: Curious Bino via Unsplash

Measurable Difference® Wish List

Chrislie Wish List


Measurable Difference®, available on Chrislie.com, is a new brand to me, but they offer some really beautiful looking products at great prices. They invited me to check out their offerings and share a current giveaway their running with you all (promo details down below). I’m still in love with blushed pinks, plums, and mauves for fall, so today I rounded up 5 products from the Chrislie website that would top my product wishlist.

1. Measurable Difference® Powder Brush $7.99 // 2. Measurable Difference® Ice Cream Eyeshadow Palette $9.99 // 3. Measurable Difference® Baked Face Blush in Pink Rose $7.99 // 4. Hearts & Glass Nail Polish in Perfect Kiss $3.49 // 5. Measurable Difference® Desert Nights Eyeshadow Palette $6.99

I especially love the combination of colors in the Measurable Difference® Desert Nights Eyeshadow palette. I can picture these working together beautifully to create the perfect autumn smoky eye. Be sure to enter the Measurable Difference® Eyeshadow giveaway below for a change to try this product out for yourself!

Have you tried Measurable Difference®? What do you think?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Measurable Difference® and I received a product for writing this post. All opinions are my own.

New Glasses for Fall from Firmoo



Even though I’m no longer in school, heading into fall still marks the time for me to transition my look and my wardrobe and with that comes accessories. I’ve been loving having options for glasses, so when Firmoo reached out to me about reviewing one of their new styles I couldn’t resist. In case you’re not familiar with Firmoo, I’ve written about them in the past here and here. Firmoo offers stylish prescription and non-prescription glasses at incredibly affordable prices.

Of the three pairs I’ve reviewed now, this pair is by far my favorite. This is style DBSN62136 and they retail for $39. I love these acrylic frames that are solid black on top and clear on the bottom. They are such a fun balance of trendy and polished. You find all of their new styles on their daily arrivals page.

These glasses sit well on the face and I like that there are no nose pads to adjust. The hinges and metal sides of the glasses are also sturdy and haven’t loosened at all so far. I know on my last pair, I mentioned some concerns about the lenses, but the ones in this pair are crystal clear.

As usual, Firmoo‘s customer service has been excellent and they are on top of communication. They will go above and beyond to make sure you are satisfied with your glasses and if you’re not will work to make it right. They have become my go-to for my glasses!

If you’re a new customer to Firmoo you can sign-up to get 15% off your order. From time to time Firmoo also does promotions where you can get your first pair free.

Disclosure: I received this pair of glasses gratis from Firmoo for the purposes of writing this review. All opinions are my own based on my personal experiences with the product.

Beauty Review: LUNA by FOREO

When is comes to skin care tools, I’m pretty hard to please. I want something that works without being abrasive or complicated and that will stand up to repeated use day after day. I’ve honestly been wanting to invest in something of quality for a while, but wasn’t a fan of the cleansing brushes. I hadn’t heard of the LUNA before it popped up on iFabbo, but when they offered me the chance to check it out through their partnership with FOREO, I was like sign me up!


Some basics about the LUNA:

Price: This little guy is not cheap. It will run you $199 retail. That being said, other skin cleansing tools like the cleansing brushes also retail between $100 and $200. These are definitely investment purchases. If you know someone who has one or can go to a store where you can see a demo model, I highly recommend checking it out to see if it’s right for you.

Product Specs: This is a rechargeable, waterproof device. On a full charge, the website says it can last up to 450 uses. It made from silicone material and it has two sides: the cleansing side and the anti-aging side. The cleansing side has the brush surface and the anti-aging side has slight ridges. It also has adjustable speeds that are meant to be used in conjunction with the different surfaces. The device uses “T-Sonic Techonology” which is pulses that it delivers into the skin.

How to use: Remove makeup normally, then cleanse your face using your desired cleanser. Cleanse each facial area for 15 seconds. The LUNA pauses briefly so you know when to move on. After the 1 minute cleansing routine, lower the speed and use the anti-aging side on wrinkle-prone areas for periods of 12 seconds each.


My thoughts: After using this for about a month, I can say that I’m happy with it so far. I find that it does a good job of removing dirt, oil, and makeup from my skin after a long day. It doesn’t remove 100%, but no product that I’ve tried ever has. I enjoy the pulse technology, it reminds me of the Cefaly device I use for my migraine. I find the vibrations soothing to my skin. I was also worried that the silicone bristles might be uncomfortable or abrasive, but I’ve found the opposite to be true. They glide well over the skin and work in conjunction with all different types of cleansers.

The silicone itself is also holding up well, no signs of wear and tear as of yet. I’m also still on my first battery charge. The device is small enough to be portable and you don’t have to worry about toting the charger along with you. It also come with a bag for when you need to throw it in your suitcase for a trip. I think my only hesitation if I hadn’t had the opportunity would have been the price point. Not because I’m not willing to spend that much for good skin care, but because it as the top of the price range and can definitely be a gamble if it doesn’t work well with your skin. I have sensitive skin and haven’t had issues so I find that to be a plus.

I’ve also noticed a reduction in breakouts since I’ve started back up with a skin care device assisted cleansing routine. I’ve tried the reverse side with the anti-aging settings, but I can’t say I’ve noticed a difference in that regard.

Overall, I recommend doing your homework and seeing if the LUNA would be a good fit for you. Definitely worth checking out! Do you have one? What are your thoughts?

Disclosure: I received a LUNA gratis from FOREO via iFabbo for the purposes of writing this review. All opinions are my own based on my personal experiences with the product.

Creative Blogger Swap Reveal

A while back I posted that I was participating in the Creative Blogger Swap hosted by Emilie Lima Burke. I had a blast shopping for this swap and was so excited to receive my package from my partner. I was paired up with Alex from Glitz, Glitter, Gl[Amoure] and she picked some things that were definitely right up my alley. Here’s a look at what was in my package. (Sorry if the pictures were a little dark, was doing my best with my phone this evening).

IMG_3226She sent:

  • A pretty awesome year long Heidi Swapp planner/scrapbook
  • Journaling cards
  • Decorative Pearls
  • A Happiness Stamp and Ink Pad
  • ATC Fan Deck

I’m most excited about the Heidi Swapp scrapbook as I know I will definitely make use of this. Here’s a peek at the page for August. How cute is that?!


I will also make great use of the journal cards in my scrapbooking and my One Little Word project. Here’s a better look at those and that adorable happiness stamp.





Thanks so much for the great stuff Alex!

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