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I'm Keira. I'm from a small town in the sunshine state, where I own a pretty little flower shop with my sweet husband, C. I blog about my life, my hobbies, and scoring great style on the cheap.

Beauty on a Budget: My Summer Drugstore Picks

A Pretty Penny | My 2014 Summer Drugstore Picks

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Glow Sheers – If you’re looking for an inexpensive tinted moisturizer with SPF, this is an awesome option. It’s really sheer, and dries to a soft natural glow. Bonus: it has an antioxidant blend in the formula for an extra shot of skincare.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm - These easy-to-apply lip crayons give lots of color payoff in bright, bold hues for summer; #210 Unapologetic is my favorite shade.

Flower Color Play Creme Eyeshadow  - I’ve been wearing Geranium every day for about two weeks. It’s the lazy girl’s answer to eyeshadow: swipe it on your lids with clean fingertips and you’re good to go. It holds up surprisingly well to heat and humidity with minimal creasing or slippage, but use an eyeshadow primer for extra “insurance.”

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator - I have this in Bronze Light and Peach Light, and I love that they’re illuminating without being sparkly. I use them as highlighters, or mix them with sunscreen for an easy all-over glow.

Maui Babe Browning Lotion - My girlfriend keeps a bottle of this stashed in her beach bag. This java-scented tanning accelerator oil is safe for use over sunscreen, promises a golden tan in less time, and moisturizes your skin with natural oils and aloe. I like that the built-in tint gives you a little extra glow while you’re soaking up rays.

Yes to Coconuts Ultra Light Spray Body Lotion - I love a light, quick-absorbing moisturizer after long days in the sun. This one gets extra points for coming in a mess-free spray bottle; just spritz it all over, rub it in, and go. Plus it smells like fresh coconut, which is quintessential summer.

Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorant – I feel like I talk about armpits way too often on this blog; I just really want everyone to get on board with exploring aluminum-free deodorant options. I prefer the unscented version of this baking-soda-based deodorant because it gets the job done without interfering with any fragrance I’m wearing.

SheaMoisture African Black Soap Body Wash - If you’re prone to body acne, or get breakouts on your back and arms from sunscreen and tanning oils, this natural healing cleanser can help clear skin without dryness or irritation.

Sally Hershberger Glam Waves Texture Spray – This is a good wallet-friendly beach spray for fine hair that needs a little roughin’ up and grip to achieve those coveted “beach waves.” I went through an entire bottle last summer; I’d curl my hair all over with a 1.5″ curling iron, pull the curls out with my fingers, and spray this texturizing spray throughout.

Eco Tools Konjac Pure Complexion Facial Sponge – My husband, the first morning he spotted it drying on the bathroom counter: “Hey, what’s that rock thing that looks like it came from outer space?” I don’t know if the new konjac craze is all it’s hyped up to be, but I do know that I could use a little extra muscle when I’m cleansing my face in the summer; there’s a lot of SPF and makeup primer buildup to contend with. This handheld sponge is really gentle and gets my face squeaky clean with minimal effort.

I love reading recommendations for drugstore diamonds-in-the-rough. Share your summer favorites in the comments! 

 

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A Pretty Penny | Popcorn Centerpiece

Grab your popcorn — or hydrangea-in-a-popcorn-bag, which made the cutest centerpieces for a client’s She’s About to Pop baby shower earlier this month — and check out some of my favorite things from around the ol’ Internets this week.

What I Instagrammed vs What Was Really Happening, or My Entire Life is a Lie - I laughed; I cried (from laughing); I totally related.

Watch this HuffPo video and try not to smile. Impossible!! “You haven’t truly lived until you’ve tried to do yoga with a cat on you.

Speaking of adorable animals, here are 10 Must-Follow Animal Instagram accounts you can follow for a daily dose of critter cuteness. Little @samsonthedood looks almost exactly like Doak when he was a  puppy! Before he got his first haircut and turned blonde, which was just the weirdest.

I love this Home Depot DIY Wooden Storage Crate project. I’d like to make one to stash away extra blankets/books/magazines in our living room. Or maybe several, to create a version of this modular bookcase?

Get Outta Town

After a handful of postponements over several months, the stars finally aligned for C and I to sneak off to his parents’ vacation home on the coast. It was our first legit getaway in over a year; a Gaylord Palms overnighter with these amazing cocktails was our last out-of-town adventure.

We packed for a fancy weekend: visits to local museums; gourmet meals; late night cocktails at swanky downtown lounges…

When we got there, we opted for daiquiris at a beach bar in our swimsuits, burritos for dinner, pool lounging, and a rousing husband-and-wife shuffleboard tournament (I regret to inform you that victory wasn’t mine). I read a book cover to cover, took several naps, ate way too much frozen custard from the little cafe near the condo, and went to bed before 9pm both nights.

Plan B, you win.

And the Lennoxes are clearly ready for retirement living.

Every time we manage to get out of town, we swear up and down we’re going to make quality time off a priority. I’m all about a good staycation, but sometimes you just need some beach/mountain/forest/spa air in your lungs and a break from your everyday surroundings to really relax. Plus, I always end up doing something worky when I’m supposed to be unwinding at home; see: The Great Closet Purge of Labor Day 2013.

Here’s to working a little less, and running away a little more.

Thanks for a wonderful weekend, babe.