Bathing Suit Season

I know it’s snowing throughout the country, but it’s almost bathing suit time in Arizona!  I’m usually not a big fan of the sun, hello white skin and being a redhead, but I can certainly appreciate the fashion side of it!  I have been shopping around so many different places to find some great affordable suits!  Here are some of my favorites!

I still think my number one place to shop for bathing suits is Target.  When they had their buy one, get one half off – it’s such a good deal!  They put out a new cut this year that worked wonders for my shape too. It’s the high waist, high leg bathing suit bottoms.  I may be smaller, but I am definitely curvy, and have some junk in the trunk, so these bottoms definitely helped make everything look better!  Of course I bought the one that was leopard print – definitely going to be wearing this one on repeat all summer long!  I was also featured on the LikeToKnow.it email for leopard suits – such an exciting thing to be a part of! Did you see me?  If not, here is the photo! You can also shop my suit by clicking here!

I also bought a white and red striped bikini from Target.  So out of the norm for me, but it’s the same cut and I’m digging it.  I am usually not a fan of the tube top bathing suit tops because I think it flattens your chest, especially if you have not a lot of boob to start with, but I’m gonna rock it anyways!  I love the cute ruffles on top too.  It’s perfect for when I want to be patriotic at all the pool parties this summer too. 

 

Amazon has been stepping up their fashion game these days and that includes their suits!  I was skeptical at first but then I saw so many people wearing them, I had to give it a try.  I bought this green high waist bikini that is super cute!  I don’t have a green suit, so I figured it was time to add it to my collection.  It was under $25 and such great material.  I love the high waist bottoms – can you tell?!  Ha!  The top is pretty great too for us people with smaller boobs 😉  

 

Now this is splurge suit, but if you are surfing or doing anything active in your swimsuit gear, you should check out Albion!  They have so many different prints you can mix and match and they all have built in support for you to be able to run around and be active without the fear of something slipping out.  I went for the same sort of style, but they have so many cute ones!  

 Check my Instagram for a discount code!

I’m loving the one piece trend that has come back around too!  Sadly I feel like I can’t pull it off as well, but I found one that was pretty cheap from SHEIN that I sport from time to time because I love the saying – “Always on Vacay”.  

Do you have a favorite swimsuit trend this season? Where do you shop for suits?

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Snakeskin Trend

Apparently the new trend coming in is snakeskin.  What do you think?  If you follow me in on Instagram, you know I’m a huge fan of leopard.  But I can definitely get on board with another animal print.  Over the years I have had different snakeskin pieces – I guess even when it wasn’t so trendy.  Got to do your own thing sometimes!  Anyways, So many stores have a huge selection of snakeskin items and I’m obsessed.  From bathing suits to shirts to dresses – everything in snakeskin.  

This is one of my new favorite snakeskin print dress from SHEIN. It’s only $11! It’s definitely going to be a staple in my closet that I wear all spring and summer. I can even throw on a cardigan or jacket and make it work appropriate. Double win!

Here is another snakeskin print dress you can see me rocking on repeat this summer. Love the cutout in the front and maxi dresses are always great for the windy days! It’s a little pricey, but worth the splurge! Use code “LITTLEREDFASHIONHOOD15” for a discount!

I actually bought a snakeskin purse from H&M a while ago, but it’s back in stock now and currently on trend.  I think I’m going to buy a couple more pieces as well.  I do have a snakeskin shirt in my closet already – I need to bust it out!  I think this print is a nice alternative to leopard without being too over the top.  Let me know – are you going to rock it too?

The Scene

Friday night I had the pleasure of attending a new exhibit that opened up in Tempe, AZ.  It’s called The Scene.  I had a heard a little bit about it, but I wasn’t too sure of what to expect. I planned on doing some research into it that day, but the day got away from me and I didn’t have time to do so.  Nonetheless, I’m glad I didn’t and just went – it was a blast!  I took my husband, Travis along with me.  He wasn’t too gung-ho at first, but I bribed him with dinner and drinks and he was in!

We arrived at the front desk and checked in.  They gave us light up rings to take with us as part of the experience.  From there we met our tour guide who read us the rules and proceeded to go in.  We stepped into the first room and it was AWESOME!  It was filled with lights and almost felt like a disco.  I had some cool water light statues in the middle too.  Right away Travis went into photography mode and started taking all my photos.  The tour guide did say photos were HIGHLY encouraged!

From there we proceeded to enter 11 different themed rooms.  They were all so great, it is hard to pick a favorite! We went into one room that had a dance floor with changing color tiles and you put on headphones and have your own little dance party.  You were able to choose the music and everything.  

