What convinced me to buy something gingham

We all know the gingham print is a timeless print that recently made it’s way onto the bodies of many bloggers. Crop tops, skirt and top sets, dresses, it’s all over. I’ll be honest that at first I could not get sold on the print. Every time I would try something on I would feel like Dorthy, Little Bopeep or a picnic table. Alas, I stumbled across this beautiful top at American Eagle. I loved that the gingham print was smaller, so the checked look wasn’t as drastic. The puffed sleeves also sold me. I styled the top with my favorite white high waisted shorts and satin sandals.

Gingham crop top

Afraid to look like a picnic table?

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Why you need a shift dress

We all know about the little black dress – but having a closet staple based on color isn’t the only thing you need to focus on. Sometimes the style of the dress plays a bigger role than the color. For instance – the shift dress. I love the shift dress because of the different ways you can style it. Leave the dress loose, belt it, or wear it as a tunic over a wide leg pant – the options are endless. I bought this shift dress from Mango a few months ago. The not so typical polka dot print and color is what captured my eye at first but then the numbers of ways I could style it made me want the dress eve more.

For this summer look, I styled the dress in a flirty way by adding a belt to shorten the length. Adding these oh so comfy wedges and a bright lip completed the look.

Red shift dress

Red polka dot dress

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Black wedges – $41.99

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Black wedge sandals

-Happy Styling-

 

 

The serum that reduced my face redness

Hello friends!

If you’ve been blessed by the wonderful gene of face redness – I feel your pain. Now, don’t get me wrong, I can’t complain compared to those who have rosacea or other more severe skin issues – but, it’s still a struggle.

For me, it’s when my adrenaline kicks in, if I drink any alcohol, eat spicy food, public speak, etc. etc. My cheeks, forehead and chest OH MY. The redness is real. I’ve tried sprays and rosacea creams, but none worked that well.

I’ve been really into Korean beauty products lately and stumbled upon something called the “Angry skin” line by Klairs. I read about the serum specifically and decided to give it a whirl. So far I’m loving it. It’s not helping my chest redness all that much, but has drastically helped reduce the redness on my face [without causing breakouts or oily skin]. During the cooler months I wouldn’t get any redness but now that it’s summer, I apply it more than once a day to keep the redness down. The best part is that it’s under $30 and has lasted me months! [image via Soko Glam]

Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Serum – $19

Klairs soothing serum

-Happy redness reducing-

Spring finds for less

Hello and happy Thursday friends!

Earlier this week I stopped into the new Marshall’s store at Easton for a little retail therapy. You know when you have an idea of something you want to add to your closet and then Bam, you find it? Well, that happened to me. I’ve been on the prowl for a flowy low back tank top and bright sandal, and found exactly that in store – the best kind of surprise! I’ve also had my eye on something lavender, and found the perfect short sleeve blouse that will be great to wear to work now that it’s getting warm outside. Let’s not forget about workout attire – I love the awesome brand names I can get for a low price. I stocked up on some bright sports bras perfect for summer (and when I hopefully get a tan).

After I perused the clothing, I made my way to the home décor section. I recently moved and need to stock up on a few things. I found the perfect coffee container, fruit basket and bowls for the kitty.

Regardless of what you’re looking for, you’re bound to find something at Marshall’s! Go get your shop on Columbus 😉

STORE INFO

Location

3700 Easton Market – Columbus, OH 43219

Hours

Sun: 11a – 8p
Mon-Sat: 9:30a – 9:30p

Thank you Marshall’s for sponsoring this post.

4 simple ways to update your bedroom

Ever since I was little I’ve had a love for designing my bedroom. Literally for my birthday I’d ask for a bedroom makeover instead of other things. With that said, now that I’m older and paying for it myself, I’m going to share some easy and affordable ways to transform your bedroom.

1 Adjust your pillow situation


Pillows with pillow covers are one of the best ways to alter the design of your bedroom. Previously I had a lighter theme with the pillows and I recently switched them out with these gorgeous Dekowe pillow covers. The dark green hues and fun prints really pop against the white bedspread.

Dark green velvet pillow covers

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Dekowe printed pillow cover

2 Change out your throw blanket


Before I had a blue striped throw blanket. I switched it out for a geometric throw from Kirklands. The pop of black played well with other accents in the room and the print complimented the print of the pillow.

