It’s springtime in my neck of the woods, and that means it’s time for a few things to happen in my life:
It’s time to load up on allergy meds and get out my pollen mask (because I live in Texas, after all).
It’s time to slowly reintroduce my legs back into society with gentle, slow exposure to sunshine in safe, protected environments (read: in my backyard, alone, so they don’t blind anyone with their paleness).
It’s time to get out the belt sander and some pretty pink polish and tackle my hibernating feet.
Yes, in case you were wondering, there are seasons for food just like there are seasons for clothes. They arrive in a subtle fashion in comparison, of course. There aren’t chefs designing new spring lines and hosting food fashion shows. At least that I know of. But they exist nonetheless.
In the fall and winter, we crave comfort and heft in our food, with rich soups and stews and heavy desserts on our menus. But in spring and summer, we want lightness to mimic the breezes and sunshine. The flavors of spring echo the colors outside, bright and airy, filled with gentle sweetness and warmth. They’re lemony and flowery and filled with light and all of the feels of the season.
Plus, they taste amazing.
And that’s why I’m so excited for them. There’s something about that first bite of juicy berries or the first ripe tomato. They set the tone for the next few months and breathe life back into our cold-hardened bones.
I think that’s why this recipe for Blueberry Cobbler is a favorite in my house. It ushers in the season when we all bust out of our winter cocoons and start gathering outside again. It tastes like summer and sunshine and brightness. And it also happens to be the one dessert my husband requests every year for his birthday. I call it “spring in a casserole dish,” which is a wonderful thing.
I always recommend serving this warm with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream. If you don’t have any in the freezer, a big dollop of whipped cream will do. But definitely serve it warm. It is a #gamechanger for this sweet spring dessert.
1/2cupsugar (I use coconut sugar but white works as well)
1/3cupsugar (use white here)
5tablespoonscold butter cut into little pieces
Spray an 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray and preheat the oven to 375.
Put blueberries in the baking dish and mix in vanilla, lemon juice and zest. Sprinkle in sugar, flour (the 1/2 teaspoon), salt, and stir in melted butter. Set aside.
Now for the topping! In a sperate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and sugar. Cut in chilled butter until it resembles a coarse sand (I use my hands). Make a well in the center and pour in milk and vanilla, stir until just wet. Cover and set aside for 10 minutes.
Spoon the batter over the blueberries. Mix cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle on top.
Bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden, checking at 25 minutes. Cool but serve warm with ice cream on the side.
Like what you see? Check out some of Meghan’s other GYPO inspired recipes HERE plus be sure to visit her at BeautyFromBurntToast!
Meaghan is a wife, mom of three, dog lover, coffee freak, and book nerd. When she’s not wrangling her family and driving them around town in her Mom Taxi, she is a writer, blogger, and recipe creator over at BeautyfromBurntToast. Her biggest passion is helping people feel confident in the kitchen by making cooking accessible with quick and easy recipes that the whole family will love. In a roundabout way, this makes her a wanna be GYPO for the kitchen and explains why she loves the outfit formulas so much. They’re easy and accessible and make life better for everyone.
Have we mentioned yet how excited we are to see all the gorgeous and bright colors this spring? After coming out of the winter doldrums, it’s fun to see color in the flowers, in the sky, and of course, in our clothes. For this month’s Pretty Fix we’re having some major fun with mixing and matching colors to create a classic and inspiring look. After all, who doesn’t love a little brightness in their lives? This spring, consider adding some bold colors to your look. From bright pink to sunny yellow, plenty of shades will add personality to any outfit. So get ready to experiment and have some fun with your style!
For this month’s Pretty Fix we’re not just adding a pop of color but a few pops of color. Don’t worry though, it’s not as hard as you might think to mix and match the perfect colors. That’s where the color wheel can help. We’re not going to get too technical but if you look at the color wheel below (taken from The Ultimate Book of Outfit Formulas) you can see the colors that are next to each other work well together as well as colors that are directly opposite from each other.
