Seersucker Sass: January 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Weekend Reading

Trying to win a $250 Sephora giveaway?  (I know I am!)  Check this out!

Have you seen the new Lilly arrivals?  Super in love with this funky top,  the neckline/color of this lace dressthis dress to wear to work, and the vintagey style of this dress.

I'm trying my first barre class today!  I'm so excited, but I have no idea what to think.  If you're a first timer like me, check this article out!  I've read a lot, but I found this one to be the most helpful.

If beauty on a budget is your thing, be sure to check out this article.  All products are under $8!

My boyfriend is Armenian, and he has gotten me hooked on Armenian & Mediterranean food, especially Tzatziki sauce.  The sauce & some pita bread would make the perfect Superbowl snack!

Need some living room inspiration?  I really love this post from A Peachy Sonder!

Feel free to leave any links you think I should check out!  Have a great weekend :)



Friday, January 30, 2015

Franny Friday

Happy Friday from Fran Fran & I!  We hope you've had a great week :)

Here are some photos of what we've been up to:

She did this to herself...

She hates me...

 Sleepy baby...

 Still obsessed with trying to eat her blanket...

Other activities include:
  • Dismembering her Charlie Brown toy (Seriously, I found a hand laying on my coat this evening.)
  • Getting up at 4 am every morning.  Last week it was to go potty.  This week it has been to step on my head and look out the window.

Thanks for following along with my sweet Francis girl!  What have your four legged friends been up to lately?  Have a great weekend!



Thursday, January 29, 2015

Best Beauty Finds Under $8!

When I moved out of my family's home and into my own apartment, my budget for things that weren't rent or food shrunk drastically.  So when it came time to replace things in my makeup bag, I went straight to the drugstore!  I learned a lot about which products I should spend a little more on (foundation - the drugstore ones I tried did not make my skin pretty...) and products that I will probably never spend more than $10 on again (mascara - I have sensitive eyes and have to replace it frequently.)  Here are some of my favorite drug store finds, all under $8!

|| LIPS ||

I went out on a limb in early 2014 and tried a bright red lipstick.  (I took dance lessons for 15 years, and I was always afraid that red lipstick would make me look like I was on my way to recital.)  But after trying it, I've become lipstick OBSESSED.  It's really not practical to run to the MAC Counter every time I want to try a new shade of pink, so I've found two product lines that I run to - Revlon ColorBurst Matte Lip Balm and Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss.  I love the ColorBurst because it is like a little lip crayon, so I can still line my lips.  (If you don't believe me on how amazing it is, my friend Carly at Chicago Prepster is also #obsessed.)  I am kind of obsessed with Kate Moss (and by "kind of" I mean borderline unhealthy) so I tried the Rimmel products because of that.  The pigmentation is on par with MAC, and the product is slightly scented.  I also love that both of these products are moisturizing, because my more expensive matte lipsticks are not.

|| EYES ||

My eyes are so sensitive that it's ridiculous, and because of that, I am super cautious as to which eyeshadows, liners, and mascaras that I use.  I usually use Mary Kay, but I was in a bind and needed some immediately.  Enter Maybelline Volum' Express Mascara.  Half of the price, but practically a dupe for Lash Love!  I've been wearing it for about a week now, and my sensitive eyes are yet to freak out!

|| HAIR ||

If you read my hair care routine post, you know that I can't stop singing the praises of  Organix Biotin & Collagen Shampoo and Organix Biotin & Collagen Conditioner.  I try not to use a clarifying shampoo because I don't want to strip my hair color, and with these products, I've never really needed to - no buildup and no additional grease on my oily hair.  LOVE THEM.

|| TEETH ||

My work gala is eight days away!  To prepare, I've started using Crest Glamorous White Toothpaste and Crest Glamorous White Mouth Wash.  To be honest, I went into the drugstore to purchase white strips, but those things are expensive, and I really lack the discipline necessary to add yet another step to my bedtime routine.  I've been using it for a week, and my boyfriend told me my teeth basically glow in the dark now, so I take it that it's working!

Now I want to hear from y'all - What are your favorite drug store finds?  Anything I need to try out?!



