Friday, May 17, 2019

WHAT TO WEAR ON A SUMMER DATE NIGHT...


DRESS: VICI (20% off with code: ANNIE20)

It's Friday! I can't believe I'm on a few days away from my trip back to Los Angeles and San Diego. Life has been pretty crazy lately. I've been driving to Houston every weekend and it's pretty exhausted. Thankfully, my children do really well in car rides. Tommy and I had our marriage anniversary this past Wednesday and it didn't turn out how we expected. This was our first year being in the same place during our anniversary so ideally, we had hopes to at least go to dinner. Instead, I drove in from Houston, got to Killeen at 5pm, and then had frozen pizza, lol. We were completely happy with how the day turned out because we expected it. We don't have any family here and haven't had time to build friendships. We're hoping to have plans this weekend, even if it's for a couple of hours. 

I was looking online for a date night outfit and I felt completely lost. I haven't been on a "date night" with Tommy in YEARS! I knew I wanted something that was a little "sexy" and flattering. This dress was originally sold out but when it came back in stock, I knew it was a sign. When I put it on, I immediately fell in love because it made me feel sexy and confident. Just because I'm a mom doesn't mean I can't put on a lace mini dress with heels! I'm wearing a small and it fits well on me. It's not too tight, which I appreciate. We're in Austin this weekend so if anyone has any date night recommendations, I'd love to hear them! 

Thank you so much for reading! 

xo, 
Annie 


Sunday, May 12, 2019

MOTHER'S DAY WITH TWO + 5 THINGS THAT WILL BETTER ME AS A MOTHER...


DRESS: Old Navy (another style) // BABY SET: Old Navy // BUTTON UP TOP: Old Navy

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful and strong moms out there. I think we can all agree that we should be celebrated everyday if not every week but we'll take what we can get. Being a mom is definitely one of the hardest things I've ever done. I'm practically raising two little ones and how their live turns out and how they are as a person is on me. I want my children to have the best possible life I can give them, for them to reach for their goals, and for them to be kind and respectful. I originally was going to share a few sweet things about being a mom but this past month as been one of the hardest. Liam has been out of school and Chloe has been sick the entire month so it has been a little rough. I've lost my sh** at least 5 times a day and have never needed more alone time. When it was just Liam, I never felt that I needed a break but now, I need breaks weekly. Between work, traveling back and forth between Houston and Killeen, Liam acting out and Chloe crying every time Liam bothers her just a little bit, I'm losing my mind. I haven't been the best mom these past few weeks but I want to write down a few things as a reminder on how to improve as a parent. 

PATIENCE... 

I teach and tell my children to be patient but I'm the worst at it. I'll tell Liam to clean his room everyday. Fast forward 30 minutes to only see that he has made a bigger mess. I get extremely frustrated with that situation daily but I need to start taking a step back and remind myself that he's only 3, his version of clean is picking up a few toys and putting up his clothes. Instead of telling what to do, I need to SHOW him and help him. 

TAKING A CHILL PILL..

Hahaha! I can't tell yall how many times I lose my cool. Liam will accidentally step on me while I'm laying and I'll get so pissed off. My anger recently has been a little excessive and I really need to calm down and take a chill pill. This is where alone time is much needed. When I'm able to get alone time, I'm able to recuperate and appreciate my children and family more. 

MY CHILDREN AREN'T PERFECT...

I know I know, in my eyes my children are perfect and blah blah blah. NOO, my children are not perfect. They make look perfect and bring me pure joy but they cry a little too much, are a little too needy, and make mistakes. My children make mistakes and I need to learn how to be okay with it. I need to help them correct their mistakes so they won't do it again. 

NOT LETTING THEM WIN...

Usually, when I tell Liam no, he listens and we're done. Lately, he starts throwing a huge fit to the point where I want to pop him but I just give him what he wants and we're done. I feel that once he sees that he is getting rewarded for his bad behavior, it'll be a continuous cycle and I can't have that. 

GIVING THEM MORE ATTENTION...

I work 40-60+ hours from home with them and it's hard to work while spending time with them. At this point, both children take my phone when they're trying to talk to me or else I won't pay attention. I don't want my children to spend hours and hours on phones or computers so I need to start setting an example and designating screen time and family time for myself. 

If anyone has any advice or simple want to vent to each other, please feel free to message me. I'm always down to talk about my flaws as a mother with other moms. I'm not perfect but I acknowledge my mistakes and I can only try to do better. 

xo, 
Annie


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

HOW TO TREAT DAMAGED HAIR + 3 HEATLESS WAYS TO CURL YOUR HAIR...

