Mad About Plaid + Apple Picking at Tougas Farm

  D and I spent the whole day at Tougas Farm picking apples, drinking cider, and eating apple cider donuts. The weather was beautiful, it wasn’t crowded, and it was an overall perfect day. We finished up our day picking out pumpkins for our front porch from a little stand down the road, and stopped at the market to pick up these beautiful flowers. The plaid poncho I am wearing is from Nordstrom, and it’s only $39! It’s a one size fits all and  found it a little big on me, but it’s super comfy and goes with anything. Right now it only comes in the white and black one that I am wearing, but hopefully they’ll stock other colors soon! As always, you can shop my look, now with our NEW link at the top of the page where it says ‘Shop my looks.’

Anyone have plans for this weekend?

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Pink OTS Sweater

Guys- I found the perfect transitional sweater for fall! The weather has been tough around here: I’m talking a steady 75 degrees and all I want is for it to be cool enough to wear my new fall clothes! It’s been a real struggle trying to dress appropriately for this weather, since it’s been so cold in the mornings and hot by lunchtime. I came across this adorable sweater while browsing online and it’s only $49! Absolutely steal for the quality, it fits like a dream, and it’s super soft. You can still find the pink one online, and the taffy is still in stock, too. But hurry, they won’t be for long!!

On a side note- my blog is finally back up and running after being down due to technical problems the last two weeks. I apologize to everyone and thank you for all of your patience and emails as we’ve worked to get this back up and running!

PS!! You can now shop ALL of my looks on my ShopStyle page, and my Instagram!

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Wake Up with Glowing Skin!

How many of you have had mornings where you wake up looking less than ideal? I know I definitely have! Every morning, I scroll through Instagram and see wake up posts from other fashion bloggers in full makeup with their hair curled, sitting up in bed in pajamas with their breakfast. Their caption? Usually “Woke up to a beautiful day and yummy breakfast!” or “I woke up like this.” Well, hate to break it to you, but unless you’re sleeping with a full face of makeup on and someone curls your hair while you snooze, you most likely do not look that refreshed when you wake up.

But, my lovelies, you can! It’s easier to wake up with gorgeous, glowing skin than you might think (even if you didn’t get enough sleep!)

1.  We all know how bad it is to sleep with makeup on, but does everyone actually remember to remove it all the time? Makeup will clog up your pores and cause acne or unsightly blemishes.

Try this:

2.  Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Regular exfoliation is one of the keys to glowing clear skin; it removes dead skin cells from the surface of your skin and it will help to keep the pores in your skin clear. How often you exfoliate will depend on your own skin type, but I usually exfoliate three times a week; once in the beginning, the middle, and the end, right before I wash my face in the evening.

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3. I know many people who only wash their face once a day. But, your face should really be cleansed twice: once in the morning, and again at night. As your face gets exposed to the outside world, bacteria, pollutants, viruses, dirt, and old (dead) skin cells can get trapped on your skin. Gross! This is why it is sooo important to wash your face and remove any makeup before you sleep. In the evenings,  after I’ve removed my makeup, I wash my face to remove any residue leftover, and wash it again in the morning to clean my skin from sweat and oil accumulated during the night. 

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4. Part of my nightly routine is getting two bottles of water and putting them on my bedside table. The first one, I drink before bed. The second is there because I usually get thirsty in the middle of the night, and I don’t want to have to travel far for a drink. Just one glass of water before you go to bed can make an enormous difference in the appearance of your skin. It will help keep you hydrated through the night, and is important for plump, healthy, glowing skin. If you do become dehydrated, one of the most obvious signs is dull, lifeless looking skin.

5. Don’t forget that humidifier! Between the air conditioner during the summer and heating in the winter, I find my skin gets drier and tends to flake- not a pretty sight! My humidifier helps put moisture back into the air and the noise it makes helps me sleep better at night. (Fun fact: I cannot sleep if it is quiet. I need background noise, but it has to be from a fan or filter)

Try this:

6. Some of the products I’ve shared below are night oils that I use. My absolute favorite and highly recommended is the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil. It does wonders for my skin overnight, and does not cause any breakouts like other oils & creams that I have tried.

7. If you’re like me, you’re more comfortable sleeping any which way except on your back; but unfortunately for me, sleeping on your face can not only cause acne and redness, but it also causes wrinkles and fine lines to form. Sometimes, you just can’t sacrifice comfort for looks, and that’s why it’s also important to make sure you change your sheets at least twice a week, and always wash your pillowcase. Dirt, bacteria, and allergens get trapped in the fabric, and if you sleep on your face these can transfer to your skin and cause acne.

