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Chic Chat: FAQ

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I can’t believe I’ve never done a Q&A but I guess there is a first time for everything and also why this post is miles long! I want to start doing these “Chic Chats” with you ladies more often where you are more than welcome to ask me anything or where I can share more personal topics with you or just what is on my heart lately whether that’s about dating, blogging, struggles, finances, or what not! I’m open to it all but I always want this to be a place where you can come chit chat with a best friend from a far. So without further adieu, let’s get started!

General About Me


HOW OLD ARE YOU?

I am 26! My birthday is December 7th (Pearl Harbor day).

HOW TALL ARE YOU?

I am just shy of 5’4″! I get told all of the time how I look so much taller on Instagram which is always so funny to me.

WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL & WHAT WAS YOUR MAJOR?

I went to Texas A&M University (WHOOP!) and graduated with a Finance major and International Business minor. I actually studied abroad my sophomore year all over Europe – London, Paris, Nice, Monaco, Austria, Venice, and more!

WHAT IS YOUR CHICK-FIL-A ORDER?

I get a 3 strip meal with a sweat tea, fries well done (or extra crispy), and 3 Chick-fil-a sauces. Normally I get the sweet tea without ice so that I can take it home and pour it over ice myself! You get way more this way and if you’ve never had CFA sweet tea, well then you know why we need it to fill every square inch of that cup!

WHAT IS YOUR COFFEE ORDER?

I honestly don’t go to Starbucks all too often unless I’m “doing it for the gram”. At home I drink pumpkin spice coffee (all year round because I’m basic like that) with vanilla creamer. I’d also like to point out that I like my coffee white. People tend to ask me if I want coffee with my creamer. Oopsies. If I do go to Starbucks it’s usually on 2 occasions. The first is when I’m sick to order the Medicine Ball drink which is a combination of teas, peppermint, lemon and honey. The second is around the holidays to order a caramel bruleé latte!

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WHAT DOES A DAY IN THE LIFE LOOK LIKE?

I honestly could do an entire post on this and I think I should. Each day is different. There are pros and cons to being a full time blogger, number one being that you get to make your own schedule. This has definitely been my biggest struggle. That being said, Mondays are always my “get shit done” days. I almost never get out of my pjs and I spend the entire day catching up on emails and content planning. I’d like to say the rest of the week is as organized as Mondays but that would be a lie. I try to always start my day with coffee and answering emails. Beyond that every day is different but some of my other tasks include: shopping (yes that’s a large part of my job believe it or not), going to stores to do try on sessions, planning out outfits, taking pictures (another large part), planning out blog posts, researching for blog posts, interacting with you guys on Instagram, and so much more!

WHY DID YOU HAVE HIP SURGERY?

Long story short, I was born with hip dysplasia. I had two Periacetabular Osteotomy (PAO for short) surgeries to correct the deformities. These surgeries were both last year. I had my left hip done March, 24th 2017 and my right hip done October 9, 2017. Both required a two month recovery period and another 2 months in physical therapy. This was a very large part of why I moved home. My parents literally had to do everything for me. You can read more about what that is and my experience here.

HOW DO YOU STAY IN SHAPE?

Ha! And I say that because after you read my next question/answer you are going to think the same thing. Without being too gross, I have a very healthy digestive system. I battled IBS for a good portion of my life and still have flare ups every once and awhile. I’d like to say that I work out regularly but that would be a lie. Ever since working from home I’m honestly even less active than I used to be but I do try to do a few, quick at home workouts. I shared which ones I usually do here. I’ve tried joining a gym or workout classes but I was just throwing money down the drain.

A lot of my body type can be attributed to good genetics, a healthy digestive system, and diet. Yes, I eat a lot of CFA but besides that, I eat pretty healthy. My biggest piece of advice is to eat small portions. You can always go back for seconds but if you fill your plate up to the brim on your first round, you are more likely to overeat. I try never to “stuff” myself. Stop eating when you are full! Eating slowly also ensures this.

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR LAST MEAL ON EARTH?

Is it too predictable to say Chick-fil-a? Because as much as I eat it that would probably be my request. In fact when I traveled abroad for a month my last meal out of the country was CFA and you can bet it was my first one when I got back! Also does this meal include dessert? Because I’m going to need a large bowl of Cookie Two Step ice cream for dessert please.