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wednesday Wisdom: Rise by Lifting

I know I'm preaching to the choir when I say that it's hard to be a female.  Life is full of expectations, and self-esteem is a fragile thing.

Lately, I have encountered a lot of just flat out mean and negative women.   Grown women who can't handle not getting their way and react by turning other women against their one time friends over something insignificant.  Women who do nothing but put everyone and everything down.  Women who attempt to destroy relationships because the man they want to be with is happily dating someone else.  And quite frankly, I am over it.

Men don't really understand how hard it is to be a woman.  (And if a man does, God bless him.  He's a keeper.)  They don't understand the desire for perfect eyebrows, a great manicure, and forever wanting to weigh five pounds less.  But women do.  We know what it's like to wake up one morning and feel defeated because our hair won't lay properly or our dress gives us linebacker shoulders.  We know what it's like to be taken less seriously simply because of gender.  And it shouldn't be like that.

What's the solution?  In my opinion, it's kindness.  Pure, genuine kindness.  Nothing of the passive aggressive variety.

My goal for today is to be kind to everyone I meet, even the women who would stab me in the back just to watch me bleed.  Because at the end of the day, it says much more about them than it ever will me.  And what better way to lead than by example?

Happy Wednesday!  What's your goal for the day?



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My Personal Uniform

A few weeks ago, I shared this article, and it really made me think about my personal uniform.  In college, I had three modes - sorority girl casual (Norts or leggings, oversized tees, and Chacos/neon tennis shoes), super preppy, and Thursday night.  Now that I've graduated, and I work full time, my style has evolved quite a bit.  Sometimes I have to remind myself that it's okay to buy fun clothes to complement my wardrobe full of professional attire.

My uniform is a pencil skirt with some form of button up blouse... Simple enough.  I find that mixing these two wardrobe staples allows me to get away with texture and pattern play!

| shirt:  J. Crew Factory (in gingham) | vest:  TJ Maxx | | pencil skirt:  Ann Taylor (similar & on sale!) | tights:  Target | flats: Tory Burch (similar) | bracelet:  Marley Lilly (c/o) |

This is one of my winter go-tos - fun & warm!  I love the pairing of all of the neutrals, and how the leopard blouse and fur vest make such a basic pencil skirt so fun!

Blazer: borrowed from a friend (similar) | Skirt:  White House Black Market (similar)

When I was still an intern, my mom bought me this skirt to celebrate my first real meeting!  It is without a doubt one of my most complimented pieces.  I paired it with a blazer because I had to be filmed the day this photo was taken, but I usually pair this skirt with a sheer black blouse.

| Boots:  L.L. Bean | Blouse:  White House Black Market | Pencil Skirt:  J. Crew Factory | Tights:  Target | Headband:  Lacoste (similar) |

I walk to work every day, so Bean Boots are a must!  I absolutely love mixing them in with fun skirts and dresses.  I also really love this plaid pencil skirt!  C helped me pick it out on one of our first dates, and that memory makes me love it even more.

Blouse:  J. Crew Factory (Similar) | Skirt: J. Crew Factory (Similar) | Booties:  TJ Maxx (Similar)

I wore this little pencil skirt combo to a friend's engagement party, because the dress code was cocktail casual, and I really had no clue what that meant.  This is one of my favorite pattern plays - floral lace on the skirt and a striped silk blouse!

The next combo I hope to add to my wardrobe is this leopard print pencil skirt  + a black cashmere sweater or a black lace pencil skirt + this sheer, floral blouse.

I can't wait to hear what your personal uniform is!  Leave it in the comments or tweet it to me - @seersuckersass :)  Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday!



Monday, January 26, 2015

Gossip Girl Linkup

Y'all, I am so excited about this Gossip Girl Linkup by The Monogrammed Midwesterner!  I read the books in middle school, but I was never really able to follow the show because it interfered with my dance class schedule.  Around Thanksgiving, my boyfriend suggested that we watch the show to see what the hype was about, and the rest is history!  I watched the final episode Friday night, and my mind. is. blown.

For my outfit inspiration, I decided to channel Lily Bass.

