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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Travel Guide: Atlanta, Georgia

Hey everyone! I took a little hiatus last week while I was in Atlanta, but I'm so glad to be back sharing my trip with you all today. I was there for four days, and although I did do a number of fun things, I also spent a lot of time just inside my own hotel. I say that because I was actually there for a conference being held at the hotel. I'll be sharing a little guide of all the things I got up to while in Atlanta and my thoughts on the city and all the things to do, eat, and see there!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

A Side Of Happiness - 5 Ways To Make Your Cat Happy In Your Home

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I recently shared a little glimpse of Henry in last Monday's post, and you all were so excited to see him! I wanted to share a little more about him because he's such a huge part of my life, and I know a lot of you all have kitties of your own! I adopted Henry last June when he was 5 weeks old and now he's SO BIG. Honestly, I think he's a mix of one of the bigger breeds of cats and will end up being 15+ pounds! But he's such a friendly giant, and makes me incredibly happy. I love cuddling up with him in the mornings, watching him play with his little catnip mice, and hearing his little meowing chirps whenever he wants food, haha. In all seriousness though Henry is such a little bundle of light and keeps me entertained and feeling loved all the time. He gives me so much, so I definitely spoil him back to make sure he's living his best life! Here are a few tips that make me a crazy cat lady and Henry the happiest little cat.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Last Minute Sephora Sale Purchases

Happy Labor Day everyone! I hope you were lucky enough to get a long weekend, but if you weren't I hope you got to at least enjoy some time with family and friends! I decided to take a little time off since posting my hugely personal post last Monday, but I did want to give a big THANK YOU to all of you who read it, commented, and reached out to me. It was a slightly terrifying post to write and share, but I already know that it's making the impact I wanted it to which is a great feeling! So thank you again to everyone! Now onto today's post. I recognize that the labor day sales have been up and running for a few days now, but there's really only one I'm interested in this year, and that's the Sephora sale! Today is the last day to shop, but I wanted to share my last minute picks from the sale. These are items I've either tried out myself, am repurchasing, or are on my personal wishlist. All VIBRouge members get 20% off (code:YESROUGE), VIB get 15% (code:YESVIB) and everyone else gets 10% off with code YESINSIDER.

If I had to pick a few out from this list that I highly recommend it would be these three: Fresh's Lotus Youth Preserve Moisturizer, Buxom's Big Tease Mascara, and Laura Mercier's Translucent Setting Powder. I use all three of these almost every single day and cannot say enough good things. The Fresh moisturizer is something that rehydrates my skin without making it feel oily or overly hydrated. I've tested out a few different moisturizers and oils and this is the one that I've repurchased again and again (even though it's slightly on the expensive side.) 

The Buxom mascara is also a product that I repurchased during the sale since it's currently my favorite mascara! I tried this when I received it in a PR box and fell absolutely in love with it. It gives incredible volume, doesn't clump and makes me almost look like I'm wearing falsies. 

The translucent setting powder is also a little bit pricey, but if you've been searching for the perfect "flawless" finishing product, this stuff can't be beat. I've used a few different setting sprays (including the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray above which I love for different reasons) but this powder gives almost an airbrushed finish to your face. It keeps my makeup in place, and gives me that perfect look I crave when I do a full face of makeup. You can't go wrong with it!

Like I said above, all these products are either on my to-buy list, I've tried, or have already repurchased. Most being in the last two categories! Have you purchased from the Sephora sale this year? What are you going to buy during this last day of the sale?

Monday, August 27, 2018

How To Know If It's Time To See A Therapist + My Journey With Mental Health

This past year has been absolutely insane with everything that has happened. I have definitely had a lot of ups and downs what with graduating college, my parents passing, and moving to a new city and state, it's no wonder that my mental health has been going through an absolute loop. This post is definitely going to be the most 'real' and personal thing that I have written. I'm going to be open and honest, because mental health isn't something that a lot of people talk about openly. In more recent years it has definitely been discussed more, but there are still a lot of things that people keep hush-hush. I completely understand since it's deeply personal, but if I have the platform to talk about my own journey and give someone else the opportunity to maybe understand a bit more, then I will. I always try to treat everyone who reads my blog like a friend, and so I'm opening up the conversation just in case anyone else wants to discuss it as well.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Floral Maxi Dress

