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The lip balm that [almost] got away

A few months ago my newest favorite beauty brand, Root Pretty, had an offer: free lip balm  + shipping. Sorry… what? Like… a free lip balm? Okay, I’m totally in. Especially because I’m in LOVE with Root Pretty these days. Not only is the packaging 100% my kind of thing, but so are the products – all organic, vegan, gluten + paragen free. YES PLEASE.

So I picked out the Pretty Balm in the Ballet shade, because HOW PRETTY IS THIS?

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and I LOVED it.

and then…

one day…

I was pretty sure that I dropped it in the garbage. I waded through as much of the garbage as I could stomach before I gave up. I admitted defeat and went about my life.

Recently, I discovered a bag of random stuff in my room. I decided to go through it and put it all away, and there… at the bottom of the bag…. was my ROOT PRETTY PRETTY BALM!

WHAT WAS LOST HAS NOW BEEN FOUND. PRAISE HANDS EMOJI!!!!!!

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If you’re in the market for some really good beauty stuff, I highly recommend Root Pretty. I personally use their Pretty Booster and Mineral Foundation every single day. I LOVE that they allow you to buy sample sizes so you can find the right color for your skin tone.

This isn’t sponsored or anything I just really love Root Pretty and I want everyone in the world to love them, too. If you use this link you can get 10% off your purchase and if you spend at least $25, I’ll get a $10 gift card (which I’d appreciate, but I’m cool if you just get the 10% discount).

Have you heard of Root Pretty? If you checked out their site, what would be the most excited to try? 

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My favorite lazy girl hair supplies

Raise your hand if you have a Pinterest board dedicated to hair.

Raise your hand if you have like 500+ pins on said pin board.

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Raise your hand if you cannot even begin to be bothered by 99% of hairstyles on said pinboard.

If you raised your hand for all three then hello. We’re the same kind of people.

I like my hair long, unbrushed, and out of my face. That means I tend to do my hair the exact same way everyday. It’s so easy let me give you a tutorial. Take a small portion of the front of your hair. Pull it back right above your ear. Take two bobby pins and secure the hair in an X shape. Voila. That’s my go to hair style. Picture for proof:

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But every so often I do really fancy things like brush my hair or put a braid in it (the basic white girl version of the Portlandia “put a bird on it” concept) or even curl it. A few months ago I gave you a list of things that were perfect for an on-the-go hair kit, and now let me give you the Stephanie Orefice tried, tested & approved list of lazy girl hair supplies.

ONE // Kiss Instawave
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There are no words for this magical tool. It’s the simplest curling iron IN THE WORLD. Check out this video I made last year talking about it:

The kiss Instawave is responsible for the following fabulous hair day:

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TWO // Beauty + Protect Detangler and Heat Protector
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Y’all, IDK if heat protectors really work. All I know is that every so often I decide to be fancy and blow dry my hair, and to do that I must brush it. Which is a NIGHTMARE. Enter in this A-MAZE-ING smelling product which helps get rid of tangles and apparently protects your hair from the nasty heat of styling. I love it.

THREE // BOBBY PINS

Did you read my daily hair routine? Bobby pins are like the most essential. I keep them everywhere. Pockets, the floor of my office, sometimes I find them in my bed… they are SO IMPORTANT. I’ve seen Pinterest ideas about keeping them in tic tac containers and stuff but I prefer to let my bobby pins roam free.

FOUR // Baptiste Dry Shampoo
[amazon / target]

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I’m a fan of the dry shampoo thing. It is actually brilliant. Like hey I’m having a pretty okay hair day on the bottom but it’s kinda greasy up top, so let’s extend this bottom heavy good hair day by spraying some magic powder onto your roots. I’ve tried a few different kinds of dry shampoo but as of right now I swear by the Batiste Dry Shampoo in the tropical scent. Coconut & exotic?! Yes please!

 

Okay those are my four must have lazy girl hair products. Anything I should be trying/adding to this list?

 

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Happy all the things.

Hello everyone. Remember me? My name is Stephanie and this is my blog, which I have not forgotten about.

Emily and Katie literally texted me and asked if I was dead because I haven’t blogged in awhile.

Yo I was a last-minute camp counselor for an army of 7 and 8 year old girls, which looked like this:

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and then it was a lot of catching up on life after that. But alas, I am alive.

So happy everything. Birthday, Day, Anniversary, Graduation, Celebration, surviving the day… happy all the things. What is your “Happy ______” right now? Tell me in the comments. I want to celebrate things with y’all.

How about Happy Pokemon Go?