{Dress: Ralph Lauren - similar, similar, similar |  Boots: Belk - similarsimilar}

I know everyone is all "Team Serena" or "Team Blair," but I'm all about Lily Bass.  Lily is so poised and is very graceful.  I also love her blunt honesty - she knows she has made mistakes, but she has owned up to them.

Lily's style is very chic, and this Ralph Lauren dress reminded me of something she would wear - it's classic, but the leather accents on the sleeves gives it a little something extra.  The riding boots are also a classic piece.

As for my favorite Gossip Girl moment, I love the last episode.  I don't want to spoil too much, but I think that it was the best possible way to end the Chuck and Blair storyline, especially given the scandalous nature of their relationship.

Want to get involved in this linkup?  Visit this post.  I'd love to read your answers and see your outfit!



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Series: Forest Fire

"You were looking for a tea light, and I will always be a forest fire."

When I saw the above lyrics, my first thought was how relevant they are to my life.  My sorority sisters used to always say that I was single because I was just too much, and no one really knew how to handle me.  (And it was meant in the nicest way possible.  Y'all read my blog, you know I can be a handful!)

But the more I thought about them, they really hit home to me and my relationship with Christ.  When I found a relationship with God, I was at such a broken point in my life.  But I left that weekend feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and on fire for God.  I was quick to speak of my experience and to spread the gospel.  However, that faded out.  I became a little more reserved in my beliefs, and I don't believe that's what I was called to do.

I am an intense person.  I'm hard on myself, and I'm often hard on people around me without meaning to be.  (I promise I just want the best for everyone.)  Knowing that about myself, my goal for this week is to be intense and on fire for Christ like a forest fire.  Life is too short to be a tea light.

Will you join me?

God bless,


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Weekend Reading

Love the juicing trend & want to make your own?  This post has 5 recipes for at home juices.

Live in or near Charlotte, North Carolina?  Be sure to enter this giveaway!

Need a good laugh?  Read this tale of the Ghosts of Boyfriends Past.

PSA:  Winter is my least favorite for many reasons, and one of them is cold sores.  (Seriously, I cringe just typing that, because they are so unpleasant.)  If you hate them as much as I do, print this coupon out so that you're prepared.

I'm in love with this Kate Spade watch.  And this one.

I started watching Gossip Girl around the holidays, and I'm obsessed.  I can't wait to participate in this linkup.

Hope you're all having an amazing weekend!  I'm off to Knoxville to return the horrendous gala dress that I ordered and pick up a new, improved one.



Friday, January 23, 2015

A Little About Me

I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by Cristina of Cristina on Campus!  I really loved the questions she chose, so I wanted to take a moment to answer them and give y'all a chance to get to know me, as well as give y'all the opportunity to answer them so that I can get to know you a little better.

1. How did you decide on the title of your blog?
When I chose to start blogging, I wanted to build a brand for myself, so I went with A Little Seersucker Sass because it's based off of my twitter name - @seersuckersass.  I chose Seersucker Sass because seersucker embodies summer to me, and who doesn't love summer time?  Sass is appropriate because my childhood nickname from my dad was "sassy."  I have found that blogging semi-anonymously works best for me because I can be hesitant to share my writings with people that I know. 

2. What made you decide to start your blog?
I've always loved writing, and I even had "fashion xangas" in high school.  (How much did I just age myself?!)  My blog seemed like the natural extension from my Twitter account, for when I had things to say that took more than 140 characters.

3. What is your favorite food?
Stiry Fry Combo from a local restaurant and my momma's Italian burgers.  I can be as sick as a dog, but I will still be able to stomach either of those.  I also really love Demo's in Nashville.

4. Where is your favorite place to shop?
My style "secret" is that I buy what I like, regardless of if it comes from a big name retailer or a teeny tiny boutique a mile from my apartment.  I'm a huge Lilly Pulitzer lover, and I buy most of my work clothes at either White House | Black Market, J.Crew, and Banana Republic.  I also really love TJ Maxx because I can find anything and everything there - clothing, shoes, housewares, stationery, you name it!

5. If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
Right now, I have Mexico on my mind.  I think that I would move there if I could.  I went over Christmas break, and I fell in love with the culture.  I also have plans to go to Chicago this year for the first time!

