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Turquoise Accents

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IMG_6382 IMG_6392 Top: Treasure&Bond (similar) | Tank: Vince | Pumps: SJP (similar) | Tote: Street Level (similar) | Sunnies: Ray-Ban | Watch: Michael Kors (on SALE!) | Bracelets: Michael Kors (similar), Emily Maynard | Necklaces: Kris Nations, Stella & Dot | Ring: Towne & Reese | Lippie: MAC “Brave” + Liner: MAC “Whirl” | Nails: OPI “Emotions

Turquoise is one of those colors every girl needs in her wardrobe. I don’t know if it’s the native Arizonan in me, but that color instantly makes happy! I love this flannel from Treasure&Bond. It’s lightweight, which makes it wearable in the summer, and can be layered and styled so many ways! I’ve already worn it around my waist, over tanks, and on its own. I picked up this one from their line as well, and it’s currently 40% off! These pumps are no joke one of the most comfortable pairs I’ve ever worn. I’ve got to hand it to Sarah Jessica Parker, she has come a long way since her “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” days. Sure, there were a few bumps in the road of her acting career, I’m looking at you, “Failure to Launch” and “I Don’t Know How She Does It.” But really, if you’re not thinking about her eclectic wardrobe and infamous Manolo’s on Sex and the City, you’re doing it wrong. And her line, SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker, does it right.

Well, I better get packing! I’m off to Hawaii for a full week of soaking up the sun on a tropical island of paradise to celebrate my graduation. My inner mermaid is basically jumping out of her fin. 😉

xx

Justine

Enza Essentials

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Skin care is a constant, ongoing process and fortunately, I enjoy taking care of it. I am guilty of being a total product junkie when it comes to skincare. I have tried so many different kinds of products in an effort to keep my skin clear, from over-the-counter to drugstore, high-end and low-end. That is why I was so excited when Enza Essentials contacted me to try out their products. All of their products contain the highest quality ingredients and are formulated by Dr. Joseph Rucker, a board certified plastic surgeon who has worked on beautifying skin for over 30 years, and appeared in New Beauty magazine, Lifetime’s The Balancing Act, The Doctors TV, Arizona Sports and Lifestyle. He has also acted as a celebrity skin consultant at the 2012 Academy Awards in Los Angeles! All I had to do was inform them of my skin type and concerns and from there they built a regimen of products specifically directed at targeting my problems.

The Saturation Cleanser is gentle yet extremely effective at removing make-up and impurities from your face. The mandarin orange peel and orange oil ingredients provide moisture and brightening capabilities. And it smells like an Orange Creamcicle!

The Saturation Aloe Scrub is a physical and chemical scrub! Corn meal and oats physically exfoliate, while the papaya enzymes and glycolic acid buff away the dead skin chemically! It’s rich in fatty acids and vitamins, such as soybean oil and aloe vera, which help smooth and brighten the complexion too! It’s hard to squeeze from the tube and comes out in a really thick paste, so I like to mix it with the saturation cleanser, which is a little runny, to make the perfect consistency!

The Saturation Toner contains eight natural oils and extracts with natural antiseptic properties which promote circulation and soothe, tone and balance skin.

The Glycolic Serum contains glycolic, lactic, and malice acid to promote cellular turnover, while hydrating and refining skin. I use it in the morning and at night and can see my freckles and sun spots fading already!

The Eyebright Intensive Eye Crème hydrates and refines the delicate area under the eyes and is so light, it can be used morning and night!

The Pore Extraction Masque is another favorite of mine. It acts as an antiseptic and anti-irrtant, unclogs pores, and tones and smooths skin. Oat kernel extract, camphor and colloidal sulfur are the key ingredients! I specifically requested a sulfur mask because I love them so much, but just as a forewarning to those with sensitive smellers, it’s not rotten eggs you’re smelling, it’s the sulfur!

The Vitamin C Crème is amazing! It provides a protective barrier that allows the skin to breathe and is rich in fatty acids. It contains potent, antioxidant functions, promotes collagen production, healing and cellular regeneration. And it brightens, tones, balances and hydrates skin. Plus, it smells like an Orange Creamcicle too!

The Advanced Protection SPF will definitely be getting a lot of use in Hawaii next week! This isn’t a sunscreen, it is a sunblock, meaning it blocks both UVA and UVB harmful rays.The organic SPF 30 formula is lightweight and scent free. It contains rich emollients and vitamins A, C and E to nourish and moisturize your dry skin without leaving behind an oily, acne-causing build up.

