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Summer is right around the corner so I thought I’d share some posts I’ve done recently (and some not so recently) to help you prepare for this super fun season!

Some people buy new clothes and makeup for summer while others get super fit for “bikini season.” Others do nothing at all and simply enjoy the weather.

How Do You Prepare for Summer?

What’s Your Favorite Part of Summer?

♥ Tianna

Blogger Link Love Friday #14

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Happy Blogger Link Love Friday!

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week and look forward to an even better weekend!

For those in the USA, I hope you have a fantastic Memorial Day weekend!

…And Onto the Links!

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Anna Sui Fall 2013 – Coco’s Tea Party

I love Coco’s Tea Party! This fantastic fashion blog posts on everything from fashion magazines, runway fashion and more. I really love her new runway fashion features like this one featuring Anna Sui’s fall lineup. I love the knee high socks! They’re bringing Clueless fashion back haha!

Not Just For Sleeping: Strength-Training Moves Using Your Bed – FitSugar.com

I really love FitSugar for all things fitness and health. I don’t agree with everything they post, but they post on some fun workouts, creative fitness ideas and tons of healthy foods and recipes! I really enjoy reading the articles like this one which shows how you can do strength training moves in bed! It’s perfect for people like me who get lazy and love to sleep 😉

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MAC Strobe Liquid Hydration Review – Cosmetic Candy

This review for MAC Strobe Liquid Hydration Lotion sounds promising! I love the reviews featured on Cosmetic Candy as they’re always really thorough and detailed. Plus, I find really fun ideas for new products to check out on this blog, especially makeup. This bronzing liquid from MAC looks surprisingly natural and lovely.

Infinite – BeautyCrush

I really enjoy the BeautyCrush YouTube Videos, but this is from her blog which is just as fun to browse! She features tons of beauty, style and fashion posts. I love her “lookbook” type posts like this one where she models an incredible leather jacket! She’s so beautiful and classy. Definitely check her out on her blog or YouTube.

Before And After Fat Loss Pics Tumblr

I am pretty obsessed with this Before & After Fat Loss Pics Tumblr Blog  because they upload so many before and afters daily and this one in particular I found to be really inspiring. This girl went from weighing 200+ lbs to weighing 162 lbs and she looks AMAZING! It’s funny how much we focus on the scale when people can build muscle and look this incredible. Anyway, there are not really any text posts on this blog; just simply before and after pics with the occasional little blurb about how the person lost the weight, what their starting and ending weights were, etc. I find it really motivating to see these men and women change their bodies and lives for the better!

The Best Juice for Healthy Skin

The Best Juice for Healthy Skin – Shape Magazine

I am pretty obsessed with healthy smoothies and juice for beauty (and body) purposes. Not only because I really enjoy eating healthy and feeling my best, but also because juices and smoothies, in particular, can have a really positive effect on the skin. I have seen my skin look brighter, clearer, and more youthful when I drink juices and smoothies than ever before. This post by Shape Magazine has a bunch of healthy juices for a variety of health purposes, including your skin.

That’s All for Blog Links, But Check Out Giveaways & Sales Going on

Right Now! 

Lina Hanson Global Face Serum

Lina Hanson Global Face Serum Giveaway – Organic Beauty Talk

Win MAC RiRi Woo Lipstick! – Cosmetics Aficionado

Get 15% Off Tarte Cosmetics This Weekend Plus Free Shipping – Beauty Au Natural

For more giveaways and sales, check out my Giveaways Pinterest Board!

That’s All for Link Love Friday – What Links Are You Loving This Week?

Please share them with me in the comments!

♥ Tianna

Check Out More Great Blogs on Past Link Love Fridays! 

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Blogger Link Love Friday #3

Blogger Link Love Friday #4

Blogger Link Love Friday #13

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Happy Blogger Link Love Friday! 

This week seems to have flown by! I didn’t realize that yesterday was Thursday already so realizing that today would be Friday really made my day haha. Last night I got the most amazing body massage from my friend, Rachel, who is a massage therapist. She is super skilled and I feel really lucky to have her around! This weekend I plan on re-vamping my blog  design a bit and I am thinking of self-hosting to if any of you have any advice or ideas for me on how best to go about it, please let me know in the comments!

…And onto the Link Love!

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Gabifresh X Swimsuits For All – Gabifresh

I follow a number of style blogs and this one, Gabifresh, has really lovely tips and advice for fuller figured women. One thing I really love about the blog is that her posts are always fun to read and feature really pretty clothing. I know a lot of full figured women have trouble finding nice clothing that’s still really fashionable and this is a great blog to inspire the fashionista in us all. She now offers her own line of swimwear (as shown above) and I think the suits are really beautiful pieces. I’m not a fan of the idea that women should have to be a certain size to wear a swimsuit or look and feel beautiful. Body shaming, to me, is at the very bottom of the barrel and I love that this blog promotes self confidence, letting your beauty (in and out) shine, and feeling good about yourself overall. It really inspires me!

Skittle Patterns with Color Club – Megan Box Nails

I’ve featured Megan Box Nails before on here and I can’t help but do it again! She has some really fabulous nail ideas and looks to inspire the nail noob in me and I love all the bright fun looks she’s been doing lately, especially this one with all the fun colors and designs on it. It’s perfect for Spring and Summer!

