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Bahamas Round UpSomeway. Somehow. My life turned into a constant vacation for the past month. And do you know what? I’m not complaining a single bit. Jacob and I took a trip last week with his parents and grandmother and it was such a fun and fabulous getaway to the beautiful Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. From the moment you step onto the premises you are greeting with “Welcome to Paradise” by the nicest staff you will ever encounter in your life (no joke!). I thought I’d round up my top five favorite moments and maybe, just maybe, this will give you the itch to take your own little getaway!

  1. Kissing dolphins. It’s the cutest thing you’ll ever do. Our sweet dolphin Jonah had a cleft lip which made his little mouth turn upwards so he looked like he was grinning from ear to ear the entire time.
  2. Feeding fish in the lagoon + conch shell searching. The iconic view in front of the Atlantis resort includes a view of the still body of water that feeds into the ocean. There are small schools of tropical fish that swarm around you when you feed them and its truly so incredible. A group of little girls were in the lagoon with us one day and found some shells with live conch in them that slithered out as they lifted the shells in and out of the water. Their little squeals were absolutely adorable. I’m convinced they were half loving it and half hating it!
  3. Dinners. My in laws know how to do dinner right. They always choose the best restaurants and the time we spend together swapping stories and laughing over great food and wine is priceless to me. My top two restaurants were The Bahamian and Seafire.
  4. Yacht row. Several yachts line the harbor at Atlantis and I absolutely loved grabbing a cool treat and walking by the beautiful boats. Never hurts to dream, right?!
  5. Spa newbie. I got my first EVER massage at the fabulous spa inside the resort and it couldn’t have been more perfect. I don’t know why I’m so late to the spa party but let me tell you, I think it’s now a vacation MUST {my husband is thrilled about that fact}.

I can’t wait to return to paradise and I hope you enjoyed this little recap of my first time there!

xoxo

Candice

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NEW YORK CITY

As I sit typing this blog post, my unpacked suitcase is making its home in our master bedroom, a sight I am only okay with because I will be trading out my NYC all black {plus a few blush accents!} attire for the bright patterns and colors of the beach for a trip to the Bahamas in just a few short days. I thought I’d do a little recap of my work [if you can call it that] trip to NYC last week and give you some travel tidbits if you are interested in making a trip to the Upper East Side anytime soon.

For starters, I must admit that the Big Apple has my heart. I went for the first time four years ago and have been back once a year ever since then. This time, it was for a trip with the company I work for, Sunkissed and Made Up, and our entire team attended a makeup and hair show and then stayed on for some photoshoots in the city. Being the largest city in the United States, I could share ten blog posts about the city and what to do and see so how about we just break them up into seasons? We’ll call this one springtime in NYC.

  1. Spring does not equal nice weather. At least my experience from this past week tells me that. It was in the mid 40s to mid 50s all. week. long. Of course I checked the weather beforehand but it was ten to fifteen degrees cooler than expected so tip #1 is to bring some staple winter items just in case.
  2. Even in the beautiful and vibrant colors of spring, NYC people seem to be stuck in the mindset that black is always in style SO if you want to ditch the fanny pack and tennis shoe look of a tourist, opt for all black and you will be good to go.
  3. SOHO: quickly becoming one of my favorite areas of NYC. We’ve become so acquainted with one another, I can basically operate my way around without my eyes glued to my iPhone. SOHO is great for shopping, places like DASH (it’s a five second must see if you’re a die hard Kardashian fan…which unfortunately I’m guilty of..but it’s not the best shopping), the FRYE (beautiful leather goods for days), Artizia (pretty basics like ZARA or H&M at a really good price point) and lets not forget Georgetown Cupcakes (the best afternoon snack in all the land). Also, the NOMO SOHO is a fabulous hotel (I haven’t stayed there yet but its definitely on my list!) with a great location to the incredible shopping and they house a beautiful restaurant that you MUST make time to have brunch at. Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar is just as beautiful as it is delicious, you won’t regret it.
  4. Upper East Side: somehow, through a serendipitous happening on HomeAway (the vacation home rental website) the Sunkissed girls and I found ourselves in the most charming Upper East Side townhouse. We’d like to say that our sweet abode (which so happens to be directly next door to THE Kelly Ripa) was more than ours for five days but having the opportunity to stay there for that long was MIND. BOGGLING. In another life, I’m basically a mid to late 40s cute mom who jogs in the morning and does lunch with the ladies right before picking up the dog from the groomers and sipping cocktails by five o clock kind of person. One can dream, right? Well, I did.  And I think its probably now tainted every time that I return to my beloved New York because I’m not quite sure I’ll ever be able to live like that again. Moral of the story: check apartments and homes to rent for your stay and you might just have the most magical experience.
  5. Central Park: although the weather didn’t scream spring time, the flowers around the city absolutely did! There were the most incredible tulips dusted all around the city and I couldn’t help but be stopped in my tracks every time I saw beautiful row of buildings lined with colorful tulips, it just couldn’t get any more charming! Of all of the views though, Central Park had to be the best. There were trees, bushes, and flower beds bursting with new life and I even snuck away the very last morning for a little walk just by myself so I could literally stop and smell the roses.
  6. The Polo Bar: If you haven’t heard of it, this restaurant will provide one of the most unexpected experiences you can find in the city. It’s located beneath the flagship Ralph Lauren store on Fifth Avenue and one minute you’re in the middle of traffic on the bustling street and the next minute, you’re whisked away by some Ralph Lauren model of a fellow who radios in to the next clone of himself that you have arrived and are ready to be seated. Lined on the walls around you is the most beautiful collection of polo gear, beautiful leather seats, and dimmed lighting that makes the atmosphere reminiscent of an old, but established country club of times past. The food, the drinks, the DESSERT…were decadent and the experience, unforgettable. You should go, if my rambling on hasn’t already convinced you of my feelings on this place.

