Quick impromptu hiatus

Hi everyone! I just wanted to pop in and say that I’ll be taking a hiatus from the blog for the next two or three weeks.

There’s a lot going on right now so between that and my schedule (AKA the lack of time to dedicate to the blog), I’ve decided that rather than half-ass posts, I’d prefer to wait until I have the time to sit down and write them as best as I can.

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I know, I’m bummed too.

I really do want to get more of a routine for my blog in the next few months, especially since I’ve (mostly) managed to keep up with my schedule for a couple of months now! I really need to schedule time to work on the blog but the problem is that I rarely ever seem to have time during the day to take photos, or when I have time to write, I’m tired and unmotivated.

Right now, I have a weird work week (when this post goes up, I’ll be working my bi-monthly weekend shift) and I’m going to Nashville this weekend for the first time (!!). The following weekend, I’m going to try and get a few posts written and scheduled, and the weekend after that I’ll be at Disney because it’s Dapper Day(s)!

I’m busy enough as it is, but I also have some stuff going on in my personal life and it’s keeping me distracted. I promise I’ll be back and working hard soon though! Thank you for understanding. <3

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KL Polish: haul + review

Hi everyone! Today’s post is coming to you (almost) live for my office — during my lunch break, of course!

I lacked the energy to actually write this over the weekend as I usually do and thought I’d give myself a week off from beauty posts, but I have so many posts lined up that would never get up if I kept doing this so here we are.

At least I don’t have to worry about getting this done in time, because I’m a journalist and I work best under pressure.

So today’s post will be talking about KL Polish, the line of nail polish that KathleenLights released last fall. If you know me, you’ll know I love Kathleen and she’s my favorite youtuber, so I was really excited to get my hands on these!

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Kathleen released six different colors in December, and I ended up getting four of the six (the other two I don’t think I’d ever wear). The colors I got, pictured above from left to right: Snickerdoodle, Gumption, Brick Sidewalk and Zoey.

I’ve worn one of these for about a week each now so I can definitely say I’ve formed an opinion on the quality and let me tell you, I LOVE IT. Out of the four colors, Zoey is definitely my favorite, but formula-wise, it was the one I struggled with the most.

The packaging for these is beautiful and I absolutely love it. When I watched Kathleen’s video about this, she talked about the black matte packaging, which I definitely agree that it makes it easier to grip the bottle and it looks classier.

The formula for these is great as well, I love how it’s just thick enough to go on smoothly but it isn’t difficult to manage. It’s mostly opaque with one coat but I still prefer two or more, just because I’m a chip monster and no nail polish ever survives my chipping skills. I know one of the big things most people say about this is that it’s opaque with one coat but I would definitely say two is better.

The only issue I had with some of the colors is that it felt like the color on the tip of my nails wasn’t distributing evenly so it would look chipped really quickly but only at the tip. I’m not sure if I filed my nails weirdly then and it didn’t happen with every single application, but I did struggle with that (with Zoey). I also felt like Zoey was the color that was most difficult to work with and that chipped the fastest, especially compared to other colors.

Lastly, the brush on these is what makes them my favorite nail polishes, hands down. It’s wide but not bulky and just the right size to get more of your nail in one swipe, it distributes the polish evenly and it’s just so easy to use. I struggle with smaller brushes a lot, so I love these kinds of brushes and Kathleen definitely got it right there.

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Overall, I love these and they’re definitely great quality, especially for the price. I love Essie polishes and those are pricier than these and in my opinion, they’re about the same quality (maybe even lesser than KL Polish). These retail for $8.50 each, which is a pretty fair price point for the quality you get, if you ask me.

Along with that, these polishes are all vegan, cruelty free, and 5-, 7- and 9-free. If you’re like me and only had a vague idea of what 5-free meant, here’s a handy explanation from the website:

5-free nail polishes are free of 5 potentially harmful chemicals: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, dibutyl phthalate, and toluene. 7-free nail polishes add xylene and ethyl tosylamide to that list, and 9-free polishes are also free of parabens and acetone. Didn’t expect a chemistry lesson, did you?

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Snicklerdoodle is described as “nude shade with a neutral undertone.” This is my least favorite color and I honestly don’t think I’d miss it, but I like it enough to keep it around for now.

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Gumption! is described as “vivid navy blue” and the description definitely fits. It looks so different in different lights, from really bright to really dark.

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Brick Sidewalk is described as a “deep, rusty” red, which can look more brown or more red depending on the light.

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Lastly, Zoey is just described as a “mauve shade,” which is exactly what it is and if you know me, you know I love mauve!

Have you ever tried KL Polish? Do you want to? Which colors do have or want?

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Sing with a swing

If you’ve been following my blog the last three weeks, then you saw the past two fashion posts featured photos by the lovely Kiersten, AKA my fairy photographer. Sadly, this is the last of the three looks we shot that day, but I saved the best for last (and we’re going to shoot together again eventually)!

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I’m warning you right now, this blog will be the most photo heavy so far, but there were too many pictures I loved from this outfit not to share them all! For this look, I wanted to do something very elegant and classic to go along with this beautiful dress from YesterDaze, a vintage store in Tampa that is just too good to be true.

This dress is a 1950’s navy wiggle dress that I picked up at YesterDaze, turned to my friend and said, “Do you think this will fit?”

Well, for a total eyeball, we did really well, because once I went to the fitting rooms and tried it on, it was clear that it fit perfectly!

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The dress features the most amazing neckline detail — I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, because I don’t think words will do it justice.

I’m sure none of you are surprised by the earrings in this post, once again from my lovely friend Kate’s Etsy, Winifred + Bramble. I just really love these earrings a lot, okay?!

The hat was a purchase on Etsy I am so happy about, because it’s such a beautiful but simple style and I think I’ll get plenty of use out of it… and one day, I will learn how to do pin curls and brush out my hair to get that perfect vintage hairstyle and this hat will look perfect then.

To finish off the outfit, I wore my favorite tan heels from Chase & Chloe (purchased on Amazon), which are probably the most comfortable pair of heels I’ve ever owned (never mind the fact that I discovered that day that despite being comfortable, they’re not suited for a whole lot of walking anyway). Lastly, I wore the What Katie Did seamed pantyhose, which sadly did not survive the day and were my last pair, so I’ll be looking for alternatives soon since I think their pantyhose are just too small for me in all of my 5’9 glory.

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I was drawn to Disney’s Boardwalk Resort for this shoot and boy, am I glad! We found the most adorable little garden in the back of the resort which provided the perfect shoot location, between the relative quiet, the lawn that Kiersten could roll around in to her heart’s content and this adorable archway with the most beautiful and yummy-spelling flowers!

I honestly love everything about these photos, and I’m so happy to have friends like Kiersten in my life to do this for me! She’s incredibly talented, so if you aren’t already, please follow her Instagram, her blog and go check out her new Etsy!

Thanks to Kiersten for the beautiful photos and thanks to all of you for reading my blog. <3

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