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OOTD Round Up Vol. 5

OOTD Round Up Vol. 5


My style has definitely leaned more casual lately. I don't even have to wear business casual for work right now. Jeans, tennis shoes and casual skirts have been in constant rotation. I'm sharing a few of my favorite outfits from the last few weeks. If any items I'm wearing aren't currently available I've listed similar options next to the description. 

Bodysuit (1) - belt - Distressed Jeans (1)-  Block Heeled Sandals (1) - purse



 Raffia Sandals (1
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Book Round Up Vol. 7

Book Round Up Vol. 7




The Chiffon Trenches by Andre Leon Talley - Memoirs are really one of my favorite genres. I love really understanding how someone thinks and why they made certain choices. Andre Leon Talley became one of the most important people in fashion publishing. He talks about growing up as a black man in the South and how race played a part in his career. He has incredible fashion knowledge and his stories are truly captivating. Grade: A



The Grace Kelly Dress by Brenda Janowitz - Three women tell the story of the impact the same wedding dress has in their lives. The reader moves back and forth from past to present as each woman shares their story of falling in love. Although the time spans over 60 years some things, like love, don't changes as much as one would think. Grade: B



The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah - Many stories have been told about WWII but ones that aren't told as often are about the women. The Nightingale is a novel of two sisters in France during the war. Their lives during the war take off in completely different trajectories. Vianne, the older sister, is just trying to survive and take care of her daughter while her husband is at war. A German officer starts living with them and Vianne must learn to live with enemy. Meanwhile Isabelle has been kicked out of another finishing school. At 18, she is searching for a purpose and hopes to find a way to work with the French resistance to the German occupation. Grade: A


And They Called It Camelot by Stephanie Marie Thornton - I am a sucker for anything about Jacqueline Kennedy, and while it is a novel, this book really paints an incredible picture on her life. Many called her American royalty, Jacqueline must use her charisma and intelligence thru the many trying times in her life. She easily could have just sat in the shadows as a senator and then President's wife. Instead she uses her influence to renew the white house and to influence policy and foreign relations. When she becomes a widow and must start her life over, Jacqueline can only rely on herself to provide for herself and her children. I found myself inspired throughout the entire book. Grade: A


Open Book by Jessica Simpson - This book was so much more than I expected! I wanted to read it because I thought it would be filled with juicy gossip (which I did) and crazy stories about being a pop star. What I didn't realize was how deep Jessica would get. I have told almost every woman in my life that they need to read this. Jessica shares her struggles with body image, dating, family and drinking in a real and raw way. I found myself feeling so close to her thru the book. It truly was one of those books that I laughed and cried thru. Open Book is a great audio book because Jessica reads it herself. Grade: A+
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Summer Basics Under $50

Summer Basics Under $50



Lately I have gone back to basics with most things in my life. My routines, outfits and beauty regimen have all been paired down to the basics. This next month most of my posts are going to reflect my more simplified routines and outfits. 
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For the fist post of the month I am sharing some perfect basics for your wardrobe. All of these items not only mix and match well with each other but will work with so may items already in your closet.  

I have a bodysuit similar to this one that I wear atleast once a week. It works so well as a layering piece under other items. I also love it with pair of distressed jeans and some block heels for a fun girls night or date night outfit. 

I've been looking for a classic sandal to wear with everything  The color of these will go with all of my outfits and the platform adds height while still being comfortable. 


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Everyday Suncare & Faux Tan

Everyday Suncare & Faux Tan


Suncare is important year round but really something we should all focus on during the Spring and Summer. We all know by know how the sun can cause skin cancer but sun damage is also one of the leading causes of our skin to age.  It's no secret that I take suncare seriously. I'm constantly looking for new products to use and better formulas. We now don't have to settle for thick sticky lotions to protect our skin. 



1. Sunscreen Primer & Oil - One of my absolute favorite products is this new Glowscreen from Supergoop! I wear it every single day and dedicated a whole post to it here

 If you have ready any of my skincare posts, you'll know I love face oil. Over the past few years it has become my favorite skincare products. I've now switched to using  this sunscreen oil in the morning all over my face and body on any days I'm going to be outside. This formula soaks in and doesn't feel greasy. Once it has soaked in you can apply make up over it with out any issues. It is moisturizing and nourishing and gives a soft glow that I love.



Setting Mist -  I know many people are skeptical about whether a setting spray works of not, but I've always been a believer. When you combine one with spf, I'm really in. This product not only keeps your makeup on longer but it applies an even coat of spf 50. It is an especially great travel item.







Setting Powder - Another dual purpose item, this product sets make up, applies sunscreen and mattifies your face. It is the perfect product to use as a sunscreen touch up over makeup. It will soak up any oil as well.

Color Science Setting Powder - Supergoop Setting Powder

Protecting our skin from the sun doesn't mean we can't have a bronze glow. I have several products I love that help give me a hint of color. In all of these I buy the light version but for anyone that wants more color they have darker options. 



I've tried my fair share of self tanners and had plenty of bad experiences. Finding a combination of natural color, even application and a great smell is not easy. Two of my favorite brands are St. Tropez and 
Tan Towels. St. Tropez's foams (here and here) go on smooth and evenly. The foam is colorless and has just a slight but pleasant smell. It gives subtle color that you can build but you will tell a difference after one application. I have recently starting using this tanning mitt and the application has been even easier. 

Tan Towels are single use towels infused with self tanner. Application is easy because you just swipe the towels across your body. Since there aren't any liquids with this product, it's so easy to take on vacations. 

One newer (to me) product is the Tan Luxe lotion. It feels and acts just like a normal lotion but after a few hours gives a hint of color. For me, it is the ideal amount of color to get a natural glow!


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DIY Time: Tie Dye

DIY Time: Tie Dye


If you have spent any time on Instagram lately, you have probably seen Tie Dye everywhere. It's on shirts, shorts, hair ties, blankets and probably the most popular is the matching sweatsuit. I've bought a few different items but really wanted to try to make my own. I remember tie dying a few times when I was growing up and one time in college, so I have very limited experience. 


I did some research online and watched a few different tutorials before I began. After doing it and loving the results, I think I have a method I really like. Below is the method I used and a few tips I figured out along the way!



Supplies

  • Rubber bands
  • Dye (I used this kit) I think I'll be these Rit Dyes next time.
  • Garbage Bags 
  • Water
  • Something to Tie Dye (sweatshirt I used)
  • Gloves (optional)

Tips
  • I dilute the dye in this kit because I wanted a softer, more pastel color. For most of the colors I only used 1/3 of the dye then filled the bottle with water to dilute it. 
  • The more you crinkle the piece of clothing, the more white there will be when you are done.
  • Washing out the color before "setting" it will also dilute the color. 
  • When using more than one color, start with small amounts of each color to see how they blend together. 
  • If you are using more than one color and want certain sections of the item certain colors. Take note of where the sleeves, neck, top, bottom are.
  • I laid out trash bags on the grass to work on.

Method
Make sure and read the directions for your specific dye. This was my method for this dye kit. 
  • Wet clothing and ring out excess water.
  • "Crinkle method”. Lay your item flat. Then start gathering it up and wrinkling it together. You want to form lots of small, puckered up pieces. It will look wrinkly.
  • Once the whole item is gathered together, start securing with lots of rubber bands. I’d use some to gather secure smaller sections and then big ones to hold it all together.
  • Start spraying the shirt with dye. I would spray up close and far away to have some differentiation in colors (ex. lighter and darker pink).
  • Make sure you spray all sides and spray into some of the crevices as well. (don’t spray in all the crevices because you want some white left). I even poured some dye into a few crevices.


  • Once you are done adding color, put in a gallon ziploc bag to set.
  • Let set for 5+ hours. The longer something sets, the darker the color will be. 
  • Rinse out excess dye and then take off rubber bands and give a final rinse. 
  • Dry in dryer on high heat to set. (I let the shirts first partially air dry to prevent bleeding and to keep the white sections white)
  • For extra security iron clothing to set. 



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