summer drug store favorites

Much like fashion, it’s great to mix both high and low end products into your beauty routine. It’s no secret that being a beauty product fanatic can get expensive…FAST.
So, I like to mix things up and try out products from Target and Walgreens from time to time.

Lately, I’ve discovered some really great products while browsing the beauty aisles. Honestly they seem to work just as well, or better, than their high priced counterparts.

best drugstore beauty productsMy summer favorites include..
The best smelling body wash perfect for after a day at the pool. Moisturizing lip balm in a number of cute shades. Exfoliating wipes, easy to grab and go for long-weekend trips. The perfect shaving cream, use it wet or dry, perfect for quick touch ups. The perfect high-pigmented lip-balm at a great price.

What are your favorite drug store products for summer?

spruce up your space

office decor inspirationprint // tray // calendar
orchid // candle // iphone dock

When I’m finding it hard to stay inspired, the first thing I turn to is sprucing up my space.

My fellow blogger pal Natalie is incredibly talented, her shop is the perfect place to find an gorgeous print to add to your office. After viewing her prints I have the sudden urge to catch the next flight out to the Almafi coast. Another easy way to lift the mood of the room, is to literally freshen it. My all-time favorite candle is from Anthropologie The “Capri Blue” scent smells absolutely amazing without being overwhelming.

Whether I’m lacking inspiration in the office or at home, changing up my surroundings can make a world of difference.

How do you stay inspired?

which beauty box is for you


As a self proclaimed beauty junkie, when I first heard about beauty box subscriptions I immediately signed up and waited patiently for my first box to arrive.

My first subscription was Birchbox. I was a loyal Birchbox supporter for about a year, but I started getting antsy for more full size products. So when I saw the Glossybox for NetAPorter collaboration, I was intrigued. Sure, it was pricier than Birchbox but the value appeared to be much greater. Now, after a year and a half with Birchbox and 8 months with Glossybox, I have a good idea about what each box offers, and what they don’t.

So, which box is for you?

Birchbox is for you if…

  • You consider yourself trendy and like to mix high and low cost items together
  • You’re a beauty product junkie
  • You love free samples at Sephora
  • You’re anxious to try the “next big thing” before anyone else
  • You are 18 and up

Glossybox is for you if…

  • You are someone who prefers luxury products from department stores or boutiques
  • You like beauty products, but you’re more “fashion focussed”
  • Skincare is one of your biggest concerns
  • You’re always looking for the perfect anti-aging or night cream
  • You are 24 and up

Let’s be honest…I can talk about the differences all day long but I’m sure you are more curious about the products that I’ve received. I’ve received great products in both of the boxes. My favorites are listed below.

birchbox and glossybox favoritesBirchbox Discoveries
Oribe color shampoo // Dr. Jart BB Cream
Coola Sunscreen // Joie Perfume

Glossybox Discoveries
Alterna hair CC Cream // Beauty Blender
Glam Glow mask // Paul Mitchel hair beautifier

 If you are on the fence about ordering a beauty box, I hope this post helped you determine which box is for you! If you are a Birchbox or Glossybox subscriber I’d love to know what you love about your box and your favorite products!


links of the week

weekend trip image via

Happy Friday! I’m taking a half-day at work today and am heading to Cincinnati for the weekend. We’re going to the Buckle Up festival tonight and will be spending the rest of the weekend relaxing by the pool with friends.

In case you haven’t heard…the Nordstrom Anniversary sale starts today. I’m loving these earrings and this cheek palette. 
Speaking of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, how amazing does Rachel look in her head to toe sale finds?
For all of my fashion bloggers out there, this article is a great resource for pose tips!
I finally purchased a fitness band, I’m glad I held out this long since Tory Burch just released her collaboration with Fitbit!
Loving Amanda’s engagement pictures! I give her serious kudos for looking so amazing during the hot Florida summer!

Hope you all have an amazing weekend!!

wear to work: summer professional

outfit to wear to work in the summer
1 (on sale!) // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

Working gals, is it just me or is dressing for work in the summer far more complicated than other any other season?

As a quick reminder, I work for a ad agency so my daily dress is more casual than a “corporate” job. Although when I visit a client, who is typically in the corporate world, I like to dress a little bit nicer than my typical 9-5 wear. This task is a breeze (no pun in tended) in the fall and winter months, but provides a unique set of challenges in 90 degree heat.

I’m loving this outfit for a number of reasons. This shirt dress is nice enough for a client meeting but is also lightweight and can be easily dressed down or up depending on the accessories. In my industry, accessories are a great way to show your personality. These fun sunglasses and cute bracelet have “trendy and creative” written all over them. Pair these pieces with a classic pump and bag and you are striking the perfect balance between professional and not taking yourself too seriously.

Do you have any tips for dressing for work in the summer? I’d love to hear them!