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FASHION THAT GIVES BACK

Happy Tuesday Ladies! I'm off to my first day of work for the school year and I'm very excited to get back into a routine and be around some other adults! But, first I wanted to pop in and share two charitable brands with you that I recently discovered and have been loving.

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CLOTHING THAT GIVES BACK


The first brand is one that I found on Instagram, while scrolling through hashtags. The brand is called KIKOTI which stands for Keeping It Kind On The Inside. They make super cute tops with messages of kindness and thankfulness. And every piece bought helps to donate a Backpack to a kid that can not afford one. You can see more pieces and information about the line at www.innerkindness.com. You can also follow them on Instagram HERE.

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charitable fashion and jewelry companies
charitable fashion and jewelry companies




JEWELRY THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

The second brand is a jewelry company made and sold by The Starfish Project. The Starfish Project aims to free, educate and empower women who have been victims of abuse, neglect and trafficking.

It all started with the founder, Jenny McGee bringing gifts to local Massage Parlours (that were also brothels) to befriend the women who worked there. Through time she began organizing english classes for them, then giving them shelter, food and employment.


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Now the Starfish Project has empowered over 100 women and helped thousands in their community. And you can be a part of it, by donating to their fund or simply buying a piece of jewelry that is handcrafted by one of the very women you seek to help.

If you visit their website you will find video testimonials from actual women benefitting from and working at The Starfish Project!

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charitable fashion and jewelry companies

charitable fashion and jewelry companies

charitable fashion and jewelry companies


Find My Starfish Pieces Here




Now, I'm off to work! I hope all of you mom's, students and teachers are having a seamless transition into the school year!

XOXO

FRIDAY FAVORITES (Beauty Must Haves)

We made it ladies and gentlemen! It's finally Friday. And I'm pumped to share my current favorite beauty products! From Hair, to Skin Care and Flawless looking makeup, I've got you covered!

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Feel free to watch me ramble on about all of my favorite products in this video! But, if you don't have the time for that right now (and want to circle back to it later) I'll give you a quick read through of everything here...
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FAVORITE HAIR PRODUCTS:

DRY BAR TRIPLE SEC TEXTURIZING SPRAY: I've been loving this spray lately as a more cost friendly alternative to the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. And dare I say, I think I like this one more....? It smells great. It's about $20 cheaper and provides the perfect amount of light weight texture to make your styling easier and hold longer.

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NUME CLASSIC CURLING WAND: This product has been around forever, I feel like. But, it's my current favorite way to curl my hair. I honestly feel that the curl lasts longer and the second and third day waves are beautiful. And the wand aspect (not having a clamp) helps you avoid any indentations in your hair. Plus it goes so well with the Triple Sec Spray!

FAVORITE SKIN CARE PRODUCTS:

NEUTROGENA HYDRO BOOST WATER GEL: I love everything about this moisturizer. It has hyaluronic acid which helps your skin retain more moisture. And I love this gel formula for how light it feels. Like water just gliding over your face and sinking into your skin!

PURISTRY HERBA MATE EYE CREAM: This is a very new product to me, so I can't attest to it's long term affects. But, I love the smell and texture of it. And I swear I notice my under eyes being a little brighter after I apply it. All of the Puristry products are also 100% Pure and eco friendly!

FAVORITE MAKEUP PRODUCTS:

SONIA KASHUK UNDETECTABLE FOUNDATION STICK: This isn't the first time I've mentioned this product to you all, but it is becoming a go to favorite for days that I want a sheerer finish! I find that it blends out best with a dense kabuki brush.

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CHARLOTTE TILBURY AIRBRUSH FLAWLESS FINISH POWDER: This one costs way more than I would normally spend on a pressed powder. But, I bought it as a little treat for myself and I have really been enjoying it. I find that if I apply this with a loose powder brush after finishing all of my other dry products, it blends everything together beautifully and gives your skin a flawless airbrushed veil.

L'OREAL LASH PARADISE MASCARA: This one doesn't need too much explaining. Of all of the drugstore mascaras I've tried recently this one gives the perfect mixture of volume and length!


