Royal Wedding Wedding

is anyone else getting up early to watch the royal Wedding tomorrow? I loved watching Kate and Will’s wedding a few years ago; I remember waking up super early to watch beforevan exam study session, and only wanting to look up royal fashion for the rest of the day. I love British history, especially the royals, so I’m really excited to watch this next wedding. 

 Tea at Kensington Palace!

Tea at Kensington Palace!

Here is a guide to the event!

If I was going I'd wear this dress! Maybe this dress for the after party? I love how it twirls! And here is a perfect fascinator for the occasion. 

I think after the wedding I’m going to be fancy and get a pedicure. This color, Essie's Mixtaupe, looks like the perfect pedicure shade; it's white, but still has a hint of nude. Also, this is my favorite foot cream and hand cream does wonders.

Royal books -  I love reading about the king’s and queens of old, as well as historical fiction novels set at court. Some of my favorites are those by Philippa Gregory, especially The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Queen. The Six Wives of Henry VIII is a wonderful non fiction book, and I also love anything by Alison Weir like this.  

Finally, what post about the royals would be complete without some tea recommendations? If you are looking for some Earl Grey, the new Twining one is wonderful. I also love Harney and Sons Earl Grey, Paris, and Black Current.

Are you watching the wedding? Any other fun weekend plans? I'd love to hear! 

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Royal Wedding Scone Recipe

Royal Wedding Scone Recipe

Is anyone else excited for the royal wedding on Saturday? In honor of the occasion I’m excited to share my Royal Wedding Scone Recipe. I made these for Kate & William’s wedding and they were delicious, I’m excited to enjoy them again while I watch the festivities! 

This recipe makes about a dozen small round scones. I suggest serving them with jam and Devonshire cream.  

Royal Wedding Scone Recipe

To make: 

Mix together 1 3/4 cup flour, 1/3 cup white sugar, 2 tsp. baking powder, and a dash of salt. Next, use a pastry blender or large fork to cut in 5 tbsp. chilled unsalted butter. Once the butter is fully combined mix in 4 tbsp. orange juice. Finish the dough by adding 1/2 cup chocolate chips. 

On a flat and floured surface roll the dough into a disc about 1/2 inch thick. Use a biscuit cutter or juice glass to cut out the scones. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes, or until golden brown. 

Royal Wedding Scone Recipe
Royal Wedding Scone Recipe

Finally, enjoy!  

Do you have any scone recipes? I’m always looking to try new ones so please share! Also, if you can’t find Devonshire cream anywhere this recipe is pretty good!  http://thepioneerwoman.com/food-and-friends/how-to-make-mock-devonshire-clotted-cream/

 

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The Best Pajama Sets

I don't know about you but I love pajamas! I've been on the hunt for some new cozy pairs for summer, and have found so many adorable pairs! There's nothing like slipping into soft pjs after a long day, wouldn't you agree? And if they are cute, well that brings an instant smile to my face!

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1. Cherry Print Cotton Poplin Pajamas - I love the pink and red, and the cherries are so cute! J.Crew Facotry is having a big sale right now, so these are 50% plus 20% off (as is most of the store)

2. Lady Bug Print Pajamas - Aren't the lady bugs cute? I have a few other pairs of Kate Spade pajamas, and they are super soft and wash really well. These come in a capri pant version too. 

3. Room Service Satin Pajamas - First, I think Room Service is an adorable name for a pajama brand. Second, I love the toucan sticking out of the pocket and button detailing. 

4. Lake Pajamas - In the summer I often want a pajama set that combines short sleeves and long pants and they are surprisingly hard to find. This set is supposed to be incredibly soft and the light blue is lovely. 

5. Ruffle camisole sleep set - Isn't the print on these adorable? Plus, they are on sale! 

6. Heather Sleep Set - When I saw these on sale I scooped them up right away, I can't wait for them to come in the mail! They look very cozy, and I don't have a pair with long sleeves and shorts.

