Monday, October 22, 2018

Amazon Fashion Hunt - Hits and Misses


Happy Monday morning, friends!!!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and hopefully most of you had some nice, cool fall weather like we did here in Charleston!  I'll be sharing more, as far as what we've been up to later this week along with some photos from our trip to the pumpkin patch. 

Being that last month's Amazon hit and miss post was such a big hit, I thought I should kick Monday off right and get right down to all the good Amazon hits before the sizes are all gone. 

Luckily, I only had a few misses this month along with a lot of really good, affordable fashion finds that are total hits!! 


HITS

Clinch Waist Dress (majors sale 50% off) // 

Dress runs tts, and for reference, I'm wearing a small. 




I am so in love with this sweater!  It's the perfect weight and not itchy at all.  It runs big, and for sizing reference, I'm wearing an xs. 



This dress is so lightweight and comfy, plus, it comes in four different fall colors! 



This top runs big and I'm wearing an xs.  It's such a flattering cut and it comes in several other patterns. 



Embroidered Dress // Wedges (on sale) 

Dress runs tts, and for reference, I'm wearing a small. 



Jacket runs tts, and for reference, I'm wearing a small.  I love the shape and the fit of this jacket. 




Tanks and leggings both run tts, and for sizing reference, I'm wearing them in a small. 




This brand runs big and I'm wearing an xs, which fits more like a small. 




Blouse runs tts, and for reference, I'm wearing a small. 



Here is the affordable version of the beloved tie knot henley.  This is such a flattering top, but a lot of you mentioned that you're having trouble tying it, so at some point today on Instastories, I'm going to try it on and show you guys;) 

Henley fits tts and I'm wearing a small. 

I know this top was included in last weeks post, but it's such a good one that I wanted to share it again!




Top runs big, and for sizing reference, I'm wearing an xs. 




Dress runs tts, and for reference, I'm wearing an xs. 



Pajamas run tts, and for sizing reference, I'm wearing a small.  Also, they shrink about an inch to an inch and a half after you wash and dry them, but they come out of the dryer wrinkle free and even softer! 



V-Neck Bell Sleeve Shift Dress // Pumps (look for less here

Dress runs tts and I'm wearing a small, but it's a little on the shorter side.  I am 5'2" and it hits about two inches above my knee.




Tank and leggings both run tts, and I'm wearing a small in both. 




Shirt and vest run tts, and I'm wearing the xs in both.  The jeans run small through the thighs and rearm, and for sizing reference, I'm wearing them in a size 26.

Misses

The first miss is this dress, and while the fit could have been so cute, but it was made out of cheap material, it had strings hanging, and the biggest loop holes for a belt...sadly, it was a no go!  


And the next miss is this v-neck long sleeve top.  This one could have been SO good, but it was HUGE and the neck was SO low :( 





Friday, October 19, 2018

Fall Beauty Essentials - Thicker Hair and Fuller Lashes

I'm not sure I know many women who don't wish they had hair that was a little thicker and eyelashes that were a little longer and fuller.  That being said, if you have amazing, super thick hair along with killer eyelashes then this post isn't for you and we probably can't be friends anymore ;) 


(Click the image to shop any of the products in the picture) 




True story, all my life I've had super thick hair.  I mean, it was never good thick hair, it was actually a frizzy/curly hot mess, but man was it thick.  And just like us women always do, I wished so badly that my hair would just be a little thinner and easier to manage.

Well, fast forward ten years later and I got my wish alright...I now have super thin hair, accompanied with the joy of it still being curly and frizzy!  So with lots of trail and error, I've finally found a few products that are must haves for my hair.

This  shampoo and this conditioner are my current favorites, but this thick dry finishing spray takes the cake, as far as what I feel really makes the difference in giving my hair a thicker look and feel. One of the biggest reasons I like this one more than any of the thickening sprays I've tried is that it's not sticky and it's also not so heavy (like hairspray) that you hair doesn't move and bounce naturally. 







Next up on my fall beauty essentials, lets talk eye makeup and lashes. For some reason, I never feel the need to 'dress up' or focus on my eyes as much during the summer.  Between the beach, the pool, and the hot summer sun, I know there's not much point.  But when the cool air comes in, and my golden tan fades away (womp womp), I always feel like my eyes need a little more love and attention. 

Below are my FAVORITE eye products for every season, but I just tend to use them more in the fall and winter.  This concealer put on right, along with this eye perfecting fluid will rock your world. Dark circles and puffiness are gone, and with this concealer (which this is the only one I've found yet) you don't have to worry about under eye creasing!!

This eyeshadow pallet is gorgeous and with it's variety of shades and colors you can create so many different looks.  It also comes with a primer, which I highly recommend using before you apply any of the shadow.  From this pallet, I love this look (tutorial on youtube here), minus her extra use of glitter.  This is what I have on my eyes in the photos. 

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Along with a good concealer and eyeshadow pallet, the next thing that's going to take your eyes to the next level is this eyeliner and Mac false eyelashes.  If you missed my Instastories talking about my Mac false lashes and how much I love them (and how user friendly they are), you can click here to watch them.  And because I am no beauty YouTuber, I highly recommend this short video created by Mac and Nordstrom on how to apply them.  This is actually the one I watched that taught me how to use them.  

I have on number 32 below, which are the most natural and least dramatic of all of their false lashes. For more dramatic eyelashes, but still not over the top, I love number 33 and number 4.  You have to purchase this glue to apply them.  It's so easy to apply, doesn't damage your natural lashes at all, and makes removing them effortless. 




And I almost forgot, if you're looking for a good fall lip color, this lipstick is my favorite (color crushed) with this gloss (color let me shine) applied over it.  And this lipgloss is one that looks incredible over any lip color and can be mixed to tone down any color that is too dark or rich on your lips. 



Okay, so that about does it for now on my fall beauty 'must have' essentials!  And like always, I was able to find all these amazing hair and beauty products through Nordstrom, along with my stretchy leggings and comfy swing top. 


 High/Low Swing Top (wearing size small) // Leggings (wearing the xs petite) // Leopard Mules Last Year but Similar Here and Here 


Pictures By Todd Hewitt (The most patient husband ever) 

* Thank you to Nordstrom for partnering on this post. 




Thursday, October 18, 2018

Halloween - Costumes, Recipes, and Decor Ideas

Hey hey friends, and happy Thursday!! 

 Last week in my Five on Friday post, I mentioned that Todd and I were in charge of hosting this year's Halloween supper club.  As soon as we chose our month to host, my brain was instantly overloaded with all kinds of ideas.  These ideas included (but were not limited too) decorations and whether I should go super creepy or just keep it simple, what main dish I wanted to make and if I needed appetizers along with it, what specialty cocktail I should make, and if I should use vodka or tequila?!?  And then...oh yeah, our costumes!!!  Omg, our costumes, shit we are the host so we've gotta have good costumes!!  Oh the adhd brain...when it doesn't drive you mad, you have to appreciate all the attention to every detail :) 

That being said, I figured I would share my ideas since we still have a week and a half until Halloween and many of you are still searching for costume ideas or maybe even a little party inspiration. 


First up, for decorations I decided to go semi-creepy ;)  I figured my kids would enjoy seeing and playing with all these decorations without it freaking them out.  I'm also secretly hoping they will thinks it's all so cool that they'll want to help me set everything on Saturday before the party! 

Click the link here to get any and all of the details for the items below.  And just a heads up, everything below can be ordered today and arrive at your home no later than Monday, October 20th! 




Second, here is what I've decided on for food so far.  This chili looks amazing, and from the reviews, it sounds like it tastes just as good as it looks.  I still haven't decided on a cocktail yet, but when I do (and if it's good), I'll be sure to share it with you guys! 



HALLOWEEN JALAPEƑO POPPER MUMMIES




And last, but not least, here are some of my favorite Halloween costumes for adults and for kids this year! Click the link here to shop any of these costumes! 




Friday, October 12, 2018

Five on Friday


Good morning friends, and HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!! 

I am so sorry for the radio silence around here this week, it's been a crazy one to say the least. Between Carson catching the stomach bug, myself getting sick, and then school being cancelled yesterday, writing my blog this week just didn't make the cut. 

That being said, everyone is around here is feeling great now...the kiddos are back in school , and I've got a lot to catch y'all up on!! 

ONE // 

Last Thursday, our family was invited to stay the night at the new Hotel Bella Grace located downtown Charleston. ,You guys, this is seriously one of the most gorgeous hotels we have ever stayed at, and the location couldn't be more perfect! 


I mean, how amazing is the decor?!?


Our room was beautiful and the beds felt like we were sleeping on a huge, fluffy cloud! 


This was one of the upstairs dining rooms and there's also another one across the hall, plus, there's outdoor dining on the upstairs porch. 


My three loves!  I snapped this photo of them while we were walking to Coast for dinner.  It felt so nice out, and it was such a fun treat to be able to walk to and from dinner with the kiddos! 


I mean, even the carpet and the wallpaper in the hallway were stunning! 

Linen Dress (Major Sale) // Earrings // Sandals // Gray Handbag


After dinner, we came back to our room and had a nice surprise...a bottle of prosecco and my favorite chocolates were waiting for us!  After getting the kids to bed, we turned on the sound machine, and then Todd and I set up a mini fort with a lot of pillows in the large dressing room area.  We sat there for hours talking, laughing, and enjoying our champagne and chocolates...it was such a fun night!


We all slept in until 8am the next morning, and if you know our kids, that is late.  After that, we all got up and headed down to the adjoined historical Delany House to enjoy an amazing breakfast.  And as you can see below, this isn't your average hotel breakfast. 




 TWO // 

Here are some pictures of us having the best time at one of our all time favorite places...Freshfield's Village!  We haven't been out to Kiawah with the kids in almost two years, so it was so much fun to go back and enjoy the music on the green and stay at the Andell Inn for the night! 



Carson was really excited, because he got to bring along one of his best buddies (Logan) to hang with us. As you can probably tell, Taylor is pretty fond of him as well.  She lets him know everytime he's around that he's beautiful and that she's going to marry him...haha!! 


After we checked out of the hotel on Saturday, we headed up the street to Bohicket Marina for our pirate cruise.

Even though we knew Carson and Logan may be a little too old, or should I say think "too cool", they ended up having the best time!!  The captain and crew members made it so much fun that they both said they would want to do it again. 



Oh, and this little pirate lady LOVED it!!! 



 Todd and I had a blast laughing while watching them have so much fun. 



I had a lot of questions about my $15 baseball tee, so I included the link below. 

Baseball Tee (wearing size small) // Shorts (40% off) // Baseball Cap




THREE // 

Two of my favorite things happened three out of four days this week before 5pm ....comfy pajamas and a big glass of red wine, and I don't even feel bad about it.  If Todd and I didn't have a date night and a party to attend tonight, I would be making this situation happen for a fourth night ;) 

Mae Lightweight Pajamas - run tts and I'm wearing a small. 


And if you're looking for a really good, smooth red wine that is delicious chilled, I highly recommend this one below. 



FOUR // 

On Sunday, I helped host a baby shower for two of my dear girlfriends who are both expecting their first baby girl!!!  For my friend Katherine (on the left), this will be her third baby and for my friend Whitney, this will be her fourth!  So let me just say, these little unborn princesses don't have anything to worry about when it comes to being loved on and protected by their big brothers. 






What I wore



FIVE //

And last, but not least, all four of us have our Halloween costumes early for once!  You will have to wait to see the costumes for Todd and I because we're kicking off our supper club Halloween dinner party this year and I know some of our friends that will be attending check the blog out at times ;) 

But here's what Carson and Taylor decided to dress up as this year. 
Also, if you're still on the hunt for your kiddos, then you should check out my Amazon Halloween page here for some cute/cool suggestions! 





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