15 Things to Consider before Getting a Dog

Things to consider before getting a dog

It’s National Puppy Day!
In honor of Dock and all the Dog Lovers out there, I appropriately wore this ” I love my Dog ” Tee from Hope Ignite. I have been holding off for THIS. VERY. DAY! This company designs shirts for a great cause.. or causes!
( Don’t worry Cat Lovers, they have one for you too! )

Dogs are a huge commitment. Personally, I have loved every minute of being a Dog Mom! There’s a lot of things that go into caring for a dog. They demand attention and love. A dog is like having a toddler. Dogs are such a great addition to families. There’s some things to consider before you bring them into your family!

Having a dog has taught me a lot! A little back story with my puppers. A little over a year ago, someone posted how good the documentary, “Champions” was. If you haven’t heard of it.. watch the trailer –> here then, go check it out on netflix. It’s about Michael Vick’s Pitbulls and dog fighting ring. So, I watched it. It didn’t let me down. As a matter of fact, it triggered me to research pitbulls. According to the documentary, they are sweet, gentle, and loving. To speak of them as a whole they are cuddling, high energy, and overall happy dogs. The following weekend I stumbled upon an abandoned Pitbull. He lives up to their claims. But, there were some things I had forgotten about or maybe overlooked while the excitement of finding this dog had overtaken me! So, Here’s 15 (+ 20 More) Things to Consider Before Getting a Dog!

15 Things to Consider Before Getting a Dog

1. You’ll probably have to pick up poop..

More times than you’d like to recall, you’ll pick up poop. Accidents happen. Even though Dock is house broken sometimes he gets sick..

 2. Drool

What you have looks tasty; drool. He’s hot; drool. His mouth is open; drool. Drool everywhere. Even if they aren’t heavy droolers there will still be drool. 

3. Fleas. 

They have to go outside. Fleas are just part of it. Flea pills are worth their weight in gold. Just bite the bullet. Once a month. You won’t regret it. 

4. That pair of shoes you like.. they’ll probably get chewed up

Countless things destroyed at the hands (mouth) of my dog. Shoes, purse straps, pillows, toys, TENNIS BALLS! Everything can be eaten and possibly will. 

 5. Dogs don’t talk. 

When they’re whiny for 20 minutes straight and you can’t seem to figure it out you result to trial and error.. and poking your eyes out. Until you realize their favorite toy is out of their reach and they want it now. But, he could;t tell me that because he can’t talk.. They also don’t talk back… 

6. It doesn’t matter the weather they still have to go outside 

If you don’t want to revisit number one, you’ll endure rain or shine, hot or cold. And yes, sometimes it’s miserable when the wind chill factor is -20 and your dog takes this opportunity to smell every blade of grass in your yard. 

7. You’re going to be licked A LOT

They’re just showing affection.. or you have food on your face. I don’t know if my dog likes the taste of my makeup but he never fails me. Freshly applied makeup.. on giant lick up the side of my face. He would lick me for hours if I’d let him.
Also, they lick their butt then your face. They drink from the toilet then lick your face.. 

8. That food on the counter.. they can reach it

Few things are out of reach. If it smells good or looks fun they’ll get it. Where there’s a will theres DEFINITELY a way and they’ll find it. 

Dog Mom Story:

My mom made brisket shortly after I rescued Dock. Generally, he’s my little shadow. not this day. I put some brisket on my plate and my mom called me into the living room. When I came back I momentarily thought I was going crazy until I see Dock standing their licking the floor. 

9. They prefer your bed to theirs

AND they take up the whole bed..
Can you blame them? No one likes sleeping on the floor. Dock has never slept on the floor. From the time I brought him home he slept in bed with me. It’s a joke if someone suggests him sleeping in his own bed. I literally laugh at that suggestion. 

10. Dog hair. Everywhere.

It’s part of your wardrobe, your bedding and your carpet now. It’s all over my jeep too. No matter how many times I vacuum ( which don’t get confused, thats not often ) there’s still little dog hair on the seats of my jeep. 

11. No more personal space 

What bubble? On top of me, beside me, underneath me. The closer the better. And if you don’t let the dog in your space he will force himself into your space and you will end up welcoming the dog into your space anyway! 

12. I hope you like the sound of your own voice because you’ll hear it a lot

“No. No. Dock. No. Down. Quit. Stop. What are you eating? Where did you get that? Get back. Stay. No. Stay. Wait. Dock? Dock! Hey!!”

13. Alone time is nonexistent 

Even in the shower there’s a visible black nose poking in and out of the shower curtain. and just forget going to the bathroom alone. You either close the door and listen to them whine or you don’t close the door and they come in there with the happiest look on their faces wondering what you’re doing. You choose.

