4th of July is behind us so I guess that means summer is in full swing, right? Gosh, I love summer, isn’t it just the best time of year? This 4th of July weekend I spent every moment in one piece swimsuits and that is what I call a complete success!
We spent our 4th of July weekend at Smith Lake in Alabama, with some of our best friends. It was such a perfect weekend. We spent our mornings on the deck, our afternoons floating in the water and our evenings drinking wine and singing karaoke, honestly, PERFECTION!
In my suitcase for the long weekend was mainly one piece swimsuits because they are my thing!! When I am on the hunt for a new swimsuit, I need one that will stay in place as I jump in and out of the water 100 times. Lounging by the pool all day is not my cup of tea, I need to be moving at all times and I need a swimsuit that can support that.
Summer 2019 is all about the one piece swimsuit, so glad they are back in style! They are so comfortable, flattering and versatile. Pair a one piece swimsuit with a pair of shorts and you have a cute summer outfit! This summer, I have been living in one piece swimsuits from Amazon so I thought it was time to round up all of my favorites! Beyond swimsuits, If you are looking for all my favorite amazon summer finds, you can find that here.
The Best One Piece Swimsuits
All of the swimsuits below are found on Amazon and under $30, your girl likes a deal!
Next week is Amazon Prime day, are you shopping the big sale? Currently, I am working on rounding up all of my favorite things from the sale but I have two questions for you. Will you be shopping Amazon Prime day? If you are, what are you looking for?
Happy July! We’re officially halfway through the year, can you believe it?! June was a crazy month of celebrations for me. Most of my favorite people are born in June so it was very busy and very fun!
This past month I shared a ton of swimsuits, vacation outfits and tons of everyday beauty favorites. Currently, I am living for bodysuits and one piece swimsuits so there has been no shortage of those items shared. My favorite summertime outfit is a great bodysuit paired with a comfortable pair of denim shorts, so easy and so cute!
The majority of June’s most popular items are from Amazon because EVERYONE LOVES AMAZON. I mean what’s not to love about Amazon Prime? It’s easy, affordable and always consistent!
My favorite part about this month’s most popular items list is everything on this list in under $30! When I say you can have a great wardrobe on any budget I am not messing around. Okay, now let’s get to this list!
The Most Popular Items For June
To shop any of the top items, simply click on the picture and it will take you directly to the site to purchase!
Everytime you purchase something from one of my links you help keep this crazy blogging dream of mine alive, so THANK YOU! I can’t say thank you enough, I am so grateful to you for allowing me to carve out this little piece of the internet and make it my own. If you are curious how I collected this information for this list, I deep dived into the behind the scenes of blogging here.
Let’s talk about July real fast. July is both the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale as well as Amazon Prime Day, would you be interested in seeing my Nordstrom finds or should I stick to what I know and focus on Amazon Prime Day? Let me know in the comments below or slide into my DM’s and give me your thoughts!
It’s Summer (yay) that means you’re going to be invited to beach houses, pool parties, or dinner parties on the regular. That also means you will be spending tons of time at the liquor store deciding what to bring to all of these occasions. While no one wants to be labeled the “two buck chuck” person, you also don’t want to break the bank to get the best wine. I’ve done the hard work for you (wine tasking is my favorite kind of hard work) and rounded up the best tasting, budget-friendly bottles of wine for summer.
I am more than a wine drinker, I am a wine lover. I am truly passionate about wines. If you have been following along on my Instagram stories you know that I am a very big fan of wine, Hello Wine Wednesday! My husband and I love to plan vacations around visiting wineries. Wine tasting in a beautiful location is my favorite kind of vacation.
We are such wine lovers that we based a good portion of our honeymoon on visiting the Marlborough Valley in New Zealand, my absolute favorite wine region. Additionally, we got engaged in Tuscany, so maybe we just like to celebrate life’s big moments near wine?
When it comes to wine, I can be a bit picky. I always say no to Chardonnay and I want nothing to do with sweet wine. What can I say? I know what I like.
Okay, let’s get down to business. Here are the best wines for summer that you can confidently bring to a party, sip with dinner or just drink on the couch. Cheers!
Best Wine For Summer
Summer Water Rose – $18
The name says it all, this rosé is light and refreshing. This rose has a light pink grapefruit flavor and that is probably why I am such a fan.
Hey Mambo Dry Rose – $15
Hot summer days call for cold drinks and this refreshing rose is high on my list. Notes of strawberry and watermelon make for the perfect refreshing wine.
Miraval Rose – $20
I have only seen Miraval under $20 once or twice but I am counting it. I may not be a huge Angelina Jolie fan but damn this is wine good.
Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc – $12
When we visited Brancott Estate, I enjoyed their Sauvignon Blanc with a creamy, mushroom risotto. and Yum! What a great pairing!
Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc – $13
This wine tastes like summer. It starts with big, bright citrus flavors and ends with a cool, crisp finish.
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc – $14
Probably the most famous New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, pairs great with seafood and grilled vegetables.
My all time, absolute favorite Sauvignon Blanc is Cloudy Bay. Unfortunately, it didn’t make this list because its price point is high above $20.
Casal Garcia Vinho Verde – $7
You are probably thinking a wine that cheap can’t be good oh but it is. It has a nice fizzy, fresh flavor and is only 10% alcohol, the perfect wine for a summer afternoon.
La Marca Prosecco – $12
Because sometimes you just need some bubbles! La Marca is dry and smooth, making it the perfect summer sparkling wine.
Chloe Pinot Grigio – $13
A very light fruit-forward Pinot Grigio. Pinot Grigio has a very mild flavor making it the best wine to make a white sangria! If you are looking for an easy sangria recipe, you can find my favorite here.
Conte Fini Pinot Grigio – $15
This dry, crisp Pinot Grigio is the perfect wine to accompany a nice, summer dinner.
Now go enjoy some wine!
All of these wines are under $20 in California. Alcohol in other states tends to be a bit more expensive. When we lived in Alabama I was always shocked by the alcohol prices, that dang sin tax will get you!
While I love a spicy red wine with a big hearty dinner I think that red wine belongs in every other season. Summer is all about light, bright, fruity flavors and maybe a few bubbles. My perfect summer afternoon is sitting by a lake or in a boat with a VERY cold glass of Marlborough Valley Sauvignon Blanc, PERFECTION.
Keeping this list at my top 10 favorite wines was hard! I could list 100 more, there is just too much great wine for summer! Do you have a favorite wine for summer? Let me know in the comments below, I can’t wait to try!
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?!
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