Pops Of Color

Rarely will you catch me sporting monotone shades. I love pops of color –it goes with my rather bright personality.  More recently though, I’ve started to gravitate towards black and white, as it sets the perfect canvas for colorful accessories –like these satin ballerina flats from Zara.

I’ll be traveling to Colombia this week for the first time, and have already started packing my suitcase with vibrant items that will be perfect for the colorful streets of Cartagena.

Some of the items I’m packing are a gingham top similar to this one, this embroidered bodysuit from Topshop and this ruffled jean skirt from Asos to match.

With summer wrapping up, are there any colorful trends you’re dying to try before we transition to fall?

From Head to Toes:
Mango Blouse (similar, similar)
Zara Drawstring Shorts (similar)
Zara Satin Slingback Ballerina Flats (splurge)

May Flowers

My Style Snapshot: Zara Printed DressMy Style Snapshot: Steve Madden Laser-cut ClutchMy Style Snapshot: Zara Spring Floral DressMy Style Snapshot: Gold Scapulary NecklaceMy Style Snapshot: Zara Floral Print Dress

As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers, and with this month coming to a close,
I wanted to share a favorite printed floral dress from Zara that will seamlessly transition into my summer wardrobe.

Above-the-knee dresses are a must this season, especially for the upcoming warmer months.
Among my favorites are this multicolored and gingham dress, this t-shirt dress from ASOS
and this off-the-shoulder dress from Club Monaco.

Do you have any favorite summer dress picks?

From Head to Toes:
Alquemia Scapulary Necklace (similar)
Zara Printed Dress
MIA Wedges (similar)
Steve Madden Clutch (similar)

10 Sunscreen Products You Never Knew You Needed

As I approach my 30’s, it has been extremely important for me to not only take care of my body, but also my skin. For the last year or so, I’ve become more and more aware of the products that I use on an everyday basis ––skincare being at the top of the list. I mostly look for products that are paraben-free, organic, cruelty-free and fall under this rule of thumb: the least amount of ingredients, the better. To help with this, I enlist the help of my handy dandy Think Dirty app while shopping for essentials, to make sure everything checks off.

At the top of the list in my skincare routine is sunscreen. Sunscreen isn’t what it used to be. It’s nothing like that smelly, color-changing Coppertone Kids Colorblock from the 90’s. I’ll save you the speech my mom used to give me on sun protection, but I will emphasize how important sunscreen is (along with water) to keep your skin looking young, healthy and free of common skin cancers, like melanoma.

Here’s a common misconception. Sunscreen is only for days when we’re planning on laying poolside. Wrong.

  • Sunscreen should be implemented into your daily routine
  • There are an array of products besides traditional sunscreen

The following is a roundup of 10 sunscreen products you never knew you needed, just in time for Skin Cancer Awareness Month:

For Your Hair & Scalp

Our hair and scalp are exposed to the sun on a daily basis. These products from Bare Republic not only shield our golden locks from harmful UV rays, but they also work as a heat protectant to protect your hair from scorching temperatures and the damaging, drying and color-fading effects caused by heat styling.

1. Bare Republic Eco-Active UV Protecting Shampoo*
2. Bare Republic Eco-Active UV Protecting Conditioner*
3. Bare Republic Eco-Active Hair care UV Protecting Hair Serum


For Your Face

There’s a variety of suncare products that are made specifically for our face. If you’re an avid runner or prefer to exercise outdoors, Coola makes a great sport sunscreen for the face with moisturizer. For those of us that would rather skip the application of thick sunscreen, there are great options like Supergoop! Invincible Setting Powder which goes on top of your makeup, reduces shine, and diminishes the appearance of pores by creating an “insta” filter with a soft focus matte finish. Another great option is Coola’s makeup setting spray with SPF –its 70%+ certified-organic formula includes both cucumber and aloe vera extracts to help soothe and refresh skin, while hyaluronic acid, tones and rehydrates. If you’re like me and swear by anti-aging products, you have to give Supergoop! Anti-aging City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30, a try. The lightweight formula is both a moisturizer and a broad-spectrum SPF 30, which helps fight the signs of premature aging and protects against future UV damage. Built for year-round use, it’s a great primer for the rest of your daily beauty regimen!

