the friday five

July 31, 2015

The Friday Five with grid dress, aqua gladiator sandals, straw fedora and nars lipstick M Loves M @marmar

Summer outfits are all about being comfortable and casual! A CLASSIC DENIM JACKET will be a staple in your wardrobe for years, or until you're ready for a little bit of an update. I wear my denim jacket at least a few times a week.

STRAW FEDORA HAT like this one will keep your eyes and face protected from the harsh summer sun. It's another summer must-have accessory! 

I think this SLEEVELESS GRID DRESS is super cute! The grid pattern is so fun and the silhouette is comfortable and easy to wear.

I'd pair this jacket and dress combo with a pair of bright GLADIATOR SANDALS in a fun shade, and a pretty PEACH/NUDE LIPSTICK.

Is there anything you're shopping for this weekend? 
Make sure to take advantage of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale before prices go up on Monday!
See my favorite pieces from the sale and the best bags!


styling flares for summer

styling flared jeans for summer M Loves M @marmar
I love flared jeans but don't wear them as often as I'd like! I thought I'd give my skinny jeans a break and pull out this pair. Since it's summertime, and still kind of warm, I paired the jeans with this fun off-the-shoulder top. I love the abstract circle print. It's a modern polka dot!
styling flared jeans for summer M Loves M @marmar
modern polka dot top with black sunglasses M Loves M @marmar
black and white polka dot off-the-shoulder top with flared jeans M Loves M @marmar
jewelry layering M Loves M @marmar
styling flared jeans for summer M Loves M @marmar
styling flared jeans for summer M Loves M @marmar
styling flared jeans for summer with off-the-shoulder top M Loves M @marmar
top Anthropologie, jeans Nordstrom, shoes Kate Spade, lipstick NARS Dragon Girl, necklace Gorjana

Happy Friday everyone! I'm off bright and early today for a Vegas trip to celebrate one of my best friend's birthdays. I haven't been to Vegas in years but it will be fun to have some girl time, lay out at the pool, and eat some good food. Oh and shopping!! That's another one of my favorite things about Vegas! Some gamble, I shop!

Have a great weekend!

photos by Valorie Darling

A Letter to My Future Self

July 30, 2015

a letter to my future self with clinique #faceforward M Loves M @marmar 
One thing that I’m consistently aware of as I get older is how fast time flies by. It seems like I was just in high school, stressing about finals and passing my drivers exam. And then there was the excitement over which college to choose. Now that I’ve been out of college for a few years now, I’m reminded how quickly life is passing by. I heard this phrase the other day in terms of becoming a new parent, “The days are long but the years are short.” While I can only imagine how true that is when you’re raising a child, I also feel like it’s true for the rest of us. One day I’m going to wake up, much older and hopefully a lot wiser. I have so many things that I wish for my future self, so I was so excited when one of my favorite skincare brands Clinique reached out about their #FaceForward campaign that promotes their classic 3-Step system. Clinique is a brand I’ve been using since the very beginning. The first skincare product I bought was this exact system. I didn’t realize until now that this is one of those products that has stayed a consistent part of my routine for over 10 years. Pretty amazing, right? 

Here’s what I want to tell my future self,

Make time for the things and the people that matter. Don’t get so caught up in work that it sacrifices quality time with friends and family. Make decisions and sacrifices so that you can have a work-life balance.

Clinique #FaceForward campaign M Loves M @marmar
drink more water by adding fruit to flavor it M Loves M @marmar
drinking water with fruit M Loves M @Marmar

Treat yourself well, inside and out. Continue to practice a healthy lifestyle. Eat fruits and veggies. Buy local and organic produce, when possible. Think about where your food is coming from and what you’re putting in your body. Take time to cook together as a family.

making a healthy salad M Loves M @marmar
eating healthy foods M Loves M @marmar
practicing yoga for wellness M Loves M @marmar

Remember how much you love to run and exercise. Yoga has been an incredible release for you. Continue to work on your practice. Life is busy and hectic but afford yourself some time each day where you can reflect and refocus. We often go through motions and tasks without stopping to think about what we’re doing and why. Set intentions for yourself along the way.

using Clinique 3 Step System M Loves M @marmar
taking care of your skin M Loves M @marmar
using toner M Loves M @marmar
Care for your skin and appreciate the signs of aging that come along with it. They’re memories of adventures and memories that you’ll hold dear forever. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. God has blessed you with being your own person. Don’t take that for granted. Enjoy the life you have in front of you.
wash your face twice a day M Loves M @marmar
Clinique #FaceForward campaign M Loves M @marmar
a letter to my future self M Loves M @marmar

And to my present self,

Enjoy every minute of your life. Push yourself to learn and grow. Don’t stress about all the little things. Smile and laugh when you have the opportunity. Allow yourself to admit your faults so that you can work on them. Focus on the people you love. Give yourself time to breath, relax, and live. Life is too short to not be cherished and enjoyed. Continue to take risks and challenge yourself in new ways.

What are some of your goals for the future self?


photos by Kimber Brown

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Clinique but, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting my incredible sponsors!

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