Insta-lately

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I love trying on new polishes, especially creamy pastel shades. During the summertime I feel adventurous and I’m willing to try bright neons and funky nail art. At the moment I am obsessed with Essie’s Go Ginza.

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I got to enjoy a lovely high tea date with a friend at Fortnum & Mason which included some fun girl talk and an inspiring exchange of ideas. Ladies, high tea is the new brunch and you really need to try it out.

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I’ve been coveting a retro swimsuit for over a year now, and I finally found this one at Topshop that won me over immediately.

Photo May 29, 7 17 44 PMRule #1: If you find a pink wall, you pose in front of it. This summer I’m all about boyfriend jeans and these super cute gladiator sandals from Mango.

Photo Jun 11, 1 35 01 PMEar crawlers are my new jam, and this pair from Baublebar are dainty yet striking and I’ll be wearing them a lot this summer! Xo

Lately Loving: Powder Blue

This may come as a surprise, but my absolute favorite color is pink – it’s shocking I know. Despite that, I’m drawn to different colors that come out every now and then. At the moment this soft powdery blue is all I can think about. It’s delicate yet rich, and I’m enjoying adding pops of it to my wardrobe and even my house. These are some beautiful pieces I found in my color crush of the moment.

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  1. Etsy Paper Straws
  2. West Elm Embroider Starburst Cushion
  3. Essie Borrowed and Blue
  4. Prada Top Handle Bag
  5. Zara Trousers
  6. Williams Sonoma Presidio Loveseat

Lately Loving

The best part about doing this weekly series is being able to get creative with the photos I take and keeping it visual and pleasant to the eyes. I hope you enjoy this week’s list!

1. BB Cream

BB Cream

I repeatedly talk about how sensitive my skin is because it’s difficult for me to experiment with numerous products. On the plus side, when something works for me it’s all the more exciting. Although I use moisturizer twice a day I’m not very good at applying SPF – enter BB cream. By now you’ve probably read thousands of articles and reviews about these all-in-one creams that serve multiple purposes including sun protection, moisturizing, priming and sheer coverage. The Maybelline BB cream was moisturizing, gave a beautiful glow, was hardly noticeable and blended perfectly with my skin. I highly recommend it!

2. Pastel Nail Polish

Pastels

I absolutely adore pastel colors, especially during this time of year. I don’t usually like to be limited by the seasons and I tend to wear the nail colors I’m in the mood for, but these vibrant yet soft shades are the epitome of spring.

3. Leopard Prints

Leopard

If you don’t have leopard print shoes yet, go out and get some stat. When stylists say this print is a neutral, they are not wrong. It livens up an outfit and goes with (almost) anything. I especially like to pair these shoes with a white top and an emerald green necklace. Are you at the mall yet?

4. Contour Tips

During my search for quick and easy contouring tutorials I found this great one by Carli Bybel. She uses a heavy layer of makeup so it’s definitely not an everyday look, but the end result is gorgeous and her step by step instructions are quite easy to follow.

5. Jewels for a Cause

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The star of one of my favorite TV shows and my ultimate WCW Nina Dobrev has teamed up with Gorjana & Griffin Jewelry to raise awareness for Epidermolysis Bullosa, a genetic skin disorder that causes the skin to be fragile and form blisters. Proceeds from NINA4EBMRF will benefit the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation. Visit Gorjana & Griffin to browse the beautiful range of delicate jewels, just in time for Mother’s Day.