Winter Whites

Jeans: Old Navy
Booties: Nine West
Bag: Nordstrom
Hat: Wal-Mart
Watch: Daniel Wellington c/o

I got this awesome sweater from my friends over at Sugar Plum Consignments and it's perfect for this time of the year.  I decided to pair it with a white fur vest and the one-and-only Wal-Mart hat! These jeans are so comfortable and would you believe they are from Old Navy?  They have really stepped up their denim game lately- I love the rockstar style, which comes in tons of different washes.  

Cute Finds Under Forty Dollars

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I really love doing these "look for less" and "splurge vs. steal" posts because as you all know, I love a good bargain!  Today I wanted to put together some items that are under $40 that fit in the blush, grey, black and camel color combo that is so popular right now.  

Organic & 8-Free Aila Nail Polish Review

I am someone who's had some sort of acrylic, gel, dip powder, or polish on their nails for almost my entire life.  I got my last set of dip nails in early December and picked them all off right before Christmas.  Since then, I've been embracing my real nails to give them a break but to also save some money because going and getting your nails done all the time can add up really quick.  Coincidentally, around this same time my lovely MIL started carrying an all organic nail line in her Real Raw Beauty line of products. 

Real Raw Beauty Aila Nail Products (get 20% off with code PIPM20)

Gorgeous Color Without Common Ingredients? #nailedit

Fact: Nails are porous and can absorb some of the chemicals that we put on them
Fact: traditional nail products are often full of ingredients that are drying and damaging
Fact: Aila provides healthy alternatives to traditional nail products.  

I was excited when Jan offered to send me the base coat, color of my choice, and gel top coat to try and write a post about so that you all would know that there are other options out there! 

The thing I loved most about this line of nail polish was how easy it was to apply.  I don't know if that has something to do with the lack of the 8 most common nail polish chemicals or what, but it went on so smooth and didn't really take all that long to dry for me.  Jan had warned me that since it was a chemical-free nail polish that it may take a little longer to dry, but I didn't experience that as I let them dry for a good 10 minutes and that seemed to do the trick.  I chose the color Namaste, but there are so many other good colors to choose from.  

Do you all get worried about the chemicals that are in nail products? 

Very Basic Girl Outfit

Turtleneck- J.Crew
Jacket- Vintage (similar for $50)
Jeans- Madewell
Booties- J.Crew (similar)

Do you all like the hat look or nah?  I have been on the fence about these kinds of hats to be honest.  I think they are so cute on other people, but every time I wear them I kind of feel like a tool.  I actually found this one on a resale group, but can you believe that it retails for $195 dollars? It's very well made and looks really nice in person, but y'all, I found a great dupe at Wal-Mart LOL.  When I was in there during the great poncho hunt of 2016 I saw these hats and got the black version.  I have been looking for the tan color in a size large enough to fit my huge head.  

Here is my Janessa Leone hat next to my black Wal-Mart hat

What do you all think? Do you like the look of these hats? 

At Home Chemical Peels to Save Money

I find "deal-hunting" self challenged at times because I love skincare and maintaining a youthful appearance, but hate spending the hundreds of dollars to do so.  Since I haven't figured out how to inject myself with Botox (just kidding), I have succumbed to the fact that I will just have to pay for that since I can't do it myself.  However, there is one facial treatment that I can guarantee you are wasting money on, and that's the chemical peel.  Here's why: you're essentially paying hundreds of dollars for someone to apply a peel to your face (they run anywhere from $75-$250).  They literally apply it, sit there and watch, and then neutralize it and send you on your way.  Sure, they're qualified and know what to do, but with a little research and a couple of cheap tools, you can too! I am all about trial and error, and I've tried SO MANY peels y'all!  So many!  I've wasted so much money at Sephora and Medspas getting this peel and that peel and for the most part, none of them do anything.  One day I thought to myself, "I bet I can find the same solution they use for chemical peels on the internet." And what do you know, I did.  I want to preface this by saying: do a patch test on your skin if you've never done a peel before.  These peels are GOOD peels.  They will sting and make your face peel.  The Skin Obsessions one will make your face skin come off in layers.  But if you like peels like me, it's totally worth it to save a hundred dollars by buying a $22 dollar peel on Amazon and applying it yourself. 

If you're not familiar with chemical peels they are basically a good way to reveal youthful, new skin by slothing off the top layer of your current skin.  Your face will feel really tight the first day and then by day 2-3 your face will start shedding like a snake.  About a week later you will have new, fresh, and glowing skin.  They are recommended to do in a series, so it's best to do one every couple of months.  

Here is my face day 2 after using the Skin Obsessions TCA Peel:

I have since started peeling EVERYWHERE.  

Give it a try, let me know if it works for you.  Remember, follow the instructions and don't get too crazy.  


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