NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

A casual chic life and style dossier

Weekday Relaxation: Tips for Unwinding + Spa Time with Parasilk

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An at-home spa evening You have to take good care of yourself. Maybe you're a pro at creating space for yourself and getting in a little "me time" or maybe your schedule is always too packed that it's the last thing on your mind. Either way, it's time for us to sit down and talk about why it's so important & share some tips for unwinding. As women, many of us don't take the time we need to recharge and unwind from our day. "Don't wait for the weekend to give yourself space to relax and unplug.¬†¬†Do a little something to take care of yourself every day, even if it's just small." Creating a space for yourself at the end of every day to relax is a non-negotiable for your physical and mental health. Now, self-care isn't all bubble baths, skincare, and facials¬†‚ÄĒ we covered that in the 4 Essential Steps to Self-love post¬†‚ÄĒ but they can play a HUGE part in helping you relax and recharge. Not only do you need to take time to invest in your amazing body that works so hard for you to make sure it's taken care of, but when you put your body…

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NSALE: What I Bought

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I¬†love the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! You might have already seen my first look picks, or checked out this post on everything you need to know about the Nsale, but time to dish on what I actually bought and show you my Nordstrom Sale Picks. I'm not a great online shopper - I need to touch and try things - so every year without fail I go into the sale with my list of what I want and end up only grabbing a couple things from the list then finding all sorts of other perfect picks I didn't even consider at first. A little dressing room trial and error, and I've found some new faves. Here's what I bought - hover for commentary, click to shop: Turn on your JavaScript to view content ¬†   1. Twist Front Sweater¬†- B.P. In love with the waist detail - Adds a focal point for the slouchy sweater look. 2. 10-Inch High Waist Skinny Jeans¬†- Madewell These are the perfect high-waisted jeans. Adorable button detail & a classic wash. 3. Miggi Bootie - Marc Fisher All the chic vibes. White booties are so in for fall, and this tapered heel and scalloped top are…

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GIVEAWAY!! $500 Nordstrom Gift Card

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$500 Nordstrom Giveaway 2018 Time for¬†the Nordstrom Giveaway 2018 and time to win yourself a $500 shopping spree to the Nordstrom Anniversary sale! I've partnered with some amazing blogger babes to set up some giveaways so that you can win some cash to shop the NSale. We actually have THREE $500 gift Cards available¬†- HERE, HERE, and HERE. You can go check out each of those IG posts if you want to enter all 3 and maximize your chances of winning. If you just want in on one real quick, follow these steps: Option 1.¬† Click on any of the photos below and follow the instructions ‚Äď Thats IT! You're entered to win.     Option 2.¬† Enter to win ALL THREE Gift Cards by hopping over to¬†@neverskipbrunch.giveaways¬†and following all the accounts they are following (takes 60 sec)         ¬†¬† Shop the sale! Check out these posts for more Nordstrom Sale goodness! Everything you need to know about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale First Looks + Favorites: Nordstrom Sale Must-Have Picks

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My Hawaii Wedding // Part II: The Venue

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Hawaii Wedding at Turtle Bay Welcome back to my Hawaii wedding series. You might have already caught¬†¬†Part I: The Attire¬†where I shared all about the attire & dished about what everyone was wearing. Now in Part II: The Venue we're talking all about my gorgeous location (and in Part III: The Decor we'll cover the details) The Location This wasn't plan A, but looking at these photos with the gorgeous views you'd never know it because it turned out even more perfectly than we could have planned. Turtle Bay has all sorts of wedding packages that offer options for many different locations - from beach ceremonies, to golf course receptions, to events in the ballroom or pavilion, and even an option to host your ceremony at the stables, there are all sorts of spaces to choose from. Our initial plan was to have the ceremony on Bay View Beach Point - which you can see Rich and I standing on in the photo below¬†- then move to the lawn for an evening reception under a clear top tent with lanterns. Thinking this venue looks familiar? It was the star of movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Mike and Dave need…

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First Looks + Favorites: Nordstrom Sale

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T he Nordstrom Anniversary sale is one of my favorite parts about summer. If you don't understand what all the hype is about, hop over here for Everything You Need to Know About the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. If you're a seasoned shopper, then stay right here because I'm sharing my first look and some of my favorite picks. While browsing through the sale catalog, I found myself dog-earring corners and circling favorites to put on my list to snag. This is my short list of¬†must-haves: 1.¬†Cluster Drop Stone Earrings - J.Crew¬† These statement earrings just look like a party. I love the confetti-like vibe that still feels sophisticated. They come in this peach color, a blue color, and mixed hues for an extra fun rainbow feel. I'm really loving the rectangle center stones surrounded by the assortment of jewels which add texture and sparkle. 2.¬†Ruched Waist Midi Dress - Maggy London Black-based florals can't help but feel effortless and elegant. I'm loving the black and white with blush tones in the print, and the cut of this dress makes it a perfectly flattering transition piece to take your wardrobe from summer to fall and even into the winter months by…

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Everything You Need to Know About the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ūüéß

