I got such a great response recently to a posting about my meClear – a blue light anti-breakout device that I’ve been using since I left for Key West – so I decided to include a little bit more information on it in today’s post. I’m spilling what’s in my summer bag. My Gigi New York Monterey tote can really pack a ton and is super lightweight which is why I’m loving it for all of my recent summer travels.
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About two months ago, I discussed my skin concerns and how debilitating they can be to one’s self-confidence. I was so incredibly moved at how many of you guys commented on that Instagram posts with your stories and struggles about living with your own skin insecurities. I recently tried high-electricity therapy on my recurring chin blemishes, and although I saw instant results, it’s not a permanent fix. (And it’s not at all practical to go to the dermatologist every time I get a breakout.) So meClear is a product I’ve been using at home to get similar results using blue light technology. I’m so thrilled that meClear has also agreed to offer you guys a 20% off promo code to try it out too. Use code LOVELY20 and let me know what you think!
Today’s post features this super cute floral halter dress by Jella C, and can you believe that it’s under $50? Neither could I when I was trying to find something to wear to our Kendra Scott Color Brunch! I found this brand on Nordstrom.com, and every piece in this line is ALL under $50 which is why I wanted to tell you guys about it today! I like to keep an eye out for new arrivals from certain brands on Nordstrom because they are budget-friendly and on-trend – and mostly because they sell out quickly. (This dress has already completely sold out on the site, but you might have some luck finding it in stores.)
Other “Under $100” brands on Nordstrom:
PLUS, don’t forget to add the Nordstrom Anniversary sale to your calendar reminders
by clicking the link below!
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Have you guys seen the current Lilly Pulitzer summer pieces that I’ve been posting about on Instagram?! There are SO many fun styles right now including tassels, two-piece sets and vibrant new prints – all perfect for your next beachy vacay. And don’t forget to check out the new collection of popular Lilly Pulitzer agendas that were recently released!
See below for a few of my recent Lilly looks while in Key West + see more of my favorites!
|Beachcomber Tunic Dress|
|Sterling pullover poncho / Walsh shorts|
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this week! If you didn’t catch any of my snaps or Instagram posts earlier in
the week about the special packing requirements for Key West, I’ll quickly
catch you up to speed on why I’m sharing my Top 5 Travel Essentials with
told that we were only allowed to check one bag a piece because our connecting
flight to Key West was a very small plane. I usually check a large bag and
bring my rolling carry-on to have the choice to either check it or bring it on
the plane with me. In this specific instance, I was told that even my carry-on
was too large to board the plane. And poor Jenn, she had two huge suitcases
(hello four day trip?) with no chance of consolidating into just one. Delta
profusely apologized and booked us on the following flight the next day. SO in
a little under 24 hours, I had to drive back to Baton Rouge from New Orleans,
unpack, repack and decide what was completely necessary and what was not.
what was actually essential to the trip, and what I was packing just because I
was either indecisive or because I had the luxury of a second bag. So, I’ve teamed up with Nordstrom to help me with today’s post, since it’s my go-to online retailer for finding ALL of the best travel products in one spot! I’ve picked a range of on-trend and on-budget items in today’s very thorough packing post – and everything can be found right on Nordstrom.com.
have, and not only that, they’re the only accessory that are really necessary
on a vacation. I have been wanting the all-black dark lens Ray-Bans for a while
now, and I finally decided that I needed them this summer for ease of seamless
outfit changes. No fuss in coordinating sunglasses with outfits!
your suitcase and end up saving you lots of room for other vital items – like
that portable steamer I never leave home without. My recent favorites that go
with everything are this criss-cross tee and this strappy tank in today’s post.
a few skirts and dresses at home to instead go with the shorts that I knew I’d
be wearing while exploring Key West. We
have daily bike rentals, so I needed to maximize the packing space with pieces
that allowed me to ride the bikes to explore!
say, but when I unpacked my large suitcase in preparation to re-pack it, I
realized that I had 4 different pairs of neutral sandals, 3 pairs of heels and
one pair of colorful sandals. Once I started throwing them in the suitcase, I’d
forget which ones were already in there. And since I had already eliminated
most of the dresses and skirts, I was easily able to nix the heels and nix some
of the non-bike-friendly sandals.
is one of the more important things that I packed with me – a little SPF and my
go-to self-tanner. Little known fact, I DO NOT sit in the sun without major
SPF, and the only tan that I ever really have is with a self-tanner! I swear by
THIS express self-tanner used with THIS self-tanning mit. I also use a variety
of suncare products including Supergoop which has smells amazing and
has some really innovative product lines. Check out Supergoop’s makeup setting spraywith 50SPF.
packing lesson! I guess we will find out in one short week when Jordan and I
visit Cape Cod for the 4th of July… and I hope that it’s in the forefront
of your mind to pack with intention next time you pack! J
Thank you to Nordstrom, one of my favorite brands, for teaming up on today’s post!
wear for 4th of July and are either A. avoiding looking like a giant American flag or B. are looking for something you can wear more than just once a year? (I mean, I’m always okay going all out for themes on holidays like this, but this year, we are going to be in Cape
Cod and Nantucket, and I’m thinking that I need some options that are a little
more classic.) So who else would I turn to than one of my favorite Southern
belles when it comes to July 4th style tips? Yes, Reese Witherspoon
– give me all of the Draper James red, white and blue goodness!
Southern dream of a clothing and accessory collection filled to the brim with
gingham that will have you saying yes ma’am and dresses and skirts that will
have you pulling out your pearls. I’ve teamed up with the Draper James team to pull together a 4th of July inspired outfit from their newest arrivals including this adorable baby blue gingham button-down and their impeccably tailored navy shorts! And I can’t forget the finishing touches – a pop of red lipstick and the Totes Y’all bag!
See the entire Draper James outfit and how I styled it two different ways + get all of the outfit details in today’s full post!
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Karen Walker sunglasses c/o Ditto
photos by Jordan Hefler