I am seriously OBSESSED with Pokemon Go. I’m kind of ashamed and kind of “oh my gosh there’s a lure a block away!” I LOVE that it’s getting people out and about, especially when the weather is SO NICE. and in a world that is FULL OF broken hearts (the news super kills me these days), ANYTHING that tears down racial, social, economical walls is fine with me. Let’s all go catch some Pokemon together. I wish I could give y’all my Pidgeys because I now call them “ugh freaking pidgeys.” SO MANY OF THEM!

Justen and I went to downtown Vancouver the other day and the place was swarmed with people catching Pokemon. It was a beautiful day, so we stopped by Compass and got iced mochas and I NAILED my FitBit goals.

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Y’all. Let me tell you about this dress.

I found this dress on clearance at Target for $7.48 (70% off). Cartwheel had an additional 20% off clearance offer, and I used my Red Card to get an ADDITIONAL 5% off. Which means this dress cost me a whopping $5.70. Oh. Snap. I had MULTIPLE people comment on my dress – the lace and the POM POMs! It’s the CUTEST. It’s for sale on Target.com, but be forewarned it’s still $24.99 🙂 It’s so cute though!

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Justen took these super album-cover worthy photos of me, haha. Leaning against the brick wall, one foot up… either album cover or Senior Portraits. Also my hair in those pictures… don’t worry, I immediately made it look less… weird.

Recognize the sandals? My favorite BCBG sandals I got from TJ Maxx for $4 after waiting a year to find some! I wear them all the time.

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and guess what! This pretty bracelet… it’s actually my FitBit! I had the normal plastic colored ones and HATED how they NEVER matched my outfits – it made me never wear them, so I finally caved and bought this pretty rose gold bracelet from Amazon. I LOVE it. It’s heavier than I expected, but it’s okay because it actually feels more like a bracelet than anything. The only thing that kind of sucks is that it’s not sleep-in-it friendly. But it makes my FitBit so much more relevant to my everyday life that it’s a small price to pay.

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and here’s my favorite afternoon downtown partner in crime, at our favorite downtown coffee spot. He’s the cutest and as I am looking at this picture it is still crazy to think that he’s chosen to be with me for half a year. Happy half a year. 🙂

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and just because Compass is so cool. These lights are above the table Justen was sitting at.

SO. Let’s recap this Happy Pokemon Catching Summer Afternoon Downtown outfit.

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Dress / Target $5.70 (exact)
Sandals / BCBG $4 (similar / similar)
Purse / Coach – a gift from my aunt
FitBit Cover / Amazon (exact)

My outfit, minus FitBit cover… was a whopping $9.70. When I say that I am a thrifty shopper… I 1000000% mean it. That’s a LOT of percent, by the way.

Well. I’m off to go find some more Pokemon. Not sure if you’ve heard… but I gotta catch’em all.

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Sunny Saturdays

The weather in the Pacific Northwest has been so weird lately. It’s global warming, I swear. One sunny Saturday, we got up early and headed down to the Vancouver Farmer’s Market. We snacked on cherry vanilla almonds (so good, y’all) and tried some samples before picking up iced mochas at our favorite coffee shop, Compass Coffee.

When I was in 12th grade, I started wearing skirts. A few years later, I started wearing dresses. When I lived in California it was nothing but shorts, then I began wearing pants… and I’m starting my love affair with skirts all over again.

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and just because I like to keep it real, just going to share with you some of my favorite not-so-awesome-but-still-really-awesome-pictures Justen took of me.

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Top // LC Lauren Conrad (similar and similar LC one)
Skirt // LC Lauren Conrad (actual one and similar)
Shoes // BCBG (similar and similar)
Purse // Merona, a knockoff of this super cute Kate Spade one
Almond Milk Iced Mocha // Courtesy of Justen and Compass Coffee ;D

Immediately following these pictures, we spent a few hours wandering around the air-conditioned mall before heading to a gender reveal party for his brother and sister-in-law. They’re having a boy! I wished it was a girl so I could buy a lot of cute girl things, but now I walk around and lose it over the cute boy things (like this onesie and this cute little hipster outfit and this cute little summer outfit and this outfit and oh my gosh I’ll stop now). Afterwards we went to Famous Dave’s for dinner, and I had catfish for the first time in my life. It felt like a really big deal, since Catfish is my favorite TV show. Verdict: I’ll stick with the TV show.

Next time we go to the Farmer’s Market, I’m going to go home with a big basket of strawberries and a big bunch of flowers. I’m also going to indulge in a Nutella and Banana waffle from Hello Waffle because I stood there smelling and drooling at the waffles before ultimately walking away. But next time, you are mine nutella and banana waffle!

