Affordable Skin Care with Advanced Clinicals

October 5, 2018

This post is NOT sponsored, opinions & thoughts are my own.

If you are new to the blog family, welcome! 

As many of you may know I turned 30 back in May (you can read all about my thoughts on turning the BIG 3.0. here). I knew it was time to start taking better care of my skin, since I'm getting older and I am starting to see those tiny tiny wrinkle's beginning to creep their way into my life. And as you also may know I'm not one to spend an arm and leg on eye cream, sorry but $100 for eye YOU'RE CRAZY. Through research and reading a ton of reviews, I'm delighted to tell you about my latest RAVE worthy discovery Advanced Clinicals.

Advanced Clinicals is an affordable anti-aging skin care line made with high performance results, driven ingredients and advanced delivery systems. What makes Advanced Clinicals a RAVE worthy brand in my opinion is all are priced at $30 or less!

The three items I've been using since May are as shown above, The Retinol Anti-Wrikle Serum, 5-in-1 Multi-Correction Eye Serum & Retinol Advanced Firming Cream. Let me break it down one product at a time for you!

This little beauty is a miracle in a bottle! Retinol is known to be a beneficial ingredient for your skin, it leaves a healthy glow and enhances your skin's elasticity and revitalizing your radiant glowing complexion. I use it nightly and wake up to a visibly smoother looking skin. The best part I found it on Wal Marts website, for $4.82!

Okay, if you ya'll have been following me for a while you'd know this bad boy was in my blog post last month in my monthly favorites post, (you can find it here). I can't say enough good things about this product! It instantly hydrates skin while diminishing the look of dark circles, bags, puffiness, fine lines & wrinkles. It also lifts and tightens the eye area for an age-defying appearance while locking in much need hydration to dry skin. I like to use it in the morning after my moisturizer & at night as my very last step to my night time routine. Again, found it on Wal Marts website, for $11.90! 

This product is a wrinkle's worst nightmare! This cream reduces the signs of again, while moisturizing. It's also great for getting rid of stretch marks! I love the size of container as well, it's a 16 oz "spa" size bottle (love that!). I use it again in the mornings as my moisturizer, and at night gently message it all over my clean face and neck! It also contains natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Chamomile & Green Tea. Found on Wal Marts website, for $5.83!

I hope ya'll enjoyed these affordable finds, and it goes to show you that you don't have to spend an arm and a leg for great products!


Fall Starbucks Drinks + How to Order

October 1, 2018

I’m not afraid to admit that when it comes to fall I am as basic as it gets. Give me all the cozy sweaters, pumpkins, flannel, and of course…STARBUCKS.

I love trying new drinks, but hate wasting money on not-so-good ones (ya feel?), so whenever I find a staple, I love to share it. You guys have been loving the recommendations I share on Instagram highlights, so I thought it would be fun to do a post with all the details on my 3 current favorite fall inspired drinks, with a little twist to each one.

Chai Latte with Pumpkin Spice
How to order :

 grande chai latte with coconut milk 
2 pumps of chai ONLY not extra
 2 pumps of pumpkin
 I love it iced or hot, totally depends on the weather and my mood.
If you order the “pumpkin spice chai” as it is on the menu, it comes  with 4 pumps of chai and 4 pumps of pumpkin. I cut that in half to make it less calories and sugar! I also always love a classic chai latte with coconut milk (all 4 pumps chai), but this is a fun little Fall switch up.

Salted Caramel Cold Foam Cold Brew
How to order:

 This drink is actually on the menu, but again, I like to make it a bit “skinnier”. Just ask for a salted caramel cold foam cold brew with 1 pump of caramel and 2 pumps of sugar free vanilla.
The menu version can have a lot of sugar, so I opted for less caramel and vanilla. This is a game changer if you like cold brew! I love the slightly sweet/salty coffee combo.

Skinny Vanilla Latte with Cinnamon

How to order:

skinny vanilla latte 
 two pumps of vanilla and coconut milk, topped with cinnamon

Again, I ask for less pumps of vanilla than it usually calls for. Lastly, topping this drink with cinnamon makes it smell amazing and gives it a very Fall feel!

What is your go to Fall Drink?


