Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wilde in the World - Eleuthera, Bahamas

The boyfriend and I recently took a well-deserved Caribbean vacation. We wanted to go somewhere relaxing, with quiet beaches and warm water. There had to be snorkeling and sites to see, but most importantly it had to be affordable. We don't have exclusive resort kind of money.

We chose Eleuthera.

We flew from Newark, NJ to Fort Lauderdale, FL. From there we hopped on a tiny little plane with twenty other people and enjoyed a bumpy 45 minute flight to Eleuthera island. Our destination was Governor's Harbor airport, right in the middle of the island.

Upon landing and walking to the airport, our luggage was carried into the international arrivals terminal, aka, a tiny building the size of a garage. Our rental car was delivered right to the front door and we drove the fifteen minutes from the airport to our little bungalow. I will highly recommend the Squire Estates in Governor's Harbor. We rented the Cottage at Belmont and it was just the perfect little space for two.

Then it was off to the beach!

See that lunatic is the background? That's the boyfriend. He's playing with a ball.

Eleuthera was the perfect place to spend a few days. Just about every beach was a private beach. The waters on the Caribbean side are shallow for hundreds of feet out. Snorkeling areas are plentiful.

I only have one complaint - the food is so expensive! Not necessarily restaurant food, but a trip to the grocery store will set you back a pretty penny! Be sure to pack some extra snacks in your suitcase.

My favorite part of a Caribbean vacation? TING! You can get Ting in American grocery stores these days, but nothing tastes better on the beach.

Oh yeah, and the Buick that everyone is looking for in this commercial? I think we found it.  

This beauty was our rental car. It came with all of those fancy dents - custom decor.

After a relaxing visit to Eleuthera Island, we hopped over to Nassau and spent a few days doing the opposite of relaxing at Atlantis. Stop by Friday for Atlantis through the years!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Wilde Favorites - Beach Getaway

I'm freshly back from a beach vacation and I miss the weather already. If you are looking for a quiet island with long stretches of empty beach, I would highly recommend visiting Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas. We also spent a few days on Paradise Island at the Atlantis Resort. It is not quiet or romantic there, at all. Here are a few things I brought with me for our eight days in the sun...

First and most foremost, as cute bikini. The most important thing on my mind for this beach vacation was to avoid getting a sunburn. In addition to packing three full-sized bottles of sunscreen, I bought this amazing Mara Hoffman bikini.

I'm wearing the bikini with a pair or Lululemon run shorts here - we hiked to this beach over a bunch of sharp rocks

You can buy all three pieces (bikini top & bottom and rash guard) or you can just pair the rash guard with a black bikini. The bikini itself is reversible, it's black on the inside, so you're really getting a whole bunch of combinations in one! I'm also happy to report that I didn't get a sunburn.

Not only is the print and cut of this rash guard absolutely gorgeous, you'll be the envy of all of your friends. During out time at Atlantis, I got dozens of compliments from other people at the resort. If you would like this suit, pick it up soon because at least ten women wanted to know where I got it!

1. DVF - Printed Sleeveless Wrap Dress - Wrap dresses are so comfortable and pretty. This was the easiest way to look put together for dinner, without putting any effort into my outfit. I have a few sleeveless wrap dresses that I got from Saks Off 5th. GILT has a few of these on sale right now too!

2. Peter Thomas Roth Sunscreen - I'm all about sunscreen on my face and re-applying once an hour. Why? Sun damage isn't cool. This sunscreen doesn't break me out and it doesn't sweat off and run into my eyes.

3. Sensi Studio Straw Hat - Want to splurge on a summer hat? This Sensi studio option is so cute. It will keep the rays off your face and hair, because again - sun damage = bad.

4. FRESH - Sugar lip balm in Tulip - I have five different colors of this Fresh lip balm. The share Tulip is my favorite for summer because it is such a pretty pink. I believe that it is a Sephora exclusive color.

5. Ray Ban Mirrored Shrunked Aviators - Personally, I find the traditional Ray Ban aviators just too big for my face. If you're not into the big sunglasses trend, try out this shrunken option. They come in a bunch of adorable colors!

6. BECCA Swim Coverup - I didn't wear my rash guard all day everyday. When I wasn't in the ocean or pool, I could be found wearing this cover up. The print is so pretty and it provides just enough coverage so that you don't feel naked walking from your room to the pool.

7. H&M Straw Hat - Don't want to splurge on a summer hat, this H&M option is perfect. I always ruin structured hats by burying them in the closet. I am a saver when it comes to hats.

8. Leapfrog Ello Water bottle - Stay hydrated! Depending on the island that you visit, the water may or may not be potable. Just be sure to always bring water with you and keep drinking all day long. No, alcoholic beverages do not count.

9. Havianas - Slim Tribal Flip Flops - I buy a new pair of flip flops each year. These Havianas are cheap, come in a bunch of cute colors and are easy on your feet. Pick up a few pairs!

