If I had to pick my favorite trend this fall + winter, it would be hats! I have been seeing all different kinds of hats trending this season and I think they are the perfect accessory to add to any outfit. Today on the blog I wanted to share a few of my favorite styles and which ones I’ve been wearing lately. Let’s talk hats!
How to style: In my opinion you can wear beanies with just about any outfit. Leggings or jeans and a sweater. With or without a jacket. Whatever works best for your climate!
Beanies have always been a go-to of mine for the fall and winter. They’re adorable and super cozy and they can make any outfit look a little more fall or winter-y. This cute faux fur pom hat is $26 and it comes in a ton of colors! Here are a few more beanies I am loving right now;
How to style: I typically wear fedoras with a more put together, styled look but again you can throw a fedora on with just about anything. I typically like to wear fedoras with jeans and a sweater or jacket. They’re also cute with sweater dresses!
Fedoras are adorable year round but wool fedoras are great for fall and winter. You can find a wool fedora in just about any color but this pink one is my current fav! Here are a few fedoras I am loving this season;
How to style: As conductor hats are more of a trendy look right now, I like to pair mine with a more trendy style. Sweater dresses and booties, or a sweater with OTK boots and jeans. Anything you feel comfortable and trendy while letting the hat do most of the talking.
This style has been my favorite this year! The conductor hat has been everywhere lately and I get it because they’re so adorable! Conductor hats are perfect for stepping up any look or covering up a bad hair day. I’ve been wearing this Brixton one at least once a week lately. Here are some more conductor styles I love;
How to style: In my opinion berets are more of a classy style hat and personally I do not love how I styled this one above. I plan to restyle this one with this pink trench coat I recently got for more of a classy Parisian look. I think Berets are also cute with pea coats or oversized sweaters and boots.
Last but not least I am loving berets right now. The wannabe Parisian in me is loving this trend and when I saw this pink one with the faux fur on it, I knew I needed it! Here are a few more berets I love;
I hope you guys are loving hats as much as I am this fall and winter. If you haven’t tried one of these styles I dare you to. You will thank me later! Talk soon xx
Today on the blog I wanted to share my skincare + an updated makeup routine for you guys. I’ve never shared my skincare routine on here because up until this year I never really found something that worked well for me. This is a routine that I’ve been using now for about 8 months and it has really, really helped my skin and hopefully you can add a few of these products to your skincare routine to help with any issues you might be having.
Let’s Talk Skincare
Growing up I never really had acne or any issues with my skin. In fact throughout high school I would wear foundation daily and not even wash my face before bed. Gross right? After I graduated I went to Cosmetology school and it was there that I started noticing acne popping up. This is where I started testing out skincare products to try to find the right fit for my skin.
I started using Aveda skincare because I went to an Aveda institute. I continued to have acne here and there and still wasn’t pleased with my skin. Being in the Cosmetology world and working at a few different salons and spas over the years I have tried a massive amount of skincare brands and products. I’ve tried Aveda, Skinceuticals, Hydropeptide, Tula, Hylunia, Dr Hauschka and the list goes on. I was never able to find a routine that worked well for my skin until this year.
I would label my skin as normal to oily and I am definitely more on the sensitive side. Bryson had been using CeraVe from the grocery store for a few months and was raving about it and suggesting I try it. I thought no way will this cheap grocery store skincare help me but I didn’t have much to loose. At the end of last year my skin was at an all time low and at the time I was using Tula. Needless to say I started using CeraVe cleaner and moisturizer about 10 months ago and I haven’t stopped. I was honestly surprised by how my skin reacted after using high end skincare for years. I guess the saying “less is more” can be true when it comes to skincare. Here is my current skincare routine.
I wash my face every morning with the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. After I cleanse my face, I apply the CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion with one pump of the Aczone gel (you do need a prescription from a dermatologist or doctor for this but it really has helped with acne breakouts). This is all I do before applying my makeup for the day.
