Fall Fashion On A Budget That Every Millennial Can Afford

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The tricky part about being a millennial is constantly being exposed to people’s lavish lifestyles via their instagram feeds and feeling some sort of FOMO around “why can’t I have that” or “why can’t I look like that” or “what’s his secret?”… I say NO more. Here are some ideas on how to rock fall fashion this year on a millennial budget!

Nothing gets me more excited than finding cute clothes that don’t equal a weeks or months worth of salary. Well, let me take that back. Yes! I like finding good deals and sharing them with everyone I can think of. But I get even MORE excited whenever I meet super cool motivated millennials who take their dreams and make them a reality. This fall fashion focused post was created in collaboration with a dear friend slash phenomenal photographer – Gernelle Nelson. Here’s a quick story about our collaboration:

It was a Sunday afternoon whenever I met Gernelle at her photography studio for the first time in downtown Plano. I brought about a dozen pieces of clothing with no clue which items I wanted to wear. Gernelle helped me pick the top 3 outfit choices and we went to work! She helped me feel at ease and did a really great job at getting me in the perfect poses. We took shots both inside her studio and outside on the historic streets of downtown Plano. I don’t think I’m a natural at getting my photos taken, but she is the first photographer that has truly made me feel like she could take my photos to the next level. The proof is below!

We actually worked together until earlier this summer when Gernelle quit her job and decided to chase her dreams of owning her own business. She has her own life+style blog and owns a photography business, Gernelle Nelson Women & Wedding Portraiture. Fascinated by her drive and envious of her willingness to make the jump, I decided to stay in touch. I keep up with her through reading up on her latest adventures through her blog and following her latest photography projects on her Facebook page. As a bonus, she’s offering my readers a really sweet deal on photography sessions in Plano. Find the offer at the bottom of this post if you’re interested in a complimentary photoshoot!

Back to the fashion: my go-to budget friendly stores include Express, Target, H&M and Nordstrom Rack. Planning a budget is  e s s e n t i a l  to adulting. I like to think that I am an expert at it and actually plan to write a post on how to stay on top of your money. I work hard for every penny I make and I plan where each dime goes on a monthly basis. This is why I’m so passionate about sharing with others how you can be fashionable without paying for a label. I’ll admit I’m no saint, and from time to time I do get my designer fix. But as far as my current state of life right now, it’s just not an option to wear an expensive designer all day every day. So I make my style work for my budget! Here’s how:

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Top: Target $29 (similar) | Skirt: Express $29 (similar) | Watch: Kate Spade (buy)

When I purchased this outfit, I paid full price for the top which was still a bargain, but I got 40% off the skirt at Express. I’ve noticed Express has two sales a year where the entire store is 40% off. This is when I go in and spend. The two dates I know that the sale happens for sure are Labor Day weekend and Black Friday. The watch was a gift, but like I said, most my outfits are budget friendly with one or two higher end pieces to try and make it work!

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Dress: $29 Target | Shoes: $49 Target | Choker: $19 Christy Jean

This season, I’ve been obsessing over florals. I ESPECIALLY love florals with a black background. This dress is super cute with the v-neck criss cross neckline and flowing tent shape. The booties go great with jeans and with dresses. They also will be on sale during black Friday this week – so don’t miss out! Last but not least, there are several chokers now on the Christy Jean website – all of which I adore. Chokers (to me anyways) go with just about anything!

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| Casual Night Out |

Jacket: $74 on sale for a limited time Express | Top: $19 on sale Express (Similar)| Jeans(similar): $198 Bevello | Shoes: Nordstrom Rack | Choker: $19 Christy Jea

This jacket has been such a staple to my wardrope this season. What makes it even better is that it’s afforable! Express’s entire line of clothes will be 50% off this week -be sure to check them out. I also love all of the criss cross necklines we are seeing this season – I can’t get enough of them. This soft pink is super cute with a nice nude lip. The jeans I recently discovered at Bevello and they are the best investment I’ve ever made in the jean department! They look like jeans but feel like yoga pants. Definitely worth the splurge!

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| Date Night |

Top: $8 Express (similar) | Skirt: $25 on sale Express | Earrings: $55 Kendra Scott | Necklace: $15 Express | Shoes: $39 H&M

This outfit is so fun and sexy, and great for a date night or late night out. As mentioned, I just die over the criss cross neck line. I love the dark maroon color for fall along with the black lace skirt. I also have paired a black crop top from Express to go with the skirt for a different occasion. The shoes are actually really easy to walk in and great for out on the town. The necklace has lasted me a couple of years but I have linked one that is similar. A nice bold necklace goes well with this simple top.

As most know, I’m not a fashion blogger but a lifestyle blogger – and this means I write about how I can piece together cute outfits on a budget. Being a millennial really can be fun with the right resources. Wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving week and go out and take advantage of the sales! The lines are not like they used to be since many people shop online. I still love going into my favorite stores and cashing in on amazing deals.

PHOTO CRED//BONUS: Gernelle is an amazing photographer to work with. As a bonus (which most photographers don’t provide these days) she offers prints of your best shots for you to cherish and keep forever, or give to a loved one. Also, for reading this post, she’s offering a gift card worth a $275 value which covers your photo shoot, consultation and $25 print credit. Just contact Gernelle and let her know I sent you! To get in contact with Gernelle, you can call or text her at (972) 364-7815

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The Miracle Lipstick That Stays On All Day

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No. Frickin. Way.

That’s what I thought when a friend on Facebook added me to a group filled with photos of women with these GORGEOUS lips and promises of long lasting color – 12+ hours to be exact! This intrigued me because now that I’m in full adulting mode, I’ve been relentlessly trying to find the best lip colors for work and most importantly – color that LASTS.

“This can’t be actually be legit” & “This is just another pyramid scheme” & even WORSE..”No one even knows what this is” are all thoughts that ran through my head.  I quickly learned how wrong I was…

I like to think I can’t be sold, but who am I kidding?! I like trying new things once, just to get my feet wet, and then will come back for more if I like whatever it is that I tried. After several months of getting Facebook notifications from this group, I finally caved and took the bait. I ordered my first LipSense color. Watch my review below!

DISCLAIMER: I am not a beauty blogger; however – I do want to share content that is honest, authentic and non-bias. I don’t get paid to do my blog posts and I purchase the products I talk about. Click here to learn how to solve all of your non-lasting lipwear problems & purchase this FABulous product.

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#Winning On Instagram – Industry Secrets To Increasing Engagement

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Currently, the social media channel that consumes half of my free time is Instagram with Snapchat just barely coming in second. But I’ve found that keeping up with the most recent social media channels can be almost as challenging as keeping up with the Kardashians. To avoid making yourself or your business look like an amateur on Instagram, I put together a list of my favorite tips that can help you become an Instagram pro!

Subscribe To Stay Up To Date

To be in the loop with the latest updates regarding social media, I strongly suggest subscribing to a few different websites that will send information about the latest social media updates and trends directly to your inbox. Some of the sites I find most useful include Hubspot, Later and Entrepreneur. Later was created for scheduling posts on Instagram so the emails from them are primarily about Instagram. The other two contain an array of different topics, but I’ve found several useful social media tips in these emails which are linked throughout this post.

#Hashtag Your Posts

Hashtags were born on Twitter and they are now one of the essentials to success on Instagram. Instagrammers search for different subjects using hashtags, and it is the quickest way for your posts and your channel to be found. I suggest keeping hashtags to a minimum in your main caption, many times including up to 3. To add hashtags to your post without ruining your caption, post a comment right after posting the picture with the hashtags that make sense for your post. Here’s an example:

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To find out what hashtags to use on your post, check out this article that gives hashtag ideas sorted by topic. I also love this article that I found in Google written by a fabulous local Dallas blogger, Sarah Webb, with even more hashtag ideas.

Post Frequency

You may have noticed a difference in which posts are appearing in your feed after a recent update made later this past summer. Instagram felt it was time to clean up the way they show your posts by showing the accounts you engage with the most first and others later on down the feed. This was great for staying up to date with friends, but not so great for businesses trying to gain and maintain a strong following. This Entrepreneur article about making your Instagram account impressive recommends posting on Instagram 3 times a day, and even more on Facebook.

Captivating Captions

Another tip from the Entrepreneur article discusses the importance of writing a caption that catches the attention of your followers. This is the hardest part of the process for me as puns don’t roll off my tongue like they do for Buzzfeed writers. #CanSomeoneHelpMe This can take time and effort, so it’s important to schedule this process out in your calendar to allow enough time to come up with a creative, well thought out caption for your photo.

