D.I.Y: All Natural Coconut Coffee Body Scrub

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Making your own beauty products like a face mask or body scrub can be such a fun and affordable alternative to a store bought version. Plus, the ingredients are often more simple and better for you; I'd say that's a win-win.

I first made this coconut oil and coffee body scrub last year and it works so well. The coffee is a great exfoliant that washes away dead skin, while the coconut oil leaves your skin moisturized and very soft. Plus, both ingredients are full of antioxidants which are very beneficial to your skin.


When I recently ran out of my scrub I was using before, I knew I had to make this one again. My favorite part? It's extremely easy to make! All you will need is a jar of coconut oil, coffee grounds and a container to mix/store your scrub in. I picked up this organic extra virgin coconut oil  from Trader Joe's and this coffee from. 

Step 1: Microwave your jar of coconut oil for 40 seconds.

Step 2: Once oil is melted, mix with coffee grounds in your jar. You can adjust the coffee to coconut oil ratio based on how much exfoliation vs. moisture you want. I eyeballed the ratio, and then added more oil and coffee as needed. 

Step 3: Allow coconut oil to solidify again, then your scrub is ready to use!

As a side note, if your scrub separates after is solidifies, just mix it up before using and then you're good to go! 

I recommend using this scrub twice a week. However, if you're like me and have acne-prone skin, I wouldn't recommend using this on your face. I tried it one time and unfortunately it did make me breakout, but hey, I had super soft skin! The coconut oil will keep your skin moisturized for 24 hours after use--that's without applying lotion after your shower. Amazing, right?

I'd love to hear if you try out this scrub! Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @CaitlinRedd13 if you do. 

Have a beautiful day! 

My Go-To Smoothie Bowl

Monday, March 5, 2018

If you follow me on Instagram, then I'm sure it's no surprise that smoothie bowls have been my latest breakfast obsession. Creating these yummy bowls is such an easy yet healthy way to start your morning.

When it comes to smoothie bowls, the possibilities are endless, which is one of the  main reasons I love them so  much. Oh, and it's a fantastic way to add extra greens into your meal! Scroll down to check out the recipe for my go-to smoothie bowl I have been making almost every day!

What you'll need:
- 1 Cup of frozen mixed berries
- 1/3 Cup almond milk (or any nut milk)
- 1-2 Handfuls of spinach
- 1 Tablespoon of natural peanut butter
- 1 Banana

To start, place all ingredients into a blender and blend until it's all mixed and smooth. Yes, it's really that easy, and this is the hardest step. Hey, who doesn't love an easy recipe anyway? Next comes my favorite part: Toppings!

This is the "make your smoothie bowl look pretty and insta-worthy" part. My favorite toppings include strawberries, granola, and coconut flakes. Before I pour the smoothie into my bowl, I always add some granola to the  bottom of the bowl. This is a great way to add in a little extra crunch.

After the smoothie is poured over the granola, I cut four to five strawberries into fourths and arrange them on top. Next, I sprinkle a little more granola and some coconut flakes on top. And then that brings us to the photo opp. I  mean, after you spend time making it look pretty, you have to get that perfect picture.

There you have it, your easy and healthy smoothie bowl is ready to eat!

Let me know if you try out the recipe, I'd love to hear if you do!

Your Guide to Natural Beauty

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Facial Cleanser. Eyeshadow.  Moisturizer. These are all common beauty products a majority of people use on an everyday basis. I know I certainly do. Have you ever thought about what those hard-to-pronounce ingredients really are?

The popularity of natural beauty has grown drastically over the past year. Almost every new beauty item that pops up in stores is created without the use of harsh chemicals. But what exactly does "natural" mean? Is this the same as vegan products? Are cruelty-free products always natural?

With new beauty terms being thrown at us left and right, it can get a bit confusing and that's 100 percent okay! There is absolutely no need to worry. I'm here to help you understand all of this and get to the bottom of what natural really means.

To start off, let's get these two terms out of the way:

When a product is labeled as cruelty-free it simply means it was not tested on an animal. According to Cruelty Free Kitty this includes, every single ingredient in the product. These products may still contain dangerous chemicals.

