While I’m desperately clinging on to summer there are a few things that bring me joy as the days dwindle down and autumn makes its inevitable return. Shall I remind you that summer officially ends mid September? Until then, I’ll keep rattling on about my beach bag essentials.

While I just discovered a pool ten blocks away from my apartment (took me until August to find this out), the beach will always have my heart. There’s nothing quite like a beach day. The sand, chilling with your friends, creeping on potentially single, hot dudes. What’s not to love?! Let’s enjoy it while it lasts! I’ve partnered with Dove to share a few of my must have beach bag essentials.

Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant review

Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant

Hear me out. Before heading out I need something that provides unbelievable protection. I’m a sweat-er (TMI?). I need an antiperspirant that can keep up, man. Turns out this one offers 48-hour odor and wetness protection. Bonus? You even get softer, smoother underarms because of the NutriumMoisture formula. Sign me up.

I always shower after hitting the beach (or pool) to wash away the sweat, sand, chlorine, layered SPF, and whatever else managed to make its way onto my skin. What I want is something that’s gentle on my underarm while having my back (or in this case, my pits).

We live in a world where almost 2 in 3 women have had some sort of an underarm issue (think: irritation or dryness) in addition to odor and wetness. I myself have always had really dark underarms which I used to be self-conscious about. The Dove Advanced Care formula can help alleviate some of that. The last thing you want to worry about is your pits.


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I live for a good bikini. If you were to raid my closet you’d think I lived in sunny beach home in Los Angeles versus a cramped New York City apartment. I have SO many and usually stock up in the winter at end of season sales. For my ladies with smaller boobs (ain’t no shame in my game), opt for a style with a bit of padding. I love triangle tops because the deep-v definitely helps flaunt what IS there.

Lipgloss and Lipsticks

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I wouldn’t be a beauty blogger if I didn’t recommend SOME form of makeup! I typically opt for a gloss because it’s lightweight and I don’t have to worry about touch ups. After I leave the beach, I’ll grab a lipstick in a bright, punchy shade to complement the tan I just got.

SPF + Sunglasses



Yes, we all have smartphones with cameras in them but there’s nothing like film. Throw one in your beach bag and snap away! Having a physical copy is a great way to remember your summer. Heck make a scrapbook if you’re feeling thrifty.

Water, water, water!

Please don’t forget to drink water. The sun. The heat. You’re bound to get hot and no one wants to be dehydrated. I love reusable water bottles because they’re a chic alternative to plastic bottles (and they’re environmentally friendly!).

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Dove Advanced Care AntiperspirantCheck out the Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant here. Shout out to Simply Stylist and Dove for sponsoring this blog post.

What are some of your beach bag essentials?

I’m so excited to finally announce this: I’ve partnered with Dove and their Purely Pampering collection!! Whew! Now that the cat is out of the bag (seriously I’ve been holding this in since about December), I can spill the beans on the brand’s new line of body washes and beauty bars that I’ve been obsessing over the past couple of months.

imageThe Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream with Magnolia smells heavenly in the shower and has quickly become the only thing I use. The scent is soothing and relaxing making it the perfect way to start (and end!) your day. I promise you won’t leave the bathroom smelling like a cookie (although, I mean, that wouldn’t be half bad).

dove purely pamperingWith the intense winter New York experienced, my skin was on another level of dryness so I was beyond happy to learn that the collection combines skin natural moisturizers and gentle cleansers to nourish your skin. Now that the weather is warming up a bit all I need is a relatively light moisturizer since my skin isn’t dried out in the shower (win).

Using the same trusted Dove formula of mild cleansers this is also blended with NutriumMoisture® technology (consists of Soybean Oil, Glycerin and Stearic Acid which are 100% skin natural moisturizers that skin can absorb) to nourish skin with moisture while providing a rich lather and clean rinse.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetYou notice the difference immediately after a shower because you can feel the softness of your skin. The fact that it’s affordable and available at mass retailers nationwide makes that an added bonus!  The collection retails for $6.99 and also comes in three additional scents (Almond Cream with Hibiscus, Coconut Milk with Jasmine Petals, and Shea Butter with Warm Vanilla).

