Traveling with La Blanca Swimwear and Green Dragon

These pieces were made for a getaway. La Blanca and Green Dragon clearly have the traveling girl in mind when they design.
I wore this cover up on my first day in the Bahamas and it was perfect for my shoulders and arms as they got used to the hot sun. The linen was so light and airy I could walk around the cruise ship comfortably. I loved the coral color but may be tempted to splurge on a white or black one to compliment more of my swimsuits.

You can practically see how the breeze carries the fabric as I take in the scenery of the Atlantis.
La Blanca Cover-up c/o

When it was time to do a little sight seeing on a rather sticky day I threw on this flowy green tank from Green Dragon Clothing with some cutoff shorts. I had originally planned to wear this top one night with white pants, but it ended up being a great piece for an afternoon of shopping. The fabric was light and airy enough that it billowed with the breeze and helped me stay cool. I can really see myself wearing this top from the Bahamas to Boston, it’s so versatile.
Green Dragon Top c/o
The black one piece. Nothing makes a girl feel better than strangers coming up to her on a beach and complimenting her look. This suit hugged you in all the right places, and the mesh cutouts show off a woman’s curves. Give me a black bathing suit, floppy hat, and peaceful beach and I will be one happy girl.
Black One Piece c/o 

Beach Hats You Have to Have

If you would have asked us five years ago what our five beach essentials were - you would have never seen a hat on the list. Fast forward to today and that's the first item on our list. We've become more conscious of protecting our skin and wearing a hat while out in the sun is one of the best ways to do that (outside of sunscreen of course!). They don't just cover you from harmful rays...they also serve as a sun blocker while reading your Kindle and can shield your eyes so you can pretend to be sleeping when that lady comes by for the tenth time asking if you want your hair braided!
Not only do they serve a purpose, but beach hats are extremely cute - especially this season! They've come a long way from the neon visors your Mom might have worn while you were a kid and we are showing you some of our favorites!

Summer Straw Hat // Straw Fedora // White Panama Hat //
Chambray Baseball Cap // Floral Baseball Hat // Black Oversized Floppy Hat 

Cruiseport Spotlight: Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Best. Cruiseport. Ever. I thought I had seen my share of great ports but this one had it all if you are looking for a fun party day. We did the Catamaran Sailaway, Beach & Snorkel excursion for $90. It was 3 hours long but we wished it was twice that. 

How to Cruise on a Budget

You've always wanted to go on a cruise, but you've been told that they are just too expensive. And if you are a cruise newbie, we can understand how you may have started to believe them. The price estimate you are shown when searching online isn't a final "end-all" price...there are definitely add-ons you have to consider. Daily tips, drinks, excursions, shopping, specialty restaurants - the list goes on and on. However, we have been on our fair share of cruises to know that it is possible to cruise even when you are on a budget! Only if you pay attention to our tips as follow.
  1. Pick the Right Cruise Line - Depending on what type of budget you are working with, the best cruise lines for you to choose from are Carnival, Norwegian, or Royal Caribbean. Each of these are tiered at different levels. Sure, you aren't going to get to sail on the newest and biggest ship from Norwegian or Royal Caribbean - but you can usually get a great deal on the newest ship from Carnival instead. If you aren't concerned with being on the latest and greatest, then you can always get a great deal on some of the older ships which still are a lot of fun! We've seen some 5-day sailings for under $200 at certain times!
  2. Avoid Peak Cruise Times - Sure, you have those extra days off of work surrounding Christmas...but you should definitely not attempt to book a cruise during this time if you are on any sort of budget at all. We have seen prices for cruises during these prime weeks skyrocket up over $2,000...a person! It's not just Christmas either - avoid other major holidays like Memorial Day and July 4th. The more random of a week you choose, the less you will end up spending. 
  3. Look for Drink Package Incentives - The Pina Coladas by the pool and Bud Lights at the casino can quickly add up on your cabin bill. Save yourself the trouble of worrying about what and when you can drink by investing in a drink package. Norwegian Cruise Line launched a new promotion at the start of 2015, the Norwegian Freestyle Choice, which allows you to choose between a free Ultimate Dining Package, Ultimate Beverage Package, Spending Money up to $300, or Gratuities. This is an AMAZING deal that is being offered for a limited time, so we recommend jumping on this deal right away! We already have for our Norwegian Escape cruise this December!  Note that if you don't receive a drink package promotion when booking, expect to spend $250 on a package for yourself for a 7-night cruise once you board.
  4. Know What's Included...and Stick to It - Cruise ships tend to add a lot of specialty restaurants or treats on-board to entice you into spending more money. This is a great time to practice self-control when on the ship. Sure, you could spend $5 on an ice cream cone...or you could go up to the pool deck for some free soft-serve ice cream. Sure, you could check out Chops Grille for $30 extra a person...or you could just order the Beef Tenderloins from the menu in the Main Dining Room - which is just as delicious.
  5. Research the Cruise Ports - You might feel pressured to book a cruise excursion at each port of call which can easily burn a hole in your pocket. However, do your research on each of the islands before you leave for your trip. Many of the islands offer beautiful beaches to explore just a short walk or cheap cab-ride away. While we were in St. Thomas, instead of spending $40 on an excursion to Magen's Bay which would only last 3 hours - we took an inexpensive cab there ourselves to spend the entire day on the beach! In St. Kitts, instead of spending $100 to go on a brief paddleboarding excursion - we took an inexpensive cab to Shipwreck Beach Bar & Grill which had a SUP rental spot for only $20 for the hour!

