On Vacation

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It’s been a little quiet around here since last week and honestly, last night I was feeling super stressed and guilty about it. I got back into town on Sunday and I’m still recovering – my house is a disaster and on Friday I’m leaving town again to do wedding flowers for a good friend in Oklahoma.*

I need a vacation.

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Dallas Summer Bucket List 2016

The other day I was browsing Cameron Profitt’s blog and I ran across her summer bucket list….which made me realize….holy crap it’s basically already summer. 2016 is seriously flying by – and I’ve gotta make sure I make the most of it. So I’m here to take a page out of Cameron’s book and make my own Dallas summer bucket list.

(Sorry I look so angsty in these photos – some days I just can’t smile properly lol). Photos by Stephanie Drenka.

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Best Nude Lipsticks for Fair Skin

nude lipsticks for fair skinOh, nude lipstick. Made popular by basically every celebrity and beauty guru everywhere, finding the perfect nude can be quite the challenge. For all you fair skinned babes, I’m going to try to simplify things a tad for you. Here are my favorite nude lipsticks – admittedly, several of them are quite similar but hopefully this is a good jumping off point for you if you’re on the hunt for the perfect nude and don’t know where to begin. 

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Life Hacks to Get More Out of Your Day

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CentrumFunFlavors #CollectiveBias

dallas fashion blogger valery brennanLike most of you readers out there, this Millennial is CONSTANTLY running around. I work remotely (which most of the time means from home) but I still feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done! Whether it’s a happy hour with friends, my daily trip to the gym, date night with my husband, going on a shopping spree, networking at a blogger event, or a spur of the moment trip to Austin, I’m always on the go!

One of my favorite ways to squeeze a few extra minutes out of my day is….not washing my hair! It’s not as gross as it sounds, I promise! There are easy ways to keep your hair looking clean without having to jump in the shower and then take the time to fix your hair (which we all know is the REALLY time consuming part). Especially in Texas, I find that blow drying and heat styling my hair takes forever because I have to spend a lot of time cooling off so I don’t break into a sweat after showering! You know you do the same thing 🙂

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What’s in My Bag? Summer Essentials

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GIVEEXTRAGETEXTRA #Walgreens #CollectiveBias

dallas fashion blogger valery brennanI’ve wanted to do a “what’s in my bag” post since I STARTED this blog and it just hasn’t happened yet! As it gets warmer, I realized there are more and more things that I feel like I need to carry around with me to feel prepared. I’m a firm believer in “better safe than sorry” – I blame it on my momma. Whether I’m heading out for a road trip or just taking a quick trip to the grocery store, I’ve always got my summer essentials with me!

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THIS is Why I’m so Obsessed with Beyoncé.

Photos by Stephanie Drenka

Beyoncé does not need me to go to bat for her. Let me start my post by saying I am 100% aware of that. But, despite the fact that we’re in year 17 of Beyoncé fame, the haters are still there. Haters will be haters but I’m here to tell you why I will go to bat for Beyoncé every time.

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Easy Painted Canvas Tutorial | Share a Coke and a Song at Brookshire’s

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #SongsToShare #CollectiveBias

It’s funny how inspiration can strike in the weirdest times. I haven’t been crafting much lately – it just hasn’t been on my radar. Then the other day, I was sipping on some Coca-Cola™ and the lyrics on their new Share a Song bottles totally inspired me to make something to spruce up my living room! Music has always been such a huge part of my life and I love incorporating it into my home decor. I realized that these song lyrics on my Coke bottles and Diet Coke® cans were PERFECT for a painted canvas!
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Beauty Blender Dupe? | Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge Review

Beauty Blender Dupe Real TechniquesThe Beauty Blender is all the rage on basically every beauty blog out there. People, including myself, are crazy for that thing. So when I read (over and over again) that the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge was a great Beauty Blender dupe, I knew I had to try for myself. I picked one up on one of my regular Ulta runs (used a coupon because, duh) and put it to the test! Check out the video below to see what I thought, or if you’re pressed for time scroll down for the short version.

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What to Wear to a Wedding

Dallas Fashion Blogger Valery Brennan204Tis the season – for weddings! For some reason, choosing an outfit for a wedding is always super stressful for me. At first I wasn’t sure why, but I think the main reason is there are all these “rules” with wedding wear. Normally, I’m basically an advocate of just wear whatever you want and work the heck out of it, but that doesn’t really fly for weddings. You never want to be in a position where you feel like you’re drawing too much attention to yourself or underdressed.

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