Wednesday, December 30, 2015

My Month in 5 Photos | December 2015

2015 is over people. I can't believe it, but I've never been more excited for a new year to start. I believe the next year is going to bring a lot of change into my life, and I am looking forward to it! I will be graduating from graduate school, hopefully getting my first big girl job and starting my dream career! I'm here today to round up my month in 5 photos, per the usual. 

1. I had the opportunity to volunteer at a toy-drive with a friend and it was so inspiring! We helped the day before the actual event and just helped set things up. The photos below are just two rooms out of multiple rooms of items for families in need to have for the holidays. It was amazing seeing how many items were donated to families in need, and it really helps put things in perspective! 



My grad school cohort went to this place after class that is called the Family Fun Center, which is basically where I belong. I hit the jackpot on this monopoly machine and it took about 10 minutes for all 1,000 tickets to print out! It started to get embarrassing as I just stood there waiting and kids walked by looking like they wanted to cry. It was a great time, with great friends! 

My work had its annual christmas party, which was simultaneously a goodbye party for one of my close friends! I am lucky to have a few great friends which I work with, and unfortunately my closest work friend (I call him my work husband!!) is moving on to another career path and I'm sad to see him go! I obviously wish him all the best, and know he will succeed in anything he goes! It was a good excuse for some good drinks with good people though!

Santa brought this chick some new cowboy boots! I was so happy. I've been line dancing with my friend Lauren since this summer pretty consistently, so I wanted a nicer pair of boots since my current boots were extremely cheap! Santa brought both of us some new boots, and we got to break them in this past weekend! Mine are the ones on the right, the picture doesn't do them justice, they are SO sparkly in person!



I also started redecorating my bathroom this month. Once I got the shower curtain below for christmas, I immediately started getting black/white/gold items for the bathroom. I thankfully discovered gold spray paint which helped me transform some mason jars, and my shower curtain hooks to a perfect gold. I hung up a gold canvas and the room was immediately more my style! 


Did you do anything fun this month? Leave a comment below with your favorite memory from December! I can't wait for the new year, and I hope to bring these types of posts monthly.

As always, thanks for reading.
xoxo, Jaimie. 

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Makeup Eraser | Worth The Hype?

Today's post is a review of The Makeup Eraser. If you aren't sure what I'm talking about, here is a link to their website! I've seen so many people on my Facebook sharing information about this item and posting about it like crazy, it definitely intrigued me. It is a independent sale item (also now sold at Sephora), so I was a little hesitant if it was actually worth the hype, or if people were just trying to make their monthly commission goals.

What is it?

This is straight from their website: 
"The MakeUp Eraser removes 100% of your makeup with water only. Just wet the cloth and remove your makeup. This includes waterproof eyeliner and mascara, HD makeup and much more. The best part is...it's reusable. Throw it in the wash and no stains remain. The MakeUp Eraser will last up to 1,000 washes and eliminates the need to buy disposable product to remove your makeup. The MakeUp Eraser is a pink (also available in black & blue) cloth with a hand-sewn sateen edge that's plush and soft to the touch"

So the "magic" of this product is the material of the cloth and the way that is is sewn. It honestly still doesn't make a lot of sense to me, but that is what a few people have told me that sell the product.

How to use: 

It is really simple to use. You just get a little section of it wet (I use warm water) and then start to remove your makeup in circular motions. You can also use this right over your eye makeup in circular motions to remove your mascara/eyeliner. I then just hang it over my towe track for the night and reuse it the next day. This product basically repels water, so it doesn't drip water everywhere or make a giant mess, which is plus!

How did it perform?

This worked SO well. I honestly am so surprised at how well it worked. It instantly removed all of my face makeup and eye makeup and left my skin feeling so smooth. I followed up with a cotton pad and some toner to see if there was makeup left behind, and there was barely anything! It removed everything so well. I've tried this for a little over a week, and it's worked perfectly every night.

