Thursday, April 28, 2016

We're Expecting!



you may have seen it on Instagram this weekend but the cat is out of the bag. i am expecting and i couldn't be happier about it. if you have been curious as to why the blog has been slow to introduce new posts the last few months hopefully this answers some of your questions. being pregnant is one of the most incredible, miraculous things i have ever been a part of or witnessed. it is also one of the most difficult trials i have ever been through and i am doing it again for the fourth time.

i have been thinking a lot about my blog lately and what i want to do with it. i initially started out primarily blogging about beauty. i created hair and makeup tutorials to teach some of the basic skills i have learned over the years. my experience in skin care, along with makeup classes i have taken, skin care courses i have completed and experience with hairstyling made that a natural fit. after a few years i decided i wanted to expand into fashion and styling. i had always enjoyed those things and i felt like it was an organic integration into my blog, which it has been. now that i have been thinking about the direction of my blog even more i would like to start introducing more lifestyle posts, along with personal posts about my life. up until this point i have kept my personal life pretty separate from my blog and social media, however i feel like opening up about our day to day life, our struggles, our accomplishments, all of these things will not only be cathartic but a way to connect even further with you.

in an attempt to connect with you on a more personal level, i wanted to share with you our decision to have another child and what that means for us. i have always been hesitant to have children and Tman has always been on board to do whatever felt right for our family. each child we have had was the result of a lot of prayer, inspiration and thoughtful contemplation on what our family needs were and how we could best care for them. i honestly believed after three kids we were done. my third child, Olive, was quite a doozy. not only was the pregnancy extremely hard on my body, but we were moving, starting a new job, new schools and a whole new life. she ended up being born 5 weeks early and anyone who has had a preemie knows that caring for a baby that delicate is no easy task.

i am 34 years old and approaching a time in my life where having children will no longer be an option. we made arrangements for permanent birth control (i.e. vasectomy) but decided we really needed to pray about it and decide if our family was finished growing. of course the world threw so many 'encounters', experiences and emotions at me that i couldn't deny another child was not only missing from our family but that we needed to really try for another.

getting pregnant has always been a fairly easy task for me and for that i am extremely grateful. having watched close friends and dear family go through infertility has increased my awareness of what a great blessing fertility is.

my big issue is that i was diagnosed with PCS, Pelvic Congestion Syndrome which is defined below:
PCS makes being pregnant very painful. by the end of my last pregnancy i could hardly be on my feet for more than a few hours a day. this makes me so uneasy about what is to come with pregnancy but i am not the first woman to experience trials during pregnancy and i won't be the last. i just have to have faith that i am doing what i felt inspired to do and the rest will happen the way it is supposed to happen.

i am looking forward to sharing this journey with you. in the past i have stopped blogging for six - nine months during and after pregnancy to give myself some room to heal. this will be a new experience to continue blogging through pregnancy and i think it will be so helpful to share experiences with one another.

thank you for supporting me as a friend, a family member and a blogger. your support of me is what drives me to continue creating, styling and blogging. i would love to hear any advice to or tips your are interested in sharing. if you have experienced complications during pregnancy how did you make it through?

xo,
kristie

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Easy Style with Suave Professionals® Biotin Infusion

sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are my own.

a few months ago i had the chance to fly down to Los Angeles to film a hair tutorial video with Suave Professionals® Biotin Infusion hair care. after arriving in LA i headed to Malibu to the most gorgeous mansion ever to share with you an easy hair styling video featuring the new Suave Professionals® Biotin Infusion products. 

the Suave Professionals® Biotin Infusion products are infused with B7 Biotin which is a fortifying vitamin known for its superior hair strengthening benefits. this range of products helps to reduce breakage by 95%* for dramatically less hair fall. the Suave products have a new look with the same premium products. i am not a product snob and firmly believe that some drug store products can be just as comparable to their salon brand counterparts. Suave is one of those lines that allows you get salon look at home with salon-quality products without the cost.



