4.30.16

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Good morning! I hope everyone is having a great Saturday so far!

I just wanted to share a little weekend style inspo with you. I’m super obsessed with these black distressed jeans I found at Zara. I bought them just a few weeks ago and I couldn’t find a link for them online, but they are in the store. At least they are at the Zara in Honolulu.

I’m off for a bit of shopping now and then I’m headed to the beach with my babes. The UV index is supposed to be extreme today, so we should be nice and baked come evening! My husband’s birthday was earlier this week (Happy Birthday babe!) and his choice for dinner this evening is wonton soup at our favorite Chinese restaurant. I can’t wait!

What are you up to this weekend? Let me know in the comments below!

xo dré

 


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My Top 5 Favorite Blogs

Aloha Friday! Today I want to share with you my top 5 favorite blogs. I find each of these ladies’ style really inspirational. If you don’t already follow them, give them a peek.

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Do you follow any of these blogs? Which is your favorite? Tell me who your favorite bloggers are in the comments below!

xo dré

April Beauty Faves: At Home Spa

Hi loves! I’ve been really excited to share my beauty faves this month!

Early last month, I saw an ad in my email for Victoria’s Secret Weightless Body Oil. I was instantly intrigued. The timing was perfect because I had just received a birthday coupon from the store, so what better time to try it out when I could get it for free!

When I got to the store, I realized that there were other products that went along with the oil, and got suckered into getting everything by one of the very helpful beauty stockers. He explained that the whole system was meant to go together to create an at-home spa experience. I was sold. I could hardly wait to get home and pamper myself.

You start with the Smoothing Scrub Wash, which isn’t a super aggressive scrub, but you can feel the beads as is gently exfoliates. Rinse. Next, you use the Ultrarich Cream Wash, which feels soooo incredibly soft on your skin! It’s meant to put the moisture back into your skin after exfoliating, and feels like a lotion/conditioner, but it’s rich and lathery at the same time. Bottom line: Uh-mazing. After you’ve rinsed and gotten out of the shower, apply the Hydrating Body Lotion and then follow up with the Weightless Body Oil. Your skin feels so silky! I often put the Weightless Body Oil on while my skin is still a bit damp, and then put the Hydrating Body Lotion on later.

I never really associated Victoria’s Secret with phenomenal body care, but these products blew me away! I’m hooked. I have to make note that my absolute faves of the 4 products are the Ultrarich Cream Wash and the Weightless Body Oil, just in case you want to be choosey and only try a couple. The scent collections include: Rose, Shea, Coconut Milk, Acai, Passionflower, Bergamot, and Verbena.

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Go treat yourself to an at-home spa experience and let me know what you think of it in the comments below!

xo dré

Put a Nail in the Coffin

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Happy Mani Monday!

I’m currently crushing on these coffin nails…majorly. Let’s hope my husband reads my post and treats me with an appointment to get some for Mother’s Day! LOL!

What do you think of this nail shape? Love it or hate it? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below!

xo dré

 


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4.22.16

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Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers,the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it in yourself.

Happy Friday loves! Have a great weekend!

xo dré

 


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| slip dress: Express | jeans: Zara | heels: Sam Edelman (similar) | sunglasses: BP |

Lesson Learned

This tale begins with a dress:

About a year ago I came across the most adorable LBD on Nasty Gal. I had to have it. But there was one problem…it was sold out! Terrible, I know.

I contacted customer support to ask if they would restock  the dress and found out that they sometimes bring back popular items, but I would need to continue checking back. I did continue to check back pretty religiously for the first couple months, and then about 1 to 2 times a month afterward. No luck. 🙁

Now comes my downfall. I found an image of my ever coveted dress online, but the head of the model was cut off in the photo. Curious, I went to the website to see what it was about. The site was called YOYOMELODY.  I knew it was too good to be true and that it was risky, but the price was so inexpensive that I decided just to order it.

The dress I’m wearing below is what I received. Luckily I don’t hate it, but I also don’t love it. And you’ll never guess what! Days after I got this dress in the mail, I discovered that Nasty Gal had brought the dress I wanted back, but it sold out again!! Why me?!

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Here is the image of what the actual dress looks like from Nasty Gal.

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I currently have myself on a wait-list for this LBD and my fingers are crossed that I can have it soon!

