August 2018 - Like Honey

4 Pairs of Sunnies Everyone Needs




Sunglasses are an essential accessory for every season and every wardrobe, and they can make or break an outfit. It's easy to overthink, and even overspend, trying to find the perfect pair of shades, but I've partnered with Sunglass Warehouse to help you start your collection without breaking the bank!


Let me break down my personal must haves for you: 1.) You need at least 2 different "styles". 2.) You need at least 2 different "colors". Personally, I like to have a light and dark pair in each "style". Read on to see my personal picks from Sunglass Warehouse and why I think they're a necessity.



AVIATORS

Aviators are a tried and true classic! They will never go out of style, they look great on almost every face shape, and they are the perfect go-to for every day and casual wear (basically, you'll probably wear these the most)! Choose a dark pair like the Antigua frames in Grey/Smoke to wear with blacks/greys/cooler toned outfits and a lighter, gold pair like the Caliber frames in Gold/Silver to rock with colors/light neutrals/everything else! If you only buy two sunglasses in your life, make it these two timeless classics.



CAT EYE

The Cat Eye trend is making a comeback, and with good reason!  Flirty & oh-so feminine, cat eye sunglasses will boost your confidence, amp up your entire outfit, and elevate your overall style in a hitch! A classic black or tortoise shell frame like the Berkley Frames in Black/Grey is most versatile and works great for authentic retro styles, but if you're really looking for some fun, try out a bold color or pattern! I love the Flora Frames in Pink Glitter/Pink. The glittery frames make a subtle statement, so they're tons of fun without being too over-the-top! You can take this retro-inspired style even further with a bright red or a crisp white. The options are endless!

I'm honestly super impressed with my picks from Sunglass Warehouse! For the price, I was expecting something less sturdy, but these look and feel very high quality! My frames have withstood twists, turns, and tosses for the last couple weeks with almost no wear shown at all! When your accessories are at the mercy of two toddlers, affordable is KEY. All of Sunglass Warehouse's sunnies are under $20 (most of them are less than $15!) so you can totally afford to snag a pair, or three!


SHOP THESE STYLES

Black Aviators // Antigua
Pink Cat Eye // Flora
Mirrored Aviators // Caliber
Black Cat Eye // Berkley

I've always loved sunglasses as a quick and easy accessory to elevate any outfit! They're budget friendly since they tend to last years and have so many timeless styles. Do you have a favorite accessory of choice? What's your favorite style of sunglasses?

*Thanks to Sunglass Warehouse for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.*



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Summer Beauty Essentials with Macy's




Most of us are starting to gear up for fall, but here in the Midwest, summer won't be saying goodbye for at least another month or two. As much as I want to start bundling up in all of my sweaters and scarves, I know I've still got a couple of heat waves to push through and I'm so excited to share some bronzed beauty essentials that are going to make these next few weeks the "highlight" of my summer, thanks to Macy's Beauty Box!




Macy's Beauty Box is a monthly subscription service that treats you to 5 deluxe beauty samples ranging from fragrance, skincare, makeup, and more all for only $15/month! They package every month's goodies in a chic little pouch so you can tote all of your new favorites on the go with you in a hitch. My box's theme was all about that bronzed glow, which is my favorite way to transition from summer into fall. Let me walk you through the pieces:

TARTE AMAZONIAN CLAY MATTE WATERPROOF BRONZER IN PARK AVE PRINCESS // I love my Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush, so no wonder I'm a fan of their matte bronzer as well. I haven't tested the "waterproof" claim but can confirm that it is at least as long-lasting as their beautiful blushes, so I'm a Tarte girl through and through!

BENEFIT BADGAL BANG! 36-HOUR FULL-BLAST VOLUMIZING MASCARA // The mascara that's taking the internet by storm, and for good reason! I've always been a drugstore mascara kinda girl, but I think I can see what all of the fuss is about with Benefit's newest member. The formula holds my curl ALL day without a hitch and isn't clumpy or flaky. A winner, for sure!

DERMABLEND GLOW CREATOR MULTI-USE LIQUID HIGHLIGHTER // This is my first liquid highlight and I have to say, I'm smitten! I love that I can just use a teeny bit to achieve a beautifully bronzed highlight, or I can mix a drop into my favorite moisturizer for an allover sun-kissed glow!

NUDESTIX NUDIES GLOW ALL OVER FACE COLOR IN ILLUMI-NAUGHTY // This creamy highlighter stick makes that cheekbone pop easy and natural! I love the buildable formula so I can stay subtle or really make a statement.

IT COSMETICS BROW POWER PENCIL // Like your basic brow pencil, only better. I love how the universal shade takes the guesswork out of landing the perfect brow and the formula is buttery without being smudgy.

DOLCE & GABBANA DOLCE GARDEN EAU DE PARFUM SPRAY // Strong, yet subtle, this flowery fragrance is the perfect airy scent for a feminine, everyday perfume and with full sizes starting at just $76, it's an affordable option to add to your collection (or start it out)!


All compiled into a gorgeous, glittery pouch, these bronzed beauty must-haves are perfect for that fall transition from glowy, natural summer looks to the warm, bronzed feel of fall. The best part about the Macy's Beauty Box is that it comes with a $5 gift card so you can go and grab a full size of your new favorites for less!

SHOP THE POST



Join Macy's Beauty Box for just $15 a month to try deluxe size samples of  new products every month!



Do you have any favorite beauty products for the start of fall? Which one of these glowy gems is your favorite?


*Thanks to Macy's for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links.*

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3 Simple Ways to Stay Connected to Your Spouse



This post is sponsored by Laughing Man® Coffee but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.


When you're in the throes of parenthood or both busy with a demanding career, it can be hard to find time to really "date" your spouse. When you get disconnected, your marriage can backslide and you'll find yourself living more or less as roommates--not a good thing! But with a little intention and a fresh morning routine, we're finding new ways to nurture our relationship every day:




ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS TOGETHER

Sometimes you just have to make time together. For us, that often includes making our weekly Target run together and picking out a new favorite coffee! Right now, we're loving the "coffee that cares": Laughing Man® Coffee! Their story is so inspiring and I can always get behind a brand with heart. Every time you enjoy a cup of Laughing Man® Coffee, you make a positive impact, because a portion of the proceeds from your purchase goes right back into the communities that grow the coffee beans.

I'm just starting to get into coffee myself, so I'm partial to the Huila K-Cup® pods for their ease and convenience. I don't usually opt for convenience items since they tend to come with more packaging, but Laughing Man® Coffee makes all of their pods recyclable, so I don't feel bad! The Colombia Huila variety is a dark roast coffee of uncommon complexity. Its produced from beans of great character, resulting in an intense, deep-roasted flavor with a black cherry sweetness, and a dark chocolate finish. It's always fun to find something new that you and your spouse can both enjoy together. It's those little connections that bring us closer together, even in the mundane moments!



GO TO BED / WAKE UP AT THE SAME TIME

One of the easiest ways to stay connected is to lay down and get up at the same time as your spouse. Not only does this keep you doing more of those everyday tasks together, it can be a great way to find that one on one time when your schedules don't line up throughout the middle of the day. We've recently begun starting our day enjoying a cup of Laughing Man® Coffee together before the kids wake up and demand our attention. It really makes for a great chance to connect before we go about our day, discuss our plans, and just enjoy each other's company uninterrupted. It's something I look forward to every morning now!




KEEP UP WITH EACH OTHERS INTERESTS

Some of Preston's interests include guitars and coffee, both things I am not too versed in. But, by joining him for concerts or trying out a new blend, I can show him I am interested in what he's interested in and it helps us stay connected in the things each other likes.

So next time you're dreading your weekly grocery run, make it a date night! Try a new flavor of Laughing Man® Coffee and find your spouses favorite blend. Read the newspaper together and talk about your day ahead. You'll be feeling close and connected (and caffeinated!) in no time! All four varieties of premium Laughing Man® Coffee are Fair Trade Certified and are available at Target and on Target.com.


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Little White Vacation Dress + How to Style Wild Statement Earrings







Last year, Preston and I had the luxury of going to Charleston, SC completely kid-free! We had so much fun, feeling like newlyweds again and exploring the beautiful historic city! We of course stopped in just about every store on King St. since our hotel was just around the corner, but I made an extra effort to hit up one of my favorite Instagram boutiques, The Impeccable Pig! I've been following them for years and never had the opportunity to see one of their stores in person until then but it was such a treat!





I wanted one of everything, but ended up coming home with just this pretty white sundress. I actually loved it so much, I wore it out the night after I bought it for our sunset sail with Schooner Pride! What a blast! This dress is super fun to dress up with heels and statement earrings, or down with a simple sandal or wedge. My favorite way to wear it is with classic wedges and a wild statement earring--the solid white is like a blank canvas so you can really come up with a lot of fun color combinations! It makes rocking these wild statement earrings from Blushing Belle Boutique (formerly Allura Boutique) anything but overwhelming!


Here are a few of my favorite little white dresses and statement earrings that are perfect to mix and match!


Have you been to Charleston? What's your favorite thing to wear on vacation?


*I received these earrings complimentary from Blushing Belle Boutique (formerly Allura Boutique), but all opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting Like Honey!*

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Seafoam Stripes






If you hadn't noticed from all of the blog changes, my favorite color is a sort of seafoam mint green! It's even the color of my living room sofas! So when I saw this minty striped beauty on AMI Clubwear, it was a must have! It's a really lightweight linen material, perfect for hot summer days here in the Midwest, and totally affordable! The knotted detail is super trendy right now, so I love adding a little of that vintage flair to my closet!






