Hat – Forever 21 | Top – Flynn Skye | Skirt – Flynn Skye

I’ve been super excited to share these photos from La Jolla on the blog because my girl Arielle Levy Photo really crushed what I wanted to do for this look. We had so much fun shooting at Windnsea beach and I just got to dance around in the sand and waves while she made magic. She somehow turned me into a mermaid beach goddess (just kidding) but I do always love shooting with Arielle because she really knows how to capture the look and style perfectly. Part of me just wants to pack everything up and move to San Diego so I can shoot with Arielle on the beach everyday!

I’m not sure why it took me THIS long to try styling a matching set like this one from Flynn Skye but I am officially obsessed and sets are my new favorite thing to wear. I’ve always wanted to try a set and I’ve seen them styled on other girls but for some reason I just never tried one. While I was shopping for our California trip last month I randomly fell in love with this one online and bought it. Now I am hooked and I think they’re so cute and obviously really easy to wear (hello they’re a matching top and bottom = no thought needed) which is great for the lazy styling days when you don’t want to think much about your outfit but you still want to look cute and put together.

Here are some of my other favorite sets + you can shop them by clicking the images below –

Thanks as always for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Top – Chicwish | Jeans – Zara | Heels – Dolce Vita | Sunglasses – Quay

Let’s talk statement tops.

I love a good statement piece because for me they’re easy to wear. Add a statement top for example like this gorgeous pink one from Chicwish and you can keep the rest of your look pretty minimal. Pair your statement top with a pair of simple jeans and heels or shorts and a cute pair of tennis shoes or sandals and you’re good to go. You can let the statement top all the talking making getting ready – simple!

Statement tops are another style I am currently loving and have seen trending for the spring and right into summer. Think anything with a structure detail, ruffles, bows or even one shoulder and ruffles. The combinations and colors are endless and these tops are everywhere and so adorable to add to your wardrobe for the summer. I have hand picked some cute ones for you guys below that I have personally had my eye on. Chicwish also has some really cute ones for affordable prices (under $50) you can check their selection out HERE!

Shop my personal favorite styles below by clicking on the image. Thanks again for stopping by and have a great weekend!

 

Top – Forever 21 | Shorts – Levi | Shoes – Converse | Sunglasses – Quay | Bag – Gucci

Top – H&M | Shorts – H&M | Sunglasses – Ray-Ban | Bag – Gucci

Sunglasses – Ray-Ban | Bag – Gucci

Dress – Forever 21 | Shoes – Converse | Bag – Gucci

Heels – Topshop

Top – Zara | Shorts – Levi | Shoes – Converse | Bag – Gucci

Top – Chicwish | Shorts – One Teaspoon | Sandals – Zara

Top – Chicwish | Shorts – One Teaspoon | Sandals – Zara

Top – H&M | Skirt – Topshop | Belt – Gucci | Heels – Topshop

Top – Free People | Shorts – One Teaspoon | Shoes – Vans

Dress – Tularosa | Sunglasses – Ray-Ban

Top – H&M | Shorts – Levi | Shoes – Chanel

Top – ASTR the Label | Jeans – Zara | Booties – Zara

Happy Monday loves! There’s nothing like being super productive on a Monday and that is just how my day has been + I love it! I wanted to post an updated Instagram round up since I haven’t done one in a while. A lot of these styles above have been on repeat for me and as you can see I have been grabbing my Converse a ton lately. Both colors will definitely be summer staples for me!

This week I asked my Instagram followers to send over any questions or topics they wanted me to talk about on the blog and I had one sweet follower reach out and ask about how I care for my designer bags and keep them looking nice. I thought I would share my top 5 tips on how I care for my bags + these tips are great for both designer and non-designer bags!

