Spring & Summer Capsule Series | Vol. 2 (Denim)

Hello, friends! I bring you volume 2 of my Spring and Summer Capsule series! This post is all about jeans! I may do another post closer to summer regarding shorts, but for right now with this weather... I'm still covering my legs!

I think it's important to have a variety of jeans available for all seasons and occasions in your closet. For Spring and Summer, I like to have a good pair of white jeans, a light wash distressed pair of jeans and a dark wash pair available in my closet for a variety of occasions. I have listed below the jeans that I currently have and love, as well as some jeans that are on my wish list.


Let's start with this pair of dark washed, raw hem jeans. I got this pair a few weeks ago and I have been wearing them non-stop! They are ankle length with a 'chewed hem' as they call it and have the slightest distressing sprinkled on the front. But, these are the perfect running errands in my flip flops during the day and then throw on a pair of heels for date night pair of jeans! They fit maybe a little larger than normal, but I went ahead and got my normal size in the petite length (I'm 5' 2") and they fit great!

cardigan (currently 40% off!) | cami (currently 40% off) | jeans (currently 40% off!) | similar bag here and budget friendly here | bow wedges

$15 kimono | cami (40% off!) | jeans | bamboo clutch (less than $40 with free shipping!) | similar wedges

Second up are these distressed, high waist jeans. They are considered jeggings most likely because of how soft and stretchy they are. And pair that with the high waist and it's like you're basically wearing high waisted leggings! These were my first pair of high waisted jeans and to be honest, I don't know what took me so long! I'm much more comfortable in a mid or high rise jeans these days (RIP low rise). I got my true size in these, but they do run a big snug with the high waist! But, mine have stretched out a bit with wear.



Lastly, my favorite pair of white distressed jeans. I bought these last summer and have worn them constantly (besides the winter months) ever since! They have good stretch and are mid rise, so I feel a bit more confident wearing them. They are not see through and have butt pockets which is a must with white denim! I would say these run true to size as well.



denim jacket | tee shirt | distressed white jeans | designer dupe booties | similar bag | $8 sunnies

These are definitely my top 3 most worn jeans currently. I also wear this pair quite often and refer to them as my 'church' jeans 😂 Because there is no distressing on them and they are very basic and flattering!

I've linked to several other similar styles to these jeans below:

Dark wash:



Lighter wash / distressed / high waisted:



White jeans:



Happy Shopping!

My Nightly Routine (with Smile Brilliant)


*I was provided a complimentary teeth whitening system from Smile Brilliant in exchange for this review. As always, all opinions are my own! Thank you Smile Brilliant for sponsoring this post! 

As a working mom of 2 toddlers, it goes without saying that my life is very busy! On a daily basis, I feel as though I am being pulled in so many different directions. One of the main reasons I started my blog and have continued to post through this busy season of life, is to have my 'me time' everyday. Weather it's just taking the time to post on social media, post on the blog or follow along with other blogs and bloggers that inspire me.

I also look forward to spending the end of every busy work day at home with my family. Once the boys are in bed, I spend the last hour before I go to bed just relaxing and enjoying my 'me time'. During this time, I may write a blog post, catch up on a show, sip on a glass of wine and maybe have a snack. Usually around 9:30pm or so I start to get sleepy, so I will start my nightly routine. For the past month I've been coupling my skin care routine with Smile Brilliant's custom teeth whitening system and I've seen a huge difference in the color and brightness of my teeth!



It is no secret that I enjoy my daily cup (errrr... cups...) of coffee in the morning and a glass of wine or 2 during the week. So, it goes without saying that my teeth have started to yellow and stain over time. I had tried the over the counter teeth whitening systems in the past, but never really saw great results with them. And the teeth whitening procedures at my dentist's office were out of my budget. So, I was really happy when SmileBrilliant reached out to me for this collaboration!

Once I received my welcome package, I immediately opened it and started to make the molds for my custom teeth whitening trays. They made it so easy with step by step instructions on how to make the molds for the custom trays. Once the molds were dry, I placed them in the pre-addressed envelope that was provided in my kit and sent them off in the mail. Only a week or so later, I received my custom trays!




Once I received my custom trays, I was ready to start the whitening process. Smile Brilliant provides you with the teeth whitening gel as well as a desensitizing gel with your custom trays. I simply apply a thin layer of the whitening gel to the top and bottom trays and put them in my mouth to start the process. Because the trays are custom, the trays fit comfortably into my mouth and after a few moments, I forget they are there! I usually keep them in for about 45 mins to an hour (can keep them in for up to 3 hours). This is when I might finish up a blog post or catch up on a tv show before bed. Once I'm done, I just take them out, rinse them out, then brush my teeth as normal. I'll apply a small amount of the desensitizing gel in the trays and put them back in for about 20/30 mins while I wash my face and complete my nightly skincare routine. 



