Friday Faves: The Best Lip Products

Happy Friday! It’s been a crazy few weeks and I’m long overdue for a beauty post. A few months ago, it was National Lipstick Day (did you know that was an actual thing?!), and it made me want to put together a post on the latest lip products. But then I decided to head straight to all of the bags I use on a regular basis and pull out the lip products I’m using – and loving – right now. Thanks to this blog and Sephora being across the street from my office, I’ve tried out lots of lipsticks, glosses, stains, balms, you name it, over the last few years.

It wasn’t until my wedding three years ago that lip color became one of the two beauty products that make me feel most put together (mascara is also must for me!). I went to Sephora in search of a natural-looking lipstick that would actually stay on for our big day because I knew I was going to forget to reapply, and that’s when I discovered my go-to YSL lip stain (more on that below). Since then, I try to have some sort of lip color on, especially if I’m out at night.

Read on for my current faves and exactly what it is I love about each, along with my go-to lip treatment that I use daily. Let us know what your recommendations are in the comments below!

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Yellow Florals

Wedding is season is in full swing right now for me – and by that I mean this weekend will be the fourth I’m going to in six weekends! While that’s left us with little free time on the weekends, I love any excuse to get dressed up and celebrate with friends and family. Usually, I either use Rent the Runway or buy dresses for specific events, but this year I bought a few different dresses at the beginning of the season that I knew I’d wear more than once and dressed them up for weddings.

I went with this yellow floral dress for a Labor Day Weekend wedding at a barn near the ocean for my husband’s cousin’s wedding. When I first spotted this dress online, I knew I had to have it. I typically gravitate toward a-line dresses that are tight at the waist but then go out from there to give room to breathe (and eat!), but for some reason this one was an exception because even though it was flowy, it still had enough shape to it. Plus it was fun to dance around in!

Since I wore this dress for a wedding, I dressed it up with cognac suede lace up block heels (similar here) and a nude bag. More recently, I put a jean jacket on top of it and went with flats. And if you love the yellow floral print but not this particular dress, you’re in luck, because it also comes in a few different styles (scroll down to shop those – they’re all on sale!).

I know fall is technically here, but we’re just starting to feel it, so I know many of you are still enjoying the summer heat! Shop this look using the links below, whether you have weddings coming up, are heading on vacation or want to save it for next spring or summer.

Yellow Floral Dress on DailyKaty.com

Shop the Look:

Dress (more sizes here) / Similar Sandals

Similar Bag / Similar Earrings

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Beachside in New Hampshire

I grew up on the Seacoast of New Hampshire and love getting back up there, especially when it involves visiting family or friends. My mom is in the process of moving into her new house that’s just a street over from the beach and a few weeks ago we spent the day walking around and exploring the town. I’m pretty jealous she gets to take in this view daily! It was the perfect scene for taking some pics along the way, as we both love a good opportunity to play around with our cameras.

I scored this dress during the Nordstrom #Nsale and while it sold out quickly, it was finally restocked and is still under $50! I sized up because the material doesn’t have much stretch and the dress can be adjusted with the tie straps. It’s super versatile – I’ve worn it out to dinner {shown below}, to work and to a bridal shower, swapping out shoes and accessories to dress it up or down. Just throw a jean jacket, chambray shirt or sweater over it, add some booties and it’ll transition right into fall.

If you’ve been following along on Insta {@dailykatyblog} this summer, then you know these lace-up sandals have been my go-to. I got them way back in April and they’re still available and under $100. They come in dark saddle, black and yellow, and while I had a hard time deciding between the two neutral shades, I’m happy I went with dark saddle {shown below} because they really go with everything.

I know the weather is cooling down, but hope everyone gets outside during the long weekend and gets to enjoy quality time with family and friends. And if that hurricane rains on the weekend, catch up on some Netflix or shop the summer sales and new fall items. As much as I love summer, I’m getting excited for booties, jeans and flannel weather!

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Shop the Look:

Dress / Sandals / Sunglasses / Bag

Necklace / Activity Tracker ($35!)

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Gingham for July 4th

My littlest brother graduated from high school last weekend and because it was super hot out I was on the hunt for a light, flowy dress for the occasion. I found exactly what I was looking for and it was on sale for 50% off – and it’s still on sale now with code JULY4TH! Speaking of July 4, it’s perfect for the holiday weekend not only because of the weather, but because it’s easy to incorporate into a red, white and blue color scheme thanks to the navy and white gingham print.

Aside from being lightweight and perfect for summer, what I love about this dress is that I can wear it to both work with some casual sandals (these have been a go-to for years) or to something like a summer BBQ at the beach with a bathing suit underneath and flip flops. I’ll definitely be getting lots of use out of it, including a July 4 weekend party this weekend! Shop the look using the links below.

And in case you haven’t seen, there’s a new way you can shop my Instagram looks via my “Shop My Instagram” page. To get there, just go to “Shop” and then “Instgram.” I’ll also be linking to it in my Instagram profile (@dailykatyblog) so if you see something you like, it’s super easy to shop without having to clutter your inbox with emails.

