4th of July Looks!

I am starting to get really excited for the 4th of July! Julianna is old enough this year to actually do some fun activities! I don’t think we will take her to see fireworks, but I do think we will picnic and playground it!

Here are my favorite 4th of July looks! Hopefully it will inspire you!

This first look is simple, basic, cute, and patriotic! Perfect for any 4th of July activity!

Tee from Old Navy

This second look is all from LOFT! The tank is so soft and the shorts are super comfy! I tied the tank to the side, but you could tuck it in. You could also pair this tank with jean shorts! So cute!

Okay ya’ll I saved my absolute favorite for last! (I know, I am only doing three looks because I could go on forever if I didn’t stop!) Lastly, a romper from the Pink Lily Boutique. Check out their website, THE BEST! I will most likely be wearing this one on the 4th of July! This romper would be great for anything that you do on the 4th!

Side Note- you could really wear anything red, white and blue (obviously)! I also think gingham and white shorts would be cute, too!

Happy Fourth of July! Now go celebrate with a glass of Prosecco!

Cheers, Megan xoxo

Nails!

As always, here is my disclaimer. I am by no means an expert or a licensed nail technician. What I am about to share is what works for me!

For as long as I can remember I have always painted my nails and took care of them. I cut, file and trim my cuticles. Here are some easy tips that work for me:

  1. Always take off nail polish before getting in the shower. Nail polish remover is so strong. So I have always felt like showering right after really gets the remover all off. Here is the remover I use. https://www.target.com/p/nail-polish-remover-solution-6-fl-oz-up-38-up-8482/-/A-51333136
  2. Remove cuticles when soft, most likely after your shower. Be careful the tool can be sharp. I use the Revlon cuticle remover and have for as long as I can remember. https://www.amazon.com/Revlon-Beauty-Tools-Cuticle-Trimmer/dp/B00GSV317E/ref=sr_1_6?crid=2PCAFCRW57BSY&keywords=revlon+cuticle+trimmer&qid=1560988082&s=gateway&sprefix=revlon+cuticle%2Caps%2C190&sr=8-6
  3. Next, file and cut your nails. Only cut if you really need to.
  4. Put on some Burts Bees Cuticle Cream. Ya’ll this stuff is the best! https://www.amazon.com/Burts-Bees-Cuticle-Cream-Butter/dp/B000WR47VY/ref=sr_1_7?crid=1T4ZUYKSPTW0I&keywords=burts+bees+cuticle+cream+lemon+butter&qid=1560988196&s=gateway&sprefix=burts+bees+cutic%2Caps%2C145&sr=8-7
  5. Okay, you are ready for polish! Obviously I can’t pick your color! (See some of my faves below) Always do a clear base coat, two coats of your color (unless you feel the color needs more), and then one top coat. Here is my absolute favorite top coat- https://www.target.com/p/sally-hansen-nail-treatment-45121-advanced-hard-as-nails-strengthening-top-coat-0-45-fl-oz/-/A-52476310

Now, you just have to let them dry. That top coat actually dries pretty fast! Some of my favorite polishes are:

-OPI Be There in a Prosecco (obvs!)

-OPI Bubble Bath

-Essie Gel Couture Wearing Hue?

-Essie Gel Couture Pre-Show Jitters

-Essie Fiji

-OPI Aurora Berry-alis

-OPI You Don’t Know Jacques!

-OPI O Suzi Mio

As you can see it is really nothing fancy! Side Note- I also love to go get gel manicures! 🙂

Now go fill up your glass of bubbles! I have Sparkling Rose tonight!!

