Surviving Daylight Savings with Pampers

This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

THEMy baby, Ella, is 1.5 years old and has never slept through the night. Even though I know it isn’t a reflection on my parenting, I still feel a little embarrassed to admit this. We have tried countless “sleep training” methods with limited success. I suppose she just isn’t ready for this long-awaited milestone quite yet.

pampers1Of course, its not like she hasn’t made any progress since her newborn days. She has finally gotten to the point where she only wakes up once or twice a night. This is a huge improvement, and has made everyone’s lives a lot more enjoyable. Unfortunately, with Daylight Savings Time quickly approaching, I am worried about how she will cope and if this will lead to even less sleep (precious, precious sleep).

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Naturally Fashionable with Jord Watches

Since the beginning, nature has influenced art. Nothing has the ability to take our breath away quite like a magnificent view from a mountain or a colorful field of wildflowers blowing in the wind. Nature inspired art will never go out of fashion because nature itself is timeless and something we all experience together. A hand-crafted wooden timepiece from Jord Watches, is one of those special pieces I treasure because of the beautiful wood and excellent craftsmanship. I was sent the Ely watch in Maple, and the lightweight feel, streamlined design and neutral color make this the perfect day to day watch.

I love to pair my watches with complimentary bracelets. These are some of my favorite looks featuring the Ely in Maple.

Jord1 jord wooden watchesThis first style is my favorite. The creamy, white pearls and light maple are such a gorgeous combo and just seem to fit together. For this look, I wrapped a short triple strand pearl necklace around my wrist several times. I think it looks even more lovely as a bracelet.

Jord6 Jord3When I saw the shape of this turquoise bracelet, I knew it would fit perfectly with this watch. The colors go beautifully together as well, especially with the gold peeking through in the bracelet.

Jord5 Jord4This final look plays off the metal elements of the watch. I wrapped a gunmetal colored necklace twice around my wrist and positioned the watch in between the two loops. This pairing is more edgy then the others, and I love it!
jord watchesSo you can get a feel for the size of the Ely, here is a picture from our beach vacation last weekend!

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Morning Beauty Simplified

Are you a last minute sort of gal? You know, the type to hit the snooze and mumble, “just five more minutes” four or five times each morning. Or maybe, like me, you wake up and sit on the couch drinking coffee and watching the news until 10 minutes before you have to leave. Either way, you’re left with just enough time to brush your teeth and throw your hair in a ponytail before you have to run out the door. Since, no matter how hard I try, this is my morning routine every stinkin’ day, I have streamlined my beauty process to a few easy steps that take only minutes to complete.

There are two pieces to every morning beauty routine – hair and makeup. Let’s start with the hair:

Fast Morning Hair Style

For a quick, modern take on an old standby, try this version of a pony from Redkin stylist, Jenny Balding.

textured ponytail

  • Start with day old hair as this will be easier to manage and look better.
  • Create a low side part on whichever side suits your face shape best.  Mist hair with a light spray all over to smooth any flyaway strands and smooth down.
  • Gather your hair at the nape and sweep into low ponytail and tie making sure to keep the top area really smooth and sleek.  Take a small piece of hair from the under section of the ponytail and wrap around the base and pin.  I love Cutler Flyaway Stick to use over the part and crown to create a sleek, beautiful sheen to the hair.
  • Using a mini crimper, take small sections of the ponytail and crimp each section.  Mist a light hairspray on each section to give a little hold.
  • Brush hair through with boar bristle flat brush to create the perfect juxtaposition of the two textures – the sleek top and the textured, crimped tail.

Morning Face

The number one tip to a for a quick morning look is well-groomed brows. It’s such a small detail, but nothing makes you look more “put-togther.” To get the best brow look here are a few suggestions.

1. Shape brows. This is something I suggest you do ahead of time. You don’t want to be rushed here – nothing feels worse then realizing you have over plucked or mismatched your brows. The easiest way to ensure you get the best shape for your face is to visit a salon. Then you can easily maintain the look by plucking away any stray hairs that pop up. Use a product like the Tinted Brow Gel from Revitalash to keep hairs in place all day long.

browcollage2. Fuller brows are synonymous with youthfulness, so to fill in any sparse patches, use a an eyebrow pencil like Brow Power from it Cosmetics. This universal pencil adapts to all hair colors and creates a natural looking brow. Use softer strokes for lighter hair and more firm strokes for darker hair. Finish by brushing through brows with the included spooley brush for a completely natural look.

3. Once your brows are shaped and filled in (if necessary), use an illuminating pencil to open up and brighten eyes, plus add the illusion of more lifted brows. The Brow Power Lift from it Cosmetics has both matte and pearl options and is infused with hydrolyzed collagen and vitamins A,C and E.

matteilluminatorUse this creamy pencil to trace along your brow bone and then blend with fingers. For added brightening, apply a small amount to the inner and outer corners of the eyes.

Now that your eyebrows are gorgeously groomed, add concealer (where needed), a little blush, mascara, and lip gloss and you’re ready to go!

 

What is your best beauty tip for those rushed mornings?

 

I received complimentary product to aid in the writing of this article.

Braided Ballerina Bun with Dove Pure Care Dry Oil


I have a love/hate relationship with my hair. I’ve struggled with its thick, curly, dryness since I was young. As a child, no one knew how to deal with my hair so it was always a giant puffy, frizz-ball. I hated it. Now that I am older and have learned some curly hair tricks, I’ve developed a better attitude toward my locks. While my hair can be more difficult to maintain, with the right products, I can achieve styles I really love.

The number one tip for great looking curls is to keep them hydrated. Since my hair has been described as “hay-like” on several occasions, I am always on the lookout for products that offer moisture without oiliness or excess weight. For the past few weeks I’ve been using the Pure Care Dry Oil line (shampoo, conditioner and nourishing treatment) from Dove,  Don’t let the word “oil” scare you off. I promise it doesn’t weigh down hair or leave it feeling greasy at all. I especially love the nourishing treatment. It absorbs quickly and features a blend of African Macadamia oil and Coconut oil. After using all three products, my hair was noticeably softer, more moisturized and easier to manage.

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If you are looking for a cute hairstyle to showcase your new silky locks, try this quick tutorial…

Braided Ballerina Bun

doveAs easy as a ponytail but much more sophisticated, the braided ballerina bun is perfect for busy mornings.

  • Start with clean, dry hair (try the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil shampoo and conditioner).
  • Flip hair over to add some volume and tease a little at the crown for added height.
  • Without pulling too tightly, collect hair into a ponytail where you want your bun to be.
  • Braid the ponytail and then wrap around into a bun.
  • Finally pin in place.

doveTell Me: Do you have a love/hate relationship with your hair too? What are your hair issues?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

DIY Matte Nail Polish

diypolishmainMatte nail polish is a huge trend this season and is a modern and sophisticated alternative to the standard high shine polishes. Of course, they sell special matte polishes, but if you don’t want to run to the store to pick one up, try this easy DIY idea. Using either a little cornstarch or powdered eyeshadow and a clear topcoat, you can easily make your own matte polish and even create a fun new color in the process.

The cupboards are always a little barren in my kitchen, so I skipped the cornstarch and headed for the eyeshadows. Since I already had a deep red polish on my nails, I wanted a matte top coat that would compliment the color. I ended up choosing a slightly shimmery golden hue. The result wasn’t entirely matte with the shimmer, but it still turned out beautifully. The process couldn’t be simpler – read on for step-by-step details.

DIY Matte Nail Polish: The Directions

In a small mixing dish, combine a small amount of powdered eyeshadow (make sure there are no clumps) and a few drops of a clear topcoat.

diynailpolishcupNext, using the nail brush from the clear polish, paint on a thin layer of the mixture on top of previously applied polish or to the natural nail.

*Tip – Make sure to clean the brush with nail polish remover before placing back into clear coat.

That’s all there is to it! I love this technique because the possible combinations of colors, sheens and base coats allow you to really get creative and find the perfect look for your event or outfit.

So go grab some cornstarch or eyeshadow and create your own custom nail polish. I would love to see what you come up with – show me on Facebook!