Texas Summer Style

It is summer time in Texas. While that does mean summer fun, it can also mean melted makeup and humidity to boot. What’s a girl to do to stay looking stylish but also stay cool?

I’ve compiled a list of the best 5 things to help you beat the Texas heat:

1. .Wear Sunblock. This SHOULD go without saying but so many of us (myself included) tend to skip the sun screen. I hate the oily feeling most sunblock brands tend leave on my skin, but I recently discovered this sunblock from Aveeno that doesn’t leave the icky oily feeling but still protects your skin from harmful UV rays. However you express you style this summer staying free of skin cancer is key. Even a small burn can lead to harmful melanomas down the line. Make sure to protect your skin to look fantastic for years to come!

2. Bring shade with you: Not only is wearing a sun hat absolutely fab, they help shield your face, neck, and shoulders from the sun and help you stay cooler! You can pair it with jeans and a t shirt, bathing suit, or maxi dress. They are incredibly versatile and add a touch of old Hollywood to any outfit. Check out this adorable hat for under $20!

3. Kaftans: This style of dress has been around for thousands of years. For me they are the dress equivalent of yoga pants. These can be dressed up or down and con be worn to every occasion imaginable. Something as simple as switching a necklace or bag can take this from day to night in an instant. This style of dress has been a staple in my closet for years. It is great for days when I just cannot be bothered to put together an outfit and just want to be comfortable, but still look glamorous. I have the kaftan below in several colors.

4. Get a great Primer. If you want to keep looking hot without looking sweaty invest in a good primer. I’ve been using the Becca primer for two years now and it keep my makeup on my face and not looking like a hot mess! This stuff is the holy grail for ladies like me who like to stay matte all day. *Tip: use a small pea sized amount and warm it between your fingers before applying to get the best finish.

5. Hydrate: Staying hydrated is crucial. Sun stroke can happen quickly in the extreme heat we are prone to here in the Hill Country, so  when temperatures inch ever higher it is important to stay cool and make sure your body has enough water. Drinking lots of water also helps make sure your skin stays too, meaning fewer breakouts and lots of beauty benefits. I always have a water bottle on hand to make sure that I can hydrate through out the day. Consider taking a reusable bottle or cup such as S’well bottle or Yeti with you whenever you leave the house. These are also great when you head down to the Coast to keep our beverages chilled all day!  Another benefit is that you will be using fewer disposable bottles, creating less waste, and helping out the environment at the same time!

                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide – Under $150

Sometimes finding gifts can be difficult. I know I have had a few difficulties this year finding just the right thing for everyone on my list especially when trying to stay within my budget. So I thought I would share a few ideas with all of you to hopefully give you some inspiration!

Here are a few things to consider for those on your Nice List (with a few special treats thrown in):

 

Karma Go

This is a wifi hot spot aka wifi everywhere you go. I cannot tell you how useful this has been for me! It is a great gift for a college (or soon to be) student, frequent business traveler, or busy mom in your life. And I even have a discount for all of you! CLICK HERE to get $10 off your Karma Go purchase!

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$139

Wine:

Starting at $18.99 a bottle ONEHOPE wine is a great choice for a holiday host/hostess gift.

With portions of the proceeds going to a myriad of different causes from hunger to breast cancer, you are sure to find a cause that both you and the recipient are passionate about. It is a gift that continues to give, binging meaning back into this holiday season.

Ornament

If you want to give a gift that is a little more sentimental, a tasteful gift option is a beautiful holiday ornament.

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The ornaments pictured above start at only $50. The person getting this gift will get all the thrill of opening the iconic little blue box but without the major ouch factor to your wallet. It is a wonderful keepsake that they can cherish for years.

 

 

Yeti

These tumblers are everywhere for a reason, they are seriously awesome. I have two myself of different sizes and both make a great gift option. Starting at only $29.99 they make a great gift for the outdoorsy person or the college student in your life.

 

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*Note DO NOT purchase these on Amazon. They are NOT from YETI,, and you will end up with a fake. You do not want to give someone a fake for Christmas! The only way to guarantee that it is authentic is to purchase directly from YETI.

 

 

 

 

Totesavvy from Life in Play Company

Hands down the Totesavvy is the best purse organizer I have ever used even if it is technically made to be a diaper bag organizer. With or without children this is still an amazing gift. I have used mine for several months now and I love it so much that I actually purchased another one in a different color! If you or someone you know is like me, in that they like to take practically their entire house with them daily, this is the perfect present.

Life in Play has graciously offered you all a promo code as well! Use Code JESSICASTROM for 25% OFF your purchase of Totesavvy!!

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My Totesavvy packed up inside my Longchamp tote. Use Code JESSICASTROM for 25% OFF!
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Here is Totesavvy packed as a diaper bag. *Image courtesy of Life in Play Company

SLG’s (Small Leather Goods) 

 

Small leather goods are always a tasteful and welcome gift. All of the items below are from Leatherology, which offers amazing quality for a very competitive price. And the best part is that everything can be monogrammed!

 

Collar stayToothpick Case

I know what you’re thinking… toothpick case? Um WHAT?

It may seem a little bizarre (and believe me I didn’t get it wither when I moved to Texas, but hey I carry floss… same thing?)  is the habit that many Southern men have (and sometimes women) of carrying toothpicks around everywhere. If you have a friend or family member that has this habit, consider getting them a toothpick case. Leatherology sells this one for $7. They also have it listed as a collar stay case, so if your loved ones are more of a business professional type this still works out great and makes a great stocking-stuffer.

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Key Case– $45

I personally own two key cases, one for personal keys and the second for work keys. I currently have eleven keys on my work key case, without even going onto the other hook!

They keep your purse from getting scratched or getting holes ripped inside them/ keep you from stabbing yourself in the butt when you sit down on your wad of keys, and they look very chic. They come in a multitude of colors, perfect for both men and women on your nice list.

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There you have it! Hopefully this list helps you with your last minute gift giving needs! Happy Holidays everyone!