A Beautiful Kentucky Fall + Eshakti Review

A Beautiful Kentucky Fall
We have been experiencing a phenomenally beautiful fall here in Kentucky this season. Gorgeous colors, perfect weather! This is by far my favorite time of year and one of the main reasons that I don’t miss living in Florida. I just so wish it lasted a little longer because before I know it those pretty leaves will be gone and I’ll be freezing! (That’s when I miss 90 degrees with 100% humidity!) But – let’s live in the moment, shall we?
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Nate and I seem to take a trip out to Ashland Estate every year around this time. It’s a lovely place to take photos and wander around for a bit. We were definitely not the only people with the idea to take photos there on Saturday! I can’t tell you how many times someone walked into our shot, looked at us like we were a little odd, or tried to converse with us about photography. Haha. I have never seen so many people there at the same time.
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I had so much fun taking pictures in this dress. My gosh, I am in love with it. Eshakti.com sent it to me to review on my blog and though I’ve heard great things about them, I’m never really sure what to expect when I order clothing online. I was so pleased when I opened the package and held up the dress. Right away I could tell how well it was made – sturdy material, beautiful stitching detail – perfect! What really sets Eshakti apart from other online retailers is that you can customize their clothing to fit you perfectly – down to your exact measurements. I decided to go with a regular size 6 in this case though (one size up from normal) to have some room to grow into it. I did alter it a bit by having the sleeves removed and extending the length to knee length. I really love sleeveless dresses because it makes them so versatile. I can wear a long sleeve shirt under it with tights all winter and leave all of the layers behind in the spring/summer! I chose to lengthen it a little bit so that my growing tummy wont take the length up too short in the front. I could have removed the detail and the pockets if I had been interested in that – but how gorgeous is the detail!? And would anyone ever remove pockets from a dress? I hope not! There’s definitely room to grow and I think I’ll be able to wear this well into my pregnancy. It should be really fun to take pictures in it again down the road to see how that works out! My overall experience with Eshakti has been A+. This is a dress that will most definitely live in my closet for a long time and through many different seasons!
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I had to throw in a few shots of me holding my sonogram photo from my doctor appointment at a little over 7 weeks. =)

Outfit Details:
Dress: Kenya Dress // courtesy of Eshakti.com
Hat: Forever21
Boots: Target
Tights: Target
Cape: New York & Co.

**Photos taken by Nate

Beauty Picks: Winter Skin

Beauty Picks: Winter Skin

These are some of the products that are absolutely saving my skin this winter. I’m obsessed with them and have been using them daily to keep my skin feeling happy and healthy! Influenster sent over this fantastic razor from Gillette for me to try out and review. Let me tell you, I am so happy that they did. I’ll admit that prior to this I was using one of the super cheap-o disposable razors. Not even the sort of fancy kind either. After using a nice razor, well, my eyes are opened to the possibility that maybe it’s really not me and it IS my razor. Irritated skin can be prevented and it’s worth it. I’ve learned my lesson!

On the topic of irritated skin – Body Dew will change your life. I’ve never found a lotion that works like this stuff! I spray this on immediately after stepping out of the shower and I no longer have to feel miserably itchy from dry skin. Not to mention, it makes my tattoo bright and pretty! EOS lip balm is a newer favorite and I’m already obsessed. I can’t believe it took me so long to jump on that bandwagon! Pomegranate is my favorite flavor! And lastly – Vanilla Bean Noel hand cream from Bath & Body Works! This stuff smells delicious and makes my dry hands feel so much better.

So, what are your top beauty picks for winter skin? Share in the comments! I need some new obsessions!

Current Favorite: Hair Products

hairproductsUp until a few months ago I had very long, very bright red hair. I took the slow and healthy approach to getting back to blonde after being “little mermaid red” for a few years, but even so – my hair still went through a lot! These are some of the products I’ve been loving over the last few months on my journey back to blonde.

