Spring Fashion Favorites 2019

Hey yall!

Spring is one of my favorite times for fashion. The pastels, florals, and flowy materials are always so timeless, and are a perfect transition into these warmer months! I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces for this season and I hope you love them as much as I do. 

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Everything Yellow!

Yellow is one of my favorite colors, and what better time to wear this color than spring? If you see me out and about, you can bet I’m going to be wearing this sunshine-y color for the majority of this season 🙂  I love pairing yellow tops with denim skirts or jeans, along with a pair of cute sandals. Top off the look with either simple studs, or go bold with a pair of statement earrings! Either way, you’ll be in style for this upcoming season. 

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Off The Shoulder Tops

One of my favorite items for spring is cold shoulder tops! Some of my favorites are from Los Angeles Fits Boutique, who was so kind to send me these shirts for this blog post! These tops are so incredibly soft and are so so cute! These tops are a perfect transition piece from the colder months to spring. I love pairing these tops with a denim skirt or jeans, and pairing this look with dainty jewelry or statement earrings adds such an adorable touch. 

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Florals

Yall already know I’m obsessed with everything floral! This dress from American Eagle is the perfect sundress for spring, and I love adding a white cardigan to the look for when it’s not quite warm outside.  It’s such a simple outfit, but it’s perfect for any occasion! So perfect for spring and look gorgeous with all of the blooming flowers outside. 

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I absolutely love spring and summer fashion; everything so comfy and easy to style! I hope you love these looks as much as I do, and head on over to my Instagram to see more of my favorite looks for this season! Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest to see all of my fashion inspiration too. 

Much love, 

Chloe

“When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul” -Psalm 94:19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My At-home Teeth Whitening Routine

Hey y’all!

As you may know, being in college comes with a lot of stress, late nights studying, and, most importantly, coffee. Coffee every morning (and sometimes throughout the day too) makes it pretty easy for my teeth to get stained. I’ve tried all the whitening strips you can imagine, DIY treatments (aka gross-tasting baking soda), and many tubes of whitening toothpaste, and still, hadn’t gotten the results that I wanted. I was so excited when Smile Brilliant reached out to me for this collaboration! I was skeptical at first, but after using my Smile Brilliant system for the first time, I was in looooove. It was like the perfect happy medium between at-home whitening systems and professional whitening systems. With this system, I can talk, study, AND whiten my teeth at the same time. It’s kinda a win-win if you ask me. 

Keep reading to see my full review, results, AND get the details on another GIVEAWAY!

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After getting my system in the mail, I created molds for the custom-fitting whitening trays. These trays are what the whitening gel goes in, and make it so that I can even talk while whitening my teeth! Getting my smile Brilliant trays was easier than expected: once I made the dental impressions, I sent them back to the Smile Brilliant labs so they could create my trays. About a week later, my custom trays arrived in the mail! After that, you simply add the gel to the trays and wear them for up to 3 hours at a time. After a few minutes, I usually forget I’m even wearing them! I usually keep my trays in for 45 mins – 1.5 hours, and this is when I might finish up a blog post or catch up on a tv show before bed.

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Once the timer is up, I just take them out, rinse them out, then brush my teeth as normal. Then I’ll apply a small amount of the desensitizing gel in the trays and put them back in for about 20/30 mins while I wash my face and complete my nightly skincare routine. Smile Brilliant systems are able to whiten your teeth so well because the gel is able to spread evenly and really coat your teeth since the trays fit your teeth perfectly. The best part about it is that it doesn’t have that gross whitening flavor that so many other methods have so that 1-3 hrs of whitening is even easier.  It’s super easy and SO convenient. 

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Before (right) and after (left) using my Smile Brilliant System

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I’ve been using the Smile Brilliant T3 sensitive kit to whiten my teeth for the past few weeks and it has really made a difference in the way my teeth look. Now my teeth are always ready for a photoshoot, formal, or just daily life!

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I’m so excited to offer y’all the chance to win your very own T3 whitening system from Smile Brilliant! These kits normally cost upwards of $150, but you can have the chance to get one for F R E E. Click the link *here* to enter to win one free Smile Brilliant T3 sensitive whitening kit

Much love,

Chloe

I was provided a complimentary teeth whitening system from Smile Brilliant in exchange for this review. As always, all opinions are my own! Thank you Smile Brilliant for sponsoring this post! 

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We Are Called to be More

Hey Y’all!

Today’s blog post is just me spilling my heart into semi-coherent words. Here are some of my thoughts that I felt the need to share! 

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Going with the world will never lead you to peace.

I’ve kinda found this out the hard way multiple times in my life, and each time I’ve thought “ maybe this time.” Maybe this time I’ll be pretty enough. Maybe this time I’ll wear the right clothes. Maybe this time I’ll write the perfect blog post and get lots of views. I tried to find a better way to describe it, but I only came up with two words: “less than.” This is a feeling that I have struggled with since I-don’t-even-remember-when. Less pretty than my friends. Less perfect than the people you see on social media. Less popular. Less known. Less wanted.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, good! I hope you never feel this way. But if you have, and if these words seem familiar, you are not alone. you are not broken. you are more than. You are worth more than all of the priceless things on this earth because of the one who created you made you perfect! Not perfect to society, but perfect in his eyes. We are in this world, but not of this world, so why should we try to conform to the norms of a world in which we don’t belong to?

