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My Spring Break Essentials

My Spring Break Essentials



I bought a plane ticket to Florida on a whim last week, so me and my best friend from college are going to have a lovely weekend together in Naples. I am excited. Honestly, January and February are the most boring months ever, so it's nice to have something to look forward to right before springtime begins!

I have been going to Naples since college, and my friend group reunited last year for another long weekend at the beach, too. This year, it's just two out of eight of us (don't y'all hate it when people have more exciting lives than your own). 

I'm not really doing anything special to prepare this year - I'll get a tan for sure, but beyond that, I'm not going to do any extra shopping for the trip. That's the beauty of a low maintenance girl's weekend! 


First things first - even before you go on spring break, fake tanning is soooooo necessary. In college I spray tanned, last year I used my favorite St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse, and this year I'm still deciding. Spring break happens to occur when we're all at our palest, and there's nothing worse than trying on bikinis when you're pale and just starting to work on our summer bodies. A nice tan makes everyone look more toned, plus it gets you in the spring and summer mood!

I'm really into red lately - I never wear it, but I love the idea of super bright red for spring and summer. I bought this bikini on sale from J. Crew and it is RED. I have the same style in black, and if you're looking for a perfect, classic string bikini, I highly recommend this one. Also, J. Crew always has sales going on - ideal. 

A one piece is also a good idea to pack on spring break because 1. they look adorable in pictures and 2. sunburns are very real. I had a huge one piece obsession when I was in college, specifically super obnoxious ones, so dialing it back this year is a very tempting option. I love this classic bandeau, and it comes in SEVEN colors!  

I love this Lilly Pulitzer dress - it can be dressed down as a coverup, and dressed up with wedges for nighttime. So cute. For nighttime, I really like this one shoulder romper from Lulus. Be careful with white and spray tans, though!! Also, remember to pack a light jacket (my favorite denim jacket from Gap is currently on sale).

Lastly, REMEMBER SUNSCREEN! I have been using this Beautycounter sunscreen for about a year now and I'm obsessed. 

What are y'alls spring break essentials? Going anywhere fun this year? Let me know!

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My Birthday Weekend Decorations

My Birthday Weekend Decorations



Well hello...

Has it been over a month since I last posted? 

Yup.

Sorry, homies. 

Between Christmas, New Year's, going back to work, and general life happening, blogging has not been the fist thing on my mind! 

But, I'm back!

I will be trying to post 3 times a week on the blog, as well as regular posts on my instagram account. Sound good? 

Let's talk about something I love

BIRTHDAY WEEKEND. 

If y'all personally know me (hi frandz) or have been following me on this blog/my personal insta, then you know that birthday weekend is one of my favorite events of the year. In college, my birthday fell on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, then Sunday each of the four years, and my friends and I ended up making a weekend of it. Then, post-grad, my friends came to NYC for the weekend last year to celebrate, and this year, it happened again.

My actual birthday was last Wednesday, which is boring, and honestly all I did was take a Pure Barre class so #funtimes for me. So, we kicked off the celebrations on Friday night, when I had a pregame party before we went to my favorite bar. The guest list included 50 of my favorite people in Charlotte, and it was amazing.


I live alone, and while I love my normal apartment decor, I went all out for my own personal decorations. Hello Party City!

I will be posting real pictures later this week, but for now, here's a round up of my favorite decorations for a birthday party.

The essentails: cups, straws, and drinks. I got these pink and gold solo cups and mini pink shot glasses at Party City, as well as these Gold Striped Paper Straws. Obviously pink and gold was the theme here. I had a ton of fun cocktail napkins, not that they were even used, but it just added another pink item to my counter.

I made margaritas for everyone, and this Plastic Beverage Dispenser was a lifesaver. Also, surprisingly huge.

Balloons were my favorite part of the decorations - my college nickname was Hanski, so I bought huge gold balloons spelling the name out. Extra? Unbelievably so. I've always wanted to do something with those gold balloons, and this was the perfect opportunity. I also blew up a few  Transparent and Gold Dot Balloons and Bright Pink Balloons to throw around the apartment.

Once a sorority girl, always a sorority girl. This party was ridiculous but fun and I had a blast decorating last Friday!


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My Favorite Winter Boots (So You Don't Freeze)

My Favorite Winter Boots (So You Don't Freeze)



Since I now live in North Carolina, where it rarely snows (and if it does, no one knows what to do), my need for heavy duty snow boots is basically negative. In college, girls would wear Hunter rain boots when it snowed more than two inches because they didn't know what else to do. So, Bean Boots are probably the most extreme pair of winter boots that I'll be needing. 

I don't know why, but I'm really wanting snowy, cold weather right now - when I lived in Connecticut, I hated it, but now that I'm not in that climate, I want it. I can't win. So, instead I'll just post a roundup of my favorite winter boots so appease my wishes.


