My Weekend At Go Blog Social

Happy Hump Day! It feels so good to be back. I know I have been MIA for awhile, but my boyfriend and I were going through a death in his family, and it was a really hard time for him, and I needed to be there. Things finally are starting to go back to normal, and I’m trying to play catch up with my blog! This week I will post a few of my most recent purchases on Instagram (so make sure you are following), and in this blog post I will tell you all about the weekend I had at Go Blog Social!

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As soon as I found out that Go Blog Social was coming to St. Louis, I knew I HAD to get tickets. Being an introvert, I was really nervous about attending by myself, so my sister tagged along. This was good for her, because she is in the process of creating her own blog.

The conference was three days long, with days 1 and 3 being before parties, brunches, etc. Saturday was the actual conference. Sadly, I was only able to make it to the actual conference on Saturday. The conference started off with everyone registering, getting our swag bags/schedule and getting breakfast. The breakfast consisted of fruit, yogurt parfaits, and a breakfast burrito bar! The potatoes were my favorite… weird, I know. All meals were catered by 23 City Blocks Catering. The conference was at Lumen Private Event Space in downtown St. Louis. This space is seriously beautiful (you can see the photos below). I am going to keep this place in mind for when I eventually get married :).

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Since my sister and I got there a little early (we wanted a good parking spot, haha!) we had plenty of time to check out the brands that were there. This was my favorite thing about the conference. Brands from every niche had a booth set up where you can talk to them about their products (even gave free stuff and coupons away!), give them your business cards and possibly discuss collabs. There was even a booth set up to create flower crowns!

There were a lot of speakers at the conference! My favorite one had to be Bianca Jade. She spoke about video, and how it attracts readers to your blog. She really inspired me to add video to my own blog! So you may see videos soon ;). You can see the rest of the speakers below on the schedule and what was discussed. Towards the end, we even had workshops where we could learn different things, like video tips!

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23 City Block Catering provided a delicious lunch! Everything from quinoa salad, buffalo cauliflower, and chicken and avocado sandwiches. Soooo good! I was starving by this time, so I wasn’t able to snap a photo of my lunch, whoops! Here are some other photos from the weekend, including what I wore, and what was in the swag bag!

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I learned so much from the conference and I’m really inspired to try new things with my blog. Pretty soon I’m going to be switching my site to a self hosted site, and adding a new theme!

I know I said I had big news to share, well here it is! The first one, I have some AWESOME collabs that will be happening in June, so keep an eye out! The second one, my boyfriend and I will be moving from our small apartment, to a house!!! I’m really excited. It will be a fixer upper, which makes it even more exciting! I have binge watched the show Fixer Upper on HGTV so many times, and now I get to have my own fixer upper! My boyfriend is also letting me take one of the smaller bedrooms and turning it into a closet/blog office! Pinterest will be my best friend over the next few months :).

Have you ever attended Go Blog Social? Let me know in the comments. Also, any tips for fixer uppers would be great, haha!

Valerie

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Happy Fri-yay, beauties! Hope everyone had a great week. Mother’s Day is a little over a week away, have you gotten anything for her yet? If not, I’m here to help you figure out what exactly to get your mom for Mother’s Day!

A notebook: My mom loves to write down notes for everything from doctor appointments to sermons at church. This one would be perfect for all of that while looking stylish at the same time.

Makeup: If your mom is anything like mine, she needs a makeup update! Right now I’m really loving Milani’s lipstick and blush! They finally started selling it at my Wal-Mart, and I got way to excited.

Jewelry: These Kendra Scott studs are perfect for her to wear to church and out for dinner. You can get her this jewelry tray to store all her rings, earrings, and bracelets when she’s not wearing them!

Picture frame: I feel like the perfect gift you can give your mom is a nice picture frame with a photo of you and her, or your whole family.

Perfume: This Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume smells heavenly! It’s perfect for every mom that loves a flowery scent.

Candle and bubble bath: My mom is constantly on the run. Getting her a nice bubble bath and candle can help her relax after a long day at work.

House shoes: These are probably the most adorable house shoes! The print is perfect for her to wear around during the summer. They also come in purple.

What are you getting your Mom for Mother’s Day? Let me know in the comments!

Valerie

Summer Whites

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Top: Similar, Similar // Pants // Heels (similar) // Bag: Similar, Similar // Necklace (use code valeriehelton20 for 20% off!)

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a good weekend. Mine was super busy! I went to two Cardinals games, and I’m going to another one tonight. Once baseball season starts, I’m either at the games or watching them on TV at my house, a friends house, or a sports bar. I absolutely love baseball, and have been a fan since I was a little kid. I can thank my dad for that for taking me to my first game when I was little :).

