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Mellow Yellow in Costa Rica

This lemon linen dress from Tobi reminded me that yellow is one of my favorite colors to wear. It's one of those colors that so many people think they can't wear, but it's just about finding the right shade. Believe me, if my fair skinned self can pull off yellow, anyone can. Whether you go for a yellow with warm tones or cool, there's definitely a shade out there for you. A quick search even pulled up an article with tips on how to pick the right yellow!

Also, I definitely wondered if I'm past being able to pull off the midriff cutout look, but this dress is so perfectly feminine and a bit retro that it's going to be on regular rotation in my spring and summer wardrobe. 

Summer Bucket List with Häagen-Dazs

Spring has officially arrived in DC! While cherry blossom season was a chilly one this year, the temperatures are finally warming up, the sun is out, and the flowers are blooming. I'm ready to start spending all of my time outside and taking advantage of everything there is to do in this city. 

1. Take a bike ride out to Mount Vernon in Virginia
2. Make the Dupont Farmers' Market my Sunday morning routine
3. Read outside in the park whenever I get a spare minute
4. Do an outdoor yoga class
5. Stroll through the Botanical Garden and the National Arboretum (I've never been to either!)
6. Spend an afternoon out at one of the Virginia vineyards
7. Dine al fresco any opportunity I can get
8. Venture out to Annapolis for a weekend trip out on the water 
9. Host a cookout for friends with an ice cream bar

Of course, it's no surprise that almost half the activities on my Spring Bucket List are food oriented! Spring and summer foods are my favorite because you can eat an easy meal with minimal cooking and then it's ice cream for dessert! Whether in a cone or just a bowl covered in sprinkles, I've loved trying all of the new Trio flavors from Häagen-Dazs.

Deco at my Desk

Even in a small apartment like mine, getting wireless signal from the kitchen to the living room to the bedroom can be a challenge, and it's especially shaky by my desk—I always take that for some sort of cruel joke that the exact place I need to do work is where I can't! That's why I was so excited to hear about TP-Link's new Deco M5 wi-fi system which is a whole home wireless system that takes your wireless signal and boosts it throughout the entire home.

High Waisted Jeans

Last fall I went into Trunk Club to find a dress and walked out with a pair of high rise jeans from rag & bone. I had a pair of the lookout high rise from J.Crew in white and another in a light denim wash, but this was my first pair of high waisted jeans where I realized that a shirt tucked in can be the most flattering and feminine look ever. Since then, I've worn this pair of jeans no less than four times a week. Seriously. I'm a complete high waisted convert. 

While this particular pair of jeans isn't available anymore—it's the Arlington High Rise if you can find it (that sounds like an apartment building outside of DC, but no it's the jean name)—I've rounded up a whole slew of other high waisted options for you. I even threw in some white and colored jeans, because why not go crazy with the high waist?

Stripes and Sun

I've got another Costa Rica outfit post for you! We'll just keep the sunny style going until the next vacation. I hadn't really gotten on the off the shoulder train before this dress and I actually wasn't going to keep it until I realized that it could go so easily from beach to bar with a pair of statement earrings and a bit lipstick. Plus, it's royal blue and white stripes—a combo that gives navy and white a run for its money in my book.

And if you're in the market for a summer beach hat, this one is exactly what I had been hunting for the past several summers. I didn't want a big floppy hat, but I also wanted more shade protection than a little panama hat could offer. This straw hat is the perfect medium with a bit of white detailing that elevates it beyond plain old straw. At $16 you can't afford not to grab it. 

Beauty Favorites

Even though beauty isn't the topic I write about most often on this blog, beauty products are absolutely my weakness. I'm always trying out something new, I use up every sample I've ever received from Sephora or Birchbox, and every month I have a whole slew of products I swear by. So what's on my rotating list of favorites currently?

I received the Hourglass Veil Primer from Influenster and was apprehensive at first. I had never heard of the brand, I don't use foundation, so what good would a primer for face makeup do? Well, I conveniently also received IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact that week and decided to give both products a whirl. I had totally forgotten I put the products on until that evening when I was quickly pulling myself together to go over to a friend's house and looked in the mirror—I never look this refreshed after a long work day, what the heck is going on?! Then, I remembered the primer and foundation. This stuff works. 

On the IT cosmetics note, their Confidence in a Cream moisturizer is perfectly thick for those of us that want major hydration without breaking out. Paired with the eye cream, this has become my every day go to. We'll see how I feel about it when the whether warms up, but all winter long I've slathered these two products on and felt like my skin looks refreshed and smooth.

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate is one of those cult classic products that I've heard about for years, and I just started using it a couple weeks ago. It lives up to all the hype. I wake up in the morning with my skin still feeling supple, and a little of this oily concentrate goes a long way. Plus, it smells so calming that it's fit right into my bedtime routine.

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