WHY MY MOM IS THE BEST

This post is basically going to be reasons why I love my birth giver.

Happy Mothers Day to all those workin’ girl bosses out there. Today is for you! Relax, go enjoy the day, or be lazy and do nothing (I like the third option.) In our house, we don’t really take Hallmark holidays that seriously. On Mothers Day, my mom would rather sit at home and enjoy the presence of family rather than make it a huge and extravagant day. It’s little quirks like this that make me love my mom to the moon and back!

My mom has literally done everything for me since I was born and I couldn’t be more thankful for that. From taking me to sports practices to traveling hundreds of miles just because of one small thing I wanted to do/see, she will spontaneously do anything in the blink of an eye if that means I’ll be happy. It’s also kind of a plus that she’s my built-in best friend. Honestly, I would much rather explore and do things with my mom rather than my friends just because we get along so well. We like the same foods, have the same interests, and have the same mindsets (on certain days). Whether it’s going to try a new coffee shop or cafe or taking a random trip to a small town in Indiana, I know it’ll always be such a fun time with her.

We always joke around about her moving in with me when she gets super old and her not wanting to be that far away from me when I move out in the next few years, but honestly, I couldn’t see myself that far away from her either! If I did end up moving away, she would visit me almost every weekend just because she misses me haha.

Moral of the story is that moms are pretty freaking cool. Go hug your mom, tell her she’s the bees knees, and enjoy this day revolving around the greatest humans ever. Go moms!

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FAVORITE CLOTHING BRANDS / SITES

I feel like I haven’t talked about fashion in awhile so today we’re getting right into some major fashion deets. 

I’m a major money- saver when it comes to buying clothes. When choosing my favorite brands, I look at price as a major deal breaker. Though Revolve and TopShop have super cute clothes, I tend to fall more towards brands like Forever 21 and TJMaxx (I could spend hours in there). So, check out below my favorite brands that can help brighten up your wardrobe this summer!

  • D E N I Z E  N

I cannot explain how much I love this brand. If I ever post pictures on my Instagram in Jeans, I am most likely wearing Denizen. They can be found in most Targets and I believe Kohl’s at super budget-friendly prices! The material is also stretchy which helps big-thighed gals like myself. Also, if you’re petite and looking for great jeans that you don’t have to fold over, Denizen’s ankle-length jeans will be your literal best friend. I’m actually wearing a pair in the pictures below if you were wondering what their product looks like on a person! 

  • L U L U S

This summer, I really want to invest in some cute and flow-y sundresses because, contradicting to my last favorite brand, some days I just don’t have the effort to put on pants. I have been living (literally) recently in a maxi dress I bought from Lulus about three years ago and have been dying to purchase a few more for my closet! Their prices are pretty great, with dresses selling from around $40-50, and they also have super great quality sandals. Moral of the story is that you can sit in the quality of your own home and shop cute fashion pieces.

  • O L D  N A V Y

When you’re in a pinch for some staple pieces, Old Navy is the perfect place to go! I usually get my chunky sweaters and cardigans from there along with colored chinos that I like to wear to work! They always have sales, so you’ll 99% of the time get a steal any time you walk in there! 

  • T A R G E T

I mean…. need I even explain? I’m pretty sure any of us walk into Target thinking we’re getting one thing and end up purchasing a brand new wardrobe. Every time I peruse around their clothing section, I’m always blown away at the quality of some of their clothes and the prices, too! They’re always up-to-date on styles and if you want to dive into a new trend without spending an arm and a leg, just swing by a Target sometime (or all the time).

  • F R A N C E S C A S

When I was in High School, I would always get my semi-formal dresses from Francesca’s! Their clothes are closest to a boutique-style but without the boutique prices! I always walk in there and immediately fall in love with all of the colors! In the summer, I lean more towards bright colors, so Francesca’s is always the first spot I hit when I take a trip to the mall!

[OUTFIT: HAT | JEANS | TANK (NORDSTROM RACK) | SHOES (OLD NAVY)]

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LIFE UPDATE

Hello!

I’ve been doing this whole blog thing for around two and a half months and it’s fun and all, but I feel like I haven’t really shown my personality or my life or anything in between, so here we are today! I thought it’d be cool to kind of chat about what’s happening in this fun thing we call life and such. Be prepared for a chill post today filled with fun info and exciting facts (also prepare to be disappointed because I have no exciting facts).

