The Essential 4 Week Wedding Countdown

As the summer sun begins to heat up, 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 Jess of The Golden Girl to share exactly what you need to do to prepare for an upcoming wedding – whether you’re the bride or a guest! – with a four week prep countdown covering everything from the perfect skin routine to picking out necessary undergarments.

So, you’re tying the knot this year? Congratulations! As a fellow bride-to-be, I can honestly say that being engaged has been one of the most exciting experiences in life thus far! However, it has also been one of the most stressful times as well.

The biggest piece advice I can give as your wedding date nears? Make a plan!

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Of course, you’ve already got the flowers, the dress and the décor taken care of. But what about the little personal details – the steps necessary to get glowing skin, shiny hair, that sun-kissed glow, and more? The good news is, it’s not overly complicated! All it takes is a little planning ahead, and a few key products from Meijer.

Follow this four week countdown plan, and you’ll be smooth sailing!

Four Weeks Out: Glowing Skin Routine

Why start with skin? Because you’ll want to allow as much time for it to soak up the benefits of your new skincare routine! Keep it simple with a few key products to brighten, smooth and moisturize, and you’ll have a beautiful, healthy glow on your big day!

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Start with a detoxifying and brightening face wash.

As you already know, the struggle to manage wedding stress is real, which can lead to a dull, uneven complexion. To combat this, I love using this L’Oreal clay cleanser, which turns into a luxurious mousse as you rub it into your skin. It’s comprised of charcoal – which is a magnet for oil and toxins – and, with regular use, leaves you with a much brighter, even complexion.

Clear pores.

I’ve used these strips from Biore for years, but I love them even more now that they’ve come out with a charcoal version! As mentioned above, charcoal is one of the most effective ingredients in ridding your pores of toxins and impurities, and these strips are essential for clearing pores! Plus, they reduce oil by up to 3X, which is key to making your makeup last on your big day! Apply one to wet skin after washing your face once per week.

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Hydrate, balance and minimize pores with a mask.

Sheet masks are everywhere right now, for good reason, and this sheet mask from L’Oreal does not disappoint. It packs so many powerful benefits into one little 10 minute mask session! Another added benefit of sheet masks: you have to lie down to apply them. So you can think of it as a small moment of required relaxation.

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Turn on your essential oil diffuser for an added treat as you let your mask do its magic! Afterword, your skin is super hydrated, your pores are minimized and your complexion is buttery smooth, allowing for a much smoother makeup application! Do this at least once per week.

Other tips: Remember, you are what you eat! Munch on as many dark, leafy greens as you can, as well as berries and grapes – all are chock full of vitamins and antioxidants that will make your skin glow from within! Meijer has an awesome selection of organic produce to choose from to make grocery shopping before your big day a lot easier.

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Three Weeks Out: Strong, Shiny Hair

Another unfortunate side effect of wedding stress? Dull hair. Yikes! Three weeks out, start applying a hair mask after you shampoo. I love Garnier’s “Whole Blends” masks, which target different problem areas depending on your individual needs. My hair tends to be on the dry side, so I chose the Hydrating Blends Mask with Coconut Water and Vanilla Milk. The entire line is made of natural ingredients without harmful parabens that are found in a lot of other hair products!

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To apply, shampoo your hair right away when you get in the shower, then follow with the mask. If you can, apply a shower cap over the top and let the hot shower steam amplify the benefits of the mask. Leave on for at least three minutes, but preferably longer. Rinse right before you get out, and style as usual.

Two Weeks Out: The Right Accessories

As your wedding nears closer, it’s time to start thinking about a few different accessories you’ll need to stock up on to prepare for the big day!

The “under” accessories

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You’ve been thinking about the dress for months, but what about what you’re wearing under the dress? With so many backless and strapless dress styles now, it can be tough to find the right bra!

I have two favorites, both made by a brand called “Lingerie Solutions” which can be found in Meijer’s lingerie department. There are individual “adhesive bra” cups which are the best “barely there” solution. I also love the “Shantina Lite” molded adhesive cups, that will also give you a lot of “cinch” and “oomph” if you so please! The bra is also washable and reusable, so you’ll get a ton of wear out of it!

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For underwear, go with something comfortable and nude colored, so you can ensure there won’t be any show through your white dress! Meijer has quite a few options, like this thong by Simple Pleasures – and a ton of shape wear too, if that’s more your style!

Hair + makeup accessories

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Be prepared for hair and makeup mishaps and pack your MOH’s purse or makeup bag with extra bobby pins and hair ties (I love the Goody’s kind!) There will inevitably be hair snafus on the dance floor, and if you plan ahead, you can fix them in only a few seconds! (Because not jumping to “Shout” just because you’re afraid of your hair falling out would be an utter travesty).

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I also love ELF’s duo lip primer and plumping stick, to ensure your lipstick stays on all night!

One Week Out: Polished Hands + Feet

Eeek! 7 days away! Time to start polishing those hands and feet!

By now, hopefully everything is planned out to a T, and you can really start to sit back and relax!

