Fashion

Sweatshirt Game Strong

This week has been all about comfort for me. From PJ sets to now sweatshirts, I cannot get enough of loungewear. What is it about this time of year, when the weather is still chilly but Spring is in sight, that makes getting bundled up in cute layers hard? Please tell me I’m not the only one riding the struggle bus lately when it comes to getting ready in the mornings.

Thankfully now a days, there are so many cute sweatshirt options that I can change from PJ’s to a sweatshirt and not only still be comfortable, but look like I put effort into my day by getting ready. Ever since staying home, I tend to choose comfort over anything else. Most of my days are not very glamorous when taking care of two little ones so I’m always looking for cute options for everyday wear. This is wear my love of sweatshirts have really come into play.

I love that whole cute, casual look. You know the one where it looks like you didn’t hardly put any effort into getting ready, yet you look adorably put together?! Yeah, I want to look like that! Because here’s the reality, I don’t have much time to get ready most mornings so I need all the help I can get. Which is why I am LOVING cute graphic sweatshirts!

And don’t forget, sweatshirts aren’t only for lounging anymore either. An easy way to dress up a sweatshirt is to put a white, chambray or even a cute plaid button down shirt underneath it. Add heels or a pair of booties and voila!, you have a cute outfit AND you’re wearing a sweatshirt! Ummm who doesn’t love that!?

All this sweatshirt talk, makes me want to go throw one on right now and snuggle up on the couch! Here’s to cuddling up and staying cozy while we wait out the rest of winter!

xoxo, Abby


WHAT I’M WEARING



COZY ON UP


Beauty

Current Drugstore Favorites: Makeup

I love trying new products. From foundation to eyeliner to lip color, I cannot wait to try the next best thing but this gets expensive and quickly. Most products that promise results, usually come at a price which is why I’ve started to incorporate more drugstore makeup into my beauty routine. Why spend a fortune on a foundation that promises amazing results, when you could achieve the same results in a drugstore brand?!? I’ve tried enough high end brands to know what results I’m looking for, which has helped me find comparable products at more affordable price points. Now don’t get me wrong, my whole beauty routine doesn’t consist of just drugstore brands. There are some higher end products that I swear by, but in order to justify those products, I’ve started incorporating more affordable options that deliver amazing results at amazing prices. Let’s get into shall we!

