It’s after memorial day so you know what that means? SUMMER IS HERE! That means afternoons by the pool, weekends at the lake, it also means, lots of sunscreen. I spend my whole summer staying as fair as possible because sun = wrinkles. Even though I spend my summer avoiding the sun I still love that healthy summer glow. To achieve that healthy goal we all desire, I turn to bronzers, lots of bronzers. I’ve rounded up 15 of my favorite bronzers for summer that you need if you are fair like me.
If you have fair skin, summer can be tough because it is very difficult to avoid the sun. I love the sun and outdoors so much but I know how important it is to protect my skin from the harsh summer rays. In summer, I love to layer on sunscreen (if you want to know what my favorite sunscreens are you can find that here) , and I always wear a hat. Because of my intense sunscreen routine, bronzer is a vital part of my everyday summer makeup routine.
Where my pale girls at? People with my skin tone usually don’t know what it is like to have a tan, fair skin goes straight from very fair to bright pink. AND SUNBURNT SKIN IS NEVER IN STYLE.
Bronzers are the best way to achieve that healthy summer glow without exposing your skin to dangerous sun rays. Skin cancer is real y’all! , avoiding the sun and using bronzers is probably the best thing you can do for yourself, and your future skin. I like to remind myself that every tan on your face also means a new wrinkle to your face. Thank goodness for bronzers because we no longer have to worry about getting sun on our face to achieve the glistening summer skin we all desire.
I have always been a very big fan of bronzers in high school I was obsessed with Bonnebell’s Glimmer Bronze. Does anyone remember Bonnebell?! They were famous for their lipsmackers but their bronzer was everything!!!!
And now for my list of best bronzers for summer.
For clarification, bronzers are different than contour powders. Bronzers usually have some sort of shine to them and have more of an orange color. Bronzers are meant to make you look more tan. Contour powders have a matte finish and are meant to make your face look thinner. Bronzing powders are to bronze which is why they are so important for summer. Glad that we cleared that up.
What are your favorite bronzers for summer?! or actually for anytime of the year.
Fashion and accessories are always changing and every season brings us a new trend to get excited about. This summer, the trend that I am most excited about are backpack purses. Turns out backpacks are not just for the classroom anymore. This trend first popped up on my Instagram during festival season and now I see cute backpack purses everywhere!
I’ve rounded up my favorite backpack purse options of all sizes and prices below! Just hover over each picture to see the price of the bag. All of the listed options are under $100!
The best part about this backpack trend is that it’s not just a purse it can be a laptop bag, diaper bag, carry on, the options are endless. Like, my friend, John C. Reilly said in Step Brothers, ” So much room for activities”. Turns out this quote isn’t really that relevant, I just really love the movie Step Brothers.
Backpack purses are the perfect bag for a weekend on the go. This past weekend we visited some of our best friends in one of my favorite cities, Denver. We had the best time! We drank all the drinks and ate all the food and just had a really great time. I brought my brand new backpack purse along for the ride and was very happy with my new purchase.
I used my backpack purse the entire time we were in Denver and I have to tell you, I am hooked. Not only is it a super cute trend but it’s also so much more comfortable than a large purse.
What do you think about this trend? Are you excited about it or do you think backpacks belong in the classroom? Leave your thoughts in the comments below! XOXO
Yay for the warm weather and spending lots of time outside. I mean, we all love some fun in the sun, I especially love an afternoon by the lake or pool. If you’re like me and love to spend time outdoors than a really great sunscreen should be your best friend. I am obsessed with sunscreen, especially really good sunscreens for your face so I thought it was time I share my favorites.
Did you know that you should be using a different sunscreen on your face then you use on your body? It makes sense right? Your face is such delicate skin you should be using an SPF with a delicate formula.
My mom taught me the importance of sun protection at a young age so I was never one of those girls who spent time in a tanning bed or used coconut oil to accelerate my tan. I could talk for days about the importance of sunscreen, but I am sure all of you know by now that you have to wear sunscreen every day and you need to reapply it often.
I know you have heard this 100 times before but it’s worth repeating, melanoma is real !!! Not only can the sun cause cancer but also wrinkles, no thank you! 90% of premature skin aging is caused by the sun’s harmful rays, today’s tan could be tomorrow’s wrinkles, again, no thank you.
Last week I talked about the best foundation for summer so I thought it was time I put together a roundup of the best sunscreens to wear under makeup or just by themselves. These sunscreens offer the necessary UV protection with a lightweight & non-sticky, flawless finish that plays nicely with makeup.
MY FAVORITE SUNSCREENS FOR YOUR FACE
Pro Tip: sunscreen is the last thing you should apply in your morning skincare routine right before your makeup. The best way to make your makeup play nice with your sunscreen is to wait for your SPF to absorb completely before putting makeup on top of it. Let it sink into your skin for about five minutes before starting your makeup routine.
What is your favorite sunscreen for summer? Let me know in the comments!
Happy Monday! Is Monday an exciting start to a new week or a four-letter word for you? My answer changes depending on the week. This week, I am starting the week feeling happy, confident and excited to conquer the week. Feeling this great on a Monday morning is not the norm for me, the words I would normally use to describe my Monday morning would probably be tired, unmotivated and dehydrated. I guess the saying “A Sunday well spent brings a week of content” is probably true.
