French Pharmacy Must Haves

I'm sure you've seen all the tiktoks of people who travel to Paris and go to a French Pharmacy to pick up French skincare. Since I have no immediate plans of traveling to Europe I found a USA based store that sells French brands called French Pharmacy. I've placed a couple orders from them based on everyone's recommendations so I wanted to share with you what I've tried.  France has advanced sunscreen filters that we don't have in the USA. it's a big deal because we haven't had a new chemical filter in awhile and this improves the level of UVA blockage so much more! The filter is called Mexoryl UV Mune 400. Overall the French love homeopathic remedies and perfumed skincare, so that's what you will find on my list.

The Best Smelling Beachy Perfumes

 In the summer time I love a scent that transports me to a tropical paradise. Imagine the scent of the ocean breeze, while you sit on the sand lathered in Hawaiian Tropic SPF 8. When I think of a beachy scent I think of the fragrance notes: frangipani, tiare, ylang-ylang, & coconut. The perfumes on this list capture that feeling of the tropics and make you feel like you're on vacation in Hawaii, the Maldives, Bora Bora, Fiji or the Seychelles. Even if you're not traveling this summer, you can still wear these fantastic fragrances that transport you to a beautiful beach.

Summer Nail Trends 2024

If you're in the need of some inspo for what to put on your nails this summer, here are the top 8 nail trends for summer 2024! I'm going to give you lots of ideas for dipping your toes into a new color! So what's trending for this summer are the colors butter yellow, tangerine, cobalt blue, neon green, pearly white, aqua, aura and metallic jelly nails. I link to a ton of press-on nail options! But if you stick to pale pink in the summer time, I have a post comparing a bunch of my favorites. 

Bronze Glowy Makeup

Bronzy makeup is a must for hot girl summer. What's trending in makeup right now is dewy skin, chrome eyes and pink blushes. I love the summertime for that natural almost effortless makeup look, looking sunkissed radiating a beautiful dewy glow. Everyone looks their most beautiful in summer.  I don't wear foundation in the summer because that just melts off your face. Instead I use a glowy sunblock and lots of highlighting products.  I have light medium skin tone and stay out of the sun so my face is pretty pale. I like to use a lot of cream and liquid makeup products in the summer to get that glossy glow. I find that liquid/cream products replicate sun kissed skin beautifully because it gives a radiant finish giving you that effortless glowy skin.  I want my makeup to look good in person, like a version of myself but better. You look your best when you feel your best. 

Above I featured style icons Sabrina Carpenter (who is known for her glowy makeup and pink cheeks), Jasmine Tookes, Laura Harrier, and Zedenya. I know so many people are obsessed with  Sabrina Carpenter makeup, with that glowy pink blush cheek and I’m chasing products for that look.  I'm going to give you all the products and steps for you to achieve the look they have!

Summer Bucketlist 2024

Summer Lookbook 2024 | Fashion Trends

These looks embodies my vibe for the summer! I call it Cool Girl Relaxed Vibes. If you want to feel stylish and current for this season I will share the top ten trends in summer fashion this year. Nothing here is really new, they just continue to be in the spotlight. So not much of a surprise from last year, they always come back again. The good news is that you probably already own most of summer’s key elements.

Don't forget about the three color rule when building your outfits. Keep your outfits to just three colors, it makes your outfit look more pulled together but also adds some dimension. The best outfits are made by creating some contrast, pairing wide leg pants with a slim top creates for a well rounded outfit. Black isn't always best in summer as a neutral, there are other neutral colors that won't be as heavy. Consider white or nude shoes instead of black. Asymmetric one shoulder tops are very much a happening look this summer. 

Linen is trending this season and the clean girl era has emphasized the beauty of simplicity. Linen pants are the epitome of effortless elegance. They give that laid back sophisticated look. It has a timeless appeal that goes beyond trends. Its something you will reach for year after year especially if you invest in a high quality pair. It's a breathable material and natural fabric that is perfect to wear in summer heat. You won't catch me in denim in the summer.

My Favorite Korean Sunscreens

American sunscreen is held back from using the latest greatest ingredients by the FDA.  European sunscreens, which are banned in the USA, have the latest technology in ingredients. Be sure to buy some from a farmacy next time you're in Europe. The FDA hasn’t approved any new UV filters since 1999.  Korean sunscreens use different chemicals as UV filters than Western brands and are classified as  functional cosmetics with skincare ingredients by the FDA which is why they are allowed to be sold in the USA. Korean sunscreens tend to be lighter in consistency since they are not using antiquated thick ingredients and don't leave a white cast on your skin. Everything on this list is a chemical sunscreen, without zinc, instead they use Tinosorb M - a commonly used sunscreen oversees and other next generation chemical filters. They all give a lightweight moisturizing feel with adequate spf protection.