Ways to Wear Black Lipstick – Cherie La Mode

I actually only just discovered this blog, Cherie La Mode, and I love it! This post, in particular, features some really love ideas for ways to wear black lipstick. I think it’s pretty inspiring as I love the idea of wearing really intense, vampy colors like black and purple, but I have no idea how to style them. Her post shows a few different ways to wear this color and I will definitely be trying them out!

Oriental Bomber Jacket Curly Hair – Kumbear XO

This lifestyle and fashion blog, Kumbear XO,  is really cute and fun! It features a lot of high fashion posts as well as OOTDs, like this one where she sports this incredible bomber jacket! Although it’s really too hot to rock one of these, at the moment, here in Cali, I love a fashionable jacket! She wore this so well and I love her beautiful curly hair!

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The Best Highlighters for Your Skin Tone – Girls in the Beauty Department – Glamour.com

Glamour Beauty always offers the best beauty tips, how to’s, and the scoop on new products and things. This post on the best highlighters for your skin tone was one I really enjoyed and found helpful!

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Striped – Girl with Curves

I really love this style blog, Girl with Curves, because she is so beautiful and her outfits are really pretty and stylish as well. I’m vaguely obsessed with her hair as well, but that’s neither here nor there. The point is she has some really lovely fashion posts on what she wears every day which I find fun to browse through!

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How to Build Muscle – Women’s Edition Pt 1 – JCD Fitness

JCD Fitness is ran by one of the most competent and helpful fitness experts I’ve ever come across. He writes really easy to understand articles about health and fitness, especially for weight loss and building muscle. I think a lot of fitness blogs can be really difficult to understand with a lot of “market speak, but this one is really helpful. I really enjoyed this recent post on How to Build Muscle for Women – it was super enlightening and very helpful!

Beauty Envy Bag – Spring Edition – Cosmetics Aficionado

Cosmetics Aficionado is a great beauty blog for reviews on all things beauty! I really enjoy her posts on makeup especially. She also does frequent giveaways and things so definitely check her blog out!

That’s All for Link Love Friday – What Links Are You Loving This Week?

Please share them with me in the comments!

♥ Tianna

Check Out More Great Blogs on Past Link Love Fridays! 

Blogger Link Love Friday #1

Blogger Link Love Friday #2

Blogger Link Love Friday #3

Blogger Link Love Friday #4

The Happiest Place On Earth: Your Guide to Disneyland — Anaheim, CA, USA

{ This is NOT a sponsored post in any way. I love Disneyland and all things Disney and personally have my own annual passport so this post is simply sharing my favorite bits of Disneyland. I am not affiliated or associated with anyone from Disney. All opinions stated are  my own honest opinions, as always. }

This is the first of a series of “wanderlust” or travel type posts I’ll be doing for the Summer as a way to share the places I’ve been to and really love with you all.

I hope that, if you’re traveling to any of these places this Summer, these posts will help make the most of your experiences!

One thing that my boyfriend and I share a huge mutual love for is all things Disney, but more than that, Disneyland, and I think many Southern California natives share this same sentiment with us!

Disneyland is the happiest place on earth. 

No, really. It is.

I actually think one of the happiest moments in my adult life was my 20th birthday gift – an annual passport to Disneyland.

If you haven’t been to Disneyland, you really ought to and here’s why: 

  1. Disneyland is the happiest place on earth.
  2. Disneyland allows you to be a child for an entire day, no matter your age.
  3. Disneyland has the best rides for all ages and is a great place to spend a vacation with your family.
  4. Disneyland is not just an amusement park – It’s an adventure of the imagination and the senses.
  5. Disneyland inspires hope, whimsy, and pure unadulterated joy from ALL of it’s patrons.
  6. It is literally impossible to be angry, sad, or upset at Disneyland. EVER.
  7. You can go on many adventures all within one park!

Now that you know a few reasons why Disneyland is amazing, here’s my unofficial guide to my favorite amusement park!

FAST PASSES

Just as a bit of a side note, since I’ll be mentioning these quite a bit in this post. A Fast Pass is a ticket that you can get for some rides (not all) at Disneyland, usually the more popular ones like Space Mountain and Indiana Jones have them. They have a few kiosks near that specific ride where you can go and insert your Disneyland park ticket and it will spit out a fast pass for that ride. The fast pass ticket gives you times at which you can return to get on the ride and wait in the significantly shorter “fast pass” line as opposed to the “stand by” line. The “stand by” line is just the normal line (or queue for UK) everyone can stand in and just wait to get on the ride. The “fast pass” line is for those who get the “fast pass” tickets and this drastically shortens the wait time, especially for the more popular rides.

One thing to note about fast passes is that you can only have one at a time so choose the ride you want to get on the most. It used to be that you could have fast passes for all rides all at once, but they stopped doing that so now you’ll have to get one at a time. I know it’s kind of confusing so if you want me to explain further, comment below and I’ll try my best to answer any questions you may have.

THE RIDES YOU HAVE TO GO ON

Rides at Disneyland are not the fastest, scariest, or the biggest you’ve ever seen, but they are the most fun you’ll ever have. They have a certain timelessness about them that can’t really be explained, only experienced firsthand. Here are the ones you must go on when you pay Disneyland a visit!

