Daily Dose of Design: 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

Fall Fashion Must Haves from Amazon: Neutrals Under $100

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Currently Craving: Shades of Pink + Early Fall Favorites

It's the end of September - say whaaat?! Up until last weekend, it still was 90 degrees and felt like summer but when I woke up yesterday and went outside, it was breezy and the leaves were falling in the wind AND the colors all started to change overnight. Kind of crazy how fast and random it happened, but I'm loving this cooler weather! I already miss the warm sunshine of summer but this girl needs to get some use out of the 45886496 cardigans she bought this season! Ha! I have done a lot - probably too much - shopping this month, but this months Currently Craving has all the fall feels. Here's 12 things you need to get your hands on this season:

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

8 Ways to Take Your Blog Full-Time

We all start blogs for different reasons - to have a creative space that's just our own, to share knowledge about something we're passionate about, to have a hobby. Most of us don't start saying "I want THIS website to be my full-time job. I want to make a living off of this website." And if you are starting like that, you're likely setting yourself up for having a really difficult time getting anywhere with a side of insincerity. #realtalk but starting anything for the right reasons is important!

Today more than ever, unconventional jobs are everywhere. They may not seem unconventional to us, but compared to 10 years ago, running a full-time blog can seem off the beaten path to some. But if it's your passion, whose to say it isn't right? Our blogs usually start off as our beloved side hustles, but what does it take to turn that into what you focus on and pour your love, heart and soul into 24/7? A hell of a lot of work, but it's possible. Take your passion to the next level; here's 7 things you *need* to do and know before going full time with your blog:

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Best Travel Friendly Shoes

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Packing can be difficult, packing shoes can be even MORE difficult! From getting the ones you're bringing on a trip to all fit in your luggage, without going over the weight limit, to knowing what to bring and what you'll actually wear and use - I know I'm not the only one who finds it challenging! I'm an over-packer by nature; I'm always THAT girl standing on the check-in line at an airport having to move heavy shoes from one bag to the next to meet the weight requirement. (I'm fun to travel with, I promise! ;)

But truly, it's difficult to pack shoes. You don't know what you'll need or what will end up being ideal to walk miles and be a tourist in; the weather could change - how many dressy pairs will you need? It's a lot to consider! Here's some of my favorite, tried and true pairs that are all *perfect* travel options:

Monday, September 18, 2017

7 Things No One Tells You When Starting a Blog or Business

A lot of blogs are started purely for fun and hobby; I hear day after day of bloggers who begin for fun and have it turn into something they never could have imagined. That's the case for me, too - I started DDoD as nothing but a creative outlet to document style and design that spoke to me on a day where snow was falling by inches in an hour. Now it's turned into something I have high hopes and big dreams for, and work hard to achieve every day. Blogs and small businesses alike start off just that - small. It's you, working hard on something you have aspirations for and is filled with new challenges and daily to-do lists that you have to overcome to continue on.

The one thing that bloggers and small business owners have in common is that things inevitably start out slowly. There's highs and lows, the difficulty of a balancing act and the inevitability of inexperience. Whether your blog/business is still small and hopeful, small and growing or already on the road to something even bigger than you could have imagined, I think it's safe to say that we ALL have learned these things along the way, and wonder why we hadn't thought of them - or learned them - sooner.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fall Trends Wardrobe Checklist

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I have ALL of the fall feels lately! I'm usually still hanging on to every summer piece I have at this point, and I still am wearing sandals and tees every chance I get but the cool breeze and getting to wear cozy sweaters and a cute pair of booties is giving me all of the heart eyes! I still wear maybe more "summery" things, like white (those Labor Day rules have GOT to go!), just in a more seasonable style. Transitional wardrobes are essential for this time of year, but I really love seeing all of the fall trends and how to work those in to classic, fall looks.

Seasonal trends are so fun to watch evolve, but there's some things you should always consider when buying trendy pieces! Here's some tips and trends to shop all Autumn long:

Monday, September 11, 2017

9 Things Every 20-Something Should Do

As of last week, I'm 23! Last Thursday was my birthday and it was a super fun day (I've taken some major time off - more on that later - but thank you to everyone who wished me a happy birthday! XO). It's sort of hard to believe though, and I NEVER feel that way about my age. And I don't have to sit here and tell you how fast time seems to move because that isn't any secret. That being said, I try and set attainable goals for myself and things I want to do and accomplish each year, but the key word here is attainable. I'm pretty sure the majority of us often set unrealistic goals for ourselves, so instead of coming up with things to do in a specific short amount of time, here's some things that every 20-something should know, know how to do and learn - all throughout your 20's. ;)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

What to Wear to a September Wedding

I looove fall weddings because the venues are always stunning and you don't have to worry about sweating your makeup off at a formal event! ;) The weather in the early fall months can still be fairly unpredictable and depending on the venue and location of the wedding, you can switch up the colors you wear pretty easily. I've been to a couple of September/early October weddings and although I lean toward black (better safe than sorry right?) I'm starting to want to be more opened to fun colors and patterns for weddings! Here's some fun looks to consider for any fall wedding(s) you'll be attending this upcoming season:

Friday, September 1, 2017

Currently Craving: Transitioning from Summer to Fall

Well, it's officially September! My birthday month, the end of summer and beginning of fall; the true transitioning month season-wise. It's no secret that I'm a total sucker for summer, but I AM still excited for cozy cardigans and cool breezes at night! Between crazy good summer sales, amazing new arrivals and needing new things for a new season, August is a pretty busy shopping month! I mean, when isn't though when you're borderline obsessed with scrolling through pages of new products online? ;) When I put together this round up of my current favorites, I noticed a theme and I'm sure you will too; it just so happens to be super popular for the fall also...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Adulting Must Haves from Amazon

Every time I watch HGTV (so, all day every day, basically) or scroll through my Pinterest feed, I get all of the "gimme my own house/apartment/space" feels! And if we're being perfectly honest, you and I both know that adulting is HARD. All of those times we spent wishing we were older at the age of 10 - can we take those back?! Between all of the bills, decisions to make, personal life and everything else that comes along with being a 20-or-30-something, life can be hectic. Even if you aren't living out on your own yet, there's still tons of ways to make the adulting process easier. Here's what's on my list:

Friday, August 25, 2017

How to Make the Most Out of the Final Weeks of Summer

While a lot of people are stoked for fall, I am SO not ready for summer to end! This is how I feel every single year - the warm, beautiful days of summer are quickly coming to an end and instead of harping on that, I try and enjoy every single sunshine filled day that I can! There's some thing so difficult about transitioning out of summer - the season so many of us wait for all year long. And if you're a die hard lover of sun, sand and the sea, the good news is we technically have until mid-September to savor the summer.

I do love the fall and all of the autumn related things that go along with the season, but I'll keep summer for as long as I can. Here's some of the ways you can savor summer and end it in the best ways possible!

Monday, August 21, 2017

The Best of Target Home Decor for Your Home or Dorm

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It's pretty safe to say that when thinking back to school shopping or "in need of a room upgrade" shopping, Target comes to mind. It's impossible on a normal shopping trip to leave without spending under $100, but come B-T-S season, the glittery folders (who cares that I already graduated??), stylish room accents and floral desk calendars make finding something (or five million something-s) easier than ever. While Target may be the center of all things dorm room/back to school goodness, a LOT of their pieces can double as home/apartment must haves too. You know you're craving a Target trip; here's some must haves to check out whether you're shopping for the new semester or just need an upgrade at home!

Monday, August 14, 2017

How to Eat Healthier in the Summer

One of the hardest times to stay healthy and keep your healthy eating habits afloat is the summer - the weather is warm; you crave ice cream and all sorts of summer desserts. The grill is constantly on and filled with delicious meals, there's incredible appetizers at get-togethers; and not to mention the sangrias and cocktails that keep flowing! ;) Now that I've made myself SO hungry, here's some simple tips to continue enjoying all of the fun foods that come with summer without losing any progress you've made thus far:

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Importance of Traveling: Why We Cannot Be Afraid

