In the age of fast fashion it’s not often that I find accessories that are both handmade and fair trade, but that’s exactly what I found at UncommonGoods, a B corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. The gold heart-shaped necklace I’m wearing above is cut and hand sewn by Colombian artisans, many of whom are women from displaced communities in Colombia and rely on a stable income from handcrafting jewelry.
Ever since I received the necklace courtesy of UncommonGoods* I can’t stop wearing it with my summer outfits. The ornate yet minimalist design, inspired by traditional Colombian art and lace applique art, is versatile enough for work, weddings, even swimwear (yes, I wore it to the beach). Here, I paired it with my favorite little white dress and gold belt for a feminine weekend look in Boston. If you’ve never shopped at UncommonGoods before, you need to check them out, especially if you’re looking for quirky wedding or anniversary gifts.
Is it just me or are rompers a tricky thing to wear post-college? Jumpsuits always seemed like a safer alternative until I found this long-sleeved romper in a cute boutique in Portsmouth after a friend convinced to buy it because she bought a romper, and it quickly became one of my favorite outfits. But as is the case with any romper, one intimidating factor that came to mind was showing off my pasty, imperfect legs. This is not to say that you need a tan to look good; if you love what have, all the more power to you – OWN IT. But if you’re like me and strive for a sun-kissed glow that makes you look like you’re forever on vacation rather than forever in a cube, keep reading.
I first tried Vita Liberata’s Body Blur a few months ago at the peak of winter when my keratosis pilaris (KP) was out of control and my skin looked white as snow. Which means it was the perfect time to test out a product that claims to “blur imperfections.” Having used leg makeup in the past (hello Sally Hansen airbrush legs!), I knew not to get my hopes up too much; KP is difficult to conceal and leg makeup is messy AF. But there’s a reason Body Blur is so popular with celebrity makeup artists (yup, Gigi Hadid wears it). For one thing, the color blends into your skin for a natural-looking tan instead of that dreaded orange tone. Second, it’s organic, which is probably my favorite part. As someone who wears makeup everyday, I try to minimize the amount of toxic ingredients I’m subjecting to my body.
And while it doesn’t completely hide my KP, it significantly conceals it, which makes it a must-have whenever I’m wearing a dress, skirt, or romper. Unfortunately it does rub off on sheets and seats like other leg makeup, but it lasts all day. If you prefer an gradual tan over a faux tan, try the Self Tan Dry Oil also by Vita Liberata which has SPF 50 and contains marula oil to soften skin, prevent aging, and diminish the appearance of blemishes and scars. It works great as a gradual tanner and doesn’t make me look orange. The only problem I noticed is this product does tend to darken my pores, so I prefer to use it sparingly until I build a tan and then switch to the Body Blur for daily coverage. Thanks to these products, I don’t need to roast in the sun all day and risk getting skin cancer for a sun-kissed glow.
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*Disclaimer: These products have been provided to me for review; all opinions are my own.
Happy (almost) 4th of July! It’s time to snag all of the summer classics and trends you’ve been eyeing at a significant discount, and you don’t even need to leave the beach to do it (thank you online shopping). Here’s a roundup of what I’m coveting from some of the best sales. Have a good long weekend!
If you’re a 20-something, “beauty sleep” doesn’t just mean 8 hours of sleep every night. It also means using the right overnight facial treatments to replenish your skin for the morning. As someone who is notorious for waking up late and definitely not a morning person, my skincare routine in the morning is pretty minimal (cleanse -> moisturize -> makeup), which means I need to make up for it at night. And do I make up for it! My evening beauty routine can get really intense. Over the past few months I’ve added sleeping masks and oils to the mix and it’s completely changed the condition of my skin – for the better. Read on for my four favorite products and let me know which ones you use in the comments.
Best for Smooth, Clear Skin
If your skin feels rough and patchy or you have clogged pores, then you need to try this Overnight Resurfacing Concentrate by StriVectin.* After just one use, my skin felt smoother and my complexion looked brighter and renewed. It works like an overnight exfoliator without stripping your skin of moisture. Apply it after washing your face and just before your moisturizer.
*Disclaimer: I received this product courtesy of StriVectin for review; all opinions are my own.
