Happy Thursday my gorgeous friends!

I'm back with yet another beauty post! I'm really loving this change because not only am I sharing products I've been loving and using for a while, but it also encourages me to try different brands and products, too, and by the response I received in my previous beauty post, you seem to enjoy the idea of adding beauty related content to TSC as well, which makes me all the more excited!

Today's post is on a brand that I'm very much familiar with and have been using for years! I do want to start off by saying that this post is no way sponsored by Shea Moisture, as you know, I'll always indicate if a post is indeed sponsored, so you'll never have to wonder or guess. I just wanted to address that in case you were curious ;)

I've been using Shea Moisture's products off and on for quite a few years now, maybe 3 or 4. One product that was completely new to me was their Coconut & Hibiscus Hand & Body Scrub. I purchased it on a whim a couple of weeks ago on that trip I took to Target; remember when I purchased the Who What Wear dress?! Since that trip, I've been using it every other day or every two days and I absolutely LOVE it! What initially sold me was the ingredients, smell, and the gorgeous hibiscus flower pedals that can be seen on the bottom of the tub. I love anything and everything coconut; this is a heads up, if you don't like coconut or products with a strong sent, this is not for you. You really get that strong coconut, tropical sent and it lingers even after using a body wash/soap and different scented lotions, making it perfect for both spring and summer! It also fills the bathroom with a tropical aroma, which I personally love!

I have to be honest and say that prior to pregnancy, I hadn't really exfoliated much, neither my face nor my body and I wondered why I was struggling with acne (insert eye roll emoji). My mom is a huge beauty buff and as I told you in my Bio-Oil review (I'm now onto my fourth bottle btw!) she really had been stressing the importance of taking extra care of my skin, since it's been and will continue to stretch and grow. This scrub leaves my skin feeling uber soft and helps to provide a perfect surface for my oils and lotions to absorb and adhere to. I feel that coupled with the moisturizing, this has really helped in improving the overall appearance of my skin and keep stretch marks at bay, especially since it contains certified organic coconut which contains vitamins e and k, as well as iron and fatty acids, all of which are known to help firm and tone the skin. 

I don't know if you can tell, but I'm more than half way through the tub and have already stocked up on another. This time around, I also purchased the body butter in the coconut & hibiscus collection, which I'm looking forward to try for the first time as well! 

Once again, I'd definitely suggest this scrub if:

1. You love the scent of coconut

2. You love products with a strong, lingering scent

3. You prefer products that contain naturally derived ingredients 

4. You're looking for a cruelty free brand to try 

5. You're looking for an affordable natural drug store brand 

6. Are pregnant and looking for more ways to moisturize your changing body (I did my research while in store before purchasing and the ingredients are not harmful to neither you or baby)

 

PS: If you really want to see a lot of those pretty hibiscus petals as you see in the photos shown above, be sure to check the bottom of the tub. I've noticed that since this contains natural ingredients, the amount may vary; I wasn't so lucky with the second tub :( 

 

Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having the best week so far! Feel free to share your favorite body scrub brands in the comment's section, I'd love to know your faves! 

 

XO, 

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Posted by Jalisa on Mar 22, 2017 under

Shirt: Similar Turtleneck: Similar Jeans Monogram Necklace: Similar Heart necklace c/o Cuff Rings c/o | Fringe Bracelet: Similar Shoes: Sam Edelman (similarBag: Tory Burch (similar

 

Happy Wednesday my gorgeous friends!

I hope you're all having a great week so far! 

This time of year is when I often love to play around with earthy tones and printed neutrals the most because I feel they fit the transitional season best. Such colors include olive greens, lighter shades of brown, grey in all shades, and of course my favorite all year round printed neutral, leopard print. If there ever was a shoe I wore nearly all the time these babies are it! Whenever you want to add a little sass to your outfit, they're the perfect option and they pair well with everything

Olive green is one of those tricky colors to work with a times and I know they can pose a threat to some blondes, depending on the shade because it can make the locks appear a little brassy, a concern I've heard from my dirty blonde beauties. I don't believe that you have to rule it out entirely if this applies to you though! I think if you wear a shirt opened like I'm doing here paired with a white top, it can help to offset that effect. I'd suggest you avoid wearing it with grey, however, because it can further enhance the effect if you're roots are dark and your hair is more of a golden blonde. 

When it comes to jewelry, I prefer wearing gold with olive because the warm tones blend and compliment each other perfectly, silver can often clash, unless paired with gold or brassy pieces. So, if you don't like wearing gold or it doesn't compliment your skin tone, perhaps you can keep your jewelry at a minimum when wearing the shade for a more cohesive and flattering look. You see, you can wear the shade and here you thought you couldn't ;) 

Do YOU like wearing earthy colors come spring? What shade is your favorite accent color? Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope your day is as wonderful as YOU!

 


XO, 

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Happy Tuesday sweet friends!

As many of you may have noticed from spotting what some of the elite fashionistas and celebrities have been wearing and what our favorite brands are pushing out for their spring 2017 collections, is that much of the details that were notable trends from last season are still going strong!

