Summer Beauty Essentials

summer beauty essentials

We have been having a summer weather/winter weather pattern in the Bay Area, which is a little unusual for late spring. It’s beautiful weather to enjoy, but it’s throwing my beauty routine off a little. Some days I need to use beauty products more suited to our rainy, wintry, windy days and others I need beauty products for bright, sunny, humid, and gently breezy days. I know this transition won’t last too long, as the unofficial first day of summer is in about two weeks (Hello, Memorial Day!), but in the meantime, I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite summer beauty essentials. 

I don’t know about you, but my beauty routine changes quite a bit during this time of year as I tend to sweat a lot more and my oily skin tends to get well, err, more oily. I wanted to share few beauty products that are essential for summertime (regardless of your skin type, activity level, or anything like that). 

Harry's Razor

Harry’s – I recently tried out a shave set from Harry’s and found that I could shave my legs a LOT faster with a Harry’s razor than with other razors. These razors have a little more surface area and are angled in a way that makes shaving legs easier and faster.  I know what you’re thinking–Harry’s is a product for men…except, is there really a big difference between men’s and women’s razors other than the colors they come in and the price? Once you get their starter kit, their replacement blades are $2 or less, depending on how many you purchase at one time. I shave my legs A LOT in the summer, so having a razor that doesn’t irritate my skin + makes shaving feel like less of a chore is FABULOUS. 

You can try out the razors for yourself if you want–readers get a shave club free trial where the Truman razor and razor blade, travel sized foaming shave gel, and travel blade cover are FREE. You just have to cover the cost of shipping, which is $3. 

glossier invisible shield

Glossier Invisible Shield – Glossier products have a cult following with certain products selling out time and time again. After trying their Invisible Shield sunscreen, I can see why. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a sunscreen work better on my skin. You couldn’t tell I was wearing sunscreen, and it did NOT make my skin look greasy. My makeup sat just fine right on top of the sunscreen. I’ve always hated wearing sunscreen because it either irritates my sensitive skin or is too greasy, but with Invisible Shield, I can see myself wearing sunscreen daily. 

Micellar Water/Make-up Wipes – This stuff is a godsend in the summer. Not only is it a soothing way to remove makeup, but it doesn’t irritate the skin. I’ve had some issues in the past with using brands like Neutrogena and Garnier to remove my makeup, so I go for the simplest micellar water makeup removers and wipes. For micellar water, which is good for removing eye makeup when soaked in a cotton pad and applied to the eye (in my opinion), I love using Caudalie. For micellar wipes, I actually get them from Trader Joe’s, where they’re sold at a good price ($3.99 for 20 sheets). The fewer the chemicals, the better. 

Waterproof Mascara – Now, you may not be able to remove waterproof mascara too well with micellar water makeup removers, but for women who can’t seem to have their eye makeup stay on throughout the day, waterproof mascara is a must in the summer. My choices include Lancome Hypnose and Dior DIORSHOW Waterproof mascara. I love that they make your lashes look thick and long. With a good mascara like this, it’s easy to forgo traditional eye liner for a more simple, natural look. 

Pinch Provisions Summer Kit

Pinch Provisions Summer Kit – When you’re having fun all summer long and something goes wrong–maybe your flip flip breaks–you can either let it ruin your day or you could be prepared with this Pinch Provisions Summer Kit. Deodorant, tampons, dry shampoo, blotting tissues, aloe…they really thought of it all! Grab one for yourself and leave it in your purse, your car, your gym bag, or in the office. 

Babyfoot – This stuff is nothing short of amazing for removing the dead skin from your feet. While it takes a couple of weeks to see the true effect of Babyfoot, I highly recommend it for those with dry feet where it seems impossible that lotion or oil can hydrate them. Four to five days after applying, dead, dry skin will peel off in chunks. You’ll be fascinated and intrigued and grossed out all at the same time. 

Foot Cream – Super important during sandal season! Nothing dries out your feet like wearing sandals and flip flops all the time. Having a good foot cream is important if you’re going to be showing off your feet. My favorite is L’Occitane Foot Cream.  It’s formula is a lot thinner than the hand cream, so it actually penetrates really dry skin. 

Boscia Oil Blotting Linens – Now, I use this stuff year-round because my face is an oil slick BUT you should always have these on hand. Even if you have dry skin, these blotting sheets can absorb sweat without really removing your makeup. Normal skin friends can use them when they’re sweaty, too. And oily skin friends…you probably double up on these, don’t you? I know I do. 

Those are my summer beauty essentials! What are yours? Share your favorites in the comments! 

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Wedding Guest Style Guide 2017

Wedding Guest Style Guide 2017

It’s that time of year when we get together to celebrate our friends family tying the knot! Actually, to be honest, we are pretty well into wedding season. You might have already attended a spring wedding or two with a lineup of summer and early fall celebrations adorning your calendar.

Weddings are momentous occasions, and every couple has a special way of celebrating their day. Some want to keep their ceremony simple and intimate, while others prefer to have all the bells and whistles. Some choose traditional, religious ceremonies, while others would rather elope in Vegas. Every wedding is totally different.

As a guest, you know the couple whose wedding you are attending (err, most of the time), and you likely have an idea of how they envision their wedding.

