Just barely a two hour flight from San Diego, Cabo is one of our favorite Mexican destinations.. And when you get there..you don’t need much. Just a go-to pair of cut-offs, a couple bikinis and something to keep you warm at night when enjoying a few margaritas.. Here’s what we are packing..
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
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!
1 1/4 cup of frozen watermelon
1/2 cup of chopped pineapple
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.
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!
This summer there is a serious explosion of color and were talking bright, bright, bright. We are loving this trend because it is extremely fresh and cheerful. Bright colors look fabulous next to your natural skin tone and can make you appear more bronzed than you actually are. Think the basics: pink, blue, orange, green, yellow, and then turn up the degrees to match the 90 degree weather outside and voila! You can mix & match any colors and they will always look great together. Check out some of our Bikini Bird favorites and give your wardrobe that neon splash its been craving xx
Down by the beach, tucked away from the busy scene is a secret garden with rad vintage trailers, quirky knickknacks and that peaceful California vibe. This past Saturday, Planet Blue brought their new swim collection public with the help of their LA friends including Vanessa Mooney, Chaser Brand, and Child of Wild. We sipped on yummy hibiscus drinks, played chess in the grass, accessorized with Flash Tats, and dressed up in the first ever Blue Life swim collection!
Sporty chic inspired clothing was a huge hit this year but who knew this trend would make such a big splash in swimwear. Think 1980’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Covers, add in some super bold colors and voila!
The sporty silhouette is extremely basic but that doesn’t mean it can’t be sexy or stand out amongst the crowd. Black and white are consistent player’s in this sport’s game but they are combined with bright colors using color blocking design techniques. Now lets talk fabrics, for this trend there is one fabric in particular that we are currently obsessed with… neoprene! Yes, we are talking about the same type of fabric used in wetsuits just half the amount of fabric and multiply the hotness factor by about 100. You never have to worry about neoprene fabric turning transparent in the water and the thick fabric also gives you a nice little lift in the top area. Shop some of our favorites below and you’ll be looking like a 1980’s centerfold in no time! xx
Nudes and mesh are having an ultra swim worthy moment. Whether you combine the flesh-toned color hue with the mesh fabric or wear them separately, you will be turning heads like no other. The idea of a nude fabric might scare some of you away, but this is not the case. After a couple of days in the sun, the nude color will actually highlight your bronze tan better than most colors! Mesh will be a huge hit this summer as a primary fabric in the suit or infused into overlays and insets, covering just what’s well, legally necessary! Something about these two trends are undeniably feminine. Combining the simplicity of the nude color and the lingerie-esque mesh will have you looking effortlessly fabulous.
Shop some of our Bikini Bird favorites! xx
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!
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!