7. Vintage Pajamas - I don't think a pajama round up is complete without this classic pair. They look so crisp and classic, like something you'd wake up in at the Ritz in a movie. 

8. Knit Pajama Short Set - To me, this is the classic short sleeve pajama silhouette. The are on sale!, and I saw that Carly gave them a great review in her monthly favorites video. 

9. End-on-End Pajamas - Isn't the contrasting piping lovely on this pair? Plus, once again, they are on sale! 

10. Gingham Set - Finally, you can never ever go wrong with gingham pajamas. 

Have you found any other good pairs? If you are looking I highly suggest looking at J.Crew Factory before the sale ends! 

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Gal Meets Glam Anne Dress

Gal Meets Glam Anne Dress

Today I'm excited to share the other Gal Meets Glam dress I bought, the Anne. I love everything about this dress- it feels like a party dress, but the cotton fabric still makes it appropriate for day time errands or brunch dates. I hope she brings it back in other colors and prints, it's so wonderful! On that note, GMG releases new dresses today! I've been blown away by the quality of the dresses, I'm so excited to see what else she created.  

Gal Meets Glam Anne Dress

The dress pattern of little flowers is so lovely, and the fabric has a nice weight to it so it doesn't immediately crinkle or lay awkwardly. The fit of the dress is true to size. I like that the buttons in the front are faux, so there isn't any problems with gaping. The sash makes it easy to perfect the waist to your waist as well.

Gal Meets Glam Anne Dress
Gal Meets Glam Anne Dress

Finally, I love the collar. I've always been a fan of a color, and I often wear oxfords and polos. Julia mixed two of my favorite styles, a collar and a floral print to make the perfect dress

Soludos pink espadrilles

To make the dress more casual for day time, I accessorized it with my flat espadrilles. The pink color matched the dress perfectly, and I'm also excited to wear them with cut offs and white tees all summer. 

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Gal Meets Glam Anne Dress

My bracelet is the pearl one by Kiel James Patrick. I think this dress was just asking for pearls, don't you? The KJP pieces are great quality and are made in the USA. I also wore my favorite rose gold aviators.

Have you seen the new dresses released today? Which one is your favorite?

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My Favorite Products for Clear Skin

Today I am excited to share my favorite products for clear skin. The products help to keep my skin hydrated and blemish free, while not irritating my sensitive skin. I find it can be a difficult balance - finding products that cleanse your skin and remove makeup while not being harsh or irritating. After a lot of trial and error, however, I have found a few products that do just that! 

Bioderma Micellar Water

1. Bioderma Micellar Water - I use this as both a toner and a makeup remover. Put a little on a cotton pad and swipe it across your face after the shower. It gets off any remaining makeup, even eye makeup, without stripping the skin. It also doesn't leave an oily residue or clog pores. 

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

2. Glossier Milky Jelly - I love this face wash. It took me years to find a cleanser that cleansed my skin so I don't get blemishes, but also didn't strip my skin. So many cleansers are so harsh! I used to get red and irritated patches on my face, that I thought were from not cleansing enough, but were in fact from over cleansing. Milky Jelly solved those problems and I always make sure I have extra on hand and bring it when I travel. Also, don't forget I'm a rep so if you use my link you get 20% off your first Glossier order :)

Foreo Luna for clear skin

3. Foreo Luna - I love this little cleansing device. It's covered in these silicon bristles, and you put on face wash and then massage it in little circles all over your skin until the build in timer buzzes. It's one of those devices that doesn't feel like it's doing anything, and then you realize you haven't had a pimple since you started using it...I highly recommend. They also came out with this mini mini version which looks like a great product to test it out with and travel with! 

What are your favorite skin care products? I'd love to hear, I love trying new ones out! 

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Happy Mother's Day

What a week! I got knocked out with an ear infection and bad sinuses, which somehow made the week drag by but also made it go super fast, because of the unusual amount of time spent sleeping. Anyways, Happy Mother's Day Everyone! I hope you all get to make new warm memories with your mom's and kids, and have a relaxing and special weekend all around.

