This past weekend was my third time attending Splash House. I love Palm Springs and music festivals, so it really was a perfect weekend. I’ve said it before, but Splash House > Coachella any day. Pool + fun music + laidback vibes + the nicest crowd I’ve ever encountered at a music festival = SUCH a fun weekend (adult summer camp, anyone?).
It’s not too late to make plans for August – if you’re in the SoCal area (and even if you’re not), definitely look into Splash House for a fun weekend with friends. I apologize for the lack of photos, but when you’re by a pool all day, the last thing you want to do is drop it in the water or break it somehow. Some tips if you do plan on attending in the future:
Bring Your Own Floaties.
Yes, inflatable pool toys are your best accessory for the weekend.
Stay at the Saguaro.
This year rooms at the Saguaro sold out quickly. If you are lucky enough to snag a room at this hotel, you’re in luck, because it’s the best home base to have for the weekend. If you stay at either of the Splash House sponsored hotels for the weekend, be sure to decorate your balconies for the #bitchinbalconies contest!
It’s a little crazy to head to Palm Springs in the middle of the summer. Temperatures are regularly above 100 degrees, when you combine that with day drinking, it’s a recipe for disaster if you don’t hydrate properly. Take care of yourself and your friends, and be sure to chug that H20.
The desert sun is no joke. I like Sun Bum best (and if you happen to get sunburnt, their cooling gel is amazing).
Buy Cheap Sunglasses and Shoes.
The pool deck is a bit of a free for all – people end up grabbing whatever footwear they can get their hands on, so I would advise against wearing your favorite shoes. Same goes for sunnies – don’t wear anything you would be heartbroken to lose.
Hiiiii! I just got back from Palm Springs and am off to Mexico later this week! Lots of exciting stuff – I haven’t taken a big trip since Thailand (trip recaps here and here) and have been itching to travel. Oh, and if you haven’t already, feel free to add me on Snapchat to follow along: amylzhang. Now, moving on to talking about summer dresses…
I’ve always been more of a dress/skirt kind of gal over pants, especially in the summer when the ideal outfit is something lightweight and breathable. See some of my previous posts on dresses (boho maxis, wrap dresses here and here, and off the shoulder frocks) for some options.
As much as I love maxis, a good mini dress (remember this Jen’s Pirate Booty dress??) is the way to go when the temperatures rise. Some of my favorite options for summer dresses include:
The Little White Dress (LWD) – I would choose an all white ensemble over all black any day, especially in the summer when you’re rocking a tan (real or fake). Bright white is my absolute favorite color to wear, the only downside is many pieces end up having to go to the dry cleaners often. The key is to choose fabrics that are easily washable, if you go with materials that need to be dry cleaned such as silk, it’s best to be very careful when you’re out and about!
Cut Outs – my preferred way to show just a little skin. Showing some skin is totally acceptable in summer dresses. I like cutouts that are subtle, backless anything is a yes in my book as well. This dress is another steal from the Reformation sample sale that I loved so much, I actually got in two colors. Speaking of which, I’m totally obsessed with sample sales now.
Slip Dresses – slip dresses still get my vote for versatile, effortless piece you need in your closet (remember this velvet number?) Wear it on its own, over a bralette (or even better, a chain bra!) or layer it over a T-shirt. The options are surprisingly endless. Go for silky or velvety slip dresses, you may look like you just rolled out of bed, but in the best way possible.
Happy Fri-Yay, babes!!! I’m off to Palm Springs this weekend for Splash House. If you haven’t heard of Splash House, it’s a music festival + pool party in the desert that takes place two weekends over the summer (June 10-12 and August 12-14 – it’s not too late to make plans for August, just saying). I went both weekends last summer and it’s safe to say I might have enjoyed it wayyy more than I enjoyed Coachella. The vibes are way more chill, and who doesn’t love a good pool party? BUT for now I want to talk about getting summer ready (we’ve already talked about shopping for one piece suits here), specifically, how to get summer ready legs.
Chances are you’re showing off those stems this summer – it’s about time, after being covered up all winter! Whether you feel like you did enough squats and lunges (is that ever possible?), there are a few easy things you can do to ensure that no matter what, you’re putting your best foot forward when wearing those short shorts and miniskirts.
Exfoliate – such a crucial step but often forgotten! Exfoliating is so, so important – it helps your pores open up, allowing for a closer shave, by removing all of the built up dead skin that has accumulated. If you’re ever gone to a Korean Spa and gotten a body scrub… you know what I mean. The amount of dead skin on our bodies is seriously gross.
Use a pre bought scrub or make your own (the most basic version is just sugar and oil!).
Smooth – after exfoliating your skin, it’s time to de-fuzz! When it comes to hair removal, it’s not always clear what the best option is. I’ve tried practically every method of hair removal out there – I’m currently doing laser hair removal on my lower legs and still shave occasionally, but have also waxed in the past. Here’s my take:
If you’re going to shave, use a men’s razor. I steal my boyfriend’s – I’m convinced the blade is better. Pros of shaving: it’s fast, cheap, and you can do it yourself. Cons: shaving can lead to painful ingrown hairs, itchy skin, and hair grows back quickly. You also run the risk of nicking yourself and bleeding everywhere if you’re not careful. Ow.
