I’m sharing Hawaiian Tropic in my life as part of a sponsored series for Socialstars™” #AlohaTherapy
One of my favorite weekend activities is brunch… let’s not judge the fact that my activity revolves entirely around food, but I love me some afternoon wine and carb overload. Luckily, Florida has had the most AMAZING weather which has made sitting outside for brunch a must.
Favorite Orlando brunch spots:
White Wolf Cafe
I’m all about being tan but I’m always paranoid about getting sun on my face. Besides wearing lots of summer hats I’ve recently become obsessed with adding Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration™ Face Lotion into my morning makeup routine. I love how it goes on like a lotion but protects like a sunscreen, it’s some kind of magical unicorn sunscreen lotion!
I’m working on a makeup tutorial for my YouTube channel (in the works) and I realized just how many of my skin care and beauty products are from the drugstore. I’m always looking for drugstore products that work just as well as high-end brands, and this Hawaiian Tropic product is no exception. You can pick up Hawaiian Tropic at Walgreens to earn free gift cards by using Shopkick.
Oh and by the way, this is such an easy look to recreate, without spending too much mula. I get so many compliments when I pair my jersey dresses with sneakers. This outfit seems so simple to me, but for some reason people love it. I’m always cold, like if it’s anything below 75 degrees I’m chilly, so this denim jacket pairs perfectly for dinners when I know I’ll need a little extra coverage. I’ve linked some jersey dresses with ruching below, which are EXTRA flattering on any body type.
Happy Friday! This was my first week back after traveling and it was full of playing catch up and running errands. I’m ready to be on vacation again.
For all my pictures that didn’t make it to the blog…
I wore this look for a day of park hopping around Disney and it was perfect for the activities and weather (sooo hot)! Also, these denim shorts are the only brand I wear now, like I have 5 pairs of this brand’s shorts… they’re that good.
Can you tell that I love my Adidas? I have them in black and gold, but the pink ones are on my wish list. These are the best sneakers for casual looks and the price is great (under $100).
I’ve been wearing this white skort on repeatttttt. You guys! This is a perfect summer staple piece, because you can dress it up or down and it goes with everything. Also, love my Hammitt crossbody.
Another pair of shorts from my all-time favorite denim brand and how cute is this tank? I bought my first lace bralette and now I’m addicted. They’re the best things to wear under tanks and tees.
My followers on Instagram went crazy for these jeans… and they’re under $100!
Looked high and low for the perfect dress to wear to Kentucky Derby and this one was the standout winner!! I LOVE this dress and it’s seriously so flattering.
Two weeks ago a few bloggers and I headed down to Palm Beach, Florida to check out the Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa. Palm Beach has always been one of my favorite beach destinations, between the shopping and architecture, there’s so much to do and see. If you haven’t experience shopping on Worth Ave (just a few miles from the resort), you are seriously missing out. It’s kind of like the Rodeo Drive of the south. The entire resort was actual decor goals, from the stunning lobby to the light and airy rooms designed by Jonathan Adler (yes… like full rooms of Jonathan Adler decor)! Next time I travel to Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa I’m going to book myself on the club level, because after seeing how charming it was, and how much food it had, I was super envious of the guests who had access to it.
One thing I LOVED about Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa was the tranquil adult pool. Nothing against all the kiddies out there, but I really love when a resort has an option for those traveling without kids. This pool looked right out onto the ocean and I felt super luxe lounging there.
Outdoor showers…. major bonus points! The resort offers an array of water sports, tennis, a gorgeous fitness center and amazing on-site food options. The lunch we had out by the pool on our last day was so yummy. I had a lobster roll that put Maine’s rolls to the test.
Gotta love an Instagrammable resort… or is that just a blogger thing? So these hanging chairs were on the balconies of floor rooms and I seriously could’ve posted up here with my book for the entire day. I’m not going to lie, I went home and priced out these hanging chairs for my house. Like I said, decor goals.
If you make your way to the resort make sure to book a day at their award winning spa. My massage there was one of the best I’ve had and in between services you can hang out in their mini oasis, which has even more hanging chairs, and eat cupcakes! I am finally settling back into reality after traveling for the past two weeks and I was wondering why my jeans were tight…. might have been the cupcakes I couldn’t stop eating at Eau.
