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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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 Two

Friday has finally rolled around and I couldn’t be happier. Now that the weather has warmed up here in Dallas (for the most part), I can’t wait for the Summer roadtrips, days spent lounging around the pool and getting to have some fun with my wardrobe. I don’t usually post about fashion on here, but there are some amazing pieces out right now that I’m loving! From straw bags with colorful pom-poms to a pair of fun tassel earrings, this weather (and the weekend) makes me want to experiment with new styles.

Whatever your weekend has in store, start pulling out your Summer clothing — even just to run some quick errands — and scroll through this week’s Friday Favorites to find some new seasonal pieces!

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Friday Favorites | Volume Two

Favorite Bag: There’s not many items that my younger-self coveted that I still find myself drawn to a decade later. There’s something about a straw bag — whether it’s a feminine clutch or brightly-colored tote — that exudes effortless chic like few accessories can. But when I was evaluating my Summer wardrobe this year, I realized that I have plenty of bathing suits, cover-ups and Summer dresses. However, the one thing that I am missing is a gorgeous seagrass tote bag! And if you haven’t noticed, straw totes are everywhere! So I jumped on the bandwagon and purchased the one below from Free People. They are definitely a huge Spring/Summer 2017 staple. Free People’s St. Bart’s Straw Tote, $58

Friday Favorites: St. Bart's Straw Tote from Free People | Original Caroline

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