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    Brow 101 | Eyebrow Before and After

    Brows are indisputably the biggest beauty trend for 2017, and microblading has become THE treatment to try. But, I’ll tell you the reasons why I’m NOT microblading and what I am doing instead in today’s post. I’m including my eyebrow before and after – as well as what I learned at my brow consultation at HiBrow Beauty Bar!

    To understand why I’m not considering microblading, we need to go back to my high school days. Those were the days of the skinny brow and my obsessive compulsive relationship with the tweezers. I could have literally titled this post “Lessons In Over-Plucking,” but I digress. When I look in the mirror today, I see sparse, assymmetric brows that are the direct result of my teenage plucking sprees. And compared to photos of my pre-plucked brows, it’s really quite tragic.

    So you must be thinking – this is exactly why one should get microblading – to fill those spaces semi-permanently. BUT that’s exactly why I’ve decided against it. I narrowly escaped one eyebrow trend in my lifetime! I am lucky to still have the brows that I have left. So yes, I am being super cautious and overly-protective of my eyebrows during this second wave of brow popularity. And just to be sure, I met with Lauren Prats, the owner of HiBrow New Orleans to get a professional’s perspective on the situation. See what I learned in today’s full post!


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    My Favorite Aveda Products | Eco-Friendly Beauty

    I’ve mentioned Aveda products here and there in my Friday Favorites posts before. BUT it’s quickly become one of my can’t-live-without brands. Not only is it eco-friendly, it also strives to use all-natural ingredients which I love. So, it only makes sense for me to round up my favorite Aveda products that are currently in my beauty arsenal – get ready there are quite a few!

    I also frequently visit the Paris Parker Aveda location for everything from highlights + lowlights and spa services. If you have an Aveda location in your area, I’d highly suggest trying one of their facials! I made a facial appointment recently when I had a round of hormonal breakouts, and it was a major lifesaver in clearing it up! Talk to them about your skincare concerns, and they will come up with a facial to fit your skin needs.

    And since I already have talked about their chakra essential oils, the massage services are a no-brainer favorite for me too! I love their use of essential oils as a combination to the massage therapy. Ps. Baton Rouge peeps – the Paris Parker spa area is getting a major update and renovation soon to enhance the spa services even more!


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    Read more about these products in today’s full post!


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    Best Sunglasses Brands for Every Budget

    Much like my shoe collection, I’ve realized recently that I’ve become a bit of a sunglasses hoarder. (You’ll see the hard evidence of that in the two photos below.) BUT that also means I’ve found quality brands that I continue to buy as well as new brands I’ve discovered for budget-friendly and on-trend styles. So with sunny days ahead, I figured what better time to share my thoughts on the best sunglasses brands for every budget! I hope this little recap will help if you’re looking for new sunnies this spring/summer, and I’d love to hear your favorite sites to discover new eyewear!

    Use the first photo below to navigate sunglasses between $75-$200+

    Use the second photo for styles $75 and under!


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    Classic Ray-Bans – Around $200

    classic all-black aviators (my fave) | round frame 53 mm frames | shop all Ray-Bans here

    The best everyday styles – I always have at least one pair of Ray-Bans in my tote. They are lightweight and once you find the right size/shape for your face, they will be your favorite go-to sunnies. I lost my black aviators and immediately replaced them because I wear them so often!

    On-Trend Quay – Under $100

    shop Quay styles here

    My favorite when it comes to statement-making shades – and most of the frames are flattering on any face shape. They come in tons of colorful frames and lenses. The lower price point is great for experimenting with multiple styles.

    New Kendall + Kylie – Around $150

    shop Kendall + Kylie here

    I love the bigger lens size and the quality matches similar styles at this price. More of a splurge, but I can see myself wearing these styles pretty frequently.

    Henri Bendel – Under $200

    shop Henri Bendel here

    If you love the Henri Bendel brand, odds are that you will also love their sunglasses. Same great quality and they don’t totally break the bank. Scoop some up during one of their sitewide sales for an even better price tag. (Full post on HB spring accessories here.)

    Karen Walker – Splurge-worthy Brand

    Karen Walker Harvest sunnies | shop Karen Walker here

    Blogger favorite brand with iconic frame shapes that are universally flattering on the face. The Harvest, The One or Super Duper are investment pieces worth the splurge! There are a lot of dupe versions out there, but I still think the originals are the best looking.


    Best Sunglasses Brands for Every Budget | Sunglasses Under $20 + Sunglasses Styles That Are Always In Style

    BP via Nordstrom – Best For Budgets

    Shop BP sunglasses

    I love the simple fact that Nordstrom shows how sunglasses fit the frame of a face. Mainly because I’ve ordered cheaper sunglasses before guesstimating how they will look on my face. Checking the face image for BP sunglasses is super helpful when it comes to ordering them and having an accurate expectation of a cheaper brand of frames.

    Sunglass Warehouse – From $12-$15

    Shop Sunglass Warehouse

    It’s easy to scoop up multiple pair from this site for your next vacay to avoid the worry of losing an expensive pair. Of the 4 that I received, there was only one pair that was slightly smaller on my face than I would have normally bought. Good site for trendier frames that you wouldn’t ordinarily splurge on.

    Street Affaires – On-Trend Styles For Under $50

    Shop Street Affaires

    I wore THIS pair of sunnies on both my Mexico and St. Lucia trips the entire time. I’m obsessed with them. (See them in this IG post.) Great spot for oversized styles – love the rose gold options! (Also obsessed with the pair in THIS post.)


    Other sunglasses brands that I love:

    PerverseSunday Somewhere, Gentle Monster

    What are your favorite places to shop for new sunglasses?

     

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    Tips For Switching Purses + My Handbag Essentials

    This post has been sponsored by The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

    As a blogger, I tend to switch handbags quite often. Not to mention, it’s something that I need to be able to do pretty quickly! I wanted to share some tips for switching purses that I’ve mastered along the way to help make the process more efficient. Because nothing is worse than forgetting something VITAL in your handbag that you left at home, right?!  In today’s post, I’ll be talking about my can’t-live-without items, tips for switching purses and the perks of switching your bags often!

    The most common bags that I switch between are my large totes and my smaller crossbody bags. Obviously not everything from my large tote will make it into my crossbody, so it’s important for me to know my essentials. (And if you have a husband like mine, I always keep Jordan’s must-have items on me too.) I am excited to team up with Orbit® White gum to “spill” all of the details in today’s full post!


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    Henri Bendel Spring Arrivals

    One of my all-time favorite handbag styles is the Henri Bendel Schoolbag. (I love it so much that I have it in three different versions! Excessive, I know. But when it’s good, it’s good.) I’ve been looking for a  new crossbody to take the spot of my rainbow tasseled crossbody from last year (recently sold in my Closet Sale) but also wanted something with a little pop. So imagine how ecstatic I was when I saw this PINK schoolbag in the Henri Bendel spring arrivals!

    I love how sturdy this bag is and the fact that it has a divider to help keep the contents organized. And speaking of organized the Henri Bendel Uptown wallet organizer is ah-mazing for keeping all your wallet contents nice and neat. It includes card slots, a lipstick slot and a phone pocket. It can even double as a wristlet with the studded wrist strap! (My city wallet is in the Sea Salt color that makes it easy to find in the bottom of my bags.)

    If you’re looking to revamp your spring accessories with a pop or color or vowing to keep all of those pesky receipts and credit cards in one spot, check out the rest of today’s post!

    Ps. I also have the Henri Bendel schoolbag in THIS spring color


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