The 10 Best Face Mists For Every Occasion

You may think it’s an unnecessary or superfluous step in your skincare routine, but facial mists are definitely having a moment right now — and for good reason! If you have yet to jump on the facial mist train, you’re definitely missing out.

According to NYC-based Holistic Esthetician Stephanie Lauren Brown, “ideally, [using a face mist right after cleansing] will do three things: Stop any residual cleanser left on your face from overdrying your skin, balance the pH levels of your skin . . . so that it’s neutral and can effectively absorb all the expensive products you’re using, and finally, when mixed with oil or serum, the water/mist molecules get trapped in the skin, which creates an effectively hydrated skin situation.”

So after cleansing, make sure to mist. And while you’re at it, mist again after applying you’re makeup. And again at lunch time. And again, once you hit the mid-afternoon slump. Basically, mist anytime ya dang well please to instantly refresh your senses.

Scroll through for the best formulas that help seal in moisture, tone down redness, set your makeup and feel absolutely amazing on a hot day.

The 10 Best Face Mists For Every Occasion | Original Caroline

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How To Get A Great Night’s Sleep On Those Hot Summer Nights

We’ve all been there — tossing and turning in bed all night, struggling to fall asleep because the heat has us glued to our sheets! Once the temperatures rise, a great night’s sleep can feel pretty elusive. And there are few things worse than trying to catch some shut-eye in an incredibly hot and sticky bedroom.

Before we dive into bed, we realize the obvious solution for a cool, REM-ful slumber is to crank up the AC. But apart from being expensive and environmentally unfriendly, sometimes our AC units can stop working out of nowhere. So how’s an environmentally responsible, budget conscious sleeping beauty supposed to keep when it’s 100-degrees out!

Luckily for you, our AC has gone out a few times this Summer (which is what inspired this post). And in my desperation for a good night’s sleep, I found a few tricks to keep cool without dying of heat. AC unit or not, here’s a few tips to give your bedroom a warm-weather makeover that can mean the difference between a sleepless night in a borderline sauna and some blissful Z’s.

How To Get A Great Night’s Sleep on Those Hot Summer Nights

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Friday Favorites | Volume Ten

A warm welcome to the weekend, friends! I hope you’ve got some fun plans, and perhaps a little relaxing downtime scheduled, too. And since it’s Friday, I’m sharing a few of my favorites from this past week. This week’s Friday Favorites consists of all things bright and colorful with bohemian flare, so keep scrolling for a dose of inspiration to kick off your weekend right!

Friday Favorites | Volume Ten

Favorite Home Tour: Cara Irwin of Goldalamode was recently featured on domino for her “seriously stylish” New Jersey home, and I think I’m in love. Each room has its own personality while still maintaining “bright, boho-chic” aesthetic. Plus, she’s filled every room with plants galore! Check out the full post at domino to find out Irwin’s chic decorating tips on a budget and the rest of her “expertly curated home.”

Friday Favorites: Cara Irwin's "Bright, Boho-Chic" New Jersey Home from Domino - Original Caroline

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8 Steps To Overcome Impulse Buying

I’m not addicted to shopping. At least, that’s what I tell myself and those who question my shopping habits. Yes, I buy multiple items every week and yes, I am also aware of the ridiculous amount of clothing that piles up (most of which I only wore in the few short weeks after buying it, once, or never at all). It’s not like I’m buying things because I want more clothes for the sake of it. It’s just, with each piece I carry along to the register, I feel this feeling of this is the one. This is going to change things. This is going to make me different.

But this month, in an effort to build a budget I can actually stick to, I realized the way out of all my impulse buys isn’t changing my spending habits; it’s in changing my entire approach to personal style!

And why exactly is this so important? The impact of personal style goes far beyond making a good first impression; great style is more about approaching each day with confidence, and the ability to feel legitimately beautiful in what we are wearing. Believe it or not, the right wardrobe can make a difference in our confidence.

In terms of your wardrobe, I want you to really know what you like, understand what looks good on you, and how to shop for what fits your style so that when you find the right piece to add to your closet you exclaim, “This is so me!” Whether you shop every week or just feel that urge to buy new clothes every time there’s an upcoming event you’re attending, your buying habits aren’t necessarily the root of the problem. Your personal style is.

Finding (and refining) your personal style can be a struggle. I’ve been there so many times, as I gaze into my closet full of clothes and come to that dreadful realization of “I’ve got a closet full of clothes with nothing to wear.”

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Friday Favorites | Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Edition

Happy Friday, y’all. And happy first official day of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! You’ve probably been hearing a lot about this sale lately and wondering what’s the big deal? Well, my friend, the big deal is the actual items that are on sale. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a one-of-a-kind event that includes new and current season products at reduced prices. This means brand new items are on sale!!

And even though there may well be over a month of Summer left, it’s never too early to start planning for your Fall wardrobe. Plus, there’s plenty of pieces that are perfect for transitioning your wardrobe from Summer to Fall.

But this sale is big (and maybe even a little overwhelming). So in order to help you get the best deals, I’ve scoured the whole catalog and I’m sharing my absolute favorites to help ya out “Friday Favorites” style. From chic coats and jacket to hard-to-resist, take a look at what’s on my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale wishlist.

And remember: At Nordstrom, you get free shipping + free returns on ALL orders so you can shop with confidence!

Friday Favorites | My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Wishlist

Favorite Top: Billabong Birds on High Neck Tie Blouse ($32.90)

Billabong Birds on High Tie Neck Blouse from Nordstrom | Original Caroline

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How To Plan A Last Minute Trip

The stress of life can definitely get to you. And sometimes, there’s no better cure than a last-minute trip to get away from it all! I’m actually doing this right now, which was the inspiration for writing this post. If you find yourself in need of some major, much-needed R&R, read these six tips to help you avoid stressing out as you plan your own last-minute vacay.

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How To Boost Your Productivity This Summer

The sun is shining, your Facebook and Insta feed are filled with vacation shots, and sadly, you are stuck at work. As the days grow longer, it’s only natural to daydream of all the places you wish to visit this Summer. Unfortunately, adulting is a year-round thing which can be a challenge in the warmer months, especially with three-day weekends and your various co-workers coming back from vacation with sun-kissed glows. Though it’s tempting to slack off, read these tips for staying focused and motivated when you feel really (really) distracted.

Seven Tips to Boost Your Productivity This Summer

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12 Best Summer Vacation Spots In The U.S.

There’s nothing more American than hitting the open road. Windows down, music blaring, and a cooler full of beer in the back seat (for later, of course). Road trips are the quintessential way to capitalize on the season’s long days and balmy nights, and some of the most beautiful vacay destinations to enjoy this season can be experienced stateside. Sure the game has changed — smartphones have all but rendered crumpled maps obsolete — but one essential question remains: Where to go? Look no further, my friend. Below, I’ve picked ten of the best places to visit in the U.S. during the Summer. And the best part: you can drive to each one.

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