Fashion

An Easy and Effortless Look

 

Happy Sunday everyone! We headed out to Iowa on Friday morning to visit with family and celebrate Eric’s grandparent’s 60th wedding anniversary. It was so wonderful seeing everyone and celebrating a beautiful couple that has been an inspiration to Eric and I. They are an amazing example of what love, marriage and teamwork look like.

With summer coming to a close, it seems like our schedule is getting busier instead of slowing down which has definitely caused me to look for outfits that are comfortable and easy to throw together. For me, I love pairing a blouse with denim shorts, I find it’s a great way to look put together without needing to put too much thought into your outfit. A lightweight blouse is perfect for summer because it not only gives you mobility but also breathability, which is important in these final hot and humid summer months. One of the many reasons I love this blouse in particular is because it’s a great transitional piece and there are so many ways you can style it. When the weather starts cooling off, this blouse is great paired with your favorite denim and booties or even heels for a date night or girl’s night out. It can easily be dressed up or worn more casual which means the styling possibilities are endless. I have this blouse in two colors and have worn them so many different ways. It has been a great go-to top that I can throw on in a pinch and look like I put some effort into my outfit.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and have a fabulous week ahead!

 

XOXO, Abby

 

Beauty

The Best Sunless Tanner

 

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I wanted to share with you all how to achieve and maintain that perfect summer glow without exposing your skin to sun damage.

My love for self tanners started when I was diagnosed with Melanoma at the age of 20. At that time, tanning beds were all the rage and skin cancer awareness was not what it is today. Wanting to protect my skin but also wanting that glorious tan that everyone else was rocking, left me on the hunt for the best and safest way to achieve that.

With all the options on the market today, it can be overwhelming and intimidating to know where to start and which ones to try. Every self tanner makes promises and (take it from me) they don’t always keep them.

Being a religious sunless tanner user for the past 10 years, I have tried them all and that is why I thought I would share with you the best sunless tanner (in my opinion), along with some tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.

 

IT’S ALL IN THE PREP…

First things first… prep your skin! This is crucial. Nobody wants a splotchy, flaking tan. I use the St. Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Polish and love it. It’s a fine grit body polish so it really exfoliates your skin well. You always want to shave and exfoliate before applying any self tanner.

NEXT UP….

I always apply a little bit of lotion to my elbows and knees (I do not do this when I get a spray tan, ONLY when I am applying self tanner). This helps dilute the self tanner and provides a more even look. If you have ever noticed how your knees and elbows can get quite a bit darker, this helps prevent that.

NOW FOR THE GOOD STUFF….

I use the St. Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse. Of all the self tanners I have tried over the years, this is by far the BEST and here’s why…

  1. It is a dark mousse, which makes it very easy to apply. You can see where you are applying it, which helps you make sure you are not missing any spots.
  2. You can actually see results after the first use. Nothing annoys me more than when I spend the time applying a self tanner and I see no results. This tanner is buildable so I will usually apply this stuff a couple nights in a row if I’m looking to achieve a darker tan.
  3. It gives you a nice sun-kissed tan, so think bronze, not orange. You can leave the orange for the oompa loompa’s.
  4. It dries quickly and smells good. Those two points are more important than you think!

MAINTAINANCE….

Here are some tips I’ve learned along the way that will help maintain the color of your new tan.

  1. Use a body wash/soap that is sulfate free! This is important because sulfate can break down the color of your tan. I use Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap.
  2. Make sure to pat dry after getting out the shower. Be careful not to rub when drying off as this can be rough and lift the color.
  3. Moisturize. This is important to do every day, even if you don’t shower that day. This will help keep your tan from flaking and drying out. Also certain areas tend to absorb color faster and the lotion will act as a barrier that will prevent that.
  4. After I achieve the level of tan I’m looking for I use the St. Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Everyday Body Lotion to maintain the color. I will use this a few days after to maintain the color of my tan. And bonus, this lotion is very moisturizing. I actually took this on vacation with us to Colorado.

SIDE NOTE….

