Happy Being Squishy

by Saturday, August 5, 2017

“Ugh, I think there’s dairy in these eggs. I told them I’m allergic. WTF. My face is going to start turning red. Plus, we’re going out in a few hours. The photos. I don’t want to look like a tomato on Instagram. I’ll puff up like a balloon. I’ll….”

I catch myself. The last couple weeks in London and Montenegro have been amazing. The people, the food, the hotels. Everything. We’re making lifetime memories. Getting mildly poisoned is no way to start the day. But, I’m not going to let a little butter take this day away from me.

I know why I do it. I’ve worked as a TV hostess and model for years. You’re trained to focus on your looks. You don’t want to look bad in photos that can live on the internet forever. But, I’ve learned (and am still learning) to take it easy. This trip, we’ve had breads, desserts, cocktails. I’m happy being squishy. Life isn’t a snapshot on the internet. It’s the relationships and experiences.

We’ve had an abundance of those since we left home.

(Warning: This part of the post contains sick brags. Enter at your own risk)

We were in Montenegro for the opening of the Maestral Resort & Casino. And, the grand opening was just that. The musical acts were surprisingly awesome. (Ever met the Bono of Montenegro? ) There was a floating lady. Lion dances. Dragons. The night finished with a fireworks display that rivaled New Years in Las Vegas. It was outstanding.

Maestral Resort & Casino Grand Opening

Grand Opening Night of Maestral Resort & Casino


Montenegro Things To See

Aman Sveti Stefan, Montengro

Check out this hotel. That’s right. The whole island is Aman Sveti Stefan. My husband and I were lucky enough to stay here for nearly a week. The food was amazingly fresh, we had our own private beach, and the staff was impeccable. And, I don’t know how they do it; but, they arranged the most beautiful sunsets on a daily basis.

Montenegro Sunset


And that was just Act 1. Our group headed to London next. There, we were treated to incredible meals, kickass shows, and (maybe a few too many) fun cocktail bars.

Savoy American Bar Cocktail

The Frosty Reception at American Bar

But, it’s not the American Bar at Savoy that I’ll remember. It’s being with Christal at the American Bar. It’s not the lamb at Aquavit; it’s everyone trying Scandinavian cocktails before sprinting out to catch Hamlet (To be or not to be….four hours long? To be). In other words, the people make the experiences. The highlights of my trip are never just me. They are with the stunning souls that I’m lucky to know.

Christal and I call each other “wifey.” With our boys working, we’re in our own relationship. She’s been there since the beginning of Keith and I. We lived together in Macau. She was my bridesmaid. We’re still making special memories to this day. I’m grateful to call her my best friend. She’s helping me come out of my shell, encouraging me to put myself out there. She’s an inspiration, not just for me, but to thousands of women. Check her out here: The Ladies Coach and here: How To Be HOT: Your Guide to Becoming Happy, Open and Trusting in Your Relationships

Christal Fuentes

Me and wifey met up with one of her long time followers in London. Maddi Gill is a ball of sunshine. It’s like light emanates from her face. She’s a doll and a sweetheart. She’s also the kick in the pants I needed to write this post. She had seen me on Christal’s social media and said I was so helpful. While simple, hearing that really moved me. It made the abstract a reality. She was no longer a screen name, an @ symbol, or a thumbnail. She was a real person telling me that me talking about passions; beauty, health, and fitness; was an inspiration. I’m so thankful to have met her.

Getting our Makeup Done at Charlotte Tilbury

Getting our Makeup Done at Charlotte Tilbury


And, that’s why I’m here. I want to help. Sure, I’m not perfect. I’m a little insecure in photos despite modeling since the age of 10. I start to curse under my breath at the chef who put milk in my eggs. But, I’m growing. I struggled with skin issues most of my life. Scars, eczema, rosacea, blemishes. I’ve seen it all; and, unfortunately, most of it was my own doing. After battling these symptoms, I’m decently knowledgeable about skin care and beauty. I want to share that knowledge. So, let me know what’s on your mind. What can I help with? Life is all about relationships and ours starts now.





16 Responses
  • Laurie Hawman
    August 7, 2017

    Oh my what a lovely post for me to wake up to. One of the things I love in life is seeing people that are already amazing beings transform into something even brighter. We are all here to connect on that level, always learning always changing. It’s been a pleasure throughout the years randomly crossing paths and each time seeing an even more amazing you…. Cheers

    • Lacey Jones
      August 11, 2017

      Thank you so much, Laurie! You really have seen me transform over the years. You’re absolutely right about being here to connect and grow together. Lovely seeing you this summer! xoxo

  • Bettylee Jones
    August 7, 2017


    • Lacey Jones
      August 11, 2017

      THANKS MOM! hehe Love you!

  • Kittie
    August 7, 2017

    Lacey, you are beautiful inside and out!! I fell in love with you the first time we met. You are kind, sincere, warm and very genuine. I’m looking forward to reading more from you.

    • Lacey Jones
      August 11, 2017

      Awww, Kittie! I love you too. You’ve always been so sweet and supportive over the years. I truly thank you for always being there. xoxo

  • Lupe Soto
    August 7, 2017

    Lacey, you’re an inspiration and a beautiful soul. Love you lots girl!

    • Lacey Jones
      August 11, 2017

      Love you, Lupe!! Thank you. I hope I get to see you soon.

  • Kooky
    August 7, 2017

    This is amazing!❤️❤️❤️

    • Lacey Jones
      August 11, 2017

      Thanks, Kooky!! xoxo

  • Laura Ormrod
    August 7, 2017

    I love this, it’s a lovely introduction to you! If followed you on Snapchat for a while and I love you already..everything you are about is inspiring and I can’t wait to get to know you more through snapchat and this blog.
    Much love, Laura x

    • Lacey Jones
      August 11, 2017

      What a sweet message! Thank you, Laura! I look forward to connecting more with you on snapchat & on Gratified Soul. xoxoxoxoxo

  • Mindi
    August 7, 2017

    Awesome! Truly beautiful inside and out. Sounds and looks like an incredible trip!

    • Lacey Jones
      August 11, 2017

      Thank you, Mindi! Love you.

  • Ambra
    August 9, 2017

    This is a wonderful, heartfelt post Lacey! I like that you managed to write so openly about something intimate and personal in your very first article; it’s so interesting and I can’t wait to read more of these posts and hear your perspective on life and relationships!

    As per your (very impressive) knowledge on all things skincare… I want to learn everything!!
    What is your skincare routine?
    What’s the first thing you do when you get up?
    How do you know what products are good for your specific skin type and skin issues?
    What is the most important thing you learned about taking care of your skin; the one thing that made you see a difference right away?
    And what about the mistakes you made? The things you were doing and only afterwards did you realize they were not good?

    I can’t wait to learn from you!!!
    Love and keep it up!!

    PS: I read this twice but I missed the brags. Maybe you wrote them in a different article?! 😉

    • Lacey Jones
      August 11, 2017

      Thank you so much, Ambra!! And thank you for the questions. Those are amazing and I will definitely write a post answering all of them. <3 I can talk skin care all day long! I hope you're having an amazing time in Italy. One of these days we'll come for a visit...hopefully soon. Sending lots of love! xoxoxoxo

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