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Life's a Dream

March 25, 2015

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Well, after a sad turn of events my DSLR Franklin took a turn for the worse today. We were just starting to shoot these pictures when I got a lovely little error message on the LCD screen. All of my pictures started coming out with a big, black spot covering about half of the image. It would seem that my camera needs to be sent in for a shutter replacement. Thankfully a friend was kind enough to loan me his camera for the morning so that I could finish this photo set for you gals!

Today I am featuring this floor length, blush pink tulle skirt from Wardrobe by Dulcinea. I adore ethereal, princess-y looking pieces in the Spring, and this is definitely one of them! The craftsmanship on this skirt is perfection, and I had the most wonderful customer service experience with shop owner, Inge. I would most definitely recommend this etsy shop if you are wanting something stand out for a wedding, event, or just to dress up!

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Top: Papaya
Flower Crown: Spellbound Crowns
Hair Extensions: Annabelle's Wigs
Earrings: Cherry Hills Bridal

Wildflowers for Spring

March 18, 2015


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No shoe shots for this outfit post, I'm afraid! Can you guess what I did this time? So a few days ago I went hiking with some friends and wore a pair of boots with those little half socks. Low and behold, seven miles later I've got a not so fun blister on my heel. To make matters worse, I walked around in some stiletto heels for twelve hours the next day, and let's just say... not a good idea. So I'm in therapy mode and wearing flip flops this week - haha!

Today I am very excited to be bringing you a giveaway! You are all so amazing, and I am so grateful for your support - I wish you all luck in winning! I am partnering with Mikarose, the maker of this beautiful pencil skirt, to offer Into the Woods readers a chance to win a $100 Mikarose gift card! All of their pieces are stunning and would make a wonderful addition to any spring wardrobe! You can enter through the rafflecopter at the end of this post.

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I am in love with this pale blue top from Romwe - the fit, the textured material, the loop and button in the back, the scalloped edge - so beautiful! Plus it sells for only $12 bucks. I thought I'd style it today in lieu of Cinderella, which I saw this past weekend and LOVED. Can we just take a moment to stand in awe of that ball gown?! I do believe the transformation scene gave me chills. Have any of you girls seen the movie yet?

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These lovely milk glass earrings were sent to me from Foreverly Jewelry and I have been waiting for just the right outfit to pair them with. I have been loving simple statement earrings lately and these are just the thing! They came packaged super cute, so they'd make darling gifts for friends and family. Even better yet, Foreverly sponsors a little girl from India, so some of the proceeds from your purchase go to help her!

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Top: c/o Romwe
Skirt: c/o Mikarose
Bracelet: Francesca's
Earrings: c/o Foreverly Jewelry
Necklace: Papaya

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Paint the Town Green

March 11, 2015


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Somehow, I unintentionally ended up wearing green this week, which just so happens to be the week of St. Patrick's day! My grandma was the one to point this out to me ;)

This lovely green dress was sent to me from Azazie. I have never really experimented all that much with hunter green, but when I saw the Victoria dress, I just knew it should be in this color. I cannot say enough good things about my experience with Azazie- the dress is well made, fits perfectly and came packaged really nicely, which is always a plus. I was telling my sister this morning how I think this would make such a pretty bridesmaid's dress.

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Dress: c/o Azazie
Earrings & ring: c/o Scrap Cati
Shoes: Payless {similar}
Necklace: Papaya {similar}
Bracelet: Francesca's {similar}

Flawless Skin Care Routine

March 9, 2015




MY SKIN CARE STORY

Alas, I struggle with breakouts and blemishes just as much as the next girl. We all know acne is no fun, let's just be honest here. My skin care regime really has become a part of my daily routine. But... it wasn't always that way. Back when I was around fourteen years old I began experiencing pretty good breakouts, but for some weird reason I didn't really care all too much. I was of the opinion that makeup was that magic stuff you used to cover blemishes and make your face look perfect. Fast forward about two years-- my acne had gotten bad enough that my face was beginning to scar. That was my wake-up point. Up until that time I had done absolutely nothing to prevent my breakouts, and it was time for a change. I began seeking out different methods for getting rid of my acne.

Today I want to share with you what has worked for me over the past couple of years. Taking care of my skin is extremely important to me. This is my routine two times daily. Getting started with a daily skin care routine may seem daunting, but it's essential for clear, healthy skin.

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PRODUCTS I USE

Typically I use four products- a salicylic acid facial wash, an all natural exfoliating scrub, an acne spot treatment and a moisturizer in the mornings. This month I am introducing a charcoal soap and cleanser into my routine. I've heard rave reviews about these two products from Destiny Botique, and I am so excited to see how they work for me. I will be doing a follow up review at the end of the month, so keep an eye out!

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WHAT CAUSES BREAKOUTS?

In my case, there are a few things I can name off specifically that cause breakouts. #1 and worst of all-- not washing my face, especially after wearing makeup all day. I cannot skip one morning or evening wash without waking up the next day with a face full of blemishes. This definitely helps to motivate me to stay on top of things. #2- touching my skin. This may sound a little bit off the wall, but if I touch my face a lot during the day, it has a profound effect on my acne. #3- high sugar intake. And this is the hardest one for me! I am a sugar fiend, no shame here, Girls! However, I do notice a difference in my face from weeks when I eat more sugar. #4 and finally, stress. This is a big one for me. Sometimes I get so busy with work, school and my social life that it causes stress, whether I realize it or not. This is one of the primary causes for my breakouts.

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DAILY SKIN CARE RITUALS

For the mornings, I will wash my face with my salicylic acid wash (always be sure to wash all of this off, otherwise it can cause breakouts if it sits on the skin), and then dry my face thoroughly with a clean, dry towel. Next I was my face again with my exfoliant- this step is especially essential for my dry skin. The products I use to prevent acne really dry out my face, so exfoliating helps to make my skin soft and smooth. Finally I apply a generous amount of moisturizer before applying makeup.

In the evenings, I do everything essentially the same, except I skip the moisturizer and use an acne spot cream- basically you just squeeze some of the cream onto your finger tip and pat it onto any blemishes on the face.

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If it's a makeup day, I'll go onto primer and liquid foundation. I am trying a new one out- I still love my Kat Von D foundation, but the super matte finish wasn't jiving with my skin type. During my last Sephora visit, they recommended the Clinique Beyond Perfecting foundation. It still has a matte finish, but looks a bit more natural while maintaining a full coverage. I'm still in a mental trial period with this makeup- I do love the coverage, but I'll have to report back what my final verdict is. I like to set my liquid foundation with a powder.

Finally, a little lip balm! I like to do lip balm early on in the makeup process so that my lips are moisturized and ready for lipstick before I walk out the door.

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I've put together a little video for you girls- you can see here that I'm actually trying to clear up a pretty gnarly recent breakout- it's second semester of senior year, and my face is feelin' it! 

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Products Used




Let me know what works for you! What do you like to use in your skin care routine? Any particular products you love? 

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Hey, It's Wednesday!

March 4, 2015


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I can't help but feel like Wednesday Adams in this LBD from Romwe! I decided to pair it with a white button down shirt for a collar- sometimes these little details just make the outfit. There's nothing like a simple, little black dress, especially on those days when you just can't decide what to wear. A little black dress instantly makes an outfit classy and feminine.

In addition, I thought I'd add a pop of color with this super pretty mint coat from Sheinside. This lovely coat has a bit of a BouclĂ© feel to it, which I adore. Sometimes texture really makes a piece stand out.

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Finally, I paired this outfit with a necklace from A Pocket of Whimsy. Alexis' necklaces never disappoint! I am smitten with this gorgeous piece. That's a real flower hanging out in the bottle! Does it get any more charming than that?

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Dress: c/o Romwe
Coat: c/o Sheinside
Necklace: c/o A Pocket of Whimsy
Hat: Forever 21 {simular}
Purse: c/o Dress V
Shirt: old

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