Any beauty company that falls into this category does not use any ingredient that comes from or is produced by an animal. You know when people choose this lifestyle of eating? It's just like that except for your beauty brands. So yes, these products can still be tested on animals and may include nasty chemicals.

This isn't too confusing, right? Moving on to natural products is where it gets a tad tricky.

Did you know any company can add the word natural to their label?  That's right, no regulations. Nothing. When I first heard this I was extremely surprised, but it turns out this word is really just used for marketing purposes.

Since 'natural' has no real validity when it's plastered across our beauty products, you're probably wondering, "how am I supposed to know what products really are natural?" The best thing to do is look for products that say they are free of sulfates, parabens, and phthalates. These are the top three ingredients you want to stay clear from. This might require a little hunting around on the back of the bottle, but it'll be there! These ingredients could also have a prefix before the word sulfate or paraben (sodium lauryl sulfate,  isobutylparaben, or dibutyl phthalate) so be on the lookout for that. Other chemicals you want to try to stay clear of include, petroleum derived chemicals (toluene), triclosan, and formaldehyde.

The chemicals listed above have been shown to be a human carcinogenic, disrupt the endocrine system, cause reproductive and respiratory disorders, and irritate the skin. Crazy, right? When I first started learning about natural beauty, I couldn't believe how many harmful chemicals are in products I use everyday.

Since our bodies absorb what we apply on our skin, our makeup and skin care routines should be just as clean as the food we are putting into our bodies. Once  you decide to make the switch to a natural beauty routine, it isn't very difficult, it just takes time. Unless you have a hefty wallet, my guess is that you won't be throwing out all of your current beauty products and replacing them with natural versions in one day, which is completely okay! I'm in the same boat as you. Below are my top tips on how to switch over your products.

If you're ever unsure if a product is natural, or contains the harmful ingredients I listed above, check out the apps Think Dirty and Environmental Working Group. On both of these apps, you're able to look up make up and skincare products. The app will list all of it's ingredients and give the product a rating based on how safe or harmful it is. This is very useful on the go!

To help you start you're natural beauty journey, I've rounded up some brands that offer products free of harsh chemicals and full of skin-loving ingredients. All except Tarte Cosmetics and Woosh Beauty can be found at the drugstore and are very affordable!

Will you be making the switch to a natural beauty routine? I'd love to hear! Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @CaitlinRedd13

How I Stay Organized in 2018

Monday, January 29, 2018

How do I stay organized? With a planner. Planners are my go-to. I grew up using them throughout school, so I've carried that method into my everyday life.

When the new year rolls around,  I'm always on the hunt for the perfect planner to get through the next 365 days with me. This year I wanted to find one that was a little more unique than a traditional planner you can buy at Target or Office Max.

After a little bit of research, I ordered the 2018 Vintage Floral Vision Planner off of Amazon from the brand Bloom Daily Planners. This company is run by all females, and their goal is to help other women grow and become the best versions of themselves by using their planners.

The planner is setup in a way that helps you create a vision for your year. Now, I don't know about you, but the setup of my planner plays a huge role as to whether or not I purchase it. I love how this particular planner focuses on achieving all of your goals and dreams. Yes, you read that right. Achieving your goals and dreams in one year (well, what you want to accomplish in a year) is made easy with this planner.

In the beginning there is an area to write down 5 goals, places you want to visit, books you want to read, new things you want to try, what you want to improve on, and what you're grateful for. I'm a visual person, so filling out this section helped me A LOT when it came to putting my life into perspective. There is also a bucket list for the year; who doesn't love creating those?

After you have your goals set for the year, each month has a vision and making it happen spread where you can write out what you will do each week to achieve them. Let me tell you, this has been EXTREMELY helpful. I'm able to easily tackle goals that felt overwhelming to me before--such an amazing feeling! Following this, is your traditional monthly calendar. This helps me so so so much when it comes to organizing my work schedule and keeping track of appointments and article due dates.

After this, you have weekly spreads that show individual days. My planner needs to have this type of spread in addition to a monthly calendar. I use this portion to write to do lists, and it has an area where I can keep track of how much water I drink throughout the day.

