Lemon Flavored

Monday, July 16, 2018

Dress: c/o JustFab//Sunnies: Le Specs//Handbag: Gucci//Sandals: Sam Edelman//Watch: Michael Kors// Earrings: Banana Republic(old) 

One of my favorite things about being in Sorrento this summer was seeing lemons everywhere! I mean the beach was AMAZING, but the lemons were really something else! You'll definitely see lemons all throughout Italy, but you see them in Sorrento like no other! Limoncello, lemon gelato, lemon Italian ice, you name it! It was all there. I even bought some lemon scented soap and the cutest tea towels. Lemons and the color yellow always make me think of summer time and being outside. Besides, we add lemons to all of our favorite summer drinks for that special pizzazz!

When I  saw this dress I knew it would be perfect for my time in Sorrento. I wore it to dinner and I fit right in with the scenery perfectly! It was like I was meant to be there (from this blog to God's ears). Am I the only one who plans their vacation outfits according to the scenery?
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Italian Adventure: Florence

Friday, July 13, 2018

Dress: ASOS//Sunnies: PERVERSE//Sandals: Franco Sarto

I was fortunate to be able to spend 10 days in Italy during the late part of June and early July. It was a dream. Italy had always been on bucket list so I was so excited that I was going! During the 10 days we visited Florence, Rome, Sorrento, Venice, and Milan. I was a little worried to squeeze so much in during the 10 days but looking back, there was no other way to see it all. I researched and planned as much as I could to absorb as much of the culture as possible. I planned to see every statue, all of the architecture, and drink as much wine as possible! It was truly a whirlwind adventure.

First stop on the adventure was Florence. I was meeting Sany.Delight and a friend in Florence because they were attending a wedding. So I flew in from LAX two days behind them. It was actually wonderful. If you've never traveled alone or flown alone, it is actually really relaxing to take quiet time to yourself and take in the realization that you are traveling to another country. Unfortunately my first flight was not great. My row mate was extremely rude and thought it was appropriate to put your feet in the chair as if you were at home lying on your couch! The second flight was fine. I had a 90 minute flight from Zurich Switzerland to Florence Italy. Once I landed in Florence I looked for a taxi and headed to the AirBnB. The AirBnB was Ok. I knew we weren't going to be there long so I sucked it up, showered and hit the town.

On my first night in Italy I didn't have much time to sight see because of the time difference and it was going to be dark soon. So I made sure I caught the sunset and walked over to the Ponte Vecchio Bridge. The Ponte Veccho Bridge is often referred to as the 'Old Bridge' and has roots dating back to 966. It has been rebuilt twice and survived World War II. Its beauty is something like you have never seen. When the sunset hits the water the sight of the bridge is breathtaking. I literally thought to myself when I looked at it, "Wow, this is so magical."
That night I had a pizza and a glass of wine at a small restaurant by the AirBnB. I wanted to soak up the energy of the city and enjoy being in a country I'd only dreamt of visiting.

The next day we walked through the city. We grabbed a quick breakfast of pastries and coffee. I quickly got used to the small Italian breakfast. I'm used to a traditional American breakfast with eggs and bacon, but the Italians don't spend too much time on breakfast. It's usually a fresh pastry with a cup of espresso. Or in my case, an Americano. 

We explored the Galleria dell' Accademia and saw Michelangelo's David. We tried to get into the Duomo but unfortunately weren't able to get an appointment. In the end everything worked out because we spent the day exploring this beautiful city. We admired the architecture at every corner. The doors to the builds were so grandiose and breath taking and at times we would stop and stare. At a door I know but it was just so beautiful. To think that this amazing architecture was done without all of  the technologies we have today is MIND BOGGLING. 
A definite highlight of my short time in Florence was having lunch at Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura. Alongside the Gucci Garden, a unique museum dedicated to the iconic style of the Gucci label, there is a fabulous restaurant. The menu is designed by Michelin starred chef Massimo Bottura.  The food was wonderful. My risotto dish was decadent and full of flavor. This fine dining experience was one that will definitely go down in the books. 
The first leg on my Italian adventure was a success! Its too bad it was only 36 hour is this romantic city! Off to Rome! 
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Skin Like Honey with Farmacy Beauty

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

As I get older I've realized my body reacts the best when I eat and use products that are clean and pure. Last year I did the Whole30 eating plan and my body reacted very well. I was eating very clean and my skin was amazing! I try my best to eat clean when I can to keep my skin looking its best and my body healthy as possible. 

I recently found skin care products that give my skin similar results. Farmacy Beauty is a cruelty free line of products dedicated to keeping your skin supple and clean while keeping the earth's eco system intact. Farmacy Beauty uses the Echinacea GreenEnvy™ plant in their products which is pollinated by honey bees. This is so wonderful because the honey bee is almost extinct. Pesticides we use to keep our gardens free of critters have been terminating these precious creatures at an alarming rate. Honey bees are the fuel that makes earth function like a well-oiled machine. Without honey bees thousands of plants and fruit trees won't be pollinated and so many other creatures will have no food to eat. So then where does that leave us? 

There are four amazing products from the Farmacy Beauty  Honey Line that has done wonders for me.

Honey Savior: All-in-One Repair Salve-I've been using this everyday. As a matter of fact I keep it in my purse! I have extremely dry hands and this works wonders for me. I've always been self conscious about shaking hands but with this salve in my purse I go in for the handshake without a worry. I've also been using it on my feet, elbows, and knees when I get out of the shower. It has the consistency of Aquaphor and absorbs into your skin quickly with no greasy feeling. It leaves your skin feeling smooth but not greasy. 

Clean Bee: Ultra Gentle Face Cleanser-This was my absolute favorite face wash!!! Just for the smell alone I'm in love. When Farmacy Beauty decides to make this a full blown bodywash, I will be all over it! Seriously, I am your first customer for this one. I really enjoyed this face wash because it didn't dry my skin. I usually use a face wash that makes my face super dry afterwards. This gave me that squeaky clean feeling without feeling super duper dry. Side Note: I put a little  on my scrubbing brush to wash my back. This is my 'not so secret' tick to prevent back acne.
Honey Drop: Lightweight Moisture-This has to be one of my favorite moisturizers of all time. I mean talk about a dewy feeling! I have been using this moisturizer in conjunction with the face wash and I'm amazed how great my skin feels. I'm blessed to have relatively clear skin, so I try to focus on the texture of my skin. How big my pores are and how oily my skin is. This moisturizer made my face feel its smoothest. For daytime moisturizers I prefer something on the lighter side that will blend well with my foundation. This is a real winner! On the days I was in a hurry I would mix this moisturizer with my foundation and rub it all over my face. The mix wasn't too heavy and when it absorbed into my skin the blend was perfect.

Honey Butter: Beeswax Lip Balm- To call myself a lip balm girl would be a lie. I've never been one to carry or wear lip balm often, but with the weather in LA being so unpredictable lately this lip balm has been a savior. My skin hasn't known how to react to this nonsense and my lips have been super dry. I thought drinking water would be helpful but sometimes that's just not enough. This lip balm is smooth and lasts a long time. I usually eat off my lipstick, so for a lip balm to withstand all my jibber jabber (I can say this because I know I talk a lot)  it has to be good! 

Overall I am new fan of these products. Previously I didn't do too much research about companies before I looked into their products. I will from now on. It's important for me to stand behind a company that is doing its part to keep the earth happy as well as my skin. 
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