A Denim Shirt... 3 Ways!

Y’all, it is so H O T! These really are the “dog days” of summer, and I for one am ready for the weather to cool off… A lot of the boutiques I follow on Instagram are already posting sweaters and boots in preparation for fall, but I know it will be a little while longer before we are ready for all that!

One of my favorite pieces of clothing year round is a denim shirt, and it has definitely been a staple this summer! I love denim because it is always in season and can be styled so many different ways! It’s such a great transition piece as we prepare the weather to cool down, as well. I wanted to show y’all how you can take one shirt and make three totally different outfits for any occasion!

Casual Day Out

Denim Top / Linen Shorts / Flip Flops / Earrings / Sunglasses

I have posted about linen shorts already this summer, and I definitely consider them a staple for the hot weather. I LOVE them with this denim shirt and flip flops. This would be the perfect outfit for lunch with a friend or running errands. I love when I can just throw my hair in a messy bun and still look cute!

Working Girl Chic

Shirt / Pants / Shoes / Earrings / Bag (similar)

I just think every girl should have a good pair of black pants in their closet. This outfit would be great for the office or a casual dinner date. I like the tied up look with the high waisted pants — and I paired it with an oversized leather bag and my favorite espadrilles.

Sunday Best

Shirt / Skirt / Wedges / Sunglasses / Earrings / Diaper Bag

I know a lot of girls who don’t think they can pull off a maxi skirt, but I think they would be pleasantly surprised if they just step out of their comfort zone and try it! Now that I am usually running around with Bryant in tow, I love to have easy go-to outfits that are still stylish and dressy, but I don’t have to put a lot of work into them! This was the perfect outfit for church Sunday. I love the denim top with the striped skirt, and then a simple wedge sandal.

Even though I love buying new clothes, I really like when I can take an item I’ve had in my closet for a while and give it new life and a fresh look! I hope this was helpful for y’all… I hope to do more posts like this in the future!

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And special thanks to my hype man/photographer Shelby for helping me get all my pictures! : )

June Favorites

This month went by so fast! We had such a great beginning to our summer and I can’t believe how much Bryant is changing every day. I haven’t had a lot of time to shop and look for new products, but I have found a few good ones that I wanted to share! Some are products I personally love and some of things I use with Bryant. I hope some of these work for y’all! Let me know if you find anything you love too! : )

Tinted Moisturizer

My typical “holy grail” foundation is Estee Lauder’s Double Wear. I love that foundation and use it almost daily! But, during the summer, especially when I’m just running errands or even going to be outside in the heat, I like to use something a little more light weight (and less expensive).

I have tried a lot of tinted moisturizers, but I recently tried this new one from Avon and I love it! It’s buildable coverage, which I really like so I can customize my look based on the occasion. When I get sweaty in the Georgia heat, I don’t feel like it’s caked on my face either, which is a definitely plus this time of year.

Aviator Sunglasses

I love aviator sunglasses because I feel like they look best on my (big) head/face, but I lose sunglasses almost every time I get a new pair, so I wanted to find some that were cheap but also looked good. I found these on Amazon and I absolutely love them! I got them in brown and black, and they also come with a little case. Definitely great to keep in your bag or your car, and if you lose them, you’re not gonna beat yourself up over it!

Setting Powder

I usually don’t set my foundation with powder because I don’t like a super matte look, but in the summer when I’m sweating like a bodybuilder, a girls gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. I use this on top of full coverage foundation, tinted moisturizer and sometimes even on a bare face when I’m feeling extra greasy. This powder is super cheap and really good quality for a drugstore brand. I’ve used it for years!

Wool Dryer Balls

I was actually gifted these for Christmas and held off on using them for a while, mainly because I didn’t get it? But I’ve been using them for about 2 months now and I think they really do make a difference! I notice our clothes dry faster and they are a great replacement for dryer sheets! I spray them with essential oils sometimes, which I love since we use unscented detergent.

Baby Favorites

Included in this list are my favorite products for feeding Bryant both at home and on the go! Also included are our favorite teething ring and the sun hat we use when Bryant is swimming! The hat is our favorite because of the ear flaps and the fact that it ties around his neck, so I don’t have to chase it around the pool.

Click the picture for a link to the product!

Mini Spring Haul

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So, my sister and I went shopping this weekend... And I did some online shopping as well! I don't know what it is... I guess this spring time weather made me want to splurge a little and buy some new things to freshen up my look!

