August 31, 2016

Good HUES-Day: Favorite Summer Outfits

A Good Hue: Favorite Summer Outfits

I know, I know I'm super late with this week's post but this week has been insane. I had perfectly good intentions of working on posts this past weekend-- I took a relaxing pool day Saturday and planned to work Sunday. Well, Steve and I decided to update our backyard a little and spent the day shopping for outdoors stuff. Yay. Then Monday evening after work we went over to the dealership his friend works at and I ended up coming home with a new vehicle-- a Jeep Cherokee. I have to say- I LOVE it! It's actually my first new car... all my other cars have been used, and the first car I bought on my own without my parents. I feel like I'm a big girl now :P

So with so much popping up this week I unfortunately don't have a new outfit to share BUT I did want to throwback to a few of my favorite outfits from this summer.  Read more to see all my favorite summer outfits, plus join this week's Good HUES-Day linkup (better late than never, right?)

August 26, 2016

5 Tips to Take Your Blog to the Next Level

5 Tips to Take Your Blog to the Next Level

Have you ever attended a blogging conference or webinar and left thinking 'Wow, what a waste... that was so basic, tell me something I don't know." I feel like there's so much helpful information for beginner bloggers, which is wonderful I'm not discrediting, but what I would love to see is more tips and information for bloggers who are beyond the "Here's how to use Instagram" or a walk-through on adding images to your blog. I want to know how to grow my blog by getting my content discovered, gaining new readers, and more of what I call the "next level" blogging tips.

Luckily there's so many resources for bloggers out there and as a blogger, you do learn from experience. Keep reading for my top five tips on taking your blog to the next level>>

August 24, 2016

Shrimp Spring Rolls with Sriracha Peanut Sauce

Shrimp Spring Rolls with Sriracha Peanut Sauce

There's many things that I'm good at-- keeping my closet organized and clean, getting to places on time, creating even winged eyeliner and I can cook a damn good chili. Rolling spring rolls is just not one of them. I know this, and I accept this.

Then again, I've only ever made them once. For this post. Maybe over time I'll get better at it because you can be sure that I'll be making these yummy rolls over and over again. I've been trying to get Steve to eat healthier and told him we'll be having salads at least once, but most likely twice, a week for dinner, especially too since it's been so hot. Who wants to cook??

Last night I thought it would be fun to try something light like a salad but different and spring rolls was it. Unfortunately Steve wasn't around to try these so I guess I'll just have to make them again. While my folding skills need some work, these were pretty quick to put together, including the sauce (SO, so good!). Here's the easy steps below:

Shrimp Spring Rolls *adapted from Damn Delicious
Ingredients
1/2 lb. Shrimp (medium-sized, peeled & deveined)
6 Rice Paper Wrappers (can be found at Asian markets)
1 cup Spinach or Romaine Lettuce
Rice Noodles, cooked & cooled
1 Cucumber, julienned
1 Carrot, peeled & julienned (I used the pre-shredded carrots... timesaver!)

Sriracha Peanut Dipping Sauce
Ingredients
1/4 cup Hoisin Sauce
2 TBSP Peanut Butter
1 tsp Sriracha (or more if you like it spicy!)
1 tsp Rice Vinegar
1/2 tsp Sesame Oil

Preheat frying pan and lightly drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Season shrimp with salt and pepper (I used lemon pepper, yummy!) and add to heated pan. Cook until pink and remove from heat to cool. 

Meanwhile, mix together all sauce ingredients and set aside.

Wet rice paper for about 10-20 seconds and lay flat onto work surface. Start with the spinach or lettuce (or both- go for it!), add cooked rice noodles, cucumber, carrot and finally shrimp. Wrap similar to a burrito by rolling one side of the wrap over the filling and secure ends in. Serve with the Sriracha peanut dipping sauce and enjoy!

Tell me are you a spring roll fan?

August 23, 2016

White Tassel Summer Dress + LINKUP

White Tassel Summer Dress
Dress (similar) | Sandals | Bag | Sunglasses

With Spanish Moss hanging from its trees, cute Victorian houses, and neat squares every few blocks, Savannah is another absolutely charming Southern city and one of my favorite places to visit. Like Charleston, there's so much to see and so many great photo opps. We stayed a few days in Savannah and were able to discover all the city had to offer-- the river front, Tybee Island, even super creepy old cemeteries from colonial days. 

Although it wasn't as humid as it was in Savannah, it was still hot and a breezy little summer dress helped keep me cool as I walked around exploring this fun Southern town. Keep reading to see more and to join this week's Good HUES-Day linkup... and meet this week's co-host, Rania of The Wardrobe Stylist.

