Seersucker Sass: August 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fall Transition Fashion + JORD Giveaway!

Full Disclosure - This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches.  I received product in exchange for a blog post sharing my honest thoughts with y'all.  Thanks for supporting brands that support Seersucker Sass.

Now that I've gotten my last summer fashion blog post behind me, I'm ready to start playing with some fall transition looks.  Fall will (hopefully, fingers crossed, saying prayers) be here before we know it, and I couldn't be more ready for cooler temperatures and college football.

Today I'm styling two of my favorite pieces for fall - my overalls and my JORD wood watch.  What I love about both of these pieces is that they're equal parts versatile and statement piece.  My JORD watch adds a little extra punch to this super casual outfit, but it would also look great paired with a flowy boho dress and some booties.

I found these overalls at Von Maur when I was in Detroit.  I had been wanting to add a pair of overalls to my wardrobe, but I was afraid of looking dumpy because of my body type (short legs & long torso.)  This is a great "starter pair" of overalls if you're looking to add a pair to your wardrobe because of the dark denim and skinny jean fit.  (They're also on sale for $33!)  They don't come cuffed at the ankles, but I'm short so I cuff most jeans.
















One of the reasons I've been so excited about this post is that JORD has offered to give a $75 gift card to one of my readers and $20 coupons to everyone else who enters!  Before I give you giveaway details, I want to tell you a few more things I love about this watch, besides the versatility, just in case you aren't sold! ;)

I wasn't sure what the quality would be like for a wood watch, because my only watch experiences have been digital watches in middle school and then metal watches in the post-grad world.  My JORD watch is impeccably made.  I'm rough on my watches, but so far this one has hung right in there with me!

It's not some groundbreaking news that jewel tones are popular in the fall.  This was the reason that I chose the emerald face.  But there are so many other fun options for their women's options!

But the thing that sets it over the top and is truly why I will be a repeat JORD customer is that the watches are custom sized.  Watches are difficult for me to buy because I have a tiny, baby wrist, but these come custom sized  You print out a paper ruler, measure, and then you're done!  The whole process took less than five minutes, and as you see in the photos, my watch fits perfectly!



Enough (actually way too much) about me... I want to hear from you!  What are your favorites for fall transition looks?




Monday, August 29, 2016

One Last Summer Look














Happy Monday, friends!  I know everyone is all about fall, but it's still in the 90's here, so I'm sneaking in one last minute summer look before I share a fall transition post.  Despite the fact that I glisten profusely and almost melt every time I step outside for longer than 60 seconds, I know that fall is on it's way.  I drove my little brother to school this morning, and there was such a chill in the air that I was digging through packed away clothes for a sweatshirt to throw on!  

In the meantime, I'm enjoying wearing little cotton dresses like this Marlowe dress from Lilly Pulitzer.  When I say these are the perfect dresses, I mean it.  This is the fifth Marlowe I've purchased, because I can legitimately wear them for anything and everything.  They're long sleeved, but the fabric is light and breezy.  I wear them to work, but I also throw them on to run errands, as a pool cover up, to my brother's sporting events, out on the boat, you name it!  They're comfy and always highly complimented.  Cost wise, they come in at the lower end of Lilly Pulitzer dresses at $98, and the cost per wear is really great on them.

This was a weekend of celebrations, and I actually wore this dress on Saturday as part of them!  Friday we found out that my mom passed her real estate tests, and she begins her "side hustle" of selling real estate in the near future.  She has wanted to do this since before I was born, so I'm so proud of her for following that dream.  I'm thankful for a mom that reminds me over and over again that it's never too late to pursue your dreams!

Saturday was my little brother's "almost" Sweet 16 pool party, which is where I wore this dress.  Nothing like spending time with a bunch of high schoolers to remind you of how uncool and irrelevant you are!  Following the pool party, I changed into a little black dress and headed over to my co-worker's wedding.  It was at a local mansion with the reception following in the picnic pavilion, and it was absolutely gorgeous.  I appreciated the fact that the programs were fans and that tin tubs of water were there as you walked into both the outdoor wedding and the reception.

