Backpack Purses – My Favorite Summer Trend

Backpack Purses – My Favorite Summer Trend

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!

Backpack Purses

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.

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Travel Backpack

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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.

Backpack Purses
Summer Purses

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

Hat On The Map | Lifestyle and Fashion Blog
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The Best Sunscreens For Your Face

The Best Sunscreens For Your Face

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.

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Sunscreen For Summer

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!

Hat On The Map | Lifestyle and Fashion Blog
Hat On The Map | Lifestyle and Fashion Blog

Monday Must Haves: 5 Things I Am Obsessed With This Week

Monday Must Haves: 5 Things I Am Obsessed With This Week

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.

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Happy Monday Y’all!

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:

  1. Matua
  2. Oyster Bay
  3. Kim Crawford
  4. Wairau River
  5. Whitehaven

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?

Hope you have the best week!

Hat On The Map | Lifestyle and Fashion Blog
Hat On The Map | Lifestyle and Fashion Blog

April Roundup: The Most Popular Items On Hat On The Map

April Roundup: The Most Popular Items On Hat On The Map

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.

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Summer Fashion Trends

Espadrille Wedges | High Rise Shorts | Tie Front Tank Top | Wicker Purse

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.

Revlon Colorstay Foundation: Turns out that you guys love this Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation Dupe as much as I do.

Off The Shoulder Bikini: This bikini is the cutest, I can imagine it now, sitting on a white beach, with a drink in my hand wearing this cute little bikini.

High Rise Jean Shorts: I will be living in these shorts all summer long, they are so comfortable and fit perfect!

Tie Front One Piece Swimsuit: I loveeeeee a swimsuit with no straps because who wants tan lines, you know?!

White Nikes: The perfect white sneaker for spring! Because a cute sandal does not fit every occasion.

Cut Out One Piece Swimsuit: I love Cupshe! Here’s a shopping secret; almost all of Cupshe’s inventory is available Amazon Prime, a much easier way to shop this awesome retailer.

High Waisted Bikini: I am the number one fan of this high waisted bikini trend, gimme all the flattering bikinis!

Ankle Strap Espadrille Wedge: I can’t stop talking/wearing these! Hello, cutest wedges EVER!!! I’ve seen wedges identical to these for up to $200!

Short Sleeve Dress : A lightweight dress is always the best bet for a warm summer day!

Oversized Square Sunglasses (Celine Dupe): Quality, cute and stylish sunglasses for under $15?! yes, please!!

Okay, I need to know, now that it’s May, what are you shopping for this month? I am on the lookout for all of the cute tops for warm Palm Springs days. Happy May flowers to all of you!!!

Hat On The Map | Lifestyle and Fashion Blog
Hat On The Map | Lifestyle and Fashion Blog

The Best of Beauty: Sephora Must Haves.

The Best of Beauty: Sephora Must Haves.

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…

Sephora Must Haves