Every time the news comes on, I shutter a little more with fear. As much as we don't like to talk about it or think about it, the world around us is scary. Plain and simple. Even right this moment with the imminent threat we face from overseas; it seems to get scarier by the day. No matter where your political views lie, this is way more than that. The situation we face today as a society is more than who you believe would do the best job with handling these situations. They're real, they're happening and they're scary. And by "they", I mean the terror threats and terrorism that shakes this world way more often than we'd ALL like to believe.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Bohemian-Chic Vibes for Summer

It may sound strange, but I never realized just how CUTE boho-chic style (and home, too!) pieces are until I really looked at different collections. The 70's style is making a comeback, but re-creating older looks in chic, fashionable ways seems to be the trend. Let me tell ya, I am SO not mad about it! These picks are great for summer (some even for transitioning season-to-season also) and for that European vacation we all are dreaming about on the daily!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Currently Craving: Affordable Must Haves for Summer and Beyond

Happy AUGUST! Yes, it's August... But you won't find any rushing of summer around here! I'm enjoying every moment and L O V E this warm, outdoors weather. July has seemed to have been taken over by the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I know, but for good reason - it's (still!) an awesome sale this year! There's tons of great finds both for summer and fall at great prices, but looking somewhat beyond that sale - there's been lots of fun finds! Some of this months picks are from the sale and have been my favorite purchases, but most aren't. Here's the latest favorite dupes to shop, shades of pink to swoon over and more:

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Packing Must Haves to Travel to Europe in the Summer With

Who loves to travel? And who loves the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? If you raised your hand two times, these travel picks are perfect for a trip to Europe (or anywhere, really!) this summer! I know I can't be the only one who struggles BIG time when packing - AKA throwing your entire closet into your suitcases, basically. Here's a great place to start, plus these are all on sale!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Heat-free Hair Products Your Hair Needs this Summer

Summer beauty should be effortless - minimal makeup, simple 1-2-3 hair styles and as much fun in the sun as possible. We do more damage than we know to our hair when we use styling products, so the summer is the best time to give your hair a break! No heat required, these products are all helpful in styling your hair all summer long without using one heat styling tool. Summer is meant to be care-free so try some of these hair products to stay cool and keep your hair looking beautiful all summer long:

Friday, July 21, 2017

Save vs. Splurge: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is officially opened to the public! So if you don't have a Nordstrom card and have been dying to shop for the past week, your time is NOW! ;) A lot of items (most) have been re-stocked, and I'm even noticing a few things I didn't see before during Early Access. This sale is extremely diverse in its price points, and while the sale is mostly for fall items, there is some great summer finds too.
Since the sale is opened to the public and everyone can shop their hearts out, I put together a super fun Nordstrom Sale Save vs. Splurge! All of the "save" items are part of the sale, and some of the splurges are a part of the sale too. So in case you can't decide whether to save some money or splurge on a piece, here you go!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

How to Make the Most Out of Summer

Why does it seem that summer is the season that goes the absolute fastest?! It's already July, and while we still have a great amount of warmth, sunshine and happiness to go, there's no time like the present to do fun things that satisfy your need for self fulfillment as much as humanly possible. It's ok to slow the hustle down for a minute to make the most out of your summer. Here's the best things you can do to enjoy every moment:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

5 Home Styling Tips for Millennials + Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Home Decor Picks (PLUS: win $500 to Nordstrom!)

Monday, July 17, 2017

My Followers Are Not Your Followers

My followers are not the same as your followers. With all of the summertime sales going on, and the hundreds of bloggers who publish posts every day, there's likely to be some overlapping. Although standing out and being unique is what makes all of us different, even if we're in the same niche(s). As over-saturated as this market may be, standing out is the most important thing you can do for your brand. Our followers aren't the same, and our readers expect different things from each of us.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Early Favorites + HOT Items to Grab Before they're Gone

Ready, set, shop! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts today (early access - you can sign up for a Nordstrom card to shop here) and while I know it's no secret it's starting, I still wanted to share my favorites with you guys. The beauty of such a large scaled sale is that everyone has different favorites - it's so cool to see different perspectives style-wise!
I'll be sharing lots of favorites and things I deem as "must haves" from this sale as it progresses, but since it's day 1 (and bright and early - I need coffee, and maybe sleep! ;) these are all of the things that will likely sell out SUPER fast, and are can't-miss buys! I've been trying to decide what I think will sell the quickest for a few days now and we'll see if I'm right, LOL - but either way they're great buys!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

