Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Stars & Stripes




Striped Navy Top: Zara. Patchwork Raw Hem Denim: Marshalls. Navy New Balances: Off Broadway Shoes similar found here. White Crossbody: Rebecca Minkoff via Nordstrom Rack.


All Photos: Kimberly Greene

I'll forever and always be a fan of minimalistic stripes. They are just so simple but make any simple outfit pop. I was clearly inspired by the upcoming holiday weekend in my choice of styling this outfit with navy hues, and a nice red lip. Can we talk about these statement earrings?! They are one of my favorite pieces of jewelry from the new Baublebar Sugarfix line at Target. This new line has a statement piece for everyone. From tassels, to chokers to intricately beaded designs- you will not be disappointed. The price point is another one of the reasons I'm a huge fan of this collaboration and collection at Target. You can get cute, trendy pieces without spending a ridiculous amount of money. 

I'm not normally one to be found in sneakers, but the whole athleisure trend is changing the game and changing my mind about being comfortable yet fashionable at the same time. I scored these New Balance's last Fall from Off Broadway shoes, but I love how versatile the color is-easily transitioning to my Spring and Summer wardrobe. I used to own a pair of these exact same New Balances in grey in Middle School so every time I wear them, it brings back feelings of nostalgia. 

This outfit is perfect for chill MDW plans like a cookout, a day at the theme park, or just hanging out with friends. I'm super excited to have some time off from work to rest, relax and spend time with friends and family. What do you guys have planned for the weekend?

xoxo,
Shauntel

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Gingham + Overalls






This week was a whirlwind- in a good way! If you follow me on Instagram, or keep up with me in Instastories then you know that I was featured on Julianne Hough's website talking about 3 of my favorite places here in Charlotte, NC. My sister and I also had the opportunity to attend her Move Live Tour, and even got to meet/hang out with her after the show. I'm still in shock and disbelief about it all! 
Blogging has afforded me so many amazing opportunities and open doors, and I'm so thankful and appreciative of all of the awesome ways that the Lord continues to open doors for my passion. I owe Him everything. It's also just been reassuring and encouraging to keep pushing and walking in my purpose. There are plenty of days when find myself comparing, I question my purpose, or don't really see how everything will pan out but the Lord keeps showing me that we don't always have to see the big picture. We are called to simply trust and have faith that the steps we take walking in our passion and purpose do not go unnoticed. 
I say all of that, just to encourage anyone reading this post. If you've been debating starting your own blog, just do it! It's overwhelming at first, but He will walk with you through it all. Giving you all that you need to complete the work that he has started within you. 
I wore this super cute, casual outfit for my shoot and I love everything about it. The overall jumper brings back feelings of nostalgia, and I may or may not have worn it 3 times over the first week of purchasing it. This gingham ruffle sleeve top is a SheIn find! The quality of the shirt is impeccable, and I got it for next to nothing. I paired the jumper and shirt with these white espadrilles that I've been raving about all Spring. 
My full post of Charlotte favorites can be found here. Also, if the Move Live Tour is coming to a city near you, you have to go! The show is amazing from start to finish. Julianne and Derek Hough are SO talented, and perform with so much passion. I love how real and genuine they both are despite their fame. They have such a great appreciation and respect for all of their fans. And when I say all, I mean every.single.one. Tour dates can be found here.

All Photos: Danielle Greene

xoxo,
Shauntel

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Self Care + Teeth Whitening at Home with Smile Brilliant








Target Nightgown : here

All Photos Courtesy of Kimberly Greene


I don't think I could stress this enough, but self-care and establishing a consistent beauty/skincare routine is of the utmost importance! Whether its scheduling a massage for yourself after a grueling week of workouts, or browsing the endless aisles of Ulta to find the perfect moisturizer. Sometimes you just have to treat yourself, and your body will thank you for it later! I have always been a huge proponent of trying different skincare and beauty products. When you find products that work, and are of good quality you have to share them!

Which brings me today's post about Smile Brilliant's at home teeth whitening kit.I have used various teeth whitening methods in the past, mostly right before attending a wedding or some other special occasion like prom or a gala. My experiences with store bought whitening strips have not been the best! I have always hated how they easily slip off of your teeth, and your mouth seems like its filled with that gunky, clear whitening fluid which leaves you wondering if it's really even working?

 My experience with Smile Brilliant has been completely opposite of that! It's so easy, and very similar to professional teeth whitening methods- there is no slippery strips nor excessive gunk. If you are a coffee/red wine drinker like myself, and are looking for a whitening method to give you fast, consistent results then you need this kit in your life! The kit itself comes with molding so that your whitening retainers are especially made for you and you alone, a custom-fitted whitening trays made from your molds, clear and easy to follow instructions, as well as whitening and desensitizing gels which will last you for a good 1-3 months.