  1. Use your dust bags – I know most designer bags come with dust bags and even some non-designer bags come with them. They come with those dust bags for a reason so be sure to use them when you’re not using that bag! I also highly recommend stuffing the bag with tissue or anything that can help the bag keep its shape before putting it away into the dust bag.
  2. Research your bag – This tip might sound funny but I always want to know what my bags are made of so I know not only what to do to care for them but what not to do. There is nothing worse than getting a pen mark on your bag (this happened to me this week on my pink Gucci Marmont) and not knowing how to care for it or using the wrong product to clean it. There are tons of websites that give tips and tricks on how to care for each type of bag, leather, ect. So do your research!
  3. Treat your bag like a baby – I am all about taking good care of things you spend good money on. You wouldn’t sit your child on the bathroom floor would you? So don’t sit your bag on the bathroom floor! My bags normally always sit on the car seat and never on the car floor. Be mindful where you’re sitting your bag and how you care for it as you carry it day to day.
  4. Find a specialist to care for your bag once a year – I went into the local Chanel store and asked the guy who sold me my last Chanel bag who he recommended to clean and care for my bags. He knew a local guy at a place called the Shoe Hospital (local Austin girls) where I take my bags and shoes once a year to have them cleaned, cared for and dyed if needed. This really helps to refresh your bag or shoes and keep them in shape!
  5. Rotate your bags regularly – I personally try not to carry the same bag for too long and always switch my bags out throughout the week. This helps to spread out your wear and tear over your collection instead of continuing to use your nicest bags even when you’re running to the grocery store (god knows how dirty those carts are). Try switching your bags out for what your day or week has planned.

I hope these tips and tricks help you guys better care for your handbags! Send me a message on Instagram if you have other questions or topics you want me to talk about on the blog. Thanks as always for stopping by!

Top – Sans Souci | Overall Dress – Forever 21 | Shoes – Converse | Sunglasses – Ray-Ban

Today I wanted to share another trend I am currently loving right now + seeing a ton of lately which is overalls. If you’re a 90’s kid like me the inner child in you is loving this trend. I totally remember wearing overalls when I was a kid and I love that they’re back in style. Overalls are also so easy to wear and you can literally put any type of top under them but I really like the look of an off the shoulder look with them.

I’ve been wanting to give the overall trend a try but I didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg for a pair because I know they’re a trend I won’t wear for long. When I saw this pink overall dress at Forever 21 the other day I instantly said “YEP!” – it comes in two colors (pink and black) and is under $30. If you’ve been wanting to give overalls a try I suggest checking out a store like Forever 21, H&M or Zara to find a pair that will be more affordable for such a trendy look. I’ve linked some other cute overall options below for you guys.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of your week!

A few days ago I posted this photo on my Instagram and I asked all of you what questions you have for me regarding hair. I get questions here and there about how I style, what products and tools I use, how I keep my hair healthy looking, ect. So I wanted to compile all of your hair related questions into one Q&A blog post to help make a reference guide for you guys to come back to. I am no hair expert although I do have my Cosmetology license and I spent 2 years working in a salon. These are just the tips and tricks that have worked for me along with some hair knowledge I have from my background. Lets jump into it.

Q: What do you use to protect your hair from tools and heat?

A: I actually shower at night and let my hair air dry before bed and while I sleep. I very rarely blow dry my hair (I’m talking maybe 5 times a year) so the only time I use heat on my hair is when I curl it which isn’t everyday. After I shower sometimes I will use It’s a 10 Leave in Conditioner or I also love the Bumble and Bumble Invisible Hairdresser Oil Primer + Heat Protector. Both products give you the effects of leave in conditioner + they de-tangle, strengthen and protect your hair. Lastly I just started using the Bumble and Bumble Does it All Hairspray which also has a mild heat protector. I will spray my hair when its dry before I curl it to give me some hold as well as protection.

Q: How do you control split ends?

A: Good question! I think this goes back to how you care for your hair in the first place. I strongly recommend using as little heat on your hair as possible and using a strengthening shampoo and conditioner as well as a heat protection like those I recommended above. As I said I very rarely blow dry my hair which I think cuts down on split ends. Try showering at night at least a few times a week to let your hair air dry. I also recommend getting a hair cut as needed – I cut my hair about 2 times a year. And DON’T pick or pull your split ends – It will only make them worse. Go see your stylist to get them taken care of!

