fashion & beauty: July Must-Haves

Summer is finally here, the sun is out, the humidity is making our hair bigger and 4th of July is just around the corner. With the celebration of America’s Independence, comes BBQ’s, carnivals and fireworks. With all of this being said, I have put together 7 must-haves for the month of July perfect for any upcoming summer occasion. Per usual, I am so excited to share that all of the must-haves are from Minnesota brands that are owned and operated by badass women, making this list both femme and fierce!

Let’s kick off the list with 3 beauty essentials. From self-care services and products to a glamorous accessory you are certain to add some pizzazz and sass to your beauty routine, making this summer your best feeling summer to date!

  1. The Beauty Box

For those of you who live south of the river, but are interested in beauty services, look no further. For I am super excited to introduce you to The Beauty Box! This is the ultimate one-stop-shop for all things beauty. From services to shopping you are destined to leave looking and feeling your absolute best. I personally have been getting my lashes done with Lexi, the owner, for about 8 months now and it has definitely helped my morning routine. Now I am able to wake up, roll out of bed and hop right onto my grind without needing to put on mascara or eyeliner. Whether you are looking for a sunless tan or a fresh sculpted take on your brows, The Beauty Box will have you covered! Plus, this is a perfect way to practice self-care, without needing to be an expert yourself! What service are you most interested in trying out?!
Services Available:
- Microblading
- Threading & Brow Henna
- Custom Spray tans
- Eyelash Extensions
- Bridal & Hair Makeup
- Injections


2. Essence One - Body Oils

Skin care in the summer is so incredibly important. Although keeping your skin moisturized is most popularly known to be done with thick body creams and lotions, I am thrilled to share that body-oil is the answer to all of your summer skin issues. Let me start by explaining that thick body creams and lotions during the summer time, can actually clog your pores, cause you to break out in either heat rash or acne more often, especially as you sweat. For the lotions tend to trap your sweat instead of letting it naturally fall off. However, with a body oil, you are able to keep your skin moisturized without completely suffocating your pores. I honestly swear up and down by my Morning Calm body-oil by Essence One. Not only does it leave my skin feeling rejuvenated and fresh, but it also keeps me smelling fresh all day long. No matter the heat. Another super cool fact about this product is that it is completely made right here in Minnesota with all natural and organic products. Meaning I can confidently put this on my skin and not have to be concerned with chemicals or other unknown substances harming my body. Talk about a win-win!

Available Scents:
- Morning Calm
- Vivienne
- Mia Rose
- Grace


3. Shop B.78 - Sunglasses

With summer comes sunshine and with sunshine comes sunglasses! This year, don’t resort for a basic pair of shades. Instead, make a statement in a pair of glitzy sunglasses from Shop B.78. Take a trip out to Chanhassen and check out this boutique right next door to the Chanhassen Dinner Theater. From clothing and accessories to beauty products and home goods, you are destined to find something that speaks to you. I personally was drawn to the gaudy and fabulous sunglasses bringing out my inner superstar. Not only are sunglasses very important to help protect your eyes from the sun, but they also help prevent wrinkles and any other skin damage around your face. So if there is one thing you take away from today’s blog post, it is the fact that you need a pair of gaudy sunglasses!


Although I do appreciate and love the beauty industry, my heart will also belong to fashion. Which is why I cannot wait to share these 4 fashion essentials that will help keep you cool, chic and unique throughout the month of July!

  1. WAY the Label - Kate Top

If you’re looking for a piece that is unique, versatile and can literally be worn all year long, I have found the perfect piece for you! Take a peek at the Kate top from WAY the Label. The moment I saw this top I fell in love. With the adjustable tie sides and open concept style, this top is super easy to style over a turtleneck or rock simply over bralette or bandeau. Keep things casually chic by pairing this top with a pair of high-waisted, wide-legged trousers and you’re destined to embrace some retro inspired vibes. Or maybe you want to play up your femininity by pairing your new top with a sleek pencil skirt, bringing femininity to a whole new level. Regardless, this piece is perfect for warm sunny days and can transition into fall almost effortlessly.


2. The Volk Boutique - Chambray Shirt

Fall in love with this fresh take on the classic chambray shirt. With a peplum waistline and off-the-shoulder style you are certain to add femininity and romance to your closet with this piece. I’ll be 100% honest with you. I am totally wearing this on the Fourth of July with a cute patriotic mini skirt. (Check out @msmeghanlee for more cute outfit inspiration) What’s really cool about this top is the adjustable straps, making people with short torsos (such as myself) feel stylish and included in the world of style! Try this top with a cute mini skirt or maybe a bold pair of patterned shorts, bringing vacation vibes with you everywhere you go. Want to add a bit more sass to your look, throw on a pair of gaudy statement earrings or sleek silk scarf and you’re ready for a day out on the town!


3. The Volk Boutique - Denim Jacket

Why not sparkle and shine like the fireworks in the sky?! Although the summer sun really turns on the heat during the day, when the sun goes down, the temperatures really do tend to drop. Don’t lose style or comfort when night comes around, for this jacket is perfect for nights out on the town or simply sitting lakeside watching the fireworks. Instead of resorting to the same-old classic blue denim jacket, add some variety to your summer layering options with this shiny number! Instantly admire the sequined sleeves, adding the perfect amount of shine to your wardrobe. Notice how incredibly flexible the denim is with the cotton-spandex blended fabrication, providing you with plenty room to move. Between the flexibility, crisp white color and shiny sequins this jacket is a bold must for the eccentric fashionista.


4. WAY the Label - Lauren Skirt

Show off your legs and play up your femininity in the Lauren skirt by WAY the Label! Notice the super cute ditzy daisy buttons and fall in love with the summery vibes this details brings to a classic A-line skirt. Also, I am thrilled to say that the buttons are functioning, making this skirt even cooler. Create an edgier vibe with this fun femme skirt by layering it over a cool pair of biker shorts. Make sure the shorts are long enough to peek out from underneath, but no so long that they take away from the skirt. Add a pair of platform sandals and a cool vintage tee and you’re ready to rock the summer with festival vibes all season long. If you’re not quite into the edgy look, keep things a little more classy by pairing this skirt with a crisp button up or a fun floral blouse. Both continuing to embrace the femininity of the skirt. Whether you pair this skirt with fashion sneakers or a pair of strappy espadrilles you are certain to feel fabulous this summer!


Whether you are a beauty guru or a fashionista, I think you are destined to find one of these essentials a fantastic find! Let me know down in the comments which essential you are most excited about this month?! Also, don’t forget, if you are in need of some inspirational, and informative summer reading, be sure you order the Summer ’19 issue of The Volk Magazine! Available Now


Meghanlee Phillips is the Editor-in-Chief of The Volk Magazine. With a passion for fashion, a love for writing and her lifestyle focused around mental health; she has been able to bring all three together to create the mid-western fashion/lifestyle magazine, The Volk. Keep up to date with her and her vibrant style by following @msmeghanlee (Instagram)