3 Stylish Summer Dresses Under $30

 

Necklace from my FabFitFun summer box!
As the heat rises the last thing that I want to worry about is picking out a stylish and comfortable outfit. That’s why a breezy summer dress is almost always my go to outfit in the summer. A good summer dress instantly makes you look put together without much effort. Not only that but they are so easy to take with you on your summer vacation!

Casual summer dresses are my go to outfit when the weather starts to heat up! Dress them up with a pair of dangly earrings and some wedge sandals. Or dress it down with your favorite pair of sneakers and some cool shades. Either way, you can’t go wrong with having a few comfortable summer dresses in your wardrobe!

Old Navy Fit N Flare Cami Dress on sale 16.97

Fit n flare dresses are one of my favorite styles of dress to wear because of their flattering shape. The cinched waist and flare at the hips give the illusion of an hourglass shape regardless of your body type. Not only that but I find the flared skirt so feminine and comfortable to wear since it doesn’t cling to your skin.

Here I am wearing a fit n flare dress from Old Navy in Neutral Camel. The neutral color and simple pattern make this dress easy to pair up with fun accessories or even a jacket when the weather starts to cool off.

If you’re interested in this dress you can buy it here but you better act fast as many of the other colors are selling out quickly. At under $20 who wouldn’t want to pick up this cute summer dress?

Women’s Strappy Fit & Flare Dress – Xhilaration $24.99

We have another fit n flare dress from Target. I have to say that Target has been killin it this season with the summer dresses, skirts, and rompers! I had to restrain myself from purchasing their entire collection because they had some really great pieces! I actually might have to do an entire Target fashion haul because I managed to pick up a few rompers and some other pieces on this shopping trip!

What drew my attention to this dress was the lovely color and the floral print! This is another dress that is going to make a great transition piece into fall. The colors are just muted enough for the change in season. Just add a pair of boots, a jacket, and scarf and you have a fabulous go-to fall outfit!

Flying Tomato Asymmetrical Dress 24.99 at Marshalls

I found this asymmetrical handkerchief dress while I was digging through the racks at Marshalls. If you follow my Instagram then you know that I am obsessed with shopping at discount stores like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Nordstrom Rack!

I saw this dress on the rack and immediately knew that I had to have it! The bright print on the dark fabric really pulls you in. The fabric on this summer dress feels durable but still light enough to wear on a hot summer day, which is good because there is quite a bit of fabric on this dress. I adore the cut, the length and how comfortable it is.

I was worried about it being too long and overwhelming my frame (I am only 5ft tall!) but I thought it was a good fit. I felt super glamorous wearing this flowy dress on a recent trip to Rome!

Unfortunately, I could not find this exact dress online but I did find a few similar dresses here and here (not under $30).

That’s the thing with shopping at discount stores you can never depend on finding the item you purchased online. Which might also be why I love shopping at these stores so much. You never know what you’re going to find!

What are your favorite dresses to wear for the summer? Not a dress person? What’s your favorite outfit to wear in the hot summer months? 

Summer Beauty Favorites 2017

Hey, lovely dazzlers! Hope you’re having a fabulous Monday! Today we are talking summer beauty products. It can be tricky finding products that work well in the summer heat so I am sharing the products that have been working for me this summer. 

Avene SPF 50 Face $28

A good sunscreen facial lotion is essential throughout the year but it is especially important in the summer when the sun is the strongest. This one by Avene applies smoothly and is super lightweight so you can apply foundation over it without a problem. I love that this one has a high SPF of 50 and doesn’t leave your face feeling greasy!

Now Solutions Sweet Almond Oil 100% Pure $9

I have been using oils to moisturize my skin and my hair lately. After I let my hair air dry I’ll rub a small dime sized amount of this over my hair for some extra shine and frizz control. If you are unsure about using oils for skin and hair check out this post. Once you start using oils for beauty you won’t wanna go back!

