With Style and a Little Grace: March 2016

Beautycounter + Giveaway

Hi Friends! Today I am bringing you a post I am so excited to talk about. By now I am sure that you have heard something about Beautycounter on one of your social media outlets. I have heard amazing things, so when one of my sorority sisters reached out and asked me to try out some products - I jumped at the chance. I have heard so many scary things recently about what is actually in my products, I wanted to try out a brand whose mission it is to get safe products into the hands of everyone.

Now I am not saying that I am going to completely overhaul my makeup/skincare closet overnight but I am definitely on the path to learning more. What I found is that all of their products are seriously amazing, beautifully packaged, with SAFE ingredients. They have a rigorous process to make sure that everything in their products is safe for you and the other amazing thing about these products is that they actually work and they work really really well. They use an extremely strict screening process, banning over 1,500 chemicals and their products still perform amazingly and are just as luxe as any lipstick, cleanser, and oil out there. 

Just some of the stats that you can find on their site here. 

The United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the safety of ingredients used in personal care products since 1938.
The European Union has spent the past two decades banning or restricting more than 1,300 ingredients, the US has only banned 11 to date.


Rose Water Uplifting Spray - use this when your skin needs an instant pick me up - it feels seriously amazing. 

AM Hydrating Cream - this moisturizer is so good and super moisturizing. 

Lustro Face Oil  - I am loving the way my skin feels using this face oil at night, it is really boosting my skin.

Color Sweep Blush Duo - these color combos are gorgeous. 

Mattify Skin Finishing Powder - this powder is just like the Bare Minerals and it is great to make sure your skin isn't oily.

Color Pinch Cream Blusher - I am not normally a fan of cream blusher but this one is gorgeous and perfect for the coming summer months. 

Retractable Complexion Brush - this brush puts your foundation on flawlessly - I am in love with it. 

Lip Sheer in Twig - this one is a bestseller and goes on my lips so smoothly - I love this for a daily lipstick. 

Clean Shampoo and Conditioner - these are extremely purifying and left my hair so soft. This one is another best seller. 

Sunscreen - this sunscreen is natural and seems to work really well - it is also super hydrating on my skin. 

All their bags are super adorable too - check them out here. 

I am obsessed with everything that I have tried, my favorites have to be the Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer which is an Allure favorite and the Vibrant Eye Perfector, and I am so excited because I am going to be giving a full size one away to one of y'all today! 

Check out all the products and shop with my consultant Drew McKnight here 
Let me know what you are going to try and don't forget to check out all their products here. Make sure to enter to win the Vibrant Eye Perfector below. 

Blue Heron

Hi Friends! How is your week going? This week is flying by and I feel a little bit like I am constantly playing catch-up.. hopefully tomorrow I will be caught up on life. 

These coral J.Crew pants I purchased in the Fall have actually become a major work-horse in my closet. I am repeatedly reaching for them throughout the week because they go with so many different tops and are some of the most comfortable pants I own. 

I paired them with one of my favorite Spring tops from last season, last seen here and I instantly feel ready for the season. I went through my wardrobe over the weekend and put away the last remnants of winter until next season. Bring on the Spring colors, I am ready. Bye Bye dark colors - give me all the off the shoulder, white pants, sundresses, everything! 

My new Urban Expressions bag is quickly become a major favorite and you can still get 25% off all their bags with code UE25B6STW at checkout. 

Thank you so much for reading - I hope your having a great week! 

Work Wear

Happy Monday y'all - I hope everyone had an amazing Easter! It was a rainy one. Our's was wonderful but way too short. We did a ton of relaxing. I definitely over indulged on candy and am feeling it today - major need to work out. Too many chocolate bunnies. 

I have been on the hunt for some great weekday work wear and finding appropriate and stylish dresses is really a struggle. I thought I would share my favorites with y'all in case you are having the same issue as me. I feel like these are such cute options that can go from work to dinner or out to drinks with friends. I literally have one great dress right now so these are definitely a closet necessity. I have my eye on a few of these to add to my wardrobe soon. 

Here's to a great week and thank you so much for reading! 

Saturday Five

- Beauty Counter goodies I can't wait to try out - full post next week -

- I have been looking for a low heel for work and I found these cuties at Payless here on sale for $20 - um yes please - 

- Prepping our Easter baskets for tomorrow -

- Saturday breakfast at one of our favorites with my handsome hubby -

- Our Azaleas in our front yard have never looked this gorgeous before - they are stunning-

Happy Saturday Friends! I hope you are having a wonderful Easter weekend. Sorry my Friday Five is a day late but we lost internet yesterday due to the storms we have been having and I haven't been able to upload. We had plans to boil crawfish and drink beer on the river today but as I am typing this the rain is pouring outside our window. Mother Nature had other plans so we ran a few errands and are spending our Saturday relaxing and I am doing a mini closet Spring clean out. 

