The Best Accessories for Summer

I've been buying some fun accessories lately to go with the clothes I already have. A good accessory is a great way to add some glam to your look, to update clothes to match the current season, and also to make basic pieces into an "outfit." This year some of the big trends are tassel earrings, H sandals and straw bags. There are so many great options, here are my favorites! 

The Best Accessories for Summer

Scarf / Invisibobble Hair Tie / Straw BagBeach Towel / Gold Earrings / Beaded Bracelet / Lipgloss / Purse / Pedicure / Flip Flops / White Sandals / H Slides / Dainty Bracelet / Oval Sunglasses / Aviators / Espadrilles / White Slides / Statement Earrings 

Scarf - I love this pretty light pink scarf to tie around my ponytail, around my handbag or around my neck.

Invisibobble Hair Tie - These hair ties are amazing because they don't dent your hair. 

Straw Bag - I love the beautiful flower pattern on this straw bag. It's the perfect size to serve as a tote or a small beach bag. 

Beach Towel - I think the yellow stripes and fringe on this towel are perfect and make for the perfect accessory at the beach or by the pool. 

Gold Earrings - Aren't these gorgeous? They are a neutral too, so they'll go with all your summer outfits. 

Beaded Bracelet - I think the blue and white beads add the perfect amount of glam and prep to any outfit. 

Lipgloss - Lipgloss is in again! 

Purse - My favorite purse style right now is a structured lady like bag, and this one is so cute. Plus, they have quad pay so you can buy it like you would like something on HSN. 

Pedicure - A perfect off white pedicure is a must to match your cute sandals. 

Flip Flops - I love the lobsters on these! Aren't they so cute, especially with the bows! 

White Sandals - You guys know I love my Jacks! 

H Slides - I have seen the expensive version of these sandals everywhere - they are Hermes and cost over $700. These Steven ones look almost exactly the same and are under $100.  

Dainty Bracelet - I think this bracelet is both dainty and cute; I love the slight amount of sparkle. 

Oval Sunglasses - This is my favorite sunglass shape right now, and white sunglasses are so big right now. Also, these oval ones are under $20.

Aviators - My favorite sunglasses of al time! They are so pretty in the rose gold color, and also timeless. 

Espadrilles - You can't go wrong with espadrille wedges in summer.  

White Slides - If you want white summer sandals but don't like Jack Rogers, I think these are really pretty and the slide shape is very in. 

Statement Earrings - Finally, some tassel statement earrings make every outfit fun and glamorous. I love this lilac color, which I'm seeing more and more, And that they mix wrap detailing with tassels. 

Have you found any great summer accessories? Tell me! 

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How to Add a Little Glam Into Your Day

Glamorous Accessories

Recently, I started to feel like I was getting into a little bit of a rut with my style. I would put my hair back into a low pony tail, wear the same small earrings, wear the same athliesure, and the same no makeup makeup. In an effort to switch it up, and leave my comfort zone a little, I started to try and add a little bit of glam into my every day look and it has made a big positive impact! I feel more put together, which makes me feel more confident and more creatively inspired. Also, it's just fun and adds a little more pizazz to my day. If you ever feel like you are getting into a style rut, here are the tricks I have been using to add a little more glam -

1. Get dressed up for the every day - I started putting on a sundress, or some favorite espadrilles when I go out. Going to an afternoon matinee, lunch or even errands feels so much more fun when you have a dress on! 

2. Accessorize - Adding a cute purse, a scarf, sunglasses or even your favorite pair of shoes is a nice way to add a little more glam. For instance, instead of sliding into my trusty boat shoes I put on my new pink espadrilles the other day to go out to Whole Foods. Other tricks are tying a scarf around your pony tail, or your handbag or even around your neck! All of these scarves aren't that expensive, but add a little old hollywood glam to any outfit. 

3. Wear statement earrings - statement earrings are a fun way to add a little glamour to every outfit. Simple pieces like jeans and a tee feel so much fancier with a fun pair of statement earrings!

