DIY Sea Salt Spray /

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{Diptyque Candle | Seashell}

I absolutely love beachy hair.  I always think it is sort of ironic because as much as I adore the wavy tousled and slightly dirty look of hair in the summer months, I equally hate the feeling of sand on my feet and will practically die if I can’t rinse them off almost immediately (and I also can’t stand having matte nail polish, eek).   That being said, I am obsessed with beach sprays that give me a beach-esque look, without actually having to leave my house.  I whipped up this sea salt spray that added texture and body to my hair, and scrunched the ends to create a wavy look.  I also ran a 1″ curling iron quickly through to add a little more of a wave to my stick straight hair and the results were exactly what I wanted, bottled beach perfection, and cost just over $10 to make.

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{John Frieda Frizz Ease | Spray Bottle | Argan Oil of Morocco | Salt & Pepper ShakersMeasuring Spoons | Measuring Cup}

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{Bowl | Wooden Spoon}

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Simply Casual /

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{ Striped Tee, similar | Denim Cutoffs, similar | D’Orsay Flats | Sunglasses | Lipstick color Palm Beach | Hermes Bag }

Tried and true staples are essential in any wardrobe.  However, last week I realized that there are very few days that I just throw on a pair of ripped denim cutoffs and striped tee and run out the door, but when I do, I just love the simple and casual vibe.  I’ve literally had this striped tee for at least five years, and it still looks every bit as amazing as the day that I got it.  Since the weather has been on the warmer side these days, this easy outfit is ideal for a mellow afternoon of roaming around with friends or even working at my new little office.  I am addicted to my comfy d’orsay Flats which are a staple in my weekly wardrobe these days, and have decided that I am going to start mixing in denim cutoffs on a regular basis as well.

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{ Photography : Taylor Cole }

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Colored Stripes /

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{ Dress, similar here and here | Heels, similar | Clutch | Necklace, similar | Sunglasses }

Simple dresses are by far my favorite summer look.  Not only are they way easier to pick out rather than a shirt and skirt or shorts, but they look like a lot of effort was put into looking polished and put together.  Naturally I fell hard and fast for this dress, being that it is striped and also has long sleeves (a must in coastal summers and I always get cold) so that I won’t ever have to wear a blazer or anything for that matter over it.  It is the perfect day or night dress, and I can’t get enough of the blend of colors.  I loved how it looked when paired with my new favorite nude sunnies, a statement necklace, my most favorite simple stitched clutch, and my go to summer heels.

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{Photography : Taylor Cole}

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale /

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I briefly mentioned the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale on Tuesday, however, since it is my favorite sale of the year, I wanted to round up my favorite essential pieces for fall.  I normally despise sales because they are usually picked over pieces and totally cluttered, however the Anniversary sale is amazing because it is actually brand new fall items, that are put on sale temporarily (July 18- August 3) and then marked back up after the sale.  Top brands are marked down, like Rag & Bone, Vince, Joie, and Diane Von Furstenburg, not to mention beauty exclusives that are to die for.  I have already done most of my shopping, but may pick up a few more things online as the week goes on.  Necessities for fall clothing are a great coat, colored and plain denim, faux fur anything, plaid button downs, chunky knits, and pencil skirts.  Shoe must haves are flat and heeled boots and booties, embellished ballet flats, running shoes, and a leopard print pump.  Beauty I just can never get enough of but some major needs are a rod iron to wave hair, La Mer skin products, Moroccan Oil hair products to keep hair healthy, a great set of brushes, fall eye and lip colors, and Diptyque candles. Happy shopping.

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Brazilian Vibes /

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{ Swimsuit top & bottom c/o | Men’s Linen Button Down on sale | Sun Hat, similar here and here | “J” Necklace, similar | Sandals, similar | “Palm Beach” Lipstick | Sunglasses }

One of the hardest things about the summer months, is finding the ideal swimsuit.  A few requirements I look for are the fit, color selection, details, and whether it is lined well or not.  I found all of the above in the sweetest little white brazilian bikini.  The cut and style fit amazingly well, and I loved the subtle ruched details on the top and bottoms.  Last week on the most beautiful of sunny days I had a day of lounging ocean side with my new favorite read, in my men’s white linen button down (a fast favorite in my coverup drawer), and my flounciest of floppy hats.

PS : It’s my parents 31st anniversary today, so I just wanted to send them both anniversary wishes on this very special day! x

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{Photography : Taylor Cole}

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Trinket Trays /

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{Left to Right : Yes | I wake up expecting things  on sale| Life is a party, dress like it | Odds and ends | Gold pig | Zig Zag | Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside | Happy }

Every night when I get ready for bed, I take off all of my little rings and lay them on my bedside table next to me, so that I can access them easily in the morning (it’s an accidental routine I’ve developed lately).  I have acquired quite a few rings though, and they have been cluttering up my bedside table area.  I decided I needed to get a little trinket tray to keep everything organized in one spot.  I ended up finding eight little trays that I love and are way more chic and stylish than me throwing rings everywhere.  Which one do you like best?