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN {In Frontierland} :

Second to Space Mountain, this is my favorite ride at Disneyland. It has a lot of character. Everyone wants to be a pirate, right? This ride takes you on a boat ride through the world of plunderin’ gold and other piratey things, plus they’ve updated it now to reflect characters from the Pirates of the Caribbean films so Captains Jack Sparrow and Barbosa both make appearances. They feature some really awesome pirate music and the entire thing is a ton of fun.

SPACE MOUNTAIN {In Tomorrowland}: 

Space Mountain is pretty much my favorite ride at Disneyland and it’s really difficult to choose a favorite one because there are a lot of really fantastic rides. Space Mountain is kind of difficult to describe, but it’s basically like going on a roller coaster in space. Like, if you were inside a planetarium with stars and constellations all around you and you were on a roller coaster inside that, then that would be what this ride is like. It’s quite fast, but in a fun way. It’s not scary at all. The line is almost always ridiculously long so I recommend when you get into the park that you get a fast pass for Star Tours (that is always ridiculously long wait) and then go straight to Space Mountain because the later it gets, the longer the line and if it’s hot out, you’ll be waiting in line in the super bright sunlight. 

HAUNTED MANSION {In Frontierland}:

Although it has a spooky name, this ride is not scary at all. It’s actually really kind of dated looking, but that’s a big part of what makes it fun, in my opinion. It’s like riding through an old spooky “Haunted Mansion” and just sort of observing all the spookiness…erm, to spooky fun music. The ride is very slow so you can really take everything in and enjoy the awesome props they’ve put into this one. The line is actually one of the lesser busy ones and usually doesn’t take long to get into, even if you’re there on a busy day so you can go on this at any time – no need to get a fast pass.

STAR TOUR {In Tomorrowland}:

This is a newly renovated ride and features characters from Star Wars in it. It’s completely “virtual simulation” so you don’t actually go anywhere; you’re in a room with seating of about 20 ish people (like a plane sort of) and the seats move back and forth and react to what happens on the screen. This ride is VERY popular and you will need to get a fast pass for it VERY early on in your day or just get in the “stand by” line (queue) for this straightaway when you get into the park otherwise, you won’t be getting on it. It’s very busy and crowded and the wait can be up to 2 hours long, depending on how busy the park is that day. The ride is totally worth it, though, because it features Star Wars characters and a really cool space flight simulation of sorts. The really cool thing about it is that there are over 200 different scenarios you can experience on the ride so you can literally ride it 200 times and never experience the same thing. I don’t recommend this ride to anyone who gets motion sickness easily as the seats do quite a bit of jostling around, but it’s not overwhelming, and the ride is only a few minutes long so it’s up to your own judgment.

INDIANA JONES {In Adventureland}:

This is another personal favorite of mine. It’s also another pretty popular one so I recommend trying to get on this one early in the day as the wait for this tends to get really long or the ride breaks down. You can get a “fast pass” for this one and, if you’re trying to get on it in the afternoon, I recommend it because the line (queue) is in nearly direct sunlight at the beginning and it’s pretty hot if you go in the Summer. It’s definitely worth waiting, however you do it (stand by or fast pass), because it’s really fun to go on! It’s basically a reproduction of the Indiana Jones films (the older ones, not the newest one) and you ride an old jeep through an underground lair of sorts with really fun music, pyrotechnic effects, animatronics, and other bits. It really feels like being on a fun “Indiana Jones” adventure.

Other awesome rides include Thunder Railroad, Splash Mountain (great for really hot days), The Matterhorn (one of the oldest rides at Disneyland), Alice in Wonderland, Alice In Wonderland’s Mad Hatter Tea Cups, Peter Pan, Roger Rabbit in Toon Town and many many more

INNOVENTIONS:

This is not really a ride, but it’s still really awesome to see and they update the displays frequently. This is basically a walk through exhibit of sorts in Tomorrowland that is a couple of levels. They have a lot of futuristic technology on display as well as current smart phones, video game systems, and others that you can pick up and check out or play. They have a live robot show that is really cool to see, a display of futuristic looking kitchens and living rooms to walk through, and a closer look at the animations of Disney characters as well. You can also check out Disney songs and even record yourself singing them. I think this is a fun place to cool off from the outside and relax a bit, in between rides, and see something really interesting. Aside from the displays that are always showcased, they also have more current Disney items there like the photo shown above as they are currently displaying all of the Iron Man suits from Iron Man 3. This changes a lot and I remember back when Tron came out they had the Tron Cycle there so it may be something totally different when you come visit!

THE BEST PLACES TO EAT 

This is a big one! There are a TON of awesome places to eat at Disneyland. One thing to be said about the food is that it can get pretty expensive so, if you prefer not to spend on food, I recommend bringing a cooler full of sandwiches and drinks and leaving it in your car ( It’s not allowed in the park ), but you can go out to your car to eat lunch – just be sure to have one of the attendants at the gates stamp your hand so you can be re-admitted!

If you do plan on eating the delicious food at Disneyland, read on!