When I first started blogging, almost a year ago (WHAT?!?) I consistently posted the things I was obsessed with that week. Somehow in the past 10 months, I got away from this weekly blog post and honestly, I missed it. So here I am declaring that Monday Must Haves is BACK!
I was going to dedicate this Monday Must Haves to Mother’s Day gifts but I feel like there are plenty of Mother’s Day gift guides all over the internet. You can find my favorite gift guides here, here and here.
Okay, here is what I am obsessing over this week.
The perfect nude lipstick combo
I am ALWAYS on the hunt for a nude lip that I love. I get bored with my lipstick way too easy so I am constantly changing my everyday lip. For the past few months, I have been using the same lip liner and lipstick duo and I can’t see to get enough of the combo.
A Great Fitting Bodysuit
Dead To Me
WHOA! This show. My mind is blown. The surprises keep coming and coming, so dang good. Also, its produced by Will Farrell so that means it must be good, right?! Its a must watch, fortunately, it’s on Netflix so basically you can binge it all in one afternoon.
High Waisted Bikinis
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
If you have been watching my Wine Wednesday Instagram stories you know I am obsessed with a nice chilled Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. I love the crisp, citrus heavy flavors that New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blanc’s give, the perfect wine for an afternoon by the pool.
Here is a list of My favorite New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc’s that you can easily purchase in America at a great price point:
I am always on the hunt for new things to add to my list of weekly obsessions, so I need to know what are you obsessing over this week?
Guys, its May. How did that happen? I am not going to annoy you with a really awesome ‘Nsync lyric but just know that I am thinking it! Not only did April bring us showers but it also brought us some really awesome warm-weather fashion.
A new month means that I get to share the most popular items from the previous month. If you are curious about how I determine the most popular items every month, it is a combination of the most popular items on Instagram, the liketoknow.it app and my blog.
April on Hat On The Map was all about Spring / Summer fashion, specifically super cute pieces to take on vacation. In fact, the most shopped item was definitely swimsuits! I have no fun beach vacations planned for this month, but boy did I shop as I did. Our swimming pool is going to see me in some cute swimsuits, that’s for sure!
It’s no surprise to me that once again the most popular retailer on Hat On The Map was Amazon. 7 out of 10 of my most popular items are from Amazon, I mean I get it, it’s honestly the best! I do a ton of Amazon stuff because everyone seems to love it but what other retailers would you guys like to see? Please leave a comment below, email me or DM me on Instagram and let me know!!
One more really awesome thing about my most popular April items is everything is under $50!! It appears that everyone really does love a deal!
Now let’s get to the most popular items on Hat On The Map from April.
Sephora is currently having their Insider Spring Bonus Event which means 10-20% off depending on your beauty insider level. Makeup at Sephora VERY rarely goes on sale so now is the time to stock up on all of those beauty products you have been eyeing!
My everyday makeup routine is a nice combination of drugstore and high-end beauty products. If you want to read about my favorite drugstore products you can read about those here. When it comes to high-end products, I wait for this sale every year so I can stock up on all of my expensive makeup and beauty products, and well, I love a sale.
If you are going to splurge on a few makeup or skin care items, now is the time. These are the must-have items that I can’t live without! Here’s what I am buying…
The flowers have bloomed, the temperatures have risen, it is officially spring! I love spring and I especially love the cute new fashion that comes along with spring. This spring I am all heart eyes for all the sneakers, I love them. Specifically white sneakers. They are casual, comfortable and look great with shorts, jeans, or dresses.
When most people think of new spring shoes they normally think of sandals or open toe heels but there are plenty of occasions where a tennis shoe is most appropriate. Like if you are exploring a new city and plan on walking all day, a sneaker is the best option or if you are attending a festival in the middle of the desert, a sneaker is absolutely the best option!
I just realized that I use the words sneaker/ tennis shoe interchangeably. Am I the only one who does this? There are tons of words that I picked up from my time in the south that I did not use growing up in California, and I think sneaker might be one of those words.
Now that I live in Palm Springs, tennis shoe season is year round. The seasons in Palm Springs look like this: sweater weather, windy but warm, so hot you can’t go outside and absolutely perfect. Those are the four seasons. The good news is cute little white sneakers are perfect for all four of those seasons.
Okay, let’s get to my absolute favorite white sneakers
People are turned off by white sneakers because they get dirty much faster than their colored counterparts. When I purchase white sneakers, I immediately scotch guard the shoes and this little trick keeps white shoes clean and crisp for a very long time. If you have any secrets to keeping your white tennis shoes clean and white for a long time, I would love to hear them!
March was a very exciting month for Hat On The Map! On the first day of March, I hit 10K on Instagram! I can’t explain how excited I was!!! So so so very thankful for all of my new Instagram friends! Social media can be a scary place but Instagram has introduced me to some wonderful people and for that I am so VERY thankful!
At the end of every month, I love to look back and figure out what items you guys LOVED and which items that you guys maybe weren’t as excited about. Doing this every month really helps me decide what content to share for the next month. Do you guys like roundup posts? Please let me know! I love all the feedback from you guys.
This month, I learned that my audience LOVESSSSS my amazon finds. Like really really really loves! 9 out of 10 of my most popular items were from Amazon. I mean duh, everyone loves Amazon!