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I t's almost time for the most important sale of the summer. If you don't know what I'm talking about, let me introduce you. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is so close - it starts July 12th! Why is this the only sale you should care about right now? Because it's oh so wonderful and instead of flipping through racks of picked-over pieces that are about to be out of season (aka left over summer styles) this sale is all about stocking up on some amazing fall pieces that are just now hitting stores. ¬† Usually retailers put things on sale because they are going out of season or they haven't sold well. This is why sale racks usually don't have the good stuff. But this sale is different. This time they're putting merchandise that is just hitting racks on sale first, then raising the price back to normal once the sale is over. Psst...I'm hosting a $500 Nordstrom gift card giveaway that starts on July 11th and goes until the 17th - so if its then hop over to Instagram to find out how to enter. It will be on my feed and in my highlights. HOW TO GET EARLY…

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Red Wine & Blue // Wine Faves + 4th of July Outfit

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Red wine...and blue It's almost time to get all patriotic and rock some bold primaries in honor of America. The 4th is one of my favorite holidays - maybe it's the late summer nights with good food and lots of light or maybe it's fond memories of throwing our annual 4th of July bash and lighting off fireworks growing up, either way I'm excited as always. Today I'm bringing you my 4th of July look alongside some of my favorite wine accessories since drinking ice cold white wine while watching fireworks is my other favorite part of the 4th. You guys know I'm a huge wino - especially if you've watched my Instagram stories - so here are some of my wine faves then I'll tell you all about this outfit (or your can SHOP IT now if that's all you're here for). Wine-sipping outdoors is probably my favorite summer activity, so you bet I'll have an ice cold glass of white wine in hand when the fireworks begin. I love all things wine, so I have a fairly extensive collection of wine accessories but here are a few of my wine glass and accessory essentials when it comes to…

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Summer Skincare Faves!!

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click to shop: Which pick do you want to try? What is your fave summer beauty product? Leave a comment below, or use #NeverSkipBrunch

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My Hawaii Wedding // Part 1: The Attire

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Spring Hawaii Wedding I'm finally sharing my Hawaii wedding! Since there are so many details to cover and so many beautiful images to share, I'm breaking this up into a three part series ‚ÄĒ Part I: The Attire // Part II: The Venue // Part III: The Decor. In part 1, we're talking all about the attire, let's dive in and see what everyone was wearing. The Bridesmaids We'll talk more about the style when we get to the venue & decor, but while we had a beautiful Oahu setting, we didn't want our wedding to feel too tropical. It was beach-inspired, but we went light on the tropical elements. Our ceremony was initially planned for the beach, but we went a little more traditional with floor-length gowns in pinky-coral tones. I wanted the girls to be able to choose a fit that they felt comfortable in, and not be stick with just one color choice. I love the look we achieved by having everyone coordinate while still letting some of their personality and style show through. The variety made for gorgeous photos and a laid back but elegant feel. The color choices were a darker pink poppy and a…

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001: How to Mix Patterns like a Pro with Cara [NSB Podcast]

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Episode 001 I n this episode, I talk mixing prints. Rocking mixed prints can be difficult if you really want to achieve an elegant look vs. looking overly playful or colorful. Mixing prints elegantly is actually pretty simple. I've got a super simple 2-step strategy to mixing prints like a pro, plus 10 print "rules" to help you know what to mix with what. If you want to go crazy and mix prints without rules, then get it girl - but these guidelines will help you elegantly achieve a mixed-print look super easy. They include some basic guidelines as well as tips for mixing more subtly if you like a look that isn's so bold. Subscribe // Pin for Later   ‚ᣠDownload¬†the free print mixing guide¬†‚ᣬ†   Transcript Cara:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 00:00 You're listing to the Never Skip Brunch podcast, episode number one.   Announcer:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 00:15 Never Skip brunch is a life and style dossier inspired by a casual chic style with pops of color. It's a space for women to become fearless with their style and create a beautifully lived in life. Cara Newhart brings you wellness, beauty, fashion, and lifestyle tips and tricks with amazingly brilliant guests dedicated to…

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A Romantic Weekend in Boulder // St Julien Hotel & Spa

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Anniversary Weekend at the St Julien M¬†y idea of the perfect romantic weekend is a getaway that feels remote and quiet, but is filled with amazing food, a full spa day, and a gorgeous patio to sip wine on and enjoy the weather.¬†The hubs and I are huge fans of any sort of patio happy hour and love to be pampered with a spa day. You may remember when the Jill's - the lobby restaurant - kindly hosted my blogger babe C.J. and I for a 4-course vegan dinner which we shared via stories on Instagram. The food was ah-mazing, and the lobby was absolutely gorgeous. Rich and I decided our anniversary getaway would be a weekend trip around Denver so we could take a relaxing drive and not have to deal with flights. We looked into a couple places, but then the St. Julien came to mind as the perfect spot - and it was. The Dining W¬†e kicked off the weekend with a late lunch at Jill's which was absolutely amazing for the second time. They had so many amazing gluten free options which was amazing since many spots that offer gluten-free still do it in a way…

