Lifestyle

WHAT’S IN MY BAG: HIKING DAYPACK EDITION

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Hi lovelies!

If you’ve been following my blog for the past few weeks, I mentioned in my June Favorites post that I would be driving across the country this summer and making several stops along the way.  In a few of the stops we planned doing day hikes at various State and National Parks.  So today I’m going to be doing another What’s in my Bag post featuring the items I carry in my backpack for those longer hikes- if you’re interested in my beach bag version of this post, you can check that out here.  This post has a lot of different items to cover so I’m going to try to be a bit more brief than usual in my descriptions but feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions about any of the products mentioned!

  1. Watch– The Polar A300 fitness watch is my favorite watch for any sort of work out activity- whether I’m hiking or running or just out for a walk.  I pair it with a heart rate sensor and it provides me with feedback like how many calories I’ve burned and percentage of daily activity goal that I have achieved.  The watch band is also comfortable enough for me wear for a few hours and easy to wash.  The only thing that it is missing for me is the distance traveled but I’ll usually use a website like Mapmyrun.com to figure that out after I’ve finished working out so it isn’t too much of an issue for me.
  2. Hiking boots and socks– This one seems like a no-brainer but really, a great pair of hiking boots with some nice thick socks makes a huge difference in how much you actually enjoy your day of hiking.  Nothing ruins amazing views like aching feet!  I picked up this pair at REI and they are so comfortable!  The height is perfect so my ankles have a little added protection but not so much so that it inhibits my movement in any way.  Just make sure you take your hiking boots out for a couple of walks in the time leading up to your hike to make sure they are properly broken in!
  3. Jacket– My favorite camping/hiking jacket is The North Face Apex Flex GTX Jacket- mine is in the color TNF Dark Grey Heather.  It is totally waterproof but so breathable and does a great job keeping me warm when the weather cools off.  I sized up so I would have the option of layering it but so far I haven’t needed to.  As with most cool weather gear, the price point is a bit high at $199 but I have gotten so much use out of it and it still looks great so I would say it’s definitely worth the price!
  4. Water bottle– Hydro Flask is my holy-grail water bottle brand.  I’m one of those people who prefers to drink really cold water, so I am constantly on the hunt for insulated bottles that keep ice cubes in my drink for long periods of time but don’t sweat on the outside of the bottle so I can carry them in my bag without worry.  This bottle achieves both of these and comes in a few different sizes as well.  I definitely recommend this bottle to keep you hydrated!
  5. Food- I always make sure I have a few protein bars packed in my bag when I know I’ll be out for a few hours, they take up very little room and it’s just never a bad idea to have a little bit of a boost with you for a long day of activity!
  6. Sunscreen- This is so important guys- your shoulders and face are going to be constantly exposed to the sun while you’re out and you have to protect them!  I prefer the sport sunscreen for hiking because I have found that it holds up the best against all of the sweating that goes on through the duration of the day.
  7. Hand sanitizer and baby wipes- I’m a little bit of a dirtophobe- which I’m pretty sure isn’t an actual word but you get what I mean!  I am constantly using hand sanitizer, no matter where I am so being able to keep my hands, etc. clean when I’m out for a day of hiking just always makes my life a little easier and I think that you’ll find you have way more uses for baby wipes than you ever thought you would- those things are handy!
  8. First aid kit- This can either be something you put together yourself or something that you pick up at a sporting goods store- mine is from Dick’s Sporting Goods- but either way I think that it is super important to have the basics with you! Neosporin, Aspirin, Hydrocortisone, bandages of a few different sizes- you get the drill, anything you think you might need in case you run into any issues during your day.

My backpack is The North Face Women’s Surge Backpack and it is so comfortable for me to wear all day with plenty of padding on the straps and added buckles for added support!

Thanks for reading!  What are your hiking essentials?

xxJilly

Beauty · Fashion · Favorites · Lifestyle

MY FAVORITE THINGS PART II

 

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Hi lovelies!

