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Free People Faux Fur Coat

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Free People Coat (c/o)  •   Brandy Melville Tee (similar here, here and here)  •  STS Blue Jeans (my faves under $35!)  •  Steve Madden Boots (identical here, designer version here)  •  Crescent Horn Necklace  •  Disc Necklace


I don’t think it’s any secret that I pretty much live in band tees. So naturally, when I received this Free People Faux Fur Coat, I knew what I would pair it with. I mean, what’s better than band tees and faux fur? With the weather literally all over the place in Dallas, I pretty much stopped dressing for winter. I love coats that you can just throw on and go without having to worry about layering up. And this coat is so unbelievably warm. Who wants to wear a puffer coat when you can wear a faux fur coat instead? If you couldn’t tell, I clearly didn’t grow up where it’s cold haha. So any time I can avoid dressing in typical winter wear, it’s a win.

How was everyone’s weekend? I did some serious beauty shopping at Ulta – haul video coming soon! And I am literally swooning over this product I picked up. Not only is the packaging unbelievably beautiful, but it’s also the best texturizing spray I’ve ever used. I’ve been alternating between this and this, but since I had more layers put in my hair, they didn’t quite do the job. This stuff is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I may just buy the whole collection because it’s that good!

I also finally ventured to Bar Belmont at the Belmont Hotel in Dallas yesterday for a shoot. I don’t know why I’ve never been to this bar – it’s pure perfection. This place is like a bar straight out of LA in the 1970s complete with pink velvet couches, mid-century lamps and an insta-worthy pink neon sign which you probably saw on my Instagram here. It’s also a few blocks away from my apartment! My new go-to bar, for sure.


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Downtown with Coach Dinky Crossbody

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AEO Band Tee // Zara Duster Cardigan (similar here and here) // STS Blue Jeans (under $35!)// Zara Booties (also love these and these) // Coach Dinky Bag (c/o) // Ray-ban Sunglasses


If you ever hear me call anything a favorite, it’s probably just for that week… or the day (#guilty!). I like to switch up my look. A lot. But if there’s one thing that stays consistent, it’s usually my handbag. And I’m happy to report, you may not be seeing my classic black push-lock bag for a while, because the Coach Dinky Crossbody has officially become my “it” bag for spring.

And surprise! It’s not black, but in fact bordeaux! For spring? Yes, for spring! I love anything in this color – take these boots I’ve been wearing non-stop, for example. The wine hue pairs shockingly well with everything and although once a color associated with fall, this is a trending color for spring.

Dinky is also the perfect size. Not bulky, but still large enough to hold the necessities: keys, usb charging keychain, card case, iPhone 7 Plus and a lip balm. Oh! I also just ordered this chain strap in copper black to give the bag an edgier feel. Love that they have customizable options for their bags. I’m considering getting this little guy to add to the bag. Bottom line? You’ll be seeing me with the Coach Dinky Crossbody a lot this spring.

And as if you couldn’t tell, I’m also still living in oversized cardigans. This robe style is a personal favorite (and no, not just for the week 😉). If it resembles a blanket I can wear in public, and isn’t a Snuggie, sign me up! This style has also been on serious repeat and if you saw my Instagram post over the weekend, then you already know it’s marked down at a crazy price (psst… still $8!).


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Off The Shoulder Sweater

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Boohoo Sweater // Free People Jeans // Mango Boots (similar here) // Super Sunglasses // BaubleBar Choker


Can we talk about why an off the shoulder sweater is literally the most comfortable thing in the world to wear? I live in these things. I stock up whenever Boohoo has a sale or if I’m at Forever 21 and just go up a size or two to be able to wear it as a slouchier style and pull it off the shoulder. This one is a favorite but I’ve also been living in this one (in multiple colors, of course). I love pairing them with jeans and boots, but love them even more in spring and summer when I can pair them with cutoffs. Just a few more months!!

How was everyone’s weekend? I know I haven’t been posting very consistently. Wow, what a great start to the year, right? I’ve been trying to focus more time on video content which I’m extremely excited to be doing more of. And hey, it’s taken me a while, but I’m finally getting the hang of it. I just filmed a full swatch video for the all of my favorite shades from the new Sephora Cream Lip Stain Collection (obsessed!), which I’ll hopefully be posting soon. Also, be on the lookout for a January favorites video this week!

Steven and I had a very adult (aka boring) weekend and took care of a whole bunch of things that we’ve been putting off. Like laundry (kill me 🙄). I hate doing laundry, but mostly because it usually requires a scavenger hunt for extra hangers that are nearly impossible to come across in our apartment. I finally picked up more of these so I could get some more laundry done. Yes, I’m a psycho and hang dry almost everything. Also, our pretty, new laundry hamper helps. It’s the little things.

Oh! And we finally finished putting together our new mid-century tv stand. Woohoo! It’s been 5 months in the making, but it’s finally all put together. This was a very Ikea-esque, DIY piece of furniture but totally worth the price ($200!). Now we just need this lamp I’ve been swooning over, an artificial plant (I’ve officially killed most of our live plants), and the perfect mirror. Because you know… blogger problems.

We made a long overdue trip to Costco (I told you, exciting stuff here) and I finally picked up one of these! After debating on purchasing one for the last several years, I finally splurged one one. I decided to go with this one (instead of this) because it doesn’t require a cartridge like most at-home lasers do. I’m terrible at buying after purchase items – like Brita filters. It’s a lost cause. I plan on trying it out this week so I’ll keep you guys posted on how I like it!

Steven and I also had a little date night on Friday and finally went to Americano for some delicious Italian food. So, so good. Like, food coma good . Seriously, we passed  out as soon as we got home 🙈 lol. Ugh, we’re getting old.

What did you do this weekend?


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Leather Mini Skirt and Denim Jacket

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Madewell Denim Jacket // Junkfood Tee (similar here) // Topshop Skirt (similar here and here) // Converse Sneaker // JCOS Bag (similar here) // Ray-Ban Sunglasses // NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Soft Spoken


It’s 78 degrees in Dallas today. How is that possible? I feel like all I do is talk about the weather but the temps in Dallas are so all over the place, it makes getting dressed a daily task. All I have to say, is thank God for Alexa. 🙏🏻 My morning routine starts off with rolling out of bed and asking, “Alexa, what’s the weather today?”. If you don’t own an Amazon Echo Dot by now, you’re missing out. $50 well spent, if you ask me.

So what’s the benefit of having strange weather extremes? I get to rock a leather mini skirt in the winter! By far one of the most versatile items in me closet, a leather mini (another affordable version here) pairs with literally anything. I tend to stick with band tees and oversized sweaters (love this style) with a leather mini skirt for a cool, California vibe. Tennis shoes (currently craving these) also adds the perfect casual touch. I tend to switch off between Chucks and these mules.

Now that the sun is starting to shine sporadically in Dallas, my legs are going to be in need of some serious tanning. I heard awesome things about this and this, but also can’t neglect my all time favorite. I also love this product for a less expensive alternative to St. Tropez. I usually apply it with this mitt for a perfect application. Ulta’s BOGO sales are also the best time to stock up. 😉

Any tanning products you’ve tried recently and loved? Let me know in a comment!


Beauty

Why You Should Use A Facial Serum and My Top Picks

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A facial serum is a crucial element to proper skincare. But you’re probably asking yourself, “Why use a facial serum?” or “What is the difference between a serum and a moisturizer?”. I get asked a ton of skincare questions and the number one question I receive is “what exactly is a serum?”

A serum is a skincare product that contains the highest concentration of active ingredients that you can get without requiring a prescription. We’re talking serious potency. It is intended to be used before applying moisturizers because it is made up of smaller molecules that allow the product to be fully absorbed. Moisturizers actually work as barriers on top of the skin, while a serum penetrates deeply into the skin to deliver a high concentration of active ingredients. Because of the potency of serums and it’s smaller molecular structure, it penetrates the skin faster and more effectively, preventing breakout-encouraging residue left behind on the skin’s surface.

So what skin types should be using a serum? All skin types! If you have acne-prone skin, a serum is definitely the way to go. While moisturizers can leave a pore-blocking layer on the skin’s surface, serums target and nourish the inner layer of your skin. This is beneficial for those who break out easily or need an extra boost of moisture without piling on heavy creams. There are so many different types of serums on the market, but here are my top facial serum picks and what purposes they’re best used for.

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ANTI-AGING

When it comes to anti-aging skincare, serums are my favorite products to use. With potent ingredients like antioxidants, peptides, and skin brighteners delivered straight to the inner layers of skin, serums are the easiest way to fight wrinkles and fine lines. Three anti-aging serums I’ve been loving are TULA Volume Defense Deep Wrinkle Serum, IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum and Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Shot. All have great moisturizing properties as well as skin brightening effects leaving my skin glowing and nourished. I’ve been using the TULA serum for daytime, Bye Bye Lines Serum at night and a couple nights a week I’ll use the Nip + Fab serum to target my laugh lines and forehead.

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BRIGHTENING

There’s nothing I love more than glowing skin. And while almost all serums have brightening effects for the skin, these three serums specifically target skin with trouble areas that suffer from dullness, texture and dark spots. The Revision Skincare Hydrating Serum was actually the first serum I ever used and it’s still one of my favorites. I love the light consistency and how quickly it absorbs into my skin. The Goldfaden MD Brightening Elixir also has incredible brightening effects and has made a noticeable difference on my dark spots. Sulwhasoo is also an amazing brand and is a Korean skincare favorite. Their First Care Activating Serum is an overall great serum that addresses a multitude of skin issues. I mostly love it for it’s skin resurfacing properties to really make your skin glow and correct any texture issues. If you are acne-prone, this is definitely the product for you.

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MOISTURIZING

While these last two serums are my favorites, there is a downside. Aesop’s Parsley Seed Antioxidant Serum and the Glossier Super Serum Super Bounce are the best serums for adding moisture back in to the skin. I swear by the Aesop serum for an intense boost in moisture, especially in the winter. And I can’t get enough of Super Bounce. This has quickly become my go-to daily serum and I love it for day and night. It’s also my favorite to wear under foundation! But… neither of these incredible products have anti-aging properties in them. They still work great and if anti-aging isn’t what you’re looking for or isn’t needed if you’re using other anti-aging products, then I would definitely try out either of these two serums. They both hydrate the skin and make you glow from the inside out, without leaving any heavy residue on the skin. I also love that they both leave your skin feeling nourished and plumped.

So what do you think? Are you ready to find the right facial serum? Let me know if you have a favorite!