I paired it with straw accessories and my favorite new cat eye sunnies (more on those soon!) to really add some vintage vibes. I have several other retro pieces from AMI Clubwear that I'll be sharing with y'all over the next few weeks so stay tuned to see more! Their clothes are seriously so affordable! I love being able to try so many new trends without breaking the bank.

OUTFIT DETAILS

Striped Dress // c/o AMI Clubwear
Straw Crossbody // Target (sold out, similar linked)
Straw Hat // Target (old, similar linked)
Sunglasses // c/o Sunglass Warehouse
Sandals // Walmart (only $6!)

Today is a little extra special because it's my birthday! I'm celebrating this weekend with a day of antiquing (kid-free!) and maybe a chocolate shake ;)  Do you have any special birthday traditions? I'd love to hear them!



*Thanks to AMI Clubwear for sponsoring this post! Affiliate links provided. Thank you for supporting Like Honey!*
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3 Reasons to Ditch Diamonds



Anyone who knows me knows two things: I'm a nut for just about anything vintage or antique, and I'm madly in love with my best friend! I love being married and with our 5 year anniversary coming up this weekend, I thought I'd share a few reasons why I'm loving my new Tiger Gems wedding ring--besides the fact that it's gorgeous!



Preston and I are celebrating 5 years this weekend, so when Tiger Gems offered to send me one of their beautiful rings to review, I thought, "What better timing?"! I've wanted to upgrade my ring for awhile, to something with a little more of that vintage flair that I love, but just couldn't justify the exorbitant cost of a large or intricate diamond ring when we are working on budgeting and saving our money as it is! Tiger Gems has a wide selection of vintage inspired engagement rings and bands, all handmade with love and all totally affordable (think less than $500)! I showed Preston a few rings I loved and he chose the 2.25 Carat Art Deco Halo Ring in Rose Gold. I am in LOVE. The rose gold plating looks stunning and the overall quality is just as good as my "real" wedding ring, despite how dainty and delicate it is. I especially love that Preston chose the art deco design, knowing that I would love the vintage cut. For a more in depth review, check out the video at the end of this post!

Now, you might be wondering why my new "upgraded" ring is technically a downgrade from a real diamond....well, it's not! Here are 3 good reasons why I'm ditching diamonds from now on:


ONE

Obviously the biggest and foremost reason for many of us is cost. The cost of diamonds is absolutely ridiculous, and while splurging on a ring with this much significance is certainly understandable, think of all of the many more important things the majority of that money could be spent on! Tiger Gems rings look nothing short of real and for a fraction of the cost! Your honeymoon, your first home, or even your future retirement are worth more in memories than any rock could ever be. Then consider the fact that most couples "upgrade" their ring after 5 or 10 years and beyond! The cost in jewelry alone during the lifetime of most marriages is probably the equivalent of many family vacations and personally, I'd rather look back on the memories I made with my husband and kids than the debt I accrued trying to "Keep Up With The Joneses" over a material object.



TWO

Honestly, fakes are prettier! Most of the rings I truly love are lab created or synthetic gemstones, just like this beautiful 2.25 carat beauty from Tiger Gems. Diamond mining has become a very unethical practice. I love that by opting for a synthetic gemstone, I can get a beautiful, affordable ring that I love without supporting unethical diamond mining. Plus, when I inevitably do want to change styles or "upgrade" down the road, there will be many gorgeous options available for me to build a collection and swap in and out!


THREE

Marriage is MORE. Really, if you're basing any aspect of your marriage on the price or size of your ring, you're probably not getting married for the right reasons. I absolutely love my husband and would stand by him with or without a ring on my finger because our marriage is a vow we made to each other in the presence of God. No piece of jewelry could ever dispute that or "make" us more married. There are two reasons I wear a ring at all: one, to mark me as "taken", obviously. I am happily married and a big, beautiful ring lets me shout it from the rooftops! Reason two: my ring is a daily reminder of the vow I made to my husband on our wedding day. When I look at it, I see a symbol of our love and remember all the beautiful moments that led to where we are today. I don't need a bigger or more expensive ring to know my husband loves me with all of his heart and neither should you!


Honestly, my list could go on and on, but I'll stop here for now ;) I am in love with my new Tiger Gems sterling silver engagement ring and I can't wait to add a band or two to my collection in the future.

See my in-depth personal review below:


Want to see more honest reviews of Tiger Gems rings? Head to their YouTube channel to see an array of styles and testimonials!



Would you ditch diamonds in your wedding band? What is your favorite ring style? I'm pretty partial to the art deco vintage look!


Thank you to Tiger Gems for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.

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