BLUE BAYOU RESTAURANT:

If you can get in to enjoy this food, definitely do because it is some of the best food! You have to make reservations to eat at the Blue Bayou which you can do by calling in the day before or that morning. Otherwise, you can also go to the Blue Bayou in the morning when you first get into the park and place your reservation for the evening at that time. This restaurant is in Frontierland and is actually inside of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride so it looks like it’s constantly late evening in New Orleans inside the restaurant which is SO COOL! Aside from the ambiance, the food is DIVINE. The meals are about $20-$40 each, depending on what you order, but it is totally worth it! Most meals are inspired by traditional New Orleans type food – Jambalaya, Seafood, etc. The service is pretty impeccable and while I wouldn’t eat there every single time I visit Disneyland, it is definitely worth doing at least once.

TURKEY LEGS:

This is what my boyfriend and I eat when we are being cheap, but in spite of that, these are one of the best and most delicious snacks at Disneyland! They’re slow cooked so the meat rolls of the bone easily and the flavor is brilliant. They cost a massive $9 each, but that’s kind of cheap in Disneyland prices, and if you like turkey legs and meat, this will be one of the best you have ever tried. The main little vendors that carry these turkey legs are in the center square that’s right out of Main Street before you go into the different “lands” on the left hand side.

BENGAL BBQ:

This is a healthier choice for those who are looking for more balanced meals, though still really great. Located right inside Adventureland, they sell meat and grilled veggie kabobs as well as tropical themed dishes, and drinks. Right next to it, they also have a slushy type drink bar that’s tropical jungle theme as well, though I don’t go there much.

CAFE ORLEANS:

This is another lovely restaurant in Frontierland that’s really good. It’s more affordable than Blue Bayou and still has similar food options with a few more dishes as well. It’s almost like an old style cafeteria, in my opinion, but the food is pretty decent. I personally don’t go here too much because it’s always packed with people. If you want to avoid the tourism rush, try another place.

REDD ROCKETT’s PIZZA PORT:

This is another favorite place to eat, though it’s kind of overpriced for what they give you. They serve a variety of mostly pizza, pasta and salads at exorbitant prizes, but everything tastes pretty good. It looks like a buffet when you walk in, but don’t be fooled, every item is individually priced from your drink to your salad to your entree so check the prices! This one is located right next to Space Mountain and is pretty popular, but it’s a more affordable option for those who want a place to sit down and eat as opposed to snacking on vendor cart food.

STAGE DOOR CAFE:

This is one of the cheapest places you can eat, but it’s very fast food. It’s located inside Frontierland and it’s not as busy as some of the other places, but you can literally go up and order and then sit down in the tables area and eat. Meals per person are around $10-$12 and they have limited options of chicken strips, french fries and soft drinks and I think maybe some hot dogs or burgers, but if you’re on a budget, it might be worth checking out.

TROPICAL IMPORTS {Healthy Snacks!}:

This isn’t a place to eat so much as it is a good place to get a healthy snack. They offer packaged fruit, various nuts, juices and bottled water and it’s one of the few vendors that actually offers it so if you have dietary restrictions or want to eat healthy, this is a great place to grab some snacks. It’s right to the left of Indiana Jones in Adventureland.

MAIN STREET SHOPPING

There are a TON of options in Main Street (where you first walk into the park) so I’m not going to focus on specific shops because there are too many to name. They all have much of the same merchandise and souvenirs so just have a look through them. Instead, I’m just going to highlight some of my favorite things about Main Street in terms of items, goodies, etc.

THE CANDY, ICE CREAM, & OTHER GOODIES:

First up, Main Street has some pretty extravagant candies and baked goods. They have candy apples in all manner of toppings from basic caramel apples to chocolate apples with sprinkles and more. They have rice krispies, handmade chocolates, and massive packaged lollipops. They even have a small sugar free section as well as flavored popcorns and things. One of my favorites on Main Street is the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor which smells incredible and the ice cream is really great as well. They have a nice selection of flavors and it feels very old fashioned. It’s a great place to get a cone if you love ice cream.

MERCHANDISE & OTHER SOUVENIRS:

There are so many places to buy souvenirs and things in Disneyland. You will pretty much be constantly surrounded by things to buy. One thing I think it somewhat worth buying are the Minnie Mouse Ear Headbands and the Mouse Ear Hats which come in all manner of designs. The hats can be custom embroidered with your name on them and the headbands come in many themes from mardis gras to traditional to purple sequins. Most of these are on display in Frontierland near Pirates of the Caribbean, but they have them in various places around the park. Another worthy souvenir is a t-shirt or sweatshirt, in my opinion, with the Disneyland logo as they’re a fun way to remember your visit. They have tons of candy and things, but these are more lasting souvenirs.

DOWNTOWN DISNEY

The last thing I wanted to mention is Downtown Disney. This is another place in itself that’s basically a shopping area right next to Disneyland. There are many shops, including clothing shops and a Sephora, as well as food vendors and it’s worth a look if you really want to enjoy some shopping, otherwise stick to Disneyland. This is a fun place to browse if you just want to get in some shopping, but it’s not a part of the park; they just have some souvenir shops in this area with Disney related merchandise as well as other conventional shops.

So those are some of my favorite things about Disneyland! I hope this unofficial guide helps you if you’re planning a visit soon!

Please let me know in the comments if you want more “travel” type posts like this one for the places I’ve been to (and will go to in future) in my area and others such as hotels, spas, and other vacation spots and I can do more for you all in the future! 

What did you think of this “travel” wanderlust type post?

I’d love to know your thoughts!

