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  • Saturday, June 14, 2014

     One of our favorite parts of summer is the extended daylight along with nights warm enough to run barefoot in the grass in the sundress you've been wearing all day long. The lingering sunlight of summer evenings is perfect for playing host and putting on a summer party with a rustic touch. From food to decor, we gathered our favorite tips and tricks for an outdoor summer soiree. Here is everything you need for a rustic summer party

    Dine: When it comes to an alfresco meal, we love taking advantage of a fire pit or barbecue! Try cutting up your favorite veggies along with chicken or even polenta or tofu and assemble them on a kabob skewer. About thirty minutes before you're ready to throw them on the grill, let them soak in a homemade marinade for added flavor. We also love a variety of salads, grilled corn, and fruit guaranteed to please your guests on your outdoor dining table. Need a little culinary inspiration? Check out our Rustica cookbook brimming with dishes worthy of a summertime party! 

    Drink: Have a variety of chilled beverages like sparkling water and iced teas for your guests to sip on while they enjoy your fete. When it comes to your delightful libations, try making your own sangria the night before or an array of fruity cocktails. For an added kick, try making fruit infused ice cubes for a sweet or tart touch to your beverages. Don't forget to provide lots of ice for those warm summer evenings!  

    Decor: For perfectly rustic decor, be sure to adorn your entertaining space with plenty of lights or candles for warm and subtle lighting. For table settings, substitute the spring blossoms you've favored for sunflowers or even create centerpieces with succulents. Evoke rural charm with wooden details like cute benches or vintage crates. Finish off your rustic table by providing your guests mason jar glasses for their beverages! 

    Activities: We love party games - especially of the outdoor variety! Set up a croquet tournament or play a round of bean bag toss before the sun sets. After the sky grows dark, connect your laptop to a projector and play a classic movie on an empty wall or screen for a post-dinner feature film. Don't forget an open knit sweater or chambray button up to throw over your ensemble and an assortment of blankets to keep your guests cozy once the sun goes down! 

    Hosting a get-together with a hint of rustic charm is the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon. Do you have any party tips for a summer soiree with your nearest and dearest? Let us know! 


  • Friday, June 13, 2014

    We all know that one of the best ways to stay youthful and glowing is to protect our skin with SPF. But with hectic schedules, it’s easy to forget to cover all your bases before heading into a sun-soaked situation! Here are some sunscreen reminders and product recommendations to prepare you for the UV rays of spring and summer. With the right products in your medicine cabinet or makeup collection, you’ll be more than ready for last-minute beach outings and surprisingly warm mornings at the outdoor flea market!

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    To prevent signs of aging, it’s a good idea to protect your face from the sun’s rays on a daily basis. One way to do this is to switch out an SPF-free daily moisturizer with one that provides protection. If you’re truly in love with the moisturizer you use, try using it in tandem with an SPF veil. Have a big outdoor day ahead? Opt for more of a classic facial sunscreen for maximum cover.

    You can also get protection from your makeup! Many BB creams contain SPF and can be worn alone as a light foundation (perfect for pool days and afternoon hiking!). If light coverage isn’t for you, use a BB cream as a primer, layering it under your usual foundation.

    Not a fan of BB creams? Invest in a colorless makeup primer with SPF to improve the lasting power of your makeup or try switching up your finishing powder! And if you’re not smitten with your current foundation, you can also try one that has SPF built in. Just be warned -- foundation with SPF can give your face a white cast in flash photography, so stick to SPF-free foundation on a fancy night out.

    Applying sunscreen on your body is standard protocol for a sunny day outside, but it’s still easy to miss a spot! If you’ll be wearing a bathing suit, apply your sunscreen before you slip on your swimsuit on to make sure you’ve gone beyond the borders of the suit itself. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet and the back of your hands -- these spots are often forgotten!

    If you hate the goopy lotion, purchasing a spray-on sunscreen might give you more incentive to reapply. Just ensure you’ve blended it in well! A lot of spray-on sunscreens are clear, making it difficult to remember where you’ve applied.

    Make sure you have a cute cover-up on hand that you’ll be just as excited to wear as your swimsuit. Taking breaks to rest in your cover-up will help minimize the chance of sunburn on a long day at the beach!