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®

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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.

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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

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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. 

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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. 

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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!

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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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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.
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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!

3 Spring Trends You Need Now!

Well it took a while, but Spring is finally here! I’ve been putting off my shopping until I could actually wear the goodies I was buying and now it’s finally time! I tend to live by my own personal style more than I follow trends, but there are a few that I’m pretty excited about for the season. You got a little preview in the video above, and check them out in more detail!

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Maxi Dresses

If you want easy comfortable glamour, a maxi dress is the way to go! It feels like you are basically wearing pajamas, but you look super chic. Plus they can be great on their own with no styling, or you can add a layer to finish the look. Since this dress is so feminine and delicate I like the contrast of adding a tough girl moto jacket and black leather booties. As it gets hotter you can lighten up the look with sandals, and either no jacket or a lightweight vest. 

Graphic T Shirt and Scarf Spring Layers

Layers

You usually hear about layering for Fall, but some Spring days can be cooler and windy so you need a bit more coverage. I like pairing a graphic T with a lightweight jacket, and taking the look up a notch with a scarf.  Depending on the weather that day, you can rock this look with jeans like in the photo, or denim cutoffs like I did in the video

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Crop Tops & Mom Jeans

I pretty much never met a crop top I didn’t like. A lot of people think they can be too sexy or revealing for them, but there are crop tops for every body type. If you want to make the look more playful, pair it with something oversized, like these high waisted mom jeans. They give you instant cool girl cred and you don’t have to worry about the look being too revealing! 

 

What are your favorite trends for Spring! Let me know in the comments and shop the story below! 

The Perfect Staycation at Scribners Lodge

 This post is sponsored by Scribners Catskills Lodge & Trailways NY

This post is sponsored by Scribners Catskills Lodge & Trailways NY

You guys know I love to travel, and even though I've been lucky enough to do a lot of international travel, I've been working on doing more domestic travel this year. So when I had the chance to spend some time at Scribners Lodge in the Catskills, I jumped at the chance! 

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Scribners is a gem of a property in Hunter, NY.  The level of comfort and attention to detail is phenomenal. The building has been around since 1966, but underwent a transformation in Fall 2016. The attention to detail is phenomenal, from the amazing staff, stylish comfy rooms and treats like s'mores kits and to-go bottles of their signature cocktails. 

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Plus the restaurant, Prospect is a can't miss. It really is an experience all on it's own. Cocktails and wine list are steller, and the food is as delicious and decadent as it is photogenic. 

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If, like me, you can barely drive to save your life, the property is easily accessible on the Trailways Bus from Port Authority. It stops just down the road from the property and depending on traffic and how many passengers are on board, the driver may turn around and drop you off right in front of the hotel. Mine was nice enough to give me front door service since the bus was pretty empty and the road clear. But it's a pretty smooth walk from the hotel to the bus stop if they can't drop you off, or when you are making your way back. 

If you are looking for a mini trip somewhere close to New York, definitely check out Scribners! But be warned - it's so nice you will pretty much not want to bother leaving. 

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Spring came, then went in a day!

Last Saturday was an incredible 70 degrees and sunny, only to descend back into the 40’s the next day! This weather is really keeping me on the struggle bus. Between the extreme dips in temperature, the clouds and rain it really is both a mood and wardrobe killer! I can’t stand to wear my Fall/Winter wardrobe anymore, and have been trying to creatively transition out of my winter sweaters and work in some of the cute Spring trends. It’s too cold to just wear any of my favorite Spring pieces without layers!

 Froze for this shot for a minute though!

Froze for this shot for a minute though!

I’ve been feeling polka dots this season, so had my eye on this super cute jumpsuit from Macy’s. It’s a lightweight fabric, open back (another one of my favorites) and the pants are just a little bit flowy so it’s so easy to wear. Plus white is one of my go-to colors for Spring/Summer so it was the perfect find. However since the weather won’t let me be great, I had to top it with my favorite leather moto jacket to warm up. I’ll have to wait until summer to show off the pretty open back detail.

 

And even though this jumpsuit is begging to be paired with a cutout sandal or chunky 2 piece heel, the forecast called for clouds and drizzles so I went with sneakers instead. At least a bright floral umbrella is giving me some Spring vibes! 

