I'm back at this blogging thing today with a catch up post to let you know what I've been up to, what I've been loving and using, and just to share a little bit of my life with you lovely people!
If you've been following along on social media, like my insta (@SouthernStylista) then you would know that my husband and I have spent the last four days in Music City exploring and eating our way through the entire city. But expect a full post on Nashville coming up soon!
It was our first time vacationing to a "big city" instead of to the beach or the quaint-ness of Savannah, so it was an adjustment, but we absolutely loved it and were so sad to leave Monday morning.
I made this recipe for pan-fried chicken fingers and y'all, they turned out amazing.
So easy for a weeknight dinner, I just served mashed potatoes and a spinach side salad with them and it was SO yummy.
Before we left for vacation, we spent Memorial Day weekend at the lake with one of our best friends and his family.
It was an awesome way to spend the weekend; cruising on the boat, grilling out and eating on the deck, and just laughing together.
We even spotted a bald eagle nest at the lake; you can hardly tell but it was perched inside with it's babies (a few minutes after this photo, it flew down into the water and caught a fish!)
But above all, we spent time reflecting and honoring those who have given their life to give us the freedom to enjoy a three day weekend.
Y'all know how I feel about face masks...I kind of have an addiction.
So I picked up one from my favorite brand, Valentia, and needless to say-after a weekend full of excess, I needed a good detoxifying skin mask.
This one burns just a little bit when you first put it on your skin, but if you can wait the literal 2 seconds that it burns, it will turn cool and you'll be able to reap the benefits.
I highly recommend it-plus, it smells absolutely amazing!
Another cool skin product I've been trying out (from another one of my favorite brands, Exuviance!) is the Glycolic Expert Moisturizer.
When I was on the hunt for new moisturizer I started doing some research because everyone was recommend Gylcolic but honestly, I had no clue what that meant.
I'll help you out if you're as clueless as I was-it basically naturally exfoliates your skin to allow for new skin cell turnover (it's really good for anti-aging!)
I started using this and at first didn't heed the research that I had done, that research told me to start off slowly, only using it every other night. The research also told me to make sure I used a good facial sunscreen because glycolic moisturizer makes your skin sensitive to sun.
Once I heeded these instructions, my face began to actually absorb the benefits and hasn't been so irritated.
My point is, I love this moisturizer-it keeps my skin feeling so soft and hydrated. But make sure you follow directions!
Of course I have to share what I'm reading lately...
If you're as wedding obsessed as I am (even though I've now been married for a full year-a post about that will also be up soon!) then you'll love this little novella.
Kiss the Bride is a book that contains three love stories and it explores the people that make the weddings actually happen; the planners, the musicians, and the photographers!
I just love these sweet, easy reads for summertime.
Especially when I can curl up on my chaise and read in the mornings with a cup of coffee in my new Biscuit Love coffee cup from Nashville!
The last thing I want to share is my June Target Beauty Box!
Although it is sold out, I linked to the page on Target.com where you can see what all goodies we got this month (11 products!) and purchase full sizes for yourself.
There must've been a men's box this month that I didn't see, or I would've purchased it for my hubby!
I'll be doing a full review of this box coming soon, so be on the look-out for that soon, until then you can dream of what might be in a box called "Sun Kissed"!
Let me know in the comments down below if you have a beauty box you subscribe to or buy each month and what you think of it?
I love the Target box, mostly because it's such a rush of excitement to snag it before it sells out!
Until next time. . .
A big thank you to Valentia and Exuviance for providing me with product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands who support The Southern Stylista.