BIRTHDAY LIST: THIS IS 30

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  1. Lilly Pulitzer, Joy Dress in Resort White Toe In Engineered Dress, size XXS
  2. Lilly Pulitzer, 31″ Worth Skinny Jean-Sateen in Midnight Navy, size 00
  3. Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley
  4. Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley
  5. Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley
  6. David Yurman, “X Crossover” Ring with Diamonds, size 5
  7. Lilly Pulitzer, Marlowe Boatneck T-Shirt Dress in Beckon Blue Jungle Utopia, in XXS
  8. Lilly Pulitzer, Elsa Silk Top in High Tide Navy Via Amor Small, in XXS
  9. Lilly Pulitzer, 31″ Worth Skinny Jean-Sateen in Resort White, size 00
  10. Lilly Pulitzer, Sophiletta Dress in Blue Current Sea Sirens, XXS

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I love two things in the summer: anything that looks like the French Riviera and big statement earrings!

This sunscreen is just tops! It goes on totally invisible, it’s weightless, scentless, makeup gripping, and it has an SPF of 40! Also it has red algae in it which helps protect against blue light emitted by electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers. How cool is that?

I am in love with these linear drop earrings in this rose, tortoise shell, and white color. The acrylic hoops and thread-wrapped ovals are the perfect combination.

This is the only bag you’ll need for summer. It’s straw with contrast lining and woven straps, but the best thing about this classic bag is that it will go with all of your summer denim, dresses, and swimsuits.

These white espadrille mules are perfection. The top is cowhide and the bottom is braided jute. Bonus points: these are incredibly comfortable with their padded cork footbed. They literally go with everything!

I love these fun statement earrings! They are perfect for summer and they are a great tribute to the late Kate Spade who was a true gem of a person.

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5 things you need for your upcoming summer vacations…

  1. This adorable top will be perfect to throw on with white jeans for a casual beachfront dinner.
  2. This is such a fun summer dress. I can’t wait to wear this for a romantic dinner in West Palm Beach.
  3. This is the cutest sarong! I love using a scarf or sarong for a swimsuit coverup. You can also tying it differently to make it into a lightweight dress.
  4. This hat is pretty much everything. Those colorful balls are soo cute and it’s only $22!
  5. There is something to be said for a “goes with everything” clutch, and this Lilly Pulitzer cork clutch is AMAZING! I’m totally in love.

LIFESTYLE NEWS: 5 CANDLES with VACATION VIBES

I love candles: all candles. I especially love candles that have the ability to transport me back to places I’ve been or  forward to places I’m longing to go. These 5 candles have serious vacation vibes, and transformative powers that will make you happier, more relaxed, and ready to hit the slopes or take a walk on the beach.

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  1. Dreaming of the Hamptons? By lighting this TOCCA candle in Montauk, you start to experience a cucumber and salty air scent that will take you to the scenic seaside.
  2. Like the ideal ski vacation, this LAFCO Feu De Bois Ski House candle blends the crisp, crystal mountain air and the odor of a cedar log fire with just a hint of evergreen fir that takes you to your very own luxurious alpine lodge.
  3. Craving some west coast flavor? This Voluspa Vermeil Casa Pacifica Tin Candle delivers California driftwood, sea salt, and shore brush in the prettiest little light blue tin.
  4. Feeling a little more Joshua Tree, a little less Big Sur? This NEST candle in Sahara Spice has a creamy mixture of cardamom, sandalwood, and ginger with a dab of Madagascar vanilla bean.
  5. Itching for a campout in Estes Park, Colorado? This Diptyque candle in Feu De Bois has a very light scent that smells of evergreens and a nice campfire.

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5 things you need for your upcoming summer vacations…

  1. This cute peasant top doubles as a beach cover-up and the perfect dinner top…plus, you can never go wrong in classic blue and white stripes!

2. Okay, how cute are these flamingo earrings? I’m imagining them with an all white ensemble or to glam up jeans and a white tee.

3. This is the prettiest white top I’ve ever seen! I love the bell sleeves, and the gorgeous scalloped lace! It’s just perfect for vacation & a total must-have for summer.

4. I am a TOTAL sucker for lucite anything, and these fabulous lucite-looking earrings are dipped in 24k-gold! How FAB are these with every outfit? You won’t believe the price!

5. Every summer I gravitate towards gold shoes to wear with all of my Lilly Pulitzer clothing…and who better to get them from than the lady herself? These gold McKim sandals or a pair of Jack Rogers are my go-to summer shoes.

OOTD: KANSAS CITY DARLIN’

Georgina, Julia, and I had so much fun shooting for 1KC! We are absolutely smitten with their shirts: how cute is the Kansas City Honey shirt? And that tie-dye…I am a sucker for tie-dye! You can get your own 1KC shirt over on their site here!

BEAUTY NEWS: TOP 6 PRIMERS

Recently, I received a lot of questions about what primer I use on my skin. Primers are essential for smoothing out skin and leaving you with a beautiful blank slate to apply the rest of your makeup. There are so many primers to choose from, so I’ve compiled the 6 primers that I love disclosing the one that I use the most frequently.

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Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA+++

This is my absolute favorite primer! I use it all the time, because it’s an anti-aging treatment, primer, and invisible SPF that immediately blurs and protects while combating the signs of aging.

smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

I love this primer too. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores, making it a great option to ready your skin for makeup. Make sure you don’t keep the same bottle for over 6 months though or it may kind of peel away from your skin upon application.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

To be 100% honest, there hasn’t been a product that Hourglass has released that I don’t absolutely love. They make amazing makeup. This primer offers SPF 15, but it also absorbs excess oils and minimizes the appearance of pores by evenly distributing light. All of Hourglass’s products use light and illumination to their advantage.

Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer

I adore this primer the morning after a long night, because it is infused with coconut water, a probiotic-based ingredient, and skin revivers. Hangover is designed to give skin a dose of hydration, promote elasticity, and keep you looking fresh. This primer replenishes moisture, giving a dewy radiant finish alone and under makeup.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser

I am an absolute fanatic about Maybelline’s Baby Lips moisturizing lip balm so, of course, I had to try this Baby Skin primer. Guess what? I fell for it too. This primer is breathable, blurring, and mattifying on contact and the best part is, it’s less than $7.

MAC Prep + Primer Fix+

Okay so this is the #1 recommended primer by makeup artists, and it’s phenomenal. This primer works on every skin type and stay put and looks fresh all day long.

 

 

 

 

WEEKEND NOTES: 5 THINGS

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After my wonderful trip to Colorado which concluded on Tuesday, I am so excited to be spending a relaxing weekend at home living out of my closet instead of a suitcase! We have plans to see the hilarious comedian, Kevin Hart tonight, and other then that church on Sunday and some good, quality family time.

 

  1. I just add these gingham cuties to my cart.
  2. I have been listening to this song from the late, great Avicii on repeat.
  3. I am dying for this outfit and really her whole closet.
  4. These have completely peaked my interest, and I must have them!
  5. Interested in trying a new BOMB highlighter this weekend, check out my picks.

 

 

BEAUTY NEWS: TOP 5 HIGHLIGHTERS

Are you as in love with highlighting your face as I am? When traveling this past weekend, I had to take three different makeup bags to carry all of the brushes, palettes, contouring stuff, highlighters, “potential contestants”, and what have you. I think that’s crazy and if you’re anything like I am, you are looking for a streamlined one-stick/palette “lazy gal” highlighter. Here is a list of the top 5 highlighters based on my personal trial and error experience.

  1. Laura Mercier J’adore Le Soleil Sunrise Highlighter Crayon (No need for bronzer or blush after using this-it contains a little bit of everything.)
  2. Ciate London Dewy Stix Luminous Highlighting Balm (a subtle, natural dewying look.)
  3. Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand (just click and blend, so easy.)
  4. Urban Decay Naked Skin Highlighting Fluid (love their liquid foundation too!)
  5. Hourglass Ambient Strobe Light Highlighting Powder (universally flattering, and contains bronze or rose shades to avoid needing extra layers.)

 

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{Jeans: Vigoss Studio, Boots: Sperry, Jacket: H&M, Purse: Tory Burch, Sunglasses: Tory Burch, Scarf: Regal Vintage, Top: Bevello, Nails: HOOPLA, Hair: Beauty Brands}