July Edit

Hooray, July! It’s one of my favorite months of the entire year for so many reasons. Between Fourth of July celebrations, my birthday and settling into the thick of summer – what’s not to love?

rose all day

Since most everyone will be kicking off their long-weekend activities tomorrow, I figured we could mix things up today by adding a splash of weekly rounds to the small list of things I’m loving right now – also known as the July Edit.

  • I’m dying to try these Laura Mercier caviar sticks. I’m a huge fan of the hydrating foundation primer and I’m in need of a little somethin’ somethin’ to quickly swipe across my lids before work each morning.
  • I finally pulled the trigger on these rag & bone jean shorts* after Grace raved about them and I’m extremely impressed by how well they fit and how soft they are! Sidenote: it’s always nice when you get to size down 😉
  • After I saw the Charleston Rice Beads were being offered in white for summer (thanks, Annie!), they headed straight for my birthday wishlist.
  • Speaking of birthdays (do I sound like a broken record yet?), who else loves when the freebies start popping up in your inbox? Sure beats the usual. I can’t wait to finally try out this NARS lip pencil in a few different shades.
  • I’m determined to switch up my polish from the usual reds/corals/pinks for summer and this purple color just might give me the push that I need.
  • Beyond marriage equality. There is still so much (more) progress to be made.
  • Money mistakes to avoid in your twenties. Or better yet, ever. I could preach about #1 and #4 all day, everyday.
  • A manual photography cheat sheet. Am I the only one that finds DSLR cameras extremely intimidating? I need to take my own advice and just start.
  • A round up of summer essentials, most of which would be great accompaniments on your next staycation.

I hope there is a hefty amount of fun in the sun and tall glass of rosè  in your near future! Have a fabulous Fourth of July weekend and I’ll see you back here next week!

In the meantime, you can find me over on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat  (jessicazimlich) sharing my adventures from the lake. I imagine my first time trying the stand up paddle board will be quite the ordeal!

*Disclosure: Shopbop provides me with a credit each month and I utilized a portion of it to purchase the jean shorts (honestly, I would have bought them anyway). Thank you for supporting the brands that make 26 and Not Counting a happenin’ place to be!

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      1. Kari Holtkamp

        She was moving around A LOT, so I think the sound of the fireworks startled her:) I’m sure this time next year, she’ll be crying as we watch them:) Hope you had a great 4th!

  1. SarahLagen

    Yay, bday month!! 4th of July and a trip to Chicago! Big month ahead!! Have a great long weekend!! 🙂

  2. graceatwood

    I am SO glad you got the jeans – they are the best!!! Also, I have the white charleston rice beads and love them!!!

  3. Nan P

    Just saved that photography cheat sheet to my desktop, I don’t know why but I always have the hardest time remembering all the tips I learn on how to use my dslr well. And so then I just often leave my camera at home and just use my phone..not the best system need to work on my confidence with my dslr. Love that purple nail polish.
    I hope you have a wonderful long weekend! xoxo

  4. Jessika Garcia

    Hi Jess! So, I saw that you’re looking to try the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks, and while i’m sure that you’ll love them – I mean I personally LOVE Laura Mercier – I recently received a treStiQue Color & Smudge Shadow Crayon in my June Ipsy Glam Bag and love it. You can buy it here: https://trestique.com/products/shadow-crayon (I promise i’m not getting paid to promote this, I just thought it might be a great alternative and $2 cheaper). Hope you had a Happy 4th on the lake!

  5. Nicole

    Hi Jess! Below is a link containing the best photography write ups I’ve come across for Manual Photography – it’s a series written by a blogger’s husband. He makes it seem so simple. I had about a billion “aha!” moments and after reading about 5 of them, I “got it”. Hope this helps and I think you are doing a great job!



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