Minimalist Favorites| June 2015

Minimalist Favorites| June 2015

June favorites!
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Minimalism: a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity.

This months favorites are pretty much the bare minimum of what I need during the hot summer month of June!

1. NARS lip crayon- I don’t actually know the color of this, but it’s the lighter one that Sephora gives you for the birthday gift this month. The color is a beautiful neutral shade. I can wear this and the texture and color allow me not to worry about it getting messed up.

2. Jor’el Parker Rollerball Perfume- I’ve become obsessed with this. I’ve been using this so much and it’s still shocking got so much left! I think I enjoy the small rollerballs for summer better because they go on easy and quick and can be stored in the teeniest of bags. The smell of this is incredible and is very floral without being too sweet. I also think the packaging is so simple and clean looking. It reminds me of something that a Parisian would wear all the time, because it’s simple and elegant.

3. MAC 266 Brush- I’ve been using this for what seems like forever. But lately I’ve used it for my eyebrows rather than dealing with an eyebrow pencil. In the summer, I feel like eyebrow products just melt right off my face. This pencil with a simple matte taupe eyeshadow are perfect for shaping your brows into a natural look that won’t budge.

4. Nuxe Cleanser- I’ve used a lot of cleansers, and I have to say this is one of my favorites. I need to figure out where to buy this thing full sized. It doesn’t feel like a normal cleanser! The smell isn’t too strong and is quite different than what I’m used to. Whenever I use this at night, I feel like every drop of makeup is wiped from my pores.

What have you been using this month? I’m curious to see what’s been working for you as well!

-Heather

Spiked Watermelon Punch| 4th of July Drink Idea!

Spiked Watermelon Punch| 4th of July Drink Idea!

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Hey, there. I have officially made my first mix drink! I am pretty proud of this delicious refreshment, and I think it would be an amazing 4th of July drink to make if you’re having a picnic out in the sun. It didn’t take that long to make, and it didn’t even cost that much! If you like fruity drinks, you can put less club soda in. If you like your drinks more bitter, you can fill half your class with the club soda.

I got this recipe from Lovely Indeed! 

Let’s get into it.

Ingredients (Makes 8 Servings)

1 1/2 cups Smirnoff Watermelon
1/2 large seedless watermelon
5 lemons (Although this made it quite tart, so you can use less if you want)
6-7 sprigs fresh rosemary
1/2 c sugar
club soda

To start, cube your watermelon and squeeze your lemons. Remove the leaves from 4 rosemary sprigs and chop coarsely. Add watermelon, lemon juice, rosemary, and sugar to a blender and puree for about 30 seconds. Once blended, strain the mixture to remove all rosemary and watermelon pulp. (You can make this part the night before your party and chill it so it’s ready the next day!)

In a pitcher, mix 1 1/2 cups of Smirnoff Watermelon with 2 1/2 cups of your pureed watermelon mixture to create your punch.

Pour a half cup of your punch mixture over ice, top with club soda, and add a sprig of the extra rosemary for garnish. (Like I said, if you want a really sweet drink, use less club soda)

-Heather

OOTD- Getting Over A Summer Cold

OOTD- Getting Over A Summer Cold

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Hey everyone! I recently got over a cold, and it was the absolute worst! I hate colds in the summer because you need to stay in bed when it’s nice and warm out and you know you could be doing so many things outside. After a day of being bedridden I was itching to get some fresh air, so my boyfriend took me to get some crepes! I love crepes (mine was Nutella and strawberry) and it definitely made me feel a little bit better.

Shirt- Boyfriend’s

Jeans- Target

Boots- Target

Sunglasses- Kate Spade

Necklace and bracelets- Antiques from Santorini

Bag- NEW! By Ralph Lauren (I’m in love with it)

How have your weeks been? I have a refreshing treat coming on the blog (hopefully tomorrow) :)

-Heather

Scallops & Gold

Scallops & Gold

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You’ve probably heard the news: scallops are in.

I want to apologize for the brightness of the first picture, as I went to take it the sun was beaming on me and a minute later, it was pouring (for the rest of the day as well).

Shirt: H&M

Shorts: TJMaxx

Shoes: Steve Madden

Headband: Anthropologie

Necklace: Kate Spade

Watch: Daniel Wellington

Bracelet: Kate Spade

-Heather

Ipsy June 2015

Ipsy June 2015

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Makeup bags are not just a fad, I’ve had mine for over a year now, and I’m still in love with it!

This months bag was definitely summer themed, and it had some great thing inside it. The only thing that I’ve sampled so far was the face mask, and I loved it. But a primer is a great necessity for summer since you don’t want your makeup dripping off your face. The colors in this bag were also amazing. In all, I’m very happy with it!

1. Shea Moisture Lipstick “Sarah”

I haven’t used this yet, but the color is amazing! It isn’t too pigmented like other lip crayons. It has an iridescent sheen that will look beautiful in the sun. It seems like an easy color to wear with simple summer makeup.

2. trèStique Mini Shadow Crayon “Aspen Pine”

I’m so excited to use this! It’s exciting to see such an earthy color for summer. It reminds me of camping in the mountains and taking pictures of trees. There is some glitter in this which will make for a beautiful eye look. It blends pretty well!

3. dr. brandt Blackhead Extractor Mask

I’ve used this in the morning a few times since getting it and it really makes my skin soft and ready for makeup!

4. pure brazilian Leave-In Conditioner 

I haven’t tried this yet either, but I’m excited! First of all, this is a huge sample. Second, it smells delicious! I’m excited that I got this because it’s easy for my nighttime routine. Putting this in when your hair is wet and just letting it sit is much less work than the ones you need to rinse out.

5. smashbox Foundation Primer

This was so exciting to get in my bag! I love smashbox products and this is a really good item from them. I haven’t used it yet, but there is a lot in this sample to last a long time. It doesn’t feel too silicon-y, but it also isn’t liquid-y either. I’ll let you know how this feels under my foundation. It’s a super important item for summer!

-Heather

Fashion Illustration: My Summer Style

Fashion Illustration: My Summer Style

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There are a lot of factors to consider when you move our wardrobe over to “summer clothes.” There are so many different summer styles and trends! You could go boho or nautical. You could go casual or sporty. I find that with less clothing on your body, it’s more of a challenge to have a distinct “style” in the summer. Because of this, I’ve decided to simplify the things I wear in the summer to a nice, casual look that will also keep me cool.

I’ve embraced wearing a simple tee with jeans, and it is the best summer outfit combination!

I’ve also been extremely into succulents lately. I have a few hanging over my bed, and a few more scattered throughout my yard. Another obsession for me this summer is going on bike rides! What have you been into lately?

-Heather