Today, your Monday Mantra is:
To Wake Up And LIVE
The skies are blue, coastal temperatures are reaching up to 90 degrees and the sunshine is staying out later and later. For all those summer addicts reading get excited because in a few weeks we will hit the best months of the year!
Moving on to my topic today, with these warm months coming it’s time to update your summer staple: The Maxi Dress
Not very original considering it’s “the thing” to get every summer, a “closet staple”, and the go-to piece for summer’s relaxation, the maxi dress may be seen every spring and summer however it is the prints and styles that change, allowing you to mix it up, express your personal style and get a new one every season!
Great excuse right?
This year it’s all about the graphic design (such as floral- my obsession right now), monochrome, white (not just for brides anymore), cutouts, flowy material (is flowy even a word?), plunging necklines and chic mesh accents.
With those guidelines, choose your maxi that best suits and accentuates your body.
Whether it be a strapless or strappy, boho, retro, contemporary, romantic or sensual there are so many styles out there that fits your bod the way you like.
The maxi dress is perfect to wear from the beach to lunch with friends, to a night out or date night with your man. I wear my maxi’s every where in the summer for example this summer my maxi was bought for a dinner at a fancy restaurant and will also be worn for a bridal shower, beach birthday and I’m sure a date night in there somewhere.
Some ideas to spice up your imagination!
Need some more style inspiration and where to purchase?
I set up a nice little board for you to click around on!
And for some reason I am so excited about it.
It has to do with facial cleanser and how shitty some are and how so many people abuse theirs (*cough* you over scrubbers *cough*).
A little washing your face 101:
DON’T USE A HARSH SCRUB LIKE APRICOT SCRUB EVERYDAY.
Scrubs that are grainy like this one strips your skin of everything bad AND GOOD. This can cause over production of oil leading to acne, breaking of blood vessels in your face and doing some serious damage making you age quicker. No thanks.
DON’T WASH YOUR FACE USING A STRONG CLEANSER MORE THEN ONCE A DAY.
Especially in the morning. You just spent 8 hours sleeping, allowing your face to produce good for you oils, why wash them all away?
My routine: I wake up and rinse my face first with warm water to open the pores and then rinse with cool water to close them. Following that I apply my moisturizer with SPF.
Bing. Bang. Boom. Done.
IF YOU ARE REACHING FOR SOMETHING LIKE A GLYCOLIC CLEANSER ONLY REACH FOR IT AT MOST TWICE A WEEK.
Educate yourself on the products you are using! Some shouldn’t be mixed; for example glycolic cleanser following with a Retin-A? Bad idea blond-y.
Okay i’m done lecturing, I could go on and on and on…. and, well, on but I will spare you.
On to some good stuff!
I never thought I had sensitive skin. In fact I was one of the idiots who at one time was using a glycolic cleanser and a retin-a lotion at the same time.
Let me tell you what happened: I BROKE OUT LIKE A TEENAGE GIRL JUST STARTING PUBERTY.
And my poor skin was so sensitive to anything! It was on a serious strike against me basically saying “F YOU AND ALL THAT CRAP YOU ARE PUTTING ON ME,” rebelling at any cost.
So I listened and put away the harsh chemicals I was applying to my skin, swapping them out for creamier, softer, natural products like the one I’m about to mention.
What Burt’s Bees claims of the product:
(from the website)
What I am saying of my experience with the product:
First off I waited to write this review till I was completely out of this cleanser. I wanted to use the entire thing which took about a month or so before I wrote what my sarcastic and slightly inappropriate mind thought of it.
It’s literally like you are washing your face with lotion. Especially because I like to take 300 degree showers (which strips your everything of the essential oils you need, totally not recommended) this facial cleanser not only conditioned and moisturized my face, it did what it said on the label, it cleansed my skin.
The Pro’s of this product:
TONS of moisture
I didn’t break out- at all.
Works great with your clarisonic if you have one
How I used the product:
Since I am a workout junkie I have to wash my face (which is usually done in the shower) after my workout. This was the perfect product to use. Like conditioner for your hair, I would apply this product to my face and massage into my pores for 30-40 seconds and then leave it on my face as I washed my body.
At night before I would go to bed I would do a pre-wash with Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser to get rid of the make up and then apply with the clarisonic massaging the ‘medicine’ deeper into my pores.
Any questions? Comments? Have you tried this product?
Places to purchase:
Better late then never right?
My theme has been to live your life and make things happen- rather then just talking about them happening and what it will be like when they do.
I came across this little quotable and thought it would be a great weekly inspiration! Never say you can’t because some how you can and will be able. Stop saying I wish and take action making your thoughts and dreams tangible.
All it takes is you believing in yourself!
My sister came to visit me this past week- for one day.
Yup, she is awesome. She took a flight from San Francisco to Orange County, landed at noon and left the following day. The day was filled with sunshine, shopping, good drinks and then we ended up at Mastro’s Ocean club for some more cocktails and amazing food!
Anyways- As we were shopping in downtown Laguna Beach she kept saying, “You are such a hippy!” or “You belong in the 70s!” This couldn’t be more true. I’m a true hippy/gypsy/mermaid down to my bones.
Which brings me along to this post!
Flower Power Biatches.
Cropped, skinny, maxi, decorative and head dresses; however you like your florals, they compliment EVERYONE and give you a girly look that you can play up, play down or go Bad Girl RiRi on their ass.
What did the Petal Cam catch?
But NOT my A-Line Haircut!
It’s Throwback Thurzz
Great night at Katana in West Hollywood with this food writer ❤ Loved our red lips paired with delicious sushi and of course Sake.
Let’s do this again soon, k?
What symbolizes authority, has a chic presence that has crept up on the catwalks over the last 50 years and is one of the best menswear inspired pieces a lady could ever put on?
The Army Jacket.
Covered in green hues and pairing with most outfits (my favorite being a white dress or cropped shorts in particular) the army jacket is a staple in in fashion today. It creates a casual but fashionable look pulling together any outfit, whether it’s collaborating with high heels, flowing dresses, tiny shorts, or leather pants. The simple green jacket, which is found in a variety of different designs, can be made to suit every occasion and every season!