HAPPY WEEKEND + LINKS

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You may or may not be headed to the altar anytime soon, but it’s still worth it to peruse the latest bridal collections. Even if it’s just to check out the adorable Oscar de la Renta flower girls! … Pineapples as vases? Sparkly place mats? Palm Springs? This tablescape has so much goodness going on. … Leave it to Kate Spade Saturday to give us the cutest spring/summer finds – especially this top that rings in under $100. … Here’s something you don’t find everyday: neon gummi bear soaps. It makes washing up a little more… fun? … My beloved K. Jacques sandals are now available in the prettiest ocean-blue hue. Yes, please. … If there’s one healthy food that I simply can’t get enough of, it’s beets. Add blood oranges into the mix and I’m totally sold.

PINK FLAMINGOS

flamingo dress There’s something about warm weather that makes me want to load up on my prints. The spring air has me pulling out all kinds of cheeky ones – pineapples (always), zebras, palm trees, and now, flamingos. This little shift is a new favorite of mine. Not only do I love the fun print, but the shape is just so easy. It’s a throw-on-and-go kind of dress – exactly what warm, summer days call for. I’m headed out to Palmetto Bluff this weekend and this will definitely be at the top of my suitcase.

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SALE ALERT: SHOPBOP’S FRIENDS & FAMILY EVENT

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‘Tis about that time! Shopbop is hosting their Friends & Family sale.  From now until Thursday night, you’ll get 25% off your purchase with the code INTHEFAMILY14. Not only does this apply to all of their fab new arrivals (hello.), but it also includes their sale items. That means you’re getting things like this and these for 55% off. Happy shopping.

Here’s what you can’t miss:

  • Whether you’re looking for an Easter dress or just a spring-y little something, this pink dress is a must-see. It would make a cute guest-of dress at a wedding, too!
  • I’m a huge fan of Juliet Dunn. I basically live in her gauzy tunics when I’m in Harbour Island. Good news: this one is on sale! Add in the extra 25% off and you’re getting a really good deal.
  • It seems that the cold snaps aren’t quite over. This jacket keeps me warm without looking (or feeling) heavy.
  • Speaking of cover-ups, how about a pair of pants instead? These would be perfect for lounging around the pool this summer.
  • I love a one-piece swimsuit. I think this one is super chic. I’m kind of loving this sporty one, too.
  • More of a two-piece person? Here you go.
  • I can’t get enough white dresses during this time of year. This sweet eyelet one is a new favorite.
  • An extra 25% off means it’s a good time to pick  up your white jeans for the season.

MANGO SPRING/SUMMER 2014

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There are only a few online shops that I rarely go longer than a couple of days without checking. Mango is one them. It’s one of my favorite spots to find super chic – and super affordable – pieces that I can stock up on for the season. They manage to master the mix of trendier items and those perfect basics (obsessed) that you’ll wear all year long. Their latest arrivals are some of their best yet – in my opinion. I’m pretty sure that they’ve got everything you need for a complete spring/summer closet. The dresses have me especially smitten. They’ve got classic, wear-to-work pieces, easy-breezy stuff like this, and cocktail-hour numbers. The same goes for the tops, too: casual to dressy. (I love the rope detail on this one.) The accessories (this bag!) are just as good. And even better? Nearly every single item is under $100.

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SUMMER SANDALS: UNDER $100

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After last week’s post (love. those. sandals.), I decided to see what other steals I could find in sandals. It turns out there are plenty. You can snag a great pair for under $60 at places like Sole Society and Topshop - even my beloved K. Jacques can be found on sale! Whether you’re looking for a neutral-hued sandal or something a bit brighter, you’ve got options.

HAPPY WEEKEND + LINKS

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There’s truly nothing more important than showing gratitude. It’s refreshing to know that the handwritten note is making a comeback. … What’s on my shopping list? Summer sandals. I like a good buy when I find it. This pair of Dolce Vitas – classic and simple – are a great option. … Is there anything more classic than a blue and white color combination? It’s certainly my favorite. … It’s about that time: DVF is hosting her Friends & Family sale this weekend. The must-sees? This adorable little white dress and this breezy kaftan. Use the code SPRING25 at check out to receive 25% off your purchase. … I’m usually not one for arts and crafts on Easter (I prefer to spend my time baking the treats, thank you), but these gold leaf eggs might be worth a try. … Need some spring style inspiration? The streets at Australian Fashion Week are filled with it.

UNDER EYE CIRCLES

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I’ve mentioned to you all before that I’m a minimalist when it comes to my makeup. I’m not a product junkie with new colors (except for maybe when it comes to a new nail polish), and I pretty much just stick to the basics. Those basics for me include a tinted moisturizer, a translucent powder (this is a new thing for me and I really love it), a rosy blush, a little Aquaphor, and, finally, under eye concealer.  This last one is probably the most important for me. The circles underneath my eyes are getting worse. It doesn’t matter how much sleep I get, the dark circles are there.

At a recent facial, the aesthetician told me that my under eyes were extremely dehydrated. I’m religious about applying eye cream morning and night, so I attributed this dehydration to the concealer I had been using. While it’s quick and easy (not to mention, affordable), I’m pretty sure there’s some sort of alcohol in there that was drying out my skin. I realized it was time for a switch. My first thought was the one and only Cle de Peau. Every single makeup artist, magazine article, and beauty blog raves about this one. I tried it. It’s not for me. (Am I the only person in the whole world that feels this way?) It was too thick and just ended up looking cakey on my face. I really think concealer depends on your skin. It’s going to be different for every single person. I also think the concealer that works for underneath your eyes isn’t necessarily the right one to use hide blemishes, etc. Since I’ve had such great luck with Laura Mercier‘s products, I figured I should give her concealer a go. I’m pretty sure I’ve found my match – or matches, really. It’s a combination of two products – the Secret Concealer plus the Brightening Powder  that seems to work magic for me. The concealer goes on smoothly (especially if you apply it after a little bit of this) and covers up any darkness or redness. I finish it off by setting it with a quick sweep (a little bit goes a long way here) of the powder. This powder really does what it claims: brightens. It adds some lightness to my under eyes so I actually look awake. I have found that this is especially true  if you put a little extra in the inner-corner of your eyes.

Has anyone else tried Laura Mercier’s concealer or have a similar under eye routine? I would love to hear your thoughts and/or recommendations.

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THE CHICEST, SIMPLEST SANDALS FOR UNDER $100

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I was going to include these in an upcoming Style Steals post, but I think they’re too good to wait. When it comes to my summer sandals, simple is always better. I like to have a  couple of unique, fun pairs, but the rest need to be simple and easy. I actually think the the simplest pair can be the chicest. This pair from Matiko is a perfect example. You can’t get more straightforward than a leather sandal in a toe-ring silhouette. You also usually can’t find sandals like these for under $100. This pair rings in at $84 – and considering these are the types of sandals you can wear with pretty much anything and everything, I’d say that’s money well spent.