Smooth and Polished

Well hello birthday-eve! I'm excited to continue the celebrations this week, and will be starting tomorrow with my free birthday drink at Starbucks and then treating myself to a Benefit Brow Bar appointment at lunch. Speaking of treating myself, it's not so often that I can get to the blow dry bar for the perfect blow out so I'm loving my new goodies from HSI Professional. Living in Florida, the humidity and all the swimming in chlorinated pools can take a toll on my hair. I struggle with both frizzy hair after our afternoon thunderstorms, and also dry and damaged hair in-between trips to the salon.

Glider Ceramic Flat Iron | Argan Oil Smoothing Hair Mask | Round 2" Brush | Round 2 1/2" Brush

I start with the Argan Oil Hydrating Smoothing Mask which restores my hair's natural elasticity, and smooths and tames it with argan butter, argan oil, and vitamins. I then use a hair dryer and a round brush to achieve a finished look, while finishing it off with the ceramic flat iron.

I had been on the hunt for a good hair mask, and couldn't be happier with the Argan Oil Hair Mask that is highly concentrated that infuses protein back into dry and damaged strands. It's made without parabens, phosphates, or sulfates, and is color safe - win win!

Green Fashionista readers will save 40% off their order with coupon code FASHIONISTA40. Happy shopping!

Pop Fizz Clink

Well hello there birthday week! After a weekend spent in the pool, and brunch which is always a good idea I'm reaching for an extra large iced coffee to soothe those Monday blues today. You know it was a great weekend, when it wasn't documented very well. I thoroughly enjoyed living in the moment.
We puppy sat for our favorite neighborhood duggy on Friday, and enjoyed a cozy movie night before the fun in the sun on Saturday. On Sunday, my friends organized a birthday brunch where we ate, popped, fizzed, and clanked our bottomless mimosas and bellinis while Serena enjoyed being the bell of the ball.


Joining Biana for Weekending

*Cheers to a fabulous week*

Summer Sun Recovery Mode

Growing up, I was the model citizen for everything you shouldn't do when it comes to enjoying Mr. Sun. I just wanted that golden glow as quickly as possible, and would lay out without sunscreen, use baby oil, and even *gasp* fake n' bake. After some bad sunburns, trips to the Caribbean with zero sunscreen application (which makes me cringe now), a biopsy at the dermatologist, and just plain ol' growing up and coming to my senses I realized how important it was to practice safe sun.

Even though in blog world, it looks like summer is over MAC knows what's up and that it's still in fact summer. Most of us are still spending our weekends by the pool or at the beach, and with that our skin needs some recovery love.
Summer Sun Recovery Mode
Swan Floatie - Sunnylife | Hat - BP. |  Lip Conditioner - MAC | Facial Water Spray - Evian | After Sun Milk - Moroccan Oil | Mineralize Charged Water - MAC | Sunnies - Marc Jacobs

I never knew sunburnt lips could hurt so bad, and be a peeling mess until my Southern Caribbean cruise back in 2009. I now make sure to slather on plenty of chapstick with SPF in it, but if I still end up burning that sensitive area on my face MAC's lip conditioner is the perfect antidote. 

When I've been kissed by the sun just enough without any damage, I like to slather on Moroccan Oil's After Sun Milk which enhances my glow. Plus I love how the first ingredient is water! 

The combination of mineralized water plus in MAC's Charged Water instantly rehydrates while also adding radiance. A healthy summer glow!


Speaking of beauty products, I want to introduce you to Sara. She just started a beauty and lifestyle blog, and not only is she the brilliance behind my beautiful hair for my baby shower last summer, but she's also my brother's amazing girlfriend.  Hop on over and say hello! 

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Going with the Flow

I live in dresses throughout the year, but in the heat of a Florida summer they're a necessity. My favorites are strappy flowy pieces that create a good airflow. I spotted this dress at Kohls last week, and loved the fun strappy details and the tiered trapeze hemline.

Trapeze Dress {similar here and Plus Size here} - Mudd | Heels {sold out - similar} - Target | Bag {69% off} - Deux Lux | Sunnies - Le Specs | Bracelet - Gift | Necklace and Double Ring - Kendra Scott

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Bubbles and Style

As a true summer girl and Floridian where temps aren't lowering anytime soon in the coming months, I've been looking for ways to incorporate fall style into my almost year round summer wardrobe, and I'm loving the pieces at Yoins. So many cute and trendy pieces that are also at fantastic price points, now I just want to scoop up all the things! 

I like to add some fun sleeves that are still breathable and flowy in the heat. Cold shoulder and open back detailing are always a good idea when looking for fashion women tops online. They can be paired perfectly with shorts or skirts to stay cool. One of my all time favorite cozy chic looks is a longer sleeved slouchy top paired with shorts and a good pair of wedges.

I also try to incorporate darker colors to summery pieces I was excited to find various ladies fashion blouses online. Stripes are one of my favorite prints, so I try to mix in darker colors as well as some darker florals for fall. I love that the look is still fresh with some darker components, but still weather appropriate.

What are some fun ways you like to transition into the next season while still dressing appropriately for the current weather? Let me know how you'd style some of these tops for fall.

Knock on Wood

I love shopping my closet, and re-discovering pieces that I forgot I had. I recently fell back in love with this top that I scooped up at F21 a while back (I was wearing it on our honeymoon over 7 years ago if that helps show how old it is), and am having fun breathing new life into it. The wooden detailing on the neckline is my favorite part, and will be a timeless piece in my closet for years to come.

Top {old} - Forever 21 | Jeans - Express | Heels {50% off} - Target | Sunnies {similar} - Marc Jacobs | Cuff - Gift | Double Ring - Kendra Scott

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Crops and Stripes

I've never been a midriff baring kind of girl, but have been super intrigued to dip my toe into the crop top pool by pairing them with a high-waisted skirt or pair of shorts. I loved that this top was a pop of color to one of my favorite skirts while also keeping me cool in the summer heat.

Top - SheIn | Skirt - {Similar here and here} - Target | Heels {50% off} - Target | Necklace - Rocksbox | Watch - Michael Kors | Sunnies - Kate Spade | Lipstick in Rose Stiletto - YSL

*By all means lighting, mess with my photos - you know how that thrills me*

What's your favorite way to style this daring yet fun piece?

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Thoughts on a Monday

Is that even a thing? I know there's Thoughts on Tuesday, but we're going to make it a thing today. It's been a while since I've done a good catch up post.

I lucked out with another fabulous Kat Von D voxbox, this time it was to test out the new Saint and Sinner perfumes. I love the light and airy floral and vanilla notes of the Saint, and when I'm feeling more spicy I will reach for the Sinner scent.

How darling is this elephant clutch? I won it at my friend's baby shower last week and it's hands down the best gift I've ever won from those shower games.

Jeans {30% off} - Express | Heels {50% off} - Target | Double Ring - Kendra Scott

How is my baby 9 months already!? Time is absolutely flying, and I have to keep reminding myself she's not my itty bitty baby anymore. Plans have been in motion the past few weeks for her 1st birthday party - craziness! The theme and the date have been narrowed down, and the custom cake has been ordered.

The news of Chester Bennington's suicide rocked me more than I expected. Maybe it's because I've loved Linkin Park since they hit the scene, maybe because I remember rockin' out to them via Napster downloads, maybe because we got to see him showcase his amazing talent live on stage, or maybe it's because the wounds are still unbelievably raw of losing my cousin. This is not a subject to be taken lightly, and I can't stress enough that no matter how hard things are they will always get better and there is so much and so many to live for.

*Linkin Park Concert circa 2015*

My college self was a tad too excited for the limited release of Zima. I also had a strong love for Smirnoff Ice back in the day, but we all know Zima was the original. My fabulous neighbors brought them over a few weeks ago, and we've been enjoying them here and there with sweet sweet nostalgia.

I may live in Florida, but I definitely spend the majority of my time in the pool during the summer months. Life is just better in the water, and it's so relaxing and good for the soul after the hustle and bustle of the work week.

Speaking of good for the soul ~ $3 mimosas all day at a local sports bar and no dress code at work. Casual Fridays equal shorts!

Water Bottle - S'well | Shorts - Express | Shoes - Adidas


Joining Biana for Weekending

*Cheers to a fabulous week*

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink

A cozy tee paired with shorts is my go-to pretty much year round, and I can't resist prints like this pretty elephant. A fun change from my usual graphic tee! Paired together with my favorite rose gold superstars, and I'm a happy camper.

Tee - SheIn | Shorts {30% off} - Express | Shoes - Adidas | Sunnies - Le Specs | Watch - Kate Spade | Necklace and Double Ring - Kendra Scott

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