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Maxi Dress (not available online) Similar 1, Similar 2 | Espadrille Wedges | Monogram Necklace

Happy Monday! Can you believe that we're already past the half point of August? These next few weeks are going to be busy for me what with a few trips coming up and a few sponsorships here and there. September especially is going to be absolutely crazy, so I'll be trying to get a lot done these next few days! In the meantime I wanted to share this pretty maxi dress I picked up a few weeks ago. Obviously these photos were taken before I cut my hair but why reshoot when these photos are perfectly fine, haha!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Why It's Necessary For Bloggers To Have Business Cards

This post was sponsored by Basic Invite, as always all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support The Classic Brunette!

Thank you all for understanding my little hiatus this past week, with my stomach flu and the one year anniversary of my dad's passing it's been a little rough to say the least. But I'm back and ready to share something that I'm so excited business cards! I've actually been in the process of designing and making these for around a year now, but couldn't find a site that helped me create the exact vision I had in mind. It wasn't anything too crazy, but it seemed that nothing was working how it wanted to with these, that is until I stumbled upon Basic Invite! I think they perfectly represent my brand, even down to the same font I use for Pinterest graphics.

Monday, August 6, 2018

My 4th Blogiversary - 4 Life Lessons Blogging Has Taught Me

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It's always interesting to me to watch another year of blogging go by, because I honestly can't remember life without it. How did I spend my time? What made me get into blogging in the first place, and can I turn back the clock to make me get here sooner? One thing for sure is that my blog isn't going anywhere soon, and I can't wait to embark on another year! I've learned quite a few things from full time blogging, but there are a few life lessons that blogging has taught me that I thought I would share today.

Passion Makes For Better Work

I don't think I could ever be one of those people who works a job just to have a job. And I KNOW that comes off as kind of pretentious and 'first world problem-y' but it's true. I'm not motivated to work unless I'm passionate about what I do, which is why I love that blogging is my career. I have this passion to create, share, and communicate, and I can do that all through my blog. And it doesn't hurt that I have a passion for all the things I blog about (fashion, beauty, skincare, lifestyle habits, travel, etc.) as well. All I know is that I'm best when there's a passionate fire under my butt getting me to work, and I'm so glad that I have and love this blog.

Kindness Is Never Underated

It always always always pays to be kind. And even if people aren't kind back, it didn't cost you anything to offer up your own kindness. You never know what someone is going through, or what they're dealing with on the other end of that email you're sending. Blogging is a never-ending stream of communicating, whether it's through your peers, your readers, or brands wanting to sponsor. The saying is there for a reason, and it rings true when I say you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar. Kindness can never do you wrong, but that doesn't mean that you don't fight or stand up for yourself. There's a difference between coming off as aggressive rather than firm, and a real difference in severing ties with someone than amicably letting go of a bond. The latter will always lead to better results.

Always Stay True To Yourself

Once again for life and for blogging, it's important to be yourself. Now I'll be honest I'm sure 25% of my personality is reflected in the last movie I watched (anyone else always start saying "I could totally be a spy" after watching a spy movie?) but that other 75% is where I try to whole-heartedly be myself. There are times when I try to branch out for sure, but my roots are the same. Can I be inspired by others? OF COURSE! But just because I love someone's style, mannerisms, or just literally want their life (I'm talking to you, Blake Lively!) you can't just go out and decide to be them. You'll fall apart trying to maintain a life that isn't authentic to you. Blogging has made me realize that it's okay to both stand out and fall inside the crowd. Everyone is a bit in between, and that's why we're all unique.

There Are No Shortcuts

Sure some people are born a little extra lucky or with a little extra somethin' than others, but most of us are just trying our best out there. Hard work is what brings success, and if you aren't putting in the work, it's likely that nothing will come of it. There are no real "get rich quick" schemes and buying followers won't really get you anywhere, it's your actual effort that will get you somewhere. As frustrating as it is to see others rise to the top when you're still at square one, know that you're the only one who can change that. Depending on others, complaining, and just plain laziness are only going to be detrimental to your success in the long run. If you want something bad enough, you'll find a way to work towards it. I promise the long grueling work will be worth it in the end when you achieve those goals!

Obviously I've learned much more than these four things, and blogging continues to open up new lessons as the years go by, but these are the ones that have been standing out to me lately! I can't wait to see what this next year of blogging takes me. I've already learned so much and continue to grow both mentally and as a brand/business these past 4 years, so it will be amazing to see what comes next! And as always, thank YOU for being here and supporting me along the way. Every comment, like, email, DM, etc is exciting and I love knowing that what I write or post resonates with you all. So thank you thank you thank you!!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Currently TCB

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Hi loves! This is a new type of post that I want to start sharing here on TCB, one where I get a little more personal with all of you. It's essentially a 'life lately' but I'll be sharing what's currently happening in my life in all the different areas like the tv shows I'm watching, the things I'm eating, what's on my mind, etc. I love when bloggers get more 'real' and personal in their posts and after polling you all on Insta a while back it seems that you like the the same! So here goes, let me know in the comments if you like this style of life update!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Everyday Fall Fashion

This post is sponsored by Kohl's. I was paid for this post and received the included clothes as compensation. As always all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that support The Classic Brunette!

Is anyone else sick of this heat? I feel like I'm always waiting for summer to roll around when it's cold, but once it gets here I want nothing to do with it, haha! Fall is my favorite season, so I can't wait for the leaves to start changing, the weather to cool down, and of course to pull out all my favorite fall outfits. After spending a good amount during the summer season, I'm definitely going back to my roots and doing some affordable shopping this season! Kohl's has been a family favorite of mine since I was young with my mom taking my sister and I there every season to pick up both basics and trendy pieces. Today I'll be sharing three different looks from Kohl's juniors section that are just perfect for the transitional and fall weather!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

My Current Favorite Face Masks

Wow it feels like it's been so long since I've posted about beauty! Lately my routine has been minimal at best, opting for just a touch of mascara and filled brows or a light foundation look. I haven't been bothered to do more since I've been in the apartment and avoiding the heat for the most part! But I have been upping my skincare game more recently due to a number of reasons, that means new products and reviews to share with you all though! It's been a while since I shared my favorite face masks, and lately I've been using so many that I feel like I just have to share what's been working for me. I'm covering a lot of different skincare needs with these masks, so whatever issue you're attempting to resolve, I probably have a mask for you!

The masks I'm sharing all vary in what they do and how much they cost, but each of them has worked wonders for me! I've noticed this year that my skin has actually gotten less sensitive, so just remember things that may not give me a reaction might affect your skin in a different way. So always test the mask on your hand before placing it on your face!

Let's start off with the cheapest masks! I never judge a mask on its price, because even the cheapest of masks can be incredible and the most expensive a dud. These masks from Sephora may not be pricey, but the results are always amazing. I've been using these masks for a few years now and keep coming back to them. The green tea mask is my go-to when I'm feeling a breakout coming on or when I feel like my skin is getting too oily. It simmers down my acne spots, drys them out just enough, and clears my face faster than any other acne mask I've tried.

I can't ever have enough lip masks! I've tried and loved a few, but this one is always my #1. I have notoriously dry and chapped lips, chapstick is essentially my best friend. On the days where my lips are feeling extra dehydrated and rough, I bust out this mask for some much needed love and moisture. At only $3 it's barely a splurge and always does the trick. My mouth is always smoother, softer, and extra moisturized after using this mask.

Ah how I love Origins! They're one of my favorite skincare brands, and they always have the best masks! I was recently sent this one along with the same mask but for oily skin (this one is for normal/dry) and am obsessed with it. It's a charcoal mask infused with honey, and it literally looks golden when you put it on. I tested this mask and shared it on my Instagram stories (check there often for new products and other fun posts!) and had my best friend test out the oily skin version. The mask worked super well for cleaning out my pores, and didn't dry out my skin in the process! Such a blessing that a charcoal mask isn't drying!! My best friend used the original charcoal mask (without honey) and said it did a great job clearing her clogged pores as well, and definitely recommends it for those looking for something that makes your skin feel fresh again.

I've had a huge pile of these STARSKIN sheet masks sitting in my mask drawer for months now, and have only recently pulled them out. I purchased this set (currently on sale!) and have tried a good amount of them already. The two above I haven't tried, however I already used the ones I want to talk about! As I mentioned, I typically have dry skin, so moisturizing masks are what I gravitate towards when searching for something new to try. STARSKIN's Red Carpet Ready Mask gives a great amount of hydration and smooths my skin for the rest of the day. My second recommendation from them is the Eye Catcher smoothing mask which has really helped to blend out those fine lines around my eyes. Although I'm still young, it's never too early to start fighting off fine lines and wrinkles! This mask is one of the few where I've actually seen a difference in my lines after taking off a mask.

The priciest mask of the bunch, but don't worry y'all I think it is definitely worth it!! I was sent this in a PR box recently and wasn't sure how I would feel about an at-home facial type mask. Would it do the same work as a regular facial? Would it hurt since it's shedding my dead skin cells? Well let me tell you, this is the best facial I've ever done and I will be using this mask in my skincare routine indefinitely. I love how this mask makes my skin look and feel, I do honestly feel like I get all the benefits of a facial, without the pain and irritation of someone picking at every flaw on your face. Does it clear out the incredibly deep pores, acne, etc? No, but it does clear off a layer of cells and dead skin to give you a refreshed, clean, and renewed face. It gently exfoliates and provides just enough oomph to get all the bad stuff out. My face did get a little dry when I took the mask off, but I used two tiny drops of Drunk Elephant's Virgin Marula Facial Oil to re-hydrate and I swear I had the best skin of my life. My skin had never felt so soft! I highly highly HIGHLY recommend this duo to anyone who is looking for that 'perfect' mask to change the life and quality of your skin. 

Have you tried any masks that you love lately? I'm always looking for new recommendations!

Monday, July 23, 2018

5 Ways To Clear Your Head And Get Inspired

It's the middle of summer, about the time where I start to get in a bit of a funk. Have I spent my summer wisely? Why haven't I traveled more? Should I be sleeping in this late every day? You know what I mean, right? This summertime blues gets me seemingly every year and I always feel like I need to clear the cache on my life, if only that were a really thing! This time always makes me feel slightly uninspired and just out of wack, so I thought maybe some of you were feeling the same way. Here are a few ways that I jumpstart the end of summer with a clear head.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

My Most Recent New Orleans Trip

A few weeks ago I traveled to New Orleans for the third time! This was actually my first time traveling their during the summer, so I definitely got to understand the heat and humidity of the South! To be honest, it wasn't at all as bad as I was expecting. I actually kind of enjoyed it, maybe that's just me missing the sun since moving to Seattle! I was there accompanying my best friend and roommate Steph to the National Athletic Training conference, and surprisingly there were so many college friends that went as well! It turned out to be such a fun trip, and slightly different from the times I went before.

If you haven't already, check out my full New Orleans travel guide, because I'll mostly be doing a recap rather than a guide in this post! But the guide has SO MUCH INFO and I literally share it with everyone who talks about visiting! It's got places to stay, things to do, things to eat and drink, excursions, and more! Okay enough on that, here's what I got into on this visit!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Purchases And Try On Reviews!

Just like me, I'm sure you're slightly sick of hearing about the NSale, but I promise this is my last blog post about it! I made my purchases the first day of the sale and wanted to share them, their fit, and a few ways to style some of the items together. Although I did buy a good amount of items, I made sure that most of them could be work together or with other things in my closet. There's nothing I hate more than buying something and only wearing it by itself or in one way. The Anniversary Sale is mostly fall items, and the majority of my purchases were sweaters! I had my eye on a few pairs of booties and pants, but the booties weren't what I was looking for and none of the pants I tried on "wowed" me. So, if you're looking to purchase some awesome sweaters for great deals, make sure to keep reading! The best part is that everything but one item was under $50!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

My Picks for the #NSale By Category AND Budget!

Today is the day! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale just went live for Early Access and I luckily had the chance to get a preview of the items so I you don't have to search! This post might be a bit overwhelming, but I wanted to do my best to give you a ton of options according to both category and price. There are so many amazing items in this sale that I'm having a difficult time deciding what I want to purchase! I'll actually be making a trip to the store in person this morning and hopefully getting everything on my wishlist. Once I've made my purchases I'll be sharing my thoughts on those items! For now, here are my best picks from the sale!

Fashion Under $50

Fashion Under $100

Accessories/Shoes Under $50

Accessories/Shoes Under $100

Beauty Under $50

Beauty $50+

Home Under $50

Home $50+

I'll be updating this post as the sale goes on with more things! Happy shopping everybody! :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

How To Find Your Perfect Pair Of Shoes

This post was sponsored by Shoes Of Prey, as always my opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support The Classic Brunette!
Oh I am so excited to be sharing this post with y'all today! I've been an admirer of Shoes of Prey for a long while now, so when they reached out for collaboration I said yes in a heartbeat! If you've never heard of Shoes of Prey, let me give you the quick rundown: they offer a wide variety of styles in all kinds of sizes and widths (US size 2-15 in regular, narrow, wide, and extra wide so everyone is included!) but the best part is that you can custom make your own perfect pair of shoes. HECK YES, right?! Was it anyone else's dream to get to make your own shoes and be the designer behind what your wear? Shoes of Prey lets you actually take control of all the details that go into your pair of shoes from the style, the colors, the material, everything! I was lucky enough to make two pairs of shoes, and I'm obsessed obsessed obsessed with both of them!

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Ultimate Guide To The Nordstrom Sale + Preview Item Favorites

Happy Monday everyone! Are you ready for another great sale? The Nordstrom Sale is coming up in a few days and I know everyone and their mother who blogs talks about this sale, but that just means that it's something important and worth taking a look into. Seriously it's considered one of the best sales of the summer, so there's a reason you've probably seen it on social media a ridiculous amount of times. Now, I've got all the info on the sale for you here so you can prioritize and set your alarms for the right times/days to be as prepared as possible!

The sale goes extremely fast, meaning people take this thing seriously. I'm not sure how it always gets so crazy, but it's like things start flying off the selves (or website, since the store is always too busy for me to shop there!) and people are out for blood. Okay, it's not that bad, but items really do disappear quickly so you have to act fast and plan your cart accordingly. "How am I going to get all the things I want before they sell out" you ask? That's where I come in! Now there's a few options for you out there, but really only one if you want to make sure you get early access.

The best way to get access to the sale and all the precious discounted items? Get a Nordstrom Card. Now I'm not one to push a credit card, and I don't get anything from it if you do, but since everything sells out insanely quickly it's really your only option to be there first! Although the sale runs from July 20th through August 5th, all cardholders get early access starting June 12th. I'm not saying that if you don't get a card you'll miss out on your favorite items, but it is definitely a possibility! Some items do get restocked before the regular sale dates, but many don't. So if you want to be sure about getting those items that you love, look into getting a card!

Next up in getting prepared, take a look at the preview catalog. There are WAYYY more things on sale than in this catalog, but this is what Nordstrom predicts to be some of the best sellers and best deals. So if you're eyeing something in this book, you gotta be quick!

Something I also do before the sale is make a little wish/need list of all the things I'm looking for. Most of the items in the sale are geared towards fall, so think booties, jeans, sweaters, coats. All staple and splurge pieces are fair game during the sale, so depending on your budget decide what you want to most spend your money on. I know I'm always looking for a great sweater (both everyday and bold!) and they are huge during this sale!

And now for some of my favorites from the preview catalog! Now big thing here is that if you visit any of these links right now the item will say sold out, that's because they technically aren't available yet. This will change once early access starts! Those of you who are cardholders can start placing orders on the 12th, and those of you that aren't can add these items to your cart and hope that they're still available once the 20th comes!

If you have any questions about the sale or just want to talk about all the cute items that will be on sale, write a comment or send me an email! Happy shopping, and don't forget to mark your calendars for the 12th or 20th!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Best of Fourth of July Sales (+ALL the codes you need!)

