10 pretty scents for spring/summer

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Happy Wednesday! The spring weather lately has been making me feel so refreshed. We rarely get a proper spring this far south as our mild winters tend to skip straight into hot, hot summers. Btu this year, the days have felt fresh and breezy through March and April with little spring showers every so often. Along with packing away all of the fall/winter decor, I’m transitioning my beauty routine for the spring/summer seasons which means embracing a lighter, more feminine perfume.

Usually, when I think spring fragrance, my mind immediately goes to all things floral but for summer, I like blends of citrus and warm notes. So, the list below includes options that include all of these things:

Glossier You - This scent genuinely smells different on every person, but the notes are things like ambrette, ambrox, and musk with iris root and pink pepper.

Jo Malone Peony & Blush Suede - A light, floral fragrance with notes of red apple, peony, jasmine, carnation, rose, and suede.

Le Labo Neroli 36 - I love this simple, straight to the point scent of beautiful orange blossoms. It feels like the prettiest summer day in Italy!

Byredo Inflorescence - This scent is elegant and so perfect for spring with notes of freesia, rose, magnolia, lily of the valley, and jasmine. It smells like a walk through a beautiful garden at the peak of spring.

Maison Margiela Beach Walk - One of my favorite scents, inspired by the beaches of Corsica in the 1970s. The notes of bergamot, coconut milk, pink pepper, lemon, and musk smell just like summer.

Oribe Cote d’Azur - Rumored to be a favorite of Meghan Markle’s, this scent is a gorgeous blend of lemon, plum, blackcurrant, bergamot, orange, tuberose, jasmine, sandalwood, vetiver, and amber. That blend of warm and dark fruits is perfect if you like the smell of Oribe’s haircare products, plus you can spray the perfume on your hair too.

Kai - This simple perfume is a blend of gardenia and white florals, beautifully feminine and reminiscent of spring. Plus, there’s something about the packaging that feels nice.

Philosophy Fresh Cream - Though we typically think of floral scents for spring/summer, I love a warm scent like vanilla because it reminds me of an elevated sunscreen scent. This perfume is perfect for that with notes of vanilla, heliotrope, whipped ream, and macadamia nut.

Gucci Bloom - This scent reminds me of a garden in the woods, with notes of ginger, rose, jasmine, tuberose, and warm base notes of patchouli and musk.

Aerin Hibiscus Palm - Aerin, in general as a brand, always makes me think of Palm Beach and this scent just makes it even more so. The notes of lotus, hibiscus, ylang ylang, ginger, frangipani, white blossoms, vanilla, coconut milk, and musk feel like a gorgeous night on a tropical island.

coconut body latte // a DIY bath recipe

Happy Friday! I have a quick post today because I wanted to share a little DIY recipe I conjured up recently. It’s not necessary groundbreaking but the way it all worked together was just so relaxing and smelled amazing, so here we go:

I call it a “body latte” because while I was in this bath, it genuinely felt and smelled like I was soaking in a Starbucks latte. It’s super easy to make too! Just blend together ground coffee and solid coconut oil into a paste (no measurements needed, just make as much as you need). Fill up the bath (with bubbles if you’d like), wet your skin, then use the combined coffee and coconut as a scrub. What’s great about it is that it’s both exfoliating and moisturizing at the same time.

While you’re soaking in your latte, I recommend amping it up a little by adding a face mask. For this specific bath, I love using the Summer Fridays Overtime Mask because a) it’s an exfoliating mask so it serves the same purpose as the body scrub and b) it smells like pumpkin, so it kind of turns your bath into a pumpkin spice latte.

come shopping with me at ulta!

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Happy Monday! Over the weekend, I went to Ulta to take advantage of their 21 Days of Beauty deals because my favorite brow product was 50% off! The sales event is still on through Saturday, April 6th so definitely check out their website to see which products will be on sale and stock up. I also wanted to share some other products I checked out while I was there and what I ended up buying.

First things first, I went straight to my Anastasia Brow Wiz. I’ve tried several different brow products and this one is definitely my favorite. I have lighter brows, so I always get the shade Taupe. I love this one because it’s easy to use and not at all messy like gels or pencils can sometimes be. It’s more like a crayon consistency but smaller, so you can make individual strokes on your brow for a really natural look.

I always like to check out the Drybar products, so the next thing I ended up buying was a travel size version of the Sparkling Soda shine spray. I’ve tried so many Drybar products and really like them all, so I’m excited to use this one. The reason I wanted to try this is because I like to add shine to my hair after curling, but oil weighs it down too much so this seemed like just the right thing. I’ve tried it once so far and like it! I can’t wait to use it when I actually style my hair all the way through, though.

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Aside from some cotton rounds, the Brow Wiz and Sparkling Soda are all that I bought. However, I did leave with some new additions to my wish list. I tried out some lip color from the Popsugar collection and thought they had a cute range of shades. They seemed to all either have an orange or pink undertone which is nice because those are so flattering, although I’m personally partial to orange.

Next, I looked at the new Tarte Sugar Rush Sweet Slice Palette for eye and cheek. I always love the Tarte palettes and this one is so cute for summer! I will say I don’t necessarily love the watermelon vibe for my personal aesthetic, but it’s super cute if you’re a more colorful person. However, the shades inside are all neutral with some metallics which I love.

