FASHION

Summer One Pieces Under $40

Hey beautiful babes! Summer is officially upon us and I want to talk about some adorable summer suits for under $40! With the triple digits making their way to Dallas and the crystal clear waters calling our names, we have entered into the best season of all: SUMMER! And what is summer without a little style? Today I’m sharing my favorite summer one pieces under $40! Let’s go!

Start your summer off right and in style with these must have summer one pieces for under $40!

1. Bubble Gum Pink Open One Piece

This adorable one piece is a little bit of sexy a little bit of functional. It’s perfect for laying out by the beach or taking a swim.

STYLE IT

Cover up with some cute jean shorts and simple sandals. Or play it up with this adorable leopard print duster and pair it with these $15 Black Platform Sandals for a truly stylish look!

Get this Bubble Gum Pink One Piece for $39.95 ON SALE at Express and make this summer your beach. Ohhh see what I did there??

2. Black & White Queen of Hearts Summer One Piece Under $40

I actually love this suit for many reasons. The tie front trend is one of my favorites right now and the open front look gives a perfect twist on the original one piece.

STYLE IT

Pair this knockout bikini with some black flare pants and a stylish floppy hat for the perfect beach look. Add some simple sandals and you’re ready to go!

Get this Black and White Heart Suit for just $30 at Goodnight Macaroon and use code JUNE40 for an additional 40% OFF! Talk about summer suits under $40! Girl, GO!

 

3. Adidas Black Suit

I feel like everyone needs some sort of branded suit and Adidas is the perfect choice.

This sleek swimsuit is versatile and functional. Perfect for water sports or chillin’ on the sand, get the Adidas Black Suit for just $27! Talk about a steal!

STYLE IT

Rock this simple suit with a pair of shorts, sun viser, and some sliders for a truly sporty look!

4. Leopard Print Two Piece Summer Suit 

One of my absolute favorites this summer is the leopard print trend. Put it together with a high waisted two piece bikini and you got yourself one happy beach bum!

Get this perfect two piece for just $35 at Target! I love the fit on this suit so much that I wore it everywhere in Hawai’i!

STYLE IT

I wore my trusty jean shorts with this suit and some simple slides pretty much the whole vacation. For a quick style, throw on this adorable lightweight tie-front tee to complete the look!

Get these cute high-waisted leopard print bottoms for just $17.99 and add the perfect leopard print top for $17.99 to make the suit under $40!

5. Patriotic One Piece

What’s summer without some patriotic swimwear?! This festive one piece is perfect for any 4th of July celebration.

Whether you’re barbecuing or hanging poolside, this little one piece will be the perfect patriotic statement this July!
Get this  summer one piece under $40 for $30 at Target!

There you have it loves! I’m such a bargain shopper so I’m always looking for the cutest pieces on sale! Hopefully you find your perfect summer one pieces under $40!

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LIFE

What Flight Attendants Want You To Know Before Flying

Hey beautiful babes! As you know (or may not know) I work as a Flight Attendant for a major airline in Dallas. I was training the Flight Attendant’s for a little over a year and I LOVED it. Now that I’m back to work flying full time though, I wanted to share a few tips, tricks, do’s, and dont’s when traveling in the friendly skies. I think even if you don’t fly often, it’s important to be properly educated and prepared so we all can have a great flying experience! Let’s find out what Flight Attendants Want You To Know Before Flying.

 

Here we go!

1. DO purchase snacks inside of security if you know it’s going to be a long flight. Some airlines have great food choices, others unfortunately don’t, so come prepared! Almonds, bananas, oranges, Chex mix, and binto boxes are my go-to choices! Most airports have little snack stores or even full blown restaurants. Grub away!

2. We all have to go, and when you’re on a four hour flight, you more than likely will have to use the lavatory at some point. While the airlines try their best to keep these clean for the paying passengers, they usually don’t deep clean them everyday. GROSS. So, bring some hand sanitizer, sani-wipes, and please for the love of all that is sanitary…WEAR SHOES! Yes. This happens.

3. For the mother’s out there, y’all rock. Traveling with children is probably way harder than it looks, so props to you! I understand you may need to change your baby’s blowout in a jiffy, but please DON’T use the tray tables. Even if you have a changing pad, people eat off of these things. There are changing tables on most if not all aircraft. DO ask a Flight Attendant to direct you toward one, bring those handy sani-wipes, and go to work, mama.

