2017 - Paint The Town Chic
Finesse Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner c/o

Today I'm talking about a new to me haircare line, Finesse.  I was intrigued after reading that Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner are a fan of this super affordable line, which can be found at places like Walgreens and Walmart.  

Of course I was drawn to the packaging.  I loved the bottles and how easy they were to handle (who else hates bottles that doesn't dispense the product easily!)  Both the shampoo and conditioner had a light lather and paired well together.  I also liked the fresh herbal scent; it's somewhat hard to describe but it definitely had a hint of spice!

This line is popular with women who have curly/wave hair.  I could see more defined waves just after one use!  However, my hair was definitely frizzy so I have to use a curl defining product.

The verdict?  Overall, I was impressed. My hair felt so silky, soft and healthy, especially since I recently colored my hair!

5 Reasons To Try Finesse Restore + Strengthen Moisturizing

  • Infused with active silk and soy proteins that help strengthen hair and leave it silky and moisturized!
  • Perfect for wavy/curly hair!
  • Fresh and herbal scent!
  • Easily found at places like Walmart, Rite-Aid, and grocery stores!
  • It's only $3.99! 

I really enjoyed sampling this line.  It looks like Finesse has other products in case this doesn't work for your hair type.  Have you tried Finesse haircare before?  Would you give it a try?

*Thanks to Finesse and Brandbacker for providing these complimentary samples in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions shared above are my own.

New York & Company Embroidered Denim (linking some other options below) | Black Cami | H&M Blazer, old (similar here) | Zooshoo Pumps | H&M Crossbody, old | Chloe + Isabel Necklace, old

all photos by Julia Dent | Philly With A Fjallraven

Who else is loving the embroidery trend this season?  I, for one, am obsessed, and knew I had to have a pair of embroidered jeans.  It took me a while to find the perfect pair of floral embroidered jeans but this pair is worth the wait.  I loved the distressed look, the spring colors in the embroidery, and how comfy these jeans are.  Win-win-win!

My other favorite style tip is to pair denim with heels, but more specifically pairing boyfriend jeans with chunky heels.  I love the cross between casual and dressy.  These pumps are my newest acquisition from ZooShoo (which is quickly becoming my favorite shoe retailer!)  I may have to break them in a bit, but they were a bit uncomfy walking around during this shoot.

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Hope you have a wonderful weekend loves!  I'm off to NYC for the weekend!!

*I received these Zooshoo shoes at a discount, but all opinions shared above are my own.
all photos by Julia Dent | Philly With A Fjallraven

The Blog Connect conference is just around the corner, so a few of us attendees have already been talking about what to wear.  We're suggesting conference chic, but what exactly does that mean?  In order to help you out, I stopped over to ellelauri, the location of our pre-party, to scope out some of the hot fashion trends and to give you some outfit inspiration!  Liz (the owner of ellelauri) and I came up with 5 trends to try out!

5 Trends To Wear at The Blog Connect Conference

  • Ruffles:  If you haven't already seen this PHLbloggers collab all about ruffles, head over there immediately and you'll see why ruffles are a must for spring.  My favorite trend right now.
  • Pastels:  How pretty is that pink dress I'm holding above?  The pale pink is definitely a must for spring, and it has such a fun ruffled sleeve.  There were quite a few pastel pieces throughout the store so there's something for everyone to love.
  • Off The Shoulder/Fun Sleeves/Bell Sleeves:  Off the shoulder is a trend that will be around for a few months.  It's such a fun neckline for warmer days, and I'm especially loving them with nautical themes, like blue and white stripes.  Bell sleeves are a detail I've been crushing on for a few months now; but I'm loving the colors and prints for spring, like the florals and pastels!  That white top in the last photo is especially cute with the ruffled sleeve.  It's perfect paired with distressed denim or a skirt.
  • Embroidery:  Who else is into embroidery right now?  I recently got a pair of embroidered floral jeans (which will be on the blog soon) and I'm obsessed.  There are a few embroidered pretties in store, but they are going quickly.  Look closely in the photos up top and you may find a chambray top with pretty aztec inspired embroidery that's also perfect for festival season!
  • Florals:  Both Liz and I gravitated towards that gorgeous blue floral dress, which also has a fun cutout and ruffled sleeve detail (if you get this, you hit the trend jackpot!)  I am all about the floral prints for spring.

I can truly say I love all of these, and ellelauri has some great selections that are on trend for spring.  I can't wait to see everyone's outfits in a few weeks.  If you need some style tips or ideas, be sure to connect with me via email or Instagram!

If you haven't already gotten your tickets, be sure to get them asap (we have an amazing weekend planned!)

Chambray Top, old | Denim, old | Sandals, old (love this option from Target!) | Le Clé Leopard Crossbody (comes in five colors!) | BaubleBar Reina Choker (on sale!) | Chloe+Isabel Wrap Bracelet

White denim + chambray are two of my favorite spring/summer staples!  It's so simple, but these pieces pair perfectly together, don't they?  I've also gotten into tucking my shirts in recently; I love the cleaner silhouette.