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There’s no better way to do that than soaking in a warm bath and applying a luxurious salt scrub like Tree Hut’s Shea Sugar Scrub. Whole sugar grains will make your skin insanely smooth (especially the problem areas, like your feet!) and it’s made with Shea Nut Oil to lock in moisture. Plus, it’s made with all-natural extracts and is also paraben-free!

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After applying the scrub, I like to rinse off and follow up with Jergens Natural Glow Firming lotion! It only takes a few days to start seeing a nice, natural-looking hint of glow. If you don’t want to opt for a spray tan on your big day, this is a really great natural-looking and budget-friendly way to get some color.

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For a great DIY pedicure and manicure, apply Cutex Moisture Rich foot cream to feet and paint nails with a pretty ballet pink color, which is the perfect neutral for your nuptials! My favorite is Essie’s Gel Couture no-chip nail polish in Fairy Tailor. It’s by far the longest lasting nail polish I’ve ever used, so you won’t have to worry about chipping as you’re stepping into your dress!

That’s it! Congratulations! You are officially ready for your big day!

Jess is the fashionista behind The Golden Girl, a Chicago blog aimed at providing a daily dose of attainable life, style, beauty and décor. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Self-Tanner 101: How to Get a Streak-Free Faux Glow

As the summer sun begins to heat up, 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 Lisa of LMP Collections to review all the top sunless tanning options and find the ideal product for the perfect faux glow.

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Summer is here are hotter than ever! As much as I’d love to spend all my time outside during the sunny days, I just don’t have the free time during the weeks. There is nothing that makes me feel more confident in the summer while wearing dresses and swimsuits than having a nice tan to pair with them. I try to take advantage of the natural Vitamin D whenever I have the chance. Lately, however, I’ve been testing out some self-tanners from Meijer to give my skin that extra glow (and avoid some of the sun’s harmful rays).

I’ve tried out five different self-tanners (three brands) and am so excited to share with you all my honest and truthful opinion on each. Since I have more sensitive skin, I made it my goal to find a self-tanner that a) doesn’t make me orange, (b) is gentle on my skin, and (c) looks natural (no streaks or blotchiness). Below I breakdown each product and let you all know my personal experience with them, as well as which one of these five I will be re-purchasing again and again!

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Jergens

When I was young, I remember seeing my older sister use Jergens. While shopping at Meijer, I went ahead and purchased these first, knowing it was a familiar brand.

When testing them out, I started with the lotion because who doesn’t want to “reduce the appearance of cellulite in as little as 7 days”!? That definitely was the selling factor for me. After being pretty excited to try this one, I made the mistake of using this lotion not too long after shaving my legs. Although it did happen to irritate my skin, the irritation went away after a few hours.

As for the foam version, a little goes a long way. I felt this one dries more saturated and works quicker than the squeeze bottle, so I would definitely use the foam again. They both smell amazing, too!

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Orange? These definitely did not make me orange – which I liked! Both do take a few days to see a noticeable color transformation, but that’s nice because you can control your color at a slower rate – love.

Gentle? Honestly, I would say these ones were the most irritating on my sensitive skin. However, my arms felt much more gentle than my legs – so just watch recently-shaved skin!

Natural? Overall, I would say both of these were very natural-looking.

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L’Oreal

Now this stuff is summer in a bottle! One of my friends recommended a try out L’Oreal for a darker summer glow, and she was not kidding around. The lotion is a rich brown color, and you can definitely see major results in less than 24 hours. Initially, this one scared me a bit since the lotion is so dark, but it goes on pretty smooth and even.

Of all the options, L’Oreal was my least favorite smell – not bad by all means, it’s just that the other four are much more appealing. Lastly, the L’Oreal tanner has a noticeable shimmer to it, so this would probably be the best fit for specific occasions or a night out with the girls.

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Orange? I would not say this one gives off an “orange” tint but it is definitely the most saturated of the bunch.

Gentle? Surprising yes! I wasn’t sure that would be true because of the shimmer, but overall this was very gentle.

Natural? Yes! Like the others, apply this one as evenly as possible and you won’t see any streaks.

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Neutrogena

And here we have it, my favorite brand out of the three! I was incredibly impressed with these products, and my absolute favorite was the spray bottle version.

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Neutrogena is my overall pick because of how gentle it felt on my skin. I didn’t once feel any irritation and could see glowy, natural-looking results in less than 24 hours. The only reason I liked the spray version better is simply because it’s a bit easier to apply. But though it sprays pretty evenly, I would still recommend rubbing everything in just to be safe. I also definitely recommend spraying this in a well-ventilated area because, since it’s a spray, it tends to travel.

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Orange? None whatsoever.

Natural? YES YES YES! I was so impressed and can’t wait to continue using this product.

Gentle? Definitely. I always know it’s a product for me when it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. And I feel like Neutrogena has always been known as a gentler brand!

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No matter which self-tanner you go with, some things will always apply. So here are my top “must-do” tips!

  • Rub in the product as evenly as possible
  • After applying, wear baggy clothing until lotion, foam or spray is completely soaked in and dry
  • Ask someone to help do your back if it’s hard to reach – you’d hate to leave an untouched spot!
  • Apply once a day for a few days (or for special occasions) for an even, glowy look

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Lisa is the fashionista behind LMP Collections, an editorial style, fashion and lifestyle blog taking inspiration from current and past trends. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

The Best Lightweight Jacket for Midwest Summers

Beyond the classic denim jacket, there’s one must-have summer jacket that will elevate any outfit: the wear-everywhere bomber.

While a denim jacket is perfect for adding classic Americana style to just about every sundress, it’s the bomber jacket that adds intrigue to your favorite printed tanks and cut-off shorts. The best thing about the bomber? It’s universally flattering – perfect for every age, body and style.

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Fashion blogger Jenn Wolf and her mom, Audrey Wolf, show us just how easy it is to style the same olive bomber jacket (with a little help from fashion expert Stacy London)!

The Bomber Jacket

Part of the Massini collection, this lightweight bomber gets a sporty contrast with a black collar and cuff. Wear the jacket open with sleeves pushed up all summer, and trade in your flip flops for ankle booties when leaves start to fall. This multi-season piece works as both a summer and fall layer – perfect for extending your wardrobe for all types of temps.

Try the Trend: Classic Style

Audrey’s classic style means she usually rocks basics, but the Massini bomber jacket makes her outfit instantly trendy. A cream floral tank gets an extra dose of color with the olive bomber jacket, while a multi-strand necklace brings her look to the next level. Paired with classic medium-wash bootcut jeans, her look is truly ageless – and great inspiration on how to try a trend.

Love the Tend: Next Level Fashion

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While Audrey mixes basics with trend pieces, Jenn’s look combines summer’s hottest styles in one fun-loving outfit. Since 2017 is all about tassels, she dons them on both her bright floral tank and an eye-catching powder blue bag. Denim cut-offs are a summer essential, and by adding a wrist-full of beads and a handkerchief choker, her look shows us it’s absolutely possible to wear all your favorite trends at once.

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Need more warm-weather layering inspiration? Check out these 5 must-have jackets under $50!

3 Unexpected Reasons to Decorate with Indoor Plants

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 KJ of xo mrs. measom to share her favorite styling ideas for potted plants to spruce up the inside of your home.

Spring usually means floral prints and pastels, but summer is all about the greenery. To help bring a little of that green into your home this season, I’m teaming up with Meijer to share my indoor plant tips.

My advice: look for plants that are swoon-worthy, but also useful. Cultivating a plant that provides more than just visual appeal helps keep it alive, and if you’re like me, that’s a major must because #blackthumb. So instead of just tucking a fern in the corner and hoping it lives, here are three useful ways to add plants to your home décor this season.

Reason 1: Brighten Up End Tables and Entryways – And Improve Air Quality!

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Green goes with everything, and the bright shade makes both woods and metals pop. Place plants in any room to bring in some life and to create a light vibe. Live plants are also awesome for air quality! So not only can they make your coffee table picture-perfect, they’re also improving the air in your home. Win-win!

Reason 2: Bring Life Into Your Kitchen – And Enjoy Fresh Herbs!

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DIY gardens are always a good idea, and herbs are the loveliest to have on hand if you’re a food lover like me. Don’t be afraid to try your hand at an indoor herb garden. Buy a few different bushels, give them a planting, and watch them grow. They smell great (nothing like coming home to the smell of fresh rosemary or lavender), they taste delicious, and it also helps give you an instant sense of accomplishment. Seeing something you’re taking care of come to life and flourish does wonders for mood.

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To create your own, simply layer a bit of fresh soil on the bottom of your planter (make sure it has a draining hole in the bottom!), and loosen the roots of your plants before adding them to your planter. By giving the roots a light shake, they’ll acclimate to their new home much quicker. Add some clothing pins to identify your plants, and decorate by placing with other farm-inspired accessories.

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Reason 3: Brighten Your Cleaning Routine – And Grow Your Own Skin-Saver!

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I found this aloe plant and had to load it into my little kit by the sink. With summer coming in hot, a little fresh aloe is a must. If someone gets a little sunburn, this stuff will be a lifesaver, and the terra cotta pot makes for a great pop of contrast against the metal of the basket. Cute and useful #winning!

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Anything that combines home décor and a useful life-hack: count me in. So what are you waiting for?

KJ is the fashionista behind xo mrs. measom, a blog chronicling the simple life, with things from recipes to first steps. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Photo Credit: Breanne Rochelle Photography

4 Ways to Take Your Gym Outfits to the Next Level with Athletic Details

We’ve talked gym bag essentials, the best shoes for every workout and even how to build an active wardrobe for under $75, but now it’s time to take our athletic wear to the next level. How, you ask? It’s easier than you think – and (literally) all in the details! From sheer fabric and cutouts to bold leggings and accents, we’ve got all the secrets to elevating your trendy gym style.

Open Back

Open-back tops are great for two major reasons: 1) They’ll let the breeze in during outdoor summer workouts and 2) There are endless ways to subtly show off your personal style. You could display a trendy sports bra with intricate racerback details, or opt for a bra with shoulder straps for an understated look. Whichever option you choose, don’t forget the sunscreen (or risk a back full of crazy tan lines post-sweat sesh)! Want a few extra style points next time you hit the gym? Pair this top with printed leggings that feature small, sheer openings.

