Anyone else considering running away with a suitcase of Lily Pulitzer prints? I love their bright colors + preppy style. I’ve been (impatiently) waiting for August to roll around so I can order one of their agenda planners. I have a planner obsession and now that my last one has finally ended, I can justify buying yet another one–and I’ve had my eye on a couple from LP. I’ll throw it on the Insta once I finally settle!

Big decisions big decisions.

Lily Pulitzer Fringe Skirt

Lily Pulitzer Fringe Skirt

Lily Pulitzer Fringe Skirt

This Lily Pulitzer fringe skirt absolutely pulled on my heart strings. I love that it is a bit unique and even a little different than the typical Lily vibe. The fabric is very thin and lightweight, making it perfect for hot summer days (and nights).

I’m a pink girl, so I decided to pull out the pink in the skirt and pair it with this high neck ruffle tank. I love the details, but kept it simple since the skirt is already a bit busy.

Let’s not get too crazy.

Lily Pulitzer Fringe Skirt

Lily Pulitzer Fringe Skirt

These ankle-strap wedge sandals are from New York & Co. Because they were from a few seasons back, they are no longer available. But, I linked a similar pair from Charlotte Russe as well as another pair I found on NY & Co that I love. I like the heel look or a thin wedge with this outfit just because they are a little more delicate and flow a little better than the typical wicker wedge. You could also try it with peep toe booties that I styled with a paperbag skirt a few posts back or just simple sandals.

Pretty hard to go wrong here!

Lily Pulitzer Fringe Skirt

Lily Pulitzer Fringe Skirt

I will also link for you this pendant necklace (they are going quick) and some similar bracelets down below. I have been really crushing over bracelets lately and love to throw on a few per arm.

Happy weekend, Friends!

 

 

Hey hey, Beauts! Topknots + iced coffee because this Cleveland weather is HOT baby! When it gets this hot, I shoot for simple outfits that are cool and easy to just throw on. This peplum cami and floral pocket jean shorts are the perf amount of casual basic with some cute details to brighten up the outfit!

 

peplum cami and floral pocket jean shorts

peplum cami and floral pocket jean shorts

peplum cami and floral pocket jean shorts

peplum cami and floral pocket jean shorts

You can follow this link to these distressed shorts from Francesca’s. (The rest of the outfit you can find down below). Francesca’s is one of my faves, and they are having a final sale on a lot of items for under $10. This also includes some fall sweaters, scarves, and even boots! Not really July style, I know, but come October you will be thanking yourself. I’ll link my top picks at the very end of the post for you to check out. All the prices show higher than they actually are. Once you click through to the site it will show the adjusted price.

 

 

 

 

 

Hey hey, Babes!

Let’s talk about skincare. Growing up and throughout high school I did not have much of a battle with acne. For the most part, I was blessed with pretty clear skin. I can remember people telling me how lucky I was, but honestly I didn’t think much of it and took it for granted.

(Note, this is not a sponsored post. This is simply what worked for me!)

 

how I cleared my skin in my 20s

 

However, fast forward a few years, and I began to break out. Now, I realize that I am still very blessed because I never had the battle of cystic or severe acne like so many have struggled with. Still, I noticed myself breaking out more and more. Before this, I never bothered with much foundation or cover up. But after looking at a picture I had taken with a friend, it hit me that I had to do something, so I started wearing more makeup.

I know a lot of you face this as well, and it isn’t unusual: the fact that we are breaking out later in life–not just the dreaded middle school years. So I began the search for something to help clear my skin. Honestly, I tried Proactiv. I have a friend who swore by it. She had used it in the past and it worked wonders on her skin. After a month of trying, I didn’t notice a difference except that maybe my skin was smoother. Now just because it didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t for you. Depending on your skin type, it may be just what you need! There are many great reviews + testimonials. The wonderful thing about Proactiv is that they have a 60 day money back guarantee. So you have nothing to lose!

But recently, I finally found a solution that cleared my skin. I work part-time at a salon and asked our facial tech if she had any recommendations for me. She suggested Cosmedix Elite which is simply a cleanser, and gave me some samples to try. After a few weeks of using it, my skin cleared up and the breakouts noticeably decreased . I felt like everything I had tried was pretty useless, so I was ecstatic when I actually saw results.

I use it each night (the bottle says twice a day, but per our facial tech I only use it once at night and it was enough). In addition to using the cleanser, there are also some important tips worth keeping in mind.

Remove all your makeup before going to bed.

Ladies, I know this can be a pain, but it is really important for good skin health. However, do not use the cleanser to remove makeup. I like to actually use baby oil to remove my mine. After washing my face with a wet wash cloth, I massage the cleanser into my skin then wash it off.

Moisturize afterwards.

The cleanser can be drying (especially if you are already prone to dry skin) so be sure to moisturize after each use. I also use my moisturizer each morning when I get out of the shower. I use Olay Moisturizer. It is less than $10 and at most stores.

Drink plenty of water!

We are mostly water, so don’t underestimate the effects this will have on your skin and overall health.

Eat clean.

Pop, sugars, and anything processed can play a big role in causing acne. Maintaining a balanced diet can really help to clear you skin and prevent breakouts.

It takes a few weeks.

Ok, so I had never heard this before, then I heard it twice in just a few weeks (funny how that works). Your skin problems go beyond what is on the surface. So when trying any new product or protocol, you have to give it time to get under your skin and clear out all the toxins below the surface. In many cases, it is not uncommon to actually break out more when you start something new because it is bringing everything to the surface, often at an accelerated pace. I get it, we all want over-night results. But be patient, and give it time.

Another great thing about this cleanser is that it comes in a decent sized bottle (5 oz). So it will last you a long time as opposed to those tiny bottles that cost a fortune.

I really hope this was able to help you guys. It can be a frustrating task to clear up your skin, especially if you thought those days were long gone. Now that my skin is cleared up, I continue to use foundation, but a lighter alternative. Currently I am using Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue, which is simply a tinted moisturizer. I love this, and it is perfect for summer. It is incredibly light, but also gives decent coverage and helps to balance out skin tones. Since it is essentially a moisturizer, it is not as heavy as your typical foundation, so don’t expect complete coverage. But, with a SPF of 30, it gives extra protection from the sun versus your typical foundation.

I also use Bare Minerals Liquid Foundation. I have not used it much the last few weeks, but I know once Fall + Winter role around I will break it out. It is definitely heavier. (I apply both foundations with my fingers.)

Let me know if you have any questions. I would also love to hear your story and what worked well for you.