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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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Hair by Kerastase in Tulum

February 27, 2017

Kerastase Aura Botanica products used for impeccable hair in Mexico:

Aura Botanica Bain Micellaire
Aura Botanica Soin Fondamental
Aura Botanica Concentré Essentiel
Aura Botanica Essence D’Eclat

After a year of dealing with my long, unruly and overworked hair, it wasn’t until my trip to Tulum that I found the magic potion to all my hair problems. I was a bit hesitant about how my winter and bleach tainted hair was going to react to summer weather and loads of sunshine a few weeks ago during my trip to Brazil. So I decided to see if I could find a way to reach a level of reversal in my week back from Brazil where I found myself in the midst of a very, very cold and very, very windy New York Fashion Week. With Mexico just around the corner after that, I decided that my hair just needed a break from it all, and I think I found the perfect solution in the form of Kerastase’s brand new line of hair products called Aura Botanica. The line is made for those conscious about the ingredients found in the products they use on their bodies. The number of toxins and non-natural ingredients found in today’s beauty, hair and skincare world is astonishingly terrifying, and I applaud those brands working hard to take these realms into a more natural, toxin free state. The products in the Aura Botanica line are made of 96% natural origin ingredients, all responsible sourced and handpicked from Morocco. No silicones. No sulfates. No parabens. All things that hair definitely feels and looks much better without. The four products that I brought with me to Tulum and that I started using midway through NYFW was life changing, yet subtle (which I prefer because there is nothing worse than shocking one’s hair in any sort of way). I could feel the change in my hair, and it felt healthy even after long sweaty days riding bikes under the sun, dips in cenotes, after being covered by sea salt and sand. This was the first time ever in ages where my hair felt easily manageable and soft after so much exposure to the sun and sea water. And not even once did I touch my hair with a straightening or curling iron the whole time. I washed my hair day and night with the special shampoo and conditioner, the Aura Botanica Bain Micellaire and the Aura Botanica Soin Fondamental. The shampoo is super luxurious in the way it lathers and adds shine to my hair. The conditioner is the best detangler yet with its high concentration of of natural oils. Each night, after washing and air drying, I would apply the Aura Botanica Concentré Essentiel, a concentrated combination of all natural oils for nourishment and softness, to my ends. My split ends seemed to simply disappear. And each morning, before heading out for the day, I would use a wet brush through my hair and then use a few light sprays of the Aura Botanica Essence D’Eclat, a bi-phase mist of oils and rose water solution, all over to control frizz throughout the day. Every single product worked together to restore my hair’s health and look subtly and natural, and the smell was sweetly citrusy and fantastic. Good hair. Check. Up next on the blog . . . all the other good things we found in Tulum, Mexico! 

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The Closest I’ll Get To Hawaii Right Now

December 26, 2016

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Pale Swimwear suit
Shona Joy Swim cover up
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A few more days lie ahead of us before the new year arrives. A whole week of nothing pressing on my to-do list. I can edit photos all week in my pajamas, and no one will ever need to know. Netflix shows are binge washed, and getting ahead of myself with work is put on the back burner. Little pangs inside of me wish I came up with the idea earlier of heading to Mexico or Hawaii for this week with my family. But then I realize how good it feels to not have an itinerary. That maybe the ultimate destination is right here, on this couch that I’m sitting on, my mom cooking pancakes in the background, and the television playing George  Michael song while I contemplate the moment for what it is. A moment that needs no changing. It can take a lot of guts to be content with your surroundings. To realize that sometimes you don’t need the extra trimmings, the extra space, the comforts that we rely too much on. That something simple is everything you needed all along. That editing and looking at these pictures from Miami from a few weeks ago is the closest thing I’ll be getting to a Mexico or Hawaii vacation this month, and be totally okay with that fact. 

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