The best summer scents

Summer is here. What does that mean? It is time to switch up your usual fall or winter fragrance for something appropriate for the season. Summer scents are sweet, floral and fresh. Check out these five scents for your perfect summer perfume:

1. Juicy Couture – Viva la Juicy ($98.00)viva_la_juicyThis is a popular perfume. It has wild berries and mandarin orange notes. It is fruity and floral. This perfume is great for anytime, but it is especially great for the summer.

2. Versace – Versace Bright Crystal ($75.00)


This perfume smells great. It is a high-end perfume that is a reasonable price, too. The scent is a mix of pomegranate, peony and magnolia flowers. You will feel beautiful and glamorous wearing this perfume.

3. Marc Jacobs – Daisy ($102.00)


Marc Jacobs’s Daisy is a classic perfume. The perfume has violet leaf, grapefruit and strawberry notes. The scent is romantic and earthy.

4. Viktor and Rolf – Flowerbomb ($115.00)viktor_and_rolf_flower_bombI love Viktor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb. It has jasmine, tea and bergamot notes. The scent is exotic and sexy. It is great for a date night.

5. Gucci – Guilty ($78.00)guicci_guiltyGucci’s Guilty is a great perfume. It has geranium, patchouli and peach notes. It is sexy and sophisticated. I love it.

Try these out and tell me what you think. See you next week.

With infinite love,

Ava Lily Porter

Where do you find the right shorts for the summer?

The warm weather means it is time to show off those legs… it is time to bring out those shorts. Finding the right pair of shorts may be difficult. Some shorts can be too short. Some shorts can be poorly made. Check out these shorts to find the right pair just for you:

1. J. Crew – High-Rise Denim Short in Brixton Wash $79.50 (Shop Now)


These shorts are classic. They are not too long or too short. You can pair them with a favorite t-shirt and a pair of flats.

2. Banana Republic – Stretch Linen-Cotton 5″ Short $58.00 (Shop Now)


Banana Republic has great shorts for the season. This pair is a dressier than your usual pair of shorts. You can wear these light gray shorts with a button down. You will look great.

3. Anthropologie – Level 99 Scarlet High-Rise Utility Shorts $98.00 (Shop Now)


Anthropologie is another great store with good options. You should try on these pair of khaki shorts. They are stylish and they are comfortable.

4. Tommy Hilfiger – Essential Pleated Short $69.99 (Shop Now)


“Don’t wear white after labor day!” is a passé saying. White shorts are great for the summer. You should try on these classic white shorts by Tommy Hilfiger. 

5. Lacoste – Women’s Sport Golf Bermuda Shorts $49.99 (Shop Now)


Lacoste makes great shorts. You should take a look at these navy blue bermuda shorts. Wear them out on an afternoon outing with your girlfriends. You will not be disappointed.

Wearing shorts in the summer just makes sense… but it is important to wear a pair of shorts that is just right. Avoid shorts that are too short. Buy a pair that are comfortable and an appropriate length.

I hope you are enjoying your summer.

With infinite love,

Ava Lily Porter

10 summer fashion tips

Summer is the time to relax. It is the time to go outdoors and the time to spend afternoons with friends and family. But what does it mean for your make-up and style? What is appropriate to wear in the summertime? Here are ten tips and tricks to guide you this summer:


1. My first tip is important–avoid mini-skirts if you are over eighteen. Mini-skirts make you look young and unrefined. If you want to wear skirts wear skirts that are at least up to your knee. Knee-length skirts are more appropriate for your everyday summer look. You should pair skirts with oxfords. If you do so you will look classy and put-together.


2. My next suggestion? Sun dresses are great to wear in the summer. Many times sun dresses are brightly colored with floral print. Sun dresses are great because you don’t have to pair the right shirt with the right bottoms…. you can simply slip into a sun dress and you are ready to go. The bonus? If you wear a sun dress you will look pretty and polished for the rest of the day. If you wear a sun dress you will stand out in the right way.


3. My next tip? You should avoid high heels on the daily. No one likes feeling the pinch and pain of high heels. The fact is flats are in style. They are practical. You should buy a few flats that are comfortable and stylish. You will have a better summer wearing flats instead of heels.


4. The next tip is a must! You should wear stockings to formal events and you should wear stockings anytime you are working (Honestly? I think stockings should be worn all the time… even in the fall and winter)! Stockings are a staple. If you wear stockings you will look like an adult. If you wear stockings you will look neat and you will look put-together.


5. What else? Do do not forget to put on sunscreen. The sun’s rays can harm your skin. Sunscreen is a must. You should try to use a sunscreen that is unscented. Bugs are attracted to scents.


