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Jacket: H&M // Jeans: J. Crew // Heels: Amazon // Bag: LC by Lauren Conrad // Lips: Nars "Bahama" Lip Pencil 

It's been a while since I've done an outfit post and I sure have missed it! As far as fashion goes, I just haven't been inspired lately and I always seem to feel this way during the winter. Luckily, it's starting to warm up in Dallas (although my first winter here was lovely since this is the first time I don't have to drive in snow and blizzards. Meanwhile it's still snowing in Rochester! HA. Believe it or not I still check the weather there just so I could feel even better about my move across the country lol) and I'm seeing stores stock up with spring and summer clothes so I'm starting to feel excited again. 

Normally I'm not much of a pattern person but I always have room in my closet for houndstooth - one of my favorite trends from the 90s. Right when I spotted this blazer at H&M, I knew it would be a great piece for work or a classy dinner. It's also lightweight so it's perfect to wear as a transition piece for the spring. Sadly it seems to be sold out online but I linked similar pieces for around the same price below or check in stores cause I know it's a part of the current collection. Speaking of classy, check out these heels which is such a beautiful dupe of the designer version but only for $50! It also comes in yellow, black, and blue and has a satin finish which makes them look so much more expensive. I've been getting so many compliments on them and can't wait to wear them for more special occasions such as wedding season. I added a link to it above so make sure to check them out. 

What are some of your favorite pieces for spring? Let me know below!

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When it comes to skincare, I've always been a bit...lazy. For some reason I don't mind testing out new makeup products and spending hours in front of the mirror perfecting a beauty look. But skincare? It's just not my thing. Skincare routines are usually so high maintenance, require multiple products, and of course waiting for the products to kick in and start working and then getting frustrated if it doesn't. It can take months to see good results and to figure what works and what doesn't. Quite frankly, who has time for all that?! For a while now, I've been searching for that one product that's effortless yet delivers incredible results. Did I also mention I suffer from adult acne? Yup, I'm asking for a lot here lol.

Recently, I got the opportunity to try the Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Mask and I couldn't help but find the mask fascinating and unique compared to other skincare products. I've always heard good things about light therapy but since it only used to be available at dermatologists' offices for an expensive price (it could cost up to $500 per treatment!), it wasn't an option until now. The Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Mask uses the same technology to treat acne and allows skin to heal itself without the harsh chemicals. The best part is that 98% of people that were tested had fewer breakouts and visible results in as little as 1 week. No messy residue, no need to use a bunch of products, and a short waiting period. Count me in! The mask is specifically for people with heavy acne but if you suffer from breakouts every once in a while and they're not too aggressive, then there's the Neutrogena® Light Therapy Acne Spot treatment.

Not going to lie, once I saw what the mask looked like I was a bit intimidated by it. Plus isn't exposing your skin to light so much going to have negative effects over time? Here's how it works: the mask uses blue light therapy to target bacteria that causes acne which is just beneath the surface while the red light therapy goes deeper into the skin in order to reduce inflammation. It's clinically proven, FDA cleared, and UV-free so the light causes no harm to the skin.

In order to use the mask, you need to make sure you have a clean face which means removing your makeup (my personal favorite is Neutrogena® Cleansing Makeup Remover Towelettes which I've been using for years now!) and/or washing your face with a light cleanser such as Neutrogena® Deep Clean Daily Facial Cleanser.

Then you simply put on the mask which is super comfortable and lightweight and has slots for your eyes and press the button on the 30 day activator and that's it! It's so nice to be able to multitask while I wait for the mask to do all of the work.

Alright, now let's talk about the price because let's face it: this mask looks expensive and it's quite an innovative product. The mask can be found at the health and beauty aisle of Wal-Mart (for the everyday price of $30!) and comes with the 30 day activator. After the 30 days are over, you need to purchase another activator for only $14.97 which means you're only spending 50 cents per day in order to use light therapy that's also used at dermatologist offices. Pretty good deal if you ask me!

Have you tried the mask? Let me know what you think!

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Ever since I started blogging 4 years ago, Instagram has always been my favorite platform to help share my adventures with my readers as well as being able to take a look at other people's adventures.  When it comes to the perfect Instagram photo, good photography is key (even if you're using your phone) and I managed to learn a few tips and tricks over the years which I thought I should finally share with you guys.


If there's anything that I wish I could improve back when I first started blogging, it's the lighting in all of my photos. Back then I didn't know much about photography and would constantly take photos in bad lighting and then try to edit it with filters and still end up with an awful picture. When you have good lighting, it makes all the difference and even improves the way filters look on your photos! I usually like to shoot on cloudy days for outdoor pictures since direct sunlight can be harsh and create awful shadows but if I want something in sunlight, then I'll shoot at "golden hour" which is an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset. Shooting at golden hour creates the most gorgeous warm glow on your skin and makes landscapes look dreamy. If you're indoors, then I recommend shooting near a window and making sure the light is facing whatever you're photographing instead of behind it or off to the side which can create shadows.

B R A N D I N G  +  C O N S I S T E N C Y

If you take a look at some of the best Instagram accounts, they have all made their accounts memorable with good branding. One way to create a memorable brand is by asking yourself: "what kind of feeling do I want my feed to give to my audience?". If you're a travel blogger, then perhaps use tons of blues in your photos to make it look more tropical and relaxing. If you're a food blogger, then tons of close-up detailed shots of the food that you're eating in order to make it look delicious and addicting. In my case, since I'm a fashion blogger and my style is feminine, I portray that by specifically using a "girly" color scheme of white, blush pink, and light blue as well as a filter that makes my photos look more vibrant and bright in order to see details of the outfits that I'm wearing. The most important thing is to be consistent and to not upload a photo just for the sake of posting! Make sure that it works with your brand and enhances your feed.

U S E  A  T R I P O D  +  R E M O T E

One of my best purchases is an inexpensive tripod and remote which is available for both DSLRs and phones and comes in different heights. I don't always have a photographer with me which it makes it difficult to get a shot of myself but ever since I bought a tripod, I simply position my tripod in whatever angle I want, switch it to selfie mode so I can see myself in the shot, and take a few test shots, then when I'm ready I just strategically hide the small remote that's in my hand (usually by putting my hands in my pockets or behind my back, the possibilities are endless!) and that's it. No one can tell the difference! It's also perfect for anyone who has shaky hands like me or if you want to take videos. I can't recommend it enough!

P R O P S 

Sometimes having the right prop can make a huge difference in your photos. You can use flowers, books, or even drinks like the newly designed Diet Coke® cans! Diet Coke® has been my go-to drink for years and always gives me a boost and makes me feel energized, no matter where I am. Now that they have gone through a makeover and has a sleek design on their cans (yet the same great timeless taste that we all know and love), it also now comes in invigorating new flavors such as Fiesty Cherry (sweet yet has a tangy kick!), Twisted Mango (normally I'm not a big mango fan but this one is addicting), Ginger Lime (crisp and refreshing and perfect afternoon pick-me-up), and Zesty Blood Orange (packed with flavor!), I'll be drinking it and including it in my photos more often. At the moment, my favorite is Diet Coke® Fiesty Cherry (no surprise, since I'm so sassy so I guess my taste in drinks matches my personality haha) and it works perfectly in my Instagram photos with it's modern grey design and feminine purple color. I'll admit, I've become inspired by the new makeover that the Diet Coke cans have gone through and feel like taking a risk and having a makeover myself! Stay tuned ;)

If you feel like getting creative with your photos or just want to shake your life up a bit and try something different, then try the single cans for an affordable price or there's an Ibotta offer for any purchase of 1 Diet Coke 8-pack, 12 oz. cans along with any brand of avocados (any variety, any size) in order to earn back $1.25. If you're a fellow Texan, you can pick them up at your local Albertsons near the cashiers or the fountain drinks aisle! 

Hope you enjoyed this post!

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