So What is the Pretty Fix?
The Pretty Fix is where we showcase an outfit that incorporates a few trends mixed with classic closet staples. It’s an easy way to offer some fresh outfit inspiration to items you may already have or to items you may want to add to the curation of your closet. We pride ourselves on less is more and focus on learning how to pair items up in many different ways. If you find you have some gaps in your closet, the shopping links are there to help you fill in those gaps. Now let’s check out this month’s Pretty Fix look!
Bright Top + Light Wash Jeans + White Shoes + Bright Handbag
1. Bright Top
This season is all about color, and honestly, the biggest problem will be picking just one. That’s why we also added a bright handbag but we’ll get to that later. Don’t be afraid of color this season because it’s everywhere. We styled this outfit with a beautiful pink top but it could easily be subbed out for your favorite color. The puff sleeve trend is still sticking around, as well as the peasant top silhouette and ruffles. Remember, though, it’s okay to step outside of your comfort zone and try new things, but if it’s not a heck yes, then it’s a no. It’s important to stay true to what you like so if you don’t like the way a puff sleeve looks on you, you can still accomplish the same fantastic look with your favorite bright tee.
2. Light Wash Jeans
Light wash jeans have been really on-trend lately and they work perfectly to offset the bright and bold top in this outfit. Although we styled this look with some skinny jeans, it would also easily work with crops, bootcut, or even some wide legs denim. The key is proportions. Slimmer on the bottom allows for a little bit more volume on top. If you opt for the volume to be on the bottom, choose a top that’s a little more fitted. This will create a more polished look. Not a fan of light wash jeans? Easily sub in some medium wash ones.
3. White Shoes
White shoes can honestly mean anything from white sandals to flats or even a pair of white sneakers. It just depends on how casual you want to go or how dressed up. A fun pair of white heels would work, or for even more added interest, you can sub in snake print for some pattern. For this look, we choose white braided sandals because not only are they spring/summer appropriate but braided sandals are super on-trend this season.
4. Bright Handbag
It might be easy to get overwhelmed by the mixing and matching of two bright colors in this look, but it doesn’t have to be. Finding two colors that work together isn’t as hard as you think (see the color wheel above). Plus having a bright handbag in your arsenal is always a good idea. As always, we’re big fans of getting multiple uses out of the items we choose to take up space in our closets so when picking a bright handbag, pick a color you love. If you love the color, you’ll happily find many ways to mix and match it. The teal bag chosen for this look would also go great with a bright yellow top, royal blue, coral, and bright pink just to name a few.
5. Layered Necklace
Layered necklaces have been on trend for a few seasons now but this season it’s all about the two-layer necklace. Mix and match between bold and chunky or delicate and minimal. You can’t go wrong with combining your two favorite necklaces. For a more polished look try pairing necklaces in varying lengths. Check out some other fun spring accessory trends you can try HERE.
When your scarves get packed away, it’s time for your earrings to come out and play! Spring and summer are all about fun earrings. That’s because they add tons of interest without adding heat and since you don’t have a scarf getting in the way, it’s open season. For this look, we picked some great silver earrings that dangle down but any earrings will work. From hoops to chain links, teardrops, or even studs, you can’t go wrong with adding a great pair of earrings to this look.
Your turn! Do bright colors excite you or terrify you? What color are you most excited to wear this season?
Spring has FINALLY sprung and if you’re anything like me, you’re itching to buy some new clothes, switch out your home decor, plan a vacation, and get ready for some fun in the sun! The last thing we like to think about at this time of year is usually makeup. It tends to feel too heavy and comes right off when we sweat. Plus we don’t always have time to do it as kids are home from school in the summer and it’s just usually a super busy time. The problem is that many of us still feel naked going out with a bare face. So what is a girl to do? I’m here to help you by sharing my spring/summer makeup staples (including SPF, of course!) This routine will work for you as the weather warms up. It’ll give you that gorgeous summer glow that lasts all day long no matter what the day holds. You can also glam up any of these looks when you want to take it to the next level.
