Summer Style: Bahamas Vacation

I really love sleeping in my own bed, but I’m already missing all of that colorful tropical Bahamian sunshine.

It is going to be impossible to top Sophia’s first birthday party in the Bahamas. Too bad she slept through most of it! Read more about our trip below, and scroll down for links to my vacation looks!

After doing a lot of research, we chose to stay at the Atlantis Bahamas. Our room was beautiful with a view of the ocean and a pool. I worked with the Atlantis team to make a memorable first birthday party for Sophia, and it was amazing. I was really nervous planning everything from way over here in Chicagoland, and to be honest there were still tons of details that needed to be confirmed up to the day of the event and I was freaking out a little (read: a LOT). However, once I arrived and got to meet the hotel staff, particularly Ron from the kids concierge, I knew it was going to be all good. He went above and beyond to help coordinate the party, even playing games with the kids. We reserved an event space at the hotel that had two large gazebos – called the ‘Seagrapes overlook’ – which was perfect with a beach view, and stingrays swimming around right next to us.

Sophia fell asleep right when the party started – all of the excitement must have gotten to her! We still sang to her and took pictures while cutting the cake – stroller and all (see photo below).

After the cake was the highlight of the birthday party- our whole family went to play with the Dolphins! Thanks to the Atlantis, we were all treated to an up close and personal play time with our dolphin friend, Magora. Everyone had a chance to do something one on one special with her. Adam especially loved feeding her some fish, and he learned a special signal that got her to do a trick.

Today’s post is sharing some of my vacay looks. (I’m still working on the video to go with this post – stay tuned!). My summer style philosophy is relaxed, effortless, and fun. I love to wear lots of white and bright colors and bold accessories. Shoes have to be either low-heeled or completely flat. No fuss and no stress – issa vibe.

The only thing I regret – I wish I had taken the time to check out more beaches. Especially the ones off the resort where the cruise ships port. They have calmer waters, and there is a lot of action out there I would have liked to check out. But I guess that just gives me a reason to go back and visit!

Bahamas Travel Shortlist:

Where we stayed: Atlantis Bahamas – The property is massive and there are rooms available at a variety of price points. We loved that there was so much to do as a family and we were constantly discovering new areas like the under water aquarium. The shopping inside is insane, I window shopped-till-I-dropped at Gucci and Rolex. Restaurants on-site range from super casual to fancy-schmancy-probably-want-to-leave-the-kids-at-home.

Where to eat: There are so many options at the hotel from poolside snacks to fine dining. Our group had 5 rowdy kids so we preferred the casual side of things. We did not get the meal plan, because we knew we wanted to try more local fare, but the meal plan option is great if you want to budget your trip to the dollar. Must try food on and off the resort: Conch salad, Conch Fritters – basically Conch anything! Some of our favorites: The Poop Deck (seafood), Carmines (italian family style), Sun & Ice (ice cream – traditional Bahamian flavors)

What we did:

Nothing. (preferably with a coconut water at the beach or the pool)

Dolphin Cay Experience – hands down the most unique experience we had on our trip. Fun for the entire family.

Water Park – so many water slides and lazy rivers – there are even some that  slide you through a shark tank!

What else I would have done if I had more time: 

Scuba Diving

Jet Skiing 

Swim with the Sharks Experience

Tours – there are so many fun tour options, probably best for people with older kids or no kids – you can do a bike tour, food and drink tour, or even an art gallery ‘hop’.

Let me know if you have any suggestions to add to this list! Scroll down for outfit links.

Thanks for stopping by as always xx


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Shop my looks (see additional similar options on the ‘shop my instagram’ page)

Swimsuits: Blue one piece , also available in black (exact one I’m wearing is by Zimmerman and currently sold out) | Ruffled Two Piece | Scalloped cut-out one piece (on sale over 50% off!) | Black one piece

Outfit 1: Dress over Jeans – Dress | Jeans | Sandals| Bag | Necklace

Outfit 2: Ruffled Off Shoulder top | White Jeans | Sandals | Bag | Earrings  | Necklace

Outfit 3: Striped button down dress | Denim Skirt | Swimsuit (as top) |Beach Bag | Bag | Necklace

Outfit 4: White Lace Dress | Sandals | Earrings (thanks to Rouge by Rooj Amir)

Outfit 5: Maxi Dress | Necklace (thanks to Sugarfix by Baublebar) | Bag | Sandals


Video: Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks + Review + Swatches

I recently tried some new lippies Urban Decay sent me to test out from the Vice collection – and all I can say is WOW. The first time in, well – ever, each color actually works on my skin tone and even on my perpetually dry lips. Most lipsticks are just too light, and I can’t do 80% of the matte liquid lipsticks out there because it will be flaking off in minutes. Read my thoughts below, and scroll down to watch the short video clip to see the colors on me, and also see Sophia make her first appearance on my channel!