6. What's your favorite pastime other than blogging?
I work full time in marketing and events, so when I'm not working or blogging, I'm usually at someone else's event, or spending time with my boyfriend and our dog, Francis.  I really like to craft on occasion!

7. What's your favorite post you've written and why?
My personal favorite is Life Lessons from Dad, that I wrote for my dad on his birthday.  I'm pretty quiet about my blogging, but my dad has been one of my biggest supporters in this adventure!  He still talks about that blog post months later.

8. A long lost relative gives you a large sum of money, what do you do with it?
A new Louis bag & law school!

9. What is your all time favorite movie?
It's super cliche, but I love Breakfast at Tiffany's.  I've loved it forever, but I wrote about it once for comp class, and I think that made me love it even more.  I also really love Uptown Girls! It's so corny, but I can't help but to watch it every time it's on TV.  And I love to quote Clueless.

10. Where do you see your blog going in the next year?
I have quite a few projects in the works right now, so I'm really excited to see them come into fruition!  I'm also going to reveal a new blog layout!!  And my personal goal is to do more fashion posts.

11. Where does your blog inspiration come from?
Everywhere - events, people I encounter, real life experiences!  When I'm looking for inspiration, I usually peruse Pinterest, other blogs, or read a magazine.

Unlike the traditional Liebster Award protocol, I'm not going to assign anyone to answer the questions.  If you'd like to answer them, feel free to answer in the comments, or create a blog post where you answer the questions here.  Be sure to link back to this post!

Thanks for reading and taking a little time to get to know me!  I hope you have an amazing weekend :)



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Here Comes the Sun

This weekend has been unseasonably warm and sunny, so I figured it was the perfect opportunity to take a few photos and soak up some Vitamin D!  I have been wearing this shirtdress on repeat lately.  So comfy & versatile!

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer (similar) | Sunglasses:  Versace (similar) | Monogrammed Necklace:  Swoozies (similar) 
Flats:  Tory Burch (similar)Black & Gold Bracelet:  J. Crew (similar) | Tassel Bracelet:  Marley Lilly (c/o)

What have you been wearing on repeat lately?



Wednesday, January 21, 2015

One Year Blogiversary!

Cheers to one year, y'all!  I apologize for this post being two weeks late, but I didn't want to let this milestone pass by!

The past year has been a whirlwind for me, and I'm so appreciative that you've been along for the ride.

Here are the top five posts from the past year:
Sorority Recruitment - What to Seek in Sisters
Concert Cute
Weekend Thoughts
Getting to Know You... Round Two!
24 Before 24

And a few of my personal favorites:
Life Lessons From Dad
SS Adopts a Pup (Part 2)
Kiss My Southern Sass
A Beginner's Guide to Spray Tanning
"Get Well Soon" Care Packages

And I can't forget... the post where it all began.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for supporting my blog.  It has been great getting to know so many of y'all, and I can wait to see what Year Two has in store for A Little Seersucker Sass.



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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Willow Designs

Small businesses are one of my favorite things to write about!  I was so thrilled when my friend Kyra agreed to let me write about her new business - Willow Designs!

I met Kyra when I was in seventh grade.  We were roommates on a People to People trip to Washington D.C.  Kyra is the kind of girl that you immediately love - fun and fearless with a servant's heart and a love for life.  I am so so excited for her in this new venture!

Here is a little about Kyra & Willow Designs, in Kyra's own words:

Hi, my name is Kyra of Willow Designs, and I create handmade jewelry out of Lincoln, Nebraska. I was inspired to start making jewelry while working at the Pilgrimer, a new nonprofit in downtown Lincoln that is a gathering place and support for makers from all walks of life. After getting to know some of the local makers at the Pilgrimer, I saw that I could turn my creativity into something tangible and become a maker myself. I started off wanting to make a couple of original pieces of jewelry for gifts and never intended to make jewelry on a larger scale. But with a lot of courage and a little push from sister, I bought supplies and started. Since I began this journey and opened a business, the support I've received from my family and friends has been unparalleled. My hope for Willow Designs is to create jewelry that people love to wear. I also hope to pay it forward and inspire others to tap into their creative sides and become makers. 

Huge shout out to Tessa Kurtenbach Photography (my loving sister.)  This all would not have happened or been possible without your big heart and amazing photography skills. 

