Summer 2014 Must-Haves

Happy Memorial Day everyone! I would like to take a moment to sincerely thank those who serve and who have served our country. Thank you. We live in the home of the brave, because of the brave.

Summer is finally here, which means a few of my favorite things are back in season: sunnies, bright colored accessories and apparel, and open-toed shoes. Today’s post features just a few things that I have my eye on this summer.

summer 2014 favorites

  1. The ‘Crystal Blue & tahitian Teal Ditty’ Tote by Hayden Reis — $144. What I love about this tote is that it’s made out of Dacron Sailcloth which means it is virtually indestructible, incredibly lightweight, and water/sand resistant. This tote is also very big, which is great for when you go on vacation and need to carry bulky items such as beach towels. Hayden Reis totes come in a variety of sizes and colors also! And the best part (if you ask me) is that you can monogram it!! This tote has six interior pockets, one interior hanging zipper pocket, and a snap hook for your keys or a wristlet!
  2. Water Bottle from J.Crew — $19.50. What I love about this water bottle, besides the fact that it comes in my favorite color (turquoise) is the cute plastic design around the glass water bottle. This water bottle is also dishwasher safe! It’s important to carry a water bottle when you’re out in the sun so that you can stay hydrated, so why not stay hydrated in style!
  3. ‘Aviator Full Color’ Sunglasses with tortoise frame, gold temples, and brown lens treatment from Ray Ban — $175. Okay, I am obsessed with these sunnies!! Recently I have been super into sunnies, there are so many new, funky, retro, and colorful sunnies that people are wearing this season! I have several pairs of Ray Ban sunglasses but I am dying for this pair. I believe that tortoise is always in style and that these sunnies are ready to wear year round!
  4. The ‘Happiness Bracelet’ from Hipanema — $128. The Hipanema Brazilian bracelets are to die for!! They come in so many vibrant, gorgeous colors! What I love about this bracelet is the gorgeous combination of pinks, oranges, and yellows and the different patterns within the bracelets. Another thing I love about the Hipanema bracelets are that it looks like you’re wearing numerous bracelets, but you’re really just wearing one! no more dealing with multiple bracelets sliding up and down your arm. The Hipanema ‘Happiness’ bracelet combines several different types of bracelets into one bracelet that is connected by a lovely gold clasp so that your bracelet is secure on your wrist. These bracelets are a great way to liven up an outfit!
  5. The ‘Nine Space For J.Crew Beach Towel’ from J.Crew — $76. You’re always going to need a good beach towel when you go on a summer vacation. This Nine Space for J.Crew beach tael is perfect for this summer! The pink and white striped beach towel is lined with fringe to add a unique, stylish touch to what would be an ordinary beach accessory.
  6. The ‘Slim’ Flip Flops in ‘Pool Green’ by Havaianas — $26. What I love about this flip flop is that it’s a simple, classic flip flop that’s affordable! These are the type of flip flops you’re going to want to buy in every color and print because they’re never going to go out of style. These flip flops are made in Brazil. They have a cushioned footbed with a textured rice pattern and rubber sole so that they provide extra comfort for those long walks on the beach! I’ve owned a pair of white Havaianas flip flops since I can’t even remember and they are fantastic! Now I’m ready to buy them in fun, bright colors!

I hope that you enjoy these summer accessories as much as I do! I also hope that everyone has a fun and safe Memorial Day!

xoxo, Megan

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May 16: Favorites Friday

May 16 Favorites fridayToday’s #FavoritesFriday features the ‘Panacea Double Row Beaded Bracelet with Tassel’ from South Moon Under. in every single color. I am obsessed with tassel jewelry, therefore today’s #Favorites Friday is all about this beautiful, fun bracelet!

This bracelet costs $24.00 and comes in black, fuchsia, orange, turquoise, and white. This beaded, tassel bracelet is a great addition to any arm party, and a great way to add a pop of color to your outfit. I discovered this website through Pinterest, and I am thankful that I did! South Moon Under has lots of great jewelry, some of which has been featured in People StyleWatch! There are lots of gorgeous beaded pieces among others. South Moon Under also sells clothing, footwear, jewelry, accessories, home accessories, and even men’s products.

xoxo, Megan

Beauty: Rodan + Fields

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Recently, my friend Charlotte McMullan became a skincare consultant for a company called Rodan + Fields, the skin care line created by the doctors behind Proactiv. After only five weeks of using one of the skin regimens she decided to start selling the products herself and joined the company!