At first thought, making your own teeth molds may sound intimidating but its really not! You combine the 2 putty's and insert them in to the top teeth molding tray and impress, and then do the same with the bottom teeth molding tray. Super easy! You mail off your molds, and get your trays back in a week tops! The custom trays allow for the whitening gels to stay right in place without moving, and really get the job done! You whiten for 1 hour depending on your teeth sensitivity, for at least 3-4 times a week. I saw results after my second go-round. AH-MAZING.

 I'm impressed with the amazing customer care as well! Even though it is an at home whitening kit, you are able to speak to representatives who are on hand to answer any and all of  your questions throughout the whole process which feels comforting! It's comforting to know that the employees are just as much invested in your brighter smile just as much as you.

Today is your lucky day, because I'm giving you the chance to win $139 toward a teeth whitening kit of your own set with personalized trays like I've described above, and gels! Trust me when I say that Smile Brilliant is a complete game-changer! Below are the details to enter to win.

Details: One lucky winner will receive a $139 store credit to put towards a Smile Brilliant Kit of their own. The giveaway ends exactly 2 weeks from today and will be announced on my Instagram stories the night of May 10th. Be sure you are following along here. Just fill out the giveaway form here or if you don't want to wait and have to have your hands on a kit now (which I totally get) then get a 5% off coupon by using coupon code: beautiqued5 at check-out!

Click here for more testimonials  like my own, or what you should know before buying.





Thursday, April 13, 2017

Stripes X Embroidery





I seriously cannot believe we are already half-way through April and that Easter is THIS Sunday. How crazy that we are almost half-way through the year! Easter, or as I would like to call it...Resurrection Sunday is always such a nostalgic, and traditional time of year for me. It reminds me of all the countless Easter's as a little girl when I would look forward to picking out the perfect dress, and shoes and deciding on the perfect hairstyle to go with my whole look. I was THAT girl. I guess that's what happens when you are raised in the South, and the Bible Belt at that. It's interesting to look back over the years and observe how much the holiday and its meaning has changed for me personally. 
As I've grown into an adult, I have adopted my own spiritual life and love for the Lord, so this day isn't so much about finding the perfect outfit, but more of acknowledging God's perfect and relentless love towards me and you. That doesn't mean that I don't get a little excited about buying a new outfit to wear for the day. The holiday has come to be a time of reflection, and all day worshipping my Lord and Savior who loved me, and you so much that he laid down His own life. I also enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, eating and laughing and enjoying one anothers company-just thankful!
The cold shoulder trend is one that I have expressed my love for before, and I can't stop won't stop! I love this striped and embroidered dress from the Who What Wear Collection at Target. It's perfect for church, brunch or afternoon Sunday Funday activities with the fam. What are your plans for the holiday weekend?

xoxo,
Shauntel

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Gingham Style


Gingham Top: Asos found below. Madewell Jeans: Nordstrom Rack. White Espadrilles: Burlington Coat Factory. Gray Handbag: Marshalls






All Photos: Kimberly Greene

Last week, I shared my love for the embroidery trend on the blog which you can find here, but this week it's all about gingham. I'm naturally drawn to prints, so it's no surprise that I'm all about this simple, classic print as of lately. I love how minimal looking the print is, and how you can find the style in multiple colors and silhouettes! From peplum tops like the one I'm wearing above, to dresses, skirts and even accessories. This is another style that screams Summer, with its light, playful, and flirty nature. I kept my look casual, my pairing this peplum top with my new Madewell jeans I scored from Nordstrom Rack for only $20!! Still in shock about snagging such a steal. These white espadrilles are going to be my casual go-to this season, when I want to dress up a look but still keep it casual. I've shared some of my favorite gingham items below- Happy Shopping!

xoxo,
Shauntel

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Boho Babe





Dress: French Connection via Belk. White Espadrilles: Circus by Sam Edelman via Burlington. Sunnies: Target.

All Photos: Danielle Greene

I would say that the amount of blue and white which can currently be found in my closet is excessive, but that would be a lie because, trust me when I tell you that you can never have enough of this color combo this Spring/Summer! This color combination screams Summer, and the Grecian hues make me want to book a flight to Greece like yesterday! Can you tell I'm in desperate need of a vacay?

Embroidery is all the rage this season. I just bought another off the shoulder denim, embroidered dress the other day that I can not wait to share with you guys. This French Connection bell-sleeved number is actually from last summer, but I have rounded up some of my favorite embroidered dresses for under $50 below! Also, can we please talk about how cute these peep-toe white espadrilles are? So cute,comfy and perfect for any Spring/Summer look!

xoxo,
Shauntel

Thursday, March 30, 2017

T-Shirt



Button Down "T-Shirt" Dress: Old- TopShop via Nordstrom Rack. Metallic Mules: Steve Madden via Belk. Metallic Sunnies: Old.



