NAPA TRAVEL GUIDE
Farmhouse Inn (in Forestville)
The French Laundry (if you're lucky enough to snag a reservation!)
Every beauty routine starts with a good base. It took me until I was in my mid-twenties to realize how important it is to prep your skin before applying makeup! I'm currently obsessing over Shiseido's Ibuki Smart Filtering Smoother that acts like a blurring filter, reducing the appearance of my pores.
The product can be applied before or after makeup application, but I personally like to use it in place of my primer. It serves a perfect first step by prepping my skin with a velvety finish. Most primers that I've used in the past feel silicone heavy and suffocating. This lightweight mixture feels like a magic balm and the results are instant! The pocket size packaging is also a major plus.
I apply a small amount to my fingertips, and pat evenly while focusing on the t-zone. The Oil Targeting Micro Powder quickly absorbs the excess sebum on skin's surface, diffuses light, and enhances moisture. It's perfect to use anytime under or over makeup for a fresh, matte look that is #selfieready.
As mentioned, it's incredibly important to start your beauty routine with a good base in order to set the stage for your makeup to last throughout the day. This product is the perfect step to ensure a lasting finish, but also portable enough to take with me when traveling for any last minute touch-ups. Thank you Shiseido for partnering with me on this post.
I plan on doing a post of my makeup routine with specific products I use, so stay tuned for that!
ABOUT TURKS & CAICOS
The Turks & Caicos Islands are a vacation dream come true! White sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise water, and tropical tranquility, what's not to love? The journey to paradise is just a quick two hour flight from Miami to Providenciales airport.
The highlight of Turks & Caicos is the 12-mile Grace Bay beach, which is lined with hotels and upscale homes. Weather in Providenciales is beautiful year round, ranging anywhere from mid 70's to mid 80's and the locals are friendly and easy going. There are plenty of activities like the world's best diving, boat tours, snorkeling, paddle boarding, and of course, relaxing on the beach :-)
After a long day of traveling from LA, we checked into our luxurious room in "The Estate" building, which had a large balcony overlooking the ocean and main pool. We watched the sunset and had dinner at one of the "Private Villa Collection" beachfront homes owned by Grace Bay Club. The modern villa was breathtaking and had amazing atmosphere to kick off the trip!
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The next day, we headed to Bugaloo's Conch Shack to have lunch, dance to local music, and explore the conch studded island. We spent the entire day here hanging out (the photo opps with the colorful houses were just too good). After a day of sun, we headed to Grace Bay Club's Anani Spa for massages and facials. My facialist was really educated in the products she was using and my skin felt heavenly afterwards! I highly recommend going to the spa if you visit Grace Bay.
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On our third day, we took a charter boat out to sea to check out some other islands. The sand was SO white and fluffy and the water was the prettiest shade of turquoise I have ever seen! We were also lucky enough to see a few dolphins and stingrays along the way. Once we wrapped up the boat tour, lunch was served local style at STIX on the beach. The remainder of the day was spent relaxing and swimming in the ocean. Dinner was set up beautifully on the beach by the Grace Bay Club team where we had delicious food, great conversation, and lots of wine to wrap up our final night.
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Turks and Caicos is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to and I highly advise making the visit out! Check out my travel guide and recommendations below!
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TURKS TRAVEL GUIDE
Grace Bay Club - a luxury oceanfront resort with 5-star service, beautiful decor, and a variety of dining options
Infinity Restaurant & Raw Bar, The Lounge, The Grill, Krave, Stix - all on site dining options at Grace Bay Club
Lemon2Go Coffee Bar - the cutest little coffee + gift shop just 2 minutes from Grace Club. The almond milk latte is delicious!
Bugaloos Conch Crawl - live music, local food, tropical drinks, conch covered beaches, and colorful building for that perfect photo opp
Phew, I survived Coachella again!
Foray hosted a 16 bedroom estate filled with fashion bloggers, along with a 200+ person event on Friday, April 14th. Margo and Me, Kaitlynn Carter, Thrifts and Threads, Michelle Take Aim, Hunt For Styles, Evelina, Xenia Overdose, and Becca Tilley are just some of the bloggers that stayed at the house. It was great spending time with girls in the industry and getting to know them better!
