NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

A casual chic life and style dossier

Front Porch Refresh: Ideas to Make your Front Porch Feel Cozy

816 1056 NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

It's outdoor living time Eenings spent on the patio are amazingly relaxing, but your space might need a little styling to make it perfectly cozy. Maybe you haven’t even started and are looking for design strategy to create your space, or maybe you have all the right elements but just need a little direction to bring them together. Either way, I’m sharing some essential elements for a front porch that’s gorgeously styled for patio season. This patio is somewhat narrow – around 5ft wide and 20ft long – but you don’t need a ton of space to create an outdoor oasis whether it’s in the front or the back. P.S. You can check out my back patio reveal here if you need design inspo for creating a cozy chic outdoor living space add an Outdoor Rug My first key to patio coziness is snagging a rug for your space. Outdoor rugs can go a long way to making your space feel comfortable. Choose a durable option that’s made for the outdoors, but one that is still soft enough to be comfortable on bare toes. Rugs also give you textural & colorful elements and make a great inspiration piece for your space. If you find a rug…

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Functional + Fabulous: How to Create the Perfect Tablescape

816 1056 NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

The perfect Tablescape Have you eyed up gorgeous tablescapes and beautiful place settings just wishing you knew where to start when it comes to creating them? Whether it’s a family get together, a birthday party, or a dinner party – the secret to a perfect tablescape is easier than you think. ❝ A superb tablescape is both functional and fabulous.❞  A superb tablescape is both functional and fabulous. You first establish the practical elements you need it to have then you’ll be able to add decor and accessories for a beautiful and stylish look. This gives you a balance between making sure your table flows and works well in addition to being a gorgeous place to have a meal. We'll break down each part of the Function + Fabulous formula to show you how to create your very own perfect tablescape. The function Thinking about the function your table needs to have will help you pick the essential dining pieces your tablescape needs t0 make it work for your dinner or get together. Your tablescape can’t just be gorgeous, it needs to include all the different elements your guests might need to enjoy their dinner in a way that is comfortable as well as aesthetically pleasing. How…

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Summer Skincare Survival Guide

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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5 Decor Details That Will Make Your Home Look Expensive

816 1056 NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

Who doesn't want a chic space that looks perfectly polished? A sophisticated vibe doesn’t have to be expensive. Even if your space is fully furnished by Target, Ikea, or thrift store finds, attention to the right details can give your decor an expensive and chic look while staying way inside your budget. How do you get a luxury look for less? Here are some simple tweaks to help you polish your decor and elevate your space: 01.  Featured Florals Fresh flowers elevate any space and add an elegant and sophisticated vibe. Add a fresh arrangement to your favorite vase when you’re expecting guests or choose a few gorgeous single flowers to feature throughout your space. Fresh flowers can get pricey, especially if you want a featured floral in your space all the time. You can opt for grocery store bouquets to DIY your own arrangement instead of a pricey professional version. You can also grab some gorgeous faux florals. Just make sure you’re buying quality products that look real vs the cheaper alternative that can look super fake and cheesy. Photo by Pier 1 Imports floral + vase picks under $50: Photo by Joss & Main 02.  Pops of Gold Nothing says luxury like gold. It adds warmth, texture,…

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Tiki Wine Bottle DIY

816 1056 NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

Wine a little. laugh a lot. Warmer weather and outdoor living are just a couple short weeks away. One of the parts about warm weather is enjoying a glass on the patio, just listening to the evening. While you wait for the ice to melt and the days to get longer, you can make your own tiki wine bottle to light up those summer nights on the patio. This project is the perfect way to recycle a significant wine bottle or a pretty liquor bottle. Wider bottles are preferable as they are more stable, but any size bottle from small to large will work. Remove the label for a more sleek feel, or leave it to show off one of your favorites. It’s super simple and can easily be customized to fit the style of any space. Whether you’re a fan of vibrant colors or prefer a clean and sleek style, you can create a bottle tiki torch as a statement piece that fits your outdoor space perfectly. what you'll need: Tiki Wine Bottle DIY Supplies Save Print DOWNLOAD FREE GUIDE Empty Wine or Liquor bottle    Small rocks / Vase filler    Teflon Tape    1/2" X 3/8" copper coupling    1/2" copper…

