summer essentials

Over at The B Bar‘s blog The Well, we ask our readers a question each month and anyone can answer it, this month we asked what their summer essentials were because our theme for the month is essential. When I think about “summer essentials” my mind immediately goes to what do I use/wear constantly throughout the summer, and five things immediately came to mind.

Continue reading for my 5 summer essentials! Continue reading…


February Beauty Wishlist

Um, how cool is this black electric toothbrush?! Supposedly it won’t scratch away at enamel or irritate gums like traditional fiber bristles so that’s a win.

I actually just got a few colors from Zoya and am obsessed with the matte black. So now I want to try their matte gray, plus Jane and Megan (of course). #nailpolishaddict

I’ve been wanting to try some different shades of blush. Right now I mainly use NARS Orgasm but I’m thinking I should branch out and try some other colors. I love the name of this blush duo — tawny/whisper.

Now that my hair is white, my eyebrows stand out a lot. I’m in major need of some eyebrow gel to keep my brows in place. If you have any favorite brands, please share!

Okay, this might sound like I’m an old woman, but I love foot baths. Recently I read about epsom salt baths and decided I wanted to make them a part of my routine. Right now I’m just using some storage tupperware, but would love a foot bath that keeps the water warm longer than 20 minutes. Also, please share any suggestions if you have one you like.

What’s on your beauty wishlist?


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Most people have a “signature scent” or at least a few that they rotate, but do you know the notes in your favorite fragrances? Fragrances have always been something I’ve been interested in. I love wearing perfume. It just seems luxurious and the best way to make a first impression — with your signature scent. Unfortunately my Mr. doesn’t like perfume (he’s allergic) so I keep most of them at my studio and wait until I get there to put them on. This way I can share them with all the ladies in the studio as well.

I actually used to be a fragrance buyer in college at the MIZZOU bookstore (coolest college job ever) so I’m interested in more than just a cool bottle and a smell I like, I want to know what the notes are. Over years of trying out new scents I can usually tell if I’ll like a fragrance even before I smell it just by looking at the notes.

fragrance notes

So when Josie Natori asked me to try their new scent JOSIE by Josie Natori, I looked up the notes — musky, woody, balsamic, white floral and floral — and I knew I’d like it. Those are all notes on my list of favorites. Other notes I love are vanilla, warm spicy, nutty, amber, powdery, and leather. So usually any fragrance that has a majority of those 11 notes, I know I’ll like it. JOSIE was no different. It’s definitely a fragrance I’ll be putting into my rotation at the studio. The gals here love it too.

josie natori fragrance

It’s always fun when a brand uses packaging to impress and surprise. I’ve never seen a bottle like the JOSIE bottle, and the box was fun as well.

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Pictured: Art — Graceful Glam I by Gray Malin; Notebook; Hair Tie; Nail Polish; Pencil Case; Gold Stapler; Lipstick; GSD Week Notepad


Photos by Meg Biram

This post was sponsored by Josie Natori Fragrance and Refinery29. All opinions are my own. 

The JOSIE fragrance is sold exclusively at Bloomingdales & Dillards.