Thursday, August 28, 2014

Make it Rayne















Cardigan: Fiore Boutique // Tank: Express // Shorts: 3 in Chino from J. Crew // Shoes: Michael Kors // Clutch: COACH // Necklace: Kendra Scott

Now that I'm back in Savannah, I lost my photographer and I'm back to being in a long distance relationship :( I will have to figure out fashion posts, but for now my new mirror from my moms art gallery will do! This is a look from Sunday filled with church, Zoe's Kitchen, and my football fantasy draft. Today I am actually driving back to Atlanta to spend some time with the boy over the long weekend! In the widget below are some similar items to the ones featured above. Hope ya'll have a wonderful (labor free) holiday! 







Side note, J. Crew is having 25% off which ends today! Shop your fall wardrobe here while it's on sale! 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Bellami Hair Extensions Review

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I purchased Bellami hair extensions back in May and mentioned them in this favorites post. Before purchasing, I did my research and felt they were the best quality at a reasonable price. Plus they actually had a promising strawberry blonde color to match my hair (which more or less made my decision for me). I ordered the 120g 18inch extensions because I figured would be more than enough hair for me.
 (I actually only use 3-4 pieces out of the 8 it comes with)

My hair is somewhat long on its own, but it has a very fine texture and looks stringy most of the time if I don't cut it every 5-8 weeks. These extensions allow me to have the HEALTHY looking long hair I've always wanted, but also check out my recent post on tips to grow long healthy hair here.  Although I do love them, there are definitely some key points I want to point out so you know what to expect before buying hair extensions in general.

THE GOOD:

Thick hair from root to tip

The rumor is true, these extensions really are thick throughout the entire length of hair. I compared them to extensions at Sally's and the Bellami hair extension is thicker.  Since this is the main reason I wanted extensions, this is first on the list! 

Keeps your curls

I have always preferred to style my hair curled in order to create more volume. Luckily, these extensions hold curl better than my real hair and don't even require hairspray. I usually apply hairspray to my hair prior to putting in the extensions to avoid excess product on the extensions and to help my hair hold the curl.

Easy color matching

I was SO skeptical to order hair extensions online because I have a somewhat unique natural hair color. This is really why it's taken me so long to try hair extensions to begin with. I really didn't want to deal with having a hair stylist dye them for me. Bellami had a good array of color options with multiple tones throughout them to help them blend in. Each set also comes with a trial strip to try in your hair before opening your full set of extensions and voiding the return policy. 

Clips stay in place

Even with my silky fine hair, I don't have an issue with the clips sliding out. They each have a rubber grip in them and I don't need to tease or hairspray to keep them in place. 

Great customer service

Having good customer service is required for an online company to last. When I first noticed a few loose clips in my first set of extensions, they didn't hesitate to send me another set. Plus, their emails are always energetic and personable. 


THE BAD:

You deal with two different hair types

As mentioned earlier, my hair is fine and silky. It was weird having a different hair texture that would wave after getting wet. It's important to consider this if you live in an extra humid environment and have the right products to use. I sometimes have the issue where the extensions are still curled and my hair has fallen out. 

You need to brush regularly

One thing I've noticed is how the Bellami hair extensions are pretty high maintenance. I always make sure to have a wide tooth comb with me because they can start gathering and look a little fake. A quick brush through always does the trick, though! I also prefer my own hair brushed out so this may be a personal preference. 

I can't wear them all day

My head will start hurting after a few hours of wear.When I get home (or in the car) and take them out, it's equivalent to the feeling of taking your bra off at the end of the day!





FINAL THOUGHTS:

Alright, now for the before and after photos, which I think speak for themselves. Even with the weird black strands, I would still highly recommend Bellami Hair extensions to anyone who wants thicker and/or longer hair. Bellami states their color options are treated in a way to help blend into your hair, and because they match my unique hair color I truly believe there's a color to work for everyone! They hold curls without hairspray and stay in perfect condition with minimal work required - I store mine in a banana clip and rarely wash or use a product on them.