  1. BH Cosmetics Blushed Neutral Eyeshadow & Blush PaletteI am a religious Tarte eyeshadow palette user. Not only do I love how pigmented their colors are, but I love how they put together palettes with such a range of very user friendly colors. I have tried every color of every brand of drugstore eye shadow and had completely given up on them. After trying for years to find a good, quality eyeshadow at a fraction of the cost, I had decided the mission was impossible and I would never find a good, well pigmented color in a drugstore. That is until now! When my sister first told me about this palette, I was skeptical. I needed to see it to believe it and boy did I see it! The minute I tried these eyeshadows, I was hooked! Not only is there a wide range of colors, but these colors actually show up on your eyes! As in, you can ACTUALLY tell you are wearing eyeshadow! I have found myself using this palette as much, if not more than my Tarte palette, which for an eyeshadow snob like myself, that’s saying a lot!
  2. Maybelline FIT ME! Concealer:  A good concealer is a must have for me. I have tried several different kinds and so far, my two favorites are drugstore brands. I have been using the Maybelline FIT ME! Concealer for a couple months now after hearing good reviews on it and I am hooked. I use concealer to brighten my under eyes and contour, so nothing is more annoying than when you look in the mirror at the end of the day and your concealer has settled into any under eye creases or worse yet, worn off. I love the consistency of this concealer. It’s lightweight, long wearing and best yet, hides those not so cute dark circles.
  3. Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixr: This has been the one product that I have been dying to tell you guys about! I have been a long time lover of high end foundation and once I find a good foundation I am committed. I have high expectations for any foundation I buy, which means, I have no problem dropping a pretty penny if something will give me that “flawless” finish. A few months ago, my beloved CC Cream was no longer holding up to its promises so I was on the hunt for something new. That is when I happened to hear about this foundation. I decided to give this and the Maybelline Pro-Glow a try. You guys, I was blown away by this foundation! It is not only lightweight but it is also full coverage, which in my opinion is the best of both worlds! I tend to gravitate towards foundations that are not full coverage because I find a lot of them to be too heavy for me, but this foundation is so lightweight, that I sometimes forget that I even put it on. As if that wasn’t enough to sell me on it, it’s wearability has been amazing. My pet peeve is when I look in the mirror at the end of the day and half of my foundation has worn off. Since staying home, I don’t wear make up everyday, so if I go through the effort in putting it on, I expect it to stay on! Amiright?! If you are on the hunt for a new foundation, I seriously urge you to give this a try.
  4. Maybelline Master Prime Eyeshadow PrimerI have been a committed user of Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer (do you see a theme here?) and eyeshadow primers in general. This may be one of those items that you think is an unnecessary step in your beauty routine but trust me, once you start using an eyeshadow primer, you won’t go back! I have some horror stories to share about my pre-eyeshadow primer days that will make you firm believers in the use of them. I recently ran out of my Urban Decay primer (gasp!) and I happened to pick this up on one of my numerous Target runs and truthfully, I am now a committed user of the Maybelline Master Prime Eyeshadow Primer. Seriously, this stuff is good and it’s a fraction of the cost!
  5. Soap & Glory One Heck Of A BlotI just recently started using primer before applying my foundation. I had never seen it as a necessary step to my beauty routine but after hearing people rave about them, I decided to give them a try. The first place I headed to was Sephora, because I probably needed to spend an arm and a leg to find a primer that actually worked right?! Ummmm wrong! I bought said expensive primer and I didn’t notice a single difference. I’m looking to minimize pores here, not acentuate them! I have really liked all the products I have tried from Soap & Glory so when I saw they had a primer, I decided to give it a try. And I love it! It gives my face such a smooth finish which really helps when applying the rest of my makeup.
  6. e.l.f. Day to Night Lipstick in Need it Nudes: I have always struggled finding a good nude lipstick, for some reason my skin tone does not cooperate with the color nude. I have tried every brand out there and none of them worked until this one. This has been the first nude lipstick that I have tried that ACTUALLY looked good on me. This is my new go-to color. I love that it has a lighter option, for everyday wear and a darker option, for nights out. Its a staple in my purse because of its versatility.
  7. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge: This is my favorite beauty blender to date. I’m not a huge fan of the actual Beauty Blender so I’ve always opted for cheaper versions. I’ve tried several brands, and after using these, I won’t even think about trying another brand. I love the consistency of these beauty blenders, I know that sounds weird, but trust me, it makes a difference.
  8. Maybelline Eye Studio Brow Precise Micro: This is a great option if you don’t want to spend the money on the Anastasia Beverly Hills products. I love that the pencil on this is small. I find that a smaller pencil makes it easier to fill in spots, especially if you just need to add a little shape or color to your brows.
  9. e.l.f. Makeup Brushes: e.l.f. is killing it with their makeup brushes. Their brushes have quickly become some of my favorites. They are really good quality brushes for such an inexpensive price point. I have started replacing a lot of my more expensive brushes with some of e.l.f.’s brushes because I have been loving them so much. Some of my absolute favorites are the Selfie Ready Powder Blurring Brush, the Ultimate Blending Brush and the Highlighting Brush.
  10. L’oreal Paris Double Extend Mascara: Last but not least, the L’oreal Paris Double Extend Mascara. I am a lash girl. I always have been, always will be. I want length, I want volume, I want it all. Which is why I started wearing fake lashes if I have anything going on. I love that they give me that added oomph that I’m looking for without having to layer on the mascara. But since wearing fake lashes every day is not realistic, I have found a more practical solution to upping my lash game. This is where the L’oreal Paris Double Extend Mascara steps in. If you have never used this mascara before, you should, and heres why… the eyelash primer! I only use the eyelash primer (I tried the mascara end and wasn’t a fan) and it is awesome. I apply one coat and let it dry, then add my mascara and boy does it make a difference! If I’m looking for even more volume and length, I’ll apply two coats of the primer (just let it dry in between). Next time you are out, I recommend you try this stuff!

xoxo, Abby

Fashion

PJ’s All Day

One of my most recent obsessions has been pj sets and today I’m here to tell you why! I’ve been a long time lover of worn down over-sized t-shirts, you know the kind that have the writing on them that now is unrecognizable. Nothing spoke comfort to me like one of those t-shirts and an equally worn down pair of shorts or pants. But after being a stay at home mom, I realized that I needed to up my game. Seeing as that I spend most mornings hanging out in my pj’s until 10am (on a good day!), I needed to find something that was a little more, shall we say, kid appropriate!

This is where my pajama set obsession was born. There is something about a good pajama set that just makes me feel a little more put together. In the perfect world, I would get up before the girls, be dressed and ready for the day after peacefully enjoying my first cup of coffee, but the reality is, that is SO not my reality! Most mornings I’m greeted by little feet running down the stairs, just as I am settling into my first cup of coffee and you better believe that they want breakfast right then and there. It’s that moment that my dreams of being ready before them are crushed and I’m left thanking God that I bought that cute pj set because I will now be spending another morning in my pj’s.

The great thing about these sets, is that you can find them anywhere! I’ve bought them everywhere from Target to Marshall’s to J. Crew. When it comes to buying sets, I usually look for certain materials. I find certain materials to be more comfortable and easier to move around in which is what we are all looking for in pj’s right?! I mean that is why we’ve been hanging onto those ragged t-shirts for so long.

pajamas

I honestly cannot rave enough about pj sets. I just love how put together they make me feel. From taking off my make-up at night and crawling into bed to waking up to busy, sometimes frantic mornings, it helps me feel like I take on whatever I face, because hey at least my pj’s are cute!

 


UP THAT PJ GAME


 

 

xoxo, Abby

Lifestyle

Valentine’s Day Party For Kids

Valentines Day is quickly approaching, which means school parties and cute little themed play dates are about to be in full swing! Being a stay-at-home mom, I love finding inexpensive ways to keep my girls entertained. Any day that we can do something out of the ordinary is a win for both of us. It gives them and I something to look forward to and adds some excitement into our day, which as any mama knows, can sometimes be hard.

Garland | Plates | Napkins

I am very blessed to have sweet mama friends who will jump on board with my ideas so we hosted a morning play date and invited our friends to come have a Valentines Day Bash with us. This would also be a really cute idea for cousins, I mean who doesn’t love getting together with family and making sweet little memories like this!

Now, the goal of this party was cute but inexpensive. I usually always start at Target, mainly because I am there every other day… the addiction is real. But also because the Dollar Spot, has a great selection of cute and quality items. Everything from the plates to the tin mailboxes to the adorable white ceramic jars with hearts on them came from Target.

To keep on the inexpensive theme, I really wanted to use what I already had lying around the house. Kids are less than impressed with adorable set-ups so I knew having a “cute tablescape” was solely for me. I cut squares of craft paper with decorative scissors and hole punched tissue paper with a 1” hole punch to add some color. This was honestly so easy and best of all, cheap!

The girls love helping me in the kitchen so I needed to come up with some festive snacks that they could help me with. I dipped marshmallows in white chocolate and let the girls decorate them with sprinkles. I couldn’t find any cake pop sticks that I loved so instead I used some paper straws that I already had. I also made some popcorn that I ended up drizzling with white chocolate and let the girls continue on in their sprinkle decorating frenzy.

After seeing how much fun the kids had and knowing how easy it was to throw this little shindig together, I now want to throw them a party for every holiday! This may not be a memory that they keep forever but it is one that I know I sure will.

xoxo, Abby

Fashion

Womens Watches: Where To Shop for Unique Timepieces this Valentine’s Day

Today I wanted to talk to you guys about my favorite accessory…. my JORD wood watch. For those of you that know me well, time management has always been a struggle for me. Being a busy mom of two little ladies, I am constantly struggling to not only stay on time but also squeeze everything in. From appointments, to school pick-ups to making sure I allow myself enough time to work on the blog, it feels like I am always behind.

One of my New Years resolutions for 2018 is to work on my time management. It is so easy for me to get distracted and not pay attention to the time, the next thing I know, an hour has passed and I haven’t even managed to accomplish the task I set out to do.

My JORD watch has absolutely been a game changer for me. Not only is this unique watch pretty, but it is also really lightweight. I love a good watch, but I typically only wear them as an accessory to my outfit when dressing up. It’s not always practical for me to wear a metal watch when I’m doing everyday tasks like folding laundry and doing dishes, I mean is there anything more annoying than your metal watch banging around on everything?! This is why JORD wooden watches are perfect for everyday use. They are so lightweight, making it easy for you to move seamlessly throughout your day.

