If you’re anything like me, sometimes you just don’t want your hair in your face. This is is a super easy half up-do!
If you like outfits that don’t take a lot of time, but you still want to look put-together, these tips are for you! Accessorizing your looks can be easier than you think! These tips will help you finish off your outfits without a lot of effort!
- Add a simple earring. Statement earrings don’t go with every outfit, but dainty jewelry definitely does. Add a simple stud earring like an ear crawler to take your outfit up a notch!
- Do something different with your hair. Adding a simple side braid or basic half-up bun can freshen up your look & add something special to it!
- Wear a dainty necklace with cami tops and basic tees to dress them up a bit. Camis and tees are so comfy, but sometimes they can look so plain. A little necklace is the perfect accessory to style them without it being too much!
- Wear a wedge heel instead of a flat. Wedge heels dress up a look a little without being too dressy.
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Does anybody else find shopping for clothing on Amazon intimidating?! I definitely have for the longest! So, I took my time searching for items to show you in this try-on. I wanted to make sure to get some quality pieces and have to send back as little as possible. I’m happy to say that all, but one dress worked. And the one that didn’t was only because it ran very large. Otherwise, everything was cute!
Sizing info: I’m 5′ & have short legs, short waist, short everything haha I’m wearing the smallest size in everything. If you use my links to purchase, I would truly appreciate it!
Wearing 0/2 // Other colors: red, wine red
Wearing Small // Other colors: blue, pink, purple, beige, coffee, black, green, & many others! (I’m wearing blue-green)
Jacket is linked HERE.
Wearing Small // this one’s a romper just FYI!
Wearing Small // Other colors: grey, khaki, pink // lined, not see-through
Target is having buy one, get one 50% off on all swimwear, so I thought I’d pick out my favorites and show you how to mix and match them when you’re shopping! Shop all swimsuits HERE!
Shop my collage below!
Well, I’ve been blogging off and on for probably 4 years now, and I am never really sure how to be more personal with my followers. That is something I’m going to try and work on this year, as I am trying to figure out just what I want my blog to be all about. Anyway, I’ll get to the point of this post!
How old are you? I’m 26.
How tall are you? I’m just about 5′ tall.
Favorite food? Chocolate. I consider that food!
Favorite drink? Pretty much all I drink is water and coffee.
Favorite coffee drink? Flavored iced coffee with cream or a really strong flavored iced latte. The flavored part is important because I’m a wuss when it comes to regular coffee.
Favorite workout? Power yoga and just plain old walking outside!
Do you have animals? Yes! I (well my family and I) have 2 Great Danes and a Chocolate Lab. I love big dogs!
Where do you live? I was born and raised in a rural-ish suburb of Dallas, TX. I lived in North Dallas with my grandparents for about 3 years while I was in college in Denton. After I graduated I moved back home.
Where did you go to college? I went to the University of North Texas and studied Merchandising (for fashion, retail, etc.)
What jobs have you had? I worked at Express for a bit and then Starbucks Coffee for 3 years in college. I interned for a women’s clothing boutique at the end of my college career and then worked there for 2.5 years doing e-commerce, visual merchandising, sales, etc. My title was manager. I had every intention of working corporate after being in retail for so long, but then I decided corporate wasn’t for me. I came to the conclusion that it was finally time to start to my own business.
What do you do for a living now? I am currently starting a business, so that is my full-time job at the moment. I am honestly not making and dime yet, and am grateful that my mom allows me to continue living at home while I chase my dream. To cover living expenses, I actually watch dogs through the Rover app. It’s a lot of fun!
I hope this gives a little more insight into who I am. I am looking forward to making a change in my blog and sharing the start of my business with you very soon!
Healthy, low-maintenance hair is SOO important to me. I am a minimal morning beauty routine kinda girl, and that includes taming my mop.
Ok, so here’s how my hair is: I have very thick, slightly wavy hair. It tends to frizz a little when it’s humid out. I even develop a few curls around my face on those days which is odd lol anyway, it’s taken years for me to finally figure out what the deal is with my hair and how I can style it in the laziest way, yet still have it look good.
- C U T : this is honestly where it all starts. Having your hair cut on a regular basis really keeps it healthy-looking and feeling. It also is key to making it grow faster. After going to many stylists, I finally found one I really like and she suggested thinning it out with sheers after she cuts the length and blow dries it. This make a HUGE difference. I was SO close to chopping it all off and doing a lob before she suggested this. Now, my hair dries faster, has more volume because it’s not so weighted down, and is so much easier to brush through. I also get long layers to add some texture and most recently, I got long curtain bangs. And on that note, if you’re contemplating bang bangs, try these first. I absolutely love them. I think I needed something extra around my face for a while and they look super cute with my hair in a ponytail or bun!
- C O N D I T I O N : probably THE most important thing for keeping your hair healthy! You might try a thousand before you find the one that works for you. I know I did, but you can tell the difference when a conditioner is actually working on you. I use Tresemme Color Revilalize and I’m loving it right now.
