Life Update: Relieving Stress

Wow, has it been a while since I’ve given a little life update! I’ve been so busy with work and providing you with new products and giveaways that I haven’t shared what has been going on with me.

I guess if I had one word to describe it, I’d say BUSY. I have been definitely feeling the effects of working long days and commuting. It’s exhausting and honestly has taken a toll on me the last few weeks. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’ve been very tired and a little extra stressed. Plus my anxiety has been more active, bringing about the worst combination ever.

Thinking about it, it’s been a hard past few weeks since January. I’ve been extremely hard on myself, and it seems like I’ve had more bad days than good. I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to the point where I’m in this non-stop competition and stress cycle. I’ve also been struggling with my social life and friendships, feeling like I am back in middle school. And to be honest, at 23, that is the last thing I need.

As you can tell, there have been a lot of different stresses floating in and out of my mind, making it hard to even concentrate at times. However, I have found even more comfort in the gym, giving me an outlet to sweat out the bad and indulge in my current Netflix obsessions. I’ve also found that my passion for blogging has increased even more with me wanting to continue to share my life and my love for travel, beauty, and fashion.

While the weeks have been tough, I am so excited for spring and upcoming trips headed my way. I’m starting to make more of an effort in my everyday life to take some ‘me’ time to reduce stress and any anxiety floating around.

I have a really exciting post coming this week that I know you all will love! In the meantime, I challenge you to think of ways you can take a little extra time during the week to reset and refocus.

Xoxo Courtney

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My Haircare Journey with Formulate

I’ve always had an up and down relationship with my hair. One day it will feel silky and soft, and the next day I’m frustrated with how dry it is. But I have finally found the solution for me and that is with Formulate.

Formulate makes top tier quality haircare products customized specifically for you. With a quick online survey, I was able to share my current hair profile and my goals to achieving my perfect hair. Those who know me know I am constantly styling my hair. I use a lot of heat and a lot of product, so at the end of the day, I want my hair to stay hydrated, healthy, shiny, and voluminized. I was able to share all of that in my online survey and pick a custom scent.

I was very excited when I received my customized shampoo and conditioner. The packaging was so sleek and came with pumps, which is a necessity to me. A pamphlet also came with the bottles and included the details to my survey, along with my hair profile, goals, scent, and ingredients. The formulas are always sulfate-free, paraben-free, sodium-free, and cruelty-free, which means no harsh chemicals. They put in natural and naturally derived materials, while still keeping the product fresh and smelling amazing!

When I first started using, I noticed my hair wasn’t getting its usual ‘clean’ like it used to. Since it is a non-stripping formula, I was relieved to learn that it takes around 5 uses for my scalp and hair to adjust because I was going from a sulfate-based product to sulfate-free. After several uses, I noticed my hair felt softer, the oil subsided, and it looked super silky.

While using my new shampoo and conditioner, I continued to use heat and additional product. My ends didn’t feel as dry, and my hair had amazing body that lasted all day without any extra teasing.

I do wish I had opted to go stronger with the fragrance, since I love the citrus smell, but that is the beauty of Formulate. If you are not satisfied with your customized shampoo or conditioner, Formulate will take your feedback and adjust it for you! They also have an app, which allows users to make these changes, as well as adjustments to scents, hair goals, and chat with the support team. They want you to achieve your best hair, and I love it for that!

Right now, I am hosting a giveaway with Formulate! One lucky winner will be selected to receive a free set of customized shampoo and conditioner! Giveaway ends February 14th! To enter, click here. You will also be able to get a peak at my hair profile, in case you feel you struggle with the same haircare needs.

Thanks to Formulate for partnering with me and allowing me to achieve my haircare goals!

-XOXO Courtney

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How I Keep My Smile Bright and White

A bright smile is a staple! Your teeth are one of the first things people see when they talk to you, so I am always conscious of keeping my smile clean and white. Unfortunately, I have super sensitive teeth, so whitening strips are not an option for me. I rely on an electric toothbrush to keep my smile up to par, and I have finally found one that does just that and more!

I teamed up with Smile Brilliant to try their cariPro Ultrasonic electric toothbrush!

I have used electric toothbrushes for as long as I can remember. The most recent one I used was old, had one speed, and utilized those small circular heads. While it brushed my teeth, I felt like it wasn’t giving me the bright smile I deserved.

