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lifestyle + spa day at home essentials



I'd like to say I've been taking it easy lately when I'm not at work, but it's only half true. I haven't gone out in a few weeks and I've been eating very, very well, so I feel healthier, but I've been pushing my body to its limits with working out (thanks SoulCycle and Kayla Itsines). I'm sore, but well-rested, but physically exhausted, but not-hungover. You win some, you lose some.

To have a little "treat yo self" moment without actually leaving your house (something that is really appealing to me lately), is actually pretty easy. Here are my essentials to have a relaxing spa day at home without really even doing anything.

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Hannah
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beauty + my all-time fave shampoo



Hello lovelies. Happy Thursday. One more day until I can go home and sleep until Monday morning. 

Let's talk about my favorite shampoo in the entire world.

I have never consistently used a shampoo, probably ever, until this shampoo.

I'm a huge fan of the OGX brand; pretty much everything I've ever used from them, I've really liked. I think their packaging is great, the color coordinated options are very helpful, plus the products actually practice what they preach.

I will also never be one of those girls who washes their hair once or twice a week. I know it's the trendy thing to do right now but I literally cannot. Dry shampoo does nothing for me, and I work out 5-6 days a week; I can go 2 days without washing my hair, three if I'm not exercising. I love having freshly washed and blowdried hair; second-day hair is not a good look for me. So, I like to have a shampoo that has some sort of benefit for my hair.

I've tried a wide variety of the OGX shampoos, but none have been as great for my hair as the Biotin + Collagen shampoo. The first thing that caught my eye was that it literally has "biotin" in the name. As y'all know, I've been trying to grow my hair out for years, so anything that uses the word "biotin" I'm immediately down for.

The second thing I noticed about this shampoo is that it promises "thick and full hair." When I used to bleach the ish out of my hair (tbt to when I was platinum blonde), I would use anything to make my hair thicker. It was breaking like crazy, and being super super blonde took its toll by basically ruining my once extremely thick and healthy hair. I've been using this shampoo since I went back to my natural color, and the combination of no more highlighting and this shampoo has made the ultimate difference. 

What shampoo is y'alls favorite? Let me know so if I ever get bored of my current one, I have some options!

Have a great day!
Hannah
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style + the sweater dress


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Currently on the hunt for the perfect sweater dress.

Not too tight, but not too shapeless. Short. Preferably including a turtleneck. 

I am mentally preparing my outfits for Wake Forest Homecoming (t-minus 36 days, but who's counting), and I would really like it if a turtleneck sweater dress was included. With over the knee boots. How cute would that be?

Right now, as shown in the product collage above, my personal favorite is a black dress from Shopbop. It seems to hit all my criteria! I also love number five; the cable knit is great. I prefer to stick with more neutral colors to get the whole Ralph Lauren vibe; think olive green, grey, and black. 

Sweater dresses are perfect with over the knee boots, tights and flats, booties, riding boots, even block heels. They're ideal transition pieces because you can wear them now sans tights, but when it gets colder, throw on a pair of opaque black tights and a wrap coat and you're all gucci. Also, if you opt for a less form-fitting dress, you can always belt it if it feels too sack-like (I'm looking at you, number four.

Happy Tuesday! 

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health + the detox tea



Let's get TMI.

I am convinced I have some kind of food allergy, considering I get sick after every other meal with no rhyme or reason. I refuse to WebMD my symptoms because I don't want to read how I have cancer and/or approaching death, so I've taken matters into my own hands. 

In an effort to ease my stomach, I drink my own little detox tea concoction. 

I am a huge fan of tea. I don't drink/like coffee at all, so I prefer to have something that actually benefits my body. My new favorite tea is Lemon Ginger and it's amazing. I could eat straight ginger and be completely happy. It's so good for stomach health, and I really like the little kick it gives a regular cup of tea. 


But, that's not all. I add two others little special items to my tea to really pump up regular tea and make it detox tea. 



The first item is a slice of lemon. Super simple. It's great for your digestion, cleanses your liver, aids metabolism, as well as helps post-workout recovery and revitalizes your skin. Squeezing in some lemon juice in so good.

The second thing I add to the tea is a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. It takes some time to get used to the taste and smell of it (not that it's bad, just very strong), but it's honestly worth it! Apple cider vinegar reduces bloating (my greatest enemy), controls your blood sugar, aids digestion, and makes you feel fuller longer. 



