Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access


Quite possibly the first and only time my favorite quarterback will be featured on my blog and that is because it is the most wonderful time of the year. No, it is not Christmas but it might feel like it is thanks to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This yearly sale is and has been a consistent MUST SHOP moment in my life for as long as I can remember. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the perfect time to stock up on your staple items (booties, denim, tees) and splurge on those items you have been wanting but couldn't justify the price. In addition to great deals you also get points when you shop allowing you to maximize your savings. 

The Nordstrom Sale begins today but is called Early Access. This means that those of you with a Nordstrom Card can shop now. If you do not have a Nordstrom Card you cannot shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale early and will have to wait until the 21st of July to shop. I would recommend getting a Nordstrom Card for the perks alone, it is the one credit card I picked up years ago and still use. The perks of Nordstrom Sale Early Access is that you can get items sooner than the public as well as items that may sell out before the Nordstrom Anniversary Public Sale launches. Each year these Early Access items go fast and there are occasional re-stocks of popular items. I have purchased items only to see them sold out by the time the Public Sale begins and often those are some of my favorite items from the sale. 


Of course I have stayed up WAY TOO LATE last night to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. You could purchase items starting at midnight and I went through and selected all of my favorites. I have quickly put together some of my must buys from the Nordstrom Sale Catalog. Pictured below are some of the items that found their way into my shopping card as well as the items that I am keeping an eye on. Like I mentioned before, shopping for staples and favorites is always a good idea for the Nordstrom Sale. (hover over image and click items to shop directly)








I am curious to hear what some of your favorites are. Please connect with me and let me know what items you have picked up from the sale this year. I can't wait to check out your must-haves as well.

xo,
kristie

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Perfect Summer Makeup With Physicians Formula

This post is sponsored by Physicians Formula however all thoughts and opinions are my own. #PhysiciansFormula #WalmartBeauty

Summertime is the time of year where you want to look your best without investing a lot of time. Add to that the issue of heat, humidity, sweat plus tanner skin and you have a few makeup issues that need to be addressed. I completely understand the dilemma of not wanting to spend a fortune on updating your makeup for a period of three months and that's why I put together this post with Physician's Formula. You can easily update your makeup 'wardrobe' and pick up products that will help you beat the heat, sweat, melty makeup and more without breaking the bank.

As a mother of four I have my hands full when getting ready in the morning. I have to get my oldest to athletic development camp and my two daughters to gymnastics camp immediately after. In addition to those three I still have a very young baby who needs constant attention. This doesn't leave much time for me to get ready so I need products that work well, multi-task and look great. The above products have been my summertime go-to's on those days that I actually do take five minutes to create the perfect summer makeup.

First and most important is the #InstaReady Primer. Primer acts like velcro to your makeup and holds it in place. On these hot summer months where your makeup seems to melt off this stuff will make it stay put. Take the 30 seconds to apply it and you can thank me later.

Follow with a foundation that blends to match your skin tone easily. Physician's Formula is known for their formulations that blend to match your skin tone so whether you are a little tan or a lot of tan this will help balance the color on your face. The Physician's Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Foundation is a light formula that provides light coverage and maximum glow. Included with the foundation is a brush that makes application flawless.

I absolutely cannot skip the step of applying concealer under my eyes. The constant lack of sleep really catches up with me in the summer and I need to majorly fake it and apply that concealer to give the appearance that I am well-rested even though my body might be screaming 'Give me a Diet Coke!'. I used the Physician's Formula #InstaReady Concealer that also helps prevent sun damage with its SPF 30 formulation. Two birds, one stone. I love those multitaskers.

Add a little Bronze Booster Highlight and Contour for glow and the Murumuru Butter Blush for a little bit of color. I keep my eyes super simple by applying only the #InstaReady Eye Primer in Shimmer followed by a quick swipe of mascara and my easy summertime makeup is complete. May sound a little more involved for novice makeup wearers but for this mama who likes a 'full face' it is just right. I get my color, coverage and glow in just five minutes - leaving me with the Perfect Summer Makeup Face.








You can pick up each of these products at your local Walmart or check them out online at PhysiciansFormula.com.

xo,
Kristie

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Best Little Black Swimsuit Ever


this Albion Fit swimsuit might just be my favorite swimsuit style, ever. i am always on the hunt for stylish one piece suits that don't expose too much 'cheek' or cleavage or sideboob. i promise you, as a mother of three who don't want to see my private parts exposed the struggle is real. when Albion released this Cross Cross Suit, an off the shoulder suit, i was anxious to give it a try. it covered all necessary areas while still allowing me to feel stylish and cute. a serious win/win.

i recently posted about this suit on my Instagram. i have been doing a lot of self reflection about my blog and social media and where i want to go with it all. after this post below i was so motivated and amped to keep going. your support means the world to me and i love having friends and family behind what i am doing. 