Also, as a side note, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale started last week, and it’s kind of my favorite type of sale since it’s all new Fall merch that is actually amazing and brand new product.  I have already purchased a few things myself including this, this and this, and admittedly will probably be online shopping a teeny bit more this week before it’s open to the general public.  So happy shopping if you are a Nordstrom card holder, I know I sure will be.

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Lace Trimmed /

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{Lace Trimmed Shorts | V-neck Tee | Sandals | “J” Necklace, similar | Tiny Diamond Necklace | Sunglasses, similar}

I was having a totally random day last week, where I felt like I had so many things going on that my head was going to spin.  I decided that rather than stress over the never ending list I had been adding to, that I just needed to get some fresh air and went to Fashion Island, for a little retail therapy and sunshine.  Of course, whenever I want to buy something, I never seem to be able to find a thing, however, just when I was about to give up and get back to work, I came across these lace shorts.  Everything about them screamed perfection to me, not to mention had a price to match.  They are the flirtiest little black shorts, that can be worn casual as an everyday piece (like shown in photos) or a more elevated version, like I wore the other night, when I paired them with a silk tank and heels (on sale) for dinner.  Next time I wear these, I plan on mixing in a splash of color to change up the look, and most likely will be throwing these on again in the next day or two (and yes, I officially might be addicted).

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Navy & Coral /

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{Romper | Necklace similar | Heels similar | Bag similar }

I can’t believe that it is already Friday.  Time has really flown by this week.  I am especially excited because today marks the first day I will be working out of my new office (photos to come).  This weekend, I am so happy because I have zero plans.  All I want to do is sleep in, have an indulgent lunch, and perhaps catch a matinee and eat way too much popcorn.  It’s been a crazy week and I cannot wait for a little rest and relaxation starting now.

I know I have probably talked about 100 rompers this season already, but when I get addicted to something I generally go full force and this romper was too amazing to pass up.  I love a bold hue every now and again and this deep navy blue with subtle coral trim was just perfection in my book.  The lightweight silky material can be worn dressed up or down and I even switched up this look slightly in Cabo last week by wearing a lacey bralette in an orangey coral color underneath it (since its rather low in the front) which just peeked out and added an additional pop to the ensemble.  I paired my all in one outfit with simple strappy heels and a statement necklace and I was ready to go in no time at all.

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{ Photos : Taylor Cole }

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DIY Lipgloss /

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{ Ingredients : Vaseline/Petroleum Jelly | Eyeshadow | Bobby Pin | Clear Container | Brush with pointed end }

I have been obsessed with lipgloss ever since I saw the movie “The In Crowd” which I am pretty sure came out when I was 15.  In the movie, the main character had this little clear container that housed her lipgloss and throughout the movie she continually applied it to an unusual end.  I remember running out immediately after the movie and purchasing a pretty little lip gloss to apply all day every day.  Since then, I have probably tried every lip gloss out there, and definitely have a few favorites including this one and this one.  Recently I came across an easy DIY lipgloss on Pinterest, and decided to recreate it myself, considering it only required two ingredients.  It was so easy to make that I will definitely be making a variety of shades depending on the season, so that I have a little change up from my normal lipgloss selection.  Also, how cute would these be as little stocking stuffers around the holidays? I ended up choosing a berry pink color and couldn’t be happier with the results.  Find out how I did it below.

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{Ingredients}

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{First remove eyeshadow from palette with bobby pin and crush up}

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{Next, add petroleum jelly into small clear container (I happened to have one in my crafting box that was almost empty from housing glitter)}

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{Then add crushed up eyeshadow to petroleum jelly and stir with back end of makeup brush}

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{End result is the perfect shade of berry pink lip gloss that can be tossed in your purse and used anytime}

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Textured Black & Whites /

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{ Sweater similar | Denim Shorts similar | Heels | Chanel Bag | Sunnies similar | Necklace similar }

By now you have all probably realized that I have been crushing especially hard on all things white lately.  I just can’t help myself when there are so many appealing options out there.  I especially love when I find a summery sweater that is lightweight yet textured, and can go with anything, which is a must have when you live at the beach.  It is the ideal throw on piece once the sun goes down.  I loved pairing mine with my most comfy and loved ripped denim shorts and dressed the look up with studded heels and a statement necklace to give it a bit of an edge.

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{ Photos : Taylor Cole Photography }

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