summer fridays overtime mask review

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Summer Fridays Overtime Mask, Sephora ($44)

I love Summer Fridays. It’s the brand founded by Marianna Hewitt and Lauren Gores that’s all over Instagram. I was at their brand launch party earlier this year and was lucky enough to be gifted their first product, the Jet Lag Mask. I was so excited when they launched their second product at the beginning of September that I placed an order immediately.

I have a feeling I’ll be collecting each of their products as they’re release, so let’s make it a tradition for me to share my reviews as they come out.

FIRST IMPRESSION

I was excited to see that the package design and ingredients were fitting for fall. I love displaying my Jet Lag Mask because of the pretty blue color and I imagine I’ll be doing the same with this pretty orange creamsicle colored tube. Fortunately, this product was released right around the same time I knew I needed a good exfoliating product. I also knew that it involved pumpkin, so I was sold.

WHAT’S IN IT

The Overtime Mask is described as “a clarifying mask that uses vitamin-packed pumpkin and exfoliating apricot seed powder to polish away dead skin cells for a luminous effect”. Along with the pumpkin and apricot seed powder, it’s also formulated with oat kernel proteins, beta carotene, and vitamin E. As with all Summer Fridays products, this one is certified clean at Sephora meaning it has no parabens, sulfates, fragrance, or silicone and it is vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free. 🙌

USING IT

The first thing I have to talk about is the scent! It’s a blend of spices like clove, ginger, and nutmeg and seriously smells like pumpkin pie filling. So good! The exfoliant is really light which means it’s not going to be too abrasive on your skin but give a good scrub. If you have super, super sensitive skin, I’d be careful but for the most part, this should work for everyone. After scrubbing for 60 seconds, I left the mask on for ten minutes then rinsed. My face was instantly smooth and glowing! Just like the Jet Lag Mask, I highly recommend the Overtime Mask.

dressing for fall in a warm climate

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Question—-is there anyone out there that doesn’t love fall fashion? Maybe I’m biased but I swear, everyone I talk to gets so excited come September 1st for sweaters, boots, and scarves. But if you live in the South like me or another climate that’s warm year-round, it can be hard to see all of the cute fall outfits on Instagram when you’re still stuck wearing shorts and tank tops in ninety plus degree weather!

I love fall fashion so much that, during college, I often wore sweaters even during the sweltering hot summers. Granted, they were “beach sweaters” made of lighter materials but they were sweaters nonetheless. I got together with a college friend recently and she reminded me of this one time I was wearing a sweater in sweltering August and actually said out loud, “I don’t know why, but I just got really hot all of the sudden” as if wearing a sweater couldn’t possibly be the reason.

Since then, I’ve managed to find a balance! You can totally take part in the fun of fall outfits without killing yourself in a heavy sweater. Here are some of the ideas I’ve found that work.

Heavier textures like embroidery
Wool sweaters and corduroy are still a no-go, but you can transition into the fall months with embroidered pieces. Try an embroidered mini-skirt that’s not super heavy, so it feels okay in the heat but the embroidery makes it feel like a piece that’s well-suited for cooler weather.

Lightweight dresses in warm colors
Some simple t-shirt dresses and caftans can work for fall if you choose the right colors. Try cinnamon, burnt orange, burgundy, and even emerald green then pair with ankle boots.

Cardigans and kimonos for layering
For those living in warm climates, kimonos are a godsend! They allow you to layer up while still keeping very cool. Pick one with fall colors and patterns to layer over tank tops, t-shirts, and shorts. You can also try a lightweight, cotton cardigan that looks cozy but doesn’t suffocate.

T-shirts with fall motifs
This is a super easy way to incorporate the fall vibe into your outfits while still wearing short sleeves. I recommend checking out Etsy because there are so many sellers that offer cute, fall-themed pieces. Anything that says “grateful” works too.

Warm toned makeup
Swap out light summer colors with warm colors for fall. Try eyeshadows in gold, rust, and brown as well as burgundy lipsticks and nail polishes.

Swap sandals for ankle boots
Many summer outfits you wear with sandals can be made instantly more autumnal by switching into ankle boots. An easy combination is ankle boots, denim shorts, white t-shirt, and lightweight cardigan or kimono.

Sleeveless trench coats and sweater
Since you probably won’t be wearing an actual jacket for awhile still (December through February, maybe), why not try a sleeveless jacket? It’s a great layering piece that dresses up any simple outfit without causing you to overheat.

the weekend list no. 43

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Happy Saturday! I wanted to try a little something different with weekend lists going forward by adding two new pieces in addition to sharing my favorite links. I thought I'd make things a little more personal by sharing my highs and lows from the week (something my best friend and I do during our weekly dinners) as well as what's been going on and what's coming up in my life. What do you guys have going on? Let me know! 

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Weirdly enough, my high and low is the same thing. I’m in a transitional period between jobs, which was unexpected but I’m really excited to see what opportunities I have next. I enjoyed where I was working and not having the stability now, out of nowhere, is a little jarring but it was likely a blessing in disguise because there were also things about it that didn’t work super well with my personality. Now, I get to move on to something that works better for the lifestyle I’m trying to build! So, that’s exciting.

