The Magic of HydraFacial

Did you know that even if you take excellent care of your skin, you should still see a facialist at least every three months? Do you know the last time I had a facial? Let’s just say it’s been a long time. Too long. Which is why when the opportunity to try a HydraFacial with Skin by Tatum arose, I jumped at the chance. There’s nothing like turning 41 to make you want to spend quality time doing good things for your skin. And after being ravaged by the flu, my skin was a dried-out disaster. I knew a visit with one of Miami’s top facialists for a HydraFacial would do me a world of good. So off I went to Skin by Tatum in Miami Beach with the hopes of bringing life back to my visage. We started with a skin analysis. I stuck my face into a machine,…Read More

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Spend Your Valentine’s Day Saying, “I Love You, Stinky Face”

Milly and I have a thing for reading. Even before she was born, I read to her when she lived in my belly. Then, once she got here to planet Earth, we would read together every night. Goodnight Moon was our jam and today it chokes me up to even think about kittens and mittens. But that’s where the seed was planted. I’m happy to admit she just got on the board at school for reading one million words. And Milly doesn’t just read books, she devours them, challenging herself to read at least 100 pages a day. As her mom, I couldn’t be more proud. Since we have a love affair with books, it seems only fitting to share Miami Dade Family Learning Partnership and Aventura Mall’s Valentine’s Day family activity with the rest of you, so you and your mini or minis can bond over books, too. Starting…Read More

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All You Need is LOVE

In honor of upcoming Valentine’s Day, a list of things I’m currently loving: Matching sets. Teavana’s hibiscus tea. Beauty For Real’s MVP Tinted Moisturizer + Concealer. The Robert Indiana LOVE statue now at Aventura Mall. That last one is the newest piece at the Arts Aventura Mall program. And it couldn’t have arrived at a better time. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s the most perfect backdrop for your February 14th Insta post you’re planning to put up. Milly and I got to see the lettered red sculpture from the pop artist up close and personal upon its arrival recently. The mall launched an activation with @gissij sketching guests in front of the red sculpture, O, Miami writing impromptu poems about love and Sugarfina dishing out treats. It was, all in all, a LOVE-ly experience. The sculpture itself is just next to Fendi in the mall. It was…Read More

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The Contour That Doesn’t Wash Off

{What God didn’t give me for cheekbones, Smith & Co did with Voulma.} Contour. That’s fun, until you live in Miami and the humidity starts to cause your to sweat in a way that makes your contour slide down your face. And since fall is never actually coming to Miami, I’ve found a better way to make my contour last—with Voluma. I visited Danielle at Smith & Co and she injected the filler into my cheeks to give me fantastic cheek contour. It took effect immediately. And I love the look. It lasts for around a year, so there’s no need to rush back after just a few months. Contour that doesn’t wash off is a must in Miami. For so many reasons. If you’re looking for something that goes the distance and makes you feel like you are putting your best face forward, then I suggest reaching out to Smith…Read More

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Lashing Out with Avon’s Anew Clinical Unlimited Lashes Lash and Brow Activating System

When I was in high school and college I went through so much mascara trying to make my lashes extend to their fullest. I spent a lot of time looking like I had tarantula legs attached to my eyes. Those were the days before lash serums. So when Avon asked me to give their Anew Clinical Unlimited Lashes Lash & Brow Activating Serum a try, I said, “Sign me up.” I had a month and a half to test it out and see to what great lengths I could enhance my lashes. And it went a little something like this: These are my lashes before trying to product in mid-July. Visible, but not visible enough. Each night, after I washed my face, applied my creams and slathered on lip moisturizer, I applied the serum, starting at the lash line and stroking the wand across my lashes like an eyeliner, working…Read More

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Building a College Wardrobe at Sawgrass Mills

  {The big kid is off to college …} So you’ve worn a uniform to school every day of the week for the past 18 years to school. And now you’re off to college. What in the world are you going to wear? There’s a fashion-related problem if I’ve ever seen one. And also the question of the moment at our house now that Julien is flying the coop and heading off to college. Yes, we have a kid headed to college. And no, that does not make us old. (I keep telling myself.) After 18 years in private school, donning his polo shirts and khaki shorts, he was a little light in the clothing department. Like five pairs of random jeans, no shirts and a pair of shoes too small light. It also doesn’t help that his feet seem to grow another shoe size every time the calendar changes…Read More

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Speedo Makes Teeny Bikinis Now

{c/o Speedo Helena Top and Piper Bottom. Photographed By Jorge Camaraza} Here’s something I’m guessing you probably didn’t know: Speedo makes teeny sexy bikinis now. The company, which celebrates its 90th year in production, has thrown a curveball into its image. And it’s amazing. I met up with the brand during Swim Week and got the whole scoop. And speaking of scoops, even the booty is scooped out of the bottoms. I actually couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The brand known for staying in place as divers twisted and turned off the high dive into the pool below, just brought sexy back. And then I put it to the test. I donned the navy bikini with its strategically placed holes to the pool at the Standard. I got compliments left and right. And the minute I said it was Speedo, I got the same reaction across the board: “What?…Read More

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Don’t Forget to Pack Your Fitness Routine

{Look: c/o Hello Molly Sprinter Leggings and Matching Sports Bra in Dark Blue. Photographed by Milly Jane Harris} So much has happened in the past month that I’m thrilled to share with you guys. If you follow my Insta stories, you’ve probably noticed I’m spending a lot of time at The Pilates Place Studios. And here’s the reason why: I’m officially a certified Pilates mat teacher. If you thought I wore a lot of fitness gear before, prepare for a whole new dimension of me exploring new brands just for you. Like this Odd Molly matching set I’m sporting above. I love a pattern. It makes looking down at your legs while they are shaking and quaking that much better. A happy place in a moment of fatigue, if you will. And since I have my certification now, I’m ready to teach group and private mat Pilates classes in Miami, so…Read More

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Ready, SET, Summer

  {Wearing: Saved By the Dress Dusty Blue Floral Two Piece Set. Use code Ginger1 to save 15 percent off any item on the site until midnight July 10.} Here’s three reasons to love sets: A new top. A new bottom. A whole new look from top to bottom. Three reasons why I adore this set. Three new looks from one. Plus, this one is so essential for summer. I plan to sport it during Swim Week, pack it along for my upcoming trip to Bimini and then give it a day out for brunch. I scored the look at Saved By the Dress, which, for those of you who know how important I feel it is to support local, is an online shop with its roots here in South Florida. The site is stocked with all kinds of cute looks you’ll toss into suitcases for your upcoming trips. And…Read More

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