a glimmer into the life of a mum who loves fashion, decor and prosecco

Friday Fun Finds

Wow! Summer is here peeps! The girls last day of school was yesterday and today was the first morning they got to wake up whenever they wanted (albeit still too early for my liking!)

Had to share some fun finds on this stellar Friday . . . believe it or not these are all from Forever 21!!!!  They have really expanded their scope - they have a "HOME" section now . . . say what!!!!  Take a look at some of the things I am loving from fashion to the home  . . . . 

Head-over-heels for this beachy set . . . 

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How great is this jumpsuit! I love the wide legs - so comfortable and could be dressed up or down! (comes in two color variations)

Great little white crochet dress - throw and go! 


And this white one would be great for a more formal event . . . love the lace and ruffle details!!!


Run, don't walk, and get this dress! It is the exact replica of one that costs $100 . . . I just ordered this gorgeous coral color but it comes in two other colors as well!


Aaaahhhh ...... I really need a place to wear this gorgeous dress! IT comes in black and white too


okay now how frickin adorable is this llama wall decal!!! Harper turns 6 next month and is in love with llama's so I bought this for her room! I love the colors!!!


And everyone NEEDS tassel paperclips right!!! Am I right or WHAT . . . . look at these



And I am in love with this cactus pillow!!!! Girls room? Outdoor sofa? . . . who knows but I need it! (in.my.cart)


Uuummmmm YES PLEASE!!!


Love the Skin you are IN!!!

I have been experimenting with some new products lately and I wanted to share the ones that have stuck with me and that I am currently loving!  


Weleda Skin Food is actually something I have been using off and on for the past 7yrs.  I just keep going back to it, its that good.  It smells amazing, has no chemical ingredients, is great for dry, chapped skin, nourishes dry cuticles, soothes scratches/boo-boo's, treats split ends, tames frizzy hair in a pinch and brings world peace (just kidding but it probably could).

La Roche-Posay Tinted Mineral Sunscreen.  This stuff is liquid gold!!! I have never been a huge fan of tinted sunscreens or moisturizers because I always felt the coloring was way off but this, my friends, is marvelous!!!  At first glance it looks SO dark but it's not (trust me I'm fair skinned).  It is so smooth and lightweight and goes on beautifully.  It gives me the most gorgeous glowy-dewy looking skin and leaves my face feeling silky not oily or heavy like other sunscreens! 



Biologique Recherche P50 PIGM 400 Lotion.   I have read about this everywhere; from magazines, on blogs to instagrammers so I decided to give it a try and man am I glad I did!! I wear sunscreen everyday but I am a redhead and have natural freckles and recently I have felt as though I needed some help evening out my skin tone and that there were some areas of hyperpigmentation on my forehead that I wanted to address.  Well after only a week or so of using it I have already seen difference!!! My skin tended to be a little red on my cheeks and nose and forehead but now it has all evened out and looks smoother and younger!  Start out using it every other day to let your skin get used to it and work up to using it 2x/day like it recommends.  Oh and even though it says "lotion" it is not, it is more like a toner.


And last but certainly not least is this SilcSkin Decollette Pad!! I am in love with this product!  I sleep on my side and I have noticed that when I wake up in the mornings the skin across my chest has little wrinkle lines all over and that's just a hellz no!!!! Am I right ladies?! This is a thick silicone pad that is sticky on one side and smooth on the other.  I put it on (sticky side down) at night before bed and in the morning there are absolutely NO lines or wrinkles!!!  One pad is supposed to last 30 days so I will be replacing this monthly for sure.  I think that this along with some good wrinkle-reducing serum and sunscreen will definitely make a huge difference to remove and slow-down signs of aging on my chest.

Summer Essentials $15 or Less

After the last 24 hours I have just had (follow my Instastories for the details) I had to clear my mind so I was just browsing a few things that are all under $15 and will definitely help get you (and my mind) summer-ready!


Unicorn Magic keyboard cover (here)

Pool floaty drink holders (here)

This amazing soothing face spray (here)

These awesome pool slides (here)

Delicious Coconut hydrating oil (here)

Chic cat-eye mirrored sunglasses (here)


Love the simplicity of this one-piece (here)

Little Peeps

Jumping into the summer with wreckless abandon!  I am sooooo over picking out school clothes, packing lunches, homework, spelling tests, and crazy schedules.  I have the itch for ALL things summer (although that will cease abruptly after the girls are out of school and BORED after about 3wks)

I have the summer-clothes bug for my girls and wanted to share some of my most favorite recent finds for them . . . These are all from Zara and I am about to order 2 of everything . . . stop me!!! NO don't, I love how different and unique these pieces are compared to the regular kids summer garb!! I NEED IT ALL!!! Watch out wallet . . . . What do you think? Gorgeous right?












Bits & Bobs

Happy Fri-YAY everyone

Wow has it been busy around here the past month or so and its only going to get busier between now and summer! But all good stuff so I can't complain.  

