Friday, August 26, 2016

TRAVEL VLOG || Lake Louise Trip in Review

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Now that I’m home from Canada, I thought I’d do a full trip recap all about our experience visiting Alberta, Canada. I have never had more requests for a trip review than this one! Also, we VLOGed this trip (video footage) so I combined it all and made it into a mini movie so you get a better idea of everything! You can watch it at the end of this post. 

First things first.. we flew Tulsa > Dallas > Calgary. The flight from Dallas to Calgary was 4 hours. Just a reminder that this is out of the US so you must have your passport and plan time to go through customs. I always forget about customs (aka packing a black or blue pen for filling out the form!!). 

Thanks to AVIS, we had a super cool SUV - the BMW X3. It was perfect for our luggage and for cruising around the mountains. Our experience with AVIS was super simple since we booked it online ahead of time. They were easy to work with & we didn’t have any issues!

I think many people think of Calgary and the immediately think ‘Banff’ - which Banff is beautiful but I was REALLY glad we stayed at Lake Louise instead. We stayed at the Fairmont Chateau in Lake Louise. I think it was a little more expensive but for us it was worth it because we didn’t want to deal w/the traffic & crowds in Banff - we liked being able to walk outside right to the lake or downstairs to grab dinner or breakfast. Banff was about 40 minutes away so we only went through to get souvenirs one night - it was SOO busy there. It is more of a ‘town’ as opposed to Lake Louise is more chill and simple. Also, if the price is an issue - I will say that the canoe rides are $85 a person?!?! And if you stay at the Fairmont Lake Louise it is complimentary & the canoe ride is a must. ALSO, when you go to eat a meal, you don’t have to wait in line if you are staying there, you get to bypass the tourists. 

There are charter buses full of people coming in ALL day long so it does get a little crowded at Lake Louise. We learned that it was best to get up early to see the sun rise and beat the crowds. Its SO hard to get a photo if you get out there at 9am! 

As for weather - we didn’t pack warm enough clothing. The mornings and evenings were are in the 30s but during the day it was in the 60-70s - so if you are sitting in the shade its a little chilly. Definitely pack clothing that can be layered! 

If you have a question about where anything is from I tried to link everything and then add everything into the widget at the bottom!
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Outfit Details: Cardigan | Denim | Tank | Wedges | Hat

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Full blog post on this look HERE.

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Visiting Moraine Lake. Its about a 10 minute drive and it is just as gorgeous!

Outfit Details: Dress | Similar Handbag

Full blog post on this look HERE.

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Packed up, heading home. 
Outfit Details: Cardigan | Booties | Denim | Hat | Luggage

Warning: I let youtube do something to make the video ‘better’ and less shaky and it made EVERYthing wavy!! I’m so sorry!


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Flattering Flares












TOP: Express c/o | DENIM: Express c/o (many of the jeans are $80 and under!) | WEDGES: Jeffrey Campbell | NECKLACE: H.Audrey (dupe HERE) | LIPS: Kat von Des ‘Lolita' | HANDBAG: Louis Vuitton (Montaigne GM) | SUNGLASSES: Givenchy | NAILS: SNS Dip #74 

Oh my goodness - talk about the cutest flares, ever?! Someone commented on my IG last night that they remember I used to wear flares so much - and I really did! Every fall I got a new pair - something about fall makes me want to wear them. I went into Express right before we flew to Alberta and I tried on TONS of jeans (they were all really cute and under $100) and I ended up buying these mainly because I knew I’d get a ton of wear out of the dark wash. For sizing - I tried on a 4 like normal but they were just a little big and I felt like the 2 was actually a little more flattering. Also, I am not quite 5’7 and the length was great - my wedges are not super high. If you are shorter, I recommend getting them hemmed - thats what I typically do! Considering these are under $79 and look & fit like a designer pair makes me wish I would’ve taken advantage of the Express promo - which I think is buy one and get one for $19.90?! I think if I got a second pair I’d get the black ones for fall. Paired w/a chunky sweater or cardigan & a floppy hat!?! So cute!

Anyway, I am in Dallas, TX today - I’m getting a laser treatment for pores, acne scarring called Clear + Brilliant - has anyone tried it?! Im just praying it will help w/the melasma on my upper lip bc it is out of control. I am so excited bc I’ve heard if you do a few treatments you see a difference. Praying this isn’t too painful! I’ll def let you all know how it goes!! <3 

Thanks to Express for sponsoring today’s post. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fall Must Have: $23 Off The Shoulder Sweater












SWEATER: Tobi (only $23, similar here & here) | DENIM: AG Jeans (I have had these the longest so I’ve made the rips larger over time!) | BOOTIES: Steve Madden (similar & fully in stock here & here) | SUNGLASSES: Givenchy | NECKLACES: BaubleBar & here

John and are both prefer cooler temps to hotter ones - and we also prefer mountains over beaches. I don’t know if there’s anything more peaceful than a quiet morning in the mountains with a hot cup of coffee. We’ve been making  sure to get up at 6am so we can take full advantage of this beauty before it gets crowded. 

