Monthly Archives: August 2016

Little Red Dress

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This dress has probably been one of my most worn dresses of the summer! I’m trying to get as much wear out of it as I can before the summer is over and I have to pack it away till next year. I love the bright, bold red and gorgeous pattern. It looks fabulous with a summer glow too! What was your favorite dress to wear this summer?

XO, Katie

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Monday Must-Haves: Long Sleeve Off the Shoulder

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Sharing my first look in AWHILE! I’m trying to get back into the swing of things with the blog and get ready to start my first big kid job after labor day (eeeeek!). Which also semi inspired today’s look. I saw this top at a new store I happened to stop in when I was out running errands and thought it was so perfect for fall! I’ve been dreading have to say goodbye to a lot of my off the shoulder pieces with the cooler season approaching, but this top will get me through for a few extra months!

Although I couldn’t link up my exact top, I linked up some very similar tops that would be a great choice for the fall season. Be sure to check them out! What are you most excited about this fall?

XO, Katie

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Bustin’ Open the Birchbox: August

August Birchbox

It’s crazy to think that this month is already almost over! The end of July and first couple weeks of August were absolutely insane as Jason and I packed up our first little (rental) house and moved in with his parents! We’re trying to save some money to payoff our student loans and save money for a down payment on a house (eeeeek!). I still don’t feel adult enough to say that, but I guess adulthood hits ready or not!

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle- This stuff is fantastic, especially for the price and how much you get, 8 oz for 23.50, I’d say that’s truly a bang for your buck! Although I am partial to the davines All-in-One Milk, this stuff is a great alternative for those on a budget. It also smells AMAZING.

Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow- I’ve actually received this in a Birchbox before, and fell in love so I ordered it in the full-size. I was happy to see it in my box again so that I could replenish my travel size makeup collection. This is one of my favorite BB creams that I have tried to date. The formula is super lightweight and doesn’t have any kind of overpowering smell like some of the BB creams do. Despite its lightweight feel, it provides excellent coverage (for a BB cream!) and stays all day for me. Highly recommended if you’re looking to try a new BB cream!

Acure Organics Coconut & Argan Oil Cleansing Towelettes- These couldn’t have come at a better time considering my impending trip to Mexico. Not only do they smell like the beach, but they are so gentle on your face. I love how they removed my makeup and gave my skin a quick cleanse but also smelled so, so good. I will definitely be buying these for any other upcoming vacations!

HUM Nutrition Raw Beauty Green Superfood Powder- I’m not normally a big health drink person, but this stuff may have converted me. It had great flavor and I felt so healthy drinking it, I’m planning to order the full size container!

Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Oil- I’ve never really tried much from the Living Proof line before, because I tend to stick with what I know for hair care. However, I will definitely be trying some more Living Proof items after trying this oil because I LOVE it. First off, the bottle is super cute and sturdy (you can even lock the top of the travel size so it doesn’t get all over your travel bag). It smells so good, and eliminates frizz instantly, while keeping your hair shiny and light. I think this might be another full size purchase in the near future.

stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick: Petunia- Again, this is another item I have received in a previous Birchbox but I was thrilled to see it again because of how much I loved my first one. This lipstick goes on like a lipgloss (with the wand and all) but within a minute or so it “dries” and forms more of a super smooth lipstick. It stays on forever, and looks just as great even after you’ve had it on for a few hours.

What were your Birchbox favorites this month?!

XO, Katie

A Review of Function of Beauty

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So in the interest of full disclosure, I won a gift card to Function of Beauty in another bloggers Instagram giveaway. Since it was a new product, and awesome concept, I thought I may as well take the opportunity to create a review for all of you while I try out this shampoo and conditioner for myself.

First thing, you can take a quick hair quiz to help you decide what you’re looking for in a shampoo and conditioner, and find the best fit for you.  Taking the quiz actually made me realize a couple of hair goals I may not have otherwise thought of. In the quiz you’ll specify things like your natural hair type, the thickness of your strands, and moisture of your scalp. Then you select five hair goals (which is the fun part), I chose strengthen, hydrate, volumize, color protection and shine. Normally, I wouldn’t have chosen volumize, but lately my hair has been feeling a little flat so I thought it might be a nice change. Then finally, you pick the color, scent, and size of your shampoo. I was probably most worried about the scent, because I don’t like my shampoo/conditioner to be overpowering. I ended up choosing the sandalwood violet scent!

Now, right off the bat I was so impressed at how quickly my order was turned around. I received my customized set in less than a week! My personalized bottles came in the most adorable little package, and smelled so GOOD. I fell in love with the scent immediately, its very subtle but still smells wonderful. After just the first use, I could immediately see all of my “hair goals” come to life. My hair was much more voluminous, even after a couple days of not washing. It felt hydrated, shiner and maybe I’m in love but maybe even a little stronger too!

Needless to say I am very pleased with my Function of Beauty order and if you too are thinking of trying it I would say DO IT! At $32 for a 8oz shampoo and 8oz conditioner, it honestly is a great deal for the quality. I will definitely be ordering again when this set runs out. Oh, and that’s the other great thing- once you create an online profile it will save your order so it just takes one simple click to reorder. Or you can create a totally new one too! A girl has got to love options right? Have any of you ever tried Function of Beauty? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

XO, Katie

P.S. If you’re interested in trying out Function of Beauty, you can use my referral link here: (again, in the interest of full disclosure by using this link I get $5 credit to FOB, but so do you…it’s a win win for everyone!)

Monday Must-Haves: Hunter Boots (on #nsale too!)


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I don’t know about any of you, but the #nsale has me in the mood for fall! All of the adorable sweaters, boots, and scarves on sale are making me crave that crisp fall weather. Speaking of the #nsale, there’s just one week left to shop it so be sure to get those last few items ordered before it’s over.

Which leads me to today’s Monday Must-Have….Hunter Boots! I love both of the pairs I have, not only for rainy days but also for some more outdoorsy adventures that might come up, especially during those fall months (pumpkin patches anyone?!). If you don’t have a pair, now is a great time to buy some as there are a few styles on the #nsale that would make great additions to anyones fall wardrobe. I’ve linked them all up on the right side of the page so you can browse them all!

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