Cheers to hump day! This summer sure has been one for the records books. With record highs through the east coast finding a casual (and stylish) outfit can be tough. One of this year’s hottest trends are boyfriend styled jeans. It has become a new favorite of mine. If you had no had a chance to try boyfriend styled jeans, I challenge you to try them. They will be a great addition to your wardrobe.

While I have a petite frame, I am not a size 0. As such, finding shorts and jeans can be tough. I admittedly did not dive into boyfriend styled jeans until I received a pair from one of my Trunk Club boxes. I fell in love because for the first time I found a pair of shorts that fit well and are super comfortable. I love that they these shorts fit well, but loosely. When I first tried on these shorts, they felt a little loose on my hips so you may need to use a belt for the first few times you wear them. They fit much better now that they have been washed and dried. I am wearing size 27.

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I decided to pair these Paige ‘Jimmy Jimmy’ shorts with a chiffon shirt. When I was in Tampa, it was ridiculously humid. As such, the last thing I wanted to wear was heels. The sandals I am wearing are from Nike. They are super comfortable and give fantastic support if you are taking a walk on a hot, summer day. My cousin brought me back a Pura Vida bracelet from Costa Rica. I am in love with this company. Pure Vida makes handmade bracelets that are absolutely stunning! “Pura Vida” is Spanish for “pure life”, which is a Costa Rican philosophy . The best way to explain “Pura Vida” is that it is Costa Rica’s hakuna matata. Pure vida loves! I hope you all have a great week.

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Ah, morning routines. They can be so relaxing or so hectic depending on how much time you have in the a.m. to get ready. For the month of July, Birchbox decided to send products to your morning beauty routine. So, let’s review the first product that I tried in July’s Birchbox:

Marchelle’s 3-in-1 Micellar Solution:

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If there is one thing I hate it is you waking up in the morning to find that you have raccoon eyes from mascara that was left behind. I am so glad that Birchbox sent this sample because this three in one formula works as a cleanses your skin, makeup remover, and helps soothe your skin. Sure enough, this product does work well to take off your makeup without leaving your skin greasy. I even tried this solution against waterproof mascara. This solution is tough enough to take off anything you put on your face without over scrubbing it. If you have sensitive skin, this is a great product to have! Side note, if you are as lazy as I am when it comes to taking off your makeup, this product will certainly be your go-to cleanser.

Supergoop!® Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50:

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The number one topic you will find on all beauty websites and blogs is the fact that we need to wear sunscreen. In fact, dermatologist continue to stress that wearing sunscreen every day is important to prevent premature wrinkling (yikes). I am always one for a great setting spray to keep my makeup fresh throughout the day. Supergoop really delivered with this product. It smells great and even gives your foundation a nice, matte finish. If you have oily skin, this is a setting spray that you are going to fall in love with!

Obliphica Professional Seaberry Serum:

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One of the hardest parts of having curly hair is keeping it moisturized. This is especially true in the summer. If you are heading to the beach this summer, you are going to want to pack this serum with you. Two pumps of this serum will restore shine and moisture to your hair. I saw that there are some reviews on Birchbox’s website that this product is too heavy. If you have finer hair, I recommend you only using one pump of this serum. I completely disagree that this serum provides weight. It is super light and will not leave your hair greasy.

Klorane Smoothing and Relaxing Patches with Soothing Cornflower:

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I don’t know about you guys but when I am having a stressful week I love to take time for myself. Sometimes I will give myself a facial or take time to do my nails. These Klorane patches are so soothing. The moment I had them on, my eyes felt a cooling sensation from these patches.

Elizabeth Mott It’s So Big Volumizing Mascara:

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If you are a subscriber of Birchbox, you were promised a tube of mascara for this month’s box. I have never heard of Elizabeth Mott, but she has a great brand. This mascara separates lashes, lengthens and provides volume. I did have to use two or three coats to achieve great volume. Needless to say, I am happy with my new addition to my makeup bag.

Are you a Birchbox subscriber? If so, what were your favorite products that you got this month? Feel free to let me know. I am always game to try new products!

xoxo.

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I love summer so much. It is great that this time of year each one of us can enjoy the sun, vacations, and time with our friends and family. This week, I had the chance to visit my family in Florida. I see some great beaches, explore Tampa and even had a chance to visit the happiest place on earth!

Needless to say, summer days in Florida can be brutal. As such, finding a great outfit for the day can be tricky. I am so grateful that my stylist Dana from Trunk Club sent me this Vince Camuto Wood Block Floral Print Raceback Slipdress (was that description long enough or what). This dress is super light which made it my dress of choice for this trip. When I use this dress for work, I like to accessorize it with a belt to make the dress a little more form fitting. Without a belt, the dress still looks great one. I am wearing this Vinco Camuto slipdress in SP. The slipdress is made of 100% polyester, so it is in fact, machine washable. This is great dress that can be used on its own or would par great with a blazer or denim jacket. This dress is also available in a blue option as well.

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Dress: Vince Camuto, Hat: Aerie, Shoes: Target (OLD) You can find a similar option here.

