3 Reasons To Just Cut Your Hair

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Since I cut my hair, I’ve had several coworkers and friends tell me how much they want to do the same, but just haven’t worked up the courage to finally do it. In my opinion, if you’ve been contemplating for a while, just go for it, cause it’ll always grow back. And here are 3 reasons why:

  1. You can’t stop thinking about it.
  2. You can’t figure out how to style it anymore.
  3. You just need a change.

For months I struggled with the idea of chopping my hair off. Every time I made an appointment I would tell everyone I knew that this would be the day I’d finally do it…and I never did. I was so tired of my long hair. I have naturally very thick and wavy hair, so waiting for it to dry took hours. We’re talking like 6 hours of my life. And on days when I didn’t feel like styling it, it looked like crap. And in the summer, it’s hot. So after lots of contemplating and looking at pictures on Pinterest of the exact hair cut I wanted, I didn’t tell anyone and I went for it. I hadn’t gotten more than a trim done in about 4 years, but I cut almost 6 inches off of my hair. Don’t get me wrong. It was an emotional battle for the first 2 weeks or so, but after that I loved it. It’s fast to style and the best part is, it dries before I go to bed now.

The Style: A long bob, slightly longer in the front (it makes it a little less of a dramatic change) and long layers.

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Summertime Neutrals

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{purse, white dress, cut-out heels, sunglasses, off-white dress, bracelet, earrings, wedge heels}

Over the past year or so, I’ve been trying to buy more neutral items so that more things in my closet match. I want to slowly build a timeless wardrobe. I’ve been shopping around online and getting some ideas for new things. I’ve decided I need a neutral pair of wedges and more white and off-white dresses. I think those are perfect additions to any girl’s closet. You can do so much with them.

Perfect for a Lake Day

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{Top, Shorts}

This entire outfit cost me less than $50 and it’s all so great for hot summer days, especially if you’re going to be out in the heat all day long. I live in outfits like this, especially when I’m not working. It’s such an easy outfit to put together. The top was a little long for my short person body, but I’ve been loving the look of tying knots to make long tops fit better. And the cut-offs are so comfy. They’re longer in the front and back, so your booty doesn’t hang out, which is a plus!

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Homemade Iced Coffee

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I’ve learned a few secrets about making coffee in my almost 3 years of working as a barista. One of the best drinks (in my opinion) has to be iced coffee. There are so many ways to modify it to your liking. Best of all, though, it’s cheap to make yourself! And very easy!

You’ll Need:

A coffee maker, ground coffee of your choice, and of course, ice.

Directions:

  1. Add twice the amount of ground coffee you would normally add to your coffee maker and put the normal amount of water you usually use. I use 2 tablespoons of ground coffee per every 5 ounces of water.
  2. Brew and then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Add ice and whatever else you’d like…cream, sugar, etc.

5 Ways to De-stress Your Life

  1. Keep things clean and uncluttered. I’ve found that having a clean space just makes me feel better. Coming home from a stressful day at work can just get worse if I walk in to a mess. I started organizing different things every week in order to keep up with everything and I made it a habit to make my bed as soon as I woke up in the morning. Little things like this can make a big difference.
  2. Make Lists. I’ve always been pretty bad about procrastinating and the only thing that has helped me get out of doing that is making lists of things to do. I have a list for the week and a list for each day. Just checking things off makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something. It’s a good feeling to have one less thing to worry about out of all the things you have to do.
  3. Take time for yourself. Whether it’s once a day or once a week, taking a little time to do something that makes you happy is important. Sometimes it can be something as simple as having some chocolate before bed or indulging in grabbing your favorite overpriced coffee on Saturday afternoons.
  4. Get more sleep. It definitely takes a toll on your body when you don’t sleep enough. In my experience, it can make stress even worse. I’ve learned to just not fight it when I need to go to bed early. I always feel so much better the next day. I have more energy and my overall mood is just better.
  5. Take time to unwind. While sleep is important, actually relaxing enough to fall asleep is something I think a lot of people struggle with, myself included. Reading a book, watching your favorite sitcom, or doing some yoga can help you relax your brain before bed.

Easy Strawberry Lemonade Cocktails

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One of my favorite things to do lately is come up with cocktail recipes. I love experimenting with different flavors and making my own versions of ones I’ve tried before. Strawberry lemonade is always refreshing on hot summer days, so why not add some vodka to give it a little kick for summer nights?

Ingredients:

ice (obviously)

4 oz. lemonade (I use Minute Maid Light)

1 oz. muddled strawberries (frozen and thawed works best)

1.5 oz. vodka

Directions:

  1. Muddle the strawberries until they become pureed.
  2. Add ice, lemonade, strawberry puree, and vodka to the shaker and shake away!
  3. Strain the mixture. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, any strainer will work fine.
  4. That’s it! Enjoy!

The T-Shirt Romper

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Romper, Sweater (similar)

I have recently gotten into wearing rompers a lot. While I like the femininity of dresses, I’m always more comfortable in shorts, so rompers are a great compromise. Out of all the ones I’ve found lately, this one is the most comfortable. The material makes it feel like I’m wearing a t-shirt! It’s easy to just throw on, pair with some cute sandals, and be ready for your day. Oh, and did I mention that it has pockets?

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My Favorite Self-Tanner + 3 Tanning Tips

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I’m pretty pale naturally, but I like to have a little color to my skin. I’ve always had issues with using self-tanners and having it come out splotchy and I hate the thought of spending hours in the sun and not seeing much of a change in my skin color. I’ve been experimenting with different ways of applying self tanner and I started using one I love so far. These are a few tips that work for me:

  1. Find the best type for you. Whether that’s a foam, lotion, spray, or gel, not every single product will work for everyone. Some, you have to apply every day and some you can apply once a week and be done. I recently discovered gel self-tanners and prefer the gel to others I’ve tried. In my experience, they smell better, dry really fast, and apply a lot smoother. I started using L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Gelee and I absolutely love it and highly recommend it for girls who are very fair like myself.
  2. Exfoliate. This is probably a given, but always remember to exfoliate, especially elbows and knees. Sometimes, you don’t realize how much dead skin is there, so even if you don’t see it, exfoliate anyway.
  3. Moisturize your hands, feet, elbows, knees, and ankles before applying. It really makes a huge difference in how the color applies. *The most important tip I’ve figured out is that while the moisturizer is still greasy on your skin, apply the self tanner to the difficult areas like your hands and feet and rub it in really well. It goes on much more evenly and doesn’t get splotchy where it normally would. If you’re very fair skinned, you know what I mean.

Comfy Patterned Shorts

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{Shorts (similar), Tank}

Normally, I’m all about denim shorts for hotter weather, but recently I’ve discovered how much more comfortable cotton shorts are. I’m seeing them in tons of colors and patterns and I love the style. These are especially cute because of the pom pom details. Pairing them with a plain tank top (this one is so comfortable!) is all you really need to do because they really make the outfit without much effort at all. Plus, they can be dressed up or down.

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