14. White pants and dirty paws don’t mix

Paw prints are just a fashion accessory at this point. Anything light colored I have must be put on after Dock has had enough time to get the dirt off his paws..

15. Dirty paws and anything don’t mix

My bedding looks filthy. There’s paw prints on my jeep seat. The rug in my room is a dingy beige. 

Things to consider before getting a dog

20 More Things to Consider Before Getting a Dog

 The good always outweighs the bad. It doesn’t matter how mad I am at Dock or how much trouble he’s been in I can’t stay mad or stick to my guns. He’s ornery and sassy. He has so much personality and loves to show it off. All the good completely outweighs any of the bad..

PS How Cute is the Dog!?
( I may have bribed him to look at me by holding his tennis ball. and by “I may have” I really mean I did! )

1. Endless snuggles

You always have someone who wants to snuggle. And lately, he discovered how toasty it is under the covers while we’re sleeping. He gets under the covers and snuggles me all night long. 

2. You’re never alone

There’s always someone there to keep you company. And he doesn’t judge you for all the weird stuff you do while you’re alone and he doesn’t judge you for talking to yourself.. I mean to him. 

3. You connect on a different level because they don’t talk

They see all your different moods and emotions. They sense things other people can’t. You expose them emotions you don’t show other people. They understand you on a different level. 

If I’m upset Dock always knows and wants to lick my face or snuggle me. Even when I’m sick he just lays around with me.

4. Unconditional love

It doesn’t matter how mad you get they still love you. It’s hard to punish him when he just wants pets. Even if I have gotten onto Dock he still wants to love on me! Like his form of an apology. 

5. Door greeter

Always, Always, Always so happy to see you. Whether it’s been 5 minutes or 5 days. Whether you were petting him and sweet when you left him or if he was in trouble. He’s still excited to see you! 

6. Outside time is good for the heart. 

Even in the rain and cold, fresh air is good for your lungs.. and your soul. It’s good for you and them to get outside and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. When Dock gets outside its like the first time grass ever touched his paws he goes NUTS!! 

7. Alarm System and Security Guard

Their hearing is impeccable and they can be intimidating. You get a warning bark and possibly a security growl. They sense things you don’t and hear things we don’t. Also, they recognize familiar vehicles so know when someone unfamiliar is there! 

8. Heating Blanket

Keeping you warm through the night. See number 1. They also like your bed better so they take care of you on the cold nights. 

9. Travel companion 

Car rides are made less boring by having someone to pet. Dogs love car rides. It’s good for them to get out and about. 

10. They help with anxiety and depression

Proven fact. 

11. Exercise Partner

Not that I exercise but I’ve chased my dog several times. If he needs a walk, I get to burn some calories. 

12. They give you a purpose

Watch pitbulls and parolees if you don’t believe me. Even on days that I don’t feel right Dock still gets me up and going. 

13. They teach you compassion, responsibility,  discipline, and contentment

Having a dog as an adult has taught me so much more than any dog I had growing up. He depends solely on me to feed him, love him, and care for him. Only I care about him being warm, having shelter, and being safe. ( and Nate cares too but you get the point )

13. They don’t complain about their clothes. 

They can’t. So, put that sweater on him! 

14. They don’t tattle on you for weird stuff you do alone

First of all, they don’t know it’s weird. Secondly, they can’t tell anyone what you’re doing anyway. Kids on the other hand… 

15. They brighten your day

Door greeter, unconditional love, snuggles, warmth.. the list goes on. They make the days better. 

16. Unlike children, you can leave them at home. 

No daycare cost for this dog mom.. no diaper cost either.

17. You don’t have to share your chocolate. 

They can’t have it. It’s all yours. 

18. Their toys are cheap.  

Tennis Balls are cheaper than a hatchmal…. 

19. You sleep better when you sleep with a dog

Also a proven fact. Since they calm anxiety and even out your breathing they make you sleep better. Or so I’m told..

20. They’re just so, so stinking cute.

No explanation needed.

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St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day already!? How is that even possible? I feel like I was just making a Christmas List.. like that happened yesterday! But, onto summer and such.. Here’s how I’m avoiding getting pinched today!

Green for St. Patrick’s Day

I am obsessed with this top! The detail and frills on this shirt makes it not just another tank. It’s everything girly girls love! It’s got lace, it’s peplum, and the detailed back..  How beautiful is the color?! I love the boldness of the color. This tank is going to be so cute paired with white shorts this summer! But, for now.. Jeans. I may be reaching for Kelly Green more often. As soon as I saw this I thought it was so pretty! This has been boxed up since before Christmas because it was too cold to wear. For now, its still pretty cold around here! But, it’s still cute.. so CUTE!

