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    A Pop of Color & Beach Fun

    Happy Wednesday!

    I hope y’all are having a great week so far!  I can’t complain much about mine since I’m on family vacay at the beach, hehe.  If you’ve been following me on IG (@tayloringstyle) and on Snap (tayloringstyle), you know that so far on our vacay there has been lots of beach time, a little pool time, bocce ball, yummy food, & even some ice cream.  I am so glad we have 2 more full days left!

    Today I want to share with y’all one of my looks from this week.  I am loving this black bodysuit from Forever 21 and it’s under $10!  I didn’t really think that I would be a bodysuit girl, but they really do make a difference & are so much easier to tuck in so I now own two of them.

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    Another item I’m loving with this look are these SugarFix earrings from Target.  I mean, the color is just perfection + they are so fun with the beaded tassels.  I also love these earrings because they can be worn casually like this or of course with a dress and/or a look with some heeled wedges or booties.

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    I can definitely see myself wearing these multiple times throughout the rest of the summer and even into the fall!

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    This bodysuit is not only great because of it’s price, but also because it can be worn with some denim shorts like I’m wearing and can also be transitioned into a look for the fall.  Throw it on with a suede skirt, leather jacket, and some booties and bam you’ve got a fall look.

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    But for now, since we’re still hanging onto summer for a little while longer, I’ll take this summery look almost any day.  So comfy, cute, & versatile!

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    What’s y’alls favorite casual summer look lately?  Have y’all ever tried a bodysuit?  If so, what did you put it with?  Share in the comments below!

     

    Xo,

    Erika

    My Top 5 Highlighters

    I hope y’all had a nice weekend!  Our first few days here at the beach have been amazinggg.  If you’re following me on Insta (@tayloringstyle) & Snap (tayloringstyle), you know that we’ve had some quality beach time and some delicious food so far!

    Today I want to brighten your Monday and share with you my top 5 favorite highlighters.  I’ve been rotating between these 5 for the last hmm, probably 6-8 months.  Highlighters are great all year ’round, but especially in the summer.  There’s something about having some color to your skin & adding some gorgeous highlight to it.  Amiright or amiright??

    Here are my top 5 fave highlighters:

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    1 – Becca x Chrissy Teigen Palette (w/ 2 highlighters)

    2 – Tarte Amazonian Clay Highlighter 

    3- NARS Liquid Illuminator

    4 – Becca Backlight Priming Filter

    The most recent addition to my highlighter collection is the Becca Chrissy Teigen palette.  It has two highlighters in it (so 2 out of my 5).  It also comes with a gorgeous blush & bronzer, but the highlighters are seriously so pretty.  I mainly use the Beach Nectar color (which is in the bottom right corner of the palette), but sometimes I use the Rose Gold color (upper left corner of the palette) as eyeshadow.  Personally for me, this palette’s highlighters are extra great when you are pretty tan because they are a tad bit darker than my other highlighters.

    The second highlighter is by tarte in the color exposed highlighter.  I think I’m on my second one of these and it’s so gorgeous.  It is a little bit lighter than the two highlighters in the Becca palette, but I still love it!  I use it not only high on my cheek bones, but also right under my eyebrows and in the crease of my eye (close to my nose, if that makes sense).  Such a great color.

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    Another fave is the NARS Liquid Illuminator in the shade Hot Sand.  I love using a couple drops of this in my foundation to give an overall glowy look to my face.  This is also a great highlighter for super hot summer days and it is great if you’re in a hurry and just need a drop and slap it on your cheeks and bam! You’re done.  I would say it’s a tad bit darker than the tarte, but a gorgeous color.

    Last, but certainly not least, is the Becca Backlight Priming Filter.  Although by definition it is a primer, it is a highlighting primer and just like the NARS Liquid Illuminator, you can add a drop or two of this to your foundation to get that all over glow look.  Also if you’re looking for a lighter coverage, you could always just add a drop or two of this in your primer instead of your foundation.  I like this one because it does have primer in it and gives that smooth completion + highlight.  So this particular product has quite a few options.

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    I definitely recommend any of these highlighters!  What highlighters have y’all tried?!  Any similar to mine?  Share in the comments below!

     

    Xo,

    Erika

     

    Yes Way Vacay!

    Happy Friday!

    I hope y’all have had an excellent week!  This week for me was crazy.  A lot of back & forth to Charlotte, which has been great visiting friends and all & today I’m heading back for a day trip to drop Boomy off for his little vacay too.  I’m going to miss him so so much, but know he will be in the best of hands (he has the best adopted Dog Mamas in all of 704) & I’ll see him in a week.  If you can’t tell, I’m pretty in love with my sweet little pup.  Anyway, moving right through my silly teary eyes, if you read my post yesterday, you know that I am heading on vacay tomorrow and I am so so excited about it!  This is my first long vacation all summer so I am V pumped about it.

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    I am loving this cute little tee from Old Navy and right now it is on sale for only $12.  Such a great little end of summer snag.  Also I’ve been obsessed with these Sam Edelman slide on sandals pretty much all summer.  They are so easy to throw on and really go with a lot of different things.  Cut-offs, dresses, a cute romp – put them with these and you’ll have a great look on ya!

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    These BaubleBar dupes are from New York & Company.  They are just like the yellow ones I posted a couple weeks ago on IG.  And although I love the heck out of Baublebar, this particular pair was a part of NY & Co.’s buy one pair get two free.  Literally the best BOGO deal ever so I couldn’t pass it up & I’m glad I didn’t.

    Next week be sure to still check out my Insta & Snap stories.  I will definitely be enjoying time with my sweet fam, but also sharing our fun weekly adventures with y’all so stay tuned!

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    Hope y’all have a fab Friday!

     

    Xo,

    Erika

    How to Pack (Even if You’re an Over-Packer)

    Hi lovies –

    I hope everyone is having a great week so far!  On Tuesday I went down to Charlotte to visit some friends & attend a Beauty Counter Social – it was such a good time!  I learned a lot about their products and how to be more educated when purchasing cosmetics.  One of the things I was most shocked to learn was that there hasn’t been a major law passed since 1938 to regulate the safety of ingredients put into personal care items.  Yea, you read that correctly.  Basically they can put pretty much whatever in cosmetics, shampoo, lotion, etc. and call it nearly whatever.  So Beauty Counter decided to do something about it.  It’s a great company and if you haven’t checked them out yet, you definitely should.

    In two days I will be heading to the beach on my family vacay and I could not be more excited!!  It will be so nice to get away for a week and just relax and hang with them.  But first, packing.  Oh packing.  How I always overpack.  Like even for just a weekend.  It’s bad.  I seem to always over-pack my clothes, but really also shoes.  SO I made it a goal to pack smarter for this week long trip and I decided to share this info with y’all!  Obviously these tips of mine will vary depending on the trip you’re taking and how long you’ll be gone, but hopefully y’all can use them as a guideline or reminder and hopefully you’ll take something away from my particular list!

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    Here are some tips for packing (even if you are an over-packer):

    1 – Duration of your trip • Think about how many days you’re going to be gone.  I’ve told myself I don’t need to take 6 different v-neck tops.  Instead I can take maybe 3 because I’ll also take you know a couple of casual tanks too so I can pump the brakes on the tops.  Yes you always want to take maybe one JIC outfit, but ya don’t need to take 3 JIC outfits (does anyone else do this?!).

    2 – Clothes • What are you going to be doing on your trip?  Will it mostly be low-key dinners out on your porch or nights out?  What’s your day time looking like?  Are you shopping, beaching, being sporty?  For me, this trip will mostly involve beach time so swimsuits (3-4) , cover-ups (2-3), denim shorts (3), and v-necks (3) will be a majority of my suitcase + I know that we will have at least one nice dinner out so I’ll decide ahead of time which dress I want to take to wear just to save some space in my suitcase.  My niece & nephew will be on this trip too so it will be mostly casual, fun, & low-key dinners at the house so I don’t have to plan out too many ‘dressed-up’ looks.

    3 – Shoes • One thing I somehow always over-pack.  This time I’m limiting myself to ONE pair of wedges  (I usually try to cram 2 or 3 in), one pair of tennies, a pair of beach flip-flops, and probably two, but maybeee three pairs of flat sandals.

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    4 – Personal Care + Cosmetics • This is a category of packing that I’ve been working on recently when I’ve been traveling.  I finally cleaned out & organized my bag that I use to pack my shampoo, face-wash, etc. in.  I have a ton of samples in this bag and I just pile stuff on top of it and it’s honestly been a mess y’all. SO on my last weekend trip, I cleaned it out and only took what I needed and that is something I will also do for this trip.  I’m making better use of these samples to save space and not pack both the samples & my regular size of products.  As far as make-up goes for this trip, I know that I will be taking some pictures and that we will be going to a nice dinner and probably a few other meals so I’ll bring all of my day-to-day make-up, but I don’t really need to pack all of my eyeshadow palettes and liquid liner.  Mostly basics will do!

    5 – Accessories • My accessories this trip will be V simple.  I know I will be taking 2-3 pairs of fun earrings, a necklace or two, and duh a beach hat & bag.  I will also be taking a book or two to read on the beach and some headphones for the car.  Although I won’t be working a whole lot this trip, I will also take my laptop to put up a couple different posts for y’all and of course I’ll take my camera!

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    I hope that these packing tips were helpful!  I know that writing this post really helped me get myself organized for this trip and ready to put all my things in my suitcase later tomorrow.  Leave a comment below & let me know what y’all think and if you ever have to cut yourself off from over-packing.  I love hearing from y’all!

    Enjoy your Friday-eve!

     

    Xo,

    Erika

    More Lace Satin Tanks, Please

    Hi everyone –

    What did everyone think of the Bachelorette last night?!  I was honestly so shocked that Rachel sent Dean home especially with his hometown date and the way it went.  I thought I heard her say she was in love with him and he confirmed that when she sent him home.  So sad.  I am torn about who I would rather be the next bachelor – Dean or Peter (if she doesn’t choose him)?!  What do y’all think??

    Okay so we’ve heard so much about the Nordstrom Sale and all of it’s glory and I don’t know about y’all with everything flying off of their shelves I’m like ‘ugh, dang it!’.  SO what I’ve sort of started doing is searching for some similar items in some other places.  Don’t get me wrong, Nordstrom is one of my top 3 favorite places to shop and just be.  But, when I see something cute that I want in my closet, I will definitely shop around until I find something almost identical or that I like just as much.  With that being said, the BP. lace tank from the #NSale, is one of my favorite items from the same & right now it’s not even on their website, hopefully it will come back in stock and I’m sure it will – but if you’re sometimes impatient like me, you may be interested in some other options and today I’m going to share those with you.

    Here is my first look with a similar tank:

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    This tank is from Forever 21 and was under $15.  It doesn’t have the lace trim, but it is still super cute and that satin material.  I have styled it with cut-off jean shorts with just the front tucked in, but it would also be cute with high-waisted denim (blue, black, white, or light-wash).

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    Another plus about this tank is that it is super comfy.  If y’all can’t tell by now, I am a hugeee fan of comfort & versatility.

    Here is my second look with another satin tank:

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    So I also got this tank at Forever 21 for under $6 y’all.  I mean come. on.  You can’t beat that!  It has a mesh sort of v-neck line and also has just a satin v (minus the mesh material) in the back.  I have it styled here with the STS Blue high-waisted jeans.  I loveee these.  They’re currently on sale for under $50!  They’re seriously SO comfy and I’m obsessed with the high-waistedness + the exposed buttons.  There is also a semi-distressed look down at the ankle.  These can be worn with booties (like I’m wearing here), with flats, or a good pair of sneakers.  So back to the tank, it can be styled like I have here or would look amaze with black jeans and a longer jacket/cardigan in the fall, but for the end of summer it would be great with a good pair of cut-off shorts or tucked into a midi-skirt.

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    I think this type of look is great for date night or a laid back cookout at a friends house!  You could change out the booties for some open toe wedges or mules with a little heel.  So. Cute!

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    Either of these tanks would also look cute with a light cardigan, blazer, leather jacket, (really the list goes on) over them and a good pair of work pants that would be appropriate for the office.  Then after work if you are heading to a cocktail hour, you could always toss that jacket aside, rock your satin tank, & enjoy that drink girlfriend!  Go on with ya stylin’ self.

    I hope that this post was helpful & that y’all are able to snag up a satin tank for the end of summer/fall season.

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    Let me know y’alls thoughts on this post & if you have any questions!

     

    Xo,

    Erika

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