30 Before 30 List

30 Before 30 - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comWhen this post goes live it will be my 27th birthday! *vogues around the room* I love seeing people’s birthday bucket lists. Now I originally thought I’d make of list of activities I want to do  before my next birthday, but decided against it. A 30 before 30 list gives me three years to get these items crossed off of my list. I think that’s pretty reasonable and a few items are in the works right now.

So what do I hope to accomplish by my 30th birthday?

30 Before 30 List

  1. Attend Comic Con – in full cosplay. Michonne, Harley Quinn, or a Disney villain are high on my list.
  2. Ride on a motorcycle. Motorcycles terrify me, but I want to make conquering my fears a priority.
  3. Visit at least two places on my dream destinations list.
  4. Write a book.
  5. Purchase my first home. In progress.
  6. Buy an DSLR and take a photography class. Last year, I upgraded my camera, but I want to take it a step further and take a photography class.
  7. Become a Big Sister
  8. Test drive a Tesla.
  9. Run a half marathon.
  10. Take a mixology or bartending class. Vodka and pineapple juice is about as complicated as my drink mixing get these days. I’d love to be able to craft a complicated cocktail for a friend or at a dinner party (see #30).
  11. Learn Spanish and brush up on my French. I want to be fluent in both of these languages. I’m not too old to learn, right?
  12. Join a dodgeball league. And DOMINATE! 🙂
  13. Ride an elephant.
  14. Master macarons. Last week, I failed to make some simple sugar cookies, so I have a long way to go. I’m also realizing, I’m not a great a baker as I think I am. Don’t worry though my drunken cupcakes still slay!
  15. Take a sewing class.
  16. Start playing piano again. My mom is jumping for joy. I quit piano lessons in third grade so that I can I could take more dance classes.
  17. Get a tattoo. I’ve wanted  a tattoo since I was 17 and something always happened to stop me. No more excuses. I’m getting my ink.
  18. Treat myself to a pair of Louboutins.
  19. Fall in love. I was going to exclude this from this list, but I’m trying to be more open. I love my family and friends. I’ve cared deeply for guys that I’ve dated, but I can’t say that I’ve ever really been in love.
  20. Plant a tree.
  21. Live abroad.
  22. Experience Mardi Gras in New Orleans. 
  23. Dance at Carnival. No, not a cruise ship. I want to go to Trinidad or Haiti and get dressed in an elaborate outfit and dance my ass off.
  24. Invest in stocks. I want to retire in style so before I’m 30 I want to have a diverse financial portfolio that allows me to live comfortable, send my kid(s) to college and throw in some fun activities for myself.
  25. Rescue a dog. I think Sgt. Pepper would enjoy a fur sibling.
  26. Tour Heinz Field. Add go to Heinz Field to the list I guess. I’ve never seen my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers at a home game.
  27. Become a minimalist. I have the potential to be a great candidate for Hoarders. So I’d like live more of a minimalist lifestyle to avoid my own episode on that show.
  28. Go viral.
  29. Go on a Napa Valley wine tour.
  30. Throw a super classy dinner party. There are a few friends who will read this and laugh. We’ve attempted “classy” parties before and it never ends well. We’re a bunch that tends to get rowdy.

Do you have a 30 before 30 or a comparable list? What’s on it? Leave a comment below.

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Carefree Summer Mood Board

Carefree Summer Mood Board -- The Palmetto PeachesSummertime, and the livin’s easy.

#WellActually summer livin’ hasn’t been easy for me since 2007. A carefree summer in middle and high school included 14 hours of sleep and eating every snack in the house. Repeat that same routine everyday until school was back in session. Those days came to an end when summer school, and working to support myself, slid into the equation. (I still squeezed in a few trips and/or music festivals.)

Here I am, Summer 2016 with a job (that’s full-time and not part-time like I applied for), 5 freelance clients, bridesmaid’s duties, planning/hosting my 10-year class reunion and a prospering blog. Oh, and I’m still trying to maintain a social life in 90+ degree weather.

This ain’t easy fam.

Don’t get it twisted, I’m very grateful for these projects. It was a very, very slow winter (and spring) for me. Yes, a four-day straight Netflix binge sounds glorious, but it wasn’t that great when I was  unemployed and bored. However, I won’t pretend I’m not counting down the days until my schedule is open enough for me to meditate at sunrise, dance on the beach all day, take a nap and listen to music until the sun rises again.

Oh how the times have changed.

My Carefree Summer 2016 Ingredients:
Silence: Queen of stillness, Oprah
Confidence: My sister-in-slay, Gabi Fresh
Music: The Blackbird herself, Nina Simone

For my carefree summer mood board, I chose pictures of women and quotes that give me all the vibes I need this season (and every other season). Hair goals, body goals, relationship goals, life goals. Yes, ALL the vibes.

Carefree Summer Mood Board
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photo credits:
Nina Simone: NPR
Bae in bathing suit: GabiFresh
Flower crown/locs: Shinestruck
RiRi Williams/Iron Man: Mid-day
Flower headband/fro: Un-ruly
Lisa Bonet: WeHeartIt


What would be on your carefree summer mood board? What did a carefree summer used to look like for you?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches


10 Fun Summer DIY Projects

10 Fun Summer DIY Projects - The Palmetto Peaches - palminatl.comThis weekend a migraine and some bad storms robbed me of my motivation to complete my planned blog post (boozy Popsicle recipes). Don’t worry I’ve got some recipes pinned here for you. While drinking wasn’t high on my priority list this weekend, finding some cute seasonal crafts definitely made the list. Below are some awesome summer DIY projects that are perfect to complete when you’re not out at the pool or stuck in the office.

10 Fun Summer DIY Projects

Fruity Picnic Blankets

via Brit & Co

I need the to make the pineapple one ASAP. These picnic blankets are made out of drop cloths. I made a couch cover out of a drop cloth once and it was pretty easy to dye and work with.

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10 Summer DIY Projects (Roundup) - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.com

Beach, Please – Graphic Beach Towels

  via Studio DIY

This looks like a fun DIY project, but be careful with the bleach. Here are few other phrases you could put on the towels: beach squad; Yes I’m a mermaid; hello, Sunshine. 


How cute would this be to change out the flowers by season? Also, just a warning  this website has the directions in Swedish followed by English. I’m not sending you to some malware-filled website.

DIY: Backyard Movie Night via LITTLE MISS MAMA

Go to a drive-in movie was on my summer bucket list, but now I want a backyard movie night.Tairalyn absolutely wins for the most epic move night ever.She used a queen size bed sheet, snacks and some creativity in this DIY to create an awesome  movie experience.

DIY Cacti Garden

via Love This Crazy Life

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The day I moved to Tallahassee, my Dad bought me a hot pink cactus from Lowe’s to brighten up my place. I eventually killed the cactus because I suck, but this bright and fun cacti garden reminds me of his sweet gesture and the joy it brought me. FYI, nearly all cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti. I had to look that up because I was going to call this a succulent garden. Science fail.




via Gav + Ro

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Target has some totes in their One Spot or Bullseye’s Playground (is that the new name) that would be perfect for this craft. Think about how cute your beach, please towel would look in a matching tote.



 DIY Summer Wreath

via Decor by the Seashore

The best part about this craft is that with a few changes you can make this wreath a seasonal staple.


I love this simple summer facial for beautiful summer skin!

Banana Pup Pops via bitzngiggles.com

For those of you with canine fur babies, this treat is easy to make and your fur baby will love you for it. Besides, you can’t offer them the boozy popsicle you’re making my list.



Summer’s Are For Mason Jars

No matter the season I love mason jars. They are so multipurpose. Add a little paint or some ribbon

Feel free to send me links to any fun summer DIY projects you’ve done or plan to do in the comments below.
Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Journeying Through a Quarter-Life Crisis

Journeying Through a Quarter-Life Crisis - The Palmetto PeachesWarning if you came here looking for answers, I’m sorry. I have no solutions. I’m 11 days away from turning 27 and I’m no expert on navigating quarter-life crises — or life for that matter. What I can do is share my experience.

Earlier this year, on a cool Thursday morning at work, I closed my office door as I was in the midst of a panic attack. Something in the email I just read made me flash forward and I saw myself sitting at the same desk in five years, doing the same thing. I couldn’t catch my breath, my mind was racing and I started to cry. I felt stuck. I let myself get all of that emotion out and then I started breathing deep relaxing breaths like they teach you in yoga, settled my mind, fixed my makeup – thank god my mascara was waterproof – and responded to the email. However, I wondered if this was the onset of my quarter-life crisis?

Quarter-Life Crisis — It’s a Real Thing

A Google search for quarter-life crisis delivers 7,720,000 results. That’s right over 7 million results. A Harvard Business Review article outlined the four typical stages:

  • Stage 1 – The first stage is a feeling of being trapped or locked into a commitment. This commitment could be a job, a relationship, or social group.
  • Stage 2 –  The second stage occurs as people begin to separate themselves mentally and/or physically from the commitment that is making them feel trapped.
  • Stage 3 – In this stage people really try to explore new options. This can involve quitting the job or relationship or whatever else is making them feel trapped.
  • Stage 4 – This is the rebuilding stage. This is the time when you have more clarity in life and are more motivated to pursue the things you want.

As I clicked through dozens of articles, I became less concerned. Personally, this seemed less like a crisis and more of a battle against complacency. Now I’m not saying this isn’t a real thing. I completely understand people going through this cycle of stages. Hello, my panic attack at work clearly fits the parameters of stage 1. However, I’ve always been one to set goals. I’ve come to realize that sometimes my deadlines for them are sometimes a little unrealistic. While I may not have achieved everything I want right now, I have achieved a lot.  My breakdown was really a moment of awareness that I can do better and there is nothing wrong with that.

I’m going to stop calling this a crisis and just label it a transition.

Slowly, but surely, I’ll start feeling less like I’m pretending to be an adult and more like I actually am. I hope the same happens for anyone else journeying through a quarter-life transition.

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Do you think the quarter-life crisis is a real thing? Are you going through it  now or have you been though it? Leave your thoughts and any advice below!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches


6 Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow

6 Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow--The Palmetto Peaches

Like all good things, too much of Instagram can get messy. But when you’re following the right people, Instagram is good for the soul. Aside from tagging your friends in the “that’s us” memes and screenshots of the exact texts you sent last night–some Instagram accounts make a sore thumb worth it.

Warning: these ladies might put your selfies and brunch plates to shame.

6 Instagram Accounts

 You Need to Follow

6 Instagram Accounts You Need to Follow--The Palmetto Peaches



Kimee is my cousin and spirit animal. She’s not listed first because we’re related. Search the hashtag #TravelWithKimee on Instagram, and see for yourself. You’ll leave hungry or ready to begin the search for your next vacation.

That one time she made a wall look cool.

A photo posted by kimee (@fashionevryweek) on

Or that time one time I almost broke my phone when this picture popped up on my feed.

A photo posted by @travelwithkimee on

Or this casual photo in front of the Great Pyramid.



I love afros and alcohol, so naturally, I love Johnny and Taneka. I can’t imagine life without a boozy bestie. (Or just a bestie to go on sober adventures with, for you non-drinkers.)

Who doesn’t love a pair of sister-friends?

…who doesn’t love a pair of sister-friends who work and play together?

…who doesn’t love a pair of sister-friends who work and play together with delicious cocktails?


Happy Birthday, planner peeps! – July Planner Stickers

Happy Friday, folks. I had to take a mental health day, but I’m back with a Freebie for my planner peeps. You may not know, but July 25th is my birthday. *Cues birthday playlist* I love birthdays and not just my own! So in honor of my obsession with bdays, this month’s planner freebie is all about birthday celebrations. There are half box countdown stickers along with some functional checklists to help you plan around your special day. I went with some fun summery sorbet-like colors, but I think I may do this set in a few other colors as well.

P.S. Last month’s functional stickers got a lot of downloads. So glad so many different planners were able to utilize them. I’ll keep that in mind moving forward.

Happy Birthday, planner peeps!- July Planner Stickers (Printable)

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*UPDATE 7/18* Hey everyone. I realized that one of the countdown stickers was missing. I’m so sorry. I’ve uploaded a new file, but I’m not going to change the thumbnail.

Simply print this file on full sheet sticker paper and cut out your stickers.

* This printable from The Palmetto Peaches is for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
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Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

5 Questions Girls with Locs Are Tired of Answering + Giveaway

5 Questions Girls with Locs are Tired of Answering + Giveaway - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.com
Locs, not “dreadlocks” because I was reminded there’s nothing dreadful about my hair.

On November 21, 2012, I gave in to my “dreadlock” curiosity. Disclaimer: I remember the date because it was the day before Thanksgiving.

My excitement didn’t replace the feeling of looking like I had baby worms on my head, so naturally, I wore a beanie in public. That didn’t last long. To my hair stylist’s surprise, my hair was beginning to lock and growing faster than expected. Back then, the only questions I got were “How long have you been locking your hair?” and “who started your dreads?

