Aug14

Just Breathe

What happens when you take a handful of bloggers and invite them to sweat and spa at Exhale at the Loews? Well, it goes a little something like this: Upon arriving at the hotel, I parked at the valet and was handed the most delicious strawberry smoothie. Then, I made my way to Exhale, which I had no idea lived inside the Loews. But it did, in April, a happy and very-close-to-my-house surprise. Once inside, we hit the workout room for a Core Fusion class. Core Fusion is a yoga, Pilates, cardio, barre hybrid. (Read: It’s killer—in a good way.) As someone who works out on the regular, I was shocked at how effective the class was (read: how out of shape I am.) I found myself trying to catch my breath more than a few times, and the next day, well, let’s just say I managed to find all…Read More

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Aug08

Flash Mob

  {Wearing: Flash Tattoos Lena, available at Shopblush.com. Photographed by Maria Tettamanti.} This past Friday, there was plenty of flashing going on at the beach. No, no, not that kind—although I have seen more than I’ve wanted to on the beach this summer. Instead, I brought a pack of Flash Tattoos, stole some scissors from a cabana boy and went to tatting up myself and my Fancy Friday crew. Sharing is caring. Why the beach? Because, the sun catches these temporary metallic tattoos perfectly and there’s plenty of surface area to stick them to when you’re wearing a bikini. I bought my first pack of Flash Tattoos a month or so ago at Blush, but didn’t try them out until I got one of the limited-edition ones applied at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. And it stayed on through thick, thin, shower, yoga sesh, sweat fest, etc … When it finally…Read More

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Jul31

Braids and Waves

{Wearing: Top: H&M Crop Top. Shorts: Shopblush.com. Necklace: Touch Boutique. Bag: c/o LANY Handbags Half Crescent Clutch. Sunnies: Wildfox. Shoes: Vintage. Hair: c/o Tresemme. Photographed by me.} And now a world-altering, life-changing post. Just kidding. I’m going to talk about my hair. OMG, my hair. It’s so long, longer than it’s been in five and a half years. Do you know how real the struggle has been to get it to this point? Chances are if you’ve been anywhere near me in the past year you’ve heard me bitch about it at least 100 times. I’m not sure how I feel about it just yet. I know inside I will always be that girl who chops off all her hair at the drop of a hat. But for now I’m going to keep riding this wave of letting it grow. Every now and then I get excited about having long-ish…Read More

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Jul29

Shades of …

Everyone is talking about this 50 Shades of Grey trailer. Zero interest. I’m probably the only female on planet earth who didn’t read the book. I loathe overly popular chick lit—um, chick lit in general. Besides, I have a different shade to talk about. The other day I ran out of my usual foundation. As luck would have it, Almay sent me a its new Smart Shade to try out just days before. Makeup kismet? Yup. I applied it over my moisturizer and waited to see if the product would know which shade to stop at when it got to my pigment hue. How does that work, anyway? For starters, there are only three skin-tone adjusting shades to choose from (instead of hundreds like other brands), so finding the one for you isn’t a mission impossible. Confession: I’m really bad at finding which one is for me. With only three,…Read More

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Jul27

Beauty Board: Skin, Scents and Soaps

Take a Dip Diptique candles: My own personal long and wondrous obsession. Diptique skincare: I wasn’t aware the brand offered such a thing. But it does. And it’s glorious. The Nourishing Cleansing Balm, which, when rubbed on the skin turns into an oil, can remove makeup, even eye makeup when you pinch it on your lashes. The Multi-use Exfoliating Clay doubles as a scrub or a mask. The Infused Facial Water works like a toner, but can be used in lieu of water to wash away the Clay mask. The Moisturizing Protective Lotion SPF 15 wards off the sun’s damaging effects. And finally, the Radiance Boosting Powder, when mixed with water, washes away the day and leaves skin refreshed. Basically, it’s everything you need for your beauty regime and with everything interconnecting it’s like putting together the perfect beauty puzzle. Find it all at Neiman Marcus. The Summer Solution It’s…Read More

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Jul13

Beauty Board: Creams, Candles and Chemical-Free Concoctions

Glowing, Glowing, Gone My dermatologist recently told me I was too tan. And just when I was starting to feel like a golden goddess, too. I guess that means it’s time to cover up more and fake it with Hampton Sun Airbrush Bronzing Mist and Xen Tan Flawless Logic Shimmer. Both go on easily and give me the color without the side effects (wrinkles, sun damage, skin cancer). And they smell good, too. Speaking of sun, trying to keep my makeup in place in Miami in the summer is like trying to play catch with Jell-O. (Read, ain’t happenin’.) Eve Lom Sheer Radiance Translucent Powder helps me prepare for battle before stepping out in the heat, by locking in my makeup and giving me a glow. Find it at Neiman Marcus. Because the heat and sun damage are such issues, I’m trying to be kind to my pores with Napoleon…Read More

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Jun24

It’s a Date at Elle Spa

Apparently, I have giveaway fever. On Friday, not only am I giving away $100 to shop at Sawgrass Mills, I’ll also be giving away two gift cards for Elle Spa. The delish spot at The Eden Roc is joining forces with Athleta for Restore, Recharge, Renew. Think free yoga classes and a cocktail party hosted by my blogger pal The Wordy Girl on Saturday, June 28. Classes kick off at 9 a.m. and then run again at 1 and 3. The cocktail party gets started at 5:30 and goes until 7:30. And for two of my lucky readers, I’m giving away gift cards for facials or massages from 1 to 4 p.m. To enter to win, all you have to do is: Attend one of the events at The Eden Roc and Elle Spa on the 28th. Be sure to RSVP to elleandathleta.eventbrite.com. Like Electric Blogarella on Facebook here Follow me on…Read More

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Jun20

Spa Me

{Dress: Shopblush.com. Necklace: Vintage. Bracelet: Touch Boutique. Bag: Vintage. Shoes: Steve Madden. Photographed by Maria Tettamani.} This is me joyfully escaping to Lapis at The Fontainebleau. Here’s why … Saturday morning, my house: 11:07 Kid is in the shower not washing her own hair because she wants me to do it for her. 11:14 I discover my Yorkshire Terrorists have thieved a bag of chocolate chips and eaten I don’t know how many. 11:16 I call the vet who tells me I have to give them hydrogen peroxide to get the poison out. 11:17 I am officially covered in hydrogen peroxide that the dogs want no part of drinking. 11:17 and 30 seconds: Kid is loudly inquiring why I still haven’t gotten her out the shower. 11:21 Dogs are now sick all over my rug from the hydrogen peroxide (which was the point), though the rug was not my preferred…Read More

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May20

May Beauty Board: Citrus and Keeping Covered

It’s time for the May beauty board. Here’s what I’m all about this month. A Splash of Citrus Summer and citrus scents go together like the Fourth of July and sparklers, which makes the Agraria line at Neiman Marcus my new obsession this season. It’s like a refreshing lemonade drink for your skin. It smells like running through sprinklers, chasing after the ice cream truck, picking wildflowers and capturing fireflies. With the body wash, soap and body lotion, I’ll be dressing myself up in these treats from head to toe. Then, I’ll accessorize my new scent with my circle necklace from Blush. Moisturize Here, Dry There Some situations call for more moisture. Others, not so much. When my skin is feeling parched (which is pretty much all the time because I live on the third planet from the sun, also known as Miami), I lather on Laura Mercier Verbena Gel Body…Read More

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