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Pink Romper

Hot Pink Romper for summer

Romper c/o / Pineapple Sandals / Earrings c/o / Sunglasses / Clutch

I pop in hot pink (Jane the Virgin reference, anyone?). Literally anytime I wear this bold color, everyone from my husband to random people on the street will say “that’s your color”. And I couldn’t agree more. Anel hates shooting it because it’s hard to get the neons to show up correctly in photos but he did a great job for this post! I wore this hot pink romper last Friday evening for dinner and Cirque de Soleil. The light material was great for an over the top hot night in Orlando. I sized up so that it would be loose and comfortable and once I stepped outside in it, I was glad that I did.

Since I was already going for over-the-top color, I paired it with the cutest pineapple Jacks that are exclusive to their site and Jack Rogers boutiques. Naturally, they’re selling out quickly! There are still a few sizes left in the turquoise and all sizes left in pink. I wore them in turquoise to match my Loren Hope Abba earrings. I actually have these earrings in three colors now and pick up a new pair every season because they’re the perfect dress-up drop and I like having a variety of colors.

I have to say that I haven’t felt so good in an outfit in a long time. I loved how bright, colorful and comfortable it was! It definitely gave me a little extra pep in my step. Now if only the hot weather would come to Connecticut so I can re-create this look…

Pink Sail to Sable Romper

Pineapple Jack Rogers

Lemon Stripes in a pink Sail to Sable romper

Jack Rogers His and Hers

Hot pink Sail to Sable romper

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All Natural Beauty

The Best Natural Beauty Products

Last summer I wrote a post about when to go natural. I talked about when I use natural products and when I don’t. Since then I’ve cleaned up my act even more and am trying to be as natural and organic as physically possible without straying from normal life. I’m going to write a series of posts about the products I use (like actually use, no sponsorships allowed here!) starting with beauty. The products I’m featuring are tried and true for me but I always am on the hunt for more so comment below with any natural beauty products that you love.

Let me know what you want to hear about next. Household cleaners? Makeup? Dog food? My insane supplement regimen? You name it and I’ll post it.

Face

Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil Facewash– I’ve strayed a few times in the last year from my favorite face wash and have paid the price. This one cleans deeper than anything else and is the only wash I use that doesn’t break me out. I wash with it only at night with my Clarisonic

SW Basics Toner– In the morning I use only this toner without washing which is and always will be my favorite beauty product of all time. It has five ingredients but they all work hard to keep my face clean and clear (and under control!). I also use their makeup remover made with almond oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil. That’s it! I once commented on Lena Dunham’s Instagram about this and she tweeted back that it’s her fave too. So now we’re best friends. NBD…

Chantecaille Detox face mask– I got this face mask as a gift recently and am now an addict. I slather it on once a week for a deep pore cleanse that doesn’t dry me out. It smells good and gives a great tingle that makes me feel like it’s actually doing something.

Tata Harper Purifying mask– I go back and forth between the mask mentioned above and this one. They both have a similar effect but I can’t decide which is my favorite.

Dr. Hauschka Steam Bath– Acne-prone people, you’re welcome. Do this steam bath once/month and you’ll notice instant results. When combined with steam, it helps open your pores to cleanse the surface of impurities while also reducing the appearance of blackheads and blemishes. Obsessed.

Tata Harper Elixir Vitae Eye Serum– I have a weird obsession with eye creams because I’m super self-conscious of my under-eye bags. This one works like Botox, tightening and smoothing the skin in the most natural way. The price tag is aggressive, but once you use it for a week or two, you’ll see why.

Lips

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm– Once an addict, always an addict. I have one in every purse and every drawer in my house. I buy them in bulk. (Sorry Adina!)

Dr. Hauschka Lip Care Stick– Listen we all know Dr. Hauschka products are pricey, but they’re usually worth it in my opinion. I usually splurge once every 3 or 4 months on this lip care stick and use it before bed only (because of my previously mentioned Burt’s addiction). I like it for overnight because it’s thick and lasts a long time. Great product if you’re willing to shill out the dough.

