Flamingo’s Top 4-March

Hello lovelies! Yet another month in 2018 has flown by quickly. In Ohio, the temperatures are starting to rise very slowly, but we’re getting there! March has honestly been the month of zero inspiration because of the not-so-fun weather. I’ve been ordering a lot of spring clothes and accessories. Once the weather warms up I’ll be styling them and sharing new outfits on the blog. For now, today’s post is the (late) March edition of Flamingo’s Top 4, so keep reading if you want to know my four favorite things from this past month!

1. Pretty Pink Nails

Pink nails have been my go-to this past month, especially light pink. I’ve been stocking up on all kinds of pink OPI nail polishes that I find at Marshalls for $4 a bottle. I can’t decide if my favorite is Suzi Shops & Island Hops, the bubblegum pink shade pictured below, or The Color That Keeps on Giving, a pale, pearl pink.

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2. NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

Now that it’s spring and I’m wearing a lot of pink lip colors, I’m reaching for this one more than anything. I love to layer it over other pink hues, or even wear it alone!

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3. Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley

I received Emily Ley’s book, Grace, Not Perfectionin my Easter basket this year, and I’ve hardly been able to put it down. Something I seriously struggle with is trying to create a life that I deem “perfect.” There’s nothing wrong with being the best version of yourself, but I think sometimes it’s easy to become overwhelmed with trying to reach something nonexistent, perfection. This book addresses that, as well as embraces simplicity, like it says on the cover, lol. Honestly, I’m so bad at explaining the contents of books, so if you’re looking for a good read and you feel like you get overwhelmed with trying to be perfect, check out this book!

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4. Striped Kate Spade Sam

This post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning my striped Kate Spade Sam Bag. It’s all over my Instagram and I even wrote a blog post about it! I’m seriously obsessed with the bag because it’s the perfect everyday bag. It holds all the essentials, like a water bottle, wallet, sunglasses, and if you’re like me, a bunch of miscellaneous lip products!

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I guess with it being spring (even though it doesn’t feel like it) I’m really loving pink! What are some of your favorite things from the month of March? Let me know on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest!

xoxo, The Chic Flamingo

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A Few Things EVERY Coffee Lover Needs

Hello lovelies! I’ve been drinking coffee every morning since my freshman year. It’s a bad habit, I know, but I love the taste of a rich, dark cup of coffee. I’ll drink it iced or hot, during any season, and at any time of the day. I know I’m not the only one who craves a late night cup of joe! Today, on the blog I’m sharing some of my favorite coffee gadgets, knick-knacks, and tees!

1. Zoku Iced Coffee Maker

This has to be my favorite coffee gadget by far. I love coffee in general, but there’s nothing better than iced cold coffee to wake me up in the morning. With taking an 8am college class, I don’t always have time (or money!) to drive through the coffee shop. I also have yet to find a method to make iced coffee that takes little effort and that tastes good. With this iced coffee maker, all you have to do is freeze the cup, brew hot coffee, and pour the hot coffee in the cup. In less than three minutes, you have a really good cup of iced coffee. The only downfall is that it only produces 11 oz. of coffee.

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2. Syrup from Starbucks

I try really hard to skip the coffee shops and make my own coffee at home when I’m trying to save money. Buying syrup from Starbucks is a great way to get the Starbucks taste without having to spend $5 for a cup. My favorite is the vanilla syrup, and I keep it on hand at all times. I did some searching around to find that the Starbucks online store isn’t open anymore, but you can purchase at most of their shops!

3. Coffee Tee from Old Navy

Waking up is hard for me, so this coffee tee from Old Navy is perfect for me. It says, “Reasons to wake up,” with different coffee makers, cups, and accessories underneath. They show it with a pair of pj pants on the model, but I wear it as an everyday tee with distressed jeans and sneakers!

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4. No Stain White Jeans

Although the weather tells otherwise, spring is coming. I’m ready to start wearing white jeans to brighten up my wardrobe, but not for any unwanted coffee stains. Luckily, Old Navy created a pair of white jeans awhile back that repels stains for coffee enthusiasts. I’ve linked a pair of high-rise, but any white jeans that have “Clean-Slate” in the title will repel stains. I spill coffee like it’s my job, so I’m definitely going to have to try these out!

