Summer Skin With Smith & Popov

{Top and Shorts: c/o Blush Boutique. Skincare: c/o Smith & Popov Photographed by Jorge Camaraza} There’s only so much healthy stuff you can eat and so much water you can drink (by the way, I’m the worst at that last one) to make your skin glow. Sometimes you have to call in the big guns. Especially, come summer when you cannot hide behind pounds of makeup. And considering how long summer lasts in Miami, well … For me, those big guns are Smith & Popov. As I teeter totter on the final days of my 30s, I’ve found the best way to deal with looking in the mirror and realizing things don’t stay where they once were (under eye baggage, wrinkles, smile lines) is to Botox and fill them with fillers back to where they should be. I’ve been working with Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner Danielle Smith for some time now to make…Read More

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Extreme Beauty: Laser Facial Part Five

{Wearing: My Home Fashion Boutique Sweater. Hair: c/o Glamsquad with Vanessa Placeres. Makeup: c/o Glamsquad with Celina Beach Artistry. Photographed by Danielle Margherite Photography LLC} What is it about Bahamian ocean water that makes skin so good? Is it the water? The salt in the water? The sand? Whatever it is, after a weekend jaunt to Bimini and a round of Vivid Face laser facials (smooth mixed with an acne-targeting treatment), I’m ready to put my best face forward for summer. My last round of laser facials really did a world of good. Whatever was beneath the surface got stopped right in its tracks, which sent me to Bimini with clear skin. And once those magical ocean waters got on my skin, well, I’ve been roaming around foundation-free ever since. Maybe a little It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream here and there, but that’s about it. As I’ve mentioned before, these facials from Vivid Face are really helping my skin…Read More

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Extreme Beauty: Laser Facial Part Four

{Wearing: My Home Fashion Boutique Top and Denim. Hair: c/o Glamsquad with Vanessa Placeres. Makeup:c/o Glamsquad with Celina Beach Artistry. Photographed by Danielle Margherite Photography LLC} It’s back to the laser facials. Why? Because they are awesome. And the treatments at Vivid Face are helping me through a skincare issue that’s been driving me bonkers for some time now. As luck would have it, the pore-perfect skin I had as a teen and first-half-of-my-life adult decided to betray me in the most annoying way possible. As I’ve started to reach the tail end of my 30s, I, for the first time ever, have been dealing with acne. Yes, the pleasures of adult acne. Like really? Now? As I’m knocking on 40s door? Grrrrreat. The issue started about a year and a half ago. A blemish here, a pimple there. And then bam, my whole chin was a bumpy mess. And not the kind that are easy to hide either. We’re…Read More

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The Gift of Smooth

{eos hand lotion and lip balm spring packs.}               {Step one: Smell this!} Here’s an obvious gift that might not seem terribly obvious: Moisture. After a recent trip up north outside of Miami’s moisturizing humidity, the kiddo and I got very dried out. Poor kiddo’s lips were so chapped, it hurt just to look at them. And our hands—sandpaper city. Kismet brought these eos spring packs to our door just when we needed them most. Kiddo is obsessed with eos and all the fun things you can do with them, so we decided to take it to the next level and add a little DIY magic to our spring sets. After an amazing crafter-noon, it dawned on us this was an excellent gift idea. And since the next gift we’ll need to give is Mother’s Day, let’s just say if we call you mom or grandma, chances…Read More

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When the Vacation Ends …

Post vacation Mondays are pretty much like getting gum on not just the bottom, but the side of your shoe. They suck. Epically. I know, because I’m living one. After arriving home at midnight from spring break bliss (more to come on that soon), I woke up to deadlines, unpacked suitcases, a request from the realtor to see the house, mountains of laundry, a dead houseplant (sorry, Mother Nature) and nothing to eat or drink in the fridge. Calgon, er, Aveda, take me away. I have a stash of Aveda Chakra Balancing Body Mists for such occassions. My gift set has all seven of the offerings. You, however, can purchase individuals here. There are ones to make you feel balanced, nourished, to give you intention, give you harmony, help you be expressive, give insightful and have wisdom. I could basically deal with all of those today. You simply spray, set your…Read More

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My Breakup With Chanel

{Foundation: c/o Mineral Fusion Liquid Foundation} {Photographed by Jorge Camaraza} Breakups are hard. I know. I recently had an awful one. For years I’ve been wearing Chanel foundation. It always been there for my needs. Filled with dewy goodness. The way the color matches my complexion. The good times. What I don’t love, however, is the way it makes me break out. There’s something there my skin doesn’t like, something that doesn’t jive. I figured it out on my trip to Cuba, where, sure enough, I ran completely out of foundation. In a Martha Stewart/MacGyver moment I took my powder mineral foundation and mixed it with my moisturizer. And the whole thing, while kinda thick, made my skin happy. Mineral makeup was what my skin wanted all along. Sure, it didn’t give me the same dewy glow. But it also didn’t make me greasy. Nor did it make me break out. The…Read More

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Spring, Er, Summer is Coming

{Wearing: Top and Leggings: Liquido. Photographed by Adorned Photography.} It’s almost spring in Miami, which means its practically summer, which means plenty of beach days ahead. And Miami and the beach go together like, well, Miami and the beach. That’s why I’m doing something I’ve been wanting to do for eons now: Laser hair removal. About a month ago I started working with BodyDetails to make my underarms super smooth just in time for summer. The idea of never having to shave again sounds amazing. Truly amazing. My skin is super sensitive, so shaving plus heat equals not always great. This is an excellent way to combat that. I worked with the brand to create this video so you can see what it’s all about. Does it hurt? How long does it take? Will it ever grow back? All the deets are in this BodyDetails video below. Check it out.

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Extreme Beauty: That Time I Got Frozen at Cryo Miami

That’s me, the last time I was really, really cold. I was sleeveless in a dress in Colorado in February. The things I do for photos. This is a cryogenic chamber at Cryo Miami. And this is me, sans sleeveless dress, being the coldest I’ve ever been in probably my entire life. Why? Because it was -135 degrees. Why in the world would I do that? Am I crazy, you ask? Just watch the video below. So why in the name of God would I subject such extreme temperatures? Let me remind you, this is Extreme Beauty, where I try out all kinds of stuff in the name of beauty. Cryo Miami opened a bit back. I was invited to test it out. The benefits of cryogenic chambers range from reducing inflammation and stimulating the brain to stimulating your metabolism. Why would you pass up any of those things? So…Read More

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Girl Stuff

{Wearing: Silk Butterfly Voyage Scarf: Swedroe by Ariel.} Before we get to the topic of hair—which is what this post is all about—I want to take a minute to say some things in regards to International Women’s Day (because hair and being a girl—it all works together). As women, it’s important we support other women in all walks of life. One way to do that is to support women entrepreneurs. One of those, who I’m extremely proud to wear her scarf (which you can see a full view of in the pic below), is 13-year-old fashion designer Ariel Swedroe Weinberg. This beautiful silk butterfly scarf is part of her very own line called Swedroe by Ariel. You can check out the rest of her line here. She actually got her start at the same place where my kiddo takes her sewing classes, DesignLab Miami, at the same age as kiddo: 8 years…Read More

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