12 Days Of Christmas: Beauty Advent Calendar!

I decided that this year I would give myself a pre-holiday treat… every day. I recently picked up a Beauty Advent Calendar from Target so I can celebrate my own version of the 12 Days of Christmas sans a partridge , swans a swimming, or 5 gold rings.

I was inspired to pick one of these up by a Beauty Blogger and YouTuber I have followed for some time, Kristina Braly, who opens a few Beauty advent calendars every year for Vlogmas (follow her channel it’s fantastic). She finally convinced me that I should pamper myself this year and try something new.The thing I liked about this Beauty Advent Calendar, besides it’s great price tag, is that you can see exactly what items you will be unboxing so that you can be sure you’ll actually like what you’re getting. The great part about picking up an Advent Calendar is that you get to try out items you may not have prior experience with but you also get tried and true products as well.

Click HERE to check out this Beauty Advent Calendar. They’re selling out fast so make sure you go pick one up soon!

Make sure you follow me on Instagram and check out my Instagram Story where I’ll be opening up a new window each day through Christmas Eve and watch my Beauty Advent Calendar journey!

Black Friday Deal!

My friends at Miansai are offering an AMAZING deal that they are extending Now -MIDNIGHT FRIDAY !

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Use code MIBLK for 20% off on any of their bracelets or cuffs!

I have worn my Miansai bracelets for years and every time I wear them someone always comments on how beautiful and unique they are.

Side note: They legitimately have the absolute BEST customer service I’ve ever had. They really stand by their products and their promises to their customers.

Remember this deal ends at midnight tonight so don’t miss out!!!

Hill Country Hurricane Help

Many of us here in the Hill Country have strong ties to Rockport, Port A, and Houston. Many of you have homes, friends, and family in the effected areas. Some of my favorite places in Rockport have sustained heavy damage or been wiped off the map entirely. People are without power, surrounded by floodwaters, and in desperate need of basic necessities, food, and water. Organizations need a lot of help and need monetary donations in order to get people the help they need.

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Damage to the Fulton Mansion Historic Site

If you cannot get down to help in person, you can still help those in need.

How To Help:

  1. Give Blood.Give Blood. Major injuries from the storm mean blood shortages. One donation can save multiple lives. The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has many locations accepting donations. Find one HERE.
  2. Amazon Smile. Help those in need by doing your normal Amazon shopping. Simply choose a charity you want to donate to and shop like normal. It doesn’t cost you anything but helps do so much good. I currently have The Aquarium at Rockport Harbor as my chosen charity. They were completely destroyed during Hurricane Harvey.
  3. Text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross or CLICK HERE TO DONATE.
  4. Air BnB has a page to list your rental or a room so that those fleeing the area have someplace to stay. If you have room consider listing it to help someone in need. LIST YOUR SPACE HERE.
  5. Text UWFLOOD to 41444 to donate to the United Way Flood Relief Fund. OR DONATE HERE.
  6. Humane Society.  The Humane Society helps pets and wildlife impacted by the hurricane. Give to their disaster relief HERE.
  7. SPCA Texas. There have been thousands of pets displaced by the storm. DONATE HERE to help Texas animals.
  8. Donate to The Salvation Army’s Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. CLICK HERE TO DONATE.
  9. The Texas Diaper Bank needs help providing aide to families with small children donate here.
  10. The Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce has set up a GoFundMe account to help with recovery efforts. You can DONATE HERE to help Rockport directly.

*UPDATE* If you want to donate items directly to Rockport Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper Realtors is accepting donations at their office. They will be taking down supplies on Friday September 1st so please drop off soon! Needed items are listed in the photo below.

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IF YOU ARE SEEKING ASSISTANCE/ REFUGE FROM HURRICANE HARVEY:

  • Find an open shelter near you by texting SHELTER and your zip code to 4FEMA (43362). You can also use the FEMA mobile app.
  • Air B&B is offering FREE accommodations for evacuees checking in between August 23rd and September 1st. If you need a place to stay CLICK HERE.
  • Call the Red Cross at 877-500-8645, or find a list of open shelters here.
  • Call the United Way Helpline at 211 for information on shelters and other forms of assistance.
  • The Texas Association of Business has established a hotline to provide resources to business owners affected by the storm. Call 512-637-7714 or see the website.
  • Texas State Park camping is free to hurricane evacuees.