Can I also just say that I love honey sticks. I freaking LOVE honey sticks. Like I literally have been mentioning how much I love honey sticks for three years. It’s one of my favorite things to get at a Farmer’s Market because they’re cheap and small and DELICIOUS. And local honey is good for battling allergies. I never get allergies but I also always eat local honey sticks, soooo…. 🙂

Here’s to many more sunny Saturdays.

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Updating your wardrobe without breaking the bank

This post was sponsored by Groupon. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

A few days ago, I shared with you one of my newest favorite outfits, and I humble bragged about how it only cost me $17. Because here’s the thing, y’all: I. am. cheap… maybe even cheaper than cheap. To give you an example, I was at a thrift store and saw a pair of shoes I liked well enough for $10. But I didn’t get them because I thought $10 was too much for a like-new pair of shoes. I seriously am that cheap.

Like I also mentioned, I LOVE clothes. I love pinning outfits on Pinterest, I love trying clothes on, and I love hanging clothes up and putting them in my dresser (not to be confused with laundry, mind you). Clothes very well might be my love language, if that’s even possible. The 6th one nobody really talks about because they don’t want to be misunderstood. Come let me give you a hug and tell you that your shirt is cute, because I have your back.

I see people post outfits and share that their pants cost $60 or their shirt was $45, and I can’t fathom that. I keep thinking “I spend $20 at a thrift store and I feel like I’m making it rain money.”

You can imagine that when I buy a brand new article of clothing, it is a big freaking deal. I’m ALWAYS looking for ways to make brand new clothes more affordable. When I walk into a store, I walk right past the displays at the front and past the new arrivals and 20% off sales” and I make my way to the “Additional 60% off clearance” racks. I love when my mom gives me the $10 gift cards you get if you spend a certain amount of money, because I can buy a clearance shirt for thrift store prices. I’m crazy about this stuff, y’all!
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The other day, Justen and I were trying to find a code for Redbox (good news – he’s cheap too!) and suddenly he asked me if I knew there was such a thing as Groupon Coupons, so we spent time looking through all of the different coupons they offer. Lo and freaking behold, guess what they have coupons for? CLOTHING STORES!

Not just lame, irrelevant stores I never shop at. That’s the worst, right? When you stumble on a great deal for stuff you have no interest in. Groupon Coupons has coupons for stores I love like Aerie, Macy’s and… wait for it… Kohl’s (HELLO, LAUREN CONRAD!).

Even if you’re not as crazy cheapskate as I am, Groupon Coupons has plenty of great deals you should always check before you buy anything. As if Groupon couldn’t get any better 🙂

What are your tips/tricks for buying new clothes without making your bank account weep?

 

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Lace and jewels

My last post was full of encouraging quotes and affirmations and this kind of “GO AFTER IT” mentality, right? It was all about bringing out the bold. and chasing your dreams. You know what my big, not-so-secret dream is? To be a full-time blogger who occasionally dabbles in fashion posts. Because hello I love clothes and I feel like if I can use my clothes to help my blogging, then I should always be investing in clothes. That makes sense, right?!

You know how the Bible says that perfect love casts out fear? I’m starting to slowly understand that. I’ve always been nervous about having someone take pictures of my outfits, but somehow Justen makes me feel secure enough for me to ask him to take pictures for my blog. He supports my dream of blogging and sometimes out of nowhere he tells me that I dress cute (CHA-CHING!) and I’m going to be brave and step into that and let him help me.

We decided to head down to Compass Coffee to do some internetting, and I asked him to take a picture of my outfit to share… because it’s super fly, y’all.

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Top / Papaya (similar)
Jeans / American Eagle (similar)
Sandals / BCBG (similar / similar)
Bag / Merona

Guys, this outfit was DIRT CHEAP. I found the top at Papaya on clearance for $5. The jeans were a Goodwill find for $8. When I saw Mattie post this Kate Spade handbag (VERY similar), I almost started crying because it was SO CUTE. So when I spotted a very similar one at Target (WITH A BOW AND EVERYTHING!) for $11.50, I bought it. The SANDALS, y’all! Last year I became OBSESSED with these super expensive sandals Caitlin posted. Like… I purchased similar ones from JustFab in February, but I saw these ones gracing the shoe rack of TJ Maxx. I watched them and watched them and watched them… and one day, they were on clearance. and I had a $15 gift card, and the grand total of my brand new BCBG sandals was…. $4.

Overall, this outfit (minus the purse, which I use every day so I don’t really count that) cost me $17. Most of my outfits cost me under $20, so I’m excited to start sharing that with y’all!

I’m trying to get back into the blogging groove. Wish me so much luck.

Choose which inspiration quote you think I should end this post with:

A. Dreams don’t work unless you do
B. Don’t stop, get it get it
C. The best way to get things done is to simply begin
D. All of the above
E. Other (you’d better drop it in my comments!)

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