Summer Style 2018: Part 2

Happy Saturday friends!

To kick off this weekend I’m going to be sharing my final two outfits of my summer style lookbook. If you haven’t seen part one, be sure to check that out as well!

These last two outfits I consider to be slightly more formal than the first three looks that I shared earlier this week. Both of these outfits would be perfect for a date night, night out with friends, or could potentially even be worn to work depending on dress code!

Outfit #1: Old Navy Flutter Sleeve Top $32.99, Old Navy Denim Skirt $29.99, TJ Maxx Sandals

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Outfit #2: Old Navy Slip Dress $34.99, Target Heels $29.99

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This last outfit is my favorite of this entire summer lookbook!

Don’t forget to check out Part One of the Summer Style Lookbook, and let me know which of these outfits was your favorite in the comments below.

-S

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Summer Style 2018: Part 1

Hello friends!

I am super excited about my posts this week, because I will be sharing five outfits that I have put together for summer 2018!

In this first post, I’m going to be sharing the first three outfits. I consider these styles to be the more casual looks of the five, and I can’t wait to share them with you!

Outfit #1: Gap Softspun Cutout Tank Dress $59.95, TJ Maxx Sandals (No Longer Available)IMG_4865IMG_4887IMG_4889IMG_4891

Outfit #2: Gap Shirred Square-Neck Cami $39.95, American Eagle Shorts $44.95, White Converse $50.00

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Outfit #3: Gap Crochet Detail Top $24.95, American Eagle Jeans $49.95, TJ Maxx Sandals

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Don’t forget to check out Part 2 later this week! Also, let me know which of these outfits is your favorite in the comments below!

-S

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My Garden Box: Box #6

Happy Sunday everyone!

A few days ago I received another box from My Garden Box, and I can’t wait to share what was inside with all of you! This plant was definitely the strangest, and probably my favorite of all the plants that have come to me in this subscription box.

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This month’s theme was “Big Twister”. In this box we received:

  • 1 Plant
  • 1 Fiberglass Pot that looks like concrete (My favorite pot of all time)
  • 1 Package of Soil
  • 1 Packet of Small Pebbles
  • 1 Info Sheet
  • 1 Wooden Name Tag
  • 1 Pair of Small Pruning Shears
  • 1 Magnet

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This plant is super cool to me! I love any plant that is quirky and this one definitely doesn’t look like anything I’ve ever seen before!

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I think this plant is absolutely beautiful. I placed it on my windowsill so that it would get enough light. The combination of the plant, pot, and the pebble topper is definitely one of the prettiest in my collection!

As you all know, I’m obsessed with this subscription box and have loved receiving a new plant friend every month!

I still believe that this box is an amazing value and is perfect for any plant lover! As a reminder the subscription that I purchased was the 6 Month “My Monthly Plant” box. Since I prepaid for the six months, the price per box was $19.50 per box.

That is such as awesome price for how much you get in each box! I definitely recommend checking this subscription service out!

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Let me know what you think of this month’s box in the comments below!

-S

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My Summer Makeup Routine

Happy Saturday everyone!

Today I’m going to be sharing how I achieve my summer makeup look, or my “No Makeup” makeup look. This whole process takes about 15 minutes and is perfect for days when you’re running errands, headed to work, or even out with friends for a summer night!

I love that this makeup look is extremely versatile, and can be achieved using very affordable products. Almost all of the products that I use can be found at your local Walmart, Kroger, or drugstore which means that they are perfect for anyone’s budget!

Step 1: Foundation – Wet N Wild Photofocus Foundation $5.99

I love this foundation for the summer because it’s a build-able formula. During these warmer months I will use a very thin layer, just enough to even out my skin tone.

Step 2: Concealer – Tarte Shape Tape Concealer $27.00

This concealer is a must-have for any time of the year. I use the shade “Fair”. This product covers up dark circles, highlights the high points of the face, and lasts all day long.

Step 3: Setting Powder – RCMA No Color Powder $12.00

This is my favorite setting powder of all time! I love it because it is so affordable, but it also leaves the skin with a natural matte finish. This finish is perfect for my oily skin, especially when it’s hot outside!

Step #4: Eyeshadow – Jaclyn Hill Palette $38.00

For my summer eye look I use the shades: “Silk Creme” as the first transition shade, “Butter” as another transition shade, “Pooter” as the shade to deepen my outer v, and “Beam” to highlight the brow bone and inner corner.

Step #5: Bronzer – Wet N Wild Color Icon Bronzer $3.99

This is the one product that I actually use more of during the summer months. I use the shade “Ticket to Brazil” and it warms up the skin wonderfully!

Step #5 Highlight – Ofra Cosmetics Rodeo Drive Highlighter $29.00

This is a great highlighter at any time of year, but especially in the summer because of it’s golden reflect on the skin. It’s super smooth and buttery. I will also sometimes use this product as an all over the lid shade on my eyes!

Step #6 Blush – Flower Beauty Flower Pots Powder Blush $9.99

This is a great summer blush because it gives a light wash of color to the cheeks. I love the shade “Sweet Pea” and I apply a very thin layer to the cheeks.

Step #7 Mascara – Benefit Rollerlash $24.00

This is the mascara that I use all year round. It is my holy grail product and I truly don’t believe that I could live without it. I curl my eyelashes before applying this product and then apply 2 to 3 layers depending on how my eyelashes are cooperating that day.

Step #8 Setting Spray – Milani Make It Last Setting Spray $9.99

I love this setting spray so much and I can’t believe that it’s so affordable. This product helps to keep my oiliness at bay, while also extending the life of my makeup. There is a noticeable difference in my makeup when I use this spray. Not only does it make my makeup last longer, but it also helps all of my face products melt into the skin and look more natural.

