Mother’s Day Gift Guide + 3 of The Best Things I’ve Learned From My Mom

Mother’s Day is in 4 days and I can’t wait to spoil my mom! I seriously don’t know what I would do without her! She is my rock and truly my best friend. Throughout the years, I have learned SO much from my sweet momma so I wanted to share three of my favorite things with you guys!

  1. Mom Always Knows Best: Y’all, it doesn’t matter if you’re 5 or 55, your mom ALWAYS knows best! I cannot stress this enough. Anytime I had a problem or needed advice, she was always right. I never believed her when she said that until now! She always knew who my true friends were, knew what kind of prom dress would look the best on me, knew when I was lying about something being wrong and so much more. When I was picking out my wedding dress, my mom actually found it and picked it out. I was so against trying it on but she begged me to do so, so of course I did. Once again, she knew best. I fell in love with it!
  2. You have to make yourself happy before you can make others happy: This was HUGE for me when I finally understood it. From my freshman year of high school to my freshman year of college, I dated a guy and was treated like dirt. For four years I didn’t understand how unhappy I was. I thought I was in love, but boy was I wrong. My mom would ask me all the time why I thought I was so happy and I could never once answer her. Throughout those years, I lost great relationships with friends and family and was in such a blur all the time. I was truly just living to make that relationship work. After finally realizing how bad of a situation I was in and breaking up with him, it was like my life did a total 360. I woke up happy and went to bed happy. I remember my mom telling me how much different I was. After the breakup, I promised myself that I wouldn’t get into a relationship for atleast a year. That year, all I did was work on myself. I dated, had endless girls nights, and did exactly what I wanted to do. Exactly 9 days after the year was up, I met Patrick and the rest is history! You truly cannot be happy with others around you until you are happy with yourself!
  3. Be Yourself, ALWAYS: This one is my favorite. There are so many people who try to live other’s life. Whether it’s style, likes and dislikes, food, hobbies, etc., YOU DO YOU! My mom always told my sister and I to just be ourselves. She knew when we were doing something to fit in and always did her best to steer us to do what we wanted to do. My sister and I always knew that God made us and there is NO one in the world like us. Embrace it!

These are just a few of the things I have learned from my mom. My favorite part about my mom is that she always speaks her mind and will never beat around the bush. She is truly the nicest person, and would do just about anything for anyone. I am so grateful that God chose me to be her daughter.

Below I have shared a few Mother’s Day gifts! If you select express shipping, you will definitely get them in time for Sunday.

Kendra Scott Inez Pendent Necklace

Kris Nations Mama Script Ring

Capri Blue Signature Jar Candle

Kate Spade Initial Necklace 

Monogram Tablet Holder

Fill-In-The-Blank Letters to Mom

‘Moonlight’ Pajamas

Fragrance Diffuser 

Accent Pillow

Fitbit Versa Smart Watch 

Platform Wedge Sandal

Sugarfina Champagne Bears

Google Home Speaker

Happy Wednesday y’all! I hope everyone is having a great week! We are halfway through!

Shopbop Sale Picks Under $100

 

Yellow Eyelet Top + Weekend Sales!

Top: Revolve | Shorts: Similar | Wedges: DSW | Purse: Revolve | Bracelet: David Yurman

Who else is obsessed with bright colors? They make me so happy! I have never been a big fan of yellow but lately I have been loving it! This top is perfect for the spring and summer months and will definitely be on repeat. I love the ruffles and open shoulder on it! These shorts are old from American Eagle, but I just ordered these and LOVE them! They fit SO well and are long enough in the bag to cover your booty! These wedges have been on major repeat lately. I can’t recommend them enough! They go with everything and are extremely comfortable.

HAPPY FRIDAY! Holy cow I felt like this week was never going to end! Patrick and I are headed to Georgia tomorrow for a quick weekend trip. What are your plans this weekend? Below I have rounded up some of my favorite weekend sales! Some of them are only TODAY so shop fast!

Urban Outfitters:

25% Off Swimwear

Express:

Buy One, Get One $19.90 on shorts

Buy One, Get One $29.90 on jeans

Buy One, Get One 50% Off on swimwear

Old Navy:

All Jeans, Pants and Tees up to 50% Off

30% Off Your Total Purchase – April 27 Only

Abercrombie and Fitch:

30% Off Total Purchase with code 11430

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Olive Green Jumpsuit

 

Jumpsuit: HERE | Wedges: HERE | Bracelet: HERE | Watch: HERE (use code: BITOFLIVING for 15% off)

Hi friends!! We are halfway through the week! Anyone else SO ready for the weekend?! I have been in such a funk this week! I’m definitely ready to recharge and enjoy the weekend! I am getting a new car this weekend which makes me even more ready!

If you can’t already tell, I have had a thing for jumpsuits lately. They are so flattering and comfortable and I love that it’s such an easy outfit that looks well put together! This olive green beauty is under $30!!! Such a steal. I think I have reworn this about 5 times already, lol. This is perfect for brunch, date night, a shower or anything really! You can dress it down by pairing it with sandals like these or dress it up with heels like these! I chose to pair it with these wedges for a more casual look.

Are y’all on the jumpsuit train too?! Let me know down below in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!

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Lavender Floral Romper

Romper: Wayf | Wedges: Dolce Vita | Purse: Revolve

Surprise! I’m in florals again! Surprised? You shouldn’t be! Lol. I knew this romper was coming home with me as soon as I saw it! I am all about off-the-shoulder anything, and the bell sleeves make it even better! Purple usually isn’t my color but this was just too pretty to pass up! It fits super well too! Normally I have some issues with off-the-shoulder stuff being too loose up top, but this one was tight around the arms which I really like. It doesn’t feel like it’s going to fall down and stays in place when you move your arms. These wedges are my absolute favorite shoes ever, and come in FIVE colors! I think I might need them all. This bag is a staple piece and has definitely been on repeat. It’s a bit more pricey than I would usually like to spend but SO cute! I found some dupes that are less expensive too.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and has an awesome week! Does anyone have anything fun going on this week? Let me know in the comments!

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Everyday Makeup Products

Dress: Wayf

Hello and happy Friday! I have gotten so many questions from people asking about which makeup products I use and how I do my makeup. I am definitely not a makeup guru but I wanted to share what products I love and explain how I do my everyday makeup look!

I start by washing my face and then applying a face moisturizer. I am using the SLMD skincare system right now and I LOVE it! It has a morning and night serum and then a moisturizer. My face has seriously never felt better! After putting on the serum, I apply a generous amount of lotion. I notice my face looking 100X better if it is nice and hydrated!

I then apply the Smashbox photo finish primer. This stuff is gold! It smoothes out your face and tones down any redness you have all while helping your makeup stay on better.

Then I apply the Loreal Infallible liquid foundation. This stuff is $12 and works SO well. I was using a bare minerals foundation but I like this one so much more and it’s cheaper! I use the Sigma flat kabuki brush.

Next, I use this Tarte under eye concealer under my eyes, obviously! Lol. This stuff is AMAZING! It helps with under eye circles so much. I use shade fair. I use a damp beauty blender to dab this under my eyes.

I set that with the Laura Mercier setting brightening powder. I also use the damp beauty blender to set this!

After the setting powder, I use the Bare Minerals powder foundation and put it all over my face to even everything out. I am shade light natural 09. I use this brush!

I then use a light bronzer to put all over my face to either give me some color or to make my face match the rest of my body when I use a self tanner! For this, I use Benefit Hoola matte bronzer with this brush.

For contouring I either use the Two Faced cocoa contour pallet with this brush (I usually use the medium cocoa color) or the Benefit Hoola contour stick with my damp beauty blender. I like both, just depends on how hard I want to try on my makeup that day, HA!

For blush, I either use the Bare Minerals blush in shade “the one” or the Becca shimmering blush in shade camellia with this brush.

I use the Anastasia sugar glow kit for highlighter with this brush! I love all four of the colors!

I then use the Urban Decay velvetizer powder. I cannot say enough good things about this stuff! Your face feels and looks SO smooth after putting this on! I apply it with this brush.

For priming my eyes, I use the Urban Decay primer potion in shade Eden. I never have a problem with my eyeshadow smudging or coming off when I use this!

For eyeshadow, I usually ALWAYS use one of the Urban Decay Naked pallets. For my eyelid, I like to use a gold of some sort. I really like the Chanel eyeshadow pot in “Convoitise”. It goes on smooth and stays all day. Another gold I really like is the shade “half baked” from the original Urban Decay naked pallet. On the brow line, I like to use the shade “sin” from the same Urban Decay naked pallet. In the crease I like a darker color so I mix “gunmetal” and “darkhorse”. Then I go in with the “virgin” color or some sort of white right underneath my eyebrow.

For eyeliner, I use the Kat Von D tattoo liner in black. I put it on the top and bottom because I think it has a more finished look!

For mascara, y’all are going to laugh but I have been using the same two mascaras since I started wearing makeup in the 7th grade. HA! First I coat the top eyelashes with the Maybelline last stiletto in black. I swear by this stuff and it’s under $9. I then do another coat with the Maybelline volum’ express on top and then use this mascara for my bottom lashes. I love the way these two make my lashes look!

For eyebrows, I either use the Anastasia brow wiz or the Anastasia dip brow pot with the Anastasia eyebrow brush.

For my lips, I almost always wear the Stilla stay all day liquid lipstick! My favorite color is “baci”.

After I finish my makeup I set it with the Urban Decay all nighter setting spray! My makeup wouldn’t stay on without this stuff!

Like I said earlier, I’m definitely not a makeup guru but this is what works for me! Also, the Sephora Spring Bonus event starts TODAY for all Rouge members! For all VIB and beauty insiders members, the event starts on April 20th! If you’re not a member of the beauty insiders club, you can click here to register! I hope everyone has a great weekend!!!

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Floral Dresses Under $50

Dress: Target | Shoes: Steve Madden

Happy Tuesday! This past weekend I went to my sweet college roommate’s baby shower in Palestine! Has anyone else ever been to Palestine Texas? It’s a tiny little town but oh so cute! It was SO good to spend the weekend with her one last time before the baby gets here!

I wore this cute little dress to her baby shower on Saturday and got so many compliments! I had originally planned to wear this jumpsuit but a cold front blew in Friday night and it was freezing on Saturday! I was so glad I grabbed this little dress just incase! This dress is under $25 and is actually on sale right now for under $18!! It fits true to size and fits very well. I paired it with these brown wedges which I just LOVE!

This spring, I am all about floral print! It just makes me so happy! I have rounded up some of my favorite floral dresses under $50 that are perfect for spring and summer! I love them because everyone looks good in floral print!

I hope everyone is having a fantastic week! Thanks for stopping by!

Floral Jumpsuit + Jean Jacket

Jumpsuit: American Eagle | Jean Jacket: Target | Shoes: Steve Madden 

Florals and jumpsuits. MY FAVORITE! When I saw this jumpsuit, I knew it was definitely coming home with me! It fits so well and is extremely flattering. I can’t begin to describe how soft it is too! I didn’t like how the waistline was not around the waist so I paired it with a jean jacket to complete the look! This jacket is under $30, which is a complete steal for a jean jacket! I’m obsessed with all things floral right now and am loving jumpsuits! I They are so comfortable and are an easy look to put on to look like you actually tried! Lol. I shared some others I am loving below! I also paired it with these wedges which are my absolute favorite. I love the platform and they are surprisingly easy for me to walk in! The cognac color is perfect because it matches with everything!

Happy FriYAY! I am headed to one of my best friends baby shower this weekend! I can’t wait for her sweet baby boy to be here! What are your weekend plans? I would love to hear!

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Bridals + Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress

Happy Wedding Wednesday y’all! I apologize for the amount of pictures but now that I have all my pictures and video back, I can finally share everything with you guys! Today I’m sharing my bridals and talking all about finding the perfect dress. Finding my dress was definitely one of my favorite parts of my wedding! I’m pretty sure it’s a highlight in every girls wedding planning journey!

 I started out in San Antonio and went to three dress shops. I took a day and met my mom there to try on different style dresses and figure out which style I liked! I had a million different dresses saved on my Pinterest and thought I knew exactly which style I wanted. Boy was I wrong! They always say you will end up picking a dress you never expected yourself in and that couldn’t be more true! I tried on around 12 different dresses that day and at the last store I was actually set on one of them. I thought I had found my dress but the woman helping us was an absolute witch! She was extremely pushy and didn’t listen to anything I wanted and totally pushed my opinions of each dress out the window. As soon as I came out of the fitting room, I looked at my mom and we were both on the same page. I wanted to try on dresses but we definitely were not buying one from that woman! HA!

After trying on many different styles, I had it narrowed down to around 5 different fits that I liked. A few weeks after I went to San Antonio, I had my mom and sister and a few of my bridesmaids that were able to attend come with me to my appointments in Dallas. I went to two different dress shops there and had a dressing room full of dresses at the second place we went to. I was in the fitting room when my mom brought me my dress and told me she found it hanging on the wall in the front and wanted me to try it on. I was totally opposed at first! I was not sure about the whole two piece thing. She pushed me to try it on and as always, moms know best! As soon as I tried it on I fell in love and knew that it was my dress. I loved that the whole top coat came off and it looked like a completely different dress to wear for the reception!

Taking my bridals was SO much fun! I took mine at the Dallas Arboretum and they had SO many different places to take them. I loved getting my hair and makeup done and of course getting to wear my dress before the wedding! Having a trial hair and makeup before the wedding day was crucial to me to make sure they knew exactly how I wanted it. I used Tousled Studio for my hair and Ashlann TaraAnn for my makeup. They both were so great and did exactly what I wanted! I wanted something that was timeless and loved what they both came up with!

I hope you enjoyed looking through my bridals and my journey of finding the perfect dress! My biggest advice is make sure you are comfortable! I was so thankful to be able to move around in my dress the whole night of the wedding. Also, no matter what anyone else thinks, pick the dress YOU love! YOU are the one that has to wear it! Most girls have been looking forward to this day their whole life so don’t let anyone else ruin it for you!

Special Thanks To:

Floral and Planning: Bella Blooms by Mary Frances Wagnon

Photographer: Kristen Davis Photography

Hair: Tousled Studio

Makeup: Ashlan TaraAnn

Dress: The Blushing Bride

Dress Designer: Crystal Design

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Pink Ruffle Wrap Top

Top: Wayf | Jeans: Free People | Shoes: Steve Madden

Happy Monday! How was everyone’s Easter weekend?! Patrick and I spent it with my parents at their island house and had the best weekend! I wore this cute outfit to dinner on Saturday and I know it’ll definitely be on repeat during the spring and summer months! It is a tie-wrap top, so you can tie it however tight or loose you want it! I have been loving ruffles lately so when I saw this top I knew it was definitely coming home with me! I shared some of my other favorite ruffles shirts below as well! I paired it with these jeans and these wedges but it looks just as cute with shorts! These shoes..OMG, I can’t say enough good things about them! I had been eyeing them for awhile and finally bought them the other day and wore them with every outfit I wore over the weekend! HA! They go with everything and are surprisingly easy to walk in. I definitely recommend them to everyone! They will be so cute for spring and summer!

One of my best friends and her husband are coming to town tonight to stay with Patrick and I, and I am so excited to see them! She is the face behind The Styled Petite. Definitely check out her blog! I hope everyone had a great Monday!

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