Summer Sandal Fever

Since summer isn’t officially over yet I thought I might share my curated summer sandal favorites.  These sandals were pretty much what wore the majority of the summer.  I absolutely love this time of the year where I can buy new sandals or break out the old ones and mix and match with my outfits.  The sandals I’m currently obsessing over are ones that I can easily slip my toes into with out any hassle when getting out the door!  The colors I choose are very versatile and can go with virtually everything.  As you can see I have a variety of styles from leather slide-on espadrilles, to braided double strap detail and ankle wrap sandals.

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Starting from the top left: Zara Black leather slide-on espadrilles, Halogen (no longer available), Hinge flat slide sandal, Joie sable slides.

Every shoe that I buy I make sure that I can wear it with anything I have in my closet.  I have to say that one of my favorites from this line up is the Zara black espadrilles.  To my surprise, they are very comfortable and I literally wear them with shorts, skirts, rompers and jeans.  The straw detail running along the of the edge of the leather is so cute!  I feel it adds another dimension or flair to the shoe.  All the sandals are super cute, comfortable and are easy to slide into with no hassle so get them before the summer ends!

My 5 product flight must-haves

I travel pretty frequently so it’s very important to me that I keep my skin hydrated, mouth cleaned, and lips moistened while on a plane.  Flying dries out my skin so I want to share with you my top five products that I take with me every time I travel long distance.

The first item should be in everyone’s travel kit, it’s my toothbrush and toothpaste.  My toothbrush of choice is the electric Phillips Sonicare.  I prefer a Sonicare over a standard tooth brush even though there is more effort to keep it clean.  I also prefer a natural tooth paste like Himalaya Bontanique, it doesn’t burn your mouth and keeps my mouth fresh all day!

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The second item is a face wash.  I like to travel with clean skin so if I happen to have makeup on I like to wash it off immediately.  My favorite face wash at the moment is Biologique Recherche Oxygenating Cleansing Milk.  This cleanser doesn’t strip my skin and keeps it moisturized.  A plus to the company for making  a travel size.  Most beauty products don’t make a smaller size so this is a bonus.

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As I mentioned before, my skin is very important to me and to keep it hydrated while flying I use a mask.  I find that when using a mask is not only easy to apply on your face but very convenient to store in your purse as well.  The mask that I use and highly recommend is SK-II radiance and moisture boosting mask.  This mask has Pitera in it which delivers an intense hydration and boosts the radiance for your skin.  It’s a one-time use mask that you leave on for 15 minutes and toss, it’s that easy! When I remove the mask, I like to take the remaining essence from the package and pat it onto my face.

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The fourth item is another great product that I carry with me at all times.  It’s a hydrating   spray from Tarte, called rainforest of the sea.  I use this spray to give me that extra boost of hydration.  This also comes in a travel size and can be found at Sephora.

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Last but not least I like to keep my lips hydrated as well.  This lip moisturizer makes my lips super soft, it’s called Epiceram lip care.  I like to swipe it on my lips at least a couple of times throughout my flight.  It’s by far the best lip balm I’ve tried.

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There you have it, my five must-have carry on products!  Until next, xoxo!

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro has always been a place I have been dying to visit.  I choose this destination because I’ve always heard it was spectacular.  My boyfriend and I explored a lot during our two weeks there.  Our hotel was on Copacabana beach so it was nice to walk out onto the beach and take a stroll.  We set aside a couple of days to go on some tours to see what the city has to offer!  The first stop, the Sugarloaf mountain (Pão de Açúcar) tour!  You hop in a cable car that takes you to the very top of the mountain.  Once you get to the top, you get a 360-degree view of surrounding beaches, mountains and forests.  The views are breathtaking and anywhere you take a picture the backdrop doesn’t disappoint!

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The following day, we took a walk to another neighborhood called Ipanema.  Ipanema, is located in the South area of the city of Rio.  One thing I noticed while walking from Copacabana to Ipanema was the black and white pattern on the sidewalk and how the design changes.  I really enjoyed the night life in Ipanema.  The bars, the food, shopping and more importantly the BEACH!  There were so many independent  vendors selling everything you could think of but decided on buying a bathing suit wrap.

