What a summer it has been! And it flew by (as they always do…) but this one went by particularly fast didn’t it? Between finally feeling settled in my new home/hometown, to an incredible trip to Provence, getting my sweet pup Charlie, and ending the summer in Positano for a magical wedding – it was truly one for the books! Since fall is upon us, I’ll be sharing all fall outfits starting on Monday. I wanted to share my very last summer look which was shot at the gorgeous Curtain Bluff resort in Antigua. I had the chance to visit the iconic property with one of my girlfriends and we had way too much fun snorkeling, paddle boarding, sunbathing, and dancing the night away in town. We enjoyed tennis lessons by day – and the freshest seafood you can imagine by night. The spa at the property is one of the best on the island and I will 100% be returning this spring – wasn’t the view insane?! The Antigua food scene BLEW me away so much so that I will be adding an entire Antigua section to my Travel App. These photos were shot at Cecilia’s famous fish house – and my girlfriend and I were lucky enough to get a chance to meet Cecilia herself who could not have been more chic and fabulous. Tall and blonde with her dogs and kids running free around the beachfront restaurant playing in the sun – it was the ultimate relaxed lunch environment. TAKE ME BACK!
I never fully appreciated the sun until I moved to the east coast. I grew up in Arizona my entire life (where it literally rains on average 12 days/year!) so I was unaware of the effects that weather has on your mood. Moving to NYC was a huge wake up call for me. Year after year, blizzard after blizzard, I started to really miss and crave the sun. Sure, I traveled a ton and could get away for weekends here and there, but for the weeks when I was in town and it was cold, dark and rainy/snowy I felt out of whack. Come to find out, after a simple blood test done by my doctor, I had a serious Vitamin D deficiency which was affecting my mood and metabolism. Many people are deficient in Vitamin D (even those who live in warm places), but it made me realize the importance of Vitamin D – and I decided to make more of an effort to get sun on a morning walk/take my breakfast outside, eat foods rich in Vitamin D, and take a Vitamin D supplement (until my levels got back to normal.) *I have mentioned before, that I do not like taking supplements and try to get all of my nutrients through food. This is just a personal preference, but I do not think supplements are bad in any way! I feel so grateful that my levels are finally stable (living in LA has definitely helped this.) For the times, when I am in NYC visiting friends, or traveling to cold/gloomy places, I wanted to share a few tips/tricks that help me maintain those levels and my mood.
1. Aim to get 15 minutes of direct sunlight (without sunscreen or with a sunscreen that doesn’t block sun absorption) a day.
2. Eat fish like salmon, halibut, or canned tuna at least once a week. Experts also recommend foods like egg yolks and mushrooms (I personally don’t eat mushrooms because they’re a nightshade and inflammatory.)
3. Take a high quality Vitamin D3 supplement 5000IU/day.
4. Take a magnesium salt bath or supplement (although magnesium is absorbed best through the skin.)
5. Lastly, I truly believe that food is medicine. I eat according to the season and look at what fruits and veggies are fresh at that time of year. Things like sweet potatoes, squash, and bone broth are ideal during the winter months.
For all of mood boosting/de-stressing tips be sure to head here. This week’s giveaway is…$250 worth of Hamptons Sun sunscreen (one of my favorite brands – it smells heavenly!) and $250 of my favorite end of the summer goodies like these Quay sunnies. To enter, simply sign up for my newsletter and comment below, “Signed up!” Good luck!
Happy Friday! I spent the other weekend exploring Old Town Calabasas and finally got a chance to pop into my all time favorite home decor store; Amber Interiors. Calabasas is such a darling town and on Saturdays they have a huge farmers market in the parking lot next to Amber Interiors. There are several boutiques along the Main Street – and I particularly love the one next door called French where I picked up this pom pom bag. Decorating is my passion and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying picking out eclectic pieces of art, books, pillows, and knick knacks to turn my house into a home. It’s a slow and steady process, but I always feel like a home turns out best when you don’t rush it and search for meaningful items to place all over. Don’t hesitate to check out local markets and antique shops when you travel – and don’t be afraid to get creative! Not everything has to match and be cookie cutter. Frame vintage scarves, use old suitcases as side tables and trunks as coffee tables… I’m constantly pinning my favorite rooms and decor shots on Pinterest so feel free to check out my page (I have 18,000 pins…yep, I’m addicted) for you to peruse as inspo ;) Be prepared to get consumed for hours! It’s the perfect Friday night-in activity if you ask me.
I mentioned my lemon ginger slushy in my very first Wellness Series this summer and wanted to do a full blog post with the recipe since I’ve received so many comments and DMs about them. They are so delicious and refreshing – AND you can even turn them into a “healthy-ish” cocktail by adding a splash of vodka! Add mint or basil to garnish it, pick up some fun straws, and you’ve got yourself the easiest drink to sip on throughout the day or serve at a party. Something I experimented with recently is adding the entire lemon with the peel into the blender. The peel of the lemon has the most nutrients and is incredibly alkalizing. It also makes the drink a more vibrant shade of yellow. If you want a sweeter slushie, add honey, coconut nectar or coconut sugar. I personally love mine tart though! For this week’s giveaway, I am sending one lucky reader this gorgeous bar tray (a $450 value) from one of my favorite designers; St. Frank. I’m obsessed with their home decor pieces and have this oversized print in my entry. The ladies at St. Frank were kind enough to connect me with Simply Framed; an online custom, mail-in framing shop. They created this beautiful art hanging above my bar with a tunic I picked up in Mexico a few months ago. I love looking around my home and seeing pieces from my travels in every corner! To enter this week’s giveaway, simply sign up for my newsletter, and comment below “Signed up!” with your email. XO
Lemon Ginger Slushy
2 cups of ice
1 cup of water
1 lemon (remove seeds and rind)
Thumb size piece of ginger (remove the skin)
Garnish with mint or basil
Blend on high!
Optional: 1 shot of vodka or sweetener