Mesh Details

To spice up your active wardrobe in a more subtle way, choose a top that features mesh fabric along the hem of your sleeves. The best part about this tank? It’s breathable AND stylish. A few years ago mesh was just intended to keep you cool, but now, it’s a fashion statement and a must-have gym staple. Don’t be afraid to pair this look with bold leggings – the sheer fabric may be understated, but it won’t be overshadowed! Just make sure the pants’ pattern features the shade of your trendy top (or go simple with a solid bottom, if you’d prefer).

Statement Leggings

While it may seem like this trend is not for the faint of heart, we assure you anyone and everyone can pull it off! The key is to pair printed bottoms with a simple, solid top – either in a neutral shade like grey or a bold, matching tone. For example, this outfit (modeled by Andrea Kerbuski of Blonde Bedhead) would also look amazing with a lime green shirt!  TBH, leggings are one of our favorite athletic trends, both for summer and all year ‘round! Brightly colored gym attire is always an energy booster.

Bold Accents

Finally, a super easy way to incorporate simple, summery details is to marry your neutrals with your favorite accent color! This outfit features a bright peach hue from sports bra to shorts, which creates a bold undertone and we’re totally here for it. You could also incorporate your accent shade a few additional ways, like on your shoe laces, a headband or a hoodie tied around your waist. The opportunities are endless when it comes to this trend!

A great workout is guaranteed when you look and feel good, so get these essentials in your closet ASAP.

The Best Bold Makeup Tutorial for Summer

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 JoElla to walk us through a must-try bold beauty tutorial for summer with all the products you need – from skincare to falsies and everything in between.

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With the weather getting warmer and warmer, I’ve been testing out some new skincare and beauty products – both to prep my skin for the summer sun and get my makeup on lock. For Meijer Style, I’ve put together a full tutorial on how to prep your summer look from the inside out, so read on to check out my favorite beauty picks and tricks!

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I’ve recently fallen in love with the Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Body Wash.  When I was in the aisle about a month ago looking for a new body wash and smelling all the amazing scents (like we all love to do, right?!) I came across this one. I know that Aveeno is a trusted brand with dermatologists, so I decided to pick it up off the shelf and give it a smell.

Honestly, I didn’t expect much because I knew it was time to stop concentrating on the smell and start caring more about the care of my skin in the shower. But when I opened the lid I was blown away! The vanilla and oats flavor is so soft and creamy, and it truly excited my senses!

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Now that I’m a month in, this body wash has CHANGED MY LIFE! As women, we know yogurt is amazing for the balance of my bodies – why not skin, too? I have been so excited for my shower time lately because, after a long day, the smell of this creamy body wash on my skin is enough to melt the day away.  And after drying off, this body wash hasn’t stripped my skin of moisture, but instead cleansed it and put even more back in. I love it!

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I’ve also decided to go ahead and pair it with a good lotion.  I want to have great skin this summer after recovering from all the winter damage – and let my pretty chocolate show through and look alive! – so I paired my body wash with this Aveeno Positively Nourishing lotion as well.

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The scent I love is lavender + chamomile, and it is so sweet and calming!  Lavender is great for people who may have anxiety to help them relax.  This lotion is so nourishing and keeps me moisturized, smelling beautiful and feeling buttery soft all day long.  This is going to be a trusted friend this summer to keep my feet looking right in-between pedicures!  The great thing about this lotion is it allows your skin steal the show – whether it’s a milky, tan or chocolaty shade. It’s not greasy or heavy, and it brings out the beautiful color that you have!

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There are a variety of combination products I used to create my look today. Many of them are NYX brand, along with Jewels by CoverGirl eye palette.

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After prepping my eyes, I used NYX HD Concealer in Tan – which is about two shades lighter than my foundation – to create a great highlight affect. This concealer blends perfectly for coverage, as well as evenly to highlight the entire face.

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Next, while the concealer is still damp, I powder my entire face with NYX Mineral- Set it Don’t Fret it- Matte Mineralizing Powder.  I use this to Set my concealer and “bake”.

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For my eyeshadow, the Jewels by CoverGirl palette is great for those bold, fun summer looks and can be used in combination for highlighting the brow bone and the inner corner eyes, as well as smoking out a crease.

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Moving onto the lips, I wanted to choose a color that would keep me flowing with the same hot pink theme as my nails! I love to outline my lips with something similar to the color I’m using or a little darker for a more defined look, which makes my lips pop. For this look, I went with NYX Slim Lip Liner in Bloom.

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As for lipstick, I went with NYX Liquid Suede in Pink Lust.  NYX Suede is a fave line of mine, since it’s a product where a little goes a long way!  I love the buttery feeling it has on my lips (keeping them moisturized), even as a matte product! I didn’t have to re-apply this lip color at all!

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Once done with the full lip, I used NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Sydney on the center of my lips to give a two tone-highlighting effect.

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I’ve always been a falsies girl, and from the day I learned how to put lashes on, I’ve never stopped! I just love how lashes just completely switch up your whole face game. Even if you just had a pair of lashes on and no other makeup, you would have a finished look!

