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!!!!

TROPICANA

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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

 

 

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

Spring Clothing Try-On Haul | Forever 21, Uniglo, T.J. Maxx, H&M, Urban Outfitters + MORE

 

BOTTOMS:

Gingham Shorts – https://rstyle.me/n/c2u8qmcauux

High-Waisted Long Shorts – https://rstyle.me/n/c2skrecauux

Grey Linen Pants – https://rstyle.me/n/c2u8rrcauux

 

TOPS:

Adidas Tee – https://rstyle.me/n/cztvi5cauux

Citrus Tee – https://rstyle.me/n/c2e7u4cauux

Floral Graphic Tee – https://rstyle.me/~aofet

Plaid Smocked Top – https://rstyle.me/n/c2u8nmcauux

Yellow Cuff Sleeve Button Up – https://rstyle.me/n/c2u8gmcauux

Cannot find the Top shop shirt! 😦

 

DRESSES:

Polka Dot Wrap Dress – https://www.vicicollection.com/produc…

Chambray 3/4 Dress – ON SALE FOR $20 https://www.vicicollection.com/collec…

White Tiered Dress – https://www.vicicollection.com/produc…

 

My go-to oversized, denim jacket – https://rstyle.me/~alPPn

 

SHOES:

Yellow Platform Sandals – https://rstyle.me/n/c2sktncauux

White Platform Sneakers – https://rstyle.me/n/cy7cnhcauux

Really cute black platform sandals – https://rstyle.me/n/c2u848cauux

 

ACCESORIES:

Old Navy Scarves – https://rstyle.me/n/c2j48ycauux

Altared State scrunchies – https://rstyle.me/n/cztvqhcauux

Headbands of Hope scarf – https://www.headbandsofhope.com/produ

 

COUPON CODES: CLAIRE20 on Vici Collection https://www.vicicollection.com

CLAIRE10 on Sigma Beauty https://www.sigmabeauty.com (It is an affiliate code)

CLAIRERENEMUA25 on http://www.mikasabeauty.com (It is an affiliate code)

*If you use an affiliate code or an “rstyle” link, that means I make a small amount of commission upon purchasing or using my code! Thank you so much for supporting me!*

Plaid For Days | K-Sera Boutique

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Good Afternoon!

It’s almost Friday, which means… the WEEKEND!!! Off of work, no school, sleepin’ in, party time, am I right?

And for me, it means boarding a plane at 6:00 AM and heading to Haiti on a mission trip! (If you’re interested in what that looks like/what it entails, I’d be happy to do a dedicated blog post! Let me know in the comments or DM me on Insta!) But of course, I had to get one last post in for ya’ll! 🙂

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This morning I was able to meet my boy for a quick coffee date at Quills Coffee, before we split ways to pack our heads off and get ready to leave tomorrow morning! If you’re an Indy local, you need to check out Quills! It’s so cute, so spacious (perfect for working), and their Americanos are BOMB!)

Of course, I got all dolled up, cause that’s just me! And I was SO excited about this outfit, it just couldn’t wait.

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A moment of silence for this plaid… *wipes tears*

This jumper dress is from one of my faves: K-Sera Boutique, located in Louisiana! And isn’t it the cutest?

When I saw this, I knew I had to have it. Like just look at it.. are you kidding? I was super excited it was available in an XS too! And guess what, it fits like a glove! All the heart eyes.

Not only does it fit amazingly, but it’s also unbelievably comfortable. It’s very soft and stretchy, not constricting whatsoever! Plus, the straps are adjustable!! YAS girl. I’m in love.

The colors are so unique, and I’m all about the style! Overall/jumper dresses for the win! I can’t wait to style this dress a ton of different ways, and even style it into the warmer months!

Plus it’s plaid. I mean c’mon. I could wear plaid everyday of the week. #plaidfordays

Purchase this dress HERE!

To finish off the look, I wore a classic, black ribbed turtleneck underneath and some sheer black tights (It was about 20ish degrees today or else I would’ve worn the dress without!)

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My pointed-toe, black booties & my black bakerboy hat are from Target. And of course, my glasses are by Eye Buy Direct! I have a whole post about Eye Buy, and you can read it HERE!

I’m like totally obsessed with this look, and I hope you are too!!