Normally I save my most popular items for my Instagram stories but I think this information is definitely worthy of its own blog post, right?!?
While it is only March, the temperatures are quickly rising and all I can think about is heading to the beach or a nice relaxing day by the pool. Living in Palm Springs, a beautiful, relaxing pool is not very hard to find, so in that sense, I am very lucky! I figured I’d share some of my beach bag essentials…or in my case, pool essentials.
While you’re basking in the sun by the ocean or pool, sunscreen is obviously the most important accessory. Besides the basics like a hat, fun sandals, and sunglasses, there are a few beauty essentials that are non-negotiable must-haves to get me through a long relaxing day by the water!
I am so ready for a relaxing day in the sun with a refreshing drink, or two, and so is my beach bag full of all of my favorite sun essentials!
Before I even start on what’s in my beach bag, let me tell you my number one beauty secret, sunscreen. I never leave my house without sunscreen on my face, ever. If you are not using sunscreen every day, start today, you will thank me in 20 years.
What’s In My Beach Bag…
A beach bag because well duh. I’ve linked my favorite beach bags here, here and here.
Quality sunscreen like Sun Bum SPF50 Sunscreen Lotion ($16): because sunscreen is the number one must have for any beach day. One of the most important aspects of sunscreen is reapplying it. Yes, reapplying sunscreen can be a pain in the butt but it is SO IMPORTANT. Spray sunscreen is a great option for reapplication, one of my favorites is L’Oréal Advanced Suncare Dry Oil Spray SPF 50+ ($13).
Facial Moisturizer with SPF: most sunscreens can be applied to your face with no issue. But why not place special attention to your face like you do every day when you put face moisturizer on? Your face and neck deserve special attention especially if you have dry, sensitive skin like me. I love UV Expert Aquagel Sunscreen ($39) it’s so perfect for my skin type and it doubles as a primer! Win-win!
Invisibobble Hair Ring ($9): the perfect hair accessory easy to remove and it leaves your hair with no trace and no tangles!
Sunglasses: Because protecting your eyes from the sun is a must! My favorite affordable sunglasses are linked here, here and here.
Supergoop! Lip Balm SPF 30 ($9): Not only should you be slathering your body with sunscreen but don’t forget to protect your lips! This balm will protect your lips from the sun and also moisturize your lips all day long.
A Really Cute Swimsuit: I’ve linked a few of my favorites here, here and here. I also linked all of my favorite amazon swimsuits here.
After Sun Lotion: because a long day in the sun and in and out of the water takes a toll on your skin. Soothe your skin with a body lotion like COOLA Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion that defends against environmental offenders and helps calm sunburn.
Cute Sandals: wearing heels or wedges to the beach or pool seems excessive to me. I’m always going to be in cute, fun sandals like these or these.
A Hat: even if you are slathering on facial sunscreen nonstop, a hat should be used as an extra layer of defense to protect your face, eyes, and scalp. You can find my favorites here, here and here.
Before I leave, I need to share a beach related secret. I was raised in California and my husband, Mike, was raised on the east coast of Florida. And yet, we both agree that our favorite beaches in the continental United States are the beaches of the gulf coast of Alabama. I know its hard to believe but I’m very serious about my love for the gulf coast. If you ever get a chance head to Orange Beach or Gulf Shores, you’ll be so happy that you did!
Now that that secret is out, where is your favorite beach?!
There is a short list of things that I really love to talk about; affordable fashion, my cats, reality TV, traveling abroad and my favorite podcasts. I am constantly sharing on Instagram which podcasts I am listening to but I thought it was time that I dedicate a series of blog posts to one of my favorite subjects, podcasts!
I love all kinds of podcasts; pop culture, news, politics, business, basically any category you could name, I love it. There is one category of podcasts that I am especially drawn to and that is all things true crime. OOOhhhweeeeeee, I LOVE a true crime podcast! I am always listening to podcasts, when I am driving, working, working out, curling my hair, cooking dinner, ALWAYS!
My love for true crime podcasts started with the rest of the world when season 1 of Serial premiered in 2014. I was working in Santa Monica at the time and I would spend my entire lunch walking around Clover Park so I could listen to every last detail of every episode. I was so obsessed with Serial that I would listen multiple times a week and it would never get old to me, I would eat every last detail up.
I love every true crime podcast, I go hard for My Favorite Murder because DUH!! but y’all already know everything about Karen and Georgia. So today, I am sharing my favorite true crime podcasts that have premiered in the last 12 months. Let me tell you, there have been some of the best-produced podcasts this past year.
Before listening to this podcast I had NO idea who Steve McNair was (he played in the NFL) and yet I was immediately drawn to this case. This series reinvestigates the murder of Steve McNair and puts crucial details in a brand new light.
This is the only non – murder podcast that made the list but it is still a true crime must listen! If you don’t know who Elizabeth Holmes is, google fast! The Dropout covers the rise and fall of Elizabeth’s company, Theranos. This podcast was a perfect listen for my husband and I because it was just enough drama for me and no one was murdered, which is important for him.
This story and investigation left me completely SHOOK. An investigation into the death of two women and their 6 adopted children. This podcast really helped remind me that social media is JUST a highlight reel!