'You can do hard things.' I told myself this as I grinned in a swimsuit in 40 degree weather. It was worth it to get a great shot of a cute one piece suit from @albionfit. Finding modest swimsuits isn't easy and the motivation behind what I do here on Instagram and my blog is to show you don't have to compromise your beliefs to look stylish in a world that tells you otherwise. Forgive me for this long winded post but I have been thinking a lot lately about my blog, Instagram and social media channels. When I began this journey I could have never dreamed of the opportunities that would come from it. I have had the chance to work with some of my favorite designers, the most amazing makeup brands, regularly attend Fashion Week (as press!) create infomercials, commercials, news segments and more. But once again social media is changing and while I don't say it enough, your support means so much to me. Listen, I get it. You scroll through your feed and see outfit post after outfit post from me. I have been unfollowed by family, friends, acquaintances - I'm not mad about it, I understand. But for those of you who get that this is my business, who support me as a friend, a sister, a cousin, a niece, an aunt, as someone who is trying to build something from nothing I wish I could hug each and every one of you and say thank you. For those of you who see that I am pursuing something I enjoy and am working to create a space where I don't have to compromise my beliefs - thank you. For taking the time to double tap this photo because I promise, I see you. I scroll through my notifications and spotting a family member or friends profile name puts a smile on my face. So here I am, a mom to three very busy kids, a wife to a husband who works hard at his job, works hard for his church and works even harder for his family and I am a woman trying to build something I can be proud of. Thank you a million times over. PS if you are interested in this cute @albionfit swimsuit you can score it for 15% off with the code: blushingbasics All other outfit details here: @liketoknow.it www.liketk.it/2fC56 #liketkit #ltkswim #ltkunder100 📷 @dtphotog
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for more information on this timeless little black swimsuit be sure to visit AlbionFit.com. if you are interested in ordering you can get a 15% discount by using the code: BLUSHINGBASICS at checkout. all other outfit details are linked below.

xo,
kristie


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

SHORTLIST : Less Is More

I’m sharing #Shortlist in my life as part of a Shortlist sponsored series for Socialstars™ #lessismore

by now you should all know that i am a skincare junkie. i am on a constant search for that fountain of youth ahem, i mean great products that work for not only my skin type but fit other people's needs as well. one of the most common complaints i hear when it comes to skin care is that people feel like they just don't have the time for a regimen - they want their skincare routine to be short and sweet. that is where SHORTLIST skincare comes in. not only does Shortlist believe less is more (don't believe me? just check their ingredients list) they also believe in simplifying your routine to get you your results quickly and efficiently. it is a new skincare system that contains a Serum and Cream which are potent alone but even more powerful when paired together. this magnificently performing duo is packed with benefits instead of fillers that are commonly found in other lotions. the products are designed for all skin types and ethnicities so no worries for you sensitive skinned mama's or darker skinned beauties.

the Shortlist system itself is comprised of a serum and a cream. the serum provides short term results that lead to long term results. immediately you will notice that it moisturizes to repair existing dry and damaged skin and over time the skin cells will be energized with moisture to make your skin act and feel younger by helping your skins surface to regenerate. what is unique about the serum is that it helps to prepare your skin for the retinoid cream with key ingredients Niacinamide, Glycerin, and Hyaluronic Acid - all ingredients that help your skin increase its moisture. the cream is the second step of the Shortlist system. short term you will notice that it helps rejuvenate your skin by increasing the cell turnover which over time will help your skin diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. the cream is so effective thanks to a pro-retinol cream with only nine ingredients.

you use the Shortlist system morning and evening after cleansing. apply the facial serum first before cream or other treatment products. following the serum apply the cream. (note: it is a good idea to use sunscreen EVERY day however it is especially important any time you are using a product with retinoids)




for those of you who are looking for less ingredients, fewer steps but still interested in getting results, this is a great regimen to try.

xo,
kristie

Crown Braid Tutorial



this post is about to get real personal real fast. i have dandruff. there, i said it. here's the deal, nobody is perfect. i don't sweat, seriously, even during my hardest workouts i do not sweat. i have a high metabolism. i am genetically built so that no matter the number of calories i consume my weight does not fluctuate more than 3-5 pounds. i consider myself extremely lucky to be born with those traits. but, i have dandruff and i will take that any day. i also have two yellow teeth that were damaged as baby and will never change back to white no matter how often i bleach my teeth, but the dandruff, there is something i can do about that. thank you Head & Shoulders.

