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Channeling That Vacation Vibe

An Effortless and Easy Versatile Summer Look
Filed Under > #OOTD (Outfit of the Day)

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If you were following along last week on Instagram, I was enjoying out-of-office mode in all its glory on charming St. Simons Island.  The trip was immensely rejuvenating, and probably one of my favorite vacations to date.  One of my favorite looks from the trip?  A comfortable, easy-breezy dress that easily doubled as a coverup with quite possibly the best slides ever and some of my favorite warm-weather accessories.  

This dress I speak of is by Pink Chicken and one I picked up at Ann Mashburn in the A.  It’s seriously so comfy and effortless. And what’s better than a comfortable and easy dress that brings you from the beach to dinner in style?!  I wore it a handful of different ways on the trip: as a beach cover up, an easy happy hour get-up, and with a pair of white jeans at night.  I plan to wear it like this as pictured all summer long, and even dressing it up more with my hair pulled back in a low, tight bun, with big earrings and heels!  

I paired these Sigerson Morrison crossover suede mules with the dress…they might be the best heeled slides I’ve ever bought.  After living in them on this trip, I’m contemplating buying them in nude too. They’re incredibly versatile; throw them on with jeans and dresses alike for a polished, yet easy-going look. 

To tie it all together, I wore my favorite gold bangles from the shoppe that you can wear in the pool and to the beach, my current go-to panama hat and sunnies, and my white leather fringe bag—available in black on major sale here

P.S.  I’ve included similar options to get the look in the scrolling widget below!  xo

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Photography, Kathryn McCrary for Waiting on Martha

Black & White Stripes For Summer

Pairing two favorite details for an effortless summer look
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Happy Friday!  Today’s outfit combines two of my all-time favorite details when it comes to dressing; stripes and dramatic flare sleeves.  It’s a look you can easily dress up or dress down, and it’s a silhouette that makes you feel stylish in an effortless way.  Oh, and the material is super breathable.  And nothing is more important to me in the summer than a dress that’s comfortable and low-maintenance.  Can I get an amen?! 

I first wore this black and white stripe dress recently when I hosted a floral and entertaining class at the new Williams-Sonoma at the Avalon, when I was going to be in it for a few hours, with dinner plants to follow.  The ruffle sleeves made me feel fun and festive, while the bubble waist ensured I would feel confident and comfortable all evening long. 

Like all dresses with this dramatic shape, this one subtly hides my area—my tummy—and it flatters the upper arms, an area I’m working on trimming right now.  But word to the wise: this dress is not meant to be tight.  And at certain angles, it can even make you look larger than you are.  So if that makes you uncomfortable, this dress it not for you.  But the best part is that once you try on one of this style, you know if it’s your thing or if it isn’t.

To bring the look together, I had fun mixing the stripes of my Loeffler Randall Arabella Platform Sandals for a little pattern play.  Sadly this pair is sold out where I’ve looked, but I’ve linked a few similar styles below, along with a few more black and white stripe dress options worth seeing.  And while I kept things monochromatic in today’s look, next time I’m thinking of adding some color with a bright statement necklace like this one or bold colorful earrings like these.  How fun would that be?!  

And for all of those asking about my gold bangles…they’re from the shoppe!  They’re all-weather so you can wear them all day long—even at the beach or in the pool—and are the perfect accessory to any outfit.  Don’t be surprised if you see me wearing them all season!  Truly, MKR   

P.S.  I wasn’t kidding that a ruffle and a stripe was my favorite pair.  See this outfit and this outfit for more ways to wear this winning combo.  xo  

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Photography, Kathryn McCrary for Waiting on Martha

9 Ways to Plump Your Skin & Get That Covetable Glow

A handful of helpful tools & tricks for Happy Skin
Filed Under > Beauty & Tutorials

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I’ve realized lately that I’ve been leaning on some pretty unexpected tools and tricks when it comes to skincare these days. I’ve discovered face cupping, I’m working on “blasting” my fascia, I’m an avid fan of derma rolling, and I’m taking about 23,049,823 “skinfood” ingestibles daily.  

