Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday Favorites

My best friend sent me this on Pinterest and I thought they were the cutest little shots I've ever seen!  I've been a huge fan of Jello shots (they're so fun!) for a while now and this recipe from A Beautiful Mess looks delicious.  I've always been a little intimidated by fancy Jello shots, but these actually look easy to make and the step by step pictures included with the recipe are super helpful!

Favorite Summer Accessory Sassy Pool Floats
Sassy pool floats have been popular for the last few years and I think they are the greatest!  Urban Outfitters has a good selection and the ones below are from there.  You can find the flamingo here, and the seashell here.  I also love the swan, pretzel, and donut floats too!  Any of these adorable floats are sure to make a huge hit at the pool.

Favorite 4th of July Fun American Flag Donuts
With 4th of July a little over a week away it's time to start planning some festive fun.  I came across these donuts from The First Year on Pinterest and thought they were so much fun and are sure to make your day extra festive.  They would be great for 4th of July brunch or dessert at a party!

Favorite Decor Office Inspiration
My Mom & I are moving in a few weeks and I want to upgrade my desk situation in my bedroom to make it look more office like.  I've been searching Pinterest for ideas and fell in love with girly chic office decor.  I've been thinking of doing my room in pink, white, and gold so this is giving me a lot of ideas!

I have been loving co-ords for sometime now and think this one from Lulu's is gorgeous.  It would be beautiful for a variety of different events and is perfect for the summer.  I love it so much I might have to get it for myself!

What are your Friday Favorites?

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Easy Cinnamon Sugar Oatmeal

Finding a healthy breakfast that can be made quickly is not always an easy task.  Oatmeal is one of my favorites, but I don't like instant oatmeal and making it from scratch when I'm in a rush is out of the question.  However, I finally figured out how to make my own healthy and easy instant oatmeal from scratch, which makes making breakfast much easier.  I just mix up a large batch of dry oatmeal mix and keep it in a container, then in the morning I grab a scoop of mix, add milk, microwave it, and just two minutes later I have my healthy breakfast!  The great thing about this oatmeal is that you can customize it by adding different fruits, nuts, and seeds to the finished oatmeal, all you have to do is sprinkle your favorites on top to change up the flavor a little bit!  Below I have for you both the recipe for the dry mix and the finished oatmeal.

-3/4 cup brown sugar
-2 tbsp. cinnamon

-Place the oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl, mix until completely combined.
-Store in an airtight container.
-Makes about 12 servings.

-1/2 cup dry mix
-1/2 cup milk

-Place 1/2 cup dry mix in a bowl.
-Add milk, mix well.
-Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
-Mix well.
-Add more milk if necessary.

What is your favorite breakfast?

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

My Favorite Summer Trends

With summer in full swing I am officially all about warm weather style.  I love to get inspiration from everywhere - magazines, celebrities, blogs, and more to curate my style and see trends.  There are so many fun trends for this season and there are a few that I really love.  Today I'm sharing my six favorite summer trends along with some inspiration on how to wear them and my personal picks.

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What are your favorite summer trends for 2016?

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Today I'm linking up with Your Whims WednesdayWIWW, Oh Hey Girl!, and Trendy Wednesday.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Fairy Princess Diaries + Tutu Tuesday Linkup

I alway love when Byrdie, Into the GlossAllure, and more give us a look into the beauty routines of the rich and famous.  In my opinion a beauty routine is personal and intimate so it feels like you're getting a real look at someone's life and getting to know them better when they divulge their beauty secrets.  In the spirit of getting to know people through their beauty regime I thought it would be really fun to interview bloggers about theirs.  Today's post is the first in a new series Beauty Behind the Blog, in which I am going to give you a behind the scenes look into blogger beauty.  To kick this off I have my amazing blogger bestie (and Tutu Tuesday co-host!) Jordyn of The Fairy Princess Diaries.

Name: Jordyn 
Age: 24

Who taught you about beauty? 
My Mom and magazines! I've always loved reading magazines and I owe the little beauty knowledge I have to their glossy pages. 

What is your favorite thing about beauty?
I think feeling confident is crucial to happiness and success and I believe feeling beautiful is a big component of confidence.

Do you have a favorite beauty blogger?
I don't read too many beauty blogs honestly. Most of what I learn about beauty comes from experimentation and the nice ladies at Sephora.

Do you create any DIY beauty products? 
I love using honey and coconut oil. Honey face masks are my favorite and I even use coconut oil on my dog's skin. 

What is your skin type? 

What is your basic skincare routine?
My skincare routine is very basic-I wash my face with Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash, I apply Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Face Serum and the Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream and I'm set for the day. At night I wash off my makeup and apply retinol serum and the same Kate Somerville Goats Milk moisturizer.

What is your biggest skin issue?
Clogged pores.

What are your must have skincare products?
Anything Kate Somerville (as indicated above) and I love trying new serums!

What is your favorite skincare splurge? 
Definitely a spa facial!

What is the first thing you do when you get a breakout? 
I give myself a quick face mask with Kate Somerville Eradikate Mask and then try not to pick, but I'm guilty of touching my skin way too much.

What is your everyday makeup look? 
Most days I wear only eye makeup, I find that when I use face makeup for anything other than special occasions my pores get clogged.  For my eyes I use Stila Liquid Eyeliner for a simple cat eye and Diorshow Mascara. When the bags under my eyes are especially prominent I use an Urban Decay Concealer.

What is your go to makeup look when you go out?
When I'm out I try and spice up my makeup routine with Lancôme BB Creme, a natural smokey eye from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette and a fun lip color. 

What are your must have makeup products?
Definitely mascara, I can't go a day without it. I've also become addicted to punchy lip colors for special occasions. I bought a Bite color called "Radiant Orchid" a year or so back, it isn't sold anymore and I'm dreading when the shade runs out. It's my favorite!

What is your favorite makeup splurge?
Is it wrong to say having someone else do it for me at Sephora?!

What is your hair type? 
A lot of fine hair, meaning my hair gets tangly really quickly. 

What is your basic hair care routine?
I'm fairly simplistic when it comes to my hair. I get balayage every six weeks or so and wash my hair every day. I alternate between Pureology shampoo and conditioner, Bumble & Bumble, and Sebastian Drench. All three are great products, I just find my hair reacts best when I switch it up every few months.  I don't like how my hair looks up very much so I  generally style it curled and down.

What is your biggest hair issue? 
Dead ends.

What are your must have hair products?
Hair spray and a Kérastase treatment for my ends. My hair can have a lot of breakage so taking care of my ends is crucial.

What is your favorite hair care splurge?
A Moroccan Oil Hair Mask is great for treating my hair once a week and maintaining softness and shine.

How do you style your hair everyday?
Curled and down using a Chi Curling Wand.

How do you style your hair when you're going out?
Curled and down with a braid pulling back the front of my hair to keep it out of my face.

What is your best hair trick?
Coconut oil is great for dead ends. I also love whipping up a raw egg and avocado hair mask when my hair needs ultimate moisture (it sounds gross but works wonders).

What is your basic body care routine?
I'm simple, I scrub and moisturize and exfoliate when necessary.

What are your must have body products?
Aveda Shampure Hand and Body Wash and Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish for exfoliating. I love baths so a great bubble bath and a few bath bombs are also a must (I love the bath bomb with pink glitter at Lush).

What is your favorite body product splurge?

What is your basic approach to nutrition and dieting?
I'm all about balance. I've been a vegetarian since I was twelve and incorporated seafood into my diet again over the past two years. I genuinely love vegetables but I also eat ice cream and pasta frequently.

What is your current workout routine?

I don't have a specific routine per se, but I do try and be active on a regular basis. I like to run primarily and mix in trips to the gym with occasional hikes and barre classes to keep things interesting and fresh.

A huge thank you to Jordyn for sharing a look into her beauty routine!  Do you use any of the same products?  Let me know below! 

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Today I'm linking up with Tutu Tuesdays, Confident Twosday, and Style Sessions.

Welcome to Tutu Tuesdays a linkup with The Blush Blonde and The Fairy Princess Diaries!  Linkup whatever you'd like and make sure to do a little mingling - our goal here is to create a community of bloggers where we can all connect, find new blogs, and support one another.  We love new friends, supporting other blogs, and meeting fellow girl bosses!

There are just a few rules we ask you follow to join in on Tutu Tuesdays:

1. Please follow both Jordyn and me, your lovely hosts, on Instagram and/or Bloglovin.
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2. Link to your specific post, not your blog's main page.
3. Grab our super cute button or share a link to Tutu Tuesdays in the post you are linking up so everyone can know about the party!
4. Have fun and mingle with other bloggers that have linked up!  Like I said we want everyone to make new friends!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday Favorites

Favorite Summer Cookie Flamingo and Pineapple Sugar Cookies
These adorable sugar cookies are too pretty to eat!  These would be so fun to bring to a dinner party, bridal or baby shower, pool party and more.  They're so whimsical and cute that they're sure to be a hit anywhere you bring them!  Find the recipe for them here.

Favorite Accessory Eyelash Dreamer Makeup Case
I've been obsessed with eyelash print accessories lately and love this makeup case from Sweet Water Decor.  I would like this to store my eye makeup in and think it would look great sitting on my vanity.  This would also make for a cute birthday present for a friend!  Be sure to check out Sweet Water Decor's Instagram (@sweetwaterdecor) too to see their beautiful feed and get inspired!

Favorite Front Door Color Benjamin Moore Old World
I fell in love when I saw this door on Pinterest.  It belongs to Chassity Evans of Look Linger Love in Charleston, South Carolina.  The color, Benjamin Moore Old World, is such a pretty pink coral color and screams Charleston to me.  It's the perfect girly touch to add to the front of a house to make it pop, but not overdo it.

Favorite Summer Cake Gold Pineapple Cake
This is probably the coolest cake I have ever seen!  It is actually a cake topper (so basically a decorative cake on top of a cake) for a wedding cake.  The people from Adorn Cakes have a video tutorial on their website to show you how they made it.  I'm not sure if I would actually want to make one though because it is definitely too beautiful to eat!

Favorite Room Monika Hibbs's Nursery
I first saw this nursery on Glitter Guide's Instagram (@glitterguide).  I thought it was the most beautiful room and had to go see the full room tour on Glitter Guide's website.  While the room features so many amazing pieces my absolute favorite part of it is the gorgeous wallpaper, I love it so much I wanted to get it for my own room!

What are your favorites this week?

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Today I'm linking up with Casual FridayFriday FavoritesFriday Favorites, and Fab Favorites.