We’re just a week out from the official first day of summer (which I love because it’s the longest day of the year). And our forecast shows there’s (finally!) some warmer weather on the way. I’ve been washing and packing away my warmest sweaters, and sorting and organizing some of my summer clothing. I also switch up some of my beauty products for the warmer season…
A new lipstick that goes on like a balm
Brian just introduced a new line of tinted lip balms and they’re really good!
This sheer tint goes on smoothly, adds a little color, feels incredibly moisturizing, and stays on for hours! There are 4 tints; I’m wearing Apricot. (I have a lot of natural color in my lips, which makes the color appear a little darker.) I’ve also swatched the Rose tint, which is just a bit cooler. I’d recommend that one for Summers and maybe Blue Springs.
For a limited time, Brian is offering 15% off all lipsticks, lip liners, lip treatments and lip glosses with code susanknows (apply at checkout)! If you haven’t already tried it, I highly recommend Brian’s Re-Creation Lip Treatment which smooths and plumps, and reduces those tiny lines around the lips.
Don’t forget to use code susanknows for 15% off!
Smells like summer…
I like to swap out my fragrance with the season too, and have been looking for something for summer that’s fresh, but not too “sharp.” Lately I’ve been bored with white-floral-dominant scents, and have been on the hunt for some different notes.
I tried a spritz of this recently just based on the pretty bottle, and went back the next day and purchased. Yes, there’s some white flower in there, but some sweetness when it dries down. (At first it reminded me a little of Hermès “un jardin sur le nil,” due to the citrus top note. But it’s a bit lighter and less recognizable.) Acqua di Gioia to me feels sophisticated, but fresh, not haughty.
When we were doing our kitchen remodel 5 years ago, the contractor was very insistent that we choose our lighting fixtures very early in the process. We didn’t have time to do much in-person shopping, so we searched online and found something we both thought we could live with. Here’s what we chose for the dining area without having seen it in person:
I never really loved the fixture we chose. It always felt a bit heavy and massive for the space. I really wanted something that felt both modern and casual, and a bit lighter. A few weeks ago I was looking at lighting fixtures on a whim and this one grabbed me.
Here’s the “after”…
I like this new wicker pendant light MUCH better, and think it really suits the space. It’s also given me a direction for future decor updates, which I’m calling “modern beach cottage.”
The out-and-about hoodie
This cotton terry hoodie is the perfect thing to throw on for those not-quite-warm-not-quite-cold days. (And we’ve been having a lot of those lately…) The gold buttons make it feel a bit more polished than activewear, but it’s just as comfortable.
It’s also available in a navy/white stripe, sizes XX-Small to 3X. I’m wearing size Small. The fit is relaxed, but not hugely oversized. The Navy is close to Spring’s “Bright Navy,” but Winters could probably wear it too.
Few things deliver as much bang for the buck as Trader Joe’s peonies…it’s a short season, so don’t miss out!
What we’ve been watching…
We’ve never watched the Yellowstone series, so weren’t sure if the prequel, “1923” would make sense. But after some introductory narration in the first episode, this series stands on its own, and we’re finding it very entertaining. The scenery is gorgeous, and the stories are engaging. And Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford are both wonderful to watch.
We’ve also been enjoying season 2 of “Schmigadoon” (on Apple+) and I have to say it’s worth watching just for the scenes with Jane Krakowski. She’s a force of nature!
Annnnnd….we’ve been looking foward to the last season of “Endeavor” on PBS Masterpiece. Starts this Sunday!
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