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summer adventures!

July 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment

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There’s something about summer that makes me so excited for vacation destinations!  I think maybe it’s because growing up, my family always planned wonderful summer vacations — we’d drive up to Maine or Cape Cod or Vermont, and I’d head to summer camp or the beach. 

And this summer is the same way — I’m itching to explore.  Bear and I are about to head to New York for our first summer adventure in just a few days, and hopefully there will be many more to come! 

So when I stumbled upon the perfect dress for a summer vacation, obviously I had to show you guys!  How easy and elegant is this dressbarn style?  I find that when I’m traveling, I often have a little more time to put into getting dressed — and it’s fun to go a little glam with a really beautiful dress!  I pretty much wear dresses exclusively while we travel — they’re easy, take up less suitcase space, and you can pack in an hour without worrying about putting together outfits in advance!  This dress, especially, is such a perfect piece to travel with — the material doesn’t get wrinkled, so you can pull it out and look great instantly!  They have an awesome selection of amazing dresses, for any fun summer moment!

Right now, dressbarn is having a fabulous summer contest — submit a photo of your favorite fashion moment from your summer adventure, and you can win a $250 gift card and their stylish vacation essentials!  You can enter here — go check it out!

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california dreamin

June 23rd, 2014 · 1 Comment

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About four years ago, when Chad and I were just starting to think about the possibility of leaving New York, we spent several days in Los Angeles. 

It was a serious trip — we were house-hunting (or, at least, house-window-shopping), trying to get a sense of what we could afford in cities that weren’t Manhattan. 

Only, the thing was: it was freezing.  It was this weird August when California was freezing cold, so the weather in Santa Monica, where we spent most of our time, was grey, windy, and about fifty-five degrees most days.  I only made one purchase that whole trip, and it was a big cozy sweater from J. Crew. 

Yes, I went to LA in the middle of summer, and bought a sweater.

But one afternoon, just for something to do, we left Santa Monica behind and drove out to Malibu.

And as we drove, it was like the clouds opened up — suddenly, the weather was eighty degrees and sunny.  I took off my sweater.  I put on my favorite sunglasses.  And we had lunch by the ocean, on a beautiful blue-sky afternoon.

Even though we decided against moving to California a few months later, sometimes I still think of that beautiful afternoon, when everything suddenly took a turn for the outrageously beautiful. 

So, with this outfit, I decided to recreate it — starting with my new, updated version of those favorite sunglasses.  I’ve always loved aviators — they’re the coolest sunglasses around, bar none — and this Foster Grant pair is the one that I’m constantly reaching for nowadays.  If I suddenly found myself in the middle of a sunny Malibu afternoon, they’d be on in four seconds flat.

Foster Grant sunglasses, The Classic tank, Abercrombie shorts, Tiffany & Co., Ettika and Alex and Ani bracelets.

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Spring Cleaning: Beauty Cabinet Makeover!

March 21st, 2014 · 1 Comment

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A few weeks ago, I did something *long* overdue: I cleaned out my beauty cabinets!

I try to keep our house streamlined and organized, but with the influx of beauty and hair products I receive every month, it’s almost impossible to keep my beauty cabinet organized.  It’s funny — I have SO many products, but my day-to-day routine pretty much fits into a small makeup bag.  Basically, it’s just Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer in the morning, and Simple Skincare Foaming Cleanser at night, along with makeup wipes in a pinch and spot treatments if I have a break out. 

And yet, somehow, I wind up with drawers and shelves full of beauty products, which get so disorganized that I have no idea what they are or how long I’ve had them!  So, every once in a while, I do a huge cabinet cleanout and start fresh.

This was my rule: If I got it after September Fashion Week in 2013 (seven months ago), it could stay.  You can actually hang onto many products for much longer than that, but I wanted to toss a LOT of products, so I set my timeline a little shorter. 

And then, I organized!  I had all these old dividers from years ago, that were originally meant to be stacking shelves.  Instead, I used them to line my drawers, creating mini compartments for everything I needed.  Hairbrushes, lipsticks, eyeshadows, skincare supplies — everything in its place, clean and de-cluttered.

I created a little cheat sheet list below, in case you’re wondering how soon to toss your old beauty products!  And scroll down for my before and after pictures — I debated whether to post them because the “before” shots are really messy and gross, but I figure honesty is the best policy!  Everything looks beautiful now that it’s done.

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Less than One Year
Anti-aging and acne treatments: Three months to a year, as long as there are no changes in color.
Bath oil: One year.
Nail polish: One year.
Mascara and liquid eyeliner: Two to three months.

Two to Three Years
Body lotion: Two to three years.
Shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel: About three years.
Lipstick and lip gloss: Two to three years.
Foundation: Two years.
Deodorant: Two years (the package probably has an expiration date).

Three Years or More:
Eye and lip pencils: Three to five years.
Perfume: Technically two years, but truthfully, I keep mine around much longer than that.
Hair styling products: Three to five years.

So there you have it!  Who’s up for some spring cleaning this weekend?

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