FAVORITE #1: SUMMER!!!!
I tell ya what. We are good at summer over here. Staying up late? CHECK. Sleeping in late? CHECK. Pool time? CHECK. Laying around? CHECK. Bowling? CHECK. We are OWNING summer.
On Monday we joined friends at the pool for the first time, and we were so excited to head out the door!
I received this tote as a gift, and I’m loving it. I still adore my huge Hayden Reis tote (and will definitely still use it some at the pool and always at the beach), but this new one is a bit smaller and so easy to tote back and forth to the pool.
I bought the Turkish towels (some linked are from Nordstrom, others are from Amazon) back in January with some of my Christmas money! I had a couple of friends rave about them, so I had to try them. Now, they are ABSOLUTELY DARLING. They look great draped over a chair on the patio, and I love all of the different color options. They take some getting used to because they aren’t as soft and not nearly as thick a regular towel, but the best part about them is that they roll up to practically nothing and take up barely any room in a tote! And you can also do TONS of them in a laundry load together. #momscore
If you’re a visual person, here’s what’s in the pic above:
Also, although not in the bag, I’ve been really enjoying the Supergoop CC cream applied the same way you would a tinted moisturizer! I tried THE BODY LOTION this week as well and think it’s AWESOME! And I’ve received some tips from y’all that the SETTING MIST is amazing. Look what I learned about it on their site: Just announced as SHAPE‘s Sun Award winner for “Best Over Make-Up” category, DEFENSE REFRESH SETTING MIST SPF 50 is a unique three-in-one weightless mist that sets make-up, helps control oil & shine and refreshes your defense against photoaging UV rays. With antioxidant-rich rosemary and mint to help improve skin’s complexion and deliver an invigorating essence, this is your perfect pick-me-up for fresh, flawless, sun-safe skin throughout the day.
The MINERAL SUNSCREEN continues to be my current favorite. The whole family uses it on our faces, and I use it all over Carter’s body as well. The site says it’s great to use on baby’s sensitive skin too!
It was our friend Luke’s birthday, so we celebrated with some cupcakes before leaving the pool!
FAVORITE #2: Casual Summer Duds
In the summer months, a tee and shorts are my go to uniform (with either flip flops or converse). On Saturday I threw this on when taking Carter to a birthday party. I’ve had my shoreline converse for well over a year now, and I had no idea how much I would wear them, but I’m constantly reaching for them.
Well, I started thinking that for spring and summer I would really like the bright white! (My papyrus color sold out right after I got them.) So I ordered THESE babies. In the papyrus color above, I found them to be true to size. In these white ones, I would suggest ordering down a 1/2 size. Most reviewers do say they are true to size, but I’m thinking those of us that sized down 1/2 a size might have a more narrow foot. You know these will be so cute with our $34 dress.
FAVORITE #3: MORE FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS!
You might remember this picture from last fall. This is how you can pretty much find my two guys when we are at the ranch for the weekend. Out on the dock, just hanging out, fishing, talking, listening to music, and cracking jokes.
Pretty much every single thing in the picture is something I would recommend as a gift to give for a Father’s Day git.
These are all of Chris’s favorite items. The ones that he wouldn’t want to live without!
THIS Bose speaker is his absolute favorite of the items above. And I know I talk about it every single time I do a gift guide for men…but I’m telling you….It’s THE PERFECT gift for so many guys! And talk about WOW FACTOR when your guy opens it up!!! He will take it everywhere and can play the music off of his phone anywhere! We use it on the porch at the ranch house, we take it to the neighbor’s when we get in their pool, and it’s great for when you’re grilling out or tailgating. It makes an awesome gift that so many guys would THRILLED to get!
Chris, and I say this with love :), IS A FREAK about sound quality. Seriously. Like, he was the guy in high school that had a serious system in his Ford Bronco and the neighbors may or may not have called my parents complaining about the volume of his music in the neighborhood. Nice. Anyway, as an adult, Chris remains VERY picky about the quality of sound a device puts out (he’s a total snob about it if we are going to be honest!) :), and he is very impressed with this particular speaker! There’s also a smaller and less expensive Bose option HERE.
I received this comment from a reader last time I talked about it:
I got that speaker for my husband after you talked about it for Christmas. It was his favorite gift. He uses it so much that now my sister in law is getting it for my brother for Father’s Day. It is a really great present.