Another room was filled with rubber ducks and even had a bath tub you could climb into.  Of course, I took advantage of it for the gram!  Another cool room was filled with fake flowers and a peace sign.  It had a swing you could swing on!  It was so cute.  I want one in my backyard now.  

I think my favorite room though was the one you had to guess what was behind the doors.  There were three doors marked with a question mark and behind each door was something different.  If you are going to end up going to the exhibit, don’t look at my pictures!  I don’t want to ruin the surprise!

Overall, I wasn’t so sure of what to expect, but I really enjoyed it!  My husband seemed to as well and I even managed to get him in a picture!  The Scene was put together by some local guys and it doesn’t sound like they know how long it is going to be there, so I would definitely try and check it out soon!   It was a fun experience, and even if you don’t go for the photos like me, it was something so original that you can appreciate it for that! 

My Online Dating Experience

I’m usually not one to get all lovey dovey, but I guess with Valentine’s Day and it being the first one for us as a married couple, the love bug struck!  I wanted to share how my husband and I met, and how I knew he was the one!

All through high school and college, I casually dated.  I had one serious relationship in college that didn’t end too well… I broke up with him right before our trip to Hawaii (crazy, I know!) But I had just turned 21 and may have hit the party scene a little too hard, so I wanted to be free.  I still in a round about way see him and I am so happy things ended up how they did.  I firmly believe everything happens for a reason.

So I stayed single for a while throughout college, I dated here and there but nothing very serious.  I think at 25 my mind kind of shifted where I realized I was ready to find someone and be in a committed relationship.  Some of my friends were starting to be and get married, so it felt like it was the right timing.  Another thing about dating – I think it’s all about timing.  You have to be okay with yourself and in the right mindset to find someone and have a lasting relationship. Trust me, I’m not expert, but that’s what seemed to be the case for me.

I’ve had a few friends try online dating. I feel so old when I say this, but online dating was just becoming a thing the last year or so, but I wasn’t all about it.  I didn’t like the idea too much, I was meeting people by going out to bars and clubs, but always ended up being the wrong type of people.  I was seeing this guy for a little bit, but it was long distance and wasn’t going to work so when we broke things off, my friend Sarah told me I needed to give Match.com a shot.  Over some wine, we created my profile.

Honestly to this day I don’t remember much of what we wrote or what pictures I put on there, but it seemed to have worked ha!  I started talking to a few guys right off the bat. I remember going through and “liking” or “winking” at profiles trying to find a good match.  Definitely had to weave through the pack a little bit.  I started talking to this one guy who almost instantly asked me out.  I said yes – why not at this point and we went to dinner and drinks.  If I recall I think he came and picked me up in an Uber, why I gave him my address without knowing him at all, yeah…dumb move.  Either way, he came and picked me up and we went downtown for dinner.  I remember meeting him and thinking he didn’t look exactly like his picture, but here goes nothing…

All through dinner he talked about his ex-girlfriend.  I learned he was with her for 7 years and recently broke up a few months ago.  She was exotic looking, tall and had dreadlocks.  The complete opposite of me!  We finished up dinner and then went to another bar to get a drink.  Not sure why I stayed, but I did.  Things just got bad to worse from that point.  I ended up leaving later that night and got my own Uber home.  The next day I woke up to text messages from him.  I didn’t want to be rude so I responded. Then they kept coming ALL DAY LONG.  Listen, I don’t want to be ghosted by anyone, but being a clinger may be even worse.  At the end of the day it was just all too much.  I politely told him I wasn’t interested in seeing him again and that was that.

Travis (my now husband) and I started messaging on Match.com shortly after my horrendous first Match.com date.  I believe he messaged me first.  I actually have all the emails saved, I could go back and check ha!  We had a bunch in common – both from the Scottsdale, AZ area, went to ASU and he was only about two years older than me.  For almost a month we emailed back and forth.  Long winded emails, but it was a nice chance to get to know one another before actually meeting up face to face.  At one point though I was like alright enough is enough… when is he going to ask me out?!  We ended up talking on the phone one night and had some good conversation.  And then he finally asked me out.  We ended up going to dinner at this trendy spot in Phoenix.  I was so nervous.  It’s so awkward when you meet someone for the first time – I was panicked I wouldn’t know what he looked like or wouldn’t know how to be.  I was on the phone with my friend Sarah while standing in the parking lot waiting for Travis to show up.  He literally walked by me as I was talking on the phone freaking out about this date.  I felt so awkward, I ducked behind a car even though he had most certainly seen me.  I hung up with Sarah and proceeded to enter the restaurant.