In other news, can you believe this sweater was only $23?! I was psyched - I have quite the collection of off the shoulder sweaters from the past few years but it seems they have been hard to find lately. I sized up to a medium so it would be super slouchy but I would have been happier with a small I am afraid. Oh well!

Thanks so much for all of the fun comments on yesterdays post... a lot of you made me feel better about not being the best hiker! John said we were at 11,000 foot altitude so hopefully it wasn’t just me being super out of shape. (I’m telling my self that!) 




Monday, August 22, 2016

What I Wore Hiking at Lake Louise










TEE: BP (wearing size small) | VEST: NorthFace (wearing small - it was a little big though) | LEGGINGS: Zella (size small) | TENNIS SHOES: Nike | SCARF: Louis Vuitton (similar style) | HANDBAG: Goyard ‘St. Louis PM’ c/o Keeks || John’s Pullover: Patagonia

If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed that John and I are in Alberta, Canada visiting Lake Louise! It’s absolutely stunning - its crazy to think that people live near here and get to see this beauty on a regular basis. It is polar opposite of Oklahoma, haha! (I will full post talking ab what we did, where we ate, stayed, etc.!)

Anyway, the first morning we were here, we got up at 6am and went for a hike - we grabbed coffees & breakfast, tossed it in my bag and got going... Everyone was like “oh yea its super easy - only one mile, you’ll do it in no time!” So of course I was psyched bc I’m over here thinking “sweet, I’m going to look so legit going for a hike”... and then we started walking up the mountain and John looks at me (apparently I was breathing hard or something, idk) and says “whens the last time you went to Zumba?” I was like “umm like a month ago!” So yea, it wasn’t so easy for me. I am totally not the hiking type -- I remember dating John and going on hikes w/him to impress him and then quitting once we got married! lol! Also, I totally didn’t intend on wearing a LV scarf on a hike but when we walked outside and realized it was in the 30s, it was all I had to add on to stay warm. 

Hope you all had a great weekend!! Have any of you visited somewhere that looked like this within the US? I’d love to hear of some beautiful places in America that are similar! :)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

My Vanity + My 5 Favorite Make-Up Brushes







I’ve totally forgotten to share the vanity details on here so I thought I’d do a quick re-cap of this area of my room really quickly! 

My vanity is here.
My x-bench is here & the bowl is here.
My fig tree is from Silks are Forever - this is a 6” but I prefer 7” but it sold out. The ceilings in this room is 10” or 12?! Need to ask John, lol! I will say these aren't as nice - I wish I would've gotten this one that is the same price and better quality.
My rug is c/o of Lulu & Georgia.
The mirror is here, BUT I had to order this twice & it was broken both times so I finally just got it replaced in Tulsa. (they did give me my money back both times!)

Now for makeup brushes... if I had to pick 5 makeup brushes it would be these 5- these are my top five favorite!
1. Sigma F80: For foundation application - its a must have.
2. Beauty Blender: I use it in several steps of my makeup application.
3. Sigma E40: I use this for my transition color in my crease which is my favorite & to contour my nose.
4. Sigma F40: For perfect application of blush.
5. Chanel #1: I use this for powder & bronzer.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Our Weekend in OKC







TEE: BP (only $19!) | SHORTS: One Teaspoon (similar style here) | JACKET: old (similar style HERE & I actually have the one!) | NECKLACES: BaubleBar, similar HERE | SUNGLASSES: Ray-Ban | BOOTIES: Steve Madden (similar & fully in stock HERE) | 

Thought I’d share this outfit that I wore over the weekend while visiting Oklahoma City! It’s a pretty simple look, but one that I’ve been wearing so much lately. John has been on nights for 7 weeks now and it’s taking a toll on both of us - he usually sleeps during the day while I work so we just don’t get very much quality time together. Its just a part of residency of course but we will be happy when this is done. On Saturday he actually had a day off (which is a rare treat!) so we drove over to Oklahoma City for the day. We snapped these while in Bricktown. If you visit the area make sure you go to Big Truck Tacos & also - we went to dinner at Republic which was recommended to me on Snapchat and oh-em-gee. It was so good & John was obsessed bc they had huge TV screens everywhere. Just thought I’d share! :) Also - if you saw on Snap, I picked up a ton of candles from B&BW - their fall scents are out and they were 2 for $24 this weekend. I had a ton of people screenshot the candles so I’ll make sure to tweet the ones I bought today. 

Okay so this tee- I ordered it last week bc I saw it on the Nordstrom New Arrivals section and I love the length of it. It’s nice & long which is perfect for fall & winter when you want to wear leggings & a cardigan. Also, you guys know I wear military style jackets SO much. A couple of years back I ordered THIS one from Nordstrom and I get SO much wear out of it (sorry if you’ve seen me over-wear it!) It looks great w/simple outfits or even over a dress. I’m going to link a few of my favorite fall & pre-fall items from Nordstrom in the widget below. <3

Thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring todays post.
 

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