Best for Hyperpigmentation
At $105, Sunday Riley’s Luna oil is pricier than its counterparts, but for good reason – it contains retinol. So if you have hyperpigmentation from, say, old pimples, large pores, or fine lines it’s totally worth it. The scent isn’t great and the oil (which really is blue) requires a lot of rubbing to properly absorb into your skin but aside from that, Luna is my holy grail. The following morning, my laugh lines are visibly reduced, as well as dark spots, and my skin looked like I had never missed a day of sleep. I’m still using my Sephora sample, which has lasted almost a month, but once I run out I definitely need to add this to my arsenal permanently. I use it every few days after washing my face with Sunday Riley clay cleanser and in place of my regular moisturizer. After applying it, I really don’t need to add anything else to my evening routine.
I received a sample of the Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial in my Sephora Play! box and I’m pretty much hooked. Not only is my skin brighter and smoother the next morning, but it also looks much clearer and even-toned. I like to use this in the middle of the work week when my sleep-deprived skin feels most tired and dull. And at under $50, it’s an amazing deal.
Like other Shiseido products, the Ibuki mask feels and smells luxurious. I apply it immediately before bed, over my moisturizer, and the spa-like scent even helps me fall asleep. Even though the results are minor compared to the other aforementioned beauty treatments, this mask still provides a lot of hydration and you’re guaranteed to wake up with brighter skin. The texture is a bit heavy, so I don’t recommend applying this as you would a regular mask; a little goes a long way.
If there’s one classic summer wardrobe staple that’s flattering to everyone, it’s gotta be stripes. I probably own a dozen striped shirts but this silk peplum blouse from Zara is my absolute favorite lately; I can’t stop wearing it – perhaps because peplums are also flattering. It simultaneously makes me feel like I’m on vacation and ready to conquer a job interview. It’s the kind of top that will make you feel and look put together no matter what and it’s more interesting than your typical black and white striped top. This past weekend, I wore my favorite top with ripped jeans, pink suede heels, and a new statement necklace I received courtesy of Happiness Boutique.
Happiness Boutique, based in Berlin (one of my favorite cities; visit if you ever have a chance!), has a gorgeous collection of statement necklaces at prices comparable to F21 and H&M. I picked out this bold, ornate necklace to wear with boho-inspired outfits this summer, but I found that it paired beautifully with my current outfit, elevating an otherwise casual weekend look. I juxtaposed the fast fashion pieces with accessories from Chanel for a high-low ensemble.
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When Aquazzura pom pom espadrilles go on sale you can’t say no, especially in this stunning shade of blue. Wear them to the beach, backpacking around Europe, or whenever you want to pretend you’re on vacation.
Not only are these gorgeous lace-up pumps on sale for $98 but they’re an extra 30% off with code VIPSUMMER. Wish they were in my size! Update: I found these lavender lace-up heels on sale and they’re available in many sizes.
I remember the first time I learned that nearly every celebrity wears hair extensions. It was a huge relief knowing that thick long hair wasn’t the norm. After dyeing and heat styling my hair for over a decade (wow, I feel old) my hair has gotten finer and more susceptible to trims. For years (years!) I toyed with the idea of getting hair extensions but was too intimidated to take the plunge. Enter Irresistible Me.
A couple of months ago Irresistible Me generously offered me clip-in hair extensions to review and I couldn’t be more excited to wear them. I went with the Silky Touch Golden Blonde clip-in extensions in 18 inches and 200 grams to balance the thickness of the hair with the length. It was really difficult to choose a color because I have balayage “bronde” hair but the golden blonde turned out to be the perfect choice. Although the shade is ashier than my hair that’s something I can easily fix with Wella toner. For now, though, the color blends in better than I expected. A couple of coworkers even thought the extensions were my natural hair! Since this is my first time wearing hair extensions I looked up a bunch of YouTube tutorials on how to clip them in for fine hair and how to wear them in a ponytail (my favorite style!). You can find my favorite one how-to videos on my Pinterest board. If you’re like me and have fine hair, I don’t recommend wearing all the wefts at once; in these photos, I’m wearing only 4 wefts so as not as to make the seams obvious. As for the extensions themselves, they’re really easy to clip-in and are soft and silky. The best thing about these extensions is that they allow me to maintain blonde balayage without constantly needing to maintain my own hair color. And I can’t wait to experiment with more hairstyles (hello, braids) this summer now that I’ll have longer, thicker hair to play with. P.S. here’s my “before hair” for reference! Do you wear hair extensions? Let me know in the comments.