A deep dive into the disappearance of 19 year old Erin Corwin; this podcast has it all young love, an affair, a murder, and an arrest! If you love stories with an actual resolution, than this is for you!
It’s no secret that I am long past the age of Spring Break but that doesn’t stop me from regularly skimming the internet putting together spring break outfits and daydreaming about exotic vacation. Growing up, Spring Break meant to me that it was the first time we were taking the boat out for the year and then when college rolled around, I got myself into a fair amount of trouble in warm cities. Needless to say, I’ve always loved Spring Break.
While I have no official Spring Vacation planned, I am still very excited about warmer weather and cute spring fashion trends.
Luckily, I do not have to travel far for warm, spring break weather. My hometown, Palm Springs, is a town of endless sunshine and a very popular spring break destination. So I am just going to pretend that I am packing for a week-long staycation in Palm Springs. Below are the items I would be packing for my adult spring break.
This is my absolute favorite spring fashion trend, its so easy and looks so put together!
High Rise Jeans
My #1 closet staple, a must in every suitcase I pack.
Fun Statement Earrings
Nothing spruces up an outfit more than a pair of bold, bright earrings.
Tie Front Tops
I absolute love a tie front top with a high rise jean, so cute!
I love a block heel! So comfortable but still nicely dress up an outfit.
Dresses that can be worn to the pool and then dressed up for dinner are a must.
After a long day of being in the pool the last thing you want to do is worry about washing and styling your hair, add a cute little scarf to a ponytail and you are good to go!
Tons Of Fun Swimsuits
Because you can’t go on Spring Break without a few new, fun swimsuits!
Add a straw purse to your outfit and instantly you are on vacation.
Bust out all of the fun sunglasses, I mean it is Spring Break after all.
Tell me where you are going on your spring break! I would love to vicarously live through you!
The other day I had this great idea to do a Palm Springs inspired Amazon spring fashion haul, when the order came in all I wanted to do was take my fashion finds and go on an exotic vacation to a tropical island. So think of this haul less as Palm Springs and more Hawaiian spring break.
I was on the search for fun colors, bold prints and lightweight material and ended up with some great pieces. Amazon can be a tricky place for clothes shopping but over the past year I have really gained a great understanding of how to find the best items on Amazon. For additional Amazon shopping tips, I blogged about it here.
I posted a try-on session on my Instagram Stories with most of these items, so if you are interested in more a more detailed look at any of the below items you will find those specifics there.
Spring Fashion Finds
Okay now lets get to the most imprtant part of this post, Swimsuits! I have so many swimsuits! I am kind of a swimsuit hoarder. During the cooler months, my husband and I get in the jaquzzi 2 – 3 times a week and in the summer we are in our pool about 5 – 6 times a week. We are water people!
High waisted swimsuits and One Piece Swimsuits are really trending this year and I am so excited about that! I love one piece swimsuits, I am one of those people who love to be active in the water and need something that I feel will keep me covered at all costs.
I really need to take myself on a grown up spring break. If you are going on an exciting spring vacation, please tell me about it below.
As you probably already know, skincare is something I feel passionate about (very passionate) ! I am always reading about new, innovative skincare products and techniques but at the same time I am very picky about the products that I use because I have such sensitive skin! I work hard to avoid the hype & marketing gimmicks and try to choose my skincare products based on ingredients that are well-researched and proven to make a difference, while also staying within budget.
When I am searching for skincare products I look for products that will help combat fine lines and give me skin that glows like JLo’s. I mean isn’t that what we all want?!
Today I have roundup the best skincare saviors that are easily available on Amazon prime. I have personally tested all of these, so I can say with complete confidence that I love them! What’s even better is that they are under $25! Okay let’s get to the important stuff.
The Best Skincare Products On Amazon For Under $25
Beyond just my normal creams and serums there are a few tools and techniques that I swear by to give me the best complexion. Let’s talk about those tools and techniques real fast:
Chemical Face Peel – An at home chemical face peel will help eliminate fine lines and dark spots while simultaneously remove dead skin cells to provide a glowing complexion.
Shaving Your Face – I have been doing this for years and swear by it (I have linked my favorite tool abov). It helps to exfoliate your skin and gives a great base for flawless makeup application. If you don’t believe me, read what Cosmopolitan has to say about it here.
Ice Roller – Goodbye Puffiness! If you are like me and struggle with puffiness on your face than an ice roller is a must! Apparently doing this is also supposed to help with migraines but I can’t speak on that.
What are your favorite skincare products to buy on Amazon?
In 2018, I experienced lots of big life changes, one of the biggest changes has been going from working in an office every day to working from home. I’ve since moved all of my cute pencil skirts and button-down shirts to the back of the closet and now have a very, very casual work wardrobe. If I wanted to walk around all day in pajamas, I could, but I really don’t enjoy looking like a hot mess all day every day. In an effort to not look like a slob every day, I always make sure that I slip into a good pair of jeans while I am working from home.
A few years ago I discovered high waisted jeans and I have not looked back. High waisted jeans are my JAM! Seriously, what’s not to love? They suck you in where you need it and create the illusion of longer legs. I have a very long torso and short legs so high waisted jeans are everything I need.