Continuing with the celebrations, I sent out my first blog newsletter yesterday!  If you haven't signed up yet, you can do so here.  It's going to be one email a week at maximum (sometimes less if I'm traveling), and it will be content that's not on the blog.  This week's email was about getting back to my roots when it comes to blogging, and also trying to gauge what y'all actually want to read about.  (Seriously, send any feedback my way!  I'm all ears!)

I hope everyone's week is off to a great start with strong coffee and positive vibes.  What's something you're excited about this week?



PS - Shout out to my aunt for taking these gorgeous photos for me in her little backyard paradise!




Thursday, August 25, 2016

Five Minute Face

For the first summer in my life, I've craved an eternal summer.  I'm usually more of a fall girl, but something about this summer, despite the fact that I have been sick during most of it, makes me want summer to never end.  I've been out of college for a little while (okay, a long while but I'll never admit it because I don't look my age), but I'm living vicariously through some of my Greek lineage this back to school season.

One of the saving graces of my college career was the five minute face, as it took me from "I just rolled out of bed" to "I'm a polished semi-adult!" without sacrificing my sleep.  Regardless of where you are in life - high school, college, post-grad - I highly recommend having a five minute face routine, even if it's not something that you use every day.

In the tutorial below, you'll notice that I've not only linked to the products that I use, but to budget friendly products, as well!

No Makeup Makeup


Foundation

I don't like how heavy and cakey foundation looks on me, so I go with a CC Cream.  Right now I'm using Clinique's Moisture Surge CC Cream with SPF 30, and it leaves my skin looking glowing and healthy.

  (More color options available here • $10 cheaper + still as great option available here • $6 alternative available here)  


Contour

I don't do a full on contour, because that would take entirely too long.  The contour palette that I use has a highlighter and two shades of bronzer, so I skip using the darkest shade of bronzer.  I use the highlighter to highlight my cheek bones, then use the middle shade of bronzer underneath my   cheekbones and on my forehead.  (When I'm doing a three minute face, I also use the highlighter shade on my eyes!)

(brush I use available here • $4 drugstore alternative here)


Powder (c/o)

Y'all, this Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder is good.  Last weekend I went to my little brother's football game, and it started absolutely pouring.  I had no umbrella, and because it was the end of the evening, I wasn't even worried about my makeup.  You would never know that I had just walked through a torrential downpour; my contour was still there!  The same thing happened this weekend when I went to the (rained out) Bristol race.

When I apply this powder, I do a really fine coat on my face just to set everything, and then use it to blend my under cheek bone contour.  If you're going to splurge on one thing in your make up bag, let this be it.

(brush I use available here (c/o) • $6 alternative available here)


Bronze Eye shadow

I'm a big fan of palettes because there are so many options, and you can use what best suits your mood or outfit.  (And they typically come to brushes, which is great when you're in a hurry.)  Right now, I'm really into light bronze shades, like a lot of the shades in this palette.  If I'm doing well on time at this point, I'll use a lighter shade on my entire eye with the bronze just in the crease.

($5 alternative available here)


Eyeliner

In the past, I've skipped eyeliner in my five minute face.  And when I'm in a rush, it's the first to go.  But I think adding a really thin line of eyeliner adds an extra pinch of polish to my look.  (And eyeliner has been my friend in making it look like I actually have eyelashes! Haha.)  I really like this specific eyeliner because it's cheap and has amazing precision.

($3 alternative available here)


Mascara

Because I'm still recovering from #eyelashcrisis16, I use the neuENVY Peptide Enhanced Mascara  that goes along with my neuLASH.  This stuff is amazing; I layer on a few coats, and then my eyelashes magically appear normal again.  If you're looking for a new mascara, I recommend trying Tarte's Light, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara.  It's what I used prior to eyelash extensions, and it's one of my favorites!

($3 alternative available here)


Lipstick

I love lipstick, and I wear YSL's Rouge Pur Couture in Shade Nine (Rose Stiletto) practically every day.  In college I didn't touch lipstick, so if you're in the same boat, I would recommend a neutral gloss or a tinted balm.

($3 alternative available here)



Voila!  There's your trick to adding a pinch of polish to your look in five minutes!  Enjoy that extra sleep ;)

Do you have products you turn to when you're getting ready in a pinch?




PS - Items marked "c/o" mean that I received them for free.  All opinions are still my own.

PPS - Sorry for the lack of before & after pictures.  My eye is still healing, and it is not very photogenic right now! 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

When Technology Fails Us



Two weekends ago, I went to visit Annaliese of Southern Belle in Training in Charlotte.  I was working on a deadline at the office, so I ended up leaving about two hours after I had originally planned to leave.  Desperate to make up for lost time, I chose the fastest route my GPS had to offer without stopping to look at exactly how I would be getting there.  I ended up driving on two lane, small town roads for almost three hours.  But the kicker was when I ended up in a national forest.  The roads were so windy that I thought I was going to be carsick, and at one point I had just come to terms with the fact that if I didn't drive off of the side of the mountain, I was going to end up hitting another car head on.

Driving home from Charlotte on Sunday afternoon, I specifically chose a route that would take me on interstates.  But then my GPS went rogue and rerouted itself for no reason, and when I found myself exiting to get onto another two lane road, I absolutely panicked.

I pulled off into a convenience store parking lot and desperately tried to reroute.  But I had no service, so nothing was loading.  I couldn't ask for directions because I had no idea which interstate I needed to take home, and I was almost 100% confident that I couldn't read a map if I tried.  I realized that I had been so spoiled by technology, and it had failed me, which made me start thinking about the bigger picture.

How many times have I missed something awesome because my nose was in my phone?  How many times have I told a story that I was really excited about, only to realize that the person I was telling it to was consumed with their Twitter feed and wasn't actually listening?  How many times have I met someone who's life appears amazing and exciting on Instagram, but in reality they have nothing to talk about?

I've been trying to make a concerted effort to focus more on the day to day and enjoy the little things in life, but that moment has made me more intentional about my time spent on social media.  The cool picture someone posted will still be on Instagram in an hour; the cool thing my brother is doing on the football field will not.

In case you're wondering, I made it home from North Carolina.  I exited off of the two lane on to a random interstate and drove until I saw what appeared to be civilization, pulled off, and rerouted.  My drive may have been longer, but it was full of gorgeous views of the mountains and lots of time to be alone with my thoughts.  And next time I go somewhere, I'll print the Mapquest... just in case ;)

Happy Wednesday, friends!  How is your week going so far?


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Necessities for Post-Grad Survival

I'm not exaggerating when I say this is the second busiest work week of the year for me, with next week being the busiest.  In the midst of all of the work chaos, I still have responsibilities outside of the office.  I've compiled a list of hacks for post-grad life to help you survive both the normal days and the chaotic days, while appearing like you totally have your life together!



Card Box •  I have a shoebox from Michaels that's stocked with cards for different occasions.  While I love to pick out cards with a specific person in mind, having a box of cards for backup keeps me covered in situations where I'm invited to a last minute birthday dinner for an acquaintance or a coworker's birthday sneaks up on me!  (If you're hoping to stock up, check out these thank you notes, these birthday cards, and this set of random, hilarious cards.)

Gift Box •  Similar to the card box, I keep a shoebox of little random goodies for above mentioned situations.  (I learned this from my mom, who has a little stash of random things she picked up on sale.)  You know those crazy good sales where they're practically giving things away?  It's the perfect time to stock up!  (Think candles, decorative wine stoppers, pretty photo frames, etc.  I'll also buy those nail color and lip color sets and break them up.)  If a small gift won't do, pair one of the gift box goodies with a gift card.  It will make your gift card appear like you actually put a little thought into it.

The Skimm •  The Skimm is basically a daily briefing of international news that has occurred over the past 24 hours, but it's presented in a casual way that doesn't stress you out about what a scary place the world can be sometimes.  (It also recaps political debates, which is awesome if you're like me and don't watch them because all of the yelling stresses you out.)  You can sign up for the free email subscription here.

Band-Aid Friction Block  •  I wear heels to work pretty much every day, and there's nothing worse than when I try to break in a new pair on a busy workday.  I rub friction block on problem areas or on areas that I think the shoe might potentially rub my foot, and it creates a snug sensation with no blistering.  Seriously the best $5 I've ever spent.

Lint Roller  •  Buy a few lint rollers and keep them everywhere - your car, your work bag, etc.  It seems like a common sense thing, but you'll appreciate having backups when you walk out the door wearing a linen little black dress and everything is sticking to you.  (aka me today)

A place to store important documents  •  Buy a few pretty folders and a portable file box, and keep your important documents there.  There's nothing fun about it, but when you're having a crisis and need your insurance info or misplace your drivers license and need to find your passport so you can go out with your friends (basically me every other weekend in college), you'll know exactly where it is.  Other unsexy documents to store - retirement and 401k info, bank statements if you aren't paperless, and anything related to finance.  

Sunday ritual  •  Sunday scaries are a real thing, and they're mean.  It really helps me to have a routine for Sunday afternoons and evenings, and I try to make it full of things that I enjoy.  I usually spend about an hour on Sundays taking photos for the blog, another hour or two writing, then I take a long shower, pick out an outfit for Monday, and read the latest chapter of You Can Even.

  Do you feel a little more prepared to survive post-grad life?! Haha. I want to know - What's your hack for post-grad survival!  I'd love to feature some of my favorites in an upcoming post!



PS - If you found this helpful, would you re-pin it?

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Staple Jewelry



If you've followed my blog for a while now or follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I wear the same jewelry pretty much every day.  Occasionally I'll throw on a statement necklace or a strand of pearls depending on the occasion, but for the most part, I stick to my staple jewelry.  I used to think that I was weird (and a bad blogger!) for doing that until I read an article that Kate Middleton does the same thing with earrings.  If it's good enough for Kate, it's good enough for me.  Above are the pieces that I wear basically every day, with the exception of the earrings; I alternate the earrings depending on my mood.





I worked with Lauren at Rose Water Designs to create this necklace, and it's one of the most special pieces of jewelry I own.  The roman numerals on the necklace are the date that I was declared cancer free, and 2016 marked five years cancer free.  I wear it almost daily as a reminder of where I've been and what I've overcome, and it was a major comfort to me when I had a cancer scare this spring.




Gucci Watch  (similar option)

My dad bought me this watch for my 25th birthday, and I wear it every day.  Previously I wore a really dainty watch with pave diamonds around the face, but I have retired that one to my "event watch."  The sleek band on this watch makes it perfect the perfect watch to wear to work every day.  (And yes, I am one of those weirdos who wears their watch on the same arm that they write with.  I can't help it!)



Lilly Pulitzer Bow Earrings  (similar option)

I rotate between these earrings and a pair of Kendra Scott earrings.  The gold bows are classic, but don't really stand out unless I wear them with a ponytail.  I love that I can wear these earrings to work, to events, and on the rare occasion that I go out.  




I purchased these when I went to visit Nicole in Nashville for her birthday.  I don't wear much green, but I knew the emerald would look really nice with the abundance of navy and black in my wardrobe and would be a great color for fall.  If you're looking for a great pair of every day earrings, I highly recommend getting a pair of Kendra Scott earrings in a color that's versatile.  



Rings

I wear three rings every day - a thin channel set band on my right ring finger, my Kappa Delta ring, and a David Yurman cable band (not pictured.)  

My mom gave me the channel set band my senior year of college, and I'm pretty sure that if I was a piece of jewelry, I would be this ring.  It's dainty, practical, and it doesn't ask for attention, but when the light hits it right, you get a little sparkle.

