How You Can Volunteer During COVID-19

How You Can Volunteer During COVID-19

My family has always taught me how important serving your community is. My mom and I are in National Charity League (my sister was too when she was younger). Summer is such a great time to volunteer but sadly there aren’t many options with Covid-19 causing many places to close for volunteers. NCL gave us some options of ways to volunteer without leaving your house but anyone can do these even if you aren’t in NCL.

Cards for First Responders

Making cards is one of the easiest things you can do and you can really get creative with them. Plus, you most likely have everything you need to make them already. Go to this website to find out more details on specifications on making the cards and where to send them.

Paracord Bracelets

Paracord bracelets are used by the military and are actually super cool. A few of their uses include: secure camouflage nets to trees or vehicles, build a makeshift shelter, extend a security strap or rope to reach and haul heavy objects, create a harness to extract an injured person from a bad location, make a sling or splint, emergency sutures to close a wound, fishing line, and trip line to secure an area. These bracelets also hold meaning because the man or women is service who receives one knows it was made by an American back at home who appreciates what they are doing for them. You can find out how to purchase the cords and how to make them into bracelets at Operation Gratitude. They are a little tricky at first but once you get the hang of it you’ll be good.

Special Olympics

I’ve vollunteered at a few different Special Olympics events but I’ve heard that they have virtual Olympics that you can help with. It is based on where you live so look up “virtual Special Olympics” and then whatever state you live in.

This is just a few ideas ideas but there are so many more things you can do. Reach out to places in you community to ask them how you can help. This can include hospitals, nursing homes, etc. Also, the first two ideas I did with my friends and it made it so much fun and go by super fast. Even as places start to open up these are still great ideas that are so easy since you don’t even have to leave your house.

How to Have the Perfect Lake Day

How to Have the Perfect Lake Day

Hi! Not sure when this will be posted, but currently I am getting ready to leave for Lake Havasu tomorrow for Fourth of July. We have been going to Lake Havasu, in Arizona, for years and I love it! When my family goes to the lake its normally for a whole trip (like going to Havasu) and so we stay in our motor home. We occasionally go to lakes more local for just the day. These tips work for either way. Also, my family has a wake boat but these tips can still be used wether you have your own boat, are renting a boat, or are going with someone who has a boat.

Outfit from head to toe

First things first, you need to pick your outfit. Obviously a bathing suit, but you want to make sure its one that stays in place and is comfortable for all the water activities you may be doing (skiing, wake surfing, wakeboarding, etc). Then you need whatever outfit you’ll be wearing over your bathing suit. I recommend a coverup dress/romper because its so easy to just throw on. You don’t want to be holding everyone up trying to get your outfit back on. Lastly, you need some sun protection. I don’t love wearing rash guards but if that’s your thing then you’ll definitely want to bring one. For hats, a baseball style hat or visor is best because it stays on even when the boat is going fast (vs a bigger sun hat that would just blow off your head). For sunglasses, really anything works but I prefer sturdier plastic sunglasses that I don’t have to worry about being crushed. Keep it simple with shoes and wear flip flops that can get wet.

Links: my favorite place to get bathing suits and coverups, the hat I always use, my sunglasses

What to pack in your bag

You’ll want a tote bag (that zips) or backpack to keep all your personal items. You don’t need a lot but there are definitely some items to bring that are essential:

  • Towel – If you have a boat you own my best tip is to buy bath towels in a color that coordinates to your boat that aren’t too big so that they dry quickly. This way you don’t have to worry about which towel is yours and you make these towels exclusively for the boat so that if you go to a cove and go on the sand your not getting “the boat towels” sandy. Instead bring another towel for the sand. If you don’t want to do this, or if its not your own boat, then anything that’s not too thick will work.
  • Sunscreen – I bring sunscreen for my body, face, scalp, and lips. (Skin cancer is no joke, people). Bring all your SPF in a pouch that you can easily grasp out of your bigger bag. Don’t forget your part and get a spray sunscreen meant for your scalp. My only other tip is to keep your chapstick (with spf) in a ziplock bag in the cooler so that it doesn’t melt.
  • Hair – I always bring a hair brush so that I can brush out my hair after going in the water. Also, make sure to pack an extra pony tail holder just in case.
  • Water – Below, I talk about drinks to keep in your cooler. But, you also want to bring a reusable bottle with water that you can refill throughout the day.

Links: towel, sunscreen: body, face, scalp, lips, hair brush, water bottle

Food

This grape chicken salad is my favorite to pack on the boat. If you aren’t bringing lunch, you definitely still want to pack some snacks. Obviously, chips are always great but you’ll also want some refreshing fruit and fresh veggies that you bring in a cooler. They really just taste so good when you’ve been out in the heat. My favorite is watermelon and my sister loves cut oranges. For veggies I like carrots, bell peppers, cucumber, and snap peas with hummus. For heavier snacks (that you could have as a light lunch) we like salami, cheese, mustard and crackers or smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumbers.

Links: chicken salad, cooler

Drinks

Staying hydrated is so important to making sure you have a good day. If you start to get dehydrated you’ll be tired, you can get headaches, and you just won’t be feeling your best. This is especially important when we go to Havasu where the high is never below 100 in the summer. The drinks we always bring are water, spindrift (or any flavored sparkling water), and iced tea (we make the tea and bring it in our own cups but you could also get premade teas). Other drinks we bring are coconut water (so good for hydration), bai drinks (my sister likes these but they aren’t my favorite), and my pick, Arnold palmers. Of course bring whatever you will drink so that you make sure you are having enough. Going to the lake is always the time I can have more sugary drinks (like Gatorade) to ensure we don’t get dehydrated.

Links: cooler

Lilly Dressed for Summer Sale

Lilly Dressed for Summer Sale

Good morning! I have been up since 4:45 so that I could shop the Lilly Pulitzer sale. Normally, they have two big After Party Sales, one in the spring and one at the end of summer. This year they added this sale that lasts 48 hours and is exclusively online. When you go onto the website you are put in a virtual line to keep the website from crashing. Luckily I only had a 5 minute wait time this morning. And typically if you go on the website a few hours after the start of the sale, you won’t be waiting longer than ten minutes as traffic slows down.

I got a few items from the sale and wanted to share what I got. I also thought I would share a few of my favorites from the sale that I didn’t get. And if you aren’t crazing like me and didn’t wake up before sunrise, don’t worry because there is still plenty of options left.

Just click on an image for the link.

What I Got

The pink luxletic skort is all ready sold out. Actually all of their tennis skorts sold out right away but here is linked their skorts not on sale.

My Favorites

Tops

The Elsa top (the first one) is a fan favorite for years. I’ve never tried one but I trust my fellow Lilly lovers. I love the three solid tops (if you count the blue printed reversible tank) because I can wear them with so many Lilly printed bottoms. I got the striped sweater for Christmas and it is so so soft.

Bottoms

The Madison skort (the first skirt shown) was my very first Lilly Pulitzer purchase and it is still one of my favorites. I also have a pair of leggings in the same style shown that are so cute and comfy.

Dresses and Rompers

Summer Madewell Haul

Summer Madewell Haul

Hello! I am so excited that it is finally summer and the sun is out! Madewell has some adorable summer clothes and has been having some great sales lately. I ordered a few things, shown below. Hope you enjoy! Oh and btw you can check my Instagram story for a try on (will be saved to highlights).

Top in an extra small: First up is this v-neck pocket tee. I love the classic navy and white stripe! Stripe tees are such a summer staple.

Shorts in a 24: I also have been in need of a new pair of jean shorts and I love this light wash and slightly frayed hem. I also like that they aren’t too tight or short.

Top in an extra small: This top is sadly sold out but this tie dye tee has the same boxy fit. This one is cute too.

Shorts: These shorts are old from Abercrombie. These white Madewell shorts look super cute though.

Top in an extra extra small: I actually already had this tee but it is from Madewell and it is my favorite white tee.

Shorts in a 25: Sadly these shorts were too big. Madewell seems to run consistently a size too big in shorts/pants. They are very cute though and I love the relaxed fit. Plus they are super comfy with some stretch in the denim.

Sweatshirt in an extra small: This is probably my favorite thing I got. The graphic on is so cute! It’s so perfect for beach nights!

Shorts in a 24: These are the same shorts worn with the stripe tee.

Beauty and Grace guest post – Summer Dresses

Beauty and Grace guest post – Summer Dresses

Today’s post is written by Grace from Beauty and Grace. Her blog and instagram is all things beauty with some added lifestyle and fashion posts!

I also wrote a post for her blog on summer hair accessories, you can find it here.

Take it away, Grace

Hi friends! Happy Friday!

I am loving wearing sun dresses this summer, so I thought I would share with you some of my favorites!

I got these in my Summer clothing haul! (Check out that post here!)

Let’s get started!

1. Blue dress from Shein

I love this dress from Shein! It’s so comfy and lightweight. It’s also an adorable color and pattern. I love the ruffled sleeves!