Plan Out Your Posts

Later is a handy tool that I discovered after following a blogger who shared her tips on her blog success. You simply create a free account, download the app on your phone and start the scheduling. Whenever it’s time to make a post, you open the app, copy and paste and boom – the post is ready to go live! This is perfect if you like to sit down for 3-4 hours a week planning out your posts and not having to think about what creative caption to come up with every single day.

Bonus: Why Your Business Should Be Active On Instagram Infographic

With over 500 million active Instagram users and over 95 million photos and videos being shared daily, why not take a shot at dipping your business toe into the Instagram pond? No harm no foul, and for many major brands, only brand visibility and increased sales to be made here. If you love infographics like me, take a quick peek at this one here that breaks it down for you in a fun and colorful way.

In short, Instagram is definitely the next big social media channel for business. Users continue to grow, the demographics continue to diversify, and with the new advertising capabilities, you can reach your desired targeted audience. For more information on how you can promote your business effectively on Instagram, send me a note on what you goals are and what questions you have. Cheers!

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Prepless Porcelain Veneers: My Journey

 


Last week I completed the process of getting prepless porcelain veneers on my front four teeth. I am actually pretty excited to share my porcelain veneer journey, although some people might think “oh my gosh why is she telling the world she had work done?!!?!” but in all honesty, I’ve been an open book my entire life about many things and I don’t plan on closing the book anytime soon. I did a TON of research before moving forward with the procedure, and thanks to many of my fellow YouTubers, I felt much more prepared and confident in moving forward. If I can help just one person make a more educated decision, I have accomplished what I came here to do. Please keep negative comments to yourself and let me know if you have any questions about the process! I’m happy to help!

Research, Research, Research!!!

Before getting started, I created a profile with Real Self. This site has all things cosmetic surgery/procedures and I spent hours looking at different photos, reviews and stories. I also spent a good amount of time watching fellow Youtubers share their journey! This helped me feel more educated on my decision and more confident in what I was about to do to my face. Here’s a good one. && Here’s another good one! 

Find The Right Doctor

I only went to two consultation appointments, both with doctors who had years of experience of cosmetic dentistry under their belt. It’s important to ask what kinds of cosmetic dentistry they enjoy the most and request a photo album of what their patients look like after. Another great place to check is their website to see their smile gallery. Every good cosmetic dentist has one. If they don’t, don’t go there. Once they meet the criteria, it’s important you connect with your doctor. I felt the second one that I saw was more friendly and spent more time answering my questions. I didn’t feel rushed. I didn’t feel like another number in their book. It was very important to me that the doctor I chose was receptive to my needs and cared about how I felt with the result. Dr. Martin in Grapevine is a wonderful cosmetic dentist – check out his information here. 

Understanding The Prepless Porcelain Veneers Process

I went to a total of 4 appointments for this procedure:

  1. Consultation – this is quick, but also important as this appointment will make or break your decision on whether you want to move forward with your doctor or not.
  2. Minimal Veneer Prep & Laser Gum Contouring – since the veneers are prepless, the doctor only took off a very thin layer of enamal off my teeth for impressions. He sent the impressions off to the lab where my teeth would be made. There are no temporaries needed with prepless venee He also used a laser to remove a bit of excess gum I had mostly over my laterals, and a tiny bit off the two front teeth. I had an accident when I was 8 riding my bike that injured and pushed down my gums. I’ve always been self conscious about them but this step is not necessary for prepless veneers.
  3. Porcelain Veneer Application – this appointment takes about 3 hours. The doctor bonds on the veneers and does some shaping up.
  4. Shape Touch Up – after my application appointment, I still felt the teeth appeared too square and bulky. I went back to Dr. Martin’s office the next day. He stayed after hours to help shave down the teeth to get them to the size and shape I desired. I was very lucky in my choice of doctor.

Overall, the experience was pretty simple and now I feel so much more confident when I smile. My situation before wasn’t too bad, but I was self conscious about my chipped tooth and misplaced lateral. I would definitely recommend this procedure to anyone looking to improve their smile, bringing it to perfection. Thank you Dr. Martin for the transformation!

