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On Island Time

I got to spend a weekend with one of my longtime blogger (and real life) friends, Kerri, and we decided to get away and soak up a little sun on a nearby island. We wandered down sandy beach roads that gave way to crystal blue waters, meandered in and out of cute island boutiques, and explored the old lighthouses before heading dockside for lunch. Afterwards, we headed out for sunshine and sand, ice cream in hand, of course! Time with friends is simply the best. I always enjoy good conversation, lots of laughter, and the sweet memories shared together. Take a peek at her blog to see more from this fun weekend! Are you taking a trip with friends this summer?

Style Postcards from Europe: Lemon Midi Dress

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Oh, Como! What a beautiful part of Italy...I could have spent far more time here, and certainly look forward to returning to continue exploring. The charm of the Italian culture, beautiful architecture, breathtaking vistas, and divine food is enough to make anyone fall in love with the lake district. We enjoyed fresh pasta on a terrace by the lake and watched the streets bustling with both locals and tourists alike, excitedly hopping aboard the speedboats to cruise the waters. As soon as I saw this dress, I knew it would be perfect for exploring Italy. The lemon and floral print is so fun and the ruffled skirt adds a little bit of feminine flair. Usually I steer clear of midi dresses because the length is never quite right, but this one was too pretty to pass up! I look forward to wearing it throughout the summer with some espadrille wedges or lace up sandals.

Style Postcards From Europe: Stripes & Florals

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A short drive from Switzerland brought us to France to explore the narrow streets, quaint canals and bustling city life. For a day of walking, shopping, and wandering, I decided to play with prints and mix stripes and florals. The trick to print mixing is to stay within a similar color family in order to avoid looking too mismatched. 

Pro tip: When traveling, avoid packing individual outfits, instead pack versatile pieces so you don't overpack. For this trip, I packed pieces that I could mix and match to create multiple looks (because who really wants to lug a bunch of stuff across the pond?). This top would be perfect with white pants, denim, or white shorts. I'd pair the shorts with any solid top in blue, pink, grey, black, or white. Don't be afraid of mixing a few prints along the way; sometimes the unexpected combinations are the best! 

Style Postcards from Europe: Floral Maxi Dress

I recently took a trip to Europe (see some snapshots via Instagram here), and upon arriving in Switzerland, we decided to have dinner on the riviera one evening. The view is absolutely spectacular with majestic mountains everywhere you look, an expansive and serene lake, and charming architecture, coupled with the twittering of the birds as the sun starts to fade into brilliant sunset hues. I had picked up this beautiful floral maxi dress a little while ago and knew that this trip would be the perfect place to wear it. The delicate ties on the shoulders, charming floral print, and full ballgown skirt makes it so feminine, pretty, and even a little princess-like! I couldn't help but twirl around once or twice on the lawn just to play with that gorgeous skirt. If you're headed to a special event this summer, this is the dress for you!

Stars & Stripes

Happy Memorial Day! I hope you're enjoying the long weekend and taking a moment to celebrate the patriotism and sacrifice of those who have so selflessly served our country. I thought it would be a fun occasion to pull out some stars and a few stripes for the day! It's also the unofficial start to summer, yay! This is my favorite season, and I'm so excited for more beach days, travel adventures, getting out on the water, evening grilling and dinners on the patio. Happy Monday!

What's In My Bag: Summer Beauty Edition

Summer is here, and it's time to switch over the makeup and beauty favorites for a lightweight, more bronzed, beachy look. These are a few of my latest favorites that I'm bringing along in my beach bag, and packing in my travel tote for some summer trips. 

Face: When it's hot and humid or I'm headed out to the beach, I don't like to put on a full face of makeup. Instead, I'll start with a quick moisturizing lotion/self-tanner combination and use that as a primer. Lately I've been loving this one by St. Tropez which gives a natural, glowy color without being obvious. 

To combat shine and even out my skin, I'll dab on a light veil of this Tarte foundation which is oil-free and all natural. It's great for a long day in the sun when you don't want anything to melt off your face.

Finally, a quick swipe of a punchy lip color will highlight a tan and instantly pull your look together. Summer is the perfect time to bring out those corals and bright pinks. I've been alternating between these two colors by L'Oreal. 

Body: As much as I love the beach and spending time in the sun, I'm also pretty mindful of the amount of sun exposure I get. A beautiful tan makes everything look better and is definitely part of that fabulous, beach babe look; however, in order to avoid skin damage and wrinkles later, I like to use a bronzing mousse from the St. Tropez line. The color is beautiful and natural, with a bit of an olive undertone to create a gorgeous glow without looking orange. I use a tanning mitt to apply it and have found the application to be extremely easy and streak-free. 

In addition to a healthy glow, it's important to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized. For travel, I'll bring along a tiny lotion with coconut and shea butter that I use on both my hands and body to keep skin feeling fresh post flight. 

