Sunday, August 31, 2014

{B! Happy} IB Island-Inspired Jewelry


Door Signage
IB Designs Boutique
IB Designs exterior
Pendant options: Lavi, Strength, and Gratitude
Bangles, bangles, bangles! That far 2 left 'West Indian' is a stunner! So is the 'Jingle Jangle' right next to it.
The Strength Ring

Need some happy in your life? Book a flight to St. Croix and stay for 8 days! You'll never be the same.  It's quickly become one of my favorite Caribbean islands to visit, next to my own Cuba, of course. It's sexy, it's quiet, full of history, has good food, and some spectacular beaches. You can't help but stay in a good mood.

My 1st visit in 2011 was so good, I went back in 2013 for their Food & Wine Experience. I had way more down time during the 1st visit but with the limited personal moments, I still found a way to escape and scour the the best little boutique and fabulous finds. In the super quiet side of Christianstead, Kris Masciott and her husband own IB Designs, short for Island Boy, a super boho chic handmade jewelry boutique. I landed there via some recommendations and instantly fell in love with their vibe.

A stucco wall which you face as you enter, welcomes you with a happy, positive note for the day. No attitudes allowed. I'm guess it's part of their tactic to keep you happy enough to want to buy... and I did on my 2nd visit. After an hour of staring at beautifully hammered silver everything, and organically hand molded gold, I walked away with my favorite gold hoop earrings ever.

Gold hammered hoop earrings via my Instagram
These hammered lovelies are my go to when I want to be simple but dramatic. I don't need anything else to go with them. And they're so funky fresh 70s with a modern twist.

I've worn them here, while cooking on TV and rocked here while in AZ, and about 10 other places. Now that my hair is super short, they look even better.

But I was really impressed with their silver bangles. They each have a wildly unique flow and design. And each have a different name identifying a sentient or pertinent life value. Everything is done in the studio, right there in the uber small space. Custom-design a piece, too. They're totally flexible. Remember, it's an island company --- and as such, they're always happy.

So I had to walk away with the sterling silver West Indian twisted bangle and the Jingle Jangle, both which have made many "arm candy" appearances on Instagram!

Blueish kind of day via my Instagram

Now I'm just trying to get my hands on the Jingle Jangle ring. Love, love, love it. It sings to me.

When you go to St. Croix, make it a point to visit them and sip some of their happy juice and walk away from something special. The pieces will last you a lifetime and always transport you to the palmy island when ever you wear them. Oh, and get a massage on the beach from Corey. My goodness, life there is just too good.

I'll be back soon!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

{Beauty Bloom} Sensual & Essential Body Oils






We’re seeing the end of summer, but there’s still plenty to enjoy in this heat. I’ve just landed in Miami to take a few ‘me' days and forgot to completely consider the heat I’m far from befriending. It’s one thing to be 85 in DC; it’s another to be the same in Miami, though there’s water. But that’s the redeeming element: la playa. 

I’m not sure if i’ll make it so South Beach on this trip, but just in case, I brought a few of my favorite body oils, most which hit shelves and counters this summer. We all need body oil to hydrate and make our skin supple again… Heat, especially dry, can suck the life of our cells. And no one likes crackling, chapped anything. 

I love these four for different reasons. So from my outdoor and all-day testing, here’s what I’ve got for you!

Jergens Shea Beauty Oil

Keep this stocked up! Gift it to your mother, your sister, your best friend, your neighbor… I’m telling you. It’s that essential body oil for every day, all-purpose use. Take it the beach for the best bronzy and shimmery effect. It’s only $10. Definitely a keeper. I featured it on my beauty and fashion segment earlier this year on ABC’s Positively Tampa Bay but it wasn’t a live spot so it got edited out. 

