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Links You’ll Love | Healthy, Happy Summer

Today we’re back with another Links You’ll Love round-up that’ll help you get through the rest of the Summer in good health and style. From the ultimate tanning routine from the ever fabulous Lydia Elise Millen to eco-friendly hacks that can help you do your part to reduce waste, this round-up has everything you need for a healthy, happy Summer.

Fashion & Beauty:

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Miss Lydia is a guru for many things, but her flawless, glowing skin make you hang on every word she offers on YouTube relating to beauty. Needless to say, I was thrilled when she dedicated a full blog post to her tips for the perfect tan – My Secrets to the Perfect Tan.

I adore Sephora, as you know, so I jumped at this new Refinery 29 piece – The Best New Summer Makeup At Sephora.

I love shopping vintage and consignment and using apps like Poshmark – It helps me feel better about loving fashion and shopping, without adding to the unnecessary waste that the fashion industry produces. Elle clearly feels the same way – 10 Actually Useful Thrifting Tips From Women Who Only Buy Used Clothes.


If you’re like me and love some good tips for living a greener, more sustainable lifestyle, you’ll like this post – 7 Reusable Items You Should Always Have Around (Because Recycling Isn’t Enough) from Mind Body Green.

Exhausted and overwhelmed by the constant go-go-go? Maybe it’s time to tune out! Read Why You Should Give Yourself the Space to go off the Grid from The Chalkboard Mag.

Living in California, where weed was legalized this year, means that I’ve had people recommend cannabis based products for everything from anxiety and insomnia to pet stress and pain. Shape Magazine is clearly curious too – I Tried 4 CBD Products That Claim to Help Sleep and Here’s What Happened.

Food & Fitness:

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Specialists and researchers think that inflammation may be one of the causes of traditional “Western diseases.” Diets high in sugar, processed foods, and junk can cause inflammation and leave you at risk for preventable diseases. But fear not, food is medicine. Check out 5 Ways I Use Food To Fight Inflammation Every Damn Day from Mind Body Green for more!

My favorite thing about Summer is getting outside for my workouts {check out this blog post for more on that!} And with one of my best friends and my cousin tackling the Muir Trail this Summer, my mind is on hiking! Check out Well + Good’s 50 Hikes with the best views in the US that are Definitely Worth Taking.

Not sure if you’re making the best choices while shopping at the grocery store? Check out Women’s Health’s 30 “Healthy” Foods that Nutritionists Never Eat.

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Summer Fitness | Outdoor Workouts

One of the best parts of Summer is being able to get outside for fun workouts. It’s always nice to mix things up and try new activities, and this is definitely the season for it!

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Black Long Sleeved Pull-Over – Asics

Leggings – Nike

Running Shoes – Saucony

Here are some of the outdoor activities that I look forward to each Summer and some of the workouts that I hope to try out this year:

  • Hiking – I love escaping the city for a hike in the Presidio or even further away. But it’s also fun to do long “city hikes” along the water. Nothing beats a gorgeous view of the bride!
  • Bike Riding – Don’t own a bike? No worries. Luckily there are bike share options like Ford GoBike
  • Running – I tried to run on a treadmill while I was on vacation and I only lasted a few minutes. I just can’t stand it. Getting outside and hiking a trail or path or running along the Embarcadero is one of my all-time favorite activities.
  • Bootcamps – Do some Googling or Yelping and you’ll find an afternoon or weekend bootcamp that’s held outside.
  • Swimming – If you don’t have a pool nearby, you can swim in lakes, rivers, or the ocean. I loved my daily swims while I was recently on vacation and can’t wait to start spending weekends up at the lake. Swimming is a great workout and very low impact.
  • Yoga – A yoga session on the beach or in a meadow or by a lake is a wonderful way to greet the day. If you can’t find a studio that offers outdoor classes, you can just bring you phone and a YouTube video to your favorite spot for a solo session.
  • Watersports – Swimming is a great workout, but so is paddleboarding, kayaking, and canoeing. You can do all three on lakes, rivers, or at the ocean. Or even in a pool! They’re great for the core and toning your arms.

What’s YOUR favorite outdoor workout?

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Summer Loving | Getting Ready for Summer

Even more so than any other time of year, this one means baring your skin, which has a lot of side effects. You want to feel confident and healthy, you want your skin to glow, and you want to feel like you’re setting off your figure in flattering way that makes you feel great.

Summer Body:

Time to start mixing up your workouts and try something new! If you started 2017 with some workout goals you may notice that you’re starting to plateau right about now.

That means it’s the optimal time to try a new workout or class, mix up your programing, or try an online fitness challenge.

I, for one, switched up my weight lifting program for bodyweight circuits, swimming, running, and a weekly barre class. Not only does this keep my body from plateauing, it keeps me engaged and having fun. And that’s the easiest way to stick to a fitness routine!

