My Absolute Favorite Skirt (and where you can buy it!)

Like I said in my Christmas Shopping Guide post, I have absolute favorite skirt that is pretty great. I love this skirt so much that I own several, so that I am never without one! I wear it multiple times every week, and it is the most comfortable, versatile skirt I have ever owned.

Today I am sharing some ideas for ways to style the Tranquility Skirt, and links for where to purchase the different styles and sizes.

About sizing: This skirt runs true to size, or maybe even a little big. I am usually a size 6 or 8 in skirts, and I have the small (it fits perfectly). I would recommend ordering your usual size, unless you want it a little longer or roomier, in which case you could try sizing up. Also, these are super stretchy, so if you are pregnant or not sure on your size, take a guess and it will probably fit great!

About caring for your tranquility skirt: I wash mine on delicates and and don’t put them in the dryer. You don’t have to do this, as the skirts are VERY good quality, but I want mine to last as long as possible, so I try to take really good care of them! I also feel like air drying makes them “stick” less to leggings.

The black style is fantastic for so many different occasions, but it definitely does the job for a classic, dressy look. Above, my beautiful sister Cassidy styled it with all black and an accent scarf.

Buy it in size small or large here.

Buy it in size medium here.

I love to wear it tucked in with my work polo. To change up the look or add a little extra warmth, I add a cardigan or chambray shirt. It’s easy, and extremely comfortable for whatever I need to do!

This skirt is so easy to throw on with a simple top and sandals for a summer day. I wear these skirts year round, from 90 degree summer days to subzero winter temps. For those super cold days I would just wear really warm socks, boots, leggings, a warm sweater, and a chunky scarf with my black skirt.

The grey/black stripe style is fantastic, as well, and can go from casual (as Chels is wearing it above for a house reno day) to dressy with ease.

Buy it in size small here.

Buy it in size medium here.

Buy it in size x-large here (I wasn’t able to locate the size large).

Here’s another casual look with the striped style.

There are also several patterned options, including the lovely blue print that Liz is wearing above.

Buy it in size small here.

Buy it in size medium here.

Buy the light blue stripe or solid pink here.

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Last Minute Gift Guide

Good morning sweet readers!

Christmas is one of my very favorite things! I love the joy, the celebration, the traditions, the nostalgia, the family.

I am so grateful for Jesus Christ coming as a baby- the whole reason we celebrate.

Today I have a little list of some fun gift ideas if you are still doing last minute shopping. These items are all from Amazon, so you can still get them in time for Christmas!

I have a pretty wide variety in this list, including a few “guy gifts”, some fun stuff for the fitness gurus on your list, good reads for bookworms, etc. In fact, if your Christmas shopping is all done, you just may want to go buy a few of these things for yourself!

Without further ado, Allison’s Last Minute Gift Guide…..a compilation of items I use and LOVE (just click on the items to shop!):

Whey Protein Powder– This is the whey protein powder I use and I LOVE. It has no added fillers, doesn’t taste weird (just a nice little vanilla taste in your shake), and is pure protein!!

Creotine Powder– Guys or gals looking to build muscles will love this!

Larabars– These little gems are DELICIOUS!!! There are a variety of flavors, but my personal favorite is the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip (the one I linked). These would make great stocking stuffers- you could buy the box and use them for a bunch of people!

Tim Hortons Coffee– This is a really delicious, inexpensive coffee that I have fallen in love with since I was introduced to it in Canada.

Stash Tea– If you are buying gifts for tea lovers, this tea is high quality and just plain delicious. I am linking a very fun assortment….again, this will give you multiple gifts for a great price.

Caribou Coffee K Cups– Just. So. Good.

Tranquility skirt– This fantastic skirt is available right now for less than $8!!! Ladies, just trust me when I say that this is my ALL TIME FAVORITE skirt and any gal on your list who loves simple + feminine + versatile clothing will love this one! I have an entire post on it coming soon, but let me tell you- I (and my sis and sis in loves) wear these skirts every week for everything from cleaning to running errands to church, and not only do we love them, but they are incredible quality. They run true to size, by the way.  Ok, that’s the end…..if you don’t get one, it’s your loss! (If you want to know how serious I am about these skirts, I am going to order another today because I literally don’t want to be without it when mine is in the laundry!)

Trendy United Skirt (long)– Again, this is a beautiful skirt, and on this one I especially love the details of pockets and shirring. The fabric is incredibly soft, too. I have the dusty blue, and absolutely love it. These also run true to size.

Trendy United Skirt (shorter lengths)– I have the “below knee” length in burgandy and it’s amazing! It is perfect tucked or untucked, casual or dressy, sandals or boots,etc.

Burts Bees Lipstick– I am very picky about my lipstick, because I don’t want to pay an arm and a leg, or slather a million toxins on my lips, or feel completely dried out after wearing it. This stuff fits the bill! I love the Brimming Berry color so much! And it’s on sale right now for $6.43, which I think is an amazing deal!!!

My Favorite Mascara– It’s a fantastic mascara, enough said.:)

My Favorite Face Mask– Read all about it here.

Pens– Again, personal favorite, and just an incredible pen!!

Violin Books– I did a whole post here about the our favorites.

20 Top Books for Singles– Check out this post for some great book ideas.

The Family– This books is INCREDIBLE.

Reading People– A fun read for the personality guru!

Alrighty, friends, that’s all for today! I hope this is helpful to you in your last minute shopping! 

