Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Everyday Curls Hair Tutorial

Southern Curls and Pearls hair tutorial

I have been meaning to get together a hair tutorial for ages and ages, so I'm really happy to say that I finally shot one over the weekend! Let me preface this by saying I don't wash my hair and style it every day - on the days that I do wash it, I use this method to curl my hair, and then I'm pretty set to go for the next three days. So let's get started! 

1. Wash and condition hair - I always comb through my hair with the conditioner in it because it makes it so much easier to detangle! Once I'm out of the shower I either apply TRESemmé's Make Waves Shine Enhancing Cream or the Make Waves Shaping Gel Cream to my hair. I kind of alternate between the two (I was introduced to both at NYFW this year and fell in love with the products). The TRESemmé Make Waves Shine Enhancing Cream really does make my hair shiny especially when I apply the curling wand, while the TRESemmé Make Waves Shaping Gel Cream provides a lot of hold for my curls.

2. Next I blow dry my hair with this round brush and run through the roots (JUST the roots) with a hair straightener.

3. Next is the fun part - the curling! Start by sectioning off your hair with a large clip.

How to curl your hair

4. Starting with the bottom section, take a 2-inch piece of hair and wrap it around your curling wand, holding for only about 5 seconds. I use the ISO Beauty 25 mm Curling Wand to curl my hair… it's very affordable and works amazingly well - I've used it for the past year and a half to curl my hair.

ISO Beauty Curling wand… best ever

5. As you get to the top sections, you can curl smaller sections of hair until your entire head is curled. Here's an important tip - I hold the curling wand in the opposite hand of the side of hair I'm curling (ok this is confusing!). For instance, if I'm curling my hair on the right side of my head, I would hold the curling wand in the left hand. I think it makes it a lot easier! (See image below)

How to curl your hair

6. Last step is HAIR SPRAY! I love the TRESemmé Perfectly un(Done) Ultra Brushable Hair Spray because it's exactly that - brushable. Unlike many hair sprays that make your hair really stiff or sticky, this one allows for movement while also keeping your curls in tact. 

TRESemme Perfectly (un)Done Hair Spray doesn't leave your hair feeling sticky or stiff!
Southern Curls and Pearls hair tutorial
Everyday curls hair tutorial
Wearing: blue romper // Kendra Scott earrings (on sale!) // MAC liptick in "pink nouveau"

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments. I am thinking about doing a whole post on hair care in general - if you're interested in that please let me know!


Thanks to TRESemmé, a product of Unilever, for sponsoring this post!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Floral Winds...

Tory Burch wedges, really love these // strapless floral dress (wearing size XS)
Valentino clutch // Baublebar earrings, similar here // Michael Kors watch 
David Yurman bracelet // Celine sunglasses, similar here

Sorrryyyy y'all for wearing these wedges AGAIN, but I really can't stop myself - they go with everything! Although this color is sold out, I really love this pair that is the same color but slightly different. You really can't go wrong with a neutral wedge or heel in the spring and Nordstrom has plenty to choose from this season (see my picks below). 

It was really hard to take any outfit photos over the weekend - Charlotte was experiencing major windstorms! I don't know if you tell from these pictures, but my hair/dress were being blown everywhere (by the way I am obsessed with this floral dress). It was a great weekend though - I walked to some new restaurants in the area, went to see Cinderella (and cried five times, it is AMAZING) and ordered a lot of furniture online to try and fill up my empty apartment. I also got to spend the whole day Sunday with my best friend which was awesome! 

Busy week ahead… I hope everyone has a great Monday!



*Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post

Friday, March 27, 2015

My Spring Workout Routine...

loose fit tank (found the yellow in store) // similar Nike shoes
 black capris (most comfortable workout pants I own)

Let's discuss the outfit first and then get into the workout details, shall we? First off, I love love love going for morning walks and runs but sometimes in the spring it can still be in the 30s and 40s in the mornings… that's why this North Face jacket has been a life saver! Not only do I love the bright pink color but it's surprisingly warm for being so lightweight. It also repels water so I use it as a rain jacket even when I'm not working out (it looks really cute with jeans!). You can check out the entire North Face collection at Nordstrom here. (Side note - I also found these workout pants at Nordstrom and I've been obsessed with them ever since! They are the most. comfortable. pants. ever.) 



I receive a lot of questions about my workout routine so I'm going to share some of my favorite workouts with you today. Honestly, I've been really bad about working out for the past two months because of traveling during the week/weekend and trying to prepare for a move. So instead of a "set" workout schedule, I've just been fitting workouts in where I can, and some of them are super random! 

In general I try to do cardio three times a week and do weights or focus on a specific body part on the other days.

Favorite cardio workouts:

- Really long walks (yes this is a workout because it increases your heart rate! I love going on walks for about an hour in the morning or afternoon)

- Cardio classes: I love going to Jazzercise, zumba, kickboxing and a class called "cardio funk" at the YMCA. I LOVE to dance, so any cardio class that involves good music and dancing is a must for me. I always imagine I'm in a music video or something and it makes it more fun haha!

- Treadmill: If I'm pressed for time, I usually do an HIIT workout on the treadmill for 20 minutes (HIIT stands for high intensity interval training). I'll usually walk at a slow speed to warm up for about 5 minutes, then I'll run for 2 minutes, walk for 1 minutes, run for 2 minutes, walk for 1 minute - each time increasing the speed of my run. I only do this for about 20 minutes and it's tough but really effective!

