Mother’s Day Gift Guide 🌷💐🌻

Mother’s day is right around the corner and I always struggle with this holiday. My mom always tells me to not worry about a gift when I ask her what she wants so its not an easy task shopping for her! LOL! So I tried to come up with a few ideas that are useful and items your mom will definitely love (and use!).

1.) Cozy Earth Bedding + Lounge Wear– I love this brand. Super high quality items that will last forever. I have a discount code for 50% off as well “TNSTYLED15” or you can click the link HERE.

2.) Candles! This is my moms response when I ask her what she wants after I beg her to give me some ideas haha. THESE are my favorite candles right now they all smell soooo good my favorite flavor is the Grapefruit Flavor!

3.) Slip Silk Pillow case + Sleeping accessories– These pillowcases keep your hair and skin looking perfect at night. I also use their hair scrunchies (linked HERE) every single night to keep my hair smooth at night. They would make such a good gift!

4.) Spark*l Upcycled Watch Bands– These are the best!!! If your mom has an iWatch these watch bands are all repurposed from designer handbag material. They also gave me a 10% off code for you guys to use its “TNSTYLED10”

5.) Nespresso Coffee Machines– These machines hands down make the best coffees and expressos. This coffee makes me want to get up in the morning!

6.) Mini Backpacks- for moms that are always on the go- backpacks are the way to go. Way easier than carrying a bag on your shoulder. Linked up a super cute one HERE and HERE.

7.) Automatic Pasta Maker- I actually just ordered one of these and am waiting for it to come in but its on sale for 50% off right now! I thought it would make such a good gift if your mom likes to cook especially with being home more often- could be a fun family day idea!

Black Dress styled 6 Ways 💃🏻

I love a good LBD! I think dresses are super comfy to wear especially when the warmer weather starts coming around so I wanted to style one a few different ways! The one I am wearing is from Abercrombie, but I also linked up a bunch of others that can work well with this! THIS one by Leith is an all time favorite- its super flattering and can easily be dressed up or down! All you need is a basic black dress.

BLACK DRESS | LOOK 1: JEAN JACKET, HEADBAND, FENDI SHOES | LOOK 2: LEATHER JACKET, VALENTINO HEELS (dupe option HERE) LOOK 3: WHITE PEARL DENIM JACKET, HEADBAND, SAM EDLEMAN MULES |
LOOK 4: ADIDAS HAT, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN SNEAKERS (dupe option HERE) | LOOK 5: PEARL STUD HEADBAND, CHANEL ESPADRILLES (from last season dupe linked HERE) |
LOOK 6: BLACK ADIDAS HAT, SUPERGA SNEAKERS |

My Skincare Journey💖

My skin completely unfiltered. I have no makeup on in the first three photos. These were taken over the course of 3 weeks.
Some of my favorite products for clearing skin. Averr Aglow has a ton of products that are all clean and help with acne. Linked a few of my favorites below.

Throughout the years I have always had good and bad periods of time with my skin. One week it would be clear the next week I would be back to where I started. I never had bad acne but I have always struggled with breakouts and it was hard for me to get to the point where I felt ok leaving my house without makeup. Over the last few months especially I found my skin breaking out weekly. One patch of my skin would clear up and the next day there would be a whole new set of breakouts appearing.

Since I have been home so much more I thought maybe not wearing makeup would clear my skin up and make it healthy. This was actually the opposite. I started breaking out more- I thought maybe this is from stress. Then I realized since I wasn’t wearing makeup I wasn’t really cleaning my face and taking care of my skin as I normally would. I also found out that a-lot of the products I was using actually contain beneficial ingredients for your skin like vitamin C. Fast forward a month later. My skin has been so clear and I can really say I feel good about it. Since I had such a good experience with what I was doing I wanted to share it with you guys so maybe you would have the same experience as me!

1.) Celery Juice– I didn’t believe it would work and it was hard for me to believe all the benefits. I can truly say this has helped not only my skin but my energy levels are up and I feel good. I found the easiest way to make celery juice is to use a juicer. I got THIS one.

2.) Averr Aglow Skincare- I have been using the Clear Skin Elixir every other night for the last month. Let me tell you guys this stuff will make the difference. I saw my acne not only disappearing more quickly, but the scarring that is usually left behind from when I break out and discoloration was almost non existent. It’s is made with all natural and plant based ingredients as well so there are not harsh chemicals going into your body. I would use it every other night and put it on my skin before bed. I would sleep with it at night to get the full benefits. I highly highly recommend this product though it you have acne you are looking to clear up. I also got THIS makeup remover since I found a lot of makeup removers I was using were oily and causing my acne to flare up. The brand was also kind enough to give me a discount code for you guys its TARA15.

