Monday, May 22, 2017

Off The Shoulder Top with Shop The Mint

Hi Dolls!
The kids and I are back home from adventures we had in California. It was so wonderful to be with my Mama for a couple days. I took the kids to all of our little favorite spots we use to go to when they were one and two, hard to believe how grown up they are now! Thankful my daughter has some time before she is officially a big kid! :) :) 

I was so excited to receive this adorable top  from Shop The Mint! If you haven't heard of them, they pretty much carry everything you could ever want! Casual wear, dresses for events, shoes, accessories...I think you get the point. ;) I feel in love with this adorable top mainly because of the little bow detail in the back! I am wearing a medium but could easy wear a small! 

 I  mean this little detail is just adorable!!!

You can save $10 on your FIRST order when you sign up for their newsletter! Well worth it because they have the cutest stuff!! I will link a similar outfit below for you just in case they sell out of you size!

Hope you ladies have a wonderful week and I have so really fun stuff coming up for you, so stay tuned!!!

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Monday Blues // Causal Outfit

Hi Monday Dolls!

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Mother's Day and a relaxing weekend! Today my Mom and brother are coming in to celebrate my little man's school graduation and I cannot wait!! It's so hard to be away from family but I'm so grateful my family makes the effort to come and see my kids when they can. 

On today's post I'm sharing one of my all time favorite shirts! I snagged this awhile back from Abercrombie & Fitch , can I just say how happy I am that they rebranded!? That was the only place I shopped at when I was in high school and I love that I can shop there now as a Mom. 

I am beyond addicted to sunglasses. Who is with me?!? I'm not sure exactly how many I own and I probably won't share with you how many I actually own because I would be embarrassed haha :) I really love these Celine aviators. They were on my sunglass dream list and I actually found a pair of Ray Bans that look just like them! I'll have everything linked at the end of the post of you.

Let me just finish out today's post on the right foot ;) Did you see what I did there? hehe If you are going back and fourth on these Marc Fisher wedges, let me just say they are the most comfortable and stylish wedges I have ever owned!! I actually just got the newer style recently and it's to hard to pick a favorite.

Thank you for stopping by today babes. I truly appreciate your support with my blog. I know today's post was short and sweet. Have you had a chance to check out my Mircoblading Post yet?! I will leave the direct link HERE for you. Happy Monday babes and I hope you have a great week!

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

My MicroBlading Experience // MaiLash & Brows

Hi Babes!
I was so excited and nervous to get my brows Microbladed but it's something I've been wanting todo every since I heard about. Their is so much unknown information about getting your eye brows Microbladed and my goal is to help clear the air about this procedure! So this post will be a little different. I'm going to keep updating you along the way. Day by Day and week by week! Then I'll do a final post of my before and after! Also a final review of my overall experience with Eyebrow Microblading! I also want to say this entire post is a partnership with MaiLash & Brows . All my opinions are my own and this review is 100% honest. My goal is to help women understand more about what Mircoblading is and what they should expect! Please forgive me on my update photos, selfies are hard to take sometimes! 

To start off, if you haven't heard about Mircoblading. It is a semi-permentant brow tattoo procedure.  Where a trained technician uses a handheld tool instead of a machine to make hair like strokes on your brows to give you a fuller look.  Basically it is life changing! :)

Day Before Appointment Remember to:
  • Keep hydrated by drinking EXTRA water. I normally try to drink my weight in water daily. 
  • Make sure you have the correct oil and bottle water for post brow care.
  • Have pictures of your ideal brow shape to bring to my appointment. I brought 3-4 photos. 
  • Make sure to have re read the before care instructions and post care instructions carefully! You are investing a lot of money and post care is SO important! So take the time to really read everything very carefully so you receive the best results! 
Day of Appointment:

I was so excited to get to my appointment that morning. I had brought my grapeseed oil with me just to double check that it was the right one to be using on my brows for my after care. My technician recommended grapeseed oil or organic coconut oil. I went with grapeseed oil just because I have never used it before and it's very safe for ALL skin types! I also had my brow shape pictures ready!

When going to pick put brow shapes for your appointment, bring more than 3! I say this because your  technician will be measuring your face to get the perfect shape, so a shape you just love may not fully work on your face only because we are all built with our own uniqueness! This happened to me and I'm so happy I had a couple different options to show my technician and she went off of that.

My Shape: 

As you can see, my technician drew a slight boxy shape around my brows. This is her outline to achieve the shape that was best suited for my face.

