All Tied Up

I don’t know about you but I was getting major fall vibes this past weekend. I traveled to Chicago with Courtney for one of my best friend’s wedding and I don’t think we could have asked for better weather. It was in the mid to high 70s all weekend long and we got an amazing lake breeze wherever we went. I was able to wear a light cardigan at times so instantly I got excited about fall fashion.

Recently Abercrombie sent me some amazing pieces that are great transition pieces from summer to fall and some of my favorites from the bunch had a common trend, ties!

I’ve been noticing this trend more and more the subtle touches either wrapped around the wrist or neck. I paired both tops with these amazing black high waisted cropped flares which were nice and stretchy for added comfort.

I’ve said this before on Instagram that I have been really impressed to see how Abercrombie has evolved as a leader in trend fashion since the days I was an assistant manager there. They have quality clothes at affordable prices and they are always running a good deal.

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Tie-Neck Oxford Shirt c/o Abercrombie & Fitch, High-Rise Ankle Flare Jeans c/o Abercrombie & Fitch, Basket Sandals from Old Navy (last year), Sunglasses from Loft (no longer available), watch from Daniel Wellington, Red Lipstick is Dior shade 999Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

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Cozy Tie-Sleeve Crew c/o Abercrombie & Fitch, High-Rise Ankle Flares c/o Abercrombie & Fitch, Basket Sandals from Old Navy (last year), Sunglasses c/o Abercrombie & Fitch, Saddle Bag from Madewell (no longer available)

Photo Credit: Courtney Lemmo

That’s a Wrap Dress

Hello beautiful readers! I hope you all had a great weekend, I know I did. I was lucky enough to be able to attend a Cleveland Blogger meet up this past Saturday at Hi and Dry restaurant in Tremont. It was an amazing afternoon to be surrounded and meet all of these amazing blogging women that were there to support one another.

We nibbled on some delicious appetizers from Hi and Dry and it was a great opportunity to get a taste of this newer place that took over the corner of Literary and Professor in Tremont. I can’t wait to go back and try more of their menu and do some bowling and drink some beer! We all mingled and went around and shared a little bit about ourselves and our blogs. It was great to hear first hand a little background of all of these blogs that are based out of the Cleveland area. Stella, from The Heart’s Delight, shared some killer photography tips and tricks that I can’t wait to utilize! And Anastasia, from Styled by Stacy, put together an awesome swag bag of local Cleveland goodies including a Blackberry scented candle from The Cleveland Candle Company, a bracelet from Banyan Tree, artwork from Cuyahoga Collective, and some beauty samples from Olive Me Beauty. Crystal, from Eat Drink Cleveland, also brought teas and coffee to try from Dreamers-Kowala Beans which represents an amazing cause by giving jobs to people of ALL abilities. And we can’t forget Leah, from By Travel And Error for bringing all these amazing women together and kicking off the Cleveland Blogger Meetups!

I wanted to share what I wore Saturday to the Cleveland Blogger Meetup, on that very very humid NE Ohio day. I recently purchased this denim sleeveless wrap dress from Gap.com when I saw my cousin Katie wearing it on a family Fourth of July party. I was obsessed immediately and knew I had to purchase it. So thank you, Katie, for inspiring this outfit ♥

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Photo Credit: Courtney Lemmo

Follow all of the ladies I met this past weekend for food, fashion, fitness, Cleveland, and so much more!

Leah from By Travel & Error

Anastasia from Styled by Stacy

Crystal from Eat Drink Cleveland

Stella from The Heart’s Delight

Lauren from Finding Fit After 30

Alyssa from The Mexitalian

Kate from Greatest Escapist

Kala from Cook Drink Decorate

Brittney from According To Brittney

Amanda from Closeted Fashion Blog

Jen from AuntJammy.com (relaunching soon!)

Debi from DebiDarnell.com

CLE Bloggers Meet Up

5 Pool Day Essentials

We are half way through summer and pool days are becoming a regular staple in everyone’s weekly plans. I wanted to share with you guys today what my 5 essentials are for a pool day in Cleveland.

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First off if you don’t own one of these are already, go to Amazon right now, go on, I’ll wait… A Bubba 52oz Mug for ultimate drink storage! My friend Breanne turned me on to these because she swears that they make or break a pool day. You can put so much in these bad boys that if you are like me and live in an apartment helps cut down on the times you have to run back upstairs to refill drinks. Another great thing about these is that they are not even that expensive, under $20! So go check them out, they are great to have handy.

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Nothing says summer than a good summer beer am I right? If you are like me and like to enjoy an adult beverage while relaxing poolside my new summer favorite is Ohio’s own Platform Brewery’s Hyper Retro. This lemon ginger saison ale is described as citrusy, spicy, and bright; a must try for the summer!

