Weekend Wear: Bright Red (OOTD #17)

Bright red is one of my new favorite colors and I’ve been loving this bright red top lately. It’s perfectly breezy for warm summer days, but it also layers well and can be dressed up for the office since it’s a silky fabric. The halter neckline is fun and flattering and I like the ruffle accents around the neck and waist.

This top also goes with everything, from white jeans to cut offs. I’ve gone with more tailored denim shorts here and added casual brown sandals. That link is for a similar pair from Madewell; I totally would not recommend the J Crew ones I’m wearing in the photo as they’ve already broken!

What’s great about this top is that I’ve also worn it with my favorite dress pants and a gray cardigan for the office. I love when my clothes can pull double duty since my weekend and work looks are usual very different. Sometimes I feel like I have two completely opposite wardrobes, so it’s nice to get a lot of wear out of one piece.

What’s your favorite color to wear lately? Any favorite spots for workwear that can transition into going out?

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Review

Testing a fun product

I’m usually the lightest shade of concealer out there and I’ve always embraced being this pale. With my trips to Scottsdale and FL earlier this summer though, I had a tiny bit of a tan going on. When Isle of Paradise reached out, I figured it would be a great way to extend my glow.

This is actually the first self-tanning line I’ve ever tried. Their inclusivity and clean ingredients along with cute packaging definitely intrigued me. I love that the line comes in three different shades from light to deep and there are drops, sprays, and mousse formulas to choose from. Isle of Paradise is also organic, vegan, and cruelty-free!

The Self Tanning Drops are my very favorite. I was actually surprised by how easy they were to use! You simply mix a few drops into body lotion and apply all over. They aren’t streaky at all and a tan will develop about 4-6 hours later. If you want to see how I prep my skin beforehand, check out this post!

I’ve applied the mixture at night and gotten right into bed and there were no streaks on my sheets. I would say two drops made me look about one to two shades darker. It’s subtle and natural-looking, but definitely working! I use them once a week to maintain this tone, but if you add more drops, the color becomes darker.

I’ve also tried the Drops with my nighttime facial moisturizer; I used one drop mixed in twice in the same week. It looks like a healthy tan that helped even out my skin tone too. I actually had to switch to my darkest concealer because my usual light shade was starting to look a little too pale!

The other product I was kindly sent is their Self-Tanning Water, which is a spray-on formula. I haven’t tried this one yet because you need a tanning mitt to spread the water and even out the color. I’ll definitely pick one up soon so I can try this, but I have high hopes since I love the Drops so much.

Overall I’m seriously impressed with Isle of Paradise. I feel like the Drops especially are fool-proof, fast, and easy. As a true beginner, they were extremely user-friendly, but I think even long-time tanners would enjoy the convenience of the Drops as well as the selection of shades.

Have you ever tried self-tanning? What’s your favorite brand?

 

Clio Palmperfect Cordless Shaver (and my Self Tanning Routine)

A convenient beauty tool

Have you ever been wearing a skirt and crossed your legs in a meeting and then realized you did a terrible job shaving your knees? Just me? On more than one occasion, I’ve wished I had a razor with me for a quick fix. So I was pretty excited when Clio reached out about their Palmperfect Cordless Shaver.

I like the smaller size compared to most electric razors and how quickly this takes care of any unwanted hair. I think it’s especially great for the underarms as the rounded top is perfect for this more delicate area. I love that you don’t need water or shaving cream either, so you can quickly take care of shaving anywhere.

This is going to be perfect for beach trips or warm-weather travel! Or even when I’m wearing a sleeveless blouse to the office. At under $10, this such an affordable tool to have on hand – I definitely recommend it.

I also tried self tanning for the first time (review coming next week!) and the Palmperfect has been working like a charm to prep my skin. I can easily shave my legs and underarms without nicks or having to hop in the shower.

If I am doing my nighttime, post-workout shower routine, I’ll also use a body scrub to help exfoliate and make sure my skin is smooth first. My favorites are the Josie Maran Argan Sugar Scrub and the Sol de Janeiro Bod Buff! Then I’ll mix the Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops into one of my favorite body lotions and apply all over. I’m sadly almost finished with the Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Body Milk, which smells amazing and hydrates without being heavy.

Have you ever tried an electric razor before? What’s your favorite self tanner? I’m hooked on both now!

