March 22, 2017

Current Favorite Hair Products


Happy Wednesday friends!

I hope you all are doing well! Today I'm sharing a round up of my current favorite hair products! I had mentioned on Instagram stories (which, by the way if you're not following me you should!) that I have been really into trying out different hair products lately.  I had mentioned before in my previous hair posts that I am pretty low maintenance when it comes to my hair, but I have found some really great products that I have been using almost daily! 

HASK Greek Yogurt Shampoo + Conditioner 
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I had mentioned before in a pervious hair post that my hair has suffered a little since moving to the city. I'm pretty sure my dry hair is partially due to the difference in water here in the city. With that said, I have been on the hunt for various products to help hydrate my hair and keep it looking it's best.

I always joke with people that my hair is my child... but it really is! It has to be one of my favorite things about me and I am always looking for ways to take care of it. In high school I was really into natural remedies to help take care of my hair. I remember I use to put olive oil in my hair to make it nice and silky and other times I use to put natural greek yogurt in my hair. YUP, you heard that right. I use to put a big spoon full of this delicious breakfast staple in my hair. As far as if it did anything to my hair, I'm not sure. I mean, my hair in high school was at it's prime, so I guess all those natural remedies did do something after all! 

If you're not into putting breakfast foods in your hair, thankfully for you HASK has came out with a greek yogurt collection consisting of shampoos, conditioners and hair masks to help give your hair the extra boost it needs! The collection comes in a variety of formulas that can accommodate a variety of hair needs such as color treated hair, repair and hydrate. 

This product is great for keeping my hair hydrated and looking it's best. Currently it's available at Walgreens if you all want to try it out! Also, for all my curly hair friends, RJ LOVES this product! He often has trouble with shampoos and conditioners making his hair too fluffy after he dries it, and finds that this one keeps his hair looking nice even after it dries. 


Batist Dry Shampoo
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I've been on a hunt for a good dry shampoo for a while and I have been LOVING this one! For one this product smells so good and two, it works so well! I wanted to put this product to the test and managed to go 6 days without washing my hair (I know, cringe!) and it wasn't super greasy at all. The spray in this product is white, so I do have to rub it in my hair pretty thoroughly, but other than that it's fine. I do know that this brand has a brunette version of this dry shampoo so I may look into that when I run out of this bottle. 


It's a 10 Miracle Whips Styling Balm
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RJ's mom had gifted this to me on Christmas and I just got around to using it within the past month. This is great for keeping my hair from being too fluffy when I blow dry it. All you have to do with this styling balm is run it through your damp hair and blow dry like normal. I love how it makes my hair look sleek and shiny!


Sammy Hairspray
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My whole family swears by this product! Is it weird to say my dad is the one who introduced me to it? Haha, thanks dad! This is by far my favorite hairspray, it holds my curls nicely and doesn't make my hair too crunchy. It oddly has a slight orange scent which a plus! Most hairsprays I have used in the past always weighs my curls down or makes them SUPER crunchy, but I find that this one is the perfect medium of holding your hairstyle without being so stiff you can't touch it!

And those are my current favorite hair products! Let me know down below if you all like my hair care content and I'll be sure to post more of them for you all! Also, let me know what your tride and true hair products are down below! I'd love to test them out! I hope you all have a great day!

*This post was in partnership with HASK via BrandBacker. Thank you for supporting brands that support Pastel N Pink!

March 20, 2017

Brunch OOTD + 5 Must Try Brunch Locations in Charlotte

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Happy Monday friends!

I hope all of you had a great weekend! I'm so excited to share today's post with you all. We all know brunch is the best meal of the day and today I'm dishing out my 5 must try brunch locations in Charlotte.  One of my favorite parts about Charlotte has to be the food scene. There are SO many good restaurant options here and it's such a big contrast to my hometown (we had a total of about 4 non fast food chain restaurant options).

Also, side note: I had totally meant to be super artsy and incorporate me drinking coffee in these photos, but we were taking these at 7pm and caffeine + me at night = recipe for disaster. 