Before bed I wash my face again with the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser. I actually wash my face 4 times if I wore makeup that day. I found that only washing my face 1-2 times still left makeup on my face and would cause breakouts. After I cleanse, every other night I apply Jan Marini Age Intervention Duality. This was another recommendations from my Dermatologist but it can be purchased online without a perscription. It works like a retinol cream and helps to diminish acne and acne scaring by promoting new skin production. I highly recommend this product if you have acne or acne scaring. I started by using it every 3-4 nights and worked it in to every other night as I am more sensitive. If I apply the Duality at night then that is my final step for my daily routine. If I do not apply the Duality I will apply the CeraVe Moisturizer again and hit the hay.
One last product I use as needed is End-Zit. This is something I started using a few years ago after a recommendation from SomethingNavy. Whenever I get the occasional zit which doesn’t happen often now, I apply this after cleansing at night and by the morning it is almost gone. I swear by this product for any breakouts it is literally like magic! These 5 products are the only products I am using on my skin. Again I think less is more. I was using masks, serums, oils, ect and my skin was only getting worse and worse. It was when I pulled back and started doing the bare minimum that I personally saw the best results in my skin.
A Few More Skincare Tips
Be sure to drink a ton of water. All I really ever drink is coffee in the AM and water all day long. In reality you should be drinking half your body weight in ounces of water daily. This will really help to give your skin a healthy glow!
I cut down on dairy and I really think that has helps my skin. I drink almond milk and only have dairy when I eat shredded cheese or sliced cheese with meals.
See a dermatologist if you are having any issues with your skin like I was. By adding in Aczone and Duality which were both recommendations from my Derm I saw significant difference in my skin.
Let’s talk makeup
Like Skincare, I am a bit of a makeup junkie. I have tried tons of difference brands of makeup especially foundations. I’ve used drugstore foundation to Chanel and Dior foundations and my current routine is one I am really loving. After I wash and moisturize my face I always apply the Laura Mercier Protect Primer with SPF. This helps to even skin tone, protect your skin from the sun and prep for your foundation. Next depending on my day and what kind of coverage I want I will either use my It Cosmetics CC Cream (for a more natural + laid back day) or my Laura Mercier Flawless Foundation (medium-full coverage, flawless look). I really love both of these foundations and after trying tons of foundations, CC and BB creams these are my top two picks. I apply both products with my Tarte Airbrush Finish Brush and I think that really helps to get a smooth, flawless application.
After most of my face makeup is applied I will add some color to my cheeks, a bit to my forehead and the tip of my nose using blush. I use either my Tarte blush or my Milani blush (a good drugstore find). For my brows I actually use my Naked2 Eye Shadow Pallet and I use the brown shade. I don’t typically wear a ton of eye shadow but this is the only pallet I use when I do. I love all of the colors and they’re perfect for everyday wear. I finish off my eye makeup with some Stila Liquid Liner (all time favorite liquid liner) and the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I’ve used this mascara for years and love it. Lastly I finish off my makeup with a lip color. I love the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in the color #44 for everyday wear or the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in the color #55 Romance. I could write a whole post about lipsticks and color but I will save that for another day.
And that it for my daily skincare + makeup routine! I have been SO happy with how my skin looks not only without makeup but also with makeup. My skin looks more even and makeup sits better and lasts longer on my skin. I hope you guys liked this post and you are able to pick up a new product to try whether it is for your skincare of makeup routine. Shop all of my products via the images below. Thanks for stopping by! xx
In honor of turning 25 last week (a little late on this blog post – last week was crazy) I wanted to share 15 tips or things I’ve learned about blogging and Instagram. I get a questions about everything from how I edit my photos on Instagram to how I take my photos and what apps I recommend. My goal is to hopefully answer these questions for you guys and help share my tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the last 2 years of blogging. I am obviously no expert on these topics – these are just things I’ve learned that are helpful to me and hopefully helpful to you guys if you have a blog or you’re looking to up your Instagram game. Enjoy!
10 Tips for Instagram
Figure out your niche – Decide whatever it is your passionate about and base your Instagram around that making sure your niche is very prominent on your page. For example my niche would be fashion and style. I portray this by sharing my outfits, latest purchases, upcoming trends I am loving ect. When you go to my Instagram it is very clear that I like to share style and fashion. Find your niche (whatever your passionate about) and base your Instagram around that. You will then attract like minded followers who enjoy your posts about that niche I.E creating a following for yourself.