- M I N I M A L . H E A T : I rarely curl my hair for a couple of reasons. #1 I’m kinda lazy and it makes my arms hurt haha and #2 I really hate the idea of frying my hair in any sort of way. I’ve found that as long as I brush or comb my hair after washing it and then let it air dry completely before I go to bed, it always looks great on its own without heat products. Another upside to not using heat is that my hair actually grows faster. I swear using heat on it really causes damage that makes it grow slower. So, if I ever do want a little curl, I make sure to not hold the curling wand too long and to always condition really well after.
I’ve mentioned this a few times in my Instagram stories, but if you didn’t know, I used to be a Starbucks barista for 3 years in college. Out of all the jobs I’ve had, it was definitely the most fun. Between the endless free coffee, the friendships I made, and just the overall craziness of the job, I really enjoyed my time working there. (And watching drama unfold between coworkers was pretty amusing!)
I learned a lot of tricks and tips while I was there, so if you ever have a question, feel free to send me a message! Today, I wanted to share my favorite Starbucks orders with you. They are fairly simple (mostly cause I learned that the baristas WILL talk about you if you have a complicated order haha)
Warm weather weekly go-to (say that 10 times fast): Venti iced coffee w/ toffee nut, cream, no ice, & no room (hint: if you get it without ice or room, you’re getting more bang for your buck! Just add ice at home)
Cool weather weekly go-to: Grande regular coffee in a venti cup w/ toffee nut or white mocha (or caramel brulee or chesnut praline during Christmas time) w/ steamed cream to the top. Lot’s of people don’t know you can order this way if you like extra cream. It saves you money & is honestly just as good as a latte.
When I have a freebie or deal on espresso beverages (or just wanna treat myself): Iced (light ice) or hot blonde flat white w/ toffee nut (can you tell I’m a fan of the toffee nut?) The flat whites really take the espresso up a notch. They are made with ristretto shots, which are pulled from the machine w/ less water, making the coffee taste more potent. SO GOOD.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve probably figured out that I’m not an expensive makeup kinda girl. I hate the term “drugstore makeup,” but that’s what I use for the most part. I don’t try out new things often. Usually when I find something that works for me I use it forever (unless they change the ingredients or something).
For a little background, I have combo/oily skin and eyelids, the occasional zit, and sometimes dry/flakey spots.
- F A C E : In the winter, my skin needs a little more moisture (yup, even though I’m oily) so I start out by moisturizing with Simple Replenishing Moisturizer. It’s one of the only ones I’ve found that doesn’t make my foundation melt off. In the summer, I nix the moisturizer because my face overproduces oil when it’s warm. For my brows, I just fill them in with a NYX pencil in the color Taupe. I blend it in with an eyebrow brush. Next, I mix 2 parts Revlon Colorstay Combo/Oily Foundation (250 Fresh Beige) and 1 part Rimmel Fix & Perfect Makeup Primer with my fingers and put a good layer of that all over my face and neck. I let it dry while I do my eye makeup and then I add a powder over the top of it. I use Merle Norman Purely Mineral Makeup in L20. This is the only pricey item I use. It’s about $30, but since I only use it to set my foundation, it lasts probably a year and a half. After that, I put blush on the apples of my cheeks. I’m currently using Physicians Formula Happy Booster cause I like a pretty bright pink.
- E Y E S : While my foundation dries, I do my eye makeup. I start by priming them with ELF Shadow Lock Primer in sheer. SO cheap, yet so good! I can tell a major difference when I don’t use it. Next, I cover my lid with a frosty, almost rose goldish pink color. I use an Ulta Brand one that they no longer make (idk what I’ll do when it runs out!) but I linked some similar ones below. Next, I put a shimmery chocolate brown in the crease. I use some random samples I have for this, but again, I linked some similar ones. After that, I put a nude to creamish color below my brows and then just blend the crease into the lid and upper part of my eye.
- L I P S : Nothing much here. I honestly have a weird thing about lip products. I hate using stuff on my lips because I feel like it dries them out. The only time I do is when they are chapped from weather or something. If that happens, I use Nivea A KIss of Smoothness or Yes To Cooling Lip oil.
- L A S H E S : FINALLY. I thought my makeup routine was pretty simple, but after typing all this I’m having second thoughts! lol Anyway, I put a coat of Maybelline Full N Soft non-waterproof mascara on, let it dry, and then put a coast of Full N Soft waterproof mascara on. You might be thinking, “what’s the point?” Well, taking off waterproof mascara is like willingly ripping your eyelashes out. Am I right? But not wearing waterproof mascara is just asking for disaster, especially if you have oily skin. Well, if you wear the non waterproof one underneath, your mascara will still last, but it will be a lot easier to take off at the end of the day. Trust me, I’ve been doing this for years! Lastly, if you want a little more of a dramatic lash, but still natural, I use magnetic lashes that just go on the outer part of the eye. They might sound intimidating, but they are SO much better than glue-on ones! And you can re-use them over and over. I’ll link the ones I have and the video I watched to learn how to put them on/take care of them.