All Photos: Kimberly Greene


There is nothing more easy than workwear that translates to be comfortable as well as chic. I live for basic minimalistic pieces which will surpass decades of trends, and are simple yet makes a huge statement. That is exactly how I feel about this TopShop t-shirt dress from Nordstrom Rack. It combines my love for simplicity with basic, soft Spring colors. I edged up my look a bit with these metallic Steve Madden mules, which I'm obsessed with! They are so 90's meets 2017. Mirrored sunnies are all the rage this Spring/Summer and are the perfect accessory to top off any look. What is your workwear style?

xoxo,
Shauntel

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Time- JORD Watch Giveaway







Dress: SheIn Official similar found here. Bag: Kate Spade via Belk. Shoes: Steve Madden via Burlington. Watch: Jord Wood Watches. Sunglasses: Clothes Mentor.


All Photos: Kimberly Greene

Well my friends, the long anticipated season of the year has finally arrived! Is it just me, or has this past Winter been the most awkward/longest Winter EVER?! I mean I think I speak for everyone when I say...WE ready for you Spring! What better way to celebrate the new season, than with a cute dress and even cuter accessories. This Spring is all about stripes, blues, bell sleeves and ruffles and this number from She In has all the above, for a price that you just can't beat. I'm in love, and my closet has become full with this light, summery shade of blue. I can't wait to share more looks with you guys. 

One of the things that I adore about the change to the Spring season are longer days, cool mornings but warmer evenings. It's always so hard for me to get adjusted to springing forward, but my JORD Woodwatch has been keeping me on my P's and Q's when it comes to being on time. I love the unique crafted feature of the contrasting woods,and how this watch has the ability to really edge up and differentiate any look whether casual or dressy. Jord offers unique watches for both men and women! There is something for everyone- with different shaped faces, colors, and wood textures. Trust me, you need one! 

It's your lucky day, because I'm giving you the chance to receive $100 towards any JORD watch of your choice. Also, you will receive a $25 consolation just for entering! You can enter by clicking the link below. Times a tickin'! Whatcha waiting for?

Giveaway ends: 11:59 CST 03/26/17.

xoxo,
Shauntel 

Enter Giveaway here.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Garden Party




Floral Bomber: Who What Wear via Target. Olive Green Midi Dress: Who What Wear via Target. Gray Minibag: Marshalls. Polka Dot Ascot Scarf: Who What Wear via Target. Round Sunnies: Francescas. Black Bootie with Metallic Heel: Aldo Shoes.


All Photos: Larry Greene

I'm coming at you this hump day currently snuggled up in bed fighting what seems to be a mixture of a cold/allergies and the up and down temps certainly aren't helping! But, the silver lining of it all is I've spent the whole day watching Bravo and catching up on sleep. Sometimes, all your body needs is a little dose of R&R.

 I'm dreaming of warmer days and starting to make my list of Spring must haves. Lots and lots of florals are definitely at the top of my list. Florals scream Spring, and there is just something about this floral bomber and polka dot ascot combo that gives me a French/European vibe- which fun fact about me, my name is actually French and I was also born in Germany as my dad served in the military. I haven't been back since being born overseas and obviously don't remember a whole lot but this outfit would be perfect for having a fancy latte at a little French bakery. 

The bomber jacket was a huge trend during the Fall, and continues to remain a statement piece for Spring. It's the perfect, lightweight layer to have in your closet for cold mornings, and warmer evenings. 

If you are looking for the way to make a statement this Spring its all about florals and embroidery. It's so boho chic! I can't wait to share with you guys the cutest, floral and embroidered mules I just scored from Belk. What trends are you most excited for, for Spring?

xoxo,
Shauntel


Friday, March 3, 2017

Velvet X Stripes







Striped Top: Who What Wear via Target. Velvet Spaghetti Strap Top: Who What Wear via Target. Light Distressed Denim: Marshalls. Camel Heels: Steve Madden via Belk. Gray Minibag: Marshalls. Sunnies: Target.




All Photos: Kimberly Greene

Happy Friday, friends! We made it through yet another week. And I'm so grateful! I'm looking forward to some much needed rest and relaxation. Thank the Lord for the invention of weekends. For renewing your mind, body and soul and just being. I don't think I really began to treasure and understand the importance of weekends until recently.

 I mentioned in a previous post earlier this year, that I was working every Saturday for a local bridal boutique on top of my full-time job in corporate retail to pay off some debt quicker. While I enjoyed helping beautiful brides to be find their perfect gown, the rest my body needed was essential for me to give my all to my full time job and to this little corner of the internet. I'm thankful to the Lord for lessons learned and for provision in my efforts to financially set myself straight. I've been living for the 2 days of the week that I get to myself. When I get to decide if I want to wake up early for cycling, or just sleep in or if I want to spend the night drinking wine and laughing with friends. So, cheers to the weekend!

I have been sticking to light layering these days and I especially love a good striped top. I picked up both this quarter length striped Who What Wear top and velvet spaghetti strap  top the other week at Target on clearance. I couldn't say no to the simplicity of the striped top, an easy workwear piece and casual too. I also thought that this velvet piece would be a great addition to my wardrobe for this year's holiday season as I don't see the velvet trend going away any time soon. I am loving how all of the trends are bringing me back to the 90s and my middle school days- the nostalgia *hashtag all the heart eyes* 

What are some of your favorite weekend leisure activities?

xoxo,

Shauntel