Summer Beauty Update

Summer beauty, urban decay, bareMinerals, IT Cosmetics, Tula skincare A little summer beauty update, anyone?  While the fall is my favorite time in fashion, the warm spring and summer months are definitely my favorite time for makeup and beauty.  For me it’s all about lightening the load: dewy skin, lightweight formulas, lots of SPF and minimal eye makeup.  With the construction zone still in full swing in our new house, I’ve had lots of time on my hands to test out and play with some new summer beauty goodies, and today I’m rounding up a few favorites.

1. Tula Revitalizing Eye Cream – use code mystylediaries25 for 25% off – I really can’t even tell you how much I love Tula’s skincare line.  It’s probiotic-based and feels amazing on my skin.  How much do I love it?  I relied on it for my wedding day.  We stayed out really late the night before our wedding in New Orleans (How could I leave a dance floor packed with all of our family and friends and a live band?), and when I woke up on the morning of our wedding, my skin was definitely a little puffy.  I showered, applied this eye cream, the Hydrating Day & Night Cream, and the Advanced Neck Cream, and went back to bed for about an hour.  When I woke up, my skin felt refreshed, hydrated, and de-puffed.

2. 100 Percent Pure Fruit Pigmented Water Foundation – This one is a watery formula that you can apply as thin or thick as you want.  It dries quickly and leaves skin with a beautiful matte finish.  100 Percent Pure products are all natural, organic, and fruit-dyed so you can feel good about what you’re putting on your skin.

3. IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes 5-in-1 Mascara – This one’s easy: big, fat, noticeable lashes. For anyone (like me) who’s constantly on the hunt for the next big thing in mascaras, do yourself a favor and give this one a whirl.

4. IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil – I love a good brow product, and this one is my current favorite.  It’s a universal shade that works just as well on me as it did on a couple of my brunette girlfriends.  The brush side of the pencil is super soft and comfortable – because what’s up with all of those painful, scratchy versions out there?

5. Supergoop SPF 30 Lip Balm – Because is there anything more annoying than sunburned lips?  I mean, maybe a couple of things, but I’d rank dry, burned lips up there with having someone tap dance around while I have a migraine.  Super fun.

6. Urban Decay Naked Skin One and Done – This stuff is SO good!  It’s a slightly thicker formula but feels weightless on my skin.  It creates such a smooth, flawless finish that is still noticeable at the end of the day.  It’s oil-free with SPF 20, and it’s supposed to improve the look of skin over time.  (I can’t really swear to that yet, but we shall see!)

7. Tula Volume Defense Deep Wrinkle Serum – use code mystylediaries25 for 25% off – See #1 above – I really, really love these products.

8. Pur Cosmetics Glow Together Bronzer – A big, fat compact of luminating, highlighting bronzer shades for your face, neck, shoulders, whatever.  Perfect for that “fresh off of a beach vacation” look that we all want, right?

9. Urban Decay Beached Bronzer – This one is great for the gal who loves a little bronzer faux tan without the shimmer.  It’s a matte finish, so you get a little sun-kissed color with no sheen.

10. Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone Primer Pencil – Spring and summer are the best times to play with fun lip colors, but nothing says “summer beauty fail” like a smudged, melted lip.  A quick swipe with this baby prevents feathering, hydrates lips, and helps keep lip color in place.

11. bareMinerals Invisible Light Powder Duo – This is like the ultimate setting powder duo.  One side is matte and the other is luminizing, infused with rose gold pearls.  It’ll leave skin glowing and oil-free, with that little bit of something that’ll have them wondering, “how does she do it?”