Quiet Luxury Belts That Look Expensive

The best quiet luxury belts are low key, elegant and don't have a flashy logo. I've curated a list of belts with old money vibes that will make any simple outfit a little bit more elevated. You've probably seen these belts on fashion girles but never realized what it was because these belts truly master the art of whispering luxury, so the untrained eye wouldn't know how expensive these belts are. These belts are unique and the epitome of quiet luxury and add so much versatility to your wardrobe. These belts are sleek, subtle, and giving if you know you know. 

Butter Yellow is the Color of Spring

The color of the season is butter yellow in terms of color trends for spring. It's a nice color for this season and I'm seeing more items than usual in this color in stores since it's on trend. If you think you can't wear it, I got lots of inspiration for you so you don't look like Big Bird.  Yellow symbolizes optimism, energy, joy, and happiness. It is also the color of sunshine. I have always loved a butter yellow but it's hard to find just the right shade. I bought every item on the top list so I can tell you what is worth buying and what is not! Because when you look at clothes online you don't know if the shirt will be sheer, or if the fabric scratchy, or if the color different in person. I was in the market for a light yellow top so I'm going to take you on my journey with me as I'm happy to add butter yellow to my spring wardrobe. 

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Watch out New York, the ghostbusters are back! I've seen all five Ghostbusters movies so here’s my review on the new one: Frozen Empire. It has a new squad of Ghostbusters who were introduced in the last film Ghostbusters Afterlife (see my review). The premise of the movie is that they are protecting New York City from turning into the Ice Age. The new ghosts are very cool and the visuals and special effects are mind-blowing. This movie also brings back all the original Ghostbusters! Having the original actors return makes it super nostalgic!

12 Luxury Makeup Products That Are Worth The Hype

A good time to purchase luxury makeup is from the Sephora sale because brands like Dior never have sales. Luxury is not just a price point, it's an experience that comes at a high price point. That experience is a major factor in making it luxury.  I feel these products are truly worth the money and the products I’m most excited about. Here are my absolute favorites by brand. Take advantage of getting discounts on luxury products now at the Sephora sale. Also check out my favorite concealers and best face masks posts.

I also wanted to mention I’ve noticed a trend in make up lately and that is that intricate eyeshadow looks are out and no longer the main part of makeup. Tiktok has lots of videos on heavy vs light makeup and what suits you better. What’s on trend now is all about giving a nice complexion. I think it started with the clean skin aesthetic during the pandemic and now everyone just wants glowy skin, chic effortless one and done looks.

Some people say bougie products aren’t for the rich, it's for the poor who want to pretend they're rich. I can see that since the truly rich are wearing quiet luxury brands. But the rest of us get some enjoyment out of having a luxury product.  Here’s a tip, if you buy an expensive skincare product and don’t want to spend the money to buy it again, keep the container but refill it with a cheaper product. I do that when I buy a boogie hand soap in a fancy container. Your La Mer eye cream jar can be repurposed and you will still feel like you’re using a luxury product. I repurpose all my Voluspa candle jars as storage containers (pens, makeup, perfume samples) and my luxury candle jars are used for succulents.

Best Face Masks

The Sephora sale starts today! If you're as beauty obsessed as me, then you're excited about the Sephora sale! I haven't bought anything from Sephora the entire year in anticipation of this event! My cart has been prepped and ready to go for weeks! Check out my favorite concealers post.

A great face mask can be a game-changing addition to your skincare routine. It's one of my favorite ways to feel like I’m doing something really great for my skin. I use them every night before a vacation or event where I will be taking pictures. Otherwise I use them 3 times a week. This is a list of my current favorite face masks that I use and love! 

Best Things to Do in Muscat, Oman

The Sultanate of Oman is a hidden gem on the Arabian Peninsula that has a good mix of nature, cultural history and is very authentic in contrast to its neighbor the UAE. I would say Oman is a super underrated travel destination but one of my most interesting travel experiences. Oman has no skyscrapers and the vast majority of the buildings are painted white. So, the contrast of the white colors against the bare grey mountains was stunning. From gorgeous wadis, sand dunes, ancient fortresses, beaches, and mosques, Oman offers an incredibly wide range of experiences.

5 Most Beautiful Places in Namibia

Namibia is a dream destination for nature and wildlife enthusiasts! The best places to visit are the incredible deserts and Etosha national Park for a safari. Namibia was the 11th country I've visited in Africa and the desert landscapes was unmatched! This stunning country has a rusted orange sandy landscape and a unique floral kingdom from the variety of  plant species adapted to the harsh climate. Namibia will astound you with its wilderness and vastness. It's a dream destination for photography!

