Suit of My Dreams | Janela Bay + a GIVEAWAY

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Hi there!

I am beyond excited for today’s post!

So let’s talk swimwear.. is it not the most annoying thing? I have been on the HUNT for a swimsuit that actually fits me in all the right places and also cover my body, while still being cute and fun! Like I feel like I’ve been searching my whole life haha

I came across Janela Bay, a modest, trendy swimwear line, about a year ago, and I knew that they’d be everything I needed in a swimsuit. They are all about classy, modest swimwear! Sign me up!!

 

Janela Bay actually started one day when the owner was fed up with not finding exactly what she was wanting in store and decided just to make her own. How cool is that?

She now has two locations in Utah and a large following on Instagram, which is incredible!

I’ve jokingly said that one day I’d probably have to do that, but thanks to Janela Bay, I can put a hold on learning how to sew for a few more years! Lol.

Purchase my suit HERE!

 

I know what you’re thinking… “Oh, a one piece?” And I have to say to that, “Heck yeah, girlfriend, a one piece!” While you’re over there worrying about what may pop out or who may see you like that, I’ll be living my life and doing water sports with confidence. hahaha. I’m just kidding… but kind of not. Untitled design-34

I honestly just don’t understand bikinis. Don’t get me wrong, some bikinis are okay, and are totally cute and cover, but most are not, and to be honest, it’s disgusting. I love how that’s basically the only thing you can find in store too, as if it’s expected of us as women to wear 0 clothing to the pool. Oh no, it’s okay, I wasn’t planning on feeling comfortable today, thank you!

Also, someone please explain the difference between underwear/bras and string bikinis… oh you can’t? Me neither. Lol.

I just can’t wrap my mind around it. As Christian women, we should do everything we can to protect the eyes of our brothers in Christ. I’ve come to the realization that I never want to be a stumbling block in someone’ life, and that you never know what someone is going through or what they may be struggling with, so that’s why I cover up!

Also, we are beautiful, handmade treasures by the Creator of the Universe, not little toys for objectification, so maybe don’t dress like one? Lol. I don’t know man, that’s just how I see it. Agree, disagree, but I hope I can open your eyes to idea that you don’t have to show every inch of your body to be beautiful, “trendy,” or to “fit in!”

I am doing just fine in my one piece, because not only is it absolutely adorable (thank you Janela Bay), but I don’t find my self-confidence in the eyes of humanity, but rather in knowing that I am fearfully and wonderfully made by our Great Lord, and to be honest, it’s not that fun “fitting in!”

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So enough chat about why I wear one pieces, and onto why this is the best suit.

For one, it’s stunning. Like are you kidding me? It doesn’t get cuter than this. Literally the suit of my dreams!

It fits AMAZINGLY! I am wearing a small, even though I am typically an XS. I went up a size so I’d have more booty coverage! You can tie the ties in the back tighter to make the top fit better, which is why this suit works for me!

My bottom half has a little more to it than my top does (lol) which is why this suit is perfect for me with the adjustable ties in the back!

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The color of the suit is a bit more of a traditional blue (think cobalt), but with my editing the suit looks more teal!

I am obsessed with the floral pattern! So so pretty!

I also love the neckline! It’s not a super deep v down to your belly button (shucks, I was hoping it would be!), and it’s not a weird there’s-actually-no-fabric-on-the-sides-so-I-can’t-do-anything-in-this-suit kind of suit, Lol. It’s literally perfect!

The fabric is so nice and super high quality! It’s amazing!!

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They have so many beautiful options, and some really cute mix and match pieces too! They’re seriously everything I’ve ever wanted or needed in a suit. I think you’ll love them too!!

So I have exciting news… WE’RE DOING A GIVEAWAY!!!!

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  3. Like the giveaway photo
  4. Comment & tag your friends; one friend per comment! Each tag counts as an additional entry!

 

That’s it, girlfriend! You’ll be entered to win the suit of your dreams!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

xx Claire

 

 

Jumpsuits & Jesus | Daisy Shoppe

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Happy Wednesday!

Today’s post is in collaboration with Daisy Shoppe! Daisy Shoppe is located in California with multiple locations, and they actually have been around for quite some time! They celebrated their 50th anniversary in June of 2016! How cool is that?

They pride themselves in providing “cute and happy clothes,” and gifts for the everyday girl! Not only do they carry clothing and accessories, but they also carry home goods and little trinkets. So fun!

