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Travel Diary: Cabo

 

If you’ve been looking at my IG you’ve probably seen I was in Cabo recently! This was the first real vacation I’ve taken for a while, and it was a much needed three days of rest.

We stayed at Cabo Azul, which I can’t recommend enough. Incredibly clean, beautiful pools, a swim up bar (which is kind of a must for me), & a Javier’s at the resort! We ended up eating there almost every night becuase it was so good and just a quick walk from our room.

Swim Suit: White Fox Swim

Aside from laying out & drinking margaritas (flaca of course), we also went on a wine & jazz (more like best of Sade easy listening) sunset cruise in Cabo San Lucas.

Set: Free People, sold out, similar

At the suggestion of some friends, we went to Flora Farms which I can’t recommend enough. Its a working farm in the hills of San Jose del Cabo, with amazing restaurant featuring produce grown on the farm. Great cocktails & wine list as well. You can wander around the grounds and pop into the little shops they have available, one of which was a wine tasting room. I learned so much about Mexican wine, definitely want to plan a trip to Guadalupe Valley soon to visit some wineries.

Top: LPA/Shorts: Free People/Glasses: Celine/ Sandals: Joie

 

All in all, it was a super relaxing trip, I’d go back to the same resort in a heartbeat. It had been a while since I’d been to Mexico (like a year) and I realized I can’t ever go that long again!

PS, if you want to know what beauty & hair essentials I packed you can see that post here

-Brittany

 

Tropical Beauty
Beauty, Travel

Beauty & Hair Essentials for a Beach Vacation

Hi everyone! Apologies for the lack of blog posts, but I just got back from a fantastic trip to Cabo & definitely took a bit of time to unwind. While I was there I tried to keep my beauty & hair routine as minimal as possible, so thought I would share what I packed with you guys!

With 90+ degree temps & humidity, plus frequent pools dips, no one wants to be dealing with a ton of makeup & high maintenance hair. I even told my boyfriend that I was committing to not wearing makeup the whole trip… but didn’t end up sticking to that haha. At the very least, I kept things low key. If you’ve read my Summer Heat Proof Makeup blog post, then you’re probably familiar with some of my favorite warm-weather products. For this trip, I brought the following:

Drunk Elephant Anti Pollution Serum

NYX Strobing Cream (dupe for MAC version)

Revlon Photo Ready BB Cream

KKW Beauty Concealer

Chanel Soleil De Tan

Marc Jacobs Bronzer

Kosas Color & Light Cream

Glossier Boy Brow

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes

Moroccan Magic Rose Lip Balm

As far as hair, I didn’t bring a curler, blowdryer etc, just a few hair ties bobby pins and the following:

Virtue Labs Finale Shaping Spray

Virtue Labs Moisture Defining Whip

Virtue Labs 6 in 1 Styler

Virtue Labs Polish UnFrizz Cream

Ouai Hair Oil

Pretty minimal if I do say so myself! My go-to cosmetics case this hanging Tartan & Twine one, so I  can hang it up out of the way. Hope this was helpful, are any of you going on any beach/warm weather vacations soon? Let me know in the comments!

Silk Slip Dress
Beauty, Fashion, Travel

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! Here are the things that kept me going through the week…

 


L'Academie The Long Sleeve Bodysuit in Bright Navy

Dying for this silky blue bodysuit, perfect jewel-toned piece to add to your wardrobe for fall!

I love home pieces that are fairly neutral but have interesting textures & patterns, this Urban Outfitters rug fits the bill, I’m thinking of getting it for my room. AND it’s on sale!

Baked Chicken Milanese is made with breaded chicken cutlets, baked in the oven topped with arugula, tomatoes and balsamic. This is my favorite restaurant dish, made healthier!

I’m probably the farthest thing away from a domestic goddess, and when I cook for myself I always make sure I follow a healthy recipe. I made this Baked Chicken Milanese from my favorite healthy food blog, SkinnyTaste and it was SO GOOD!

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare SpectraLite FaceWare Pro Image 1

Ok, this is a little bit crazy but I bought this. Dermstore had a 20% sale on all devices this week so I couldn’t resist almost $100 off this LED lightmask. The reviews are good, and I’ve been hearing so much lately about all of the amazing skin benefits of both blue (for acne & acne scars) and red (for wrinkles & pore refining) LED lights. My skin has been a nightmare lately so I’m really excited to try this out, and feel like I got a 2 for 1 with the anti-aging & acne benefits! I’ll keep you guy posted on results.

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Probably the ultimate Friday fave….I’m leaving for Cabo next Wednesday for a short getaway with my boyfriend & I can’t be more excited!

 

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Fashion, Travel

Summer in Italy

 A few weeks ago I spent 10 days in Italy and it was as you would expect, magical. Heres a recap

Rome

I started in Rome and was able to spend a few days leisurely exploring the city. I had been to Rome and hit most of the touristy spots before, so this trip was really about relaxing in little cafe’s & wine bars, shopping and just seeing where ever the day took me!


The only downfall of traveling in late August is that Italians take their summer vacations then, so a couple of restaurants I was dying to try were closed! Don’t worry, I still managed to eat well 🙂 Luckily I have a bunch of girlfriends who have spent time in Rome so I had a great list of restaurants to try! Some highlights were Gelato Teatro for the MOST amazing gelato (luckily my hotel was 2 min away by foot, not planned, just lucky!) Tip: I met someone who ran food tours in Italy and told me surefire way to pick out high-quality gelato is to choose the shops where the gelato is fairly flat and unassuming, as opposed to the big billowy tubs you often see. The latter is filled with additives while the former is more natural and flavorful. I tested this out and it’s definitely true!