Find me on Instagram and on Facebook.

What do y'all think?  Will you be checking out Willow Designs?!
Be sure to give her a follow on Facebook & Insta - any time I see a post pop up in my feed, it gives me a little creative inspiration :)



Note:  I do not own any of the photos in this post.  All photos are credit to Tessa Kurtenbach Photography.  This is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are my own.

Monday, January 19, 2015

24 Before 24: Update Ten

This is it, y'all!  The next time I share an update, it will be the final update!  Thanks so much for following along with me on this journey :)  I am still undecided as to whether or not I will make a list of "25 Before 25".  We will see!

  1. Learn calligraphy - After reading this blog post, I think I have a really good idea of where to start when I actually do get around to starting this project!
  2. Devote myself to a devotional -  This is one of the most important on this list, and I still haven't done it.  
  3. Spend a weekend in Asheville - Doesn't look like this one is going to happen.  I had plans to go to Biltmore with my family, but they didn't pan out.  Eventually I will make it there!
  4. Regularly attend church - I even researched times for a local church here and still didn't make it this week.
  5. 100 Happy Days Challenge 
  6. Utilize the shift key 
  7. Become a devoted yogi - I found a yoga buddy this week!  Better late than never :) 
  8. Plan an amazing bridal shower 
  9. Law school "stuff" - I've started studying, and I've chosen a date for my LSAT.  This dream is coming into fruition! 
  10. Visit a "Paint your own pottery" studio 
  11. Have a 3-year cancer free celebration 
  12. Plan another sold out event 
  13. Stay away from caffeine - I cheated a little in Mexico because they have Coca Cola Light there, and that stuff is amazing.  But other than that, I have been doing really well!  I've fallen in love with the Hi-C pink lemonade that you can get at a lot of soda fountains, and I'm a huge fan of water with lemon.
  14. Do more Meals on Wheels routes - Still haven't done this one.  I don't know why it stresses me out so badly, but I find myself always making excuses.
  15. Add to my Lilly Pulitzer collection - My boyfriend helped me add to my Lilly collection for Christmas this year - an ornament & these adorable earrings.  (Fun fact - he got me Lilly earrings for our first Christmas together, as well!)  During the Lilly sale, I treated myself to a black Beckett dress and hot pink Beckett dress.    I've already decided that this Janice shift will be my next purchase!
  16. Continue improvements on the blog -  I'm still doing some little things here and there and preparing for the big overhaul!
  17. Visit Nashville again - Looks like going to Nashville for my 24th is going to be a reality!  SO HAPPY!
  18. Be a birthday fairy - Still making improvements on this one :)
  19. Go to a concert 
  20. Plan a brunch - Birthday Brunch is looking like a reality!
  21. Find a diet that works - I have been doing much better about my diet this year!  Hopefully I can keep it up since I'm wearing a two piece dress to a work event...
  22. Put more effort into my professional appearance 
  23. Keep smiling 
  24. Continue doing things that scare me - I'm proud of all of these that I've done lately - cut all of my hair off, traveled to Mexico by myself, and agreed to coreograph a dance routine for a gala my workplace puts on each year.  Fingers crossed that it goes smoothly!
What have y'all been up to for the past month?  Thanks for following along with my journey!



Saturday, January 17, 2015

Weekend Reading

Is it just me, or was last week crazy chaotic?!  I am so thankful for this three day weekend of being lazy with Chris & Franny.

Have you ever thought about your fashion uniform?  Katey shared this over at Chronicles of Frivolity, and I felt compelled to re-share it with y'all.

I've been doing some research on social media at work, and I really wanted to share this article with y'all!  It's full of some great advice.

In case you missed it, I chopped my hair off!  See photos and read my story here.

I was nominated for a Liebster Award by the adorable Marissa at Clair with Charm.  Go check out the post and peruse her adorable blog!

Thinking about planning a dinner party?  Check out these tips.

Last week I shared about my amazing new Kate Spade charging phone case, but I have discovered that Lilly Pulitzer now has them, as well!!  (P.S. - I'm also fawning over the Lillian scarf.)