DO YOU ENJOY LIVING AT HOME?

Yes! I’d honestly live here forever if it was socially acceptable. My parents and I have a great relationship! You’d think that with all 3 of us being home all of the time (my parents are retired), that we would get sick of each other but for the most part we don’t! I have my own office upstairs that I spend the majority of the day in. Both of my parents have their own offices as well so we don’t see each other too much throughout the day besides meals. We usually cook/eat dinner together and catch up on shows. As far as everything else goes, I come and go as I please. My parents used to be so strict growing up but now we are more like best friends 🙂

ARE YOU LIVING AT HOME BECAUSE YOU ARE UNSURE OF THE FUTURE?

I started out living at home really because of timing. There were quite a few major life factors that played a role in making the decision for me that I talked about in this post. I had NO idea that I would still be living at home a year later but here we are.  A large part of why I have stayed is because I have such a great relationship with my parents, I’m happy saving money while I can, and I’m honestly unsure if I want to stay in Houston so I didn’t want to get locked into a year lease and then decide to peace out. I’m staying here until I know my next step and hopefully by then my savings will have grown even more than they already have!

HOW DO YOU MANAGE A SOCIAL LIFE ESPECIALLY LIVING AT HOME?

I really don’t. Besides my blogging buds, I honestly don’t have a ton of friends that I hang out or keep up with. It’s weird how the older you get, the less friends you have but I’ve been weirdly ok with that. I keep up with the friends that I can’t live without and have let other friendships fizzle out that seem forced. I’ve been far more selective with who I give my time to recently. I try to make time for friends and experiences that build me up and make me feel alive! As for going out, I love it! I am a social butterfly on the weekends and I LOVE to dance 🙂 Funny enough, it seems like the only time I run into any of you is when I’m two sheets to the wind. My apologies ladies.

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM CAREER?

Still trying to figure that one out. I have a running list of things I like and don’t like. I’m way too much of a people person for a 9-5 desk job, I know that. I’d love for my next business step to be something in the fashion realm. Possibly in marketing, social media or styling! I love what I do now but is it my end all be all? No.

Blogging FAQ

Dating


DO YOU ENJOY BEING SINGLE?

Yes and no. I’m one of the last single ones out of my friend group which kind of sucks because you really don’t realize that you are #singleAF until you are surrounded by people who are all married and/or having kids. But most of the time, yes! I actually did an entire blog post on my feelings about being single and what my season of singleness has taught me hereIf you are in the same season, I highly suggest you read it and why I genuinely think that we (all of the single ladies), are the lucky ones.

WHAT DO YOU WANT IN A GUY?

I mean… I haven’t waited this long not to have Prince Charming is all I’m saying. Hehe. In all seriousness I don’t have a list of criteria and honestly I don’t have a “type”. Every guy that I have dated has been SO different. Looks, race, personality, the whole shebang. I usually go for the confident guys. The ones that aren’t afraid to approach me and start a conversation. If they can make me laugh, game over. Yes, looks are important but honestly personality is way more important to me. For that reason, I’ll go on a date with just about anyone! Other factors that are very attractive: success/motivation to better themselves, enjoy traveling, and know how to have a good time. Someone that will go out with me on Friday night and church on Sundays. Is that too much to ask for?

HOW OFTEN DO YOU DATE?

I go through spurts. One minute I’m like “I don’t need no man” and I just enjoy the single train and other time’s I’m all like “maybe it’s time to settle down” and I’ll jump on a few dating apps. I’ve been told a million times that I’ll find someone when I stop looking so that’s pretty much what I’ve done. Stopped looking in the sense I rarely get on dating apps anymore. I still like to think that I put myself in plenty of social situations for the right man to come along. I’ve been on quite a few dates over the past year as well as met plenty of guys out. Almost none have resulted in a second date or me changing their number in my phone to an actual name. After getting burned so bad from my last “relationship”, my perspective on dating has changed. I never fully opened up about this but you can read an open letter to him here.

ARE YOU ON ANY DATING APPS/WEBSITES?