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I have tried so many different lash brands over the last few years but finally settled on my fave: Ardell! They have such a variety, but the ones I usually stick with are their Ardell Double Lash line. I feel like they go with my makeup style perfectly and give me that extra level of flirtiness for my look! If you wanted to calm the look down with something more natural, you can’t go wrong with their Wispies line, which still offers that flirty look but is a bit more subtle.

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Duo Glue is perfect for lashes that stay on all day and come off easy at night without damaging your natural lashes. They come in three different kinds: White, Clear and Black. I love the black shade because it because it blends perfectly with my black eyeliner.

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Now that lashes are on and makeup is complete, bring a little life back to your face – as well as some freeze – with the NYX Matte Finishing Spray! Lightly saturate your face in the mist and let it dry. Finito! You are ready to go.

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I had such a great time pampering myself with these products from Meijer and putting the whole look together. Now go enjoy the weather and your beautiful selves!

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JoElla is the fashionista behind the upcoming blog Pink Sugar on the Rocks, and you can follow her before its official launch on Instagram. Photo credit: Jessica Heck.

Floral Prints for a Stylish Spring 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 Liz of With Wonder and Whimsy to share her favorite ways to style this season’s must-have pattern: floral.

Nothing says springtime like florals! Just like fresh flowers, floral prints can help breathe new life into your wardrobe and home décor for spring and summer. I’m always looking for easy, affordable ways to refresh my style for the changing seasons, so I made a trip to my local Meijer store to shop around.

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Floral is the print of spring, and Meijer has options ranging from trendy dresses and tops to plush pillows and bedding. I picked up some cute new pieces and love how these fresh floral prints bring such color, romance and whimsy to my wardrobe and home. A flirty dress and floral blanket set the perfect scene for a charming spring picnic in the park! Here’s a look at some of my favorite Meijer picks for celebrating the colorful and fragrant beauty of spring.

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A Floral Dress

A floral dress is a spring and summer staple, and Meijer has a large selection in a range of styles and prints. I’d recently heard about their #StyleForEveryBody campaign with offerings in a full range of sizes from S-3X. It is so refreshing to see every size featured on the same rack.

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Plus-size women know the frustration of seeing a garment they love, rushing over to check for their size and finding it’s either not available or they have to shop in a separate department with an inevitably smaller selection. And when so many of those plus-size departments are stocked with boring neutrals and uninspired basics, the variety of trendy options and floral prints at Meijer is exciting and welcoming.

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I tried on a number of styles ranging from embroidered swing dresses to tropical print maxis but fell in love with this faux wrap dress. The print has a romantic Victorian-era feel in shades of blush pink and plum. It’s such a sweet dress in the softest velvety knit fabric.

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I layered an ivory cami underneath and was pleased to see that Meijer has layering basics like this in a variety of colors that coordinate with their seasonal styles.

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Fresh & Pretty Accessories

Meijer has some super cute sandals with flower embellishments, but I had to have these girly-meets-sporty tennis shoes in floral lace. These tennies are such a great find because they’re practical and casual for a picnic outdoors but still really trendy and cute.

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I finished my look with this quilted cross-body bag in rosy pink and personalized it with this macaroon charm. I like that you can mix-and-match their purses and charms to customize your bag and make it your own.

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Dreamy Bedding

I also picked up a bedding set in the loveliest watercolor floral. The comforter and pillow cases are two-sided with periwinkle polka dots on one side and a dreamy floral print on the other. It’s the perfect combination of romantic and whimsical, playful and serene.

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floral pattern outfit inspiration trendy accessories blogger style picnic spring summer bedding

This plush furry pillow is a fun addition, and it’s a style I can swap between my bedroom and living room décor. Since I like to change up my bedding every few weeks, this comforter will make the most stylish picnic blanket when not in use. The floral print and ruffle trim definitely set the mood for a sweet and romantic afternoon in the park.

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I love wearing and decorating with prints, and florals are my absolute favorite. They bring instant romance and freshness, and they’re a simple way to celebrate this beautiful season!

Liz is the fashionista behind With Wonder and Whimsy, a space to explore personal style, plus-size fashion, travel and romancing the everyday. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Americana 101: 5 Trendy Ways to Rock Red, White and Blue

Memorial Day is just around the corner (which means only eight hours of work stand between you and a three-day weekend!). Are you as excited as we are?! Whether your plans involve camping, sunbathing or picnics galore, Memorial Day is the perfect holiday to sport your red, white, and blue. Americana-themed outfits are a long-standing summer trend, so we’re sharing our favorite looks to help you refresh your festive wardrobe. The best part about these Memorial Day ensembles? You can rock them again on Fourth of July (and every other day this summer, TBH). Check out our patriotic must-haves below!

Subtle Stripes

To showcase your pride without going overboard, opt for an understated piece like this off-the-shoulder dress. It’s no secret this ruffled frock is adorable on its own, but when paired with a red lip, the Americana theme comes to life! Complement the look with a navy blue bandana, wrapping it around your neck to create a super trendy choker. (If ‘90s-esque fashion isn’t your cup of tea, use the bandana as a headband or hanky instead.) Finally, pull it all together with your go-to white tennies – nothing beats an outfit that’s both cute AND comfy!

