Seersucker Sass: March 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Easter Dresses Under $100

Growing up,  one of my favorite traditions was picking out a new Easter dress each year.  Not only did it signify that warm weather was on it's way, but I always loved the church services during the season of Lent, especially Easter Sunday.  My small church was always full on Easter Sunday, and I loved that.

One of my absolute favorite pictures in the world was taken on Easter Sunday.  I was a little bitty girl in a fancy floral church dress, white tights, and white patent leather shoes.  My papaw was holding me and we were in our own little world laughing about something, and my mamaw was trying to pull my dress back down over my behind.

As an adult, I realize that an Easter dress may seem like a frivolous thing.  But I love the tradition.  I love getting dressed up in my Sunday best to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. 

If you share a love of finding an Easter dress like I do, then I hope you enjoy my picks below!  And if Easter dresses aren't you thing, the 16 dresses below are still perfect for spring and budget friendly at under $100!

Row One:  one | two | three | four | five | six
Row Two:  one | two | three | four | five
Row Three:  one | two | three | four | five

See anything you like?  Have you picked up your Easter dress or a new spring dress yet?

Happy Monday!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Weekend Reading: 18 posts to read & Nordstrom favorites

Happy weekend, y'all! I've been building this post for a few weeks, and I'm so excited to share it with you today.   Who knows... you might just find your next favorite blogger while clicking through :)

At the bottom of the post, you'll find some of my favorites from Nordstrom!  If you're a Nordstrom card holder or Rewards Member, you know that it's Triple Points time!  This is an awesome opportunity to pick up some items for spring and rack up some extra points while you're at it.

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I hope that you have a great weekend!  I'm spending mine preparing for my trip to Charleston next week (please send recs!), writing, and recovering from my infusion.  What are you up to?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

My Essential Oils Journey: Vitality Oils

Happy Wednesday, y'all!  You have probably noticed that I've been talking about essential oils in recent posts.  Over the past two months, I've been learning more and more about essential oils and different uses for them.

I started using Young Living essential oils because my best friend was extremely passionate about them.  Any time I had an ailment, she had an oil for it.  I'm not saying that it's a magic cure; but I am saying that I prefer trying these natural solutions to issues.  I have stomach issues, and lots of medications will cause them to flare up.  After a sick New Years Eve weekend, I made the plunge and purchased a Young Living Premium Starter Kit.  It came with a diffuser and 11 oils, which was a steal at $160!  (The diffuser alone was worth $84...)

To be really honest, having that many oils was a little overwhelming at first.  So I started by diffusing oils to enjoy them aromatically and using the Vitality line of Young Living oils to flavor my water and tea.  It is totally safe to do this; Young Living Vitality oils are made for dietary use, but please use them in a metal or glass container.  (Also, I specify YL because all oils are not created equally!)

Okay, enough backstory and disclaimer... Here are the Vitality oils I use, what they're intended for, and how I use them!

Peppermint Vitality - invigorating scent, boost of positivity
how I use it:  I have personally found that peppermint helps with nausea.  I am such a nauseous person, and this oil helps me tremendously.  You can put it in your tea or water; sometimes I even mix lemon and peppermint.  (The peppermint is strong, so I would say three drops lemon, one drop peppermint!) 

Digize Vitality - digestive function (alleviating indigestion, cramps, upset stomach, belching, bloating, and heartburn)
how I use it:  When I leave the office for lunch, I have a glass of hot tea when I return.  I add a couple of drops of Digize to the tea to aid in digestion.

Lemon Vitality - promotes positivity, pleasant flavor
how I use it:  Flavored water!  Y'all know I'm obsessed with it, and this tastes just like having a lemon in your water, without the actual work of slicing a lemon, keeping it in the fridge, etc.  This can also be used to make marinades, salad dressings, pastries, etc.

Grapefruit Vitality - dietary supplement, pleasant flavor
how I use it:  I use it in my water!  Typically I do lemon in the morning and grapefruit in the afternoon.  The smell of grapefruit is supposed to help when you feel like you're drowning in your own negativity, so sometimes I just take a few deep breaths of it.