This tank made my spring break packing list. It’s so flattering and cute! I’ll be happy dancing every time I get a chance to wear this.

You can grab this at Yaya’s Clothing Boutique!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t get too wild tonight and wear your green!

XO,

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My Spring Wish List – YaYa Boutique

Working in a Salon that double as boutique is a blessing and a curse! I am constantly seeing CUTE clothes coming in. I have a lengthy Spring Wish list of items I want.. and think I need! Seeing all this stuff come in has triggered an idea to post my Spring Wish List and share with you guys some things I’m loving at my salon right now!

We carry a wide variety of clothes. They owners target all ages and many different styles. I believe there’s something in here for everyone. We have everything from dresses to fun graphic tees; everything from tennis shoes to heels!

Spring Wish List

  1. Sneak Peek Frayed Hem Jeans

    I just love the wash of these jeans. The light denim is all over for spring fashion. Sneak Peek Jeans scream comfort as soon as you slip them on. You will not want to take them off, seriously. They’re like pajamas! I can’t get enough of these jeans.

  2. Pink // White Stripe Off the Shoulder Bow Sleeve Top

    I am in love with the top! It’s so cute and the details are everything that gives girls life in the spring. The cinched bow sleeves are 3/4 length to keep you warm in this crazy weather! It’s heavy cotton and will look so cute this summer with white shorts! Because, everything goes with white shorts! honestly..

  3. Sofft Shoes

    These wedges are SOOO comfy! They are cute and great for everyday! If you work a job that requires you to be on your feet a lot these shoes need to become part of your collection! These shoes look so great with skirts, dresses, and jeans.

  4. Preach Muscle Tee

    I will forever LOVE a great muscle tee and graphic tee. Graphic tees get me every single time! This one is cute and gives you a little giggle, ya know? Tees like this can be dressed up or down and are cute year round! Tanks are part of my year round wardrobe. My tank tops are never packed up. I wear them with cardigans and flannels both. I just want it, okay?

  5. Pink Pocketed Swing Dress

    I absolutely adore this dress. Cotton Dresses for summer are my love language! I need them all. I’m so hot natured that dresses are practically the only thing that keeps me cool when I don’t have the option for shorts. Sometimes, even when shorts are an option I still opt for dresses. They’re comfortable, they’re functional, and cute!

  6. PJ Set

    Basically, anything that fits under the category of loungewear has my name all over it! I love comfy anything. If said comfy thing it soft and cute.. Oh, Lord! I have to have these! You can never have enough PJs. Plus, All my pjs except one pair are christmas PJs so, Imma have to buy these.

    Spring Wish List

  7. Suede Camel Tennis Shoe

    These shoes are such a cute summery alternative to sandals. I don’t enjoy wearing sandals to work in. Also, finding comfy sandals to stand in all day long is a task. So, this is a good choice to trade out sandals for the work day.

  8. Floral Pocket Tee

    Basically, I love all things can that be worn a million different ways. This tee is a perfect example. These blush sneak peek jeans, white jeans, white shorts, jeans.. the list is endless..

  9. Blush Sneak Peek Jeans

    These jeans do really go with EVERYTHING. Blush is the new black. Not really but pretty much. I can & have paired these jeans with so many things!

My wish list for Yaya Clothing Boutique is super lengthy. I see clothes in here all the time. I have a constant rotating wish list. This list is fairly short and I could have gone on and on but I kept it short for you. I’ll keep you updated on Wish Lists as they change! I can’t wait to see more spring and summer stuff that comes in!

XO,

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Spring Break Needs List

Spring Break is the happiest time of the year.. after Christmas. Its like the ultimate welcome to summer. (that is until you come back to the frigid Arkansas Spring) I think Arkansans are wired to want to go to the beach for spring break.. I know I always want to be at the beach all the time but particularly around Spring Break.. because being in the adult world we aren’t allotted an actual “Spring Break” But, it’d be cool if we were.

In Arkansas most people go south for spring break. Beach people live here in Arkansas. We are equipped to deal with humidity. Our bodies are made to love the sun, our brains programmed to love the sand, and our souls crave the salt. It is what it is. There’s no way around it. We love the beach. And, granted, maybe I’m just talking about myself and if thats the case and you hate the beach.. I have plenty of other posts you can read that don’t involve my love for the ocean. 

I’ve packed for the beach a million times. I wish I was packing for the beach now! But, in my experience heres a list of the things you actually need when you go to the beach!

