FALL-ing in Love

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Okay, so the weather is still hot but we are officially seeing fall trends in the stores and the sale sections for summer are dwindling down.  I absolutely adore fall; give me all the layering pieces!  I collaborated with Dad’s Primitive Workbench to share some of my favorite looks for fall and a few tips to share for the transitioning weather.

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Pants and Top from Dad’s Primitive

For this look I wanted to show you how to wear it now.  These teal pants with accent colored stripes blend perfectly with this pumpkin colored tank. In order to transition to fall all you’ll need to do is throw on a jean jacket.

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Dress and Scarf from Dad’s Primitive

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Next, I’m showing three ways to wear this cute little maxi dress.  Now this dress is PERFECT for all those expectant mothers like me or ladies that just want a comfy maxi dress.  You could also belt this look too or combine the scarf with the jacket for an extra layered look. Speaking of scarves, I have always been a fan of blanket scarves and this one here has a beautiful array of colors for fall.  I am always so cold in the cooler months and scarves like these are my best friend because they are nice and “snuggly wuggly’ as me and my daughter would say (this dress and scarf are also available in other colors).

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Top and Jacket from Dad’s Primitive

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Now this next top comes in two colors but this one was my favorite because of the color combo.  I love a mustard color for fall.  I also love any reason to wear my fedora 🙂  You can fully tuck this shirt, front-tuck it or just leave it out.  Me?  I will front tuck till the baby bump doesn’t allow it anymore ha ha!  I also love this jean jacket because it’s not a typical jean jacket due to the length along with the distressed detail.  Both of these are super cute for fall.  If you want to wear the shirt now, you could wear it with shorts and sandals or heels.

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Top from Dad’s Primitive

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Lastly, I am in love with this distressed top!  It’s so soft and I love how the holes create an edgy, rocker look.  And of course with a rocker vibe I threw on my faux leather jacket.  This is such an easy top to wear and is great for just about anything from running errands or going out.  I mean how cute would this top be with a faux leather skirt paired with something like these heels or booties for a night out!?  And hello?  I LOVE wooden jewelry and these earrings are marvelous.  The tones make it easy to wear with so many things!

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Now you know when I have my little side-kick with me during my little photo shoots that it constitutes for some photo bombs and some “huggies” from my special little lady.

Make sure and shop at Dad’s Primitive Workbench and share the code: Randomosity740 to get an additional 10% off of the BOGO 50% off clothing!! 🙂

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Photo shoot location: Hot Tomato Studio

 

 

 

 

Pep Up Your Step with Transitional Pieces

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Top and accessories from Peyton & Peppy Boutique

One of the perks of being a local fashion blogger is getting a preview of some of the upcoming season’s assortment of clothing to places like Peyton & Peppy Boutique.  This post is all about shopping for pieces that can easily transition into, dare I say it? Fall!  But don’t worry.  I am not trying to wish the summer away, just simply giving you a current and sneak peek into Peyton & Peppy’s clothing line.  My first two looks are from her current line.  The above image features their jewelry, clutch and a top.  This blue and white slouchy shirt is perfect to wear now with white shorts and heels or in the fall with black pants and pumps to wear to the office.  This image I chose to make it seasonally appropriate for the office by wearing those same mentioned black pants with a strappy heel.

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Top, accessories and shoes from Peyton & Peppy Boutique

This next image shows a pair of sandals, jewelry and top from the current line as well.  First and foremost, these shoes are to die for! Super comfortable and ridiculously cute!  I love the color of this top and the hand of the fabric is very nice.  I love the subtle ruffle sleeve and then their rose gold bar necklace.  I paired this top with white pants to show a great “now look.”  The obvious way to pair this is with jeans but as you know I like to show a less obvious way to wear it.  This is a great beach look on a cooler evening and is casual yet dressy enough for a sit-down dinner.  When fall roles around you could layer this with a leather jacket and heavy necklaces and boots.

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Now, moving on to some of the fall product.  Here I am wearing a top that is a beautiful rust color with cinched sides to bring a flattering look to the waistline.  I also love how this creates room for my growing baby bump!  In fact, everything I am sharing in this post is perfect for early maternity wear, at least for me it has been.  So to all those expectant mama’s don’t think you have to stick with maternity clothes the entire pregnancy.  I paired it with the same white pants as the previous image because it shows a way to wear it now.

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Top, jewelry and shoes from Peyton & Peppy Boutique

This next top is ADORABLE!  I love how I can transition it into a fall business look by throwing on a cape blazer but keep it relevant to summer by pairing those cute sandals from before.  It even looks better without the cape blazer.  The exposed back is a delightful surprise and helps bring a bit of sexiness for a date after work.  The necklace coordinated perfectly with all of the pleasant earth tones within it.  The only thing you need to change for this look to transition into legit fall is by switching out the shoes to a pair of booties. I loved pairing black with it because of the warm color blocking.  Black brings in the drama.  Those same white pants I’ve worn would work right now too.

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Now we all know that I am always encouraging my followers to think outside the box and experiment with things you don’t typically gravitate towards.  Well, here is a prime example of me practicing what I preach.  This corn maize sweater is spectacular but not my typical color that I feel confident in because of my skin-tone and hair color.  But like I have said before, I believe you can wear just about any color when paired with the right accessories.  For instance, I paired this turquoise statement necklace to bring a brighter color near my face.  I also wore a dark gray denim to bring contrast to the look.  And for an element of surprise I decided to wear fuchsia heels.  I now feel more confident in this color because I have strategically styled it to make it work for me.  This top is by far the softest article of clothing I have ever had on my body.  NO JOKE!

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This last top from Peyton & Peppy was one that I was drawn to due to it’s uniqueness.  It’s an oversized button-down I felt would be a challenge for people to know how to wear.  This top could easily look too baggy if it isn’t styled properly.  This is one of those pieces that you play around with to fit your own body-type in a way that you find flattering.  I chose to show it tied in the middle at the waist because I am only 5’3″ and if I left it all one length it would probably swallow me whole.  But I love how adding the tie helps lengthen my legs and create interest.  I also left it a little more unbuttoned than I typically would to give it a more feminine feel since it is oversized.  I also loved pairing my distressed denim to bring some edginess as well as my fuchsia shoes again to add a hint of color.  Don’t be afraid to add an accent color to warm, neutral tones too.

The owner of Peyton & Peppy, Stephanie has been such a pleasure to work with when I collaborate with her.  She really caters to any need while shopping in her store.  She is passionate about the product that she selects for her inviting boutique.  I especially love the “live” videos she does on facebook to show new products.  It really helps those who can’t visualize certain items on themselves to see how a product looks on.  It also helps save the customer time if they see something they like because they know exactly what they are shopping for when they walk through the door.  Make sure and watch for the new fall line to launch and stop in to shop seasonally appropriate products now! Want to take a look now?  Visit this link.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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Beauty Products You Need on Your Counter-TRUST ME!

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We are living in a world where we have direct sales coming at us at all angles.  And yes, some people’s techniques can be aggravating but when you find the right rep and product it is all worth it.  One of the product lines I’m talking about is Beautycounter. I have literally fell in love with this line.  And no I am not selling it, although I should because of how much I talk about it ha ha!  The above product is by far the best lotion I have ever tried.  It goes on light but makes such a huge impact on my skin.  It feels like satin after you rub the lotion on your body.  It is called the Hydrating Body Lotion in Citrus Mimosa and the scent is light and refreshing.

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The next product of Beautycounter that I fell in love with was their shampoo and conditioner.  What’s so wonderful about this line is how safe the product is.  Since I am expecting now, I am trying to be really careful with what I am using on my body.  Christi Oakes is a friend of mine that sells this product.  She shared with me about a time she went to a direct sales skincare party only to find out that she couldn’t use the product because she was expecting a child.  The product was not safe for her to use which is how she got introduced to Beautycounter.  It really resonated with me when she said, “if their product wasn’t safe for me to use while expecting, then why would I use it any other time?”  This shampoo and conditioner left my hair so soft and shiny. I have tried many shampoos and conditioners but none that have left my hair feeling so healthy and with a pleasant scent.  It keeps my hair clean longer too.

There are a few other products I have tried and own currently from this line; the charcoal bar of soap, which I use to wash my face, the Dew Skin Moisturizer with SPF 20 that I use for my foundation and then the Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream.  I have also heard wonderful things about the masks.