Thieves Vitality - supports overall wellness and a healthy immune system
how I use it:  Thieves oil is actually one of the biggest reasons I was interested in essential oils. The story behind thieves is that in the 15th century, thieves doused themselves in a similar oil to stay healthy while robbing those who were dying of the plague.  Whenever I'm feeling a little under the weather, I put a couple of drops of Thieves in my peppermint tea to potentially combat whatever might be attacking my immune system.  There are event Thieves cleaning products!

Copaiba Vitality - promotes wellness
how I use it:  I use this in my green tea when I'm in the mood for something different.  The flavor is described as "complex" and I agree.  The taste is pleasant.

And just for clarification purposes:  These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease.

If y'all are curious about the oils or would like to know more about a certain oil, please let me know!  With the exception of the Grapefruit Oil, all of these came in my Premium Starter Kit.  (If you see anything that you'd like to purchase, you can do so through this link!)

Do you use essential oils for wellness?  If so, which ones are your favorite?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Wardrobe Wishlist

Happy Monday, y'all, and happy first day of spring!  I doubt that I'm alone when I say that I'm so ready for warmer weather.  I worked at my brother's track meet this weekend, and I actually had to wear two coats.  I'm heading to Charleston next week, and I'm so glad that it's going to be in the 70's while I'm there!

Today's post is about updating your spring wardrobe.  While I wish I could buy an entirely new wardrobe every season, it's just not possible.  So I focus on buying good staples throughout the year, then update with a few new pieces each season.  Everything on this list is something that I can wear for at least two seasons, which definitely helps me justify my purchases to myself and my bank account ;)  Happy shopping!

White button down topI feel like a white button down top is the second most crisp, classic, and chic piece that a woman can wear.  (An LBD would be my number one pick!)  I'm really focusing on adding versatile pieces to my closet, and the ways to wear this top are limitless - paired with skinny dress pants or a pencil skirt for work, with dark denim jeans and a funky belt for weekend, or with a printed Lilly Pulitzer skirt for church.

Figure flattering jeansThe jeans I own aren't really cutting it for me anymore.  Nothing against low rise, it's just not the most flattering cut on me anymore.  (Or was it ever?)  I've started to gravitate toward higher waisted styles, because I feel like they look much better on my frame.

NeckerchiefsMy mom bought me a neckerchief for my birthday (seen in this post), and I've been wearing it nonstop.  I love the way that it elevates even the most basic outfit.

Boat shoesI travel to South Carolina a few times a year to unwind on the lake.  I typically wear my Jacks, but I really need a pair of boat shoes.  It's a country club community, and you can't wear sandals into the club to eat, so a pair of casual shoes that I can pair with shorts or dresses are pretty high on my spring wardrobe wish list.

Statement topsI typically wear black and navy skinny fit dress pants, and I love the way they look paired with looser tops, and the more dramatic the better!  I've been really into flowy silk blouses and tops with bell sleeves.  I'd also love some fun, statement tops for weekends.

Dress for wedding seasonWedding season is upon us!  When picking up dresses for spring and summer, I try to pick out a couple that are appropriate for weddings.  It's fun picking out things that you'll wear to celebrate those you love on a special day in their life!

Denim shortsLast summer, I purchased my first pair of denim cutoffs in years.  I really didn't think that I could possibly wear them, but now I can't figure out how I went so long without a pair!  I'm hoping to pick up a few more affordable pairs this year.

Espadrille wedges Am I the only blogger that doesn't own a pair yet?!  Because it totally feels like it!  Espadrilles were never really my style, but after seeing so many fashion bloggers style them so many different ways, I would love to have a pair in my closet.  (PS - These won't fit in the widget, but they're dupes for the more expensive Chloe & Marc Fisher wedges...and they're only $60!)

