I’ve been on an adventure high recently, and I believe it has a lot to do with summer being right around the corner. June 20th, (the official start of summer) I’m ready for ya!
So, when it comes to summer adventures it’s all about my go-to sunny outfits, which if you remember my last style post consists of: simple pieces, sneakers and little details. Whether your discovering a new city, kicking it in your hometown, trekking through the mountains or having a spontaneous road trip with your friends, I think outfits that fit said criteria are the most fitting for any on-the-move festivity.
While I was in the middle of one of my own adventures, I snapped some photos of my outfit of the moment after I hopped off the train. Nothing was stopping me on this day, which happened to turn into one filled with many happenings. In a charcoal swing dress, Converse high-tops, matching socks and my favorite hat I was ready for everything. Doesn’t this hat kind of remind you of Indiana Jones too? Haha. It did for me when scrolling through these pics.
As for my accessories, besides my Indiana Jones hat, I believe a go-to bag that can fit all of your necessities, and not-so-necessary items, is a must. I call such carry-all’s that have tons of storage with room to spare, my grab-and-go bags. This knitted one from boohoo is just perfect for fitting my wallet, Nintendo 3DS (which I’ve been obsessed with), makeup bag, snacks, camera and much more; because a woman can never be too prepared.
How do your outfits fit into your summer adventures?
I’ve been soaking up these long, sweet and sunny days like no tomorrow. The warmer weather has finally hit home and I hope it never leaves. Now that the sun is back around more consistently, I’m all over breezy dresses, open-toe shoes, slip-on sneakers, skirts with slits and off-the-shoulder or open-shoulder tops—if that isn’t evident from my previous style post and this one, haha.
When it comes to my overall style when the temperature kicks up, I stick to simple outfits that create a statement or have subtle details. Take this open-shoulder blouse for instance; it’s a classic cut that is so easy to style, and the little details just give it a fresh spin I believe. From the navy embroidery to the color block tassels that tie in the back, this blouse has something going at every angle.
To keep all eyes focused on the blouse, I paired it with my favorite high-waisted jeans—surprise, surprise—and a pair of white slip-on kicks. I wanted to keep the fun going on with this blouse so “fun buns” it was in a half up, half down hair-do with a bright coral lippie from ColourPop Cosmetics. How could I not have fun with all these elements?! Especially with the poppin’ backdrop I was working with.
Being surrounded by such colorful flowers and overgrown foliage reminded me of one of my favorite childhood books, Where the Wild Things Are. Which instantenously made me feel like one of the wild things as well. *insert monkey emoji with hands covering eyes* I’m a cornball, I know, but hey one of my favorite happy feelings is nostalgia over childhood memories; especially when I find that they still put just as much of a smile on my face while “adulting.”
I’ve been on such a skin care craze lately, as per my previous post detailing my updated skin care routine. Next to my Spin for Perfect Skin face and body brush and Mario Badescu products, I have become absolutely hooked to South Korean beauty brand, Tony Moly.
Tony Moly was founded in 2008, and its name translates to “stylish packaging.” After taking just a glance at their products, it’s safe to say that translation reigns true. From their fresh food mask sheets that picture adorable doodles to their innovative and quirky packaging found with their other products. Now, Tony Moly isn’t just a brand that has products made with cute packaging—within each product’s formula, ethical and organic ingredients are used that your skin will happily soak up.
I definitely recommend to first try out Tony Moly’s fresh food mask sheets if you’re new to this brand. Each mask is unique, nourishing and provides your skin with beneficial elements, leaving it with stellar results. The mask sheets I believe are a fun and easy way to try new ingredients that you’ve never used before—or use ingredients that you have tried before in a whole new way. Take their Tea Tree Mask Sheet for instance; I’ve used tea tree based products in the past, but this mask sheet made my skin reap the benefits of the ingredient more than ever before, all within 30 minutes.
All you have to do when using one of these mask sheets is wet your face with water, gently remove the mask from its packaging, lay it flat against your face and make sure it lines up with your features, then set a timer for 30 minutes. You’re skin will immediattely feel like its being refreshed not only within that time span, but afterwards as well. Once the 30 minutes is up, I remove the mask sheet and then just softly pat the rest of the oil into my skin. I let it sit there and allow my skin to soak up the rest of it, leaving it hydrated, brighter and incredibly soft.
If you’re interested in trying Tony Moly’s products, including their mask sheets yourself, you can purchase them on Tony Moly’s site, your local Ulta, Sephora and Urban Outfitters, or their sites as well.
If you’ve tried Tony Moly before please share your thoughts below! Have any questions regarding this brand? Feel free to mention them as well and I’d be happy to answer them.
