DIY: Fall Garland

I’m begging T to let me put up my Christmas tree, but he’s made me promise that I’ll at least wait until November. Wellllll, here it is, November 1 + I am more than ready to pull my decor out. However, he is right about judgement looks from neighbors if I were to throw it all up now. So, I guess I’ll compromise + wait until November 10! hehe 

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Since I’m leaving my decor up a little longer, I thought I would share one more Fall DIY! This Fall Garland is SO easy to make + spices up your space. I will be packing this away + using year after year! Check out the step project below!

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Step 1: Supplies

For this DIY, you will need:

Twine, Several Fabrics, and a Leaf Garland Strip

Step 2: Measure String

Start by measuring your mantle, to get an accurate measurement of twine you’ll need! I tied two knots at each end, so the string would hang off the back of my mantle as shown below.

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Step 3: Cut + Tie Fabric

Next, you’ll want to take your fabrics + cut them into 6 in strips. I chose to only use a plaid and burlap, but I’ve seen several examples with multiple fun Fall fabrics!

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After you cut the strips, simply tie them in a pattern on the burlap. I used hot glue to secure the first + last pieces, but I now know this is not necessary–just an add on! Continue tying until the twine is fully covered.

Step 4: Hang + Wrap the Leaf Garland

The last step is to wrap the leaf garland around the completed twine piece. I found that hanging it from my mantle first helped to wrap it easily. After that, your piece is finished!

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Have a DIY you want to see? DM me!

XOXO,

Halloween With Walmart

It’s Spooky-Day, yaaay! I have food poisoning, of all things, but can’t wait to see all the little ones in their costumes, then curl up on my couch to watch the one+only Hocus Pocus! This precious bell-sleeved flannel is from…WALMART. My middle school self is cringing. hehe

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Featured Bowl: Here!

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Shop The Full Look, here!

I never thought I would say I found the cutest styles from Walmart, but they have recently stepped their game waaay up. Their new line, Time and Tru is packed full of great pieces + this black and white flannel gives me all the Halloween feels. If you’re a busy student or mom, this piece gives a little bit of spooky-day appeal without a full costume. *stay tuned for my costume, however*

This featured piece is from the line + I just can’t get enough! The bell-sleeves add just the right amount of flare, without being too showy. I’m wearing a large here, but would definitely buy the medium if I had the choice. Another fun aspect is the sleeves tie to make the arms even tighter–this provides a larger amount of flare, if you wanted to go all-out!

Like I mentioned, this line is packed full of so many great pieces! Stay tuned, as I’ll be sharing more soon!

XOXO,

Teeth Whitening At Home With Smile Brilliant

Wedding planning took a TOLL on my beauty standards. Gearing up for the biggest day of my beauty life + I took a few shortcuts in the process. As many of you know, Tyler tackled my hair, while a family friend did my makeup for our wedding day. Other than these two shortcuts, I wanted to be sure I was preparing myself in the best way possible. I scheduled a lash extension with tint, facial, bought several complete hair masks, + the list continues.

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One of my top beauty priorities has been teeth whitening. I had braces in middle school + had my teeth whitened when I got them off, but after years of a sweet tea addiction (hehehe) they are not so white anymore. I contacted several dentist’s offices in my area + the price point to whiten was definitely do-able, but I knew I wouldn’t be comfortable.

Then I found Smile Brilliant! Their system is essentially the same treatment you would receive in a dentist’s office, however the price point is an absolute steal. You receive a box full of all of the essentials + the tools to mold your mold whitening trays.

Smile Brilliant has done an excellent job of breaking down how the process works. For one, your teeth absorb impurities like sponges. This causes the yellow color we all loathe. In order to properly fight that, you have to come with an approach that soak the teeth, rather beam them like whitening lights do. Yes, light whitening is effective, but it does not last as long as the formula Smile Brilliant has marketed.

Keeping it simple, the mold is created from two different putty like substances + then fitted into the tray. I would say the experience was similar to being fitted for retainers after braces. It only took about a week for my custom trays to be sent back to me after I mailed them off. I was so shocked at how fast the service was.

The actual whitening part was so easy! You line your tray with the professional whiting gel, that is designed to minimize sensitivity, and wear the trays for 45 minutes to 3 hours. Each time I whiten, I increased the amount of time I wore my trays, just to ensure I did not experience discomfort.

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I did experience a small bit of discomfort immediately after whitening, but this quickly went away after using the desensitizing gel. It is recommended to whiten directly before bed, since consuming food/drink isn’t allowed for 30 minutes after. This system worked perfectly for me + I often placed my trays in before watching my nightly tv series.

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My before + after!

Overall, the whitening experience with Smile Brilliant has been different than any service previously looked into. I would highly recommend using any of their teeth whitening products.

Here is your chance to try SmileBrilliant!

– SMILE BRILLIANT GIVEAWAY –

I know you’ll love your smile after this teeth whitening experience, so thanks to Smile Brilliant one lucky winner will receive a $139 store credit for your own T3 Teeth Whitening Kit! The last day to enter this giveaway is November 14, 2018. You can enter here!

Must submit name and email address on the giveaway page in order to enter! The winner will be selected and contacted via email 2 weeks after the post is live. Giveaway is for $149 credit and is open internationally.

THE SMILE BRILLIANT AT-HOME PROFESSIONAL TEETH WHITENING SYSTEM CAN BE PURCHASED ON THEIR WEBSITE. PRICES START AT $129 AND GO UP TO $179 DEPENDING ON THE NUMBER OF WHITENING SYRINGES YOU’D LIKE. THIS IS SUCH A GREAT VALUE WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE PRICE OF AN IN-OFFICE TEETH WHITENING (ABOUT $600+) OR THE NUMBER OF STRIPS YOU’D HAVE TO BUY TO GET THESE RESULTS.

XOXO,

DIY: Candy Corn Halloween Decoration

Halloween is in 10 days, say whaaat?! I feel like it should still be March. T + I were chatting with a friend yesterday + we both can’t even believe our wedding happened this year. Time, please slow down!

Y’all know my love for DIYs + I’m bringing you another one this week! **if you missed my German Smear Brick Fireplace post, head on over to check it out! I made sure to include tons of pics!** I absolutely love decorating my space for the holidays. Sometimes the cutest decorations are SO expensive + I know good+well I could make them myself at home, for half the price. This is what inspired this week’s DIY, Candy Corn Halloween Decorations!! This project has a total of TWO steps + is so easy–check it out below!

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Supplies:

You’ll need–styrofoam cones, orange, yellow, and white yarn, and fabric glue, and a paint brush.

You can click on each link above to see which supplies I used, all from the one+only, Hobby Lobby!

Step 1: Brush on the Glue

Brush on the glue by dipping your brush into a bowl full of the fabric glue. A little goes a looong way!

Step 2: Wrap the Yarn

This is the tedious part. Start at the bottom with yellow yarn. Wrap+wrap+wrap until 1/3 of the cone is covered. Move on to the orange yarn, and end with the white. I recommend covering twice. When you’ve finished each section, tuck the end of the yarn into the bottom layer.

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That’s all, folks! Place your diy candy corn pieces on a centerpiece, or even set then on a hay bale on your porch! These guys will never go out of style + will last for years!

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Have a DIY project you want to see?? Send suggestions my way!

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XOXO,

DIY: Transform Brick With German Smear

WOW, I can’t believe I’m finally getting to share this project with y’all! This was our first #homeimprovement project + let me tell ya–want to test your marriage? Do a DIY project together hahaha!

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Really though, T helped out SO much with this. I’m just the type of gal who is up for ANY DIY at ANY time. Throw me an idea + I am all go!

Let’s get to the griddy + learn how to do this yourself!!

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First things first–supplies. You will need the following:

 

Links to supplies we used: White Mortar, Spreader, Drop Cloth, Plastic Baggies

Step 1: Lay The Drop Cloth + Tape the Floor Surrounding

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This is very important, as the mortar will get in places you never expected! The consistency is very sandy + little pieces WILL fly!

Step 2: Clean Your Brick

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In order for the mortar to stick to the brick, you’ll want to be sure you clean it off. T just took a broom and swept off from top to bottom. You’ll be surprised at how dirty the brick really is!

Step 3: Bag the Mortar + GET GOING 🙂

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We used an old spoon to transfer the mortar to the plastic baggie. After all the air was pressed out, we cut a hole in one of the bottom corners, in the same way you’d cut a bag to frost a cake. We then applied mortar to all the “cracks” in between the bricks to cover all the old/gray mortar. I then used my finger to spread the mortar out, wiping the excess on the brick faces.

Step 4: Spread It Out!

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You’ll want to press the spreader into the crack with the mortar, then immediately pull the spreader down over the brick. If there isn’t enough  Repeat for each break section.

You want to make sure you’re not covering the faces too much, since you want a lot of the brick to shine through. When a section is covered, spread the tool in an “X” formation to even out the mortar.

Step 5: Investigate + Remove

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This is where the bowl of water will come in handy! If you see a spot that has a little too much mortar, wet the cloth + wipe it off! Simple as that–the mortar will not begin to set for 2+ hours, so you have plenty of time to make changes before it’s there forever!

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That’s pretty much it! Like I said before, this project was so easy + probably took us about 5 hours. Remember, the product is not meant to be perfect, so give yourself a little grace if you cover too much/too little in some spots! Check out the finished product below! (the top of some of these pictures appear to be a yellow tint–this is due to the overhead light in the room)

Before + After

 

 

We still have to touch up the top + are planning to paint that top trim white to blend better!

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XOXO,

Sweater of the Week: 10/17

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Sweater weather is in fullll swing, y’all! I left for work around 5:30 this morning (help me haha) + I just about froze on the walk from the parking garage to the hospital. Again, so crazy that we have skipped Fall all-together, but the same thing happened last season, so I guess I should learn to expect it!

