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Comfy Kimono Style

Happy Wednesday Friends!  I can’t believe that summer is coming to an end.  Shalese and I go back to work in two weeks and we are trying to soak up every minute of summer before it’s over.  I am so grateful I have a job that allows me to have summers off, it has been so fun spending this summer with Camden.  Going through summer pregnant while chasing a toddler around has been a fun and exhausting experience.  I have found that I am rummaging through my closet daily to try to find something that is comfortable, covering, fashionable, and not too hot.  This has been quite the task, but I have found that Kimonos are a perfect way to help me feel a bit more covered without adding too much heat.  This Kimono that I found at Kohls has been perfect for my pregnancy.  I wear it over simple t-shirts (as shown below) and I have also worn it over my swimsuit to add a little extra coverage (as shown below).  Whether you are pregnant and want to cover up a little or want to add a fun twist to an outfit, a Kimono is a fun way to do so!  I have included a few of my favorite Kimonos below, all of which are currently under $25!

Kimono Over a Swimsuit

A few of my favorite Kimonos (all under $25):

Love ya’ll, have a great week!
Whit

Trendy Ruffle Top

Good Morning Loves,

I don’t know about you but I feel like this summer has been overflowing with trips and fun galore!  My family and I have been able to go on many vacations creating some precious memories with our two sweet girls we will look back on and treasure.  Our cuties are now at the age where vacationing with them is super fun because they want to be out and about doing things with us.  With that being said, time flies when you are having fun and this means that fall fashion trends are around the corner!  I love transitioning from summer fashion to fall.  I’m starting to clean my closet out now, donating outdated clothing so that I can justify (to myself and hubby) buying new fall items to cram into my closet.

My first new addition is this darling ruffle sweetheart applique top from Glowing Gold Boutique.  The first time I wore this out and about I received two compliments from different strangers within twenty minutes (that is when you know your purchase was well worth the hours spent de-junking for extra closet space).  This rust-colored top is perfect for any occasion.  I love the feeling of the material and the fit!  I’m super into ruffles right now and I love the fact that I can have a fall look with some ruffle applique to top it off!  I hope after reading this, you feel inspired to donate some of your old closet items and start adding some fresh new fall pieces to your wardrobe!  To get started, checkout Glowing Gold and enter the code: polishedpearls at checkout for 25% off your purchase!  Not going to lie, I will be using this code for some more fall pieces myself because they have some darling items that are just waiting for a home:)!!!  I better go and do some closet cleaning for some more justification.

Happy Tuesday Polished Pearls!

Love,

Shalese

Featured Top:

Ruffle Top

What to Pair with Ruffle Top:

–Mixture of gold and silver bangles and pearl bracelets–

–Large gold earrings–

–Distressed Jeggings or Jeans–

–Platform Sandals or Booties–

The Polished Pearls- Featuring My Sister’s Closet Boutique

The Polished Pearls:

    

Growing up together we always felt like we had similar styles and similar body types.  Sharing clothes with each other was a love/hate relationship.  We loved having double the wardrobe, but our sister instincts would take over when new clothes arrived and were ready to wear.  Of course, we constantly fought over who wore what and when.  It was like playing a game of tug-of-war, trying to figure out whose event was most important because this was always the deciding factor on which one of us got to wear the new item first. 

Starting this blog has given us an opportunity to explore our styles and body types more, and we have found that we both share some similarities but a lot of differences.  For example, Whitney has an hourglass figure and her style is more classy with some glam.  Whereas, Shalese has a rectangular figure and her style is more edgy/casual.  Who knew?  My Sister’s Closet has been one of our favorite boutiques and websites ever since it opened because we feel like they really focus on providing trendy clothing for various styles, body types, and ages of women.  

Our looks we created using these darling dresses found on My Sister’s Closet’s website were inspired by what we have personally learned about our body types and styles.  Just like a polished pearl takes time to be created in a clam, we have taken time to figure out what clothing works for our uniqueness and individuality.  Every “pearl” is unique in different shapes and sizes but all are beautiful.  Take time to find your personal style!  

Shalese

Rectangle body types look great with flowing dresses, so she picked My Sister’s Closet’s Oatmeal Crotchet Detail Dress ($34.00 before discount code).  Her style is a bit more casual so she paired it with this amazing turquoise, red and gold necklace and these fabulous platforms!

