Thursday, September 6, 2018

How I Stay Inspired & Productive

Let's be real, following the same daily routine everyday can get boring and unmotivating, which can cause you to feel uninspired and lacking productivity.  I have personally been there many times, and I'm honestly just now coming out of a rut that I was in for months. It's easy to get there but hard to get out, but today I'm sharing with you 5 tips that always keep me feeling inspired and productive! 

One of my biggest and most important tips is to get outside and get active. A body in motion stays in motion, while a body at rest stays at rest. If you want to have more energy and motivation, start moving! Join a gym, go on a hike, take a walk, or ride a bike. The opportunities are endless and i promise you won't regret it. 

Reading has always been a way for me to escape my own thoughts and see someone else's point of view about things. If it wasn't for books, I wouldn't be who I am today. I have learned so much through reading and when I find myself getting out of the habit of picking up a book, I can definitely tell a difference in my mood and mindset. I challenge you to pick up a book and commit yourself to finishing it within a week. I guarantee that you will pick up another one and start your journey of becoming a better you! 
Books I'm loving: 

Being a full time college student along with trying to juggle this blog, relationships, and everyday life, my schedule can be overwhelmingly busy at times. I like to use my time driving to listen and sermons and podcasts, and I can honestly say that it's one of my favorite parts of my day. To sit and be fed God's word as I drive and watch the sun rise, prepares me for my day and always leaves me feeling inspired. 
Some of my favorite people to listen to: 

I am personally a very visual person so changing up my surroundings to feel inspired is a must. Just something as simple as rearranging your furniture, to adding a piece of wall art makes more of a difference than you think. Also things like buying a new outfit, dying your hair, or deep cleaning your house to feel fresher and more energized is life changing. Don't be afraid to change things up a little!

Short term and long term goals are important to keep you inspired and headed in the right direction. Without goals, you are aimlessly going through life which can definitely cause you to feel depressed and unmotivated to do anything. I like to keep a journal with short term and long term goals, and I work toward them little by little every single day. It keeps me inspired to keep going, and having my "end goal" in mind helps me to work harder even on days when I want to give up. 


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

7 Things + Cute Overalls

Today I wanted to share a "7 Things" post where I share 7 random things that have been on my mind lately! Whether that's fashion related, or just about life. I love reading posts like these so I thought I  would give it a shot.

1. I have recently really been inspired by boho style! A new Alter'd State just opened up in my local mall and I. WANT. EVERYTHING.  I can't wait to buy some new Fall pieces!

2. Me and Matt are about to launch our own "adventure" Instagram page where we share things to do in our area! We post about places we love, hikes, reviews, and more. We wanted to make something helpful to give people ideas of what to do in our small town area. I have always wanted to create a page like that and it's so fun getting to do that with him.

3. I have been binge watching Shane Dawson's youtube videos! I'm not much of a TV person so Youtube is where it's at for me. Shane's documentaries on other Youtubers got me so intrigued!!! He makes the best videos and I can't wait to see how far he goes in his career.

4. I'm working on opening my own business! I can't say what it is because it's still in the works but you will be finding out soon. ;)

5. We have been trying not to eat out so much lately and have been cooking almost every meal! (which is a big deal to us). We got so addicted to fast food and it really started to take a toll on our bodies. I have really been loving cooking at home and feeding my body real, whole foods. Being down a few pounds is always a plus too. :)

6. Even though I miss my long locks at times, I love my short haircut. It's so fun to style and doesn't require as much maintenance! And if I ever want to wear my hair long, I just clip in my extensions and call it a day.

7. I just finished Cosmetology school! I'm glad it's over but at the same time, it's bittersweet. If you know me well, you would know that I love change but I struggle with it. I am a creature of habit so it's been hard to transition into a new routine.
I take my state boards soon in Atlanta soon and then I can say I'm officially a licensed Cosmetologist!

On the other hand, how cute are these overalls? I recently found them on sale at Belk! You can shop them by clicking here!