So as you’re reading this I more than likely will have only 2 weeks left in school! That’s exciting and I’m so ready to be just a tad bit less stressed throughout the summer! If you are not aware, I’m currently a part-time student at a local community college and virtually am just trying to not get super far behind in my studies while also having multiple “jobs”. The reason for the quotations is because technically I’m only employed at one place, which is a bridal boutique that I freaking adore so much, but I also do wedding videography and, for obvious reasons, run a blog. I have just about 16 weddings this year, so that’s going to take up a pretty thick chunk of my time and thus I’m able to basically consider it a second job. I don’t consider my blog a job yet, though. But, in the future, I would love to have this as a fun side job along with my full-time position, which I hope is in the marketing field (lets cross our fingers and toes).

Currently, I’m in school for Business Administration, but I’m unsure if I want to keep going and get an associate’s degree or transfer to a bigger university and get my bachelor’s in Marketing. The positive part of staying at home as long as possible is that I pay less money in the long run and I can keep my current job. But, the downfall is that I wouldn’t even transfer for another 2 years and honestly I don’t think I can wait that long! haha. You guys should give me your feedback and lemme know if I should wait it out or transfer next spring to a University!

Now let’s get into the nitty gritty that stresses me out every waking second of the day; my future!!! yay!!! (too much sarcasm?) When talking about the future, I really want to go into marketing, like I said above, and hopefully get into the corporate retail division. Basically, I want to work in a big city and for a company I fully support and wear their products. I just feel like I’ll do a much more creative job and work to my fullest potential if it’s somewhat in the fashion field.

Now with the blog, I really want to keep going with this as much as possible and hopefully make this an actual job. I do this all in my free time and don’t get paid for anything, so in the future I hope I can gain a little bit of an income for doing something I love! I know it sounds super basic and whatnot, but I just have to embrace that I’m a basic human. I would also love to maybe start producing youtube videos that aren’t necessarily weddings. Don’t get me wrong, weddings are super fun to shoot and edit, but I have ten times more fun producing content that revolves around things I love and sharing my life with all my fellow humans! Who knows, those are just goals, but a girl can dream, right?!

On the bright side, I have a few awesome trips coming up! In about the middle of May, my family and I are traveling to Boca Raton, FL to shoot a wedding! We have one day just to ourselves, so hopefully I can walk around and shoot some fun content! I’m pretty busy in June, so I hopefully just want to travel to Indianapolis a few times just to explore like usual and eat bomb food. There’s just something about Indy that makes it not basically in my backyard. Then, in July, I’m so pumped because I get to visit my best friend in Maryland! She’s coming to the Fort at the end of June and then I’m hopping in her car and am going back to her humble home for a week. Maryland has basically become a home away from home to me so I’ll always have a place in my heart for the environment and people in that wonderful place! I know my parents and I were talking about hopefully sliding in a short trip to Toronto before I start school again in the fall, but I guess we’ll just wait and see!

So there’s a little update on my crazy and stressful life! But, I want to get to know all my readers, too! comment under this post one fun fact about yourself and we can have a little fun conversation down below! Also, if you have any other questions or things you wanna know about me I’m a completely open book and would love to answer anything! Have a great rest of your week, guys!

(also ignore any of the typos I might have in this post, I’m writing this at midnight and have so many other things to do that I didn’t have time to proofread this. Professionalism.)

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AN AFTERNOON IN FOLEY

Usually, when we go on spring break, we arrive on Saturday and spend about a week at the beach and exploring one of my family’s favorite places. This year, though, we decided we needed more time soaking in the sun and opted to leave for vacay late Wednesday afternoon. So, with the two extra days we gained, we decided to explore the city of Foley, AL, which is just about 20 minutes from Orange Beach.

The first place we had to scope out was The Drowsy Poet. After meeting the owner, we soon found out that he’s actually a hoosier native, too. (what a coinkadink!) He had just opened the business about two months prior to us coming there, which you couldn’t notice at all from how established it looked. This place basically meets every Instagrammer’s aesthetic needs. I mean, it was built from an old gas station so anywhere is a shootable location. All their drinks were named after old poets or poems, too, which makes it like ten times better.

