The Staple Dress Every Girl Needs for Summer

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Dress | Heels | Clutch | Watch

It’s only May, and we have already been having some scorchers in Texas, y’all. Any other Southern girls out there feeling the pain? While I love warm weather style, sometimes certain outfits aren’t always great for beating the heat, but I believe I found the perfect staple dress for those hot summer days that every girl needs in her closet.

If I know I’m going to be outside for a summer get-together, I always take note of the color I’m wearing. Everyone sweats, it’s just a part of life, but being mindful of choosing colors that won’t show it (like my navy dress here) is really important. Also, prints can mask evidence of sweat, too (and spills, lol). White is one of my favorite colors for summer because it doesn’t show sweat much, either, and it’s just so cool and breezy. However, I know I’m a spiller, so if I’m going to be drinking wine or eating anything messy, I won’t pick a white outfit. Seems obvious enough, but going through exactly what your day is going to look like before picking your outfit will help you make better choices with your outfit.

Another reason I love this dress is that it has a great price point. At only $26, it’s perfect to have in your closet because it can be worn for so many different occasions. I am guilty of wanting to spend my cash on unique pieces instead of staples, it’s something I’ve always been bad about, but picking out a staple dress like this one (or simple jeans and casual tops like this outfit) is really the way to go. It’s the perfect “nothing to wear” dress because it’s flattering with its shift style, trendy with its cold shoulders, and the material can be dressed up or down. I added some heels and a clutch to show how it can be worn for the evening, but swapping out the heels for flat sandals and a clutch for a tote would make it perfect for brunch or a day event.

Do you have a favorite staple dress?

Photos by: Brandon Hill

Strong Hair Don’t Care: My Pantene Hair Care Routine

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So, now that I’m blogging full-time, I have created a list of goals to accomplish in next year or so. They range from personal goals to professional aspirations, with some being very attainable and some being a bit far-fetched.

One of my goals was to start adding more of a beauty aspect to my blog, focusing on hair care in particular, and I am so excited to say that I’m getting a jump start on that already! I am partnering with Pantene to show you their amazing new Breakage Defense Shampoo. (Did anyone else dream of being a Pantene girl one day, because I did!!)

First of all, I mean, just look at my hair in these photos. My hair is a bit damaged from color-treatments and curling it but the difference I’ve seen once I started using these products has been incredible! The difference is that Pantene’s new shampoos actually penetrate into the core with nourishing lipids and antioxidants, replenishing hair’s lost moisture (which happens from coloring and using hot tools). Using their new shampoos will protect hair from present and future damage. I know that I don’t have to stress as much when I’m blow-drying and curling my hair because the shampoos are actually putting something back in, leaving it shiny and healthy!

I also used to be nervous about washing my hair every day (I would sometimes not wash it after a workout…lol) because it would just dry it out, but with Pantene’s new formula there’s no need to worry. These shampoos DON’T strip your hair of their natural nutrients and instead make it extra silky (these photos say it all, really, have you seen my hair look this healthy before?).

I am all for this new line of shampoos because they work well and they’re affordable. I have SO much hair, y’all! It’s not getting clean with a quarter-size dollop; I need to be able to use as much as I need without worrying about the price. Also, you don’t need to make a run to a beauty store, you can grab it while you’re on your regular supermarket or grocery store run!

Photos by: Brandon Hill

In partnership with Pantene