I was wondering how this would work with reusing it and washing it, so I wanted to make sure that I went through that process before writing my review. After I ran out of areas to use the towel with, I just threw this in the washing machine with a normal load of laundry. It removed all of the stains that were on it, and it has the same texture that it did before, extremely soft! Here is what my MakeUp Eraser looked like right before tossing it in the washing machine, after about 9 uses.


Overall Review: 

I highly recommend this! The $20 is a one-time price that gives you a way to remove ALL of your makeup multiple times. I am curious to see how long this does hold up it's quality, as it claims to be good for up to 1000 washes, which is insane. I do still love traditionally washing my face, I don't think I'll ever stop doing that, but this is a great alternative to makeup remover wipes, which are crazy expensive! I also think this would make a really nice gift for a family member or friend who wears makeup!

If you are interested in purchasing a MakeUp Eraser, you can reach out to my friend Brook, she sent me this product in exchange for a review and she was extremely nice to work with! Here is her website so you can order product through her link!! 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Celebrity Style Steal : Chrissy Teigen

Have you ever wished that you could own the same clothes as some of your favorite celebrities? I know I do, I scroll through my Instagram and just wish that I had the same closet as some of them!! Today I'm taking a few top looks from my one of my favorite celebrities and letting you all know where you can find these looks for less. If you have a suggestion for the next Celebrity Style Steal post, let me know! Today, we are featuring Chrissy Teigen, if anyone has followed any of my celebrity style posts, you would know that she is basically my style icon!! 

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I love this street-style look! The gray dress can be dressed up or dressed down, and looks so comfortable! I am obsessed with the olive green floor length trench, but couldn't find anything identical to it, it is very unique. I also love the strappy heels that she is wearing with this outfit, these type of shoes are really in style, and I think that these nude ones can go well with so many different outfits. 

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This next look is adorable on Chrissy! The blouse is so delicate, but can easily be turned edgy with the shorts and scrappy heels. I was surprised to see that her blouse is from the LC Collection at Kohls! It is so affordable and looks much more designer than Kohls. I linked the exact match below. The shorts were hard to find an exact match, and it is hard to find something that material, that has that type of fit. The black heels really top this look off, this is one of my favorite looks of hers!

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This is such a cute, casual look. I love the hat, as it adds a chic touch to a very simple outfit. I unfortunately can't pull off those types of shorts, but I also think this would look adorable with a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans, and black heels or booties. 

Distressed Denim Shorts - $15.90

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Do you have any other celebrities that you wish you could get their look for less? Let me know and I'd love to try and find some of their looks for cheaper! 


As always, thanks for reading.
xoxo, Jaimie

Monday, November 30, 2015

Stitch Fix #2

Hi Friends!

I decided it was time to try out Stitch Fix again, since I had a fun experience last time, and gained a cute new shirt out of it (which I get so many compliments on!).

If you missed my first post about Stitch Fix, you can find that here. I really detail the entire process in that post, to how the payment works, and all of the fine details. Check out that post first if you want more information about Stitch Fix as a company!


Here is what I received in my second Stitch Fix Box.


 1. Eden Society - Sonya Wool Boyfriend Blazer >>> $108.00
This was a complete bust for me. This fit like a mans blazer, and wasn't flattering at all. It was a true wool piece, so it was very heavy and great quality, just not my style. I do like wearing blazers often, but the blazers that I have a very lightweight and flattering for my body. This was a bust, I also would never spend more than $100 on a blazer.
Verdict: Sent Back!

