Best Period Ever! The Diva Cup vs Thinx Showdown

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Just a photo of me looking absolutely normal on the beach - as I'm surfing the crimson wave! Periods can be a total drag, especially during summer when all you want to do is live your best life, wear white and pastels, and ya know, lay on the beach all day. Since pads don't really align with that vision, I'm sharing about 2 of my go-tos for that time of the month - The Diva Cup and Thinx.

I reviewed The Diva Cup a while ago, but had some growing pains so put it down for awhile, but decided to give it another go. It took some practice and finesse, but I've gotten pretty decent at getting it in and out smoothly. Here's the good, bad, and downright ugly!

Good

It's safe, environmentally friendly, and has no toxic chemicals! Plus it requires you to get more familiar with your body, which some may count as a negative but I think is a perk. Another thing that most of you might hate but I don't really mind - the removal process. There is a stem, which you can trim to fit your body and make wearing it more comfortable, and the longer the stem the easier it is to pull out. However the long stem kept poking me when I walked, so  trimmed most of it off. That made the wear infinitely more comfortable, but a bit harder to get out since I have less to pull. To get it out you basically have to bear down a bit, as though you are delivering. So you use those muscles to push, while holding it by the base and pulling it out by the stem. It is a bit annoying, but I'm kind of welcoming the opportunity to warm up those muscles for when I need them, ya know! 

Bad

Their site says that most women only change it twice a day, but you should be aware of your flow and time how often you need to change it. Because of my fibroids,  my day 1 flow is red wedding heavy so I found myself changing it every 2 hours. That is about as often as I change a tampon on day 1, but those are way easier to remove and insert, so it really was a drag. If you have a lighter flow or save it for days toward the end of your cycle when the flow is less aggressive you may have more luck. 

Ugly

 DON'T DROP IT! 

Seriously don't! I take mine out sitting over the toilet just in case, because turning the bathroom into a crime scene is pretty much the worst that can happen when using the Diva Cup. 

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Another one of my go-to products are Thinx.  I've been using the period panties for years and they are basically my heros! I have 2 of pretty much every pair on the site, for day and night of each day of my cycle. On day 1 I wear them with a tampon or my Diva Cup as backup, but from day 2 on it's just me my Thinx, and freebleeding. 

Good

Honestly, they are kind of my favorite. They are soooo comfortable, and there is a shape for every day. The designs range from cute and sporty to downright sexy. The boyshort is absolutely life, and I can't wait to try the new bodysuit out. And now they are getting fancy with some new colors! 

Bad

There really is no yuck factor, until you have to wash them out. And even then, it's really only gross if you are squeamish. They do take some getting used to, and you'll be super paranoid wearing them the first time. But after you make it through one successful cycle you'll be hooked!  

Ugly

None really, you just have to know your flow. Only once did I come close to a situation, since my period started getting heavier when the fibroids grew in. Just be attentive to your body and use a backup if you aren't 100% sure, or if you plan on being out and about for a long day.

Have you guys tried either yet? Let me know your thoughts about Thinx, Diva Cups, tampons, pads, and all of the above! 

 

Summer Day Trip: Long Island's Lavender Farm

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Nothing screams summer like a flower field! Of all the things I love about summer, mini escapes from the city are my fave. We took a little day trip out to Lavender By The Bay, a beautiful little lavender field in Long Island. 

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The field starts to bloom in July and August, turning into a gorgeous sea of purple blooms. The English and French lavender bloom at different times in July and August, so check out their bloom tracker for an idea of when to visit. Try to time your visit as soon as they reach peak bloom because the farm does cut back the flowers as they  bloom, the field gets smaller and smaller.  And you don't want to miss out on views like this! 

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After you've got your photo opps in, stop by the store for some dried lavender, cute little soaps and candles, and other pretty little souviners from the trip. You can also shop the goodies online if you can't make the trip. 

What are your fave spots to spend a day outside the city? Let me know in the comments, and shop the story below!

Vacation Countdown! The Beauty Routine to Get You Ready for Any Trip!

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Who loves summer weekends?! This season is the best season, especially when summer Fridays start and you can skip out of work early for fun with the squad! If you know you’ve got a weekend adventure coming up, here are a few steps to take the week before to make sure your skin stays glowing from head to toe!

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The first and most important step is keeping your skin clear! I wear makeup every day, and I do not skip a beat when it comes to cleansing. My first and final steps both include micellar water to make sure my makeup is thoroughly removed every day. Daylogic is Rite Aid’s Beauty Brand and their Micellar (pronounced my-sell-er) water is a combination of purified water; hydrating ingredients and low concentrations of molecules of mild surfactants that naturally group together to form microscopic spheres called micelles, which act like magnets for dirt and oil.  So it removes makeup, cleanses, and refreshes in one step! I use it with the Daylogic Premium Exfoliating Cotton Rounds to give my skin some gentle exfoliating action. The next step is to go in with my favorite face wash for an even deeper clean, especially when I’m wearing a lot of makeup. Then I give my skin a final swipe with the micellar water to make sure all the makeup and residue is clear!