 

During my visit in Florida, I had a chance to try a central american restaurant called Pupuseria & Cafeteria Centroamericana. I am very picky with my central american food (I am biased and think my mom’s is the best lol). I was so impressed to find that the food at Pupuseria was almost identical to my mom’s cooking. Of course, I had to have a pupusa while I was there. Pupusia are thick, homemade con tortilla that is traditionally filled with cheese or beans. If you want to try authentic central american cusine, this is the place to go!

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Visiting Fort Desoto Beach in St. Petersburgs FL. The water was so warm!

Of course, a visit to Florida would not be complete if I did not get a chance to stop by DisneyWorld. Since we only had one day to visit the parks, my cousin and I decided to get park hopper passes. We met up with my sister and I surprised them by going to the Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom. The Crystal Palace is one of my favorite restaurants. You get to enjoy great food (buffet style) and also meet the characters from Winnie the Pooh. I totally recommend going here. The photos and memories we all shared at the Crystal Palace are worth every penny (don’t worry, the prices are not too outrageous).

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Snuggling Winnie the Pooh at Magic Kingdom’s Crystal Palace.

I am so grateful that I got a chance to go down to Florida. I got to send my entire trip with my family. My cousin and I continue to grow closer and closer every time we get a chance to see each other. It is so amazing that we did not grow up together as kids but that we are so alike in so many ways. This summer, be sure to take time to visit your family if you can. You will not regret the time you spend with them. What fun adventures have you had this summer? Feel free to leave a comment below!

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Everyone loves a great sale, right? Sometimes the price of a pair or jeans or a shirt are enough to get us to purchase them. I have found that in the past, however, that sale items can cause quite a bit of clutter in my closet. There have been instances where I will purchase something on sale and wind up never using it. Fear not! These are some tips that I use everyday to help avoid going overboard with sale events in stores:

Have a budget set aside.

One of the best ways to avoid going too crazy at sale racks is to make sure you have a budget set aside. Depending on the store, I will give myself a $100 or $200 spending limit. Setting aside a budget will help ensure that you are picking out items that you are truly going to end up using.

Pick items based on your current profession/job.

This may sound a little crazy but hear me out. I spend most of my week at work where we are expected to dress business causally. As such, my time spent in strapless dresses, jeans, and graphic tees are very limited. I like to keep this in mind when I am shopping. So when you are at your next clearance rack, take a moment to think about how often you are truly going to use the item you are picking up. While that dress or skirt you have in your hand may be beautiful, it might just end up collecting dust in your closet.

Shop with a friend.

I love shopping with my best friend because we keep each other grounded. We will make sure that each one of us stays on budget. Who better than your best friend to tell you whether or not a outfit choice looking great on you or best to leave behind? Plus, a shopping day with you best friend is sure to be one filled with laughs and new memories.

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Happy 4th of July! I love this time of year. It makes me truly grateful to be in a nation where families can come together and celebrate our nation’s independence day. I want to give a personal shout out to the brave men and women of our armed forces as well as our veterans. Thank you for all that you do, from the bottom of my heart. Your families, friends, and members of the community are truly grateful for all the sacrifices you continue to make to keep this nation strong and safe.

I wanted to find something last week that shows off my patriotism but will also be useful for the rest of the summer. I came across this Style & Co Flag Straw Beach Bag and fell in love instantly. This bag is super lightweight but it also has a lot of space in it. You can easily pack a full-sized towel, sunscreen, and any other beach essentials. The bag also features two one pockets to place your phone or other necessities. Additionally, the other side of the bag has a pouch that you can zip up.

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While this bag is regularly priced at $62, it is on sale at Macy’s right now for $19.99! If you are in search of a new beach bag, I highly recommend this one. The straw pattern of the bag is beautifully woven. The Nikon camera featured in this image is the Nikon D3200. I hope that you all have a safe and fun-filled 4th of July!

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Cheers to a fantastic week! It’s a fact: I simply cannot get enough of the off-the-shoulder trend. This is a style that truly looks great on everyone. In fact, I have already reviewed an off-the-shoulder dress from Express. More so, this look offers the right amount of class and feminine details for casual wear. This past weekend, I had the chance to stop by my local JCREW store and found my new favorite party shirt.

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Blouse: J Crew || Purse: OLD || Shorts: Express

J Crew’s off the shoulder top in Ratti  comes in “Happy Cat Print”. You can purchase this print in the form of a dress and skirt as well. The store that I went to did not offer a petite section, so I made the decision of purchasing this shirt in a regular size. The size I am wearing is in 0.

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Blouse: J Crew || Purse (OLD) || Shorts: Express || Shoes: JLO by Jennifer Lopez (OLD)

I chose to wear this shirt with shorts but it can also be complimented really well with a great pair of jeans. What is great about this shirt is that it is not sheer but it is also very light. Keep in mind that JCREW does have a petite section. I did try on the happy cat print dress that is available. The regular size for this dress was way too long for me. So be sure to purchase the dress in petite sizing if you are fun-sized 🙂

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Blouse: J CREW

This shirt is made out of cotton so take caution when washing this piece. While it is machine washable, cotton does have a tendency to shrink if left in the dryer too long. Since it is warmer outside, I have been leaving this shirt out to dry. I am going to continue to wear this shirt, long after off-the-shoulder is no longer trendy. To me, off-the-shoulder is a trend that is timeless. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and a great week ahead.

xoxo.

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