Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Braided Updo

Now that I've grown my hair out, I've been really loving experimenting with different hairstyles! If you follow me on Instagram then you've seen this hairstyle before, but I wanted to give you a step by step tutorial today so you can try the braided updo. This is a 5 minute hair style that's perfect for the work week!


Here's what you'll need:
-Head and Shoulders Fresh Scent Technology Shampoo and Conditioner
-Small clear elastics
-Bobby pins

I started out by washing my hair with the Head and Shoulders Fresh Scent Technology Shampoo and Conditioner, in order to start with a clean canvas. Head & Shoulders Fresh Scent Technology is a breakthrough formula to leave you with 100% flake-free* hair that smells amazing (*visible flakes; with regular use). The new Fresh Scent Technology Shampoo and Conditioner starts at the scalp to achieve beautiful hair, is the #1 dandruff shampoo used by dermatologists, and they have such an amazing smell (I love the classic clean scent). My hair was left feeling really soft and flawless! I then blow dried my hair, and styled it as usual.


Here is the step by step by step tutorial to achieve the braided updo:


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

White Blazer Remixed

I love this blazer with just about everything in my closet, but I especially love it with floral dresses (as seen here)! I really love how this blazer dresses up just about everything, which makes it perfect for so many occasions. On a side note, I don't believe in rules when it comes to fashion, and I especially don't like the 'no white after Labor Day' rule. Needless to say, you'll definitely be seeing this blazer again in the coming weeks! Do you believe in rules when it comes to fashion?

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Linking up with The Pleated Poppy and Shanna!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday's Cravings

Here are the items I'm currently craving this week! How amazing is the Holy Chic t-shirt from Old Navy?! I'm definitely thinking that I need to purchase it. After all, it's only $10. Which is your favorite and what are you currently craving?


Monday, August 25, 2014

Stitch Fix


After hearing nothing but great things, I finally decided that it was time to sign up for Stitch Fix. If you aren't familiar here's how it works: you fill out a style profile that covers everything from size to what type of clothing items you like. You then schedule what day your package will arrive and you are charged a $20 styling fee. You are sent 5 items and if you keep any of those items the $20 fee is applied to the price of the clothing, and if you keep all 5 pieces you get 25% off.

Here's what was in my first Stitch Fix:


Banks High Rise Cropped Skinny Jean by Just Black- $78
These jeans are supposed to be cropped, but being only 5'1" they fit more like regular jeans. That would have been ok, but the hem didn't taper down like normal skinny jeans so it looked a little off. They were also too pricey for not being the perfect fit, so I decided to return these jeans.

Carson Front-Twist Sleeveless Blouse by 41Hawthron- $58
I liked this shirt, but I didn't love it for what it cost. The color is amazing and bright, and I really liked the twist front detailing. However, it's a pretty basic top for having a price tag of $58, so I decided to return this top.


Mauna Mixed Print Sheer Open Cardigan by Papermoon- $38
It's no secret that I love kimonos, so I was excited to see that one was included in my Stitch Fix shipment. I really like this one because of all of the different colors and patterns. I decided to keep this kimono, because I know I'll wear it a lot and it will be a versatile piece.


Michele Multi Stripe Fit and Flare Dress by Mystree- $34
I mentioned in my note to my stylist that I wanted more dresses that I could wear to work. I received this dress, but it isn't quite my style and I feel that it looks a little young as well. The price was just right, but it didn't fit. I returned this dress.


Tobee Abstract Print Shift Dress by Collective Concepts- $78
This dress would have been great for the office, but it didn't fit either. The pattern and the colors were really pretty, but I returned this dress.

Overall, my first Stitch Fix was a lot of fun! I only kept the kimono, but I think that as time goes on the fixes will be more successful as I leave more comments. I'll definitely be scheduling my next fix soon.

Have you tried Stitch Fix? You can sign up here.

This post is not sponsored. I just really love this company!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

5 Favorite iPhone Apps

Everyone has their favorite apps, and today I wanted to share with you my favorite iPhone apps when it comes to being a blogger! (Minus all social media apps, of course). Here are my top 5 favorites, and the best part is that all of these apps are free!


Phone case c/o Tiny Prints

1. Instasize: When I Instagram a picture that can be found on my blog this is the app that I use. It makes the picture the perfect size for Instagram, so that no part of the picture is cropped. It's especially perfect for when I Instagram a vertical outfit picture.

2. Evernote: I keep a running list on my phone of blog post ideas, and items that are on my wish list. I like keeping a wish list on my phone because it helps me prioritize my purchases when I'm out shopping. Right now this is at the top of my wish list. Evernote is the app that I use for this and I love that it syncs up with my other Apple products.

3. rewardStyle: RewardStyle is one of the websites that I use for affiliate links. They have an app for the iPhone in order to add affiliate links to your Instagram pictures. If a person has signed up with LikeToKnow.It and they like your Instagram picture, they will receive links to the products featured in your picture in an email. So convenient, right?!

4. Magic Hour: I don't know where I first learned about this app, but it's amazing! It tells you the magic hour or the optimal time to take pictures to get the best lighting. The app tells you the magic hour based on your location. It's an app I really like to use before my husband and I take outfit pictures for my blog.

5. Bloglovin': Bloglovin' is a great way to see all your favorite blogs in one place. It's my favorite way to read blogs because all new blog posts show up in a feed which is really convinent. I love to scroll through it during the day, and read the latest blog posts that have been published.

What are you favorite iPhone apps?

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mint Julep + Giveaway

I'm so excited to introduce you to Mint Julep boutique today! They are an online boutique that carries such amazing pieces (I really like this and this) at really affordable prices. I picked out this cardigan because of the fun fringe that I can't get enough of, and the colorful pattern. I'm so in love with it and I'll definitely be wearing it non-stop! Today you have the chance to win a $25 gift card to Mint Julep so that you can do some shopping! Just enter below using the Rafflecopter and the giveaway will end on 8/27. The winner will be notified via email.

P.S. You can sign up to receive email updates from Mint Julep here. When you sign up you will receive a $10 off coupon!


c/o Mint Julep cardigan | Old Navy dress (similar) | House of Harlow necklace via RocksBox | C.Wonder heels (similar)





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Linking up with The Pleated Poppy and Shanna!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday's Cravings

Here are the items I'm currently craving this week! I'm really loving these flash tattoos that I've been seeing, I think they are so fun! I'm also really wanting this chambray dress from Gap because it would be such a versatile piece! Which is your favorite, and what are you currently craving?