Holidays are a highly-photographed time of year. And because of this we’d all like to have the best skin possible to be memorialized in our mom’s photo albums (and instagram of course). So, I’m talking about a few of my fave drug store face masks that could take your instagrams and family photos to the next level!
First up, is the Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask for acne. I chose this one because I’ve been struggling with some breakouts recently. This one applied fairly well and I felt it start to tingle right away. Over the ten minutes the areas where I applied the mask thinner hardened slightly. I will say that it was a little difficult to wash off my face because it was so thick but once I did my skin felt dewy and fresh!
Here’s so smaller pores because that’s what society says we need to be pretty!!
Bioré Charcoal Pore Strips have a controversial rap. Do they pull out black head? Do they just pull off dead skin and hair? I may never know the real truth but what I do know is that my nose is my biggest problem area and I like how it makes it and me feel. And that, to me, is half the battle when it comes to confidence.
These are my current favorite under eye masks. I think they noticeably decreased the darkness under my eyes that really bothers me. I definitely try to put them as close to my eye as possible because that’s where the darkness begins. This makes it difficult to move my eyes too much but it doesn’t really irritate them which I like.
Next up was a first for me! This was my first peel off mask and I definitely didn’t do it right lol. If you use this one, (which smelled amazing and I actually really liked) LEAVE IT ALONE for at least 25-35 mins. I only left mine sit for 15 ish mins and it was not enough! You have to let it dry completely to have the “peel off” effect. All of that aside, I really liked this one and felt like it definitely had a brightening effect on my skin!
I love the holidays; all of them. This time of year feels so magical and full of possibility. I think that everyone should have a sense of childlike wonder about the holidays. However, one of the things that really stresses me out about the holidays is decorations. I want to be one of those people that transforms their home into a spring dream or a winter wonderland. But I’m a girl who *tries* to stick to a budget and who lives in an apartment that I know I’m going to move out of in the next year or two. None of that is really cohesive with *that* person. BUT I do like to add some seasonal flair to my apartment and I am working on adding some more adult touches to my home.
However, I feel like this is an in between time where I want to celebrate fall and Christmas all at once. So, can you celebrate both at the same time? …I’m asking for a friend?
Tray: Hearth & Hand for Target
Candle: Haven Street Candle Co – Aged Applewood
Pumpkins: Home Goods (sadly sold out)
Happy decorating, lovelies!
The other night I went out to dinner for my Brunswick bestie’s birthday. It was a small little dinner with a few friends and significant others. I wanted to pull together a look that was “fall-y” since we were finally having some cooler weather.
So I pulled out a pair of jeans that I don’t think I’ve worn in probably 6 months. I truthfully don’t know how to feel when I tell you that they were uncomfortable to be in or to look at myself in. I could zip them but there was a significant amount on “muffin top” going on. These amazing teal corduroy bell bottoms were the only long pants in my closet that would fit me.
As some one who has struggled with an eating disorder this is almost something to be proud of. However, I’m not proud. I’m annoyed that it means that I’ve been slacking off going to the gym even though it’s something that makes me happy. I know that it means that I need to add more veggies to my weekend diet and drinking less the whole week.
So as I write this I am wearing gym clothes because I did a 30 minute treadmill interval workout, I had a salad for lunch and chicken noodle soup for dinner. I’m making my way back to balance as opposed to leaning heavily into restriction or indulgence.
The first outfit I put together was not exactly suited for 70 degree weather so get ready to see that later on this year but I did up putting together a fall-friendly outfit that still made me over dressed for my BFF’s birthday dinner (and I didn’t care one bit!).
I’m starting a girl gang, who wants in?!
Initiation includes buying this super cute tee from Rox Jewelry Shop. Use code “kims15” for 15% off your entire order of holiday, female empowerment, and super cute apparel or jewelry!
When the boyfriend says he wants to go to dinner and you know exactly what you want to wear, that’s a darn good night!
I’ve been so excited about this outfit since I bought this t-shirt. Also, this t-shirt and this overall dress are $20 combined!!
Leopard shirt: $8
Overall dress: $20
Happy Shopping lovelies!
