My two favorite nail colors to wear in the summer and new products!


I love the bright nail polish that pops up more during the summertime. I’ve never been a red nail kind of girl, but anything with a slightly orange undertone is right up my alley.

This summer I’ve been alternating between soft, sheer pinky whites, or brighter orange based hues! I keep a gel manicure on my nails somewhat regularly, but if I‘m going to polish my nails myself, I’m going to almost always use either Essie Gel Couture or CND Vinylux, both with their dedicated top coat.

Essie recently launched a new Gala collection and I’ve been LOVING Style Stunner and Sizzling Hot. They are so fun on toenails too!

I also tried their new TLC line that they relaunched with more color impact. I tried the original TLC colors but they were almost too sheer to make it worth polishing your nails, but the new shades are JUST like their original colors but with extra nail care benefits! I’m wearing TLC in a blush and I loved it. I got a few days wear out of it, which doesn’t sound like much but that’s pretty standard for my life right now.

Gel Couture and Vinylux give me at LEAST 5 days, sometimes 7-9 days, and thats why I usually reach for those lines!

I think I like the big contrast in going from a bright orange-y shade to a softer white one. I can’t handle straight white nail polish because it reminds me of polishing my nails with white-out and then coloring over it with highlighter in middle school. (Am I the only one who did that? Tell me I’m not alone!)

More of my favorite summer nail colors here and here!

Mid-summer beauty favorites


I’m rounding up a bunch of new products I’ve been loving, from cleaners to foundation! I mentioned this blog post in the video if you want to learn more about that new Smashbox foundation!

Products Mentioned!

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillowtalk

Smashbox Photofinish Primerizer

Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer

Revlon Cream Eyeshadow in 715

Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser

Smashbox Studio Skin Face Shaping Foundation Stick in 1.0

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil

Anthelios 60 Face and Body Melt in Sunscreen SPF 60

Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 45

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin Clay Mask

Ole Henriksen Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub

Tarte Clay Play palette

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Lace and sage green


It’s hard to get into the clothes/style of the next season when it’s 100 degrees outside. You simply cannot imagine how hot it was the day we shot these photos. I was working on a fall-ish project so I had to wear these pants!

I was at a styling appointment at Trunk Club in Chicago recently and my stylist brought out these pants for me to try. I loved the color, as it’s a bit lighter than another pair of more structured green pants that I own, and thought they would be a great summer into fall option. They are thin too, and have a very slight bit of stretch.

I found the lace top at Target in Wisconsin and haven’t found it around these parts yet! I love it! I’m going to try wearing it over a few dresses that I have so I can get a few other uses out of it, but in the meantime I kept it simple with this easy, neutral outfit.

bag, booties (similar on sale!), pants (similar under $100, similar under $45), camisole, lace top, necklace, earringsnail color, hair tutorial

For more recent simple outfit ideas, check out here and here!

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