My skin care routine has been through so many changes ever since I reached by 20’s—much like my skin itself. When I was a teenager, my skin was prone to minor breakouts and was just slightly oily. However, it seemed that as soon as I turned 20, my skin took on a whole new change. It became much more oily than I was ever used to, which led me to trying a bucket load of products to try and maintain it. Fast forward to now, my 23-year-old skin, and it’s a combination of a handful of aspects. My nose and T-zone are the areas on my face that are most prone to oil buildup, while my cheeks, chin and upper brow bone area tend to have dry spots from time to time. My skin has also become very sensitive, causing breakouts to appear on my cheeks over anything it doesn’t agree with; some of this includes scented moisturizers and skin care products with a high percentage of glycolic acid.
Talk about a lot to keep up with, right? But what I’ve learned is that as you grow over the years, so does your skin, and in turn your skin care routine needs to as well in order to give your skin exactly what it needs. After some trial and error, my skin has been feeling refreshed, revitalized and absolutely nourished as of late—all thanks to my skin care routine, which is filled with new and oldie, yet goodie products I am smitten with. Don’t worry. I’m not keeping it a secret to how my skin is feeling amazing, but rather sharing it with all of you in hopes to help anyone that is going through skin changes like I experienced. So, let’s get into all the details shall we?
I’ll start off with the little gadget I recently purchased that has really turned around my skin’s appearance. The Spin for Perfect Skin face and body brush by Vanity Planet has become a real life changer. I first became introduced to this brush from Simply_Kenna on YouTube, and then a handful of other YouTubers and bloggers afterwards who raved about the after effects it left them with. I’ve always been curious about adding a powered brush to my skin care routine, including the Clarisonic, but Vanity Planet’s “amazing taste with minimal investment” aesthetic definitely sold me—not to mention, their products are cruelty-free as well, which is a number one yes in my beauty book. After spotting Casey Leigh’s incredible deal (a bargain for $30 when it usually retails for $100) on her blog, The Wiegands, I quickly purchased my own brush and have been happy with it ever since I first turned it on.
The Spin for Perfect Skin face and body brush comes with four brushes: a cleansing, body, exfoliating brush and pumice stone—each designed to be soft, gentle and effective on your skin. I use mine in the morning and evening to really amp up my skin care routine.
In the morning all I do is wet my face and the cleansing brush, add two pumps of the Olay Refreshing Gel Cleanser (at night I use the Cetaphil Daily Cleanser) directly onto the brush, place it on my skin, turn it on and move it in light circular motions over my face. Once my skin is fully cleansed, I just shut the brush off and rinse my face. If I need to exfoliate, I do it in the morning, and use either the St. Ives Oatmeal Scrub + Mask or Bioré Charcoal Pore Minimizer (which I use only twice a week). I switch the cleansing brush with the exfoliating one and just repeat the same steps. When my skin is all squeaky clean, I make sure to wash my brushes with soap and lukewarm water, then let them air dry until it’s time to use them again at night.
I immediately follow-up with the Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner, by just soaking a cotton ball and brushing it over my skin, a few spritzs of the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater and then a moisturizer (lately I’ve been using the Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion). Then tada! I’m left with skin that’s glowing, hydrated and incredibly fresh throughout the day. I’ve been sticking to this routine for the past couple of weeks, and my skin has shown a noticeable difference. It’s much more firm, my breakouts are lessening, pores have shrunk in size, and my skin’s glow has definitely become brighter. If you’re on the lookout for new products, or a brush, I definitely recommend all of the above.
Let me know if ya’ll have any questions about the products I mentioned. If you want to get your hands on some of your own, just click the links up above. Happy shopping, gals.
How has your skin and skin care routine changed over the years?
It’s safe to say that I’m a flower lover—true and through. I mean, just take a look at my Instagram to get a better picture of my affection for anything floral. I do believe it has something to do with the romantic vibes I am always all over. So, when I spotted this off-the-shoulder blouse, while doing a little online shopping, I already knew that I needed to add it to my cart; in it went, and well, the rest is history as you see. I love how effortless and soft this blouse is, and I wanted to keep the styling of it simple and sweet.
To keep the romance in the air I styled my hair into milkmaid braids, slipped into my favorite high-waisted jeans and zipped up my go-to boots for a look that I immediately was smitten with. For some reason these photos remind me of Mexico fashion in the 1900s-1950s, (peep the photos I inserted for some inspo), including the iconic looks of Frida Kahlo and Lupe Velez. These photos also made me think of one of my other idols being, Selena Quintanilla.
You can’t blame me for her song, “Como La Flor” popping into my head soon after; with that thought, I knew that all of this inspiration was the perfect fit for my latest style post.
Blouse: Here High-Waisted Jeans:Here Similar Boots:1, 2, 3
How do your idols inspire you? Is it through their style, craft or pure essence?