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Taylor’s Recipe For A Perfect, Sunless Tan

Coming from someone with skin whiter than a sheet of loose leaf paper — okay, maybe not that light, but pretty close — I am the biggest advocate for sunless tanning. I’m sure some of you can relate. I’m not one of those people who refuse to go into the sunlight… I’ve been a head lifeguard at a lake every summer for three years, and I’m at the beach any chance I get. But I am one of those people who applies sunblock like a fiend, and have yet to set foot in a tanning bed. Instead, I opt for the safer, easier and more economical route: sunless tanning.

This is my very own recipe that I use in order to achieve a faux, sun-kissed look throughout my summers (and even during the year)! Follow these steps and you’ll literally be glowing in no time, with a natural (and safe!) look.

1) Victoria’s Secret’s Self-Tanning Tinted Spray | 2)  Tarte Brazilliance Mitt Duo | 3) Paula’s Choice’s Almost The Real Thing Self-Tanning Gel  | 4) Sonia Kashuk® Couture Shower Cap | 5) Aromatherapy Associates’ Polishing Body Brush | 6) Jergens’ Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer 

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A Sporty Ensemble Fit For Fashion Police Approval

Feeling motivated to go to the gym requires three components: having a workout pal, a routine, and a killer outfit that’s both comfortable and cute. Sometimes you don’t have time to shower and change post-endorphin high so running errands in gym clothes shouldn’t be an extension of your gym sesh, jumping over hurdles trying to rush out of stores in embarrassment. Feeling good is also about looking good in an outfit that says “yeah, I work out… but you’ll never see me break a sweat (well, figuratively).”

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Who hasn’t repped their college at the gym? A play on a certain Ivy League school’s name, the Sub_Urban Riot Kale Racer Tank ($34) is perfect for grabbing a cold-pressed juice with gym buds after spin class and paying homage to the kale craze. It’s super soft – the kind of cotton/poly blend you just want to wear all day, sleep in, and wait until someone makes a comment to consider changing into a different shirt – plus, the lightweight fabric won’t turn into a heavy, sweat-drenched rag. And hey, If Beyonce is a fan of the phrase, I think we all have a duty to support any trend that Queen B has worn.

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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!

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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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