Knee Deep In YSL Beauty And I Love It

“Without elegance of the heart, there is no elegance.” ~YSL

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YSL as a whole has always been a brand I love and admire. I knew from friends how high quality everything was, but never really experienced YSL myself till my mom gifted me one of their perfumes as an ode to YSL when he passed. I will never get rid of the bottle, it is a treasure. Since then I have loved YSL from a far dreaming of having another YSL moment !

 

This dream came true a month ago. When I got invited by Lourdes of YSL Beauty to experience a day of skincare and makeup at YSL Beauty at SAKS Fifth Avenue in Union Square, San Francisco, I was jumping for joy and said yes right away. Everyone was amazing and it was fun to checkout all the new lipsticks before my facial, officially all on my wish list.

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It was then time for the best facial ever from Karla O. of YSL. My skin was in need of some TLC and Karla made it happen. She used all of their amazing cleansing and hydrating products, my sensitive skin loved them all. Karla took her time and really cared about my skin and my experience, which also included an amazing hand treatment with oil and a mask in the best hand warmers. I am hooked and my next pay check is going to be put towards amazing YSL Beauty products.

Karla did amazing and continued to take care of me by setting me up with YSL makeup artist, Jamie. Jamie gave me an amazing new look that filled me with confidence and still made me feel like me. I am obsessed with all the makeup she used and slowly but surely it will all be in my makeup bag. I immediately got the amazing lipgloss she used because it was neutral with a flare of pink. This too was and is my favorite makeup look. Like the YSL skincare, their makeup doesn’t feel heavy, which is huge for me since I have such sensitive skin.

 

My day of self-care at YSL at SAKS was amazing. I have always gone back and forth about investing in designer products, but after my YSL experience it is more than worth it. The great thing about YSL’s products is that they are not only great quality, but well priced for what you get. My skin felt and looked amazing. Thank you YSL Beauty for taking care of me and help me kick start my self-care routine even more !

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Go check out your nearest YSL Beauty and if you are in San Francisco, head on over to YSL Beauty at SAKS in Union Square !

~ Iced Tea and Top Knots

What is your favorite self-care activity ? Mine is getting an amazing facial.

 

Style Collective Collaboration on International Women’s Day

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Happy International Women’s Day ! I am celebrating by joining the Style Collective collaboration for International Women’s Day. We are celebrating by supporting our fellow Style Collective sisters in posting answers to the following four questions !

“International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.” ~Style Collective

Personal Mission Statement:

To inspire others through sports and fashion while being authentic in connecting with my community.

What are some big goals that you have accomplished ?

I relaunched my blog with its new name, Iced Tea and Top Knots ! I have continued to stay authentic while growing my blog especially with the relaunch of it. I have also booked some beautiful collaborations with Meredith M and Rocksbox.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you ?

It means supporting each other and showing love when we each achieve a milestone in our dreams.

What does Style Collective mean to you ?

Since joining, Style Collective has given me confidence to keep going with my blog, to not be so hard on myself, to not compare myself to others and to stay true to myself. Style Collective has given me a community of amazing sisters and the tools to grow my brand. It is a sisterhood and so glad it is in my life.

Tell 3 fun facts aboud you and let’s celebrate the fearless woman that you are !

I am a huge baseball fan, go Chicago Cubs !

I am a lover of Disney movies.

My favorite thing to bake is brownies.

Here is to all my amazing boss babes and everyone who is pursuing what they love and making sure they share they passion and voice !

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~Iced Tea and Top Knots

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From Dark Tides to Sports, Fashion & So Much More

“People think depression is sadness, crying or dressing in black. But people are wrong. Depression is the constant feeling of being nub. You wake up in the morning just to go back to bed again.”

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Where do I start on a subject that has been a difficult one for me to accept? Full steam ahead I suppose. So here it goes, I have been in a state of depression and anxiety for on and off for awile, but to the naked eye you might not be able to tell, I have been in public relations for 7 years and still succeeding and have maintained great relationships with those I love. It is something that I have for the most part been able to hide well for the last 10 years from others and myself.

As of a few years ago though it became at its worst due to a major change that I had happen rather quickly. There have been long stints throughout the years where I have been able to suppress it, trick myself or I have just been truly happy, but I have learned recently as a whole over the last couple years I have just become numb in a lot of situations. When I first wrote this piece, I teared up many times because I didn’t want those I love to think I haven’t enjoyed my life and moments with them because I truly have and they are the best moments of my life with the most joy.

Those I love have been those that continuously lift me up and make me realize that I don’t have to go through this alone. After my major life change moment, I talked it out in over months I came to the realization that I cant do it all alone, put it all on those I love to help and that it is okay to acknowledge that I need to go talk to a professional. Coming to these realizations is a huge step in the right direction for me.

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Once this realization came in (everyone’s realization moment is different), hope started rolling in and a weight was lifted. The real work had just begun, but in the best way possible because my hope for the future was and is higher than ever and I know only that it is up from here! I have been as I call in a much better state the last two years in large part to an amazing therapist who has taught we to be okay in things that make me uncomfortable and knowing that feeling will pass. I was also on medication up until December 2018 and the biggest hurdle I conquered was when I knew it was time to stop taking it.

Some ways to help keep hope high will be surrounding myself by my amazing family & friends, faith, doing things I am passionate about so many things sports and fashion have been things that have helped me cross over the hurdles. They each make me feel better for different reason. Some other big things that I love are yoga, going on more travels and seeing the Cubs win with my dad. I am in a much better place and have so much more hope. I may still have anxiety, but I know it will pass and things will continue to get better.

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How do you all pull yourself out of hard times ? Know I am always here to listen 🙂

“When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars.”

Boss Babe Quotes That Are Bound To Inspire

I am all about inspirational quotes and I love sharing them when I find ones I love. I found 10 amazing ones that I am just obsessed with and definitely will be printing them all out. Here they are and I hope they inspire you to go out to be your own boss babe.

Remember to support your fellow Boss Babes, there is enough success to go around !

Here is to being a Boss Babe each and every day !

~Iced Tea & Top Knots

*Quotes/Images are from Google images

 

Holiday Gift Guide for Him- Under $50

“Tis the Season to be Jolly.”

With holiday shopping in full swing, we can’t forget about all the guys in our lives. Here are some great gift ideas that they are bound to show off to their friends because lets be honest guys love gifts too !

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  1. GOT Bedroom Night Light
  2. Banana Republic Woll Boarder Stripe Scarf
  3. Kenneth Cole Reaction Laptop Case
  4. Men’s Marvel Groot Pajama Set
  5. Canvas Travel Kit by Original Penguin
  6. Spa Life All Natural Spa Gift Set
  7. Ugg Classic Sherpa Throw Blanket
  8. Soft-Washed Crew-Neck Tee
  9. Men’s Wood Valet Box
  10. Men’s Harry Potter 12 Days Socks

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Happy Holidays and Tis the Season for Giving !

~Iced Tea and Top Knots

Holiday Gift Guide for Her- Under $50

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

It is offically the holiday season and I am jumping for joy. This absolutely one of my favorite times of the year. Santa, family and decorations ! You also can’t forget the Christmas music, which started on Thanksgiving this year.

One of my favorite things is to get gifts for those I care about. I want to get the perfect stocking stuffer and gift for each. I want to help y’all out this year with some gift guides. This first one is for all the ladies in your life.

Now Let’s Go Shopping !

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  1. Lululemon Fanny Pack
  2. Gillian O’Malley Cozy Chenile Robe
  3. Urban Originals Flower Vegan Leather Wallet
  4. Bauble Bar Earrings
  5. Xhilaration Slippers from Target

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 6. GOT Scuplted Dragon Egg Candles
7. Prive Revaux Sunglasses
8. Vera Bradley Vines Floral Journal
9.  A New Day Cowlneck Pullover Sweater
10. Minnie Mouse Mouseketeer Fashion T-Shirt

Have fun being one of Santa’s Elves and don’t forget to spread the Christmas Cheer !

~KLM Fashion Style