I've been using the trays now for over 6 weeks and I have definitely noticed a difference in not only the color, but the decrease in visible stains on my teeth. With so many other obligations during the day, it's so nice that this process doesn't interfere with anything that I wouldn't normally do! I can whiten my teeth while I blog, catch up on social media, or just wind down at the end of a busy day. 



I'm so happy that I get to offer my readers 15% off your Smile Brilliant order (with code: llstyling15

AND Smile Brilliant and I are hosting a GIVEAWAY! One lucky participant will win $149 credit towards their very own Smile Brilliant custom teeth whitening system!

All you need to do is click this link here: www.smilebrilliant.com/g/llstyling and complete all the entries required.

*This giveaway is live for one week and open to all USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents. 

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Shopbop Sale Picks!


Hi friends! I had another post scheduled for today (my second installment of my Spring/Summer Capsule series), but I had to share with you this awesome sale! Shopbop is an online retailer that offers designer/high quality merchandise with free shipping and free returns! You can also connect to your Amazon Prime account to get FREE 2 DAY SHIPPING

Shopbop only hosts a handful of sales per year, and there is a great one going on currently. You can receive 20% off your purchase under $500, or 25% off your purchase of $500 or more (with code 'EVENT18' at checkout)! I would suggest purchasing those splurge/designer items you have had on your wish list now! This sale is only 4 days long and most likely, the popular items will sell out so snag them today!

I already did some work for you and picked out my top picks from this sale. Right now, I would invest in good, quality sandals, handbags, beach totes, jeans, shorts, dresses, sunglasses and jewelry. I will be going over my picks on my instastories later today, so you can listen along while you view this post for more detailed descriptions!

Here are my top picks (click on the image to link to the item, affilate links are used):




Happy Shopping friends!

March Favorites (Most Clicked On + Sold Items)

Can you believe March is over? That means we are already 1/4th of the way through 2018?! I would say that month flew by, but for me the first few months of the year always drag! I am SO ready for some warmer temps! 

I wanted to share with you all some of the most popular items I've shared on the blog and instagram from last month. These posts are always a hit, so I thought I would go ahead and keep sharing them monthly. I use my analytics from RewardStyle (affiliate program connected to Liketoknow.it) to figure out the top purchased and clicked on items...


Let's start with the top 5 most clicked on items from March 2018 (in order from most clicked on):

1. This ruffle one-shoulder swimsuit (on sale now for $25!) : Now is the time to snag this suit if you haven't yet! It is on major sale! It's so flattering! One thing I will mention, is that it doesn't have any padding on top. So, I actually ordered these inserts to put in mine.

2. This pink loose-knit sweater (which is still available in a few sizes and color options!)


3. These super high-waisted distressed jeggings (On sale for less than $38!) - You guys these are the best jeans! I love wearing them because they really suck everything in with the high waist!


4. My favorite everyday BB Cream with spf 30.

5. Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser (Brightener) - The BEST under eye concealer/brightener!


Now, here are the top 5 most purchased items from March:

1. My favorite long sleeve, side slit tee was the most purchased items from last month!


2. Second most popular items were these designer dupe sunglasses from Amazon, which unfortunately look like they are sold out!

3. Another Amazon find, my palm leaf criss cross one piece suit. I bought this suit last year and I definitely plan to wear it again this summer! AND it's less than $22!

4. My high-waisted distressed jeans were also a top purchased item last month!

5. Last, but not least, my favorite new $20 bow slides were a hit with you all as well!


There you have it! The most popular items shared on LLStyling last month! 
Did you purchase any of these items? What are you loving for April?

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Spring & Summer Capsule Series | Vol. 1 (Tees)

If you caught my instastories earlier in the week, you know I've been working on cleaning out, editing and organizing my closet for spring. The first step was to go through everything and pick out items that I haven't worn in over a year that are still in good condition and try to sell them. I have a poshmark account (find me @lindsllstyling) and I've had some success selling my gently used, still in good condition clothes and accessories at some second hand stores here in town. Once that is done, I usually will donate all clothes that are left that I no longer wear or need. Once I paired down my clothing items to the stuff I actually wear, I started organizing everything by season. I put the spring, summer stuff on the side that is easily accessible and put all my fall/winter stuff on another side. I also went through all my accessories, handbags, shoes and jewelry the same way. 

