During the fall and spring semesters here at Florida State, I am usually can be found on campus in an oversized sorority sweatshirt, or a frat tank paired with a messy bun and a vanilla iced coffee in hand. Just like many of us who are just trying to make it through another week of papers, projects, and exams, I don’t have much of an opportunity to show case the fashion that fits my personality. It is difficult when
People’s inventory for a while, yet I love how they’re always switching around the lace patterns and bringing in new colors for me to obsess over! How many is too many when it comes to owning a dress (or several for that matter,) that keep you calm and breezy in this Florida summer heat? The limit does not exist! At least in my book.
This spring, I wore the tea colored dress (as pictured above,) to a Greek Event, and wore the Red and Pink colored dress to a Girls Valentine’s Day party (shout out to my Galentines!). You can also spot me in this same dress in vibrant orange by the pool, and in black and grey by the beach. If you’re feeling inspired enough to give this versatile piece a try, beware!
I will keep you updated with more pictures and details about the trends I am loving this summer as I have more time to explore around Tallahassee and online shopping. In the meantime, take my advice about lightweight and vibrant sundresses, I promise you’ll be just as surprised as I was! In fact, there is a way to eliminate summer heat while spending time outside of your favorite bikini. XOXO
Nothing but Light,
I think we can all agree that music makes us feel good! There are many genres of music to satisfy everyone’s soul. Now that it is summer time, it is the perfect time for music festivals! Whether you’re into hip-hop, R&B, rap, rock, alternative, or EDM, music festivals are perfect for a summer adventure. My first music festival was Hangout Music Fest 2016 in Orange Beach, Alabama. This beach side music fest is only about an hour drive from my hometown and luckily I got to attend for the second year! Many people have never heard of Hangout Fest, but they have awesome lineups that include big time artists such as Chance the Rapper, Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots, and Phoenix who were the headliners for this year. If you’re anything like me who is down to rave with some of the coolest DJs, I spent a lot of time in the Boom Boom Tent. The variety of artists who go each year makes this festival fun for everyone, even for the slightly older generation who listened to Shaggy back in the day! (Yep, he was there.) If you’re down for a weekend on the beach listening to your fave tunes with your festy besties, then Hangout is the place to be!
Some artists tend to perform at multiple festivals and because of some of the life changing performances I saw at Hangout, I decided the day after I got back to Tallahassee that I was going to buy a ticket to Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee! Headliners for Bonnaroo were U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd and Chance The Rapper (he was even better the second time)! The two festivals are so different considering for Bonnaroo you are camping for four days on a huge farm, and I mean HUGE! My Roo Crew and I decided to leave on the first day the festival began to make it just in time for three of the DJs perform later that night. The plus side of us going a little later was we did not have to wait in line for them to check our cars, but we ended up at one of the farthest campsites on the farm. Of course, it did not affect the excitement we had for the upcoming weekend. The five of us set up our campsite with one small tent, a canopy with chairs and a table, and another tent that could fit ten people! For me the camping part was an experience. At night, it got to 55 degrees, but by 7:00 am the sun was smiling through our tents creating a sauna that led me to going in my car and sleeping with the air conditioning on for a few more hours to sleep. (I know, I’m awful.) As for the music part of the weekend… I am so sad that the weekend is over because OMG it was amazing!! Everyone is so friendly, there are endless amount of food tents with a variety of things from burgers and fries to Greek pitas and gyros! There was always music playing throughout the farm whether you’re watching Red Hot Chili Peppers on What Stage, Louis the Child (OBSESSED) on The Other, Flatbush Zombies at This Tent or Travis Scott on Which Stage. The lineup this year was stacked with the most amazing artists that I had the chance to watch and will never forget!
As I am in a post-depression state after probably the best weekend of my life, I started looking at upcoming music festivals. If you're looking for a weekend for great music close to Tally in September, Music Midtown in Atlanta just announced their lineup today! Although it is not really an EDM festival, Mumford & Sons, Bruno Mars, Blink-182, and Future are the headliners along with many other great artists. As of right now, the next music festival I will be attending is Voodoo Music and Arts Festival in New Orleans from October 27-29! (I kind of impulsively bought my ticket the other day.) The lineup just came out last Tuesday and all I must say is Louis the Child, I will see you for a third time, front and center!