Most house guests arrived on Thursday evening just before our "welcome dinner", catered by Chef V. Veronica was our chef for the weekend and she cooked the most delicious, healthy meals to keep us fueled at Coachella.
L'Oreal Paris was Foray's headline sponsor for the weekend, so they set up a "glam lounge" for house guests to get their hair + makeup done all weekend long...major life savor! UK retailer, boohoo, set up a "revolving closet" at the estate, where girls could pick out outfits every day.
After the chaos we made our way to the festival grounds on Friday. Some of my favorite sets that night were Empire of the Sun, Phantogram, and Travis Scott - so bummed I missed Sampha and Glass Animals! The festival seemed quieter on Friday compared to the past few years I have been...
On Saturday, Foray x Funboy hosted a fiesta brunch, complete with a mariachi band. The massive buffet and a good laugh from the band was a perfect hangover cure. We spent the rest of the day relaxing by the pool and recovering. Before the festival, we stopped by the Victoria's Secret Oasis to say hello to some friends and stock up on some goodies! Around 5pm, a group of us headed to the festival to catch the sunset. We spent most of our time at Rose Garden and The VIP bar where you literally ran into everyone! Majid Jordan, DJ Snake, Future, and Martin Garrix were some of my favs that night. We topped off the night at Neon Carnival and danced the night away.
Let's be real - Sunday I was dead. Two full days of nonstop socializing, dancing, and singing. I was totally beat...but we had to do one last day! We made it out one final time to see Galantis, New Order, DJ Khaled, Lorde, and Kendrick Lamar.
I am so thankful for the team I work with at Foray. We are a small startup, so it's very rewarding to see growth and success after all of the blood, sweat, and tears go into planning such an extravagent weekend! Until next year, Coachella!
Floral two piece set // CINQ A SEPT
Sandals // SOLE SOCIETY
Sequin pants // TOPSHOP
Swim // FORAY COLLECTION
Ahhhh, Coachella we meet again. This is my 5th year in a row heading to the desert and I couldn't be more excited. Coachella style can definitely have a bad stigma attached to it, but trust me - it can be done tastefully! I'm focusing this year on comfort and easy pieces with an edge.
You can check out a small feature I did with Time Out LA HERE about festival style, and also read about what other LA bloggers are packing this year :)
Writing down a few tips, because this ain't my first rodeo:
Make sure you're not wearing too many trends in one look, pick one!
Chill on the prints.
Make sure your outfit is photogenic. Obviously ;)
Wear comfortable ankle boots to the festival, your feet will thank you.
Buy something that is out of your style comfort zone and rock it.
Bring a bandana for the evening, it usually gets windy/dusty at night.
The process of actually getting into the festival is crazy, even if you're VIP. The path to the entrance is longggggg, but they have bike pedicabs to make things quicker. Bring cash!!
Pack a portable charger. This one from SONIX is amazing.
Go to the festival 5pm-midnight. I never go a full day, it's way too much for me!
Pick a general meeting spot in case you loose anyone.
Leave a little before the last headline act. The Uber Lounge can be a NIGHTMARE if you're there at at rush hour.
SEE YA IN THE DESERT XX
A chic, comfortable weekend look featuring the new collection from one of my favorite brands, Elizabeth and James.
Official product links will be updated once the pieces become available online! xx
TOP // Elizabeth & James (similar here)
PANTS // Elizabeth & James (similar here)
EARRINGS // Rachel Zoe (similar here)
SHOES // Chinese Laundry
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Cartagena is one of the most picturesque and culturally inspiring cities I have ever visited. Colombia has been on my bucket list for a long time and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to visit! What's not to love? Colorfully painted streets, historic architecture, warm weather, and the lively energy of the city as a whole. Many people worry that Colombia is not a safe tourism destination, but I felt completely safe and had the most incredible experience while visiting. I HIGHLY recommend looking into booking a trip! A little about my stay...
Foray partnered with the brand Maaji for this getaway, hosting a group of bloggers to help bring awareness to the brand. Jill Wallace, Nicole Isaacs, Julia Friedman, Racquel Natasha, Kaitlynn Carter, and myself all came along for the journey. Maaji is a Colombian based resort & activewear label known for their reversible swimwear and bright, colorful prints. I was a fan of the brand before, but knowing the roots and the kind people behind the brand made me fall in love with it even more.