August 16, 2016

Good HUES-Day: Striped Out in Charleston + LINKUP

LC Lauren Conrad Striped Midi Dress

About a week and a half ago I made my way down South to Charleston, South Carolina for The Blog Societies Conference and a mini vacay. It was hot, it was humid, but it was no match for this breezy striped midi dress. Despite the humidity (although let's be honest, it was amazing for my skin!) Charleston has become one of my favorite places to visit. I love wandering around the historic streets (especially the cobble-stoned ones!) discovering new places to eat and see, and taking in all the Southern charm the city has to offer.

Continue reading to see more of this outfit, meet this week's Good HUES-Day co-host, Kristin of Countdown to Friday, and join the link party!

August 14, 2016

Take Your Jeans from Day to Night with The Limited

Modern Skinny Jeans from The Limited
Photos by: miysl.irl

Many people have assumed that because I'm smaller in size, I have an easier time finding jeans. So not true. Like most women, I too struggle with finding that 'perfect pair' and have spent many days standing in the dressing room frustrated as hell because the super cute pair of jeans I found on the rack just does not fit right. I'm pretty sure that struggle is over now that I've tried the just-launched Modern Skinny Jeans from The Limited

Continue reading to find out why I'm semi-obsessed with this pair and see how I transitioned these jeans from day to night.

August 12, 2016

July POPSUGAR Must Have Box

July POPSUGAR Must Have Box
POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try, all opinions are my own.

You guys. We're almost halfway through August already. How did this happen?? I'm not yet ready for fall so I'm keeping those summer vibes going with the July POPSUGAR Must Have Box! This box is packed with all sorts of summer goodies-- including a super cute pool drink float, a gorgeous scarf, and even a hair serum that protects hair from UV rays. So serious. 

Keep reading for details on last months box plus a coupon code to score a special deal off your first box! >> 

August 10, 2016

How-To: The Perfect Cat Eye with Max Factor

Max Faxtor Masterpiece MAX Mascara, Masterpiece High Precision Liquid Eye Liner, Max Factor Lipstick

I love a good cat eye but practice really does make perfect when it comes to creating this sexy, glam  eye look. I've been doing them for years but I'll still mess up now and then, especially when attempting to make both eyes look even #makeupproblems. I make sure to keep concealer, makeup remover and some Q-Tips handy for those 'opps!' moments. It also helps to have a good liquid eyeliner.

Max Factor has just launched a limited edition collection to create a sexy cat eye look, which includes a liquid eyeliner, mascara and two lipstick shades. As the "father of makeup-up," Max Factor created the line around 1920 and was THE screen makeup of Hollywood's golden age, creating signature looks of Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich, Ava Gardner and more. Working with makeup artist Pat McGrath (yes, the master herself!), the Max Factor team developed this collection as a modern take on a classic glamorous look.

Ready to get the perfect (or shall I say, purr-fect?) cat eye? Follow the steps below!

August 9, 2016

Good HUES-Day: Hashtag Fab Life

Hashtag Fab Life- Chambray Romper
Similar Romper // Tassel Earrings // Mini Tote // Pom Pom Sandals

Hi everyone! This is Natalie from the blog Hashtag Fab Life and today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite summer outfits!
Continue reading to see more of this outfit plus join this week's Good HUES-Day Linkup>>

August 5, 2016

Guest Post: Beauty Sleep

Happy Friday all! I'm out in Charleston, South Carolina this week for The Blog Societies Conference (follow me on Snapchat manda_wanda for a behind-the-scenes look!). Today I'm having Kristin of The Blush Blonde share her top 10 tips for getting the best beauty sleep.

Take it away, Kristin! Click to continue reading >>

August 2, 2016

Good HUES-Day: Weekend Casual

A Good Hue: Casual Summer Weekend Outfit

They say that Tuesday's tend to be the worst day of the week, even worse than Mondays-- the weekend is far off and the excitement from the past weekend has already died down. Today isn't too bad of a Tuesday for me- it's my last full day at work before I head out to the South for #TBSCon and a little southern (much needed!) vacay. Cannot wait! 

This week I'm keeping it low-key, trying to beat the summer heat. Click to see more outfit photos and get the details on this casual look, plus join (or browse) this week's Good HUES-Day Linkup>>

August 1, 2016

Colourpop LE Collections Haul + Review (and Giveaway!) [CLOSED]

ColourPop Collections Review & Swatches

ColourPop Cosmetics recently launched a few limited edition collections that I just couldn't resist and HAD to scoop up. I fell in love with the brand after trying a few items a couple months ago and have been hooked since. I love their colorful products-- from the shadows to their lip formulas. Every product and every color I've tried from ColourPop I end up loving. 

Unfortunately these particular sets are already sold out (wah!), however you can order each of these shades separately. Plus, I'm giving you, my readers, a chance to win one of the sold-out sets...keep reading for details on how to enter!
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