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Jenn

Hello & welcome to my fashion & lifestyle blog, Style My Mind! Here I post weekly about affordable fashion trends, but ya know, like real affordable! My favorite products, beauty routines & lifestyle experiences! I'm a girls-girl who loves the outdoors, white tee shirts & Disney World. Join me on my journey!

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It's been exactly two years since I published my first blog and how far I have come!!! Today I want to thank all of you for your love, support and help to grow this baby of mine. Today I am sharing 10 things I have learned in the last two years and my favorite photos! XO Cheers!

Firstly, WELCOME TO MY NEW SITE!

I am still tweaking and adding but I love it and I hope you do too! This was a big investment that I made this year and I am glad I have come far enough in my blogging to do so. Two years ago I started a free Wordpress account and thought eh better not pay unless I know I am good enough at this. And with time, I think it just keeps getting better! And here we are.

It's been two years ago today that I published my first blog and wow have I come a long way. Obviously, I am not a full time blogger I do have a job amongst the corporate world still but with that being said… the lengths that I have come in two years have been pretty damn good! Today's launch post I am giving you the in's & out's of what I have learned in this world the last two years! So any new bloggers or anyone thinking about joining the fam, here are some tips!

 

  1. Never lose site of your purpose despite the "trending" bloggers and what they do

  2. Always make sure your posts have helpful content behind them

  3. Have your own voice and writing style

  4. Find someone who knows how to take good photographs and knows your good angles

  5. Always use original content (most of the time)

  6. Know your true blogger buddies who will always have your back, thank you VStylist & Olivia Stacey

  7. Take a day and write. I always take one Sunday a month after church to schedule out as many blogs as I can

  8. 80% of your Instagram should be social not selling

  9. Write about something you are passion about it, people can feel that in your writing and it attracts them to it

  10. Stay educated. Stay organized. And stay happy doing what you're doing!

 

Here are some of my favorite looks from the last two years.
Thanks for the love & support!

XO Cheers!
Jenn

 

 

 

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This outfit is a great transitional look for winter into spring. You know that time where you can either wear shorts OR a tank. Jeans OR long sleeve. Mix and match like I do. Find out more details on this look, the sales and where to shop it in this article!

My fave blogger "Lipstick, Heels and a Baby"  posted this Free People shirt quite a few times and I debated it over and over in my head and my online cart whether to order it or not. It was on MAJ sale at Macy's for like $40 plus my 25% off. The kicker came when I got a $25 Macy's giftcard, BUT, all the XS were sold out online so I actually had to go into a mall, mm hmm... I know right?! I found a few but only this one in XS. Luckily I love olive right now so I grabbed it. Here's my favorite things about it:

1. Thumb Holes

2. Light weight

3. Off the Shoulder

4. Extra Slouchy

5. Lazy Day perfection

I got the bralet on Amazon because the Free People one is $40 and I'm not into spening that on lingerie I will barely ever wear. I did get one in white too because they're only $10 and I am a huge fan of the peeping bralet these days.

I am also guilty of over buying denim. Any denim, short, long it doesn't matter. And when you find the perfect fit, you cannot say no. These are also Free People from Macy's but you can shop this whole look on the "Shop my Look" tab on the homepage. So I knew I made a great choice buying these because my BFF said "OMG your butt looks amazing in those shorts. You need to just wear them for the rest of your life." I felt validation.

I threw the hat on with this look last minute and glad I did. I think it gives it a little more daytime, comfy vibe, right? I love these aviator glasses because they fit my face so well. You have to be careful when buying this style, if they are too big they just look ridiculous. You have to find a pair juuuust right. These are from a local Tampa boutique but I linked like pairs on my "SML" page.

XO Cheers,

Jenn

 

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Find out how I am wearing Targets new brand, Universal Thread to stand out this Spring!

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Ladies! Have you seen the new collections at Target? So adorable! And if you haven't noticed, denim is hot, hot, hot for spring. This little beauty of a top is from the new Target brand, Universal Thread. I fell in love with every single piece of clothing I swear. And the pricing is perfect as well.

