Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Hair and Beauty Bag

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Hey y'all! I hope you are all having a great start to your week! Today, I'm sharing my latest cut and style as well as what's currently on rotation in my end of summertime beauty bag. I have to get my hair colored on about an every seven-eight week schedule because I've had some gray hair since I was 18. Not fun and it seems like I have even more gray hair every time. My hair is naturally pretty dark so I've decided to just embrace the dark hair. Instead of going light for spring and summer like most people do, I've stayed darker and I love it! My cut is an angled bob with some layers. I just get the ends trimmed because I am currently letting it grow out at least for a little while. My hair has grown so much in the past year! My stylist curled it with a 1.25 inch curling iron. To achieve this style she used Kenra Dry Texture Spray and the Kenra Working Spray. These are two of my favorite hair products and they are worth every penny. I wish Kahli could come to my house and style my hair for me every day so that it could look this good all of the time! She's the best! Honestly, I've never loved my hair more than I do right now! I wish I would have gone back to the dark side a long time ago!

My stylist is Kahli at Renew and she's been doing my hair for over eight years! If you decide to let her work her magic on your hair, be sure to let her know that I sent you over!

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Now, on to my beauty bag! For the most part, my beauty routine has stayed the same because when I find what works, I keep doing it. Also, like I mentioned in this post, I totally switched up my skincare routine a few months ago and I am loving my skin right now! My makeup always go on better and looks better when my skin is in good shape. I've also using a daytime moisturizer that has SPF that since I spend a lot of time outdoors during the summertime.

CC Cream | I love my budget friendly L'Oreal BB Cream but I have been on the hunt for a BB/CC cream that worked for my skin plus protected it with SPF, especially during the summer. This cream provides skin protection (SPF 25) while evening out your skin tone. I've been using it for several months and I love it! It comes out white but as soon as you put it on your face, it blends into your skin tone for a perfect match. It comes in two shades and I use the shade Clair for my skin tone.

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Concealer | I have been using it for a few months and I am absolutely loving it! Such a great concealer and worth the extra pennies! This product is a game changer! I wear the shade "light sand" but I would recommend getting color matched at an Ulta store if you're unsure about which color to get.



Powder |I have been using this powder for about two years and I still love it. I discovered it from an Influenster box and have continued to purchase it. I use a layer of it on top of my BB/CC Cream and it leaves my skin looking flawless. It's such a great product and a great price! It's under ten dollars!



Color PaletteThis palette is one of my splurges but it's also worth the price. I brush the bronzer on my cheeks, nose, chin, and forehead then I add the blush to my cheeks and finish off with the highlighter on my eye lids, nose, cheeks, and chin. This palette gives just the perfect amount of color! I always end up running out of the highlighter first (I love highlighter) so I picked up this super budget friendly highlighter (I'm using the shade moonlight pearls) to use since I still have plenty of bronzer and blush left in my palette.





EyelinerI love this eyeliner and I have literally been using since I was 19 (and that's over 13 years ago). It was the first eyeliner that I ever tried and it's still my favorite. It goes on smoothly and lasts all day long plus it's super inexpensive!



Eye Shadow| This eye shadow palette is definitely worth splurging on! It lasts forever and the colors are perfect. My eyeshadow lasts all day when I use this!



Mascara | I have been using the L'Oreal Lash Paradise for over a year and I still love it (especially for the price) but I absolutely love trying out new beauty products. This It Cosmetics Superhero Mascara has been on my "must try" list for awhile and I decided to go for it since I needed a new tube of mascara anyways.You only need one coat of this magic mascara. Adds volume and length to your lash instantly. It's my new favorite!



Lipstick | This is the best lipstick ever! I am usually not a fan of lipstick because I feel like it drys my lips out but this one is different. My lips feel so soft after applying plus it lasts so long. My favorite shades are "Backtalk" and "Naked."



Moisturizer | This is the moisturizer that I have added in to my skincare routine for summertime. I have worn this everyday this summer and I've never had any sunburn on my face!



Makeup Tools | I use this blender for applying my concealer (it's the perfect size), I use this kabuki brush for applying my face powder, I use this brush for applying bronzer and blush, and I use this brush for applying my highlighter.



Makeup Tool Cleaner | Also, keeping your makeup tools clean is a super important part of your beauty routine! When I was younger, I didn't do a great job at this and my skin paid for it in breakouts. I have been using this soap to clean my blender and brushes for a few months now. I love this soap because it's make out of all natural ingredients. It comes in a bar or liquid formula and can be used for everything from cleaning your makeup brushes to your body!



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Monday, August 13, 2018

Target Finds

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Hey y'all! I hope you had a good weekend! Honestly, ours was kind of sad. We had to make the tough decision to put our dog, Toby, to sleep. He was almost ten years old and not in good heath anymore. He was miserable even though he kept such a sweet disposition. We will miss our sweet Toby boy so much but I'm at peace knowing that he isn't suffering anymore. 

After our sad morning, we had to get out of the house on Saturday and go to some of our favorite places. We picked up flowers (and cookies) from the farmers' market, went to Target and Old Navy, enjoyed mimosas, and ate dinner one of our favorite places at the request of my youngest daughter. While I was at Target, I tried on a four pieces that I had seen online. I ended up loving them all so I thought I would share a mini try on session here with y'all! For size reference, I am 5'5" and typically wear a size small (sometimes a medium if it runs small).

