Rounding Up My Favorite Summer Scents

I think that we can all agree that “omg, you smell so good!” is seriously the best compliment ever…and a major confidence booster! In light of that, I am always on the hunt for new perfumes and body mists that have a long lasting scent. In the summer, I gravitate towards something that is light and sweet. After many years of doing test trials with perfumes, mists and sprays, I have found my holy-grail scents that I cannot live without! Below I am going to be rounding up some of my favorites in order of least to most expensive.

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Love and Sunshine Fine Fragrance Mist $14.00

At just $14.00 for an 8 fl oz mist, this is a deal that you simply cannot pass up! This sweet scent combines a blend of strawberries, lemon, honeysuckle and daisies that will leave you feeling super fresh after just a few sprays. It’s not overpowering in the slightest and the scent stays on your skin. I always pack a travel-sized bottle in my purse to spray on whenever I need to freshen up.

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Gourmand EDP Pistachio Brûlée Fragrance $18.00

My twin sister is an avid Urban Outfitters shopper and loves to look around the beauty section of the store. A couple of years back we were testing out perfumes and came across this pistachio brûlée scent that I totally fell in love with! The perfume has notes of vanilla mouse, pistachio and vanilla bean resulting in the perfect combination of light and sweet. I love using this fragrance during the day when I go out for coffee or brunch and get compliments on it almost every time I wear it out.

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Gourmand Hair + Body Mist Sel Ocean Fragrance $24.00

Another Urban Outfitters favorite! The Sel Ocean scent is the epitome of summertime. The fragrance is a blend of honeysuckle, muguet and pink sea salt. This is my boyfriend’s favorite perfume and I always wear it when we go on dates and out to dinner. It is sophisticated yet fun and the scent last all night long. I even turned my roommate Emily onto it…it has become one of her new staples as well! This fragrance is my holy-grail scent that I can spritz on and I know it will be appropriate for all occasions.

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Chloé Eau de Perfume $75.00-$132.00 

As I’ve been getting older, I have found that investing in a high-end, quality fragrance is essential. I am head over heels for the Chloé Eau de Perfume because of the fresh, light and powder-like floral scent it has. It is by far my most mature perfume that I own, but because it is light, it is still appropriate for a young 20 year old woman to wear! I wear this scent when I go out for fancy dinners, on job interviews, or for formal sorority events. Because it is on the pricier side, I like to save it for special occasions only! A trick for preserving the original scent of the perfume is to keep it in the box that it came in and store it in a cool, dark area!

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If y’all try out any of these scents please comment below or message me on Instagram @lexiejmurray! Thank you for reading!

xo, lexie

Young and in Love in NYC // Central Park

After a crazy month of final exams, present prep and saying goodbye to friends at college, I’m finally home for the holidays! I’m beyond excited to spend quality time with my family over the next couple of weeks…I’ve missed them so much! A few days ago, my boyfriend Mike and I headed into the Big Apple to explore all things Christmas! Growing up, I’ve always had this dream of exploring Central Park with someone I love. Going there with Mike was seriously a dream come true for me!

We started our day by boarding the crowded train in New Jersey. After only an hour’s time, we made it to New York City! Our first stop was Times Square which was flooded with tourists from all over the world basking in the holiday spirit. We stopped at Starbucks for a little “pick me up” to prep us for a day full of lots of walking.

As we made our way uptown, we finally reached Central Park. I was giddy with joy to have Mike by my side in one of my favorite places in the whole world! Hand in hand, we made our way around the Park, laughing, joking and taking lots of photos!

The Christmas Vendor’s were set up in the Park and we decided to stop and take a look. Mike bought me my perfect white pom hat that I’ve been on the hunt for…I’m seriously obsessed with it and put it on right away! As far as my outfit goes, I went for a more casual look and decided to make a statement in my new cherry red puffer jacket! I wore my favorite black Quay aviators which are my go-to sunglasses no matter the occasion. I find that they always help to polish any look I’m going for. Like I mentioned before, I popped on my white pom hat to add the perfect winter touch to the look! Whenever I’m in the city, I also find that carrying a cross-body purse is the best idea; this way, I can keep a close eye on my belongings. I wore my favorite black Michael Kors bag with gold detailing that is seriously the perfect size!

The whole day was so magical and truly unforgettable. There’s something about the Christmas spirit in the air in New York City. I’m so happy that I got to experience the joy of the holidays with him!

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This holiday season, I feel so lucky to have this guy by my side! He’s the best gift I could ever ask for! Wishing y’all a happy and safe holiday season!

