July Favorites | Green Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle

IMG_6629I swear time is moving at record speed and summer is dwindling already, but I’m determined to soak up every last second. Before we get too deep in August, let’s take a look back at what I loved last month.

  Beauty  

As part of my effort to cling to the last of summer, a glossy lip is necessary. You can imagine my excitement when the Clove + Hallow lip glaze in the shade angelic arrived in the June Petit Vour box. It’s a neutral mauve that pulls quite nude on me. I’m not sure about the color on its own, but I do love the formula. It’s a thick gloss that isn’t sticky and lasts well. Lately, I’ve been wearing it over this bright pink lip oil for a soft pink flush.

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I already gave the Mūn hydrating rose toner a little shoutout on Instagram, but it’s worth repeating here. I think toners are easy to overlook and generalize as basically all the same or at least in my own experience. I was immediately attracted to this however because it’s formulated with hyaluronic acid, dehydrated skin’s best friend. On the other hand, I was a bit apprehensive because it also contains salicylic acid. I can attest that it wasn’t too strong for my sensitive skin and actually helped calm inflammation. It is pricey, but I would consider repurchasing it.

  Fashion  

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I don’t know the last time I bought shorts. By my guess it’s been at least three years and in that time, all the ones I had were no longer my taste. Apparently, I used to be into short shorts and now, well, not so much. It was finally time to replace them, so naturally I found a pair of boys’ jeans to cut off into the perfect everyday denim shorts. Admittedly, they came out a bit shorter than anticipated (the proportions weren’t quite right otherwise), but I have been living in them. I forgot how handy a good pair of shorts is. They go with everything and are suitable for all kinds of activities like walking babies, painting crates and pretending the couch is your home office. That basically sums up my July.

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If you’re like me and sometimes find yourself in the situation where you don’t want to wear a real bra, but don’t want to go without either, these reusable pasties really do work. I’ve tried other types in the past with no success, but these are comfortable and stay in place even on hot humid days. I know these things usually take trial and error, so I thought I’d include them in case anyone is looking for a solution.

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  Lifestyle  

For the last few months, I’ve been making an effort to read a book a month. I’ve always enjoyed reading, but often don’t make time for it. In July, I read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, which is totally something I wouldn’t typically read but completely worth it. If you want a quick read that’s endearingly awkward and tackles serious topics with humor, consider this. It’s a great little pick-me-up if you need a laugh.

Another unexpected favorite is chia seed pudding. I haven’t made it in probably a year, but now I’ve been eating it a few times a week. I found the best ratio is 1/3 cup chia seeds to 2 cups almond milk. Once it’s set up, add some fruit and honestly just about anything else, and you have the perfect refreshing snack for summer days. I meant to take a photo of my last batch, but I may have devoured it without second thought. Oops.

If you wrote a July favorites post, feel free to link it in the comments, or share whatever you’ve been loving. Here’s to hoping August doesn’t go by quite as fast as July.

Savanna

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