And that's it folks! Please let me know if you've tried any of these products or if you have some new suggestions for me to try out. I'm always on the look out for new makeup. Especially foundations... I think I have a weird foundation addiction.... But that's neither here nor there.


I'm off to bring the kids to the dentist! Yay!



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XOXO



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FOUR SUMMER WARDROBE PIECES THAT TRANSITION TO FALL

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SIMILAR CARDIGAN | LEGGINGS | BAG C/O | SHOES (CURRENTLY ON SALE)

Hello, Ladies! School Officially starts in less than two weeks and I'm already getting pumped for Football and Halloween! But, what I'm looking forward to most of all, is the fall threads! Personally, I just think they flatter my body, better... It's probably something about all of those layers and all of the tacos I eat.

But, all kidding aside, trying to make your wardrobe work for you before it's really time to pull out the heavy coats and store the flip flops can be tough. Especially if you live somewhere with a warmer than usual climate (::cough:: Louisiana ::cough::).

So, today I'm sharing four easy ways to transition from your summer wardrobe into fall.


BOOTIES &  MULES
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Likely, you have seen and probably even own some version of these already! Mules, Slide Ons and Booties have been everywhere this year. And they are the perfect shoe to bring you into fall. Wearing a slide on shoe or a bootie with a peep toe, gives you the fall look without the sweaty feet (sorry.. I had to go there..)



LEATHER LEGGINGS
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It's my personal belief that every woman needs a pair of Leather leggings no matter what the season. They're the perfect piece to spice up any outfit whether you're going for something elegant or edgy. In the summer time, they go great with a cute pump and tank, but they transition seamlessly into fall with a good ankle bootie and loose cardigan.

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The ones, I'm wearing in the above photos are made by SPANX! And they are everything I've ever wanted in a legging. No lie, I wore them for about 48 straight hours when I first got them. They suck me in, in all the right areas yet still stretch where needed. They also feel very comfortable and tightening rather than constricting.

They are an investment though. I stared at this pair for a year before I bit the bullet, during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. And I'm so glad, I did. I definitely think I'll be buying myself a couple more styles as a birthday present to myself, come October.


LIGHTWEIGHT OUTER WEAR

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Hands down... My favorite thing about Fall clothing is the layering! Yes, I mentioned my love for food, in the intro. But in all seriousness, a loose cardigan can cover a multitude of insecurities and additionally give you the most effortless cool girl vibe. Sleeveless vests are great for the summer to fall transition too. Just rock a tank under it while the weather is warm and switch to long sleeves when things start to get chilly!


FALL HUES & TEXTURES IN SUMMER CUTS

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And lastly, a great way to get all of those pumpkin spice feels (without the calories) is to start integrating fall fabrics that come in summer styles. Think, a corduroy mini skirt or a velvet romper. Sweater tank tops are a personal favorite of mine.



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XOXO


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DIY Photobooth Gallery Wall (Completely FREE)

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Today, I'm sharing with you a super simple and practically FREE DIY project to fill up some of the negative space on your walls!

This project was born from a combination of Maternity leave restlessness and a general desire to never spend any money unnecessarily.  We originally had just three photos. The two of Jamy and Hudson you see on the left and one, now discarded, photo of an exhausted (just had a baby) mom. We had all three lined up on one side of our dining room window like a cute little photo booth strip and it was just what we needed.

Now, over a year later... I finally decided it was time to add Holland (poor girl) into the mix and update my old mugshot!

And here is the best part. I did this at home. With my own camera. And my own printer. i.e. It was all free.

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Our plan is to add a third photo on each wall. One of each of our dogs, because it wouldn't be the complete family without them!

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If you would like to achieve this same black and white Photo Booth look, here is how to make it happen!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
-A White backdrop. (any white wall, or a white poster board will do.)
-A Camera (The higher quality the camera the better, however a lot can be made up for in the editing portion. So even your smart phone will do.)
-Editing Software (Pic Monkey for the computer or Snap Seed or VSCO for the Phone)
-Printer & Printer Paper

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STEP 1
Line your model up against your white backdrop. Preferably near a window or even outside in the early evening. Difused Daylight is THE best light.

STEP 2
Let your inner photog come out. I preferred an element of silliness with our photos. I like the lightness it brings into our home. Plus it's a great conversation starter when guests come over!

STEP 4
Now it's time to edit! You can use Pic Monkey on your desktop or Snap Seed on your phone.

I cropped our photos to 8 x 10 proportions.

Change the photo to black and white.
From here it's about trial and error to find what look appeals to you best.
I went with a heavy Contrast, Raised the Highlights Level and the Sharpness.

An extra tip: If you find that your photos are grainy... You can use the airbrushing tools to very lightly smooth over the skin of your subject.

STEP 5
Print out your masterpiece.
I simply printed out my photos on regular computer paper. Nothing fancy.
To get around the thinness of the paper, I placed an extra blank sheet of paper behind the photo when framing it.

STEP 6
Frame and Hang!
I used some inexpensive frames we already owned. I told you I didn't want to spend any money! Haha.

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My next step is to upgrade our frames and of course add the two furry family members in.


I like the black and white mod look we have going on. But, I think I may opt for something a little more natural next time.

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And that's all there is to it! I hope you enjoy this fun little project and if you try it out, please let me know how it goes!!!

Don't forget to share with your friends by pinning this to your DIY / Crafting / Home D├ęcor boards.
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HOW TO ACHIEVE LOOSE WAVES + THE 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO BE DOING FOR MORE VOLUME (WITH VIDEO)

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We are officially in the thick of Summer! Which means pool days, cook outs and beach vacays. And while all of that is fun and good, for some of us less fortunate souls, it also means dry, flat, frizzy & lifeless hair. But, fear not! Today, I have a super quick and easy tutorial for those loose summer waves, PLUS three things you need to be doing to avoid flat and boring hair!

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HOW TO ACHIEVE MORE VOLUME


STEP 1:

Make sure you are using the right products AND using them correctly. I suggest finding a hair line that meets the specific needs of your hair. Whether it is dry, flat, color treated or just needing an overall boost. This month, I’ve been using the Gliss™ Hair Repair Extra Volume Line.

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Once you have the right products, make sure you are using them correctly.

As a general rule of thumb; When manufacturers create new products, they are creating specific lines wherein each item performs at it’s best with the other products in the same line. (AKA, they made the matching shampoo, conditioner and treatment to play well together in order to give you the best results!) So, when I bought the Gliss Hair Repair productsI made sure to grab the Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Extra Volume Shampoo, Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Extra Volume Conditioner, and the Schwarzkopf Gliss™ Extra Volume Lift Up Spray all within the same sub line.

PRO-TIP:

“Rinse and Repeat” actually does help! Often that first shampoo doesn’t completely scratch the surface of the dirt, oil and product that is in your hair. And you want to make sure you are properly cleaning them all out to avoid heavy and lifeless hair when you are ready to style.


STEP 2:

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When you begin to blow dry your hair, spray a volumizing spray like this Gliss Lift Up spray throughout the roots. Then make sure as you blow dry you are blowing your hair up and away from the scalp. (Think flipping your head upside down where each hair strand is at a 90 degree angle from the head) These two tricks combined will give your hair optimum lift and volume at the root


STEP 3:

When you begin to style your hair with an iron, allow the curls to cool down in a curled and lifted position. While heat can make hair more mold-able and easy to transform into a new shape, you need to make sure that each strand is cooling down in that same molded position.

If you’ve ever had your hair professionally styled for a special event and your stylist pinned each curl to your head as she went, that is what I’m referring to. By allowing the curl to cool down in that position without the added weight of gravity pulling on it, you are giving the curl it’s best chance to maintain it’s shape all day!


BONUS TIP:

If none of the above tips are doing it for your lifeless locks, then you should invest in a teasing comb or brush. You can use this at the roots around the crown of your head to achieve more lift and volume!

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STYLING LOOSE SUMMER WAVES:

Integrating all of the above tips; to achieve loose waves for the summertime, I will section my hair into three tiers. Working through each tier in 1 to 2 inch sections. I use a normal curling iron and move around the circumference of the head. After I curl each section, I hold it back up in the curled position next to my head for a few seconds to cool down.