Not only that, but they also carry faith-based journals, devotionals, and adorable little Bibles.

Basically, they’re a one-stop-shop and every girl’s dream!

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This Palm Printed jumpsuit is so fun & perfect for summer! It’s also available in black.

It’s one of those unique jumpsuits, with the leg slits, so it’s basically like you’re wearing a romper!! That style is perfect for super hot, summer days! And the fabric of this jumpsuit is super lightweight and very breathable!

I’m wearing a size XS, and I’m 5’1 for reference. I paired this beauty with some heels, as it was a little long on your girl, but hey, what isn’t?!

My tassel earrings and belt are both from Target, and were super on sale and are super old. Sorry girl!

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So like I mentioned earlier, they also carry little knickknacks, home goods, and faith-based books and journals.

This little Devotional Bible for Women is also from Daisy Shoppe, and it’s amazing, and also the cutest!

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As many of you may know, I am a Christian, and as a Christ follower it is vital that we get into the word every single day so that we may grow on our walk with the Lord.

I know at times it is so tough to either find the time or just the motivation to do it. I also know that making it a part of your daily routine is challenging. Been there. Done that. Got the t-shirt.

Okay, I haven’t just “been there”… it’s a reoccurring theme sometimes in my life. We get so distracted by all of the hustle and bustle of this life, making plans, working hard, going, going, going, and sometimes we leave the Lord right out of it all.

It’s ironic though because without Him, we’d be nothing, have nothing, and could do nothing. But we’re humans, and we make mistakes (boy, do we make mistakes), but the grace of our Lord is sufficient and ever-present, and all He wants from us is to get back up, keep trying, and to keep pursuing Him.

This devotional book has helped me so much! There’s just something about holding a tangible book, rather than just scrolling through a Bible app. I have more motivation to pick up a book than to just open up another app. I feel more connected and like what I’m doing is important, because now it’s separate from all the other things I already do on my phone. Do you get what I’m saying?

It’s also a beautiful book just to look at, so sometimes it catches my eye, and I’m like, “Hey!” so I sit back down with it and go through it, if I maybe forgot to that morning, because again, “life happens,” even though life can’t happen without Him.. but you get the point. Lol.

This Devotional for Women is split up into daily readings, each reading coincides with the date! Each day is filled with verses plus a small application paragraph at the end! I love it!

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Thank you so much for stopping by!

xx Claire

My FIRST Blowout at the Brand New FIRST Drybar in Indianapolis | Grand Opening Launch Party + The Experience

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Hi beautiful people!

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the launch party for the 1st ever Drybar Blowout Salon in Indianapolis! It’s located near the Keystone Fashion Mall, at 8691 River Crossing Blvd.

I was ecstatic when I got the invite. I had never been to a Drybar before, but had heard all No Cuts. No Color. Just Blowouts.the hype and hoped that one day I would be able to go. And when I heard we were finally getting one, I was over the moon.

The party was so fun, and so cute! The interior design of this place is perfection. The accents of yellow (my fave color) throughout are just too pretty! And don’t worry, they have perfect selfie mirrors! 😉

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So a little background about Drybar.. They are a blowout salon ONLY. No cuts. No Color. Just Blowouts. How fun is that?

It’s the perfect place for you and a couple girlfriends to go and get a little pampered! It’s also perfect for bridal parties, whether it’s the big day or it’s just a fun activity for your bachelorette weekend!

 

Here’s a little glimpse of the party! So many yummy treats, and so many lovely Indy bloggers, influencers, and entrepreneurs.

 

They actually asked me back the next day for a blowout! ARE YOU SERIOUS? SO FUN!!! To say I was excited would be quite the understatement.

To see the entire experience, watch the video at the very beginning 🙂

First you pick your style…

I went with the Mai Tai, which are beachy, messy waves!

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Then you head to the wash room…

aka what dreams are made of.

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Then comes the blowout and the style of your choice…

 

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And TA-DAH, you feel like a way more glamorous version of yourself!

And the entire experience only costs $45!!!

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At the Drybar Indy location, the entire staff was so amazing!

They were so kind and inviting, and made sure to meet your every need!! You can even have a mimosa while you sit back, relax, and get your hair done!

My stylist was Sarah, and she absolutely killed it! She was also just the sweetest!!

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Now let’s not forget about their AMAZING products!!