xoxo

Striped Romper at Sea

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If there’s one outfit that was just begging to climb into my cruise-bound suitcase, I’d have to say it was this striped romper from Sail to Sable.  The blue stripes were just meant for the open seas, and the lightweight silk was so comfy and just roomy enough to accommodate my cruise life – bring me ALL the snacks!  (Seriously, the fit of Sail to Sable rompers is one of my favorites that I’ve found.)  Plus, we learned pretty quickly that the open air decks and short dresses didn’t really mix well unless you enjoyed showing your undies to complete strangers.  #SorryAboutIt.  Maxi dresses and a striped romper for the cruise life win, and this one had me covered (literally) on one of the windiest days at sea.  Dress it up with wedges or keep it simple with a gold sandal (these are SO comfortable) and toss your things into one of these adorable beach totes.  Cruise or no cruise, you’ll look like you’re headed for a vacay, and that’s always a win in my book.

xoxo

Destination Anywhere With lucy

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Look #2:  lucy Destination Anywhere skirt and wrap top (c/o);  denim jackethandbagBorn Stephane sandalsunglassesJulie Vos cuff and link braceletMade by Mary short necklaceGorjana long necklace

Who’s ready for a weekend getaway?!  Now I know what you’re thinking.  Umm, didn’t you JUST go to Bermuda and Miami?  But hear me out: When your new house is still under construction, your old lease is up, and you’re living out of suitcases anyway, you might as well take one of those suitcases on a little weekend getaway.  And even better than that, pack a small bag.  One bag.  And get outta town.  Road trip up the California coast, anyone?

It’s no secret around here that I’m a huge fan of lucy for sweat gear and (let’s face it) not-even-planning-to-sweat everyday basics, but did you know they also have some adorable day to night, sand to street pieces?  You do now, girl.  Check out the adorable LBD below or the shirt dress that’s also the easiest lightweight beach coverup.  (You have to feel the fabrics to believe them.)  The romper and long cardi that I chose above would make for the perfect airplane or road trip duo, and how cute (and versatile) is this black wrap top from my second look?  Cute, sure, but here’s the real kicker.  Every piece is lightweight, so comfortable, and won’t look like a wrinkled mess after you unpack it.  (Important, right?  No one wants to look like a slob kabob on vacay.)  So throw in a swimsuit, a few fun accessories, sneakers and sandals, grab your best guy or gal, and let’s go!  Destination: Anywhere.

xoxo

Photos thanks to Kathleen

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Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by lucy, but all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that make My Style Diaries possible.

15 Summer Finds Under $50

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Well y’all, the new home renovation is currently in full swing. (Remember this post?  I swear I’ll share sneak peeks of something besides the backyard soon…just not yet.)  And as someone who’s spent WAY too much time in the Home Depot lately, I’m giving my brain a little break and turning my attention to summer fashion.  And affordable summer fashion to be exact.  Blame my recent trips to Bermuda and Miami or blame the constant dust cloud coming from our house that I’m trying to escape, but I just want to look like I’m dressing for a tropical vacay everyday.  Off-the-shoulder this, tasseled that, I can’t get enough.  And with everything here under $50 (plus lots under $25), I’m not even feeling bad about it.  So what if I’m resort-ready sipping a lemonade with the sweet, sweet sounds of electric saws in the background?  (If that’s even what they’re called.)  Summer is coming, people, and I’m over here like “Bring it on.”

xoxo

Cruising With Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean Cruise - 1 (18)OK, y’all, I’m a little overdue on this one, but today I’m so excited to share a few photos and thoughts from our cruise to Bermuda on the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas.  If you were following along on Snapchat or Instagram during the cruise, you already know my general thoughts on it, and (*spoiler alert*) I thought it was top notch.  I had never been on a cruise before, and I’m not gonna lie – friends and family had warned me that the cruise life may not be my favorite based on tiny rooms, crowded dining halls, and cheesy activities.  I don’t know if it’s because we were on one of the newest and largest boats out there, but boy were they wrong.  Turns out, cruise life is my best life!

