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Bump Reveal + Winter Layering

05 December 2016

If you follow along on Instagram you may have caught our news about baby #3 on Friday. Yes, we're totally crazy but also over the moon with adding to our family. Over the last few months, I've been hiding the growing little bump and today it's finally making it's debut at nearly 19 weeks, just in time for winter.

First off, I'm obsessed with these NewLook maternity jeggings, it is completely ridiculous how comfortable they are. Hello all day wear with the addition of a cozy cashmere sweater and long blazer in army green for effortless nearly winter layering.

With that being said, hopefully, you guys continue to follow along over the next several months as my style evolves with my growing belly. 

Here we goooo...

Sweater Banana Republic, Coat Chicwish, Scarf DSW, Bag Kooba, Pants NewLook Maternity ASOS, Boots Report, Sunnies Karen Walker Starburst

Easy Half Up Twisted Hairstyle

02 December 2016

This content was sponsored by Aussie but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I hope you enjoy following along! #ad

With winter and holiday parties upon us, I'm all for easy breezy hairstyles that will have me out the door in 15 minutes flat. After all, since it's the holiday season I'll likely be fussing over my outfit and shoe choices, so I might as well have something easy going for me, right? So, I've teamed up with Aussie to put some of my favorite products to work creating a super simple look that even my husband can do. If you haven't used any Aussie products yet, you need to. You can grab them on Amazon ( It's a great opportunity to put your Amazon Prime membership to good use aside from binge watching shows and buying sweet cell phone cases). 
For my look I used three Aussie products and a handful of bobby pins. It took about 20 minutes from start to finish because I had to blow my hair out and give it a little tousle. 

I started by washing my hair with Aussie Total Miracle Collection 7N1 Shampoo.

 Instead of following up with the Aussie Total Miracle Collection 7N1 Conditioner, I used the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Strong Conditioning Treatment for an extra boost of moisture. It's a quick little dry hair treatment that actually works. Try it!

I don't often use gel, but surprisingly enough it's a really good tool when you need your hair to have a little structure and some maneuverability. Tip: A little goes a long way to use a tiny, tiny bit to avoid the 'crunchy' curl look. I used about a dime size of Aussie Instant Freeze Sculpting Hair Gel and applied it to my wet hair. I blew it out like normal, gave my hair a few subtle waves and moved on to the actual style. You can skip the waves and go straight or add tighter curls to work with.

First, I parted and separated a 2" wide piece of hair from my crown and divided it into two. I twisted the pieces and secured to the back center of my head with a bobby pin. Repeat on other side. 

Next, I pulled a similar sized piece from directly under the pins and divided the piece into two. I twisted each piece together to create a knot like bun. Secure with bobby pins and spritz with hairspray if it feels loose. 

Voila! A quick and easy hairstyle using Aussie! 
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Holiday Glam with Juicy Couture

01 December 2016

This post was sponsored by Juicy Couture Fragrances through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Viva La Juicy, all opinions are my own.

While I’m still surprised that the holidays are just around the corner, I’m more excited for dressing up for the upcoming festivities. It’s time to deck yourself out in all the sparkles, glitter, and glamour. From the beauty routine to the sparkly shoes to the final spritz of perfume before walking out the door, I’m sharing how I get the look, with a little help from one of my all time favorite fragrances, Viva La Juicy Extrait de Parfum by Juicy Couture. I’ve been a fan of the scent since I was introduced to it at an event several years back. Viva La Juicy Extrait de Parfum has a subtle, sweet scent from the blend of wild berries, honeysuckle, gardenia, jasmine, caramel, and vanilla. If you’re sensitive to scents like me, this fragrance is for you. Wear it day to day for a little extra glamour, or use it as the final touch to your beauty routine for holiday parties and ringing in the new year.
The collection also makes an excellent gift and/or stocking stuffer idea thanks to the array of gift sets and size options. I’m partial to the bring-along sizes, I almost always have the rollerball in my purse for quick touch-ups. Hello, gift giving for the beauty maven in your life made easy.
As far as getting holiday-party ready, I tend to amp up my beauty routine just a little more than usual. After all, it is the holidays you have to celebrate.