But thanks to this hodgepodge of skincare tools and tricks, I’ve started to see success in finding that covetable glow, and finally doing away with acne scars and large pores that haunted me for years.  And my favorite part about a lot of the things I list below is that they’re affordable and simple to do/use.  Plus, you can do so many of the seemingly weird tricks, like face cupping and fascia blasting, in the comfort of your home, for just a few minutes each day! 

So without further adieu, I give you 9 ways to plump your skin and get that covetable glow.  I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these things, or if you have another I can add to the list!  Cheers, Kat

P.S.  Hoping to get your skin swimsuit ready? See this post on the best bikini skincare products. 

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Skinny & Co. Vanilla Sugar Body Scrub

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Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate

It’s absolutely imperative that we exfoliate and slough off the old skin to leave fresh, smooth and healthy skin to show.  This super hydrating scrub has coconut oil which soothes and moisturizes the skin as the coconut sugar gently exfoliates. 

Moon Juice Beauty Dust

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Take Ingestibles and Vitamins

Once I realized that the glow came from the INSIDE, I went a little crazy stocking up on ingestibles and skin-friendly vitamins.  I especially love Moon Juice’s Beauty Dust because it’s made my hair shiny and full, and it’s so easy to mix into any and all beverages.  


Aloe Vera Plant

Amazon, $22

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Drink Aloe Vera

It’s so important to hydrate our skin from the inside out.  You can buy aloe vera juice at the store, but a lot of them have sugars and added ingredients.  That’s why we love the real deal: fresh aloe vera juice from the plant.  It’s super cheap to buy a stalk or two at Whole Foods.  Simply carve out the gel-like inside and add a squeeze of lemon juice!

BluePrint 16 oz. Juice

Amazon Fresh, $7.99

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Consume Green, Leafy Vegetables

Vegetables like broccoli, brussels sprouts are spinach amazing skin foods because they’re rich in alpha lipoic acid (ALA).  These have a really high concentration of antioxidants that fight free radicals and slow down the aging process.  ALA also acts as an anti-inflammatory, which lessens the signs of eye bags, blotchy spots, wrinkles and puffiness. 

Frankincense Essential Oil

Young Living via The Well Code, $73.50

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Nourish the Skin with Essential Oils

There are countless skin benefits of using essential oils. Frankincense is wonderful for giving your skin that radiant glow and decreasing any signs of aging.  Bergamot and Grapefruit are great for toning and evening the skin tone.  And lavender is super soothing for irritated, sensitive skin.  Just to name a few! 

Have more questions about essential oils? Head over to The Well Code and learn why we’re absolutely oil-obsessed. 

LURE Home Spa Face Cupping Massage Set

Amazon, $25.80

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Try Cupping

Cupping is an ancient practice in alternative medicine that helps get the blood flowing while activating the lymphatic system.  And this simple tool is pretty awesome on the face and neck; it visibly reduces fine lines & wrinkles, while increasing your collagen production, improving the contours on your face, and helping the elasticity of your skin.  You only need to use it for as little as 3-5 minutes per day to see results.   


Merben Jute Body Brush with White Handle

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Dry Brush

Dry brushing is another important, and very affordable, step to add to your daily skincare routine at home.  Using a dry brush on the skin helps to boost circulation, slough away dead skin cells, stimulate the lymph nodes, improve digestion, improve the appearance of cellulite, and help the body detox in general.  I personally enjoy doing it for a few minutes in the morning before a shower, as it wakes me up and exfoliates before I wash.  Always brush in circular motions and brush toward your heart. 

Golden Touch Micro Needle Derma Roller

Amazon, $13.99

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Use a Derma Roller

This simple tool uses a ton of tiny, tiny needles to create micro-incisions on the skin that cause collagen and elastin production into overdrive.  Your face will feel tighter and look plumper as it heals.  It’s a great thing to use at home for acne scaring and discoloration. 

Fascia & Cellulite Blaster Massage Stick

Amazon, $24.50

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Work on the Cellulite

Thanks to this goop article, it has recently come to my attention that cellulite is quite the myth.  No, we don’t have to live with dimples and lines on the backs of our legs forever!  We should instead, work on massaging the fascia by kneading the skin and working the fat cells free.  Is your mind blown too?  I know.  This fascia and cellulite blaster massage stick does just the trick. 

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