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My Best Beauty Finds {Summer edition}

Another edition of my most recent & most beloved health & beauty finds… and this time it’s all about summertime!

Fresh, dewy, glowing skin. Freshly polished, brightly-colored nails. Easy-does-it, shiny hair. Bronzers, blushes, sunscreens, lip glosses, and more!

Essie Gel Couture

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I love a gel manicure. Always looks so professional, shiny, and I don’t have to worry about my nails for 10-14 days! But, I’ll be perfectly honest, I don’t need to budget that amount every 2 weeks for a fresh manicure and, oftentimes, I am not faithful about returning to the salon to have the gel removed and I end up peeling it off myself, and damaging my nails in the process. I know, I know. Very bad. So, when Essie came out with their Gel Couture line, a long-wear, at-home gel-like product that lasts 7-10 days and removes easy as a traditional manicure, I was blissed out and couldn’t wait to try it!

So, here we are wearing Rock the Runway, a great, classic, candy-apple red perfect for summer and all 4 seasons.

Commence my series of Bathroom Selfies…

Day 2

Day 4

So, I only took 2 pictures, because on day 5, I got caught by the cleaning staff and it was really embarrassing. Ha!

But, you get the idea.

All in all, this manicure lasted 7 full days before my first chip!  And even then, I touched it up, slicked on a little more top-coat and my nails were strong well into Day 9 before I removed the polish & started all over again on Day 10.

Definitely 2 thumbs-up!!!

Kenra Professional Shine Spray 

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Kenra Shine Spray provides weightless, instant shine to any hair color or hair style. This superfine mist provides frizz and flyaway control and contains UV protectants to help guard color- natural or color treated hair types. Just wash, style, set, and then shine! Or, after you use a dry shampoo product on day 2 or 3 of your style, top off your looks with a little shine spray so your hair doesn’t look too dry.

The perfect product for summer! Skin is glowing- why not your hair?

Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder 

And speaking of shining hair and skin…

A light-reflecting powder that gives your complexion a high-impact, light-reflective, shining-from-the-inside glow. Sweep over your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose, exactly as sunlight would hit your face naturally, for a luminous glow that makes your best features shine!

Pink Glow is the shade I wear, and is pictured above, but it also comes in Bronze Glow for those with warmer skin tones.

Ilia Lip gloss

Mom was who originally discovered Ilia as she is passionate about discovering all-natural beauty products and has even gotten into essential oils as well. I have been a beneficiary of that new hobby as well. Ilia was an all-natural beauty brand that she had researched and ordered a few lip sticks to try, and in her box, as a free gift was a beautiful pink lip gloss. Not a pink wearing gal, Mom gave the gloss to me next time we met and I have worn it every day since.

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It’s the perfect amount of coverage for summer and it’s ultra creamy feel and sheer wear is perfect for summer.

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Loving the nudes and pale pinks, but am always partial to a classic pinky-red as well. Why do you think the French always wear red lips & nails? Classic and beautiful on most skin tones.

ColorScience Sunforgettable Brush-on Sunscreen, SPF 50

FairIt is very important to wear sunscreen every day. Particularly this time of year, but I have a hard time wearing cream sunscreens and then wearing make up as well, so powdered sunscreen is the answer to that!

Stay radiant every single day with this brush-on sunscreen that offers powerful SPF 50 UVA/UVB protection, all alone or over make up. This powder can act as a finishing powder and it has a nice translucent coverage. Comes in a variety of shades: Fair, Medium, Tan, & Deep.

I absolutely swear by this stuff and use it all the time! Plus, if you have oily skin (like me) and sunscreens and heavy moisturizes tend to break you out, this is the perfect answer! Such a wonderful investment in your beauty routine.

Neutrogena Ageless Intensive Tone Correcting Moisturizer, complete with SPF 30

Y’all…. this stuff!

