OOTD: Embroidered Midi Dress

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I’m so excited to share this look with you all today! In particular, I’m excited to share the star of the OOTD this embroidered midi-dress, it’s one of my absolute favorite go-to dresses. I can seriously live in it, as it works for so many occasions; I can pair it with strappy heels for a dressier event, or throw on some gladiator sandals for the perfect causal brunch look. Not to mention it’s an exact dupe for one of my favorite, Free people dresses (I might even like the quality of this one a little more) and at only $36.99 vs $168.00 I really couldn’t say no.

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One of my my favorite colors to pair with black during the summer is camel. I love the contrast and warmth it brings to a black outfit, and the warm tone makes black summer appropriate. So I knew that my Steve Madden espadrilles, would be the perfect shoe for this look. Not only did they match perfectly with my, Jessica Simpson purse, but the wedge gave me some much needed height, to successfully pull off a midi dress. The finishing touch was to throw on my new hat obsession, this straw hat I indefinitely borrowed from my mom ( I mean does anything say summer like a straw hat)?

2017-06-15 06.54.37 3For jewelry I kept it super simple and minimal, layering my favorite Old Navy dangle necklace and a simple dainty gold chain, mom gifted me from her recent trip to Mexico. For earrings I kept with the dangle theme, throwing on these disc style gold earrings, that catch the light perfectly. On my hands, I went with my two favorite Madewell bracelets, my engagement ring (of course) and a bar Madewell ring as well. I wanted to keep everything simple, to not take away from the beautiful white embroidered flowers.

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This look, is something I will have on repeat so expect to see it in future posts hopefully you guys don’t get tired of it.

As always thank you for stopping by.

Share your favorite fashion, or beauty dupes in the comments below, I’d love to check them out.

70’s summer vibes.

20170604181341_IMG_2369-01This past weekend I was crushing hard on the 70’s, I spent a majority of my weekend grooving out to Fleetwood Mac, and The Mammas and the Pappas while frolicking outside. Luckily for my slight 70’s addiction (or maybe not so slight) I’m pretty stocked on all of your flower child essentials, all perfect for a spring outfit. 



To start off this vintage Forever 21 dress, (totally joking about the vintage part) was a recent rediscovery from my closet, I’ve had it for a few years and can’t seem to get enough of it. The fabric is light weight flowy and breathable all musts for a hot California day . It cinches in at the waist creating a very flattering shape the slightly oversized bell sleeves come down at and angle for optimum frolicking action. Is it me or is anyone else getting major dessert flower child vibes from the print? 



 I kept my accessories minimal opting for an oversized straw hat and wicker vintage clutch a match made in heaven. Of course I live in my Karen Walker Super Dupers  year round they Shapes frames my face perfectly. 


These Steve Madden espadrille wedges are a new addition to my closet, I now know why they are the shoe of the summer. I found mine at DSW for only $59.99 and let me tell you I’m running back for all the other shades, they are absolute perfection. The brown suede against the light rope scream summer and the strap make them easy to walk in all day long.


I’m sure this outfit this going to be on repeat, all summer long.

What is your current favorite outfit be sure to share in the comment below. 

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Peace and love



Let’s Talk Bras

Gilligan & O’ Malley for Target

I feel like I have spent a majority of my adult life in the search of the perfect bra. Over the years I have tried several brands, styles, and have gone back and forth between padded and unlined. My search for a great fitting bra that also makes me feel sexy and confidant, has become even more of a challenge since becoming a new mom (a breast-feeding mom at that). It seem like nursing bras are all made to look like weird training bras. and give you uniboob (come on bra companies us moms  want cute and dainty bras too). Well, I have really exciting news! So exciting that I’m snapping pictures of my unmentionables, and sharing them all over social media… I found two really great bras, and I just have to share this discovery. Although it’s not an actual nursing bra, nursing is very do-able even better they can be found at Target ( can they do nothing wrong?) and it’s only $16.99! I have two styles that I’m obsessed with, like committed relationship obsessed.

