Jumping into Spring

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Target Surplus Navy Ikat Jumpsuit; J.Crew Panama Hat; Michael Kors Parker Watch; Givenchy Sunglasses; Tory Burch Clutch(similar here); Orly Spring Sugar High- Key Lime Twist Nail Polish; Fergie Shoes; Madewell Ring (similar here); Forever21 Bracelet; Etsy monogram necklace [Read more...]

I have always been a big fan of rompers (the shorts version) and have thought it to be quite flattering on my petite frame. Long jumpsuits however are a different story and I have always found them to be a bit intimidating. Until recently, I never bothered even trying one on because I automatically assumed that it would be too long and overwhelm me. For the most part I have been right, until now. This jumpsuit from Target caught my eye as I was entering the store and I tried it on on a whim. Anyone else have my problem where I enter the store for one thing and leave with multiple bags? I was pleasantly surprised that it fit me (I’m 5′ 3″) perfectly and was so affordable. The snap closure on the neckline avoids an overexposure accident and the cinched waist creates a nice shape. I wore this with a bandeau top for more security since it is a looser fit on top. The fabric is flowy but substantial and perfect for the warmer Charleston spring weather.

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Morning Ritual: Detoxifying Beauty Smoothie

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Saint Patrick’s day is behind us and I still can’t believe April is approaching so quickly. I want the year to slow down a bit yet I’m also excited for the warmer months to come. I’ve somehow managed to avoid the infamous call of the Shamrock Shakes at McDonald’s this year and have been indulging my body with a much healthier ritual. I love a good beauty product but nothing is quite as effective as [Read more...]
feeding your body with a cocktail of detoxifying and beautifying ingredients. I start out almost every morning with a super green detox smoothie. I drink it before I eat my breakfast so that I can rehydrate, balance, and nourish my body from the inside out. My recipe makes 2 servings so Will drinks the other one or I save it for a post work out drink. Green smoothies retain all the fiber unlike juices so it takes longer to digest and will keep your sugar levels from spiking.  If I’m running late on time for an actual meal, I’ll swap out the coconut water for almond milk and throw in some frozen bananas, pineapples, and dates for a more filling option. I’ve noticed visibly brighter skin and an increase in energy since I’ve started this little regimen and have been getting a lot of use out of my Vitamix, my favorite kitchen purchase to date.

Super Green Smoothie Recipe: (2 servings)
2 cups chopped kale
2 cups spinach
1 medium cucumber
1/2 lemon peeled
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup coconut water with aloe vera juice (I found mine at Trader Joe’s)
2 stalks celery
1/2 cup parsley
3/4 ice cubes
*use stevia for extra sweetness as needed
                                                                                                                                                                    For a filling breakfast smoothie:
Replace coconut water with 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
4-6 pitted medjool dates (for sweetness)
1/2 cup frozen pineapples
1 frozen banana sliced

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Review: Essie Butler Please Nail Polish

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It always seems that the perfect shade and perfect quality rarely come hand in hand. Essie’s Butler Please is no exception. This polish is the most stunning bright blue [Read more...]

that is not too dark, and not too light and suits my yellow undertones. Though it definitely can use some improvements in some areas, I have been able to overlook these flaws and still select this polish as my color of choice for my past two manicures. I used Essie’s Beyond Cozy for the accent nails and some silver and gold studs for extra bling and texture.

For this nail polish to perform it’s best, a really good quality glossy top coat (such as Seche Vite) is necessary. I was a little taken back at first when I used this and saw that the consistency was pretty runny and left streaky blue coats on my nails. The polish dries quickly so you need to work quickly. Despite the disturbing first coat, the second coat brings it to full opacity and levels out to a nearly smooth finish. The natural finish of this polish is semi matte so you will need a good top coat to bring it to a fully smooth lustrous shine. This reminds me a bit of my beloved Bikini So Teeny, also by Essie. A manicure using this polish lasts about 3-4 days with a good top coat and even longer if you use a gel coat. My favorite gel top coat is CND’s Shellac UV Top coat which requires a lamp but extends the polish to over a week.

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