Thursday, June 30, 2016

Currently Craving: June Jewels

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The best months for buying new things has to be the summer! I love seeing all of the fun and bright trends and there's even some great summer sales always going on; Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale in just a few short weeks! ; ) I gravitate toward all of the bright things in the summer time and of course, things like summer beauty products and fun pool floats. It's been hard to narrow down my favorites from this month, but after a lot of back and forth I definitely found my favorites. I think the best part of the start of summer is the endless pool days, baseball games and nothing but summer fun (and shopping, duh). Here are my favorites for this first summer month:

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Inside the June Must Have Box from POPSUGAR

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It's officially summer and June is almost over - and the June Pop Sugar Must Haves Box is SO on point and perfect for this month, I'm so freakin' excited about it! As I opened my box when I first got it I kept gasping in excitement because all of the fun goodies they included are so perfect for summer; they're so different and definitely things you wouldn't think of getting, but everything you need!

If you've never heard of the Pop Sugar Must Haves boxes, you need to get on that and try one out for yourself - you will NOT regret it! These boxes are subscription based boxes that are filled with fun fashion, fitness, beauty and food products that you'll be obsessed with! This is my first Pop Sugar box and out of all of the subscription boxes I've tried, this has been my favorite by far. The items each month change and they're all full sized products - none of that mini sample craziness that you pay to try! The boxes each have a theme which is so fun and this month's theme was all about summer fun and outdoor fun. I love this theme for summer, of course - but like I said; they're products I needed that I really never even knew I needed! You'll see what I mean:

Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer Beauty Routine to Make You Feel Beautiful

This post was sponsored by Vera Wang Fragrances as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Maintaining a beauty routine that works for you in the summer is likely pretty different than it is in the winter and finding something that works for you and makes you feel beautiful at the same time is important. One of my favorite beauty products to use is the newest from the Vera Wang Embrace collection, Marigold and Gardenia. This scent is so gorgeous and it definitely is able to draw in inspiration to help celebrate moments in your life that should always be cherished! What better time to create memories to embrace than in the summer? Some of my best memories are from things that happen in the summer and it's by far the time that I feel most beautiful and confident, especially now that I'm using this Vera Wang fragrance.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer Beauty Product Must Haves

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While some products are perfect for year round weather conditions, it's also smart and only normal to switch things out most especially for the warmer months of summer. Even the hottest of days sometimes still require makeup or moisturizing to feel clean and fresh. Super creamy or heavy products in the summer leave tons of room for disaster because with the heat and ridiculous humidity, a greasy face with heavy products and melting mascara is inevitable. I love trying new products and seeing what works best for me, and I know it's a never ending process because there's always new things to try and the ability to find something you like even more! While trying new products is fun, repeat products are the best - and I've found my favorites that not only help maintain glowing skin all summer long but also help your skin and face feeling airy, fresh and anything but droopy.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Get Ready, Get Obsessed: Pineapples Are Everywhere!

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Out of all the trends there are lately, pineapples have to be my favorite! I'm beyond obsessed - my mom laughs at me every time I come home with a new pineapple something...or the best is when an order comes in the mail and it's all pineapple everything! ; ) They're just so cute and who wouldn't love something that stands tall with a crown? I've been fueling my obsession for a month or so now and just recently, the pineapple decor, clothing, etc. started popping up more and more everywhere I go. From cute tees to pool floats, I seem to be able to find them everywhere and I'm so not complaining!

The pineapples are in full swing and since I've been finding such cute clothing, decor, accessories etc., it's completely necessary to round up my absolute favorites that I've found (so far!):

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

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Little black dresses are usually my go to (and I think everyone can agree with that) for special occasions but I love finding fun colored and patterned dresses in the summer and especially for weddings! Wedding season is in full swing and with every invite you get, you can expect the who what and where but the "wear" is sometimes questionable. I love shopping for new and fun dress styles and putting together wedding guest looks is so much fun. Here's some of my favorites this summer:

Monday, June 20, 2016

5 Ways to Get Your Patio Summer Ready

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Happy first day of Summer 2016!!!
Summer officially starts today (!!!) and along with the fun that comes with summer, the hard work comes too. This past Saturday we spent the entire day working outside. It was hot, my feet were burning by bed time and I was not a happy camper, but man was it worth it! From 10 AM to 7 PM, it was work work work and after a long winter, the patio(s) definitely need it. We are actually pretty lucky with a mild winter so it could have been worse, but when you have lots of space to get ready for summer entertaining, it takes a load of work.

Seeing how nice everything turned out today really made me realize how worth it the hard work was. I love summer entertaining and decorating for the season, so deep cleaning is the number one step. Whether you have a big space or small patio, the cleaning process is pretty much the same. While it'll take many trips to Home Depot and lots of cold water, one day of work lets you enjoy a season long of fun! I feel like a pro (kinda kidding ;) when it comes to outdoor cleaning now, so here are some tips to help clean your outdoor space:

Office Design Tips To Fire Your Creativity

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These days most of us have a home office of some description; even if it’s just the room housing your computer. More and more people are turning to freelancing or remote offices, and working from home is becoming a way of life. As a result, work spaces are becoming more sophisticated. Outhouses are being converted, and the availability of custom pods is increasing. Whatever you use your office for, follow these tips to build a creative and inspiring space:

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Bleu Breeze Mojito + Bali Sunset Cocktail Recipes

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We're only a few days away from the official start to summer and that means fun in the sun with friends, family, good food and yummy drinks! I'm not a huge fan of all alcoholic beverages other than the occasional glass of wine, but in the summer I love to have fruity drinks - my favorite! I'm so excited to have partnered with Alizé in putting together a few fun recipes to make with this super yummy French Vodka.

