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29 Jun, 2014

Top 5 Nail Colors for Summer

Chills and Thrills

Chills and Thrills

Sittin' Pretty

Sittin' Pretty

Strut Your Stuff

Strut Your Stuff

Too Taboo

Too Taboo

Urban Jungle

Urban Jungle

Let your nails make a statement this summer with bold color polish that makes your summer tan glow. Always apply two coats, add a shiny or matte top coat for that color pop your looking for! Check out our top 5 color picks from Essie’s fab new collection. Xx

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16 Jun, 2014

5 Ways To Stay Healthy This Summer

Beauty

Summer is officially in full bloom with the sun shining, cocktails in hand, and relaxation is now your new best friend. Summer can be a difficult time to stick to that date you made with your gym, because lets be honest – the beach sounds soo much more appealing. Balance is the key, so we have picked 5 simple and fun tricks to staying healthy this summer that will have you glowing and feeling revitalized! xx

1. Juicing

Now if you haven’t been living under a rock this past year my guess is you have heard about juicing or juice cleanses. Fresh juice nourishes your body and actually kick-starts your metabolism so adding this to the start of your day will help you feel amazing. Getting your daily dose of fruits and veggies will not only help you lose weight but it improves your state of well being. Keep it FRESH, so whether you buy a juicer and do it at home or purchase it from a café, make sure the juice is freshly squeezed. The fresher the juice the more nutrients it retains. One of our favorite juice recipes is nutrition guru Madeline Bourke’s Watermelon, Pineapple and Strawberry Granita. Enjoy!

Serves one

1 1/4 cup of frozen watermelon

1/2 cup of chopped pineapple

3-4 strawberries

a few sprigs of fresh mint

half a lime juiced

1/2 a cup of cold water


2. Paddle Boarding

The gym is the last place we want to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon so the trick to keeping in shape this summer is fun exercise OUTSIDE. If you haven’t tried stand up paddle boarding you must this summer. Balancing on the board gives your leg muscles a great workout as well as your core. Paddling from alternate sides utilizes your back, arms and shoulders to keep the board moving. What better way to get a workout in than one that also involves a bikini and working on that tan. Check out Hoe Nalu for some great boards for beginners to more experienced paddlers. Paddle boarding has become increasingly popular so now if you do not want to invest in your own board you can always take a fun class at your local beach, but we warn you its addicting!


3. Go Raw

The summer is a perfect time to change some of your eating habits and going raw with your food can do wonders. When you cook your food it actually loses most of its important nutrients and enzymes, which is bad because these enzymes can boost digestion and fight away diseases. This can be a simple change in your diet by simply eating your veggies and grains raw instead of cooking them. With the hot weather it is actually quite easy to enjoy many raw foods because your body is less likely to crave a warm meal as it might be on a colder day. The greatest thing about slowly transitioning your diet is that it is proven to last longer. This isn’t a fad diet that will have you completely restricted craving bad foods; it is ultimately a lifestyle change. The reason you wont ever go back once you’ve gone raw…because it’s easy and you feel absolutely incredible.


4. Tone It Up Ab Workout

There are those days where getting active just doesn’t fit into our busy schedules and that’s understandable, but when it takes literally 10 minutes that is inexcusable! Karena and Katrina the ladies from YouTube sensation Tone It Up have created The Best Ab Workout routine. We swear by this workout and the best part about it? You can do it anywhere. Doing this workout routine 5 times a week will have your abs looking insane and showing them off at the beach will feel even better! Check out the workout routine and click here to get a printable version for your room.


 5. Vacation!

We cannot stress this last one enough. If you do one thing this summer please take 5 days for yourself and go somewhere amazing. Take a deep breath, close your computers, turn off your phones and just relax. Stress is our own worst enemy and it can be a vicious cycle so it is time to break it. Studies even show that anticipating a vacation is a mood booster, so if right now is not the easiest time to get away from the grind then at least start planning one for a more convenient time. On that note excuse us while we go daydream about our next vacay!



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29 Apr, 2014

Bikini Bird Sunscreen Favorites

Beauty

Its officially the countdown to summertime! All those days spent daydreaming of the sun beaming down on you in your fabulous bikini are almost over! Which brings us to our #1 summer best friend…SUNSCREEN! Ladies, if you don’t have a go-to sunscreen, it is time to invest in one. We have featured our top 5 favorites below. xx

Coola SPF Sprays

These babies are extremely convenient especially when you’re on the go. Say goodbye to streaky white thick sunscreen! You can spritz on this all-organic Coola SPF spray and not only look glowing, but also smell amazing with their Piña Colada and Citrus Mimosa scents. We smell summer…can you?!

Monoi Tiare Tahiti Oil w/ Sunscreen

This is great for that girl who is still secretly trying to leave the beach as bronzed as possible. The Monoi Tiare Tahiti Oil is a blend of coconut oil and sunscreen. The sunscreen filters out the burning rays, enhancing the abilities of the coconut oil to attract the deep-tanning rays of the sun. With one of its main ingredients being gardenia flower extract, you will be smelling like a Hawaiian princess!

Sun Bum

In the bum we trust! Sun Bum has a wide variety of sunscreens that protect against both UVA (aging rays) and UVB (burning rays). If you’re the girl whose frolicking in the ocean all day long, Sun Bum is the one for you! They have the highest possible water resistance rating of 80 minutes. Sun Bum is as close to waterproof as it gets- so if your looking to get wet this summer, grab this product so you’re not constantly re-applying.

Vive Sana Solar to Polar Ultra

A little goes a long way with this must have sunscreen. For all the girls who don’t apply sunscreen to their face for fear of major breakouts…fear not! Vive Sana’s Solar to Polar Ultra Sunscreen is non-greasy and safe for all sensitive skin types. The mix of light botanicals that hydrate and nourish the skin with more potent antioxidants like green tea, to help repair damaged cells, creates the ultimate sunscreen to benefit your skin!

Kate Somerville Body Glow Sunscreen

Let’s admit it, we would all love to be beautifully glowing while lounging in the sun and with Kate Somerville’s Body Glow sunscreen, that is totally possible! This formula has reflective pearls in it that not only protects your skin, but are also radiance boosting. Included in this list of ingredients you will find caffeine, which makes your skin appear firmer and improves the texture and tone. A sunscreen that protects my skin and makes me look fitter in a bikini…count us in!



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