the best sunless tanners

i have another reader’s question this week in the beauty closet… the best sunless tanners


you see, lacey is a sunless tanning expert because she owns a portable sunless spray tanning business which she runs to make extra money while she is going through her master’s program. BUT that means she and i have gotten so used to stripping down and being sprayed by her amazing product that we have not tested at home self tanners for a while.

we immediately hit the obvious spots for sunless tanning options. after smearing several lotions and foams on our skin we were not satisfied.  we were looking for good color, ease in application and evenness and long lasting wear. we continued on our search. in the end we found these six sunless tanning lotion or foam options that you may not have tried and now here is our very honest review of each.

You have heard it a million times, start by exfoliating but I can’t stress this enough. It can make all the difference in the world. I did a little experiment, not shaving and exfoliating one leg and shaving and exfoliating the other,  before applying self tanner and guess what? The leg that I did not exfoliate was streaky as streaky can be. yikes! there is a little method to the exfoliating madness.

how to exfoliate for self tanning

Lacey recommends this body brush available at Target by Sonia Kashuk or her favorite (and mine since she got me completely addicted to it) baking soda! Both are so economical it is a great way to exfoliate an entire body and they work really well at getting dry rough skin sloughed off and ready for tanner application.

the best sunless tanners reviews


Rodan + Fields Foaming Sunless Tan: goes on real smooth, dries evenly and your dark pretty tan will last 4-5 days.

Nature’s Gate Sunless Tanner: This tanner is all organic, goes on smoothly, dries evenly and lasts 4-5 days. I found it very comparable to the Rodana + Fields but with an easier price tag to swallow. $11.55 for 16oz! Yes please!!

Lastly, I really love the brown, not orangey color of both of these self tanners! Love Love.

SUN Sunless Tanning Lotion: this formula went on evenly had a good brown color. It blended really seamlessly and i like that.

Con: didn’t last very long, would have to be applied each day to build up a tan.

Fake Bake in Original: This lotion comes with gloves which at first I thought was no big deal, but I ended up using them with each product and loved not worrying about dark palms.  This tanner has a great color for olive and darker skin tones.

Cons: The tinted formula ensures an even tan but I did not like how the formula spread on the skin very much. It wasn’t as smooth as I would have wished.

St. Tropez: This has been around forever and everyone has tried it. I like the tinted formula and the scent but after trying Nature’s Gate and Rodan Fields I realized how soon the color of St. Tropez faded.

Tan Towel: I have used these for over a year. I love how easy they are to apply with the pre-saturated wipe and are great for traveling.

Con: the color is so light it is best for it to dry and reapply each day.

easter dresses for little girls and tweens

hello! easter/spring/passover is one of my favorite times of year. i have the fondest memories of dressing up as a little girl. my whole family would do a fashion show coming down the stairs. making it super official was my older brother announcing “today, aundra is wearing a lovely yellow floral number, sewn by her mom. complete with white lace gloves, white lace socks, white pattern leather t strap shoes and a purse.” it was the best. my brothers wore powder blue suits and lavender vests. kennedys knew how to do easter right.

so lets get right to it shall we? i am doing a no fuss slideshow today because i have so many pieces to share and i am giddy even as i type this.



zara blue floral dress $29zara pink lace dress $42/zara white embroidered dress $42/ zara floral printed dress $42 / green and white striped janie and jack dress $59 / yellow peplum dress $50 / blue and white striped sailor dress on sale for $37 / a girl can dream gorgeous dresses by pink and grey $280 / gap blue leopard dress $29 /baby gap flutter dress $29 / toddler girl flutter dress $49 / little girl and tweens polka dot and chambray sleeveless shirt dress $39 ( but you know gap is always having a sale) / the seattle shirtdress by fleur and dot on etsy $120 / fleur and dot bubble shorts- this for easter egg hunting would be just too cute $48/  old navy red sail boat dress for toddlers $10!! / old navy sweet floral dress for toddlers $10 / tulle h&m skirt for toddlers to tweens $14.95 / white lace h&m dress $17.99 / crew cuts embroider chambray dress $68 / black sleeveless embroidered dress by crew cuts $58 / pink floral crew cuts dress $84 / peek kids embroidered skirt, pair with a chambray shirt or tank $58


ruby tuesdays…easter hairstyles for little girls 2014

hello. i am super excited to share this hair post today! i know how you love hair style ideas for your little girls and i have been dying to show a few of our new favorites. here is our easter hair post i did with some of ruby’s dear friends and this year the girls all came back with their mama to try out some new styles for this easter.

oh and did you notice her new bangs? she got bangs and they are everything.

easter hair style ideas for little girlsmessy side fishtail braid hairstyle for little girls

easter dresses for little girls

at least once a week ruby will ask me if i have figured out how to fishtail braid yet. nope. haven’t but this is so cute i wish i would! after brittney created the fishtail she used her fingers and the comb to mess up the look just a stitch more, giving it more texture and interest.

i have been dying to make ruby a real flower headband but it just hasn’t happened yet. we found this one at nordstrom and it works great. we have also seen fabulous flower headbands at Tilly’s.

flower headband for little girls floral headband for little girls

on ruby dress c/o Tutu Mondefishtail braid for short hair on little girls

here is the look on shorter, finer hair.

halle’s dress: zara

this is my ultimate favorite. the samurai for girls. i say if david beckham does it, it must be right. my boys refuse to let me pull their hair back in a knot so i finally figured, why not ruby? she was up for it. a little bit of the waver to add texture to the hair and we are obsessed.

THE NEW TOP KNOT FOR KIDS HAIRSTYLESAMURAI HAIRSTYLE FOR GIRLS easter dresses for girls 2 ruby’s dress: crew cuts (sold out) lola: dress

easter shoes for girls, boys, babies and toddlers… that won’t make you fall asleep

we are taking a break from monday rad deals (although there are a lot of rad deals on these shoes today) to bring you the all important EASTER SHOES round up for kids! yay!! this time of year makes me so happy. I will talk more about what spring means to me  tomorrow with my Easter dresses and Easter outfits for boys picks but first lets start with SHOES!

zara metallic gold sandal $49/zara chambray dot flat $29 / leopard ankle strap sandals $24 / still a classic metallic gold saltwater sandal from baby to tweens $34 /cole haan gold cap baby shoe $37 / polka dot leather strap ballet flat $21.95brown leather t-strap flat $39 /leopard doc marten boots $74 / kensie girl white leather gladiator for little girls to tweens $36 / minnetonka fringe sandal for girls $29 / aqua minnetonka fringe sandal for girls $29 / gold plated ankle strap sandal for girls $39 / silver metallic ankle strap $14.95 / gray canvas toms $33.95 /gold brogues for baby $34 / zara mixed leather sneaker $35 / these little navy like birkenstocks i cannot handle with shorts and little chubby legs $45 / green sneaker $45 / sunny yellow slip on shoe for baby $19 / coral ballet moccasins $60 /aqua leather mocassins for baby $60 / white and gold studded mocassins $60 / gray canvas velcro sneakers $29 (20% off right now) / boys blue canvas vans with brown laces $42 / blue converse $37


fridays… i can’t stop tying my shirts into knots

fridays i will be sharing what i cannot stop doing this week.

this week i cannot stop tying my shirts into knots. tee shirts. chambray shirts (did you see yesterdays post). white collared shirts. you name it. i am tying it.  i love the knot with high waisted jeans and blazers as well as maxi skirts and these jeans which are about two sizes too big and i love them.

i can't stop tying my shirts into knots