5/17/19

April/May Beauty Faves + Hourglass Unreal Glosses

I have so many good favorites to share this month as well as the new Hourglass Unreal glosses that just launched. Enjoy the video and don't forget to subscribe

Here is the larger version
This is the brush cleansing soap I use
Here is the Sephora version
I always use it with this mitt
Hourglass Unreal Gloss in Child, Sublime, Fortune and Ignite
Here is the other Hourglass gloss formulation


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5/16/19

10 Spring Dresses Under $100

The best part about spring and summer (besides the sunshine and amazing weather) is the clothing is always more affordable! LOL Boots and coats are normally more expensive than a cute sundress. There are a ton of great options under $100 and I pulled together ones for all different occasions in today's post.

1. Floral midi dress - The top on this dress is conservative but the high slit makes it so youthful and fun!

2. Side slit midi dress - Clearly I am into slits right now and this dress is so elegant and perfect for a summer formal wedding.

3. Midi sundress - Give me a big hat, straw tote and sandals and I am ready for a picnic in this look.

4. Poplin striped maxi dress - Another tie waist dress which I am always drawn to because they accentuate the waistline and are often the most flattering styles for me.

5. Off shoulder ruffle dress - This would be the best dress if you are a bride to be and need a rehearsal or shower dress.

6. Striped belted minidress - Stripes, v-neck and belted - this is basically my ideal style dress.

7. Checkered minidress - I can see this one dressed up with strappy sandals and a cute clutch for a summer evening out.

8. Wrap dress - Another classic wrap dress that is timeless. It can be worn now and for many years to come.

9. One-shoulder midi dress - I adore a one shoulder style because it gives drama while still being a tad more modest than a strapless style. And the dark color and simple stripes make this a great dress to wear into fall.

10. Tie-waist sundress - I am always drawn to rainbow print and this would be a great casual dress for sightseeing. Add some sneakers, a denim jacket and cross body bag to complete the look!

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5/15/19

Five Sunscreens I Like Wearing Under Makeup

Sunscreen is a necessary part of my daily skincare routine, but finding ones that work well under makeup has taken me quite a few years of testing. Thankfully sunscreen formulas are getting better and better, so I now have multiple ones that I reach for to wear under foundation. Some even work well as a makeup primer helping to smooth out the skin, blur imperfections and give a slight matte finish. Here are five formulations that I find work great under my makeup:

1. Tatcha Pore Perfecting Sunscreen - This is one of my favorite formulas to wear in the summer because it gives a matte finish to the skin and blurs imperfections. It wears beautifully as a makeup primer smoothing out the skin and my foundation just glides right over it.

2. Revive Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen - I've been wearing this one recently because it feels like a moisturizer instead of an SPF. It's creamy and hydrating, but never makes my skin greasy or overly shiny. This is particularly great in the fall and winter when my skin is a bit drier and I need something moisturizing before I put on my foundation.

3. Sisley Sunleya Age Minimizing Sunscreen SPF 50 - This is a major splurge sunscreen but truly one of the best textures I've ever used. I've been reviewing and recommending it on my YouTube channel and blog for years, and have had many readers message me after purchasing it saying how it's the best sunscreen formula they have ever tried. I can wear it year round because it moisturizes my skin without ever making it greasy. The texture feels like a creamy moisturizer and not at all like a sunscreen. It absorbs instantly and in addition to providing great sun protection, it has ingredients to help fight off free radical damage.
From left to right: Tatcha, Revive, Farmacy, Sisley and Supergoop
4. Farmacy Green Screen SPF 30 - Another formula that feels like a moisturizer but gives great sun protection. I just noticed that it is out of stock so I'm hoping that doesn't mean they are discontinuing it. It's more of a natural formula so if you prefer a "clean" beauty brand, this is a great option. Out of all 5 formulas, this does initially leave a slight white-ish cast but it goes away once rubbed in to the skin.

5. Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 - I've tried invisible or clear sunscreen formulas before and none of them felt as good as this one from Supergoop. It's not greasy or too silicone-like, but still glides over the skin leaving it looking smooth and with a natural matte finish. Even though it's oil-free and great for those with oily or combination skin, I still find it looks beautiful on my skin when it's feeling dry.

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5/13/19

An Affordable and Versatile Spring Look



Tank - H&M | Skirt - H&M | Shoes - Villa Rouge | Bag - Caterina Bertini (similar here) | Sunglasses - Illesteva (similar here)

This weekend marks my second Mother's Day and we kept things a bit more low key this year, and stayed home most of the day. It was raining but that didn't stop Miles from wanting to go play outside so I put his rain boots and coat on and had him splash around for a bit. In fact, I took him for a ride in his push car early in the morning and we probably looked so funny walking around with our rain gear on and umbrella up but he had a blast. I wish the weather had been beautiful, because I had wanted to wear this look again! I have really been loving maxi and midi skirts/dresses recently and have found so many that work with my 5'4" frame. The hi/lo hem on this skirt is much more flattering in person than it looked online and I love how it moves when I walk. This white tank was such a great find because it can be worn with a dressier look like this, as well as with pants or a pencil skirt for a workwear outfit. And since the skirt is not too long, I plan to wear it with flats or flip flops and a tank top in the summer. So many options for each piece and both are under $40! 

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5/12/19

Mother's Day with Miles + How I've Changed As a Mother









Maree: Dress (more sizes here) | Wedges | Bag | Sunglasses | Necklace

I laugh so much looking at these pictures because it is a miracle we got any good ones with how fast Miles moves these days. I even contemplated not taking any pictures to celebrate Mother's Day simply because Miles is at the age where he never wants to stand still, but I cherish all the photos we have already and knew it would be worth it. Stan has become quite the master at capturing Miles in the moment and we all ended up having so much fun together. 

This is my second Mother's Day with Miles and I feel so grateful to be his mom. I look back over the past 18 months and am amazed at how much he has grown and turned into his own little person. I've shared before how hard my c-section recovery was and how I really struggled with postpartum mood swings for nearly a year after so I'm happy things are finally beginning to balance out and I feel more like myself again. Finding a routine gets easier each day and I'm much more confident now as a mom. I knew I always wanted to have children but wasn't really a "kid person" if I'm being honest. I didn't spend a lot of time around kids and had only changed one diaper before having Miles. While I do believe that maternal instincts kick in after having a child, I was still so nervous when he first arrived. I was scared to take him out by myself and do things alone. I started slow and would take him to a store, put his car seat in the shopping cart, walk around the store for 10 minutes and then leave. Believe it or not, these sorts of trips really helped me gain confidence. I learned how to handle him in public, how to get him in and out of the car/stroller easily and what to do if he started to get upset. 

Fast forward to today and I regularly take him everywhere by myself. My favorite thing to do is take him to dinner on the weekends - just the two of us (Stan is normally working) and it's such a delight. Spending time with him is my absolute favorite thing to do and I can hardly remember what it was like before I had him. Don't get my wrong, I really enjoyed my single life, then my married with no kids life to the fullest, and this is a new chapter that I love just as much. I was always a bit worried that after I had a child, I wouldn't feel like myself anymore or would feel pressure to be a certain type of mom. Thankfully that has not been the case and in some ways, I still feel like that vivacious gal from NYC who now has a fun little sidekick. I'm confident in my role as a mother and love that I have found other women with kids who accept me as I am. Miles has already taught me so much about myself and continues to do so each day. I'm grateful for those lessons (no matter how difficult they may be at times), and that he came into our lives because it has brought more joy then I could have ever imagined.  