Decide if you want a cohesive feed or not – In my opinion a cohesive feed (one where the posts really match and go together) makes for a prettier page. This is 100% my opinion but ever since I started to make my feed more cohesive it has really helped my following grow. I aim to make my feed very bright and pink and this is just something I am now known for. I did put together a blog post a few months back on how to get a cohesive or consistent looking feed where I mention backgrounds, colors, ect and you can check that out HERE for more tips on doing this.
Take phone photos too – Phone photos are something I have recently started to implement more as I feel like my iPhone captures more real photos of me than a professional shoot does. I like to really show you guys or my followers what I am wearing/doing the day I post a shot on my Instagram. For me this seems more real and followers can connect more with these kinds of photos vs a retouched professional shot. I have also found that iPhone photos tend to bring in a higher engagement on Instagram than professional and I think that really is because they seem more real.
Use editing apps – The programs I use to edit my photos are all located on my iPhone. Most of my photos are solely edited on the following apps except for photos that are taken professionally. In that case my photographers either use Light room or Photoshop. The apps I use for editing are;
Darkroom – I usually start every photo in this app to remove unwanted colors. I usually pull out yellow tones if a photo is too warm or I pull out blue tones if the photo is too blue.
Snapseed – This is my holy grail app where I do most of my editing. After I use Darkroom I load the photo in Snapseed and do my basic edits. I brighten, contrast, adjust the saturation, highlights, shadows and warmth. I sometimes use the Selective tool to select areas to brighten such as the background ect. Lastly I sharpen the photo before exporting.
Facetune – I use this one lightly as I don’t like my photos to look too “touched up” but after Snapseed I load the photo into Facetune to smooth skin in certain areas. I also use this app a lot in the whiten mode to whiten the whites in my photos such as the background or my rug.
VSCO – VSCO is the last app I use on my photos and is used soley for adding filters. Using the same filter or filters over and over again on all of your photos also helps make your feed look more cohesive and consistent. The filters I use on all of my photos are A6 and HB1. I typically use A6 first at roughly a 3.0 and then re-upload the photo to overlay HB1 on top at about a 1.0. This is just the combo I love for my style and feed.
Find a group of like minded girls or guys to bond with – I think this is a super important when it comes to Instagram. It can get kind of competitive on this platform but for me I like to follow and interact with groups of girls who empower each other and build each other up. I am in a few follow/like message pods with other girls where we all share when we post something new so we can show some love for each other. These pods can sometimes be frowned upon but for me I love interacting with fellow bloggers/influencers who share the same passions and goals as I do. This is also great for asking questions and getting advice.
Get real on Instagram stories – I love sharing my real, day to day life on Instagram stories as much as possible. I share what I’m doing that day, what my animals are up to, collabs I’m working on, new things I get in the mail, what I’m cooking, my home decor, ect. This helps you connect more with your followers and they get a sense for what you’re truly like behind your feed.
Be consistent – This is a big one for me and is something I highly recommend if you want to grow your following. You have to post consistently! I try to post once a day (sometimes twice if I can) but once a day seems to be the best for me. I usually also try to post at night as that is when my engagement is highest (you can check yours by getting the Instagram business account). Consistently is so important!
Do some giveaways – I personally love teaming up with fellow bloggers and influencers to do giveaways as a way to give back to my followers as well as share my following and vise versa. I think giveaways are a total win win for everyone involved! You can get a group of girls together and craft a giveaway on your own or there are tons of giveaway accounts (I love @belleloops) who organize and craft the giveaway for you. Either way, giveaways are great for growing a following and enhancing your engagement!
Download an image planner app – I highly recommend the app UNUM! I use this app to plan my Instagram feed and what images to post in which order to make my feed the most cohesive and organized. You simply upload your images to a grid and you can easily move them around and plan the upcoming posts with your current feed. I would be lost without this app!
