Happy long weekend! We’ve got a sort of lazy weekend ahead and I’m actually not too upset about that. We are planning on a few cookouts at home (and testing out a couple of new recipes in our smoker!), maybe taking Jackson to a movie if it rains and getting our house all ready for summer with flowers, plants and setting up our patio.
For the weekend here on the blog, I’ve rounded up the very best Memorial Day weekend sales, along with my top picks from each one:
Ann Taylor // 50% off full-priced styles with the code SUMMER50
This simple sleeveless caftan is the perfect weekend dress (or, in my case, for looking stylish while running around with the kids during the week on hot summer days!). There’s also a striped version available.
I’m still a fan of matching sets and I love this bold tropical print!
This cute drapey skort is a summer essential for casual days or dressy nights.
BURU // 25% off site wide with the code MEMORIAL25
I have this Ace & Jig jumpsuit and, trust me, it’s lightweight and amazing!
This Rachel Comey dress is safari inspired and would be so cute with high wedges and some layered necklaces, or with some flat gladiator sandals for playdates!
Off-the-shoulder is a huge trend for summer and on that trend you’ll find that this dress is a pretty one, as is this one. I also love this pretty lace top with white jeans, you can’t go wrong with this striped top and this one is part of a cute matching set.
This weekend is the official kickoff to summer travel! Our travel schedule this summer is pretty minimal, as most of our plans are based around what the kids would want to do or what destination is the easiest with the amount of stuff we now have to tote along with us. That being said, Clint and I have a serious travel bug and have texting ideas to each other for weeks about our first solo vacation, which we hope will be put on the calendar in the near future!
The lovely ladies from Mirth Caftans know a thing or two about travel and I was really excited when Erin offered to share some of her favorites from one of the places on my “must visit soon” list: Costa Rica. She and her husband travel to Nosara, Costa Rica very year as sort of a refresh (including a digital detox, which I know I’m sort of craving right now!).
They love the Harmony Hotel, where, after morning juices from the hotel’s own farm, you can spend quiet days at the beach surfing, splashing or just relaxing. Erin also recommended sunset drinks at La Luna and a little shopping at Bazzar Nosara.
This is also the perfect destination to wear the sisters’ beautiful collection of caftans. Mirth Caftans makes so many beautiful styles that are perfect for every destination from the lake or the beach to sitting poolside at a hotel in the middle of your favorite city – or even hanging out on your own patio at home! As you know, I love a good caftan and these are so versatile and the handmade collection is so unique and special.
Shop the Mirth Caftans shown in the photos (from top to bottom):
As I’m sure you’ve seen (probably A LOT), the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale kicked off yesterday. Considering that, and that today is a Health & Happiness day here on the HSS feed, I’m sharing a quick round-up of some of my favorite Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale activewear picks. The best part about sharing these kind of sale buys is that almost ALL of them are under $100. Which, in my opinion, means I can buy more!
These tees are great for outdoor walks, running or even just being active outside with the kids. Plus, they come in lots of different colors!
This is one of my favorite workout tanks. It’s light and the open back helps keep you cool during tough workouts, and lets you show off a cool sports bra too.
It’s never a bad time to stock up on outerwear. How cute is this little peplum jacket? I also love this striped styleand this The North Face jacket is waterproof and good for chilly summer mornings on the boat or evenings by the fire pit.
These Nike Juvenate sneakers are great for that “I just went to the gym” look, whether you actually did or not.
Stay tuned for more of my finds from the Nordstrom sale, as well as some other great Memorial Day weekend sales throughout the weekend!
As you’ll see over the next couple of weeks (and probably all summer long, sorry!) here on the blog, I’m a big fan of rompers and jumpsuits. As much as I like the simplicity of throwing on a dress and calling it an outfit, I like a romper even better because of how easy it is to move around, toddler chase and pick up the baby without any wardrobe malfunctions.
The key pieces of this outfit are serious sale buys! This printed Joie romper was another great sale buy at Neiman Marcuswhen they did their First Call spring markdowns a couple of weeks ago. I had been eyeing it for a few weeks but I’m so glad I waited for the sale! The Loeffler Randallwedges are also on sale. I got them during the friends and family sale last month but they’ve been further marked down now (and come in a couple of other colors).
I’ve also been trying to pick jumpsuits and rompers (this oneand this one are in my closet, as well) that are easily dressed up and down. To dress this one down a bit, I’d add these flat sandals and a crossbody bag.
What are some of your favorite summer outfit go-tos?
Until fairly recently I haven’t really cared all that much about the cleansing part of my skincare routine. I’d really use just about anything that effectively took my makeup off and I didn’t much care if it was luxury, drugstore or otherwise.
As you probably know if you’ve been reading here for a while, I use A LOT of the Le Metier de Beaute skincare line (see here and here for old favorites!). I’ve had a good relationship with the company through Neiman Marcus and have had a chance to try a lot of their new products, all of which I’ve been really happy with. Well, until recently, they only had one cleanser and I really didn’t share much about it. Now, there are three Le Metier de Beaute cleanser options to choose from and they’re all very different. I wanted to do a round up of all of them together, show you what they look like and that way, if you’re in the market for a new cleanser, this might help you choose one!
When I use it: I prefer to use this cleanser at night. It really does a great job of taking off my makeup and it makes my skin feel nice and hydrated at the end of the day. You shake it up, put one or two pumps in your hand and then massage on your face. I actually like to foam mine up a little bit before rinsing off.
Why I like it: I’m a fan of face oils to begin with, so when the Replenishing Oil Cleanser came out, I was really excited to try it. It is very hydrating and leaves your skin very soft after washing it away.
What else?: You can also use a couple of pumps on a cotton pad for a quick makeup remover on your lips (great for removing a darker lip color or a long-wearing lipstick) or eyes.
When I use it: This one is also a brand new formula for Le Metier de Beaute and it is an exfoliating gel cleanser. I actually like to use this one in the mornings, often after I get home from a workout. I like the oil better for removing makeup, but I like this one to do before I put my makeup on. It just makes me feel clean and polished for the day!
Why I like it: I like this one because it is a very gentle exfoliating cleanser that I could use every day, if I wanted to. I used to be really good about exfoliating but when I’m short on time, I don’t want to cleanse, then exfoliate and then continue. This takes away that additional step and gets it all done in one!
What else?:This cleanser is also packed with Vitamin A, E and C which all help with wrinkles and fading dark spots. That’s another thing I love about LMdB, everything works really hard to make your skin as perfect as possible!
When I use it: I use this one with my Clarisonic a few times a week and then sort of whenever I just feel like using a simple cleanser. I’ll use it at night if I didn’t put on makeup that day or I’ll use it in the morning if my skin is feeling sensitive. It’s just a great basic cleanser.
Why I like it: This one is sort of the original cleanser in the line. It’s very soothing and it pairs so well with the toner product. It helps take off makeup but also leaves my skin very soft and smooth.
What else?: When I’m traveling, this is the only one I’ll take with me. It’s really versatile and when I’m on the go, it’s the only one I need!
You can shop all the cleansers at Neiman Marcus. If you need more help choosing which of these may be right for you, please feel free to call Kim at Neiman Marcus Troy at 248.643.3300 ext.2104.