Hair Care GIVEAWAY!

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Remember my hair care post last week? Well I I know that if I hadn’t tried the products for myself, I don’t think I would have been convinced of their amazing-ness. So that’s why I’m hosting a giveaway for you to win a shampoo and conditioner for yourself! Wanna know the best part? Anyone who enters will get ONE free shampoo and conditioner sample from me just for entering. I am doing this so that everyone can experience their hair care system for themselves. I know you will love it as much as I do! Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow @whitjxoxo on Instagram
  2. Tag one friend per comment in the comments on my picture, more friends for additional entries.
  3. Repost the picture with hashtag #whitjhaircaregiveaway for an extra 5 entries {not mandatory for entering the giveaway}.
  4. There is also a chance to enter on here, you get 5 entries by doing these two things: 1. Follow my blog 2. In the comments, tell me which Salon Essentials product you are dying to try most!
  5. OPTIONAL! For an additional 10 entries, reblog this post  :).

The giveaway will go from today, Monday, August 3- Wednesday August 5, winner announced on Thursday!

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Kanye…The Creative Genius

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Remember when Kanye shocked the world when he said “For me to say I’m not a creative genius I’d be lying to you and myself”? (insert obligatory eye roll here) He is such a doof. Anyways, it’s just still absolutely hilarious to me, all I can do is laugh about it. And…I’m so glad I’m the only one who finds pure joy in the most ridiculous quote ever. My good friends at Arsenic and Lace found so much joy they made an amazing tee with the quote on it. Could I pass that up? Heavens no.

This tee is just a small example of the totally creative and unique tees that they have in their shop. They “aren’t into rules” and thats exactly what I love most about them. From Gilmore Girls (I mean really, I can’t get enough) to Kanye, this shop has it all. If you are looking for a tee that doesn’t have the typical sayings on it (does “I woke up like this” ring a bell?), then look no further, Arsenic and Lace is your place (I totally didn’t mean to rhyme, but I’m not changing it). The icing on the cake is that the fit on this tee is totally on point, baggy enough but still flattering and comfy as ever. I am absolutely in love with it.

Annnnd of course I have a coupon code for you! Enter in “whitj10” for ten percent off your whole order for the next TWO WEEKS. 

Tee: Arsenic and Lace // Leggings: Victorias Secret // Flannel Shirt: H&M // Shoes: Target

P.S this outfit got me SO excited for Fall. Is anyone else out there a fall nut like I am? Fall fashion is my absolute fave, I wished it lasted all year.

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Frugal Friday // Week 4 + Styling a Simple White Tee

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I don’t know about you but sometimes, especially in the summer, I just want to be COMFY and feel like I don’t have to tug on this and tug on that to look like I have it all together (I know you feel me). This outfit is so simple, so casual, and so comfy. The main piece? A simple white tee.

This tee is from the amazing Ellis and Company. Guys, this company is going to be super involved with my Frugal Friday series because they have the most amazing prices! I just can’t get enough of them.

A tee that is almost an exact replica is currently being sold at Nordstrom from $72.00, you can find it here. Its at Ellis and Company for $27 (holy amazing price difference!) and I’m in love with it. The quality is extremely durable and so soft. Plus, I have a coupon code for you! I swear giving you coupon codes it my absolute favorite thing. Use “Whit20” for 20% off your whole order at Ellis and Company! The this top will end up being $21 with the code, holy cow!

The beautiful necklace is from Larae Boutique, yes the same boutique that I got that beautiful gold and white clutch from in my Summer Date Night Look post. The necklace is only $5 with coupon code “whitj10” for 10% off anything in their shop! 

The head wrap is from my favorite head wrap company, Moxie and Threads use code “whitjmoxie” for 20% off, this is an ongoing coupon code, remember to find all of my ongoing coupon codes on my “Coupon Code” page.

Now for the price breakdown:

Headwrap: $7 from Moxie and Threads use code “whitjmoxie” for 20% off your whole purchase. (make sure to sign up for Ebates to get money back on your purchase at Etsy!)

