Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spring Break Packing Guide

one // Blue and White Top, $24
Blue and white stripes are still all the rage for this spring and summer, and this one is on SALE! Snag it while it's still available. 

two // Straw Hat, $44 
I have owned this straw hat for several years now, and can attest to how high quality it is! It still looks brand new despite the multiple airports, wind and sunshine that it has seen. 

three // Flyaway Pants, $52
These pants are easy to throw on over a swimsuit to head to breakfast or lunch! Plus how comfortable do they look?!

four // Blush Pink Suitcase, $139 
The happy pink color of this suitcase is just begging you to take it on a trip. Plus it's incredibly durable and long-lasting!

five // Pink Ruffle Bikini, $12
Pink and ruffles? Sign me up! For $12, this little number is a steal.

six // Circle Straw Tote, $49
Circle totes are more popular than ever, but so many of them are really overpriced. This one is less than $50 and will take you from the airport to the beach to out to dinner at night. 

seven // Espadrille Wedges, $150
These wedges are a dupe for a designer pair, but with a much better price tag. Since they're wedges, they also way more comfortable to wear than stilettos! 

eight // Pineapple coin case, $118
How cute is this little coin case? Stow it in your handbag when you're in need of some change, or use it as an airplane ticket holder!

I'm in love with how chic these earrings are. The best part is their neutral color because they'll go with lots of outfits, and make a big statement!

I own this pair of jeans shorts, and while they are an investment, they're my favorite pair of shorts! (Click here to see what they look like on.) They're incredibly comfortable and fit TTS. If they're a bit too expensive, I also own this pair and they're a much better price (and just as cute!).

eleven // SPF 50 Face Cream, $21
Protect your face with this moisturizing SPF 50 face cream to avoid sun damage and wrinkles. This one is amazing and happens to be on sale right now!

twelve // Gingham Pom Pom Bikini, $13
This gingham pom pom bikini is only $13 - can you believe it!? If you're looking for higher quality, try this one or this one for a similar look. 

thirteen // Gingham Two-Piece Set, $295
If you really want to fit in this spring, look out for two piece sets, especially in a gingham print. This one is a bit pricy but I LOVE the bubblegum pink color! If you're looking for some inexpensive alternatives, I really like this set (less than $60) and this one (less than $15).

fourteen // Tassel earrings, $36
You can never go wrong with a pair of white tassel earrings! These are affordable and will go with EVERYTHING in your closet. (P.S. Use code CAITLIN20 for 20% off your purchase!)



Tuesday, March 20, 2018

6 Ways to Stay Healthy on Vacation

You guys know that I've been trying to eat really clean and up my workouts lately (#sweatingforthewedding) and one thing that's always been hard for me is continuing to do that while traveling. When I was younger, I would PIG OUT on vacation, thinking of it as a time to treat myself (and go overboard!), and I would come home feeling bloated and sluggish. While I definitely think you should indulge some on vacation, I actually enjoy working out and eating healthy on a trip - when I feel my best, I'm able to get the most out of the trip (and I feel more confident in a swimsuit!).

Here are a few tips and tricks I've learned over the years that help me feel healthier and fitter while I'm traveling....

1. Bring your own snacks
No matter where I'm traveling, I always bring my own healthy snacks with me. You never know what kind of snacks will be offered in the hotel room (if any), and I like to be prepared. Trust me, if you don't have healthy snacks with you then it will be incredibly tempting to eat the M&Ms and Snickers in your hotel snack bar!! My favorite snacks to travel with are nuts (I like almonds and cashews) and mini Larabars (they are yummy bars made with only a few simple ingredients). I have also been bringing this North Shores peanut butter with me everywhere I go - I add it to oatmeal in the morning, and I also like to eat a scoop of it after a workout - it's sooooo good!

2. Start with a healthy breakfast
I always try to start my day with a healthy breakfast, and this doesn't change when I'm traveling. The one change I make while on a trip is that I'll order room service.... I loooove ordering room service - it feels like such a treat to eat your breakfast in bed! An egg white omelet filled with veggies is a good option for breakfast, or oatmeal (I add my own peanut butter to it!). I also always order the fruit plate if they have that available too, along with lots of coffee!! Breakfast really sets the tone for my day, especially if I start it out right. 

