Outfits

April Top Ten

We are back for another monthly round up of the most purchased items from the previous month. I always love these posts because I enjoy seeing which items you ladies loved the most and which ones took a back seat. I always want to make sure that I bring you the best content and sales so looking over this data for trending items, categories and retailers helps me plan similar content for the next month and hopefully you like seeing behind the scenes a little bit too!

The past couple of months I have started sharing more of my Walmart and Amazon finds and I’d say by the number of top sellers from these two retailers that I have a good idea of what you ladies are liking! That certainly doesn’t mean that I will stop sharing my favorite items from places like Nordstrom, Abercrombie, Revolve and Old Navy!

To shop any of the below items, simply click on the picture and it will take you to the retailers site to purchase! Also, if you enjoy these types of post and are curious about how I obtain this data and track sales on the back end, scroll down to the bottom of this post for more information on that!

Top Ten Purchased Items


10. Walmart PJs

Walmart Pjs

The coziest $15 pjs you will ever buy and they come in several color combos. If in between sizes, size down.

9. LV Pouchette Dupe

Rodeo Style

These LV dupes continue to be top sellers every month. I do not personally own any of them so I cannot say what the quality is like or which seller is best. I do receive quite a few messages with very satisfied followers, I will say that! But I do suggest conducting your own research before purchasing. If you like this Amazon designer dupe, check out this post here with a lot more!

8. Abercrombie Cami

White Cami

This cami will be a staple in my Spring/Summer wardrobe. Pairs well with denim, statement skirts and pants! Both the cami and shorts are true to size.

7. Abercrombie Wrap Dress

Abercrombie Wrap Dress

The little wrap dress that is perfect for most occasions. Can be dressed up or down and is nursing friendly! Runs true to size.

6. Amazon Scalloped Swimsuit

High waisted swimsuits

This Amazon swimsuit has been a top seller for months and for good reason. It is incredible quality and looks great on every body type. If in between sizes, size up! I am typically an XS and the small fits me perfectly. It also comes in lots of color options now!

5. Revolve Cocktail Dress

Cocktail Dress

If you are in need of a cocktail dress that is bright and fun, look no further. It is on sale for $82. It does not have much stretch so I suggest sizing up if curvier. Also comes in a pretty coral color and wait till you see the back! I’m also linking my instant self tanner here.

4. Fiesta Two Piece Set

Two Piece Set

I wore this stunner of a two piece set for the RewardStyle Conference. It is $76 but I found it on Amazon for just $45. I do not personally own the Amazon one so I’d read the reviews before purchasing. The waist is not elastic so if in between sizes, size up!

3. Amazon Pearl Hair ClipsAmazon Pearl Hair Clips

One of this month’s Tuesday Trend posts was dedicated completely to hair accessories. These Amazon pearl clips come in a pack of 9 for just $10.

2. Amazon Silk Pillowcase

Silk Pillowcase Review

The Slip Silk Pillowcase and the Amazon dupe keep placing in the monthly top sellers. This month the dupe won out. If you are debating which one to get or what the benefits are, read my full review here.

1. Walmart Maxi Dress

Walmart Dress

This $16 maxi dress won by a landslide! It is insanely soft, has pockets, adjustable straps and comes in 10 colors! It runs true to size.


And as a reminder on how I obtain the monthly top ten data…

I use an affiliate program called rewardStyle. This means that if you click on any link- whether it be from my Instagram, Liketoknow.it app or blog- that takes you to a product page on a retailer’s site and rewardStyle is able to track that it originated from me. Some affiliate programs will pay the influencer for every click that they generate from their site. RewardStyle pays per purchase made. This means that if you click on one of my links and then end up purchasing that item, I will get a small commission (usually between 7-12%).  Many bloggers use this same program as part of their revenue source.

Because I use this service I do have access to data analytics. This means I can track what items are clicked on and purchased. I cannot see who clicked on them or what other items might have been purchased. For example, if you click on my Gucci Belt link and then purchase a swimsuit and a top in the same transaction, I will only be able to see that a purchase was made and that the belt link is how you got to the retailer’s site.

These analytics are incredibly important to me because it allows me to see what all of you are liking. At the end of the day, this little blog business of mine is meant to be a resource for all of you so having the ability to track and measure each product’s success is invaluable. Coming from a Finance background, I tend to geek out over the analytics side of it as I find it incredibly intriguing what all of you are liking, buying and clicking on the most! It gets my gears turning because I genuinely want to bring you products that you are going to love and want to buy (at the right price point of course)!

Like I mentioned, this little blog is a full time business for me which means I am so appreciative when you choose to click and shop through my links – whether that be on Instagram or the blog. I have poured everything I have into being a resource for all of you so that hopefully it makes your life a little bit easier. I know that shopping through my links is an extra step for you, but please know it makes all the difference to me. It is how I am able to continue sharing great deals, try on sessions, and everything else. O and it allows me to pay my bills 🙂

All of that is to say, shopping through my links does not cost you anything additional (the item is the same price), the retailer will just pay me a small cut since I am the one that referred you. Please know I am so thankful when you choose to shop through my links and give me credit for helping you score a great find!

