Currently Making Me Smile

Some of my favorite bloggers including Cupcakes & Cashmere, Sterling Style and Alicia Fashionista have incorporated ‘things that make them smile’ into some of their recent posts. The second I saw these I loved the idea & it has inspired me to incorporate my own smile series into a weekly post, as a way to focus on simple things that are currently keeping me happy + inspired.

To kick off my very first of the series, here are 5 things currently keeping me happy:

{Bowl of Bubble Gum that currently resides at my desk}

{Favorite Snack: Greek Yogurt + Berries}

{Forever 21 Cuffs}

{The newest addition of books at my night stand}

{A Venti Tea to get me through an afternoon of studying}

My Summer Beauty Picks

The upside that comes with sunny, warm weather is a simple beauty routine complete with dewy skin, bright eyes + pink lips. During the summer I like to stick to a sun-kissed, natural look + these are some of my favorite products that help me get there. My go-to products include everything from fresh fragrances, sun-kissed bronzers + the best triple oxygen mask on the market.
What are some of your go-to products?

1. Benefit BADgal Lash Mascara $19
2. Guerlain Terracotta Tan Enhancing Bronzer $69
3. Nars Calanque Trio $58
4. Too Faced Tanning in a Tube $28
5. Sephora Collection Jumbo Eye Pencil $1
6. Too Faced Shadow Brush Essentials $39
7. Too Faced Pink Leopard Bronzer $29
8. Yves Saint Lauren Rouge Pur Couture $32
9. Victoria Secret PINK Lipbalm
10. Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask $58
11. Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in ‘ Aigle Noir’ $28
12. Sephora Collection Eyelash Curler $16
13. Bliss Triple Oxygen Energizing Cream $54
14. Nars Soft Touch ‘Dark Rite’ Shadow Pencil $28
15. Nars Pure Matte Carthage Lipstick $32
16. Marc Jacobs Daisy Rollerball $20

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Waking up to a rain-soaked Monday is really no way to start the week.. so instead, I’d rather reflect on my sunny weekend spent attending high-tea & a beautiful lunch for my girlfriend’s bridal shower at the Shangri-la, lunching under the sun on my new patio + slowing down to enjoy moments with friends + family. If you are already following me on Instagram or Twitter, then you might have seen a few of these photos – excuse the quality, these were all shot on my iphone!

1. The gorgeous Shangri-la Lobby
2. High-Tea Bridal Shower
3. My dearest friend + bride-to-be, Kate
4. Beautiful Lunch at Market
5. Enjoying the sun on my patio
6. Delicious pomegranate Cheesecake

Have a productive week ahead!

Shopping Finds

Yesterday afternoon I made a quick trip to pick up some summer staples to add to my wardrobe and walked out with (of course) more than I intended. Retailers like Forever 21 are my go-to brands for trendy, inexpensive pieces that serve their ‘in-the-moment’ purpose when shopping on a budget.

I rarely ever scour the sale rack in the back of the store but a (faux) leopard fur coat caught my eye + I had to have it. I had seen a similar version at Zara during the fall season for about triple the price but it had sold out before I had had a chance to get it. It’s funny how the pieces you adore have a way of coming back around when you least expect it (for a fraction of the price).

I’m kind of obsessed with hair accessories, turbans + headbands for the Summer + was delighted to find 2 headbands. My favorite of the 2 pictured above embellished with a small chain, leather & jeweled flower detailing (at $4 ea.)

Hello Friday

After a welcomed short week, Friday is yet again upon us (insert yay)! Which for me, means looking forward to sunshine, attending  a high-tea for my girlfriend’s bridal shower and catching up on some much-needed sleep. Wishing you all a fabulous weekend! xo

Coral Addiction

With this season being all about color, there is one in particular that caught my attention early + has been since heavily incorporated into my wardrobe. Coral is fresh, fun + feminine. I’ve compiled some of my favorite pieces – whether worn for a casual day at the beach, in the boardroom or painted on your nails, adding a splash of Coral is definitely a Must!

1. Topshop Ponte Boyfriend Blazer $70
2. TRIWA 16 Coral Watch $348
3. Petit Bateau White & Coral Tee $38
4. Jil Sander Gladiator $412
5. Coral Bib Necklace $48
6. Tobi Skinnies $68
7. Lacoste Sophie Sunnies $138
8. Topshop Tuck Neck Shift Dress $46
9. Aldo Calcagni Wedges $100
10. Essie California Coral $7.90

My Summer Must’s

Like I told you a couple posts ago, I am in the midst of planning my Summer vacation, only a short 4 weeks away! Hot days + warm nights spent at a cabin tucked away in the Gulf Islands. Every time we go, I come back feeling more refreshed + focused. It’s definitely one of the few times I can disconnect from my tech-induced life + take in all the sights, sounds + smells that island life has to offer, especially during the hot Summer months.

Being that I’m a fanatic ‘to-do-lister’, I thought it might be fun to publish my ‘Summer Must’s’…as in, 10 things I’m hoping to accomplish before the Summer’s end!

1. Concoct the perfect cold-coffee beverage

2. Make yummy smore’s over a roaring fire

3. Have a picnic by the ocean

4. Ride bikes at night

5. Go cliff jumping

6. Make homemade ice cream

7. Visit my local Farmers Market
8. Pick fresh berries from my garden
9. Watch the fireworks by the water at English Bay
10. Go to a drive-in movie theatre (Never been!)

I’d love to hear what you are looking most forward to this Summer!

Summer Romper

I have yet to find myself the perfect summer romper – But when I do, you’ll be the first to see what I’ve selected and how I’ve paired it with the right accessories to match! Rompers are the perfect summer uniform. Cool, colorful and right on trend. Browsing through Pinterest, I (of course) found lots of inspiration for what kind of look I’m going for, now to tackle the shops!

What’s your take on jumpers + rompers for Summer?