That Summer Glow
• Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream
• Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer
• Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins (Mask/Mositurizer)
• Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask to Quench Skin's Thirst
• Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay
• Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores
• Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash
Some of my favorite products are the Origins moisturizers because they wake my skin in the morning,
and are light enough to wear throughout the day alone, or underneath my makeup. I find that I am less
likely to be oily throughout the day or at night if I moisturize early in the morning and turn to a heavy one
at night. Moisturizing at night leaves my face feeling almost heavier because of its hydration. The
products I use on my face in the morning are a part of the Origins GinZign line that is made for tired
and achy skin. After a trip to the beach, or a hike through Providence Canyon my skin is usually tired
the next morning. This really helps to keep my skin moisturized and smooth while keeping my face
from feeling oily. The GinZing line also has a body lotion that I haven’t tried yet because I don’t like the
feel of lotion on my skin. However, I encourage you all to try it if you’re into a good morning wake up and a refreshing start to the day. I like to apply a thin layer of the products from the GinZing line before
starting my day because they’re infused with coffee beans, giving your skin the perfect wake me up,
and a moisturizer that matches the iced coffee I am bound to end up with in hand shortly after.
At night, I like to transition between the Night-A-Mins and the Drink Up Intensive mask., I probably use the Drink Up Intensive Mask once a week, the only time I would use it twice a week is if I had a sunburn, but I barely burn (sun block saves lives people!). I have found that they are both thick and moisturizing but the Night-A-Mins is for more of a regular use, so it is lighter than the Drink Up Intensive, because it is such an intense hydrating mask. At first, I was skeptical about it, because when I woke up I felt like my skin was still thick in the mask and I felt oily throughout the day, but I am sure that’s because I was using too much of it and not rinsing my face off well enough in the morning. So remember ladies, everything in moderation. That said, I always reach for the Drink Up Intensive after I’ve let my skin sit underneath the charcoal mask. I really couldn’t pick between the two as to which is my favorite, but I can tell you, after being in the sun all day or even when having a quiet night in, it feels so good to hydrate my skin.
Image 2 - from left to right: Clear Improvements Charcoal Mask, Skin Retexturizing Rose Clay Mask, Origins Night-A-Mins, Origins Drink Up Intensive Hydrating Mask
Though I stick religiously to my moisturizers and masks, I am sure there are probably some tricks out there for their peel off masks and their Rose Clay mask. The Charcoal peel off really does clean my pores well and leaves my face feeling so smooth. This is the mask (Image 2) that I love to pair with the Drink Up Intensive mask. They are sold together in a value pack at Sephora and I think it is because the combination of these two on my skin leaves a lasting effect of cleanliness, and health. Though I haven’t noticed much of a lasting impact with the Rose Mask, I will say it has these little beads in it that exfoliate while it claims to retexturize the skin. I do love a good exfoliation and I have decided when my skin feels tight or dry and I want to apply a mask on just my T zone, I reach for this. Either way, I don’t think you can go wrong with these Origins Masks.
Next up, my Holy Grail face wash is Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash! I really don’t know what my skin would look like without this. I discovered this the summer going into my senior year of high school and have been absolutely hooked ever since. I have oily/combination skin and I think using this once a day is the only thing that really cleans my skin, without drying it out, and without leaving it feeling tacky. I would really encourage anyone who hasn’t found their go to face wash to try this one out! I like to switch it up, using this at night or in the morning sometimes. I think that after a long day at work or out in the sun/heat, I would reach for this. I have nothing bad to say about this, a little product goes a long way, and I will probably continue to buy this till it isn’t sold anymore (haha please Origins don’t do that to us). When I first started using it I didn’t like how frothy it was but I think that is because I was using too much product, so if that scares you, don’t worry, again I have had to learn to have a much lighter hand with any kind of skin care or make up product.
Some other things to remember this summer when thinking of your skin are obviously sunblock, and water. I cannot express to you enough how much my acne has cleared up since I have started using Origins, but I think it also has to do with better life choices, like drinking water instead of soda. Again, everything in moderation. Water helps to clear out any dirt in your pores, and obviously keeps you hydrated, so your skin is less likely to produce so many oils. If you aren’t a fan of drinking water because it has no flavor, (no shame, I was like this for 18 years of my life,) try drinking juices instead! Some of my favorites are the Natalie’s brand lemonade and strawberry lemonade (Image 4), you have to try it! Even though juice is “juice,” the majority of it is just water and could help to give you a little flavor and hydration!
I hope you all make this summer about giving yourselves a little TLC, whether it be with skin care, drinking water, or just spending time with yourself. Remember this is the time to rebalance, reboost, and refocus before the school year starts again and were forced back into work, school, and trying to find time to tailgate (Go Noles.) Happy summer, till next time.
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