6/18/18

Summer in the Park



 Shirt - Madewell (my favorite t-shirts - I wear an XS) | Shorts - H&M (I'm wearing an XS, also love these and these) | Shoes - Madewell (run true to size) | Bag - Reformation (identical here) | Watch - Timex | Sunglasses - Ray-Ban | Hat - Janessa Leone

I could really go for one of those snow cones right now since it is going to be in the high 90's today. Yikes! The first day of summer may not be until June 21st, but the summer weather is already here. Hence the need for a snow cone run! Last week, Stan and I headed over to a local park where a bunch of food trucks come every Friday and I got a snow cone while he pigged out on a huge burger (and he never gains an ounce - life is not fair, I am aware of this already). 

Thank goodness I buy a million of these v-neck t-shirts every summer because I was melting by the time we were done taking these pictures. I particularly love them because they are so loose and drapey without looking sloppy or too oversized. And these blue and white shorts were perfect for the heat and humidity as well. I typically wear either denim cut-offs (these are my current favorites for this summer) or more dressy shorts (like this look, this look and this look), but I loved these super casual drawstring shorts I saw on H&M's site. They feel as comfortable as gym shorts but are nice enough to wear out and about. I also plan to wear them to the beach and pool, and since they are less than $15 I don't feel bad about getting them wet or sandy. Scroll through the widget below to see tons of other casual shorts options.

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6/15/18

Review: Tatcha The Pearl Eye Treatment - A Concealer and Eye Cream in One! (Swatches of the Two Lightest Shades)

Oh Tatcha, you done did it again! Making a skincare product that absolutely blew my mind. I've been using Tatcha products since 2012 when a friend that worked at Barney's recommended a new brand that recently came to the beauty floor. From that first introduction (this was the product I purchased that got me hooked), I have loved the brand ever since. The newest launch from the brand may be the most innovative thing yet! The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment is both a concealer and eye cream in one! 

I know other brands have tried to merge a concealer with skincare benefits or an eye cream with a bit of a tint, but this is truly one of the best I have tried. The formula feels amazing on the skin, gives incredible coverage, brightens the eye while smoothing it, hydrating it and making it look refreshed instantly. It has ingredients designed to help address fine lines, wrinkles, dullness and dark circles. My issue often with eye creams (and why I'm not too loyal to a certain one) is that so many deliver similar results so I can interchange one with another and see the same effect. However, this is an eye product that cannot be duplicated with anything else I have in my collection. 
Swatches from left to right: Moonlight, Softlight
Let's first talk color. There are currently 3 shades available right now so I don't know how wide of a spectrum it caters to since I was only able to test the 2 paler shades. I wasn't sure that the paler shade (Moonlight) would work for me and be light enough but it is perfect. The next deeper shade (Softlight) would work for more medium to light olive complexions. I anticipated the pigmentation being more sheer and acting more like a product to help color correct at best, but I was so wrong! There is quite a bit of pigment in this treatment and a little bit goes a long way. However, even though it's pigmented, it blends beautifully and looks undetectable under the eye. This is where the eye treatment aspect comes in because while most concealers are still visible on the skin, this disappears like an eye cream but still conceals. I'm convinced it's magic.

Ok, let's talk about how I use it. A few ways. I have used it over a traditional eye cream, and as my eye cream. I like it both ways. I typically apply it under my makeup since I want the skincare benefits of the product to get on my bare skin and work their magic instead of sitting atop my foundation. When I'm using this I typically will then skip concealer all together because this brightens up my eye area and color corrects all the darkness (unless I didn't get any sleep and then sometimes I still need to bring out the big guns concealers). In my mind I see this more as a skincare product than a makeup product and even on days that I am not wearing any makeup, I will put this one to instantly make me look more awake. And with the amount I use on a daily basis (barely a fingertip's worth - less is more with this product), this pot will last me many months! 
*pr samples included

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6/14/18

Madras Print + What I'm Loving From Ann Taylor Right Now

 Top - Ann Taylor (40% off today!! runs big, size down, also comes in a skirt) | Shorts - Isabel Marant (old but similar here, here and here) | Shoes - Loeffler Randall (old but similar here) | Bag - Kayu | Sunglasses - Le Specs | Bracelet - Vita Fede | Ring - Kendra Scott

When I used to work at my old office job, I wore Ann Taylor a ton. Our office was business casual so I needed pieces that were suitable for that environment but also fit my out of work lifestyle. To be honest, prior to that I assumed their pieces were not my style and or everything would be boring or frumpy looking. Then I was walking by their windows one day a few years ago and there was a cute leopard print skirt in the window that I fell in love with and ran right in to try it on. From that point on, I begin shopping there again. (leopard can change things, y'all LOL)

Not every season or new collection they put out is my taste so I'm often hit or miss with them but when it's a hit I grab some of the best pieces. And right now there are a ton of hits! I saw this plaid sleeveless blouse and added it to my cart instantaneously. As soon as it arrived, I loved it. And the options to style this are endless - high waisted shorts like I have here, a denim skirt (which I've already worn together and love) and sandals, a pencil skirt for the office, dark jeans and heels for a night out - see? That's 4 looks for one shirt. Sold! 

There are a ton of others great pieces on the site right now so I pulled together all the best ones. And if you are looking for a good classic sandal, they have tons of cute options. Scroll through the widgets below for all my picks.


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6/12/18

Summer Fashion Finds Under $100

It's been a while since my last under $100 post, and I found so many great pieces a round-up was in order! Most of the pieces above are great classics or things that will easily transition into one's closet, but be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post because I included tons more under $100 picks.

