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

 

 

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.*

At Home Teeth Whitening with Smile Brilliant

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Hey there!

I am super excited about today’s post! I have teamed up with an amazing company, with an even more amazing product.

Smile Brilliant is a company focused on creating teeth whitening products that are passionately engineered for everyone. Finally, a teeth whitening system that’s easy to use and perfect for everyone!

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Before You Whiten:

The process is so simple. First you order your kit, you can order one right HERE!

Then once you receive your kit, you make your impressions of your teeth using the “catalyst” and “base” mixing mediums provided for you in the kit. Then you send your impressions back to Smile Brilliant, and within a short amount of time they will send you your trays perfectly made for your teeth! And then you whiten away!

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Whitening:

I’ve used a few teeth whitening systems in my days, and some are just too complicated for me! Who really has time for an LED light contraption in your mouth, weird machinery, or other newfangled objects. I’m a one and done, simple kind of girl, and Smile Brilliant is just that.

In order to whiten, all you have to do is fill the trays (specifically and perfectly made for your mouth) with a thin line of the whitening gel (which can be found in the orange syringe in your kit!) Once you fill the trays, you pop those babies in and can go about your day or night. You can leave them in for as little as 45 minutes or up to 3 hours. Do you know how much work you can get done in 3 hours?! And you don’t have to hold a light up to your mouth, it’s completely hands free!! Hallelujah. Now back to work I go.

Once the whitening process is over, you repeat using the desensitizing gel, and the you’re set. It really is that simple. I couldn’t believe it! You use about 1/3 of the syringe every time you use it, and once you and your teeth feel comfortable, you can use it daily! It’s a pretty quick process!

And the good thing is, I never experienced any sensitivity!

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Why I love Smile Brilliant:

It’s simple. It’s as simple as that.

As a makeup artist, blogger, and model, I am always working on something; if it’s not a blog post, it’s a makeup tutorial, if it’s not a makeup tutorial, I’m planning a look book video, if it’s not a look book video, I’m scheduling weddings, and if I’m not scheduling, I’m probably working a wedding, and so on.

It’s hard to catch my breath sometimes, let alone drink enough water, get enough sleep, eat well, and have white teeth. BUT with Smile Brilliant, it is possible.

As an avid coffee drinker, I could really use some teeth whitening help. Your girl is mildly, okay–not so mildly, obsessed with coffee. My boyfriend reminds me constantly to put the coffee down and to pick up a water bottle, but I just can’t help myself.

With my hectic schedule, my constant use of my laptop and scheduling book, and my never-ending consumption of coffee, you could say I’m running short on hands, and Smile Brilliant was just what I needed in my life.

I love that I can pop my trays in, while still having both of my hands to keep typing, writing, and working. It’s a win-win. Not to mention that whole coffee-obsession thing really isn’t making my teeth whiter. 😉

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My teeth in natural daylight.

Smile Brilliant‘s tagline is, “Changing the Way People View Teeth Whitening!” And they really did for me. I always kind of thought I didn’t really have the time to do it, but with Smile Brilliant you do and it truly works! Or else, I wouldn’t be sharing them with you. You NEED to check them out for yourself!

And now’s the time to do so…

I am so excited to share that I am doing a GIVEAWAY with them! We will be giving away an entire kit to one lucky winner!!! Now you too will have the chance to finally have the whiter teeth you’ve always wanted, but thought you didn’t have time to achieve. All you have to do is click the link below to fill out the giveaway!

Giveaway link: www.smilebrilliant.com/g/claireifyingbeauty

BEFORE/AFTER PHOTOS:

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I also have a coupon code for you, use: claireifyingbeauty20 for $20 off!

And because of Smile Brilliant, my teeth are whiter than ever, and I can finally #SmileFearlessly.