PRO TIP: Ask the Flight Attendant for a garbage bag to dispose of the diaper in. The lavatory trash cans don’t get changed as often as you think and we would totally appreciate it if you put the poopy diaper somewhere where we can’t all smell it. For everyone else, maybe bring some Lysol wipes for those trays. 😉

4. I’m always SO cold when I fly as a passenger. So I try to wear some comfy workout clothes, sneakers, and I bring a small blanket.

PRO TIP: Sit towards the back of the aircraft and middle if you like being a bit more chilly. It’s Antarctic up in there. Everyone else, go towards the front, it’s a bit warmer!

5. DO get to the airport about 2 hours before your flight DEPARTS. This will give you plenty of time to check bags if you need, get through security, get something to eat, and board without rushing through. If you’re late due to traffic or poor planning, please DON’T take it out on the workers trying to help you.

6. If you choose to sit in the very front row without a seat in front of you, your bags will have to go up in the overhead bins. DO plan for that if you’re itching for the leg room or to zoom off the plane! We totally get it, but just please cooperate with the rules of the bulkhead. DON’T get upset when the Flight Attendant’s ask you to put it up. I promise you, we are NOT singling you out nor are we trying to pick on you. Flight Attendants want you to know and understand that it’s just a Federal Aviation Regulation and we are just doing our jobs. 😘

7. DO press your call light button if you need anything during the flight (after we have taken off and it’s safe for us to get up.) DON’T press your call light button while on an active taxi way just to get a Coke. PLEASE.

8. DO press your call light button at any time during the flight if you experience a medical emergency. We are highly trained and will be there to help you immediately.

9. DO make sure to have eaten something before you fly and drink plenty of water during the flight. Being 40,000 feet in the air does some funky stuff to our bodies and if you are slightly dehydrated or malnourished when you take off, you’ll be at risk of possibly passing out or worse during the flight…which flight attendants want you to know…we don’t want.

10. DON’T under any circumstances tug on our clothes or poke us just to get a refill or for us to take your trash. We don’t touch you, please don’t touch us. It’s not a petting zoo. UNLESS it’s an emergency of course. We are there to help!

11. DO use headphones if you choose to watch or listen to any media on your phones or iPads. This is just to be courteous to the passengers around you who may not want to listen to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills or Baby Shark over and over. 🙂

12. DON’T down four Jack and Coke’s in the airport and try to stumble your way onto the plane. If we suspect someone may appear to be intoxicated, we can refuse boarding due to foreseeable issues at 40,000 feet. If you choose to order some drinks on the flight, DO understand that we are not just a free for all flying bar. There are rules. We will limit alcohol intake and can “cut you off” if we feel it is unsafe to continue serving you. Think about it, no one wants to be stuck in a metal tube, zooming through the sky with someone who may be unstable for a long period of time. Don’t get us wrong though, we want you to enjoy yourself and have a great time, just please be aware of this.

13. DON’T under any circumstances consume your own liquor on the plane. Once again, we have rules and we can only allow you to consume alcohol we provide you from the time you board until the time you deplane. You are absolutely allowed to bring mini bottles of alcohol onto the plane with you if they are under the 3.4 oz liquid limit. However, please don’t drink it on the plane. People get those confused.

14. DO understand that when the forward lavatory is occupied, we can’t have ANYONE standing or waiting by it. This is due to heightened security measures and I promise, we are NOT just trying to pick on you. Once again, we are here primarily for your safety. It applies to everyone.

15. DO enjoy yourselves! I work for a great airline that encourages fun and love around every corner and we want YOU to experience the best flight of your life. Share with the flight attendants where you’re traveling to and why. Let us know what we can do to help you on the flight. Whether you’re celebrating a milestone or life event or mourning someone you lost. We are here to help make your experience more enjoyable and an unforgettable one. Although we are primarily there for your safety, flight attendants want you to know that YOU matter and we really do care! 

FASHION

Spring Amazon Round Up

Happy Tuesday Babes! As you may or may not know, Amazon has been on point lately with not only everyday products, but with fashion too! I wanted to share my latest Amazon finds that y’all can rock this Spring!