The super fun thing about cold temps, however, is that I’m able to pull my Winter styles out + it always gives me major heart eyes to see what all has been packed away for a year. I especially love simple sweaters, since my life is pretty packed. Grabbing one like this week’s Sweater of the Week gives me a comfy but still very put-together look on busy days.

This week’s featured sweater is from Aerie + MAN is it comfy! I was lucky enough to snag it before it sold out (boo), but Aerie is currently having a 30% off ALL tops sale–including all of their sweaters! All of my favorite sweaters have been from Aerie + I recommend the quality 100%! Shop the sale, here!

XOXO,

Fall Trend: Layered Dress Looks

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Happy Fall, y’all! I cannot believe it has come this fast! + I’ve been married for three whole months..whaaat?! I am slowly pulling my Fall styles out + one trend is 100% my fav: layering. I love to style turtlenecks under cardigans, riding boots over skinny jeans, you name it! But, my absolute favorite from this season has to be layering t-shirts under my dresses!

I’ve always been so bummed when I had to pack my Spring/Summer dresses away for Fall. I’ve tried to wear tights and a cardigan over a few before, but my arms were still left freezing. By layering a long sleeve shirt before adding a cardi, I found that I was much warmer! This featured dress is from Frontrow Boutique in my small town of Marion, Arkansas. Check out their insta, here, for THE cutest styles.

An important piece to layering is finding quality shirts to place underneath. One of my favorite layering sweaters is one from H&M for less than $10! I’m linking  it + a ton more, here!

I read an article the other day that talked about how the trend was Korean inspired. Check it out, here, for tons of other style options! + for EVEN MORE inspiration, visit my Pinterest Board for the trend, here!

XOXO,

Game Day Style: Tiger Blue + White

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Memphis Tiger Football is in my top five favorite things. I love the lights, the noise, Tom the Tiger…but most importantly, I especially love the game of football. From a little tot, my dad instilled in me to appreciate the game. Maybe it was an American past time that he knew I would be better by knowing, or maybe it was because he was an all-american quarterback? I never got the chance to ask him, but that’s a conversation I can’t wait to have when I get to Heaven.

Of course, there is always a tailgate, so style is important for home games. I love searching for blue + white pieces each year, but it can be so hard to find individuality. I usually end up at Francesca’s the night before a game, stressing out to find the perfect piece. This year, however, I made sure to grab pieces as I found them over the summer. Such a great idea!

In honor of Memphis’s home opener tomorrow night, I am sharing a ton of blue + white style items that every Tiger gal needs! In addition, I stopped by Blue Iris Boutique this afternoon + found a ton of super cute pieces! I wish I could link them, but for all of my local gals, check out their Instagram here!

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XOXO,

 

End of Summer Swimsuit Sales

Can you believe it’s really almost time to wave goodbye to summer? Maybe it’s because this summer has been the BEST summer of my life (time flies when you’re having fun), but I feel like we are just now coming into June.

T + I have accomplished so much this summer and I’m so looking forward to what this Fall has in store. As every summer nears an end, my favorite sale searches are always swimmie sales. To be honest, I love hitting several stores in sole search of swimsuit sales. Something about snagging a swimmie I’ve been eyeing all summer for a hot deal.

We’ve been so busying buying our new home that I have had absolutely no time to shop. Shocker, but I’ve been so excited this hasn’t even been a problem. However, it was wonderful to sit down this morning and piece together a ton of swimmies that are on sale. I am adding at least five of these linked to my cart.

I’m sharing over 30 sale swimmies at the bottom of this post, most of which are UNDER $25. I’m also sharing some of my favorite swimmie pics from this summer below–click on each picture to redirect to product links!

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XOXO,

 

Perfecting Your Tan With Sally Hansen

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Self tanner is something I haven’t often used in my lifetime. I am overly blessed with skin that tans easily + keeps its tan throughout the year. There have been times, however, when I needed an extra boost + have absolutely loved using Sally Hansen products.

Sally Hansen has a wide range of products + shades, each catering to a unique skin tone. I was gifted the featured product Airbrush Legs, which is in the shade Beige Glow. When I received it, I knew I wouldn’t benefit from the shade, since my skin has already been touched by the summer sun.

In order to test the product out, I enlisted the help of my fiance, T Giles. Poor thing burns with just 30 minutes in the sun + it takes a major burn for him to retain any color. What a difference Sally Hansen made for his legs! Check out his results below.

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The tan is water resistant + lasts all day long. The removal is incredibly simple, with only soap + water in the shower, making it a perfect product in a pinch before an event.

In partnership with Sally Hansen, I am giving away a can of Airbrush Legs in shade Beige Glow over on my Instagram! Head on over to learn all the details + enter before the giveaway closes on July 4!

Have a favorite self tanner? Share below!

XOXO,