Once I’ve completed my entire head I will lightly comb through my hair with my fingers. Then apply whatever finishing products I think my hair needs on that day. This could be a light coat of oil on my split ends, hair spray or a dry texturizing spray throughout the head to give more of an effortless look.

And that’s all there is to it!

I really hope these tips and the accompanying video were helpful to you and that I was able to teach you something new!

WHERE TO BUY THESE PRODUCTS:

 


If you are interested in grabbing the Gliss products that I used or any of the other Hair Repair lines from their brand you can find them in the shampoo aisle at Wal Mart right now for a super reasonable price. Plus, you can get $5 off any two products! That is a REALLY good deal considering how inexpensive they are to begin with. So head here to grab the coupon before shopping. And here to see what other hair repair lines they have!



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Until Next time!

XOXO

Living and Coping With Anxiety & Panic Attacks

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LIFE WITH PANIC ATTACKS

Right now, My life is pretty easy. I have a very loving husband whom I get along with very well. I have two kids that are healthy, cute and usually mild mannered. Thanks to Jamy's job I'm free to work in a low stress environment that I enjoy and take summers off. I drive a decent car. I can afford to go to the doctor when I need to or eat out when I want to.  That's not to say that everything is perfect or that I haven't experienced my fair share of suffering and turmoil over the years. But right now.... I'm happy. And thanks to God and Jamy my life is very low key and stress free. So why did I suffer my worst panic attack ever last night at 3 am?

I went to bed in  a peaceful state of mind. If not even a little excited about things to come in the near future. But, I felt a little odd physically. Like, jittery in the way you would feel after too much coffee. I was woken up an hour later, by my two year old wanting to be rocked back to sleep, as she has done most night for the last month. She and I walked into the kitchen to get a sip of milk. And as I tried to hand her cup to her, I just felt my body give way. As I crouched down to the floor for stability, I felt as if I had been punched In the stomach or just finished a marathon and was dying of thirst.

I used whatever strength I had to crawl back into my bed with a crying toddler on my arm, and woke up Jamy. Sooner than he was able to gather his wits, my body began convulsing. Every muscle was cramping and shaking uncontrollably. I couldn't sit up. Or catch enough air to say more than one or two words.

This is when I realized I was about to die. If you've experienced a panic attack before, you're familiar with this moment. Somewhere in between a little shakiness and a complete meltdown your mind starts to think of the many ways that your body is betraying you. And thus, you shake more.

I knew I had come down with some grave viral illness. Or been bitten by a poisonous insect in my sleep. I was sure of this.

Then I called my mom. (Yes, I may be thirty and happily married, but nothing helps like a reassuring word from mom.) She graciously agreed to come over to our home at 3 am. Almost immediately my symptoms began to subside. Why?

Because  I had someone tell me there was nothing wrong. To reassure my brain that it was just playing tricks on itself. And all was well.


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THE AFTERMATH


This morning, I woke up feeling tired. A little sore (from all of the muscle cramping). And in a bit of a foggy mental space. However, the overall feeling of panic and fear was gone.

The thing about having people around to help you through a panic attack... it's great to have the support. It helps the episode pass faster. But, then the next day, feels a little like doing a walk of shame after a drunken night. You start to wonder about how crazy you must have looked. Or how stupid your logic sounded.

And even though you know that they love you and they understand. You know that they don't fully get it. It doesn't make sense how your body can take on a mind of it's own. Or why you can't just take a deep breath and calm down. It's an out of body experience that can only really be understood if you've been through it.

WHAT NOW

Recently there was an email that went viral, after a woman sent an inter office message to say she was taking a mental health day. She received an understanding and supportive response from her boss, that was praised all over the internet.

A mental health day sounds pretty silly. And like a blanket excuse for whatever reason you want to skip out on work. But, the day after a panic attack (or when you feel one coming on). A mental health day is a real thing.

I literally did nothing productive today. I didn't respond to texts. I didn't work on my blog. I didn't do any mom of the year (or even decent mom) activities for the kids. I put on Minecraft for hudson, Doc Mcstuffins for Holland and relaxed. I napped, when they napped. And phoned in dinner.

And that's totally fine.

Self-Care feels like a buzz word of the moment. But it's true that you are worthless to your family if you are not taking care of yourself.

RETROSPECT

In fact looking back on my life this last month, I can see what it is that led to this episode. Sure, I am happy. And my life is easy. But, I don't sleep at night. I stay up until 1 or 2 just so I can have some alone time. I drink lots of coffee to help me get through the day for my kids. I eat whatever is quick and on the go. And that is the perfect recipe for burnout.

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PREVENTION


After dealing with panic attacks for 20 something years, I feel like I've gotten my life and mental health on auto pilot. I take medication every day. I've heard and rehearsed all of the things therapists have taught me. I know all of the bible verses by heart. I know what food and activities to stay away from.

But, then when you get into a groove, you sort of start to forget you have a problem.

So now it's back to basics.

I cut out caffeine and sugar completely today. I plan on going to bed early tonight. I'm going to let Jamy take over bed time for a couple of nights.


Anxiety ebbs and flows throughout your lifetime. And it's important to have as many resources and knowledge about it as possible. The more you know about it, the less scary it seems. Which, is why I'm always open and willing to talk about it.

Roughly 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from carious degrees of anxiety disorders, but only about a third ever seek out help or treatment. I think partially, because there is a lack of understanding and partially because people feel ashamed or  embarrassed about it. However, it is actually the MOST common mental illness in the country.

If you feel like you can relate to any of the things I talked about today or you have even the slightest inkling that your struggling with stress, anxiousness or depression. I would highly recommend you ask your doctor about it, before it unnecessarily turns into something bigger.

And most of all, please know that you are not psychotic. You're not alone. And there is help out there waiting for you.

XOXO


FACTS ABOUT ANXIETY

RESOURCES FOR ANXIETY DISORDER

THE BIBLE & ANXIETY HEREHERE & HERE



THE PERFECT SUMMER RED + THE NORDSTROM SALE IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

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It's finally Friday ladies and gentlemen! And you know what that means! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now open to the general public. And let me tell you, there are some great deals still on the list!

This red dress from Shein was giving me all of the summer vibes last week. (As in something I would wear out for a date night during a hot summer vacay. Maybe paired with some espadrilles!)

And in honor of me bringing this look to you on the same day as the Nordstrom Sale opening, I thought I would link up some of  my favorite summer picks from the sale. I pulled all of the best from summer dresses to, bronzey makeup and the perfect tools to get you some beachy waves!
  


And if you want to grab this particular gem then simply head HERE! It's only $15 and comes in three colors!!You can't beat that deal.


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DONT FORGET TO ENTER THE $500 NORDSTROM GIVEAWAY FROM MY LAST BLOG POST.

$500 Nordstrom Giftcard Giveaway with Lili Alessandra


Good Morning, Good Morning! I have got some amazing news to share with you today!! If you've been seeing posts about Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale all over your social media feed and were feeling left out that you couldn't shop the great deals yet, FEAR NOT. The sale opens to non-cardholders this Friday!

What's So Amazing About the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

Well, not only are you getting premium prices on luxury items from beauty to home decor. You're getting these prices on many items that haven't even hit stores previously. So, While you're grabbing those amazing Sam Edelman boots at a huge discount you can know that you'll be the first of your friends to have them.

And lucky for you! I've teamed up with the luxury bedding company, Lili Alessandra and some amazing bloggers to give away a $500 Nordstrom Gift Card! Just in time to shop the sale! That's right... $500! And all you have to do is enter the raffle copter giveaway below!


But while you're here, why not take a look at some gorgeous Home Decor Inspo to get you ready to spend that gift card!

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In celebration of the recent launch of Lili Alessandra a maker of fine linens and soft furnishings on Nordstrom.com. I have partnered with a few of my favorite bloggers to give away a $500 Nordstrom gift card! Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter. You’ll receive one entry per completion. This giveaway is open internationally and ends on 8/2. Winner will be announced here. Good luck!
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