Summer Essentials|Friday Finds|

Here is a Friday Finds round-up SUMMER EDITION! Because even though the weather is saying otherwise, this girl is SO ready for the sunshine.

Here are a few essentials in my toolbox this season:

1. Greens & Protein

Ahh, summer– the season of bright, tropical colors. The most important one? GREENS! Now, I’m a salad and veggie lover, but even if you’re not too keen on them, they’re still a crucial part of your diet.

In addition to greens, something I’ve started focusing on is collagen. Did you know that collagen is the main protein found in our skin and connective tissues, and that as we age, we stop producing as much of it?

Cue Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Greens!

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Packed with raw organic greens, hyaluronic acid, and probiotics, you can be sure that you’ll be glowing from the inside out with each scoop! Mix it in a smoothie and you’re good to go.

2. Color

We’re all looking for that natural glow in the summer, and I just found my new go-to for rosey, sun-kissed cheeks in a compact. Let me introduce you to Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush. This stuff is packed with pigment, needing just a little swipe and you’ll be looking like you spent a week on a tropical island (even if you just rolled out of bed in the Midwest).


3. Sunnies

Sunshine is fun, but along with sunshine comes another topic: protection! Yes, yes, our eyes need protecting from those sometimes blinding rays, but I’m all about making utility fashionable. When it comes to sunglasses, I’m never one to splurge because I either lose them or break them, so my go-to place for fashionable shades is good ole TJMaxx! I found these Nanette’s there for [drumroll] $8!

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4. Relaxation

Everyone deserves some R&R, and summer nights are just perfect for that. My favorite way to do it? A sweet candle and a good book!

Where to find the best candles? Would you be surprised if I said TJMaxx? Of course not 🙂 But my recent brand obsession is DW Home! Just look at all of the options! You can find so many of these at your local TJMaxx for around $7.

What book am I currently reading? Well, I’m finishing up Me Before You so that I can FINALLY watch the movie, so no spoilers please!


5. Safe Sun

As much as I love a real tan, a girl HAS to take care of her skin. So to make sure I don’t overdo it on the UV’s, I help myself with a little fake tan. A lot of self-tanners can break the bank, and I’m all about a good drugstore find! My favorite fake tanner? Jergans Natural Glow Instant Sun Mousse! This formula is SO easy to apply, is never streaky, and gives you a nice, subtle glow that is far from orange. You can pick it up at your local Target or drugstore of choice for around $13.

Tip: I get the Deep Bronze– I’ve tried the Light and it does not do much!


Those are just a few of my favorite things going into the summer season! What are your summer necessities?! Comment below!




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