Dating is awkward enough without throwing dating apps into the mix. I don’t particularly like them. Theoretically I’d rather meet someone out or through friends than meet up with a stranger but it’s easier said than done. I’ve been on all of the dating apps. I’ve deleted them, redownloaded them, met up with people from them, been catfished, gone on second dates, even fallen for some of the guys. So yes I’m well versed on dating apps even though I don’t particularly like them. I hate that dating apps have become a way of life because I honestly think that it prevents people from making moves in person. It hinders people’s confidence because it takes the work out of making a connection in person. And with confidence being a major attraction for me, dating apps seem to only bring about men who are lacking in that department unfortunately. I’m not sure what that says about me since I have been on them from time to time but I’m also the first girl at the bar to hit on a guy that I think is attractive so…?

My quick and short analysis if you are thinking about joining a dating app. Bumble sucks. The guys aren’t of high quality and the ones that are just want to message back and forth and never meet up. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Coffee Meets Bagel has plenty of people that want to meet up but none were very attractive to me. I did like the platform better than Bumble since it gave more background information on each guy. Maybe your area might be better? It’s worth a shot. The League is supposed to be for business professionals but you only get 3 matches a day. I used the platform for months and never met up with a single guy. Hinge is probably the most fun. You get funny tidbits about each guy, background info and pics. I’ve probably had the most success with this app and it’s the most user friendly.

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Hair/Skin


DO YOU HAVE EXTENSIONS?

I just took them out last week and already want them back in! You can read all about what type, cost, the process, styling and maintenance here.

WHAT CURLER DO YOU USE?

I go back and forth between my T3 appliances and my Hot Tools wand depending on the length of my hair and what type of curl I am going for. For everyday curls, I love the Hot Tools wand. For tighter curls, I use the T3 1 inch wand. For loose waves, I use the T3 1.5 inch wand.

WHO DOES YOUR HAIR?

 I go to Sharon at Trademark Salon for my cut, color and now extensions. I cannot recommend her enough! I have always been more than pleased with my services. In fact, she is the first hair stylist that I have gone to more than once which is saying A LOT because I had never been happy with my hair until finding Sharon. And I tried five Houston salons before finding Trademark! For those that aren’t in the Spring area, she is well worth the drive!

Trademark Salon Location:

10300 Louetta Rd #106, Houston, TX 77070

WHAT SKINCARE PRODUCTS CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT?

I’ve been using Sunday Riley’s UFO oil at night for the past year and it has dramatically changed my acne prone skin! It’s pricey but works wonders. Also, I’ve used the same eye shadow pallet since high school and constantly get questions about it. I use the Too Faced Natural Eye Pallet. It’s such a great everyday eyeshadow look.

Blogging FAQ

Bloggging


WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE BLOGGING FULL TIME?

I was a supply analyst for a retail power company for 3 years. I didn’t hate the work but I did not enjoy the company culture and knew it’s not what I wanted to be doing forever.

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED BLOGGING?

Like most people it started as a hobby and a creative outlet. I moved home after college and started work. I absolutely hated it at first. Nobody talked to me, I had no friends that moved back to Houston and to top it off I felt like a loser at the time for living at home. I was pretty depressed for awhile. I desperately needed something that I could pour my time into that I enjoyed doing. Insert blogging. I followed a few bloggers and always thought their work was so appealing. My entire life I was the one doing people’s hair and make up at sleepovers. I was also always the one being asked, “Where did you get that cute outfit?!” so it seemed natural to fall into blogging. My sister’s boyfriend at the time offered to set up my website (something I’m still SO grateful for), and the rest was history!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN BLOGGING?

November will make 3 years! I started November 2015. My first blog post, as terrible as it is, is here. Goes to show everyone has to start somewhere. Apparently that somewhere for me was starting every blog post with “Hello Lovelies!”. EW.

WHERE DID YOUR BLOG NAME COME FROM?

I’m honestly surprised I don’t get this question more often. I think most people think it’s just a random, cute name but there was actually SO much thought that went into it. I thought about the name for over 6 months and had over 100 possible contenders. Crazy!! But the real meaning behind the blog name is explained here.

HOW LONG DID IT TAKE BEFORE YOU SAW A RETURN?