The picture on the left shows you the boxy outline and the picture on the right shows you after the first round of the Mircoblading processes. My technician did a two step process. First round, she did the core outline of my eye brow shape and the the second round she put more detail in my shape. Keep in mind, your boxy outline WILL NOT be the true shape of your brow!  The actual Mircoblading took about an hour and half and I did have numbing cream on but by the second portion, it was starting to wear off and I could feel more of the procedure. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would say the pain was about a 4. It was more of an uncomfortable feeling. 

Day 1 after appointment Microblading: 

After my Mircoblading appointment, my brows felt fine just a little sore from all the work done on them. I did have a little tightness feeling but nothing uncomfortable.

Day 2 and Day 4 Photos post Microblading:

On day 2, my brows were a little light feeling still but again nothing uncomfortable. Day 4 feeling great! On the evening of Day 5 my brows starting feeling a little itchy. It's so important NOT to touch them AT ALL unless you are cleaning them.

Day 5 Post Mircoblading: 

Since my appointment, I have been following my technicians after care instructions 100%. Today I applied a little make up to my face for the first time because I had something to attend, other than that I would have not applied make up. I made sure to keep make up away from my brows.

I also have been very careful when showering. NO hot showers, which is very hard for me! I love my hot showers :) When washing my face I avoid my brows because you will clean them as instructed by aftercare instructions. Also your skin around your brows is still very sensitive. Make sure not to put your face directly into the shower head.

Day 6 Post Mircoblading:

Very little itchiness and no flakes yet. I have seen a major difference in the color as well. It has diffidently darkened since my appointment. Thankful that my technician went light on the color! With your day to day activities, your brows will be getting exposure to the sun and the pigment will darken naturally. So remember DON'T BE the color that you want for your end result at your appointment or you will have VERY dark brows. Microblading it s a process, so have some patiences because it will be worth it in the end!

One Week Post Microblading: 

Hi dolls! It's been 8 days now to be totally exact! I am noticing some lost of pigmentation now on both of my brows. Mainly on the top of my arch. Very little itching and no flaking! Not sure how many times I'll say this but, I'm really sorry about the photo quality with my photos. I'm trying my best to get the right lighting and angles for you. I did order a beauty light! So hoping that works better with my up and coming posts. 

Day 10 Post Mircoblading: 

Hi girls!! Ok we are almost to the two week mark and now I am starting to see loss of pigmentation. Don't be alarmed this is totally normal! I have been missing my mid day oil application only because I'm traveling this past week and don't have it on me during the day. Not sure if that would help in this situation or not. I have to say I am looking forward to my touch up appointment tho! :)

Day 12 Post Microblading:

Hi dolls and happy Friday! From my last update to now, which was two days ago. I can see that I lost a lot more pigmentation on the end of my brows. No itching or flaking at this point. I think my body was nice to me and didn't produce any flakes! I am traveling home tomorrow and I will get my next post up as soon as I can! 

Two Weeks Post Mircoblading:

I am starting to see more flakes now, totally jinks myself! ;) I started developing them the night this was taken. They are starting to itch a little more now too and it's so hard not to touch them but I just lightly dap them with my grapeseed oil using a cotton pad and it does the trick! 

Two Weeks and Two Days Post Mircoblading

Coming May 23,2017..........

Monday, May 8, 2017

Mama's Corner Office

Hi Monday Dolls!! 

Today I'm taking you into Balancing In Heels Through Motherhood "corner office"! I set up my own little space in my kids playroom! It get's the best light and breeze on those rare cool AZ days. 

I am OBSESSED with these wooden flags from Hobby Lobby! They are $1.99 each and come in a couple of different colors. I made a "Welcome" banner for the entry way of our front door. 

My son picked out that "World's Best Mom" sign for my desk when we were out and about looking for some things for my office space. How sweet is he?!!? I share at that little sign a lot because I sure don't feel like I live up the title most days! It meant a lot to me for him to tell me to get it, because I wasn't going to. I felt weird buying the sign for myself, but when I looked in his sweet brown eyes and hearing tell me, " No, Mom you need to get it for your desk!". How do I say no to that?! 

I also picked up that "A" cup from Hobby Lobby for $5.99 and used my 40% OFF coupon off their APP ;) Did you know Hobby Lobby had 40% OFF coupons straight from their APP?! 

Ok, lets talk planners and notebooks! I'm addicted to many things and notebooks are one of them!! I
am kinda obsessed with this notebook from Graphique De France. Also how amazing is that Girl Boss pen?! I use #GIRLBOSS all the time and that pen was a MUST for my desk! This site has the cutest stuff ladies and you MUST head over and check them out! They have so many fun things for everyone, it's not all just office accessories!

Ok this planner is life changing. I bought it a few years ago and I LOVE that you can personalize it to what you need. You can organize it from weekly schedule to grocery list/meal prep and fitness goals to wedding prep! You can also change out your covers, which is pretty amazing because I get bored with my mine after awhile. The brand is called Create 365 The Happy Planner. It's a very affordable planner!

I snagged that little password notebook from TJMAXX for $4. I am so foggy these days, I need to write down everything!

The prettiest colors for Summer. I'm so obsessed with everything from Graphique de France! The little "Notes", "Remember" notepad, and paper holders all came in a set! So they would make a great gift for someone who got a new desk job, house warming gift, or someone who works from home!

I snagged that iPhone charging deck from Amazon and holy cow, I just love it!!! I highly recommend it. I love to put my music on and work on my computer or jam out with  my kids in the playroom!

These folders are amazing and were the prefect finishing touch to my make desk pop! You get 6 in a set by the way! ;)

 An amazing Marshalls Find! ;)

When I was California recently I purchased that Kate Spade Laptop bag because I had reached a very big goal/accomplishment in my blogging joinery!! So I decided to treat myself for all my handwork and now I'm babying it to death! HA HA 

Thank you so much for Graphique De France for sending me some beautiful items for my desk and thank you to all my sweet followers and supportive friends around me. I'm truly loving my dream jobs of Motherhood and Blogging. I am working on a post to talk more how I  balance Motherhood and blogging, so stay turned for that dolls! I hope you enjoyed today's post dolls. I was so excited to share my workspace with you and I hope you were able to get some inspiration for for you workspace today! 

I linked more items below for you babes! 

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Pool Days // Swim Cover up with Red Dress Boutique

Happy Friday Dolls!!!

Man it is hard to get back in the swing of this after a break, am I right?! On the upside I have a lot more motivation to accomplish the goals I have for myself from health to work! Today's post couldn't have come at a better time because it is really starting to warm up here in AZ and this little cover up is just prefect for pool days and It's only $42!! I love that it actually covers you up!! I don't like how almost all cover ups barely cover you up, isn't that what they are suppose to do?! HAHA I adore the little tassels on the end of the straps and how you have control of how high or low you want your cover up to fit you. 

 This is girl is  MAJOR hat girl!! You should see my hat collection and I'm actually proud of it! HA! I love how a hat can completely freshen up a look and also hide those unwashed hair days. ;) Plus living in a hot state, it's kinda a must to have a decent hat collection.
My littles turn into fish during the summer and I just love it!!! I was a major water baby growing up and my brothers and I spent countless hours at our community pool. Those were some of the best memories I had growing up. I want to create the same thing for my kids.
Thank you as always for stopping by loves! I know this post was short and sweet today. If you are in the market for a great cover up for Summer you should totally check out this one. I linked it below for you! :)  Thank you to Red Dress Boutique for sending me the prefect swim cover up for Summer! 

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Hi Dolls!

Happy Tuesday!! Can't believe we are two weeks from Mother's Day. Time to really narrow down those gift ideas for the hard working Mom's in your life!

The Mama Bear 
I'm all about these Mama Bear items from Loved By Hannah and Eli. I have been shopping from her store for the last few years and her items just keep getting better. Always use code: ASHLEYCLARK15 to get 15% off at checkout! (I don't get commission fyi! Just a special code for my followers) She also has shirts for that special Nana or Grandma as well!

The Mom on The Go
Here are some great items for that Mama always on the go. Weather it's for work or getting those kiddos where they need to go. 

For the Active Mama
I am a firm believer in investing in your workout clothes if you are going to use them more than twice a week! I have purchased workout clothes from just about every company and I ALWAYS go back to LuLuLemon because well, they are just worth every penny!! I have had the same work out pants for 6 years and they are still in great shape!

Something Sparkly for her
Now let's be real, what girl doesn't want something sparkly to open up on Mother's Day!

I hope this little gift guide helped you either snag an item for your Mom, Nana, or Wife. Whatever you do decide to do for that special lady, just do it with love because that's all we want at the end of the day!


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