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carrera browbar sunglasses, pink kimono sleeve shirt, spring outfit ideas
jeffrey campbell black loafers, celine tote, spring outfit ideas
jeffrey campbell black loafers, celine tote, spring outfit ideas
blush kimono sleeve shirt, celine tote, nars surabaya eyeshadow
blush kimono sleeve shirt, celine tote, nars surabaya eyeshadow
zara kimono sleeve top {similar top} | jcrew factory shirt{old but similar here} | loft denim celine tote {similar to celine} | jeffrey campbell loafers | michael kors watch | similar earrings carrera browbar sunglasses 
              mac 'lovelorn' lipstick + mac lip pencil in 'boldly bare' | tarte blush in 'dollface' | tarte bb cream + tinted moisturizer and SPF (worn as foundation)| nars 'surabaya' eyeshadow duo | mac fluidline eyeliner in blacktrack + stila stay all day liquid liner    


Getting in the Spring mood with pretty layers. Thanks for stopping by!



BEAUTY STAPLES


antique subway tile, beauty favorites, bathroom decor white subway tile
My beauty routine is ever-evolving and changing but I thought I would take a pause to talk about some of my favorites right now and why I like them so much.



Unite Beach Day Texturizing Spray :  It gives your hair a tousled voluminous piecey look and feel without being greasy. This bottle goes a long way so the $27 price tag is well worth months of use. Plus it is used by my hair flip icon Riawna Capri 
Sebastian Re-Shaper Hair Spray : This is a strong hold spray that doesn't look like it. You can still have that movement to your hair while keeping it styled. It has been my new go-to for weeks now. I even keep the travel sized version on hand in case a touch up is needed.  Tip: When trying out an expensive new hair product, opt for the travel sized version first to see if you like it before you go full sized. 


Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish Spray :  I am in love with this spray. As I mentioned here it works wonders for max volume and for thicker, fuller looking do's. The only problem is that if you use it everyday the bottle will only last you about 2 weeks. To make it go much longer, I am going on 2 months now, I use it with the Unite Beach Day spray so they work together as a team. Win win.

Boots No 7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream Normal/Oily :  This night cream is light but super conditioning and nourishing. My skin feels 100% better the next day when I use this. I love that it's at target and doesn't cost an arm and a leg at $13.99.

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer :  This "primer" is why I don't need to wear foundation anymore. It is light and silky, absorbs oil, and has SPF 30 on top of that! I have noticed a marked improvement in the condition of my skin and oil production since I switched to this. 

Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer :  This concealer is a powerhouse for covering blemishes, dark circles, and scars. It is something I use everyday and it stays put like no other without looking chalky or creasing. 

neuLash c/o : I was looking for a lash enhancement serum like Latisse that doesn't require a prescription and neuLash has won me over. My lashes are fuller and longer thanks to this little serum. It says it is a 3 month supply, however, the tube lasts me for about a year with once a day use. I apply it at night along with my nightly skincare routine, but also know people who prefer to apply it in the morning before their makeup. 

Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Light/Medium Bronzer : With a matte non-shimmery finish, goes on flawlessly without sinking in to any acne scars or highlighting skin imperfections. Smells like chocolate. Need I say more? 

Sephora Pro Airbrush #55 :  I use this brush to blend my base and concealer and then again all over my face for an airbrushed look once I have my blush, bronzer, and highlighter on. It is one of my favorite brushes in my arsenal!

NARS Surabaya Eyeshadow Duo: I hunted this shadow down a couple of years ago after watching Guiliana & Bill. I loved her eyeshadow and I had to have it. This is my #1 favorite go to eyeshadow because it gives me the drama that I love and the warm shades really compliment my complexion and warm it up. It's kind of an exotic eyeshadow and I always get compliments when I wear it. 

Tweezerman Rose Gold Eyelash Curler: Not only does it look beautiful, it gets the job done. My eyelashes angle downward and always need to be curled. Tip: Heat the eyelash curler for a few seconds with your hair dryer. Be sure its not to hot, it should be warm to the touch not hot. This gives you long lasting curl. 

These are only a FRACTION of the products I use and love, I feel a multi-part series coming on, what do you think? Helpful? Do you want to see more? 






Thank you for stopping by! 

MY CURLY HAIR STORY #LOVEYOURCURLS

Dove #LoveYourCurls , Dove Quench Absolute Curly Hair products reviewIf you have followed my blog for a little while you may have noticed my rocky relationship with my curly hair. Sometimes I embrace it, sometimes I loathe it. What I have learned is that society has too much impact on how we feel about our hair. My curl story starts when I was a toddler where I had super straight hair and would cry when mom put my hair in curlers, as I grew up a little I started to like it when she made my hair curly and as I reached grade school I begged her for the of-the-moment spiral perm. I had one spiral perm which smelled terrible and my hair fell flat again several months later. As I reached middle school my hair started to get frizzy, wavy, and completely unmanageable given any humidity. Just in time for super straight hair to be the trend. As I reached high school I took to straightening my hair with a curling iron. I would completely fry it trying to get the curling iron to operate as a flat iron, before I knew what a flat iron was. 

Dove Quench Advanced Series review, best curly hair products

I was lucky to have a few friends and twin cousins with naturally curly hair and together we tested all kinds of different curly hair products to try to find the best ones to get volume and definition without the frizz. We often ended up with what we called "crunchy" curls. Oh the dreaded crunch! But we rocked it and fully embraced our hair and bonded together over the curly hair sisterhood we had formed. On occasion I would lash out against my curls and try to get them super straight. All along my mother and grandmothers would say how much they loved my curly hair and that I should embrace it. They would chime "there are lots of women with straight hair who wish they had curls like yours."  As a college student I finally discovered that I was lucky enough to be able to go straight with a flat iron or curly whenever I wanted. A great balance. As an adult I go with the weather to dictate what will work best for my locks. On humid or rainy days I know not to fight it, on dryer days I know I have options. 

Dove Quench Mask for curly hair review, #loveyourcurls

I have tried TONS of curly hair products and poured over every curly hair website over the years for the latest and greatest so when I was asked to review the Dove Advanced Series Quench Absolute line for curly hair I was more than excited to test it out. My first impression as I washed my hair with the Quench Absolute Shampoo and Conditioner was how luxurious they both felt. As I added the Dove Quench Absolute Intensive Restoration Mask, all I could think was how delicious it smelled! I really can't even explain it to you.

Dove Quench Absolute Supreme Creme Serum, Best curly hair products

After rinsing out the mask my hair felt so soft and literally quenched. My tip is to rinse out your conditioner/mask with your head upside down. I like to get the lift started as soon as possible in the process. Then I squeezed out as much water as possible and applied the Dove Quench Absolute Supreme Crème Serum with my head still upside down working it in from root to end. I gently soaked up the excess water with a soft microfiber hair towel like this one. I let my hair air dry for as long as possible with these curl clips in place to lift at the roots. I put them all over. When I need to or am ready to speed things up I use my diffuser attachment on my hair dryer with a low heat or cool setting to dry it. A high heat setting can give you more frizz so low to no heat is better. You can add in a bit more Creme Serum if you need to along the way.
  Dove Quench #loveyourcurls campaign, Dove Quench for curly hair review
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Lastly, I scrunched it all over and spritzed on my favorite hairspray. What I got were super soft, hydrated, bouncy curls. I would say the most hydrated curls I have ever had. A lot of curly hair products dry my hair out. The Dove Advanced Series Quench Absolute line is IDEAL for frizzy, coarse or unmanageable curls. I liked the definition that was also soft to the touch. Look for it at your local drugstore, Target, Walmart, and online! 

What I love even more is the #LOVEYOURCURLS campaign to help girls with curly hair embrace and love their locks. So many girls feel that curly hair is a negative thing and because they may get teased or look different than other girls they grow up feeling very uncool. It is so important that girls have the same support system that I had growing up so they can feel beautiful in their own skin. We set that example for other women and the next generation. 

Check out the Dove #LOVEYOURCURLS site to see a beautiful video that makes me all teary eyed, get curly hair inspiration, and enter the curl story contest and giveaway. Submit your curl story for a chance to win a Dove Quench Prize Pack (includes products and styling tools).  A total of 6 winners will be selected to win one of the prize packs valued at $200.  Your story could also help inspire the illustrated book of curly poems. 





*This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own. 

WINE & GRAY

winter outfit ideas, burgundy and gray outfit idea
joa polka dot circle skirt, plaid blanket scarf, rebecca minkoff mini mab tote
carrera 6002 browbar sunglasses, burgundy felt hat, embellished shirt
winter outfit ideas, san diego winter, plaid blanket scarf
burgundy felt hat, banana republic embellished shirt
burgundy pumps, joa gray dot circle skirt, plaid blanket scarf
joa dot circle skirt ℅ Le Tote | banana republic shirt {old but similar here} | plaid blanket scarf | rebecca minkoff mini mab tote | felt hat | zara pumps {similar here} | carrera browbar sunglasses 
              nars 'madere' lipstick | tarte blush in 'dollface' | tarte bb cream + tinted moisturizer and SPF (worn as foundation)| mac eyeshadow in 'honesty'  | mac fluidline eyeliner in blacktrack + 
stila stay all day liquid liner    



Bundling up and looking chic don't always go together, and they don't always need to. I am lucky to be in San Diego where "bundling up" means a jacket or a blanket scarf and a hat. I love this warm JOA skirt sent to me by Le Tote. I imagine if you are in a colder climate pairing it with a turtleneck and tights with boots would be super cute and warm at the same time. Also, I am obsessed with browbar sunglasses and these Carrera's are such a steal. Hope you are keeping warm!



Lately... Family

50th birthday party decor, 50th birthday party ideas
ball jar cocktails, ball jars with paper straws, country birthday party ideas
50th birthday party decor ideas, country birthday party ideas
family collage
I have been completely MIA except for Instagram lately. I traveled to Georgia where Dave, my brother, sister and I celebrated my parent's 50th birthdays! I really enjoyed unplugging and just spending time with them. We stayed in a beautiful, and slightly spooky, 100 year old house in Elberton, GA that I completely fell in love with. I loved the antique subway tile, multiple doors to each room, and intricate nooks and crannies. I love a modern home but there is something about an antique home that just makes me swoon. When I got back from my trip I dove right into work, it's my busy time of year which means no time for blog posts. For those who read daily or weekly, I apologize. So worth it to focus on family and just being present and happy though. I miss them all so much and have some great memories from this trip.
For their party, I decided to go for a white, black and gold country-chic theme for the party. All decorations were shipped out from Party City and since my cake lady bailed on me at the last minute, the nice bakery at the local Elberton, GA Ingles made me a quick red velvet cake for the party. (Thank you Heather!)

A lot of my time was spent with my niece, Vera. She just turned 3 and is at such a cute age. She says the craziest things, her little mind just amazes me. My sister has done such a good job with her and we miss her so much already. 

How do you stay close and connected to your long-distance family members? 


WEEKEND WARRIOR

casual weekend outfit, neon sneakers


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This look is a classic weekend outfit perfect for brunch, shopping, and hanging out. I recently bought this BKR bottle and am hooked. I not only love that it's glass, therefore, free of chemicals but it is oh so chic. Since I can't fit ice in it, I fill it up and throw it in the refrigerator until I am ready to leave or while I am making breakfast. Black skinny jeans and cool sneakers pair comfortably with a bucket bag and soft shirt.

Have you read Amy Pohler's new book? I have not book plan on it once I finish Wild and Dark Places. What are your favorite weekend reads?


CASUAL CHIC

silver statement necklaces, pointy toe loafers, casual chic outfit idea
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I have been playing with fun ways to wear my new loafers and love the idea of a soft t shirt paired with ankle jeans and some glam accessories. I would layer both of these necklaces to create a mad Dylanlex style necklace (for a fraction of the price). I am also obsessed with these Carrera havana style sunglasses which I found for a steep discount at Saks Off Fifth the other day. I have been swooning over these Prada sunglasses but not ready to commit to the price tag, and these, THEEESE made my heart skip a beat. Great price and filled my craving for the Prada's. Plus they look so cool. They also come with gold hardware and in different colors.