I purchased the David Yurman band on a whim because I thought I needed another ring.  (I totally didn't, but I ended up keeping it because it's classic and went well with the other rings I wear.)

My mom bought me the Kappa Delta Sorority emerald ring my freshman year of college as a Christmas gift, and I've worn it every day since then.  It's a nice reminder of college memories, as well as women that I look up to.


What about y'all?  Do you mix up your jewelry day to day or do you stick to the staples, as well?  Any suggestions on pieces that I should add to my daily rotation?

Happy Tuesday friends!



Friday, August 5, 2016

The End of an Era

Today marks the end of an era - the end of the eyelash extension era.  After eight weeks without refills in an attempt to get rid of them, I bought a pair of eyebrow scissors while out running work errands.  (Backtracking a bit, but 1. Who knew eyebrow scissors were a thing?  2. What separates them from regular scissors?  A slanted tip.  Thought that might minimize the possibilities of me poking my eyeball out, so I splurged and bought the $9 set instead of the $4 cheapy scissors.)



I got eyelash extensions because my confidence was struggling.  I thought doing something fun that improved my appearance would make me feel sexy and confident, and it did.  My friends ooh'ed and ahh'ed over them, and I grew super confident and comfortable in my non-makeup wearing ways.

And then, one fateful day, my eyelash extensions started to fall out in chunks, and I had a noticeable gap.  And the lady who does my eyelashes couldn't take care of me because she was onsite for a wedding that weekend, so I was stuck with the gap.  I realized that something that I had originally wanted to bring me confidence was becoming very high maintenance, which was never the goal.  (Pre-blogging I had unlimited spray tanning, which was a similar situation.  Eventually I said screw it, and embraced my extremely pale skin.  Are we sensing a trend?)

So armed with the confidence boost I received from constantly looking doe eyed, I decided I was going to give up the eyelash extensions.  I cancelled my refill appointment, and I assumed that they would be completely gone in less than two weeks at the rate they were dropping.  But instead, they held on for another six weeks, and would probably still be hanging on for another six months from there if I hadn't reached my wits' end today.

After trying the methods of sleeping without a mask, brushing them obsessively, taking super long showers with my face directly in front of the water, and even soaking them in olive oil, basically breaking the four cardinal sins of eyelash extension maintenance, I bought that pair of eyebrow scissors, and (carefully) hacked the remaining lashes off in the bathroom at work.

My eyelashes are currently miniature, but thanks to the NeuLash that I started applying almost immediately after deciding I no longer wanted to have high maintenance lashes, they are growing back thicker than before.  And in the meantime miniature things are totally cute, right?

Happy Friday, friends, and thanks for following along on my ridiculous adventures!



ps - This is not an endorsement for hacking off your own eyelash extensions with a pair of eyebrow scissors.  

pps - This is not a sponsored post.  I'm just really thankful NeuLash exists.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Glass Ceiling

I know this is a bit of a controversial topic, and I tend to avoid controversy over here in blog land, as I strive to make my blog a positive environment.  However, I've felt it on my heart a lot lately to write about the glass ceiling, especially as it is gaining more and more attention this during this presidential election.  I'm not saying anyone is wrong or right, just simply sharing my story and what I'm doing in an effort to shift the paradigm.  (If this isn't your thing, I'll be off my soapbox and back with a post about jewelry tomorrow... Hope to see you then!)




Flash back to 2012.  

I had no idea what the glass ceiling was, but if I had known the term, I would have argued with you that it didn't exist.  I had grown up under the impression that if you were a woman and could excel at something that was male dominated, you could pretty much write your own ticket.  Before taking a leap of faith and opening a preschool so that she could spend more time with me, my mom handled logistics for a trucking company.  My dad has always told me that I could do anything I put my mind to.  But then I started getting picked on during a college capstone project by a liaison for the company affiliated with the course, and I not only learned what the glass ceiling was, but that it was alive and well.