2. Staccato - Ginia Layered Cowl Neck Sweater >>> $58.00
This was a love/hate item for me. It looked like something that I would never wear, but once I put it on, it was actually pretty flattering and I could see it looking cute with a hat, or a scarf. Unfortunately, the cowl neck was a bit uncomfortable for me. Overall, I would definitely wear this piece if I kept it, but wasn't enthused about spending extra money on this.
Verdict: Sent Back

3. Alice Blue - Becker V-Neck Blouse >>> $44.00
I love this shirt! When I pulled it out, it immediately looked like something my size. It looked a bit boxy/large when I first looked at it, but once you put it on, it immediately falls really nicely to your body frame and relaxes really great. I go line dancing with friends quite a bit, and this top was adorable with jeans and cowboy boots, but I can also see this working nicely with work pants or dressed up! I am glad I kept this! 
Verdict: Obviously Kept;) 

4. Papermoon - Taluca Striped Pencil Skirt >>> $58
This skirt was adorable. It fit so amazing, and I don't normally love skirts. It was a tighter skirt, but looked very flattering and wasn't too tight by any means. This was also the type of skirt that you could easily pull up further, or fold over to make it shorter or longer. The only reason I didn't keep this was the fact that it was navy blue. I couldn't find anything in my closet currently that would look cute with this, and also didn't have any cute shoes that matched this great. I do regret sending this back, I really should have kept this as I do have a hard time finding skirts! 
Verdict: Sent back, wish I kept it!! 


5. Bay to Baubles - Holloway Stone Fringe Necklace >>> $28.00
Not much to say on this one. I thought it was a decent necklace, but for $28, no way! I have a lot of jewelry, and I prefer to go the affordable route with my accessories. I would never spend $28 on a necklace, let alone one that I wasn't sure I'd wear multiple times!! 
Verdict: Sent back! 


Overall, it was a decent Stitch Fix. I kept the one blouse, but wish I would have kept the skirt as well! Here is how the payment worked for this box: 

- When I scheduled my fix, I got charged $20.
- The blouse was $44
- I've already paid $20 for styling, so I then just pay $24 at the time of my exit survey online.

So in the end, you still are paying the price of the item, but if I didn't keep anything, I would basically pay $20 for nothing. It is a weird concept, but makes total sense once you do it! If you have any questions, or if I left anything out let me know and I will try my best to answer, or find you an answer!

If you schedule a fix through my referral link (Click on "Stitch Fix" below) I will receive a small commission that will apply toward my next Stitch Fix (which will keep great blog posts like this coming!).

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Brazi Bites | Simple Gluten-Free Snack!

I had the fun opportunity to work with a brand called Brazi Bites. Now I've always been honest about working with companies on my blog, and that I don't accept offers/collaborations unless it is a product I'd truly use. I haven't worked with any food companies before, but when they reached out to me, I knew right away that this is something that I would actually buy in a store, and use. 

Brazi Bites is a Brazilian bread bite company, they are naturally gluten free, non-GMO, 100% natural, have no preservatives, no trans fat, no sugar, and no artificial ingredients! I had a hard time thinking of a yummy bread bite that was "healthier", so I figured I had to give this a try. I have a family member who can't eat gluten, so I also wanted to try this out as a future option for family parties. 


Flavors:
They currently have four flavors. Original, garlic asiago, bacon, and jalapeƱo pepper jack. As you can tell by the photos, I got to try all four flavors. My favorite from the four was the garlic asiago flavor!
My sister also tried these out and the garlic asiago was her favorite as well! Here are my overall thoughts on the four.

  • Original: These were pretty plain, I can see these being really good for appetizer bites. Small pulled pork bites, or stuffed with cheese, multiple different ways to incorporate these! You could also just bake them plain, they were good!
  • Garlic Asiago: Delicious! These had the perfect amount of flavor, they were so good! 
  • Bacon: These were my least favorite, and I REALLY love bacon. The flavor of bacon was really overwhelming, the entire bread bite tastes like bacon, instead of having pieces of bacon in it subtly. 
  • Jalapeno Pepper Jack: these were really good also! I don't love spicy foods, but this wasn't extremely spicy by any means. I think this would be a fun addition to any mexican dish you make. I liked these! 





