SB Beauty Chronicles: Sun & Skin

10 Jul

Let’s talk skincare. THE single most important thing that you can do to keep your skin looking young is to protect it! You only get one epidermis and there is no fountain of youth. #truth 

During summer, we are flooded with a multitude of “tanned” body images. It can be very tempting to bake in the sun for a few hours, without sunblock. Don’t do it! Trust me on this one. Unprotected sun exposure can increase lines, wrinkles, and sun spots – and let’s not forget the risk of skin cancer.

Untanned (or lightly tanned) skin is classy and elegant: case in point, Taylor Swift. Check out this article about celebrities who look better without a tan. If you really want that deep summer tan, please just go for a spray tan or try an at home system.

Now for the important part, sunblock. My favorite brand is Coola. It is a mineral formula that doesn’t contain parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. They have an amazing matte tint line, which keeps you looking cool and smooth (not oily and greasy). It is made for the face, but I use it on my entire body. You’ll love it it. You can find it at Nordstrom here or Sephora here.

Your gorgeous skin deserves flattering swimwear. I particularly like bright colors, to provide a good contrast. This pink suit pops on anyone. Even if you aren’t used to wearing super bright colors…give it a try for a swim suit. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. 

Just remember: Don’t shush the SPF. Protect you skin and you’ll look amazing for many years to come. 

{We photographed this series at one of the most amazing spots on Maui. During special times of the year at Baldwin Beach, the sun shines directly through the hills and creates one of the best spots for watching the sunset, EVER. We happened to be there for this exact moment. Incredible. These were truly some of the most beautiful moments I’ve ever experienced. So, I wanted to share them with you. Hope you enjoy!}

Swim Top: Solid & Striped || Swim Botton: Solid & Striped|| Earrings: Lisi Lerch || Sunblock: Coola

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SB Shopping Guide: 4th of July

4 Jul


Happy 4th!! I hope that you all are having a wonderful holiday spending time with your loved ones. 

Don’t forget to fit in some shopping before the fireworks (or maybe after too). There are a ton of great Fourth of July sales happening right now.

As usual, you’ll find THE most comprehensive list of sales right here in the SB Shopping Guide. To be directed immediately to each sale, click on the links below. Happy Hunting!

Anthropologie – 30% off sale
Ann Taylor – 40% off with code: HAPPY4TH
ASOS – up to 70% off sale
Banana Republic – 40% off with code: BRNEW
Barney’s Warehouse – up to 60% off
BaubleBar – 20% off
Bergdorf – up to 75% off sale
Bloomingdale’s – up to 50% off
BCBG – 50% off
Bebe – $20 every $100 with code: FAB4TH
CAMI – 25/30/40% off with code: SUMMER25/30/40
Chic Wish – 10% of with code: JUL10
Coach – 50% off all sale
Cole Haan – 40% off all sale with code: SAVE
Crate & Barrel – 15% off with code: SAVE15
eBags – 20% off with code: FIREWORKS
Express – 50% off
Farfetch – up to 60% off
Forever 21 – BOGO free on sale with code: BOGOFREE
Francesca’s – BOGO 50% off
Free People – 40% off select styles
French Connection – extra 50% off sale with code: F50SBR
Gap – up to 60% off
GiGi New York – 20% off
Goodnight Macaroon – 40% off with code: 4JULY
H&M – up to 70% off
Halston Heritage – 30% off sale with code: INDEPENDENCE
Henri Bendel – up to 36% off + free gift with $200
Hudson Jeans – 30% off with code: HAPPY4TH
Hunter – 10% off sale with code: JULY4TH
Intermix – up to 40% sale
J Crew – 30% off with code: HOORAY
J Crew Factory – 50% off with code: FOURTHFUN
Joe Fresh – 30% off clearance with code: JULY4TH
Joss & Main – 20% off with code: FIREWORKS
Kate Spade – 15% off color bar with code: COLOR
Kendra Scott – 20% off with code: SALE20
Loft – 60% off sale
Lord & Taylor – 20% off with code: FOURTH
Lou & Grey – 30% off $130+ with code: SALESALE
Macy’s – 25% off when you donate $3
Milly – 20% off with code: GETLIT
Mintwood Home – 15% off with code: HAPPY4TH
Moda Operandi – 15% sale with code: MODA15
Modcloth – up to 30% off
Nasty Gal – 50% off with code: GET50
Neiman Marcus – up to 70% off
Neiman’s Last Call – up to 70% off + 10% off with code: JULY4
Nine West – BOGO 60% off
Old Navy – up to 60% off
Overstock – up to 70% off
Rag & Bone – 30% sale off with code: JUNESALE17
Rebecca Minkoff – up to 60% off
Rebecca Taylor – 40% off sale with code: JULYSURPRISE
Rent the Runway – 20% off first order with code: FIRST
Saks – up to 70% off sale
Sam Edelman – 20% off sale with code: 4THOFSAM20
Serena & Lily – 20% off with code: HAPPY4TH
SheIn – up to 85% off
Sole Society – up to 50% off
Steve Madden – 25% off with code: FIREWORKS
Tahari – 40% off
Talbots – 40% off sale
Target – up to 30% off
Ted Baker – up to 50% off
The Outnet – 30% off sale
Topshop – up to 50% off sale
Tory Burch – 30% off sale with code: EXTRA30
Trina Turk – 25% off sale
Tuckernuck – 20% off $200+ with code: HBDUSA
Urban Outfitters – 30% off sale
Vince Camuto – 30% off sale with code: JULY4SALE
Wayfair – up to 70% off
West Elm – 20% off
Williams-Sonoma – up to 75% off



