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July 29, 2017


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Tory Burch sunglasses from Sunglass Hut, paid for by Sunglass Hut & Refinery29 
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I recently attended an event at the Sunglass Hut store in Miami on Lincoln Road to discover some fresh new sunglasses styles. There was an array of styles that I were drawn to because of their classic sophistication, a style that I am reverting back to after investing usually in overly trendy styles. Today, I am looking for longevity with the sunglasses I wear . . . pairs that I will see myself wearing years from now, and that I imagine Old Hollywood stars wearing in the past. This pair by Tory Burch felt exactly that. Dramatic yet understated at the same time. A balance that can be hard to find with a pair of black sunglasses. The slight bend at the edges creates a subtle, rounded cat eye look, and the arched detailing at the top of the frame is just the modern touch I was looking for. In a way, this pair is a new version of Audrey’s sunglasses in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I threw on my most glamorous dress that could still sustain the Miami heat. Just in time for a glass of rosé  before heading out into the Miami night. Being a sophisticated lady is easy at Sunglass Hut. What’s your favorite classic pair with a modern twist?

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Period Talk: Always My Fit

June 29, 2017

I am speaking to all you ladies today on a topic that we are very familiar with . . . our periods. Or shall I say, the discomfort that comes along with being a woman for at least 4 days out of the month. You know me, I’m not one to be hush, hush about this topic. I’m a woman who likes to be comfortable in my clothing every single day out of the year, and that includes the days that I’m on my period. It’s always a struggle finding ways to not sacrifice my style on days when I need to be conscious of what is going on down there, if you know what I mean. There’s nothing worse than walking around in your favorite white jeans with the idea of a period stain haunting the back of your mind when you are on the subway. Many of us have strayed away from using pads because leaks are a scary thought, or, number one on the list, they just don’t seem to fit correctly.

Always has been doing research on the reasons for pad leaks to try to fix the problem, and they have found out that the majority of the women are wearing the wrong pad size, in relation to their body, flow level and underwear fit. Now that’s a lot to think about it seems like when it comes to period protection on a monthly basis. But Always just made it easy with a newly developed Always My Fit guide that informs us on how focusing on pad size from front to back is the key to all our period problems. The guide breaks down Always pads by size, from 1 to 5. Using the wrong size pad very much affects period leaks, so finding the right one for you is super important. And our flows change on the daily.

Besides all that, us women come in a very widespread variety of body sizes and shapes, and we all choose to wear different kinds of underwear during different parts of the day. It doesn’t make sense at all that we should all wear the size pad size. Our coverage should be as unique as we are as physical beings. And that is the magic behind the Always My Fit guide, which is the only one of its kind in the world of period protection.

On the top of every Always packaging is the Always My Fit guide, easy to read and find your perfect fit. Or, there is the option of taking a quick online quiz to land on the right Always pad size for the situations you find yourself in the most. The guide is basically life changing, especially for someone like me who doesn’t like to change her wardrobe or sleep routine because her period gets in the way.

Like I always say, I love very much being a woman. Every single part of it. Even my periods. It makes me feel healthy knowing my body is working the way it should. Always My Fit just makes being a woman so much more seamless, and stain free. Now I can wear my favorite white miniskirt out this summer whenever I want. 

Make sure to try the sizing quiz and figure out which Always size is right for you!

* Sponsored by Always My Fit. All stories, opinions and experiences are of course my own.

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Happy National Swimsuit Day!

May 23, 2017

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Lands’ End Tugless One Piece Swimsuit in Deep Sea Paisley Floral
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Hey, hey babes! Well look what we have here. Another swimsuit post, but for a very special reason. Lands’ End is saying that today, May 23rd, is National Swimsuit Day. It’s official now. To celebrate, they are offering 50% off all women’s swimwear and free two day shipping so they will receive their swimsuit in time for Memorial Day Weekend. I was just making plans with my girlfriends this past weekend for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, and it looks like there is a beach day in the works. It’s crazy to think that last summer I didn’t have one day at the local New York City beaches. Yes, it’s overly crowded with city dwellers in search of sun, and the taco joint takes two hours to get a table for you and your friends, but that’s really the vibrancy of it all. Shoulder to shoulder deep in sand, ice cold michaeladas and hopefully lots of sunscreen. NYC weather hasn’t been proving to be very great recently, but everyone is trying to get their hopes up that things will change in time for the upcoming weekend. NYC deserves sunshine and summer finally! Either way, I’m ready. I took a browse through Lands’ End‘s super lovely swimsuit options, and landed on this retro feeling, flower burst Tugless One Piece Swimsuit (the print is called Deep Sea Paisley Floral). It feels seventies in its color pops, yet at the same time sleek with its shape. I’ve always been tall and straight, I love the way that one-pieces flatter my body. It makes me seem even longer than I already am, and accentuate the waistline in the sexiest of ways. And the biggest bonus with this one-piece in particular is the built in soft cup bra. I’m pretty flat chested, so I’ll take any help I can get in the curve accentuation department.

