Staying Cool in Summer with Spindrift® Sparkling Water

Something you may not know about me: I have this thing about seltzer. There’s something so much more refreshing about sparkling water than non-sparkling water, and since I have the opposite of a sweet tooth (no soda for me!), seltzer is one of my favorite things—like, ever. 😉 It’s delicious and refreshing and I love those bubbles. Today I’m giving a new product a try: Spindrift® Sparkling Water.

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New Look // Cute and Dreamy Separates for Summer

This year I’ll be very, very sad when summer ends. Usually I love the change of seasons but this summer has been so fun, and so good to me. I’ve been able to visit new cities, spend time with friends and family, hit new heights in my career, and spend a lot of time outdoors. Plus. I’ll miss being able to dress in flowy skirts, crop tops, and bright colors. 🙂

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I’m a big believer in frugal shopping: saving for a home and being on a budget means I have to search to find deals, but since I’m also a dedicated fashion lover, the search is worth it. This is an outfit I bought from Marshalls, an excellent source for great looking clothes for a lot less. This outfit is totally me: flowers, flow, and a healthy dose of pink! I feel like a million bucks when I wear it, but I spent like $30. 😀 Hope you like it!Read More »

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Book Rec // ‘The Man in the High Castle’ by Philip K. Dick

Hi all! Another book review here today, and this one may be one you’ve heard of before, thanks to the adapted Amazon original series of the same name: The Man in the High Castle. I admit that I learned about this book through the show (although I have only watched the first episode) and ever since I heard about it, wanting to read it has haunted me. And now that I’ve read it, the memory of the book is still haunting me—in a great way.

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New Look // Casual Shift Dress with Black Accents for Summer

It feels like summer just came and now it’s more than halfway over. This July was definitely chock full of fun, what with my recent trip to San Diego, my weeklong vacation in the Catskills, and spending time at the beach on weekends. During summer, all I want to do is throw on simple dresses and head out the door, and this is one of those simple outfits that look super cute and stylish!

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Beauty Review // Simply Scrub Organic Body Scrubs

A little while ago, I started to make my own DIY coffee body scrub, with a simple combination of coffee grounds, brown sugar, and olive oil. Scrubbing my body with this simple mixture left me feeling smooth, soft, and as a bonus, managed to cut down on the cellulite around my thighs. I’m a huge fan of food as beauty products, so when I was asked to try out scrubs by Simply Scrub, I jumped at the chance.

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Book Quotes // Endless Harry Potter Wisdom

Everyone knows how much I love Harry Potter…right? If you don’t, well, I love Harry Potter. I’ve read the books dozens of times, and I have made it a point to read them about every other year. 2017 is one of those years, and this July I’ve been revisiting the series very happily. Something about these books feel like coming home again, every time I read them. So here’s a short post today, just to share a couple quotes by Dumbledore, one from the first book and one from the last, that nicely encapsulate everything that Harry Potter has taught me in the past 16 years since I first read the books.

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New Look // Classic, Summer Style — On Sale

Who doesn’t love a good sale? During my trip to San Diego I happened upon an Aeropostale store having a major end-of-summer sale (in July). I hadn’t been inside Aeropostale for years, since it’s one of those stores I tend to think of as stocking mid-2000s logo tees, but in fact, they had racks and racks of cute dresses and rompers, most at half off.

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This dress is one of those purchases: a soft, flowy dress with a classic pattern and print, that’s super versatile. I styled it up here with red pumps but this is a dress you can easily style down with sandals for a super casual look, or try it with a statement necklace for date night! One of the reasons why dresses are so popular is because they’re so easy (and fun) to style in endless ways.Read More »

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I’m Wearing Less Makeup This Summer, After Starting AcneFree

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and AcneFree. All opinions are mine alone. #AcneFreeSummer #CollectiveBias

During summer, the last thing I want to do is go out in the hot sun with a full face of makeup. While I’m definitely one of those girls who likes to wear eyeliner at the beach (and literally everywhere I go), wearing foundation outside is a miserable experience: since I’m oily, my makeup slides off my face and I look shiny and gross. So this summer I’m going to try going without makeup for more days during the week, especially on vacation. And luckily, I just started using AcneFree.

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Specifically, I’ve started using the AcneFree Sensitive Skin 24 Hour Acne Clearing System, a 3-step system meant to treat acne-prone skin. I’ve also begun using the AcneFree Daily Skin Therapy Complexion Perfecting Cream. Using these in tandem has resulted in smoother skin, fewer breakouts and red spots, and oil control, so I can skip the foundation and go natural on days where wearing makeup would be a total drag.Read More »

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Beauty Review // When Masks: Sheet Masks for Every Skin Crisis

Hi all! Today I have another skincare review for you, as a supplement to my recently-updated skincare routine. Now that it’s summer, my skin needs way less maintenance, but keeping it hydrated is still my number-one way to get rid of breakouts and blackheads. Today’s review is of the When Masks, a range of bio-cellulose sheet masks available at Sephora.

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For reference, this is my skin type:

Skin Type: Combination skin with dry spots and oily spots, especially in my T-zone; tendency to get blackheads; a touch of roseacea; hormonal breakoutsRead More »

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Fashion // Styling An Embroidered Blouse for Summer

Embroidery was a HUGE trend this year and last, and it’s a trend I happen to love, and will probably continue to wear for years to come. I’m an enthusiastic floral print fan, and this year I even DIY’d my own pair of embroidered jeans!

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I bought this gorgeous embroidered blouse and wanted to find a funky way to style it that wasn’t simply wearing it over black pants (which is also a great look, btw). I decided to for a bit of a pinup look with denim shorts and strappy black heels! Hope you like this look.Read More »

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