Hello Fall – Free Download

Hey guys, I just started my own Etsy shop called Shop XO Morgan where I’m designing custom invitations, announcements, labels, stickers, etc. Please feel free to contact me if you’re in need of a custom design for a special event. 

To kick off my online store opening, I decided I would give a freebie for Fall (since it is my absolute favorite season). Download, Print, and pop it into a pretty picture frame and you’ll have a cheap and easy DIY fall decor. Enjoy! 

Hello Fall

Click on the image to download it. For personal use only. 

Tahoe Born Hair Products Review

Fresh, natural, and unique are the three words that come to mind when I think of Tahoe Born Brand. Hairdresser and cosmetic chemist Nicholaus Augustine has taken hair and skin care products to the next level. Each product is versatile and contains organic ingredients to keep your hair healthy and easy to manage. Below you’ll find a review of some of the products I’ve tried so far. 

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Calypso Sea Salt + Dry Shampoo:

Talk about volume! I’ve tried many sea salt sprays in the past and most just leave my hair dry and sticky, but Calypso does just the opposite. It smells so fresh and truly gives that “just left the beach” feel. My favorite way to use this product is on damp hair. Just a few sprits and then i’ll scrunch it with my hands to give it some volume and wave. 

Calypso Sea Salt Texture Cream & Cleansing Cream:

These two have the same fresh scent as the Sea Salt + Dry Shampoo and help give my hair some texture and volume. Pair it with the Sea Salt + Dry Shampoo for the perfect hair cocktail. 

Ylang, Shea, Coconut Smoothing Cleanser and Smoothing Oil:

These two products are great for helping me tame this frizz from all this Texas humidity. It helps smooth my hair and prevents me from needing to straighten it some days. 

Sunday Morning Rebalance Cleanser:

The Sunday Morning Cleanser is a definite fave! Normally I’m not a fan of 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioners because they leave my hair feeling dry and super tangled… but not this one! The Sunday Morning Cleanser is perfect for stripping all of the dry shampoo and other hair products left over from a couple days before. It is a tad bit watery compared to most shampoo’s and conditioners, but I don’t mind it. My favorite time to use it is actually on Monday morning’s when I’m running late. Having only one product to wash & rinse saves me a lot of time and it has a citrusy smell to it that’s perfect for waking you up and getting your day started!  I’ve never used a 2 in 1 that makes my hair feel so clean, refreshed, and soft! 

Silk Hydrate Hair + Skin Serum:

Talk about obsessed! I’ve already gone through half of my bottle and I’ve had it less than a month. This product is extremely versatile and can be used on wet or dry hair to help smooth hair, or apply it your skin to help tighten and moisturize. It smells so amazing and unlike anything I’ve ever smelt before. The serum starts off really silky and then dries quickly without feeling sticky or heavy. My favorite time to use it is when I get out of the shower when my skin feels the most dry, or on the ends of my hair while it’s still damp. 

 

For more information on Tahoe Born Brand and their products, make sure you visit their website. You can even create your own profile page and add products your most interested in to your wish list. You can connect with other Tahoe Born lovers and see tips on their favorite way to use the products! If you sign up today you’ll get 50% off! 

Oliver + Otis

I recently had the opportunity to work with one of my new favorite online clothing stores Oliver & Otis.  I’m all about being cute yet comfortable, and one of my favorite things about their shirts is how soft they are, yet still really good quality. These fellow Texan ladies have a ton of cute southern apparel from t-shirts, to hats, koozies, and more. Keep scrolling to check out some of my favorites! 

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Yes Way Rosé t-shirt | Cactus t-shirt

Click here to shop Oliver & Otis, and use the code FREESHIP75 to get free shipping on orders of $75 or more! 

Tori Kelly & THIRDSTORY | Unbreakable Smile Tour 2016

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Last week I got the chance to see one of my favorite artists, Tori Kelly in concert for the second time. I’ve been a huge fan of her since she was posting cover videos on YouTube and singing at small coffee shops in California, so you can only imagine my excitement to be able to see her career grow into what it is now. The last time I saw her was back in 2012, and since then she’s released her first album Unbreakable Smile, opened for Ed Sheehan’s sold out show at Madison Square Garden, and was even nominated for a Grammy. The concert was absolutely amazing and so different from her first show I saw. This time she came fully equipped with a band and a lot more frills than the first show which was basically just her and a guitar.

If you know me at all then you know I love music and finding new artists so I was super stoked about her new opening act called ThirdStory. These guys are pretty much my new obsession! They harmonize like nobody’s business, and have such a unique look and sound. I had never heard of them before her show, and was extremely impressed. I attached a video below of one of their original songs (not sure the name of it though) if you want to check them out. I’m also glad I hit record when I did because after coming home and searching all over YouTube, Google, and iTunes I sadly could not find any of their original music. If you watch/listen and are new fans of ThirdStory, then go Like & Share the video to help give these guys the recognition they deserve! 

Austin, TX Video Diary

Nathan planned this entire trip to Austin for our 1 year anniversary. We stayed at the South Congress Hotel which was so amazing. The hotel is super eclectic and totally gives you the whole “Austin” vibe. We ate at several of Austin’s top rated restaurants, which we highly recommend Magnolia Cafe & South Congress Cafe for breakfast and brunch. For lunch, Guero’s Taco Bar for the best ritas and fajitas in town, or Hopdoddy if you’re feeling burgers and a nutella & pretzel milkshake (yea.. that’s a real thing). For a late night dinner we went to Searsucker which was a little more pricey and upscale but totally worth it. If you go, you have to try the duck fat fries, trust us! Besides stuffing our faces with delicious food, we also walked up and down South Congress Street and visited a ton of cool little stores and antique shops. The great thing about our hotel was how much we were surrounded by. 