Sunglasses: $6 at J Crew Sale semiannual at the Outlets at Traverse mountain, they were half off and then another %25. (make sure to sign up for Ebates to get money back on your purchase at J Crew online)

White Tee: $21 at Ellis and Company with code “Whit20” for 20% off your whole purchase. 

Necklace: $5 at Larae Boutique with code “whitj10” for 10% off anything in their shop!

Jeans: $25 from Target (use the Red Card for 5% off your purchase, also make sure to use Ebates to get cash back for your purchase at Target!)

Cutest Sandals Ever: $15 on GroopDealz, an amazing site that brings you incredible deals on a daily basis. I got these sandals for over half off from them!

Total: $79

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Summer Date Night Style

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I wear so many dresses in the summertime, it gets a bit ridiculous :). So when I received this gorgeous dress from The Mint Julep that was a bit too short for me to style as a dress, I jumped at the opportunity at putting together a perfect summer date night look (that isn’t a dress for once… haha).

This dress is so versatile, it can be styled as a dress….duh or as a tunic. After this look came together so nicely I totally fell in love with this dress styled as a tunic. The Mint Julep has SO MANY stinking cute styles, I could shop on their site for hours and hours.

Now about the MOST BEAUTIFUL clutch ever, its from Larae Boutique, a fashion forward boutique located in Hawaii. They have the best deals that I have seen to date and some of the most beautiful, unique styles. This clutch is only $10 and would pair so perfectly with almost anything. It’s even prettier in person. Check out Larae, I know that you will love them and their prices as much as I do!

Shoes: Target // Leggings: Victorias Secret (make sure to use Ebates to get cash back at Victorias Secret and Target!)

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Hair Care with Essential Oils // Hair Extension Safe

FullSizeRender IMG_2841 First off, let me give you a little bit of my hair history. I got my dads hair (grrrr) my whole life it was thin and straggly. My pony tails were like ¼ inch thick, if I was lucky. Every hair dresser that I had always made a comment about how thin my hair was. So when I started using the doTERRA Salon Essentials line, you can image how surprised I was when my hair girl said my hair was feeling really healthy and then, about 6 months later even said my hair was feeling so THICK….THICK! What?! I had never heard that in my life. Salon Essentials had completely changed my hair.

Now, I don’t only attribute this change in my hair to their Salon Essential line, I also attribute it to religiously taking the vitamins in doTERRA’s Lifelong Vitality Pack every single day. We will talk more about the Lifelong Vitality Pack later (I need like a whole separate post for how amazing those vitamins are). This was my personal experience with the Salon Essentials line but I know personal experiences can only go so far…so this post is to help you see more of the science behind their products so you can understand WHY my hair improved so much. Their Salon Essentials Hair Care line has four steps to it; Protecting Shampoo, Smoothing Conditioner, Root to Tip Serum, and Healthy Hold Glaze. You can use them all together, which is what I do, or you can use them separately. No matter how you use them, these products promote healthy, soft, and shiny hair. Today I am just going to focus on the shampoo and conditioner. Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 10.27.46 PM Side note: I wear clip in Laced Hair extensions (the best extensions ever) and I wash my extension with these products. They are hair extensions safe and keep my extensions in perfect condition. That’s what I love most about this hair care system, it is ALL NATURAL, 100% good for your hair. If you have hair extensions, this is so the way to go. I have yet to find a product that works as good as this one. IMG_0734 Protecting Shampoo: Infused with Wild Orange and Lime this shampoo provides ALL HAIR TYPES the gentle cleansers necessary to remove dirt, toxins, and other impurities from hair. The derivatives from sugar beet supports healthy growth and collagen production in your hair as well as provides protection against damage caused by color treatments. shampoo Benefits:

  • Antioxidant activity helps protect hair from damaging UV radiation and increase color retention in chemically treated hair.
  • Provides deep conditioning to restore moisture. Leaves hair soft, shiny, and silky.
  • Reduces combing force in both wet and dry hair to reduce styling damage to hair.
  • Promotes cleansing and detoxification of the hair, hair follicle, and scalp, by helping to remove residue left behind by styling products

What Makes This Product Unique?