I’ve also rounded up some of my absolute favorite products available to give you that glow from within look when you wake up, giving real meaning to the term “beauty sleep.”

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Matcha Wake Up Wipes- Formulated with hard-working cleansers, antioxidant-rich matcha tea, skin brightening vitamin C, soothing aloe vera, and energizing caffeine, these portable, pre-moistened towelettes quickly and completely remove dirt, excess oil, and makeup. The easy, effortless, and portable wipes leave skin looking and feeling completely clean and refreshed.

Rose Gold Elixir- FARSÁLI’s Rose Gold Elixir is a 24-karat, gold-infused beauty oil that’s rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. Rosehip seed oil penetrates quickly to nourish your skin while visibly brightening and improving skin texture. It is packed with linoleic and linolenic acids, vitamin C, and vitamin A to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and discoloration. The pure 24k Gold flakes absorb right into your skin, leaving your skin naturally glowing and radiant.

Midnight Recovery Oil- Midnight Recovery Concentrate restores and replenishes for smoother, healthier-looking skin—all while you sleep. This powerful formula works at night when skin is most receptive to repairing itself from daily aggressors. A blend of oils deliver essential hydration and promote a softer, smoother, brighter complexion.

Body Lotion- Enriched with the finest skin-nurturing ingredients known to Kiehl’s for a rich, elegant skin texture, this luxurious moisturizer leaves skin soft, smooth, and super-hydrated.

Sleeping Oil- Luna works throughout the night to deliver more visibly youthful, luminous, even-toned skin in the morning. Trans-retinoic acid ester (retinol) complex reduces the appearance of pores and wrinkles, while visibly improving the signs of premature aging, including fine lines, uneven texture, age spots, dryness, and dullness.

Lip Butter- Butterstick Lip Treatment is a supremely hydrating and smoothing balm with a nourishing blend of oils and butters. Lips feel and look softer, smoother, and moisturized, and stay hydrated for up to 12 hours after application.

For more recommended beauty products, click here.

What are your favorite tips and tricks?

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Real Talk & Instagram Roundup

Guys, it’s been waayyyy too long, and I’m so sorry I haven’t checked in in a while! Things have been really crazy for me and I took a temporary hiatus from blogging to just de-stress and find my way again.

Real talk: I have been feeling really down for a long time now, and finally sought advice for  how I was feeling. I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression (something I have struggled with for a very long time but never told anyone) and no, I’m not ashamed to admit this. Lately, it’s been more of a struggle to hide this part of me, as something recently triggered those feelings again. Between healing from an incident from my past and my struggles to choose my calling now, I needed some time to just find my inner peace and search for answers.

Some people find what they want to do in life comes easily to them; I know what I want to do, but at this point am unable. It’s so hard to find a balance between being happy and doing something because I have to, and I’ve been feeling very lost with my decision making. I turned to someone I trust for guidance and am working with a few people to get myself on track to where I want to be: I’m very excited and hopeful! I’m crossing my fingers these new changes in my life will help me to keep progressing to where I wish to be, and will keep working hard and dreaming big in the meantime.

As a result of being preoccupied with everything, I haven’t been able to devote much time to blogging and creating content for you, my amazing readers. Without you guys and your support, I would be completely lost. I can’t thank you all enough for sharing this journey with me. I have shared some of my most recent posts from Instagram below. As always, links to shop items are at the end!

   So happy it feels like fall! I wish I could say this is my first PSL of the season, but it’s definitely not. Please excuse my windswept hair, D wouldn’t let me stop to fix it! Wore this look to explore downtown Portland, ME. We went up for the weekend to celebrate a wedding, and had a fun time exploring this charming seaside town!

I am so in love with these gorgeous, embroidered smoking flats! Perfect jewel tones for fall, and suuuper comy!

Clearly I’m in love with this simple grey sweater, because I’ve worn it two days in a row! This is such an easy breezy fall uniform. Cotton leggings, a cozy sweater, flats, and cute accessories make for an easy outfit for every day wear (or coffee runs!)

Okay, different grey sweater, I promise!! This is actually a short sleeve sweater tee, and it is one of the comfiest items of clothing that I own. Best part, it’s only $13! Such a steal! This dainty necklace can easily dress up your outfit, or be layered with other necklaces for a more unique look.

Been really enjoying the weekend getaways when I can, and planning new places to travel! Spent a couple days at my best friend’s beautiful lake home, and the next two pictures are housewarming gifts I made for a different friend to celebrate her first home!

Has anyone been up to anything interesting lately? I’d love to hear about it!

