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!

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!

Shop the products and tools I mentioned below –

Sweater – Free People | Jeans – Zara (similar here and here) | Shoes – Chanel | Bag – Gucci | Sunglasses – Quay

Bag – Gucci | Card holder – YSL

Top – Nordstrom | Jeans – Zara (similar here and here) | Belt – Gucci | Bag – Gucci | Shoes – Zara (similar here and here) | Sunglasses – Ray-Ban

Sweater – Free People | Bag – Gucci

Top – Sincerely Jules (older style similar here) | Jeans – Zara | Sunglasses – Ray-Ban | Shoes – Miu Miu

Cardigan – Forever 21 | Sweater – Cabi | Jeans – Zara | Sandals – Forever 21 (old) | Sunglasses – Ray-Ban

Dress – Nordstrom | Booties – Dolce Vita | Bag – Gucci

Sweater – Cabi | Skirt – Topshop | Shoes – Vans | Belt – Gucci

Boots – Steve Madden (currently 60% off) | Sneakers – Steve Madden

Jacket – Nordstrom | Sweater – Forever 21 | Jeans – Forever 21 | Shoes – Steve Madden | Bag – Gucci

Top – Forever 21 | Jeans – Zara | Bag – Chanel | Slides – Gucci | Sunglasses – Ray-Ban

Happy Thursday loves! I hope you’re all having a fab week so far. Today has been the first day all year that I have pulled out my cutoff shorts so I am pretty happy about that. I will say this now and probably regret it later but I’m ready for the Texas heat to return. Bring on my cutoff shorts and summer dresses!

Today I wanted to do a quick Instagram round up since I haven’t done one in a few months and I have been posting a few #ootd looks that didn’t make a full blog post. Sharing all those looks and details with you above. I also wanted to share a few tips that I get asked about a lot and that is on how to keep your Instagram feed looking consistent and themed. I have 6 tips on how to do that for you guys. I probably have few more than 6 so if you need a few more just ask me!

6 Tips to Keep Your Instagram Feed Consistent

  1. Pick your colors – This can be a single color or a few different colors that you really love to wear and that make you feel confident. I have talked about this in the past but having a color that is your go to not only makes shopping and styling easier since you will have tons of other pieces that go with that color but chances are you will also pick a color you feel most confident in. My color is obvious I love baby pink, blush pink and mauve pink. With those pinks I usually pair them with black, grey or neutral tan. Doing this color scheme over and over again in your feed and in your styles is one of the biggest tips I give for creating consistency. Pick your colors and go with it!
  2. Pick you go to backdrop – When I say this I mean figure out what you like to have in the back of your photos. Some people like to have a really busy backdrop like maybe standing in a city street with cars and taxis passing or with sky rise buildings in the backdrop (a good example of this style would be Emily Luciano). Currently I prefer to find a single wall usually a grey, white or sometimes pink with cool texture or a cool mural that fits those wall colors. I like to keep my background pretty clean and simple at the moment. Find out what you like best and what suits you and stick with that pattern in your background. This will again help create a unified look throughout your feed post after post.
  3.  What else? – Aside from what you typically post with your outfits and styles what else do you want to include in your feed? Do you want to include food, coffees, home decor? For me I LOVE flowers so I post a photo typically with pink flowers once every 8-10 photos. I also love sharing pretty quotes I find on Pinterest or on IG that fit with my color theme. Adding these flower photos and quotes helps to blend my feed all together and the flowers make it look super pretty (in my opinion). Try to include these what else photos in your feed blended in with your other style photos.
  4. Pick your niche – I know this sounds cliche but it is another great way to create consistency throughout your feed. Figure out what types of posts you like to share and what you like to style. For me my looks are typically pretty basic everyday looks but jazzed up with accessories, typically designer. I also really like trendy in the moment looks and styles and my followers know I love anything with ruffles, star print or anything pink. These would all be my niches. What is something you always go back to and is your classic look or your niche? Stay true to your style and do your best to portray that within your feed.
  5. Use a planning app – I would be nothing without my planning app. I currently use UNUM which you can find in the app store and it helps me to plan the order of my posts and which photos look best together in my feed. For me I have to visually see how the feed is going to look before I post each photo. This might sound OCD but that is because I am very OCD if you didn’t already know haha. If you haven’t tried a planning app before I would highly recommend downloading one so you can visually see your feed and help to plan ahead for future posts.
  6. Photo editing – I plan to do another entire blog post about how I edit my photos since I also get a lot of questions about this but one big tip in keeping your feed unified is keeping your photo edits very similar. I have a routine I typically do for each photo as I’m sure you probably do too. I also use the same filters on each photo to really help make all photos look unified. Figure out how you like your photos edited best and try to keep that editing routine the same for each post.

