From Errands to Cocktails

Errands: Love Sadie Dress With PocketsEv1 From Ellen Degeneres Sneaker

Cocktails: Love Sadie Dress, A.J. Morgan Sunglasses, Sam Edelman Ibis Block Heels Sandal

Getting dressed after having Eleanor is a very different process. I need pieces that are functional, easy to clean, and cover me when I pick up Eleanor or something she has dropped. Adding to the challenge is the Texas heat. It is so hot that dresses (I prefer above the knee) are the only thing I have been reaching for.
I photograph bloggers around Dallas and each one of them kept saying they got pieces from Walmart. They told me Walmart has recently added a lot of different fashion lines and they all loved the pieces they had purchased. Being that I am on a fashion budget, I decided to check it out. I was pretty excited at the things I found. My favorite was definitely the EV1 sneaker. The quality is amazing for $100 sneakers and they are $30!
The Love Sadie dress I found was so easy to go from errands to drinks. And becuase it is $18 it makes it the perfect “mom” dress too. I literally had my husband snap a few photos after I went to the grocery store and UPS. And then I had him take some more photos before we headed out for pre-dinner drinks. So what you see, is 100% real. I will say, the dress has an opening in the back but I had my tailor sew it closed. I love the opening but for this stage in my life, it needed to be sewn.
Other “Errand to Cocktail” looks Under $40:
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Whereabouts: Dallas, TX

at home • The Placemat

I recently went to a lunch at a beautiful home in Punta Cana. The table was set to perfection, which had me realizing I needed to up my placemat game! These Deborah Rhodes placemats were the same we ate on that day (except in green). I purchased the natural color immediately and am now wanting the pale pink! They are GORGEOUS! buy them here

• The Three Swimsuits I Love

Searching for a swimsuit is daunting, especially post baby. For my recent trip I purchased so many options that did not work. It was so discouraging. I finally found three that I really liked and are worthy of sharing! You can check out the swimsuits and read the post by clicking here.

Beauty Best – Beauty Bio

Beauty Bio. I am sure you have seen it around social media. The female run beauty business from Dallas. If you are like me, you might be skeptical of products or brands that are “overly sold” on social media. The more influencers or ads I see selling a product, the more I am turned off. That is me being 100% honest.  I always loved the packaging of Beauty Bio but the more influencers who, “omg love it so much” made me wonder if they actually liked it or were just talking about it because it was sponsored. This thought process goes for any product I see being “oversold,” not just Beauty Bio. Okay, I digress.

I was gifted Beauty Bio by my friend Krystal as part of our bridesmaids gift. After a boozy rehearsal dinner I was in need of anything that decreased my puffiness and hydrated my skin. I quickly opened the beautiful package and unboxed the Rose Quartz DePuffing Roller. I was always skeptical (Okay, really I am not a skeptical person but in this post, I am), if rollers actually de-puffed. I didn’t understand the science behind it. I am a puffer. My face will puff if I have the tiniest bit of salt, alcohol, or really anything in general. It is a real debby-downer. On the search to help my puffiness, I got a lymphatic drainage massage. The masseuse explained that certain people (me!) retain water and that massaging the areas towards the lymph nodes can help flush out the extra fluid. This is what the roller, if used correctly, does! When you roll the quartz toward your lymph-nodes it helps speed up the process of drainage. I.e. your puffiness.  Added bonus, the cold stone just feels good on a tired face!

I also received the cleanser, moisturizer, lip serum, and Vitamin E oil. After two months of use, I am sold! And y’all, I am not paid to say that, I truly mean it! Their products work, smell insanely good and feel amazing on the skin. My favorite has been the Vitamin E oil and moisturizer. I use both morning and night and feel like my skin is really benefiting from what they have to offer. I am no beauty blogger so I don’t want to go through each product and list the benefits, all I can say is, my skin is looking and feeling better. I have very dry skin and both of these products soak into my skin so quickly. I can tell they start working their magic pretty quickly.
One way I know I like a product, I am fearful of the day it runs out! My current state: fearful! I use sparingly.

 

Outfits • $14 Statement Earring

All of a sudden I have such a love for statement earrings. Since I dress pretty minimal I have found that it can add the pop my outfits often need. I absolutely love these sparkly earrings from Bauble Bar. They look like they are $50 but are on sale for $14! shop them here

Outfits • The Kids Sweater

I bought this for Eleanor a few months ago and received so many questions. But what I really want to know, does it come in my size? It is the sweetest little kids sweater and I can’t wait to dress Eleanor in it. It would also make for the perfect gift! shop it here

at home • The Vintage Chocolate

Thinking of the perfect gift to bring over to a hostess is sometimes difficult. However, receiving this box of chocolates in this gorgeous vintage tin would make any hostess happy! I am going to buy these and have a few on hand when I need the perfect little gift! shop it here 

My Favorite Self Tanner

My quest for the perfect self-tanner started back in 2001. This 18 year journey has taken me from oompa-loompa to now, a bronzed Goddess. How did I become a bronzed Goddess? Tan Luxe. It truly gives you the most gorgeous, soft, I just got back from the beach, tan.

My biggest complaint about self tanner has never been the color but the smell. I don’t know if my skin soaks self-tanner in too much or the PH balance doesn’t match but I ALWAYS feel like I stink of self-tanner up until it fades away. However, and I am not just saying this, I do not get that same awful smell when I use Tan Luxe. There is a tiny hint of tanner but after I shower I never smell it again.

On days I want a full body tan I use, The Gradual. I put it on after my nighttime shower and sleep in it. I wash it off first thing in the morning and I emerge looking like I just got kissed by the sun. Even my husband, who doesn’t even notice when I change my hair, has commented on what a good tan I have. Or maybe that just shows how awful my previous self-tanning experiences have been.

Lastly, my favorite part is they make, The Face, which are drops you add to your personal daily moisturizer and they add a hint of gradual color. I first noticed my friends face seemed to have this gorgeous glow so I had to figure out what they were using, it was always The Face. It is such an unbelievable product but it sells out quickly! If you have the opportunity to buy it, BUY IT RIGHT THEN!

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