The Breakdown: 

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks

Stark Naked (Comfort Matte): Peachy warm nude but not too light

Gubby (Metallized): Frosty and sheer – not in love with it by itself, but it looks great over Stark Naked

Naked (Creamy): Pinky Nude

Backtalk (Comfort Matte): Pinky Mauve

1993 (Comfort Matte): Reddish Brown – not too dark

The Review: 

Let’s start with the packaging because I’m a sucker for pretty details. The luxe bronze and gold case is a nice touch and the stickers on the bottom labeling the color are actually quite accurate!

Next, the formula. I have come to expect quality from Urban Decay, but I really like that the ingredients include a hydrating butter blend, aloe vera, jojoba, avocado, and babassu oils. They also use Illipe butter, derived from Malaysian illipe trees, and vitamins C and E.

Finally, the color. There are many more shades in the Vice collection, but out of these five I love each one. I am inclined towards neutrals most of the time, and these are neutral but still very much on trend. The peachy and pink undertones for the nude shades, and the mauve and reddish brown especially.


Tragedy, Loss, Entitlement

Peace and Blessings Manifest With Every Lesson Learned

-Erykah Badu

Let’s talk about tragedy for a second. Big and small. There is that saying about how our happiness isn’t defined by what happens to us, but how we choose to react to it. We can’t control what happens, but we can control our reaction. That makes complete sense to me, but it is obviously easier said than done.

I just read something that left me absolutely shook. I was hoisted out of my own privilege and given a reality check, and for that I am so grateful. As you may have noticed from my recent  blog posts (including my use of thinly disguised curse words lol) I’ve been a little emotional lately. I promise I’m fine, but I’ve just been on a path to finding myself – taking the time to listen to and learn from my inner voice, and with that comes releasing some pent up emotions.

Bibi Bourelly, the artist, the QUEEN, posted something on Instagram and I was going to summarize it for you but she said it *so* beautifully I’m just going to share it in its entirety here. (P.S. You need to follow her she is incredible.)

‘As human beings we don’t understand a lot. Especially hurtful things. More times than others, especially when caught in the moment, we are literally inadequate of fathoming or comprehending why the things that hurt us happen? Why do things that feel so horrible occur? I think that might be our biggest dilemma. The “why?” Every time something that doesn’t feel pleasant or positive crosses our paths. I wish we’d question our blessings the same way. Most of us take the light in our lives for granted.Like we deserve it. I know I take things for granted sometimes. I shouldnt, but I do. I’m working on it. We act like we are entitled to the food on our plates or the clothes on our backs, the friends that we have or the rare and impactful smiles of strangers. We act like we deserve our lucky days , where we just happen to find a dollar bill on the floor or something, just because we are “good people”. But isn’t being a good, kind hearted , honest person supposed to mandatory? Why should we be rewarded for trying our best? Isn’t it reward enough to go to sleep knowing you’re trying your best? Everything good we deserve and everything bad we don’t deserve? Everything good was meant to be and everything bad wasn’t according to most of us. Something deep within me really and truly believes that our misfortunes are blessings in disguise. Everything is a blessing. Might sound crazy. It might also just be a coping mechanism to get through tough shit… but I can’t help but believing that our misfortunes help us understand things better if we can tap into the love in our hearts. They also give us experience. I mean, this is life after all. We are supposed to experience it for all that it is. The way it is. It’s the whole point of being alive. To feel it all. Just because it’s hard doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. I just wish we were more willing to learn from our pain instead of resenting life for it. We are here. We are the ones that are here. Isn’t that cool? Like just look around you. You’re here. You’re fucking Alive. So am I .Crazy. Trips me out sometimes.’


That feeling that we are entitled to have no pain in life, that we are somehow above pain and suffering even though we know it is all around us, that is what is really the issue at hand. That is why we can’t handle struggle and it consumes us.

If that doesn’t make you feel some kind of way, watch this video by Drake – Gods Plan –  I dare you to watch it and NOT tear up at least once.

If you are in the mood and want to vibe to some more real music, I’m currently digging a song called Earth Girls  – thank you to Maya Washington for putting me on to it!

If you are in the mood to reflect, I also encourage you to check out my friend the talented artist Tahsin, her work constantly inspires me, consoles me, and encourages me.

Just that little act of remembering we are not entitled to anything just by simply existing, and being grateful for the blessings we do have, makes coping with life and its inevitable tragedies, much more bearable. At least for me.

Oh, and there’s a new outfit below <3

Thank you for visiting as always. Sending you all Peace and Love



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