If you’re interested in learning more about Beautycounter make sure and contact my good friend, Christi Oakes.  You can visit her site below: www.beautycounter.com/christalynoakes or you can find her on facebook; Christi Oakes.

Another awesome thing she offers is what she calls “pouching products” and that is when she gives you samples to try out for a few days so you really know if you like the product!  How awesome is that?

I hope you take a gander and enjoy all the different products that are offered.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

A Hidden Gem

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Top, earrings and pants from Dad’s Primitive Workbench

Have you ever walked down Front Street in Marietta, Ohio and come across a storefront with the name, Dad’s Primitive Workbench?  I’m personally not into primitive décor so I never really paid a lot of attention to the clothing that was featured in the window.  It wasn’t until a friend of mine told me about the cute styles that were offered inside that I decided to walk in and check it out myself.

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Bottoms and earrings from Dad’s Primitive Workbench

There are trendy pieces that are versatile especially for my growing tummy.  Most of the clothing I’ve been drawn to have a bohemian, slouchy feel which works out well for me trying to not have to purchase many maternity clothes this pregnancy. The colors are thoughtful and the assortment flows nicely.  Not only is the clothing bright and cheerful but so is Charlie, the owner of this hidden gem.

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Top and earrings from Dad’s Primitive Workbench

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Charlie also seems to really pick up on people’s styles too.  When I walk in the store he knows exactly what I am going to be drawn to and let me tell you something, not many people have that ability because I am pretty unpredictable with some of the things I like sometimes.

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Top and earrings from Dad’s Primitive Workbench

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There are a few things that you should know about this special shop, and that is that Charlie always offers buy one get one half off on his clothing and he offers style boxes that he sends out once a month to customers that are interested.  It’s called the, DPW Style Box for $49.95/ month and you get 4 curated pieces inside. Another fun fact is that he offers plus-size styles.

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Did I mention he offers cute accessories like these?  Yea, he does!  I hope you learned something new about a local business and will check out the fashions Dad’s Primitive Workbench has to offer.  And make sure and tell Charlie I said hello or go like and follow his social media pages;

@dads_primitive_workbench on Instagram

Dad’s Primitive Workbench on Facebook) 🙂

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

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Hot Summer Accessory

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With these high temperatures this summer, it’s time to reveal my hottest accessory yet! It comes in all shapes and sizes and is the perfect thing to carry around for at least 9 months out of the year!

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I aquired this accessory about 9 weeks and 3 days ago. You see I’ve had one before but it outgrew me so I decided to get another one. I mean, hello? That first accessory has been the best thing I’ve owned!

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If you haven’t figured it out by now (which I’m sure you have 😂) I am now going to be sporting a baby bump! Though it might be small right now it shall continue to grow ❤️.  We’re beyond thrilled to invite this little bambino into our little family. I am still in shock that we finally made the decision to grow our family and it happened quite quickly.  We have been asked by many for the past 6 years if we were going to have another one. The truth is I thought we were finished. But then something happened. Our little Miss Harper was starting to ask for one and then come to find out her daddy wanted another one too. I was a little more reluctant because I’m 35 now which I know can “put me at risk” and I had all these questions in my head, “what if it changes the dynamic of our family drastically and makes things really hard on us”, “what if Harper feels left out” or “what if we can’t handle the extra responsibility and it puts a strain on our family”, and “I have all these life goals I’m trying to go for, what if they don’t happen?”

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I came to realize that my worries were a mixture of fear and selfishness. First of all, all of these worries WILL happen at some point in our lives because life isn’t perfect. There will be moments in life that are rocky, I know because we’ve already experienced those. Is it hard? Absolutely! But it builds a stronger family foundation. The things we go through in life shape us into the humans we are called to be. I truly believe that. Sometimes we’re given tests where we feel we can’t see light at the end of the tunnel. But we have to put our big girl pants on and rise to the occasion. It helps when you have the right people and personalities to go through the trenches with you. If you don’t you’ll sink and let your fears smother you. I’m beyond lucky to have found that lifelong partner. We don’t give up on each other, just like you can’t give up on things when it gets tough. There are plenty of things out there worth fighting for.