I also loved La Fraschetta (amazing cacio e pepe) and Checco er Carratetierre for a no frills authentic Roman experience. Cafe Grecco is also adorable and  picturesque and is a famous cafe where John Keats & Lord Byron used to hang! Expensive but definitely worth a trip for a pastry and espresso (or champagne!)

I also HIGHLY recommend taking a cooking class at Cooking Classes in Rome. Chef Andrea was warm, funny and knowledgeable. The class was five hours and we prepared everything from scratch. At the end of the class the students sat down to the four course meal we made, complete with wine pairings.

I stayed in the Campo de Fiore area for the first part of my trip, and Trastevere for a night before my AM flight back to the states. I recommend both, Campo de Fiore was very central and conveniently located, and Trastevere had amazing restaurants and bars.

Capri

Next  took a train to Naples and a ferry to Capri. I can honestly say Capri was one of the most glamorous places I ever visited. Capri is known for being the go to choice for celebrities like Sophia Loren and even the Kennedy’s  and I can see why. It’s a beautiful, mountainous little island filled with designer shops, bars and amazing food. I stayed for two nights and could have spent five. Some people advise just doing a day trip from the Amalfi Coast but I disagree, as the magic of Capri is best felt when the crowds die down! During the day it’s a tourist trap so it can take a long time to get from one place to another, and you want to allow yourself ample time to explore both Capri city and the quieter Ana Capri.

Make sure you spend some time at one of beach clubs where you can relax, tan & order food and drinks. The most popular are Da Luigi & La Fontelina

Definitely take a boat tour around the island, it’s the best way to take in all the sights like the Blue Grotto, bottle of Mireval is optional (kind of!)

Positano & Amalfi Coast

Next I made my way over to the Amalfi Coast where I spent most of my time in Positano! It was even more beautiful in person, pictures really don’t do it justice! I stayed at Hostel Brikette which I highly recommend, especially if you’re a solo traveler & on a budget. The shared rooms are between 25-50 euro, and while I rented my own room and it wasn’t necessarily cheap, compared to even mid range hotels in Positano it was steal.  It was clean, had a great breakfast menu, $6 bottles of wine and cheap cocktails served all day, along with a gorgeous balcony overlooking the ocean. I spent time at both Spiagga Grande & Fornillo beach and have to stay I preferred the latter as is was a bit less crowded and more peaceful.

Other highlights were a delicious lunch at Chez Black where I tried fried zucchini pasta ( a speciality on the Amalfi coast) and fabulous drinks at the Oyster Champagne bar at La Sirenusa, on the the most beautiful hotels in Positano! Another memorable dinner was the one I had at Next 2, definitely grab the meatballs and polenta cakes! Amazing wine selection as well.

I only had three full days in Positano so I wasn’t able to do as many day trips as I’d hoped, like explore some of the beaches in Praiano, but I was able to make it over to Ravello and I highly recommend making it a priority to visit! Ravello is higher up on the mountainside so it has a unmatched view of the coastline. Very quaint and serene, its the perfect day trip to escape the bustle of Positano during high season. I didn’t get a chance to dine at Belmond Hotel Caruso because it wasn’t open for lunch at the time but if you’re able to, definitely stop in, it’s beautiful historic luxury hotel.

I loved my taste of Italian summer, there’s really nothing like it. As soon as I got home I started brainstorming my next trip, because I always love having something to look forward to… open to suggestions!

<3 Brittany

 

Beauty, Fashion, Travel

Mexico Style Diary

Last week I spent four days in Cabo San Lucas at a gorgeous Villa on Chilleno Bay. The trip was filled with my favorite activities (eating, drinking, napping) but the best part was that I was finally able to wear some of my vacation pieces!

I always like to go on vacation with a bit of color, so I loaded up on St. Tropez Bronzerand kept the rest of my beauty routine minimal with beauty balm, salt spray and hair oil.

Scroll down to shop my vacation looks 

Swimsuit: Bikini Monday// Sarong: Pitusa

Romper: Endless Rose//Sunglasses: Le Specs //Sandals: Tony Bianco

Swimsuit: Solid & Striped//Beach Dress: Sundress// Sunglasses: Le Specs

Swimsuit: Tavik Swimwear// Hat// Sunglasses: Madewell

Fashion, Travel

New Year’s in Chicago

Its officially 2017 and I’m now 27! My birthday is on New Year’s Eve so I decided to head to Chicago to spend it eating, drinking, shopping & celebrating with one of my best friends. Here are some highlights from the trip.

Brunch & cocktails at Cindy’s Rooftop

We were obsessed with the the “Kick in the Daisy” cocktail, an updated version of a margarita.

Top: Reformation

Jeans: Madewell

Boots: Stuart Weitzman

Coat: Reformation (last season)

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Dinner at Balena, one of my favorite Italian places.

Top: Zara

Skirt: Reformation

Boots: Seychelles

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Birthday brunch at Siena Tavern, one of my favorite restaurants.

My favorite dish is the Coccoli, if you ever have the chance to go its a must order!

After brunch we  shopped around Miracle Mile. I’m desperately looking for this Gucci belt, but to couldn’t find one in my size. Hopefully I can track one down in 2017!

Sunglasses: Le Specs

Top: Reformation

Jeans: Madewell

Boots: Aldo

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Overall it was an amazing trip and I was happy to ring in the New Year in one of my favorite cities!