 In the picture below, I only have in 3 clips out of I believe 8! Not to mention I have the lightest weight (grams) of hair offered. Apart of me wishes I got the higher grams to wear less pieces, but I think I may have been overwhelmed with all that hair initially. 




If you're interested in purchasing, visit their site here
If you want to see how I apply and style them let me know! This post is long enough without adding that in ;) 


xo Amanda


Read my tips for long healthy hair here 

UPDATE: I no longer use these extensions. See what I've been using for the last year and a half in this video





Monday, August 25, 2014

Mini Moments

First thing's first, SC got a little face lift over the weekend. It's been a long time coming, but I couldn't be happier to now have a design that better matches the blog I envisioned. When I first got started, I wasn't sure if I would stick with it long enough to invest the money into it, so I just found a free template online and haven't really thought about changing it. That is until I won a giveaway on Instagram a few months back. Chelsea from OLIVE & IVY gets all the credit (and another big thanks!), be sure to check out her blog as well as her designs

It's been a while since I've done a little Instagram update {follow me here}

 Fall came in a big way this past week, and after this weekend of heat advisories 
I couldn't be more ready for it. It got up to 101! 



 First week of school is in the bag, and I'm organized thanks to this planner. I've gotten a couple questions about my notepad, but unfortunately its from Henri Bendel a few years ago. 



 I snapped the picture while getting ready for this
CHARM mug : Kate Spade {love this one}// "a" mug // Lipstick holder {want this one} // Wine glass: Target dollar section


 My friend and I have an impromptu photo shoot in the new Kate Spade store in Atlanta (they moved malls). This was the cutest dressing room I've ever been in, don't you agree?! 
Scarf: Kate Spade outlet // Shoes

These shoes are definitely on the wish list. 


 A little MAC haul never hurt anyone. I picked up this lipstick thanks to Back2Mac, this lip liner, a new paint pot, and a double sided palette to condense my neutral eyeshadows into one. Expect an upcoming post on it soon!

This is my precious fur baby, sitting in the shade as I worked out at the park. Oh how I miss her! But no worries, I plan to come back to Atlanta for Labor Day :)

This past weekend I went bowling, and it's definitely been a while (my forearm is still sore). However I think I bowled the best game of my life, getting 3 strikes in a row!
Hat // Top: Francescas (old) // Shoes // Shorts  // Bracelet: Jewelmint



Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Favorites

1. THIS article really put into perspective just how deceiving those Instagram before and after photos can be. 

2. This is guaranteed to make your day 10 x's better.

 3. Being back in Savannah. I've missed my room/closet and friends! This is an old instagram picture from my old apartment, but I plan on showing the new place on the blog soon! 

4. Favorite print: via

5. I've been on a major shoe kick lately…heels will make a comeback in my closet. Check out 
my Pinterest board to see the latest and greatest over there. 



Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

That Vest Though




In case you haven't heard, this oh so popular J. Crew vest is back and hotter than ever. I somehow scored mine for 30% off, however the backorder status made up for it- November whaaa!

To show just how versatile this pattern is, I put together some of my favorites until I can style it for you myself! I love how these ladies mixed different prints, yet they all work! 

My store was already sold out, but you can get your hands on one HERE! If you're thinking about it, I would go ahead and get it while you can...you may have to wait a few months to get it while you decide :) 

Thanks for reading!




Photo Credits: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Blue Steel

















Shorts: Francescas (similar here and here) // Top: Atlanta Mart (here and here) // Wedges: Tory Burch // Clutch:Rebecca Minkoff  // Necklace: BaubleBar // Watch: Kate Spade // Bracelets: Coach, Stella and Dot, & Tory Burch

This weekend Tim came down to help me finish moving, and once the mess was put away we got to enjoy the rest of the weekend. Vic's on the River in historic Savannah never disappoints, and the next day I finally got the macaroons I've been waiting all summer for. Because my outfit photos didn't turn out as great as planned (as we were rushing to make our reservation) it's not an official fashion post, but  I wanted to try and get up what was salvageable :) Plus, I couldn't pass up the blue steel photo above.

Today was my first start to my second year of school, so this post is up a tad later than planned. However, I'm looking forward to getting back on a schedule! Happy Monday :)