Health, Life, Pin-spiration, Trending, Wellness Wednesdays

My Review of Native Deodorant

One thing that I have been doing over the past few years is switching over to more natural products when it comes to my makeup and skincare. I have always been wary of what I put in my body, which is probably why I haven’t had McDonalds in I don’t know how many years ha, but never really focused on what I was putting on my body until more recently. Funnily enough, I found out that the skin is extremely absorbent and whatever you use on it generally ends up in your bloodstream. How crazy is that?!

With that in mind, I started switching to paraben, phthalate, and aluminum free products. Then last August I saw a post on Facebook that a friend of mine wrote about a natural deodorant she had been using for months and how it was the best that she had ever used. I immediately messaged her asking about it in more detail and what all she recommended for a first time user.

A little over six months later and here I am writing a Wellness Wednesday post on that very same product, Native Deodorant. I mean, I love this deodorant, y’all. Yes, it does take some time getting used to it as it is a deodorant and not an antiperspirant like most products out there on the shelves. You will also definitely sweat more than you usually do, especially during the first month or so. However, it is worth it as I stink less when I sweat and it does not irritate my skin after shaving like some of the others would. Plus, all the ingredients are natural and you actually know what they are, which is something I think we can all agree on that is awesome.

The one thing I would suggest to those who are fairly warm bodied like myself, though, is to make sure that you wear loose tops when working out and immediately shower/bathe after your work out. As previously mentioned, it is a deodorant, not an antiperspirant, so you are going to sweat a bit more. Leaving your workout clothes on for too long is only going lead to clogged pores and/or heat rash if you just sweated buckets, so please take caution. This advice does not apply to just Native products but any sort of natural deodorant, so do be sure to always have good hygiene. I mean, we all know that juice or latte can wait until after you get clean.

*Pictured: Pear and Lavender and Unscented

**This post is not sponsored, I just really like Native Deodorant and highly recommend it to all my readers out there as it is formulated for men and women.

Home Decor, Life, Pin-spiration, Trending

Home Decor Inspiration via Target’s Opalhouse Collection

I am sure many of you have seen the various advertisements and articles about Target’s latest home decor collection, Opalhouse, blasted all over the internet. Needless to say, people have been anticipating the collection and with good reason as it’s quite gorgeous. Personally, I am loving the combination of bold colors, rich fabrics, natural textures, and fun prints.

Target has always been a go-to store for home decor items, but over the past couple of years or so, they have really stepped up their game. From collaborating with interior designers like Nate Berkus and bloggers such as Joy Cho (of Oh Joy!) to producing collections such as Project 62 and now Opalhouse, Target has easily become a source for all things for your home.

This past Sunday’s in-store and online release of Target’s Opalhouse collection is especially awesome for me, as I have been eyeing some items to help finish up my living room. Whoop!

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Fashion, Life, Trending

Splurge vs. Steal: Chloe Nile Bag

Splurge vs Save_Chloe Nile Handbag

If there is one lesson that my mom has taught me that I try and implement on a daily basis, it’s comparing costs and distinguishing wants versus needs. One thing that I do wonder, though, is how many others continue to think like that and push the influence that social media has away. I know how easy it is to feel swayed to want to buy something that you see all over Instagram and several blogs, believe me–been there done that.

However, I do hope to let y’all know that it is okay to not have the latest and greatest or to not even be able to afford it. Constantly I hear about people who have fallen victim to credit card debt, and i do think it’s because of them feeling the need to keep up with their peers or those that they see on social media. That’s why I love finding dupes of current trends, because then I can have the same look without needing to sacrifice other things that I tend to treat myself to. I mean, I love me a good lavender latte.

So kudos to those out there who to post dupes of their designer duds, and to those who can’t afford them–don’t worry ’bout it! Be sure to check out the above dupe and others on Amazon, as it’s one of the best places to find dupes for trendy items.

-C

Fashion, Holidays, Life, Outfits, Trending

Shades of Blue

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Being a big fan of just about any shade of blue, I just had to have this super cute Escapada top. Besides the gorgeous blue colors, this top also has a fun tassel fringe bottom. I also love how well it paired with these white Target chino shorts, that I’ve been practically living in lately, and these Charming Charlie tassel earrings for a fun Fourth of July outfit. 

What are some fun pieces that y’all are loving lately? 

-C

 

P.S. I apologize for being absent from Short Sweet and Lovely for the past few weeks–things have just been a bit crazy for me as of late!

Fashion, Instagram, Life, Outfits, Trending

Classic Navy Sheath Dress

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Y’all, I am loving this sheath dress that I picked up a few weeks ago on super sale at Stein Mart. Yes, you read that right. I bought this dress at Stein Mart and am super proud of that fact. Honestly, who wouldn’t be after saving close to 100 dollars?!

As far as the dress itself goes, I love the classic navy/white color palette and the style of it. I normally don’t go for a sheath style dress but from the first moment I put this on in the dressing room, I knew it was a perfect fit. It’s hard enough finding a dress at such a great price, but finding one that is fitted for someone with some curves and that hits just above the knee is nothing short of a miracle.

Kudos, Stein Mart. Kudos.

