vacation

Perfect Winter Getaway!

Long time, no blog! What a crazy few weeks – to say the least.

I really do not want to leave this poor blog unattended for too long, so I come bearing warm-weather photos from a recent trip I took to Sanibel, FL!

We’ve had snow storm, after snow storm, after snow storm in Connecticut, and getting away to some place warm was so necessary for my sanity! My parents spent pretty much the entire month of February (and then some) “wintering” in Florida & invited me down for a visit. I couldn’t pass it up.

I had been a little stressed and this trip was exactly what I needed. For those still shoulder deep in snow (like me), I hope these pictures brings a little glimmer of hope of the warmer days to come!

Had to start off the trip with a bright manicure!
Had to start off the trip with a bright manicure!

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Beach Vacation Must-Haves

There’s no better way to beat the New England cold than to escape somewhere warm. I’m heading to the Cayman Islands for a nice little vacation, and I couldn’t be anymore excited! While writing a packing list, I realized there are some things that I couldn’t imagine being on the beach without:

VAca Must HavesJPG1) Fun, printed bikinis. Bright colors, of course!

2) IPad -it’s perfect when you’re unable to use your cell, and much easier than toting your  laptop around!

3) Big sunglasses – need I explain more?

4) A good beach read. I’m currently in the middle of Safe Haven, I want to finish it before I see the movie.

5) Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Lotion. I love the gold shimmer in this one.

6) Floppy hat – love these when I’m laying out.

7) Gold flip flops – they’re perfect for the beach & going out at night.

8) A fun manicure! I’ll probably go with a Gelish polish so that it’ll last my whole vacation, but I’m not sure which color just yet – something bright!

9) A beach cover up. These are essential – perfect for when you want to get up and grab lunch, take a walk, or need to cover your skin.

I cannot wait to get away, I am really looking forward to soaking up some sun! These are just a few of my must-haves, is there anything else that I should throw in my beach bag?

A Perfectly Pink Vacation Manicure

The night before we left for the Bahamas, I gave my Mom and myself gel manicures so our nails would be chip free and shiny the entire week we were away.

We both wanted a bright, tropical pink shade, so I got out my OPI Axxium Pinks & Pales starter kit…

They have a really amazing shade called “Strawberry Margarita”…

This particular color painted on pretty sheer, so I ended up using 3 coats…which made my nails super thick. I took a couple of pictures (polish photographs are so odd, you’ll notice it looks like two completely different colors)!
In person this shade was definitely most similar to the second picture.
The mani lasted flawlessly all week, but once we got home, I was slightly impatient (as usual) and wanted a fresh manicure. I decided to give my nails a break from gel for a bit, and went with my all time favorite polish- Sally Hansen’s “Shall We Dance”
When using regular nail polish I refuse to use anything other than a quick dry top coat- so I picked up a new bottle of the best
Seche Vite- this stuff is AMAZING!

Three days in and my nails are holding up! They’re still shiny, and luckily no chips or breaks (keeping my fingers crossed)! Every  2-3 days I’ll continue to add another top coat. 🙂

Do you like to mix up your polish colors for a vacation? Reds and orange’s are some other vaca favorites, what are yours?

Fun in the Bahamas! Pt. 1

I spent the past week in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been- Freeport, Bahamas. When my Mom invited me on the trip a few months ago, I couldn’t pass it up! I went with my Mom, Dad and little sister, Katherine (we missed my brother who is away at college).

Day 1:

We left our house at the crack of dawn last Saturday and headed to Newark airport. Now let it be know that I do not enjoy flying. I am super anxious and do not understand how all of those people, and all of those suitcases stay in the air. I just don’t.

After a not-so-scary flight, we landed in Ft. Lauderdale, I looked out the window and set sights on this beautiful little puddle jumper of a plane… then I saw my suitcase.

I knew we were going to have to take it to the island. Luckily, I’ve flown on a baby plane a couple of times in the past so I wasn’t completely freaking out- but my nerves still kicked in. Something about my wingspan being smaller than the planes width, and my ability to touch the pilot from my seat doesn’t sit well with me.

However, my 16 year old sister is a champ, and volunteered to hold my hand. 🙂

The flight was no longer than 40 minutes, and before you knew it we were in the beautiful Bahamas! It was dark by this time, but we hopped in our rental car and headed to our hotel. Fun fact…in the Bahamas they drive on the left side of the road.

JUST incase you might forget..

We got to our hotel and settled in. My sister and I shared a gorgeous room with a balcony over looking the ocean.

I promise the ocean is back there 🙂

We hadn’t eaten all day so we went to this little greek spot across the street for a quick dinner, my appetite is basically non-existent when I fly, so I just had some Tzatziki sauce with warm pita chips- so good!

We went back to our rooms and completely crashed. We were exhausted- plus we wanted to be up bright and early to lay out!

Day 2:

We spent the first day pool side. This guy played his steel drums all day, it couldn’t have been any more tropical of a setting.

I spent the day completely engulfed in The Huger Games and my pina colada (I’m not sure which of the two is more amazing!)

We shared some wonton nachos poolside…

Wonton chips, grilled chicken, tomatoes, cheese sauce, BBQ sauce, sour cream and jalapenos (healthy eating was clearly on hold).

That night we went to Agave for dinner. Obviously drinks were in order!

I could go for a margarita right now..

I ordered grilled pineapple & lime glazed chicken breast with black beans, rice and golden plantains. A little spicy but still yummy 🙂

Day 3:

Breakfast, beach, books, and booze!

Veggie omelette, wheat toast, a slice of french toast and bacon- my body was not used to eating so much!

…oh and burns for Katherine who struggled to find shade LOL

Dinner was at Giovanni’s…

Spaghetti carbonara

Dessert: mini peanut butter ice cream cone! I swear this thing was only an inch and a half tall..

We stopped to take some pictures on the way home…

KBell & I. She's 7 years younger, and officially taller than me 🙁
Mom & Dad

I have so many more pictures to share, but I think I’m going to have to break this trip into two or three posts!

Ohh…how I miss the Bahamas already…

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