I have always HATED being alone. For the first two and a half years of my life I screamed in the car because I had to sit in the back seat by myself (I think my mother nearly killed me haha). However, being alone with yourself and your thoughts has great mental benefits as an adult especially towards “finding yourself”. As our 20s are supposed to be our time to “find ourselves”, I’ve been working hard in my mid-twenties to do just that.
Part of my strategy to do this has been to take myself out on dates. I’m not going to say that I’m super good at this concept but I’ve enjoyed it so far. Going out with just myself gives me time to think about what really makes me happy since I am a huge people-pleaser. It also gives me time to think about my future and what I want my life to look like and how I think I can make that happen on a personal and professional level. If I were the journaling-type this is probably a time where I would journal too. All of this happens while I am at dinner when you would in theory being getting to know the person across the table from you. However, I also make sure that I plan a fun activity too. I usually lean towards going to movies that I can’t convince my friends or boyfriend to go to with me but I have also done shopping or laying on the beach with a book.
Another thing that I always make sure to do is to dress up or at least look put together. My thought process on this is two-fold: A) I enjoy getting dressed up and it makes me happy and B) you’d dress up for a normal date for a random person so why wouldn’t you do the same for yourself?!
I’ve found that this has been super helpful in my “finding myself” stage of life but I’d love to hear any suggestions you gals may have!
This outfit would be perfect for running errands after yoga or coping with fall temps on the way to the gym.
I love all of these pieces together and mixed with other outfits and would definitely recommend any of the item below!
Leggings: Nordstrom – $55
Sports Bra: Nordstrom Rack – $33
Target – $20
Target – $20
(As you can see, I love Target sports bras because they’re always super cute, comfortable, and supportive speaking from a medium-ly…gifted woman)
Sweater: Nordstrom Rack – $20 (a different Zella long sleeve)
Nordstrom – $60
Target – $20 (super cute long sleeve wrap top)
Here is a blooper for your personal enjoyment: me getting in touch with nature haha.
Happy shopping, lovelies!
I’m not going to say that I don’t love a large t-shirt and boy shorts to sleep in, because I 100% do. However, there’s something that makes you feel like you have your life together when you wake up in a matching set of pajamas. However, I’ve found that such sets can be kind of expensive.
I’ve linked everything in this picture below including this super cute mug to encourage hustling from ROX Jewelry Shop! Use code “kims15” for 15% off anything from their website! They have tons of other cute jewelry, apparel, and trinkets!
Mug: ROX Jewelry Shop
Nordstrom – $55
SheIn – $15
Target – $20
Happy Shopping and a happy week, lovelies!
I love a good Mean Girls quote as much as the next 90s girl. And truthfully, I love this shirt just about as much.
This shirt comes in 16 colors and in standard and plus sizes.
Also, Dick’s Sporting Goods is having a sale right now so they are buy one get one 50% off (and some are even an additional 15% off). I’m literally going to grab a couple more colors while they’re on sale because I love them so much.
I bought this polo (and 3 other colors) when I became a manager at work and wanted to a little bit more of a professional look even in a casual environment. These shirts make getting ready in the morning a breeze. I don’t have to worry about an undergarment situation, so I just throw it on and go. (I will say that the white is a teensy but sheer though)
I’m wearing a small and I really like the fitted cut. This color is the rose violet. However, having a little bit of a longer torso, sometimes it does pop out of the tuck when I lean over.
As a girly-girl in male dominated field, I love that this (especially in this color) lets me still express my femininity.
When I asked y’all on Instagram stories what you wanted to see, several of you said outfits with booties. GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT!! I wore this to have dinner at JT’s work and he got told to “wife me up” by one of his co-workers so there you go lol.
All seriousness, I love a good t-shirt dress and this one is sooo soft with such a cute little detail on the front. A flannel shirt around the waist would also look super good instead of the chambray shirt I went with today. This outfit is also great when it’s officially fall but still 80 degrees here in south GA.
All of these items are old stand-bys for me so I linked some things that are similar at different price points!
Dress: Pink Lily Boutique – $37
Nordstrom Rack – $17
Amazon – $17
Chambray shirt: Pink Lily Boutique – $48 (denim jacket)
Nordstrom Rack – $25
Booties: Nordstrom – $100
Pink Lily Boutique – $39
Target – $35
Happy shopping, lovelies!!