Body

Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish– This exfoliating body polish blends virgin coconut oils and smells like roses. Basically heaven in a bottle. I use it once or twice a week in the shower, scrubbing it on my arms and legs and rinsing after a few minutes. It will leave your skin feeling silky soft and super hydrated.

Agent Nateur Deoderant– I’ve tried approximately 8,000 natural deodorants and they don’t work. They just don’t! Or so I thought until I discovered Agent Nateur on Goop (natch). Although I stick to the strong stuff on the hottest of days, this one actually keeps the stink away 90% of the time. Plus it smells great which never hurt anyone.

Kiss My Face Moisture Shave– The best shaving cream (even better than every non-natural one I’ve used) that adds serious moisture and wakes me up with peppermint oil.

Alba Extra Emollient Body Lotion– I’ve been using this body lotion for probably 10 years. It has a lovely subtle scent and is…you guessed it…extra emollient, meaning that it seeps in quickly. People always tell me how soft my skin is and I think it has something to do with this. I mean it must, right?

Hair

John Masters Organics Scalp Stimulating Shampoo– While I have naturally oily skin, my scalp is in a constant state of dryness. Fun times, right? This shampoo is like an organic version of head and shoulders, both stimulating and soothing my scalp, preventing future dryness. It works well to wash my color-treated hair as well. For first-timers of organic shampoo, don’t expect the usual lather that comes from sulfates. You’ll have to work a bit harder for suds but it will be well worth it.

John Masters Organics Detangler– My fine hair can’t handle heavy conditioners and this one is extremely light making it perfect for my ends after washing my hair. Not much more to say about it but it’s definitely a winner.

Bath

Seaweed Detox Bath– I randomly found these bath salts (although it’s actually crystallized kelp, so cool!) at Fairway one day when I wasn’t feeling so great and bought them on a whim. That night I took a bath with them and felt instantly better, no joke! The smell of pepper mint and eucalyptus is pretty intense so I don’t recommend it right before bed. The sea crystals are supposed to hold over 60 mienrals, vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids. It’s like a super detox, drawing out toxins and stimulating lymphatic drainage.

Jane Inc. Effervescent Cube (Less Stress)-

California Baby Bubble Bath– I use the “Overtired & Cranky” scent at least once a week. I know this is formulated for babies but I promise it works just as well on grown ass women. I don’t recommend mixing it with the salts mentioned above. I mix it instead, with plain old Epsom Salts for a detoxifying effect.

Hands

Beautycounter Neroli Hand Cream is a dream. I always slather it on before we get into bed and I wake up with moisturized hands and cuticles. Anel and I both love the scent as well.

Zoya Nail Polish– Natural nail polish doesn’t usually do it for me. I generally stick to Essie’s Ballet Slippers. That being said, I recently found a local salon that uses Zoya polish and my manicure lasted for over a week. This color looks pretty similar to Ballet Slippers so I think I’m actually (gasp) a convert.

Essential Oils

Aimee Raupp Beauty Aromatherapy– Lately I’ve been really into essential oils and this set is my top pick. They’re created my my incredible acpupuncturist Aimee and I’ve been using them in place of perfume. The “love” oil is to die for… It’s made to bring you more love and joy (yes please!) with pink rose, ylang ylang, jasmine, and sandalwood.

This month’s wellness tip:

Have 5 free minutes? Complete 10 sun salutations. This always makes me fell 100% better physically and emotionally in very little time!

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Poolside Cover Up

Camilla blue patterned cover up

Wrap Dress c/o / Sandals

Although our trip to Orlando was filled with many adventures, one of my favorite parts of the whole trip was the day we spent lounging poolside at the Four Seasons. They have a chic adult-only pool which was the perfect place to relax and unwind from the madness of Disney.

I also was in dire need of an excuse to wear this incredible wrap dress slash cover up which feels like the most glamorous piece of clothing in my closet at the moment. It was perfect to throw on over my suit at lunch and I got more compliments on it than any other cover up I’ve ever worn. Everyone at the pool was dying to know where it was from. The answer: Camilla, an Australian based company that I recently discovered with an insane collection of swimwear. I mean, this suit… How can I not own it?

I felt so chic walking around all day with the light fabric flowing behind me, making me feel like a celeb… In my own head at least! Gone are the days of shorts and a tee for me, my friends.

