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OOTD Vol. 1

OOTD Vol. 1


If you follow me on instagram, you may have I've started sharing some of my outfits on stories. Sorry for the lighting in some of these photos, I'm working on better lighting in my room. It's fun for me to share what I'm actually wearing, especially since styled outfit shoots have been harder for me to get to lately.  I've picked some of my favorites to share below.

Although I'm definitely a shopper, I am constantly wearing new items with things I've had for years and my outfits definitely reflect that. If any of my items aren't still available, I'll link similar items.

Blazer, Old (similar here and here)



Knit Pant - Top, Old (similar here and here
Rain Boots - Rain Coat, Old (similar here and here



Crop Cardigan - Lace Pants 
Heels - Purse, old (similar here and here)



Blouse - Skirt, old (similar here and here



Sweater, sold out (similar here and here)  
Crop Pants, old (similar here and here) - 
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Monthly Book Round Up Vol. 3

Monthly Book Round Up Vol. 3



I was not as good at making time to read this Month as I was in January and February. I didn't have enough for a full post this month so I added a few I have read in the last year.


The Tattoist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris -  No matter how many stories I read about the Holocaust, I know I'll never be able to truly understand the horrors that happened. This book gives the true account of Lale Sokolov, a slovakian jew who is sent to the horrific concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau. A prisoner for over two and a half years, Lale does everything he can to survive. He even risks his life to trade jewels for extra food for him and his friends. Because he can speak several languages, Lale becomes the official tatowierer of the camp. Lale tattoos thousands of prisoners with their prisoner number. One woman, particularly scared when she approaches him to get her tattoo, catches his eye and he vows to survive the war and marry her. Although he witnesses some of the worst moments in humanity, this story also shows strength and bravery. I shed some tears along the way too.



What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman - This book is the true story of the author's adventures in her 20's and 30's. To escape her high stress job as a sitcom writer Kristin spends her time off filling her passport with stamps. Many times she spends weeks at a time in new places and many times has traveled alone. Being single during this time while all of her friends are married and having children, Kristin found that she was a new person when she was abroad. Someone that was more exciting, sexier, softer and maybe a little sluttier. 



Sisters First by Jenna Bush Hager & Barbara Pierce Bush - Imagine spending your 20's under an extreme magnify glass, not because of anything you've done, but because your father is president. Co-written by the only twin first children ever, Sisters First goes behind the curtain of what it is like being the daughter of the president. These two women have accomplished alot but they also have had some public missteps and failures. Both the good and bad are covered in this book. 


Killing England by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard - If you've read some of my other book reviews you may have noticed I'm a big fan of this series. Whether you are a history nerd like me or just interested in having a better understanding of the revolutionary war. this book jumps in and gives a very descriptive account of the beginning of our nation. Even after learning about the revolutionary war in many a history class, I don't think I ever fully understand the sacrifice the first Americans made for us to be our own country. Although it is history rich, I highly recommend this book because it is far from boring!

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Hair Accessories Under $50

Hair Accessories Under $50


This week's theme on the blog is hair! Earlier this week I talked about how to get rid of build up and take care of your scalp in this post

Although it didn't start my love, Gossip Girl really fueled my obsession with hair accessories.  I always seem to be picking up a new headband or ponytail holder to jazz up my hairstyles. (I now know I have become my mother because I used the term "Jazz up"). If you follow me on instagram you may have seen the black knotted headband (similar here) that I wear at least once a weekend.  

I love that hair accessories, especially headbands, are having such a moment right now! It is hard for me to keep from buying every headband I see. I love how headbands can cover up a bad hair day or just tame crazy hair and also be an outfit maker. This Green Velvet Headband would make a statement when wearing all neutrals! Floral headbands, like this one, make me excited for Spring and Summer. I love the high low look of a fancy headband with a white tshirt and denim.

You can make even a ponytail more chic with these bow ponytail holders. Or to really make a statement use this scarf headband in your next ponytail or bun. 

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Hair Refresh

Hair Refresh


Researching hair products can be overwhelming. There are hundreds of brands and thousands of products. I really don't use many products on my hair on a day to day basis. I try to go at least 3-4 days between hair washes. It is not only healthier for my hair but it saves me time! This routine requires its fair share of dry shampoo. 

Every few months my hair seems a little lackluster. This is usually caused by some product build up on my scalp. If you hair is oily or if you work out and sweat a lot, you can have some issues with build up as well. Scalp care is important not only for styling, but for your hair health overall. I've tried a few clarifying shampoos but none of them really seem to work as well as they claim. 

After some research I started using apple cider vinegar in my hair! I dilute a couple tablespoons with a cup of water then I work it into my wet hair. I let it sit in my hair for a few minutes, really massaging it in. Then I shampoo and condition like usual. Some recommend doing the apple cider vinegar rinse after shampoo and conditioner. Because the vinegar smell is so strong, I like to use the shampoo and conditioner after to really rinse out the smell.

Recently I've found another product to use to clarify my scalp, the Kristin Ess Exfoliating Scalp Scrub. I've been using it around every 4-5 weeks or whenever my roots start to feel weighed down with product. I'd never heard of a scalp scrub before but liked the concept. The consistency is gel like so it doesn't drip. You can also really feel the scrub aspect of it, but it is sugar based so it won't dry out your scalp or hair.

It is an easy product to use too. The bottle has a nozzle applicator which makes it easy to get the scrub to your roots. After wetting my hair I apply the scrub along my hairline first. Then I use the applicator to apply the product along my part line. I then create some lines parallel to my part about an inch apart and apply product there. I then really massage it into my scalp and let the scrub work. It feels amazing and really seems to clean up any buildup I've been having. After I rinse it out, I shampoo and conditioner like usual! It really takes only a few extra minutes but has made a big difference in my hair. 
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New Spring Pieces Under $100

New Spring Pieces Under $100


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Maybe it is the fact that its been below freezing the past week or maybe because it is March, but I've been in full Spring shopping mode. I wear a lot of dark colors and neutrals in the winter but in the Spring I start craving some color. This year I am more into pastels than I have been in the past. I'm loving soft blush, blue and peach.

Statement sleeve have been a big trend lately. The ruching on the sleeves of this wrap top and this blouse are a wonderful detail. Both tops would pair well with a slim fit bottom. White denim and a neutral flat is a great option for casual events like brunch. 

White and camel are always great colors to wear in the spring. Adding a color or print, like these heels, against white creates a pop of interest. 

Snakeskin is typically not a print I think of for Spring, but this skirt screams spring with its green color scheme. 

What are you looking forward to wearing and buying for Spring? 


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