Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Beachside Essentials

With a beach vacay in Montauk starting in roughly 26 hours, I decided to round up a few of my beachside essentials (this should help inform my packing list, right?!) This will be my first time headed to a beach up north so I'm thinking I may have to adjust my normal beachwear to include a few more sweatshirts and few less sundresses, but I'll figure it out as I go, and when in doubt, over pack, always.

I finally got a new L.L. Bean Boat and Tote this summer (mine was so old!) and I have been using it constantly, even in the city, but it's a staple at the beach. A seersucker bikini is always a classic, and no straps, please. This neon cover up is sold out in pink online, but you can still get it in the slightly safer navy

I am a bit obsessive when it comes to sunscreen. I freckle if I'm out in the sun for just a few minutes and start burning shortly thereafter. This spray makes it easy to constantly reapply without having to worry about making sure I don't look pasty white from all the SPF. On my face, it's always 70 or above, and I finally realized this summer that an SPF lip balm is a must. This Sugar Lip Treatment from fresh also adds a bit of color.

Shop my favorite beachside items using the images below!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pleated Shorts

Pleated shorts have occupied a pretty solid spot on the don't list since about 1990, however this year they started cropping up alongside high waisted jean shorts, overalls, and all sorts of other trends that we thought had been long buried and forgotten. While I won't be wearing overalls anytime soon, the pleated short trend is worth trying out, especially when it's on sale for $17(!) during J.Crew's Final Summer Sale. With a skinny belt, a striped shirt, and some pops of color, these navy pleated shorts are totally chic and nothing like my "summer uniform" pleated shorts from Catholic school days.

The outfit below is slightly nautical but with orange as the accent color rather than red to avoid doing a too literal take on classic Americana. A tan Tory Burch tote coordinates with the braided belt without being matchy matchy. A summer scarf is ready for cool seaside  nights and a navy and ivory hat shields midday's rays. Gold jewelry, big sunglasses (I wanted to do a sporty pair but it's just not me!), and a coral lipstick round out the look. 

Shop the look using the links below - and definitely pick up the shorts while they're $17!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nordstrom Beauty Picks

I know that every blogger on earth has already inundated you with their favorites from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but since some of the prices really are worth sharing, I thought I would throw my hat in the ring. Here are a few of my favorites.

Voluspa Candles are amazing. They're the ones that you see and smell all over Anthropologie, so of course, any time you can get them on sale, go for it. This Stila Lip Glaze Set has 8 lip glazes that are normally $22 each for $25, enough said. I blogged about NARS blush and bronzer just a couple weeks ago and this is the perfect time to try them out. I'm not a big foundation wearer, but when I do have a fancy occasion, I'll break out the beautyblender sponge and some mousse foundation for a flawless finish. Its bouncy texture and egg shape let you create a natural look while covering any imperfections. The fresh, feminine, floral scent of Flowerbomb is a classic and one you'll end up wearing everyday. I received a sample with a Sephora order recently and I ran through it in literally weeks. 

Anniversary Sale, NARS, Stila, Beauty Blender, Voluspa, Flowerbomb

Since it's a great time to stock up on all these beauty products, shop the post here!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Few Favorites

A few of my favorite items these days. You can never go wrong with stripes, but they are certainly at their best during the summer, paired with a skinny white jean. Simple gold jewelry and a classic pair of cat-eye sunglasses make for an ever chic summer look.

"Wink" by Lilly Pulitzer has been in my perfume rotation for years now and for a daytime floral, it can't be beat. I can't get enough of Essie in Castaway. It's the perfect Barbie pink. Meaning, it's very pink, yet completely appropriate, as in not neon. C.O. Bigelow's Lip Shine makes me feel like I'm being low maintenance, however I know that it's really just a lip gloss masquerading as a lip treatment.

What are some of your current beauty and fashion favorites? Any classic summer looks that you just have to have?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Benefit's Big Easy

I've mentioned my favorite BB cream, Dr. Jart's Black Label Beauty Detox Cream, countless times on this blog and I am standing by it as one of my all time favorite beauty products. However, Benefit has been doing an amazing job of promoting their newest products on social media (this new push up liner has been everywhere!) and after seeing countless tweets and mentions of their new Big Easy Better than BB Multi-Balancing Complexion Perfector, I finally had to try it.

