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Something Exciting for Jewelry Lovers

I’ve got something exciting to share with you! But first, I have a story to tell you…

A while back, I was perusing Pinterest and came across a pin that I found intriguing. It was a photo of several beautiful pieces of jewelry. I clicked on it and the link brought me to a website featuring some absolutely gorgeous jewelry. I fell in love immediately. They happened to be having a sale at the time, and I’ll admit I went a little crazy on my first order. But, when I received the jewelry a few days later, I knew it was worth every penny I had spent on these beautiful, high quality items.

When I was offered the opportunity to share this amazing jewelry line, I jumped at the chance! I just know once you take a look at all the fabulous items they offer, you’re going to fall in love with this brand, just like I have!

Here are few photos of my new items…

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These sunglasses are the most comfortable pair I have ever owned. They have a slight cat eye shape to them and the lenses are a lovely lavender color. The statement necklace is genuine mother-of-pearl in an elegant silver-toned setting. It is surprisingly lightweight. I love it so much, I just can’t stop wearing it!

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These earrings are delicate and pretty yet still make a statement. They are fun and easy to wear.

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And this lovely layered necklace is actually convertible. It can be worn as is, or any one of the pendants and chains can be worn individually or combined with any of the others to create many different looks.

That leads me to my exciting announcement….

This week, I am hosting an online pop up shop featuring this amazing company!

So, are you interested in ordering your own items from this gorgeous jewelry brand? Head on over right now and check out all the beautiful items in the shop! You’ll find some amazing promotions going on right now, too!

ALL Bracelets and Necklaces are 25% off through 6/30
FREE Gift wtih $100 Purchase through 6/30
Join the Passport Rewards Customer Loyalty Program (it’s FREE to join!) and receive 15% credit back on every purchase PLUS FREE shipping at $100!

This pop up shop is only going on for about a week, so don’t miss your chance to shop this sale!

Fresh and Natural Makeup for Summer

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I don’t know about you, but as a busy mom of many, summertime can bring some very full days. There always seems to be something going on, or somewhere we have to be. I simply don’t have a lot of time to spend on my makeup. Yet, I still want to look put together and presentable.

Summer fashion is often more casual. Summer activities are often more casual as well. I like to be sure my makeup is in line with this more casual but active approach to my appearance. Busy summer days call for makeup that looks polished but effortless.

I gathered my favorite must-have products to create a fresh and natural makeup look that is perfect for long summer days. Though the climate where I live here in Maine is generally not too hot or humid for most of the summer season, we do have the occasional heat wave or especially humid week (like this week was—my hair has been a ball of frizz for days!).

Being a country girl means I also need makeup products that will hold up to the rigors of my rural lifestyle. That could include the occasional trip to the chicken coop to collect eggs or out to the barn to bring hay to the horses. You can be assured, if this makeup can stand that test, it can probably stand up to whatever you might face in your day!

So, bring on the heat, humidity, and hay—we’ll be ready and looking fabulous!

How I Got This Fresh and Natural Makeup Look
Step 1

I started this look with clean, moisturized skin. (I always wash my face before applying makeup. It gives a nice, fresh canvas to apply products to!) Apply your favorite foundation to give a nice base to the look. A tinted moisturizer would work, as well as a more traditional full coverage foundation. I used my favorite It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ cream. It’s been a long time staple for my beauty regimen.

Step 2

Use a concealer on any problem areas. Because I have melasma, I tend to use a heavy duty, full coverage concealer like Benefit Erase Paste. I also like Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer.

Step 3

Groom your brows well. Nicely groomed brows make such a different in any look. I have naturally full brows, so I mainly just pluck any unruly hairs, fill in the very few sparse patches with a brow pencil, and apply a brow gel to hold everything in place. Wet ’N Wild’s clear brow gel is a cheap and effective choice.

Step 4

I used a minimal amount of eyeliner with this look, just enough to give some definition and help my eyes stand out a bit. I used Stila Stay All Day liquid liner in brown. For me, brown is the only eyeliner color I use. It is less harsh with my coloring than black.

Step 5

Next, apply mascara to the upper lashes. I love Benefit Roller Lash. It gives a nice curl but is never clumpy. Again, for my coloring, dark brown mascara is the most natural choice of color. Use what works best for you.

Step 6

Apply a natural blush in a neutral shade of pink. A soft pink blush color is what gives this look a fresh, youthful glow. I chose Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Color Balm in the color Ampd’ Up Apple. I love the formula of this product and the nice healthy glow I have when wearing it.

Step 7

Finish the look with a neutral lip color like this pinkish-nude shade. I wore Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in the color Mauve Twist. This lip product is easy and comfortable to wear and nourishing to the lips as well. I’ve used and loved this for years. It’s often my first choice for what to wear on my lips.

And there you have it! Just 7 simple steps to a fresh, natural makeup look perfect for summertime!

This look is quick, simple, and easy to achieve. It’s perfect for even the busiest days of summer. Give it a try and let me know how you like it for yourself!

