Warmer temperatures means a change in my beauty must-haves. Really anything that keeps me from melting is entirely welcome. A must have in my book is anything that enables survival but keeps me feeling confident.
- Blush (NARS ‘Sex Appeal’) – This soft peach blush is a change from the rosy pink I usually use because it is much softer and subdued.
- Sea Salt Spray (Bumble and Bumble) – This is my go-to sea salt spray, but I use it minimally during the warmer months. It can be incredibly drying and lead to a frizzy look when used too much. But when used every once in a while it gives a really great beach fresh texture.
- Sunscreen (Aveeno) – duh.
- Bronzer (Hourglass Ambient Bronzer) – The perfect sun-kissed look with a radiant finish and minimal effort. Just for those days where I need a little dimension without baking in the sun (never advised).
- Nail Color (Essie ‘Excuse Me, Sur’) – This is my favorite nail color from Essie’s spring collection inspired by a California road trip. It’s a peachy pink that fits really well with my tan.
- Waterproof Mascara (Better Than Sex) – Because no one likes having mascara run down their face when sweating or crying. Full disclosure it takes quite a bit of remover to get off depending on how many coats are applied.
- Hair Mask (Neutrogena Recovery Mask) – I use this once a week to restore the health of my hair. Within the span of a shower it can minimize the product and heat damage and leave my hair looking healthy (and soft).
- Self Tanner (Nivea Sun Kissed Radiance lotion) – I am very wary of self tanner and I prefer to use Nivea’s gradual lotion. It adds a nice even color over time and Nivea makes the best lotions for my skin so double whammy.
We have finally hit the unofficial end of summer. I can’t believe it’s here. It’s bittersweet because long gone are the dog days of summer, but my one true love fall is about to arrive. I will be ecstatic when the daily temperature is far below 100.
But before that happens its time to celebrate what little pool time we have left with the chicest pool party the summer has ever seen. These are my essentials for throwing the best pool party in town. Sure, a pizza oven that attaches to the BBQ isn’t entirely necessary, but it’s just a really good excuse to buy a pizza oven that attaches to a BBQ.
Also how COOL is this wall hanging speaker by O-Sound? I love how it hangs on the wall like a piece of artwork but responds with simple hand gestures to change the music. I want it so badly. It’s just that cool.
Shop this post: BigMouth donut pool float, Coola sun block, O-Sound speaker, H&M kaftan, Travira beach chairs, KettlePizza oven, Bocce Ball set, Pineapple ice cube trays, Beverage Dispenser
I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.
– Joe Fox, You’ve Got Mail
Back to school time has always been bittersweet. On the one hand, I got tons of new clothes and school supplies. But on the other I had to go back to spending 7 hours a day in school and not watching the Price is Right with my younger sister. As a college student, going back to school has charms of its own. I have a schedule I make myself to fit around my life. I still get all of the clothes and supplies, but books cost an absolutely insane amount.
More time spent on campus means having the essentials to make it through the day. These are the things I always have on hand with me to combat boredom, eat, or could possibly need throughout the day. Obviously this is in addition to my laptop, notebooks, and school supplies. In my emergency pouch I keep pain reliever, band aids, Aquaphor lip balm, oil absorbing sheets, and eye drops. Occasionally the contents will change but after lots of trial and error I’ve determined the necessities so to each their own. I keep a small notebook on hand for doodling or writing down ideas & lists.
Shop this post: Zara City Bag (similar to my actual bag), Victoria Beckham pouch, Sharpie pen, Sugar Paper day planner, Ampersand for Blue Sky notebook, Klip-It container, S’well water bottle, Ray-Ban aviators