Janelle In Real Life

Janelle In Real Life


70's Style & Splurge or Save

Sometimes you put together an outfit, and then feel like maybe you were transported from the 70's. Or maybe you just look like J Lo from the tight pants sketch.

Top- Knot Sisters (similar) // Jeans- Hudson // Sunglasses- Forever 21 // Shoes- Free People

Either way, I was really feelin' myself in this cute outfit! I actually splurged a little on this top, because when I saw it I fell in loooove. I waited a few months for it to go on sale before buying, but it was $60 originally for a SHIRT. But it's actually way more awesome than just a regular old shirt... the knit material is pretty fabulous & it fits soooo good. I can't really explain what made me want this shirt so bad, but I NEEDED it. I saw it in store like 3 times and tried it on every time before I actually bought it. The style & quality were just 100% my jam!
And I made up for it with these sunnies (my current favorites) because they were only $6! Such a steal.

I really try to stick to some rules when it comes to what to splurge vs save on, and it ultimately comes down to personal preference. But here's how I generally divide things up:

Splurge: Things that I'll wear regularly & get lots of use out of... my staple items. I like to splurge a little on one of each shoe category... so one good pair of boots, running shoes, flats, and heels. I also tend to splurge on one good handbag to use regularly, and one or two pairs of solid jeans. Basically, if I feel the item will be well worn & will last me more than 2 years I'll usually spend a little more. I'll also splurge if I feel something completely represents my style & feels 100% "me."

Save: Things that are trendy, or that I will only wear with some outfits (think bright colored items that don't match with everything). A lot of my tops & dresses fall in this category, because that's where I play around the most with trend pieces! If I buy colored jeans, a funky handbag, fun shoes, etc I try to go budget friendly since they may not stand the test of time. If I want to push myself style-wise & go out of my comfort zone, I make sure it's not too expensive since I may or may not love it!

I ALWAYS make a good faith effort to find something that's affordable before splurging! Sometimes you do get what you pay for though, and the $10 version of the $40 thing you love will fall apart after a couple wears. THIS IS WHY finding great sales is where. it's. freaking. at. You get the better quality AND the better price! It takes a good bit more effort but it's worth your trouble. Lucky for you I try really hard to post about sales on some of my favorite items on my Instagram & Facebook pages! So make sure to follow along there for some great deals, and let me know if there's a specific item you want me to post about when it goes on sale!


PMD Kiss Review & Results!

Hey friends! I'm so excited today because I'm sharing an AMAZING new beauty product that can help you create the perfect pout!

The PMD Kiss device is a safe way to plump your lips, give them more volume, and boost collagen!

The PMD Kiss is super easy to use and only takes a couple steps.
First, you'll apply the Smart Lip Plumping Serum that comes with the device. 
You'll then place the tip of the PMD Kiss on your lip, and the device will lightly suction for a few seconds! You'll do this on your top left, top right, bottom left, and bottom right areas of your lips until you're happy with the look!

I was SO excited to try this out because I have a pretty full lower lip, but I have always wanted my top lip to be fuller and "match" my bottom one. I do still use the PMD Kiss on my lower lip, but I spend more time plumping my top lip so it will be fuller.

When I posted about this on my Insta stories, I had a lot of question about whether or not it hurt and how I liked it. The device doesn't hurt AT ALL, it just lightly suctions your lip! And so far I am really loving the results! It's not a crazy huge change, it just helps to enhance the lips I already have!

I've been using the PMD Kiss about 3 times a week, and I've noticed that my lips stay plump for several hours during the day, and the more I use the device, the longer my results last.

I LOVE this as an alternative to lip fillers! I've always wanted to do something to plump my lips, but lip fillers sounded a little extreme for what I wanted and were pretty expensive. I like that PMD Kiss is so much more affordable and not as permanent! It's a much more gradual change and I'm so happy with my experience using it.

On to my results! So these photos are just before & just after using the PMD Kiss (they weren't altered in any way & were taken on my iPhone).

GUYS. I was so impressed! The change is definitely noticeable in the photos, but it was even more apparent in person! I loved how my lips looked once I applied my lipstick too... it was a confidence booster for sure.

Now, I try very hard to be completely honest in all of my reviews on here. I want you guys to know you can trust that I what I say on here is the truth and no one is paying me to give an untrue review! So here's the nitty gritty:

Pros: Harmless & effective way to plump your lips, cheaper than getting lip fillers, less scary than getting lip fillers (no pain), gradual, natural looking plumping
Cons: More expensive than trying nothing, you look a little silly when using the device

Overwhelmingly I'm a fan of this product, and if you're in the market for something to give you a fuller pout, you'll be really happy with this.

Let me know if you have any other questions about using the PMD Kiss! If you want to check it out on their website, find it HERE and use the code PMD15 for 15% off!

*The PMD Kiss was sent to me for review, but all opinions are my own*


Dress That Fits Just Right

When one of your all time favorite places to shop starts making their own designs... it's like they're reading my mind and just know exactly what dresses I need in my closet!

Dress- c/o Piper & Scoot // Necklace- c/o Made by Mary // Shoes- DSW

I seriously love everything about the Cocinera embroidered dress! The color, the style, the comfort level... it's all so good.

I posted a few weeks ago about some of my top online boutiques to shop it, and Piper & Scoot definitely tops the list! They have a brick & mortar shop pretty close to me & I always find myself making excuses to visit the next town over to hit up their shop. Whoever does their buying/designing is my soul sister, because it's all so cute & on trend... but also affordable and perfect for women of different sizes.
It's no secret that I'm not a 5'9" size 0 girl... I fall more in the average size range. My body has given birth to two kids, so I'm totally not ashamed that I wear a size 6-8! So when I find clothes that are actually made for that average size I am ALL OVER IT. I don't generally like things that are super form fitting, I want stretchy, comfortable, flowy, & flattering. And I always find that at Piper & Scoot! I sound like a fan girl over here but when I find a good thing, I just can't keep it to myself. So take a peek at their shop & let me know what you're loving!