4. Style my hair - I feel so much more put together when I take the 15 minutes to "do" my hair. A proper blow dry makes me feel so polished and I start out my day with a little more bounce in my step. I recently cut my hair to my collarbone, so now I have no excuse not to spend the 15 minutes it takes to feel a lot more glamorous. If you are the same as me, here are my favorite products for a perfect blowout

5. Wear clothes outside of my comfort zone - I am trying to go outside my comfort zone and add some pieces to my wardrobe that feel a little more glamorous. Right now this includes midi-length dresses, scarves and statement earrings as mentioned above, sandals with a low heel and silky tops. Here are some of my favorites. 

Have you done anything to switch up your style recently? I'd love to hear how!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bar Recipe

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bar Recipe

On Sunday I made peanut butter chocolate chip bars. After a relaxing Saturday, and largely conquering my cold, it was the perfect way to end my Sunday (and set our week up for success, i.e. good dessert!). After making so many cookies recently (see here, here, here and here) I decided to switch it up and make a dessert bar. Since peanut butter and chocolate is one of my favorite combinations, I decided on peanut butter chocolate bars and they did not disappoint! They were very quick and easy to make, quicker than cookies, and delicious! 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bar Recipe

Here's the recipe:

Preheat oven to 375 and grease a 13x9 pan. Mix together 1/2 cup softened butter, 1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar and 1 jar of Jiff Peanut Butter (the smaller jar, not the family size). Once combined, add in 1 egg, 1 tbsp vanilla and 1/4 cup milk. Once those ingredients are mixed in, add in  1 1/4 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt and mix well. Finally, stir in a bag of chocolate chips. Bake 20-25 minutes, until the edges are brown. 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bar Recipe

Finally, enjoy! Perhaps with a glass of milk 

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Happy Friday

Happy Friday friends! Did you have a nice week? Mine went by so quickly. On the positive side I got a few things off my to do list, and got a fun new summer haircut I'm really happy with. On the negative side I caught my husband's cold and it won't go away. I of course never enjoy being sick, but having a cold in the summer seems worse than the winter, haha. 

Lilly Pulitzer Shift

My hairdresser did my wedding makeup, so whenever I go in for a haircut we talk about new beauty products that we love. She said that the new Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter is really beautiful in photos, and make sure to blend blend blend. 

We saw Ocean's 8 last weekend and it was so good. It is just dripping with charisma, and is just fun to watch. If you are looking for a summer movie to catch, I highly recommend it. Also, in regards to movies, sometimes I like to sit and watch new trailers. I loved watching the one for the Nutcracker and the Four Realms, the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Mary Poppins Returns.

Nordstrom is price matching Ray-Ban sunglasses! A bunch of styles are 25% off, including Club Masters! 

I've read a few good books recently! I recently started Circe and am really enjoying it so far, it really transports you into Greek Myth. I also read Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce, who was one of my favorite authors growing up. I enjoyed the book so much I went and re-read her other series, Wildmagic and Protector of the Small (I'm on the waitlist for the Song of the Lioness books). If you are looking for a good quick fantasy read, these are wonderful. Finally, I'm almost done The Ministry of Utmost Happiness it is one of those books that really makes you think about your world view, and what you know about current events. 

Finally, yesterday was national bath day. If you didn't yet celebrate, I highly recommend the Whole Foods Lavender bubble bath. It smells so good and it makes lots of bubbles! 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

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Products for a Perfect Blowout

Getting the perfect blowout isn't only about technique, it's also about using the right tools and products. I have tested out so many products in the hopes of Kate Middleton hair, and spent countless hours testing them out in the bathroom. After years of trial and error, and a few fails, I finally come up with a winning formula, and I'm excited to share it with all of you!

products for a perfect blowout

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1. Round Brush - Look for a metal round brush with a one inch barrel (unless your hair is very long or very short). The metal heats up which makes your hair dry quicker, and the little holes in the metal allow the hot air to go through your brush and dry multiple parts of your hair at the same time. I love this DryBar one because it is extremely light and my hair doesn't get stuck in it at all.  

2. Sectioning Clips - Use clips to hold your hair so you can blow dry it in sections. These ones hold a lot of hair at once, which is very convenient as do these.

3. Blow Dryer - A nice blow dryer speeds up the time it takes to dry your hair, which is more convenient and is better for the health of your hair. The T3 is known as the gold standard, and I've also heard great things about the Dyson and the Buttercup, and my Elchim 3900 works great! 

