Happy hump, my friends. I just had a flashback to that scene in High School Musical 2 where the classroom clock is dramatically ticking and everyone looks around chanting, Summer, summer, Summer…SUMMER!!!!! WHAT TIME IS IT?! SUMMERTIME.
Don’t lie and say you aren’t singing along right now.
And with that…HAPPY SUMMER!!! I feel like that’s A-OK to say right about now, with June happening this week. Also excuse me, how is JUNE happening this week?! 2018 is almost halfway over.
I repeat, 2018 is almost halfway OVER.
Am I the only banana brain who cannot get the heck over that fact?!?!
It’s that time again – more cool sh*t I loveloveloved all through the month of May! There is a *lot* of good stuff to share today (per usual, I hope?), so grab yo’ coffee and let’s do the damn thing. (P.S. Who’s watching The Bachelorette this season????)
Links I Love:
- An everyday woman recreating the not-so-everyday Instagram lifestyle shots that we all know too well…
- The productivity-maximizing morning routine of “4-hour Workweek” author, Tim Ferriss.
- 10 things you can do if you hate your job
- Take control of your phone – like, now.
- The cutest DIY to make a dress out of your favorite graphic tee.
Stuff on Sale:
25% off at J. Crew [code: NEWCLOTHES]
This adorable lemon skirt is on sale for 20 bucks!
40% off at American Eagle
If you’ve been looking for the perfect work tote…
The big Express Summer Sale is happening now!
One of my favorite pairs of jeans of all time is still on sale for under $30 – they run TTS and are basically a must.
A *gorgeous* Sole Society bag at a *great* price – such a good giftable for your girlfriends!
Things I Love:
I got this tee in the mail I think months ago via PR, and what immediately jumped out at me about the brand is its personability. This company really cares (and I lovelovelove companies that care, don’t you?). They have a few facilities around the world and really strive to celebrate their makers, to put faces + names to clothes and not just churn out mass manufacturing. The focus isn’t just on production lines – it’s on people. And that’s pretty friggin’ cool if ya ask me.
When your product comes in the mail, it also comes with a little card from the person who made your article of clothing, and a picture of them. I think too often, the fashion industry can be dehumanized in that we have NO CLUE where in the world sometimes the products that we buy everyday are being made, let alone the actual human beings making them. And also too often, there might be some really sad, downright wrong and/or shady biz going on behind-the-scenes, with little kids as young as 4 working as near-slaves in God awful conditions – you get the picture. Or we don’t, because we can’t – because if we’re #blessed to be on the internet right now, chances are, we’ve never witness something like a factory full of kindergarten-age kids working long hours to make our clothes.
So, I lovelovelove the little difference that KNOWN SUPPLY makes, just in shedding some light on it all + providing some transparency. You can even type in the name of your product, and it will pull up exactly who from their partner team made it. How cool is that?!
*This one is unfortunately un-widget-able for you guys, but DAS OK – you can shop the brand here!
I’ve been hooked on these little L’Oreal cubes for what feels like forever. In fact, their clay masks launched around this time last year and made it immediately as a favorite. Since I’ve been a big fan of their masks, I figured so much as that I’d end up loveloveloving their scrubs, too. And SURE ENOUGH.
This kiwi. scrub. THO.
Now, I’m *picky* with scrubs. If it’s too harsh, I feel like I’m assaulting my face. If it’s too weak, I’m wasting my time. It’s gotta be that ~quintessential~ combo of gentleness + abrasiveness that leaves you with a legitimately exfoliated, softer, cleaner, healthier glow.
How hard is that?!
