Happy Friday!

Happy Friday friends! Did everyone have a nice week? Did it go quickly? Mine sure did! Basically, I blinked and it was Thursday. I think this weekend is going to go by pretty quickly too; I'm going to Orlando to see family and friends and that always flies by. What about you, and fun plans? 

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I've been making acai bowls a lot lately and it's way easier than I thought! The Trader Joes acai packets make it so easy to get a thick texture. Does anyone else like acai? Should I post my recipe?

Have you seen these new sweatshirts on Kiel James Patrick? I swiped up the Cape Cod ones. I never find cute tourist sweatshirts, and these look soft and cozy too. 

New items have been added to the Gal Meets Glam sale (40% off!). I got this dress, which I'm hoping to wear it when we go on vacation for our one year anniversary next month. Here is everything on sale right now:

Have you seen the trailer for the new Winnie the Pooh movie? It looks positively wonderful. As does the Mary Queen of Scotts trailer. Tudor history is one of my absolute favorite disciplines, and this movie looks like it could be an all time favorite for me. 

Does anyone have any light summer reading recommendations? When we go away I try not to bring anything too heavy or dark, since I don't want to bring down my mood. I'm always up for a new fantasy book if you've read any good ones! 

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Glossier Lash Slick Mascara Review

Glossier Lash Slick Mascara Review

Hi Friends! Today I wanted to share a Glossier Lash Slick Mascara review after having used it for over a month. I know that when I read makeup reviews I like it when the person used the product for a while, so I wanted to provide the same to you guys.  So, in short, I love this mascara

Glossier Lash Slick Mascara Review

Lash Slick mascara provides a lot of length and separation, as well as volume. It is also easy to layer on (I put on coats throughout the day last weekend without any trouble). In addition, it does not flake or smudge throughout the day! AND it removes easily in the shower! 

Glossier Lash Slick Mascara Review

Mascara that doesn't flake and also comes off easily is basically a holy grail product for me, and I've spent a bit too much on mascara in the past to find this winning combination. Glossier Lash Slick is $16-more than the drugstore, but about half of many of the options at a department store. I think it is a very fair price, considering how great the product is. Plus, if you use my link (used throughout this post) you can get 20% off your first order! 

Have you tried Lash Slick yet? Do you like it? 

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How To Make Candles Burn Longer

How to make candles burn longer

Today I wanted to share a quick tip for Tip Tuesday - how to make candles burn longer. All you have to do is place them in the freezer for at least 24 hours. Plus, if you freeze a taper it stops it from dripping all over. This part is particularly wonderful because candlvwax can be very difficult to remove from linens. 

Isn't it amazing how a little bit of prep work can make such a difference? What's your favorite tip today?  

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Coral Lip Makeup Look

Coral Lip Makeup Look

One of my favorite beauty looks for summer is a coral lip makeup look. I think it works for both day and night, and adds a pop of color. My favorite way to achieve the look is with a tinted balm, since it allows you to layer the color - in the day time I want something subtle, and at night I like it to look a little more dramatic. Plus, my lips are always dry in the summer, it's just so hot! 

Coral Lip Makeup Look

A tinted balm adds much needed moisture. My favorite is the Fresh Sugar coral lip treatment. I've recently been pairing it with the Natasha Deanna coral lipliner and I love the combination. The lipliner gives the balm some extra staying power, and it also defines my lips a bit better, since lip balms can slip around a little bit.

 Here's a swatch of the products - the balm is on the top and the lip liner is on the bottom 

Here's a swatch of the products - the balm is on the top and the lip liner is on the bottom 

I also wore my favorite Charlotte Tilbury foundation with the most amazing foundation brush ever! As well as her new cream blush, Beauty Filter Pretty Youth Glow Blush. It took a few tries for me to get good at applying it, but I really love the light pink color. It kind of glows. 

Coral Lip Makeup Look

Finally, I used my favorite brow products, Anastasia Brow Wiz and clear Brow Gel, as well as the Glossier power duo on my eyes - the amazing Glossier Lash Slick and Lidstar in Cub (20% off your first order when you use my link!). The formula on these products is amazing! I wore them on an exceptionally hot day by the pool, applied sunscreen over my face multiple times, sweat a lot, and neither smudged or flaked at all! 

What's your favorite summer beauty look?  

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Happy Friday Friends!

Cheers to another weekend! I was out of work on Monday, so this week went by so quickly! I honestly can't believe it is already Friday, but I'll take it, haha. We are going on a quick getaway with friends and I am looking forward to laying in the shade and doing lots of beach reading. Fingers crossed the sun stays out. 

 Flashback to Kate and I enjoy the RAF event 

Flashback to Kate and I enjoy the RAF event 

This week I'm excited about the Nordstrom sale! I posted about my favorite beauty finds, and today I'm really excited that the classic J.Crew pajamas are on sale! Here's short sleeves and pants, long sleeves and pants and short sleeves and shorts.