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*This post is sponsored by Smile Brilliant; All opinions are my own.*

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21 Pieces of Advice from My 21 Years of Life | 21 Things I’ve Learned

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I just recently celebrated my 21st Birthday, and thank you so much to everyone who made me feel so special. So in honor of 21 years, I’ve come up with a list of 21 things I’ve learned so far in life, 21 pieces of advice that may make going through life a little easier! And don’t get me wrong, I struggle to even follow my own advice, let alone someone else’s, but I hope you can take from this what you need to hear and can begin to live it out.

  1. Not everyone is going to like you, and that’s okay. The right people will.
  2. You don’t need a million friends, just a few good, REAL ones
  3. It’s okay to be different, like really different.
  4. Don’t let anyone try to make you feel bad for who you are and how you are.
  5. Create your own happiness. Don’t rely on anyone to be the source of your happiness.
  6. Be proud of who you are. Don’t let anyone change you.
  7. If you find yourself in a relationship or friendship where you feel like you do have to change for them, get out. Never compromise who you are.
  8. Don’t let anyone tell you, “You can’t make money in a creative field”; Do what you love and do it really well.
  9. Wake up with a grateful heart; Thank the Lord everyday for the day He has made and for the things He has blessed you with. You’d be amazed how it changes your attitude and outlook on life.
  10. Do 1 kind thing for someone every day, even if you have to go out of your way.
  11. Don’t talk down to yourself. Be your number 1 supporter.
  12. Go to target in the shirt you slept in.
  13. Go multiple days without wearing makeup, your skin and yourself will thank you later.
  14. Speaking of skin, wear sunscreen; like all the time. By the time you’re 30, you’ll have the least amount of wrinkles out of all the ladies in your squad. 😉
  15. Don’t waste your time on people who are up and down, if they’re not acting like your friend today, you don’t need them tomorrow.
  16. Play with your pets. They like really love having you around, you’re kind of a big deal to them.
  17. A lot of things aren’t worth arguing about, so pick your battles and play fair.
  18. Try to see the beauty and craftsmanship of our Lord in everything around you.
  19. Laugh at least 46 times a day.
  20. Just buy the shoes.
  21. Put your phone down and enjoy the life you have right in front of you.

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With love,

❤ Claire

Falling For Florals | Magnolia Boutique

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Hey there beautiful!

So sorry I’ve not been posting as often as I used to, I’ve just had a whirlwind of things going on, but it should be slowing down soon. I’ve been to Haiti, Kentucky, Chicago twice, had my 21st birthday, and I’m in the midst of planning my boyfriend’s 21st as well, all in the last 4 weeks. Phew! Trying say that 3 times fast.

But hello, I am back, with the cutest kimono ever, I might add.

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I’ve teamed up with an Indianapolis-based, online boutique, Magnolia Boutique for this post, and I am so excited about it. I’ve known and loved Magnolia for quite some time, so I could not have been more thrilled when they contacted me.

Now to the outfit…

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This kimono is perfect! The colors are absolutely beautiful!!! I love me some floral anything, so naturally this piece spoke to me. The floral design is GORGEOUS.

I am also a massive fan of the puky yellow color, anything mustardy, rusty, coppery, or gold. Ugh. I think those colors are absolutely beautiful, and they’re going to be SO big this fall.

Needless to say, the colors of this kimono are absolutely perfect for fall time, and I’m obsessed. But it can also be worn now, making it the perfect transitional piece!

You could easily pair this kimono with a classic tank or tee, some jean shorts, and sandals, and call it a day, like the model is wearing here! Perfect for summer!

Or you can throw it on with some jeans and booties for a totally different look, perfect for fall!

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I chose to style mine with a lightweight sweater tank, jeans, and my favorite sandals, aka the perfect transition outfit into fall!

I got so many compliments on it too! This kimono will definitely be on repeat from now until, well, forever! I’m obsessed!

Be sure to check out Magnolia Boutique HERE! Their inventory is always changing as they are always striving to provide affordable, trendy, pieces you will LOVE! So go check them out now! ❤

Shop the Kimono HERE! 

❤ Claire

This post is in partnership with Magnolia Boutique.