4. Velcro Rollers - Velcro rollers give your hair volume and bounce. Any will do, I have these.  

5. Large Bobby Pins - Use large bobby pins to secure the velcro rollers. They won't snag your hair like metal clips. 

6. Smoothing Cream - A smoothing cream that keeps your hair from frizzing without weighing it down is key. This one is my current favorite. It feels like nothing is in my hair, but the style lasts for days. 

7. Hair Spray - Use a light hold hair spray to lock in the style and keep out humidity. I really like this one and am going to pick up this humidity shield over the weekend. 

8. Shine Cream - Finish off your style with a dollop of shine cream, concentrating on the ends of your hair. It will add shine and also prevent flyaways. I love this one, it's weightless and smells great. 

What are your favorite hair products?

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Summer 2018 Nail Polish Colors + New Glossier

Summer 2018 Nail Polish

I love switching up my manicure and pedicure colors for the different seasons. Looking at a dark burgundy for fall, or a glitter nail for winter makes adds that little something extra to my day. Every year my go to colors vary slightly based on the trends, so I recently put together my summer 2018 nail polish colors. It's all about nude whites for the toes, along with orange-y reds, bright pinks and even some pale blue. Here are my favorites -

Reds/Coras - Essie Geranium, Essie Clambake, OPI Lava Flow, Butter London Sheer Jelly, Essie Couture Rock the Runway, OPI Tucan Do If You Try

Blues (I love blue for a summer pedicure) -  Essie Find Me An Oasis, Essie Bikini So Teeny, Essie Blue La La, OPI Turquoise 

Nudes/Whites - Urban Jungle (the perfect grayish white), Essie Sand Tropez, Essie Topless and Barefoot, OPI Funny Bunny (what a great name!)

Essentials - Whenever I do my nails I always use Orly base coat and top coat, along with these drying drops. They make the color last days longer. If you use the Essie gel couture, don't forget the special top coat

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Also, on a completely different note, new Glossier is coming! Be sure to check out their site to see what they cooked up for summer! They released two new shades of Cloud Paint, their cream blush. Storm is a warm rose and Dawn is a sunny coral. You can use my rep link for 20% off your first Glossier purchase too!

What are your favorite nail trends for this summer?

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Lilly Pulitzer Navy Dress

When we went to our friends' engagement party a few weeks ago I packed one of my favorite dresses, my Lilly Pulitzer navy dress the Brewster. When we decided to stay the night at the Hutchinson I was good to go! 

Lilly Pulitzer Brewster Dress

Lilly Pulitzer navy dresses are some of my favorite closet staples. They have the classic, feminine Lilly fit and the navy color makes them a classic for season after season. I always travel with one, since I know it will work for anything - brunch, dinner, casual strolls on the beach - you name it, a navy dress is appropriate. Here are some of my favorites, both casual and fancy.

The best Lilly Pulitzer Navy Dresses
Lilly Pulitzer Brewster Dress

The Hutchinson is a gorgeous hotel. I loved every second of our stay, it was the perfect surprise stay-cation. First of all, when you walk into the lobby there are sand sculptures! I used to try and make sand sculptures all the time as a kid (I even entered a few contests) and am always so impressed by them; they are hard to do well. The room was clean and new, and had a balcony that opened up right onto the beach so you could see the crystal clear water. 

Lilly Pulitzer Brewster Dress

We also went to brunch, which was delicious. There were floating terrariums everywhere, which looked magical. The restaurant opened up onto a small pool and the ocean. Look at that view! 

Lilly Pulitzer Brewster Dress

I wore my trusty Brewster dress and my white Jacks. I wear them with everything; I think the price per wear is in the pennies by now. I finished the ensemble with some classic Raybans (on sale! A number of styles are 25% off!). 

Lilly Pulitzer Brewster Dress

What's your go to dress to travel with? Have you had any fun weekend plans recently?

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Weekend Reading

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And, finally, all of Meghan Markle's beauty products

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Friday Finds

Happy Friday friends! Isn't it amazing how Friday comes at the same time every week and sometimes it comes way faster or slower than others? Regardless it has arrived! I am looking forward to sitting by the pool in the morning and avoiding the heat in the afternoon by watching some good movies. The heat has hit south Florida and it is hot! We're supposed to get some more thunderstorms this weekend and I hope they help with the humidity...we shall see.