I joined RewardStyle (an affiliate network) when I had just 1k followers. I didn’t really start making money off of that until months later and even then it was minuscule. I think once I hit 10k is when I started charging for sponsored posts. Even at that point it was very little. At the beginning you definitely have to be prepared to sink a large sum into your blog knowing you might never see a return. I’d say that I didn’t break even until probably a year into blogging. Once I hit 50k on Instagram is really when I saw my sponsorships increase.

HOW MUCH DO BLOGGERS MAKE?

There are so many different factors! The great thing about blogging/working for yourself is that if you put 10% in, you are only going to get 10% out. If you put 110% in, the return is far greater. Since I’ve been blogging full time, my blogging income has quadrupled. When I took the plunge, I was making a quarter of what I make now. I am just shy of making what I made at my full time job. Bloggers make money several different ways. 1) through affiliate links meaning we get a small commission every time a follower purchases something through one of our links. 2) Through advertisements on the blog. I personally do not do any of these. 3) Through sponsorships. A company will pay for a dedicated blog or social post.

Every blogger charges a different amount. There is no “standard” in the blogging industry which is honestly quite frustrating because a lot of bloggers will work for free which ends up screwing the rest of us if companies know that they can get away with not paying. While this is not a written rule, most bloggers charge companies $100 per every 10k Instagram followers. So for instance if I follow this rule, I would charge $100 * 6.74 (67.4k Instagram followers)=  $675 per Instagram post. A blog post is more expensive! I know that doesn’t give you a straightforward answer but I know some bloggers that make way over 6 figures and some that barely make anything.

HOW DO BLOGGERS TRAVEL SO MUCH?

Once you have a decent following, it is very easy to work on a trade basis when it comes to traveling. When I travel, I will reach out to hotels, restaurants and brands that I want to work with and ask if they will let give me a room, meal or clothing for free in exchange for a feature on my social channels. This doesn’t always work but a lot of times it does considering they would normally have to pay for this type of exposure! Bigger bloggers can get paid to travel. Also, sometimes I will line up several paid brand sponsorships during a trip so that it pays for my flight and then some! Usually if you tell a brand that wants to work with you that you can shoot for them in say Hawaii, they are more on board to pay you than your average backyard pool pic:)

WHAT IS THE HARDEST PART ABOUT BLOGGING?

O goodness. Probably the inconsistency. Some months I make 4X what I make in another month. There is no set paycheck. Like I said it’s dependent on how much you put into it as well as luck. Some months you receive more collaboration opportunities than others. Season is also a big factor. A lot of companies have bigger budgets during the holidays to push holiday promotions. After the new year is usually a “slump period” because everyone is recovering from spending so much during the holidays!

HOW DO YOU MAKE FRIENDS IN THE BLOGGING INDUSTRY?

I wrote a blog post only 4 months into my blogging journey about how to meet other bloggers and it is still 100% accurate! I guess I really did know a thing or two back then 🙂 You can find that post here.

HOW DO YOU AFFORD ALL OF THE CLOTHES FOR YOUR BLOG?

You have to keep in mind that I do this for a living! My job is literally to show you the newest trends. It’s not to buy a bunch of clothes and wear them 500 times (like a normal person lol). I wear most things one time which is to show you how to style an outfit! If I showed you the same outfit more than once it really isn’t doing anyone a service. Instead, I try to show you new ways to style different pieces as well as how to bring in new styles each season. I am gifted quite a bit of clothing and what I do buy comes out of a monthly budget that I allow for my business.

Also, keep in mind I do not keep everything that I show you ladies. A lot of times I buy clothes to do at home try on sessions and then return what I do not forsee wearing for more than one Instagram photo. I know it’s hard to compare your closet with bloggers’ closets but you can’t do that! Our clothes are our money makers. If we don’t have new, “linkable” clothes, we don’t make money. But it takes money to make money!

HOW HAVE YOU GROWN A FOLLOWING ESPECIALLY LATELY WITH THE ALGORITHM CHANGES?

It has taken me 3 years and SO many hours to grow my Instagram to what it is. I am on Instagram almost 24/7 and that’s not an exaggeration. I have been affected by the algorithm just like everyone else and it sucks but I’ve chosen not to harp on it. Instead, I’m focusing my energy on creating the best content that I can which is all we really can. While it is a lot harder than it used to be to grow, I did an entire post here on how I have successfully grown my Instagram following.