Not only do I find high waisted jeans flattering but they stay in place and I never have to worry about bending over. Feeling appropriate in low rise jeans can be quite the obstacle.
Blue Jean Baby, LA Lady
The first pair of high waisted jeans that I purchased were the Levi’s 721, a great introductory pair. They are comfortable, affordable and just the right amount of stretch.
I am not much of a designer girl so, for the most part, all of my listed jeans are nondesigner. Recently, I rediscovered Abercrombie jeans and they are EVERYTHING. I went to high school in the mid-2000’s so shopping at Abercrombie and Fitch was a must! In the years following high school I parted ways with Abercrombie, it wasn’t until recently that I purchased a pair of their high rise jeans and fell madly in love with their denim.
I seriously live in high rise skinny jeans, I am a big fan of a good dark wash but really love a moderately distressed jean. With all of this high rise jean wearing I’ve become quite the connoisseur, so today I am sharing the best high waisted skinny jeans.
The Best High Waisted Jeans
I’ve read that high rise jeans will no longer be the popular style in the next few years but I promise my closet will be filled with high waisted jeans forever.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I decided to do something completely out of the realm of my normal fashion and beauty blog content and share something very close to my heart. In the spirit of all things love, I wanted to share the story of how Mike and I met and how we began dating, it’s a long one so buckle up. I didn’t tell my husband I was writing this so SURPRISE Mike!
It all started in the summer of 2007, in the middle of nowhere New Hampshire. Neither of us are from New Hampshire so it’s kind of a random place to begin this story but that’s what makes it so unique. That summer Mike was working at an all-boys summer camp, and I was working at an all-girls summer camp. At the time, these camps were brother-sister camps so the two camps got together frequently for counselor training, activities, socials, all the fun traditional summer camp things.
Mike and I were spending our summers working at our camps waterfront so we arrived a week early to participate in lifeguard training. I always tell people we met in a swimming pool because technically that is where this all began but if I am going to be completely honest, I don’t remember meeting Mike in the swimming pool. The lifeguard training was pretty intense, a lot of girls didn’t make it past the first hour so the ratio of men to women ended up being about 2 to 1. Not only were there more boys than girls but the boys camp employed tons of hot, super loud, in your face Australian boys so I don’t even slightly remember meeting my super quiet, now husband.
While I do not remember meeting Mike in the pool, I very vividly remember chatting with him later that evening in the staff lounge. I remember this meeting clear as day, I was sitting on the computer scrolling through Facebook, so 2007, and he walked up to me and said, “Who are you creeping?”. Now looking back at it, I can’t believe that my sweet, super shy husband would talk to any girl, but I am glad he did. We began chatting and like true millennials, immediately added each other on Facebook.
During the remainder of camp, we saw each other a handful of times, we occasionally messaged on facebook and maybe sent one another 20 – 25 text messages. I left that summer meeting lots of great people and if I am going to be really honest, my friendship with Mike was not something that stuck out to me as anything more than a good summer friendship.
Over the next three years while we finished, myself in California and Mike in Colorado we texted a lot and every once in a while Mike would have too much to drink and get the courage to call me. I have this really great picture of myself and my two friends, Jackie and Liz on Halloween and in the picture I am talking on the phone to Mike. Again, it was one of those nights were maybe there was a bit too much to drink involved.
During these college years we were genuinely good friends, it was never a romantic relationship, just a really good friendship.
Then 2010 rolled around and I was ready to graduate college. Mike still had one semester left but took a summer internship in California. I had a job offer in Maine and at the last minute decided not to take the opportunity, instead was going to move back home with my parents and find a job in California. It’s like true fate that I decided to spend that summer at my parent’s house because Mike’s internship was only about an hour away from my childhood home. At first, I really regretted not taking that position in Maine but now looking back there is absolutely a reason why I passed on that position.
From Friend To Boyfriend
The day of my college graduation party, June 5th, 2010, wa also the day that Mike was driving from Colorado to California to begin his internship. I invited him to my graduation party which was a very casual pool party at my parents house. I didn’t really explain to him the amount of people that would be there or any of those things, I just invited him to come. To my surprise, after a long day of driving, he showed up. It was a little weird to me that after only meeting a few times, he agreed to come to the party, but I am so glad he did.
The day after the party he asked if he could take me out and I, of course, said yes, I was so excited to finally spend time with him after all these years. It was that weekend that I quickly realized that maybe this is more than just friends.
The following weekend was my sweet nephew Hunter’s 1st birthday so Mike was going to come to his party. After the party, Mike was going camping and asked if I wanted to join. It was a beachside camping spot that I really loved so my answer was very easily yes. We were going to spend our third time seeing each other in years going camping, just the two of us, again all so weird but it just seemed right.
That night while we were at our campsite we drank Diet Coke and Captain Morgan and played rummy (the cocktails might have changed but this is still one of our favorite things to do together). While we were camping, I asked him if this was just a summer thing and he said it doesn’t have to be and that was it, he was officially my boyfriend. So after not seeing him for 3 years, and only hanging out with him 3 times, he became my boyfriend. I can’t believe I am sharing all of this because this sounds like we are absolute crazy people, I don’t know, everything just seemed so right.