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What Millennials Want From The Workplace: 6 Things We Desire

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NERD ALERT: I subscribe to the Entrepreneur.com emails because I aspire to one day be successful on my own after starting my own business…in the mean time, I enjoy reading up and performing research on the different/random aspects of business. One area that I’m drawn to is hiring and maintaining strong and loyal talent. If I want my own business one day, I’m going to need key people to help me get sh*t done. In the process, I’m going to need to be aware of what these key people need in order to remain both successful and happy.

Then I found this article on what MILLENNIALS care about and what they wish employers understood about them. I loved this article and found it very agreeable. I wanted to use this as a conversation starter for my latest vlog post: What do you care about when it comes to the workplace? What can an employer do to make you happy and stay with their company? Click on my vlog below & subscribe for future updates, let’s talk!

 

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Balayage Blonde Gone Wrong

Balayage Gone Wrong

So I promise I will do more career and marketing related posts ASAP, but I’ve been wanting to write a post about my CRAZY hair experience over the past 6 months as I aspired to achieve the “perfect” balayage or ombre look and fell short[ish] of this goal. I hope this post is insightful and helpful to any ladies out there like me wanting to go out and spend their hard earned doll hairs $$$$ on this popular hair style, and hopefully this will also help you avoid getting into a mess!

**Disclaimer: this post will include many selfies of which I am not ashamed because A) they are needed to show the progression of the color and B) without them I would not have a case to present!

One main tip before I get started: DO YOUR RESEARCH. Google, Facebook and Yelp your local hair salons and look for reviews about the service you are wanting. I failed to do this and in the end I feel like because I didn’t do my due diligence, I wasted time and money. Aside from written reviews, check out photos and ask your stylist for photos and how long he/she has been doing balayage for their clients.

Second tip: DON’T BE FOOLED by expensive salons. Just because their services cost more does not mean they do better work. This is the naive, millennial young girl truth coming out: I thought by paying more I would hopefully in return be getting a better, more experienced hair stylist. Silly. Me.

Back in the spring, I started my balayage journey by going from brunette to a medium golden balayage:

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After a few months with the lighter hue, I wanted to lighten things up even more for summer. I wanted to be as blonde as possible without the hassle of having major dark roots. Balayage is supposed to be the solution for low maintenance, blonde(ish) hair. This would not be an easy task but I saw many brunettes who were able to pull this off. I thought with the right hair stylist, this could be done on me!

I decided to see a stylist in Dallas who I’d been to before, but my FIRST mistake was going back to him after a bad blonde experience with him a year prior. I asked for partial highlights and he left me with blonde bleach spots in pieces of hair near the front of my face. When I went back, instead of fixing the handful of messy pieces, he refoiled my entire head turning it almost completely 100% blonde. Why would I go back? Short term memory loss [I love how the long term memory kicks in afterwords]…SECOND mistake was me assuming that because I was going to a salon in a ritzy part of Dallas and was paying double what I would normally pay, I would get a movie star hair do… W R O N G ! [that is a Capital W through G]

When I arrived at the expensive salon, I showed the hair dresser some photos of what I wanted to look like and mentioned how I wanted to lighten my existing balayage. Here are the photos I used:

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Can I just say how obsessed I am with Jessie James Decker?! I LOVE her, and her hair, and her make up, and her voice, and her reality show, and her YouTube channel, and her family, and her life! Okay..rant over.

Anyways, about 5 hours later, he turned me into this:

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Not bad, right?

Wrong.

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I think he thought that maybe I’d never part my hair and look at the damage done? Call me crazy, but some days I part my hair different ways and wear it in different styles. After noticing all the misplaced bleach, I immediately contacted him to fix this mess. I debated on just going somewhere else and never going back, but after dishing out $300 (yes, dumb.. I know), I couldn’t get myself to spend any more on these damaged locks. So I went back a few days later.

I show up for my appointment and he has forgotten to buy the brown hair dye. This particular salon specialized in blondes and apparently didn’t have many shades of brown in stock. So I wasted about 45 minutes going downtown, parking, just to turn right back around with my gorgeous ghetto splotchy bleached hair. #FirstWorldProblems

Round three: this time I show up, we spend three hours trying to fix his mistake. His first solution was to add brown back to the roots. When he was applying the brown back to my roots trying to blend it with the blonde, he ended up leaving several large brown splotches on my bleached blonde hair. When he washed it all out, he kept rubbing his fingers through the spotted strands as I sat there mortified. My hair was already fried from the initial blonde he put in, and adding more to it just fried it even more. He then proceeds to bleach the brown spots not once, but twice because the first time he did it, they didn’t come out. The second time they didn’t completely come out either, but he was tired and had some sort of event or rave to attend. His friend was waiting for him in the empty salon and was rushing the entire process. He sent me home with soaking wet hair and some free Kevin Murphy and Oilaplex product which I’m pretty sure he stole from the salon.We washed and dried my hair three times. I was left with this:

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Now, this wasn’t awful, but I still needed to go back for a third [really fourth] visit to have him blend it one more time. On my final visit, he went through my entire head and added partial brown lowlights all throughout once I got back from our trip. This made it a little bit more blended:

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In the right lighting, it was pretty. But I have really dark hair and dark eyebrows and it was SUPER blonde. So it did look really un-natural and over time, it became hard to manage. It was fun being a blondie and maybe one day I’ll find a way to upkeep this look, but I’m not one to drop $150-$200 on my hair every 6-8 weeks. I needed to be able to afford a blonder color without the constant need for maintenance and upkeep. I let some time pass and after about 2.5 months, I decided to go back to the girl who did an incredible balayage on me the first go round. She did great work and I should have gone to her for round two to get it to the blond I wanted. When I went to her last week, she did a shadow root and added more, thicker brown low lights. In the end of it all, I ended up with this:

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I hope this was helpful and if you happen to be in a situation like I was, remember a one thing: don’t panic. It is just hair… as hard as it is to convince yourself when you are actually in this situation, know that it can be fixed. Worst case scenario you can go back to your natural color and start over a month or two later.  Also, don’t be rude to the hair stylist who messed it up. I was never arrogant or snotty towards the guy who messed my hair up and I will not share any information on him or the salon he works at. He was nice enough to try and fix it for free and that’s all I can ask for. We are all human and we all make mistakes. Also, when someone has control over the way you look, you definitely do not want to rub them the wrong way! I just simply will never go back 😉

I’m very happy with my look now and will probably continue to experiment with my hair. Have you tried the balayage hair style? Did you like it the first go round? I’m curious if I’m the only one who had a bad experience [which I partially blame myself for] and how you may have fixed it? I am happy to share my hair stylists name who fixed it for me, she is incredible! Just leave a comment or message me directly and I’ll get you in touch with her 🙂

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The FabFitFun Box: Is It Worth It?!

During the commercial break of Bachelor In Paradise…while scrolling through your newsfeed, did you notice any FabFitFun ads? Ever wonder what all the rage is about? Well…I caved and decided to subscribe to this mysterious yet intriguing beauty and fitness box. And I actually love it. Watch my review below and let me know what you think of this addictive subscription box <3

 

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The Latest: Dating Apps – Do They Work?

If you missed the latest on the vlog, see below for more on my thoughts on dating online as a millennial:

It’s taken me a lot of thought, revisions and NERVE to post this next blog/vlog -oooh girl [or boy] I’m starting a conversation about dating apps! Before I go any further, please know that I understand online dating is NOT for everyone. I actually wasn’t an advocate for it until I tried it. My goal is not to tell you that you MUST try online dating if you are single. I simply want to share a pretty cool experience around the cultural phenomenon of dating apps that completely changed my attitude towards dating in your twenties. Join me in this conversation…I want to know your thoughts and experiences!

Modern Dating With A Traditional Mindset

Let me start by this: I actually have pretty traditional views on dating and have always felt opposed to online dating apps… especially for young people. Here’s why: if you are living close to the place you grew up (like me), you probably find that you have a variety of groups of friends from either high school, college, family or work. I regularly do social things like attending networking events, going to happy hours and going out on weekends with my friends. In many ways, I consider myself a pretty stereo-typical twenty-something year old girl. I’m driven to succeed but I also want to have as much fun as possible along the way (especially B.C. – before children YIKES). I also tend to be the first one to break the ice when I find myself around a new group of people. All of these things made me think that I was not a candidate for dating online.

Single, Awkward & Tipsy

I found myself single last January and in an awkward phase in life. Some of my friends were still in college or grad school, some still had the freedom to go out on a Tuesday, others were in a serious relationship. The awkward part of being in your twenties is everyone is in a different place: some of us are becoming parents, some are getting married, some are trying to graduate college in our 7th year, and some of us are moving across the globe. Newly single, I was still trying to navigate life in the “real” world, trying to find the rhythm of a full time job that added loads of pressure to my every day life. My weeks consisted of waking up early, getting ready for work, going to work, focusing all day on trying my best to keep my clients happy, trying to hit the gym either before or after work, and coming home. Nothing too exciting, nothing to brag about.