* I always leave this self tanner on overnight. It claims that you can achieve a deep, dark tan after 3 hours but I have not found that to be entirely true, at least for my initial application. I like to put this on at night right before bed and leave it on overnight.

* I have found that this self tanner will transfer onto your sheets, it claims it won’t but I have found that it does. It is the only downside to this product but honestly I love the natural look that I can achieve with this product that it’s not a hang up for me. I have always had it come out of anything it has transferred to but I wanted to share that with you because I always want to be 100% honest with my recommendations.

* Most importantly, if you are going to use this product make sure to use a mitt to apply it! I use the Ulta Sunless Mitt and love it. It is the cheapest of the mitts that they sell and it is great because you can wash it and reuse it. I typically stock up and buy a couple at a time. I wash my mitt after every use using the Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap. I will get quite a few uses out of it before I find that it needs to be replaced.

* I have the St. Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Face Lotion and truthfully I am indifferent about it. Some people love it and some hate it. I have seen little results when I use it. I am not sure if I would purchase it again or not. I haven’t used it for that long and will keep you posted on if I love end up loving or hating it.

 

As you can see I am a huge St. Tropez fan. I know it can be a little pricey compared to other products but in my opinion, it’s 100% worth it! Have you used St. Tropez? Do you love it as much as I do? Or is there another self tanner that has your vote? I’d love to hear about it!

Fashion

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

 

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Happy Friday everyone!

Yesterday was the start of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and if you follow other bloggers, you have seen a lot of coverage on this sale. Due to the fact that this sale is so highly covered, I almost decided not to share my Top Picks with you all but after noticing today that there are still so many great items available, I thought I would round up some of my favorites that are still in stock with plenty of size and color options.

For those of you that are not familiar with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, it is one of the greatest retail sales that Nordstrom’s holds annually. They give sneak peeks when they release their magazine but even then, they share very few items in comparison to when the sale actually starts. The sale is open to just cardholders from July 13th-July 2oth and then opens to the public from July 21st -Aug. 6th. I shopped the sale early for the first time last year and let me tell you, it was LIFE CHANGING! It’s the event I look forward to every year because the deals are SO good and it’s the best time to stock up on Fall essentials.

Here are some of the things that I like to stock up on when I shop the sale.

  1. BOOTS & BOOTIES. This is the best time to shop for new styles of boots for the Fall. I wear booties so much during Fall and Winter that I find that mine start to wear out by the end of the season so this sale is the perfect time for me to do some replacement shopping. Above I linked some my favorites, these are great staples for Fall and Winter. These styles and colors allow a lot of versatility.
  2. SWEATERS. This is a great time to stock up on some basics. With affordable prices like $24.90 for this BP. Pullover and $29.90 for this Dreamers by Debut Tunic Sweater, you can’t afford not to snag these great staple pieces. Last year I stocked up on several sweaters from the sale, and I wore them constantly. I try to pick items that have simple silhouettes and come in classic colors to get the most use out of them. They will mix and match with your existing wardrobe better this way, making them easy to pair things with.
  3. JEANS. AG Jeans are my ABSOLUTE favorite jeans but I cannot justify spending $225-$250 on one pair of denim. It’s not very often that I come across my favorite jeans on sale so when Nordstrom’s has their Anniversary Sale, this is my time to snag a pair. They are still pretty pricey even with the sale price but they are totally worth it. They hold up well, are comfortable and  don’t stretch out after one wear.
  4. ACCESSORIES. During this sale I snagged a couple of scarves, sunglasses and purses. I only linked one of the scarves above, the one I linked is the one that you will find me wearing all Fall and Winter long. I love the color palette, it’s a great size and the weight of it is perfect (so it will lay nicely and won’t be too bulky). I bought one similar last year and wore it all the time.
  5. JACKETS. This moto jacket and this military jacket are must-haves. I love pairing my military jackets with a basic tee or sweater. They are the perfect weight for a cool Fall day. I promise, you will get a TON of use out of it. Moto jackets can be very pricey, like the one I linked above, that it why it is the perfect item to snag during the sale. They had a similar style last year but I much prefer this years style. I passed on last years version, which I later regretted so I am so glad that they brought it back this year!
  6. TEES. This is a great time to switch out and stock up on some basic tee’s. I am constantly using basic tee’s for layering in the Fall so naturally mine go through a lot of wear and tear from constant wash and wear. I stocked up this year on the two kinds that I linked above. I grabbed several colors in each because these are such a great basic for me.