After discussing how ridiculous the project had gotten to be with a friend who had the same class on a different day, she agreed.  "I'm so sick of ***.  He's such a pig.  He has tried to set me up with his son multiple times, even though I've told him I'm not interested and that I have a boyfriend.  Last week, he told us that he liked our class better than your class because we always wore dresses.  Maybe you should try wearing a dress and see if that helps.  Ha!"  

That night, I went to discuss it with my then boyfriend.  He was studying to be a doctor, but he was minoring in women's studies.

"My sorority sister told me that the liaison commented on liking her class better because they wore skirts and dresses, and my class wore pants.  Do you think I should start wearing a dress to class?"

"Look, if someone told me that I would do better in a class if I wore a dress, I would wear a dress.  Like as a man, I would wear a dress.  But no, I don't think it's right."


Flash forward to 2016.

Somehow, despite my pant-wearing ways, I passed the class and graduated.  I spent two years working in small business development under a female boss before accepting a job offer in economic development - a male dominated industry, where I would be the only female working in an office with three men.  At first it was a culture shock, as I had gone straight from living in the sorority house to working in an cool, downtown office that was predominantly female.

I literally cannot say enough nice things about the men that I work with; they are respectful, supportive, and patient.  But I'm not always met with that kind of attitude, or any kind of positive attitude, both by women and men.  (If I had a dollar for every time I was called a secretary or on the other end of a comment that would never be spoken to a man, I would be living the high life.)

One of the things that really struck me lately is that despite the fact that this seems to be such a topic of discussion, I see more and more situations where the glass ceiling becomes very apparent.  Just last week, a family member found out that she actually wouldn't be getting a job position she was promised, despite her hire for that position being announced, because she was "too much of an asset in the position she was in."  Her male co-worker, on the other hand, continued to move forward with his career and the new position.


What I'm doing.

Maybe I'm naive, but I'm a firm believer that everyone can make a difference.  Here are a few things that I'm doing in my every day life to put a crack in the glass ceiling:

I'm supporting female business owners.  My friend Jenny is preparing to launch Confetti Social, a social media strategy company.  My friend Nicole owns Pop Fizz Party, a company that provides event specific party boxes.  My friend Cori owns Mimi Mae Boutique, an online boutique that's preparing for a brick and mortar location.  I'm so proud of my friends, and I think one of the most important things we can do as women is support other women in business.

I'm using my influence to make a positive change.  Which includes writing posts like this one, and striving to create content that is positive and encouraging to women.

I'm continuing to push forward.  If I told you that I was never discouraged by the glass ceiling, I would be telling a bold faced lie.  But I come from a long line of determined, feisty women, and I refuse to give up or be silent.  (Or find a new career, as a candidate for POTUS has suggested women receiving less than appropriate treatment should do.)  My biggest motivator is knowing that one day I may have a daughter, and I want her to grow up in a world without a glass ceiling.

I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!  Happy Thursday, friends!



Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Recent Beauty Favorites


Happy Tuesday, friends!  Over the course of the summer, I've collected a lot of beauty products, whether it be samples from a subscription service, gifts, or press samples.  I'm really excited to be sharing a few of my favorites with you today, and a few more favorites in the coming weeks!  (I just bought a ton of stuff at Ulta to manage the current eyelash crisis + received some major shipments of press samples, and I don't like to review things until they're tried and true!)


The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Sleeping Cream


Before trying this product, I had never used a sleeping cream before.  This one is designed to "deeply nourish, visibly revitalize, and intensely firm while you sleep."  It has Lavandin Oil, which stimulates the fusion of elastin and collagen.  This is important to me in a product because I look younger than I actually am, and I would like to keep that going forever!  Haha.  My favorite part about this product is that my pores shrunk noticeably after my first use and are continuing to shrink.

My familiarity with The Body Shop was basically that I would run in and grab some hand cream if I came across one in an airport, but after doing my research, I've learned that they have some really great product lines that I'm excited to dig a little deeper into!
  

