Bright on a Budget: October 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

High Five for Friday 10.30.15 : No Tricks, All Treats

TGIF, H54F-ers!!! Caitlin at Coffee with CaitlinDella at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, and myself want to welcome you to the link-up and the weekend.  We made it!!! 

This week's featured blogger is Erin, a lifestyle blogger at Chasing Roots.  Erin is a midwest girl living in Texas.  She is a mom to two adorable kids, and I really enjoyed her recent post about changing traditions.  And she does a weekly "Tuesdays with Tux" feature about her cat, which is pretty cute (he just so happens to look a lot like Sox).

Now let's review this week's highlights:

1. Meeting other bloggers is one of the best parts about this blogging gig.  On Sunday, I had brunch with Sheryl from How to Make a Life.  It's funny about the people you meet--it turns out Sheryl and I live maybe 10 minutes apart?  We had a great time chatting and I look forward to doing it again sometime soon.


2. We took Kane to two trunk-or-treats at local churches last week.  Kane flat-out refused to wear his dinosaur costume to either of them, but he had a good time.  He really enjoyed getting candy and playing on the inflatables and playground too. Here's hoping he'll wear his costume tomorrow.



3. Target had 40% off of all of their boots yesterday.  I hope you all got in on the deal.  I know that I did:)  Also, since we're talking about clothes/shoes, I thought I'd mention that I've switched up the way I'm doing outfit pictures on Instagram.  I bought a full-length mirror from Kirkland's and am now using that.



4. Thursday was National Cat Day.  Now that's a day that this crazy cat lady in training can get behind.  So here's a picture of Gizmo:)



5. We carved pumpkins on Wednesday night.  I also freehand the design of whatever gets carved. This year was a dinosaur.  Kane loved it and could tell it was a dinosaur, so that's a win in my book!!! He wasn't a huge fun of the pumpkin guts though.haha




Also, ICYMI:

We had our October H54F Google Hangout last Sunday. You can watch it here.

I brought a little hocus pocus to the blog with Halloween Style for the Casual Witch.


And I revealed all my secrets for How I Achieve 5 Day Hair.  Yep, I go 5 days in-between shampoos, and here's how I do it.


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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween Style for the Casual Witch

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Happy Halloween, witches!!!  One of my favorite times of year is upon us, and it's time to rock the Halloween style.  Now, if your not quite ready to break out your favorite broomstick for your OOTD, don't worry. . .Della Devoted and I have you covered!  We're sharing how we styled our new favorite Halloween sweatshirt.  Let us help you put a little Sanderson Sisters style in your step.  

In case you are unaware, Hocus Pocus may be the greatest Halloween movie of all time (closely followed, if not tied with, Ernest Scared Stupid).  One of my Facebook friends posted this sweatshirt and I knew it had to be mine.  Immediately.  I love to wear themed shirts for holidays.  It's so fun. And listen up--if you're not having fun with fashion, then you're doing it wrong.  So put a little spell on your wardrobe and hop to it!




Honorable mention in this post goes to the rest of my outfit, since nothing can top this sweatshirt. Flannel is everywhere this season, including accessories.  I've always liked the Kate Spade flannel purses, and especially the plaid one just came out, so when I saw this flannel handbag at Old Navy for less than $30, I was all over it!  

Destructed/destroyed jeans are back with a vengeance this fall.  I refuse to pay a ton of money for jeans that have holes in them, so I was thrilled to find this pair on sale at Target for around $22! Plus, they have some patches behind the rips so they're more cold-weather friendly.

As for these shoes, they were probably my most-worn shoes last winter.  They're so comfy and easy to wear!!!  Perfect for a casual style day, whether you're taking the broom for a spin or chasing your black cat;) 

Oh, and what do you all think about my new glasses? I'm totally in love!  I jokingly call them my mullet glasses. . .business in the front, party in the back!

 




DETAILS
Sweatshirt: Etsy (try code INSTA10 for 10% off)
Jeans: Target (similar)
Necklace: eBay (similar)
Shoes: Target (I need the UK blue pair)
Purse: Old Navy (in-store; weekender available online)


Don't forget to hop on over to Della Devoted and check out how she styled this sweatshirt, and happy Halloween!!!  Stay safe, have fun, and if you see me out with a mean little dinosaur, please place lots of candy in his bag!!! Until next year (or another 300 years, who's counting???). . .


