Beach Necessities

by Julia

Every year I am lucky enough to spend a few weeks with my family at one of our favorite places: the beach. As I’ve gotten older my packing list has grown longer, so I thought I’d share a few things I can’t live without when I’m at the beach.

Books: My favorite thing to do at the beach without a doubt is to read. So far this vacation I’ve read “An Abundance of Katherines” by John Green and “Brooklyn Girls” by Gemma Burgess. Both books were great beach reads and I recommend them both to those who enjoy YA novels, fans of John Green, and New York lovers.
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Earbuds/headphones: These earbuds by Sony are a necessity of mine because on long car rides or rainy days at the beach I like to listen to music or watch movies on my laptop. This pair is super comfortable with rubber inserts and are easy to find in a color that is not black (mine are purple). Unknown

Eyelash curler: I usually like to keep my makeup light or non-existent when I’m at the beach, but I still like to curl my eyelashes to look a little bit more awake and pulled together. This eyelash curler by Shiseido is the smoothest, gentlest, and best curler I have ever tried, and I highly recommend it. s1201474-main-Lhero

Goody hair ties: While this product may seem obvious, a good hair tie is invaluable at the beach. I have really long hair so braids and pony tails are my go to summer styles the majority of the hot months, and these Ouchless elastics by Goody last forever and never snag my hair. OL_littleblackdressthinelastics_Detail.ashx

Sunscreen: An obvious must-have when soaking up all those sun rays- my favorite is Coppertone Sport (SPF 30 or higher). It’s light yet lasts through swimming in the ocean and sweat, and doesn’t have a strong odor.0004110000887_500X500

Jergens Natural Glow: I am pretty fair-skined so if I’m in the sun too much I won’t tan- I’ll burn, which makes this gradual tanning moisturizer key for me in the summer months. I love Jergens’ new formula- believe it or not- because of the scent. It smells nothing like self tanner normally does and instead I have people asking me what perfume I’m wearing. jergens-natural-glow

 

 

Catbird

by Julia

A few months ago, I stumbled upon a delicate hand chain in a magazine and had to find out where it was from… The magazine attributed it to Catbird, a Brooklyn based (Williamsburg to be more specific) jewelry and gift store. I immediately pulled up the website and scrolled through almost every page admiring all of the pieces- some designer and some from the Catbird in-house line. And after many more times on their site I can definitely say that all the pieces are gorgeous and totally unique!

Catbird is most famous for their stacking and knuckle rings which has helped to add to their famous clientele, including: Olivia Wilde, Lena Dunham, Chanel Iman, Jessica Biel, and Eva Chen (Editor of InStyle mag). Featured below are a few of my favorite Catbird pieces along with their “Anatomy of a Stack” ring guide- let me know what you think!

Chained to my Heart necklace (yellow gold- $340)

Chained to my Heart necklace (yellow gold- $340)

Charlotte's Web Stud (Jennie Kwon- $340)

Charlotte’s Web Stud (Jennie Kwon- $340)

Kitten Mitten (rose gold- $250)

Kitten Mitten (rose gold- $250)

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Alphabet Ring (gold- $96 each)

Alphabet Ring (gold- $96 each)

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The Fault in Our Stars

by Julia

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Unless you’ve completely unplugged, I’m sure everyone has heard the hype about The Fault in Our Stars. The novel by John Green tells the story of two teenagers, stricken with bouts of cancer, who fall in love, and now has recently been adapted to the big screen. I read the book during the winter and absolutely adored it. It was completely heartbreaking but still inspiring and really beautifully written- an emotional roller coaster would be an understatement…

Elgort and Woodley as Augustus and Hazel

Elgort and Woodley as Augustus and Hazel

 

John Green has written several YA (young adult) books and is known for his memorable quotes- “Pain demands to be felt” is a popular one from TFIOS. I saw the movie the other night and loved it!! It stayed true to the book and its plot, and my only complaint would be that they left out some key moments from the book such as what the title refers to. The acting was also phenomenal… Shailene Woodley did an exceptional job as complex cancer patient Hazel and new comer Ansel Elgort was great as the cocky yet sweet Augustus Waters. My suggestion would be to first read the book and then to see the movie (but maybe not back to back)!

