|dress: Old Navy (similar) // sandals: American Eagle (old/similar) // bracelet: Banana Republic (sale) // necklace: F21 (similar)|
As it happens, this girl has gotten herself a sunburn. A painful, blistering, itchy, peeling sunburn. No amount of aloe vera has made it better and this girl has adapted a temporary aversion to clothing touching her body.
Queue the perfect summer dress. This little number is not only perfect because I purchased it for $7 on sale at Old Navy, but it lightly sits on my shoulders before flowing down the rest of my body and creating curves I didn't know I had (Check out my hips in the fourth picture. Wowee!). Unlike most dresses I've found this summer, I love this one because it goes past my knees without being a maxi dress. Cool ankles make for a happy camper.
Even though I love the shape (and love-love the price!), my favorite part of this dress is the color. When Pantone announced Tangerine Tango as the color of 2012, I couldn't have been more thrilled. Orange is my power color.
You know what, angry sunburn? I'm in charge here. I'm wearing orange and I'm kicking butt and taking names.
*Over the last couple of months, I set some new goals for this blog. I've spent a lot of time reading other blogs and magazines to help me adjust the scope of my blogging and inspire new content ideas. Keep an eye out for more tutorials and outfit posts, as well as personal favorites from around the beautysphere and style scene.
My heart has been a little all over the place this last week. Half of me wants to spend all day primping and playing with beauty products and trying out new tutorials while the other half wants to scrub off all the make up and let the sunshine freckle my bare skin. Here are a few things I'm extra excited about this week:
Aerie Padded Low Impact Sports Bra
So this is a game that I'm obviously ten years late to, but I LOVE sports bras! I have never felt such comfort in my whole life. Being a girl with not-a-lot on top, I spent many years wearing bras of the push-up variety and avoided sports bras like the plague for fear that I would become a pre-pubescent boy.
Upon recently discovering the greatness that is sports bras, I now feel more comfortable in my body than ever and proudly flaunt my flat-chested frame in clothes that flatter instead of "enhance" what isn't really there. This Aerie bra rocks because it's a little bit padded, has teensy straps that hide beneath racer-back tops and dresses, AND I never feel like I have to actually do sports when I wear it.
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti
You know when you're looking for the perfect lip color for what seems like eons? And then you find it? And you reapply it every half hour like a crazy person? This lip butter is perfect for that and the Tutti Frutti color is exactly the melony-coraly-orangey shade I've been searching for. Plus, it smells kind of like Creamsicle icing.
Birchbox for Glamour Hollywood Waves Tutorial
I watched this and thought "why have I never curled my hair like this before? It must be crazy-hard to do." Nope. Turns out it is not only crazy-easy, but it's the fastest way I've ever curled my hair and it looks great. For everyday hair, use his technique of curling from the middle of the strand, but don't worry about curling every piece in the same direction or brushing it out. For a little extra hold (especially in this killer Austin heat), I use Aussie's Mega hairspray in Flexible Hold.
I consider myself to be an open minded person, especially regarding sex-positive rhetoric and individualism. And then there are the OKC Enemies. If you're not familiar, OKCupid is a dating website that matches you with other users based on your percentages of being a match, friend, and enemy. The awesome curator of this Tumblr page is collecting OKC's absolute worst. From sex offenders and racists to the socially inept and offensively ignorant, OKC Enemies brings the bottom of the online dating pool to the Internet's surface. Beware!
I went to Blues on the Green last night and all I wanted was a flower crown. Definitely going to have to make one of these for the next outing.
"Call Your Girlfriend" (Robyn/Erato Cover) - Lennon and Maisy
If you follow me on Tumblr or Facebook, you've seen me post this already. I literally can't get enough of this song/cover or these two precious girls. Ridiculously talented, ridiculously catchy. Enjoy!
Where is your heart this week?
I'll preface this post by telling you to expect a longer-letter-later about my two month hiatus and now eager return to the blog. However, I wanted to come back to a clean slate and what better way than with a tutorial for a fresh face?
I don't know about y'all, but this summer has been extra sweaty so far. When I'm driving on Mo-Pac waiting for my AC to cool down, I can literally feel my pores getting bigger. Gross, right? Now, imagine a world where we don't have pores. No blackheads. No swollen redness. Just soft, smooth skin with a touch of summer sun.
"No pores?!" you ask, "that's impossible!" Get ready to believe it, dearies. This quick d.i.y. face mask is not only super effective, but it couldn't possibly be any easier. Honestly, this no-brainer recipe doesn't need a tutorial, but I thought some photos would be fun anyway.
Here's what you'll need:
1 egg (no yolk necessary!)
1 tbsp of honey
a soft wash cloth
and your nearest faucet
First, crack your egg and let the egg whites slide on into the bowl while keeping the yolk in the shell. Toss the yolk and shell aside and admire how you didn't get any in your bowl. Well done.
Next, add your tablespoon of honey. The organic/unprocessed stuff is always good because it has a little extra magic in its healing powers, but whatever you have around the house will be fine. In case you didn't know, honey is pretty much a cure-all. Got an angry blemish? Dab a little honey on it. Sore throat? Sip on a warm mug of tea with a spoonful of honey. Bad allergies? Buy honey that's made in your area to introduce yourself to some local allergens and help your body gain immunity.
Using your fingers, paint a layer of your delicious smelling serum all over the pretty face of yours. Since the liquids are clear, you won't really be able to see a layer like with other masks. Use your best judgement and avoid contact with eyes and mouth.
Let this sit for 20 minutes or so. You should feel a lovely tightening sensation! Remember: your face may smell good enough to eat, but raw eggs aren't safe for your insides. Don't eat your own face.
Run some warm water into your hands and rinse your face. Blot dry with a soft wash cloth.
Look ma, no pores! For best results, repeat once a week.
**Want to add a little exfoliating action into your mask? Toss in a pinch or two of cinnamon to the recipe.
What home remedies or d.i.y skin care solutions are your faves?