In your Travel Bag

Spring BreakBackpack | Swimsuit | Dry Shampoo | Sunnies |

I love to carry a backpack when I travel.. That way everything is easy to get to AND its super easy to carry. When its time to unload I don’t have my hands full trying to carry my travel bag ( Carry On if you will ) and suitcase along with everything else..

  1. Purse

    Usually, when I travel this acts as my purse and I put my actual vacation purse in my suitcase so That’s one less bag I have to carry.

  2. Makeup Necessities

    Just the necessities.. Foundation, Mascara, and Blush. Just in Case. If it fits in my 5 minute morning routine it fits in my travel bag.

  3. iPad

    Because no one travels without them anymore

  4. Swimsuit

    If I’m flying the swimsuit goes in my travel bag.. Just in case my luggage gets lost, I’ll at least have that!

  5. Headphones

    I cannot travel without headphones

  6. Dry Shampoo

    Because I don’t go anywhere without it!

In your Beach Bag..

Which BTW: Should be a cute one..

Spring Break

Swimsuit Top // Bottom | Hat | Sandals | Cover Up | Graphic Tee |
Shorts | Sunnies | “Lynlee” Cup | Beach Blanket | Notebooks |

  1. Swimsuit

    I mean, hello! If you’re going to the beach and you were to only take one thing this would be the one thing you should take.  Luckily thats not the case. Everything else is optional but a swimsuit is nonnegotiable. I love Giani Bini Swimsuit from Dillards. These bottoms are GB Highwaisted Bottoms. This top is from target and I’ve had some good luck at Target.

  2. Towel

    To lay on.. to dry off.. You must take a towel. This fell under the obvious category for a reason..

  3. Hat + Headband

    Your hair in your face.. or sunburnt face & Ears.. Nothing is more annoying than your face getting burn on day one. Put on a hat and put on your sunscreen.  See number 6. Also, this hat is from one of my moms friend’s embroidery company; A Blessed Mess. I linked her Facebook page under the picture or check it out –> Here

  4. Sandals

    Because sand and ANY OTHER shoe don’t mix. I love these birkenstocks they’re comfy and easy to walk long distances in.

  5. Cover up

    If you do end up burn sitting in the sun knowing your just adding to your burn is the worst. There have been trips that after I burnt I would still want to enjoy the beach life. Insert Cover up here. This tie dyed cover up dress is adorable over any swimsuit. it’s lightweight and flowy and will dry so quickly! I also love the columbia PFGs because they dry quickly and they aren’t hot at all! Plus, how cute are they with your monogram? So cute! Also, I love the free people trapeze dresses over my swimsuit.. they dry quickly and are comfy!

  6. Sunscreen

    For your body and your face.. Wrinkles are real. Sunburns are miserable. Put on the Sunscreen.

  7. Floaty

    I’ve got a Pizza Slice, Its oh, so fun and its so fun in the water!

  8. Denim Shorts + Cute Graphic Tee

    Just a good basic outfit. Plus super nice to pull on after a day at the beach. This is the Spring Break Uniform.. and Lets talk about how cute this Preach Muscle Tee is! You can get it at Yaya’s!

  9. Sunnies

    Do I need to elaborate? Plus, These are TOO cute!

  10. Speaker + Headphones

    Let’s just make the beach more enjoyable by adding some tunes..

  11. S’well Bottle

    We cannot be getting dehydrated while in the sun and on vacation. Grab you a bottle or cup that’ll keep your drinks cold through the whole day of sun bathing. I love my swell bottle. It’s great for the beach because it has a screw top. You won’t have to worry about getting sand into your drink and your beverage will stay cold for hours!

  12. Lifeproof Nud Case
    Nothing worse than being somewhere far from home and ruining your phone. A waterproof case is almost as necessary as a swimsuit. This Nud Case is so slim and easy to handle. I love it!
  13. Chapstick

    My lips get so chapped when I’m beach side. I always take chapstick with me. Also, there are few things more painful than sunburnt lips.

  14. Magazines, Good Book, iPad

    Oceanside entertainment. One can only lay still getting a tan so long before they need to do something.

  15. Beach Blanket

    A towel is such a small space to put all your stuff if you’re like me and don’t want sand in EVERYTHING. A beach Blanket allows you to kind of stretch out and have extra space to put your stuff.

  16. Snacks + Drinks

    I’m a snacker! Sour Patch Kids, Skittles, Cuties, Crystal Light Packets all get dropped into my bag as I’m running to the beach!

