My Top Four Preppy BTS Essentials

Hello friends! School is around the corner, whether we like it or not, so I wanted to start off my Back to School posts with some of my top four preppy back to school essentials! Let’s begin with the fun stuff.

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The Perfect Backpack

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For this upcoming school year, I’ve had my eyes on the North Face Women’s Borealis Backpack and for my birthday, I was so happy to have received this one! This backpack has so much storage and compartments to hold school supplies and much much more! I’m hoping to do a “Backpack Organization” post in the future.

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The Trendiest Water Bottle

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To keep my thirst quenched during school, my go to is my Camel Bak Eddie Water Bottle, but the Swell Bottles have definitely been on my wishlist for school, especially the white one or this magenta one!

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A Lilly Agenda

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I absolutely loved my Lilly Pulitzer agenda last year! It has so much room to write daily to-do’s, but for me, homework! I recommend this agenda to everyone! Plus, there are so many sizes to choose from that works best for you!

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Fun Pencils

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These super cute ones from Bando are so fun for school! I love the colors and why wouldn’t who want to have cute pencils for school?! These pencils are also a sneak peak for an upcoming post!

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LINKS:

North Face Backpack I Have (similar) | Swell Water Bottle

Lilly Pulitzer Agenda | Bando Pencils

OTHER BTS POSTS ON MY BLOG:

1 | 2 | 3 | 4

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I hope you enjoyed my preppy school supplies essentials! Stay tuned for more BTS inspired posts coming up!

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My July Faves

Welcome to a new post on Sprinkle of Southern! Through the month of July, I wasn’t really too productive when it came to things I actually did, but I did find some goodies that I always seemed to be reaching for this month, so I hope you enjoy!

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Clean & Clear Morning and Night Duo

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My face broke out a little bit on my chin and especially my forehead, but when I started to use my Morning Burst Facial Cleanser and the Night Relaxing Face Wash, my trouble spots were no where to be seen in the matter of a couple of days! Trust me, these bad boys work wonders, plus they smell amazing. 

Morning Burst Facial Cleanser | Night Relaxing Face Wash

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Lilly Pulitzer Mini Callahan Shorts 

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These shorts are A) super comfy and B) super cute!! I am in love with the print and the colors! I’ve paired these shorts with a plain white top from J.Crew and a pair of sandals from J.Crew Factory. Also, they are the same material as J.Crew Chinos, so if you enjoy those shorts then you will have no hesitation loving these Lilly ones.

Lilly Pulitzer Mini Callahan Shorts

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Burts Bees Vanilla Bean Lip Balm

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This lip balm has to be a 10 out of 10, but what Burts Bees product doesn’t impress, am I right?! It is so smooth and being a girl with constant chapped lips, this lip balm has definitely helped with that!

Vanilla Bean Lip Balm

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Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

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This mascara is unbelievable! Do you want volume? This mascara has it. Do you want length? This mascara has it. Do you want color? This mascara has it; this mascara has it all!!  This mascara is so easy to apply and even fix with a plain mascara brush! My lashes are long even with no product in them, but this gives the right amount of everything to make a girl happy about her lashes! My routine has been applying this mascara (in a black color) to my upper lashes and my Clinique mascara (a brown/black color) to my lower lashes and they make great results!!

Roller Lash Mascara  | Clinique Mascara for Lower Lashes

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MORE MONTHLY FAVES ON MY BLOG: 

1 | 2 | 3 | 4

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POSTING DAYS: 

I posted on my Instagram about my updated posting days; I will be posting on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, but that will change when school comes around, but until then, you will be seeing posts on those three days. I will definitely let y’all know when I decide what day I will be posting in the school year.

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I hope y’all enjoyed my monthly faves for the month of July! Stay tuned for some fun Back To School posts coming up in the near future (or Friday…)! See y’all soon!

DIY Summer Strawberry + Mango Smoothie

Hello y’all! I got a request on my Instagram to do some easy summer snacks, so that’s what I’m doing today! I decided to show y’all how to make a super duper easy, but delicious strawberry and mango smoothie; let’s begin!

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Ingredients:

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  1. Organic Frozen Strawberries
  2. Frozen Mangos
  3. Vanilla
  4. Milk (of any kind)
  5. A Blender
  6. Ice

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To start, grab your milk and pour the amount of milk that you please. Since my blender is small, I filled it about a little more than half of the blender.

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Next, I splashed in dash of vanilla extract to add some more flavor.

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Then, start adding your fruit. I used about a handful and a half of both the strawberries and the mangos.

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I then added ice for thickness.

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Finally, you’re ready to blend! I kept my smoothie blending until I saw it get smooth and thick.

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This smoothie is super delicious! It’s great for on-the go or to quench your thirst!

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LINKS:

Blender I Used

OTHER COOKING POSTS ON BLOG:

Super Bowl Treats

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I hope y’all liked these cooking type of posts! Have a great day!

