The Ultimate Guide To Summer Fashion Essentials 2017

summer fashion 2017Ahh summer. The time of blue skies and fireflies. Everything seems to be extra bright and fun this time of year, doesn’t it? This seems to be especially true when it comes to summer fashion!

There’s just so much to choose from: flowy skirts, bathing suits, sandals and more. In a sea of possibilities, I’ve chosen a few of my favorite items to keep in a summer wardrobe. Here’s my ultimate guide to summer fashion essentials…

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Tops

Let’s start with tops, shall we? When it comes to summer attire, I believe that only two  types of tops are needed: the basic tee, and a dressy blouse. Why? Because a t-shirt can be dressed up or down, and a blouse will come to the rescue when you need (or want) to look extra fancy-shmancy.

Pants

Here’s where a lot more variety comes in to play. Options include a pair of clean, white jeans, blue jeans, denim shorts, patterned shorts, patterned pants, and overalls. Even if you only have two shirts, this will give you twelve different outfits to choose from!

Dresses and Skirts

Now is the time to let your frilly girly side be free! During the summer, you need two types of dresses: the sun dress and the cocktail dress (because, hello wedding season). And for skirts, whip out the maxis and knee length varieties ladies. My personal favorite style for skirts is boho, what about you?

Jackets

What? Jackets in the summer?? Yup. Because sometimes a little chill can come in the evening, and you want to be prepared and stylish, right? Keep on hand a casual jacket, faux leather, and a kimono (is that a jacket? Let’s say yes). This way, you’ll have a covering for any situation.

Beachwear

Yeahhh buddy. Summertime means pools and beaches. And that means we need bathing suits and cover-ups. I like to wear modest bathing suits, and found some really cute choices this season. As for the cover-ups, you can get one that functions like a dress or a skirt, whichever you like!

Exercise Clothing

It really is easier to workout in the summer, when everything is pretty and bright. It’s just motivational! I know that when I’m wearing some nice clothes to exercise in, I’m much more likely to actually get out there. Get yourself a sports bra, some yoga pants, and a breathable tank top or t-shirt, then get moving girl!

Shoes

Yay for shoes! Sandals, flats, heels, and tennis shoes. Summer shoe choices are just awesome. Especially since you get to show off that pedicure you got recently. Let those feet breathe!

Purses

Besides your main purse, look for a clutch and a beach tote. That way you have a bag for functionality, special occasions, and summer outings. My favorite is the beach tote, so much space to carry things in! Anyone else stuff their purse full of unnecessary items for those ‘just in case’ moments, or is that just me?

Accessories

Sunglasses, hats, and scarves, oh my! Accessories are what really spice up an outfit. So put on that big hat, wear those unique sunglasses, and work that lemon-studded scarf. Wear your clothes, don’t let your clothes wear you!

So there you have it, my ultimate guide to summer fashion essentials. But remember, outward beauty isn’t what really counts, it’s who you are on the inside that matters. A great outfit just helps you get people’s attention so that they can get to know the real you. Think of your clothes as a welcome sign, to invite people to meet you.

Did I miss anything, is there a summer essential you just can live without? Share in the comments below!

Long Distance Relationship Tips For Christian Couples

Long disttance realationship tips for Christian couplesLong distance relationships are hard.

And when we run into a difficult situation, what do we do in this day and age when we need advice? That’s right, we Google it!

Well after I found myself in an LDR, that’s exactly what I did. And I immediately noticed something: there were little to no tips for Christian LDR couples. Most of the information I found was either totally obvious or completely dirty.

I’ve been long distance for over two years now, so I decided it was time to put that experience to use! I’m going to share with you the things that have been helpful for my relationship. Nothing dirty, and more than the obvious. Now’s the time to send this to your significant other and take notes together! Which leads me to tip #1…

Find projects to work on as a team

You’ll never have a good relationship if you can’t work together, right? Even though you won’t be able to do this in person (duh) it’s still possible. The projects you choose can range from just for fun to serious planning. For example, you could play an internet connected game and work on the same side. Or, you could try something with a little more oomph like starting an online business, even a blog!