Keep in mind that nobody is an overnight success and that there is no magic formula. I am very proud to say that I have never bought followers or likes which has unfortunately become the normal in our industry. If you are just starting out, my biggest piece of advice to grow your audience is to be genuine and true to yourself from the beginning! People want to follow and connect with someone that they have a connection with. You can’t have a connection with someone who is trying to be someone completely different.

If you have any more questions or have a topic you want me to cover in the next Chic Chat please leave a comment and let me know!

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Watermelon Frosé Margaritas

Watermelon Frosé Margarita Recipe

Watermelon Frosé Margarita Recipe

Watermelon Frosé Margarita Recipe

Watermelon Frosé Margarita Recipe

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Watermelon Frosé Margarita Recipe

Photos by: BanAvenue

These Watermelon Frosé Margaritas have been a Summer drink favorite around the Adams’ house for pretty much every occasion under the sun- pool day, Taco Tuesday or boozy brunches. Frosé (frozen rosé) is all of the rage this season and any Texan will tell you that their favorite drink is most likely a margarita. Well we combined the best of both worlds, threw some watermelon in there too, and made arguably the best drink of the Summer.

While many of the happy hour frosés that I have tried in the past were far too sweet for my liking, I did love the cold blend of rosé and fruit and wanted to try my own hand at the nifty concoction! I discovered that adding watermelon brought in a natural sweetness to the blend while the limes make it just a tad bit tart, truly a blend of best worlds.

The hard part of this recipe was finding a rosé that complimented the tequila and wasn’t too sweet and overpowering. I searched for a rosé that was fruitful, aromatic, moderately sweet and most importantly wouldn’t cost me a pretty penny to buy in bulk. Llano Estacado Signature Rosé checked all of those boxes and complimented the exact level of natural sweetness and fruitful rosé flavoring that I was going for. The best part? It is under $10!

Another reason I loved the idea of including Llano Estacado’s Signature Rosé is that it is a local Texas winery. In fact, it is the largest premium winery in Texas and is based in Lubbock, Texas. I’ve tried several of their other 50 award-winning wines and can say that they are the only Texas wine that I have liked and continue to grab when I am at the store. If you are interested in learning more about Llano Estacado wines as well as where to purchase or ship their wine, you can check out http://www.llanowine.com. Use code CHICTOME20 for 20% off your online order!

  • 1 bottle 750ml Llano rosé wine
  • 2 cups chopped, seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 cups ice

  • For best results: pour rosé into a shallow dish or ice cube tray. Freeze for 6 hours. It won’t be completely frozen because it contains alcohol but should be mostly frozen.
  • Combine frozen rosé, chopped watermelon, tequila, lime juice and ice into a blender. Process until blended. Pour into glasses and garnish as you please.
  • For added booziness: pour a shot of of rosé to act as a “floater” on the top of the frozen cocktail and enjoy!

* Thank you Llano Estacado Winery for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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12 Days of NSALE Giveaways

12 Days of NSale Giveaways

I’ve been planning and plotting a BIG surprise for you ladies! As many of you know and love, I do 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways every year in December leading up to Christmas. The prizes have gotten bigger and better every single year! You can check out 2017’s awesome prizes here. I’ve been told by quite a few of you that these giveaways truly are the most wonderful time of the year and it’s always so much fun for me to be able to give back to you ladies for your continuous support and encouragement. Well drumroll please… I’d like to introduce 12 Days of NSALE Giveaways! Since the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is literally like Christmas in July, Santa Shelbi is back in action!

12 Days of Nsale Giveaways

The giveaways start TODAY and will run through next Friday, the 20th! A new giveaway is announced every single day between July 9th and 20th on Instagram stories and the blog here. Each giveaway will only run for 24 hours so a new winner is announced every day!

Half of the prizes will be Nordstrom gift cards: $25, $50, $100 and up plus there will be multiple winners some of the days! These giveaways are meant to help you shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale because it is truly Christmas in July y’all! The other half of the giveaways will be fun surprises and boy do we have some BIG ones. The average dollar value for majority of these prizes are $200+.

