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In Lifestyle on
July 12, 2017

My top 10 affordable swimsuits for summer

Summer is officially upon us! It is time to flaunt that golden tan as you walk along the sand, hearing the waves crashing at your feet. Ok, I’m ready for a trip down the good ‘ole Jersey Shore! Since you know how much I love to save money, I thought I would share with you my top ten favorite affordable swimsuits for women. It always bothers me when I go to purchase a suit and it ends up costing me a fortune! One of the bikinis that I bought this year cost me $60 and it was from Target (aren’t they supposed to be cheaper?!) I feel like baiting suits are getting more and more expensive with each summer that goes by. Well… don’t worry anymore– I have done the research for you! Without further ado, here are my top AFFORDABLE picks for this summer!

 

1. Sexy Ruffle Off-The-Shoulder Floral One-Piece Swimsuit – $18.99

If you follow along on my instagram, you have already seen me ‘repping this gorgeous pastel swim suit.

I have gotten so many compliments on it! I love how perfectly it fits and contours my curvy body.

Hallegave Women's Fashion swimwear sexy bikini Halter Straps Swimsuits Bathing Suit,Yellow,Xlarge

2. V Neck Floral Print Short Sleeve One Piece  $18.99

This swim suit was inspired by my friend Deb (@deborahstachelski)

She recently got this swimsuit and man does it look good on her!

I love how it zips in the front, allowing you to control how much cleavage you want to show off 😉

*the colors are much more vibrant in person*

 

 

3. Vintage Polka High Waisted Bathing Suit – $25.99

This is a cute option for someone wanted some coverage or to hide some belly (or stretch marks)

I love the color combo! Perfect for a hot summer day. Drink please…

CHERRY CAT Two Piece Swimsuit Super Cute Beachwear Bathing Suits (Rose Red&Navy,XL)

 

4.  One-Piece Pin Up Halter Retro Vintage Bathing Suit – $21.99

This suit comes in a bunch of different colors.

It looks very comfortable and is a great option for someone wanting full frontal coverage.

I feel like red is a color that looks good on blonde and brown haired women.

Put some red lipstick on and BAM!

Annigo Womens Retro Vintage One Piece Swimsuit Halter Shirred Details Monokini

 

5. Ruffle Off-The-Shoulder One-Piece Bikini   –  $24.99

I love the elegance and sexiness of this suit.

It is classy and is a very creative design that I have never seen before!

Tengweng Women Leaves Print Flouncing Off Shoulder Swimsuit High Waist Bikini Set L CUTQ01

 

6. Deep V-neck Cross-Back High Cut One Piece Monokini  –  $10.99      

You seriously cannot beat the price of this bikini!

I love the color combo and pattern.                    

The back criss-crosses and ties and has a dramatic look that I love.

        Summer Bay Womens Deep V-neck Cross-Back High Cut One Piece Monokini Swimsuit Pattern Swimmwear

 

7. Leaves & Stripe Halter One-piece (Padded with Cutout in back) – $29.99

I am definitely obsessed with the palm leave look this summer.

I love the contrast with the pink and green and strip combo.

The slit in the center gives a sexiness to this one-piece!

Cupshe Fashion Women's Leaves Printing Stripe Halter One-piece Padding Swimsuit with Cutout (L)

 

8. Boho Style Striped Polka-Dot Halter Bikini – $13.68

This option is a super cute design for someone looking for a 2 piece set.

Love black and white polka dots and the halter look of this suit.

Niveltm Sexy Boho 2pcs Bikini Set Polka Dots Striped Halterneck Swimwear(M)

 

9. One-Piece High Waisted Halter Swimsuit – $15.99

I told you I was obsessed with leaves this summer.

I just love this combo. This suit is so ME!

Women's Sexy Leaves Printing Striped Halter Padding One Piece Swimsuit Cutout

 

10. Push up 2 piece padded bikini – $12.99

This is a sexy option for those of you looking to show a little skin.

There is something about a yellow suit in the sunshine & a golden tan that I find so attractive.

 Nulibenna Push Up Two Piece Bikini Swimsuit Candy Patch Padded Swimwear Yellow Medium

 

Hope you all liked these super cute suit options that I came up with.

The best part about them, is that they are ALL AFFORDABLE!

 

Now who is ready for the beach? (insert emoji of girl raising hand)

 

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In Lifestyle on
June 18, 2017

Your first Father’s Day

 

TJ, today is your day. 

