Hair Tutorial

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Happy Thursday! One of the most common questions I get besides fashion questions is about how I do my hair. I thought it was time to share my hair tutorial as well as two new products I have recently been introduced to, Rooted Hair Powder and Bali Secret Hair Vitamins. These pictures were from my cousin’s recent wedding. I decided to document how I do my hair.

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  1. Wash/Condition hair: I do this every other day. I color my hair and like to stretch the color out as far as I can due to my budget. I am able to go about every 8 weeks. Not washing my hair daily helps my color last. I use this shampoo and this conditioner. After I get out of the shower, I brush my hair with a wet brush and towel dry it. My hair tangles like crazy, so this brush has been the only way to get my hair brushed quickly.
    • IMG_9932I have recently discovered Rooted Hair Powder and this helps me stretch my washes out. Like I said, being on a budget I want to get the most of my hair color as possible. The thing I love about this product is not only does it get rid of the greasy hair, it also gets rid of bacteria. This product is also organic and it helps volumize your hair while increasing hair strength, collagen and growth. It comes in two colors: blonde and brunette. Being a brunette, this is much appreciated, since most dry shampoos leave a white residue in my  hair. This product also smells amazing and works very fast.
  2. Apply Bali Secret Hair Vitamins: I have long fine hair, so my hair easily gets dry. I also love to curl it, so that quickly damages it. I was recently introduced to these hair vitamins and this has helped with my dry ends. This product is enriched with Argan oil, Morrocan oil, macadamia nut oil, avocado oil, and vitamins A, C, E and pro vitamin B5. It helps my hair feel smooth and look shiny. The capsules are not taken orally as my husband thought. You break open a capsule and apply to towel dried hair. The capsules were a little hard to open for me at first, but once they open I put the oil on the palm of my hand and I do about 75% of my hair, skipping my roots. The product smells really good and I have been happy with it.
  3. Apply boosting spray and blow dryAfter I apply my hair vitamins, I apply this boosting spray. I apply it when my hair is still damp. It is heat activated, so I make sure to blow dry right after I apply. It helps give my fine hair some volume.
  4. Tease: Once my hair is 100% dry, I brush it once more and tease the crown with my tease w/ eez brush.  This creates even more volume for my “poof”. Here is a video that shows how to tease your hair, if you’re unfamiliar.
  5. Pin it: Once my hair has some volume, I brush it out a bit, and then gather it and pin it. I like to pin it up and have a little “poof” because I am a Texas girl and we like to say “the bigger the hair, the closer to God.”
  6. Curl/Hair Spray: Per recommendation of my hair stylist, I use this curling iron. It has worked well for me. I finish off my hair with Oribe hairspray.
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If you have any questions, please let me know!

Thank you to Rooted Hair Powder and Bali Secret for providing me with a free product sample. All opinions are my own.

Romping Around In Bows and Ruffles

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Happy Monday and happy late Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there! I wanted to share a quick photo of my mom and I from my wedding day and a little message.

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Mom, thank you for giving me a love for fashion. You always made sure I was dressed cute from day one. You’re always dressed to the nines even when going to Walmart. Thank you for always being more like a sister than a mom. I’m so thankful to have a mom whose clothes I could borrow all of these years! It’s been so fun.
Most of all, thank you for being my best friend! I love you, mom.

As you as you may have seen in last week’s post, ruffles are one of my favorite things right now. In fact, ruffles have always been one of my favorite things. When I saw this ruffled romper online, I knew it was something I HAD to order. I was so glad that it ended up fitting well when it arrived. The thing I like about rompers is you can wear them very casually to run around town or you can dress them up and wear them to a casual date. The top of the romper features a ruffle and a bow, so it had my name written all over it. This romper fits true to size.

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I also paired this look with a bow mule heel. This gave it very girly vibes. Mule heels have really made a comeback lately. The best part of these are the girly touch. I am all about bows, so when I saw them I knew I needed to order them. The same shoes I ordered sold out really fast, but I have linked an almost exact shoe below. This brand is usually true to size.