35 Summer Bucket List Ideas

We're in the heat of the summer and it's the best time of the year! Making lists is in my nature and I know that applies for a lot of us, so why not make a summer bucket list?! It's a great way to hold yourself accountable to get out and DO things, and it's also a great feeling to cross things off the list. Here's some of the things on my bucket list this year; clearly I make lofty goals for myself! ;) Make this summer the best one yet, check out what you'd add to your list:

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Online Shopping Tips and Tricks

Let's be honest with ourselves for a quick second... Is there ANYTHING better than online shopping? No one cares what you look like; you can sit on your couch or in your bed with a glass of wine, a bowl of ice cream (or mini m&ms, my weakness!) with your hair up and your favorite show on TV. Plus the added bonus of "online only" coupon codes, and no ones judging you from a few racks over! Plus, does anyone really appreciate the awful lighting in fitting rooms?
Although online shopping has grown exponentially over the past few years and SO many people prefer it over in-store shopping *raises hand* it can still be difficult to navigate the endless pages of products on an online shop. This girl is no newbie to online shopping, and it still can be sort of stressful but I've found a few things that have made it a breeze - and STILL makes it better than navigating through overflowing clothing racks and crowded stores!

Friday, July 7, 2017

After Beach Skin Care: How to Take Care of Your Skin After a Day at the Beach

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Vitamin Sea is good for the soul and I'm a firm believer that we ALL need (and deserve!) some fun sun time and relaxing beach days. Beach days are the best days and for me, happiness comes in the form of waves! I know I can't be the only one, but I also know I can't be the only one who spends endless hours at the beach. As amazing as a day by the ocean can be for your physical, mental and even emotional health, it's extremely important to make sure that all of these good vibes don't take a toll on your skin. The power that the sun can have on your skin is no secret (as I sit here with sunburn on my forehead, eeesh!) so making sure that you take care of your skin to maintain its natural glow, healthiness and hydration is extremely important.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Currently Craving: June Gems for Summer

Summer is in full swing and it's time to add some bright pieces to your closet situation! June was filled with fun buys to kick the summer off to a great start - beauty buys for glowing summer skin, accessories, bold colors and more - I have my favorites rounded up at all different prices! You need to add these to your cart ASAP:

Friday, June 30, 2017

4th of July Outfit Ideas

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays! I love the fireworks, hanging out by the pool, BBQ (of course food makes my list) and of course the patriotic gear we all love to sport! There's always so many fun Americana picks this time of year and they're great for all summer (and year!) long. I found some of my favorite pieces at various price points to shop this weekend; because I know we'll all be out shopping the great sales going on this weekend and finding fun pieces to wear this Independence Day! Here's my favorites:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

8 Real Life Lessons We Learned from Pretty Little Liars

Life in Rosewood as we know it has officially ended. PLL fans, you know the bittersweet feelings we all have today! The show ended last night and if you're a fan but haven't watched yet, there may be some spoilers in here! ;) Fair warning! I know it was time for it to end, but I've been watching since it started when my summer vacation was just beginning, and I was finishing my sophomore year in high school. I remember the day of the premiere like it was yesterday and the craziness of the past seven seasons has officially ended. I do have to say, I'm VERY happy with how the show ended! I cried, I laughed and my jaw dropped multiple times in typical Pretty Little Liars fashion.

This show has been more than just a television show over the past seven years. It's been something I've bonded with my sister over, and have talked endlessly about with my best friend. It's a mystery that's made me question if maybe I was A! LOL. --As unreal as being locked in a life-sized doll house, being buried alive, or being cyber-stalked by mysterious figures in black hoodies and gloves may be, it's ALL happened to Spencer, Aria, Hanna, Emily, Alison and even Mona and the PLL guy squad. You name it, they've been through it all! It may sound silly at first, but there really are so many lessons to be learned from this show. Before you think, "this show is totally unrealistic, this would never happen!", bear with me and you'll realize all of the important life lessons Marlene King fit into 160, one hour episodes. As the show and legacy of PLL ends, we're left with lots of answers (even how the moms were stuck in the basement - thank goodness!!) and more importantly, tons of quotes that are just SO relatable to celebrate this series forever and ever.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

9 Free Must Have Travel Apps for Every Trip

We're lucky enough to live in a day and age where technology makes everything, including traveling, SO much easier. Being able to plan and organize your trip from your phone, and then navigating and making your way around during your trip is a breeze and makes any stress that comes with a trip disappear. I rely on a lot of apps to help make my travels easier, here's my favorites:

Friday, June 16, 2017

Budget Buys: Summer Trends Under $50

We can unofficially consider it summer now, right?!? ;) All of the summer trends we're seeing so far this season are extremely fun patterns and prints - some predictable and repeated (but never get old!) and some new and unexpected. It's always interesting to see what's making the cut and what stores are selling out of on a weekly basis! My favorite trends for the summertime right now are bows/pom poms, lemon, flamingo, cactus and pineapple prints and a classy palm leaf/tree print. Instead of just finding some super cute finds for each trend, I picked out a handful of each - ALL under $50!!! They're true budget buys because every store has every good reason to mark trending items up, but these fun pieces are great for the summer - whether it be to wear or to entertain/decorate with - and the best part is they don't break the bank! Here's some of the best finds for each trend:

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How to Wake Up Earlier and Get Things Done

If we're being completely honest, I'm not at ALL a morning person. Once I'm up and moving, I love mornings - how quiet they are, sunrises, getting things done before the sun is fully risen, morning TV. But man oh man do I hate getting out of bed! I think my real problem is that I have ridiculously soft and comfy bedding, but who knows. ;) What you do and how your morning goes really does set the tone for your entire day, so making it a good one is ideal! We all need mornings where we can sleep in, hang around and be lazy and cozy but when you have an alarm set, being able to get up without the "ughhhhh"'s is less than easy. Throw in working from home and being your own boss - which means setting your own hours, often making getting up even harder! I know the feeling all too well, and so does my snooze button. As of late, I've been working really hard on getting as much extra time in earlier in the day so that come night time, I can put the computer down sooner. It's gotten easier over time, and not only have I been getting better sleep but I've been able to wake up not so miserably. It's a win-win! Here's what's helped:

Friday, June 9, 2017

Save vs Splurge: Summer Must Haves

I can hardly believe that summer is literally weeks away - but so is Big Brother and that screams summer! Does anyone else LOVE having that to watch all summer long?? I've done a few save or splurge comparisons before (check them all out here!) and they're always one of my favorite things to do! I tend to splurge more on bags, shoes and accessories and save more on clothes - but I know some people are the exact opposite so I tried to put together a nice mix of both. I found some really fun finds for summer that are trending like crazy right now and I must say, I'm so excited about the dupes I found! There's a pair of gemstone earrings that are $32 and nearly identical to a pair that are the real deal and over $3,000! Just super fun, summer musts - check them all out and see what you'd add to your closet!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

7 Things to Think About Before Starting Your Blog

If you're starting a new blog, you're in the right place! If you're already a blogger, you're also in the right place - these things apply to everyone and since it's an ever changing and evolving business, you can always learn/grow and implement things along the way. There's nothing more exciting than following your dreams and doing what you love and if you're a blogger or soon-to-be blogger, you likely love to write, network and help others. Your knowledge is more important and useful in the world than you think, trust me! :) 
My very favorite part about blogging is being my own boss. It's the best thing to have ever happened in my work life, and I highly recommend it! It takes more than just coming up with a few ideas and throwing them out into the world. It takes effort, time and diligence to succeed but realize all of this and you will do just that - succeed. That being said, here's 7 things you should think a lot about before diving in and starting your blog:

