Spring Shoe Essentials

Spring Shoe Essentials

Let’s be real for a second: Spring is probably the BEST season for fashion. People are finally emerging from their winter layers and ready to lighten up their wardrobe with pastel colors, floral prints, and more loose-fitting clothing.

Although there are many downsides to being born and raised in Florida, I have to say that one of the biggest perks is that we tend to see spring and warmer weather more quickly than those living further up north. Us Floridians are used to the heat, so the brief cold snap this past winter was pretty rough for us! I’m definitely ready to have temperatures back in the 70s soon, but I know I’ll be kicking myself when summer and 90 degree weather rolls around in a few months!

Today I wanted to share a post about some spring shoe essentials I think everyone should own (including myself, since I’m a struggling college student who can’t afford her expensive fashion taste.) A huge plus to this post is that almost all of these shoes can be found on Nordstrom Rack’s online website, which will save you a lot of money if you’re not willing to pay the normal full price on shoes that you like, which I totally agree with! Shoes are expensive nowadays, so I like to find the best deals possible before buying them.

As always, the links to everything will be shared at the bottom of the post if you see something that you’re just dying to get your hands on!

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As you can see, I’ve been really loving pastel colors, low block-heeled sandals, and shoes with ankle straps on them! I think that these elements just add a little pop of fun to a pair of shoes and you can easily dress any of them up or down, which is always a great benefit.

I hope y’all have been having a great week so far and I’ll see you in my next post!

Psalm 51:10

-H-

Kelsi Dagger Blue Platforms

Vince Camuto Red Block Heel Sandals

Marc Fisher Pink Pointed Flats

Jack Rogers Hamptons Sandals in “Platinum” 

Rebecca Minkoff Nude Sandals

Hunter Boots in Light Pink

Lewit Pale Blue Block Heel Sandals

14th & Union Yellow Block Heel Sandals

January Beauty Favorites

January Beauty Favorites

Happy (belated) February, friends!

I don’t know about you, but I feel like January FLEW by. I don’t mind, though, because that means there’s one less month until Spring Break!!

Over the past month, I tried some new beauty products that I thought I’d share with y’all. Two of these products are drugstore brands, and the other two are on the higher end. I know y’all aren’t here to listen to me ramble on, so I’ll just jump right into my beauty favorites for the month of January!

1. L’Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara

Retail: $6.50

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If you haven’t heard about this mascara, let me be the first one to do so (and subsequently blow your mind while I’m at it.) This mascara is the drugstore dupe for the Too Faced “Better Than Sex” mascara, and I am in love. I’m a sucker for a good ol’ bargain deal and this is truly my new staple product that I’ve been using everyday. Costing around 7 dollars at Target, this dupe is nearly 16 dollars less than the original higher-end product. Let me just tell you, this mascara makes my eyelashes look incredible and I’ve gotten so many compliments on them over the past month! This is probably my favorite product on this list and I can’t recommend it enough.

 

2. Mac’s “Creme in Your Coffee” Cremesheen Lipstick

Retail: $17.50

I first saw this lipstick in a video by Kristin Johns, and after seeing what the color looked like on her, I instantly wrote it down on a wishlist that I have on my phone. I mean, just look at it!

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Please don’t mind my chipped nail polish! 🙊

This shade is a perfect warm color for everyday-wear and I’ve been loving the creaminess of the formula. This is my first cremesheen lipstick by Mac and I can definitely see myself buying other cremesheen lipsticks in the near future!

 

3. Neutrogena Shine Control Foundation

Retail: $8.69 (Target)

As someone who has skin that falls closer to the oily end of the “skin spectrum,” I’m always struggling to find a foundation that doesn’t further worsen that oiliness I deal with. I took a random solo trip to Target to get vitamins and paper plates at the beginning of January and found myself straying closer to the makeup section and further away from the sections I needed to be in (as usual.) I never really took the time to look into Neutrogena’s makeup products, but boy am I glad I did!

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This foundation not only keeps my skin feeling light and refreshed, but it also contains SPF in the formula, which is always an added perk to any makeup product. This would be a perfect foundation to have in your spring break-beach trip makeup bag, as it melts right into your skin, has fairly medium coverage, and to me, I don’t even feel like I need to set this foundation with any powders. The next time I make a drugstore beauty run, I’ll definitely be checking out Neutrogena’s section for any new hidden gems.