Being someone who loves to indulge in hot cups of tea or an occasional latte in this freezing winter, I am in need of a good brush that will clean, polish, and whiten my teeth. My old toothbrush did none of that. No matter how much I brushed, my dentist would always comment on the stain. I was frustrated because I couldn’t enjoy a hot beverage or even wine without worrying what it is doing to my teeth. I even almost resorted to the straw method, but who wants to drink hot tea with a straw?! Not me!

Using the cariPro Ultrasonic electric toothbrush is a game changer! In the box came the base, two replaceable heads, and a charging port. There was also an in depth pamphlet, which gave a rundown of every setting and how the brush works!

I was so excited when I saw they had a sensitive setting and whitening setting. Not only does it clean, but the brush has the ability to polish the teeth, massage the gums and clean along the gumline, and brush at a softer pace. Each brushing mode is designed to operate for two minutes with brief pauses between each 30 second burst. That brief pause tells you to move to a different quadrant of the mouth. I never thought I needed a massage setting, but now I cannot stop using it. Not only does my smile look whiter and free of stain, but my teeth feel smooth and gums look extremely healthy.

And it’s AFFORDABLE! I don’t have the time or money to search through expensive toothbrushes, so this was perfect for me!

Right now, Smile Brilliant is offering my viewers a coupon code for 20% off and a giveaway! Use the code courtneykaner20 for 20% off cariPRO Ultrasonic electric toothbrushes. To enter my giveaway to win a cariPro Ultrasonic electric toothbrush, click the link here.

Since using my new Smile Brilliant toothbrush, I have not stopped indulging in my favorite hot teas or lattes. If anything, I am more inclined to drink them knowing my smile will continue to be radiant.

 

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Holiday Gift Guide for Him

It can be hard to figure out what to get those men in your life for the holidays. Whether they are casual or into the finer things, below you will find the top items of the season that I think he will love!

  1. Cathy’s Concepts Monogram Watch Box (Similar linked!)
  2. The Tie Bar 3-Pack Red Tie Gift Set (Similar linked!)
  3. Jord Meridian Watch (Click here to enter my Giveaway!! And check out my blog all about it here!)
  4. Zachary Prell Lemke Corduroy Plaid Shirt
  5. Cole Haan Original Grand Stitchlite Wingtip Oxford
  6. The North Face Bridgeton Chukka Boot
  7. Old Navy Patterned Flannel Pajama Set
  8. Patagonia Synchilla Snap-T Fleece Pullover
  9. Jack Black The Grand Tour Set
  10. Nordstrom Men’s Shop Holiday Staghead Socks (Similar linked!)
  11. Bose Soundlink Around-Ear Headphones II

Happy shopping!

-XO Courtney

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Holiday Gift Guide for Her

‘Tis the season! It is finally December, which means the holidays are practically here! I love this time of year, and one of my favorite things is putting together gift guides filled with goodies for the special people in your life! Below is a gift guide for her. Whether it’s your momma, sister, daughter, girlfriend etc there is something for everyone!

  1. Ugg Classic Short II Boot in Garnet
  2. Kendra Scott Miku Drop Earrings
  3. Nordstrom Frosted Cuff Slippers
  4. Jord Cassia Watch (Click here to enter my Giveaway!! And check out my blog all about it here!)
  5. PJ Salvage Print Flannel Pajamas
  6. Chanel No. 5 L’eau Limited Edition
  7. YSL Envelope Large Bag In Grain De Poudre Embossed Leather
  8. Treasure and Bond Cable Knit Beanie with Faux Fur Pom
  9. Free People Softly Structured Tunic
  10. Skin Gym Rose Quartz Workout Kit
  11. MAC Shiny Pretty Things Nude Mini Lipstick Kit
  12. Outdoor Voices 7/8 Springs Leggings

Happy holiday shopping!

-XO Courtney

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Prepping My Winter Style with Jord + Giveaway!


Prepping My Winter Style with Jord + Giveaway!

Let’s face it, winter is on its way and approaching fast. I’ve been saying goodbye to my lighter fall pieces and embracing the layers. For me, my everyday winter style is simple. I gravitate towards cozy, vibrant sweaters and an easy pair of jeans or leggings. With that, I also want my accessories to be simple in style and functionality. That’s why I am choosing to pair my winter wardrobe with a Jord watch.