Cheers, Megan xoxo

LOFT Links (and one Nordstrom)

Sweater Tank- https://www.loft.com/ribbed-v-neck-sweater-tank/496567?skuId=27417454&defaultColor=9787&catid=catl000012

Scalloped White Shorts- https://www.loft.com/scalloped-shorts-with-4-inch-inseam/493179?skuId=26647913&defaultColor=5835&catid=cat610124

Tees- https://www.loft.com/vintage-soft-pocket-tee/471580?skuId=25300130&defaultColor=6181&prodId=471580

Red, White & Blue Tank- https://www.loft.com/striped-vintage-soft-tank/505912?skuId=27539361&defaultColor=9000&catid=catl000011

Off the Shoulder- https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/gibson-x-hi-sugarplum-santa-fe-rickrack-off-the-shoulder-top-regular-petite-nordstrom-exclusive/5192731

My Top 12 Beauty Products!

These are my current favorite beauty products. From hair, skin, nails, etc!

  1. Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo- Literally the BEST! It is a bit on the pricey side, but so worth it! If you subscribe to their emails they have sales all the time. I just got BOGO! If you need something more affordable try Batiste! I love this one too. Honestly, I switch off between these two! https://www.amazon.com/Batiste-shampoo-original-300ml-10-10/dp/B07MGZ6X2Q/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?keywords=batiste+dry+shampoo&qid=1560298525&s=gateway&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1 Amika Link- loveamika.com (it wouldn’t let me copy the exact link)
  2. Urban Decay Makeup Primer– Ya’ll this stuff is a GAME CHANGER! It is such a good product. It hides pores, blackheads, all those things you don’t want seen!! I stared using it in September and I will never look back. https://www.ulta.com/optical-illusion-complexion-primer?productId=xlsImpprod15371011
  3. Biolage ColorLast Shampoo & Conditioner– This brand is overall great! I can’t say enough good things and what it does for my hair. It goes on sale a lot at Ulta, too! https://www.ulta.com/biolage-colorlast-mini-kit?productId=xlsImpprod18451161
  4. Cetaphil Face Bar– This has also been a game changer for me. I have problematic skin, to say the least. Ever since I switched to this face bar I have really seen a difference in my skin. You can also use this bar on your body. https://www.amazon.com/Cetaphil-Deep-Cleansing-Face-Types/dp/B074ZGHFRM/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=cetaphil%2Bface%2Bbar&qid=1560299120&s=gateway&sr=8-3&th=1
  5. Simple Gel Cream– Okay, I have to be honest I just started using this and I am IN LOVE! It is so hydrating and not oily! I literally use a pea size amount. I really like the gel, too! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076TBCFWR/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  6. Urban Decay Naked Foundation– This foundation gives you medium to full coverage. I started using it in September (same time as the primer) and these two together…wooooooohoooo! It gives your skin such a natural finish. https://www.ulta.com/naked-skin-weightless-ultra-definition-liquid-makeup?productId=xlsImpprod4550001
  7. Elf Makeup Setting Spray– If you don’t use a setting spray, you need to start. The stuff I use is literally $4 and makes such a difference. My makeup lasts so much longer! It also can be a great refresher if you have plans after work, date night, etc!https://www.elfcosmetics.com/makeup-mist-and-set—small/85023.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI9of6p9ji4gIVkISzCh2Vrg0qEAYYASABEgJzx_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
  8. Dead Sea Mud Mask– Doing this twice per week and the face bar has made my skin so smooth and less troublesome. You literally apply it, let it dry for 10 minutes and rinse! Done! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XTAFYKY/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_4?smid=A12Z2DZT072EWQ&psc=1
  9. Hair Spray– I use Its a 10 Miracle Spray. I kid you not, this hair spray is a miracle. I have fine hair. So when I curl it I need a strong hold. This stuff works and lasts all day!! I use it when I straighten my hair, too. https://www.amazon.com/Its-10-Miracle-Finishing-Spray/dp/B004ZF04PW/ref=sr_1_3?crid=1KSAKAN45LL7D&keywords=its+a+10+hairspray&qid=1560299644&s=beauty&sprefix=its+a+10%2Cbeauty%2C154&sr=1-3
  10. Naked Eye Shadow Pallet– Love these colors! It is a bit on the pricier side. But if you watch, you can get it on sale. I got mine for $25! The colors are for day and night! https://www.macys.com/shop/product/urban-decay-naked-eyeshadow-palette?ID=556313
  11. Essie Gel Couture– I paint my nails all the time. This nail polish lasts for a bit longer than others. It has a really nice glossy finish. See the link for the most recent color I ordered! You have to get the special top coat!https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GJ4N14M/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  12. NYX Butter Gloss– The BEST lip gloss! It is so creamy and has so many colors to chose from! My absolute favorite is Creme Brulee. https://www.amazon.com/NYX-PROFESSIONAL-MAKEUP-Butter-Brulee/dp/B00BKH9HRE/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2HBCG8OVM9UQZ&keywords=nyx+butter+gloss+creme+brulee&qid=1560299950&s=beauty&sprefix=nyx+butter%2Cbeauty%2C283&sr=1-2