Happy almost 4th of July friends! I'm just starting to finalize plans with friends here in Seattle since everyone's schedules all got a bit rotated with everything going on! A friend from out of town is coming, one friend who was going to be out of town is now staying, and so things are turning out great after all! We'll probably be spending the night watching fireworks at one of the local parks and packing a picnic dinner, so super casual! As I've mentioned in past years the 4th has never been a huge holiday for me or my family, but it will be nice to go out and do something for a change. What's even better though are all the sales that are currently going on until (and even through) the holiday! I've picked out a few of my favorite items from all the sales below and also rounded up ALL the sales and the details as well so this can be your one stop sale shop! Enjoy!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Birthday Gifting With Greetabl

This post is sponsored by Greetabl, as always all opinions are my own! Thank you for supporting the brands that support The Classic Brunette!

Ever been in that tough place where you have no idea what to get a friend for their birthday? I've been there more times than I'd like to admit and am often stumped after online shopping for what seems like ages. I want to give something personal, but not too personal that they won't use whatever I give. That's where Greetabl comes in. They're the answer for your go-to gift for birthdays and any other gift giving occasion! It's a gift and a little mail day for the person all in one, how fun is that? Let me explain a bit more how it works...

Monday, June 18, 2018

Tips For Moving Out Of State

It's been about a month since I've moved, crazy how time flies right? I decided it's time to make a little post with some moving tips, especially for those of you who might be thinking about moving out of state like I did! (Especially if you're moving with pets!) I loved reading my friend Annaliese's posts about moving and wanted to add some tips and experiences of my own! Moving is crazy with a lot of unexpected things coming at you all at once, so the more you're prepared for it the better. Without any further adieu, here's my guide to moving out of state.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Recent Fashion Purchases

So I think I might have a slight shopping problem, but hey I'm a (sometimes) fashion blogger so it's okay right? Right. Since living in Seattle I've somehow made it to the store too many times to count and I've picked up a few things that I've been loving and wanted to share with you guys! Some of these were found at places like Marshalls or TJMaxx so they aren't linkable but I've found super similar items! Now let's get to the clothes!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Summer Wish List + Life Update

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Blush Studded Sandals | Pink Agate Statement Earrings | 'Brunette' Crewneck (currently sold out, here's the hoodie version!) | Seersucker Midi DressWhite Embellished Slides | Pink Pullover | Out Of Office Tee | Denim Miniskirt | Gray Tie Front Dress | Faux Leather Bucket Tote | Aviators | Brown Shoulder Bag | Hoop Earrings | Converse Shoreline Sneakers |

Happy Monday! It's been a little bit since I've been on the blog, but I promise I'm here for good now! Moving has been a teensy (okay, a lot) more stressful than I believed it would be so I went on an unexpected hiatus both here and on Instagram. But here's to being back, I've missed blogging! Since it's almost summer I thought I would share some of the items that I've been obsessed with. Some of these are already on their way to me and others are simply just for the possible future. Along with that I wanted to update you all on what I've been up to!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Let's Get Personal

This post is sponsored by Things Remembered, as always all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support The Classic Brunette!
 Hey friends, long time no talk! With Mother's Day and moving, things have been extremely hectic and stressful. I took two weeks off unexpectedly due to just being completely overwhelmed. I was avoiding Mother's Day posts like the plague, and then suddenly my move was upon me. On Wednesday alone my roommate and I had to pack up all our belongings in a uhaul, unpack them and pack them again into pods, and we're currently on the drive up to Seattle! It's been crazy to say the least, but settling in at our new apartment will make it all worth it...hopefully, ha!

On another note, today I'm making my way back into blogging this week to share one of my favorite places to get personalized goods. Y'all know how much I love monogrammed pieces (my necklace barely ever comes off!) and I'm so glad I stumbled upon Things Remembered. This site has so many great items and is my one stop shop for personalization and beautiful gifts for all occasions. They have something for everyone, although I'm not ashamed to say that I spend most of my time shopping for myself, ha! Check out a few of my favorites below and see how to share a little personalized love, because there's never a bad time to give a little something to ones you love!