Flag Print Kimono

For the foundation of this outfit, stick to the basics: a plain white tee or tank paired with your favorite denim shorts. Capris or skinnies work too if the day’s a little chilly! Opt for minimal accessories and neutral shoes or sandals to allow this kimono to be the star of the ensemble (literally – we love the festive flag print!). Bonus style tip? If you’re headed to the beach or out on a boat, this lightweight piece doubles as a swimsuit cover up.

Nautical Mini-Dress

Another subtly patriotic look comes in the form of this anchor-print dress. This look is perfect for a cookout or Memorial Day brunch (or even an outdoor wedding if you have one coming up!). You can dress the outfit down by wearing flip flops or sneakers, OR dress it up by donning your go-to block heel sandals. Finally, to stay warm (and festive) long after the sun goes down, keep a red or white cardigan on hand to throw over your shoulders.

Graphic Tees

For an adorably casual take on the Americana trend, opt for patriotic graphic tee or tank. We love this racer back style from Meijer, just make sure to don the appropriate undergarments! A lace bralette, sports bra or bandeau would all suffice (your swimsuit top is also a quick, easy option). Pair this top with denim bottoms or patterned soft shorts – as long as the print features red, white or blue, they’ll match (we promise!). Not sure how to style cotton shorts for summer? Check out these tips from blogger Blonde Bedhead.

Patriotic Accessories

The easiest way to make your outfits more festive is to add red, white and blue accessories! We know patchwork purses are all the rage this summer, and bandanas are a staple Memorial Day accessory. Throw in wayfarer- or aviator-style sunglasses and your Americana ensemble will be perfectly complete.

Throwing a picnic this weekend and need tablescape tips? Head over to this post by Girl About Columbus!

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!

The Best Ideas for Decorating Your Outdoor Deck

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 Nina of The HSS Feed to share her tips and tricks on the best ways of decorating your deck space into an outdoor retreat.

I am so happy that things are finally warming up around here, and am looking forward to spending as much time outside as possible during these beautiful summer months!

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As we’ve started to see more sunshine here in Michigan, I’ve been turning my attention to getting our patio and outdoor spaces ready for everything from weeknight grilling to weekends with the kids spent in the sprinklers and making s’mores.

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No matter the size of your outdoor space, I think you can easily get that light and bright summer feeling by adding plants, flowers and pops of color with outdoor décor.

Meijer outdoor garden deck entertaining space

I hardly consider myself to have a green thumb – actually quite the opposite! However, along with adding some green elements to our patio, I wanted to create some gardening projects to work on with my five-year-old, who could not have been more excited about his brand new Spider-Man gardening gloves!

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You could certainly go big with lots of vegetables, herbs and flowers in planters around your patio. But I decided to start off slowly and picked up a pretty terra cotta planter that would serve as our first project. Because we are big Tex-Mex fans, I chose to do a small “salsa garden” with a tomato plant, cilantro and oregano, along with pansies to add some color. Pansies are also edible and I’ll plan on putting them in some summer salads.

Meijer outdoor garden deck entertaining space

I also picked up these strawberry plants in the Meijer outdoor department – it was bonus that they were already planted and off to a good start! The planters themselves were great for adding height and interest to a bare area of our patio. They actually came with hooks so you could hang them from your porch as well. But since we don’t have a space to hang them, I chose to stagger them on the patio wall. These would also be great if you have a small space or balcony to add some color and sweetness.

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Your outdoor sitting space is great place to add those pops of color and interest with bright pillows, an umbrella and fun solar umbrella lights to add ambiance on summer nights.

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And don’t forget to pick up new plastic or melamine glasses and dinnerware to enjoy eating outdoors without the worry of breaking anything.

What are you most looking forward to about outside time this summer?

Nina is the fashionista behind The HSS Feed, a fun lifestyle blog full of her thoughts on happiness, success and style. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

The Best Products for Styling Textured Hair

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 JoElla to walk us through how to take care of your naturally textured, strong locks, as well as styling tips for the perfect twist out!

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From keeping it clean to styling the perfect ‘do, haircare in the summer can be a LOT of work. Luckily, I’ve found my favorite tried-and-true products to get you to your best hair day yet – today and all summer long! Read on for an easy tutorial on how to take care of naturally textured hair.

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When it comes to using products on my natural hair, Cantu is a brand that I trust and love.  When cleansing my hair, I use the Cantu Complete Conditioning Co-Wash and Cantu Repair Deep Conditioner for my regimen.  The co-wash is great for cleansing the scalp and hair follicles to get your past product out of there.  It doesn’t lather, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t working because co-washing is safer and better for the hair anyway. This creamy product actually includes a whopping 15+ natural butters and oils – you can’t beat that! The best part of it is that it leaves your hair feeling clean and full of moisture. This is the first step in helping my curls to pop when I want to wear my natural hair, or even if I’m prepping it for a protective style.

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I love to follow the co-wash with Cantu’s leave-in conditioning repair cream!  This product helps to lock in moisture for the entire Queen treatment for those luscious curls, and it keeps them healthy, shiny and strong.

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It’s amazing when you can find different uses for products that were meant for one purpose. I love using Got2B Glued in order to keep my lace-front wigs in place! It’s super safe for my hair line, and lays my natural edges perfectly. Simply use a toothbrush to apply!