I hope you guys liked these tips and you learned at least one thing to apply to your feed to help! Thanks as always for stopping by and chat soon!

Hat – Free People | Jacket – Topshop | Leggings – Zella (new favorites) | Bag – Gucci | Shoes – Adidas

Blanket – Anthropologie | Sunglasses – Rayban | Bag – Beau & Ro

Hat – Free People | Sweater – Wildfox | Jeans – Zara | Shoes – Zara | Bag – Gucci | Sunglasses – Rayban

Sweater – Project Social T  | Scarf – Forever 21 | Headband – Forever 21 | Case – Sonix

Jacket – H&M | Boots – Hunter | Headband – Forever 21

Outfit – Zara | Sunglasses – Dior | Bag – Gucci | Shoes – Zara (similar here and here)

Top – Zara | Skirt – Forever 21 | Bag – Chanel

Outfit – Zara | Sunglasses – Dior | Bag – Gucci | Boots – Zara (similar here)

Slides – Gucci

Outfit – Zara | Boots – Stuart Weitzman

Sunglasses – Quay | Book – Amazon

Top – BB Dakota Jack | Shorts – BB Dakota Jack | Shoes – Miu Miu | Sunglasses – Dior

Happy 2017 loves! Can you believe it? A whole new year already and I feel like I was just doing this post last January. Last year I did an Instagram round up post to say cya to 2015 and hello to 2016 and I thought I would follow suit today. So much has happened over the last year and I can’t help but feel grateful, blessed and ready to conquer 2017.

Some of my New Years resolutions include; being more present with my loved ones, being more grateful, working 10x’s harder on my blog and our other business including our newest business launching early this year, eating healthier, working out more, telling my family I love them more often and caring more for those around me.

After spending the last month traveling from California to Michigan and back nothing feels better than being at home with a fresh start to the new year. 2016 was amazing but I cannot wait to see what happens in 2017. Cheers to a New Year and thank you as always for stopping by, reading this and supporting me. It means the world to me to be able to have this avenue to create and share my passion for writing and styling. XO!

Shop some of my favorite styles from this round up below –


pjs

Pj tank – Madewell | Pj shorts – Madewell | Bralette – Melvina

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Hat – Lack of Color | Top – Sincerely Jules | Shorts – One Teaspoon | Sandals – Schutz

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Flats – Miu Miu

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Choker – Forever 21 | Tank – H&M | Jeans – Zara | Sandals – Forever 21 | Bag – Chanel

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Bag – Gucci | Card holder – YSL | Sunglasses – Dior | Perfume – Chloe

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Top – Forever 21 | Sunglasses – Dior | Jeans – Zara | Sandals – Forever 21 | Bag – Chanel

 Happy Monday loves! I hope you had a great weekend. We traveled to Houston on Saturday for Bryson’s nieces 2nd birthday party and it was so much fun and good to see his family. Sunday we spent relaxing and getting ready for the week.

I wanted to do a quick Instagram round up because I haven’t done one in a while and I’ve had a few questions about different items I’ve shared that have not been included in a blog post yet. I am obsessed with just about everything above but most importantly this new pj set from Madewell and these new Miu Miu ballet flats. I wore them for the first time today actually and I am even more obsessed than when I opened them.

I hope you all have a good week!

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