Four Easy Beauty Hacks for a Better Selfie

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I’m guilty of taking the occasional selfie – as a beauty blogger I have a pretty good excuse for snapping one from time to time…or more like every weekend, at the rate I’ve been putting out posts! Taking the perfect selfie is an art, and after six years of beauty blogging I think I finally have it figured out. It isn’t rocket science, but there are a few subtle tricks and hacks that I use to take effortless selfies, every time!

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Sweatproof Beauty Essentials

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Maybe it’s just me, but it sure did feel like summer in Michigan last weekend! I was of course, completely unprepared and discovered I only have one pair of shorts left for some reason, so a shopping trip is definitely in order. I also was unprepared in the beauty department – I forgot how much my routine changes for hot weather but there are a few favorites I rediscovered that are my ultimate, sweatproof beauty essentials.

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Weekly Recap + Links I Love and Coffee Chat

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Happy Saturday before Easter! I don’t celebrate Easter all that much usually but there’s something about the first few days of spring that I just love. Of course, this year in Michigan, the day before Easter is 80+ degrees outside but at least we know for sure the snow is done for the season! Life has gotten unbelievably busy lately, so there’s been a slow down of posting lately, but hopefully things will settle down soon. Even though I’m not in school anymore I still feel like March/April is one of the busiest times of the year! Also, don’t forget to enter in this month’s giveaway to win a gift card to Nordstrom – enter before midnight EST tonight!

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Five Time-Saving Hacks to Prepare for Vacation

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It was a beautiful seventy degrees in Michigan this weekend and I can’t tell you how excited I am for summer to finally get here! I have so many exciting travel plans this summer that I literally can’t wait. I’ve been preparing already, buying new luggage, making itineraries and doing a little extra prep work to help my skin get that vacation glow before I’ve even stepped off the plane! Preparing for vacations can take a lot of time and stress but my five time-saving hacks to prepare for vacation take little to no time at all.

Five Time-Saving Hacks to Prepare for Vacation
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Put it to the Test: Giovanni Hair Care Routine

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Another month, another hair care line to test out! I’ve been getting so many hair care samples lately that my hair has never looked so good! This month I’ve been putting the Giovanni 2Chic line to the test and man, has it been getting tested in this Michigan weather lately. I raved about a cleanser from Giovanni a few months ago and they since contacted me asking if I would like to try more of their products and I have the opportunity to share many of them today. This post is just going to be an overview, for some of the other products like hair wipes or body products, I’m going to dedicate separate posts. Let’s see how they fared…

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The Weekly Recap + Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway

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I made it through the week! To say this week has been crazy for me is 110% an understatement. I’m spending this weekend prepping for an awards ceremony I’m attending for work Monday evening and that included running out for a last minute dress! Which, I’m proud to say I found for under $50 – I’m a budget-shopping babe! But to reward anyone else who’s having a busy or tough month, I’m giving away a $15 e-gift card to Nordstrom, in honor of the new month! Details to enter are at the bottom of this post.

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Five Hacks to Turn Your Space into a Personal Movie Theater

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Happy Monday! It seems like the weekend has flown by yet again but I spent it in the best of ways – watching movies! It’s been a cold, rainy weekend in MI and there’s no better way to relax than hanging out on the couch with all the essentials. I finished up my taxes on Saturday (finally) and I finally started putting my new Walmart Family Mobile PLUS Plan to use finding movies, plan my new personal movie theater space and more, right from my couch!

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Trend to Watch: Gingham Sneakers

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I was shopping in Target again over the weekend (major surprise, there!) when the BF spotted these shoes and I was told I had to buy them! He was right, these are the most adorable pair of sneakers I’ve every owned and I’m seriously considering going back to buy a back up pair. Most of the summer I usually only wear my Sperry’s but I’m starting to get on the sneaker trend this year. I bought my first pair of white Adidas a few weeks ago and fell in love so naturally these gingham sneakers were the perfect addition to my shelf! Side note, white Adidas, gingham sneakers and my Sperry’s have basically completed my summer wardrobe in only three pairs of shoes – what a steal.

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The Weekly Recap + Links I Love and Starbucks Winner

Happy Sunday! This week’s recap is a little bit late due to losing power yesterday – Michigan has just been getting hammered with wind storms and snow in the past week and our power finally gave out yesterday. We ended up going out for brunch, Target (YAS.) and shopping while we waited for it to come back on so it was quite a busy Saturday. Before we get into the links, thank you to everyone who entered the Starbucks giveaway! There can only be one winner but check back on April 1 when I upload a new gift card giveaway to an even more exciting store! Without further ado, the winner of the Starbucks $15 e-gift card is…Michele C! Congrats Michele, I will be emailing you your prize today or tomorrow.

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My Navy Blue Bedroom Reveal

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If you caught my post a few weeks ago on choosing the right color to redecorate your home, then you’ll know that I have been itching to reveal my newly-redecorate bedroom! My last post focused on the interior design book Change Your Home, Change Your Life™ with Color by Moll Anderson, an inspirational interior designer, which launched March 14 at Target (in stores and online) and after reading Moll’s thoughts and notes on colors, I decided it was time to transform my boring, bland bedroom to a new navy blue bedroom by introducing a pop of color here and a pop of color there. Here’s the reveal!

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