Today is a day to celebrate all that you are and the person you have become over the past eight months.
 
 
Being a Father comes so naturally to you. I secretly love watching you with Landon. The look on his face every time that you walk in the door- is a face he only saves for you. I haven’t seen anyone light up his eyes like you have… 
 
I have no doubts that one day our son will grow up to be an intelligent, God loving, basketball playing, tall (blonde) and handsome man, just like you. 
 
Thank you for being the best Dad to Landon. I am so glad that you are the man who gets to raise my child. I wouldn’t pick anyone more perfect. 
 
Happy First Father’s Day! We love you so much!
 
 
Below is a fun little photoshoot that we did to celebrate.
In Lifestyle on
June 14, 2017

10 ways to “kill it” at every interview and land your DREAM JOB

You’ve been searching the Internet for weeks, looking for the perfect job. You think you may have finally found it. You apply and wait for what seems like WEEKS, for a return call. It’s finally here! You feel a buzz in your pocket. “Hello there… Is this Jessica? This is Donna calling from YOUR DREAM JOB, can we set up a convenient time to meet for an interview?”

You end the call but can hardly contain the excitement. Your husband catches a glimpse of you from the living room, jumping for joy, screaming at the top of your lungs. “YESSSS!!!!”

Can you visualize this scenario? Have you been there? I know I have. Today, I am here to offer some practical but necessary advice on how to nail the interview and land you your dream job. I personally have been on a number of interviews since I have become a Registered Nurse. I have landed the job on each interview, every single time! 

 

Do you want some “inside advice” on how I did it? Here we go…

1. Be on time 

This may seem like a ‘no-brainer’ but this is so important. Allow extra travel time to get to where you need to go. Arriving 10-15 minutes early shows that you are responsible and ready to make a good impression. Interviewers do notice this, and appreciate it!

2. Smile!

Be happy! This is your opportunity and moment to shine. Be pleasant and outgoing. In the first minute that a person meets you, a lot is decided about how they view your character. Smile and be friendly, it will make a difference and will reflect how the rest of the interview goes.

3. Be prepared to talk about yourself

This is key. Come ready to have a conversation. Read over your resume and be open to talking about your past experience. Make sure to have extra copies of your resume and cover letter on hand, you never know who you will meet and who will want a copy of them.

4. Dress up

Of course attire plays a big role in the interview process. If you show up disheveled and not dressed the part, your interviewer will surely notice. You need to dress professionally and look presentable. This is an excuse to go shopping ladies! I have one professional suit that I purchased when I first graduated. It is a baby blue Liz Claiborne suit with a nice pin skirt. Every time I wear it I get so many compliments. It is okay to invest in a nice business outfit. You may spend $100 now, but it could potentially get you that $65,000 job you have been hoping for! 

 

5. Become an expert on the potential employer

Do your research. Study the company. What is their mission? What are their core values? Doing your homework goes a long way with employers and could be the difference between getting the job or not!

6. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse

Practice. Take some time to go over common interview questions and be prepared to answer those questions. Know your strengths and weaknesses and be able to put a positive spin on them. The more you practice the better you will sound and the more convincing you will be.

7. Be yourself

You don’t have to pretend to be someone you are not. Be confident. Let your qualities and experience shine through during the conversation.

8. Stand out and show your personality

If appropriate, tell a story in your interview. Talk about your recent work, your passions, or your academic experiences. For me, I have recently went on a trip to Nicaragua to build a clean water well for a village in need. This is something that stands out. Don’t be afraid to share with them a little of your personal life, just be careful to only share what is relevant and appropriate.

9. Ask questions

At the end of the interview, when the interviewer asks you if you have any other questions, say yes. This is your opportunity to get to know more about the company and ask any questions that they have been in the back of your mind. Do not ask how much you will be making – salary is a topic for after the initial interview. Ask knowledgeable questions that will show the interviewer that you are interested in the company. Also, make sure to listen. Don’t do all of the talking. No one likes a person who talks and talks and talks and talks…

10. Follow up

Make sure to send a follow up “thank you” letter to the person you interviewed with. I tend to send mine the same day. This will show them that you appreciated them taking time out of their busy schedule to meet with you (ego boost) and will keep your name fresh in their mind. It shows them that you are appreciative and that you are eager to hear back from them.  

 

What are your thoughts? Have anything to add to my list?

Comment below. I ‘d love to hear your ideas.

 

This post was written by Jess, but first seen on Society Letters here.

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