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Lisa Lerch - Did you guys here that Lisa Lerch bought Bosom Buddy Bags? These bags have been on my radar for a few years, ever since Carly The Prepster started carrying it around. Well, the maker of fantastic statement earrings (if you've been eyeing statement earrings online and don't know where they are from, they are likely Lisa Lerch) like this, this and this bought the bag company. I can't wait to see how she tweaks the bags. I am in love with this one, but can't decide between white and black ribbon, and can't decide on a charm. I hope she brings back the snafu! 

I got these Lemon earrings from J.Crew Factory and they are so fun! Basically when life gives you lemons, make earrings. Plus, they are $10.50 and look so much like this $228 pair

There are so many great movies out! First, Thor Ragnarok is on Netflix now and I highly recommend it! Even if you don't like superhero movies at all, this movie is hilarious! In theaters there is Solo, which I loved, and also Ocean's 8 and Jurassic Park debut this weekend. We are going to put our MoviePass to such good use! If you like going to the movies now is definitely the time to get MoviePass!

If you have ever wondered how to put on individual fake eyelashes watch this tutorial. Ashley Brooke does a fantastic job demonstrating all the steps, she makes it seem so easy and clear!

There are new Lilly Pulitzer arrivals! I am still swooning for this dress, it looks so vintage and classic, and all the new arrivals are just so fun and darling. I'm really in love with this years summer's collection. The light blue and the gingham and the swim, they are on to something! 

Finally, there are so many good comedy specials on Netflix right now! If you are looking for something to watch I highly recommend the Jim Gaffigan special, the most recent Jerry Seinfeld special and both of the John Mulaney specials. To be honest, the John Mulaney specials are definitely not for kids, and I don't agree with everything he says of course, but it is so funny! 

What are you up to this weekend? Anything fun? 

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How To Do A Perfect Cat Eye

This summer I am all about glowing skin and a classic cat eye. I think the cat eye can look intimidating to re-create, which is why I'm sharing my secret to a perfect cat eye. All you need is liquid liner and a mirror. I think it’s a classic look for summer since it makes a statement without a lot of dark eye makeup. 

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Products pictured: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, Charlotte Tilbury Kissing Lipstick, Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow, Anastasia Brow Gel, Anastasia Brow Definer, Urban Decay Naked Basics 2, Armani Blush, MAC brushes 217 and 239, Chanel Blush Brush, Sephora Concealer Brush, Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow, Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder

First, you need a good liquid or gel liner. My favorite liquid eyeliner is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. It's a felt tipped pen, and the liner goes on precisely and lasts all day. It's also a true black. My favorite gel liner is the Estee Lauder gel liner, used with a liner brush that is bent at an angle like this one.

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With the eyeliner in hand, it's four easy steps on each eye. I drew them above. First, draw a line from the outside corner of your eye to as far out as you want the wing to go. I generally draw it between 1/4 and 1/8 of an inch at a slightly upward angle. Next, line the top of your lash line and connect it to the wing.

Third, draw a line from the top of the wing directly across towards your noise. The wing should now be the outline of a triangle. Finally, fill in the triangle. If you want a more dramatic cat eye, you can also make the line on top of your lash line thicker on the outer half. 

Repeat on the other side. Don't feel like you need to make them match perfectly on the first try. You can use makeup remover, or eye cream, on a Q-Tip to adjust the lines until they are perfect. Also, if you already did the rest of your makeup eye cream works better, since it won't erase everything. 

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Here's the finished look. After I lined my eyes I added a lot of mascara, and added some eyeshadow in the buff shade of the Naked Basics 2 palette. I wanted to keep the rest of my face bright and glowy, so I used Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder mixed with Wonder Glow, and did a light contour with the Bronze and Glow palette and a light pink Armani blush. I wore Charlotte Tilbury lipliner and lipstick too. I really love her products right now, the texture and colors are just beautiful and fool proof to apply. Finally, my earrings are these flowers from Baublebar. Aren't they just so fun?!

Do you have any favorite makeup looks for summer?

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