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One of the seven wonders of the world, Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) was something I really wanted to check out.  The statue is a whopping 98 feet tall and it’s arms stretch 92 feet wide.  It’s located at the peak of Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio.  It took a while to get there, but when we finally made it I was completely blown away.  I  couldn’t take my eyes off of the statue or the ariel views!   We stayed up there for a while to eat and walked around the area.  It was definitely something to see for sure.

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A couple of days later my boyfriend wanted to watch a football (soccer) game, so we decided to experinece one at the Maracanã Stadium.  We had such a great time there.  The fans are so passionate about their teams and sang multiple songs throughout the game.  It was incredible to witness.

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We wanted to see more of Brazil, but didn’t know what tour to do.  We eventually decided on the favela (low income area) tour.  Our tour guide was amazing!  She took us through one of the favela’s and we meet a lot of the locals.  We were also lucky to catch a bunch of  kids doing capoeira (a brazilian martial art).  Overall, It was a very, very neat experience and would highly recommend adding it to your list of things to check out.

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Everything about Rio de Janeiro was so much fun!  I’m glad I had the chance to check out such an incredible city.  So much to see and do, you’ll never get bored.   Another great country that’s check off my list!

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Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is a great city to visit!  Whenever I visit I always enjoy staying right in the heart of the city center.  I love the shopping, pubs, it’s historic buildings, the city park and the very friendly people!  Be prepared if you visit Ireland, it gets really cold!  I’ve learned throughout the years going that you really need to bundle up.

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Grafton Street, one of Dublin’s main shopping streets in the city center is great!  I remember the first time coming here I was shop happy and loved every minute of it that my boyfriend and his parents couldn’t keep up with me!  LOL!  We usually have to take a couple of breaks in between because all I want to do is check out every store that exists.

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If you’re looking for a pub to stop at, I suggest the iconic Temple Bar.  It’s a great place to hangout, meet some new people and grab a couple of drinks and listen to live music.

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Trinity college is another great place to checkout.  It’s Ireland oldest university and situated on College Green not too far from the city center.

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Also located in the city center is St. Stephen’s Green, a beautifully lush and well kept park that expands 22 acres and is the largest of the parks in Dublin’s main Georgian garden squares.  Perfect to walk around or pop a squat on the grass and have lunch.

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And just a short walk is the O’Connell Bridge (the three semicircular arch structure), which runs through the center of the city and widely known Ha’penny Bridge (not pictured, is Dublin’s oldest pedestrian bridge that once required a penny to cross over) both situated over the river Liffey that’s worth seeing.

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If you have a car I highly suggest that you make it over to Malahide Castle & Gardens.  Located in North county Dublin and only 8 miles from the city center.  This stunning castle is one of the oldest in Ireland and sits on a whopping 260 acres.  The gardens are definitely worth seeing as well.  The grounds also have a couple of shops and a restaurant that is yummy.

If you’re planning a trip to Europe make sure to visit Dublin.  There’s a lot of history there and so much to explore.  A lovely country to visit for sure.  Enjoy!

Goodies from England

I’m finally back home from my long holiday in England but already missing it.  For the past six years I have been going to England with my boyfriend for Christmas and every time I make sure to get in some retail therapy.  I thought this time around I would share several things I bought.  The first day of shopping was on Regent Street, which is a major shopping street in the West End of London.  Not only is the shopping amazing on this street, but my favorite part is seeing the gorgeous display of lights!  I was on a mission that day and popped in several stores including Burberry.  The first thing that caught my attention in the store was this very cool vintage car with beautifully placed boxes above it.  I liked the center piece so much that I wanted to take a picture of it.

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After hours of shopping, me and my boyfriend decided to take a stroll through Green Park.   I love walking through this park, it’s so beautiful with it’s manicured lawns and mature trees.  This park reminds me a lot of Central Park in New York city minus the lakes.  Just outside the park is Buckingham Palace, which is definitely a building to check out!

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A couple of days later we continued shopping in Leicester Square and Covent Garden.  First stop Nike!  It always seems that they have a wider selection of sneakers and that’s why I love going to Nike in London.  I could of easily bought several pairs of shoes, however had to narrow it down to one pair that I really loved.

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By the end of my trip, I wish I was able to fit more things into my suitcases, but both were completely full.  I honestly don’t even know how I was able to get all the things in my bag but I did it.  Note:  There were serval other basic tops that I bought but aren’t pictured.

