Summer Glow

Looking to get that kissed by the sun glow without the sun? Here is my review on my new favorite self tanner!

A few weeks ago, after a serious case of sunburn, a co worker of mine mentioned trying Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin moisturizer. I had honestly never thought about using self tanner before. I just always assumed that fake tans were something that were exclusive to the rich, famous and those going to prom. {HAHAH} I was skeptical to say the least! I even waited until the weekend to try it just in case I came out orange or ruined my clothes.

I was pleasantly surprised with the results! Once you finish your normal shower routine, turn off the water and rub a quarter size amount of the moisturizer on your arms and legs and voila! No sticky feeling, no botches and no color transfer! I am starting to see a subtle but healthy looking glow! And best of all, my skin feels just as soft and moisturized as if I had been using my normal products.

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Now I will say the color for me was gradual so keep that in mind if you are looking for a quick fix. I’ve seen mixed reviews online but rest assured you won’t come out looking like an oompa loompa! I wish I had thought to take a before picture so you could see the difference but you’ll just have to take my word for it! 

Click here to shop // Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer

XOXO,

Allison

Showing A Little Leg: My Favorite Denim Shorts

Some days you just need a good pair of denim shorts! Denim shorts are that one summer staple that never goes out of style but somehow seems to be one of the hardest things to shop for. {ugh!} So I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite pairs of denim shorts to share with you all. Everything from stretchy, to distressed and even a little booty in there 🙂

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American Eagle Super Hi Rise Shortie – I wear a size 8, which is true to size. The high waisted top keeps me tucked in and comfortable but the distressed look and shortie cut make it perfect for a festival or country concert! They also have a good bit of stretch which makes them super comfortable!

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Levi’s Hi Rise Shorts – I found these gems on Amazon for under $40 and they are perfect if you don’t like your shorts to cling too tightly around the leg. The rough edge around the hem keeps the shorts loose fitting and not clingy. And the same deal with all my high waisted shorts, I love that it keeps me feeling secure!

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Mossimo Mid Rise Midi Shorts – If you are looking to stay on budget, Target always has the best shorts for your buck. These Mid Rise shorts are under $20! {they also come in a Hi Rise cut which is my personal fav} They have a classic look and best of all they are made from recycled polyester material and are environmentally friendly!

I hope everyone had the most wonderful Mothers day weekend! I can’t believe we are almost in Summer. This year is just flying by but I am SO excited for what is yet to come!

XOXO,

Allison

 

How to Wear Black

I feel like its an unspoken rule that black is a color not to be worn during the warmer months. Just like white pants are only supposed to be worn between memorial day and labor day. While I understand the reasoning behind this , I am hoping to break the stigma by sharing some of my tricks for wearing and styling one of my favorite black pieces for warmer weather… rompers!

Rompers are my go-to for those lazy days when pairing a tops with bottoms just seems impossible. {You know those days!} Besides short sleeve and strapless styles, finding a romper with breezy material is key to keeping cool. Anything cotton, chambray or blended with cotton is sure to breathe and help combat the heat.

When it comes to styling black you never go wrong with accessories. Classic and clean, black is the perfect color if you are really looking to make your accessories pop! A bright tassel earring or fun clutch immediately brightens up the look without loosing the simplicity of the color and romper.

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Paired with my new Sorrell Elyse tassel earrings, this black romper is the perfect compliment to a splash of color!

Get my look below!

Shoes: Jack Rogers Palm Beach Sandal

Roper: Similar here & here

Earrings: Sorrell Elyse  Collette tassels

 

XOXO,

Allison

Q & A

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Hey loves! Now that I am nearly 6 months into blogging I figured it was about time I did a little Q & A! Have other questions for me? Let me know in the comments below. Enjoy!

How tall are you? I am 5’6 (I think)

What size do you wear: I am a medium top, large bottom usually, 29 inch waist, 8 1/2 shoe

Who do you look to for blogging inspiration? I have 2 favorites- Kahlea Nicole and Camryn Glackin, her blog is called Coral & Charm. They both seem so real and fun, like someone you could be BFF’s with!

Are you married: No, but I have an amazing boyfriend ❤

Something  I never leave the house without? Burt’s bees. I think I’m an addict (:

What moisturizer do you use? Ponds cold cream. I love how cool and refreshing it feels.

Favorite beauty splurge? Jessie James Decker lip kit! But your own here!

Who takes your photos? Either my friends Brittany, Skie with Skie View Photography or my loving boyfriend.

What is your least favorite thing about yourself? Real talk: I used to be very fit, like 6 pack at age 10 fit, (I was a competitive gymnast) but now that I have a 9-5 job my body has changed. But I am working on getting active again!

What is your favorite thing about yourself? My eyes. I love how a simple swipe of black eyeliner makes my blue eyes pop!

Do you blog full-time? No, but it is a goal of mine! I work full time as digital content producer for a fortune 50 company.

Do you workout? I’ve been taking body pump classes at a local gym for a few weeks now. If you ever get to try a class you’ll know what I mean when I say its the hardest workout ever but I’m hooked!

Favorite store? Right now I am a bit all over the place… depends on what I am looking for!

What draws your eye when you are shopping? It can go two ways- something that stands out and can be worn for a special event or something that is a great staple and will be versatile in my closet.

 

XOXO,

Allison

April Goals Recap

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Holy moly! How quick did April come and go?! Such a busy month and now its time stop and smell the flowers. May flowers that is! Here is a quick recap on where I stand with my monthly goals. How did you do on your goals?

Monthly Goals:

-Don’t buy anymore clothes {both my wallet and Justin are going to love this one}

  • Semi successful with the exception of some much needed new pairs of denim shorts.

-Pay off at least 1 credit card. Thank you tax season!