-C

Fashion, Instagram, Life, Outfits, Pin-spiration

Weekend Wear + A Hand-beaded Clutch



If there is one clutch that I have fallen hard for this summer, it is the Azteca Beaded Clutch by Gretchen Scott. I love the colors that were used, the pattern, the size, and the fact that it is hand beaded.

Honestly, with this gorgeous clutch, you can dress up a simple top (like what I did) or complement a lovely dress. Y’all know I am all about pieces that are versatile and this clutch definitely fits in that category.

-C 

 

Outfit Details: Karen Kane top; Liverpool jeans; Donald Pliner wedges; Brighton sunglasses; Everlasting Joy necklace, earrings, and bracelets
Fashion, Life, Pin-spiration, Trending

Tassel Accessories for $25 Or Less

Tassel Accessories for 25 and Less

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Growing up in the Southwest, tassels and fringe have always been that little something extra to add to a piece. I’d know, too, when I was back home after a trip once I’d see someone wearing a jacket or a shirt or a pair of boots with some fringe adorning them. It honestly is just something that has always seemed to be a part of that quintessential Southwestern flair when it comes to fashion.

Lately, though, I’ve been seeing it on everyone and everywhere.  From fringe jeans, tops, sarongs, handbags, sandals, necklaces, earrings, and more. It’s crazy to think how something so commonplace for one person becomes all the rage for another due to a “trend”, but that’s fashion for you.

 I will have to say, this is one trend I will wholeheartedly get behind. (Sorry cold shoulder, still warming up to you. *pun intended*)

How are y’all embracing the tassel trend? 

-C

Fashion, Instagram, Life, Outfits

Feels like Summer (Reader Update)

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Hello lovelies!

I know I’ve been quite hit and miss when it comes to posting since having gotten back from my trip to the Pacific Northwest and I apologize for that. Things have been crazy here, but I am currently trying to get back to some semblance of a normal schedule/routine.

Also, it’s really been feeling like summer here in the Houston area. I’ve already worn my white jeans multiple times and have even been able to get out the bikini as well. Crazy stuff–I know.

One brand I’ve come to love recently is Jude Connally and that is because of the saving grace of the moisture wicking material of many of her pieces (like the dress I am wearing above). If there’s one thing that annoys me, it’s when humidity gets my clothes to attack me and luckily that does not happen when you wear Jude Connally.

Have a wonderful Tuesday, y’all!

-C

 

(Dress: Jude Connally (sold out, similar); Wedges: Donald Pliner; Tote, Necklace, & Earrings: J Barton Clothiers)

Photos by Chelsea Chandler

Fashion, Life, Trending, Wednesday Wants

Wednesday Want: Woodland Stroll Poncho Pullover

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With the weather down here going from being in the 40s one day and then the 70s a few days later, it’s hard to figure out what to wear. That is why I love ponchos for bipolar weather!

When the day starts out cold, layer that poncho over a cute shirt and then when it starts to warm up–bye bye poncho! It’s also a great layering piece for when it gets cooler all throughout the day, as it pairs wonderfully with a warm thermal.

Personally, I love this poncho from Anthropologie as the neckline is so lovely, as is the detailing on the bottom and the angled hemline.

-C

 

Life

Springsational Blogs

Oh there have been so so many inspirational images popping up all over the Internet lately. It’s a fact–Spring fashion, food and weather are all just too amazing. Yesterday I spent quite a bit of time in one of my favorite places, Target. Everywhere I looked there were pieces incorporating some of the biggest trends of Spring, such as nautical, brights, stripes, and nature-inspired. Loved seeing trends that I have spotted on blogs in Target, makes me a happy girl!

Considering the Oregonian weather, whenever I have any downtime away from papers and studying you can usually find me carousing my favorite fashion and lifestyle blogs (while also catching up on my favorites shows via Hulu). Of course i’d love to be able to shop at the stores they mention and be able to wear their clothes, who wouldn’t? However, right now I’d much rather have my money go towards my education than pretty clothes(…since that is the logical thing to do). That is the reason why we go to college anyways, to get a degree and then a nice paying job that lets us buy such nice things(:

For all those dreamers out there like myself, I give you ten of my favorite fashion and lifestyle blogs that you should totally check out. You can thank me later for this 😉


A Lacey Perspective

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http://alaceyperspective.com

This Time Tomorrow

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http://thistimetomorrow-krystal.blogspot.com

Eat Sleep Wear

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http://eatsleepwear.com

Cupcakes and Cashmere 

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http://cupcakesandcashmere.com

Simply Southern

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http://www.simplysouthern.org

One Fine Day

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http://smittenandswell.blogspot.com

Cheetah is the New Black

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http://www.cheetahisthenewblack.com

Classy Girls Wear Pearls

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http://www.classygirlswearpearls.com

Karla’s Closet 

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http://www.karlascloset.com

My Style Pill

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http://www.mystylepill.com

Each and every one of these blogs is so lovely. I also especially admire the women behind them for their individual takes on trends and how they incorporate them into their style. Now, even though I only listed the ten above does not mean that there aren’t many more out there that are just as lovely. Do you have any specific blogs that you visit on a daily basis? (:

Have a wonderful weekend y’all!