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5. Ozark Trail Tumbler

I really only picked this up at Walmart because of the pretty rose gold color, but found that it worked great! It keeps iced drinks cold and hot drink warm for hours, and it’s less than $10! I have the 20 oz., but it does come in a 30 oz. as well. They don’t have the blush/rose gold color online at Walmart, but I found it here on Amazon. Or, my mom has this Built rose gold tumbler (pictured below) that she swears by, and it’s under $10!

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Coffee lovers, I want to know your favorite gadgets and accessories! Let me know on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook!

5 Best Beauty Buys

Hello lovelies! I don’t share a lot of beauty products on my blog, but when I do, it’s makeup. I decided to switch things up today and share five of my favorite beauty buys that AREN’T makeup. I’ve got a little bit of body, hair, and nail products packed in this post, so if you want to know some of my favorite products, keep reading!

1. St. Tropez Gradual Tan

Last year for prom, I knew I didn’t want to tan in a bed or get a spray tan. I’m a very pale person, so I knew I’d need a little bit of color. My mom bought me the St. Tropez Gradual Tan and I used it for about two months leading up to prom. It gives the right amount of color, absolutely no orange color, and is incredibly moisturizing. If you’re fair skinned, or if you just want some color with spring approaching, then I highly recommend the St. Tropez Gradual Tan! (P.S. don’t mind the dirty bottle, I use it a lot, lol!)

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2. Joico Texture Boost Dry Spray Wax

When I want volume, grip, messy waves, or the perfect topknot, I reach for the Joico Spray Wax. It’s my favorite hair product that does just about everything! I especially love the texture it gives when I curl my hair with a flat iron because it helps make the waves separate and look beachier.

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3. Gillette Venus Platinum Razor

Sometime back in February, Influenster sent me the Gillette Venus Platinum Razor complimentary for testing purposes. I genuinely love this razor, and I’m not just saying that because they sent me the product for free. Every swim season, I’d grow out my leg hair from the first practice until the last meet just like every other swimmer. We do this for drag during practice and because it feels amazing to race at our biggest swim meets with silky, smooth legs. I tested out this razor after 3 months of growing out my leg hair, and I can honestly say it was the BEST shave ever. I continued to use it every few days since then, and I even switched back and forth between a traditional 3-blade razor and this one. In this picture, it doesn’t have the 5-blade, because it did become dull after a few weeks, but I’m going to be purchasing more soon. It doesn’t even feel like I’m shaving when I use the Platinum Extra Smooth razor because it’s that smooth!

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4. OPI Nail Envy

I used this product like CRAZY back in middle school, and I recently started using it again. My nails have been growing like weeds and they are so strong, too. I use it as a base coat, top coat, and sometimes just by itself. I’m dying to try out some of the Nail Envy polishes with color in them, like Hawaiian Orchid!

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5. Tweezerman Tweezer

I used to buy any random tweezer from the drugstore, until my mom gifted me a Tweezerman tweezer. She only got it for me because it was cute and rose gold, but after using it for awhile it was clear why it’s an Allure Beauty Winner. I’ve had mine for two or three years and I swear it’s just as sharp as it was when I first got it!

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What are some of your favorite beauty buys? Let me know on my Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest!

xoxo, The Chic Flamingo

Flamingo’s Top Four-January

Hello lovelies! Let’s take a moment to celebrate the end of the first month of 2018! I’m pretty sure everyone thinks January feels like two months in one, but regardless January was a great month. If you’re interested in reading the more personal side of my January recap, then head on over to my last post. Today, we are focusing on fashion and a few of my favorite things from this past month.

1. Dark Wash Jeans

I finally found the PERFECT pair of plain, dark wash jeans. These jeans are simple and have no distressing, so they are appropriate for a wide range of occasions. I’ve worn them nonstop this month, and they’ve quickly became my staple dark wash denim. They look lovely with fancy fur, but also pair well will casual outfits like this tee and cardi combo below! Unfortunately, the only size left is a 26, but Gap has quite a few pairs that are similar.