3. Tailor your meals to your destination
Before your trip, do a little research and seek out the best dishes in each country you plan to visit. For example, if you're headed to Paris, definitely indulge in a fresh-baked baguette or a nutella crepe. In Tokyo, you have to have sushi. On my trip to Mexico a few weeks ago, I had lots and lots of fresh fish and guacamole! Traveling is an experience, and you don't want to miss out on that. Just make sure to keep it in balance - I like to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch so that I can splurge a little on dinner and dessert!

4. Squeeze a workout in
I love waking up a little earlier on vacation to squeeze in a good workout. I sometimes bring my yoga mat with me when I'm traveling so that I can do some exercises in the room. I like to do 1-minute planks, push-ups, squats, and some ab exercises and these are actually really easy to do in a hotel room! YouTube videos are also great to watch if you need some guided workouts (this 15-minute butt workout is KILLER!). If you're staying at a resort, odds are they have some workout classes you could attend, like yoga on the beach. These classes are really fun because you're working out, but it doesn't feel like it because you're in a beautiful place!

5. Be adventurous
Traveling gives you the chance to try new things - take advantage of some of the cool excursions that your hotel offers like ziplining, swimming in cenotes, paddle boarding, etc. Also - get out and explore by foot! I love exploring the resort we're staying and walking all over. If we're staying in a safe town, we walk all over the town exploring (and usually scouting out good photo locations). If you're near the beach or pool, go for a swim and take a long walk on the beach.

6. Water and sleep!! 
Yes, you're on vacation, but getting enough water and sleep are still ESSENTIAL to your health. Traveling can be really rough on your body, and so can being out in the sun if you're body isn't used to it. Stock your car, purse or hotel room with bottles of water and drink them throughout the day. Even if I do have an alcoholic drink, I'll order a water right alongside it so that I can stay hydrated. Sleep is also super important on vacation, I try to make sure to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night to feel my best. 

How about you guys? I'd love to hear your tips for having a healthier vacation!


Friday, March 16, 2018

Master Closet Reveal

Happy Friday, everyone!! I'm so excited to FINALLY share my completed master closet renovation with California Closets today! When I first moved into our house, the master closet had carpeting and a LOT of wasted space. We have high ceilings in our closet, and I wanted to take advantage of all the empty wall space. I also envisioned it being both functional and pretty - with crystal knobs, a chandelier and even a wall of shoes! After doing a little bit of research, I booked a consultation with California Closets. Back in October, Amber Colo (from the California Closets showroom in Greensboro) came over to see the closet and to discuss the changes I had in mind. Right away I could tell that she shared my vision for what the closet could look like, and confirmed that they would have no problem bringing my dream to life. 

For the next step, Amber created a rendering of my new closet and what it could look like. She nailed EVERY single detail I wanted! (The above photo is what the rendering looked like.) When you walk into the closet, the right side would contains lots of drawers, shelves for handbags with protective clear glass doors, a vanity mirror, and large storage units above it all. There would also be a built-in window seat with more drawers, a wall of shoes with a full-length mirror (with built-in shelves behind the mirror), a jewelry cabinet with velvet backing and velvet jewelry inserts, and an entire wall of hanging clothes racks. And you guys - she really was able to BRING IT TO LIFE! Here are some of the before and after photos:

(Before and After: The wall immediately to the right when you walk into the closet)
(Before and After: The jewelry cabinet!)
(Before and After: the far left wall of the closet)
((Before and After: the view facing the bathroom door)

To add the final touches to the space, we installed a chandelier and ordered a rug and tufted pouf for some additional seating. There are still a few empty shelves I need to fill, but I absolutely love how it turned out!!

similar crystal chandelier (mine is from Trouvaille Home in Winston Salem) 

Overall I would HIGHLY recommend California Closets! They were able to bring some of my craziest ideas to life, and did it in a timely and professional manner. And if you live in the Greensboro/Winston Salem area, I would highly recommend working with Amber Colo, who is brilliant and is responsible for this whole thing! Thank you, Amber!!

If you have any questions, let me know in the comment section!


