Monday, October 16, 2017

Fall 2017 Trends I Love & an Instagram Roundup

Heyyy all! I hope everyone's Fall season has been treating them well; & that it has been filled with lots of PSL's, bonfires, apple-everything, sunny days, & crisp nights! Like I said in my last post a few months back - I have been kind of off the grid a bit; blogging is still so much fun for me but I want to keep it fairly low-key & as a relaxing/enjoyable hobby/positive outlet!

I decided to round up a few looks from my Instagram today - because although I haven't been as on the ball with blog posts I still try to keep up with fairly frequent OOTDs & daily updates on IG! I thought it would be fun to share with you guys some recent IG posts so that you can all easily shop my most recent outfits without signing up for!

Fall Workout Wear // Athletic Zip-Up Jacket: Romwe | Leggings: lululemon | Kicks: Adidas

This jacket is super light & perfect for an outdoor run! It actually blocks the wind well. I love that it comes in a few different colors!

Mad about Suede // Lace-Up Suede Dress: Sara-Boo | OTK Boots: Steve Madden

September Wedding Wear // Romper: Forever 21; Similar Linked | Embroidered Pumps: Lulu*s | Phone Case: Ideal of Sweden | Lip Color: NARS "Toy"

Favorite Jacket & Boyfriend Jeans // Suede Moto Jacket: Blank NYC Jeans | Boyfriend Jeans: Brandy Melville; Similar Linked | Slip on Booties: Dolce Vita; Similar Linked

This jacket sells out super quick every time it is back in stock! You can find it in a few other colors {here}.

Cozy Knits // Off the Shoulder Sweater: American Eagle | OTK Boots: Similar Linked | Jeans: Similar Linked | Phone Case: Ideal of Sweden

So there we have it! A few looks I rounded up from the last few weeks on my IG! (@emilybfahlsing) I will continue to link & post fairly consistent OOTDs here if you guys want more day-to-day updates!

Instagram is my go to for new & updated trend reports. My fellow bloggers are my main inspiration for updated fashion ideas & looks, & I have been getting all the inspo this season! Let me break down my 5 favorite (well, some of my absolute favorite) Fall trends this season for you all.

{Refer to the Links & Image for Original Image Source}

via June Sixty-Five

1. Chunky Knits with Delicates

via Neiman Marcus

2. Mid-Length Sweater Dresses with OTK Boots

via Gal Meets Glam

3. Corduroy Skirts

via Olivia Rink

4. Blanket Scarves with Everything (but mostly messy Up-Dos)

I feel like I tend to like the same or very similar trends every season, but with a different twist to some extent! I did a poll today on IG - Do you guys want me to share some Fall makeup favorites with links either on the blog or in an IG post? YES/NO? Answer with the Poll on my story. & now, it is off to Yoga for me! & then I am thinking Tacos for dinner...Could anyone else have Tacos literally every night of the week?

Lots of love! Xx, E.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Summer Break + #LaurenRalphLauren

Hi Guys! Hope everyone is having an amazing Summer. It has been one whirlwind of a last few months! Lots of R&R, lake time, work (gotta keep up with that nurse life!), yoga, BBQ's, etc. I hope everyone is enjoying it as much as I have been! I can't believe it is already August tomorrow.

When I started F4F- everyone would ask me: "Why did you start your blog?" & my answer was fairly simple. I wanted a hobby that I enjoyed that made me happy & consumed my time when I was off of work at the hospital. Also, as an outlet to write - collaborate with other companies/bloggers/like-minds, dive into my interests (recipes, fashion, family, travel, etc) - & to share all of these life topics & interests with all of you! When I feel like I am getting off track from this - I know I need a break. F4F has never been something that I wanted to make a chore, or something that I feel as though I have to do, but more something I look forward to doing. Hence; the break I just took - which allows me to step back, relax, stop comparisons, check in with myself, & realize what this blog & blogging means to me. Social media can cause such an uproar, there are so many amazing accounts to follow (other bloggers, photographers, beautiful people/families/accounts in general), - that I know we often find ourselves comparing like CRAZY amongst everyone else on the internet. But thats just it. Social media is social media. You need to check in with yourself & realize that you create & make your own happiness. If you are losing your happiness amongst the noise of comparison & other's perceptions of you & your life - take a step back. & that is just what I did!

Anyways, I am still in the midst of a blog revamp - (my photo host went completely haywire & I had to kind of pick up the pieces) - but we are pretty much back in action! It was actually kind of fun to look back on all of my posts from the last year - it was kind of like a year in review! I am hoping to dive into some fun stuff here soon, I have an "ice rolling" post coming up that I am super excited to share with you guys - & then I am hoping to do some more lifestyle posts for ya'll. Is there anything specific you guys want more of? With my reset- I am super focused on staying real with you guys - & I wanna share content that you guys can relate to & be excited about, too! Let me know if you guys want anything highlighted - (decor, makeup, hair, fitness, fashion, everyday life, etc)?

I am actually really excited about sharing these 2 pieces with you guys - because I think the Lauren Ralph Lauren line is super modern, timeless, & versatile - & I have been able to live in these Espadrilles ever since I received them. They are SO comfortable. Not to mention the blush color goes with pretty much everything in my closet! This striped off the shoulder dress is also so classically chic - I can basically wear it anywhere because it has the ability to be dressed up or down for day or night. I would suggest ordering down a size - it has a shift fit & works for a load of body types (which is so nice) - but can hang loose. I am wearing a size Small!