This one grabbed my attention because it's faux denim, and a lightweight material which is exactly what we need here in Florida. Secondly, how cute are these sleeves? I am still all about the ruffles right now, just not over-the-top. I styled this top with white cropped jeans because I love denim with white denim. You can also do a darker denim with light. This amazing necklace is from Harper & Jewels. I love their accessories you have to check our their site. You can use STYLEMYMIND for 15% off too! Unfortunately this one is sold out but there are a ton more and even some cute personalized ones. I will let you know if this one is back in stock! 

My shoes are Jessica Simpson. I got them a few years ago and am having trouble finding them :( but I linked a really close pair here. I love camel colored shoes, they go with so much. My bag is a cute baby from DSW but linked an adorable look-a-like MK one here!  And finally my sunnies are from ILYMIX and you can use jenn20 for 20% off!

So, stock up on the denim this season ladies and wear it how you will.

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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Look good, feel good. Why I cannot and will not live without the Isotonix products. I have a story and yours may be similar. I want to help!!!

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Daily Essentials Packet; everything you need in one serving!

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I love that the products are powdered and in individual to-go packets since A. vitamin pills hurt my stomach and B. I am constantly on the move!

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Read more about Trim Tea below!

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The holidays have come and gone, the work outs slowed down and the booozin' and foodin' were in full swing. Until this last year I did not realize how important vitamins really were for your health in many ways. And, not even just vitamins but other products as well (which I am about to share with you). I always took regular gel pill multivitamins from CVS or wherever was on sale but a lot of times they would make me sick so I would just stop taking them. The pill was too harsh on my sensitive stomach.

Before I deep dive into the products I want to share my story, the short version. I have always had stomach issues my whole life. Dairy was never my friend and I sometimes felt like I was a boarder line IBS candidate. I was always careful of what I was eating and drinking, until I wasn't. Last Christmas (as stated above) I started the downward spiral of drinking too much red wine, eating too much pasta sauce and acidic foods and over Christmas break I was very sick. I spent it not really drinking or eating and if I did I would be doubled over in pain and nausea the next day. I saw my Dr when I returned to Florida from New Jersey and they put me on an acid re-flux medication, Protonix, which helped for a little while.

Ironically, when I went back to New Jersey in June (maybe it's just that place that makes me sick!? hmmm...) I was in the hospital with intense, sharp stomach pains. I was on the bathroom floor crying and could not hold anything in my body for over 24 hours, which was when I went to the hospital. I was certain it was my appendix. I was there for what felt like 100 hours when the Dr told me that I had inflamed and swollen lymph nodes on my intestines. I contracted it from a child, most likely a stomach virus that attacked my intestines and there was nothing to do. No medication to take and no food or drink to avoid. I was still careful, until the next day when I drank again (stupid girl). Long story short, I came back to Florida and the pain was still not going away. I approached my friend Holly who is a Certified Nutraceutical Consultant for Market America products such as Isotonix and TLS about two months after this had happened in August. She suggested a few things to get me on to try to take care of this issue I had with natural supplements. I did all this and added some OPC3 (not pictured) and in just a few weeks the pain almost completely subsided. I still feel like I have IBS and am being tested for it but these products have helped me live a healthier day-to-day lifestyle. I highly suggest the OPC3 because it assists with inflammation and I know my intestines are inflamed.

**I HAVE NOT HAD ANY ACID REFLUX SINCE I STARTED THESE PRODUCTS! I no longer take the Protonix either.

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She recommended a multivitamin, medical grade aloe juice, and probiotics with enzymes. All of these products are in a powder form that you put with water so they are less harsh on the gut and easier for me to consume.

I have been on them for 3 months, and I can honestly tell you:

  1. My body has never felt better: my stomach is regulated, I am no longer in pain and I have more energy.
  2. Everyone is telling me how great I look and I truly believe these products not only help promote internal health but out as well. My skin is healthier and my weight is maintaining much better.
  3. I can still drink alcohol and have my cheat days. I am very careful about my alcohol consumption. I really try not to over do it or drink too many days in a row because that is when I do get the intestinal pains but the aloe does help with that.All of the products are linked below!All products are linked below, just click on the hyperlink direct to the product.

Ultimate Aloe Bottles
Ultimate Aloe Powder (for on the go)

If you are going to get the aloe, I would suggest getting the regular flavor because it's more potent and really helps cleanse.

 

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Multivitamin

Only take a white cap full of this, not the clear measurement! And I will honestly mix this and my probiotics and aloe all together. My little Iso-Cocktail!

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Digestive Enzymes with Probiotics

 

 

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Trim Tea

?The Facts
In a double-blind placebo 10-week controlled study
on WellTrim ® iG,

52 participants lost an average of
28 pounds and 6.3% body fat

In other clinical studies, WellTrim® iG, resulted in:
? 51.7% reduction in C-Reactive Protein Levels
? 22.5% reduction in blood glucose levels
? 80.9% reduction in fat production
? 26.3% reduction in total Cholesterol
? 27.2% reduction in LDL Cholesterol

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This is the new product I am so excited to try.

Thank you Isotonix & Holly. You saved me :)

?OH!! Shoppers, the best thing about ordering from Shop.com is CASH BACK! Who doesn't love that!?!!

Please feel free to email me with any questions you have: stylemymindjenn@gmail.com or Holly Howroyd hollyhowroyd@gmail.com.

 

GET THESE PRODUCTS ON THE "MY FAVORITE PRODUCTS" PAGE OR "FAV PRODUCTS" ON THE HOMEPAGE! 

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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How things change. Find out what we learned in Nash about bachelorette parties in your 30s!

You can actually afford to fly somewhere because you have real jobs.

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You over-pack. Mostly because you wear more clothes to bars than you did when you were 23. And you actually care about getting sick in cold weather.

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Everyone requires a sleeping space, no floors please.

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Hair washing is non-existent for 4 days. Enter dry shampoo.

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You can afford to go to a nice, fancy dinner rather than ordering up nachos at the local watering hole.

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The party starts early & ends early. Must get out of bar before sloths enter. "Why don't we do a little day drinking?!"

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Stomach issues and acid reflux is a real thing. Food must be elegant and well-thought out.

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You worry about being hungover.

 

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Your grimy pick up lines are not a turn on, it makes us want to punch you in the throat. Except for your Tyler #2!

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You befriend all your Lyft drivers because they're your age, you actually care about the story they have to tell you about the historic building to your right, and you didn't puke in their car!

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Speaking of history, it is actually important and you are actually interested. This weekend is more than just drinking.

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You're ok with having to make the best of plan B.

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You spend money on creative, personalized decor and Victoria's Secret lingerie instead of trashy veils and penis straws.

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You steal TP from every bar just to ensure you're never left without it that night.

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There's no drama, everyone actually likes each other and gets along! ?

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What a great weekend we had! We may be older, but we are sure as hell wiser!

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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Color of the year! For me at least. Rose/Mauve was a fan fave for me, check out some of my favorite ways to wear it!

So I know I already posted a blog about my love for the color mauve. And I am still crushing on it for spring especially. Here are some ways I styled up my favorite color this season.

Go with my favorite transitional look of jean shorts and booties. And how stinkin' cute is this cape topper?? It's super thin and a hot commodity this season. It's perfect for those in between days. A similar one is linked above. This tank is a go-to mauve staple in my wardrobe. I put it all together with this fantastic faux stone and suede choker. **All outfits are from Scout & Molly's in Hyde Park, Tampa (#shoplocal). And this Chloe look-a-like bucket bag.  I love the circle handles. It really adds something to the look. I linked another look-alike above for people who do not have a Scout & Molly's locally.  Affordable fashion, that's what we like!!

I love this double wrap-suede-choker too. It adds some western style to the look don't you think? Linking a look-alike here!

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I love this mauve puffer jacket. OMG! I saw it and needed to have it, but then was like Oh wait, I live in Florida so I'll just use it as a prop haha! But one is linked here . 

If you are local to a boutique, pop in and check out this adorable tie-dye dress that was just released for spring. A must-have for this season. You can't really tell in the picture but there is hints of mauve in this beauty. I linked a look-alike above!

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Here are the mauve denims I recently wrote about with another look. I love this mint ruffled top. This whole look just screams pastels for spring please! We are totally ready for flowers and picnics. Or just a day out shopping in Hyde Park. If you're there swing by to grab this whole look and make sure you told them Jenn sent ya! Oh here is the fedora. I am really obsessed with beach fedoras, they are a staple in my wardrobe.

