the weekend list no. 41

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Happy Saturday! What did you all do this week? On one of my days off, my mom and I went shopping to find a new desk chair. We didn't end up finding one that I loved and I ended up ordering one from Home Depot instead, but we did go to Kirkland's (!!!) which seriously got us in the spirit for fall. I got a few things to nearly complete my desk makeover (the letter board and the little gray sign), now I'm just waiting for my chair to arrive and to go get a fall candle.

Also! I just got a new pair of Lululemon leggings, which has me pretty excited. It's the little things, guys.... Haha. 

Now, on to the links for this weekend...

Julia's breakfast nook is so beautiful!

If you need some super cute, very extra tailgating outfit inspiration, look no further.

Check out these five Southern beach reads over on the Draper James blog. I put all five on my TBR!

Ashley & Ryan's optimism and positivity are really inspiring.

Love Tracy Anderson's tips for staying healthy while traveling.

Great article that blends two topics I love: nutrition and cultural politics.

Kind of want to check out this GOOP Clean Teeth Kit!

Did you know all of these Starbucks hacks?

I want to try all of these infused lemonades before the end of summer!

Becky's photography is so dreamy.

Clean, bohemian decor inspiration.

There's a special place in my heart for blue-and-white porcelain.

This is a must-read.

I love a good office makeover!

Creating a beautiful home yoga practice.

my summer evening routine

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First of all, how cute is this Spirited Away teacup I found at Barnes & Noble?

I don't know about you, but I still love hearing about people's daily routines. There's always something interesting to take away whether it's a new product or an idea for a ritual to add to your own routine. I think it's become quite the fascination among most people, so I'm here with the evening routine that I've been following for most of this summer. This particular routine is for a work night, so it's not the same as if I were going out but I think this kind is honestly the most realistic kind to share! 

6:30 PM // This is typically when I get home from work most nights, unless I have an event. Since it's summer and inevitably hot outside, I immediately take a shower as soon as I get home. I'll also go ahead and put all of my things away to avoid clutter building up. 

6:45 PM // After showering, I'll change into comfier clothes. Lately it's been my favorite pair of black, Lauren Conrad leggings with a really cute, white halter bralette from Aerie and this thin, oversized tee from Alexander Wang. I've worn it so much, there are holes in the elbows but they actually look kind of cool. I'll put on my fluffy slippers or a cute pair of socks and go downstairs to eat dinner.

7:30 PM // After I've eaten dinner, I usually like to read or play a quick board game.

8:00 PM // I don't watch a ton of TV, but if one of the shows I do watch is on, this is usually around the time I'll start watching it. Lately, it's been The Bachelorette on Mondays and World of Dance on Wednesdays. If none of my shows are on, I might watch something on Netflix like an episode of Madam Secretary or Somebody Feed Phil or my new favorite, Castle Rock, on Hulu. Otherwise, I'd just continue reading.

8:30 PM // If I feel like having a treat, I like to make two different kinds of popcorn. One is a dairy-free buttery, cheesy mix and the other is the most delicious caramel recipe from Pick Up Limes. Other times, I'll have a cup of tea or maybe a creamier smoothie.

9:30 PM // This is typically the time that I'll go upstairs and to my skincare routine for the night. I start by washing my face with the Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser then follow up with my go-to Embryolisse lait creme concentrate. Some nights, I'll use my face steamer and other nights, I'll use an exfoliating scrub such as the Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub or this one from Acure. If I'm feeling luxurious, I'll do a sheet mask or put on my favorite Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask. Afterwards, I brush my teeth and use my Cocofloss. Lastly, I moisturize my body either with coconut oil or a body lotion like Kiehl's creme de corps. If I feel like it, I'll put a little dry shampoo in my hair to let it soak in while I sleep. 

9:45 PM // Most of the time, I do yoga in the morning but lately, I've really enjoyed doing 15-20 minutes of practice in the evening right before I go to sleep. Yoga With Adriene has some great evening routines. 

10:00 PM // Around this time, I'll keep winding down. I light a candle or turn on my diffuser and switch on my Himalayan salt lamp. Most nights, I'll take about five drops of CBD oil then lay down to listen to a podcast. My favorite chill podcasts to listen to at night are Oprah's Super Soul Conversations, Off Camera with Sam Jones, and Harry Potter & The Sacred Text. Although, I always make sure to put on the sleep timer because I rarely make it more than 15-20 minutes into a podcast without falling asleep if I start listening at night. 

what's in my summer makeup bag

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Recently, I found myself in need of a larger cosmetics case to hold my makeup and beauty products and luckily found the loveliest one from Pottery Barn. It comes in this beautiful plum blossom print with mint-and-white striped lining on the inside. There are two big, transparent pouches that are more than big enough to hold everything I need.

My organization method is that I store most of my beauty items in this big case and use a smaller one to store just the few things I need when I'm on the go. The contents of the smaller bag change depending on the products I used on that particular day.

