Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Fashion: Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival Fashion
Cannes inspired!

The Cannes Film Festival is in full swing!  The films are an integral aspect of the festival, of course, but just as important are the fashion culture and beach life!  This week, we feature some pieces that would be right at home on Plage C or strolling down Boulevard de la Croisette.  

The tunic by Glamourpuss NYC is made of sun protective fabric!  It can be worn as a swimsuit cover-up, a dress, or a tunic length top.  Pair it with an awesome tote, some chic sunnies, and colorful accessories.  To protect yourself from that Riviera sun, wear a stylish sun hat, like San Remo.

What would you wear to the Cannes Film Festival?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Beach of the Week: Playa de las Catedrales Galicia, Spain

Playa de las Catedrales Arch Shaped Rock Formation
Breathtaking Playa de las Catedrales
We were so struck by the beautiful rock formations at Praia da Marinha beach, that this week we’re visiting another beach with awe inspiring cliffs: Playa de las Catedrales (Beach of the Cathedrals).

Near the town of Ribadeo, in the Galicia region of Spain, Playa de las Catedrales provides a regal spot to wade, explore, and take lots (and lots) of pictures.  Towering cliffs have been shaped over time into dramatic formations.  Most famous among these are the tremendous arches that resemble the flying buttresses of cathedrals.

Timing is of essence, as the beach is only accessible at low tide.  During low tide, you can walk the beach, exploring caves and pools and soaking in the majesty of its arches.

If you could visit any beach today, which would it be?

Get ready for Summer!  Stock up on sunscreen, sun hats and swimwear!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

10 Travel Apps We Love

Travel Apps We Love
Smart apps make travel even better

Travel and technology: two of our favorite things.  Put them together, and magic happens! We love a good app, and apps that make travel even better… well they really earn our app-plause!  Here are 10 of our favorite travel apps for your next vacation.

Great Apps for Travel

Packpoint – This cool little app is designed just to manage your packing lists.  It gets you started with standard items, then gives you the ability to customize.  You can upload it, email it to your travel companions, and more.

Evernote – we’ve talked about Evernote before; it’s useful for creating ongoing packing lists.  But it can do so much more.  Keep a running list of travel “to-do’s” or “to-see’s”.  Copy in itinerary information.  Record your favorite memories.  

Trip Advisor – Knowing a bit about where you’re going to sleep is invaluable.  Trip Advisor, long known for reviews of hotels, also has loads of user reviews about restaurants, beaches, things to do and more.  Additionally, you can book flights and hotel stays from the app.

TripIt - Your one stop travel itinerary app.  Store details about your flights, hotels, rental cars, restaurant reservations and more.  It even has an auto import feature, which will pull from confirmation emails you’ve received – so handy!

My Currency Converter – Doing math in one’s head… well, it’s not for everyone, is it?  This app does the currency conversion math for you, simply and quickly.  Bonus: for an app that converts all sorts of things (currency, volume, length and more), check out Units Plus.

Google Maps – Pretty obvious, right?  Though it has features you may not use day to day.  For example, when requesting directions, use the “walk” option if you’re on foot so it will adjust the time estimate accordingly and give you walk-appropriate directions.  Also, check out the “Apps” option within directions for public transit and other apps relevant to your location.  

GateGuru – Ever had a couple hours to kill at an airport?  Or, ever had a short layover and a ravenous appetite?  GateGuru to the rescue.  Just select the airport, and it gives you all the info you’ll need: maps, tips, amenities, restaurants, even flights.  Sort by gate if you’re short on time – dash to the nearest restaurant and grab some food before you board. 

Speak & Translate – Language barrier, no more!  Just say whatcha need to say, and the app translates it into the selected language.  There are a bunch of languages to choose from.  Too cool!

Wi-Fi Finder – When you yearn for wi-fi, this app helps you find it!  It uses GPS to identify hot spots nearby.  You can even download the offline database, so the info will be at your fingertips, regardless of your connection status!

