This Summer’s Perfect Wrap Dress

Living in the American South can have its perks, but I wouldn’t consider summer one of them. It’s SO hot! Right now, in May, Georgia is experiencing temps well into the 80’s. On my graduation day it got up to 90 degrees! And I don’t know about you, but I prefer loose fitting clothing during this time of year.

Blooming Jelly, a company that sells on Amazon, invited me to try one of their dresses for summer. I’ve never owned a wrap dress before…I’m always worried that they’ll come untied! Yikes!

This dress has two sets of ties, one for the first wrap layer and another that ties in the back, so you never have to worried about losing your dress to the wind! Plus the bigger tie allows you to have a cute bow in the back.

The wrap also lets you control how much cleavage you show. I’m fairly conservative, so I tied the dress pretty tight at the waste. I found the v-neck cut very flattering.

I absolutely love the pattern of jungle leaves (I got mine in the green!). The ruffles give the dress more movement and add an element of fun. I was worried about the dress being too short, but the hem came to just above my knees. I’m on the shorter side (barely 5’4″), so that might be why the dress is a bit longer on me than in the images on Amazon.

 I wore this dress to Mother’s Day brunch at an upscale country club. I got compliments from many people, some older, more conservative women and other women about my age (22). I’m 5’4″ and 115 pounds and wearing a small. The dress runs a tad bit big, but since it’s a wrap dress you can tie it tighter or looser depending on your preference. The material is very soft and the dress is well sewn. Definitely worth the price!

Check out my Amazon review by clicking here!

This v-neck wrap dress is the one I’ll be reaching for all summer long, for barbecues to graduations to family events!

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Dying my Hair Pink with Eva NYC Chameleon Temporary Color Sprays

As a member of Influenster, I got my very first VoxBox to write reviews on! I was gifted some really cool things like chalk colored hair spray in pink and purple, a meal kit, a face mask creme, and some Nature’s Bounty hair, skin, and nails gummy vitamins. I’m going to be writing some reviews on them and posting them on the blog, but other reviews will be posted on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook page so if there’s a review you really want to see check those accounts out for the most recent updates!

I’ve always wanted to have “fun” hair before I have to really be a serious adult, so I was over the moon when Influenster sent me Eva NYC Chameleon Temporary Color Stays hair products in the colors “Pink Crush” and “Purple Dream”!

Chameleon temporary color stays are buildable, brushable sprays that create instant vibrant temporary color – on any hair shade. Infused with Keravis™ protein complex and argan oil, this salon-quality formula instantly delivers optimal anti-breakage benefits and commitment-free color!

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I’ve always wanted to have “fun” hair before I have to really be a serious adult, so I was over the moon when Influenster sent me Eva NYC Chameleon Temporary Color Stays hair products in the colors “Pink Crush” and “Purple Dream”! Chameleon temporary color stays are buildable, brushable sprays that create instant vibrant temporary color – on any hair shade. Infused with Keravis™ protein complex and argan oil, this salon-quality formula instantly delivers optimal anti-breakage benefits and commitment-free color!

I’d never ever done anything to my hair before and wasn’t sure where to start so I felt much better about treating my hair after reading the ingredients list for these products. I already do a hair mask once a week with argan oil and have noticed how much healthier my hair looks now, so I was confident that this color treatment would at least be safe for my virgin strands. And lo! The Chameleon Temporary Color Spray lived up to the challenge. Even though my hair felt dry after the application (which I totally expected because I read that most spray on dyes change the texture of your hair a bit), there was no breakage! Even after leaving the product in all day and giving it a rough wash in the shower my hair looked healthy.

I wanted to try going for a dip dye look, but that’s really hard when you’re using spray dye so I ended up with subtle highlights. I sort of just wrapped a towel around my shoulders and went to town creating highlights in the bottom sections of my hair and then brushing the spray through with a paddle brush to transfer a minimal amount of color into the top layer of hair. The towel didn’t make it out as glamorously, sad to say. The hairbrush, countertop, and my hands were also casualties. But the hair? Gorgeous. I ended up with some stunning subtle pink highlights.

Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m going to try this everyday look again, even though I loved the look. Why? Well…everything in my life that came into contact with my hair turned hot pink. My towels, my hair brush, my straightener, my curler, my jean jacket, my stripped tank top, the top of my backpack…everything. My shower and bathmat were also christened with hot pink water after I washed my hair. And even though I washed my hair twice before styling it again, my straightener came away pink after use. My hairbrush will most likely be permanently dyed pink as I’ve washed it three times and can’t get any of the residue off of it.

I colored my hair Monday morning. I wrote this review Sunday. I washed my hair three times between Monday and today. I wore a grey sweater this afternoon and the top of it, where my hair must have gotten caught between my back and my backpack when I was putting the backpack on, is now pink. The product is advertised as coming out after a shower; however, my hair is still tinging things pink a week later. It’s like the Midas touch, only a vibrant shade of pink. The costume designer of Mean Girls would be proud.

While I loved the look, I don’t think I would use this in every day life. It’s too messy. I would, however, totally do a hair color makeover for Halloween or any other fun holiday! I could even dye my hair bright green for the next Saint Patrick’s Day 5k I sign up for! The options are limitless.

To learn more about Eva NYC you can follow their Instagram @evahairnyc

You can also follow this hair product, and many others, through the hashtag #evaempowerment so you never miss a real life review!

Fun Spring Coffee Cups

Way back in the day (okay so it was only 2016, but it feels like a decade ago) I wrote this post on my favorite sassy sayings coffee cups. While my style has changed a bit since then, my dependence upon my morning cup of joe has not.

With spring right around the corner, I’m sure we’re going to wake up to more drizzle mornings and hopefully a few more flowers. These super cute mugs and cups would make great Easter presents (or a fun gift to put a smile on a friend’s face).

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Royal Albert Spring Meadow

Corkcicle Tumbler

Pantone Mug

B’WELL Reusable Coffee Cup

Kate Spade Sunny Disposition Tumbler

My Eye Brightening Trick

No matter how much sleep I get I always look tired. Pair that with an important interview or a date and people start to think I look disinterested. I almost wish I could have a sign that reads “This is just my face. It’s how it always looks. I’m not tired or mad or bored. It’s just my face.”

While I’ve tried lots of different things, like the cold spoon technique or Blaq eye masks (review on those coming soon!), I always end up looking like I need a cup of coffee and a nap about an hour after. Go figure. So instead of trying to fix the skin around my eyes, I decided to make it stand out by adding a little sparkle.

I do my normal concealer and foundation routine, adding some extra concealer in a shade lighter than my skin tone around my eyes, and then pop some thrive cosmetics brilliant eye brightener in Stella in the corners. The product is sheer and sparkly, allowing me to build it to the intensity I want. On a normal day I usually go for one swipe. The very pale nude is many shades lighter than my usual skin tone, and when popped directly into the corner of my eye it instantly brightens my eyes and makes me look a little more awake.

A lot of the reviews online express disappointment that the product isn’t full coverage on its own. I’d encourage you to think of it more like a highlighter. You wouldn’t use your highlight as concealer or foundation, so why are you doing that around your eyes? Instead of being used alone to cover up dark under eye circles the thrive brilliant eye brightener is meant to distract.

The best part about the product? I got it for a discounted price in my winter FabFitFun box. Usually $25, I got this product along with a handful of others for only $50. Boxes are usually a $200 value (!!!) but you only pay $50. Better yet, you can purchase through my FabFitFun link for $10 off your first box! Here’s the link: http://xo.fff.me/lIjDp

This post contains affiliate links. I make a small percentage of every purchase made through those links, which helps me keep this blog up and running.

Tarte Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost Moisturizer

Let me start this post by saying that I’m not a makeup guru. I hardly ever wear more than foundation and mascara. That being said, I love Tarte cosmetics for many reasons, their Shapetape foundation and concealer being one of them!

Tarte is not only vegan, but makes products especially for sensitive skin. My skin likes to have allergic reactions to things off and on. Sometimes I’ll use a foundation for a few months and then boom! allergic reaction. This hasn’t happened with Tarte’s Shapetape line (I’m praying I don’t jinx myself as soon as I hit publish…).

When they sent me a free sample of their Drink of H2O hydrating boost moisturizer from their Rainforest of the Sea collection for my birthday, I was ecstatic. My skin is both very oily and very dry. Go figure, right? I’ve been doing my best over the past year to really rethink what I put on my skin and how the weather is going to make my face react to different product combinations. The winter months are usually when my nose and cheeks get flaky while the rest of my face decides to repel any and all moisturizer in favor of a nice sheen of grease. It’s great. In comes Drink of H2O. I’ve been using it under my foundation off and on since school started back and while there is still some shine on my forehead, it’s not nearly as bad as usual. The driest parts of my face are no longer dry! Mission success!

There are two sizes available. The 1.70 fl oz can be found here, and the 0.5 fl oz can be found here. The price point seems a little steep, but I would consider it well worth it for the quality of product you’re getting. My skin almost immediately lets me know if something’s irritating it. I have not had an allergic reaction, itchiness, or a major breakout since beginning to use this moisturizer and coming from me, that’s a pretty good track record!

I am in no way, shape, or form affiliated with Tarte cosmetics – e.g. this post is not sponsored – I just really loved this product! (but I do receive a small percentage if you buy a product through the Amazon links)

If you want to read any of my other beauty product reviews, you can check them out here.

Warby Parker Resort Collection Release

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It’s no secret that I wear glasses. I got my first pair in sixth grade, and since then I’ve learned that glasses, like makeup and hair, can subtly influence your overall image while also being an integral part of your personality.

I love the of the glasses from Warby Parker. A lot of their frames (with the prescription lenses) are under $100!

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I am so excited to announce their newest collection, Resort! The Resort Collection mixes rich acetates with hints of metal inlays and glimmering metallics. The unique outlines, delicate textures, and pops of glossy metal give the glasses a luxurious, high end feel.

I’m a sucker for a good tortoiseshell, and these frames are my absolute favorite! You can shop the rest of the prescription eyeglasses on their website, which you can find by clicking here.

The sunglasses in the Resort Collection are all so different that I can’t pick a favorite. I want them all! The Cleo sunglasses, the first photo shown below, remind me of a classic 1950’s beachgoer. On the other hand, the Wyatt sunglasses are more NYC edgy-chic. The classic gold is subtle, giving the accents a “for your eyes only” feel, but striking enough to get everyone talking. Shop the rest of their sunglasses on their website by clicking here.

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