Hope this piques your interest or helps you if you already have a trip in mind to the beautiful New York City. It’s truly the city that dreams are made of.

Candice

Hi lovelies!! I wanted to do a step by step of how to include a “Flower Crown Bar” at your next hostessing gig. Truly any guest age 8 to 88 will love this activity. It doubles as a take home favor {which I love!} and because I’ve recreated this FOUR times, I thought it was finally time for me to break down what you need in terms of supplies and tips and tricks to make this work. I decided to break this down into two sections, the first part is how to set up the station and the second part is to help actually make the flower crown. I hope you enjoy!!

Special thanks to my sweet friend Kailey of Double Shot of Sass who spent the morning with me taking photos of this pretty little set up!

For the hostess:

  1. First thing’s first. You need a table of some sort to display all of your vases of flowers and supplies to make the flower crowns. I suggest a console table like this one, or a rectangular table with a table cloth…flowers can get a little messy so you need some space!
  2. Vases: I like an assortment of various sizes and look of vases to give the station an eclectic look. Fill each vase up with a small amount of water to keep the flowers alive while doing everyone participates in flower crown making.
  3. Signage: I love a little {or big} chalkboard sign to designate the area and help the guests know the general idea of the activity.
  4. Flowers: buy flowers according to the season that the wedding is in. I have done this in the fall and spring and they both offer different but beautiful looks! I have listed the actual flowers I purchased for this tutorial if you are looking for specifics. Biggest tip: make sure the stem of the flower can easily lay flat, incorporate greenery, and buy different sizes of flowers.
  5. Set a small box up with the supplies you need to actually need to make flower crowns: floral tape, thick floral wire, wire cutters, scissors.
  6. Have one person be designated to stay in the area and make a flower crown ahead of time as an example to show guests. Also, make sure that the hostesses wear the flower crowns from the beginning of the shower, this really encourages everyone to take part!

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For the guests:

  1. Begin to make the flower crown by taking the floral wire and measure the span of your head, leaving a little extra room so that you can twist the ends and fit the crown to the shape of your head.
  2. Take two sprigs of greenery (ex. eucalyptus, leaves of flowers, etc) and lay them flat and tape the floral tape around the wire. TIP: floral tape only sticks to itself so take a small amount of tape and make sure to wrap it around itself to stick.
  3. Add a large flower, in this case a pink peony, to the center of the greenery so that you have a base to work around.
  4. Then add smaller flowers on either side, each time taking the flat end of the stem and laying it flat around the wire. Use your creative juices and add flowers where need to be to create balance!
  5. And wala! You are finished! Place the flower crown on your head and there you have your accessory for the day. If the size of the flower crown is still a little big, you can twist the back of the wire to make it fit perfectly. TIP: Make sure to have a sink with soap and water nearby or hand-sanitizer because the floral tape will leave your guests feeling sticky.

How to make a flower crown // flower crown bar // bridal shower

Hope you enjoyed!

xoxo

Candice

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