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4 Summer Essentials


1. Soap & Glory Glow Hydrating Shimmer Lotion
Soap & Glory is a fabulous cosmetics and skincare line available at Target... and all of the packaging is so pretty and retro. I recently picked up a bottle of this glow lotion and completely fell in love. It contains shea butter and is a pale, shimmery pink. It evens out and highlights skin tone. Best of all... it smells amazing! Click here to buy some.

2. Burt's Bees Super Shiny Lip Gloss
I've always been a fan of Burt's Bees natural products... I'm devoted to the original beeswax lip balm. However, I've never been much of a lip gloss fan. Most glosses I've used have either dried out my lips, slid all over my mouth, felt too sticky, or needed to be re-applied too much. But since I trust Burt and his beeswax, I gave this gloss a try. I'm smitten with the Nectar Nude shade. It goes on light and shiny. It tastes good. It stays in place. And it makes my lips feel really soft. Click here if you want a tube.

3. Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Body Double Mist
Leave it to Victoria's Secret to always have fabulous fragrances... but these top it all off for me! The bottles are filled with half skin conditioners and half fragrance. You shake it all up and then spritz it on. It leaves a wonderful scent and softness on your skin. My personal favorites are the Appletini (which smells like a delicious, crisp green apple) and Candy Baby (which smells like a mix of cotton candy, peppermint, and sugary goodness). Click here to see more.

4. CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara
I have tried sooooo, sooooooo, sooooooooooo many different mascaras. And finally I have found a keeper... made by CoverGirl. I love the fat orange tube. I love how it goes on thick without clumping. And I love how it makes my lash look so long and luscious. Click here to to pick some up.

These four products are my summer beauty must-haves.




DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

ICYMI: I gave up Cotton after deciding that after trying so many things, my two adopted cats Dahlia and Cotton were just never going to get along. Long story short: I missed her. And Cotton's back. And Dahlia's not going anywhere. My heart is big enough to keep trying. And my apartment is big enough that if I need to keep them separated long term (or permanently), it can be done. I'm going to write-up a separate post about some of the solutions I've tried, how they worked, who they worked on, and what I'll be trying next. But in this post, I wanted to share the main 'piece de resistance' of having both cats in my apartment: an un-climbable, un-jumpable, see-through barrier to separate Cotton and Dahlia .

Penny's Apartment | Big Bang Theory

Aniela, a lovely reader from Germany, sent me an email requesting advice on recreating the style of Penny's apartment on Big Bang Theory. 

Blair's Room | Gossip Girl Decor

Manhattan's debutante Blair Waldorf happens to be my favorite Gossip Girl character.  Her behavior and feelings vary from snobbish to sensitive, but she always (except for a few rare occasions) looks and acts totally pulled together.  Her luxurious bedroom is fit for a queen---and is as pulled together as her preppy fashion ensembles.