I’ve come to really love my body in a swimsuit recently. It’s beyond just the gym, fitness classes, matcha every morning and midday juices. It’s also a mind thing. My body is not perfect. I have a scar running down the length of my spine that haunted a few years of my early 20’s. It made it hard to feel free in a bikini. I’ve come a long way since then, and learned to shake off the feelings of being scared of my imperfections. With time, I came to accept my body the way it was meant to be by giving it love and care. Wearing a swimsuit is just another way that I like to thank my body . . . by showing it off! And that’s why I went for the boldest print this time around. I no longer feel self conscious or the need to hide parts of myself when I’m at the pool or the beach surrounded by friends and a bunch of strangers. Instead, I feel empowered. And I’m still a bit tan from the Cayman Islands . . . that always helps with the confidence level. 

So remember. Your next swimsuit is 50% off today at Land’s End. And while you are at it, enter the Land’s End Beach Sweeps for the chance to win a 7 night stay for two at The British Virgin Islands. CLICK HERE to get more info on entering.

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7FAM Mix Masters x Who What Wear x #SuarezSisters

May 16, 2017
 
Natalie and I are excited about this story we shot for 7 For All Mankind in partnership with Who What Wear. Trend to be discussed? Summer’s beloved denim short. We all had phases where the denim short came and went. I remember the years I lived in my denim shorts all winter long with my opaque black tights. You can do that during the winter in Southern California. But of course, like any born and raised California girl, denim shorts have a long lived place on our hips during the summer months. Summer shorts tell the stories of unpredictable adventure. Summer romance. Road trips. And all the other things that come along with the idea of summer. 7 For All Mankind brought back these sort of feelings for me out in the desert. But I’m no longer a teenager in her denim shorts and Converse. I’ve found new ways to wear my favorite summer staple. Together, Natalie and I focused on three ways to refresh the classic denim short. Shake it up a bit. Add some sophistication. A subtle twist. The denim shorts of our past feel all grown up today, and there are a million ways to wear them that way. Here we show you three: Retro, All Americana, and Western. 

First Look: Retro ft.
7FAM Cut Off Short with Step Hem (in Black Ocean Broken) // SHOP HERE
7 FAM Denim Playsuit // SHOP HERE

Denim for me always has to be a blast to the past. With my look here I incorporated colors and patterns reminiscent of the past that still complemented my denim. I wore this 7 For All Mankind dark blue denim romper, with a sheer pink blouse underneath, and some retro pink sunglasses. Together, the colors mixed very well, but still the standout pieces was the denim. I love dark blue denim with pink. It’s a classic! 

 
 

 
Second Look: All Americana ft.

7 For All Mankind Denim Bustier (in Coastal Blue) // SHOP HERE
7 For All Mankind Cropped Trucker Jacket (in Coastal Blue) // SHOP HERE
7 For All Mankind High Waist Short with Step Hem (in Ocean Breeze) // SHOP HERE
Cut Off Short with Aggressive Destroy (in Seratoga Bay) // SHOP HERE

This look is all about appreciating our American roots, with a focus on blue denim shorts because Nat and I are California natives. Denim is literally in our DNA. We can’t live without it! No better way to go All Americana that to focus on rugged blue denim. I wanted to go all out in a more playful way with red, white and blue. A white lace top, a red bandeau, and classic sneakers turned out to be the perfect pairing for denim shorts. All that was missing was a milkshake. Maybe some fries. 
 

 Third Look: Western ft. 

7 For All Mankind Off The Shoulder Denim Ruffle Top (In Pacific Blue Sky) // SHOP HERE
7 For All Mankind Cut Off Short with Aggressive Destroy (in Seratoga) // SHOP HERE
7 For All Mankind Classic Denim Jacket (in Eden Port) // SHOP HERE
7 For All Mankind Cut Off Short in Peony // SHOP HERE

I define this style as being a little more rugged than usual, heavier with layering, and always throw a hat on and wear a good boot! My shorts were pink (not your typical western color, but that’s why I love it!!) so I wanted to play with that. My blouse was playful and was used to amplify my pink shorts, but the denim jacket gave it a more western, tomboy flare. Boots were the finishing touch. I bet you have never seen a cowgirl wear pink before. I’ll start the trend then 🙂
 

It was a fun process for Nat and I to watch each other’s style direction get into action with each trend category. For each group, we came up with totally different looks, but in some peculiar way we complemented each other very well. Maybe it’s just a sister thing. I mean, we do start and end each other’s sentences. By the end of the shoot, we both agreed on the same thing . . . that our retro looks were our absolute favorites. We grew up with a fashionable mom. I used to play dress up with her wardrobe, and her style inspired me to vintage shop. Second hand shopping was how I came to find my personal style, and my way to stand out from the crowd as a teenager. 7 For All Mankind‘s latest collection was nostalgia all over again for me . . . styles that jumped out at me from old pictures of my mom when she was my age. The denim romper was something my mom totally would have worn and rocked with confidence back then, and now I get the chance to wear the style in my own way today. What goes around, comes around, as they like to say. But all that I really want to say right now, is how much I am embracing my bare legs this summer. The new wave of denim shorts of getting me excited. 

This post is in partnership with 7 For All Mankind and Who What Wear
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