  • Finally paid of my personal credit card… that was until we bought a new bed.

-Try something new!

  • Calligraphy class is not for lefties. Lesson learned!

Weekly Goals:

Keep plugging away at the gym {YGG}

  • I still have the membership. So thats a start!

Daily Goals:

-Remind loved ones just how much they mean to me. Just because I say it doesn’t mean they feel it!

  • I’d like to think that this has been my most successful goal this month. Always tell loved ones how you feel because opportunities are lost in the blink of an eye.

-Water, water, water. Gotta get ready for bikini season!

  • Coffee is bean water, does that count?

 

Keep an eye our for my May goals post set to come out sometime this week. I am trying something new with my goals and I am excited to share it with you all!! Until next time..

XOXO,

Allison

Body Image

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This is a tough topic for me to talk about since I still have a hard time coming to terms with my body. But I think it’s more important than ever to do so. I hope that by putting myself out there it will help me to connect with you all on a real level because that’s all I ever wanted to do when I started blogging.  I wanted to be someone real, relatable and someone you could truly connect with. A role model of sorts. Having said that, I feel the need to address the highs and all of the lows I experience while putting myself out there to ultimately be “liked”… or not. During my short time blogging I have learned just how much faith and courage it takes to truly open yourself up to others. I want so much to be a strong, confident voice for “loving one’s body” but half the battle is first finding the confidence within myself. So what better way to cope with these feelings than to write them down?

Body image is something I have struggled a lot with over the past few years and with the season of tank tops and string bikinis nearly upon us, my body frustration is more apparent than ever. This season I found nearly half of my shorts from last year are too snug for comfort. During my past photo session these body image feelings rolled over me like a turbulent wave. I was excited to get in front of the camera but when it came time to review the images I began the self-doubt. I pointed out every flaw that I didn’t like about myself. Poor Justin handled my roller coaster of emotions like a champ, encouraging me to smile and by telling me how beautiful he thought I was. But we are our own worst critic and no amount of compliments and affirmation from the outside is going to impact us until we begin to love from the inside first. With all that being said I want to vow to do a few things today-

  • Continue to share with you the good and the bad- ups and the downs and all the highs and lows that come with putting yourself out there.
  • Try not to be so hard on myself- I am who I am for a reason. I might not know the reason yet but if I stay positive I truly believe that all things will fall into place.
  • And most importantly always stay true to myself- This is so challenging in a world based on appearances and first impressions. But when I remind myself why I started this blogging journey and who I want to be, the path becomes clearer.

Ultimately, our perceived body image comes from the inside. I hope to one day be a strong voice for body positivity but until that day comes I vow to continue to better myself and share my stories along the way.

XOXO,

Allison

Spring Stripes

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Despite the late start, the flowers are finally in full bloom! {Thanks to some April showers}. How beautiful are these blossoms we happened upon last time we went out to shoot. Spring makes me soo happy!

I’ve been busy transitioning my winter wardrobe into spring, out with the old and in with the fresh and new! I’ve noticed I have a small obsession with blue and white striped shirts. There is something about these blue stripes that is so classic and timeless. Pretty sure I have 4 different variations of these stripes. I have linked below some of my favorites all under $40! Just click your favs and the link to shop with pop up below!

 

 

Do you have a spring obsession? Are you also on board this stripe train too? 🙂 Don’t worry, there is plenty of room for all of us!

XOXO,

Allison

Weekend Recap

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Happy Sunday, all! I can’t believe the weekend has already come to an end. I was lucky enough to get to spend some time outdoors before the April showers came through town. This weekend being being that of Earth day, the USNWC has this amazing festival called Tuck Fest. Although I didn’t get to participate in any of the races I did get to spend Friday night kicking in with my best gal pals listening to some live music, enjoying the view and brews!

Highlight of the night was being introduced to the musical amazingness of “The Revivalists”. 9 o’clock on a Friday after a long work week and I was ready to go home and crawl into bed until these guys took the stage! Such a fun, easy, rock’n roll vibe! Check them out below:

 

Cheers to another amazing weekend!

XOXO,

Allison

Home

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It had been almost 6 months since I had last been home. All the busy weekends and stressful work weeks and next thing you know its been nearly 6 months. Too long for my heart. Its funny how you don’t realize how much you miss home until you come back. The familiar scents, the faces, knowing every road like the back of your hand and just taking it slower. Driving windows down with not a care in the world. That’s the feeling of being home. You sink back into that familiar routine, even if its been too long. Once you come back its like you never left. Your “home away from home” doesn’t feel real anymore.

Each time I leave home I have the most conflicting feelings of rejuvenation mixed with the yearning in my heart that this is where I will always belong.

And so today I am thankful for the home cooked meals, love, support and that always open red font door that make it so easy to come back home.

 

XO,

Allison

A Few Good Things

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— Lets talk about this tank?! How cute and flattering is the peplum shape! The straps are braided and the colors are SO vibrant and fun. Already naming this my tank for the summer!

— The fact that this weekend I will be home for the first  time since Thanksgiving. I am excited to spend the Easter weekend with friend and family but most importantly I miss my dog!! Be prepared for an insta stories takeover as soon as we are reunited. Sorry not sorry.

— Next weekend is a big deal! Justin is the assistant coach of the UNCC men’s LAX team and next weekend we get to travel to ATL for the playoffs! {hoping I-85 isn’t a nightmare} Not only did these boys make it to the payoffs, they also swept their division. So excited to cheer on the boys and our coaches! {probably going to loose my voice… }

— Spring weather means spring cleaning, finally getting to put away the sweaters and break out the cute dresses. And this makes me so happy!

— Murphy birthday weekend means cake on cake on cake! {my inner fat kid is rejoicing}

Happy Thursday!

XX,

Allison