Thursday, September 19, 2019

WHAT TO WEAR TO A FALL WEDDING...



DRESS: Lulus ( love this and this) // SHOES: Sam Edelman // NECKALCE: Made By Mary // BAG: Gucci

In November my best friend gets married so I couldn't help but be on the lookout for fall dresses to wear to weddings (even though I'm a bridesmaid, lol). When it comes to finding something to wear to a wedding there are so many factors that come in mind, how formal is it? It can't be too short. It can't be too bold. How much do I want to spend? This dress checks all of those boxes and it's under $100. Personally, I try to stick under $100 when purchasing a dress for a wedding. This one looks way more than $100 and can definitely be worn again for upcoming fall dinners, date night, ect. The details are absolutely gorgeous! From the ruffle to the lace details, you can tell a lot of work has been put into this dress. I'm wearing a size small and it's a little bit loose. That's how I personally prefer it, more rooms or food and drinks, lol. If you want it to be a little more fitting, I suggest sizing down. 
I pair a pair of nude heels and a nude bag to tie everything together. Minimal accessaries are also a must for weddings. 
I've shared this heels numerous times because there the real deal. They're affordable, COMFORTABLE, and pair so well with everything. They also run TTS and come in tons of colors. 

Thank you so much for reading!

xo,
Annie

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

HOW TO HAVE MORE GREAT HAIR DAYS WHILE TRAVELING WITHOUT WASHING YOUR HAIR...

Thank you, Pantene, for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.




Wouldn’t it be a dream come true if we could have great hair days every day? When my hair isn’t working for the day, it throws me off. I’d much rather stay at home binge watching tv shows than be productive when I don’t feel that I look my best. When I have a great hair day, my curls are perfect, there isn’t any frizz, any tangling, I’m on cloud 9, and feel confident.

When I’m traveling for work or with my family, I feel that it’s a vital time for me to feel that I’m
having a really great hair day. Our family enjoys traveling so much. We enjoy discovering new places and creating those memories together. Our days usually start really early and our nights end rather late. We try to soak up every hour in a new city. Between getting ready for the next day, cleaning the children up, being exhausted, and desperately wanting to fall asleep, who has time to wash their hair, blow dry it, and curl it again?

Y’all already know that I love using Pantene products; shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, etc. Pantene came out with a brand new Waterless Collection and the products are amazing! I’ve used dry shampoo for about a year now and could only go about 48 hours. With the new Pantene Never Tell Dry Shampoo Spray, I’ve been able to go at least 4 days! It refreshes my hair after a super long and busy day. At the end of the day, my hair is oily and dirty, the Pantene Never Tell Dry Shampoo Spray has Pro-Vitamin B5 and wild mint that absorbs all those gross and sticky things in my hair. To use, you simply shake the can well and part and lift sections of your dry hair. Spray the can at your roots and wherever your hair may need refreshment. To finish, massage thoroughly with fingertips and style as usual. Unlike most dry shampoo, this one is sulfate and paraben free and doesn’t leave white residue. It sprays on clear! Which makes taming my hair a lot easier on the go. I don’t have to worry about finding a mirror and making sure all the white residue is patted out. It also helps give me more volume which is difficult for my hair to maintain because it’s so fine and long. Whenever we’re traveling for 3+ days, I want to spend as little time as possible getting ready for the day and using the
new Pantene Never Tell Dry Shampoo Spray saves me over an hour every morning. Plus, with my children with me, them letting me spend a solid hour getting ready isn’t realistic. It would
probably take 2-3 hours.

The main reason why I haven’t been able to go over 2 days without washing my hair is because it gets extremely dry, tangly, and frizzy. My hair wouldn’t look as healthy or clean compared to a wash day if I went over 48 hours. The new Pantene Mist Behaving Dry Conditioner Mist is the perfect addition after dry shampoo. It gives your hair light as air hydrators, is paraben-free, and sulfate-free. The Never Tell Dry Shampoo Spray absorbs oil and dirt from the roots while the Mist Behaving Dry Conditioner Mist , a mixture between a leave-in conditioner and a styling spray, nourishes hair, maintains frizz, and helps with tangles. My go to hairstyle is long loose curls and with the heat from my curler, it does damage and dries out my hair. The Pantene Mist Behaving Dry Conditioner Mist brings it back to life. After applying the Pantene Never Tell Dry Shampoo Spray, I apply the Pantene Mist Behaving Dry Conditioner Mist to the ends of my hair and immediately see how my hair is refreshed and smooth. This duo has completely transformed my non-wash routine.