Another reason I love my JORD watch is because of its versatility. If you are anything like me, when you invest in something you want to make sure it goes with EVERYTHING and trust me, this watch goes with EVERYTHING! I have worn this watch from out to dinner with my hubby to a quick trip to Target in yoga pants. It is so pretty that it is easy to dress up and its classic style allows you to pair it with everything. That’s a win, win in my book if there ever was one.

     

I chose the Cassia in Zebra and Ivory, which fits my personality and style perfectly. I love that JORD offers a range in styles and colors, making it easy to choose a watch that fits you perfectly and into your wardrobe seamlessly.

JORD Wood Watches was gracious enough to host a giveaway with me. Allowing one lucky reader a chance to win $100 JORD gift card! All you have to do is follow the link below for a chance to win. The best news is that everyone is a winner. Just for entering, JORD will give you a $25 code to use towards a purchase of your JORD watch.

Enter the Giveaway here: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/thestyleglossary

Not interested in winning but still want one of these amazing watches of your own? Just enter thestyleglossary25 at checkout for $25 off your purchase.

xoxo, Abby


Luxury Wooden Watch

Fashion

Bring On The Layers

Turtleneck | Chambray Shirt | Vest | Coat | Jeans | Bracelet | Hat | Boots

Let’s talk layers. When you live in the Midwest, mastering the art of layering is a must. With temps ranging from 50’s to 30’s in less than 24 hours, you quickly learn to accommodate so you’re not left freezing one minute and sweating the next.

To create the perfect layered look, I like to start with a cute basic long sleeve tee or turtleneck. These options are great bases to start your layered look with. They are lightweight, making them easy to build upon and when the temps jump up, you are still left with a cute outfit even if you are just down to your “base” layer.

Next, I love adding a button down shirt (think your favorite plaid or chambray shirt) or a lightweight sweater. I love pairing a patterned long sleeve shirt or turtleneck with my favorite chambray shirt. This provides a little bit of texture to your outfit, it keeps you looking put together without everything blending together. I also love that this can be a transitional layer, meaning you can keep adding layers or stop there depending on how much warmth you are looking for.

I like to top it all off with a quilted vest. The reason I favor a vest is because it adds an extra layer of warmth without becoming too bulky. No one wants to walk around looking like the Michelin Man, amiright?! A vest is great especially if you will still need a coat. Around here, one minute you will see flurries swirling around and the next minute, the sun is out and you are asking yourself why the hell you’re wearing a coat! If it is a day that is chilly out but not quite cold enough for a coat, I will replace a quilted vest with a utility jacket. This is especially great for Spring. I can do a post on that when it gets closer to that time of year. A utility jacket is a great staple for heading into Spring with.

 

  

The goal to layering is to gradually build upon your first layer so that if you need to shed any of your layers, you can do so without your outfit looking incomplete. The concept of layering can sometimes seem complicated when you start thinking about adding in colors and patterns but the key to is keep your color palette simple. If you are layering a sweater over a plaid shirt, pick a solid color sweater in a coordinating color. The best way to see what is going to work, is to just try it! You honestly never know sometimes. I have tried on outfits, that in my mind, seem like they should go together flawlessly.. and then I put it on aaaand it’s a disaster. I’ll make a simple switch of something I had not thought of before and it all comes together. Sometimes just playing around with your outfit a little can get your creativity flowing.

Layering is also a great way to look at your closet differently. It’s so easy to walk into our closets everyday and start to feel like “you have nothing to wear”. We tend to wear the same shirt, the same way, every time because we sometimes get stuck in those ruts and loose our creativity. Layering can help you think outside the box when it comes to what you have in your closet and it can be so refreshing to bring new articles of clothing to life just by styling it differently.

I hope your week is off to a great start! We got back on Friday from a family trip to Colorado and I have been hit with a cold (ugh) so I’ll be stocking up on as much cold medicine as I can get my hands on to get me through the busy week ahead!

xoxo, Abby

Fashion

The Style Report: Camo Print Everything

As I am sure many of you have already seen, the Camo trend is gracing us with yet another season of its glorious military inspired look and I’m not mad about it! The camo trend has come along way from camouflage print utility jackets. From dresses to shoes to bags, this print has really taken off which means anyone can rock this trend.