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I also love giving my skin a refreshing spritz with the Garnier SkinActive Soothing Facial Mist. Just spray it on your face anytime your skins need to feel a little refreshed -  when you wake up, after a shower, right before you leave the house, or to refresh your makeup through the day! I especially love it after a long flight to refresh my skin or after gym or sauna for instant hydration.  You can even use it to moisten a blending sponge before applying foundation or concealer.

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Now onto the rest of your bod! You’ve got your skin refreshed, your bikini packed, but you cannot forget to wax!  Nad’s Body Wax Strips for Normal Skin are perfect for a quick at-home wax. Use as needed to get ready to hit the beach or pool in your favorite swimsuit. The Wax formula contains natural ingredients such as beeswax and calendula flower extracts and is suitable for all skin types. The strips are ready to use – just rub, peel & go!

Beach Essentials from Rite Aid
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If you want to add these products into your rotation, get them at Rite Aid! They’ve got a great wellness+beauty offer – get a total of up to $28 in coupons via printed brochure in select stores and Load2Card coupons on riteaid.com

Now all you need are a few extra cute outfits!

Going to the Max! How to Wear a Maxi Top

Floral Maxi Top Summer Outfit Ideas

How is July treating you guys? 

It's been super fun and super hot, but I'm trying to not get sucked into the overly casual uniform of shorts and tanks, even when you are dealing with 90 degree temps!  Trying to stay stylish and cool (literally) can be a challenge. I don't know if maxi tops are a big trend yet, but I saw a few when I was browsing Fashion Nova and was instantly intrigued. 

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A maxi dress type of silhouette, but with the ease of a crop top? It was basically two of my favorite fashion things combined!  

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If you aren't super into trends but still want to look current, a maxi top is a great way to walk the line. It has the same easy, breezy, casual chic vibe as a maxi dress, but the fact that it's a top makes it a little unexpected. 

I paired it with simple white denim shorts since they matched the white in the top. You can also style with jeans if you want to show less leg, or wide leg cropped pants to maximize the flowy vibe. But I definitely prefer them paired with heels! I felt like flats were way too casual and made me feel like the top was drowning me. If you are taller you may be able to rock flats, but as a petite style blogger, I need the height to make this look work. 

Let me know how you rock the trend! If you want to see more of my favorite looks, you can catch them first on my Instagram

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Everything You Need for the Best Summer ’18!

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This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com.

Summer is the best season! The temps are high, days long and fun-filled, and everyone just has an amazing renewed energy to celebrate the new season! In collaboration with BabbleBoxx, I’m sharing a few of the essentials you need for the best summer ever!

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Summer is the season for iced tea, so of course we had to get a few bottles of Pure Leaf Tea House Collection! They are actually one of my go to iced tea brands so I was so happy to see this in my box. The Strawberry and Garden Mint is super refreshing and the Spiced Chai is perfectly balanced with the perfect amount of spice.
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This is a great drink to buy when you are out and about on a hot summer day and need a pick me up! And if you love at home mixology, I think either of these organic iced teas would go great in a bourbon based cocktail!

On the beauty and skincare front, they included the Beauty Water and Sheer Renewal Cream by Colleen Rothschild. I love a facial spritz for refreshing your skin on the fly and this will come in super handy after long days in the sun when your skin starts to look a hot mess. The team is also giving you guys 20% off all regular priced items with code BOXX20, so get to shopping!
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One of my favorite things this box were the Coobie Bras. They fit perfectly and are sooooo soft and comfy! They sent me a Lace Back Scoopneck in a soft pin and a nude Lace Bralette. There is also another discount I can share with you guys for these babies! Take 30% off any order between now and June 2019 with code BAB30
And this wasn't in the box because it would melt, but they sent coupons to get a free box of My/Mo Mochi ice cream. Have you ever had Mochi? It's ice cream wrapped up in a sweet rice dough, so it's pillowy and soft on the outside and full of rich creamy ice cream on the inside. It comes in 8 flavors, and I tried the mango! If you like mochi ice cream, check out their site for where to get yours!
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And since no summer box would be complete without some rosé, they threw in 2 bottles of Cavit! I love a nice chilled glass, and my boyfriend figured out how to make the most amazing frosé, so I'll be trying to copy his technique.