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11 Flowy Floral Dress Styles Every Fashionista Needs for Summer

816 1056 NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

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

816 1056 NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

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…

816 1056 NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

 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

816 1056 NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

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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Strawberry Basil Cooler

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   a drink in my hand and my toes in the sand ...Every day is one step closer to summer I don't know about you, but I'm ready for sunshine and tan lines and I've got the cocktail to prove it. This spiked cooler is the perfect blend of fresh fruit, tangy lime, fresh basil and your favorite liquor. T his drink is perfect for some front-porch sitting, some pool-side sun, or let's be real I'll drink it on my couch with Netflix and no pants. Plus its super adorable and colorful. If you wanted to take it to the next level, you could quadruple it, use frozen strawberries, and give the whole thing a stir in a punchbowl with some floating lime slices. You know...only if you're in charge of the fun part of the party. If you master that punch cooler, let me see on social so I can applaud you and give you a shout-out.   Strawberry Basil Cooler Fresh, tangy, and summery, it's the perfect front porch or poolside cocktail.   Ingredients: Fresh Strawberries Fresh Basil Agave Nectar or Sugar La Croix - Passionfruit Essenced Vodka, Tequila, or Rum Ice Recipe: Member Exclusive - Become a…

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Suit up Beaches // 5 Perfect Summer Swimwear Trends

816 1056 NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

Sunshine on my mind. D ays are getting longer, temps are heating up and it's time to snag a perfect summer swimsuit. We're diving into some of my favorite swimwear trends to help you decide on the perfect suit. Summer swimwear trends have kind of become a tradition around here, since nothing puts you in a summer mood like suit shopping. But first, we can't talk about swimwear without talking about self-confidence. The truth is, the beginning of summer might bring up some negative feelings for you if you're feeling pressure to "loose the weight" or get your body "bikini ready." So if that's you, here are 5 things you need to hear before we can decide on what suit you're going to rock.   5 tips for bikini ready self-confidence: 1. Stop comparing. Stay focused on you. Comparison is bullshit. And it totally sucks. But it's also super easy to get sucked into. Sometimes avoiding comparison means doing it intentionally. When your mind starts wishing you had her ____, take that thought captive and delete it before you let it get to you. Confidence is not, "They will like me," it's "I'll be fine if they don't" 2. Let yourself…

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What the Ugly Duckling Can Teach Us About Modern Womanhood ?

816 1056 Kaylee // The Girl From Oklahoma

  a guest post by Kaylee Jones We all know the story of the ugly duckling. He grew up an outcast, because he looked different from his peers. However, after seeing his reflection in a pond one day, he realized he had never been a duckling at all; he was a swan who’d grown up judged by a duck standard of beauty. The story has been used as a parable to teach individuals to accept their own unique beauty, and by extension - themselves, in a world filled with subjective standards for both. I was your stereotypical ugly duckling. I had knobby knees, a bad haircut, and a wardrobe full of 90’s clothes. I grew up in a time before social media and makeup tutorials helped guide young girls through their awkward pubescent years.   My beauty routine consisted of Bon Bon lip glosses that looked like edible optical illusions, hair clips shaped like butterflies, and body glitter as an everyday accessory. There was no contouring. Highlighter was a utensil I used to study, not to accentuate my cheekbones. I crimped my hair, and I was proud. Feeling nostalgic? Stop. This wasn’t the theme of a party; it was our…

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What Kind of Yoga is Right for My Body?

