The Classic Brunette: 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018

Getting Festival Ready With Babbleboxx

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Spring is nearly here! Quite honestly, because it begins tomorrow! People are starting to finally warm up, shake off the cold of the winter and get back into the swing of things. Part of that new routine means heading out to festivals and outdoor concerts! Coachella is only about a month away, and since I'm only a few hours from Indio I have a ton of friends who are gearing up for it. It's time to start thinking about how to best prepare for the fun events on your calendar, especially the ones that are outdoors! You've got to get a great fashionable look, create some flawless skin that will outlast the harsh sun, and make sure your hair can stay all day while you dance. Thankfully Babbleboxx is here with a ton of goodies to help me get prepared for all the fun!

Monday, March 12, 2018

My Spring Wish List

Spring is so close I can almost taste it! Although that might be easier to do in Southern California where the weather is always on the warmer side. I've been in an online shopping/browsing mood lately and I figured now would be the perfect time to share what's in my cart for the upcoming season. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Perfect Strapless Bra

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I love bras. I'm definitely one of the few women that really has a love for this particular under your clothes accessory besides its practical use. So obsessed that I have over 30 of them. Yeah, it's excessive. I love how they can be pretty, help perfect an outfit, and help make you look your best, especially for us more busty gals. But the one type of bra I've never liked? Strapless. They're uncomfortable, tight, don't give you any lift, and never stay in place. It's beyond frustrating and makes me never want to wear anything strapless again. However, that's impossible with my love for off the shoulder tops and intricately sleeved clothes (anyone else have those dresses where your bra straps always seem to show no matter what?). So what's a girl to do? Thankfully I have the solution: a strapless bra that is comfortable along with being functional AND providing great lift.

Monday, March 5, 2018

5 Things Your Blog Needs Right Now To Appeal To Brands

I've been blogging for over three years now, and one question that I continuously get asked by other bloggers is 'How can I work with brands?' Collaborating with brands is something that all bloggers (especially those in the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle niches) aspire to do at one point or another, and there really isn't a magic formula that automatically puts you on a brand's radar. But there are a few things you can do to set your blog up so that it looks appealing to brands! I'll be sharing five simple tips that will make it easier for brands to want to reach out to you and get collaborating!

Monday, February 26, 2018

A Day In Los Angeles

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I've lived in Orange County for around five years and every so often I say to my friends "I want to go to LA more!" It rarely ever happens, mostly because no one wants to make the hour drive in the traffic. But this weekend my roommate and I decided that we needed some time in the city, especially since we'll be moving soon and don't have much more time to explore! I thought I would share the places I went to and some photos from the day. Warning this post is a bit photo-heavy!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Five Beauty Products To Add To Your Vanity

As a blogger I come across a good amount of beauty products in my day to day life. There are some I love, some I hate, some that are good for only a few things, and some, like these, that I end up reaching for all the time. I always love hearing about what new products my friends are using, and that's always how I hope to come across here. Just another friend sharing my thoughts on some products that I'm loving! I typically test out new products for a few weeks to decide if I really like them as well as to give myself enough time to see if the product has any faults or gives me any kind of reaction. Here are five products that have made it into my everyday use pile!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Updated 101 in 1001 Goals

Remember when all the bloggers were doing those 101 goals in 1001 days lists? Well I made one as well, and those 1001 days just ended on the 16th! It was so fun making that list a few years ago, and I wanted to circle back to that post to see what I accomplished and what things I didn't. I'll also be writing a new set of goals for the next 1001 days. This past year has been all sorts of challenging, and it's given me a much different perspective on life so I want to create some goals that aren't as superficial as before (although let's be honest there will still be plenty of those. I have 101 goals to come up with!)

In my last 101 in 1001 list I crossed off 67 goals. Not bad, but definitely not great. I did make it through some big ones like graduating college, adopting a cat, and buying a domain name (as well as preliminarily crossing off "move to a new city" since it's currently in the works!), and a lot of the ones I didn't end up finishing were small goals like putting all my nail polish on some app. I don't think I even touched that app after creating the list, oops! You can go ahead and look through my old goals, but here are my new set of goals! Of course there will be some silly, materialistic, trivial, etc goals, but there are also some deeper and more personal ones on this list as well.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

My Dream Living Room

Art Piece | Papasan Chair | Blue Vases (similar) | White Cabinet | Spotted Pillow | Pink Pillows | Blue Couch  (couch we actually bought HERE) | Coffee Table | TV Stand |

I'm ending this week on the blog with a little home inspiration! My best friend and I are moving soon (more on that in a few months!) so we get to decorate a whole new apartment. Woo! I LOVE when I get to decorate a new space, so just for fun I decided to create a mockup of my dream living room. Since I love reading about home decor, I wanted to find out if y'all were interested in it as well. I'm so thankful for Instagram Stories poll feature because it's been so helpful in coming up with ideas that I know you will enjoy. I asked and 99% of you said yes to seeing this mock-up! This is just a rough draft of the living room space to come as we don't even have an apartment or accurate gauge of how much space we'll have in our new place. However, we do have a general color scheme and a vibe that we're going for.

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Smudge-Proof Long Lasting Lip Color You've Always Wanted

Have you ever watched a movie or tv show and wondered how a character's lipstick stayed in place and glossy for the entire episode? One of my goals in life was to somehow achieve the amount of color and hold of those actresses' lip colors, minus having a makeup artist reapply my lipgloss every 15 minutes. Well folks, I can finally say I've done it. I've found the secret to that weird and random goal of mine, and it's so much simpler and better than you would have expected. The answer? Lipsense.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Valentines Day Gift Guide

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I know it's the second post about Valentines Day this week, but what can I say, I'm just really feeling the love lately! I wanted to share my favorite picks for yourself, your mom, your girl friends, and your girlfriends as well ;) Whoever's on your list this V-Day will be excited to receive any of these gifts!

Monday, January 29, 2018

The Perfect Valentines Day Dress

A more accurate title to this post for me would be to switch Valentines with Galentines (where are all the other single ladies at?), but that doesn't mean I don't get to celebrate the holiday! If you've been following my blog for the last few years you'll know that my parents always made Valentines Day special for my sister and I one way or another. Whether it was sending care packages to us in college or just a little box of chocolates, I never felt that it was something that I was to be left out of just because I was single. Even though my parents are gone, I'm still going to celebrate just the way they taught me to.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Three Tips For Styling A Graphic Tee

Ah graphic t-shirts, one of my favorite things to wear, but one of the hardest to style perfectly without looking like a complete bum. I love incorporating these into my closet, but a girl can only have so many without repeating the same outfit over and over! So today I wanted to share my three best tips for styling your cutest graphic tees and letting them be the statement piece of your outfit.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Best Purchases of 2017

Y'ALL. This post has been a long time coming! It's taken me a while to really gather everything up, but it's finally here! My best purchases post from last year was a huge hit with all of you, so I wanted to do it again this year to share all of my favorites! I'm splitting things up by category to make things a bit easier, but that also means that it's a bit on the longer side! Even longer because I'm sharing a few details in each category. Let me know if any of these items made your favorite purchases list too!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

10 Things I Learned In 2017

Happy 2018!! I know I'm not the only one who's thinking this, but THANK GOD 2017 IS OVER! I am not exaggerating when I say this has been the worst year of my life. Sad, but true considering the unfortunate events that have happened these past couple months. I've been forced into learning a few things this year, some for better some for worse, and wanted to share a few of those lessons (don't worry it's not all serious!) here on the blog. I'm trying my best to take every challenge and stressor that comes at me and make it positive, and it's taken this year of craziness to really make that positivity aspect step in.
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