Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sparlin' Serendipity's Valentine's Day Playlist

It's the most romantic time of the year! There's very few things that are more romantic than music. This Valentine's Day I wanted to compile you a list of some of my favorite love songs for you and your valentine to listen to all year round. These are the songs I listen to in the car alone after perfect dates, hum in my head when I can't get him off my mind, or (my personal favorite) singing with him when you're laughing too hard.
I love the beautiful lyrics in all of these songs. I love how they make love seem so effortless, even when it's hard. Most importantly, I love how they all make love seem so fun. My favorite part about being in love with my best friend is the constant laughing, and all of these songs touch on that in one way or another and  I think that's just downright beautiful.

Sending you all the love in the world, from me and my Valentine.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Being a Faviana Brand Ambassador and My Early Picks for Commencement

Hi guys!

I am so excited to announce that I was chosen as a Faviana brand ambassador. Faviana makes stunning  prom dresses, evening dressing, pageant dresses, and more!  I have been obsessed with their gowns for literally forever and now I get to be a small part of their team. Not only are their gowns absolutely stunning, but Faviana's overall mission is one that really resonates with me. At the core of the company, Faviana believes that it's important to help women fell good about themselves and celebrate their lives. I am so proud to be affiliated with the brand!

Upon finding out I was hired for the part, I took about three solid hours browsing the website and I completely fell in love. With all of the recent attention on A Moment of Magic, as well as finishing my last year of college, I find myself needing nice gowns and dresses more often than not. I am already planning on what dresses I want to try on for commencement, the huge ball my school throws at the end of the year! Here are a couple of my top choices.

1. Chiffon V-Neck in Cherry Pink

I'm a big fan of pink. It's probably the color of my aura. But surprisingly, I've only worn one pink gown before. However, I'm obsessed with this Faviana gown. The fluorescent color would make my platinum hair pop, and the deep v-neck, cut out back, and high slit make the dress sexy and sugar sweet at the same time.

Can I just say if this is the color for spring, I'm obsessed already. I'm so happy that the two piece style is here to stay, and if it's in this pretty color it's a home run. I love the pretty lace details and how the hem is detailed naturally like the sides of the lace rather than cut straight across!

3. Mermaid Silhouette Gown with Teal Sequins

Just like every other girl on the face of the planet, I also think I'm a mermaid. In this stunning gown, I wouldn't just think that -- but I actually might become one. This gown is beautiful. The colors, details, and pure sparkle make this one of my favorites from the collection.

4. Two-piece jersey with fishnet inserts and beading

The ornate detailing on the top of this dress reminds me of all the pretty tea cups I have loved for as long as I can remember. There's something about the combination of the ivory and sapphire in detailed swirls, sequins, beading, and florals that makes this dress seem regal and sophisticated. The hidden cutouts, open back, and sneaky sheer paneling keep the dress youthful and fun.

This is my absolute favorite Faviana gown. It's definitely my front runner in my quest for the perfect commencement gown. I love the detailed cutout on the dress, the pretty match of color, the 2 piece silhouette, and the full skirt. This dress looks like it photographs beautifully, is elegant but youthful, and can be danced in all night. I would love to pair it with super crazy detailed heels, big earrings, and a nice tan!

Which dress do you think I should choose?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Color Vibrancy Intensive Review c/o L'Oréal Paris

I love my platinum hair. The silver/lilac tones really stand out in a crowd and makes me feel strong, fierce, and beautiful. However, as much as I adore my platinum locks, I'm not super crazy about the chaotic upkeep. The constant bleaching and dying leaves my hair super broken, fried, frizzy, and just all around sad. This summer I literally lost about 1/3 of my hair from it being so broken that it fell out. It was awful and traumatic and really was just all around terrible. The experience taught me to definitely, definitely, definitely seek professional help when it comes to anything with bleach!

But now I'm on a mission to regrow my hair as much as possible. I thought it would be super fun to document this process and share with all of you what I have learned along the way.

This week I was so lucky to receive some products from L'Oréal from their Color Vibrancy Intensive line. They sent me their protecting shampoo and conditioner and their post color repair mask! 

They advertise the shampoo and conditioner as instantly repairing dry, damaged color treated hair. The bottles are 12.6 FL oz. and smell delicious. Each bottle retails at $4.99 so it's super affordable for the huge amount of product you get!  The bottle claims that it provides 60 days of color vibrancy and repairs fragile hair. I've only used it a couple times so far, but I definitely hopes it makes my hair stay vibrant! 