But, before we get onto the restaurant, let's take a hot second with this dress. This floral number is the perfect Sunday brunch outfit. Why? For one, it's SUPER cute and two, it's super flowey which makes it perfect for you to stuff your face to your heart's content and don't have to worry about any constricting clothes. #realtalk We all know that I love a good food friendly dress!

Now, let's get started in the brunch locations, shall we?

Fahrenheit 
I've talked about Fahrenheit many times and it has to be one, if not my favorite places to treat myself to in Charlotte. From beautiful views to wonderful service and delicious food, what more can you ask for? Fun fact, Fahrenheit is where I actually tried Captain Crunch cereal for the first time. Crazy I know.

Suggest getting: Captain Crunch Pancakes - I low key felt like an 8 year old ordering this, but I have zero regrets. If you have a sweet tooth like I do then you will love these! Pancakes sandwiched with Captain Crunch cereal and a side of breakfast potatoes? Yes please! You can check out the full menu here


Famous Toastery
Famous Toastery, also known as Toast, serves brunch and lunch everyday till 3pm which makes it the ideal place for whenever you need your french toast fix. 


Suggest Getting: Peanut Butter and Banana Stuffed French Toast - peanut butter and banana has to be one of my favorite combinations and add it with some french toast it's taste bud heaven. The order comes with 4 french toast sandwiches with a side which gives you plenty to fill you up in the restaurant and enough to take home. See the full menu here!


Bourdeauxs
Bourdeauxs is a little Louisiana styled restaurant in the corner of NoDa. If you're having trouble pronouncing the name, don't worry we're in the same boat. I've been here a couple of times with RJ and it's delicious! 

Suggest Getting: Beignets - These are Cajun donuts and quite possibly the most delicious thing ever! I couldn't get a photo of them because we devoured them as soon as they arrived at the table because they're that good. A warning though, since they are covered in heavy amounts of powder sugar, try not to laugh while you eat them if you don't want to cover your entire table in powder sugary goodness. 



Tupelo Honey Cafe

If you love southern style food, then Tupelo Honey is your place to go! Tupelo puts an innovative twist on your traditional southern dishes and they're all so good!

Suggest Getting: ShooMercy Sweet Potato Pancakes! Can you really go wrong with pancakes for brunch? Items on the menu varies from time to time. One time I got them just topped with walnuts and others I had fired chicken. Either way it's such a yummy brunch option!


Hazelnut's Creperie
In the mood for crepes? Check out Hazelnut's located in 7th Street Market! They offer both sweet and savory crepes and that are both delicious and filling. 

Suggest getting: Pesto Capri. This delicious crepe is filled with basil pesto, mozzarella, spinach, mushrooms, goat cheese, tomato and onions.. SO good! For my non vegetarian friends, they also have the basil pesto chicken which is the same thing with chicken. RJ says it's just as good!

Those are my top five must try brunch locations in Charlotte! I may do an updated one once I try more places in Charlotte if you all like! I love trying new food and sharing my yummy finds with you all. 

I hope you all have a wonderful week and also, let me know where you favorite brunch locations are! I'd love to know, especially if I visit where ever you are located!

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March 17, 2017

Blue Suede Skirt

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Happy Friday friends!

If you have been following me for a little bit now, then you know that I have a pink suede skirt that I CONSTANTLY wear. I mean, I've worn that skirt on Valentine's day, Christmas, various parties, date nights... everywhere. I've featured it on the blog multiple times (HERE, HEREHERE, HERE and HERE to be exact) and thought it was time it add another suede skirt to my collection. 

I recently picked up this blue suede skirt and can already tell I'm going to get a ton of use out of it. The side lacing is a little edgy for me, but think it's starting to grow on me! These styles of skirts are my favorite to wear for one main reason: they don't fly up when it's windy out. #realtalk. One of the worst (and embarrassing) things is wearing a short and flowy skirt on your walk to class and having a big gust of wind come out of no where... If only I could look as fab as Marilyn when those situations occur. 

