Tanning Tips for a Spiffy Faux Glow

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Want to look like you just stepped out of that picture and DIDN’T lather yourself up with SPF?

Sephora has some really awesome options that I’ll be posting about later in the week. For now, let’s go through some application tips that I’ve picked up myself and from the ever trusty YouTube…

1. Lotion up.

As you are doing your arms/legs and you start to get close to the tricky areas like your wrists and ankles, apply some regular lotion so that you can use it to blend that with the tanner and create a smoother transition. Keep reading for the unexpected tool to use to help with that…

2. Use a beauty brush for a smooth application.

You don’t want your hands giving away your faux tanning secret, so take a big soft blending brush and use it to buff the areas around your elbows, wrists and ankles. It’s a great trick to get those tricky areas looking natural and smooth.

3. Wear long sleeves/pants to bed to prevent stained sheets.

No one wants to sleep in a pool of tanner night after night so a good trick is to wear full coverage pj’s in order to keep your tan off your sheets.

Coming from someone who has to wash their sheets SO VERY OFTEN thanks to kids and dogs? This is a game changer.

Stay tuned later this week for a post with ALL the self-tanners I brought on the show this morning – all of which you can pick up at Sephora in West Town Mall!

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One Dress: Four Ways to Wear it

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Fresh off vacation, I had packing on the brain when I put this segment together. More specifically, I had “packing light” on the brain. When traveling with a 2 month old packing light is a lost cause. The phrase “just in case” was motivation for about half the things in our truck.

So if you’re looking to pack light for a weekend getaway this summer OR you’re just looking for ways to get more use out of a maxi dress – check this out! The clothes came from Bliss now in West Town Mall and the bags came from Vera Bradley!

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Protect, Pamper and Pretty: Products for Your Best Summer Skin

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The sun is out, so let’s put our best face forward…while completely slathered in sun screen of course.

We’re entering the time of year where we’re showing a lot of skin, so I wanted to bring you products that are going to help you feel good in that skin.

You know what would be great? If someone would pop out at will and slather me with sunscreen the instant I needed it. I have no real reason for writing that, I just thought that would be cool.

MOVING RIGHT ALONG… I took some great products from West Town Mall on the show with me last week to proves that you can get beautiful summer skin all the while being naturally protected and pampered. So check it out!

Then be sure to take a look at this post for any bag needs to have for all your cool summer trips!

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3 Fresh Ways to do Animal Print (from JCP!)

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It’s looking like a jungle out there and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Animal print is everywhere right now. Typically not something we’ve seen so much of in the warmer months but I AM NOT COMPLAINING.

I have honestly talked myself out of buying at least 3 animal print shirts (not saying I won’t sneak in at least one at some point), but I feel as if my closet already has a good amount. So how else can I stock up on one of my favorite prints? In asking myself that question I thought I’d help you out as well and give you three fresh ways to do animal print…from pieces I found at JC Penney!

JC Penney in West Town Mall is one of my favorite places to pop in and get something good for a great price. I especially love walking up to the register while searching for coupons on my phone, knowing that I’m about to save even MORE.

And with Memorial Day behind us to kick off the official start to summer clearance season, I feel as if we’re going to be swimming in discounts. Let’s talk about these pieces…

Go for it in a Blazer:

When you first see this guy on a hanger, you think (at least I did) Ooo that’s too much going on. But honestly, when thrown over a white t-shirt and jeans (or in this case workout pants), it’s just right. I’m a huge fan of blazers with the cinched sleeves because I know I’m going to be cinching them anyway, if that could be built in that would be great. Also the length on this one is long but gives it a modern edge without being too oversized looking.

This would work both for a “feeling spiffy” day in the office over a simple black dress, or thrown on with a white shirt and distressed jeans to punch up a casual look.

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PS: The white tank I have on underneath that I grabbed just to make this outfit look normal (the shirt I came in wearing was lavender) is a wonderful shirt. I’m totally going back for it. They also have it in black. I’m wearing a small in both the tank top and jacket.

Take the print to your bottom half:

Please note: I am not a shorts girl. Don’t like them, don’t wear them, but I almost sold myself on these. They’re light weight, have a very comfortable elastic waist and are flowy without the fear of flashing someone. Also, they would give all your solid tees a great companion. And one word: POCKETS.

I’m wearing a large in these, but could probably have gotten away with a medium. They’re so flowy I was okay with a little extra room.

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Try animal print in a different color:

When it comes to wearing an animal print that’s outside the colors you would actually see on an animal – tread lightly. I know I’m¬†contradicting my headline with that sentence, but as I typed it I realized that your outfit can veer down a tacky road if you don’t keep your hands on the wheel so to speak.

However, I’ve seen this emerald green combo a couple times now and I think you can stay on the fashionably straight and narrow with this while still doing something fresh…

This top is a bit cropped with wider sleeves. Wear it with some high wasted jeans or even over a maxi dress for a fun new twist.

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I hope this gives you some summer style inspiration!

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Summer Shoe Inspiration

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Good news: I’ve got a great way to update your whole closet for summer without spending a lot of money.

Better news: It will always fit.

Maybe you just had a baby and your tight fitting shirts aren’t so flattering yet (HYPOTHETICALLY). Maybe you plan on eating a lot at summer cookouts and you don’t want it to show. Either way, there are two categories you should stick to that will breathe new life into your basics: jewelry and shoes. Now let’s cover the latter…

Summer shoe trends have changed in the last two years. Where we used to see lots of heavy gladiator styles, now we’re seeing more simple slides. I can’t say that it’s good comfort-wise because it really depends on the show. I can say that it’s great style wise because now we can more easily throw on a pair of patterned shoes with a totally neutral outfit and instantly add some personality.

Also, it’s another way to wear animal print. I’LL TAKE IT.

Here are some beautiful slide/animal print styles I found at Fiore Boutique in West Town Mall. They really have a shoe for every occasion this summer and I love all the fun details – like the scalloped edge on the black pair and the two different kinds of snakeskin slides.

And *bonus* all their shoes are currently 25% off! Not to mention their clearance section is buy one get one free (see last pic)! So get yourself in there and check them out! They recently moved to where The Limited used to be, down the Men’s Belk hallway.

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