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Okay, If you’re anything like us.. You never know what to wear for special events/holidays, so with Fourth of July coming up we naturally started freaking out a little bit. THANKS TO LUX, we found the most adorable outfits that are subtle & perfect for the fourth! If you’re like us, you also want to find a balance from being patriotic/cute but not wanting to look like a walking American flag, l o l. This is e x a c t l y what we found at LUX & we couldn’t be anymore excited to rock these looks this upcoming weekend!

Here are a couple helpful tips for styling your outfit on Fourth of July:

 Add a Red or Blue Bandana to any outfit for a subtle touch to make you instantly look patriotic.
Adding this to either a dress or a t-shirt & shorts automatically MAKES the outfit.

White always makes any kind of color that you wear pop, so try pairing a
shirt with red or blue accents & either white shorts or jeans.

Bold enough to do a red lip? A red lip on Fourth of July is a classic look. Adding a red lip
to whatever outfit will give you a classic look, no matter what you end up wearing!

NOW FOR THE FUN PART // Who’s dying for the links of all our Lux Stuff? (we got you, girl!)

J U S T I ‘ S  O U T F I T //

Denim Dress

Retro Grade Clogs

Layered Necklace
(currently out of stock, but you can sign up to be updated when it’s back in stock!)

Agate Canyon Ring

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J O Y ‘ S  O U T F I T //

High Wasted Denim Skirt

Coast to Coast Tee

Lace Up Booties

Concho Choker

HOW CUTE ARE ALL OF THESE CLOTHES? Let’s just say, the girls at LUX most definitely know what they’re doing! They literally make us want to spend all of our money on their clothes.
(which is a good thing right, because that means they’re way to good at their job, right??? l o l)

X O , J O Y & J U S T I

 

boho… is definitely  a favorite. you can’t go wrong with an easy dress, that makes such an adorable statement. floral is b i g , and we love how this floral is done. i like to call it, a new and improved way to do floral…

these dresses are very ” free people ” inspired at a fraction of the cost, you can’t go wrong there! we have major heart eyes for these looks, hope you guys do too!

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Justi’s D R E S S

Joy’s D R E S S

S U M M E R  S M O O T H I E  R E C I P E //

here are some d e l i sh smothie recipes that are must-try’s for summer *heart eyes*

we have a s w e e t & f r u i t y one and a h e a l t h y & g r e e n smothie, take your pick . . . or pick both!

s w e e t  &  f r u i t y //

4 ripe peaches

2 lemons juiced

2 cups crushed ice

agave nectar ( optional )

Directions : B L E ND & E N J O Y . . . with a lemon to garnish for cuteness 😉

h e a l t h y  &  g r e e n //

2 cups kale ( stems removed )

3/4 unsweetened vanilla almond milk . . . or any milk of your choice.

1 frozen banana, cubed

1/4 cup plain greek yogurt

1/4 frozen pinapple, cubed

2 tbsp. almond or peanut butter

1 to 3 teaspoons honey, to taste

Directions : B L E N D  &  E N J O Y . . . garnish with pineapple to continue the cuteness!

 x o

Joy + Justi

1. Do you have any pets? 
Joy : Yes. One dog and his name is Jett…He’s spoiled and wants constant attention haha.
Justi : Yes. Two cotton balls, Misty and Freckles. They bark non stop and think they are guard dogs.

2. Name three things that are physically close to you? 
Joy : My iPhone, disney minnie mouse ears, and a cup of black coffee ( even though i don’t drink my coffee black lol )
Justi : My computer, my phone, my coffee ( made by my bf aka. personal barista )

3. Whats the weather like right now? 
Joy : Well its 8:46pm right now, so dark and slightly chilly but its California so who am I kidding… its pretty warm.
Justi : Bipolar, I don’t trust it. One day its cloudy, next day its sunny.

4. Do you drive? If so, have you crashed? 
Joy : Yes, I do. I have yet to crash ( knock on wood ) but I have come close… I’ve ran into a guard rail while getting on the freeway… No damage done *praise hands*.
Just : I do drive. I have yet to get into a crash, and I’ve also never gotten a ticket… but I’m also not a good driver so…

5. What time did you wake up this morning? 
Joy : 8:30… Im still recovering from Vegas.
Justi : 6:15, I was supposed to shower and take a nap right after, but that nap never happened.

6. When was the last time you showered? 
Joy : This morning, before I worked out… don’t ask why.
Just : Um, this morning at 6:30. I was half asleep, and same as Joy, before we worked out…I’m psycho.

7. What was the last movie that you saw? 
Joy : Allegiant. Im not a big movie person, but that series has me hooked. I really just am living vicariously through Beatrice.
Justi : Allegiant. All i remember was that it was really good but I don’t remember much about the movie lol.