The Spot Extractor contains salicylic acid, which is antimicrobial and excellent for blemishes, witch hazel and camphor. It reduces inflammation, cleanses, exfoliates, and promotes soothing and healing of the skin. The roller ball made it quick and easy to apply, and it dried quickly! The bottle is already gone, that’s how much I loved it!

Hope you enjoyed my review of all of the Enza Essentials products! I love the way my skin is looking, and the fact that the whole line uses natural oils makes me feel like I’m not damaging my skin further with harsh, unnatural chemicals.

xx

Justine

Mermaid Sequins

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I was lucky enough to get to style a few pieces from the LA based company, Chloe Oliver. The brand toes the line effortlessly between timeless, vintage classics while pushing the envelope with trendy, unique pieces. From their website: “Chloe Oliver as a brand seeks to provide women with go-to statement pieces that are as wearable as they are irreplaceable.” I couldn’t agree more, because that’s exactly how I felt when I spotted the sequined Nadia Track Skirt. Well, after I thought it looked exactly like a mermaid tail, if it were a mini skirt. I wanted this skirt to take center stage, so I paired it with a creamy silk button down and nude pumps.

Get excited because through the month of May, our lovely readers can use the code “CO*Desertmermaids” to get 25% off their order! Krystal also received a couple pieces to style from their line, so stay tuned for the next feature with Chloe Oliver!

xx

Justine

Preppy Grunge

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I saw this sweater at Nordstrom and couldn’t whip out my card fast enough. I already have a few other pieces from the Wildfox x Barbie line seen here and here, but couldn’t resist the darker, edgier feel that emulated from this sweater. I always say my husband is the “Ken to my Barbie” so I thought it was perfect! I may have caved and purchased the hot-pink color as well. I can’t contain myself when it comes to Barbie! It’s really weird, but every time I see anything with the doll’s memorabilia, a squeal from a 5-year-old girl starts ringing in my ears, and then I realize it’s me. That shrill scream is coming from my 24-year-old self. I’m screaming. Out loud. I don’t know if it is the consumerism-style fashion that I have become accustomed to, or if it is just a childhood-fantasy never to depart from my ever-aging body. Probably the latter, since the Barbie aisle at Target is still my favorite. But I promise the infatuation isn’t as intense this girl‘s… How is that even humanly possible?

On another note, I’m graduating today! Typing those words is a bit surreal, because it never seemed this day would come! Yet here I am, and I have to say it’s bittersweet. On on hand, I’m ecstatic that this chapter of my life has come to a close. Yet on the other, although I can’t fathom those emotions right now, there’s a nagging feeling that I’m going to look back on this time with longing. As of right now, it’s 99.9% pure bliss. I’ll keep you posted for when that other 0.1% of wistfulness draws near. I wouldn’t bet on it anytime soon though! To celebrate, my husband, our favorite couple, and I will be heading to Hawaii for one whole week of euphoria. I’ve never been, but I already know I’m going to be in “kalani,” as the ocean is my serenity. Have you ever been to Hawaii? What are some things I “must do” while there?

xx

Justine

Lady in Red

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We heart Junie Blake! IMG_6103 Dress: Junie Blake | Belt: Nordstrom (similar) | Sandals: Target | Bag: Calvin Mitchell | Sunnies: Céline | Necklace: Kate Spade, Michael Kors (similar), Bip & Bop | Bracelets: Paint The Town Me, Stella & Dot, Alex & Ani (here, here & here) | Nails: OPI “Alpine Snow
Lippie: NARS “Heat Wave” + Liner: MAC “Trust in Red

The fit and flare cut is hands-down my favorite dress style! It is so flattering on my body-type and I’m convinced it’s flattering on every body type since it focuses on the slimmest part of your body, your waist! This one from Junie Blake features pleats, pockets and a forgiving fabric! All of which are excellent qualities in one dress alone! It can be difficult to find dresses that aren’t basically minis, especially for me since my legs are long for my height! This one hits right at the knee, making it acceptable for church or anywhere else you don’t want to show too much leg! Junie Blake has so many other styles and options! I’ve had my eye on this one; I think it would be perfect for summer when the only thing I want to wear is a dress!

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Justine