Thursday, August 30, 2018

Lady In Red | Affordable Formal Dress Review

Getting all dressed up is one of my favorite things, and I'm a sucker for a good deal! When AW Bridal approached me about a collaboration, I was beyond excited. I love finding businesses that offer high quality at a low price. 
AW Bridal has a wide selection of wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, wedding decor and more! The bridesmaid dresses would have to be my favorite, because they could be worn for any formal event. I will personally probably wear mine for formal night on a cruise! 
 They have every style and color you can think of. The prices range is from about $90-$120. 
The quality of the dress is great! I would recommend sizing up one size if you're bigger around the bust area. Other than that, I was impressed. 
 I am wearing the Anita Halter Dress in size 6. You can check it out by clicking here!

Here's a couple more of my faves 


Monday, August 27, 2018

How I Maintain Healthy Blonde Hair

I have been blonde since I was a freshman in high school with a $7.00 box of "bleach your hair at home kit" from Walmart. Since then I have obviously learned how to take better care of my hair and leave it to the pros, but I still struggle from damage that I try to keep under control. 
The old saying "beauty is pain" really is true! The things I put my hair through just to have a bright blonde still blows my mind. But with the help of these products, I keep it pretty healthy and looking shiny and under control! 

I highly recommend a purple shampoo for every blonde (even  those that only have blonde highlights). The shampoo works to tone out the brassy and orangey tones in your hair. Using a purple shampoo also makes your color last longer which means fewer trips to the salon! 
I like to change my shampoos often, but my favorite right now is the Blonde Sexy Hair. 

After I shampoo I like to follow up with a really hydrating conditioner. This one from Joico is great because it's full of moisture and really recovers my dry hair. 

After my shower I always like to use a leave-in-conditioner. This one from Pravana is actually made for blondes and not only works as a leave in conditioner, but as a toner as well! I LOVE this stuff!

You can't forget about heat protectant! Using a heat protectant before thermally styling your hair is a must if you want to keep your hair healthy. My favorite at the moment is this thermal spray from CHI. But if you're looking for a more affordable option, Tresemme has a really good one as well! 

To keep my hair looking shiny and brass free, I tone it every 4-6  weeks. I am a Cosmetologist so I do this myself. Most people get this done at the salon but it's super simple. Would anyone be interested in a blog post on how I tone at home?

Thanks for reading! If you're a blonde like me, what's your favorite products you use to maintain your blonde? 


Friday, August 24, 2018

Striped OOTD + Thrifting Tips

You can't go wrong with a classic black & white striped dress! I recently found this one at a local Bargain Hunt and I fell in love. Maybe because it was so cute but even more so because I got it for such a good price. Does anyone else like to shop for discounted clothes? Thrifting and shopping at discount stores are one of my favorite past times ever since I was a young girl. 

Here's my tips on finding your best deal at a thrift/discounted bargain store:

1. Imagine thrifiting as a treasure hunt. The best gems aren't usually easily found but so worth it in the end! 
2. Take your time. Look through every piece and imagine how you could style it. Sometimes pieces can look strange or outdated but if it's paired with the right thing, it could be super cute. 
3. Don't be afraid to try new things! In my opinion, thrifting gives a good chance to try new things and new styles because there is such a low risk. The clothes are insanely affordable so if something doesn't work, it's not that big of a deal. 

I have found some of my favorite staple pieces at thrift stores and discounted stores and they didn't break the bank. I highly recommend trying it for yourself and I would love to see what treasures you find! 

Much love! 
xoxo, Kristen Rose 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

My Favorite DrugStore Makeup Products

If you have been reading my blog for a while now, you would know that affordability is something super important to me! Being a full time college student, purchasing a $60 setting powder isn't in the budget for me. I have been wearing makeup since I was about 14 years old and I have always used drugstore products. There are times when I will splurge on an item or two but for the most part, I keep it to shopping at Walgreens and Ulta! 
Here's a list of my go-to products. These are repeats for me that I keep going back to and would highly recommend to anyone on a budget that wants makeup that lasts and looks great!

What's your favorite drugstore product? 

Much love! 
xoxo, Kristen Rose 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Feelin' Pretty In Lily

Hey ya'll! Today I wanted to share a quick OOTD. I was recently sent this beautiful Lily Pulitzer dress and I'm in love. This is actually the first Lily dress I have ever owned, and it really does live up to the hype. 
It's super bright and colorful and perfect for summer, or you could pair it with a denim jacket to transition into Fall. 
Shop my dress here!
Also, check out Sugar Boutiques website!! They are super sweet and have the cutest styles, with new arrivals every Friday.

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