Off the Shoulder Stripe Dress: (ON SALE)! {HERE} // Blush Pink Flat Espadrilles: {HERE}

Photography: Kellie Rae Photography; website {here}; IG:

Happy to be back BBs. Thanks for reading. Xx

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Healthy Hair Secrets with Pantene

I have had multiple requests for more hair/beauty routine posts; so I was super excited to share this one with you all!

Shiny, Healthy, Long & Strong, Voluminous, Glowing Hair.

Ladies; this is all kind of the dream right? I get a lot of questions as to how I keep my hair long & healthy- & I can definitely say it doesn't come without good product use & daily care/maintenance! Not to say I don't have my dull days & bad hair days, because these are absolutely inevitable. But most of the time- I feel as though my hair is fairly manageable (sometimes I swear I can't stop my hair from growing ((my roots definitely don't thank me for this)), & no I don't have extensions or use crazy hair vitamins)!; & I have my few healthy hair tips; & now Pantene to thank for that!

I have been coloring my hair since I was about 15 years old. I have never switched up my actual hair color, but when I was younger; I went through a phase where I would full blown bleach my hair because I was in such denial that my hair was dulling to a dirty dish-wash blonde/brown combo from my once upon a time bright blonde thick locks.

Bleaching definitely didn't do my hair any favors, so once I hit college & I got a little smarter when it came to hair care I realized I had to do some major damage control. I started only partially coloring my hair; & when I did color it I would only get a highlight/toning combo vs. using super harsh bleach all over. I also started caring about what shampoo & conditioner combo I was using. I tried a few different combinations; but I noticed about every 3-6 months I would need to change what product I was using because it just didn't seem to be doing the trick anymore. I have been going through this pattern for about 6 years now; finagling through the product lines- going with the expensive to not so expensive. & Voila! Insert Pantene Pro-V's new Radiant Color Shine Shampoo and it's matching Conditioner here.

For the past 2 months I have been using Pantene's new Radiant Color Shine line as my primary shampoo & conditioning combo & I am absolutely loving it. Coming from someone who usually only washes their hair 1-2x a week (I literally could not live without dry shampoo); I now feel much more confident in the ability to wash my hair a few times over & keep it healthy all at the same time. I stopped washing my hair regularly about 2 years ago because I saw how damaging it was - washing my hair on the regular actually made my hair weighed down & more greasy (+ majorly dulled my color), & I HATED that! Due to Pantene's new shampoo (which actually incorporates nourishing lipids & antioxidants that penetrate into the actual hair strands), I can now wash my hair confidently without worrying about my color stripping, losing my hair's natural moisture, or greasy buildup.

When I was little- I literally would get so worked up over the Pantene commercials. I remember asking my Mom- "Why can't I have hair like those women?" My Mom would always say stuff like; "Honey, this is just a commercial- & it involves a lot of styling & hairspray" LOL. Even though these statements are very true (yes Mom, I am admitting you are usually right on point ;)), I continue to have full confidence in Pantene & their product lines just as I did when I was a little girl. Their new shampoo is super creamy & luxurious in texture, leaves my hair detangled (even before applying conditioner), & keeps that shine locked in that we all strive for! Not to mention post hair washing even my house smells amazing. It's that good.

5 Healthy Hair Secrets I Follow:

1. For the past 2 years, I didn’t have a lot of confidence in my shampoo and conditioner, & I wasn't washing daily because I thought it was drying out my strands, so dry shampoo quickly became my best friend. Since coming across Pantene's new shampoo two months ago, I can now wash my hair more regularly without drying out my hair. Phew! (Thanks again, Pantene)!

2. Use soft tie ponytails! Elastics are so harsh on your hair & tug/pull on your hair strands. When I want my hair out of my face; I always use one of those big 4 prong hair clips. This also doesn't leave me with a hair crease!

3. Avoid too much heat. If you can, try to limit the amount of times you blow-dry your hair in a week. If my day allows, I will let my hair air dry & then style it (especially if I am going to be curling it). I know somedays this just won't fly with your routine, but if you can spare your hair some hot tools- you are doing right by it! I usually try to make my curls last a few days & then I just do touch ups if I decide to all over curl my hair.

4. Use the right hair brush. If you brush your hair whilst wet- use a wet brush. This changed my life when it came to hair brushing! So much less tugging when it came to brushing my hair when wet. Game changer.

5. Request deep conditioning treatments at the salon (if you are getting your hair colored) & minimize the amount of time & switch up between colors. Don't try to switch up your color or your coloring routine every few months! Your hair is going to get dry, break, & be brittle. This is just a fact! If you are deciding to color your hair regularly, ask for a deep conditioning treatment or buy one to trial once a week or every 2 weeks at home post color.

Outfit Details:

Off the Shoulder Salmon Top: TJ Maxx; Similar (I'm ordering this one next, I am seriously obsessed with it)! {here}|| Splat Crop Jeans: Old; Similar {here}|| Chunky Heels: Indigo Rd. {here}

*THANK YOU to Pantene for Sponsoring this Post!*

& Thank you to all of you BB's for reading! As always.