Let me know what you guys think of the products and if you buy any with those codes make sure to share your pics with me!

Summer Staycations: 3 Quick & Easy Road Trip Ideas from NYC

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As much as I love to travel, I kind of enjoy staying local in the summer. There are literally 1000 things to do every day, so it's nice to have time here to explore the options.  Plus you can always do a day trip! I love escaping the city for a quick day trip. If you don't have a ton of time off, or are getting a little bit of travel burnout from taking too many longer trips, check out some of these ideas for quick day trips you can take from the city! 

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Southampton

If you slacked on getting a rental and only have 1 day for the Hamptons, I suggest Southampton! It's a quick 2 hour drive, and has both a quaint town with great shops and restaurants and amazing beaches. Do yourself a favor and skip the popular Cooper's Beach and head to Road D Beach instead. It's just down the road but way less crowded, and parking in that area is free, while at Cooper's it's $40 a car! 

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North Fork

Wine country that's an hour and a half away? Sign me up! The best way to spend a day in North Fork is vineyard hopping. There are a ton of wineries in the region where you can taste to your heart's content. If you are heading that direction check out Lavender by the Bay. It's a beautiful little farm with English and French lavender that blooms in July & August. Check out their website for updates on what's in bloom! 

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The Catskills

If you are up for some scenic hikes, gorgeous views, and AMAZING food, check out the Catskills! It's about a 2.5 hour drive from the city, and the scenery is super pretty as you head north. Make sure to stop at Prospect at Scribners for lunch, and if you are thinking about an overnight, definitely stay there! I went in April and it was just incredible! 

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Let me know where you end up heading!

The 4th of July Sales You Need to Shop!

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Well today is a scorcher! July is here and a heat wave has been sweeping the city, and there are no signs of it letting up. So the best way to spend your time is laying in front of the AC, shopping online obvi! The 4th of July is right around the corner and with it comes a slew of sales and deals, most of which are already starting now!  Check out my favorites below:

ASOS

Take an extra 10% off sale iems that are already up to 70% off!

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My fave site always has great prices, but their sale section is now up to 90% off! Get to shopping and take advantage of their 1 Day Independence Slay sale with Free 1 Day Shipping!  

Macy's

Sooo many deals and discounts right now! They are offering 70% off clearance styles, 25% off your purchase when you donate $3 to support veterans and military families, and 70% off furniture and mattresses. Get to clicking!  

Bloomingdales

Bloomies is always awesome and has more of an elevated assortment than some others. This July 4th they are offering 30-50% off select items. I found goodies like Marc Jacobs crossbody bags, Stuart Weitzman slides and Rag & Bone denim all on sale. Browse through and let me know what you find! 

Moda Operandi

If you are feeling the luxe vibe, treat yourself to something lavish in the Moda Operandi sale. The discount is only 20% off, but that can go a long way towards the cost of a big ticket item!

Anthropologie

I love shopping Anthropologie sales! This time around take 25% off already discounted sale items. They've got loads of cute jewelry, accessories, and home decor on sale now, so take a look! 

Kendall + Kylie

If you are obsessed with the Kardashian Jenner crew, or just want to get their style, Kendall + Kylie are having a huge flash sale, with 70% all merch, and 15% off warehouse styles. 

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Cult favorite beauty brand Makeup Forever is offering 15% off purchases of $75 or more; 20% off $100 or more. I'm a huge fan of their HD foundation and primers, so will def be stocking up! 

Missha Cosmetics

30% off their entire assortment - yes please! Check out their semi-annual sale for amazing prices on all things beauty!

Let me know in the comments what you end up buying! And have a blast this July 4th!

Squad Goals! 3 Perks of Forming Your Blogger Squad

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I’ve been blogging for a few years now and one of the best things about it, is well, other bloggers! Nothing beats building a sense of collaboration and community with beautiful, talented, creative women that share your goals and mission. I’ve been so fortunate to connect with an amazing blogger girl squad here in the city. Here are some of the things I love the most about them!

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You have instant common ground

There are things that every blogger can relate to. We all have spent nights spent working on our sites and content calendars and weekends filled with styling sessions and photo shoots. Your friends may only see the glamourous parts, like you posting cute pictures and going to fun branded events. But the rest of us really get it! Even if you are in a different niche, you understand having a crazy schedule, feeling the pressure to always look amazing online, and trying to find ways to make your content stand out! 

You get to build a unique network

Whether you are looking for anything from photo shoot locations to tax advice, if you have a strong network of other bloggers you can definitely find the answers! I love being able to rely on my network to brainstorm ideas, troubleshoot issues only they would understand, and get inspired for projects I’m trying to tackle! 