Monday, June 5, 2017

Gift Guide for the Graduate: Splurges, Saves and for the Girl on the Go

It's graduation season again! When I put together this guide, I tried to think about things that I would have loved to get as a college grad (officially a year out now!) and also asked my sister what she'd like as a soon-to-be high school graduate. We came up with some splurge items, some practical things and a couple of ideas that anyone on your list will love!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Currently Craving: Springing into Summer Favorites

I'm not quite sure how it's June already, but man am I excited for summer!! The weather is finally warming up, the pool is almost ready to go and the sun is shining more and more! Summer shopping is in a pretty close tie with holiday shopping for me - between grabbing gifts and summer must haves, there's so many fun things out there this season. I've found a ton of fun finds at all different prices in the last month - here's the ones you need to shop:

Friday, May 26, 2017

Memorial Day Style + Can't Miss Weekend Sales

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Memorial Day is such an important day to honor our great military, and I love rocking red, white and blue while doing so! It's also the unofficial start of summer and such a fun day to spend with friends and family honoring those who have served for our country. These picks are perfect for the day and for all summer long - I love looking patriotic! There's also some really incredible deals and steals going on this weekend and I've rounded up the best ones so it's a one stop shop!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The 8 Must Have Pool Floats to Buy on Amazon for Summer

It's getting closer and closer to pool and beach season!! I'm so excited and the first thing I do every season is check out the newest pool floats. I have so much fun buying adorable pool floats for parties, BBQs and just hanging around the pool and I always get compliments on my fun floats! My go-to for anything pool related is Amazon - they have the best selection and they always have the newest designs available all season long! Here's some of my very favorites to grab this season - fair warning, some of them may make you a little hungry! ;)

Monday, May 22, 2017

10 Tasks to Improve Your Blog in 10 Minutes Each

What would you do if you had 10 minutes to spare on any given day? If we're being honest I really wish we could tack a few hours onto each day, but when I find myself with a few minutes in between events/errands/work/etc., I try and get little things done as much as possible. My brain is constantly running with the little things I want to get done for my blog - and while a lot of things require a longer time frame (like writing a post in full or shooting pictures) there's definitely a long list of things that you can accomplish, even when you only have 10 minutes to spare. I like to spend these 10 minutes being as productive as possible, so I put my phone aside, turn the TV off and even set a timer for 10 minutes. These 10 minute tasks are a great way to get you back on track when you're feeling unproductive. Here's 10 great ways to help your blog when you have 10 minutes to spare:

Friday, May 19, 2017

The 2017 Swimsuit Guide: Swim Under $200

With the weather heating up, I'm all about getting beach and pool ready! The sangria and pizza may be telling me otherwise, but I AM working on that beach bod! ;) If there's one kind of shopping that I know a lot of women hate, it's bathing suit shopping. I love cute suits but hate all the insecurities, and love getting cute summery swimwear but the price tags are usually much less than favorable. It's a love-hate relationship, but it doesn't have to be all bad! I try to have a positive outlook on bathing suit shopping, so to do so (for us ALL!) I put together a great guide of swimwear for everyone - one pieces (without looking old and frumpy), bikinis, tankinis - the whole nine yards. The other best part? All of these picks are under $200! Good quality bathing suits don't always come cheap, but you can get quality pieces that are still in-budget. Whatever you're looking for, I got you covered! ;)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Everyday Makeup Must Haves

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I share a lot of the beauty products I love, but never have really talked about my everyday makeup! I had a couple of people ask me what my daily routine is like, so I wanted to put together my favorites that I use every single day. I'm the kind of person who, unless I'm going somewhere really nice/fancy/exciting, I don't like to look like I'm wearing a lot of makeup. Especially in the summer and warmer months, nothing is worse than a heavy face full of product! On an everyday basis, I wear minimal makeup and love nothing more than a simple, clean look. Here's the perfect must haves for a simple (and fairly quick too!) makeup look:

Monday, May 15, 2017

DIY Pom Pom Sun Hat

Pom poms are all the rage this season and I don't know that there's anyone who hasn't already fallen in love with this trend! They're so festive, fun and make the spring and summer so much more fun style-wise. ;) I've been seeing lots of embellished tops, accessories and shoes lately and I've also noticed that sometimes these pommed-beauties are expensive! Well worth it yes, but not everyone wants to drop $100 or more on a sunhat. Get in the DIY mood, because I'm sharing a super simple, quick and inexpensive way to make your very own pom pom hat! It couldn't be easier and it costs as little as you need it to!