12 Days of Nsale Giveaways

Unlike 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, the NSALE giveaways will be strictly announced on Instagram stories and not on my Instagram feed. Why? Because I want to specifically give back to my followers that interact with and support me on a daily basis! You are the real MVPs! That being said, you will want to make sure that you are checking my Instagram each day to find out what I am giving away and how to enter.

To enter, every day will be a little different but will always be thoroughly explained in my stories. For 6 of the days I am strictly giving away something on my own. For these days, all you have to do is post the story template that I give you ladies to your Instagram stories and tag me. You can find the story template of the day on my Instagram stories and on the blog here.

For the remaining 6 days, I will be partnering with some of my favorite blogger babes! All you will have to do on these days is follow myself and the blogger(s) that I pair up with. Disclaimer: each giveaway will NEVER be more than 3 girls- super easy and hopefully you will find some other accounts that you enjoy following! Plus, chances are you already follow most of them because I’ve shared all of them before with you ladies. I have only partnered up with bloggers that I genuinely call friends and enjoy following.

I’m giving you ladies so many way to gain extra entries! Each time you do one of these, it’s an additional entry!!

1. Follow me and anyone I partner up with in the Liketoknow.it app. See below for instructions.

2. Share any image to your Instagram or Instagram Stories of what you are buying from the Nordstrom sale and tag me! Can be an image of me, you or a screenshot of your order.

3. Like/Comment on my Instagram pictures

12 Days of Nsale Giveaways

Each giveaway will only run for 24 hours and will be announced on my blog here. Just click “giveaways”. I suggest bookmarking this tab so that you have quick access to all things Nordstrom Sale, including the giveaways and winners!

Now it’s time for Santa Shelbi to get back to the workshop so without further adieu…

HO HO HO & MERRY [HALF] CHRISTMAS!

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Bikini Body Ready with Ebay

Ebay Lululemon workout outfit

Would you believe me if I told you I scored this entire outfit (sunglasses and shoes included) for 30-60% off?! eBay does it again! I almost never pay full price for anything, especially name brand items, anymore before hitting up ebay.com and searching for it first. All of my designer items have come from eBay and my most recent discovery on my road to “bikini body ready” has been their athletic wear selection starting at just $14.99! *insert praise hands here*


Ebay Lululemon workout outfit

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Photos by: Banavenue

Up until a few weeks ago the only workout that my body was accustomed to was raising a glass of wine but with Miami swim week approaching I decided to kick the workouts into high gear. And by high gear I mean a few easy, at home workouts that can make you lose five pounds and gain a six pack in less than a month. Totally possible right?! The Internet says yes so that means it has to be true…

I’m a firm believer in fake it till you make it. While I feel like a total “newbie” working out, looking the part is half of the battle. Speaking from experience, your old college t-shirts and ratty shorts don’t make you feel all that pumped up to work out. Plus all of the cool gym kids these days are wearing Lululemon which apparently makes you feel 10X cooler and more excited to work out. The problem here is that I have never been able to justify Lululemon or other expensive activewear brands because before a month ago the most action my athletic clothes saw was a leisurely trip to Chick-fil-a and Target.

After my first at home workout, I decided to “treat” myself to a legitimate athletic outfit. I say treat lightly because you know I can’t buy anything full price when I can get it for less somewhere else! Since the Abercrombie and Hollister days, eBay has been my best kept secret for scoring great deals. For high dollar, out of stock, or designer items, eBay has saved the day and my wallet on countless occasions. Now that I have discovered their amazing stock of athletic wear, I’d be surprised if I ever pay full price for brands like LululemonAthleta, Lorna Jane or Nike ever again!

Most people I’ve shared my hidden secret with have had no idea that the majority of items on eBay are actually new with tags (NWT in eBay terms) and most have free shipping too. With over 1 billion listings, eBay can get overwhelming pretty fast if you don’t know what you are looking for or how to narrow down what you are looking for.