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Resort Review: UNICO 20 ̊87 ̊ in Riviera Maya

Good morning, can you believe we're already halfway through the week!? I'm so excited to share my review of UNICO 20 ̊87 ̊ in Riviera Maya today! We were invited there for their first birthday and LOVED this resort! I'm sharing all of my outfits first, but scroll down to the bottom of this post for the full review. :) 

Sundress Alena Dress // Clare V. Straw Tote similar here // Steve Madden Carrson Sandal

Pink dress (I wore it with a jean jacket on top!), also comes in a tee version

on me: Tularosa Maria Bikini Top // Clare V. Straw Tote, similar here
on Jessica: Similar Suit here // Mixed Bead & Thread Earrings 

on Jessica: Blue Off Shoulder Stripe Dress // Beaded Triple Hoop Earring // Nude Heels

 straw hat // black camisole (a wardrobe staple!) // high waisted shorts // 
Hello Molly top, similar HERE // Hello Molly skirt, similar HERE //
black sandals // MAC Lipstick in "Lady Danger"

Here's my full review of UNICO 20 ̊87 ̊:

Room: We stayed in the Alcoba Swim-Up Pool room with "tropical view." The room was sooo nice! There was a large king bed that was incredibly comfortable, and we could tell that the rooms were brand new and very clean. There was also a comfortable sofa, dining table, mini fridge, and a roomy bathroom, but the best part of the room was definitely the swim-up pool! The pool felt like bathwater at all times and it was so nice!

Pools: There are three different pools at UNICO 20 ̊87 ̊: two main pools (that are more of the party pools) and one serenity pool which is a lot quieter. The pools are very large and absolutely beautiful, and we had no problem finding chairs to lay out on in the morning. All of the pools are incredibly relaxing! Especially when you're having pina coladas delivered to your chair hahah - waiters walk around and will deliver both drinks and food to your lounge chairs!

Beach: The beach at UNICO 20 ̊87 ̊ was really nice but we actually didn't spend much time there during the day (we preferred the pools!). We did go on a few beach walks at sunset and there are some really pretty sunsets. One thing we did notice was that there was tons of seaweed on the beach!

Food: The food may have been one of my favorite parts of UNICO 20 ̊87 ̊! It's an all-inclusive resort, which I think is pretty hard to do well - in the past I've found that the food at all-inclusive resorts isn't that great, but that's NOT the case here. When you arrive, your in-room minibar is stocked according to your preference (beer, water, soda, etc.), and there's free 24-hour room service that you can order via the phone or via UNICO's app. For breakfast, we really loved the "healthy breakfast" on the room service menu - it came with an egg white omelet, fruit, yogurt, green tea and a fresh juice. We also really loved Inez Cafe for both breakfast and lunch, they make really good almond milk lattes and avocado toast. I'm drooling just remembering it, hahah! The resort's lunch buffet restaurant, Restaurant 20.87, is actually the best buffet I've ever been to. In addition to fresh salads, pasta, seafood, tacos (and more), there is a full sushi bar where they will make you sushi right before your eyes (the best avocado roll ever!). For dinner, the restaurants are all brand new and have great atmospheres - they're beautiful. Our favorite restaurant was the Japanese one, Mura House. We enjoyed amazing tempura vegetables, sushi rolls, salmon, and fried ice cream for dessert. 

Activities: There are tons of activities at UNICO 20 ̊87 ̊, whether you want to stay at the resort or go off on an excursion. We took advantage of the Floating Yoga class one morning - the yoga mats are suspended in the pool, which makes it even more challenging to hold your balance (especially when there are small waves in the pool!). Another night we went to the Silent Disco party and had a blast. Everyone wears headphones with two different music channels, and it's sooo funny when you take off your headphones and it looks like everyone is dancing in silence! We also took one excursion while we were on the trip, called the "Mayan Village & Tankah Cenotes" excursion. We visited three different cenotes in the jungle, zip lined, canoed, then walked to a nearby Mayan village where they made us an authentic Mayan meal. Definitely wear comfortable shoes and bring a change of clothes!

Spa: The spa at UNICO 20 ̊87 ̊ is GORGEOUS. We took a lot of pictures in the spa because it was so pretty! The pool has moroccan tile at the bottom and lots of airy, natural light. While I was there I booked the "Esencia Signature" massage where TWO therapists work together to give the massage. Imagine - someone massaging your shoulder AND feet at the same time! Y'all it was heavenly. I walked out of there feeling like a million bucks! Definitely get to your massage or facial an hour early so you can take advantage of the spa's amenities.

Transportation: We flew into the Cancun airport (only a three hour flight from Charlotte), and from there it was an hour and a half ride from the airport to the resort. The hotel made all of the arrangements for us so it was really easy!