One of the best things to keep in a travel bag is a small roll of floss; Cocofloss is my new favorite. It is infused with coconut oil, smells amazing, and has the tiniest hint of sweetness to help freshen up while on the road. I have both the Cara Cara Orange and the Strawberry flavors!

Before heading out the door, I'll dab on a little bit of perfume. I'm a bit of a fragrance chameleon, so I've found that it is hard for me to finish an entire bottle of perfume. Instead, I'll often opt for a rollerball that can be brought along for midday touch ups or travel. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue has been my go-to for the past two summers; it is light, clean, and reminds me of the cool, crisp sea air. 

There you have it! What are your go-to beauty favorites for summer? 
I'm always looking for suggestions!

10 Tips To Get In Shape For Summer

I'm delighted to have my friend Erin Storie here to share some of her top health and wellness tips to get you in the best shape for the summer. In addition to her many accomplishments as a professional triathlete for Team USA, she's also a world traveler, newlywed (married fellow Team USA athlete Logan Storie) and bloggerIf you looked up the definition of 'Superwoman' in the dictionary, I am convinced you'd find Erin's photo next to it. Seriously, this girl is incredibly talented, fierce, hardworking and beautiful. Scroll down to read her tips to help you look and feel your best! 

Spring is in full bloom, and summer is just around the corner. This means it is the perfect time to get happy, healthy, and fit. 
Here's a few of my top tips to help you look and feel your best!

1. Detox from Sugar- Sugar has been shown to increase heart disease, stroke and obesity. It's time to get over the sugar addiction; a lot of foods and drinks today have processed and additive sugars in them. Sugar makes us groggy, our bodies can’t process it, and it makes us gain weight. Instead, add natural sugars into your diet like fresh fruits and veggies, honey, etc.

2. Try Overnight Oats- This is one of my go-to breakfast / anytime snacks. It's super easy and I love it because you make your own creation! This Peanut Butter version is one of my favorites!

1/2 cup unsweetened plain almond milk or any milk of choice
3/4 Tbsp chia seeds
2 Tbsp peanut or almond butter (creamy or crunchy) I use Wild Friends Nut Butters
1 Tbsp maple syrup (or sub coconut sugar, organic brown sugar, or stevia to taste)
1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats

Sliced banana, strawberries or raspberries
Flaxseed meal or additional chia seed
Any other toppings or ingredients : nuts, fresh fruits, dried fruits

1.  Add almond milk, chia seeds, peanut butter, and maple syrup (or other sweetener) to a mason jar or small bowl and stir with a spoon to combine. The peanut butter doesn't need to be completely mixed with the almond milk (doing so leaves swirls of peanut butter to enjoy the next day).
2. Add oats and stir a few more times, then press down with a spoon to ensure all oats have been moistened and are immersed in almond milk. Cover securely with a lid or plastic wrap and set in the refrigerator overnight.
3. The next day, open and enjoy as is, or garnish with desired toppings (see options above).
3. Invest in Iron, Multivitamins, and Probiotics - I am not a big fan of taking western medicine. I try to be as natural as I can. There are a few vitamins that I take every night:

  • Iron- It is the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to transport it throughout your body. 
  • A multivitamin- I want to make sure I’m getting all my nutrients in a day. Most come from food, but this is used as a back up. 
  • Probiotic- It is a "good" and "helpful" bacteria that helps keep our gut healthy.

4. Mental Cleanse with Yoga- This a great way to stretch and stay active, while finding a peace within ourselves. Yoga helps give us a break from the outside noise and a place to be stress free and really relax.

5. Find a Training Partner- Your friends, parents, Facebook group, pets, anyone can help us achieve success! Training with others keeps us motivated on the days that are hard, they hold us accountable, and it’s more fun with someone else. “Misery loves company!” ;)

6. Make a Change- Challenge yourself to try and learn something new. We will grow from the experiences we have in life, both positive and negative. Change something up in your regular routine so you don't get stuck in a rut. Try a new hair style, or a new breakfast recipe. This keeps life fun and allows you to really find what you like and don’t like in life.

7. Drink Water- There is nothing more purifying than water. It is zero calorie, pure, and refreshing on those hot summer days. It is also SO important for the human body, so hydrate every day, and it will help you lose weight. Replace those heavy sugary drinks for water, water, water.

8. Learn to Read Food Labels- This is one of the best fitness tips I can give you. Don't let those industries trick you with what is really in your food. Research labels for hidden ingredients, learn what is going into your body, and buy fresh food or food with few ingredients. Stay as pure as you can, and just be educated.

9. Buy New Apparel- If that means spending a little more, do it! It pays to buy the right size sports bras and shoes. Having the right size shoes will prevent you from injury (I suggest Brooks). The right sports bra fabric will prevent chaffing, and the right socks won’t give you blisters (My favorite is Swiftwick).

10. Sleep- My final tip is to sleep more! Sleep makes you feel better, and its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more. Go to bed early, wake up early!

Be sure to keep up with Erin as she travels the world and trains for Tokyo 2020!
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