The mountains in California are beautiful, and I’m having the time of my life hiking them. I conquered two peaks last weekend, Mt. Lewis and Mt. Waterman. I’m heading out to Mt. Williamson this weekend, which will be even more challenging.
One thing I didn’t want to take away — sunburn. I have a really bad sunburn. My lips are chapped. I’m just a big mess. That’s what I get for being unprepared.
When it comes to personal care products these days, I’m going all-natural. (Maybe I should post my daily skincare routine?)
Here are my wish list picks for this weekend’s hike into the mountains.
I was browsing YouTube recently and came across quite a few great tutorials. I was especially inspired by Xteeener’s recent tutorial, Sexy Sunkissed Makeup. She was inspired to try this look after seeing it in a magazine ad.
It’s been a while since I wore full makeup, but this looked like a lot of fun to try for the weekend and I had the necessary tools in my collection. What a surprise!
Below I’ve listed what I used to recreate this look. The shades I used were a bit lighter, and more on the neutral side rather than burgundy. I also skipped many steps I find unnecessary for every day, like highlighting.
I’m very excited to be bringing you One Parade’s very first giveaway!
The winner will receive one £50 gift card (about $78 USD) to use online at Simply Beach. Simply Beach is a gorgeous online store selling swimwear & women’s underwear. They also ship worldwide. No matter your location, you can enter! Check out the country selector and currency converter on their website.
So if you need to get ready for summer but find yourself in need of a swimsuit, now is your chance to make some heads turn without hurting your wallet. A big thank you to Simply Beach for offering this to my readers!
To enter, use the widget below. The only requirement is to comment on this entry and tell me about your plans for this summer. To have an even better chance of winning, follow the optional instructions within the widget.
This giveaway begins immediately and a winner will be announced on Friday, July 13. I will email the winner with their gift card code within 48 hours of the announcement.
Hopefully it will make someone’s Friday the 13th a little brighter. Good luck!
Edit 7/13/2012: Congratulations to Alix, our giveaway winner! I’ll be in touch with Alix via email to distribute the gift card code for online use. Sincerest thank you to all those who participated. May you enjoy the remainder of your Friday the 13th!
I’m not a fan of trends that will fade out after the season. (I don’t like throwing money, or clothes, away!) So I often reuse the same summer staples including shorts, shoes, and accessories year after year. I put my money into good tops that can make an outfit, and that don’t absolutely have to stay for next year.
Above is a perfect example of what I try to pull out of my closet in the summer!
Here is my take on summer wardrobe essentials that transcend trends:
Nails: I’m a fan of neutral nails, but I also find an excuse to go for brighter pinks in the summer. I’m a sucker for pastel pinks, like this Essie nail polish in BFF Best Boyfriend.
Tops: Usually the same tops I grabbed for spring, I grab for summer. Especially short/non-sleeve shirts that are made of light material. This Dorothy Perkins Bird Print Blouse is the perfect example of how you can reuse summer staples, but invest in a cute statement top or two. Love it!
Bottoms: Finally, I can wear shorts again! Investing in a good pair of denim shorts is a must for the summer. I prefer mid-length shorts, which will flatter most body types, like these American Eagle Denim Midi Shorts. (Which are actually on sale!)
Shoes: Most of my shoes are neutral (no surprise there), and I like to wear white or brown for summer. This Aldo Tossie Sandal in Tan is the perfect example of a summer staple!
Accessories: My Michael Kors watch is immediately what I grab for when I want something eye catching. This is a similar Michael Kors Watch in Rose Gold that goes with the outfit and dresses it up.
Bag: I reuse the same bag until it collapses. (My Twitter followers know what I’m talking about!) For summer I love comfortable, tan cross bodies. I’m a huge fan of Fossil bags, like this Fossil Maddox Organizer Flap. (On sale!)