Black & White Fashion Week

A few years ago, my friend and I realized we were in office fashion ruts. You know the feeling right? You have a closet full of clothes yet you have nothing to wear. You hate everything you own and think the only solution is buying a new wardrobe. You have a few go-to pieces and are bored by them at this point. You don’t even care what your hair and makeup look like because you feel so dull anyway, so what’s the point?

Have you been there? Well, that’s where we were, so we decided that, even though we didn’t work together, we would have fashion themes every week and send each other pictures of what we wore. Not only did this reignite my fervor for fashion, it made me excited to get ready in the morning, it gave me something to look forward to each day, and made me realize I had great pieces in my wardrobe that just needed a second chance.

Well two weeks ago, we found ourselves back in that rut. With my friend in law school planning a move to California and me as a new mom and part-time teacher, we’re both trying to save as much money as we can.

Simply Spruced Up Side Pony

I’ve never quite mastered a great way to style my hair while wearing it down, unless I curl it- no matter what I do, it just sort of awkwardly hangs there and screams ‘blahhhh.’ I’ve tried blow drying it meticulously the way they do it at the salon, using the same products, and taking about 30 minutes until my arms feel like they’ve fallen off, only to be left with a slightly better, yet still frizzy, version of my uninspiring hair. I’ve tried setting it in Velcro rollers, the way I’ve seen models and celebs get ready, and somehow my hair turns out straighter, the rollers somehow sucking any body and volume from me.

While I could wear my hair in a normal pony tail every day and be happy, I wanted some simple, quick ways to perk up my pony, which is how I came up with the Simply Spruced Up Side Pony. Another favorite of mine is the Easy Everyday Bun– for both of these looks, all you need is a brush, hair tie, and a few bobby pins.

Everyday Skin Routine

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Since I started blogging, I have reaped so many benefits. I feel constantly pushed to find ways to better myself, through inspirational bloggers I’ve networked with and through my desire to find honest ways to inspire my readers. In an effort to generate new blog topics, I figured I may as well search for ways to improve the things in my life I have been putting off, and at the top of my list was my skin. Instead of bouncing from one product to the next and never feeling satisfied with the results, I’m calling my new approach to my skincare routine my Hands On Hands Off approach- I know, I know, it sounds like an oxymoron, but it makes perfect sense. “Hands On” means finally taking charge of my skin by having a consistent routine using products I have researched and that have been recommended by skincare professionals.

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