Nair Hair Remover Cream with 100% Moroccan Argan Oil

I don’t know about you but I absolutely can not shave my bikini line. It leaves my skin feeling irritated and I’ll get lots of razor bumps. I also find that waxing can be rather messy. For the past couple of years, I have been using this hair remover cream by Nair. Within 5 minutes I am able to easily rub off the hair on my bikini line revealing smooth bump free skin!

Essie Nail Polish in Garden Variety $9

This is one of my favorite nail colors for the summer! It is so bright and cheery that I had to include it in this post. I thought this was a limited release but it looks like you can still purchase it online! Essie nail polishes are great long wearing nail polishes that usually stay looking fresh for about a week.

Island Treasure Rollon Trio Set $24

Pacifica roll on perfume trio in Indian Coconut Nectar, Tuscan Blood Orange and Island Vanilla
I have been searching for more natural perfumes or body sprays. There are so many unhealthy chemicals in conventional perfumes and I no longer feel comfortable using them on my skin every day. That is why I am loving these roll on perfumes made with natural oils by Pacifica. The scents are amazing and smell like a tropical vacation! So far I am really enjoying these tropical scents. They are easy to travel with and perfect for the warmer months. I can’t wait to try out some of the other scents they have available in their line!

Blossom Perfume Oil in Fresh Urban Outfitters $12

How pretty is this roll on perfume oil from Blossom? This perfume comes in three scents sweet, fresh and floral. I purchased floral which is a blend of magnolia, vanilla bean, and white mimosa. This is a great summertime scent and since it contains jojoba oil it moisturizes your skin too!

Tarte Foundation Hybrid Gel Foundation $39

If you want a full coverage foundation with a lightweight feel then this is the perfect fit. It contains hyaluronic acid which aids in smoothing out the skin. When you apply this foundation it just glides easily across your skin and covers up without looking cakey. It is easy to blend and lasts throughout the day.

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Coral $21

I love a good coral lip color in the summer time. It really makes your tan pop and adds to that summertime glow look. I love the applicator of this lipstick and the intense pigmentation. It’s a great color to wear when you are sporting a minimal makeup look.

Tart Tartest Lip Paint in Homeslice $20

This is a really lovely nude peachy color that is great for everyday wear or when you don’t want your lip color to overwhelm the rest of your makeup! It drys matte and is long wearing so you don’t have to worry about constantly reapplying. It has been my go-to shade all summer long!

ISH Cosmetics Gold Bomb $30

If you read about my FabFitFun spring box then you know that I choose to add this product to my subscription box. Gold bomb is a creamy shimmer highlight that you can use on your face and body. I have been loving this shimmer as it gives you a beautiful summer golden glow which is perfect for day and night!

John Masters Organics Sea Mist $16.50

Sea salt spray is must have for the summer months when you don’t want to fuss too much with your hair. All I do is spray this stuff on and let my hair dry! Bonus: it smells like lavender and it is organic!

Sun Bum Lip Balm SPF 30 in Coconut and Mango $3.99

Although my skin does not usually burn in the sun, for some reason my lips are very prone to sunburn! That is why I need a chapstick with a high SPF like this one from Sun Bum. Sun Bum is free from parabens and is infused with aloe and vitamin E to keep lips soft. Not to mention they smell like a tropical paradise!

What summer beauty products are your favorite? I am always looking to add to my summer beauty collection. Leave a comment below or on my Instagram page!

4th of July Fashion Wish List

Happy Monday lovely dazzlers! I originally wanted to share with my 4th of July OOTD but I actually don’t have a clue what I am going to wear! I know I am so last minute this year! Maybe I’ll just stick to denim shorts and a blue or white top. Check my Instagram for an update on what outfit I’ll be wearing on the 4th!

Since I don’t have an outfit planned for tomorrow, I decided to create a 4th of July wish list. Here are a few items that I am loving for the 4th of July or any patriotic holiday!

4th Of July Wish List

 

Retro Style Red, White, & Blue American Flag Heart Crossbody Unique-Vintage  $28

How cute is this heart shaped red, white and blue crossbody bag? It is so convenient to wear a crossbody bag when you are walking a lot in the summer. This is a perfect addition to any patriotic outfit.

