Outfit Details: Madewell Top, J. Brand Denim, Valentino Shoes, Louis Vuitton Bag, Kendra Scott Earrings
Bracelets are David Yurman and Lily and Laura, Watch is Rolex purchased from Fink’s Jewelers
Photography by Tiffany Sigmon
Lately I have been swearing off strapless dress and tops, but I have welcomed off the shoulder looks with open arms! When I saw this top at Madewell a few weeks ago, I knew immediately that it was coming home with me! Over the years I have progressively fallen more, and more, in love with Madewell. If you are creating a capsule wardrobe, looking for pieces that pair easily or you just want to invest your money in a classic style and that is made-well, Madewell is the place to be.
Pinstripes are such a classic look, especial for the warmer months. Madewell does them so well and I just think that a top like this is essential to a timeless wardrobe! You can also find a ton of other feminine options out there.
This off the shoulder top pairs perfectly with white denim, making it the perfect top for Spring and Summer. I shared this in my recent haul on my Youtube channel and have noticed so many people already purchasing it. I kept praying that it wouldn’t sell out before I had the opportunity to share it with you here.
Off the shoulder is one of my newest favorite trends for Spring! I will link a ton of my favorite off the shoulder tops, and dresses, (like this) on the widget below so don’t forget to scroll!
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Outfit details: Robe is Flora Nikrooz
Growing up I always had tan skin. I loved being out in the sun, whether I was swimming, playing with friends or running around Busch Gardens. Now that I am older, having tan beautiful skin has a whole new meaning for me. Over time I have realized the damaging effects the sun can have on our bodies and always try to protect myself from the sun’s dangerous rays. There is no doubt that I always wear sunscreen, but instead of going to tanning beds –or spending way too long in the sun– just to get a pretty tan I now go for self tanner instead!
Now that the sun is beginning to shine more and the weather is gradually warming up, I am really relying on self tanner to give my skin a beautiful glow. I really don’t like being pale and without self tanner, I am ghostly white, so I am extremely thankful to my favorite tanner, St. Tropez for what it does to my skin!
St. Tropez Self Tanner
For years now I have used St. Tropez Self Tanner to tan my skin in both the winter and summer months. St. Tropez self tanner is great year around and does not give you an orange, fake tan. Instead, one of the reasons I love this tanner so much, is that it gives my skin a beautiful deep olive brown color! It mimics my natural tan so well, that I use it in the winter months to fake a good tan and also use it in the summer to deepen my color more!
The other day I was tanning and it came to my mind that I don’t think I have ever shared the self tanner I use, on the blog at all. How is that? I started using St. Tropez in high school and I never even thought of doing a review on it! So, today I am going to share with you how I self tan and some of my tips and tricks for getting an even looking tan!
Prep Your Skin
Prepping your skin is really important when creating a flawless fake tan. I always like to tan clean, exfoliated, skin. Some people say that you need a really good exfoliator, however in my experience I find that using my regular body soap and my loofah work perfectly! I am able to scrub my skin good, exfoliate it and I don’t have to use any type of harsh body scrub. I am still on the lookout for the perfect body scrub, I’m just not a fan! But I really want to try this one! Next up, apply a lightweight lotion to your skin. I try to stay away from heavy creams and oily consistencies.
Tanning is All About the Mitt
I’m going to be brutally honest with you, again, on something that I am quite a shamed to mentioned. I can be quite conservative when it comes to spending my money in some ways! If I don’t think it’s necessary, I don’t even consider it as an option. Chanel bags aren’t cheap, so why waste your money on tanning mitts? Let me tell you, you are not wasting your money when it comes to tanning mitts. You need them. Not only will your hands be a mess and that perfect manicure will not be perfect anymore, but nothing will make your tan look more natural than using a mitt. It makes the process quick, easy, natural looking and mess free! That’s all I’m asking for in my self tanner. Buy the mitt you need it and I promise you you won’t regret it!
Hands and Feet
When it comes to the application process, I like to start at my legs and work my way up. Feel free to apply in whatever way feels natural to you. You probably know this, but just in case, be sure to pay extra attention to your hands and feet. These are the areas that are prone to showing that your tan is fake, which we definitely don’t want! I like to use the excess tanner that is on the mitt after I’m finished doing my body to run over my hands and feet really well. Sometimes I have to add a little extra tanner to the mitt, but just be careful not to add too much.
Preserve Your Tan
I am pretty bad about keeping up with my tan, but when I keep up with my tan, I feel so much better. I usually do mine every 5-7 days to keep it looking fresh. When you a have a fresh tan avoid using any abrasive scrubs, sponges or loofahs as these will destroy your tan! Instead opt for something more gentle until you are ready to re-apply your tan, which you will then want to start the process over, beginning with giving your skin a good scrub! Don’t forget to hydrate your skin and keep it moisturizer with a good lotion or cream.