Anything you see that you want to add to your spring wardrobe?  I'd love to hear what you're shopping for this spring & your favorite places to shop!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Think Happy Thoughts: Six Tips for a Happier You

Happy Monday, y'all!  To be really honest with y'all, I have been stressed out more than usual over the past three months.  Over the past few weeks, I've really tried to focus on bringing a little extra sunshine into my life to balance everything out.  If you're in the same boat that I'm in, here are a couple of tips to try out.

Read blogs that make you happy.  One of the things I love most about the blogging world are the connections that I've made.  My friend Jordyn is such a ray of sunshine, so I tend to pop over to her blog when I need a little hint of positivity in my day.  I also really enjoy reading Carly's blog, as she is the person who inspired me to write!

Try essential oils.  I love essential oils.  I know that they aren't for everyone, but with all of the issues that I've had with my health, I wanted to give them a try.  I absolutely love Stress Away oil.  Whenever my day takes a stressful turn, I just rub some on my wrists.  I also really like diffusing Eucalyptus Blue and applying Panaway Oil topically to help when my body aches from stress.  (If you're interested in ordering oils, click here.)

Wear bright lipstick.  I've realized that putting a little more effort into my appearance helps my mood.  When I'm feeling bummed, I reach for my favorite pink lip color instead of the nude or mauve color that I typically reach for at the office.  Not only does it brighten my face up, but it brightens my day up.  (I am so cheesy, but seriously, try it when you are having a bad day!)  

Surround yourself with positive people.  If something rough is going on in your life, remember that it's not a burden that you have to carry alone.  Surround yourself with positive and encouraging people.

Cut back on social media.  I love the connections social media has helped me to form, but it can also be extremely overwhelming when you're having a bad day.  The first thing I do when I'm stressed is to cut back on my social media consumption.  If I have something to say, I'll tweet it from my computer, then check my notifications a couple of hours later when I'm taking a break.

Do something that makes you happy.  My dad always tells me this when I'm having a bad day, and it's so true.  Instead of dwelling in the negative, do something positive.  Cook up a feast in the kitchen, write it out, go for a run, hit up a yoga class with your bestie, volunteer... whatever it is that puts you in a better mood (and isn't self destructive!), go do it.

What are you going to do today to put a little extra sunshine into your life or into the world?

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

My Skin Care Arsenal

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Happy Tuesday, y'all!  While I haven't been blogging as much as I would like to, I'm really striving to share content that's honest, helpful, and thorough.   I never had many issues with acne when I was in high school, but right around my 23rd birthday, I started struggling with cystic acne.  To add a layer of complexity, my skin became extremely sensitive after having my lymph nodes taken out, and I've had countless reactions to skin care products.

Today I'm excited to share with you all of the skin care products that I use.  I have a little something for every possible situation!  For reference, my skin is combination with an oily T-Zone.

I have extremely sensitive skin that is prone to allergic reactions.  When I had a dermatologist appointment with YoDerm last fall, Dr. B recommended that I switch over to this cleanser.  It's no frills - unscented, clear, and can be purchased at the drug store.  CeraVe removes dirt, oil, and makeup without disrupting the skin's natural barrier, and even helps to repair the skin barrier.

I've tried a lot of eye makeup removing products, but this one is my favorite.  It's cheap, you can find it just about anywhere, and it's gentle on my skin.  I prefer using a liquid formula to a makeup wipe because I tend to scrub my skin with a makeup wipe and this removes more product than a wipe.  (I apply the remover with these cotton pads, using one for a swipe on my entire face to catch any residue, one for each eye, and one for my lips if necessary.)

I skipped out on moisturizer for a little while after my allergic reaction because I was honestly terrified to irritate my skin any more, and my skin definitely paid for it.  I was using a sample of Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion while trying out other products, but I received a sample of Caudalie's Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet from Sephora as my birthday gift with purchase, and I love it!  I've never used a moisturizer quite like it before.  The texture is interesting, and it just takes a little touch of it to cover your entire face.

