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My summer heat survival guide


Well it’s getting to be that time of year in Texas again, folks. Much like preparing extra water and cookies in advance for storms, it is due time to bust out the battery operated spritzing fan and Ban cooling cloths to keep the face glimmering to a minimum (and I don’t mean the glamorous kind). Cooling cloths might not sound (or look) cute, but it’s not my fault I don’t wear extreme heat well… I blame my mom.

All of this to say that in my almost four years of surviving Texas summers, I’ve come to learn a trick or about prepping summer essentials and these are a few of my favorites.–

summer survival guide |

a super lightweight beach towel, there’s no reason to have thick cotton when you’re practically dry on spot  // a water bottle for every occasion. it might as well be cute if you have to have one // a token floppy hat. not just for the sun, but for disguising my crazy humidity ridden hair // mario badescu oil free moisturizer to calm down my already dewy skin without heat // tanning isn’t something my skin naturally likes to do, so a little sunless encouragement helps and this seems to be the current rave // cooling cloths for a quick freshen up that won’t make you feel like you’re stealing wipes from a baby // a bag worthy of toting around all of the summer staples // token leather sandals that leave a little room for fresh air // retro eye gear // tunic dresses for mixing comfort with as little clothing as possible while still staying classy // go all natural with air dried hair and a little sea spray for just off the beach hair with zero effort

Compensation was provided by Ban via MomTrends. The opinions expressed are my own (only I would admit to extreme glistening, after all) and are not indicative of the opinions of Ban or Momtrends
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Giveaway // Win an R. Riveter Bag


R. Riveter, handmade bags by military spouses for the cause R. Riveter, handmade bags by military spouses for the cause   

I have a tendency to be quite the bag hoarder, as does my lovely friend Cara (that graciously let me force modeling upon her super cute four month pregnant self to take photos for this post), so naturally I will always welcome a new one. These bags from R. Riveter are a bit different though, because they support a much better cause then unnecessarily filling my closet even more so I was happy to share…

R. Riveter is a company started by military spouses to provide mobile and flexible income to other military spouses. All of their bags are made using recycled military materials and they maintain the small, handmade quality in all of their pieces. Even if you’re not a crazy bag lady like myself, this is a cause worthy of supporting. For the rest of you who are, you’re in luck because R. Riveter is giving one lucky a reader this Mrs. Bell messenger bag, see the details here!

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DIY // Figurine Trinket Dishes


DIY figurine trinket dishes  DIY figurine trinket dishes

Today’s the last day for this week’s a touch of gold series for Lulu’s Fresh Spaces, and I’m sharing these little DIY figurine trinket dishes! You can customize them however you’d like, big or small, and it only takes a few simple supplies that you might already have laying around (especially if you have little ones!).

Check out the full tutorial here!

DIY figurine trinket dishes

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A day in the life…


A day in the life of Sugar & Cloth - tee by Pickwick and Weller

photos by Kimberly Chau Photography 

I’ve never been a morning person. In fact, I actually got a B instead of an A in my first period English class senior year because I was late so many times. All of this to say that if I can get away with getting dressed as quickly and effortlessly as possible, I will (this may or may not include going out in public with uncombed hair).

This is also another reason why I keep to DIY’s instead of being a fashion blogger, so when Pickwick & Weller asked me to share a peek into my daily routine, it couldn’t have been a more perfect fit. We also happen to have a few key things in common like believing in the power of good coffee, an empty notebook, and in looking casual but well tailored. And by well tailored I mean that I hopefully have no coffee stains on my t-shirt that day.

A day in the life of Sugar & Cloth - tee by Pickwick and Weller

A day in the life of Sugar & Cloth - tee by Pickwick and Weller

Contrary to popular belief, Sugar & Cloth isn’t my full-time job. I actually work at Smilebooth here in Houston by day and then double as a self-proclaimed DIY magician by night. Having a blog filled with weekly DIY’s and recipes is an insane amount of work.

I usually spend at least eight hours or more per post, and that adds up pretty quickly when you’re doing that several times a week on top of a day job, which is exactly why I can’t even think of holding conversations before I’ve had my coffee in the mornings (preferably with coffee art hearts). Catalina and Blacksmith are two of my favorite coffee spots in Houston.

A day in the life of Sugar & Cloth

I usually try to get a game plan for my day in the mornings whether that means planning out DIY’s or sourcing materials and replying to emails (which I’m terrible at). I always do better with lists, otherwise I just end up getting super overwhelmed and slightly teary eyed by the end of the week. Evernote and Google calendar are my best friends!

a day in the life of sugar and cloth- tee by pickwick and wellera day in the life of Sugar & Cloth - tee by Pickwich & Weller

In case you’ve ever wondered how a lot of the tutorial photos you’ve seen here on Sugar & Cloth are done, here it is! A simple piece of white board from the Ikea as-is section, a window with lots of natural light, and clothes fit for a lot of crouching down and possible glitter contact. Hence the reason Pickwick & Weller was the perfect fit, not to mention who wouldn’t love t-shirts from a company owned by Ashton Kutcher and named after Charles Dickens’ first novel?

photos by Kimberly Chau Photography | this post is sponsored by Pickwick & Weller


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