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I’m no natural hair expert. I really only took this #TeamNatural journey for 3 reasons: 1. I was obsessed with having an afro so big that people wouldn’t be able to sit directly behind me in movie theaters. 2. My hair kept falling out. Some people said it was stress, others said it was over processed. I cut out the one I had the most control over—relaxers. 3. I associated natural with not having to do anything with my hair. Bless my naïve heart for thinking a little water and good comb through was all it would take. As my hair grew, so did the strange questions.

5 Questions Girls with Locs are Tired of Answering:

  1. When are you going to get it done? When are you going to mind your business? I’m only speaking for myself when I say I didn’t choose this hairstyle to be stylish. I chose it because I’m lazy. Monthly hair appointments can be expensive and more harmful than helpful. Over-twisting can result in breakage.

  2. How do you wash it? With my 2 hands, and occasionally with Apple Cider Vinegar and baking soda.

  3. How did you get it that color(blue/green)? This question is understandable, because of how dark my hair is. First she (@another_boss_creation) bleached it. Then she mixed a shade of blue and green together and voilà!

  4. Is this yarn? Faux locs are the hype right now, so people assume my locs are fake, and the bright color doesn’t heven them look any more real.

  5. After letting them know it’s all mine, the follow-up question is usually the infamous, Can I touch it? Can you not?

Clearly, there are more effective ways to answer these questions. Maybe the hair and wellness gurus at the Natural Health & Hair Summit can help you!
5 Questions Girls with Locs are Tired of Answering--The Palmetto Peaches

5 Questions Girls with Locs are Tired of Answering--The Palmetto Peaches


If you’re an ATLien or will be in the area on August 6th, there are 2 days left to enter our contest for your chance to win free tickets below! But if you can’t wait until we announce a winner, use our discount code ATL1113 for $5 off your ticket!


Visit www.nhmsummit.com for more details! Are you a loc goddess or thinking about becoming one? What questions do you get about your hair?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

10 Summer Staycation Tips

10 Summer Staycation Tips - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comLast week, I talked to you about dream destinations, but now I’m going to do a 180.

Sometimes the best vacation is a staycation.

So wait Donni – you’re saying you’d rather stay in Atlanta than stroll down the rue Saint-Honoré in Paris.

No, always say yes to Paris. However, if you’re like me and passport stamps are necessarily in the cards for you right now, I’ve got some tips to help you plan an awesome summer staycation.


Now by all means get some rest and enjoy sleeping in. You can even forbid the use of alarms during your staycation, but do more than sleep. You’ll want to look back and see that something – more than rest-  came out of your staycation.

2. Set a budget, but splurge a little.

Maybe the reason you’re choosing to staycation is to save some coins – I get it. While you may be able to find some awesome local events that are free, be prepared to shell out some money for tickets, parking and food. Just because you aren’t off in a new, exciting city or country doesn’t mean you can’t splurge a little. Consider spending a little on an in-town bed and breakfast or a local resort. Look into any community theater or touring Broadway productions. See what summer concerts may be stopping in or near your city. Whatever you decide – set a budget and stick to it.


Unplug. Unplug. Unplug.  Think about banning the use of your phone during certain hours of the day. I am usually glued to my phone, so I know how easy it is to ignore this one. But enjoy the time and the experiences you’re having.  Check messages only when you want to. Remember :”not at all” is always an option.

4. Unleash your inner tourist.

A few weeks ago, my mom and two of my aunts came to visit me. Showing them around, reminded me how much there really is to do and see in Atlanta. Think about all the places you likely visited when you first moved to your city and have largely ignored them since: zoos, aquariums, museums, observatories, planetariums, historic home tours. Many of these places also usually have special exhibits or cool events – be a tourist for a day or two and check a few of them out.  If you’ve got a major sporting team in your city, consider a stadium tour — or just gorge on hot dogs and beer at a game. If you’re planning some events for kids, don’t rule out regional amusement parks and places that have bowling, miniature golf, go karts, or laser tag.

5. Transform your space.

Yes, you may be staying at home, but switch up. Play music that transports you to a new location. Perhaps you may want to create a vacation soundtrack. Burn a tropical candle and put some fresh flowers out that will create your island getaway vibe. Just because you’re sitting in your living room – doesn’t mean that you need to feel like you’re in your living room.

6. Bring the amenities to you.

When you travel there are certain amenities that can come along with it. Determine what your favorite amenity is and try to make it happen at home. Buy a fluffy white robe that you can walk around in. Head over to World Market for some yummy international chocolates and leave a piece on your pillow. Turn a room into your very own home spa.

7. Treat yourself to some “vacation meals”.

I don’t know about you but my favorite part of vacations is eating out. So during your staycation order takeout or cook yourself something that is special – maybe try something you normally wouldn’t. Do Chicago style pizza one night, Italian the next, Hawaiian BBQ, and finish of with Thai. Take a tour of some of the places you want to visit through the meal on your plate.

8. Take in some nature.

I think I’ve said this before, but by nature, I’m not a nature-person. (Did you just laugh?  Good – mission accomplished.)  However, when vacationing and staycationing, I encourage you to take in some sort of nature. Take a stroll through your local botanical garden, go hiking or biking, visit a state park. Seeing your city through the lenses of these settings can be really eye-opening.

9. Turn some pages.

That stack of magazines that’s been piling up on your bookshelf or that book someone got you for Christmas —  crack them open. Sit in your home spa you created or head over to the pool and read, read, read.

10. Day drink.

Yeah, I said it. By the way, I also encourage night drinking. Head over to your local brewery or look into any wine-tasting or winery tours that may be available.  Wherever you live, you probably have your usual go-to spot when it comes to grabbing a drink.  AVOID that place.  Live like a tourist – ask a stranger what they suggest or choose a place based on Yelp reviews alone. Use your staycation to explore hidden gems in your city.


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The best part about a staycation is that you can’t really do it wrong.  Whether you’re doing this solo, making this an couple’s adventure, or planning activities with little ones, take the opportunity to fall in love with your city again (or for the first time). You might find yourself appreciating and discovering new things to love about home.

Have you taken a staycation? If so, do you have any tips? If not, how’s it sounding after reading my tips? Leave a comment below!

P.S. Happy 4th of July to everyone!! Stay safe and enjoy!!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

5 Ways to Move Forward After Failure

“We should hang out more! Let me know when you’re back in town!”


5 Ways to Move Forward After Failure -- The Palmetto Peaches

How did something so endearing make me feel so awkward?

I was already back “in town” from Atlanta, and I’d been back for a year. That’s how.

Most highschool graduates pursue college or work as a way to move away from home. My motivation to attend college didn’t kick in until the summer before my senior year. After living with my dad for a school year, I packed enough things for a weekend and never returned. All of my clothes and photo albums were going to stay there…without me. With very little privacy and even less space, I was happy to be reunited with my sister. But reality reappeared when  I started to see what life would be like if I didn’t start supporting myself: dramatic and depressing.

5 Ways to Move Forward After Failure -- The Palmetto Peaches

In my mind, college was the only realistic way out. I took my SATs in October of my senior year, and didn’t officially choose a college until April 2016. Needless to say, I had a late start.

This was my first poorly planned escape, but it wouldn’t be my last…

Fast forward 8 years later. To avoid confusing anyone reading this, and myself while writing, here’s a timeline.

August 2014

  • Hit my version of rock bottom in Charleston, and took a hiatus in Columbia.

September 2014

  • Visited Donni in Atlanta, and started applying for jobs after falling in love with the Food Truck Park.
  • Applied and interviewed for jobs. (FYI: I did 4 rounds of interviews with one company, and they didn’t have the decency to tell me I didn’t get the job. No email. No text. No nothing.)

November 2014

  • Moved to Atlanta with $11, and a plan that included sketchy social media clients.
  • Continued applying and interviewing for jobs.

December 2014

  • Took on a new client who wanted instant results. I knew our styles weren’t a good match, but it paid my rent.
  • Settled and stopped applying for jobs.

January 2015

  • Joined the 27 Club.
  • Finally started making enough dough to pay the bills and have a little fun. Life is great!

February 2015

  • Ended freelance contract with a client I worked with for over year. Well, I assumed it ended. He stopped responding to my calls, texts and emails. Oh yeah, and he stopped paying me.

March 2015

  • Doesn’t renew 3-month contract with “get rich quick” client. Another client abruptly ends contract due to “unforeseen circumstances”.
  • Started accepting monetary and food donations from my sisters.
  • Initiated panic mode.
  • Began applying for jobs again.

