When you’re visiting a place that’s as gorgeous as Key West, you’ve got to have a pretty spectacular vacation wardrobe. Even though Stephanie, Christina, and I brought half of our closets to the Gates Hotel Key West, we knew that we needed to do some serious shopping as soon as we arrived! After all, you just can’t wear any outfit during a once-in-a-lifetime girls trip to the Florida Keys! We wanted our style choices to embody the colorful atmosphere of Key West, so – naturally – we jumped in the car and headed to the closest Lilly Pulitzer store as soon as our bags were unpacked. My girl Lilly always knocks it out of the park with resort wear, so I knew that I could count on her for a fabulous vacation look. As soon as I saw the Lilly Pulitzer Bellina Wrap Dress, I knew I’d found the perfect outfit for my Key West adventures!
I go a bit travel-crazy during the summer months. I’ve already gone on two trips this summer, and I already have a few more trips planned over the next few months. In fact, I’m driving to Key West with Stephanie from Diary of A Debutante as we speak for a girls’ weekend in the Florida Keys! Since I’m currently packing for my trip, I thought it might be fun to share my summer vacation beauty essentials. I try to pack light, but I’m a beauty junkie so I never really accomplish that goal. I stick to my all-time favorite products, and I always shop at Target for vacation essentials. Keep reading to see all of the hair, skincare, and makeup products I bring on my summer vacations!
It may have been two weeks since I was in Key West with Stephanie and Christina, but I’m still daydreaming about the bright blue water of the Keys and the gorgeous scenery at the Gates Hotel Key West. In fact, I’d pay a crazy amount of money to be teleported back to their pool with a pina colada in my hand, but unfortunately I’m stuck in the real world answering emails, editing photos, and watching the rain pour down outside my window. Thankfully, these sunny photos by the talented Mike Freas from Foto by Freas are totally lifting my spirits and helping me remember all of our crazy Key West shenanigans!
Even though I live in the Sunshine State, I rarely get to take advantage of the beautiful weather. I’m normally typing on my computer indoors, looking at the summer sun through my office windows – but that changed last weekend! Stephanie, Christina, and I packed our bags and headed to Key West for an epic three-day adventure around the southernmost city in the U.S. at the beautiful Gates Hotel Key West! On our first full day in Key West, the girls and I scheduled a visit to the local Lilly Pulitzer store, so I decided it was the perfect time to debut my new Lilly Pulitzer Arya Top.
As a beauty-obsessed little girl, I used to dream about the day when I was old enough to wear a dramatic smoky eye like my favorite actresses and models. When the day finally came, I was truly disappointed to realize that smudging a bunch of black eyeshadow across my eyelids didn’t look the same as the bold smoky eyes I’d admired in fashion magazines. I tried again and again, but my eyes either came out too dark, too light, too smudgy, or too intense. Nothing looked right, so I gave up on my smoky eye quest for years. Fast forward about ten years (and hundreds of dollars spent on makeup), and I think I’ve finally mastered my ideal smoky eye. I’ve learned that you have to patiently build up the intensity of the look, and you have to use the right products.
I’ve spent the last year trying to be a better sister, daughter, wife, friend, and person, and I’ve a lot of things about myself and what I want out of life. It’s easy to get distracted with the drama of everyday life, so I want to make sure that I don’t forget the lessons that I’ve learned on my journey. As part of Clinique’s #FaceForward campaign, I’m giving my future self a little bit of life advice!
The beginning of a new school year always seemed like a fresh start to me. I felt like I could become a better version of myself every August, and I planned my "comeback" down to the letter. I bought the coolest school supplies, plotted my academic endeavors, and - surprise of the century - planned every single outfit for the first few weeks of school. Even though I've been out of school for years, I still get excited for the back to school season. I get nostalgic for school supplies - perhaps a bouquet of newly sharped pencils, and I still take advantage of the plethora of back to school sales at my favorite stores!
I’ve been so focused on purchasing furniture and accessories for my home office that I’ve completely neglected the walls. Unfortunately, we can’t paint the walls since we’re only renting the space, but this past weekend I just couldn’t stare at the empty cream walls any longer. I knew that I wanted to add a small gallery wall to my home office, but I couldn’t find frames in the bright, summery colors in my color palette. Then I found out that Ace Hardware had paint sample pints on sale for only 99 cents, and I knew exactly what I needed to do! I headed to the store to gather a few supplies, and I created my own gallery wall for under $20 in only a few hours! If you’re looking for quick DIY home decor project, keep reading because this gallery wall was so much fun to put together!