You are more than your past. You are more than your emotions. You are more than what people may say you are. You are more precious in His eyes than anything this world has to offer: you are more than!

Living a life of doubt is not how God wants us to live. I have come to realize that no matter how hard I try to be a part of this world, I am made for something more. We are all made for something more as followers of Christ.  This is a little reminder to take a step back and ask yourself “is this who I want to be? Is this who I really, truly, deep down-no-matter-how-hard-I-try-to-get-perfect-winged-eyeliner am meant to be?” My answer to that question was a hard no. And maybe yours is too, or maybe you are exactly who you are called to be. But we are all called to be more, called to love one another, and called to be who God creates us to be.  Go out there and be you!!!! You are loved.

Much love & go be a light,

Chloe♥

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Photography by Madison Martin Photography

 

 

5 Ways to Beat the Cold Weather Blues

Hey yall!

The holiday season has come to an end, which means cold, cloudy, rainy weather with ZERO holiday cheer. I don’t know about yall, but January and February I tend to fall into a kind of slump. I want to stay inside, I don’t get things done, and honestly, I just want some sunshine. In this blog post, I’m going to give yall 5 things that I do to get out of my slump and feel good about life!

ONE.

Get to the gym. Or do an at-home workout. or do some yoga, go to a barre class, whatever. Just get moving! I always feel so rejuvenated and happy after I workout (and sore), so make some time in your day to get those endorphins pumping. Because “exercise gives you endorphins, endorphins make you happy, and happy people don’t kill their husbands. They just don’t!” (name that movie!)

TWO.

Find some yummy seasonal fruits and veggies and try out a new recipe! Cooking is such a stress reliever for me, and I love finding new ways to incorporate seasonal fruits and veggies into my meals. Make a smoothie for breakfast, try a new recipe for lunch and dinner, and you’ve got a refreshed, healthy day set out for you!

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THREE.

Go shopping! (but do I really have to tell you to?) I always find it fun to buy myself something cute when I’m feeling down, whether its a new shirt, on-clearance shoes, or even a new $1 face mask or chapstick. Having a new little something to wear out makes my day so much fun, and I always like to incorporate something summery into my buys.  Floral tops, coconut scented lip balms, cute sandals to get me excited for the warmer weather, you name it. 

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FOUR.

Listen to new music! I’m loving songs by Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, and John Mayer right now. Jason Mraz’s music is so happy and reminds me of warm weather, so its the perfect thing to listen to when I’m not in the mood for the inevitable cold weather.

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FIVE.

Be content with where you are! I know it can be so easy to get caught up in the dreams of tomorrow (and warmer weather), but take each day as it comes and live in the moment! So many wonderful things happen in these colder months, so live it, love it, and know that you are so loved!

Much love,

Chloe

Holiday Kickoff + Family Traditions

Hey yall!

It’s the holiday season and I couldn’t be more excited. From Christmas music and holiday foods to winter fashion and family traditions, it all seems so magical! Since the holidays are upon us and family traditions are at large, I wanted to share a few of my favorite things that my family does every winter!

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1. Holiday kickoff brunch

Although this isn’t a very “traditional” tradition, it’s still one of my favorites. The week before Thanksgiving, my mom and I go get brunch at a local cafe, then go shop for Christmas gifts for the rest of our family. This year I got a blueberry quinoa bowl with granola and fruit and it was so yummy! My mom got a goat cheese omelet, and although I’m not a huge egg fan, I gotta say it looked pretty tasty. I love this time that my mom and I spend together because it’s such a nice time to catch up on life and breathe for a while. Since I’m either in classes or working for most of the day, we usually don’t have time to just sit and chat, so I love the times that we have together. 

2. Christmas tree chopping

Every year since I can remember, my family has gone to a Christmas tree farm about an hour away to pick out the *perfect* tree. It’s usually freezing cold, and walking around a Christmas tree farm for an hour or so may not seem like the most fun thing, but it’s always so fun and memorable! After chopping down the tree, we tie it to the roof of the car and drive the hour back to our house, where we put lights, ornaments, and LOTS of silver sparkly tinsel on it. There is always lots of Christmas music, hot chocolate, and LOTS of pine needles stuck in my hair, without fail. every time. 

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3. Baking one of my Great-grandmother’s chocolate pies

As a little girl, I always loved my great grandmother’s chocolate pie, which my grandmother would make every Christmas. Now, I have the chocolate pie recipe and it’s always so special to make that pie on Christmas morning! I absolutely love to cook, and so making something that’s so special and close to my heart makes Christmas morning even more amazing. 

4. Christmas Shopping

Umm… shopping. Need I say more? 🙂 But really, I absolutely love finding gifts for my friends and family to give to them on Christmas. Christmas shopping is always so fun and festive in my family, as it usually involves early mornings, peppermint mochas, and lots of laughs with my sister. 

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5. Midnight mass on Christmas Eve 

Time to share my FAVORITE thing about the holiday season: Midnight mass! Every Christmas Eve, after my family has dinner at my grandparent’s house, we go to Mass around midnight. Mass is always a great addition to any day, but there is something so special about going to mass with my family on Christmas eve. 

I’d love to know: what are your favorite traditions in your family? I love hearing other traditions and fun things that other families do during the holidays!

Much love,

Chloe

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4 Things I Love About Fall

Hey yall!