This tea is amazing and wonderful and has made such a difference. Do y'all have any detox teas that you make regularly? Give me some more ideas!

Happy Sunday!
Hannah
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style + the suede jacket


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Seriously, a crazy amount of apologies for not posting. It's been more than a week! Like what!?! Honestly though, most draining week of my life so I'm ready to get back into the groove of things.

AKA I'm spending this weekend at home and am writing as many posts as I possibly can in 2 days. 

Let's jump into it.

The past couple of days have actually felt like the start of fall! I'm very happy about this. Besides being completely over the ridiculous sauna known as Summer 2016, I just want to wear fall clothes. I want ripped jeans and over the knee boots and essentially everything I put in my fall preview post. 

It's actually pretty chilly in the mornings and at night (confusing because it's tricky to figure out what to wear when there is a wide temperature range each day), and I've been wearing my new leather jacket almost every day now. Suede and leather jackets are the perfect transition pieces, and can take you from work to drinks after work to hanging out on the weekend. 

I love the ASOS suede jacket (shown above, number two), and I've been a huge fan of the BLANK NYC jacket since the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale over the summer. It also comes in a few different colors, if you're opposed to the classic tan suede. BLANK NYC also has a burgundy suede bomber that is so cool.

You can find a nice suede jacket for a relatively inexpensive price (at ASOS, Nordstrom), but you can also go the investment piece route (at Shopbop and Madewell). If you want to go full on street-style fashion blogger, there's the Madewell fringe suede jacket. I personally would look absurd wearing it, but I know there are some fringe-lovers out there that could rock it.

Happy Saturday! I'm actually very, very happy to take a break from city life and stay home for a weekend. I know I'm commuting in, so technically yes I do live in CT still, but I really only work out/sleep/get ready here! Every weekend is spent with friends in the city! Very excited to have a 2 day detox to reset my body/mental health/schedule. 

Also, if y'all have any post requests, comment below! I'd love to hear them!

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health + the sugar detox



Let's talk about sugar.

Who here has seen the documentary "Fed Up" on Netflix? I decided to watch it one day on a whim, and it really ended up being 2 hours of scare tactics about the downfall of human genetics because of sugar.

I honestly haven't stopped talking about this documentary in like a week days.

Basically, "Fed Up" is a documentary by Katie Couric about how sugar has replaced fats, carbs, and proteins in our food as a way to make it "low calorie" or "low fat." Since sugar is highly addictive (literally same brain stimulation as cocaine), generations on generations of Americans have been conditioned to be addicted to sugar, even in foods we think are "healthy."

We've been taught throughout our lives that a calorie is a calorie, and if you want to lose weight, just eat less and exercise more. This is technically very wrong! In the documentary, there's an example of 150 calories of almonds versus 150 calories of french fries. The impact on your body and digestive system is completely different if you're eating almonds versus french fries, even though they're technically the same amount of calories. Major companies and the government have teamed up as a way to fight obesity in America, but unfortunately use the philosophy "a calorie is a calorie" to dictate the way they deal with the nutritional value of most food. So, to appease consumers, they're say that a product is "low calorie" or "low fat," when in reality they're reducing the calories/fat but increasing the sugar content. 

I'm not saying I'm a health expert in any way, shape, or form but this documentary has got me really riled up. 

It's also got me hyper-obsessive about checking the sugar content of the foods I eat. Obviously fruit is a different subject, because they're composed of natural sugars, but things like yogurt, granola, and Lara bars are pumped with crazy amounts of sugar.

It's really sad because you don't really notice these things and they just sneak up on you!

I've been feeling a bit blah about my body lately so I've wanted some new season inspiration to get me back into the swing of things. I'm still doing my Kayla Itsines workouts (love them omg) and have actually taken a "before" picture to compare with my "after" pics in a few months. My major issue is diet because I really do like exercising, but I like pasta more. Thank God for "Fed Up" because I've been extremely conscious of what I'm putting into my body since watching it!

Lol like for the past seven days, but still

OBVIOUSLY I'm going to slip up and have cheat meals but in general, this is the plan I've come up with based on what I've been reading online about daily nutritional needs.