So after all of that, I just want to thank you for reading and I can’t wait to share a new type of fashion. During my first pregnancy I tried my hardest to stay in non-maternity clothing for tops as long as possible. So for the next half of the year or so I’ll still be sharing fashion tips that will make sense for the everyday gal who is NOT expecting, but if you are expecting I’ll help you along this journey because maternity fashion can be the pits!

Your Faithfulness Dreamer,

Courtney

P.S. I absolutely adore this dress from Peyton & Peppy! I bought it a few months ago and couldn’t wait to wear it. Shortly after I found out I was expecting so I made sure to get a pic of me wearing it before I outgrow it 😂

Accessorizing: It Makes a Difference😘

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Happy Hump Day readers! Today I decided to show you how accessories can make a difference with your look. I chose this fun jumpsuit to use as my muse. I visited six different local shops in Marietta, Ohio today to illustrate two things.

1. The obvious. Show you how I changed up my looks.

2. Show you what local resources you have in the MOV. In my opinion, there’s something special about shopping small businesses. If you never really do, this is me urging you to do so…like now. Seriously, go tomorrow!😁

This first look was created by accessories from Twisted Sisters Boutique. The necklace and purse are made from coconut shells! How cool is that?! I love the 70’s vibe it gives it. I feel like I should be on an episode of, Three’s Company (🎶Come on knock on our doooooor🎶)😂.

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Next stop was Emleigh and Mama B’s. I decided to use a layering piece by utilizing this cute floral top. I love the dark contrast and drama it brings. This is definitely a “look at me” look. My fedora helped tie in the rest of the look along with her dark feather earrings and stacked bracelets also found inside her shop.

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Now for Wit & Whimzy. I can always find fun and whimsical accessories here. I wanted to add more color so I chose multi-colored items. The tassel earrings and hot pink pendant necklace were the perfect accent colors to brighten up this look. I loved adding the wristlet for more color and my infamous mixing of patterns❤️

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As I continued on my jaunt down Front Street I stopped in Sugar Maple Boutique and utilized this oversized denim jacket to show a more casual look that you could wear on a cooler summer evening. I added the fuschia bag and fun gray statement earrings with a gold medallion necklace. It’s fun to play with other colors. Gray, green, pink and gold…it’s fun!

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We’re gettkng closer to the end of Front Street which led me to my next stop at Dad’s Primitive Workbench. Here I decided to create a cute beach look. Super casual and laid back. I paired a yellow “sunset chasin’” top to add a different color along with a beaded long necklace that helped bring out some of the blue  in the jumper. Simple and effortless 👌🏻

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My last stop of the day was at Teri Ann’s.  She has this adorable layering piece that was perfect for the summer. The mesh look keeps it breathable AND it’s versatile! There are multiple ways to wear this piece so make sure to stop in and check it out. I saw it also came in turquoise and black! And how fun is this clutch? I’m going to call it the mermaid clutch because it reminds me of a mermaid tail with the different colors it has in it. I also paired the look with this delicate “X and O” necklace that has a small turquoise stone next to it. Simple and chic!

Well, thanks for “walking” along with me to search for some really great accessories for this jumpsuit. Remember, just because it’s a one- piece doesn’t mean you can’t wear something over top of it. Like I always say, have fun and think outside the box!

Now, tell me…which look was your favorite?!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Make-up Artist Etiquette

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If you’re like me I am clueless when it comes to knowing what is and is not acceptable questions to ask a professional. Today I am going to cover the makeup profession. If you are looking to hire a make-up artist (MUA) here are a few things I have discovered by asking some of my favorite professionals in this field.

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First things first, when you are searching for a MUA look up some of their work and see if you like their end product or ask around.  Once you’ve found one give them all the information you have about your event:

*How many clients should he/she expect to have on that day.

*Where the venue is and what time they need to be there. It’s very important to plan out the timing. Something you should ask them is the average time it takes to complete one person when working multiples.

*Do they require a contract and if so what all does that entail?

*What their fee is and what all that includes (such as a trial, travel or tip).