If you were on the fence the first time around and perhaps missed my posts covering these trends, now's the time to catch up and hopefully become inspired! I've broken it down on what to look for and avoid for your body shape to ensure that you feel confident while exploring some new found territory because let's be honest, trying something new in general isn't always easy and not knowing if we can pull it off is usually the deterring factor. I don't believe that'll be the case after checking out these recaps though, I'm almost certain ;) 

So, be sure to click on the "original post" link to take you over to the complete post, where you can find more details and examples of trends still going strong this year. Keep in mind that the pieces I've included in the sets may be sold out, since they're past season, so feel free to pin the posts to refer to as a guide while shopping! 

 

1. RUFFLES

 

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2. OFF THE SHOULDER 

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3. BOMBER JACKETS 

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4. GINGHAM

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5. BOLD STRIPES

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What trend(s) are YOU most excited about that's still trending?! Which are you secretly hoping will die down? Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope your day is as fabulous as YOU! 

 

XO, 

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Posted by Jalisa on Mar 20, 2017 under

 

Trench Coat: Guess (similarTurtleneck (similarJeans Sunglasses Monogram Necklace (similarHeart Necklace c/o Cuff Rings c/o Boots Bag: Louis Vuitton 

 

Happy Monday my beautiful friends!

How was your weekend?! My mom and my niece did end up spending the weekend with us and we had such a great time! We watched a couple of movies and made s'mores by the fireplace, which I must admit is probably the only thing I'll miss about this cold weather once it finally leaves, since today is the first day of spring! However, though it's the first day of what should be warmer weather, it's still pretty cold, which is of course expected for this transitional time making the trench coat a perfect staple for both now and later in the fall. 

It's a perfect alternative for a heavier coat or leather jacket on those 50 degree weather days when you still need some warmth minus the bulk. You all know how much I love my outerwear, but surprisingly I now currently own two trench coats, this orange one, which I love, and another one that's a grey leopard print that's more of a blend of a rain coat. Well, I guess it's not that surprising, since you also know how much I love my color and leopard print, haha! 

I'm on the search for a classic khaki trench, but for now, I don't mind adding a pop of color with an orange one. The key to getting the most use out of such a vibrant piece is to keep the rest of your look fairly basic or neutral. Of course you can implement it as an additional statement to an already bold pairing, but to make it more versatile, neutral is key. Any color pairs well with neutrals, so don't think you're extremely limited when considering a colorful piece. I've actually worn this trench with a nude cami last year, mid-spring, and it looked great against the shade, which you can check out here for some more inspo! 

What kind of outerwear do YOU prefer to wear most come spring? Leather jackets, trench coats, bombers?! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope this week is filled with lots of positivity and productivity for us all! 



XO,

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Posted by Jalisa on Mar 17, 2017 under

Coat Sweater: Banana Republic (similarLeggings:Nordstrom Rack (similarShoes: Sam Edelman (similar

 

Happy Friday my gorgeous friends!

I will be keeping this blog post short and sweet today because I'm exhausted! It seems as though the fatigue is coming back, sigh. But, it's not nearly as bad as my first and early second trimester, which is great. I was on an energy high for about two weeks straight and now it seems to be fluctuating, so I'm going to get some rest. Especially since this weekend may be a bit busy, but busy doing fun things! My mom and niece may be stopping by this weekend to celebrate my step-daughter's birthday, which was last week and we always have so much fun when all the girls are together; I can't wait until Baby A joins us :) 

I hope you all have an amazing weekend ahead, my dear friends, and thanks so much for stopping by!

 


XO, 

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Happy Thursday my sweet friends!

Today's topic is on one of my favorite wardrobe pieces, which I'm sure Eddie will agree with, shoes! What I love about shoes is that they can really help to pull an outfit together or add a nice bold statement to an otherwise simple look, such is certainly the case with embroidered shoes. Often times when something that's trending gains huge momentum, we begin to see it translated into many forms, making it more relevant to one's personal style or allows for an easier experimentation of a trend without fully committing to a larger piece and price tag! 

With embroidered shoes, I'd personally suggest keeping much of the outfit basic in color and/or in style itself. For example: a basic white tee, denim jeans (perhaps even a frayed hem, which is also trending), and a pair of embroidered ankle boots. You could also do a simple dress and a pair of embroidered pumps or mules for that boho-chic factor synonymous with spring. 

If it's still a bit nippy where you are (it's far from nippy here in CT, it's cold!!!) you can top off your basic outfit with a leather jacket, either traditional or suede. Keep in mind that both can have very different vibes. Traditional leather can add more of an edgy vibe and suede can really enhance the boho feel of the embroidery; something to keep in mind depending on the effect you may want to go for, but both are great options! You could also add a denim vest or jacket for a 90s feel as well. As you can see, there are quite a few options! 

I hope this post inspired those of you who love the trend and have been considering a pair of shoes, but weren't sure how to wear and style them. I personally love the trend and I'm really eyeing those grey slides (#3)! They're a MUCH more affordable option for the popular Gucci ones that have been floating around social media and I just love the grey and white combination, so chic, versatile, and perfect for spring! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you're having the best day so far!