A Capsule Wardrobe: " Part 1: Purge Yo Closet"

September 25, 2018

Let me just tell you something, y’all.
As silly as it may sound, capsule wardrobes have changed my life.
I know, I know, it’s a tad dramatic, but let me explain!  Picture this scenario:
Waking up just looking at your closet and you are so overwhelmed and have tons of clothes but nothing comes to mind!  What to wear?  What still fits?  What do I even like myself in anymore? Where was that one pair of jeans I used to love?  How is it possible to have a closet filled to the brim and STILL never be able to pull together an outfit I love in a short amount of time?!
Been there....
If this reminds you in any way of your daily routine, I’m telling you…a capsule wardrobe will completely change how you get ready for your day.  It’s a little bit of work up front to save you a TON of effort and energy in the long run, leaving you feeling cute, comfortable and put together in no time flat…so if you are interested in curating your own capsule for fall, stick around!  We’ll be walking through the process of starting from scratch step by step together over the next few weeks!  I’ll share with you my own process of curating a capsule wardrobe, some tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way, and I’ll link sources to some of my favorite items and shops!
So….ready to start?!
Let’s get going with the first and, honestly, the most satisfying step of all:
So the first step is to get your hands dirty, dive into that bursting-at-the-seams closet and start THE PURGE!  It feels SO GOOD to clean out the closet! Now listen: it’ll take a little bit of time, so pour a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, turn on music, and start to sort!
What I did when I first began my capsule journey was sort things into three piles:
1. Love it
2. eh like it, maybe?
3. Donate/Sell/Trash
It’s for sure a balancing act; you don’t want to go nuts and donate all your clothes in one fell swoop, but you also need to resist the urge to do what I used to do…hold on to things because “maybe someday in five years it’ll possibly maybe be back in style and possibly fit me again…maybe.”  😉  A good rule of thumb as you purge and pile is to consider if you’ve actually reached for that item in the past year.  If not, it’s probably not one of your very favorites for some reason: fit, fabric, color, style, etc.  If you JUST CAN’T part with it right away, put it in the “kinda like it, I think” pile, and revisit later.
As your “Love love love it” pile starts to take shape, pay attention to which items you deem most lovable:
-What kind of fabric are they made from?
-Which type of lifestyle do they fit? Do you dress more professional for the office or more casual?
-How do these items make you feel?  You must feel good in them if you love them, so why?
-What colors or color groups seem to call to you the most? (my color pallet consists of black, whites, grays, and some blush pinks).
After you’ve finished purging and piling your items, bag up the donations, toss the worn out pieces, and hang up what’s left over by season…that will get you ready for the next step in curating your capsule wardrobe!
Stay tuned for step number two coming in the next week or so!  Be sure to follow along (links below!) on my @jos-notes account for a few more tips on capsule wardrobes, and check out my Pinterest feed for outfit inspo ideas!

September (Budget Friendly) Favorites

September 13, 2018

This post is not sponsored, I purchased all these products myself. These are my own thoughts & opinions about these products!

Hey Ya'll welcome back! I've always loved watching monthly favorite videos and reading blog posts and thought why not do one myself? All these goods are of course budget friendly! So, without further ado....


If you're new to following me, I'm a girl on a budget and I stumbled across this product about two months ago from a fellow influencer whom I follow (side not here's her instagram if you too would like to follow her, I'm obsessed!), and she always has these Advance Clinical products on her page. I've recently turned 30 and it's time I start taking good care of my skin, but I don't want to spend an arm and an leg on face creams and serums. Luckily, I don't have to thanks to Advance Clinicals! There are two products in particular I am loving!

First, Advance Clinical 5-in-1 Multi Correction Eye Serum, it's a mouth full yes but HOLY COW this product is fantastic! I've been using it for two months now and I've seen a huge change in my under eye wrinkles (yes, I have slight wrinkles at 30), as well as my dark circles. I use it in the evening after I'm done all my serums and us it as a moisturizer in the morning to prep my under eye makeup.

Second product from this brand is Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Serum. This serum is a miracle in a bottle (seriously). I use it nightly and again after two months my skin is smoother and it's help dry out my acne. 

Next up is a primer that is not only a dupe (in my opinion) for the Becca Priming Filter Face Primer, but also absolutely STUNNING alone or underneath your foundation. Drum roll please! The Spotlight Illuminating Primer by Physicians Formula . I can't say enough positive things about this primer. A little goes a long way (which I love)!

My last beauty product is something I think every girl NEEDS in their life, a good (but budget friendly) dry shampoo. I've tried so many different dry shampoos I've become very picky about what I like and don't like, and I've finally found on that I really enjoy. The OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Extra Strength Dry Shampoo, has been a life changer. Some dry shampoos leave my hair feeling dirty when it's suppose to help prevent that, not this one, it revitalizes and brings life back into my greasy dirty hair, and smells incrediable, I get hints of tropical scents like coconut and pineapple.


Next up, lifestyle items!

I wasn't planning on including this product in my favorites, but the truth is I literally have two, three sometimes four of these a day, even my husband is obsessed with this product to the point we buy six cases a month at Sam's Club. Can you guess what it is? It's something you drink? If you guessed La Croix Sparkling Water, then you get a virtual high five. These are zero calorie (winning) and taste amazing! I nor my husband drink soda, but every once in while I crave for something other then water, La Croix gives my fix. I love the cran-raspberry and my husband is a fan of the pamplemousse (fun fact in French it means grapefruit). 

