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July 2015

Rocking Pale Skin During the Summer | thebalm Review

I’m super pale-skinned. I always have been that way and feel like I can safely assume I always will be. Most of the time it doesn’t bother me, but during the summertime here in Wisconsin (which, hello, is right now) it kind of drives me nuts. Shorts and dresses do not feel nearly as comfortable to me when I have a pair of bright white gams sticking out from underneath.

And the worst part of it is I could sit out in the sun all day and never get any darker. My skin doesn’t burn, it doesn’t tan, it doesn’t really do much of anything. The sun and my skin are pretty much mortal enemies – they want nothing to do with each other.

So over the years I’ve had to get creative with different ways to get some color into my completion during the warmer months. I’ve tried everything from spray tanning to tanning lotions to pretty much every kind of bronzing powder that’s out there. Recently, I’ve come across both a line of cosmetics and a combination of application that I’ve been SO impressed with for making me look skin-kissed without being orangey or streaky.

I'm always on the look for a good way to bring a summery glow to my pale skin. Well, I think I've finally found it. Here is my review on 4 thebalm products!

I had never tried any products from the line thebalm before, but I had heard great things about it from multiple people, so it was on my list for the future. However, once I started trying to track it down when I was out and about I quickly discovered that it was a tough line of products to get your hands on. It’s not carried at Sephora, nor Ulta, nor any department store in my area. I did notice that every once in a while Ulta would have a handful of thebalm products at the counter, but it was never anything I was interested in trying. Read more…

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April 2015

3 Spring Outfits You Already Have in Your Closet

I’m all about outfit inspiration. I love looking through Pinterest finding different ideas for outfits I can throw together and discover unique ideas for mixing things up a bit. My issue always comes from the fact that I never actually own any of adorable pieces you need to create the outfit.

Lately I’ve been really enjoying using the program Polyvore to put together outfit inspiration boards using clothing pieces I already own. Today I wanted to share with you a few outfits I created using really basic pieces I already have hanging around my closet; pieces that I bet 90% of you have as well.


Spring Outfit Inspiration #1

Today I'm sharing inspiration for 3 Spring outfits you already have in your closet using basic pieces you probably already own!
This first outfit includes three of the most basic pieces wardrobe pieces any gal could own. If you have yet to add any of these to your own wardrobe I would definitely recommend moving them to the top of your shopping list. Take a pair of straight or tapered leg black pants, a plain white tee, and a jean jacket, and you have the base to create about 30 million different looks. Adding a pair of black heels (pointed toe is always my preference) and a statement necklace can take you from ho-hum to high-fashion in 10 seconds or less. Read more…

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March 2015

Why Summer Clothes Suck

Summer is by far my favorite season. I love the warm sunny days, the weekends and the cabin, and the Friday night bonfires. But summer clothing? Not so much. See, it’s not that I don’t love a cute summer dress and a good pair of wedges, I just get confused. Fall and Winter I’ve got it down. Give me a good pair of leggings or skinny jeans, a chunky sweater, and a scarf and I’m set for life. But there is just too much versatility in Spring and Summer. You would think that would be a good thing, but for some reason for me it’s not. From dresses and rompers, to shorts and skirts, to pants and capris, it seems like I can’t nail down a signature style for myself.

I think one of the biggest issues for me is that Summer trends seem to change more drastically from year to year than Winter clothes do, which makes me feel like I need to revamp my wardrobe every season. And let me tell ya, this girl does not have the budget to be switching from maxi dresses to short dresses and from high-waisted to low-waisted pants every 5 seconds.

Summer clothes suck sometimes. Between rapidly changing trends, too many options, and barely-there outfits, it can be hard to find things that work.

The other issue I run into way more in the summertime than I do in the cooler months is deciding on how much skin I’m willing to show. I know this is definitely a personal decision from woman to woman, but it seems like with each Summer (as I’ve been married and as I’ve been getting older) I’ve found myself wanting to show less and less. I know I was far from a bare-all girl in the first place, so lately I’ve had a really rough time finding that balance between something that is stylish and that I feel comfortable in, and something that is still eons away from mom jeans.

#firstworldproblems, amiright?

Anyway, I decided to actually try and be a bit proactive this year and to actually try and pick out some Summer 2015 styles that are on trend, a bit more more “family friendly” (because I refuse to use the words modest or conservative, yek), and easy for me to pull off. Here’s what I found: Read more…

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March 2015

Using Anti-Aging Products at 25 | Smart or Just Sad?

You guys, I’ve been keeping a secret from you. I had been trying to hide it but today I decided to just come clean. Okay here it goes…

A few months back I saw a line. On my face. And I would swear on my life that it wasn’t there the day before. Don’t believe me, ask my husband. He’s very versed in line-on-my-face-gate since it was the topic of discussion that entire afternoon.

And like any good Millennial does, I proceeded to spend that entire evening googling why-oh-why was this happening to me and how do I get rid of it ASAP. In my “research,” I discovered time and time again the experts letting me know that once you start getting fine lines and wrinkles there isn’t much this side of botox you can do to get rid of them, and that your best bet is prevention in the first place.

Which is just about as good as an “I told you so” from a high school rival in my book, and caused webMD to almost find itself demolished with a sledgehammer. but I digress…

The more I thought about it the more I remembered being told in college that you really should start using anti-aging products and/or an anti-aging regimen at age 25. If you don’t know I  just turned 25 a few months back, so I figure there must be some truth to that recommendation.

What are your thoughts on using anti-aging products at 25 years old? See what I've been doing, and enter the Vitamin C Serum and Hyaluronic Acid giveaway!

I started looking into a myriad of products and anti-aging tips, both of the natural and store-bought variety. I was shocked to discover how many different brands actually have a specific anti-aging line. And if you ask me, my personal opinion is that some of that is probably just marketing tactics. I’m sure some of them work, but how do you know that difference? Before I turned my entire makeup and skincare routine completely on it’s head, I decide to get a bit more feedback first. (more…)

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March 2015

Quality or Quantity, Which Do You Choose?

Quality or Quantity? This is a question I’ve been asking myself quite a bit lately.

All through high school and for most of college, I focused very much on quantity when it came to my wardrobe and accessories. I mean let’s be honest, it’s not like I had the money for nice things back then so it wasn’t much of a decision, but I really had bought into the idea of having a closet full of cheaper things so that I wouldn’t have to repeat outfits very often, and so that I wouldn’t feel as guilty getting rid of things I too quickly became tired of.

Are you a quality or a quantity gal when it comes to your wardrobe? Today I share why I recently made the shift, and where I find my awesome quality pieces!

Lately though (probably ever since getting married), I’ve really started focusing on a more minimalistic lifestyle. When we moved into our house a little over a year ago I did a huge purge and either sold or donated almost half of my wardrobe. Gearing up for that closet clean-out had me almost literally shaking in my knee-high boots, but it turned out to shockingly be much easier to do than I was anticipating. When you really take the time to look at each piece you have in the light of day and with a critical eye, you notice everything from small stains to rips to ill-fits, which makes it much easier to part with it once you realize it isn’t doing you any favors.

Dramatically sizing down my collection has made it much easier to focus on how to best wear and accessorize what I do have, and to better plan out outfits and discover what items I should look at adding to my wardrobe. My fashion goals lately have been to add classic, high quality pieces to my collection that can compliment any outfit, hold up through time and trends, and just overall be a really positive addition to my collection. Don’t get me wrong, I still love shopping for “trendy” pieces that I will only wear for a season or two at my go-to bargain stores like Forever 21 and Target, but mixing these together with high quality pieces has been a very positive change for my overall wardrobe. Read more…

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