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Dove but all opinions are my own. I respect my readers and only promote products and brands I use and love.

Between packing all of my belongings and an unexpected work trip, it’s been a tad bit busy on the home front so posting here will be a little irregular for the next week or so. Before I depart here are a few things that I’ve been loving, craving, and keeping an eye on:
1. diptyque is launching a new range called the L’Art du Soin Facial Skincare Collection in March and I am lining up to purchase. It consists of five skincare products centered around the Damask Rose that looks absolutely beautiful and since I’m already obsessed with the brand’s body care products I’m sure this will be a hit. I can already hear the Infused Facial Water ($55) calling my name. Available in diptyque boutiques in March.

2. I have the M·A·C Fantasy of Flowers collection staring at me on top of packed boxes just begging to be swatted and reviewed but I know I won’t get around to doing it in a timely fashion (#sadface). While the weather outside continues to be frightful (see what I did there?), this collection allows you to escape for a brief moment. Between the pastel pigments, bright lips, and rose colored blushes, this will make you believe Spring is so close (yet so far!). Available now at M·A·C counters and online.

3. Also by M∙A∙C is the new Viva Glam Rihanna lipstick. I was curious what the shade would look like given that Rih made just about very shade possible in her previous collections BUT Viva Glam Rihanna is another pretty red. A blue-red with frost finish, this glides on and surprised me since I typically run far, far away from frost finishes. The lipglass is MAC’s signature with RiRi’s red twist. Bonus: every cent of the selling price of VIVA GLAM goes toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Available now at M·A·C counters and online.

4. I’m featured in a Dove ad! I’ll be sharing more information soon but holy heck I’m so excited!!

5. NARS has been killing it lately and quite honestly I am here for it. The Final Cut blush collection is/was bananas (follows my “All Pink Everything” motto for life). Now they’ve introduced the Matte Multiple. The Multiple has been a staple in the brands repertoire since it can be used on cheeks, eyes, and lips. Available in seven shades from ginger pink to golden bronze, the Matte Multiple features a creamy, lightweight formula that delivers buildable, long-lasting, hydrating color. Available now online.
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Disclosure: I received samples from MAC for editorial consideration.

Guys, this past weekend, I took a much needed trip outside of the city courtesy of Dove® to celebrate the release of the newest scent in their Dove Go collection. We stayed in the StyleCaster StyleHaven (aka their sick Hamptons house) where we noshed on yummy (like, seriously delicious) food prepared by celebrity chef Danielle Saunders (who recently went on tour with Mary J Blige) all while learning about the new product and enjoying a bit of relaxation.

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The new scent, Blue Fig and Orange Blossom, is like a mini vacation itself as it fills your bathroom with a fresh scent of – you guess it! – blue fig and orange blossom. While the new products include a body wash and deodorant, I’m smitten with the beauty bar which is hydrating and doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry like some soaps.

The collection is out now at your local drugstore or mass retailer.

Disclosure: I received samples from the PR team for editorial consideration. Photo credit: Aly Lindsay

of course you do and if you said no, you’re a liar! (or you have botox)

dove clinical protection
For the past month, I’ve been using Dove Clinical Protection to combat the city’s super gross heat. The good news? It works! The bad? It doesn’t last as long as I’d like in extreme heat (for example, 90 degrees + humidity and the NYC subway systems).

Admittedly, I sweat a LOT and am used to it (former athlete and all) so I’m always searching for deodorant that can keep up. I’ve resorted to using men’s products because they work better — and who cares if I smell like a dude all day. Dove Clinical Protection keeps the sweat at bay, leaves me feeling fresh and doesn’t have that icky white residue so I’m not afraid of raising my arm in a sleeveless top. Huzzah!

As I mentioned before, in extreme cases of heat this guy waves the white flag at the end of the day and I don’t blame it. When a product moisturizes, doesn’t irritate my skin post shave and gives me a solid six hours worth of protection, beggars can’t be choosers.