Bobbi Brown Beach Body Oil 

I fell in love with this last year, actually. At the time was I quite faithful to Neutregena’s body oil which I still rank top 5, but this right here is just as sexy as it gets. It’s light with a hint of rose hue and an elegant scent which takes me to Monaco for some reason. Of the five I’m using this season, this is my luxe one reserved for the weekends while brunching with the girls. It’s not greasy, too thick or overpowering. It’s perfectly balanced. Use sparingly... it is $32 for a little over 3 oz. But it’s so worth it. 

Laura Mercier Verbena Dry Oil Mist 

This is oh-so-perfect for traveling and for when you need a quick misty boost to your face and hands. The lightest of the oils, it’s not intended for full body application. At least not for my lifestyle. The lemongrass fragrance will keep you feeling super fresh all day and have your girls asking what you’re wearing. Seriously.  Tell them or not. I think some beauty secrets are good to have. This is super luxe. Super. $45 for a bit over 3 oz., too. Yeah, luxe, girls. 

L’Occitane Jenipapo Oil 

This sensual oil is from their Brazilian collection which came out earlier this summer in honor of the World Cup. I loved the face veil I featured in a previous post so much I had to try the oil. It’s more for beach days and all day trekking if you’re on an excursion or traveling to hot destinations. It’s got SPF content to protect you from damage, which is a must-have feature. My moto is, anything hailing straight from France, especially Provence is worth owning. It's $30... you know the range. 

What are your fave body oils this summer? What have I missed?! 


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

{Beauty Bloom} Sexy, Fun, & Perfect Summer Scents


My aunt told me once I could have multiple personalities because I have a perfume for different events and moments. Her argument was so ridiculous, I ended up thinking she just wasn't so feminine. I mean, doesn't every woman wear perfume? Doesn't every woman have a signature scent --- for different moments she's enjoying? Her thought was that every woman should only need one perfume.

I couldn't disagree more.

That conversation happened sometime around 2000 when I used to rock FENDI's classic scent. I was quite young to be wearing such a bold perfume, but it was my power perfume. I was fresh out of college and I thought it was appropriate to wear to interviews, meetings where men would monopolize the conversation, or lunch trysts where big decisions would be made. It made me feel great.

I still have the same bottle and surprisingly, it still smells the same. Integrity is in tact.

They don't make them like that anymore, but since I still swear by perfume, having one for every relevant moment in my life, I still enjoy collecting them and dissecting their notes and affect in order to assign to a specific life event. So while I have my signature for church on Sabbath (Chanel Chance), dates (changes depending in what we're doing), business meetings (Jo Malone or Womanity by Thierry Muglier -- love, love, love this!) and weekends (anything goes!), I love discovering new scents.

I'm mostly attracted to musky, woodsy scents with fig, caviar, sandalwood and some citrus notes -- hence Womanity and a lot of Jo Malone -- but there are some fresh summery ones I'm loving on right now. They fit some aspect of my daily living and match my personality.

Here are five of a select few I'm really loving on this summer. I have tons of fun switching up and keeping those around me guessing what I'm wearing. I learned from a friend many years ago that a lady never shares her secret. So, I'm being general here... not indicating what I wear each of these for!


LES COUVENT DES MINIMES Eau des Missions. Hailing directly from Provence, France, this super casual but luxe spray bottle has soft vanilla notes but strong myrrh accents. It makes a perfect scent for when you really don't know in which direction to go. ($38)

AERIN Waterlilly Sun. This is probably my favorite new scent coming out for late summer. Aerin Lauder's perfume line is super luxurious and perfect for the woman that confidently knows herself. This is uber lovely for every occasion though I'd keep it to mostly day. It's sexy. Very sexy. And the packing? Well, that green top speaks to me. A lot. The entire collection will launch in Oct. ($110)

L'OCCITANE Frisson de Verveine. If you read B So Chic! you probably know I love all things L'Occitane, another classic French company and also born in Provence. I first fell in love with L'Occitane's verbena collection while staying at some hotel in NY during MBFW '12. It's what they offer for toiletries. And oh, yes, I snatched some up. So when their full bottle scent came out just a  few weeks ago, I was all over it! I just had to have it. Girls, this right here is light and soft but makes a statement. It has real organic verbena essence from real verbena leaves grown in Provence. We all love verbena, right? Lemony notes contrasted with bergamot deem it a keeper. Seriously. I love, love, love. Can't wait to try their other one. ($55)