This is one of those posts that makes me nervous… I have always wanted my blog to truly represent me and with that comes criticism. I was inspired to share this after Chrissy Teigen came out saying that the only thing real about her is her cheeks. This was just so refreshing for me!! Love ya, Chrissy. Also, thanks to Aesthetic Lane for taking great care of me during my recent visit.
People always say they want honesty, but when they’re let in they have a million things to say, which makes me want turn back and post only perfect parts of my life. Let’s be honest though, not many things in life are perfect. I’m like anyone else, in the sense that I have things I wish I could change about myself, my life, my personality, you name it. That’s natural.
I look around and there are SO many teenage girls struggling to achieve things they see on social media. It’s sad to me that these young girls are growing up with so much pressure and while you may think me sharing a beauty regimen like botox is going against everything I’ve just said, I’m putting this out there for those girls to understand that what they see is no where near anything honest or real. First off, come see me at 9 am on a Monday and I can assure you I look nothingggg like my last picture on Instagram. I wake up with teased hair, dark circles and probably a blemish or two.
By me letting you guys in, I’m stepping out from that Instagram curtain and showing you the real me. The me who hated my forehead creases. I love myself, but I also think it’s perfectly ok to do something extra if it means making me feel just a little better. I don’t do this for boys, my followers or the girl sitting across from me at the pool. I do this for me.
How many times have I had botox done?
3 times over the course of 2 years.
I go in every 6-9 months for a touch-up.
When did I start?
24 years old
But you’re so young…. Why now?
PREVENTATIVE! My forehead drove me nuts, but were the lines super deep? No. Would they probably get really deep in the next few years? Yes. When I go into the office most people in the waiting room are younger.
Where do they inject?
I only get injections on my forehead and between by eyebrows. Like I said, I do this because I kept getting terrible creases in my forehead, due to my crazy expressions, so that’s the only area I fix.
How many units do I get?
Does it hurt?
I’m a baby when it comes to pain and I’ve never found this to be a painful experience. Is it a little uncomfortable? Maybe, but I’d much rather get botox than go to the dentist. Supposedly, the filler is what hurts, but I’ve never done that so I can’t really speak to it.
What’s the downtime post botox?
You are good to go right after! I tend to get red and have a little swelling at injection site, but it all subsides after and hour or so.
Get the important stuff, the money!
Every place varies in pricing. You pay per unit, so it also depends on how many units they inject. I think most people have this huge number in their head and I think they’d be surprised by the cost (in a good way).
Do you ever have an outfit that works so well together that you keep it all together in your closet so you can keep repeating the entire look? This is one of those outfits for me. First off, my designer shoes are on MAJOR sale for under $45. Then, there’s this ruffle top, which I found last week (comes in 2 colors), that’s also a steal for under $35. These are my go-to ripped jeans and if you follow me on Instagram you probably see them way more than you’d care to, but they are my absolute favorite and they work with any look.
Tomorrow I head off to Kentucky Derby, my first time, and I’m beyond excited… even though my flight takes off tomorrow at 5:45 am….. Follow me on Instagram for lots of pictures and videos along the way.
I get SO many hair care questions through the blog, IG, snapchat and Facebook, I figured I’d finally (long overdue) create a post answering all of the FAQs about my hair. Also, let me make it clear that nothing in this post is sponsored, it’s all stuff that I genuinely love and use day-to-day.
I used the T3 wand for the past year or so and LOVED the results. The wand gets extremely hot, which is great for holding curl, but if you curl your hair as much as I do it can really take a toll on your hair quality. Side note: I always used it on the full heat setting so that may have been my problem, there are 5 heat settings total. The T3 is perfect for the person that curls their hair 1-4 times a month. I will eventually go back to using my wand, but I really needed to get my hair healthy again, so for now I’m using this cheapo depo curling iron I picked up for under $22- linked below. I saw one of my favorite bloggers, SomethingNavy, using this product and thought what do I really have to lose by trying it.. I mean it cost less than a dinner out. I’m shocked by how much I ended up loving! This iron is definitely a little harder to get the hang of because of the clamp (using a wand is SO much easier) but I like how these curls come out and it’s a fun change.
I NEVER use a blow dryer… don’t even own one. I really think one of the reasons my hair is so long and grows so quickly is the lack of another hot tool in my daily routine. I usually shower before bed and go to sleep with wet hair.
One thing I’ve learned this year is the importance of heat protectants for your hair!!! I never used protectants in the past, but when my I woke up one day to a million broken baby hairs around my hairline I knew I had to start taking better care of my hair. I spray the Style Sexy Hair product all over my dry hair before curling. At first it’ll feel like your hair is oily and wet but be patient and let it dry before you use your hot tool and it’ll work like a dream!
**I love all of Big Sexy Hair’s products so if you’re ever looking for a new hair product they are a great go-to brand you know you’ll always love and can trust.
As far as post curling goes, I like to use a sheer hold hairspray to fight the Florida humidity and keep my curls going for an extra day or two. After my hair is all curled I lightly brush through everything with my wet brush (linked below- best brush for wet or dry hair) and then flip my head over and lightly spray my hairspray all around. Don’t put the hairspray too close to your roots, focus most of the product from the middle of your hair to the ends. Once I’m all sprayed up and it’s dry I go through again with my wet brush to keep the curls from looking too curly Q.
I have two dry shampoos I switch between, Oribe and Batiste (not the blonde version, the original). Batiste is more of my everyday dry shampoo because it’s cheap and gets the job done, also comes in yummy fragrances. Oribe is the product I go to when I’m trying a little harder because it’s AMAZING but more expensive so I like to save it if I can.
SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER
For this I truly don’t have a huge preference. I don’t ever re-buy the same brand back-to-back because it’s good to change product periodically. Right now I’m using Pantene, but last month I used Finesse.
The last product, which also happens to be my absolute FAVORITE, is the salt spray below- purple bottle. You guys, I swear by this stuff!!! This product doesn’t just work great for beachy curls, but it really works for any hairstyle. My pet peeve is flat hair and this stuff is great for adding a little ummph to your look. The price is a little more than I normally like to spend on product, but I promise you it’s so worth it. All Oribe products are great, but they tend to be on the pricier end of things.
This is something entirely new for me, so let’s just go into this section knowing I’m by no means an expert on extensions. I first got this idea in my head thanks to Amber Fillerup, one of my idols in the blogging world, and also the creator the extensions I wear. If you’ve been following me for a while, I only started wearing extensions about a month or so ago. My natural hair is the same length as the extensions, but I wear them for volume and to allow me to do fun braids/new styles.
The extension pack comes with more than enough hair, here’s what you get:
Each set contains 10 wefts (160 grams):
1 x 8″ weft (4 clips)
1 x 7″ weft (4 clips)
2 x 6″ wefts (3 clips)
2 x 4″ wefts (2 clips)
4 x 1.5″ wefts (1 clips)
For my everyday look I wear 2x of the 4 clips (7″) and 1x of the 3 clips.
Putting them in is super easy and only takes me a minute or two. I start at the bottom of my head and work my way up.
I do my first row of clips 1″ above the bottom of my hair line, then I put down another layer of hair, about a 1/2″ above the clips and add another row, and so on.
Here’s the final look!
Do I wash my extensions?
Like I said, this is new for me, so I haven’t washed them yet, but I found out there are shampoo and conditioners that are made specifically for extensions, so when I do wash I’ll use those.
Can you swim in them?
You can, and Amber Fillerup is known for wearing hers all day everyday so if you ever want tips on swimming in them I would go to her blog. I haven’t yet, and honestly I don’t plan too. My hair is fine without extensions so I won’t wear them in unnecessary places like the ocean.
Did they match my hair?
I was lucky that the first color I ordered matched my color almost exactly. The best thing about Barefoot Blonde Hair is that they send you a little mini strip of hair that you can take out of the box to test against your own and if it doesn’t match you can return the entire package.
I’m going to do another post solely for my extensions once I’ve had more time to use and know them.
Final hair care tips!
I only wash my hair 2 times a week. Your natural oils are so healthy for your hair and if you wash it too much you’ll never get those great nutrients and moisture.
Dry shampoo is what keeps me going from wash to wash.
I trim and highlight my hair every 8-10 weeks (only highlighting the top half of my head).
I don’t take any hair growth vitamins and honestly don’t really buy that they even work.
My stylist always tones my hair to be an ashy blonde in order to better blend with my natural hair tones. Toner is key at the salon!
Purple shampoos are great and I try to use it 3-4 times a month to keep the brassiness away.
I’ve had longer hair for about 8 years now, but it definitely wasn’t always this long, I rocked a serious bob in middle school.
ALWAYS curl away from your face and don’t curl too close to your roots.
Sleep in a scrunchy to keep your hair curled but fight tangles.
