July 4th Stripes

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Does it seem insane to anyone else that July 4th is less than a week away?  I mean, America’s b-day really snuck up on me this year, and that never happens.  I’m usually counting down the days far in advance because the 4th is a huge deal around here and definitely one of my most favorite days of the year.  A bike ride to the Huntington Beach parade, flag-waving, BBQ’ing, and watching fireworks from the beach at night.  It just doesn’t get any better, and I’m always reminded how lucky we are to enjoy our freedom here.

And in the outfit department, thanks to Sail to Sable, I’m ready.  This striped little sweater dress is just one of the festive, July 4th party-perfect looks on their site.  I’ll most likely start the day out in this firework-print romper but end up in this sweater dress once the sun goes down – it’s always so chilly here at night!  It’s so lightweight and soft, I swear you’ll want to live in it.  If you don’t have your red, white, and blue ready for July 4th yet, get on it, girl!  And if you need a one-stop shop, check out some of my other favorite picks from Sail to Sable below.

xoxo

Photos thanks to Gabi Wells

Summer Love: Gingham Print

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Y’all, I’ve got a new summer love, and it’s everywhere I look these days.  On dresses, shorts, accessories, and a really good two-piece number, I’m loving on all things gingham print.  For some reason it’s like a little blast from the past to me, and I can’t help but think of a summer picnic.  (A picnic that I totally plan to make happen this year.  Beach picnic, anyone?)  I can’t really decide if I’m partial to the classic black and white or a little splash of color, but with all of the options out there, I’m thinking I’ll go with both.  Anyone else feeling the gingham print love these days?

xoxo

Morning Lavender

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OK, guys – proud friend moment over here!  My girl Kathleen just launched the CUTEST cutest capsule collection with Morning Lavender, and it’s summertime perfection.  From adorable lemon prints to a maxi-jumpsuit hybrid situation, the pieces are seriously swoon-worthy.  Plus, the accessories.  I’m pretty sure I need every color in these sunnies.  (Although I’d probably have to sneak them into the house when Eric isn’t looking.)  And if I had to choose a favorite, I’m going with this long-sleeved floral maxi because it makes me want to twirl.  I love the sheer sleeves, the flowy fit, and pretty much everything about this dress.  It is definitely a fun one that’s so good for summer parties.  But don’t take my word for it – it’s under $80, so scoop one up and give it a twirl.  I’m seriously obsessed.  Plus, check out a few of my other favorites from the collection below.  So cute, right?!

xoxo

Photos thanks to Gabi Wells

Juice Beauty

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When it comes to skincare, I’ve tried A LOT of brands.  Like, a lot.  Over the last couple years, I’ve come across more and more organic skincare lines, and while I love the idea of going organic for my skin, I’ve been pretty unimpressed by most of the products (with a few exceptions).  Today I’m sharing an organic skincare line that I actually really love: Juice Beauty. Rather than using water, alcohol, or petroleum, Juice Beauty uses a certified organic juice base for their products.  I recently tried out three of the brand’s products:

Skin Cellular Booster Serum – This stuff is great.  It’s a first step after cleansing, and the gel-like texture absorbs easily into skin.  It’s meant to get rid of fine lines and prevent wrinkles, and I swear, after a week and a half of using it, I think my skin is looking plumper and smoother.

Stem Cellular Eye Treatment – In general, I’ve got pretty normal skin, but the area under my eyes is definitely my biggest skincare concern.  And I’m sure it’s the same for so many people because tired-looking eyes are so very noticeable, right?  Over the years I’ve only come across a couple of eye creams that I think really work, and I think this is one of them.  It totally smooths the under eye area and awakens my face.

Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer – It’s a thick, rich moisturizer that somehow doesn’t leave skin feeling oily.  It absorbs easily and creates a smooth base for makeup that doesn’t turn into a greasy mess later in the day.  (Because that is the WORST and way too common.)  Plus, on a total side note, I wish every moisturizer came in a little dispenser jar like this.  You just push down on the top, and the perfect amount comes out.

Overall I’m loving the products and loving the way that my skin feels.  (Like, can’t stop touching it good.)  And right now, all Juice Beauty products are 20% off on Dermstore, so there’s no better time to give the brand a try.  Hope you guys love it as much as I do!

xoxo

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

Little Lace Dress

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Nothing says summer soirée better than a little lace dress, but this sleeveless trench version from Adrianna Papell really kicks things up a notch.  You already know I love any dress with pockets, and when the dress is a trench style, pockets are a must.  Plus, the nude and ivory color palette leaves the whole accessories, bag, and shoe situation wide open.  A girl’s gotta have options.  I recently wore this pretty to the grand opening of the Pasea Hotel here in Huntington Beach, and it just felt like the perfect little party frock.  If you’ve got one of those “what in the world do I wear to this” events coming up, you’ll be happy to have this lace dress option in your closet, and even better?  It’s currently 20% off.  Here’s hoping everyone has a fab weekend ahead!

xoxo

Photos thanks to Vincent

Day to Night Little Black Dress

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Formerly the (self-professed) queen of little black dresses and currently a reformed, color-wearing convert, it’s been quite a while since I’ve found a little black dress that has me hopping back on the LBD party bus.  Until now.  And just go figure that it’s Riller & Fount, the brand that first fueled my obsession.  This one is gathered in front, giving it an updated high-low silhouette, and the fabric is just so yummy.  It’s perfect for day to night with sandals or strappy heels and even more perfect for the really (REALLY) hot days we’ve had here lately.  113 degrees, anyone?  I took these photos right before this heatwave hit, so…bomber jacket.  (Which I also love.)  I’m also pretty sure that these lace-up sandals could make any little black dress better.  Now if I could only fast-forward a couple of days to Friday, I’d really have it all figured out.  Hope everyone is having a great week!

xoxo

Photos thanks to Vincent

Henri Bendel Sale

Henri Bendel sale 1. Luxe Petite Stack Ring  2. Luxe Tritone Wrap Ring  3. Uptown Satchel  4. A-List Croco Satchel  5. Wyatt Snake Satchel  6. Stella Snake Crossbody  7. West 57th Weekend Duffel  8. West 57th 360 Wheelie  9. Horn Pendant  10. Luxe Butterfly Hinged Cuff  11. Luxe Petal Cluster Ring  12. On the Rocks ID Bracelet  13. West 57th Crossbody  14. Bendel Beach Girls Mug  15. Metallic Cosmetic Bag Trio

Well guys, yesterday was the official first day of summer, but according to the current heatwave situation here in Southern California, the season is already in full swing.  And the best way to beat the heat?  Holed up in my house, next to a fan, doing a little online shopping.  Who’s with me?  If you’ve had your eye on anything from my beloved Henri Bendel, I’ve got good news for you, sister.  There’s a Henri Bendel sale going on, and it’s SO good.  There are tons of handbags, including my favorite pop of yellow for summer (#4 above), accessories, and jewelry so you can take your pick and treat yo’self.  My personal picks?  Well all of the above, but if I have to choose then I NEED the double ring at #11, this easy little crossbody, and like ten of these mugs.  (I currently own one Henri Bendel mug, and I swear I use it every single morning that it’s clean.)  Also, how seriously chic is this luggage?  I’d need someone blowing a fan through my hair (a la Beyonce) as I walked through an airport with this set.  I mean a girl can dream, but lucky for you, the Henri Bendel sale is not a dream.  So get your shop on, girl.

xoxo

Best Denim Shorts

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I mentioned it over on the Instagram a few weeks ago, but y’all – what in the world is up with denim shorts this summer?  I’ve personally ordered and promptly returned like five pairs of denim undies so far.  Way too short and snug around the legs.  Am I getting old or what?  What’s a girl got to do to get a decent pair of jorts around here?  Well after my several failed attempts, I’ve finally found the best denim shorts around.  These are roomy and comfy and getting even better with each wear.  (I sized up from my normal jean size.)  ANNNND, they’re on sale.  40% off and I’m telling you, you need these.  I don’t really want to admit how many days I wore these this week (and the fact that I’m still wearing them now as I type this), but it’s a lot.  Throw on an equally easy blouse and the mules that are comfy enough for all day, and you’re good to go, girl.  The best denim shorts for right around 40 bucks?  Happy Monday, girl.

xoxo

Photos thanks to Candace Rock Photo

Summer Solstice Party

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Happy Friday, friends!  Last week I had the best day shooting a little Summer Solstice party with a few of my favorite blogger gals for a fun feature on Glitter Guide.  What’s a Summer Solstice party, you ask?  It’s obviously an excuse to get together with your girls, sip cocktails, and snack on the yummiest popsicles ever.  And if you can do it all at the chicest house in town?  Well, that’s even better.  (Seriously, anyone else want to move into this backyard with me?  Bananas.)  Also worth mentioning, how adorable are these Mexican blanket-inspired towels from Beach Bum Towel Co?  They look exactly like the classic blankets, but they’re made of super soft terry cloth.  I ordered one immediately for beach days ahead which lucky for me could be this weekend.  June Gloom seems to have lifted (at least for now) around here, and it’s looking like a beautiful weekend ahead.  Hope everyone has an amazing Father’s Day weekend!

xoxo

Location: Home of Shannon from Prairie Home Styling;  Hair & Makeup: Kacey Geoffroy;  Drinks: Nekter;  Popsicles: Si Paletas;  Flowers: Lace & Likes;  Towels: Beach Bum Towel Co.;  Event Design: Bustle Events;  Furniture & Glassware: Sundrop Vintage;  Floaties: Shop Bando;  Photos: Taylor Cole

Fellow bloggers: Ashley, Lyndi, Missy, Andee, and Kathleen

Home Finds: 12 Best Doormats

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They say home is where the heart is, and if you’re doing a home renovation like we just did (slash, are doing), then it’s also where all of your shopping money goes.  You can kiss those new wedges goodbye because you’ve got more important places to spend your money, like on a doormat for every door of your house so people can wipe their damn feet.  God I sound like my mother or grandmother or something like that.  In all seriousness though, it’s been really fun making our house a home and picking out the little things that make it ours.  Stay tuned for a ton more home posts because it’s just where my mind is these days.  (Check out one of our newly finished bathrooms here.)  Today I’m starting things off with the best doormats I’ve seen because our front yard is still dirt for the time being and these dirty footprints all over the new wood floors are going to make me insane.  Insane, I tell ya.  Plus, I’d like our visitors to know that bringing pizza is best and the neighbors have better stuffBye, Felicia.  So if you’re in the home decorating mindset like me, get your shop on because these are some of the best doormats around.

xoxo

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