This week I'm really excited, because I am partnering with Bird + Stone to style a few pieces from their line of "jewelry with impact". Bird + Stone not only makes super cute accessories, but also focuses on building a world with gender equality. All of the pieces are ethically manufactured in New York, and each purchase gives back to a cause that supports their mission of female empowerment!
My favorite piece from their collection, is my "The Future is Female" cuff, which gives 10% of the proceeds to Planned Parenthood in order to fund preventative health and family planning services. Planned Parenthood also provides cancer screenings and sex education. As a PP donor and volunteer, I love being able to give continued support when I shop.
I also love this "Dream Builder" cuff, which funds micro-loans and financial training for women who struggle from poverty in rural Kenya. Bird + Stone helps these women start businesses and build their dreams.
In honor of this collaboration, I've decided to share some books about strong women that have empowered me!
Be sure to let me know if you read any of these books, and what you think! Also leave a comment if you have any suggestions for other books or resources that you've enjoyed, I'm always looking for a new read!
Thank you to Bird + Stone for partnering with me on this post! I received the jewelry at no cost, in exchange for this collaboration. You can learn more about the company and how they give back to the community on their site. As an added bonus, when you share your bracelet on Instagram, Bird + Stone doubles the donation to 20%!
I've said this before, and I'll probably be saying it for the rest of my life: I am certainly no hair expert. I wear it the same way almost everyday, and as much as I enjoy looking up different styles and telling myself I'll try them out, I rarely do.
While I'm definitely no beauty blogger (hair blogger - is that a thing??) I do have a few requirements for my daily routine. If I don't feel like my shampoo and conditioner are providing me with the softest hair possible, then I won't hesitate to move on to the next. I also look for a long lasting clean. I've been frustrated with products in the past that have made my hair feel greasier faster, or weigh it down too much. I'll typically use a shampoo until it's gone before switching brands, and if I find good results then I'll stick with it until someone recommends something even better.
For the past month or so I've been using products from Hair Food, which is a line "inspired by fresh, energy packed ingredients, known for their vitalizing power" (according to the bottle). At first I was really excited to give these a shot. The packaging design made me think they would be all natural, especially with the earth tones and photos of fruit. I like to stay away from any shampoos that contain sulfates, because I hate how they make my hair feel, and I was pleased to see a list on the front of the bottle of other things the formula did not contain, including silicon, paraben, and mineral oil.
Unfortunately, the first time I began scrubbing my hair with the shampoo that dreaded rubbery-dry feeling happened. I was really confused, until I turned the bottle over to reveal 2 of the most prevalent ingredients were sulfate. Such a disappointment.
Beyond including an ingredient I typically avoid, I was unimpressed with the shampoo. The scent was described as kiwi and exotic fig, but I wasn't ever really able to smell it. There's something about a great smelling shampoo that I really love, so not having that fresh fruity scent I expected was a real bummer.
After my experience with the shampoo I was pretty skeptical about trying the conditioner. Again, the smell (or lack there of) was disappointing, but otherwise this product didn't stand out as good or bad. It seems like a pretty standard conditioner all around. My hair wasn't as soft as some other products make it, but also didn't feel dry. The biggest struggle was needing a detangler before blowdrying.
Either way, I wouldn't purchase Hair Food again, or recommend it to others. I was hoping for positive results, especially since it was advertised for volume, but it did not live up to my expectations.
Thank you to Hair Food and Influencer for allowing me to test these products. I received them at no cost, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions of the products are my own.
A couple months back, I shared this look that I wore for my birthday trip to Vegas. Since I couldn't resist buying the puffy sleeved tee in multiple colors (it was only $10!) I decided it would be a great opportunity to show two different looks with the same style top.
In Vegas, we had a relaxed day visiting museums and walking the strip so I wanted to be comfortable and casual. I paired the top with ripped jeans and chunky open-toed heels.
This time around I wanted to show an easy way to dress up the same tee, swapping the jeans for a skirt, and the chunky heels for some nicer sandals. As usual, I picked out some jewelry from my recent Rocksbox set, this time choosing a statement necklace over a scarf.
I like to be able to mix-and-match my closet, so the ability to switch from casual to dressy is something I look for. Now my only regret is not buying the skirt in more colors too!
Festival season is just around the corner, and I am suffering from major Coachella-envy! Lucky for me, just because I have to miss out on Beyonce, doesn't mean I have to miss out on the fun fashion that's bound to be all over social media this weekend. I'm partnering with CYO Cosmetics to share my festival-inspired beauty look, using products from their Walgreens-exclusive line!
I was so excited when I saw all of the awesome choices that CYO has. I swapped my standard matte-neutral shadows for metallics, and made sure to grab my go-to lip color. I couldn't believe how easy the products were - the eyeshadow was in a super easy-to-blend cream stick!
Since festivals (in my opinion) only get better with more color and more sparkle, I couldn't resist going a bit overboard with the chunky star glitter. I'm still finding them around the apartment and stuck all over Noodle, but it was totally worth it!
If you're attending a festival this summer, or just looking for a way to mix up your beauty routine, be sure to check out CYO Cosmetics! The products I used to create this look are:
Thank you to CYO Cosmetics for collaborating on this post! The makeup was provided at no cost, in exchange for my beauty look. However, opinions shared in this post are my own!
Everyone knows I'm a sucker for a good mural, and I fell in love with this one right before my trip to visit Taylor in Orlando last Spring. I saw this photo by Oh Yeah Em (one of my favorite Disney bloggers) and immediately texted Taylor that it was a must for me. Unfortunately Taylor informed me that it was the that it was outside of Small World in Disneyland, not Disneyworld.
When Taylor and I first started planning our Disneyland trip, I told her I only had 1 request: a photoshoot in front of the Small World wall. Lucky for me she's a great friend and willing to put up with my shenanigans.
I'll be honest - I obsessed over this for months. I saved tons of other pics on Instagram as inspiration, and put a lot of thought into what outfit I wanted to wear.
I ended up switching gears completely only two weeks before our trip, when I found this top and skirt both on clearance at Zara in Las Vegas! The look was less than $30 total - I couldn't believe my luck. I had also been eyeing the polkadot ears before my trip, and they ended up matching perfectly. The pin I found once we were browsing park shops, and I really felt like it was the perfect final touch.
Overall I'm really happy with both my look, and the photoshoot. I definitely recommend the wall if you are looking for a cute spot for pics in Disneyland. Unlike a lot of other famous Disney walls (I'm looking at you mint julep), it's pretty wide so you can fit large groups. You can also take photos in front of different shapes within the pattern. I took a photo inside of the circle, which looks really cute, but be warned: the edge is really thin and it can be awkward to try and balance. There were definitely a lot of outtakes in that spot.
I would recommend shooting in this location when the parks first open, or during golden hour (about an hour and a half before the sun is completely set) because it gets a lot of direct sunlight. The pastel will look prettiest without any harsh shadows, and you won't end up squinting.
If you want to add a classic Disney treat to your shoot like I did, there is a stand that sells lollipops as well as the stand where I bought my cotton candy! This can also be a good way to bribe your photographer if necessary ☺️
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