SPOT TREATMENT:  Mario Badescu Drying Cream 

I popped into Ulta the night before my 26th birthday because I did not want to start 26 off with a big old mountain of a zit on my face.  This product came highly recommended by my friends Rachel and Piper, and I was nervous that it wouldn't live up to the hype.  Y'all, this stuff is amazing!  I only wore it at night, but it blends right in with your skin.  Every time that you use this, you will see a decrease in the size of your blemishes.  

This stuff is like Botox in a bottle.  I have a little line between my eyes that I hate, and I'm starting to get some laugh lines on my forehead.  This product actually targets facial structures to discourage repetitive contractions and movements that place stress on the skin and keep muscles feeling relaxed.  I use this stuff every night before bed.

I have really sensitive eyes (are you noticing a trend... I am sensitive to everything apparently! haha), so I'm always really careful with the products that I use around my eyes.  This product doesn't irritate my eyes, and it is super moisturizing.  I love the cream-gel formula, as it's not greasy on my oily skin.

If you want prettier skin in a pinch, this is your product!  You use two pumps of the product, which feels like a liquid soap in your hands, massage it into your skin for twenty seconds, and the rinse it off.  While massaging, the product forms clumps, and when you rinse it off, your skin looks brighter and feels smoother.  Goodbye dry skin!  It also really helps with my pores, which are crater like and need all of the help that they can get.

LIP EXFOLIATOR: LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub

I wear lipstick daily, and it stains my lips.  If there's still residue after I wash my face, I'll rub a little bit of this sugar scrub on to slough it off.  I always follow this up with a slathering of Carmex.

PORES / BLACKHEAD TREATMENT:  Mario Badescu Silver Powder 

This stuff is the real deal, and it's only $12.  I use this once or twice a week, and my pores look noticeably cleaner and smaller after each use.  I will be the first to admit that this stuff is kind of a pain... but I promise the results are worth it!  You dampen a cotton ball, dip it into the powder container, and then smear it all over your face.  Because you are just dipping a cotton ball into loose powder, every time you move, the powder that wasn't wet will fall off of your face.  (If you wear contacts, take them out for this!!)  Ten minutes are applying, soak a cotton pad in astringent or toner (I use Bliss Daily Detoxifying Facial Toner), and carefully wipe it off.  Moisturize, and you're good to go!

Out of all of the products I have tried for pores, this one is my favorite.

CLEANSING OIL:  Saison Autumn Cleansing Oil  (c/o YoDerm) 

This is my first experience with cleansing oil, and I will definitely repurchase upon running out of this one.  If you're a cleansing oil newbie like me, you basically massage this oil onto clean, dry skin, then wet your hands and continue to massage it, wipe all of the oil off, then wash your face.  My skin goes through periods of dryness, especially when the weather is wild, so I like to use this on those extra dry days.

I want to hear from you - What's in your skin care "arsenal"?  How many products are hiding away in your medicine cabinet?

Friday, March 3, 2017

I got a makeover!

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Usually when bloggers post about a makeover, it's a rebranded site.  But today's post is about how I personally received a makeover.

Turning 26 hit me like a ton of bricks.  Maybe it's because I realized I'm now closer to 30 than 20, or the fact that my new headshot made me look a lot older than I actually am (when I'm used to being accused of having a fake ID), but I wasn't handling 26 well.

On our way to Nashville two weekends ago, my momma and I stopped at ULTA.  I lost my mom, and when I found her she was at the front of the store getting an It Cosmetics makeover.  It didn't take much for me to agree to a makeover, as well, because I had been really curious about It Cosmetics products and who turns down having their makeup done?!

While having my makeup done, I met a kindred spirit.  I didn't catch his name, which is really unfortunate because he's one of the best people I've met.  Throughout the makeover process, he took the time to explain the products to me - what they do, what's in them, and the best way to apply them.  By the time I was done, I looked and felt like a new person.  His positive energy was contagious, he never made me feel pressured to buy, and he really boosted by confidence.