Don’t stress about the numbers – My last Instagram tip is a big one and it is don’t stress so much about numbers, followers and likes. This is something I have to reteach myself every now and then. At the end of the day what matters most (to me at least) is what is going on in your real everyday life with your friends, family, loved ones, pets, ect. Use Instagram as a tool but don’t let it stress you out too much!
5 Tips for Blogging
Use WordPress – I have been using WordPress websites for over 7 years now doing all different things from building blogs to working on SEO and I know that WordPress is a really easy website and backend to work on if you’re wanting to start a blog. Having a WordPress website is free, super functional and there are a ton of help guides out there for learning how to use WordPress if you need that.
Find a theme that fits your style – For me blogs are very visual. Of course what you have to say in your blog posts matters too but you want your blog to really reflect you visually as well. Find a theme (there are tons of websites out there for both free and paid themes) that reflects who you are and what your blog is about. Of course my theme has pink in it and its very girly!
Post consistently – Figure out what posting schedule works best for you and try to stick with it. This goes along with what I was saying about being consistent on Instagram. For my blog I try to post once a week. Sometimes twice if I can but once a week works good for me right now.
Share your blog photos to Pinterest – Most WordPress themes like mine will come with a hover button over your photos that will allow you to post your photos direct to Pinterest. I highly recommend doing this as Pinterest is a big audience driver and sharing the photos direct from your blog will link the photo to your site which is great for SEO and traffic.
Share tips and things YOU would want to read – Before I post most blog posts I always ask myself, would I be interested in reading this? I would assume most of my readers are similar to me in their style and interests. I also ask myself “is this post is helpful?” In most posts I strive to provide some sort of helpful tip, sale announcement, advice, ect to give back to those who come to my blog in the first place. Building a trust is important and is great thing to do by providing them with insights and helpful posts.
I hope these tips helped answered some of your frequent questions and I hope you are able to take something away from this post and apply it to your blog or Instagram. As always if you have any direct questions to ask about Instagram or blogging feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I love helping out anyway that I can!
Whew that was a big Instagram round up! For some reason I’ve been preferring iPhone photos over doing professional photos. I think you guys like seeing those more as they just seem more real. More iPhone photos makes for bigger Instagram round ups like this one!
Life update – we’re finally fully moved into our new house and it’s really starting to feel like home. We love the location as it is walking distance to so many things like Wholefoods (big plus) as well as a few of our other favs. We felt like we were at a time in our lives where we wanted to be somewhere where we could walk places so we’re very happy with this new spot! I plan to share more house decor as we put the finishing touches on the rooms.
If you missed the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (were you under a rock?) most of the items I picked and shared are back in stock but at their full prices. If you missed the items while they were on sale don’t worry – you can still snag them! Like my favorite Zella leggings HERE. I know a lot of you liked those leggings and these Adidas sneakers HERE that sold out quickly! I love how the two pair together or they’re great separate staples as well.
Happy August 1st loves! I cannot believe it’s already August but I’m pretty excited about it because it’s my birthday month! Yipppppe!
It’s been a little while since my last blog post and that is only because Bryson and I decided to move within a weeks notice about 10 days ago. We literally found a new house on a Tuesday and had the keys to it on that Thursday. What a whirlwind the end of July was for us but we finally got the internet installed at our new place yesterday and we are starting to feel fully settled. I’ve shared a few sneak peaks of what our new place looks like on my Instagram stories (@jenniferxlauren) but I plan to do room reveals as we get them finished. This house is literally a marble lovers dream with all white walls and I can’t wait to share it!
On another note – the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is still in full swing and I wanted to dedicate a post to what I have been shopping the most of this year and that is athletic styles. Being completely honest with you guys; I wear athletic styles Monday – Friday during the day while I’m working at home or running errands. To me they are so much easier to put together and they’re just more comfortable. I have recently fallen in LOVE with the brand Zella which is an athletic brand sold exclusively at Nordstrom and they have such cute styles in the sale this year. All of the styles above are currently in stock and available on the Nordstrom website. You can shop my picks via the + above or by the images below. I just had to put another order in because I cannot get enough of these Zella sale picks and I am loving the styles and feel of this brand more than any of my Lululemon purchases. Just saying!
Thanks so much for stopping by and happy shopping!