beach bunny…

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{lolli swim, www.ishine365.com}

Time has kind of flown by, I finally looked up at September is almost over.  Which gives me about a month til we are headed off for a week of Hawaiian sun.

So I’ve been scouring the internets looking for cute swimsuits and found the most adorable one-piece with a mini-tummy cut out by Lolli Swim.

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I love bright colors with black & white stripes.  Love the contrast.

Red with b&w always makes me feel like I’m trying to look french, so I opted for royal purple and neon pink.

Because neon pink goes with everything.

a kitchen must have…

Like a moth to flame, Etsy and I have a dangerous relationship.

french quarter jewel dish But when you come across amazing little pieces like this, it makes it all worth my current credit card bill.

A simple kitchen dish, detailed with a rendering of classic architecture from the French Quarter.

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Traveling Around…

In terms of travel, I’m gone almost every week.  I travel extensively for work, and when not working I love to travel often as well.

But interestingly enough, working in fashion does not mean I travel stylishly.

Kate Spade Streamline Luggage

{kate spade collection by steamline}

I have the obligatory college-grad John Hart set, that unfortunately, has no wheels.  Which The Boyfriend addressed several years ago on a trip to Vegas, informing me that if I ever flew with it again he would dump me.  I can’t help it, I’m a terrible packer.  I was going to Vegas, doesn’t everyone pack 30 dresses for a 4 day stay?

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Then came the functional looking set from my mom, with wheels I might add.  Thank god because I often travel alone and now realize why duffles aren’t for the upper-body strength challenged.  One large suitcase, one medium and a little carry on.  These have stood the test of time but, over the years, I’ve noticed about 40% of people have the airport have the same set.

That makes twice now I’ve left the airport with someone else’s luggage.  One time, not that long ago, I got in from NY around midnight and The Boyfriend picked me up (albeit begrudgingly), and I left with someone else’s bag.  I didn’t realize ’til 1 am when the airport called and he had to drive me back out there to swap bags.  Needless to say, he hates this travel set too.

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But with an upcoming trip to the St. Thomas hanging over my head (luggage-wise and dieting-wise), I have been looking into better travel options.  Maybe it’s time to finally upgrade into something a little more colorful and signature to my tastes.

The Kate Spade collection by Steamline.  Retro-glamour.  With wheels.

workworkwork…Chicago

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Last time I tried my hand at Chicago, it snowed eight inches the first night I was there.  But my amazing hotel made up for it.

This time, I had the opposite experience.  No snow (didn’t realize that was possible for Chicago) and the saddest hotel in the city.  Apparently just because you are on Michigan Ave, doesn’t mean you should expect quality.

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I was in town for the COAST Show, a Chicago/Miami/NY market, and had the Hunter Bell Fall/Winter 2014 collection with me.  Thank God, all those coats came in handy.

I had walked to a teeny little french wine bar one night for dinner and the waiter made the observation that I must not be from the area.  “You look like you’re wearing three coats and a scarf and it’s only 45 degrees out.”  He laughed, I didn’t.  I was still cold.

Maybe next time, I’ll skip Chicago and go try Miami.  I’ll swap snow for sand and coats for bikinis.

And have a mojito.  (two)

My New Fave Accessory…Flash Tattoos

I love a great tattoo (on someone else).

For me, I need mine a little less permanent.

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These gorgeous temporary pieces by Flash Tattoos are my most favoritest accessory I’ve found in a loooong time.  Lasts 4-6 days and you get four sheets of designs for around $20.

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They’re perfect for an upcoming island trip with friends to St. Thomas next month.

Since I’m flying Spirit (after promising myself “never again” twice) I need to pack light.  And being a jewelry designer, that can get impossibly hard.

I think for Mardi Gras I packed 37 bangles and never ended up wearing any; they clashed with my beads.

Flash Tattoo 3So this gives me a little luxe-boho without having to overpack (impossible!).

That means with the extra room I save on jewelry, I can pack extra headbands.

Crown Headbands…

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While packing for my New Orleans trip, i.e. shopping at Urban Outfitters, I found this amazing Deepa Gurnani headband to add to my ever-growing headband collection.

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I have several of his pieces and am absolutely obsessed.  A friend of mine owns a boutique that retails his headbands and jewelry and told me he started by doing couture beadwork for Alexander McQueen and Fendi, etc.

Thankfully mine was only $32.

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I figure this will be perfect for Mardi Gras.

As The Boyfriend said, “put on your princess hat and let’s go”.