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It’s getting to that time of year when you need to pluck and preen and get summer ready. I know, I know! It’s a lot of hassle when you first shave those legs after a longer winter of rocking leggings and trousers. But the sooner we do it, the sooner we can wear skirts and sandals, and jump in the pool without a second thought. But if you are still struggling,  even after such a motivational speech, then read on for any easy how-to guide to ensure you are summer ready as quick as possible.

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Tan it up

Of course, we all know the dangers of sun exposures and don’t even get me started on the irresponsibility of sunbeds! That means the only way to get yourself tanned and lovely is via a fake tan product.

Luckily, there is an abundance of these on the market. Including gradual tans, foam tans, and spray tans.

Gradual tans work over a longer period of time. You apply them like moisturizer, and the color on you skin builds up gradually over each application. Although you do need to make sure that you use one that is specially formulated for your face.

Foam tans are one of the best fake tan products for two reasons. First, they seem to go on a lot better, and they are easy to work into the skin. Secondly, you can usually see where you have been. So you don’t end up going over the same area again, and again and getting patches.

Most foam tans also give you the color you are looking for in one or two applications too. So they are a great idea if you need it sorted quickly.

Lastly, spray tans are instant. You have them sprayed on with a pump, a bit like a hose and then keep them on for a few hours. Then when you wash them off, you have a perfect tan underneath.

You can go to a salon to have this done, or if you are a real tan enthusiast, you can buy the kit to do it yourself at home. Just remember not to sit on your favorite furniture as the tan can rub off and leave a real mess.

Smooth legs and body

Apart from a tan, most women also like to ensure that their legs and other areas are smooth are hair free for the summer.

The quickest and easiest way to do this is by using a disposable razor and some massaging cream. Or you can use conditioner too as this is design for hair and skin and is full of silicone which makes the razor glide across the skin.

Of course, not everyone loves disposable razors, as you run the risk or razor burn and unsightly and painful nicks and cuts. Happily, there are other options to try out which avoid this these problems.

The first is the electric razor, like the ones at  https://www.shavingmachine.org/best-electric-shavers-women/. These are electronic gadgets designed to make shaving super easy and quick and vastly reduce the risk of cutting yourself as they have shields to produce the skin.

However, you may choose not to shave at all on the go for something else entirely like waxing or epilating.

Both of these remove the hair from a root which means it takes longer to grow back. So you have a long time being hair free. However, for this reason, they are the most painful way of getting rid of any body hair.

There is also another disadvantage to these methods as you have to wait for the hair to be a certain length before it can be removed, and your skin can resemble a plucked chicken when you first do this treatment. Although it usually calms down after a while.

Protect your eyes

Lastly, another major task on our summer ready to do list as women is to ensure that we have the right protective eye wear for the sunny season.

Sunglasses need to protect our eyes from UVA and UVB rays, as well as look fabulous and fit in with the rest of our summer wardrobe.

Its also important to wear sunnies because they stop you squinting a lot in the sun. Which can help reduce the occurrence of a fine lines on the face, keeping you looking young.

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I am downright abusive to my sunglasses. I step on them, throw them into multiple purses, scratch them up as soon as I get them, etc. BUT at least I’m self-aware enough to know that it would be total, utter nonsense to drop big money on something that will last a year at best (if I don’t lose them first).

I have two requirements for sunglasses- that they be under $25 for the above reasons and that they have 100% UV protection. I may like ’em cheap, but I very much enjoy my green eyes and I want to keep them safe. Fun fact: if you have light eyes, they actually require more sun protection. Now, the source for that is my friend Patrick so I’m not entirely sure how accurate that is or how it works, but any reason to protect yourself seems valid.

So keep those peepers safe from the sun this summer without breaking the bank. All my picks in these post are under $25 and reflect my current fave trends in the glasses world! (I also did make sure that these all offer UV protection!)

the carolove sunnies under 25

PINKS: 1.Betsey Johnson Women’s Round Brow Bar Sunglasses||2.Women’s Bp. 52Mm Cat Eye Sunglasses||3.Octangonal Metal Sunglasses – Rose Gold

TORTI: 4.AJ Morgan Hey Ya Sunglasses||5.Gradient Sunglasses with Tortoise Frame||6.Women’s Clubmaster Sunglasses – Tortoise/ Rosegold

HEARTS: 7.Heart Shaped Metal Sunglasses – Gold||8.Clubmaster Heart Shape – Tortoise||9.Vans – Heartacher Sunglasses Fashion Sunglasses

MARBLE: 10.Women’s Bp. 50Mm Sunglasses – White Marble/ Blue||11.AJ Morgan Hi There Sunglasses||12.Square Sunglasses for Women

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I was only gone from last Thursday through last night, but it feels like I just got back to DC after two weeks. Kendall is gone for a month doing Army Things, so we decided a while back that I would do the 14ish hour drive down to Mississippi with him, see some family, and go to New Orleans for a day with his sister, her fiance, and the cutest baby ever. There are many things I can brag about in our relationship, but traveling well for extended periods of time has to be at the top of the list.

I’d never been to Louisiana before, much less New Orleans, and let me tell you it did not disappoint- I just wish we had more than a day to spend there. I came up with this way to describe it: New Orleans is like if Savannah put on a pair of gold leggings and went out with the intent to only have ONE DRINK but we all know how that goes… basically it had the charm of Savannah but more noise.

