The Tanner the Better

SummerWhen you look up the word “summer” in the dictionary it really should just say “minimal clothing”. Tank tops, shorts, and dresses are essential this time of year and nothing compliments a cute outfit better than a gorgeous tan.  With all the skin we’re showing this time of year it’s a necessity to have smooth, glowing, and tanned skin.

I don’t even want to know how many hours I have wasted in my life applying self-tanner.  I’ve tried St. Tropez, Sun Labs, literally every drugstore tanner, FakeBake, the list goes on and on. I’ve only ever really found two that I like (Sun Labs and Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs), but none that I love.

Recently, I found a lady in town who does airbrush spray tanning using an organic solution!!! I have always wanted to get a spray tan, but have been scared of turning into the dreaded oompa loompa or brown tin man.  As soon as I read she does airbrush spray tanning (meaning customized for your body, leaving every inch of your body perfectly tanned) with an organic solution I was like done. sold. I’ll take 5. Calling her now.

It’s safe to say I am hooked on these spray tans.  I’m in and out of the salon in like 20 – 25 minutes and my tan lasts for about 7 days.  This may not seem like very long to some people, but to me it’s a good amount of time, and saves me so much time every other day of the week!

I wanted to share with you all my favorite items to achieve smooth skin and what I do to prep for a spray tan.

Tanning tips

Dry Brush: Yerba Prima Tampico Skin Brush - Kind of hurts .. but in a good way

Shave: EOS Pomegranate Raspberry Shaving Cream (I may or may not buy this because the bottle is cute)

Exfoliate: Frank Coconut & Grapeseed Coffee Body Scrub - This scrub targets cellulite, stretch marks, psoriasis, varicose veins, eczema, and acne!  (they also just came out with a new cacao scrub which smells amazing!)

Moisturize: I apply Jergens Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin Moisturizer right before my spray tan to my elbows, wrists, feet, and knees.

Cuticle oil: I apply Essie’s Apricot Cuticle Oil to my cuticles on my hands (I have super dry hands)

I usually wear a bandeau bikini top and bottoms that I don’t care about to be sprayed and a black cotton sleep tank dress as a coverup.  I sleep in the same tank dress after my spray tan, and 6-8 hours later I take a shower to wash off the color guard (I shower using a simple neutrogena body wash). I then moisturize with the same Jergens moisturizer and I’m all set!  To prolong my tan, I moisturize twice a day, and use the Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer at night.

Frank Body has a great post on their site “Fake it.” as well. One of the best tips I have ever read was from them about getting a black onesie to sleep in after you get your spray tan! I’m on the lookout for one now!

What are your tips and tricks for achieving smooth, glowing, tanned skin for the summer? Let me know in the comments below!


Currently Loving

I’ve been doing some online shopping (per usual) and wanted to share some items I have purchased/want to purchase this month. Below are some items I am currently loving!Currently Craving 1

1.) Everyone needs a little denim in their life, and a denim dress is a must have in my book. Perfect for weekend brunch, afternoon parties, or just a casual day out and about.

2.) Swing dresses have quickly become a favorite of mine (along with shift & shirt dresses of course). I love them for days I am wanting to be comfortable or not feeling very skinny ;) ASOS has a ton of swing dresses in some great prints & solid colors.

3.) Jumpsuits & rompers have made a comeback recently, and I am loving them. I recently got this one from LOFT (limited sizes available), but I love this one & this one from Shopbop.

Currently Craving 2


4.) I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of dark cropped jeans and these from the Gap may just be the ones!

5.) Dolce Vita has some of the best shoes and I really think these Cambria Wedge Sandals need to be added to my closet soon!

6.) This little number is perfect for a summer date night.

7.) Baseball hats are a necessity for me on the days I am in between washing my hair. You can never go wrong with a leopard ball cap!

8.) I’m a huge statement necklace fan and they are pretty much the only style of necklace I wear. Some of my favorites are from Anthropologie, Baublebar, and ILY Couture. I love this Barbados Bib Necklace for summer because of its bright colors!

9.) Clutches are a great way to accessorize an outfit and this watercolor clutch is a favorite of mine! Super fun colors for spring & summer.

10.) Yoana Baraschi makes beautiful dresses with great texture and patterns. I recently wore one of her dresses to Spencer & Amanda’s Wedding and absolutely loved the fit, pattern, and cut of the dress.  This Melon Lace Dress is the perfect watermelon pink and would be adorable at a rustic outdoor wedding!


Belated Week in Pictures!

sheep dog                                         Sheep dog is still hanging out at one of our ranches

flag barn

                                                 The coolest flag barn out in the country

anthropologie shopping

Anthropologie shopping – bought the first top 1 (similar here & here) , still thinking about buying #4

home                                              View from the hill on one of our ranches

anthro magazine

                                             Anthropologie magazines are dangerous ;)

hawaii packages

                                          sending my best friend surprise packages in Hawaii

                                                                      Happy Monday!