Knits and Prints

Somedays I'm perfectly content throwing on a cozy knit sweater, skater skirt and a perfectly printed shoes, or in today's case, bootie. Simple, with only a few key pieces but just enough to pop. Hello weekend wear...
Skirt TJMAXX, Booties Nordstrom Rack, Sweater c/o Concrete Runway, Bag Caroline Hill, Bracelets Gorjana & Sira and Mara
 Also, these Vince Camuto booties...$34 via Nordstrom Rack - yes, please.

Summer Closet Organization + Shopping

By now most of you have packed away your winter coats and pulled out your summer dresses, in my case we're kind of just now doing that. In my defense the weather has been slightly on the unreliable side, it was literally 55˚ yesterday. I'm used to it by now and I have started to move the jackets to the closet where they'll hide out until Fall, and the light layers and dresses to the racks so they can finally get the sunshine they deserve. A couple Bottled Starbucks® Iced Coffees (because I can't be bothered to brew when I'm dealing with the clothes explosions that occur during such transitions) and I'm set to get organized and ready for the warmer months. 

My favorite tips for getting the closet (Spring and) Summer ready:
+ Move the heavy pieces to the back, or in my case, the actual closet. Fold up your sweaters (never hang!), scarves and winter accessories and throw them into a space bag for maximum space saving.

+ Light layers, blouses and dresses to the front, organized by color (if you're into that) and closet staples  like: tees, crisp blouses and blazers.

+Boots to the back of the closet with rolled up magazines to keep them upright.

+ Sandals and Open toed shoes, front and center - with the addition of a new pair of two, right?

+ Organize drawers with shorts and skirts toward the front for easy access, I swear I have an out of sight out of mind complex, so I forget things are there if there not infront of me. 

+Start planning your Summer Essentials. My list includes a new white blazer, a few colorful midis paired with a couple new cropped tops and a few printed heels to add that extra pop. 
Shop My Picks:

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Sneakers + A Blazer

For those days where I'm toting kids, furniture or even groceries I more than likely throw on a semi practical shoe to keep things simple. However, what I lack in the footwear department I have to make up elsewhere, and somehow this blazer over my slip dress is just what I had in mind.
dress lulu's, blazer target, shoes marshalls, bag debshops, necklace sole society

Navy Leopard

I feel like you can never have a shortage of dresses, each one is different and can be styled numerous ways. When I saw this one the leopard and lace immediately won me over and I knew that it would be the perfect addition to my dress collection. Throw on with my moto jacket made it perfect for an impromptu date night.
Dress, Jacket R&R for Kohl's, Shoes Call It Springm, Bag Marshalls

Coppertone CLEARLYSheer Summer Kick Off

Disclosure: This post has been brought to you by Coppertone.

Last week you may have spotted (via Instagram) that I was starting my Summer off on the right foot at the Coppertone Kick Off Party, where we were treated to braids, fun summer DIY’s and of most importantly, summer skincare tips. I was lucky enough to get a first-hand look at the new CLEARLYSheer line and get some one on one time with from leading NYC dermatologist,  Dr. Elizabeth K. Hale. Where she shared common summer skincare misconceptions, from using the right SPF to how to stay properly protected when being active outdoors during the summer months (which you can see below in the video!).

Another must have item on her list (and now mine) is the CLEARLYSheer Line from Coppertone, which can be found nationwide at food, drug, mass and internet retailers with a suggested retail starting at $9.99 for the body lotions and sprays. The line will keep your pores (clog) free with their lightweight, fast absorbing, moisturizing formulas for Beach & Pool and Sunny Days. Both, leaving your skin soft and smooth, with the appropriate broad spectrum protection that you need. Of course, they come with a great scent that won’t leave you smelling like the beach, if that’s not your thing.  And if you’re a water gal, you get 80 minutes of water resistance! Looks like I’ll be toting these new must haves to Florida with me next month.
Don’t forget to check out the video for more tips from Dr. Hale...

Lulu's Style: Peach Romper Two Ways

I'm all about a one piece wonder for just about every occasion, especially when feminine details are involved. The Beg Your Garden Romper is just that, it's all play with a touch of girlish details with the adorable ruffles. I'm sure it goes without saying that it's been getting a lot of play this season, so much so that I broke it down to two of my favorites, festival ready and weekend glam. It's amazing how simple additions recreate the entire look for more wear, because trust me, you're not going to want to take this romper off. How would you wear it?
Shop The "Festival" Look:
Romper//Gladiator Sandals//Bag (It's reversible!)//Rings//Necklace (and love this one)//Belt

Shop The "Weekend Glam" Look: 

5 Things With UncommonGoods

When it comes to decorating our apartment I'm always looking for quirky yet small ways to make things pop. I love playing with textures, colors and unique ideas. Recently I was introduced to UncommonGoods, a beacon for creative and handmade gifts, most importantly home decor. I can't even tell you how long it took me to narrow my favorites down to just five, but when I did I knew these pieces would be the perfect fit for the apartment. Best part each piece is $26 or under, so buy one for a friend or yourself and not break the bank. And if you're not really in the market for home goods, their personalized gifts and jewelry are also a home run. 

2. Cube Planter, $20
3. Caterpillar Bud Vase, $20
 (My personal favorite. It's perfect for when the boys bring me home picked flowers)
5. Dessert and Baking Salts, $19 (set of 6)
Which is your favorite?

Red and White

I've always been a fan of a bold pant, usually I'm a wide leg kind of gal but I kind of fell in love when I tried these Chaiken "Ona" tuxedo pants. I'm thinking they're the perfect foundation for dressing things up for the office or down with a graphic tee. A bold pop of color with every ounce of quality, with luxe Italian fabrics made to fit in all the right places. I loved throwing the pants together with the white blazer for contrast and just an extra touch of color coming from the bag. Hello summer style!

Love them, right? I've teamed up with Chaiken to offer one lucky lady a $500 gift certificate to the store! Enter Below, you don't want to miss out on these USA designed and made gems....
Pants c/o Chaiken, Shirt Nordstrom Rack, Necklace Sole Society, Shoes Debshops, Bag Marshalls

Clarins Double Serum in Review

If you were following along last month you might remember that I started using Clarins Double Serum in conjunction with their 30 Day of Beautiful challenge. Well, it's been 30 days, and I kind of love it. 

For me, the serum was light and left my skin feeling smooth long after application (I went ahead and applied in the morning and at night, I have oily breakout prone skin and I didn't have one issue).  And as promised, it definitely minimized my pores and evened out some of redness that's been hanging around since winter. Now, Clarins Double Serum also promises firmer skin and less wrinkle visibility but being that I'm only 27 and the aging is just now starting to begin I didn't see a huge difference in my skin. I will say, starting things early doesn't hurt, Am I right? End Result: I'll probably repurchase, it's been 30 days and it's barely 1/4 empty so for the splurge that it is, it's going to last awhile and keep my skin smooth and semi-poreless. So, worth it. 

Now, there's still a little bit of time to enter the #30daysofbeautiful challenge, so head over to Instagram, snap a picture of something you find beautiful, tag it with the hashtag and you just might win a bottle to try for yourself! (Ends May 22nd at 11:59 PDT

Clarins combines two age-defying formulas into one ground breaking serum that firms skin, reduces wrinkles, evens skin tone and minimizes pores. 90% of women find it more effective that their current serum. Proven for all skin types, all ages, and all ethnicities

Compensation was provided by Clarins USA. via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Clarins USA.