Moldiv - You're going to be making a lot of memories; why not share them on the fly?  Use Moldiv to quickly create photo collages of your adventures, then share them via your favorite social media: Instagram, Facebook, etc.

What's your favorite app for traveling?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Fashion - Poppies!

Poppies! Polyvore Set

It's Friday!  We're celebrating with color... and poppies!  We love the combination of this beautiful Oscar de la Renta dress with our Renda sun hat, La Pluma clutch (both from the ále by Alessandra collection) and SolEscapes Resort jewelry.  We may just hunt down a garden party this weekend! 

What fun does your weekend hold?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Beach of the Week: Praia da Marinha, Portugal

Praia da Marinha, Portugal
Stunning views of Praia da Marinha in The Algarves of Southern Portugal
The Algarve, the southernmost region of Portugal, is home to some drool-worthy beaches.  Known widely as the most beautiful of the bunch is Praia da Marinha, or Navy Beach. 

Praia da Marinha makes you work for it, as it’s a bit of a drive, and then you have to navigate the steep staircase down to the beach.  Worth it?  Of course it is. 

Once on the beach, you’re surrounded by towering limestone formations, the deep aqua Atlantic, and the serene blue sky.  It’s time to explore the beach’s hidden alcoves, bathe in the clear water and enjoy the stunning views of those towering cliffs.

What’s the most unique beach you’ve been to?


Get your family summer ready!  Find all your sun protection needs at SolEscapes!


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Belize Fedora in Redbook Magazine

Belize fedora in Redbook magazine
The fabulous Belize fedora in Redbook Magazine!

The May issue of Redbook Magazine has a fantastic "Fashion Under $50" spread featuring the Belize fedora sun hat!  Belize is joined by a wonderful assortment of clothing fit for any "prepster".  The layout has an emerald green and royal blue theme with a fun preppy, nautical feel.  

Belize has fedora lines and panama straw, making it a warm weather favorite for any cool cat.  The diamond detail and black contrast stitching set it apart from the fedora crowd.  The Belize fedora sun hat is a real chameleon, suitable for a preppy vibe, a sultry demeanor, or a beach casual look.  It is made of off-white straw adorned with a navy ribbon or a black ribbon.  $40 by Physician Endorsed.

Belize Fedora Sun Hat
Belize Fedora Sun Hat

Friday, May 8, 2015

Celebrating Mom: Summer Bag and Tote Offer

Moms Summer Bag and Tote Offer

Hey Moms!  This weekend is all about YOU!  With summer coming, you know you'll need a great looking bag to accompany you - whether it's around town, at the shops, to the beach, or on summer vacation.  Treat yourself to a wonderful new tote bag, beach bag or clutch!  

Get 25% off all summer bags and totes!  5/9/15 through 5/11/15.  Use code: LOVEMOM.

Summer Bag Sale

Here are a few ideas... see our complete selection of resort and beach bags and clutches on the site.

1. St. Tropez Tote from Glamourpuss NYC.  Super fun print, and it's transparent!

2. Brasilia Tote Bag.  The beaded details and flower applique are gorgeous!

3. Grand Cayman Raffia Tote Bag.  Big enough to haul essentials for the whole family, and it packs flat!

4. Tulum Straw Clutch by Kayu.  Pink with polka dots.  I mean, come on - the cuteness!

5. Ipanema Linen & Raffia Bag by ále by Alessandra.  The contrasting fabrics make this shoulder bag a knock-out.

6. Boheme Clutch by ále by Alessandra.  A stylish straw clutch, complete with tassel!

7. Copacabana Straw Bag by ále by Alessandra. Pretty much the perfect beach bag. 

8. Turks & Caicos Resort Bag.  That turquoise crochet handle is so good!

9. La Pluma Clutch by ále by Alessandra.  This stylish clutch is ready for a night on the town!

25% of all bags and clutches, 5/9/15 through 5/11/15 with code LOVEMOM.  Shop our collection of resort bags and clutches now!  What a wonderful way to celebrate your role as Mom!