It was a little overwhelming at first for me. I tend to get a little jumpy in big crowds, especially if I’m unfamiliar with the area. Luckily, for me, Kendall’s sister Brittneigh is the same way so she totally got it, especially with little Ryker in tow. But then I had a spiked lemonade, heard When the Saints Go Marching In from a street corner jazz band, and fell in love.

Since we had such limited time, Kendall had a few New Orleans things he really wanted me to experience. We HAD to go to Cafe Du Monde for Beignets and check out Bourbon Street (specifically Tropical Isle for Hand Grenades). My agenda was to check out the variety of art being sold seemingly everywhere. I actually found a piece I LOVED but Kendall did not so I may order a smaller version to put somewhere.

We really spent most of the day meandering and just enjoying, with no set agenda. I will say that pretty much everyone we came in contact with was super friendly and I really enjoyed the vibe of the city. I probably wasn’t the best blogger that day (I really don’t tend to be while I’m on vacation) but I cannot wait to go back and make more memories in a new favorite city!

Outfit details:

Girls’ Betseyville Reece Floral Embroidered Cowboy Boots – Stone (2)||Futurino Women’s Bohemian Embroidery Floral White Tassel Accents Shift Mini Dress (M, Dark Blue)||zeroUV – Womens Laser Cut Open Metal Mirror Lens Round Cat Eye Sunglasses 48mm (Pink / Pink Mirror)||Pompon Keychain, Malltop Charm Simulation Rabbit Fur Car Bag Plush Key Ring||Alice {sold out} c/o Urban Expressions

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It’s not long ’til summer now, which means that the bikini countdown is finally on. If you’re not prepared to bare all on the beach just yet, don’t panic because there is still time to tackle those little problems that prevent you from donning your bikini. Here’s how:

Cut Down on Sodium

Don’t want to look bloated on the beach? Don’t add salt to your food, eat junk food or indulge in processed meals with a high sodium content. Sodium is the thing that will make you bloat up more than anything else, so start cutting down now if you want to look beach body beautiful in a few week’s time.

Cut Out Wine

I know, it sucks but wine is also a big cause of bloating, which is why you should probably cut it out entirely if you don’t want your belly to stand out when you’re in your bikini.

Lower Your Carb Intake

Carbs not only contribute to bloating, but they will also make you gain weight if you eat too many. If you want to drop a few pounds and look trimmer in a hurry, cutting down the amount of carbs you eat and only eating unrefined carbs will go a long way to getting you where you want to be.

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Hit the Gym

If you want a bikini body, you need to put in the hard work, as you can see at http://www.bikinibodyguidereview.com/. There simply is no way around it, you need to hit the gym, and you need to hit it hard. If your focus is on weight loss, stick to the cardio machines and classes, and if you want to increase your muscle tone, hit the weight area for optimum results.

Spray it On

If you don’t want to look like Wednesday Adams’ paler sister when you hit the beach, you’re going to want to book a tanning session. You can find some of the best tanning salons at http://tan-usa.net/, and I’d advise you start working on your tan at least a month before you plan to put on that bikini if you want to look flawlessly bronzed.

Buff Your Body

When you put on a bikini, you leave a lot of skin on show, so start plucking, waxing, exfoliating and moisturizing right now. You’ll be thankful you did when you look smooth and sleek on the beach.

Pick the Perfect Bikini

We all have our own unique styles, so what you consider to be the perfect bikini might differ from my idea of swimsuit heaven, but if there’s one thing we all have in common, it’s that we want to look good on the beach and that means a supportive bikini. Try to choose a bikini with built in support and you’ll look great whether you’re lying on a lounger, swimming in the sea or playing volleyball on the beach.

Swear by Sunnies

A good pair of sunglasses will not only protect your eyes, but they will make you look instantly more glamorous and cover those dreaded panda eyes, should you forget to wear waterproof mascara.

Have a great time at the beach!

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Trolls was honestly one of the cutest movies I’ve ever seen and despite the fact that it’s been months since we saw it, I listen to the soundtrack once about every day. My favorite scene is my favorite song, Get Back Up Again, sung by Anna Kendrick as Poppy. It’s been kind of my go-to pep me up song since I saw the movie, and I was feelin’ it especially this past Friday.

It’s not much of a secret that I fell into my job by accident. My CFO and my boss are behind me 100% in my attempt at moving careers into something I’m more interested in. Last week, I had an interview that went well, but for the third time in the past year, it came down between myself and someone with more experience. I was crushed. Every time that happens all I hear is, “well, you’re not *quite* good enough.” It hurts, it stings and it can be really hard to dust myself off and keep trying. But you know what? I got myself some Chipotes for lunch, listened to Poppy repeatedly say GET BACK UP AGAIN, and had a wonderful happy hour with friends.

It’s not always cupcakes and rainbows and glitter- but for me, it is a lot of the time. Something great is around the corner for me, for sure, but I can’t forget that in the now, I’m surrounded by love and good people and I’m happy, safe, and taken care of.

Trolls may have been a movie for kids, but the moral was basically that you are responsible for your own happiness- there’s no magic cheat that can make you happy. Not that the fact that it was a kid’s movie would deter me- the shirt is from the Trolls collection at Macy’s (I got it for $3 so it’s totally gone now) and the kicks are kids’ from Target (my specialty).

What makes you happy when you’re feeling down?

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Cold shoulder top: Macy’s||Girls’ Betseyville Pallas Hidden Wedge Sneakers: Target||Necklace: Groopdealz||Quay Australia Sunglasses: ASOS||kate spade new york Gold-Tone Glitter Stone Drop Earrings: Macy’s||Strawberry bag: Kate Spade Surprise Sale

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