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All the Healthy Hair Products I love (+ which one is my absolute favorite!)

Trimmed my ends and got my hairline/part brightened up this week! There’s nothing like fresh color, right?

How gorgeous is this dress? I cannot decide which color I like better: green or black?! If you have a wedding or formal event to attend this winter, this would be a beautiful option!

Okay, I’m also obsessing over this dress too!

I am a very loyal “half and half in my coffee” girl but I recently tried this Almond milk creamer by Elmhurst and have come to really like it! It doesn’t add too much sweetness or alter the flavor of the coffee, in my opinion!

I tried the very hyped, very loved, highlighter by Rare Beauty and fell in love. It is absolutely beautiful on the skin. I have the shade Exhilarate but now I want to try Mesmerize.

I also picked up a new lipstick by ELF when I was walking through Ulta the other night. The shade I grabbed is called Dirty Talk and it’s a very easy-to-wear nude pink. Some nude pinks look too brown on me, but this one is really perfect. Feels hydrating and comfortable to wear, and at $9.00 it’s a nice price point too!

In “Instagram Story controversy” this week, I shared a photo of the “moon pies” I made for my kids on Tuesday evening and my DM’s nearly broke with people telling me that they aren’t called that or asking me what they are. What I made was a tortilla with melted butter spread across the top and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. I baked them for about 10 mins at 400 degrees. I called them “moon pies” because that is what I was taught when I went to summer camp in Northern Wisconsin as a kid. We made them over a campfire and they, frankly, look like the face of the moon before they are sliced into wedges. However, I’ve come to learn that they are called Sopapillas or buñuelos. I think they are deep-fried, though. Either way, a kind follower defended my honor by affirming that, in fact, the summer camp I attended called these treats moon pies!

And here are a few things I mentioned on Instagram Stories recently that you may have missed:

Wander Beauty Blush and Highlighter Duo

Elf Halo Glow (Shade 3)

Loreal Telescopic Lift Mascara

Picture Frames

Cream Sweater

Pointed Toe Mule

Amazon Flannel

Pictures from Mpix

Emily’s lunchbox

@Naptime Kitchen + Able bag

Green Party Dress

Fun Print Short Dress

Long Maxi Buttondown Dress

Satin Wrap Dress

Hot Pink Sweatshirt

Ogee Blush Stick in “Carnelian”

Tortilla Land tortillas

Gorgeous Green Dress

Brown Boots

Shark Flexstyle

Rare Beauty Highlighter in “Exhilarate”

Elf Lipstick in “Dirty Talk”

Pat McGrath Lip Liner in “Nude Venus”

Casual Dress from Amazon

Dressier Flowy Amazon Dress

Long Sleeve Maxi Dress

William Sonoma Garlic Lemon Veggie Drizzle Oil

Brightland Olive Oil

Babyliss Flat Iron

Thrive Market

Elmhurst Almond Milk Creamer

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Jinger says · 01.13.23

I think IG Story Controversy needs to be a weekly/monthly series lol. I will raise my hand that I was someone thinking “wait, those look like sopapillas!” Lol Love You Mean It. ALSO We need an update on how the dishwasher top shelf silverware tray is going…

JM says · 01.13.23

cute cut but also loved it when it was shorter at your shoulders last summer, will it ever get there again, do ya think?

Nicole says · 01.13.23

What did you use to get your curls like this? So cute! (I saw when you used the flat iron but originally what did you use)

Kate says · 01.17.23

I used a 1 inch Babyliss curling iron at medium/low heat!

LouLou says · 01.13.23

The dress you linked (obsessed) from Nordstrom is the same one as from Anthropologie (I guess). I almost bought this from Anthro. for a wedding because I liked the dark “blueness”. They look so starkly different – but I guess are the same thing.

Kate says · 01.17.23

So odd!

Anita says · 08.08.23

Hi Kate, did you ever use the Shark Flexstyle as in a tutorial? Greetings from the Netherlands.

Anna says · 09.09.23

Any chance you went to Honey Rock? I spent 7 summers there in northern WI and we also had moon pies there! Your version haha