Glistening, tan skin is so beautiful in the Spring and Summer months. It pairs perfectly with all of your favorite summer dresses, tank tops and off the shoulder looks, so be sure to show it off! For a little extra glam, try adding this tinted body lotion. It is my favorite body product during the summer months as it gives my skin an instant healthy glow, and shimmer!
Photos by Tiffany Sigmon Photography
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Outfit Details: Astr The Label Wrap Dress (from Nordstrom), Steve Madden Sandals (seen here, here and here), Louis Vuitton Pochette, Kendra Scott Earrings, David Yurman Ring, Bracelets are David Yurman, Lily and Laura and David Yurman
As I have grown older, I have had to pushed myself to become more feminine, with my fashion. Dresses are not what I would consider everyday wear in my wardrobe, but I admire women who wear them daily and dream of having that kind of elegance one day. For me to wear a dress during the day, I need it to be able to pair well with sandals, be comfortable and fun. This Pink Crochet Sleeve Wrap Dress from Nordstrom is all of that and then some!
The crochet details, on the sleeves, gives this dress and unique and feminine touch. I have to say that I might be the newest convert to wrap style dress, because I really love the way the wrapping through the midsection pulls you in and lifts you up. We all know that the soft pink color is my favorite and I know that if you loved last weeks dress, here, you are going to die for this one too! I really think they must have created the red dress, dancing girl emoji based off of this dress, it seriously makes me want to do twirls around and dance. What more can you ask for in a dress?
Can we talk about how perfectly this wrap dress flutters in the wind? Tiffany Sigmon knows how to capture all of the right moments and angles, lol! I love that the wrap creates a simple high low effect, where the front of the dress is short and the back is more of a tea length. It’s so flattering and not to mention fun!
I’m so excited to wear this dress this season! It’s perfect for so many events like weddings, showers, parties date night and more! You can wear this dress everyday or dress it up for a fun night out! How do you plan to wear yours?
Photos by Tiffany Sigmon Photography
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Healthy eating isn’t always my thing and to be quite honest with you, Brussels sprouts weren’t always my thing either. The popular way to serve Brussels sprouts is sliced in half and roasted in the oven. I find that their strong flavor, when prepared that way, just isn’t my favorite! In fact, I don’t like them like that at all. However, they are always at the top of every healthy eating post, so I was determined to fit them into my diet somehow.
Since moving out on our own, Jay and I have been responsible for our own well being and attempting to cook healthy meals. When we cook at home we are generally pretty good about finding healthier options and we always try to incorporate vegetables, into our meals. But taking care of us and our health, is no joke. Especially, when my husband considers a Snickers bar and a Mountain Dew a meal. I love following Landyn, from Living with Landyn, and this year she has been promoting her #makingprettychoices hashtag which has me really inspired! Have you ever noticed that healthy foods are generally extra pretty? The perfect spread of vegetables, bright green colors or even pretty plants are just simply beautiful. These shredded Brussels sprouts fit perfectly into that promotion, as they are both making pretty AND healthy choices!
You have also heard me sing praises over Ina Garten
, the Barefoot Contessa
, before and I’m going to do it again, and again, and probably again
. She is phenomenal and I just dream of dining al fresco, overlooking her incredible garden
. I find myself cooking her recipes all throughout the week. Everything from dinner for two at home, to serving guests in our home on weekend nights. She does it right, so why change things?
As for these Brussels sprouts, it was love at first taste, (and for me that means sampling them out of the pan with my cooking spoon!) The shades of green that filled my favorite All-Clad sauté pan are irresistible and so is the taste of this recipe. This recipe comes straight from the Cooking for Jeffrey cookbook and all praise go to Ina, because they are just incredible. In no way is this recipe my creation, rather I just felt that it is so perfect and easy, I needed to share with you! Especially for those, like me, that don’t find roasted Brussels sprouts appetizing, please give this recipe a try. You might be surprised just how much you will love them. I know I sure was!
The recipe itself is one of these easiest you will find. Shred your Brussels sprouts, saute them with a little olive oil, butter, salt and pepper. Then just top them with a little syrupy balsamic vinegar, give it a toss and you are good to go! They are as beautiful as they are delicious, which makes them not only perfect for weeknight meals, but also for weekend dinner parties!
I hope that you will give this recipe a try and pick up Ina’s new cookbook, Cooking For Jeffrey. Her books are my absolute favorite, I just love her style and her recipes are just divine. If you give this recipe a try, be sure to let me know!
Get the full recipe here.