3.) Use a facial Toner! I have found that using a facial toner makes such a huge difference! It made my skin hydrated and not dry and dull looking- which was what I found was happening using a lot of acne clearing solutions. I use THIS ONE or you can make your own. I posted how I have made my own toner in this blog post HERE.

4.) Don’t Skip Sunscreen. Wear it everyday! Even in the Winter months. Not wearing sunscreen can cause acne scaring and major skin discoloration. I just started using the Tula Sunscreen in place of my primer and LOVE it. This sunscreen wont leave a white cast and it wont clog your pores- theres actually a ton of benefits to it! You can find it HERE and use the code TNSTYLED for 15% off.

5.) Sanitize! Wipe your phone down. People dont realize this but holding your phone up to your face causes oil to rub against it which in turn can cause your skin to breakout. So clean your phone and any other items that touch your face. I also use a Microneedler some nights- make sure you are cleaning stuff like this too. Same with your makeup brushes, beauty blenders and facial rollers!

I hope that some of these tips help anyone having the same struggles as I do. Follow me on instagram @tnstyled for more!

Save Vs. Splurge Spring Shoes👠👡

Shoes are probably by far one of my favorite things to style and accessorize with! I will be the first to admit I have way too many pairs. I rounded up some of my favorite designer shoes and designer dupes in this post! This was by far one of my favorite posts to put together. A lot of these shoes I own both the designer pair and the dupe paid. I will say that you get what you pay for. So I am a believer in investing in the classic items and saving on the more trendy items and this definitely goes for shoes as well.

Chloe Espadrilles ($250) / Dupe Espadrille ($39) another option thats VERY comfy HERE. I own and love these.

Chloe wedges ($250) / Dupe wedges ($59)

Valentino Rock stud wedges ($795) / Steve Madden Wedges ($100)

Alexander McQueen Sneakers ($450) / Dupe Sneakers ($34)

Valentino Rock stud Sandals ($795) / Steve Madden Sandals ($80)

Golden Goose Sneakers ($500) / Golden Goose Dupes ($21)

Another Valentino option is HERE. I own both pairs of sandals the designer and the dupe in different colors and I love and wear both of them regularly in the summer months. The designer pair can be found HERE.

Lastly, THESE Gucci mules have caught my eye soo many times but I just am not able to splurge on them yet because THESE Sam Edelman mules are literally the BEST. I wear them allll the time. I wear them to work or if I need to throw on a pair of shoes quick. They are super comfy too.

Sephora Sale Makeup Must Haves💄💋

The Sephora sale doesn’t happen often so when it does, I make sure I stock up! The discount you get depends on your VIB status so for Rouge members you get 20% off, VIB’s get 15% of and that starts on Aprils 21st, and if you are an insider the sale starts on April 23rd and you get 10% off. So whatever your status there is a ton of savings potential!

I thought I would share some of my favorites with you guys! I have tried so many products out over the years and have learned so much about makeup and what I like and what works for me. My skin is a a combination of dry and oily so I find that depending on how my skin is, different things work at different times of the year for me. I also have so many products that I love so I tend to rotate products and swap some out!

FACE MAKEUP

1.) NARS NAUTRAL RADIANT LONGWEAR FOUNDATION- This stuff is my go to #1 foundation. I wear this when we are going out or want my skin to look flawless. It also lasts for HOURS.

2.) ILLUSION TINTED MOSITURIZER– This is one of the only basically full coverage tinted moisturizers with SPF I have found. I got this before I went away last month and have been hooked since. It also has hyaluronic acid in it so it helps to diminish fine lines and wrinkles. I use this mostly when going outside in the summer!

3.)NARS TINTED MOISTURIZER– I love this during the winter months because of how moisturizing it is. This is great if you like the dewey skin look!

4.) HOURGLASS BRONZER– This is the only bronzer I will ever recommend. I am sure there are other great options out there but this is my go to and I have repurchased multiples times. It also last soooo long I usually go about 6-8 months without having to repurchase.

5.) BECCA BLUSH- I use shade “songbird” and its the perfect peach shade! It has a little bit of shimmer in it but its just he right amount!

