Thursday, June 22, 2017

My Monthly Edit

As many of you have noticed, I've been trying to get more creative with styling my hair different ways, instead of just wearing it down all the time.  Thanks to my Lupus being in remission, it's grown in length & volume quite a bit since last year.  For the summer months, I love the idea of using a scarf to work into a chic updo for a classic meets retro look.  Some small square options to try that will also work as neck scarves: here, here, here & here (shop Rebecca Minkoff scarves).

I'm all about a punchy lip color for the season & this moisturizing lipstick is the prettiest raspberry hue - not too bright & it would be flattering on nearly all skin tones.  If you're not a fan of bright pink, there are other shades in this collection that are just as good (In Love with Ginger, Red Alert & Coral Gard are my favorites).  

As I've been on a mission to embrace more color, I've noticed a serious lack of yellow in my wardrobe.  I know it can be difficult to pull off, but this eyelet top is a warmer golden hue, which won't wash me out (but would also look great on tan & darker skin tones).   It's currently on sale & ships for free (it also comes in black for a more demure look).  Other eyelet styles that I've got my eye on: this bell-sleeve top, these embroidered shorts, this white skirt, this shift dress & this peplum tee.

Because I have naturally curly hair, I try to give it a break from blow-drying during the warm weather months.  This styling creme is perfect for creating curl separation, definition & shine without weighing hair down.  It has a nice clean scent & a little goes a long way, so I know this tube will last me for a while.  I love it so much that I just ordered more products from this line because they get such great reviews (all paraben, phthalate, sulfate & cruelty-free).  

Because my husband & I both work from home, the summers are notoriously difficult for us when it comes to managing the kids' activities and carving out time to interact with them.  We've made a lot of mistakes in this area in the past, so we set out to do things differently this year.  We started by creating a schedule for them that we printed & put on the fridge - this sets clear guidelines for allowable screen time, outdoor play, reading & specific chores...but we also intentionally left room for them to be bored.  This seems like a strange concept, but I've read so many articles lately about the importance of encouraging creativity by creating space for boredom.  This post articulates it well & talks about "minimalist parenting", which is something we are striving for.  Since implementing this, we've already noticed a huge improvement - less arguments between the two of them, more imaginative play & a greater sense of ownership with their household responsibilities.  Side note: this Instagram account is excellent for parenting tips & encouragement.

I've been obsessed with all things cork this season so when I came across these tasseled slides, they went to the top of my wish list.  Based on the reviews, they run small so I'd recommend sizing up - they're currently on sale, but I'm patiently waiting for another price drop before I pull the trigger (these studded sandals by the same brand are equally as cool).  Other cork pieces I love for the season include this watch (similar for less here), this clutch (minaudière option here; tote option here) & these heels (only $25!).


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