HOW I SHOP EBAY:

  • If the item is still online at the retailer site, copy the exact product name on the retailer’s site then head to eBay.com and paste it into the search bar. I almost always add NWT onto the beginning of the search so that it only pulls back listings that are brand new.
  • If the item is out of stock online, but I know exactly the name of the item that I am looking for, I will describe the item down to the size and color that I want. For ex: Aquamarine Cool racerback Lululemon tank size 4
  • If the item is out of stock online, but I don’t know the exact name of the item, I will describe the item as best as I can and still include size and color. For ex: blue racerback Lululemon size 4.

A FEW OTHER HELPFUL TIPS:

  • While bidding on high dollar items can pay off, I tend to stick to the “buy it now” option. It’s faster and easier to use while still scoring a great deal. I normally use the “make an offer” feature for designer purses, shoes and sunglasses but stick to the “buy it now” option for clothing.
  • I will only buy from sellers that accept returns. While I have personally never had a bad experience purchasing from eBay, I feel more comfortable knowing that I can return the item if it gets delivered damaged or not as pictured. This will be stated on the listing.
  • Make sure you check shipping prices! If a listing looks too good to be true, check the shipping cost before doing a happy dance. Some sellers will try to stick it to you with the shipping prices. I personally look for sellers that offer free shipping. This will be stated on the listing.

Bikini body workout routine

Now that you look the part, let’s work on that bikini body. For days that you can’t (or don’t want to) make it to the gym, these easy workouts get the job done for a full body workout with a major focus on your core.

ABS

3 easy, at home ab workouts

3 easy, at home ab workouts

I do a series of abs but always include crunches, pike ups, and leg raises. For crunches I will always throw in some alternating sides to work my entire core and obliques. I stick to reps of 20 each: 20 up, 20 right, 20 left, 20 alternating sides. For pike ups, I will do 20 with my legs in a pike position and reaching towards my butt and then 20 reaching for my toes but every time you bring your hands down you also bring your legs down too making sure to never touch the ground (this is the hard part). For leg raises, I sit on my hands and raise my feet about a foot off the ground and hold it for 20 seconds. I do 3 reps of each of these exercises.

ARMS

3 easy, at home ab workouts

3 easy, at home ab workouts

3 easy, at home ab workouts

3 easy, at home ab workouts

Find a ledge or chair to do these exercises. I first do 3 reps of 20 arm dips with my legs extended. The key with all of these exercises is to flex your core. This will work out your abs as well. Next, I face down like I am doing a push up on the ledge. I do 3 reps of normal push ups and then staying in the push up position I will alternate bringing my knee up to my chest. This will work your abs and arms. Again do 3 reps of 20.

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I Got Hair Extensions!

Capelli Keratin Bond Hair Extensions

Capelli Keratin Bond Hair Extensions

Capelli Keratin Bond Hair Extensions

I got hair extensions and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I feel like a reincarnated Kardashian. I’d also be lying if I didn’t say I’ve received more compliments on my hair than I ever have!

I’ve toyed with the idea of getting hair extensions for some time now especially after I accidentally got them in September of last year. Yep, you read that right. After one too many glasses of champagne at New York Fashion Week, I told my hair stylist for the day that I had always wanted to see what hair extensions would look like on me so she put some in my hair! I instantly loved them. Then our convo went a little south.

Me: “I love them. Ok we can take them out now.”

Her: They are permanent! Well kind of.

Me: …….come again?

Her: Yea, you have to go to a salon every 6 weeks or so and have them adjusted!

Me: *downs Champagne*

What kind of hair extensions did you get?

I got Capelli Keratin Bond 20″ extensions. We used 4 different colored bundles for my hair. One lighter, one darker and two close to my natural hair color. Your hair stylist should be able to color match you!

How are they attached to your hair?

Keratin bond extensions are individually fused to your hair in very small sections with a heating tool. The bonds are carefully and strategically applied throughout the hair to camouflage the bonds. This means you should be able to put your hair up and not be able to seem them at all which was NOT the case when I had tape in extensions.

Where did you get them done?

I go to Sharon at Trademark Salon for my cut, color and now extensions. I cannot recommend her enough! I have always been more than pleased with my services. In fact, she is the first hair stylist that I have gone to more than once which is saying A LOT because I had never been happy with my hair until finding Sharon. And I tried five Houston salons before finding Trademark! For those that aren’t in the Spring area, she is well worth the drive! If you are not local to Houston and are interested in Capelli Hair Extensions, you can find a salon near you by using Capelli’s store locater.