Today I’m going to be adding to my original My Favorite Things post- I had so many things that I wanted to share with you guys the first time that the post ended up being crazy long, so I decided to separate it into two segments.  So, here we go with four more of my holy grail, all time favorite items:

1. Favorite Makeup Item

If you’ve been following my blog for the past couple of weeks, you know that I have battled oily skin and acne since I was a teenager and have always struggled to find a good foundation that didn’t feel too heavy but held up against my troublesome skin and busy schedule.  The Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation is the best one I have found that achieves both.  I apply it with a makeup sponge and it is super blendable, easy to work with, and leaves a natural airbrush-looking finish!  It is a bit pricey but I have found that a little bit with this product goes a long way and I can achieve a full-coverage look with less than one pump of foundation.

2. Favorite Place to Shop

This one is constantly changing depending on the season.  You know how that goes- you’re obsessed with the summer line but then the fall clothes come out and suddenly you aren’t sure if you’re even in the same store.  Lately, my go-to has been LOFT.  They always have different sales going and I find great quality stuff that I am able to pair so many different ways and create more looks with one piece.

3. Favorite Book

One important thing to know about me is that I am a total bookworm.  Reading has been my escape since I was a little girl and majorly into with Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.  Even now, mystery is still my favorite genre but one book has always stood above the rest.  And Then There Were None  by Agatha Christie is a timeless and haunting murder mystery that I find myself re-reading over and over and recommending to anyone who asks.  You only think it’s a classic “whodunit” but you’ll just have to read it for yourself to find out.

4. Favorite Beauty Accessory

The https://www.t3micro.com/product/volumizing-hot-rollers-luxe speak for themselves.  They are super easy to put in, leave my hair feeling soft, and deliver huge results- plus they heat up super quickly, a major plus if you’re like me and usually getting ready at the last minute.  I do have to apply a light layer of hair spray with these, which I don’t usually with a traditional curling iron but the time saved getting ready when I can simply throw these in, do my makeup, take them out and be ready to go makes them totally worth it.

Thanks for reading! Hope you’re having a wonderful Monday!

xxJilly

Fashion

BREEZY RED SWING DRESS

Hi lovelies!

Today I’m going to be talking about one of my recent purchases- this red dress with a beautiful swing silhouette.  I picked it up at a store that my sister absolutely adores called No Rest for Bridget.  I had never heard of it before she took me there but I found a few super cute things there, all at great prices.  The fabric is so comfortable and perfect for this humid summer weather we’ve been having!  The neckline has adjustable laces that both add fun detailing but also make the top part of the dress a little bit customizable so you can wear it how you want to.  The material does seem to be a tiny bit sheer in the sun so I threw on a pair of spanx underneath so I didn’t need to worry about anything showing through.  Other than that, I love absolutely everything about this dress!

I paired the dress with my favorite Keds kicks and I love how they dress down the look a bit so it was perfect for lunch with my family and then running a few errands afterwards!  I will definitely be returning to No Rest for Bridget soon!

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Thanks for reading!  Hope you’re all having a good week so far!

xxJilly

Beauty · Fashion · Favorites · Lifestyle

THINGS I’M LOVING THIS MONTH: JULY

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Hi lovelies!

Can you believe we’re already heading into August?!  The summer is going by so fast, I swear it’s going to be Christmas time before we know it!  With the end of the month comes time for another post on things I’ve been loving this month.  So if you’re interested in hearing more about my July obsessions, just keep reading!

1. Liquid blendercleanser

My beautyblender is definitely my most-used makeup tool.  I use it every day so, respectively, it also gets the most wear and tear.  I used to use the beautyblender solid soap and I felt that it was doing a sufficient job cleansing but then my sister actually purchased a bottle of the liquid soap and I fell in love.  The liquid soap really gets my beautyblender feeling like new and I am confident that it is clean and not worrying about any lingering dirt in my pores.  Total game changer for me guys, I definitely recommend it if you’re a beautyblender user, and if you aren’t, then I doubly recommend that!

2. Too Faced Love Light Prismatic Highlighter

This line of highlighters is fairly new and with how much I love all things Too Faced, of course I had to give them a try.  I’ve been in the market for an intense highlight shade since my Becca Champagne Pop is a bit more on the gold side, and that is definitely what I got with the shade Blinded by the Light.  It is a beautiful highlight shade, super pigmented, and perfect for that summertime glow!  Plus, how adorable is this packaging?!

3. Tory Burch Miller Sandals

These sandals have been on my wishlist forever!  I’ve love the simple, yet elegant vibe that they bring to a look.  I finally caved and picked them up at Nordstrom and I am so so glad that I did!  I wear them almost every day!  They are so comfortable and go with basically everything!  The only thing that I will note is that they do run a bit on the small side.  I’m normally a size 8 but after trying them on, I purchased these in 8.5 and they’re actually a bit snug but I think they will stretch some as I wear them so they should be perfect after I break them in a bit more.

4. Eyebuy Direct Digital Screen Protection Glasses

Like a lot of you, I’m sure, I spend a ton of time in front of my computer screen.  I had seen this site mentioned on a few different YouTube channels and I knew that one of their primary products were advertised as lenses containing blue light or digital protection.  The site is fairly inexpensive and super easy to use- if you already wear prescription glasses, all you have to do is enter your current prescription and choose whether or not to add the digital protection.  I wear them whenever I sit down at my computer to work and don’t have to worry about straining my eyes starting at the screen!

Until August!  Thanks for reading!

xxJilly

Beauty

EYESHADOW PALETTE COMPARISON

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Hi lovelies!

Happy Thursday!!  Today I’m going to be comparing some of my favorites in my guilty pleasure makeup item- eyeshadow palettes!  I can’t seem to resist them, even though I definitely have a ‘few’ more than I could ever need.   So if you’re interested in what I think about some of the different palettes I’ve tried, just keep reading!

1. Natural Love by Too Faced- $59

Of course I have not one, but two palettes by my beloved Too Faced in this list.  I love all of their palettes but this is one that particularly stands out to me.  There are so many different colors and I love all of the neutral tones so much.  My only issue is that there aren’t as many matte colors as I would like for blending in the crease.  This palette is limited-edition so if you’re interested, definitely grab one before they’re gone!

2. Modern Renaissance by Anastasia Beverly Hills- $42

This is the perfect burgundy palette- it has so many amazing colors to work with and create a ton of wearable looks.  The eyeshadows are super pigmented and vibrant, they do usually leave quite a lot of fallout though so if you’re using this palette, I recommend doing your eyes before your base so you can clean up the fallout when you’ve finished with the eyes.

3. Tartelette In Bloom by Tarte- $46

This one is the newest edition to my palette collection.  So far, I’m really liking it.  The majority of the colors are very pigmented and you can create a lot of different looks with them- from light daytime wear to a stunning smokey eye for an evening out.  Some of the glittery colors aren’t as pigmented as I would like but that’s an easy fix with a fixing spray or cut crease so I still love them!

4. Sweet Peach by Too Faced- $49

I decided to save the best for last!  The Sweet Peach palette is my holy grail eyeshadow palette!  If you’re only going to purchase one palette in your life, I recommend this one!  The colors are STUNNING and so pigmented!  Plus the whole palette smells like peaches and has the cutest packaging- you just can’t go wrong with this one, guys.

What are your favorite eyeshadow palettes?  Thanks for reading!

xxJilly

Fashion

CHAMBRAY A-LINE SKIRT

Hi lovelies!

Happy Monday!  Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!  I spent yesterday with some of my favorite weekend activities- eating brunch and window shopping!  I noticed this adorable wallpaper on one of the walls near the restaurant and I could not help but stop to take a few photos even though I wasn’t actually planning on taking any blog shots sooo please excuse my lack of any accessorizing and messy hair because you know sometimes life calls for some spur of the moment photos and you just gotta roll with it, right?