BUY NOW This powerhouse product is a total timesaver. "The sheer tint, SPF, and anti-aging retinol and vitamin C mean you can essentially get away with one product in the morning instead of three," says Dr. Waldorf.

I first read about it in Good Housekeeping Mag- you know, where all good things in life come from- and so I picked up a small tube the next time I was in CVS and it’s a great product for those of us that may have some additional redness, unevenness, and even hyper pigmentation around more sensitive areas.

Here is what Dr. Waldorf said about it in GH, “…sheer tint, SPF, and anti-aging retinol + Vitamin C mean you can essentially get away with just one product in the morning instead of three!”

Well, I like those numbers…



Crushing on Summertime Trends

Barely inching into April and the Atlanta area has already seen its big Spring bloom with Cherry trees, the Dogwoods, and even the azaleas we are so known for during Master’s season in Augusta. Our temperatures are looming well into the 70s and 80s most days with a light breeze in the afternoons.

Summertime is just about upon us, and I for one, enjoy the longer days, the sunny afternoons, and the days spent sitting on a beach somewhere with a good book. What I am not looking forward to so much is the humidity, but you know, you have to take the bad with the good sometimes, and we Southerners certainly know that to be true.

So, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Summertime trends, accessories, and fashion statements that transfer from the runways to the stores and boutiques right to your very own closet. How to wear them. Where to find them.

Statement Sleeves 

Statement Sleeves, or kimono-blouses, are all the rage this season, and I was a quick and easy convert and I jumped on that bandwagon early, and often.

Gibson Ruffled Handkerchief Hem Top (comes in Regular & Petitie) from Nordstrom, $42 (comes in a variety of colors, but isn’t this emerald lovely?)

Gibson Ruffled Handkerchief Hem Top (Regular & Petite)

Topshop Tie Trumpet Sleeve Top, $80

Topshop Tie Trumpet Sleeve Top

So light, airy, and ultra-sophisticated. Even for the office!

The Matea Off-the-Shoulder Pull over is just the right amount of statement sleeves, for those just wanting to dip their toe in the deep end. It’s a trend worth trying!

Mattea Off-The-Shoulder Pullover

Floral Texture Blouse, $98 at Anthropologie by Eri + Ali

Floral Texture Blouse

Stunning with jeans, chinos, shorts, or tucked into a skirt all summer long!

Bomber Jackets 

Bombs away!

There is something ultra chic and edgy about a bomber jacket. Plus, they are typically lightweight and many are weather resistant perfect for a throw-on-and-go look all summer and fall long.

Madewell Satin Bomber Jacket, at Nordstrom’s for $148

Madewell Satin Bomber Jacket

And they range from sporty to feminine and everything in between. Very versatile!

Juneworthy Bomber from Hei Hei for $78

Juneworthy Bomber

There is something about that crisp and clean white, but it also comes in Mint, Yellow, and Navy.

Trouve’ Embroidered Bomber Jacket, currently on sale for $99 (a 33% discount)

Trouvé Embroidered Bomber Jacket

I have to say, I am sort of partial to the embroidered versions. Don’t know what it is exactly, but they speak to me!

Tropical Florals 

I know what you must be thinking… Tropical florals for summertime and vacation season? Not exactly a revelation, and in truth it is not, but I am not a huge wearer for floral patterns, but these ruffled, dainty slip dresses and maxi skirts and sweaters have me all like… whoa! I need to give bright florals another try!

Grecia Floral Dress by Maeve, $158

Grecia Ruffle Dress

Crushing on that rich combination of pink & tangerine! And, this dress features another very “hot right now” trend of one-shoulder detailing. So, it’s two for one!

And who could resist a good, classic Palms print?

Pleated Palms Skirt by Sunday in Brooklyn, $118

Pleated Palms Skirt

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A delicious skirt for summertime, and can easily be dressed up or dressed down depending on the occasion.

