Monday, August 18, 2014

DO or DON'T: Makeup to the Beach/ Pool

I understand a little waterproof mascara, maybe some bronzer, but full on makeup to the beach or the pool? Not a fan.

What do you say, DO or DON'T?

Friday, August 15, 2014

DIY Sea Salt Spray + Beachy Waves

Beachy waves

My summer hair routine is very low maintenance—I’ll wash it, let it air dry then maybe run my straightener through... or just leave it. Aside from a dab of leave-in conditioner, I rarely use product, but when I do, it’s always a sea salt spray. My hair is mostly straight so getting any kind of wave or curl can be a challenge; sea salt spray is the only thing I have found that works to give my hair those beachy waves—and not all stiff and gunked up with product. Yeah, I totally said gunk.

I decided to make my own DIY Sea Salt Spray, which I think gave better results than my store-bought spray. Beachy waves are a simple style that looks harder to achieve than it really is. Think this sea salt spray is hard to make? No way! Read on for details:

DIY Sea Salt Spray
1 cup Warm Water
1-2 tbsp Sea Salt
2 tsps Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Squirt of leave-in conditioner
Dab of hair gel
Optional: Essential oils such as lavender, citrus, etc.
Spray bottle

Add the warm water to your spray bottle and simply mix in all the other ingredients; shake well. You can add in 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oil, however I left mine as is to have that tropical coconut scent. To make it totally natural, leave out the leave-in conditioner and use fresh aloe vera gel instead of hair gel.

Spray on slightly damp towel-dried/air-dried hair and scrunch up the ends. If your hair is pretty straight, you can put into a braid while it dries to help give it waves. Once almost dry, scrunch up some more and twirl strands around your finger to mix up the pieces. Super easy and super cute for summer!

DIY sea salt spray

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Beach Day with Sand Cloud

Sand Cloud

Sand Cloud

Jennifer Weiner All Fall Down

Turkish Towel

Amanda Goodhue

Panama Hat, Urban Outfitters (similar) | Sunglasses, Target | Swim Suit, Target (old) | Beach Towel, Sand Cloud

I usually find myself gravitating towards multitask items that help make my life easier. When one of the founders of Sand Cloud reached out to me with the ultimate beach multi-tasker I thought, 'This is pure genius.'

How many times have you been to the beach and tried to prop your head up, either on your bag or another towel, and it just wasn't that comfortable? Enter Sand Cloud, a handwoven Turkish towel which features a non-bulky pillow that can be removed and then worn as a sarong. Cool, right?!

Unlike a standard beach towel, the sand slides right off of the material, which is awesome because you can go from laying on it in the sand to wrapping it around your waist without it having huge clumps of sand stuck to it. The eco-friendly material is also thin enough that it dries quickly when wet but thick enough to act as a barrier between body and sand. Packing it up was super easy, just rolled it and stuck it in my beach bag and it was much lighter than carrying a beach towel. 

Learn more about this new Southern California brand (including how they donate 10% of net profits to marine preservation!) by checking out their Kickstarter campaign. The goal is to raise $15,000 and they're almost there-- just 6 days left! If you donate $30+, you'll receive your very own Sand Cloud in your color choice!