I popped into Sephora and, luckily, I was helped right away by a salesgirl who had experience with the Big Easy. I would have picked up Fair because I am about as fair as can be, but she quickly steered me away and towards the Light shade. This is a makeup that definitely runs extremely light, so go a little darker than you typically would.

Benefit promises a liquid to powder finish with an SPF of 35. It certainly delivers. When applied correctly, which means patting the product into the skin rather than rubbing it in, it leaves behind a shine free, flawless looking complexion. It's definitely a lighter coverage product, but it is just enough to cover any redness or imperfections, and it leaves skin looking matte, yet refreshed. I applied this over L'Oreal Texture Perfector and felt they were the perfect pair.

My first few days trying out this product included a 12 hour drive to Tennessee, 2 days spent in the Georgia humidity, and then an extremely early morning drive to Atlanta and a flight back to DC. Throughout all these tough tests, the Big Easy Better than BB totally held up. This will absolutely become a staple in my summer beauty routine since the SPF 35 is a huge plus and the velvety texture lasts throughout the dog days of summer.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

C.Wonder Tablescape

If you're into gold and bold patterns, C.Wonder is the place to go for dinnerware and glassware. Animal prints and bold ikats adorn many of their plates and serving pieces. I was feeling inspired by the zebra plate below and pulled together a tablescape playing off of the gold detailing on the plate and then expanding it to a safari chic feel with the woven placemat, green ikat, and artisan looking salt and pepper shakers. Perfect for a mid-summer dinner party.

Also, it appears I'm on a green, black, gold, and animal print kick lately?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Influenster Vox Box

Last month I received a VoxBox from Influenster. This summer's box didn't have anything too fancy, but it introduced me to some great products that will absolutely go into my regular rotation. The products were selected with the goal of getting a girl through summer's busy wedding season and I have definitely put all to use.

  • Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream: I am a sucker for skincare products, so this clearly was the item I was most excited to try in my VoxBox. While it is billed as a cream for morning and night, I've found that it is far better when used solely as a night cream. It's extremely moisturizing, which is wonderful, but for day it's almost a bit too greasy. However, that's just what I'm looking for at night since I use a Retin-A treatment (this girl doesn't want wrinkles!), which can be drying.
  • Pure Silk Shave Cream: This is a foamy, thick cream that has converted me to using a shave cream every time I shave.
  • Tide to Go: How did I not already have one of these in my purse? I know these little miracle stain removers have been around forever, but somehow I just missed the boat up until now. I have already used this so many times and it works.
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure: While I'm not a blue nails kind of girl, this is a truly pretty shade for those who like their colors outside the pink/red/nude world. Plus, my nails held up for several days without chipping! This polish claims to have a basecoat, color, and topcoat in one and it definitely lives up to the hype.
  • Eco Tools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge: This is absolutely a product I will reach to whenever I'm looking for a little deeper, but gentler, cleansing than usual. It's perfect to use with a mild cleanser such as Cetaphil and leaves your face feeling clean and refreshed.

 Do you have any summer beauty basics that have made their way into your daily routine? I'd love to know what other products I should try!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Patriotic Style

No matter what your Fourth of July plans have in store for you, there's a way to wear red, white, and blue without looking over the top or kitschy. No American flag bandanas here (though those certainly have their time and place), here are three patriotic looks for your holiday weekend.

For a city cookout, you want to look relaxed but still stylish. A scalloped, navy eyelet top, white shorts, a pop of red in the form of the ever chic silk scarf, an adorable navy clutch, and gold jewelry to tie it all together. Sophisticated, pulled together, but easy.

For a weekend by the beach or at the river, casual is the name of the game. A classic L.L. Bean Boat and Tote, monogrammed, obviously, lived in jean shorts, and an iconic red and white striped shirt are the ultimate in All American summer style.

Red can be a tough color to wear so this outfit is for those who would rather go the navy and white route. A gorgeous, and comfortable, graphic navy and white maxi dress, beachy straw clutch, and some fun gold earrings are totally patriotic when paired with bright red nails and a red lip

Now, with some outfit ideas in mind, I hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend!