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Photography by Mary Mahoney 

Over the years, I've taken a lot of photos for the blog but by far, this is my absolute favorite shoot of all time and I'm so excited to finally be able to share it with you gals! *insert heart here* A few weeks before my trip, I decided to hire a photographer (for the first time during a trip!) to help me capture the beauty of Palm Beach and found Mary's work on Instagram. I fell in love with her airy and bright photos and luckily her schedule was free for a shoot that day so everything worked out perfectly (for once lol). I can't recommend her enough, the photos turned out even better than I imagined! Plus she understands my love for palm trees! If you're traveling to Palm Beach anytime soon and need a photographer then check out her portfolio here.

Most of these photos were shot at the Colony hotel, Worth Avenue (there's a via right across from Neiman Marcus which is where those beautiful stairs are!), and the beach that's right down the street from it. We shot this around 8am and while normally I love sleeping in, I don't mind getting up early if it means shooting when there's no one around. Even though I've been running a fashion blog for years, I still get nervous and annoyed when there's tons of people around me when I'm taking photos. I don't know how people get used to that!

I did feel a bit odd wearing this outfit at that time but it was totally worth it. I love ruffles for the summer and I've noticed everyone there was wearing statement earrings with more simple outfits so I had to wear these Kendra Scott earrings in a beautiful maroon color. Also THE BAG. Yes, it was the It bag of summer 2017 and I couldn't get my hands on it back then but luckily it's trendy again this summer and I found a dupe for only $40 on Amazon! They have it in other colors and styles as well.

Thanks for reading,

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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