And this one:
I got the Bose speaker for my husband for his birthday in February, and it was the biggest hit of any gift I’ve ever given him! He takes it to neighborhood get-togethers all the time, and guys are always wanting it for themselves. I’m always so proud that he loves it so much! Laurie in Fort Worth
So if you are still struggling with what to get the men in your life, you really should consider this speaker! I’m telling you, it’s awesome!
Another item in the picture is his Fitbit! Chris is OBSESSED with his.
THIS is Chris’s exact model. He loves it because it will tell him just about everything he cares to know all on this little screen: number of steps, number of flights of stairs, distance walked/run, calories burned. And it also tells you the time (so you don’t also have to wear a watch). And check this out, it will vibrate when you have an incoming phone call, and the band has caller id! The battery has a great life and lasts 4-6 days between charges. THIS one came out after he got his, and it’s a little bit fancier with a heart rate tracker.
Click HERE for this year’s Reef flip flops. For an extremely reasonable gift that gives you a lot of bang for your buck, these are what you need to get. DADS LOVE THEM. EVERYBODY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WILL WANT THEM. They are incredibly comfortable and hold up very well! Chris got his for Father’s Day last year, and they still look great! He’s a huge fan.
FAVORITE #4: EMBROIDERY
I’ve shown y’all a couple of embroidered tops already this season (including THIS blue and white off the shoulder beauty), but THIS top from J Crew Factory is so cute I can hardly stand it. The ruffle sleeves, the buttons, the blue and white combo, the embroidery, AND THE LITTLE BITTY PLEATS!
FAVORITE #5: SASSY TOP
So there are certain tops that are special. These special tops are reserved for date night, girl’s night out, or vacation. THIS is one of those tops. For size reference, I’m wearing a small, so I think it’s true to size. Pay attention to the cut-outs. The cut outs crawl up one side (front and back), so skin (about an inch or two over your waistband..depending on how high or low your waistband is) will show underneath. If you aren’t willing to show some skin under the cut-outs, then this top is not for you. I’m not sure if I am willing or not, so I’m on the fence about keeping it! If you click over HERE and scroll to the bottom two pics, they will give you a good idea of the placement of the cut outs. The top is very well made and looks very expensive. And check out the bows that tie under the elbows! Oh, and please ignore my fountain pony tail. I was just at home and didn’t realize exactly how fountainy it was until I saw these pics! Hahahaha! 🙂
I ordered the above wedges, but I ended up taking them back. Even though I liked them A LOT, they weren’t different enough for me from my MUST HAVE wedges from years ago (that I still wear) to justify keeping them. Still, they are awesome and I thought y’all might want to check them out!
Get The Look For Yourself Here:
FAVORITE #6: READER E-MAILS
I always love getting e-mails from y’all, but it’s extra fun when they are affirming that y’all love a product that I love! 🙂 Here’s one I got just yesterday:
Hi Sheaffer – thanks for the tip on the philosophy “help me“. I’m a skeptic when it comes to skin products, but the pores on my nose have been driving me nuts. I decided to just try it because I trust your judgement. I’m 4 days in and I can already see a difference! Thank you!! – Heather
Click HERE if you want to try it for yourself.
And guess what! Philosophy products are 10% OFF right now! And that’s not all that’s being priced matched right now!
FAVORITE #7: MY LITTLE WHITE DRESS IS BACK!
My Little White Dress is BACK IN STOCK! For size reference, I sized up 1 size and am wearing a medium. I am head over heels about this dress. The details are so sweet, especially the scallops.
my little white dress/ MUST HAVE jacket / magenta rayne necklace / cork wedges ON SALE (order 1/2 a size up)/ clutch/ watch ON SALE / gold bracelet / gold hoop earrings /ray-ban sunglasses / best strapless bra ever
Ending on 7 is making me twitch a little bit, but that’s all I’ve got! Have a wonderful weekend everybody! Oh, I almost forgot. I’m soooo sorry, but there’s not going to be a recap of Part II of The Bachelorette this week. You remember that stomach bug that Carter got a couple of weeks ago? Well he passed the bug on to me. I was pretty dang miserable for several days, but my shorts are fitting better, so there’s the silver lining! Now, about part II, I will say this: DING DONG CHAD IS GONE. WooHooooooooo!!!!!!!!! Although, I’ll probably end up missing the cold cut eating, trash talking, roid raging suitor. Cuz I’m crazy like that. If you missed the PART 1 Recap, click HERE!