Monday, March 26, 2018

Burgundy and Black Athleisure

Top- Athleta // Leggings- Marshall's (similar herehere & here) // Shoes- Adidas via Net-A-Porter (similar herehere & here) // Sunglasses- Old, similar here // Earrings- similar here & here // Rings- Heart of Stone & Marley Lilly

On a good day off, or a day filled with classes and studying I do love a good athleisure outfit. But dang y'all. It's expensive! That's why I either invest in something that I know I will wear out/last me a lifetime, or discount stores. I have found that discount stores are your best bet. It's a popular style, but it's not something like denim that everyone will invest in once in their life. 

I am ALMOST over with this semester, woohoo!! It has dragged out for so long, and I am at that point in college where I am ready to dig into my major. That's the one downside about community college is that you are "forced" to only cover the basic classes for two years. But it just makes me that more excited for the fall semester!

Thanks for reading! xo 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Pink Peasant Top For Spring

Top- Gap // Denim- Gap // Booties- Nordstrom Rack, similar here & here love these // Tote- H&M, similar here // Earrings- Old, similar here & here // Rings- Heart of Stone & Marley Lilly // Jacket (I forgot to bring for pictures!!)- here & here

I have failed yet again when it comes to the "perfect blogger life". But y'all, it's reality! I forgot the jacket I originally styled with the outfit on shoot day, and you will see in a later post that I forgot to take my hair tie off AND I had a run in my tights. I will still be posting that because 1. I just don't have the patience to retake that outfit, and 2. i'm not trying to make a perfect image for this blog. Because we all wake up and throw on a pair of tights and run out the door realizing there is a hole in them at some point in our lives, ha! 

Anyway, on to the outfit and past my failures of the week. It's even prettier in person! This color is what drew me in, but I was afraid the color was too bright for my very fair skin. But I can report back that it is indeed a color we fair people can pull off! This top with white denim and wedges will be perfect for spring weekends!

Thanks for reading! xo

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Plaid Off The Shoulder Top

Top- Banana Republic, love this (a lot of similar tops linked below!!) // Pants- Banana Republic, pricey (but high quality)affordable // Shoes- Banana Republic, similar here & here // Earrings- Primark, also similar here // Rings- Marley Lilly & Heart of Stone 

Hey y'all! First off, I promise I tried to get this blog post up before this top sold out, but it looks like I was unsuccessful. But I have linked similar styles, and another top I just bought (both are from Banana Republic). Anyway, I've loved the off the shoulder trend in general, but not for me personally. It may have to do with my comfort level, especially for work. Nine hour shifts of running around a store and constantly moving my arms is not very practical for off the shoulder tops. But they sure are cute! This two that I have are thicker cotton material which is really nice considering the majority of off the shoulder is in a polyester or a chiffon material. This makes the tops a lot more breathable and comfortable. Plus the navy one I have linked above is a decent price for the quality!

So I know I am very late to hop on the train, but I just tried a pressed juice for the first time yesterday! I stopped by Southern Squeezed here in Columbia. I got the Pink Punch (I think that was the name), and it was so good! I'll definitely have to go back and try their "chocolate milk".

Thanks for stopping by! xo

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Tea Tree Natural Shampoo Review

Tea Tree Shampoo // Shop the Hair Care Products: here // Sign up for their Free Samples: here

Today I am coming to you with a post I have always wanted to do, a beauty review! Ever since I changed my hair color I have tried to keep up and introduce new products that would keep my hair strong and healthy. That's why I was so excited to review this shampoo.

 I have heard a lot about tea tree for beauty products and even with essential oils. It is supposed to be a natural source of an antiseptic. There have been skin products for reducing/treating acne, so naturally I was curious on what it would do for my hair. When Maple Holistics sent me their Tea Tree shampoo I was a little hesitant because it was so thick. The first time I used it I didn't see a difference in my hair and scalp until later on in the day and by third day hair. I noticed that my hair felt more fresh and clean, and this may be TMI but my scalp was less itchy. I used this shampoo in the middle of South Carolina figuring out if it wanted to be hot or cold outside, and it kept my scalp hydrated when it needed to be but not oily. It didn't seem to dry my scalp like most shampoos do. The other questionable aspect of it was whether or not it would take away the color in my hair. The first time I used regular shampoo in my hair rather than purple it made my hair look brassy. But this shampoo didn't affect my color at all. Needless to say it passed all my tests!

 I washed my hair numerous times and I still have a ton, so a little goes a long way. I think this is an awesome product because it is an all natural, cruelty free item that is a necessary item for everyone. It's been hard to find those (at least for me) that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. I would definitely recommend getting their free samples sent to you that way you can test out all the great products. Then let me know which one is your favorite! 