Casual Summer Style in Blue and Gray

My kids are splashing in the pool right now. I’m relaxing on the deck, soaking in the afternoon sun. We’re in full on summer mode around here and my wardrobe is keeping up with the times! Long, sunny days spent outside in the fresh air make me want to break out some fun, relaxed outfits.

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This look includes a cute knee length denim skirt from L.L.Bean which I found on ThredUp several years ago. This is one of those versatile pieces that can be worn over and over in so many different ways. I wore it with a dark blue tank from Old Navy. Over that I added a cute little short sleeved cardigan in a neutral gray from Ann Taylor.

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For accessories, I wore my favorite wedge sandals. They’re a wonderful taupe color that goes with everything. My gorgeous necklace and the adorable sunnies are both from Chloe & Isabel. (By the way, I just recently discovered this brand and I’m completely smitten!)

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What are some of your go-to choices for casual summer style?

What I Wore

Skirt: L.L.Bean (via ThredUp)
Tank: Old Navy
Cardigan: Ann Taylor (also via ThredUp, similar here)
Wedge Sandals: Nine West
Necklace and sunglasses: Chloe & Isabel

 

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Spring 2017 Lifestyle Favorites

Spring flew by and we are officially in the summer months. How is it possible that the year is half over already?!

I thought I would share a few of things I’ve been loving and using lately. Hope you enjoy and find some inspiration to try something new, too!

 

Fashion

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As I mentioned in a post last week, I am absolutely loving wearing my new paisley patterned maxi dress from Florence Adams. It’s classy and elegant and comfortable and it makes me happy when I wear it!

 

Beauty

it cosmetics vitality lip stain

My new favorite lip product is the It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush 4-in-1 Reviver Lipstick Stain. Vitality Lip Flush takes the place of four products–your lipstick, conditioning lip balm, hydrating lip gloss, and lip stain, all in one! It’s comfortable to wear and long lasting—I put it on in the morning and the color lasts all day long!

 

Books

what women fear

I recently read What Women Fear by Angie Smith, and it was excellent. This book challenged me and encouraged me. I identified with so much of what Angie shared. She wrote in a candid, vulnerable way that resonated with my own experience in so many ways. I highly recommend this book. It has the potential to be life-changing.

 

Personal Care

Everyone Lavender Lotion

Lately, I’ve been using EO Products Lavender and Aloe Everyone Lotion. It’s smells wonderful, with it’s fresh lavender scent from real essential oil. It is made with natural, healthy ingredients that are nourishing for the skin, and it’s versatile enough to use on face, hands, and body. I especially love to apply it at nighttime; the smell is perfect for helping bring a sense of relaxation in preparation for sleep.

 

Food

republic of tea good hope vanilla

My favorite tea right now is Good Hope Vanilla Rooibos from The Republic of Tea. It has a nice smooth vanilla flavor. It’s perfect with a drop of cream and a sprinkle of sugar or stevia. So yummy!

 

Home

pillow

Recently, I decided to update the throw pillows on my bed. I chose an easy care square pillow with a beige background and pretty script lettering, along with a soft pink minky one. They both give the perfect accent to my vintage style floral bedding.

So there you have it—all my favorite things from this spring!

What are some things you’ve been loving lately?

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My New Favorite Maxi Dress: Modest Fashion Friday

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The dress I’m sharing with you today is my new favorite maxi dress. I’m completely smitten with this dress and I find myself wanting to wear it all. the. time.

This adorable dress is from an online shop called Florence Adams. When perusing the website, I had an extremely hard time choosing which items to order—I wanted them all! If you’ve read my blog before, you know I’m big on comfortable but feminine clothing that looks classy and put together with minimal effort. That’s not an easy list of requirements to fill. Florence Adams, however, has all those aspects in abundant supply!

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As soon as I spotted this dress, I knew it belonged in my closet. The colors, the paisley pattern, the style and cut of the dress itself, all seemed to be tailor made to fit my personal style. How did they know I was looking for a dress exactly like this one?

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A maxi dress like this one is truly a stand alone piece for you wardrobe. It makes dressing so easy when you can pull out a dress like this, put it on, add a pair of shoes and maybe some earrings, and you’re good to go!

I did add a tank under the dress for modesty’s sake. The design of the neckline necessitated a little something extra underneath. The surplice style of the front of the dress does make it nursing accessible, which is a rare feature in a maxi dress.

I wore the dress with a pair of sandals with a chunky heel. These are so comfortable and they’re super cute. What makes them even better is that I found them on ThredUp for a really great price! (If you haven’t yet signed up for ThredUp, you’re missing out on some amazing deals on designer clothing and accessories. Use my referral link >>here<<, and you can get $10 off your first order!)

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Because I wore this outfit to church on a recent Sunday, I added a cute straw hat to complete the look. (I’m old-school and wear a hat or head covering in the worship service each week in accordance with I Corinthians 11.)

This maxi dress will definitely be one of my go-to wardrobe staples this summer!

(Stay tuned for future posts featuring more fabulous dresses from Florence Adams!)

What I Wore

Maxi dress: Florence Adams
Sandals: via ThredUp (similar here)
Tank: Old Navy (I always use Ebates to earn cash back when I shop at ON)
Hat: similar

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