Succulents: The Plants for All of Us Without a Green Thumb 

Succulents: The Plants for All of Us Without a Green Thumb 

You’ve seen them everywhere… Instagram, weddings, placed on a bookshelf at your favorite bloggers home…you name it. Succulents are admired by many.  And if you are like me (lacking a green thumb to say the least) succulents are the way to go. Easy to take care of, these little beauties are a great way to add a little more greenery into your life.

All of my succulents (besides one …that was on a shelf in our bedroom…poor guy didn’t get enough sunlight!) have survived. Here are a few simple tips to keep yours long living and beautiful! 

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Succulents; Diverse plants that have the ability to store water in their leaves and stems. 

Little water, lots of sun.
These little guys are tough. Since they store water within their leaves and stems they need little water, but they thrive in sunlight! You only have to worry about watering your succulents about once a week during spring/summer. (In winter months they can last up to a month without water.) Most importantly, place your succulents outside in bright light! If your succulents are inside you want to make sure they are near a window with lots of natural light. 

Potting
As you scroll down Pinterest, you will find multiple pictures of succulents in glass terrariums. Although they look absolutely-adorbs, glass terrariums are not the best potting for your succulents. Plant your succulents in a breathable material planter ( after doing research it seems like a ceramic or terra-cotta planter is best.) Also making sure your pointer has a drainage hole is super important to. 

Soil Using the right soil can prolong your succulents life. I purchased Black Gold Cactus Mix ( about $6 from Ace Hardware.) There are multiple other soil add-ins you can add to your soil, but again I’m lack a true green thumb so simplicity is key for me. 

Summer Wear

Summer Wear

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Top: Keepsake (similar) Jeans: J Brand, Bag: Loeffler & Randall
Shoes: Dolce Vita (now on sale)

As you can most likely tell from my last posts, I may be a little obsessed with my J Brand Cropped Jeans. I will without-shame admit, I basically live in them. We made our current two bedroom place into a one bedroom/large closet. I mean…that’s was necessary, right? In this room stands an actual closet & a large rolling rack with all of my favorite pieces. It’s safe to say these jeans and this top are always on that rack. My summer motto when it comes to getting dressed will be focused around put together-no-fuss outfits.

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Olive & Cream

Olive & Cream

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Top: Chaser, Jeans: Citizens of Humanity, Shoes: Steve Madden, Bag: Banana Republic

This week I have begun…dun dun dun….spring cleaning my wardrobe. I’ve finally come to the conclusion that it does not matter how much I have in my closet, what matters is how much I love what is in my closet. I find myself wearing the same colors repeatedly, and I always tried to force to myself to buy colors I didn’t have or that I thought that I should wear.  But I have learned there is a reason that I don’t have any hot pinks or bright bright colors in my closet…because I never wear them. For instance, the bright pink flowy top I have hanging up in the back of my closet. It only comes out for Easter occasions or if I am having a “everything I wear is neutral moments.” I am not saying that I will never wear a yellow or hot pink hot again, but now I know that I don’t have to have it…because…well…I probably won’t wear it that much.  I feel the best and most put together when wearing neutrals so why fix it if it isn’t broken? That being said, I’m going to start investing in pieces that I will feel good in, not because I feel like I should wear them. Like these high-waisted cream jeans. I seriously want to wear them with everything in my closet ( well, everything that is left at least.)

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APRIL BEAUTY BUYS

APRIL BEAUTY BUYS

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ONE.
Clinique Moisture Surge

One of the most important things that I want to work on before our wedding, is getting my skin to look as flawless as possible. But of course that is easier said than done. Well, I am starting to think I am on the right track, but one of the problems with trying so many different products and methods is that my skin was incredibly dry. For the longest time, I struggled with finding a moisturizer that didn’t make my skin oily. But finally I have discovered my miracle product. The Clinique Moisture Surge Cream feels like it was made for my skin. It is so lightweight, I feel like I have nothing weighing down on my face. Plus, it is Oil Free so my face doesn’t feel oily or greasy.

 

TWO.
Everlasting Lipstick

I’ve always been a fan of Lime Crime ( and forever will be.) But this products is like the twin-sister of Lime Crime. It is not as matte as Lime Crime, but stays on just as long and doesn’t wear easily. It first looks like it will set as a gloss finish but it quickly turns to a matte look.

THREE.
Age Defense BB Cream 

Before I really knew what a BB Cream was (Beauty Balm)  I always purchased a CC Cream (Color Correcting.) I never over-thought the difference between them. It is recommended to use a BB Cream for more coverage and a CC Cream acts more of a products that lessens redness. Suffering with acne scaring, I decided to try the BB Cream and I can certainly say I decided right. Instead of wearing my foundation during the day at work, I will opt to just wear my BB Cream. It’s more lightweight and covers very well. If I have a blemish spot or abnormally dark circles under my eyes, I will simply ass a bit of concealer and Voila!

ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH A BALSAMIC GLAZE

ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH A BALSAMIC GLAZE

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Brussel sprouts…we hated them as children…but we can love them as adults. This recipe is one of my favorite weeknight recipes, whether they are simply acting as a side or they are placed on top an arugula salad. Although they do slightly stink up our little shotgun-style home, this recipe is without a doubt a keeper.

Ingredients
16 oz. Brussel Sprouts
4 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
Balsamic Glaze
Course Salt & Black Pepper

Directions
Preheat oven to 450

Remove bottoms from each Brussel sprout and slice.

Toss sprouts in Olive Oil, Dried Oregano, Garlic Powder. Add salt and pepper to preferred taste.
*Personally, I wanted to keep this recipe a bit on the healthier side so I opted out for a ton of salt. I lightly seasoned with salt, but added heaps of ground black pepper.*

Spread Brussel Sprouts on a sheet pan and lightly drizzle Balsamic Glaze over sprouts.

Place in oven for 15 minutes.

When ready, add extra salt and pepper to taste and drizzle Balsamic Glaze over spouts before serving.

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Denim On Denim

Denim On Denim

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Top:Bella Dahl (similar) , Jeans: J Brand, Earrings: Anthropologie (similar),  Shoes: Steve Madden (similar)

Mastering the denim on denim look is definitely not an easy conquer. In a way, it doesn’t make much sense. And let’s be honest…it is a frightening thought that you may end up looking like Britney Spears at the 2001 MTV Music Awards.

After a long week, Happy Hour was a must one afternoon.  Wanting to wear something fun but a little different from everything else in my closet, I tried the easiest version on the “denim on denim” concept. Simply… lighter denim on top of darker denim.  Added a few colorful accessories, bright lipstick and done.
Next thing on my mind was what drink to order during happy hour.

A few tips on wearing denim on denim…

Stay away from wearing denim on denim AND wearing denim accessories. If you do that it is a promise that you will look like Britney Spears in 2001.

Try adding a heel or wedge to your denim on denim style. It gives your outfit a put together look. Or if you are a flats person, try a bright colored flat that will grab attention.

Start with a lighter denim and then a darker denim either on bottom or top. If you feel like you have mastered this look, go for slightly similar denims. Mix and match similar shades by adding texture, like a cropped distressed denim skinny jean and sleeveless denim top.

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White Vest &Tangerine Lipstick

White Vest &Tangerine Lipstick

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Vest: Central Park West, Jeans: J BrandNecklace: Zenzii (similar)
Shop Locally NOLA: Vest, Jeans & Necklace currently available at Shop Angelique
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Shoes: Forever 21
Bag: Loeffler Randall (similar

I am all about trying to find the “perfect third piece.” You know, that third item of clothing that you wear that either makes or breaks your entire outfit. I’ve learned through trial and error that it is best to stick to basics when it comes to your third piece. Instead of buying a hot pink cardigan that you will only wear once and while, invest in a neutral piece. This white vest is the perfect versatile fashion piece. Wear it now with jeans and a white tank. Wear it in the Summer with a pastel dress. And wear it during Fall with a black long sleeve turtle neck and dark denim.

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Q & A With Native Polish

Q & A With Native Polish

SPRINGING TO SPRING

SPRINGING TO SPRING

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Top: J.O.A
Jeans: J Brand (on sale now!)
Bag: Loeffler Randal (similar)
Shoes: Soludos

Warmer days, mimosas in hand (actually that isn’t a spring-qualification but it doesn’t hurt anything..) and lighter clothing…it is officially beginning to look like Spring. I’ve adopted some lighter locks and am back to blogging.  What am I most looking forward to wearing this spring? Espadrilles, lightweight tanks and  tons of sundresses. Easy style with a bit of unexpected flare.

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FEBRUARY BEAUTY BUYS

FEBRUARY BEAUTY BUYS

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LORAC PRO MATTE LIP
So many times I have tried a lipstick and thought to myself, “Finally. This is the one.” To only find myself looking for a new brand a month later.  The first few times I wear it, perfection. but after a few weeks of thinking it’s the best lipstick ever, the smudging and bleeding begins. But finally I have found another keeper to hang with my other favs, Kat von D & Urban Decay Revolution. Lorac Pro Matte. It glides on easily and actually stays put.

STILA SHADOW PALETTE 
This palette is a perfect “everything palette.” If I’m looking for a more sultry eye, I have the perfect dark shades, but if I’m looking for a subtle light everyday look then I have that in this palette as well. Not to mention I also love the sleek gold compact.

AVEDA AIR CONTROL HAIRSPRAY
I received a sample size of Aveda’s Air Control hairspray in a gift-bag from a jewelry launch party that I attended a while back.  I had not actually used the hairspray until running out of the house and grabbing it to through in my bag. Once I used it, I was hooked. It’s so different form any other hairspray I have used. It holds but doesn’t make my hair feel hard. It is now a must-have beauty product for me.