It’s that time of year again, ladies! The season that we spend the other 3/4 of the year praying and waiting for. Although for most of us this is a time to be carefree and let loose, we urge you to keep these few helpful tips in mind. Keep this Summer tastefully fun with our true, and slightly humors Do’s and Don’ts!
Apply sunscreen liberally!
Lay out so long that you resemble a
lobster more than a human being.
Capture fun and exciting moments with your friends, fella and loved ones.
Snap embarrassing photos of your [tipsy] friends and post them.
Learn how to shag so you can
dance the night away
Make friends with everyone, even your friends friend.
Make friends with everyone, and begin drama.
Wear white, a lot!
Wear anything darker than the hue of your skin. Keep yourself looking polished and bronzed by wearing mostly lights and brights!
Summer is the time when the living is easy – don’t make your life harder by having to apologize for poor decisions. Stay graceful and have some fun ladies!
Crawling out of bed in the early hours of the morning is NOT at all a pleasant task, not even for the biggest morning person. Here are a few tips to make every morning brighter!
First, try to get to bed fairly early the night before. If you want to feel refreshed and poised, stay away from late night snacking, surfing the internet or even sleeping with the T.V on. If you don’t allow your body enough rest, chances are you will spend the next day druppy-eyed and unpleasant.
The first things i like to do in the morning is get up, open up all all the windows in the house, start the coffee maker and spend 10-20 minutes stretching and mentally preparing myself for my day. Create a check list of things you want to accomplished for the day! This will make it easier to get more things done, as well as setting your mind at ease that you might forget something.
Take a shower: Cleanse your body of all toxins by exfoliating all areas for 15-25 seconds. This will not only help clean all your pores, but in turn leave you with a lasting finished shine on your skin.
After shower: I love using my Clairosoic to clean my face! This usually takes about 5 minutes, but i’s completely worth the refreshing feeling.
*Daily facials are a necessity! While letting my facial set i usually make the bed, and finish up some household earns.
Makeup: I like to start off this routine by cleansing my face with L’oreal Toner, this cheap toning resolution help even out skin, as well as closing your pores. Next, i use a Mary Kay setting cream to add moisture (this is my favorite part because depending on the day, this and some mascara can be all you need!). After the moisturizer has set, I add: PUR bronzer to define my complexion, Clinique Concealer make sure i look clean and refreshed, Cover Girl ever-last mascara (because it’s amazing!), any or every shade of lips stick, and finish it all off with Neutrogena micro-mist to even out my entire canvas, as well as adding a litter shimmer!
This is the routine I stick to, and I hope it can help you find your own morning ritual that works for you. Once you find your perfect morning routine, stick to it. Staying consistent will make your mornings easier and help you to have a schedule each day. One of the best parts about having a stress-free morning is that it sets the tone for the entire rest of your day. If you’re happy and relaxed before 9 a.m., chances are you will stay in that mood for the rest of the day!
What is your morning ritual like?
Let’s know each other better!
Those of you fabulous ladies and gents who have visited our blog probably have an idea of what Lissette loves, but you may not know her personally. To get to know her personality a bit better, check out this “blogsmopolitan quiz”- We hope you enjoy!
Feel free to fill out the same quiz and post it below! We’d love to learn more about all of you!
An Interview with Ashley Brooke
Ashley Brooke is a southern belle who is passionate about design and all things fabulous! We have admired products from ABD for quite some time and were finally able to snag an interview with the woman who “runs the show” for all of you lovelies!
“Ashley Brooke Designs is for the girl who loves life and is always looking for an opportunity to be just a bit sassy! We realize life can be difficult; Ashley Brooke Designs isn’t. We’re having a party, and we want you along for the ride.”
How would you describe your creative process?
My life in general is a bit crazy, and so the sassiness and the touch of girly-snark just comes out and I will realize, “Gosh! That would be cute on a mug!” Also, I have stopped designing for what I think my clients might like and I’ve started designing for myself and things that I need… like a Happy Thoughts notepad!
What’s the most collaborative creative team you’ve ever worked with?
Absolutely Kendra Scott. We LOVE the girls over at KS!!
Who is your Style Icon? Why?
My style is preppy, girly, and classic… I don’t like to be any one of those things… I like when all three come together! Like a tutu and an oxford… the perfect match!
That being said, I have quite a few Style Icons, but right now I really love Miranda Kerr’s style. I mean honestly —> http://www.pinterest.com/pin/24488391697239517/
We’ve all been there- what has been your worst fashion mishap?
Oh gosh, there are WAYYYY too many to count. Although I used to rock a pair of baby blue overalls like it was my J-O-B.
What is your favorite LBC piece?
The Raleigh! Love it!!
What is your favorite part of your job?
The ability to build and create something that I am truly proud of, even though each day has its own struggle. I get to wake up every morning and do what I know that I am good at, and there really isn’t a better feeling. I would be lying if I didn’t say that I also reallllly like being my own boss. When I was little, I would get in trouble on the REGULAR for being a bit too bossy. My dad would say (daily), “You being so bossy is one of my favorite qualities you possess, and one day this whole bossy thing will work to your advantage, but child, today is not that day.” Ha! So I guess being my own boss was kind of inevitable!