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What is a pool day without a good pair of sunglasses to block the haters? I recently got a pair of Ray Ban’s Round Metal sunglasses and although everyone has them, I feel like then have become a classic staple in our summer wardrobe over the past few years. I also feel incredibly stylish wearing these everywhere.

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I don’t about you guys but I refuse to wear makeup to the pool, I mean what is the point? My friend Eileen gave me a sample of the COOLA Mineral Face Matte Tint SPF 30 and this has really become my go to face SPF for pool days. It adds the slightest bit of color while protecting your face from the sun. What I love about this product is the consistency, it almost turns to a powder when massaging it into the skin, it’s really quite nice!

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So we can’t forget something for once the pool day has ended and on a semi recent Target trip, my friend Courtney and I discovered the best after-sun product EVER, Bare Republic® Daily Recovery After Sun Serum. This stuff is so soothing, light, non-sticky, and smells nice too for being an after-sun product. It is a serum consistency and absorbs nicely into the skin, I have even been using it on my face after a long day in the sun.

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My Subtle Statement to Female Empowerment

There is nothing like sending a subtle strong message out into the world and lately, I have been doing just that.

In the past few years, female empowerment has been re-jumpstarted on social media and which brought the education of feminism to a vast amount of people. Not that it wasn’t there already but I don’t think it was discussed or advertised as much as it is today. I have always been a feminist for as long as I can remember, it is how my mother raised me and I am proud to use that term to help describe myself. I don’t like to stir the pot too much with people but will always stand up for my views and try my best to respect others, but that is why I have been obsessed with feminist graphic tee shirts lately. This is the perfect way to basically tell everyone where I stand without saying a word. This sometimes triggers a conversation and I welcome that – I mean I have to, I am basically saying “ask me about my feminist agenda” to the world.

The last graphic tee I picked up was from Abercrombie & Fitch. I have been recently rediscovering this brand since being an Assistant Manager there a long time ago and I am so happy to go in there and see them stepping up their game. The message is simple, WOMEN WOMEN WOMEN – it’s all about us at the moment, it’s our time to start something and to break the shell that was molded for us a long time ago. Feminism is not about being superior to others it’s about being equal and fighting for that equality. So let’s show everyone where we stand, by putting our views right out in front, on our chest.

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Photo Credit: Tori Bonoan

Buy this shirt here – and here are other great shirts to make a statement with – Girl Power, The Future is Female and Feminist 

 

Summertime Gingham

Happy 4th of July weekend/week! I feel like I may be a little late with the relevance of this post but I wanted to share this off the shoulder shirt I got from Target a week back that I will be rocking this 4th of July! I feel like I have a love-hate relationship with the off the shoulder top, on one hand, they look adorable and stylish and on the other hand, I raise my arms above a certain point. But in the name of fashion, I will fight through my limited arm mobility. Is it me, or is gingham having a bigger moment this summer than usual? Gingham is usually a spring/summer staple print but I am seeing a bigger presence this summer and I love it! Give me navy gingham or give me death!

Keep scrolling to see how I style this gingham off the shoulder top from Target.

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Photo Credit: Courtney Lemmo

Nighttime Skincare Routine

 

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I start out by removing all my makeup and depending on what I have on my face that day I may use my Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm for a more fuller face along with micellar water or just the Milky Jelly Cleanser from Glossier to remove and cleanse. I have a couple other cleansers I use and alternate during the week depending on what I feel my face needs. Twice a week I like to exfoliate my face with either Mario Badescu Glyolic Foaming Cleanser or just plain old baking soda which was recommended to my friend and me from a woman in Ulta with heart shaped glasses. ♥

I then spritz my face with Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater which I have been using religiously for the past year. Rosewater seems to work really with my skin and I feel like I’m pampering myself when I spray this all over my face and chest. Side-note, I also keep a tiny travel size one at my desk at work for a little midday refresh.

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Currently, for nighttime, I am using this thicker eye cream that I received in an Amazon beauty box by SKIN&CO Roma Truffle Therapy Eye Concentrate,. I really like this for nighttime and even though it’s thicker it absorbs nicely. Any excess I like to run around my lips since the skin is very similar and I heard this helps minimize smile lines.

I like to treat my skin with 2 products, first I use The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2% and let that absorb into my skin for a few minutes. Then I use my Kiehls Midnight Recovery Concentrate, which my skin just loves and eats up. When I am really in the pampering mood I use my jade roller which I got off Amazon.com to work in the Midnight Recovery Concentrate.

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Once that is all said and done I like to moisturize with coconut oil, my skin is glowing when I wake up in the morning. In fact, I use coconut oil all over my body, kinda putting myself into a coconut oil cocoon.