MADEWELL Setlist Boxy Tee in Murphy Stripe $25

I always say that you can’t go wrong with stripes! The red stripes on the white shirt are a perfect holiday outfit when paired with denim shorts. 

Deep Blue Cut Out Denim Short With Chic $20

Denim shorts are a must have for the summer. I love that they are high waisted and have distressed details! I would pair this with the Madewell striped tee!

American Exchange Women’s Denim Strap Watch And Bracelet Set $25

Of course, you need accessories to complete any summertime look. I like that this watch comes as a set and has a stylish yet casual vibe.  

Rotita Striped Open Back Sleeveless Flared Dress $21

You can’t beat wearing a comfy summer dress for the 4th of July. Again we have some classic stripes on top and some red on the bottom for a classic American look.  

Solid and Striped The Brigitte striped bikini Net-A-Porter $175

OK, so this bikini is a bit pricey for me but I couldn’t resist putting it on my wish list! I love the retro feeling of the high waisted bottoms and stripes. Pair it with some red lipstick and you have completed the 50s look!

Boohoo Abigail Fringed Sarong $14

You need a cover up option when you’re lounging by the pool or at the beach. I love the light blue color of this sarong and the pretty dangly tassels. 

ShoeDazzle Bags Eddie Women’s Brown/Red $59.95

This bag is a great option for when you’re hitting up the beach for the day. The red pom poms add a nice splash of color to this natural colored tote.

Berry Jewelry Multi-Row Beaded Stretch Bracelet Last Call $13

Here is another accessory option for your holiday look. This one would look great with the striped dress for an extra pop of color.

Do you have your 4th of July outfit picked out? Which items from my collection did you like the most? Share your thoughts below! Need more 4th of July inspiration check out this makeup look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 2017 FabFitFun Unboxing

It’s finally here! Summer has begun and I couldn’t be more excited for the warm weather and my new FabFitFun box! This is my 4th box and my first time receiving the summer box (my first box was the welcome box)!

When you sign up for the subscription you get one box for each season at $49.99 per box. Which is a steal because each box is filled with at least $200 worth of product!

Let’s dive right in and find out what is in my summer box!

FabFitFun always has the best designs on their boxes. How cute is this summertime vacation postcard design?

One of the things that I love about FabFitFun is that they include a little booklet in each box that tells you all about the products and the companies that make them. FabFitFun tends to feature smaller companies and companies that are doing amazing things like donating to charities or making a positive change in the world.

Fabfitfun partners with a different charity for each box. This season they have partnered with the Joyful Heart Foundation. The Joyful Heart Foundation focuses on creating a world free of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. They strive to provide survivors with services and work education the world on these topics and strive to end the violence

With this subscription box, you are not only getting some really cool products but you are helping out a good cause!

Michael Stars Ruana – $54 

Details: 41″ x 72″ and 100% Viscose

This item is limited edition for the FabFitFun summer box. It is a very versatile item because you can wear it as a scarf, sarong, or poncho. It comes in three prints you can see here. The print I received was the Batik Print which is actually my favorite of the three options on their site.  This piece is so light and comfy I know it will become a staple piece for the summertime! Bonus: 25% of each ruana sold supports Joyful Heart Foundation.

Kris Nations Mystic Bar Necklace $58

Don’t you love this little bottle the necklace comes in??

This Mystic Mystic Bar Necklace is handmade by craftsmen in India. The necklaces are made of semi-precious stones that can have a different effect on your body! There were three options that you could’ve received in your summer box. I received a white stone called howlite which enhances intuition and promotes calmness. The other two options were turquoise which promotes balance, discovery and confidence or peach moonstone which provides strength inner peace, and growth.

BKR Bottle in Rosie 500ML (Little) $35

How cute is this BPA-free glass bottle! I always take a reusable water bottle or two with me where ever I go and this is a perfect addition to my collection. I love the bright color and how the pink rubber cover keeps it dry! Check out the website for some more cute colors and prints. I am loving the spiked sets and the ones with the heart prints!

