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Feeling like the South of France feat. L’Occitane

First of all, traveling the world is definitely on my bucket list, but with my reporter job schedule and salary, it’s not exactly easy. The South of France is a big dream of mine. The beautiful beaches, rich culture and air of sophistication call out to me every time I see photos online. I’m evoking those feels a little closer to home with a sophisticated one-shoulder bikini top, matching bottoms and perfume. Scents can really transport us to a time or place, so I’m partnering with L’Occitane to bring me to the South of France. Their new Terre de Lumière collection is inspired by golden hour, a special time before the sun sets and a warm light blankets everything. The new perfume has zesty top notes, which I love. Plus, after a bit of wear, the perfume develops into aromas of lavender, honey and almond from the South of France.

My first introduction to L’Occitane came from my Dad. He brought home their famous hand creme for my Mom and I got to try some of it. As I got older, the more than 40-year brand became a name I trusted for skincare and fragrance. Their shea butter soap is one of my favs. Plus, I love L’Occitane’s dedication to plants and discovering ways to use natural ingredients in beauty products. However, I’m picky when it comes to perfumes and my collection only consists of two or three different scents. What I love about Terre de Lumière is it’s a warm scent but doesn’t feel heavy. While it has sensual notes and makes you feel sophisticated, it’s not overly powerful.

I brought the Terre de Lumière perfume and body lotion to a recent beach trip because I hate smelling like “outside.” If I really want a scent to last, I follow a few steps. First, use a scented shower gel. Second, apply body lotion to layer the scent on top. Finally, I spritz the perfume as I’m heading out the door. Since it can get pretty breezy at the beach, re-spritzing before heading to dinner is key for me. Another tip is to reapply the body lotion after reapplying sunscreen every couple hours.

Finally, to complete my South of France feels, I wore a luxe bikini to the beach. For my full review on this bikini go here. Also, I’m linking a few of my L’Occitane favorites below too 😉


Smooth Shiny Hair How-To :: T3 SinglePass Luxe

Blogger Hoang-Kim straightens her hair with the T3 SinglePass Luxe
Black Frill Sleeves Dress, T3 SinglePass Luxe c/o, Trollbeads bangle c/o

Last year when I moved to Norfolk, I got caught off guard with the humidity. The level of humidity in Hampton Roads is something I have not quite experienced. That is including when I traveled to Baton Rouge for Miss USA! Imagine days where I would be outside reporting all afternoon/early evening and the humidity was pulling strand by strand of hair down into a flat mess. The worst part was not that my hair was straight – it was an awkward wavy chunky straight because the curls have completely fallen out. Does anyone else have this problem? Not to mention, I did not have shiny hair. It was flat and dull. Not exactly how I want thousands of people to view me when they turn their TVs on for the 11 o’ clock news!

Blogger Hoang-Kim straightens her hair with the T3 SinglePass LuxeBlogger Hoang-Kim straightens her hair with the T3 SinglePass LuxeI’m taking action against that with the T3 SinglePass Luxe straightening iron. This pretty lady will be coming with me to work on humid days to ensure my hair looks its best. What I love about this curling iron is it will straighten hair in one fell swoop. No need to go back and do the same section over again. I definitely do not have time for that with breaking news. An internal microchip controls the temperature fluctuation and maintains even heat distribution along the plates. That way hair isn’t exposed to unnecessary heat and can stay healthy and strong. This is the secret to shiny hair that’s smooth and soft to the touch, not dry and fried.

This straightening iron can also do soft waves too if you desire. I still haven’t quite mastered that one, but if I do, I’ll be sure to let you know. I’m traditional in the sense I use a curling iron or wand to curl hair. Lately, I have been cutting my hair shorter than before and because of that, I don’t mind straight hair as much. The SinglePass Luxe has five adjustable heat settings and turns off automatically after an hour. An aspect I really like is the 360-degree swivel cord that doesn’t tangle or twist when you are styling your hair.

Blogger Hoang-Kim straightens her hair with the T3 SinglePass Luxe Blogger Hoang-Kim straightens her hair with the T3 SinglePass Luxe

How to Get Soft Curls with T3 Micro

Hello Everyone! How I look and how my hair is styled is, unfortunately, a huge part of what I do. I wish I could sit here and say regardless of how my hair looked when I’m on air, viewers only care about my storytelling skills and the information I’m giving them. But if something is out of place, it actually distracts viewers and they start to focus in on that one section that’s out of place and not on what I am saying. After years of competing in pageants, I honed the skill of doing my hair well and doing it quick. In this post, I’m sharing how to get soft curls.

I love soft big curls. They look effortless and feminine, which is what I go for on a daily basis. I love the T3 Whirl Trio, which is a wand with three interchangeable barrels. This curling iron is on Allure’s best of beauty list, so you know it’s top notch! I know curling with a wand can be tricky, so here’s how to get soft curls in about 20 minutes or less!


  1. Use a barrel at least 1″ thick – If you want soft curls, you need a bigger barrel. A 1.5″ barrel comes in the Whirl Trio, which is perfect. I will section my hair in half and start in the back and work my way to the front.
  2. Use one-inch sections – Start wrapping from the top of your hair down. If you can, keep your hair flat against the curling iron and do not let it twist. This way you get more of a curl than a wave.
  3. Switch it up – If I am wrapping sections from the bottom of my head, the iron is set lower so I wrap with the iron on top of the hair. When I am curling sections toward the top, I wrap the hair over the iron for some extra volume. (see above + below)
  4. Stay Safe – I am not using a heat-resistant glove, but I have years of experience. If you do not feel comfortable, use one! It is better to be safe than sorry. Plus, burns are not ever attractive on the skin.



Plush robe (so soft + on sale), T3 Curling Iron with Interchangeable barrels

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