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so be sure to take a minute and re-read the "I Have a Dream" speech.  I always found it be powerful as a child, but now that I'm taking time to re-read it as an adult, I find it even more moving.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!



Friday, January 16, 2015

Franny Friday

Happy Franny Friday, y'all!!

There is never a lack of excitement being Fran's owner.  Her personality is so funny & so ridiculous, in the best kind of way!  I know I say it all of the time, but there is nothing better than coming home and having someone so excited to see me.  Here is what Fran has been up to since we last spoke!

Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday!  I have this horrible habit of buying a new toy every time that I leave Pet Smart, so this time I picked up a little heart chew toy for Franny.  It lasted 15 minutes.

Speaking of Valentine's Day, how cute is this sweater?!  Definitely watching for it to go on sale.

We have started doing this really obnoxious thing where we sit Francis up like a person and move her paws like she's typing, complete with type writer noises.  Ridiculous, but she loves it, and it is so funny to watch!

This fuzzy blanket is an absolute nightmare.  Fran really loves certain textures - the curtains, my coat, and now this blanket.  The issue is that she loves to lick it or chew on it.  #gross  As for the unmade bed in the photo, Fran likes to mess all of the covers up in the morning while I'm showering and getting ready for work, which is amazing because she is the laziest dog!

Enough about Franny... What are your fur babies loving this week?

Hope you have a great weekend!



Thursday, January 15, 2015


I did it!

I had been on the fence for months about chopping my hair, but when I read about the Kappa Delta chapter at Saint Louis University doing "Kuts for Confidence" to honor two sisters affected by cancer, I knew it was time.

I was diagnosed with cancer two weeks after my twentieth birthday, and it rocked my world.  Multiple surgeries later, the cancer was gone and so was my confidence.  Winter wasn't so hard, but it became impossible to hide the scars when the weather got warmer.  So I wore cardigans for an entire summer.  My mom tried everything, even buying me my first Lilly dress!  So I came up with a plan - I would grow my hair out, and it would cover my scars on my arm, especially in photos.  

But I have decided that life is too short to hide behind my hair.  My long hair helped me to gain my confidence again, and now, I hope that it will help another girl gain her confidence.  I'm sending 12 inches of hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, and I couldn't be more excited about it!

If you have any tips for short hair, please share them in the comments, email, or tweet them to me @seersuckersass!



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

One Month from Today!

Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday.  Is that weird?  I was even supposed to be born on Valentine's Day!  I love that it's a holiday about love and spreading love, regardless of your relationship status.

Here are some of my favorites for this upcoming season of love!

Wreath | I've had this exact wreath hanging on my front door since the first week of January.  I like my wreaths to be kind of rustic, without glitz or glitter, so this was perfect.  Hobby Lobby & Michael's also have a really great assortment of heart shaped grapevine wreaths to use alone or to turn into your own masterpiece!  (Don't forget your coupons!)

Pink Bubblegum Vodka | I don't drink liquor very often, but when I do, this is usually it.  I love that it's pink, and it tastes exactly like bubblegum.  (Friendly reminder - this suggestion is for the 21+ crowd!)

Pink Sweater | I can't be the only one who uses the holiday as an excuse to wear an obnoxious amount of pink and red for the first two weeks of the month.

Bright Red or Hot Pink Lipstick | I love bright lipstick, and I'm using Valentine's Day as an excuse to wear hot pink lipstick!  I love the Kate Moss for Rimmel line because they're affordable, so if your lipstick doesn't work out like you wanted it to, you've only lost $5.

Heart Studs |  These are a fun throwback to those little plastic stick on earrings we used to wear pre-pierced ears.  Is it bad that I would probably wear these year round?

Pencils |  I keep a pencil cup on my desk full of colorful pens and pencils.  I love that these are a simple and practical way to make your desk more festive!

Red Pants |  I'm a huge fan of funky pants.  If you're going to spend 8+ hours behind a desk each day, you might as well have a sense of style while doing so.  Extra points that these are stretch pants!

What's your favorite thing about Valentine's Day?



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Simplifying with evian Facial Spray

I love simplicity, and I love using products that make my life easier.  I would rather invest in good skincare than expensive makeup.  This is why I love evian's Mineral Water Facial Spray.

