Ready or not, the summer heat has arrived in South Florida! Scorching days and and rainy afternoons are flooding our weather weather forecast and are giving me a run for my money when it comes to outfit choices and photo shoot availability. The afternoon sun showers quite often turn into stormy, thundering evenings leaving it impossible to get photo shoots done. The predictable heat and unpredictable weather circumstances are constantly challenging my wardrobe. It's almost as if I should be suited up in shorts, a sweater, and rain boots each day! In order to cope with these shenanigans, I've been adding loose, breeze capturing outfits to my closet. Two-piece sets like this one and this one are outfits that I've been trying to recreate. Here's my take on it.
Marshalls wrap maxi skirt (similar here, here, and here), H&M crop top (similar here, here, and here), Target heels
Another summer go-to outfit for me are maxi dresses. They're fun and flouncy - perfect for a summer party or brunch with the girls. One material in particular that I love is linen because it's laid-back and casual. I happened to come across this linen maxi in Marshalls and knew I just had to have it! The simplicity of dresses and rompers make outfits easy since they're just one piece that doesn't require any matching.
Marshalls Linen Striped Maxi Dress (similar here, here, and here), Bourbon and Bowties Bracelet, Target heels
What summer outfits inspire you?!
In honor of turning 23 this month, I wanted to document 23 things I've learned over the years. Here's to the rest of my 20's and the decades to come!
Go to college (and graduate).
Call your grandparents every week.
People come and go.
Invest in a good water bottle to stay hydrated.
Go to bed late and sleep in even later.
It's never to early to go engagement ring shopping.
Create a LinkedIn profile.
Become a Marshalls and HomeGoods "regular".
Take your sweet time.
Invest in your future.
Fruit platters are a way of life.
Patience is a virtue.
Value presence over presents.
Set aside alone time for yourself.
Schedule a manicure appointment every two weeks.
Never go to bed hungry or sad.
Make time to explore your passion.
Chips and queso are appropriate for every occasion.
Share your dreams with the world.
Always celebrate birthdays to their full potential.
Make friends with millionaires.
Never stop learning.
Don't wish your life away.
Oh the Beauty Blender, one of the makeup community's most coveted sponge applicators. My evolution of applying foundation began with my fingers (I'm cringing!), then on to a $30 stippling brush, and now the beloved Beauty Blender; I prefer this one. There's nothing quite like it - in fact, my favorite way to achieve flawless skin is with a damp Beauty Blender. The product is versatile and forgiving - two factors that simplify my morning-makeup routine. If you use your Beauty Blender daily like I do, then it probably has some ombré stains from foundation or concealer. Just as with makeup brushes, you'll want to clean your Beauty Blender after each use or quite frequently to eliminate bacteria build up. I'm sharing the best way to remove stains and sanitize your Beauty Blender from the inside out - keep reading below!
Using a brand new Beauty Blender can be intimidating, knowing that you're moments away from having a stained applicator. Don't fret! After one simple makeup application, all Beauty Blenders will look used, but can easily be restored to their original condition. Heavy stains will appear on the sponge where you most frequently apply makeup; for me the two worst spots are up top near the tapered point and down at the rounded bottom.
For a while, I was cleaning my Beauty Blender with a pump of hand soap after each time I applied foundation. Not only did I go through containers and containers of bottled soap, but my Beauty Blender was still stained! So, after many trial and error situations, I've found the best way to remove stains and have a guaranteed clean. It's a simple and inexpensive way that yields the best results. You'll need any bar of soap - I had a few generic brands in my linen closet, so I figured I'd give them all a try. Pictured below are Irish Spring, Lever 2000, and Dial Gold.
You can kill two birds with one stone by cleaning your Beauty Blender while you shower, or you can do it at the bathroom sink, like I did. To begin, start with turning on the faucet with lukewarm water and give your Beauty Blender a few squeezes (as if you were preparing it for a damp makeup application). Once the entire sponge is soaked, it's time to bring out the soap.
In order to prevent tears or rips in your Beauty Blender, you'll want a healthy water-to-soap ratio while cleaning (not enough water could initiate small tears and lead to bigger rips down the road). To effectively maintain this balance, place the bars under the running water to melt the soap. Take your Beauty Blender and glide it back and fourth in a continuous motion against the bar. After a few seconds, you'll see the stains fading away and most likely lots of foundation-tinted water.
Keep massaging the Beauty Blender against the bar of soap until it's stain-free. I repeated this process for about five minutes so when I squeezed my Beauty Blender, clear water came out. Give the Beauty Blender a good rinse to cleanse the suds away and make sure to store it in an open space to allow for proper drying. Give your sink a good wipe down to prevent caked up makeup from lingering.
Good as new! Congrats on your fully restored Beauty Blender - I bet it hasn't looked this good since you first bought it!
Although I love outdoor, greenscape photo locations, there's something special about in-home photo shoots that I adore. Your home tells a story and fills in many of the details about you as a person. In my eyes, any reason is a good reason for an in-home session - engagement, maternity, boudoir, or just because!
*Artificial light was used in the making of these photos!* We shot in the late evening around 10 pm, so light was absolutely necessary. I found that playing around with the placement and direction of the lights was an important factor in getting the soft, natural lighting that we were going for.
Morning light would be another great option for in-home photos because it's bright and augments the natural highlights. On the other hand, shooting during sunset will give you a golden light. Depending on the location and outfit choices, shooting times may vary.
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Model / Alisha