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4th of July Outfits

Happy Saturday!

I have been super busy with bar exam prep. It leaves me with almost no time or energy to do anything else.... like blogging. But I got caught up this week and had a little time so here is some fresh new content!

I LOVE the 4th of July. I love this country and I love celebrating it. Every year since we started dating, I have gone to our local country club with his family for their annual BBQ and fireworks. It is always a super fun night full of family and celebration. This year, I am still going thanks to having a free day from bar prep (cue my happy dance!).

I always take great care in my outfit for the 4th. It has to be classy and stylish while also festive and fitting for event. Because we visit the country club on the 4th, I generally opt for a nice sundress or cocktail dress in a shade of blue paired with a bold red lip and a red clutch. Here are a few of my looks from past years:

This year, I am wearing blue and white seersucker. Check out my Instagram later the outfit photo!

I rounded up a few other outfits you can snag last minute for any 4th of July celebration. Everything is stylish, comfy, festive and budget friendly!

For the Low Key Family Get-together 

You can never go wrong with a festive tee and shorts. I picked up this adorable tank from a boutique and you can find something similar in plenty of time for the 4th! My sandals are less than $15 at Walmart.

For the BBQ with Friends 

I always take it up a notch when going to someone else's home. A sweet little sundress like this is just perfect and the bright red is perfect for the 4th! These adorable slides are only $15 at Walmart.

For an Event (Like the Country Club) 

If you are attending an event that is a bit more "dressy", a bright cocktail dress is just the ticket. I picked this up on major sale at J. Crew and I am just in love with it! My heels are old from Target.

The Dress that can Do it ALL!

This is the swiss army knife of summer dresses. It can be dressed down for a simple BBQ or dressed up for an event. It is just so classic and flattering. These adorable wedge heels are $19.99 at Walmart!

Here is a round up of all of these options plus some others!             

The Skin Care Routine that Finally Cleared Up My Acne Prone Skin

I have struggled with acne most of my life. It has never been horrible (I don't get cystic acne) but always just enough to be annoying, make me self-conscious and render me generally unwilling to leave the house without some makeup. In high school, I was utterly dumb when in came to skin care; I thought that the more I could dry out my oily skin, the less oily it would be. Oh how wrong was I... I also used to sleep in my makeup, used zero moisturizers and used no sunscreen. I wish I could go back and slap my 16-year-old self and tell her all the things I know now.

Since college, I have been on a skincare kick; I am 100% on board with all the sun protection, serums, moisturizers, collagen vitamins, and whatever else can help give me clear, glowing skin. It has definitely improved my skin but I have never really been able to kick my occasional, annoying breakouts.

I have bounced between products constantly trying to find the perfect combination. Lots of things worked a little bit or for a little while but nothing ever quite did the trick. Over the last year, I think I finally found the perfect combo.

I love this cleanser because it is super gentle but also gives a nice deep clean. Though my skin is oily, it can also dry out super easily. This cleanser has yet to dry out my skin (knock on wood).

Alternating Cleanser
MARIO BADESCU Glycol Foam Cleanser
I use this cleanser a few times a week to exploiate my skin. It is gentle as explotators go and doesn't dry my skin out and makes my skin so much brighter!

I have been using a variety of witch hazel toners for about two years now. I love that witch hazel is a natural toner that is gentle and effective. This is my favorite witch hazel toner yet; it smells amazing, it very gentle and does its job!

 Vitamin C Serum, Main, color, NO COLOR
I use this Vitamin C serum about 3-4 times a week before bed. It is super effective and applies really easily with my quartz roller.

Night Moisturizer
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Water Face Gel Moisturizer for Dry Skin, 1.7 fl. oz
I LOVE this HA moisturizer. It is super hydrating without feeling like my skin is coated in something gooey. It sinks into the skin and my face is always softer and noticeably smoother the next day. I also love that it is a reasonable price for a high-quality product.

Day Moisturizer
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Gel Face Cream with Hyaluronic Acid, Daily Moisturizing Cream with SPF 15, Oil Free and Non-Comedogenic, 1.7 fl. oz
I use the day version of my night moisturizer under my makeup. I love that it is a gel formula which works well with my oily skin and it has SPF which is absolutely NECESSARY every single day without fail.

Lip Balm
MARIO BADESCU Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm
I have the dryest lips ever and this lip balm is legit amazing. It smells good, it is so hydrating and lasts a long time. I use it all day long.

Hydrating Spray
I love to use this as a little extra boost during long days or to set my makeup and make it look dewy. Also, supposedly Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex uses this so that's a win in my book!

Here are the products: