Hair is the most important accessory we ALL have, so why not get creative, have fun and be different?
One of the reasons that I keep my hair mid length to long length is because of the versatility it allows me. I love that I can style it down straight, wavy, pull it back in a ponytail, use scarves, various styles of up-do’s and of course, it looks great with most hats.
I do know that a lot of people struggle with knowing how to style their hair, so that’s why I am dedicating this post to creating fun summer styles.
I learned when I was much younger how to do a french braid, french pleat, and various other styles and I would practice. Some nights when I am bored, instead of checking out and watching TV I go into my bathroom, pull out all my fun hair accessories, pull out the mirrors so I can see the back of my hair, and I set to work. I find styles that I have seen on others, experiment with my own way of styling my hair, and I have fun. In fact, when I lived with my cousin after first moving to the US, she used to wake me up in the morning to help her put her hair up for work. I had fun playing around with her hair and creating classy, business styles for her…
First things first, how do you find a style that will work for your hair? You can definitely find inspiration in all places, from friends, from people we see at work, in a store, or even on TV…but I have found that the best source of inspiration for me is definitely Pinterest. I have my own board, where I pin ideas, things I have tried, and things I want to try…(you can see my board by clicking here)
Secondly, how do you recreate a look you see? This one can be a little more tricky because it’s easier for some than others. If you haven’t been one to try different things with your hair or experimented, then it’s going to take a little more practice. I have found that for me it is best to try out a style I have found when I have a little extra time. As I am waiting for my bath at night I will pull out my phone and work on some of the styles I have pinned. I practice, play around to make it work for me, so that when I am getting ready in the morning and don’t have as much time, I can still manage to pull it together!
Thirdly, choose a style that works for what you are doing and is right for the weather. I do realize that not everyone has long hair, and I definitely do love some shorter styles and even pixie cuts, especially if you are are really making them sassy…but for me, I love the versatility that mid to longer length hair gives me. I love the up-do and I love being able to be flexible every day on what I create with my hair, but also having the option to make sure I stay cool. I tend to wear my hair up a lot more in the warmer months just because it’s more practical because it means that my neck is not sweating like crazy.
A simple chignon bun looks classy, is easy to do and is honestly my “go to” style because I know I can create it in less than 5 minutes because I have done it so many times! I had a friend tell me that she will often sit behind me at church and try to figure out how I created my up-do. All I can tell you is that I have found simple things that cut my time down and I use every shortcut possible. My biggest secret is that all I do is put my hair in a ponytail making sure I have all the hair framing my face that I want, and then I take one of those really small clear elastics, wrap my hair into a bun shape and put that around the shape to hold it in place. I then add some bobby pins strategically to hold it in place.
Because I realize that so many of us are visual people, I will be creating a “how to” video for my simple “go to” up do, and I will be sending that out in my newsletter…so if you haven’t signed up, click here to do that so you don’t miss it!
I may be a fan of sunshine, but I am also a big fan of travel, especially with friends when FUN is involved. So, Brandon and I are embarking on a cruise (no kids) and we are looking forward to amazing adventures.
So what do you do on an Alaskan Cruise?
How do you pack for the weather and know what to wear?
Well, we actually did a cruise similar to this almost 15 years ago when I was pregnant with my 3rd son, Jack. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t my favorite and I got a little sick (I am hoping that it was because I was almost 8 months pregnant at the time), but it obviously didn’t put me off too much because we’re doing it again 🙂
It helps that we are traveling with a large group of friends and will be entertained most the time, but just in case, we are packing the acupressure sea sickness bands. I have used these on Caribbean cruises I have been on and a Greek Island cruise I have been on and whether they work or it’s a placebo, all I can tell you is that I didn’t get sick AT ALL…
If you’ve never tried them and you have a cruise coming up, I would highly recommend. You can shop them by clicking here (because these ones are super cool and gold and let’s be honest, it’s important to look good too) or find them at any pharmacy!
Planning and packing for a cruise is hard enough, let alone one where you never really know what the weather will be like…so here are some of my top packing items, and for everything else, I will be packing layers, a raincoat, workout clothes (I definitely like to exercise with all the food I know I’ll be eating), and some casual capsule pieces that I can mix and match with.
Of course, this is only a fraction of what I will be traveling with, but I do like to have a few new pieces whenever I go on vacation, paired with things I already own.
Like I mentioned, layers are a must and a raincoat – especially on the days when we go on excursions including Whale Watching, a train ride to a nature reserve and of course when we explore the city of Victoria, BC. Our cruise is Royal Caribbean – you can see what Alaskan cruise options they have by clicking here. If you’re interested in other places to cruise, we have also cruise the Caribbean with them and it was amazing. We found it was so much more fun for the kids (we hardly saw them at all) with all the on board activities.