Every weekend me and the girls would rally up and go hang out with our same group of friends. When we would go out to the bars, we’d meet guys that we were attracted to. The problem was, the guys I kept meeting were not the kind of quality guys that I wanted. Many were very surface level, ego-centric horn dogs [ugh] trying to maintain this image of masculinity that no offense – I saw straight through. Not interested in all this nonsense, I felt frustrated. Although I wasn’t looking to run to the alter tomorrow, I was looking for someone genuine to enjoy life with in hopes to find out if that person was someone I’d want to spend my life with.

The Newest Thing: Hinge

Worn out from bar hopping and meeting boys out on the town, I said screw it. I’m going to try this “super lame dating app” thing. My coworkers used it and encouraged it, so I blame them (thank you!!). Being a sucker when under peer pressure, I caved and downloaded Hinge. Hinge is a dating app directly connected to Facebook. You only get to swipe through ten matches a day and you MUST have mutual friends on Facebook to get matched with someone. This makes it really easy to cyber stalk whoever it is you’re matched with [because duh you have to see if this person passes the online personality test]. Plus, it gives you both a common topic to talk about. I like my friends, so if you know them, I might like you too.

I went on several Hinge dates and felt like I was matched with guys who were more interested in getting to know me than the bros at the bars. I was pretty pleased with my experience but after serially dating for five months, I was getting to a point where I wanted to lay off the dates for a while. I met some great people, but when I kept putting myself out there and not finding exactly what I was looking for, I felt tired and a little disheartened.

My Last Hinge Date

In May of last year, I switched jobs and between my old job and new job, took a week off and went to Cabo and Southern California. I was single on this trip, but this one guy I connected with on Hinge was staying in touch throughout the trip. At the time, I felt this connection was minuscule and I wasn’t sure anything would come of it, mainly because I hadn’t met this person yet and I wasn’t sure I ever would. We connected on Hinge earlier in the month, and we hadn’t made plans to meet. I wasn’t able to meet until I got back from vacation. Once I returned, I agreed to meet him on Memorial Day.

Apparently I was late, although I think I was right on time 😉 I walked up to the table and introduced myself to John, my newest Hinge date. Our time was spent getting to know the basics about each other: where we grew up, what we did for work, what we were passionate about, what our family was like and we even discussed previous relationships. I’m a really open book and I’m well aware that it turns some people off, but he seemed just as interested as me to learn more. && the rest is history…we saw each other 4 times in the first week of knowing each other and have been pretty inseparable ever since.

Being single is all about trying new things and getting out of your comfort zone; but also finding yourself. The more that you know who you are, the easier it’ll be for you to find what you want. I loved Hinge because it allowed me to try new things by meeting new people, going to new places and pushing myself out of my comfort zone. In fact, I feel like in those moments, I was learning about myself and finding out who I was.

I want to know: how do you feel about online dating? What’s your experience with it? What do you like about it? Or what is holding you back from trying it? Let’s chat, I want to hear what you think! Thanks for listening or reading the latest, can’t wait to hear from you!

~XXXO, Mary

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bareMinerals Last Chance Sale: 4 Products Under $50

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If you know me, you probably know how big of a sucker I am for a good sale. Whether it’s the Nordstrom Anniversary sale on products for the upcoming season or a sale on “last chance” AKA clearance items, I’m always on the hunt for a deal. Last weekend, I received an email from bareMinerals about a sale they were having on all “last chance” items in their inventory.

I don’t consider myself a huge make up junkie, but I do love make up that is quality but also not harmful to your skin. I’ve been using the bareMinerals powder foundation on my face for about ten years now and it’s the only foundation I trust. I’ve tried others that offer more coverage with a more “finished” look, but they weren’t a good fit for me. With bareMinerals, I don’t have to worry about breaking out, I can sleep in it if I forget to wash my face at night and this product line simply does not irritate my skin. It also gives me a more natural, youthful look – which I love! So low and behold, when I got the email about a sale, I had to look and see if I was in luck. And that I was! I found four products for under $50 that I now truly love!