Trademark Salon Location:

10300 Louetta Rd #106, Houston, TX 77070

How much do they cost?

Definitely the number one asked question and the short answer is that they are an investment. That being said, the cost really is dependent on the person and look you are wanting to achieve. Cost is determined by several factors the main two being desired length and volume. If you just want volume, this is much cheaper! But once you start adding length, this is where it gets more and more expensive because you have to add considerably more hair so that the hair does not look stringy. Since I wanted to add volume and 6 inches to my hair, my service fell under the most expensive package: $1,200. While the salon does not offer discounts, they do give referral discounts on future hair services!

Do they damage your hair?

The verdict is still out on this one as I have not tried taking them out yet and that is supposedly when they can damage your hair. I have heard horror stories from some of you that when they were removed that you lost a lot of hair. My hair stylist assured me that as long as you have a well trained stylest and good quality extensions, you should not have an issue with hair loss or damage. I will keep you all posted on this one!

Longevity.

While these extensions are certainly pricey, I did my research before committing to them and the number one reason why they beat out other types is because these last 3-5 months depending on how fast your hair grows out. Since my hair does not grow very fast this type of extension seemed best for me to achieve the voluminous long locks I wanted! After the bonds are broken (meaning after they are taken out), the hair is not reusable. So you are looking to pay full price for the next go around.

Comfort.

I was surprised how comfortable these have been from the start! I heard from others that they would feel “heavy”, that they would make my head hurt or that they would take some getting used to. From the time that they were put in my hair, I have never even noticed them! The only thing that took some getting used to was the first night of sleep but after that I was good! You will definitely be able to feel the bonds if you try to run your fingers through your roots of your hair so you do have to be careful there.

Maintenance/Upkeep.

You can wash, dry, brush and style your hair pretty much the exact same way as without extensions. Washing does take a little more precision to get the roots clean but nothing out of the ordinary. I was also instructed to get this bristle brush so that it would not pull my hair or bonds out. Since the bonds can easily get matted, you should brush your hair several times a day. I always brush my hair first thing when I wake up and last thing before I go to bed but also try to brush throughout the day as well! At night, it is best to sleep in a braid so that you don’t tangle or mat the bonds.

Styling.

Unlike the tape in extensions, you should be able to style your hair any way you want for the most part and not have them show: ponytails, braids, up dos, half up-half down, etc. I will say that one thing that has taken some getting used to is that the extension hair is a different texture than my own therefore it holds curls differently. Just something to note. Also, because of how many I have in my hair, I have seen a major increase in the time it takes to blow dry my hair. It used to take me about 5-7 minutes, it now takes closer to 20. Curling my hair takes maybe a couple minutes longer but honestly is about the same.

Products.

I use all of my same products to wash and style my hair as I did before having extensions. The only addition is my brush and it is definitely a must for these types of extensions. Click through below to see the products that I use to style my hair. When it comes to shampoo and conditioners, I honestly trade off between several brands and have not found one that I can commit to a long term relationship with!

I am in LOVE with my new hair. I honestly don’t think I could ever go back. That being said, only time and my current bank account status will tell if it becomes a long term commitment. For those that are maybe thinking about getting hair extensions, this would be my advice for you. If you are just wanting extensions for a one time event (for ex: wedding, prom, etc), a more affordable and less permanent option like clip ins would probably be best for you. If you aren’t ready to make the monetary commitment to fusion bond hair extensions, then tape in extensions might be a good route for you. And lastly, if you are wanting a more permanent solution than clip in or tape in extensions, I cannot say enough good things about my fusion hair extensions. While they are pricey, I 100% think they are worth it. For the amount of overall length and volume I wanted, my two choices were fusion bond extensions or NBRs (natural beaded rows). While I love how NBRs look, the upkeep and price were far too committal for me. Fusion bonds were what worked best for everything that I was wanting and I am SO happy with the outcome!

If there are any other questions that you would like answered about my hair extensions, please leave them below in the comments and I will answer them there!

*This post is done in partnership with Capelli Hair Extensions and Trademark Salon. All opinions are my own.*

The Truth about Hair Extensions
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