Introducing Velvet into Your Wardrobe this Fall

The 90s are back, and I’m not totally certain how I feel about it. The other day I went INSIDE A MALL, I was desperate for something to wear to the Pattern Magazine launch party. Surprisingly malls are not always my favorite place to go… so. many. people. Anyway, I walked into Forever 21 and there was velvet EVERYWHERE. Shoes, dresses, chokers, shirts. I don’t even remember wearing that much velvet in the 90s, other than my sweet Juicy Couture knock off sweats that read HOTTIE or something on the butt. Embarrassing. Anyway, so I skimmed the racks of Forever 21 and Target and settled on an entire velvet ensemble. Too much? Maybe, but I think I like it.

Also, learn more about Pattern Magazine! It’s an amazing local Indianapolis magazine that features and connects local artists, blogger and more. Just another reason to love, love this city! Kelli of Big Hair and Foodie Fare and I went to the party and had a great night filled with too much wine. Naturally. Check out her look too!

Dress: Forever 21 |Dress Option 2: Forever 21 | Dress Option 3: Forever 21 | Jacket Option 1: Forever 21 | Jacket Option 2: Forever 21 | Jacket Option 3: Forever 21 | Clutch: Forever 21 | Shoes: Target

Nerium International Firming Body Contour Cream a Girls’ Dream

I’m loving all the Nerium International products I’ve tried thus far (see my last post about their Double-Cleansing Botanical Face Wash), so I was especially excited to try their Firming Body Contour Cream! And people, I LOVE it. It’s so so so so hydrating, I swear I can literally hear my skin say “thank you” after I apply it. It leaves my skin feeling soft, and hydrated; which is especially important during winter when our skin is robbed of moisture.

So let me get real with you… I’m a lotion addict. I don’t use the “popular” brands that are often purchased because of the fragrance, I use real moisturizing lotion. I keep lotion by my bed, in my purse, and at my desk. I absolutely hate the feeling of dry skin. Not to mention, keeping skin hydrated also helps prevent premature signs of aging!

So why do I love the Firming Body Contour Cream?

  1. It’s clinically proven to help firm, tighten, and tone skin. Clinical results mean what they claim has been proved.
  2. It contains caffeine which supports firming and tightening of the skin by helping stimulate circulation.
  3. It contains collagen and elastin in a Peptide Matrix that’s also going to support firmer looking skin.
  4. It imparts incredible hydration thanks to the power of Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Aloe which are natural, moisturizing properties.
  5. It doesn’t leave skin feeling sticky or tacky like most thick moisturizers do. It quickly and easily absorbs into the skin so it won’t prevent you from putting on your skinny jeans.

Like I said in my last post about Nerium International, based on my experience, I really trust this brand. They don’t have outrageous marketing claims, they back up their claims with clinical results and they also have really impressive actual customer result pictures on their website.

Use this lotion twice daily, best after a warm shower or before bed and massage it into trouble areas for 20 seconds or until fully absorbed. The product is $90 if you do a monthly auto subscription or $120 one time purchase which is expensive for body lotion, however you only have to use it on your trouble spots (aka thighs, butt, stomach, upper arms, etc.) and I truly believe you can bargain shop your fashion but not usually your skin. Take care of your skin with Nerium International!

Special thank you to Nerium International for letting me try so many of their amazing products! This is definitely a brand I will continue to use!

High Waist Pants from Shein

I LOVE THESE PANTS! I’m seriously so in love with these Shein pants. Tuck in a shirt and they’re perfect for work, or sport a crop top and it’s perfect for girls night. They’re also incredibly comfortable.

And these shoes, no words needed. My mom will hate them, but I love them so much. I can’t wait to wear them with a dress too. So. Much. Love.

Purchasing Tip: I don’t have a good reference to say if these Shein pants run big or small. So I’ll explain the fit. Oddly, the tightest portion is the calf area. I typically wear a size 6 pants, or a 27/28 waist and I’m wearing a medium. Per normal with Shein, if in doubt I always suggest to size up!

Pants: Shein | Top: Shein Option 1 | Top: Shein Option 2 | Top: Shein Option 3 | Shoes: Shein Option | Shoes: Target (actual)

5 Reasons I love Nerium International Double-Cleansing Face Wash

I was first introduced to Nerium International skincare with their EYE-V Moisture Boost eye pads and I FELL IN LOVE with them. Side note: if anyone needs to get me a birthday, Christmas, sorry it’s Sunday evening and you have work tomorrow gift you know what to get me. They’re seriously one of my favorite eye pads of all times. So I was suuuuuper excited when they reached out to me to try their Double-Cleansing Botanical Face Wash.

Because I love lists…

5 reasons I’m LOVING this product:

  1. Thoroughly removes ALL make-up. No need to scrub your face with a wipe, or use an eye make-up remover this double use product removes your make-up while it cleanses!
  2. Deeply cleanses without drying out skin. It’s really hard to find a face wash that doesn’t leave my skin feeling either super dry or like I didn’t even wash it. This Double-Cleansing wash leaves my skin feeling soft and clean while remaining hydrated.
  3. Contains a pH level perfect for skin. Which means it’s perfectly formulated for facial skin and won’t cause it to be dry or irritated.
  4. Contains Coconut. I strongly detest the taste and smell of Coconut. I know, I know (I also don’t like the PSL, I’m weird). However I know and believe in the hydrating power of Coconut and hydration is the best way to keep skin looking youthful is hydration!
  5. I trust the company. It’s hard to find a good skin care company that doesn’t falsely promise you the world (at least until the FDA cracks down on them). Nerium International products work how they say they’ll work, and don’t include unattainable marketing claims. The point being, unlike your ex boyfriend Nerium International products will actually do what they say!

I love my Nerium International Double-Cleansing Botanical Face Wash!

PS. I’m also excited to try the new

I’m so excited to try Nerium International’s Firming Contour Cream they sent me. If these beauty products don’t get me get a boyfriend, I seriously give up!

Transitioning Rompers into Fall

I am all about affordable shopping. Mostly because I’m addicted to shopping and I get bored after wearing a piece a couple times, which is one reason I really love The clothes are affordable and good quality especially for what you pay. But there is more to affordable fashion than just a good priced piece, it also means making pieces not only suitable for different occasions but different seasons. I’ve worn this romper/jumper 1200 times since I got it, just a SLIGHT exaggeration. This romper is so versatile because you can dress it up or down and you can also wear it all year long. Basically it’s more reliable than my ex boyfriend.

Romper Purchasing Tip: Purchase the romper in your normal size. I thought I would need to purchase a size up (like I typically do) but the romper ended up being a bit too big for me. Luckily it ties in the back so that’s easily fixable! Also note, the romper is VERY flowy so careful wearing it on a windy night like I did. Sorry to everyone that saw my butt. Oops.

Sweater Purchasing Tip: I ordered mine one size up and the sweater just fits. I typically like my sweaters oversized so if I ordered this again I would purchase two sizes up.

Because you’ll save more money by purchasing more at once through RomWe than one or two pieces, I linked the original shoes I’m wearing and similar shoes from RomWe. So choose your pleasure! 🙂 The boots were a gift, so I don’t know the original place of purchase. Happy shopping!

Romper: RomWe | Sweater RomWe | Boots: Similar RomWe | Sneaks: Similar RomWe | Sneaks: Target | Pictures: Big Hair and Foodie Fare

At Home Workout Tips & Hydrating with vitaminwater

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #GiantEagleHydration #CollectiveBias

Having an active lifestyle is very important to me. Working out not only helps me keep my booty in check (as best as possible), but it also mentally clears my mind. Over the past couple months I was diagnosed with an under active Thyroid and two of the biggest symptoms are weight gain and constant fatigue. Cool. Now that I’ve been working with my doctor to get my Thyroid regulated I’m finally starting to feel better! Because I’m feeling better I’ve been spending a LOT of time at the gym and focusing on how to take care of my body before and after I workout. Of course it’s important to get the right amount of carbs/proteins to fuel your workouts and recharge your muscles. It’s equally as important (or so I think) to also hydrate before, during and after your workout.

Maintaining an active lifestyle when you’re busy can be hard and you can’t always make it to the gym. But it’s easy and can be just as affective to workout at home. How you ask? I’m so glad you did!

Tips for working out at home:

  1. Buy a yoga mat. This will not only provide cushion, but also will prevent you from getting grass stains if you take your workout outside.
  2. Find items you can lift. Weather it’s cans of soup, actual weights or rocks in the yard add some weight to your routine!
  3. Stay hydrated. I prefer to hydrate with vitaminwater, which you can pick up at your local Giant Eagle store. More details on that below!
  4. Start simple. Begin with a 10 minute workout, then move to 15, 20, etc. until you’re happy with your time. Don’t feel like just because they workout for hours on Biggest Loser that you have to. That’s just cray.
  5. Celebrate your “small” victories. Take a moment after each workout to simply tell yourself GOOD JOB ME! Or call your BFF when you switch from 10 pound weights to 15 pound weights because YOU ARE AWESOME and you worked hard!

So back to the vitaminwater… I pick up my vitaminwater at the Market District, a Giant Eagle store, in Carmel, Indiana (you can find it in the water aisle). Find a Giant Eagle store near you!

Personally, I love drinking my vitaminwater zero revive flavor to help remain hydrated while I workout. Side note: I also happen to love the flavors squeezed, rise and shine. As vitaminwater says, “Regret nothing, try them all!” So naturally I want to try them all! You can also now buy them in a six pack! All vitaminwater flavors that I’ve tried taste great and help break the cycle of constantly drinking bland water. It also provides hard-working hydration, vitamins and electrolytes that are essential to fuel an active lifestyle!

Want to rehydrate with vitaminwater? Text “epic” to 26739 to enter the “Drink Outside the Lines” sweepstakes to be eligible for epic prizes. Receive a $0.75 off coupon for 2 vitaminwater products just for entering. Ends October 31, 2017.

I also seriously love this YouTube video. I laugh every. single. time.

Jumpsuit with a Slit from Plum Pretty Sugar

I love a good romper and trust me, I’ll wear them all fall and winter long. I’ll also be rocking pant rompers aka jumpsuits alllll fall and winter long. They’re just so effortlessly cute and easy! This jumpsuit is from Plum Pretty Sugar and I’m loving these stripes ladies!

Buying Tip: Buy up a size (or two if you got a donk like me). This fabric is fairly thin (not see through thin) but the more loosely it hangs the more flattering it will be! Use the code HAPPYSHIPPING for free shipping from Plum Pretty Sugar!

Check out this romper at other Plum Pretty Sugar from on my Maven board!

Indianapolis Street Art by Modern Map Art

It’s no secret if you follow my Instagram that I love to travel but I also loooooove coming home to Indianapolis. I remember the exact moment I fell in love with Indy and I knew when I transferred to Butler University I was never going to leave this city. So naturally I fell absolutely in love with this Modern Map Art. It’s a gorgeous reflection of the city that I love so much.

I got the 12 x 18 Indianapolis Street Map in white, then purchased a white frame from Amazon. I can’t stop looking at it, it’s so pretty! Modern Map Art also has street map pillows and city scape paintings. I know I need to add a little more deco to this area of my house, but this piece was a perfect addition!

The 2017 Liz Alig Fall Line

Summer is coming to an end, and fall is just around the corner. I love when the leaves start to turn and the smell of bonfires is constantly in the air. Fall is my favorite season for many reasons. So I am super excited to tell you about the new Liz Alig fall line.

Liz Alig is an Indianapolis based designer whose designs are made by women in developing countries so they’re able to make a fair living to support furthering their education, sending their kids to school and more! The message and values behind this brand is amazing. You’re not only getting a gorgeous piece but you’re little doing good for others. Shopping has never been more life changing. Literally.

If you visit her website you might recognize someone (aka me) being a human hanger. 🙂

Outfit 1: Dress, Scarf | Outfit 2: Black Dress | Outfit 3: Sweater |Outfit 4: Apron| Outfit 4: Jacket, Shirt

Target does Palazzo Pants

I love palazzo pants. They’re like fancy sweats that are work and date night appropriate (LOL to me actually going on a date). When it comes to palazzo pants I have a few tips and tricks for styling them.

  1. Choose your top wisely. Add a little structure with a fitted top or a looser top that you tuck in, this will prevent you from looking frumpy.
  2. Choose a pattern wisely. Palazzo pants are designed to be big, from the loose fit to the long hem. I have a little booty problem, so I prefer to find patterns like vertical stripes or black prints to make them a little more flattering on my donk.
  3. Choose your shoes wisely. In these pictures I slipped on my favorite slides, but in retrospect I should’ve added a little wedge to them. That would’ve made my legs appear longer and prevented the pants from dragging so much. But what can I say, I like the comfort.

Don’t let your shape or fear of something new prevent you from at least trying them on. Walk your cute booty into Target and try these babes on!

Palazzo Pants: Target | Top: Option 1 | Top: Option 2 | Clutch: Tory Burch (similar)