Get The Look Thursdays: Simply Burgundy

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Not that you will be too surprised, but I was that girl in high school who always wore printed skirts, cowl neck tops, crop pants and any type of high heels I could get my hands on! At the age of 14 I started shopping at Stein Mart…(yup, Stein Mart). Although it was my utmost priority to make outstanding grades and be involved in every possible extracurricular activity, I was just a “tad bit” more concerned about winning the “Best Dressed” Senior Superlative. So, yes, I spent four years of my life attempting to be the best dressed gal of the class of 2007! haha! And guess what??? I DID NOT WIN. Devastated may not even be the word to explain how I felt on that day. Anywho, I share all of this to say that I remember what I was wearing the day they made the announcement..it was this super cute knee length skirt. It was a mauve pink, grey, camel and BURGUNDY floral print skirt. I absolutely loved it. However, about 3 years ago I had to give it away as it no longer fit. But one day while randomly window shopping at H&M near NYU, I found these awesome BURGUNDY crop pants that made me think of that skirt! And to be honest these pants are way more awesome than that skirt could ever have been…they are
“SIMPLE”, much like life is now in comparison to my high school drama days! haha.

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Say Hello to Kandice Pelletier Swimwear!

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

I have some exciting news that I can finally share with you all…I am now working for Kandice Pelletier Swimwear! For those of you who do not know, Kandice Pelletier is the owner and designer of a fancy smancy swimwear line based out of New York City that specializes in creating customizable competition suits for pageant contestants.

To make a long story short…Kandice and her sister, Kendra, competed in the Miss Georgia circuit a few years before I did! When it came time to purchase an awesome competition swimsuit, everyone recommended that I contact the Pelletiers and I did. Needless to say, the dynamic Pelletier trio (Kandice, Kendra and Mrs. Jodi) made me a rocking sunshine yellow swimsuit that I wore in my last year of competition at Miss Georgia. As much as I hated the Lifestyle and Fitness portion of the pageant, I had NEVER felt more confident on stage! The swimsuit fit was absolute PERFECTION. And if you ask any other girl from the Miss GA circuit who wore a Pelletier swimsuit, they would say the exact same thing!

Knowing that they had created something truly special and unique, in 2011 Kandice decided to take the reigns and expand the brand now known as Kandice Pelletier Swimwear.  To date, the line has been worn by some pretty spectacular peeps, including:

Denise Richards, Actress 

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Mallory Hytes Hagan, Miss America 2013

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Cassidy Wolf, Miss Teen USA 2013 

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So when you have a moment, I encourage you to skip on over to www.kandicepelletier.com to find out a little more about this awesome swimwear line! And oh yeah, to stay up-to-date on what’s new with KPSwimwear, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. All of the cool kids are…sooo you should too!

Get The Look Thursdays: Bold Lips & the Drew Berrymore Sweater

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Sooooo just in case you guys have not noticed, my most favorite fall pieces are the Live a Little military jacket and my Express cheetah print infinity scarf that I have featured a couple of times on Get The Look Thursdays! Not a week goes by were I DO NOT wear these two pieces at least twice…I just love them!  But because I wear these pieces pretty often, I am always looking for new ways to style them…that way they look completely different than the last time, which can be tricky. Especially when I am going on day #67 of “NO PERSONAL SHOPPING!” Anywho, I have given myself a new challenge….learning how to make the most of my closet with what I have! Sounds a lot easier said than done, right? However, in actuality, it really is quite easy. It simply takes a bit more creativity on my end.

Bold Lips & the Drew Berrymore Sweater 

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Get The Look Thursdays: Military Chic’

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

As most of you guys know, I have a dance background. So naturally, I love anything that is long, has movement and is pleated. In March 2013 I saw pictures of my sister-in-law, Katelyn, wearing a ballet pink, pleated maxi for one of her performances. I immediately texted and said, “I need that skirt! Where did you get it?” To my surprise but not to my surprise she spilled the beans…”TJ MAXX! Why of course?” lol. Seeing that every TJ Maxx has different inventory, she promised to go and see if they had another one and guess what?!? THEY DID! Before Katelyn even confirmed if they had another or not, I already knew how I wanted to style this skirt. However, it has taken until NOW for me to get it just RIGHT! I had most of the pieces I needed to create this “Military Chic'” look, but it just didn’t feel complete until I received this perfectly cropped military jacket.