Three Fashion Rules Everyone Should Follow

Have you ever looked at an outfit and can’t figure out why it’s not working, chances are it’s because you’re breaking one of these fashion rules. I'm combing all the fashion advice I've shared in pieces over the last few years in various posts here in one place. Be sure to read my Effortless Spring Style post for more tips. The idea is understanding the importance of balancing our the proportions of an outfit and what styles and colors work best with your body type so that you look amazing every day. In this post I'm going to cover personal color palettes, body shapes,  and the rule of thirds. 

My Favorite Concealers

I’m going to find you the perfect concealer because I have tried out so many. 2023 was a fabulous year for new concealer releases as so many brands dropped new concealers!  Everything I own I bought on sale, there's no way I would pay full price for designer beauty products. It was a huge year of the concealer so there was a lot to shift through to decide on a favorite.  There's a lot more I have either tested in the store or bought then returned: Dior, Valentino, Armani, Kulfi, and Tower28. So I feel this is an area I know quite a bit about.   I’m going to help you make your under eyes look flawless with my top 5 concealers picks.

Movies I Watched in 2023

I wanted to share my review of the movies that I saw this year that you might be able to catch on streaming now. Regal theaters are only $6.87 on Tuesdays and $17.91 any other time so now I only go to the movies on Tuesdays.  I've been trying to get back into going to the movies since I've hardly gone the last 5 years. I always walk out the theater having a magical experience as the film takes me to another world and the escapism of seeing a movie in theaters,  I don't look at my phone for 2 hours. 

Do you think cinemas are dying or do we prefer to stream at home? There's never more than 5 people in the 132 seat theater when I go.  I have to ask, do we still need assigned seating? There's way too many previews that I always arrive 10 minutes after start time. I also think theaters are way too loud now a days. I used to buy the child's size popcorn but now I resist completely so I hate having to smell everyone else's. lol 

I remember when I went to college in NYC, my roommate and I often walked an hour to Lincoln Square to see movies. I think going to the movie theater allows you to experience movies the way they're intended to be experienced. Then you walk out having a sensory experience. 

13 Best Winter Scents for Ladies

In the winter time you'll want to wear your heavy, dark, warm, mysterious fragrances because those fragrances do well in cold air. Winter air makes perfumes softer so it's my favorite season to wear perfume because you can wear bold scents. So wear all your heavy hitters now! But go easy on the trigger spray. You'll see a lot of repeats here from my fall fragrance list and my 2022 winter list. The list here has just been refined into my core favorites. This season I'm really into tobacco fragrances, this really hits you in the feels if you had a loved one who smoked a pipe. Transports me back to childhood. I don't mean cigarettes, but the scent of a sweet cherry cigar. And no I have no interest in going to a cigar bar, but I love the scent in perfumes and candles. The cold temperatures outside can really suck, but perfumes are the best mood-lifters.

30 Wears Challenge

The #30wearschallenge was created in response to fast fashion and overconsumption to encourage a slower approach to fashion. I want to focus more on what I have right now and how I can get the most out of it, taking a break from shopping so I can allow myself to see what I have. Ultimately the goal is buying fewer, more sustainable pieces of clothing that you can wear 30 times.  Did you know the average times a piece of clothing is worn is only seven! When you buy something, you should think "will I wear this 30 times?" This will help you shop more carefully and wisely and learn to embrace outfit repeating. I use the Stylebook app to track how often I wear my clothes but there is also the 30wears app and Indyx. If you're looking for a fun New Years Resolution that you could actually achieve, try this!

2024 New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year! Happy 2024. I am so looking forward to this new year and all the exciting things its going to be bringing. If you want 2024 to be different from 2023, set goals for yourself and implement a plan to get there. Change is good, it helps us grow and evolve. Resolutions are all about reinventing yourself which is just improving and upgrading yourself.  I do not want to be the exact same person I was 5 years ago. Don't make your goals too big, break them up into smaller steps to make it easier to achieve. Here are some questions to ask yourself when creating your goals: 

What characteristics does the best version of myself have?

What routine does the best version of myself follow?

What activities does the best version of myself often do?

Did you know that people who write down their goals are 20% more successful in accomplishing them than those who don't?  If you want to reinvent yourself  you can 100% do it! 

There's a different way you could also do your resolutions. Instead of doing big new years resolutions for the whole year,  you can have a new years resolution for each month so it doesn't feel super overwhelming at the beginning of the year trying to accomplish a bunch of goals at once. So for instance you can do a No Buy January (no coffee out, no new clothes, no takeout, no new makeup unless its empty, no new candles (you bought plenty of Christmas candles), use canned goods before buying more, bring lunch to work). I do Dry January every year and some people do veganuary.  Think of it as a 2024 reset guide to rethink ways to reach your goals with a different approach. Get in your hot girl walks while listening to podcasts, try new hobbies, take your magnesium and do yoga before bed. 

My closet is so full I've run out of hangers and I'm not buying any more. I want to purge and declutter and that's my number one goal. I want to make 2024 the year of organization and cleanliness.