Getting On Board With UPF 50+

You don’t need to be surfing the waves to be sporting the surfer girl look.  I am a huge fan of the beach and all the activities that one can enjoy on the sandy shore but I am becoming less tolerant of the rays beating down on my skin.  Here are four pieces armed with UPF 50+ from Carve Designs that may do the trick.  Summer is short on the East Coast so having fun and sporty swimwear that has you covered from sunrise to sunset is key!!

Top pic is the Madeline One Piece followed by the Salters Tight, the Sanitas Reversible Top, and the Mustique Reversible Bottom.  All images from Carve Design

Get Floating With Missoni

The Butterfly

Get ready to float away this summer with the Missoni x FUNBOY collaboration.  When a city girl (without a pool) is dreaming of ways to stay cool and with time to flip through some online fashion sights then fun things are found.  Check out Missoni’s take on FUNBOY’s original butterfly wing pool float.  Keeping true to Missoni’s bold usage of color and pattern, the float is fabulous, fun, and Missoni all the way.  Don’t wait too long or the next drop will also sell out.  FUNBOY has the market cornered with the coolest and chicest pool accessories.

images and video from FUNBOY. Summer is here!

24 Hours in Bozeman, MT

Anytime of the year is a perfect time to visit Bozeman, MT.  A one hour drive from Big Sky and just a short distance from the airport.  A pretty perfect scenario.  Bozeman is a college town located in a valley surrounded by mountains.  No matter where you stand in this city you will have stunning views of the mountains.   Main St. is lined with old Art Deco buildings and neon lights that transform this city at night to hip and happening.  Enjoy strolling Main Street while taking breaks for a bite to eat, a drink, and to explore boutiques.  The vibe is nothing short of cool with an old western charm.  You immediately know that 24 hours will not be enough!

Stay:

The Lark, formerly a run down Old Imperial Inn from the 60’s has been transformed into a modern hip motel with attention to design, efficiency, and style.  The Lark collaborated with local artists for wall installations that tell the story of the area.  The rooms are charming, cozy, and equipped with all your needs to recharge yourself and your tech gadgets.  Each room has built-in wall units made of steel and wood perfect to tuck your gear away.  There are two common areas that are extensions to the rooms.  Enjoy the spacious outdoor patio with bright orange Eames chairs, wooden benches, and an outdoor fireplace.  Relax on the large leather sectional with your feet up or take a seat at the communal wooden table.  Sip some local coffee from the beverage cart.  It is a hip hotel/motel and you want to hang out longer than you should but there is too much to explore. At the end of your day, you will be happy to return to your base camp to sit by the outdoor wood burning fire with a cocktail in hand.

A Few Stand Outs:

Bozeman downtown offers an eclectic mix of shops to explore.  Standouts are Cactus, a funky record shop with the low down on the music scene, Hey Day, a lifestyle boutique that is big and airy, and dawn Josephine collective, a beautifully curated shop with local artists being represented.

A stand out is the Montana Honey Bee Co.  This shop is half artisanal honey and the other half showcasing all your needs to become a bee keeper.  You are educated about bees while sampling the wide varieties of honey.  It is a wonderful store bringing your awareness back to nature.  You will walk away contemplating the idea of designing your own bee farm at home.  It is so sweet! (no pun intended)

Places to Eat:

Bozeman does not lack character.  It is a place that gives you an idea of how life has been.  The city has done a beautiful job combining the old charm through restoration, preservation, and combining their history with modern updates.  Restaurants, bars, cafes, and coffees shops are lively, youthful, and inviting. Sure winners are:  Wild Joe’s coffee spot,  Jam for an over the top breakfast, Copper for a cocktail, and Montana Ale Works for dinner.

If you are thinking about Bozeman for this summer or any other time of year then check out this Bozeman blog.  Great resource!

Havaianas Mean One Thing, Summer

Havaianas, the well know rubber flip-flops that date back to 1962 are still going strong.  The name means Hawaiians in Portuguese and the style was inspired by the traditional Japanese sandal, the Zori.  Havaianas are the summer essential that screams warm days.  The flip-flop that casually takes you poolside, to beach ready as well as complimenting your rolled up jeans.  They are basic, functional, stylish, playful, and carefree.  Your Havaianas are one those wardrobe essentials that is just a given.  Toss them in your bag or suitcase and never leave home without them!

Image from Zappos.  So many colors and prints to choose from!  You have to love the quick turn around time.  Happy Summer!

 

Light Bites and Sips For Summer Nights

Le-Grand-Aioli-Classic French Dish

Summer Cocktail

The Fixings For A Cocktail

Always searching for entertaining dishes that can be made ahead for those hot summer nights.  Pick up your fresh produce from your local farm stand to serve up the rainbow.  Being able to have friends over with little effort is the goal but in all honesty nothing goes without effort and some prep.  Here is a fab classic French platter that I will be giving a go to share with friends.  Bring this lovely platter to any summer gathering for something to noche on. Try Goop’s Green Goddess dressing for a healthy alternative to the aioli.    I also stumbled across a bright and light cocktail that can be sipped all summer long. Hydrating with watermelon sounds pretty perfect to me.  I am also sharing a lovely list of 30 Rose`s to enjoy from Food & Wine.  Time to trade in the red for all those lovely shades of pink.  Cheers to summer!

images @ Food 52 and Epicurious

ARoss Girl x Soler

ARoss Girl x Soler Belted Silk Dress
Brooke belted silk crepe de chine midi
ARoss Girl X Soler Dress
Brooke washed – silk maxi dress
ARoss Girl x Soler Dress
Amanda printed silk-georgette midi
ARoss x Soler Midi Dress
Brooke belted silk crepe de chine midi

A dress for all you lovely ladies!  I am so in love with color these days.  Just take a peek at the ARoss Girl x Soler collaboration.  It is one to dream about.  Spotted on Net-A-Porter of course on this rainy day.  These stunning dresses come with a price tag but I am certain you could come with a handful of reasons to warrant your purchase (think cost per wear).  Then you will find yourself twirling in one over excitement.  A midi length is not always the easiest to pull off but with the help of a block heel or neutral strappy sandal you are well on your way.  The maxi just needs a sweet flat.  These dresses are playful, colorful, pretty, feminine, and timeless.  It is that one dress that would never need dusting off.  So pretty! Bravo!!

images @ Net-A-Porter

One Piece or Two?

Swimwear that you can order multiple sizes, multiple styles, no hassle returns, and have delivered to your front step?!  Uhh… yes please!  The new swimwear line from Andie is listening to women and they know that buying a swimsuit is the most dreaded task for endless reasons.  Andie is disrupting the industry with stylish, clean, and simple swimsuits that won’t break your bank account.  All suits are under $100.  They offer a great online service with a 5 step quiz to help you figure out your perfect fit.  You can feel confident with a swimsuit that covers you.  For the exposed areas take a look at Supergoop for sun protection.

Don’t you love new finds that give you more options?!  images @ Andie