Juice Beauty Smoothing Eye Concentrate $29

I was really excited to receive a product from Juice Beauty. I have used Juice Beauty moisturisers and cleansers in the past so I am already a big fan of their products! This eye concentrate helps to brighten up the eye area and smooth out fine lines. I love how the line contains such natural ingredients like jojoba oil, avocado oil, primrose, carrot, cucumber and vitamin P! I am excited to try out this cream on a daily basis!

Avene Eau Thermale Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion $24

I am always looking for the perfect lightweight sunscreen for my face in the summer. This time around I don’t have to go out of my way to find one because FabFitFun has got me covered! This sunscreen contains SPF 50+ UVA/UVB filters and is enriched with antioxidants. It’s doesn’t feel sticky and leaves your skin feeling perfectly hydrated!

Way of Will Post Training Massage Oil $29.50

I have yet to try out this massage oil but I can tell you it sure does smell good! It is formulated with a blend of sweet almond, apricot kernel, and jojoba oil which helps the skin to retain moisture and it also contains German chamomile which cools any sore areas on your body.

Cargo HD Picture Perfect Highlighter in Bronze $30

A good highlighter is definitely a must have as far as summer beauty essentials are concerned. Cargo HD Picture Perfect Highlighter goes on velvety smooth and is natural enough to wear when going for a minimal makeup look. I don’t like to wear too much makeup in the summertime but I still like to look glowy. This highlighter accomplishes just that. No harsh streaks or chunky glitter here!

Salted Himalayan Pink Salt Kit $26

How adorable is this little Himalayan salt kit? I have been into pink Himalayan sea salt lately but I have never tried it in block form like this! I am excited to try it out in some dishes. If you need help deciding how to use it FabFitFun has an article called 3 Ways to Get Salty With Your Himalayan Pink Salt Kit.

Vital Proteins Marine Collagen Sample $2.50

Collagen powders have been trendy in the wellness space lately. It is said that collagen promotes a healthy complexion, strong nails and hair. This sample contains 10 grams of natural collagen protein in each serving! Simply mix it into your favourite hot or cold beverage.

FabFitFun Summer Add-ons

Nectar Blue Light Blocking Frames $16 (Originally $39.99)

These glasses come in a cute little pouch.

Are you guilty of surfing the web or working on your latest blog post before you go to bed? I know I am! The blue light that emits from your computer is the last thing that you should be seeing before you go to bed. The blue light disrupts the melatonin in your body and tricks your body into thinking it is daytime. This could be impacting your sleep by not allowing your body to fully shut down for the night. Not only that but staring at the computer screen too much can have an impact on your vision.

These glasses work to eliminate the blue light from your computer screen so that if you absolutely must be on the computer at night at least you can take away some of the blue light. It also works to reduce the strain that staring at a screen can have on your eyes! I was very impressed with how well these glasses are made and how fashionable they look! I could definitely tell the difference in the brightness and color of my screen when I put them on.

Craft a Life You Love by Amy Tangerine $14 (Originally $20)

I don’t know about you but I love crafting or doodling books! Amy Tangerine is fashion designer turned scrapbooker/YouTuber. She created this book to help you lead a creative and happy life. This book is part a memoir and part workbook that can help ou to lead a fulfilling life. Amy gives her readers small actionable steps in changing your mindset for the better, creating goals, how to make creativity/hobbies a priority and more.

Amy encourages you to get creative with the bookmarking it up and doodling as you please. I am really excited to see how this book can change my mindset and help improve my creativity!

Have you tried FabFitFun yet? If you what have been your favorite products so far and have you ordered any add-ons? Comment below or on my Instagram!

 

Influenster Playa Voxbox Review

Influenster

It has been a while since I have received a Voxbox from Influenster but I finally got one! My Playa Voxbox came in the mail just a few days ago! If you’re not familiar with Influenster they are a community of reviewers who share opinions on various products and test products for free based on their social media presence. To learn a bit more about Influenster and what types of goodies you can get for free check out this post on the Goddess Voxbox I received last summer.

* I received all items from Influenster for free to test out. All opinions and comments are my own.

Here are the 5 items that came in the Influenster Playa Voxbox

Frank’s RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce

Frank’s RedHot Cayenne Pepper Sauce is already a staple in my pantry. I love spicy food and this is the best one around so you can’t go wrong with it. It’s a classic and I was excited to get on for free!

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Coupon for free Daisy’s Squeeze Sour Cream

If I buy sour cream I usually reach for Daisy’s however, I have yet to try out the squeezable product. I don’t like sour cream as a topping so the container that it comes in doesn’t really matter to me. I only purchase sour cream to use in baking recipes. However, for all you sour cream lovers out there, I’m sure the squeezable pouch will come in handy!

Radiant Toothpaste by Colgate Optic White

I haven’t used Colgate brand toothpaste in a few years because I have switched to an all natural brand. I have been in the process of switching over to more natural products and Tom’s Toothpaste doesn’t clog my pores! Did you know that if you’re prone to white or blackheads around your mouth area it could be your toothpaste! Since I switched over to a natural brand I no longer experience breakouts along my mouth and jaw! Even though I am now loyal to my natural toothpaste I did try this one out and it left my mouth feeling fresh and clean. I will be taking this cute little tube travelling on my summer vacation.Influenster

Eva NYC Purse Perfect Hair Towelettes

These towelettes contain argan oil and omegas 3,6,7 and 9 to instantly calm frizz and add shine to your hair. I love that if you’re in a rush you can just throw them into your purse and go! These adorable and tiny packets are also perfect for travelling. Not to mention they smell so good and will have your hair shining with one simple swipe of a towelette!

Suave Body Lotion

This lotion smells so good! This body lotion has cocoa and shea butter in it and smells so good! I seriously love the smell of cocoa butter I really can’t get enough! Even though this lotion contains cocoa and shea butter the consistency of it is still very light. It is great if you don’t need too much moisture on a daily basis. I have very dry skin so this works for me in the summertime but in the winter I will have to switch to something thicker.

Have you tried out Influenster? If so how do you like being a part of their program? I’ve been a member since 2011 and I always get excited to try out new products. It’s like getting a birthday gift in the mail…only it’s not your birthday!

Northside Festival 2017 Brooklyn NY – Part 2

Welcome back lovely dazzlers! This is part 2 of my experience at the Northside Festival in Brooklyn, NY. If you haven’t heard of the Northside Festival then check out part 1 here to get the details! Let’s get into it from where we left off in the last post!

Six hours later and my makeup is holding up pretty well! No smudging just yet. Find out more about my look of the day here!

After a long day of walking around exploring the shops and art at the block party, it was time for a late lunch/dinner! I read good reviews about Alls Well Pub on Bedford Ave and let me tell you it did not disappoint! Alls Well serves breakfast until 4 pm so I made it just in time for some huevos rancheros with crema and cotija cheese. It was very spicy but I ate every last bit and cooled off with a grapefruit Paloma!

After dinner, we headed to McCarren Park and got there around 4:15. To my surprise, there wasn’t much of a line yet so we were able to get amazing spots (there was no seating just first come first serve). Inside the venue, there were food trucks, ice cream, and drinks being served. They were also selling mats just in case you wanted to sit on the ground at any time during the concert. I was lucky enough to have the Gypsy 05 Boho Beach Roundie I got from my spring FabFitFun box with me! It was a perfect size and the boho vibe was perfect for a festival cute!

Time for Music!

Woohooo we were able to get seats close to the stage!

Saro

Saro kicked off the night at Northside Festival

The show took a while to get started but at 6:30 the first artist took the stage. Saro is a indie pop artist from LA who was performing on the East Coast for the first time. You can check out his EP In Loving Memory here! 

BJ the Chicago Kid

BJ the Chicago Kid at Northside Festival

The next artist to take the stage was BJ the Chicago Kid. He performed his r&b hits and did a few covers for all of the r&b lovers in the crowd (love me some old Usher hits). You can listen to his latest here. BJ the Chicago Kid really got the crowd singing and groovin along!