My skin is sooo oily, and I feel like the oil is worse on days when I don't wear makeup.  It's to the point that I kept a pack of makeup remover wipes in my desk or carry on bag, and then awkwardly carried them to the restroom hoping no one thought it was for wiping anywhere besides my face...  The evian Facial Spray is wonderful because you get better results than a makeup removing wipe, and the 1.7 oz spray is small enough to discretely take with you to the ladies room or keep in your purse.  Best part? You can even spray this on OVER your makeup during the day to freshen it up!  (I didn't believe it until I tried it!  The trick is to keep the can about a foot away from your face and focus on misting instead of saturating your skin.)

I don't just use evian Facial Spray on an "as needed" basis.  I spray my face after washing it each morning and night, give the spray a minute to soak into my face, then pat off the excess and follow with a moisturizer.  At home, I like to use the 5 oz bottle because it's easy to hold, but I'm thinking the 10 oz bottle will be my next purchase because I use the spray for so many things.  (If you use a beauty blender or ever wet your eye shadow for a more intense shade, you need this.)

My makeup post evian spray

So, what do you think?  Does this look like a product you'd like to try?!
If you have any questions about the product, feel free to leave it in the comments or shoot me an email at :)

Also, a big thank you to evian for providing me with a free bottle of the Facial Spray in exchange for an honest review.



Monday, January 12, 2015

My Hair Care Routine

It's no secret that I have extremely long hair.  When I posted the above photo on Instagram, I was bombarded with questions about my hair care routine!  The more my hair grows, the more I work to simplify the process.  Here are the products that I can't live without!

I've tried a ton of brushes - cheap and expensive - but nothing has compared to The Wet Brush.  My hair tangles so easily, but this brush is effective and painless when it comes to brushing them out.  I also like that it is good to use on wet hair, because I've always read (aka read but not followed the rule) that you should always comb wet hair.  I love this brush so much that I bought one for all of my friends for Christmas!

OGX Shampoo, Biotin & Collagen- 13 fl ozOGX Conditioner, Biotin & Collagen- 13 fl oz
Shampoo & Conditioner:
I don't wash my hair every day... I just have too much of it to go through the whole process, and I've found my hair to be healthier and grow faster when I don't.  I've played around with a lot of Organix products, but my favorites are the Biotin & Collagen Shampoo and the Biotin & Collagen Conditioner.  I use a really generous amount of both shampoo and conditioner, and I've been so pleased that I don't have to deal with "build up" when I use these products.

Hair Mask:
I've used lots of different hair masks, but this one is by far my favorite.  After shampooing, I brush and towel dry my hair, then run some of this goodness through it.  I let it soak for about 15 minutes, and I'm always sad when I have to rinse it out because it smells so darn good!  My hair is oily, so I usually like to dry my hair after using a deep conditioner or a hair mask.  I use this once or twice a week.

Kiss InstaWave
I try not to use many heat tools.  My hair is naturally straight, and I think I straightened it a total of 2 times in 2014.  My old faithful hair dryer went out on me in a fiery blaze (#terrifying), so I'm currently just using something my dad had lying around, and it works pretty well.  For styling, I really like to use my Kiss InstaWave.  I have used it constantly since receiving it!  My favorite thing about it is that it doesn't make my arm tired.  I had surgery around 4 years ago to have melanoma removed from my arm and my lymph nodes taken out of my arm pit, went through PT, the whole thing, but my arm still aches occasionally when I try to put too much effort into my hair.  If I'm really craving classic curls, I'll use this Conair... It works really well!
Dove STYLE+care Volume Dry Shampoo- 5 oz
Other Products:
This dry shampoo is my favorite - cheap, easy, and available practically every where.  It's great when your roots have a little grease or your hair is too flat for your liking!
A few more "Long Hair, Don't Care" Shots... Just because ;)

If you have any other questions about my hair care routine or products that I use, feel free to ask in the comments or shoot me an email at!  Do you have any hair products that you think I should try?  What's your hair care routine like?



Please note - I received the Insta Natural Hair Mask and Kiss Instawave for free in exchange for reviews, which you can find here & here.  However, this is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are honest and my own.  The products have been so great that I have made them a part of my hair routine.