17 Beach Bag Essentials

Hello Sunshine!

White sands, crashing waves and sunny rays . . . It’s beach season, my friends! But along with all the magical things the beach has to offer, there’s also painful sunburns, flaking lip and knotted hair. For as gorgeous and fun as a day at the beach can be, it’s often followed by a slew of bodily woes at the hands of the elements you were enjoying just a few hours before. So I’m making sure my beach bag is fully prepped with everything I need for a (chic) day in the sun!

Whether you’re heading out to the beach for some surf and sand, enjoying a relaxing day lounging out by the pool or spending the weekend out on the lake, these items will have you covered for all your Summer fun! Check out my 12 functional and affordable beach bag must-haves.

My Beach Bag Essentials | Original Caroline

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Friday Favorites | Volume Six

Happy Friday you wonderful people! It’s the first official weekend of Summer and I couldn’t be more excited. Honestly I can’t believe it’s already Summer! This year has flown by, but I’m glad to get some fun in the sun. The weather has cleared up here in Dallas and I plan on reading a few new books from my Summer reading list lounging out by the pool. Maybe a little shopping, as I’m on the hunt for the perfect Fourth of July outfit! Anyway, keep scrolling to see what Friday Favorites I’ve picked this week and let me know which ones you’re diggin’!

Friday Favorites | Volume Six

Favorite Summer Accessory: Straw tote bags, gingham prints and tassel earrings are definitely some of Summer ’17 biggest trends so far. But another trend that I’ve seen popping up a lot lately is neck scarves. I may be late jumping on the band wagon, but I am seriously loving this trend! Don’t dismiss this “ladies who lunch” staple as stodgy. When paired with more casual tops like a striped shirt or crew neck sweater, it adds just the right amount of polish.

Friday Favorites: Neck Scarf Trend | Original Caroline

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How To Lighten Up Your Summer Beauty Routine

Summer is slowly casting its glowing warmth over the planet and it won’t be long until it takes over with days full of sunshine and good vibes! With the start of a new season, I like to make a few tweaks to both my skincare routine and my beauty routine. And now that the heat and humidity are getting stronger, it only felt natural to lighten up on my makeup.

While I enjoy spending time out in the sun and getting a nice tan, I’m not too fond of the makeup meltdowns that come with the heat. Even if you’ve used a steadfast primer and diligently dusted on a layer of setting powder, you know that you’re still taking a gamble when you face off against summer’s steamy temps. High humidity, sweat and stagnant air are all enough to dislodge even the most resistant makeup. (You know this if you’ve ever stepped outside in 100 degree weather only to realize a few minutes late you’re in a pool of perspiration with a melted face.) This hellish cycle is enough to make you want to ditch makeup altogether!

I’m here to tell you that abstinence isn’t the only option. If you strategically stock your makeup bag with the right products, there’s no reason you can’t look fresh-faced for hours — no application required! From weightless foundations to airy fragrances, keep scrolling through to see how I lightened up my Summer beauty routine.

How To Lighten Up Your Summer Beauty Routine | Original Caroline

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Father’s Day Gifts That Can’t Be Bought

My dad holds a special place in my heart that can never be replaced. When I was little, my dad used to let me sit on his lap and steer his pickup truck while he pressed the gas. And he would always read me bedtime stories with funny voices. He always attended my cheerleading competitions and theater performances. And with all the stupid mistakes I made when I was younger, all the worry I used to put him through — no matter what, he’s still always been there for me. He’s really given the whole parenting thing 110 percent! And as much as I love my dad, the man is the hardest person to shop for!

When your dad has done so much for you, finding something that can adequately express your gratitude is never easy. 

Getting creative when it comes to Father’s Day gifting is easier said than done . . . But sometimes, it’s not the gift that’s important. This Father’s Day, take time to celebrate your good ol’ dad. Not just with gifts, but with love and appreciation.

 

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Friday Favorites | Volume Five

Happy Friday, y’all! We’ve reached the end of another week and the number of finds that caught my eye recently definitely did not disappoint. In case you missed my June Goals post, I’m using this month to straighten up my bedroom/bathroom. So in the midst of decluttering and reorganizing, I’ve been sifting through some inspiration all week long for how I want my room to look, how I want it to feel, decor pieces and color schemes. Take a look at some of my favorite finds and hopefully inspire you to make your bedroom a sanctuary.

Friday Favorites | Volume Five

Favorite Bedroom Inspiration: Emily Henderson is an interior design goddess. No matter what style she’s going for, I always love what she comes up with. So when she teamed up with The Citizenry for a One Bedroom Four Ways challenge, I had a pretty hard time choosing which one was my fave. From modern coastal vibes to some minimal southwestern flair, each design is perfect in its own way. Which room do you like the most?

Friday Favorites: Modern Beachy Bedroom from Emily Henderson X The Citizenry | Original Caroline

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9+ Products to Freshen Up Your Summer Skincare Routine

Summer is just a few days away which means days spent lounging by the pool, outdoor adventures and vacays to the beach! You’ve spent all Spring transitioning from flannels, sweaters and cold weather to tank tops, shorts, and warmer days filled with heat and humidity. But your wardrobe isn’t the only thing you should be switching up . . . Your Summer skincare routine needs to freshening up as well! No, it is not necessary to change every single item. A few adjustments and you’ll be showing off glowing, flawless skin all season long.

Sure, Summer is practically made for kicking back and relaxing. But it’s definitely not a time to slack off on your skincare routine. And as much as I love a sun-kissed glow, I also care about the health of my skin and the products that I use. Clean and clear skin is the first step toward having an overall healthy looking glow that so many of us crave. And while makeup can definitely help, without a good canvas to start on, makeup can only do so much.

Taking care of your skin can be quite the challenge: What do all those products do? How often should you use them? How do you pick what is best for you? Here’s my breakdown of some key products you totally need this Summer + how to use them correctly so you can keep your skin fresh, protected and glowing all Summer long! From weightless sunscreens to hydrating mists, scroll through for all the ways to freshen up your Summer skincare routine.

Freshen Up Your Summer Skincare Routine | Original Caroline

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Friday Favorites | Volume Four

Mmmm, Friday . . . We finally get to lay back and relax a little. And what better way to lay back and relax than outside! This week, I’ve been Summertime dreamin’ (ya know, like California dreamin’) about all the ways I want to dress up my patio, all the cocktails I want to try to make, and all the fun prints and patterns I’ll be wearing. It’s supposed to be a sunshine-filled weekend here in Dallas (aside from today) and I plan on spending a lot of time outside on the patio and setting aside some time for my June goal. Here’s a few links that have been inspiring me lately. Enjoy!

Friday Favorites | Volume Four

Favorite Dinner Party: Camille Styles’ blog is one that I check on the reg. From wellness and beauty to entertaining and recipes, that blog’s got it all! And even though I’m not a great cook, her brunch and dinner party posts always get my mouth watering! They threw a beach-inspired dinner party for Memorial Day and it’s definitely my favorite!  With a “bare feet required dress code” and a coconut/coral/seashell centerpiece, I think the whole thing was on point. Plus, the Hawaiian Smashed Sliders and Banana Coconut Rum Slushies look super tasty!

Friday Favorites: Camille Styles Beachy Memorial Day Dinner Party | Original Caroline

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Monthly Goals: June

Happy June, beautiful people! I do hope you’re first week of June really kicked off the Summer season with a bang!

In case this is your first time here, I decided to set myself a new goal at the beginning of each month for 2017 with the intention to uplift my body, mind and soul in some way or another. But instead of setting multiple goals, I only set one main goal with a list of action steps.

I feel like with one main goal, there’s more focus. They’re easier to commit to and each month offers a fresh new start (especially if the previous month didn’t go quite like I planned . . . ). But just because a new month is starting, doesn’t mean I forget about my goals from the months before.

Inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, I set one new goal or intention for myself at the beginning of each month while continuing the goals I set from the previous months.

June Resolution | Original Caroline

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