AVON Flor de Alegría. Avon has a good perfume, really they do! The classic "Avon Lady" beauty company has been making products for ever and ever but I was so thrilled to get this little super girly bottle. It's super floral making it super whimsical and fun for girls' brunch or when you want to freely sprint around town. ($32)

CLINQUE Calyx. You know a perfume is good when it's still around, 20 years later. I remember when this debuted. My mom bought it for me and I wore it for about 5 years. I forgot about it as I was introduced to the $100+ designer scents. But when I glanced at in recently on the counters at Nordstrom, I was intrigued. Hasn't changed but has gotten better. The textured bottle is the best but the augmented citrus notes make it a sexy aroma for this season. It's that one scent this summer that surfaces memories of my past but invites new ones! ($52)


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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Lucky No. 13: What I Wore To Cook With Carson Daly and Why


The shoes! Very blurry shoes. My sweet dad caught me in action as I was starting to move.
Wardrobe check. A very blurry wardrobe check.
My awesome Dream Team; Talking to my baby brother after the show.



My MAMI!
Did you read this post about the 13 things I AM going to do this summer? I wrote that right after a quick trip to NY I felt was a wash and came back to DC slightly frustrated and a little discouraged. I stopped to think about what I really wanted to accomplish this summer --- mostly things that are the essence of me and personify my spirit. But no.13 as stated had just been a dream I was confident could happen eventually but didn't know how. I simply made a bold statement; a very confident statement without any strategy, plan, inside contact, method or real plan. I just made a bold assertion, threw caution to the wind, and carried on.

11 days later I got an email inviting me to do lucky no. 13.

It really did happen. And I invite you to read all about cooking with Carson Daly on the TODAY show Plaza last Wednesday.

As per usual with my life, I work really well under pressure. You already know that means I didn't pack for NY until midnight, just 6 hours before. I had NO time to really put my look together. Are we serious right now! I literally had no time to process what was really going on, let alone focus on a proper but perfect look. Or two. Who does that?

I was going to be on the Today show, in front of 5 million people on TV all over the world and whole bunch of faithful Plaza fans that hug those security rails every day. And this girl here did not plan for a great outfit. I did want to be effortless chic, but I could have spent a bit more time, no?

So I did what I do best and throw caution to the wind, again. I threw three tops, 2 jeans, 5 shoes and a whole bunch of jewelry in my checked suitcase. I had my essentials tho: toiletries and hair products. I thought I'd be fine.

Until Wed. morning at 4 am when I looked at my options, dropped my jaw and panicked for all of 8 minutes.  I had a horribly blous-y green top which looked like a baby doll top gone way wrong, a white top with happy lettering on it, and we already know that's not advisable... and this orange silk top. Orange. Yes, orange. Yes, that's it. I was gonna be cooking with Carson in his virtual 'Orange Room' but outside. How cliché.

But it's the only thing that worked with my other options. The jeans. The only jeans. So I had no choice.

That's why shoes are so key! I steamed my top, threw on my $6 skinny floral patterned jeans from Target and my tan stilettos... which happen to be one of my favorite summer sandals. They're perfect. Open toe, 5", double ankle strap with a lovely and exotic leather floret with a stone center bud. Gwen Stefani's shoe collection used to be fierce made of great quality. Not so much anymore. These are from about 5 years ago. And I'm so glad I wore them and not the other options.

So I ended up with this look because while I was going to be on the biggest morning platform ever, I was still working. And I wanted to be casual and still be the real me. And I was still going to get dirty, potentially, and I had to look comfortable but sassy.

And this simple look did the job!

And the accessories just pulled it all together. The arm candy, really.