 

4. Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Retail: $27

Okay, Okay. I know I’m a little late to the game, but I decided to splurge and buy this product at the beginning of the month. I had been wanting this concealer for such a long time, but never felt like spending the money on it. I’m glad I did, though, because this has easily become another staple in my makeup bag.

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This concealer will last you a lifetime and a little definitely goes a long ways due to it’s high coverage. Although there has been some recent drama surrounding the new Shape Tape Foundation, I still love this product and I imagine I’ll be keeping this around in my makeup routine for a while.


So, that was my short list of beauty products that I loved over the month of January! I apologize for posting this so late; life has been very busy recently. I’ve been getting highly involved in clubs on campus and trying to make time for my studies, which has caused me to put my blog on the back burner for a little bit. Hopefully, I’ll be able to work on some more posts this weekend, but if not, I’m so sorry if I’m absent for a little while. School will always come first for me!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Thursday, and I’ll see you in my next post!

|| Isaiah 54:10 ||

-Hannah

Denim + Hats

Denim + Hats

If there’s two things I love in this world, it’s denim and hats. Both of these items are staples in my wardrobe, and I think I wear denim shorts and a baseball hat to class a good 4 days a week when the weather is warmer.

This winter season, I’ve been trying to experiment more with different types of hats, such as berets and the oh-so-popular “Greek fisherman hats.” The fisherman style hat that I brought into this post was actually my grandfather’s hat that I found in one of his boxes in our family’s storage unit. Needless to say, I was more than happy when I found this hat since they’re definitely in style right now! Plus, it feels good to be able to wear some of my family’s old clothing items and introduce them in a modern outfit.

In today’s post, I have three outfits I want to share with you that incorporate both denim and hats (as well as white tops, coincidentally). This is my first time doing a post like this, so don’t mind my “modeling” face! It definitely needs some work…

Outfit number one:

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Like this outfit? Check out the links for these exact and similar pieces!

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ASOS Hat

J.CREW Striped Turtleneck

Glue Denim Overall Dress

Kohl’s Black Hat

Lucky Brand Earrings

Abound Boots

ASOS Overall Dress

Outfit number two:

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 Like this outfit? Check out the links for these exact and similar pieces below!

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Top Shop Skirt

World Market Beret

Alison Andrews Top

Abound Boots

BeachLunchLounge Top

Lucky Brand Necklace

Lucky Brand Earrings

Madewell Skirt

Outfit number three:

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Like this outfit? Check out these similar pieces below!

Daytrip Jeans (Top Pair)

Bolten Shoes

Free People Sweater

American Eagle Belt

Plaid Scarf

Tan Beret

RVCA Sweater

Lucky Brand Earrings

Daytrip Jeans (Bottom Pair)

 

As always, thank you so much for taking time out of your day to read my posts! I’m so grateful to have you.

Have a great start to your week, y’all!

1 John 4:4

-H-

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Fashion Wishlist #1

Happy Wednesday y’all!

I’m back with another post, and today I wanted to start a new mini “series” of fashion wishlists on my blog! Obviously, I can’t just post one of these wishlists since I’m always yearning for new pieces to add to my wardrobe, so I’ll be (hopefully) making this more of a monthly thing.

I don’t really think I have a word to describe my style. I’m sort of all over the place, if I’m being honest! I’ve always loved a retro look, with my favorite era being the 60s and 70s, and I strived to dress in a vintage style when I was back in high school. Nowadays, I still like to incorporate some of those elements into my wardrobe (though not as often anymore), as well as trying to dress in a more “grown up” and mature sort of way with some preppy touches here and there.

That being said, these wishlists are going to be like how I described my style: all over the place. I don’t like to restrict myself by buying clothes that just have one central style or theme, so these posts will be full of clothes and accessories that I simply like, no matter if they match together or not. At the moment, I’m dreaming of warm weather and fun, preppy clothes, so that might be a big portion of these wishlists for now!

Now that that’s out of the way, here is my first fashion wish list:

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Right now, I’m obsessing over bright colors (as you could probably tell) and I’m really wanting to incorporate more southern-inspired pieces into my everyday wardrobe. I’m hoping that warmer weather and blue skies will be right around the corner to wash away the bland and dreary days we’ve been having so far, but if that doesn’t happen soon, these bright colors will help to bring a little fun into my days!

I can’t wait to do more posts like this and maybe even adding more specific wishlists for certain events, seasons, colors, styles, etc. throughout this series.

