All is Calm

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All is bright

Dashing through the snow? it’s more like trudging through the sand. The water might be cold and the air a little brisk, but a California Christmas comes with its own glitter, sparkle and glow. Our Christmas eve tradition is a visit to the beach, a bottle of wine and a blanket…this year the rain changed our happily scheduled date with the ocean (bah humbug)

The day after Christmas this year would have to do, no bottle, or blanket as we set out for a small hike before making our way to our beloved beach. Grabbing my sweater I noticed a lone Christmas ornament in my car…(an escapee from decorating a clients home).  A single sparkling ball that would rather explore the California beaches with us than be stuck in a glass cylinder! (don’t blame it one bit) So I thought “why not?” & that ball made for some wonderful pictures, memories and laughter…not too mention now we have a new tradition for next year.


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A Sandy Soiree….

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Sunrise ~ The Day of the I-Do’s
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Catching the Sunset

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Sunset ~ the after I-Do’s ~ Bride & Groom

Destination Weddings…. I was never really sure how I felt about them until now. The sea and the sand always beckon me (hard to tell from my photos..wink wink) so I did not have an issue saying yes to the invite there was a tropical paradise (Cancun Mexico) involved & two darling people getting married.

What I did learn is you may get a vacation you would not have picked for yourself. There might be a handful or two handfuls of things you may not like. Mention it and you get the answer “well it’s not about you” No, no it’s not…but guests and bridal parties are a huge part of your “special day” The stress of the amount of time you spend getting there, taking the time off from work or being away from your kids, not having time with your significant other since you are on a vacation but one of you is in the wedding… Do you buy gifts for the shower and give a wedding gift after you just spent so much to get there??

 The great parts ~ the bride & groom have the wedding they wanted and not one that family members pushed them into. Seeing them so happy, full of love and relaxed. Spending more quality time with friends & family since there is not as many people. The beautiful location.  Something different and unique you will always remember. Would I say yes to another invite… I might think twice next time.  XOXO

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Here I stand In California….

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unnamed (13)Ever hear the saying “Let the waves hit your feet & the sand be your seat” On a gloomy Monday I can think of no place I would rather be than on the beautiful beaches of Cali…. is there a re-wind button anywhere so I can get back to my weekend? A little sand between the toes would so get rid of my Monday woes. XOXO

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Beach Style Essentials ~

The sun is shinning bright and the beaches are calling… No need to carry much, just the essentials. You can still be stylish while doing so. The whole dress up your bikini with arm/neck candy, earrings and super high heels…um….no and no.  Practicality mixed with simple chic are always the way to go when hitting up your favorite beach or pool spot.  The reasons for disliking these odd swim trends spoken above are as follows:

A.  I would be extremely concerned while in the ocean I would become instant shark bait as the shiny bling attracts fish of all shapes and sizes..

B. Even with sunblock … hello strange tan lines

C. Really?? You are at the beach, let your natural beauty be center stage and save the 6 inch heels and sparkly body candy for nights out with your girlfriends. 

My Essentials…

Beach Day Essentials ~
  1. A great straw or canvas bag: Izod straw bag, $20.00
  2. Beach blanket or cute towel: Ikea blanket 13.00 big ones! 
  3. Book or magazine ~ Sunset Magazine: read about CA beaches   
  4. Great and inexpensive sunglasses: Calvin Klein $20.00 
  5. Favorite Jean Shorts: Hudson $40.00 
  6. Sunblock: I like to carry sample sizes as those big bottles weigh you down. Aveeno – for sensitive skin it rocks. 
  7. Awesome Hat to protect your head, hair and face: Vintage find
  8. A great bikini: Shoshanna $27.00 brand new (it is my new favorite) should have been so so much more even discounted! it pays to shop at the same places and be nice to the sales people. 
  9. Snacks – fresh fruit and water always (just not pictured above)

A Great Bikini 

Nothing to Wear!

Bikini Hoarding ~ I have problems…I know! 

I can’t help it, I find them at such insanely awesome prices & they scream at me to buy them! it’s like they grab my hand and walk me to the register… I have a few more not pictured here… (gulp ~ I think I need help) but as you can see all you need is a great stylish suit for the beach or pool! I tend to stay loyal to triangle style bikinis, classic and easy, no strange tan lines. Suits prices range from $15.00 to $50.00 and most are designer…. I am a really amazing shopper… want to go shopping with me?

 Sunglasses: Cat Eye Shape

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For those of us with a square face we need to make our jaw line look longer and soften the sharp angles…Cat eye shape is perfect for this and they are my favorite. A few from my collection below…Prices between $5 to $20.00 ~ I would rather spend $450.00 on a plane ticket than a piece of plastic made in factory with someone’s name stamped on it… (but hey that is just me!) 

Have a great summer, enjoy the beach ~ what are your essentials?

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Bootie Shaper

Lunge Kick

Move Works: Butt, Legs and Abs 

This is a must do move for a beautiful beach ready backside! You need some space, a long driveway or a sidewalk,  if you have a really nice long hallway now would be a great time to hang out in it and get comfortable.  This move burns fat and will boost your energy levels and have you cursing me out!  This is a balancing move, your core muscles will be called upon to help stabilize you. The move is meant to be done consistently and at a quick pace, however start slow until you feel well-coordinated.

  1. Start by standing with your feet hip-width apart, arms on your hips or by your sides as if you were going to take off running, elbows bent. 
  2. Lunge forward with your left leg while swinging your right arm forward and left arm to the back, so you are in a lunge position as the first photo shown. I like to keep my arms at my sides or hold them up to make the move more challenging, however the swinging of the arms will help move you forward and stabilize you. 
  3. Now as you begin to rise, kick your right leg straight up and out (as high as you can get your leg ~ as you do this move more, your range of motion will get better ~ second photo) Swing your arms in the opposite direction, lunging forward with your right leg as your foot lands on the floor.  You will be back in the position of the first photo.
  4. Continue this motion kicking forward 10 to 12 steps alternating legs, turn around and lunge back to where you started.
  5. Before starting an exercise routine, be sure to see your doctor first!