What Works When
To go: Mayakoba, Mexico
A Winter Getaway for Seclusion

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A few months ago I headed to the Rivera Maya area of Playa del Carmen, just outside of Cancun. Part family wedding, part utter relaxation. The trip turned out even better than planned. Why? Because of Mayakoba! This area is a population of three luxury resorts: Rosewood, Fairmont and Banyan Tree. Each with its own unique vibe – hip & cool, relaxing and spa-like and exotic and removed. We took pleasure in experiencing each of the properties and what they had to offer. Cocktails from Rosewood were bar none, the green juice and private mineral pool at Fairmont was incredibly relaxing and the restaurants at Banyan Tree took the cake (and was my favorite hotel on the property).

In the midst of trying to plan several other trips for the springtime, I couldn’t help but look back on a trip done right. And one that was just as easy to get to as flying cross-country…except the turquoise waters could not be beat!

 

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I wear black pretty much year round. Its my go-to color for anything formal or a presentation at work. This year, on the 1st of April, I’m totally baffled on which shoe to get. So I’m crowdsourcing….

This is my exact cart on Piperlime. I’m attempting to update my wardrobe within reason this spring. I need a.) an updated heel and b.) a weekend to work sandal. My problem is that I’d wear all of these shoes. All the time. But I only have enough allotted for just one pair.

So I’m asking… which one do I choose?

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springtime2{Chilled cones – Mint Chip + OPIs Mod About You polish}

springtime3{Outdoor lunches + in season produce}

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I recently got a manicure with clear, gel nail polish. Why? Because I’m getting past the nail art trend (other than a few subtle designs or light glitter) and I wanted an overall clean look. It’s been a blast to wear this “new” color and be bare, but also completely put together at the same time.

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The Oscars draw me in every single year. Fancy dresses, sparkling jewelery, shoes with punch and pow, I can never get enough. While watching the red carpet and the telecast, I picked up on the color wave of the show: muted neutrals. Much like the blush nude lipstick I’ve been rocking, Hollywood too is taking a step back from the bold, in your face colors and focusing on the simple glamour a light color can give. These are not only my top pics for best dressed (oh, Cate!!), but also show the range of this nude color taking the red carpet by storm.

 

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*Images from Vogue and Forbes

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{Tom Ford’s Blush Nude}

 

Despite blush nude being a hot color for spring apparel, I cannot help but be equally obsessed with it on my lips as well. Over the past week I’ve sampled many shades, and ultimately chose my favorite for both day and night. Slightly more pink in the day to bring a rosy glow to the overall look and a pale nude for evening to balance out a smoky eye.

 

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{MAC’s Modesty}

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About two months ago I was at my local Ulta store buying nail polish. This is a far too regular occurrence for me, so I didn’t put too much thought into picking out a base, top coat and fun color. When I got to the check out line, the sales person strongly encouraged me to choose completely different products. I totally ignored his advice (he was a he and the polishes I chose were on special if I bought them all from the same brand). I continued to go home with  my original plan and do an at-home manicure. The results were horrible. Chipping within a day. Plus the top coat wasn’t even that shiny.

I recently went back to buy the aforementioned Orly Bonder base coat, Seche Vite top coat and OPI polish (Mod About You) the sales guy recommended. And I’ve got to say, when combined, they all make a magical combination of strength, shine and durability. I’m sold.

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  • Funky bedside light
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The hardest part about decorating a new house is making sure the details are right.  Add another layer on top of that with my advertising background, I’ve wavered over what to do next to my bedside table. Go with a bright color? Something small and compact? Bold and striking? After two months of searching, I’ve narrowed it down to these four lamps. I can’t wait to show you which one will make the final cut.

 

Images from: West Elm, DWR, Gilt and Restoration Hardware.

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A few days ago I visited Bar Keeper in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles. We were stocking our home bar, but got distracted in the massive bitters section of the store. The sales guy suggested chocolate bitters. Interesting/weird/fueling my sweet tooth we got a bottle. I couldn’t let it sit on the shelf more than a few hours, so we created a new drink; the Bar None.

 

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First, take a glass and fill with a large ice-cube or whiskey stone. Pour over a high quality bourbon. Personally, I love this small batch bourbon, Four Roses.

 

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Second, add a splash of the chocolate bitters and stir gently. Serve immediately. Cheers!

 

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If you haven’t started to read Deliciously Ella yet, stop and click here. Ella Woodward alerted her diet for health reasons and in doing so, created an oh so special lunchtime recipe called a Rainbow Bowl. Each bowl gives you a visually stimulating meal (think a sushi Rainbow roll) that’s packed with a huge punch of nutrition and flavor. Over the past few weeks I’ve really used this concept to reinvigorate my lunches. Because really, who doesn’t need an update to their lunches every once in a while?

 

I start by making a big pot of jasmine rice with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. At the same time I’ll roast some of my favorite vegetables: Brussels sprouts, carrots, sweet potatoes, asparagus. Then I’ll put the rice and veggie mixtures into to-go containers along with an extra sprinkling of sea salt and freshly ground pepper (and chili flakes if you like heat.) In the morning’s I’ll either add two tablespoons of roasted red pepper hummus or two hard-boiled eggs to a bowl for some additional protein. I can’t wait to change-up these bowls seasonally and add in new flavors to keep the Rainbow Bowl fresh…and not get bored with lunch!

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