All of my PICKS from the NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE earlier this week were missing an essential wardrobe component - athletic gear! For an extra motivation to get working out or get out of a workout rut, some new gear always does the trick for me. If you can relate, run [ pun intended ] to check this sale out! All of the items are going to go back to full price soon. My personal faves are THESE capris, which easily transition from yoga to errands – I already own the legging VERSION & love them – & THESE sneakers [ neon is so fun for athletic shoes ].
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is probably my most fave sale all year. Why? All items marked down are new fall pieces at fabulous prices – some are marked down more than 50%! Don’t get me wrong, I’m still in bathing suit mode, but it’s worth checking out this sale because you won’t see deals like this in a few months. I mean, I’m dying over THESE exact replicas of the Stuart Weitzman 5050s at a fifth of the price. They would be a staple in any fall wardrobe. So bite the bullet & check out the sale, will ya?! Prices go up August 4th & shipping & returns are free! Check out my faves from the sale below.
How amazing does that spot look right now? I feel like I haven’t done enough of the bathing suit/beach/sunscreen/lounging thing this summer & that needs to change! I cannot believe we are more than halfway through July. Why is it that the best months always go the fastest? This weekend I’m heading to some fun events to try & soak up summer here in Chicago, so make sure to follow me on my Instagram & Twitterpages.
I’ll definitely be checking out some of THESE spots during my next NYC visit [ 2 weeks! ]
Yesterday, THIS inspired me to drop everything & write today’s post.
I am a huge believer that a good brow is the foundation of any face & have been tempted many times to stage brow-terventions on friends & even strangers. Seriously though a strong brow is just timeless & beautiful.
My passion for eyebrows dates back to my middle school days when I got my first wax, & the aesthetician WAY overdid it. I looked like a total whackadoo [ new word, guys ]. Ever since then I’ve been REALLY picky about who touches my brows. When even some professionals can’t get it right [ as is the case of my poor 7th grade tadpoles ], you have to be careful. Here is my advice for the perfect brow:
Less is more: Go with the natural shape of your brows. Don’t do anything drastic. If you overdid it with the tweezers or want to grow your brows out, be PATIENT. If growth isn’t happening, try out a lash serum & instead of eyelashes, put it on eyebrows. Then go to a professional. Be clear that you want natural & full. Once the natural shape has been achieved by a professional, you can keep it up at home by plucking any hairs outside of that shape.
So once you have a shape, what else?
Darken ‘em: OK, so this is rather new to me, but once I discovered how life-changing dyeing eyebrows can be, I’m a lifetime convert. If you’re in Chicago, ARCH APOTHECARY kills it, but you can always DIY it. I go dark, dark & love it. Seriously, please try this!
Upkeep: Whether you decide to keep getting your brows waxed or maintain them at home, there are a few other tricks to keep in your back pocket makeup bag.
TINTED BROW GEL // This is great for a quick touch up & the color is universally flattering [ I also really like this ONE if you want to pick a shade ].
CLEAR BROW GEL // Remember THIS post? Quickly brush on brows for a neat & groomed look in a pinch.
EYEBROW PENCIL // For defining the brows! Really any brand works. One with a spooly brush on the end is preferable so you can feather out the color.
BROWBONE HIGHLIGHTER // A shimmery highlighter helps to give the illusion of a lifted brow & bring attention to the eyes. You can also use it on the inner corners of eyes & cheekbones [ I also love THISwhich I talked about HERE ].
-Grab a bunch of FREE spooly brushes at Sephora for grooming brows. You can also spray one with a mist of hairspray & brush on brows so they stay all day!
-Check out Benefit BROW BARS nationwide for brow waxes, trims, tints & everything in between.
These recipes are all made with minimal ingredients, are Adrian James approved & allow you to maximize your pool time or whatever it is you will be doing over the holiday weekend. Just keep it simple, stupid!
Fun fact coming your way – I’ve never been to California - until tomorrow! I’m finally heading to the West Coast to celebrate the 4th with friends. I really couldn’t ask for a better way to spend my favorite holiday. Exploring, catching up with friends & surfing are all on the list. Maybe I’ll never come back?
I’m in England until tomorrow, so instead of my usual Friday Five, I thought I’d offer up some lessons I’ve learned in the first five years of being in my twenties. Take it or leave it
1. Life doesn’t follow a plan…& that’s OK. Growing up, many of us experience a level of comfort that comes with having a set plan; we go to school from about age 5 – 18 & then most of us go on to college. Life seems pretty easy — you go to school & then you get a job, right? Not so fast. Once you graduate life seems to take on new twists & turns. My advice? Hold on & enjoy every minute. Things are not always going to go according to that plan you had in your head…so breathe & smile.
2. Friends come & go…& that’s also OK. I’ve always been the quality over quantity type when it comes to friends, but that by no means counts me out of bad friendships, bitter fights & negativity. I’ve seen it all. Examine that friendship & if it’s worth it to you, work on it; but too many times, people hold on to a friend that is poisonous. In the end, it’s not worth it. Who wants to drag a ton of bricks behind you? Not me.
3. Follow your heart & the rest will fall into place. I’m a big believer in what you put out into the universe is what you receive back. Following your truth shines a positive light on your individual journey & in turn breeds more positivity. If you are unhappy, more unhappiness is bound to make its way into your life. Don’t stay in a bad job/bad relationship/bad situation…follow your heart above everything else & it won’t lead you astray.
4. Speak up about an issue otherwise it’s not really an issue. This one I learned the hard way. I’m a nice person. I try & avoid conflict because I try & avoid negativity, but sometimes you HAVE to face a situation head on & stirring up a little negativity is OK sometimes. Just because you are upset about something, doesn’t mean it’s going to magically disappear unless you confront what’s bothering you. The issue is only in your head until you put it all out on the table. There isn’t a shortcut, unfortunately.
5. Change is scary, but necessary. While I don’t LOVE change [ does anyone? ], I embrace it fully in my life: I went to boarding school, I moved far away for college, I relocated to Chicago knowing not a soul…& I could continue the list. I recently read a study about the “secret” to happiness….wanna know what it was? Happy people push themselves past their limits & comfort zones because they know the pay off is worth it in the end. I’ve known people who are incredibly unhappy, but are scared of changing a situation, so they stay unhappy. Please don’t do this! I promise that change is worth it & it can lead to AMAZING things!
6. Time with friends is as important as time alone. I’m a naturally independent person who absolutely needs time alone to stay sane, but as I’ve gotten older & progressed through my 2os, I’ve realized laughter & time with friends is essential to feeding your heart & soul. Everything can be done alone, but good friends are solid foundations that enrich life. Plus, who else is going to drink with you on a Tuesday night?!
What are the most important lessons you have learned?