I loved the dresses at the Met Gala this year. Some of them are just stunning works of art, even if I wouldn't necessary describe them as classic or pretty. The back of Sarah Jessica Parker's dress made my jaw drop and Yara Shahidi looked stunning as did Alicia Vikander and Kerry Washington. What was your favorite? 

I loved reading Tamora Pierce books when I was younger. Did anyone else? I discovered her young adult fantasy series in junior high and they were some of my absolute favorites. Well, she recently came out with a new book, Tempest and Slaughter. It is about a character I was always curious about and I can't put it down. I think I might take a drip down memory lane and re-read the Wildmagic series. If you are looking for a quick read that are fun, compelling and not at all angsty I highly recommend. 

I know I already posted about this glossier mascara but I'm really excited about it! Last weekend I cracked after buying a dud mascara at the Sephora sale and bought the Chanel volume one, and I can't wait to take it back now. The Glossier one is 50% the price! 

I love finding new brands, especially up and coming names. I have recently seen a number of dresses by Elizabeth McKay and I think they are just darling. I love this print, the buttons on this dress, and the print on these shorts.

I hope you all have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!

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My favorite Kitchen Accessories

We all know the major items that make up kitchen decor. The space is filled with cabinets and sinks and appliances that can cost a whole lot of money and take up a lot of space. There are, however, smaller kitchen accessories that can make a decorating statement. I'm currently on the hunt for some, so I thought I would share what I am looking for, and what I recently found that I love. 

copper accent pieces for the kitchen

1. Copper accent pieces. I wrote here about how I love the copper trend and that hasn't changed. We have a copper banana holder, canisters and paper towel holder and the color really brightens up our otherwise gray/white kitchen. I really love this fruit basket too, and it's on sale! 

2. Vase with flowers. We got this vase as a wedding present, and I keep it filled with hydrangeas (the flower at our wedding). It makes me smile every time I look at it, which is constantly since it's in the center of our kitchen island. It's also a great way to bring lots of different colors into the room.

gingham dish towels

3. Dish Towels - I love keeping different dish towels on the oven for the different seasons. Right now I'm on the hunt for something blue and white and gingham. These look perfect!

Anthropologie kitchen bowls

4. I'm on the hunt for some decorative bowls to add color to the room. I want ones that are large enough to fit keys and the other random items that end up speckling the counter by the front door. I really like the size of these, and the fact that they have a pattern on the outside and not just the inside. 

5. Finally, I think having a cute spoon rest, salt and pepper shakers, and trivet adds a lot of personality to a room. I have this spoon rest which I think is the cutest ever, my bunny salt and pepper shakers and am currently shopping for a fun summer trivet. So far this one is in the lead.

I love being able to switch out small items in the kitchen to match the season and my mood. Have you found anything special or fun recently for the kitchen? Please share! 

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Glossier Lash Slick Mascara

Glossier Lid Slick Mascara has launched! Can you tell I'm excited? I have been in a mascara rut as of late, and I can't wait to see how Glossier has solved all my problems! All of their products always do exactly what I always wished makeup products would do - the brow boy adds the volume I always wish brow gels did, the eyeshadow blends like I always wished eyeshadow would blend, etc. Here is their teaser article about the product, https://intothegloss.com/2018/05/what-is-the-best-mascara/. And here is the mascara!

Glossier Lash Slick Mascara
Glossier Lash Slick Mascara
Glossier Lash Slick Mascara

Glossier Lash Slick Mascara costs $16, and you can get 20% off your first Glossier order with my rep link! That's half the price of many mascaras now days. The formula gives you fanned out lashes that are defined and wispy, think very doe eyed. It's long lasting but not waterproof (which is my favorite). Glossier used fiber technology so that it lasts 12 hours but is not impossible to remove. 