Tomorrow we are heading to the river for Mass and Easter with the family. I am hoping it won't be too rainy but we shall see. What are y'all doing this weekend? I hope you are having a great one, celebrating Jesus and eating tons and tons of Easter chocolate - I know I will be. 

He is not here for he has RISEN just as he said. -Matthew 28:6A

Thank you for reading! 

Blue Crush

I can't get enough of these BaubleBar Tassel earrings y'all! They are my favorite new Spring statement piece of jewelry. They just add a pop to every outfit. I finally purchased a new pair of black pants from J.Crew and I am loving them. They are the perfect fit and I have been wearing them all week long. I probably should have gotten a size smaller, so size down. Building up those basics for my work wardrobe - need those hero pieces. 

This top was last seen here and it is still one of my favorites. Last but not least, I know I have raved about my new Urban Expressions bags this week but I am totally obsessed and they have graciously offered y'all 25% off with code UE25B6STW at checkout. Their bags are definite wardrobe staples. 

Thank you so much for reading and don't forget to check out my Easter Wish-List for tons of great Easter gift ideas! 

If you haven't seen the Bridget Jones Baby Trailer check it out here - Bridget just gets me - CAN'T wait to see this one. 

Bunny Wish-List

Little Peter Cotton Tail hopping through the forest dropping lots of goodies onto your front door!!! I love this time of year minus the horrible cold that has only gotten worse since Monday, lots of Dayquil this week. The only thing that could make me feel any better is if the Easter Bunny dropped off a basket with some of these goodies on my doorstep this weekend. 

Growing up we always had the most amazing Easter baskets filled with lots of fun goodies. There is something so good about a basket because you can fill it with tons of personalized little touches. I love the idea of making baskets according to what people love and their favorite items. If you are still Easter shopping for your favorites - I have rounded up some goodies that are sure to make any ladies Easter. If you love baths, check out everything at Lush - the glittery egg on my collage is from there and all their Easter bath bombs look seriously amazing. I am a religious nightly bath taker so I feel like I need them all in my life. 

What do you want for Easter?

Thank you for reading! 

Black Shorts

Happy Tuesday y'all! My Monday was insane but I am super excited about being one day closer to the weekend because this weekend is Easter and Saturday we get to have crawfish and drumroll please BEER! We usually always give up alcohol for Lent but this year was definitely the first time I really missed being able to have a cocktail on the weekend, I think it is because we have had more events happening.

Anyways, I was so excited to break out my shorts on Saturday, before we had our little cold spirt. This over the shoulder bag  is by Urban Expressions and like my new black shoulder-bag, I am in love with it. The leather is so soft and gorgeous. I love it for Saturday's when you are out and about and don't want a huge bag. The perfect bag for weekend outings. This whole look is very typical of some of my favorite casual weekend style. What do you love to wear on your weekends? 

Thank you so much for reading! 

On a Random Note: Did y'all watch the Vanderpump reunion? It's such an amazing train-wreck - CAN'T look away! 

Pink Blazer

Happy Spring Friends! The flowers are blooming and I officially have a cold. I guess it wouldn't be the transitional season without a little head cold and some pollen all over my car. 

I have really wanted to add a pink blazer to my wardrobe for awhile and finally found this gorgeous and totally affordable option on Amazon. It comes in a ton of different colors and is under $25. Now I feel like I need the white and the teal too. I love that I can wear it to work and a little more casual with jeans. Also, can we talk about my new bag? I am obsessed with the gorgeous detailing and zips. I have been in desperate need of a great black hand-bag. Urban Expressions has some seriously beautiful bags. I am in love with this brand, their handbags are Vegan and certified by Vegan.inc and PETA. They sent me a few different bags and I am just in love with them all. They are such high quality and there are so many options to choose from. 

Hope y'all had a great weekend! Thank you so much for reading! 

Sunday Stock // 14

- Our festive little Easter tree ready for the Holiday 

- My current read and my new favorite tassel earrings that I am obsessed with

- New feathers I found to add to our decor 

Sunday Stock 

Making: Bagel thin tuna salad sandwiches for lunch and avocado and tomato toast on the daily. Lots of fruits and veggies on my health kick.

Reading: Just started Find Her 

Wanting: A tropical vacation to be here and soon, we are going to New Orleans in a few weeks so I am really looking forward to re-exploring the city.

Watching: Quantico, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Vanderpump Rules

Drinking: Chocolate Banana Smoothies and a little Diet Coke in the afternoons

Looking Forward To: Spring and Summer, the gorgeous weather, weekends on the river and at the beach - yes please

Trying: to keep up my weekly work-out routine, I have managed two weeks of working twice a week and this week I am upping it to three times. 

Wearing: My new Urban Expressions bag on repeat, lots of Blog posts coming soon