Now I know that this trend can be a little intimidating. I mean really who wants camo print plastered across their ass?! Lord knows I have some hips on me and the last thing I want to do is to accentuate them (umm can someone point me to the camouflage that ACTUALLY hides things!?!)

But here is the good news! For anyone thinking the same thing but wanting to try this trend out, you can and I promise, paired with the right top, this print can be just as sliming as a good pair of black denim.

Since the camo trend has been going strong for a while, there are a lot of options out there right now when it comes to pants. From joggers to boyfriend fit to skinny jeans, there is a style out there for everyone, which means finding a flattering camo print pant is easier now that ever. Another thing to consider is the wash or color of the camo print. You know the age old saying “black makes you look thinner”, well that can easily be applied to camo print as well. Look for a print in darker shades vs. lighter. This is also a really easy way to try this trend out in regards to pants because the camo print won’t stand out as much.

Another thing is what you pair your new found camo print pant with. Think chunky cable knit sweaters in a neutral color or a blazer or jacket. This will add some weight up top, balancing the print out on the bottom. Either of these looks could easily be paired with flats or a heel. Booties are also a good option but I lean towards a flat or heel to keep the sillohouette a little more balanced. A pointy toed heel is slimming and lengthens your body and a simple flat, finishes the outfit off with a classic touch without drawing too much attention to your feet.

If a camo print pant is not your thing, have no fear, there are endless other ways to add a touch of camo to your outfit. I think camo print pants, jackets and shirts are the most common ways people think to wear a camo print but if you are not convinced that this trend is for you, there are some really great ways to try it out without jumping in head first. Think scarves, bags or even shoes. These are great ways to ease yourself into this print without feeling like a walking advertisement for the camo trend.

Jacket | Camisole | Jeans | Boots | Bag | Sunglasses | Bracelet | Watch | Earrings

I personally love a good camo print utility jacket. I get so much use out of one because there are so many ways I can style it. From basic denim and a white tee, white button down or even a lightweight sweater to black denim and a gray tee to even white denim and a black tee, I find there are so many ways to wear this jacket, that people won’t even realize I keep wearing it over and over and over again! Now that my friends, is what I call a WIN WIN!

Below I’ve shared some of my favorite camo print items and two looks inspired by them! I hope you all have a great week ahead!

Sweater | Pants | Shoes

Jacket | Shirt | Scarf | Jeans

xoxo, Abby

 




Fashion

September Favorites

 

Hi everyone! Since we are nearing the end of September and will soon be heading into a new month, I thought it would be the perfect time to share a round-up of my favorite things for September.

Below I will share all of my favorite products and just exactly why I love them so much. These are all items that I’ve been using for months and have either repurchased or plan on repurchasing, because they are just. that. good. folks!

 

