20 May

Ah, summertime. Our favorite time of the year! You’ve got your summer weddings, your barbecues, your vacays and days spent by the pool… need we say more? But with summer also comes hot and sticky weather, which means it’s a great time to refresh your beauty routine and keep your skin in check. Instead of telling you to go splurge on an expensive facial, we thought we’d share some of our favorite at-home summer skin fixes.

We recommend starting off your summer skincare routine with an amazing drugstore find that so many gals we know swear by, Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. It’s as gentle as you gets and leaves your skin feeling oh-so-soft. It’s mild yet effective, and perfect for daily use on face, and even body. Then, after cleansing with Cetaphil, you can play kitchen beautician and whip up a yummy cleanser, scrub, or smoothie to beautify from the inside out!

First up, our DIY papaya, lemon, honey, and yogurt mask

Summer beauty recipes  | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72666

Summer beauty recipes  | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72666

Summer beauty recipes  | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72666

Summer beauty recipes  | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72666

Summer beauty recipes  | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72666

Summer beauty recipes  | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72666

Time to exfoliate with a yummy homemade scrub! We used this recipe and added mango to make it extra exotic.

Summer beauty recipes  | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72666

Summer beauty recipes  | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72666

And because we’re firm believers that healthy skin starts on the inside, how about a tasty smoothie recipe to give you a glow?

Summer beauty recipes  | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72666

Summer beauty recipes  | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72666

Summer beauty recipes  | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72666

Summer beauty recipes  | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72666

Summer beauty recipes  | Photo by Scott Clark Photo | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72666

Summer skin here we come!

With warmer temps and shorter hemlines on the horizon, you’ll also want to keep your gams soft and smooth with Cetaphil DailyAdvance Lotion. It’s gentle enough to use as a facial moisturizer too, but we like to slather this product on as a body lotion after the shower or pool. It’s ideal for dry, sensitive skin.

This is a collaboration between Cetaphil and the AOL Lifestyle Contributor Network. Compensation was provided by Cetaphil via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Cetaphil.

Photos by Scott Clark Photo / Design & Styling 100 Layer Cake

 
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19 May

Confession: When we’re sitting in front of our screens and a case of writers block starts coming on, we often turn to a little online shoe shopping as a distraction. All we need is a few minutes to browse the selection, click ‘add to cart,’ and then voila! the creative juices start flowing again. Don’t know what it is about shoe shopping ladies, but it totally has that therapeutic effect. Don’t you agree?

And since it’s Monday and all (boo), we figured lots of you could use a little distraction right about now, in the form of our favorite footwear and accessory picks from Sole Society. Let’s take a quick look now, shall we?

Sole Society | 100 Layer Cake

Ceci / Paulinna / Denver / Sheeba

Soooo many adorable options! And amazing news for all you brides and bridesmaids out there… If you’re looking for that perfect pair of wedding shoes, you can now go straight to Sole Society’s Wedding Shop section of their site, where they have a curated collection of aisle style must-haves for every type of wedding.

Sole Society | 100 Layer Cake

Sole Society | 100 Layer Cake

Our pick of the day: the Sheeba. Cute!

Sole Society | 100 Layer Cake

Sole Society | 100 Layer Cake

Sole Society | 100 Layer Cake

How about those accessories? Gorgeous, huh?

Sole Society | 100 Layer Cake

So go ahead, browse through all the goodies, and make your picks. A little online shopping is sooo necessary on a Monday in our opinion!

 
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19 May

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

This Spanish-inspired shoot from Charla Storey Photography and The Southern Table kinda makes us feel like we took a trip to Mexico City or Madrid minus the pricey plane ticket and jet lag. Not a bad deal, huh? Maxine from The Southern Table says, Inspired by both my Basque and Mexican roots, I wanted to create a look that enveloped both cultures. Both European and Latin cultures enjoy the moment, and know what it means to be engaged in food, friends, and the surrounding environment.

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

Lashes for days on this beautiful bride.

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

Yeah, we’re pretty into the earthy meets elegant color story going on here: deep eggplant, fiery orange, soft peaches and cement gray.

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

Red wine by the carafe? Check.

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

How rad are these terra cotta-inspired cakes, you guys?

Spanish wedding inspiration | Photo by Charla Storey Photography | Read more - http://www.100layercake.com/blog/?p=72010

Thanks to everyone below for sharing this shoot with us…

Photographer: Charla Storey Photography / Floral & Event Design: The Southern Table / Venue: 809 at Vickory in Fort Worth, TX / Hair & Makeup: Beauty & The Blush / Paper Goods: Southern Fried Paper / Baked Goods: Sugar Bee Sweets / Dress: BHLDN

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