Monday, May 7, 2018

What I've Learned My First Year As A Full-Time Blogger

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Just like with graduation, I can't believe it's been a year since I started blogging full time. I want to start off by saying that this definitely wasn't the plan for my year. Full-time blogging sort of fell into my lap due to a number of circumstances. After graduation I had planned to take the summer "off" as a final hurrah to my schooling, one last break before I began working in the real world. Turns out the real world hit harder than expected that summer with the passing of both of my parents. I was postponing getting a job, which turned out to be a good thing considering how much work it takes to understand and get an estate in order (thank you to my sister who is taking on more of a load than I am) and blogging was my way to pay the bills until I could find something more permanent. As it seems, blogging is the more permanent thing. Although I might pick up a second job in Seattle since the cost of living is higher, this year of full-time blogging was eye opening and full of lessons. Here's just a few of them!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Preserving College Memories

This post was sponsored by Snapfish, as always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support The Classic Brunette!

Hello folks! As you are probably aware, it's graduation season! I've been getting all sorts of nostalgic lately due to my move and the fact that I graduated almost exactly a year ago. It's crazy thinking how fast this year went by, and even though I never left my college town, I still miss school, or at least the school atmosphere, so much! Whenever I hang out with my friends we always end up scrolling through our photos of our years together and pointing out the ones with our best memories. It's great that we can have all our memories with us at all times, but I personally am a fan of having more of a 'hardcopy' of photos as well.

 Back home, my parents created a closet full of photo albums. We had one for each year of our lives, all our special trips and memories, and it's still something I like to put together for myself or friends now and then. It's no surprise that college is one of those special events that I wanted to document, and I know it's not just me who feels this way! Graduation is the perfect time to start walking down memory lane, and creating some unique memory/photo themed gifts are the best way to set yourself apart from all the other friends and relatives. I'm partnering with Snapfish today to share my favorite ways to preserve your college (or any school) photos and leave your grad feeling happy and sentimental come their special day.

Monday, April 30, 2018

San Diego Safari Park Travel Guide

A week ago I was fortunate enough to drive down to the San Diego Safari Park! My weekend was super packed (this little excursion, a 5K and then a spontaneous trip to Disneyland) but I have to say that this was my favorite activity! I had been wanting to visit the Safari Park for a while, especially after finding out that I could feed giraffes, and so it went on the Orange County bucket list. My roommate and I are trying to fit everything in while we're hear this last month, so when she got the day off we decided we were going to go! Here's my mini travel guide for the park, although it's more of a tips and tricks guide to making the most of your visit here.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

How To Successfully Pitch Brands As A Blogger

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Happy Thursday everyone, sorry for the delay in posting! My internet has been all sorts of crazy these past few days, so unfortunately that meant things aren't going up on time! But, I think this post is worth the wait, especially for all you fellow bloggers out there! As you know, working as a full time blogger requires a steady stream of work. It's always great to have brands reaching out for sponsored work, however that's definitely not always the case. If I left everything up to the brands side of things, I would probably (read: definitely) be out of a job! I know that working with brands is something many bloggers aspire to do, and if you've already implemented the things that make brands want to work with you then it's time to start collaborating! I'm sharing my best tips on how to pitch yourself, plus my #1 source for learning how to successfully start partnerships.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Shopping Your Own Closet

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Hello hello friends! Today I'm here to talk about something that you don't always find on fashion blogs...your own closet and re-wearing your own favorite items. Most style blogs, my own included, regularly share new clothes that are trendy, classic, or just hitting stores to give you some fashion and shopping inspiration. The tough thing about this job is definitely trying to keep up with the joneses and purchase every new trend that crops up. Even tougher is when your bank account does not allow that. This isn't realistic for many bloggers, let alone any of you reading here!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Tarte Color Splash Shade Shifting Lipstick Review

