Miraclesuit Swim Trip to Tulum

It doesn’t get any better then a press trip to Tulum with Miraclesuit, a swim brand that boosts making you look 10lbs lighter. Which after letting my body hibernate all winter, I desperately needed. While I find statements like that generally gimmicky; upon putting their suit on and watching everything be lifted and sucked in, it was like I had my 20s body back! Unfortunately my old abs weren’t included. You can feel the quality in these suits.

Now for my confession. I basically corset my boobs on a daily basis and I am more apt to be in a sports bra, oversized top than a tight fitting dress or regular bra because I’m a 34DD and totally self conscious. To make bathing suit shopping that much more difficult, my big boobs are coupled with my long torso making it next to impossible for me to wear regular suits. In fact I’ve ordered so many XL bikini tops from every major department store and return 90% of them because I have so much under boob or I’m falling out of the cut and it’s next level unflattering. I feel like most contemporary brands do their XL for B/C cups with larger frames. I’m literally the opposite of that and need cup space. Moral of the story, bathing suit shopping for me is a nightmare. I honestly thought I could only do a string bikini’s with adjustable top and side straps and a large cup size. Until now.

This is the first brand where I feel so confident in the fit and can actually attempt a one piece. Words I never thought I’d say. Most flatten me, push down my boobs (not hot) and give me side boob. I’ve tried to do a size 10 – 12 to accommodate my chest but then the straps are too loose and so is the butt area. Being a size 2/4 on the bottom and size 12 on top doesn’t mesh well for most brands.

Everything changed on this trip with Miraclesuit. I’m obsessed with this maroon/white Habiskiss Crisscross Bra Top and Norma Jean Swim bottom two piece. My friend Megan from TFDiaries.com, was also on the press trip and somehow, although not shockingly picked the same suit as me, and it looks great on both of us (not to brag, but girl had just her 3rd baby and is rocking it).

We’re also both wearing the same Miraclesuit Hibiskiss Scarf Pareo cover-up scarf, Megan put it around her head and I tied mine around my neck for more of a tank-ini effect. We both opted for the high-waisted bottom but it also comes in smaller Mid Rise V-Kini Bottom, which I also picked up. The suit is also available in black and some other prints and I’m all over that!

Girls Trip: Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa

naked princess slip dress
Outfit: Naked Princess slip dress, Nic+Zoe shoes, Ray-ban Sunglasses

After 3 week of intensive travel, landing in Tulum with some of my favorite ladies for a girl’s press trip was exactly what I needed. We we’re hosted by the Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa and our friends at Mom Trends (you don’t know their site, check it out!). While I’m generally an adventurers with a long list of to when visiting Mexico, we didn’t leave the property. If you scroll to the bottom of the post though, I’ll list off some of my favorite to do’s for anyone doing an extensive stay). For our 2 night, 36 hour stay, downtime was definitely appreciated for a quick getaway. It was a nice change of pace to just relax at an all-inclusive resort, and have actual pool time and relaxation.

There’s something amazing about not having an agenda, and knowing the biggest decision you’ll have to make is pool or ocean. The all-inclusive resort featured incredibly views, several restaurants – El Patio (Mexican cuisine), Himitsu (Asian fusion), and Portofino, which features a wine cellar — several pools with full service and entertainment. We enjoyed everything from yoga on the beach, dance lessons, kayaking, tequila tasting, to an acrobatic show, and even a courtyard market that was set up by local vendors. The resort is nicely hidden and secluded along a white sand beach and very private. They also offer a number of green programs, tours and other on and off property activities so be sure to inquire upon arrival (or booking).

With garden landscapes, beach views, tropical surroundings, and a grandiose lobby featuring staircases on either side (it looks like a home straight out of Dynasty), there isn’t a shortage of picturesque moments – it’s an Instagrammers dream. They also have life size backgammon, chess, as well as shuffleboard and ping pong outside. We had a lot of fun doing photo-shoots on the property.

California Road Trip Style Giveaway ($750 value)

There’s really nothing like a California road trip, it’s one of my favorite times to try new cars and take in the scenery. After a big week in LA with Extra TV and Sunglass Hut, James and I took a road trip to Palm Springs in the new 2018 Lexus GS 350 F Sport.

Nic + Zoe, Instax + Ray-ban giveaway!

Going back to my Boston roots, I packed some new pieces from Nic + Zoe who do casual chic so well. Cool and comfortable is my go-to when doing any road trip as well as sunglasses. So I’ve rounded up some of my favorite road trip must haves and doing an Instagram giveaway.

Up for grabs is my entire Nic+Zoe outfit, Sand Dune Cardi sweater, Laid Back pants and Stripe Mix top, Ray-Ban Blaze Aviator and the Instax Mini 70 instant camera + film connected to my new Pretty Connected ‘Lara’ camera strap, ($750 value) on Instagram!

Sorry guys, dog and car not included!

Rules: Open to US residents only, all local state and federal rules apply. Winner will be picked at random April, 20th 2018. Head to instagram.com/prettyconnected to officially enter. Good luck!

Cruelty Free BRÖÖ launches Aromatherapy Lotions + Hand Cream

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Beer in your hair, now barley on your skin. I’ve learned so much from BRÖÖ, the haircare line that took the DIY beer rinse – as in you literally pour a beer in your hair to add shine (the household trick Jackie Kennedy and other glamazons made famous), and based their haircare around. They blend a healthy mix of ingredients with Craft Beer that features malted barley which is jam packed with the B vitamins, proteins, and minerals while the antioxidant rich oils in Hops soothe.

broo aromatherapy lotion and hand cream available at walmart

That barley and hops magic found in beer inspired their new launch into skincare with BRÖÖ  Moods ($7.49), which features three aromatherapy lotions and one hand cream. The lotions are available in three scents, Reboot (Bergamot), Sleep (Lavender), and Unplug (Clary Sage), and a Connect Touch Screen Hand Cream (as in it hydrates and dries so quickly there’s no risk of greasy residue when you swipe right).

The lotions are packed with Barley, which as we established is rich in B Vitamins and proteins to nourish skin, Hops which is antioxidant rich and mixed it with Shea Butter, which is rich in Vitamin E and known to soften dry, rough, skin. The glowing combination is free of synthetic fragrance, silicones, petrolatum, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, phenoxyethanol, PEGS, polyquaterniums, dioxane, dyes and EDTA.

Their cruelty free and all of the above is so important to me since I rescued Charlie, who as some of you know had several skin conditions when we rescued him (and a laundry list of allergies). That dog LOVES to lick my arms and legs – shorts season is coming! So I’m very conscious of what I put on my body since I’m always so nervous about what he ingests.