In case y'all have been curious about It Cosmetics products, I wanted to talk about the products I tried and my experiences with them.  (Spoiler alert - I want to switch all of my makeup over to this line, because their products are amazing and they donate products to cancer patients!  As someone who has been there, done that, and still struggles with the confidence issues that come along with surviving cancer, they have a fan in me.)

pros & cons:  I love that this moisturizer worked well on combination skin!  It's formulated to help fill fine lines, and like I said, 26 hit my skin like a ton of bricks, so anything that can smooth my skin out is good in my book!
applied with: this brush for hygiene reasons, but would typically just be applied with fingers
will I purchase: yes!  (I may try the $16 travel sized version first.)

pros & cons:  The coverage is buildable, which is a pro for me, but may be a con for people who like a little more coverage up front.  This foundation is exactly what it says - your skin, but better.  And it has anti-aging products and a built in primer.  It's pricy, but a little bit goes a long way.
will I purchase:  purchased immediately & also purchased the brush!

pros & cons:  I use this to cover blemishes and redness.  A little bit goes a long way, and I try to use as little as possible to avoid looking orange-y since my skin is so fair.
will I purchase:  already have!

pros & cons:  I like this product, and I recommend it, but I didn't feel like it was as much of a standout as some of the other products.
will I purchase:  yes, when I run out of the powder that I'm currently using.  (I've also considered purchasing the pressed powder compact for my bag, since I don't currently have any pressed powder.)

pros & cons:  This is one of my favorite products in my makeup bag.  I have a little round face, so contouring is necessary.  I typically use really muted blush, but I purchased this palette specifically for the bolder, brighter blush.  It makes my skin look really healthy.
will I purchase:  purchased immediately! 

pros & cons:  After taking off my makeup, I realized that one of the best parts of the makeover was my brows.  I had electrolysis growing up, so I will never have the full brows that are so popular.  However, you would never know that with this product!
applied with: N/A
will I purchase:  yes!  Will be my next beauty purchase.

pros & cons:  The gentleman that did my makeup used a palette, but the three colors that he used are in this trio.  (Unpopular opinion, but palettes are not my fave because they don't fit into makeup bags.)  I would have never thought to use these colors, but they really brightened my face up!
will I purchase:  rumor has it that this beauty is going to be in my Easter basket, so I'm waiting it out.

pros & cons:  Unlike other waterproof eyeliners, this one is not dreadful to remove.  It seemed to just glide on.
will I purchase:  maybe.  I don't wear eyeliner very frequently, so it's hard for me to justify an eyeliner purchase, but I would really love to have the brush.

pros & cons:  This makes my lashes look crazy long without using a primer!  It was explained to me that this mascara is made to really grab all of your lashes, even the little bitty baby lashes.  My eyes are sensitive, so sometimes my eyes are a little irritated by the end of the day when I use this mascara.
applied with:  N/A
will I purchase:  already did!

pros & cons:  This product didn't bleed, and I really loved that.  It also glides onto your lips, which is so much nicer than using a typical lip pencil.  The thing I like the most about this product is that the bottom of the pencil is a sharpener.  I can't keep up with a pencil sharpener to save my life, so that's really appealing to me.
applied with:  N/A
will I purchase:  maybe... I had a lip liner in my purse that was exponentially cheaper and went really well with it, so I'll probably stick with that one... at least until it's time to sharpen it and there's no sharpener in sight.

pros & cons: I love this stuff.  Love it, love it, love it.  I'm not usually one for glosses, but I'm making an exception for this one.  It goes on like a gloss, but it's also a stain, so when the glossiness is gone, there's still color on your lips.  My lips can get a little dry during the day, but when that happens I just slap a coat of lip balm on over the stain.  (It doesnt' smear when I do this!)  I've even used this product during the day and layered a nude, liquid lipstick over it in the eventing, and it brings a cool effect to that.
applied with:  N/A
will I purchase: purchased immediately!

I compiled a few video clips on the way to Nashville because I had planned on making a little vlog of our trip.  I wanted to share with y'all the little clip I took after getting my makeup done because I was so dang happy thanks to my new friend!

What do y'all think?  Have you tried It Cosmetics before?

Also, if I started posting short (less than three minute), casual vlogs, would you be interested?

Happy Friday, y'all!