We stayed in a beautiful 4 bedroom villa right in the heart of old town Cartagena, complete with a dreamy rooftop lounge. Unfortunately, this house is not available for booking, but I've listed a few alternative recommendations below!
SHOP CARTAGENA STYLE
The Maaji team organized a full itinerary of activities for us to experience while we were in Cartagena. It was an awesome benefit to have local knowledge from the team for the best spots in town. I've included some of my favorite places below!
CARTAGENA CITY GUIDE
Cartagena Villa (10 bedrooms, great for groups)
Casa Los Suenos Villa (5 bedrooms)
Private Villa (5 bedrooms)
Colonial Style Villa (7 bedrooms)
Oceanside Villa (5 bedrooms, beautiful rooftop lounge and pool area)
Casa Pombo (10 bedrooms, great for special occasion)
El Kilo - Cute decor with gorgeous marble bar and great drinks.
Mistura - Peruvian Japanese food + music.
Juan del Mar - Amazing street entertainment and shows while dining outside in the plaza. Order every kind of pizza!
Pasteleria Mila - The best desserts in town. Try the cuatro leches.
Epoca Cafe - Cute, casual cafe to grab a coffee or lunch.
Crepes & Waffles - Casual dining, ice cream & juices.
St. Dom - Discover local Colombia designers. The store carries both women's & mens clothing and accessories. Everything is SO cute.
Street Shopping - For local souvenirs.
NH Galeria - High end fashion, art, and interior design.
Lucy Jewelry - For Emeralds! Columbia is the world's largest producer.
Abaco Liberia & Cafe - Books on the best art, photography, and architecture in Cartagena.
I will DEFINITELY be coming back to Colombia soon and hope to visit the city of Bogata. The people, the weather, the culture....Colombia you have my heart forever!
You can shop all looks from the trip HERE on Foray. Please leave any comments or questions below. Happy to help with travel recs xx
Ah Cabo, you never disappoint! Growing up in Southern California, Mexico has become my go to destination for a quick, beachy getaway.
I recently stayed at Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas with Becca Tilley and Kaitlynn Carter for a last minute getaway. The hotel was gracious enough to host us for the weekend and we had the best experience staying there. My room was one of their newly renovated casitas that had a beautiful view, complete with a jacuzzi on our balcony. Can you say dreamy!?
The service at Esperanza is 5-star and the staff goes above and beyond expectations to make you feel special. The hotel grounds are spacious, peaceful, and luxurious - perfect for a special occasion or relaxing girl's weekend! There are also a a variety restaurants on the property that service fresh and local cuisine. We quickly became friends with the executive chef, Guillermo who cooked the most amazing meals every night!
There are a ton of activities to do around the resort and in town. We especially enjoyed beach yoga, spa massages, tequila tasting, and camel riding. Yes, camel riding - hah! I have to say this was the highlight of our trip because we were laughing uncontrollably the entire time.
We also checked out Esperanza's newly opened property, Chileno Bay. The vibe is a little more modern and laid back compared to Esperanza's classic, luxury feel. The clean, all white design and Instagram worthy bar are just a few of the things that draw in a hip crowd. This hotel just opened, but I have a feeling I'll be seeing it all over Instagram real soon!
Thinking of planning a trip to Cabo soon? DO IT! Here are a few of my recommendations:
PS - When you book the "Bed & Breakfast Package", you will receive a complimentary margarita welcome amenity and a $100 spa credit! To book, call (855)-661-7800 and mention my name to receive these extra perks!
Spring, I'm ready for you!!! We had one 80 degree day in LA this week, and I was convinced SS17 was already here. I went on an excessive Pinterest spree, pinning all of my favorite trends that I'm eager to incorporate into my closet this season. Since I was inspired, I wiped my closet clean of all winter gear - probably will regret that in a few days....eeeek! I'm loving the refreshing and neutral palette, which is a heavy contrast from fall's punk/street style obsession. What trends are you guys looking forward to this spring?
Trend Forecast: feminine frills, tops with volume, neutral lace, extra large earrings, fun shaped bags, oversized waist belts, paper bag waist trousers
SS17 Colors: pale dogwood, hazelnut, kale green