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Gingham on The Porch

Skirt: The Skirtery 
Top: Made By Me
Shoes: Marshall's (Steve Madden)
Purse: Thrifted 
Headband: Old
Book: Somerset


This post might quickly become one of my favorite posts of ALL TIME because it brings all of my southern gingham dreams to life:) Recently I have been so inspired by all of the southern bloggers that I follow and their fabulous styles have been killer this season! Because of that I knew that with this southern inspired ensemble I had to visit a place that reminded me of the south, so I went back to the porch of the house in this post which was perfection. 

I don't know about you, but gingham is almost a neutral in my closet this season. Every time I don't know what to wear I always seem to reach for this skirt (available in my Etsy shop), and honestly it is probably the most styled piece on the blog (see it herehere, and here). This particular look is not exception since I now love this skirt even more after making this crop style blouse to pair with it, which really gives it a completely different look.  

I had some extra gingham fabric lying around and I decided to mix up my design by using two different sizes of gingham to create this retro, ruffle embellished top. This is actually the first time I have made a halter style top, and at first I was a bit unsure of how I would like it (and if it would be modest enough for me), but I am thrilled with how it turned out and the buttons up back are definitely my favorite part. 

Even though I might not be the most "southern" person or live in the most "southern" town, the culture, heritage, and history of the south have always inspired and intrigued me. Whether it is the styles, the traditions, food, or the houses I am all about what the south has to offer. One of my favorite things to do actually, is to visit old historic plantations whenever I travel. I can't tell you how many lovely southern plantations I have visited and I fall in love with the story and style of each one. Because of that, the book I am reading right now (Somerset) highly intrigued me because it is set in the 1800's before the Civil war, but during the Underground Railroad and deals with western expansion and Texas history which I am all about! Definitely the perfect summer read and might have even inspired this look and shoot a bit ;)

Anyone else obsessed with Gingham this season?
Are you a fan of southern history like me?

-Madison

Skincare Beauty Favorites: Summer 2017


Happy Monday lovelies! Today I thought I would share a bit about my current beauty routine and break down some of my favorite products that I have been using. 
When it comes to my beauty routine I have definitely changed it up over the years due to my skin and throughout its highs and lows. I definitely don't have perfect skin, and constantly deal with breakouts and blemishes. I have used my fair share of topical treatments, prescriptions, and different face washes, but I don't think any of those products quite compare to my current routine which has boosted the heath of my skin tremendously and helped it regain its youthful glow and keep blemishes to a minimum (can you say BONUS)! My routine right now is my own personal take on the Korean Skincare system and craze that is taking the beauty industry by storm. While I don't use all Korean skincare products, I do take into account the steps (which are the most important) and with that, I think my skin is finally able to be happy.

Cleanse
Okay, so obviously the first step in my routine is to remove my makeup and cleanse. At night time I start out removing my makeup by washing my face with coconut oil in the shower. Since the Korean skincare routine encompases oil cleansers, I opt to use coconut oil to remove makeup which works like a dream. After I remove my makeup I then move on to cleanse and use the Neutrogena Ultra Gentle foaming cleanser which is AMAZING! This cleanser is definitely true to its name when it says gentle, and that is why I love it because it isn't full of medication or harsh on my skin and always leaves it fresh and smooth. My current philosophy seems to be less is more, because in the past my skin would get overwhelmed with the many ingredients, but now it can take a break because what I use is simple. (In the morning I use the same cleanser to wash my face.) 

Toners & Essence
Toners and Essence are the next vital step when it comes to the Korean Skincare routine, and this is where I actually do use two Korean products. After I cleanse my face in the morning I apply the  COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence which aids in hydration, repair, and brightness. And if you are wondering about the "snail mucin" in the name you would be right in assuming that it does contain 96% snail mucin which is great for skin health, and I can definitely tell the difference in my skins feel and brightness and it definitely has become more smooth as some of my scars have begun to deminish:) If I need a little extra boost I will also use Mario Badescu facial spray which everyone raves about and I now understand the hype! Not only does it smell heavenly with a light rose scent, but it is rejuvenating, and makes my skin feel extra moisturized with a boost. 