First, It’s all about the eyes. I tend to keep it simple with a sleek cat-lined eye and few applications of mascara. Subtle, with the right amount of pop. Next, it’s all about a little highlighting in contouring finished with a sheer coral cream blush and bold lip. Since it’s the holidays, I’m setting my usual nude lipstick choices aside in favor of berry, something a little bolder and brighter. I didn’t go too heavy with application, but it was just enough to pop against my outfit and accessories.
Sparkles, you can’t go out during the holiday season without some form or another of sparkles. So, I’m decking the halls with these glitter and embellished heels. These are surprisingly comfortable and are plenty festive to last me through New Year’s given the right outfit choices. As far as my dress goes, I’m keeping it colorful in this blue embroidered mesh mini dress. The romantic scallop detailing and swing fit makes it the perfect contender for upcoming events and parties. Depending on the weather, layers might have to be added in the form of opaque tights and a black turtleneck underneath the dress. A final spritz of Viva La Juicy Extrait de Parfum and you’re ready to make your way out to party the night away (with unspiked eggnog in my case, of course). Don’t forget to add a rollerball to your mini bag for touch-ups.
How do you get glam for the holidays?

Easy Loose Waves

29 November 2016

If there's one thing I've done a lot of this year, it's definitely hair. I've tried tons of styling tools, products and different hacks to keep my hair looking healthy. Most of them work like a charm, some that will never see the light of day on Tfdiaries sadly did not. Thankfully, I've gotten myself into a little routine when it comes to my hair. I treat it with a deep conditioning masque every time I wash my hair and I always use heat protecting products to keep my hair from getting too damaged or fried. Currently my bangs are in that awkward, not willing to work with me stage so I'm ignoring them and making the best of having in them constantly in my face.

 I've also found myself blow drying my hair more and more over the last several month. Since my ancient hair dryer broke in August I've been using the Fromm 1907 Lighweight dryer, and I'm kind of obsessed. It has 3 different heat settings, a low and high setting and a cool blast. Don't let the ultra light, quiet dryer fool you, it packs a mean punch and gets the job done fast.

One of my go to styles of late is definitely embracing my curls in the form of a loose wave. It's super simple to recreate and takes minimal timing so you can spend more time on the things that matter, like more coffee and maybe the right outfit.

Get The Look:
Post shower, lightly towel dry the excess dampness from your hair. With your fingers apply a blow dry protectant cream through your hair. I used: Macadamia Professional Blow Dry Lotion and a spritz or two of Kérastase Elixir Ultime

Next, with the Fromm Hot Paddle Brush I blow out my hair starting with my bangs. I found what works best if brushing them from side to side dries and styles them the quickest. You can touch them up later. 

For extra volume and loose waves I used the Fromm Square Thermal Round Brush. I touched up any flat pieces with a 1.5" ceramic styling wand. Spritz with K√©rastase Elixir Ultime and go!

Sweater Dress

28 November 2016

I'll admit I've been obsessed with cozy midi length sweater dresses with just the right amount of texture. They're perfect with over the knee boots, like this pair from Report (on sale!), heels and sneakers. I even found the perfect jacket to make this sweater and boot outfit just pop. Who else needs a printed shearling jacket in their life? (It also comes in white and is on sale)

Sweater Chicwish, Boots Report, Jacket Newchic, Bag Fossil

Bedroom Makeover Sneak Peek

23 November 2016

If there's one room in our apartment that hasn't even come close to being finished (let alone, started) in the last three years of living in it, it's definitely our bedroom. While, I'm all for simplicity and keeping it simple I've struggled with the awkwardly sized space. Don't get my wrong, I love it but we're literally just getting motivated to get it to a place where we feel 'settled' and cozy. I recently swapped out my clothes racks for something a little more structured, these Brimnes wardrobes from Ikea. They hold a ton and actually help brighten the room, though those handles need an upgrade. Maybe something a little more bohemian to match our aesthetics.

We ditched our almost sheer curtains for something a little more structured from Designer Living. We got the Madison Park Emilia Window Curtain in 108". I am in love the knot detail. David loves that they are sturdy and not sheer. They have a great thickness to them and were reasonably priced. 

Now, I just need to find some more color in the shape of a comforter and accessories and we might be good to go. Maybe a juju hat for above the bed? Stay tuned, I'll be sharing more as we make some progress. 

If you're doing some home and gift shopping this weekend, Designer Living is having a huge Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale (up to 80% off) on selected items, or pick your own deals and get an extra 25% off. Code will be on Designer Living from 11/22-12/4. Free shopping on 11/25, 11/28, 11/29 & 11/30. Check it out. Pssst. Tfdiaries readers get 15% off with promo code "Frugal15".