Monday, October 26, 2015

How I Achieve 5 Day Hair : Products & Daily Routine

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I utterly loathe washing my hair. It seems like it's such a process, even though it really doesn't take that long. And I have to get up earlier in the mornings on wash days.  Ugh.  Don't we all need more sleep??? Anyways, I'm thankful I only have to wash my hair once every 5 days.  Yes, you read that right. . .I only wash my hair every 5 days (sometimes 4 days if needed).  And I tend to get compliments whether it's Day 1, Day 5, or somewhere in-between.  Would you know I went 4 to 5 days between washings if I wouldn't have told you?  And some days, my hair looks even better towards the end of the cycle than it did at the beginning.  So what's my secret???


Let's talk first about my hair.  I have lots of hair, but it's fine.  It used to be more on the straight side with a very slight wave until I was pregnant with Kane.  After that, it has a lot more wave to it.  The upside to this is that I usually curl my hair on Day 1 and it will last until Day 3 or 4 without needing touch-ups:)  It is a little more on the dry side, but not fried or anything. I also color my hair, so I try to keep that in mind when selecting hair products.  I tend to put some dark color in my hair, which I've read is less damaging then lightening your color.

I originally started seeing how long I could go without washing my hair when I was in undergrad.  At first it was 3 days.  Then 3 days stretched to 4 sometime in law school.  And then, at some point in the last 8 months, 4 days  s t r e t c h e d  to 5 days!!! There were two reasons why I did this.  One was to save on time in the mornings, and two was to cut down on heat being applied to my hair through blow drying and styling.

Here's a look at my 5 Day Hair routine, from the products I use to how I style my hair.  I can't guarantee that these products/steps will allow you to go 5 days between washings. . .this is just my routine that I've found works for my own hair.


Product sizes are different than they appear above. Sizing here is just for aesthetic purposes. 

My 5 Day Hair Arsenal aka Products I Use

Washing:
- L'Oreal EverPure Volume Shampoo and Conditioner.  These are sulfate free, so they're great for colored hair!!!  I condition my hair each time I wash it, from mid-shaft down.
- John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7-Day Volume In-Shower Treatment.  I got this in a Target Beauty Box and I love it!  You use it every 2 or 3 washes (not each time you wash your hair) after washing and conditioning your hair.  I saw a noticeable difference in volume from the first day I used it.

Drying:
- Heat protectant. My go-to has been discontinued, so I'll probably pick up an old favorite, the Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray.  I like to use this to minimize damage to my hair. It's Step 1 on this process and I spray it all over my hair, then finger comb through.
- Aquage Uplifting Foam. This is Step 2 and my volume go to. I spray it in sections along the top of my head. Check out this video from The Small Things Blog for a demonstration on how to apply.
- Blow dry cream or treatment. This is the 3rd and final product I put on my hair.  I've used quite a few creams, and don't really have a favorite, but something along the lines of this or this on the low-end, or this or this on the high-end. I like to use something this won't weigh down my hair, and I don't use a ton of it. . .I have long hair and maybe use a dallop the size of a nickel to rub through my hair. DO NOT use anything that is an oil or serum. . .this will make your hair more oily and you'll have to wash it more frequently.

Styling:
- Repeat heat protectant spray. Yes, again.
- Sally Beauty Supply Generic Value Products Super Spray (noted on bottle to "compare to Paul Mitchell Freeze and Shine Super Spray").  This is some powerful stuff.  I spray this over each section of curls as I finish them.
- Sally Beauty Supply Generic Value Products Volumizing Spray (noted on bottle to "compare to Kenra Volume Spray").  This is also some pretty powerful stuff. I use this once on done curling my whole head of hair to give it a LIGHT once-over.
- Batiste Dry Shampoo (not pictured--fail on my part). I use this towards the end of the 5 Day Hair cycle (see below).

My 5 Day Hair Daily Routine

Day 1: I wash my hair, dry it, and sometimes curl or straighten it.  I've followed The Small Things Blog tutorial on how to curl hair for years.  Seriously.  It's almost no-fail!!! Tonight, and every night hereafter, I'll wear my hair in a high ponytail secured by a flat elastic to maintain my style and a little bit of volume without creasing my hair.

Day 2: If I didn't curl my hair on Day 1, then I do it on Day 2. Otherwise, I just re-tease everything and smooth it in place.

Day 3: Maintain. Re-tease and smooth in place.

Day 4: Touch-up top layer of curls if needed. Maybe a light shot of dry shampoo.