  • Come up with a better going out drink. Guys my go-to drink is a Tequila Sunrise. For those of you who need to be enlightened and try this delicious silent killer of a drink, it's tequila, grenadine, and orange juice. AKA all sugar, literally ALL the sugar. So, need to fix this. Suggestions are welcome. I don't like vodka, gin, whiskey. Really don't like club soda or tonic water. 
  • Keep grams of sugar to 12 and under per meal, unless it includes fruit. Check those labels!
  • Eat dried fruit in moderation. Dried cranberries are one of my favorite things on earth, but unfortunately they're just a super concentrated dose of fruit sugar, and don't really offer much besides that. 
  • Besides my Friday night bar night, only drink water! I've been really good about this lately. Soda is so bad for you, and diet soda is just as bad, so it's better to just cleanse your system with water and avoid all the gross stuff. I've also given up Crystal Light (sob) because of the sugar and chemicals.
Sidenote: I'm realizing how obnoxious this post sounds and just know that I'll probably eat chocolate cake from Magnolia Bakery like tomorrow. 

  • Limit dairy and gluten. My body feels like 100% better when I'm not eating a lot of cheese and bread. I've taken the cheese out of my daily salad (something I thought I could never do!) and I only eat Ezekiel or gluten free bread at home. Pasta is an issue considering I eat so much Italian food with my friends but a girl's gotta treat herself sometimes. 
  • Load up on fruits, vegetables and proteins! This isn't hard. People act like eating healthy is the hardest thing ever and it's really not. 
  • Pay more attention to the nutritional value of a food, rather than the calories. This is a really important one for me! Since I've been counting calories for the good part of 8 years (that's depressing), I've gotten really wrapped up in placing a lot of importance on the amount of calories that I'm eating. Obviously it's still important, but like I mentioned above. It's better to have 150 calories of almonds than 100 calories of some processed "low-calorie/fat" food! 
  • Get off the scale. There's this fitspo picture that was in the press recently about this fitness blogger who does the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide and it's literally the best example of how your weight really means nothing. There's a picture of the blogger at her starting weight, her goal weight (twenty pounds lighter), and then after putting on muscle (adding twenty pounds back but of straight muscle). Muscle weighs more than fat, remember that!! 

Thanks Katie Couric (go Tri Delt) for creating a monster! 

Have y'all seen "Fed Up"? Is anyone doing a new workout routine and diet for fall? Let me know! I could honestly talk about this stuff for days!

Hannah
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style + the band tee


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A major trend I've noticed lately is the band tee. So edgy, so cool and honestly could be dressed up or down. Pair it with jeans and booties, a leather skirt, or go really out there with an oversize version and over-the-knee boots. 

I think I good rule of thumb to follow is to to actually know the band you're wearing. Like, if you have no clue who the Grateful Dead is, try to stay away from wearing a Grateful Dead tee.

For this reason, I try to stick to Led Zeppelin tees because I listen to them semi-regularly. 

Basically, know a few of the songs from the band of your tee of choice. 

I went into Urban Outfitters a few weeks ago to pick up the Led tee (number two, above) and unfortunately they don't carry XL versions. Just a note! Revolve has a ton of great options, in fact I think it's one of their recent style edits, and honestly you could just eBay or Etsy "band tee" and find some really cool (and probably more authentic) tees. 

Happy Wednesday, though! I am counting the minutes until this weekend, like I know I just had a four day weekend and it's only Thursday, but good Lord I am itching to go out with my friends!

Have a great day! Shop this post below.

Hannah
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style + fall style preview


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Fall is my favorite season for fashion, hands down. 

So when the forecast says it's supposed to be in the eighties all week, I can't help but get a little peeved.

September, in my mind, means fall. The day after Labor Day (aka today) should automatically be fall. I'm sick of this hot weather! Give me chillier temperatures and better clothes! 

Since this is not the World According to Hannah, and there are definitely at least a few more weeks of "summer" (boo hiss), I just have to pine over the clothes sitting in my closet, waiting to be worn. Here are the items I'm most excited to wear for when the weather stops taunting me. 

Black ripped jeans I finally ordered the FRAME Le Rip Jeans. I AM SO EXCITED. I have been obsessed with these jeans for months now, and I am praying that they will look good on me when I finally try them on (let the dieting continue). Black ripped jeans are so cool and perfect for transitioning from end of summer to fall. 

Animal print Cheetah print everything. I'm still in love with this bomber jacket (on sale, but still over $200, sheesh), and I'm looking for a good casual/chic animal print coat that's doesn't scream "prostitute." Animal print accents really add a little something!