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Mother’s Day Gift Idea + Garmin Smart Watch Review

Mother's Day Garmin Smart Watch Review

Mother's Day Garmin Smart Watch ReviewMother's Day Garmin Smart Watch Review

Mother's Day Garmin Smart Watch Review

Mother's Day Garmin Smart Watch Review

Mother's Day Garmin Smart Watch Review

Last month at the RewardStyle Conference, I had the opportunity to meet with the Garmin team and learn all about their smart watch, the vívomove® HR. I instantly fell in love with it’s chic look and had to have my own. Since getting mine, Mama Adams has oohed and ahhed over it every time that I went home so when the time came, I knew exactly what to get her for Mother’s Day. I let her open her gift a little early this year so that she could be in these pictures with me and I’d say her face says it all of how excited she was to receive her own.

While Mama Adams has had a smart watch before this one, I have personally held off getting a smart watch up until now because frankly they just weren’t cute enough. With being in front of the camera 24/7 I didn’t want to invest in something that wouldn’t look good with every outfit. The whole point of a smart watch is to wear it all day, everyday to track your life so finding a watch that would look with everything from pjs to business casual was a must have. The biggest selling factor for me with the Garmin vívomove® HR is that it at first glance it looks just like a normal, fashionable watch but when instructed to “come to life”, the smart watch display transforms to give you all of the smart capabilities that it houses.

Garmin vívomove® HR can honestly do it all. Some of it’s features include tracking your steps, calories, distance, heart rate, and stress. Since it is able to connect to your smart phone, it can also alert you of incoming calls, text messages, calendar reminder and even social media notifications. Mama Adams is a pilates and golf lover so she is excited for all of the capabilities revolving around her active lifestyle whereas I was sold on the fact I could still be “connected” without constantly having my phone in my hand. There are so many times I will get a text message while working and then somehow I fall down a black hole of opening Instagram, scrolling my feed, watching stories, and then an hour later I realize I’ve just wasted an hour of my life all because I opened my phone to check a text message!

I could go on and on about all of it’s amazing features but I’ll just leave you with one more. The battery life on these watches is crazy good. They can last up to 5 days! This is almost unheard of with other smart watches and was another reason why Mama Adams made the switch. In fact it’s one of the main reasons that we are already looking into one for my Grandmother as well. Although it is a smart watch, it has been extremely easy to navigate and figure out which is why it would be an excellent gift for all ages.

With Mother’s Day in less than a week, I’m excited to share that Garmin is currently running a $50 off promotion so some of the vívomove® HR smart watches are as low as $150. Mama Adams opted for the Sea Foam with Silver Hardware watch (currently $150) while I have the Rose Gold Stainless Steel Case with Gray Suede Band (currently $299). The hardware and band are fully customizable depending your your lifestyle and preference. They ship in just 1-3 business days so you still have time to pick one up for mom, grandma or any other special lady in your life!

*This post is sponsored by Garmin. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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Natural Beaded Row Hair Extensions Q + A

Natural Beaded Row Extensions HoustonNatural Beaded Row Extensions Houston

WHAT KIND OF EXTENSIONS DID YOU GET?

I got Natural Beaded Row (NBRs) extensions originally founded and created by Danielle of DKW Styling. You can learn more about this kind of extension method here.

WHAT LENGTH ARE THEY?

I got the 18 inch hair but you are able to get 18 or 22 inch. Once they are installed, your stylist will custom color and cut the hair to any length that you desire so that your new hair and real hair blend naturally.

HOW ARE THEY ATTACHED TO YOUR HEAD?

I got two rows of hand tied hair. Each row has multiple pieces of hair attached to it so even if you get one row you would be adding a significant amount of hair. They are attached with a bead and string to create a track along your scalp and then the row of hair is sewn to that track. Since I have two rows in my hair, I have two tracks.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET THEM?

The initial install can take up to 6 hours. This is because they will need to color your hair, custom color the extensions, install the extensions, blend the two and style your new do!

HOW MUCH DOES THE HAIR COST?

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 length to my hair, my service fell under the most expensive package which is upwards of $2k.

HOW MUCH IS THE MAINTENANCE? 

You have to go into the salon every 6-8 weeks to have the wefts moved up. This process is much less lengthy than the initial install. It can cost anywhere from $500-$800 each time you have them moved up which covers tightening, color, and style.

CAN YOU BRUSH YOUR HAIR?

Yes! You do have to be a little careful at the root of your hair where the extensions are attached but other than that you can brush your hair like normal! I use a wet brush.

DO THEY DAMAGE YOUR HAIR?

NBR extensions are supposed to be the “best” type of extension to minimize hair loss. While you will always have some natural breakage and fall out with extensions, NBRs are the best type because they have the least amount of contact points on your head. The more contact points, the more damaging.  Since these are only attached with minimal beads, they are proven to be less damaging than other types of extensions that have considerably more contact points such as beaded, fusion or even tape in extensions. As I have them for longer, I will keep you all posted on this one!

CAN YOU SWIM WITH THEM?