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Grey Sweater // Parker Tote // Jeans // Logo Studs // Travel Flat // Bar Necklace // Blue Flats

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Wedding Photos from the Falls

Our wedding photos came in! I’m so excited to share them so that my friends, family, and you beautiful readers can see them. We had an amazing time in Seattle, and will be sharing a travel guide soon, for those of you that have asked. Our reception is this Saturday, so we will be sharing pictures from that as well.

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I Vow to Love You Forever

On July 9th, in the Cascade mountains, I said “I Do” to my best friend, my rock, my soulmate. Thank you for loving me, and for accepting every part of me including my flaws. You are everything I could have asked for, and I can’t wait to share the rest of my life with you.

We wrote our own vows, and read them to each other while struggling not to cry (we didn’t succeed!) It was a very emotional ceremony, and a moment I’ll never forget. 

We are back from our vacation and resting, enjoying every moment together before we both go back to work. It’s been a whirlwind of fun, and every moment leading up to this was so worth it. To all of our friends and family that support and love us, thank you. I can’t wait for more photos to come in so I can share them with you all. And to all my readers, thank you. I would not be where I am today without your encouragement, love, and support. I consider each of you a good friend and can’t thank you enough for wanting to be a part of my journey. More blog posts will be up shortly, now that I finally have time to write! Can’t wait to be back 🙂

Photography: Georgia Haygood. You can see more of her work here. (She’s amazing!! For any of you Seattle-area bride to be’s, I have several recommendations for wedding vendors)

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Heels // Bracelet (similar) // Earrings (similar)

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First Book Review! UPDATED

**I have recently updated this post, as I have finally had a chance to read The Lying Game, by Ruth Ware.

 

Happy Fourth of July!!

I hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday. I will be spending my afternoon by the pool reading a new book, and packing later for our vacation.

If you ask anyone that knows me what my favorite hobby is (besides styling outfits), they’ll tell you it’s reading. I am always on the hunt for a fantastic new book or author, and usually plow through more than 50 new books a year. What can I say, I adore it! 

Because of this, I usually have a lot of people asking me what books I recommend for them to read next. So I thought I’d start doing reviews and book recommendations once a month for those of you that may be on the hunt for something new. And, if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

Recently Read:

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware

What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

Leonora, known to some as Lee and others as Nora, is a reclusive crime writer, unwilling to leave her “nest” of an apartment unless it is absolutely necessary. When a friend she hasn’t seen or spoken to in years unexpectedly invites Nora (Lee?) to a weekend away in an eerie glass house deep in the English countryside, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. Forty-eight hours later, she wakes up in a hospital bed injured but alive, with the knowledge that someone is dead. Wondering not “what happened?” but “what have I done?”, Nora (Lee?) tries to piece together the events of the past weekend. Working to uncover secrets, reveal motives, and find answers, Nora (Lee?) must revisit parts of herself that she would much rather leave buried where they belong: in the past.

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists, spine-tingling turns, and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another taut and intense read in The Woman in Cabin 10—one that will leave even the most sure-footed reader restlessly uneasy long after the last page is turned.

Coming soon: The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

On a cool June morning, a woman is walking her dog in the idyllic coastal village of Salten along a tidal estuary known as the Reach. Before she can stop him, the dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick, but to her horror, turns out to be something much more sinister…

The next morning, three women in and around London—Fatima, Thea, and Isabel—receive the text they had always hoped would NEVER come, from the fourth in their formerly inseparable clique, Kate, that says only, “I need you.”

The four girls were best friends at Salten, a second rate boarding school set near the cliffs of the English Channel. Each different in their own way, the four became inseparable and were notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies at every turn to both fellow boarders and faculty, with varying states of serious and flippant nature that were disturbing enough to ensure that everyone steered clear of them. The myriad and complicated rules of the game are strict: no lying to each other—ever. Bail on the lie when it becomes clear it is about to be found out. But their little game had consequences, and the girls were all expelled in their final year of school under mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the school’s eccentric art teacher, Ambrose (who also happens to be Kate’s father).

UPDATE:

I fiiiinnnalllyy had a chance to read this book, and it was pretty good. The book itself is well-written, and I love Ruth Ware’s writing style and ability to weave multiple story lines at once. However, I found this book to be more predictable. Maybe it’s because I’ve read so many mystery books before, but I was able to piece together who did what before I reached the middle of the book, just based off of context clues. That aside, it was still a wonderfully written and enjoyable book and I still highly recommend reading it!

 

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Perfect Fourth of July Weekend Dress

I hope everyone has fun activities planned with friends and family for the Fourth! I’ve found the cutest dress for your weekend festivities. It’s red, white, blue, and tasseled. Even though it has three quarter sleeves, it’s lightweight and breezy- perfect for summer! ❤️🇺🇸

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Popover Maxi // Eyelet Fit n Flare // Parker Brooklyn Dress // 

OTS Dress // Gauze Maxi Romper // Stripe Tie Romper //

 

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Best New Beauty Products from Sephora

With summer finally here, I’ve done a quick roundup of the best new products Sephora has to offer that are perfect for beating this heat and staying gorgeous!