As always, thank you so much for taking time out of your day to read my blog! It means the absolute world to me.

Ephesians 2:10

-H-

Pink Ted Baker Purse

Coral Halogen Shoes

Draper James Skirt

Lily Grace Mint Seersucker Hat

Bauble Bar Fringe Earrings

Kendra Scott Rose Quartz Earrings

Steve Madden Yellow Clutch

ASTR the Label Pink Silk Tank

Soprano Red Pinstripe Dress

 

How I’m Going To Make The Most Out Of 2018!

How I’m Going To Make The Most Out Of 2018!

Although I’m a little late to be ringing in the New Year with a blog post, I still thought that I should get around to writing again as I’ve been MIA since early December. It was a busy month for me, but I’m back now and eager to get 2018 going!

When January rolled around a few weeks ago, I was feeling a little lost as to what I wanted to have my New Years resolutions to be. Obviously, I didn’t have to form any resolutions, (since it’s not like I always follow them) but I felt like I needed something to keep in mind while going through this year to try and keep me somewhat on track in my life. The results were this: a blank list, a loss of motivation, and a disheartened mindset. I couldn’t think of one single thing that I would be able to follow. I had tried to do the typical “eat healthy and work out” resolutions in the past, but nothing ever stuck and I ended up feeling embarrassed and defeated every time I would get off track. Therefore, I wanted to have a resolution that would grant me the motivation to keep up with it and here’s where I landed!

About a week ago, I took to prayer in order to seek guidance for some things I was questioning in my life. As usual, I was questioning my path in life and my career, as well as my abilities and passions. I asked God why I’ve been struggling so much to find a career path that I love and why it felt like some people had an easier walk with finding their passions and hobbies. It felt like my eyes were opened up a little wider when I woke up the next day (no joke) and I felt a deeper calling to the career path that I’ve been iffy about, but considered for a long time – social work. The words “community outreach” were somehow all over my brain even though I have never really thought of that before in the past. To be completely honest, I didn’t even know what community outreach entailed before I did some research online that day. I found out that FSU has a community outreach program (what great luck!) that encourages students to go out and volunteer within the Tallahassee community to find organizations and different causes that they’re passionate about. This rambling story leads me to one of my first goals for this year – volunteering!

I believe that community service is so important because you’re becoming a part of something much bigger than yourself. I’ve always reminded myself that if you are able to help someone, no matter the consequences, you should always step forward to give them a hand. I’m hoping to join at least 3 new clubs on campus this year, as well as doing a volunteer project every week (if time and prior commitments allow), which is something that is so exciting to me! Some people in this world are going through unfortunate circumstances that may be out of their control and a simple act of kindness could really make the difference for them. So, if there’s a charity or volunteer opportunity that you’ve ever wanted to get involved in, give it a go this year! I’ll be right there with you.

The second goal that I’m hoping I can keep up with this year is being more positive in my conversations, in my thoughts, and for my outlook on life in general. I know that this one can be pretty difficult (and the advice is somewhat obvious), but staying positive can simply improve the quality of your life. If you’re anything like me, you’ll always find something that’s wrong and needs to be better, or you’ll find little things that annoy you throughout the day. This year, I’m trying to really think about the things that are causing me to have those negative thoughts and asking myself if it’s worth it to waste energy on them. Having a positive attitude will make you feel good. It will make you feel like you can take on the world and can help you be productive with your day. 2018 is the year for change, people! Help your mental health (and the people around you) and try to maintain a positivity streak! I’m going on 9 positive days in a row now 🙂

Another thing that I’m working on this year (which you can benefit from as well) is to try and limit the amount of things that make me anxious or uneasy and become more carefree. In terms of things that make me anxious, the list goes on and on: getting shots, being in large crowds of people, driving on busy roads, being around people who are sick, etc. Being anxious at times is OKAY. It’s NORMAL. Similar to how I’m trying to become more positive this year, the same idea applies to how I’m trying to become more carefree: I’m really thinking about the things that are making me uneasy and asking if it’s truly worth it to get myself worked up about them. Personally, I’m ready to live my life without any of those uneasy thoughts holding me back at times, so this is something that I’m going to try really hard to maintain throughout this year.

My hope for 2018 is that it’s the best year yet and I really think that these three goals are the foundations for getting me to that point. I’ve probably said this about a thousand times now, but I’m truly excited to see what God has in store for me this year!