                      

Whitney

Hourglass body types work great with a well-defined waist.  Although Whit is prego, and is growing a darling baby bump, defining the waist still looks best with her body type.  She picked My Sister’s Closet’s Ivory Lace Fit Flare Dress ($42.00 before discount).  Because her style is a bit more classy, she paired it with floral heels and gold jewelry, then completed it with a tan Prada hand bag.

                  

**We strongly suggest exploring My Sister’s Closet’s new arrivals because they have some amazing pieces worthy of adding to any wardrobe!  We were as excited as an eager kid in a candy store as we explored all the different pieces on their website.  Right now, My Sister’s Closet is offering our followers 10% off their entire purchase by using code POLISHEDPEARLS at checkout.  We hope all you pearls enjoy!

Love,

Shalese and Whitney

–The Polished Pearls Sisters– 

Trendy Summer Romper

Hey Lovelies, 

Just the other day I was rushing out the door like a mad woman, trying to go swimming with my girls before nap time (a must) and I realized I had nothing trendy to wear over my suit. There are those times you have a closet full of clothing but somehow have “nothing” to wear, but this was not one of those times. I literally had NOTHING to wear! I ended up having to scrounge it up with some old jean shorts and a much loved softball tournament t-shirt. Talk about feeling frumpy! At that frantic moment, one thought came to mind… search for some fashionable items to wear to the pool ASAP!

On sizzlin summer days my girls and I love to get our splash on, have some fun in the sun, and then run daily errands. With this colorful romper I am able to do all of the above! The best part about wearing this trendy outfit is not having to stop back at home to change.

I’ve always longed for a romper, but have never found one that doesn’t make me look like a five year old girl. I want to feel comfortable in anything and everything I wear. Luckily, I came by a website called CUDDY STUDIOS and was able to add this precious pearl to my summer collection! 

Now I can feel trendy and stylish no matter where our summer takes us!

Because you all are such amazing loyal Polished Pearl followers, we wanted to partner up with CUDDY STUDIOS to show our appreciation! CUDDY STUDIOS is offering all of us 50% off our order at checkout using code: SHOP50

Featured Romper: Zoe– Coastal Print

Love Always,

Shalese

The Gift of Time for my Graduate

Reflecting on my own life having to do with time I can’t help but think of the times that stood still, verses the times that flashed before my very eyes.  

Stillness in Time 

Bright lights blinding me as I peak open my eyes to see the most beautiful sight imaginable. Tiny fingers and toes curled up in a soft blanket. Chubby scrunched up cheeks and eyes so calm and trusting, waiting for cuddles galore. Hands gently touching the untamed wispy hairs on the top of her head. At that moment, time stood still.

Flashing Moment in Time:

Looking back on the nine years shared with my spouse floods my memory with a bouquet of emotions.  Moments where I felt as free as a kite soaring through the sky.  Other times where tears could not be contained in my soaking-wet covered pillow.  Phases a blur, as foggy as a dust storm from sleep deprivation; triple jobs trying to get each other through college.  Caring for tiny ones throughout the night because we love them to an extreme.  Exciting times filled with warm love, laughter and light.  Times of adventure, exploration and relaxation.  Learning like a babe on how each one of us ticks.  Cherishing the ongoing memories being made and visualizing through a looking glass on what the future may hold. Time flashes by like lighting in a storm.  

How can we live out every moment every day? My Jord watch helps me check my time peacefully because of its serene, natural wood design.  Just like a new wedding ring, I notice myself peering down to check the time frequently throughout the day.   I want to cherish my time on this earth.  The longer I live the more I feel this way.  I want to wear time well and my Jord watch does this for me.  I feel modern, stylish, and trendy when I wear my wood watch and it is a constant reminder to make every moment note worthy.

If you are in search for a thoughtful, memorable graduation gift for someone special in your life that has sacrificed countless hours of time for the moment in their life where time will stand still; a Jord watch would be the perfect gift for them.  Jord watches are perfect for any special occasion.  They even have engraving options for your watch or box.  This makes your gift personalized and sentimental!

Shop my look and many others: 

Watch Featured: Dark Sandal Wood and Mint

Jord Women’s Watches

Jord Men’s Watches

 

We have some exciting news, we have partnered with JORD Wood Watches and they are sponsoring a GIVEAWAY for our followers!  Stay tuned to our Instagram for the giveaway announcement! (To enter the giveaway click on the link in our Instagram bio or here)!

Interesting Watch History

Some history about watches that I found fascinating dates back to 1714.  Because navigation at sea had to be precise, the British Parliament was offering a cash reward to anyone who could invent an accurate watch.  A result from inaccurate watches at sea was the death of thousands of sailors because in order for them to find their position, they used time to track longitude. For every minute the clock was off, sailors were off course by 15 miles.  This caused them to wreck into giant rocks, sharp-edged cliffs, and who knows what else they would collide into while blindly following the off course route.

