On the Blog:
- Rounding up Easter brunch recipe inspiration
- 10 Wellness & Beauty Tips for Spring
- My favorite new jumpsuit and recent try-ons review
Around the Web:
- I’ve been scouring this home decor inspo blog lately
- Loving Bows & Sequins new Wellness Wednesdays feature
- A turmeric face mask? I’m definitely curious to try!
- More summery outfits–finally!
- I’ve been making the best kale salad lately and can’t wait to share the recipe next week.
- Shopbop‘s Event of the Season sale is happening through tonight. Get 20% off all orders or 25% off orders $500+ with code EVENT17. Check out my picks below!
I recently ordered a few new summery items and though I didn’t keep much, I wanted to share what I tried on and the hits/misses from Loft, Target, and TJ Maxx. Plus, Loft Friends & Family is currently happening for 40% off your purchase and Target is offering $10 off $50 on clothes/accessories with code STYLE10, so there are great deals to be had!
Inked Floral Printed Shorts. I had a lot of trouble with the fit of Loft shorts last year, but when I saw these, I knew I had to order them. They’re lighter weight than a lot of their other shorts and flowy, which is perfect for summer. Stay tuned for how I styled them next week!
Lotus Ruffle Jumpsuit (on sale!). I wanted to like this jumpsuit, but the proportions just didn’t work for me, in both the petite and regular versions.
Plaid Bell Sleeve Top (on sale!). The fabric of this top is a bit strange and crinkly but it has a fun relaxed, oversized look. However, I already have enough plaid in my wardrobe, so back it went.
Gingham Lace Birdcage Skirt. I used to own a really similar skirt but sold it last year because it didn’t fit any more, so when I saw this Who What Wear version, I snatched it up before it sold out. I wore it on Monday and it is really delicate, so you have to be careful about the eyelets catching in everything, but is absolutely gorgeous.
C&C California Oddyseia Maxi Dress. I’m a sucker for a white summer dress so had to order it to try on. Plus, it is currently still in stock at other retailers for over $200, so it was a steal I couldn’t pass up. However, the sides of the dress are just a little too open for my taste–double sided tape would definitely be required haha.
Moon River Cold Shoulder Fringe Top. I love the idea of this top but the fabric was a little heavy and overwhelming for me. It’s gorgeous though!
C&C California Dahna Tunic Dress. This dress is really similar to the white one and came with similar problems. If you’re smaller busted, you might be able to get away with it, but I had to return it.
Have you purchased any great finds recently?
Linking up with Living in Color
I don’t know about you, but my skin, and myself really, is in total recovery mode from winter now that spring is finally here. The dry, cold weather definitely does a number on my skin and I just find myself craving sunshine and warm weather as much as possible–it’s hard to get me inside once it gets past about 60! However, with that transition comes necessary skincare, beauty, and overall wellness tweaks to allow myself to fully recover from winter and get ready for summer.
So, these are a few wellness and beauty tips I’m trying to embody myself for the next few weeks:
1. Drink more water. This one should seem pretty obvious and though I’m a huge water drinker already, I sometimes forget to bring my water bottle with my when running errands or spending more time outside, which is typically when I should be drinking more water, not less.
2. Start putting sunscreen back into your routine. I know I should wear sunscreen during the winter, and I do on my face through my make-up, but now is the time to step it up in the sunscreen department. I use this lotion with SPF every morning and then this sunscreen when I’m going to be outside a little longer.
3. Add a little (un)natural color. I also started using this natural tanning lotion a few weeks ago in preparation for shorts weather. It’s by far the best tanning lotion I’ve ever used and is almost impossible to get streaks with simple application.
4. Don’t stop (or start!) using face oil. I just started using face oil this winter for the first time and it was the best decision ever–it definitely helped with my dry skin. However, I figured I’d stop using it come spring but after doing some reading, learned that it actually helps balance your natural skin oils all year long, so I’m going to keep using it this spring/summer too. I picked up this rose face oil from TJ Maxx and apply it every morning after I get out of the shower and then again at night after I wash my face.
5. Get yourself some rose face spray. I also purchased rose face spray (this is the cucumber version) from the same brand when I got the face oil and I love spritzing it on my face after an afternoon workout or anytime I want to freshen up.
6. Wear natural deodorant. I’ve been trying to switch to only natural deodorant for years, but find that most of them really don’t work. However, my mom got me this one for Christmas and it is definitely the best one I’ve tried so far and actually has a deodorant-like consistency. I find it easier to get away with wearing natural deodorant in springtime with the low humidity and temperate days, which makes it the perfect time to make the switch.
7. Get back in the morning smoothie routine. I try to drink smoothies most of the year, but it gets impossible on those freezing mornings in the teens and twenties. Now that it’s warmed up again, my smoothie game is going strong–here’s my favorite smoothie add-ins!
8. And add a dry brushing routine while you’re at it. I just ordered this dry brush on Amazon after reading this post on Hello Glow. I’ve only been at it for a few days but I’m curious to see the results–plus, it feels great too!
9. Move your exercise routine outside. I tend to stick to my Barre3 routines for my daily workouts, but I’m trying to make more of an effort to walk as transportation whenever it’s nice outside and I can get away with it. I’ve also been trying to stretch outside too.
10. Switch out wine for sparkling water with a splash of cranberry juice. My weekend wine habit became more of a daily wine habit this winter, so I just purchased a case of sparkling water and some cranberry juice. I find that a nightly glass of wine is more routine than anything and I can easily trick myself into letting go of the habit by “crowding out,” a Barre3 principle, with the sparkling water/wine.
What are you focusing on for wellness this spring?
I first saw this jumpsuit on someone in the airport when we were traveling back home to Cali last summer and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since. By the time I was able to track it down (it was from Anthropologie, of course!), it was sold out and probably had been out of my price range anyway.
Every once in awhile, however, I’d scour places like Poshmark and eBay just to see if anyone was selling a pre-owned version and I finally came across someone selling it for less than $30 and in great condition.
So needless to say, I haven’t taken it off since! I literally wore it both Saturday and Sunday last weekend–to different places at least, but still! It’s just super cozy and I can see why the woman I saw in the airport was wearing it for a travel day!
I’ve rounded up some other cute knit jumpsuit options, including some other super promising ones from Anthro.
More knit jumpsuit options:
Happy Monday, friends!
How was your weekend? It was gloriously warm after a freezing cold day on Friday so we spent as much time as possible outside again, which was so nice. I also had to check out the Victoria Beckham for Target collection at our local Target store Sunday morning and was pleasantly surprised by how cute and well made everything was in person. The highlight of the collection was definitely the kids clothes, but I picked up this dress and I love it–you can see it styled on Instagram!
I also spent another Saturday in the kitchen working on a few brunch recipes for next issue of our local magazine. Brunch is always my favorite, so it wasn’t too difficult to eat everything when I was finished either!
Speaking of brunch, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite recipes for Easter sunday brunch, organized by main dish, desserts, and drinks–enjoy!