A Chakra-Inspired Beauty Guide For Summer

Have you ever worn a certain color to perk yourself up? I’ve been reading up about theories of chakras lately, and how different colors can really impact your moods—it’s so fascinating!

Chakra theory was first developed by Hindus and has since been adopted by Buddhists, too. Basically, the body has seven main areas (or ‘wheels’) that act as energy points, starting from the pelvic region and leading up in a straight line to the top of the head. Each of the seven areas has a separate color that is believed to be responsible for different properties and healing powers.

Red governs the base chakra at the base of the spine. It is the area of survival and stability and your place on this earth, and connects us to our physical body.

When to wear it: When you need a boost of self-confidence

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What I Would Tell My College Freshman Self Today

Three years ago, I remember my parents and peers telling me how quickly college would fly by as I began to make a list of dorm supplies to buy before moving into my freshman dorm. My 18 year old self didn’t believe them at the time, but soon enough, the school I saw as a foreign place quickly turned into my second home, and my new friends into family. My freshman year was definitely an emotional roller coaster from adjusting to a new life away in a different state, to sharing a small room with three girls, and finding my place on a new campus.

Now as an incoming senior, I’m finding it hard to imagine how life will be away from school after graduation. Although my mistakes have shaped me into who I am today, I still wish I could have gotten a few pieces of solid advice at the time. After reflecting on these past three years, these are some of the things I would tell my 18 year old self today:

1.The person you are at 18 is not who you’ll be 21, and so on. 

Although I was told that I wouldn’t be the same person between freshman and senior year, I still didn’t understand what that really meant until now. In three years, I’ve grown from a shy and unconfident 18 year old to someone much more comfortable in her own skin, and I thank college for teaching me that it’s okay to be yourself.

We sometimes lose touch with old friends from home and high school while in the midst of meeting new college friends and adapting to a new environment, and that’s also okay. Take these four years to really learn about yourself, and let everyone else find their path too.

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5 Bright and Bold Lippies to Try This Summer

Whether you are kissing that special someone, karaoking ’til dawn, or laughing with friends, bold lips will take you anywhere this summer. There is a color for every occasion and a perfect shade for everyone. If you are a lip junkie and looking for new shades or you’re new to the bright lip color game, I’m here to show you the best of the brightest you should rock this summer.

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Radiant Orchid

It’s no secret that Radiant Orchid is popular this summer as it has been deemed the “Pantone Color of the Year.” You cannot go wrong with a rich, radiant lip. This is a color that I’ve dabbled in and has grown on me. The purple pinkish hue can look sexy or sweet on the lips, and makes a bold statement. This is a great starter color if you are new to bold lips because there are a great range of pastel shades to try out. There are also tons of shades out ranging from neons to deep orchids available everywhere, and it’s a perfect color to transition into the fall season.

1: Maybelline Color Sensational in Brazen Berry, 2: Lime Crime Airborne Unicorn, 3: Dose of Color Love Potion, 4: YSL Violine Out of Control

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8 Ways To Cool Off This Summer

I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: the DC heat and humidity is beyond brutal. As much as I wish I could spend a summer night on a quaint porch reading, or with the windows thrown open to invite in the summer breeze, the reality is that it’s just too hot. AC can only go so far — sitting inside as a cooled-off hermit just isn’t how I envisioned my summer going. Check out the eight ways I’ve cooled off this summer!


While this may seem like a wintertime tip, I promise, it’s the key to staying cool in the summer! I walk to work, so I really build up a sweat and intense body heat before I hit the Madewell selling floor. The best way I’ve found to combat a gross (and uncomfortable) smell throughout the day is to layer, layer, layer. Stick your blouse, nicer shirt, or cardigan in your tote, and try to just wear a little tank or a lightweight dress on your commute. That way, when you hit the cold AC of your workplace, you have some fresh items to throw on!

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Shorten the hems on your short, invest in some adorable minis, and cut up your tanks. Sometimes summer clothes don’t even let your skin and body breathe as much as it craves. Plus, you can show off your beautiful Free People intimates with more revealing clothing!

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Lovely List: What Shoes Are You Coveting This Summer?

In this edition of the Lovely List, our bloggers share which shoes top their summer wishlists!

Annie: I really want some Avarcas, some Nikes and a nice basic wedge like this one from Madewell.

Allison: I’m loving these casual skimmer flats from Madewell, these snappy cobalt heels from Shoemint for a perfect pop of color, and these girly Superga satin sneakers in ballet slipper pink.

Phoebe: I’m obsessed with my white patent leather Birkenstocks. I need these suede minimalist heels from Joie, Bensimon sneakers are a great alternative to the typical flat for business casual, and the Madewell midi heels are rad… they’re also super comfy!

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4 Ways To Wear It: Bold Blazers

Traditionally women’s blazers are a business casual staple, but why not modify them for work and play? The best places I can think to wear a bold blazer is happy hour, date night, on a rooftop lounge, or while traveling.


This tangerine blazer is perfect for grabbing happy hour cocktails with friends, considering you might wind up twinning with your mixed drink. Tone down the intensity of a bright blazer by pairing it with a white top, shoes, and bag but make sure to add a pop of color, like the print on these relaxed fit pants that burst with blue, green, and a dash of tangerine! The pleated front and tapered hem allow for a bit of room without the slouch, while the zipper-front shoe has just the right amount of heel for a 5 o’clock hangout. A peplum top is free-flowing around the waist so you don’t have to worry about all those half-priced drinks showing. The only thing missing is a straw fedora and a spritz of citrusy unisex cologne; it’s happy hour – you may not be by the beach but you can sure act like you are.

Zara Herringbone Blazer | Topshop Tall Peplum Lace Cami | Report Signature Brynna Bootie | Rebecca Minkoff Python Embossed Mini M.A.C.Rebecca Taylor Enchanted Garden Pant | Rag & Bone Summer Straw Fedora | Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne

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What’s In My Bag: Erika’s Weekly Essentials

I rely on my beautiful bright-blue Lilly Pulitzer Sparkle Tote to carry all of my daily essentials — it’s the perfect size bag to hold everything I need for a day out while still feeling comfortable on my shoulder. Not to mention this bag comes in my sorority’s print! But enough about my bag — I want to share with you all some of my daily go-to items for a day of interning at an advertising agency! 

2. My Lilly Agenda is one of the most important items to carry around with me during the week. It helps with keeping track of assignments, organizing events on monthly calendars and has a ton of extra pages to take notes during conference meetings. These agendas range from small to jumbo sizes, and come in bright and playful prints. I currently have the large agenda in Let’s Cha Cha, but can’t wait to purchase the new large agenda in Lilly Lovers soon!

3. I sometimes find myself becoming chilly either on the train or in the office so I try to pack my pink lightweight cardigan from Uniqlo in case the air conditioning happens to be on indoors. It’s also great to carry around during rainy days!

4. In my Lilly wristlet, I’m always carrying my three favorite lip glosses in the front pocket. The first one I have is Mac’s Cremesheen Glass in Richer Luster, the second one is Mac’s Dazzleglass in Like Venus, and my third favorite is Victoria’s Secret Pink Lip Gloss in Berry Bomb. All three shades make great daytime lip colors since they give a hint of color while still looking natural for light makeup looks.

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