Happy long weekend! xo

Gingham Dress on DailyKaty.com #loveloft

Shop the Look:

Dress {50% off w/ code JULY4TH, also in petite}

Sandals {similar styles here + here}

Similar Necklace / Earrings

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Splurge vs. Save – Chloe & Self Portrait

I love a good deal, especially when I can find one that looks just like the high-end designer version of whatever it is I’m shopping. I recently came across the perfect knock off of the popular Self Portrait lace midi dress so I had to share it, along with a few other knock offs of these Chloe wedges and bag. While I’d love to have the real version of all of below, I’m totally fine with the less expensive options shown on the right below – you can barely tell the difference! Shop both the designer picks and their dupes using the links, and let us know in the comments if you’ve come across other good finds!

Splurge vs Save

Shop the Post:

Suede Wedges: Splurge / Save

Dresses: Splurge Blue, Pink / Save Blue, Pink

Bags: Splurge Black, Tan / Save Black, Tan

Casual Chambray Dress

It dawned on me the other day that I’ve been buying a ton of chambray lately… button up shirts, dresses, tanks, you name it. I love that it’s appropriate for my day job but is still casual and comfortable, and you can easily dress it up with nicer pants or a shirt and jewelry. Today I’m sharing a super soft chambray dress that I paired with tan lace up sandals and a simple crossbody bag. My only complaint about this outfit is that there isn’t a huge window of time here in New England for outfits like this, but this week it was perfect! Shop the look using the links below.

Casual Chambray Dress

 Shop the Look:

Chambray Dress {sold out – similar here, here & here}

Sandals {also in black} / Bag {under $40!} / Sunglasses

Casual Chambray Dress

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Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast Casserole

I love breakfast. And I also love any reason to get together with friends, especially when it gives me a reason to either try out a new recipe or share one of my go-to’s with everyone. Recently a few of my out-of-town girlfriends were visiting and we decided to do a potluck brunch at my house instead of going out. I made a delicious french toast casserole recipe inspired by the one my mother-in-law makes, which has always been a favorite of anyone who tries it.

For this recipe, you’ll want to make it the night before so the bread can soak in all of the flavors. The recipe is for a 9×12 inch dish, but if you are bringing it to a tailgate or big event, you can grab a bigger aluminum tray, increase each ingredient by 1/2 and do three layers of bread instead of two. Read on and save/pin this for your next brunch event! Just add champagne…

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Amalfi Coast Style

Next up on my Italy posts is a round-up of a few looks you may have seen sneak peeks of on my Instagram while I was traveling. I wore the three outfits below during my stay in Positano and Capri on the Amalfi Coast. The weather wasn’t as warm as I was hoping, but on the last day we finally got some signs of summer (and had to buy bathing suits from a local shop because we didn’t even bring them after seeing the forecast!).

Whether you’re abroad or here in New England, I love this time of year because you can really take advantage of layering looks to take you from day to night. Shop these three looks using the links below or on Insta (@dailykatyblog) with ShopStyle!

Amalfi Coast Style on DailyKaty.com

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Shirt / Jeans {under $40!} / Sandals {also in black & yellow}

Bag {my go-to for travel – lays flat in your suitcase!}

Amalfi Coast Style on DailyKaty.com

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Ruffles in Positano

I’m back! My husband and I took a break from all things reality and went on a trip to Italy – Florence, Rome and then onto the Amalfi Coast, specifically Positano and a day trip to Capri. I’ll be sharing full travel guides for each location because there is just so much to see and do, but for now I wanted to leave you with an outfit I wore for a day traveling from Naples to Positano with a stop for lunch overlooking the ocean in Ravello. Shop the look using the links below. Lots more to come – stay tuned!

Ruffles in Positano

Shop the Look:

Shirt {under $15 & also in blue & black} / Jeans {under $30!}

Bag {under $40!) Scarf / Shoes {so comfy & also in cognac}

Ruffles in Positano

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Sunday Sale Finds Vol. 4

Just when I thought spring was here to stay, it went ahead and snowed this morning and the temps are back down for the week. Can a girl please get some no-jacket weather?! I was doing some online window shopping this morning and saw that lots of my favorite stores have great sales going on, so I had to share some of my picks. Shop them all using the links below! The sales don’t require a code unless I noted one with the link.

Sunday Sale Finds

Shop the Sales:

Nude Booties / Gold Sneakers / Black Sneakers / Black Bag

Jeans ($19.99!) / Earrings / Bikini Top, Bottom (all swimwear $22!)

Bodysuit (30% off 150+ w/ 3382, 25% off $100+ w/ 3381, 20% off $50+ w/ 3380)

Tan Bag / Bracelets / Denim Vest (40% off w/ SPRINGFUN)

Pink Dress / Patterned Dress (dresses same codes as bodysuit)

 

What are your favorite spring sale finds? Let us know in the comments below!