You get to have fun and be productive

Imagine having all the fun with your friends, while simultaneously networking, strategizing, and sharing resources to support each other’s goals. That’s what having a blogger squad is like! For the perennial multitasker like me, being able to have fun with people who’s company I genuinely enjoy while keeping on top of growing my business is major! 

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If you are looking for connect with other bloggers in the city, try Meetup to find groups, or sliding into someone’s dm’s if you want to connect! 

 

 

How to Be Your Own #HairGoals with Prose Customized Hair Care

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Let's be real - we are all on the quest to have the best hair possible. However you define your best hair is up to you - whether that be short and straight, long and bouncy or kinky curly. Great hair starts with health and I've been through HUNDREDS of products looking for the ones that would keep my curls hydrated, shiny and strong enough to resist breakage and maintain length.

I discovered Prose through Octoly, an influencer network and I was immediately intrigued. A fully customized hair care line based on your lifestyle and hair goals? Sign me up! I did their assessment online which asked a series of questions about my styling process, environmental conditions, and hair and scalp characteristics. 

My products arrived a week or 2 later with a detailed guide to the ingredients chosen and why they would be good for my hair. Some of the key ingredients were argan and jojoba oils for moisture, hyaluronic acid and collagen to repair and restore, and oat lipids and sunflower seed extract for color protection. My instructions are to shampoo and condition 2x a week, use the mask once a week, and 2x a month leave the mask on overnight for some ultimate hair rehab. 

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I noticed a difference right away and my hair has been getting even better with continued use. I mean take a look at these curls! 

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The shampoo cleansed without leaving my hair feeling stripped, and the conditioner and mask are rich, creamy and super hydrating. In short, it works wonders for my hair because it's made for my hair.

If you are interested in trying Prose check them out! And the only thing I can ask from the Prose team is to pretty please add in styling products! 

Summer Dressing Made Easy

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Tomorrow is the official first day of Summer! It’s one of my favorite times of year – the city is full of sunshine, the rooftops are poppin and the energy is over the top fun. Summer fashion calls for bold colors, fun patterns and interesting details. It’s way too hot to worry about what to wear, so I tend to stick to my formula for creating a standout look with ease. 

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It starts with a statement piece, like this skirt. I got this from SGTC Clothing, an amazing Instagram that let’s you shop authentic Nigerian pieces straight from the gram. Just scroll through their feed and DM them your picks to place an order. The team sent me this amazing color-block skirt, and it came in no time. The silhouette is fun and the print is unique and very on trend. 

To let the skirt shine, I paired it with a simple tube top from Fashion Nova. Have you shopped their site yet? If you haven’t you definitely need to take a look. They have everything from the wild, trendy, super sexy, and plenty of basics like this top or my go to jeans. 

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Then I took the rest of the look up a notch with the accessories! Bold statement earrings in a color palette that complimented the skirt were the perfect finishing touch, along with the Ark bag that I can’t live without, and a pair of can’t miss me neon sandals. 

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Let me know what you think of this look, and shop the story below! 

4 Vacation Workout Tips You Need to Stay In Shape on the Road!

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As much as I love travel, there is one downside - struggling to stay on your health game! Temptation is everywhere, and between the dining out, sipping cocktails, and all the local goodies you have to sample. It's gotten harder and harder to stay in shape as I've gotten older, so I really have to find ways to stay balanced.

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When I travel for just a long weekend I usually skip the workouts just because you have less time to explore and it's really not a big deal if you only miss a few days in the gym. But on my recent trip to Spain was almost 10 days long, so I knew I needed to get in exercise at least 3 or 4 times on that trip! Here is how I was able to squeeze in my sweat sessions while on a long vacation!

1. Pick a hotel with a gym

A lot of hotels have fitness centers, so when you are starting your search, look for properties that have that as an amenity. Even if it isn't a fancy one with a lot of high-tech equipment, you can still get a quality workout session done. 

2. Use your room if you have to

If you end up at a hotel that doesn't have a gym,  you can still make do with what you've got! Download or print out free workouts that don't require equipment and get to work in your room. Remember, you can do push-ups and squats anywhere! I also usually travel with a pair of resistance bands, and here are some band-only exercises I love!  

3. Make fitness part of your itinerary

Go hiking, take a long walk through town, or check out a local fitness studio. If you prioritize staying in shape while on your journey, you will find a way to make it happen!

4. Don't be afraid to leave your friends

Not everyone will share your priorities or want to spend their time the way you do. If you are traveling in a group and you find yourself being the only one that wants to get a workout in, then go right ahead and do it! If you have group activities planned that you don't want to miss, get up earlier or plan which days will be your workout days and which will be off.  

