The Southern Style Diaries

The Southern Style Diaries

Where a love for beauty, style, and home collide

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Graduation invitations with Basic Invite

Graduation invitations with Basic Invite

Last week we talked about graduation gifts, now it’s time to talk graduation invitations. Some of ya’ll know I made my own wedding invites and I definitely do not regret it. They turned out exactly how I wanted! But, I think since graduation invites are […]

Graduation gifts for the girls

Graduation gifts for the girls

It’s that time of year! College graduation invites are coming in– and its match week for all my med school folks– and you’ve got to get shopping for the perfect gift for the lady in your life who is about to take her next step, […]

Beauty gimmicks that work

Beauty gimmicks that work

There are so many products that claim to change your life, its hard to figure out which ones actually will without spending all your money. Don’t worry though- I’ve spent all my money on them so you don’t have to!

Here are my top gimmicky products that I have actually bought and loved, and I think are worth purchasing. Let me know your fave product like this!

Beachwaver Pro

I’m starting with the best, because I am hopelessly addicted to my Beachwaver. I actually got hooked when my mom bought one, but figured out pretty quickly her hair was too short to use it. Since then, I’ve basically turned into an infomercial for this product. (not sponsored, unfortunately. just obsessed)

If you’ve never heard of the Beachwaver, here’s the deal: You clip your hair in it like a normal curling iron and push a button, and it winds your hair around the wand for you. Leave it for a few seconds, release the clamp, and viola! Perfect curls that last for days. Theres a button for the left side of your head and one for the right, so the only real trick here is making sure you remember to switch the button for which side you’re on.

Seriously, this curling iron is life changing. I can curl my whole head in under 10 minutes. 10 minutes for all this hair! The heat is adjustable and even though I use it on the lowest setting, my curls last all day and turn into pretty waves for the next few days until I wash it. I know this guy is expensive, but its worth every penny.

Drain wig

This is a less sexy, I know, but hear me out. I have long hair, my husband has long hair… which means our drain is pretty much always clogged. And cleaning the drain out to me is the worst thing in the world. It’s disgusting. In order to avoid that, I have tried every single hair catcher on the market, and nothing has worked for us.

Until the drain wig. This little thing is awesome. You just suction part of it on your tub and thread the little metal chain into the drain. That’s it! Every week or so (honestly I just wait until the water begins pooling) you pull the chain out and wipe the hair off of it. I don’t know exactly how it works– I think its the little things that stick off the chain– but I don’t care. Its about $12 for a two pack so RUN to that Amazon link above.

Clarisonic

I recently had to buy a new Clarisonic brush because the one I had for the past 5 years or so finally bit the dust. But, when I realized my old one was ready for the trash can, I knew I had to get another! There really is no way to get your face as clean as you can with these brushes. I use it probably 3-5 times a week, because honestly I am just too lazy to use it twice a day… oh, the struggle.

I know there are other electric face cleansing brushes on the market, but I’ve only tried and and can vouch for the Clarisonic brand.

For reference, I had the Mia 2 or 3 brush before and this time I got the Mia Prima. The “deep pore” brush head is my favorite, and I am dying to try the sonic exfoliator attachment.

Benefit They’re Real Lipstick

This lipstick is one of those two-in-one things, where there is a liner portion attached to the main lipstick bullet. The liner area of the They’re Real lipstick is super small, so I find it pretty effective and I don’t think I’ll finish the tube with no lipstick and all liner. You have to learn how to position the product when you’re applying it, but once you do it is gold.

I love love love the color Bare Affair and every time I put it on, I wonder why I don’t wear it everyday. Isn’t that the best feeling?

Wet Brush

If you haven’t heard me talk about my Wet Brush, you don’t know me. I’ve gotten everyone in my life hooked on it! If you have long hair like me or hair that instantly tangles the second you get it wet, this product is for you. When you get out of the shower, or the pool, or wherever you are and your hair is wet, a normal brush can pull at your hair and cause breakage. But this brush is specifically designed for wet hair and doesn’t pull or break at all. Even for the most tender-headed people I know, they can use the Wet Brush totally pain-free! If you buy anything on this list, make it the Wet Brush.

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own.

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What is a Southern woman?

What is a Southern woman?

Being southern is something I have always associated with my identity, and not just where I live geographically. And, that can surprise people. I think it was something engrained in me when I was younger, especially by my mom and my grandmother. There was no […]

My online orders

My online orders

I have an online shopping problem, but I also have a returning problem. I am so picky about my clothes and how they fit me, and one of my favorite things about online shopping is that I can try everything on at home and take […]

Honeymoon: Is Sandals worth it? Full review

Honeymoon: Is Sandals worth it? Full review

When we booked our honeymoon at Sandals, I had no idea what to expect. I had seen the commercials like everyone else, but I was pretty up in the air on what it was really like. And, the online reviews are only so much help.

After we booked and I would talk about the trip with various people, everyone who had visited a Sandals resort raved about it. They would tell me the most amazing, complimentary things to the point where it sounded like an advertisement. But, that made me feel more at ease.

We visited the Sandals Montego Bay resort in Jamaica in December. There are several Sandals in Jamaica, so you definitely need to do your research about which you want to stay at or what part of the island you wanted to be on. That being said, keep in mind this review is based off of that resort! 

Sandals Jamaica, review and was it worth the money

The arrival

Once we landed and made it through customs, we were pointed to the Sandals lounge where they had a drink machine, coffee, snacks, etc. Someone there took our bags and tagged them, so we didn’t have to lug them through the lounge. Within a minute of sitting down and sending Mit to get me a drink, our driver was coming to get me. I mean, we were in the lounge a total of 4 minutes, maybe. Keep in mind we had a private transport as part of our package.

The porter carried our bags to a luxury, clean BMW and the driver took us on the less than 10 minute drive to the resort. He was super friendly and knowledgable, and it was the perfect first impression. Once we got on resort property, it took about 15 minutes to get checked in and in our rooms and then a few more minutes for our bags to arrive. Within half an hour of arriving, I was in my bathing suit and on the beach! 

Sandals Jamaica, review and was it worth the money

The rooms

We had a beachfront walk out room with the tranquility soaking tub. We loved our room’s location— literally you could step on the sand off the porch area. The porch area could also be closed off with a curtain if you wanted privacy, especially because the tub was on the porch (which def seemed odd at first but was exactly super relaxing). It was also great to be able to walk into your room from the beach and not have to walk around all the buildings to get to your “front door.” 

The actual room wasn’t 5-star hotel ish, but it was still nice. The beds weren’t the most comfortable to me, but I was so exhausted at night it didn’t matter. There was also a safe, which we kept rings/phones/ passports while we were in the ocean. I would definitely recommend using it if you have a walkout room because (while I don’t think it would happen) it would be easy for someone to walk in and grab your diamond ring or anything valuable.

If you’re a privacy freak, one of those rooms probably isn’t for you.

The food/drinks

I heard the most mixed reviews on the food, but we had a great experience at all the restaurants we visited (except the Stewfish place, but that was just not an appealing menu in my opinion). While you needed reservations at a few places, you could call that morning to get in for dinner so I didn’t feel super inconvenienced. Also if you have a butler, they will handle that. 

I really liked that the servers didn’t judge you or look at you weird if you ordered two plates or four desserts or whatever. They literally encouraged you to order as much as you wanted! Me and my husband love food, so we definitely liked that.

Of course, the drinks were awesome. I didn’t have one bad drink and neither did my husband. Everything was awesome and they have actual known brands— not some $5 thing they picked up at a corner market. They will also bring full bottles to your room if you ask! 

In full disclosure, I drank liquor and he drank liquor/beer. Neither of us tried the wines.

The butler

In full disclosure, we loved having the butler. If you have extra cash to spend, go for it. But, I’m not positive it’s worth splurging on if you are trying to be as economical as possible. 

The best thing about the butler was by far having them reserve our chairs on the beach (they’ll also do this for the pool too, but we never even got in the pools!). Each night we told them what area we wanted to be in the next day, and they reserved us a great set of chairs with an umbrella. If you don’t get up early and go save your chairs by putting a towel or something else on them, it could be easy to not have a spot. That being said though, it’s not a huge deal to run out there early and throw a beach bag on the chairs you want to save.

Also, the butlers will make your dinner reservations/excursion plans. We had them make our reservations because, why not… but we definitely could have handled that ourselves.

The bottom line is service is so amazing at the resort, you don’t really need the butler to have an amazing experience! We never waited long for drinks or food when we were without our butler.

The excursions

We did one excursion at Montego Bay- the snorkeling trip that also stops by the Jamaican Margaritaville. It was a BLAST. If you like the whole “booze cruise” crazy vibe with music and dancing, its totally for you. Even if you don’t though, it’s still a blast. We did the snorkeling and the famous water slide at Margaritaville, and then relaxed on the boat ride back without getting into the dance party that was happening on the lower deck. 

That trip was $90 a person, and I think it was worth it, primarily for the snorkeling experience.

The final opinion

We’ve already booked our next Sandals trip for this summer! I had the most amazing time, and was both relaxed and energized with all the stuff we did. I don’t think you can beat the Sandals Montego Bay resort, and we’re excited to explore more Sandals locations. Don’t hesitate to join the rewards club while you’re there— its free and you get points for all your Sandals vacations. Just our honeymoon stay got us over $100 off our next trip in points.

Sandals Jamaica, review and was it worth the money

I hope this review was helpful, and let me know if you visit Sandals Montego Bay! 

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own.

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Recent makeup purchases I’m loving

Recent makeup purchases I’m loving

REVLON ROSE GLOW PRIMER This primer ya’ll. I am not one who likes to put oil in her foundation or anything like that, so the idea of this product kind of scared me. But, I fell in love the first time I used it! The […]

What i want to do in 2019

What i want to do in 2019

The holidays are over and it’s a new year! I’m back at it here on SSD after a little holiday time off. We took our honeymoon to Montego Bay (pics coming soon, I swear) and then spent some quality time at home with friends and […]

Holiday party outfits

Holiday party outfits

It’s Christmas week and it’s time for holiday parties galore! Looking for some last minute outfit ideas? I’ve got you covered. The more sequins and the more red, the better!

If you’re not into the sparkle, opt for cute details like bows or ruching- it’ll jazz up your outfit and make you feel party ready. Some of my favorite places to shop for holiday outfits, or party outfits in general, are ASOS, Francesca’s, Free People, Revolve, and Red Dress. Most of the outfits linked below are from those stores too.

I added this glitzy gold heel as an idea, but any neutral or sparkly pump would work with these outfits!

Happy holidays and enjoy your parties! 

1- Sequin Pencil Skirt

2- Free People Red Two Piece Outfit

3- Gold Sequin Mini Dress

4- Striped Sequin Dress

5- Perfect Glitzy Heels

6- Sequin Silver Top

7- Red Dress With BowFollow

Gift ideas for the man in your life

Gift ideas for the man in your life

Can ya’ll believe we’re just 12 days away from the most wonderful day of the year?! If you’re like me and you haven’t totally finished your shopping list yet, it’s okay. I don’t panic until we start getting in the single digits. I’ve had so […]