HAIR SCARVES

I’m loving that hair scarves are making a comeback in the fashion world. They’re darling and add the cutest touch to any outfit! My favorite is to rock them with some jeans and a tee! I got my Navy Leopard Print Hair Scarf on Amazon for just $8.90. What’s not to love? Leopard print and affordable! Yes ma’am I’ll take one.

LEOPARD PRINT DRESS

More leopard print! What? You’re not surprised?! This trend is in and it’s here to stay baby! I purchased my Leopard Print Mini Dress for just $20.99 on Amazon. I love the tie shoulder straps and the ruffled trim. You can also wear this dress with a black tee underneath and some cute wedges. Or play it up with some nude heels.

WHITE BODYSUIT TOP

This next piece is my favorite that I’ve purchased from Amazon in awhile. It’s so versatile and can be worn many different ways. I chose to go for a more causal look with these distressed jeans from Vici Dolls and added my peep toe wedges from Francesca’s. This Basic White Bodysuit Tank Top is just $16.99 on Amazon, comes in six colors, and fits TTS!

PEARL HAIR CLIPS

Okay babes, these Oversized Pearl Hair Clips  are all the rage right now and I just had to snag some. I’ve seen some boutiques offering them for crazy prices but GOOD NEWS. I found these bad boys on Amazon for just $8.99! I’ve been wearing them probably a little too much, but can you blame a girl, THEY ARE DARLING!

PINK POCKET LEGGINGS

If you follow me on Instagram (brea.mcewen) you may have seen these before! 😉 That’s because I LOVE wearing them. These Pink Stretch Workout Leggings are just $15.98 on Amazon, come in a ton of colors, and you guys…THEY HAVE POCKETS! And yes this is a big deal! No more trying to stuff your phone in your sports bra at the gym. These bad boys have you covered. I ordered an XS and love the fit!

Working out in oversized bed shirts gets pretty old when you’re trying to do burpees and your shirt keeps flying up. 😉 Good news peeps! I found the cutest little workout top that does the trick. It fits TTS and adds some personality to your gym routine. Get this Always Hungry Workout Top

on Amazon for just $10.99. It comes in black too! HOLLA!

That’s a wrap ladies and gents! I hope you find these Amazon goodies to be a wonderful addition to your Spring closet! Have a great rest of your week sweet loves!

 

*This post contains links that I make a small commission off of (like $.025-$5.00) and it doesn’t cost anything to you! It just helps me to continue blogging and making my dream of becoming a full time blogger a reality! I so appreciate y’all following along with me on this journey! Please feel free to message me if you have questions!

BEAUTY

My Tanning Routine

 

Why is it when I am tan, I feel so much more put together? It makes my hair, makeup, and outfits look 1000x better. Am I the only one? Obviously not! Sunless tanning has become a popular trend over the past few years and I for one LOVE it! In the past, I’ve tried tanning in tanning beds and honestly, it scared me how unhealthy and SCARY it was.

So, I decided a few years ago to wear a good sunscreen anytime I deliberately laid out in the sun for long periods of time or to get my tan by other sunless methods. I’ve also tried lotions and bronzers and while they are good products, I find it to be slightly annoying applying it so often. Lately, I’ve been into spray tanning at my local salon. I have to say, this is my favorite method! It’s fast, easy, and it lasts about a week for me and can last a little bit longer if you take good care of it.

I have a membership at LUX Tanning Salon in Dallas and they are wonderful! If you have the extra money to spend on a tan every month, I highly recommend this place. They have great customer service and HELLO top quality spray tan booths. YAY!

Recently, I purchased Bronze Dry Oil for $18.70 on Amazon and have been applying it to my skin the day after I get a spray tan. It gives my skin that extra glow, evens out my tan, and adds a nice subtle shimmer. YAAAS.

The left leg is with the Bronze Dry Oil applied and the right leg is without. It’s a subtle difference, but it definitely smooths out my tan and gives a gorgeous shimmer and glow!

SPRAY TANNING TIPS

BEFORE 

  1. Make sure to exfoliate your skin the day of your scheduled spray tan. This helps to clear your skin from any dead cells and let the spray tan soak into smooth skin.
  2.  Try not to apply any oil-based products or lotions to your skin prior to your spray tan. This could result in a shorter life of your tan and splotching. NO THANK YOU!

DURING 

  1. Make sure to use a hairnet and place it just past your hair line and above your ears. The worst thing is to have a straight up line across your forehead!
  2. If your salon offers a primer, GET IT! It helps the tan life last longer.
  3. If your salon offers barrier cream, USE IT! This helps prevent your palms and bottoms of feet from turning bright orange. Hello Oompa Loompa!

AFTER

  1. If you’re going to shower, make sure to let your tan soak into your skin for AT LEAST 4 hours and try not to scrub your skin too hard in the shower!
  2. I usually get my spray tans at night and place a large towel down on my bed. I go to sleep and in the morning, take my regular shower.

 

There you have it bronze babes! My tanning routine wrapped up in a nice bow just for you. 😉 If you have ANY questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me! I love your feedback and am so grateful for your support!

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FASHION

The Most Comfy Travel Tees

Hey sweet babes! I hope you’re having a great week. I wanted to share the most COMFY travel tee I’ve found yet! And ya girl travels a lot!

I find it to be unnecessarily cold on planes (like WHY IS AN ANTARCTIC WIND BLOWING ON MY FACE CONSTANTLY) so I love that this tee is long sleeve and a little thicker. It’s inexpensive, keeps me toasty while traveling, and not to mention…it’s adorable!

This Comfy Travel Button Up Tee is just $18.99 on Amazon. Ahh good ol’ Amazon. It comes in a few different colors and fits TTS! I paired it with these adorable jeans from Vici Dolls and some peep toe heels from Francesca’s. You can dress this tee down with a pair of cute joggers and sneaks too!

I hope you found this post to be helpful! If you end up purchasing this tee, let me know how you like it! I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thanks y’all!

*This post contains a link that I make a small commission off of (like $.025-$5.00) and it doesn’t cost anything to you! It just helps me to continue blogging and making my dream of becoming a full time blogger a reality! I so appreciate y’all following along with me on this journey! Please feel free to message me if you have questions!

LIFE

Overview of North Shore Oahu, Hawai’i Trip

If you’ve ever been to the Hawaiian islands, you know how breathtaking the ocean and mountain views are, how AMAZING and fresh the seafood is, and how gorgeous the beaches are! Michael and I recently took a trip to the North Shore of Oahu and had the most incredible time together! I wanted to share the best places to grub, the MUST SEES and MUST DOS while you’re there, what beaches to bum at, and much more! Ready? Let’s go!

 

STAY

We chose to rent an Air bnb in Laie, Oahu and we are so glad we did! The host was wonderful and gave us tips on where to go, what to do, and even offered us a few surf boards to use. (UM YES PLEASE!) Not to mention, right down the street from the house was a private beach that had private access. Michael decided to go snorkeling there the last morning of our trip and said it was the best snorkeling he had seen so far! If you want more information on where we stayed, DM me on Instagram (brea.mcewen) or email me at info@powderandpress.com to get the location!

GRUB

The North Shore, Oahu is definitely where people live the simple life. There’s not 5 start restaurants everywhere you turn nor is there even a WalMart or Target close by. And the locals and myself personally LIKE it that way. So, if you’re not scared to eat from food trucks or holes in the walls, this place is for you sister.

PUPUKEA GRILL

Have you ever had a Poke Bowl? I’m sure. But you’ve never had one from Pūpūkea Grill. And if you don’t know what Poke is, it’s raw tuna fish seasoned all sorts of ways. Literally it’s the most delicious piece of heaven in a bowl I’ve ever tasted. I’m craving one right now and might have to convince my hubby to take me there again in a few months. It’s THAT good. Order this with a Lemon or Mint flavored Yerba Mate for a nice refreshing and refueling meal. Located across the street from Pūpūkea Beach Park and Shark’s Cove, you won’t want to miss this gem!

PAPA OLE’S

Who goes to Hawaii without ordering some Banana Pancakes? Like Jack Johnson says, “there ain’t no need to go outside” when it’s raining and you just need some grub! Head over to Papa Ole’s for a super good and super unhealthy breakfast. Located in the middle of a grocery store parking lot, this little hole in the wall doesn’t look like much, but boy does it hit the spot. Order a 2 Stack Banana Pancake meal and a side of spam for a truly authentic Hawaiian experience. 🤙🏼

SEVEN BROTHERS

Alright I’m pretty sure this is a chain that started in Utah but dude it’s sooo good. It’s kind of hidden behind a shave ice place in the middle of a dirt lot filled with a ton of other food trucks, but I’m so happy we found this place! While you eat, I hope you don’t mind cats or chickens, because these cuties are everywhere! Order the Ahi Steak and the Coconut Shrimp for a filling and mouthwatering dinner for two and enjoy the sunset togedda.