Let me know if you care more about staying fit even when you are on the go, and how you accomplish that! And if you like my workout look, shop the story below!
 

The Perfect Summer Day & Perfect Summer Dress

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Summer in the city is finally here! It’s so nice coming back from a trip but keeping the vacation vibe going thanks to the amazing weather and summer fun! 

One of my favorite places in New York is the New York Botanical Garden. It’s full of a gorgeous collection of blooms and has great special exhibitions all year round. So as soon as summer Friday’s started, I hopped on the Metro-North and took a quick 20 minute train ride up to the garden for an afternoon of exploring. 

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Since it was Rose Garden weekend I was feeling garden party chic and decided to break out one of the dresses I picked up in Spain. This easy breezy cotton baby is so comfortable but has just a touch of romance and glamour. And it’s in the color that I can’t seem to let go of – millennial pink! This came from a tiny boutique in Mallorca, but check out similar styles you can purchase below. 

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Since gardens are definitely not the place for high-heels I decided to balance the floaty dress with a pair of fringe, Dolce Vita sandals. They are super stylish and comfy, and keep the summer vibe going strong. Plus the yellow and white fringe is an unexpected pairing with the soft, dusty pink dress.  

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What are your favorite ways to spend a summer day in the city? Let me know in the comments, and what you will be wearing! And follow me on Instagram @malikahkelly for more of my outfit posts! And would you believe I shot all the pics in this post myself? Check out more about my self-portrait photography tips

Selfie-Queen! How to Step Up Your Photography Game

You may have noticed something about my pics from my recent Spain trip. I was alone in most shots. Even though I was travelling in Mallorca with a few friends, neither of them were big on photos and I knew that neither of them would be down to play insta-wife for the week! Obviously, I still wanted great travel photos, but I didn't want to be the annoying brat and constantly pester my friends. And sometimes when you want something done you've got to do it yourself! So I came prepared to do a lot of my own photos to make sure I had content I would be happy with. If you have an upcoming trip coming up and you want to guarantee you'll get the photos you want, check out my tips below!

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1. Pack the right goods!

I'm a huge fan of my tripod! It's lightweight and highly portable, but unfolds to a full 50 inches! I was nervous about it fitting in my suitcase since I only took a carry-on, but it wedged in perfectly and added basically no weight. I also shoot on a Canon G7X, which is compact but takes great photos and videos. The flip-up screen also comes in really handy when you are trying to take self-portraits, so you can see yourself in the screen at different angles. And when I'm shooting a lot of looks in the city, I often carry around a portable pop-up tent. I didn't travel with one of these, but a blogger friend of mine does so she can shoot extra looks when she is out and about and there are no public bathrooms to change in. 

2. Be Safe

Since you have to set-up your tripod and camera then run into the shot, you want to make sure you are shooting somewhere that you and your stuff will be safe. I took a lot of my photos around our resort, so it was restricted just to guests and staff. I would never pop-it out on a busy, main street where someone could grab it and run off! 

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3. Get Up Earlier

If you want scenic pictures without a lot of people in the background, you have to start early in the morning. I started shooting these pool pics around 8am, so I could have it completely empty. As you can imagine, having a bunch of families and kids splashing around would have ruined the shot! It's also nicer to shoot when no one is watching you, especially if you can be a little shy or self-conscious. People will definitely look at you like you are either crazy or completely self-absorbed, but don't let them bring you down! 

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4. Have Fun and Get Creative

When you are in control of your shot, you can take more time and get more creative than your friends would if they were snapping you quickly. You can play with different lighting and angles, try shooting close-up and from a distance like in the photo above, and get the exact scenery and angles that you want in the shot. After all, it's your photo so have fun with it! 

Let me know your ideas on getting good travel pics, and check out more of my pics from the trip on Instagram, @malikahkelly! 

 

5 Tips to Save for Your Mallorca, Spain Experience!

I'm back home from an amazing week in Spain! I think Spain is one of my favorite places to travel. I've been several times to several different cities and I always have a blast. Of all the cities I've been to, Seville was my favorite and Mallorca is now a close second! It's a large island in the Mediterrean full of gorgeous beaches, hikes that range from beginner friendly to expert only, amazing vineyards. Check out some of my tips for exploring this stunning island!

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1. Rent a Car

Driving is definitely not my cup of yea, ESPECIALLY not internationally! But both of my travel buddies had experience on the roads so we rented a car for only 200 euros for the week! There are so many beautiful things to see on the island, and renting a car is the cheapest and most flexibile way to get the most out ouf your trip. If that's not an option for you, stay close to Palma since that's the biggest city, and you can look for guided tours that will take you around by bus and make set stops. The roads and little towns are so scenic, you can spend a perfect day just driving around and stopping to explore randomly. 