Now it's time for my favorite part of the Bloom planners: Inspirational quotes. Within each planner, Bloom adds motivating quotes to each week like, "Be patient with yourself, nothing in nature blooms all year" and "Wakeup each day excited to bloom in a new way." I love this SO much, it's such a subtle way to add a touch of positivity to your week.

Bloom is my favorite planner company, and I would love for you to try out their fantastic products too! To get 10% off your purchase of 25 dollars or more until February fourth, use my link here.

Have a beautiful day!

December 2017 Favorites

Monday, January 1, 2018

Hello beautiful friends! I hope you're New Year is off to a fantastic start.

Now that 2018 has officially arrived and December has come to an end, it's about time I share with you some of my favorite products from this past month. That's probably not a surprise though, the title says it all.

I'll admit when it came to testing out new products or putting together new outfits this month, I was slacking quite a bit. Working at Walt Disney World during the holidays is crazy, very tiring, and a bit overwhelming, but would I trade my experience from it? Not at all. Since the mouse kept me busy, I don't have as many products to share as I usually do, but here are a few that I found myself grabbing day after day.

1. Bath and Body Work Vanilla Bean Noel Body Butter
I.Love.Body.Butter.  From the packing and scent to the moisturizing effect, everything about this product is perfect. When December arrives, I always make sure to pick up this scent from Bath and Body Works. This year I decided to try out the body butter, and it's safe to say I'll be getting this every year. The body butter make my skin extremely soft and it actually keeps my skin moisturized for 24 hours. The scent reminds me of cupcakes, and who doesn't love cupcakes? 

2. Maple Holistics Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner 

I've been looking to try out more body, hair, and skin care products that contain less harsh chemicals and more natural ingredients. The shampoo and conditioner set from Maple Holistics is a great all natural hair care option. It's sulfate-free, fragrance-free and hypoallergenic.

The shampoo is made up of jojoba oil, almond oil, peach kernel, camellia seed, avocado, and botanical keratin with the main ingredient being argan oil. The conditioner is made up of aloe vera, shea butter, organic pomegranate, hibiscus, green tea, and sea buckthorn with the main ingredient being argan oil like the shampoo.

When using this set I noticed my hair was shinier and softer than normal. However, the only downside was that the shampoo made my hair a little more tangled than normal. I'm not sure if that is because I have long hair, or it's because of the natural ingredients. Overall, I would recommend giving this product a try if you're looking to switch to an all natural, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. You can try this product for free by signing up for their free sample program.

3. Disney Necklace 

This was a gift I got for Christmas, so it's still new, but ever since I got it, I have worn it almost everyday. This necklace says, "If you can dream it, you can do it." It's a quote from Walt Disney that means a lot to me. It reminds me that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to, and no dream is too big to achieve.

I've been wearing the necklace with my silver Minnie Mouse bangle my roommate got me for Christmas. Both have gotten a lot of use towards the end of the month, and go so well together.

4. Revlon Lipstick 'Pink in the Afternoon'

Over the summer, I found out the exact lipstick Audrey Hepburn wears in Breakfast At Tiffany's, so naturally I had to buy it. It's the shade 'Pink in the Afternoon' by Revlon. It took me a few trips to various stores to find it, but I finally found it at Ulta. This past month, I found myself always grabbing this lip color when I needed a natural shade. It's the perfect peachy-pink shade that can be worn for any occasion. 

5. Rose Gold 

Photo via DisneyStyle.com

Photo by Madeline Potts 
My last favorite is a little broad. This past month, I've had a minor obsession with just about anything rose gold colored. From sequin Minne Mouse ears and jewelry, to eyeshadow, clothing, and Starbuck's cups, you name it I most likely have it in this trendy hue. The best part? It looks like rose gold is here to stay in 2018!

Let me know in the comments what some of your favorite products or trends were throughout December, I'd love to hear what you've been into!

Glamorous Trends for the Holiday Season

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Between Christmas parties and New Year's Eve, you most likely have at least one reason you need to dress up this season. I teamed up with TOBI to bring you the trendiest party pieces for all of your glamorous needs. Did I mention, these pieces are extremely affordable!