I always make a check list when I travel, it’s such a hassle to forget one or two things. There are a couple hair essentials that I can’t live without. I rarely travel alone so I usually bring full size products with me. I put them in a sealed plastic bag in case it leaks in my luggage. I learned that the hard way. I pack a brush, hair ties, bobby pins, Pantene’s shampoo, conditioner, and hairspray and now I’ve been adding the new Pantene Waterless Collection . When styling my hair for multiple days in the row, I’ve learned the gradually styling process of it. The first day is usually tight big curls because that’s the day where I’m styling my hair right out of the shower. The second day is soft wavy curls after the curls have loosen a bit. The last two days are bun days. Buns are so much easier when there is a little grit and texture in your hair. It helps give the full volume when bunching your hair together.

If you’re like me, you were late to the game when learning about dry shampoo. I was too afraid to try it because I was already washing my hair every single day and couldn’t stand the thought of excess oil and dirt in my hair. I started “training” my hair to take dry shampoo and it has cut my morning prep time in half. I slowly increased the hours until I washed my hair next. I started with about 36 hours for a few days, then 40 hours for a couple of times, then 48 hours, and so forth. I’d love to get to a week soon because the thought of waking up and already having a good hair with little effort for an entire week is amazing! Wouldn’t you agree? Let’s see how long you can go without washing your hair with Pantene’s Waterless Collection available for a limited time at Walmart . You definitely need to incorporate the new Pantene Waterless Collection on your non-wash days.
Thank you so much for reading!

xo,
Annie

HAIR CHECKLIST!
- Pantene Mist Behaving Dry Conditioner Mist
- Pantene Never Tell Dry Shampoo Spray
- Pantene Sheer Volume Shampoo
- Pantene Sheer Volume Conditioner
- Pantene Hairspray
- 5+ Hair ties
- Bobby Pins
- Brush

Monday, September 16, 2019

A LITTLE BIT OF AN EDGE...




TOP: Superdown // SKIRT: Free People // SHOES: Raye // BAG: Gucci

How was everyone's weekend? This was my first weekend home in about 3 weeks so it was strange but relaxing. Our family is constantly going back and forth from Killeen and I've been traveling for work so it was much need for us. 

Now, that the babes are back in school, I finally feel that I can dedicate more hours towards my blog and myself. I'm working on posting at least 3 times a week and sharing all of my favorite fall outfits, family, and things that our family is currently loving. 

This outfit was put together super last minute and I LOVE how it turned out. It's little on the "edgy" side for me with the distressed skirt and leather boots but I'm feeling it. This top can be styled in an edgy way or very casual and relax (with blue jeans and black booties). The part where it crosses doesn't actually have a button but I think it could be the right amount of sexy if you put a lace bralette with it. I hope everyone has a great Monday!

xo,
Annie

*Photos by Banavenue 


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

MANAGING SENSITIVE BABY SKIN...

*This post has been sponsored by Aveeno® Baby. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 










When I had my babies, I never thought about the chances of them having sensitive skin, eczema, or dry rashes. Somehow, both of my children suffered from both of those tings and to be honest I felt helpless. The first few months were hard because of the huge eczema rashes that they would get. 

I started using Aveeno® Baby products years ago because of their natural ingredients and I appreciated that they specifically made products for sensitive baby skin. I use the 168 ct of Aveeno® Baby Sensitive All Over Wipes, which features three 56 ct. (You can learn more about this product here) on Chloe and have loved the durability, thickness, the multiple uses of them, and how it's easy to reseal to maintain moisture. As moms, we all know how often our babies need diaper changes. Since Chloe and I are always on the go, it's great for quick diaper changes in our car, in restaurants, at my mom's house and pretty much everywhere. Most of the time, one wipe gets he job done too! You can also try New Aveeno® Baby Sensitive All Over Wipes at Target. 

You can use the wipes for everyday diaper changes, on your baby's face and hands, and for accidental spills. You can purchase Aveeno® Baby Sensitive All Over Wipes at your local Target. 