Moving on to a home decor item that could pass for a high end product. I'm talking about my throw pillows from Walmart! I saw these on Walmart Finds website and had to have them! They are The Better Homes and Gardens Pop Stripe Decorative Pillows. I don't usually buy a tune of pillows because I have two dogs and well they think pillows are chew toys (we're working breaking that habit). But these pillows have lasted and I couldn't be happier! The colors are perfect and go with our color pallet in our home perfectly and the best part they were only $14.

And that my friends is everything I was loving in September!

Till next time!

Summertime Blue With INK Sunscreen

August 25, 2018

I've partnered with INK to feature their sunscreen in this post. While this post is sponsored, opinions & thoughts are my own.

Hey Ya'll! Fun fact, did you know I have three tattoos?!?! & that I drew all of them!

My first one was when I turned 18 (what can I say I was rebellious teenager), it's a bird on my lower back (it's NOT a tramp stamp ha it's off to the side so I don't consider that a tramp stamp). My first tattoo I wanted something that represented spreading my wings leaving the nest, heading to college, and I thought a bird best represented that.

Second tattoo is on my foot, I got it when I was in college, it's a crown which represents my sorority (try and guess the sorority), myself and two other of my sisters got them once we got initiated.

Third was my most painful tattoo, it's behind my ear. It's three little starts representing my mom, dad, and sister. 

I get asked all the time "do you ever regret getting them?". I don't regret ever getting a tattoo, I think tattoo's are great way to express yourself in a different way but you also need to take care of them so they stay vibrant and beautiful. 

ENTER INK tattoo Sunscreen! I LOVE this product and have nothing but nice things to say about it. I live by the beach and I'm constantly exposing my tattoos to UV rays which is terrible because it fades them and discolors them. But with INK it keeps my tattoos looking like new! It's cruelty free (winning!), and contains coconut oil, Aloe Vera & vitiman E, and is sent free!

I will defiantly be restocking on this product for next summer! 

Summer Straw Necessities Under $50

July 2, 2018

                   Purse | Wedges |Sandals| Hat

Straw is IN this summer for sure! I've gathered a few of my favorite pieces that are must haves for summer! I was even lucky and found a dupe for the it bag of summer, no offense to those who have purchased this bag full price, but it's one of those fads that will be done by next summer and honestly I don't feel it's necessary to spend $80 on a bag that will go out of style by next season. Hope you enjoy these affordable finds! Leave me a comment on this post on my Instagram if you're enjoying these blog posts and want to see more like this!



Cute 4th of July Outfit Under $50

June 28, 2018

Who else is obsessed with a themed outfit? 

The Fourth of July is just about a week away and I wanted to put a cute outfit that's not just "American" tee shirt and jean shorts that I feel is WAYYY overdone.

The dress was truly the inspiration of this entire outfit, as soon as I saw it I had to get it! The rest of pieces just fell into place. Hope you like what I put together and let me know what other "Affordable Finds" you'd like to see!

xo- JO

Wedding Guest Dresses Under $50

June 9, 2018

It's that time of the year, WEDDING SEASON!
Mike and I have four weddings this year (holy heck), we're both in one and the other three I need to find dresses for (well I don't need to but it's a perfect excuse to get new dress am I right?), and figured why not put together a few of my favorite styles for you all to enjoy as well! All of these dresses are great for a wedding or even an upcoming trip, and the best part they're all under $50! 

Thoughts on Turning Thirty

May 26, 2018

Today I turn 30 years old!! That feels so incredibly strange to type out. “Hello, my name is Lauren and I’m 30 years old.” I am having a bit of a hard time with this realization that I’ve completed 1/3 of my life already, and find my first grey hair, because inside I still feel and act like I’m 25 (minus the hangovers, those don't feel like I'm 25). 
It’s a tough age for us women, and I just recently started realizing that. The fact that I am getting older and can’t go backwards kind of freaks me out, if I’m being honest. It feels as though I’m on a strict timeline now, and I don’t like that. But looking back I wouldn't change a thing, so many amazing things happened to!
It’s a huge milestone.
To say that I’ve lived for this many years and done everything I have done already makes me excited to see what the future holds. Ten years ago I would have never guessed that my life would be how it is now, falling in love, having a house with chickens ducks, two dogs and cat, find the true meaning of friendship, so to think what my life will be like in another ten years is like a surprise wrapped in bows and I can't wait to unwrap all the goodies! 
I’m wiser. 
My 20’s were like the stepping stones to get to where I needed to be by 30. I can proudly look back on my 20’s and remember all that I learned, all of the mistakes I made, ups and downs, and trying to find myself, and know that I’ll never have to experience those things again.
I am on the right path.
I can honestly say that at this moment in my life I know exactly what I want to do and what I need to do to get there.  It may take a few more years to get there, but knowing that I’ve lined up all my ducks in a row feels so good, and I have the best support system from my husband, family & friends.
Time to be a little selfish.
I will say, one thing I will never change even in my 30's is I always put others first before myself, and I did that A LOT in my 20's. But one thing I am going to change is my 30's and beyond is to STOP MAKING EXCUSES. I've put alot of my dreams on hold for varies reasons and that stops today. I will work for Disney (maybe not anytime soon but one day), I will focus on what makes me happy and that is this blog and FINALLY starting my youtube channel. Just going to focus a little on me this time around.
Regardless of how I feel today, I’m thankful for everything I have now more than ever. I’m sure everything will fall into place the way its supposed to and just because I’m one year older, doesn’t mean I have to live like I’m 60. I’m still that same girl, with stars in her eyes and wonder in her heart.