We leave for our first official "Spring Break" vacation with the girls tomorrow at 9:30am and I have absolutely nothing organized!!!! Like NOTHING guys!!!!   And we still have Art class and Arsenal soccer try-outs to do tonight before I can start packing!! Wish me luck! We are heading to San Francisco for 4 days then Denver for 5 days . . . . it will be a whirlwind of fun and adventures and I am really looking forward to it 




So since it's Friday here are a few things that grabbed my interest this week . . . 

  • A short and sweet guide to airplane etiquette that I wish everyone would read
  • Intrigued to try some of theses stress relieving exercises (I love my foam roller)
  • I have found a great little secret for anyone who loves design!  The Insider Secrets Archives on Chairish has a wealth of designer knowledge that you don't want to miss.
  • A key behavior of successful people!
  • I am an avid podcast listener and you should be too!!! There are so many good ones --- but S-Town shook my commuter-world the last week!! Just listen!!!
  • Talk about a perfect summer outfit! Thank you Mara Hoffman - this is stunning

Have a fantastic weekend . . . follow me on Instagram to see what we get up to on our Spring Break travels!!

News to Me

Shopbop is carrying two new (well new to me anyway) brands right now that have me drooling and the price points are INSANE but the items look like Isabel Marant or Ulla Johnson!!!

The first is English Factory  - its an LA-based brand created by the founders of Endless Rose apparel.  Here are a few of my favorite pieces 



Buy here $78


Buy here $76


Buy here $90


Buy here $84


Buy here $109

The other brand that I am loving is Moon River.  Great price points and beautiful pieces with small details that add to their allure.

 Buy here $75 - I'm ordering this




Great pleated mini (here $73)


Great summer dress (here $93)


Love me some fringe (here $70)


Great beach dress (here $80)


Can't wait to see their new stuff for summer that should be out soon!

Brighten up

I have to share with you guys some new products I have been trying and have really started to love! (you'll notice that I really like European beauty-products!) I am not a beauty-product junkie as I don't really have the time to take long baths, have a long morning or nighttime routine so I like to keep it to a minimum and try and stick with a product for at least 6mths to see if it is making a difference.  

No matter what I have done in the past I have always had chapped lips!  I have tried everything - drinks lots of H2O, Aquaphor, Burts bees, Vaseline, and every kind of lip balm on the planet and nothing has really helped until now.  Please welcome my two new favorite lip beautifiers!  French Girl Rose lip Polish (buy here) and Eau Thermale Avene Cold Cream Lip Cream (buy here)



One of my real loves as far as skincare goes is a good exfoliator.  I think it makes a huge difference in the health and youthfulness of my skin and I like to use it at least 3 times a week (I put it in my shower and use it when I'm in there)  I recently tired this one by Acure and I absolutely love it.  It is totally affordable, it is not super harsh or painful as I find some scrubs can be and it gives me such a fantastic glow for days (buy here)



This lip polish is amazing.  It smells heavenly and actually tastes ok too (has sugar and shea butter) but the best part is that it exfoliates my lips without drying them out because it is packed with olive oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and rose geranium oil . . . and it looks so pretty sitting on my bathroom counter.


This lip cream is a god-send!  I cant explain its consistency - it's like a hybrid between a thick cream & smooth aquaphor but not sticky.  It smells wonderful, lasts long and makes my lips feels so smooth, soft and full.  And they are not chapping/peeling like they always have YEAH!!!!

Dry hands and dry feet go along with my chapped lips lol.  So Weleda Skin Food has always been my go to!  It is hands down my favorite cream for very dry skin (I use on my elbows too) . . . I have a tube at the side of my bed and use it on my hands and feet right before I fall asleep (you know after i have check FB and Instagram about 100 times lol) and I wake up with hands/cuticles that look like they just had a manicure!  (buy here)


Lastly, and I think I have posted this on my blog before but it is worth repeating, is this amazing Vitamin C Brightening Cocktail!  It is by Lumene and you can buy it here. It is a wonderful moisturizer that gives you an amazing smoothness and glow; its almost unreal!   It is not sticky and goes on great under make-up.


What products are you loving right now?

Happy Friday

Such a great week!  Super busy but it all went smooth!  Thank goodness it's Friday - off for some much needed girl talk and wine.  And we don't have much planned for this weekend so I am going to tackle some stuff on my ever-lasting to-do list!

I wanted to share the jacket that I got for a steal that I posted on Instagram earlier today.  It is amazing in person!!  The bell sleeves are such a great detail, the fabric is soft and the size is TTS . . . oh and its 50% off right now . . . so GO AND BUY it!!!  (it comes in 2 colors here)





I also ordered this fab leopard blouse.  Once I receive it I will let you know how I like it! (buy here)  It's also on sale right now!  I have a few of these utility blouses and I love them - they fit fantastic, look expensive, are very comfortable, and last long.




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