Red, White, & Blue

4th of July, Red Lips, Summer Style

Every year my family plans a big 4th of July get together, and it’s always a great time, but this year Joel and I couldn’t make it. At first I was bummed but then I realized this was the first time we could start creating our own traditions.

4th of July, Red Lips, Summer Style

After brainstorming about how we should spend the day, we decided on a miniature road trip—no surprise there. Joel loves driving, and I love being a passenger on scenic backroads and exploratory adventures.

4th of July, Red Lips, Summer Style

As we headed Southbound on HWY 1, we looked out over the coast and also drove through various parades that were taking place in each town. 

4th of July, Red Lips, Summer Style

Once we got to Carmel, we parked and went for a nice walk along the cliff. We enjoyed having the time to take our time and spend it a little more quietly than we usually did on Independence Day. That night we listened to fireworks going off in the distance from the comfort of our bed, content with how the day turned out. Even though things were different, they were still good.

4th of July, Red Lips, Summer Style

On Me: 

Nars Heat Wave Lipstick

Forever Blouse

Urban Sweater

Marc Jacobs Sunnies

Articles of Society Jeans

Elk Wallet

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Spring Lips

the Balm Lipstick

I love to wear a pretty mauve-nude color on my lips. It’s soft and romantic–perfect for Spring. Here are my top five lipsticks:

the Balm lipstick

Meet Matt(e) Hughes Lip Color in Sincere

tarte lipstick

Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Rose

Nars Lipstick

Pure Matte Lipstick in Montego Bay

Chanel Lipstick

Rouge Double Intensité Ultra Wear Lip Colour in Light Rose

bare minerals Lipstick

Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick in Crave

All of these lipsticks have a great formula–easy to apply, lightweight, and long lasting. What more could you want in a lipstick?

Fall

“That country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain.”
― Ray Bradbury

I LOVE Fall. In the spirit of things, I thought I would share a few of my favorite things that I associate with my favorite season.

Hoola BronzerBronzer 

Madewell Sweater

Oversized Sweater

Zazie Sf Hot Cocoa and Chai

Big Bowls of Hot Chocolate and Chai at Zazie 

MAC Lipstick

Dark Shades of Lipstick 

Brave Enough Cheryl Strayed

A New Book (preferably read by a fire)

Anthropology table setting

Table Settings 

Gap Scarf

Cashmere Scarf

Sole society boots

Knee High Boots

Loose Braids from the beauty department

Loose Braids

Estée Lauder

estee lauder lipstick

Estée Lauder has been my go-to lipstick brand lately. It’s a classic brand with classic colors.

Above I’m wearing Pure Color in Scarlet Siren:

estee lauder pure color scarlet siren

I’m also a fan of Pure Color Envy Matte in Commanding & Kendall Jenner’s new shade in Restless:

estee lauder lipstick

estee lauder lipstick

All of these colors remind me of Old Hollywood Glamour. Sometimes lipstick is all you need to complete an outfit.

Abercrombie Striped Tee, Levi's Jeans, Urban belt, Zara Heels

On Me: Abercrombie Striped Tee, Levi’s Jeans, Urban belt, Zara Heels

Summer Style

My Summer Style inspiration has been none other than the great Katharine Hepburn.

katharine hepburn

She screams effortless confidence, and I love trying to find ways to emulate that.

Urban Outfitters loose fitting tank top and pants, cross body purse, nordstrom sunnies, wedge pumps

There’s something about a wide leg pant that makes me feel together.

Urban Outfitters loose fitting tank top and pants, cross body purse, nordstrom sunnies, wedge pumps

They speak for themselves. They are comfortable, casual yet classic, and a wardrobe staple (especially this season).

Urban Outfitters loose fitting tank top and pants, cross body purse, nordstrom sunnies, wedge pumps

I have been going mostly make-up free this summer–relying heavily on a bold lip to dress up my outfits.

Urban Outfitters loose fitting tank top and pants, cross body purse, nordstrom sunnies, wedge pumps , target denim jacket

I recently tried out Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in Heathers, and I can’t seem to wear anything else!

Urban Outfitters loose fitting tank top and pants, cross body purse, nordstrom sunnies, wedge pumps , target denim jacket

I wear it over a liquid concealer and it stays on all day! I am dying to try out the Pure Hollywood shade for days when I want a less dramatic look.

Urban Outfitters loose fitting tank top and pants, cross body purse, nordstrom sunnies, wedge pumps

Growing up, I always gravitated towards tight fitting clothes. Now, I am constantly finding myself drifting away from my comfort zone–playing with style and fit.

Urban Outfitters loose fitting tank top and pants, cross body purse, nordstrom sunnies, wedge pumps , target denim jacket

Sometimes Summertime is the best time to rediscover your style, and to just PLAY.

Urban Outfitters loose fitting tank top and pants, cross body purse, nordstrom sunnies, wedge pumps , target denim jacket

I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun. – Katharine Hepburn

Urban Outfitters loose fitting tank top and pants, cross body purse, nordstrom sunnies, wedge pumps, target denim jacket

On Me: Urban Pants and Top

Merona Jacket and Bag

Report Shoes

Nordstrom Sunnies

Beauty Hacks

Finals Week calls for a few beauty hacks that will make your life a little bit easier, because let’s face it, we have more important things to be thinking about…right?

beauty hacks

 Coconut milk or coconut oil is a great alternative to almost any cream you ran out of! Not only is it great for your dry skin during the Winter months, but it’s also a delicious mask for your hair.

beauty hacks

Most of us are a little more pale this time of year, or maybe you accidentally bought the wrong foundation. Adding a little bit of moisturizer will lighten the foundation, better blending it in with your natural skin tone.

beauty hacks

Holiday parties usually run late into the evening, so that means we need to make sure we stay smelling good all night! By rubbing vaseline on your pulse points, or anywhere you like to spray your perfume, it will make it last.

beauty hacks

Want the matte lip, but don’t have time to go buy the matte stick? Before applying your color, dab on some concealer, or even a white eyeliner/eyeshadow.

beauty hacks

All out of dry shampoo? Grab the starch out of your laundry room, and spray away. Works just as well, if not better.

Now, time to get back to the books…

beauty hacks