Friday, May 22, 2020

Memorial Day Weekend Sale Roundup

TGIF! It feels extra nice because the sun is shining and it's a three day weekend. Even though work was pretty quiet for me this week I am so ready for the weekend. I had a pretty rough weekend last week between it raining ALL DAY Saturday and a trip to immediate care which is a story for another day. Needless to say I need a nice weekend to relax and recharge. It goes without saying that I am going to try to make the most of yet another holiday celebrated away from friends and a change in plans. This weekend my friends were planning a trip to NYC to visit one of my best friends from high school. Obviously that trip is no more so I plan to spend some time at the pool, have a cookout, make some cocktails, and venture out to Target for a much-needed trip. I haven't been to Target in literally months. I hope everyone is able to enjoy the holiday and relax! 

Today I decided to start the weekend off right with a proper festive outfit! Nothing special but loving this casual look. 

Top: Old from J Crew Factory / Shorts: Abercrombie / Necklace: Kendra Scott / Earrings: Kendra Scott / Bracelet: Made myself but this is very similar (Allie & Bess) 
With retail stores mostly being closed and the long weekend I expect some of the sales to be extra good. So I wanted to round up some of my favorite stores that currently have a sale going on. Some of these sales may be even better come Monday! 

Abercrombie // 40 to 60% off everything plus an extra 15% off sale (no code needed) 
Draper James // 40% off sale styles (no code needed)  
Gap // 50% off everything with code WARM
J Crew // Up to 60% off with code HISUMMER
J Crew Factory // 50 to 60% off everything (no code needed)
Kelly Wynne // 25% off sale items (no code needed) 
Kendra Scott // 20% off everything (no code needed) 
Lilly Pulitzer // Free Tumbler with $100 purchase (no code needed) 
Loft // 50% off and free shipping with code FRIEND 
Old Navy // Tees, tanks, shorts and swim 50$ off (no code needed) 
Target // BOGO on swimsuits and sandals plus sales on outdoor and summer items (no code needed) 
Tarte // $25 for a bunch of their popular items. Sale ends TONIGHT but they may have another sale on Monday.
The Impeccable Pig // 20% off everything with the code PARTYINTHEUSA
Tuckernuck // 25% off sale style with code BERRY25 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

One Year Post Graduation & My Advice

It is hard to believe that it has been a whole year since I graduated from college last year. Part of it seems like it was just yesterday and part of it feels like it was forever ago. I can't imagine graduating right now not knowing how the world will look a month for now. The added stress that brings is just SO hard considering how much I struggled in a normal graduation season. I think that graduating from college is hands down one of the most challenging things. It's not like high school where most people graduate and go right into college. Once you graduate from college there are so many different things. You can go for more schooling, look for a job, move, travel and the list goes on. I thought I would share my perceptive from college graduation and my advice for new graduates.


Friday, May 15, 2020

What I Have Been Watching During Quarantine

Happy Friday! I missed the blog this week but I was SO busy this week with work that by the end of the day I just didn't have the motivation to get a post up. I also just had a blah weekend last week so I am looking forward to making the most of the weekend and hopefully getting outside. 

In any other situation I would be ashamed to share how many tv shows I have been watching but I think at this point anything goes. I shared a list of tv shows back at the end of March with current tv shows I was watching and my favorites. I have a ton of shows on that list but I wanted to share with you what I have been watching the past month or two. 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Saturday Shopping

This past week I had a busy work week and if I am being honest I have kind of hit a wall this weekend. You can only go so many weekends without doing much before it gets to you. Today I did get out for a walk, grab a Starbucks, and picked-up dinner. I have a few fun posts I am hoping to get up this week. Although those posts will take a bit more time and effort and today I was just feeling some online shopping. I thought it would be fun to share a bunch of random things that I have recently come across that I really think are cute! 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Haircare Must Haves

In the last few weeks, I have shared a few skincare posts (here // here) so I thought I would share my must-have haircare products I can't live without. I pretty much have been using all these hair products for years now and swear by them. My hair is very thick, frizzy, and wavy so I need lots of products to help it out! I also filmed a corresponding video in case you want more in-depth information about any of the products. I will say that pretty much all of these items are "salon brands" but I think they are totally worth the money. I also try to get deals from Ulta as much as I can. For the shampoo and condition, I always make sure to stock up when Ulta is running their jumbo sale which is normally twice a year. I try to go about 3-4 days in between washes so I wash it at night before bed. When it comes to styling I typically will straight it and every so often curl it with the straighter (going to share a tutorial on this soon). If I happen to not wash my hair at night I will either scrunch it and let it air dry or use the Revlon volumizing hair dryer which gives the BEST at-home blowout (review here). 

Friday, May 1, 2020

Current Things Making Me Happy

Happy May!! I don't know about you but I am excited to start a new month. I don't have anything crazy planned or anything. I am just looking forward to a fresh start to get into a workout routine, the weather is getting so nice, and I just feel more into a routine doing everything out my apartment. This past week I had some flu bug or something for a few days. I just had a bad stomach ache and low energy but I missed not being able to post. I was going to share my monthly favorites but instead, I thought I would just share some more things that have been making me happy lately (check out the first version here). I really love reading others post like this so I wanted to share a few things I have been enjoying the last few weeks. 

1. Old Navy Lounge Set // I saw this set ( shorts / sweatshirt) on Jade Scott's Instagram and thought it was so cute. I like that it is tie-dye but not super bright. I also really like that it is shorts and not pants which are perfect for the Texas weather right now. I have it on today and it is so comfy. 

