I Love Innika Choo

June 16, 2018

When your wickedly stylish friend Lynsey (of Tomboy KC) wears a tiered, checked Innika Choo maxi dress you immediately copy her and consequently become even more obsessed with the magic of Innika Choo.

More magic: this Frances Valentine dipped bucket bag. Classic and happy. RIP, KVS.

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Beauty

Sun Silk Drops

If you haven’t heard, Dr. Sturm Sun Drops are currently a hot topic in the beauty sphere. And as great as the product claims to be, it sounds like the Coola 360 Sun Silk Drops seem mighttttt be the next best thing. The Coola drops can be used the same way as Sturm’s – mixed into a daily serum/cream or used undiluted – but are about $100 less.

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Little Grumps

You don’t have to actively play tennis (which we don’t) to love tennis style. Tory Sport covers all the bases when it comes to beautiful activewear but we really have a crush on their tennis-inspired and -specific pieces. The fun and whimsical “Little Grumps” tennis ball head that adorns so many of the sweaters + sweatshirts are our fave.

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Beauty Dish

June 14, 2018

I feel like my makeup routine has changed a lot in the past year. Aside from the mascaras I have been using forever, everything I use on my face is new/different. I'm so concentrated on making my skin look as good as possible without makeup - so right now my makeup approach is more of a "less is more" these days. In fact, anyone who sees me on a daily basis is probably laughing as they read this because I usually never wear makeup during the day. I'm trying to be better at swiping on concealer under my eyes (at the very least) but I typically reserve all the stuff in the below for nights out, blog pics and the like.

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Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in Medium ($26): I went from being a girl that used full-coverage foundation applied with a beauty blender to being the girl who wants the lightest, most natural looking coverage possible. This stuff is really nice because it is light, light, light and gives your skin a nice evenness. I like that it makes my skin feel hydrated and isn’t too dewy (I’m not into shine). BUT, if you have pigmentation issues, lots of redness, or are trying to conceal big time this stuff is not for you :/ That said, I love it – super easy to apply with your fingertips, melts into your skin very quickly, and has staying power.

Glossier Stretch Concealer in Light ($18): My under-eye circles are my nemesis. If I don’t put something on them (which is usually the case) I look like the grim reaper. I really like the stretch concealer because the price point is amazing and it layers really well over under-eye serums/balms/creams (which based on this post, you know I’m very into). It definitely gives a dewy look – which I wouldn’t want over my entire face – but I really like that hydrated look under my eyes. IMHO I don’t think it’s the best for concealing blemishes because it’s not a dense enough formula.

Natura Bissé The Cure Sheer Eyes ($128): Did you do a dibble-take at the price? I know. I knowwwww. But there is a reason why this stuff is so expensive. It’s like, amazing. It’s a tinted under-eye treatment that gives massive hydration while it conceals. A teeny bit goes a long way so given that I’ve been using on bottle for a little over a year, I think it’s worth it. I don’t use it all the time (because it’s sort of precious to me) but it’s great for laying under or on top of under-eye concealer or great on its own!

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($38): If you’re one of those people that’s all, “Where has the makeup I put on earlier in the day/night gone?!” you might need setting powder. I think it makes the biggest difference in helping foundation/skin tint/concealer have staying power. This stuff is an industry favorite and having tried some other formulas, I get why it’s the OG. It’s totally color-less, does NOT give you a weird power-y look or make you look super matte but it does defuse shine (I HATE if my forehead/chin/nose looks shiny) and locks in any products you used before without feeling like you have anything on. I apply with this powder brush.

Lily Lolo Pressed Bronzer in Miami Beach ($26): So I think you’re technically suppose to use the setting powder AFTER browser but I use it before. I was a long-time fan of Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer but transitioned to this stuff after wanting a cleaner bronzer. I love it – very natural-looking! I use with this bronzer brush.

rms Buriti Bronzer ($28): More bronzer action…I had read good things about this stuff but wasn’t sure if the cream-based formula would be good for me. But I really like to layer a little bit over the Lily Lolo bronzer – just on my forehead by my hairline, a bit on the nose, and some on my cheeks (kinda sorta like contouring but not). It gives this incredible warm glow that’s not shiny.

Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk ($18): For a “I’m not wearing blush” blush look. This color is a brownish nude so it’s not as noticeable as something more on the pink side. Love how easy the gel-cream formula is to apply. A little goes a long way!