I'm going to talk about what I got in categories:

Makeup/Beauty

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I have had an Ulta gift card burning a hole in my pocket since Christmas. I finally decided to try some new "high end" products.

The Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer was just something I wanted to try. It was a little pricey ($32) but I'm going to save it for special occasions when I really need my make up to stay on all day. I have heard about this Benefit Hoola Bronzer on YouTube for over a year now, and I finally broke down and bought it. It was $28, which is more than I would pay for an everyday product, but this will be saved for special occasions as well! The makeup bag was just a free gift I got with my order! I love it. The little doll's sash says "Laughter is the Best Cosmetic". So cute!

014Ahhhh the Beauty Blender. If you're into makeup or beauty at all, you've heard of this. I ordered this from Sephora, and it was $20. Everyone says they are worth every penny, and if you take care of it, it will last for a long time, so hopefully it will be money well spent.

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Ok, this is all drug store products! Super affordable : )

From KMart I just got those Ardele Natural false lashes ($4.99). I don't want to wear these every day or anything, but I'd like to start practicing with them for special events!

From WalMart I bought that little makeup brush in the front. I really want to buy all new brushes, just because mine are all old, but I just got this one for now. It's the brand e.l.f. and it was only $3! It's technically a blush brush, but I use it to set my under eye concealer. It's the perfect size to fit right under the eye.

Everything else was from Walgreen's. The 2 Mascaras are L'Oreal Voluminous Original (8.49) and Rimmel Lash Accelerator (7.99). I love mixing mascaras, because I feel like your lashes look a lot fuller that way. The Baby Powder (3.49) is random, I know, but I have started using this instead of dry shampoo in my hair and I love it! It makes my hair so full and voluminous. I got the Magnolia Petals scent and it is amazing! You don't smell like baby powder at all. The cone looking thing is a Master Duo Liquid Liner by Maybelline (7.99). I haven't really mastered liquid liner, but I am determined to be really good at it! The Foundation with the black top is L'Oreal 24 Hour Pro Matte (12.99). I LOVE THIS FOUNDATION. I don't need this much coverage for everyday wear, but I wore it on Easter Sunday and at the end of the day, my face still looked fresh! I don't know that it would actually wear for 24 hours, but 12 is good enough for this girl. The BB Cream is from Rimmel (6.99). They had 3 different kinds, I can't remember what the options were now, but I got the Matte one. I love BB Creams, especially in the summer when I want something light weight! Last is this Concealer from the Maybelline Fit Me collection (7.00). I love the applicator and how smooth it goes on. Perfect for under eyes!

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The last "beauty" product I want to tell y'all about is this Million Dollar Tan. I made the decision recently to quit going to the tanning bed. I know it's awful that it took me this long to decide, but I love being tan! So, I needed an alternative. I don't have time or the money to get sprayed every week or even every month, so I wanted something I could do at home. I definitely wanted it to look natural and NOT ORANGE.

I LOVE THIS STUFF. They have a lotion, but I got the mousse. You pump it into this little mitt and just work it into your skin. It absorbs super quickly, isn't sticky, doesn't stink and develops super golden and bronze. There is no orange AT ALL. I just applied it after I showered and went to sleep. I woke up to an amazing glow!

This is the "Gradual Tan" but they also have an "Extreme" color that I may order later in the summer. It was pretty pricey ($64 for the body+face mousse), but the color is supposed to last 7-10 days, so it should last me a while.

Clothes/Accessories

This category is a lot shorter : )

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Ok, so every summer I like buying a new pair of flip flops for everyday wear and just wearing them to death. Then I throw them away and buy a new pair the next summer. I found these at KMart and I love them so much!

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I got the Coral/Yellow pair and the Teal/Brown pair. They are so comfortable, and I love the look of them... They were only 9.99 so y'all should definitely go check them out!

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So, this is the best picture I could get of these leggings. But these are SERIOUSLY the most comfortable pants ever. My sister told me about these and I thought she was just being dramatic, but I apologize for EVER doubting her. They fit like a legging, but don't have as much spandex so they aren't as tight. They're super soft and stretchy. The brand is Everlast which, I'm pretty sure is a boxing brand? Ha! But, that isn't going to stop me from going back to KMart and buying them in all colors.

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Lastly, I have been looking for aviators forever, and I could never find any that looked good on me. I found these sunglasses that were BOGO 50% off and I was so excited! The coral/peach pair are "Joe Boxer" and the blue pair are "Attention".

KMart is seriously a treasure trove of hidden gems. You really have to look hard to find anything good, but it's totally worth it sometimes!