My first impression of the Anthem of the Seas: holy schmoly, this thing is huge.  I’m not even sure how many restaurants, bars, and shops were on that thing, but there are enough to eat somewhere new for every meal of the 5-day trip.  And when I saw my “tiny room”, I was beyond pleasantly surprised.  I mean, this thing was pretty spacious in my opinion, complete with two closets (with plenty of hangers – bonus), a queen-sized bed, couch, vanity area with a lighted mirror, and a balcony that would be plenty big enough for two.  There were three pools on the boat, a rock-climbing wall, a surf simulator, bumper cars, and tons (I mean tons) of lounge chairs looking out over the ocean, which was totally more my speed.  #CruiseLife

The nighttime activities to me were the best part, and lucky for me, Kathleen was paying attention to the daily itinerary that I somehow failed to read every day.  Our first night was spent at Groovy Town, a 70s-themed dance party where a few cruise-happy party goers really got the week started.  (Lady with several light-up rings in your mouth, I’m looking at you.)  The rest of the week included a Journey cover band (that was seriously dead-on), a rap music dance party or two, and my personal favorite, the silent dance party.  Have you guys heard of this genius concept?  Everyone in the room has their own headphones with two different stations that are controlled by two different DJ’s in the room.  You can switch channels as you please and, based on the colored lights on your headphones, see who else in the room is jamming out to the same tunes.  The best part though is when you remove your headphones and see a room full of grown adults dancing like wild animals to silence.  So golden.  When I’m having a rough day, I’ll always try and remember the sweet little lady belting out Adele like an American Idol audition.  You do you, boo.  Overall, it was an amazing five days thanks to Royal Caribbean, and I totally could have cruised on for, like, a couple more weeks at least.  (I think.)  And if there’s a little cruise life coming up in your future, here are a couple of tips from this newbie cruise lover:

  1. Get the beverage package.  It’s totally worth it, and not just for the booze.  (Although let’s be honest, wine time is anytime when you’re cruising in the middle of nowhere.)  With the top beverage package, you can get specialty coffees, smoothies and green juices, and any soda your heart desires.
  2. Be prepared ahead of time for a little motion sickness.  Luckily I was unaffected by the movement of the boat (and actually thought that it rocked me to sleep perfectly at night), but other members of our group weren’t so lucky.  Plan ahead with preventative meds like the behind-the-ear patches that are available with a prescription.
  3. Pay attention to the daily itinerary.  Thankfully Kathleen did, so she let us know about the karaoke night that we loved and the silent dance party.  These are nights you definitely don’t want to miss.
  4. Make some friends!  One day when everyone else in my group had emails and work to catch up on, I played hooky and roamed downstairs by myself for a bit.  I totally met a friend (hey, Mona!) and then got to give input on a New Jersey couple playfully arguing over who was more “tanked” the night before.  (For the record, one of them “fell up the stairs.”)
  5. Have a little fun with it!  Sure, a 70s dance party may not be your thing, and Journey might not be your favorite band.  But if you go in with an open mind and let loose a little, your trip will be worth it times 1,000.  Promise!

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My dress – BCBGWhite Elephant Designs hats

Disclosure: I was gifted a cruise by Royal Caribbean, but all opinions are my own.  I legitimately just LOVED MY CRUISE LIFE!  Thank you for supporting the brands that make My Style Diaries possible.

Bermuda, Baby

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After our 5-day cruise to Bermuda and three days in Miami this weekend for a girlfriend’s bachelorette party, I must say it’s kind of nice to get back to the real world.  I mean, this girl needs some serious rest and a few veggies in her diet. I swear this week is the week that I’ll get up my roundup of cruise pictures, tips and favorites from our trip with Royal Caribbean, and for today I’m sharing a few shots from our day at Jobson’s Cove in Bermuda.  Y’all, this spot was just beautiful.  It was a suggestion from one of Kathleen‘s readers, and it was a really great one.  It was pretty much empty, small, and surrounded by the most beautiful rocky scenery.  Oh, and there’s this: pink sand.  We hung out in this pretty place for a couple of hours before heading back into town for some lunch and Coronas.  Bermuda in general was even more than I had hoped for.  The locals were SO nice, and I could seriously stare out at the turquoise water all day.  This coverup from Noelle Swimwear was perfect for a day of exploring.  It’s the most comfortable, lightweight fabric, and I love how it cinches in the front and hangs loose in the back.  (Business in the front, party in the back?  I’m into it.)  Stay tuned this week for a few more snaps from the trip!