  • Extracts of oat, and sugar beet helps provide hair color maintenance and protection.
  • It helps penetrates the cuticle to deeply condition, smooth the cuticle, and protect hair from damage caused by styling and chemical treatments
  • Citrus essential oils help cleanse and detoxify the hair, hair follicle, and scalp
  • Contains botanicals, essential oils, and other ingredients which not only work to help repair previous damage to hair but also help to reduce future damage caused by UV exposure, heat, and styling
  • Formulated according to dōTERRA’s “NONE OF THE BAD” philosophy of not using artificial colors, sodium, sulfate, or animal testing.

You can find more detailed information on this product here. Smoothing Conditioner: Contains natural proteins that help leave your hair feeling luminous and healthy. Essential oil blends seal and protect hair cuticles against water penetration for the hair shaft. Nanotechnology smoothes hair and provides an antistatic effect that keeps hair shafts aligned during styling for a smooth, finished look.conditioner Benefits:

  • Provides immediate conditioning, smoothing, and shine at the molecular level
  • Helps improve the visible signs of damaged hair
  • Provides deep conditioning and promotes hair surface maintenance in chemically treated hair, leaving hair soft, shiny, and silky
  • Reduces combing force in both wet and dry hair to reduce styling damage to hair
  • Reduces mechanical styling damage to hair and shortens styling time by reducing drying time
  • Promotes re-growth by inhibiting the effects of environmental and physiological stressors

What Makes This Product Unique?

  • Formulated according to dōTERRA’s “NONE OF THE BAD” philosophy of not using artificial colors, sodium, sulfate, or animal testing.
  • Contains botanicals, essential oils, and other ingredients which not only work to help repair previous damage to hair but also help to reduce potential damage caused by UV exposure, heat, and styling.
  • Contains Essential oils that help improve overall health of the scalp and hair, and improve nutrient delivery to the scalp and hair follicles

You can find more detailed information on this product here. I hope showing you the science behind these products has helped you see just how truly amazing they are.

If you are interested in buying some of these products please leave your email in the comments below and I will send you the information :). Also, refer to my Essential Oils page to request any samples of doTERRA Essential Oils that you would like. I would be happy to send you one. They have improved my quality of life drastically. FullSizeRender IMG_0758

Frugal Friday // Week 3 + Classy, Sassy, and Simple

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This weeks Frugal Friday look is has a lot of class, a little sass, and some simpleness. I love mixing prints and wearing patters. However, sometimes its fun and refreshing to wear solids for a very classic and simple look. This look features my ALL TIME favorite black leggings that I talked about on my recent post 5 Fashion Items Worth The Investment + Wear To Find Them Cheaper. In that post I talk about the quality of these leggings, where to find them for cheap and why they are worth the investment.

Blouse: $32 with 10% off coupon at Aro and Company enter in “WHITJ10” for 10% off your whole purchase including already discounted items. 

Leggings: $20 Victoria’s Secret (earn cash back on any Victoria’s Secret purchases with Ebates)

Necklace: $5 at Mindy Mae’s Market but they are sold out of this exact one so I found another one that I am absolutely in LOVE with on Amazon. With such a simple outfit, a statement necklace is a perfect piece to add to give it that classy look.

Shoes: $22 ON CLEARANCE RIGHT NOW AT Target with 5% off from Red Card (earn cash back on any Target purchases with Ebates)

Purse: $15 ON CLEARANCE RIGHT NOW AT Target with 5% off from Red Card (earn cash back on any Target purchases with Ebates)

Total: $94

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5 Fashion Items Worth The Investment + Where To Find Them Cheaper

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I have been working on this post for you for a very long time. As you know, I am all about achieving beauty on a budget. However, I do understand that sometimes it’s necessary to buy items that are better quality because in the long run it actually saves you money. I put a lot of thought and research in this one for you so that I could get my top 5 “worth the investment” items that I can’t live without…but where you can find them for cheaper. Because lets face it, I am still ALWAYS looking for a good deal. This post is a little lengthy, I apologize. I promise it will be worth your while :).

Before you read: I talk a lot about Ebates throughout this whole post. Ebates is an incredible company that give you cash back (for real) for whatever you buy on a ton of websites (I mention some of my favorite in this post). Click here to get set up. Be sure to use Ebates when shopping online, and coupons . If you don’t have a coupon, google one! I rarely ever buy online without a coupon, they are so easy to find.

5. Nude or Black Pumps– lets face it, every girl needs a nice nude or black pump.  IMG_0907

WHY their worth the investment: Both of those colors go with everything and for those long days at work or weddings, its nice to know that you have a good comfy pair that won’t break your toes off….we’ve all been there. Being uncomfortable and grumpy because you feel like your feet are about the explode is not the way to go.

WHERE to find them cheaper: Lauren Conrad has a fantastic line sold at Kohl’s (3% cash back through Ebates), I bought two pairs- one black (pictured), one tan- of her peep toe booties about a year ago and I never want to take them off. They give me an excuse to wear heels because they are literally just as comfy as flip flops. They were originally $59 but I bought them with a 30% off coupon so they were about $40. Kohls is always… and I mean ALWAYS having sales. So keep an eye on them and snag up a pair of Lauren Conrad shoes, they are comfy and will last you forever; worth the investment for sure….and these nude pumps are just fun to stare at.

4. Purse– Having at least one nice purse that will last you a years is definitely the way to go.IMG_0805

WHY its worth the investment: I found that I would get these cheap little $10 purses and two months later the silky inside would have a hole in it and I would have to buy a new one, not worth it! If I buy a purse that is a little bit nicer and a neutral color that goes with everything, I treat it better and it stays cleaner (maybe thats just me?)

WHERE to find it cheaper: purses can be so expensive. I am not one to fork out over $50 on any one item… ever so my experience on this one has been trial and error. My favorite high end quality purses, for not high end prices are from H&M. I have two purses (one of them is pictured) from there and the quality amazes me. I have had one of them for over two years now. The purses I have bought from there you can find here and they are $39. However, H&M is constantly having sales, online and in store so sign up for their email list and keep an eye on their sales, I guarantee you can get it for cheaper.

3. Perfume- I love delicious smells! I am such a sucker for a good smell on me and my hubs. But for most of my life I have always bought the cheap “perfume” or opted for the body sprays.Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 11.07.05 AM

WHY its worth the investment:  I hate to say it but the real stuff really does work ten times better. It lasts way longer and smells way better. When I was hooked on the cheap stuff (about $10-$20 bucks a bottle) I would go through an entire bottle in a couple of months, using it day after day, hour after hour because it just wore off. Now, I buy the real stuff and replace it once a year, maybe even once every 18 months, depending. My favorite smell ever is Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture.

WHERE to find it cheaper: For Christmas this past year my hubs got me my favorite Viva La Juicy from retailer Fragrancenet.com (4% cash back through Ebates), a 3.4 oz. for around $40, over half off. Shop around, there are tons of stores that carry perfume and cologne at discounted prices, Sephora (8% cash back through Ebates!), and Perfume.com to name a few.

2. Sterling Silver Ring Or Any Special Jewelry: I am a sucker for personalized jewelry. I love looking at it and having it remind me of something or someone that I care about. Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 11.12.05 AM

WHY its worth the investment: If I am buying special jewelry or any ring that I will be wearing more than once, (for fear of green fingers) I always buy sterling silver, not silver plated, the real stuff. If I opt for the $5 ring from Claire’s, in about a week I will be sad because my jewelry is ruined and my finger is green.

WHERE to find it cheaper: Believe it or not, there are so many Etsy (2% cash back through Ebates) shops that sell Sterling Silver jewelry for absolute steals! I have had this exact sterling silver heart ring for almost three years with AJ and I’s initials engraved not he front. I wear it every single day and it still hasn’t worn out or turned my finger green. Its only $18. Amazon is also another fantastic place to get sterling silver jewelry for cheap.

1. Leggings– I don’t know about you but I wear my black leggings way too many times each week than I am willing to admit to you at this moment. I lounge in them, go out in them, play in them, clean in them, etc. DSC_0119

WHY its worth their worth the investment: If I skimp on my leggings and get the $5 pair of Walmart, there will be, without a doubt, a whole in the crotch within a month. Then I’ll have to buy some more and it turns into this vicious cycle of buying leggings and before I know it I have spent $40 dollars on numerous pairs that I don’t even like.