In the evening however, I alternate days using Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Night pads which I use as my "chemical exfoliant" in the Korean skincare step routine. However, like I said, I alternate days with these, so when I am not using them I will use COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid which works as an essence and simple topical treatment for my pores, and I have definitely seen a difference in my skin adding this to my routine. 

Sunscreen & Topical
 Last but not least are two products that are vital to the health and youthfulness of my skin. As a fair complexioned person I am always needing to apply sunscreen in the summer but I always forget that daily using sunscreen on my face will help protect it from harsh rays and keep it looking younger longer. Therefore, I recently started using the MISSHA all around safe block waterproof sun milk and have been loving it! Typically sunscreen leaves your face feeling oily and its application heavy, but this formula is light, airy, dries once rubbed in and smells like a flower. Plus, since it is waterproof it holds up under humidity and sweat and also any dips in the pool. 

As for topical treatments, I have always used some type of topical at night to keep my blemishes to a minimum or to try and completely eradicate them. Unfortunately, due to slightly sensitive skin I would always deal with my skin drying out or flaking (because of the medication) and I hated the feeling of putting chemicals on my face. However, last semester I decided to give Curology a try after seeing it pop up on social media and the Internet, and OH MY GOSH my skin hasn't been the same since! You will definitely have to go check out Curology for yourself, but it was created to give you a personalized prescription for your face, depending on your blemishes. What I love the most, is that it isn't full of harsh chemicals, but rather focuses on the health of your skin itself which aids in healing breakouts, and I kid you not, when I wake up in the morning my skin always feels smoother :) 


The only other thing I will add to my skincare routine once/twice a week is a clay mask to draw out impurities or a sheet mask (also part of Korean Skincare) to restore my skins moisture and glow. 


Have you heard/tried any of these products?
Have you ever tried out the Korean Skincare routine? 

-Madison

Give Me All The Watermelon

Skirt: Hannah Everly (sold out)
Shirt: Thrifted (Anne Taylor)
Shoes: Target
Purse: ebay


When summer rolls around all I want to do is eat watermelon (or any other summer associated treats), so when Hannah launched her spring skirt line I knew I just HAD TO HAVE this fabulous watermelon skirt! I have always been a fan of Hannah's skirts (see here, and here) and knew it was time to add another to my closet. 

Watermelon is the perfect novelty print for summer because what truly says summer more than watermelon? We cut it up and eat it at BBQs, we ice cakes to look like them, we cover our tables in watermelon printed table cloths, and babies run around in watermelon bathing suits.......I would almost say watermelon is an american summer emblem:) In our house we are huge fans of watermelon and always eat it in the summer or create new "watermelon" treats like homemade watermelon lemonade slushies (talk about delicious)! 

Regardless of whether or not you like watermelon, I can't get enough of it in my closet:) After I ordered this skirt I knew that I would be sharing it on the blog and immediately went to find a watermelon purse online to pair with it, and this little number that I found on ebay is the cutest summer accessory ever! As per Hannah Everly fashion I decided to mix a striped top with my skirt for a fun outfit combo and paired it with my white ked style sneakers from Target. And you can't really see it in these pictures but I am even wearing watermelon earrings...LOL

I might be a bit obsessed with this fruit......WARNING.....you might even see more of it on the blog this summer!

Are you a fan of watermelon?

-Madison

My Picks: Modest Summer Suits



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In my latest post I talked about summer heat and swimsuit season, and because of that I thought it would be fun for me to talk a bit more about swimsuits, share my tips for how I pick them, my favorite styles, and places you fan find cute and modest suits!

Now, like I said in my last post, I might have different swimsuit standards than you, but regardless of that I love each of my summer swimsuits and feel equally covered, confident, and modest in each one:) I have slightly evolved in my swimsuit styles over the years and have started going more with classic and retro styles (which fits with my personal style). When I was growing up my summer suits typically consisted of a swim skirt and a modest tankini top, but over the years I have discovered other suits that fit my style more accurately and still align with my modesty standards. 

Truthfully, there is often a fine line between modest and immodest when it comes to swimsuits and ones standards. Some people choose to wear swim shorts with a swim shirt, some a swim skirt and swim top, and others like me a modest one piece or tankini. It really comes down to what you are comfortable in and what your standards for modesty are. Thus, while it is sometimes hard to find a suit that fits into your standards, if you look hard enough or find brands with a focus on modesty the hunt will be a bit easier. 

