Hotels, TravelBanyan Tree Mayakoba

banyanVoyages by nature always transport you to a new world, but reflecting back on our time at the Banyan Tree Mayakoba, this concept came across on a whole new level. A zippy direct flight and 45-minute drive later, we arrived at the Riviera Maya Mexico but with a distinct feel of Asia. With luxury properties all over Thailand, China and Indonesia, the Banyan Tree’s Asian influence is much more than a veneer. Throughout the visit, I found my mind channeling Chiang Mai and Bintan while strolling through the immaculately manicured courtyards.

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Accessories, Beauty, MakeupPerfect Pairing: Bobbi Brown “The Katie” Glasses & Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner

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If there’s one thing Bobbi Brown knows, it’s how to make women feel confident (after all, she’s made an entire career out of it). That’s why she’s launched a new collection of optical eyewear, because Bobbi knows that glasses should not be relegated to those “I can’t even deal” days. As a fellow four-eyed gal, I completely agree–in fact, why not make a statement out of it? Bobbi’s “The Katie” glasses in navy blue does just that–the flattering frames may be a retro throwback, but the punchy color is distinctly modern. With the focus on your eyes now, make sure you accentuate your peepers with some intense lining action. In fact, Bobbi says that properly lining your eyes is one of the most important things you can do for a gorgeous glasses look. Her new ‘Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner‘ packs the pigment, intensity, creaminess, and longevity of a gel liner with the precision and convenience of a pencil. Getting stand-out eyes has never been easier.

Bobbi Brown ‘ The Katie’ Glasses, $220, BobbiBrownEyewear.com
Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner, $24, Sephora.com

BeautyLupita Nyong’o is the new Face of Lancome Paris

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Well we totally saw this one coming! After the Internet clamored to get their hands on Lupita Nyong’o’s  lip balm after she whipped it out at the Oscars, we knew a beauty deal was just a matter of time. Today Lancôme Paris announced that the stunning Mexican-born-Kenyan as their newest brand ambassador and we think it’s the perfect match. Nyong’o fits right in with the beauty brand’s elegant, feminine, and aspirational feel.

“I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history that I have always loved. I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for  women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself,” says Lupita Nyong’o. We can’t wait to see her gorgeous face in future Lancome ads.

Gift Guides, Mom & KidsMagnolia the Bunny – Limited Edition

Magnolia Easter-2I almost melted into a puddle when I first laid eyes on Magnolia the Bunny, dressed in her Easter best! Magnolia is the latest limited-edition member of the Walnut Animal Society family, whose gifted creator Lauren Bradshaw takes the art of stuffed animals to a whole new level. Each animal is handmade of the highest-quality materials (to stand up to years of hugs!) and no two are exactly alike. Darling Magnolia is perfect for kids but even I felt a tug at my heart as she brought back so many whimsical memories of childhood imaginary friends.

My two-year-old actually let out a squeal when she first saw Magnolia, as even she could appreciate the rabbit’s charming cuteness (plus bunnies are her favorite right now). Last night, I managed to put her to bed without her beloved bunny so I could snag myself some quality time to admire her. Standing at two feet tall, Magnolia feels substantial, well-built and is just the right size for little arms to hug. She is impeccably dressed in Liberty of London-cut garments, and this styling rabbit knows how to mix prints in the most chic and adorable way! I had to smile at the bunny-print lower on her dress which was designed by Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag.

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Bath & Body, IntimatesPerfect Pairing: Warner No Side Effects Bra and Dove Advanced Care Deodorant

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This spring (we can call it that now, right?), it’s all about taking care of your armpits. Instead of only complaining about them (amirite?), it’s time to give those forgotten body parts some love. Two of my favorite products of the moment strive to do exactly just that–and they work even doubly well when used together! Warner’s No Side Effects Bra is the first bra I’ve come across that’s dedicated to fighting “sleevage”–or in laywoman’s terms, armpit fat. In addition to being insanely comfortable, soft and cushy, the bra even contains an extra side panel solely for the purpose of tucking and smoothing away that area. So now when you’re wearing a sleeveless or silky top, you no longer have to curse your armpits–you can instead, admire them.

Speaking of sleeveless and silky shirts, they also tend to show off one other armpit pitfall and source of many complaints–wetness. This season, you can put that worry to rest too with the new Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant Deodorant which delivers, not one, but two day’s worth of protection with each application. Now you don’t have to sweat it (ha ha) even if you forget a day. Of course in addition to fighting wetness and odor, the product is also packed with Dove’s nourishing skincare ingredients which soothe and smooth. Oh, and it goes on clear so you don’t have to worry about that embarrassment either. Trust me, your armpits will never be happier.

