Friday, May 20, 2016

Lace Up Dress + How I Spray Tan!

lace-up printed dress (less than $50), also love THIS one
embroidered wedges (obsessed) // Chloe Drew bag, similar and less expensive here

I wore this dress yesterday and just love it! The pattern is so bright and pretty, it's comfortable and flowy, and it's pretty affordable too (less than $50). I want to re-wear it again on a date night! But I also want to point out the shoes - the SHOOOEEES I think are the main highlight of the outfit! These embroidered wedges come in a few different colors. Just a warning - they are TALL! I don't have trouble walking around in them, but if you aren't used to wearing heels you may. They're true to size... and I'm slightly obsessed with them. *insert heart eye emoji here*

I also wanted to answer a few of your questions about the type of spray tan I get! In these pictures my spray tan is about a week old (I got it last Saturday) and as you can see it has lasted quite a while. I get spray tans every few weeks in the summer (it is so much better for you than cooking your skin in the sun!) so I've experimented a lot with colors/booths/additives. Here are my tips:

*I always get the Mystic Tan in dark. If you're going to go with Mystic, get either the light or the dark, not the medium. The medium has orange tones in it! (There are two types of spray tan booths: The Mystic and the Versa. My mom prefers the Versa, while I prefer Mystic. It is personal preference, I encourage you to try both!)
*Always buy the "sticky feet." They are foot-shaped adhesives that prevent the bottom of your feet from soaking up the excess tanning fluid. If you don't get these, the bottoms of your feet will turn a nasty dark orange color! They are only $1 or $2 more.
*Add a scent (or two!). The scents smell really good and cover up the "spray tan smell." I really like the "warm vanilla" scent and I usually add two of them to the spray tan.  
*Add the accelerator additive. I prefer the accelerator to the "hyper tan" additive because the hyper tan bronzes you right away - which gets all over your clothes and bedsheets. The accelerator doesn't leave any bronze residue behind and also balances the pH levels of your skin - it ends up giving you a really beautiful bonze hue.

In conclusion, I always ask for: the Mystic tan in "dark," with two scents and the accelerator additive. I also buy the sticky feet to go along with it. My best advice is to get the spray tan done at night (most tanning booths are open until 10 or 11 p.m. at night) and then go to sleep right after. You have to wait eight hours before taking a shower, and it's easier to sleep through the night and wake up tan!

By the way, this post isn't sponsored at all, I just have been getting a lot of questions about spray tans so I wanted to answer here! Let me know if you have any other questions! 



  1. Can't believe how cute are your shoes and your dress <3
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  2. Wow, I love this summer look! The dress, the wedges are too cute and the pop of yellow makes it perfect! <3


  3. Those wedges are soooo gorgeous. They're perfect for summer. Your tan looks absolutely perfect too.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Arum Lilea

  4. I have never gotten a spray tan, but it's always something I've wanted to try. Also, LOVE this dress!

    Fizz and Frosting

  5. I'm loving this lace up trend!! Lovely look, amazing wedge sandals! =D

    NEW POST on


  6. Perfect pair of wedges and such a cute, summery dress!

  7. I have been wanting to try a spray tan! Great tips, Ill have to try

  8. I've never gotten a spray tan and I always joke with my friends that "Asians don't tan" hahaha. Also, this dress is just beautiful! I've been so into dresses and skirts lately and I may need to add this one to my collection ASAP!

    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  9. This dress is so cute!! It looks completely comfortable.

    How Gorgeous

  10. Those wedges are super cute! I would not be able to wear them considering I am 6' feet tall lol.

  11. Such a gorgeous dress! I love how the accessories tie in together perfectly.
    Unique Geek

  12. This look is amazing!!! perfect for summer :)

  13. LOVE your wedges--they are the first thing I noticed about this outfit! Thanks for sharing info about your experience with spray tanning. I have only tried it once and it was wayyyyy back in high school for prom. I am sure it's come a LONG way since then so I'd like to try again once I move back to the U.S. (not sure about spray tanning here in Italy! lol) Have a great weekend :)


  14. Love this look and thanks for all the tips! I've never gotten a booth spray tan but have been really considering it!


  15. That bag is so cute. Loved hearing about your spray tan!

  16. That dress is so cute and your tan look so natural. I love it!

    Simply Rachel Nicole

  17. I love your ring.. not the one that's offered on the site. Is that david yurman? love!

  18. Thanks for sharing the spray tan tips! I've been hesitant to try, but yours looks amazing so I may to try this summer!

  19. Such a beautiful summer outfit! The dress is gorgeous! <3

  20. Love these tips! I'm totally in need of a tan!

  21. I love the bag,, it's on my wish list and this color is very summery, I may need to splurge. I've also been looking for summer wedges for a while and I think I found the ones I want, thank you :)
    MariaOnPoint | Find me on IG

  22. Love the dress and it's my go to summer look. Also love the spray tan advice.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

  23. Adorable dress! And thanks for the tips!

    xo, Carey

  24. You're outfit is so nice and colorful. I'm crazy about your dress! It is so beautiful. I also really like your shoes. It's a perfect outfit for the summer which is coming slowly ;)
    xoxo and have a nice day,
    Lily ♡

  25. This outfit is absolutely perfect and put together so nicely! I NEED that dress!


  26. I love the earrings!! and the bag!! so cute. :)
    xx niki |

  27. Gorgeous dress! Plus your tan is seriously perfect - thank you for sharing your tips!

  28. I love your dress! Such a pretty style and pattern!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away Blog

  29. Literally have been getting that same mystic cocktail since 2008- love it! And love your style :)

  30. Lately I have been thinking about getting a spray tan package for a few special events coming up over the next couple of months, so this post is perfect timing for me! Thanks for the tips :)

    -Ash @

  31. Oh my goodness those wedges are amazing!!!

    Jordan: The Teacup of Style
    Instagram: @teacupofstyle

  32. Okay those wedges are AMAZING!

    xx Kathryn

  33. Love the tips! Can you refer me to any posts from when your tan is new? Curious how dark "dark" is!!

  34. Loving those wedges!!!
    I've never been a big fan of booth spray tans. I have done a Mystic tan years ago. I can't remember for the life of me what color I got, and I'm sure they've improved since them. I do find that you can usually get a hand sprayed spray tan done locally for about the same cost. It takes about 5 minutes and then you know for sure that everything has been covered properly. The place I go does Express spray tans so you can wash off in 2-4 hours. Amazing!!


  35. Sorry this is so late Caitlin but I have a few questions! How much does your spray tan cost? Do you have a professional airbrush it on or do you use the mystic tan machine? And do you tan your face as well? Thanks:)

    1. Hey Skye! I buy packs of three spray tans, and then buy the additives each time. It costs me $15 for the additives every time (for the life of my I can't remember how much the three pack is, but I want to say around $50). I use the mystic tan machine, and it sprays my whole body and my face. One of the reasons I really love getting the spray tan is because my face is so sensitive to the sun, if I played out 80 hours a week it would never get tan! But with the spray tan I FINALLY can have tan skin on my face! Hope that helps :)

  36. What is your mom's spray tan recipe with Versa? My little town only has a versa mystic!

  37. What do you do to make sure that your skin is nice and exfoliated before you get sprayed? I got a Mystic Tan back in May and I am not quite sure which "formula" I got but my hands/feet were extremely orange for over a week even though I used the barrier cream they told me to use. Is there a certain way you suggest using the barrier cream?

    I am going to try it again and ask for them to apply it the way you get yours, it looks fabulous!! Thank you for all of these tips!!