Glossier Lash Slick Mascara
Glossier Lash Slick Mascara

I'm so excited to return the mascara I ordered last weekend and try out Glossier Lash Slick! What's your favorite mascara? Have you found a beauty product you really love recently? 

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J.Crew Factory Striped Waffle Knit Sweatshirt

Last Thursday I shared some of my favorite new items for summer, which included the J.Crew Factory Striped waffle funnelneck sweatshirt. This weekend we lazed about inside and by the pool for the first time in a long time, and it was the perfect opportunity to dress in cozy summer clothes. I don't know about you, but I love wearing loungewear that still makes me feel put together. There's nothing like feeling polished and super comfortable! 

Striped waffle funnelneck sweatshirt
Striped waffle funnelneck sweatshirt

This sweatshirt is super soft and comfy. I wore it on a plane and a long drive and felt cozy and comfortable. In addition, it's lightweight while still being warm, which is perfect for summer. I think of it was warm enough for chilly AC and lightweight enough for early summer temps. 

Striped waffle funnelneck sweatshirt

The fit is definitely on the looser side, so if you like your sweatshirts fitted I would size down. The pocket is lined, which I think is a nice touch, and the neck is big enough that it doesn't wipe off all your makeup when you put it on (does anyone else have this problem with sweatshirts that they repeatedly take on and off?)

Striped waffle funnelneck sweatshirt

Sweatshirt / Jeans / Jack Rogers 

Finally, the new Peach Pear La Croix flavor that I'm drinking is delicious! Do you have a favorite summer sweatshirt? Or any La Croix recommendations? I'm all ears! 

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Smores Cookie Recipe

I am so excited to share this amores cookie recipe with all of you! These cookies were so easy to make, and they are delicious. I also like the twist on the classic s'more, which I am of course a huge fan of. 

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Here's the recipe:

Combine 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, 3/4 cup light brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, 2 teaspoons vanilla. Mix until combined, which takes about 5 minutes. 

Next add in 1 3/4 cups flour, 2 teaspoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon baking soda, a pinch salt. Finally, stir in 4 full-size crushed graham crackers (I put them in a zip lock bag and pound them with a rolling pin), 2 cups chocolate chips, 1 1/4 cups mini marshmallows. 

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Let sit in the refrigerator at least 2 hours (this keeps them from spreading out when they bake). Bake at 350 about 8 minutes (they get firmer as they cool). Make sure to grease your cookie sheet, the marshmallows make these cookies sticky.

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Enjoy!

Do you have any fun new recipes? I love baking desserts for week on Sunday. It starts the week off to a such a sweet start, don't you think? 

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Kentucky Derby Weekend

Hi Friends! Can you believe it’s the weekend already? A what a fun weekend it will be with both the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo! Is anyone going to the Derby? I hope to go one year, it looks so much fun to dress up and be fancy. This year, though, I will be sitting on the beach with a fancy hat and some guacamole in hand. Which sounds pretty good too!

What I’ve enjoyed this week - 

1. This video shows you how to tie a perfect bow with a sash. I used it to tie the bow on my Marilyn Gal Meets Glam dress and found it very helpful. Apparently I’ve been tying bows all wrong all this time. Who knew?  (I blame being left handed haha)

2. While I’m not attending the Derby I still love a good hat. I have this Tuckernuck one and it fits wonderfully, plus it’s easy to pack because it pops back into shape. I’m also in love with this one and this one which both look lovely for summer. 

3. Book list - I’ve found so many great beach read recommendations on Grace’s book list!  I highly recommend checking it out if you are looking for a fun and quick read. 

4. Cinco de Mayo ideas - I love the Trader Joe’s pre-made guacamole, especially if none of the avocados in the store are ripe. This margherita recipe looks delicious and festive, isn’t the presentation cute? 

5. I think scrolling through Etsy can get overwhelming, but there are always such good treasures if you just keep looking. Aren’t these statement earrings beautiful? Plus they are so much better priced than a lot of the options out there.  

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  

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