I heard Jen speak on a podcast about how most people don’t focus on their mobility, joints, flexibility etc until its too late, and freaked myself out. Luckily she has a program that’s $15 a month and gives you mobility flows, HIIT workouts & core workouts to keep yourself strong in all the ways we neglect. I work out a lot but I’m not good at stretching and taking care of my joints, so I want to force myself to be better with this program.
Admittedly I’m a bad sale shopper, but I’m trying to be better. It’s hard for me not to focus on the season ahead and want to get everything that’s new, new, new, but this summer I’ve been seeing some great sale pieces that will work well into fall, especially if you’re in LA. Banana Republic has a great 40% friends and family sale going on right now, perfect for grabbing work basics & classic pieces. Revolve has a bunch of swimsuits on sale as well as cute skirts & going out tops. ShopBop is always my go-to for high-end pieces, they have some really cool items. I also love & Other Stories for their Scandi-cool pieces, like printed dresses & blouses. Last but not least, Reformation has a sale like two times a year, one of which is happening now, definitely some great finds like the set I’m wearing above!
When it’s super hot & muggy outside, the piece I immediately gravitate towards is a light, breezy dress that allows me to just throw it on & go. Perfect for summer parties (day & night) family BBQ’s or a date night, a good summer dress is your best friend during sweltering heat.
I’ve been a fan of pairing mine with minimal slide style sandals (see post of these as one of my key summer pieces here but for something a little more dressed up but still summer appropriate, I love a raffia or woven heel like this one.
On another note, UGH who else feels like summer is basically over already? Although I am ready to do away with this sweltering LA heat, I’m trying to live up the remaining summer goodness while I can. I feel like I’ve been in a bathing suit a whopping 3x this summer and it’s not ok… I need to start hitting up friends with pools.
LA is having a SERIOUS heatwave. I’m talking 90 plus degrees near the coast… we’re dying over here.
During the summer or whenever it’s this hot, I like to pare down my beauty routine so it’s as fuss-free & heat-friendly as possible. That means cutting down on powders, which cake when you sweat, embracing dewiness & going for a more natural look. Here’s a break down of my routine & must-have products for heat-proof makeup.
I start with Fenty Beauty primer (my absolute favorite) to at least try to keep everything in place. I then mix Mac Strobe Cream (about a dime sized amount) with my IT Cosmetics CC cream & add a little bit of Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Serum. I read amazing reviews about this product online and tried it and am absolutely in love, you can mix it with just moisturizer or sunscreen if you want even less coverage, but it adds such a pretty bronzy glow to whatever you mix it with. Apply with a damp beauty blender or even your hands.
For concealer, I use the usual suspects, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, Vanilla & Honey. If somehow I’m looking fresh (rare) I’ll skip this part. For heat-proof makeup, I use concealer sparingly since its a bit thicker & thus more likely to crease or cake.
I then use a cream bronzer, either Chanel Soleil de Tan or Fenty Beauty Match Stix in Cocoa. Apply with an angled brush & blend out with beauty blender… or just use the beauty blender if you’re short on time & tools.
Pat on a cream blush, I like Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk, or this Kosas blush & highlighter duo. I use my fingers to start then blend with a beauty blender.
Apply cream highlighter, again I like Glossier’s Haloscope in Quartz or the cream highlight from the blush duo I mentioned above. I focus on tops of cheekbones, temple, brow bone & cupids bow.
Set the under eye with a little Laura Mercier powder and a 224 MAC brush (or something equally as small & fluffy). Use sparingly, just under the eyes, side of the nose, chin & a little between the brows (or wherever you tend to get oily.) The goal is to allow the majority of your face makeup to meld & mix with the oil & sweat you produce, which will be inevitable in the heat.
Eyes, Brows & Lips
I like to use a little bit of cream bronzer in the eye socket for definition, and if I’m wanting a little more glow I use a cream shadow like Glossier’s Lidstar(I’m loving “Fawn” & “Cub”….. PSA I was at the Glossier store and heard someone say Beyonce loves “Fawn”. If its good enough for Queen B it’s good enough for SimplyB!)
Use a tinted brow gel like Glossier’s Boy Brow to brush brows into place.
Also… I swear this post is not sponsored my Glossier, they just have great low maintenance beauty products!
I keep it simple & fill in with my favorite liner, Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk & apply some Aquaphor
Let me know in the comments if you try any of these products!
When summer rolls around I’m always super excited about getting a ton of new pieces to add to my wardrobe, bathing suits, hats, rompers, jumpsuits, separates, sandals…. I want it all.
In reality, we can’t have EVERY single thing we want when it comes to our dream wardrobe (though mannn that’s the goal for me). But you can invest in a few key pieces that will freshen up your wardrobe and keep your look current– without blowing your entire paycheck.
Here are some of the key pieces you need for summer 2018
Whether its the ultra-popular Balinese inspired circle bag, or a large woven tote, a straw bag will add a dose of summery breeziness to basic outfits.
Flat Slide Sandals
The ideal sandal for the summer is simple, understated and chic. I love how flat slides are a bit androgynous and balance out more feminine looks.
Two Piece Set
Matching sets, whether they come in skirt, short or pant form, are the most versatile pieces for summer because you can wear them together or separately (duh). But really, they give you so much bang for your buck. I love tops that are slightly cropped paired with a high waisted skirt or pants because no matter what your body type, the waist is always fair game to highlight!
A Sexy One Piece
My favorite thing about one pieces is that they can double as bodysuits! I love a high cut leg and a top with a lot of support, but small chested girls can get away with some of those hot plunging ones (jealous).
A Day to Night Jumpsuit
Summer automatically makes every night even a little more casual, so you can get away with wearing more day-time pieces to happy hour, dinner, after-dinner cocktails and beyond, especially if you wear with the right accessories. A jumpsuit is the perfect wear-everywhere piece to take you from day to night.
My birthday happens to fall on New Year’s Eve, so I feel I have double the excuse to be SUPER extra when it comes to my party look. Is it sparkly, shiny or sheer? I’m on it. Over the top faux fur, studio 54 stye liquid mesh, aggressive party accessories that you really can only wear once? Down.
Even if it’s not your birthday on the 31st, I encourage you to go all out when it comes to your NYE outfit. It’s only the last day of the year 2017 once right?
Who remembers the episode of Sex and the City where Carrie finds the gold engagement ring Aiden is going to propose to her with and vomits? It was a classssic.
Well if someone could find an exact replica of that ring it would sell out in a hot minute because vintage- nineties-looking gold jewelry is EVERYTHING right now.
Whether its some delicate gold earrings with a wispy updo, a classic vintage Italian looking necklace paired with a sleek off the shoulder top, or statement-making chain earrings, adding an element of vintage gold makes even basic outfit look a little cooler