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Villa del Palmar Loreto Mexico Day 3

Ahhh…day 3 in paradise at the Villa del Palmar. This day was so much fun and jam packed with activities! The beauty of this resort is that they have so many things you can do if you want to or you can just relax! Relaxing always sounds good to me but then I end up doing something. I love to explore and try new things!

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The perfect way to start this beautiful morning was with a guided hike. Carlos was so knowledgable about the geography, ecology and vegetation. He even taught us some survival skills!

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Photo by James Tiffany Photography
After the hike we met with Ivan, the Villa del Palmar Healer who is part of the Wellness Program. We did a sun salutation with him on the beach and he blessed each of us. It was a really beautiful and spiritual moment and one of my favorite parts of the trip. Ivan had great energy and the whole experience was really grounding.

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The afternoon was spent boating and snorkling around the gorgeous islands of Loreto. The landscape was unlike anything I had ever seen with cactus growing on mountains beside crystal blue water. Again, I felt like I was dreaming.

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Photo by James Tiffany Photography
Those 2 little snorkel heads are me and my friend Luci!

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After boating I took a very educational class on tequila, taught by the in house sommelier, and even got certified! I learned that Jose Cuervo is only good for cleaning toilets ūüėČ and I do like the taste of tequila, I just had to taste a bunch to find the right one!

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Our final evening included a “Fiesta Mexicana” dinner buffet at The Market Restaurant and a cultural show. I think my girl Kitty can totally rock a sombrero!

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The next morning I paddle boarded at 7am and absorbed all of the peace and beauty of the early morning on the Sea of Cortez before packing my bags to head home.

The town of Loreto and the Villa del Palmar dazzled me with its beauty and warm hospitality. This trip will forever fuel my spirit and warm my heart. I will definitely be back one day but in the meantime I will continue to be inspired by my experiences and the memories created there!

The Villa del Palmar Islands of Loreto is offering my readers a rate of $119 USD per night in a Deluxe Studio suite, plus taxes & gratuities. You can book your getaway now for travel through April 30, 2016. Terms & conditions apply. Blackout dates apply. Book your stay through reservaciones.vdpl@vgloreto.com. Please reference code FAMNOV15 to receive this special rate.

 

Simply Glamorous

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Simply Glamorous by makeup artist extraordinaire Gary Cockerill just came out today and is the new makeup bible! Tigger approves. How glamorous does he look?

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This book really is the new makeup bible. Gary is an amazing makeup guru with tons of knowledge to share. I love Simply Glamorous because it covers EVERYTHING you need to know about skin and makeup and he uses all ages and races. It is perfect for anyone and everyone who is even remotely interested in their face, but trust me, once you crack it open you won’t be able to put it down and you WILL want to read it cover to cover. Not only is it full of easy to understand information but the photography is beautiful as well.

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This is one of my favorite things…he breaks down the different types of mascara wands and explains what each one does for your lashes. Brilliant! He also answers a ton of other beauty questions!

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The inside cover is a wallpaper of of those faces that makeup artists use to show you what they used on your face. I worked for Estee Lauder for several years while I was in Beauty School and this reminds me of those days. I fell in love with makeup then and have been hooked on beauty ever since!

With the holidays right around the corner Simply Glamorous is the perfect gift for yourself or anyone you know who is interested in makeup and skincare!

 

Glossy Fall Faves

I can’t believe its already October 1st. In my mind fall is here but we are still in the middle of a heat wave in LA so for now I will just have to look at the pretty fall ads and dream of sweaters and cooler days. Here are some of my current faves…

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1) This Versace cape coat is AH-MAZING!!! You know how much I love the color red! 2) These Calvin Klein sunnies remind me of a clear pair I just got at F21 that I am obsessed with. 3) This ad for 3.1 Phillip Lim is so gorgeous. I love the little lady in red in the background. 4) Black and white photos can be so simple and yet so moody. I love everything about this look from Sandro. 5) I have been obsessed with grey for the last few years and this coat by VINCE is just perfect. It looks cozy yet chic. 6) I am thrilled to see that Coach has gotten a little edgier. I would wear this entire look from head to toe!

 

Top 8 Emmy’s Looks

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Lady Gaga Actress, American Horror Story: Hotel wearing a Brandon Maxwell dress. Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

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Taraji P. Henson Nominee, Lead Actress in a Drama for Empire
Wearing Alexander Wang custom dress; Neil Lane jewelry.
Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

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Jamie Alexander Presenter in Armani Prive gown; Baccarat jewelry.
Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for TNT LA

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Joanne Froggatt Nominee, Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Downton Abbey wearing J. Mendel pink and black trompe l’oeil gown with draped bodice; Kwiat jewelry; Edie Parker clutch; Jimmy Choo shoes. Photo: John Shearer/WireImage

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Lena Heady Nominee, Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Game of Thrones wearing Zuhair Murad garnet wrap front halter gown with plunging neckline; Harry Kotlar jewelry. Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images

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Julianne Hough Judge, Dancing With The Stars wearing Marchesa black bugle beaded Chantilly lace and tulle corset gown with feather motif embroidery; Jimmy Choo clutch and sandals. Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

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Zoe Kazan Nominee, Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Olive Kitteridge wearing Miu Miu dress. Photo: John Shearer/WireImage

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Viola Davis in Carmen Marc Valvo. Bravo! What a beautiful speech!

 

Friday Faves

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My bags are packed! This weekend we are hitting the open road and heading out to Sin City for a couple of days to celebrate our 9 year wedding anniversary! I am super excited to spend time with my husband and just relax. It has been a crazy busy couple of weeks and we haven’t seen much of each other so the timing is perfect. ¬†What are you up to? Here are some of my faves this week…

* I hungout at the newly redesigned Est√©rel in the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills for their unveiling party last night and it was gorgeous. There is a ton of outdoor garden and cabana seating that would be perfect for Sunday brunch. I can’t wait to go back!

* Tomorrow night is the Annual White Light White Night Charity event for Walk With Sally in Manhattan Beach. A ton of celebs will be there including my 2 favorite Heathers…Dubrow and McDonald. Hopefully I run into at least one of them! Last time I checked there were still a few tickets left!

* Thursday July 30th Create Nightclub will host the 6th Annual LUCKYRICE LA Feast featuring the best up and coming chefs and plenty of Asian-influenced cocktails. Tix are $150 VIP and $88 GA.

* Rilastil is one of the top skincare lines in Italy and I have been using the Long Lash Mascara¬†($32) and Illuminating Eye-Contour Cream¬†($70) for the last month and love them both! I normally wouldn’t spend this much on a mascara but this one is worth every penny. The mascara wand is flexible and really separates the lashes. It contains red algae extract thats helps to strengthen your lashes. It doesn’t clump or flake either which is amazing. The eye cream has a really cool applicator tip that smoothes it right under the eye and it contains¬†31 active ingredients to lift, firm, and brighten the delicate skin under the eye area. I feel like it has really improved the appearance of my dark circles.

* Christie Brinkley…who doesn’t love her? She has always been naturally beautiful so when I heard she had a line of skin care now I had to try it. I have been using the Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish for a few weeks now and I am a huge fan. It is gentle, cleanses and exfoliates at the same time, has a very light fragrance, and is under $25. My one tip is to make sure you really wash it off well. A couple of times I didn’t and my face felt a little felt gritty when I was putting on my moisturizer.

* I love a mud mask and the Miracle Skin Transformer Miracle Revival Mud Mask ($38) is the bomb! It only takes 15 minutes, feels cool as it settles into your skin, and unclogs pores, detoxifies and hydrates. It truly is a miracle and they sell it at Nordstrom. The next time you get a “note” (true Nordies will know what I’m talking about) treat yourself!

* Speaking of Nordstrom, the Anniversary Sale is going on now until Aug 2nd and Whish (I love them…remember their fun event at Ulta?) has created an exclusive line called Soda Fountain Collection with a bath and body gel ($15) and a body butter ($12) in delicious flavors like Orange Cream (my favorite), Black Cherry, Ginger Melon and Key Lime.

* Citadel Outlets is proud to be a part of the Los Angeles community welcoming the 2015 Special Olympics World Games with their Reach Up and Shop! Program. From Saturday, July 25- Monday, Aug. 2, World Games athletes, family members, volunteers and honored guests can show their World Games badge to receive 20% off top name brands across the center!

* There’s a new shopping site called Her Velvet Vase out of Singapore that just launched in the US that has super chic clothing and accessories that are all under $100!

* There is a great Norman Seeff rock-n-roll photography show at  Ron Robinson  in Santa Monica thru August 30th. One more reason to stop in and check out this awesome store!

Have a super fun and magical weekend! XO

 

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