Jord is more than just a watch, it’s a unique timepiece. Pronounced ‘Yode,’ the watches are a sophisticated mix of natural, and largely re-claimed materials, combined with quality movements and components. Each watch is crafted with the finest wood, ranging from sandalwood to bamboo and embodies a minimalistic and classic look. I’ve partnered with Jord to show you exactly how to style these sophisticated pieces for winter.

I’m a busy girl and do not have time to fidget with larger, more ornate pieces, so I gravitate towards accessories that are simple, but have unique craftsmanship. My Jord watch matches perfectly with my other favorite accessories and is easy to wear. Tucked under a chunky sweater or bundled up with my favorite winter coat, my Jord watch fits right in with my everyday winter wardrobe.

I am wearing the Cassia style in Zebra & Ivory. Made from gorgeous zebrawood, the full Roman numeral concave dial is beautifully reflected in the domed sapphire glass. The thin band fits comfortably around my wrist, and I am obsessed with the large face. Its clean, yet stands out. Not to mention my Cassia watch came in a gorgeous Cedar humidor watch box with a cleaning cloth and a 6 month supply of Jord Preserve: a custom-formulated wood treatment gel with applicator pen.

With the holidays right around the corner this is the perfect gift for a loved one or that special someone. With a variety of styles for men and women, there is a watch for everyone. There is even an option to customize! Most watch backplates can be engraved, as well as their Cedar humidor presentation boxes. The watches can be easily sized for the recipient, come with a one year warranty and free worldwide standard shipping.

Just in time for the holidays, I get to offer my followers an exclusive giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a $100 gift code toward the purchase of any watch in the collection! All other entrants will also be emailed a consolation 10% off gift code. All you have to do is click the link here and fill out the form!

How would you style your #JordWatch?

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My Fall Weekend in NYC

Fall is one of my favorite times of year and what a better way to spend it than in New York City. Below is a recap of last weekend and outfit details!

The main reason I was in NYC was for the Bite Beauty Lip Lab. My mom and I had an appointment to make our very own Bite Beauty lipstick. It was such a cool experience, and I recommend it to any makeup lover or anyone looking for a custom lip color. I of course chose a nude shade, but got to try and leave with a neon purple one!

It wouldn’t be a trip to NYC if I didn’t eat… a lot! I ate so good this trip, but nothing was better than visiting Laduree for the first time. The brunch was amazing and the macarons were so magical. I need to go back asap! I am still dreaming of the rose croissant I enjoyed.

My family and I spent our time mainly in the Soho area, which is definitely the spot to be. We used to always visit Times Square, but after a while, I just couldn’t stand the crazy crowds. The streets were mainly residential with plenty of shopping and cafes.


Now to the favorite part… my outfit!

I have such an obsession with these hats! I call them train conductor hats, but they are more formally known as baker boy hats. The one I am wearing is from Nordstrom Rack and was such a steal for only $12.95! I paired it will a plain cotton long sleeve, high-waisted Topshop boyfriend jeans, white Adidas, a tan cardigan over the shoulder, and my Rebecca Minkoff crossbody. Outfit links are below!

Hat: Nordstrom Rack (Similar)   Shirt: Nordstrom Rack (Similar)   Jeans: Topshop

Shoes: Adidas            Sweater: Nordstrom           Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

I cannot wait to plan my next weekend getaway and share it with you!

-XOXO Courtney

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My Must Have Pieces for Fall

Bring on the pumpkin spice please! Now that it is the end of September, it finally feels like fall! Fall is by far one of my favorite seasons. From cozy sweaters to chic booties, below are a few of my must haves for the season!

  1. Madewell Patch Pocket Pullover Sweater
  2. Madewell Starry Night Chenille Scarf
  3. Gorjana Laguna Adjustable Lariat Necklace
  4. Jo Malone London Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne
  5. Brixton Fiddler Cap
  6. Marc Fisher Yale Chelsea Boot
  7. Topshop Sallie Tortoiseshell Handle Tote
  8. Topshop Black Ripped Jamie Jeans

For fall, I always tend to lean towards copper and pumpkin colored sweaters. They pair well with the crisp weather and are extremely flattering on all skin tones. Another major staple in my closet for fall is black denim. I prefer if they are ripped because it adds an edgier feel, but the pair goes with nearly anything.

For accessories, I am absolutely obsessed with hats. The fiddler hat pairs perfect with every outfit for every occasion. But it wouldn’t be the season without comfy scarves and fun booties. I am in love with this star one from Madewell, which adds the perfect pop of color and pattern. I am also obsessed with these Marc Fisher booties. The pointed toe with a metal embellishment is a modern take on a classic style. This mustard color Topshop bag also caught my eye! It’s so chic, but has a unique twist with the turtle handle and side strap. Large totes are a must for the season to carry all of your necessities, and this one does the trick perfectly. Finish off any fall look with a long lariat necklace and a spritz of your favorite warm fragrance, and you are fall ready!

I hope these pieces inspire you to break out your fall wardrobe and enjoy a pumpkin spice latte!

-XOXO Courtney

 

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Quick 23rd Birthday Recap and Reflection

Last weekend, I celebrated my 23rd birthday. It was probably one of the best birthdays I have had. I want to personally thank everyone for the birthday wishes and for making the weekend so special. Below is a recap of my weekend and a reflection as I embark on this new age!

Overall, the weekend consisted of lots of yummy food (Ruka and Eataly to be exact), plenty of bubbly, some fun in the city, and bowling with amazing friends. I was able to just settle down from a crazy work week and enjoy my time with family and friends! While there are so many pictures and boomerangs I could share, I picked two that showed my fave outfits of the weekend and of course one of beautiful Boston.

Those of you who know me know that I have a special place in my heart for Boston. I lived there for 4 years and really got to enjoy everything the city has to offer. Now that I am no longer living there, it was so extremely special to visit for a night and enjoy it during such a special weekend. I thought about how hard it is to make this transition into the next chapter of my life, working and becoming an ‘actual’ adult. It has yet to hit me that I am no longer in school and now redirecting my focus to adult matters, aka bills, work, and future plans. To me, Boston symbolizes some of the best years so far. Being back there made me emotional because it reminded me that I won’t be able to relive those times and my new life as a 23 year old grad is just beginning.

Remember I told you all I hate change? While I deal with the emotions and reflecting on my past, I also think about my life now and how amazing it is going to be. Twenty-three is about to be an incredible and challenging year. I am embarking on new freedoms and things that I have never had to deal with. But it also brings immense opportunity to travel and be the adult that I am.

It’s a new chapter filled with so many new surprises, and I cannot wait to see what happens.

-XOXO Courtney

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How I Feel About This Year’s Nordstrom Sale

Every year around this time, I normally do a post on the items I purchased from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. This year, however, I will not be. Instead, I want to give you my honest opinion and feelings about the sale.

Whenever the anniversary sale rolls around in mid July, I make an effort to purchase quite a few pieces for the fall. It is probably the one sale that I take seriously as a shopper. This year’s sale, however, was not like the one’s in the past. As a shopper and loyal customer, I was a bit disappointed.

I am not a Nordstrom card holder, and will probably not be one until later on in life. In the past, I always had to shop once the sale went public, but I would never have a problem purchasing pieces I saw in advance. This year, I did not have much luck in store and online. I was able to purchase a pair of booties I saw in store, but even then, I dove right into that purchase for fear of missing out.

This year, their inventory for me was not up to par. The pieces were pretty blasé and not really anything that felt worth spending on. Not to mention their restocking of the pieces felt so all over the place. I am not sure if they purchased less inventory this year, but keeping track of restocked sizes was nearly impossible. I would see a jacket I liked, and within an instant, it would disappear. I know what you’re going to tell me, Courtney, that’s what happens with sales. Things sell out fast. But I am honestly telling you, I have never experienced this shopping the sale before in my life.

I stopped by my local store one day to see if I could get even a pair of jeans, but there was NOTHING left. I have never seen the store so empty during the public portion of the anniversary sale. It was practically bare. Last year around this time, I got a Theory leather jacket in my size and several pairs of jeans and sweaters. This year, I found none of that.

I talked to several other people that have shopped and browsed the sale, and they also agreed that the sale had nothing to offer and even that the items were poor quality. I am not sure what changes were made this year from last year’s, but it was a big disappointment as a shopper.

At this point, I gave up on the sale and am planning on looking for staple items once September hits. I love Nordstrom and will continue to shop there, but I had to give you all my honest opinion as a blogger and customer of the sale.

My hope is that next year, they will make changes and restore the Nordstrom Anniversary sale back to the way it was.

-XOXO Courtney

 

 

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