My 6 Desk Essentials

Hello lovelies and welcome back! To begin, you need the back story… My desk is always the cleanest area in my room, so I’ve found my essentials on my desk that keep it organized and fun! So, I am going to share my essentials that I hope will give you some inspiration for your desk! Let’s get on with the post:

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Flowers or Succulents

I have both a plant and a succulent on my desk! They can add much needed color as well as a more earthy and alive feel to a simple part of your office or bedroom. Plus, there are so many flowers and succulents to chose from that will give you the right amount of “something” to your room.

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Calenders or Agendas

I used my Lilly agenda in school like crazy, but I never used it in the summer time, so I decided to give the organized summer life a try! I try to write in my plans for the month as much as I can because it helps me remember what I have going on each day.

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Candles or a Difuser

I have a difuser on my desk to keep me relaxed whether I was studying during the school year or just blogging in the summer time! Candles work great as well, I just can’t burn any because my parents think I will burn the house down (lol).

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Notepad or Sticky Notes

If you’re like me, you write down things like crazy, so a notepad is a must! Plus, you can get any set of notepads and sticky notes for pretty cheap.

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Pens 

Like I said, I write things down a lot, so how could you write things down without your favorite pen? exactly. I love to have tons of pens or pencils to write down notes.

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Storage Bins / Jars

To organize the pens, supplies, markers, and all of the little things on my desk, I use storage jars, which always do the trick! I also did a DIY on the colorful wooden pencil holder, so scroll down to find the link to check it out.

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DIY Wooden Pencil Cup

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I hope you enjoyed my desk essentials! See you in my next post.

How I Edit My Instagram Pictures

Hello ladies and welcome to another post here on Sprinkle of Southern! I wanted to share how I edit my Instagram pictures with y’all today, so read on to learn about my routine & the apps I use.

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This is the before and after pic.

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To start, I will pull up Color Story; the app I use to edit my pictures, which I believe is free in the app store.

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I will then pick the picture I would like to edit.

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To begin the editing process, I will add the filter Ice Ice as a base to my picture before editing. This filter is in the Essentials folder.

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Then, going into the Tools folder, I will start by adding a smidge of contrast.

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Next I add brightness. I didn’t add too much for this picture, but it depends on what pic I’m editing.

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Finally, my absolute favorite part… saturation! I went almost to the maximum saturation for this pic. I honestly think, for me, the saturation really adds to the pic!

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To add some more color, I will add some temperature, but on the more yellow side.

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Then, I’m done! I hope you enjoyed how I edit my Instagram pictures!

See you soon!

My Hair Routine + How To Get Healthier Hair!

Welcome to another post on Sprinkle of Southern! I am back to share my hair routine, the products I use to keep my hair clean, and tips to get healthier and shinier hair! Let’s begin!

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When showering, I have recently started using this Shampoo / Conditioner duo, and let me tell you, it has works wonders! My hair is a lot more under control and the puffiness has definitely gone down.

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My shampoo is the Herbal Essences 0% Silicone Shampoo with Rose Hips, Vitamin E, and Jojoba Extracts.

My conditioner is the Herbal Essences 0% Paraben Conditioner with Rosemary and Mint Essences.

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My Shampoo and Conditioner

The Shampoo and Conditioner are both from Herbal Essences. What I love about these products is they are free of silicone, which has a love-hate relationship with your hair; yes, it gives the shine any girl wants in their hair, but it strips down the nutrients in your hair, making it weak and lifeless. The article I found these facts in, will be linked down below if you want to read more.

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After my shower, I use my favorite hair brush; The Wet Brush in a super cute pink color! This hair brush gets rid of my tangles in a flash and keeps my thick hair tamed.

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How To Get Shinier and Healthier Hair (Without Silicone)

There is simply one thing I’ve done to keep my hair shiny and healthy and that is showering in cold water. But, I only switch the water from hot to cold at the last minute of my shower, but I honestly love the feeling of the cold water after a steamy shower. The cold water will a) Minimize your pores, preventing them from getting clogged and dirt from getting in, b) It makes the hair appear shinier and healthier by decreasing hair follicles (the tissue that surrounds the roots in your hair). This simple step will make your hair seem shinier and healthier but without adding any product!

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LINKS:

Shampoo | Conditioner | Wet Brush

ARTICLES:

Silicone Article | Benefits of Cold Showers Article

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I hope you enjoyed going a little bit deeper into one of my daily routines! See y’all soon.

My Top 3 June Beauty & Skin Favorites! 

Through the month of June, I’ve collected some of my favorite beauty & skin products that I’m sharing with you today; enjoy!

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This moisturizer has been featured and talked about on my blog before, because it is amazing! It replenishes my dry skin and keeps it silky smooth!

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This bronzer gives my face the right amount of color when I’m not tanning at the pool. I will just swipe this on with the little brush on my cheek bones and my temples to give my face a little more shine and color!

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This chapstick is truly one of the best chapsticks in the world! It keeps my chapped lips smooth and replenished; 10\10 for sure!

