I can hardly believe we’re already into September. This was our first full summer in our home and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We upgraded from a small balcony at our previous condo to a [small] yard at our new home and it’s been pretty amazing. Being able to grill out and sit comfortably on actual lounge furniture while allowing our dogs to run off leash somewhere other than a dog park has been – wait for it – LIFE CHANGING. We’ve been soaking it all in, but this summer has still flown by! The past few months have been jam packed with concerts, weddings, social events, and trips with family and friends. Definitely one for the books!
Since it’s still warm here in the Midwest I wanted to take time to round up some items that reached MVP status in my book this season. These are things I wore or used on repeat and lots can be carried into fall!
It’s no secret neon everything is trending this summer. While I typically stick to more neutral pieces, it’s been fun to add some brightness into my wardrobe. I love that the bold colors instantly make me look more tan…plus, it’s hard not to feel a little extra cheerful when wearing them!
One of my favorite neon pieces in my closet is the bright orange maxi skirt featured below. I’ve worn it recently a couple different ways: 1.) with a black one piece swimsuit as cover-up at the beach and 2.) with a simple cropped tee while exploring an adorable northern Michigan lake town with some good friends of ours. I felt comfortable + confident each time I wore it and have a feeling I’ll be reaching for it quite often over the next few months!
I hope everyone has had a safe and fun holiday weekend so far! Ours has been filled spending time with family and friends, taking our dogs to local parks and several pet-friendly patios, and creating lots of memories at the IMS during Carb Day and the Indy 500. May in Indianapolis is the best! We’ve had so much fun, but a little recovery time is in order. Today we’re going to hang around the house and hopefully get our outdoor space ready for summer. Just a few things left and we’ll be all set!
With so many sales going on today, I wanted to share what I have my eye on…
Spring always seems like the perfect time to freshen things up! Whether it’s our homes, wardrobes, gardens, or beauty routines it’s nice to make changes + improvements that just make us feel better. I recently went through all my makeup + skin care products and tossed things I wasn’t using (or were expired) and organized everything else. I’ve been loving how everything looks and how easily accessible my products are.
Going through the process really made me evaluate my morning routine and how much time I was wasting simply digging through my ridiculous inventory. I came to grips with the fact there was no need to keep so much around because I have my go-to makeup products and don’t stray. My skin is fairly sensitive so for years it was really tough + frustrating to find products that gave me the coverage I wanted, but didn’t negatively impact my skin. I’m happy to say I now have a ten minute makeup routine that gives me confidence in the way I look, but is gentle on my skin. Not to sound too dramatic here, but it’s seriously taken so much stress from my life. Today I’m sharing my lineup and how I use each product.
There are tons of great dresses out right now so I decided to round up some of my favorites under a hundred bucks for you guys. With events popping up this time of year – brunches for Easter + Mother’s Day, bridal + baby showers, graduation parties, and weddings – it’s the perfect time to add a few dressy pieces to your wardrobe. The ones I’m showing range from a casual t-shirt dress to a more formal lace midi, so there’s something for everyone and every occasion!
We’ve had several guests stay with us since we moved into our home last summer. There have been times I’ve been prepared and felt like the space was put together and welcoming, and unfortunately times I threw everything together last minute and missed a thing or two. We love having visitors and I never want them to worry about being a burden for having to ask for something. I want people to walk in and feel at home having everything they need within an arm’s reach. I recently compiled a list in hopes of accomplishing this.
I started receiving Ipsy Glam Bags in September 2018 and haven’t looked back since. I love trying products I wouldn’t have picked out myself and have gotten some great deals along the way. If you haven’t heard of Ipsy, it’s a subscription beauty service whose customers receive personalized “glam bags” for only $10 each month. You can read more about them here, but for now I’m excited to share my review with you.
I got the opportunity earlier this week to style an outfit for myself that’s not something I’d typically wear. We went to a Metallica concert and I was so excited because the show was going to be a completely new experience for me. I’ve never been a fan of heavy metal (I admit I only knew one song they played), but was looking forward to a new experience. I knew my usual flowy, patterned, and somewhat colorful concert look was not going to work. I never wear all black because I feel it’s too heavy of a look for me most of the time. But, I wanted to do something totally different and have fun getting a bit out of my comfort zone.
We just got back from an incredible trip to Jackson, Wyoming! It truly is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. It’s a small mountain town with tons of personality. The architecture was stunning and around each street corner was a restaurant or shop we couldn’t resist visiting. Oh, the landscape didn’t hurt either. As we walked around town it was hard not to notice the frosty trees and snow-covered Tetons peeking above the buildings. Even though I’m currently looking forward to spring, there’s nothing like a beautiful winter wonderland, and that’s exactly what we experienced last week. In the four days we were there 47 inches of snow fell and I wouldn’t have had it any other way!