Aveeno® Baby has expanded beyond the products you know and love to offer solutions for diapering needs. Have you ever asked yourself why you weren't brining baby wipes with you everywhere you went before you had children? I use them every day outside of the house and can't image how I lived my life without wipes constantly in my purse. 

A few tips that were recommended to me by my friends and pediatrician when it came to managing sensitive baby skin is to keep their skin moisturized, don't bathe them frequently, since water tends to dry out skin even more, use unscented products, and use products that are hypoallergenic. 

It was very important to me to use baby products that are made from natural ingredients to avoid any breakouts. Aveeno® Baby Sensitive All Over Wipes are 99% naturally derived formula enriched with natural oats and aloe. The wipes gently cleanses and leaves Chloe's skin feeling moisturized. The wipes are hypoallergenic, free from paragons, and are fragrance and alcohol free. 

We're working on planting a couple of plants in our backyard, so we went to our local nursery last week. I knew it would be a fun thing for Chloe and I to do. Chloe is constantly getting into everything! Liam was one of those babies that wouldn't even dare to touch dirt or anything dirty. Chloe, on the other hand, gets her hand into everything. She puts her hands in the dirt, pulls flowers out of their pots, and make a huge mess. 

Sometimes these sweet little moments you think you will have with your children don't exactly turn out the way you pictured in your head. That's okay though because it's about making the best of that moment. I enjoyed picking out plants and Chloe enjoyed getting into everything. It was a win-win for both of us. She was covered in dirt by the end of it but thankfully, I was able to easily wipe her down. 

Thank you so much for reading! 

xo,
Annie

Monday, September 9, 2019

COZY & CHIC LEOPARD TOP...


TOP: Z Supply // BOTTOMS: Nordstrom // SHOES: Christian Louboutin // BAG: Gucci // SUNGLASSES: Karen Walker

I was having a conversion with one of my blogger girlfriends the other day about trends and if we were going to look back to this time and think "what were we wearing"?!?. My answer was "yes". I think there are some things we will look back on and know that we only wore it because it was "in style" or "on trend" during that season but it's okay because we're living in this moment now and we want to dress how we want to. With all the craze of animal prints for fall, I can't help but think which ones will stick and which ones won't make it to the next season. I say this with confidence, "Leopard, will always be here". In the past 10 years, I've seen leopard print items come back so many times. It's like camo or stripes, essentially a staple print. 

Would you believe me if I said that this top is actually a sweatshirt? I've had my eye on it for awhile and knew it would be versatile when I ordered it. It's insanely soft too. It comes with a matching bottom (pants or short version). I wore the matching set while I was traveling but loved that I could easily dress it up with pants or even a black denim skirt and booties. 

Thank you so much for reading!

xo,
Annie

*Photos by Banavenue



Monday, September 2, 2019

CHLOE TURNS 1...









Gosh, I can’t believe that I’m saying “Chloe is one year old”. I still remember bringing her home from the hospital and having all of those ER visits like it was yesterday. When I was younger and pictured having a family, I always pictured having a little girl. A little mini that was just like me. We’d dress up together, go on little ice cream dates, and be best friends. Chloe is such a blessing in our lives and I’m extremely thankful to be her mom. She brings so many smiles to our faces and I can already tell she loves way too hard. Chloe has surpassed all of my expectations in her growth and continues to amaze me. Chloe is a little giggly and happy girl, she smiles all the time. She’s a hardcore mama’s girl (which still surprises me to this day). As she gets old I can see her little sass come out. When anyone takes anything from her, she just yells to the top of her lungs. Because, she’s the youngest child, she can’t stand to be alone anywhere and at the same time, she hates being in a room filled with tons of people. This post is more for our family so we can look back and read Chloe milestones, personality, and growth. So with that, I’m going to get started…

0-3 months: 
These months were really hard. Our family was getting adjusted to Chloe and also getting adjusted to Tommy being back home from Korea. Chloe was in the ER room about 2 times due to an infection that she probably got from family members (minor cold). Another time was that Chloe caught chicken pox so we had no idea what to do. Chloe always had an extreme case of cradle cap and baby acne as well. Our family made it through all of this and Chloe stayed strong with all the medications and needle pokes. Chloe’s newborn stage was a lot different than Liam’s. Chloe refused to lay down by herself (unless it was nap time). I remember carrying her or wearing her in a sling 24/7. She slept through the night the first 1/2 weeks but it didn’t happen again until she was about 8/9 months. 