So, what's in my bag for the summer?

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber & Green Tea - I've been using either the rose or green tea Mario Badescu sprays forever now and will keep doing so! I use this as a refreshing spritz on hot days, to set my makeup, and to dampen my beauty blender.

Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 Spray - This is a combination of volumizing spray, texturizing spray, and dry shampoo. It's all the products you need for your hair in one and it smells so good.

Glossier Haloscope in Quartz - I just tried this for the first time and love it! It creates a really subtle, pretty highlight.

Glossier Boy Brow in Blonde - I typically use Anastasia Brow Wiz but I've switched back to Boy Brow in order to have a bit of a messier brow look for summer.

Anastasia Glow Kit in GleamOne of the best powder highlighting kits I've tried. There are four different shades for different looks.

Tarte In Bloom PaletteMy go-to eye palette is perfect for summer. Sometimes, I just use one shade (Funny Girl) all over my lid for a no-makeup look.

L'Oreal True Match Powder - I actually use this drugstore powder as a bronzer. I simply bought it in a shade darker than my skintone.

Karl Lagerfeld Baked Blush - Not sure where I got this or if it's still available to buy anywhere, but it's such a good blush that doubles as a highlighter. 

It Cosmetics Bye-Bye Under Eye Concealer - My mom introduced me to this amazing concealer. It's for under eyes but I use it on blemishes too. It's crazy how little goes a long way.

Diorshow Waterproof MascaraStill haven't found the perfect mascara that doesn't smudge, but I really like Diorshow. The brush is really fat which creates thick lashes.

Sephora Collection Bright Future Skin Tint - Love this BB cream from Sephora Collection. It's very liquid-y and you can barely feel it on your skin.

Lavanila Lemon Vanilla DeodorantThis is my all-time favorite natural deodorant. It's long lasting and the scent is so good.

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask - I'm still obsessed with this mask. It's one of the best beauty products I've ever used and always makes my skin look so glowy! 

Glossier Balm Dot Com in CoconutA favorite that never gets old! The scent is perfectly tropical.

Nyx Lip Lingerie - This newish line from Nyx has lots of great nude shades and the product doesn't feel sticky on your lips. It's my new go-to lip product for summer.

Fresh Sugar Dream Advanced Lip Therapy - I love my Fresh lip products and this one is especially good because it just gives a very light tint, so it's impossible to make it look messy.

Sephora Collection #LipStories in First Class - The whole #LipStories collection is great. Very concentrated color and long-lasting formula. The color First Class is a really gorgeous red-orange.

pretty things no. 13

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Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone! I'm so excited for the little fiesta we're having later tonight with homemade tacos, tortilla chips, guacamole, and watermelon agua fresca. Of course, there will be a fantastic playlist, as well! I hope you all have something fun planned, too. In the meantime, here are this weekend's pretty picks.

Have you seen Sarah Vickers Patrick's new Sarah Patrick dress line for KJP? If not, go look now because the pieces are gorgeous! I'm especially partial to this freshly squeezed print which features the cutest lemonade motif.

Speaking of super cute things, I can't get enough of the new J.Crew swimsuits! This navy ric-rac set is too adorable!

Loeffler Randall has your perfect summer bag. It's an on-trend round straw bag, but it has tassel and pom-pom details that make it a standout piece. How cute would this bag look with a white t-shirt and worn-in jeans?

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I have to share the Carry-On Cocktail Kit's margarita kit. This kit for two includes equipment, margarita syrup, and rimming salt to make a margarita on your next flight. All you need is to add tequila!

I've been seeing this style of knotted sandals a lot recently but especially love this pair from Soludos. The chambray would look so pretty with a white summer dress or the simple jeans outfit I mentioned above.

How beautiful are these Rebecca Minkoff earrings? They're certainly a statement, but I love that the navy color keeps things toned down and makes them a great fit for someone with a classic wardrobe who wants a little something fun for summer.

non-toxic sunscreens at every price point

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I am so happy the weather is finally getting warm, which means summer is right around the corner and we'll all get to spend more time outside! I have so many favorite summer activities from swimming and going to the beach to shopping outdoors at the farmer's market and going to the orchard.

One thing I make sure to be very conscious about all year but especially during the summer is sun protection. Unfortunately, so many sunscreens contain toxic ingredients like oxybenzone. Since we're all so exposed to strong sunlight in the summer, I wanted to share some safe, non-toxic sunscreen options in a variation of price ranges.

Alba Botanicals Very Emollient Mineral Sunscreen Facial SPF 20 - $7.50

Babo Botanicals SPF 40 Daily Sheer Facial Sunscreen - $16

Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer - $30

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 - $34

COOLA Mineral Face SPF 30 - $36

Naturopathica Daily UV Defense Cream SPF 50 - $58

Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30 - $85