After walking around a little bit, we walked into a huge two-story antique shop. My mom and I love to just window shop and look at all the trinkets, so we spent almost an hour just looking around.

There was just so much beautiful historic architecture in this quaint little town that made me fall completely in love with it. Every corner you turned, there was a wall full of vines or a group of just-bloomed flowers. Basically, if you ever find yourself in southern Alabama and want a little getaway from reality, I would highly recommend visiting Foley.

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DRESS  |  HEADBAND (SIMILAR)  |  CARDIGAN  |  PURSE (SIMILAR)  |

 

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SHEIN: IS IT WORTH IT?

I asked a few weeks ago on Instagram if you guys would want me to do a little review of Shein and say if I think it’s worth buying from or not, so here we are today chatting about the pros and cons of this popular (and cheap) online clothing site.

If you aren’t aware of what Shein is, here’s a link to their website. Basically, it’s an online clothing and accessory store that has a too good to be true price range. Shirts can be as cheap as 6 dollars, which might have some people question the quality and if they’re getting the actual product they’re showing. In the past few months, I’ve compiled about ten different items from Shein and I can honestly say I have mixed reviews. Below, I have a brief explanation about each product I purchased, but if you don’t really care to read all the reviews, moral of the story is that it all depends on the product. You’re ultimately paying for quality, and shouldn’t expect the best material on let’s say a $10.00 pair of shoes.

S H I R T S

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The shirts that I purchased are probably the best quality things I have purchased from this website. Though the quality is not ideal, they look great in pictures. I’m not one to care about if something is made with a certain material or not, as long as it’s (somewhat) comfy and cheap I’m content.

L E G G I N G S

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Okay, these are great and all, but if you wear the wrong pair of underwear everything shows. I mean, you should kind of expect that seeing they were priced at $14.00, but if you only like high-quality leggings, Shein would definitely not be your place to buy them. I liked these leggings because 1. they were purple and 2. I’ve been looking for leggings that wrapped at the bottom like these did and all of them were way over $50.00. I don’t like to splurge on things that might be in style for only a few months, so I resulted in these. I wear them pretty consistently, but they aren’t my go-to pair at all.

S W I M W E A R

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Out of all things I have purchased from Shein, swimwear is probably the worst thing to buy (and honestly not worth your money). Unless you’re a perfect size in both tops and bottoms, none of these will work. I’m normally a small/medium in tops and always a medium in bottoms. Shein doesn’t give you the option to order different sizes in tops and bottoms, so that was already a con. I even had my mom measure me to see what size I would fit into based off the chart they included, but it still didn’t end successful. The material is horrible (expected), the sizing is not close at all, and the bra pads are so noticeable that I take them out right when the swimsuits arrives. After that whole spiel, I can be lenient and say that it’s a hit or miss. I’ve bought four suits from Shein and 2 out of the 4 I can say are good enough that I’d feel comfortable wearing them on the beach. The other two would be cute for a picture or two, but not at all for a whole day in the sun.

D R E S S E S

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I laugh every time I see the dresses I’ve gotten from Shein. They’re mostly either in the back of my closet, hidden somewhere, or thrown away. I took pictures of two of them, which are categorized under the “hidden somewhere” category. I tried to show how horrible the fit was, and it was almost impossible to get a shot without me laughing in embarrassment thinking why buying these was a good idea. I know I said earlier that i’m not one to complain about quality, but these were bad quality. Taking a complete 180 from that statement, I just purchased a maxi dress from them right before writing this post for spring break and I think my mouth about dropped to the ground when I saw how beautiful it was on. Check out my Insta if you want to know how the dress looked! Moral of the story is that I wouldn’t say not to buy their dresses, but to just check reviews and if the price seems too good to be true, it is.

 

Hopefully y’all were able to get (somewhat) of a better idea on how to shop on Shein. If I had to rate my experience on their website, I would honestly give it a 8/10. I know my reviews were pretty harsh and don’t equal up to the rating, but from the things I have liked and some of my friends experiences as well, It isn’t a horrible website. I would just say to be a tad bit cautious and always. check. reviews. Measure yourself in your bust, hips, and waist so you absolutely know you are getting the right size. Their sizing is a lot different than what you would buy in a normal store, so what you think is a medium might fit like an extra small.