6. Next–be careful shopping for t-shirts. You do not want to wear thin t-shirts that will show your bra. Try buying t-shirts from stores like Tommy Hilfiger, J. Crew or Banana Republic.lily_pulitzer_02

7. Another tip for the summer? You should avoid wearing dark colored clothes. Summer is not the season to wear black. You will look like you are going to a funeral if you wear it. Wear pastel colors instead.


8. My next tip is to avoid wearing gaudy jewelry. Layered necklaces are on trend. You can buy some that are prelayered or you can buy separate necklaces that you can layer one on top of the other. That leads me to the following tip…


9. Try wearing gold jewelry. Gold jewelry trumps silver jewelry. Invest in gold earrings, necklaces and bracelets. You will not be disappointed.


10. If you are planning to go out on the town this summer you should wear a classic LBD or a classic LWD. What is that? A LBD is a classic little black dress. A LWD is a classic little white dress. I would opt for the LWD if you want to stand out from the crowd. Either option will make you look polished and sophisticated.

That is all for now. Come back next Friday for more.

With infinite love,

Ava Lily Porter

Foundations for the summer

This is my second post on my Foundation Series. Today I will focus on long-wearing foundation that is the best for the summertime.

Wearing foundation in the summer is tough. You get oily and sweaty. Your make-up can melt off of your face. We should discuss preventative measures… let’s talk about specific foundations that will last in the summer heat.

1. Milani Conceal + Perfect $9.99 (Shop Now)


Milani Conceal + Perfect foundation is a relatively unknown foundation, but it is still amazing. It is a thick, full-coverage foundation. It is water-resistant, too. This foundation is comparable to the Urban Decay All-Nighter foundation (which is on this list).  This is the more affordable option. Give it a try.

2. Revlon Colorstay $12.99 (Shop Now)

revlon color stay

Revlon Colorstay is a great drugstore foundation. It has a wide shade range. It is also full coverage and long-wearing. It is great for all-year-round, especially for the summer. It is a staple in my make-up collection.

3. Estée Lauder Double Wear $42.00 (Shop Now)

estee lauder double wear

Estée Lauder Double Wear is a great foundation. I swear by this foundation. It is long wearing and thick. There are a lot of different shade ranges, too. Go to your Estée Lauder counter to try a Double Wear sample–they expect that. Get a few samples to get the right color. Pro-tip: You have to work with it quickly when you apply it on your face. It sets fast.

4.  Makeup Forever Waterblend Foundation $43.00 (Shop Now)makeup_forever_waterblend_1This foundation is great. It is light and sheer. It is not full coverage, so if that is the look you are going four forego this foundation. It is water-proof. That means you can use it when you are by the pool or at the beach.

5.   Urban Decay All-Nighter Liquid Foundation $40.00 (Shop Now)Urban Decay All nighterThis foundation is a water-proof foundation like the Makeup Forever Waterblend foundation. You can even wear it by the poolside like the Makeup Forever Waterblend, too. Unlike the Waterblend, it is a full coverage and matte foundation. There are varied shade ranges. Ask your nearest sales associate if you need help to pinpoint the right shade.

That is it, ladies.  Check out my post next Friday.

With infinite love,

Ava Lily Porter

My favorite foundation

Today I’m going to talk about something women struggle with on the daily—finding the right foundation. There are a lot of options out there. Having a nice base (clear, blemish free skin) will go a long way to make you look your best.

So, what foundations do I suggest? Here are some brands that I love:

1. Maybelline Matte and Poreless Foundation $7.99 (Shop Now)

maybelline matte and poreless

This is a great, basic foundation that can sit comfortably in anyone’s makeup collection. It even has an unbeatable price. It is a great medium coverage foundation. It is buildable for a great full coverage look. It is on trend with its matte finish. It looks great on the skin. The shade options are not varied but it is still a great drugstore foundation.

2. L’oreal True Match Foundation $10.99 (Shop Now)

l'oreal true match

This is a great, staple drugstore foundation. There is a wide range of different colors. If you are a woman of color this foundation might be for you because you will be able to find the right shade match. It is a full coverage foundation. It is inexpensive. I would buy this foundation anytime, just to have in my makeup collection. If I need something in a fix that I know will work great, I use L’Oreal True Match foundation.

3. Revlon Colorstay Foundation $12.99 (Shop Now)

revlon color stay

Revlon Colorstay foundation is another good foundation. It is full coverage. It is long-lasting. It has a great shade range like the L’oreal True Match foundation. It is the foundation to use on long, work days.