On our last day there we took a drive to Fredericksburg, Texas to visit a couple wineries. Surprisingly Texas has some of the United States top rated wineries. We stopped at Becker Vineyard first for a tasting and had an amazing experience. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and taught us a lot about the different kinds of wine and blends. Our next stop was about 10 minutes up the road at Kuhlman Cellars. Nathan and I were able to get a last minute reservation for a wine and food pairing within 20 minutes of leaving Becker, talk about luck! The pairing was one of the coolest experiences. They gave us 6 bite sized gourmet appetizers to pair with 6 different wine tastings, it was so amazing and unlike anything we had ever tried. If you’re interested in taking a trip to Austin, we both highly recommend all the places linked and listed. If you try any of them out we’d love it if you’d comment and let us know how you liked it. 

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Valentine’s Day Pie Pops

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Valentine’s Day is this weekend and I wanted to do something a little different this year. Instead of buying chocolates or ordering my husband’s favorite cupcakes from GiGi’s bakery, I decided to put my wifey skills to the test and bake something of my own. Some may call it beginners luck, but to be completely honest I can’t believe how well they turned out and were super easy to make. The recipe requires very little ingredients and can be made with tons of different fillings. Keep scrolling if you want to see how I made these cute little things.

You’ll need the following: Pillsbury Pie Crusts (comes with two, already rolled out flat), Flour, 2 eggs, White Sugar, Cinnamon (optional), Cookie/Lollipop sticks (make sure they’re oven safe), Pie filling or other filling of your choice, Heart shaped cookie cutters.What you need

Start by sprinkling a handful of flour on a clean flat surface and begin rolling out your dough.Step 1

Next use your cookie cutter to cut out as many hearts as you can. You can also take the left over pieces of dough and combine it together to create a few more. Step 2

Place your hearts on a cookie sheet, making sure to leave a little space between each one.Step 3

Now the fun part of adding in the fillings! I went with classic cherry pie filling and my personal favorite caramel apple. You could add just about anything from peanut butter, nutella/chocolate, or other fruit fillings.Step 4

Next you’re going to add the sticks, and gently press down so they stick to the dough. Make sure you put it about ¼ of the way in the pie so they don’t fall off!Step 5

In a small bowl wisk 1 whole egg together to create your egg wash. On the top half of your heart (the half without the filling) take your finger or a brush and line the edge of the heart with egg wash, this will help seal the pie together. Now place it on top of your other half with the filling.Step 6

After you’ve evenly lined up the two pieces of hearts, take a fork and gently press along the edges of the dough to seal them together.Step 7

Next brush each pie with a little bit of egg wash and sprinkle sugar and/or cinnamon on top. Then pop them in the oven for about 15- 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Step 8

Once they’re done, let them cool for about 5-10 minutes and then decorate with cute ribbon or string for a little something extra! You could even add a little tag with a cute saying for your Valentine. Step 9

Enjoy! <3

My Current Skin Care Routine

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Hey guys, it’s been way too long, but I’m finally back with a new blog post. Through out the years I’ve tried countless skin care products and feel like some did more harm than good, so after years of disappointment and irritated skin I decided to visit a dermatologist. After briefly looking at my skin, she recommended the Oil- Free Acne Wash by Neutrogena and pairing it with the Clarisonic brush. I was kind of surprised and thought how can a drugstore face wash be the answer to my problem, but sure enough she was right! Using the Oil-Free Acne Wash with my Clarisonic feels like a mini facial and gets rid of all the excess makeup left behind even after using makeup remover. The two combined are a match made in heaven! I have combination skin, and sometimes the face wash can be drying (it is oil-free after all), so I like to follow up with the Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer. They have several different ones depending on your skin type, but the one for combination skin is perfect at moisturizing my dry spots, without making my t-zone overly dewy! My husband loves the face wash as well, because it’s quick and gets the job done! They have a grapefruit scented one as well, but we prefer the original. Right now Neutrogena is having a Buy 2, Get 1 Free Summer Sale if you’re interested in trying anything! If you have any skin care routines or regimens you’re loving at the moment, please leave them in the comments below 🙂

ColourPop Lippie Stix | Review & Swatches

Say hello to my new obsession! I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about the brand ColourPop lately so I decided to give them a try and they did not disappoint. These Lippie Stix are so amazing and for such a great price of only $5! They have an incredibly large selection of colors online and it took me quite a while to choose. I bought four to start with and decided to get two matte finishes and two satin finishes. The satin finishes are just slightly more moisturizing, which is to be expected. They are both extremely long wearing and super pigmented. I love that they don’t dry out your lips like a lot of long wearing lip products tend to do. I can’t wait to order more, and try out their blushes and eyeshadows next. If you’ve tried any of their products before please leave me a comment letting me know some of your faves!

Fetch – Mid tone Pink in a satin finish, great for spring!
Cookie – Nude/Beige in a matte finish, and the easiest to apply.
Frida – Mid tone Nude/Pink in a satin finish, and my personal favorite 😉
LBB – Plum/Wine in a matte finish, created by the blogger LittleBlackBoots.

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Morphe Eye Shadows Back in Stock!

If you’ve been restlessly waiting to order a Jaclyn Hill Favorites palette from Morphe Brushes then I’ve got some good news for you! Now I know you’re probably thinking YAY her palette is back in stock, well not just yet… but they did restock their single eyeshadows which include all of the shadows in Jaclyn’s favorites palette. They have mentioned several times lately that her palette will be restocked very soon, but if you can’t wait any longer you can go ahead and order the singles. I’ve listed the product number for each shadow to make it easier. Click here for a direct link to order the single shadows.

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