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This is the finished makeup look that I have been doing! I love it and I hope that all of you have found some products that you want to try during these warm months.

In the comments below please tell me how you change your beauty routine for the summer! I would love to get some tips and tricks from all of you!

-S

10 Sandals for Summer

Hello friends!

Today I’m going to be sharing with you all 10 of my favorite sandals for the summer months. During the summer I live in sandals. I think they’re perfect because they can be dressed up or down, and most are extremely comfortable!

#1 Women’s Jana Braided Thong Ankle Strap Sandal $15.99

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#2 Women’s Mad Love Prudence Footbed Sandal $22.99

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#3 T-Strap Slide Sandals For Women $24.99

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#4 Braided T-Strap Sandals For Women $24.99

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#5 Sueded Fringe T-Strap Sandals For Women $24.99

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#6 Emilia Beige Suede Lace Up Flat Sandals $19.00

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#7 Maddie Luggage Brown Woven Leather Slide Sandals $36.00

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#8 Jaylen Natural Leather Slide Sandals $79.00

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#9 Seaview Green and White Tropical Print Sandals $21.00

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#10 Shore Blue Multi Tropical Print Sandal $21.00

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Be sure to let me know which of these is your favorite in the comments below!

See you next time,

-S

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Houseplant Tour: Fiddle Leaf Fig

Happy Saturday friends!

Today I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite houseplants with you! These are plants that have taken the interior design world by storm! You have definitely seen these trees on HGTV and have probably seen them all over Pinterest as well.

The plant that I’m talking about, is the Fiddle Leaf Fig.

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Photo By Hilton Carter

I think these plants have made such a splash because they have a perfect balance of masculine and feminine energy, and make such a great architectural piece in any space. They also add that warmth that any houseplant brings to a room!

I have been on a Fiddle Leaf Fig journey since August of last year, and it has not been easy learning what these figs enjoy!

In August, Zach purchased two Fiddle Leaf Figs, one from Etsy and one from Lowe’s. By December, both of these little trees had lost all of their leaves! We ended up throwing those two bare stems away, and decided that we would try again with these plants closer to springtime!

After doing a TON of research, I think I’ve figured out what these plants need in order to thrive indoors!

We currently have three Fiddle Leaf Figs, Humphrey was the first and arrived with some cold damage, so he is still be nursed back to health.

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One of the major issues with Fiddle Leaf Figs is that they do not like cold temperatures at all. Humphrey arrived in the mail on a 35 degree day here in Kentucky. This caused his leaves to turn brown as you can see above. Most of those leaves fell off, or if the entire leaf wasn’t brown, I cut off the part with cold damage.

The bottom pictures of Humphrey show the new growth since spring has come around. Bright light, consistent watering, and a special fiddle leaf fig food is what has brought him back to life!!

The next fiddle we purchased was Kevin. This was the story that I shared in Fiddle Leaf Fig Madness a couple of months ago! He resides right in front of our living room window!

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Most recently I purchased Fiona the Mini Fiddle at Lowe’s here in Lexington.

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The main things that I have learned with fiddles are:

Water: Consistent watering. I water all of my fiddles the exact same amount of water, on the same day of the week. For me, this is on Friday mornings.

Light: Bright, indirect light is what these plants are looking for. I think finding a spot in front of a north, or east facing window would be best for these guys!

Fertilizer: Helps the plants to grow during the spring and summer months. Don’t be scared if your fiddle produces lots of new leaves and then seems to stop for a couple of weeks. They usually produce new growth in spurts, and by the end of the growing season you should have around 2 feet of new height on your tree.

Repotting: This is where I think I went wrong with the first two fiddles. These plants like to feel snug in their pots. If you repot them too soon, they can easily get freaked out, and could start to drop their leaves.

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These plants are fantastic once you know exactly what they need in order to thrive. If you want to try your hand at being a plant parent to a fiddle I would check out your local Lowe’s, Home Depot, or any of your local greenhouses! These places can give you some additional advice on how to care for these guys.

Let me know if you have a Fiddle Leaf Fig, or if you’re interested in getting one in the comments below!

-S

Spring Sundress Shop

Happy Saturday everyone!

During the warmer months I love to be as casual as possible when it comes to my outfits. There are a ton of different ways that a casual look can be achieved. Some of my favorites are: denim shorts, rompers, and dresses!

Dresses are a great option because like rompers, you only have to make one decision in order to have your entire outfit ready for the day! I love that dresses are perfect for any occasion as they can be dressed up or down, and can work from the office to the beach!

Today I’m going to be sharing 10 of my favorite dresses for the spring and summer months! These are dresses that I believe would be flattering and functional for everyone!

#1. Step Right Up Navy Blue and White Striped Swing Dress $52.00

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#2.ย Better Together Grey Shirt Dress $35.00

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#3. Shift and Shout Ivory Shift Dress $49.00

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#4. Yacht Rock Blue and White Striped Off The Shoulder Midi Dress $66.00

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#5. Give Me A Print Ivory and Green Print Shift Dress $49.00

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#6. Sloane White Polka Dot Midi Dress $92.00

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#7. City Strut Black Shirt Dress $45.00

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#8. Fit and Flare Cami Dress $36.99 (On Sale)

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#9. UO Babydoll T-Shirt Dress $49.00

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#10. UO Lindsay Button-Up Chambray Mini Dress $49.00 (On Sale)

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I hope that you have found at least one of these dresses that you can get and wear nonstop throughout these warmer months! I have the Fit and Flare Cami Dress from Gap Factory and I absolutely LOVE it! It was the perfect dress for Keeneland, and could be worn to so many different events!

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-S