To start I’m a 36D and have a lot of needs, I look for lift, support, flexibility (As a mom I’m constantly moving and can’t have anything jumping ship, you know what I mean) I also need it to be comfortable, durable and let’s not forget it needs to be cute. I know, it’s a lot of requirements but well-fitting under garments are VERY important, there nothing worse than having to constantly readjust. Style wise I go back and forth between wires and no wire, however I try to avoid padded bras I prefer a unlined bra (opposed to 20-year-old me, who loved an overly padded bra).

Gilligan & O’Malley Unlined Lace Bra
Buff Beigie, $16.99

I have two styles to share both from Gilligan & O’ Malley range from Target, but this one is by far my favorite I own a few different colors, and here is why I love it sooo much. It’s a fully unlined, wire lace bra (that’s a mouth full)  that has a slight stretch. Making it very comfortable to wear through-out the entire day or even sleep in. It comes in a wide range of sizes, even for us gals with larger breasts (size range 32B-40DD), the cups cut across at a slight angle giving the breast a very flattering shape. The built-in wire stops at the perfect point, high enough that it holds everything in from the sides, but low enough that you don’t have an annoying wire digging in at your side. Although this is not an actual nursing bra, I find the stretch and shape make nursing very do-able.

Gilligan &’ Malley Unlined Lace Bra


Ebony $16.99

The second color I own is this black number, which is just plain feminine and sexy no other way to put it. It’s completely outlined in lovely scalloped lace trim, which gives it a uber feminine feel. It works well under slightly sheer t-shirts, or t-shirts that have a deeper v ( lets face it showing your bra, is totally a fashion trend) the lace slightly peeking out looks really chic. A wider band hugs and smooths everything out making it undetectable under thinner fabrics. I can’t say enough good things about this one, I recently introduced my sister to it and she is just as obsessed as I am.

Gilligan & O’Malley Floral Lace Bralette
Crystal Pink $16.99

The next style is a true bralette that can be worn racer back or not, it comes in sizes XS-XL and is offered in 4 soft neutral shades. There is a delicate 1″ band of lace that  wraps around the entire bottom and curves in at the center front cinching me in. I don’t get as much support as a traditional bra but it still does a good job holding everything in place. The majority of  bralettes that I have tried are geared towards women with smaller breast, so I appreciate a brand that offers larger sizes that are  true to size and that are cute!

Share down below any of your favorite brands and styles ALSO Target has a 20% off sale until 04/29/2017! Talk to you all soon.

Lavander-Rose Himalayan salt scrub.


I’ve recently been obsessed with exfoliating, maybe it’s because summer is sneaking it’s way in and I can’t hide behind jeans much longer or maybe the colder weather left my skin in utter distress. In any case I’ve been pampering my skin a little extra, to get it looking fresh and smooth ready for all those sun dresses coming my way. While I own a few beloved body scrubs I always cringe at the idea of having to buy a new one, I tend to blow through them at an alarming rate (it’s not exactly the type of product you can stretch, well at least for me). So I set out to DIY my very own and I must say, it’s pretty darn amazing.  It’s very easy to make and totally customize-able to suit your scent preference, makes for a great gift, and its pink.

What you need:

1 cup: pure Himalayan salt

2 Tbsp: pure Coconut oil

15 drops: Lavender essential oil

10 drops: Rose essential oil

5 drops: Tree Tea essential oil

medium bowl



8oz container with lid


Step one.

Measure out 1 cup of Himalayan salt, and pour into a clean dry medium sized bowl.

Continue reading “Lavander-Rose Himalayan salt scrub.”

Drybar review

Buttercup retail $195.00

Ok, I have a confession to make I recently splurged big time, on a new blow dryer…I gave into the charming yellow paired with promises of flirty bouncy hair, cool beach girl waves, or for those extra sassy days, hair so high it can practically knock on heavens door. I bought Buttercup, and I have to say she is my new best friend!