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pantene. The opinions and text are all mine.




Who had the pleasure of attending any of the festivals that occurred last month? I attended my first festival EVER in Palm Springs and it was unlike anything I've ever experienced. I loved how different and careless everyone was, how calm the festivals actually were, the music that played, and I loved that I was able to play around with my outfits and hairstyles and be a fun version of myself. One of the things I enjoy about traveling is that you're going to a new place, experiencing new things, meeting new people, and dressing up for different occasions.

I usually only have one hair style; big wavy curls, but during festival season, I was able to get my hair styled in braids, half dos, mini space buns, and top it all off with glitter and flowers. I had a different hairdo every day but styling my hair every day meant I was curling my hair with a curling iron everyday (sometimes multiple times a day). I felt the damage after the first day and my hair was FRIED. Between the curling iron, the sun beaming on me, insane amounts of hair spray, and pulling glitter glue out, I felt that my hair was brittle and falling out. I had just gotten a haircut a week prior so when I felt how much damage the sun and heat had caused, I was really surprised. In the past, when my hair starts drying and dying, I chop it off.

My friends have used the Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots in the past and recommended it to me. I decided to try it out after the festival weekend and the results surpassed my expectations. I knew that it would help treat my festival damaged hair but I felt that I got a new set of hair.....after one use. You know that feeling you get right after you get your hair cut and styled at the hair saloon? That's what it felt like. It was simple to use as well. No wonder it’s the #1 new selling treatment in the haircare category. You apply the treatment after shampoo and in place of your conditioner, comb it through your hair from root to tip, and then rinse it off. It's much easier than a hair mask because you leave it in for 30 seconds so it conditions deeply and then you rinse it off for 30 seconds. I'm not too big on dry shampoo so when I curl my hair 3+ times consecutively, I use the Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots to revive it. 

A festival means constantly curling and ironing your hair which can cause serious damage so I wanted to share some heatless ways to style your hair. These are really easy to do and can be done before bed! You can seal all these curls with a Pantene hairspray of your choosing and you're set. 

BRAIDED CURLS

1. After you've showered, comb your hair
2. Flip your hair upside down
3. Bring a ponytail in the middle and start braiding (pigtails)
4. Tie with a small elastic band at the bottom


PINNED CURLS

1. Tie your hair into a high ponytail
2. Grab about an inch thick of your hair and wrap it around your finger,
3. Use a bobby pin and pin your hair hear the ponytail
4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 until all part of your ponytail is pinned


HEADBAND CURLS

1. Take a stretchy headband that you can sleep in and place it on your head.
2. Take 1 inch chunks and start twisting
3. As you’re twisting, wrap it around your headband until the very end
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until all of your hair is twisted into the headband. 



Pantene is the official haircare sponsor at Coachella, Stagecoach and Firefly this year but whatever festival you attend, know that you can rely on the Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shotsto help repair your hair post-festival. Available at HEB. 

Thank you so much for reading! 

xo, 
Annie
**This content is sponsored by Pantene. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

THE PERFECT MAXI DRESS FOR BEACH VACATIONS...



DRESS: Evereve // SHOES: Old (similar here) // BAG: Nordstrom

Does anyone else consider spring and summer to basically be the same thing? Well, as far as outfits go. For me spring is more long sleeve dresses, white jeans and a cute top and then summer is denim shorts, short dress, and whatever doesn't make you sweat your butt off. Practically, the same thing. I shared this maxi dress on my Instagram and yall loved it! You'll be seeing me in maxi dresses often because they're just effortlessly stylish and comfortable. When I saw this at Evereve, I didn't even try it on. I added to my pile of clothes and tried it on at home. I adore the simple spotted details and the bottom slit. Since I'm 5'1, slits are essential because maxi dresses are always sooo long on me. If you're my height (5'1), you'll have to tie a knot at the bottom or get it hemmed. If you're going to a tropical vacation, this dress is PERFECT to bring along. When that wind blows you'll look fabulous in the dress, lol. Plus, you can easily wear a bathing suit under it and style it as a cover up. We're heading to the beach at the end of this month I'm so excited to step into clean beach water. Galveston water isn't exactly the cleanest. Do yall have any beach plans this summer? What are your favorite beaches to visit? 

Thank you so much for stopping by! 

xo, 
Annie


 

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