The regimen she has been using is drastically making a difference to her own sun damaged and freckled skin – it’s now becoming even toned and brighter! She says there is a regimen for everyone along with amazing skin tools, like a MACRO Exfoliator – once a week for five minutes this exfoliator will remove 5 million dead skin cells and leave behind brighter/smoother skin!

Rodan + Fiels has four main lines:

  • REDEFINE — for wrinkles, pores, and loss of firmness
  • REVERSE — for brown spots, dullness, and sun damage
  • UNBLEMISH — for acne and post-acne marks
  • SOOTHE — for sensitive, irritated skin and facial redness (amazing for rosacea and eczema!!)

Here are her new company websites so that you can check out the product lines!

Business website: http://crmcmullan.myrandfbiz

Product website: http://crmcmullan.myrandf.com

Charlotte McMullan Cell Phone: (954)-675-3250

Email: crmcmull@gmail.com

Juicing: My Experience

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I first became obsessed with the idea of juicing after watching the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead on Netflix. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is a 2010 American documentary film about the 60-day journey of an Australian named Joe Cross. Cross decided to travel across the United States while maintaining a strict juice fast. He educates many Americans about the benefits of juicing, and even helps some people start their juice fast! I would highly recommend watching this interesting documentary!

Naturally, after I finished watching the documentary, I was enthused about the amount of weight Joe Cross was losing due to these fruit and veggie juices. So I decided to purchase my first juicer. At first, my mom thought I was nuts and insisted that I wouldn’t like it — I’m not a huge fan of vegetables, but am obsessed with fruit — but I ignored her doubt and decided to purchase a juicer.

Juicers can be very expensive. I did my research and searched various websites to find the best juicer at the best price. I finally stumbled upon the Hamilton Beach 67601A Big Mouth Juice Extractor from Amazon. Once I received my juicer I was thrilled! For such a low (great) price, I was worried that it might not be up to par with other expensive juicers, but I think it works just as great!

When I first began juicing, I did not have any intentions to do an all-out 60 day cleanse like Joe Cross did. Honestly, I just wanted to see if I could do it for a couple of days, maybe three. However, unlike Joe Cross who strictly only drank juice and did not eat food, I decided to make up my own rules for my cleanse.

My Experience:

I decided that since I was jumping into this whole cleanse trend, I wanted to have a little something to eat every day — I figured I might starve if I didn’t. I made my breakfast and lunch juices the night before and made my dinner juice during the day. I planned on eating half of a ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mustard sandwich with my lunch juice so that I would have some energy throughout the day and my stomach would not be turning or growling. Some days, I replaced my half sandwich with a snack like fruit or vegetables. This was probably the strictest diet I had ever been on. But I learned a lot while I was on my juice diet.

My juice diet lasted two weeks, then I started becoming very busy and my diet sort of went out the window as diets usually do. I enjoyed my juice diet and truly never felt starved, in fact, I had a lot of energy! It was fun trying new juice recipes and trying different vegetables that I had never tried before, like beets!

My Favorite Recipes:

My Helpful Tips:

  • Make sure you have a healthy ratio of vegetables and fruits (not too many fruits than vegetables, and vise versa).
  • When pressing your fruit/vegetable into your juicer, press very very slowly this way you get the most juice as possible from your fruit/vegetable!
  • Once you’re finished making your juice, put it in the fridge for a while, I personally think juices taste better when they’re cold!
  • Put a plastic bag (example: a grocery bag) in the bin where the pulp comes out. After you finish making your juice, all you have to do is throw the plastic bag away (the plastic bag will catch all of the pulp). This makes cleaning your juicer a LOT easier!
  • Keep the scrubber that comes with the Hamilton Beach juicer (if you decide to get this juicer) it is fantastic for the cleaning process!
  • Read the instruction pamphlet that comes with your juicer!! It truly is the most helpful part!
  • Try out several different recipes until you find what you love the most! I personally love fruit juices with a few vegetables thrown in.
  • Research what else you can make with your juicer! There is more than what meets the eye!

My Favorite Fruits/Vegetables to Use:

  • Peaches
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Granny Smith Apples
  • Carrots

Try a juice yourself, challenge yourself and become a better, healthier you!

xoxo, Megan