Bright Accessories You Need For Spring + First Treatment + Charlie

Hello everyone! Some really great things have been added to my closet and I wanted to share the greatness with y’all. My sweet mom so kindly purchased this beautiful Issac Mizrahi from Rugged Warehouse in Wilmington today. It retails for $228.00 and it was on clearance for $19.00 – um what? Incredible right? I love the pink and am so excited to carry it this Spring. Rugged Warehouse can have great products guys, don’t judge a book by it’s cover…or even by some of the chapters…just look for the part of the book with a picture lol. Anyway, you can find some good things in there if you just keep looking! 

I purchased this Pom keychain from It’s Fashion Metro because it reminds me of a fiesta. Silly, I know, but every time I grab my keys I smile and think of tacos and margs. It was less than $5.00 and matches my new bag nicely. 

Another purchase from It’s Fashion Metro for less than $5.00 – blue aviators! I have a thing for mirrored sunnies (aka people watching galore). I love that these are so inexpensive and I won’t feel bad about wearing them to the beach or tossing them in a bag. 

I’m obviously into really bright colors for Spring, but have been living in black and grey oversized sweaters for the last 2 weeks. I’ve talked about my illness before, but for those that don’t know, 12 years ago I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Today I started a new infusion, Entyvio, and am so excited to start feeling better and enjoy life again! I really wish Charlie could have been with me, but I’m glad my sweet mama and boyfriend were able to hang out with me while I had the IV. 

Speaking of Charlie, he experienced his first snow yesterday. He HATED it. It totally scared him, but this adorable picture was captured. We obviously didn’t get much snow in NC and what we did get melted quickly. He got his final series of puppy shots Thursday and was pretty lethargic and cuddly but thankfully he’s his spunky, clumsy, adorable self again! 

Thanks for reading! I appreciate y’all! 

OOTD and Life Update 


It’s show week! I can finally check choreographing a Disney musical off my list of list of life goals. The process has been 100% enjoyable. I can’t wait to do another show! 

Charlie is still fantastic. He was 3 months old last week *tears* and is my absolute dream dog. He has really helped keep my mind on positive things and is always down to snuggle. 

I’ve been approved to start a new infusion treatment for Crohn’s Disease and will hopefully begin taking those in a couple of weeks. I’ve been doing a fine job of pretending to feel great, so I’m excited to actually feel great soon! 

Oh yeah, I cut my hair. Like myself. Well, here’s the story. I haven’t had a haircut since last February – like 2016 February. My hair was awful. Long, but awful. I kept meaning to call and make an appointment, but I have ZERO time to go to the salon, so as any brave girl would do, I cut it myself. I made a blunt cut and took about 4 inches off. I’m SO happy with how it turned out!!

Now on to the clothes. 

I thrifted this Ralph Lauren button-up in this amazing light pink color. I can already tell I’m going to buy all the things in this color! I love it. 

White Jeans are from Rugged Warehouse and I purchased them last year. They are my favorite white jeans because they are thick, cropped, and just a tad high wasted. Bomb. 

The leopard clutch is from It’s Fashion Metro and has been on repeat for some time now. Sorry y’all, I just love it. It goes with everything. 

My hat was purchased from the City Market in Charleston, SC. I’ve also worn this in several of my Spring posts from last year. I’m glad I can finally bring it back. 

Thanks for reading! 

January and February Favorites 


Since Charlie (my puppy) came into my life in late January, my life has basically revolved around him – training, walking, bathing, cuddling, you name it. I have made a point to spend as much time with him as possible, to ensure he feels safe, loved, and doesn’t make a mess 🙂 Needless to say, shopping has become an online only event. On top of some sickness I’ve been dealing with (#overit) I’ve been aching to spend some time browsing through new products for Spring. I’ve put together some of my favorite products that I think will be perfect to pamper yourself and put you in a fabulous mood. 

Coordinates Bracelet: Jane.com always has the most precious, personalized items. I had been searching for a piece of jewelry with Wrightsville Beach (my favorite place, zone, meditation location, heaven, aka home for 4 years of my life) coordinates for years. I didn’t want a giant necklace or anything bulky. I’m also NOT a bracelet person. My wrists are abnormally small so bracelets slide everywhere and get super annoying. This one however is perfect because it’s a cuff that is adjustable. It was hand-stamped so the numbers are a little crooked which makes my heart so happy. I paid $11.00 for it, shipping and tax included. I wear it 24/7 and anytime I need a pick-me-up I look at it and am reminded of my favorite place (that I’ll hopefully be living at soon!)

Wet n Wild Highlighters: 2016 was definitely the year of highlights. I’m pretty sure all I heard in 2016 was contour, highlight, brows, and matte. I’m sure this trend will continue for 2017, but the game is going to be stepped up big time. I found these Wet n Wild highlighters from Walgreens. The megaglow highlighter is a beautiful golden shade that is going to look BOMB this Summer. It’s in the shade Precious Petals 321 and was $4.99. I will say there is a tiny bit of glitter in the products, but I don’t mind. The next purchase was a cushion highlighter, which I wasn’t sure about how much I would like it. I decided the only way to have an opinion was to try it for myself. It’s the PERFECT shade for all my fair, pale girls out there. It looks PINK, I mean REAL pink in the package, but is amazing when applied. Both give you an amazing glow. 