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TFIOS cast at the movie premiere

Latest Favorites

by Julia

Personally I love hearing about other bloggers’ current favorite beauty products. Whether I’m watching them on Youtube (my favorite Youtuber is Meghan Rienks aka Meghan Rosette), or reading about them on a typical blogging platform (Emily Schuman @ Cupcakes and Cashmere is amazing). Getting product reviews and hearing what works and what doesn’t constantly gives me inspiration. So below are four of my latest favorite items that range from a low-end face wash to a new high-end scent. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and what you think!

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Clean & Clear Continuous Control ($6): I used to use this face wash before I used any spot treatment and loved it! But after I started with other treatments I feared it would be too harsh, but using it once a day or when ever I have a breakout has been helping my skin tremendously. It leaves my skin feeling super clean and tingly.

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Dalton Conceal-It Concealer ($28.60): My mom turned me on to this concealer about a year ago and I absolutely love it! The formula is super creamy, oil-free and provides even full coverage. It comes with a sponge but I prefer to just use my finger on blemishes, dark circles, and breakouts.

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Essie “Bottle Service” ($8.50): This “scorching neon fuchsia” is the perfect pink shade for summer and what I am currently wearing on my nails. One of my best friends let me borrow this color at the beginning of the spring and every time I am over at her house I have to put it on (I haven’t seen it in stores around me lately but am on the hunt for a bottle of my own).

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BonBon Eau de Parfum by Viktor & Rolf ($115-165): The first time I smelled this scent was in a magazine and I’ve been hooked ever since. It some how has a touch of every scent from fruity to flowery to woody without smelling overwhelming. The bow bottle just adds to the fun and sophisticated scent.

Back to the Gym

by Julia

Recently I re-joined my gym at home for the summer, 24 Hour Fitness, and have really been enjoying being back. The last few months of college were super hectic for me with plays, friends, extra-curriculars, and, of course, finals, so I hadn’t been able to get to the gym as much as I would have liked. But now that I am home, there is much more time to hit the gym, and while it’s not my absolute favorite thing in the world, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t feel better after a good workout. However, for me, having cute and functional gym clothes also gives me a little more motivation to get to the gym. Below are some of my favorite workout items- let me know if you have a favorite fitness clothing brand!

 

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Hi everyone! I know I have been MIA for the past two years, but I couldn’t be happier to say that I am back! To hear more about what I’ve been up to and what’s on the horizon for me and RG, check out the “RG Fall 2014 Edition” tab at the top of the page. In short- I am back to posting and come fall I will be blogging from London, England as I take the first half of my junior year of college abroad!! I’m very excited to be back and to start sharing my big trip to the UK (any all travel/UK/study abroad tips appreciated!).

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Sweet Summetime

by Julia

Okay so it’s not summer time yet but it’s starting to feel like it! Today I wore my uniform for the very last time (after 13 years) and next week is my final week of high school before summer! Everything is happening so fast, so my friends and I have been trying to enjoy all the little things lately- like tie dying and splatter painting our uniforms :) Below are a few sweet things that are making summer come a bit early!

Burt’s Bees Refreshing Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit ($3.00)- I have been using the original Burt’s Bees lip balm for years and absolutely adore it! So, naturally, I was thrilled when I saw this pink grapefruit version in Safeway the other day. This without a doubt smells and tastes just like grapefruit (not sweet and processed but true pink grapefruit)! It gives the same clear shine and softness of the original but with a twist- love it!

Essie’s Poppy-Razzi Collection ($8.00 each)- I never really got into nail polish until high school when I became best friends with Allie and Catherine, who are nail polish fanatics! Essie’s newest Spring 2012 collection is probably my favorite Essie has released in quite a while. The names are darling and the collection is home to bright punchy colors perfect for spring and summer! My favorite is Camera (a “brilliant coral pink neon”)! From left to right: Lights, Camera, Action, Bazooka.

Lady Antebellum’s album “Own the Night” ($10.99 on iTunes)- I have loved Lady Antebellum for quite awhile now and think that Own the Night is there best album yet! It is full of powerful lyrics, beautiful melodies and harmonies, and a song for whatever mood you’re in. My favorite songs off the record are “When You Were Mine,” “Cold as Stone,” “Friday Night,” and “Dancin’ Away with my Heart.” Check it out and tell me what you think!