With that being said, I have come to discover that there are a decent amount of one piece swimsuits that cover all that I want to be covered.....what I mean by this is that they are not super low cutting, they have padding (which I love for extra support), and they have a retro (#5)/short style bottom (#7) (I sometimes call them grandma bottoms) which simply means they cover my backside (unlike typical bikini or swimsuit bottoms). With all of those standards in place there are a lot of options depending on the kind of suit I want. I could go a swim dress route, pick a retro style one piece, or a two piece like my Jessica Rey suit (#2).....and in all honesty I have one of each style I just mentioned:) 

I will say however, that my #1 TIP for finding a good quality and well fitting modest one piece is to shop in the women's section. You will never find (for the most part) anything that covers in its fit in the junior section, so the women's department is always where I look. Nonetheless,  if you want something more trendy without sacrificing modesty, take a look at Jessica Rey, who my sister and I are both wearing this year (and LOVE). Their styles are to die for, they are all made in the USA (bonus points for being ethical), some are vintage inspired (and even named after Audrey Hepburn characters) and one of their sayings is "it doesn't have to be itsy bitsy" which fits perfectly in line with my swimsuit views!

Hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse into my swimsuit thoughts and can't wait to share more summer pool style!

-Madison

Seaside Sailor Suit

Swimsuit: Thrifted
Sunglasses: c/o Madewell

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Ahhhh...the beach! I am a big proponent of beach trips, vacations, walks, movies, sounds, etc.....basically anything to do with the beach! In fact, our family just got back from camping at the beach this past weekend and it was so lovely to be back at one of our favorite places, sitting on the sand, listening to the ocean, fishing, reading (for me), and enjoying time together. 

However, with summer comes the heat which means we are all looking for a way to cool off be it at the beach, at the pool, or in our own backyard, and with that comes swimsuits. In the past I haven't shared much of my beach/pool style on the blog, but that is going to change this summer and I am so excited to share those looks. 

This fun nautical beach look is the first of its kind and I couldn't be more obsessed with it! I am a huge fan of anything "nautical" and when I found this suit I couldn't believe how perfect it was. The print is a dainty braided rope stripe on a navy background which is perfect for any beach trip. I actually altered this suit a bit by raising the neckline and adding a second panel in the back, for a bit more modesty. The main reason I LOVE this suit though is because the bottoms are a retro cut which makes them extra comfortable and covering :)

But in all seriousness can we talk about how exciting it is that summer is here! I am looking forward to many more walks on the beach, wades in the ocean, book after book, lemonade, watermelon, swimsuits, and adventurous vacations. 

(I will put out a disclaimer that my swimsuit standards might be different than yours....be it in my choice not to wear a bikini or maybe even not covering as much as others choose to

-Madison

Orange Creamsicle

Dress: Thrifted (Anthropologie: same on Poshmark)
Shoes: Modcloth
Hat: DIY

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I've never been a big fan of the color orange.....truly I really don't like it and typically avoid wearing it whenever possible, which is kind of funny considering the color for my college was orange (which I honestly hated). However, when I was shopping at Goodwill earlier this spring I happened upon this orange striped midi dress. When I first found it I was immediately intrigued by the length, but almost put it back on the rack because it was orange. Thankfully though, the desperate need for a longer length of dress prompted me to try it on and I was pleasantly surprised! 

When I tried it on I fell in love with the length, the key hole tie back, and the comfort of the stretchy fabric (its literally the comfiest dress ever). You can imagine my surprise then when I took it off and started looking at the tags and realized that it was an anthropologie dress! That simple fact sold the dress for me. However, the best part about it was going to purchase it and finding out it was only $5 when most dresses at Goodwill all go for $9.99, so that was a very happy and successful shopping day. 

The main reason I love this dress (besides the fact that it's crazy comfortable) is that it can be worn anywhere! I wore it to a friends graduation already, and if I had any weddings to go to this summer it would definitely be worn to one of them. Of course, you could even throw a denim jacket over it and grab a pair of sneakers to make it super casual so it could easily take you from day to night simply by changing your shoes and accessories!

What is one color you are not a fan of?

-Madison