Summer staple #1: SPF with coverage
A good summer makeup routine ALWAYS starts with SPF. We have to protect our canvas, and the best way to do that is with some sun protection. Even better is to do it with a product that provides a little bit of a glow. Below are a few of my favorite “two for one” SPF products that are also layerable with other makeup products.
Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 (This won’t cover blemishes or any major imperfections, but is tinted enough to even out the skin tone. Also layers beautifully with foundation/concealer. And hydrates with hyaluronic acid!)
It Cosmetics CC+ SPF 50 (This is a full-coverage color-correcting cream you can wear in place of foundation. You can wear concealer or anything else on top of it, just like you would with a normal makeup routine).
It’s super important to reapply SPF throughout the day if you’re going to be outdoors. If you’re already wearing makeup this can be a challenge. That’s where these setting sprays with SPF come in! Just spray on top of your makeup and you’re good to go!
It goes without saying that bronzer is a makeup routine favorite in the summertime. Everyone wants a gorgeous glow! My favorite type of bronzer for the summer is a cream. It blends seamlessly with the skin, so you won’t see any patchy spots when you’re in the sun. I often like to wear it alone with just a little concealer.
Tip:Cream bronzer also works beautifully as an eyeshadow, lip liner, or lip color!
Favorite cream bronzers with a variety of shades for everyone
How I use Bronzer in my Three Minute Makeup
Summer staple #3: Brick Nude lip & cheek colors
A nude lip with a brick undertone is all the rage this spring and summer. Because of the slight red undertone, it gives the appearance of a natural tan when you get just a little bit of sun. Choose a darker or lighter shade depending on how light or deep your skin tone is. Again- cream makeup is my favorite for the summer because it looks much more natural and does well through swimming & sweating!
Favorite Brick Nude Shades
Here’s how I like to use a cream lip/cheek for my eyes, lips & blush!
Illuminator/highlighter (it can be referred to as both) is one of my favorite versatile products. It adds a gorgeous shimmer and can be used on the high points of the face, as eyeshadow, as a topper for lipsticks…the options are endless! Illuminators/highlighters come in powders, liquids, and creams. My favorite is, you guessed it, a cream. That’s because it works for mature skin and never gets stuck in any lines or creases. It also never looks cakey.
Tip: I love to mix illuminator with my cream bronzer for a gorgeous glow!
Summer Staple #5: Setting Spray
Setting spray is a MUST in the summer to keep your makeup lasting through all your adventures. I mentioned some sprays with SPF above, but if you are sensitive and react to SPF or don’t need one with SPF because you won’t be outdoors much, these sprays are for you!
Waterproof is the name of the game when it comes to lashes & brows in the summer! I am not a massive fan of waterproof mascara, but it is necessary if one is going swimming or participating in other fun summertime activities.
Tip: Wear waterproof mascara on your lower lashes if you have issues with smudging!
Favorite waterproof mascaras
Brows also tend to wash off or wipe off really easily with sweat or water. You’ll want to use a waterproof pomade for a waterproof brow or use an eyeshadow/pencil to fill them and then lock it in with a waterproof brow gel. Here’s a tutorial with my favorite foolproof, waterproof brow product HERE.
Favorite Brow Products
Here is my Minimal Summer Makeup tutorial putting all these staples together!
I hope this helps you navigate creating a spring/summer makeup capsule for yourself so makeup can be the last thing on your mind while making special memories with your loved ones this season. Maybe you’ll grab a new product or two, or perhaps you already have these things and learned a new way to use them. Whatever the case, get out there and enjoy the great outdoors!
What spring/summer makeup staple is your favorite?
