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Simple Summer Faves

My aloe plant, which has been a sunburn savior

New Warby Parker frames

I have recently become obsessed with buying notebooks, thanks to my little sister

Favorite candle of all time!

Lemonade-hued sandals by Kensie

Recently, I've been rediscovering my room. I notice things I had forgotten about, and they seem to be making me smile a second time. This candle was one of them! I haven't lit one in awhile, chai seems like a bit of an autumn smell. These sandals have gotten quite a bit of use this summer though. Lemon-lime yellow just seems to go with everything. 

P.S. Obsessed with my new Warby Parker frames. Obbsseesssseedddd.




Beauty Blogging

Some of you may be familiar with Birchbox, a subscription service which sends you a box full of designer beauty samples every month. I received my first one in May and am absolutely in love! I combined a few favorite samples I've received... 

1. Xen-Tan Premium Sunless Tan: Smells like sugar, and the tone is perrrrfectttt.

2. Kerastase Bain Volumactive Volumizing Shampoo: Regular use will dry out your hair, but I use this once a week when my hair needs a little extra bounce!

3. Laura Geller Baked Blush-n-Brighten: This blush is baked, so it isn't powdery and doesn't flake off in summer heat!

4. Zoya 'Touch' Polish in Shay: This gorgeous shade is as close to nude nails as I will ever be! This is the color I was wearing in my last post.

5. AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream: Every AHAVA product I've ever tried smells awesome. This is the perfect daily hand lotion I go for over and over.

There are so many perks to Birchbox, such as a points reward system and surprise discount codes, and the fact that all of your new products can fit in your carry-on at the airport!

I've purchased full-sizes of two of my favorite products, which have now made the daily routine status.

I've been shopping for new skin care products for awhile, and now use Philosophy's Purity One-step Facial Cleanser and Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion! Speaking of skin care, I've never used foundation but I'm convinced this was designed for my face:

I warned you guys I had expensive taste. Chanel's Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup gives the best glow and silly soft texture to my face. The ultra-light formula is perfect for my still-teenaged skin. This must-have tool, an Eco-Tools Retractable Kabuki Brush, is the perfect finishing touch with a light powder.

So those are my fave beauty products right now! What are your newest swear-by products?




Sun Essentials

Yesterday, I blogged for my friend Sarah and wanted to expand on my favorite things to pack for summer vacations. For part one, check out my post on And She Loved!

Sunglasses don't have to be expensive like these ones (splurged! I stock up at Forever 21 for my travels, in case any get lost or broken), and they protect your eyes and the sensitive skin around them from sun damage. Sun protection is neverrrr overrated!

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Hydration is key for your skin, so don't forget your favorite body lotion! As for the planner...it's just so much easier to jot down everything you want to do or thoughts that cross your mind.

Another must-have? Swimwear! Whether you're a one-piece or a two-piece, there's something out there for everyone in any color you could wish for.

Fisico, Lanvin, Laura Urbinati

Since I love handbags so much, obviously they are one of my favorite accessories! 

Pack the first bag that catches your eye. Summer is all about combining color and texture, and nothing is more fun than a bright, fringed, beaded bag!

Lucky Brand

Share your summer travel essentials in the comments, I can never get enough advice or ideas!