5/11/19

Life Lately on Instagram

Jumpsuit | Sandals | Bag | Hat | Necklace

Dress | Sandals | Bag | Necklace

Dress | Heels | Bag | Sunglasses 

Romper | Sandals | Bag | Sunglasses | Necklace

Dress | Wedges | Bag | Sunglasses

Dress | Wedges | Bag | Sunglasses

Miles' pajamas
Maree pajama top | pajama bottoms

Dress | Bag | Sandals | Sunglasses 

Pajama top | pajama bottom

Bed | Nightstand | Lamp | Books 1 and 2 | Zebra tray | Marble tray

Jumpsuit | Bag | Sandals

Dress | Sunglasses

Dress | Bag | Wedges | Sunglasses
Tank | Jeans | Shoes | Bag | Headband | Earrings

Jumpsuit | Sandals | Bag | Sunglasses | Necklace
It's so nice to officially be in short sleeves and bare legs now all the time. I always feel I have so many more options of things to wear in the spring and summer and love getting back to skirts and dresses regularly. The only downside is constantly needing to apply self tanner and get spray tans. #paleproblems LOL I rounded up all my recent outfits from Instagram that I wore over the past month with links to all the items I'm wearing. If you have any questions on sizing, leave me a comment below!

5/10/19

Friday Finds

Dress | Bag | Shoes | Home office decor linked here
Happy Friday! Hope everyone had a great week. I'm so excited for the weekend and to hang out with Miles for Mother's Day. My list of finds has been steadily growing in my phone so I'm glad I can share them all in today's post. Here are all my favorite finds from the past few weeks:

1. After finishing Dead to Me on Netflix in just a few days, I am now hooked on The Act on Hulu. Both shows are soooo good!

2. I'm not a linen snob and only buy new sheets when I need them, but I recently picked these up from Walmart and they feel amazing! For the price point, I wasn't expecting anything remarkable (even though the reviews were quite good), but they feel so soft that I immediately went online and bought two more sets.

3. Jumpsuits and rompers are one of my favorite things to wear in the spring and summer. I saw this one on Amazon (for under $25) and it's currently sitting in my cart. It looks so comfy!

4. I bought this one piece striped swimsuit from J.Crew last year and love how it fits and holds everything in! This is the updated version from this year and I am obsessed with the band detail around the waist. So flattering!

5. I love adding plants around the house but am not always the best at taking care of them. I saw some artificial ones from Crate & Barrel and was so impressed with how they look. I'm trying to decide which ones I want to add to my bedroom. This agave plant and this snake plant caught my eye immediately, and I'm also loving this succulent collection or these individual succulents.

6. Straw and rattan bags are all I want to carry in the summer so I am always on the hunt for unique styles. The detail on this bag is so beautiful and I love that this one has a shoulder strap and a handle (and is only $50!).

7. These neutral patterned slides for $40 are so chic looking!

8. These nude strappy sandals come in 5 different shades so they would work with a variety of skin tones! A nude sandal for me is different than a nude sandal for many other women, so I love the idea that you can find something that is closer to your skin tone.

9. This tote would make the best beach bag and I love the black and white design.

10. If you want something different for your office or family room to store your magazines, this magazine holder is the chicest thing I have ever seen!

11. A bit of a splurge, but this lucite console table could work in so many different rooms of the house. And in a pinch it could be a fabulous bar cart.

12. Never not looking for cute loungewear sets and this one from Loft is perfect for all the stripe lovers.

13. My favorite liquid eyeshadows have been repackaged (and possibly reformulated?). I need to pick one up to see if they are still as good as the original!

14. An SPF powder for your scalp?? This is genius!

Be sure to check out all my past Friday Finds posts. Also, I just updated the Spring Shop so stop by to see all the new additions.

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5/9/19

Luxury Makeup Haul - Hits and Misses

Today's video is a luxury makeup haul with a bunch of new things I have purchased over the past few weeks. Some were a major hit while others were a major miss. Enjoy and don't forget to subscribe!

The products mentioned in the video:

In stock here!!! I would buy it quickly because it is sold out at so many places!
Fenty Beauty Bronzer (this one is AMAZING!)


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