Summer-Perfect Yellow Look

Happy Friday! I’m slowly incorporating yellow into my wardrobe, since it’s such a fun and cheery color. Today, I styled an effortless look in trendy yellow with gladiator sandals, a yellow printed dress and cute navy crossbody bag. I love this look for laid back weekend plans or a weekend date.

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How to Simplify Your Summer Beauty Routine

Developing a regular skincare routine is a must for gals of all ages. The sooner you can start your beauty prep the better results you’ll get. Different beauty rules apply in warmer months and you have to adjust your skincare routine to the current weather. Here’s a really great beauty routine to follow during summer.

Summer Skincare Routine for Day and Night

Before selecting a cleanser, you need to know your skin type –oily, dry, combination or acne-prone– and then use that cleanser to wash your face first thing in the morning and again in the evening. After washing your face, dry it gently with a towel and spritz a clarifying lotion to soothe and hydrate your skin.

Moisturize your face every morning and evening. Use higher-end moisturizers and eye creams that have anti-aging properties. For normal or oily skin, a good option is a moisturizer that hydrates, nourishes and helps reduce the appearance of pore size. If you want a moisturizer that does double duty –nourish your skin and sun protection — Eminence Tropical Vanilla Day Cream SPF 32 is perfect for that. For evening, repair your skin with a good serum that includes growth factors, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides.

Warmer weather can take a toll on the delicate skin around your eyes. Focus on selecting an eye cream that has powerful antioxidant, a light texture and helps prevent wrinkles. Follow up with stronger eye serum in the evening.

Apply sunscreen everyday no matter what age you are. Choose one that is at least SPF 18 (SPF 30 for lighter skin), making sure that it is water resistant and it protects against UVA/UVB rays. For maximum protection, reapply sunscreen every two hours.

Weekly Beauty Prep

Even if you follow all the steps above, without exfoliating you won’t get glowing-looking skin. Normal skin types should exfoliate at least twice a week. Acne-prone skin types should exfoliate more often.

An antioxidant serum should be a staple in your medicine cabinet. We love Skinceuticals Phloretin CF serum not only because it is travel-friendly, but because it prevents sun damage, repairs your skin and gives it a healthy glow in just a few weeks. Wear it in the morning before applying your moisturizer.

Lip Care:
A few times a week heal cracked lips by hydrating with an at-home solution. A quick way to hydrate your lips is by mixing a little bit of honey and sugar in a small spoon. Just apply a thin layer on your lips and when dry, wipe off with warm water and finish by applying a lip balm.

Do you change your beauty routine in the summer? Share with me your summer skincare routine in the comments.

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9 Motivation Monday Quotes That Will Inspire You All Week

Mondays can be rough even if you love your work or have a flexible schedule. The transition from weekend mode into work mode can be quite the adjustment. Coffee helps, but sometimes we all need a little encouragement to get going on Mondays.

Grab your coffee and kick your motivation into high gear with my favorite quotes that will inspire you to start your week off right!

#truth #quote

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Good night people stay good! #inspiringquotes #motivationquotes #sayings #quotes #inspiriration #motivation

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Be kind! #quoteoftheday #kindness #quote

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Don't let anyone tell you what you can and can't do! #motivationquotes #diet #fitness #hourglassexpress #waisttraining #healthyliving

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What are your favorite #MotivationMonday quotes? What keeps you going on Mondays?

The Little White Dress Shopping Guide

The little white dress reigns supreme as the dress of choice for this season. Whatever the occasion, the LWD is the effortless piece you can always rely on. Since I love updating mine every season, take a peek below and find your new favorite.

Do What You Love: Chris Lane

Chris Lane | Director of Marketing & Business Development at Fashion Valley

Please share your name, title, and a description of your job duties and responsibilities.
Chris Lane, Director of Marketing & Business Development. I assist local, regional, national and international brands connect with San Diego in a meaningful way that helps dial their brand into the unique nuances of the SoCal lifestyle. I coordinate events that help put San Diego on the fashion map – our fashion events are some of the best in Southern California and absolutely unique to San Diego – our upcoming fall event, Lookbook Live with GQ and Glamour will be like nothing ever seen in San Diego! I also oversee our public image and community partnerships.

What is a typical day like at your job?
No two days are alike! Recently much of my time has centered around helping our first to market stores open – Topshop, Vince Camuto & Johnny Was have all recently opened their first San Diego locations and John Varvatos and Polo Ralph Lauren are right around the corner with fall openings. I can’t tell you how exciting it is to break the news when we have the hottest new brands opening – everyone always wants to know who’s coming to Fashion Valley!
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Aside from helping the new stores, I’m constantly working with our 200 other stores and their local, regional and corporate teams on community events, collaborations and new product launches. I keep my eye on our social media accounts and curate content that supports our stores as well as appeals to our followers. We’re always introducing new programs like our Personal Shopping & Styling service to meet the needs of our shoppers and to set the retail precedent in San Diego. Our team of stylists are AMAZING and incredibly fun to work with. I guess the bulk of my day centers around communicating with people and making things come to life!

How did you get started working in this field?
It’s super random, but I was actually a waiter at a restaurant in a mall in Northern California when I was in college and happened to serve the corporate marketing team one day. We started talking, they asked me what I was doing and wanted to do, they found out I was studying international business and marketing, then told me to give them a buzz when I finished college. A few months later, I joined their marketing team and started climbing my way up. I had no idea there were people actually putting thought into running malls behind the scenes then – it’s something you don’t really think about when you’re shopping at a mall, but makes logical sense when you start thinking about it. A place as big as Fashion Valley doesn’t just run itself!

What skills or personal qualities are good for this job?
You have to be a quick thinker and able to view tasks from multiple viewpoints. One minute you might be helping a local restaurateur in the Food Court figure out how to tap into the convention scene, the next a global, luxury CMO how to tap into San Diego’s philanthropic scene. Being able to respond to any situation with a cool demeanor is another must – things don’t always go as planned when you have millions of shoppers coming through the doors, so you have to be able to respond, adapt and put your best face forward.
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What do you enjoy most about your job?
The collaborative nature and relationship I have with our retailers is incredibly rewarding. I love helping them strategize and bring things to life – whether that be an exclusive collection for San Diego, a major event in the heart of the mall or a partnership with a local charitable organization. I’d be remiss if I didn’t say the obvious – coming to work somewhere as beautiful as Fashion Valley on a typical, sunny San Diego day the morning a sale hits is incredible! It doesn’t hurt being the first through the door when a private sale kicks off at Bloomingdale’s!
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What advice would you give someone considering a similar path?
Add the mall-world to your career radar. It really is an industry that not a lot of people know about – particularly on the marketing side. The job makes full use of a broad range of marketing skills – advertising planning, public relations, media selling, event planning, social media…literally everything. It’s a great career to hone your abilities in every discipline under the marketing umbrella while having fun. I can honestly say that I enjoy going to work everyday and go home feeling accomplished everyday.

Thank you Chris for giving me a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the retail marketing world!

All photos courtesy of Chris Lane.

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