Top Pick Tuesday and We Couldn’t Be More Pleased

It’s Top Pick Tuesday and I couldn’t be more excited about this week’s top pick.

This product and brand is a favorite of both Christine and mine. We both love it for the same reasons and we hope that you love it too!

The product: Dry Shampoo

I have alway had the type of hair that I had to wash every single day. This was something that I never loved but I got used to over the years. I was first introduced to dry shampoo on a camping trip. I love to camp but the “no shower factor” was always an issue for me. I would generally bring a baseball cap or hat of some sort to cover up and still look/feel presentable for day two. So one weekend I went camping with a group of friends armed with a hat for my second day look. Saturday morning one of the girls disappeared for a few minutes to change and get ready for the day. She emerged from the tent looking so fresh! She was holding this can and said, “hey does anyone want to use my dry shampoo”? I was flabbergasted! Dry shampoo? Sign me up! I played around with a few brands over the years, some cheap some expensive, and settled on one in particular-which was introduced to me by another friend!

The brand: Batiste

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They have so many different options to choose from! You can pick one that smells nice, blends in with brown or blonde hair, helps nourish your hair, or gives you some extra volume. I’ve only used the original but I am very excited to try the rest.

It’s so easy to use too! You separate your hair into thirds by exposing your scalp, spray on the roots, let it sit for 1-2 minutes, and then brush your hair like normal.

This brand in particular stands out because it’s very affordable and really works! I have used other brands that are more expensive and have been less impressed. I have also noticed that the ones less expensive seem to wear off as your day goes on. With Batiste it lasts all day and I have even been tempted to go a third day. I haven’t tested my luck with this temptation, but just might have too if I find myself in a time crunch…or a Saturday where I don’t have to go anywhere.

The other big ah-ha about this product is that it can help you when styling your hair. I have a lot of thin and fine hair which means it doesn’t hold a curl for very long and it tends to lay very flat on my head…but dry shampoo helps with it! Spray it in your hair like my above directions illustrate and go about styling however you choose. It gives your hair more texture which increases its workability for up-dos or curls.

Like I said this is Christine and my favorite and we hope you love it as well!

❤ Jaclyn

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The power of “the blaze”

Hi, my name is Jaclyn Pinkham and I have a confession. I am OBSESSED with blazers.

My obsession started years ago on my 26th birthday when I bought a black blazer to
wear with my birthday outfit. The purchase was primarily out of necessity. My birthday is in November so it is COLD. I knew I would be walking around outside, in and out of different places and did not want to wear a winter coat. I wanted something that would be cute but also keep me warm so I bought a blazer. Little did I know that that wouldn’t be the end of it. I paired my new “find” with a cute little top, a pair of black skinny jeans, some ballet flats, and bam, I had my favorite birthday outfit.

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Since then my obsession has continued to grow. Today I have around 12 blazers of all different colors and patterns.

So you ask yourself:

Why are blazers so wonderful?: For starters they are very versatile. Meaning that you can wear them with different outfits for different occasions. I introduced my friend Melissa to the power of blazers and her direct quote is this, “blazers have transformed my wardrobe“. You can wear them to work, out on the town, or for a fun day with your friends.

For example the black blazer I bought for my birthday I later wore to work paired with black slacks and another more professional top.

Here are great pictures for a ‘professional look’.

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Now obviously these blazers are different colors and have different sleeves than my black blazer; but they serve as great examples of what I’m referring to as a more ‘professional look’.

**Helpful tip- if you are going for the most versatile blazer, one you can wear on many different occasions and with many different looks, buy one that hits you mid-hip and has long sleeves. You can ALWAYS roll or push the sleeves up if you choose too. This is helpful to me because, well, I’m on a budget so I have to get the most bang for my buck.

Here are great examples of ways to use blazers for a “night out on the town” look:

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And examples of a “casual/day” look:

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Where should I start?: My recommendation is to start with neutral and solid colors. Black, brown, white, grey, or navy blue. Once you find those start venturing out with red, pink, green, mint, yellow…seriously the options are endless. Then when you get more adventurous begin buying patterns or ones with different textures i.e. linen/leather/suede.

What style should I be looking for?: To get the most bang for your buck get a blazer that hits you mid-hip and has full length sleeves. I always go for a single button (so NO double vested) more structured look. Basically one that has a shape. If your blazer has structure and shape it gives your body structure and shape. 🙂 Notice in all the pictures above the blazers curve in a little around the waist and the shoulders are a little pointy. Not 80’s shoulder pad pointy but a nice straight line at the top of the shoulder.

**side note: they do make peplum and puffy shoulder pad blazers…stay clear of those for starters.

Where should I begin looking?  ALL of my blazers have been purchased for a very great price. The black blazer I bought was found at Sears. Yes, that’s correct. Sears. I also have found others at Target, J.C. Pennies, T.J. Maxx, and thrift stores! Buying them for a good deal helps you ease into the blazer world, figure out what you like the most, and move on from there.

Alright, that’s it! I hope you enjoy my obsession as much as I do! Share your tips in the comments!

❤ Jaclyn

Duchess Kate

Welcome back to Top Pick Tuesday. I hope you enjoy my top pick of the week!

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We all know and adore Kate Middleton, also referred to as Katherine Duchess of Cambridge. I’ve watched her and studied her beauty and grace and have settled on this, she is just remarkable! She carries herself so well, she is always dressed so classy, and to make it even better, she is usually adorned in something incredibly affordable. And no, I’m not talking about affordable for a Duchess, I’m talking about affordable for most people. She is often photographed wearing items that can be found off the rack. It’s incredible to me how someone who has access to money, designers, and can wear one of a kind items every day, chooses to go shopping for high street fashion. Check out this website for some of Kate’s affordable looks.

A great example of her behavior occurred this week, and is therefore my top pick of the week.

Kate was photographed at a charity event on Friday in a pair of gold dangly earrings priced at $45.oo. After seeing these earrings, fans went online to purchase the same earrings and the jewelers website crashed. Everything that she had in stock was sold and there is now a 3 week waiting list. This jeweler is beyond ecstatic. I’m beyond ecstatic and it has nothing to do with the earrings or that they are only $45.00 (ok maybe a little bit). I’m ecstatic mainly because these earring, the same ones that Kate Middleton is wearing the same ones that have a three week waiting list, were made by a family in a small village in Indonesia. Yes…that’s correct!! Now aunts, uncles, and cousins are rallying together to fulfill the current and future orders of these earrings.

This story is incredible to me. A woman who could use her royal position and  popularity to get anything she wants, is buying a pair of earrings made by a family in a small village in Indonesia. She chose to shop in a jewelry store that has fair trade, handmade items. This is a beautiful example of a star using her position for good.

She may never wear the earrings again, she may never think twice about the good she has done for this family (judging on past behavior though I bet she will). But I’m positive this family in Indonesia will think of her for years to come.

– ❤ Jaclyn

PHOTO CREDIT: EONLINE