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2.  Go Shopping!

Most people are surprise by this, but I really hate shopping. I packed with only a carry-on since I prefer packing light, and I really wish I had bought a bigger bag or came with it half-empty! Between the amazing wine we picked up at local vineyards, the jamon and cheese we desperately wanted to sneak past customs, and beautiful boutiques with locally made clothing and jewelry, I was in heaven! I bought back the two-piece set in the photo above and another dress from a boutique, but I only had room for 1 bottle of wine :(

Learn from my mistakes and leave room to bring stuff back. I promise you will want to! 

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3. Take a hike

There are so many beautiful hikes to choose from, so definitely add this to your to do list! There are easier ones that lead to beaches and little towns and other more intense routes for those that want a challenge. Whatever you decide, your body will thank you for the exercise after a few days on the jamon, cheese, and wine diet! 

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4. Move slower

There can be alot of pressure when you are traveling to see and do everything. This trip reminded me to slow down, relax, and really savor my experiences. Maybe it was the long sun-filled days since the sun didnt set until around 9. Maybe it was the fact that we had a list of things we wanted to do, but no set daily itinerary. But there was a definite appeal to having long leisurely days, seeing a lot, but having the energy and state of mind to really take it in. 

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5.  See more

Even though Mallorca was our main destination, there are no direct flights from the US, so you have to stop somewhere. We decided to book our main flights in and out of Barcelona and spend a day there on either leg of the trip. It was a quick and easy way to explore more since instead of just doing a layover on the way in. 

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All the Memorial Day Sales You Need to Shop!

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It's the unofficial kickoff to summer! Even though Memorial Day has been far less than summery the past few years, it still is celebrated as the time to get ready for the new season and enjoy the (fingers crossed) good weather. If you, like everyone else needs to breathe some life into your wardrobe, this weekend is the perfect time to start some shopping! Here are some of the sales I'm most excited about. 

1. Net-A-Porter

50% off high-end goodies from some of your most coveted designers! I'm checking out luxe accessories from Vetements, Chloe, and the amazing swimwear that is perfect for the season! 

2. Asos

Ya'll know I love me some Asos! Get 20% off everything for a limited only with code SUNNYDAYS. Their prices are already super affordable, but take advantage of this deal for even more savings! 

3. Bloomingdales

Need a new handbag? Well get one at 40% off! Bloomies is having a huge sale on designer bags, with babies by everyone from Marc Jacobs to Burberry. Don't miss this one! 

4. Nordstrom

Nordies is one of my favorite retailers and their half-yearly sale is a good one! Stock up on the season's hottest fashions at up to 40% off! 

5. Revolve

I'm obsessed with pretty much everything on this site! Revolve is my go-to for when I want the It Girl look. They've gotten pretty pricey the last few years, so take advantage of their 50% off all sale items to get all the goods you need for your cool girl summer wardrobe! 

6. Wayfair

If you are looking to update your home decor, get 70% in this sale! The site is full of everything from furniture to cute finishing touches, all at amazing prices! I'm eyeing the cute decorative rugs and lighting to update my living room decor. 

7. Williams Sonoma

The Memorial Day clearance is on, with a whopping 75% off! WS is one of my dream stores, and I'm adding some new gadgets and pretty cookware to cart in this sale! 

Happy shopping guys! Let me know what you end up buying and what you are up to this holiday weekend! 

Beauty Secrets to Know: How to Get Rid of that Pesky Cellulite!

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Let's talk about cellulite! You guys know I love blogging about all things beauty, and taking care of those pesky dimples is an important part of my routine. Cellulite can affect anyone no matter how thin you are. It's not about how much you weigh, but is really caused by fat deposits pushing through the connective tissue in the skin. It can happen anywhere on your body but is most common in the thighs and butt. And while we are living in a day and age of body positivity and accepting your flaws, I'm still of the school of thought that if you really don't like something about yourself you have every right to try to fix it.  And while I applaud the women who embrace their cellulite, this is a beauty blog, and I'm still very dedicated to my routine that keeps it away. So if you want to learn my tips for how to get rid of yours, keep reading! 

How to Get Rid of Cellulite

1. Prevention is Key

As with anything skin care related, prevention is the first and most important step of treatment. I have been using anti-cellulite products since college, really before I had much of anything to worry about. And as I've gotten older and my body has changed, I firmly believe the routine I've stuck to consistently over the years has helped prevent my cellulite from really developing. If you already have some don't worry too much! You can definitely reduce it's appearance significantly even if you don't get rid of it completely. 

2. Layer on the products

My holy grail system has been Bliss Fab Girl Slim and Fab Girl Sleep.  They recently rebranded slightly, but it seems the products are the same ones I've used and loved. I've used that duo day and night for years and it has definitely made a difference in keeping my skin smooth and dimple free. If you are just starting out they will take a few weeks before you see a difference, but consistency is key if you are going to see results. They also make a tummy toning gel called Fab Girl Six Pack which I have used off and on, mostly just because I like the tingly feeling when you put it on.  And when I need an extra smoothing, firming boost, I use the Body Shop Moroccan Rhassoul Body Clay Mask. It's a firming mask that tightens and tones for extra smooth skin. I've found the best way to apply it is to smooth on a thick layer, then wrap your butt and thighs up in Saran Wrap, then hang out looking ridiculous for 20-30 minutes while it does it's thing. Yes, it sounds silly, but hey it's totally worth it!

3. Get a temporary glow

If you are looking for a quick fix before a vacation, the best thing you can use is the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. It smells incredible and will temporarily tighten skin, plus it leaves a very subtle shimmer that will give your bod a natural looking glow. I keep a mini version in my beach bag at all times! And tools like dry-body brushes and suction devices can give you some temporary relief!

4. Take it Up a Notch

If you've got deep set cellulite and are really desperate to get rid of it, you may want to look into some non-invasive treatments to get rid of it. Lasers can work wonders on pretty much any beauty concern, and there are also newly FDA approved treatments like Cellfina. Do your research and ask a cosmetic dermatologist to weight in on any procedure you are considering. 

Let me know in the comments what you'll be trying!

 

 

The Glow-Up: Keeping Your Skin Glowing with L'Oreal RevitaLift®

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ad #RAWellnessBeauty #RiteAid #CollectiveBias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ad #RAWellnessBeauty #RiteAid #CollectiveBias

Who else can’t wait for the weekend!? I’ve had an insane couple of weeks and just got back from an amazing weekend in Bermuda, and I’m heading off again for another trip this weekend. My hectic schedule and frequent travel can take a toll on my skin, so I look to products that keep me looking as radiant as possible. Since I have no time for a big spa day, here is how I pamper my skin when it needs some TLC on the fly!

Glycolic Acid Cleanser

The first step is to get all the makeup off so your skin can really breathe and your products can work their magic. I then go in with the L'Oreal RevitaLift® Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser. It has gentle micro-pearls and Glycolic Acid which exfoliate dullness and impurities to improve skin tone, texture and clarity, revealing visibly brighter, more radiant skin. Skin is optimally prepared to absorb Bright Reveal treatments and moisturizers, which brings me to the next step!

Revitalift Daily Moisturizer for Bright Skin

I follow that treatment with the RevitaLift® Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer. It contains broad spectrum SPF 30 with a combination of Glycolic Acid, Vitamin C, and Pro-Retinol to reveal brighter skin, help correct uneven skin tone, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles in just 1 week. It visibly brightens, hydrates, and leaves skin feeling softer and appear smoother.

Daily Facial Peel Pads

I also like to occasionally pop in the RevitaLift® Bright Reveal Peel Pads, a dermatologist inspired anti-wrinkle plus brightening treatment. This daily peel pad resurfaces dull, uneven tone and rough texture to reveal fresh looking skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles over time. I’ve never used them back to back with the scrub just because my skin can be a little sensitive at times, but I like to work those into rotation every so often for a quick refresh.

And there you have it - 3 easy steps to glowing skin!

f you want to learn more about the L'Oreal RevitaLift® line, check it out here! And if you are ready to give it a try, my favorite place to get it is Rite-Aid. They have an amazing beauty section, and their Wellness + Beauty program is the best.

Loreal Products on Sale at RiteAid

After all, when it comes to wellness and beauty, everything is connected. When you eat well, you feel well. When you look great, you feel great. Rite Aid is ready cheer you on in your wellness journey, with new themes every month and personalized solutions to help you on your wellness and beauty journey. And since I love savings as much as the next girl does, I never miss their in-store offers. From May 1 - June 2, find up to $12 in coupon in store at Rite Aid.

Give it a go and let me know what you think in the comments!

Couples Trip! How to Survive Sharing a Suitcase with Bae

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TGIF guys! The boyfriend and I are just back from an amazing weekend trip in Bermuda! A few weeks ago as we were planning he had the interesting suggestion to share a suitcase. Obviously when he proposed this, a few thoughts ran through my head and the debate went a little something like this:

Me: Why, the airline will definitely let us each have our own bags

Him: It will be fun! And besides you need to practice packing lighter

Me: (in my head) YOU HAVE A STRANGE DEFINITION OF FUN

Me: (out loud) I pack pretty light actually! But half a carry-on suitcase babe?