Here’s a recap of the goods:

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Gloss + Lip Balm

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Jack Of All Trades Lip Balm in Baby Doll – Retail: $12 | 40% of Sale: $7.20

Between my morning coffee, hourly water cup refills, snacks, lunch, long phone meetings and more, my lips end up chapped throughout my work week. This balm is perfect for re-moisturizing your lips while also adding a hint of color. I chose the baby doll pink mostly because I don’t have this color in my make up bag and it’s a light, every day color I won’t get tired of. It also comes in the shade “Sure Thing” which is a plum shade.

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Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Rockstar – Retail: $18 | 40% off: $10.80

bareMinerals lip gloss is my favorite. It’s thicker, it’s glossy and it just feels good on my lips. The Rockstar shade is a more neutral color in my opinion, so I can gloss it over any balm or lipstick color I am wearing. The flavor of their glosses is one of my favorites as well. This product was definitely a steal in my opinion.

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Secret Weapon Kit in Medium: Reg $56 Sale: $29 | 40% off Last Chance Items Sale: $17

The one thing that sucks about bareMinerals foundation is that you can’t really use it as a “touch up” product throughout the day since it’s in a loose dispenser. I have an oily t-zone and have struggled for years trying to find drug store “touch up” powder that matches my foundation. Always failed. This pallet comes with a concealer to apply under eye circles or random zits that might make their debut in the middle of the day [agh stress!] PLUS the powder to fluff on your nose or T zone areas. With this secret weapon now in my back pocket, I don’t look like such an oily mess at the end of my work days #winning 😀

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Beauty On The Go Refillable Compact – Retail: $28 Sale: $9.50 40% Off: $5.70

So this product has mixed reviews, and to be honest I probably wouldn’t have bought it at full price. But for $5 or $10, it’s definitely worth a shot. You take the powder from your full size foundation and put it in this container for touch ups throughout the day. I almost like the secret weapon kit idea better, but with this product you do get to use some of the foundation you already bought by filling it into the compact here. If you want to save money and not be wasteful, this product is a good fit.

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The total cost of all four products was only $44.49. I purchased each product from anywhere between 40-80% off. Like I said, who doesn’t LOVE a good deal?! To see more “last chance” products, click here. 

I tried getting some up close shots of the color…sorry if the camera didn’t get the best resolution, but this is me trying the product for the first time. The lip balm is really light and isn’t easy to see, but it’s a nice every day balm with just a hint of pink color. I love lip gloss since it makes the lips look fuller, and the bareMinerals gloss has a slight flavor to it that I actually like – maybe it has a hint of mint? LOL! Hard to say… but this girl sure does love a good gloss!

What’s the latest make up bargain you’ve found? Please share with me, I love finding new products through sales or clearance. Thank you for reading through this blog, please subscribe if you enjoyed it and would like to continue to learn about more ways you can save on brand items!

XXXO ~Mary E. Robb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Next Kendra Scott – But For A Cause

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Alright ladies (and man friends of ladies who gift them)…I’ve been working on this for the past two months and am SO excited to finally release this blog post. Most likely you’re seeing this because we’re connected on social media, therefore you probably have seen me post about a new jewelry line I’m constantly talking about: Christy Jean. The reason I’m so excited about this is because I finally found a jewelry line that not only fits my style and my needs, but I know it will fit the needs of everyone I know… whether we’re friends, coworkers, friends of friends, family, or just basically anyone. Here’s why:

A) the pieces don’t look EXACTLY like every other basic jewelry line out there // it is unique

B) despite A, it DOES follow the latest trends i.e. tassles, drusy embellished rings, earrings and necklaces, chokers and much more…

C) it’s for a cause: a portion of proceeds go to charity (list of charities here)

D) it was created by an outstanding woman from Plano who decided to follow her dream and create her own line of jewelry

E) it’s affordable – can I get a “FINALLY!!”

F) before I run out of letters in the alphabet…. it is quality jewelry as many pieces are either dipped in gold or sterling silver

Before I continue, I think it’s important to know the story behind how I met the creator and founder of the line, Jeannie Barsam and how we began our partnership. I am young in my career and am always interested in meeting new people through networking. A coworker of mine, Gernelle Nelson, started her own blog and photography business and to jump start her business and contacts, she attended a networking group in North Dallas called Dallas Women Entrepreneurs. One day she was nice enough to ask me to join her. Not sure how I could contribute to this meetup considering I didn’t have my own business, I said “yes I’ll go!” in hopes I’d figure it out! And that I did.