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Starting with bag, it’s from Whistles, a London company that I love.  The grey velvet pumps are from Topshop, suede boots are from Stradivarius, a Spanish company that I also love,  the green sneakers are from Nike and the grey/white sneakers are from Adidas. Overall, shopping was a success!  If you’re looking for great shopping in London, I highly recommend the areas I mentioned above.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

My Face and Body Favorites

I’ve been struggling with the appearance of my face for the past couple of months and It’s been really difficult to step out of my house until recently.  I came across an esthetician named Kerry who also suffers from the same condition I do, eczema.  I decided to check out her reviews and everyone raved about her, so I made an appointment to see her ASAP.   The first time I saw her my skin was a wreck.  I have never experienced what my face was going through; rough, flaky and just irritated.  I told Kerry that it’s been going on for months and I was desperate to get back to where my face use to be, normal.  She started off with a microdermabrasion, then a dermaplane, and ended with a peel which sounds like a lot for the fist session,  but was totally worth it.  After a week went by,  I started to see my skin slowly getting better.  My second session she only did a dermaplane to remove all the excess skin and finished with a moisturizer.  Another week went by and my skin was smoother, brighter and more supple.  As I continue to visit her, I see the progression and have confidence that I will look normal again!  Kerry is truly a miracle worker!  She listens to your concerns and provides you with tips to maintain your skin before your next appointment.  To upkeep my skin, I’ve purchased some of her products from her line called Stacked Skincare.  Trust me, when I believe in something I make sure to spread the word, plus the products are very effective.

The first bottle is a hydrating serum that is fantastic!  I use it day and night and this keeps my skin super hydrated.  I wash my face, then apply the serum and end with my moisturizer.  The second bottle is the TCA peel that I use at least once or twice a month.  This peel is great and is not harsh on the skin at all!  I typically do this peel at night but sometimes do it in the morning if I want to be makeup free.  If you decide to incorporate this during your morning routine, make sure that you aren’t doing anything that will make you sweat.  The peel does sting for a minute, so brace yourself before putting it on.  The great thing about this peel is that you don’t have to wash/peel it off like most of them.  This was designed to be left on the skin.  You then apply the serum followed by your favorite moisturizer and then SPF (obviously for the daytime).  The third bottle is for the body, which helps hydrate and exfoliate the skin.  I brush this onto my body once or twice a week before I go to bed.  The formula is not sticky or doesn’t smell and absorbs quickly.  All of the products are truly amazing and range from $120-$175 but lasts for two months.  Overall, these products have helped transform my skin.  If you want to learn more about her then visit her website http://www.stackedskincare.com.  I hope you enjoyed it!img_4051

A Rome Getaway…

Rome has always been on my bucket list.  My boyfriend and I decided since we were in Europe that we should do a little getaway.  We were lucky because my boyfriend’s uncle is from Rome, so we got the low down on where to eat and where to go in the city.  We stayed in the city center in a hotel called Boscolo.  This hotel was luxurious and set in a prime location filled with restaurants, shops and bars nearby.

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We went on a couple of tours that included the infamous Coliseum, Roman forum, Spanish steps, the Vatican, and Sistine Chapel.  The tours we went on are definitely worth the money.  You’ll walk around the historic sites with a tour guide who gives you an understanding of the rich culture and history of the city.

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Thanks to my boyfriend’s uncle who recommended that we hit up an area called Trastevere which is the older part of Rome that’s filled with restaurants.  You really can’t go wrong with where you eat in this area, every place is delicious and a lot cheaper than the tourist area.  We went to a restaurant (can’t remember the name) and I swear it was the best pasta I’ve ever eaten because my plate was empty!  The pasta was freshly made and the sauce was to die for.

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We also visited a pastry shop called I Dolci Di Nonna Vincenza in Campo D’Fiori.  We stood in line and my eyes were immediately drawn to the cannoli’s.  There were so many different flavors to choose from, so we got a couple.   I can understand now why there was a line because they were amazing!

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Rome has a lot history and the architecture is so beautiful!  I especially enjoyed walking into a couple of churches because the detail is so stunning!

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What a magical city Rome was!  If you’re dying to visit, please do because you won’t regret it!