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Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I was busy busy busy this past week preparing for a huge garage sale between my roommates and I to help start the moving process (I move in about a month!) and then spent all day Saturday and Sunday working and selling. If you've ever had a garage sale you know how much work they can be! So glad to finally be rid of some stuff that I've collected over the years, although I have already picked up some new items in their places...including this new line of lipsticks from Tarte! As you know Tarte is one of my favorite beauty brands, and their Rainforest of the Sea line is one of the lines I use practically every day. Well, they recently came out with a few new shades of their Color Splash lipsticks, this time in fun shade shifting colors! I was lucky enough to work with the brand on Instagram and was provided these lipsticks, however I wanted to be sure I did a full review of them on the blog as well.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Mothers Day Gift Ideas

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I know Mother's Day isn't for another month or so, but it never hurts to start planning ahead! Plus, this gives you plenty of time to get ahead of the curve without stressing if your present will arrive on time. This year will definitely be different since my mom isn't around, but that doesn't mean I can't celebrate my favorite mom figures in my life. (I'm looking at you Leslie and Veronica!) My mom was the biggest supporter of my blog, so even though I don't have her around for her holiday I know she's with me every time I write and would encourage me to share my Mother's Day thoughts and gifts with you!

 I've gathered a few of my favorite gift ideas above, but also wanted to share another option for those of you who love supporting small businesses! I recently came across the subscription service called Le Decor Box. They are launching this month (!!!) and have the cutest items inside. Emily, the owner is so kind and curates each box with fun, festive, and beautiful products each month that are perfect for decorating your home. LDB is a $55 monthly subscription box service that provides 6-8 decor items that are themed by holiday or season. I think it's the perfect gift for the mom that loves to add a touch of fun to her home or office space. Below is the May box and all the goodies inside!

My favorite items are the glitter garland and the heart shaped wine stopper! You all know I'm a sucker for anything and everything gold, so everything in the box is going to look perfect in my place. I'm excited to hang the garland in my new living room when I move! Are you looking forward to Mother's Day?

Monday, April 2, 2018

How To Style Overalls

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Overalls: TJ Maxx, SimilarSimilar | Top: Marshalls, Similar | Bag: Target | Slides: Chinese LaundrySimilar | Earrings: TJ Maxx, Similar | Monogram Necklace: Brook & York

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Last Minute Easter Dresses Under $100

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Hello hello friends, can you believe how fast this year is passing? It feels like just yesterday I was celebrating my birthday in January and now it's almost Easter! I've been meaning to kick my butt into gear and get this post out to y'all earlier, but I've only just recently found the motivation to get to it now! If you're like me and still haven't found that perfect Easter dress well I am in the same boat, haha! BUT I've got some great picks here for all under $100 that you won't want to miss out on. My personal favorites are this white eyelet dress and the pink ruffle sleeve dress, what are your favorites? 

I actually don't have any current plans for this Sunday (although I will admit that since I'm not particularly religious the holiday is more about Easter egg hunts and Reeses chocolate eggs to me...) but I think my roommates and I might make a nice dinner for us to eat together. We only really make a meal together during Christmastime and Easter, so it's something special to me! I love sitting down with them for dinner instead of rushing through everything like every other day. Do you have any fun plans for the holiday?

Monday, March 26, 2018

5 Ways To Stay Motivated

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It's Monday, which means it's time for a little motivation to get through your week! Well, in this case, it's how to stay motivated and kick butt to get things done! Lately I've been falling into the rut of procrastination, putting things off, and overall just not feeling like working on my goals. I'm not sure if it's me possibly getting sick (let's hope not!) or if it's just one of those weeks, but either way I'm trying to stop it in it's tracks. Although I would totally label myself as Type B, there are times when I have to force myself to be Type-A, and that's usually when I really have to get things done. I'm the type of girl who certainly thrives on having a tight deadline! My best work is actually done under pressure. (Ask my friends as I constantly refer to the time when I wrote a good portion of my senior thesis in the three days before it was due and won an award for it. Procrastination is somehow my friend!) BUT many times procrastination isn't the answer, and you just have to put your nose to the grindstone and work work work! This is especially true for long term goals that can't be finished in a time crunch! Or, for everyone who is Type-A these tips will help you when you're just lacking that spark that makes you want to keep going. Here's to getting stuff done!
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