  17. Wallet // Wristlet

    If you’re staying far away  from the beach you’re going to need to carry your dollars.. just in case. If you have a functional purse you can throw a wristlet from one bag to the next.

  18. Notebook

    I just always carry notebooks with me everywhere. If a thought strikes or something I need to remember crosses my mind..

Fashion Items

Spring Break requires you to take multi-purpose outfits because of the weather! You have to be practical but keep in mind that we still want to look cute and springy. It’s crazy you can go from tanks to sweater in a matter of hours.. I love dresses in when I’m at the beach. You look cute and feel cute but you’re comfy! So comfy! I wish I was a reasonable packer but, I’m not. I pack everything except the kitchen sink. You never know what you might need.. Heres a list of some things you’ll definitely need!

Wardrobe Essentials
  1. Flowy, Lightweight Dress

    If you’re burnt, its so horrible to have to wear jean shorts and a shirt. I love throwing on a flowy dress when I’m burnt. It helps avoid some of the pain.

  2. Sweater

    This beautiful sweater is SOOO cozy and the color makes it transition into spring without a hitch! I’ll be rocking this with shorts as the seasons start changing. This sweat would be perfect  to wear walking along the beach at night or dinner out! Plus, one those chilly nights you’ll be grateful for something cute and warm!

  3. Jacket

    The Weather during spring break is tricky! It may or may not be warm at your destination. I’ve been twice when it was too cold to even get in the water and the wind was blowing so hard you didn’t really want to be on the beach at all. Of course, we endured the cold and sat out there anyway. A Denim Jacket goes with almost everything and they’re not bulky to pack.

  4. Light Weight Pull over

    A light weight pull over is a necessity. Any time I travel anywhere I pack a sweatshirt. Whether it be an over night trip or a vacation. It’s almost like a security blanket.. or Jacket.. See this Post –> Here.

  5. Comfy Denim Shirt

    This is also great to throw on over your swimsuit but also great for sunburnt days too! Denim on denim or denim with colored jeans is always cute plus layering with denim is cake.

  6. Cute Jammies

    If you’re staying with a group of people.. Jammies are always good to pack for the late nights or watching movies or lounging around.. or early morning breakfast before you get ready for a day in the sun!

  7. White Jeans + Blue Jeans + Blush Jeans

    First of all, all three of these colors of jeans go with EVERYTHING. Secondly, they instantly brighten up any outfit. So, while you’re beaching and wanting to look bright and extra colorful.. Plus, all three of the shirts I put in there coordinate with all the jeans.

  8. Wedges + Closed Toed Shoes

    Cute Healed Sandals or wedges are a must pack. These soft wedges are SOOO comfy! A pair of camel wedges are so easy to throw on with everything in your suitcase. I love camel because you can easily wear them with black or brown! You’re going to want wedges for dinner or night out. Then, of course, the closed toed shoes for nights it gets extra chilly, shopping or you’re walking a little more than usual. I adore these tennies. This style shoes can be worn with basically everything.. like everything else I love.

Accessories

  1. Strapless Bra + Regular Bra

    Dragging out all your tanks for the Spring weather you’ll be glad you packed a strapless bra AND if your shoulders are super burnt you may can get away with wearing a strapless bra to keep the pain away.

  2. Functional Purse

    You’re going to need a bag that is multi functional. I hate packing multiple purses. Pick a purse that goes with all your outfits and is easy to shop with, wear to dinner etc.

  3. Simple Jewelry

    In an attempt to not have to worry, costume jewelry is the way to go. Cheap Jewelry that you don’t have to worry about breaking, losing or ruining your vacation is the only thing I take. I love Walmart and Forever 21 for cute cheap jewelry. Also, Rue 21 has some super fashion piece that you won’t wear a lot but at the beach you can get away with everything so rock that wild jewelry!

Beauty Items

  1. Lotion

    Your skin gets so dehydrated from the sun and the salt. It’s such a great feeling to put lotion on your dry skin after a day in the sun. 

  2. Moisturizing Face Masks

    This is just a fun one with a huge perk. Your skin is dehydrated and so your face isn’t getting skipped in that. Moisturizing Face Masks are great to put on at night to keep your face moisturized and avoid peeling and flaking!

  3. Shampoo, Conditioner, + Leave in Conditioner / UV Protectant

    UV Protectant isn’t spoken about enough in my opinion. Especially if you have colored hair this is like a sunscreen for your hair. It keeps your color from fading and getting damaged from the sun!

  4. Detangling Comb // Wet Brush

    After a day in the sun, sea, and wind you’re going to be grateful to have something to brush your hair out with!