4. Coola Suncare White Tea Sport Face Moisturizer SPF 50*
5. Supergoop! Invincible Setting Powder*
6. Coola’s Face SPF Makeup Setting Spray
7. Supergoop! Anti-aging City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30*

Your Your Lips

More than 60 percent of regular sunscreen users skip their lips. But faithfully applying SPF products on your lips increases your chances of keeping your pout cancer-free. Both Coola and Supergoop! make some great options. Smear a little on your cheeks for an added touch of color this summer.

8. Supergoop! Perk Up Lip & Cheek Treat Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40*
9. COOLA Mineral Liplux with SPF 30

For Your Hands

Have you ever heard someone say that you can always tell a person’s age by looking at their hands? They’re not kidding. Our hands are a dead giveaway of our age. From wrinkles, to freckles and sun spots, premature aging is most noticeable in our trusty hands. This is completely preventable –next time you’re stuck in traffic, the sun beaming with your hands on the steering wheel, don’t forget to apply a good hand cream with SPF. Your future self will thank you!

10. Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream With Sea Buckthorn Broad Spectrum SPF 40*

 

* Products marked with an asterisk were provided by the brand for review. All opinions are my own.

Quintessential Spring Dress from Alexis

My Style Snapshot: Alexis Paula DressMy Style Snapshot: Alexis Paula Lace Dress

A few months ago, my friend Vicky invited me to the Alexis sample sale.
There were at least a hundred people waiting outside,
and a hundred more in-store viciously searching for a designer bargain.
Rummaging through racks and racks of clothes, I found the quintessential spring dress.

The Paula Floral Popover Mini Dress. It was perfect.

So perfect, that I couldn’t wait until spring to wear it
and on the night of my 27th birthday, I wore it to dinner with
my boyfriend at one of my favorite restaurants in Puerto Rico –Dragonfly.

This dress is a head-turner.
It’s delicately made with every detail draped in beautiful floral embroidery.
It has ruffled popover detail on the bodice and an A-line silhouette,
complementary to just about all body types.

From Head to Toes:
Alexis Paula Floral Popover Mini Dress
Zara Neon Canvas Platform Sandal (similar)

Chartreuse Slip Dress

My Style Snapshot: Chartreuse Slip DressMy Style Snapshot: Chartreuse Slip DressMy Style Snapshot: Zara Velvet Slingback Shoes and Crossbody BagMy Style Snapshot: Chartreuse Slip Dress and Zara BagMy Style Snapshot: Zara Crossbody BagMy Style Snapshot: Chartreuse Slip Dress for Spring

The beauty of fashion, is that there is no such thing as fashion rules.
Want to wear your pajamas to work? Go ahead.
Want to rock a slip dress out of the bedroom? Be our guest.

See, some of the greatest trends in fashion came from
thinking outside the box and finding creative ways to wear them.

This spring, slip dresses are making their return.
It’s time to see winter out, bear those legs (and arms) with vibrant
night garments on a day out on the town.

From Head to Toes:
Viviana D’Ontañon Egyptian Choker Chain (similar)
Lluna Mustard Slip Night Dress (similar, similar)
Zara Crossbody Bag With Scarf Detail (similar)
Zara Velvet Tie-up Heeled Slingback Shoes (similar, similar)

Rose Gold for Spring

My Style Snapshot: Rose Gold Velvet Slip DressShinola Runwell WatchZara Knotted SandalsLluna Rose Gold DressViviana De Ontanon Solar Quartz Medallion

Happy first day of spring!
There’s no denying that some of us have been waiting for
this day to roll around longer that we would’ve liked.
Although, I have to admit, my reasons have nothing to do with snow.
–I’ve been yearning spring to be able to wear my coveted spring dresses, of course!

First up in my arsenal, is this stunning rose gold velvet slip dress from Lluna. Yes, rose gold is still in.
Ladies, rose gold never left. It’s still here for you. Rose gold is that best friend you can count on
to fake-call-in an emergency to get you out of a terrible blind date.
Unconditional.

You better believe I’m milking this trend and wearing this outfit every opportunity I get.

What are you looking forward to this spring? Is it flowy spring dresses or the new
Target x Victoria Beckham collection launching April 9?

Leave your response below!

From Head to Toes:
Lluna – Terra Velvet Slip Dress
Viviana D’ Ontañón – Solar Quartz Necklace
Zara – Leather Knotted Sandals
Xhilaration Printed Denim Blouse (similar)
Shinola – Rose Gold Runwell Watch