Glossier Haloscope in Quartz ($22): For a “I’m not wearing highlighter” highlighter look. I think Glossier really wins when it comes to natural-looking makeup. This color is foolproof – I apply just how Glossier directs: gliding directly onto the face in a half-halo around each eye (brow bone to cheekbone) and tapping lightly with fingertips to blend out the edge.

Kosås Color + Light Crème in 8th Muse ($28): If you want to look like an angel from heaven – wish is my ideal when it comes to bumping my makeup up a few notches for nighttime – then you NEED this blush/highlighter in your life. I swear people stop and ask me what I am wearing whenever I have it on. I blend the pinky blush into the apples of my cheeks with my finger and then use a different finger to dab the highlighter into that half-halo around my eyes. It’s special stuff, I tell ya.

rms Master Mixer ($38): More highlighter stuff. I never used to be a highlighter girl but now I depend on it to to get a little glow action. The Master Mixer is a “multipurpose makeup mixer formulated to infuse all your favorites with a universally flattering rose gold tone.” You can literally dab it anywhere (eyelids, cheekbones, lips) for the prettiest oomph. I like it better than the Living Luminizer because it’s a warmer hue (less frosty). I like to use the rms Kabuki Polisher brush to blend when putting it on my cheekbones!

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Mamas + Babies

We both have a low-key girl crush on photographer Claiborne Swanson Frank. American Beauty and Young Hollywood have graced our bookshelves since they published and we just adore Claiborne’s work (especially her celebration of women). In her latest work, Mother and Child, Clairborne “explores what modern motherhood means in the 21st century” with portraits and Q+A’s of 70 families. So stunning…we think it’s her best work yet.

Style

Besos Ring(s)

We’ve lusted after the Hot Lips rings by Solange for what feels like far too long…so maybe the fact that they’re having a trunkshow moment on Moda Operandi (till June 28th) is a secret message that we need to  pull the trigger on getting sister kiss rings? The only issue is how to decide which one. The rings themselves are so iconic (they were launched in 1995!) so it feels like no matter what kiss we choose (glitter! bubble gum! heart!) we can’t really go wrong…

Still Slipping

June 11, 2018

Around this time last year I was wearing lots of slip-style dresses. Guess what? Nothing has changed. I'm all about the dresses when it's blazing hot and caftans, slip-dresses and sun dresses are my jam. This Japanese GoWeave Slip Dress was a favorite last year (posted here) and I still love it (even if the color does kinda sorta make me feel like Piglet from Winnie the Pooh). Everlane still has this style in the pink and also in black and white - love brands that keep their classics around each season - and they've brought in a new slip-style that I just ordered. The Japanese GoWeave fabric is amazing because it doesn't wrinkle AND it's machine washable (you can find more dresses in the fabric here)!

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Spunky Sunnies

Sunglasses. They’re a blogger’s security blanket (truth) and a year-round staple (more truth). Though we tend to have a uniform when it come to the shades we wear – as seen in this post – we have major hearts for eyes (punny, right?!) when it comes to the playful and embellished sunglasses by Frēda Banana. See all the ridiculously playful and colorful styles here…the brand’s signature faux pearls are the best part!

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Dreamy Innika

Innika Choo dresses are what summertime dreams are made of. At least our dreams. Easy, breezy, smocked, embroidered, tiered and more – Innika’s pieces (tops, dresses, skirts, and more) are perfect for warm-weather getaways and just as ideal for those spending the summer months at home and looking to stay cool (like we are!). Lots more on Innika’s site (including stuff for littles) and also here!

Skirt + Shorts = Skort

June 6, 2018

Mol and I were big fans of skorts when we were little. The shorts disguised as a skirt situation was cute and functional during the elementary school days. As an adult, I was pumped when Outdoor Voices debuted their sporty and sleek version of the skort last year. The Court Skort is a "midnight skirt with built in biker shorts." Super comfortable and really cute IMHO. I bought it in two colors (the navy you see here and the dove grey) and both are warm-weather staples for me. Ideal for running around....or playing tennis, if that's your thing.

OV came out with a new skort, the Ready Set Skort, which is discrobed as a "running short" and done up in lighter material and fun print/color combos. Kinda thinking I may need one. For running errands....not actual running.

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