Alright ya’ll, there you have it! These are my current faves! Clearly, I am a product girl. I had trouble narrowing it down to 12!

Go fill that glass with prosecco!

Cheers, Megan xoxo

Prime Wardrobe Haul #2!

Check out my Instagram Story Highlights for the full try on!

Black Floral Romper- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HC5MGZR/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Bathing Suit- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JWN371F/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Blue Striped Romper- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077NYH6YZ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Sandals- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JBGVK6V/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Off the Shoulder Dress- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M1BVGT1/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Ruffled Floral Romper- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07F2T8PZ7/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Shorts- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07J1RPQHG/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Striped Romper- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075LW72RS/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Feel free to contact me with any questions! Time for that afternoon glass of bubbles!

Cheers! Megan xoxox

Traveling with a Baby/Toddler

As always, let me say this first. All of the things I’m about to mention is what worked for Julianna. So take it for what it is worth and use your judgement for your little one!

When Julianna was two months old we flew with her the first time. I’m telling you it was the easiest flight ever! I carried her, see our carrier below, and she slept the entire time. We woke her up to feed her but that was it! So if you have a little baby, do not worry! TSA is very flexible too about liquids when traveling with a baby/toddler.

We flew again when Julianna was about six months old. This time not as easy as the first. She was more “mobile” and more aware. We forgot about her schedule and did everything on demand for travel days. We had one rough flight where she was really fussy. We just fed her, gave her, her pacifier, and bounced her up and down. Not much more you can do. She also took a nap which helped.

Next flight she was 1! I was a bit nervous for this one. BUT she did fine. We packed A LOT of snacks and her favorite toys. We also let her get below us and crawl a bit. I know this is sort of gross but we sat on the plane for over an hour before take off, so my husband and I were desperate.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know Julianna and I recently went to Buffalo just us two girls. I was extremely nervous to fly solo with her. Not only is she walking/running now, she loves to play and can be a little “wild.” So I overpacked snacks, made her lunch to have on the plane and brought more than a few go to toys.

We took off, she sat in my lap and ate some fruit. I was like ok when is the melt down going to happen?! To my pleasant surprise she did PERFECT! I couldn’t stop bragging on her all weekend. She did great! All the snacks helped, and the fact that I had her favorite toys helped too. We also had some kind/fun seat mates! On the second leg of the trip was her lunch time, which helped as well.

Here she is happy as a clam with my watch & bracelet.

Side Note Tips:

  • Be strategic with your times, if you can!
  • Bring ALL the snacks and don’t worry about how much your kiddo is eating (take that with a grain of salt)
  • Pack your child’s favorite toys
  • Do not carry on luggage!
  • Always use the family restroom
  • Use a carseat cover if you are checking it
  • Check your stroller at the gate and pick it up at your next gate!
  • Be flexible and calm! (I know easier said then done at times)

There is really nothing fancy about this post and my advice. When it comes down to it, you know your child! Go with it!

You deserve that glass of Prosecco! Go put a bottle in the fridge for later! I already did!

Cheers, Megan xoxo