Day 5: Dry shampoo, re-tease, and smooth.

It's important to note that I don't use hair spray or freeze spray every day.  The more product you use, the dirtier your hair will be, and the sooner you'll have to wash it.  I do not apply anything liberally. . .less is more!  This is the same reason I don't use dry shampoo every day after Day 1.  Dry shampoo leaves your hair feeling ugh after you use it heavily.

I hope these tips help you to extend time between hair washings.  At the end of the day, you really have to do a trial and error process to find out what works best for your hair.  Every one is different. Good luck!!!

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

H54F Google Hangout 03 : Everything Fall that is Good

Don't miss out on this month's H54F Google Hangout--it goes lives at 9:30 PM EST tonight!!! DellaCaitlinKatie, and myself as we chat about about everything fall. . .fashion, home decor, yummy foods, fall traditions, etc.  Also joining us as a guest host will be Mariah from Faith and Fashion Blog.



If you haven't joined in on a Google Hangout, let me get you up to speed.  A Google Hangout is a video/video chat platform where tonight's hangout will be hosted.  There are quite a few ways to watch! You can watch right here, on this post!  The video will be available as soon as the hangout goes live, but you can watch it then or anytime thereafter.



You can also watch on Google+ or YouTube!  You don't need a Google+ account to watch. BUT you will need one if you want to ask us questions live using the Q+A function. But if you don't have one, no worries! You can still watch LIVE! You can also tweet us questions or comments using #H54FHangout.

If you can't make it, don't worry about that either! We will be recording, and it will be available to watch later, whenever you want.

We are so excited to have you join us at 9:30 PM eastern time tonight! The last 2 hangouts have been tons of fun, and I'm really looking forward to this one!!!! 

Friday, October 23, 2015

High Five for Friday 10.23.15 : Pumpkins & Pints

TGIF, H54F-ers!!! Caitlin at Coffee with CaitlinDella at Della Devoted, Katie at Cup of Tea, and myself want to welcome you to the link-up and the weekend.  We made it!!! 

ICYMI, the H54F Google Hangout was moved from last night to this Sunday night (10/25) at 9:30 PM EST and it's going to be all about fall. . .traditions, fashion, food, home decor, etc. Just pop in here earlier on Sunday to get all of the details!  Hope you can join in.

This week's featured blogger is Lindsay from the lifestyle blog Pursuit of Pink.  She's also a Rodan + Fields consulting.  I'm pretty much in love with her Halloween decorations, and cracked up over her post about working out with her toddler in the room (she's about the same age as Kane).


Now let's recap this week's highlights:

1. Friday night was the monthly Market 301 in Lexington.  It was held at the newly opened Manchester Music Hall and had tons of great artisans and vendors from around the area!  I hung out at the Kentucky Brewed Tees booth, but also had fun browsing all of the other booths.  I came home with some new KBT merchandise (perks of being a brand rep) and this awesome bar lotion from Get Smells.  I picked up the lavender scent.  It's different than you expect lotion to be, but it's moisturizing and the scent is very soothing.  Sadly, I missed out on the green tassel necklace from Designs by Ali Rose and now I have to wait for it to be restocked:( And finally, how cute is the Thirsty Hearts Design display???




2. My mom's birthday was Saturday (happy birthday, Mom!), so she and my mother-in-law headed to Lexington to celebrate.  We went out to the Cheesecake Factory for a late lunch/early dinner and it was delicious.  I'm so glad we got to spend time together.

3. Saturday night, Chauncey and I headed out to celebrate his with friends.  We started out at County Boy Brewing, where our friend Kat brought a homemade lava cake with cookie dough ice cream that was delightful!  Then we moved to Henry Clay's Public House, hopped over to Table 310, and grabbed pizza and breadsticks at Goodfellas before ending the night at Arcadium.  It was crazy fun, but I was exhausted by the time we got home.



4. We went to Bi-Water Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky on Sunday (after having Spalding Donuts for breakfast).  Our family was still in town, and it was nice to have the experience together.  Kane was all over the place, but that's okay, since that's kind of what it's all about.  Nothing makes my heart happy like seeing my little boy grinning big! You can read about our adventure here, and check out my full outfit here.