So today I’m going to be talking about this super cute A-Line skirt that I picked up recently on sale from Madewell!  It’s made of a soft chambray material and has button detailing lining the entire length of both sides.  One thing that I really like about it is the midi length.  I usually favor maxi skirts but the length of this one is so much fun and perfect for summer and heading into fall.  For this look, I paired the skirt with a ribbed sweater tank, which is also on sale right now at Madewell.  I love that the slouchy silhouette of this tank brings a nice relaxed vibe to the look.  I only recently started shopping at Madewell because they opened a store in my local mall and so far I am loving everything that I have found there, especially when they have great sales going like they do now!  The online sale ends today though so definitely go check it out before its gone!

On a side note, can we talk about this purse?!  A friend saw it at the Kate Spade Outlet and knew it was so me so she sent me some photos and picked it up for me.  I’m obsessed and my inner crazy cat lady is just head over heels in love with it!

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Thanks for reading!

xxJilly

Beauty · Lifestyle

EVERY DAY MAKEUP ROUTINE

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Hi Lovelies!

Today I’m going to be talking about my every day makeup routine!  Depending on what I have going on for the day, my routine does vary a bit but this is my basic look if I’m planning on heading out for a few errands or just going to work.  All-in-all, it takes me about twenty minutes to throw on my makeup in the mornings.  So if you’re interested in learning how I achieve this look, just keep reading!

  1. Primer: I have rather large pores, especially in the area around my nose so I love the Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Primer as a base for my makeup.  I gently massage it into the center of my face and work it outward to cover my face.
  2. Concealer: For covering dark spots and acne scaring, I apply the Smashbox Studio Skin Concealer with my beautyblender.  I apply a shade the same color as my skin tone to my scaring and let it sit for about a minute before blending it out and then I use a lighter shade under my eyes and on my eyelids to hide any discoloration there.
  3. Foundation- For average day wear, I prefer powder foundations as opposed to liquid foundations just because I feel that the lighter coverage allows my skin to breathe a little better.  My go-to brand for powder foundation is bareMinerals, I use the Loose Powder Matte Foundation and apply it with the Beautiful Finish Foundation Brush, which is great for applying the product and building up desired coverage.
  4. Bronzer- For contouring and bronzing, I use the Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer on my cheekbones, forehead, and under my jawline.  I also use a blending brush to apply it to my eyelid and crease in order to add a little bit of contrast on my eyes.
  5. Blush- My go-to blush is the Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Sparkling Bellini.  I brush a small amount across my cheekbones with an angled contour brush.
  6. Highlighter- I absolutely love highlighters- they’re so stunning and fun to use!  My current highlighter obsession is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Champagne Pop.  I lightly dust it above my cheek bones and then I use my finger to also apply it under my eyebrows for my brow bone highlight and in the inner corner of my eyes to brighten them up a bit.
  7. Brows- I like to keep my eyebrows very natural looking for daytime wear and also am usually running a bit late at this point in the routine so I turn to a tinted brow gel rather than a pencil or other brow product to save time.  Lashfood Browfood Tinted Brow Enhancing Gelfix is great because it is formulated for the product to cling to eyebrows as it is applied so it makes your eyebrows look fuller in addition to holding them in place.
  8. Mascara- For mascara I use the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.  I have this mascara in both the regular and waterproof formulas and both are great so if you haven’t tried it, I definitely recommend that you do!

And that’s it!  Thanks for reading!

xxJilly

Beauty · Fashion · Lifestyle

NAVY SUMMER WEDDING OUTFIT

Hi lovelies!

Hope you all had a great weekend!  Yesterday, I attended the wedding of a good friend from high school and let me tell you it was HOT out!  The couple got married in an old church in my hometown that is affectionately referred to as ‘The Glass Church’ and it is exactly what it sounds like.  It’s a very small, one room church made of all glass and that July sun shining in through made for a rather toasty- albeit beautiful- afternoon.  You’ve probably noticed by now that I can usually be counted on to chose full length dresses, however for this event since I had an idea about how warm it would be, I went with this adorable navy dress that I got from Lulu’s.  This dress is so cute and comfortable, is less than $50, and comes in a ton of different colors!  On a side note guys, if you haven’t ordered anything from this website you definitely need to check it out.  I have ordered so many of my special event dresses and even a few casual dresses from them and I am obsessed!  They have so many options for different styles and often have great items go on sale!  Shipping is always fast and easy, and though I haven’t actually had to return anything yet, the return policy seems to be pretty straightforward should you need to.