in honor of my new shampoo and the my love for a flake free scalp, i have put together a tutorial showing you how to get the easiest, foolproof bohemian braided hair crown. seriously, you cannot mess this up.




so easy, right? i have been wearing this around town because let's face it, braids are in. but also because it is such an easy hairstyle to achieve that looks a lot more complicated than it is. the braided up-do is so perfect for summer and all of its humidity, you just can't go wrong.

and for all you Pinterest fans here is a friendly 'pin-able' image to save:


xo,
kristie

Side-Braid Tutorial


a few weeks ago i had the opportunity to visit my sister in Arizona and say farewell to my nephew who is serving a religious mission for two years. words can't express how proud i am of his commitment and dedication to service and his religion. to say i love my nieces and nephews is an understatement. my own children mean everything to me and my nieces and nephews fall under that umbrella. while visiting there my niece braided my hair for me and i am now obsessed with the braid. it is the perfect side braid as it is cute, loose and casual but doesn't fall out after 20 minutes. it holds your hair ALL day and the number of compliments i receive when wearing it made me realize, TIME FOR A TUTORIAL!

for this side braid tutorial you will need a brush, hairspray and some small bands. these small bands are essential as you don't want a bulky ponytail band messing up your braid vibe.


you'll begin with any type of hair - straightened, curled, washed, dirty - this braid works with anything. create a deep side part and dutch braid your bangs across your forehead and finish the braid to the end, tied off with a small band. 




with the remaining hair do a quick french braid down the side. by quick i mean take large chunks of hair, rather than small strands, to create your braid. this will make the braiding simple and will give nice big chunks for texture. braid across the back and down the side of hair, being sure to grab in the first dutch braid.



take a moment to pull apart the sides of the braids. this will make your braid look thicker, fuller and lay better. do this with both the dutch braid and the french braid to give the braid a loose, casual vibe.



i created a pinterest friendly 'pin-able' tutorial below if you are interested in saving. additionally, be sure to check out my Crown Braid Tutorial for the easiest crown braid ever. seriously. i promise. 

xo,
kristie






Monday, June 26, 2017

Skin Repair Products For Summer

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine.


I love summertime but I absolutely detest the road map it leaves on my face. Thanks to a lot of squinting, dry weather, dehydration and more it seems as though my face gets to maximum wrinkle capacity by the end of summer. Listen, I get it, wrinkles are a normal part of aging. My take on them is to try to prevent them before they happen, or at least do my best to diminish their appearance. I also understand that most people don't have deep pockets to splurge on $400 jars of facial cream but guess what? This year Good Housekeeping Institute (GHI) tested products and evaluated them based on performance, ease of use, safety, durability and design. GHI tested the latest Olay Micro-Sculpting Cream formula against 10 prestige creams found in most department stores and Olay rose to the top in both clinical and blinded consumer studies. That is saying a lot about the power this little jar of Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream.


What makes Olay Regenerist so good? There are several elements. First is how fast acting it is as a product. At the three hour mark Olay moisturized 400% better than a cream nearly 18 times its price. Second would be its ability to provide long lasting hydration. Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream increased moisture by 50% on average over a period of 24 hours. Third reason this product is so amazing would be the lightweight texture. It feels rich without feeling heavy and in blind comparisons consumers preferred Olay 80% of the time over expensive creams. Lastly, would be Olay Regenerists firming and plumping ingredients. packed with powerhouse ingredients like niacinamide and hyaluronic acid these products help to improve your skin's texture by 10% in just four weeks. All of these reasons alone should be motivation enough to give this product a try however the best motivation is that you can get the best possible skin care product at only a fraction of the cost of other prestige creams that over-promise and under-deliver.



Above is a before and after photo of my skin after just one application of Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream. I was shocked to see them side by sound. I hate to sound dramatic but I didn't believe the results could be this obvious this quickly. I can actually see a difference and an improvement on those fine lines. These results are obvious up close but even when viewed at a distance your skin seems to just glow after using this Olay product.


Integrating this product into your everyday beauty routine is easier than ever. You can introduce it to your skin regimen as your moisturizer or use it by itself. For best results apply Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream to your face after washing morning or evening or both!





No one wants to wear makeup when spending their summer days by the pool and if your skin looks great there is no need to. Thanks to the cream that is not only a plumping powerhouse but also incredibly hydrating and moisturizing your skin will appear to improve right before your eyes. Take your anti-aging destiny into your own hands without paying a premium.


xo,


kristie


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