I love to start the week off feeling organized and inspired by having a really calm weekend. Last weekend I took a mini day trip to Homestead, spent a morning at the beach and organized my office – I also broke in my new Coach Swagger! I love a carry-all style bag that has both handles and a shoulder strap. On Saturday, I spent the day in Homestead location scouting with David and picking up new flowers for my office. I brought along my new Swagger with our cameras and a flash to explore two lagoons in Coral Gables. It was rainy all afternoon, but I still thought the man-made pools were pretty dope. It’s definitely a cool place to check out if your in the neighborhood. Our next stop on the way to Homestead was Shiver’s BBQ on South Dixie Highway, and I absolutely suggest visiting this spot! SO YUM. SO MUCH FOOD. Go to there.
Sunday, I took my Swagger to the beach and finally got a chance to take in some vitamin D and be in my happy place. I caught up on my favorite podcasts from the week and enjoyed the wild, winter ocean. In the afternoon, I stopped into the office and prepped for the week. I like having fresh flowers on my desk – they can really elevate my mood.
Playing around my desk I found a old, favorite brooch of mine – I added it to my new Swagger and I think it looks super chic. What’s on your bag? Do you ever add anything to your handbags to make them your own? Tweet me @adelduca #WhatsYourSwagger Swagger 37 c/o Coach.
The new Galore Magazine is out and I had the pleasure of styling another editorial for my favorite zine. This time we played dress up with singer/songwriter Pia Mia. She was an absolute sweetheart and so pretty in person. I loved putting her in feminine pieces and glamin’ her up bombshell style. Pop over to GaloreMag.com to view all the pics and styling credits or head SlasherGirl.com to buy a copy. xx
I rounded up my current makeup and skincare routine to share what I’m currently feeling. Like most girls who love beauty products, I switch up what I’m using all the time. These are what’s in my makeup bag right now. xx
Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser. Obsessed with the orangey/grapefruit smell of this and the gentle exfoliating beads feel great in the morning.
Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion. Simple and effective. This leaves my face feeling hydrated and not greasy.
Sugar Lip Tint in Honey: I love the Sugar lip products – this color is natural and pretty for daytime.
NARS Radiant Concealer: I prefer concealers with a wand for precision and I feel it’s cleaner – but I do realllllyyyy miss the old Bobbi Brown eye brighter that came in a pot from five or six years ago.
Makeup Forever HD Invisible Foundation. I use the color soft beige and have been using this brand for awhile. It looks really natural applied with a brush and provides good coverage.
Tarte Foundation Brush: Gives a great finish and I really dig the bamboo handle.
NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna: Tried and true favorite.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner. It’s all about the tip, baby. This is precision lining. Not the darkest black and you will need to go over it for more drama, but you can make any type of eyeliner with this thin and sturdy application tip.
ProCurl Eyelash Curler. Nothing particularly awesome about this curler other than the fact that it’s rose gold and it gets the job done.
Bobbi Brown Cleansing Oil. I’m a new convert to oil cleansers and I’m super happy with this one. I use it at night and it completely removes my makeup and leaves my skin feeling so soft. There is no oily residue but it feels so much more hydrating than a typical cleanser.
L’Oreal Eye Defense. I don’t have too many wrinkles just yet but I do wish to take care of the skin in this area, so I normally use a drug-store brand like this for around $15.
Korres Wild Rose and Vitamin C Advanced Night Sleeping Facial. I use this to help with sun damage and uneven skin texture. It’s light weight but effective.
Rosebud Salve. Cause it’s the best!
For years now, I’ve used a self tanner once or so a week in the constant pursuit of a warm Miami glow. One would think that comes naturally living here, but as a Florida girl I know better than to try to keep up a continual tan. The sun is powerful, y’all. I didn’t always wear sun screen as a kid and would actually use oil in high school, so I already have a bit of sun damage. Luckily, self tanners have gotten much better in recent years and as far as I can tell no one notices my faux glow.
Usually, I switch between a couple brands depending on how deep I want the tan or if I have time to change my sheets the next morning. My favorites were the St. Tropez mousse and the L’Oreal sublime bronze airbrush spray. I loved the L’oreal because it’s super subtle, cheap and easy to find at CVS. However, the spray leaves a film on the ground- not nearly as bad as other brands I’ve tried – but that excess tanner on the floor mostly ends up on the bottom of your feet and will make them look uneven and dirty for a day or two. I would usually go for the St. Tropez mousse tanner with mitt when I wanted a really nice deep tan and had time to do a good job. Downsides were the time it takes to set in and just the process of it all. The tan is nice but your bed will look like a crime scene in the morning.
My current go-to has me in a really happy medium – enter James Read Self Tanner. This tanner is a mousse like the St. Tropez and comes with a handy little mitt for application. I should note that you ALWAYS want to use a mitt to apply, it’s really so much better and it doesn’t get all over your hands. Where the James Read tanner really excels is the setting in process. You put it on – leave it for a couple hours or go to sleep – rinse off to the perfect glow. You can really build your glow with this tanner and it doesn’t leave a crazy amount of residue in bed. There is some – it’s not perfect – but there’s a lot less orange in your bed for the quality of tan it gives. xx
I spent the last days of 2014 and my winter holiday in the beautiful rainforest of Puerto Rico – El Yunque. We hiked, we beached, we drank pina coladas and ate crazy amounts of shellfish. I feel fresh and ready to get this new year rolling.
Do you have any resolutions for 2015? I’m sticking with my resolution from last year to “try hard every day.” xx
Happy New Year.
I had the pleasure of a indulging in a little staycation to celebrate the New Year courtesy of the Thompson Hotel Miami Beach for the Pitbull NYE party. I hung out with a few fellow Miami bloggers and rang in the new year with my main squeeze, David Lundblad. Thinking back on the past year I first want to thank anyone keeping up with this blog and my social channels. It’s nice to feel that I’m sharing part of my life with others and even with myself. I occasionally look back at posts and remember where I was and how I felt at the time. Having this platform to share pushes me to create more and to try and always do it better than before.
Thank-you for following my journey and happy, happy new year!
Dress by Miami designer Lorie Lester.