If any of you have ever shopped on Shein and have an experience or opinion to share, please feel free to comment below! I’m just one voice, so seeing what other people think might help others that are hesitant about shopping on the popular site.

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WHAT I’LL BE LISTENING TO ON SPRING BREAK

I cannot contain my excitement as I’m writing this because I leave for spring break in less than a week! My to-do list may be a little extensive, but that won’t stop me from still posting a weekly blog post! I’m hoping that while I’m on spring break I can get a lot of awesome pictures for future posts and Instagram! But for now, I’m sharing my favorite songs of the moment that I’ll most likely be listening to while laying on the beach. Enjoy!

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FAVORITE INSTAGRAMS/BLOGS THIS MONTH

This month I feel like I have been discovering more and more “Insta bloggers” and have completely fallen in love with them. Whether It is their aesthetic, the way they present themselves, or how fashion-forward their looks are, they’re all just so much fun to admire and look at! It’s also a plus when I can get a little inspiration from them.

This week I’m a little busy with wedding editing (a blog post on that is coming soon!) and school so I thought instead of just skipping this week I’d compile a little list of my top ten Instagram’s of the month! Enjoy and have a great week !! 🙂

 

Ashley (@therichmondprepster)
I think I love this blogger because her style is probably closest to mine. I also love all of the bright and bold colors on her profile and the fact that she lives in Richmond (which is a place I so want to travel to.) If you love a classic preppy look, I’d go give her a follow!
IMG_0347Abigail W. (@belleoftheball45)
Abigail is definitely one of the reasons why I wanted to get into blogging in the first place. Like, circa over a year ago when Touch of Blush was basically inexistent. I remember always stalking her Instagram wondering how I could possibly have a similar style to hers, and still to this day she’s one of my favorite bloggers. If you love the New England style like myself, I would one hundred percent recommend looking at her profile!
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Aspyn Ovard (@aspynovard)
I found Aspyn through youtube like four years ago and she’s been my favorite ever since!  Her Instagram is everything I wish mine was, too, but like better. I’d love to travel when I get done with school, so seeing all of her travel posts inspires me even more to go out and explore! If you don’t already follow Aspyn, do it. Like now.
IMG_0349Caitlin (@cmcoving)
Caitlin is all thing Insta goals. First, her hair is so. voluminous. like I wish my hair looked like that (don’t we all?) And I love how bold and fun her pics are. She makes me want to go on vacation everyday and wear cute little bathing suits. This profile is the one for you if you love southern charm, bold styles, and a girly flair.
IMG_0350Allison Schaper (@allisonschaper)
Allison’s feed and aesthetic is so fun and pink I could stare at it everyday! Some reasons why she’s one of my fav Insta girls is because she is Disney obsessed (as am I), loves taking pics of her food and coffee, and loves the color pink (I mean, my blog is called a Touch of Blush so..) If you love all-things aesthetically pleasing and girly, Allison is the gal for you!
IMG_0351Taylor Eldridge (@allthingstaylored)
I just discovered Taylor’s account not that long ago and her posts have gotten better and better since! She’s started to merge into the whole aesthetic game and has taken an orange and blue-tinted theme. Her pics are also super crisp and bold and her style is kind of what inspires my posts. She may not be that big of a blogger now, but give her some time and she’ll be killin’ the game with the big dogs!
IMG_0352Olivia Rink (@oliviarink)
I can’t even describe how obsessed I am with Olivia’s profile. First, she’s a petite fashion and lifestyle blogger, which is 110% me because #shortlegscrew. She was also a former University of Kentucky cheerleader, and seeing that I spent over half my life cheering, I gotta support another fellow gal. Her city style is also so cute and trendy I’m in love! Her photographer is another reason why I love her pics, especially recently. Her Insta is @aesthetiica and her pictures are like no one else’s! So moral of the story is check both of their accounts out!
IMG_0353Emily Herren (@champagneandchanel)
Emily is another gal that I had just discovered recently. I just love how her Instagram is specifically for her everyday styles and it doesn’t seem super posed or anything like that. Sometimes I just want fashion inspiration without the heavy edits and stuff, and Emily gives her followers just that. It’s one thing that we have the same names, but her Texas accent and southern roots wins me over! Go follow her!
IMG_0354Jaci Marie (@jacimariesmith)
I think ever since I got big into the Instagram game, I’ve been following Jaci. Her posts are just so freaking awesome I admire them every time I’m scrolling through my feeds. Her and her husband are hashtag goals and she’s best friends with another one of my faves, Aspyn! Their feeds are really similar so if you’re already following Aspyn, go follow Jaci, too!!
IMG_0355Krystal Faircloth (@apinchoflovely) 
Krystal is probably the closest profile to my own style. I have bookmarked most of her photos so I can look back at them for inspiration. Her pastel Insta and girly trends are spot on for what I hope to be like in the future with my own profile! If you don’t follow her now, you’ll definitely regret it!
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STAPLE MAKEUP ITEMS

