Current Crush: Cool Tropical Tones

Posted on April 11, 2014

Mint, Azul, Ocean, Palm - these are all words that come to mind when thinking of our most recent current crushes.  This week has been over the top hectic and calm crystal blue seas and palms waving in the wind have been the perfect mental escape.  

With Shay’s birthday the last week and the Coachella crazy, below are a few things that have popped on our radar and made a home in our lives…check it:

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Buy it here:

  1. Mint & Gold Wrap Bracelet - The Brave Collection
    The bracelets say “Klahan” which means “Brave” in “Khmer” the language of Cambodia.  Made in Phnom Penh by a team of fair-trade Cambodian artisans using solid brass, each bracelet is carved and knotted by hand and 10% of the profits are donated to fight human trafficking.

  2. Flannel Shirt - Rails
    I wear flannels to the gym, day to day and even out for a night on the town - they are the perfect piece to bring an outfit together or add a little extra something.

  3. Ripped Jeans - Blank Denim NYC
    We are huge fans of Blank Denim as of late.  The fit are fab on all body types and the price can’t be beat.  Take this style from simple day to trendy night.

  4. Biore Skincare - Self-heating One Minute Mask
    In just one minute, this thermal mask warms to open pores, draws out and dissolves 2.5 times more dirt, oil, and surface toxins than a basic cleanser, and rinses them clean away with an invigorating cooling sensation without stripping the skin. Infused with natural charcoal, this breakthrough mask melts dirt and oil better than most masks on the market.

  5. Realbeanz - Coconut Water Iced Coffee
    Coffee and coconut water? So you’re saying it is good for us?  There is nothing better than healthy convenience - and this is it.  Made with hydrating coconut water and a blend of 100% natural ingredients in a flavorful coffee blend…perfecto!

  6. Sugarfina Candy - Faves Bento Box
    Hello to the cutest packaging in the world!  Good bye thank you, happy birthday or get well flowers - Hello Sugarfina super chic candy boxes.  They also donate a portion to a couple very important causes as well.

  7. Sunglasses - Wildfox Twiggy Deluxe
    Mirrored lenses with a twist. The bold, thick frames and reflective surface and perfect for festival seasons and a knock-out statement piece.  They also come in several colors.

  8. Gold Gladiator Sandals - Stuart Weitzman
    With elastic straps going up they legs - these fuss free sandals can be worn to the beach or with a cocktail dress at night.  The price is reasonable for high-end shoes as well so these are a great investment for your sunny wardrobe essentials.

  9. BanTotal - Refresh Cooling Body Wipes
    These instantly cool hot skin on contact and leave you feeling refreshed. These convenient wipes leave behind a translucent, superfine powder that keeps skin smooth and comfortable, especially after a workout. And with three light refreshing scents—Enliven, Invigorate, and Restore—you can replace any lingering workout smell with delicate, reviving fragrance in a flash.

  10. Cupcake - Baked by Melissa Mint Chocolate Chip
    These bite sized little morsels are the ideal sugar fix.  Go online and even design your own kind.  They obviously don’t last long in our household though - one bite turns to 5!

  11. Tropical Picture - Hotel Azucar Mexico
    This hotel is everything - with the bubblegum pink accents and white wash structures it is the perfect girls getaway.  Located off the beaten path it is also relaxation certified. 

  12. Powder Blue Handbag - H&M 
    I bought this in a stone color and have had nothing but compliments from everyone I pass.  Is it Saint Laurent? Is it Celine? NO! It is H&M and perfect for an everyday bag that fits it ALL…this is IT bag approved.

  13. Eyeliners - Nars Larger than Life Long-Wear
    Ditch the black for a little something fun.  Water an Palm inspired these will add a little something to your usual plain black liner and make those eyes pop!

  14. Eyeshadow - Nars Duo Cream Shadow in Burn it Blue
    Like the liners, these are great for a little change.  I am used to creams and neutrals and done right, these will brighten the eye with out looking over the top.

*Portions of this post sponsored by KAO Brands




My Birthday Wish

Posted on April 9, 2014

As many of you know, my birthday is April 10th- TOMORROW! Every year around this time, I receive literally thousands of thoughtful messages from friends, fans and family alike, all filled with warmth and good wishes. As you might imagine, this kind of outpouring of love and support is very humbling, and sincerely appreciated. 


So, this year, when they bring out my birthday cake, I want to share with all of you what I’ll be wishing for, and how you can help me to make this wish come true.

One of the things that is most dear to my heart is The Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF). This is an extraordinary organization that is dedicated to eradicating the trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls, and empowering survivors as part of the solution. During the trip that I made to Cambodia, I have witnessed, first hand, the incredible work that SMF does, and it is life-changing for all involved. 


This year, as I celebrate my birthday, I would like to ask all of you to find it in your hearts to give me the best birthday gift ever, and make a donation to The Somaly Mam Foundation. Whatever you can contribute would be greatly appreciated, both by me, and the women and children whose lives you help save.

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Click here to go to the crowd rise page

There are other great ways to donate to this extraordinary cause and treat yourself with something beautiful at the same time.  Below are some Somaly related items making beautiful handmade jewelry and giving back at the same time in more ways than one.

Silk Empowerment Necklace:

Slavery survivors often create beautiful works of art as part of recovery therapy. The repetitive nature of stringing jewelry, weaving fabric, and embroidery provides these embattled survivors with a sense of comfort and security in structure and routine, engendering a feeling of pride and accomplishment.. These exquisite pieces reflect the strength, beauty, and resilience of each survivor. Wear yours in solidarity with our survivors, as a symbol of each step they take on the difficult road to recovery.

Like the survivors who create these necklaces, each is unique. Color and design vary from necklace to necklace.

Click here to buy one

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The Brave Collection:

Each piece in this collection is handmade in Cambodia, providing a job opportunity to an underprivileged artisan, and serving as a token of freedom to dreamers and change-makers across the globe. The signature bracelets say “Brave” in Khmer, the language of Cambodia. With each purchase, a donation is made to fight human trafficking.

Click here to buy one

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I want to thank EACH and EVERYONE of you in advance for every penny you have contributed to this cause.  Wether it is $5 of $100 every bit counts.  

On your way to work today forfeit your $5 starbucks latte to help aid a victim with food, shelter and even more.  All of your notes with your donations are truly touching.  I couldn’t do this without you guys!

xo

Shay




Wanderlust: Under the The Tuscan Sun

Posted on April 7, 2014

It’s back to the grind for both of us and thoughts of travel and venture are in the forefront of our minds.  We keep stumbling across pictures of far off places that make us want to jump into the image and escape to some place magical.

During recent brainstorming and cooking up some inspiration for (spoiler alert!) our new blog design - we have been thinking about everything we love most.  One of those being Shay’s love for Italy and the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun.  

With my minor detective skills and the world wide web, within minutes we found we could live out our “own Under the Tuscan Sun life” by renting the actual Villa from the movie itself.

Recently restored and ready for occupants, Villa Laura is located in Cortona, Tuscany.  See the beautiful pictures below and be carried off into the Tuscan Sun with us:

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Happy Wanderlustin-ing!







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