How to Host the Perfect Memorial Day Picnic

As the spring chill finally gives way to summer warmth, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming Amanda of Girl About Columbus to share her home décor and style ideas and tips for the perfect Memorial Day-themed picnic for families and friends.

With Memorial Day just around the corner my mind has officially wandered to summer plans, which primarily means picnics, camping and cookouts – whether that’s in the heat of the sun or in the shade next to a peaceful creek among family and friends. I particularly can’t wait for summertime picnics, and Meijer has the most gorgeous and trendy (yet classic) outdoor picnic essentials for Memorial Day (and the Fourth of July)!

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Admittedly, I went a little crazy when I saw all of the Americana picnic products at Meijer! We are re-doing our deck this summer, and I’ve already started decorating with red, white and blue. Naturally, my mind tends to think in practicality, and I knew all of the products I purchased for my American picnic could also be used for all of our outdoor dining needs this season. Such a bonus!

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Nothing screams an American holiday like the classic red, white and blue plaid tablecloth I picked up! The colors are especially rich in-person, it can double-up as a picnic blanket, and the plaid pattern provides the perfect backdrop for an assortment of other fun Meijer picnic goodies!

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I also had to have Meijer’s white lantern that comes equipped with an LED light. The lantern makes for a sweet centerpiece for a fun picnic and you can also use it inside well after summer is over. The glowing flicker of a candle is always calming and cozy, whether authentic or artificial.

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When I saw the small and large blue and white ceramic fish bowls, I instantly snagged both! The fish shape is so unique and who doesn’t love a huge white bowl for picnics and gatherings? SO useful and versatile.

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An ice-cold glass of Riesling or Rosé pairs so very well with the laid-back menu of a picnic, but glass wine glasses do not! Meijer has the most delightful set of plastic wine glasses that look as if they are real glass. The shape of the bowl is on-trend, and you would never know they are plastic – until you pick them up, of course! Also, water is a must at a hot summer picnic! I poured ice-water into the blue carafe I picked up to fill up these blue melamine glasses.

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The tan scalloped placements added an element of texture to the tablescape and will be used both inside and outside for dining. For even more character, I discovered rope drink and plate coasters that added a fun nautical vibe to the picnic.

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This red, white and blue snack bowl set is essential for tasty nuts and fruits. Plus, the blue melamine 3-section dish is ideal for serving a veggie tray. Also, when I ventured outside of the seasonal themed aisle at Meijer, I found the perfect blue pie plate for my blueberry pie as well as a wooden cheese board that is the sweetest size for a cheese, cracker and/or fruit tray.

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To add to the theme of American alfresco dining – and also to forgo the plastic route for an easy-breezy touch of class – I added in blue-handled silverware, red, white and blue melamine plates, white melamine bowls (that have cute blue fish on the side!) and pretty chambray napkins. Throwing in a couple of navy outdoor pillows was the finishing touch for a fuss-free, comfortable and relaxed vibe: Just how summer should be.

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Amanda is the fashionista behind Girl About Columbus, a fashion and lifestyle blog featuring chic outfits, family tales and travel inspiration. For more style tips, follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

The Best 6 Blogger-Approved Products for Summer Beauty

As the spring chill finally gives way to summer warmth, we’re partnering with our favorite style bloggers to show us how they wear the season’s hottest trends. From fashion tips to makeup trends to home décor, we’re excited to see how these fashionistas gear up their wardrobes for warm weather styles.

This week we’re welcoming bloggers Tawny, JoElla and Brittany to share their favorite beauty picks for summer – from conditioning hair products to skin safety to the trendiest nails for the season.

Tawny’s here to show us her favorite hair and skincare products for a summer-ready look in no time!

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“As a naturally curly-haired gal, I have a hard time keeping these locks locked down. In summer the humidity always wins – but not this summer, baby!

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I found this new L’oreal Air Dry It Wave Swept Spray that provides 24-hour shape control without weighing my hair down or feeling crunchy!

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All I do is spray it in my barely-damp hair, scrunch it and go! It gives me the perfect amount of texture, looks like I just left the beach, and takes literally seconds to style my hair! #winning

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Ladies, USE YOUR SUNSCREEN! I know you all want to look like bronzed goddesses this summer, and you totally can while protecting your skin by using Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration! It’s a weightless, barely-there sunscreen that provides not only SPF 30 protection, but also 12-hour moisture. It’s light, fast-absorbing and smells like you’re in the tropics!”

Looking for your new favorite go-to nail colors for the summer? Look no further than JoElla’s top picks from Essie!

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“What girl doesn’t love getting her nails done? Whenever I paint my nails, I choose colors that speak to what I’m currently feeling. These shades are great for getting ready for summer – since right now I’m feeling cute and fun!

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The white shade is Blanc by Essie, which can also be used as a base coat if you want other colors to pop even brighter on their own. The pink shade I went with is Secret Story by Essie, which is totally sink-your-toes-in-the-sand-worthy. It’s perfect for that summer vacation in Miami, or a lighthouse in Rhode Island, or even for that getaway weekend in Vegas. This color is great for when you’re feeling extra girly and are just ready to shake it!”

To prep your hair for the summer’s humidity, check out Brittany’s top picks to keep your locks moisturized and healthy!

“I have what I consider to be salon-dependent hair. It’s painfully thick, coarse and color-treated. And if that wasn’t high maintenance enough, I recently got bangs. Not the wispy push them to the side, pin them back if you get tired of them kind. Real honest-to-goodness blunt bangs.

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I’m still trying really hard to accept my new fringe lifestyle, but will resist giving them up and growing them out. The temptation is strong, so I just keep telling myself that they’re a fresh new look for spring and are super flattering on my face.

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Although I have “salon-dependent hair,” I don’t often have a “salon-friendly” product budget, and that’s a big deal. Because I invest a lot of time and money into the maintenance of my locks, finding products at affordable prices that protect that investment is my number one priority, and I’m going to share with you my top three must-haves to make that happen.

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Confession: I only wash my hair twice a week. My hair is extremely thick and color-treated and my scalp is dry, so I am looking for a product that not only prevents fading, but keeps my scalp flake-free and any oil at bay. I am currently obsessed with OGX Treetree Mint Shampoo and Conditioner. This is a sulfate-free product line, which keeps my color intact, and the tea tree oil tingles my scalp, keeps it healthy and gets rid of any of that pesky dry scalp flaking that many of us have, but no one wants to talk about.

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I was introduced to It’s A 10 by my hair stylist, and I’ve never looked back. I have broken many a wide tooth comb trying to get my wet hair brushed out, but It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner has solved that problem completely. I simply spritz my hair after a towel dry, and it makes my hair manageable, as well as ultra-silky and shiny when it dries.

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So about those bangs. While I may be perfectly okay washing my hair a few times a week, my bangs did not get the memo. Because they sit on my forehead, they are the first spot to get oily, requiring more than bi-weekly washing. That is, until I embraced dry shampoo.

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Dry Shampoo is a miracle and a mandatory part of my morning routine, especially as we head into warmer temperatures. I wake up, spray my bangs at the root, then go about my beauty prep as the dry shampoo gets to work soaking up any oil. Then, before I leave for the morning, I give my bangs a quick brush, diffusing the powder, and my bangs are dry, clean and texturized. I live to rock fringe another day.”

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Looking for more blogger-approved beauty for warmer weather? Check out the best high tech face masks for flawless summer skin!