Summer Edition Loving Right Now

Sharing a roundup of some recent favourites I’ve been loving during the summer season. There is a mix of things for the home, plus a few new beauty items that are becoming stables as well as hit/miss fashion hauls.

For the Home

Nest Fragrance send out their new limited edition x Gray Malin Sicilian Tangerine Scented Candle & Reed Diffuser this year and I couldn’t be happier to find the collection. I was introduced to the x Gray Malin Ocean Mist & Sea Salt Collection last year (reviewed here) which has been a favourite for its pleasant scent and gorgeous finish that complemented my home decor. Feeling very lucky to find Nest Fragrance’s seasonal scents as I am becoming obsessed with the performance, quality and scent they offer each season.
The Nest Fragrance x Gray Malin Sicilian Tangerine Scented Candle ($48 each) & Reed Diffuser ($56 each) carries notes such as Sicilian tangerine and bergamot with tropical nuances of passion fruit and mango blended over a base of musk and praline that makes this exceptional fresh and sweet. I am obsessed with their 3 Wicked candles ($76) along with their reed diffusers as they’re the only ones that can infuse my open concept house easily. I also place them in my bedroom for the same reason.

I find some of their famous scents’ special promotions at Nordstrom that I will link here for you and it’s a perfect time to take the advantage of these promotions. Grapefruit Candle Duo (sale $62 value $92), Wild Mint & Eucalyptus Candle Duo (sale $62 value $92 ) and Bamboo & Grapefruit Reed Diffuser Duo (sale $78 $116).

Our place Always Pan is slowly becoming essential to my daily cooking routine. Its been placed on the top of my stove since I started to use it. Recently I received their newer version of the Always Pan Cast Iron its heirloom-quality, super-easy-to-care-for enamelled cast iron. It’s a great one for more heavy cooking, I can’t wait to share some easy recipes with you guys with the same pans. I wish I knew these pans are this handy, they worth every single penny.

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Makeup


I finally got my hands on some beauty items that were on my radar, and that were very impressive.

Diorshow OnSet Brow Gel is finally back!! It’s one of the best brow gel setters that immediately frame the face. I had this back in 2018 but then it disappeared… They launched back the product this year and I knew I needed this in my makeup looks back. It’s light but adds a nice volume + the microfibers and tint fill in the brows and the gel sets them in place all day long. I love that the formula is waterproof so it is perfect for hot & humid days.

I am very picky when it comes to complexion products especially concealer and recently I got my hands on Trinny London’s BFF Eye concealer to try. I have been a huge fan of her BFF De-Stress foundation for my daily looks and her concealer was on my radar since it was listed as Allure’s winner for 2021. It’s lightweight and melts into the skin and you can not detect the texture on the skin at all, it looks like skin. It doesn’t emphasize any fine lines or wrinkles. I got to try it in shade Alice which is a perfect shade for my under-eye area.

Kylie Jenner Kyliner Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner Pen in black is a new find that I was quite surprised by its performance. Although my daily looks are based on pencil liners but for my evening and weekend looks having a nice black liner that stays up for a good time is essential. This one has exceeded my expectation for its lasting powder and ultra-fine brush tip that not only makes the application super easy but also has that great precision and control that is quite impressive. The formula is water-resistant and it’s definitely one of the long-wear black liners that come in the cutest packaging. After testing her liner, I am pulling up my sleeves to get my hands on her products.

Something I’ve been loving the most during the summer season are cream blushes. I’ve been really impressed with two formulas. The new Pixie’s On the Glow Blushes have been one item that every single beauty blogger has been raving about their formula, ease to wear and a great selection of shades that they come in. I finally got to try and it’s definitely a hit drugstore blush you need to try. I got it in shade Fleur that is a beautiful peachy pink with a nice glow.

Trinny’s LiptoCheek in Veebee which is a mix of warm coral shade that is quite flattering and its becoming an stable in my makeup looks. The formula is absolutely amazing with a non-slippery texture that stays very well on the skin. You can easily wear it on cheeks and lips.

Makeup By Mario’s Sculpting Transforming Skin Enhancer and Skin Perfector Powder has been one of the most requested products to review and I am super impressed!! Full review and swatches to come in the next blog post along with Buxom’s Dolly’s limited edition lip gloss that I am lately obsessed with.

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For the Nails

Nothing stays as good as O.P.I nail polishes on my nails. Neons, nudes, light blues and corals are trending huge right now and here are a few shades I’ve been loving to wear lately during the summer season.

Sugar Crash It

This is a new shade from O.P.I’s latest collection Power Of Hues which is a pretty cotton candy shade with shimmers that add an extra touch. I love how this Neon shade is easy to wear and it looks nice on all skin tones. Two coats to get full coverage finish.

Snow Day in LA

This is a nice Frosty white with a nice pearl finish, gets into its true colour with two coats. I think it’s a classic white polish that is perfect to wear any time of the year.

Strawberry Margarita

I always stay away from bright pinks for the fact they look dirty on my skin tone but this is one bright pink that actually looks really nice and is a good pop of colour for summertime. Two coats to get full coverage.