4. L’oreal Infallible Matte Foundation $12.99 (Shop Now)

l'oreal infallible

This foundation is another great drugstore find. It is a full coverage foundation. It leaves you with a matte finish—there is no dewy shine on your skin. Another good selling point? There are tons of different foundation colors to choose from. If you want a totally matte look, then this may be the foundation for you.

5. Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation $42.00 (Shop Now)

estee lauder double wear

This foundation is amazing. It is from a great, high-end brand that I swear by–Estée Lauder. It is a full coverage foundation that is heavy duty.  It can hide any blemish, redness or under eye circle. There is also a wide selection of shade ranges to choose from. I suggest going to an Estée Lauder counter to buy it because a sales associate will be able to help you to find the right color match.

6. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation $64.00 (Shop Now)

luminious silk

This is an amazing high-end foundation. It is the best foundation for a dewy, glowing look. If you buy this you should use it sparingly.  If you put too much on, your skin can look oily and cakey.

There are a lot of different foundations to try out.  Do not be discouraged if you do not find the right one for you right away.  Keep trying.  Eventually, your persistence will pay off.

Pro tip: if you have great skin you should use foundation sparingly.  Instead, try going full glam on special occasions. It is a good idea to let your skin “just be” once-in-a-while.

Well, that is it for now.

I will see you next week!

With infinite love,

Ava Lily Porter

What is undertone?

What do you need to know to find the right foundation? What are some tips and tricks that will help you out? Let’s talk undertones.

Now, you may be wondering–Ava, what the hell are undertones? Here it is: there are three types of undertones. A person has neutral, cool or warm undertones to his or her skin.

Most people may not know this, but the colors you see around you are all a mixture of other colors, too. If you plan to paint an ocean scene, a seasoned artist would use more than one color. He or she would use green, black, white and navy. All those colors make up the ocean scene in the artist’s mind. The same thing goes for our skin.

People have either neutral, cool or warm undertones to their skin. That means everyone has different shades of color to their skin. If you are a person with neutral undertones, your skin is a mixture of pink, yellow or red. If you are a person with cool undertones, your skin is more pink. If you are someone with warm undertones, your skin is more yellow and red.

Sometimes foundations can be grouped according to undertone. Take a look at the tips below to figure out your undertone. This information will help you search for the right foundation.

Neutral Undertone

neutral undertones

Like I mentioned, if you have neutral undertones you have more pink, yellow or red to your skin. Most Caucasians have neutral undertones. So how do you know what undertone you have? You should glance at your wrist. If your veins are a purple or blue color, or if you have both blue and green veins, you have neutral coloring. If you have neutral undertones, it will be easier to find the right foundation for you. There are many foundations out there for people with neutral undertones to their skin.

Cool Undertone


Next, there are people with cool undertones. Hispanics and Asians have cool undertones to their skin. People with cool undertones also have more melanin to their skin. Melanin is the biological coloring that makes up a person’s dark skin color. People with a cool undertone have more pink coloring to their skin tone. If you have cool undertones to your skin, then you will have blue-green. Buy cool toned foundation if you have this skin type.

Warm Undertone


If you have warm undertones, your skin is darker, with yellow and red coloring.  Most African-American women have a warm undertone because they have the highest percentage of melanin in their skin. Again, take a look at your wrist.  If your veins are a green-olive in color then you have a warm undertone.

Finding the right foundation can be tricky, so keep searching until you get the right match. That is all for today’s post.

With infinite love,

Ava Lily Porter

The no make-up, make-up look

Full glam is great, but there is nothing better than the no make-up, make-up look. It is great for any age and any occasion. What do you need to achieve a fresh face?  Let’s get into it:

1. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles Eraser $9.99 (Shop Now)


The first thing you need to get is concealer. Do not use foundation. Instead, you should use concealer to hide any blemishes, spots or redness. My favorite concealer is the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer. This is a holy grail product for me. I really recommend it.

2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade  $18.00 (Shop Now)


Next, I like to put on my eyebrows. I like to make my eyebrows bolder and fuller. I like to fill-in any sparse parts of my eyebrows. I love using my Anastasia Beverly Hills dip brow pomade. I make small strokes and use a light hand to get the product to look just right.

3. Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara $24.00 (Shop Now)


The next make-up item I use is Benefit’s They’re Real mascara. This mascara is amazing. It makes your eyelashes long, thick and curled. I love the brush. It is small and compact so it can get all your lashes evenly coated with mascara.

4. Benefit’s Blush Bar Cheek Palate $58.00 (Shop Now)blush_bar_1The final make-up item you need is blush. I have an amazing blush kit–Benefit’s Blush Bar. The colors are beautiful and varied. I change the blush shade I use depending on my mood. I love this kit.

Enjoy the day with your fresh-faced look.

With infinite love,

Ava Lily Porter