WHERE to find them cheaper: I got my favorite pair of black leggings over a year and a half ago and they are still in perfect shape. I got them from Victoria’s Secret for about $34, originally $64, I waited until I saw them on sale and used my $10 off any purchase birthday coupon (sign up for this if you haven’t already!). However, I just looked online and found them on clearance for $29.99 here! Buying these leggings and having them last you years is so worth $30, so worth it!

So tell me your thoughts, what are your favorite fashion items that you think are worth the investment?

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My Favorite Modesty Hacks // How to Make Pretty Much Any Top Modest

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This midi dress is from Aro and Company (enter in “WHITJ10” for 10% off your whole purchase) and it’s what dreams are made of, the material is soft, not constricting and the length is amazing. I absolutely fell in love with it from the second that I saw it! The back if it is one of the best parts; its so unique, it dips low and has a strap across the shoulder blades (pictured below). However, because of my stand on modesty I had to do a little modesty hack in order to wear this dress. Which is what brings me to one of my favorite topics; modesty hacks.

If your shirt is sleeveless, dips too low in the front or the back, or is sheer; half tees are your answer! These tees are amazing, they will cover just the right amount for you to be modest and the best part is that it won’t add bulk to your outfit as it only covers half of your torso.

Another option for sleeveless shirts are to wear a cardigan over it, you can see one of my favorite tank- cardigan layered looks here. Or my favorite option; layer it with a kimono! You can see how I layered one of my favorite sleeveless tops with a kimono here.

I will be doing another segment soon about my favorite modestly hacks for skirts and dresses that are too short. There are so many options out there and I can’t wait to share them with you!

Midi Dress: Aro and Company (enter in “WHITJ10” for 10% off your whole purchase) // Kimono: Coral Reef Swim // Hat and Shoes: Target // Half Tee: Half Tee

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Shopping that Rewards YOU… Besides Getting Super Cute Clothes

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Calling all bloggers and shopping lovers! Have you ever seen one of my posts and been like…if I shop your items then what’s in it for me (besides getting a new cute outfit…duh)? I just barely found this incredible website called Glamhive that rewards its shoppers with points for every outfit you shop, these points can then be redeemed for gift cards to your favorite shops. Does it get any better than that? Instead of just aimlessly shopping on the internet, you might as well shop through Glamhive and earn points! This is the first shopping site that rewards the bloggers followers for shopping their looks, I definitely think you need to be rewarded for following me so this makes me happy!

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I will be linking every post I make to Glamhive so you can easily shop my looks to earn points for yourself! I have already created my account, my name is “WHITJXOXO” so you can find and follow me or click HERE to shop all members on Glamhive. I am so excited for everyone to be able to earn points and gift cards, what a cool feature! Also, if you sign up using my link, you start off with 100 points! Happy shopping!

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Frugal Friday // Week 2 + Tulle, Floral, and Graphic Tees

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Here is my Week 2 Frugal Friday look. I am so excited about this look because not only was it SO fun to put together but in total from head to toe it’s $58 dollars! This is such a fun summer outfit, how could you go wrong with tulle, floral, and graphic tees? Not to mention that this tee is from the Lemon Tee Shop, one of the cutest specialty tee shops that I know of! Ready for the best part? I have a 20% off code for you to use to get your own adorable graphic tee! Use “WHITJ20” for 20% off any tee at the Lemon Tee Shop. They have kids and men tees as well!

Shirt: $30 Lemon Tee Shop (with 20% off code “WHITJ20)

Tulle Skirt: $10 Ruby Bloom (I can’t find them on their site anymore but here is a similar one on their site and I saw other similar ones at BB Styled Boutique they also have these same tulle skirts on Jane.com often!)

Shoes: $13 Target (buy one get one 1/2 off sale, plus 5% off with my Red Card)

Bag: $5 Fashion Corner (from the Fashion Corner Warehouse sale a few weeks ago, they had items for DIRT cheap, I even got shoes for as low as $5. They do these warehouse sales often so keep an eye on their Instagram and you can see when their next one is).

Total= $58 

All of these fab pics were taken by Ashley Eliza Photography make sure to enter my giveaway to win a mini photo session with her!

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