I have always believed in looking good no matter what you’re doing so I always plan my outfits ahead of time (even if I don’t pack until the night before). I will admit that the hardest thing for me is restricting the number of shoes I take – because I like to have plenty of choices. With my clothes, I am able to pack pieces that can be worn in different ways to create entirely new looks, and I have linked some of my favorite, versatile pieces below, along with some layers and raincoats that I am taking 🙂
Just click the pictures below to shop – or click the links above to check out my packing list
Are you anything like me where you LOVE to have a wide variety of sunnies, for different outfits, occasions or moods?
Are you a little more conservative and stick to the same style all the time?
Or, are you not sure what style of sunglasses works for you so you just buy a pair and hope for the best?
No matter which of these categories you fall into, there’s something to be learned about sunnies, where to shop them, how to wear them or which ones will work for the shape of your face…so READ ON!
First, let me start by saying that I don’t believe that there is only one style of sunglasses that will work for any one person, in fact, with all the different styles, shapes and colors, we all have the ability to create a wide variety of looks…
I have a strong, square jaw…and an oval face which means I can wear larger frames. I love sunglasses that cover a lot of my face, I like to really stand out…but what works for you? The first thing I would say is don’t wear something that doesn’t make you feel great. But, if you want to explore sunglasses shapes and styles, here are a few ideas:
There are a few styles and shapes that I love to have, but that doesn’t mean I am not willing to try new ones when I see them in stores. I buy a wide range of expensive designer ones (which I like to find at a bargain) and then some cheaper pairs that usually end up getting hammered because I just throw them around…it’s perfect for those that you know you will get bored of, or they will go out of style.
For this summer, here are some styles I am wearing…you can click the link below each picture to shop:
Where do you think femininity comes from? Is it something you wear? How you dress? Your makeup? Or just simply how you feel about yourself?
I have talked about femininity before and one of the key notes that I always come back to is that femininity is absolutely tied to how you feel about yourself Femininity is in fact a feeling that is transferred from you to whoever you are around. I know that no matter what it is that I am wearing if I feel amazingly confident and happy with myself that is what I project. Now, if I am wearing something that makes me feel better about myself because I’ve looked in the mirror and really like what I see, then I am more likely to feel feminine or classy – and here’s the absolute best part, it is a strength and power if we learn how to harness it.
So, with that being said, is it possible to feel really feminine when you are dressed more casually say in jeans or something completely casual? I say absolutely YES! For me, when I find a fantastic pair of jeans that fits my curves, that are comfortable and also that look amazing, I am going add a fabulous top and make that whole outfit just rock! By adding a nice blouse like I am wearing in this post, it dresses up the jeans a little more, but still has a casual, fun vibe.
I am always open to trying new styles and stores, so when I was sent this pair of jeans from Dress Barn and they even offered to customize them for me, I jumped at the chance to give them a try. Here is my honest feedback and review on what I liked about them…
No matter where you decide to get your jeans from, make sure that they are comfortable. There is nothing worse than a pair of jeans that makes you look great but you can hardly breathe and you couldn’t even entertain the idea of eating at all. For summer there are so many more jean & denim options, so have fun. Try some, wear them with a nice blouse, add some cool shoes, dress them up or down and see how you feel. When you exude femininity, which is ultimately where real femininity comes from, what you’re wearing will never take away from that. So I do believe that you can absolutely feel and look amazingly feminine when you are dressed casually and in jeans!
Have you ever had a day when you have woken up and you don’t feel great, for some reason you have a lack of energy, and you just don’t want to dress up at all. I usually have about one day every other week where I experience a little demotivation around putting forth an effort on my appearance, or I just don’t care. I have found that on those days, when I really push myself to make an effort, at some point during the day my mood starts to match my effort. I have always felt like as Women we should use our outfits to express how we feel about ourselves, and sometimes to help us feel on the inside how we look on the outside.
You’ll have to let me know if this has ever worked for you like it does for me!
I have linked some great jeans below – just click the links to shop!
I have always enjoyed the challenge of finding a deal, bargain shopping and feeling like I have accomplished something. Do you get excited at the prospect of “saving” money, even if you didn’t need something?
Buying things that are on sale is not always easy, there are a lot of things that I have bought in the past that have sat in my closet, tags still on, and never worn because I only bought them because they were a “deal”. If this sounds like you, then you definitely need to read on!
Have you ever heard yourself say “look how much money I saved” when you bought something? I have to admit that I have told Brandon that many times and he just laughs because he knows that in order to SAVE that money, it means I had to spend money 😉
If you’re interested in saving yourself some money without stressing yourself out, and having fun – read on…
Take Your Time
One of the biggest reasons that some people might be more effective at bargain shopping is that they allow themselves time. I know it sounds simple, but if you’ve ever been into a store like TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack or Ross you know that if you want to find anything you really have to dig. You have to be able to rummage, to pull things out, and to check everywhere because things are crammed onto racks and not everything is where it should be. I have been told that stores like this are an anxiety catalyst, meaning that it makes them break out into a sweat even just thinking about going into them, so it makes sense that if you don’t want to experience that feeling as intensely, you probably want to avoid peak times (weekends or lunchtimes).