Warner’s No Side Effects Bra, #36, Macys.com
Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant Deodorant, $6, Drugstore.com

 

HomeDrink SOMA (& An Early Lesson on Marriage)

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People often ask me if things feel different after getting married. Since my husband and I cohabitated for a year before we even got engaged, I would’ve expected to answer “no.” Well, I was wrong–and never did that become more apparent than when I bought our first water filter as a married couple.

My husband only likes to buy tried-and-true products. He is anti-trends. Me? I’ve tried everything from fermented gel lotion (it’s the next big thing), to sleep-mask self tanners (get on it), to long distance energy healing sessions. If I discover something new, I’m curious to test it out. 50% of my GChat conversations are essentially me sending links of products to my friends followed by “I want this.” My husband writes off my ADHD product obsession tendencies half affectionately, half mockingly as an effect of my “blog life.” Well, someone’s gotta try all the new things.

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Accessories, Insider's ObsessionsInsider’s Obsession: Sandy Leong

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Sandy Leong, of eponymous luxury jewelry line Sandy Leong Jewelry, isn’t just a talented designer–she’s a fabulous woman. When we first met her at a press preview months ago, we knew we’d be gawking at her line of modern structural jewels (just take a look at this statement topaz ring and twist bangle with diamonds)–what we did not expect was to end up chatting and laughing with her for an hour! Naturally, we needed to know what all her obsessions were…so we can add them to our own list!

ONE. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara — Look beyond the catchy name; this mascara is my go to daily secret for keeping my peepers looking peppy.

TWO. Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment — In love with this skin treament – it really does add a daily glow to the face  - no secret about it! 

THREE. Sandy Leong Origin Mesh Bracelet — Part of my classic collection and still a favorite- this 18K gold bracelet lays nicely flat against the wrist- perfect for anyone with an active lifestyle.  I even wear it while playing tennis!

FOUR.  Case Mate iPhone5 ID Case — This cover with room for my ID, metro card and Visa — great for those days when I’m walking the dogs, running errands, picking up groceries and oh, wait, what are those cute jeans doing in the window?

FIVE.  Dark denim by IRO  — I love the way these jeans fit.  They are super flattering and have been my go to denim brand lately.

 

IntimatesSheerly Pink

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With the change in seasons, it’s always a great time to refresh your lingerie drawer – throw out the old, and bring in some new.  We love Felina here at TDO, and this particular Christelle bra and boyshort set is particularly lovely! This style is super feminine and sexy, while still offering full coverage. The bra and undies both have sweet bows, with a little silvery sparkle edging. It’s slightly sheer, yet still slightly opaque – and would still look pretty even if it peeks out from a thin slouchy t-shirt (like this one) that we’re all throwing on weekends when the weather warms up.

Fitness & HealthGraced by Grit

gracedWhile I love Spring for its innate optimism, it’s also a kick in the butt to well, get off my butt! It’s finally time to throw off the cold-weather layers and start exploring warm-weather wardrobes, and that means making sure my body isn’t still hibernating in winter mode. I’ll be the first to admit, I need a lot of incentive to get moving outside- a great playlist, comfortable running shoes, and fresh workout gear are often the most inspiring! I saw the name as a sign when I came across Graced By Grit, designed by two amazing athletes, for active women. Their inspiration comes from the life-shaping grit in life that shapes you as a person, and a welcome gift at the end of it is grace. The collection is unique because it is meant to function both in the water and on land, so the top-quality fabrics are light but woven to last.

The Show ‘Em Whatcha Got Cami is built for just that, a flattering and edgy cut made with quick-dry UPF 50+ fabric. It has a built-in bra, which can be supplemented by a sports bra for high-impact exercise. The top is fashionable enough to grab a smoothie in after the workout (the ruching had me at hello), but designed to be highly functional during it. I’ve taken the Cami for a few runs, and it’s comfortable and breathable, and doesn’t ride up. Most importantly, I feel safe running even at gloaming due to the reflective logos and the easily attached safety whistle always within arm’s reach.

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Dining & Nightlife, Hotels, TravelBourbon Steak Miami

bourbonMiami’s epic energy and fun spirit remain unmatched, which is due in large part to its unique fusion of cultures. I’ve always loved spending time on Miami beaches, basking in the sun (while it’s snowing at home) and being entertained by the people watching. Sometimes on vacay, I’m in the mood for something a little more laid-back but still carries that Miami vibe. Enter Bourbon Steak, a restaurant by James Beard award-winning chef Michael Mina, located within the sprawling and elegant Turnberry Isle Resort. A leisurely drive from the flocks of partiers, this is one place that the glitterati will migrate to for a taste of the superb cuisine in an elite club atmosphere with well-oiled service. The stunning entrance through glass doors invites diners into the sleek dining room which seats 250 and feels like the beginning of an opulent dream.

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