But what ties this look together are the accessories.  This Le Clé leopard crossbody is the perfect neutral with a little twist...I'm a huge critter fan, so I immediately noticed the leopard clasp.  It's the perfect detail and makes this bag unique.  The bag is on the smaller side, but fits all the necessities!  It also looks and feels luxurious but the $30 price tag makes my wallet so happy!

I'm also loving this pretty choker which I snagged a few months ago.  It's now on sale and totally worth the purchase.  I loved dressing up with casual outfit with the fancy bauble.

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Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

* I received the bag at a discount in exchange for a review.  All opinions shared above are my own.

The Blog Connect Conference is happening on April 23, 2017 in Center City, Philadelphia with a kick-off party the night before!  Its focus is to help mid-level bloggers learn how to "Blog It Better" through a series of speakers, workshops, networking and more!  You can learn more on our website.  If you've been considering buying a ticket, but are still on the fence, here are 10 reasons why you should buy your ticket today.

1. We Have A Great Speaker Lineup!
Sarah Morgan of XO Sarah is coming from San Diego to be our  keynote speaker. Haven’t heard of her? Well, now’s your chance. She’s been blogging since the early 2000s and offers half a dozen books and courses on doubling your blog traffic, the ultimate guide to passive income, growing your blog and email list, and tripling your Pinterest traffic. She will be speaking about 10 game changing ideas to grow your blog community and brand.
In addition to Sarah, we will be hearing from Sola Onitiri from Let’s Get Going about creating your own space in the blogosphere focusing on the importance of honest branding; Andy Shaw from InstaFather about finding your own voice about writing with confidence for crying out loud, and Jess Herbine from Broke Girls Go Out about the best SEO tips and tricks for bloggers.
In addition to the speakers, there will be an afternoon breakout session where you have the option of attending a smaller workshop where you will learn how to build the product of your choice: creating physical products with Jennifer Dziura from Get Bullish, podcasts with Angelica Yarde from Studio 404, video with Andrea Corson from This Is Video Pop, and monetizing your eBooks with Angela St. Cyril from Setting My Intention. This is your chance to get your questions answered about your blogging next steps.
We’ll be finishing off the speaker line-up with a panel on working with brands from the perspective of a few different types of bloggers. Erica Ligenza is the full-time blogger behind Coming Up Roses. Nicole Raudonis is the side-hustle blogger behind Simply Nicole. Amber Burns is the side-hustle blogger behind ember + march, but also brings along her Media Relations experience from working at Visit Philly as well as multiple marketing and PR gigs beforehand. And Jeff Belonger is the man behind MyPhillyAlive and Belonger Consulting, his own social media strategist consulting firm. The panel will be led by none other than the PHLbloggers founder, Chrystina Cappello from Chrystina Noel.
2. Every Attendee Will Receive A Planner Courtesy of Erin Condren!

The most amazing planners!

We’re so excited to tell you about our partnership with Erin Condren for this conference. For those of you who don’t know, they make absolutely stunning LifePlanners styled organizers, TakeNote notebooks, note cards, stickers, and more. They made personalized planners for each attendee with The Blog Connect logo on them – and then decided to throw in stickers and a dual-tip pen for each attendee. When you see these planners you’ll have no choice but to take a million photos out of pure beauty. Speaking of photos…

3. There Will Be Lots Of Great Photo Opps!

Check out those awesome balloons!

From the moment you arrive there will be lots of awesome photo opportunities. You will have the chance to sign up for headshots with Julia Dent from Philly with a Fjallraven during the registration and breakfast time slot on Sunday morning. There will definitely be the over-sized PHL gold balloons again. Our creative director, Sarah Moore from smoorelovin, has visions of streamers and balloons. And if exposed brick walls and gorgeously diffused natural light are your thing, Saxbys has you covered.

4. There's A Party The Night Before!
Last year’s conference was awesome. That said, we wanted to make sure that people had even more time to get to know each other this year and we brought on our incredible party director, yours truly, to make it happen. We will be hosting our party at ellelauri boutique on S. 19th Street for all attendees. We will be bringing in food and drink vendors, giving you the opportunity to meet each other, and an awesome chance to learn how to create incredible flat lays with Ann Blake from Ann Blake Photography. There will be wine from Pinot Boutique , macarons from ICI macarons, beverages from Bai, sweet treats from Pure Fare, kombucha from Inspired Brews, and more. Oh, and there will be a braid bar thanks to Concichairge. What more could you ask for?

5. And There Are Giveaways Lined Up As Well!
We have giveaways from plenty of local businesses including Philadelphia Independents, Vinocity Events, Heads and Tails Salon, More Than Old, and ICI Macarons – as well as more national brands including The Style Theory Collective and CorePower Yoga.

6. You Can Get Your Business Questions Answered, Too!
You know all those questions you have about trademarking, copywriting, and accounting that are too specific to ask on the internet, but you’d really love to talk somebody about? Well, we’re giving you the opportunity to talk to two of our sponsors, Tamara L. Ali Bey from Creative Business Accounting & Tax Services and Anthony Verna from Anthony Verna Law  about whatever you’d like.