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Fresh Music Tuesday // Early Summer

I thought I would share some of the new music I have been liking so far this summer. Click the link below if you have Spotify – don’t forget to follow any of many of playlists.

Currently Playing: 

Doing it for the Money // Foster the People

Liability // Lorde

Want You Back // HAIM

Thunder // Imagine Dragons

Malibu // Miley Cyrus

Strangers // Halsey (Ft. Lauren Jauregui)

Don’t Take The Money // Bleachers

Everything Now // Arcade Fire

Listen on Spotify

 

All About Overalls

Happy Friyay lovely readers! Can we just take a moment an appreciate the comeback  that overalls are having at the moment?…Thank you, now that that is out of the way I wanted to talk about my love for the overall.

Overalls are such a refreshing swap from the typical skinny jean. Some people think your more limited with what you can wear with them, but I think the opposite. You can pair a crew neck sweater and sneaker for a more sporty look. Wear them over a bathing suit for a fun cover up (the shorts version of course, we don’t need everyone sweating more then they need to). A off the shoulder top with some fun wedges for a date night or drinks with friends. There are so many possibilities out there and you are guaranteed to get compliments  or the classic “I never thought to wear overalls that way”. Pair any of these options with a square neck scarf and you’re good to go!

My only word of advice is be careful when you go to the bathroom, there is nothing more sad then a wet denim strap.

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Overalls (similar), Tee, Sandals, Sunglasses (similar)

Guest Post // Sare’s 5 Fave Beauty Products

Happy Monday to all my beautiful readers out there! I hope everyone had an amazing weekend and got to enjoy this beautiful weather. I have a special treat for you today folks, one of my good/oldest friends messaged me one day and said why don’t you do a post on products for acne prone skin and I told her that bottom line I didn’t feel comfortable talking about something that isn’t my skin type, but that if she was up for it I would love her to do a guest post on this topic. Sare loves vegan/cruelty-free products just as much as me so I knew what products she was going to talk about were going to be good (she let me try most of these and I only have good things to say). So without further ado here are Sare’s 5 Beauty Picks!


Before I start diving into some of my most favorite beauty products I want to give a brief history about myself and why these things have made my list of favorites. I think I have the world’s most angry skin, so angry that the second I think I’m looking decent I pop a pimple just from my skin’s sheer contempt for it’s host. It’s really angry skin. Enjoying a bit of ice-cream means punishment for the next ten days by angry skin. I’m not even joking here, I have a super restricted diet to avoid breakouts not to mention the hefty list of products I can’t use on my skin. The only reason I know I can’t use them is because I’ve tried them. I’ve tried probably every “acne cure” you can think of besides the extreme (not so safe and also discontinued) Accutane.

Around September of last year a close friend of mine hosted an Arbonne party and thinking to myself, “I’ve tried everything else so why the hell not?” I dived right in and bought the Calm line. I loved it, honest to goodness, I loved it and my skin was clearing up and no new breakouts. The only thing I didn’t like about this line was the moisturizer didn’t seem to be quite enough for me and since I’m postpartum and have crazy hormones at 24 I was already getting deep wrinkles and over dryness around my eyes.

So naturally, when I ran out of my Arbonne products I switched to an acne brand called Nerd, which advertises that they use probiotics to treat your skin. Do not buy that product. It was a HUGE waste of my money that I will never get back. Not only did it not help my acne, it dried out my skin, made the wrinkles and dryness around my eyes significantly worse and SO MANY CYSTIC PIMPLES. You know, the really really deep ones that take FOREVER to heal? They were all over my face, just like in high school. So, after using this awful product for about 3 weeks I called up my Arbonne friend and asked her opinion about which products I should use and she suggested the RE9 line to me. Within a week of using these products my skin was clearing up, the discoloration was starting to go away, and no new breakouts!! Was is love? Yes. Yes it was. Now, I can’t wait to tell anyone and everyone about them and my story. I have my confidence back along with my pregnancy glow (sans pregnancy). Bye-bye acne, hello dewy, baby-like skin!

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These are in no particular order and I feel like I love them all equally so listing them numerically seems unfair, but I’m going to do it anyway because people like lists for some reason.

  1. Arbonne RE9 Advanced Smoothing Facial Cleanser

This stuff is incredible- not only is it a super gentle cleanser/make-up remover it also doesn’t dry out my super sensitive skin! It also smells amazing and it gets super sudsy in the shower which I absolutely adore (c’mon, you know there is nothing less satisfying than a cleanser that doesn’t get all sudsy in the shower). This stuff also lasts way longer than you would expect it to – seriously, I’ve been using the same 3oz bottle (morning and night) since February.