In conclusion, I would highly recommend UNICO 20 ̊87 ̊!! In addition to a romantic getaway, we also saw a few bachelorette parties and groups of girls, so it is a great place to go with your girl gang as well. 

Let me know if you have questions in the comment section and I'll be sure to answer them! xoxo


*Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post, however I did receive compensation in the form of room and travel c/o UNICO 20 ̊87.As always, all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Book Review (Round Eight)

Good morning, everyone! I'm back with another book review and really excited to share some amazing reads with you today. As always, feel free to comment below with any good books you've read lately so we can all see! I'm busy looking for my next good book ;) 

1. THE LAST MRS. PARRISH by Liv Constantine
After my last book review, several of you guys emailed/DMed me saying I should pick up this book next. And I'm SO GLAD I did - it's by far the best book I've read in a while!! Here's the gist: Amber comes from a very small town and now that she's older, she's determined to make a better life for herself than the one she grew up in. She flees to the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, where she meets blond-haired, blue-eyed, and rich-beyond-belief Daphne Parrish, her real estate mogul husband and their two young children. They seem like the perfect family, not to mention they're surrounded by the kind of wealth that Amber could only dream of. Amber's envy could eat her alive - if she didn't have a plan to make it all hers. This novel had me on my toes the entire time, and I stayed up wayyyyy too late to finish reading it each night (until I could barely keep my eyelids open). I recommend this one 100%!

2. THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
I really enjoyed this one! The first half of the book is unlike any book I've ever read (the plot twist is SOOOO good!). It's really hard to describe this novel without giving away the big twist, but I'll tell you this: it's a novel about a woman and her ex-husbands new fiancé, but written in the most interesting, unique way I've ever seen. It will shock you to your core!! I devoured this one in just a few days and I absolutely loved it!

Anna Fox lives alone in New York City, trapped inside the four walls she calls home. She can't bring herself to take a single step outside. No grocery shopping, no walks through the park, not even to pick up a package from the front stoop. Instead, her days are filled with pills to control her anxiety, followed by a bottle or two of wine to wash it all down. Her life outside her home is only viewed through her Nikon camera, where she watches her neighbors' daily routines. When she witnesses an attack in the home across the street, no one will believe her - not the homeowners, or even the police! This novel is pretty typical of many thrillers I read where you don't know if you can trust the narrator, and if what's happening in the story is real or imagined. Although I couldn't really relate to Anna at all, I still really enjoyed this book and thought it was definitely worth the read! There are a couple of really good twists in the book too.

4. THE CELLAR by Natasha Preston
To be honest, the novel had a ton of potential - I picked it up at Target without having read any reviews because the summary on the back looked SO good and so unique. The premise is that four pretty girls are all kidnapped from their homes and held captive in a man's basement. Each girl is named after a different flower, and the story centers around Summer, or "Lily" as she is known in the basement. Like I said, it has the potential to be a great thriller with great characters, but the writing in this book simply isn't up to par. There are never vivid emotions that Summer seems to feel - her emotions are written plainly on the page, leaving her as an undeveloped character, even at the end of the novel. Even their captor, Clover, is not developed, nor did he seem realistic - I wasn't even scared of him! The only reason I was able to finish this novel is because I really wanted to know if the girls escaped the basement or not. I would not recommend this one, folks!


Monday, March 12, 2018

Pom Pom Cover-up in Mexico

pom pom swimsuit cover-up // Clare V handbag, just ordered this one and it's even CUTER!!
Valentino sandals, similar but less expensive HERE // initial necklace
Marysia scalloped swimsuit (underneath) // MAC lipstick in "creme cup"

Happy Monday, everyone! Sharing another fun look from Mexico today :) This pom pom swimsuit cover-up is ADORABLE don't you agree? Pom poms have been trendy for the past couple of years now, however they're typically brightly colored and I just love how this cover-up is very neutral. It's like a grown up version of pom poms. On another note, my Clare V handbag is sold out a lot of places, HOWEVER, I found one even cuter that I ordered and just had to share with you guys. Check it out here!

I really needed to be productive this weekend but the weather made it difficult! This winter has been nothing but freezing temps and LOTS of rain. I wanted to take naps and read all weekend, but yesterday Chris and I forced ourselves to be productive and we unpacked 20-something boxes from Ballard Designs and set up some of our living room furniture! I can't wait to show you guys soon :)