Tatcha Violet-C Radience Mask //  A creamy anti-aging mask—packed with Japanese beautyberry, two types of vitamin C, and AHAs from seven fruits—that unveils softer, glowing skin. Great for oily, dry, normal, sensitive, and combination skin types! Another amazing reason to buy this product: it’s beauty that gives back. Your purchase of a full-sized Tatcha skincare item will fund a day of school for incredible girls through their Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures partnership with Room to Read. 

Urban Decay Naked Palette // Urban Decay’s Naked Heat features 12 all-new, amber-hued neutrals—including warm browns, burnt oranges, and rich siennas. The most shade-driven Naked palette Urban Decay has ever created, this palette takes Naked the next level. From a super-smooth red-brown matte and a glimmering copper to a deep, shifty bronze, this palette has everything you need to create sultry daytime looks, intensely smoky nighttime looks, and everything in between.
I can’t wait to try this palette, it’s perfect for summer!

Jo Malone London Poptastic Orange Blossom // Like in a shimmering garden oasis, clementine flower sparkles over a heart of orange blossom and water lily. Warm undertones of orris and balsamic vetiver create a sensation of pure delight.

Total Coverage Sponge // A dual-ended blending sponge for effortless and expert application and blending. This sponge is intended to be used wet. The wetter the sponge, the more sheer the coverage will be. It is formulated without natural latex. This little item is a lifesaver; I can’t live without it!!

Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil // This luxurious, rose-gold Hair & Body Oil is a silicone-free fusion of nutrient-rich oils from all over the world. The perfect multitasker, the fast-absorbing formula illuminates hair and skin as it restores moisture and repairs damage. Absinthium oil rehydrates dry skin and hair, rose hip oil reduces the appearance of scars and redness, and shea oil nourishes dry, dull skin and hair. It’s also perfect for all hair types! 

Sephora Summer Hair Care Favorites // This set contains all you need to cleanse, refresh, treat, and style your hair for a summer of fabulous tresses. Dry shampoo helps effortlessly refresh and cleanse the hair. Wave Sprays help give an effortless summer wave without heat damage. Oils and deep conditioners sooth, and hydrate summer damaged hair. It’s also perfect for traveling!! What’s included: .

35 oz/ 40 mL Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt
0.85 oz/ 25 mL Alterna CAVIAR CC Cream
0.5 oz/ 15 mL IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel
0.57 oz/ 17 mL Verb Ghost Oil
Invisibobble ORIGINAL the traceless hair ring in Crystal Clear
1 oz/ 29 mL Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
1 oz/ 30 mL Living Proof Perfect hair Day In-Shower Styler
1.5 oz/ 44.3 mL Devacurl Wave Maker Touchable Texture Whip
1.5 oz/ 43 g Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam
0.5 oz/ 15 mL Moroccanoil Moroccanoil Treatment
0.5 oz/ 15 mL Bumble and bumble BB. Don’t Blow It (Fine)
1.6 oz/ 47 g Drybar Triple SEC 3-in-1
0.3 oz/ 10 mL Klorane Sun Lightening Spray with Chamomile and Honey

If I missed any of your favorite new products, let me know in the comments below!

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Best Fourth of July Weekend Sales!

HAPPY FRIDAY!

I hope everyone has a fun weekend planned with friends, family, great food, and fireworks! Here’s a roundup of some of the best sales this weekend that you can shop now. If I’ve missed your favorite, let me know!

Ann Taylor // 50% off site wide

Anthropologie // Extra 30% off sale items

Banana Republic // 40% off regular priced items with code BRNEW

J. Crew // Extra 50% off sale styles with code SALETIME

J. Crew Factory // 50% off everything + extra 50% off sale with code FOURTHFUN

H&M // Deals starting at $4, summer sale items up to 70% off

Loft // 50% off everything with code SPARKLER

Bloomingdales // Save 25-50% on select items

Sole Society // Up to 50% off select styles

Macy’s // Give $3 and take an extra 25% off

Nordstrom // New sale styles added; anniversary sale is coming soon! July 21-August 6

ASOS // Up to 70% off sale items

Old Navy // Entire store on sale up to 60% off; styles starting at $4

Forever 21 // Online only, BOGO sale and $5 summer must haves

Sam Edelman // 20% off sale with code 4THOFSAM20

Shopbop // New sales styles added, up to 70% off

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