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April BirchBox vs IPSY

Happy Friday, y’all! So in a few short days I’ll be going on a trip to an amazing destination.. I’m TOO EXCITED! Be sure to follow me on instagram to catch my snaps.. and on snapchat: trendkeeper !

Today, It’s a BATTLE OF THE BOXES between April BirchBox vs IPSY! See my unboxing of these two beauty subscription boxes and what my first impressions were! BirchBox and IPSY are monthly beauty boxes for only $10 each!

 

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Professional Dress

Hey y’all, good news – we’re halfway through the week! I’m having an insanely hectic few days since I’m going on vacation soon. This trip will be MUCH needed. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on travel and packing tips, and follow me on snapchat to keep up with my tropical getaway – trendkeeper!

Today I’m sharing a professional dress! I work from home, but sometimes if I have a day full of calls and a long to-do list, I like to still dress up in some professional wear. This dress is super comfortable, effortless, and still looks put together.


  
  

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Stone Tower Winery

Hey y’all! This last weekend I went out to Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg, VA – and man, was that scenery gorgeous! Pictures don’t even do it justice. It was by far the largest winery I’ve ever been to, and the weather was beautiful. So would I really be a blogger if I didn’t take an OOTD there?! I think not! (Photo cred to my friend Kaitlyn for taking my picture)

   

    
    
    
 If you’re ever in the area, I would definitely recommend taking a trip out just for that view. It was quite a drive down some dirt roads to get there, but the wine was pretty darn good. And they have two tasting rooms – one we passed by and the other was adults only and very nice. The employees were friendly and we had a great time!

Instagram Lately

Hey y’all! Happy Monday to ya! Today I’m sharing some of my latest instagram posts, and you should definitely follow me there. I’ve been loving Instagram lately so I figured I’d share my latest snaps with you. Be sure to leave your Instagram handles in the comments! Im always looking for new accounts to follow. I’ve also added in the sliders featured from posts with pictures below.. so happy shopping :)

    
  
  
  

Have a great day!

 
 
 

Budget Buys | First Impressions

Hey y’all! I went to CVS the other day because I was pretty much out of shampoo, so I figured I’d share another budget buys | first impressions! I stumbled upon a new Garnier line – Whole Blends Soothing Shampoo. I was shocked at how much I loved it.

I’d like to preface this by saying that I’m super picky with shampoo/conditioner. I need a good shampoo that will clean my hair enough to last a good 3 days without another deep wash. I also keep conditioner on through my entire shower and need a good moisturizer to keep my hair smooth until my next wash and through styling. I love a good quality hair wash and take great value in my products! So when I used this one, I was honestly surprised at how great it was. It was super cheap (less than $6 / product), and it worked wonders on my hair. I stayed in the shower so long after my conditioner just to feel how soft my hair was – haha!

   
   

You can find this at any drugstore and I would definitely recommend! Let me know if you enjoy first impressions and if there’s anything you want to see reviewed!
 

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Top Tips for Planning a Vacation

Hey y’all! In honor of me going on a trip fairly soon, I figured I’d go ahead and write up my top tips for planning a vacation to share with all of you. If you’re new to planning trips or are just looking for some new ideas, then hopefully this helps you out! Here are my top 3 vacation planning tips.

If you’d be interested in more travel tips like packing, or while-you’re-there, let me know in the comments and be sure to subscribe!

1. Use GOOGLE! 

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Flights.google.com is a huge lifesaver for me anytime I’m planning a trip. And if you know you want to take a vacation but don’t know where, you can plug in some dates then search the map for what destinations have the best flight deals. It will compare all airlines (with the exception of a few – I’m talking to you, Southwest) and will even suggest changing your trip by a day or two to save some extra cash.

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2. Book a hotel straight through their website.

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I used to work front desk at a hotel in college, and when people booked directly through us, they were more likely to get a lower rate or extra discounts. Don’t be afraid to call them, either! Of course, that isn’t always the case – but be sure to compare the hotel’s direct booking site along with Expedia, Travelocity, Etc. They might have deals not highlighted on other mass booking websites. If you’re traveling out of country, it might also be easier to book extras, like transportation.

3. Check out alternative accomodations.

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I love a good all-inclusive, but one of my favorite vacations was renting an air bnb in the middle of a jungle in Costa Rica. And it cost us each (between 4 of us) a whopping.. $20 a night. I know, right?! Try looking at air bnb or other property rental websites like FlipKey. You’ll get a home or apartment for rent which can be a really nice way to live like the locals at your destination. I styed in a full house in Costa Rica and a super cute apartment in London – no complaints!

 

So here are my top 3 tips for you to keep in mind when planning your next getaway. Happy travels!

Pencil Skirt

Hey y’all! Yesterday was an insanely hectic day – therefore, no new post. But I’m back today on this rainy, dreary day. Rainy days call for working in bed, am I right?!

I had a work meeting yesterday so I finally got to use my favorite skirt. I wore it once before when I was in Spain for dinner, but I think it’s great for professional occasions too. You have to be sure to pull it down so the slit doesn’t get too short.. but I think having an asymmetrical hem is such a cute addition to the normal pencil skirt style. I paired it with a loose, basic black top and my nude heels.
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I hope you all have a wonderful day! :)

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How to clean your makeup brushes | Brushes & Beauty Blender

Happy Friday, y’all! Today I’m here with a new video on how to clean all your makeup brushes and beauty blender.

 

FOR BRUSHES:
Combine some olive oil with dish soap then swirl your brushes in the mixture. Dip in water to clean then hang dry!

FOR BEAUTY BLENDER:
Combine a few drops of dish soap with water, throw in the beauty blender, and microwave for 2-3 minutes. Soak in cool water and ring out the dirt – BE CAREFUL, IT’S HOT!

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Chic Grunge

Hey y’all.. happy Thursday! Today I’m bringing to y’all an outfit that’s a little different than my usual. It’s slightly more grunge.. but y’know what, bringing a bunch of colors in the same color family is never a bad idea. We’re looking at chic grunge – mixing neutrals. And I’m not talking about different shades of white or black for once. This time, we’re talking about completely different shades of dark neutrals.

I think neutrals are always a great outfit choice, but bringing together a bunch of different neutral shades can really bring together an outfit. In my case I have black, army green, dark brown, and navy – they might be different, but I love it!

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This outfit came together on a whim but I decided I wanted to share it. I think going with your impulse is always the way to go – fashion included. Share with me your on-a-whim favorite outfits in the comments! You can shop my look and similar items in the slider below.

 

Swimsuits for Everyone

You get a swimsuit.. you get a swimsuit.. EVERYONE GETS A SWIMSUIT! Please comment if you know what I’m referencing.. please?!

It’s almost warm enough for some pool weather (and I’ll be at the beach in a few short weeks), so today I’m talking about swimsuits for everyone. Seriously, these are styles that will flatter any body type and let you feel your best! Werk! And here are some swimsuits that I’m lusting after this year and that I think are universal pieces that are vital to a summer wardrobe.

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