  1. L’Occitane Shower Oil– Ladies this stuff is honestly AMAZING. First of all, the smell alone is to die for. The minute I smelled this stuff in the store, it immediately went into my cart. As if the smell wasn’t dreamy enough, I love how soft it makes my skin feel. I actually replaced my shaving cream with this stuff and I will never go back. Because this is technically a shower oil, this stuff comes out of the bottle as the consistency of an oil but lathers like a soap, making in the perfect combination to shave your legs with. Trust me, this stuff lives up the hype. It is pricey for a bottle of shower oil so if you are not down for paying that much (I was hesitant at first too) then I do not suggest you try this stuff because you WILL get hooked!
  2. Leopard Print Scarf– I scored this scarf during the Nsale (yeah, I know, I keep talking about that damn Nsale) and I’m so glad I did. I’m a sucker for anything leopard print but even I can admit sometimes the patterns can look cheap and cheesy. I love the bigger, bolder pattern on this scarf, it is a chic and updated twist on the traditional leopard print and it’s under $20. I am also someone who thinks leopard print is a neutral, so in my eyes, there isn’t anything leopard print doesn’t go with.
  3. Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss– You guys, this is the BEST plumping lip gloss EVER! And the best part is that you can get it at your local drugstore! When I first tried it, I was hesitant that it would actually live up to the hype (as most plumping lip glosses don’t) but this one does. It actually plumps, like actually tingles your lips (in a good way) and PLUMPS them. I have tried several different brands of plumping lip glosses only to be disappointed but this one is different. It’s as essential as chapstick to me. When I change bags, this guy always makes the cut and accompanies me wherever I go. I even layer it over lipstick.
  4. Tula Exfoliating Treatment Mask– Truthfully I’ve seen a lot of bloggers talk about Tula face products so naturally I was intrigued to try them out. I ended up ordering a travel kit as an affordable way to try the products out without wasting any product or money if I didn’t end of liking it. This was the only product that I ordered the full size of (because it doesn’t come in a travel size) and I am so glad I did because I am obsessed with it. I did not re-order the other products (while good, I wasn’t overly impressed) but I WILL be ordering more of this treatment mask. If my face is looking dull or starting to break out, I use this mask and it clears up my face immediately. It is one of those rare products, that you actually start seeing results the next day.
  5. Suave Dry Shampoo– I love trying new products and dry shampoo just so happens to be one of them. Over the years I have tried several different brands of dry shampoo and truthfully I reach for this one over my Oribe Dry Shampoo every single time. I have used dry shampoo’s in the past and felt like they have weighed my hair down (especially if I am really trying to stretch out those washes and use it several times) but that is not the case with this one. I can use this product over and over again and it only leaves my hair feeling fresh instead of heavy and weighed down. One tip I use and love is to spray your dry shampoo on at night before you go to bed (spray at the roots), massage your head where you’ve sprayed it and then brush your hair. When you wake up in the morning, your hair looks fresh and it doesn’t feel weighed down by any product.
  1. Invisibobble Hair Ties– I am a total hair tie snob. And yes it seems as crazy as it sounds. I have been this way since high school and I completely blame my thick hair. I get so frustrated when I would finally find a good hair tie, only to have them either stretch out or break on me. I have searched high and low for the perfect hair tie only to be disappointed.. until now! You guys, if you suffer from the same ponytail OCD as I do, then look no further because I have found the PERFECT solution to all your ponytail problems! Meet the Invisibobble. They are magical and here is why. First of all, they come in a pack of three and an assortment of colors, from clear to pink to gray. They hold your hair, so no more loose ponytails due to stretched out hair ties. I use them for everything from a low bun to a ponytail to even a messy bun or topknot and they hold ALL of my hair in. Nothing is more frustrating when your hair starts falling out because your hair tie won’t hold all of your hair tight. But the absolute best part and the reason why I cannot recommend these crazy little hair ties enough is because they do not leave crazy kinks in your hair! This is probably my number one pet peeve about elastic hair ties. You put your hair up for a few hours only to let it down and have a HUGE kink through out your hair from your hair tie. I’ve actually been tempted to stock up on these hair ties for fear of them ever being discontinued. Here’s a tip if you find that these start to stretch out over time more than you’d like… put them in some hot water and let them sit for a minute. The hot water will help them shrink back down.
  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Products- I have never been someone who saw the value on spending very much on brow products. In my mind, I thought that all brow products were created equal but after finally breaking down and trying the Anastasia Beverly Hills line, I quickly realized that is not the case. The very first time I used these products, I immediately knew, there would be no turning back. They are so easy to use and worth every single penny. I think it’s safe to say, I will never use another brow product again. The 3 products that I use are the Brow Definer, it has an angled tip, making it easy to line your brows, the Brow Powder Duo, I personally prefer filling in my brows with powder vs a pomade and I love that this comes in a multitude of colors so you can find the perfect shade for you, and last but not least, I finish off with the Brow Gel.
  2. Halogen Wool Floppy Hat– Ever since floppy hats have become a Fall wardrobe staple, I have wanted a floppy hat so bad. But if you know me, finding a floppy hat to fit my small head has been a serious struggle of mine! I have tortured my mom and husband many of times, making them wait as I tried on every. single. floppy. hat that I walked by, in hopes that I would finally find one that fit my head. Well last year was finally my year ladies! Nordstrom finally came out with a floppy hat with an adjustable interior band and it has been the answer to all of my floppy hat prayers. I was so excited when I saw that they brought it back this year so I could purchase it in more colors.
  3. Conair Extreme Steam Hand Help Steamer– I honestly have never been someone who swore by using a steamer. I have purchased two steamers in my life and both were a huge flop and total disappointment. When I had heard good things about this steamer, I decided to pull the trigger and give steaming one last chance and now I am HOOKED! Thanks to this steamer, I steam everything. The best part is that it is the perfect size to travel with so now I don’t have to worry about how I pack my stuff and if my stuff gets wrinkled. I have taken this steamer on two trips and it has come in handy both times so now you better believe this steamer will be on my packing list ever single time.
  4. Ouai Hair Oil– I am someone who suffers from frizzy hair so I will try any product that promises to smooth my frizz and tame my mane. The unfortunate part is that most products can’t seem to tame my frizzy mane, so on the hunt I remained. When I heard about the Ouai Hair Oil, I was intrigued! While a bit pricey this hair oil is honestly amazing. It is lightweight so it doesn’t leave my hair feeling greasy and heavy, it actually does what it claims to do and it has a nice floral scent. I use it after I blow dry and style my hair because that is when my hair needs it the most. It has tamed all my fly-aways and made my hair feel so soft. I used Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil before I found this and I much prefer the Ouai Hair Oil over Bumble and Bumble’s.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