♥ Tianna 

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Happy Blogger Link Love Friday!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely week and look forward to an exciting and fulfilling weekend ;-)

My week was busy and felt like it just draggggged on. I hate that feeling where the hours feel like DAYS, but that’s how my week felt, even when I was busy. I am, quite frankly, glad that it’s nearly over and looking forward to a relaxing weekend where I can hopefully fit in a workout and treat the mom’s in my life to something special as it’s Mother’s Day in the USA this Sunday!

…Onto the Links!

Osmia Organics Detox Mask – Indigo + Canary

Indigo + Canary is one of my favorite all natural beauty blogs because they frequently feature products that I’ve never heard of and I really enjoy discovering new things in beauty! They have great reviews on everything beauty from hair to skin, nails and body. It’s a great blog if you’re looking to green-ify your beauty routine! This review they did recently on the Osmia Organics Detox Mask looks lovely!

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Lilly Brush Review – Adora Beauty

I really love how cute and fun AdoraBeauty is! It’s a mostly beauty blog with some occasional style and fashion posts, but I really enjoy the posts because they’re usually really fun and simple and her blog looks so full of whimsy – it’s just an enjoyable place to visit! Aside from that, her reviews are awesome and she often features cool new products like this one, the Lily Brush, which is meant to help clear older clothing from those little fabric pieces that gather on them after so many washes. It looks seriously promising so do check it out!

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Gorgeous Cosmetics Madam Mini Lashes Review – My Lucite Dreams

If you’ve been reading my Blogger Link Love posts for awhile, you might have seen My Lucite Dreams mentioned before and it’s because her blog has such awesome review posts! She features some lovely products and a lot of them are ones I wouldn’t normally seek out, but find they are of interest when I read her reviews. These lashes she reviewed recently look super natural for everyday wear and I’m not really a falsies wearing kind of girl, but these look like a good starting point for transitioning into wearing them more!

Brand Hi-Lite : Skin + Lab New Summer Products!

Oh how I love thee, Sweet Jelly Bean! One of my best blogger buddies, D is an amazing blogger and she does a variety of posts on beauty, mommy life, and some fantastic blogging tutorials that are extremely helpful if you’re new to the blogging world. I highly recommend her if you’re into blogging or beauty or both. This post she did recently on new item’s from Skin+Lab features some really promising Korean skincare!

NEW IN: PIERRE BALMAIN – Scent of Obsession

I recently discovered this incredible lifestyle fashion blog, Scent of Obsession, and I am hooked! She has lovely posts with great photos, featuring loads of items you’ll want to get your hands on. I love this post on new items from Pierre Balmain. I never felt into fashion or style before, but now I’ve discovered some cool fashion blogs, I find myself more and more fascinated by designer. This blog is one of those that’s just great to follow for an all around lifestyle interest in food, fashion, travel, and beauty.

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KIKO Summer 2013 – British Beauty Blogger

I always have to share posts from British Beauty Blogger, especially when she shares things like this new Summer Collection from KIKO Makeup! They seem to be making a splash lately in the beauty world, though I hadn’t heard of them until I saw them on AModelRecommends & BBB, but apparently they are an Italian beauty brand that’s very affordable and the quality looks top notch!

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The Deal on Dead Lifting & Getting Bulky – My Itsy Bitsy Bikini

I discovered this blog just the other day, but this post has been converted! Although it’s called My Itsy Bitsy Bikini, it focuses on one woman’s experiences with weight lifting, strength training and being a bikini/figure competitor. This post, in particular, really resonated with me because it discusses common misconceptions women have about weight lifting and “getting bulky,” which by the way, doesn’t happen without steroids, and also her own experiences getting over a dependency on the scale. I can really relate to it because it’s difficult to see when you look better, but your weight goes up or down or doesn’t even move. Often it’s that the scale doesn’t tell the whole story, if at all, and I think a lot of people will be able to relate to this post, especially if you’re trying to get in shape, build muscle, lose weight, etc. It’s definitely worth a look.

{WANDERLUST} Visiting New Orleans – Nicolette Mason

I recently discovered Nicolette Mason, but I don’t remember how. I only recall now that I love this blog and am officially a fan, especially this post she did on her visit to New Orleans! I’ve been wanting to visit New Orleans for ages now and her guide to the city is really well thought out and put together as well as simple, fun and creative. I definitely will keep this post in mind for when I decide to visit! A Marie Claire contributor, she features a variety of fashion, lifestyle and travel posts which are all worth a read!

Skulls & Bones – Krystel Couture

I really enjoyed this style post from Krystel Couture! I’m a big fan of skulls and I LOVE her hair! I’m just going to have to gush for a moment and say her hair is AMAZING. It looks so lovely and bright and, honestly, perfect for Spring & Summer, in my opinion. She reminds me a lot of Hayley Williams from Paramore, actually, only British. This is a great UK Style & Beauty blog so definitely give it a look!

Loopy Bow Nail Art Tutorial – Islaay

I really love Islaay’s blog! She always features great fashion, beauty and nail posts and this tutorial is so cute! It also seems really simple – something I might actually be able to achieve! – so thank you Islaay for helping me improve my lackluster nail painting abilities. Definitely give her post a look if you want to do this tutorial and check out others because they’re all pretty awesome!