6.) NARS LIQUID BLUSH- I just purchased this a few weeks ago and WOW I LOVE it sooo much. I use it more so on days that I want that “no makeup” look and feel. It’s highly pigmented yet still natural looking.

7.) DIOR FOREVER SKIN CONCEALER– I use this under my eyes and its one of the best I’ve used I also love THIS one but it unfortunately is not sold at Sephora so not apart of the sale. THIS is another one I have used in the past and like as well.

EYE MAKEUP

1.) CHARLOTTE TILBURY CREAM EYESHADOW- Let me just say I really don’t enjoy putting eye make up. Probably why I love getting eyelash extensions LOL but if I do wear shadow this is what I grab. It so easy to put on and gives the most gorgeous glow to your eyes! I use shade “jean” its a good neutral and not too dramatic!

2.) NAKED BASICS PALETTE– This is a great palette to own. Its all basic neutral shade. I use the black shadow and an eyeliner some days that I just want a very subtle liner look. The browns in here are all great for the outer corners of your eyes. I also just ordered THIS palette and will review when it comes in!

3.) KAT VON D TATTOO LINER– This is another one of those products that I refuse to stop using. It lets you get super precise with your eye liner and it very easy to use.

4.) LANCOME CILS BOOSTER XL– I just purchased this a few weeks ago and wow seriously this stuff is GOOOD- my lashes look long and healthy when I use this under my mascara. It is also filled with vitamins to help your lashes stay moisturized so huge plus there as well.

5.) LANCOME HYPNOSE DRAMA MASCARA– I have tried many many mascaras over the years. This one is by far my favorite. I also like THIS one and THIS one and will alternate some months, but the Lancome one is my go to.

HAIR PRODUCTS

1.) IGK FIRST CLASS DRY SHAMPOO– I have been using this dry shampoo for the last year or so and It doesn’t leave a white residue at all. I usually use it at night and my hair looks like new in the morning. I also just ordered THIS one since I have been try to use all natural products. I will let you guys know how I like it once it comes in!

2.) ALTERNA CAVIAR SHAMPOO/CONDITIONER– This stuff has been in my shampoo rotation for the last few years. I think it really makes my hair look and feel healthy. I also rotate in THIS one. I think both are great products and make your hair shiny and healthy looking!

3.) BRIGEO DEEP CONDITIONER HAIR MASK– I use this stuff once and week and it really does an amazing job! it hydrates and has been clinically proven to help with reduction in hair breakage. I also just ordered THIS one which I haven’t tried but have heard good things!

4.) OLAPLEX HAIR PERFECTOR #3– I use this when my hair is looking dry and dull. It helps to strengthen and protect your hair and restores it back to that healthy appearance and texture! It also good for all types and textures of hair!

5.) THE ORDINARY- MULTI-PEPTIDE HAIR SERUM– This stuff supports hair health so it looks thicker, stronger and healthy. I use this usually once a week and drop a few drops into my scalp. The directions say you dont have to wash it out- but I found it makes my hair look pretty greasy so I tend to put it in my hair on night that I plan to wash my hair in the AM.

California Roll Bowls 🍣

Super easy dinner idea alert! ⚠️ I have been making these bowls for years! They are basically a poke bowl- but I like to call them California Roll bowls since I think its more catchy LOL! If you ask my husband what he wants for dinner the answer will always be these bowls! He LOVES them and he also likes how easy they are and the no clean up/mess part.

California Roll Bowl Recipe

INGRIEDIENTS:

Serves 2-3

  • Rice (we usually make about a cup)
  • Avocado (sliced)
  • Mini Cucumbers (chopped)
  • imitation crab
  • 1/4 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2-1 Tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Optional- Soy Sauce and Ginger

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Cook your rice according the the package. You can season with rice vinegar but this totally isn’t necessary! I usually don’t and go with jasmine or basmati rice since I like the flavor more.

2.) Cut up your cucumbers and crab and slice your avocado. Mix together your Mayonnaise and sriracha sauce. You can add a little extra or a little less depending on how spicy you like it.

3.) Once you rice is done cooking separate the rice out into 2 bowls. Add in your Avocado, Cucumber and crab. Top it with the Mayonnaise mixture (I like to put this in a ziplock bag and cut the end to distribute evenly) Add on your sesame seeds and you are done! You can also top with ginger and soy sauce depending on what you like!