Happy October! My favorite season is finally upon us! The hint of a cool breeze has me ready to pull out my sweaters and cook s’mores around a fire. If you have been staying up to date on Instagram, you know that (1) The Simple Joy of Being has some super fun stuff going on, and (2) that everyone and their dog are going apple picking, going to pumpkin patches, and drinking lots of pumpkin spice lattes ( I still haven’t had a PSL yet this year… is it even fall?). Well…I’m here to add to that overabundance of fall and tell you a few of my favorite things about this season! 🙂 

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Fall clothes

Y’all already know I’m a huge fan of breezy summer dresses, but by now I’m ready to stash those in my closet and bring out the fall clothing. Sweaters, scarves, and boots look fantastic paired together and are oh-so-comfortable. Sweatshirts are 100% acceptable, especially when paired with leggings. Personally, my go-to fall outfit is cozy flannel, jeans, and black booties. Cozy, comfy, and stylish… yes, please! The flannel that im wearing in the picture above is from Old Navy, the jeans are from Gap, and my boots are from Target!

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The leaves change, pumpkins are everywhere, and suddenly everything looks like it could go on Instagram. That tree in the middle of a field? …photographed, uploaded, posted, #nofilter. Between the leaves changing, everything being yellow and orange, and all of the fall-themed coffees… what’s not to love?

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Crisp Air

There’s nothing better than being outside as the air starts to get colder! Add roasted marshmallows, hot chocolate, and you’ve got yourself the perfect fall night. (bonus points if there’s a pumpkin nearby). Cooler air makes me so happy and feels like such a fresh start. 

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Candles!!!

What’s better than your entire house smelling like a pumpkin? Nothing. I have way too many fall candles (if that’s even possible), and love to light them and make any space instantly more cozy. My favorite fall candles come from Bath and Body Works, and all smell soo good! My favorite candle from Bath & Body Works is called Gather and is the perfect fall candle. Going out and getting fall candles is such a fun event for me: it always involves coffee, flannels, driving with the windows down, and the perfect fall playlist. AKA, total fall overload. and I love it. So much.

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And that’s a wrap! I would LOVE to hear all of your fav things about fall, so comment and let me know! I hope you enjoyed this post, and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and subscribe to my blog to get blog posts sent straight to your inbox! Also, if you want to keep up with the styles & looks im loving, follow me on Pinterest!

Much love,

Chloe

My Thoughts on Change

Hey y’all!

Grab your hot chocolate and get comfy, because this post is going to be deep. I’ll start off by saying that a few times in my life, I have had people tell me “you’ve changed”…maybe they’ve told me directly, maybe they’ve told someone that I’m close to. But y’all, I’d sure hope that I’ve changed. Don’t ever apologize for changing, growing as a person, weeding negativity out of your life, etc. As long as you’re not changing for the worse, don’t ever be apologetic for it. Change is good and the people who are worth your time and energy will grow with you and accept the change!

I remember the first time someone ever told me “you’ve changed”. I honestly didn’t know how to feel. Was it an insult? Was changing as a person a bad thing? I’m here to tell you that it’s not. Like I said earlier, as long as you’re not changing for the worse, and are growing as an individual, don’t ever be apologetic for it. Change can be so good! The people who are truly worth your time and energy will accept your growth and grow with you and accept the fact that people change!

Another thing you should never be apologetic for: weeding negative people out of your life. You should surround yourself with people who inspire you, build you up, make you happy, and help you grow into the person God created you to be. God will send people into your life that you never knew could have such a positive impact on the way you see yourself and the world. As soon as you find the strength to leave the negative behind, accept change, and move forward with complete trust that God has a plan for your life…you will find so much happiness. (I speak from experience). 

The funny thing is, I don’t like change. At all. I am 100% the type of person that likes to plan out every aspect of everything and will completely freak out if something even goes slightly off plan. This is kinda where the whole “Trusting God” thing comes into play… and I will be completely honest in telling you that sometimes, (or more times than not), it can be really hard to put all of your trust in Him. But here’s the thing that i have to tell myself multiple times a day… God has a plan for me. And He has a plan for you. Maybe you’re reading this and can’t relate one bit to what I’m saying, maybe trusting God comes easily to you. But maybe you’re like me, and need that little constant reminder of “God’s got you”. 

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Friends, whatever changes you may be going through right now, pray for the grace to be at peace with the present. Be grateful for the blessings that you have today instead of being constantly preoccupied with what’s around the corner. Honestly, I am 100% guilty of focusing too much on the future and paying no attention to the people and blessing that I have in the moment. Go to God with a patient and trusting spirit. He’s got you

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11

“Do not fear, beloved. Peace! Take courage, and be strong.

-Daniel 10:19

“The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” -Psalm 18:2

Much love,

Chloe

Simple Joy Of GIVING: FOCUS Missions

Hey yall!

It’s time again to launch The Simple Joy Of Giving! This is the second month of t-shirts & charity donations, and I’m so excited to see what we can accomplish this month!

Order your shirt here!

The Simple Joy Of Giving is a not-for-profit campaign that directly benefits the less fortunate worldwide and in local communities. Every few months, I will be selling newly-designed t-shirts to raise money for a different cause or organization! One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to that month’s selected cause. In April, my readers raised over $200 for a soup kitchen in my hometown!

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I started The Simple Joy Of Giving as a way to give back to my local community. My initial thought was to just raise money to fund a future mission trip, but then I realized that I could do so much more with this project! I came to the realization that, since I have this platform of my blog, I could expand this campaign into an ongoing fundraiser for my local community, and will hopefully one day grow to spread the Word of God and to help struggling communities worldwide. I also hope to one day go on a mission trip, and hopefully, this little project can help me reach that goal!