It was a busy place!  Travis was in the front and when I walked in and we saw each other, he gave me a handshake.  I still to this day tease him about it.  Who does that?!  It’s not a business lunch, it’s a date!  I was so embarrassed, but I guess it worked out 😉 We then got seated and dinner.  I don’t remember too much of what we spoke about, but it went well and then he asked me if I wanted to go see some live music.  He was paying attention – I spoke about how I love live music!  We went to this little dive bar that had live jazz music around the corner.  I’m not a huge jazz person, but it was so fun!  I always try to follow Patti Stanger’s advice (Who Wants to Date a Millionaire) and have only two drinks on a date.  I think I may have had three, but it was within a few hours.

We talked some more, watched the band and had a good time.  Kind of from there the rest is history!  We started seeing each other a couple times a week, nothing too serious.  But before I knew it I was falling for this guy.  He was so nice and caring and we had so much fun together.  About a month into seeing each other, Travis won a work trip to San Antonio, TX.  I had never been on a vacation with someone I was dating before and it was going to be after only dating a couple of months, but I said yes and I am glad I did!

Travis and I both agree that on that trip is when we realized we had fallen for one another.  Probably me more than him!  I was surprised he didn’t run for the hills… On the way there our flight got derailed and we had to land about an hour away, wait for the storm to pass and then go to San Antonio.  I hate flying let me tell you, especially the take off and landing.  And we had to do it two more times along with being in bad weather.  I tried to maintain composer, but it was hard.  Travis held my hand through it and we made it safely to San Antonio.

The trip was so fun!  We did different excursions his work set up for us.  From wine tasting to a motivational speaker it was a good time.  We ended up staying an extra two nights in San Antonio and went to this cute little boutique hotel downtown.  We went to a fancy dinner and Travis ended up buying last minute tickets to see the Doubie Brothers.  It was an amazing time.  Unfortunately the last day of the trip, I started to feel sick.  When I am sick, I’m not the nicest person and easiest to deal with.  Certainly not a good look when you just start dating someone.  Travis again, was so sweet and dealt with my sickness and all.  It was from that point on that I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him.

Sorry so cheesy and long winded, but I am a big advocate for online dating.  I think it works wonders!  Even though Travis and I grew up in neighboring towns and went to the same college, who knows if we would have met otherwise?  Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

10 Things About Me!

Hello to anyone new around here that doesn’t know me quite well, I thought I would take some time and share some information about me.  Here’s 10 facts about me…

1. I grew up in New Jersey and lived there for ten years before relocating to Arizona.  I was twelve when I moved out here and in 7th grade, not the easiest time to be changing schools let alone relocating across the country!  I had a hard time adjusting at first, but slowly learned my way.  Let’s just say middle school was not the greatest time of my life!
2. I am a natural redhead and the only redhead in my family.  My Grandma became one when I was born and has been trying to dye her hair the same color as mine ever since!
3. I have two older half sisters who have seven kids between the two and a younger brother.  My sisters live in Utah, but my brother lives in Scottsdale.
4. I am fully Jewish, but my dad was married before my mom and had my two sisters who grew up Mormon – it’s a very strange family dynamic, but it works!  My parents stay in Utah every summer and we go up and visit everyone – it’s a fun time!
5. I met my husband and love of my life on a dating site – a little one called match.com.  Another crazy fact, we both went to ASU and grew up in neighboring towns and rival high schools – never would have known.  We just got married in November 2018 and we are looking forward to having some time together as newlyweds.
6. I’ve always been a writer and used to be a published one a long time ago – I enjoy it and putting my own voice on things.  Hope you do too!
7. I tried to break into acting and voice over work as well.  I technically still have an agent, but haven’t a great deal of work in a long time!  I was told to apply for Disney so I made a demo and sent it out, but then told I needed to move to California – I couldn’t make the move so Arizona is where I stay.  Who knows maybe down the road!  Oh!  Andfor all of you who don’t know what my voice sounds like – I’ve been told a number of things through the years – Betty Boop, a little girl, a cartoon… I did have one paid voiceover gig for a Mexican food commercial for AJ’s.  I played a little girl in it.  It was so fun!  Now it’s lost somewhere on radio…
8. I wish I could do blogging and writing full time, but as of now I do have a full time job.  I currently work as a Recruiter for a network of Charter Schools. I help recruit teachers for their schools across the country.  It’s a pretty fun job! 

9. I am the biggest shoe lover!  I own over a hundred pair of shoes.  My husband loves me so much though, when we first bought our house, he built me my very own shoe rack in my closet.  It’s the best thing ever!!

10. As you can probably tell I love fashion and shopping!  It’ssomething my mom and I have always loved to do over the years.  She is probably where my love for it came from and how I became so stylish (if I do say so myself!).  My mother goes above and beyond and even wears matching PJs to bed every night. 