To keep this outfit comfy and casual I paired it with a simple tee, oversized cardigan and some printed sneakers. If you want to spice up your look a bit instead of tucking your top into your skirt, try knotting it! I find that it makes an outfit look more casual and it's a nice alternative to tucking your shirt in.

What's your favorite style of skirt? Let me know in the comments down below! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and as always, thank you for reading!

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March 15, 2017

First Day on The Job!

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Happy Wednesday friends!

Many of you on my reader survey requested that I share more work wear or business casual outfits on my blog, so you ask and you shall receive! Today I'm sharing an outfit I actual wore for my first day of my internship! I cannot believe I'm halfway done with my internship, this year is flying by!

I've actually had fun dressing for my internship. I typically don't get super dressed up for my classes, so having an excuse to get dressed up has been fun. Thankfully with my internship I have room to dress a little bit on the casual side and have more fun with prints and colors for my outfits. 

I picked up these polka dot pixie pants and am obsessed with them! They are so fun, but are still appropriate for workwear. Pixie pants are my favorite style of pants and I think they are the most flattering pair of work pants.

Where are your favorite places to get work wear? Let me know in the comments down below! I hope you all have a great week and as always, thank you for reading!

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March 13, 2017

How to Buy Lilly Pulitzer on a Budget

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Raise your hand if you LOVE Lilly Pulitzer, but don't love Lilly Pulitzer prices? *insert 50 raising hand emojis* 

Lilly Pulitzer has to be one of my favorite brands. I love how bright and colorful all their pieces are and how they just scream summer. Unfortunately with being in college and not having a large steady income, purchasing Lilly Pulitzer at full price whenever I please just isn't realistic for me. Today I'm sharing my top tips on how you can purchase Lilly pieces without having to break the bank!


Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale
Incase you didn't know, Lilly Pulitzer holds two sales every year where they offer some of their pieces for major discount. This is actually how I've purchased a majority of my Lilly pieces.These sales typically last two days and occur around January and August. Be sure to follow Lilly on their socials so you can find out when they have their After Party Sale!


Shop the Lilly Pulitzer sale rack in store
OK this may be a no brainer, but go shop the sale rack in store!! I honestly didn't know Lilly stores have a sale rack. I always had the impression that Lilly never goes on sale (other than the After Party Sale) because there's not a sale section on their website. Next time you visit your local Lilly store, be sure to check out the sale section! P.S. There are also Lilly pieces on sale in Belk as well! 


Shop second hand
*que Malckamore Thrift shop song* But really, you can honestly find some great hidden gems at thrift stores and second hand shops. If you're not a fan of going into an actual thrift store, there are plenty of online options such as ThreadUp and Poshmark! 

ThredUp
If you all are not familiar with ThredUp, it is an online fashion resale website. Not only can you find some awesome second hand pieces for a great price, you also have the option to sell your clothes! You can click HERE to learn more about how you can sell your clothes on ThreadUp. There are a wide variety of brands on ThreadUp such as Kate Spade, Free People and of course Lilly! You can shop Lilly Pulitzer on ThreadUp HERE.

I actually scored this Lilly Pulitzer skort in this post from ThreadUp for $13! There are lots of reasonably priced Lilly items on the site and they were even kind enough to give a 50% coupon for those of you who are first time shoppers! Use LILLY50 for 50% off discount up to $50. 

Poshmark
Poshmark is a site where users can buy and sell their clothing items. Like ThreadUp, this is a great place to search for some gently worn pieces for a great price. If you'd like, be sure to follow me on Poshmark to shop my cloest!


Re-Lilly
Re-Lilly is a Facebook group consisting of over 91,000 Lilly lovers. As you can probably guess, you can purchase and resale Lilly pieces in this group! I personally haven't purchased from this group before, but I have heard good responses! 


And that's it! What are some of your favorite ways to shop for Lilly while being on a budget? I'd love to know! I hope you all have a wonderful day and as always thank you for reading!

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