2. White dress from Target

I really like this dress from Target!!!

It’s flowy and ruffled all the way down! It’s a halter top too!

3. White dress from Shein

I know it’s another white dress but I love them so much! This one is plain and simple but one of my favorites! It is straight down with a ruffle at the end. It hits right above the knee which is a great length! I also pair this with this hair scarf and sunglasses! ( I link to and talk more about those here)

Thank you for reading!

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Hair Dryer Comparison

Hair Dryer Comparison

I have always dread blow drying my hair. Whenever it is not absolutely necessary to have dry hair I don’t dry it. (For me being necessary would be going somewhere where I want to be looking cute. Basically anytime I’m not wearing t-shirts and workout clothes.) So for this post I wanted to find what hair dryer would make the task of drying my hair a little easier. The hair dryers I’m reviewing are the Dry Bar Buttercup hair dryer, the T3 Featherweight 2 hair dryer, and the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer.

Dry Bar

  • Total Dry Dime- 8:20
  • Pros- This dryer was definitely the fastest and it didn’t get too hot
  • Cons- Some frizziness
  • Additional Notes- This does blow you hair around a lot making it get a little knotty (nothing too crazy but worth noting). I’m guessing this is what helps it dry so quickly so for me it’s worth it. Also this set pack is on sale for the less than just the dryer itself and comes with a round brush and some fun travel sized products.

Revlon

  • Total dry time- 28:30
  • Pros- Ends are curled under, adds some volume, easy to use in comparison to using a round brush and regular hair dryer
  • Cons- Took a very long time, gets really hot
  • Additional Notes- I still think this is a great hair tool however I recommend not using it right after you get out of the shower. It gets pretty hot so to avoid damaging you hair wait until your hair is just a little damp. This also took more time because I sectioned my hair so I would have to keep stopping drying so I could bring down another section and brush it out.

T3

  • Total Dry Time- 10:30
  • Pros- Pretty fast
  • Cons- Got really hot, some frizziness, ends are kinda wonky
  • Additional Notes: This is a great price for the quality.

Final Thoughts

I’m going to go ahead and say the Dry Bar Buttercup dryer won. What really stood out about it was how quickly I could dry my hair. It also didn’t get too hot. You might have noticed in the cons of the other too dryers I said that they were too hot. One reason this is a con is because it can damage your hair but really for me I just don’t like to get overheated while drying my hair. Even though the Dry Bar won the other two are still both really great. The T3 is a really good price for a good quality hair dryer. The Revlon is perfect for someone who often drys their hair with a round brush and wants an easier way to do this. Also great for someone who normally straightens their hair after drying it because this would hopefully cut out that step.

I hope you enjoyed this post! Let m know what hair dryer you use and what you want me to review next.

XOXO, Katelyn

J. Crew Up to 60% Off Sale

J. Crew Up to 60% Off Sale

J. Crew is currently having a sale ranging from 40 to 60 percent off on so many spring/summer styles. Below I rounded up my favorite dresses, tops, tees, pants, shorts, jewelry, accessories, and shoes from the sale!

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Comfy clothes I’ve been loving lately

Comfy clothes I’ve been loving lately

Outfit sold out from Lou and Grey

Since the start of self quarantining there’s been a few days where I am inspired to wear a cute outfit but lately it’s been cold and rainy and all I want to do is be comfy. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite items that have been getting me through these times. I have a few brands I love for comfy clothes so I separated everything by brand.

Lou and Grey @ Loft

Lou and Grey is seriously so soft and is perfect for when you want to be comfy without wearing athleisure wear.

Lululemon

Workout clothes are essential for comfort and Lululemon has some of the best.

Vineyard Vines

“Every day should feel this good” is a saying that perfect fits Vineyard Vines. Their fabric are so soft and everything is really cute!

Lilly Pulitzer

I love this brand not just for its adorable prints but for how comfortable everything is. Visit this post for more.

Happy shopping and happy almost Easter, XOXO Katelyn

Spring Dresses from Target

Spring Dresses from Target

This dress is so so comfy and perfect for WFH!

I’m not normally someone who buys clothes from Target but lately their new spring clothes have been too cute to pass up. Plus everything is at such good prices. For this post I’m just sharing my favorite spring dresses but I also love Target’s swimsuits and accessories so maybe I’ll do a few more Target posts… Anyways, I hope you enjoy this post and find something you like!

p.s. So many of these dresses are flowy, comfy and perfect for staying home. Stay safe and stay home y’all!