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In my hometown alone, 18.2% of the population lives in poverty. That’s almost a fifth of the population of Huntsville, Alabama, but it’s a small percentage compared to the worldwide statistics: approximately 80% of the world population lives on less than $10 a day. Nearly 50% of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day.   1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty. Researching these statistics and seeing the widespread, but little known, disaster of poverty in this world has helped me realize that people are in need everywhere, every day. I have volunteered at this local soup kitchen many times, and it filled me with so much joy that so many people were willing to help me raise money to purchase meals for the less fortunate in my hometown. 

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Before I started this campaign, I prayed that the Lord would fill me with compassion and patience and wisdom to help me with the whole process of this campaign. after the first month passed, I finally realized that so many prayers had been answered! Not only my prayers but maybe even other people’s prayers that I don’t know about. It has definitely shown me that prayers DO get answered, even if not the ways we initially imagine them. 

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This Month’s Cause

For the month of August, the proceeds will be donated to a FOCUS mission trip. FOCUS, The Fellowship of Catholic University Students, is a group of people passionate about changing the world and helping college students live a life of purpose through Christ. FOCUS Missions believes that we have a unique opportunity to reach the world and be forces of good, both in uncharted territory and in our own familiar homelands. I’m so excited to help fund someone’s mission trip through focus, and I hope that others are as excited about this as I am! Click here to order your shirt and make a difference in this world!

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And to the person who wants to start something similar for the glory of God:

GO FOR IT! It’s definitely a long process of waiting, praying, and waiting some more, but the results can be so beautiful. Even if you don’t raise as much money as you wanted, or if it doesn’t go quite as planned, Trust in God’s timing and in His will and everything will go the way He planned it to. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from the people around you, and don’t be afraid of any problems/struggles you may encounter. You are doing good for the world and your community and spreading the Love of God; that is such a beautiful thing! 

Order your shirt here!

Much love,

Chloe

Our deepest hungers are not for food and drink, not for amusements and recreations, not for property and wardrobes, not for notoriety and gossip. We hunger for truth, we thirst to drink beauty, we yearn to celebrate, we stretch out to love and be loved. This is why anything less than everything is not enough.

– Father Thomas Dubay

 

Instagram Giveaway! {Beauty + Skincare}

Hey yall!

It’s GIVEAWAY time! I just want to thank you all for your support, and I can’t tell you enough how much every kind word, comment, dm, etc has meant to me! There are so many beautiful souls in this blogging community and I am endlessly grateful to know you all! To say thank you, I wanted to host a giveaway with some of my favorite products and a month of August Simple Joy Of Giving-shirt! I have some other collaborations coming up soon as well that I can’t wait to share with you all!

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I decided to bring together a few of my favorite products to help you look and feel your best in life! De-stress with bath bombs and face masks, support a mission trip while looking super cute in your Simple Joy Of Giving shirt, and get glam with Colour Pop products! The hand-painted bible verse canvas is such an adorable addition to anyone’s desk/workspace, and is a friendly reminder to focus on God, with whom all things are possible! 

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Giveaway Prize:

  • 1 TonyMoly Brightening Face Mask
  • 1 Colourpop Supershock Shadow in shade “Sailor”
  • 1 Colourpop Ultra Matte liquid lipstick in shade “Times Square” 
  • 2 Pura Vida Original bracelets
  • 1 Soap and Glory Original Pink bath bomb
  • 1 Bath and Body Works bath bomb in “A Thousand Wishes”
  • 1 Hand-painted canvas with Bible verse
  • 1 Simple Joy Of Giving “It Is Well With My Soul” T-shirt in size Medium

To enter:

  • Must be following me on Instagram! (@simplejoyofbeing)
  • Like the photo on Instagram!
  • Tag your friends! Each comment tag counts as an additional entry.

Extra Entry Opportunities!

  • For 5 extra entries, screenshot this post an add it to your insta story! Make sure to tag @simplejoyofbeing and #simplejoyofbeing

Good Luck! Giveaway ends on August 3rd! Winner will be announced on August 5th on Instagram!

This giveaway is in no way sponsored or affiliated with Instagram, ColourPop, PuraVida, Bath and Body Works, Soap and Glory, or TonyMoly. All products purchased by me except the Pura Vida Bracelets. 

What’s In My {Lipstick} Bag | Summer 2018

Hey y’all!

I recently re-discovered my love of lipsticks, so I wanted to share with you a few of the favorites that I ALWAYS have with me. Does anyone else have a specific “lipstick” bag that they keep in their purse to hold all of their lipsticks, or is it just me? Although I keep way more lipsticks than this in my bag, I narrowed it down to my 5 favorites to keep this blog post as short & sweet as possible!

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Kathleen Lights x ColourPop Dream Team Liquid Lipstick Bundle

Three of my current favorite lipsticks came in the Kathleen Lights x ColourPop Dream Team Liquid Lipstick Bundle! The three shades that this little set comes with are Moon Child, Dreamy, & Rêver.  This trio is the perfect set of lipsticks, and every color is so wearable! Yes, even the orange 🙂 I was really impressed with these, especially since they were my first ever liquid lipsticks from ColourPop! (crazy, right?). I was expecting them to be a lot more drying and not as long-lasting, but it hardly feels like I’m wearing lipstick when you have these on and they last all day! Like, put it on at 6 am, do a chemistry lab & eat lunch, then come home at 4 pm and IT’S STILL ON. Doesn’t look cakey, doesn’t crack, doesn’t do that weird thing where it wears off everywhere but the outline of your lips and it looks like you’re wearing a weird lipliner (does anyone else relate?). Dreamy is a matte rose-ish nude color and looks so pretty! I think I’ve worn this one almost every day this week. Moon Child is more of a light pink-nude gloss, but its so pigmented and has a really pretty gold shimmer to it. Rêver is definitely a pop of color! Ths one is a super matte orange-red, but its so pretty and is one of my favorite bright lipsticks!

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Bite Beauty Matte Crēme Lip Crayon in Glacé

Bite Beauty Matte Crēme Lip Crayon in Glacé is a gorgeous dusty-mauve, and is long-wearing, water-resistant, and super hydrating! I love Bite products because they’re all natural and contain ingredients such as agave, orange peel wax, and brown sugar. 

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Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in the shade Audition

The last lipstick that I always like to keep with me is the Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in the shade Audition. This lipstick is one of my favorite lipsticks ever because it’s such a gorgeous neutral rose color and is so creamy. It hardly feels like I’m wearing lipstick! This lipstick is so pigmented and stays on all day, so I hardly have to reapply. It works well with natural makeup, no makeup, or a full face of glam. 

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And that’s a wrap! I didn’t include everything that I keep in my lipstick bag, because that would be way too long of a blog post. These are just a few of the ones I wear the most often, and I hope you love them as much as I do. 

Much Love,

Chloe♥

Coming to the blog soon:

College Q&A! In honor of the upcoming school year, I’m doing a little Q&A for anyone who is starting college, high school, or just need a little advice regarding school 🙂 Go find the post on my Instagram (@simplejoyofbeing) and comment any questions that you might have! 

ALSO!!! The Simple Joy Of Giving is launching its second t-shirt campaign starting August 1st! Follow me on Instagram to stay updated, and don’t forget to purchase a shirt (supporting a FOCUS Catholic mission trip!!!) sometime between August 1st-21st!

All of the opinions in this blog post are my own. It is not endorsed by, sponsored by, or in collaboration with any of these brands. 

 

Spring Favorites

Hey yall!

It’s time for Spring favorites! A little style, a little skin care, and a whole lot of spring favs – I’m sharing the pieces I’m loving for this season and hope you love them too! 

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FASHION

I absolutely love spring and summer fashion! It’s so light and airy and happy. A few of my favorite pieces for this season are florals, floppy hats, and chunky heels. These pieces are so cute paired together too! Hats just as such a touch of elegance to an outfit if paired with the right outfit. 

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This dress is from Jessa Kae and is my absolute favorite dress of all time. It’s made with the lightest, softest material and has the cutest geometric pattern. The shoes are from Toms and are the most comfortable heels ever! They go with practically everything, from jeans and a cute shirt to dresses. I got this hat from H&M, and I’m obsessed. It adds a gorgeous touch to any outfit!

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SKINCARE

Skincare is so important in the spring, due to the temperatures changing, more sunlight, and humidity.

First up is my absolute favorite moisturizer. The Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator leaves my skin so hydrated without making it oily.  It has aloe water and hyaluronic acid, which is the perfect combination for hydrated skin.

Next is the Clinique Super City Block Oil-Free Daily Face Protector Broad Spectrum with SPF 40. This product can be worn alone or as an invisible makeup primer! It acts as a sort of tinted moisturizer; I never even have to wear foundation when I have this on. It also has SPF 40, which is PERFECT for hot spring days.

The Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Intensive Wash-Off Treatment is my all-time favorite charcoal mask (and trust me, I’ve tried almost all of them). This mask has a mix of black and white charcoal, where white charcoal is known to absorb 1,000 times its weight in impurities. The charcoal pair works together to minimize the appearance of pores while lifting away impurities and excess oil. I’m obsessed with this mask because it leaves y skin so smooth and clear so I hardly feel like wearing any foundation!

My favorite mascara right now is the LashCraft Big Volume Mascara by Sephora Collection. It lengthens my lashes so much with just one coat! This mascara lasts all day, even through working out at the gym & the high humidity levels ( gotta love living in the south:) ). 

 

 

Discount Codes:

10% off Jessa Kae: CHLOE10 

20% off Pura Vida: CHLOEMCALPIN20

 

 

5 Spring Fashion Essentials

Hey yall!

Spring one of my absolute favorite times in regards to fashion. The weather is not too hot, not too cold, and florals are totally acceptable at any time of day (yes please!!). I wanted to share with you a few of my fashion essentials for spring that I absolutely cannot live without! Spring & summer fashion is my personal favorite to wear and shop for. It’s finally time to get rid of all the many winter layers! I absolutely love how easy it is to throw on a dress and some accessories and you don’t have to think twice about it when the weather is nice.  

 

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ONE.

A plain white t-shirt

Plain white t-shirts are so simple yet so stylish and go with absolutely anything. Pair it with a floral kimono-style wrap, a light cardigan, or simply some pretty jewelry. you cant go wrong! This will also look good worn simply with jeans, under a blazer, or tucked into a high-waisted skirt

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Colorful Shoes

Colorful shoes, like the ones in the picture above, can turn a plain outfit into a fashion statement. I love the pop of color that they bring! The favorites that I have I got from Target (clearance aisle, who’s with me?:) )

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THREE.