5. I found velvet hangers for a decent price at Walmart, shirts on clearance for less than $1 in store at Old Navy, and a new pair of eyeglasses.  Guys, it's the small things. Seriously.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Bi-Water Farm Pumpkin Patch : Georgetown, KY

***The Google Hangout has been postponed until Sunday evening at 9:30 PM EST.  Visit the blog Sunday for all the details and to join in on the fun!!!***

This past weekend, we continued a fall family tradition from last year of visiting Bi-Water Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky.  Bi-Water is just a short drive from Lexington, and if you choose to take the backroads, it's an absolutely beautiful drive this time of year.  We first visited Bi-Water last fall and loved it!  We decided to return this year because it has so many awesome things for toddlers to do. My mom and mother-in-law went with us and we had such a wonderful family outing!


Oh, and you can get all of my outfit details here:)

We started out walking through their little haunted house.  It's not scary at all and is actually pretty cute!  After that, we stopped by to check out the baby animals. They had chicks, duckies, and bunnies that you can handle. There's also a petting zoo that has all kinds of barn animals.  Bring quarters with you so you can purchase some feed to feed them.  Yes, I fed a goat.  Yes, it tickled.  Kane was okay until a goat ran up to him (he was standing right next to the fence).  At that point, he was done with the animals.haha





Next was a tractor ride out to the pumpkin patch. Kane actually enjoyed this part this year (last year, not so much).  It's a nice little drive along a gravel road.  Kane didn't stay in the pumpkin patch for long once we got there, and my mother-in-law ended up abandoning the pumpkin she had picked out because we still had a lot of ground to cover.





Like I said above, the main reason we headed back to Bi-Water Farms this year was because they have so many toddler activities!  Kane especially enjoyed playing in the corn kernel wagon and on the chutes and tunnels attraction.  There were several activities that we didn't even make it to this year, like Pirates Cove (which is pretty cute), but you can check those out here.




To finish up, we walked through the Lost Pumpkin Mine and then picked out our actual pumpkins. They have handy bins of pumpkins near the entrance and a store so that you don't have to carry anything back from the patch unless you want to.




It was a great day at Bi-Water Farm!!!  I think it's the perfect place for a family outing, especially if you have younger little ones.   It was also only $10 each for admission, and Kane got in free because he was just 2.  If you want to play mini-golf, ride the train, or play paintball, there is an additional fee. I can't wait to take Kane back next year!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Fall is for Football Y'all [and Pumpkin Patches Too]

I am a brand rep for Kentucky Brewed Tees.  Also, this post contains affiliate links. As always, though, all opinions are my own.

Fall is in full swing in the Bluegrass.  The temps have been hovering in the mid-50s, and all is right with the world.   I seriously love this sweater-weather because I can start breaking out the cozy clothing.  And let's not forget fall = football! 

Friday night, I hung out at Market 301 with my friends from Kentucky Brewed Tees.  I'm in love with their entire fall line of clothing, but the "fall is for football y'all" sweatshirt is my absolute favorite!  Just like the rest of their clothing, this sweatshirt is super soft and of a better quality than your normal run-of-the-mill sweatshirt.  I love that it comes in blue, so that it's perfect for Kentucky tailgates!

I slipped this beauty on to head to one of our local pumpkin patches on Sunday. Let this be a reminder that fashion should always be fun, and doesn't always have to look perfectly done.  I chose to style it with the cuffs rolled up, a pair of jeans cuffed at the bottom, and my favorite pair of tennis shoes [read as the only pair of tennis shoes I've bought in something like 7 years].  

To complete the look, I kept accessories simple.  I tossed on some sunnies, my absolute favorite howlite earrings for fall from Elisabeth Ashlie, and this adorable Kentucky clutch I won in a giveaway from thePINKpups on Instagram!!! The howlite earrings are so on point for fall and a very affordable alternative to similar Kendra Scott ones, and the clutch can be done in almost any team pattern (NCAA or NFL). . .although why you would want anything other than UK, unless it was a Pittsburgh Steelers clutch, I would never know;)



      


 
Yes, that's dirt on my leg. We keep it real around here.haha


DETAILS
Sweatshirt:  c/o Kentucky Brewed Tees (use code BRIGHT to save 10%)
Clutch: thePINKpups (save 10% with code TOUCHDOWN through Sat., 10/24)
Jeans: J. Crew Factory (on MAJOR sale right now!)
Sunnies: Target (similar, only $12)
Earrings: Elisabeth Ashlie
Sneakers: New Balance for J. Crew (similar)


The pumpkin patch we visited was Bi-Water Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky.  I'll be sharing more about the farm and our visit later this week!!!

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