  5. Waterproof Mascara + BB Cream

    Along with the rest of your makeup bag don’t forget waterproof mascara. You don’t want to have black running down your face when you’re caught by an unexpected wave. And you may want a little coverage for your face but not wanting a whole face of makeup. Grab your BB Cream for a light coverage but still beach ready look!

  6. Glasses + Extra Contacts

    I love taking my contacts out after a day at the beach. It feels so refreshing!

  7. Pony Tail Holders + Bobby Pins

    You do not want to be caught at the beach with your hair down.

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Favorites Roundup

Favorites

I have always loved checking out everyones favorites. It’s my favorite videos to watch on youtube. Reading blogs about peoples favorites gives me new products to try and I am always down to try out new things. Seeing what people are purchasing, using and loving is so fun to me. So, I decided I’d write about some of my most recent favorites.

// Fashion // Favorites

Over sized Blush Pull Over

Forever 21 RARELY disappoints. Am I too old to still like forever 21 clothing? Possibly. But, who cares? This sweatshirt is one of those items you know immediately you should have bought two. Unfortunately, Forever 21 Red is what is nearest to me. You can’t shop them online. 🙁 But, lucky for you guys this thing showed up at your regular Forever 21! You can purchase it –> Here

It’s super soft and lightweight. And the color.. you already know I’m obsessing over anything blush. I absolutely love the shape of this. It’s extremely boxy but it’s so flowy you’d never know it. I’ve worn it every chance that I get! Like.. I’m wearing it now! It’s so comfy to wear. And we all know forever 21 is cheap! This sweatshirt was $22!! Does it get any better than that!? I can’t wait to wear it this spring with baggy distressed shorts and sandals! 

Blush Sweater

As soon as I laid eyes on this sweater I knew it had to be mine!! Blush of course. It’s the epitome of comfort and fashion. I have lounged in it and dressed it up. It’s pretty lightweight so you can wear it without having to worry about getting too hot. That’s a huge bonus for me because I’m super hot natured. Doing hair is not the time you want to wear clothes that make you hot either! 

The v-neck makes it so easy to wear off the shoulder or with a cute chunky necklace. I like to wear it both ways! My favorite way to wear this sweater though, is with my leopard booties! IT’s reasonably priced for a good quality sweater and you can come pick it up at Yaya and visit me too!

Holey Jeans

Because everyone needs shredded denim. You included! These are also a Yaya Clothing Boutique Special. I mean.. working there and seeing all the clothes all the time what do you expect?! Plus, if I like something I want it! And I want it now!

I’m actually not usually a fan of the boyfriend style jeans. I just think they don’t fit my body right but these changed my opinion. I love the vintage denim wash on these. What I like to call “old school Levi” style. They remind me of the jeans my grandpa wore when I was younger. Minus the holes.. My granny would have already patched them! But, the wash is the similar. These hit right at my ankles so I can wear them down or cuffed to change up the look. They washed so well, which I was concerned about. Holy Jeans don’t always come out of the washer and dryer in great shape but these jeans definite did! 

I look forward to wearing these jeans ALL SUMMER! I’ve already gotten my money’s worth out of them but, I plan on getting MUCH more wear out of them. Finding a good pair of holey jeans you just love is hard to do but, I did it and I couldn’t be happier.

// Skin //Favorites

Virgin Coconut Oil

Okay, I’ll start with a disclaimer.. I have always had good skin. I didn’t fight acne as a teen, My skin was never exceptionally dry or oily, it wasn’t overly sensitive. But, I’ve taken advantage of that good fortune. At 27, I don’t really know how to properly care for my skin because I never HAD to do it. I would wash my face with whatever face wash or face wipe was handy. Still, I’m not sure what my skin TRULY needs. When I walk up and down skin care aisles I feel overwhelmed and frustrated. I think a lot of the skin care products out these days are a bit gimmicky. What do I REALLY NEED? I’m still not sure. But, as soon as I find out I’ll let you know,

Now, I am starting to see wrinkles on my forehead. So, I’ve changed up my moisturizing habits tremendously. For a while I used Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream and I will say, that does the job. But, I think my skin was dehydrated beyond belief. I started using coconut Oil. And to be honest, I’m floored at how different my skin looks. Even just after a couple of days my skin showed more life and brightness. It was no longer dull and matte looking. It looked hydrated and felt even better! I have been completely astounded by the results of this! 

I wash my face at night and apply a small (Very small amount) on my face and neck. I’ve not ventured too far into using it all over the rest of my body because the scent is SO strong. But, I have put some on places on my body that are showing extra dryness. I even give a small amount to my dog to help his skin issues too. It’s shown to be very effective. Plus, Dock LOVES it!