I've been doing a lot more reading lately and recently finished Circe, The Great Alone and Everything I Never Told You. I would recommend all of them, but they were not light reading. The Great Alone, for instance, kept me up well into the night. 

I'm completely crushing on dark green recently. Some of my favorites are:

Finally, I can't wait to bake these salted caramel cookie bars some time soon! 

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The Best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Deals

This year the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Deals are amazing! Early Access (for Nordstrom cardholders) starts today, and regular access starts the 20th. I'm so excited to pick up a few things I've had my eye on for a while, and stock up on old favorites. As anyone who has read this blog before knows, I love a good beauty product, and what I really love is buying what I wanted at a great price. Here are some of the best beauty deals at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale this year:

Curling Wand - I have this curling wand and it's amazing! This set also gives you hair clips (which are amazing and truly hold your hair), texturizing spray which is great for tousled waves, my favorite hairspray, sea salt spray, shine mist, and voluming shampoo and conditioner! That's a lot! 

Foreo Luna - I think the luna is amazing, and I use it every day to keep my skin clear. This set comes with the tiny travel sized one, which is so cute!

T3 blowdryer- T3 is basically the name in hair dryers, and the sale has this one on sale for over $60 off.

Charlotte Tilbury Pretty Glowing Skin Palette - This palette comes with my favorite highlighter and contour duo, a setting powder and lovely blushes. All of Charlotte'l makeup is amazing, and the blushes are no exception! At $75 this palette is a great bargain. 

Nars Hot Escape Eye & Cheek Palette - It has 4 lovely eyeshadows, a highlighter and a blush. The shades are very pretty for summer and fall too!

PMD microdermabrasion device - This device is over $60 off too. It helps you exfoliate your skin like a facials does, but for way cheaper (obviously, haha)

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Set - This set works out so that the pillow talk liner is basically free! It comes with the liner and two lipsticks in Rose Kiss and Blushing Dream

GHD straightener - GHD makes amazing straighteners. I love mine, it makes my hair so straight and shiny even in extreme humidity. It's on sale at the sale for over $80 off too!

Purity Trio Set - These face washes smell amazing!

Landcome Mascara Set - You get the great eye makeup remover,  a full-size Définicils High Definition Mascara in Black, a full-size Cils Booster XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base, a full-size Monsieur Big Mascara in Big is the New Black and a monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara in Big is the New Black. That's basically a years worth of mascara!

MAC Nordy Girl Matte Face & Eye Set - how cute is the name?! It comes with a lovely eyeshadow palette, eye liner and mascara. 

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro - The set comes with red, blush and "the row." Ive heard amazing things about these lip colors and can't wait to try them!

What are your favorite deals from the sale?

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Multi-Color Pieces For Summer

One trend that has unexpectedly caught my eye this summer is multi colored stripes! I love how much color they add to an outfit without being as overt as say a bright Lilly shift. Plus, they make me feel like Rainbow Bright which is always a plus in my book! (Did anyone else love that cartoon growing up?) Here are some of my favorites - 

Multi-Colored Stripes

Ric Rac Dress - I love ric rac, and that with the stripes makes this dress extra fun. Plus it's under $130.

Tassel Hoops - I love the mixed of the tassels (which I think look like stripes) and stones. Plus, it combines my other favorite summer trend - statement earrings - with the rainbow stripes. 

Floral Hoops - These aren't technically stripes, but they are multi colored and amazing! Plus, I picked them up in the store and they aren't too heavy. 

Striped Dress - I recently fell in love with maxi dresses, and I think the long wide stripes make this number just dreamy. Plus, it's under $60 and can be dressed up with heels or down with sneakers. 

Striped Dolman Sleeve Top - I got this top during the J.Crew 20% off sale and I love it! It is so soft and dreamy. As to sizing, it runs a little big, so I would size down. 

Seersucker Swimsuit - Isn't the mix of seersucker, bows and rainbow stripes just perfect?! Here's the bikini version too. 

Sandals - These are just too fun! 

Collared Shirt - Madewell, you did it again. I love how they always have classic pieces with a little bit of a twist, like this collared shirt. I really like this striped dress too, it's lovely for summer.

Socks - Okay, so these aren't stripes. But how cute are rainbow pineapples?

Sweatshirt - This sweatshirt is oversized, which makes it the perfect piece to wear with everything when you are cold. The rainbow makes it match everything too. 

What is your favorite trend this summer?

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Summer Statement Earrings

I'm in love with all the fun summer statement earrings this year! I feel like they have them in every size, color and price point, and that most of them are actually light and easy to wear. I think a fun statement earrings is the perfect way to make any item of clothing into an OUTFIT. They can add so much pizazz and color to almost anything. Plus, isn't tilting your head back and forth with a big pair of earrings in just fun?