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textured hair strong style beauty blogger

But keep in mind: a little goes a long way!  Just a little bit for a seamless look, and you don’t have to worry about your wig moving all day!  Depending on how you wrap your hair at night you can get this product to last for a few days.

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For wig styling, I like to use a NYX HD Concealer. Since this shade pairs well with my skin tone, it’s perfect for creating the appearance of scalp on a wig. I just love this product for this finished look!

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I had such a great time pampering myself with these products from Meijer and styling this beautiful look. Now go enjoy the weather and your beautiful selves!

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JoElla is the fashionista behind the upcoming blog Pink Sugar on the Rocks, and you can follow her before its official launch on Instagram. Photo credit: Jessica Heck.

The Easiest Last-Minute Gift Idea for Mother’s Day

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 blogger Kendall Rayburn to share how to put together the perfect gift your mom will love this Mother’s Day.

Hello, there! Today I have the honor of hanging out here on the Meijer Style blog to share my tips for putting together the perfect Mother’s Day gift! I absolutely love shopping Meijer for gifts because I can get everything I need in one stop.

I spent about an hour browsing my local Meijer for the perfect picks for Mother’s Day, and I can’t wait to show you what I found! I got gift items, tissue paper, a card – everything I needed for the perfectly packaged Mother’s Day gift. Now, let’s put it all together!

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Choosing the Container:

When choosing the gift container, keep your recipient in mind. Like me, my momma loves all things rustic, and I just knew she’d go crazy for this cute wooden box. It has twine handles on either side, and she can re-purpose it after opening her gift (how cute would this be in a guest bathroom to hold hand towels, toilet paper and soaps?)

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Personalizing the Gift:

Think about your mother or mother figure: what kind of things do they love? What would they want to receive? For my mom (and almost every other mom on the planet) photos of loved ones really are at the top of their list.

I picked up these adorable frames with the same rustic look as the box and added in two photos. One frame has a photo of my boys holding hands, the other is a photo of my mom with both boys at a hot air balloon festival. It was such a special day, and it’s also a tradition (we go every year), so I know she’d love this photo to remember it all.

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One thing I inherited from my mom was a love of coffee. I spotted this super cute mug that’s full of color and flowers – perfect for my Mom’s gift.

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Meijer also has a variety of these hilarious little signs. This yoga one really rings true to me because my mom and I have been talking about joining a yoga class for months and still haven’t, so I know this is going to make her laugh!

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What’s something that all moms love? CANDLES. I found this adorable hammer copper candle that is multi-use. Once you’ve burned the candle, simply clean out the inside and plant the tag in some dirt to turn it into a planter – so cool!

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I also picked up this peace + tranquility candle, which is perfect for lighting while taking a long soak in the tub, or just anytime relaxation is needed (which, for most moms, is often!)

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My mom loves plants, and this adorable faux succulent was perfect for her gift because it’s something she can keep forever. No need to water this little guy, he’ll stay as green and adorable as the day it was bought. The planter it’s in is also super trendy with a modern, cement look. If you want to personalize this even further, you could decorate the outside (or have your kiddos add their handprints).

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Choosing the Card:

It’s so hard for me to choose a greeting card. I have to read about 15 of them before I settle on the perfect one. Sound familiar? My husband always jokes that my cards always make people cry, and I guess it’s kind of true. I mean, who wouldn’t want to choose a card that makes the recipient actually feel something real?

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Wrapping it Up:

I love putting everything together into one package after shopping! My favorite material to incorporate is tissue paper because it adds that extra bit of oomph to make the multiple gift ideas feel like one present. For this gift I chose two tissue papers: one plain white and one patterned with small white hearts. I thought the mix of beige and white perfectly fit the items in the gift, and that overall rustic feel.

To properly package the gift, I always start by laying down a few sheets of tissue paper in the container before arranging items (tallest and biggest items in the back), and then fan out the excess paper at the edges of the gift.

easy present gift idea mother's day mom

easy present gift idea mother's day mom

Didn’t this gift turn out so cute? I used all of the tissue paper to add height to different items, and made sure to add some behind the frames as well to give it a little flare. That heart-patterned tissue paper is just so cute and perfect for the holiday!

easy present gift idea mother's day mom

easy present gift idea mother's day mom

I cannot wait to gift this to my momma this weekend – she is just going to love it! If you’ve still got Mother’s Day shopping on your to-do list, be sure to stop by Meijer to pick up everything you need!

What are YOUR plans for Mother’s Day?

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Kendall is the fashionista behind Kendall Rayburn, a blog focusing on the “real” family-focused experiences. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

The Best High Tech Face Masks for Flawless Summer Skin

As warmer weather starts peeking around the corner, it’s time to start focusing on the health of your skin and preparing it for the spring sun’s harmful rays. This year, skincare tech is blowing up the beauty section – from cleaning brushes to light masks – and innovative face and mud masks will help keep your skin healthy and bright. Read on for the must-have skincare products our favorite bloggers can’t stop talking about this spring!