 

XO, 

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Happy Wednesday my lovely friends!

I hope all my fellow east coast friends kept warm and safe during snowstorm Stella yesterday! We got a lot of snow and the wind was crazy. To top it all off, we have some more snow in our forecast for this Sunday, which I hope we miss because well, one snowstorm is more than enough, lol!

Anyway, I've really been embracing neutrals lately, specifically black and beige. There's something about the combination that reads chic and sophisticated and it's one that looks great on everyone. Another great alternative I'm loving that can actually visually brighten the skin during these dull winter days, which I'm sure we all can appreciate, is camel; they give off the same sophisticated and polished vibe.

What are some of your favorite neutral combinations? 

Thanks so much for stopping by, my gorgeous friends, and I hope you're having a wonderful week so far!

 


XO, 

 

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Posted by Jalisa on Mar 14, 2017 under

 

Happy Tuesday my gorgeous friends!

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about how red and pink are trending big this spring and even into fall! Another color that's not generally as popular as the two that's equally trending is yellow and understandably so, it can be a tough color to pull off not only in finding the right shade for your skin tone that doesn't wash you out, especially if you're fair skinned, but knowing what colors actually look good paired with it, too. It's just not a no fuss color option and I know for that reason many avoid it at all costs. 

Well, hopefully after reading through today's post and seeing a little throwback of some of the outfits I put together last season, you'll feel inspired to give it a try. As with anything new, I suggest you go into uncharted territory with simple pieces. So, if you're not one for color in general, particularly yellow and you feel after seeing some of the outfits that you still can't pull it off, opt for a clutch or shoes. 

If you feel yellow washes you out, then I'd suggest opting for pieces that are far away from the face to prevent both your skin and hair from appearing dull. Once again, opt for accessories that can be easily added and removed or perhaps a blouse that has some hints of yellow in the form of a print that's easy on the eyes, which you will see an example of below; let's get started!

 

Well, what do you think?! Will YOU be giving yellow a try this spring season? Nonetheless, I hope you found some inspiration in this post! Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope your day is as beautiful as YOU! 

 

XO,

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Posted by Jalisa on Mar 13, 2017 under

Jacket: ABS by Allen Schwartz (similarSweater: RD Style (similarJeans: Guess (similarTights Shoes: Sam Edelman (similarBag: Louis Vuitton 

 

Happy Monday my gorgeous friends!

I hope you all had a great weekend and are off to a wonderful start to your Monday so far! 

So you know how I purchased the belly bands to wear in the meantime until I find the right pair(s) of maternity jeans (i.e. affordable, cute, and actually fit comfortably everywhere!)?! Well, I've been wearing them a lot since I've first purchased them last week and I figured I'd try wearing them with these distressed jeans, which I love so much because ya know, I want to feel cute and trendy rocking fishnets and ripped jeans, haha; I don't want to feel left out, since I'm really loving the trend! 

No bueno! 

These particular jeans are high waisted and I figured that since I'd obviously leave them unbuttoned with the belly band covering them, it'd be cool and comfy. Wrong! Never again. I'll just have to face the fact that I need to fold them away for now :(  They still fit everywhere but the stomach part just felt a bit uncomfy even when completely open and no harmful pressure was being placed on my bump. 

Though I've been wearing the belly bands and have been loving the fact that they've allowed me to wear much of my non-maternity jeans, I guess it's because my belly is growing, but sometimes it just feels weird. Are you one of these people that don't like the way a turtleneck or choker feels around your neck, like it's choking you, but it really isn't!? Weird analogy, but that's kind of how it feels like at times. It doesn't hurt or put pressure on my stomach at all, it just sometimes feels weird. Like I said, it may be that my bump is growing (I'm now 24 weeks) and I'm still not quite used to anything being on and around it, if that makes sense. I don't know, I guess it's just a matter of getting used to because sometimes it bothers me and other times it doesn't lol.

Anyway, I decided to pair a high low jumper with the jeans because it's one of my favorites in my collection. Plus, I love the way the cream and black look paired together. If you've ever wanted to emphasize your hip area, high low jumpers are great for creating that effect. If that's not something you'd like to emphasize, however, then I'd suggest either avoiding them or adding other pieces to your outfit to help balance out those visual effects, like a scarf and jacket to maintain proportions. They're also great options if you like to wear leggings and have your booty covered ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by, my dear friends, and I hope you have the most amazing week ahead!

 


XO, 

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Posted by Jalisa on Mar 10, 2017 under

 

A very Happy Friday my beautiful friends!

To keep my spring optimism going, I've added a splash of color with a green satchel. Green, specifically a citrine greenish shade (yellow-green) has been coined the official color of the year for 2017 by Pantone. I find when any color, regardless of the shade, has been announced as the color of the year, it tends to appear in many and all shades for that particular color, so don't feel limited, find a green you love and rock it, there truly is a shade for everyone.

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