11 Beach Essentials for a Stress-Free Beach Day

When a new season starts, shopping items for it is one of my favorite things to do. I always check my closet first to see what pieces from my wardrobe need to be updated, read current trends and then I make a list of what I’ll need. Then I browse online shops until I find the best deals.
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My current priority list for this new season is all about getting nicer beachwear, sandals and accessories. It’s always sunny in San Diego, so my vital beach gear gets worn out by this time of the year. To maximize time in the sun and sand this year, I’ve rounded up 11 must-have beach essentials that are functional and budget friendly.

1-Swimsuit Cover-Up
Cover-ups are a great option to throw over your swimsuit. They can be dressed up for lunch after your day at the beach or dress down for a casual outing. I love that the right style can camouflage all kinds of imperfections.

2-Bathing Suit
I mostly wear one-piece bathing suit styles, but this vintage bikini by Unique Vintage made up my mind to try something new this year. The high-waisted style of the bikini bottom covers up problem areas (slim the tummy) while accentuating your curves.

3-Beach Bag
I always bring a lot of things with me to the beach. From magazines to a change of clothes to leave-in-conditioner, so a big beach is must-have for me. A reusable linen tote can carry perfectly all of my beach-day essentials.

4-Flip Flops
I grew up in Puerto Rico where is 80 degrees or more everyday. Flip flops have always been a big part of my wardrobe. Besides the basic black and brown, I like keeping in my closet a few dressy pairs that I can wear with maxi dresses and coverups for after the beach adventures. I’ve always trusted Reef for comfortable and stylish flip flops.

5-Beach Towel
I like bringing a few towels in case someone forgets, but on this monster of a beach towel (39” x 78”) by Lands’ End you’ll be able to fit your besties or a special date.

6-Sunglasses
Sunglasses are a must when spending time outdoors. You don’t want to be winking and getting wrinkles. These cute cat-eye shades are perfect for a day of fun in the sun.

7-Floppy Hat
Bringing a hat to the beach helps protect your scalp and face from the sun. I also wear it to keep my curls in place.

8-Reading Material
My main focus when going to the beach is relaxing. I’m not a big swimmer, so lounging with a good book or fashion magazines is my favorite beach pastime.

9-Lip Balm With SPF
I don’t like wearing makeup to the beach, but this tinted lip balm by e.l.f shield lips from harmful sun rays and gives just a hint of color.

10-Leave-in-Conditioner
Rehydrate your hair before leaving the beach by adding a little bit of leave-in-conditioner. It will moisturize and protect it against dryness caused by the sun and ocean.

11-Sunscreen
This one is a no brainer. If you’re spending time outdoors, you need to apply (and reapply) sunscreen. I like to wear sport sunscreen with a SPF over 50+ and reapply every two hours for maximum protection.

What are some of your beach essentials? Share them with me in the comments below.

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This post was sponsored by Reef, all opinions are my own. Collage design by Unik.

Tsumori Chisato Fall Winter Collection

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I hardly share my faves from all the different fashion weeks. I have to write about it in other places and simply feel tired of having to repeat the same content. I have to make an exception for Tsumori Chisato’s Paris Fashion Week collection for fall winter 2015 2016. Her superhero collection transported me into a colorful cartoon wold full of adventures straight out of the designer’s imagination.

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Black and white manga prints mingled with the bright colors of the 60s comics, and bring energy and rhythm to a wardrobe of straight and sophisticated shapes. Flames dress the sleeves and some of the tights to evoke superhero costumes completed with sharp shoes.

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As a heroine, Tsumori Chisato claims superpowers and stages herself in the boxes of her own comic strip where bubbles and onomatopoeias arise on collars and jacket lapels. The punchy outfits are ideal for a modern woman’s wardrobe.

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Pics: NowFashion

The Divergent Giveaway Winner!

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The winner of the Divergent prize pack giveaway is…John! I will be emailing you shortly.

3 Tips for the Perfect Manicure

perfect-manicureWith so many wonderful nail care products available, it’s easy to turn your home into your own mini salon. Here are a few simple tips to achieve a perfectly manicured set of nails.

Refresh Your Look
Brighten up any day or night with brilliant color. Give your nails personality with the beautiful shades from the Revlon ColorStay collection with flirty hues, such as Bubbly or Trendy.

Brighten Up with Hot Hues
Small, chic updates to your look don’t require spending a fortune. Paint those nails pretty with the most sought-after colors of the season — vibrant neons. To get the look, check out the Sittin’ Pretty or Vices Versa shades by Essie.

At-Home Innovations
While many women rush to their local salon for professional gel procedures, new at-home products provide the same look, feel and durability. Some manufacturers even offer gel products that don’t require an LED light for application, like Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy, which gives flawless color and brilliant shine in just two steps.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

THE DIVERGENT SERIES Second Giveaway

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This week I’m excited to bring you another giveaway from THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT. The new movie will be in theaters March 20, 2015 and to kick off the premiere week in style I’ve partnered with INSURGENT to put together a fashionable prize pack for one lucky fan. The winner of this giveaway will receive the Divergent DVD (Blu-ray + Digital HD), a t-shirt, movie poster and cool scarf representing Tris Prior’s faction.