xoxo, Abby

Fashion

It’s All About The Kimono’s

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to talk to you about kimono’s and why I think you should try this trend out.

First, and foremost, let’s talk about their versatility. Kimono’s have become such a versatile piece to have in your closet. Ranging in lengths and colors, they can cover a variety of occasions and seasons. Longer lengths can be used as a swimsuit cover up and also paired with denim shorts and a tank during the summer. For the Fall, kimono’s pair perfectly with a cute pair of denim and heels or even sandals.

Being a mom of two little ones, there are certain times or occasions where I just feel a little more comfortable being “covered up” (school events, etc.) but I don’t’ want to worry about getting too hot. This has been the perfect outfit for those times. Kimono’s tend to be lightweight, therefore keeping you covered while keeping you cool.

I especially love pairing a kimono with white or black denim. An all white ensemble topped with a pretty kimono, is a great way to add a pop of color, pattern and interest to your outfit, all while keeping it classic and chic. This is also a great option if you are looking to wear white after Labor Day.

Kimono (old) || Camisole || Jeans || Heels || Bag || Earrings (on sale)|| Bracelet || Watch

Kimono’s are one of those pieces that can essentially go with everything, from swimsuits to shorts to dresses to jeans, the styling options are honestly endless. Even when it comes to shoes, kimonos work great paired with sandals, flats and even peep toe booties when the weather starts to cool off.

And kimonos are not just limited to “after work” hours. You could easily dress a kimono up and make it work appropriate by pairing it with a pretty cami and a skinny pant with heels. Also, did you see that companies like Banana Republic and Express make a “legging” work pant?! Umm where were those when I was working?! You better believe I would have stocked up on those!

Below I have linked some ideas on how you can rock a kimono!

 

Kimono | Dress | Necklace | Sandals

 

 

Kimono | Camisole | Jeans | Booties

 

 

Kimono | Camisole | Pants | Necklace | Heels

 

xoxo, Abby

Fashion

Lilac Ruffle Sleeve Cardigan

Sweater || Cami (similar here, here and here) || Denim || Heels || Bag || Sunglasses || Earrings || Bracelet || Watch

Happy Hump Day everyone! Today’s post is coming to you a day late, which means I’ll be adjusting my posting schedule just a tad this week. You can expect one from me today and then again on Friday!

I wanted to share this ADORABLE sweater that I snagged (once again) during the Nsale. Thankfully this one is still in stock so you guys can snag one for yourself as well. The moment I saw this sweater, I fell in love and into my cart it went. Shopping online can be tricky at times because you just never know how exaggerated a certain detail can be, and these sleeves seemed very exaggerated which is one of the reasons why I loved it so much. It is such a fun twist on a staple piece. I knew that if I paired this sweater with a simple cami and heels, that it would balance out the size of the ruffles on the sleeves. If you find a piece with a statement detail like this sweater, don’t be intimated by it. By pairing these kinds of tops with a simple silhouette, it will not only make the piece stand out more but also balance out the outfit.

This sweater is one of my absolute favorites right now and you can bet I will be wearing it ALL. FALL. LONG. Not only is it so cute, but it is insanely soft AND it adds an element of interest to your look and all you did was put on a sweater. Does it get any easier than that?!

I hope you guys have a great day! We are half way through the week and the weekend is finally in sight!

xoxo, Abby