June 30, 2016

..Four Favorites

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1. I purchased these Quay beauties right before my Vegas trip and couldn't love them more. Cat eye, pink reflective, and under $60. 

2. I know everyone is all all about the red and blue berry desserts (which are great, and I've done myself before) but what's more american than rice krispy treats? How cuuuute are these?!

3. How many "Summer Reading Lists" have you seen come out this week from bloggers and news outlets? UGH, I KNOW I HAVE TO READ The Girls, I get it! Enough! I'm actually more of an audio over visual kind of gal (I hate watching Jeopardy with my fiance because I can't answer until I hear Alex finish saying the question out loud and he can just read them ahead an answer - my brain doesn't work like that). I have a monthly subscription to Audible which is life changing, so I'm more into this Summer listen list

4. One of my favorite beauty you-tubers always raves about this stuff so I tired it out and am in LOVE with the results - which you can see right now on my Snapchat!

June 28, 2016

..Birthday Dress

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The deets: Jessie James Decker Kittenish dress; Stuart Weitzman heels; J.Crew clutch & earrings (similar for 40% off sale price); Kat Von D "lovesick" liquid lipstick; Knox Thomas Designs bracelet.


I turned 30 a couple weeks ago...that's right THIRTY. I feel like I should be sad and scared and on the verge of a breakdown (I totally did this on my 26th birthday) but I have more pep in my step than ever. I think it's just because as you get older you shed a lot of your self doubt and anxiety about what others will think of you. Not to say I wasn't way more nervous about posting this look than any other because of it's "sexy" factor in combination with my curvier shape, but I guess I just don't really feel like someone thinking I don't look stellar in it is the end of the world anymore. I wore this dress to Vegas and wanted to get another use out of it so my birthday dinner seemed like the perfect opportunity. I also just want to wear this unicorn clutch with EVERYTHING.

Oh and did I mention that one of my favorite humans designed it? I just LOVE JJD, like, I want to actually be her. That hunky husband, adorable children, and her quirky personality are basically my life goals. When she same out with this "Samantha Jones" dress I just had to have it. it looks like a lot of her stuff is sold out (sorry) but she restocks every month or so, just keep a lookout on her instagram


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June 23, 2016

..Vegas Bachelorette!

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Here are just a few snaps from my Vegas bachelorette party that was a couple weeks ago. We literally did IT ALL. We saw Calvin Harris at Omnia, we went to Saphires - a Magic Mike style show, we pool parited at Encore Beach Club, we danced on the tables of our private room in STK, we gambled (some won some lost), we bottle serviced at Intrigue, they threw me a poolside present party (WHAT?), we danced, danced, danced, & laughed, laughed, laughed. It was so awesome to have so many of my favorite ladies all together at one time, I can't even imagine how I will feel at our wedding.

The girls booked rooms in the Encore, which were amazingly huge with awesome views, and created a magical floaty dream world for me when I walked in. We had swans, flamingos, cupcakes, emojis, donuts, THE WORKS. They also made suuupa cute totes that had vegas-y things on them filled with so many presents I don't know how they did it. They had customized towels for everyone, kitty ears (they got teal ones and I got big white floral ones), BCBG scarves, statement earrings, and snacks. They killed it! It actually brought me to tears when I saw how much love and effort they were showing me (I mean, they had an air pump shipped there to make this happen). I feel like the luckiest human alive. I honestly just felt so special.

The kitty ears were awesome because I didn't want to go the matching tanks route (especially in a place were bachelorettes are a plenty) and, being the self-proclaimed cat lady that I am, it was a fun way for me to feel like the bride and for us to stick out in a different way. I was calling them my "kitten-squad" the whole trip and they were great conversation starters at the pool in combination with our flamingo drink floats.

If you are thinking about taking a Vegas trip soon, DO IT. Get your girls together, pack your most fun outfits, bikinis, & sunglasses, and GO. There really is nothing like it in the world.

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June 22, 2016

..Function of Beauty

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I don't know when it happened exactly, but somewhere over the last year I feel like I have become more of a beauty blogger! I am so happy to take on this role as I LOVE trying new products and techniques. Function of Beauty recently reached out to me to give their custom shampoo & conditioner a try. At first I thought it sounded a bit cumbersome to create a custom shampoo but once I visited their website - which makes it easy as PIE - I was very into it. You select the type of hair you have (mine is wavy, fine, with oily scalp) then pick out the areas of improvement/goals for your locks and ingredients designated by actual chemists go in your bottles. Since I have long limp hair that I put heat on daily, my big ones were thermal protection, volume, and fixing split ends. You then even get to customize the color and SCENT! So coo! I went with sandalwood/violet because..well just because I am a huge sandalwood note fan (Bobbi Brown's "Beach" is one of my favorite smells of all time). The smell was muskier than I thought, and although still lovely, I think I'd try the grapefruit/hibiscus next time.

The formulas arrive with a instruction guide (how often to wash, where) and, which was a surprise to me, even have your name on them! So if you and your sister or roommate (or boyfriend - no judgement) order different formulas there would be no mixing it up.  After about a week of using it on and off I can say I really like it. It's SUPER hydrating and the perfume inside lasts all day long. The price point is a little higher than your nice drugstore brands but I usually keep a salon quality one in my rotation anyway.
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