NeuLash Lash Enhancing Serum


I read about this product on Chronicles of Frivolity around the same time I was debating on getting rid of my eyelash extensions.  After reading online about bloggers that used it and creeping on photos of their eyelashes, I realized this was my best bet.

I'm going on week three of using this, and as you can tell from my photos, my eyelashes aren't a mile long yet.  I'm basically starting from scratch with my lashes.  However, when I look in the mirror, I see sooo much new growth.  My lashes are growing in thicker than they were pre-damage, and they are growing super quickly!  I can only imagine how quickly this would work for girls who already have good lashes and just want to take them to the next level.

(PS - Lots of other bloggers link to this on Nordstrom, but you can get it for about half price on Amazon!)


Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder Brush


Back in my days of unlimited spray tanning, a make up artist taught me to use translucent powder, and I've never gone back from that.  There's something about powders that match my skin tone that make me look cakey.  I really like this powder.  It goes on easily, and works well when I'm blending my contour.  It's also at a great price point - only $30 for that giant tub of powder!

Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder Brush (c/o)

The best word to describe this brush is feathery.  It's so soft and gentle, and it's hands down the best makeup brush I've ever used.




Aussie Mega Hair Spray

My mom used Aussie products religiously when I was growing up, so I did by default.  However, after saying goodbye to the Sprunch Spray of my high school days, I didn't really use Aussie any more.  Flash forward to me running out of hair spray a few weeks ago, and discovering this baby under the sink in a Walmart Beauty Box.

My final test for this hair spray was when I went to a luau on a lake this weekend.  It was in the high 80's, and the humidity was no joke.  This stuff was amazing, and just as good as any high end hair spray that I have used in the past.


Batiste Dry Shampoo (Blush)

When I went to visit Nicole a couple of weekends ago, she had a little welcome basket for me.  Nashville was under a heat advisory, so I knew better than to try to do anything with my hair since we would be outside exploring murals.  I used some of this dry shampoo, and it worked like a charm.

I used to previously swear by another drug store dry shampoo, but this one even better.  I love that this is scented, because my previous favorite just smelled like chemicals.


I want to hear from you - What is your favorite beauty goodie that you've picked up this summer?

(PS - If you enjoyed this post, I'm talking about all things beauty over on The Blush Blonde today!)

(PPS - Thanks for all of your kind words and positive vibes while I deal with #eyelashcrisis16 ;)  Love y'all to pieces, and the comments on yesterday's post made me smile!)





Monday, August 1, 2016

A Slice of Paradise



Happy Monday, y'all!  I know that a lot of bloggers are transitioning into fall fashion, but where I live, we're still in the dog days of summer, and that's just not going to happen yet!  I'm kind of glad that the weather is so warm... It means I'll get to wear this pretty little caftan again before Labor Day!

This weekend, the young professionals board that I sit on held a Polynesian themed event, and this is the exact look that I went with.  I had no idea just how easy caftans were because this is the only one that I own, but now I'm ready to stock my closet with them.  Despite the length of the sleeves, I stayed cool sitting outside and working the registration table.













Earrings:  Lilly Pulitzer (old, but linked similar)  •  Cable Ring:  David Yurman

In other news, you may have noticed that my eyelashes are going a little crazy right now.  (I've received some negative feedback regarding their appearance, to which I reply with please get a life.)  I've decided to let my eyelash extensions go, and I've got a few stragglers that just won't give up.  I'll have a full post up about my experience with lash extensions soon, but in the meantime, just bare with me as I grow these babies out.

Also, a huge shout out to my aunt for taking this set of blog photos for me in her slice of paradise back yard.  (The gorgeous blue pool that you see in some of my Instagram photos is also hers!)  My aunt actually gave me the DSLR I shoot with as a graduation present, and she is the official photographer of all family events, so it was so fun to shoot with her!

What did you get into this weekend?  And is your style focused more on summer or fall right now?