Snickers: Go ahead, judge me. I’m obsessed with these. Not even gonna lie, the day after Valentine’s I bought the rest of the stock. I love these because they are so much thinner than regular snickers. They are delicious! 

St. Tropez: I purchased this in November, but have really started using it this year. It doesn’t have a harsh smell and only gives a slight “tan”. I will say as it fades it does turn orange, so after a couple of days, you’ll need to exfoliate really well. This is a great product to purchase if you need a little sun without using a tanning bed or exposing your skin to the harmful effects of the sun. 

The Five People You Meet In Heaven: This book by Mitch Albom inspired me to take a deeper look at the relationships I have with people. The smallest actions we make can influnce a person’s whole life. I don’t want to give away too much of the story, but there is a sweet old man in it, and I read it in 3 days. SO GOOD. 

This year is starting to become the best year ever. I’m excited for new opportunities, changes, and personal growth. Rather than these “things” being my favorites, these last two months have been my favorite. I hope it’s been the same for you! 

Crazy For Stripes 

   
   
Stripes are a great transition pattern into Spring.  They create the perfect base for fun and colorful accessories! This black and white striped top is one of my all time favorites! The vertical stripes are so flattering for any figure and it can easily be dressed up or down. I purchased it from It’s Fashion Metro and paired it with Forever 21 jeans that I distressed myself. My earrings were scored from H&M and are so beautiful and they make me so happy. They are a little oversized, but don’t let that scare you. They aren’t heavy at all, so go for it!

For those asking about Charlie, he is doing fantasic! He has learned to sit, fetch, and is doing great with potty training. I couldn’t ask for a more perfect puppy. His snuggles and and sweet playful nature have been the best addition to my life.

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The Best Way To Clean Makeup Brushes 

  First of all, I’m still alive! Last weekend I came down with the flu and felt like death for the whole week and did not get to anything on my to-do list! On top of having the flu and dealing with another chronic illness, I threw a nine week old puppy into the mix! This week has been trying to say the least, but my puppy is the sweetest and is so smart and I’m feeling much better. 

To jump right into the point of this post, I found this amazing product that works great for cleaning your brushes! Dawn Ultra Platinum Foaming Dish Soap is a great alternative to buying branded brush cleaner. You can find it any grocery store, I bought mine from Walmart. It’s gentle yet powerful and really, really gets my brushes and makeup sponges clean. I simply wet the brush with warm water, add a pump of dish foam, scrub the brush and rinse. I’ll then let the brushes air dry overnight. 

I love this product so much because I know it’s gentle and safe. It’s also fairly inexpensive and priced similarly to mid-market cleaners. I urge you to give it a try and let me know what you think! 

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My Secret Revealed

charlie-1charlie-2charlieMeet Charlie Dawgson! I’ve been in the process of becoming his mom since the Summer of 2016. Being a girl with a chronic illness, I have researched and researched the benefits of having a pet companion. He is a Multi-Generational Australian Labradoodle and is just a little over 9 weeks old. He is a “mini” and will be less than 25 pounds. He has fleece versus fur which means he will shed very little and he is essentially hypoallergenic. He is gold (which is my fav color) with a white chest, beard, and patch on his head (I die for the cuteness). He is so well mannered and smart. He’s already picking up on basic commands and is even sitting! I would definitely recommend this breed to anyone. I got him from a fabulous breeder that takes such great care of their pups! If you’d like any information, feel free to send me an e-mail. In the mean time, I’ll go ahead and apologize for the amount of pictures I’ll be sharing of him. He is just so perfect! He has been spoiled already and is so loved!
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Forever 21 Bell Sleeved Top and Secret Reveal


  
  

The bell sleeve trend has been a big deal over the last few months. I’m so excited the weather is warming up enough to bring this baby out. I bought it in November from Forever 21 and it is just the most adorable top in the history of ever! It has a cute lattice detail on the sleeve and ties in the back. The neckline is so flattering and modest. It goes great with jeans or a pencil skirt and would be great for a casual day at work or a date night! My jeans are just skinny jeans from Gap. I love these because they aren’t too long for me. (short girl probs). My monogram necklace is an XXL acrylic monogram from Etsy, I mentioned it in my last post! The leopard clutch was a find from It’s Fashion Metro and my maroon suede booties are from Rugged Warehouse. My nail color is a Sally Hanson gel polish in the shade “Pat on the Black” and it’s so pretty. It’s the perfect “vampy” shade and lasts forever!

On to the real reason you clicked on this post – The Secret. I’ve been holding in a huge secret since last July and I’ll be doing a post completely dedicated to it on Saturday. It’s something I’ve been dreaming about since I was a little girl. Follow my snapchat (sdawson11) and twitter (@heartandsoul93) for sneak peaks and come on this journey with me! Any guesses on the secret?
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