Waxing is a great option – by removing the hair from the root, hair will grow back more smoothly and finer. I’ve never found waxing to be terribly painful, but everyone’s tolerance for pain is slightly different, so keep that in mind if you’re considering waxing. Other cons: waxing can be pretty expensive and you need to wait for hair to grow a certain length before you can wax again (the hair needs to be long enough so that the wax can stick).
Currently I am loving laser hair removal because I am lazy and hate shaving. It can be expensive, but I found a great deal through Lifebooker that made the price much more reasonable (be sure to look up reviews before purchasing any sessions). The laser shoots highly concentrated light onto your hair follicle, effectively “killing” that hair. I will say the pain level is probably equivalent to if not less than waxing. Laser hair removal won’t remove your hair permanently (after the initial sessions, which are performed 4-6 weeks apart, you will still likely have to go for touchups every few months or so), but it is the closest thing I’ve tried. Highly, highly recommend – feel free to shoot me an email or leave a comment below if you have any questions.
Moisturize – summer weather + the sun can definitely lead to drier skin, especially if you’re shaving. If you have delicate skin, the razor can leave your legs dry and itchy. Obsessively moisturizing helps. I like coconut oil because it’s cheap and smells amazing, but any lotion will work. And remember to wear sunscreen!
Tan – if you can’t tone it, tan it. Almost everyone looks better with a tan. I prefer to get my color artificially from a spray or bottle as opposed to the sun – custom airbrush tans are amazing, but if you’re in a rush your local drugstore or Sephora carry products that will do an amazing job mimicking a spray tan.
My skin bruises easily and I have scars from falling a LOT as a child, as well as from super pesky bug bites that don’t seem to go away (insert crying emoji here). Spray tans and tanning lotions are a godsend as they really help minimize the appearance of any imperfections and help you achieve that airbrushed look you see in magazines.
Some of my favorite products to fake that perfectly smooth and glowing appearance:
Say Hello to Sexy Legs – apparently contouring isn’t just for your face (which I still have yet to master), you can do it on your legs as well! They were kind enough to send me their 3 step system and I have to admit I’m pretty impressed. Even I (a contouring novice) was able to apply the products flawlessly.
St. Tropez Self Tanning Mousse – my favorite at home tanning product, and it is absolutely worth the price. A bottle lasts forever, and this stuff does not streak (!!) – PLUS it actually gives you glow that screams “I just spent a week sunbathing in St. Tropez.”
Also, I know every tanning product out there claims to not leave you orange, but this stuff is the real deal. Oh, and if you’re having issues applying, this mitt helps a lot, if you’re having trouble.
Sally Hansen Airbrush Tan – this stuff is advertised as pantyhose in a can, LOL. But in all seriousness, my girlfriends and I swear by this product. It’s easy to apply and leaves you with flawless legs.
Hopefully this was helpful – I’m off to do all of the steps outlined above now before lotsone glass of rosé by the pool this evening. Happy (fake) tanning, and have an amazing weekend, everyone!
I’m going to Tulum next week – I could. not. be. more. excited!!! – and being the Type A planning personality I am, I’ve already started packing… lol. I’m envisioning lots of swimsuits (duh), bright colors and prints, and breezy fabrics when thinking about packing for Tulum.
I bought this Reformation Tulum two piece set (appropriately named) at the LA sample sale a few weeks ago. My favorite trends this year have been, by far, matching two piece sets and off the shoulder everything. This particular outfit combines both and comes in a linen fabric that, despite the midi length of the skirt, keeps you cool in the summer heat. And who doesn’t love pockets? I’m obsessed.
June in Mexico is hot, hot, hot. Providing it does not rain the whole time (fingers crossed!), we plan on spending our time exploring the ruins, swimming the cenotes, and relaxing along the beach. I’ve already made an itinerary for the full five days (shocker) but would love to hear any recommendations you have.
I can’t wait to share a full trip recap with you! In the meantime, here’s what I currently have in my shopping bag that I’m lusting after – these pieces are perfect for any beach vacation! You can click on the image directly to shop the items, or see their descriptions below!
As you know, I’ve been a huge fan of different denim styles lately (yes please to flares and mom jeans), and these cropped flares are no exception. Is it just me, or do they kind of remind you of the capris you wore back in high school?
This pair of cropped flares is from Topshop – one of my favorite affordable denim brands! – and under $70 (10% off if you’re a student!!). Who says trendy denim has to be expensive? I love the higher rise on these pants and the wash is appropriate for office casual Fridays. Just be careful not to eat too much when wearing high-waisted jeans : ).
I’m planning on styling these jeans with flowy blouses, bodysuits, and crop tops all summer long. I also love how cropped denim looks with heeled booties and flat sandals – they’re surprisingly versatile.
Here I paired my cropped flares with a peasant top in my favor color of the moment, yellow! This Free People blouse might be one of my favorite items in my closet at the moment – I love the subtle embroidery and tassels. I’ve also been wearing these Steve Madden sandals with everything – the heel is surprisingly comfortable and the nude color matches every outfit.