Love you guys, Happy Thursday!

Shalese

Work Cited:

http://www.time-for-time.com/history.htm

 

*This watch was given to me but these opinions are my own.


Luxury Wooden Watch

Luxurious Laser-Cut Dress

Living in Utah brings on some interesting things:
1.) Weather is ever so changing
2.) Interesting names that I never know how to pronounce
3.) Picked over children’s clothing on the daily
4.) Within an hour of each other you can visit the mountains, sand dunes, a lake, or a big city full of high rises.

It truly is a place full of beauty and fun! I love living here but it makes finding the right clothing for the climate changes difficult. I feel like I am looking at the weather app every morning to see if it is going to be freezing cold or smoldering hot… Thankfully I found this darling dress from CUDDY STUDIOS with laser-cut diamonds that has made my life so much easier in the morning when I’m searching for something to wear, no matter what the weather brings!

We are thrilled to tell our followers about what Cuddy Studios is offering all of us… 50% off code site-wide!  

Enter SHOP50 at checkout to receive your discount.

Dress Featured: CUDDY SIMONE DRESS – NAVY LASER CUT DIAMONDS

Have a lovely Tuesday Friends!

Love,

The Polished Pearls Sister– Shalese

Perfect Spring Dress for ANY Body Type

Many of you probably found out on Instagram that I am expecting baby number two!  We couldn’t be more excited!  I am due October 15th and am currently 17 weeks along.  Everyone always says that you get bigger faster with your second, this has been completely accurate with my current experience.  I have been trying to find clothes that are both comfortable and flattering to my new prego body shape and it has been a bit of a challenge.  This fashionable spring dress from Cuddy Studios gave me the bright colors I needed for Spring, some much needed comfort, some very much need style, and the length is perfect!  Though it is not meant to be a maternity dress, I am excited to be able to wear it before, during and after pregnancy!  Since it isn’t SUPER warm here in Utah yet (depending on the day), I paired it with both a grey cardigan and white jacket.  A few weeks ago, while visiting NYC I discovered the cutest boutique in SOHO and found these sandals.  I wear them with EVERYTHING!

We couldn’t be happier to tell our followers about what Cuddy Studios is offering all of us… 50% off code site-wide!  Enter SHOP50 at checkout to receive your discount.  I am amazed at the quality, comfort and style of their items I have ordered so far and can’t wait to get my hands on more!

Dress Featured: Jordan Dress with the Trivet Print

Have a wonderful week friends!

Love,
Whit

My Experience with Microblading

Do you remember those awkward teenage years?  Those years with acne, braces, trying to fit in, trying to be the “cool kid”…? It’s a struggle that we all remember too well.  One of my biggest struggles as a young teen was dealing with “bushy” eyebrows.  Growing up I had dark, thick eyebrows.  At that time, the style was super thin brows so I felt like mine stuck out like a sore thumb.

My insecurities about my eyebrows were not eased when I overheard my friends whispering about my upcoming birthday party and what they were going to get me.  I overheard the word-“tweezers”.  Hearing my “so called” friends joking about my brows cut like a sword.  I immediately went home that afternoon and in desperation, hacked at my brows with a pair of fingernail clippers!  As you can imagine, my eyebrows looked like a heavily divoted golf course.

When I was finally old enough to wax my eyebrows I overdid it and they turned out paper thin. I repeated this same process throughout the years resulting in permanently thin brows with hair that would never grow back.

As I grew older, matured and gained confidence I realized a heavier brow would balance out my facial features (ha… go figure).  Over the years, creating a brow with makeup became a mandatory step in my daily routine.  After spending countless hours applying thick brows, I made the decision to stick with this look for life because regardless of the everchanging eyebrow fads, fuller eyebrows are the best option for me.

Life gets busier and busier and the time I have to spend on myself is getting more and more sparse.  I knew I wanted to invest in microblading or SofTap because; it would save me oodles of time, fix my thin brows, and give me an incredible shape.  Shalese had gotten SofTap done and I loved how her brows turned out, but before making my decision I wanted to delve into both techniques to decide which would be the best option for me.