Super high on my wish list now is the Anastasia Loose Highlighter in the shade So Hollywood. I’ve really never used powder highlighters (maybe one product before?) but I tested this gold one out and I love it. It’s concentrated but not too much. Plus, the gold gives a really beautiful, bronze glow.

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The next brand I sampled was the k-beauty brand Peach + Lily. My favorite thing I tried was the Pure Beam Luxe Oil. It feels super lightweight and it’s packed with amazing cold-pressed oils like squalane, jojoba, camellia, grapeseed, and sea buckthorn. I recently saw another brand with an oil very, very similar to this that was $109 whereas this one is only $39. Just saying!

I also tried the Little Barn Apothecary Cooling Mineral Mist. The scent was Coconut + Mint which are two of my all-time favorite scents and ingredients. This would be such a great product to take with you on a plane or to the gym for a little refresher.

I love, love, love Kopari and got to sample this Coconut Detox Mask which smells amazing. It’s like a creamy mud mask and contains nourishing, anti-inflammatory ingredients like squalane, coconut oil, and green tea.

And finally, I was really excited about this new line from Clarins called My Clarins. I’d say this is like the little sister of the regular Clarins brand (which I absolutely adore). The packaging is a little less luxe and younger and the prices are on the more affordable side. But, the products themselves felt really good on my skin so I think this is a great option for someone looking to get into a good skincare brand for less.

pretty things no. 36

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Happy first Saturday of spring! It’s about time, right? The theme for all of my choices for this weekend’s Pretty Things is pink and blue for spring. I’m always drawn to blush pinks but lately have been getting really into pastel blues.

I genuinely think that this blue Paul & Joe top could be the base of your entire spring wardrobe. Picture it with white jeans and slides, cut off denim shorts and white Converse, a printed skirt and flat sandals. Style it with a basket bag, a chic top handle, or your beachy boat and tote.

I’ve seen a couple of girls wearing variations of these Tory Burch shoes on Instagram and have fallen in love with them. This particular pair is called the Clara and they’re a cute little pointed flat with a dramatic velvet bow. I absolutely love these for spring paired with everything from jeans to dresses.

I know, you’re seeing a basket bag for probably the hundredth time on this blog alone but I can’t help it. They really are the perfect spring/summer accessory! I love this particular one from Ulla Johnson because it’s round and has that beautiful leather strap. This kind of bag can add more excitement to a more simple outfit but can also tone down something more dramatic. Win-win!

Typically when I think of spring dresses, my mind’s eye conjures things that are flowy and floral but I’m actually loving this Majorelle dress because it has a more polished, suit-like silhouette that you’d usually see in black but in this case, it comes in a pastel powder blue. I’d style this with a nude strappy heel for going out or even a white sneaker if your look is a little edgier.

I tend to strictly wear Essie’s nude pink Ballet Slippers polish, but in the spring and summer I like to break out the blues with my favorite being Blue La La. However! This shade Reno is a little different and I love that. It’s a bit of a deeper color than your typical blue but I think that makes it a really great choice for your toes in the spring!

Okay, have you ever seen something more spring than these pink gingham pajamas from Sleepy Jones? They’re like the inside of a picnic basket! They’re the perfect thing to wear on weekends when you’re eating breakfast outside on your porch or spending Sunday reading your favorite books and magazines.

13 products to bring spring into your beauty + wellness routine

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As soon as spring hits, I love incorporating all things floral and herbal into my beauty routine to celebrate the season. Aside from the beautiful smells, botanicals can be so good for your skin and are super refreshing after a long winter. Here are my thirteen picks to make you feel like a little rosebud! Side note, I thought of another product at the last minute and couldn’t post this list without sharing it. That’s Weleda’s Wild Rose body wash which will legitimately make your shower feel like a greenhouse.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Sexy Sienna | The perfect coral lipstick.

Tea Forte Green Mango Peach Tea | A sweet tropical blend topped off with peppermint and ginger.

Le Labo Rose 31 Perfume | A beautiful rose scent with woodsy cedar and amber.

Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Facial Mist | Perfect for a mid-day refresh or to prep your skin before makeup.

Bybi Beauty Strawberry Oil Booster | Add this booster oil to your serums or creams for an extra glow.

Herbivore Orchid Facial Oil | A blend of florals and vitamins for moisture and skin protection.

Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Mask | A multi-hyaluronic hydrating mask made with thirteen flower blends.

Tenoverten Watts 037 Nail Polish | Non-toxic nail polish in a punchy spring pink.

Tenoverten Liberty Nail Polish | Or a more subdued, feminine shade of mint.

Soap Cherie Herbal Bath Blend | A super luxurious soak with lavender, rose petals, chamomile, and more.

Capri Blue Volcano Candle | My go-to candle in the summer months because the scent is just too good.

Vitruvi Essential Oil in Grove | A blend of spruce and pine that smells like a rainy hike in the woods.

Herbivore Coco Rose Body Polish | A soft body scrub with a scent that hints at rose and coconut.