Using the Bleu Passion and Gold Passion, I've literally found my two favorite summer drinks. You're able to make such refreshing, unique and inviting cocktails that you can share with friends and family all summer long! I'm so loving sitting by the pool with these drinks!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Ultimate Guide to ShopStyle Collective

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Anytime that someone asks me what my favorite monetization tool is when it comes to blogging, my answer is always ShopStyle Collective. Not only have I had a ton of success with Shopstyle, but it's also really fun to use and with features constantly being added, they really never fail to disappoint. I see a lot of people asking in Facebook groups, etc. how to use it, what it is and how to be successful with it, and considering I've had a ton of time to learn it and find out what works best, I thought a detailed guide to using Shopstyle was completely necessary! 

There are tons of affiliate networks to use - but first it's important to know what exactly an affiliate network is and how it differs from other blogging networks:

Monday, June 13, 2016

Summer Outfit Inspo from J.Crew

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When it comes to clothes, I'm usually pretty opened to shopping places and looking for pieces I love regardless of the store. I have my favorite stores; but I've learned to be opened about finding fun things I love too! That being said, there's a handful of stores that never disappoint and constantly sell timeless pieces and things on trend. J.Crew is one of those stores for me; I could shop there all day every day and never get bored or tired of what they sell! It's also nice knowing that everything you get from J. Crew is a quality piece that will last such a long time. I have a few button downs and vests that have been in my wardrobe for a good 4-5 years now and still are perfect; condition wise and style wise.

This summer, there's so many new trends to try and repeat trends that are becoming timeless. Things like white denim and bright colored shoes will always be in style in my opinion - and J.Crew gives you the best of both worlds! No matter what you're shopping for, it's likely J.Crew has it. Here's some of my favorite summer looks with everything you can get from J.Crew:

Friday, June 10, 2016

How to Hydrate and Replenish Your Summer Skin

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It's no secret that summer is always hard on our skin - from chlorine pool waters to sun bathing and tanned/burned skin, it's so important (now more than ever!) to give our skin the hydration and care it needs. There are so many great skincare products out there to help you pre-sun and post-sun and to keep your skin feeling fresh; but are you remembering to notice what you're actually cleaning your skin with? You know - to get rid of the chlorine, the salt water, outdoor dirt and more? In-shower products are just as important for your summer skin as out-of-shower products - so don't skimp out my friends!

Remember your shower caddy products and you'll be good to go this summer, especially if you have these awesome Suave Essentials body washes at hand!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

7 Underrated Destinations to Travel to this Summer

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If you're still looking for trips to plan for this summer and looking for the perfect getaway, I've been researching the perfect trip nonstop for months! I'm in mucho need of a vacay so doing my research has been my way of getting me through the months to (almost) this very moment. There's the typical trips you can think of taking which are still the best - cruises, coastal destinations and islands; but sometimes the best trips are the ones you wouldn't think of being the best, or even to places you never knew existed or would think of going to. We live in a huge world my friends - go out of your comfort zone and give some of these underrated destinations a shot - I guarantee they won't disappoint!

Monday, June 6, 2016

9 Fun Things To Do in June

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There are so many fun things to do in the summer and even though it's still unofficially summer, the hot and humid weather and fun summer activities are in full swing - including June! With so many things to do and see and so many Instagram pictures of fun activities to post, there's a handful of things that you can do in June as the first "official" month of summer!

Whether you have an ongoing bucket list started for summer or need some ideas, here are my top 9 things to do this month:

Friday, June 3, 2016

Every Fashionista's Bucket List

A bucket list is a list someone will put together, either written or in their minds. They will be of achievements and experiences they want to do at some stage in their lives. They can be anything and everything; it is a personal choice. Which is what makes them so special. People can sometimes just have the one list, or sometimes you could have mini lists that you work on throughout your life. Perhaps things you want to achieve before you are 30 or places you want to go before you start a family.

What I thought would be a good idea is exploring bucket list ideas for fellow fashionistas. The ones we may all want to do at some point in our lives or that are little more on our level. Maybe this will inspire you to add a few new things to your list!

Father's Day Gift Guide (PLUS win $50 to Snapfish!)


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Finding memorable gifts for my dad is so important and honestly, sort of hard for the dad who has everything! My dad's a very sentimental person and since I just graduated college a few weeks ago, my older siblings have children and my younger sister is a junior in high school, giving him fun keepsake items is something he'll treasure for a long time. I've partnered with Snapfish this Father's Day season to share some of the most sentimental gifts for all of the dads out there!

Today, dads give a new perspective on fatherhood; all dads alike deserve to have personal, inspirational gifts along with the other fun things you can find. Here's some of my favorites: