• Staycation Style Essentials Under $50

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  • Hot Pink + Cobalt Blue

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  • Suave Sea Mineral Infusion Collection

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  • My 5-Minute Summer Beauty Routine

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Staycation Style Essentials Under $50

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SHOP THE LOOK:

Dress: Kohl’s (size down, comes in 2 other patterns) | Shoes: Kohl’s (runs 1/2 size big, also comes in baby blue & black) | Clutch: unavailable, but this Marley Lilly version is identical! | HosieryHanes Silk Reflections Sunkissed Ultra Sheer c/o | Bracelet: Kendra ScottHair: Luxy Hair c/o | Lips: Pixi Pink

It’s hard not to get vacation envy during the summer months. For the past few weeks, I’ve been dreaming of an island getaway. I’m seeing all of my Insta-friends post photo after photo of their Caribbean adventures, and I can almost feel the sun on my face and the pina colada in my hand…until I wake up from my daydream and realize I’m sitting at home in my pajamas watching Netflix. I’m not complaining, though! I love my time at home, but it’s nice to have a change of pace every so often to mix things up!

While we probably won’t be able to squeeze in a trip in the next few months, my husband and I do take mini “staycations” throughout the summer. Every few weeks, we’ll make a pact to stay away from electronics and our normal routine. We’ll drive to a new restaurant, take advantage of a local show, or visit a nearby town that we haven’t been to before. While we’re technically still close to home, it feels so much more relaxing when we’re not glued to the TV or stuck in our normal routine!

While fun activities are definitely a stay-cation must-have, I always make an effort to get a little dolled up for our adventures. On most weekends, I’m in a t-shirt and jeans, so I try to make our stay-cation dinners special. Taking the time to put on a nice dress and a fancy lipstick instantly transforms my mood. While I do take the time to plan a fun look, I’m not going to spend hours on fake tanning, shaving, and my usual special event grooming routine. I want to look cute…with minimal effort.  That’s where my Hanes Sunkissed Sheers come in. I know what you’re thinking- pantyhose? In the summer? As someone who suffers from disgustingly pale leg syndrome, these things are my best friend.

I simply slip on a pair when I’m wearing a cute dress that shows my legs, and it’s like instant Photoshop. My bruises, veins, and discolorations are hidden, and the sheer fabric gives a subtle tan. It’s honestly brilliant! Unless you’re really close to my legs, I don’t think anyone would even notice they’re pantyhose. Plus, they’re super comfortable, so you’re not tugging at the waistband all night. I’m stocked up in three different colors, so I’ll have a pair for every stage of my summer tan. While the Hanes Sunkissed Sheers are definitely a stay-cation essential, they’re a year-round trick to help me look pulled together in seconds! If you’re looking for a way to smooth your legs and/or fake a tan, take the time to try a pair out for yourself and let me know what you think!

What are your stay-cation style essentials?

Thanks to Hanes for sponsoring today’s post!

Hot Pink + Cobalt Blue

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SHOP THE LOOK:

Dress: Target (currently buy one, get one 50% off all clothing, shoes & accessories!) | Shoes: Tory Burch (30% off- hurry!) | Purse: Rebecca Minkoff c/o Shopbop | Earrings: BaublebarLips: Maybelline Fuchsia Flash | Nails: Essie I’m Addicted

I shop at Target at least 5x a week. I live in a small town, so all of the cashiers know me and frequently poke fun at my frequent visits. It doesn’t help that I’m always buying strange props for my blog too. Who knows what they think I do with all of my paper straw, placement, and poster board purchases! Despite my notoriety at my local Target, I continue to go back time and time again because everything in the store is just plain adorable and a fabulous value for the money- including the clothing. My latest purchase was this hot pink high-neck halter dress for summer. The quality and construction is amazing for the $24.99 price tag, but it’s an even better deal this week! Right now, Target is offering a buy one, get one 50% off discount on all of their clothing, shoes, and accessories!

While I am a Target girl at heart, I do make investment purchases every now and again. I don’t mind spending money on clothing and accessories, but I want to be able to justify the price with outstanding quality, unique design, and impeccable construction. My Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC bag was absolutely worth every single penny. The Seashell shade matches almost every outfit I wear, and it’s the perfect size for everyday use. Another recent investment purchase that I stand behind is my Tory Burch espadrille wedges. The blue leather detailing adds personality to all of my summer outfits, and they’re some of the most comfortable shoes I own. I’ve already worn them with dresses, shorts, and jeans, and I know they’ll continue to be a favorite for years to come. They’re currently 30% off, but hurry and buy a pair because they’re nearly sold out!

How many times do you shop at Target each week?

ENTfit

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Top: ENTfit from Entourage Clothing c/o (only $17!) | Leggings: ENTfit from Entourage Clothing c/o (only $22!) | Shoes: Nike (only $44+ free shipping!) | Nails: Essie Saltwater HappyLips: bareMinerals Pink Passion Lip Balm 

There’s nothing like a beach vacation to motivate you to get your butt in the gym! I have a girls trip to the Florida Keys planned for next month, and let’s just say I’ve got some major work to do before I slip on my new summer bikinis. I wish I could be the girl who gets up early to fit in a 2-hour workout and maintains a strict diet during swimsuit season, but that’s just not going to happen. I’ve been so busy that I can barely think straight, let alone start a crazy fitness plan! I’ve just been sticking to the basics – drinking more water, cutting out excess sugar (see you later, cupcakes), eating more fruits and vegetables, and scheduling a simple workout every day. Even if I’m just walking around the park or finishing a Youtube workout video in my living room (check out my playlist of free workout videos here), it feels good to get moving every day!

 As you might imagine, my new workout plan also included a few new workout clothes. What can I say? Fashion motivates me! The new ENTfit collection from Entourage Clothing & Gifts is just what I needed to get back into my gym routine. The entire collection is super cute, incredibly comfy, and every single piece is $24 or less! I’ve been wearing the Ultimate Racerback Tank non-stop lately. It has a built-in bra (aka my favorite thing in the world), and the material is incredibly soft and comfortable. It’s only $17, so I’m planning to pick up the same style in a few other colors later this month! The High-Rise Ultimate Legging are made from the same soft, moisture-wicking fabric, and the high-rise design makes you look smaller in all the right places!

In addition to these two basic pieces, they have a variety of adorable workout clothing for you to choose from. Mean Girls is one of my favorite movies of all time, so I’m dying to get my hands on the “You Can’t Sit with Us” tee! The ombre workout leggings are calling my name too! Let’s just say you can assume that there’s an Entourage Clothing & Gifts shopping spree in my future!

What’s your favorite summer workout? Any YouTube workout video recommendations?

Thanks to Entourage Clothing for sponsoring today’s post!

Suave Sea Mineral Infusion Collection

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While some women like to spend their money on designer shoes or fancy handbags, I’ve always been a sucker for luxury beauty products. I remember passing by the windows of swanky salons and chic boutiques as a teenager and dreaming of the day when I could afford to buy the latest beauty elixirs and miracles in a bottle. As I got older and started earning my own money, I started buying every fancy brand of hair products imaginable. I wanted va-va-voom hair, and I truly believed that I needed to pay a pretty penny to achieve the look. Well, guess what? The fancy hair products did work, and my hair looked better than ever. Unfortunately, the bottles would run out quickly, and I’d immediately realize how much money I was going to have to spend on re-fills. It’s nice having good hair, but it’s much nicer to have a bank account balance above $10.

One day, I’d had enough. I just couldn’t justify spending so much money on luxurious brands, so I headed to Walmart and picked up a few bottles of Suave shampoo and conditioner. Each bottle was under $5, and I felt so happy that an entire basket of hair products would cost me less than one bottle of the previous brand I was using. You’ll never believe what happened next. I liked the Suave shampoo and conditioner better than the fancy brand I was using. Yes, seriously. Since then, I’ve become the queen of drugstore hair care lines, and my hair has never been healthier! Today I want to share one of my current favorite lines with you. The collection contains all of the hair products you need for summer, and the best part isyou can buy Suave Sea Mineral Infusion at Walmart for under $5!

Now that we’ve established that this line is seriously awesome, let’s talk details. The Suave Professionals® Sea Mineral Infusion collection is a salon-inspired range of products that are filled with rich sea minerals to give your hair effortless volume. They’re salon proven to work as well as comparable Bumble and bumble Surf® products*, and all of the products in the line have a subtle beachy scent that’s completely addicting.

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The Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Body Shampoo doesn’t have any heavy silicones to weigh down your locks, and it removes build up from your to hair to restore your natural body and bounce. The matching Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Body Conditioner add just the right amount of moisture in your hair to leave it soft and smooth without losing the volume created by the shampoo! These products are proven to volumize as well as  the Bumble and bumble Surf® Foam Wash Shampoo and Crème Rinse Conditioner, but the price is much, much lower.

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The Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Texturizing Sea Salt Spray helps you to create beach waves with minimal effort. Simply spritz the sea salt spray over damp or dry hair to create a loose, textured look with full-bodied waves that can last up to 24 hours! It’s salon proven to add texture as well as Bumble and bumble Surf® Spray*, and it’s a must-have for summer. While it’s perfect for creating beachy waves, it’s also a great for prepping your hair for braids or up-dos. The extra bit of texture will help you hair hold a style for hours!

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If you’re looking for new hair products for summer, check out Suave Sea Mineral Infusion at Walmart! Head to their website to check out tips for effortless summer style, and you can also send beauty to your family and friends with a Suave inspirational card! While you’re there, don’t forget to enter to win a 4-day/3-night trip for 2 to a luxury resort spa or a $150 Walmart gift card from Suave Professionals!

What’s your favorite summer hairstyle?

*Bumble and bumble and Surf® are registered trademarks of Bumble and Bumble LLC

Thanks to Lunchbox for sponsoring today’s post!

My 5-Minute Summer Beauty Routine

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During the summer months, my beauty routine is extremely low-maintenance. When the sun is the shining and my calendar is empty, I’m just not in the mood to spend an hour primping and prepping. I want to live radiantly with minimal effort this summer, so I’ve cut down my beauty routine to the bare essentials. I’ll throw on the first sundress and sandals I see, and by then I have the patience for about five minutes of hair and makeup. Instead of spending half an hour curling my hair, I’ll spritz in a sea salt spray to enhance my natural waves. I also cut my makeup time in half by eliminating all of the extra steps and using only the essential products: tinted moisturizer, concealer, a bit of setting powder, colorful lipgloss, and mascara. Once my hair and makeup is done, it’s time to get rid of my dry summer skin with my new St. Ives spray lotion. In five minutes, I’m ready to start a new summer day!

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While it isn’t necessary to wear makeup or style your hair, applying lotion is a summer priority. The hot summer sun leaves your skin dehydrated, so it’s important moisturize daily to prevent dry patches and to prolong your summer tan. The St. Ives® Naturally Indulgent Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract Fresh Hydration Lotion and St. Ives® Smooth & Glow Apricot Spray Lotion are the perfect lotions for summer. The spray formula makes application a breeze, and the lightweight formula is filled with natural moisturizers that absorb almost instantly to replenish the moisture in your skin.

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The St. Ives® Smooth & Glow Apricot Spray Lotion is my personal favorite. I want to prolong my summer tan for as long as possible, so I’ve been using it every morning before I head out the door. While I love how it makes my skin smooth and hydrated without feeling greasy, I’m honestly addicted to the smell. I can’t get enough of the deliciously sweet fragrance! It has notes of apricot, freesia, nectarine and passion fruit, but it smells like the sweetest apricot in the world! If you see a crazy blonde girl smelling her arms on the beach this summer, it might be me.


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If you’re looking for a new lotion, try out the St. Ives® Naturally Indulgent Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract Fresh Hydration Lotion or the St. Ives® Smooth & Glow Apricot Spray Lotion. You won’t be disappointed!

 

What are your favorite summer beauty products?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of St.Ives. The opinions and text are all mine.