I paired this simple green and gold pendant from LOFT to add a little bit more color to the look and went with my Tory Burch sandals to make sure I would be comfortable moving around all afternoon in the heat!

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Thanks for reading!

xxJilly

Favorites

BOHO MAXI DRESS

Hi lovelies!

I can’t believe we are already half way through July! Where is the summer going??  Feeling inspired by my love of all things summertime, today I’m going to be talking about this adorable boho maxi dress that I’ve actually had for quite a while but for some reason never seemed to reach for before now.  To be fair, I actually love boho styles all year round, there’s just something about summertime that seems to bring it out in me just a little bit more than usual.

So what do I love about this look?  First and foremost, it’s lined.  You might start to notice a trend here, guys- I will not buy a light colored dress if it isn’t lined.  Having to figure out a slip and/or the right undergarments to wear with an outfit is a major pain, one that I prefer to avoid at all costs.  Seriously, save yourself the headache and always check the inside- or the description details if you’re a big online shopper, like me- and make sure your lights are lined!

Another thing that makes a dress like this perfect for the summer months is that the outer material is nice and thin so I’m not worried about getting to warm in it.  It even has slits up the sides so you have even more breathability when you’re out in the heat!  Really I just love how much of a blank canvas an all white maxi dress is.  You can literally pair something like this with anything and totally change the look you’re going for.  I went with a short sleeve denim jacket here but I love having so many options with just  one piece!

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What are your favorite summer trends?  Thanks for reading!

xxJilly

Beauty · Lifestyle

CURRENT SKINCARE ROUTINE

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Hi lovelies!

Real talk here guys.  I have battled with oily skin and acne since I was a teenager. It’s literally been a constant battle for me for most of my adult life.  I have tried so many different products and regimens over the years with scattered success.  For the past few months  I have been using the Clinique acne skin care line.  It worked fairly well most of the time but I still struggled with bad flare ups every now and then and I thought my skin and I could do better.  I saw a starter kit for Proactive+ in the skin section at Ulta and decided to give it a try.  So now I’m using sort of a cocktail of different products and have actually seen a ton of improvement in just a few short weeks.  If you’re interested in learning about my current skin care routine, just keep reading!

Proactiv+

For those of you who don’t know, Proactiv+ is a three-step system beginning with an exfoliating wash, followed by two treatment lotions.  It is super quick and easy to use and I love how quickly I started seeing results with my frequency of breakouts and even with the color tone of my skin.  I was a bit skeptical about buying it at first, it is a bit on the pricey side and I actually had tried the old formulation of Proactiv when I was in high school with disappointing results.  I’ll keep you guys updated, but I’m really liking the direction this is heading in so far!

Clinique

One Clinique product that I still find has amazing effects on my skin is the City Block Purifying Charcoal Clay Mask.  I apply it twice a week to my freshly washed face and let it sit for about five minutes, before gently exfoliating it off with warm water.  My skin feels so smooth every time I use it and continues to stay matte longer after I have used it.  It only takes a small amount to cover my entire face in a thin layer so you really get a lot of use out of the product for what you’re paying.

The other Clinique product that I really like and use as part of my every day routine is the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel .  I apply it every day when I go to do my makeup, before I apply my primer to ensure a nice even base for applying any other products.  It also comes in a lotion form but I definitely find that the gel works better with oily skin.

Clean and Clear

We all have those days where you can just feel a breakout forming, for those problem areas, I just pop on a small amount of the Clean and Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment  and it quickly reduces redness in the area around the breakout and definitely cuts down on clearing time.  I love this product!

What are your current skin care faves?  Thanks for reading!

xxJilly