Yes! You can swim, workout and all that jazz just like you normally would. The only thing to be weary of is getting sunscreen on the extension hair as it can distort the color.

WHERE DID YOU GET THEM DONE?

I go to Amanda at Amanda K Styling for my extensions and color and cannot recommend her enough! Not only does she do amazing work, her salon is beautiful and all of the girls that work there are so much fun! You’ll want to return before the 6-8 mark just to hang out for the day:) If you are interested in getting your hair done at Amanda K Styling, your phone consultation is FREE, but they do require a non-refundable booking deposit of $500 to book an appointment. Your deposit goes towards the price of your first visit.

Amanda K. Styling Salon
23907 Gosling Dr.
Spring, Tx 77389
(281) 216-3095

LONGEVITY.

The hair lasts 4-6 months but depending on how well you take care of it could last longer. You are looking to make the initial investment of $1.5k-$2k twice a year.

COMFORT.

This was one thing I wasn’t prepared for. With previous types of hair extensions I had no problems with them hurting or itching. That was not the case with these. Since I got two rows, my head definitely felt heavier than normal. I had a headache for the first couple of days. Sleeping the first night was a struggle. And they itched like crazy for weeks. All of these things are considered to be normal as your scalp/head is getting used to the new weight and hair.

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. The best part of these extensions has been how much longer I can go without washing my hair! I can go around a week before really needing to wash my hair. even before the NBRs, I swore by my silk pillowcase and dry shampoo to prolong my hair washes. I went from having to wash my hair every 4 days to going upwards of 9 days with these extensions.

It does take a long time to dry and style the extensions. You are looking at anywhere between 2-4 hours total depending on the volume/length of your hair. I tend to let my hair air dry for an hour or so before blow drying the rest. This will significantly speed up the amount of time under the heat of the dryer. I usually pick one day a week where I know I don’t need to be anywhere (ex: Sunday afternoon) and wash/style for the week.

STYLING.

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. The only issue you will run into is that you can’t do pigtails or any type of hair do that would require you to part your hair down the middle. Since the rows of hair lay flat across your head they will slightly show if you part your hair down the middle of your head.

Something amazing to note is that the extension hair holds a curl SO wellI. I usually can get away with curling my hair once for the entire week with very minimal touch ups throughout the week. So while it does take quite a bit more time to wash and style your hair it does last so much longer than normal! Another thing to note is that it makes basically every hair style look SO much better. Braids are bigger and better, ponytails are fuller and overall your locks are much more voluminous. If you want to play around with hair accessories I have some of my favorites linked here.

PRODUCTS.

I use all of my same products to wash and style my hair as I did before having extensions. Click through below to see the products that I use to style my hair. I have found that the extension hair is a little more textured than my natural hair so I have added in a heat protectant and deep conditioner.

I am in LOVE with my new hair. If you have always wanted long, luscious locks, this is your best bet. 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 NBR hair extensions, then tape in extensions might be a good route for you. And lastly, if you are wanting a more permanent option, I cannot say enough good things about my NBR hair extensions. While they are pricey, I 100% think they are worth it. For the amount of overall length and volume I wanted, NBRs were what worked best for me 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!

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Tuesday Trends: Hair Accessories

Hair Accessories

One of my personal favorite trends as of recently has been hair accessories. Hair scarves started making their way into the scene last year and now you can add hair clips to that trend list too. Pearl clips, name clips, round clips, square clips, they are all trending! See below for a round up of some of my favorite hair accessories.

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20 Jumpsuits Under $20

Jumpsuits under $20

Jumpsuits under $20

Jumpsuits under $20

Jumpsuits under $20

Jumpsuits under $20

Jumpsuits under $20

Jumpsuit: Walmart // Sandals: Walmart // Bag: Walmart // Hat: Similar

I’ve been on a jumpsuit kick lately and by lately I mean pretty much since they became a thing. My love for jumpsuits run deep. The whole getting naked thing when you pee really doesn’t bother me. BUT if it does, I have the “jumpsuit” for you! This jumpsuit is actually a matching two piece set that looks like it is connected but really isn’t. And if you weren’t already sold, it has an elastic waist, stretchy top AND it’s just $12 TOTAL.

You ladies have been loving my Walmart finds which has made me hit up Walmart that much more. After finding this steal of a jumpsuit, I went on the hunt for more! I found 20 jumpsuits under $20 that I think all of you will love and linked them below. Some are even dressy enough for a cocktail party or wedding guest attire! PRO TIP: I usually search in the juniors section on walmart.com because the selection is usually cuter (in my opinion) and cheaper! Sizing wise: most of the styles come in sizes S-XL and I’d say they run pretty true to size.

Want to complete your look? Walmart also has a great selection of accessories that won’t break the bank. My leather sandals are under $30, come in 3 colors and are so comfortable! My straw bag is a designer dupe and is just $20. I’ve gone ahead and linked some of my favorite accessories below!

And if you are impressed with these Walmart finds, check out two of my other recent Walmart blog posts:

BEST IN CLASS TEACHER OUTFITS FROM WALMART

SAVE VS SPLURGE: WALMART EDITION

Photos by: BanAvenue

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

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