In doing this, I was able to take some inventory of what I had in my closet already for the spring and summer seasons and what I needed to add to my 'wish' list. I was going to list out everything in one post, but I realized it would be lengthy, so I decided to break out everything into categories. 

For this first edition of my Spring/Summer capsule series, I'm going to talk about tee shirts! These are staples in my closet and I feel like you can never have too many comfortable, soft, easy to throw on t-shirts!

A few of my favorite t-shirts that I purchased last year were this Lush v-neck (I have the grey color in size MED, but probably could have done a SM), these Caslon rounded v-neck tees (size small, these run big) and this BP Raw Edge V-neck tee (in SM, run TTS). You may have noticed that all of these are from Nordstrom. And that is intentional! When it comes to a t-shirt, you might think 'why would I spend more money on a t-shirt?!' and my answer to that is because you wear them all the time! I have a few t shirts that I have purchased from Target or Old Navy and to be honest, they start to look bad after just a few times in the wash! AND, as always Nordstrom always offers free shipping and returns!


This Lush tee says 'dry clean only' which is silly. You do not need to dry clean this tee! I simply put it in the washing machine on delicate and flat or line dry. Easy peasy! And this one I probably wear most often!! It is so soft and has stayed soft and new looking for almost a year!

These Caslon tees are also a great staple and I will most likely buy a few more colors this year! I bought a few different striped versions last year and I'm loving the new patterns this season! The rounded v-neck is perfect too because it still has the flattering shape of a v-neck, but isn't too deep that you feel like you are 'exposed'! Nothing worse than hanging around with toddlers that like to pull at your shirt or when you bend over to pick them up and you feel like everything is hanging out lol! 


I love how soft and light weight these BP Raw Edge v-neck tees are and I'm loving all the new, bright colors for spring! I bought this one last year in a light pink color and wear it so much! I may have to snag this one in black and another bright color to wear with my white jeans


There you have it! My top pics for tees! I'm hoping to share a new volume of this series each week with a new staple item for spring/summer. 

Let me know in the comments what your staple items are for spring and summer!

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Outfits Lately + A Few Healthy Meals + Easter Books

Probably one of the more random posts I've done in a while, but I wanted to share all of this with you before the week got away from me! 

First things first... Let's talk recent outfits... I know some, if not most of you, don't use the Liketoknowit app and that's ok! You can always shop the outfits I post on my instagram from the tab  'shop my instagram' at the top of my blog. Or, you can wait until I round up all my outfits for the month and do one big post like this one! I linked to all the outfit items below each picture.

sweater | black jeans distressed myself (similar here) | similar flats | sunnies ($10!)

tee | shorts (currently buy one, get one 50% off jeans and shorts!) | similar tory burch sandals (budget friendly, cute sandal option here) | sunnies

long sleeve tee | high waisted distressed jeans (buy one, get one 50% off right now!) | peep toe booties

dress - On sale for $15!!!


sweatshirt (I sized up to a medium for an oversized fit) | high waisted crop leggings (budget friendly option here) | nikes (similar black ones here) | door mat


long sleeve tee (this color and grey are on sale for less than $12!) | shorts (buy one get one 50% off right now!) | converse slip ons


And now, a few meals I've made recently that were decent...


CRAB CAKES

So, I used the package of frozen crab meat from Trader Joe's to make these! I just thawed it out and used all the meat from the package (8 oz) and it made about 7 large cakes.

Ingredients:

+ Trader Joe's frozen crab meat (use the whole package)
+ 2 tbsps light mayo (can sub miracle whip, avocado mayo, etc)
+ 1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard
+ splash of worcestershire sauce (maybe a tsp? I didn't measure!)
+ 1 egg
optional: I added chopped onion and red pepper, gives it great flavor! I sauteed the onion and pepper first before mixing it with the above wet ingredients.

+ 1/2 cup bread crumbs (I used garlic and herd panko bread crumbs)
+ 2 tsps Old Bay seasoning

Directions:

Heat some oil (I used olive oil, but you could do coconut) in a large skillet over medium heat.

Mix together all wet ingredients in a small bowl, then add dry ingredients and mix. Form balls of mixture using your hands. Place in heated skillet and use a spatula to flip and flatten.

Mine took about 3/4 minutes on each side to cook, but you will know when they are done when they are browned and crispy on each side. So yummy!!