During the summer, my favorite clothing item to wear are my white pants. To me they just scream summer, and are perfect for dressing up or down. I love wearing white on white with pops of color! This top (originally LC Lauren Conrad at Kohl’s, but sold out) has the perfect amount of white and color. You can also wear white pants with a white tank and a bright neon clutch and heels. To dress them down you can pair them with a graphic tee and white converse or sandals.

What is your favorite clothing item to wear in the summer? Let me know in the comments!

Valerie

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Floral Blouse

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Blouse: (Similar, Similar, Similar) // Jeans // Bag: Similar (splurge), Similar (Save) // Necklace // Heels // Sunglasses

Happy Monday! To me, the weekend usually flies by. I tried to spend this one relaxing as much as I could. On Friday I went to bed at like 7:30, no joke. Training for my new position at work wore me out! It will all be worth it in the end though (hopefully).

First of all, excuse my wind blown hair! It was SUPER windy while we were shooting this. I originally bought this blouse at Kohl’s when I had a few coupons to use (you can save so much money there!). It’s by LC Lauren Conrad. I can’t find it online, so I tagged three similar ones above that are perfect for spring. I love pairing blouses like this with jeans or white pants, heels and a neutral bag. I bought this bag from She Inside for under $25! It’s a dupe to the Chloe bag that’s normally $1,800! I have to say, I’m pretty excited about this find. They also have a few other colors as well! I really want the red one, It’s on my wish list!

I found these sunglasses on the same website as the bag, and knew I had to have them! They are the perfect boho glasses that I can wear in the spring and summer.

How did you spend your weekend? Let me know in the comments! And let me know what other features you would like to see on Styled Muse!

Valerie

P.S.: This past weekend was my 1 year blogiversary! I will be having a post next week celebrating Styled Muse’s birthday, so keep an eye out!

Friday Favorites

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TGIF! I thought today would never get here. I know some of you already know this, but on Monday I started a new position at my full time job (I finally got a promotion, yayyy!). It’s more pay and a lot more work! I’ve been training all week, and there is so much to learn! But so far I’m really enjoying it.

There are so many items this week that I’m loving, so it was hard to narrow it down to only 5 items! I have to say though, that Jergens lotion is a pale girls dream come true. After the first application, I can totally notice a difference on my legs! It also doesn’t have a strong self tanner smell like other lotions.

I know when you see the price on that Chloe bag you are going to be like “Whoa, girl, I can’t afford that!” Trust me, I can’t either. But I did find a dupe that looks EXACTLY like this for under $25! You can find it here. I fell in love with this H&M lips tee MONTHS ago, but it sold out super fast. Now it is back in stock, and I was finally able to order one! If you sign up for their newsletter, you can get a coupon code that will make it under $15!

These Baublebar earrings remind me of a mermaid! So you know I had to pick them up last week when they were having a sale, and I’m really excited to wear them over the summer with adorable wedges like the ones above. Wedges are back ladies, so enjoy wearing them over the summer (they are seriously the comfiest heels you will ever wear).

Which ones of these are your fav? Let me know in the comments!

Valerie

P.S.: In the next couple weeks, Styled Muse will be getting a HUGE makeover. I will be switching hosts and redoing the theme on the site. What are some things you would like to see on the site? Favorite places to shop? Outfit guides? Let me know! I want this to be a website for you to come and get outfit or beauty inspiration from! 🙂 ❤

Layered Sweater

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Sweater // Jeans // Heels // Bag (similar: save) (similar: splurge) // Lips (color: Koko K) // Necklace

Happy Monday! I know I haven’t posted in a week or so, but I decided to take a week off. I worked overtime a couple days at my full time job, then went out of town over the weekend to go camping in the Illinois country side with my family. We had a blast, even though it was super chilly (like got down to 28 degrees Saturday night, chilly)! Luckily my parents had a camper that we stayed in that had a furnace (and air conditioner, fridge, stove, shower, tv, EVERYTHING). To me, it’s not camping, but it’s their home away from home. Haha! But I have to say, there’s nothing like a little getaway, relaxing by a fire and drinking wine.

With it just being the beginning of Spring, the nights tend to be really cold. This sweater has that perfect spring look, while also keeping you warm! I really love the lace layered look. It also comes in a cream color! You can pair it with a pair of jeans and heels (like I did here) or booties, or white pants and heels!

What is your favorite thing to wear during the chilly spring nights? Let me know in the comments!

Valerie

Spring Earrings

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When I mentioned in this post that my favorite thing about Easter was picking out my church service dress, I forgot to say that I also loved picking out the accessories to go with it. My mom would always include cute jewelry or a cute purse in our Easter basket that we could wear with our dress to church service on Easter morning. This was something that I looked forward to every year. Hey, mom, can I get another Easter basket? Haha!