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XO, Cheers!
Jenn

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I always get asked how I get my hair to look so natural, well here it is ladies! A step-by-step how to!

PRODUCTS USED

I use either the GHD curling iron or John Frieda Loose Curls, both 1 1/4 inch. Every time I wash my hair, which is like once a week I apply Bed Head Small Talk which helps with the frizz and also Bed Head Big Head which is a roof lifter. The blow dryer is also GHD. These are definitely the best products in the market.

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STEP ONE

Blow dry and tease the hair with a teasing comb. Take your fingers (not a brush) and brush through it and comb down the frizzies until it looks like the below photo.

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STEP 2

Part the hair (I do 3-4 layers depending on how thick the hair is) and run the curling iron straight down the hair 2-3 times to unfrizz and straighten it a bit. Star the curl about halfway down the hair and curl away from your face. Leave about an inch to an inch and a half out at the bottom DO NOT CURL THE ENDS! Leave for about 20 seconds and then pull the curling iron down the hair to elongate the curl. Then go back over the curl 2 times with the curling iron (straighten not curl) to loosen the curl like below.

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STEP 4 

Continue this process through the rest of the layers. Make sure to leave that piece out at the end. That is what is going to make it look more natural and beachy.

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STEP 5

The back: everyone always asks me how to get the back of the hair. I pull it up and curl down, and then pull to the side like the below photos.

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STEP 6

Run your fingers through the hair again. I then use Living Proof Texturizing Mist and then spray it with whatever hair spray you use. I use Sebastian Shaper Plus. I constantly pull the ends of the hair through out the day.

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VOILA! 

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My fabulous hair dresser below, Jo Munday from Beautiful Design Spring Hill, FL! 

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I do have a little video I will be posting on my social media as well. Let me know if you have any questions!

Makeup: Insta Smooth Primer by Motives, Foundation by Motives, Pressed Bronzer by Motives, Becca Chaser Highlighter,  L'Oreal Telecopic Mascara and Eyeliner, Buxom Lip Cream Hot Toddy.

XO, Cheers!
Jenn

 

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This dress was 3 sizes too large for me, find out how I made it work without sewing!

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Hey beauties! We are approaching the warmer months here in Florida but definitely still a bit chilly up there in the northeast huh?! So this one's for you!! This is a great transitional look from winter to spring! I am wearing the heck out of these boots this season into the next!

So anyway, this year the plans and focus for my blog are going to be promoting and educating fashion lovers on how to style their wardrobe and shop smart! I do not spend a lot of money on clothing, unless it's a staple or classic piece. I buy a lot yes, but, I do not buy full price, ever! Unless something is an absolute must-have I know I cannot get elsewhere. I want to help you think out of the box when you look at your wardrobe. I want you to be bold in your styling and not afraid to wear your personality on your sleeve, literally. Accessories are always your best friend. They can make an outfit.

That being said, let's peek at my vintage look here. This was a gorgeous dress given to me by Rebecca of Vintage Modage. It is a size or so too large for me but I really really love it. I eventually want to get it taken in but in the meantime, I thought cinching the waist with a skinny black belt and pairing it with some great accessories would really make this dress perfection. (Mostly everything in this look is linked- just click on the hyperlinks!)

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I styled this taupe, satin dress with a floppy wool hat, an adorable suede bucket bag from Scout & Molly's in South Tampa and over-the-knee boots!

I topped it all off with some killer Quay Sunglasses from Scout & Molly's as well. If you're not in Tampa you can go right to the Quay site to grab them!

For a Pop! of color I threw on "Creeper" by Colour Pop. It's a gloss that goes on liquid but dries matte and lasts all day and the best part is it's ONLY $6! Linked above.

The idea behind this blog is to link you to affordable accessories and help you to understand that styling is what makes the outfit! I love this black suede bucket bag too. It just really pulls the whole outfit together.

Remember, all of my pieces are linked and embedded within the text. Just click on the hyperlinks :)

?BE BOLD BABES?

Xo, Cheers!
Jenn

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