Dekowe velvet pillow covers

3 Ditch the bedskirt & adjust your rug


I had a white bedskirt that was looking pretty drab. I ditched the bedskirt and scooted the rug a little farther under the bed to give the illusion of more space.

Modern bedroom decor

Boho bedroom decor

4 Add a plant


Plants can do more than just update decor, they often times provide air purifying and anti-bug properties. I purchased my first plant baby and I love it. Can’t wait to see him grow 🙂

Snake plant

*Thank you Dekowe pillows or sponsoring this post.

-Happy decorating-

2018 Bikini styles

Pool weather is so close I can almost feel it. With that said, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite bikini styles for the season. From high-sides, smocked details and the classic stripe, you’re sure to find one you’ll love. Enjoy!

HIGH SIDES

Now, I can’t say I can hop on the high waisted bikini trend just yet, But I do love the one pieces with the Baywatch feels. Those high cut sides can elongate anyones legs.

One piece bikinis

SMOCKED DETAIL

I’m already digging the smocked trend with tops and dresses, so the fact it’s on bikinis makes it even better!

Smocked bikini

STRIPES

I bought a striped bikini a few months ago for vacay and I’m obsessed. Now I want about 5 more of them and to live somewhere a bikini is worn 80% of the time.

Striped bikinis

-Happy Shopping-

 

Why you should use a jade ice roller

I’m going to share with you the latest beauty buy that I’ve grown quite fond of. One thing we all struggle with in the morning is puffiness. Face, eyes, cheeks, all the puffy. Over the past few months I’ve seen people post a lot about ice rollers. So, I decided to upgrade from the ice pack I’d shove on my face. I started to research ice roller options and I wanted the ice roller to have more benefits than just a frozen piece of metal. I also wanted something that varied in size and worked on the larger areas of my face and the smaller areas like my eyes.

I’ve been really into Asian beauty because I love how much they incorporate benefits from the earth. Alas, I discover the jade roller. I bought it about 3 months ago so I could really test it out and see if I like it and I’m excited to report back.

What are the benefits?


Per the Mount Lai site:

Improves blood circulation

Reduces puffiness and inflammation of skin

Promotes lymphatic drainage Relieves facial and jaw tension

How do you use it?


Per the Mount Lai site:

Start in the middle of the face and roll outwards across the cheeks.

Move to the eyebrows and roll upwards across the forehead.

Move below the lower lip and roll downward across the chin.

Use the smaller end for more delicate areas and harder to reach places, use the larger end for broad surfaces.

Before and after


Right when I woke up [puffy AF] → Right after using the jade roller [eyes less puffy] → 30 minutes after using the jade roller [by the time I got to work]

ice roller before and after

My everyday makeup look is my morning skincare routine [serums+SPF moisturizer+eye cream] and mascara.

Overall, I’m digging it and you can’t beat the price! I store it in the freezer in it’s box and use it while I drink my morning coffee.

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Mount Lai Jade Roller – $34.00

Jade roller

-Happy Age Preventing-

2018 Wardrobe Boot Camp – What to Keep and Cull

Out with the old and in with the new – that’s how the saying goes. We’re virtually all in the same boat, although some more than others. Following certain trends is inevitable, and very few of us are immune to the appeal of the new. However, all good (or debatable) things must come to an end, and unfortunately, many of the trends we enjoyed and rocked relentlessly in 2017 didn’t make the cut.

That’s the thing about trends – they’re called trends for a reason, the reason being they’re fleeting, and as soon as something new and perhaps improved steps onto the stage, it sends the old into the land we like to call “outdated”. This is precisely why you need to sit down and set your wardrobe straight. Take the time to curate your wardrobe, see what needs to go, what can be spared for now, and which new additions are due. Let’s do this.

Whimsical vs. Meaningful

If you’ve got an entire stash of tops with whimsical prints like “shopping is my cardio” or just “donuts,” it’s time to take them out, donate or repurpose them. The printed tops are not a thing of the past, far from it, but in the era of increasing awareness on social and equality issues, meaningful prints take center stage, which makes things along the lines of “the future is female” and similar quotes appear on the runways of powerhouses like Dior. You’ll still retain a touch of whimsy but also send a strong message, which is always desired.

The future is female tee


Frilly vs. Elegant

The festive and sultry vibe of the off-the-shoulder dresses and tops was hard to resist, so you probably ended up with a plethora of playful, ruffled items of this variety. We’re sorry to have to be the ones to tell you that the look is slowly making it’s way out the door. Instead of the playful frills, adopt a more sophisticated approach in the form of asymmetrical necklines. Spotted in the collections of Altuzarra, Isabel Marant and numerous other designers, this neckline is captivating with its level of sophistication, while it still leaves just enough skin exposed for you to show your sensual side.

Ruffle off the shoulder top


Skinny vs. Chic

We’re not exactly saying you should give up on your perfect pair of skinny jeans. What we are saying is that wide leg pants, culottes and even flared jeans are not only in style, leaving the skinny cut behind, but they’re also far more flattering on a variety of body types. You can still rock your skinny ones from time to time, but it might be best to go over your collection and make some cuts – everything that doesn’t flatter and fit you perfectly should go, and cuts that allow for more movement and are more complimentary should be made a priority.

Skinny vs. chic


The age of empowerment

As we are, just now, living in the age of female empowerment, it comes as no surprise that one of the most powerful trends with the biggest staying power is the suit. Whether it’s fitted or oversized is irrelevant, as there are so many wonderful cuts. So if you already own one, make sure you keep it. Crop tops and body-hugging pencil skirts are sexy, but is there anything better than a woman who looks both polished and sexy and the same time? Didn’t think so.

Womens power suit


The end of an era

With an increasing number of designers and brands vowing to stay away from fur, it’s safe to say that for real fur, this is the end of the road. No more Gucci fur slippers and pom-poms. Now is the time to accessorize responsibly, so let go of the fur and embrace the new age of textile accessories which aren’t only environmentally responsible, but way classier. Neck scarves, head wraps and turbans will be going strong this season, and as they were popular decades ago, chances are they’ll be here for the long haul.

Womens statement earrings


Fisherman vs. French girl

We couldn’t be more thrilled that the bucket hat trend is gone. Bring out the fedoras which will never go out of style, along with all the cute and sophisticated berets that will make any French girl envious.

Women's french girl hat


Comfort vs. Style

The last trend on its way out is the extremely uncomfortable sky-high heel trend. It’s not that those high-heels will ever lose their visual appeal, and we’re definitely not telling you to throw all your pumps and stilettos away. However, with dad sneakers being one of the most popular, not to mention comfortable trends of the season, who would want to suffer in heels when such a cozy alternative is calling out to you? Hold on to your sneakers, because thanks to the continuous rise of the athleisure trend, they will be here for you for many seasons to come.

Chic comfortable outfit


Parting ways with items you’ve loved for a year, sometimes longer, is difficult, that’s certain. But after you come to understand that by letting go you’re actually making room for future greatness, that understanding makes the process a whole lot easier. Don’t be afraid, just do it. Images sourced via Pinterest.

Thank you Amy, a contributing author to High Style Life, for creating this post!

-Happy Styling-

The best high-waisted jeans

Alright ladies, we all know the problem. It’s a problem I’ve dealt with since the whole high-waisted trend came back into the mix. It’s been hard to find a flattering pair of high-waisted jeans that fit comfortably around my waist, hips and tush (no one likes the flattened butt look some high waisted styles can create). Luckily for you, I’ve found the perfect jeans for those with a smaller waist and a little more junk in the trunk/wider hips. These jeans are not only flattering, but insanely comfortable and an affordable price.

I styled my high-waisted jeans with a black sweater with sheer sleeve detail, suede moto jacket and statement pumps.

Cute spring outfit

high waisted jeans for curvy girls

Dark high waisted skinny jeans

SHOP THE JEAN Super High Rise True Skinny Jeans in 360 Stretch • Gap • $79.95

COMPLETE THE LOOK 

Blank NYC – Camel Suede Moto Jacket in Coffee Bean Women’s Coat • Blank NYC • $198

I.n.c. Mock-Neck Cutout Sheer-Sleeve Sweater, Created for Macy’s • INC International Concepts • $14.96–24.93

The Fix Fatina Slingback Pumps • $79

Express metallic o-ring western shoulder bag • Express • $69.90

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