October 31, 2016

..Happy Halloween!

The deets: F21 vest, top, sunnies, and headband; Madewell jeans; Rag & Bone booties.

I hope everyone has a groovy Halloween!

October 24, 2016

..Bye Bye Punta Cana Honeymoon

The deets: Mara Hoffman dress (also available here and here); J.Crew hat (similar); & flip flops; Ray-Ban sunnies; Kate Spade bag (similar).

Even though these photos were taken on the very last day of our honeymoon, this was the very first view we saw on the way to our room (Instagram of Mike below on that day)  and it really just took my breath away/got me super excited for the week to come. It reminded me of a tropical version of the photos you see of the Greek Isles (which are totally on my bucket list of places to see). We went to our favorite place to eat breakfast on the resort, walked around the marina, purchased some souvenirs for the family, and lazed around the private pool area until dinner which was served on the beach that night.


October 11, 2016

..Swimup Bars


Swim up bars are the best invention. This was my first experience with a full bar right in the pool so Mike and I spent one whole afternoon floating around the resort running through every frozen daiquiri and mojito flavor we could think of.  The bartender (you can see her with her little white visor on in one shot) was awesome and her name was "Alba" which we really couldn't get over and thought was so incredibly fateful because our lovebug dog is named that and we both had never met anyone before with that name! I swear, I know I sound crazy but the universe talks to you all the time you just have to listen. Once we went through the obvious favorites she started mixing things together to keep us going. Clearly we were trying to set a record for the most mojitos consumed in one week by two people but I wouldn't have traded the day for anything.


October 6, 2016

..Juanillo Beach

The deets: SUNDRESS cover-up (also here); J.Crew hat (similar); VS bikini (similar); Eliza Gran tote; Quay sunnies.

One of the days we didn't have any excursions planned on our honeymoon we took the shuttle from our resort to another nearby beach, Juanillo Beach. I literally felt like I was stuck (in a good way) inside of a screen saver. Everything was so beautiful it was not quite sinking in that it was real. The best part of this beach, unlike the ones I am used to on the east cost, there was music playing from hidden speakers at just the right decibel to be fun  for cocktailing but also fall asleep to, which I totally did in one of the dreamy cabana loungers - dare I say, best. nap. of. my. LIFE! Could that also be because I was one mojito plus one pina-colada deep? Sure. And about those drinks, they were no joke. I mean fresh as you know what, minty, coconut-y, goodness. This place was enough to make me question every life decision I had made that lead me to not living in a tropical paradise. The waters were very calm and shallow so you could really couldn't body surf or anything and there were a lot of rocks and coral in some parts of the shoreline but aside from those two little things, it was heavenly and we were so happy that we decided to venture out! 



October 4, 2016

..Northern Virginia Red Door Spas


I would like to tell you about the most magical place on earth you can go as an adult. Where the staff is friendly, the beauty products are a plenty, and the services are bliss. Honestly I hadn't even really thought much about this place until recent years. I knew of Elizabeth Arden products as my mother used them growing up, but didn't really know the completely life changing experiences that happen behind that Red Door. I wish I had started my obsession earlier in life.

I had my first experience last year when I got the Watermelon Basiltini pedicure. It's worlds beyond the basic pedi service you get around the corner.  Not only is each location beautiful (pictured above is the outside of the Arlington location, the photo of the inside is of the Reston location), they really make even a pedicure feel like a spa experience. They seat you with a warm neck wrap, tea and cookies at your leisure, and take extra time to really make it an aromatic journey. You could really smell the watermelon and basil vodka infusion in the scrub the whole time which was lovely. I obviously opted to try their Mint-Julep Spritzer pedi that was out this summer (they have treatments that change seasonally) and it also did not disappoint. They have every Essie color your heart could yearn for (pictured) and the scent was also unforgettable. Floral and clean and comforting. My pup approved of my "Bikini So Teeny" blue polish selection and the paraffin treatment at the end really locked in the moisture to my notoriously dry skin.

I then went pack to get my first facial. I had never gotten one before so this really set the bar high for any one that will follow. The Pro Facial was insane (in a good way) I literally left with new skin (pictured below), which was awesome for my pre-wedding glow! I really felt like I was at a Dr. appointment as Kelly at the Fairfax corner location was super knowledgeable, I left feeling great and with great tips to take better care of my skin on a really personalized level.

Finally I want to talk about the massage, the Red Door Signature Massage, specifically. I went to the Arlington location the day after my honeymoon ended as a nice ease back into the real world. I was even happier that I had this booked as our plane ended up having to turn around, and re-take off adding on hours to our trip and my back pain. Kelly really took care in searching (and destroying) the knots in my upper back and shoulders which was just what I needed. I also opted to add on the aromatherapy treatment - I picked the rose oil which was absolute heaven (I'm really big on scent). You can see all four options below. I left feeling totally renewed and relaxed, ready to jump back into my basic routine. Also, if you are looking for a really luxurious Fall mood lift I also suggest the Brandied Pear Marshmallow Melt body treatment, I tired it last year and it knocked my socks off.

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