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J A C K E T | The first item I tried on was this great faux leather moto jacket that I also shared in last week's currently loving post. It did not disappoint! It's such a great faux leather option and it's so well made. The price tag is great too, at under $40! I tried on a size small and I loved the fit so I would definitely say that this jacket runs true to size plus it also comes in black.

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T O P | The pretty bow details on this top is what really caught my eye! I'm not typically a huge fan of yellow but I really like this shade. I'm wearing a size small and it fits true to size.

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This top would be super cute with a pair of shorts or jeans now or it could be paired with a moto jacket as seen below. 


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C A R D I G A N | I'm always a fan of pink and I loved the style of this sweater when it say it on the Target website. It reminded me of a much more expensive cardigan that I also loved but this $20 price tag on this one is much more appealing to me! I tried on the size XS/S and it fit just the way I like my cardigans, slightly oversized. It also comes in olive and black!

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T A N K | I personally think there's so such thing as too many striped tops in your closet. Stripes are timeless, especially when they are black and white! I actually don't a striped mock neck tank like this so I definitely took this one home with me. I'm trying on a size small and it fits true to size.

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I also tried the tank on paired with the cardigan and I absolutely loved the way they looked together. You could wear this combo with shorts like I did for this try on or with skinny jeans when the weather gets cooler. I think this tank would look super cute with high waisted denim!


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C A R D I G A N | So, the last item isn't something I tried on in the store, it's an online discovery while preparing this post. I bought the cardigan in the photo below from a different retailer last year and it was my absolute favorite all season long. It sold out quickly, too! Well, now Target has their own version this season and it comes in four gorgeous colors.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Currently Loving

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Happy Friday! I hope you've had a great week! Yesterday, I was able to get my hair cut and colored. I always feel like a new woman when I get my hair done! I'll be sharing more about my hair and what's currently on rotation in my beauty bag here on the blog next. For today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of what I'm currently loving. Last I mentioned last week, all of my current purchases are items that I can wear now at the end of summer and when fall weather comes. Also, I always try to purchase clothing and accessories that work together, which is why I absolutely love neutrals!

Which of this week's picks is your favorite?!

1. D R E S S | A black dress is the most important piece in your closet. It's a staple! You can dress it up or down and it can always be your go-to when you don't know what to wear. I love this dress from Target so much! It would look so cute with sneakers or ankle boots.


2. C A M I | I have a super similar cami in black that I have been wearing non-stop so I'm thinking I would also get a lot of use out of a white one. I love how it looks layered!


3. B A G | Besides shoes, bags are the second thing that I personally invest in. I also don't really purchase "trendy" bags because I want something that I classic. I love a good saddle brown leather bag like this one. This bag will last forever!


4. S U N G L A S S E S | I am currently loving round sunglasses! I had my eye on a pair that was just not in my price range. I lose or break sunglasses way too often to spend a crazy amount of money on them. I found this great budget friendly pair and I'm excited to try them out!


5. C A R D I G A N | Old Navy always has such great cardigans and I love this fringe one! It would be so cute paired with that white cami and a denim mini skirt. I love it!


6. J A C K E T | I have been hunting for a brown faux leather jacket and I think this is the one! It's under $40 and so cute. I think I would get a lot of use out of this during the fall and winter.


7. N E C K L A  C E | Have y'all seen the new Kendra Scott fall collection?! It's so good! I love so many of the pieces but this necklace is my favorite!


8. M U L E S | I think mules are the perfect transitional shoe to take you from summer to fall. I love this super affordable pair! They would be great with a dress or shorts or jeans or anything.


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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Instagram Roundup


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Happy Wednesday! At this point in August, all of our summer trips are over (you can read about our most recent beach weekend in this post) and we are just trying to hang on to the last little bit of summer! I have to say this summer was one of the best ones yet. Back in March, I budget for and planned out trips and outings for May through August, including two beach weekends, a mountain getaway, a weekend at Great Wolf Lodge, the Keith Urban concert, and our ten year anniversary trip to Cozumel, and more. I typically never plan ahead like this but I am so glad that I did because we were able to maximize the days we had available and our money. All year long, we save for vacations. We have a separate bank account where a small amount of money from every one of my husband's paychecks goes in. Just a little bit of money can really add up! Traveling and experiencing new things is a shared passion for my husband and I. Adventure awaits!

Today, I'm sharing my weekly Instagram Roundup, including outfits and photos from the past week. Neutrals with pops of pink pretty much every single day!

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I wore this outfit to a meeting last week and I needed to pull my usual denim and white tee look more together so I threw on this gorgeous kimono. I love how a kimono can change the whole look!


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The flower booth at the local farmers' market is my absolute favorite! So many gorgeous blooms!

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This basic striped tee is a closet staple for me. You just can't go wrong with black and white stripes and of course, denim! An easy, mom on the go kind of look.


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This has been such a fun summer with these girls! I'm pretty sure they have worn matching outfits about 98% of the time this summer.


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I can't believe I waited so long to buy these shortalls because I have worn them twice a week since I got them. So comfortable!


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These are some of the pieces I packed for our beach trip. Casually chic is my favorite! Also, this lace top is my absolute favorite. I got it last week and I've already worn it twice.


Thanks so much for visiting! Have a great Wednesday!
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