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What are you looking forward to most about the new season (if it ever gets here?) And shop the look below!

 

Sephora VIB Sale Shopping Haul!

Sephora VIB Sale Shopping Haul

It's one of my favorite events of the year - the Sephora VIB sale!! While I'm a frequent Sephora shopper, I do my big shopping sprees around the sale since, especially for my bigger ticket purchases. If you are VIB Rouge, get your shopping on with a 15% discount now through the 16th. And the VIB sale continues for the non-Rouge babes next week. I love the sale not only because that 15% seems small but really adds up, it gives me a chance to stock up on old favorites and try fun new launches. 

Check out some of the items I'm adding to cart, including that coveted Fenty Beauty Body Lava, and the brand new Tarte Mermaid Makeup Brushes!

If you aren't Rouge yet but are wondering if it's worth the it, the answer in short is YES! Not only do you get early access to the sale and deeper discounts, there is a laundry list of perks, from pre-releases to free in-store makeovers anytime you want! Check out Sephora.com for the full list and how to qualify! 

Birthday Musings - Celebrating Yourself and (Never) Getting Older

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I celebrated a birthday recently, and it was full of love, affection, fun, and amazing memories created with the people I love the most. Even though it wasn't a milestone birthday, I was still feeling super festive so decided to throw myself a slightly silly but super fun pajama party. The spirit was in line with my hashtag #NeverGettingOlder and I really wanted to create a fun youthful vibe. Thanks to a lot of Pinterest searching, crafty DIY's and a generous discount on the perfect space thanks to Peerspace, my party was a hit.

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But as much as I love living in my youth, I am older, and am starting to embrace that things are changing. Even though I still look younger than I am, my skin, my body, my mind and my heart have changed and grown over the years. So here's to celebrating more, growing more, and loving myself more every year! I hope that you all find the spirit to celebrate yourselves and your accomplishments in the manner that you deserve. Remember, no one is going to celebrate you the way that you celebrate yourself. So whether it's an elaborate party or just popping a bottle of your favorite bubbly with a handful of friends, you deserve it 

Tell me about what you'll be celebrating this year. And if you are looking for the perfect space for any event, checkout Peerspace. You can rent anything from a studio to a beautifully decorated loft, with options for every price range and party size! 

The Festival Looks You Need All from Amazon!

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Festival season is here! Get ready for your feed to be flooded with amazing pics from your favorite bloggers and celebrities. I myself am not going to Coachella this year,  and I'm INCREDIBLY DISAPPOINTED about that!  But even though I won't be present, I'm still always so inspired by the festival fashion. Something about all the amazing looks just sets the stage for the style and trends that will carry you through summer.

If you are going to Coachella or any other festivals this season, you are probably going crazy planning your outfits. It's the time to let your style shine, but of course you don't want to splurge too much on clothing you will wear just to dance and sweat it out in the desert. So I'm gonna let you in on a little fashion secret - Amazon! If you haven't browsed Amazon for fashion you are definitely missing out. The site has an amazing  assortment of goodies, and a lot of them come with free shipping, free returns, and that 2 day shipping for Prime members. 

Check out the gallery below for some of my favorites for festival and summer style! And stay tuned for a post next week all about festival beauty, including the look above! 

If you get any of these let me know, I'd love to see how you rock them! And leave your tips for surviving festival season in the comments! 

4 Perfect Picks for a Spring Getaway!

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Spring is starting to bloom and one of the things I'm most excited about is Spring travel! Winter travel is fun, but can be so unreliable and downright annoying between the frigid temperatures and massive amount of snow we've been getting. Spring means longer days, a little bit more sun, and easier packing since you don't need as many heavy sweaters and boots. 

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If you are itching for a Spring getaway, here are a few of my favorite places that are perfect for an easy long weekend!

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The Catskills

This area is a go to destination for most New Yorkers, for good reason! It's close and easy to get to and full of beautiful scenery pretty much anytime of year. Stay somewhere super hip like Scribners Lodge, and leave plenty of time for everything from scenic hikes to wine tasting. 

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Cartagena

It seems farther than it really is, but in a quick 5 hour flight you'll be in one of the most beautiful, charming city I've ever seen. I've been twice, and each time it didn't disappoint. Plus by the time April starts to roll around I'm pretty much dying for some beach time, so the location is just perfect! 

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Italy

Flights into most major cities are easy to be found, and you'll beat peak tourist season by going this time of year. I don't love the beaches or coastal cities in Spring, but Florence, Rome, Tuscany, and Milan are all great options for a getaway. 

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Bermuda

If the islands are your thing, Bermuda is the best choice for a long weekend trip. It's a smooth 90 minute flight to pink sand beaches and charming colorful scenery. It can be a little pricey, so try to look out for deals that will make it more affordable. 

Let me know if you are planning a Spring vacation and where you end up going! 

The Ultimate Denim Jacket

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It's Mon-slay! Hope you guys are ready for an amazing Monday. I'm recovering from the best birthday party ever, which you can check out on my Insta-story highlight. My actual birthday isn't for a few more days, but why not spend a few days celebrating? Since I'm still in casual fun mode, this look is the perfect one for early Spring weather, and days when you want to look pulled together but still want a casual vibe. 

 and more of that Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife!

and more of that Fenty Beauty Trophy Wife!

Denim jackets are a style staple, and the coolest new versions are oversized. Think of it as the jacket version of your favorite baggy boyfriend jeans.  I've worn this baby after a workout and dressed it up for this look with a little black dress and booties. 

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I've been having more fun with my hair the past few weeks as well. Since the front of my hair gets a little too puffy when it's super curly, I swept it up into a fun top knot and left the back half out. This look will definitely be one of my go to styles for Spring!

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What trends are you most into for Spring? And If you are loving this look, shop these items and similar ones below! I also saved a few favorites on my Like to Know! 

Superwoman Style: How to Stay Balanced While Trying to Have it All

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I'm no super woman, but sometimes I try to be. When I run people through the tasks I accomplish in a day most of them are shocked. My to do list sometimes amazes me, and I can't even imagine what it would be like to be pressured to get it all done when I'm also responsible for someone other than me. As Women's History Month comes to a close, I'm sharing a few of the things that keep me motivated to get all (or most of it) done with style and grace (or so I like to think)!

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I get selfish with my time

The list of social obligations can sometime seem endless, but I'm never afraid to say no. The FOMO can get real sometimes, but there will be times when you need to be alone on your couch with Netflix more than you need another dinner out with the squad. 

I take inspiration from women around me

Social media can have a tendancy to make people feel worse about their lives, but I try to keep it positive and inspiring. There are a ton of sources you can turn to, from influencers to authors and self-care experts.  This isn't a one-size fits all approach, so take some time to find someone who's message resonates with you. 

I reflect on my goals and accomplishments

As an ambitious person you always feel the pressure to continuously accomplish things and hit your target goals. But you can't forget to reflect on where you've been and how you've grown. Make more time to look back on everything you have accomplished! You will definitely be impressed with yourself. 

Let me know your tips for trying to have it all while staying sane! And shop the look below!

Statement Jeans for Spring

 Images by Earl Jackson And peep the Trophy WIfe highlight tho!!

Images by Earl Jackson And peep the Trophy WIfe highlight tho!!

Hello guys!

Technically it's the first day of Spring, but NYC is about to get another big dump of snow! I'm completely and 100% over it, just trying to do the best to get through. Since I'm trying not letting the weather get me down and crush my style, I decided to break out these all eyes on me jeans. I love a pair of mom jeans, and they are even better with embellishments! 

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These are from Topshop and I was on the fence when I first bought them, but slowly fell in love. The light wash is super retro, and the rhinestone trim is the exact touch they need to make them pop. I especially love that they didn't skim on the details in the back, keeping the bling cute on both sides.  They seem pretty high maintenance and I still haven't figured out how I'm going to wash them TBH. But the look is worth it, even if I only break them out every once in awhile.  

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I rocked these with a cropped tee and classic black pumps, just to balance out the loose fit of the jeans, but they'd be equally cute with a simple tank and white sneakers. 

Unfortunately these babies are sold out. However you can shop similar items to get the look below!