Favorite Fitness Classes in New York City

Best Group WorkoutsThis post is a bit different for me, but exercise is a major part of my life and these studios are the best I’ve found here in the city. I like to take a variety of classes from dance to weightlifting in order to train and strengthen my body in different ways. I also find each one corresponds to a mood or evokes an emotion (more on that below).My absolute favorite discovery workout-wise has been Classpass. It’s a subscription based app that lets you use credits for classes all across the city. That’s how I discovered almost all of these studios and instructors. I pay $45 a month and take around 3-4 classes a month. Sometimes I’ll stretch my credits and use a couple for Gym Time as well.I love that Classpass is a low-risk way to try out a new class, considering how some drop-in fees are $30 or more. I also don’t like being tied to one gym or studio since my workout schedule varies so much due to travel or what I’m up for that week. If you’re interested in trying Classpass, you can get $40 off your first month by using my referral link!Pilates is my favorite workout class, so there are a couple options on this list. I do Reformer and a combination Mat and dance class.

  • WundaBar – this intimate, ground-level studio in Soho houses the WundaFormer, a twist on the classic Reformer machine with an added ballet barre and jump board. This class is a lovely, doable challenge and I leave feeling stronger physically and mentally. The small studio size means it’s great for beginners since there are only about eight people in any class. There are always advanced modifications too, so I haven’t gotten bored or plateaued.
  • Pop Pilates @ Athleta Flatiron – this one isn’t on Classpass, but it is free! I love this fusion exercise from Blogilates founder Cassey Ho. It’s a mixture of traditional mat pilates set to music with some choreography. I feel the burn in this class, but it’s also really fun. Now that it’s during the middle of the day on Mondays, I don’t really get to go, but you can catch Omayra teaching Zumba too.

Dance and Barre classes are in my top favorites as well. Sometimes I want a deep-burn or a sweaty cardio session and other times I want something closer to traditional ballet.

  • Feels Pretty Awesome – this is one of the most uplifting classes I’ve ever been to. Kristen is an amazing teacher and has combined dance cardio with the therapeutic feeling of a yoga class. You’ll sweat it out in a carefree way and feel happy afterward.
  • Pop Physique – this is the best class for sculpting in my opinion. It’s a Barre class featuring the Lotte Berk method focused on core stability (like Pilates) while drawing from ballet. I still shake while doing this class, but the fun music and bright pink decor makes it feel less rigid.
  • Buns Out Ballet – this is another class I originally found through Athleta and Kiva now teaches privately. It’s a more relaxed approach to ballet, but you will still improve your technique and learn the language. I find this class brings me back to my childhood ballet practice.

The last two are kind of opposites as one is an intense weightlifting class and the other is a yoga class.

  • Liftonic – this is a weightlifting class that will really push you. My favorite one is  Abs and Core, but Full Body is a great all around workout. There are several sets of lifting with some body-weight and cardio training in between. I leave exhausted but empowered.
  • Coreworks – this is a class at Sacred Sounds Yoga. It has traditional stretching and flow sequences with a focus on the core. I love that it makes me feel relaxed and centered, but like I still got a workout in too.

I’ve also taken boxing, rowing, and other dance classes through ClassPass, but these are my very favorites. Have you ever tried ClassPass? What’s your favorite workout?

Weekend Wear: New Favorite Skirt (OOTD #16)

A flattering find

I’ve been having a hard time with skirts lately as I’ve realized that too much volume can overwhelm my frame and add bulk. However, I’m not a fan of bodycon or pencil skirts on me personally; the former is just too tight and the latter tends to be too long. If it sounds like a Goldilocks situation, that was definitely how I felt before I found this denim dream from Free People.

It’s the Zip It Up Mini Skirt in Haven Black and I love everything about it from the color to the frayed hem! The cut slightly flares out from the waist, which I find very flattering. It’s fitted without being too tight and I love all of the pockets. The zipper is functional too, and I think it helps elongate my body with a vertical line. I really like the high waist fit, although it is definitely the shortest skirt in my wardrobe…

I originally ordered a size 26 (which is my typical denim size) but since this sits about three inches higher, I had to exchange it for a 24. Just something to keep in mind if you’re ordering online. It also comes in blue, which I’m probably going to pick up as well.

This skirt pairs perfectly with plain tanks, cute crop tops (shocking for me!), and graphic tees. I’m wearing my favorite one from Maje in these photos, but it’s from last year. These have some similar floral details: a cute, affordable option and one with flutter sleeves. I would also love to get something like this amazing Kenzo tee.

What’s great is that this skirt feels really summery when paired with sandals and light tops, but I can see it transitioning into fall seamlessly too. Add a long cardigan and tights or a leather jacket with booties. It’s definitely my new favorite skirt and I think I’ll get a ton of wear out of it!

Have you found any wardrobe heros lately? What is your favorite summer clothing item?