Photos by Tiffany Sigmon Photography
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If you have been following along on my Youtube channel, snapchat, or if you are subscribed to my email list, you would know that I have been obsessed with Ouai Haircare for the past few months. Ouai is a line created by Jen Atkin, better known as the celebrity hair stylist that is behind the Kardashian’s beautiful locks! I’m not going to lie, when I purchased the products for the first time, it was really just because I was obsessed with the packaging and loved that Jen Atkin created this line, because let’s be real, she does the Kardashian’s hair! I mean, why would I not purchase something from her line?! It only took one use for me to realize that Ouai is much different than the many alternatives on the market. All praise goes to Jen Atkin, because once you try this line, you won’t ever want to use anything other than Ouai!
You probably already know that I really don’t share hair products all that often. I have very fine, oily hair, that doesn’t like to hold curl at all. It usually lays pretty flat and it’s just not fun to deal with, or talk about! However, the Ouai line has been a been a complete game changer for me. My entire hair care routine has changed and has now been replaced with nothing but Ouai products. Not to mention I want to add even more products to my collection soon! Exhibit A and B.
First off, let’s talk about Ouai. This simply chic packaged product, establishes a whole new meaning haircare. I love the identity behind this brand and the fact that the product speaks for itself. “Ouai means yes, in that casual, Parisian way.” Can you #goals? Between the brand and the way Ouai makes my hair feel, and look, I have this image in my head of the modern, chic Parisian woman, who is making things happen in her own life.
Volume Shampoo & Conditioner
The first purchase I made from the Ouai line, was the Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner. I had just ran out of shampoo, so while I was at Sephora I decided to give it a go. After purchasing these two, I not only loved their packaging but the fragrance? Heavenly. It wasn’t long before I needed to add more Ouai products to my haircare routine.
Medium Hair Spray
I have always been a strong hold hair spray, kinda gal, but the Ouai Medium Hair Spray has changed that. I feel like the Ouai Medium Hair Spray is even better than strong hold hair sprays I have tried in the past! I don’t have to use a ton of product, it doesn’t make my hair crunchy and it has a lasting hold on my hair like no other product! Combine this with the Wave Spray and you have one heck of a combination!
Texturizing Hair Spray
You might be thinking, Why do I need an additional hair spray? I’m here to tell you that the Texturizing Hair Spray is actually life changing for girls with no volume. This product is basically a dry shampoo and hair spray in the same bottle, which is pretty much the best combination for us girls who need a little umph, to help us out. I even use the Texturizing Hair Spray on clean hair to give it some initial volume and help my blow out to last a couple of extra days.
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Lastly, but certainly not the least, is the Ouai Wave Spray. Falling victim to beach sprays, salt sprays and wave sprays, promising to turn my hair into something of a beach goddess was my specialty, many years ago! I purchased #allthethings promising those results, only to find myself looking like a cat that had been bathed and smothered in hair gel. You probably get the picture but if not, let’s just say it’s a look no one should aim for! Many years later, I was still on the fence about trying this Ouai Wave Spray, but decided to give it a go after seeing one of my favorite bloggers, Marianna Hewitt, rave about it. You guys, if you love having beach waves or looser curls, you need this product! It holds your curls in place, without being crunchy, or sticky, and a little goes a long way. It’s so hard for me to let go of hair spray, because I use it like it’s going out of style, but with this Wave Spray all you need is a few sprays and you are good to go, without hair spray! It’s just that good.
While I feel that my hair routine these days isn’t complete without all of these products, I realize that didn’t go out and buy them overnight. If you are looking to try the Ouai line, I would recommend starting with a product or two and go from there. If you are like me and need shampoo & conditioner, start with that! If not, I would highly recommend starting with the Texturizing Spray and the Wave Spray, if you are looking to get the perfect tousled waves. Those two products are by far my favorite and I feel that they are a great representation of just how great the line is.
Tips for Getting the Perfect Waves
A while back, I shared a post on how I curl my hair so if you haven’t seen that be sure to check it out here. I used different hair products then, which I have completely switched out with the Ouai line since, but it gives you the detailed process I follow when curling my hair. To get a quick summary, here are my key tips to achieving a tousled beach wave:
- Start with the Ouai Texturizing Spray and spray your roots good to start off with some volume and texture
- Wrap your hair around a 1 inch barrel (use a 1.25 or 1.5 if you hair is longer)
- Leave about 1 inch, or so, straight at the bottom
- Run your fingers through your hair to break up the curls
- Tease your crown area and any spots that need a little extra volume
- Finish with the Ouai Medium Hold Hairspray and the Ouai Wave Spray.
I like to hold up a section of my hair and drop it slowly, while spritzing a little of the Wave Spray. This helps to create more volume and allows me to make sure I get a little wave spray on each piece of hair.
Like I mentioned before, I usually don’t talk share too much on Timeless Taste about hair care simply because my hair rarely response well to various hair products. However, after trying the Ouai line I really wanted to share my thoughts with you because it truly did make a difference in my hair! I hope that you enjoyed this post and that you give the line a try. If you already use the Ouai line, I would love to know what products are your favorites, let me know in a comment!
Photos by Tiffany Sigmon Photography
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