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Happy Friday even though weekends are pretty strange these days. If you can believe it or not Mother's Day is only a few weeks away. With shipping times all over the place I wanted to get some ideas up for you guys in case you are struggling with what to get. I tired to include a few items from small businesses and all different prices points. I recently purchased this citrus notepad and love it! I also have this throw blanket on my bed. The quality is amazing and it looks so much more expensive than it actually is!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

How I Cleared Up My Hormonal Acne & My Dermatologist Experience

Happy Wednesday y'all I just finished watching Little Fires Everywhere on Hulu and man is that show good! Yesterday I posted my daily skincare routine which I do on a daily basis. With that said I think it is important I share my experience with clearing up my skin and my dermatologist experience. I can confidently say that my skin would not be what it is today if it wasn't for a prescription. I hesitated for a while about going to a dermatologist but looking back on it no skincare product from the drugstore or a beauty store was going to completely get rid of it without getting a perception. 

So back in high school, I had some pretty stubborn acne mainly on my forehead which I did go to a dermatologist for a while. They had me take an antibiotic (not sure which one) and use Aczone gel as  a spot treatment which you need a perception for. These things helped but I felt like it never worked completely. Then once I went on birth control things started to improve quite a bit so I stopped going to a dermatologist. 

High school acne on my forehead

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

My Skincare Routine (Sensitive & Acne Prone // Natural & Luxury)

The Sephora Beauty Insider sale is happening this week which is one of two times a year that Sephora has a coupon that can be used on products. I don't have anything I am planning on really getting but now is a great time to stock up on products. Today I am sharing my daily skincare routine and the products I use daily. Within the last four months, I have been using a perception Tretinoin cream for bad hormonal acne I had on my chin. Since I went to the dermatologist and started using this cream along with an oral medication my skin has been the best it has ever been. Tomorrow I am going to share more on that but today I wanted to share with you the products I use daily. I also filmed a video below which I talk about my full routine and each product! 
Products I Use: 
Origins GinZing Refreshing Scrub Cleanser // SuperGoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 // Trader Joes Face Wipes // La Roche-Posay Hydrating Gentle Face Cleanser // Clarisonic Mia 2 // Kiehl's Ultra Face Toner // Sephora  Collection Nourishing Moisturizer // Treatinoin 0.05% Cream (prescription needed) // La Roche-Posay Dual Action Acne Treatment // Sephora Collection Brightening Eye Cream // Mario Badescu Cucumber Facial Spray // Tarte Maracuja Oil // Caudalie Vinoperfect Anti Dark Spot Serum // Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Mask // Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask // Peter Thomas Roth   24K Gold Mask // Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Mask // Jade Roller // Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask 

Other Products Mentioned: 
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser // First Aid Beauty Moisturizer // Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer // Ice Roller 

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Bar Cart Inspiration

Now that I have been living at home for over a month now I have gotten inspired to do some additional decorating and organizing to my apartment. I have most of my apartment decorated but last week I had this idea to add a bar cart in the corner where my kitchen table is. I have the perfect wall and space for it. Plus I can move some of my wine and champagne glasses out of my kitchen cabinets. So I have been doing lots of searching for a bar cart and decor inspiration on Pinterest. So I thought it would be fun to share the items I have an eye on. I haven't bought anything yet but am slowly getting ideas! I would love any bar cart idea you have. I will be sure to share images of the final product once I get everything decorated.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Day Trip to Magnolia Market & Waco, TX

When my sister came to visit after the holidays we took a day trip to Waco, Texas which is less than two hours from Dallas. The weather that day could not have been more perfect and we had such a fun time. I thought it would be fun today to share some pictures and what we did for the day. We had never been so we didn't know what to expect but we had a great time and would recommend it if you are in Texas!

Monday, April 13, 2020

Perfect T-Shirt Dress From Target

I am back today with another outfit and some OG mirror pics to share the look because of #quarantine! I tried this dress on in Target in the color lilac. I didn't like the color of the dress against my skin tone but I fell in love with the cut of the dress. It is the perfect fit and can easily be dressed up or down. I ended up picking up this dress in the charcoal grey color and I am obsessed with it. I can already tell this is going to be a go-to when the weather starts getting hot. My sister also picked it up after she saw it! I love pairing it with my Golden Goose dupe sneakers or a pair of sandals. For the dress only being $15 it is the perfect closet staple. 

Dress: Target // Sneakers: Amazon // Sandals: Kate Spade (similar) // Bracelets: Lily & Laura / Jean Jacket: J Crew Factory

Things Currently Making Me Happy

I hope everyone had a nice weekend & Easter Sunday. To be honest, this weekend was so weird for me. Easter didn't feel like Easter and my family would have been in town. So I tried to keep busy but I also felt a large lack of motivation. So I let myself be pretty lazy and not do anything too crazy this weekend. I thought it would be nice to share some things that have been bringing me small bits of happiness recently. I have to say this post idea is 100% due to Kate from Lonestar Southerns happiness list blog post she recently did. I loved this idea and thought I would share some of my own things. 

Trader Joes Margarita Mix // I picked this up last weekend when I went to the grocery store. I have had this in the past but forgot how good it is. I am glad I picked this up for a weekend drink at Melanie's quarantine bar! All you need to make this is the mix, triple sec, tequila, and a lime.