4-6 months:
During this time, Chloe was holding her head/back extremely well. She could stand firm on her feet (while holding her of course). Chloe was learning how to sit and roll over. Chloe learned rather quickly because I knew this girl wanted to be on the go like her brother. Chloe also started eating early on at 4 months. She didn’t enjoy baby food much so she ate what we ate. Chloe also popped her first tooth during this time too! We didn’t go through a teething phase, her teeth just came when they did. There weren’t any extra tears through this. 

6 months:  
Chloe is officially sitting on her own and she couldn’t be happier. It was so funny watching her lose her balance and fall to the side. She found it so funny and this is when all those giggles truly began. Chloe has always smiles and laugh but this is when it was all the time.

7-9 months
Chloe is crawling/scooting during this time which was impressive because Liam didn’t really start crawling until he was 8/9 months. Chloe would kind of drag her body but quickly learned to be on all fours. 

10 months: 
Chloe starting standing and pulling herself up a lot earlier than Liam. She has the biggest little thunder legs to help her get around. Chloe loves waving and saying “Dada” and “Mama”. Mostly “dada” but I’ll take it. She still loves to be held all the time and I’m not complaining. 

11 months: 
At this age, she was taking her “first steps”. Chloe started taking one step, then two, and it quickly escalated. Her first real walking steps was in Killeen when Tommy came home from work. She was so excited to see him that she just started walking. 

12 months: 
Chloe partially owns the place when he walks in. Everyone absolutely adores her and she knows it. When I’m playing with Chloe, she tries to run and it’s the funniest thing. She trips 90% of the time but I try to catch her before. She loves playing with toys now and when someone takes something away from her, she screams bloody murder. She’s still a loving little girl, is sensitive, and is aware of what’s going on in her life. 


Birthday Party: 
Chloe is officially a year old! I was stressing over planing this party. At first it was going to be Unicorn themed but I realized how much I loved mermaids and how I want her favorite movie to be “The Little Mermaid” so a mermaid themed party it was! I ordered all of our decorations off of Amazon, so I didn’t have to worry too much about running around. My cousin helped me set up 75% of the decorations because we were still running around that morning. On Chloe’s party we had friends and family surround her to help her celebrate. Chloe went 4 hours past her nap time and still refused to sleep. She was too busy playing with all of her friends and being held by all of her family member. My mom and grandma LOVE feeding her food. She probably ate for 3 solid hours. I remember telling my mom that the party was going to be a small party, 10-15 people. She ended up buying food for about 50 people! We had about 30 friends and family members show up so it was okay. While we sang Happy Birthday, Chloe sat there smiling at everyone. Tommy wasn’t able to be at Liam’s 1st birthday party so I knew it meant a great deal to be there for Chloe’s. I’m extremely thankful for everyone that helped us celebrate and has been apart of Chloe’s life. 

xo,
Annie

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

PATTERNS AND COLORS THAT WILL BE IN FOREVER...



DRESS: Revolve // SHOES: Vince Camuto // BAG: Gucci // HAT: Nordstrom

I'm officially diving into fall content and I couldn't be more excited. This fall is filled with tons of animal prints, neutrals, stripes, and really being out there. I feel like I wear stripes the most during this season because a lot of my pieces are neutrals. Stripes pair so well with utility jackets, plaid scarves, and leopard print. I love everything that's going with this dress. They truly turned a simple stripe dress into so much more with the tiered bottom, button sleeves, and tassels. In my personal experience and opinion neutral pieces and stripes will always come back. They're truly trends that last  forever. Remember when neons were a thing? We all knew that it was only going to last for a few season, at most. White, black, beige, and grey toned pieces are staple colors. Stripes as well! They may twist it up season to season but stripes are staying forever. When I look for piece that I know will last a long time, that's what I usually gravitate towards. It's fun to play with trends, but pieces that you can wear over and over makes every penny worth it. What are your favorite trends this fall? I love leopard so it's fun to see all the unique and creative pieces out there. 

xo,
Annie


 

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