Good Hair for all Kit (QVC) $179.95 (Drybar.com) $199.00

While the price is steep at $195.00 for Buttercup alone (that’s her name) I softened the blow by going with the “Good Hair for All” kit. Which offered a few of their best selling products and a wonderful introduction to the brand. The kit includes a full sized Southern Belle volumizing mousse, a Full sized Triple Sec 3-in-1 spray, two Hold Me hair clips and two concentrator nozzles for only $199.00! let’s just say I was sold. I purchased mine through QVC  they had the best deal offering free shipping, $5 off for new customers and I even opted for flexpay which really made it a softer blow on my pocket book (P.S QVC currently dropped the Kit price to $179.95). There is also a Baby Buttercup, which claims to have the same power as the regular one and kits start at $135.00 (kits available at Sephora, Drybar.com) 

So you maybe asking yourself what makes Buttercup so special well here is my full review. I have medium length hair and used to spend 25-30 mins drying my hair, I now fully dry my entire head in under ten mins (as a busy mom that alone is worth the price). Buttercup has Ion technology that helps seal the cuticle, and leaves your locks smooth, shiny and frizz free. She’s also a very quiet gal, even though she is packing an ultra-powerful 1875-watt motor (Professional grade), I can dry my hair with-out disturbing nap time. She has two heat settings (I usually set mine on high) and a cool shot which is supposed to help set your style in place if you are are doing your own blow-out. My only con is that she is that the barrel can get uncomfortably hot, which means I can only use the handle ( I find I have more control when doing my own blow-out if I hold the barrel).

Hold Me hair clips set of four $16.00, Half Pint round brush $36.00, Lemon Drop $16.00

Since buying my kit I’ve also added a few tools, which surprise I also love! I bought an additional set of the Hold Me hair clips, (includes 4) they are flexible towards the center and have the right amount of teeth to hold your section securely. I find that the flexibility prevents kinks on already styled  hair, and are easy to release with one hand.

My next addition is Half Pint (round brush) which is  ULTRA light and it’s bristles offer a nice tight grip on the hair. The ceramic barrel heats up as you dry which speeds up the drying process lastly the handle has a rubber coating to ensure a slip free grip.

I also purchased Lemon Drop, this is by far my most used tool aside from Buttercup of course. It’s a great detangling brush, it’s bristles are very flexible so the don’t rip the hair out yet strong enough to get through the toughest of tangles. I also love it to distribute styling product.

Tip: since these tools are also pricey I buy mine at Ulta I use the $3.50 off coupon (coupon only works on tools) or use any accumulated points.

The Chaser $29.00, Southern Belle $26.00, Hot Toddy $30.00, Triple Sec 3-in-1 $26.00

I’m also a fan of the Drybars’ styling products they work really well, feel luxurious and have the yummiest sweet scent ( my boyfriend is a big fan as well) that lingers in the hair throughout the entire day.

The Chaser is a great finishing cream, I use it on dry hair for days I’m rocking a piecey undone look or beach waves. After my hair is curled I take a small amount work it in-between my fingers and run my fingers throughout small sections twisting as I go.

Southern Belle is my second favorite product, It’s a light weight mousse that gives my hair a ton of volume. I use a decent sized dolp and work it throughout my entire head while the hair is still damp concentrating on the roots for extra lift. I then blowdry it in, I’m left with the perfect amount of texture and volume. Southern Belle also protects the hair from breakage, making it a must in my styling arsenal.

Hot Toddy is my favorite of the bunch, it’s an amazing heat protectant and aside from Buttercup number one must have. It’s luxurious cream that wraps around the hair with out weighing it down. I apply a small dime size to wet hair and work it from roots to end it the first thing I use when applying heat to my hair. 

Triple Sec is good but probably my least favorite, it claims to be a 3-in-1 however I find its really only a good texturizer and it’s overly sweet scent is a little much. I use it as a last step and spray it upward into my locks adding a decent  amount of texture ( I love texture). I don’t see myself repurchasing this product.

I also buy my styling product from Ulta, I like to use any points I’ve racked up and save a few extra bucks.