During the meeting, I met several passionate women who were excited to meet me and share their business with me. I had a great time and currently continue to attend these meetings, but something immediately caught my eye as I was heading home for the night. As I was making my way towards the door, I noticed a table that was swarmed with women. As I inched my way closer through the crowd, I peeked through the groups of women and saw several sets of jewelry that looked like something out of a Kendra Scott or Nordstrom catalogue. Was this another Stella & Dot or Chloe & Isabelle type of line? No… Was it a local boutique? No… But the pieces were so trendy.. and they fit my style! (which is hard with jewelry as I admit to being too picky). I had to stop and talk to the woman behind this new and unknown jewelry line. After getting a moment to speak with Jeannie, she told me she hand made much of the jewelry herself and just began selling this year. I immediately shared with her that I was in marketing and would love to help get her social media up and running and build an online presence for her new business. She gave me her business card and the rest is history.

Jeannie has an incredible background and is a true inspiration for all women who have a desire to build a successful career. She held several powerful positions at huge retail companies including Gap, Old Navy, Charlotte Russe, Talbot’s and most recently retired from Zales. Instead of kicking back and enjoying life now that she’s done with the hustle and bustle of retail, she decided she wanted to do something more with her free time. Passionate about giving back and helping those in need, she decided she’d create and sell jewelry that would benefit charity.

I am beyond thrilled to share this new line with you and I hope everyone can see what I can see in this line. There are two ways to view and purchase the jewelry:

Visit ChristyJean.com 

If you are anything like me, you have a slight problem with online shopping (as in you’re addicted)…to view the latest pieces available for purchase, visit the Christy Jean website and check out her latest necklaces, earrings, rings or bracelets/bangles. These pieces are perfect for yourself if you’re looking for something to wear on date night, girl’s night, to a wedding or networking event. They also make perfect gifts for birthdays, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, holidays or just because. If you’ve read this far you’ll also know that because you’re currently visiting my blog, you get $15 off a $50 purchase if you use my code: mary15

Get to shopping as many styles run out fast!

Host A Jewelry Party

Looking for a fun way to get the girls together? Have a charity you support and want to find a way to give back? Well guess what…hosting a jewelry party is the PERFECT way to accomplish both of those tasks! 25% of proceeds from Christy Jean jewelry parties go to charity. As a party host, you choose which charity it goes to plus you get FREE jewelry just for being the host. Jeannie will typically throw in a special for the evening such as 20% off or Buy 2 Get 1 Free all jewelry. Email me today if you are interested in hosting a jewelry party or for more details: hello@maryerobb.com

Attend A Jewelry Party

Not ready to host a jewelry party? Find us on social media by liking our Facebook page and following us on Instagram to find out about when and where our next jewelry party will be. If we have a public event, we post it to our social media pages and our followers are ALWAYS invited to join! HINT: exclusive social media discounts are announced only on these pages.

I can write about this new jewelry line all day, but the photos really tell the story. Check out some photos we’ve gotten over the past two months. If you like something, I’ve included the links to the website where you can find the piece below each photo.

Happy shopping!! <3

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Necklace / Rings / Tassle Earrings

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Drusy Necklaces

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Earrings Look-A-Like / Drusy Necklace

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Necklaces

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Necklace Look-A-Like / Rings

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Rings

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Bangle / Gold Circle Statement Necklace / Gold And Orange Agate Pendant

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Rings

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Drusy Necklace / Rings

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NEW PRODUCT: Coming Soon!

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Feather Necklace / Feather Earrings / X Ring

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Gold Circle Statement Necklace / Gold Bar Necklace

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NEW PRODUCT: Coming Soon!

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Rings

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Drusy Necklace

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Rings / Bracelets

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NEW PRODUCT: Coming Soon!

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RingsLariat Necklace

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Bracelets

Don’t forget!!! For $15 off purchases of $50 or more, use my code: Mary15

Many pieces are making their way to the website now. If you see something you like here but not on the site, shoot me a quick email @ hello@maryerobb.com and I’ll hook you up! Thanks for reading and have a wonderful week!

XXXO ~Mary E. Robb

 

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