Hi guys! It feels good to be back and in action blogging!
I have been slammed with all sorts of things to catch up on since I got back back from my trip to Punta Cana so that’s why I’ve been M.I.A.! I haven’t even had the chance to unpack yet (don’t judge). Maybe I’ll get to that today. But to keep it brief, our vacation was nothing short of AMAZING. I am so sad that it’s over but I can’t wait to share all of our pictures and resort details on B&C later this week. I hope you liked following along on Instagram!
I made this cocktail and 2 homemade pizzas for dinner last night and both really hit the spot. I’ll save my white pesto pizza recipe for another day. This pretty Summer sangria is just a little spin on your basic Rosé and super simple to make. I’m all about aesthetic, ya know? … so I love how these turned out! Just like my Boozy Pink Lemonade and 2-Ingredient Spiked Summer Seltzer, these are perfect for get-togethers, dinner parties, or even when you just want to get fancy with yourself.
Happy Saturday, guys! I’m gonna make this one short and sweet. I’m headed to a wedding today and then off to Punta Cana with the boo early Sunday! Probably going to be buzzing off wine from the wedding for the flight but that’s what vacation is all about, right?!
I’m sharing the Spotify playlist that I created specifically for my trip to Punta Cana! It’s a melting pot of genres – rap, country, R&B, house… everything. Enjoy!
Be sure to follow my trip on Instagram and Facebook! I plan to do lots of live vids soooo stay tuned!
Throwing on a pair of plain white sneakers with a maxi skirt is such an easy, but cute daytime look. This simple black high-slit maxi skirt literally goes with anything and everything. I’ve been wearing it a lot lately with tucked in graphic t-shirts and layered necklaces. If you missed my post on graphic tees (that AREN’T cheesy or tacky), you can check that out here!
Fun fact: my head is cut off in 90% of these pictures because it started raining during my shoot so, naturally, I looked like a drown rat. Fun times!
You can find tons of cute skirts and dresses on tobi.com so be sure to head there after this post!
In a world where everyone and their mother has some sort of side-hustle or creative outlet, the competition is literally EVERYWHERE. It’s hard not to compare or judge when you’re playing for the same prize.
I’ve been holding off on writing this post for a while now. I’ve actually had these pictures tucked away in a folder on my computer desktop for weeks now because I needed to be “in the mood” to talk about something like this.
Today I am in the mood. I just got back from a shoot with one of my favorite photographers, Lex King, and I’m ready to share my thoughts. Every time I shoot, I get a little extra boost of motivation and the thoughts seem to start flowing. Collaborating with photographers, like my girls Lex and Sasha, who are so passionate about what they do, can be really inspirational. It’s so important to surround yourself with people who have like-minded attitudes.
So why am I sharing this blog post? I’m sharing this blog post because I want to remind bloggers, creatives, influencers, girls, and heck — MYSELF… that “collaborating” has MUCH more value than competing or feeling jealous.
The blogging world is generally extremely positive, supportive, and understanding. We are kind of like a little tribe. We have Facebook threads and Instagram groups to unite us. We basically communicate everyday without ever meeting face to face. However, this does not stop me from comparing. I will speak for myself but I think many of you can relate to this (blogger or not).
What I’ve found in my 3+ years of blogging and in my 26 (almost 27) years of life is that comparison is worthless. Comparison is a debbie-downer. Comparison can be rough on the self-esteem.
BUT — it’s human nature so that’s a hard beast to kill.
Here’s how I stop comparison from getting the best of me:
1. Collaborate. Collaborating is so important. I found this quote on Pinterest and it couldn’t be more true: “Your doom will always be of your own making. Your success, if any, will have multiple authors. Collaborate now“. So much YESSSS! Plus, you never know what lessons you could learn or what doors could open from pursuing a collaboration opportunity.
2. Focus on your own sh*t. It’s easy to get caught up in comparing your success to someone else’s success. No two people will ever walk the same path of life and even if they did, it’d still be different! I find that I am most inspired, positive, and clear-minded when I focus solely on where I’M at in MY life rather than studying how someone else got to the top. Try it!
3. Stop the cyber stalking & stop thinking Instagram is real life. LOL. So c’mon — we all have done this! And I’m listing this as #3 because it can seriously be unhealthy. Instagram’s search history log makes it so easy to just keep clicking back to X, Y, and Z’s page. It’s fun to keep tabs on people’s “seemingly” (KEY WORD) perfect lives but if it’s making you feel bad about your own life then that’s when it has to stop. It’s so important to remember that Instagram is NOT REAL LIFE. While I strive to make my feed as aesthetically appealing as possible for my followers, I’ll be the first to admit that most of my photos are thought out, planned, staged, and filtered. It may be true that I just had lunch at a trendy taqueria, but those plates, drinks, and apps did NOT come perfectly arranged, untouched, and unfiltered. Oh… and I usually take 25 selfies before I get a good one… and even the good one gets a little TLC on an editing platform before I hit “post”. What I’m saying is — keep it in perspective.
4. Support. You will not lose anything by supporting someone else. Congratulating or showing love isn’t going to alter your own personal success destinyWhen you support someone else, it makes you feel good rather than jealous!
The comparison game is definitely something that I will continue to work on but these tips help to keep me in check, ya know? It’s a toughy! Let me know your thoughts/tips/stories below… I want to know if you guys can relate to this!
Talk to you guys soon. Be on the lookout for some cute new summer styles!
This stuff is literal MAGIC in a can. If you think regular dry shampoo is good, think again! The foam doesn’t leave any grit or residue in your hair and it definitely doesn’t leave you looking like a grandma with white roots. Oh and it smells so ridiculous — think: amber, coconut, and vanilla! Yum. Even my boyfriend complimented the scent…Maybe he’ll stop making fun of me for not washing my hair for 5+ days.
More skincare recommendations for you guys! TULA’s line of products are made with probiotics and different superfoods… cool, huh? The probiotics apparently protect the skin from “bad” bacteria and help to balance the skin. This particular exfoliating mask has something called bentonite clay which helps to pull out impurities. It also has turmeric root, vitamin E, and Camellia seed oil which are good for inflammation and anti-aging.
Before finding this product, I had used MAC Face & Body for years. I wanted a little more coverage than what that had to offer so I made the change to the tinted cream. And I love it! It’s not cakey or greasy and it has SPF 30!
Alright, guys…Lipsense is legit! If you haven’t heard or read about it yet, Lipsense is a long-lasting liquid lipstick that is waterproof, kiss proof, and smear proof. And IT REALLY IS. If you missed my Instagram video of me applying it for the first time, you can watch that here. I have the colors Pink Champagne (which is a day-time pink) and Bella (which is just a little darker) for reference. My cousin, Amanda, is a distributer and has insider details with tons of pictures and customer testimonials on her Facebook group. Be sure to follow it to get your hands on some Lipsense!
I can thank you guys for this beauty find! I reached out to my Instagram followers a few weeks ago for recommendations on under eye concealers and tons of you got back to me with Bye Bye Under Eye by It Cosmetics. And I am such a fan now, too! I didn’t know if I’d like the illumination or not but it’s perfect. It covers my dark circles better than any other product that I’ve tried and it highlights without looking like a raccoon. WILL buy again!
I’m definitely a sucker for anything oversized that can also be layered so I am all about this robe! How pretty is this maxi-length Navajo Caftan from Raga? I looooove that it’s floor-length. If it weren’t so long, it wouldn’t make such a statement. I’m excited to style it throughout the remainder of spring and into warmer summer months. I’d be lying if I didn’t already plan to wear this as a coverup with my new white one piece in Punta Cana this June.
If you guys don’t know about my relationship with the jeans pictured above, then you probably haven’t been following B&C for very long. I have those Topshop high waist pants in 3 different colors and if I could get my hands on another color, I would. Check them out in this old post and this old post.
…And… as a little sneaky heads up — I’ll be hosting an Instagram giveaway with Closet Access in the veryyyy near future so be sure to follow along on IG to enter to win (username: @jennaboron)!