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Check out those lemons! 

I found the yummiest crate of peaches from Costco the other day that I went back the following day to buy more of only to see they were sold out. I had picked some up from the local farmers market that left much to be desired. Typically I’ve gotten really delicious peaches from the farmers market (p.s. I’m dying for this bag), but this year was a flop for me. I’m experimenting with some different peachy desserts but I’m trying to hurry to get them posted before peach season is over!

I discovered a new podcast! It’s called “How I built it” by NPR. Basically the interviewer interviews a bunch of different entrepreneurs and business owners to ask how/why/etc they build their business or product. It’s incredibly motivating to listen to and I’d highly recommend checking it out!

Do you remember last links + loves or so when I mentioned a felt purse organizer that was recommended from another blogger? Well, I ordered it, tried really hard to like it, but ultimately kept fighting with it in my bag. Now, some of this could be the shape of the bag causing the problem, but I found that the felt was just SO stiff and didn’t soften up at all to allow for the unit to really settle into the bag. I was browsing Mochithings and found another version that looked much more promising. It’s about twice as much in price as the one from amazon, but this one is actually GREAT. And if you think about it, the thought is you will just transfer this felt organizer from bag to bag, so it can be used forever. I’ve been very pleased with it so far!

These grey sneakers look like the perfect addition to an athleisure outfit!

This looks like such a pretty summertime drink!

If you want to usher August in with a new dress, check this one out. Or this cover up if you are sneaking in one more beach trip!

Happy weekend!

More links + loves here and here!



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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