Be sure to checkout K-Sera Boutique, as well as follow them on Instagram! You’ll thank me later! 🙂

OH! If you want to see a makeup tutorial on this look, just let me know! 🙂

Thanks for spending a little bit of your day with me!

Until next time,

Claire

 

 

 

Holiday Ready

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Hey there!

So sorry I haven’t been keeping up with the blogging lately, sometimes it’s just too much. I’ve been attempting to do Vlogmas over on my Youtube channel and then totally failed, but don’t worry a new vlog is coming from my trip to CO!

On top of forgetting my camera everywhere I go and forgetting to vlog, December is just always crazy! Plus, I had some sad news with the boutique I work for, my boyfriend is finishing up this semester with projects galore (that I was apart of), and I’ve been trying to knock out a few collaborations before I leave and Christmas hits, and oh, look another one just came to my door!

I know these are no excuses as to why I haven’t been on here much, so I’m sorry for that, but let’s be real, I have a real life outside of the internet and those presents ain’t gonna wrap themselves.

I’ll be working on some really cool content for you guys while in Colorado though, so stay tuned and make sure you’re following me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/claire_rene_/.

Now where were we?

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I LOVE this outfit. It’s a simple take on a classic holiday look; a pretty, festive blouse + a fancy, smancy “tulle” skirt & heels, only mine’s not that intense. It’s much more wearable, comfortable, and easy look to rock all hours of the night.

This is the perfect Holiday look for an office Christmas party, if you wanna wow but not too much wow, ya feel me?

It’s great for an evening out with your husband/fiance/bf, if you’re going to be doing a lot of walking or even dancing, this look is super comfy!

And of course, this would be the perfect outfit for Christmas day with the family, as it’s not too dressy but still says, “I take Christmas very seriously!” Lol.

This skirt was the best purchase I ever made. Maybe I wouldn’t go that far, but it sure is up there. This simple, cotton midi skirt is from ASOS, and it’s so versatile. (Similar options here (petite) & here (tall))

I am actually a worship leader at my church, which means I help lead the congregation from the stage in music. (Speaking of, join us for our Christmas Eve service if you’re one of my local readers! 😉 Click HERE!) Since I’m on stage, I need to have a modest, approachable look, and this skirt has been the BEST thing to have in my closet, when rushing to get to the church by 7 AM.

I know I can always count on this skirt with basically any top/sweater/blouse/cardigan/literally anything. It’s one of those “throw on & go” “don’t even have to think about it” pieces for me! It’s perfect!

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The adorable sweater is from ZARA, and it’s the softest thing! I bought it in store, and I’m so sad I can’t find it online! 😦 This sweater is very similar, it’s just long-sleeved! I looove the pearl detailing! Pearls are so classy and feminine, and really amp up any Holiday look.

My shoes are a few years old, but here are some similar options: Black PumpPointed Toe Ankle Strap Block Heels. And my little, crossbody bag is from Target!

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Of course I finished off the look with a classic red lip! This shade of red is literally the perfect red, it’s a Sephora Collection Soft Lip Cream in “Always Red”! Snag it HERE!

Weather you head out to Sephora to snag the perfect holiday red, you order the midi skirt for all your skirt needs, or you simple incorporate pearls into your Christmas party outfit, you’re sure to be Holiday Ready!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

xx Claire

My Glasses Collection | EyeBuyDirect

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Hey friends!

Today I am doing a roundup of all my EyeBuyDirect frames. For those of you who don’t know, I wear contacts and glasses every single day, I can’t live without them! EyeBuyDrect is insanely affordable… we’re talking $9 frames affordable, sooo Merry Christmas to yourself, am I right?

I started wearing glasses in about the 6th grade, and I always hated them. I always hated all the options they had at my eye dr. and never felt like they were me or my style; I just felt goofy in them, and would hardly wear them out of the house.

A little over a year ago, I stumbled upon EyeBuyDirect when searching online for alternatives for buying glasses rather than buying them in-store/at the dr.

If you don’t know what EyeBuyDirect is they are an online store for all things glasses and sunglasses. They have the capability of putting your prescription in as long as you have access to your prescription. (I wear contacts so it’s on my box, but if you don’t just call your eye dr.) I would highly suggest you use your exact Rx and don’t just guess!! haha

A great thing about EBD is they offer “Buy One Get One Free” ALL. THE. TIME. I have gotten 2 pairs of glasses for less than $50 WITH my prescription! That’s insane. They are always having amazing deals and sales!

