With summer officially underway, I am enjoying swapping in summertime favorites, both new and old. I’m excited to share some of my favorite things from the past month with you, ranging from clothing, accessories, and beauty items to home goods, multi-media picks, and food.
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Clothes & Accessories
❊ Picnic Days Tee – I hauled this (and my next favorite) this past spring and couldn’t be happier with the purchase! I can’t tell you how many compliments I receive when I wear this cute top. The most common remark is that it makes people hungry for watermelon!
❊ Fragola Ruffle Tank – This flowy number has also been one of my most worn pieces over the last month. It’s cute and put together looking, but easy breezy to wear. The material washes well and air dries wrinkle-free. Bonus!
❊ Birkenstock Arizona Sandals – It’s been over 15 years since I owned my first (and last) pair of Birkenstock Arizona sandals. I can’t believe I waited so long to jump back on the Birkenstock wagon! They’re super comortable, camouflage the bits of my feet I’m not particularly fond of, and have great support, especially for a slide on style sandal. I’m hooked!
❊ Stella & Dot Avalon Tote – It was love at first sight when I saw Michele (from michele1218 on YouTube) carrying around this stunning bag at the rewardStyle conference I attended in May. I promptly ordered my own and have especially enjoyed using it for travel on trips where I’m not packing all of my camera gear in my carry-on. I added a Dune London Jaffa Faux Fur Pom-Pom Keyring onto it for a little girly flair. I know it’s kind of a silly fad, but I rather like it!
❊ Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Shadow Palette – I received this pretty little palette in my June Popsugar Must Have Box and have so enjoyed using it for a light, summery look. The bright range of shades have a buttery finish and good pigmentation.
❊ Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Angelic Nude – This lipstick has been my go-to all month! It’s amazingly creamy without feeling sticky or slick. The pigmentation is amazing considering the moisturizing formula. This neutral pink has a peachy tone making it the perfect summery pop of color.
❊ Burt’s Bees Lip Shine in Blush – I discovered the Burt’s Bees lip glosses last summer when we were out at the family home in Utah and they’ve been an all-time favorite every since. The formula is creamy with a nice sheen without being terribly sticky. I find them especially nice to use in summer for no fuss no muss on-the-go application.
❊ Pacifica Island Vanilla Hand Cream – I’ve become increasingly fond of Pacifica products over the last couple of years and find myself reaching for their lotions and body washes more frequently than other tried and true favorites. I especially love their hand cream formula, which instantly sinks into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. The island vanilla scent is delightful!
I thought I would share a few of my favorite hand soaps I stock in my home.
❊ Method Gel Hand Wash – I’ve become a recent convert to liquid hand soap after many years of swearing by the foaming variety. Recently, I’ve felt as if foaming soaps don’t leave my hands feeling as clean as I’d like. I really like Method’s gel hand wash formula that provides a good clean without leaving my hands feeling stripped. There’s a wide range of scents to choose from, including fun seasonal limited edition versions with festive packaging.
❊ Yes to Grapefruit Basil Liquid Hand Soap – I only recently started using the Yes to liquid hand soap, which I hadn’t previously noticed stocked at my local Target. I keep this one by the kitchen sink. Just like with Method, the Yes to soap leaves my hands feeling clean but not dried out. The refreshing scent is a nice bonus!
❊ Fortune Cookie Soap – My favorite hand soap to keep by my sink in our bathroom is this cutie from Fortune Cookie Soap company. I like the way it fits perfectly in my hands. Fortune Cookie Soap offers their namesake product in a variety of fun scents and colors.
❊ Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris – My husband, Don, and I listened to this laugh out loud autobiography on a recent car trip down to St. Louis to visit my brother’s family. Not only did it keep us well entertained on an otherwise tedious drive, but it was one of my favorite autobiographies that I’ve ever listened to!
❊ BBC Earth Life – I’ve been a huge fan of Planet Earth ever since it came out in 2007 and have watched each episode many times. Imagine my joy at learning of this similar series released in 2010. I’m not sure how it took me so long to hear about it, but I’m glad I finally did! I love these high quality nature documentaries that showcase the beauty and wonder of our planet.
We’ve been traveling up a storm so far this summer and I’ve been on the hunt for tasty and filling travel-friendly snacks. I found a couple in the last month that fit the bill perfectly!
❊ 365 Everyday Value Thai Curry Cashews – I picked up these seasoned cashews on a whim for a gathering with friends and couldn’t be happier that I did, because now I’m hooked! I keep a handful in a reusable snack bag in my purse and carry-on for an easy on-the-go pick me up.
❊ Cascadian Farm Organic Protein Chewy Bars – I like the idea of a granola bar for convenience, but have had trouble finding ones I really like in the past. Either they’re super tasty but not very healthy or are better for you, but taste like cardboard (in my opinion). These bars strike a nice balance. No, they’re not the healthiest pick and they’re rather calorific, but they’re a tasty and filling option when I’m in the need of a bigger snack without any other options.
If you’d like to hear more about my June favorites, check out this video:
It’s giveaway time! I wanted to share the awesomeness that is the Stella & Dot Avalon Tote with you. The June 2015 Favorites Giveaway will run until Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 6 PM CT. The giveaway is open internationally. All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter. TWO winners will receive an Avalon Tote in blush and a Dune London Jaffa Faux Fur Pom-Pom Keyring. You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below (check out this blog post for more information on entering Rafflecopter giveaways). I’ll announce the winners on THIS blog post and contact them directly through email, as always. Good luck!
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I would love to know what some of your June favorites were if you care to share. Wishing all who celebrate a happy and safe Fourth of July!
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