While I like the shampoo and conditioner a lot, I'm obsessed with the hair mask. The product retails for $6.99 and it's literally a steal. I take a couple dollops of it and lather the hair from root to the bottom. Then I roll it up in a bun and leave it in for about 10 minutes. Most of the time I put on a face mask and answer emails in between! The instructions say to leave it in 3-5 minutes, but I leave mine in longer because my hair needs a little extra tlc. After that, I jump in the shower, I rinse it out, put a little dollop of shampoo through my roots, then I'm good to go! The mask makes my hair so very soft and makes managing it so much easier.

The L'Oréal line has several different products that each target a different hair problem -- so there is definitely something for everyone! 

I can't wait to continue to update you on more on my regrowth process :) If you have any suggestions for posts feel free to comment them below! 

What are your favorite hair care products?

*I received all of these products complimentary of L'Oréal, but all opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Pom Pom Sandal DIY Tutorial

Hi everyone!

I can't believe that June is already in full swing. The summer really is flying by and I wish it would slow down. This summer I've been absolutely obsessed with pom-poms. I know that sounds crazy, but honestly, I have! My instagram feed has been absolutely filled with a bunch of different bloggers sporting all kinds of accessories with colorful pom-poms on them.

My favorite accessory this far has been the pom-pom gladiators -- a step up from the regular gladiators we have seen all over summer look books since last year. After spotting them all over my instagram feed, I looked everywhere to find an affordable version for a college student. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any under $250, which just wasn't affordable for me. So I decided to do what every stubborn creative broke girl does -- I decided to make a pair of my own.

I started off by purchasing these sandals from eBay for $13. I purchased them because I liked the extra long length of the ties and the gold color. The only thing I'm not crazy about is the thick band across the top of the shoe.

I purchased all of my supplies from Michael's craft stores. Even better, everything but the pom-poms were on sale. To create the band I measure the length from one side of the band to the other and cut out 3 of the same size of the fabric. I picked this one because I liked all of the colors in it and I liked the material. I then hot glued the fabric pieces across the band.

The most fun part about making the sandals was picking the beads that went on the sandals. I found pom-pom beads in the kid's craft section in Michael's. Then I scoured the clearance section and found an entire bohemian charm collection on extreme clearance. I ended up purchasing turquoise beads,  tassels, and arrow charms for only $1.99 each.

I definitely suggest purchasing the pom-pom beads because they have the ability to slide right onto the lace up strings. It made it so easy and quick to create the sandals I am so obsessed with.

I'm planning on wearing these beauties with everything from shorts and a white tee to sun dresses. I think they really make an awesome statement that can take any outfit up a dozen notches.

Designer : Luiza Martinez

If you're looking to splurge on this look, this pair is my absolute favorite! You can see all the designers different looks here.

Here are some of my other favorite pom-pom accessories for the summer!

I hope you love these pom-pom pieces as much as I do!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

My Sparklin' Commencement Ball c/o Glam Union

Commencement Ball is, like, THE event of the year when you're in college. This year I was asked to go by my boyfriend. After spending hours trying to figure out exactly what kind of look that I wanted I decided I wanted to do something a little bit edgier. Often, I'm the one wearing pink with cute curls and a doe-eyed glam look. This year I wanted to change it up a bit.

As I was searching for the perfect dress I stumbled upon Glam Union's Instagram page. I fell in love with all of their beautiful designs. Their dresses are tailor made, uniquely detailed, and down right breathtaking.

One of the biggest fears any girl has going to a formal is that someone else is going to be wearing the same dress as you. While I did see three girls wearing the same gown as each other, no one had a dress even close to mine. The unique cut outs, intricate beading, and gorgeous slit made my dress stand out against all the others.

The customer service with Glam Union was unrivaled. They sent my dress with more than enough time before my ball and were super friendly throughout the entire process.

This is the first time I have ordered a dress for a formal online, but Glam Union made the process feel easy and super comfortable. The fact that the dress was custom made me feel much more comfortable about the dress fitting and flattering my body type.

I decided to do my own makeup and hair for this look. I wanted my hair and makeup to be super glam with lots of glitter and a bronze feel.