Him: Yea! You can rough it a bit.

Me: Why would I be roughing it at a resort in Bermuda?

But I love him and sometimes relationships require compromise right? So I went along with the plan! Here is what made the final cut! And for the record he packed his half in 5 minutes, while I tried on about 8 bikinis.  

  • 1 Romper that can go day to night
  • 1 Maxi dress 
  • 1 pair of palazzo pants
  • 1 crop top
  • 1 tank top
  • 1 pair of denim shorts
  • 1 kimono
  • 1 one-piece swimsuit and 1 bikini, each with a cover-up
  • 1 pair of pool slides
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking sandals
  • 1 pair of dressier flat sandals
  • 1 mini straw bag

On the plane I'll be wearing a simple black cotton dress, white sneakers, and a light jacket. And since Dictator Bae didn't say anything about how big my purse can be, I'll be packing all my toiletries, and makeup, an extra sweater, and magazines in a cotton tote that will also be what I carry to the beach. His list was way shorter, just a few pairs of shorts, t-shirts/polos, and flip flops.

In all honesty, it wasn't as tough as I thought it would be! We are both beach bums, so spent most of the day on the beach and his Away carry-on was surpsingly roomy so it worked out pretty well. I didn't even end up wearing the maxi dress, but it was still nice to have an extra outfit, just in case.  Now he thinks this is the only way we should travel! What do you guys think, should we make this a trend? 

And stay tuned for my next post with some tips on traveling to Bermuda!

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Your Spring Accessories Guide

Spring Accessories Guide

Happy early Spring! I've been busy updating my wardrobe to transition to the new season, plus thinking of fun ways to transition some of my favorite pieces as the weather changes. But as you focus so much on fun new clothes, you can't forget your accessories! That is probably one of the most cost-efficient ways to breath new life into your wardrobe each season. Whether it's new gems, shoes, bags, or all, check out some of my fave accessories to add to cart this season! 

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Scarves

A chic scarf is a great topper for the most basic look. Elevate a simple sundress or classic jeans and tee with a colorful or graphic printed baby. I also love wrapping my hair up in one on bad hair days or when I just don't feel like dealing with my curls. You can go high-end if you want, or just anythng cheap and cheerful to take your look up a notch. 

And you can't forget the oversized earrings! They make even the most simple look special, and make your lazy buns or ponytails instant chic. Just choose carefully, you want styles that bring all the drama without being too heavy. 

Black Leather Boots

Booties

You can never go wrong with a basic black pair. These are from Thursdays and they are amazing! You can start to lighten up your boot wardrobe with cut-out or peep-toe options in lighter, more breathable fabrics. 

Cat Eye Sunglasses Trend

Sunnies

So everyone has been into the tiny sunglasses trend. I tried it and am really not a fan! So I'll be sticking to my oversized shapes in classic colors. I love retro-cat eyes and oversized round frames, usually in soft colors that flatter my skin tone. Here are a few in my rotaton. 

What other accessories are you stacking up for Spring? Let me know in the comments! 

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One Look Two Ways - with The Perfect Watch!

 Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StyledForSpring #CollectiveBias

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StyledForSpring #CollectiveBias

Hello babes! Spring is here in full swing and the city is absolutely blossoming. I love spending long days bouncing about the city between museums, brunching, shopping and just basking in the new energy that rebounds after winter. 

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Cherry Blossoms New York

But being out all day this time of year can get tricky. In the morning it can be chilly, blazing hot by mid-day, then back down to low, breezy temps by evening. I like to play with little style spinoffs on days like this, and it's super easy to transform a look depending on how the breeze blows. Take this perfect little dress. It's from Macy's and just screams "style me for Spring!".  I've been seeing a lot of runway looks pairing dresses with jeans, so instead of tights I added my fave skinnies. The look is fresher and more unique but still keeps your legs covered if it gets chilly. And add an extra layer with a moto jacket to finish the look. A jacket always comes in handy when temperatures flucutate, so make it one that takes your look up a notch. 

And when the temperature rises and you start to feel the heat, shed the jeans and jacket and just rock the sundress! Just make sure to bring a tote you can stuff your extra layers in if you need to. 

There is also one key piece tying both looks together: An Anne Klein watch! Hover over the image above to start shopping!
I got this baby at Macy's and it's an instant classic. I love the timeless design and beautiful detailing. Plus it's versatile enough to go with pretty much any look from Spring to Fall! An Anne Klein watch would also make a great gift for your stylish friends or your mom on Mother's Day! The watches are versatile and can be dressed up or down like I did.
Anne Klein Watches at Macys

Plus the packaging is so pretty no need to fuss with gift-wrapping. Check out the collection at Macy's and let me know your favorites!