Friday, May 12, 2017

The Fine Line Between Work and Life When You Work from Home

Many of you know that since graduating college last spring, I've been blogging full-time. Along with a fun little side hustle of VA work/social media managing, blogging is my full-time gig and I couldn't be any more in love with what I do! Never did I imagine that this would be my work AND fun, but now that it is I'm grateful every day. But besides all the sappy stuff, the truth of the matter is that when I have busy days, I have BUSY days. Every day is busy, but some more than others and let's be honest - some I'm more motivated and productive than others. ;) Now while working for myself means that being busy is a good thing, it's still often hard to recognize where exactly that super fine line between your life and your work is. Some days I work at my dining room table, others I'm at my desk (I really need to work on that!). I even find myself getting work done at all hours of the day - I break when I can and while I don't hate that, I know how important it is to prevent burn out or feeling anything but love for my job.

If you're anything like this, you know all too well that work doesn't always end - you more so take a "break" to grab dinner or go run errands or once in a while, sleep. I always find myself watching TV at night and paying half attention to Scandal as I write a post or finish some work, then have to re-watch because I didn't allow myself some down time - anyone else?! Side note: if you're a fellow Gladiator, you know all too well you can't miss a second of that show!!

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Best Spring Fashion Finds on Amazon Prime

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So we're all in agreement, Amazon is the best thing to happen pretty much ever, right? ;) Just when you think you've seen everything that they have to offer, you come across even more incredible finds. I would have never thought that Amazon would be one of the places I went to for spring fashion finds, but I was wrong! There's so many trending pieces and styles, here's some of my favorites right now:

Friday, May 5, 2017

How to Make Shopping for Skincare Easier Using the HiMirror Plus

This post has been sponsored by the PRIMP Network. All opinions, as always, are my own.

With as many skincare products, brands and different "quick fixes" there are on the market today, it's hard to know what will work for you, what you should spend/splurge on, what isn't worth the steep price - you get the idea! If you search "cleanser" on Sephora's website, you get pages and pages of results. Whose to say which will work best for you? You can read reviews and sort your search based on best sellers, etc., but a quick search isn't customizing products for YOUR skin. All of us have totally different needs when it comes to skincare and a product that works for your sister may not work for you. Ever since I began using the HiMirror, I've had a much more personalized shopping experience and I've even found new products I've grown to LOVE! Now, Hi Mirror has a new Plus version and it's better than ever:

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day is getting so close! If you're a procrastinator shopper, didn't realize it's already next weekend (*raises hand*) or are just completely stumped on what to get the special women in your life, I have you covered! I've been searching high and low for gifts for my mom that aren't repetitive to everything else my sister and I always get her, something different and something she'll love for a long time. Whether you're on a tight budget or want to splurge a bit, the things I found are in a large price variety! Here's my favorites and what's definitely on my radar for my mom this Mother's Day:

Saturday, April 29, 2017

28 Days to Better Skin with Olay

Thank you to Olay for sponsoring today's post! As always, all thoughts and opinions are solely my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support me!

When I first started being more serious about skincare and began to use skincare products daily as a teenager, Olay was one of those brands that my mom always helped me pick out. Like I mentioned on Instagram Stories the other day (@dailydoseofdesign) the other day, it's one of those brands that you can count on to always be reliable and you know that the products will work wonders on your skin! You guys are well aware that I'm always looking for the very best skincare products to take care of all skin types and for all times of the year. There's nothing more important (beauty-wise) than taking great care of your skin and that starts with the right skincare regimen for you. I think the coolest part about Olay is that they're incredibly innovative; every time you go to your local Walmart or where you buy your Olay products, you likely notice that there's new things to try. They keep up with the trends and go far beyond them, too. I'm so excited to be a part of the new Olay 28 Day Skin Study that helps you find your very own products from their various lines to have THE best skin ever!

Friday, April 28, 2017

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