1. Black Maxi Dress - Nothing is more classic than a black maxi dress for summer. And this one is under $50!

2. Braided Sandals - A basic neutral sandal with a twist (literally!).

3. White Mini Dress - The most simple white mini dress. This would be perfect with sneakers, wedges or even dressed up with heels.

4. Jeans (more sizes here) - I have these jeans (I'm wearing them here) and I can't say enough good things about them! I love them mostly because they come right above my ankle which is so hard for me to find (#shortinseamproblems). 

5. Wicker Bag - Cult Gaia did it again with another cute summer bag! It comes in black too.

6. Star Earrings - These look so incredibly lightweight and I love that the star shape goes through the ear. A nice twist on traditional hoops.

7. Black Sunglasses - Basic black cat eye sunglasses. YES!

8. Floral Straw Tote - A tote like this would go perfectly with that white mini dress. Or an all denim outfit. Or a white tee and cut-offs. Or that black maxi dress. I could go on like this forever....LOL 

9. Chambray Top - I've had a chambray blouse in my closet for longer than I can remember, and it's something I will never be without. This is my favorite one - the fit and color are the best.

10. Sunset Sneakers - No boring ol' white sneakers here - I love the sunset detailing!

11. Pajamas - My girlfriend is going on a trip to Italy in a few weeks and I have been helping her shop for all of her activities and events. The one thing she was missing was a cute pajama set and I suggested this one. She just texted me on Saturday to say she bought it and loves it! 

In addition to my picks above, scroll through the widgets below for more under $100 pieces!

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6/11/18

An Easy Breezy Summer Tank + A New Podcast I'm Into


Tank - Madewell (size down) | Jeans - Free People (runs true to size, also come in this color, this color and this color) | Sandals - Anthropologie (runs true to size for me) | Bag - Cult Gaia | Necklace - Nashelle | Ring - Kendra Scott | Sunglasses - Illesteva

Yellow is such a hit or miss color for me but I have been loving it this summer (see another yellow look here and here). This easy breezy tank is so comfortable for the humid weather we have been having - I love how flowy and loose it is! However, this past weekend was just rain on and off, even when I took Miles to his first birthday party on Sunday. He was such a hoot there and loves to be around tons of commotion and people. He likes to take it all in and watch everyone and everything that is happening. Initially when we walked in he began to cry a bit because it was a tad overwhelming, but I found a quite spot and just gave him a few minutes to adjust and then he was super calm and relaxed the rest of the party! 

I also spent this weekend watching the Sex and the City marathon that was on (it's the 20 year anniversary of when it first aired, how did that happen?!!!), and catching up on the podcast I have been following. I prefer crime and mystery podcasts and loved the first season of In the Dark and have been patiently waiting for a second season. And so far the second season has lived up to my expectations. It delves into the horrific murder of 4 innocent people in a furniture store in Mississippi. A man named Curtis Flowers was convicted of the murder and sentenced to death. However, as the host of the show shares more and more details of the case, it creates doubt as to whether Curtis actually committed the crime. And because of prosecutorial misconduct and mistrials, Curtis has been tried by the prosecutor 6 times for this crime over the past 21 years (double jeopardy does not apply in these instances). The season is still going on and I am fascinated to know if this podcast will affect a possible 7th trial and what more she has uncovered. What podcasts do you love and listen to?!!

For more of my past podcast recommendations, read this post

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6/8/18

A Face Palette To Get That Summer Glow: Becca Be a Light Palette in Light/Medium with Swatches

Palettes come out almost every day at this point it seems, but after falling completely in love with this bronzer from Becca, my interest was immediately piqued when I saw this new bronzy complexion palette from them that just launched. The Becca 'Be a Light' palette has 4 shades designed to brighten (far left), blur (far right), blush (top swirl shade) and bronze (bottom tan shade). The formula is absolutely stunning as I would have expected from Becca, and the powder feels so fine and delicate that it just disappears right into the skin.

The Light-Medium palette is perfect for my skin tone and the shades work easily for my coloring. The brighten powder is beautiful under the eyes and on the cheekbones for a subtle illuminated look, while the blur powder is more of a bronzer for me so I dust it all over my face to give a warm glow. The blush shade is a bit shimmery for my taste but I just use a light hand to dust it along my cheeks trying to keep it away from the apples which is where I tend to get shiny. The bronze shade is more of a contour for me since it is a bit deep so I sweep it under my cheekbones very delicately to make my them pop.

There is also a darker shade for this palette though the tones still look a bit light to be suitable for all medium to dark skin tones. However the formulation of the powders and how beautiful they wear on the skin makes this palette a big win in my book! If one of the palettes does work with your skin tone, I highly recommend grabbing it for summer since it has a variety of shades that would work for a natural daytime look or for a polished evening face. I hope they make this a permanent item in the line because I can see it being a repeat purchase for tons of people!

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6/7/18

The Weekend Dress

Dress - Lou & Grey (runs big, size down) | Jacket - GAP | Sneakers - Golden Goose (run true to size, similar color here and here) | Bag - Proenza Schouler | Ring - Kendra Scott | Sunglasses - Illesteva

I call this my weekend dress (even though I wear it during the week too LOL), because it's great for throwing on with sneakers to run errands, head to the park, run around with Miles and just be comfortable. Years ago I used to equate wearing a dress with going somewhere fancy, going to an important meeting or having to be uncomfortable. Then I bought my first t-shirt dress and it changed the game for me. In fact, all last summer I wore these stretchy t-shirt dresses from Old Navy while I was pregnant (they are not maternity - see them here and here) and loved them.

If you need an alternative to jeans, joggers or yoga pants for weekend shenanigans, give a dress a try! And I especially love tying a denim jacket, denim shirt or military jacket around my waist both as a cute accessory and in case I get cold. I linked a bunch of t-shirt and sweatshirt dresses in the widgets below.

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