Hurricane Harvey has caused damage but if we work together we can rebuild and restore our communities and emerge from the flood waters stronger than ever.

#TexasStrong #RockportStrong #PortAStrong #HoustonStrong

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Summer Fun: Evenings On The Edge

This past Thursday I attended the Evenings On The Edge pool party series at La Cantera Resort & Spa on the Topaz Pool deck. This 21+ adults only pool party is the perfect way to spend a summer Thursday evening and to jump start you weekend wind down.

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Each  summer Thursday evening features a different non profit or charity, to which a portion of your ticket sale is donated. You know that you get to do some good for the community while you party this summer!

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Make sure you show up and show out in your best summer chic attire!

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I relaxed by the infinity pool and enjoyed breathtaking views of the Hill Country.

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Look For Less: Chanel VS Kaitlyn Pan

I have been obsessing over the Chanel Mademoiselle Two Tone Slingbacks for quite some time.

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But as their $850+ price point is still a bit too much to swallow at the moment, I have been on the hunt for a good quality dupe. I finally found a good quality style dupe when I landed on the Kaitlyn Pan Two Tone Block Heel Slingbacks. 

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These shoes have been making their way across the blogger circuit for some time and they finally managed to make their way into my closet. These are possibly the easiest shoes to dress up and down. They work with everything I own and are perfect for a casual day out, the office, or date night.

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They are SO comfortable and they elevate every outfit I’ve paired them with so far.

 

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Texas Summer Style

It is summer time in Texas. While that does mean summer fun, it can also mean melted makeup and humidity to boot. What’s a girl to do to stay looking stylish but also stay cool?

I’ve compiled a list of the best 5 things to help you beat the Texas heat:

1. .Wear Sunblock. This SHOULD go without saying but so many of us (myself included) tend to skip the sun screen. I hate the oily feeling most sunblock brands tend leave on my skin, but I recently discovered this sunblock from Aveeno that doesn’t leave the icky oily feeling but still protects your skin from harmful UV rays. However you express you style this summer staying free of skin cancer is key. Even a small burn can lead to harmful melanomas down the line. Make sure to protect your skin to look fantastic for years to come!

2. Bring shade with you: Not only is wearing a sun hat absolutely fab, they help shield your face, neck, and shoulders from the sun and help you stay cooler! You can pair it with jeans and a t shirt, bathing suit, or maxi dress. They are incredibly versatile and add a touch of old Hollywood to any outfit. Check out this adorable hat for under $20!

3. Kaftans: This style of dress has been around for thousands of years. For me they are the dress equivalent of yoga pants. These can be dressed up or down and con be worn to every occasion imaginable. Something as simple as switching a necklace or bag can take this from day to night in an instant. This style of dress has been a staple in my closet for years. It is great for days when I just cannot be bothered to put together an outfit and just want to be comfortable, but still look glamorous. I have the kaftan below in several colors.

4. Get a great Primer. If you want to keep looking hot without looking sweaty invest in a good primer. I’ve been using the Becca primer for two years now and it keep my makeup on my face and not looking like a hot mess! This stuff is the holy grail for ladies like me who like to stay matte all day. *Tip: use a small pea sized amount and warm it between your fingers before applying to get the best finish.

5. Hydrate: Staying hydrated is crucial. Sun stroke can happen quickly in the extreme heat we are prone to here in the Hill Country, so  when temperatures inch ever higher it is important to stay cool and make sure your body has enough water. Drinking lots of water also helps make sure your skin stays too, meaning fewer breakouts and lots of beauty benefits. I always have a water bottle on hand to make sure that I can hydrate through out the day. Consider taking a reusable bottle or cup such as S’well bottle or Yeti with you whenever you leave the house. These are also great when you head down to the Coast to keep our beverages chilled all day!  Another benefit is that you will be using fewer disposable bottles, creating less waste, and helping out the environment at the same time!

                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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