Fake Bake Skin Polish + Self Tan

There’s a post coming soon about this combo. I’ll be sharing how I self tan. This stuff is fabulous. I haven’t ever been much of a self tanner. I either just show off my white legs or avoid skirts and shorts in public until I get a decent tan. This self tanner was recommended to me and its SO SO easy! If I’d known it was this easy I’d probably have started using it along time ago!

The application process is so simple! Once you have prepped your skin tanning your body is a cake walk. The prep work is the hardest part and its easy too! The Skin Polish is an exfoliant that prepares your skin for the self tanner without leaving oily residue. It makes your skin so soft! As you’re using it you can tell the product isn’t harsh on your skin. It’s not a rough exfoliant at all! After I shower I moisturize and then self tan.

This Particular Self Tan is the easiest self tanner I have ever used! IT’s in a pump spray bottle and comes with a mitt. You simply spray it onto the mitt and buff it into your skin! That easy. Let it dry and carry on with life as usual! One and Done!

You can also pick this up at Yaya Clothing Boutique!

Make Up Wipes

Who doesn’t love a good makeup wipe? I love the easy of a makeup wipe. The removal process of your makeup is made 1000x easier by using makeup wipes. Guess What. My favorite ones are the Equate Brand makeup wipes from walmart. Life made easy. My preference is the wipes that come in the small travel size packs. I find they don’t dry out as quickly and they’re much easier to throw into your bag when you travel.

I was SO excited when I stumbled upon this box of wipes. Loving the travel size packs, my day was made! You get 125 wipes total. Unfortunately, Its about $3 more than the 2 pack and you get 120 wipes with that. Honestly, for me, its worth it. I have used the big packs before and I end up having to use two wipes as I get 1/2 way through so, I get more days out of the box.

I’ve posted about them in my 5 Minute Morning post.. you can read that –> here.

// Makeup // Favorites

L’oreal Visible Lift Blur Foundation 

I have been struggling with wrinkles lately. I turned 27 in February and it’s like my body gave them to me as a birthday gift. Thanks a heap. They just seem to have popped up over night. My heavier foundations have started settling into said wrinkles, and ladies we just can’t have that. I’m only 27.

Personally, I don’t need heavy coverage. This foundation is very light coverage. Other than some redness on my cheeks, dark circles, and scattered winter freckles, I’m not trying to hide too much. This foundation covered exactly what I needed it to and didn’t settle into my fine lines. It’s tacky to the touch so, setting it is a must! That’s a very easy step if that’s the only downfall for this light coverage foundation, right? 

To give a little extra coverage to some dark circles I simply put conceal (see below) to cover them and add a little brightness under my eyes. 

Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals Palette

If you have not tried out makeup revolution you TOTALLY should. I discovered them while watching Nicole Cutler on YouTube. She did a look using this particular palette and I had to have it! It’s perfect if you love warm toned shadows (me). The pigment and lasting power are great for a budget friendly. Ulta runs specials on this line all the time! I bought two palettes at 50% off. Right now the special is buy two get one free!

The drugstore often lacks in palettes with lots of color options but the brand helps makeup for it. I’ve created so many different looks with this palette. For that, it’s great for travel! There’s a row of neutrals and a row of more shades. Fun Fact: if your eyes are blue warm tones (shades of orange) will make your eyes POP!) I love this palette. At first I was a bit skeptical but, it has blown me away! 

Maybelline Master Conceal

I know. I’m late to the party with this one. But, I have arrived no less. AND it made it to the Favorites list so… Like I have mentioned earlier in this post I’m dealing with wrinkles. Even fine lines under my eyes. Finding a concealer that doesn’t settle but has nice coverage has been quite the chore. 

I try to avoid thick concealer. The feeling of product on my face isn’t my favorite. I prefer more natural looks. This concealer gives GREAT coverage and doesn’t sit heavily on my skin. Another perk, it’s super easy to blend out. Sometimes I find higher coverage products to be more difficult to blend but this one is an exception to the rule. It gives me great, long lasting coverage! This is a great option if you’re wanting a drugstore concealer. 

// Hair //Favorites

Amika Un.Done Texture Spray

Being a Texture Spray Girl, I’ll try them all. So far, this one takes the cake! It’s not at all drying.. which if you followed along for very long you know that’s something I pay attention to. It gives GREAT texture and roughness. I love this texture Spray for its ability to texturize my fine hair and give me body and the beautiful mess I so desire! It’s in an aerosol can so it’s dry on the hair and never gets tacky. I. Am. Obsessed. 