Thank You to all the amazing shops, OhsoLively, LittleBlueOlive & DCrewDesigns who collaborated with me on this post you truly made all my birthday wishes come true & to Laura's Focus Photography for such a fun photo shoot!

May Styles Under $50

May 25, 2018

                           top  |  earrings | bag | shoes | sunglasses

Hi Babes! Ever since my husband and I got married and got a joint bank account I've had to learn how "budget" better. I was spending A TON of money on clothes, shoes, handbags and so forth. I've learned and thing on two about find great deals at affordable prices, so figured I'd share those finds with you! 

Every month I'll make a post similar to this one! Let me know what you'd like too next, head over to my instagram and leave a comment on this photo.

xo - Jo

Planning a Wedding on the Eastern Shore

April 4, 2018

I am constantly getting questions about our wedding, and today I am leaking all the there is to know about planning a wedding on the Eastern Shore, with a little help from My Eastern Shore Weddings.

When Mike and I started planning our wedding we knew we wanted to have it in Maryland and most importantly on the Eastern Shore side, it's were we met and it's our home. Being a local from Easton,  I knew my first step was to put a plan into action, but didn't know where to start? Luckily my mom (who has been an event planner for over 30 years), told me about a site called My Eastern Shore Weddings.

Here's a little background about what this site is.

"Looking for a unique place for your engagement photos? Love the idea of a local sweet treat for your reception? Thinking of ways to feature the quintessential Maryland Blue Crab into your menu, but with a twist? These are the things that make us tick, and what we live daily! And as lovers of everything local, we’ve made it our business to make these things available for you to discover. "

I practically LIVED on this site while I was planning my wedding, it was so easy to follow and the amount of information that was offered on this site was amazing!

When you enter their site you can find anything from resources such as apparel, accommodations, makeup, florist and the list goes on and on.

But one of my most visited portion of their site was their blog itself. It gave my husband and I ideas of what we wanted to incorporate in our wedding, from types of flower we saw from another couples wedding, to the creative way couples included a party favor for their guest. All in all this site was a lifesaver (and my mom with all her connections ha), in planning the wedding of our dreams.

If you're planning an Eastern Shore wedding, I HIGHLY recommend checking out this site!  Our wedding was featured on their blog as well, so if you need some inspiration for your big day hope our special day helps with your planning process!  

Budget Friendly MUST Have Beauty Products

February 4, 2018

To me makeup is all about enhancing your natural beauty & having fun with it. I love creating looks that are naturalglowy, and fresh.

My everyday look consists of simple foundation application, bronzer, a little blush, mascara, and highlight.

My daily makeup products can be found at your local drugstore; making them not only easy to apply, but affordable too! If I'm going to splurge on a product, it better be something I can't live without. I work for a non profit, so I can't really afford high end make up, but all my drugstore products I feel are just as good (maybe better) then those high end products.

Are you ready to put your best face forward, on a budget?

Highlighter: Wet & Wild 
Setting Spray: Wet & Wild Setting Spray
Sunglasses: SojoS Cat Eye

Pink & Cozy

January 19, 2018

Hi All -- Hope your New Year is starting off great (and still sticking to those resolutions)!

It's been awhile since my last post so figured I'd do a cozy, warm post for you since where I'm from is extremely cold (it's actually 15* while I was shooting this photo).

My main goal for this blog to bring you affordable clothing & makeup posts.

My Sweater is from Target off the clearance rack, however here is a similar one.
Jeans are from H&M.
Boots are from Toms.

Sparkle On Sparkle... HAPPY NYE!

January 1, 2018

Sorry the post is a day late, my husband isn't the best photographer so I had to wait until my friend arrived with a better eye for taking photos.

Hope y'all had a safe and happy new year! 

So much will be happening in 2018, and I can't wait to share it!

outfit details
Top - JCrew, got it few years ago but here's a similar one 
Jeans - H&M
Earrings - These I got as gift, but I found similar ones Here

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