If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up!  I would love to get to know you as well.  You can check out more of my fashion and lifestyle adventures on my Instagram.  I started that about a year ago, never imagining it would be what it is today.  Okay enough about me!

All About the Deals

In case you all didn’t know, I’m all about finding a good deal!  I’ve been super impressed lately with Walmart and Payless.  Sorry I do not mean to sound snotty, but those places haven’t really been places I would shop in the past, at least for shoes or clothes.  I am changing my tune though!  I think with Target stepping up their clothing game over the last few years, I think they have started to do the same.  And you cannot beat the prices at Walmart and Payless!

I went to Walmart the other day and ended up buying a cardigan for work, a plaid shirt and a teddy coat.  All of which were under $50 – total!  My plaid shirt was only $10 too and I love it.  I’ve been searching high and low for a teddy coat and finally stumbled upon this one and it’s so soft and comfortable.  I want to wear it every day.  I’ve even received compliments on it when I wear it and other people are shocked when I say it’s from Walmart too!  See… I’m not the only one!

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The commercials for Payless are what got me actually onto their website.  I don’t even know where a Payless store is anymore, but the shoes on the commercial looked pretty fab, so I wanted to check them out!  I have been looking around for a white boot, but I feel I won’t wear it too much so I didn’t want to spend too much on one. I found one on Payless for $16 – added it to my cart.  I think found a red pair of booties. Sort of the same thing – fun to have, but I know I won’t wear them all too much.  But for $16, I will give it a try!  Added to my cart.  I then found some sparkle booties that were too fun to pass up for the holidays.  They were also only $16!  I was then searching around and found a 20% off coupon to use – can you say deal of the century?!  I ordered all three boots.  I was a little skeptical of how they would look in person, but they were all returnable so I took a risk.

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My boots came in about a week and I was very excited!  I opened up the big box and started trying them on.  I absolutely loved the red and sparkle booties!  They are so fun and festive.  Also fit really well.  I have yet to wear them, but them seem pretty comfortable even with a heel.  Sadly, I will be returning the white bootie.  It didn’t fit very well and was very uncomfortable.  But hey, for the price it was worth a shot!

All in all, I love exploring new places to shop especially when you can find a good deal!  There are some things that are worth spending more money on, but it nice to mix and match things in your closet.  I also can’t afford to buy designer everything – I think my husband would kill me!  Anyone else try some shopping at Walmart or Payless?  Or would you?!

At Home Teeth Whitening: Does it Work?

Every time I go to the dentist, they ask me what I could change about my teeth. And every time I say, I want whiter teeth. They explain different procedures they can do, but all of which cost way too much! I’ve also done the Whitestrips and light whiteners before. I never see that much of a difference when I do those though. Now I want to tell you about this new product I tested and LOVE! Smile Brilliant.

 

After using it one time, I saw an improvement – it was crazy! I think part of the reason it works so well is because they make a mold to fit your mouth. So to start, you receive a kit in the mail and you have to make a mold of your teeth. Sounds weird, but it was very easy with their step by step instructions. Kinda cool too! Then you mail back the molds and wait. It only took about a week or so to receive it back. Then the fun can begin! I recommend doing it at night, like the box says because you need time and cannot eat or drink for 30minutes. The step by step instructions and guides are very helpful! It comes with these whitening gel that you squirt out into your custom tray and then place on your teeth. Probably doesn’t sound too easy, but it is!

Then you go about your business! The first time I did it, I left it on for about 45 minutes. It says you can go up to three hours, but to gradually increase over time. I have SUPER sensitive teeth so I was afraid to do anything longer. To be honest, it hurt a little bit because of my sensitivity, but when I do the Whitestrips it does as well. Pain is beauty right?!

 

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Afterwards you brush your teeth and rinse out the trays. Then you move to the desensitizing part. There is another tube of gel that you put in the molds and then on your teeth. You can leave it on anyways from 15 – 20 minutes. I ended up doing 20 minutes the first time, because I think my teeth need all the help they can get! It definitely seemed to help afterwards. Then you take out the molds, spit out the liquid in your mouth and you are good to go. I went to sleep afterwards and woke up with whiter teeth! Only after one session, it was amazing! My teeth are a little sensitive today, but not too much. I would definitely recommend this kit to anyone looking to get whiter teeth. I can’t wait to continue my whitening and see where I end up. I’m a huge lipstick girl and love the color red! So I am super excited to have whiter teeth to go along with it!

You must give this a try!  And you can even win your very own… enter below!

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

15% off store wide code: littleredfashionhood15

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