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Summer Skincare Survival Guide ūüéß

816 1056 NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

This post is in partnership with Alba Botanica. Summer Skincare H¬†ello sunshine! It's almost time for days spent by the pool and weekends spent by the beach - preferably with a cocktail in hand. We're already all set with our swimsuit picks (HERE) and some adorable summer floral dress styles (HERE) - so now it's time to talk about some summer skincare.   We love summer, but with sunnier days and warmer weather bring a whole new set of skincare concerns. Here are some of the most common and some essential tips for combating them:   01. Restore Dry Skin Summer skin faces a different kind of dryness challenge than winter skin. In the winter, skin gets dried out due to chilly temps and dry air - but in the summer excessive sun and dehydration due to heat are the main culprits. You want to focus on deep moisture for your skin - which might seem counterintuitive since you might be feeling sweaty or have more oily skin than usual - but it's super important. Look for moisturizers that are light in texture but pack a punch. Ingredients like hyaluronic¬†acid or aqua gels. While you might tend to want to…

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11 Flowy Floral Dress Styles Every Fashionista Needs for Summer ūüéß

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Flowy¬†Summer Florals T¬†he floral dress is an essential part of any fashionista's summer uniform. It's easy to know why: Floral dresses are fashion salads - all kinds of adorable trends all tossed together in a perfect and colorful combo.¬†Some solid summer trends we're loving this season include sheer and translucent fabrics, lilac palettes, and ruffles. Pairing any of these with a floral print on one of the 11 styles below is a recipe for the perfect summer look.¬†Time to cover 11 floral dress styles that are summer staples + over 30 picks for each style all under $100: 1. Bell Sleeves Bell sleeves bring the fun and drama to a sweet summery floral. They contrast well with a fitted sheath dress for a dramatic flair, but you can also find them on a light and flowy dress for a more boho vibe. This trend has stuck around since last year, and it's a perfect pick for an elevated floral dress, especially for a summer date night. Sleeves that hit above the wrist are ideal for a bell sleeve pick - and if you've ever tried to wash your hands in a bell sleeve ensemble you know why. 2. Cold Shoulder…

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Skincare Revamp: Daily + Weekly Routine ūüéß

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Let's get something clear...your skin. O¬†k, I maybe can't clear your skin up completely, but I am going to share my daily and weekly¬†skincare¬†routine and why I do what I do. Hopefully, you will find some helpful tips to improve your routine, or maybe even adopt my whole thing if you are like I was a little bit ago and don't have a routine at all. P.S. If you want more skincare tips, you can see part 1 here and part 2 here Seriously, I was just winging it, occasionally finding time to wash my face and slather some creams. Then I decided that since this is not college anymore and I am full-time adulting, I needed to step up my game, do a little reading, and put together a consistent routine that worked for my skin. Well, after a while of trying different products and making some changes, here it is. MORNING ROUTINE EVENING ROUTINE WEEKLY ROUTINE MORNING T¬†his is my morning skincare routine, including the products I use. I've been doing this whole thing for about a couple months now and I have already noticed a huge difference in my skin. 1. Cleanse Wait, I need to wash…

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How to pick the Perfect Gift // Open me when… ūüéß

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¬†The perfect gift Gifting is an art. And you might agree, but still find yourself scrambling to find the perfect gift, whether it's because you're totally short on ideas...or just really short on time. Gifting is something that almost no one is sunning at every time they find themselves wrapping up a present. What kind of giver are you? From thoughtful to funny, last minute to well-planned, everyone has their own kind of gifting style. Even if you love giving gifts or consider yourself great at it, sometimes you can find yourself drawing a blank as to what to give. Today I'm breaking down the art of gifting so that you will never be lost or rushing to find a last minute present. You've probably heard the saying, "The manner of giving is worth more than the gift." While it's probably a balance - the gift itself should have some purpose or intention behind it - in a sense, this saying is cliche but absolutely true. The art of gifting isn't just picking out an amazing gift, its creating an experience that conveys a feeling. How do you want your recipient to feel? This is the one and only starting…

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9 Habits to Nurture Your Creativity ūüéß

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Nurture Your Creativity. C reativity is more than just something we exercise via a hobby - creativity makes us feel alive. As we solve problems, find new connections between ideas, and generate new ones, we feel passionate, accomplished, and purposeful. But you already know how great creativity feels, you're here to find out how to get more of it. "The desire to create is one deepest yearnings of the human soul." - Dieter Uchtdorf   Ever feel like if you just had the recipe for the perfect cocktail of creativity you'd have the answer? Creativity can be hard to nail down, but here are some essential elements we know are part of the equation: The curiosity to explore and ask questions, mixed with the humility to know that you don't know everything, added into some¬†mindfulness to be able to think about how to think, plus a little courage to take risks without fear of failure and question the way things are, and then a bit of action because your creativity can't be turned into innovation unless you do the work.   01. Let yourself play Y our creativity needs space to breathe, to experiment, and to try things out without…

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