April 2015

  • Gets hired at pizza place in hopes of being able to pay April and May’s rent.
  • Pizza place catches on fire the day before my first official shift, and has to close for 2 weeks.

May 2015

  • Moved back to Charleston with $9.

Clearly, I was the problem. 😂 Those clients did what I allowed them to do. Lesson learned. Dwelling on my series of unfortunate events, reminded me of one very important thing: no matter how many people contributed to my failed attempts to in life–I’m responsible for myself.

5 Ways to Move Forward After Failure

(Also known as: 5 ways to avoid living an unnecessary stressful life like Ace)

1. Cut the pity party short. Staying in your feelings for too long can result in rapid weight gain and increased irritability–so I’ve heard.
2. Save money. Although your pity party may involve a lot of Netflix and hiding from human interaction, it may also involve wild nights out and retail therapy. Ballin’ on a budget is a major key. Before you know it, a year will go by and you’ll start calculating all the dinner dates you should’ve skipped to make a down payment on an apartment.
3. Make a plan, and write it down. I (kind of) had a plan after leaving Atlanta, but it relied too much on other people’s actions. Ask yourself: How am I going to make my next move less stressful? What needs to be done to avoid this crap from happening again? Once you find the answers, set an action plan. Examples: Submit 10 applications per week. Save $100 per month.
4. Connect. Reach out to old friends who put you in good spirits or inspire you…not the ones who contribute to you going backwards.
5. Hang in there. It may not feel like it at the time, but things could always be worse. Just try to stay positive while working towards those goals.

Has life thrown a few curveballs your way? What did you do to move forward?

Ace Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Summer Staples

Summer Staples - The Palmetto Peaches - Palmsinatl.comI love summer. It brings cookouts, pool days, vacations, and my birthday! Summer also causes me to switch out my staple products. The makeup I keep in my bag has to account for the the likelihood anything I put on will melt off approximately 2.5 seconds after I walk out into the blistering heat. I switch over to lighter summer scents around the house and my mainly black wardrobe is worn selectively. Check out some of my summer staples below:

Summer Staples

Sunscreen – This is totally non-negotiable. Sunscreen not only protects from skin cancers, but it prevents aging and dark spots on the skin. If you’re currently using acne medications, or fighting dark spots like I am, an SPF of at least SPF 15 is essential! Right now I’m using CeraVe Suncare Sunscreen Face SPF 50 and Paula’s Choice Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50.

Makeup That Won’t Melt –  Lately, looking at my weather app, I see things like 92° feels like 97°.  I don’t want to put on clothes, much less makeup, but c’est la vie. However, if I’m going to make the effort to throw some makeup on, I want it to last all day. That’s why I love a good matte primer like Rimmel Stay Matte Primer or Ulta Professional Matte Prime. I also appreciate a nice matte foundation like BECCA Ever Matte Shine Proof Foundation or the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation. Waterproof mascara is another summer staple. Some of my favorites are: CoverGirl’s LashBlast Plumpify Waterproof Mascara and Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara. Finally, nothing boots your natural summer glow than a good highlighter. I’ve been in love with the SheaMoisture Illuminating Powders, but I’m adding Marc Jacobs’ Beauty Glow Stick Glistening Illuminator to my summer staples list. I received this product from Influenster and initially thought there was no way this shade would work on my skin tone. I was wrong. It was gorgeous and its flattering for all skin tones. I’ve got some additional highlighter options for all my beauties (fair to dark skin) below.

I’m not a beauty blogger, but as a product junkie I think I’m qualified to make a few suggestions.

Hydration Station – Water, water, water. Find yourself a super cute water bottle and get in those 64 or more ounces a day. I’m also adding the Starbucks Pink Drink to my list. I’m late to the party, but last week I finally tried the the Pink Drink that’s on Starbucks’ secret menu. Now I understand why it’s been all over my Instagram feed. It’s so delicious! And the a grande will only run you about 130 calories. Bam – take that summer workout! So how do you order: just ask for a Strawberry Acai Refresher but replace the water with coconut milk. Also there is now a Purple Drink and Orange Drink.

Summer Reading List – During the summer I usually make some additions to my set reading list which includes Blonde, Solemn, and Why Not Me and throw in some easy reading titles. So far I’m looking forward to bringing these titles poolside: Here Comes the Sun , Love & Gelato, and Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice – though I’m hearing mixed reviews on this one.

What are some of your summer staples. Leave a comment below!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches