How To Get A Professional Hair Blowout At Home

Achieving the perfect professional hair blowout at home is not easy, until now.  These simple techniques paired with the right tools have me looking like I walked out of the salon in just 10 minutes.

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Guide to Finding Large Bust Swimsuits and How to Minimize Bust Appearance

Large bust swimsuits are hard to come by.  Everything seems to draw more attention, lack support or push up and pad them way too much.  While it’s probably true that there are more options for smaller chested women, there are plenty of options for women with larger busts.

Wouldn’t shopping be so much more enjoyable if everything you tried looked amazing on you?

Tips for Shopping Bust Minimizing Swimsuits:

  • Avoid details that add volume like flounces and ruffles.  I thought the flounce would kind of hide them because it’s a layer of fabric that drapes over, usually, a bandeau top.  I was wrong.  The added volume makes my chest look much bigger.
  • Solid colors on top will draw attention away.  To downplay the bust, use design features and patterns on the bottom or at the waist.
  • Smaller prints are more flattering than larger prints.
  • Brighter colors tend to draw more attention, so use them wisely.
  • Suits with string ties and keyhole details usually don’t provide enough support.
  • Sporty tops are a good go-to for comfort and style.  These days there are more and more sporty options.
  • Bikinis: look for solid tops with strappy details and patterns on the bottoms.
  • One piece: look for prints, belts and embellishments on the lower half.
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Where to Find Large Bust Swimsuits:

  • ASOS
  • Bare Necessities Which carries brands like Pour Moi, Freya, Fantasie, Miracle Suit, Miss Mandalay… and more that specifically cater to large bust sizes.
  • Fig Leaves Which carries its own signature brand as well as other brands that specialize in bigger cups.
  • Rigby & Peller Worn by the Queen and Kate Middleton, but you can get them stateside and for less than royal prices.

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What’s your biggest swimsuit hang-up?

Check out some of my other 2017 swimwear posts:

Where to Find Unique Swimsuits

Modest Swimwear Guide

Swimsuits For The Beach Body In Progress

What’s your biggest swimsuit hang-up?  Comment below.

XO,

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Rent the Runway: Subscription Clothing Service Review

Rent the Runway is a subscription clothing service that offers one time rentals (outside of the subscription) as well as a monthly unlimited plan.  I’ve used both services for a few years and I’m ready to give you a full honest breakdown of my experience.  I’m not in any way affiliated with RTR, I just use the rental service so much that I can’t possibly write a fashion blog without sharing this with my fabulous readers.

Rent The Runway One Time Rentals:

How long can I rent the pieces?

4 or 8 days.  You will pay more for 8 days.

How much does it cost?

Each rental is individually priced.  You will likely pay more to rent a $2,400 Vera Wang dress than a casual $100 dress.  That said, the dress I’m thinking of is $215 to rent, which is not bad for a $2400 gown I would never buy.  Most of the time, I am nowhere near renting a $2400 gown, so the rentals are definitely cheaper, but I wanted to give you an idea of what you could rent if you wanted to.  How many times do you get suckered into buying a dress that’s “formal enough,” but “on sale” and you justify it with those reasons.  Wouldn’t it be better to cut your budget in half and not have a closet full of dresses you’ll never wear.  I even let my bridesmaids rent their dresses.  It was cheap and they didn’t have to commit to an expensive dress.

What is style pass?

Style pass is a subscription for $65/month that includes one 4-day rental plus free shipping and insurance.  You can skip months and your credits roll over to your busier months.  You have to commit to at least three months out of the year though.

 What kind of stuff can I rent?

You can rent dresses, coats, jewelry, bags, pants, blouses, just about anything.  When you check out, RTR even suggests add-on accessories as well as items for purchase like fashion tape.  The suggestions are based the outfit, loose plunging neckline and you may plan to run out for fashion tape, but it’s so much more convenient for it to come with the dress.

How long will it take for my items to ship?

For a one time rental, you have to choose the dates, so RTR can guarantee delivery.  Your item will arrive on time, or the website won’t let you choose it.

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Choosing the Right Path: Multiple Personalities of a Millennial and About to be Mother

Choosing the Right Path:

As I charge ahead into Mommy-hood, I can’t help imagining all the ways my life is about to change.  The thought of growing a tiny human who will greet me with loving arms and fully depend on me to teach him everything is magically overwhelming.   I’ve always known that I would be a great mom if or when that opportunity came, but there was a time in my life when I wasn’t sure I wanted that.

I don’t know what it is about me that allows me to find peace and contentment from a variety of lifestyles.  I’m just as content running around staying busy as I am spending three days in pajamas.  I used to get very excited at the prospect of working in science and continuing my academics through a doctoral degree, while I just as easily could have tossed it all for a creative career.

Women do it all.  We juggle several hats and do it with grace.  From the time I was a child, I would dream of my life turning out a million different ways and being equally excited about each one.  This willingness to suspend judgement and allow myself happiness with a number of different outcomes made it incredibly difficult to choose a path and stick to it.

The Many Lives I Almost Chose:

Paleontologist

My first serious career choice came to me at the age of six.  I was obsessed with dinosaurs.  For years I thought I could be a paleontologist.  I could wear a khaki ensemble with a handkerchief around my neck every day and dig in the dirt discovering new species all the time.  Finding dinosaur bones as big as myself would be a regular occurrence.  I held on to this dream for at least four years with the first and only seed of doubt placed by my younger gay friend from up the street (we didn’t know it then, but he was the best girlfriend for combing hair and playing dress up).  One day he looked at me with consternation and said, “Gurl, I would worry about you being in the hot sun all day… And all that dirt!  Do you really want to do this?”  At ten years old, I wasn’t sure what to do with this information, but the world as I knew it was expanding, and maybe my options as well.

Actress

With the advent of reality tv, including shows like American Idol, America’s Got Talent and America’s Next Top Model during my impressionable high school years, I was sure I could be an actress.  I took acting lessons because no amount of singing lessons could help my voice.  I could move to LA, live in a shoebox with a roommate who was also a starving artist.  We’d be best friends, the super annoying kind that my adult self instantly wants to punch in the face, and we’d go to casting calls all day together before heading to work at one of Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant.  Sounds about right for 16 year-old life goals.  Ok, I wasn’t 16 when Vanderpump Rules aired on television, but I did have The Real World, after which to model my future apartment life. Continue Reading

Shop Unique Swimsuits and How I Find Them

Finding a unique swimsuits can be a challenge.  I usually find it extremely flattering to see other people wearing the things I own.  It’s a testament to good taste and it’s fun to see the way other women style the pieces I love.

Donning a swimsuit, however, is more stressful; suddenly I’m body conscious.  Swimwear should help your confidence and the only way that happens for me, when I’m fully aware that I’m not wearing much, is to know that my suit is unique.  Whether my suit is scantily clad or subtly interesting, I want people to notice my style, not my obliques or lack of.

Where to Shop for Unique Swimsuits:

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Drugstore Makeup Dupes that are Just as Good as the Expensive Stuff

Lately my skin has looked great, because of these changes, and I’ve felt less dependent on makeup, so I checked out some of the drugstore makeup dupes I’ve heard about.  To my surprise, they worked REALLY well.

In search of a lighter coverage foundation, I started at Sephora because it’s my go-to store for makeup.  I always do my homework before I go and I was really excited to try the Armani Maestro Foundation and Dior Nude Air Serum.  My skin color didn’t match well with the Armani shades and the Dior went on like a dream when I swatched it, so I splurged.  To my surprise, when I used it all over my face, I noticed a bit of an unpleasant odor.  I read about the odor in the reviews, but I’ve used Dior foundations for years.  I’ve never found it unpleasant, so I figured it was a fluke thing or girls just don’t like Dior foundations.   My usual products do well for me, so I wasn’t in it to switch to something that smelled funny.  Return please!

Disappointed that my purchase didn’t work out, I checked out the foundations at Walgreens.  I was after all making a move to be less dependent on products.  I keep hearing tons of great things about the L’Oreal Lumi Cushion foundation, so I snatched that one and I noticed that the No7 (a brand I like for body lotion and serum) Airbrush Away Foundation in similar packaging as the two I already tried.  Bonus, Walgreens even had testers out and guess what?  It felt exactly like the two expensive brands I tried before, minus the unpleasant smell.

Both the L’Oreal and the No7 foundations give my skin the extra boost it needs to even skin tone without appearing caked on.  Lately, I’ve returned
to my drugstore makeup roots.  I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how well some of my new finds and old loves work.

Drugstore makeup dupes that work just as well as the expensive stuff. Pin now, save $ later.
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What’s your favorite drugstore pick?

XO,

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How to Wear Culottes When You’re Short

Culottes and cropped pants are staple trends that circles back around frequently, but wearing culottes when you’re short can be tricky.  There are certain styling ‘musts’ that have to fall into place in order to successfully rock a cropped look at next to 5 feet.

How to Wear Culottes When You’re Short:

  • The single most important aspect is the fit.  Your culottes should fit, that means the hem too.  Your tailor should be ready and available if you’re planning on getting in on cropped trends.  Shopping the petite section is also a good idea if you’re hoping to skip alterations.
  • Shoes are the second most important feature of your look.  If it’s in season, you can pair them with a tight sock boot or tights of a similar color.  The tights trick works best if the pant comes almost to the ankle, but we short girls don’t usually have a problem finding cropped pants that are too short.  This trick is excellent for short girls because it prevents the eye from noticing the ankle is a different color as the pant, which breaks the leg into shorter segments.  If the weather is warmer and you want to wear a sandal, go with a nude shoe.  Nude shoes are a short girl’s best friend; the shoe will blend into the lower leg and create only one break in color, keeping as much length as possible.
  • Wear heels if possible, but if you’ve got to go with comfort, stick with a pointed structured shoe.
  • Choose a top that’s in the same color family.  A contrasting top will break up the look into shorter segments, highlighting your short stature.  You’ll notice that I didn’t follow this rule.  I wear these pants with a black tee to dress it down and this sweater because sometimes I just do whatever I want.  I like it, it feels good and that’s all that matters.  My guides are just guides, they aren’t fashion laws!  Notice the difference in appearance of height when I throw on the jacket; it’s not difficult to imagine that a black sweater would make me look taller and leaner.

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  • Don’t ignore the waist.  Tucking in a blouse or choosing a slim-fitting sweater/tee will elongate the look.  Wearing a boxy crop top, with a hem that flares will add more horizontal lines to the look and break it into shorter sections.

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Modest Swimwear: When You Don’t Want to Bare All

Post Spring Break years, curating modest swimwear becomes a higher priority.  Making a change toward modest doesn’t mean throwing in the beach towel and giving up.  There are loads of figure flattering, fashionable swimsuits that are family appropriate or maybe, outside of family time, you just want to choose what assets to highlight instead of flaunting them all at the same time.

Great news for all you modest mommas out there, current swimwear trends  are showcasing suits that don’t show all your goodies at once.

Tips for Shopping Modest Swimwear:

  • Take a breath. Being poolside is fun, so remember that.
  • Nobody is keeping score at the pool, and if they are, shame on them, so don’t worry about what others will think. If you saw yourself at the pool, you wouldn’t criticize yourself the way you do in those three-way mirrors.
  • Don’t look at your backside in three-way mirrors. You’re never in a swimsuit in terrible dressing room lighting. It’s not worth the mental anguish.
  • Try bending over, if you’re going to be chasing kiddos around, you want to make sure your top stays secure and you’re not constantly tugging at your bottoms.
  • Raise your arms all the way over your head. This one is especially important for strapless suits. Sometimes strapless tops don’t raise with your arms if you know what I mean.
  • If you’re worried about comfort, try sitting down in your suit and see if you like the way it feels and looks. I do this in pants almost every time. It’s also a good idea for work dresses to make sure they don’t slide up too short while you’re seated.
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Nighttime Skin Care Routine That Saved My Skin

I changed my nighttime skin care routine and my skin completely turned around. It's also cheaper! Pin now, read later.

Ladies, I am so sorry to  burst your bubble, but pregnancy is not always accompanied by beautiful glowing skin.  I had to change my nighttime skin care routine to support the needs of my skin when it dried out and erupted with pregnancy induced acne.

Worried as I was that my skin had taken a turn for the worst, it now looks better than ever.  Today, we’re going to tackle dry skin.  However, if you have oily or combination skin, don’t be afraid of moisturizer.  If you shy away from moisturizer, your skin may be producing more oil just to compensate.  Take a look at my skin care video for more details.

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April Giveaway! The Eye Cream That Cured My ‘Grumpy Cat’ Dark Under Eye Circles

I tried everything for my dark under eye circles, from drugstore to might as well be gold and I’ve finally found an eye cream that cured my dark circles.  This eye cream has been such a miracle to my tired-looking peepers that I have to share.

This eye cream works so well, I'm giving it away! Pin it and don't forget to enter!It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Cream has dramatically reduced my dark under eye circles.  I almost don’t even believe how well this stuff works.  I’m still surprised in the morning when I look in the mirror in the morning and ‘Grumpy Cat’ isn’t staring back at me. I’m so happy with the results, that I want to give one of you the opportunity to try it out.  Read about the rest of my night-time routine here.
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What’s your can’t-live-without skin care product? Comment below.

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