Here are some of my current favorites-

What's your favorite? 

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Happy Friday!

How was everyone's week? Did you have a wonderful 4th of July? We did - it's the first time we've done nothing but read and relax (and watch fireworks) all day in so long. It was some much needed patriotic R&R and I feel so recharged and refreshed! I hope you all had a wonderful couple of days too! 

Fresh Flowers

Anthropologie has so many cute things right now, and sale is an extra 25% perfect off! I picked up this copper fruit bowl, and I love all of these finds too - 

Here is a recipe for frose. Doesn't it look delicious for summer?

I have really enjoyed getting better at photography these last few months, and I want to upgrade to a new better camera. Does anyone have any recommendations? 

This pizza looks so good! Homemade pizza just seems so perfect for summer, don't you think? Pizza and a movie - what could be better? 

Finally, fireworks!

I hope you all have a wonderful summer weekend!

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The Best White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookie Recipe

This weekend I wanted to try and bake something new, so I put together a white chocolate chip macadamia cookie recipe. The cookies hit the spot! I brought them to my parents, and they were a hit! We only have a few left, and that might not be the case tomorrow...

White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookie Recipe

Here's the recipe:

Whisk together: 2 cups minus 2 Tbsp. cake flour (8 1/2 oz), 1 2/3 cups bread flour (8 1/2 oz), 1 ¼ tsp. baking soda, 1 ½ tsp. baking powder, and 3/4 tsp. coarse salt, such as kosher. Set aside.

Cream together 2 ½ sticks (1 ¼ cups; 10 oz.) unsalted butter, softened, 1 ¼ cups (10 oz.) light brown sugar. 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. (8 oz.) granulated sugar. Once light and fluffy add in 2 eggs (one at a time) and then 2 tsp. vanilla extract.

Add in dry ingredients a little at a time until combined. Finally, add in one bag white chocolate chips and 1 cup macadamia nuts. 

White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookie Recipe

Refrigerate the dough 24-36 hours. Once the dough is ready, bake at 350 for 10-13 minutes depending on the oven.  

White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookie Recipe
White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Cookie Recipe

Plate (on sale) and glass (on sale)

Finally, enjoy! I love mine with a nice cold glass of almond milk and a funny movie. Have you made any god desserts lately? 

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Summer Beauty Essentials

Today I'm excited to share my current favorite summer beauty essentials. I love makeup, and I love switching up my beauty look for the season. I think it's so fun to play around with makeup and incorporate new ascetics and colors into my collection and routine. Makeup is the best because if something doesn't look the way you thought it would, you can just wipe it off! 

Summer Beauty Essentials
Summer Beauty Essentials
Summer Beauty Essentials
Summer Beauty Essentials

My current favorites are

Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter- This stuff really lives up to the hype! It is creamy highlighter that can be used a number of ways. I apply it to my cheekbones, chin, center off my nose and center of my forehead and blend. You can also use Flawless Filter under your makeup, or mixed with your foundation (or however else you want!) 

Glossier Lash Slick - I love this mascara! It lengthens and defines lashes, doesn't flake or smudge and is easy to remove. Plus, it layers nicely if you want more volume. A+

Charlotte Tilbury The Classic Eye Powder Pencil - This is a nice brown eyeliner. It applies very easily to the waterline and the top of the lash line and doesn't smudge. I'm very picky about my eyeliner, I hate any amount of smudging or panda eye, and this stuff holds up in Florida humidity. I also like that it can be applied lightly for a subtle look, or layered on for more drama. Plus, I love that the brown shade is Audrey after Audrey Hepburn. 

Fresh Sugar Lip in Coral - I love a coral lip for summer, don't you? This shade is a true coral and very bright and happy. The fresh sugar lips are also the most moisturizing lip products around, in my opinion. I love that I can have the color of the lipstick and the hydration of a therapeutic lip product. 

Natasha Denona Coral Lip Liner - I use this lipliner to better define my lips when using the fresh sugar coral. It also makes the color stay a lot longer, since color fades on my lips with eating and drinking. 

Beauty Filter Youth Glow Blush - This is a light pink blush color and a pearly highlight color. I think that cream blushes are perfect for summer; they go on lighter which makes them look very fresh and glowy, and go well with a summer bronze look. The Beauty Filter comes with the brush, which is shaped to fit around your cheekbone. The color is really pretty, it blends well, and I love the glow that the highlight color gives me. 

Supergoop SPF Setting Spray - You have to wear SPF in the summer, and this setting spray makes it easy. You just spray it on your face throughout the day so you are protected by the sun without ruining your makeup.

Soleil Tan De Chanel - This is my favorite liquid bronzer. It goes on almost iridescent and makes you look like you spent a long weekend on St. Barts. 

What's your favorite makeup for summer? Leave a comment, I love trying new products! 

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