Romper: Here, Here , Similar, Similar  Bow Mule Heels: Sold Out: Nordstrom Rack, Similar, Similar Bow Flats: Here Earrings: Kendra Scott (Custom Color Bar: Greta style), Similar Bag: Here

Monogram Everything

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Embroidered Clutch: Sold out- Steven, Similar, Similar Monogrammed Necklace: Here

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Ruffle Seersucker Dress: Similar, Similar  Courtney Necklace: Here

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Navy and Pink Elephant Dress: Old- Lilly Pulitzer, Similar Infinity Necklace: Here

Being a southern girl, we love to monogram/ personalize everything. I grew up having little jumpers with my name embroidered on them, so it is no surprise I love to personalize anything and everything. Even my wine glasses are personalized now!

As Reese Witherspoon brilliantly said, “My sheets are monogrammed, so is my silverware and pretty much everything else I own. My rule is, if it’s not moving-monogram it.” This is the typical southern lady’s philosophy.

Recently Name Necklaces reached out to me to partner and it was a no brainer. I was not sure what the quality would be like, since they are so affordable, but it was amazing! The necklaces are 925 sterling silver and are plated with gold or rose gold if you choose those colors.

Many of their necklaces are on sale today, so make sure to get one before the sale ends.

The best thing about Name Necklaces is you get 15% off your first purchase and free shipping on all orders. They also feature a very fair return policy (noted on the bottom of their website). These necklaces are all custom made and you get to preview the necklace before you purchase.

 

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Navy and Pink Elephant Dress: Old- Lilly Pulitzer, Similar Infinity Necklace: Here Earrings: Here Bow Shoes: Here

I picked an infinity necklace with my hubby and my initials. It is so special because the infinity symbol is so symbolic and our initials are on it.

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I also picked a silver monogram necklace as well. This one is my favorite, since it has the fancy font. 

IMG_0653Floral Dress: Boutique find, Similar, Similar, Similar  Earrings: Here Courtney Necklace: Here

 

My third necklace is the Carrie necklace. It has my name on it and makes me channel my inner Carrie Bradshaw.

Graduation season is around the corner and these make a perfect gift! They also are great for a bride to be with her new initials, or any girl friend!

In partnership with Name Necklaces. All opinions are my own.

LOFT Sale

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Dress: Here Shoes: Here Bag: Old-Tory Burch, Similar (I have this in hot pink and highly recommend it), Similar, Similar Earrings: Here

Ladies…stop what you’re doing right now and head over to LOFT’s website. They’re having a sale and I am sharing my favorite dress from this season and my other picks. I have a direct link below.

They’re currently offering 30% off everything or 40% off with your LOVELOFT credit card. Use code LOVEMOM to receive the discount. Some items are already marked down to 40% off without the promo code. They’re also offering free shipping on orders $125 or more.

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I got this off the Circle Lace Off The Shoulder Dress at the start of the season and it has been one of my favorite dresses. I love the navy blue color and the beautiful embroidered details.  It is dressy, yet casual. The flowy fabric makes it comfortable.

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It could go from a casual date night with flat sandals to a casual cocktail party. I paired mine with a pink camera bag, gold earrings and some block heel sandals. This dress does run a little big, so I recommend sizing down. I have found Loft runs a little large in general.

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I always recommend reading their reviews, since they are usually accurate.

Here are a few of my other picks:

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Blossom Off The Shoulder Top

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Eyelet Flutter Shift Dress

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Striped Eyelet Skirt

off the shoulder navy

Lace Off The Shoulder Shift Dress

gingham top

Gingham Side Tie Off The Shoulder Top

Floral Romper

Floral Wrap Romperstripe shorts

Striped Tie Waist Riviera Shorts

What are you eying at the LOFT sale?

Beating The Monday Blues In Ruffles

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This weekend, my hubby and I made a short trip down to San Antonio, Texas to see my younger cousin, Elizabeth, get married. It was a beautiful wedding and fabulous weekend! Jake had his Pediatrics shelf exam Friday afternoon, so we were not able to get to San Antonio until midnight. We went down on Cinco De Mayo; how fitting is that?

On Saturday, I met up with a San Antonio blogger, Casey.  We have been following each other for several months, so it’s always neat to meet up with people you’ve met through blogging! After the meet up, my hubby and I went to the Riverwalk with my family for lunch. San Antonio is a neat town. If you live nearby, I recommend it for a weekend getaway!IMG_1256

It may be Monday, but these ruffles will sure help you beat the Monday blues. One of my favorite trends is ruffles. They remind me of the salsa dancer emoji.  I am so glad they’re back in style since I stocked up a few years ago.
The thing I love about this top is the subtle stripes. They’re perfect for spring and this top is light weight, so it’s the perfect transitional piece. I paired it with a navy A line skirt. The top is pretty boxy, so it had to be paired with something more fitted. I wore my favorite rock stud pump to give it a classy look.

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This look would be perfect for church, brunch, or a bridal/baby shower. It is very ladylike and classy.

What did you do this weekend?

Top: Shein (Sold Out), Similar, Similar, Similar Skirt: Old-Francesca’s, Similar, Similar Necklace: Here Earrings: Here and Here Purse: Tory Burch (Sold Out), Similar (I have this in another color and love it), Similar, Similar Shoes: Dillards (Sold out), Similar (I have these in another color and highly recommend them)

Our Proposal Story

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May 4, 2013 was a very special day for many reasons. Jake and I both graduated from Oklahoma State University, and it was also the day Jake asked me to be his wife. In honor of our 4th anniversary of my hubby proposing, I thought it would be fun to share our proposal story.

Our Story:

Jake and I had been dating since my sophomore year of college and we were finally about to graduate. For months we had been talking about getting engaged soon. I was in a sorority (Zeta Tau Alpha) in college and kept hinting to Jake that I wanted to have a candlelight ceremony (a way sorority girls announce their engagement to their sisters). I also expressed that I wanted to have my family around to celebrate after we got engaged. My hubby said he didn’t know if the candlelight would happen or not, but he had the perfect day in mind. I hate surprises, so I kept trying to get him to give me hints. He would not crack though!

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I kept daydreaming that he would be proposing soon and even created a Pinterest board with the style of ring I wanted. I really thought he would propose on either the anniversary of the day we met (March 27, 2010), on graduation day, or during our upcoming Hawaiian vacation. The day we met went by with no proposal, so I kept thinking it could be any day. Weeks went by and still no proposal. Graduation was coming up, so I had my suspicions it might be then. I asked my mom if I should get my nails done because I was trying to see if she would ruin the surprise.  She said it would be nice to, but didn’t make me convinced I needed to get them done. So I didn’t get them done, thinking that if I did get them done, I would jinx it and that wouldn’t end up being the day he proposed.

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Graduation day was cold and rainy. My hubby picked me up before the ceremony so we could graduate together. I was suspicious he was going to propose right before the ceremony.  But the ceremony went on and no proposal. At this point I was a little down, since I made my mind up it was not going to happen that day.

After graduation was over, we were planning on meeting up with our families at Theta Pond to take pictures. If you have never been to OSU, it’s a really pretty pond in the center of campus. On the way to Theta Pond, we passed through a pretty garden. I was a little down that he hadn’t proposed, so I wasn’t very talkative. Jake began talking about how he couldn’t believe we just graduated and how we have made so many memories at OSU. I agreed, but didn’t say much. He finally got my attention when I noticed he was starting to get choked up. He began talking about the next chapter of our lives. He then went on to say “we might as well make one more memory at OSU”. He got down on his knee and asked me to marry him. I immediately began crying and of course said yes.  It was the perfect moment and was very symbolic. I didn’t get my candlelight, but May 4th was one of the best days of my life for many reasons.

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Now we are about to celebrate our 3rd wedding anniversary in June! You can view our wedding feature here.

Also, don’t forget to enter our Jord Wood Watch giveaway for a FREE Conway watch here. It ends 5/7/17.  Thank you to Jord for providing this giveaway.

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer, Similar, Similar, Similar Necklace: Here Earrings: Similar Shoes: Similar, Similar

Dressing For A Cold/Rainy Spring Day

IMG_9340IMG_9329IMG_9330IMG_9332IMG_9334IMG_9335Happy Monday and Happy May! This weekend was just what I needed! We had crazy storms on Friday night and Saturday morning. This made our power go out, so we had to transfer all of our food into our Yeti coolers. It’s funny how things like this work out, since it inspired me to clean the expired food out of the fridge. I then got on a cleaning kick and organized various aspects of the house like our Tupperware containers (I’ve been putting that off). My hubby has his Pediatrics rotation shelf exam on Friday, and the weather forced us to stay in and be productive. The end of Pediatrics is coming at the perfect time, since we will be leaving Friday for my cousin’s wedding. We are excited for a little getaway!

Lately our weather has been more on the chilly side and we have had tons of storms. When it’s rainy, even if it’s not cold outside, I still get cold. Recently, on a rainy day I met some local bloggers for brunch.  I didn’t want to let the dreary weather get me down, so I wore a bright moto jacket to brighten my day.  I find the colors that I wear effect my mood. Since the jacket is very bright, I accessorized with a black top, as well as dark jeans and added leopard shoes and a statement necklace. Adding statement pieces like leopard and a big necklace can really dress up jeans.

Jacket: Here Top: Old- Forever 21, Similar Necklace: Here Jeans: Here Shoes: Similar Bag: here

Spring Weddings With Jord Watches

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Happy Friday! It’s time for the weekend! No pun indended 😉

It’s spring, so that means it’s wedding season. I always have my go to accessories and so does my hubby.  For a less formal wedding, he likes to wear a sport coat, a button up and khakis and now his new watch.

When it comes to watches, my hubby has a nice silver one that he wore for a while but he got bored of it and stopped wearing it. He had been wanting a new one, so when I asked him about this wood watch he was so excited. My hubby basically wears nothing but Brooks Brothers and Polo Ralph Lauren, so I was a little surprised he loved the natural look of the wood watch. Here’s what he had to say about the watch:

“I had always thought wood watches looked cool but I’m pretty cheap so I didn’t want to spend a decent amount of money on one and then end up not wanting to wear it very much. So, when I got the opportunity to try the Jord wood watch out, I leaped at the chance. Being a typical man, I’m not big into fashion, and I usually buy stuff based on either ‘that looks cool’ or ‘that looks like something Courtney would allow me to wear’. So anyways, not being a fashion expert, it’s kind of hard to put into words what I liked about the Jord watch, but I really enjoy it. Though they have several other styles that looked cool, I chose to go with this dark brown and red one. The dark sandalwood looks rather sophisticated; something about the way it looks as well as the sturdy feeling it has makes me feel like it came from an old, massive tree. The elegant color gives it a maturity that makes it look like the wood has been around for a hundred years, while the durable feeling of it makes it seem like it could last for a hundred more. The burgundy manages to blend in smooth with the sandalwood color while also popping out. Juxtaposing a dark color (like the sandalwood) with a color that is both light and dark (after all, burgundy is just bright red that they added some brown to I think) is a cool way to have both elements blend together while also popping out. I think this watch jumped out to me because I’m a big Maker’s Mark fan and the colors reminded me of that; the sandalwood looks like the oak barrels and the whiskey itself, while the burgundy is reminiscent of the red wax top. This reinforced the mature, understated elegance of the watch to me. Anyways, enough about the look of the watch. It also feels great and works great. Being in the hospital, I’m always doing something with my hands, whether it’s performing a physical exam or writing a patient note. Despite the sturdy feeling of the watch, it never feels cumbersome when you’re using your arms. Even after a long day, it still felt very comfortable. Overall, I think it’s a great watch, and my only regret is that I forgot to make sure I got a left-handed watch. Courtney and I are both lefties, and it seems like every day something like this happens to remind us it’s a right handed world. Anyways, other than me forgetting that like everybody else on earth is right handed, I highly recommend the Jord watch! I’ve never been a big watch guy, but now as I finally am close to being done with medical school and moving on to actually being a doctor, it’s important to have a professional, elegant look, and the Jord watch definitely fits that profile.”

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Jord to give away a FREE Conway watch. Click here to enter.

With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day around the corner, a Jord  Wood Watch would make the perfect gift. Shop Men’s watches here and Women’s here 

Jake’s Watch: Here Courtney’s Dress: Here Earrings: Similar Purse: Similar, Similar Shoes: Similar
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 In collaboration with Jord Wood Watches

It’s All About Embroidery

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Top: Here Skirt: Here Earrings: Here Shoes: Here Bag: Here, Here

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start! I don’t know about you, but this weekend flew by for us (they always seem to). On Friday, we went to my hubby’s med school ball and just relaxed the rest of the weekend. He only has 8 more weeks until he starts his 4th year of med school. We are both so ready!

You may have noticed that I am not doing as many blog posts as normal. I am trying to work on a new way to switch things up and maybe drop down to two blog posts weekly instead of three. I am very overwhelmed between blogging and working full-time, so this should help.

IMG_9022IMG_1206One trend I am obsessed with is embroidery.  It’s all about embroidery for summer and spring. It is everywhere from jeans to dresses. I am so glad it’s back because it reminds me of my childhood. I will never forget this little embroidered denim jacket that I had and some jeans with pink flowers. I probably still have them at my parents house.

The thing that I love about embroidery is that it incorporates so many fun colors. Bright colors make me happy, so I jumped on board with this trend quick. It reminds me of a fiesta!IMG_1205

When I wear something embroidered, I like to accessorize with colors that are in the embroidery pattern. Recently we had beautiful weather on a date night, so I decided to wear my new skirt. I decided to play up the pink and tone it down with this black ruffle bodysuit (I promise I don’t wear it everyday).  FYI, this skirt runs small, so I recommend sizing up. I also recommend wearing a bodysuit with it, since it lays better with the skirt.

Trending: The Bodysuit

IMG_7933IMG_7973IMG_7947IMG_7967IMG_7941Happy Thursday! I don’t know about y’all, but I feel like I need a vacation badly. I think it’s because my hubby is on a rotation where he goes in before the sun comes up and I feel like during the week I barely see him. It could just be my lack of sleep lately 😉 I am always more creative at night and always seem to wake up at night even if I am exhausted all day!

Anyways, one trend that I jumped on late was the bodysuit. I never in a million years thought they would be flattering, so I never tried one. I also thought they seemed weird until I saw this ruffle off the shoulder one. The ruffles were what spoke to me, so I gave it a chance. Let me just tell you, they are a major game changer!

The thing that I love about bodysuits are they give you the “tucked in” look without having a lot of fabric that gets bunched up. When I wear skirts, it always seems like I am constantly fixing my top, but with a bodysuit it gives you the perfect tucked in appearance.

I have paired my bodysuit with jeans, palazzo pants and skirts. They are so versatile! I have a feeling that I am going to be buying several more in the near future.

What is a trend that you’re loving lately?

Necklace: Kendra Scott, Similar(Same necklace, different shade of turquoise) Bodysuit: Target Jeans: Michael Kors, Similar, Similar Shoes: Target Bag: Louis Vuitton