Eco-Friendly Beach Bag

From finishing up a week Caribbean cruise to traveling to Bermuda, I have finally perfected my beach bag essentials – which to no surprise, consists of SPF packed products and beauty re-freshers! This colorful, hobo bag from Lilly Pulitzer fits coverups, towels, hats, and other necessities for a comfortable beach getaway. From sunscreen to perfume, here are my beauty favorites to combat the sun and stay fresh:

  • Lipstick Queen Frog Prince – truly magical! A green lipstick that turns into a magenta gloss! A pop of natural color adds to sun-kissed skin creating an effortless pout.
  • Sesame Suntan Lotion – natural, sesame aroma with a thick texture and SPF 10. A perfect sunscreen for achieving an even, dark tan. I suggest applying a high SPF sunscreen first, then using Sesame Suntan out and about on the beach!
  • Sea Spray – salty fragrance that molds beachy waves. The ultimate product to achieve “I just got off the beach” hair! Spray in before or after a sun-filled day.
  • NYX Blotting Sheets – face sunscreen is sure to leave some residue. Blot away all oil, sand, and salt with these sheets to protect your pores from natural hazards.
  • Khiel’s BB Cream – perfects, corrects, and of course, protects! A multi-use product with SPF 50 that covers all imperfections for a natural complexion. This moisturizer also works well as an everyday foundation for medium coverage.
  • Travalo Perfume Spray – the perfect travel bottle. If you are like me, I love to change my perfume every month or so to keep things interesting and unique. Travalo is life changing – you can easily transfer ANY perfume in the small bottle for everyday use, rather than carry around a delicate, full size bottle.

My non-beauty beach favorites include comfy suits, shady hats, and fluffy towels! My white beach hat (pictured above) provides 360 degrees of shade, protecting my face, shoulders, and neck. Swimsuits are the tricky part because you should feel uber comfortable in them. Naja, an eco-friendly lingerie brand, has timeless swimsuits to fit almost every body shape, especially the Faye Racerback One Piece (the navy shade matches perfectly with my Lilly bag)! I also adore the Adriana Bralettes in Marigold and Jazzy from Naja for sexy coverage under flowy coverups!

What is in your beach bag? Share with #beachessentials!

I’M BACK – Southern Caribbean Cruise

I apologize for not posting last week – I was on a cruise! To make it up to y’all, I decided to share a bit from my phenomenal, relaxing, and fun-filled family vacation. We traveled from JFK to San Juan to embark on an adventure of a lifetime. The cruise was seven days and traveled to Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Martin, and St. Thomas. Sunbathing, eating, and swimming were on the itinerary along with visiting St. Barths and zip-lining through a tropical rainforest.

P.S. – Shout out to Casey Nesistat and his NEW daily vlogs on his Youtube channel. These vlogs inspired my family and I to cruise an extra day to St. Barths to experience the classy, European beach lifestyle! One of the greatest parts of our trip! We will be back St. Barths!

Lilly Pulitzer Social Media Extravaganza

Hello all! Today I decided to post about some of my social media favorites (again) from Lilly Pulitzer! For the Lilly virgins, Lilly Pulitzer is a women who started a juice stand in Palm Beach, Florida. To prevent juice stains, she started making sleeveless dresses out of colorful cotton. She started to sell more dresses and juice at this point. Lilly Pulitzer passed away last year but her designs still reign on. Lilly Pulitzer is now a colorful brand that focuses on beach wear and print designs.

For more information about Lilly Pulitzer history visit: http://www.lillypulitzer.com/content_slides.jsp?groupName=OurStory

Post #1: This was an Instagram post. (I believe I talked about another post that related to this contest in a blog post bellow) So this post was showing the results of a contest which wanted to know what were the most popular initials to put on their Marielle sweater design.  Reasons why I like this post are….

  • It really represents the company
  • It shows all of the letters actually on the sweater
  • The way the store folded the sweaters is very unique and innovative

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Post #2: I really really love this Instagram post. I like how it puts together two social media mediums. In this case, it is a Instagram post that refers to an article on the company’s blog about working for Lilly. You could say that it also connects to twitter because f the hashtag #lillydreamjob. Their website actually has a page titled Dream Jobs that describes what a day consists of when working for Lilly Pulitzer (http://www.lillypulitzer.com/custserv/custserv.jsp?pageName=DreamJobs).

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Post #3: This is another Instagram post (if you cannot tell by now, Lilly loves Insta). I like this post because it is very informational. The contents include…

  • Information about a upcoming contest (even provides exact dates)
  • Reasons for the contest (Lilly’s Birthday)
  • How to enter the contest (steps)

Other companies also use this form of medium to introduce contests through social media. (ncLA, Ray-ban, etc.)

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Post #4: Unlike the other posts, this one is from Facebook. I love this posts because it relates to my other passion, travel. Especially in Florida, which is one of the most tropical states in the United States. This post is also very important because it is…

  • Historical to Lilly Pulitzer
  • First location of Lilly Pulitzer
  • Shows how to dress in style in the Lilly Pulitzer mother land

I have never been to Palm Beach, but I have been to other areas of Florida so I am sure it is beautiful.

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Post #5: This post is very similar to the one above because it is also a Facebook posts that talks about travel. Again, this is another destination in Florida, Key West. I actually have a more personal connection to this post than the one above because I have been to Key West multiple times. This is a good posts because it replicates other travel posts from Lilly, it provides a guide to secret spots around the island of Key West and it represents their brand well because it is in Florida.

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To finish off this post, I wanted to show y’all a picture of my mom and I wearing Lilly Pulitzer in Key West, Florida earlier this year! (if only we had this awesome travel guide while we were there)

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Tata for now! I bet everyone in the North is wishing they were vacationing in Florida around this time of year 🙂

 

Lilly Pulitzer Social Media Favorites

As a Southern Bell, I am a huge fan of the tropical and colorful prints Lilly Pulitzer creates. I especially love all of the prints which make you want to bathe in the sun, attend a party on the beach or make you want to travel through all of the Florida Keys.

Since my love for Lilly is growing and I appreciate it more (I currently am trying to survive a frigid winter), I have started to follow Lilly Pulitzer on almost every social media outlet. I picked three of my favorite posts in the last year to share with y’all!

1. The Bow Tie Post: I really like this post and think it stands out from the rest because it talks about BOY Lilly. Who knew?! It makes sense that Lilly has a hard time relating to the male crowd because they create very feminine prints. But it was a joy to see the company posting about bow ties for once!

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2. The Zodiac Post: This is one of my favorite Lilly posts because… I am a Leo and really enjoy reading my horoscope! Another factor that makes this post interesting is the line “We’re celebrating Leo!” because it makes you feel important and special. It was also a good move to make a Leo print that relates with all of the “Leo’s” out there. It will be interesting to see if Lilly makes prints and creates a horoscope for all of the Zodiac signs.

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3. Sweater Weather Post: This post probably relates to a lot of people right now because of the beginning of the winter and holiday seasons. This is a very interactive posts because it shows the results of a previous contest. Although only a few letters are available, it was important for Lilly to note that more letters will be added and another competition will be held. (I actually just ordered the “A” sweater for myself!)

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If you have not heard of Lilly Pulitzer before, here is the link to their website: http://www.lillypulitzer.com

Lilly is expensive, but it is always fun and worth it to splurge on. Here is me with my latest Lilly gift! Tata for now!

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