Miguel

Miguel at Northside Festival

The last performer was Miguel! I have been a fan of Miguel since around 2010 so I was really excited to see him live. I just loved his energy and his vocals (he is such a good singer!!). If you haven’t heard Miguel’s music before you should definitely try it out! One of the reasons I am such a  big fan is because he is not your typical R&B singer. I would say his music is based in soul but he blends in elements of rock, hip-hop, and funk. It’s hard to put a label on his music because it has so many influences. One thing is for sure he is a rock star on stage! If you’re interested in hearing his music check him out here. I also have some videos of the event on my Instagram.

Miguel took the stage wearing mirrored aviator sunglasses and a leather jacket.
Miguel sang all of his hits! Adorn, Do you, How Many Drinks and Coffee

I will for sure be looking out for Miguel’s next tour or performance dates. He is one of my favorite artists and after seeing him perform live I am an even bigger fan! If you haven’t heard Miguel’s music click here for a taste!

Music festivals and concerts are some of my favorite things to do in the summertime and this one did not disappoint! What artists do you enjoy to see in concert? Have you been to any festivals this season?

Northside Festival 2017 Brooklyn NY – Part 1


Hello, lovely dazzlers! Today I am sharing with you a quick post on my day trip to Brooklyn over the weekend for the Northside Festival! If you haven’t heard of it before the Northside Festival is a five-day event where you can experience new music, art, and speakers on a range of topics.

Northside Festival in Brooklyn, New York

There are two main events at the Northside Festival from June 7-11. Northside Innovations (June 7-9) is geared toward entrepreneurs and innovators. It includes interviews, panel discussions, talks, workshops and more. Northside Music (June 8-11) and included headliners Dirty Projectors, Kamasi Washington, Miguel, and a punk/emo marathon with Thursday and PUP. There were options to purchase a 5-day badge for all events, a 5-day badge for only music or innovations or you could buy a single ticket for one show.

Since I knew I would only be in Brooklyn for one day I purchased tickets for the Miguel concert featuring BJ the Chicago Kid and Saro!

**BTW if you aren’t using Bands in Town you should definitely get on it! Bands in Town is a really cool app where you can follow your favorite music artists and you will be notified if they are performing in your area. This is how I found out about the festival. As soon I saw that Miguel was going to be performing in Brooklyn I knew I had to scoop them up! 

Loving these mink lashes from Kiss and my Makeup Revolution Highlighting Balm Palette

I knew it was going to be a hot day so I decided to wear this light maxi dress I got from Charlotte Russ. I purchased it about a month ago and have been dying to wear it. Isn’t the pattern so much fun? And the sleeves add a little extra something without being too heavy for the warm weather.

I didn’t take any pictures of myself with the dress on in the city because I totally forgot! I guess that’s what happens when you are having fun. You don’t really think about what you are wearing and you just enjoy the moment! If you want to see what this dress looks like on, I am going to be putting out a post of my favorite summer dresses soon so stay tuned!

Back to my day trip to NYC!

The concert was scheduled to start at 6 with the gates opening at 5 but we wanted to leave some time to walk around and enjoy the city since we don’t go into NYC too often.

Our first stop was Bryant Park and the New York Public Library. If you have never been to the New York Public Library you really should check it out. It’s not just a library the building itself is a work of art and there are exhibitions that you can check out.

This exhibition is Latin America in Photographs. Photographers captured their experiences and impressions of Latin America.

I wish we could’ve explored the library more but it was time to get to Brooklyn for shopping and food!

When we got off the subway in Brooklyn we noticed right away that there was a block party going on! I totally forgot that this was a part of the Northside Festival!

The block party included live music, people painting blank walls, food, handmade jewelry sellers and more!

I picked up these cool sunglasses at a little boutique. It doesn’t really go with my patterned dress but they are so cute I had to wear them all day! I love how you can see my BF in the mirrored lens! He looks so confused!


Wanna see more from The Northside Festival? Stay tuned for part 2 coming this Thursday! Follow me on social media or Bloglovin so you don’t miss a post!

 

Corset Trend Spring Summer 2017

I fist read about the corset trend making a comeback in the Wall Street Journal back in March. The article started off with an interesting observation about how the corset was originally created to exaggerate the female form. This was a symbolic of the second class status of women back in the 16th century. While there is still some controversy surrounding the corset (think waist trainers used by the Kardashians) the popular spring trend is not so much focused on creating a tiny waist as it is on just adding a little something extra to your outfit.

When I think of a corset I usually think about the 16th century corseted dresses that made a woman’s waist appear insanely small and squeezing her tightly all the way up to her bosoms. Not exactly something I would want to wear on a daily basis…or at all!

Instead of the traditional style that covers the entire torso, fashion bloggers and celebs are wearing a thinner corset that is placed around the middle of the waist. This gives the look a more relaxed feel while still defining the waist.

At first, I didn’t like the idea of the corset being worn in this way. It can look sloppy and unflattering if not you’re not careful as to what top you pair it with. After further researching the trend I found some bloggers wearing it in a way that really accented their bodies and outfit in a flattering way.

Here are a few belts that I found Polyvolor that I thought could look stylish paired with the right top.

Corset Trend Spring/Summer 2017
1. SheIn(sheinside) V Neckline Tartan Belt Detail Top $18 2. Black Velvet Chain Belt $50 3. Icône Corset waist tee $29 4. Rare Khaki Eyelet Lace Up Belt $15 5. Yellow Short Sleeve Belt Layered Dress $30

Do you think I should go for it and purchase one of these belts? Honestly, I am still on the fence with this one. What do you think? Have you tried the trend yet?

Want more spring 2017 trends? Click here and here!

7 Reasons to Purchase an Essential Oil Diffuser

Essential oil diffusers seem to be gaining popularity. You can find them in more and more stores these days (even Target!). I have even been coming across different products containing essential oils. I first discovered the essential oil diffuser about a year ago. It seemed like such a great way to add wonderful scents to the home. What I didn’t realize was that the essential oils being emitted into the air can have such a positive effect on your mind and body!

Remember when you are purchasing essential oils you want to make sure that the oils are organic and sourced properly. The oil blends that I am showing you on today are from Healing Solutions. Although, on the Healing Solutions website it’s stated that the oils are pure and high quality they are not organic. For that reason, this set would not be my first choice but it was gifted to me so it is what I have been using. Even though they are not organic they still smell wonderful but for that reason, I probably wouldn’t add them to any skincare products.

As always it is important to do your research (especially if you’re pregnant or taking specific medications) the effects certain oils can have so I recommend reading this article from The Wellness Mama for more information before diving in and trying them out!

1. Safer than traditional candles or incense

With an oil diffuser, you don’t have to worry about the dangers of an open flame and you can leave it on unattended for several hours. Not only that but traditional candles and incense contain toxic chemicals that are released into the air once lit. Some of these hazardous chemicals are benzene and toluene which can cause allergies, asthma, and even cancer. There is a great deal of research that backs up these claims and I can’t even begin to explain it here. If you want more information to check out The Wellness Mama and this Huffington Post article.

2. Pain Relief

Certain essential oils can actually aid in pain relief. In fact, I have two blends that are for pain relief! One is for headaches and the other is for tense muscles. When you use an essential oil diffuser you are breathing in the essential oils which then, in turn, has a positive effect on your mind and body.

The set from Healing Solutions came with 2 blends for pain relief:

Deep Muscle Relief – Wintergreen, Peppermint, Chamomile Blue, Eucalyptus, Camphor Oils

Head Ease – Lavender, Peppermint, Wintergreen, Basil, Frankincense, Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram, Sweet Orange Oils

3. Relaxation and Sleep

When you use essential oils such as lavender and chamomile it has a relaxing effect on the brain helping you to relax faster and fall soundly asleep. I enjoy letting my diffuser in my room run for about an hour before I start winding down for the day so when I walk in I can instantly smell the lavender and feel relaxed. I also try to take a few breaths inhaling the scent and maybe even doing a few yoga moves before I turn in for the night.