I don't know about you, but any chance I get to dress to the nines, show off a little sparkle, and get glam, you can 100 percent count me in. Check out my favorite Holiday trends below.

Shine in Sequins

Did you know sequins instantly spice up any outfit. Whether it's an accessory, a blouse, or a full head-to-toe look, simply adding some sparkle will create a head-turning look. You'll be shining all night long--literally.

My latest obsession? Rose Gold and sparkles. I have been buying everything from jewelry and a Starbucks tumbler cup to a Walt Disney World spirit jersey and Minnie ears in this oh-so-popular hue. So, it's probably not a huge surprise that this look is popping up in my Holiday picks. 

When this dress arrived, I noticed it was the exact.same.sequin that is on my Minnie ears. Being the huge Disney Style fan that I am, there was absolutely no doubt these ears would be included in the photoshoot. 

You know, there's nothing better than feeling confident and powerful; sequin dresses are a foolproof way to do so. 

Queen Elsa vibes. That was my first thought I had when I saw this dress. The icy blue color is perfect for winter, yet it still shows off my love for pastels. I love the flirty A-line silhouette. This is the perfect party dress for showing off my ultra-girly style. 


Warm Up in Velvet 

To me, Christmas and velvet go hand-in-hand. The fancy fabric has always reminded me of the Holidays, but this year it is extra trendy. Velvet has been seen in almost every clothing and accessory imaginable. Think: sneakers, skirts, and chokers, just to name a few. Thanks to TOBI, it is time to add jumpsuits to the mix!

I have wanted to try out a jumpsuit for quite sometime, but I was never really sure if I could pull it off. When I saw this piece that mixed the two trends I thought, "You know what, who cares if I'm able to pull it off. I like the jumpsuit, so I'm going to try it out." I'm so happy I did. 

The velvet piece is extremely comfortable and shows off just the right amount of skin without being too revealing. I love how this piece can be dressed up for a party, or worn for a classy night out with your girls. This jumpsuit is a great addition to my wardrobe, and I can see myself getting quite a bit of use out of it. 

Moral of the story? Be daring. Go out of your comfort zone and try new styles. You may just stumble upon a winner like I did. 

Thanks to TOBI, we're able to get so many fashion forward, yet affordable looks this Holiday season. What are you waiting for? It's time to get your glam on!  

A Polka Dot Filled Dapper Day

Monday, November 20, 2017

A few years ago I learned about Dapper Day and knew I had to attend the stylish day sometime in my life. I'm thrilled to say that I was able to attend the fall 2017 Dapper Day here at Magic Kingdom!

I know, you may be wondering, "What exactly is Dapper Day?" Well, I'm here to give you the inside scoop. Dapper Day is an event that takes place at Disneyland and Disney World two times each year (once in fall then once in spring). Everyone who attends wears vintage inspired outfits, which are often DisneyBound looks, to the park. The event started as a day where guests enjoyed the park dressed like they were from the 1950s when Disneyland opened. Since then, Dapper Day has gained a lot of attention, and is now an exciting fashion event that takes place in The Happiest Place on Earth!

This past Saturday, my two friends and I were dressed to the nines, ready to take on whatever Dapper Day had in store.

I loved seeing all of the beautiful outfits lining Main Street. Let me tell you, some people go all out with their outfits, hair, and makeup, which only inspired me to want to do something bigger for the spring event.

For Dapper Day I DisneyBounded as Minnie Mouse, I mean, it was technically her birthday after all. I purchased my dress from The Dress Shop in Disney Springs. The quality is phenomenal, plus it has pockets--super bonus in my book! When I tried on this dress it fit so well, I instantly fell in love with it. I felt like the style was flattering for my body and I loved the A-line silhouette.

To accessorize, I wore classic Minnie ears and paired the dress with my Minnie Mouse Kate Spade purse. I'm obsessed with this bag; it's so cute!

Check out some more pictures from the day below!

Here's to many more Dapper Days in the future!

*Photography by Madeline Potts

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