XO, Lexie

 

Oh My Gourd…Fall is Here!

Happy fall y’all! A week ago it seemed like the cool weather would never come, but by the grace of God, the temperature dropped and autumn is finally here! To kickoff the season, my sister Cammie, best friend Courtney and I decided to take a trip to the pumpkin patch to get into the spirit. We started our day with Starbucks and worship at church and then drove to Lloyd Family Farms for a fun filled day!

Upon arriving, we waited in line to get our hayride tickets. After purchasing, we began loading onto the wagon. We were surrounded by giggling children pointing out the farm animals and soft smiles from all passengers as they gazed at the gorgeous open-land. The crisp air was magical making me wish this day could last forever!

As the pumpkin patch came into view, the hayride came to a stop. We made our way off of the wagon and into the sea of orange. Court, Cam and I immediately pulled out our cameras and began snapping away!

Like every blogger, fall fashion is my absolute favorite. I couldn’t wait to showcase my staples at the patch! I wore my holy-grail Urban Outfitters black turtleneck top (seriously can style this in a ton of different ways) paired with an A-line camel colored suede skirt from Old Navy that I know I’m going to wear on repeat this season! For shoes, I went with my black, suede, block heeled, thigh high boots from Zara that I adore. To finish the look, I popped on Mac Cosmetics Cream in your Coffee lipstick (favorite fall shade) and threw on my Quay Australia black aviator sunglasses for polish.

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I hope you guys are enjoying the cool weather as much as I am! What are your fall fashion staples? Comment below!

XO, Lexie

 

The Little Lemon Dress

In the beginning of summer, I remember scrolling through Instagram seeing all of my favorite bloggers/fashion influencers sporting lemon print and I was immediately obsessed! I bookmarked their posts for inspiration and was on my very own hunt for the perfect lemon sundress for summer. While shopping in Marshalls looking for swimsuits, I stumbled across this sky blue, fit and flare, 50’s style lemon printed dress. It was love at first sight and the dress was completely darling; I darted toward the rack, scooped it up and headed for the dressing room! As soon as I zipped it up, I knew that I had to purchase it! It fit like a glove and I immediately started to style the dress in my head. I envisioned my blush Kendra Scott necklace, my gold holographic Michael Kors bag and some white vintage sunnies and that’s exactly how I wore it! I took the dress out for a spin at my favorite coffee shop in Long Beach Island with my sisters for some iced soy lattes and acai bowls!

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What print have you been loving this summer? Comment Below!

XO, Lexie

 

Memories from Maryland

On my freshman year move-in day, I remember one of the last things my Dad saying to me before he pulled away was,”Lex, you’re going to meet ‘your people’ here”. As someone who struggled through high school in the friendship department, that was everything I was hoping for. It excited and terrified me all at the same time because the possibility of making lifelong friends seemed so incredible, but I was also scared about whether or not I would connect with people in the ways I wished for. As they say, parents are always right and I was blessed with forming some amazing friendships this past year. One of the most special relationships I created in school was with my friend Carmen. We had met at an admissions event the Spring before our freshman year started. In the Fall we both happened to be in the same Spanish class, we sat together, and the rest is history! Every single Friday we met at our school’s coffee shop and gave each other life updates, laughed until we cried, vented, gave each other advice and inspired each other! Carmen and her family invited me to spend the week in her hometown and I was incredibly excited to spend time with her and make memories that would last forever!

One of my favorite places we visited was this small town called Berlin. This quaint spot is filled with awesome shops, boutiques and restaurants. I spent way more money than I should have and bought some awesome jewelry and a new pair of sunnies that I absolutely adore! Below are some photos of the food I ate and snapshots from this sweet place!

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Whenever I travel I always look for a cute and comfortable outfit to walk around in. I went for an off the shoulder, smocked gingham top that was super comfy and summery. I paired it with a high waisted, white, frayed jean skirt that I seriously have not stopped wearing this season. I finished the look off with some blush colored, suede slides that I cannot get enough of! Most of my wardrobe is black and white so these add a subtle pop of color that I am totally obsessed with!

I’m so thankful for my vacation with Carmen and can’t wait to show her my hometown next summer!

Special shoutout to this sweetheart for being the best friend!