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Now that you’ve figured out which MUA you are going with, now it’s time to set-up a date to do your trial. This is something that all MUA’s suggest doing. It makes sense, right? You wouldn’t get married without trying on your dress first because you might not like it. This gives the artist an idea of what you feel comfortable with and like or dislike.

This leads me to another controversial topic. What you shouldn’t expect or say during your consultation.

*Why are you so expensive? That’s insulting to ask anyone in their profession. Always remember you get what you pay for. MUA’s that are good have had lots of experience and training as well as great product that they have invested in for their clients. So keep that question out of your interaction with them.

*Can you use my makeup? This can vary between artists but usually they prefer using their product because they know how it applies. However, if you are sensitive to certain makeup or have allergies that should be discussed ahead of time so arrangements can be made. Or if there is a certain reason you’re wanting to use something of your own explain why.

*Remember that applying makeup to someone is an art and a work in progress so any questioning you have about what they’re doing should be saved for the end. In other words don’t judge the work until it is complete.

Lastly, here are a few things to remember and keep in mind:

1. When you’re searching through Pinterest or any other social media to find inspiration for your look, keep in mind some of these photos are edited and you might not get the same results. Especially if you have a different skin tone or facial structure. Especially eyes…everyone’s eye shapes vary.

2. If you don’t like something they’ve done make sure and communicate that to them, especially during the trial. They can’t read your mind and they want you to love your face so be honest with them.

3. Expect to pay for your trial and make sure to book plenty in advance for both the trial and your event (at least 4-6 weeks is a good time frame to book for your event).

4. Tipping is appreciated. Just like when you get your hair done by a professional and tip them, you should do the same for your MUA.

5. Expect it to take anywhere from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours for your makeup to be done.

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I hope these tips helped when it comes to knowing what to expect or how to interact with your MUA. A huge thank you to the above MUA’s that allowed me to interview them and ask them questions. I personally learned a lot and have a new appreciation for what they do.

Pictured left to right are the MUA and their instagrams. You can also search their names on Facebook:

Abigail Gedon: @pwdrbeaute

Tonya Winebrenner: @tonyawinemakeup

Jessica Kufel: @jessikufel

I trust these ladies and absolutely adore them. They are super professional and supply a beautiful finished look. Did I mention they’re also Hot Tomatos? If you aren’t familiar with Hot Tomato Studio then you need to message me and ask about what they do 🙂 In the meantime, check out this link.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

 

 

Classic Style

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If you’ve been following me lately you may have noticed a few features of vintage jewelry from Havana’s Heydey. I discovered this vintage shop through Instagram so make sure and check her out @havanasheydey. She’s from the Pittsburgh area and has an inspiring story. The classic hoops I am wearing in this photo are from her shop.

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I love a classic black and white look. Nothing says classic more than that. So here I am wearing this beautiful textural bordered skirt from Talbots with my silly little gal, Harper wearing a fun dress from H&M.  I wore this first look during our weekend trip to Geneva-on-the-Lake with some of our dearest friends. It was really hot so I figured why not pair it with a homemade crop-top. I used one of my tee shirts and shortened it by cutting it to the length I preferred and created a hem to make it a crop. Super simple.

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Today I wore my skirt with a miniature heart printed button-down top. This length of skirt is not typical for me. I usually like my skirts slightly above the knee but I adore the length of this skirt. Very classic and elegant. It just goes to show, don’t disregard something at first sight because you might love it on.

Also, in the first image you can see my gold necklace, which if you couldn’t tell is the map of the world laid flat ❤️ This was a surprise gift from one of my sisters, Beth. She saw a board of mine on Pinterest labeled, “I Want This” and surprised me with the necklace in the mail. What a sweet sister 😘.

So tell me, what style are you looking forward to trying this upcoming summer?

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Monat-Not Just an Artist👩‍🎤

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Greetings from your faithful dreamer. I’m here to share with you my personal review of the Monat haircare system. Please note: I am not selling this product, just sharing my experience. I first heard about this brand last year from a friend and was intrigued by it but never got around to ordering any. I mean who doesn’t want thicker, fuller and bouncier hair?🤔

I follow this one gal named, Chelsea Kinzinger on instagram (@chelseakinzinger) that re-introduced me to this product. She asked me for a personal testimony if she were to give me some product to try out. I agreed since it was a product I was curious about and now, here’s my story. If you like what I have to say you should hit her up on insta! Please know that I am not a haircare expert and I know everyone’s experience will not be the same as mine. You should always use a new product carefully because everyone’s body chemistry is different.

