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

  1. Follow me on Instagram
  2. Follow Janela Bay on InstagramGiveaway photo
  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

 

 

Espadrilles in Disney | #MyViscatas

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Hey Friends!

I just got back from a trip to Florida with my family for Thanksgiving. I could not wait for some warmer weather, and we got to go to Disney World; it was super fun! While in Florida, we went to Disney Springs, which is the cutest outdoor shopping center, and I finally had the chance to wear my Viscata Raco Suede Platform Espadrilles in Black.

“Founded in Barcelona, Viscata® is a premium espadrille brand that captures the vibrant Mediterranean spirit through superior craftsmanship, comfort, and style for any occasion.”

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I was so excited when I got these in the mail, they are stunning! They are made SO well. Actually, they’re handmade in Barcelona, to be exact. How neat! When I tried them on, I knew they would be super comfy… I was right.

The sole of these shoes is like a little piece of squishy heaven! This particular shoe is part Espadrille & part sneaker, they’re so fun! And they’re elevated with a 1″ platform. They recommend to go up a half-size if you’re in between 2 sizes! I got a size “5.5-6,” and they fit me perfectly! 🙂

Viscata offers SO many different styles, from mules to wedges, from flats to pumps, there is a pair for everyone! SHOP WOMEN’S HERE!

They also have a great selection for men! SHOP MEN’S HERE!

Actually, you’re in luck… They’re offering 30% off ALL STYLES with the code: RESORTSALE. Take advantage of this sale NOW, your feet will thank you later!

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I paired my Raco Platform Espadrilles with one of my favorite sundresses + some fun earrings and called it a day! I loved how my Viscatas complemented the dress so well!

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Thanks so much to Viscata Barcelona for partnering with me on this post!

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

 

 

 

 

 

Fun in the SUN

Hello again!

Currently, it’s 84 & sunny, without a cloud in the sky, so you know what that means… POOL DAY!!!

Let me walk you through what I do to hydrate & protect my skin, plus look a little bit cute & glowy, when laying out in the sun. Whoever said you can’t wear makeup to the pool was LYING, and you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.

Wearing makeup to the pool is actually better than wearing nothing at all on your face, because most foundations these days have SPF in them. So if you don’t put sunscreen on your face, at least wear your foundation with SPF in it to the pool, the lake, the beach, and look cute while doin’ it too 😉

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To start things off, I spray my “Pixie Glow Mist” with Propolis & Argan Oil all over  my face to “Nourish, Hydrate, & Protect” my skin. It’s so refreshing, smells like lemons, and is practically a spa in a bottle.

I’m not a fan of wearing foundation while I sweat outside, and I also like for my freckles to show through on my nose, so I skip that step. To protect my skin from the sun, I put on my sweat-proof “Neutrogena Sport Face” sunscreen with 70+ SPF, cause ain’t nobody got time for wrinkles 😉

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Then I take my “MAC Strobe Cream” and put it all over my face for a luminous heathy glow, that looks like skin, you can’t even tell there’s anything on my face. It’s that “glow-from-within” look, everyone wants 😉

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Then I take my “Maybelline Fit Me” concealer and place a little bit under my eyes to slightly hide my dark circles, but not completely, I still let a little bit of discoloration show through, that way it doesn’t look like I’m wearing a mask to the pool. I add a tiny tiny bit of waterproof “Lash Sensational” Mascara by Maybelline to my outer top lashes as well.

Then I add a touch of my “Mary-Lou Manizer by theBalm” powder highlighter on the high points of my face to intensify our already glowing skin, and spritz my face a couple more times with my “Pixie Glow Mist.”

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To add a little bit of color, you can add some “Benefit Bene-Tint Cheek & Lip Stain” to your cheeks and dab it in with your fingers, for a natural pinky cheek, if you’re feelin’ a little extra 😉 but I typically skip this step, because my cheeks get pretty dang red in the sun anyways 🙂Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So that’s it! That’s how I achieve my go-to face for laying out & havin’ fun in the sun 🙂