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{Image from Spring & Summer Fashions Pinterest Board}

Summer Skin:

With sun, sweat, salt, and water coming your way – You want you skin to be healthy, healthy, healthy going into warmer days.

A lightweight, but effective skin care routine is a must, and you should start auditioning some sunscreen brands for your adventures.

I’ve covered my beauty routine, favorite masks, and travel essentials, so check out the posts below:

Summer Wardrobe:

I have under-bed bins for my warm weather clothes – From swimsuits and cover-ups to skirts, dresses, and sarongs. In the past I’ve chosen classic colors and styles and well-made products, so I can go back to them year-after-year. Striped shirts, floral maxi dresses & skirts, patterned scarves, Jackie-O sunglasses, oversized denim shirts, nude sandals, and wide-brimmed hats are just a few of my staples.

While I’ll rely on my basics for the bulk of my dressing needs, I’ll also add a new piece or accessory or in-style color each season to keep things fresh.

For this season I’m eyeing new espadrille flats, some neutral-hued slides, and a colorful cuff bracelet.

How do YOU approach getting ready for Summer? Any suggestions?

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Links You’ll Love: Summer Health

This week’s Links You’ll Love round-up is focused on some great posts from around the interwebs that will help with creating a healthy, delicious, fashionable Summer this year!

Health & Fitness:

Need to tone up for your next trip? Check out Positive Health Wellness’s 17 Ways To Tone Your Arms Super Fast for some great tips to see change in your upper body.

Turmeric is one of those rockstar spices that I try to include in meals whenever I can. Want to give classic turmeric tea a try? Check out Health Ambition’s Health Benefits of Ginger Turmeric Tea and maybe you’ll be a convert.

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Want to give your morning routine a little boost? Check out this fun YouTube video from LoveSweatFitness that includes everything from skin care to coffee bliss – My Healthy Morning Routine + Messy Bun Tutorial. P.S. That bun is Summer perfection! 🙂

Stuck at a desk all day? Don’t worry – The Balanced Blonde is here to help with your Summer health -! 3 Easy Office Yoga Poses that you can do every day!

Most people I know who love yoga are junkies for the mental aspect – You leave the studio refreshed, inspired, grateful, and energized. It’s downright addicting. I loved reading The Blissful Chef’s Yoga and Weight Gain, an interesting and eye-opening read.

Fashion & Beauty:

Do you love Chrissy Teigen? Yea, me too. And so does the Man Repeller – Why Is the Internet Obsessed With Chrissy Teigen?

Denim is a Spring and Summer staple. And denim-on-denim? An institution! Need some inspiration to get you started? Marie Claire’s Celebrity Denim-on-Denim is a great start!

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What’s this Summer’s trend for men? Apparently, its legs! For Men, Leg Abs Are Very Big This Summer.

Kelly of The Glamorai has amazing travel style and I’ve been using her site as a vacation packing guide of late. Luckily for us, she’s rounding things up for a fabulous Insta*Style post.

When it comes to shopping and my closet, there’s a clear winner in terms of where my money goes – Handbags! I stopped the “quantity over quality” mentality in my mid twenties and started choosing timeless investment pieces. My nieces, or nephews should they wish, are in for a great inheritance! And apparently, I’m not the only one – Study: Women Are Buying Less Clothes, And More Of THIS Accessory.

What’s YOUR favorite tip for a fabulous Summer?

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Transition Dressing: Summer to Fall

While I still have some fun Summer-like activities on the horizon, I’ve also got my eye on Fall style.

Why? Well here in San Francisco “Summer” is a fluid concept – We go from fog and wind to rain to shirtless-people-in-the-park warm in a given week.

Consistent we are not.

Plus, more importantly, I adore Fall fashion. It’s my favorite sartorial season so read on for some of my picks for this season and tips for how to stylishly transition from one season to the next.


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Ponchos took a chic spin in recent seasons – These go-with-everything layering pieces are a must for Fall this year.

They’re the perfect cover-up for windy days and go great with jeans or slim fitting pants. Try pairing a printed on with jeans and over-the-knee boots for a fun, modern look.

Some of my top picks?


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Capes can be bold and dramatic, or perfectly every day. This slit sleeved cape-blazer has been a go-to for me the last year.

Want to make an entrance? Try a sweeping silhouette or bold print like the one pictured above. Want a simpler version for topping off your after-work style or putting a finishing touch on your weekend-issued LBD? Try a sleek black version like this DKNY number.

Blanket Scarves:

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Somewhere between a scarf and a cape or poncho is this season’s blanket scarf phenomenon. Wear them however you like, they offer warmth and a much needed versatility for the season.

Try a printed version, a gorgeous Fall-ready shade, or a sleek black that’ll go with anything.

{Images from Fall & Winter Fashion Pinterest Board}

What’s YOUR favorite way to transition from Summer to Fall?

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