Know What You’re Looking For
I have found my bargain shopping success comes more often when I have a specific color, style or fabric I am searching for. Of course that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t jump at amazing deals just because they are outside your search criteria (unless they fall into the category of buying it ONLY because it’s on sale), it just means you have at least a goal in mind. Knowing styles that work for your body is also helpful so that when you find something in your size you have an idea of whether it will work even before you try it on.
Give Yourself a Limit
This is definitely an area where I struggle a little because I don’t like to take anything off the table. If I find something I like to be able to buy it, but there have definitely been times that I have told myself I would only spend a certain amount and I have always been able to find multiple things that have kept me under that budget. One thing I like to remind myself of is that something is only a bargain if you can afford it…if you have the means. I absolutely love a lot of designer shoes and I would love to have my closet filled with Louboutins, Jimmy Choos or Manolo Blahnik’s, but it’s also not something I want to spend all my money on!
Take a Friend
I am definitely a highly efficient solo shopper (anyone who knows me will attest), however, the most fun I have is when I have a friend – you know that person that will tell you “NO! don’t buy it just because it’s cheap!” Another rule of bargain shopping is that a bargain is not a bargain unless it’s something you will really wear! Like I mentioned before, the number of times I have bought something that was a “deal” only for it to sit in my closet for ages until I spring clean and send it to goodwill!
Break it up
If you are making a day of shopping, break it up by grabbing lunch or coffee, just to allow yourself to recoup even if just for a little while. As you know I often go out of town on shopping trips and while I do spend 99% of the time shopping, I definitely take time to smell the roses, enjoy the food and company! If you are not a “shopper” by nature, then you will definitely want to make sure that wherever you’re going, you don’t plan on spending more time than necessary there. Even though I do love to shop, I definitely don’t like to spend too long in any store – I like to scan, and then leave.
Do it Online
Bargain shopping is by no means something that needs to be done in person. Most stores have mailing lists that you can sign up for and will receive sale offers, there are also many sites that offer discounts, and daily deals, so there is honestly no reason that you can’t find a deal from the comfort of your couch. The key with online clothes shopping is knowing the styles that work for YOU and reading the sizing guide because every store has different sizing). Some of the best deals I have came from online sites, which I especially love because I am less likely to see someone else wearing the same thing! Some of my favorite online shopping stores are: ASOS.com, BOOHOO.com, HAUTELOOK.com and of course some websites like Zulily that offers daily deals, and Brads Deals. Amazon has really “upped” their game too – so if I am looking for something specific or want to see some fun, less expensive styles, I always search their inventory too!
If you are one of the many that likes the idea of bargain shopping but it causes anxiety just thinking about it, I hope these tricks or tips have helped! I would love to hear if you have any ideas that I may have missed…hit me up 🙂
You can check out some amazing deals by viewing some shopping links I have put together for you – my latest favorite bargains…and these SALE items even have a bigger discount, just click the picture links below…
Have you ever owned a dress that is just so perfect it can be dressed up or dressed down?
If you want to keep your wardrobe as simple as possible, adding a versatile dress that works for both business or casual is a great way to do it.
This simple Grey dress I am wearing is perfect for a more casual look with sport sandals. I wore it this way for my son’s baseball tournament in St George, because it was cool, comfortable but still stylish. It can even be dressed up with some heels/booties, and I added a little edge to my look by wearing my Moto biker leather jacket.
I love simplicity, but only when it is also stylish and this dress is exactly that. I have found that I am most happy when I feel good about how I look, and that even includes when I am just going to a baseball game. I have always lived by the philosophy that when I feel good about how I look, I act nicer, and I am more confident.
Confidence to me comes from knowing that I am taking care and time into looking my best for ME. I dress how I dress because I love to do it. I don’t do it for compliments (although I’m not going to lie a compliment always feels good), I do it because it makes me feel good about myself.
Have you ever noticed that when you are not in a good mood, you’re not happy or you’re going through something in your life, that you find it harder to decide what to wear? Last week was a rough time for our family with something going on at my youngest’s school, so I found myself standing for ages in my closet at a loss to what I could wear. I sat there staring, I picked out LOTS of different things & tried on things before I decided on an outfit that would normally have taken me only minutes to pick out. It made me realize that because I didn’t feel good inside, it was hard to want to feel good on the outside! Crazy I know…but once I did dress up and feel good about what I was wearing, it helped me to feel a little stronger, more confident and even more prepared to handle what was thrown at me that day.
Have a great day!!
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