Thanks for reading, y'all! xo

*Thank you to Maple Holistic for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.*

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Floral Puffer Vest & Lace Detail

Top- Gap // Denim- Gap // Vest- Marshall's, floral vests here & here // Shoes- Banana Republic, similar herehere, and here // Earrings- Old, similar here// Rings- Heart of Stone & Marley Lilly

I'm not going to even try to hide the fact that this is a girl's top. But if we're being honest here, sometimes the girls stuff is cuter (and cheaper!!) than the women's. I love the detail of the lace on the sleeve because it's something that in all my time researching clothing and fashion I have never seen. I just wish they came in women's and girl's sizes. *cough Ehem, Gap! *cough

Another piece that I love is this vest, which I believe is still available at Marshall's. It will just depend in your store. It's reversible, so in my book that's like pockets on a dress, i.e. SOLD! So definitely check out the Marshall's or T.J.Maxx near you.

So the time of freedom has arrived! My finals were over last week, so I had a day off yesterday and I honestly didn't know what to do with myself. Now I can truly enjoy the holidays, and y'all will be very proud to know that all of the major gifts I needed to buy have been bought and are waiting to be wrapped! So i'm patting myself on the back since I am the typical procrastinator. But i'm cheering you if you still have your shopping to do, because like I said, this is the first year I am done before Christmas day! If y'all need some more encouragement on gifts go to my favorite gift finder Haley from Sequins and Things.

Thanks for reading! xo

Friday, November 17, 2017

8 Tips to Make Your Holiday Shopping Easier

Thanksgiving and Black Friday are among us friends! Who else is out there enjoying these pre-Black Friday deals?! Working in retail, especially through the holidays, I have observed a few things that may make your life easier when you shop in stores. Hopefully you will find these few tips helpful through the craziness of this season. 

1. Find an associate and ask for the deals but MOST IMPORTANTLY the exclusions to the deals.
This is one of the biggest bummers for both the customer and workers. It's easy to not fully understand what the promotions are in the store due to how the marketing is. It will actually save you time to read the fine print on the promo signs that to not pay attention than to get the end of your shopping time to realize half your stuff is not as low as you think. Also, another tip is to become buddies with that brand ambassador. I love when customers come with questions and needs, because at the end they have found everything they need in less time and I feel successful in knowing they have found what they need. 

2. Do your research before you walk in the store.
This kind of flows with the knowledge of promotion. If you are able to research your promotions online you may be able to save more. Also, look to see what the store offers on their website. Some websites, such as, Gap Inc. have an option to find that item in your nearest store. You can then put your item on hold and skip the search time in the stores as well as saving your item if you can't get it in time. 

3. Have a small wallet specifically for the card you will use, your license, and cash separate from your normal wallet.
I love my big wallets, but sometimes I just need the essentials and nothing else in the way. You don't have to dig around you have it all there and easy to whip out.

4. Bring your own big bag or backpack that you find comfortable.
This may sound like it defeats the purpose of #3, but you need both! Instead of carrying many bags that tend to get in the way you can carry just one. The bags at TJ Maxx's (or their other brands) checkout line are cheap and can carry a lot. 

5. Bring your pick me up drink/snack.
You will probably send more time in line at Starbucks, even if you ordered through the app, with the holiday lines. Make it easier on you and have your favorite coffee in a sealed or to-go cup that way you can get right to shopping. Same thing with snacks. Shopping makes you hungry, so stay fueled and skip the lines and extra money by packing your own snacks.

6. Pray for patience before you leave your house, while, you're in the car, when you step in the store, and when you wait in line.
Patience is essential for holiday shopping. It's a crazy time and it can be stressful depending on the shoppers and workers around you. So be patient and understanding. Everyone wants to get things done and they don't want to wait, but it is essential to take turns and understand the waiting process. You will get out with what you want and you will get out within a decent time, so don't stress yourself. Have a book on your phone and read it while you munch on your snacks in line or while you wait on some help. 

7. Look at full price items.
Depending on the store/sales. The full price items will be your best bet. The sale items are normally first marked around 20% off, so really full price isn't much more for newer styles. 

It's the holiday season. It's supposed to be joy filled and excited and a peaceful time all around. The best way to enjoy your holiday shopping is to not think about the craziness around you but what it should be. I promise you, with that mind set you will become the joy filled person in line and it will show through. It will change what happens around you. Think of it like when a baby comes in the room just smiling and giggling; it instantly lightens up the room. Be that light.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy shopping!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Buffalo Plaid Duster

Dress/Duster- BB Dakota // Top- Banana Republic // Pants- Gap // Shoes- fab'rik // Earrings- Old, similar here // Rings- Marley Lilly & Heart of Stone

You know when you hit the jackpot, and you just so happen to be at the right place at the right time? That was me when I found this dress. A store was closing so everything was 40-60% off. So I snagged this fantastic piece. I love the dress with a good pair of heels and a belt, but since it is a full button down I decided to turn it in a duster for an outfit. 

How are y'all all doing after this round of daylight saving time? I have to admit I totally forgot that it was fall back and not spring forward, as stupid as that sounds, but I was very glad to know I had an extra hour of sleep. 

Thanks for stopping by! xo

P.S. Do we like the new blog design?!