Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Words of Wisdom

I'm so sorry for the lack of posts. Life has been busy to say the least. School assignments, auditions, wedding planning, and family situations have taken up most of my time, but I promise I will be back with lots of fun posts soon. In the meantime, here are some words of wisdom from one of my favorite women.

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"I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right.  You believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together." 

Marilyn Monroe

I hope you all are having a wonderful week!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Favorites: Sea of Shoes

I love my life. I really do.

...but I would not mind living in Jane Aldridge's Sea of Shoes for a few days the rest of my life.

I think I could handle being this gorgeous.

I know that I'd thoroughly enjoy playing dress-up with her wardrobe of amazing clothes

and pretending that I went to the Crillon Ball in Paris in a custom Chanel dress.

and playing with her out-of-control jewelry collection.

and please don't get me started on her bedroom

or her sea of shoes

especially these custom Chanel pumps.
There are no words.

While I continue to pretend that I live in Jane's Sea of Shoes
is there a blogger that you'd like to switch lives with for a day?

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Beach Bunny Essentials

Inspired by the beautiful Shaina's "Perfectly Preppy Spring Break" look, I have been dreaming about the beach. When my school ends for the year, I intend to spend all of my spare time lounging at one of SoCal's many gorgeous beaches. 

Maybe I'll go bother my friend Clay in Laguna Beach :)

So, what's in MY beach bag?

I've included a list of products I think are essential to ensure a successful beach trip!

All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

This makeup setting spray is awesome for a day at the beach! While it's not technically waterproof, it will definitely help to keep your makeup on in the heat. This spray has helped my makeup stay on throughout four hour ballet performances under stage lights as well as normal days in the super hot and humid weather of my hometown in Florida. I'd recommend spraying one-three sprays BEFORE you put on foundation/tinted moisturizer and one-three sprays AFTER you finish your makeup. 

Sheer Touch Creme Lotion SPF 50

I don't get too fancy with sunblock. I like Hawaiian Tropic because I feel like you're supposed to smell like coconuts and wax at the beach, but that's just me. I recently started using this creamy lotion, and I'm in love. It's not greasy, and it absorbs easily. 

You Rebel Lite

Benefit's You Rebel Lite is my all-time favorite tinted moisturizer. The regular You Rebel is way too dark for my skin tone, so I prefer the Lite version. You Rebel Lite is great for the beach because it's lightweight, gives you a nice light coverage, and it has SPF 15! I actually usually layer this OVER my sunscreen if I plan on being outside in the sun all day.

Sublime Bronze Tinted Self Tanning Lotion

My skin is naturally SUPER fair, so I usually apply self tanner for several days before I hit the beach . I don't want to be the palest one there! This L'Oreal self-tanner is my favorite so far. It's not greasy,  not too smelly, and the color is a nice non-orange light tan. I'm actually planning on doing a thorough review with 3-day swatches of various self tanners very soon, so be on the lookout for that post! Let me know if there are any self-tanners you're curious about, and I will try my best to try them out :)

Volume Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara

I NEVER leave house without mascara, even if I'm going to the beach. I've had good luck with the waterproof Falsies mascara. In my experience, it's resisted running or smudging even after being fully submerged in water. 

Melon Daiquiri Flavored Lip Shine

I know that you're SUPPOSED to wear SPF on your lips, but I usually just end up wearing something fruity like philosophy's Melon Daiquiri Lip Shine. Maybe my lips will be sun damaged, but at least I will smell delicious. We all have our priorities.

Every girl needs a good beach bag. I'm planning on buying Vera Bradley's Dockside Collection canvas large tote in Periwinkle for my summer vacation! I can't wait until it comes in. I have a ton of Vera Bradley bags, and I love that you can just throw them in the washing machine after a day at the beach! 

You have to have a nice pair of sandals for any successful beach escapade, and Jack Rogers are probably my all-time favorite shoe for summer. They go with EVERYTHING (especially this color), and they last forever. I think I've had my three pairs (white, platinum metallic, and silver) for about five years, and they're still going strong :) I am tempted to buy some of the brighter colors for summer, though!

Tory Burch Sunglasses

Sunglasses are obviously an essential part of a beach trip. I'm really into Tory Burch's new line of sunglasses. Thank goodness I have some Amazon gift cards to use up :)

Add a to-die-for bathing suit that you feel comfortable in. I wish you could order a Victoria's Secret model body online as well...a girl can dream.

This picture was taken on a recent cruise to the Bahamas. I absolutely cannot wait until my vacation!

I wish you all a happy and safe Spring Break! Let me know what your beach essentials are in a comment :)