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Group Giveaway!
I've teamed up with a group of ten lovely ladies to host a Paypal Group Giveaway worth $200!! One lucky winner will be selected on May 1st, 2014 at Midnight EST! So go ahead and enter below for a chance to win!!


Two Minute Updo: The Top Knot

Shoulder length, baby fine hair like mine leaves a girl with limited styling options. My bed-head is more Garth than come-hither. I check the humidity daily because my blowout is immediately busted with anything over 65%. Forget french, fishtail, or any braid for that matter. Thoughts run through my head like "Is my hairline receding, or is my forehead just that big?" A side bang and pretty ponytail are about as good as it gets. That is until I met the top knot.

Like the perfect sunless tan, or well kept no-chip mani, the top knot is one of my favorite beauty hacks. Taking only two minutes, it's my go-to, midweek, I overslept, and haven't washed my hair in four days, hair-do. Plus, everyone looks as cute as a button while donning one. Below are my instructions for a perfect  top knot. Beginners beware, because as you can see, these directions are for only the most experienced hair stylististas.
  1. Gather dry (preferably dirty) hair and put it up in a high ponytail.
  2. Secure with an elastic hair tie.
  3. Wrap and twist the hair around the hair band. Wrap ends around the base and tuck into the underside of the hair tie.
  4. Pull and separate hair to your liking to create volume. 
  5. Pin pieces accordingly to create your desired shape (I always leave a few pieces "out of place" to achieve a more unkempt look).
  6. Spray with hairspray until you've created a death cloud of aerosol and can barley breath.
And there you have it, a two minute updo, perfect for spring and summer! Do you have any easy updos? If so, please share in the comments section! 


BaubleBar + Nordstrom

BaubleBar is hands down my favorite go- to jewelry shopping destination. Their pieces are always supremely on trend, high quality, and they offer big incentives to shoppers as well as excellent costumer service. You've seen me wearing some of their pieces here, here, and here.

BB is known for collabos with some of my favorite bloggers and stores, but their latest is a marriage made in shopping heaven: The BaubleBar Pop- Up Shop at Nordstrom. I enjoy shopping online, but I know many ladies prefer to see their potential purchases in the flesh (or sparkle in this case). Now you have the chance! Select Nordstrom stores around the US will be carrying BaubleBar for a limited time. Check here to see if your local Nordstrom is of the lucky ones. If not, shop a few of my favorites from their collection here:


Spring Must Have: The D'Orsay Flat

Meet the D'Orsay flat, otherwise known as, my latest shoe obsession. Imagine fixing your favorite pair of sandals and your favorite pair of flats up on a blind date. They quickly fall in love, get married, and have a baby; this would be their bundle of joy.

These pointy flats are the every-girl shoe: Perfect for every women, no matter your age, size, budget, or personal style. Not to mention extremely flattering. The open sides and pointed toe will both highlight and elongate even the most hideous of feet. Last spring is when I first spotted the Jenni Kayne version. These sueded beauties were the object of my affection, but at nearly $300 a pair, out of my budget. This spring however, I'm delighted to see that so many shoe lines had debuted their version of the D'Orsay. Textured, printed, and every color of the rainbow; there is literally something for everyone. 

I can't wait to snatch up the Sole Society version for spring and summer! Shop a few of my other favorites below.


The Bright Stuff

What I'm wearing: Zara sweater, Hudson jeans, Bauble Bar necklace, RayBan sunglasses, Shoemint booties, and Cuyana leather tote.

When I was in 2nd grade, there were two things I lived for: New Kids on the Block, and my Crayola fluorescent markers. The sight of hot pink, shocking yellow, electric blue, and neon green always take me back to that time, and have me feeling electrified about wearing this vibrant color palette again this spring! Neon began its major comeback in 2011 (and coincidentally, so did NKOTB), and doesn't show signs of stopping. My favorite member of the neon family is highlighter yellow, as it pairs well with/ adds a zap of energy to the typical spring palette of pastels and neutrals. I don't know about you but this taste of 90's nostalgia has me regretting ever throwing away my hair crimper and NKOTB cassette tapes!

Photos by Rachel Schrader 

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