Not only will this help you learn to work with your SO, it’ll also give you something to consistently talk about. And with that in mind, let’s move on to tip #2…

 Ask more questions than necessary

The biggest struggle in an LDR is consistently having things to talk about. There are two ways to help with this. First, ask way more questions than you need to about your SO’s day, even if you already know the answer. Second, find plenty of lists with fun and important things to ask each other. Things like would you rather questions and important things to find out if you truly are compatible. Communication is the only thing you really have in a relationship like this, so learn to do it well. Especially for situations like tip #3…

Always clarify

Since texting is generally how most LDR couples communicate, asking questions for clarity is so essential. We all know that misinterpreting a text is very easy to do. So, instead of getting upset and sending a reply that you might regret, make sure that the other person actually meant what you thought they did. And even if you did interpret the message correctly, keep your cool. One of the benefits of texting is being able to take the time to think your reaction through. React with grace!

Give the gift of time and memories

Not being physically in the presence of your significant other is draining. Constantly checking your phone, not being able to even hold their hand, it’s definitely trying at times. That’s why giving as much time as you can spare to making your relationship work is so important. Sure, you’re so tired that you don’t feel like texting back, but it’ll make all the difference if you do.

Giving actual presents is also very important. But know that it doesn’t have to be something you spend money on. Even sending a handwritten letter is a great gesture. Just having a tangible item from your SO is so helpful when you’re missing them. Of course, sending chocolate or flowers is always nice too *ahem*.

Take action to keep Christ at the center

Christian dating couples hear this phrase frequently. Not being together can make it a little more difficult to follow through on this one, but with a little ingenuity, you can do it! The two best things you can do involve prayer and Bible study.

Make sure you’re both praying for each other and for your relationship. Guys, this is vital! Don’t only pray for the other person, pray that your relationship as a whole will honor God. This includes praying for yourself too. For example, pray that God will work through you to help your SO be the best they can be.

And don’t forget the Bible of course! Find a topic or verse you want to study and discuss it together, whether by text, talking on the phone, or using a video chatting service like Skype. Or, you could find a guided devotional to go through with one another.

Have you ever seen what I call the ‘good love triangle’? The first time I saw it, it really stuck with me. The graphic shows even more emphatically the importance, and benefit, of drawing closer to God. When Each of you is doing that, you’ll also be drawing closer to each other!Closer to God, closer to each otherThese tips are based off of the experience of what has worked for my relationship, they’re tried and true! If you’d like more tips, or you have a tip of your own, share in the comments below!

P.S. After searching for a devotional specifically for long distance couples and coming up empty-handed, I began considering writing my own! If you or someone you know would like this, comment below so I can start working on it, woohoo!

Summer Essentials: Natural Beauty Products

There’sSummer essentials natural beauty no time better than summertime to revamp your beauty routine! Our skin and hair can take a beating from the heat and ocean/pool water. It’s also the perfect time to add in some bright pops of color (my summer favorite is peach).

But good quality beauty products don’t have to be full of chemicals and icky fillers. Below is a list of my favorite natural beauty products for some summer fun!

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Luminance Skincare Rosewater

Luminance Skincare is by far my favorite skincare brand, and their rosewater spray is no exception! Made of only rose petals and water (like it should be!) this toner balances the pH of your skin. Not only does it feel wonderful after being in the summer heat, it’s good for you too! And did I mention it smells heavenly?

Badger Hair Oil


My hair tends to get dry on the ends during the summer months, and this hair oil has been a tremendous help in combatting that. It’s packed full of nourishing oils like the infamous argan oil, and my mane seems to just drink it right up! I’m left with shiny, oh so soft locks. Be careful though, a little goes a long way.

Peppermint Oil Spray


I don’t know about you, but I can get overheated pretty easily. A while ago, I tried putting peppermint oil on my skin and neck after hearing it was helpful for bringing a fever down. I figured, if it works for fevers, it has to work for plain ole heat and I put it on undiluted. And oh boy did it ever! I had put on too much and it gave me the chills for an hour or so, not even a blanket could warm me up! That’s why you should learn from my mistakes and dilute in a nice spray bottle for easier application.

Mineral Fusion Nail Polish


Good lookin’ nails can pull any outfit together. But all of those chemicals in different polishes (like formaldehyde, eek!) make me a little nervous! That’s why I was so excited when I found this nail polish in my local Whole Foods. While it’s free of all those scary fillers, it says on just as well, if not better, than normal polish! Like I said, I love peach colors for summer, especially in nail polish.

EO Deodorant


I’ve tried several brands of natural deodorant before settling on this one. It actually works! At least for me, I know that everyone’s body works differently when it comes to alternative products. That being said, I highly recommend  that you give it a try! My favorite scent is the vetiver version, I love me some vetiver.