8. What does your last text message say? 
Joy : “Okay sweet! I’m excited to see :)”
Just : “New number titi” ( She’s Colombian )

9. What is your ringtone? 
Joy : “Twinkle” from the iPhone ringtone options haha not very OG.
Justi : Same as Joy…

10. Have you ever been to a different country? 
Joy : If you count crossing the grass at the Canadian boarder, than yes. But I don’t even have a passport yet…
Justi : Yes, Colombia, Mexico. Aruba. Dominica. Bahamas. Canada. Israel. Thats it… HAHA.

11. Do you like sushi? 
Joy : Yessss. I give full credit to my boyfriend for that. Never really was a fan until we started dating and now, Im in love ( with him and sushi HAHA see what I did there ).
Justi : YES. I love it, my boyfriend hates it but slowly learning to love it. It’s slowly feeding my addiction.

12. Where do you buy your groceries? 
Joy : Well, I still live at home so when its not my mom shopping lol Its Barons, Trader Joes, and Roots.
Just : Trader Joes, Whole Foods, etc.

13. How many siblings do you have? 
Joy : One sister, she’s a senior in high school and it freaks me out that she’s getting older.
Justi : Ok. Complicated situation.. So technically speaking I have two half siblings and three step siblings, but they are all way older than me so Im basically an only child.

14. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
Joy : 22… Ill be old & “feelin’ twenty-twoooooo oooh ooooh”
Justi : 20. No comment, its a boring age.

15. Do you wear contacts or glasses? 
Joy : Glasses, but its kind of like a ” My eyes will forever be jacked so I can wear the glasses whenever I want” kinda thing.
Justi : Glasses. Definitely should wear both but Im not feelin’ the contacts.

16. Do you color your hair? 
Joy : Yes. Im a hairstylist so I kind of feel like I’m obligated to.
Just : *asks Joy* “Um, what do I do with my hair?…” Yes, she does. L O L

17. Tell me something you are planning to do tomorrow? 
Joy : Go to work, workout, and probably do some more blogging!
Just : Honestly I have no idea, I have no homework so…

18. When was the last time you cried? 
Joy : I don’t cry very much but while on our drive to vegas someone decided to play a version of “I’m already there” with messages from military family at home and I about balled my eyes out.
Just : While watching Military coming home videos on Facebook last week… who doesn’t?

19. What is your perfect pizza topping? 
Joy : Pepperoni and Pineapple… that sounds so good right now.
Just : Oh my gosh… pepperoni and mushrooms. I have to have that on every pizza.

20. Have you ever had an all nighter? 
Joy : Yes, when I was like 12 and Ive never wanted to do it again. I enjoy my sleep.
Just : Yeah, only one when I was in like eighth grade. I enjoy my sleep.

21. Can you taste the difference between Coke and Pepsi? 
Joy : Yes. I’d say Coke is better… but I never really drink it so don’t take my word for it.
Just : Yes, definitely . Pepsi is disgusting.

Thats its kids, thats our 21 random questions… we’ll have more to come, maybe even including some guests *smirk face*  x o , Joy & Justi

Gluten Free // Vegan // Paleo // Samoa Cookie Bars

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I N G R E D I E N T S:

for the shortbread crust //
2/3 cup of coconut flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/3 cup coconut oil, solid

for the caramel coconut filling  //
1/2 cup creamy almond butter
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/3 cup coconut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
3/4 cup dark chocolate, chopped

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S H O R T B R E A D  C R U S T:

Directions //
1. preheat the oven to 350° F. line an 8×8″ square pan with parchment paper & grease with coconut oil.
2. combine coconut flour and salt in a bowl. add the maple syrup and coconut oil and stir until fully combined and a large dough ball forms – making sure that there are no clumps of coconut oil.
3. press the dough into the prepared pan. bake for 15-17 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. – let it cool completely.

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F  I L L I N G:

Directions//
1. combine the almond butter, maple syrup, coconut butter, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan and heat until all of the ingredients are melted and thoroughly combined.
2. pour over the crust and let cool in the refrigerator until set – cut into 16″ squares.
3. melt 1/2 cup of the dark chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave, and stir until smooth. dip the bottom of each bar into the dark chocolate, scrape off the excess chocolate on the side of the bowl, and place on a parchment lined baking sheet to set.
4. melt the remaining 1/4 cup dark chocolate in the microwave and transfer to a small piping bag or ziplock bag with the corner snipped off. drizzle the chocolate over the bars.
5. store in either the refrigerator and freezer!

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 F I N A L  P R O D U C T :

delicious, Paleo, Gluten-Free, & Vegan Samoa cookies!
these are an absolutely great alternative to the infamous girl scout cookies. not only are the absolutely delicious but they’re SO easy to make! it only has about a 20 minute prep time & 20 minute cook time which makes them a quick & easy treat.

enjoy,
x o // Joy & Justi