Boho Jewelry 

Simple, bohemian style jewelry (like rings and bracelets)  is so great for spring. I love the way this simple but pretty accessories pair with florals and spring colors. A simple set of stacked bracelets can add so much more excitement to a casual spring out, like jeans and a white tee or even florals. My absolute favorite places to get simple, pretty boho jewelry are Pura Vida and Sand Cloud. You can totally get 20% off of your Pura Vida order with my code: CHLOEMCALPIN20 & 15% off of your Sand Cloud purchase with my code: ChloeMcA15 

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FOUR

Collared shirt.

This is a timeless wardrobe staple that can easily add a touch of class to any outfit.  It looks great when styled with a high waisted skirt, denim shorts, or jeans. These shirts are so comfy and look effortlessly elegant in any outfit.  My sister is totally rocking this outfit (above picture) and I may or may not steal it from her closet… sorry not sorry 🙂

 

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FIVE.

Anything Floral!

Y’all already know my obsession with florals. I really think that they go with everything and look so classy if styled right. The most important thing to keep in mind with florals is to not overdo it. You don’t want to look like you had a flower explode on you 🙂 Keep it simple, and pair your floral piece with a basic. For example, pair a cute floral top with some skinny jeans or a floral printed kimono with a basic tee (like my outfit in the picture above). Let the floral piece be the staple of your outfit! The dress that I’m wearing in the first picture is from Jessa Kae. They have some SUPER cute floral clothing (I have 3 floral dresses from JessaKae now… oops)  and you can get 10% off of your entire purchase with my code: CHLOE10

Side Note: I have some AMAZING news coming to you this Sunday, April 15th! I’m so excited to share it with you all, I’ve been working on it for a few months now and it’s finally ready for the world! Mark your calendars for this Sunday 🙂

Much love,

Chloe♥

“We can never have too much confidence in our God, who is so mighty and merciful”-St. Terese of Lisieux

All of the opinions in this post are my own, it is not sponsored in any way.

I Choose The Sky

Hey yall!

I have collaborated with one of the sweetest bloggers I know to bring you a few books that have influenced our faith as Catholic women. Read about more books and check out Maddy’s blog here! I am so blessed to be able to collaborate with such a faith-filled young woman and I hope you all take the time to go check out her blog! 

The book that I chose to write about is a small but impactful devotional by Emily Wilson. In this post I’m going to be telling y’all a little about how this book has influenced my faith journey, and I invite you all to go read the full post (linked at the end of this post) on No Greater Love!

I Choose The Sky by Emily Wilson has immensely influenced my faith journey,  and I cannot stress enough how much I believe each and every young woman should read this book! This book focuses on 17 women mentioned in the Bible who chose to lift their eyes towards heaven by living lives of great faith. Reflecting on women such as Tabitha, the crippled woman, Mary, and Martha has shown me that no matter what situation I may be in, Jesus still has an immense love for me. This book can help women of all ages to grow their faith and has changed the way I look at myself and the world. It was so powerful to re-read the stories of those women. Emily’s reflections on who these women are and what we as Catholic women can learn from them truly touched my heart. This book really helped to deepen my understanding of my identity in Christ as a woman, and I hope everyone who reads it can find a new light and a new understanding of these often-overlooked women in the Bible. e1ff6e80-a404-4296-9956-face80be0062Something that stood out to me the most in this book is Emily’s reflection on the story of the crippled woman in the Bible. After reading the story of the crippled woman, the book reflects on our perspectives in life, and how we can choose our perspective. I found this part of the book to be so inspirational; I, too, can often be like the crippled woman, constantly looking down and not having the spiritual strength to raise my eyes to heaven. Choosing to focus on the sky, not just physically, but spiritually, has opened up my world in a new light. Although I still find it hard to “choose the sky” sometimes, I have that conscious effort pushing me to focus on the good. Here’s an excerpt from this section of Emily’s book that I love:

“Our perspective and our outlook have an amazing impact on our day-to-day lives. Our perspective dictates how our days seem to go, how we treat others, how we treat ourselves, and how we see the world. We have the power to choose whether we approach life with positivity or negativity. We make the decision to be cheerful, loving, and kind, even when life is challenging…or to give in to envy, self-loathing, or despair when we just wish things were different, or better, or easier. We get to decide which outlook we have: Are you looking at the ground, or are you looking up at the sky?

“If given the choice between the ground and the sky, I choose the sky”

-Emily Wilson

I hope you all are inspired to “choose the sky”, and I hope you all have the opportunity to read this book. I’ll link Emily Wilson’s website below so you can take a look! 

Much love,

Chloe♥

Emily Wilson: http://emwilsonmusic.com 

No Greater Love Blog: nogreaterloveblog.com

Read about more books that have inspired our faith: Books Of Greatness

“God indeed is my salvation, I am confident and unafraid. For the Lord is my strength and my might and he has been my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2

Sephora Haul!

Hey y’all!

Today is such a bright and sunny day and everything is so happy. I haven’t posted in a while, I know, but I’ll get back to posting regularly soon. Classes have gotten crazy and time has gotten away from me these past few weeks, and since school is my main priority right now, blog posts might be posted at weird times. I’ll get back on track with posting every Saturday soon, I promise! Anyway, this past week I went to Sephora (stress shopping… anyone else do that?) with the intention of getting new foundation but accidentally bought WAY too many things. I decided to write this post telling y’all about the products and my thoughts on each of them! 

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ESTEE LAUDER Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

As you may know, I have a little obsession with mascara. Taking off mascara every night has really taken a toll on my eyelashes, due to the scrubbing and harsh cleansers. I’m so happy I found this eye makeup remover by Estee Lauder, which takes off mascara and eye makeup (even waterproof!!) so easily and quickly. 

TOO FACED Born This Way Foundation

Y’all already know about my obsession with this foundation. It is so hydrating and hardly feels like you’re wearing foundation at all. I also occasionally mix this with my moisturizer (Clinique Moisture Surge gel-creme) to create more of a tinted moisturizer on days I don’t want or need a lot of coverage. This foundation is infused with coconut water to help replenish the skin’s moisture levels and contains Alpine rose to brighten skin’s appearance. Fun fact: I’ve never purchased the same foundation twice before discovering this foundation. It’s THAT good.

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TARTE Wide Awake Eye Set

This set is packed with all of your eye care essentials! It comes with a travel-size Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara; Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment; and one set of the Pack Your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches, all for only $12. It’s also all vegan! This mascara is so volumizing and lengthening, I only need to use one coat. It is also the perfect size to stick in your purse or bag for traveling, in case of road trip touch-ups. The eye cream is packed with a complex of antioxidant plant extracts, light-reflecting particles, and essential fatty acids to hydrate and brighten under eyes. Unlike most eye creams that I have tried, this one doesn’t feel greasy or heavy, therefore much more suitable for everyday use. Finally, these little eye treatment patches work wonders! One use, and my dark circles, which were seriously bad from a weekend of late-night studying were seriously reduced. Yall, these are magical. 

SEPHORA COLLECTION LashCraft Big Volume Mascara

As some of you may know, I am very particular (and obsessive) when it comes to mascaras. I was planning to re-purchase another Sephora collection mascara that I LOVED, only to find that they didn’t carry it anymore. What was I supposed to do, find a DIFFERENT mascara? No. Way. Luckily, I picked up this one because it was super cute and also only $14 (yes I spent too much money at Sephora, but I’m still on a budget. don’t judge). This mascara also contains jojoba oil, which allows you to build lashes with multiple coats while not flaking, smudging, or clumping. This stuff is seriously good!

URBAN DECAY Vice Lipstick in shade Stark Naked

I have been searching for the perfect nude lipstick for SO LONG, and I have finally found it. This lipstick by Urban Decay is velvety matte but doesn’t feel like I’m wearing lipstick at all. It’s super moisturizing and, unlike most matte lipsticks, don’t dry out your lips or get cakey. It is also packed with so many good-for-your-skin ingredients, such as aloe vera, jojoba, avocado, and babassu oils which help nourish and soften lips. It is also formulated with Illipe butter, which is derived from Malaysian illipe trees and provides long-lasting moisture.  This lipstick is also infused with vitamins C and E, which help to deliver a hint of antioxidants. 

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(My cat decided she wanted to join in the festivities of shooting a few pictures for this post)

That’s a wrap! I really hope y’all enjoyed this post, and I can’t wait to share with you more of my favorite products! My next post will be about a book that has seriously had an impact on my faith life, and I can’t wait to share it with you all, It should be posted in the next week or two. (Regular posting coming soon, I pinky promise 🙂 )

Much love and many blessings,

Chloe ♥

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5 January Favorites

Hey Y’all!

January has been one of those months that takes forever and yet feels so short. Does anyone else feel this way, or is it just me?  This past week has been somewhat hectic, despite having a few days of canceled classes because of snow. I’m trying to re-focus and get back into my routine of blogging, studying, going to the gym, and all of my other weekly focuses. I wanted to share with y’all a few of my favorite products and clothing items from this month, and I hope you love them as much as I do!

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Black Classic Rose Maxi from JessaKae

Y’all… I’m in love with this dress! You have probably seen it so many times on my Instagram (if not, go follow me here). It’s so comfortable and has pockets… what’s not to love? The fabric is so soft and stretchy. I’ve worn this so many times in the past few weeks just for the sake of wearing it because I love it THAT much. It also comes in blush, navy, and ivory! Also, if you want to order this lovely dress from Jessakae, use my code CHLOE10 to get 10% off of your entire order!

Naked Ultimate Basics Palette

This eyeshadow palette has everything needed for so many different matte eye looks. The shades in Naked Ultimate Basics are neutral enough for everything from cool skin tones to olive complexions to darker skin.  It comes with 12 matte shadows that can be worn as light, everyday looms to smokey nighttime looks. It also comes with a double ended brush, one side that is a fluffy blending brush and the other that’s a smaller, denser smudging brush. 

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Colorful Shoes

I love colorful shoes right now! They add such pop and go with more outfits than you might think. I bought two pairs from Target last week that I’m obsessed with. Bright shoes don’t necessarily need to be worn with bright clothing. If you’re fearful of looking like a child’s finger-painting by overloading on the colors, let your bright shoes be a simple pop of color against neutrals, like in the picture above. 

Too Faced Melted Metal Lipstick in Peony

I’m usually not a fan of bright pink OR sparkly lip colors, but the Too Faced Melted lipsticks are an exception. It applies so smoothly and stays on! This color is so gorgeous when paired with a neutral toned outfit. Love, love, love! 