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2. Black Fur Jacket

Yep, I bought more fur! It’s an obsession that I doubt will be going away anytime soon. I couldn’t resist because it was on sale for about $100 off. Fur is great for adding a statement piece to a basic outfit. I’ve worn this jacket with leggings, a white tee, and rose gold sneakers for a chic, athlesiure look. This item is on sale and in stock in an XS and S, and comes in pink as well. Head on over to Gap because their winter sale is too good to resist!

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3. Rose Gold Hoops

One of my favorite accessories to pair with a black fur jacket is rose gold hoop earrings. I got this pair from Macy’s awhile ago, but the only come in gold now. Honestly, I’m dying for any kind of hoop earring right now, and there is less expensive rose gold pairs at Macy’s that are just as darling. The hoop earring, especially big pairs, are having quite the moment in the fashion scene right now!

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4. Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream

I’m a fan of moisturizing lipsticks, and I love them even more if they are super pigmented. I found the Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream in the shade Double Bubble at Marshalls the other week, and picked it up to test it out. I totally regret not picking up the nude shade they had there as well because I love this product so much. Not only is it buttery smooth, it has an amazing color pay off and wears really well. It doesn’t look like Sephora carries the product at all, and Ulta doesn’t carry the exact shade. I did find it on Amazon for $15 if you’re interested in Double Bubble, but there is other gorgeous shades at Ulta worth checking out!

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I’m so ready to take on February, find new products and clothing, and share them with you next month! Follow my Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest to find out when I upload my next Flamingo’s Top Four.

Flamingo’s Top 4- December

Hello lovelies! This FT4 is a little bit late because of the holidays, but I’m posting it anyways! It was super hard to narrow down four things from December that I absolutely loved because I received a lot of cool things for Christmas. Nevertheless, I narrowed my list down to these four fashion related things that I have been loving!

1. Kate Spade “She”

I had this book on my Christmas list with the intention to only have it for display. I started to look at the pretty pictures within it, and found myself deep in the stories in the book. It’s filled with short biographies of inspiring women from all backgrounds. Some focus on women of fashion, and some on women who sought to change the world. I’m not much of a reader anymore, but this book was so good!

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2. Kate Spade Cameron Street Tote

I love the design and quality of Kate Spade bags, so it only made sense to get a KS tote. I did a little research and read a ton of reviews before I decided to put this bag on my Christmas list. Since I’m taking a college credit class on campus this upcoming semester, and I’ll be attending college in the fall, I knew I needed a heavy duty tote to keep my books in. This KS tote is great quality, fits my binder, 15in laptop, and several notebooks in it all at once! Plus, it’s absolutely adorable, just like everything else created by the Kate Spade brand.

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3. Rose Gold Tretorns

I showcased these shiny sneaks a few posts back when I first got them, and I’ve barely taken them off. I love pairing them with black jeans and a sweater for a edgier look. They are the perfect casual statement shoe, and are very comfortable.

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4. Buxom Lip Gloss

I feel naked without any lip product on, but sometimes I just don’t want to wear anything on my lips. I got this Buxom lip gloss from Sephora and it’s perfect for a natural look. It smells and feels like it has peppermint in it, and it only has a little bit of pinky-nude color to it. I like to layer it over other lipsticks as well to add a little bit of shimmer! The shade I have is Dolly.

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What’s On My Christmas List

Hello lovelies! Today, I’m sharing my Christmas list to kick off my holiday posts this year. A lot of the things on my list are things I’m going to need for college next year. My list is shorter, but that’s because I usually let my mom pick out clothes and shoes since she has great taste!

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1. Kate Spade Medium Harmony Tote Bag

This versatile tote is at the top of my list this year. After seeing it in store this past weekend, I was able to tell that it would be perfect for college next year. It’s durable, chic, and the reviews are great! Bonus: Kate Spade is doing 30% off today!

2. Steamer

I’ve been dying for a steamer, and this Conair one in pink is too cute! It’s a great price, and it claims that it only takes 75 seconds to fully heat. Another product perfect for college next fall.