This week I headed down to a STUNNING resort in Palm Beach, FL for a blogger girls getaway, full resort review coming soon, and it was such a fun time. You can’t really go wrong when a resort welcomes you with a full glass of champs. I love how blogging has given me the opportunity to connect with so many amazing women and stay in amazing places like this!
I have 2 more resort trips and Derby all in the next 3 weeks, which means a lot of time in the sun. When I was in high school I didn’t give two cares about my skin and I definitely tanned wayyyy more than I should have. Ugh, looking back on it makes me so annoyed. If only I knew then what I know now I would’ve loaded up on hats and used a good sunscreen (or sunscreen at all in some cases). With that all being said, I’m a HUGE sunscreen addict now, like I wear moisturizer with SPF in it every single day… no matter what I’m doing or where I’m going.
I really love this Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration™ Weightless Face Lotion because it gives me that coverage I need without the greasy feeling sunscreen can tend to have. Also, it doesn’t hurt that this in indulgent Hawaiian Tropic sunscreen lotion smells like the islands. For me, smell is such a huge thing. I hate when I use a makeup or lotion product that makes my face smell weird. Anyone else with me on that?
I’ll stop rambling now, but seriously you guys, this stuff is amazing!
I’m sharing Hawaiian Tropic in my life as part of a sponsored series for Socialstars™” #AlohaTherapy
One of my favorite, and easiest, summer looks is a graphic tee and denim shorts. I wear this look for running errands, lunch, brunch, hanging around the house and pretty much any casual daytime event. I’ve linked some of my top picks for graphic shirts below, including this adorable “squad” top, which is SO cheap (under $10).
Let me just apologize for how rough my roots are looking in these pictures. I am so weird when it comes to getting my hair done, I always end up pushing my appointment back to get it as close as possible to any big events I have. Honestly, I needed my hair highlighted like 2-3 weeks ago, but then I looked at my calendar and saw that I had hotel trips and Derby coming up so I pushed my appointment back to have my hair looking FRESH for those things. Yes, these past two weeks I’ve been using dry shampoo to make my roots look less dark, oh well, gotta do what I can.
I’ve never highlighted the bottom half of my hair so if you see that dark blonde/strawberry blonde color in my curls that’s my natural color. I’m also trying to get my hair healthier, because all of the curling has damaged my hair so badly, so I’ve tried to get highlights less often. Being blonde can be so much work sometimes… I’m heading to the hair salon tomorrow and I’ll be showing you what my hairdresser does to get this color on my IG stories.
I’ve finally completed 8 of the 12 weeks of BBG. If this is the first BBG post you’re reading you may want to click HERE to get the lowdown on what it is.
The workouts for the BBG program change every 4 weeks, so the Monday after writing my week 4 update I had a whole new set of workouts that completely kicked my butt. I thought I had come over the hump with the workouts and had finally got to a point where I wasn’t completely gasping for air at the end, but week 5 changed that entirely. Just when you think you’re in shape and things are going in your favor Kayla, creator of the program, comes in and laughs in your face.
Where have I seen the biggest changes?
My legs started showing change by week 4 and now after 8 weeks I’m seeing a huge difference in my abs. My stomach has always been my strongest area, but now I’m getting that low V in my abs that I’ve always wanted but could never achieve. My arms are more toned but they really haven’t changed too drastically.
How’s my weight?
I’ve run 3-4 times a week for 4 years now, so I was somewhat in shape prior to starting the program. With this program I’ve cut back on my running, because let’s be honest, there’s no way in hell I could run and do these workouts (3 times a week) in the same day. I was worried that running less may affect my weight, but that hasn’t been the case. My weight has stayed the same, but I’ve gained muscle and muscle weighs more than fat so I’m thinking that I’ve lost weight and replaced that with muscle.
Will I continue?
I still have 4 weeks left in the program, 12 weeks total, so I’ll definitely be finishing out the program at the very least. I’m traveling a lot for the blog in the next two weeks so instead of moving on to week 9’s workouts I’m going to repeat week 7 and 8, then move to the rest of the program after my travels. The reason I’m repeating weeks is that I don’t want to take the workouts to the next level, week 9-12 get insanely hard, until I’m back in my own gym and can really focus. Also, I’d rather not have strangers in a hotel gym watch me as I pretty much die of exhaustion.
Still loving it?
YES! I love the structure of the program and I feel so motivated now that I’ve come this far.