Each of these earrings are the reason I love spring and Easter: they are full of color! After the winter blues, this is the perfect way to add color to any outfit.You can also wear these during the summer! All of these are under $35. The exact ones I’m wearing in the first photo are old, but you can find similar ones here.

What is your favorite way to add color to your outfit? Let me know in the comments!

Valerie

Gym Essentials For Men & Women

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Since the weather is getting nice, and summer is approaching, now is the time to step up your workout game. I’m going to show you some of my favorite products to keep in your gym bag for men and women!

Women:

1. C9 Sports Bra from Target: Since I am bigger in the chest area, a sports bra is key for me to have during a workout. When I received this bra from Influenster for testing purposes, I was skeptical because a lot of them don’t seem to work out for me. But after trying this one I fell in love. It was the perfect amount of support that I needed. It does run a tad small, so make sure you size up one size.

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IMG_23922. Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo: this stuff is perfect if you are trying to get a quick workout in before work, or have errands to run afterwards. Just spray it on your roots, and your hair looks like it was just washed! I use this on the days I don’t wash my hair.

3. Olay Makeup Remover Wipes: I love to use these to get the sweat off my face after a good workout. The travel size is perfect to throw in my gym bag or purse for on the go!

4. Water Bottle: Right now I’m loving infused water. I found this water bottle from Amazon! My favorite things to throw in there are lemons, cucumbers and mint leaves! So refreshing!

5. Headphones: I love my purple Beats by Dre! Music helps me get through a tough workout. What are some of your favorite songs to listen to while working out?

6. Workout Planner: I got this planner from Blogilates (sadly they are sold out). It helps me track my food consumption and my workouts!

7. Deodorant: I always use the Dove Refresh, and it keeps me dry all day and even during my workouts!

Men (from the viewpoint of my boyfriend 🙂 ):

1. Headphones: My boyfriend loves his Green Beats by Dre!

2. Shoes: Nike’s. They give the support you need for cardio and heavy lifting.

3. Deodorant: We received the Dove Men + Care Extra Fresh deodorant complimentary thanks to Influenster! If anyone knows my boyfriend, you know how picky he is with everything.  He likes the brands he uses, and never strays away from them. So when I asked him to test this, he was skeptical. I made sure he put it on before going to work (he moves around a lot at his job). He told me that the smell of the deodorant was very refreshing (I smelled it for myself, and loved it!). He also said that it kept him dry all day, and he would use it again!

What other things to do you like to keep in your gym bag? Let me know in the comments!

Valerie

C9 Sports Bra and Dove Men + Care Extra Fresh deodorant received complimentary for testing purposes thanks to Influenster. All opinions are my own.

Friday Favorites

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Happy Friday! I’m starting a new theme today. Every other Friday I will be posting 5 items that I am loving right now. The other Friday’s will be saved for Insta roundups. Enjoy!

  1. Fringe Bags: Right now fringe is everything. At first I wasn’t really a fan, but it really grew on me, and now I want all the fringe bags!
  2. Kendra Scott Spring 2016 collection: If you haven’t seen this collection yet, you really need to. It’s gorgeous!
  3. Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor: Matte lips are huge right now. I found this Revlon one at Target one day (does anyone else treat themselves to a new lip color when they go to the store, or is it just me?) and fell in love! I just bought a new color today called HD Devotion and I think it’s my new fav!
  4. Essie Gel Setter Top Coat: I put this on my nails after I’m done painting them, and it makes my polish last twice as long. It really makes it seem like you have gel polish on!
  5. Stud Flats: I’m in search for the perfect flats for spring, and found these for only $15!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Valerie

How To Wear A Graphic Tee: Week 3

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Graphic Tee // White Jeans // Blazer // Necklace // Heels // Clutch (similar) // Lipstick (color: Electric Pink)

Today is the last post for the How To Wear A Graphic Tee series! Did you enjoy this series? What other series’ would you like to see? Let me know in the comments or shoot me an e-mail: styledmuse@gmail.com!

If you missed the past two weeks, you can find them here: Week 1 // Week 2

I’m sure by now you can tell that my favorite pieces to pair a graphic tee with are a blazer and cute heels. It’s the easiest way to dress up a graphic tee. With this outfit, I added a pair of white jeggings. This spring/summer, these white jeggings will be on major repeat. You can of course dress down this outfit with a pair of converse and black cardigan. The original clutch from Accessory Lane is sold out, so I linked a similar one above.

If you are not a fan of white pants, you can swap them out for a pair of joggers or black jeans.

Have a great rest of your week!

Valerie