GIOVANNI’S SHRIMP

On our last night in Oahu, we decided to meet up with some family at a well known food truck called Giovanni’s. Nestled near like 20 other food trucks, this one stands out with all of the signatures written on the face of the truck and the bold lettering. They have a simple menu, ITS ALL SHRIMP BRAH. And it’s oh so good. I got the lemon butter shrimp which was magnifico. My hubby got the spicy shrimp and I’m pretty sure he is STILL recovering from it. We love spicy foods but BEWARE this stuff is flaming hot. 🔥

PLAY

First things first, there is SO much to do in Hawaii. Surfing, snorkeling, beach hopping, hiking, eating, just straight up adventuring. And A TON more. I want to share with you guys the best beaches we went to and which beaches honestly to AVOID, the best hiking spots, and more!

BONZAI PIPELINE

A local beach located in the heart of North Shore, you’ll find surfers and plenty of waves here. Known for its massive swells that come through in the winter time, Bonzai is a great place to watch the surfers ride the waves, sun bathe on the soft sand, or take a stroll along the water’s edge. Beware of the 10 foot crashing waves though, they can get up to 20 feet in the summer and swimmers aren’t usually found frolicking here…unless you’re like iron man and can hold your breath for 3 minutes.

WAIMEA BAY

This gorgeous sandy beach is one that both locals and tourists alike enjoy. Here, you’ll find bodysurfers, swimmers, beach bums, rock climbers, and thrill seekers. Located on the edge of the beach lies a large rock that only the bravest of heart dare to climb. Lol no I’m kidding it’s not that crazy but so much fun! Climb to the top of this 25 foot boulder and JUMP! Michael and I did it and had a blast! Just be careful of high tide, large swells, or you know people just chillin at the bottom. 🤙🏼

P.S. SORRY! No pictures on this one, we decided to leave our phones in the car and enjoy this one together.

PILLBOX HIKE

There are countless spots to hike on the beautiful North Shore, Oahu, but Pillbox rounds them out to my top 5. Located across from Lanikai, this hike isn’t for just anyone. It was surprisingly steep and muddy at times, so be careful. Michael and I enjoyed the challenge and when we reached the top, we took in a picture perfect panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Try saying that five times fast.

P.S. I wore these adorable leggings on the hike and they were so comfortable and breathable. Also, it has pockets. BONUS!

POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER

Visiting this incredible place was definitely a highlight to this trip. Being that Michael served his mission in Samoa, he was so excited to show me all about the Samoan and Polynesian cultures. We purchased the “Ambassador” package and got to tour the six Polynesian islands throughout the center. It was remarkable to see all of the different traditions and practices each island displayed. New Zealand was my favorite!

Throughout our tour, Michael actually ran into three different people from his mission, over nine years ago. It was such a tender mercy and a beautiful reunion. I highly recommend touring the PCC at least once. The proceeds of your purchases go toward supporting the students of BYU Hawai’i. BONUS!

At the end of the night, we were treated to HA Breath of Life show and a scrumptious crab leg and steak dinner. I think we paid about $300 for all of this for two people and it was worth it! Plus your park admissions last for 3 days! So if you don’t get to see everything in one day, you can come back!

Be mindful that they are closed on Sundays!*

The Island of FIJI! ^^

Loving this time together!

The island of Samoa showing us how to properly climb a coconut tree! SO COOL!

 

There you have it loves! We had a blast touring the North Shore, Oahu and we never wanted to leave! All in all, enjoy your time and have a blast but PLEASE respect the island and the culture, respect the beaches and pick up your trash if you have any, and always try to use reef safe sunscreen !

*This post contains a link that I make a small commission off of (like $.025-$5.00) and it doesn’t cost anything to you! It just helps me to continue blogging and making my dream of becoming a full time blogger a reality! I so appreciate y’all following along with me on this journey! Please feel free to message me if you have questions!