For my hair, I curled my entire head with a one-inch curler and pinned them up for about 45 minutes. After curling each section, I let the curl roll up in my hand and pinned it right to my head to let it set. While doing so, I enjoyed a super deep cleansing mask and old episodes of Keeping Up With the Kardashians' in my Victoria's Secret Fashion Show satin robe.

I hair sprayed, added volume spray, and detangled with my fingers. Then I split my hair in the middle across my entire head, putting the back into a high pony tail. I pinned each curl up with bobby pins. For the front, I split it into two more sections, teasing the back section and pinning the front section over it, then pulled out a couple curls to frame my face.

For my face, I used primarily ELF products, with the Lorac contouring kit, Urban Decay's Smokey pallete, and Dodo lashes. I used e.l.f. Lock On Liner and Brow Cream  to  create super bold eyebrows. I used Lorac PRO Contour Palette with PRO Contour Brush to create a super contoured look on my face by using the darkest color under my cheekbones and a swipe of the lightest on my cheeks and Naked Illuminated Shimmer on my cheeks. On my eyes I used ELF's long lasting eyeshadow in confetti as a base with armor and slanted from the Urban Decay Smoky Pallate in the crease. Then I finished my eye look with lashes from Dodo Lashes.

I had such an amazing time, dancing my worries away and right into graduation. If you're looking for any kind of special occasion dress, I truly suggest checking out their website! Below are some of my other favorite gowns they carry that I will be checking out for future events.

Hope you love all of these looks! Make sure to check out all of the sponsors featured in this post!

Monday, April 18, 2016

A Splash of Summer: Fashion, Beauty, and Lifestyle for S16

How insanely beautiful is the weather today? Honestly, walking to class this morning in shorts and a tank top was like walking on cloud nine. There's something about the approach of summer that holds so much promise of bright adventure with new things to discover, explore, and do. Because I'm spending this beautiful Monday stuck in class, I wanted to share with you some really cool things I have going on this summer.

This summer I will actually be living in my first grown up apartment. For anyone that knows me, this is a huge deal and I am so excited about it. With the days of school quickly dwindling, this is my first foot in the door of being an actual adult. Since last summer I have been saving paycheck by paycheck to afford rent. However, with the keys to an apartment just a little out of reach, here are some home goods I definitely have on my list. 

Rolling Cart
Ikea || $29.99

A common theme that you'll find among this post is Margaritas. I am so excited for the summer weather because that means my favorite frozen drink comes back in full swing. I can't wait to have a little mini bar set up in my living room and I think this teal one adds the perfect splash of color.

3 Piece Wood Salad Set
Overstock || $29.49
One thing I am most excited about this summer is having a kitchen with a refrigerator that is actually taller than I am. This means that I get to actually try to cook, which I'm sure I'll mess up quite a bit. But one thing I know I won't mess up will be salad. A big, pretty bowl like this is super functional to use to keep a salad fresh all week long or pour a bag of chips in during a night in.

Mermaid Scale Shower Curtain
Society6 || $57.80

The other part of having a grown up house that is extra exciting is having a bathroom that I don't have to share with 20+ people. While I feel that an ocean theme bathroom is overdone, I decided to slightly derrive on it and do a mermaid theme. This shower curtain is super cute and would be the perfect statement piece.



Because my theme in this post is a splash of summer, I wanted to include a go to outfit for one of the most indicative dates that summer is here: Cinco de Mayo. While I don't have any plans for the big holiday yet, I can only assume that it will include being outside, chips and salsa, and cold margaritas.

shorts [similar]
Ulta || $25
Source : Loepsie
 This bronzer is super lightweight. It doesn't streak. You don't turn orange. That's a winner in my book.

PBJ Smoothie Stick

Birchbox || $15

This lip crayon is super pigmented with a glossy finish and bright pink color and smells like fruit. This will definitely be my go-to summer shade.

Everything Margarita Island
Bath and Body Works

Before Easter, I went on a crazy shopping spree in Bath and Body Works when I found this new smell, Island Pear Margarita. I literally bought it in every form I can. I love how light, fresh, and fruity it smells and it makes me dream of summer. My favorite out of this purchase was the candles (they literally last forever and make an entire room smell delicious), the spray (strong enough to enchant, light enough to not overwhelm), and the body scrub (I'm seriously obsessed. My new favorite product. Go buy it immediately).

All Things Island Margarita
What are your plans for the summer and what products are you currently obsessed with?

infinite x's and o's,