i put together this easy braided twist tutorial with the use of the Suave Professionals® Biotin Infusion products. along with Megan from BonBonRoseGirls.com, we created two of the season's hottest hairstyles. click through HERE to see these videos and how to recreate the looks below quickly and easily.



what is great about Suave is that you don't just get what you pay for, you get more! you can pick up these products at your local or Walmart, or you can purchase them through Walmart.com. i would love to hear if you have tried either of these products or tutorials and what you think. what are your favorite styles for the spring/summer season?

xo,
kristie

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Spring Style With Goodnight Macaroon


i recently had the opportunity to collaborate with online boutique Goodnight Macaroon to style some outfits for Blushing Basics. i love their selection of clothing, it ranges from casual to dressy and their product choices are contemporary and fit in well with current trends. 

my first choice was this lace 'Candide' short sleeve black and white lace dress. it comes with a nude liner that is like a tank top and while the dress length and sleeve length worked well for me, i had to add a nude slip to lengthen the shoulder coverage and leg coverage. i have been wanted to give this lace style of dress a try for a long time and i love, love, love this dress. i wore it this weekend and received a lot of compliments on it. i feel like it adds a really chic element to your wardrobe without having to try very hard.


next i chose this 'Lilian' vertical stripes crew neck top. i liked how it adds something new to the white top with the sleeves. i love white tops for spring and summer but sometimes they all start looking alike. i like that this top looks different and stands out from its counterparts. you have so much versatility when styling it. you can do so much with accessories and this top.



last i chose this 'Selena' vintage style ribbon tie neck floral print dress. i liked the addition of the tie neck and the loose swing of the skirt. there are pops of royal blue flowers which is one of my favorite colors to accessorize with. i am looking forward to pairing it with these great new tassel earrings and my favorite strappy heels.



right now all three of these styles are on flash sale for 50% off! if you are interested in giving any of these items a try, now is the time to buy. there are also a lot of other great styles to choose from. i would love to hear some of your favorites.

xo,
kristie



Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Dove #EssentialUpgrade For Spring


i am so excited to be partnering with Dove to bring you some of my favorite spring updates. with every seasonal change i like to take a look at my wardrobe and revamp some of the items. for instance, in spring i am looking for brighter colors, crisp whites and gold accent pieces. in addition to updating my wardrobe i also like to update my makeup and personal care. perfumes that are a favorite during the winter are switched out from more floral scents during the summer. while my preference for deodorant brands doesn't change (naturally it is Dove) i do like to update my scent to something floral.

but really though, when you find a deodorant that offers 48-hours of odor and wetness protection, plus the added skin care benefits of a NutriumMoisture formula you wouldn't be switching from Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant either! the formula leaves your underarms feeling soft and smooth and coming from this beauty blogger, i consider it an essential upgrade to your daily beauty routine.

below is the outfit i selected to wear for the #rStheCon conference i attended last weekend. not only did i meet some amazing ladies including Jo-Lynn, Cindy and Alison, but i also had the opportunity to upgrade some accessories for the spring summer season along with some key beauty products. i consider them an #EssentialUpgrade. pictured below are some of those accessory upgrades.





what products do you like to update for spring? please sound off in the comments below.

xo,
kristie

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Monday, April 11, 2016

HoneywellPluggedIn.com Humidifier Review & Giveaway

this post is sponsored by HoneywellPluggedIn.com however all thoughts and opinions are my own. #humidifyme

last month i wrote a post about the secret to great skin and it had everything to do with my Honeywell humidifier. to say i am a fan of our Honeywell humidifier would be an understatement. check out the video below to see the additional perks to having the Honeywell humidifier in our home:



in addition to the health benefits you will recognize from running your QuietCare Cool Moisture humidifier your home will also thank you as well. you will find less static electricity (no more shocks!). wood furniture has a tendency to warp or crack with dry air and a humidifier will help to prevent that. a humidifier will help retain moisture in the air which in turn will help your indoor plants.