Adding in a basic lens for  distance starts as low as $6.95! WHAT. And they have a 14 day fit & style guarantee, meaning you have 2 weeks to decide if you love your frames on, and if you don’t you can return them up to 14 days!

Please excuse my appearance in the images below, I’ve been sick for a week & kind of look like a potato.

My Frames

Juno – $9

These are one of my go-to’s!

Fitzgerald – $32

Love the vintage feel of these frames!

Achiever – $15

I got these ones for more casual days and for wearing around bed time, they’re super sturdy, thick plastic, perfect for the clumsy and not-so-careful. fall-asleep-with-glasses-on type. Lol. That would be me.

The Beat – $15

These are a gorgeous burgundy shade, and I literally wear these everyday!!

Providence – $22

I just recently got these guys. They’re matte brown! So pretty!

Delaware  – $9

And last but not least, these guys are matte black, and I love them so much! They’re on my face right now 🙂

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EyeBuyDirect offers frames in a bunch of different sizes, shapes, widths, lengths, so for the most accurate fit, make sure you pay close attention to sizing & dimensions, and even measure your own face/head! They also feature a unique try on experience, that let’s you upload an image of yourself to see how the frames would look on! 🙂

You can use the code: IF4CG6HBRA to receive $10 off your first purchase 🙂

Or go to this link and your discount will automatically be added to your first purchase: https://www.eyebuydirect.com/2566851

I get a TON of questions about my glasses all the time so I thought I’d fill you in!

You no longer have to feel like a dweeb in your glasses, when you can rock totally affordable, trendy glasses WITH your prescription from EyeBuyDirect! So what are you waiting for? There’s always room for some self-gifting, and I hear Christmas is just around the corner… so you might as well buy 3 pairs! 😉

This post is not in collaboration/sponsorship with EyeBuyDirect, I really just do love them! (Hey EyeBuy, if you’re reading this, I am down for that! ;))

Thanks for stopping by!

xx Claire

 

 

 

 

 

Black, White, & Breathable | Shop The Mint

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Well hey!

I am so excited for this post, because this dress is actually the cutest and SO me.

Another thing that is super exciting is that I’ve teamed up with The Mint Julep Boutique, also known as, Shop The Mint, for this look.

Now, for those of you who aren’t familiar with Mint Julep, it’s located in AL, but is widely known for their online boutique and adorable Instagram! Go give them a follow, you need this kind of cuteness on your feed: https://www.instagram.com/shopthemint/.

Now let’s talk this dress.

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I wish the word obsessed was strong enough to describe my love for this dress, but it’s not. But since that’s the best word I can come up with, I’m OBSESSED with this dress.

If you know anything about me, I’m a sucker for all things flowy; so these sleeves have my name written all over them.

This Feel the Heat Dress is absolutely stunning. I love all the little details that make this dress!

Let’s start with the obvious: black and white. You can’t go wrong with black and white in my book; it’s timeless, it’s effortless, and can be worn year round depending on how you style it/where you live.

This dress is SO lightweight. It’s SO breathable. And it’s SO comfortable, making it the perfect dress for summertime, despite the 3/4 length sleeves. Airy, airy’s the word. This dress is super airy!!

One thing I especially love about this dress is the adjustable waist. It’s actually perfect for someone like me, who can’t fit into most clothing even if you paid me. I was able to cinch the waist in and tie it tight, to cater to my needs. And vice versa. You can tighten or loosen the waist to give you your perfect fit!! It’s genius.

Plus the length of this beauty is amazing!

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I am loving the delicate, little buttons down the bodice as well. Such a sweet extra touch to this already perfect dress!

I styled this dress with one of my go-to summer hats, a delicate black choker, and some simple black heeled  sandals!

You seriously can’t go wrong with this dress, so hurry up and snag it before it sells out! Purchase it HERE!

BONUS: If you sign up for their mailing list, you’re receive $10 off your first purchase! Who doesn’t love money off and a perfect outfit? It’s a win, win!

Thank you so much to The Mint Julep Boutique for collaborating on this with me!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Claire ❤