Spring Workout Clothes

As soon as the temperature hits 60 degrees, you find yourself weaving through the streets attempting to avoid all of the runners coming at you. It's something about the Spring weather that gets everyone excited to get outside...even if that means having to exercise. It's hard not to want to be outside especially after a long cold winter spent hibernating on your couch with NetFlix and endless Seamless deliveries. But pair the warm weather with some cute workout clothes and you have us convinced to get moving! 

Spring shopping season is our wallet's downfall and these fun exercise shorts and tops have us reaching for our running sneakers that much quicker! 
Krass & Co Sailboat Shorts // Krass & Co Seashell Shorts // Running Capris // Sports Bra // Nike Sneakers // "I Donut Care" Tank Top // Sweatybands Headband // Red Running Shorts 

Can You Get Bikini Ready In Just 3 Days? The 3 Day Refresh Review

With my next big vacation only 10 days away, and having just had a busy weekend of a wedding, my sisters birthday, and Easter, I knew I needed to do something to get back on track, and fast. Not much is worse than the feeling of weighing yourself after a long weekend of "cheating". Luckily I had ordered the 3 Day Refresh recently and was eager to give it a try. Here are my honest thoughts, and note that I am NOT a Beachbody coach.

The Good

1. I surprisingly wasn't hungry throughout the day. Sure, I eat the early bird special for dinner due to my work schedule, so by 9pm by tummy was rumbling. But I try not to eat after 7pm on my normal schedule so this wasn't a huge problem for me, just went to bed a little earlier.

2. I discovered some delicious new light recipes that I will keep my in recipe box. Spinach salad with strawberries and avocado? Yum. Cucumber and tomato basil salad? Yum

Splurge vs. Steal: Pineapple Beach Bag

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that pineapples are all the rage this beach season. From cover ups to delicious cocktails, your summer wardrobe won't be complete without this fruit!

So imagine how tempted I was when I saw this pineapple beach tote from Tory Burch

Knotted Pineapple Tote - Tory Burch 

But then my eyes wandered to the price...$350 does not seem reasonable for a beach bag!

Things We Love: RocksBox

Have you ever borrowed a friend's (or sister's) necklace because you wanted to wear something new with your outfit? There's just something about a new shiny bauble that calls out to you asking to be worn.

You might not always have the time to head to the store to peruse the latest selection of necklaces though - especially if you are constantly traveling. Thankfully there is now RocksBox which allows you to rent jewelry from an ever-rotating closet of designer jewelry. Not only do you get an assortment of jewelry on your doorstep every month but they are hand picked by your very own personal stylist who knows exactly what you are interested in thanks to a style survey you complete at the start of your membership.

Chicken "Whole Grain Orzo" Soup - 21 Day Fix Approved

I was sick a couple of weeks ago but still wanted to follow my clean eating lifestyle. I found it hard when all I was craving was brothy soup. I looked in my cupboards for a clean option and was faced with tons a high sodium options with not so clean ingredients. I found this recipe on Pinterest, and with a few small modifications made a chicken "noodle" soup that is sure to comfort even the sickest child. 

Note: Your tastebuds may be in shock at first by this fresh tasting soup. It was a refreshing change from the extra salty soup flavor your body is used to!

  •          1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  •          1 pound chicken breast, precooked & shredded (4reds)
  •          3 cloves garlic, minced (free)
  •          1 onion, diced (green)
  •          3 carrots, peeled and diced (green)
  •          2 stalks celery, diced (green)
  •          1 cup uncooked whole grain orzo (2 yellows)
  •          1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  •          6 cups organic low-sodium chicken stock
  •          2 bay leaves
  •          1 sprig rosemary
  •          Juice of 2 lemons
  •          Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Add 1 tablespoon oil to the stockpot. Add garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in thyme until fragrant, about 1 minute.

2. Whisk in chicken stock, bay leaves, bring to a boil. Stir in orzo, rosemary and chicken; reduce heat and simmer until orzo is tender, about 10-12 minutes. Stir in lemon juice; season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Makes 4 servings. 1 serving = 1 red, ½ yellow, 1 green