I have two pair of the L.L. Bean boots: the classic 8" boots and the 10" shearling-lined boots. My family and I used to go to Jackson Hole every winter, so having a good pair of warm boots was necessary. If I had to choose between the two, get the 8" boots - they're way more practical, and a pretty much a footwear staple.

However, if you live in colder areas, or go on vacations in colder areas, definitely try the Sorel Fur Lined Waterproof Boots. They're tall and fuzzy, aka effective.

I don't know how well the J. Crew winter boots hold up, but they're so cute! The Perfect Winter Boot has buffalo plaid lining (my favorite kind of plaid), and the Nordic Boots are furry with red laces. J. Crew also collaborated with Manitobah, and released these extra-furry black boots. LOVE.

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$1000 Nordstrom Giveaway

$1000 Nordstrom Giveaway




Hi y’all! I'm so excited to be sharing this amazing giveaway with you all! I've teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you all the chance to win $1000 to Nordstrom to ring in the new year!

This giveaway is open internationally and runs from 12/26 until 1/02! All you have you have to do to enter is complete as many entries in the rafflecopter widget below (bonus points if you complete all of them!).

Good luck!

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Product Spotlight: Kristin Ess Signature Shampoo + Volumizing Mousse

Product Spotlight: Kristin Ess Signature Shampoo + Volumizing Mousse










A couple of days ago I posted about thickening hair products, since my hair is in desperate need of some oomph lately. I wasn't in a huge rush to spend a ton of money, so thank God for Target. If you're looking for salon quality but an affordable price, I urge you to buy Kristin Ess' hair products. 

This is not sponsored! I'm just so in love with her stuff!

I was specifically looking for the Instant Lift Thickening Spray, but they were sold out - for good reason, too. The Target I went too had her shampoo and conditioner, Strand Strengthening Reconstructive Moisture Mask, and Dry Finish Working Texture Spray - I already have the working texture spray, and right now I'm kind of over the whole messy hair look. But, they also had the Instant Lift Volumizing Mousse - I was definitely a little weary about using mousse, because the products I have used in the past haven't exactly produced an ideal result. 

Guys, this is a game changer.

I picked up the The One Signature Shampoo (because why not) and the mousse and was on my way. This may be a little premature, since I've used them only twice so far, but I'm in love. The shampoo left my hair feeling clean, but not stripped of moisture, and the MOUSSE I can't even begin to explain! 

I followed the directions, apply a golf ball size amount to my roots and then combing it through to my ends, and blow dried my hair with a round brush as usual. When I went to curl it, my hair felt thicker and fuller, and definitely healthier. For the past few weeks, my hair just lacks any volume or va-va-voom, and now it's completely transformed. 

Yay!

I am in a huge rush to try out the Instant Lift Thickening Spray, like I intended, as well as the moisture mask and Weightless Shine Leave In Conditioner. I'm slowly building up a collection of her collection! 

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My Top 10 Airplane Essentials

My Top 10 Airplane Essentials



Who else hates flying / airplanes / airports as much as I do? Traveling is fun, the actual traveling part is not. Honestly, I rarely fly anywhere - this past fall I went to Kiawah / Charleston, Winston-Salem, and Connecticut, and I drove to all three places. But, I'm making a quick trip home this weekend for Christmas, so flying is the best option. 

I'm only going home for three days and the flight is only an hour and a half max. So, there really shouldn't be any issues...however, I do overpack like it's my job, which is something I am trying to work on but it's not really sticking. Oops. 

Since this is the holiday season, and much of the holiday season is traveling to see friends and family, I've created a quick top ten list of my airplane essentials.


Lip Balm First up on my top ten list is lip balm. Balm Dot Com, Rosebud Salve, Lip Conditioner, you name it - you need it, especially when flying. Perfectly portable.

Wrap I freeeeeeeze on airplanes, and rarely take off my coat if I'm traveling in winter. I like to be warm and cozy, and since cuddling up with the stranger next to me is very obviously not an option, I make a little cocoon for myself and sit in antisocial silence until the plane lands. I have a favorite black cashmere oversize wrap, but I can't find it anywhere online. This travel wrap from Tuckernuck comes in four basic colors and seems perfect for keeping traveling comfortable. 

Carry On I honestly can't remember the last time I checked a bag...obviously I would love to, considering how much I pack, but I get freaked out about losing my bag, plus waiting at the baggage claim at LaGuardia is ridiculous. I already posted about my fave carry-on bags earlier this fall, but just to recap - how cute is this bag!? I usually bring a hardcase roller bag, and then a jumbo tote bag that can fit the items in this list + my laptop + my camera + anything else I forgot to put in my other bag! 

Water Bottle Make sure it's empty when you go through security, but definitely bring a water bottle with you on your flight. It's better than overspending on a jumbo Smart Water bottle!

Eye Mask For longer flights (or even shorter flights tbh) I am not above wearing an eye mask on an airplane. I have this specific eye mask that I wear every night to bed, and it's just muted enough that it wouldn't be distracting or obnoxious on a flight - I mean, I would totally wear this in public, but I don't want to become a meme somewhere.

Heavy Duty Moisturizer I've declared my love for this moisturizer before, and I'll continue to obsess over it in this post - the Clinique Moisture Surge collection is the best. Whether it be the regular moisturzier, the face spray (perfect for flights), or the supercharged concentrate. Flying is very dehydrating, so bringing your most powerful moisturizer is imperative. Other great hydrating products include the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream, and Glossier Super Bounce.

Book I'm not one of those people who can fall asleep before the plane takes off, so I need to stay entertained. Listening to music doesn't really do it for me for the entire flight, and I've been making a conscious effort to read more. I just finished Mindy Kaling's first book and guys....it's absolutely hilarious. I either like to read books like that (Chelsea Handler is super funny too), or crazy, Gone Girl-type books. Subtle is not my forte. 

Noise Cancelling Headphones If you really think about it, being on an airplane with a screaming child is really good birth control. Save yourself the bad mood and just go ahead and get noise cancelling headphones. There are little earbuds your can pick up, or go straight for the heavy duty Bose headphones

External Battery There's nothing worse than being caught in a place you don't know with a phone that's about to die. To avoid the extra trouble of finding an outlet in an airport, there is the Mophie external battery. I used to have one of the Mophie rechargeable battery cases, and they're actually pretty cool and really helpful in sticky situations.

Makeup Case I prefer to be bare-faced (minus moisturizer) on flights - flying is already bad enough for your skin, and I don't want anything else clogging my pores. Also, if I'm going to be having an eye mask on, I don't want my eye makeup slugged all over my face. Raccoon eyes = big no no. So, I like to pack my makeup bag in my carry-on tote for two reasons. First, if (God forbid) my checked luggage gets lost, I at least have my makeup to keep me sane. Second, when we are close to landing, I can put on my makeup essentials so I don't look like a total zombie post-flight. Also, quick tip - my favorite makeup remover wipes come in a mini pack, which are perfect for traveling!

What are y'alls airplane essentials! Comment and let me know!

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The Best Thickening Hair Products

The Best Thickening Hair Products



Happy Monday! Seven more days until Christmas! I am so excited. Friday afternoon I hop on a plane to go back to CT for essentially a long weekend (ugh), but it will still be nice to spend a few days at home. 

In the meantime, let's talk about hair. I have been craving super thick and full hair lately, since for some reason my hair has been completely lacking any form of volume. My hair feels thinner and less dense, which slightly scares me, so I'm doing all I can to combat any hair or density loss. 

I wash my hair ever 2-3 days, and after towel-drying my hair, I use my T3 hair dryer and a round brush to blow dry my hair straight. It's EXTREMELY thicker and more full when I blow dry it with a brush, rather than letting it air dry and proceeding to heat style it. Unfortunately, that fullness only last for like 12 hours - by the next day, it's pretty limp. 

I've always prided myself on having lots of thick hair, but I don't know what is happening! I am in desperate need of some haircare advice.

Bumble And Bumble Full Potential Booster SprayBumble And Bumble Thickening Conditioner | Bumble And Bumble Thickening Shampoo | Kristin Ess Instant Lift Thickening SprayLiving Proof Full Thickening Cream | Moroccanoil Restorative Hair MaskPaul Mitchell Tea Tree Lemon Sage Thickening SprayR and Co Dallas Thickening Spray | Viviscal Extra Strength Hair Nutrient Tablets

Okay, for the most part I have only read about these products, so I'm going to need y'alls help to determine which ones are worth it. Right now, I'm using the Bumble and bumble Full Potential Booster Spray when my hair is damp. My hairstylist suggested it for me since I'm trying to grow my hair out, and I use so much heat on it daily. I'm still in the beginning stages of using it, so TBD if it's actually working. I do trust Bumble and bumble though, which is why I'm inclined to try their Thickening Line (Shampoo, Conditioner, Spray). 

I also take Viviscal pills twice a day - I do feel like my hair is growing faster, rather than thicker. Hm. 

I reallyyyy want to try the Kristin Ess Instant Lift Thickening Spray. First off, I'm obsessed with Kristin Ess, and secondly, I've only heard good things about her products. They're the inexpensive equivalent of a high end beauty brand, and happen to only be sold at Target. She has the thickening spray, as well as a mousse, but I'm a little wary of any mousses tbh...I feel like they do have a bad rep, but honestly if it works, I'm all for it.

Other products I've read rave reviews about include the Living Proof Full Thickening CreamPaul Mitchell Tea Tree Lemon Sage Thickening Spray, and R and Co Dallas Thickening Spray. I have yet to try any of these, but please leave a comment below if y'all recommend them!

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