The “Jackie” Cotton Cardigan is a classic cardigan that I have in a variety of colors and they are perfect to throw on over a tank, a dress, or paired with a skirt or pants. And this Cotton Jackie Cardigan in Florida print is a fun, quirky update to a classic perfect for this summer season.

And it’s currently up to 30% off online!!!

Casual Slides 

Sandals are a summertime essential. Along with the all-important pedicure as well. So, polish those nails and slide into something pretty…

Coast Slides from Seychelles (my fave!), $85

Don’t you just love that dusty blue suede? Yum!! And I love the platform for a little extra lift as well.

Doris Kork Sandals by Raphaella Booz are gorgeous and certainly make a statement! And, again at $78, an affordable fashion sandal.

Doris Cork Sandals

Plus, kork is so versatile and can be worn with anything and any color!

The Updated Trench

Trenches. They’re not  just for coats anymore.

Garment-dyed trench dress

Trench dresses and Trench vests are making a splash this spring & summer. And JCrew’s Garment-Dyed Trench dress is simple and ultra-sophisticated. It is shown above in classic khaki, or Golden Tea shade, but also comes in a blush pink and a true navy.

Or maybe an Embroidered Floral Trench?

Embroidered Floral Trench

Always an incredibly investment into your personal closet. A trench is timeliness in every way.


Side Lace Tank Top from Sunday in Brooklyn, $88

Side-Laced Tank Top

Just a touch of laces and grommets on this swing tank.

Or, for more of a statement…

Lace-up T Shirt from J Crew for just $49.50! (available in more colors)

It’s a familiar trend, and a comfortable one for most, but is just a small update classic to your staple tees and tanks that punches up the style a bit.

Perfect paired with jeans and sandals for a casual Saturday or Sunday afternoon, or even with ankle pants, wedges or pumps, and a blazer or sweater for a more professional, polished look.

Or a lace-up shirt dress?

Love the simple styling of this pull-on-and-go easy chic dress for summertime. All you need is a hat, sunglasses, and sandals and you are off! Comes in black (as pictured above) along with navy and ivory as well.

Wide Leg Trousers 

Everything old is new again. Isn’t that so just the case with some of the styles we have seen return to fashion? And wide leg pants, culottes, and flare jeans from my most favorite fashion decade, the 70s, have made their return in 2017!

Deni Cropped Wide-legs, from Bishop + Young for $98
Deni Cropped Wide-Legs

And I am seriously crushing on these bright, cherry red linen crop flares from Cartonnier at Anthropologie for $98. Comes in Orange and Royal Blue as well.

Linen Crop Flares

Jeans are getting in on the action as well, even my favorite brand of denim, Pilcro. Here are few of my favorite new designs of theirs:

Folio, Ultra-High Rise Cuffed Jeans, $128

Pilcro Folio Ultra High-Rise Cuffed Jeans

And a more understated flare? These are just perfect! I love their Script denim jeans, most any style. I have a few pairs hanging in my closet right now, in fact!

Pilcro Script High-Rise Crop Jeans

These are a nice, dark wash with a nice, slightly-wide, cropped leg, undone frayed edges, 5-pocket styling, and made with cotton & spandex for easy wear. The Script is one of my go-to’s!

Feminine/Athletic Sneakers 

Athletic leisure is a big fashion trend for this year, and I am not a huge fan of jumpsuits or matching sweat outfits, but I love the idea of these updated, ultra-feminine and funky sneakers that can be paired with your favorite jeans and T shirt or even with a maxi skirt and tank for a stroll through the farmer’s market or brunch out with girlfriends!

Quake, from Seychelles for $120

Seychelles Larissa Ruffle Sneakers

I’m sorry. I have a thing for these. The suede, the platform, the ruffles, the simple styling. So perfect!

Superga Sneaker Mules are the perfect athletic slide perfect for lazy Saturdays.

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And they are just $68!

So, those are just a few of my current crushes for this summer season, but that’s certainly not the extensive list!

Have fun exploring these and so many other Summer 2017 fashion trends!