I have been using their Triple Sec and their Detox Dry Shampoo for a few years now, and they’re incredible! Sarah used the Southern Belle Volume Boosting Mouse, Prep Rally, The Chaser, and Sparkling Soda on me, and I LOVED the way my hair felt, looked, and smelled!

For my beachy waves, she’s used the 1″ 3-Day-Bender, which I of course left the salon with because I wasn’t about to go back to my old ways of curling once i saw those curls! haha

To book your appointment at the Drybar Indianapolis location, click HERE! 

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So since this was my first blowout ever, and my first time at a Dryabr salon, you’re probably wondering what the verdict is?

Well…

I’m hooked! 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

xx Claire

Oh, and one last thing!

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“This post is not sponsored, but is in Collaboration with Drybar Indianapolis. I did receive the blowout as a complimentary service, but all opinions are my own, and I purchased the curling iron myself!*

 

Summertime Sundress | Honey Lake

Hey girlfriend! Welcome back!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! And Happy Race Day here in Indy!

Summer has officially begun.. well technically, that’s not til June, but we are experiencing 90 degree weather here daily… so it’s summer. So bring on the popsicles, the picnics, and those summertime sundresses!

I am so excited for today’s post, as it is another collaboration with Honey Lake Boutique! It’s been a minute since I’ve teamed up with my bffs over at Honey Lake, so it was about time!

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Yeah. I know. You probably just died over this dress like I did the first time I saw it.

This little midi dress from Honey Lake Boutique has “summer picnics for days” written all over it. I LOVE the length of it too! But, you probably knew that by now, if you’ve been following me! 🙂

The classy, sophisticated style of this dress is just amazing. And I love that it’s striped too!

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This dress is SO nice too! It’s not made of dinky, see-through fabric; it’s actually lined! It’s not heavy by any means, but it definitely doesn’t feel cheap either! It’s perfect!

Speaking of perfect, do you see that embroidery….

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It’s okay to cry, I did too.

Can you say STUNNING?! I absolutely adore all the intricate detail of this floral embroidery pattern! And those colors are absolutely perfect together!

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I paired this beauty with some cognac heels and the perfect red lip, to let the dress do all the talking!

Purchase the dress here!

Use the code CLAIRE20 to save on Honey Lake! 🙂

If you’re curious, my red lip is the shade “cherry moon,” and you can purchase it here!

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Thank you so much for stopping by!

xx Claire

 

 

 

Gingham Goals | Shop Thriver

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Hi girlfriend!

A few weekends ago, I headed to the cutest outdoor, springy event with my mom, sister, and best friend, and it was so fun! We’re talking shopping, food trucks, and the cutest flower truck! I actually did a photoshoot last year for the flower truck company if you wanna check it out too!

It was a gorgeous spring day filled with laughter and fun, and don’t forget the ice cream! 😉

I wore the cutest little blouse from Thriver, which is an adorable women’s clothing store based out of Portland, OR.

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I was so excited to collaborate with them, their stores is incredible! You have to check out their Spring Collection!

This blouse is the actual cutest!

If you’ve learned one thing from me by now it’s that I love gingham!! It’s my favorite! And this top is totally gingham goals.

And of course I love floral print, I mean is it even spring if you don’t wear floral print???

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The details of this blouse are just too cute! Like are you seeing the sleeve ruffles? SO CUTE! I love how feminine and fun it is! I’m kind of getting little farm girl vibes, but like in all the right ways! Lol.

You could pair it with black denim, white pants, shorts, even a skirt! The possibilities are endless! It’s such a great blouse to have in your closet for spring & summer!

You can purchase it HERE!

I paired my blouse with some super fun denim & my favorite espadrilles!

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Be sure to follow them on Instagram for major fashion inspiration and the cutest styles: https://www.instagram.com/shopthriver/

Thanks for stopping by!

xx Claire

The Perfect Shorts | Gingerly Witty

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Hey girl!

I am so excited about today’s post, and I’m kind of obsessed with today’s look… I know I start like every blog post that way, but I guess that just means I’ve found a good path to be on 😉

I have teamed up with Gingerly Witty to bring you today’s look.. that I’m obsessed with… did I mention that? 😉

If you don’t know what Gingerly Witty is, it’s the cutest shop to ever exist, with the most adorable Instagram feed, need I say more?