Gabriel Cosmetics Blush


Oh Gabriel Cosmetics, let me count the ways. If you haven’t already tried this nontoxic and gluten free (yay) makeup company, or their other more sparkly line, ZuZu Luxe, put it on your to-do list. Then, move it to your to-done list because seriously. Great staying power, beautiful colors (hello again, peach), and a wide variety to choose from. To compliment your summer glow, I suggest you try some of their blush, it’s my go-to!

Persian Garden Perfume


Natural perfumes are kind of hard to come by, especially ones that don’t smell just plain funky or much too ordinary (has anyone else realized that orange seems to be a pervasive scent in natural beauty products?). This perfume is the ultimate exception. Rich, exotic, and with a slight quality that I can only describe as mysterious, I think Persian Garden is my new signature scent.

 

So there you have it, my summer natural beauty essentials. But of course, don’t forget to wear sunscreen! I didn’t include any on this list because I have yet to fin a natural one that I like. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them!

What’s your natural beauty essential for summer? Tell us in the comments below! And don’t forget share and subscribe for more natural beauty and summer fun!

The Three Teas You Need To Have On Hand At All Times

Tea is totes amazingPeppermint Tea, chamomile tea, ginger tea

I absolutely love tea! Anyone else? Whether you’ve been drinking tea for ages, or you’re new to this wonderful world of flavor, I’m going to tell you the three teas that you should always have around. Why? Well…

Tea can offer medicinal properties

Did you know that drinking tea can give you health benefits and help you feel better? In a world where so many health trends are a hoax, it’s refreshing to have something on hand that actually does what it’s supposed to. Now, many times people will claim that a specific tea is a cure-all. Don’t you just strongly dislike when someone gets your hopes up by exaggerating what a product can do? Me too, that’s why I’m only going to tell you the benefits I can personally vouch for. I’ve had the most success with three specific teas:

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Peppermint

Headaches, tummy trouble, and cold/sinus/breathing problems. Peppermint is supposedly a painkiller and I’ve experienced this first hand. Drinking it will often take away a minor headache. When my stomach is upset or my digestive system is having a fit, peppermint tea calms everything down. And last but not least, that menthol quality that the tea possesses gives me great relief when I’m having any sort of respiratory issue.

 Chamomile

Heartburn and stress relief. I have had terrible heartburn for a few years, and very few things took it away. Chamomile was a game-changer! Almost every time I drink it, the burn disappears, I highly recommend it. This tea is also tremendously helpful for those stressful times in life. After those first few sips, I always feel remarkably calmer.

Ginger

Nausea, dizziness, and cramping. Ginger tea is probably the tea I drink the most often. It settles my stomach when it’s feeling uneasy, so I always take it with me during car rides (if you suffer from carsickness, give it a go! Peppermint tea is helpful for this as well, try both a see which works better for you!). I’ve also suffered from dizziness and vertigo in my day, and ginger somehow slows the spinning. There are several studies that I’ve seen that prove ginger is helpful for motion sickness, even a test on the amazing show Mythbusters! The last benefit I’ve experienced from ginger tea is pain and cramp relief. Some people say their relief lasts for hour, but mine is usually for 30 minutes. Anything is better than nothing when something hurts!

If you don’t enjoy the taste of straight ginger tea, I recommend the ginger blend from Yogi teas. It contains other wonderful ingredients like lemongrass and licorice root!

My favorite tea add-ins

Raw honey. If you’re anything like me, then you need your tea sweetened. But put down that sugar! Raw honey is the best way to add some sweetness to your drink. Some say it has health benefits as well, but I haven’t personally experienced any major changes from it.

Collagen Powder. This is one of my favorite things to add to any hot beverage. I especially like to put it in my tea when I’m taking it on the go. Since collagen provides protein, it helps keep my blood sugar stable when I don’t have access to food in the moment!

Bonus tip!

Each of the above mentioned teas are also great for your skin! If I feel like my skin needs a pick-me-up, I’ll take my tea bag (after it’s been used) and rub it on my face. I can specifically recall one time when I rubbed a ginger tea bag on my face while I was struggling with some acne, and the next day the spots were smaller. Try it out! P.S. if you struggle with acne too, take a look at my single ingredient acne fighting weapon!

 

What are your must have teas? How do they help you? Share in the comments below. And don’t forget to pin, share, and subscribe!