Sorry for my absence the second half of the year. I’ve been busy trying to sort some things out in my life. I found keeping up with the blog too stressful and needed to take a temporary leave of absence. If you’re still reading, I appreciate your patience. I’ve been missing blogging lately, and I think I’m ready to start again with the new year. Without further ado, here’s a new monthly favorites!
- Watch: Scrubs
- Wash: L’Occitane Cleansing and Softening Shower Oil with Almond Oil
- Read: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
- Listen: “Electric Love” by BØRNS
- Eat: Macarons
- Carry: Nine Lives Large Tote by Studio Strand
- Smell: Rhubarb Produce Candle
- Store: Henri Bendel Signature Stripe Canvas Dopp Kit
- Exercise: Cycling
I love travel size items. It gives me a chance to try something new without the commitment. Plus, who can resist the cute little packaging? Here’s a look at my favorite things I brought along with me on my trip this summer.
This was my first chance to try out the shampoo bars from Lush. These are great for travel because they’re solid, rather than a liquid. Don’t have to worry about them leaking in your luggage! I used Godiva.
Another travel must-have is the Venus travel razor. In case you haven’t seen this already, it uses any of the regular blades, but the handle is smaller. The whole thing comes in a compact case for packing. Can be saved and reused, too.
Hairspray is such a necessity that I actually brought two. For everyday, I love the Oribe Superfine Spray. It’s a bit pricey, so a trip was a good excuse to splurge on a travel size bottle. Seriously, though, I like everything else about the product. Then for days when you need more volume, I can’t say enough good things about the Bumble and Bumble Dryspun Finish.
Of course, I can’t be bothered to wash my hair every day when I could be out having fun. For second day hair, I brought the Pret-a-Powder dry shampoo from Bumble and Bumble. The powder formula can take some getting used to; however, I find it leaves my hair with a much better texture than the spray versions. Not to mention it comes in the tiniest, most adorable bottle I’ve ever seen.
I’ve seen lots of travel toothbrushes and containers. My personal favorite is the Steripod Toothbrush Sanitizer. It simply clips on over the bristles, protecting and sanitizing. This is great for in the bag and out on the counter. It’s cheap and lasts for three months. I actually use them at home also.
Finally, my last must have is the Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer. This travel lotion gives your skin a bit of color without being as intimidating as a self-tanner. Use it to kick off a holiday tan or just disguise your ghostly paleness like me.
These were my go-to products on vacation. While I might be a sucker for miniature-sized products, I think they add something extra special to a trip. It’s a great chance to try out some new products before buying the full size.
As I mentioned previously, one thing that took up a lot of my time in June was my vacation. I went with my family to New York City. None of us had been there before, and it was the number one travel destination on my list. We had a great time, if a bit exhausting. We averaged six or seven miles of walking a day. I took plenty of pictures so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things and places. Hope you enjoy!
It rained the first day we were there, but that didn’t stop us from exploring Times Square. I quickly became an expert at umbrella dodging. The next day we took a tour of downtown Manhattan, including the new World Trade Center building and 9/11 Memorial.
Other sightseeing included the Empire State Building, the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Central Park.
On our last day, we explored Grand Central Terminal and then took a ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. We ended things with a big dinner in Rockefeller Plaza. Our walk back to the hotel let us see another side of the city, which is just as beautiful at night.
- Wear: Madeline Ballet Flat
- Color: Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford
- Watch: American Ninja Warrior
- Drink: “Berry A-Peeling” Juice Recipe
- Read: The Girl on the Train by Paul Hawkins
- Brush: Colgate Wisps
- Exfoliate: Ocean Salt from Lush
- Eat: Caramel Cheesecake Apple Dip
** Hey everyone, it’s been a while! June was a busy month. I’ve been settling into my new place. Then I went on vacation with my family, which I can’t wait to share about. Posts should resume now, and I have a lot of good stuff planned. Hope you’re all having a great summer. Cheers!
- Write: Rifle Paper Co. Botanical Notebook Collection
- Watch: Daredevil
- Wear: Watership Down Tee from Out of Print
- Smell: “Beach Walk” perfume
- Listen: Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes
- Drink: Starbucks S’mores Frappuccino
- Pack: LeSportsac XL Rectangular Cosmetic Bag
- Accessorize: Kitsch Tri’d & True Y-Shaped Necklace
- Play: Candy Crush
If I’m being perfectly honest, summer is my least favorite season. Sure, who doesn’t love graduations and weddings, family vacations and popsicles? Maybe I would feel differently if I didn’t in a place where the temperature reaches a hundred degrees in July.
My favorite outfit is a sweater, jeans, and boots. I struggle finding comfortable clothes in the summer months. On top of that, I went through a major purge when I moved out of my apartment. After six years of college, some of those t-shirts aren’t holding up like they were on the first day of freshman year. Not to mention my taste has changed a lot over the years. I need clothes suitable for going to a job, not rolling out of bed and walking to class.
While I love the styles at places like J. Crew, Anthropologie, Madewell, and Ann Taylor, I can’t afford to do all my shopping there. I wasn’t sure what to do until I looked online at Target. They have tons of great clothes right now. These are a few items I think are worth checking out.
First is the Short Sleeve Crew Neck Tee Shirt by Mossimo. I love them; they are my go to basic tee. I probably buy a few different colors every year. This time I picked one up in Apple Red and Hematite (dark grey). I also have one in basic colors like black, white, and navy. It’s very versatile. I typically wear it with jeans, but it also can be dressed up with a skirt or cardigan.
Next are some striped tops. I’m currently obsessed with black and white striped shirts. I think they are simple and classic. I found the Boatneck Tee and Leisure Structured Tunic Top, both by Merona. I feel more comfortable in longer sleeves, so the ¾ length is perfect for me. Can’t wait to wear these with a pretty necklace or bracelet.
Two basic items I snatched up were the Merona Clip Spot Favorite Shirt and Mossimo Pleated Skirt. I had been look for a plain white button up and black skirt. These were much more affordable options that what I had seen elsewhere.
Finally, I picked up two pairs of shoes while I was there. One was a basic pair of Flip Flops I could wear to the pool without worrying about. The other is a comfy pair of black Ballet Flats. Not only are there cute, but they don’t make my feet hurt, as well. These offer the perfect combination of style and practicality.
The best part is that together, all of this came out to roughly $125 before tax. That’s about the same price as two shirts or a dress from Anthropologie. I predict I will get a lot of wear out of every item. I highly suggest you take a look, as there are so many great items available right now.
Stay cool, and have a great summer. Cheers!
Skin care is very important to me. As someone with fair, sensitive skin, I try to do the best I can to take care of myself and prevent damage now while my skin is healthy. These are the products I currently use:
- First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser
- Vitamin E SPF 15 Moisture Lotion from The Body Shop
- Tea Tree Oil from The Body Shop
- Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract
- Garnier Nourishing Cleansing Oil
- Simple Micellar Cleansing Water
- Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
- Nivea Milk & Honey Lip Balm
- Lollia Shea Butter Handcreme in “At Last”