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LINKS:

Moisturizer | Bronzer in SunKissed | Chapstick

OTHER MONTHLY FAVS:

1 | 2 | 3

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Have a great rest of your week and an awesome Fourth of July weekend!

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I Got My Braces Off! 

The tiny metal train tracks in my mouth have been in there since February of 2015, so I’ve had them on for about a year and 4 months, so I was definitely ready for them to be taken out! I got my braces off on June 27th at 10:30 am, so that would’ve been yesterday. In this post, I’m going to share my experience with braces as well as my immediate review without them; also scroll for the before + after.

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Braces Experience: 

I didn’t notice I had braces after about two weeks after getting them on. Personally, I really didn’t follow the rules of what not to eat, so that resulted in me breaking eight brackets; I know that’s a lot. During the year and four months of having braces, I had to wear head gear to help expand my mouth and bands to help with my overbite. I didn’t have bad teeth before braces, just some slightly crooked teeth here + there. But let’s get on with the review without braces:

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Review After No Braces: 

My teeth felt so weird, but I am super excited to have them off!

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Before & After Pics: 


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Thank you for tagging along, through this post, with me through a very memorable stage in my life! See you soon! I hope you liked going in detail through a day in my life!

Exploring Taos, New Mexico

Summer has officially started (on June the 20th), so the summer shenanigans have begun! For my first summer vacay, my family & my besties family went to Taos, New Mexico for a week to explore this ski town. I have my top things to do in this small pueblo, plus a great summer outfit that will help y’all beat the heat + my overall vacation; through pics of course!

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Activities Day by Day:  

Taos, surprisingly, had a lot of things to do especially because it is a small town, so we were never bored! We arrived on Friday the 17th, and the next day, we explored the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge; let me tell you, scary! We also visited the small shops around the gorge and drove up to the town plaza.

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On Sunday, we went hiking to Williams Lake for Father’s Day; the hike was pretty, but the lake wasn’t a great destination for the 2 mile hike to the lake.

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Then on Monday, we visited a Ski Resort called Angel Fire, where my sis + bff went Ziplining!

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On Tuesday, we went to a pottery place where we got to make our own pottery with a block of clay & a wheel; it was a blast!

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Finally, on Wednesday, we drove about an hour to Santa Fe to explore the historic churches around the area and to walk around downtown. We went into one Church that was rumored to be haunted, so that made the experience way funner!

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Best Travel Outfit Ever: 

For the first full day in Taos, I paired up my Lulu tank with some white Old Navy shorts and my Target sunglasses hung by my Lilly Pulitzer croakie. I pulled the look together with my Nike FlyKnits and a Vineyard Vines navy baseball cap! This is a great and lightweight outfit that is ready for the hot summer sun! This outfit is featured in my Day 1 paragraph if you scroll up.

Lulu Tank | Target Sunglasses | Lilly Croakies (similar) | Nike FlyKnits | VV Hat

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Then, the day came to leave on Thursday; I totally recommend taking the time to visit this pueblo this summer; it’s beautiful!

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I hope you liked this travel post! Make sure to keep your eyes open for a very exciting post in the next couple of days! Have a great day + I apologize for not having a post up last Sunday. Bye!

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Summer Haul: Kendra Scott, Lululemon, & J.Crew

Hello everyone, welcome back to Sprinkle of Southern! I’m here with a BIG Summer Haul, that is super collective! Let’s just get on with the goodies.

Kendra Scott

I’ve been dying for a ring from Kendra Scott, but I’ve never gotten the chance to purchase one, but I had my birthday party last Friday, and my BFF got me a KS gift card, so I had an excuse to get it. I designed the ‘Judy’ ring in the Color Bar and I chose an Ivory Pearl stone with the gold base.

Lululemon

Ok, I’m obsessed! I have another Lulu short sleeve in gray, but I couldn’t pass up this pink one, plus I’ve never seen a top with this super cute rose pattern! I am actually going to NM soon, so this short sleeve will be great for the numerous outdoor activities planned.

J.Crew

So, I got 3 tops and a pair of shoes from J.Crew Factory; all of them are great for summer!

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These sandals are stunning! I cannot wait to wear these out!

JCF Striped SS

I love tops like these because they are great for simple outfits, but basic tees like these are great to build on! You can add a cute statement necklace and create a whole new, jazzed up outfit!

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I also have been loving 3 quarter sleeves for chillier summer days or nights! I think this top, white shorts, and the sandals will be a great Summer outfit!

JCF TT

I’ve been needing some new tanks for the hot Texas weather, so this navy tank will definitely do the job! Plus, I love the silk hem.

LINKS: 

Kendra Scott Ring | Lululemon Short Sleeve

 J.Crew Sandals | J.Crew Short Sleeve

 J.Crew Long Sleeve | J.Crew Draped Tank Top

PREVIOUS HAULS:

1 | 2 | 3 | 4

And that’s it, I hope you liked this Summer haul! Watch out for a Summer Lookbook in the future! Have a great day.