Now, before you start reading this post, be aware that I am the least professional when it comes to putting on makeup and how to apply it and whatnot. This post is for those people who are in the same boat as I am and want to know some good-ish products that I use basically every day of my life.

Like always, I’ll have the products tagged below so you can be twinzies with me and we can suck at makeup together. Enjoy :))))))))))))))))

M A S C A R A

L’OREAL VOLUMINOUS LASH PARADISE MASCARA

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B R O N Z E R

TOO FACED CHOCOLATE SOLEIL MATTE BRONZER

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B L U S H

NARS ORGASM BLUSH

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F O U N D A T I O N

TARTE AMAZONIAN CLAY TINTED MOISTURIZER

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C O N C E A L E R

NAKED SKIN WEIGHTLESS COMPLETE COVERAGE CONCEALER

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L I P S

CLINIQUE POP MATTE LIP COLOUR

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B R O W S

TOO FACED BROW QUICKIE

BENEFIT GOOF PROOF BROW PENCIL

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P R I M E R

BENEFIT POREFESSIONAL FACE PRIMER

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E Y E  S H A D O W

TARTELETTE IN BLOOM CLAY EYESHADOW PALETTE

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WORK-FRIENDLY OUTFIT IDEAS

If someone asked me to do this blog post a year ago I would literally laugh at you because my work attire would usually consist of leggings, an old t-shirt with espresso stains on it, and a warn out pair of white converse high tops. I know, I know… I had a great fashion sense. I would try to wear cute-ish clothes, but then by the end of the day I would be wearing every ingredient available. But, here I am today writing this post because I’m finally at a job where I can finally dress like myself!

If any of you didn’t know, I currently work at a local bridal shop a few days a week and absolutely love it. I’ve been able to become a little more creative when it comes to my fashion sense and I’ve decided to share a little bit of my business-casual outfits with all of you!

Most of these pieces were bought years ago so I’ll try my best to find and tag whatever I can find! And also shoutout to Riley for being awesome and letting me bombard her closet and borrow some of my fav pieces of hers,  you rock.

I’ve decided to categorize the four outfits based on different styles, so therefore:

OUTFIT 1: The Preppy/Classic Girl

OUTFIT 2: The Sophisticated/ Glamorous Girl

OUTFIT 3: The Flirty/ Easygoing Girl

OUTFIT 4: The Dressy/ Edgy Girl

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Blazer |Striped Shirt (Similar) |Jeans | Shoes   O U T F I T  O N E

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Sunglasses | Jacket (Similar) | Pants (Similar) |   O U T F I T  T W O

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Sunglasses | Shoes (Similar) | Shirt: Borrowed | Earrings     O U T F I T  T H R E E

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O U T F I T  F O U R Skirt: Borrowed | Blouse: JC Penny | Shoes: Local Boutique 

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SEASONAL WISH-LIST

So I was thinking it could be really cool if I posted a seasonal wishlist every season of the year! And then the next time I post a wishlist I reflect and see if I actually ended up investing in one or more of the items below! Everything that I have in the picture will also be linked below if any of you guys like what I like this season! Also, comment down below what your faves this season are, too! I’d love to see what all of you guys love!

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Gucci Belt | Ray Bans | Mules | Kate Spade Bag | YSL Lipstick | Burberry Scarf | Pandora Princess Ring | Adidas Sneakers | Trench Coat | Bell-Sleeve Sweater | Kendra Scott Ring | Mini Ark Handbag | Blush Fur Coat |

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