Leather Jackets It's actually chilly in the mornings and at night, so maybe I'll break out my new leather jacket from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale so I don't freeze during my commute! I'll pretty much take any excuse to debut that thing, tbh. Leather jackets are crazy sexy and add instant cool to any outfit. They also take my work outfits from day to night, if I wanted to get drinks or dinner with my friends after work! 

Over the knee boots Cannot wait until I can wear boots again! Specially over the knee boots. My dream outfit this fall is a turtleneck sweater dress with over the knee boots. I die. I bought black suede OTK heeled boots last winter that I am definitely wearing a ton this year, but the elastic tie on the back of one of the boots broke, so it's on the top of my to do list to get it fixed! Although we all love the Stuart Weitzman OTK boots, we don't all have a spare $800 to shell out, so you can find cute, inexpensive options at ASOS and Nordstrom

Black Booties Perfect for pairing with dresses, shirts, jeans, black pants, leggings...the black suede bootie does it all. I just found these booties at DSW (low-key such a great place) and I plan to wear them all the freaking time. Otherwise, just go to Steve Madden. No fail. 

Turtlenecks I have professed my love for turtlenecks since the beginning of Whimsical Charm, and I fully intend to intensify the love this fall. Get ready for outfit posts, what to wears, the whole shebang. Right now, I'm settling for the perfect sleeveless turtleneck. Great transition piece!

Leather anything, really I always talk about leather jackets. but honestly I'll wear anything leather (been way too influenced by Hook on Once Upon A Time, ya feel me). SO EXCITED FOR MY NEW LEATHER PANTS, I got them in the Anniversary sale to replace my worn and torn leather leggings, but considering it's technically still summer, it's seasonally inappropriate to wear them yet. I also love this leather pencil skirt from ASOS; SO hot. I found a leather and suede peplum top from Lord & Taylor this past weekend that I'm pumped to wear too. So, moral of the story: channel your inner groupie and wear all the leather.

...and really anything black, too As I was making this post, I couldn't help but notice how dreadfully cheery the outfit collage is. Oh well. My days of wearing anything but black have officially ended, and now the only pop of color will be my lipstick. Which leads me to...

Dark lips Thank God for the Kylie Lip Kit! I also found a great NYX liquid lipstick, as well as the Anastasia option (shown above). Pair big lashes (no shadow, just tons of mascara) and dark lips with a sleeveless turtleneck, leather jacket and ripped jeans and you'll be all gucci! 

What are y'all excited to wear this fall? Comment and let me know! Also, shop my fall style below!

Happy Tuesday!

Hannah
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beauty + september beauty picks



Ulta is honestly becoming a dangerous place for me considering I cannot go in there without purchasing at least two things.

I really think it's the whole drugstore + makeup counter type of deal. 

Finally it's not disgustingly humid outside, so I can actually wear makeup without the fear that it will melt off by the time I walk out the door. I've also had to rematch products to my skin tone for my paler fall skin. 

Click "Keep Reading" to hear about my top beauty picks for September!
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lifestyle + the weekender bag


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Since I've been spending almost every weekend in the city, I have to (over)pack a bag with my clothes, makeup, shoes, etc. I've already talked about my essentials for an overnight bag, so let's talk about my favorite options for said bag. 

I've used a Longchamp, an Annabel Ingall, and most recently (and most frequently), my brother's Jack Spade weekender bag. It was about time that I got one of my own (that wasn't a loud and bright print, like my trusty Vera Bradley bag). 

Guys...it's oddly hard to find a suitable weekender bag. Price, size, material, whether or not it's aesthetically pleasing...so many things to consider.

Yesterday I found a leather and canvas bag (number 5, above), which is a great option for slugging around the city without being too careful. It's also a great size. 

My favorite that I found online was this perfect Kate Spade weekender (number 3, above). Surprised that I love the animal print option? Neither am I. 

The great thing about weekenders is that they're available all year round, meaning they go on sale regularly. Labor Day sales? Yes please!

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style + the black summer romper




I have worn this romper three times in the past week. Excessive? Maybe. 

1. I have put all my creativity into work outfits, as well as the Friday night going-out outfit, so anything else is going to be underwhelming.

2. It's a black, belted romper. I have to have a belt to compensate for my freaking huge ribs and lack of waistline, also it's black. So. 
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