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Fashion

Recently I had a few fashion purchases that were hit and miss. Dior’s sunnies are always my favourite and after a long time, I finally had a chance or more so I am slowly getting out of toddler motherhood where almost everything gets lost or broken frequently. I decided its time to purchase myself a new brand of sunnies. These are Dior Signature 51MM Cat Eye Sunglasses that I fell in love with in person in the store and immediately purchased. They’re a little different from what I normally wear but I love that they add a little edgy look to the overall look.

I was debating between the Dior’s Book Tote and Symbole jacquard fabric handbag but just noticed H&M released their Jacquard-weave Handbag collection I was really impressed with its style, quality and look of it. I do invest in my bags but for this one, it’s a piece that takes occasionally and I wasn’t sure if wanted to put up a big price tag. The H&M bag was a super hit.

When it comes to sandals, wedges are my favourite to wear during the summer season, and these Vinyl Wedges from Zara I purchased right the day it was released. I didn’t have any chance to wear it earlier, but it’s a miss. I had it on for 30 minutes and my toes where the edge of the plastic hit started to bleed. Although the shoes itself is quite comfortable and are really beautiful… I might try a few tricks to break it down to see if it starts to wear comfortably.

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MOTF New Nature Collection inspired by natural elements: sunshine, water, and flowers

MOTF shared their nature collection inspired by natural elements: sunshine, water, and flowers. The collection has something for everyone. The collection is modern with a fast-paced lifestyle look that is easy to wear but in fashionable manners. You can dress up or down the pieces easily.

Here are my favourite pieces from the collection + how I like to style them.

LINEN MIX ANIMAL PRINT SKIRT ID/SKU 10821903

As an animal print lover, this linen skirt has a mix of animal prints and nicely lined and lightweight fabric that is perfect for any time of the season. I love the fit, stitching and material. I would recommend going up a size as it’s fitted.
I paired it with a half-white linen shirt and beige blazer & heels (dressed up) that complement the skirt. It does come with a matching shirt as well. Wearing it in medium but would prefer Large.

LINEN FLUTTER SLEEVE BELTED DRESS ID/SKU 10723071

The most gorgeous linen dress I have right now comes with pockets and the skirt part is lined which is a plus point for me. The linen is high quality and looks effortless yet chic. You can easily pair it with heels or sandals for any occasion. The dress is quite a loose fit, if you like a fitted look size down. I am wearing Medium.

LINEN ZEBRA STRIPE WRAP BLOUSE ID/SKU 10821903

This one is a perfect transitional piece for the summer to fall season. It’s easy to wear and pair jeans or dressy pants to dress it up or down. The fabric is light and feels like silk on the skin. It’s true to its size, I am wearing it in Medium.

Let me know which look is your favourite.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Haul + Try on

I had a quick look into the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale today to pick up some of the items I needed to stock on + items I needed to get us ready for the fall season. The store had pretty much everything I was looking for except the shoe part. I was hoping to get a selection of Tory Burch from their bags + sandals but unfortunately, the brand wasn’t part of the sale this year.

Formal Look

I always thrive on elegant looks and it’s been quite some time since I wanted to try a chocolate brown shade. They’re true to size. Maya Satin Midi Skirt size 6 $233.00 After sale price of $233.00. Yolie Sleeveless Mock Neck Satin Blouse in S Sale price $116.99 After Sale: $174.00 and Chelsea Plaid Blazer in size S $219.99 After Sale: $329.00

Floral Print Tie Neck Midi Dress is already sold out.

Casual Look

Probably the softest and most comfortable outfit. The quality for both is amazing and true to size. Madewell Ex-Boyfriend Oversize High-Low Stretch Cotton Button-Up Shirt in size M $64.90 After Sale: $97.00 and the Good Classic Distressed Raw Hem Skinny Jeans in size 10 $184.99 After Sale: $279.00

Rib Dolman Sleeve Cotton Blend Sweater in size M $48.90 After Sale: $75.00 comes in two different colours but the pink one is sold out online but if you get your hands on it in store grab it. High Waist Raw Hem Straight Leg Jeans size 31 $184.99 After Sale: $279.00 size up for these jeans.

Top Shop Women’s Plaid Suit Jacket in size 6 $106.99 After Sale: $162.00 is a nice classic blazer for all year long.

There are still sizes left online and I am pleased that ordered the items I needed online before it’s out of stock.

The Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star 70 High Top Sneaker I ordered online for Yousuf in size 10.5 men is still available in lots of sizes and I think is a perfect addition to your Wardrop. Spanx OnCore High Waist Mid-Thigh Shorts in size M $62.90 After Sale $94.00 (I like it in Nude) is something I restock on and I always do when they come on sale this is one shapewear that I can swear on and have been wearing for more than 8 years now under all my dresses. I love how it makes you look fit while doesn’t feel stiff at all. I also ordered quite some of the Nike T-Shirts for Sofia in Size L and Nike One Lux 7/8 Tights for myself. I have tried both Nike and Addidas tights for my workouts and I think Nike is probably the best when it comes to its fit and performance.

I did miss some of the items from his sale because they run out quite fast. I hope you find the sale guide helpful and find items you are looking for.

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