Style Expert: Karina
Blog: Karina Style Diaries

Style Expert: Britney
Blog: Starry Eyed Blonde
Facial Must-Have: Olay ProX Microdermabrasion and Cleaning System
This was the first time I had ever tried any skincare technology before. The system is easy to use, has three speeds, and Olay even provides a suggested schedule of use to make the most of the different attachments and cleansers. I was a little worried it wouldn’t be gentle enough on my skin, but I read through the directions and was pleasantly surprised at how gentle the brush and foam heads were. They give a great tip to apply minimal pressure and move the attachments around in gentle circles. My skin always feels so smooth after using it.

Style Expert: Nicole
Blog: Class to Closet
Facial Must-Have: Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Treatment Mask
This year it seems that technology is everything. Mobile tech, wearable tech and now skincare tech! Neutrogena’s Light Therapy Acne Mask is my newest skincare obsession. It has blue and red lights that targets bacteria and reduces any inflammation. Match made in heaven!

Style Expert: Lex
Blog: That Chic Lex
Facial Must-Have: Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask
I don’t care what anyone says; face masks are the bomb. Although using one face mask isn’t going to cure your acne instantly, I think investing in a few different options and making it into a weekly habit can make a difference. My favorite is the Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask by Yes to Tomatoes. (Yes to Avocado face wipes are my all time favorite btw.) This mask is made to fight acne.

Style Expert: Natalie
Blog: Natalie in the City
Facial Must-Have: L’Oreal Pure-Clay Mask, Detox & Brighten
I’m also always looking for ways to brighten and detoxify my skin from the makeup I wear every day. On Fridays, I use the L’Oreal Detox & Brighten Clay Mask ($7.99 at Meijer) to remove the stressful week and its toll on my skin. I love, love, love clay masks, but I especially love this one because it combines charcoal and three different kinds of pure clay to tighten my skin and remove pesky blackheads. I leave the mask on for 15 minutes before I go to bed, and then I rinse it off with warm water and moisturize.

Style Expert: Danielle
Blog: Lou What Wear
Facial Must-Have: Freeman Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Mask
To keep me refreshed all week, this Clay & Avocado mask has been placed prominently by my sink. On hand and ready to go when I have ten free minutes and need a little R&R. I love throwing these masks on when I’m picking up stuff around my house or putting away laundry. It’s an easy way to make a 10-minute chore into something a little bit better. Basically, anything to make to-do’s a little more manageable.

For more must-have fashion and beauty products, check out these 8 blogger-approved beauty picks for spring.

Summer Outfit Inspiration: 4 Casual Dresses to Add to Your Wardrobe

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 Maya of Charmingly Styled to share her four favorite casual dresses for summer and how to style each of the one-piece-wonders!

After waiting months for warmer weather in the Midwest, I can finally say the summer season is upon us! Showers aside, the weather is starting to warm up and I’m excited to see the sun return after months of hibernation. Most of all, I’m happy that it’s officially dress weather, and I’ve been busting out a few of my favorites from last year – as well as adding a few new looks to my closet, too. I recently scooped up a few trendy dresses at my local Meijer store in Chicago, and not only are they super cute, but they’re affordable too! To celebrate the weather, here are a few of my favorite looks for the season at a price that can’t be beat.

Striped for Summer

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I’m a big sucker for stripes 365 days of the year, but there’s something about the perfect striped dress for summer that gets me extra excited. I’ve never met a stripe I don’t like, and when I spotted this blue and white nautical number at Meijer, I knew I had to add it to my closet ASAP. It’s perfect for weekends walking around Chicago neighborhoods, or even for more casual days around the office. Paired with a fresh pair of tennis shoes and a statement gold necklace (both from Meijer), I’m ready to tackle my day in the perfect comfy look.

Boho Vibes

This season is all about putting embroidery on everything – and honestly, I’m not mad about it. As a flower child at heart, finding the perfect bohemian dress at a steal was like hitting the jackpot, and I absolutely adore this classic, loose fitting dress for summer traveling and exploring the city. It’s comfy, flattering and looks good with a simple pair of sandals and a delicate gold necklace. It’s important to not go too overboard with a dress that’s all about the little details – you always want to make sure the embroidery steals the show!

Chambray Chic

Chambray is one of those trends that will always be in style, so whenever I find a beautiful, light chambray dress, I can’t help but make a home for it in my closet. I recently found this one at Meijer and loved the flattering cut and the tulip sleeved detailing (one of summer’s hottest dress trends this year!) I paired the look with a chunky rose gold necklace and this beautiful fringe purse I also scored for a steal at Meijer – isn’t it gorgeous?!

Tied in a Knot

This is one of those new-to-me trends that I’ve been loving these days, and dresses and shirts with a little knot are the perfect, casual look for spring and summer. It’s a minor detail, but adding a knot creates a cute cinched waist look with your favorite cotton dresses. I found this striped version at Meijer and knew that I had to have it for summer – especially with the $20 price tag! It’s perfect with metallic flats and my new go-to fringe purse I’m planning to rock all season long.

Have any summer trends you’re living for these days? Please share! We’d also love to know what Meijer summer pieces you’ve scooped up this season so far!

Maya is the fashionista behind Charmingly Styled, a Chicago life and style blog dedicated to the little charms that make life so good. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.