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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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CRUISE INSTA

Hello!

I just got back from a fabulous cruise to Key West and The Bahamas and wanted to do a little round up on the trip! My beautiful and kind momma just turned 50 and to celebrate, my family went on a cruise. I have been on a few cruises before and I have to say, they are slowly turning into one of my favorite vacations. Reason why? I love being able to truly relax, unwind, and recharge and I think its one of the only vacations that I go on where I don’t need a vacation from the vacation, you get what I mean? I had a few questions about packing, what to wear, and cruises in general so I thought I would give some tips below!

  1. What to pack? For a tropical cruise, pack for lightweight, summer clothing for the days but don’t forget to bring a sweater for the evening. My experience is that cruises are kept pretty chilly inside…especially in places like the dining rooms and theaters! There are typically a few “formal” nights on the cruise and that word is used quite loosely for the cruisegoers {makes for good people watching, I’ll tell you that!}. People wear anything from their 1980s prom dress to a swimsuit cover up that they thought looked close enough to a dress. I go somewhere in between with my formality: a LBD with some fun heels and a pop of color on my lips and I call it a day. Most other nights I wear summer dresses, maxi skirts, and sandals. In port, make sure to check and see what the agenda for your day is and dress accordingly….tennis shoes/shorts/ball caps for adventures like zip-lining and swimsuits/flip flops/sun hats for days sitting on the beach. {And always sunscreen!!}
  2. Book excursions! For the most part, cruise ports leave little to be desired. Some are pretty photo ops, some are lackluster, but almost all of them are designed for tourists. If you want to truly experience a country for the day, book an excursion and explore. Don’t be afraid to look outside what your cruise line offers you and look on travel websites and find options with great reviews. Some of the best excursions I have been on were found on sites other than the cruise line!
  3. Utilize your sea days and rest. Like I said above, cruises truly are some of the most relaxing vacations to me and I think that’s mainly because I make it that way. There is SO much to do and see aboard a cruise ship that you could spend your entire time doing activities. I love a good action packed day but I need a day of rest to balance it out. Typically a seven day cruise has three full days in various ports and two full days + two half days of sea days. Sleep in. Eat brunch. Read. Lay out by the pool. Go for a walk or jog (yes, jog! Cruises have great tracks and workout rooms for those who choose to partake, I happen to go for a workout 2 out of the 7 days on our cruise and I’m pretty darn happy about it!). Just don’t over do it, let this day be for you.
  4. The more, the merrier. My experience is that the bigger the group of people you have going, the more likely you’ll have others that enjoy the same things you do and you can break off into groups and truly vacation the way that you want to. Like anything, it is what you make of it. My favorite nights aboard a cruise ship are never  the shows (some can be great, some can be sub par), its always sitting around the dinner table having a great laugh about something that happened earlier that day or taking turns two stepping in the main atrium to a great one man band country singer. If you enjoy the people that you are with, you can never go wrong.

Hope that was somewhat helpful! I love and have a passion for traveling and seeing the world around me so I’d like to start incorporating a bit more travel into the blog if that’s okay with you. Feel free to leave a comment or email me with anything I didn’t cover!

Cheers,

Candice