honestly, with allergy season in full swing you will notice so many benefits from running your humidifier i can't stress it enough. because i love mine so much i have partnered with Honeywell to giveaway the same humidifier. if you are interested in winning be sure to enter through the rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


xo,
kristie

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

TRESemmé Easy Styling Tutorials

sponsored post by Lunchbox however all opinions are my own.

i love a good hairstyle, a good blog and a good friend. when you find that combination in one person its almost as good as winning the lottery! Abby from Twist Me Pretty happens to be one of the nicest people you will ever meet. she also has an incredible talent for hairstyling and creates some of the most creative hairstyles that are easy to recreate. additionally Abby is the sister to my husband's life long best friend which makes her an important person to me as well. Abby put her talents to good use with one of my favorite drugstore brands TRESemmé to create some gorgeous hairstyles that you can recreate on your own.


i love TRESemmé products because you get great quality without the cost. some of my favorite products include the TRESemmé Moisture Rich Shampoo & Conditioner. it gently moisturizes the hair and scalp with Vitamin E, which helps to restore softness; it also aims to produce hydration, moisturization and touchable soft hair with a salon-quality shine that does not weight you down. 

in addition the the TRESemmé Moisture Rich Shampoo & Conditioner i am a big fan of their hair sprays. the TRES Two Extra Hold Hair Spray helps you achieve maximum hold with extra flyaway control, humidity resistant and it is never stick and sprays on dry. the TRESemmé Climate Protection Finishing Spray is a Climate Control Complex that provides hair protection against humidity, wind and static. where i live it is constantly windy and static hair is also a problem during the winter. this spray is the perfect solution.




be sure to visit the Walmart.com website to get the full tutorial on how to achieve these gorgeous hairstyles from Abby Smith of Twist Me Pretty. you can also purchase these great TRESemmé products online or in store so be sure to pick some up during your next visit so that you can get your style on.


xo,
kristie


Friday, March 25, 2016

A Straighter Smile With Invisalign

this post is sponsored by Invisalign however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

i have always wanted straight teeth. growing up my teeth weren't terribly crooked but they weren't nice and straight either. this was during a time when braces were not an automatic option but rather something an occasional friend tried. now it seems as though more often than not an adolescent will take a year or two to get their teeth straightened out before adulthood. but what do you do if you are an adult who wants straight teeth? this is where the option of Invisalign comes in. straight teeth without the embarrassment of braces? no 'metal mouth', no food getting stuck in your brackets, no more worries about smiling in photos.

what is Invisalign? Invisalign is a series of nearly invisible removable aligners that are used to gradually straighten teeth without metal or wires. Invisalign treatment capabilities are not limited to cosmetic cases. due to many advances in its proprietary technology, Invisalign can effectively correct a broad range of more complex cases such as overly crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, open bite, cross bite, overbite and underbite.

each patient's are different and there are many factors that determine the cost of Invisalign treatment but in most cases Invisalign's cost is comparable to the cost of traditional braces. many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign treatment and many offices offer financing options.

if you are wondering how long it will take for your Invisalign treatment that will be determined by the treating doctor, however the average case takes about a year. treatment time is similar to that of metal braces and in some cases can be shorter. as an adult you would visit your doctor once every six weeks or so to ensure that treatment is progressing as planned and to receive your next set of aligners.


to find a doctor near you who can provide Invisalign treatments use this Doctor Locator HERE

to take the Smile Assessment to see if Invisalign is right for you use this Smile Assessment HERE


if the above infographic doesn't convince you that it is time to take action let me attest that straightening my teeth was one of the best things i have done for myself. it has made me so much more confident in my appearance. i can smile without feeling self conscious of my teeth and i think a smile is a person's greatest asset. while i may not have gone the traditional route by getting my teeth straightened in my thirties, it is never to late to make that change. my mother and i had braces at the same time and she has no regrets either.


what are your thoughts on teeth straightening as an adult? would you try it? 

xo,
kristie

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