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This past week, I tried out a hot yoga class at a new studio with a new friend that I actually met through Bumble BFF! If you've recently moved to a new city or are just finding that it's not easy to meet friends after college, I highly recommend trying out Bumble BFF. I just started using it randomly about two weeks ago and have already met some really cool girls! Neither of us had done hot yoga recently (it's been about a year and a half for me) and we both thought it was such a funny way to meet someone for the first time, being drenched in sweat and all.

 Coming up in the next few weeks or so, I'm working on ticking items off my fall to-do list. I'm also going up to Jacksonville for my nephew's football game and to do a walkthrough of my brother's wedding venue since I'm helping out with the planning phase. So exciting!

Loved this essay about finding yourself through travel.

Vox posted a great list of Fall 2018 films to look forward to. I've already been getting excited for many of them, but now I'm intrigued by Hale County This Morning, This Evening.

This is the type of content I love.

Here's how to update your pantry for fall.

Don't you just love Lamia's vintage style?

Jess shared the ten authentic Chinese dishes everyone should try. It made me want a hot bowl of congee and a bao bun from Morimoto!

Kaitlyn Bristowe's podcast interview with esthetician Elisabeth Smith was so good! Lots of good information on skincare, injectables, and the like.

I always love The Ardent Biblio's literary dinners. This one was inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream!

If you're looking for a cozy drink, try Ashley's homemade pumpkin spice syrup in your latte this weekend!

For a brainier topic, check out this article on Delphic philosophy.

A beautifully unexpected color combination.

This baked feta looks so good.

This home is incredible.

five ways to treat yourself this weekend

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There's something about autumn that just feels special. I really feel like it's the "treat yourself" season above all others. Considering that the earth is going through a major transition and society is as well (back-to-school, etc.), it only makes sense that now provides a great opportunity for a little more "self-care" time. Here are some of my favorite ways to give myself a treat every so often. 

light a candle + read this month's issue of your favorite magazine
I did this the other day with the newly released September issue of Vogue. Set yourself up in the living room or, better yet, in bed with the newest issue of your favorite magazine. Light a fall candle and take your time reading and looking at all of the beautiful photography.

watch a fall movie with a batch of homemade popcorn
There are so many movies to get you inspired for fall. Pick one, get cozy in loungewear, then make a bowl of homemade popcorn to eat while you watch. We make two kinds of popcorn, one is a savory, cheesy version and the other is caramel.

order a seasonal drink + browse your favorite bookstore
This is one of my favorite things to do. Go to Starbucks and get one of the fun seasonal drinks (I always recommend the Caramel Apple Spice) then spend some uninterrupted time browsing your favorite bookstore. Check out all the new releases, classics, sales section, and even the board games. For an extra treat, choose a few things to take home with you! If bookstores aren't your thing at the moment, you can also do this at Target. 😉

visit a cute cafe alone or with a friend for a cheese board + glass of wine
Something I used to do in college as a treat is ride my bike down to this cute French bistro (the head chef was from Lyon) with whatever book I was reading in my bag. I'd order a glass of wine and their amazing cheese plate, sometimes even a seasonal fruit tart. I'd do this on my own most of the time but once, my roommate tagged along and we both ordered the most delicious French onion soup while classic French movies played in the background. 

spend an hour on your pampering routine
We all treat ourselves to sheet masks and things from time to time, but when was the last time you spent a full hour on self-care? Do everything from body scrubs and hair treatments to face masks and oils. I recommend trying Grace's summer beauty reset, which can be updated for other seasons just by utilizing seasonal products and scents.

easy italian dinner party

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Something about the summer just has me in an Italian state of mind. I think a lot about the meals shown in movies like Call Me By Your Name---the little breakfasts with marmalade and fruit in the orchard outside the villa in Lombardy. This inspired me to put together a little Italian dinner party toward the end of the summer. It was super easy, but felt really special. Here's how I did it:

I started, of course, by putting together a menu. The traditional Italian dinner party menu consists of an aperitivo (cocktail), antipasto (appetizer), primo (first course), secondo (second course), contorno (sides), formaggio e frutta (cheese and fruit), dolce (sweet), caffe (coffee), and digestivo (coffee killer). Honestly, we don't eat that much so I cut back the menu to aperitivo, il primo, contorno, dolce, and caffe, as well as some little slices of bread on the side.

The aperitivo was actually a non-alcoholic Italian blood orange soda I picked up from Trader Joe's to make things easy. We also had a bottle of Gerolsteiner (which is German, but whatever) and flat, ice water. Il primo was a gorgeous rigatoni dish topped with a vegan sundried tomato cream sauce and basil as well as cashew ricotta. The side dish was a yummy panzanella, or bread salad made with greens, toasted bread, and a vinaigrette. For the dolce, we had a tiramisu that I picked up from the bakery.

Home entertaining goddess Ina Garten always recommends making a few dishes at home, then picking up the rest from the market. I totally agree with this idea. It makes everything so much easier, plus it's fun to get a treat from the bakery, isn't it?

For decor, I set the table simply with our gingham napkins, some clay pottery serving pieces, candles, and little green plants. As for the soundtrack, we listened to the Call Me By Your Name soundtrack, of course!