1. Jhirmack Silver Brightening Shampoo: This purple shampoo has worked perfectly to remove the brassy/yellow tones from my hair. It smells great and it’s unbelievably cheap too! I think I picked this up for around $5 at Walgreens.

2. Organix – Intense Moisturizing Treatment Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil: I have been using this hair treatment throughout the entire red to blonde process. If I don’t have time to sit down for 15-20 minutes with my hair up in a shower cap/wrapped in a hot towel I will just use it like a regular conditioner and leave it on for 3-4 minutes in the shower. It has worked wonders for keeping my hair healthy!

3. Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo: I have been an advocate of dry shampoo for a long time now. I used Tresemme for a year or so and liked it well enough but I decided to give the Not Your Mother’s brand a try after loving another of their products that Influenster sent to me. I am so glad I gave this product a shot because it works better at freshening up my hair between washings, it smells amazing, and I’m pretty sure it’s cheaper! This stuff saves me so much time because I only have to wash my hair two or three times a week.

4. Not Your Mother’s She’s A Tease Volumizing Hairspray: As you can see, I’m pretty fond of this brand. Their hair spray is a brand new favorite of mine as I only picked this one up last week. It’s also cheaper than the Tresemme version I was using previously. So far I’m a big fan! It has just enough hold but doesn’t weigh down my hair at all.

5. Rusk Deepshine Oil Protective Oil Treatment: See the tiny little orange bottle in the picture? You probably almost missed it but it’s there! My hair stylist gave me a sample of this months ago. You can see how tiny it is and I still have plenty left – you don’t need to use much! I just put my finger on the end, turn it over, and that’s all I need. I rub it into the ends of my damp hair after I’ve combed it out – making sure not to run the comb back through my roots with the oily product on it. This has definitely helped to keep any frizzy ends healthy and happy.

6. Garnier Silky Secret Leave-In Daily Care Conditioner: After I dry my hair with a towel I spritz a little of this all over it and comb it out. It gets rid of all of the tangles and makes it super soft. When I had insanely long hair this stuff was a must have! It cut down a lot on the time it would take to comb out my hair and on the amount of hair I would rip out trying! I still love using it on the shorter cut. I can tell it makes a difference in how it lays when I blow dry it.

Have you tried any of these products? Let me know if you decide to pick any of them up – I’d love to hear how they worked for you! Also, feel free to tell me about any of the products you’re currently loving. If it smells good and doesn’t cost a ton of money – I’ll definitely be likely to try it! ;]

Casetagram – Design & Win Your Own Case!

Design & Win Your Own Casetagram Case!
Guess what came in the mail over the weekend? YEP! My new iPhone case from Casetagram! I am in love with it! I used a ton of photos from our recent vacation to Florida so now whenever I’m feeling a little overwhelmed at work – I just check out the back of my phone and take a deep breath! Who knew a phone case could be so therapeutic?
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I’ve seen plenty of websites offering customizable phone cases where you can use your own photos, but never one that makes it quite this easy! All you have to do is pick your case color (frosty white or frosty charcoal – I chose frosty white!), your collage template, and photos right from you Instagram and Facebook accounts! You can also upload photos if you’d like.
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There is nothing hard about this process, unless you are indecisive like me! I made a few different cases and saved them to my gallery so I could compare and decide which one I liked best. I’d love to enter some of the challenges they offer because the prizes are amazing – so far I’ve only created super personal cases including pictures of .. you know.. my face, Nate’s face, pets, etc. So, I don’t think I’d win anything with those! ;]CasetagramI was honestly a little surprised at the quality of the case and matte finish of the photos! It’s a *barely there* style case so if you’re the Otterbox loving individual who needs to be able to back over their phone with their car (people do it..) – this is probably not a good case for you! Maybe go for an iPad case instead? Something larger and more easily spotted laying in your driveway… (But seriously, how do people RUN OVER their phones?)
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Casetagram is offering one of my lucky readers their very own personalized case for FREE, so hurry over to their website to get started on your design! I can’t wait to see what you guys dream up! =)
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**Thank you Casetagram for providing this lovely case and giveaway!!♥

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