These are the main differences I found between SofTap and microblading:

SofTap gives a soft, powdery look to the brow, penetrates the skin less, and lasts 3-5 years; microblading gives a precise, hair-stroked look to the brow, penetrates deeper into the skin, and lasts 1-3 years.  For more information on the SofTap technique, check out Shalese’s post on SofTapping and her experience with it.  For more information on microblading, read on:

My Brows BEFORE:

Taby Davila Castro is a certified SofTap and Microblading Permanent Makeup Technician and she is the one I trusted to create my much-wanted full eyebrows.  I saw the work she did on Shalese’s brows and knew that I could trust her.  Taby works out of Studio K Salon located in Orem, Utah on State Street.  She is one of the most genuine and friendly people I have ever met.  She’s very thorough and answers questions honestly.  Taby is upfront about what the procedure entails and is precise in her work.  I was really nervous about getting this done, so before completing the procedure Taby walked me step-by-step through the process and helped calm my nerves.

Let’s learn more about microblading from my personal experience to help you decide whether you want microblading, SofTap, or a combo of the two (yes, Taby is unique and offers a combo of the two techniques giving you the best of both worlds).

Check out our Facebook Live video to watch some of my Microblading procedure.

My eyebrows took a little under two hours to complete.  During this time these are the steps Taby accomplished:
  1. She applied numbing cream to my brows and placed plastic over the top to help my skin absorb the cream.
  2. She traced the shape of my desired brow with a stencil and China marker.
  3. She completed the “first pass” which is the first application of the permanent pigment.  This is applied using a 12-needle curved prong, creating the hairstroked look.  It feels kind of like prolonged plucking.
  4. After completing the “first pass”, she applied more numbing cream to my brows and began the “second pass”.  She repeated this process for the third and final pass.  (Depending on how well your skin takes the color, the type of brows you have, and the type of brow you are wanting will determine how many passes are needed).
  5. She finished the procedure by accomplishing all the detail work and making sure the brows were the shape and thickness I wanted.

Throughout this process, Taby continued to calm my nerves by consistently giving me a mirror and asking if I was liking the shape and thickness of the brows, if I wanted anything changed, and if I was doing okay.  I was amazed at how calm and comfortable she made me feel.

Here are some of the questions I had previous to my appointment that Taby answered for me.

My Questions:

  • Is this a tattoo? Similar, but this procedure is completed with an instrument by hand, where no machines are used. The pigment only penetrates the top few layers of the skin, lasting 1-2 years; whereas a tattoo lasts forever. 
  • Do you shave my eyebrow off? No, I work with your natural eyebrow line to enhance your natural beauty.
  • How much does it cost? $400 and a six week touch up is included in that cost.  If I do your permanent makeup then any other touch-ups in the future are half of the initial cost.
  • How long does it last? Normally 1-2 years
  • How often should I get touch-ups? Every 6 months to 1 year
  • How long does it take to heal? 7-10 days
  • What steps do I take in the healing process? Make sure and use the ointment I give you every 2-3 hours to keep them hydrated and moist. Also, drink lots of water.
  • Can I wear makeup through the healing process? Yes, just not anywhere on the pigment.
  • Does the pigment look exactly like it does on the first day getting it done? No, throughout the 7-10 day healing process it will lighten about 20-30 percent.
  • Can I take Ibuprofen before the procedure for pain? No, you do not want to take any medication that will thin your blood.
  • Does it hurt? People say it feels similar to getting your eyebrows plucked but also say microblading hurts a bit more than SofTap. (I felt it hurt a bit more than getting your eyebrows plucked but it wasn’t too bad.)
  • How do you create the hair-stroked look? The pigment is applied with a blade that looks like an Exact-O knife but is made out of needles.  These needles penetrate the skin and deposit the pigment, creating the natural, hair-stroked look.  Check out her Instagram video to see these gorgeous hair strokes in action!
  • Do you do anything other than eyebrows? Yes, I do eyebrows, eyeliner, lip liner, full lips, and beauty marks.

If you have other questions, please feel free to comment below and we will get those answered for you.

AFTER PROCEDURE:

AFTER TOUCH-UP AND HEALING (final product):

*I finally feel confident in the way my eyebrows look and I don’t spend ANY time on them in the morning when I do my makeup.  I can’t thank Taby enough for helping me feel secure and confident with my brows! Thank you Taby!!

If you are interested in any Microblading or SofTap permanent cosmetic procedures feel free to contact Taby or myself.

 Checkout some photos of some clients Taby has done permanent makeup on.

Facebook Account: P.C. by Taby or Taby Davila Castro

Instagram Account: pc_by_taby

Contact Taby to book your free consultation today!

Email: Tabydavila@gmail.com

Phone: 385-210-4797