Ingredients and Baking:
I took a photo of the back of the bag so you can get a good look at the nutrition facts, but I'd check out their website if you want any further information! Baking these were extremely easy. You don't have to thaw them at all, you just take them right out of the freezer and pop them onto a cookie sheet. I actually baked four of each flavor together on one sheet, which also worked out great. You heat the oven to 400, and bake for 20 minutes. For my oven, this was the perfect time, they came out perfectly. 




Texture:
I know that a lot of people worry about texture when talking about gluten free foods, and I honestly couldn't tell these were gluten free. I even had my sister try one, and then told her after the fact that they were gluten free, and she couldn't tell. The only thing I could notice is that it just wasn't quite as much of a savory texture, I'm not sure the best way to explain that. They were still very fluffy, and felt exactly like bread, they just didn't feel as heavy.







Where to buy:
I honestly, would highly recommend these. They taste really good, which is obviously the top priority, but there are many other benefits. These are so easy to bake, they keep in the freezer in a nice resealable pouch, and you put them directly on the cookie sheet frozen, so they truly take exactly 20 minutes to make. These are also great for entertaining at parties where guests may prefer gluten free treats. Brazi Bites are going to be made available in Costco Stores in the PNW this week!! I know I will for sure be picking more up as these are so handy to keep in your freezer. 

Also, Brazi Bites is going to be on Shark Tank on Friday, November 20th!! I think this is so cool, as I love Shark Tank! They were such a nice company to work with. 

Please let me know if you have any questions! 
As always, thanks for reading.
xoxo, Jaimie

Saturday, November 7, 2015

My Month In Photos | October 2015


*Majority of these photos are from my iPhone, so I apologize for the random sizing of these photos, I usually like my blog posts to have the same size photos, but just impossible on these types of posts! 


I started my month off with my most favorite manicure I've ever had! If you know me personally, you would know that my favorite color is "army green" as about half of my closet is that color. I have never tried it on my nails, but I loved it! I got a lot of compliments on this color during the month and I already want to get it on my nails again! 

I celebrated the official mark of fall (when October rolls around) by lighting up some fall candles around the house! My favorite of the three below is the Sea Salt and Maple Popcorn candle from Bath and Body Works! I have already bought a few more that will be up next after these burn through. I have about one more day worth of burning on all of these, and then it's time to rotate through more yummy fall scents!

I had a lazy night at home this month, and decided to play around with some halloween makeup. This was my favorite one from the night. I did this look with just an eyeshadow pencil and eyeliner, so I know it would have been 10x better if I had actual face paint and halloween makeup products around. Next year I think I definitely want to utilize something like this on halloween, and make it super detailed!

About halfway through the month I received a super fun package from The Tasting Room. I received a tasting kit of six different kinds of wine. The idea is pretty interesting. You log into their website, and they guide you through a tasting session, telling you which bottles to take a sip of in which order. You then answer simple questions on the website, which allows the company to guide and curate personalized shipments of wine straight to your door. I still haven't done the actual tasting yet, but I'm excited to see the results of my tasting! 



I had such a fun Halloween weekend with my friend Lauren. On Friday night, we were a cat and a mouse. On Saturday night, I was a scarecrow! It was the easiest costume, but one of my favorites! I was planning on not wearing a hat, until Lauren spotted this hat in Icing on clearance, and it was the perfect scarecrow hat!

Then, I ended my month with getting a terrible cold, hence the shot of Nyquil below. I seem to always get sick around Halloween every year, and I am still fighting this cold right now! I have already had a lot of fun nights in November so far, and I can't wait to share them next month in another "My Month In Photos" blog post! 


As always, thanks for reading!
xoxo, Jaimie. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Top 5 under $5 | Hair Styling Products

I'm going to be starting a new series on my blog titled "5 under $5" and it is exactly what it sounds like. I'm going to be covering different categories and sharing the best five products under five dollars in that category. Five dollars is a STEAL for any type of beauty product, so hopefully you can find some new goodies though these posts!

I thought I'd start with hair products, and work my way into beauty products in the next post. I decided not to include shampoo and conditioner in this post, as there are a lot of great ones out there under $5, so I just left them out all together.

1. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Leave-In Conditioner

This product is one of the best leave-in conditioners from the drugstore. I use this about twice a month, when I feel like my hair is really "needing it". I shampoo my hair like normal, and then lather it in this stuff. I have a hair clip in my shower, and after applying this all over my hair, I will clip my hair up for 3-5 minutes to really let it soak in while I finish showering. It leaves my hair so soft and smooth, but I don't use it every time that I shampoo my hair. I like using the "moisture" one as my hair does tend to get a little dry throughout the month. They have a few other variations of this conditioner though, they are highly worth looking into!

2. TRESemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray

If you are someone that heat styles your hair, then you should definitely be using a heat protectant spray. It is a frustrating project, because you can't see or feel it working, but I promise that it is! This is an amazing one from the drugstore, that is under $5 and truly does the job. If you aren't currently using a heat protectant spray, pick this one up next time you're grocery shopping, and your hair will thank you for it!

3. Garnier De-Constructed Texture Tease Spray

This is my current FAVORITE hair product. I recently chopped my hair into a "long-bob" and this product has been exactly the perfect product for me. It claims to be a hairspray, but I wouldn't count on it for that, I truly just use it as a texturizing spray. I like my hair styles to look messy and texturized, and this product truly gives me that. I curl my hair like normal, style and use hair spray like normal, and then go in with this product. I spray this product where I want more volume/texture and then mess it up, and it gives me the EXACT messy look that I go for. This is a great deal from the drugstore, I highly recommend it if you like textured, messy looks.

4. Garnier Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hair Spray

Can you tell that I like Garnier hair products? This hair spray is a really great one from the drugstore that I've used since high school! It is under $5, holds my style, but still allows my hair to be worked with and flexible. I recently was gifted some "high-end" hair sprays which I'm loving, but once I'm through those I will be back to my tried and true Garner hair spray! Such a steal.

5. Garnier De-Constructed Beach Chic - Beach Waves Spray

Once again, another Garnier product, sorry! They are such a good brand from the drugstore. This product is good for those of you that want texture, but maybe don't want a TON of texture (like the Texture Tease Spray up above will give you). I like using this when I do larger waves, as this messes them up enough to look textured, but if I get too much texture on long waves, they just look really tanged and gross. I like using this in conjunction with the texture tease spray. This gives a softer beach wave look to the hair, and I really recommend it! I will say that I like the texture tease spray more, but I like A LOT of texture to my hair!

Do you have any hair styling products under $5 that you love? Leave a comment below, I'd love to try them out! There is something so satisfying about finding a great product for SO cheap!




As always, thanks for reading.
xo, Jaimie.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Weekend Favorites

1. This youtube video from Todrick Hall which mashes up a lot of Taylor Swift songs into one. He is so creative and talented, I can tell this video took a lot of work, and it shows! It is so catchy!!

2. I'm lusting over this Kate Spade watch! I'm in the market for a few watch, do you have any recommendations for good brands that I may not have heard of?

3. The new Starbucks cups!? So cute, and makes me so excited for all of the fall things that are coming!

4. My mom (owner at Limited Lane Custom Designs) made me this shirt last week after I told her what I wanted it to say, a lot of my friends liked it, so she listed it on her Etsy shop for sale! I love it so much!! 

5. Pumpkin. Spice. Oreos.  Do I really need to say more?


I hope you guys are as excited for fall as I am! I thought I'd hop on here really quick this weekend and share a few of my current favorite things. I just started my second year of graduate school, along with a full time job and an internship, so I haven't been posting quite as much as I am used to. I am going to have a few subscription box reviews coming up, and a fun hair-product post coming up shortly also.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! xo.
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