During the sizzling summer months fun pool floats in beautiful designs are the ultimate summer novelty. I’m obsessed with all of them. They are so the coolest most Instagramable way to beat the summer heat. I want them all, but I might need to find a pool party first.
Vacations are awesome. There’s truly nothing better than exploring a new place or relaxing on the beach for a week. However, the hard truth is that we can’t always afford to or have time to go on vacation. That’s where the staycation comes in. A staycation is basically a vacation from everyday life without the time and the hassle of actually traveling somewhere else. When you think about it a staycation is the best of both worlds as it provides all the relaxation of a vacation without the stress that comes with actually getting there.
Going on a staycation can be as easy as hosting a BBQ in your backyard or going on a long hike at a nearby trail. When you live in a big city like New York you often find yourself staying in the same neighborhood and going to the same places time and time again. So I like to use my staycation time to get out of my neighborhood and borough and discover new parts of the city. During the summer, I like to visit The Rockaways in Queens or go all the way uptown to The Cloisters. There are some awesome beaches in The Rockaways. I still can’t believe that you can take the subway there. It’s almost like being on the Jersey Shore rather than New York City. There’s even a genuine Venezuelan arepa bar right on the beach.
If there are two things I’m always shopping for it’s tops and jackets. While a basic black blazer is always great to have, they often wear out easily from overuse and aren’t always great for spring and summer looks. As for tops, my shirts tend to wear out way before my jeans do so I’m always on the lookout for casual chic tops.
I recently discovered Lyst, a London-based fashion site where you can shop thousands of designers in one place. It’s super easy to use so if I’m not careful I could stay on Lyst for hours. With summer coming into full swing, I’m finding that I’m low on tanks and tees so I’ve been surfing my favorite sites looking to build up my summertime wardrobe.
For those dressier days and cooler nights, I’ve also been on the lookout for new jackets and blazers. I’m still amazed how the right blazer can dress up any outfit. Since you should always diversify your wardrobe like you diversify your portfolio, you can never have enough colors.
As you might already know, I’m a bridesmaid in my friend Tracy’s wedding. I just came back from her amazing bachelorette party weekend in Long Beach Island, New Jersey! After the fab Memorial Day weekend I had with some wonderful ladies at the Jersey Shore, I can’t tell you how hard it was to go back to everyday life.
The house we rented in Barnegat Light was beautiful and we even had a private beach which on a holiday weekend is the way to go. Not only were we spoiled all weekend with delicious food (hello mini pop tarts) and cases of champagne, we also got some adorable bride squad swag including a Bling Ring Bottle Opener, Personalized Tumblers, Monogramed Tumblers and Cheers Bitches/Future Mrs. tank tops from Bachette (there are also similar ones on Etsy). We even stocked up on some personal accessories during a Pure Romance party. It really worked out well to have the two tumblers because we had one for alcohol and one for water when we went to the beach. To top off this perfect weekend, the bride-to-be also brought her little Yorkie Maaartin (yes, that’s three A’s)!
One thing I like most about Beyonce’s new Ivy Park fitness line is the prevalence of the number 4. Like Beyonce I was born on September 4th. For my fellow Virgo Queen Bey, 4 has been a significant number throughout her life and her daughter’s name Blue Ivy is a reference to the Roman numeral IV which means 4. While I’ve never met Beyonce in real life, I feel a special connection to her through our birthdays and now through this fitness line.