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SUMMER BEAUTY MUST-HAVES

My summer beauty routine is short and sweet so that I can savor all of the moments this sunny season has in store while feeling my best.  Even though I like to spend minimal time on my beauty regimen in the summer months, I still like to look refreshed and pulled together, so I’m always ready to go for impromptu barbecues and get-togethers.  We are pretty much outdoors from morning till night, playing in the backyard, splashing in the pool and having dinner al fresco, so I don’t usually wear makeup, but this lightweight tinted correcting cream with SPF and UV protection gives just a little more than sheer coverage and doesn’t look or feel heavy.  I love using this deep pink tint on my lips and cheeks with or without any other makeup.  It just makes me look awake and energized, and the color is perfect on any skin tone.  The one thing I literally cannot leave the house without, any time of year, is mascara.  And I have been a die-hard fan of this one since it first came out.  I have worn it every day for years now and I still continue to get questions about it and compliments on it over and over again.  My hair, sadly, is the part of my beauty routine I spend the very least amount of time on.  If you know me well, you know I don’t own (and have never owned…oops!) a blow dryer.  True story.  I air dry my hair after every shower and wear it au natural.  So, that’s a huge time-saver (and strand-saver).  But I recently stumbled on this in-shower styler and thought I would try it out to give my straight hair, with subtle waves, a boost.  And there you have it.  A simple, four-product beauty routine that is summer-approved.

1.  Supergoop! CC Cream Daily Correct Broad Spectrum SPF 35+ Sunscreen

2. Supergoop! Perk Up! Lip & Cheek Color Treat Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40

3. Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Lengthening & Volumizing Mascara 

4. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day In-Shower Styler

 xo gina (and currently blogging with my littlest shadow, Liv)

TRENDING: JUMPSUITS


The jumpsuit has been trending for a while now, but I just recently took the plunge myself.  This style, although it always looked amazing on others, was a bit out of my comfort zone and just plain intimidating.  But once I finally tried one on, I realized they are also flat out flattering, so easy to wear, and so, so comfortable.  I’m talking pajama level comfort.  I am loving this super soft chambray one from Loft.  It is the perfect lightweight piece for these warm summer days and the color is the prettiest faded blue.  Jumpsuits have the same ease of a classic summer dress: no need to scramble to find a top to match bottoms, it’s just a grab-from-the-closet-and-go outfit that still looks cute and pulled together.  Also, here are three of my favorite jumpsuits right now that cover everything from lounging around the house, to a chic daytime look and a fancier night out.

1. I am loving this for rainy summer days, lazy mornings at home, or casual errands about town.  Also, a perfect and put-together travel outfit.  *40% off with code NEWNOW at checkout!

2.  So lightweight and comfortable, this chambray jumpsuit is too good.  I will be wearing this well into the fall with a knit cardigan or a white sweater over top.  *40% off with code NEWNOW at checkout!

3.  Perfect for a night out.  The stripes and colors have summer written all over them.  Super flattering cut.  Just add heels.  And a cocktail.  *Free shipping and under $70!

Cheers to Friday!

{these little fingers blurring the top, left-hand corner of the photo are everything.}

xo gina

LIFE LATELY {AS TOLD THROUGH PHOTOS}

Yesterday, you hopefully caught a peek at some new sale items I picked up from Loft and then you headed there in person or online to do some shopping of your own, and you may have noticed that I’ve been absent from the blogging world as of late.  But not social media altogether.  See, that’s the funny thing about technology.  It keeps us so connected, so up-to-date, so up-close-and-personal, that those outlets that are more at our fingertips (literally) are those we keep coming back to the most.  For me, I was feeling sort of tangled in the web of Instagram and the ever-changing world that it is, trying to keep up with the updates and the pitfalls, and I let IG do most of the talking for me, while my blog fell behind.  It doesn’t help that having the app on our phones allows for such instant gratification.  Being able to see what friends are up to, what tips bloggers are sharing, what fun was being had over the weekend, all in quick, succinct (and colorful) flashes.  That, and the fact that I have been enjoying the sweet, yet chaotic life of motherhood with three girls.  So, I’m making it a goal to be much more present again, on this blogging platform, not just through the tiny squares that are merely snapshots of my everyday.  In the meantime, here are some photos of life lately, as I’m pretty happy/lucky/blessed to know it.

