summer fashion vibes

via lucy of fashion me now, aka the queen of denim cutoffs


>> all images thanks to fashion me now


may picks

IMG_4048 (1).jpgIMG_4044.jpgIMG_4046 (1).jpgIMG_4072 (1).jpgmalie organics plumeria candle // this candle is too delicious for words.  it doesn’t even need to be lit to get a whiff of softly fragrant plumeria flowers (the flowers of leis).  it smells like the real thing, is fresh and clean, and isn’t overwhelming at all.  it also works well with my pf candle co gardenia&coconut candle.

first aid beauty ultra repair cream // a really great mousse-y hand lotion.  i’m always on the search for the best hand lotion and this is definitely up there with my favorites.  plus it’s unscented.

nars pure radiant tinted moisturizer in terre neuve // i’m not a foundation person, but i want a little bit of evening out since i’m still healing from my acne.  this offers just a little bit of coverage as well as spf.  i mix this with a little dot of the perricone md no bronzer and it just gives it a little bit of warmth (this shade is my match but i feel like it makes me look very pale).  it’s a great mix.  i don’t look or feel like i have anything on, but my skin looks a little bit more perfected.

bare minerals original foundation in fairly medium // the first expensive makeup product i ever used and that i always come back to.  great for setting makeup, making me less shiny, and adding a little bit of extra coverage.  plus it also has spf and a great color range.

bare minerals brush // i’ve had this for quite some time but keep forgetting to mention it!  my favorite all around powder and bronzer brush.  its big without being too big, and ridiculously soft.  it applies and blends perfectly.

to the ocean bracelet // i haven’t taken this off the whole month.  it’s bright but barely there and come on, how can you beat the message.  it’s a mermaid essential.

yoga // may has been a great month for me and yoga.  i’ve really committed to going regularly and i am already feeling the benefits both on the mat and off.

karma yama leggings // i got these on sale on yogaoutlet and i wear them to almost every yoga class.  they are high waisted, a great fit, and don’t ride up or fall down.  definitely an investment but i’m really glad i splurged.  plus they aren’t pilling which i’ve heard is an issue people have with lululemon.

birkenstock gizeh birkoflor // i absolutely love my birkenstock arizona’s, but for a long time i couldn’t get the gizeh’s out of my head.  i purchased them earlier this spring and have worn them almost every day this month now that it’s sandal weather.  i love them just as much as my others and am glad that i have two styles of birkenstocks to switch between.  i chose the birkoflor because it looks like leather but is not as rough on my feet, plus it’s cheaper.

light wash levi’s 501s // these are a classic for a reason.  they fit so perfectly, make my butt look nice and perky, and just make me feel good.  i like that they are fitted at the top but not at the bottom, and i feel like the straight leg is such a nice alternative to a skinny jean, but not quite a boot cut (cause i’m no longer into those)

swell water bottle // i get dehydrated very, very easily and always realize that i need water when it’s way too late.  i’ve solved this issue by carrying my water bottle around with me absolutely everywhere.  plus this one keeps the water cold for a full day!  again, this was a bit of splurge, but it was definitely a good purchase.  i have the medium size, 17 oz.

whew, that was a long one!  as you can see, may was a pretty good month, both product wise and experience wise.  there were some tough times this month, but i’m learning every day how to let things roll off my back, stay true to myself, and remain happy.  i will always be a work in progress, but i’m ok with that.

// images are mine, please credit if taking.

soft focus

early, grey mornings were made for daydreams.  hot coffee, snuggling back into bed, knowing you have a couple hours before you really have to start the day.  a candle or two.  or three, if you’re like me.

in your daydreams, what does your day look like?  mine looks like these photos.  soft focus, light colors, sunsets and sunrises.  sand under my feet and sunkissed shoulders.  my favorite jeans, my worn-in birks, a cold beer in hand.

summer is around the corner, as is the reality of my daydreams.  it’s not here yet, but it’s on it’s way.  and isn’t that a lovely thought?  i hope all of your daydreams come true.  maybe it won’t be today, or tomorrow, or next week.  but soon.  they are on their way, i promise.
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images via fp, pinterest, urban outfitters

post-vacation catch up

Screen Shot 2016-03-20 at 7.03.40 PM.pngi went // to newport/laguna beach area in southern california

i read // brain on fire: my month of madness by susannah cahalan and almost famous women by megan mayhew bergman (i highly, highly recommend both)

i wore // mac groundwork paint pot, glossier coconut balm dotcom on my cheekbones, old levi’s cutoffs, birkenstocks, rainbows, loft linen shirt, ray-ban round sunglasses

i saw // an old friend i haven’t seen in years

i bought // physician’s formula butter bronzer in bronzer (i haven’t been able to find this at home!), dr. bronner’s hand sanitizer in lavender, yu-be cream, invisibobble traceless hair rings in fancy flamingo, bleached out flannel, some work clothes from loft

i did // a lot of relaxing, swimming, tanning, reading, and cuddling with my family

i watched // the vineyard (the best guilty pleasure show) and in the heart of the sea

i ate // donuts, mexican food, burgers, FRIES

i had // the best time

> the above image is my own.  please credit if using.  originally posted on my instagram.

days in the desert

IMG_3358.jpgi’m off for a little r&r in the desert and who doesn’t love a good packing post?!  i’ve also previously posted about my pre-travel tips and travel essentials if you’re interested.

in the suitcase //

free people phoenix tees – navy and white

madewell jean jacket – ellery wash

jeans – black and regular

denim cutoffs – old levi’s and old american eagle

easy dresses – anthropologie, gap, urban outfitters

favorite shoes – birks (do yourself a favor and get the soft footbed version), vans, and another nicer pair i haven’t chosen yet

in the plane bag //

bag – baggu leather tote in navy (color no longer available)


noise canceling headphones

book – ham on rye

makeup bag – see below, baggu bag

liquids bag – featuring the ever sexy essentials – moisturizer, face wash, acne spot treatment

sunglasses – ray-ban round metal


notebook and pens

jewelry – old urban outfitters pouch

in the makeup bag //

i’m putting up a special “makeup for a minimalist” post on this, so keep your eyes peeled. basically it’s this with a few other things thrown in for fun

> my image, please credit if taking.