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XO, Lexie

Sweet Summertime // Terhune Orchards

There’s nothing quite like fresh fruit in the summertime! Because strawberries are in the height of their season, my sister and I decided to seize the moment and take a trip to our local orchard to go picking. We chose a beautiful, breezy afternoon; the sun was shining bright and we practically had the fields to ourselves. Upon arriving, we went into the little farm store and both picked out teal cartons to fill with the sweet berries. After getting them, we walked towards the fields and got right to it! I had so much fun searching for the perfect berries and before I knew it, my carton was overflowing! I couldn’t wait to bring them home to my family and cut them up for dessert!

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I’m so excited to keep picking organic fruits and veggies all summer long! It’s certainly the most fun way to grocery shop! Lots of posts coming soon…

Gingham Top: Old Navy 

Mom Jeans: American Eagle 

Sandals: Jack Rogers 

Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

Lipstick: Mac in Russian Red 

Bracelet: Tiffany & Co

Necklace: Mud Pie 

Nail Polish: Sally Hansen in Let’s Jam 

XO, Lexie

 

But First, Brunch!

Brunch has and always will be my favorite meal! You simply cannot go wrong with a mix of sweet and savory delicacies, coffee, mimosas and most importantly, great company. My family and I love trying out new places to eat and recently, we were recommended by a friend to try out Wildflour Bakery Cafe. This darling little restaurant is in a gorgeous, historical Victorian style home making for a cozy and warm atmosphere. This menu puts a special spin on classic brunch foods. They’re dishing out unique crepes, omelettes, flatbreads and offer a wide variety of vegan and gluten free options, making this restaurant a pleaser for all lifestyles. I started off the meal by sipping on a delicious almond milk cappuccino that I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of! I followed my cup of joe by ordering a vegan roasted kale and sweet potato crepe served with a vegan chipotle aioli…it was seriously amazing! There is nothing I love more than sitting down to a meal with great people, sharing stories, laughing and enjoying life together.

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I can’t wait for many more delicious brunches at Wildflour! What is your favorite brunch place? Make sure to comment your recommendations below!

xo, Lexie

Best of Beauty 2017

Hi readers! 2017 was a huge year for me filled with so many life changes! I graduated high school, started at my dream college, made the most amazing friends, joined a sorority (shout out to Alpha Gamma Delta) and grew so much as a person. As I reflected on myself this past year, I thought that I would also reflect on some of my favorite beauty products that I used throughout 2017! Below I am rounding up my holy grail products that you definitely have to add to your beauty routine in the new year! Without further ado, let’s get into it!

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Best Foundation: Urban Decay Naked Skin // lightweight, airy, medium-buildable coverage, flawless finish. the perfect foundation. 

Best Concealer: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser // smooth, easy to blend, airbrushed look. perfect coverage on under eye circles and blemishes.

Best Powder: Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Pressed Powder // added coverage, perfect to dust overtop of foundation, doesn’t crease.

Best Setting Spray: NYX Matte Setting Spray // affordable, keeps makeup in place ALL DAY, can’t leave without spritzing some on.

Best Blush: Milani Rose Powder Blush // pigmented, natural, flushed look. the perfect rosy cheek. 

Best Bronzer: Benefit Hoola Bronzer // guaranteed chiseled cheekbones. great for contouring. awesome shade for all skin tones, warms up the face. 

Best Lipgloss: NYX butter gloss in Eclair // creamy, moisturizing, the perfect pink pout. 

Best Lipstick: Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick in Sphynx // my everyday pink/nude lipstick, inexpensive, long wearing, my go-to. 

Best Eyeshadow Palette: Tarte “Tartelette in Bloom” // amazing color payoff, highly pigmented, blendable, mix of fun and neutral colors, potential day and nighttime eye looks.

Best Mascara: Maybelline Colossal in Glam Black // have tried high end mascaras of all brands and always come back to this Maybelline one. affordable, lengthens, curls, makes the lash line look dark and full. 

Best Highlighter: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Opal // glowy, soft, photographs well, not outrageously metallic like some others, good for an everyday shimmer.

Best Makeup Brushes: Ecotools // soft, cruelty free, inexpensive, wash nicely, made with recycled and synthetic materials, feel good about applying your makeup with these brushes.

Best Face Wash: Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel // use this face wash once and you’ll never want to use another cleanser again. leaves your face soft and very clean after a long day of oil and makeup exposure.

Best Facial Spray: Mario Badescu Rosewater Spray // spritz this rosewater spray for a refreshing, hydrating lift after washing your face! 

Best Face Mask: Aztec Secret Bentonite Indian Healing Clay // hands down the best face mask I have ever used! it seriously feels like you have new skin after just one use.

If you try out any of these products please comment below! I would love to know what you think about them! Wishing all of you nothing but health, happiness and success in 2018!

xo, Lexie

 

 

 

 

 

August Favorites | Beauty + Fashion

With August coming to a close and September right around the corner I thought that it would be the perfect time to share what I’ve been loving this month! Below I am rounding up my ultimate beauty and fashion favorites. I’ve also been doing some fashion trend forecasting lately and am going to be including must-have pieces that will spice up your wardrobe for the upcoming season! Without further ado, let’s get into it!

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Beauty Favorites

Obliphica Seaberry Hair Serum: Have you guys ever tried out a new product that you ended up loving/using everyday and wonder what the heck you did before without it? For me, that is this hair serum! It’s my new holy grail product. I was introduced to this stuff thanks to the sample size in my Birchbox! It just so happened that I was in desperate need of something to tame my hair from the humidity. Naturally, I was super eager to test this product out and couldn’t have been more happy with the results. After showering or styling my hair, I use about a pea sized droplet of the serum, rub the product between my fingertips and comb out my hair with my hands. It leaves my hair looking super healthy and shiny, without looking greasy…this is key when dealing with serums. This product contains Sea Buckthorn Berry which is super rich in antioxidants and completely restores dry, damaged hair and additionally, combats frizz. I have noticed a huge difference in the overall heath of my hair of my hair and have people asking me all the time what product I use in my hair to make it so soft and shiny! Because you only use a small amount of the product, it will last you months which compensates for the price. You will not regret purchasing this!

Garnier Micellar Water: For years, I dreaded when nighttime would roll around because that meant having to take off my makeup. For most people, that is their favorite time of the day, but for me, all I could think about were my eyes stinging and my face burning. The cause? Makeup wipes. Trust me, I tried to give them a fair shot by testing out a multitude of different brands and I just couldn’t seem to find something that got the job done without causing me discomfort. In dire need to find something to take my makeup off comfortably, I began to research alternate makeup removing products and that’s when I discovered micellar water. This stuff is seriously life changing. I soak my cotton round with the micellar water and in circular motions make my way around my entire face, taking off all of my foundation first. I then use a new cotton round to remove my eye makeup. There is absolutely no stinging, it removes 100% off my makeup, and is much better for the environment than using the wipes. And, if you can even imagine, the micellar water gets better than it already sounds. This product not only acts as a makeup remover, but a facial cleanser all in one, so you are tackling two parts of your nighttime routine in one step! How great is that!?

Maybelline Colossal Mascara: When it comes to mascara, I’ve pretty much tried every recommended brand in the book…drugstore, high-end, indie brands…you name it! Mascara is definitely a product that I go through pretty quickly. As a student, saving money is essential and considering the amount I go through, I was able to easily rule out the high-end products. To be honest, the high-end mascara brands I tried were very comparable to drug store brands and to me, it wasn’t worth the price tag. I stuck to looking in my local drugstore, that way spending between $5-10 was no harm, no foul. After trying a few different brands I decided to venture into the Maybelline section and the bright yellow tube of the Colossal Mascara stood out right away. I grabbed the mascara and I’ve been using it every single day for years now. This mascara isn’t clumpy in the slightest, applies evenly, lengthens, and adds a bunch of volume giving me a full glam look which is what I love. I often get asked what lashes I’m wearing and when I tell people that they’re my lashes you wouldn’t believe their faces! At only around $6 a tube, this stuff is unmatched. Great quality, great price, great lashes.

Gourmand Hair + Body Mist: Anyone else think that the best compliment ever is when someone tells you how good you smell!? I know that for me, it makes my confidence sky rocket! Ever since I have been using this hair and body mist, this compliment has been on repeat…and I couldn’t be happier about it! Special thanks to my sister Cammie for making me try out this spray! This mist comes in three scents, Fluer Monoï, Sel Ocean, and Pistachio Brûlée…all very different but all equally as amazing. Spritz this mist all over your body and in your hair for a scent that lasts all day! Reasonably priced at only $24 for 3.4 oz, this spray will be your new go-to scent!

TonyMoly I’m Real Sheet Mask: Recently, I’ve been trying to step up my skincare game. I wanted to start out doing a sheet mask at least once a week to ease into this new routine and I’m so glad I did! These TonyMoly masks have improved my skin more than I could imagine! Sunday night is dedicated to “me time” so while I’m unwinding on the couch watching Bravo, I put this sheet mask for about 15-20 min and relax. It is such a good way to refresh your skin for the upcoming week. It leaves your skin looking dewy, hydrated, and most importantly healthy. When removing the mask when the time is up, pat the excess serum left on your face into your skin so none of the good product goes to waste!