My favorite part of this story is we met on June 13th, 2007 and we began dating on June 13th, 2010. It’s funny how life works. That summer we spent every weekend together, we went to baseball games, we went camping, we went to Yosemite, we had the best summer.
I want this to be the part of the story where I say when you know you know, but that summer I didn’t know what would happen when he moved back to Colorado. That night while we were camping did I think I would end up here married to Mike with two cats and such a happy life, absolutely not. I really believed that he would be my boyfriend for that summer and then he would go back to Colorado finish school and that would just be the end of it. Now that I am typing that out it sounds so harsh but honestly, that is just how I thought life worked.
In June of this year, we will have been dating for 9 years and married for 1 and a half. I am so glad I took those chances and invited him to my graduation party and went camping with him, if it wasn’t for those moments who knows what life would look like today.
Next month is our 3 year engagement anniversary so I am going to share everything I learned in all of those years of dating and our very us engagement story.
Guys -I’ve had the best week ever! It’s only Wednesday but it’s been a REALLY GOOD WEEK. Best week ever may be an exaturation but none the less its been a darn good week.
My week started with one of my bravo dreams coming true. I went to a recording of Watch What Happens Live and it was everything I wanted and more. Being in the same room as Andy Cohen gave me LIFE.
If you have been following my Instagram stories I am so sure you are tired of hearing about my Watch What Happens Live experience but it was SO AMAZING. The only down side to the experience was it was a celebrity night and not a housewife wife so there was not one second of Bravo talk, Boo!
So, I started my week with Andy Cohen and I am ending my week wine tasting in the central coast of California. Hello, Bravo and wine, BEST WEEK EVER!
In prep for my weekend of wine tasting on the central coast, I had to buy a few new outfits, right? and lucky for me, it’s my favorite time of year when retailers have the BEST SALES. January is the month that retailers deeply discount all of their inventory to deplete the Christmas stock and prepare for summer shipments. Moral of the story: shop more in January.
Best Of American Eagle Sale
Traditionally, I don’t shop at American Eagle. If I am going to be real honest I feel like I have aged out of the store. But one of my favorite bloggers posted about an amazing American Eagle sale and it sparked my interest. I immediately went to American Eagle’s website and was shocked by the adorable sweaters and super affordable booties.
All of the American Eagle pieces I purchased are under $40! Yes, that includes my faux leather jacket and those booties at the bottom, too! Deals, deals, deals!
If you wanted to see more of these American Eagle pieces, I posted a try on session on my Instagram story highlights. I’ve been shopping a lot this month, so I’ve shared tons of fun try on sessions on Instagram.
Okay, I’ll admit it, that title is misleading. Do I know what the most popular fashion pieces from all over the world were for 2018? No. Do I know what the most popular pieces on my blog, Pinterest and Instagram were? ABSOLUTELY!
The biggest adventure of 2018 was right here, my blog, Hat On The Map. Blogging has been something my husband has encouraged for many years but it wasn’t until this year that I had the courage and confidence to pursue this dream. In 2018, I took the time to really invest my energy into making my blog dream a reality.
When I began blogging and putting my life and style out there on Instagram, I was scared. I was nervous about what my friends and acquaintances would think but let me tell you the response I received from my friends, family and strangers has been incredible.
Thanks to my blog, I am now able to regularly share all of the items I am excited about. From beauty and makeup to my favorite groceries, y’all have followed along every step of the way. The best part is, not only have you guys followed along but you have fallen in love with these items as well.
I have rounded up the most popular items from my blog, Pinterest and Instagram and am so excited to share these items with you once more.
The Most Popular Items for 2018
The below items are the most clicked on pieces from my Pinterest, blog, and Instagram. In staying true to my attainable fashion brand, everything listed can be purchased for under $50. I don’t think anyone will be surprised by this fact but 7 out of 10 of these items were purchased from Amazon. So, here we go.
I wrote a blog post a few months back about Estee Lauder Double Wear Makeup Dupes (you can read that post here) and to no surprise, it was my most popular blog post. The dupe I sang the most praise for was the one I wear almost everyday, the Revlon Colorstay Foundation and in turn the most popular makeup item on my blog or Instagram.
This skirt is seriously the most flattering skirt I have ever owned, no joke. In the past month this skirt has been featured on about half of my Instagram posts, so when I say I am obsessed I am not kidding.
I am currently loving off the shoulder sweaters, maybe I was supposed to grow up in the 1980s. This was the perfect sweater to get me through the holiday season and the perfect shade of maroon to transition to January in.
I have lived in these slippers the past two weeks. Embarrassingly enough, I even wore these through the Orlando airport after one of our red-eye flights. Whatever, I love comfort.
What was your absolute favorite item that you purchased in 2018? Beyond this above list, I think my favorite item are these sequin joggers! Comfort and sequins, yes yes yes!
Thanks for following along and supporting this blogging journey of mine. I am so very thankful for every individual who has cheered me along on this scary but very exciting blogging journey. I am so excited to see what 2019 has in store.
Earlier this year, I started doing a monthly Amazon fashion haul and it has been such a hit! I search Amazon up and down and purchase about 10 pieces of the best quality, affordable pieces from Amazon. Well, my December Amazon haul might have been my favorite haul thus far. This order has brought my favorite new winter fashion staples.