Good Night Blend – Chamomile, Clary Sage, Copaiba, Lavender, Peru Balsam, Sandalwood, Sweet Marjoram, Ylang Ylang

The Stress Relief Blend is also really good for relaxation

Stress Relief – Bergamot, Patchouli, Blood Orange, Ylang Ylang, Grapefruit Oils

4. Can aid in purifying the air

Just like the rock salt lamp post I did a few months ago, the essential oil diffuser can aid in purifying the air! Certain oils such as thyme, clove and cinnamon bark can actually kill fungus and bacteria in the air! This can help to keep yucky viruses out of the home causing you to experience fewer coughs and colds. I do notice a difference in the air quality when I have my diffuser on. It’s almost like a humidifier in how it makes the quality of the air so much fresher.

5. Breathe Easy

I absolutely loved my diffuser when I was all stuffed up in the winter! I used the breathe right blend to help me to breathe better. Perfect for those days when you’re feeling stuffy or can’t stop coughing. Inhale deeply and it will really clear out the nasal passageways!

Breathe Blend – Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemon, Eucalyptus

6. Mood Booster

Feeling down? Essential oils can help uplift and boost your mood! Lemon, sweet citrus, lavender and rosemary oils all have uplifting and energizing properties.

7. Immunity Booster

Essential oils carry out nutrients and oxygen which can aid in boosting your immune system. Perfect for the cold winter months when viruses like the flu and colds are spreading. Lavender, peppermint, and lemon are just some of the essential oils you can use to boost your immune system.

Health Shield Blend – cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lemon, rosemary oils

Since I have gotten my diffuser I use it pretty much every day and it makes such a big difference in the way I feel! My favorite is the good night blend. It smells so good and makes me feel super relaxed at night!

Even if you don’t have an essential oil diffuser there are so many ways to use these oils and benefit from them in your everyday life. You can add them to lotions, homemade cleaning products, homemade body scrubs or shower gels.

Do you use essential oils? How do you use them?

For More Information on Essential Oils Check These Articles Out!

Essential Oil Haven – Understanding Essential Oil Diffusers Better
Natural Living Ideas – Essential Oil Diffuser Benefits
Very Well – Essential Oils for Mood

5 Off the Shoulder Tops for Under $30

 

If you have been reading the blog then you know that I love a good off the shoulder top for spring and summer. On a recent post, I talked about how these tops have made a comeback in a huge way and how I like to style them. I was browsing Polyvore and I couldn’t help but check out a few more off the shoulder tops! I think a few of these will be making their way into my closet very soon! The best part is all of these tops are under $30

 

5 Off the Shoulder Tops Under $30

1. Off-the-shoulder Satin Blouse $29.99 at H&M – I have been crushing on blush pink all spring so I had to add this top to the list! I just love how it is a looser fit and it gives you a flowy feminine vibe.

2. White Black Off the Shoulder Floral Blouse $15 at Make Me Chic – I love this blouse for the cinched waist and the pretty black flowers. The detail at the waist almost makes it look like a peplum top which I usually find very flattering. The structuredness of this top paired along with the black flowers gives it a sophisticated feel. You can dress it up for special occasions or wear with jeans for a more casual affair.

3. Yellow Frilled Pleated Off The Shoulder Top $16 from The Romwe – Have any of you purchased clothes from The Romwe? They have so many cute inexpensive clothes and I am wondering what the quality is like! In any case, I am loving this yell frilly off the shoulder top. The bright color is right up my alley and is perfect for summertime!

4. Tropical Print Off Shoulder Butterfly Sleeve Top Green $23 at Zaful – This top makes me wish I was on a tropical island sitting back eating pineapple with my toes in the sand. This top is so bright and fun it needs to make its way to my closet asap!

5. Yellow Pom Pom Trim Ruffle Off The Shoulder Top $12 at Romwe – How fun is this mustard yellow top? It kinda has a Spanish vibe going on and I could totally see wearing it with a white flowy skirt.

Which tops are your favorite? Have you gotten into the trend yet? Let me know on Instagram or in the comments below!