Wednesday, August 24, 2016

My Skincare Routine

Good morning guys...Happy Hump Day! 

Over the last two weeks I've had a few messages via Insatastories to share my skincare routine with you guys. I love getting these messages/requests, so please keep them coming! It's so fun connecting with you guys on a more personal level and I really do enjoy hearing the topics that you guys are interested in. 

Anyone that knows me personally knows that I NEVER leave my house without my makeup on. So, the picture I am about to share is not something I would normally share, but I figured that if I'm going to give you guys advice about skincare you guys deserve to see what my skin actually looks like without any makeup on. 

I will start with my facial cleansers and my face mask. 

Clinique Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser - This is what I use every evening to wash my face. The fact that it lathers and foams so well really helps me feel like all my makeup gets removed. 

Clarisonic Mia also (on sale here) - If you guys do not have a Clarisonic you need one! I promise you this thing is a game changer. I use mine at least twice a week after I wash my face with my rinse off cleanser. And I love using the refreshing gel that comes with the Clarisonic, it leaves my face feeling so smooth and soft. 

Bobbi Brown Instant Detox Mask - Taylor always freaks out when I put this mask on and she starts repeatedly saying, "Take it of mommy, take it off!"...haha! I use this mask once a week mostly in the evenings while I'm in the bath, which seems more convenient to let it sit on my face for five minutes. I can't tell you guys how much this mask has helped with my clogged pores and blackheads on my nose and forehead. 

Rodial Bee Venom Cleansing Balm - Warning ladies, prepare yourselves to be hooked on this bee venom line. While I was in Dallas at the rS conference I was able to meet with the Rodial team. They sent me home with different samples of a few of their lines to test out and while I liked the Dragons Blood, it didn't hold a candle to their Bee Venom Collection . I use this cleanser every morning before my clarifying lotion and my moisturizer. It truly makes my face feel like silk. 

Next comes toner, eye makeup remover, and all the fun moisturizers! 

I live by the rule 'if ain't broke don't fix it' and that's how I feel about my Clinique Clarifying lotion and my 'take off the day' eye makeup remover. I realized about four years ago that I needed something a little stronger when it came to keeping my face moisturized and to help prevent all those fine lines and wrinkles. 

Bee Venom Moisturizer - Say hello to the mack daddy of moisturizers, my friends. I have tried at least ten moisturizers over the last year and this one is by far the best!! It makes my face feel tighter immediately, while at the same time, super moisturized. I use this every morning after my clarifying lotion and also every evening after I was my face. 

Bee Venom Eye Cream - There is a reason this eye cream is on backorder until September! If you struggle with dark circles or puffiness this stuff is going to be your best friend. I also apply this morning and evening after my moisturizer.  

Bee Venom Super Serum - I've only been using this product for about a month now, but I can already tell a difference. I  knew I needed to try it after reading these reviews considering how much I loved the rest of the bee venom line. This sucker ain't cheap by any means, but I really believe it's worth it. I only use a tiny bit (I am talking one small pump) every evening after I apply my moisturizer. 

StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner also here - After unclogging my pores with detox mask, I felt like my pores where huge and it's all I could see when I looked closely into the mirror.  After trying three cheaper pharmacy brands I decided to go on a hunt and find the best pore minimizing product out there. After the first time I put this on over my pores I could tell I had found the winner. This stuff works like a charm and I can barely even see my pores now. 

Bobbi Brown Extra Illuminating Balm also here - Technically, I guess I should have put this in a makeup post, but it is actually considered a moisturizer and it can be used all over your face, but for the look I wanted to achieve I prefer to use a small dab under my eyes as my very last step in my make-up. I showed you guys exactly how it works on Instastories yesterday, so if you missed it, it will be up for two more hours :) 

Whew, bless you if you made it through this entire post, y'all! I also wanted to add that this post was not sponsored, these are the products that I truly love and use.  

Monday, August 22, 2016

Lilly Pulitzer New Additions + Shorts (sizing and fit information) + Last day to Enter Giveaway + Kate Spade Surprise Sale

Hey guys!!!! I can't wait to hear everything you guys snagged from the After Party Sale! I must say, today has been much smoother than the last few years, and it also seems Lilly was more prepared with a lot more inventory too! 

I loved reading all of your comments, and I am so happy that most of you got everything you wanted! Today is the last day to enter the giveaway, so make sure you head to yesterday's post and leave a comment if you haven't already!! 

I did notice towards the end of the day yesterday they added a few new items to the sale, so I thought I would share these with you guys in case you missed them. And from what I heard, they should still be adding more today, so I will make sure an update you guys if and when they do! 

**Edited over 100 new styles were just added....... below are a few of my favorites, but you can check all the new arrivals here!!! 

runs super long and big, size down one size! 

Runs tts, and for reference I am wearing the xs. 

This print is no longer available, but I actually love the blue stripes even better. Runs tts and for sizing reference I am wearing the xs.

It's hard to tell in the picture, but this dress has a gorgeous metallic thread sewn into the pattern. My guess from the material is that it runs tts and doesn't have very much stretch. So if you are between sizes I would be safe and go up in this one. 

Runs large, size down at least one size. Also, from the reviews this dress is bump and nursing friendly! 

Runs tts, and can be worn throughout the entire year. 

Runs small, so go up one size. If you are larger busted I would go up two sizes. And I am loving the fact it has a built in bra!

Runs true to size, and can be washed on cold in the washer! 

Elsie Party Dress - Regular $258  now $64
She just made her way into my basket :) I have tried a fit very similar to this one before and it ran tts. That being said, I would go with your normal size on this one. 

Rene Poncho Sweater- Regular $128 now $49
I think this is one that just keeps getting looked over, but how stunning is it with the white tank underneath and the white jeans!  

Isla V-Neck Maxi Dress -Regular $198 now $69
This dress is similar to the sloan maxi and it also runs big, so make sure you go down one size from your usual Lilly size. 

Callie Shift Dress - Regular $178  now $59
LOVE the back of this dress!!! Runs big, so again, size down! 

Cove Sleeveless Fit and Flare-Regular $158 now $54! 
Reviews rave that this dress is super flattering, and it runs tts! 

Also, you do not want to miss out on all the Lilly Pulitzer shorts they have this year! There are more than I have ever seen included in a sale, and there are still lots of styles and sizes left. 

The three below are some of my favorites from this past year. 

 3" Walsh Shorts (run loose in the waist) 

The 3" walsh shorts are some of my favorites, and I am loving all the prints that are on sale! These run on the looser side in the waist. For sizing reference, I am wearing the the size 0.

// And last Kate Spade just announced another surprise sale!!!! There are lots of great things included in the sale this time, and the prices are insanely good!

Clove Street Airel Regular $478 now $169
Loving this gorgeous grey color for fall! 

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale + Two Lilly Pulitzer Giveaways

Hello loves and Happy Monday! 

It's Lilly Pulitzer go time.......whoop whoop!!!

At 8am sharp, you will be able to shop all of the items below for the sale prices that I have listed. 

Enjoy the early sneak peek, and happy shopping, y'all! 

**Edited....... Phew, you guys I finally made it through the line, and I was able to grab LOTS of stuff! Everything I wanted and way more than I needed!!! And for those of you that are still stuck in the line, I thought I would make it easier for you when you do get there........ Here's a really good sneak peek of my favorites from the sale!!! 

Also, if you missed it yesterday, I posted a few tips that make shopping the After Party Sale Event easier here.

// Don't forget, you can also shop the Lilly Pulitzer Sale at 6pm right now! And you can take an additional 10% off with the code BESTPICKS!

Lilly Pulitzer Carmel Dress - 60% off at 6pm! 

Essie Dress - On sale for $59
(Runs big, size down one size....I am wearing the xs) 

 Printed Tank Dress - On sale for $39!!

(Runs large so size down at least one size)

Ellie Tunic Dress - Normally $198.00 now $79.00
(Runs really big, size down....I'm wearing the xs)

Carla Dress - Normally $198.00 now $69.00
(Runs tts....I'm wearing the xs)

Seaview Halter Maxi Dress - Normally $248 now $79 //
 Girls Claire Combo Dress - Normally $68 now $24

Stacey Top - Normally $158 now $59!
(The Stacey top runs smaller than the Elsa, so go with your normal size on this one) 

Ali V-neck T-shirt - On sale for $24! 
Available in four prints on sale! 

Elsa Top - normally $138 now $54! 
(9 colors on sale)

Melle Tank Dress - Now $38.00!

And now for the Giveaways........ 
To enter all you need to do is leave a comment and let me know what you snagged from the sale (or what you are hoping to snag)! The insulated beverage bucket, which is included in both giveaways, is truly one of the best things ever. And just in case you are wondering the amount of that E-gift card at the bottom, it's $50 to buy anything your Lilly Pulitzer heart desires!! 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale...... Top 5 things you need to know!

Okay guys, tomorrow at 8am sharp the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale begins!!!!

And here are all the important things you need to know............

ONE // If you haven't done so already, create an account here! This will make you checkout much faster and will also ensure that you get the items that you want. Also, if you already have an account, make sure your credit card is don't want to have to deal with adding that information while you are trying to checkout :) 

TWO //  Go online now and make a list of all your favorite items along with the sizes you normally wear in these items. There will be many of the same styles on sale, but in different prints. Here are a few styles that I can almost guarantee will be on sale. 

The Sloane V-Neck maxi dress is the exact fit that I'm wearing in this Lilly Pulitzer maxi dress below. And if I were to guess, I would say that my exact dress will be part of the sale tomorrow. I would also guess that Taylor's dress will be part of the sale as well. 

For sizing reference, this maxi dress runs on the big and long side. I am wearing the xs. Taylor's dress runs tts and she is wearing the kids small (4-5).

There's also a good chance that they will have this print in the Enna Off the Shoulder top as part of the sale. This top is one of my favorites ever created by Lilly and it's now on sale in white, pink, and black. 

For sizing reference, the Enna off the shoulder top runs tts and I am wearing the xs. 

The Elsa Top is another one that you can count on being part of the sale! In my opinion, they run big and I always size down to an xxs in these. But if you like to wear these tops a little loose then I would just go with your regular size. 

They had this tank dress in many different styles last year and earlier this year, so I have no doubt we will be seeing this dress in different prints as part of the sale! 

THREE // This year on Tuesday they will be adding NEW STYLES! So make sure you plan to shop both days of the sale on Monday and Tuesday to make sure you don't miss anything you really wanted!! 

FOUR // Lilly will be using the virtual line system again! Don't freak out when you go to shop and you see a crazy-big wait line number, it goes super FAST!!! But I would grab as much as you can when it's your turn in line, because after you checkout and go to shop again, you will be placed in the back of the line! 

FIVE // Shipping is FREE, so you can checkout as many times as you would like, but as I mentioned above, every time you hit checkout you will be placed at the back of the line again. So my best advice is to grab all the things that are at the top of your list first and check out immediately! Then you can go back as many times as you would like afterwards and hopefully grab everything else you wanted. 

Happy shopping you guys!!! And don't forget to come here first thing to enter my biggest giveaway yet!! And the best part, there will be two winners this year so this just makes your odds even better to walk away with some awesome Lilly loot :) And if you want a little sneak peak make sure to go look at my Instastories on Instagram :) 

Also, if you still have any questions about sizing or the sale in general, please feel free to email me at or you can click here for the After Party Sale most FAQ!

And you guys for the first time ever they haven given us all a very small sneak peek......

Friday, August 19, 2016

Real life......5 on Friday

Hallelujah friends...we made it to Friday!  Was it just me or did this seem like the longest week ever!?!?

// Yesterday, our builder confirmed that we should be closing on our house no later than the end of October.  That being said, October can't come soon enough!  Todd and I both knew the commute taking the kids to and from school would be rough, but have mercy, pick up has taken me no less than two hours everyday.  My car literally looks like someone is living in it, and no matter how many times I tell the kids to get their shit out of the car when we get home, it never happens!

Oh how I can't wait for this moment...haha!

//  As soon as I spotted this sweatshirt I knew I had to have it.  Rose is definitely my wine of choice these days.  Lately, I find myself counting down the hours until 5pm when I can pour a glass.  I've made a new rule for myself, however, to only have wine Thursday through Saturday...and man, it's a lot harder than I thought.  Y'all seriously, the struggle is real!

Sweatshirt // White Jeans (only $54) 

// I made this decision about alcohol for many reasons, but the main two were my health and my weight fluctuation.  I am fine just having one glass while cooking dinner, but my problem is after dinner is cooked.  I always eat way too much, plus, I always want something sweet afterwards.  I find that if I can skip that glass of wine then I don't crave dessert, plus, I can also keep myself from pigging out.  I've also discovered a new love for arugula.  This is my latest super easy, but very yummy salad.  It's just arugula, grilled chicken, shaved parmesan, with a little bit of lemon juice and olive oil. 

// After school yesterday I decided to surprise the kids and take them by Target to grab a little treat and a small toy.  It has been a big week for them and they've both done so great.  So I thought a trip to Target for an ICEE, popcorn, and a little surprise were well deserved!  Carson picked out a new Minecraft plush character and Taylor chose the dog 'Gidget' from the Secret Life of Pets.  They were both so excited with their new toys.  Taylor never put Gidget down from the time we got home until she took her to bed :) 

// And last, if you missed my post yesterday make sure you come back here Monday for the Lilly Pulitzer After Party Giveaway!  Plus, tomorrow morning I am going to be posting tips and sizing information on a few things that I own that have already been pulled from the website.

These two dresses below that are under $100 are still on their website, so they will not be included in the sale.