{trying to sport summer style even though it felt like we should be apple picking today….where are you, summer???}

{enjoying moments like this.}

{and this…a whopping 20 pounds and a pretty decent tan to start off the summer.}

{but seriously, when did my baby get so big?!?}

{this dress.  one of my favorites of all time.  the floral.  the lace.  the detail.  love it.}

{when mom is away (or out with girlfriends just down the street) all four of my kids will play 😉 }

xo gina 

SUMMER STYLE WITH THE LOFT

Hello, summer! And hello, blogging, after a long hiatus to which I can blame absolutely nothing other than life.  And the vortex that is social media, but I’ll get to that tomorrow.  For now, I’m talking about summer style that is cute and affordable and from somewhere I haven’t shopped at in ages.

{LOFT plaid tie off-the-shoulder top, above}

Have you been to the Loft lately?  Or the mall for that matter?  Well, I haven’t.  I feel like it’s been forever since I just perused the marble-tiled floors of the mall, because, kids.  And when I shop online, which is practically always, I head to my select few, go-to online sites, and kind of forget about those chains I used to poke my head into before having all three daughters to lug around with me.  I was seeing so many cute outfits on my newsfeeds and on some of my favorite fellow bloggers as well, all from Loft, so I had to check out the incredible sale they were having for myself.  The Loft’s website is super easy to use and their customer service is equally as helpful.  The entire site was recently 40% off!  So, into my cart lots of summer finds went and I waited patiently for them to trickle in by mail.  And they are all awesome.  The one thing I will say is that I find their clothes to runs a bit big, so you may want to size down, especially in the bottoms.  I had to return a pair of shorts and a denim skirt for a smaller size, but all the tops, although roomy, I kept, because I liked the extra length.  Here are a few peeks at my favorite pieces that I grabbed from the sale.  Sadly, that particular sale is now over, but they are still offering an extra 40% off all current sale items and some new arrivals are marked down, too!

{LOFT unpicked denim shift skirt, above}

{LOFT gingham side tie off-the-shoulder top , above and below / LOFT embroidered ruffle off-the-shoulder top, above, right}

See an off-the-shoulder pattern there?  😉

Happy summer shopping!

xo gina 

THE EASIEST AND PRETTIEST {KID-FRIENDLY} EASTER COOKIES

If you are short on time, but want to bring something to an Easter or spring party that looks like it took lots of time and effort, then these cookies are for you.  You can make things even easier by opting for the Pillsbury pre-cut Easter egg cutout sugar cookies, like the ones HERE instead of making dough from scratch.  Simply bake as instructed and be sure the cookies are completely cooled, so that they don’t crumble when icing.  Start with vanilla icing (I used cookie icing, so that they would dry nicely) in a deep dish or a bowl with low sides.  Add a few drops of whatever food coloring you would like (I love THIS brand that doesn’t use any artificial dyes), and with the tip of a knife or a toothpick, create a marbled pattern to your liking.  Take the cookie, holding it face-down, and dip it in the pretty icing mixture.  Remove from the bowl and repeat with the rest of the batch.  I added a few drops of red and blue in the first batch and a few drops of green and yellow in the second.  Don’t let the icing sit too long because it does dry fast, but that makes it much less messy and easy to travel with, so you can bring these to friends or family right after making them, and you can assemble right before the party.  They don’t require a lot of prep, cook or assembly time.  And they are the perfect recipe to complete with kids.

Enjoy!

xo gina 

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