I’m a wife and mom raising two energetic boys in the desert (ages 2 & 10!) I’m a licensed esthetician/makeup artist and I have worked in the beauty industry since I was a teenager. I love teaching women how to bring out the beauty they already have instead of covering it up. I believe beauty is for everyone, and it’s my mission to not only help women look beautiful but believe they’re beautiful, too! Learn more at SBN Beauty or my Instagram!
There’s nothing like a great sundress to officially mark the beginning of spring. With Easter just around the corner, there’s no better time to pull out your favorite spring sundresses from the depths of your closet or possibly even treat yourself to something new.
There are so many cute spring sundresses out there and some of the fun trends we’ve been seeing are ditsy print, white, bright, and bold as well as lots of midi-length dresses. One of the biggest trends we’ve been seeing this spring centers around their structure. They are super loose, flowy, and ruffled. When seeking out dresses, we had a hard time finding anything that was super structured. If you’re finding this frustrating, one way around it is by creating the silhouette yourself by using a belt or cute scarf around the waist. Creating a silhouette you love will ensure that you’ll wear the dress over and over again and not just for a special occasion.
But the truth is, you don’t really need a reason to wear a great spring dress. Because they are a one-and-done piece, they are super easy to wear. Plus they can easily be dressed down with some great white sneakers and a denim jacket or dressed up with some cute flats and accessories.
Layers are key when dressing for spring because let’s face it, you can encounter numerous different weather conditions and all within the same day. That’s why for this month’s Style Your Budget we’re showcasing how you can give your favorite neutral cardigan new life by styling it with a printed top and gray jeans. For this particular look, we’re styling an ivory cardigan. However neutral can also mean gray, black, tan, and all shades in between. This look is just part of the Outfit Formulas® Spring 2022 Capsule Wardrobe!
Just like there’s a misconception that you can’t mix black and brown together, which you most certainly can, sometimes there’s a misconception that you can’t mix grays and brown or in this case ivory, together. The key is to pick a printed top that helps to pull them both together. If you still can’t get past the ivory cardigan, this outfit will also look fabulous with black neutral items or even go gray to create a sort of column-dressed look.
What Is Style Your Budget?
If you’re new to Style Your Budget, it’s where we offer style inspiration for a fun seasonal look, in this case, spring. The look often features a trend or two that pair with some classic closet staples. Most items you may already have in your closet. But in case you don’t, we offer different price points to help you fill in the gaps. We truly believe every woman, no matter their size, age, ethnicity, or budget, deserves to feel pretty and confident. Now let’s check out this month’s Style Your Budget outfit formula.
Your turn! What Style Your Budget Look is your favorite?
If you like what you see and what more, the Outfit Formulas® Spring 2022 Capsule Wardrobe guide includes 30+ days of casual outfit ideas with “dress it up” and “dress it down” tips so that these looks work for every lifestyle! You also get an easy-to-follow shopping list of budget-friendly classic essentials and on-trend items, including accessories!
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Betty Weyandt Lamont December 20, 2019
I’ve been participating in the GYPO Style Challenges for three years now and I’ve loved it. I’ve always loved clothes, but I didn’t know how to put outfits together. My closet is now full of mix-and-match outfits, I have learned how to dress myself, and there is no more stress in figuring out to wear. The private FB group is full of wonderful ladies that build each other up. It’s so fun and is seriously the best group on FB.
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Get Your Pretty On has changed my life, seriously. I have always chased what is trendy but found from season to season, that things go out of style and I was wasting money on items that I would only end up wearing a few times. GYPO has enabled me to simplify my closet, helps me make smarter purchasing decisions, and I feel so put together and confident using the outfit formulas that are provided. This program is a GAME CHANGER. I've been following GYPO for a few years now and my only regret is not jumping on board sooner.
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GYPO challenges have been one of the best things I have done! It had taught me so much more than just creating a closet of clothes that I love but also to have confidence in myself, how to pick and choose colors that work for me instead of against, and had given a wonderful community of Pretties who are so special.
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