That’s All for Now on BLL Friday, but I hope you enjoyed and Have a lovely weekend!

What Links Are You Loving This Week?

Feel Free to Share Links In the Comments!

♥ Tianna 

Natural DIY Hair Mask Recipe_StorybookApothecary.com

I have been having the worst hair issues that I’ve had in years.

With the change of the season, I feel like they’ve only gotten worse.

Even with some of the lovely hair products I’ve tried, I only find temporary relief and once I run out of the products, my hair goes back to the same miserable condition.

Breakage, split ends, unmanageable hair, tangled hair, dryness, dullness, frizziness, a ridiculous amount of fall out,  lack of body and volume, and just a general crappy crap mess when it comes to my hair.

Originally, I tried this mask because I was looking for a natural way to brighten up my hair for Spring without actually coloring it given that I have given my hair a fair amount of abuse in the past few years where hair dye is concerned and also that I was too afraid to really experiment without risking more damage and drama in the hair department so going the natural route has always been the safest bet for me.

I discovered this incredible recipe on YouTube via Andrea’s Choice – see her video here – but I actually altered it slightly to fit what I had on hand and I think I’ve gotten better results because of it!

Here’s What You Need: 

  • Equal Parts Organic Coconut Oil & Honey/ Manuka Honey – I used Manuka honey, but any honey will work. I say equal parts because I used about 2 tablespoons of each, but if you have shorter hair you could use 1:1 tablespoons or if you have longer or thicker hair than me, you might need about 3-4 tablespoons of each so just use your judgment. 
  • A small bowl
  • A spoon
  • A spare Grocery Bag to put on your head.
  • A Towel for keeping the mixture off your clothes.
  • Gloves (Optional)

Application:

STEP 1:  Mix Equal Parts Honey & Coconut Oil with a spoon in a bowl until thoroughly blended.

STEP 2: Wrap A Towl around your shoulders and secure with a hair band to prevent any of the mixture from transferring to your clothes.

STEP 3: Apply the mixture with or without gloves, as desired. Where you apply the mixture depends on what effects you want out of this treatment. If you want natural highlights, focus on the top layer of hair and the crown of your head in order to emulate the way the sun naturally hits and highlights hair. If you want an all over treatment, apply the mixture from roots to ends, mainly massaging into the scalp and saturating the ends.

STEP 4: After applying the mixture to your hair, wrap your hair in the grocery bag and leave in, as desired, for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Your hair will get really stiff and feel pretty unpleasant, but that’s normal.

STEP 5: Rinse hair in the shower, first with water only and then shampoo and condition as usual.

The Result? 

My hair has literally never felt better!

It’s super soft, manageable, bouncy, voluminous, shiny, frizz free, and it has some nice, natural looking red highlights in it! I’ve done this treatment 2 different times and had equally awesome results both times. I will continue doing this treatment every week or so for a bit as I’d really like to see how light I can get my hair to go. Also, I find that this treatment has done wonders for the condition of my hair. The difference is night and day and one thing I notice that I really love is that before, when I would wash my hair normally, I generally found that my hair was seriously imbalanced. It would get oily and flat in about a day’s time, but still feel really knotted, dry, and generally look unattractive. Now, after this treatment, I notice my hair looks amazing even though I’m going on 3 days without shampooing or anything and, for me, that is AWESOME! Lastly, another thing I noticed is that I’m experiencing bouncy waves and curls that I really haven’t had since I was 8 or something so that is AMAZING!

I hope you all can try this treatment if you want natural, damage free highlights for Spring & Summer or, especially, if you have any of the hair worries that I’ve been experiencing because I definitely think you will notice a huge difference!

What’s Your Favorite DIY Hair or Beauty Treatment?

I’d love to know in the comments!

♥ Tianna 

Blogger Link Love Friday #11

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Happy Blogger Link Love Friday!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely week and look forward to an exciting and fulfilling weekend 😉

My week was awesome and zoomed by mostly, but yesterday I had some weird 24 hour flu or food poisoning; I’m not sure which. All I know is it was seriously awful and I couldn’t eat or do anything really. Thank God I feel much better today!! I plan on relaxing at home, finishing Spring Cleaning, whitening my teeth ( thanks for the idea Taylor @MyLuciteDreams! ) and I’ll be trying out some DIY recipes to naturally lighten my hair and condition it. Let me know in the comments if you want a post on the recipes and I’ll be happy to share! 😛

…And Onto the Link Love!

Caroline Hirons – BeautyMouth.com

If you don’t know who Caroline Hirons is, you MUST check out her amazing blog, Beauty Mouth! She is a brilliant, no nonsense gal who works as a facialist and gives incredible advice on how to treat skin with the right products and help you get your skin looking it’s best. I’ve been a huge fan since before I ever began blogging – I even did a post on her facial massage techniques which you can see here. She was recently on Pixiwoo’s Body Talk and recommended some amazing beauty products. Check it out – here!

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Why I Gave Up Job Security to Freelance – XOJane

If you don’t follow XOJane & you’re a woman, you MUST! They post on a ton of relevant topics and nearly every writer has a charisma and flair about their pieces which are often hilarious, engaging and easy to relate to. I highly recommend this site as one to follow if you’re into off beat female ish humor and this article in particular is pretty relevant to us bloggers and freelances so do check it out! – here.

