• Bathing Suits Perfect for Every Body Type

    Just Keep Swimming

    In the right suit 😉

    Happy almost summer, you guys! That said, what better a way to welcome the warmer weather than by discussing what I find to be the most intimidating item of clothing? Yup, you guessed it: bathing suits!

    Spending hours in a dressing room trying on bikinis and one-pieces can be downright annoying and stressful. What looks amazing on your best friend might not always look as flattering on you. Luckily though, with the many different designs and creative cuts swim brands are coming out with, there’s a bathing suit to fit all body types.

    For my five two petite body frame, I gravitate towards swimwear that helps me create the illusion of a bigger chest (i.e. ruffles or cut outs). And, I also look for bottoms that hug my waist. My favorite brand? L-Space by Monica Wise.

     

     

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    Here I am in a one-piece by La Blanca

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    And here I am in a different one by L-Space

    If you’re the opposite of me and more top heavy, I recommend a suit with an underwire or thicker strap to give you that extra level of comfort and support. Long torso or athletic? Try a high-waisted suit! Not only are they the hottest trend on the market, but they also really flatter your curves.

    When purchasing a high-waisted bottom, pick one that rests slightly above the belly button to avoid any unnecessary pinching at the waist (a.k.a. love handles).

    Still unsure? Opt for a one-piece! They’re all over Instagram. Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, and Gigi Hadid have been known to sport one or two. With so many one-piece styles available—ones with deep v-necks, scooped backs, and mesh—I’m positive you’ll be able to find one that’s both tasteful and flattering on you!

    Feature image via Claudia Cox

  • Summer Nailpolish Favorites

    While it’s still mid-August, the expiration date on the summer of 2013 is quickly approaching, and I wanted to do a little round-up of my summer nailpolish favorites from my #AtHomeMani collection.

    I tend to stick to neutral colors and red, with a bit of blue/green thrown in here or there.  I love trying new trends, and am forever on the hunt for the best pink ever (not neon, not translucent, leave it in the comments if you have a fave).  So, here we go – the best looks of Summer ’13!

    If you want these colors for yourself, click the names below:

    1. Essie “Sugar Daddy”

    2.  Essie “Russian Roulette”

    3.  Revlon “Cool Beige”

    4.  Essie “Chinchilly”

    5.  Sally Hansen “Girl Flower” – they dont make it anymore, but here are the rest

    6.  Essie Sand Tropez

    7.  Essie “Topless and Barefoot”

    8.  Essie “Sunday Fun Day”

     

  • Creative Uses for Citrus

    We’re in the thick of it this summer, and the citrus fruits at the Farmer’s Market are calling my name.  I love visiting the stands that give you a taste before handing over your hard-earned cash so you can sample the sweet and sour goodness to come.

    I use citrus fruits in many different ways at home – some practical and some very tasty.  Check out some of my favorite uses!

     

    1. Brightening up the flavor of other fruits

    ….especially watermelon during the summer!  Throw together a watermelon salad with cubed watermelon, feta cheese, fresh mint, and a dressing of olive oil, honey, lemon, salt and pepper.  Adding lemon to the dressing really helps to liven up the flavors of an already delicious fruit salad.  We’ve been eating this constantly at our house in Montauk this summer.

    2. Make Your Sink Smell Nice

    If it’s smelling a little….weird, cut up a lemon and grind it up into the disposal of your sink.  The sound it makes me be frightening but the result will be a fresh smelling sink and kitchen.  If you live in NYC, unfortunately this tip doesn’t apply to you.  I wish we had disposal in this smelly place.

     

    3. Clean Kitchen Stains

    Lemon juice gets out cranberry and blueberry juice stains and other dark marks left in the kitchen.  I frequently have blueberries for breakfast and scrubbing a little lemon juice into my wooden cutting board, then rinsing with soap and agua makes the purple marks go bye-bye!

     

    4. Light a Fire (This Winter)

    Yes, it’s August so chances are high you aren’t using a fireplace – but, the dried out rind of a lemon or orange works well to get a fire started.  Toss ’em into your fireplace along with a wooden log.  You’ll get a fire going quickly along with a fancy smell.  Side-note – I’m thinking about applying this when cooking on a stand-alone BBQ with charcoal.  Do y’all think the burning citrus would actually make whatever I’m cooking – salmon, for example, tastier?  I wonder….

     

    5. Clean Your Gross Bathroom

    Yep, lemon again to the cleaning rescue.  I like taking half of a lemon and rubbing it onto fixtures (like faucets or a porcelain tub) to help get rid of lime stains, hard water stains, and general funk.  If you happen to have brass fixtures, don’t use lemon.  You won’t be happy.

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