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Oh, Glorious Healthy Hair!

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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“Healthy hair, healthy hair,” is all I seem to hear these days! At first I was slightly annoyed by the movement, but that was only because I was frustrated and completely unsure of how to achieve…healthy hair! Well, I have come to discover that it is not as difficult as I thought it would be.  The hardest part of the process is simply making the decision and committing to it! With lots of advice and recommendations from various “hair” friends, I have been on the journey of achieving healthy hair since the end of May!  I have seen tremendous growth and couldn’t be more excited to see where this process takes me. With all of that being said…I wanted to take a moment and share some of the wondtacular products and tips that I have been using and that can be used for a variety of hair types to help you achieve glorious healthy hair!

Great Hair Products You Should TRY!

  1. Simplicity Hair Oil – Where do I even begin? This oil blend is pure awesomeness in a bottle. Not only does it smell great, but it actually produces awesome results. The all natural blend helps unmanageable hair become manageable! Whether it is dry, slow growing or just plain dead..this product revives! Mine is a daily go to. Some would consider it pricey…but I am hear to tell you, it is well worth the investment. Oh yes, they will be releasing a shampoo and conditioner very soon…cannnot wait!!
  2. Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Shampoo – Where would the hair world be without dry shampoo?! lol. Just a super easy and quick way to make those oily roots not so oily. Although this is a hair washing life saver, it is important that you follow the directions…so please read them for optimum results!
  3. Silk Elements Megasilk Olive Heat Protectant Spray – Well, it is no surprise that I have an African American hair texture…lol. So for black hair it is SUPER DUPER IMPORTANT that we use heat protectant spray, considering how fragile our hair is from chemicals. What I love most about this particular heat protectant is that it has an olive oil base. So not only is my hair protected, but it is also being moisturized. Double product bonus.
  4. Organix Moroccan Sea Salt Spray – Looking to achieve that effortless, yet messy beach wave curl? If so, then this is the product for you. You can spray it on wet or dry hair and it works beautifully.  With this product I would have to say that less is more…so only use a little bit!
  5. Ojon Restorative Finishing Spray – Every woman wants her hair to have that nice glossy shine. If your hair is anything like mine, that beautiful shine typically last from 1 to 4 days after I’ve had a visit to the hair salon or just washed it myself. With the Ojon Restorative Finishing Spray I am able to achieve that “shiny hair” look more often! I really enjoy using this product on the days that I use Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Shampoo (aka dirty hair days!). It really helps me achieve that look of freshly washed hair!
  6. Nutrilite Natural Vitamin B Complex – When shopping for the perfect hair vitamin, I would encourage that you look for a “Vitamin B Complex.” As you may already know, the different Vitamin B’s are pretty awesome vitamins by themselves, however when all of the various B class vitamins are grouped together they become a POWERHOUSE. Vitamin B encourages hair growth, thickness and shine.
  7. Lots and Lots of Water – As we have heard for most of our lives, “You need to drink more water!” Although you may not want to hear it, this is indeed true, especially if you want to increase hair growth! Lack of water will cause the hair growing cells to not reproduce as a result of hair dehydration, which will then cause the natural hair growth cycle to either slow down tremendously or stop altogether!  With that in mind, always try to drink at least 1.9 liters of water per day. It takes discipline to say no to the sweet tea with lemon or the ice cold coke cola, but you can do it! The results of drinking water is so worth it. Not only does it increase hair growth, but it simply is better for your body.

And there you have it my friends…just a few hair products that have proven themselves to be amazingly awesome! Give them a whirl and please share your results!