Cocoa Beach Florida

Beach Summer

After Disneyworld, we spent the day in Cocoa Beach, Florida among white sand beaches and palm trees. The ocean water was the warmest I’ve ever been in and the poolside bar had great happy hour specials.

Funny story: When I tried to order to a veggie patty sandwich at a Cocoa Beach Subway, the people behind the counter asked “What’s a veggie patty?” I guess they only have meat in the south!

Summer Day Girl

Cocoa Beach Florida

Palm Trees

Florida Beach Vacation

Pool Cocoa Beach Florida

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Disneyworld!

Disneyworld Magic Kingdom

I just got back from an amazing trip to Disneyworld with my boyfriend Ian and his family. I’d been to Disneyworld twice as a kid, but this time I got to relive my childhood and my love for the Disney Princesses through new eyes. The first day at Epcot, I learned that you’re never too old to stand in line to meet Disney characters. One of the highlights was meeting Aladdin and Jasmine in Morocco. Aladdin kept calling my camera a genie. By night, Magic Kingdom came alive with its fireworks show and parade. Seeing Cinderella’s castle lit up never ceases to inspire me.

For those of you planning a visit, here are a few key tips. It’s best to visit Magic Kingdom when the sun goes down and the kids have gone to bed because you can pretty much get on any ride you want. At Animal Kingdom, it was great to go on the safari ride then cool off on Kali River Rapids (just be ready to get wet). Lastly, always wear sneakers. I wouldn’t have made it to so many parks without my Skechers Go Walk shoes.

Many thanks to the Schwab family for making me a part of their magical vacation!

Disney Fireworks

Aladdin

magic lamp

Epcot

Disney Princess

Disney Parks

Disney Boardwalk

Disney ships

Downtown Disney

Flamingos

Disney Cinderella

Cinderella Evil Stepsister

Cinderella

Prince Charming

Tinkerbelle Peter Pan

Cinderella's Castle

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Eyebrow Confessions

Anastasia Beverly Hills

I’ve always had very thin sparse eyebrows. So much so that people would constantly accuse me of over plucking them when I hadn’t plucked them at all. For years, I was embarrassed about my small eyebrows. But, after seeing so many bad paint jobs that looked gross and unnatural, I decided to pass on eyebrow pencils. Aside from the occasional brow shaping, I rarely did anything to my brows.

One day, on a routine trip to Sephora, I got into talking to one of the sales people and she immediately recommended pencils from Anastasia Beverly Hills. After the first application, I was in love. Not only was it easy to apply, it looked so natural. All you have to do is follow the arch of the brow, fill in as needed and blend with the brush on the other end. The amazing design of the brush does the rest. I use the ‘Brow Wiz’ Mechanical Brow Pencil, but all of the products from Anastasia Beverly Hills are amazing. They’re a little pricier than most pencils, but 110% worth it. I want to try them all.

If you’re looking to start filling in your eyebrows, first go to a makeup store or counter that you trust and have them match you up with the right color.

Before

Before Application

After

After using Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Brow Wiz’ Mechanical Brow Pencil

See the difference?

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City Gardens

gardening

I’ve never understood gardening as a hobby. I just can’t seem to fathom why someone would touch dirt on purpose even with gloves. However, as I began paying more attention to detail on my walks through the city, I realized the beauty of the small urban garden. Suddenly, the floral colors began to jump out at me and I started to look forward to passing familiar flowers and watching them bloom throughout the season. These are just a few of my favorite city gardens found in my neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen along with Meatpacking and the Upper East Side.

Would I consider gardening now? I think not. I prefer when other people do it.

flower gardens

Flowers

Flowers Gardens

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Van Gogh Vodka Lemonade Cocktails

Van Gogh Vodka

According to The Cocktail Guru, lemonade cocktails are so hot right now. After sipping them at Van Gogh Vodka’s Lemonade Social, I couldn’t agree more. Bittersweet lemonade cocktails are perfect for summer or whenever you feel like a quick refresh. Plus, they’re super pretty.

So without further ado, here are a few simple lemonade cocktail recipes by The Cocktail Guru made with some of my favorite Van Gogh Vodka flavors. Extra points if you serve them in a mason jar. Using natural ingredients such as organic lemonade and fruit can help you avoid hangovers. So get out your mixer and drink up!

The Brazilian

2 oz. Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry
4 oz. Pink lemonade
Add ingredients to a rocks glass with ice and stir. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Van Gogh Melonade

1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Melon
3 oz. Pink lemonade
Pour ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a thinly sliced lemon wheel.

Pomegranate Serenade

2 oz. Van Gogh Pomegranate
3 oz. Lemonade
Pour ingredients into a rocks glass with ice and stir. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

cocktails

Lemons fruit

berries

Summer Drinks

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