A long gold chain from the 40s and my arm candy -- the most important element for me when I cook on TV. Contrast metals and textures with some color to complement the bright orange top nicely popped great on camera.

And at the end of the morning, I was happy! My shoes suffered a slither of butter and oil from the mess Carson and I made. But it was worth it!

Had I stained my silk blouse, it still would have been worth it.

I learned that in the middle of all that action, the outfit is important, but people are really looking at my cooking and what I made. I just made sure to give viewers something else to talk about. And in last week's case, it was the shoes! Go figure!

I'm not crazy. It's ALWAYS about the shoes! Always.


❤️❤️❤️❤️

Wearing:

Top from H&M
Jeans via Target
Shoes by L.A.M.B via Nordstrom
Bag: From Italy
Sunglasses: Vintage Versace, worn here.
Scarf: Paisley print from Old Navy
Accessories
Tag Heuer diamond watch; C.B. Herrera crystal and pearl cluster cocktail ring and Swarovski bracelet; blue and gold studded bracelet via Neiman Marcus; Lucky Brand bee motif charm bracelet; chunky stone ring; BE stackable rings via Nordstrom;  "Dream Big" leather and metal bracelet.


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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Stylish Giving: Giving Comfort to Cancer Patients

Comfy chilling outside the Massey Center via my Instagram.
Comfy's tour bus; A page from the Giving Comfort Words book; Comfy and me laughing it out!


Words of comfort by caregivers and visitors
Comfy and the "red jean" patient; Dr., his son, and Comfy; the comfort cart; Comfy and a nurse; Comfy's feet;
The Giving Comfort Care Kit

Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone and see life as it is for those around us; complete strangers and sometimes less fortunate. Mine is not peaches and cream by any stretch of my wildest imagination, but I am blessed to be healthy and energetic enough to do things when I want. But that's not everyone's reality, sadly. So many people are stricken with illness they can't control and have no understanding of its genesis. Cancer is that one that just sucks. Everything about it. It's like one of the plagues in the Bible. It's everywhere. There was a time when it was shocker to hear someone say 'I have cancer.' Now our shock is more about how long treatment is going to be versus the actual news. And there was a time when not everyone was personally affected by its prowl. 

But I think it's safe to say we're ALL affected by this horrible, mean disease. Unfortunately, we all know someone, if not yourself, that's living with cancer. I never thought I'd be one who knew many close to me. But now that's my reality. 

When my youngest brother introduced me to his now fiancée 8 years ago, I was shocked. She was 21 and had cancer. How? She was in chemo and radiation. She was bald and wearing a bandana the first time we met. I looked at my brother and just hugged him. What a courageous kid at 22 to take that on. But loves knows no boundaries. And she fought it. 

But so many don't. Not because they're not able; it's just the journey they were meant to be on.

In the last year alone I've seen my cousin and her husband care for his mother who had breast cancer and decided to have them removed.  I saw my mother care for dear, dear Wilson, whom at 91 was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and died just last spring. He's death still moves my entire family. His last 2 months were painful to watch. But at least he lived a full life. And then a young friend of mine just had hers removed because they found cancer. That was just one month ago. And in that same month, another dear friend buried her mother who lost her battle with it. And just two weeks ago yet another dear family friend's wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. She's having hers removed, too. And just last week, a sweet, precious little 5 year old from my church lost his battle. His little friend Mattie was fighting alongside and survived. I can't possibly understand what's she feeling. But her mother is torn. 

It's tragic.

There are a number of other men and women I know of that are suffering through and fighting this beast with all their might. Probably too many to name.

But it's everywhere. And to the extent these courageous souls are dealing with the reality of their illness, there's also comfort for them. 

Last Friday, on a super gloomy day in DC, and after one of my busiest weeks ever, I threw on some flats, a maxi skirt, hair all wet still, and drove down to Richmond to spend the day with Giving Comfort, a non-profit organization sponsored by the McKesson Foundation, dedicated to enrich the lives of low-income cancer patients receiving treatment. Through Comfy, their larger than life happy blue pill mascot, they go from cancer center to center, nationwide and hand out fun and comforting care and comfort packages. 