Have you ever fallen for a bad knock-off, or any knock-off for that matter? I’d love to hear your story in the comments below!

xo dré

 


Shop my sunglasses here! I’ll let you know if I can ever get my hands on the real dress 😉

Laced Up

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Good morning dolls! Happy Humpday!

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite new dresses. I got this little lace-up number for my birthday over a month and a half ago, and I’m just getting around to sharing it with you! Sorry for the delay, but not sorry for you, because if you decide to buy one for yourself, it’s now on sale.

In my birthday spirit, I’m also wearing my Alex and Ani Pisces bracelet along with my cupcake bracelet from them that my bestie got me a couple years ago. It’s almost like March never left 😉

xo dré

 


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| dress: Express | heels: Sam Edelman (similar) | bracelets: Alex and Ani ( here and here) |

5 Ways to Help Grow Out Your Hair

Growing your hair out. I think it’s safe to say that most girls have gone through this dreadful process at least once in their lives. You get an adorable pixie or short bob and everything is all fine and dandy until you decide that once again want long flowing locks.

The good news for you is I am a pro when it comes to going from short to long, as I have done it numerous times, and I’m going to tell you how you can do it without going bored out of your mind!

  1. Play with different styles.

While your hair is growing, it can get really boring looking at the exact same shape every single day. By playing with different braids, ponytails, buns, and twists, you’ll be able to bring your creative side out and help pass the time.

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Tired of having dishwater brown hair? Add some light pieces! Feel like you need more depth? Richen up that color!  If you’re a blonde already and you’re feeling bold, why not put a temporary vivid color over the top? With color you feel good about, it will make having that in-between length hair so much better. Just make sure not to make too drastic of a color choice that you would want to change again soon. Coloring your hair too much can result in enough damage that you’ll end up having to cut what you just grew!

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3. Add bangs.

This one has been a life saver for me on more than one occasion. For those of you that are obsessed with cutting your hair but are desperately trying not to touch the length or again if you’re just bored out of your mind, bangs give a completely different look to any style. And the best part is you can decide how aggressive you want to be with them. Long, short, heavy, blunt, piecey, there are so many options!

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4. Have an inspiration board.

This is key for those moments you’re weak. Your friend just got a really cute cut, or your favorite celebrity just chopped her hair. It’s hair and it grows. I’m not going to stop you if you want to change your mind. BUT if you’re really trying to commit yourself, having a board to refer to just might be the reminder you need that long braids, ponys, and beachy waves can soon be yours.

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5. Play with your makeup and wardrobe.

One of my favorite things about hair is that by changing it, you can completely transform your look. So what do you do when you can’t change it? Switch up your makeup and your clothes. Wearing fun mascara or a bold lip can more than distract from blah hair! Clothing too! Go more bold with your style. Try a new look you’ve been dying try. You’ll be surprised that by making that extra effort to dress up your face and wardrobe, your hair is ok taking the backseat for the moment.

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Do you have any tips that get you through a grow-out phase? Let me know in the comments below!

xo dré

 


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A Little Shaggy

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Happy Humpday! It’s been a while since my last post, but as promised, I’m revealing the changes I made to my hair. It’s nothing drastic, but it’s just enough to keep me powering through this “boring” stage of my hair.

I mentioned earlier in the year that one of my goals for 2016 is to not color my hair for the entire year. The last time I colored it was November of last year, so I’m currently 5 months color-free. I’ve definitely had some urges, but I’ve managed to push through them. My reason for doing this boils down to the fact that I have darkened and lightened my hair so many times throughout the past 18 years and through my elementary years I had a perm (thanks mom!). Basically I haven’t had virgin hair since I was 2! I just want to give my poor head a rest. Don’t worry though. I’ll be back at it again in 2017!

On top of eliminating color this year, I’m trying to grow my hair long again. It’s torture really. So when I began to be inspired by all the 70’s shags I was seeing, I decided I wanted in.

My face is now framed with shaggy layers. Not too shaggy, just a little. I slightly layered the sides and back of my hair also. As my hair continues to grow out, I think I’ll continue to keep the pieces around my face shorter. Not only do I like it, but it’ll give me something to do while I wait for Rapunzel locks.

xo dré

 


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