Can searching for fashion on Amazon be a chore? Yes, you must search and search some more but Amazon has some really cute items! I am able to find the exact pieces all the popular online boutiques have but on Amazon. The best part is, these pieces are much more affordable on Amazon.
The theme of the December Amazon haul is “cute outfits for a fun night out with your friends from high school”. Who doesn’t want to look their best when they run into the cute boy you sat behind in geometry? During the holiday season, there are always so many casual meet-ups and a new, cute outfit is exactly what is needed for those nights out.
Can you believe we are more than halfway through June? Holy Moly! Where has the year gone? June is a big month of celebrations in our house so June is always VERY busy! With June coming to an end all I can’t stop thinking about the 4th of July and the very fun weekend we have planned. When I am prepping for a trip I like to plan my cute outfits early especially in the summer. Summer fashion is my favorite kind of fashion so packing for the 4th of July is so fun!
This 4th of July my husband and I are traveling to one of our favorite places, Smith Lake. When we lived in Birmingham, Smith Lake was an every weekend kind of thing. Our friends have a big, beautiful home on the lake and its the perfect place for a nice, relaxing weekend. We are so excited to spend one of our favorite holidays with some of our favorite people at our favorite place.
The 4th of July is my second favorite holiday, seriously. First off, it’s in summer and I loveeeeee summer. Beyond the fact that this holiday is in summer, its just a relaxing, fun holiday. Its a day full of eating all the food, drinking the drinks and fireworks, I mean what else can you ask for?
One of my favorite trends this year is clothes with star patterns and 4th of July is the perfect time to pull out all of the cute pieces with star prints. In addition to star prints this 4th of July weekend you can expect to see me in lots of high waisted jean shorts, bodysuits and all of the swimsuits. Okay, now let’s talk about all of the cute things I am packing for the 4th of July.
Summer Fashion: 4th Of July Finds
This summer, I am living in Amazon finds, seriously! I have found so much cute stuff on Amazon, who knew Amazon was such a hot spot for cute summer outfits! Where are you finding the best outfits for this summer?! Let me know in the comments!
This past week we had our first day of 110-degree weather, you know what that means?! It’s officially Summer! A new season means a new makeup routine and my summer makeup bag has all of my favorite products in it. My summer makeup bag includes a lot of bronzer and products with SPF and absolutely no burnt orange eyeshadow.
There is a myth out there that if you spend a ton of money on makeup then you are buying the best products, nope, no way, absolutely not true. The products I use on my everyday face is a nice 50 / 50 split between drugstore and high-end products. The best makeup comes at all price points.
In addition to this blog post, I also have a makeup and summer makeup routine saved on my Instagram story highlights. While I love to talk about all things makeup and beauty on my blog and Instagram, let me preface this blog post by saying I am in no way shape or form a beauty expert. I just really like makeup and love to talk about it with other makeup lovers.
For me, summer is all about a natural, bronzy, highlighted face. Even though it is not my reality, I love to look like I spent the last week on a beach in the Bahamas, I mean but really, who doesn’t? Okay, time to talk about all things summer makeup.
Summer Makeup Products
Before I put on any makeup I always curl my eyelashes, apply Aveeno daily lotion and then some sort of primer for dry skin. This summer, I am switching off between Becca’s First Light Priming Filter Face Primer and Tarte’s Base Tape.
After I let my primer dry for a few minutes it’s time for some foundation. For summer, I mix IT cosmetics CC cream (shade: light) and Revlon ColorStay foundation (shade: natural beige), I like the consistency of this mixture as well as the shade it creates. I mix the combination up on the back of my hand and then apply it with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, this sponge is unbelievable.
Like everyone else, I use Tarte Shape Tape (shade: light sand) and think it’s magical. I put a little product on my ring fingers and just dab, dab, dab under my eyes and then take the pointy end of the real techniques sponge and dab some more. This product lasts all day and gives the perfect amount of coverage.
I have super dry skin so I use a very light amount of powder on top of my makeup. Just a quick swipe over my face with a fluffy brush and that it, I’m done. In summer, I use IT Cosmetics CC+ Airbrush Perfecting Powder for an additional layer of sun protection, SPF is king in my life.
Bronzer is a must have in summer, give me all the bronzer. I wrote a blog post all about my favorite bronzers, you can read that here. For application, I lightly dab my brush in the product and I start by going in on my forehead, I brush, brush, brush until it is blended. Then I take that brush and apply bronzer under my cheekbones and keep brushing until everything is nicely blended together. For bronzer, it’s very important to start with a little amount of product and build to the color of your liking. I constantly change the bronzer I use, my favorites are listed below.
I love blush, LOVEEEE!!! This summer, I am using the Morphe Blush Trio in color pop of pink, three perfect shades for summer. I lightly put it on the apples of my cheeks and that’s it, just a little splash of color.
I like to shine to the gods! Shine bright! If I want a super glowed up look I will start with a cream highlighter (I use Milk Makeup highlighter in shade Lit) and then top with a powder highlighter. If I want less shine, then I will just use the powder. I’ve been using the Jouer highlighter in color Topaz forever, it’s amazing, I’m obsessed.