Hello Again – Atlantic-Pacific

I’m really loving bright colors and neon this Spring and Blair from Atlantic-Pacific is really brilliant at all things style and fashion related. She’s always posting up really interesting outfit picks for the day which I find really inspiring, especially because she does things that are chic, but also wearable. I think runway fashion is interesting, but mostly I just think of how fucking weird you’d look if you wore that on the streets. This girl knows how to style pieces that look like they could go on runway, but won’t make you look like an insane socialite cat lady if you wear it in the streets. Just saying.

April Favourites – Urban Umbrella

I really enjoyed this April Favourites post from Urban Umbrella! She does frequent fashion posts and occasional beauty ones, but this one has tons of great picks that I’ll be looking into for Spring/Summer so do check it out!

Top 10 Tips for Eating Clean from @shrinkingjeans #health #nutrition #cleaneating

Top 10 Tips for Eating Clean from @shrinkingjeans

The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans is a great “weight loss” and health blog, but I really love the invaluable tips they offer like these ones for how to eat clean! I am not a huge fan of “weight loss” blogs, but this one is more of a get healthy and fit kind and its very easy to relate to because it’s written by normal women instead of fashion or fitness models which, in my opinion, can feel very patronizing at times. This one is not. Definitely check them out!

Image from Star Models’ Campaign – The Skinny on Body Image – The Fitted Frame

I found this blog, The Fitted Frame, recently from an IFB roundup post and found it really intriguing and relevant for us women. In it, she discusses the affect that media images, especially where the fashion industry is concerned, have on us and our body image. She also talks about this recent campaign from Star Models which they’ve done in an attempt to discourage women from starving themselves to meet unrealistic standards.

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Sarah Brown of Pai Skincare – 5 Desert Island Beauty Essentials

I really enjoyed this series of posts that the Beauty Shortlist has recently come out with! They’ve done a number of posts featuring prominent women in beauty where they’ve asked them to name their top beauty picks. My favorite is this one that features Sarah Brown of Pai Skincare’s Top Desert Island Beauty Essentials!

That’s It for this week’s list of links I’ve loved – What links are you all enjoying this week?

Please share them in the comments!

Otherwise, if you blog, please share one of your own posts in the comments from this week – I’d love to check it out!

Have a Lovely Weekend!

♥ Tianna

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Happy Blogger Link Love Friday!

This week just flew by. I can’t believe I’m nearly through my 4th week of weight training. Everything is sore from my back to my calves, literally, but it’s a really accomplished feeling for me as I have gained a bit of strength since we started and I certainly feel stronger and even a bit leaner. It’s been difficult to not to cardio, but that will happen soon enough and I’ve been doing a 4 mile walk on weekends to try and get a bit in.

Anyhow, onto the links!

Clarins BB Cream Giveaway – Fluff & Fripperies

I’ve only found Fluff & Fripperies this week and I really love it! An Irish beauty blog, this is a great one for those who enjoy beauty news and reviews as much as me and she’s doing a giveaway at the moment so definitely sign up for that!

Amazon Beauty Bargains – Victoria’s Vintage

Victoria’s Vintage is a lovely blog if you’re a fan of Alice in Wonderland and tea parties because everything is always pretty and cute, often pink, and quite pristine which I find really lovely. She has great beauty and fashion posts, frequent giveaways and this week’s post features some awesome beauty bargains from Amazon so definitely worth a look!

Illamasqua Paranormal lipsticks swatch

NEW Illamasqua Paranormal lipsticks – British Beauty Blogger

If you aren’t already, you definitely have to follow the amazing British Beauty Blogger! Not only is she a veteran in the beauty industry, but she’s always the first to know when it comes to new beauty trends and products that are not even out yet. This week’s post features new lip colors from Illamasqua which I’ve been obsessing over! She’s a great adviser in blogging tips and etiquette for new bloggers and she’s just a fun read overall.

Embracing Pain: Life’s Gifts Often Come Wrapped in Sandpaper – Tiny Buddha

 I’ve been trying to feature the odd post in these links which isn’t about beauty and this week, it’s a post from Tiny Buddha about spirituality or whichever. I don’t know why, but I really enjoyed this article which discusses how suffering and hard times in life can often bring about great things. It has kind of stuck with me all week so definitely check it out!

Battle of the Hair Oils – Friday is Forever

This awesome post by Friday is Forever features some nice hair oils! I love a good hair oil, especially in Summer when I’m much more likely to need extra nourishment due to the sun, heat and time spent in pools or at the beach. There are some lovely hair oils featured that I’ll definitely be looking into! Friday is Forever is a fantastic beauty and fashion blog for those interested in that sort of thing- which I am!

Beauty Haulin’ – Diary Delights

Diary Delights is a lovely beauty and lifestyle blog which features all sorts of posts like this one where Phoebe, the lovely blogger behind it all, shows us her latest beauty purchases. I don’t know why, but I love haul posts! She’s done tons of other types of posts, but hauls are fun to read and see what everyone’s gotten. It’s my way of being nosy on the internet, if you will. Definitely check out this blog if you’re into beauty and the like!