Aerie City Sweatshirt

I wear leggings and sweatshirts to my 9 am classes a LOT. This sweatshirt from Aerie is perfect for that! It’s long, soft, and super comfy, but still looks cute enough to wear in public : ) Pair this with leggings and cute tennis shoes for the perfect “I woke up like this” outfit for those early a.m classes. 

Alright y’all, that’s a wrap!

Much love,

Chloe♥

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

 

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My Top 10 Beauty Products

Hey yall! I’m going to be sharing with you my favorite beauty products that I use every single day (almost). I usually try to go for a more natural overall look, but I do have days when I really feel like rocking some winged liner. Let’s get started!

FACE. 

My favorite foundation and primer are the Too Faced  Born This Way Foundation in the shade Porcelain (applied with the Real Techniques expert face brush), and the Hangover Replenishing Face Primer, also by Too Faced. These are both so hydrating and it hardly feels like you’re wearing foundation. I set my foundation with a fluffy brush and the NYX Pressed HD Finishing Powder in Translucent. For Bronzer, I use the Benefit Hoola Bronzer, which I have in their Cheekathon Blush Palette. My favorite blush is the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour blush in the shade Paaarty. (I love it). These products have such a good color and are nicely pigmented, and blend so nicely.

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EYES.  

I’ve started using the Colourpop Take Me Home eyeshadow palette, which I absolutely love because it’s so versatile. The palette only has six shades, but those eyeshadows are all you need for either a natural look or a more smokey, sparkly look. I use the light peachy shade on my lid, then use the slightly darker warm color for my crease. If I’m feeling fancy, I’ll thinly line my eyes with Revlon’s Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner in the shade Blackout, but I usually just go without eyeliner. I curl my eyelashes and apply a few coats of Sephora’s Full Action Extreme Effect Mascara in the color black. For brows, I’ll use the NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Ash Brown to shape my eyebrows and define them a bit. 

And that’s it! Somedays I wear makeup, other days (like today), I’ll just go without it. It totally doesn’t matter whether you wear super glam makeup every day, super natural makeup every day, go without every day, or mix it up. (like me!). I hope yall enjoyed this and don’t forget to check out my Winter Skincare Favorites!

-Products listed:

  • Too Faced  Born This Way Foundation
  • Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer
  • Real Techniques expert face brush
  • NYX Pressed HD Finishing Powder
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour blush
  • Colourpop Take Me Home eyeshadow palette
  • Revlon’s Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liner
  • Sephora’s Full Action Extreme Effect Mascara
  • NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Ash Brown

Much love,

Chloe

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11

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Winter Skincare Favorites

Hey y’all! It’s that time of year when skin gets dry, lips get chapped, and foundation just won’t apply the way you’d like it to. In this post, I’m going to tell y’all about my favorite skincare products for the cold months and hopefully can save some of you from the dreaded flaky foundation. you’re welcome! Now let’s get started.

First up is an overnight moisture mask from Clinique that I’m going to link Here. This mask is a creamy, oil-free facial mask that helps hydrate skin overnight for a soft, dewy glow when you wake up in the morning. I use this about once or twice a week in the winter, and around once a month the rest of the year, but you can also use it every night if your skin REALLY needs help.

Next is a serum by Estee Lauder ( here ). I use it around my eyes, on my lips, or on my entire face ( gotta do what you gotta do, am I right? ). This repair serum maximizes the power of skin’s natural renewal and really combats dry skin. I use it in the mornings before my daily moisturizer.

Alright, so this is my favorite primer anyway, but it’s ESPECIALLY lovely this time of year. The Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer (yep, click here) is a LIFESAVER… or should I say foundation saver? Either way, this primer is  “infused with coconut water, a probiotic-based ingredient, and skin revivers which work together to boost skin’s radiance, promote elasticity, and help hydrate while locking down makeup for fresher, longer, and more flawless wear.”(thanks, @ Sephora’s product info section). Anyway, this primer is super moisturizing and my foundation stays looking flawless all day. No kidding, like “I did my makeup at 7 am and now its 10 pm and still looking FLAWLESS” kind of good.

SKINCARE

For cleansers, the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser (right here)  is fantastic at any time, but especially winter. This gel cleanser for all skin types gently washes off everyday impurities like dirt and makeup – EVEN MASCARA- without drying the skin. this stuff is good. Amino acid-rich soy proteins to help support natural elasticity and healthy skin, while rosewater is notable for its calming and balancing properties. The cleanser is further enriched with calming cucumber extract to soothe the skin and borage seed oil to nourish. In short: really good, doesn’t dry out your skin.

My favorite eye cream is the Yes To Grapefruit Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream (here ). This eye cream is super hydrating and diminishes dark circles. It actually works! Also, it’s relatively inexpensive, at only $15, but check your local T.J.Maxx, because I got mine there for $3.

Last but not least is a Goji Lip Balm by Sephora Collectio (lol right here). This product come in a range of six different balms, each with a different ingredient to nurture lips all day long. The Goji Lip Balm, specifically “nurtures and protects”. Also, this lip balm only costs $6. Just saying.

I hope y’all enjoyed this post and, from now on, will be blessed with hydrated skin.

I’m writing this while wearing fuzzy pants with ice skating polar bears on them as I procrastinate studying for finals. Maybe I should take my own advice from my last blog post?

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”  -Deuteronomy 31:6