But, it isn’t always crystal clear what they expect from their guests. Some invitations are descriptive. Others leave things up to interpretation.

When I’m a wedding guest, I like to have as much information as possible. From my experiences though, a lot of hosts aren’t great at telling their guests what to expect. I don’t know about you, but that gives me anxiety.  I’m the girl who has a bunch of questions to be answered and constantly needs them to be answered in case things change.

Kind of a struggle, and makes attending a wedding a little more stressful. 

While I can’t help reassure you about certain logistics the weddings you are attending, what I CAN help you with is making sure you look wedding appropriate and fashionable—no matter the type of wedding.

From subtle, flowy bohemian dresses to bright patterned frocks, here are some trendy wedding guest dresses that are my favorite! You’ll look effortlessly put together as a guest, and you definitely won’t upstage the bride. Depending on how much you want to spend, there are dresses ranging from $40-$300 that are wedding appropriate.

Dresses Under $100

Dresses Under $200

Dresses Under $300

If you’re in doubt about what to wear, you need to save this style guide by The Black Tux. They’re also a great place to rent a tuxedo that fits well and is fashion-forward. Wedding Guest Style Guide


If you’re not sure if a dress you love is appropriate for the occasion, here are some tips for tricky situations:

If you’re in doubt if your dress is too light or too close to white, don’t wear it. The last thing you want to do is show up in a dress that upstages the bride or is just too close to white. It’s safe to stay away, no matter how pretty the dress. 

If you wouldn’t want your mother to see you in that dress, it’s probably not a good choice for a wedding.  Save the risqué dresses with cutouts and mesh for the club. Unless they’re done very tastefully, they don’t really belong at a wedding ceremony. 

What kind of dresses do you generally wear when you attend weddings? Do you have any tips you want to share with TSL readers? Let us all know in the comments!

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How to Break In Leather Boots & Booties

How to break in leather boots and bootiesIt’s time to put those flip flops, Birkenstocks, and pretty jeweled sandals away for the season and bring out the cute boots/booties that we’ve been dying to put on!

I’m a HUGE fan of leather boots. In fall, I’m usually never without them. I have a bunch of styles (riding boots, over-the-knee boots, booties) in a bunch of colors that I’m constantly wearing. However, I do tend to pick favorites and have a few go-to pairs, making them wear out sooner than I intended.

That means I’m buying leather boots regularly. And with that comes the process of breaking in leather boots. 

I have a love/hate relationship with leather boots. It’s mostly love–99% of it is love. They’re very durable, even for someone like me who can be a little careless with their shoes. They mold to your feet, making them extra comfortable. And I find that leather styles are usually cuter than other styles (personal preference)! I love the clean look that real leather has.

The 1% of hate comes from breaking them in. Sure they’re comfortable, but you have to break them in first. There’s nothing worse than wearing a pair of boots for an hour only to find red marks, sores, and blisters all over your feet. It’s painful! I don’t know about you but when I’m in pain, I get cranky.

How to break in leather boots and booties

So what’s the solution here?

Break in your boots before you wear them out. And there are a few ways to do that.

1. Thick Wool Socks – Wear your thickest wool socks and put on your boots. Keep them on for a couple hours while doing chores around the house. They’ll start to mold to your feet without causing any sores or blisters. When they start to feel tight, take them off and repeat the process another time. You may even be starting at something like 10 minutes per wear, but it’s better than leaving the house with them on and being in major pain!

This is the safest method, but it also takes the longest. You’ll want to start doing this much before you actually plan to wear your boots.

How to break in leather boots and booties

2. Thick Wool Socks + Hair Dryer – Wear your thickest wool socks and put on your boots. They will probably feel pretty tight right about now! Set your hair dryer on hot and point your hair dryer to all the tight spots on your shoes and feel them loosen up.

But don’t get too crazy. If you hold the dryer to the boots for too long, you risk drying out the leather and having cracked boots!

3. The Towel/Dishtowel Trick – Stuff your boots/booties with towels and dishtowels until you see them bulge a little. This will stretch out your boots without you having to do anything to them.

It’s great for soft leather, but may not work so well with thicker, tougher leather.

4. The Freezer Method – I’ve personally never tried this, and don’t think I ever will with leather boots (perhaps heels or smaller shoes with leather, but not boots). Grab FOUR Ziploc Freezer bags. Fill two of them halfway with water. Squeeze out all the air and zip them TIGHT! Then use the other two to double-bag the water bags. Put them into your boots and set them in the freezer overnight. The ice will stretch out the leather a little and expand your boots.

I can’t say I recommend this method because there is always a risk of water damage and because they don’t necessarily mold do your feet. Also…you would really have to do this with brand new shoes, or use a freezer that you don’t put your food in. But I’ve listed it here anyway in case you’re still willing to try it!

5. If you “ain’t got time for that”, take them to a professional. Shoe cobblers have tools to safely expand your boots. Of course you’ll have to pay to have this done, but if you don’t trust yourself to break in your leather boots correctly, then this is probably a good option for you.

Time to start breaking in those cute boots and booties! Remember, the break-in process only lasts a short time. Once your boots are broken in, you’re good to go :)