I shopped the sale when it opened yesterday so I will be sharing with you how things fit as they come in! I haven’t decided if I will be sharing it through posts or on Instagram but I will be sure to let you know when I get that all figured out.

Also, I highly recommend that you read the fit suggestions that Nordstrom’s provides. You will see when you go to select a size, how the item runs (oversized, small, or true). That is one feature about their website that I really love. I have ordered stuff before without paying attention to their notes on how the item runs and I will never make that mistake again. Nordstrom’s also offers Free Shipping and Free Returns, so if you are unsure what size you may be I always recommend ordering two sizes. Things sell out fast during this sale so if you find an item you love and are unsure of sizing, order two sizes and you can send back whatever doesn’t work for free.

I hope you all enjoy your weekend. We are heading home tomorrow morning so I am off to get started on packing and soak up the last night here. As nice as it is to get home some times, we are always so sad to leave such a beautiful place! Wish us luck as we travel with a VERY strong willed two year old. Ha!

Happy Shopping!

xoxo, Abby

Fashion

Embroidered Off The Shoulder Top

Outfit Details: Top || Jeans || Shoes (sold out) similar here || Bag (old) similar here and here || Sunglasses || Earrings || Lipgloss (in Vanilla Cream Pie)

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you all are having a great week so far! Today I wanted to share with you all this adorable embroidered off the shoulder top!

I will be the first to admit that I was really hesitant to try out this trend. Being a mama of two BUSY little ones, I was worried that I would constantly be adjusting them. After seeing off the shoulder tops everywhere, I decided to finally give this trend a whirl and I am so glad I did! They are extremely comfortable, easy to move it and add an element of interest to your outfit.

The thing that drew me to this top was the embroidered detailing. I love the mix of colors and versatility of it. You can easily pair this top with jeans and sandals, like I did here, or with jean shorts and even wedges. The material is also a great lightweight fabric, making it ideal for hot summer days.

We are still in gorgeous Colorado, soaking up every minute of this relaxing vacation before we head back to reality.

xoxo, Abby

Fashion

Summer Stripes

 

 

Outfit Details: Dress || Heels || Earrings || Sunglasses || Lipgloss (in Vanilla Cream Pie)

One thing that I love is a dress that can be transitioned from casual to dressy. As much as I love finding new pieces of clothing, it can some times be frustrating to have a piece of clothing that can only be worn one way. Dresses can some times be a hard item to transition so when I find one that I can dress up with a pair of heels and that is just as cute with a pair of sandals, I have to have it.

When I saw this dress, I knew it would be perfect for just that. With a switch of accessories and shoes, this dress transitions perfectly, allowing you to get a lot of use out of it. Can’t you see wearing this dress to brunch with a pair of heels one day and to a backyard BBQ with a cute pair of sandals another?! There really are so many ways you can wear a dress like this.

How has everyone’s Monday been? We landed in the gorgeous Telluride, CO on Saturday and are soaking up every minute of the fresh mountain air and incredible views. Pictures do not do this place justice! You can follow along with me on Instagram to see what all we are up to.

xoxo, Abby

Fashion

Summer Neutrals

Outfit Details: Top || Jeans || Shoes || Sunglasses || Purse (old) (similar here and here)

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Pairing a classic white top with my favorite denim has been a go-to look for me lately. I love how classic and clean a simple white top can make an outfit look. As a busy mom I always on the hunt for effortless outfits that don’t look effortless at all and this outfit helps me achieve just that. This top is not only adorable, but comfortable as well. It allows me to move around freely while still feeling and looking cute.

These jeans are the same high waisted pair I raved about in my last post. I loved them in white so much that I had to purchase them in this wash as well. You guys, I wasn’t kidding when I said I was hooked on high waisted denim. High waisted jeans are my jam!

These sandals have been a current favorite of mine. They are a really great dupe to the amazing Valentino “Rockstud” Sandal. I have been wanting those Valentino sandals from the moment I laid eyes on them but with a $975.00 price tag, I could not justify adding those babies to my closet. Actually correction, I could TOTALLY justify adding those babies to my closet… it was the justifying spending $975.00 on a pair of sandals to my hubby that had me on the hunt for a cheaper option. Ha! But in all seriousness, I have been on the hunt for over a year for a similar style pair and was having the hardest time, that was until now. So you better believe the moment I laid my eyes on those perfect dupes with a $27.99 price tag, I snagged those bad boys and fast.

I cannot believe tomorrow is already the 4th of July! Where is summer going?! I hope you all have a wonderful and safe 4th of July celebrating with friends and family!

XOXO, Abby

Fashion

The Perfect Summer Tee

OUTFIT DETAILS: Top || Jeans || Shoes || Earrings (sold out) (similar here and here and here)

 

Happy Friday everyone! I hope your weekend is off to a great start! I wanted to share with you guys the most perfect summer t-shirt and just in time for the 4th of July. When I saw this tee I knew I had to have it. When I think summer, I think of hanging out with friends, grilling and drinking on the back patio while the kids run around and stay up way too late. Oh summertime, you sure know the way to my heart. I also noticed, that this t-shirt happens to be on sale right now.

I also wanted to talk about these jeans. I wore them in my last post as well and honestly I cannot get enough of them. It is so hard to find a good pair of white jeans and for me, these have been so amazing. They are high waisted (oh man, would my high school self be cringing right now), have good stretch and are thick (so you don’t have to worry about if you are bordering on the line of inappropriate because your jeans are paper thin). When the high waisted trend came out, I thought to myself that I would NEVER wear high waisted jeans. I have literally spent most of my high school and college days trying to make my low rise jeans even lower. You guys I thought mid rise was high. HA! But I have officially been converted and now I’m never going back! I absolutely love them! And being a mama of two, my cute little tummy isn’t so cute anymore. Stretch marks have taken up permanent residence and there is no sign of them leaving. Thankfully with these high waisted jeans, there is no limitation on what tops I feel comfortable in. I can even partake in the crop top trend! Now if I actually should partake in the crop top trend is another question.

I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend!

XOXO, Abby

Fashion

Black Ruffle Off The Shoulder Top Under $50

Outfit Details: Top (similar here and here) || Jeans || Heels || Earrings || Bag

Hi everyone! Welcome to The Style Glossary! I am so honored and grateful that you are here.

If you know me, you know how much I love a good black top and this black top is no exception. The reason why is simple, it’s easy, effortless and most importantly, comfortable. Now that St. Louis is heating up (and quickly, thanks to the lovely humidity that we are blessed with) I’m always on the lookout for a cute top that won’t make me look like I just stepped out of a sauna. Between the adorable ruffle detailing and lightweight material, this top hits all those marks.

Sadly, I noticed that this top was sold out on the website that I had ordered it from, so I thought, “what’s a responsible blogger to do?” Well a responsible blogger would search the internet looking for said top so you ladies can enjoy it as much as I do. And here’s the best part, I not only found it but I found it in 7 different colors and ON SALE! Yes ladies you read that right, ON SALE. I also linked two similar options that I am loving right now.

Now, let’s talk shoes. I have always been a firm believer that there are some things worth investing in, especially when it comes to your wardrobe. For me, one of those things has always been shoes but with one exception… when you find a really good designer dupe that is as comfortable as it is a steal. Not only are these shoes comfortable, they are also $60 cheaper than their designer friend. You could buy yourself that cute off the shoulder top and these shoes all for the price of ONE pair of shoes! Girls, this is what dreams are made of! Save yourself some money and get those dupes!

Have you guys found any good designer dupes lately? I’d love to hear all about it!

XOXO, Abby