But really. I have been following them for so long being utterly obsessed, so when we got a collaboration in the works, I was ecstatic.

Gingerly Witty carries so many amazing labels, with such unique designs. Their clothing has a bit of a boho flare, while also being kind of edgy. The coolest, really.

Now a moment of silence for the cutest shorts of life… I’ll wait.

Purchase them HERE!

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That last photo accurately displays how these shorts make me feel.

I had never seen anything like these shorts when I laid my eyes on them on Gingerly Witty.

I loved everything about them.

The color, the style, the length. They were perfect, and I knew I had to have them.

Mine are a size small and would fit a 2-4, I’m a pretty true XS, so they’re a little big, but the belt makes them work, and I loved them too much, so they had to work.

They’re “paper bag” style shorts which basically means they’re not going to be skin tight, they’re a little baggy, and they have super cute pleats. And they’re high-waisted so like literally what more could you want?

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I paired these beauties with a classic chambray top that I tied up to show off the belt, some cognac heels, and a woven bag.

But what I know you’re all waiting for are these earrings…

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You would not believe how many questions I got about these earrings on Instagram… well maybe you would, cause you were probably one of them! 🙂

These earrings are also from Gingerly Witty, and they’re amazing!

Now I have really sad news… they’re out of stock! 😦 BUT she has so many other cute ones, and I bet if you bug her enough, they’ll come back in stock! 😉

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You can purchase these HERE!

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You can purchase these HERE!

You can use the code: CLAIRERENE15 for 15% off until Sunday, May 13th.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

xx Claire

All images are by Doodle Shots.

*This post is in collaboration with Gingerly Witty.*

 

 

Hello, Sunshine!

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Hey girl!

Today I am 4 days into my wisdom teeth removal recovery, and lemme tell you, mashed potatoes aren’t nearly as fun as they once were.

It’s fine, I’ll be fine. They actually said my surgery went perfectly, that I had no complications, and I haven’t felt nauseous or anything whatsoever! I just really miss straws, that’s all. Lol.

But I don’t wanna complain, things could be so much worse, and I really am doing okay! I’ve been able to get a lot of work done, which is nice! I just look ridiculous while doing it… think frozen peas strapped to my face + unwashed hair + the same hoodie I wear everyday. It’s fashion.

So… anyways..

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it is finally starting to get warm, and STAY WARM here in Indy. Praise Jesus!

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It’s about dang time. Helloooo, sunshiiiiine!!!!

Speaking of sunshine, you’ve probably heard me talk about my love for yellow these days. I don’t know what’s gotten into me, but I am in LOVE with wearing fun colors and fun patterns!

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And this blouse has become a FAVORITE of mine, and it has finally been RESTOCKED!!

I featured it in my last haul video, and everyone loved it, but it was out of stock! But it is here, girl!! GO grab it! And it’s also available in black!

I love the retro style of this blouse!

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I. Am. All. About. Fun. Pants.

Jeans are a thing of the past, girlfriend! I’m just kidding lol. But if I can wear trousers, culottes, jumpsuits, flowy shorts, flowy pants, over jeans, then I will.

I really just don’t love the look of skinny jeans on my body anymore either, just because I’m so little! I do like them if the hem hits my leg a little higher than my ankle bone. If it hits me any further down, it makes my legs seem shorter than they are, because there’s no separation between my leg and foot, and I just look goofy. haha.

My pants collection is ever-growing, and when I laid my eyes on these puppies by Uniqlo I knew I needed to add them to the party.

I don’t know about you, but 80 degree weather + skin-tight jeans, just isn’t my idea of a good time. So I am here for the trouser trend, girl.

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I really am so happy with this purchase. These linen pants from Uniqlo are so comfortable, so easy to throw on and go, and just so nice to have in your closet to pair with almost any look!

And they’re available in so many different colors, even stripes! Shop them HERE!

They’re not too dressy, nor too casual, so you can really take them any route and make them work!

I got the size XS, but I wish I would’ve gotten the size XXS. (5’1′, waist – 24, hips – 34) The ones I got aren’t huge, but I would have liked them to be a little smaller! But something that’s super nice about them is that they have an adjustable drawstring on the inside so you can tighten them, and they have belt loops!!

Perfection!

Last but not least, I paired this look with my go-to platform white tennis shoes & a hair scarf!

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Thank you so much for stopping by!

xx Claire

*All images are by Songbird and Sons Photography.*