I saw more happy faces from children to adults and elderly light up when Comfy came around to hug and hand out bags full of simple yet touching tokens of affection than I have at a kids playground after school. The tenderness in which the care packages are delivered is mentionable. Each one is filled with essentials like blankets, games, a diary, socks, amenities, books to read and more. The purpose is simple: to make patients comfortable during an uncomfortable time. 

We moved from wing to wing at the Massey Cancer Center at VCU and chatted with these happy people! All smiles and all ready to engage with comfy, I felt the sincerity in their mission to just put them at ease while receiving treatment. I may not understand it, but I felt their appreciation and joy. 

After handing out the days' goodies which the Massey Center does daily, the real sentimental moment came. Caregivers, Drs and nurses gathered in the lobby and shared personal stories and offered lovely words of encouragement to the patients. Some cried as they delivered their sweet message. Others laughed saying "I've been there!" It was all recorded. And then a few of use shared our thoughts on paper for them to enjoy in a little blue book which will be published at the end of the tour. 

I'm glad I wrote something down. Someone will hopefully smile when they read my little note. 

There's something we can all do! 22% of patients exhaust all savings in treatment. Another 11% can barely afford the absolute basics. A drive to a center, an afternoon with patients, spreading the word about organizations like this. Something. 

Comfy is on his 1st national tour on his totally whipped up and custom designed bus! He left Richmond and headed for Atlanta where he spent today! 

Follow his moves on Tumblr where's getting the hang of social media! And if you're so inclined, check out Giving Comfort's site and consider a donation which will go 100% to providing these fun and necessary comfort kits. They have one for the fellas, the ladies, the boys and girls! Even the tweens! 

You can also learn way more about their mission and how they make it all happen. I was humbled and just enamored with their campaign and enthusiasm in traveling the country to give out something so simple yet so meaningful. 

Cancer sucks! 

Follow my new friends on all their social: Pinterest: Twitter: Facebook: IG

Do something outside of the box. Spread love and good cheer! Love! It makes the world a healthier and happier place. 

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* All pics taken on my iPhone and iPad with the exception of the one I'm in. 

I was compensated for my drive time to Richmond. I'm so, so glad I went despite my insanely busy schedule. It was the best way I could spend a rainy Friday afternoon! 
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sexy Shoe Sunday: Valentino




Happy Sunday, lovelies. Did you miss Sexy Shoe Sunday? I did too, actually, but I try to only feature shoes I actually buy, though I'm thinking I should just share anything uber fabulous. And, I've been on a break from buying shoes because nothing's really tickled my fancy. Until now. Well, I did pick up some super fabulous black pumps and a pair of strappy shoes for this TV appearance a few weeks ago. I need to show you those. But for now.... These!

I try not to obsess over material things. But sometimes a girl's just gotta cave into the crush and follow her heart's content.

I saw these a while back, loved them, but knew they were too trendy for my taste. Haven't studs been in for 5 years? And won't they only last for maybe 2 more? That's why I looked (and drooled), tried them on, and walked out empty-handed, feeling great.

But then I got a call I've been waiting on for years and the shoes came to mind. I fought that frugal, practical side and pondered them again.

It took all of two days to decide on them. I deserved them. This was the one case (and hopefully the last) where timeless style didn't matter. I just went for it.

And, I'm so glad I did. I'm in love. I haven't crushed on a pair of shoes like this in a long time. Especially trendy shoes.

These beauties are sexy, screaming my name and just classy. I just pray these studs don't become passé anytime soon. And even if they do, I'll be rocking them 'til I'm well in my 60s! The lovely and over-the-top friends at Nordstrom assured me I'd be fine. Plus they went overboard in finding them for me.... because, this color in my size was sold out.

Enjoy.

Valentino Rockstar Stud T-strap in Rubino 


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Be a Bronze Goddess at the Beach; And all Summer




If I questioned summer's presence, I was sure enough reminded today in the most uncomfortable fashion. A 7 am flight to Miami was delayed due to weather systems somewhere up north. By the time I got to NJ, the skies opened up and the rain started coming down with a vengeance; as if it hadn't been allowed to saturate the land for ages. The humidity was so in intense, it crept through the crevices of the plane. I landed in Miami a bit ago to even more humidity. So hello to you too, summer. And since it's here for a little while, and if we're going to be defeated by this kind of weather,  I can't think of anything else I'd rather be doing this very moment than being at the beach. And it just so happens I'm on my way to the Florida Keys for the week. But I had to make this stop first. 

I considered the weather, my itinerary and immediately decided it only made sense to go super light on the makeup. If I could avoid it altogether, I would. But since I'm a slave to beauty products and makeup galore, I have no choice than to pick out some lush options to keep me en trend but also as clean as possible. 

Clearly, the bronze effect is here to stay. It's probably one of the most evergreen looks any woman can enjoy during the summer -- and if applied right, during winter, too. After remembering Estée Lauder's wildly successful Bronze Goddess collection from last year which I featured in this post, and truthfully falling in love with the tortouis  shelled powder, I went searching for what what new this year in the way of bronze and corals (a complementary color) to keep it fresh. 

I wasn't surprised El came out with a follow up collection for this season. And it's screaming, too! The eye palette is 10x better than the powder, tho not as practical. It's super sexy with three shades on the right of the bar are highly pigmented with a luscious metallic finish to create some serious drama. While the 5 nude shades on the left are perfect for every day. I used it as a base to build my color.  For a full beach day that may invite afternoon trysts at a spa resort for lunch, stick to the nude shades, rub a bit of Bobbi Brown's new pot rouge in nectar from the 'nectar and nudes' collection's  -- which is not bronzy at all, rather quite rosy -- a light layer of the bronze powder and some lip gloss. The electric coral sheer tinted lip balm by Lancome is perfect for applying over top any color stick or matted gloss.  It's creamy without being sticky so it's quite awesome on it's own. I had to get two it was so nice. 

5 minutes and you're so good to go. 

And that's the very look I had today while traveling. It lasted a solid 11 hours.  

For a more concentrated bronze look, apply a thin but even layer of  the Bobbi Brown CC SPF 35. These BB and CC creams are so key enjoying an even toned look while protecting your skin from the all the sun. This particular one ranked top 5 of all the ones I've tried in the last year. It's tinted so it does the job of adding more to the bronzed look. I tried it on my hand and it feels super creamy, light and it evened out super well. It was too dark for my face so I opted out. 

And of course, in order to maintain that glow all summer, even when you're bare and a no makeup, a healthy face starts with lots of water, staying hydrated and great balancing toners and moisturizers. Intense reaping serums like Clinique's Smart Repair serum is my new every other morning routine after washing. It's great for those nights you don't get restful sleep but need your face to recover from the elements, this is a good base layer to get started.  

Everything else is just icing on the cake. 

Go light this summer. It's too hot to be wearing a whole lot of anything. I tan super fast so the bronze look for me looks incredibly natural but adds that glow I can't always get unless I'm in the sun and sweating. And that's just not cute! 

I have another summer bronzy collection to review and share. In the meantime, what's you're go-to stash for a natural, tanned, glow-y look? 



Don't miss my segment on ABC's  'Positively Tampa Bay' talking about summer fashion and beauty trends! 

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Brasil Got A Beating, But They're Still Beautiful


So they say your soul and character is what matters. Not your looks. I agree 100%. And while ultimately, our character defines how we treat each other, manage situations, love one another, the first thing see in a complete stranger is their look. Are they attractive? To your liking? Pretty eyes? Great legs? Soft (looking) lips? Nicely coiffed hair? Whatever it is you're attracted to, aesthetics is the first thing we take note of.

Ensuing conversations will really tell you how those looks live up to the hype. But, until those convos do happen, we just go for the fine or pretty. And while Brazil got the beat downs of all beat downs earlier today (I don't think I've ever enjoyed a sports event so mud like I did today; well, maybe last week watching Tim Howard do this thing), or as someone on Twitter wrote -- THAT IS IT. THAT IS ALL OF IT. THE BRAZILIAN WAX OF ALL BRAZILIAN WAXES. TOTAL ANNIHILATION. #BRAvsGER -- they remain to be one of most beautiful people on this Earth.

Goodness me. I've never ben to Brazil, but a dear, dear friend is from Sao Paolo and I all I hear about are the fine species her country produces. Her husband couldn't agree more, always pointing to Carnival season when it appears the model calls of all model calls is hosted and the best come out. Or perhaps what we see in news roundup is in fact the Face of the Nation.

They're all gorgeous. The bodies. The hair. The skin. The smiles. The spirit!

Between their African, Spanish, and European ancestry, there's no doubt you will come across lusciously toned people, with all kinds of hair texture combinations, height differences and ethnic looks. And because the coastal folk live on such a huge body of water (not to mention mostly below the equator and just hot most of the time), staying tanned and glistened is just what they do, adding to their already natural beauty.

Super model Giselle is not the only face of Brazil, but she sure is a pretty brasileña.


I thought I'd pick my friend's brain and get some insider beauty tips she's used her whole life and knows are bona fide in her home country. She lives in Atlanta now, hailing from Miami, so bodies of water and painful heat are not new ideas. She loves and embraces it!

Carnival Samba Dancer with Glistening Skin

SPF Is Key 



Even tho most Brazilians are black and darker than the average number, SPF is still key in maintaing their skin healthy. I love my SPFs, namely the Artistry Beauty one I travel with (50!), but I came across L'Occitane's Jenipapo Face Veil with and SPF 30... and what a name... a veil. Yes! To protect your dainty face. I've been wearing it for two weeks and love the silky smooth texture but slightly matted look. It's not greasy or heavy and allows makeup to apply nicely. The sweet smell is great, but a bit too strong for sunscreen. It's a botanical note, precisely from the jenipapo tree grown in the central region of the country. And of course, I'm talking about this particular one because it's part of their Bresil collection in honor of the World Cup and the Olympics in 2016! The French house was super ready to celebrate international fetes with luscious products that incorporate indigenous elements. 

Loving it, but going light.

Shimmering Oils (body, hair, and face)



Are also a must-have in every girl's botiquin for keeping the arms, legs, face and hair glistening, especially during the winter months when the tanning lotions are stowed away (or not). I have an upcoming post on the best oils and lotions to keep stocked up this summer. For now, just know it's what they have to have. I mean, yes, please, I'd love my legs and midriff and shoulders to look this bronzy and shimmery all the time.

It does a body good. And their (our) hair, too!

Avocado or Acai Smoothies


Avocado is a fruit. Really, it is. Brazilians eat it just like we eat an orange or mango. Sprinkle a bit of salt and bite into it. But in smoothies, it's great since it's super high in fat -- the good kind --- and helps with keeping skin and hair looking supple and lustrous, respectively.

Here's this really good looking one made with avocado, blueberries (ultra rich in anti-oxidants) and oatmeal from my food blogging friend over at Sweet Life Bakes.

Acai smoothies for them area like drinking bottles of vinegar (a seperate post on that coming soon, too!). It's their anti-aging secret and helps with weight loss. Un batido de acaci is as simple as blended acai juice, honey, granola, yogurt and another fruit like banana or even aguacate!

So sorry for my Latino brothers who lost today. No, it was more of a serious smack down, brutal beating... but I saw them walk off the field with their heads high... of integrity. Because they still are top 3 best fútbol teams in the world.


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