Spanx Bralette Review

In the current environment, we are all dressing a lot more casual. While I worked from home my work wear changed to lounge wear. I went almost 2 months of wearing mainly sweatpants and leggings with t-shirts and sweatshirts. Even the few times I was more put together it was still very casual. 

I was wearing mainly sports bras but needed a more comfortable alternative. I purchased  a few bralettes to wear. They were definitely very comfortable but didn't give the most flattering support. I kept searching for a better option and found the Spanx Bra-llelujah bralettes. There are two versions: lined and unlined. I went with the lined because it had a little more support. This bra became the perfect hybrid between my regular underwire bras and the bralettes I love to lounge in. 

The Bra-llelujah bralette provides plenty of support without any wires. The back of the bra doesn't have any closures and it is thicker so that it smooths your back. While the bra provides a lot of coverage the cups are cut in a way that you can still wear v-neck tops with it. It is advertised as a great tshirt bra, but honestly I wear it with almost everything. If you follow me on instagram and see any of my outfits lately you can see that I'm wearing a lot of casual dresses with tennis shoes. The Bra-llelujah bralette has been the best bra to go with all of those outfits. 

What I think I love the most about this bra is that I can wear it all day! It is one of the most comfortable bras I've owned. I love this bra so much that I will be buying another one!

Kara Krittenbrink

Summer Dresses under $150

Earlier this week I did a quick survey on instagram and I found out many of you are shopping for dresses. As one of the most versatile items in a wardrobe, I am always shopping for dresses.  Even with a more casual dress code at work, I've still been wearing dresses. I'm now pairing them with tennis shoes and flats for a casual vibe. I never thought there would be a point that I actually like wearing tennis shoes more than heels but I can definitely get used to it! During the hot, summer months nothing is easier and cooler than wearing a dress. 

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Shirt dresses are probably my favorite type of dress. They are an easy piece to immediately make you look polished. Any wardrobe would benefit from at least one.  A solid color shirt dress can take you to work or play. Almost all shirt dresses will look great with a pair of pumps or wedges. So many brands are changing things up and using fun and different prints for their shirt dresses. 

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One of the top trends I've loved this last year is puffed sleeves and I love how the trend has moved from not just tops but dresses too. If you are afraid of the added volume they give your silhouette, balance it out with a fitted waist and you'll have created a beautiful hourglass figure.

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Maybe because I asked for one for my 3rd birthday, but I always have had at least one jean dress in my closet. Nothing creates an easy casual dress better than denim. Lately, my favorite way to style my denim dresses are with a pair of statement tennis shoes.

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Kara Krittenbrink

The Best Body Exfoliator

I spend plenty of time taking care of the skin on my face. I have tried out and posted about many products that I love. Recently I have been better about taking care of the skin on the rest of the body. I am trying a few new products and will be posting some reviews soon. Just like on your face, exfoliating your body is a crucial skin care step. It helps with skin texture, acne, cell turnover and promotes absorption of skin care products. 

I recently purchased this body exfoliating cloth as a replacement for my loofahs and scrubs. It has completely changed my shower game! The Luv Scrub (what a fun name) gently exfoliates your skin as you wash. You can use it with any sop or shower gel and it creates the most intense lather that I love! Not only does it look your skin so smooth, but it also feels great. The long length can be stretched to up to 50" so you can even use it to exfoliate your back.

Loofahs and wash cloths both can also exfoliate. But loofahs need to be replaced at least every 2 months and wash cloths sometimes are too rough on your skin. The Luv Scrub lasts up to 18 months and is just the right amount of exfoliating that can be used everyday. It also comes in several fun colors. 

One thing I really love to use the Luv Scrub is to exfoliate before I put on self tanner. Exfoliated skin absorbs self tanner more evenly and the self tanner will last longer too! All of your lotions and oils will also absorb better because the layer of dead skin has been sloughed off. 

Kara Krittenbrink

OOTD Round Up Vol. 5

My style has definitely leaned more casual lately. I don't even have to wear business casual for work right now. Jeans, tennis shoes and casual skirts have been in constant rotation. I'm sharing a few of my favorite outfits from the last few weeks. If any items I'm wearing aren't currently available I've listed similar options next to the description. 

Bodysuit (1) - belt - Distressed Jeans (1)-  Block Heeled Sandals (1) - purse

 Raffia Sandals (1
Kara Krittenbrink

Book Round Up Vol. 7

The Chiffon Trenches by Andre Leon Talley - Memoirs are really one of my favorite genres. I love really understanding how someone thinks and why they made certain choices. Andre Leon Talley became one of the most important people in fashion publishing. He talks about growing up as a black man in the South and how race played a part in his career. He has incredible fashion knowledge and his stories are truly captivating. Grade: A

The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz - Three women tell the story of the impact the same wedding dress has in their lives. The reader moves back and forth from past to present as each woman shares their story of falling in love. Although the time spans over 60 years some things, like love, don't changes as much as one would think. Grade: B

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah - Many stories have been told about WWII but ones that aren't told as often are about the women. The Nightingale is a novel of two sisters in France during the war. Their lives during the war take off in completely different trajectories. Vianne, the older sister, is just trying to survive and take care of her daughter while her husband is at war. A German officer starts living with them and Vianne must learn to live with enemy. Meanwhile Isabelle has been kicked out of another finishing school. At 18, she is searching for a purpose and hopes to find a way to work with the French resistance to the German occupation. Grade: A

And They Called It Camelot by Stephanie Marie Thornton - I am a sucker for anything about Jacqueline Kennedy, and while it is a novel, this book really paints an incredible picture on her life. Many called her American royalty, Jacqueline must use her charisma and intelligence thru the many trying times in her life. She easily could have just sat in the shadows as a senator and then President's wife. Instead she uses her influence to renew the white house and to influence policy and foreign relations. When she becomes a widow and must start her life over, Jacqueline can only rely on herself to provide for herself and her children. I found myself inspired throughout the entire book. Grade: A

Open Book by Jessica Simpson - This book was so much more than I expected! I wanted to read it because I thought it would be filled with juicy gossip (which I did) and crazy stories about being a pop star. What I didn't realize was how deep Jessica would get. I have told almost every woman in my life that they need to read this. Jessica shares her struggles with body image, dating, family and drinking in a real and raw way. I found myself feeling so close to her thru the book. It truly was one of those books that I laughed and cried thru. Open Book is a great audio book because Jessica reads it herself. Grade: A+
Kara Krittenbrink

Summer Basics Under $50

Lately I have gone back to basics with most things in my life. My routines, outfits and beauty regimen have all been paired down to the basics. This next month most of my posts are going to reflect my more simplified routines and outfits. 
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For the fist post of the month I am sharing some perfect basics for your wardrobe. All of these items not only mix and match well with each other but will work with so may items already in your closet.  

I have a bodysuit similar to this one that I wear atleast once a week. It works so well as a layering piece under other items. I also love it with pair of distressed jeans and some block heels for a fun girls night or date night outfit. 

I've been looking for a classic sandal to wear with everything  The color of these will go with all of my outfits and the platform adds height while still being comfortable. 

Kara Krittenbrink