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To Enter:
-Leave a comment on this post saying, what faction* from Divergent would you join and why? Simple, right?
-Open only to U.S. residents 18+ years.
-One winner will be chosen on 03/23/2015 and contacted via e-mail.

Thanks for entering and good luck!

*The society is divided into five factions: Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), and Erudite (the intelligent).

Update: The winner is John!

Weekend Look for Warmer Months

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Floral dress / sandals / metallic tote / DVF ring / stud earrings / straw hat / coral scarf / sunglasses / pink lipstick / neon pink nail polish

I love this look for warmer weather. Bright colored accessories, a floral print dress and pink nails are perfect for a weekend of fun in the sun. Happy Weekend!

Fariba Soltani SS15 Scarves Collection

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Hi Lovelies! Today, I’m super excited to share the luxury scarves collection from London based designer, Fariba Soltani. The collection is entitled The Salda and it explores the elements of nature in design, in an abstract and geometric manner. All the scarves in the Salda collection bear the name of a mountain in Iran. The new collection consists of five distinctive designs, illustrating abstract geometric proportion in muted colors rendered in modal blends.

Fariba moved from her home country of Iran to study in London. After graduating from Kingston University in Interior Architecture she started her career with renowned architect firm Foster & Partners and design studio Fox Linton prior to establishing her own label in 2014 to develop a diverse range of design related projects, expressing her style accompanied with the use of high quality materials and supreme Italian manufacturing.

See the full collection on her site, www.faribasoltani.com/collections/the-salda-collection

Photographer:  Paul Winstone &  Model: Karolina Bil

 

THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT Screening Ticket Giveaway in San Diego

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THE DIVERGENT SERIES: INSURGENT raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. The new movie will be in theaters March 20, 2015, but YOU have a chance to see it much earlier by winning tickets for you and a guest at our local screening, which will be held at Edwards Mira Mesa on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 7:00PM. There are 25 pairs of tickets up for grabs!!

The giveaway is for San Diego locals only! If you would like to enter the giveaway click this link and register for a chance to win the passes. The winners will be selected from those who register and the passes will be e-mailed by Sunday, March 15, 2015.

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If you tweet or post to instagram about INSURGENT, don’t forget to use hashtags #INSURGENT & #DEFYREALITY.

Enter the giveaway here: https://www.lionsgatescreenings.com/index.php/main/sweepstakes/UNIKINSURGENT

Sprayfun New Spring Summer Collection

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The new spring summer collection (called Brumes) by creative studio Sprayfun is full of airy dresses in comfortable oversize shapes with unique designs that are entirely hand painted. The dresses are beautiful statement pieces by themselves that don’t need ton of accessories. Perfect for warm weather days! Find more dresses in their online shop.

Photos by L’Habibliothèque, Paris.

 

7 Hair Myths We’ve All Believed To Be True

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Hair is as personal as it is public, that’s probably why so many women and men pay plenty of time and attention to maintaining their mane throughout their lifetime. How many times have you sat in a hairstylist’s chair and have been told conflicting hair tips? Blast your hair with cold water at the end of your wash to seal the cuticle for shiny hair, or when your hairstylist says to make sure you come back within 3 months for the next trim to promote hair growth and health. With so many opinions on hair maintenance, who knows what to believe?

I’ve compiled a list of hair tips that we have all heard time and time again, but after some research I have come to find these tips may not be as helpful as I thought.

Myth #1: If one gray hair is plucked, two more will grow.

If you pluck away one hair strand, only one will grow back no matter what color the hair is.

Myth #2: Regular, frequent trims will help hair grow faster.

Hair growth is based off hormones, not hair trims. Hair grows about half an inch a month whether it is cut regularly or not.

Myth #3: Wash your hair every day.

It is not necessary to wash hair everyday. In fact, washing it every day can cause natural hair oil to build up, resulting in the opposite effect.

Myth #4: Hair should be shampooed twice during one wash.

Shampooing more than once in the same shower can strip hair from its natural oils, resulting in lackluster, over burdened hair.

Myth #5: If your hair is naturally oily, skip conditioner.

Oily hair is caused by the excess production of sebum in the scalp. Using conditioner will not contribute to more oil production.

Myth #6: Sunrays don’t damage hair.

The UV rays from the sun can dry out hair causing it to feel weak. Use a hat on the beach to avoid the risk of sun burning your sensitive scalp.

Myth #7: Switch shampoos regularly to see best results.

Hair will not get used to using the same shampoo over and over again. It is not necessary to keep changing shampoo types and brands in order to maintain healthy, optimal hair.

Pic Source: beautypress.com

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