xoxo

Photos thanks to Kathleen

Reed Collection at Kohl’s

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Hey, hey, girlfriends!  It’s been a couple of days without a post around here, and I can assure you that my abandonment comes with a completely legit excuse: moving.  Ugh.  Is there anything more soul-sucking than moving?  I’m gonna go with a NO on that one.  And even more than moving, packing your entire house into boxes and then leaving the actual “moving” part to your husband while you board a flight for Miami.  True story over here.  It’s been a crazy couple of days to say the least, and while skipping the moving part may sound like a dream, all I can think is “Please let that box of handbags make it over to the new house…”  Luckily I really do have some amazing friends, and when Kathleen realized that I was, like, drowning myself in my own stress, girlfriend showed up with tons of boxes and a bottle of wine.  (Boxes and booze, all a moving gal needs.)  She seriously helped a sister out, and now I’m Florida-bound with my mind at least a little at ease.

And as for today’s blog look, I’m sharing a new designer collection at Kohl’s that I’m pretty excited about.  Reed Krakoff bags have been a drool-worthy designer obsession of mine for years, so when I heard there was a brand new REED collection at Kohl’s, I was like Nah-ahh.  But it’s true, people.  I’ve seen it with my own eyes and touched it with my handbag-loving hands.  There are a few really cute dresses (like mine above) and skirts, but the handbags are what really sucked me in.  I couldn’t decide between this mini orange crossbody and this structured all black bag, so I got them both.  Don’t judge me – I’d say drawing the line at just two was a victory.  One of them is currently packed away and on its way to Miami while the other is packed up and hopefully making it over to our new house.  But we’ll see how that goes when I return – fingers crossed.  In the meantime, happy almost Friday, everyone!

xoxo

Photos thanks to Kathleen

The Summer Skirt

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Say hello to my new favorite summer skirt.  Oh, hellooo.  It’s totally not something I would normally go for, but I figured I’d give it a whirl and I’m so glad that I did.  The key for me here is the long vest which helps keep a nice vertical line for the eye.  Without it, I thought that the skirt and blouse combo chopped my torso too short and had me feeling like a pudgy old lady.  (Definitely not the look I was going for here.)  If a vest isn’t your thing or you’re just looking for a different route, pair the skirt with a half-tucked super fine knit sweater or tee for a more dressed down, boho feel.  Also, these heels.  I’ve had them in my closet for a bit, but I’m just now realizing how much they complete me.  (Too strong?)  Seriously though, I’m pretty sure everyone needs a good pair of nude or blush suede heels in their life.  They make any outfit instantly better, and you just can’t hate the leg-lengthening factor.  (Unless you’re going for that pudgy old lady thing in which case, you do you.)

xoxo

Photos thanks to Taylor Cole

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Banana Republic, but all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that make My Style Diaries possible.

Kentucky Derby Party With Stella Artois

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xoxo

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Stella Artois, but all opinions are my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that make My Style Diaries possible.

All Aboard

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Happy Friday, friends!  Today the post-cruise blues are officially setting in.  I mean, I woke up this morning on actual dry land.  #WhatTheHell  I must say though, if you’ve got to rejoin the real world after a girls’ getaway, it’s best to do it just in time for the weekend.  Next week I’ll be sharing all my tips, tricks, and most favorite moments from our Royal Caribbean cruise, but for now, here’s a look at what I wore to board the boat.  It was a little chilly the first day (totally forgot that I needed to pack something for New Jersey weather), but this little summer romper paired with my favorite denim jacket did the trick.  (By the way, you should totally add this printed romper to your summer shopping list.  It’s such a fun print, runs true to size, and is under $100.)  Hope you guys aren’t too sick of the cruise pics because I’ve still got a ton to share over on the ‘Gram.  Cruise life is the best life.  Happy weekend, y’all.

xoxo

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