816 1056 Nicole Morley // Nicole in Colour

   A guest post by Nicole Morley Last summer I went to my first Goat Yoga class. Yes Goat Yoga, you've heard of it right? It's where you go to a farm and the yoga teacher tries in vain to teach a gentle flow to distract you from the goats and sheep that just want to be your friend. I've been to yoga classes at breweries and wineries, I've done Yoga Nidra or sleeping yoga, I've taken Yin, Power, Hot, Vinyasa, Ashtanga and so many in between. There are a lot of different kinds of yoga now-a-days and it can be overwhelming if you're just starting out. How are you supposed to know what's right for your body and your fitness level? Let's start with an assessment. Do you feel really stressed out on a daily basis? Maybe you have super tight hamstrings and shoulders? Are you the kind of person that wants to sweat it out and be challenged, or are you more of a lay-on-my-mat-and-call-it-yoga type?      Picking the right yoga class is all about deciding what you need the most, and recognizing that what you need is going to change from day to day. Which of…

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Vanilla Latte At-home (How-To)

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 I'm whipping up my daily dairy-free latte to show you how easy it is. You know, for when you don't want to put on pants to go to the coffee shop. You can snag my essentials via the links below - I absolutely recommend the milk frother! ▷ MILK FROTHER*: http://amzn.to/2EICwsj▷ SIMPLY ORGANIC VANILLA*: http://amzn.to/2BKaBcU▷ RIPPLE HALF & HALF: http://bit.ly/2F25ree(*Affiliate links) (*Affiliate links)  I love my morning latte, but sometimes it's way easier to make at home than deal with the hassle of putting on pants. I add a little vanilla and a cinnamon sugar sprinkle to my latte, which gives it just the perfect flavor without overpowering sweetness. The plant-based half & half I use is naturally a tiny bit sweet, which I find to be just perfect and not in need of sugar or syrup. If you light yours lighter or sweeter, feel free to adjust to taste. You can also control how strong the latte is based on how you brew your french press coffee. I usually make a pretty stout pot, which works well in my recipe. You can also use your espresso machiene if you've got one, but I wouldn't recommend a Keurig for this…

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The Art of Self-Surrender

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  The Art of Surrender. When I first think of the word "surrender" I associate it with defeat. With giving up, letting go, or giving in. But if you think about it a little longer, you begin to see the immense beauty in it. Surrender is a choice to let go. And not only a choice to let go, but a decision to let go of control. It's a choice to stop fighting and just let things be. Whether that means anxiety, stress, or thoughts and feelings you're holding onto.  It's hard not to be in control. Especially if you're a driven person or have a clear vision of what you want your life to look like. Accepting that we aren't fully in control is hard. (believe me, as a driven person, I really do know the struggle)   We often ignore our lack of power, and pretend we are in control. Which when you think about it, is the cause of most of our stress. We worry things won't go our way, and spend time working hard to make sure they do. Surrender helps you let that go. Surrender is it's own form of freedom. It's making the choice to…

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Keep the Love Coming // Sweet Rose Sugar & Salt Scrub DIY

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Keep the love coming after Valentine's Day with a little DIY spa. If you tuned into my 4 steps to self-love post, you know that while good self care isn't all there is to self-love, it can still play a really huge part . This Sweet Rose Sugar & Salt scrub is the perfect way to do that. Plus, it's a great way to repurpose and use up some of your roses from Vday before they shrivel up.  What You'll Need  Rose Scrub DIY Supplies Save Print 1 Cup Sugar (I used white this time, but prefer coconut sugar) 1/2 Cup Coarse Pink Himalayan Salt 1/4 Cup Almond Oil 12 Fresh Rose petals (about 1 rose) 5-10 drops rose essential oil Small Jar with lid Food Processor   TIME: 5 min STEP 01. Measure out sugar, salt, and almond oil into the food processor. I used regular white sugar and coarse pink sea salt - the kind that comes in a jar that you would put into a salt grinder. This gives the scrub a really good texture since when you run it through the food processor, the coarse grains grind up a little but are still big enough to exfoliate really well.…

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