I sprayed it on my hair after I had curled it so I’d have the lived in look. I also used it on a client who has silky soft hair. It held her curls so well and gave her a tiny bit of texture. It’s definitely my new go to texture spray.

Amika The Shield Style Extender Spray

I believe everyone should have a UV Protectant in their hair routine. This one is a new favorite. It protects your hair from heat, sun, and frizz. In Arkansas Summer you know we face heat, sun and frizz. This will protect your hair against all those; Damage and color fade from the sun and frizz from the heat (and humidity). This Style Extender helps keep your style for days on end and keeps you looking GREAT! It’s a perfect summer product to add to your routine. 

Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Like Texture Spray, I also LOVE dry shampoo. I always want to try new dry shampoos. This one is a great one. It gives a slight powdery feel but, makes my hair look and feel SO clean! It absorbs my oils and gives me soft texture. I have used this daily since I purchased it. You can’t be too mad about dry shampoos when they make your hair feel clean. I know I have said, ” I love _____ dry shampoo,” so many times already on this blog but, I really do love this one. I love all dry shampoos as long as they make my hair feel clean and don’t leave a nasty residue. This one fits the bill and it smells so nice. It’ll be a repurchased item and staple for me. (I love it more the IGK and I love IGK) 

Picking out my favorites is hard sometimes and other times I can name my favorites without a second thought. Some of these items made it through a long list of other favorites I had. Most of these, were an automatic answer. I knew right away which products would make the list. Some topics I had too many favorites to count. I have some new favorites, I can’t wait to share so, Stay tuned! If you try any of these let me know OR I’d love to hear some of your current favorites!

XO

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Stripes. Plaid. Denim.

Stripes

Stripes. Plaid. Denim. Three things I love. You can almost never go wrong when mixing stripes and plaid. Throw in a little denim and this 90s girl may just have a heart attack. That’s my childhood in one outfit. By now it’s no secret that I am a sucker for comfort and dresses. Especially as spring is approaching all my dresses are coming out. To me there is nothing better than a dress on a hot summer day. It’s the coolest way to endure summer heat.

Stripes

This outfit is perfect for Spring and Summer! This flannel shirt is a tank top! How perfect is that? We can bring one of our favorite winter garments into the next seasons. Plaid over stripes is one of my favorite ways to mix prints. It’s a good look without getting too busy. Mixing one bold print with a simple print gives you a fun look with prints on prints and gives you the look like it was on purpose.

Stripes

Everyone need this pattern in their life, stripes are something you can NEVER go wrong with. You can wear stripes alone but, add some accessories to the stripes and you have a very cute outfit! I pair striped with everything. Like I said above stripes are the simple,geometric print to your bold print. Stripes are a closet staple. No debate on this one and no questions asked.

Striped dresses are just fun. All year long they give you a little fun. They’re basically a solid to me. This one is cotton and light weight. ( surprise, something in my wardrobe is light weight, right? ) It’s a tank dress at a great length. This dress isn’t entirely too fitted. You can relax and feel comfortable in this dress. Who doesn’t love that?

Swing Dress | Fitted DressSemi Fitted Striped Dress |

Plaid

Plaid is my go to, my ride or die, through the winter. I love plaid flannels through the winter. This flannel is a tank top. Sometimes I pair this dress with a long sleeved flannel as well. The Stripes compliment any flannel so nicely, like I said above. I love how this flannel gives that kind of rocker vibe. The combo of the two is all heart eyes.

Denim

Denim Jackets should be in everyone’s closet. They’re nice to throw on with anything. I love a denim jacket. This jacs been in my closet for years! Wearing denim on denim is in style right now. The light wash denim of this jacket looks so cute with my dark washed jeans! Plus, I can move in it. For years I hated wearing denim jackets because I felt so constricted in them. The fit of this one is loose. I believe it is a “Boyfriend fit” jacket. The sleeves aren’t tight but the body is fitted enough it doesn’t look too big.

My Jacket | Similar Jacket |

Chuck Taylors

Chucks have been a love of mine for years. I have a red pair, two white pairs, and two green pairs. I love them.. High top Chuck Taylors to be specific. I love to wear them with dresses. It gives a playful feel to a dress. You get to be comfortable and cute. I’m always up for a little fun in my wardrobe. This look is perfect for an afternoon with friends, shopping, or a long day that you need to be cute but comfort is key too!

A playful outfit is good for the soul. This outfit will transition so nicely into the warmer weather! I instantly gravitate toward denim, stripes, and plaid. If I can put an outfit together that has any of those three things, I’m happy. But when I put together an outfit with all three I am over the moon. Try pairing prints on prints!

Be adventurous and have fun!

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