I hope y’all have had a good start to your January so far and let me know if you have any resolutions/goals for this year!

The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24

-H-

 

My Ultimate Christmas Playlist!

My Ultimate Christmas Playlist!

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As The Beatles once sang, Christmas time is here again! Ok well not really since it’s only the first day of December, but if I’m being honest, I’ve been in the Christmas mindset since September… I thought I’d write a quick little blogpost with 20 of my favorite Christmas songs I have on my Spotify playlist!

In no particular order:

  1. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard
  2. (Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man With The Bag – Kay Starr
  3. Christmas Island – Leon Redbone
  4. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – Frank Sinatra
  5. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? – Nancy Wilson
  6. Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes
  7. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Jackson 5
  8. Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season – Andy Williams
  9. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid
  10. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon
  11. Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney
  12. (There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays – Perry Como
  13. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
  14. What Christmas Means to Me – Stevie Wonder
  15. Little Saint Nick – The Beach Boys
  16. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
  17. Rocking Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
  18. Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt
  19. I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm – Kay Starr
  20. Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade

I’m so excited to see what all the month of December brings me and I hope everyone is in the merriest of moods now that Christmas is right around the corner!!

Stay festive, stay merry, and deck those halls,

-H-

“And there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them.” – Luke 2:8-9

November Favorites

November Favorites

November has come to an end, which means one thing – another favorites post! I found a few more things that I love this month and I want to share them with y’all. I’ll keep the intro short, so let’s get into it!

Skin Care

To start with the bigger skin care item, I was given this sonic face cleanser by my sister who wasn’t using it much anymore. Let me just say that I absolutely love this lil’ thing! It leaves my face feeling so much cleaner and really has the ability to get down deeper into my pores more so than my hands could. You can find this product here!Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with a6 preset

I also love that this product is made out of silicone because it doesn’t carry the threat of hosting bacteria that can get spread onto your face. It also comes with a charging cord so you don’t have to worry about dealing with changing out batteries!

After cleaning out some products in my bathroom cabinet, I found this face mask that I’ve had around for a while but I’d sort of forgotten about. This is the Origins ‘Clear Improvement’ charcoal mask.

On the back of the bottle, it says that “Active Charcoal acts like a magnet to draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers” and goes on to talk about some of the other ingredients in the face mask. If you haven’t used a charcoal mask before, you really should, as it leaves your skin feeling so fresh and renewed after using it. There’s not much else I can really say about this product, so we’ll move on!

Home

I’m not sure if I should place these under a “home” or “health” category, but here we are. I started using my essential oil diffuser again this month and I’ve noticed a difference in both how I sleep and how I feel whenever I’m in my room. I’ve mostly been using the same 3 oils this month, two of them being by the brand “Nature Love” and the other being from the brand ECO. Aroma.

I know these oils aren’t the best brands out there, but they’re cheap and they get the job done, especially the ‘Sinus Clear’ one. I put this in my diffuser whenever I feel like I have a cold coming on and let it run while I’m sleeping at night. This helps me wake up feeling better than I did the night before and helps with the relief of some of the cold symptoms that I might have been feeling.

Clothes

Once again, I’m not sure which category to put these next things under, whether it’s clothing or accessories, but I’m just going to put them under the clothing category. I picked up these silk scarves and a bandana scarf (?) at a local thrift store back home and I absolutely love them!

I know I might be a little behind on the trend of wearing a bandana scarf around the neck, but I thought I’d give the trend a try and I’m so glad I did! The awesome thing about this scarf is that you can wear it in different ways, whether it’s used as a simple headband, tied around the neck, or tied in a top-knot with an up-do hairstyle. This is definitely something that I’ll be incorporating into my wardrobe more frequently now.

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Beauty

Last but not least, I have a beauty favorite for this month! Like last month, I found another lipstick that I like. I picked this lipstick up in Target during the first week of November and I really loved how it looked when I swatched it on my arm.

The color can be a little strong on your lips at first, but once you’ve been wearing it for a a little bit, the color starts to look so natural and flattering with your makeup. This is the Milani lipstick in the color ‘Pretty Natural,’ and the name totally makes sense.

Although my list was not long for this month, I still managed to find (and rediscover) some new products that I really enjoy using, as well as new trends that I hopped on. I’m super eager to find some new things to try out for the month of December, but until then, I hope everyone has a great start to the new month!

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” – Isaiah 43:2

-H-