This is probably weird to most people but for eyeshadow, I use all face products. For my base, I use IT cosmetics powder and take an eyeshadow brush and put it all over my lid. After my eyelid is covered, I now go in with my crease brush and put bronzer in the crease and I blend, blend, blend. I then take a blending brush and blend the crease out. After the bronzer is completely blended out, I then dap my ring finger in my highlighter and just lightly dab on my eyelids. tada! The perfect summer eyelid. If I am looking for a more made up look than I use Kat Von D eyeliner. I think less makeup is best for summer so most days are no eyeliner days.
If you have been around here for a while you know I live for Lash Paradise. Its the best, yes I have tried Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and I still prefer Lash Paradise. I always prime my eyelashes with L’oreal’s primer and then use two coats of Lash Paradise.
Filling in my eyebrows its a must! My eyebrows are naturally so thin! I look naked without my eyebrows filled in. For my eyebrows, I use Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and it is the perfect product!
My favorite topic. I use a new lipstick every day, seriously, I love lipstick. My go to is a nude lipstick with heavy brown undertones. Before I touch my lips with the lipstick I always line and fill in my lips with lip liner, this is so important!!!! Lipliner makes all the difference, seriously. I never use the same lipstick combo so I have listed all of my favorite lip liners, lipsticks and lip glosses below.
Now that you know ALL of my summer go to’s. What is your number one must use summer beauty product?!
Amazon Prime is my BFF, if you follow me on Instagram you know this to be very true. Most people think about Amazon as a place to buy last-minute presents and affordable home supplies, but I am a huge fan of their fashion department. In fact, this summer, a good portion of my wardrobe is Amazon Fashion finds.
Maybe I shouldn’t, but I use Amazon multiple times a week, its just so easy! And there are so many great things at great prices. I order clothes, beauty products, home goods and so much more all from the comfort of my home. I mean, affordable prices and free 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime? Yes, please!
This past weekend, we were in Chicago visiting my husband’s brother and one night we were headed out for dinner and I looked at myself and thought, ” I did it “. What did I do? My entire outfit, EVERYTHING, was from Amazon. Isn’t Amazon the best?
Amazon is such a great spot to buy clothing and accessories from but it also can be somewhat tricky. Not only does Amazon carry an insane amount of products but some of the products are umm, not the best. So finding Amazon fashion items worth sharing can be somewhat of a task.
I’ve been sharing a ton of my favorite Amazon fashion finds on my Instagram so I thought I would summarize all of my favorites into one simple post. I’ve spent the so much time searching every corner of Amazon for the best summer fashion items under $50 that are perfect for summer.
Amazon Fashion Finds: Summer Edition
I have rounded up all of my favorite Amazon fashion finds for summer under $50, but keep in mind that many of these items are under $20. These items will guarnatee that you look cute even when it feels like the devils playground outside.
With every new season, I always feel the urge to update my wardrobe. Summer is hands down my favorite season so I really have the urge to buy all the things for the warmer temps. I love to use Amazon as a way to supplement my wardrobe. I will pair an amazon find, like a new pair of shoes or a cute top, with a more expensive staple to create a brand new look.
If you enjoy this post or are looking for something specific let me know in the comments. Happy shopping, my friends!
Tomorrow is June, how did that happen? 2019 is flying by! Now that May is over I am back for another monthly round up of the most popular items on my blog. I love these posts because I get to look back on the month and take a deep dive into what items you guys really loved.
To no surprise, my top retailer for the month of May was once again Amazon. I love amazon, you love amazon, we all love amazon. Amazon is always going to be a top seller. But that certainly doesn’t mean that I will stop sharing my favorite items from places like Nordstrom, Abercrombie, American Eagle and Old Navy!
This past month I have shared a ton of beach style and vacation outfits. From the looks of my most popular items that is exactly what you were looking for. Now all I can think about is planning a really awesome exotic beach vacation, who’s with me? Okay, now let’s talk about the most popular items on my blog, the liketoknow.it app and my Instagram.
The Most Popular Items For May
To shop any of the top items, simply click on the picture and it will take you to the site to purchase! If you love these best of posts and want to know how I obtain this information, then scroll down to the bottom of the post I explain it all there!
Okay, now lets talk all things the behind the scenes.
I use an affiliate program (that most bloggers use) called rewardStyle you are probably familiar with its customer facing app, liketoknow.it . Because I use this service I do have access to data analytics, this means I can track what items are clicked on and purchased. What I cannot see is who clicked on the link or what additional items might have been purchased. For instance, say you click on my favorite lipstick and it takes you to the Ulta site, all I am able to see if that someone made a purchase at Ulta using my lipstick link. Does that make sense?
I loveeeee deep diving into my analytics because I genuinely want to bring you products that you love at a price point that is affordable for everyone!
Shopping through my links can be an extra step for you, but please know it makes all the difference to me. Every purchase made from the liketoknow.it app, my instagram or my blog is how I am able to continue sharing great deals, try on sessions, and everything else. All of that is to say, shopping through my links does not cost you anything additional (the item is the same price), the retailer will just pay me a very small cut since I am the one that referred you.
I am so grateful when you shop through my links and give me credit for helping you find a new piece for your wardrobe! At the end of the day, I hope you use my blog as a resource for all the best deals and amazon finds. If you are ever on the hunt for something or looking for a great deal, please don’t be afraid to ask, I would love to help.