Camilla has a crazy cult following in Australia though, so snap up a suit or cover up (here is the one I’m wearing) now if you want it for summer. The patterns sell out quickly!

Pool Side Cover Up

Lemon Stripes at The Four Seasons Orlando

Camilla Wrap Cover Up

Julia Dzafic in a blue cover up

Thank you to Camilla for sponsoring this post.

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Patterned Wrap Dress

Luxury at Disney

Low Back Dress

Dress c/o Plenty by Tracey Reese

When pitched to us, the thought of going to Disney World as a couple with no children at first sounded insane. Waiting in lines in 90 degree heat? Battling the crowds to watch fireworks? No thank you. Jim Gaffigan described my thoughts best. But this weekend, the amazing team at Disney’s Golden Oak, showed us how to experience it all in luxury. And I mean serious luxury. Let me explain…

The Golden Oak community is a group of homes on Disney land. Yes, people actually live at Disney. The houses are insanely gorgeous (we got to tour one!) and created for the higher-end Disney fan.  It’s on the same property at The Four Seasons which is definitely the place to stay if you’re looking for a calmer, more luxurious hotel for your trip. There is a quiet, adult-only pool and a lazy river that you can tube around for hours where we spent most of our time. It was our saving grace yesterday when temps were over 90 degrees with no breeze.

They also have some amazing restaurants that Golden Oak residents can frequent whenever they want (lucky!) including an adorable little breakfast/snack/gelato shop, Lickity Split, that we frequented three times. It was there that I found an acai bowl and green juice on Disney property. It was a miracle!

When we actually explored the parks, they hooked us up with a VIP tour guide, Erik, who was the best ever. He picked us up, took us in a back entrance to avoid crowds getting in and then took us to all of the attractions we wanted to see with a fast pass so we could cut all the lines. No 90 minute waits for this girl! He knew everything about everything despite me trying my hardest to stump him. When I wanted a churro, one magically appeared in my hand. When I asked if there was any matcha around, he led me straight to Starbucks. It was pretty unreal. We hit all of my favorite childhood rides from Splash Mountain to the Haunted Mansion. Without the lines, we were able to go on (literally) 15 rides plus have lunch in 5 hours.

The night of our Magic Kingdom adventure, the Golden Oak team hooked us up with a Venetian wine cruise on the river (just me, Anel, four types of wine, and an insane amount of apps) before dinner at The Boathouse which was incredible.

All in all there were some parts of the trip that were a bit much for me but if I ever come back to Orlando, I know how to do it up right!

Disney Golden Oak Homes

The entrance to one of the Golden Oak homes

Striped Dress

Striped dress / Cross-body bag

The Four Seasons Orlando

The grand entryway at the Four Seasons Orlando

Palm Dress

Dress c/o Persifor

Golden Oak Disney Orlando

Details from a Golden Oak home

Detox green juice

A much-needed detox juice from Lickity Split

Lazy river at the Four Seasons Orlando

Thoroughly enjoying the lazy river at the Four Seasons

Lickity Split Gelato

Stealing Anel’s gelato in a new dress

Shades of Blue

Shades of blue in one of the Golden Oak courtyards and on my dress

Lemon Stripes in a La Blanca swimsuit

The swimsuit from my TODAY Show segment. Size up!

Thank you to Golden Oak for sending us on this journey and for hooking us up with an incredible weekend.

Quotable:

“Cambiare tutto perché niente cambi. (If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.)”

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Spring Gingham

Spring Ginham

When I was a kid, I had light blue gingham curtains in my bedroom. I thought they were the lamest ever but my mom was all about them. Now I realize how amazing they were and seeing the trend popping up everywhere makes me feel nostalgic for that bedroom. I can’t wait to wear this low-backed one piece swimsuit on Martha’s Vineyard this summer and this sweet little PJ set is just too cute!

This pink and white gingham clutch (on major sale!) would be so adorable with white jeans and a navy striped blouse for summer happy hour and the ruffles on this shirt are just perfect. Also found this shirt for an amazing price point on Amazon (under $20!).

What do you think of gingham? Classic and preppy or short-lived trend?

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