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Simply Sophisticated Summer with Banana Republic

Shoes C/O  / Denim / Top 

It's officially summer and I'm so excited to finally be able to wear my summer wardrobe. If I had to explain my styled, it would be simple, classic and at times sophisticated. When Banana Republic rolled out the Simply Sophisticated Summer Collection, I knew I had to get my hands on several of the pieces.

Summer is always filled with tons of parties, date nights and so many reasons to dress up. whether you are like me and like to keep it simple or you're into dressing up, the summer collection has got some amazing pieces for you to style your many looks this season.

These gorgeous, pointed toe sling back pumps are a new favorite in my wardrobe, I especially love the light colors and block heel. They look adorable with denim and blouse, as I styled here or paired with a pretty white eyelet dress for brunch party.

I also linked some of my favorite finds from the Banana Republic Simply Sophisticated Summer Collection.

Thank you to Banana Republic for sponsoring this post.


Tips for glowing and radiant skin

With summer just around the corner my skin has been feeling the affects of the long winter months. The cold winter weather leaves my body dry and recently I have been dealing with eczema, something I've never dealt with before.  So with bikini season upon us, my skin was in serious need of moisture and some rejuvination.  Since my obsession for body products is growing and so is my interest in maintaining glowing moisturized skin, I wanted to share some of my tips and favorite products to achieving healthier and shinier skin.

Body Scrubs

A few months ago at an event I received a shower body scrub in a goodie bag, since then I have been using it and loving the results. Not only does it feel great but it washes away any dry skin your body has on a daily basis. For mothers day the ladies in my family and I went to the local spa and I decided to get a full body scrub as my treatment. I have never done one of these before and figured I should try it out now since my skin has been majorly needing it. I highly recommend going for one of these if you have not done so before! The scrub is the perfect way to rid your body of all of the dry winter skin. I left the treatment with the softest skin I have felt since I was probably a baby... not even kidding. I was glowing and I felt extremely moisturized. I know spa treatment can be expensive so if you can't spend the money opt for a bath scrub like this one or this one . I have used both of these scrubs before and love them!

Coconut Oil

I seriously use coconut oil for everything, which is the best moisturizer for your body! After my daily shower scrub I like to moisturize with the coconut oil, which literally locks in the moisture. As I mentioned above, I have been dealing with eczema so the coconut oil helps with the itching as well. I also like to use this as an eye make up remover which doesn't irritate or dry my eyes out.  It is said that using coconut oil under your eyes every night can reduce bags and lines . Last but not least, in the summer I like to use this as a highlighter when I am going more natural. Placing some coconut oil in the corner of your eyes and on the top of your cheek bones will give you a nice glowing look. I was recently introduced to Kopari products and I highly recommend trying the Coconut Melt . Another one of my favorite products is the Kopari Coconut body glow leaving my skin shimmering, moisturized and smelling amazing!

Aloe Vera

Ever since I was a little girl I would watch as my mother would cut a piece off the aloe plant in our house and apply to her face every night! A few years back she brought over an aloe plant to our apartment as a gift and told me all of her secrets. The list of ways to use aloe was endless. Not only does it help moisturize your skin, it helps to cure acne, fight signs of aging and helps your skin really glow. You can either invest in a little fresh aloe plant or this aloe mist is a great product.

As mentioned, these are just a few of my favorite products and tips for keeping your skin looking healthy and moisturized. I am always looking for new products to try, if there is anything you use and think I would love, leave your recommendation in the comments below!


Lord & Taylor : Friends & Family

You guys, I am so sorry I am sharing this on the last day of this online sale. The Lord and Taylor friends and family sale is currently going on and mostly everything is 30% off. A lot of the stuff I linked for you is on sale with an additional 30% off. Some of these pieces I've purchased full price and now they are Under $20 or under $40 !! Such great deals. I've also linked other items for you to shop that are popular/trending or just really good prices! So seriously, hurry because today is the last day! 

This Free People off the shoulder top that I am so obsessed with, is currently on sale for $18!! I mean, that is a serious steal! It comes in several colors as well. 

Click here to shop it

Also this Free People off the shoulder sweater is under $30!!  Also comes in several colors. This is perfect for the summer, light weight enough to wear on a chilly summer night with some cut offs.

Click here to shop.

One of my favorite shoes of the summer are currently under $50!! Such an amazing price for these.

Click here to shop them.

I've also linked everything else for you to shop, just click the pictures below!


Red Floral Two Piece Set

Today has got me day dreaming about sunshine! I woke up to another gloomy rainy day, it feels like its just been none stop here in New York. I'm ready to be wearing my dresses and shorts all summer long and it just doesn't feel like its happening.. anytime soon. 

We just booked our summer vacation for the end of July, we will be heading to Miami/Key West for a week. I am so excited to explore Key West, I've been to Miami several times, but Key West is new! We're staying at this beautiful resort down in the Key's called the Southernmost Beach Resort. They have this dock on the water that just has lounge chairs for laying out, you better believe that's where I am spending my time, drink in hand! Anyways, if you have any recommendations for things to do while in Miami or the Key's please send my way. Also would love some restaurant recommendations.

I'm thinking this cute little two piece set will be perfect for the Florida sunshine & heat!


All About Gingham

A huge trend that I am loving these days is the gingham print. From big printed gingham to tiny patterned gingham, in styles such as dresses, tops, pants and even swim suits! It's a simple print that will add the right amount of pop to any look. I've rounded up my favorite gingham pieces for you to shop below. 

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