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!
dress (similar here & here – ON SALE) | hat – ON SALE (love this one for fall – ON SALE) | slides |shades
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.
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.