3. Flat Iron

With my flat iron getting old, I figured I’d throw on a new one. This Chi one from Ulta has pretty good ratings, but I see them in Marshalls for around $60 all the time.

4. Books

Although I don’t read a lot, these three books have made it on my Christmas list anyway. Not only do they look like good reads, they’re completely adorable and will make great decoration. I’d love to incorporate them into flatlays on my Instagram too!

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I purchased this book for half the price at Marshalls yesterday, so definitely check out your local TJMaxx and Marshalls if you’re interested!

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5. Too Faced Boss Lady Agenda

A few years back, I was gifted a Too Faced holiday palette and absolutely loved it. I saw this in store, and instantly fell in love! It comes with an array of glitter and matte shadows, blush, bronzer, highlight, a liquid lipstick, and mini mascara. What more could you ask for?

6. Sephora Favorites Give Me More Lip

Recently, I’ve been adventurous when it comes to lip color, and I like to try out new brands too. This holiday gift kit includes fifteen multi-brand lip products, from lip glosses to lip creams. Shades range from nudes, to berries, to bright reds.

7. Kate Spade Pearl Earmuffs

I can’t help but adore anything pearl embellished. These Kate Spade earmuffs are not only cute, but are perfect for Ohio’s cold weather! I have a few other Kate Spade cold weather accessories and find them to be worth the price. Don’t forget that it is 30% off today!

8. LL Bean Ultrawarm Jacket

I have a million coats already, but I don’t have a short puffer jacket. I thought this would round off my coat collection nicely. It’d be perfect from walking to and from class next winter!

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18 All-Time Favorite Fashion & Beauty Essentials

Hello friends! Going along with my eighteenth birthday theme I thought I’d share my all-time favorite fashion and beauty essentials. Some of these I don’t wear/use daily, but I’m always going back to them! These aren’t in any particular order, just separated by categories.

1. Estee Lauder Double Wear

I’ve tried SO many foundations, drugstore and high-end. I’ve never found a foundation quite as good as Estee Lauder Double Wear. My face is covered in acne scares and dark spots, and DW is the only foundation I have found to cover them without it being cakey. It doesn’t slip and slide even on my skin’s most oily days. Estee Lauder is truly worth the money!

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2. Sigma F80 Brush

I was doubtful that the Sigma F80 brush would really make a difference in the coverage and longevity of my Estee Lauder Double Wear, but it totally does. I used to use a Beauty Blender, but got this brush last Christmas. It was clear from the first application that the coverage was much fuller, and after a few days of use I could tell it made my foundation was lasting WAY longer. Again, it’s just one of those products that’s well worth the money.

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3. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer

Yet another product I doubted would make a difference in my makeup routine, but boy was I wrong. I don’t have awful dark circles under my eyes because I am pretty well rested, but this concealer does help brighten and make me look more awake. I use the lightest shade because I really want to add some dimension to my face. Besides using it under my eye, I do a quick line down my nose, a triangle on my lower forehead, a circle on my chin, and a dot on my cupid’s bow. I find that this makes me look more alive and youthful. Plus, this isn’t an expensive product what-so-ever!

5. Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue

I can’t say enough that my skin is SO oily. One product that did help a lot with my oily t-zone is the Benefit The POREfessional Matte Rescue primer. It not only stops my skin from getting oily a few hours into the day, but helps my foundation stay in place for a LONG time. This has to be the best primer out on the market for oily skin!

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6. Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner

I honestly just started using this product again last week after using an eyeliner by Loreal. I cannot believe I stopped using it because it is so pigmented. This eyeliner is great for giving a really thin line and a sharp wing. I can usually make the perfect wing on the first try. I like to get ready under 45 minutes in the mornings, so an eyeliner that is easy and quick to use is necessary!

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7. The Perfect Lippie

This isn’t really a specific favorite, but I do think wearing at least a lip tint completes any look. For me, having pale lips makes me look drained and sickly. Adding a peachy lip gloss like Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in Peach Daiquiri can help add a little color and shine to make you look more put together.