Q: How do you curl/style your hair? What curling iron do you use?

A: I actually use a Marcel Iron for my everyday curls which is what we were taught to use in Cosmetology school but you can replicate the same waves with any wand or curling iron. I usually section my hair into two parts, the top and bottom and I start with the bottom section. Hold the curling iron or wand straight up and down and wrap your hair around the iron curling all curls away from your face. Leave about 1 inch of hair out at the ends if you want the beach, undone curls that I usually do. Continue to curl both sides of the bottom section and then move to the top doing the same thing. Once you’ve curled your entire head, let the curls cool before running your hands through them. Finish off with some light hold hair spray like the Bumble and Bumble Does it All or some salt spray. I use the Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion. Wah-lah! I hope that makes sense – if you need more help just ask!

Q: How do you keep your hair so healthy looking?

A: Honestly, I don’t do anything too magical. As I said before I shower at night and let my hair air dry and I think that really helps to keep it healthy. I only use heat when I curl my hair which again isn’t everyday. I take daily vitamins and drink a ton of water which helps with just about everything in your body and I try to eat as healthy as possible (most days). If your struggling with keeping your hair healthy I recommend Biotin vitamins which is really good for your hair, skin and nails. I also recommend trying to reduce heat and absolutely use a heat protectant when heat is necessary. Get hair trims regularly and ask for a deep conditioning treatment from your stylist which can be easily added onto your hair cut at the shampoo bowl.

Q: How often do you trim your hair?

A: I usually get my hair cut about 2 times a year and typically I get 1.5-2 inches taken off the ends. This routine has worked for me for probably the last 3-4 years ever since I started washing my hair at night. I can’t stress how much showering at night has helped my hair and has allowed me to go longer in between hair cuts.

Q: Do you wear hair extensions?

A: Nope! I actually wore clip in hair extensions from freshman or sophomore year of high school through my graduation because I got a bad hair cut and absolutely HATED my hair without the extensions. Once I started Cosmetology school I stopped wearing them and my hair grew long enough where I didn’t feel like I needed them anymore.

Q: What are your favorite tips for highlighting to minimize damage?

A: Good question! I recently started getting balayage done to my hair which is a highlight process that typically doesn’t require foils, doesn’t require heat to process and it doesn’t seem to use as much bleach. I honestly do not feel a difference in texture after I get my hair done and I think it is because the process of balayage isn’t as damaging as say a full head of foil highlights. Consider asking your stylist about this routine and the no-heat processing (meaning they don’t put you under a heat lamp to process your highlights). Also I strongly recommend a strengthening shampoo and conditioner if you do any type of lightening on your hair.

Q: Do you like wands or curling irons better? What brand iron do you have?

A: Honestly I like curling irons but more specifically my Marcel Iron the best. With wands I always tend to burn myself and I can get the same effects from my Marcel Iron so that just works better for me. I do have a Hot Tools curling wand and I don’t mind it but I usually stick to my Marcel Iron which is also by Hot Tools.

Q: How do you keep your curls intact throughout the day?

A: Hairspray! But also my hair has always held curls pretty well so that helps. But definitely use hairspray before and after you curl and that will help you keep your curls throughout the day.

Q: What kind of color do you request at the salon?

A: I usually book the appointment for a balayage or a full highlight. Once I get to the salon I always show my stylist at least 2-3 photos of the color I am looking to achieve and from there they typically just know what to do. From being both a hair stylist and a customer, I cannot stress how important having photos to show your stylist is. This will help put both of you on the same page for what you are expecting out of the appointment. I usually find my inspiration from Pinterest or girls I follow on Instagram.  If you see a hair color you like just save it to your phone for your next hair appointment!

I hope I was able to answer most of your questions! A lot of you had the same questions just asked in different ways. If you have one that I didn’t answer just send me an email to jennifer@jenniferxlauren.com or a direct message on Instagram and I will get back with you!

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