The image above is the shampoo and conditioner that I have been using. I have very fine hair and it gets easily tangled on a daily basis. With that being said I am careful when using these two products because it seems that after I use the shampoo (which tingles on the scalp a little, which I am assuming is what helps stimulate the scalp for new growth)  that it gets very tangled. When I use the conditioner  it helps, but I am careful when combing it through with my fingers because my hair can be fragile during that process.

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Once I have completed the shampoo and conditioner I get to use this miracle worker😁 I love the blow out cream. It smoothes out my hair and helps make it easier to comb through and protects my hair from all the heat I apply to it.

Next I apply the split-end mender to my hair and then spray the root lifter to my roots. Both of these are great additions because they help with my trouble areas as well. I color my hair and am always needing more volume since it’s so fine. I’m also terrible when it comes to keeping up with hair trims too 😬🤦🏼‍♀️ so the split-end mender is a necessity.

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Now my absolute favorite product that I can’t live without. I’ve tried a lot of dry shampoos and this one is by far my favorite. The scent is light and I don’t have to use a lot of it. This product helps me go at least two days without having to wash my hair. When I am not using this hair care system I’m lucky to get away with skipping one hair wash. I had a favorite dry shampoo that I used previously but it always felt like I went through the can much faster than this one. I’ve had this can for about 7 weeks and I use it often.

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Now these last two products I need to use more often before I give a fair review on them. But when I have used them I apply them before I go to bed to give it what I call and “overnight therapy.” I apply it when I know I will be washing my hair the next morning. So for now, stay tuned because I am going to start using this more consistently.

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Here are three images of my hair after I blow-dry it. This was over a 6 week period and I took a picture every other week. I actually wish I would’ve had my hair trimmed before this process because I was in need of one before I started this journey. My images may not show the benefits I’ve had using this product yet but I can tell you my hair feels SOOO good and much healthier. The biggest thing I notice is how soft and smoothe my hair feels. The other thing I love is how my hair looks and feels when I curl or straighten it now. It feels thicker and fuller.

So far I’m really enjoying this system and would recommend a lot of the products to friends. I would recommend chatting with a Monat consultant with any questions you might have. Before I started this process I had heard very mixed reviews about the product but I spoke with others about any questions or concerns I had. Just remember, like I stated earlier everyone’s body chemistry is different when it comes to using new products. Ask the experts when it comes to questions about anything product-related.

Below is Chelsea’s contact information and website so you can peruse what other products are available.

chelseakinzinger@gmail.com

chelseakinzinger.mymonat.com

Hope my review helps!

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney

Let’s Chat About that Hat

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I’ve been obsessed with finding a cute spring/summer hat. However, anytime I purchase one I end up not wearing it very often because the fit isn’t quite right. I’m determined to find the right hat and experiment with a variety of shapes and sizes until I find what I’m looking for.

When I’m in a hurry and don’t want to grab some things from a big store, I’ll stop in a place like Dollar General so I can run in and out. Well, I happened to notice a sale section that had the above hat on the rack. I’ve been wanting a sun hat but knew I wouldn’t wear it often because I don’t spend an extended amount of time in the direct sunlight. So here I am faced with the perfect scenario for a hat trial and for only $3.00! Nothing to lose there.

I got home and decided to put a few looks together to share how you can easily style a sun hat.

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Perfect little white dress from Emleigh and Mama B’s with a little dash of color to add some interest.

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A chambray dress from TJ Maxx with my black booties and white denim jacket to tie in the black and white from the hat.

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A silk neck scarf from Talbots and a faux leather pencil skirt to add some more texture and the studded shoes to produce an edgier look.

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Lastly, for my denim wearing gals, my denim with the bows from Talbots and a black and white striped top paired with a turquoise statement necklace.

So there you have it! 4 easy looks with the same sun hat. What accessory are you on the hunt for this season? You never know when you might find the perfect practice accessory 😁.

Your Faithful Dreamer,

Courtney