10. Larabar - Cherry Pie - The outer islands of the Bahamas have some of the most expensive grocery stores ever. I always pack snacks in my suitcase when traveling for a beach vacation. These Cherry Pie Larabars are the absolute best. The apple pie flavor is also pretty amazing.

I'll be posting some pictures from our vacation a little later this week!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April Beauty Favorites

It's been a while since I posted over here, so I thought I would ease back into it with a monthly favorites post! I've been watching a lot of Youtube videos (since you can watch it in any country!) and testing out a lot of difference beauty products. Here are some of the products that I've been loving this month.

Algenist - Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser - I was in the mood to mix up my cleansing routine recently and I picked up the The Great Cleanse package from Sephora. The set includes 12 sample sized cleansers, exfoliators and make-up removers. The sample size has been really convenient for all my work trips and this Algenist cleanser has been the stand out product! You need to use a make-up remover beforehand, but this stuff leaves my skin so moisturized and soft.

Zoya - Nail polish in Leah - I've fallen back in love with nail polish and have been wearing this Zoya polish non-stop for the past few weeks. I picked it up at ULTA on a whim. The coverage and dry-time are amazing. The color is a very subtle lilac, almost white. The finish is matte, which is perfect because it doesn't show chips very much.

Korres - Black Pine Firming, Lifting & Antiwrinkle Eye Cream - I have been looking out for a good eye cream for the past few months. I'm pretty solidly into my 30's and want to keep my skin looking fresh. In addition to daily SPF, I wanted an anti-wrinkle eye cream. A Sephora employee suggested I give this product a try and I'm loving it. I haven't noticed major differences yet, but I've only been using it for a few weeks. If you have sensitive eyes, this product might not be for you; my eyes teared up the first time I used this eye cream.

Bobbi Brown - Lip Color in Soft Rose - No 23 - Ever since I got my braces off last year, I've been obsessed with lip products. This Bobbi Brown lipstick is a 'your lips but better' color. So so so pretty.

Laura Mercier - Tinted Moisterizer in Sand - During the Spring and Summer, I like to trade out my foundation for a tinted moisturizer. Before I went on vacation I was wearing Nude, but with my little tan I've been wearing Sand. This Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer has just the right amount of coverage to wear it to work. Bonus - it has SPF 20! I love SPF.

The Balm - Mary Lou Manizer - Want to glow like you've had ten hours of sleep? Fake it and pop some of this stuff on your cheeks. The Balm isn't available at Sephora or ULTA, so I ordered this product from Amazon. Is there anything that Amazon doesn't sell? I also bought powdered cheese and a vent register there on Monday. Amazon is so good!

GK Hair - Dry Shampoo - I have at least four dry shampoos that I have been trying out. This is hands down my favorite. Recommended to me by my hair stylist, this dry shampoo has three things going for it... 1. No white residue, 2. No annoying fragrance, 3. Great at refreshing day two hair. I also like to use this stuff on clean hair to give it a bit of grit and volume.

YSL - Volputé Tint-in-Oil in Cherry Ma Cherie - No. 5 - I didn't think this lip tint would be all that impressive. I was so wrong! The oil goes on clear and develops into a lovely color on the lip. Want that 'just ate a bowl of cherries' look, pick up this color! 

What have you been loving this month? I'm always looking for fun new products to try!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Wilde in the World - San Francisco

Looking at my 2015 calendar, there are not as many business trips this year! You may remember that I spent a good third of 2014 traveling around the world. My new job required a lot of attendance at conferences and meetings with global agencies last year.

This year will be a lot more travel within the United States, to places that I am very familiar with. First up this year? San Francisco!

My last visit to San Francisco was as a graduate student attending an American Chemical Society annual meeting. I stayed in a pseudo-hostal and subsisted on fast food, convenience store snacks and whatever I could scrounge from the exhibitor booths.

This trip was much different, as I was there attending the JP Morgan Healthcare summit for work. First, my hotel room had its own bathroom and the view you see below...

The conference not only fed us very well (Odwalla juices for breakfast anyone?), but my colleague and I were able to go out for dinner, at real restaurants! I was able to enjoy the seafood of San Francisco, the great variety of options in Chinatown and all the sourdough bread I could handle. I guess I've come a long way in the eight years since my last visit!

Sadly, we were only in San Francisco for the days of the conference. We didn't have too much extra time to wander the city. In our final afternoon in California, my colleague and I walked to the coast, bought some Ghirardelli chocolates and took a boat ride to Alcatraz. We then hopped in a cab and headed back to SFO, being sure to get some Boudin sandwiches for the flight home.

I'd love to spend more time in this unique city. In the two times that I've visited, I have barely scratched the surface. Perhaps I can convince the boyfriend to take a California road trip with me this spring. Start in LA, drive north to SF, eat a lot of food along the way! 

Have any of you done a California coast road trip? I'd love to hear about your experiences!

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