Another easy and healthy meal I made was roasted chopped sweet potatoes mixed with roasted yukon potatoes, roasted cruciferous crunch salad mix from Trader Joe's (got this idea from Beth! If you want some easy, yummy, healthy meal ideas you should watch her instagram stories!), and Trader Joe's Chili Lime chicken burgers (from the frozen section). I eat these burgers grilled with some grilled onion and yellow mustard. You could also add a bun or salsa or some other topping to jazz it up! 

I've also been trying to work on meal prepping more so I have my dinners ready for the crazy time of night when I'm trying to feed the kids! It's always hard to cook when they are home and hungry! So I like to have my meals ready for me to just pop in the microwave!

I use these or these meal prep containers from Amazon!



Finally, Easter is around the corner!! Some of you may have caught my little 'what's in the boys Easter baskets' video on my stories the other day. I decided to go ahead and give Camden and Bennett their little books early so we can read them for the next week before Easter! Here are a few of our other favorite Easter books we've been reading:


The Golden Egg Book: This one is vintage from my parents' house! I remember my mom used to put it out a few weeks before Easter on our coffee table and she would read it to me the night before Easter. The illustration in this book is so beautiful! I was so happy to see they still sell it on Amazon!


A few new ones we got this year for the boys: Count on the Easter Pups for Camden and This Lift-a-flap board book for Bennett. 

That was a lot and so random, but sometimes it's easier for me to share this stuff in more detail on the blog! 

Hope you all have a great weekend!! 

My Everyday Makeup Tutorial (all Drugstore Products!)


Hi Friends! I finally got myself together and filmed my everyday makeup tutorial! Let me just warn you that this video is very amateur. This was my first attempt at recording a video type of tutorial, so please be kind! Also, I'm typically able to do this complete makeup routine in less than 10 minutes, but since I'm talking so much through out the video, it is twice as long! Just wanted to share with you all what I do and what products I use everyday. I may try to update my makeup routine every few months, so I might update this one in the future. All products are linked below the video. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions!



Products used in order (affiliate links):

Under eye concealer/brightener (make sure it is the 'brightener')
Concealer (in the shade 'light')
Beauty sponge blender
Setting powder (in shade 'buff beige')
Setting brush
Eyeshadow palette
Eye shadow brush set
Top lid eyeliner (in 'black')
Bottom water line eyeliner (in 'defining black')
Mascara (in 'black')
Eyebrow fill duo (in 'blonde')
Bronzer
Powder brush
Contour palette (in 'light to medium')
Blush brush
Lip gloss (in 'radiant rose')


*Most of the products I listed are links to Ulta's website. Right now Ulta is offering a buy one, get one at 50% off deal! Any two items qualify!

Ulta is also currently running their 21 Days of Beauty event with new promotions on products everyday for the next 21 days! Click here for more information. 

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How to Transition Your Style for Spring (when it's still cold...)

*I'm co-hosting with NatalieAnnie and Owen for the Thoughts for Thursday link up today! If you are new around here, welcome! You can learn more about me and the blog here.

First of all, I want to thank all of you who messaged me on instagram after I shared on my stories that my mom was having surgery Monday! I'm happy to report, that she is doing well and is feeling a bit better everyday.

On a brighter note, I am so excited to share this post because my friend Abby (from Mom with Muscle) helped with the pictures and they turned out great! It's so fun to have blogger friends that live in the same town to help with this stuff so my husband doesn't get annoyed with taking my photos! 😆

Ever since March 1st hit the calendar, I have been on a spring kick! I am ready for warmer temps and to toss the coats and boots for at least a good 7/8 months! I think it's a pretty common feeling for everyone to be sick of winter by this time. Unfortunately, I live in Ohio where there is basically no spring and we are still having winter like temps in March... It even snowed some today! 😭 However, there is still a way to dress for spring while staying warm at the same time! I'm all about incorporating the spring colors as early as March. That means pastels, bright tones, white and light wash denim, light/neutral tone bags, fun/trendy sunglasses and peep toe booties


I was so excited when I saw this pretty pink sweater was on sale for under 10 bucks (the pink is now sold out, but comes in other colors), I had to snag it! I actually sized up to a medium for a more relaxed, cozy fit. 



This sweater pairs perfectly with this pair of white distressed denim and my new $35 (designer dupe) booties


Another way to spruce up your wardrobe for spring is to wear some fun, new colorful shades like these $8 rose gold aviators



(Shop this look below by clicking on the images)

Pink sweaters:



White denim:



Peep toes booties:



Neutral hangbag:



Sunglasses:




How do you transition your wardrobe for spring?

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