I've never gotten more compliments on a perfume than my new Oscar De La Renta Bella Blanca perfume! It has sweet notes of flowers as well as citrus and it's the perfect combination for moving into spring. I love when I come home in the evening and Maui smells like it because I usually spray it and he's near or I pick him up and it gets on him; my favorite haha!
We all wear perfume or scented lotion for obvious reasons, but have you ever thought of the benefits of it and how to truly take care of it?! Let's talk about why it's beneficial and when you should switch it up.
1.) Boosts your mood: Just like wearing a pretty dress you love, smelling pretty can boost your confidence and your mood. When you enhance your mood, you can help relieve stress and anxiety!
2.) Reflects your mood/personality: Feeling happy and playful or romantic and sweet? Bring out how you are feeling with your perfume and everyone around you will sense that energy (literally).
3.) TIP: Store your perfume in the fridge!!! According to perfume experts, storing your perfume on the bottom shelf of the fridge makes them last longer. The "top notes" (the smells you immediately recognize and are most significant) can go bad within just a few short months or lose scent.
4.) Special Occasions: Especially your wedding day! Wearing a new and special perfume on your wedding day and then using it for special date nights or events will always make you remember that day in an extra way. It will essentially create a "smell memory" in your brain that can last a lifetime! And who doesn't want that for their wedding day!? When picking one out, stick to something with one of your favorite notes, but something more romantic or exciting.
One of my favorite ways to keep my perfume fresh during the day is by using the bottle in the morning and then having a rollerball in my purse handy! Smell pretty my friends!
I'm all about some dainty details with my jewelry. What I love even more? Adding a statement piece and completing my look down to every little ring. When you see someone that just looks like they have it all figured out and they always look so put together, take a look at their jewelry. That's almost always the finishing touch that perfects an outfit. One of my favorite brands for mixing and matching jewelry is Gorjana! Whether you love rose gold, silver, or classic gold they have the perfect items from dainty to statement with the perfect luxe look. I'm also obsessed with my new Arlo and Joy necklace with this blue crystal. They have amazing, one-of-a kind type pieces that go so well with all my Gorjana ones :)
Here are some of my favorite pieces I wear to finish off every look!
One of my New Year's resolutions this year is to create a neutral, mini capsule wardrobe for each season. When I cleaned out my closet the other day I realized this would be harder than I thought. I LOVE color! It brightens up my day and often times completes the perfect outfit. However, at other times, I find myself struggling to find classic outfits I can mix and match on a day-to-day basis.
The reason I decided to do a “mini capsule” is so that I can throw in my more color and printed pieces with my neutrals and it will help expand my wardrobe’s potential. Here are a few easy steps on how to create your own personal mini capsule wardrobe!
1.) Decide on a daily color palette to base it off of
I love shades of beige and will always be a grey girl! You will be shopping for your missing staple items in these colors.
2.) Find your staple styles for each season
For me this would be different types of turtleneck sweaters and skinny jeans for fall and winter; more of a French, casual style. During the warmer months I thrive off of dresses and mini skirts. Once you know what you are more likely to grab off the hanger on a rushed morning, you can shop for styles that will mix and match in your “capsule palette.” For example, I also wear a lot of different pinks. I love how these Free People pants are almost neutral, still bring color into my outfit, but I can wear a lot of different solid tops with them to switch it up.
3.) Instead of Prints, gravitate towards texture
I’m not saying you have to throw out your prints, because those are your accent pieces! What I am saying though, is that having solid textures or monochromatic prints helps you mix and match more. One great thing about sweater styles right now is all of the different weaves that are perfect for adding detail to your look. Find a nice pair of textured pants you can wear to the office with a blouse but can change into a fitted top with those same pants when you head out for dinner.
Just because it’s a capsule wardrobe doesn’t mean it has to be boring and basic, it just means it has to fit your current wardrobe to elevate and expand it! Happy capsuling ladies!! ;)
I love nothing more than a piece for my closet that can be worn from the office straight to date night! This. Bag. Has. It! Melie Bianco handbags are vegan, cruelty free in every way (workers included), and just overall amazing quality! For all you animals lovers like me out there, they are also Peta award winners as 'Best Animal-Friendly Accessories'
I love that I can wear this one two ways: as a hands-free waist bag to edge up my look, or with the cross body strap for everyday wear. Throw it on with a faux fur coat, your favorite pair of booties, and your outfit is elevated X 100! For someone who is always running around from work on a Friday to dinner and a night out, I am always looking for pieces that can transition well as staples, but one's that aren't too basic and boring. This Stalking Gia Convertible Crossbody is the perfect answer and it's now on sale!! It also comes in black and a sassy red to really be a statement piece; I'm obsessed. Don't miss their sale, I have a feeling it's going to be an 'add to cart' kind of weekend for me :)
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Happy weekend loves!
When someone asks me where my favorite place to buy comfortable bras is, I always have a round about answer of "well I like this fit here and this fit here... but I also like these!" Honestly, it's because what I wear under my clothes is so different depending on my mood and the occasions. I like to have options, ya know? :)
True & Co gifted me this nude set and weekend bra and I can honestly say that I LOVE THEM!! Supportive, and light, and I don't even think about the fact that I have one on, which is the whole point ladies!! They are having a major sale right now and the True Weekend Adjustable is on sale for $15 from $54!!! Such a steal. Their True Body Line is perfect for any shape and size, and has different cuts for what you need for your body. I love this V Neck bra and the underwear to match are all 3 for $33 right now. Don't miss out on this sale and find your perfect fit and styles using their quiz here.
Happy Sunday loves! xx
I can't get enough of the leaves and I can't get enough of this dress!! Shoutout to Austin, he picked this out for me for our 6 year anniversary (OMG SIX) and I'm obsessed with it because a.) it's Free People and b.) it's floral AND polka dot!! Ugh, he just gets me :)
Today I wanted to hop on here and talk about finding balance in your life. It's so, so important to make this a priority in your life. Even small steps toward balance can bring you happiness and content. The other day I heard a quote that really hit home with me:
"Balance is not something you find, it's something you create."
Here are a few tips on how to create more balance in your daily life:
1.) Health: Not just physical health, but mind and spirit too! Give yourself a break when you feel like life has been getting crazy, even if you have to just give yourself some alone time from the world. This helps me refresh more than anything!
I don't always eat super healthy, but I don't always eat take out. If I felt bad about what I ate earlier in the day, I try to make sure I find time to hit the gym. If I eat super healthy the next day, I sometimes give myself a break. My favorite way to balance healthy eating is by eating a healthy breakfast and lunch and then enjoying myself at dinner after a long day (but not going too crazy haha).
2.) Work: Having a good work life balance is super challenging when you don't draw a line. I'm that girl that would rather be early or on time to work than roll in late and have to stay at the office late finishing things up. I take time management seriously so that when I'm out of the office I can do whatever the heck I want and not have to worry about what I needed to finish!
3.) Setting Goals: At the beginning of each week, I sit down and write down my goals for the week in my agenda planner. Gym goals, blog goals, even me time goals. Being able to check off a list helps me to accomplish things and keeps me reminded of why I wanted to do a certain thing in the first place. Setting realistic goals is also incredibly important; sometimes you just need to start with your priorities.
Creating balance is hard, but with baby steps, your growth as an individual leads to security in your mental peace and well being. Try and start tomorrow with one part of your balance, and see how it slowly brings peace into every aspect of your life! You've got this girl!
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