Allison

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7 Tips for Radiant Skin

Girls, it doesn’t take a lot of time or money to have a good skin care routine! I like to keep my skin care simple, easy, and natural. I’ve included my favorite skin care products (which is a short list) and basic lifestyle steps to taking good care of your skin. Here are my Top 7:

1. Mask it!

The Queen Helene Mint Face Mask is my all-time favorite. I have tried other masks but none of them come close to this one! I keep it on hand and do a face mask periodically (every few weeks or so). It is inexpensive, has very few ingredients, and it feels absolutely AMAZING to the skin! One tube of this stuff lasts me a long time (and that includes sharing with friends + sisters:). Click the link above to get your own….you’ll be glad you did! (The pic above is from a sista face mask party. We were visiting a friend and trying out a different mask that time, but I like my Queen Helene Mint one better cause it doesn’t clump and the mint is so refreshing. I really need to carry it with me everywhere!:)

2. Slather it!

Try a honey slather. I know, it sounds weird and sticky. And it kinda is, but it’s also super refreshing! I love to do this one especially after Christmas Play time when my face is kinda all stressed out from the overdose of makeup and fake blood and dirt and scrubbing all of it on and off so many times! I just take some honey, slather it one, let it set for 10 minutes or so, and then use a washcloth (wet with warm water) to gently wipe it off.

3. Steam it!

A friend taught me this trick recently when my face was really breaking out, and it does seem to help. Next time you’re in the shower, just stand close to the (very hot) water and let it steam your face. You could probably do this by a sink, too.

4. Sweat it!

Did you know that sweating is so healthy for your skin? I usually come in all red and sweaty after my runs, and it’s a good feeling to know that I’ve just done my skin a favor!

5. Nourish it!

What you eat directly affects your skin. Not only is it super important to eat a healthy, balanced diet, but things like constipation, allergies, and a toxic liver can also contribute to skin issues. It you are having major trouble with eczema, acne, etc, you might try looking into these things!

6. Moisturize it!

It’s pretty important to moisturize your face, even if you feel like your face tends towards to be oily. My face is on the oilier side, but I still find that regular moisturizing helps. I usually moisturize in the evening. I currently use the Burts Bees Aloe and Buttermilk Lotion  alternating with a homemade whipped coconut oil with essential oils (lavender oil is one of the best for skin, plus I love the way it smells! Specifically, it can combat blemishes, heal scarring, reduce acne, and aid sleep.)

7. Sun it!

Sun is super healthy for your skin! Take every chance you have to be out in the sun, preferably with no makeup on. The sun acts as a soothing tonic, and I know my skin feel tighter, dryer (in a good way!), and smoother after being out in the sun.

And that’s it! Do you have any skin care tips not on this list? 

-Allison

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My Current Favorite Top: the Most Amazing Graphic Tee Ever!

Ladies, I want to tell you about this AMAZING shirt!  It reads, “I run on coffee & grace.”

I have been on the lookout for cute + classy graphic tees, but honestly, they are hard to find. But one that has a graphic that I absolutely LOVE (cause it’s pretty much the story of my life:), plus is incredibly comfortable and really good quality?  Now that’s a total winner in my book.

A sweet friend sent me this awesome tee and I have been wearing it pretty much all the time.:) You can get this amazing shirt for a really great price on Amazon right now. Here is the direct link to get your own:

Coffee + Grace Shirt

Regarding sizing: I have a size medium, and although I normally wear a size small, I love the relaxed fit of the medium.  If you want a more relaxed fit, I recommend sizing up.

Regarding purchasing: I recommend getting one.  You won’t be sorry! I have worn mine every single week since I got it, and it is still in fantastic condition!

-Allison

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3 Days’ Hairstyles in Less than 10 Minutes

Day #1: Side Braid

Directions: Start with freshly washed hair.  Scrunch in some gel or conditioner and make a quick roll away from your part on both sides.  Finish in a side braid and secure near the end with a small elastic.

Time: Approximately 3 minutes.

Day #2: Braided Side Bun

Directions: Grab some bobby pins.  Roll your braid into a bun.  Secure with bobby pins.  You’re good to go for the day!  In the evening, take down the bun and leave in a braid for the night.

Times: 2ish Minutes

Day #3: Loose Curls

Directions: Remove hair tie from braid.  Unravel braid carefully, not combing through hair.  You should have loose waves.  Pull a bit of hair on each side away from your face with a bobby pin or two.  Voila!

Time: This one takes me less than 2 minutes- YAY!

Wondering what the big deal is with doing three days’ hairstyle in less than 10 minutes?  Well, girls I am a BIG fan of simplifying daily things that need to be done!  Hair is one of these things for me.  I don’t want to spend hours in front of the mirror.

Leo Babauta said:

“Simplicity boils down to two steps: Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.”

Ok, so we know it’s essential to do our hair.  I’m guessing the majority of us ladies don’t wake up in the morning with hair that looks neat and feminine. (If you do, please tell me your secret!)  So, we’ve just identified an essential in life- doing our hair.  However, I think that tons of hair products, and hours every week in front of the mirror weekly arranging our hair………now that seems like “the rest” of this whole equation that can be eliminated!

If you spend 15 minutes a day (as does the average woman) fixing your hair (this does not include washing or blow drying), you will spend 91.25 hours on your hair in a year, or ALMOST 4 DAYS.  Yikes!  In contrast, if you can whittle that time down to 5 minutes per day, you will be spending 30.41 hrs per year, or a little more than 1 day. Now that’s what I’m talkin about!

I suggest the following formula:

  • Find a handful of hairstyles that take only a few minutes.  Try different ones until you find what you like, as you may find some particular styles to work best for your type of hair.
  • Practice doing these hairstyles, even finding what ones work best in sequence in between washing.
  • Rotate these hairstyles on a regular basis, and mix in some more complicated ones when you actually have/want to take the time.

May your hairstyling today be simple + efficient…….you can do it!

-Allison

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