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  1. Arbonne RE9 Advanced Night Repair Cream

This stuff is amazingly hydrating and honestly, is probably what has saved my poor angry skin the most. I wake up in the morning after using this and my skin looks hella fresh. This product is very thick and creamy – everything you could want from a night cream, plus it’s vegan!

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  1. Arbonne Perfecting Liquid Foundation with Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen in Honey Beige

BOOM. It’s no wonder they use this stuff on the Grey’s Anatomy cast, it’s hands-down the best foundation I have ever used! Now, for years I was a die-hard Bare Minerals girl because I thought it would be better for my skin, but it never actually covered up my flaws and I continued buying it justifying it to myself that it was “healthier” for my skin than other beauty products (maybe it is, but not healthier or better coverage than Arbonne’s that’s for sure). My first use of this stuff and I was in awe – where was this stuff when I was in high school miserable about my acne-ridden skin?? It blends on so smoothly and covers everything WITH JUST ONE PUMP. One pump! I don’t even use a brush or a sponge to blend this stuff- I’m lazy and also I have an 18mo so I don’t have time for a long make-up routine. Healthy, vegan, no animal by-products, this stuff is a winner and if you want to try the best foundation ever, it’s right here.

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  1. Arbonne Rescue and Renew Detox Gelée.

I’m starting to have a hard time picking just my top 5 favorite things, but this one is a no-brainer. I’m an avid HIIT fanatic (OrangeTheory Fitness WOOO!) and I go most days of the week which leaves me fairly sore the majority of the time. The Gelée. works absolute wonders for sore muscles – it has this amazing cooling/warming effect (I can’t decide which one it is but it feels fantastic) and my muscles aren’t nearly as sore when I use it. Also, it’s GREAT for sunburn – I’m pasty and very susceptible to sunburn and my first 15min in the CLE sun the other week got me my very first sunburn of the summer – one use of this on sunburn is all you need to make that awful burning stop. Oh, and before I forget, the Gelée. is an absolute necessity for that special time of the month with Aunt Flow. Just a bit of this on your belly and see-ya cramps!

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  1. Arbonne Intelligence Genius Nightly Resurfacing Pads and Solution

Acne scars? Sun spots? Skin not smooth? Not anymore! Did I say yet how amazing my skin looks now? It looks pretty amazing and partially because of this product right here. Even if I don’t do my entire night-time skincare routine I still make sure to use this because it’s working! I had horrible discoloration all along my cheekbones including acne scars and even more acne scars on my poor little chin. Since I’ve been using this product (two months about) I’ve seen a major reduction in redness in my cheekbones and I can barely see any of my acne scars. My skin is starting to look like my daughter’s adorable little porcelain butt cheeks. I’m not even a little mad about that.

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I had to trim my list from over 12 products I use every day to just 5 which was very tough but I figured I would list the things that have changed my life the most and that’s what we’ve ended up with here. I’m basically obsessed with everything Arbonne- thanks to this company I have my confidence back and there’s nothing quite like that feeling. For more information and more amazing Arbonne products check it out here.

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Thanks for reading,

Love,

Sare

My 5 Makeup Essentials for Summer

As the weather continues to get warmer I notice I make tweaks to my makeup routine, switching out some certain products for creamier ones. I wanted to share those items with you this week, so here are my 5 makeup picks to keep in your makeup bag this summer!

Creamy Eyeshadow Palette

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Skip the eyeliner and utilize an eyeshadow that can do both and the best way to do it is with cream shadow. Get a palette like Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow in the shade Not Just Nudes. The colors blends so nicely together and have a shimmer that is perfect for summer.

Cream Blush

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I love cream blush for the summer months because it lays on the skin so naturally, it just looks like your sunkissed from a day in the sun. My go to blush lately has been Glossier Cloud Paint, in shades Haze and Dusk. Use code 2BLUSH to get two for $30 and use link code http://bff.glossier.com/fCxL8 for 20% off your first order!

Skin Tints or Tinted Moisturizers

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I try to go foundation free in the summer months and just use concealer on my under eyes and blemishes, but there are days when I feel that I need a little something extra and I have been loving the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint. It doesn’t add much coverage but it enhances the natural look of your skin and still allows any freckles to show through.

Cream Highlighter

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Switch your powder highlighter for a cream version to give you cheekbones a natural glow. Also use it down your nose, on your cupid bow, and even under your brows. Haloscope from Glossier in Quartz is what I have been reaching for lately, Glossier also has 2 more colors to check out depending on your skin tone.

A Bright Lip Color

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Glossier Generation G gives the effect of just blotted lipstick and lays on the lips nicely without being overdrying. For a little extra moisture though I love to apply some coconut Balm Dot Com first then apply Generation G in the shade Zip, a poppy red color.

What is in your summer makeup bag?