I also try to get in as much physical activity as I can - I've been taking the stairs in my apartment building instead of the elevator, sometimes I park far away from the grocery store on purpose so I have to walk longer, etc. Any little thing helps especially if you can't get to the gym that day!

Favorite exercises:

- This is really weird/random but sometimes before showering I'll run through this exercise routine: 50 jumping jacks, 5 push-ups, 20 crunches, 20 mountain climbers, 30 second plank. Easy peasy.

8 Minute Abs: I have been working out to this video since college… it's an AWESOME workout for your abs (and I swear it really works) but it's also really funny because it's such an old video! Just wait until you see the outfits. "Come on, gang!" I try to do this three times per week.

8 Minute Arms: Again, funny, but I really think it works. I lift three pound weights.

I'd love to hear about some of your favorite workouts or workout videos! Now that I'm getting settled in a new apartment and won't have to travel for a while I'm hoping to get more into a routine.

*Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Embellished Sandals for Less Than $100

one // two
three // four
five // six

One of my favorite trends for this spring is embellished sandals… it seriously makes me happy to look down at my feet and see twinkling crystals - haha! Although there are a lot of designer pairs out there right now, you don't have to break the bank to get the same look. I rounded up six of the cutest pairs above and the great news is that they're all less than $100! Which one do you think is my favorite?! (The answer is this pair!)

Here's how I styled mine in Charleston this past weekend… (Psst. I own the Jeffrey Campbell "Dola" sandals below , but they are now sold out everywhere.)

Which pair is your favorite?!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Easter Dress

floral print dress, also love this dress & this one // Dee Keller pumps (use code SCP20 for 20% off)
Michael Kors watch // David Yurman bracelet // Kendra Scott earrings
Tory Burch dome satchel (similar) // Celine sunglasses, similar here
YSL lipstick in "le fuchsia"

How perfect is this dress for Easter Sunday? I love love love the bright colors and floral print. For church, I would definitely add a white or pastel-colored cardigan to this look to make it a little more modest. I also think it would look fabulous with a big hat! I've linked up some more of my favorite Easter dresses below in case you are still looking. I also want to point out these sky blue Dee Keller pumps - they are incredibly high quality (and worth the cost) and you can get 20% off the shoes with code SCP20! I can't wait to wear them all spring!

So yesterday was moving day and I'm happy to report that everything went pretty smoothly. I still have some clothes and belongings at my old apartment that I'm going to bring over today, but for the most part everything is moved in. Now I just have to work on finding a bed and living room furniture - eep. Pictures will be coming soon so stay tuned!!!



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Instagram Roundup

Happy Tuesday! Here are some of my most recent outfits from Instagram…  

Remember this romper from last summer? It is still one of my favorites to this day. I found a similar white one and pink one that are both in stock this year!

pink version here // white version here

I took a trip to Charleston with my friend Megan over the weekend and here's a little peak into my suitcase… this chambray top is one of my favorite casual tops of all time. 

If you're ever in Charleston you MUST make a stop by St. Alban for coffee. This vanilla latte was not only pretty but it was delicious - it was also really strong, haha! It was the perfect boost of caffeine to start off the day. And who doesn't love the marble table top? (They are throughout the entire cafe!)

You've already seen this outfit on my blog yesterday, but I just love this big door and the potted plants. I love walking around Charleston and just taking in the scenery… and dreaming of what my future house will look like someday!

white eyelet dress // straw bag // Tory Burch wedges // J.Crew earrings

Or I'd also take this house… ;) "Rainbow row" is a line of houses in Charleston that are colored like the rainbow. I love the pink and light blue ones!

Of course, caffeine was necessary the entire weekend… good thing there's a Starbucks in downtown Charleston too. 

J.Crew scarf // white jean shorts

I wore this to dinner to the restaurant Crafted… definitely a must-try in Charleston! They have a huge selection of beer for the men (I didn't try any) but I did love their potato skins and sweet potato tamales. 

Okay all I have to say about this next picture is that this top has POM POMS on the sleeves. Pom poms, y'all.

Off-shoulder pom pom top, similar tops and dresses here // white jeans // Loren Hope earrings 

This was taken on a trip to Greensboro a few weekends ago… I love this new scarf because it's really easy to throw over almost any outfit. Even though the weather is warming up, we still have some chilly days in NC.

Michael Kors watch // David Yurman bracelet // Kendra Scott bracelet // Pixi nail polish in "summer pink"

Lastly, one of my favorite outfits so far is this one! I wore this to my cousins' birthday party in Winston Salem… probably not the most practical thing to wear to run around with five-year-olds, but I did anyway! This floral skirt is a favorite for spring, and I can't wait to style it a few different ways.

So today is a big day, y'all! The movers are coming at 8 a.m. to move me over to my new apartment - woohoo! The really sad thing is that I'm starting from scratch furniture-wise. I don't even have a BED (or couch) yet so I'll be sleeping on an air mattress for the first month probably. I don't even care though - I'm just really happy to be in my new place! Follow along on snapchat (username: cmcoving) to see some sneak peeks.

Hope everyone has a great day!