Get App-y: We Try Inglot’s Virtual Makeover App - Beautylish.com

Get App-y: We Try Inglot’s Virtual Makeover App – Beautylish.com

This last one is from Beautylish, an awesome beauty site! They’ve done a feature on a new smartphone app from Inglot where you can digitally apply Inglot cosmetics to a photo of yourself. I guess it’s meant to help you decide if you would like to purchase that specific product, but I personally find “makeover” type digital tools for makeup, hair, etc. to be a lot of fun and thought you all might want a look!

What Links Are You Loving this Week?

Let me know in the comments!

Have A Great Weekend! 

♥ Tianna

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Happy Blogger Link Love Friday!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely week and look forward to an even better weekend! I’ve begun a new weight training routine which involves lifting heavy ass weights and doing no cardio. It feels very unnatural and my body hurts all the time now, but it’s a good burn. Also, it’s my birthday tomorrow! I’ll be turning 24 – weird how time flies ha?

Anyhow, onto the link love! ♥

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Sephora Birthday Haul – AdoraBeauty.Net

I’m loving all the awesome beauty stuff AdoraBeauty picked up on her birthday visit to Sephora! I got a birthday gift coupon in the mail as well so I’ll be visiting them sometime this weekend, I hope!

Waxing Tips for Summer – BellaSugar.com

If you don’t follow BellaSugar, definitely check them out! They always have super helpful beauty related articles. This one on Waxing was interesting and may be helpful for those prepping for Summer!

Orange Carrot Ginger Juice | gimmesomeoven.com

Orange Carrot Ginger Juice | gimmesomeoven.com

I’m not sure this post would be complete without a juice or smoothie recipe and this one from GimmeSomeOven is actually really delicious! I tried it yesterday – it’s very orange and there is a bit of carrot, but it’s just sweet enough and very refreshing. You will need a juicer to make it, though, but it is delicious as well as being great for eye and digestive health!

Etude House Hand Bouquet Rich Vitamin Hand Cream review

Etude House Hand Bouquet Rich Vitamin Hand Cream review – http://jessicaliani.blogspot.com/

I really love this beauty blog for Asian beauty reviews and she recently featured this amazing looking hand cream that I would really love to try out. Her blog is adorable and her pictures are always really good so she’s definitely worth a look!

Clean Eating 101 – The Iron You

If you’re looking to eat healthier and cleaner or want the scoop on clean eating, this is a great article from The Iron You! Aside from healthy eating articles, they also discuss weight training and other fitness topics as well.

How to Apply Foundation – TheBeautyDepartment.com

Who doesn’t follow TheBeautyDepartment? Commandeered by the incredible Lauren Conrad, they always have helpful tips for beginners in any beauty related category from hair,  to skincare, makeup, and nails.

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7 Steps to Hear Your Own Inner Wisdom – TinyBuddha.com

TinyBuddha is fantastic for those seeking spiritual guidance in life. I’m not always into what they write, but sometimes they do feature really interesting articles like this one that encourage us to reach within ourselves to find the right path as opposed to searching without. I actually think there’s a lot to be learned from that!

Tara’s Treats & Reviews – MAC & Other Goodies Giveaway!

I really love Tara’s Treats & Reviews blog! She does a lot of helpful posts in all areas of beauty and she seems like she’d be a lot of fun IRL! She’s currently doing a giveaway, if you’re interested, where she’s giving away 3 amazing prize packs, including MAC goodies, the above beauty goodies & a hair Pro Styler Curling Iron tool! It’s open internationally so definitely enter for your chance to win!

6 Popsicles to Celebrate Spring

6 Popsicles to Celebrate Spring – CookingStoned.TV

I discovered CookingStoned this past week and the founder,  Jerry Jame Stone, posts amazing recipes nearly every day! I’ve been dreaming of making these popsicles all week pretty much!

Wish your waist well with this abdomen-focused routine!

Waist Well Wisher Routine – BackOnPointe.Tumblr.com

If you are into fitness and healthy living, BackonPointe is an awesome Tumblr to follow. She always posts great simple fitness routines that can be done anywhere as well as helpful articles on health and fitness.

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Thursday Giveaway Links – ShibleySmiles.com

Shibley Smiles is an awesome lifestyle blog which features tons of articles on various topics. She’s always really helpful and she does this weekly post where she links up TONS of giveaways going on RIGHT NOW where you can win stuff. I took a glance at this weeks and up for grabs are anything from an Ipad Mini to a Coach bag or Clinique beauty stuff so definitely check it out!

That’s All for Now – Have A Lovely Weekend!

What Links Are You Loving this Week?

I’d love to know in the comments!!

♥ Tianna

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Happy Thursday Lovelies!

I hope you’re all having a great week – Today’s post is a different kind of post than I’ve normally done, but it sort of continues on with this post I did on the idea of vulnerability in bloggers for authenticity. Also, in an effort to try and be more open with readers and see what it is that you all really want to know, learn or hear about, I’ve designed to ask you all. 

So, with that, I’d really appreciate if you all commented with what you would like to see more of on the blog whether that means more beauty, more fashion, etc.

Otherwise, you can be ultra specific about it and let me know something you want to learn ie. “I want to learn how to diminish acne scars with DIY” or “I want more bright color fashion inspiration.” 

You can also request more posts on health and fitness or even if you’d simply like to know more about me and my own hobbies or whichever. 

Just let me know in the comments & I’ll do my best to make it happen!

♥ Tianna