8. Coconut Oil

You’ve probably heard before that coconut oil can be used for about anything, and that’s the truth. I mainly use it for washing my face at night. I know I just said a million times that my skin is super oily, but surprisingly coconut oil helps control my oiliness. Since I spend A LOT of time in the pool, the chlorine dries out my skin and then it starts to overproduce oil. If I use coconut oil as my face wash, it adds the oil back to my skin and stops the overproduction. It’s great at taking off makeup, and it is SO cheap.

9. Apple Cider Vinegar

Yes, I use apple cider vinegar as a toner, but don’t assume I’m crazy just yet. I mentioned earlier how bad my acne scarring is, and this product has helped immensely. It helps to lighten the scarring and dries out any active pimples. It is drying, so using an oil like coconut oil with it can help moisturize.

10. Tea Tree Oil

This is the last of the three natural products I use on my skin. I mix this with my moisturizer or serum to help soothe my skin. It helps with active pimples and scarring as well. I’ve used it on bug bites too and they go away almost instantly. This is another cheap product that I don’t think I could live without!

11. Spanx

I think a lot of teenage girls are afraid of spanx for some reason, and they shouldn’t be. I have a million pairs of spanx for wearing under tight or loose dresses. The main thing I love spanx for is tucking in shirts. This hack truly changed my life because I wear loose blouses a lot. I tuck my shirt into a pair of tight spanx so when I lift my arms, my shirt doesn’t fly out of my bottoms or become messily tucked in. Remember the Old Navy skirts from my Styling Suede Skirts post? I was totally using this hack in both looks.

12. A Good Pair Of Dark Wash Jeans

Have I preached enough that dark wash jeans are a necessary component to any wardrobe? Dark wash is the most classic wash, and they’re so easy to style. I’ve always been a fan of Gap jeans. They’re my all-time favorite, and I’ve been wearing the same pair since my freshman year. I’ve linked a similar pair here.

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13. A White Blouse

It wouldn’t be a favorites post unless I mentioned a white blouse. I won’t ramble on about it for too long, but they’re seriously so versatile. Wear it with jeans and flats for a casual look or pair it with a pencil skirt and blazer for work attire. It has to be the staple pieces of all staple pieces for me!

14. A Seersucker dress

Lauren James has the most gorgeous seersucker dresses that are perfect for any occasion. I have the Landry, and have my eye on the Emerson. If it isn’t in your budget, don’t fret! Lauren James has a Pink Friday sale once a year where you can get the dresses for MUCH cheaper. It’s best to buy early on during the sale because popular colors go relatively quickly.

15. A Jean Jacket

Perfect for summer, winter, spring, and fall, a quality jean jacket is easy to throw on with any outfit. My personal favorite jean jacket outfit is a white tee, leggings, and, of course, a jean jacket!  Throw on some cute tennis shoes and you’re on your way.

16. A Peacoat

This is a pricier item, but I promise it’s worth it. Peacoats are so classic and great to have in your wardrobe for events where you need to be a little more dressed up. I have a navy peacoat because that’s the traditional color, but I’d love to get a pink or gray one. Mine is from Gap, but Old Navy has an inexpensive alternative. Plus, it comes in five different colors!

17. Pearl Earrings

Another classic piece, shocker! But seriously, pearl earrings are a must-have for preppy girls. They’re perfect for everyday wear, and great for all ages. I have a pair of Kate Spade reversible pearl earrings, so they have a giant pink pearl on one side and a rose gold bow on the other (no longer available!). These aren’t as classic as regular pearl earrings, but I absolutely love them. It’s totally up to you and your budget to decide how much you want to spend since you can get faux pearls for pretty cheap!

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18. A Good Bag

I’m using the term “good” loosely in this context because everyone has a different perception on a good quality bag. It doesn’t matter if you spend $1,000+ or less than $100, a good bag is a bag that makes you feel invincible. I truly believe with the right bag in my hand, I can accomplish anything. I couldn’t pick out of my bags one favorite, so let’s just say purses in general are my favorite!

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If I could pick only 18 beauty/fashion items to have, these would be it! I don’t mind spending a little extra money on these 18 things because I know it’s well worth it.

Don’t forget to stay tuned the rest of this week for more birthday posts, and to find out where I’m going to attend college next year! Follow me on Instagram and Facebook for more of my daily life!