7. The Food Will Be Delicious!
On last year’s conference survey, Chrystina’s pride and joy was the fact that nobody was hungry the entire day. If you buy a ticket to this conference, we promise to keep you fed all day. We will start off with breakfast courtesy of Schmear It (bagels with delicious spreads), transition into a delicious (and healthy!) meal from Grateful Plate, handcrafted cupcakes with assistance from Cupcakes by Ruth, ice cream sundae toppings courtesy of Williams-Sonoma, and many more opportunities to snack in-between.

8. We Have Some Really Wonderful Swag Providers, Y'all!

last year's awesome swag!

Our sponsorship team, Melissa Funtanilla from Skinny Affair and Sarah Ramirez from Shades of Sarah, have been working really hard to put together an incredible swag bag for everyone to take home with them. From the bag itself, printed by Press and Release Printing Company, to the awesome contents, there’s something for everyone.

9. There's Only 100 Tickets Being Sold!
This is one of the coolest parts. It’s our second year of the conference. We’ve put together a line-up of speakers that we believe speaks straight to mid-level bloggers. These are speakers who have done awesome things in their industries and are coming all the way to Philadelphia to share their knowledge with you. And with only 100 people there, throughout the course of the day, you will definitely be running into them. Not only that, but it’s a manageable enough number that you could feasibly leave with a few people to do blogging collaborations with, a few more Twitter follows, and some new friends. Don’t forget to bring your business cards with you!

10. Did We Mention There's Free Coffee (And Tea) All Day!
Saxbys is really quite good to us. From the moment you arrive at 8:30am to the moment you leave at 6:30pm on Sunday, April 23, you can order whatever coffee & tea  beverages you’d like from behind the counter. Also, their headquarters space is gorgeous if you haven’t seen it yet. (So is their new logo. We’re super excited for them.)

And we haven't even touched on the fact that the conference takes place in the awesome City of Brotherly Love, the fact that the people in PHLbloggers are doing really cool stuff, there's a secret conference mascot that we can't wait to share with you all, or the fact that the total cost of your ticket will quite likely be covered by the products you receive throughout the day.  We hope to see you there!  Please reach out to our team at phlbloggers@gmail.com if you have any questions.

You can learn more about The Blog Connect on our website, and if you'd decided to go ahead and purchase, here's the link to buy your ticket today.

High-low Dress (under $15 and comes in 5 colors) | Old Navy Denim Jacket, old (similiar here) | Scarf, old | Booties, old (love these) | Crossbody, old | RSA Studios Earrings | Lilly Pulitzer Bracelet, no longer available | Sunnies, old

Today was the first beautiful day we'd had in a while, and that bright sunshine was the best accessory for these photos!  It felt so good to wear a dress again - I've been waiting to pull out this cute LBD for a while!  An LBD is one staple that works all year, but the off the shoulder neckline and the high-low detail make it the perfect spring piece.  I dressed it down with the denim jacket (denim is my go to with dresses!) but I can definitely wear it for a fancier occasion.  I also chose to style them with booties, but I will get strappy gladiator sandals for next time!

A note on the dress, it runs small.  I sized up one size, but I should have gone up two!  It also takes a while to arrive, but it's worth the wait!

These days, my favorite accessory is a neck scarf.  They are so chic and add interest to any look!  I decided to tie my scarf into a bow, but there are many ways to style them (but that's for another post!)

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* I received this dress at a discount, however all opinions shared above are my own.

Hask Greek Yogurt Hydrating Shampoo, Conditioner, and Deep Conditioner c/o

Let's talk haircare...the new Hask haircare Greek Yogurt line!  I've talked about Hask on Paint The Town Chic before (remember this?!) but I'm continually impressed and intrigued by the new products that they come out with.  So today I had to share about one of their newest line, the Greek Yogurt collection.

The packaging caught my eye immediately - it's so cute, right!  But the product itself was even more amazing.  I'm always looking for products that are moisturizing and full of healthy ingredients.  The Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner fit all of my requirements!  I had never used a dual tip dispenser for haircare, so it was fun to try out.

Both the shampoo and conditioner left my hair soft, shiny and moisturized!  I used both the shampoo and conditioner together and they complimented each other well.  I sampled the mask once but didn't notice much of a difference from the conditioner.  I loved the scent so much, it was light and fresh and perfect for the spring!  My only concern is that the bottle was sometimes hard to squeeze, especially after using the product a few times.

5 Reasons To Try the Hydrating Greek Yogurt Line

  • Leaves hair shiny and moisturized!
  • Dual tip for dispensing formula!
  • Fig and Honey are full of vitamins and nutrients!
  • Free of sulfates, parabens and other unwanted ingredients!
  • It smells so good!
I recommend trying out the new Hask Greek Yogurt Line!   If the Hydrating line isn't for you, there are 2 other options - Repairing Bluberry & Acai and Color Protection Cranberry and Pomegranate!
Which combo would you want to try?

Special thanks to Brandbacker and Hask for providing these complimentary samples.  All opinions shared above are my own.
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