California Dreaming

2 Jul

Style Beacon has an exciting new adventure to share with all of you!!

You may have noticed that I have been spending a lot of time in California lately. Well, guess what?! Drumroll please….Style Beacon is expanding to the West Coast!

We will continue to bring you coverage from Austin, but will be setting up a new office in California – so expect more palm trees, beachy photos, outdoor adventures, wine-tastings, and more. I ❤ Cali 🙂

Be sure to follow @stylebeacon on Instagram to keep up with all of the fun via daily Insta Stories.

I hope that you enjoy the new journey with Style Beacon. May we always remain a positive beacon of fashion, travel, lifestyle, beauty, and decor.

And if you haven’t picked up a few floral pieces for summer, be sure to grab this adorable Maggy London pleated dress (comes in two colors)! Looking forward to many more fun times with you all! 

Dress: Maggy London || Heels: BCBG || Earrings: Lisi Lerch || Nails: Lacquer

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Inside Out 

10 Jun

Aloha from Maui! This is my first ever swimwear shoot, so I’m a little nervous about putting this out into the blog-o-sphere. But, that changes today. After all, this is a fashion, travel, and lifestyle blog…so that includes swimwear.

But first, I want to take a moment to talk about body image. No one is perfect and we all have insecurities. I challenge you to speak positive words about yourself and others. View imperfections as the special traits that make someone unique and beautiful. It is important to learn to love yourself and others, inside and out. 

Our “Instagram culture” can place so much pressure to look picture perfect. This should not define you. It can suck the happiness right out of you and it isn’t reality. Life is not all about external appearances and filters. It is about who you are inside. You are Instagram perfect. You are a beautiful version of YOU. 

Ok, now about that swim style! The belle sleeves we’ve been seeing on tops and dresses, have made their way to coverups. I am kind of obsessed. You’ll find me wearing this coverup all summer long.

This ultra cool bikini is reversible (two in one!). The detailed back and seashells attached to the strings are super fun. And these Sam Edelman studded sandals go with anything: swimwear, maxi dresses, shorts, rompers, etc. Update your gladiator sandals with a studded version. Super versatile! 

Confidence and positivity are important no matter your shape or size. And so is a great swimsuit. So wear it all with a smile. Aloha!

Cover up: PilyQ || Swim Top: Seafolly || Bottom: Seafolly || Sandals: Sam Edelman || Nails: Lacquer

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Photos by Maui Creative Photography

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