Fashion Favorites

Motorcycle Jacket: The fact that motorcycle jackets are one of Fall 2017’s biggest trends makes me the happiest! I got my first moto jacket back in the 8th grade and it has lasted me up until last year! In honor of them coming back into style, I decided that I needed a refresh on the jacket so I picked up a new one at Old Navy for a super reasonable price. I honestly can’t wait to sport it this upcoming season. The ways to style this jacket are endless. Throw it over a pair of skinny jeans and graphic tee for an effortlessly chic, cool look, or make it appear fancier by throwing it over a dress to give your look a bit of an edge. Personally, I can’t wait to wear it with a lace up tee, jean skirt and thigh high boots. It is the perfect transition piece from warmer weather into cooler weather with just enough weight to keep you warm, but not as heavy as an actual coat. I can’t wait to throw this jacket on for college football games!

Pops of Plaid: It’s time to channel your inner Alicia Silverstone…plaid is here to stay! Think total Clueless vibes, with plaid minis, blazers, and jackets! I’ve always loved the school girl prep look so I couldn’t be more excited to rock this trend this fall. I’m pumped to incorporate two trends into one look with a plaid mini skirt, black tee, and leather jacket thrown over my shoulders. Not only does this look make a trendy statement, but it screams fall! Make sure to check out your local thrift store for unique plaid finds at a price point that you simply cannot pass up.

Cherry Red: Get ready because Fall 2017 is going to be RED HOT! For the past few years, we have seen various shades of red, the most popular being burgundy. It’s time to let go of this subtle shade, and trade it in for something sexy and bold! Incorporate this color into your beauty routine by painting on a pair of rich red lips, step up your shoe game by making a serious statement with a pair of cherry heels or OTK boots, or go for a romantic look with a feminine, red, off the shoulder top! You certainly will stand out in the crowd in the best, most fashionable way! Red lipstick has always been a favorite of mine, so I can’t wait to wear this more than ever. I love Mac’s Russian Red lipstick the best! I’m also pining after a red coat…how gorgeous would that be!?

Dark Florals: I’ve always loved floral because I’m such a sucker for anything and everything girly! If it has flowers on it, I most definitely want it! Floral print is usually something we see during the warmer seasons, so the fact that this print is getting a fall makeover has me so thrilled! This trend is super wearable, so if you’re someone that likes to play it safe with fashion, but still wants to be a bit trendy, this is definitely the look for you. I can’t wait to style this trend by wearing a cold shoulder, dark floral print top with a pair of dark wash denim, leather booties, and bouncy waves!

The Bold Type: Ever since Jane by Design (shoutout to everyone who knows and misses this amazing show!) got canceled, I have been wishing and not so patiently waiting for a new fashion based fiction TV show to air! Until recently, I had no idea any fashion based fiction TV shows existed until I got a text message from my awesome friend Shelby that informed me that there was a new series that I absolutely had to see! The Bold Type follows the journey of three best friends in their 20’s living in NYC who work together at Scarlet Fashion Magazine (based off of Cosmo). The show highlights important issues happening in today’s society, romance, friendship, how to chase your dreams and tips on how to be a total #bosslady. You can catch this show on Freeform, airing Tuesday’s at 9pm. Just saying, Kat, the social media director at Scarlet has my TOTAL dream job!

I had so much fun writing this post! Let me know in the comments below if you would like to see more favorites posts in the future and/or if you tried/bought anything mentioned in the post! I would love to hear your thoughts!

xo, lexie

Hydrangea Heaven

I’m a total sucker for every and all types of flowers but hydrangeas….they hold a super special place in my heart! I remember falling for this flower the first time I saw them. I was vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard when I noticed that all of the houses were lined with these lush bushes filled with the most gorgeous flowers I have ever seen. I immediately asked my mom what they were called and when she told me, that very moment, hydrangeas became my all time favorite flower! When my parents broke the news that we were going to be vacationing in Long Beach Island I got insanely excited. Hydrangeas grow best in sandy soil and what better place to find sandy soil than the beach!? I knew that I was going to see loads of gorgeous hydrangeas and boy was I right! Bold blues, hot pinks, bright whites, soft blushes and light purple petals were scattered everywhere adding a bright pop of color against the dark green leaves. I was in heaven snapping away, trying to capture all of the beauty! I mean just look at them!

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One day I hope to line my future house with hydrangea bushes! What is your favorite flower? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, lexie