Apparently hard – because way too often, I’m just left feeling red + raw. But that’s not the case here, folks! This L’Oreal scrubs feels actually divine. It’s definitely exfoliating, but it’s true to feeling like a sugar scrub – it feels more finely milled than some thicker, chunkier scrubs. It’s a blend of 3 pure sugars (brown, blond, + white), paired with kiwi seeds, peppermint, + lemongrass oils. And it’s called a “gel” sugar scrub, packed with minerals + meant to melt into your skin to be gentle, but effective. Also says it works for lips, too! It *claims* to bring baby-soft skin in one week, with tighter, unclogged, less visible pores and overall healthier, smoother, glowing skin. So basically, it claims to be perfect. OK then. I’ll take it.
Lovelovelove this so much that I picked up another one on my last Ulta run, this time in the “Smooth & Glow” version.
As seen in my favorite healthy junk food post! 😉 Be warned from the get go: these gummies are straight up addictive. You will not be able to stop eating them. The good news: they’re made with real fruit, have 100% Vitamin C in every serving (as well as 25% Vitamin A + 25% Vitamin E, too!), and are as natural as gummies can be – natural flavoring, natural coloring, no preservatives, etc. So it’s basically like just eating fruit, amiright? 😉
These bad boys are softer than regular gummies I’ve tried, so there’s just something about ’em that’s reaaaaaally yummy. No joke, I opened five packs into a bowl on my kitchen table and tried to fool myself into thinking it was “for guests.”
I had no guests.
It was just me.
You might’ve caught this gem of a kit in this post from last week on CUR – it just recently launched online only at Ulta! And I’m lowkey ecstatic about it. I’m a Butter-anything whore, basically. If it’s from Physicians Formula and has “butter” in the title, I have it. And I probably have 4 of it. Butter Bronzer, Butter Blush, Butter Highlight – whorin’ it up with the whole gang. I won’t bore ya with the details *yet again* (there’s a whole post for that 😉 ), but I will say that this whole shebang has been on repeat this month, and for good reason.
If you can pass up a truly smooth as buttah bronzer/blush/highlight trio for summer that *literally* smells like coconuts, you can’t sit with us. Also there is body butter.
I’ll be honest (per usual) – I was a T3 skeptic to start.
I kept seeing all of these girls on Instagram talking about a chic, white curling wand from a company called “T3,” swearing it was their holy grail for a magical mane of curls. I had still been rockin’ a Conair from the 9th grade and a Remington that’s not even made anymore, so I was in need of an upgrade.
This collection can be considerably overwhelming upon first glance, I’ll admit. Like…who the heck needs 8 different wand heads??? And WHAT the heck do you DO with all of them?!?!?
Girlfriend, I feel you.
But lemme tell you – everything happens for a reason.
And all curling irons + wands are NOT created equal. I’ve learned that the head of the wand actually makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE in not only the type of curl you’re getting, but also how long the curl lasts…and how long you can make the entire hairstyle last, which is important for us dry shampoo addicts in the house. 😉
For example, this kinda head is what I typically use for what I’d call my sorta “signature” curls – my go-to curled look. Whereas this kinda iron head will get you a more “polished” spiral curl, which typically needs to be brushed out more to not look like a 10-year-old dancer’s ‘do. And curling IRON curls tend to fall out/need touching up quicker than curling WAND heads (in my experience).
FYI – you do need a convertible base to use with any of the T3 Micro Convertible Collection heads. But you just easily swap in + out the head that you’re using onto the base – it’s super simple!
Besides T3 Micro , I do have + use + lovelovelove + recommend Paul Mitchell tools; I have quite a few of their tools – from a blow dryer to flat irons and curling wands – but my most recent favorite of theirs is the Neuro curling wand. Works like a charm.
What links/things/sales have you found + loveloveloved lately?
For past Cool Sh*t I Lovelovelove, click here.
For the best summer party planning tips with the Fresh Grocer, click here.
For my 3 vacation-ready beauty must-haves, click here.
For the best of the *best* white t-shirts, click here.
For tips on avoiding burnout, click here.
For a look at our couple’s getaway at Nemacolin, click here.
For the latest #AskE Q&A post, click here.
Happy hump – go make it happen.